Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Captain's bLog: 0530.12

•  Once again, sorry that posting's been erratic over the last few months. I can't promise that I'll do better, but looking back over the blog history, it seems that I always slack off a bit in the Spring, only to rebound in the Summer with a flurry of activity. So, history's on my side. And I do have some cool stuff in the works. Specifically: a new Reader's Poll. A new "Fave Five." The long-promised DVD review of the Warner Archive edition of the 1975 sci-fi television pilot, Strange New World, the third and final installment of Warner Brothers' "PAX Trilogy." A look at the aborted Star Trek II television series from the point of view of this then-12-year old who was really disappointed when it didn't materialize. A review of the 1982  Antonio Margheriti genre mash-up, Yor, The Hunter From The Future, now available from Sony's manufactured-to-order DVD line. A Space Wars magazine cover gallery! Moonraker! Stay tuned, Star Kids!

I still haven't gotten my hands on the David McCallum Invisible Man DVD set, but it's high on my wish list. If anyone's picked it up already, I'd appreciate a report on the picture and sound quality. The company putting it out is unfamiliar to me, so I'm wary.

   Stats 'n Stuff: This site now has over 400 followers here on Blogger, and the Facebook Fan Page recently topped 900 "Likes." I genuinely appreciate the support! I also want to thank every person who has used the Amazon links on this site to make purchases of vintage sci-fi on DVD/Blu-ray (and the few who've made Paypal donations - if you'd like to contribute, there's a link in the right-hand sidebar).

  Shameless Self-Promotion: Anyone who enjoys my writing and reviews on this site should check out my DVD Late Show site, where I have been reviewing B-movies, cult films and genre television shows on DVD and Blu-ray disc since 2005. Among the over 700 reviews are plenty of Space: 1970-era favorites, like Battle Beyond The Stars, Damnation Alley, Starcrash, The Starlost, the Space: 1999 Blu-rays, and many more.


  1. Can you reveal the next readers poll yet?

  2. Headed to DVD Late Show.
    The stuff you write is great!
    And it brings back memorys.

  3. OMG..!! Trying for years to find a cool pic of Ficus.., easily my favorite character on Quark. SUCH a shame we had to lose him way to early, but still hunting eBay for great Ficus pics.

    Thanks a bunch!

  4. I would like to comment on the The Invisible Man dvd, but haven't been able to find it anywhere. I know I can get it online, but I'd rather not. Future Shop, Best Buy, Walmart and HMV (the usual places to find these things in my area) don't have the consideration to have this available for purchase. The first three didn't have Logan's Run either(I found one lonely copy of it at hmv). Anyone else having this problem?

  5. In general, it's getting harder and harder to find any niche or specialty DVDs in brick & mortar stores. As overall DVD sales have gone down, most chains are choosing to severely limit what they carry to pretty much only mass-appeal blockbusters.

    I used to prefer to buy locally, but as selection has decreased (and customer service with it - at an even greater rate) I buy more and more of my entertainment online. With a little care, you can often get better deals than in stores, as well, since many online dealers offer automatic discounts.

  6. Gemini Man and Invisible Man were on the same year, right? Both were invisible guys.