July 14, 2018

YELLOW SUBMARINE PRIME

Ahoy Mateys! The Beatles animated classic Yellow Submarine is now streaming on Amazon Prime. "Once upon a time... or maybe twice..." there was a film that wove Beatles music and mythology with 1960s psychedelic design into an imaginative, animated masterpiece called Yellow Submarine (1968). The movie centers around the Beatles, who travel in a yellow submarine to use music to save the people of Pepperland from the nasty Blue Meanies. One of my all-time favorite films, I even recorded a cassette from the TV as a kid so I could listen to my own audio version of the story. Animation fans might enjoy the contrast between the dark, photo-collage style of the Liverpool sequence, where the saga begins with Elenor Rigby, and the brilliantly surreal cel animation of the Fab's journey through exotic environments to Pepperland (see sample images below). The film recently set sail  into theaters for a special 50th anniversary event, and now fans can study it further via Amazon!


About the 50th screening event in theaters: "Picturehouse Entertainment are thrilled to announce the blues-banishing news that The Beatles’ legendary animated hit film YELLOW SUBMARINE is returning to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 8 July 2018. An unmissable cinema event, this momentous big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the golden opportunity to revisit Pepperland for the 50th anniversary of the film’s original release. The visionary feature film designed by the great art director Heinz Edelmann can now be experienced in glorious surround sound with the groundbreaking animation presented in stunningly-remastered 4k. Looking and sounding better than ever before, join John, Paul, George and Ringo on the technicolour adventure of a lifetime. Illustrated with mind-bending moving images, YELLOW SUBMARINE tells the story of how The Beatles battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love. From Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds to Nowhere Man, and Eleanor Rigby to All You Need Is Love, YELLOW SUBMARINE features some of the most-loved songs from the greatest band the world has ever known. An exuberant fusion of music, film and art, YELLOW SUBMARINE is a landmark cinematic experience that is as fun and vibrant as it was in 1968." Ticket and theater info will be posted on April 17th. Learn more about the film at the Yellow Submarine website. Enjoy!


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July 13, 2018

HORROR OF PARTY BEACH

New release: 1964 saw not only the Spy Boom launched by Goldfinger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but also the British Invasion led by The Beatles and the continuation of the Monster Craze with new programs like The Munsters and The Addams Family. And even as the Universal Monsters reigned via TV syndication, model kits, and magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland, there was still the kind of Cold-War anxiety about radiation and the Bomb that was reflected in the giant-mutant movies of the 1950s. Cue an independent film production from Connecticut about these tensions, mix in some teenagers, add a touch of surf music by the Del-Aires (ala Beach Boys 1961-1964), and you get a little monster cocktail called Horror of Party Beach! Note: this movie is a bomb- not the bomb, but it's still a fun ride. Maybe you saw the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version? Now Spy Vibers can dive into the deep end in glorious hi-definition with a new Blu-ray from Severin. From the press release: "In 1964, 20th Century Fox released an independent shocker – shot in two weeks for $50,000 outside Stamford, Connecticut by local producer/director Del Tenney – advertised as ‘The First Horror-Monster Musical’. More than 50 years later, this “absolute classic of exploitation cinema” (Legends Magazine) returns like you’ve never seen or heard it before: When nuclear waste dumped into the ocean mutates a shipwreck full of corpses, it will unleash an onslaught of bikini teens, surprising gore, dubious science, an intrepid maid, The Del-Aires, and arguably the greatest worst monsters in horror movie history. Severin is proud to present this cult favorite from “Connecticut’s own Ed Wood” (Stamford Advocate), now featuring a new 2k scan from the original negative and loaded with all-new Special Features like nothing that ever stalked this earth!" Bonus features include: Return to Party Beach: A Retrospective Documentary on The Horror of Party Beach, It’s the Living End: An Encounter with The Del-Aires – Interview with Band Members Bobby Osborne and Ronnie Linares, Shock & Roll: Filmmaker Tim Sullivan On Rock & Roll Horror Movies, Archival Interview with Director Del Tenney, Trailer. On DVD, Blu-ray and in a Blu-ray bundle with an enamel pin and your own beach ball! More info at Severin and Amazon. Below: Images from the Warren fumetti/photo-magazine by Wally Wood and Russ Jones, promo graphics, and video trailer for the new release. Enjoy!







Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Sylvie Vartan RenownRingo At 78Dark Shadows StripsSpy Vibe Radio: FlintArchie Batman 66Paul at 76Beatles Pac-ManSpy Vibe Radio: Jerry CottonThe Invaders007 Horowitz Book TourMcGoohan/Prisoner Event at ElstreeThe Prisoner Interviews Vol 1British Underground PressInterview: Fab4 ManiaBond Cocktail BookBond at BletchleySpy SmasherSpy Vibe Radio: Peter GunnAgent Zero MNew Prisoner ComicDr. No Villains Edition,  Spy Vibe Radio: Danger DiabolikDr. No 60thOy-Oy-SevenSpy Vibe Radio (UFO)Cold War Comic StripsThunderball EventMission to IndiaMort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde CelebrationBatman 66 ExhibitPrisoner Fifty EventIan Fleming Publications 2017-2018Interview: Ed Hulse PulpAvengers Audio DramaInterview: Callan At 50Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private EyesTWA ReturnsSpy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.

July 11, 2018

SYLVIE VARTAN RENOWN

The fabulous Bulgarian-French Sylvie Vartan (b. Aug 15, 1944) began her road to Ye Ye stardom in 1961 when her brother encouraged her to record some songs. She made an EP for Decca, which became a hit, and an early TV appearance inspired journalists to dub her the "Twisting Schoolgirl." By the mid-60s she was married to rocker Johnny Hallyday, recording hits, making movies (her first role was in Bulgaria at age 8), staring in TV specials, appearing on Ed Sullivan, Shindig!, Hullabaloo, and touring the world. One project that contributed to her success in Asia was this commercial for Renown- a Japanese clothing company (founded 1902) that had launched a women's ready-to-wear line a few years earlier in 1962. The ad featured a song for Renown she recorded while on tour in Japan, Wansaka Musume. A few different postings attribute the ad to 1965 or 1967, but I believe the former is likely the correct year given the design focus on Op Art. She also mentions the Japan tour and song toward the end of her 1964 diary on-line. Wansaka Musume is basically about enjoying activities throughout the year during the different seasons such as swimming, tennis, and driving. My pal translator Fred Schodt had this to say about the title: "Wansaka usually means “lots” “tons,” so forth. Not exactly sure how it would translate with musume, but in the contexts of this fab CM, it seems to mean lots of young fashionable young Renown girls!" The group Blonde on Blonde (Nina Carter/Jilly Johnson) released a cover of the tune in 1978. Enjoy!



Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Ringo At 78Dark Shadows StripsSpy Vibe Radio: FlintArchie Batman 66Paul at 76Beatles Pac-ManSpy Vibe Radio: Jerry CottonThe Invaders007 Horowitz Book TourMcGoohan/Prisoner Event at ElstreeThe Prisoner Interviews Vol 1British Underground PressInterview: Fab4 ManiaBond Cocktail BookBond at BletchleySpy SmasherSpy Vibe Radio: Peter GunnAgent Zero MNew Prisoner ComicDr. No Villains Edition,  Spy Vibe Radio: Danger DiabolikDr. No 60thOy-Oy-SevenSpy Vibe Radio (UFO)Cold War Comic StripsThunderball EventMission to IndiaMort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde CelebrationBatman 66 ExhibitPrisoner Fifty EventIan Fleming Publications 2017-2018Interview: Ed Hulse PulpAvengers Audio DramaInterview: Callan At 50Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private EyesTWA ReturnsSpy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.
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