Category: Movies & TV

American movie spaceships of the 30's

While American rocket science pioneer Robert Goddart was busy experimenting with real rockets, the popular newspaper comic pages was serializing the exploits of space buccaneers like Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The 30's is one of my favorite…

Rosey Jetson had a boyfriend - Mac

You can't really do classic and vintage SciFi robots it due service without remembering Rosey Jetson. Voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, the same actress who voiced Wilma Flintstone, she was actually characterized as a obsolete XB-500 robot who found a home…

Starter Robots...

Gort, B9 and Robbie. These are the iconic 'scifi starter robots'. Except for the 60's B9 from Lost in Space, Gort and Robbie are products of the 50's - a time where science was truly understood by only a handful of academics and seriously…

RIP Huey & Louie

Silent Running made me sad. I was sad when HAL9000 was shut down too, but the loss of Louie outside the ship, and with Lowell detonating the nuclear charges, destroying the Valley Forge, losing Huey in the process makes me sadder. At least HAL9000…

M4 - One ugly Star Trek robot

In the 1969 episode "Requiem for Methuselah", the crew of the Enterprise is struck with Rigellian fever, for which the only treatment is the mineral Ryetalyn. Kirk, Spock and Dr. McCoy beam down to the planet Holberg 917-G in search of the substance…

So, how expensive were LaserDiscs in the 90s?

I see this question pop up, every now and again, from people who are just starting to get into collecting LaserDiscs.  Well, just this evening, we were settling in to watch one of the LaserDiscs that we recently acquired.  And when I took the disc…

Past tech in movies redux

Ground Zero LaserDisc I was pleasantly surprised to, once again, see some consumer technology of the past show up in a movie. This time, it was a "new to me" movie I recently picked up on LaserDisc called "Ground Zero". This movie is from 1988 and…

Why LaserDiscs are still my favorite video format

So, after all of these years, why are LaserDiscs still my favorite video format to watch and collect?  One of the reasons I enjoy watching movies on LaserDisc so much is probably because I also grew up listening to and collecting music on vinyl LPs…