Did you think that the new trailer for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS was the only great thing you'd see today? Oh no, friends, this day just keeps giving - and it's given me the return of my childhood heroes - not only Han and Chewie, but Michael Knight as well. That's right, DAVID HASSELHOFF has a new single out today, and it's pure 80s goodness as part of the release campaign for KUNG FURY - the fantastic-looking Kickstarter hit that raised a ridiculous amount of money to craft what might be the greatest 1980s action film not crafted in the 80s. It wasn't long ago that I showed my wife the initial KUNG FURY trailer and declared it to be a cinematic masterpiece. This makes me want to break out NIGHT ROCKER, the album that David released at the height of KNIGHT RIDER's popularity back in 1985...
Oh yes, the retro vibe is mighty this week (see: RAINBOW BRITE). American Greetings' CARE BEARS hit big here back in 2012 when the recently-departed Hub Network debuted CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT. I reviewed the pilot episode here on THE ROCK FATHER, and later featured the show several times, including in a 31 Days of Halloween entry. I grew up on Care Bears, and have some fond memories of my sister and I playing with the Kenner action figures based on the Care Bears and their Cousins. Yes, Kenner (now Hasbro), makers of the iconic STAR WARS action figures, had a full line of Care Bears "poseables" figures, vehicles and playsets. I had the Cloud Car, along with the Cloud Keeper and Professor Cold Heart, as well as a few like Brave Heart Lion from THE CARE BEARS MOVIE. Why is this important now? Well, the CARE BEARS AND COUSINS are coming to Netflix in a new series.
I think we can call this now... the 1980s are our 1950s. Just like the baby boomers fueled a 50s nostalgia trip in the mid-80s, kids like me (pushing 40) are fueling an 80s nostalgia trip in the mid 10s. Checking the roster to see who all's been called-up from the "decade of excess," I see STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, the CARE BEARS, MY LITTLE PONY, the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, and the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES just represented here in my office at Rock Father HQ. There's certainly more, as I know that JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, VOLTRON and a few other properties are on-deck for "reboots" or "re-imaginings," and THE POPPLES are coming to Netflix, but tonight we have news on another: RAINBOW BRITE.
"This is how I remember the 80s - there were no parenting blogs or peanut allergies, just a whole lotta crazy."
That's the opening narration from THE GOLDBERGS, Patton Oswalt providing the off-camera voice of the adult Adam Goldberg, the youngest of the three kids at the center of ABC's breakout hit from last year. While kids of the 60s eventually had THE WONDER YEARS, and those a decade later getting THAT 70's SHOW, it's only fitting that kids like myself - the ones who grew up in "1980-something" - finally get a series that properly captures our decade. While there have been a few who've tried and failed, THE GOLDBERGS (out this week in a Complete First Season DVD set) is undoubtedly the best we've ever seen.
ABC's THE GOLDBERGS was one of the big surprises for me over the past year - a new comedy that I actually dug, one rooted in the era of my own childhood, the glorious 1980s. The production design is perfect, and the scenarios (and the toys) could've been ripped straight from my own youth (especially... a kid running around with a big-ass VHS video camera). Now, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is issuing the complete first season on DVD, and on September 9, it could be yours for the taking - with all 23 episodes of the series contained within three discs. Lets take a look at the details...
I honestly don't know if it's a fact, or just the way it seems, but I can't think of another decade that produced a comedic output on par with the 1980s - specifically on the cinematic front. From front-to-back, the 80s was stacked with comedies that have had lasting impact, been constantly imitated, and never really matched on a cultural scale. Perhaps it's because I was born in the 70s and grew up in the 80s, often finding myself experiencing movies for the first time on the small screen, in large part due to HBO, USA Up All Night, and whatever other channels I shouldn't have been watching at the time. REVENGE OF THE NERDS is one of those films, an R-rated affair that I, from a ratings standpoint, shouldn't have been allowed to see until the early 1990s... but I did, and it was glorious. Now, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the film on Blu-ray, just in time for it's 30th Anniversary.