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  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:28 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Blue Thunder, , Cochrane, , Daniel Stern, , Frank Murphy, Frank Murphy (Scheider), high-speed high-tech chopper, , Lymangood, Malcolm McDowell, , Roy Scheider, Scheider, Thunder   

    Blue Thunder (Special Edition) 

    Roy Scheider stars in this intense action thriller as a courageous police officer pilot battling government fanatics planning to misuse an experimental attack helicopter. Chosen to test BLUE THUNDER Frank Murphy (Scheider) is amazed by the high-speed high-tech chopper. It can see through walls record a whisper or level a city block. Distrusting the military mentality behind BLUE THUNDER Murphy and his partner Lymangood (Daniel Stern) soon discover that the remarkable craft is slated for use as the ultimate weapon in surveillance and crowd control. Jeopardized after being discovered by sinister Colonel Cochrane (Malcolm McDowell) Murphy flies BLUE THUNDER against military aircraft in a spellbinding contest over Los Angeles.System Requirements:Run Time: 109 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE Rating: R UPC: 043396108882 Manufacturer No: 10888

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:28 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American football, , Blue Thunder, Bubba, Bubba Smith, , Dana Carvey, Dick Butkus, Farentino, high-tech turbo-speed mean-machine, James Farentino, National Football League, NFL, NR UPC   

    Blue Thunder: The Complete Series 

    Now … no one is above the law.When terror rains down BLUE THUNDER follows. This high-tech turbo-speed mean-machine is the perfect eyes and ears of the law. APEX’s ultimate weapon in the war on crime is empowered to see through walls record a whisper or level an entire city block in seconds! Based on the action-packed feature-film the Blue Thunder team ‘ James Farentino (TV’s ‘Police Story’) Dana Carvey (TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live) and NFL greats Dick Butkus and Bubba Smith dish out their own brand of justice from new heights.System Requirements:Running Time: 529 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 043396147270 Manufacturer No: 14727

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:21 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blue Thunder, Casio, , , helicopter pilot, , My Pretty Pony, , ,   

    The Sense of Time 

    There are a lot of scary things about getting older, but the scariest and the weirdest is the change in perception of time. I’ve encountered this idea twice, once in Stephen King’s short story “My Pretty Pony”, and another in the movie “Blue Thunder”. At the time, in late 80s I thought that time “flies” only when you are enjoying something, and “creeps” when you don’t. Saturdays go by faster than Mondays. Turns out, as you get older time picks up pace, everything becomes a blur, good or bad.

    Cult 80s movie “Blue Thunder” has this little bit about a helicopter pilot playing with his fancy digital Casio watch that had an interesting analog countdown feature. He was using the watch to test his time perception, claiming that “it was the first thing to go when you go over the edge.”

    Watch buffs know this watch as Casio AA-85 and the analog feature as Module 101. I always wanted one of these, and now I finally picked one up on eBay for a song. I know I need it – it seems to me that I am really losing the proper perception of time, it really sped up for me.

    In Stephen King’s short story “My Pretty Pony”, an old man is instructing his grandson on the nature of time after watching him lose in a hide and seek game to a kid who counted too fast. He says, that there are three times, only one of which is real. When you are little, it seems that the time goes by very, very slowly. I remember that very distinctly – days were very long, even the summer vacation took forever. Then, when you are about 14, time starts to be “real” – neither slow nor fast. As you get older time picks up pace, only slowing down when you are badly hurt. He called time “a pretty pony with a wicked heart.”

    I don’t know about you, but time is definitely speeding much more now than when I was younger. It’s pretty scary.

    [Update] Bought on eBay, fixed and even found a similar watch band:

     
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