British writer and broadcaster Jamie Dyer writes about his week in consuming and discovering vintage related media.
Welcome to another edition of the ‘My Week In Vintage’ blog. This week was a challenge for many of us, but I hope that everyone is doing ok. Given the fact people were in isolation this week, more time was spend consuming vintage media; This was no different for me.
Disney Plus arrives in the UK.
This week saw the long-awaited launch of Disney Plus in the UK. The house of mouse’s streaming service offers content from five worlds; Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Many of us grew up with Disney, and they have not disappointed. I felt pleasantly surprised at the extensive selection of titles available, especially the amount of vintage material. Shorts and features spanning the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s are streaming right now. While not a complete collection, their choice of cartoons featuring Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto are a great introduction. Some content comes with a warning, but this is to be expected in this day and age. I look forward to seeing this service develop. If you’re interested in Disney Plus, see here.
Network DVD Offer.
It’s nice to see Network offering an amazing deal to cheer people up. From Saturday 28th March until 4pm on Friday 3rd April 2020, buyers can take advantage of a buy one, get one free offer on their British Film range. The selection includes the British Comedies of the 1930s series and recently released editions of Man About The House, The Rebel, The Punch and Judy Man, The Likely Lads and many more. If you’re lucky to have some spare money, this is worth taking advantage of. For more information, see the Network Website.
King Size Taylor Compilation From Bear Family Records.
It bowled me over to hear the latest addition to Bear Family Records’ The Bits Are Rocking‘ series, featuring music by King Size Taylor and the Dominoes. Hearing his take on several Rock n Roll standards was a joy, and something I shall revisit often. I previously only knew him as the guy who recorded The Beatles at the Star Club, but now he is so much more. I particularly enjoyed his interpretation of various arrangements, accompanied by a saxophone that raised things to another level. Hearing the band play through my Hi-Fi was like having a party in my living room! Dr. Feelgood by King Size Taylor is Available from Bear Family Records.
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