When it comes to birthday presents, my birthday presents to be more specific, I've made it a habit over the last couple of years to wait until my birthday has come and gone, usually letting a few weeks pass, before getting around to showing any of the presents. I also rarely mention it beforehand, and never post on the day of, mostly because I don't want anybody to have to feel like they have to leave any sort of well wishes down in the comments, well, that I'm not big on birthdays, or my birthday to be more specific.
This year is different though, as I received my birthday presents this past weekend, so the only reason I'm mentioning that my birthday is tomorrow (please forgo any well wishes), is because it's pertinent to today's title.
I only receive birthday presents from one person anymore, my mom, and it's highly unusual for her to give them to me early, but she hit up a hot estate sale late last week, and didn't want to wait to show me what she had gotten for my "special" day.
The bulk of the present(s) ended up being LaserDiscs, which are kind of a rarity here in Tennessee, at least from what I've seen over the last 4+ years.
Apparently this person had had quite the collection, but I was told that a lot of it wouldn't have been of much interest to me (Disney, RomCom's, etc.), I'll take my mom's word on this, as she does know what I like when it comes to movies, she is after all responsible for a large percentage of what I do, and don't like. Thankfully though, there was a few things that she thought I would like, and for the most part, she was right!
Before I jump in to the meat of the post, I wanted to note that while I usually make it a point to show the front and backs of the films that I do posts about, no matter the format, but today you'll just be getting the fronts. As mentioned in my previous post, taking pictures by natural light hasn't been very easy as of late, and trying to do so on these was proving to be just as difficult. I got the fronts done alright, but before I could flip them over, dark clouds showed up, and within moments it was thunderstormmageddon. I haven't had the opportunity to go back and finish what I started, so it was either hold off the post for a little bit, or go with what I got, obviously I chose the latter -- most of these however are fairly well known films, so you should already have some sense of what they're about, and if not, they'd be easy enough to look up.
1. G.I. Joe: ARAH
2. Universal Monsters
5. WWF (WWF Superstars in particular)
Universal's entire horror catalog is like comfort food for me, no matter how bad things are, or how stressed out I am, I can always pop in one of their offerings and everything else will disappear for the next 70-90 minutes. Thanks to my mom and grandpa, I started watching these (and Godzilla) when I was probably 3 or 4 years old, although I do seem to remember my grandpa saying once that he/we would watch Godzilla movies when I was still just a baby (literally). In retrospect, I wish that I could've had just one friend during childhood who would've been into such things. I always had a lot of friends when I was kid, but none of them were ever interested in old horror movies, just once it would've been nice to talk to someone my age about Creature from the Black Lagoon without their eyes glazing over. I did know plenty of adults at the time that I could discuss all things geek with, and I am eternally grateful for that, otherwise things would have been considerably worse for me.
I don't know if anyone cares or not, but with this most recent addition, I now have Dracula on: 8mm (200'), Beta, Laserdisc, VHS, and DVD. I'm running out of formats! I don't really care for Blu-ray, so unless I find one crazy cheap, I probably won't get that one -- I definitely wouldn't mind getting the rest of the 8mm version's though.
The Thing is probably my second least favorite John Carpenter film (only behind Ghosts of Mars). I know that there are a lot of people out there who love this film, I'm just not one of them. I mean it does have it's moments, some of the special effects were pretty groundbreaking, I like Kurt Russell, and I enjoyed the Lovecraftian elements, but overall, it just wasn't for me. It probably doesn't help too, that I was, and still am, a big fan of the original -- and still don't understand why it was necessary to remake it?
On a loosely related note, as I'm sitting here typing this, another partial memory involving Marcus came to mind, so I might as well share it. This one happened a few years later while I was working at one of my uncle's comic book conventions. I was probably 10 or 11 at the time, and one of the guests at the show was a very attractive woman, who I believe may have posed for Playboy, but she would've had to have done more than that (actress? comic book model?) to be amongst the guests, because my uncle wouldn't have invited her just for being in Playboy, that's just the only part of her credentials that I remember (I wonder why!). I was much more social at that time, so it wasn't an uncommon occurrence for me to mingle with the guests, most of whom were great to me (save for Bernie Wrightson), including this woman (I sure wish I could remember her name). Anyway, the memory is just of her hugging me at some point, I don't why exactly, but it was a good thing, and this wasn't just a hug hug, it was more like bear hug/shake kind of hug, and it was long one (all of the fellows reading this can probably understand why I would cherish this memory so much, right?). Now the hug itself was nice, but here's what made it even better: After being released from her embrace (why did it ever have to end?), I looked over to see none other than Marcus, standing in the middle of an aisle, eyes wide open and mouth agape, staring at me and this woman. With her arm still around me, and Marcus still looking on in shock, well, I can honestly say that I don't think that I've ever felt cooler than I did at that particular moment in time.
I should note too that we moved away from those apartments the same year as Marcus' birthday party, but he was into comics, so I usually saw him a couple of times a year at the shows -- but hadn't seen him yet on the day of the hug, which made the moment just that much better.
Getting this on LD was pretty cool, but what made even better was that I was also given...
And if these weren't enough, my mom also gave me, courtesy of the same sale, a number of 100+ year old bottles. I don't think that I've ever mentioned it before, but I have an interest in old bottles as well, and do collect them, hence the gift of old bottles. The ones from this sale need some serious cleaning, and some research will need to be done, so whether or not there's any demand for it, you can probably expect too see at least one bottle post somewhere down the road.
On a somewhat related note, I made a few increasingly rare trips out last week. Two of the places, a local book sale, and McKay's, both yielded some pretty good stuff, so if you like the non-card content, there's more of that coming too!
On a completely unrelated note, I got a bit of a surprise yesterday when I went to the mailbox and found this:
Jim (gcrl), found himself off of U.S. soil, and was kind enough to send me this postcard. I don't know if it's something that's supposed to be shared publicly or not, so I won't mention where it was mailed from, but I will say that it was very nice of Jim to think of me while so far away from home, receiving this really made my day.
Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.