Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Strawberry short takes

Well, it’s probably evident by now that this whole Facebook (or as my esteemed blogging colleague and fellow Georgian Elisson dubs it, “Crackbook”) is becoming a most undesirable distraction from the blog…particularly since I’ve been skating by on the clever comic strip entries the past few days. Suffice it to say, I have enrolled in a clinic designed to get this monkey off my back and I hope to be blogging at full power within the next day or two.

A couple of TV-on-DVD news items that may be of interest: TVShowsOnDVD.com has finally nailed down a street date for the Shout! Factory release of Adam-12: Season 3—August 11th, according to Messrs. Lacey and Lambert, and the set will of course contain all twenty-six episodes of the Jack Webb-produced crime drama’s junior year. I originally purchased the first season when it was released many moons ago but ended up flogging it on eBay when it looked as if no further sets were forthcoming. (Nowadays, the reruns are a fixture on Atlanta’s RTN affiliate—WSB-DT at 5pm weekdays—so I talked myself out of resuming the purchases.) The website also has a press release from Sony about the July 14th debut of Bewitched: The Complete Eighth & Final Season which contains a glance at the box art, displayed proudly at the left. (I mentioned to a friend of my sister Kat’s this weekend that the final season of Bewitched would be out on DVD in July as well as the fourth season of Charlie’s Angels; his response to the latter was that since the series was entering “The Shelley Hack Years” he saw no need for his further participation.)

Also being announced at TVShowsOnDVD.com is a pair of Walt Disney Treasures tins due out November 3rd that will feature both seasons of the cult-favorite Zorro (1957-59), starring Guy Williams as the legendary masked swashbuckler created by Johnston McCulley. This has been requested by fans for many years now, so it’s nice to see the Disney people finally get on the ball. (Remember—these Treasures releases have a tendency to debut and then disappear in a wisp of smoke so if you’re planning on purchasing it, make sure you mark down the date on your calendar.)

I had a review or two of some of the latest flicks I’ve caught on TCM of late in the hopper, but since the popular cinematic blogger known as The Self-Styled Siren has a post up on The Sign of the Ram (1948)—a movie that had been on my must-see list for a good while and which I finally got to see Sunday night—I don’t need to bother; ditto some of the offerings from TCM’s on-going Latino Images in Film which is being analyzed in well-written and enjoyable detail by Raquelle over at Out of the Past: A Classic Film Blog. If I can sit down tonight between Tortilla Flat (1942; and I’m only watching this because John Garfield is in it) and The Milagro Beanfield War (1988) I might be able to get an additional post up today…then again, I’m always up for a game of Vampire Wars…

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