Tag Archives: 1980s

“In The Year 1999….”

The opening line to one of the most epic science fiction franchises ever produced!

L’Oreal: “Performing Preference” (circa 1988)

Is she blonde? Is she REALLY? She’ll never tell!

Look Who’s Talking TV Spots (circa 1989)

A trio of TV advertisements for the 1989 John Travolta/Kirstie Alley/Bruce Willis comedy box office smash Look Who’s Talking.

Long John Silvers: “Fish and Chicken Combo” (circa 1989)

Man, what better place to get greasy deep-fried fish on a Saturday night than the local Long John Silvers? Flaky whitefish and malt vinegar takes me back to my childhood….

CBS “Live In” Teaser Advert (circa 1989)

I can’t find much on the Interweb about this apparently short-lived TV series from late-80s/early-90s CBS, but it was apparently intended to compete against NBC’s ALF in the Tuesday night primetime lineup.

Kmart: “America’s Favorite Portrait Christmas Cards” (circa 1989)

This was back when the portrait card concept was still in its infancy.

Colorization Disclaimer

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Once upon a time, Ted Turner thought it would be a good idea to colorize films and television shows that were originally shot in black and white–to appeal to a more modern audience–when shown on his new UHF Superstation (TBS). I thought it was interesting that a conscious decision was made to put a disclaimer on the broadcast saying that the original production crew had no say in the colorization process. Naturally, much like Pan-and-Scan, this turned out to be a high crime against film, aesthetics, and history.

I wonder if there was actually some legal ruling that enforced this disclaimer and the more famous “This film has been…formatted to fit your screen” card.