Five Things – 01.23.17 – Hit The Play Button And Go Blow Up Some Spaceships

Pioneer LaserActive Infomercial In 1993 Pioneer released a sort of megadevice that combined CDs, Laserdiscs, video games, and  interactive karaoke CDs.  Called “LaserActive”, it retailed for just under $1000 and in a result that shocked nobody, was largely unsuccessful. This 1993 “issue” of Zoom, the “Video Magazine” (what?) features the ins-and-outs of the LaserActive.  It’s a…

Five Things – 09.26.16 – Find The Future And Touch Tomorrow

1984 EPCOT Video Brochure It’s been a minute since I scratched the EPCOT itch here, but this video brochure from 1984 certainly makes up for lost time. The focus of this extended commercial, as usual, skews more toward the World Showcase than it does on Future World, a strategy that always baffled me.  Were/are people really…

Five Things – 08.01.16 – To Un-Bore You

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future It’s a pretty generic title, but the show itself is actually somewhat ambitious. This 1987 Canadian Sci-Fi show centers around the conveniently named Jonathan Power.  His team, the Soldiers of the Future, are some of the last humans left alive after the Metal War, your basic man vs….

Five Things – 11.3.14

1. That Refreshing Look – The appropriately-1950s-named Vendo corporation produced this promotional film touting the benefits of Coca-Cola’s new vending machines.  The part that’s actually about the machines themselves is a little dry, but the crisp color imagery of 1950s American life at the beginning and the ‘roleplay’ selling scenarios at the end are fantastic.

Five Things – 6.17.13

1.  Pocket Rockers – In 1988, Fisher Price decided that there weren’t enough weird formats of media around and introduced yet another one, targeted at kids.  The toy was called Pocket Rockers, and it was basically a little mini stereo with a tiny tape that held two songs on it – kind of like cassette…

Five Things – 6.3.13

1.  Living Seas Pre-Show – The Living Seas pavilion was one of the last original pavilions to open at EPCOT, opening in 1986. It was a pretty sweet ‘trip’ through a Sealab-esque underwater laboratory where you could see all sorts of future tech for undersea exploration.  It also housed the largest aquarium at the time,…

Five Things – 2.18.13

1.  Wayne’s World VCR Board Game – I’ll admit, I’m a pretty big fan of stupid things.  I’m particularly fond of stupid things from the ’90s.  Some of the fun is seeing the stuff that as a child you thought was so cool from the other side, the older side, and noticing how ridiculous it…

Five Things – 1.28.13

1.  The Jitterbug – I have the feeling this is one of those things that I found out just now but is common knowledge to the rest of the world and has been for some time.  Well! Apparently there was a song/scene cut from the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz called The Jitterbug.  From…

Five Things – 1.14.13

1.  Defend Space Law – Another one of my favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes, Space Mutiny features a thick man thwarting a rebellion led by thinner men on a spaceship that looks like a factory basement.  It’s pretty fantastic.  Check out this fan-poster done for the movie by SassyLazerMermaid: (EDIT 12/1/13: Actually done by…

Five Things – 8.27.12

1.  Auroratone – I stumbled across this amazing thing this week – a series of videos constructed in the 1940s to treat mental disorders.  The attempt, called Auroratone, used soothing music and psychedelic images to produce a calming sensation.  Here’s the only one I could find, a remastered Auroratone with Bing Crosby providing the song….