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Doctor Who isn’t the only show that finds lost episodes. Earlier this month, Wpix, channel 11 in New York City, announced that they they had unearthed the long-lost Magic Garden Christmas Special, which will be broadcast today for the first time in 32 years.
The master tapes for the episode were found in a storage vault that had literally been forgotten about for over twelve years. The building alerted the station to its existence, and upon inspection, found a treasure trove of archived footage in a variety of formats. In addition to the Magic Garden special, they’ve uncovered decades-old news reports, and a pristine master copy of the locally-legendary Yule Log broadcast from the eighties. The station gives a peek into the vault in a piece prepared for their news broadcast. They continue to pore through the huge collection of footage, and sharing results of its findings on the twitter feed @WPIXArchives. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Duck Tales Remastered is out, and it is glorious perfection.
The original gameplay of the original Capcom Nes classic (largely considered the finest platformer on the system) is reproduced perfectly. Nothing has been “improved”, nor need it be.Yes, there are difficulty settings now, but if you want to reproduce the original in its infuriating awesomeness, it is there for you.
Note that I only said the gameplay had not been improved. The rest has been catapulted into the 21st century by spectacular game developers WayForward, makers of the Mighty Switch Force series, and also just reinvigorated Shantae. The graphics are still 2-D, but they are as sharp as the animation from the series, and thanks to the advances in technology, includes voiced narration and dialogue…by the original cast, wherever possible. Almost everyone is back; June Foray as Magica deSpell, Chuck McCann as Duckworth and half the Beagle Clan, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
The two leading recipes for success are
building a better mousetrap and finding a bigger loophole.
Edgar A. Shoaff
For the first few decades of broadcast television, the then three major networks held a near-monopoly on the national audience. More often than not, on any given night it was likely nine out of every ten people watching TV were watching one or another of ABC, CBS, NBC.
But even then, in that small sliver of the audience not watching the nets, there was evidence of a viewer appetite for an alternative to the often formula-dominated programming of the big broadcasters. Statistically, they didn’t amount to more than what would, years later, come to be referred to as a “niche” audience, and you’d be making a hell of an assumption saying they were looking elsewhere for their TV entertainment because they wanted something better. But it was »
- Bill Mesce
A lot of people ask me, "Creepy, how did you first come to love horror movies so much?" Well, growing up in the Seventies, there was plenty to go around. There were TV classics like Gargoyles, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and any number of TV Movies of the Week, and there was also...
There was also a ton of weird and quirky bits of monster-themed kids programming. Usually "The Munsters" and "The Land of the Lost" get all the love, and rightly so. They're absolute classics. That being said, we're gonna talk about some other things here. Things you may not have known even existed. For instance, were you aware that way before Venkmen, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddmore there was a whole other set of Ghostbusters? How about a different Monster Squad? Got your attention? Good. Sit back, relax, and get ready to soak up some lunacy as we revisit. »
- Uncle Creepy
4 items from 2013
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