March 29, 2011

Stand By Me - 25th Anniversary Blu Ray

There's no doubt that one of the greatest movies from the greatest decade was Stand By Me. Released in 1986, this movie is doubly nostalgic! Our generation has our own fond memories of watching this great movie a quarter of a century ago, and yet our parents enjoyed the movie as well because it took them back another 30 years to the 50's, when the movie was set, reminding them of their own childhood.  Needless to say, it has appealed to all generations, and still is.  One indication of the movie's ongoing popularity is the recent release of the 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.

To celebrate the release, four of the original cast, and director, Rob Reiner, were reunited for an interview - for the first time since the 80's.  Here's a couple of minutes of what Wil Wheaton said was close to an hour interview:

I found a few sites worth checking out.  This article on a new blog I found, Retroland, includes the original movie trailer. Here's a brief post about the reunion, including a brief update of each of the stars.  And, this is as close to an "official" movie website I can find:

Finally, if this post has left you wanting, buy the 25th Anniversay Blu-ray here.

March 16, 2011

I Wish I Were An Oscar Mayer Wiener

This morning my son asked me how the Oscar Mayer Weiner Song went. I was quick with the first line, but then I blanked. How could I forget one of the most memorable commercial jingles in history? What do you do in a situation like this? You go to YouTube. That's what you do.

Here's a short & interesting background story to how the jingle came about. It wasn't originally written to be sung by children.

I'm guessing that it's rare for an ad campaign to have two "hit" jingles, but Oscar Mayer did it again with this one, which most of us remember from the 70's.

March 5, 2011

Five Things You Never Knew About Pac Man

Which of the following are true about the 80's greatest arcade game?
  • The ghosts were originally supposed to be all one color.
  • Only one ghost actually chases Pac Man.
  • The original name was changed to prevent potential obscenity.
  • Pac Man was created for girls.
Find out which of these are true here.
And why not try your hand at playing Pac Man online!
Here's a few other Pac Man play options.