a sci-fi trifecta


You couldn't ask for a better Blu-Ray Sci-fi release week than this past Tuesday. First, The Holy Grail: Battlestar Galactica The Complete Series. I don't even need to get into the greatness of BSG. Time magazine has praised it. Those fuckers at the emmys and the golden globes have ignored it. I love the Green Lanter comics and was eagerly awaiting the cartoon and it did not dissapoint. The real suprise was how bad ass Alias actor Victor Garber was as Sinestro. Perfect casting. I wish he could play him the upcoming movie. And last but not least is Dollhouse, a show that I was not into at first but finally started liking midway through the season and it payed off ( as in, I'm glad it got a second season, it would have been dissapointing for it not to).

+ I LOVE THIS VIDEO SO MUCH b/c of the Katee cameo: Battlestar Galactica Concert: Bear McCreary with Katee Sackhoff "All Along The Watchtower" Live 6-13-2009 , her apperance at the concert is an attempt to recreate a scene from the episode "Someone to Watch Over Me"
Green Lantern: First Flight Trailer
3 Ways The Dollhouse DVD Box Set Can Reprogram Your Brain

I see Blu, I see Red, Double Dipping, Triple Dipping


+ Donnie Darko Awakens on Blu-ray on February 10th
+ Echo and the Bunnymen - Killing Moon/live

My eyes are snobbish and the last time I watched DD on DVD with some friends it looked like a bootleg. You can only imagine my intense enthusiasm for this release. On the other hand, Damn It, really? I have to buy this again? Not until it hits Blu-Ray Universal, with your U-control bullshit menus and all. Ready to buy again: The Bourne Trilogy. Obviously I have not gotten the memo about some sort of recession going on.

+ "Make sure you're close to your PlayStation 3 this weekend, and think of a different question than "Here's my 10 suggestions on how to make The Hobbit totally awesome"

Unrelated: I love Heat Tech

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+ Directors Label Vols. 4-7 trailer ( features a snippet of Fiona )

ANTON CORBIJN (volume 6) is a name synonymous with many of the most iconic images of the last 25 years, from his massively acclaimed photography, the worldwide exhibitions of his work, his classic and highly sought after books, eye-catching album cover designs and videos for the likes of NIRVANA, METALLICA and most recently THE KILLERS. His long-term relationships with DEPECHE MODE & U2 are well documented, and his recent book of portraiture U2 & I is now on its third print run.

About the other Sin City DVD release

"... when people watch DVDs, they complain 'oh, the only thing about home entertainment is you miss that audience experience.' Well, the best audience is in Austin, especially for a movie that was made there. We showed the premiere with the actors there in a 1500-seat theater, and they would go crazy and Sin City got a big reaction. I recorded the audience in 5.1 so if you're watching the DVD and you want to see it with an Austin audience on premiere night, you just click a button and they're all there going 'aaaah!' so it's really cool."

+ The Sin City director discusses a deluxe DVD and the forthcoming sequel.
+ Robert Rodriguez On Sin City DVD and More
+ Frank Miller's Sin City Library Set 1 HC

DVD's in August

July marks the 10 anniversary of "Clueless", so here comes  Clueless: The "Whatever" Edition
on 8/30.

Extras include the featurettes "The Class Of '95" (looking at the cast then and now), "Creative Writing" (director Amy Heckerling talks about creating the world of Clueless), "Fashion 101" (how the filmmakers invented the trend-setting fashions that defined the movie), "Language Arts" (director and cast give the 411 on the groundbreaking slang), "How To Play The 'Suck n Blow' Game," "Driver's Ed" (get behind the wheel with the cast and crew), "We're History" (stories from the cast and crew on the making of Clueless) and two trailers. \ via DavisDVD

Also in August: no extras SIn City, HOUSE M.D. Season One and The Mambo Kings SE.

last weekend's dvd trilogy

Back in the 80's, before "American Psycho", Christian Bale ( soon to be forever linked with Batman)  was in "Empire of the Sun". This may be my favorite Spielberg film. There was a sequel to the book the movie was based on: The Kindness of Women. I've always wanted to read it. How does that boy from Empire become the sick pervert from Crash? Random Fact: The screenplay was by Mr. "Shakespeare in Love" himself, Tom Stoppard. 

- "When he produced Crash in 1973, legend has it that one publisher marked in her notes, "writer beyond psychiatric help"

- About "Crash"..Ballard himself called it "the first pornographic book based on technology"

- "My Wife is a Gangster" became the first Korean film to ever be sold to a U.S. studio for a remake. [ review ]

- Imagine "Miss Congeniality" spliced with "The Godfather", with the fight sequences of "Charlie's Angels" thrown in, and you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect in "My Wife is a Gangster".

Shinichiro Watanabe is such a genius. The standout on this volume is an episode in which an opium crop is burned during a Samurai stand off. Wackyness ensues.

Complete Guide to anachronisms in Samurai Champloo.

80's nostalgia - cartoons

Coming in August: ThunderCATS: Season 1, Volume 1
Coming in July: The Best of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
According to this, a classic cartoon special from the 80's will see the light of day: He-Man/She-Ra Christmas Special. ( another review of it here )
Already out and I didn't even know: M.A.S.K ( Hell, even C.O.P.S is out on DVD )
Now all that is left to come out is Silverhawks! I've yet to meet anyone who remembers Beverly Hills Teens which came out way before 90210.

DD:DC dvd release

Fucking finally: Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut is set to street on 2/15.

The final list of supplements for the 2-disc set is as follows: audio commentary with writer/director Richard Kelly and director Kevin Smith, Donnie Darko Production Diary with optional commentary by DP Steven Poster, They Made Me Do it Too: The Cult of Donnie Darko featurette, storyboard-to-screen video, #1 Fan: A Darkomentary  featurette and a director's cut theatrical trailer. { source }

DVD gazing

Something's Gotta Give: Best part of this dvd is having the Spider-Man 2 trailer in sorrund sound. I'm still bitter about Scarlett Johansson losing to Diane Keaton at the Golden Globes.

The Matrix Revolutions: I could not even get through a second viewing, I just skipped to the Superman vs Captain Marvel like fight at the end. All the cool flying reminds me of Dark City. Did anyone else notice the homage to Akira's Neo-Tokyo explosion? Anyways, this movie just proves again what a colossal fluke The Matrix was. I am curious about their screenplay for Alan Moore's "V for Vendetta" and what their next movie is going to be. As far as the extras, I am midly interested in the Matrix Online game that's hyped on here.

21 Grams: Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is 2 for 2 as far as making films about loss and suffering. This movie is sort of like an acutely depressing Pulp Fiction (style-wise). I would of much rather have seen Sean Penn win an Oscar for this. Naomi Watts will forever be Jet Girl in my heart.

Next one I'm watching is Cheaper By The Dozen, although I may feel like watching some serious Steve Martin, as in The Spanish Prisoner.

U2 SlaneCastle DVD


DVD: U2 Go Home - Live From Slane Castle
Slane Castle, Ireland
September 1st 2001

Audio: PCM & 5.1 DTS
Date of release: November 17th 2003

Content of DVD

"Unforgettable Fire" documentary (28 mins.) with bonus track
Complete show from September 1st 2001 at Slane Castle, Ireland (106 mins)

· Elevation
· Beautiful Day
· Until The End Of The World
· New Year's Day
· Out Of Control
· Sunday Bloody Sunday
· Wake Up Dead Man
· Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
· Kite
· Angel Of Harlem
· Desire
· Staring At The Sun
· All I Want Is You
· Where The Streets Have No Name
· Mysterious Ways
· Pride (In The Name Of Love)
· Bullet The Blue Sky
· With Or Without You
· One
· Walk On

Bonus Tracks: The DVD will include a 30-minute documentary about U2's day at Slane and commentary and maybe some special features.