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    [An earlier version of this PT was originally posted on June 12th, 2014 on JoBlo's "DVD, Blu-Ray & Home Theater Discussion" forum.]

    Women with too much time on their hands or nosy neighbors - your call in "Desperate Housewives"...



    "Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season" was released on home video on September 1st, 2009.

    It streeted against "Brothers And Sisters: The Complete Third Season", "Heroes: Season 3" and "The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes: Set 1".

    This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcase holding seven discs in a digipak. It came with two small inserts, none of which was an episode guide (though a content listing is shown for the DVDs on the inside flap - no air dates). 1) A two pager extolling the virtues of Blu-Ray. The rear showcases twelve BD titles. 2) An advertisement for other Buena Vista Home Entertainment TV titles (seasons sets) and "Lost: The Complete Fifth Season". This had a coupon, $10.00 off select titles. It expired on December 31st, 2009. I didn't use mine, would've, but forgot I had it; could've gotten "Life On Mars: The Complete Series" for less. This insert also has an ad for daytime soaps on ABC. Déjà vu?

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    On street, Best Buy offered two exclusives. 1) Embossed cardboard foil slipcase. 2) Bonus disc.

    The set sold for $37.99. The extra DVD has a run time of 20:50 minutes, this came in a printed sleeve, shrinked wrapped on the box's rear.

    The extras are presented in widescreen.

    The store also had an offer; buy season five with any other DH season (singular not plural) and save $15.00.

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    Above is the regular edition in case you were curious.

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    Void.

    You know it - this is a small entry.

    One of the hits from 1983 was the conspiracy, action adventure, thriller - "Blue Thunder".



    The movie centered on a super assault helicopter which was given to loan to Los Angeles Police Department, air support division by the military. For possible use in the 1984 Summer Olympic games which Los Angeles was hosting. Turns out the chopper had a sinister secondary purpose - stealth, political assassination and violent urban pacification to quell that unrest.

    It was a hit and was turned into a TV series for ABC in 1984; stripped of the movie's plot. Now just an assault helicopter on loan for urban crimes. The series lasted eleven episodes and was swiftly canceled. The complete show is on DVD.

    As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - CBS wanted their own super helicopter series, they made "Airwolf" (1984). The knockoff was the better series, this ran for three season on the network then a revival season on the USA Channel for (basic) cable. Four seasons on the air; its pilot episode was expanded and released theatrically in Europe. All the seasons and theatrical cut are on DVD.

    So? This is a series that would make a good choice for a reboot, "Blue Thunder".

    What I would like to see is a series long conspiracy around the assault chopper. Ending like the feature with Frank Murphy (Roy Scheider in the film) destroying the helicopter on the train tracks by an incoming locomotive.

    The mystery - why does Blue Thunder exist? Not like the feature's plot. It was a pilot program to see if it would work for 'urban pacification'. To control the masses as an Elder-God is unleashed. Yes, a Lovecraftian monster.

    Cult members using acquired relics and human sacrifice, unleash the beast - which include Colonel F.E. Cochrane (Malcolm McDowell in the movie), the Dark Priest of this movement. Because of Murphy's investigation with his partner Richard Lymangood (Daniel Stern in the film), the timetable is accelerated.

    The final episode would have the reveal. You only see part of this giant creature trashing Los Angeles. Bloody madness to anyone who sees IT with their naked eye. Tentacles grabbing people and throwing cars.

    Murphy using the helmet's on-screen visor, blacked out; seeing the environment as wire frame. Which was the real intent for this function - to gaze at the face of their God without going insane.

    Blue Thunder battles the beast and dodging things being thrown at it and of course - Cochrane trying to defend his celestial in another assault chopper. Murphy is victorious sending it back from where it came. Cochrane is killed and... you know the rest.

    You get this huge mystery with ever growing dread that something is happening far beyond what is being told. Crimes and thefts episodes would be some of the cases what Murphy and Lymangood investigate, central episodes to the series' lore and conclusion.

    No reason to change it - have it set in 1983; three seasons would be about right - beginning, middle and conclusion. Billy Idol's song, "Flesh For Fantasy" popped to mind when I wrote this.

    The ABC show; I had no issue with actor James Farentino taking over Scheider's role as Frank Chaney - he was a solid replacement. Nor with his partner Clinton Wonderlove, played by pre-famous comic, Dana Carvey. NOW... why the hell were Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus in this?

    And why the idea of "Rolling Thunder" was a good one? A truck with supplies and ground support. Both former NFL players had terrible (lame) jokes in the show. Both stood out, badly. This is about Frank and Clinton.

    They made a change for TV; Frank's nickname for his younger partner - JAFO.

    Was "Just Another Fu¢king Observer" to "Just Another Frustrated Observer".



    What sucks is I can only do ten images per post and found a great pix of the chopper in flight, but can't - would become eleven. Man, I looked about for images on the feature and TV series and ended up only using the poster and a TV Guide page (above). Butkus, Farentino and Smith shown as heads in the ad.

    By the way, "Airwolf" had the way better opening theme music.

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    Anyhow.



    Not the strongest of the seasons, but still entertaining. So who's my favorite? Easy - Eva Longoria. I know that Teri Hatcher is suppose to be the star of the show, but she doesn't do it for me.

    She did look pretty hot in the 1989 film "Tango & Cash". But that was then.

    I'm being honest.

    Man, there was a time when I had a crush on actress Dana Delany (the last gal on the left in the above promo pix).



    I remember Delany as the voice of Lois Lane on "Superman: The Animated Series" (1996). She was nearly always wearing pleated short skirts that miraculously never flashed up. Don't give me that look. Lots of guys were thinking the same thing. Great legs on her.

    Yeah, I'll admit - I went a bit pervy with the above pix. To quote another animated hottie, Jessica Rabbit: "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way". Just noticed, Lois looks kinda eurasian. Sway.

    That's it. This is one of my shorter entries. *shrugs* Next PT will lurk about on June 26th, 2014. Give it some cookies would you? Not dangerous, just misunderstood and somewhat high.
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    Avengers: Endgame
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    CD available now

    "Jonas Brothers - Happiness Begins" with two exclusive bonus track $13.99

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    Avengers: Endgame
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    Avengers 4 - Movie Collection
    Exculusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $149.99

    Spider-Man Legacy Collection (available now)
    Exclusive steelbook; BD only $50.99

    A Wrinkle In Time (available now)
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DVD combo $24.99

    Pet Sematary (2019) (available now)
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD only $29.99

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    CDs

    "Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $10.99

    "Taylor Swift - Lover" four different versions; CD, 2 memos, 30 page journal, lyrics with photos and poster sets $16.99 (each).
    * free five dollar gift card if you buy all four exclusives

    "Lionel Richie - Hello From Las Vegas" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $12.99 (available now)

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    Iron Man
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    Iron Man 2
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Iron Man 3
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Thor
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Thor : The Dark World
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Avengers: Endgame (available now)
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Avengers 4 - Movie Collection (available now)
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    This week we puff our last blunt in "Weeds"...



    "Weeds: Season Eight - The Final Season" was released on home video on February 12th, 2013.

    It streeted against "Skyfall", "Robot & Frank" and "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower".

    This release originally came with a cardboard slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It came with two small inserts. An episode index, but it lists no air dates. And an ad for Lionsgate's BeFit YouTube channel (YouTube.com/BeFit).

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    Target offered the sole exclusive, a bonus disc. This sold for $24.99 and was also available for Blu-Ray, same price.

    Came inside the three disc case (no CD envelope). I say this since some new series season sets come in a case which has a small spindle inside ("Pan Am: The Complete Series"; ended up buying a three disc case from Big Lots! - a movie collection, I forgot what), instead of a normal three disc holders.

    Bonus disc has a run time of 23:19 minutes. I had no problem getting my copy - mostly. I was lucky.



    The store had several copies. I picked up one and took it to the register, along with the weekly ad from Best Buy. I wanted to price match, the competitor had S8 for $19.99. The lady originally said no; saying it was only for the basic/regular edition, not their exclusive. I pointed out that they only carried the exclusive. Someone went to media area to check, indeed, that's it. Common sense prevailed and I price matched it. Very sway.

    As mention in the Past Tense for "Weeds: Season Two". I've only seen seasons one through three. I still haven't gotten around to watch the others - I will, eventually.

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    Tangent.

    Back to the 1979 Disney, PG rated sci-fi feature - "The Black Hole". A lost opportunity for fans and their kids, last decade.

    You can read more about the movie and potential deeper meanings in the Past Tense entry for "Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5" (clicky clicky).



    What you see above is the remote contol V.I.N.Cent (Vital Information Necessary Centralized) toy - not produced. It was more than a foot tall.

    Pretty much only exist in the company's catalog for retail stores.

    The RC bot was planned to come out in 1980. Two working prototypes were created at a cost of hundred thousand, the stepping stone for other RC large toys using the same principles. One remote for both prototypes. When "Bob Project" was scraped; one was tossed in the dumpster along with the remote. *shakes head*

    A solitary V.I.N.Cent exist today because one of the men who worked on the project saved it - took it home. Things learned...

    A) Those side arm - claws have a spring in it to hold paper items; they slide out (not motorized).

    B) Both front arms and lasers extend and retract on command.

    C) The feet base had wheels in them for movement.

    D) The head spinned.

    Did my best; the bot used 3 "D" batteries to run. But can't read or find online how many or what kind of batteries were used in the remote. Sorry.

    Why canceled? Turns out - the retail price would've been far too high for the average consumer. So the item was pulled. While doing the research, found a softcore porn connection. Indeed!

    The V.I.N.Cent toy was pictured in a 1979 pre-Christmas issue of Playboy magazine; would that be the mag from October '79? Magazines are two months head of their release month; March issue comes out in January and so on. It was intended as high end toy with a price tag of $79.99. Remember - at this point in time America was still going through a hard recession; mid 1970s there was an nationwide energy crisis. Money, disposable money was in short supply.

    Looked at an inflation online calculator; when adjusted for 2019 this would've cost $248.65. Wow. How many people in 1980 could afford that? On a child's toy?

    Mego Corporation (1954 - 1983; bankruptcy) was going to produce various toys for the film; action figures and playsets. By the way, "The Black Hole" was a massive licensing failure for the Mego.

    What limited toys got released almost didn't happen; pretty much only action figures (same amount of articulation as those small "G.I. Joe"). I never owned them. But do remember seeing them at TG&Y; kinda, but not quite - the Wal-Mart of their day, Woolworth really held that title. And the larger Ken doll sized figures of the humans, not the robots.



    Anyhow, they were having company problems at the time. So only a few were made. Above image from the same catalog. There were playsets announced for those smaller figs, but those didn't happen either.

    Point?

    Early 2000s...

    This movie droid could've been a near life sized, entertainment center. Yes, you read correctly.

    Take a good look at that RC toy and consider this...

    Open the top of its head (on a hinge, not a pull out) - expose the DVD player, monitor is the screen in the chest. Buttons for volume and DVD functions also on the chest (below screen) and could also be done by the included remote control. The screen would be a bit bigger than the movie character for obvious reasons, but not too big to take away from the sci-fi icon. The line of lights under the screen could also flick on and off to the volume, like an audio analyzer. This could be turned off and on.

    The player would also do CDs and MP3 CD-Rs.

    There are hidden stereo speakers below the arms. The robot's rear would have audio output for external speakers if you want. And video/audio input to use it like a regular TV.

    This could have minor motion on the face, looking left to right (vise versa) - have it activated by on-screen volume, like a car crash or high pitch noise. V.I.N.Cent startled, even have (randomly) eyes light up. Mode can be turned off by a switch on the back.

    The uppers part of the chest would also have a digital turner, AM/FM radio. Screen would show the station numbers, tuning and perhaps a wireframe wavelength of audio for visuals; can be turned off by mode button next to the tuner. On the edge of the collar (as it were) would have ten radio presets for (each) tuner.

    Unlike the above radio control toy, the feet do not move - those round stabilizer on each ball. Let me make this clear - this would be intended for a desk, not the living room. Be it a child's desk or an adult's home work station.

    Could very well be a switch on the back (on/off) to have V.I.N.Cent say various dialog (voiced by Roddy McDowall) from the movie (random) from pushing the front button "enter'.

    And do more than just DVDs and CDs. There could be a small, sliding door on the front top frame for a hidden USB port. There you can plug in a memory stick to play MP3s and MP4s videos.

    It would be damn sway. Not sure, would there be room to animated the claws (hands)? Perhaps. This way, you could use V.I.N.Cent to hold a paper note. The same with the laser guns (next to the claws) - could be done by the remote. Push a button and they extended out, lights up (blinks) with the correct color with sound effect from the movie.

    *pew pew pew*

    When you turn him Off - the head (face) drops inside the body, like the movie with a power down sound effect. And a power up sound when turned On..

    The side arms would not extend. Just the mock door on the sides. Going back to the front arms. I can imagine them recessing, like the movie and having those spring slide door close on it. Yeah, I think it's possible.

    I'm pretty sure this could be made using a 3D printer, a fan made - custom leisure hub for fanboys and their kids.

    Holy crap, just looked on eBay; vintage V.I.N.Cent figure (seen above) is going for $324.95 and $665.00 for the Italian version! Same thing, blister pack text in Italian.



    Above is a cutaway from the '79 Japanese movie program (written in Katakana). Can't read, the itemized points. It is cool looking though.

    News surfaced this month; coming in January 2020, new action figures. This is one of them, a two pack of bots. This is V.I.N.Cent and Old B.O.B.; the figs come with a base that features a diorama - the interior of the USS Cygnus. This will retail for $28.99. Yes, there is a market for this franchise today.

    Other figs in "Disney Classic Series" include Maximilian by itself with multiple interchangeable parts for $28.99. I think it may be to scale with the above bots. Lastly is vinyl figures, super-deformed of Maximilian and V.I.N.Cent for $19.99. It's cute.

    There you go. Yeah, I know - this PT entry was short. I only had so much to write about it. Next outing will have more meat. See you here on September 5th, 2019 for a month long coverage on steelbooks.

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    CD available 8/30

    "Lana Del Ray - NFR!" with exclusive poster $11.99
    "Rocketman - Soundtrack" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $13.99 (available now)

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    Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99
    Exclusive 3D presentation; BD/DVD/DC combo $29.99

    The Secret Lives Of Pets 2
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $32.99

    Rocketman
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $32.99

    The Goonies
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DC combo $14.99

    Beetlejuice
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DC combo $14.99

    The Exorcist
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DC combo $14.99

    Friday The 13th (1980)
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DC combo $14.99

    Cat's Eye
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DC combo $14.99

    Salem's Lot (1979)
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DC combo $14.99

    Avengers: Endgame (available now)
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    Avengers 4 - Movie Collection (available now)
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    Men In Black: International
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    Men In Black: International
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    It (2017)
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    It (original)
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    Past Tense - Cold Blooded Dangers And Scales Part I


    [An earlier version of this PT was originally posted on January 17th, 2013 on JoBlo's "DVD, Blu-Ray & Home Theater Discussion" forum.]

    Been awhile - a month long theme, so now we get steelbooks! Time for more interstellar wickedness, this outing - friggin' space lizards in the reboot television series, "V"...



    "V: The Complete First Season" was released on home video on November 2nd, 2010.

    It streeted against "The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition", "Not Of This Earth: Roger Corman's Cult Classics" (1988, Traci Lords version), "Toy Story 3" and "Winnebago Man".

    The regular edition originally came with a cardboard slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. And a three page folding booklet - episode guide/special features list.

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    There was a single exclusive in America...



    Best Buy offered an exclusive steelbook case for the three disc set. The steelbook cover is different from the regular edition. This sold for $27.99 (it was also available for Blu-Ray, $34.99).

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    Rant.

    Look, I'll be honest, this PT post is just an excuse for me to bitch. So much so, I'm breaking this Past Tense into two parts. *nods*

    The reboot was decent, I was entertained, true. But it failed to get the overall sense of escalation that the original 1983 mini-series had. And their overall purpose was muted. We got answers, but it felt hollow; more like - just because.

    It was nice to see Jane Badler (as Diana) and Marc Singer (as Lars Tremont) on the show (second season, both), the two were main characters from the original iteration. I do appreciate the effort.

    As I wrote, it was entertained, I'm glad the ABC series got a second season (also out on DVD). But I'm not sadden that it got canceled from there. Even Kenneth Johnson wasn't thrilled, the creator of the concept (effectively Nazis in space). He wanted his name removed from the 2009 series; it was listed as "created by". He felt (rightly so), that the reboot was so far removed from the name sake that he didn't want to be associated.

    Johnson went to the Writers Guild Of America in August of '09 trying to get his name taken off. His effort failed, the reboot still bares the credit.

    Lets begin.



    In the original NBC presentation. The Visitors came to Earth in 50 motherships, each measuring three miles long. These were you're classical UFOs and they were awe-inspiring. For the 2009 series the ship was re-imagined, which is okay. A nice bit of foreshadowing, their motherships' looks like a serpent's head. This time only 29 space crafts have come to Earth.

    I don't have an issue with the use of CGI, it's a tool, like any other. My problem is that SOOO much of the series was crutched by it. Sets looks fake, the ships and Visitors themselves. The make-up - wasn't, it was CGI as well. This I'm sadden by.

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    Here we have two shots of corridors from each mothership. Bottom is the reboot - the corridor looks empty (minus Marcus [Christopher Shyer] and Dr. Joshua [Mark Hildreth]), it lacks detail - even furniture. Have something there, maybe some kind of equipment. The other image is from the original, the difference is striking - it looks reality based.

    Available space would be a commodity, you would need to utilize all the available area for storage, accommodations, equipment/machinery, medical and so forth. This looks functional, not like the lobby of some hotel. And it was built for real, not a CGI creation.

    Yes, that was a cheap shot.

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    This is my biggest grip with the reboot, the Visitor's clothing. Above we see Marcus and High Commander, Anna (Morena Baccarin) in their native outfits. Notice it?

    They look like quasi-future business suits! What the hell?

    I can understand that they wanted to save money by making their clothes look terrestrial, but c'mon. This is crap.



    This is how it was done, a clear demarcation of who they are and us. Their clothing did the job effectively. They may say 'we want to be friends', but their uniform says different (with black jackboots).

    Pictured above is (left to right) Diana, Martin (Frank Ashmore) and Mike Donovan (Singer).

    I was hoping for something similar for the reboot, we got businessmen (and women) in space. *shakes head*

    Now some of you might say, 'Hey! That's the clothing for command, the rest wore a different outfit'.



    Yes, you are correct. Above is their basic uniform (as modeled by Anna's daughter Lisa [Laura Vandervoort ]). This didn't impress me either; a blue jacket with matching pants. Man, you could do better, much better. This could almost be club-ware or even contemporary pajamas



    Other big issue I had - their shuttle crafts. Like they ran out of ideas and slaps something together, good enough. The front looks like the space shuttle with a body that kinda reassemble a snake, sort of.

    Quite disappointed, that transport looks so mundane, from the portfolio of a first year art student. Where was the grandeur?

    Not joking.

    More bellyaching below, scroll away - AND another store exclusive!
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    Past Tense - Cold Blooded Dangers And Scales Part II




    That's fancy! And doesn't look familiar. When the Visitors first appeared in person ('83) it was from their shuttle. That's a super cool design. A craft that was made to be modular; it could shuttle, troop transport, fighter or cargo tanker. It makes perfect sense. You would want a versatile vehicle. This thing fits the bill.

    This was a full scale prop. Very sway.

    Sure, another gripe were people calling the aliens - "The Vs", that got on my nerve. Just call them Visitors, don't placate to the Twitter crowd. *deep sigh*

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    Taking a step back on that shuttle. In the mini-series there was a scene where Mike's son's friend, Tommy (Josh Brooks) shows him his new toy - a Visitor craft with action figure. I was in elementary school when this aired (May 1st and 2nd, 1983). How cool is that?

    Man, I wanted one of those toys real bad! That thing was huge.

    This was something I didn't know about until this early 2013.

    There was a Visitor fighter craft and Jeep with figures toy set.



    Don't know where this was released. But I'm guessing this is from the later TV series (1984). In the series they used Jeeps to move about. Granted they did use a couple to some extent in the second mini-series "V: The Final Battle" ('84). I would like one, too bad the windows are painted black and not see through.

    If this came out today, it would have sound effects, light up and have a detailed cockpit. I'm surprised they haven't done that yet. It's all about licensing I suppose.

    What else... this is ripe to become various Lego sets. Fighters and Mother Ship bridge even a hanger with three or so fighters. Would come with different heads for the Visitors; human or green lizard. That would be excellent.

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    This is strictly for the guys (slash) pervs. What did the lizard ladies wear under their uniform? A solid, good question. Men will ponder that.

    Sometimes lizard is better. *Fred Gwynne voice*



    For the original, Visitor Barbara (Jenny Neumann) wore a cream orange bikini. Okay, I suppose - does the job. That outfit is very much a product of its time. Visitor Lisa (reboot) wore dark brown bra and matching boy shorts with an off-white trim. Have nothing to complain about, works and quite functional.

    I much prefer the lingerie worn by Lisa. And I'm guessing most of the male readers here would agree with that... and perhaps a few ladies too.

    Add to that, the bikini bottom kinda looks like it doesn't quite fit Barbara's rear.

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    Footnotes.



    There was a second exclusive for season one. This came from North of the boarder - Canada, another steelbook. As you can see the cover is slightly different from the U.S. steelbook (and wider).

    Sold for DVD or Blu-Ray from Future Shop, the sister retail store of Best Buy.

    Released on November 10th, 2010. Sorry - do not know the prices.

    By the way, from a store that no longer exists.

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    Here's the cover from the first mini-series. The came to DVD on July 3rd, 2001 in one of those hated cardboard snapper cases (for $19.95). *shaking fist* On November 8th, 2011 it was re-released (priced at $14.97), now in a standard DVD case. Good.

    Just so you know, it okay - nothing was lost. The DVD presents the mini-series in widescreen, but didn't the thing aired on TV full screen? They didn't chop up the bottom and top to make it wide.

    OR was the mini-series was filmed wide then cropped for television?

    Good questions.

    Sure - this is also on Blu-Ray as an MOD; released as part of "Warner Archive Collection", BD-R. Streeted on August 27th, 2019 for $21.99. No extras like the DVD.

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    So you can know what they did back in '80s. This is the real make-up they did for the big reveal by television journalist, Donovan who snuck on board the L.A. mothership. They are not like us... they are not our friends.

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    By the way, I bought this on street from Best Buy AND price matched their own website which had it cheaper - $25.99, two bucks less.

    Took a print out with me to the store.



    Why yes, this is a screen snap from November 2nd, 2010 - the same I printed out. Yes - I am THAT anal.

    Anyhow, I have season two and realize I only have season one as that steelbook. In mid August (this year) I bought the standard first season with foil slipcase. *nods*

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    Tangent.

    Here's a behind-the-scenes photo.



    From the first mini-series finale; director/creator Kenneth Johnson with actress Faye Grant who played Dr. Juliet Parrish. I'll let you on a personal secret...

    It was her. *whispered voice*

    It was Ms. Grant who captured my heart as a boy and gave me a lifetime affinity for petite women. It's true. Man, she's so huggable and stuff.

    - - - - - - - - - -

    Just Because.

    Would you?



    Knowing, she's a lizard.

    Once more - Vandervoort as Visitor Lisa. Unless I'm mistaken, that shell is actually alive - the masquerade flesh. By the way, Vandervoort also did another genre shows such as "Smallville" (The CW). She played Kara Kent, a.k.a. Supergirl during its seventh season. And a werewolf, Elena Michaels in "Bitten" (Syfy Channel).

    She later had guest roles in the current TV series, "Supergirl" for The CW.

    There you have it, another cluster for you. You could say crap, but I would say - educational. Come back here on September 19th, 2019 for another steelbook entry. NOT zombies, they're still very much alive.

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    Aladdin (animated)
    Exclusive packaging with 40 page storybook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Aladdin (live action)
    Exclusive packaging with 40 page storybook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    John Wick 3: Parabellum
    Exclusive steelbook; BD/DVD/DC combo $24.99

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    Aladdin (live action)
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    Aladdin (animated)
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    John Wick 3: Parabellum
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $29.99

    Casino
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $24.99

    Cars
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Cars 2
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Finding Nemo
    Exclusive steelbook; 4k BD/BD/DC combo $34.99

    Finding Dory
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    Inside Out
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    The Good Dinosaur
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    Brave
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    Ratatouille
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    X-Men: Dark Phoenix
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    Jojo Siwa Sweet Celebrations
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