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Chavez: I'm pretty sure that Netflix still has ROBOTECH, the original series.  Personally, I have the entire series on blu ray and re-watched the entire thing about 3 years ago...I feel that it still holds up pretty well, so I can honestly recommend it without having my Joo Janta Nolstalgia Sensitive Glasses on.

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It's on Netflix.  I believe the original three series are also on Amazon Prime Video as well.

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Saturday morning quality TV

 

post #154 of 839
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The arguably best action score of the late 80's just got reissued on La-La Land Records (CD).  Michael Kamen's DIE HARD.

http://lalalandrecords.com/Site/DieHardR.html

 

post #155 of 839

Best action score?  Maybe...but here's the best action song of the 80s:

 

post #156 of 839
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I had a fun little pseudo-theory that until T2 came out in 1991 that the true alternate reality sequel to The Terminator (1984) was Miracle Mile (1988), taking place in the same universe.    

 

- Both films were produced by Hemdale by John Daly and feature classic synth-based scores.

- Both films feature actor Earl Bowen:  Dr. Silberman in Terminator and the Man at Diner (same character?) in Miracle Mile.

- Both films feature actor Brian Thompson:  Punk #2 in Terminator and the Helicopter Pilot (twin brother?) in Miracle Mile.

- Both films take place in Los Angeles, largely at night.  The locations of Tech Noir and Johnnie's are a mere six miles apart.

- The goof is that both films take place on the same night, only Skynet wins in Miracle Mile.  We never find out why the missles are really launched.

  It's a pity that Harry & Julie had to have their ill-fated date on the same night a cyborg was tearing up the city.

post #157 of 839

Oh, Robotech. Simultaneously the beginning and end of casual anime fandom for so many of us. I was in high school and our little after-school common-room group tuned in to watch every day and became completely immersed, hunting down what toys and books we could. But with immersion came the knowledge that we weren't seeing the "real" version, that names and places and storylines from the three source shows had been altered and juggled around. It would be decades before I finally saw the shows in their original forms, and encountered a new, aggressive fandom that rejected out of hand discussion of the American edits.

 

But I still have room in my heart for both. Much like Hikaru ("Rick") with Misa ("Lisa") and Minmay ("Minmei"). And I need to emphasize how strongly we kids were affected by that particular triangle, especially in the final stretch of Macross. When you're young, it's clear that Rick needs to move past the childish Minmei and settle down with the mature Lisa, and it's aggravating that he never quite manages to. But you get older and you realize that Minmei is an admirable character, continuing to shoulder her responsibilities as a public figure and propaganda symbol, while Lisa is an alcoholic with daddy issues.


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post #158 of 839

My favorite song from Minmay was "Stage Fright," unless I'm in the mood for a good cry in which case it's "To Be in Love."

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Saddest version of "To Be In Love": broken Mimmei doll, clutched in the hand of a long-dead Zentraedi soldier.

 

I think I prefer the American Macross songs to the Japanese ones in general. I do wish both incarnations had more songs, because it gets a bit wearying to hear the same ones pop up again and again when the story is trying to go to new places.

 

Now, Genesis Climber Mospeada (aka Part 3 of Robotech) is a different story. Great early score from Joe Hisaishi.

post #160 of 839
Was gonna say, you embark on a Macross saga watch, you gotta prepare to hear those two songs-- a lot.

Ugh, Minmei... Rick, you fool! Don't you see that Lisa really loves you?!

Third series (Mospaeda) definitely takes the prize for coolest machines. I had an Alpha and a Cyclone toy (whatever they were originally called)-- I loved those things.
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I'm tellin' ya man, Lisa's damaged goods.

post #162 of 839
No, you raise a good point. On the other hand, I now have "To Be In Love" stuck in my head and want to shoot myself... Maybe if I were Rick I'd go for a third option and comfort Claudia in her grief instead.
post #163 of 839

Now you're talking.

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These were pretty much my Saturday morning jams...

 

 

post #165 of 839

Hell yes to MIGHTY ORBOTS.  Not sure why that never lasted as it was really quite good.

 

And damn you to hell for getting this in my brain:

post #166 of 839

But here's the definitive song:

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And THIS was my jam.  I didn't know it was called 'Rick Hunter's Theme', but I'll go with it.  I always associated it with the 3rd series when Scott Bernard would go into battle armor mode on his Cyclone.

 

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These were pretty much my Saturday morning jams...

 

 

 

 

 

I had a book (lost I don't know when/where) called SATURDAY MORNING FEVER about Saturday Morning cartoons, and it singled out Thundarr designer Alex Toth for doing yeoman's work on a number of cool shoows. 

 

Even though Thundarr is an attempt to rip off both Conan AND Star Wars (sun sword that cuts through anything? Strong, animal-like sidekick who communicates through grunts and roars?) it's got enough inventive and unique character design that it's easy to forgive the lack of attempts to disguise the source material. 

post #169 of 839
Didn't Jack Kirby do some work on that show as well?

My brother and I were enough into Thundarr that we would pretend our Star Wars figures were Thundarr ones. Want to say that was before Masters of the Universe came in to take over the sci-fi barbarian niche.

Among other things I yell out these days in order not to curse around my kid (because swearing like a sailor is one of my bad habits) is "Ookla the Mok!"
post #170 of 839

Yeah Kirby did a bunch of design work on Thundarr.  You can really see it in the villain Gemini.  He's got New Gods written all over him.  And the whole show was created by Steve Gerber of Howard the Duck fame.

 

Thundarr, along with the original Galactica and Buck Rogers, are examples of childhood's relative lack of perception.  Thundarr only had 21 episodes total, Galactica was one and done before morphing into Galactica 1980, and Buck Rogers had two seasons with a major revamp in the middle.  And yet my nostalgic gaze wants to tell me they ran for years and years.

post #171 of 839
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Yeah Kirby did a bunch of design work on Thundarr.  You can really see it in the villain Gemini.  He's got New Gods written all over him.  And the whole show was created by Steve Gerber of Howard the Duck fame.

 

Thundarr, along with the original Galactica and Buck Rogers, are examples of childhood's relative lack of perception.  Thundarr only had 21 episodes total, Galactica was one and done before morphing into Galactica 1980, and Buck Rogers had two seasons with a major revamp in the middle.  And yet my nostalgic gaze wants to tell me they ran for years and years.


That Buck Rogers was only two series always stuck with me. There was the one without Hawk, and the one with. Galactica only having one series with Hatch and Benedict - that is not what I would answer under oath. 

post #172 of 839
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Let's party like it's 1986.

 

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Sitting at my work PC, I'm remembering the 80s, before most of anyone had a computer in their homes and Hollywood tried to convince us that they had magic powers and could do anything...

 

 

 

 

post #174 of 839

Don't forget Explorers!

Jumpin' Jack Flash was comparatively realistic.

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Holy crap, EXPLORERS!  How could I forget?  That movie was my life.  Except for, you know, all the spaceship and aliens stuff.

post #176 of 839

Yes, it's one of the few movies that get being a sci-fi nerd right.

post #177 of 839

Moonlighting is one of the best shows of the eighties and I have proof.

 

 

I could recite the entire lyrics to this song, it's one of the first CD's I ever got.

 

post #178 of 839

MOONLIGHTING is one of the best shows ever made.  I'm not sure how we got a show that 'lightning in a bottle' perfect, but we're all the better for it.

post #179 of 839
Maybe my favorite episode of "Moonlighting", more of a straightforward detective story than a lot of them. But it guest stars Dana Delany at her Dana Delany-est.

Man, I really need to rewatch this show. Wonder if some streaming service has it.
post #180 of 839

'Atomic Shakespeare' was pure brilliance.

 

I just loved how the show broke the 4th wall and was self referential to the core.

 

'What makes you think you can just walk in here like that?'

'The writers.'

post #181 of 839
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I could recite the entire lyrics to this song, it's one of the first CD's I ever got.

 

 

 

Dear Mr Joel: 

A list is not lyrics. REM got away with it, you shouldn't have even tried. 

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Complete your VHS collection!

 

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MOONLIGHTING is one of the best shows ever made.  I'm not sure how we got a show that 'lightning in a bottle' perfect, but we're all the better for it.

 

I actually did a write-up on the show for my blog.

 

https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/moonlighting-the-show-that-broke-all-the-rules-2/

post #188 of 839
The synthpop genius of Vince Clarke- in Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo (with the cool AF Alison Moyet). Melodies inextricably linked with growing up in the 1980s and being young and in love and feeling alive.

Just Can't Get Enough
https://youtube.com/watch?v=_6FBfAQ-NDE

Don't Go
https://youtube.com/watch?v=tLTGs4fqxBk

Only You
https://youtube.com/watch?v=GPpHLK4SHt8

Oh L'Amour
https://youtube.com/watch?v=w5r_ZN-xjsA
post #189 of 839
Some more 80s stuff that brings joy:

Madness, The Wings of A Dove
https://youtube.com/watch?v=MReDjx1FIaE

The Pogues, Fiesta
https://youtube.com/watch?v=6pYI9t-I6qo
post #190 of 839

 

 

"Dr Jonathan Chase... wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts. From Africa's deepest recesses, to the rarefied peaks of, Tibet, heir to his father's legacy and the world's darkest mysteries. Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man... Manimal!"

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The original "Freaks and Geeks"

 

 

 

post #193 of 839
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Originally Posted by NathanW View Post

I actually did a write-up on the show for my blog.

 

And I did one for my high school newspaper in 1985.  I should see if I still have a clipping of it somewhere.  I was fourteen, so I'm prepared for total embarrassment.  ("This show is great! I love this show!  It made me laugh!!")

post #194 of 839
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Woke up late.

The weather is bullshit.

There's a pile of work to do at my job that would kill a rhino.

My co-workers are annoying me.

The coffee sucks.

I just put on Tangerine Dream's score to Michael Mann's THIEF.

 

Everything's fine now.  Have a nice day!

 

 

 

In fact, I think Tangerine Dream recorded the very first song on the pilot episode of MOONLIGHTING during the jogging sequence.  Or at least a sound-alike...

 

post #195 of 839
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I actually did a write-up on the show for my blog.

https://cinematichorizons.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/moonlighting-the-show-that-broke-all-the-rules-2/

I remember "Moonlighting" was so notorious for its production delays that they made a joke about it on "Sledge Hammer!" Among a terrorist's list of demands was that there had to be a new episode of "Moonlighting" every week.
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Oh, yeah:
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Ever see the episode of RIPTIDE, which was beaten by MOONLIGHTING in the ratings, in which they investigated a case involving a very Shepherd-and Willis constantly-bickering pair of actors?

post #198 of 839
Never watched "Riptide". Not sure why-- all my friends did.
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Woke up late.

The weather is bullshit.

There's a pile of work to do at my job that would kill a rhino.

My co-workers are annoying me.

The coffee sucks.

I just put on Tangerine Dream's score to Michael Mann's THIEF.

 

Everything's fine now.  Have a nice day!

 

 

 

 

 

Such a great score. Mann's skill with sourcing music for his films is top notch.

 

Speaking of 80s music, this was the first album I bought. £3.99 on cassette at Woolworths, just along from the penny sweets. Made me a rock kid for life.

 

 

Not the first music I bought; that would have been these two singles.

 

 

 

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The first music I ever bought was the STAR WARS soundtrack on cassette from the Columbia Record and Tape Club, advertised in a 1978 issue of TV Guide.  I was maybe eight and though I had no idea what a soundtrack even was, all I knew was that somehow I would end up "owning" STAR WARS.

 

 

I didn't know what I was doing and ordered the infamous "twelve tapes for a penny."  I was all like, "Look, Mom!  Twelve tapes for a penny!  Here's some Mac Davis, The Carpenters, Captain and Tenille and Sha-Na-na for you, too!"   It took three years for the threatening letters to stop coming.

 

Years later, the first 45-rpm single I bought was Joey Scarbury's "Believe It Or Not" (The Greatest American Hero theme) and the first two tapes I ever bootlegged (by holding two mono cassette players next to each other, playing with one and recording with the other) were The Cars' Heartbeat City and ZZ Top's Eliminator.  Ahhh, good times!

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