Does Time Life love me or hate me?

While visiting the site for the upcoming Ghostbusters game, in hopes of determining what the hell is going on, I stumbled across an interesting banner ad for the Real Ghostbusters. Which led me to discover that Time Life will be selling a box set of all 140+ episdoes (plus the lame Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters) in a single box set of 25 DVDs (<— not a typo) including 12 hours of bonus content.  The only problem?  the $180 price tag.  Which of course works out to just over a $1 an episode but still.  Ouch.

Also, not available in stores.  Get Smart had the same deal and took YEARS to finally make it into brick and mortar stores (split into season boxes) so the same will probably happen here…dammit.

Direct your eyes, and wallets, over here for the product page.

Bender’s Big Score

Fox has a lengthy record of ditching quality entertainment in favor of, as Fry put it, “programs of the genre World’s Blankiest Blank”. Family Guy, Firefly, Arrested Development, Dark Angel for those of us more interested in Jessica Alba’s rear than her acting ability…the list goes on. The saddest part is that frequently these shows are never given a chance to succeed. Fox’s own poor decisions on scheduling and advertising doom them from the start and the shows are sent to Friday nights (aka Fox’s equivalent of Florida) to await their inevitable demise. Fox’s worse transgression by far, however, is the cancellation of Futurama and not just because it’s one of the funniest shows the network has ever produced. The real reason is Fox’s horrible decision to shuffle Futurama to Sunday’s at 7pm EST, a time slot that frequently gets preempted by NFL games. Bad time slot + expensive production = infrequent new episodes = minimal audience = bye.

In what would be a blow to Fox’s pride if they were smart enough to realize it, Futurama returns this year with new episodes on Comedy Central. The first four are parts of a made-for-DVD movie called Bender’s Big Score and while I really want Futurama to succeed this time around, it’s not going to do it if the movie is indicative of the quality to come. There are a few laugh out loud moments (courtesy of the underused Zoidberg mostly) but overall it seems more like a fan-fic trying to cram in as many returning characters and inside jokes as possible.  The way Bender’s Big Score echoes the first new Family Guy episodes after that show’s return doesn’t inspire confidence in me. Too many attempts to get in past characters instead of  breaking new ground. Too many jokes that fall flat. Too big a push to make things “edgier” (which is a euphemism for  “cruder” here). And given that Family Guy has been spiraling into irrelevance since it’s return to Fox, I can’t help but worry about Futurama’s upcoming season. Just have to wait for June and hope the second movie, The Beast with a Billion Backs, is less fan service and more of the witty humor the show that defined the show before.

Kicking some ectoplasmic ass….or not

So one of my favorite cartoons as a kid was The Real Ghostbusters.  It was fun, and silly, and had a great toy line.  So I’m shelving new releases last night and what do I see but Ghostbusters Season 1.  Now, don’t get excited.  It wasn’t The Real Ghostbusters, but Filmation’s Ghostbusters.  It had a monkey (named Tracey) and an evil robot ghost as the main villain…and it sucked ass.  In fact it is one of the few (if not the only) instances where adding a monkey to a concept doesn’t make it better.  So my question is: where is the season box set(s) of the Real Ghostbusters?

Little bit of trivia: J. Michael Strazynski, creator of Babylon 5, writer for Amazing Spiderman, did some of his earliest writing for episodes of the Real Ghostbusters.

Upcoming:  A review/commentary on Marvel’s Civil War (still waiting on issue 7) and DC’s Ion: Guardian of the Universe up through the penultimate issue (I haven’t talked yet about that one here).

"But Prime–"

Watching one of the greatest achievments of cinematic perfection ever….Transformers: The Movie. So many awesome moments, such a great soundtrack. Optimus as he arrives back on earth “Megatron must be stopped…no matter the cost,” that line never fails to send chills down my spine.

“Coronation Starscream!? This is bad comedy.” -Galvatron

“When do we start bustin’ deceptachops!” -Ironhide

“Who you callin’ unchrasimatic!” -Rumble

“Such heroic nonsense!” -Megatron

The amount of violence in the film is surprising as well. The slaughter of the autobots on the shuttle is particularly vicious. The heaped bodies during the siege of Autobot City. i know they’re robots but a film with a as much human destruction would never have squeaked by with a PG rating. Anyhoo if you remember Transformers with any fondness, or are just lookin’ for a fun summer sci-fi flick pop over to your local video store, or check out netflix, for TFTM.