Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kaiju Galaxy is six years old!

Kaiju Galaxy is six years old today! This internet message board, started by Donny Winter back on November 16, 2004 celebrates its sixth anniversary. This kaiju themed board is a marvelous site for viewing kaiju and other themed fan art and fan fiction(short stories). To see Donny Winter's Kaiju Galaxy board click the link: http://s4.zetaboards.com/KaijuGalaxy/index/

Saturday, November 6, 2010

...All The Marbles(1981)

Usually I post a blog entry about a DVD I already own. In this case I'm going to blurb a little about a DVD-R I'm getting ready to buy, an "on demand" release and older film that seemed for the longest time to be destined for VHS release only. I'm referring to ...All The Marbles, an action comedy film produced by MGM and directed by Robert Aldrich(it would be his last movie in the director's chair). The movie chronicles the efforts of a wisecracking manager named Harry Sears(played by Peter Falk) and his two sexy female wrestlers, Iris and Molly(played by Vicki Frederick and Laurene Landon, respectively) to gain a championship tag team match in Las Vegas, NV with the champion "Toledo Tigers", a pair of rough and tough black women(played by Tracy Reed and Ursaline Bryant-King) who are in no hurry to lose their tag team championship belts. Harry Sears and his two beautiful wrestlers Iris and Molly travel from one venue to another, mostly small arenas and local auditoriums and for pedestrian paydays. The two women even managed to get talked into a mud wrestling match at a Youngstown(OH) amusement park show. Eventually the grind pays off and Harry's "California Dolls" get their championship with the "Toledo Tigers". (no other spoilers)

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I use to own the VHS tape of this film and was delighted to see that Warner Brothers has decided to offer ...All The Marbles(1981) as an "on demand" DVD-R release. Basically, you order the disc and WB burns it, then ships it to you. I've seen a brief clip illustrating the video quality of this DVD-R release and it looks very good. The DVD-R can be ordered direct by clicking this link: http://www.wbshop.com/All-The-Marbles/1000179733,default,pd.html?cgid=ZARCHIVEALL

The trailer for ...All The Marbles(1981):

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Godzilla!

It's hard to believe that Godzilla is fifty six years old today. Back on November 3, 1954 theatrical audiences in Japan were introduced to the giant monster in Gojira, produced by Toho and directed by Inoshiro Honda. This film proved wildly successful at the box office and spawned a sequel that hit theaters only six months later. More than that, Gojira has stood the test of time quite well as does the movie's "star", Godzilla himself. The monster has appeared in follow up films in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and even beyond 2000, his last appearance in the 50th anniversary film called Godzilla Final Wars(2004). Godzilla has appeared in scores of TV commercials, both in Japan and abroad and has a fan following that spans the globe. Godzilla and the first "Godzilla" film are one of the great passions I've enjoyed in life. It's one of the primary reasons I started my Monsterland Forums internet message board. I am also a dedicated collector of Godzilla merchandise as well.

Recently Legendary Pictures announced plans to make a Godzilla motion picture and every indication thus far is this movie will respect Toho's iconic monster. Here's hoping we continue to see Godzilla in films for another fifty years!
The trailer for the very first Godzilla film, Gojira: