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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Warner Bros. Special Edition pseudo-announcements

Pseudo- announcements just because there is no info at all other than they are being produced as we speak!

Twilight Zone- the Movie will be out by Halloween.
Deadly Friend- also out by Halloween (who doesn't want to see the original Buffy explode a man's head with a basketball?)
Beetlejuice- 2- disc special edition for it's 20th anniversary next year.
Kenneth Branagh's 4-hour version of Hamlet is done and will be released this summer.
The ORIGINAL Jazz Singer (Al Jolson) will be out by the end of the year.
Blade Runner Ultimate Edition with EVERY version of the groundbreaking film will be out by Christmas in a box set resembling Ultimate Superman (which was 14-discs!). Also- new sets of other Harrison Ford films are under way to be released in conjunction with Blade Runner.
Freebie & the Bean- the first film I personally remember new Oscar Winner Alan Arkin starring in, will be out by the end of the year.
Road Warrior SE coming- no date at all set. Masive remastering needs to be done. (Think Star Wars remastering)
Candidate with Redford commentary in early 2008
2-disc Deliverance SE on the way in 2008.
2 disc SE of Potergeist coming for Halloween 2007.
Grumpy Old Men boxset with over an hour of behind the scenes foootage of Matthau and Lemmon.
Little Shop of Horrors with original'Dont Feed the Plants ' ending is being worked on. No release date set.
Major plans for Elvis Presley films will be announced very soon.
Clint Eastwood films being given 2 disc treatments in 2008. Dirty Harry series and many more.

Thats's all folks!
2 disc LA Confidential coming in 2008.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

With all the sad news today.....

I live in Provo, Utah, but before I moved here, I lived only a few blocks away from Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake where the tragedy last night took place. I was working last night from basically 4 pm to 4 am, and when I woke up and started listening to the events that took place, it hit quite close to home since I have spent much time at Trolley Square. While looking at the pictures, I saw an employee from one of my favorite restaraunts (Rodizio Grill) wearing his uniform. That brought it really close.

While listening to the local talk show, The Doug Wright Show, I have heard 2 slightly amusing news stories during the national news at the top of the hours. I dont have internet links for these, although I am sure they are out there.

1) A man is accusing a woman of stalking him and forcing him to have sex with her. He is 71. She is 79.

2) A woman who was talking on a cell phone and eating out of a bowl while walking was killed when she walked around the railroad barricades and got hit by a train. Talk about distracted walking.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Al & Heart & Crowe

I am a geek. Believe me, I know that. But, I will make sure that I buy tickets as soon as they go on sale for both of these concerts.
Weird Al Yankovic will be playing the Utah State Fair (again) on September 7th, 2007. Anyone with me?
Also, On August 3rd, Heart will be playing in Wendover, NV. I already have Tayster watching out for tickets to go on sale there for me, but that is another definite must-see.
I have been an Al fan since I first heard Oh, Ricky on the Dr. Demento show at least 25 years ago. I have purchased each of his cassettes as they were released when I was a kid. When I got a CD player, I immediately rushed out and got his entire collection (it took me a while to find all of the Huey Lewis Cds- I told you I was a geek.) Since then, I have purchased all of the new Al Cds on the day they are released.
Heart, on the other hand, came from my love of films. I always liked their radio stuff, especially their 70's hits (Barracuda, Crazy on You, and Magic Man being three that I loved before I even knew who they were by name). When I got married almost 10 years ago, my wife held Heart in the same place that I held Al and Huey. I started listening to their albums in their entirety and their cds, along with Al & Huey, are always in our road trip music collections. It wasn't until I saw Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous in 2000, that I truly got into them. What does Heart have to do with Almost Famous? A lot actually.
Almost Famous is the autobiography of Cameron Crowe. He was a 15-17 year old kid in the early 70's and he went on the road with many major bands(Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath to name but 2) in the early 70's as a reporter for Rolling Stone. They didnt know he was so young. When they found out, they couldnt legally have him on the road so they sent him undercover to see what real life in modern high schools was like. He wrote an article that was later fleshed out into a book that he then wrote the screenplay for which was called Fast Times at Ridgemont High. That started his film career which has also included Say Anything, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown and Almost Famous. In 1986, he married Nancy Wilson, guitar playing sister in the band Heart. She has done a few singing parts on the albums, but it is mainly her sister Ann who does the amazing vocals.
So, from all of Crowe's time on the road with bands, he kept a box in the garage with all of his memoribilia. One night, Nancy convinced him to write a fictional version of his story. In the movie, the band, Stillwater, plays 6 different songs throughout. All of them were written by Crowe and Nancy (on the same dining room table where ann & Nancy have written their songs for years). Also, Nancy has done the scores for Elizabethtown, Vanilla Sky, and Almost Famous with partial scores for Say Anything and Jerry Maguire.
For my wife's birthday in the summer of 2002, I got her tickets to see Heart in Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Beach and was amazed by the show! Ann was an amazing singer, and Nancy was an amazing guitarist. I even had to go to the bathroom halfway through the show and got to glimpse Cameron Crowe in the sound booth!
Ever since, I have been a much bigger fan of Heart even trying to find the latest release on the day it came out by randomly driving through Twin Falls, Idaho looking for record stores while we were on vacation. Fun fact- as Orlando Bloom is packing music in the film Elizabethtown, he puts Jupiter's Darling by Heart into his mix.
So, even though I have 6 months to wait for Heart and 7 for Al, I am already excited to see 2 great concerts thsi year!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Prestige on DVD

Working at a video store, sometimes we get nice surprises. One came in today- The Prestige 2 whole weeks early! So, I rented it, and have already watched it again. It absolutely holds up on a third viewing. While I must say that the DVD is worth owning for the film alone, the extras are quite paltry. Less than 30 minutes of extras are included on the disc. Although some of the information is very intriguing and a lot of behind the scenes footage is shown, as opposed to movie clips, no clues or huge insights are given. There is no commentary or anything, so I would be expecting a Special Edition sometime soon.If you must own this on release date- February 20th, make sure you buy it for the lowest price, unless there is a bonus disc somewhere that I havent heard about yet.

By the way, I have searched exhaustively for Easter Eggs, and while they may be there, they are not easily accessible.

I've already asked for it off!

May 22, 2008- Indiana Jones 4!

I'm a geek. I know that already.

Added the link. Still new to this whole blog thing, remember.