Out of the starting gates, we go to our #TrackoftheDay. And this time, it’s 1953 and Eartha Kitt with “I Want to Be Evil.” This is a “music video” (or as close as you could get at the time), obviously lip synced on some show with a live audience. And yes, for those of you keeping score, this song came out fourteen years before she took on the role of Catwoman. Talk about a long time to hear back about an audition.
For tonight and our #TrackoftheDay, we start with some classic Pink Floyd. There are two songs that spring to mind for a Halloween type endeavor: “One of These Days” and “Careful With That Axe, Eugene.” We’ve gone with the latter. This is from the Live From Pompeii film in all of its David Attenborough documentary-on-acid glory.
Performance at The Tabernacle, Atlanta, 4 Oct 2019
Thespia brought Craig Ferguson to my attention via his Late Late Show and I quickly realized that this guy was batshit insane. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that I have a great deal of respect for batshit insane people. Especially those that take something like a late night talk show and subvert it for their own amusement. Which, if they’re amused doing it, generally, it becomes infectious and next thing you know you’re laughing your arse off because a panto horse become a recurring character, or a robot skeleton sidekick has been invented.
Right out of the starting gate, one of my favorite live albums for Halloween graces us for the #TrackoftheDay. It’s Oingo Boingo’s final concert, Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater. Danny Elfman retired the band because he wanted to focus on film scores but, as I understand it, because he was worried about losing his hearing. I was in a rock band for a brief spell, and even with that small bit under my belt, I get where he’s coming from. That being said, I freaking love Oingo Boingo. So I’d be perfectly willing to support a GoFundMe to buy Elfman some bionic ears. I’m just…putting that idea out in the universe.
So we kick off today’s festivities with a classic track…and indeed, a live version of said track. It’s Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with “I Put a Spell on You.” Yes, this is the originator of that song, boys and girls. But this is from ten years after its release, and purports to be the earliest known footage of Hawkins performing this. And I have to say: oh, what I would give to be in that room full of white people and watch them watching this.
Our feature film for tonight is 1940’s Before I Hang with Boris Karloff. But before we get there, it’s time for our #TrackoftheDay. This one’s from the Nightmare Revisited album–basically a Nightmare Before Christmas tribute/covers album. Rodrigo y Gabriela started in Mexico before moving to Dublin for several years and now they’re back in Mexico City. They play guitars like they’re trying to test them for fire resistance. Check it out for yourself:
For tonight’s feature, we’re going to 1951 and a team-up of Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff in The Strange Door. But first, for today’s #TrackoftheDay, we go to the classic 1990 Concrete Blonde vampire album, Bloodletting.
Oh my stars and garters, the time has come round again. It’s the TWELFTH (sweet Jebus) iteration of 32 Days of Halloween, in which October reaches out and snags the end of September…because thirty-one days just isn’t enough to enjoy the First Halloween of the year. So we’ll get to what’s wrong with Bela Lugosi (above) in a second. First…
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season”. The opinions I share are my own.
“In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?” — Warner Brothers
Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which feature all twenty-two episodes of Season Four along with several extras. Bonus content includes the 3-part “Elseworlds” superhero crossover event with Arrow and The Flash, three featurettes (“Villains: Modes of Persuasion”, “Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds”, and “Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018”), deleted scenes, and a gag reel. You can snag the DVD on Amazon for $23.85 and the Blu-ray for $26.39.
“After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death last season, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow join John Constantine and Ava Sharpe’s Time Bureau to save their world – and their legacy – from magical creatures from myths, fairytales and legends who have escaped and infected history. As the Legends time-travel across historical events and encounter famous figures, they now have to contend with an added shot of magical craziness!” — from Warner Brothers
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 24th. The sets will have all sixteen episodes from Season Four with a handful of bonus features, including two featurettes (“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 Post Production Theater” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Legendary Storytelling”), some unaired scenes, and a gag reel. Both formats are available for pre-order on Amazon, with the DVD currently priced at $17.99 and the Blu-ray at $22.99.
“The follow-up to one of the most insane anime ever created, FLCL: Progressive brings together members of the original team with a whole new generation of creators. From the legendary anime studio Production I.G and Adult Swim. FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous Chrysler Bel Aire… and a certain Vespa Scooter.” — from Cartoon Network
FLCL: Progressive is coming out on DVD on October 1. In addition to all six episodes of the sequel, the DVD will also boast two featurettes (“Meet the Creators” and “The Pillows”) about the new era of the show and how the band The Pillows became tied to the series. Fans should also note that the DVD offers both English and Japanese audio. To pre-order, you can check out the DVD at Best Buy (currently priced at $14.99).
“The world went crazy in the The Good Fight’s second season, and now, in season three, the resistance does. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts. Meanwhile, Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) balances a new baby with a new love, and Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie) finds a new Mephistopheles in Roland Blum (Michael Sheen), a lawyer who is corruption incarnate.” — from CBS
The Good Fight: Season Three is out now on DVD, which presents all ten episodes of the third season. Bonus content on this one is decidedly light in the form of deleted scenes and a gag reel along with the pilot of Star Trek: Discovery, but if you want Season Three on the shelf, it gets the job done. CBS All Access members get the season as part of their subscription, while the rest of us can grab the DVD on Amazon for $28.99.
Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season”, “The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season”, and “LEGO® DC: Batman : Family Matters”. The opinions I share are my own.
“The Winchester brothers’ harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues as Supernatural enters Season Fourteen. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have matched wits with monsters, demons, Heaven and Hell. But last season, the Winchesters and Castiel (Misha Collins) stumbled upon a terrifying alternative universe: an apocalyptic world where they were never born, all while training Jack (Alexander Calvert), the son of Lucifer, and trying to save their mother, Mary Winchester. The final battle with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael altered the Winchesters’ lives forever…and created an even greater threat for Sam and Dean. The boys are back and willing to risk everything for their loved ones in all twenty thrilling new adventures, including a historic 300th episode, with a Winchester family reunion never to be forgotten.” — from Warner Brothers