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by pacman000
August 21st, 2017, 6:46 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: C64 - Happy 35th Birthday to the Commodore 64
Replies: 30
Views: 1105

Re: C64 - Happy 35th Birthday to the Commodore 64

Moving into big box stores helped the C64 gain market share, but it hurt Commodore's rep with their dealers. I read a write-up of what it was like to be a Commodore dealer; the dealers would get in PETs w/smashed screens, and Commodore wouldn't take them back. They'd order C64, only to see the compu...
by pacman000
August 21st, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Eclipse
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Eclipse

The eclipse just passed by. Didn't get full coverage here, but it was still kinda neat. News said it would look like dusk. Didn't really get that dark. It was more like a day-for-night shot in an older movie.
by pacman000
August 21st, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)
Replies: 27
Views: 1438

Re: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNg4KZKG96o

Talos, the Giant Statue from Jason & the Argonauts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROssbvtE41U

Kali, from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEVvCgdRg-I

Harryhausen talks about the Kraken.
by pacman000
August 21st, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)
Replies: 27
Views: 1438

Re: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)

The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989 ?) - An obscure cult film with a lot of stop motion FX. The main character is an animator who's trying to complete a film for TV; he's played by the film's director/FX artist who based it loosely on his own work experience. Bombed, and I think this was the last thi...
by pacman000
August 19th, 2017, 11:28 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)
Replies: 27
Views: 1438

Re: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)

The transformations in Krull aren't stop-motion; they're drawn by hand. I did not know that; thank you! Whoever did it did a good job; they certainly look 3d. (Or at least they do on a blurry old VHS.) Just remembered another great stop-motion movie. Remember the original Terminator?? That climax w...
by pacman000
August 17th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)
Replies: 27
Views: 1438

Re: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)

I know the Critic hated this movie, but I have to give a shout out to it here: Krull. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HyzWBEToQw8 The Widow of The Web, which I've linked to, is a well realized sequence. I'm not sure how they made the spider transparent; usually stop-mo armatures have a metal skeleton....
by pacman000
August 15th, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)
Replies: 27
Views: 1438

Re: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)

Stop motion is cool. I remember growing up with the Wallace and Gromit shorts as a kid, as well as Chicken Run. This was obviously the basis for the models in Clayfighter as well. I think Donkey Kong Country too? Clayfighter, Yes. Donkey Kong Country used pre-rendered 3d characters, similar to Bug!...
by pacman000
August 15th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Atari Flashback?
Replies: 12
Views: 820

Re: Atari Flashback?

scotland wrote:but once we have gone to software why would I buy this over other linux, android, retropie or other OS emulators where the OS and the emulators can be updated?

Ease of use.
by pacman000
August 14th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: VGC on TV Tropes
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: VGC on TV Tropes

eneuman96 wrote:TV Tropes is one of the most addictive sites ever devised. If you go to it and look up your favorite movie/TV show/book/whatever, good luck pulling yourself away from it.


As they say, TV Tropes will ruin your life. ;)
by pacman000
August 14th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)
Replies: 27
Views: 1438

Re: Ray Harryhausen (And Stop-Mo in General.)

I've never read Famous Monsters, but I've seen video interviews with Harryhausen. Always interesting. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-1z7n3yoKs Here's the skeleton fight from Jason and the Argonauts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF_Fi7x93PY Earlier I mentioned Planet of Dinosaurs. W...

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