British writer and broadcaster Jamie Dyer writes about his week in consuming and discovering vintage related media.
Hello and welcome to another edition of my blog on Old Time Review. After a few weeks of doing this blog, it feels like I am finding my feet regarding format.
The Jetsons On Blu-Ray
It seems an age has passed since I first heard about the original 1960s series of The Jetsons making its way to Blu-Ray. I grew up watching the show on Cartoon Network and always loved the adventures of George and his family. The Hanna-Barbera series, which had seasons in the 1960s and 1980s, has finally made a jump to HD; thanks to the Warner Archive Collection. Sadly, this release is unplayable in the UK without a region free player. I remember feeling the same about the recent Johnny Quest release. I hope that some UK based publisher can bring something back to these shores, I would love to see them again. The Jetsons: The Complete Original Series is available for US customers to order from Warner Archive.
Old Time Radio Rejuvenation
After my recent binge of the Father Knows Best radio series, I can officially say I have fallen in love with Old Time radio again. After a period of not being able to enjoy the material for personal reasons, I am back to loving it. I cannot wait to hear more of my favourite comedies, my genre of choice. I have previously written about my love of Jack Benny, and my desire to hear his show back on the BBC; I will continue to cover similar subjects in my writing.
Alan Lancaster’s Bombers Live.
Slightly off-topic, it was a delight to receive a CD of Alan Lancaster’s Bombers Live; the latest release from the independent label Barrel and Squidger Records. Recorded in Sydney in 1989, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan (Status Quo), Tyrone Coates, John Brewster (The Angels) and Steve Crofts turn out an accomplished performance of original tracks. The people involved in the restoration and remaster, including Quo producer John Eden, have done a sterling job of bringing this concert to life. It was a little disappointing to see the cd only coming in a cardboard slipcase, but the material more than makes up for it. The show is so good, I should have tried to get the limited edition vinyl version before they sold out! The CD is available to buy from Barrel and Squidger Records.
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