Archive for December 30th, 2014

30
Dec
14

AWFUL BLU RAY COVER ART FOR VACATION

10882363_10205727714974543_1413326031938588438_nTITLE: National Lampoon’s Vacation ITEM: Blu Ray celebrating 30th Anniversary. CAST: Chevy Chase, Beveryl D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Dana Barron, Christie Brinkley, Anthony Michael Hall ORIGINAL ARTWORK: National Lampoon’s Vacation came out in 1983, which was a year after the John Milius/Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan The Barbarian pillaged theaters, and the Vacation poster was a parody: a retro painting ala Frank Franzetta of Chevy Chase with co-star wife Beverly D’Angelo and supermodel cameo Christie Brinkley clinging to each leg like pallid servant girl wenches: also parodying the theme of the movie in which Chase’s put-upon husband/father is anything but in control. NEW ARTWORK: The original artwork was used for the annoying Warner Brothers Snapcase:VACATION+95 the sole source where you could find Vacation, and in full screen ratio, not wide… There was another awful reissue cover replacing the original artwork, but this new crap beats all… PROBLEMS ARE: First off, Chevy Chase portrayed a family man, not a bachelor or businessman, so the fact he has a set of golf clubs over his shoulder and a tennis racquet just doesn’t fit (he’s holding a racquet on the original cover, but replacing a sword it has purpose)… His Caddyshack character Ty Webb would vacation this way but Clark had other junk to carry on the cross-country trip… Also, the moose antler cap is just plain awful, making our hero look like a complete clown when in fact, Clark Griswold was perhaps Chase’s best career performance: he really got into the role as an oblivious suburban dad doing anything and everything possible to make a hellish trip wonderful and failing at every turn… And this new Blu Ray cover ruins everything, plain and simple. If only Vacation were a Warner Archive: the plastic cases may smell awful, but the real artwork is used.

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30
Dec
14

TIM MATHESON SIGNS ANIMAL HOUSE

photo-163PROJECT: Animal House CELEBRITY: Tim Matheson CHARACTER: Eric “Otter” Stratten ITEM: Something called a VideoDisc, a cross between a video tape and a laserdisc, and so great to have autographed since they are shaped like a board, and you can place them anywhere in the house. Best of all, they usually have the original artwork unlike so many DVDs. LOCATION: Comic Book Show at the Shrine near USC… STORY: Well this was an excitingPicture+21 day because Tim Matheson had never done an autograph show, and is one of my favorite actors… He was very cool and down to earth, and tripped hard on the video disc itself: he never seen or heard of these things… CLOSURE: My autograph hound buddy JB had something for me to give Tim to sign, for him, and Tim liked it so much he wrote his phone number down, for my friend to call him… It was a cartoon glossy of Tim’s work on THE VIRGINIAN… Tim was at this show because of his voice work on the classic Hanna Barbara cartoon JOHNNY QUEST… He didn’t just sit at a booth, he showed up at 1 and left at 2… The line was long at first then dwindled… I was his first customer and last… Got a few more things signed which will show up here eventually…




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