BOOTLEG FILES 761: “The Carpenters…Space Encounters” (1978 television variety special).
LAST SEEN: On YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Music clearance rights are probably at the root of the problem.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Not likely.
When it comes to kitsch, nothing beats the television variety specials of the 1970s. Between the none-too-special guest stars performing musical numbers for which they were ill-suited, the flashy polyester costuming, the overbaked choreography and the manic need to appear hip, these productions often represent the best of the worst elements from the decade that good taste forgot.
One of my favorite things to do every day is to cruise through my youtube channel subs and watch the latest countdowns from some of my favorite channels. I love the paranormal channels with alleged videos of ghost sightings and shadow people. While I’m mostly a skeptic, it’s still a lot of fun to watch video accounts of ghosts, monsters, and potential UFO’s. If the internet was around when I was a kid, I’d have been up for hours devouring every single paranormal video I came across. These days it’s mostly a novelty, but a fun one. Kind of like walking through a amusement park haunted house. In either case, if you’re interested in some good spooks this October, here are five of my favorite Scary youtube channels.
BOOTLEG FILES 672: “Who’s Out There?” (1975 documentary short hosted by Orson Welles).
LAST SEEN: On YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: On a public domain label.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Produced for the federal government, hence the absence of a copyright.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: One public domain label carries it, but a full-throttle digital restoration is unlikely.
During the 1970s, a great deal of attention was being paid to outer space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) kept people focused on the sky with its various lunar missions and probes into the deepest corners of the galaxy. But many people insisted that space traffic was a two-way endeavor, and sightings of UFOs along with various claims of personal encounters with intergalactic visitors became headline news throughout the decade.
Christo Roppolo is a former filmmaker who now sees UFOs. Through interviews with him and people around him and videos he took of what he claims to be UFOs, this documentary explores his history of UFO sightings, how it has affected his life, how he almost preaches about them, and how he is seen as he basically obsesses over these sightings and what they may mean. Roppolo reached out to director Justin Gear by sending him hours and hours of video from his sightings and investigations of them. Gear takes this footage and mixes it with interviews of Roppolo and his neighbors, friends, and people of his town to show what he sees or claims to see with experiences from others and feelings directly from the source.