Monday, August 27, 2012

VWb Entry #1,000: THRILLER Question Answered

You probably have the same question I did in reference to MPI's forthcoming two-disc set THRILLER - FAN FAVORITES, which collects 10 of the very best THRILLER episodes at a reduced price ($19.98): "The Grim Reaper", "Pigeons From Hell", "The Watcher", "The Hungry Glass", "The Cheaters", "The Incredible Dr. Markesan", "The Weird Tailor", "The Purple Room", "The Prisoner in the Mirror" and "Well of Doom." The answer to that question is: No, they do NOT include the audio commentaries nor the isolated music tracks found on the complete series set. Therefore, even though this set represents THE absolute best classic horror bang for your buck of any DVD released so far this year, the complete box set is still the way to go. So, unless you're looking for the perfect Halloween treat for that favorite young person in your life, I advise you to splurge, because you'll want these for Trick or Treat night, or run SUSPIRIA or HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL again and await the next Amazon sale.

This is the 1,000th entry here at Video WatchBlog, which began almost seven years ago, like most things I do, on the spur of the moment on October 8, 2005. Since then, it has won two Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards as Best Blog, in 2006 and 2008, a fact of which I am very proud. It has been shamefully neglected since I joined Facebook in 2009, but rest assured I have pretty much been doing over there what I used to do here more regularly, and I've collected (to date) 3,450 friends or followers, which is somewhat more of an audience than I had here. That said, Donna is encouraging me to jump-start the WatchBlog, perhaps with another template, perhaps with another server, and make it a place where I can post useful paragraphs such as the above, and the occasional useless ones, and make it available to subscriptions, RSS alerts and such. So this milestone does not necessarily mark the end of VWb, but rather an opportunity to invite a new beginning or chapter. I will let you know once the decisions are made. 

Postscript 10/9/2012: It was later discovered that this was actually the 995th entry, so never mind.


  1. Anonymous12:21 AM

    I hope you do 're-imagine' the WatchBlog - some of us don't do Facebook, so it's a shame we have to miss out on the good stuff you post there!

  2. Ditto. Facebook's layout is a mess, and I'm always disappointed when formerly-formal content moves from a regular blog, site or message board to FB.

  3. Anonymous8:59 AM

    I always click back here once a week to see if you have rekindled your enthusiasm for blogging. I too don't have a Facebook account - and although PAUSE.REWIND.OBSESS. is always welcome in my feed reader, I miss the free flow of ideas and observations that used to be found here.

  4. Anonymous7:19 PM

    FB smells and has poopy pants. That said, it is a useful tool for people who need to keep in touch but have forgotten that emails, texts, phone calls, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, webcams, blogs and even letters also exist. Please don't be FB exclusive, Tim, it too will one day go the route of MySpace (remember that?) when the next new thing comes along. A blog is for life.

  5. Well done Tim on the 1000th post - I'm only up to 263 posts on my blog (since 2009) so 1000 is a milestone for sure. I love the WatchBlog, I always thought of it as the Watchdog's little brother and seeing as you mentioned it, I'm one of those people who shook their fist angrily when your Facebook page began passing out the WatchBlog - in the age of overloaded film websites, the WatchBlog is the equivalent of grabbing a comfy chair in a quiet corner of the house and catching up with some excellent, eclectic film writing...


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