Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dinosaurs and Led Zeppelin

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve been fascinated by the giant lizards of prehistoric times: dinosaurs.  Big or small, carnivore or herbivore there is something majestic and tragic about this extinct species.
The great Thunder Lizards are the subject of Carlton Books’ and author Dr. Mark A. Norell’s new oversize, hardbound book: The World Of Dinosaurs The Definitive Illustrated Collection and definitive it is!

Beautiful, full-color paintings of each and every type of dinosaur is shown along with a brief treatise on each.

Photos of dinosaur’s bones, excavations, museum displays and historical text all combine to make this a dinosaur directory like no other.

Dinosaurs come alive as you look at each picture, imagine their thunderous beauty and might and travel back in time via your imagination through an open portal to prehistory.

It was 1969; I was 16 years old and working at the local drug/convenience store.  Part of my chores was to stock up the latest 45’s and record albums.

I remember flipping through the albums and my eyes were immediately drawn to a white album with a black and white photo/illustration of a giant dirigible blimp in flames tumbling to the ground.

The album was simply entitled Led Zeppelin.  I scrounged together three dollars, bought the album, took it home, removed the album plastic seal, opened the album sleeve, gingerly placed the album on my small turntable, set the needle, turned up the sound and was blown away by what I heard.

The next day at school I was so excited that I shared the discovery of the album with whoever would listen. 
“A Led Zeppelin!” “Are you crazy!?” “What zeppelin is made out of lead?”

Within a month the whole school body of students was talking about Led Zeppelin and it seemed like no matter where you went you could hear tunes from the album playing on the radio.  It was magic!

Here it is over 50 years since Led Zeppelin premiered (1968) and The Treasures Of Led Zeppelin celebrates the anniversary in a big way.

The book follows the band from its inception with photos, memorabilia, tipped-in document reproductions, bios, a chronology, concerts, a discography, a poster, historical text and much more.

If you are a ‘Led Head’ then you’re sure to want to pick up this incredible collection of hits, concert tours, reunions, solo careers and what to expect next.

It’s like 'A Stairway To Heaven!’ all wrapped up in a beautiful, hardbound book in a protective slip-in sleeve.  Rock on!

Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis and Chillers

Astroboy creator/artist and animator Osamu Tezuka,  Anime writer Katsuhiro Otomo of Akira fame and Galaxy Express 999 director Rintaro combine their considerable talents to produce the stunning Metropolis Anime presented in all of its ground-breaking splendor courtesy of Mill Creek Entertainment.
Join the powerful leader of Metropolis, as Duke Red, who is about to release to the world a highly advanced robot named Tima fashioned after his deceased daughter.  He plans to use Tima to activate a powerful weapon atop a Ziggurat.

Duke Red’s son Rock wants nothing to do with the robot, or any other robot for that matter, and is hell bent on destroying Tima.  He tracks down the scientist who created Tima, destroys his laboratory, his notes and almost destroys Tima.

The detective assigned to the case salvages some of the dying scientist’s notes and retrieves the injured Tima, 
whom he believes is human.  Before long the detective’s young daughter and Tima become fast friends.

Before the long the hunt for Tima escalates, resulting in a number of deaths, Tima’s realization she is a robot, her ascent to power to destroy humans and her eventual salvation.

Based on the classic silent film Metropolis, the Anime film is considered a classic by fans. Filled with incredible visuals and effects, boasting a powerful story and top-rate voice actors and actresses the film is a must-have for any Anime fan.

The Blu-ray/DVD also includes: 

Amazing High-Definition Presentation, English SDH subtitles and English Translation
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and uncompressed Japanese audio
The Making of Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis documentary featurette
Interviews with the film’s creators
Concept animation comparisons!

Actor Anthony Perkins (Norman in Psycho) hosts a 12-part series of tales so horrific, so frightening and so disturbing that they are guarantee to send chills up your spin.  

Prepare yourself to have you blood run cold, to be scared to your marrow and send your heart racing as Perkins presents stories based on author Patricia Highsmith’s short stories.

An all-star cast of greats turn up the terror as they encounter the strange, bizarre, supernatural and evil in 12 tales of mystery, intrigue, horror and suspense.

Turn out the lights, settle in and get ready to be scared out of your wits by the DVD/Digital release of Chillers.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hidden Summoners

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Games’ latest Foil Booster Pack: Hidden Summons throws in a few surprises.  
Watch out for the Prank-Kids.  They have a total of three Fusion and three Link Monsters to play.

Just when you thought everything is going to plan something sneaky and underhanded is likely to happen.  
Watch your back…and your front…and your sides…your top…your bottom…you get the idea.
Each Pack contains 5 Cards. The set contains 60 Cards consisting of:

20 Secret Rares
40 Super Rares

MacGyver and The Oregon Trail

The man who can make anything using a paper clip and tape is back in Pressman Games’ new MacGyver the Escape Room Game.
I’m talking about the one and only, original Angus “Mac” MacGyver as portrayed by actor Richard Dean Anderson in all of his mullet glory!

One to four players, ages 12 years old and up, assist MacGyver as he tries to solve five sealed hour-long missions.  With a little help from the Phoenix Foundation up to four players solve five individual missions.  

Once a mission is completed it cannot be played again.  The MacGyver board game goes hand-in-hand with the accompanying website.

Players gather clues and tools in a desperate gamble to escape each room that has been devilishly devised to stop them at every turn by a familiar foe.

Complete all five missions and diffuse the bombs to prepare you for the big showdown that requires each gamer’s ultimate skills, wits and know-how to come out the winner and survive.

It’s either save the day or end up in a disaster.

Available only at Target, MacGyver The Escape Room Game comes with:

5 Sealed Mission Envelopes – Underground Lab, Airplane, Factory, Missile Silo & Grand Finale
Secret Items Inside Envelopes
1 Empty Utility Bag Envelope
Complete Instructions

Internet Access Required.

Get ready to crank up the excitement as you fight the clock, gather clues and ‘hopefully’ diffuse each bomb.  MacGyver is counting on you!

The fan favorite The Oregon Trail is back and this time it’s a board game.  

As much fun as The Oregon Trail was as a video game it’s even more fun as a board game!

Imagine yourself as a pioneer during the mid-1800s.  You’ve decided to take your family and yourself on a cross-country journey to the old West.

You ultimate goal is Willamette Valley.

As you discover new trails, rivers, forts and towns you leave behind Trail Tile markers.

Things proceed smoothly until you encounter hazards and danger.  With your limited supplies and using only the resources available at the time you must contend with diseases, famine, starvation, wild animals, restless natives and other harsh conditions.

It’s no picnic in the park!

Players are served up a dose of reality as they must adapt and acclimate to the trials, tribulations, troubles and deadly unforeseen dangers of such a trecherous journey though as yet unexplored territory.

 Danger and tribulation is lurking behind every tree, rock and mountain.  Who will survive and finish the game to win and enough money to survive once they arrive?  Only the brave, resourceful and determined dare travel The Oregon Trail.

The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley.” For 2-4 players, ages 14 and up.

Game Contents include:
1 Game Board
48 Trail Tiles
32 Coins
1 Die
1 Hunting Stand
Cards: 25 Hunting, 60 Calamities, 8 Wagon Upgrades, 8 Market Pieces
50 Small Supplies:  12 Pistols, 10 Compasses, 10 Medicine, 40 Meat
20 Large Supplies: 4 Shotguns, 6 Wagon Parts, 6 Winter Clothes, 4 Hitchhikers
Player Pieces: 4 Wagons, 4 Boards, 4 Purple Family Members, 4 Yellow Family Members, 4 Red Family Members, 4 Blue Family Members
Complete Instructions

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Scorpion The Complete Series

My wife was disappointed when CBS/Paramount’s Scorpion TV series went off the air.
I watched a few episodes and enjoyed them but my schedule prevented me from watching most.  My works hours began very early and so I usually was in bed by the time the series aired.

For fans of the quirky and geeks-save-the-world series rejoice for the complete 94-episodes are all collected in one HUGE DVD collection with over five hours of special features included.

What do you get when you get one great mom, a spy, a brainy kid and super geniuses?  You get four seasons of some of the best spy and intrigue TV episodes imaginable of course!

For the ultimate outsiders collection of geeks and freaks that take on the bad guys and confuse the heck out of government bureaucrats be sure to pick up this very special collection of episodes that prove geeks rule the world.

As a fellow geek I gotta say it's nice to see the disenfranchised, overlooked and often shunned oddballs of the world getting their just due.

Street savvy, quirky personalities, brilliant minds and outrageous imaginations combine to make this one strike team unlike any other. 

Extras include featurettes, gag reels, deleted scenes, commentaries and so much more.