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Old 08-10-2014, 05:30 AM
Best Buy - August 12th, 2014

Batman: Assault On Arkham
Exclusive Harley Quinn Figurine; Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $17.99

The Blacklist: Season One
Exclusive t-shirt; Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $39.99

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CDs

"Twista - Dark Horse" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks $9.99

"The Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt" deluxe edition with bonus track $14.99




At a later date I will pick up "Assault On Arkham"; Kevin Conroy as Batman. I don't feel like paying $12.99 for it.
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  #842  
Old 08-17-2014, 05:42 AM
Best Buy - August 19th, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Exclusive Magno case and comic book; Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $19.99 or $24.99 for 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy (save $10.00 with purchase of any TV title $14.99 and above; deal also for DVD)

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$5.99 CD

"Buckcherry - F EP" exclusive bonus track

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$11.99 CD

"Godsmack - 1000hp" exclusive bonus track




You could go for the comic and case, sure. Or you could go with Target which has a bonus disc for "Spider-Man 2".
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:43 AM
Target - August 19th, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Exclusive bonus disc (DVD) and free popcorn and medium soda from Target Café with Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $19.99
Free free popcorn and medium soda from Target Café DVD $16.99

The Millers: The First Season
There appears to be some kind of exclusive; can't make it out $27.99

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$14.99 CD

"Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks




There you go folks.

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Old 08-21-2014, 03:46 AM
Past Tense - Neither Plastic, Nor Pal Or Fun To Be With Part I

So let me get this straight; these chrome guys... don't make toast? Man, I feel cheated on "Battlestar Galactica"...



"Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5" was released on home video on September 19th, 2006.

It streeted against "Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection", "Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Complete Movie Collection" and "Roar: The Complete Series".

This release originally came with an embossed cardboard foil slipcase holding three slim cases for each of the discs. It came with two inserts. 1) Folded insert, ads for season three of BSG, "Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion - Season Two" book, "Battlestar Galactica: The Official Magazine", soundtracks for seasons one and two as well as the original miniseries. The rear offered a coupon for five dollars off "Surface: The Complete Series" (DVD). This expired on January 31st, 2007. I never used mine. 2) A promo card (Lee Adama) for "Battlestar Galactica: Collectible Card Game". I have mine still sealed in wrapper (transparent sheath).

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On street, Best Buy offered the sole exclusive - bonus disc. This set sold for $34.99. The DVD came in a CD envelope inside the slipcase. A minimum of ten copies per stores. Sorry, no screen shot; there's no menu, it just plays.

The sticker on the front reads: "Include bonus episode, Battlestar Galactica: The Journey Home".

The title on the bonus program is "Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far"; a recap of the events leading to debut of season three (October 6th, 2006). This aired on not on the Sci-Fi Channel, but their affiliate NBC on August 16th, 2006.

The exclusive has a run time of 43:34 minutes, presented in anamorphic widescreen with no chapters.

I bought copy on release day, that morning along with "Roar" (decent show). Looking at the new release isle, I noticed that one of the copies of "Roar" had a white corner poking out of the side of its slim cases - a CD envelope? Got curious and bought that. Once in the car, to examine of I need to make an exchange over scratched up discs; I discovered that "Roar" had the same bonus as BSG 2.5.

My guess is that there was a factory mix up and mispackaged; both titles were released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. I ended up selling that extra exclusive disc on Ebay for $14.00, very sway.

Anyhow, this show was my first experience of a series breaking up their season's home video release into two parts. A trend that continues to this day. Call it what it is, greed.

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Void.

I make no excuses.

I wrote this next piece as filler for when I hit a diminutive Past Tense entry - which is what we have here. But I think it's entertaining and informative so that counts for something.

Normally I write these Voids as I'm composing/fleshing out that particular PT. This was the first I wrote ahead of time; for storage, use at a later date.

The topic?



A public service for Disney's "The Black Hole" (1979) on DVD... and beyond (as usual). Oh - that's the Japanese poster above, way cooler than the domestic (U.S.) one.

My advice - don't bother buying the first outing, you'll be disappointed.

Let me take a step back.



On August 3rd, 2004 Buena Vista Home Entertainment released the film for $19.98 (still available). This presented the movie (anamorphic widescreen) with the original opening overture. Extras include the trailer and a too short making-of featurette, "Through The Black Hole" which runs 16:29 minutes (wanted more). I own this title, bought when it came out. Came with one insert, chapter listings; the other side, ads for "The Watcher In The Woods" (1980), "Tron: 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983).

Some years ago I discover that there was an earlier release that had a gallery, this bonus didn't carry over. I was intrigued. And would begin looking off and on over the next few years for a good deal on that iteration.

Recently I lucked out and found it at a price I was willing to bite. Man, I'm so glad I didn't pay too much.

No. Wait.

What frack!?!

The cover on the Disney DVD makes zero sense; none of that happens in the film.

The ship - U.S.S. Cygnus does not at any time appear in Earth orbit. Nor does a black hole appear in the vicinity of our planet. Dude, who thought that was a good idea? Talk about false advertising. *shake head*

And why did they Photoshop a gaping anus as the hole? Don't give me that look. Man, that would be funny if they did (Katja Kassin?), the Cygnus does look phallic.



On March 30th, 1999, Anchor Bay Home Entertainment released the film for the first time on DVD (out of print). It sold for $24.98. This was a double side disc (inside a red case), full screen and letterbox. It came with an insert, the chapter listing. This like the disc was double sided as well. The full screen listing is one chapter short, letterbox has the opening overture. The other extras were the trailer and the mentioned gallery (same on both sides). Oh and the movie auto plays, I'm not fan of that.

This gallery is crap on a cracker. It runs fifty-one images. All of them highly feathered and presented tiny. Then it gets worse.

These pictures are poor scans from lobby cards AND magazine articles. You can see the text on the pixs - I kid you not. I recognize some of these images from old Starlog magazines. This was a waste of money. Greenbacks that could've been used on porn. Yes, I buy pornos - I'm a collector. I buy one each month. Porn DVDs are so like Disney's - inflated prices (but that's another long rant... hmmm, future Void?).

Anchor Bay did re-release the title, minus full screen - anamorphic widescreen only on July 23rd, 2002 for the same price, also out of print. This has the same extras.

I was very disappointed. The featurette on the Disney DVD has various stills that really wet my appetite. It's not like I had high expectations, I just wanted some good pixs, not the case.

Trust me folks, just buy the Buena Vista release, you'll be grateful. And besides, the 2004 release has the better video. Though I will give credit, Anchor Bay has the swifter cover, the movie's poster (modified).

There is another reason why to skip Anchor Bay's DVD - well, the 1999 release. It was recalled. Why? The Dolby 5.1 mix is defective. Many audio enthusiasts were pissed.

Sure, why not? I'm talking about releases.



I'm unable to pinpoint the exact date. Release in 1982 from Walt Disney Home Video was the feature on laser disc (11AS). The single disc, double sided LD was in CLV and in full screen.

It sold for $34.95 with no chapters. In fact the time counter was only encoded in minutes without seconds. Even though this was pan to scan, the video still looked squeezed. Plus the audio spikes in volume, high and low.

This was one of Disney's first laser disc releases, their first pass had ten titles...

The others included "The Many Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh" (1977), "The Love Bug" (1968), "Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck Cartoons Collection One", "Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck Cartoons Collection Two", "Escape To Witch Mountain" (1975), "The One And Only Genuine Original Family Band" (1968), "Pete's Dragon" (1977), "Dumbo" (1941) and "Davy Crockett And The River Pirates" (1956).



Above is one of the Japanese laser disc releases also from Walt Disney Home Video (SF088-0066). This one came out on July 21st, 1985 for 8800 JPY. Still in full screen (single disc, double sided), but it came with a chapter insert. This is two minutes shorter at ninty-five minutes, probably because it's missing the opening overture.

Why is it here?

That's a damn good cover (with O.B.I), that's why. It's beautiful.

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I'll begin here with a quote from ThusSpakeSpymunk:
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The black hole was Hell. There was no question to me that the ship was Purgatory, that Maximillion was the silent Lucifer, and Reinhardt was Faust.
Yes, according to the director Gary Nelson; Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell) is in Hell at the conclusion. The corridor, the probe ship goes through was indeed heaven, coming out on the other side. More on this later.

The are two related quotes from the film that pop to mind.

Lieutenant Charlie Pizar: "Every time I see one of those things [black holes], I expect to spot some guy in red with horns and a pitch fork."

And later...

Dr. Reinhardt: "Life? Life forever." [a conversation about going into the black hole]

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Look, I know this thing is far from perfect. In fact it's kinda retarded, but I still like it; memories from my youth. It's unfortunate the "Hole" never quite rose to it's full potential. It's gothic, much like "Event Horizon" (1997). This could have been such a classic instead of a friggin' kid's flick.

I can understand some of the hate. A huge focus on V.I.N.Cent (Vital Information Necessary Centralized; voiced by Roddy McDowall), Disney's wannabe of R2-D2. Yes, the bot is a rip-off, no argument there. But it's a solid design. It feels functional, not so much tailored for merchandise, I like it. As much as some bitch it, it could have been so far worse - I've seen it. *shutters*

A better target of moaning is the design for the U.S.S. Palomino. Did the designers spend so much effort with the Cygnus that they run out of time for the hero's ship? Some guy was outside; smoking a cigarette, sees a water tower in the distance and thought, 'good enough'. Man, that ship's exterior looks poor.

Some of the problems I have...

With it.

The music is great, the right amount of awe and dread. The opening theme is fantastic (I have it as a midi), wondrous John Berry. But when things turn action, such as rescuing Dr. Kate McCrea (Yvette Mimieux) from reprogramming, the hero music is incredibly cartoony, so out of place. As if that cue was made for another production, maybe something for TV, a cop show. It stops the film for me. That and V.I.N.Cent doing a barrel roll. It was cute the first time when they were in the elevator with Maximilian. It became over used.

Okay, not gonna get into the scientific inaccuracies, there's lots of them. And plot holes, many of them. A super important one was why didn't Kate recognize the Cygnus (the ship her father served on). Even if she was a little girl at the time of it's launch, she should've known what it looked like. In the film she's going through craft identifications, trying to find a match. She should've known right from the start - Cygnus.
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Can't explain, just blame the chemistry.
- Client

Why is there an atmosphere outside the Cygnus once our gang tries to board the probe ship towards the end? They should all be dead - minus V.I.N.Cent. Did the ship have a bubble over it with air for the drones to repair the ship from outside without suits? Don't get me started with the rolling meteor, though it did look super cool.

The characters were pretty bland, in particular Dr. Alex Durant (Anthony Perkins). Durant had as much life as Matthew Broderick's character, Dr. Niko Tatopoulos from that disastrous reimagined "Godzilla" (1998). Man, you could've taken a cardboard cut out of Broderick with a paper puppet mouth and get more of a preference - the same here.

The film starts off with a mystery that's resolved way too soon. They should've milked it for every drop it, they didn't.

A squandered subplot is S.T.A.R. (Special Troops Arms Regiment). The robot was their best soldier and sharpshooter, it was Maximilian predecessor. When the Palomino crew was pinned down by laser fire from the mechanized security force, we should've seen S.T.A.R. in full glory. The heroes are able to destroy the soldiers, minus one. From that moment on they're being chased by the S.T.A.R.; think of the Gunslinger from "Westworld" (1973).

What happens? S.T.A.R. gets killed in the middle of the film. What the frack? They build this foe up who is completely flaccid to the story.

Yes. I know this is a kids' movie and made by Disney, but that should have been way better.

The effects range from yeah - ok to woh. The other thing that bothers me is that V.I.N.Cent spout out quotations all the time. I rather have it talk from the gut or as it be, circuit - less quotes.

Another missed opportunity was getting to see Reinhardt's sadism. Let's be honest here, the man is a monster. Worse than a murderer.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:49 AM
Past Tense - Neither Plastic, Nor Pal Or Fun To Be With Part II

Man. This entry was so long winded, I had to break this post into two...

The ending as most film buffs know was very watered down, too religious. The original closure followed the shot (in the movie) of Kate's eye close up. The image changes to another eye, the eye of God from the Sistine Chapel, ceiling painting. The camera pulls out to the reveal and shows Kate looking up at it. She turns and departures the huge room. The End. What happened to the rest of her crew??? Did the other survive the transition? Don't know. What CAN I tell you?

As mention earlier, Reinhardt ends in Hell. If you look closely (DVD zoom feature if you have it), as the camera pans away from Maximilian on the mount, down a chasm, you will see people moving. They're dress in a similar clothes as the Cygnus drones. Not exact, their face plate is not a mirror, they're skulls. The crew of the damned. I been wondering; are they walking with a purpose? They seem to be heading in a direction - up the mount to Reinhardt?

A disturbing theory (never confirmed) to explain why when the shit hit the fan, the doctor crept back, grabbed Kate and whispered "Protect me from Maximilian". Everyone on the Cygnus is single task oriented except for... Max. The doctor needed an assistant with greater abilities than any retooled crew members, a machine. But such an automation would be difficult to create, A.I. wise. He may have tired with S.T.A.R and was disappointed. So Reinhardt became naughty and or vindictive.

A quick backtrack. Kate and her dad, Dr. Frank McCrae were part of the ESP project, long distance communication. In the film, it is shown that a synthetic, digital ESP had been developed. Kate's contact with V.I.N.Cent during its space walk/ship repair. This can also be seen as Reinhardt talks to Maximilian, there is obviously a two way conversation going on, we're privy to one side only. Max has no display screen like V.I.N.Cent or Old Bob. It's ESP.

Some of what the doctor told his visitors was true, there was a mutiny onboard. The revolt was lead by McCrae. The crew lost to the machines, I like to think of the fight sequence from "I, Robot" (2004). Reinhardt needed workers and converted the survivors. That must've been hell, watching your crew mates getting lobotomized and YOU being prepared for your rape. I imagine lots and lots of screaming. As I wrote, he's more than a monster.

Something else not stated. How long did Reinhardt keep the captured crew before re-educating them? You know the doctor had help, the ship is HUGE. Those who sided with him either understood their folly later and tried to stop him or was just screwed over and got defiled right at the start. 'If they betrayed them, then you'll betray me'.

Anyhow, he needed a special assistant. The doctor inserted McCrae mind (could've been a biological transplant) into Max. A crippled conscience, like the workers - do his bidding. A twisted joke. This is what Old Bob meant when it said Reinhardt killed Kate's father. McCrae is dead, just a shell remains.

But there is an echo. Reinhardt has to repeat his orders to Maximilian. The large machine is trying to resist obeying, perceivable hatred.

Karma was making a visit. This goes further as the metaphor near the end, Max trapping Reinhardt in his shell just as the doctor once did to him.

Another interesting theory is that Maximilian is Reinhardt's id personified. He was made to task the doctor's every whim. As written above, the ESP connection - Maximilian is getting two commands from his creator; the one spoken directly to it and a second sent from Reinhardt's own subconscious; violent - demands instant gratification and an audience, this is Maximilian. The doctor had to repeat his commands to mental giant to override his own secret primal desires.

The words spoken to Kate was him realizing that his subconscious was now in charge (for that moment), he is no longer the master of the Cygnus.

The ESP thing?

B.O.B. (Bio-sanitation Battalion; voiced by Slim Pickens) and his models were created specifically for "Project Black Hole". Since radio signals near a black hole's event horizon would render communication null (immense gravity). The idea was to use ESP for instantaneous communication. It does work, yes. But NOT over great distances. Project Black Hole proved to be a big failure - it's intended use. But its practical application continues on in droids like V.I.N.CENT (a later model of B.O.B.).



The novelization by Alan Dean Foster; Kate as an implant in her head that allows for sixth-sense communication with anyone or any machine (within rage) with similar WiFi.
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After I finished the book I made a list of 75 changes that I felt could be made to the picture in post-production to improve it and turned it in to my contact at Disney. Nothing was heard.

Years later I ran into the same guy and said, "I guess no one at the studio ever saw my suggestions." "Oh no," he replied. "They had a meeting about it. There was a lot of anger expressed". I was hardly surprised. How dare some cheap-ass novelizer make suggestions about their big-budget extravaganza!
- Foster

The novel's ending was quite different, once in Reinhardt's probe ship - as in the movie, the shuttle is programmed to enter the black hole. The journey there turns into an LSD trip, everyone inside merged into a single entity/person/thing. The End.

I don't own the book, but I'm curious.

The final film is a flawed masterpiece and still talked about nearly thirty-five years later. That's quite a wonderment. As I wrote, this could've been so much more. Big/great ideas that were not properly executed.

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Man, the DVD re-release is a shadow of what it could've been. In the Summer of 1996 it was reported that Disney Home Video was planing to release another "Exclusive Archive Collection" laser disc box set. The same huge treatment it did for "Tron" (1982) (three CAV discs; December 22nd, 1995; $99.99).

"The Black Hole" was to have a brand new digital remastering, picture and sound (AC-3) and presented in CAV. The second analog channel would have the isolated musical score. Discs one and two would be the film.

The third disc would be the supplemental material. It was to have two deleted scenes; the alternate ending; a documentary on the making with 1979 interviews with Anthony Perkins, Maximilian Schell, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux and director Gary Nelson; storyboards and conceptual drawings; publicity and promotional materials; merchandise; articles surrounding the controversy of Disney's very first PG rated feature and the theatrical teaser and trailer. As with "Tron", it would've been priced at $99.95. It had a Christmas release date, that never happened. Man, how far did they get?

This isn't BS, it was reported.

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Bits.

The exposed Cygnus crew man/drone by Dr. Durant is none other than the director Gary Nelson. The eyes!

The monitor that falls on Reinhardt in the control room towards the end was a huge flat screen. LED or plasma?

Actress Jennifer O'Neill was cast as Dr. Kate McCrae, but got replaced by Yvette Mimieux. I wonder what happened?

I know why it was done, but actress Mimieux would've look far nicer with non-curly hair, more feminine. The decision was made for practical reasons, so that they didn't have to worry about her locks when they simulated zero gravity.

This was Disney's first rated PG movie and the first to have an all digital recorded film score.

The character of Harry Booth (Ernest Borgnine) is a journalist, that wasn't never stated in the film. Which explains why he was so bad at piloting the ship.

Something else that wasn't properly explained, the U.S.S. Palomino has two levels which are similar. When the Cygnus is detected by ship sensors, the crew is looking at the unknown craft from different rooms. Poor editing made it look like the crew were all in the same cabin. I didn't get that until now.

Back in the day, I owned "The Black Hole" Colorform play set, bought from Thrifty (the Wal-Mart of its day). Just Google Colorform, I'm not going to explain. And yes, it was just as lame you think it was.

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Tangent.

This is something you should know - if you don't already.



The extras on the Season One "Battlestar Galactica" isn't complete. While it does have the mini-series and its commentary, it fails to carry over two relevant bonus features. If you want the full picture you'll need to keep the miniseries DVD.

Excluded:

* "Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown" (letterbox, 41:40 minutes; aired on Sci-Fi Channel on November 26th, 2003)
* Deleted scenes (miniseries; letterbox)

This is something that is a mystery to me.

The miniseries' release has two DVD versions, same content. The common, double sided, singe disc and a two disc version. When I learned about the missing extras, I pursued the miniseries. I ran into the two disc set. The copy I found was damaged. I ended up finding a someone who sold me the single disc, mint off Amazon.

The two disc edition is a riddle. I don't know where it came from or even if it was some kind of exclusive. *shrugs* It's out there.

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I miss this.

There really hasn't been a television show that took the place of BSG. It, like "Lost" (2004) ushered a new golden age of TV. But as of late the programs airing are not that level of excellence. Granted television is better now then it was fifteen years ago. You have shows like "Once Upon A Time" (2011) (season one and two PTs) and "Boardwalk Empire" (2010) (season one PT), true. And we had "24: Live Another Day" (2014), I guess it's not so bad.

But I do miss it. *nods*

So that's it. This certainly turned into a long winded entry. Sorry about "The Black Hole" highjacking the PT. Hope you enjoyed it anyway. That said, come back on September 4th, 2014 for another. Dude, you know you like it.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:24 AM
Target - August 26th, 2014

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive steelbook case; Blu-Ray $29.99

Max & Ruby: Sweet Siblings!
Exclusive store release $8.99

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CDs

"5 Seconds To Summer" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99

"Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99

"Coldplay - Ghost Stories" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $13.99

"Ariana Grande - My Everything" deluxe edition with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $14.99

"Kem - Promise To Love" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $14.99

"Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $15.99

"Trey Songz - Tigga" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $15.99




The regular edition of "The Walking Dead" S4 can be had for $24.99.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:34 AM
Best Buy - August 26th, 2014

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season
Exclusive lenticuar packaging; Blu-Ray/Digital Copy $29.99

Sons Of Anarchy: Season Six
Exclusive digital comics download (six issues); DVD $24.99/Blu-Ray $29.99

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CD

"Avenge Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen" dexlue edition with DVD and flag $21.99




I probably picking up "The Walking Dead" S4, same price as Target.

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Old 09-04-2014, 04:55 AM
Past Tense

This time out we didn't get anally probed (or DID we?) in the sci-fi classic, "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind"...



The motion picture opened on November 16th, 1977. It was made with a budget of $19,400,870 (estimated) and grossed over $116 million during its initial U.S. theatrical run. My data is limited. I don't know what box office ranking it had when it premiered.

The feature opened against "Pete's Dragon", "Oh, God!" and "Looking For Mr. Goodbar".

I'm going to be talking about the "30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition". This was not a regular DVD case. It was a glossy cardboard (partly foiled) box ('Premium Packaging') which flipped open. Inside was a digipack for the three discs along with "30th Anniversary Collector's Book", a seventy-two page image tome with trivia and actor bios along with (black and white; well more like sepia) behind the scenes photos. It also came with a folded insert; Side A) Reproduction of the film's poster. Side B) "A View From Above: Feature Comparison" - a chart of detailing the differences between the Theatrical, Special Edition and Director's Cut versions.

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There was only one exclusive from Wal-Mart.



The department store sold the DVD edition with an exclusive CD; the sticker on the front read "The Entire Close Encounters Soundtrack Inside!". It's true and false at the same time. *shakes head*

This set streeted on November 13th, 2007 for $29.96.

The CD has a printed label which reads: "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack".

So what's the deal?



This is the compact disc re-release of the Arista Records CD from 1988. Which was taken from the original 1977 vinyl; no remastering. It's not even the 1990 CD release from Varése Sarabande which had a bonus track.

TRACKS

1. Main Title And Mountain Visions
2. Nocturnal Pursuit
3. The Abduction Of Barry
4. I Can't Believe It's Real
5. Climbing Devils Tower
6. The Arrival Of Sky Harbor
7. Night Siege
8. The Conversation
9. The Appearance Of The Visitors
10. Resolution And End Titles

This is NOT even the better edition (also from Arista), "The Collector's Edition Soundtrack" - remastered and expanded, twenty-six tracks; released in 1998. As you may have guessed, I would've preferred that version. I do enjoy the John Williams score, but this could've been so much stronger. It's the 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition, you would think they would attach the superior soundtrack to the box.

The CD came in a large gummied sleeve; transparent top with wax paper backing holding the disc in the center, called an "EnvyPak".

Something I have long forgotten until researching. There was a disco version of the main theme, remixed by Gene Page in 1978. Oh dear.

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Footnotes.

So why are there three versions of this film?

The studio, Columbia Pictures was up the creek with a very minute paddle; they knew Steven Spielberg would/could deliver a Summer blockbuster - saving them from bankruptcy. The film's budget kept ballooning, the studio ended up having to raise seven additional millions from German tax shelters, Time Inc. and EMI Music to get the feature made.

There lies the problem. Time was running out for Columbia.

Spielberg wanted to take his time, editing with Michael Kahn. The idea was for a Summer 1978 release; post production work was done in June '77. The plan was for a long, relaxed period to assemble his vision. Get it just right. No such luck. The studio was in panic mode.

The creditors were at the gates as it were. They needed the film out, NOW!

This forced Spielberg and Kahn into a mad rush job - four months; thousands and thousands of feet of footage were widdled down to 135 minutes.

The director was not delighted with the Theatrical print. Yes, it made over $116 million (counting foreign receipts - $288 million) and did save Columbia, but it wasn't the path he wanted.

From all the things I've read on the subject, I don't believe it was ego, but rather him wanting to do justice to the story. Spielberg went to studio asking them to finish the film, allow him to recut the feature. They agreed with one major caveat... he must show the inside the space craft. Why?

They were going to re-release the blockbuster with new footage, calling it the "Special Edition" an orbital be-bop. Get folks to see it once again - the new marketing campaign focused on showing the public the inside of the craft. So in 1979 Spielberg was given $1.5 million to recut and seven weeks to shoot new scenes (most of the cast returned, minus François Truffaut who was filming another movie at the time). All and all, seven additional minutes were added as well as shortening the Theatrical by ten minutes. The run time is 132 minutes and had an August 1980 re-release.

The re-release brought them back into the theaters to the tune of $15.7 million, making the overall domestic box office at $303.7 million. The Special Edition expanded the mystery and became the default viewing. If you wanted to see the motion picture on home video (VHS or Laser Disc) this was the only option. Until 1990, but I'll get into that in few.

Flash forward to 1998, still not happy. Spielberg didn't want to show the inside of the mother ship. He re-re-cut the film. Bits that were exorcised from the Theatrical were reinstated and mashed with footage from the Special Edition. And the entire space ship interior as axed as he felt it was unnecessary.

This new version became known as the "Director's Cut" and in 1999 for Columbia's 75th anniversary, the film was given a limited theatrical re-re-release, that was the only time the Director's Cut was seen on the big screen. It has a run time of 137 minutes.

Fine. There IS another.

When ABC aired the movie they did their own edit; this combined the Theatrical and Special Edition into a 143 minute program. It first aired on March 14th, 1983; the broadcast started at 7:00 pm, a four hour telecast with commercials. This mash-up has never been released on home video.

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As I wrote the Special Edition was the default, but that changed in 1990 when Criterion released a deluxe edition laser disc set.



The three disc LD collection was presented on CAV across six sides. It was release on November 26th, 1990 and sold for $124.95. Special edition laser discs were frackin' expensive back in the day, but it was the only game in town. I only owned slightly over three hundred titles when I was collecting; from 1993 to 2002. There were tons I wanted, but their price tag was beyond what I could afford. Most of those buy were pre-internet, ordered through printed catalogs.

The good and the bad...

The bad first. This release presented both editions, Special Edition and Theatrical. You had to program your laser disc player to view each version. This wasn't a linear play. But rather scenes from each version in their linear order. It the first attempt at seamless branching. You had to wait for the change, up five seconds per change. And when I say program, I mean you had to tell the machine which chapters you wanted to see and their viewing order. You had to earn the viewing.

The first release had numerous chapter problems. It wouldn't play right. So bad, that Criterion had to re-release the title. This time from a gatefold to a box to differentiate between the pressings. Most, but not all of the chapter problems were fixed.

The good. This set included a ton of goodies, over a thousand gallery images; the UFOs, aliens, the mothership, the smoke room, mothership's underbelly, the cast, railroad crossing, Crescendo Summit, the Special Edition, production and publicity. This also included a video with Spielberg discussing Letterboxing. It also had pages from deleted scenes (which were not filmed).

In addition to that it came with "Making Close Encounters", an interactive documentary featuring video interviews with Steven Spielberg, Douglas Trumball, John Williams and other principals. You could watch videos and skip over the galleries presented or click through them. This was a huge deal at the time.

Criterion also released a budget LD on December 18th, 1991 for $59.95. This presented the theatrical version with zero bonus features in CLV format. A two disc set, three sides. Wait, I believe it included the trailer.

Before you ask.

No.

Those extras are exclusive to the dead format; Criterion never re-issued on DVD nor Blu-Ray.

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Important information...



The Director's Cut, "Collector's Edition" was released on laser disc on July 14th, 1998 from Columbia Tri-Star Video. This three disc, six sided box set sold for $79.95 (presented in CAV and CLV). This is where the 140 minute documentary "The Making Of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" originated. It featured the theatrical trailers, vintage 1977 featurette "Watch The Skies", deleted scenes and production archives (storyboards, production photos and publicity materials; notice, zero production artwork or conceptual art). This box set was the first time the movie was remastered in Dolby Digital AC-3.



This version jumped formats on May 29th, 2001 - the two disc DVD (digipack) set sold for $24.95 from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. This has both trailers, deleted scenes, vintage featurette and the feature length documentary - that's it.

In researching (I don't own any of the "Close Encounters" laser discs), I've encountered a discontinuity; the doc on the Collector's Edition LD reads "140 minutes" (looked at a back cover scan). But the same documentary on the Collector's Edition DVD is 1:41:36 minutes (pulled out my copy and saw the length). The Blu-Ray version is 101 minutes, the same.

So thirty-nine minutes are missing from subsequent editions? What parts? Damn good question. Using that same scan found online, I read the tiny chapter text and compared it to the DVD doc's.

You're not missing anything, documentary-wise. I think what they did was count all of the extras as one piece (galleries [you can play through galleries, each is a single frame; it zips by], deleted scenes and featurette), 140 minutes.

You're welcome.

This same documentary is on the 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition, but not as a single item, it's broken into three parts, spread across the discs (DVD edition).

I must say, I am very disappointed that the new gallery is exclusive to the 30th BD edition. That should've have been, it should've been equal. Making it worse is that it has nine different galleries - substantial, not fluff.

*sigh*

If I write about that, I need to write about this. Man, I'm too anal.

While the documentary on "Close Encounters" is intact, that isn't always the case - the transition from LD to DVD.

The most famous exclusion happened to "Jaws" (1975).

MCA/Universal Home Video released a mega, limited edition, laser disc box set (42583; only 10,000 made) on November 28th, 1995 for $149.98. I had to save money to buy that. It came with four discs (CAV/CLV), plus the film's CD soundtrack (John William's score; twelve tracks) and a copy of Peter Benchley's 278 page paperback novel. As well as a lavish LD sized booklet.

A year later on November 19th, 1996 a budget version was released (42629), minus the physical premiums; the LD number reduced to three (also CAV/CLV). This sold for $129.98 - yeah that was the budget version.

Both special edition laser discs carried the feature length documentary, "The Making Of Steven Spielberg's Jaws". This has a run time of 2:02:48. It covered all aspects of the production, very detailed.

When the film finally came to DVD (Universal Studios Home Video) on July 11th, 2000 ($26.98), "Anniversary Collector's Edition"; it included a highly edited version of the documentary. The run time now is an hour. As you can imagine fans were upset.

The "Anniversary Collector's Edition" was re-release on September 2nd, 2003 (now with DTS), it sold for $19.98. No change, same carved up version of the doc.

It wasn't until the "30th Anniversary Edition" (June 14th, 2005; Universal Studios Home Entertainment, two disc set) that the documentary was restored to its original length; sold for $22.98. Should be noted that not all of the galley images carried over from the last DVD edition, that why I have the 30th and the DTS copies.

The full documentary also appears on the 2012, Blu-Ray/DVD combo release (August 14th, 2012), sold for $29.98. I'm still bugged that the fan documentary, "The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact And Legacy Of Jaws" (2007) wasn't put on DVD, BD only - that shouldn't be. At the very least, release it as a stand alone title on DVD. I would buy it on release day.

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Learned a couple of new things in writing this post.

1) In 2007 Steven Spielberg commented that he would've changed the ending if he remade it today. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) would not have abandoned his family to road trip with the extraterrestrials. I agree, even as little kid I thought that was just wrong - he's a deadbeat dad. 'Sorry honey, I can't make child support; I'm too busy circling Uranus'. Sure, go on your quest - find that answer, your truth. But come back when and make amends.

Don't go joy riding with them, it will be decades or longer before you get back. At the point where you become a father or mother, the existence you had is gone. That life, it's the price you pay to be a parent. So yeah, Roy was a deadbeat dad - end of story.

2) The UFO witnesses in India who pointed up, they were saying "Aaya Re! Aaya!" It translates from Hindi to "He has come" which sounds like an Indian XXX flick. You know, whoever is the porno equivalent of Peter North there.

The November 2008 issue of Empire magazine (British), published the results of a world-wide poll of the "500 Greatest Movies Of All Time"; "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" ranked 59th.

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Rant.



This was Spielberg on the top of his game. No question about that.

You build characters and mystery, the atmosphere it creates. You don't need to go for the money shot within thirty minutes (or less). It's about suspense - having a good story to justify the effects, not the other way around.



Indeed, go in with an open mind. Nuff said.

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Void.

Out this month, two days ago on September 2nd is "Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30 Film Collection" DVD box set.



The response has been mixed.

The main gripe is the price tag - $199.98 for the twenty-one disc set which also includes a forty-eight page booklet, shown above.

All of this is a repackaging of earlier SEs; "The Legacy Collection" from 2004 for each Universal Studios creature franchise as well as the 75th Anniversary Editions for "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" (both from 2006) and the Special Edition for "The Mummy" (2008).

There is zero new content, minus that booklet. Well, that's not wholly true, new to the sets; not new, New. I'll get into that in a few.

Some are complaining this is nothing short of a money grab by Universal, which it is - but that's not a bad thing. Others a moaning that this isn't on Blu-Ray.

I say that it's not a bad thing since all of the Legacy titles are out of print and have risen up in price. And these re-releases consolidate all of the extras that came before into a single franchise outings. The high point is that these are single sided DVDs, the original releases came with double sided discs. Those were so easy to scratch and damage. I HATE them. But you had no choice at the time. And some have reported that those discs were starting to develop DVD-rot.

Another positive is that it includes other titles which were not originally included with the Legacy releases. Those "Abbott And Costello" meet X films - and those have extras as well. And yes, these were previously released special editions. But those are sway inclusions, you can't deny that. A full rounded film collection. *nods*

Once again the huge price tag, that's the true sucky part. Though Amazon is selling it for 100 bucks right now (free shipping), it's still pricey.

But there is a bright side.

Nearly each of the legacies can be bought separately (with slipcover) - minus "Phantom Of The Opera" which is somewhat exclusive to this box. I say somewhat since it's a repackaging of its 2005 special edition release.

Each individual franchise is priced at $29.98, buy the ones you want. These range from two to four discs sets. You can purchase individual Legacies on the same date, September 2nd.

I only own two of the original Legacy titles, "The Mummy" and "Creature From The Black Lagoon". And the 75th Anniversary Editions for "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" too. I checked my copies, so far so good (no rot). But I would like to replace them - much better, fuller collections.

My gripes?

If you're really gonna call it "Complete Legacy Collection" for each franchise, you should have it complete.

1) Dracula should also include the other Universal film, "Dracula" (1979) which by the way is a minor special edition, a single disc title. It's being re-released on the same date; identical content, not sure if it got new packaging.

2) The Wolf Man should also include the other Universal film, "The Wolfman" (2010) - the two disc, unrated director's cut that was a Best Buy exclusive.

3) The Mummy should also include at the very least the first Universal film, "The Mummy" (1999) - two discs, collecting the various extras that came with the "Ultimate Edition" from 2001 and "2 - Disc Deluxe Edition" from 2008. Though it would be nice to have the other two direct sequels (I'm skipping "The Scorpion King" [2002] and its sequels) with all their special features.

Oh god, there's a fourth "Scorpion King" flick coming - direct to video. Who asked for that?

Man, this started as an easy PT entry - it's just a CD. How hard can it be? Then ballooned to what you see.

That's it folks. Hope to see you back here on August 18th, 2014 for another plunge into store exclusives. Happy panda face!

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Old 09-07-2014, 06:28 AM
Target - September 9th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D
Excluisve bonus content (bonus disc?); 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/Digtal Copy $19.99

The Vampire Diaries: Season Five
Exclusive bonus content (likely a bonus disc); looks like for both - DVD $34.99 or Blu-Ray $39.99

The Goldbergs: The Complete First Season
Exclusive bonus content (bonus disc?) $24.99

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"Jhene Aiko - Souled Out" deluxe edition with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $14.99




Looks like I'm buying "The Vampire Diaries" here. *nods*
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  #850  
Old 09-07-2014, 06:29 AM
Best Buy - September 9th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D
Exclusive steelbook; 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray/Digtal Copy $24.99 (or $14.99 with any TV title purchse of $14.99 and up)




Indeed.
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  #851  
Old 09-14-2014, 06:02 AM
Target - September 16th, 2014

Godzilla
Exclusive bonus content (digital only, pressed on the BD release); Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo $22.99

Sleep Hollow: Season One
Exclusive booklet, "History, Mystery & Mythology: The Art Inspired By Sleepy Hollow" $24.99

The Fault In Our Stars
Exclusive fabric poster $5.00

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$14.99 CD

"Barbara Streisand - Partners" deluxe edition with 4 exclusive tracks and a preimum (something)




I'll try to pick up "Sleepy Hollow", good show; that's about it for me. I'll pick up "Godzilla" at a later date.
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Old 09-14-2014, 06:03 AM
Best Buy - September 16th, 2014

Godzilla
"Godzilla: Awakening" graphic novel $2.99 with movie purchase; $17.99 DVD, BD/DVD/DC $19.99, 3D BD/BD/DVD/DC $27.99

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season
Exclusive lenticular cover; BD/DVD/DC combo $32.99

Arrow: The Complete Second Season
Exclusive lenticular cover; BD/DVD/DC combo $39.99

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CDs

"Shaman's Harvest - Smokin' Hearts & Brokens Guns" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $9.99
"Motionless In White - Reincarnate" with exclusive patch $9.99
"Jeezy - See It All" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $18.99
"Slash - World On Fire" with exclusive t-shirt and lenticular cover $21.99




There you go.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:27 AM
Past Tense

Run, dodge, fire guns and get all shaky cam-ed with "The Bourne Files"...

This PT is a bit different since were talking about a double feature release. So I'm gonna cover the stats on both.



"The Bourne Identity" opened on June 14th, 2002. It was made with a budget of $60,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $121 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number four.

The feature opened against "Spider-Man", "Undercover Brother", "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones" and "Scooby-Doo".



"The Bourne Supremacy" opened on July 23rd, 2004 It was made with a budget of $75,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $176 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number two.

The feature opened against "I, Robot", "Spider-Man 2", "Shrek 2", "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "King Arthur".

"The Bourne Files" is a three disc digipak set that came in a cardboard file style case. You pull out each mock file with DVD.



The images above do far better justice than my words. It's kinda hard to describe the case. Anyhow, the picture feels like the disc holders are folders with a chapter listing sheet inside. Nope, not the case at all. It's a replica, printed on thick card stock, just an illusion. This release did not come with any inserts, the case was not embossed either.

One difference from the final product; the velcro dot isn't cloth (you know what I mean), it's clear plastic.

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There were two exclusives and both were pretty damn weak. But hey, at the time I didn't own either movies so it was a cool deal.

The three disc release streeted on July 24th, 2007.



Best Buy offered an exclusive theater voucher to see "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007); ($7.50 value for one; the window was August 3rd to August 31st, 2007).

The store also offered a discount; save five dollars on the $14.99 opening week price if you used your MasterCard - which I did. Sway. The voucher 'Compliments Of MasterCard'.



Wal-Mart had a bonus disc. Don't get excited it was lame. It came in a printed cardboard sleeve on the back of the release (as I recall). This DVD has a run time of 11:20 minutes (presented in widescreen). The entry for "The Bourne Ultimatum" wasn't a trailer, but rather a 3:45 minute chase clip from the film. This four disc set sold for $14.98 on release day.

The bonus disc/sleeve does not fit inside the case/folder. I have mine stored outside (in a bag) with other exclusives that can't be with their source release.

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Footnotes.

What's on the third disc on this double feature?



It has four new items; sneak peak at 'Ultimatum' and three featurettes on author Robert Ludlum and making of the film series. It a run time of 50:44 minutes.

The other big question is which version? Which version of "The Bourne Identity" is present? A bit of background first...

"The Bourne Identity" was first release on DVD as "Collector's Edition" on January 21st, 2003 ($26.98). It didn't have much extras. It was re-released as "Explosive Extended Edition" on July 13th, 2004 ($29.98) with a lot more bonuses, but looses the director's commentary, extended farmhouse scene and its trailer. So if you want all the extras, you'll need both editions (which I own).

The DVD version presented here is the "Explosive Extended Edition".

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Quote:
Everybody's always asking me - where is it baby? Doesn't anybody know?
- Tim Feehan

If you really want a tally, "The Bourne Identity" has been released on DVD four times. The first two mentioned a moment ago.



Above are all the same; "Explosive Extended Edition". The far left is the second version, it didn't come with any slipcover. Next to that is the '100th Anniversary' edition (I own it); this is about Universal Studios hitting the century mark. It came with a foil slipcover (non-embossed) which opens up (clear plastic velcro) showing various movie and Universal trivia. This streeted on January 10th, 2012. It also came with a digital copy insert; code expired on December 31st, 2012.

The far right is the current re-release, '2000s Best Of The Decade'. This was a non-foiled, non-embossed slipcover and streeted on July 9th, 2013. I can't say if this came with a digital copy, don't own this. You can still find this at your local Wal-Mart.

Should be noted that none of the original insert(s) came with the 100th Anniversary (and most likely not with Best Of The Decade). I don't know what they were, but I'm on a quest to find them. I will; yard sales and or swap meets. Yes, I am that anal.

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This wasn't the first adaptation, it made it to the small screen initially. ABC had a two part mini-series, "The Bourne Identity", it aired on May 8th and 9th of 1988. It starred Richard Chamberlain as Jason Bourne and Jaclyn Smith as Marie St. Jacques. Ludlum fans call the TV version the most faithful to the novel. I still remember watching that when it first aired; I was in high school at the time.



This is something I regret, I had an opportunity to pick the DVD for a low price, years ago, but procrastinated. Now it's going for $62.76, new. It came out on August 27th, 2002 from Warner Home Video (ISBN# 0-7907-7305-8). Why not buy it used for a lot cheaper? This came out in a cardboard snapper case (man, I hate those). You can imagine the used copy has tons of scratches and dents. Pass - I'll take it new.

The mini-series originally retailed for $19.98; 188 minutes with zero extras; presented in anamorphic widescreen. I'm fuzzy on that, it was broadcast in full screen as was all television programs. But the possibility exist that it was filmed wide for use in foreign markets... so maybe widescreen.

Feel a bit weird, a sign of the times. Chamberlain looks old playing Bourne. You don't see that kind of thing now; action heroes are no longer middle age men. Try watching "Adventures Of Superman" (1952), it's on DVD. George Reeves looks too old to play the Man Of Steel by today's standards.

I thought this entry would be rather small. I even wrote up volume two of TV shows not on DVD (see "24: Redemption" for volume one). I'll save that Void for a later date.

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One last thing.

I now have the street date for "Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort", spoken of in a few PTs - it's October 21st, next month. I'll be getting that. Oh yeah...

You know what next month is?

Next month begins the fourth annual "Limited Edition Horror"! Five entries for each Thursday in October; exclusives with a nightmare edge. Be back here on October 2nd, 2014 - I'm serious.

If you don't - the Kagney Linn Karter will come and getcha! I've heard she can swallow a man whole. *nods* Just thinking about it is givin' me the big willy.
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Old 09-21-2014, 06:31 AM
Target - September 23rd, 2014

Neighbors
Exclusive bonus DVD; BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

Nashville: The Complete Second Season
Fluzzy - 2 downloadable bonus tracks (store exclusive?) $29.99

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CDs

"Lenny Kravitz - Strut" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $10.99
"Lady Gaga & Tony Bennet - Check To Check" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $15.99
"Barbara Streisand - Partners" deluxe edition with 4 exclusive tracks and a preimum (something) $15.99
"Jhene Aiko - Souled Out" deluxe edition with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $16.99
"Ariana Grande - My Everything" deluxe edition with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $17.99
"Kem - Promise To Love" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $16.99
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Old 09-21-2014, 06:32 AM
Best Buy - September 23rd, 2014

Neighbors
Free mini-red party cups; DVD $16.99 or BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99
(discount: the film on DVD for $4.99 or $9.99 BD/DVD/DC with purchase of any TV season box set $14.99 and up)

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$11.99

"Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue" deluxe edition with 3 exclusive bonus tracks
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:13 AM
Target - September 30th, 2014

Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Exclusive transforming case; BD/DVD/DC combo $17.99

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$10.99 CD

"Colbie Caillat - Gypse Heart" with 2 exclusive songs




Indeed.
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  #857  
Old 09-28-2014, 05:15 AM
Best Buy - September 30th, 2014

Transformers: Age Of Extinction
Exclusive steelbook & Fathead decals; BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

Transformers
Exclusive steelbook case; BD only $11.99

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Exclusive steelbook case; BD only $11.99

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Exclusive steelbook case; BD only $11.99

24: Live Another Day
Exclusive lenticualar (lenticular?) cover; BD only $29.99

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$24.99 CD

"Motown 25 - Yesterday, Today, Forever" with exclusive bonus footage




"Live Another Day" is $24.99 (DVD) here; I'll pick it up later when it hits $12.00 bucks or so.
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Old 10-02-2014, 03:53 AM
Past Tense

This entry kicks off the fourth annual "Limited Edition Horror". I'll have a new PT for each Thursday in October! This week we have the ultimate franchise documentary (eleven hours), "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th"...



There is next to zero stats. This title was a direct to video release. And I have no info on how much it cost to produce (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo).

The doc was released on September 13th, 2013, a Friday. This streeted against nothing since Tuesdays is when new titles traditionally come out. I can tell you this release is region free.

There was no slipcover nor insert issued.

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The single exclusive was from their official website and only from them, a bonus disc (DVD). This has more interviews with the folks who made the films. This set sold for $29.95. The exclusive has a run time of 4:20 hours. The bonus came inside a CD envelope within the Blu-Ray case; it's a four disc case (two for BD and two for DVD). What I would like to find is a five disc Blu-Ray case for all of the discs to fit. So far no luck.

When this exclusive was first announced (for pre-orders only), the bonus disc was going to be a DVD-R. But for the release it changed to a genuine pressed disc. I do not know how many five disc sets were made - just that my copy is a limited edition. Right now that's selling on Amazon for $69.99.



What you see on the bonus disc (extended interviews) are the folks in front of a green screen. This is footage that hadn't been finished, no post effect for an inserted backdrop. That's cool, we're getting lots of cool stories and dialogue on the making of the films. It's quite extensive - minus "Jason X" (2001), which was just glanced over (the main doc).

I'm glad I bought this when I did. While I'm a casual fan of the movies, this project was a true labor of love and it shows, quite fascinating. I highly recommend it.

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Footnotes.

The documentary was to have an August 27th, 2013 release, but moved to September 13th for the obvious reason.

The horror lesson is narrated by Corey Feldman who played Tommy Jarvis in "Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984). The doc is book ended with camp footage (newly filmed) of him telling campers the history of Jason Voorhees. That was nice.

There's an interesting black and white video of Tom McLoughlin, director of "Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI" (1986). About? It's a short about him wanting to haunt his grave after he dies (Hollywood Forever Cemetery). An invitation for people to visit his future grave; that after he passes, he will try to contact (through sound and/or sight) from the other side. This isn't a joke, he's dead serious - not a pun. It's fascinating.

Incidentally that was the place where McLoughlin filmed his horror film, "One Dark Night" (1982).



By the way, the doc has two interview footage of McLoughlin; one from the last "Friday The 13th" documentary from 2009, the other newly filmed for this project.

Okay lets talk about it.

As mentioned this wasn't the first "Friday" retrospective.



"His Name Was Jason: 2 Disc Splatter Edition" was the first effort by the folks responsible for "Crystal Lake Memories", a direct to video release for the franchise's 30th anniversary on February 3rd, 2009. And probably done to rise awareness of the then new "Friday The 13th" movie. Which is pretty good by the why, I liked it.

Why did we need another effort? While the first doc has various cast and crew interviews, but it's all rather brief and feels much like a fluff piece - no real depth, if you can understand. I have that DVD set. The first pressing (only) came with a slipcover and mini comic book inside. It sold for $19.97. A chunk of the interviews here reappear on "Crystal Lake Memories". I know some had a problem with that; not everything here is absolutely new. *shakes head* The stories told are still valid. Whatever.

Okay let me take a step further back.

The guys who did this, also did other franchise documentaries.



Before "Crystal Lake Memories" there was "More Brains!: A Return To The Living Dead - The Definitive Return Of The Living Dead Documentary". The single disc title (direct to video) was released on October 18th, 2011 for $19.95. The first pressing came with a slipcover (with different artwork) and an exclusive 12"x18" print (folded inside the case) of the doc's poster by artist Carl Ramsey. I might add, it's autographed by actors Beverly Randolph (Tina), Brian Peck (Scuz) and James Karen (Frank). This offer was only available from their official website; October 1st through December 20th, 2011. This also came with an insert, chapter listing.

The documentary has a run time of four hours. And barely mentions Return Of The Living Dead... "Rave To The Grave" and "Necropolis" (both 2005), as they should. Those films are cheap Sci-Fi Channel productions. Stay away! Don't bother watching them, you're wasting your time and probably money (as I did). The ONLY bright spot on them is Aimee Lynn Chadwick, but she can't save these turds (I'm being kind, I have much harsher words).

Anyhow, my grip is that the main focus of the documentary is on the first movie and it's trouble production. This would've made a great two disc set with more time spent on Part II and Part III. It's detailed, yes, but could've been more deeper. I still recommend it, it's very good. But could've been better. If you just love Part I, then you'll absolutely adore this release.

Will give them points for having the final interview with writer/director (first installment) Dan O'Bannon (the screenwriter of "Alien" [1979]). Sway.

Before that doc, there was another...



The same guys also did "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy - The Ultimate Nightmare Documentary"; released on May 4th, 2010 (direct to video). Above is their re-release, Collector's Edition DVD on October 5th later that year.

Difference?

The CE has a running commentary by the film makers along with extended interviews, a foil slipcover and an exclusive 12"x18" print (folded inside the case) of the doc's poster by artist Matthew Joseph Peak. This DVD also comes with a new stereo 2.0 mix. I don't have this, I need to get it. I have the first pressing which sold for $24.99.

This documentary has a run time of four hours. Man, this was riveting - there is so much history I wasn't aware of. Even at four hours it feels short, I wanted more. You will too (if you're a fan). Recommended.

And even before that...

They did "Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror"; another direct to video release. It streeted on July 25th, 2006 for $19.98, a two disc set. This was their first doc project and has a run time of eight four minutes. It cover the films, but not nearly as comprehensive as the other documentaries they have done. Disc two is footage, "Halloween" panel discussion from "Return To Haddonfield Convention" 2005.

That came with an embossed slipcover and two inserts; two page booklet and mini (twenty-six page) comic book, "Halloween: Autopsis" from Paranormal Pictures comics. It about a photojournalist who becomes obsessed with Michael Myers and death photos, he starts following Dr. Loomis. It ends with him meeting The Shape. Myers kills him, cutting out his eyes, replacing them with two rolls of film - the last images from the guy's camera. A self-contained story.

Sorry. But I'm at the limited of ten pixs per post. And I don't feel this PT needs to be broken into two parts. You can find that image online, Google it.

Next?

I don't know.

But I would like these film makers to do a documentary on the legacy of "The Fly". There have been five films and a stage play. Plus the original short story (first published in the June 1957 issue of Playboy magazine; which was gory by the way and oh so dark) that spawned the long running franchise.

"The Fly" by George Langelann '57
"The Fly" 1958
"Return Of The Fly" 1959
"The Curse Of The Fly" 1965
"The Fly" (remake) 1986
"The Fly II" 1989
"The Fly" play 2008

That would be most sway. I would totally buy that (DVD or Blu-Ray/DVD combo). I could see it as four hour long - lots of stuff to cover. Things like then future technology, flat screen television for one in the late 1950s. No joking.

But if I were a betting man, the next doc would probably be a redo. Just as they did for "His Name Is Jason" - a new six hours plus documentary on "Halloween". "25 Years Of Terror" was one of their weaker entries.

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Rant.

I thought I wrote about this before, nope. Kinda surprised I didn't (checked the archive). The topic? Older slash maturer women who are still attractive.

Ladies that come to mind are Kate Winslet, Gillian Anderson, Diane Lane, Winona Ryder, Eva Longoria, Krista Allen, Ali Larter, Michelle Monaghan, Amy Acker and Carmen Electra.

Add to that list three other "Friday" gals.

I am really amazed at how these two women have hardly aged. They won the genetic lottery. The women...



Miss Jensen Daggett (played Rennie Wickham) from "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" (1989).

Daggett is a mom now, she has two kids. *nods* Nice cleavage - it's a compliment not a sexist remark.



Miss Lauren-Marie Taylor (played Vickie) from "Friday the 13th: Part 2" (1981). Taylor is also a mom, she has three kids. Man, she looks the same, freaky.

Taylor is a voice actress too, she did "Pound Puppies" the cartoon in 1987; that was a big thing back in the day. Okay, not as big as those Cabbage Patch Kids, but still huge. Well, I should note that the vid image is from 2009 - the previous Jason documentary.



The final gal I find quite enchanting; Sharlene Martin (played Tamara Mason) "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan". She has four kids. Can't put my finger on it, but she's my favorite. She's huggable.

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On the bonus disc among the extended interviews is one with Melyssa Ade, she played Janessa in "Jason X". I can see why that footage was not included in the main doc. It must have been hot during the interview or she was real nervous. Not being mean, just making an observation; she has major sweat stains under her arm pits. You can't miss them, they take center stage. She talking, getting all animated and there they are.

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Easter Eggs.

There are two eggs on this set - both of them are the same; live footage of Ari Lehman's band, "FirstJason" live at The Viper Room club (Los Angeles, CA) singing a Jason related song. It's okay I suppose. I have nothing good or bad to say about it. *shrugs* These eggs are from the DVD. I don't know if they're on the BD version (but probably are).

Disc 1

Main Menu -> highlight "Audio/Subtitles", press left; highlight X on the hockey mask - ENTER.

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Bonus Disc

Main Menu -> Scene Selection -> highlight "Main Menu", press left; highlight the diamond over the right eye of the hockey mask - ENTER.

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Recommendations.

This is a new feature and something that I should've done years ago each October; a list of horror films to see for the season. That is, a list of lesser known flicks.

I'll showcase five entries in four weeks, since my last post (week five) will hit the day before Halloween - it would be kinda pointless to write. And you should already have an idea of what to watch that night.

Most of films listed can be found in your local video rental shops. A very few can be found in stores. One of the best bets is to find them online, cheaply, through Ebay or from Amazon's resellers marketplace where you can purchase used and new DVDs. Most of these films are not recommended for children. Okay, lets begin...

"Alien Raiders" (2008)
Buck Lake, Arizona; the local grocery store is closing its doors for the night. The remaining customers are told to bring their merchandise to the check out. A group of paramilitary enter the store and holds everyone hostage. Terrorists? Army? Thieves? No, none of the above, they're scientists, looking for what they believe is the source of a secret alien invasion. Their leader is in the market, inside one of the staff or customers. A gory and paranoid feature with a twist ending. A great little film. And yes, everybody complains about the tacky title. Filmmakers didn’t do it, the distributor did.
Warner Home Video - 2009 - R

"The Asphyx" (1972)
England, 1875. A moving blot caught on photographic plates by three different photographers at the moment of their subjects’ demise leads Sir Hugo Cunningham to a spectral discovery... Death. We all have a personal Reaper, an Asphyx. Hugo and his adopted son, Giles attempt to prove the theory and accidentally creates a temporary optical containment device. While this is enough to substantiate his claim, Hugo ponders the bigger implication - if a long term apparatus can hold a person’s Asphyx; would it grant that person, immortality? How far would you go to live forever? Little to no gore, this is a slow paced gothic drama, plays like an extended episode of “The Twilight Zone”. It has been put out on DVD a few times, go with the Redemption release, remastered and has both versions of the film (86/98 minutes; theatrical and extended cuts - see that, it fills in the plot holes). This movie appears to be the inspiration for the film “Ghostbusters” (1984).
Redemption Films - 2012 - NR

"The Crawling Eye" (1958; black & white)
The mysterious deaths of two climbers (missing their heads, frozen below ambient temperature) brings a United Nations science investigator, Alan Brooks to Trollenberg, Switzerland. He visits the local research station, an observatory and meets Professor Crevett. The dead men and a strange radioactive cloud atop a nearby mountain might be related. Soon Trollenberg becomes covered in dense fog, there is something within; slithering, hungry, deadly and not of this Earth. A last stand is made at the observatory, humanity’s final hope. This movie appears to be the inspiration for the Stephen King short story, “The Mist”. This DVD is called the Widescreen European Edition.
Image Entertainment - 2001 - NR

"Love Object" (2003)
Kenneth Winslow is shy and socially awkward, he works as a technical writer (users manuals). His life becomes complicated when a new employee is hired, Lisa. She becomes his obsession, knowing that he can’t have her, he settles on the next best thing - a love doll, custom made to order in her likeness, Nikki. Kenneth soon has reality issues (is Nikki alive?) and decided to remove the real girl for his silicone lover.
Lions Gate Home Entertainment - 2004 - R

"Midnight Movie" (2008)
A rundown theater is having a midnight screen of a 1970s horror film, “The Dark Beneath”; crazed, murderous hillbilly stalking teens, stranded by their broken van near his decrepit farmhouse. Worlds collide; the silver screen slayer comes off the screen into reality. Some try to flee the theater, others are pulled into the black-and-white feature itself. Why? The director was a Satanist who cursed his motion picture. Be smart, stay alive, don’t follow the clichés. A throwback to grind house movies. It should be more widely known, but it’s not. Different, imaginative and relentless.
Peace Arch Entertainment - 2009 - R

There you go.

This post was completed on April 24th of this year.

One last thing before I close this entry. When the documentary came out lots of folks were complaining - from both camps; those who didn't want the Blu-Ray discs and those who didn't want the DVDs. Something I learned today (October 1st, 2014) while doing a final bit of fact checking, I'm anal.

On June 3rd of this this year, 1428 Films, the makers of the doc, released a DVD only version; a two disc set. No bonus disc. I am VERY tempted to rebuy to have just the DVD. I have a three disc case and insert that bonus disc. It retails for $19.95. I just may very well do that.

The new cover is nearly identical; instead of saying "Blu-Ray + DVD" on top in blue, it reads "The Definitive Documentary" in red.

The next Limited Edition Horror is an ever so light whisper. Can you hear her? Can you? You WILL - in two parts on October 9th, 2014.

*gasp*

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November 6th, 2014 Update...

Did some hard drive cleaning, came across a bit of relevancy; easter eggs for "His Name Was Jason":

Ari Lehman doing a Jason Jamaican rap (bloopers included).

Disc 2 -> highlight "Final Cuts", press left; highlight red strip on right side of mask - ENTER.

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Stu Charno philosophizing on his ukulele.

Disc 2 -> highlight "Fox Comes Home", press left; highlight red strip on left side of mask - ENTER.

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Old 10-05-2014, 05:08 AM
Target - October 7th, 2014

Edge Of Tomorrow
Exclusive steelbook case; BD/DVD/DC combo $22.99

Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition
Exclusive digibook packaging (32 page story book); BD/DVD/DC combo $22.99

A Million Ways To Die In The West
Bonus content (disc or digital?); BD/DVD/DC combo $22.99




There you go.
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Old 10-05-2014, 05:10 AM
Best Buy - October 7th, 2014

Edge Of Tomorrow
Exclusive bonus content (disc?); BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition
Exclusive lenticular slipcover; BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

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CDs

"Slipknot - The Devil In I" (CD single) exclusive store release $1.99
"Tinashe - Aquarius" with exclusive bonus track $7.99
"Traci Braxton - Crash & Burn" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $9.99
"Yellowcard - Lift A Sail" with exclusive autographed booklet $9.99
"New Found Glory - Resurrection" with 4 exclusive art cards $9.99
"Jeezy - Seen It All" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $16.99
"Sixx A.M. - Modern Vintage" with exclusive t-shirt $19.99




I'm still waiting for the Halloween sale to begin, but I'm gonna guess this season will have silm offers... once again.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:26 AM
Wal-Mart - October 7th, 2014

"American Horror Story: Coven - The Complete Third Season"



Exclusive bonus disc (and cover sheet - DVD only; BD only bonus disc).

$29.96 or so for DVD.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:28 AM
Past Tense - Not Just For Bikini Areas Part I

Continuing with 2014's "Limited Edition Horror" we have a timeless horror movie AND a milestone. This week we outrun a hot viscous fluid and those who wield it as death in the "House Of Wax"...



The motion picture opened on May 6th, 2005. It was made with a budget of $30,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $32 million during its U.S. theatrical run; counting foreign receipts it made $68,766,121. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number seven.

The feature opened against "XXX: State Of The Union", "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", "Kingdom Of Heaven" and "Crash".

This release originally came with an embossed cardboard slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. No insert or ads were issued.

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There was a single store exclusive from Wal-Mart, a bonus movie - "The Mystery Of The Wax Museum" (1933), the original flick that spawned the remake... well second remake (more on that in a few).

This set streeted on October 25th, 2005 and was side-packed. I'm sorry, but I didn't buy this. Nor do I currently own this. I'll explain in a few.

I'm at a loss to tell you how much it sold for. A good guess would be $19.96; I'm judging the price by the two disc exclusive Wal-Mart had for The Island which came out two months later on December 13th, 2005.

The bonus movie has a run time of 77 minutes and is a 2-strip Technicolor (muted colors) motion picture.
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Bodies are mysteriously disappearing all over town, and a new wax museum has just appeared. Is there a connection? But of course! In this horror classic, Fay Wray (King Kong) stars as the intended victim of a mad wax sculptor obsessed by her resemblance to one of his prior creations.
- bonus DVD back cover

I bought my widescreen copy at Wal-Mart and saw that exclusive. I still remember. I thought about it and decided to pass. While this is an exclusive, it's redundant - the '33 feature was given an individual release here. But if you own the DVD for the 1953 remake (which I do), you don't need it.

Yes. If I were to run into this bonus, a yard sale or swap meet and it was going for a couple bucks... sure I would pick it up. But as a novelty.

Did some searching; Circuit City sold the film (widescreen shown) on release week for $14.99.

I'll make it quick...



Released in August 5th, 2003 in a cardboard snapper case (man, I hate those - too easily damaged) was "House Of Wax", the horror classic starring Vincent Price for $24.98. This was a flipper disc, Side A has the (first) remake. Side B has "The Mystery Of The Wax Museum". In fact, the stand-alone DVD simply ported the content of Side B - it has zero extras, just the movie. By the way, the '53 movie was re-released in a standard DVD case on November 3rd, 2009 (same disc inside). I need to get that, replace my cardboard copy.

I'll get into the Price version in little while, but for now I'll cover the 2005 rendition.

The DVD (Wax '05) came in two versions, full screen and wide. As I can recall, the exclusive was available for both editions. But I could be wrong, this was over eight years ago.

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Rant.
Quote:
I can't stop my tears, I've never been so scared.
- The Birthday Massacre



Man, a lot of people bitch about Paris Hilton being in the film. I get the hate, but seriously why is this an issue? Or even a negative? Her character Paige Edwards is killed early on. It should be a cathartic. Plus Paris has a bit part here - just cannon fodder. This shouldn't be judged solely by her presence.

As for the rest, I thought it was good, entertaining. There's a scene involving a foot that made me cringe. I brought my copy and watched it at a friend's house; we both winced. I've actually thought about that before. Bad, bad thing.

It has just the right balance of gore and tension. And good pacing, but I guess it shouldn't be a surprise since it's a Robert Zemeckis film, he was a producer.

Thinking about it; I suppose the other reason for the hate are from Vincent Price loyalists.

Okay. This is a remake. But so much as it embraces the concepts of the original and makes it their own. It's different and familiar (too bad "A Nightmare On Elm Street" [2010] remake didn't follow a similar path). Now, if this was a full remake of the '53 feature trying to be hip and pandering to a demographic. Yes. I would be upset too. I'm glad director Jaume Collet-Serra went with an original take and not a rehash. People should be grateful, this could've been far, far worse.

And besides there was a pseudo remake, it was called "Waxwork" (1988) - do seek it out. A cool underrated horror flick starring Zach Galligan, who incidentally was the lead in Zemeckis' classic, "Gremlins" (1984).

These folks need to relax and enjoy the picture. Filmmakers didn't take their beloved movie and turned it into torture porn. Part of the problem I guess is that it looks very gritty. The same color canvas that "Saw" (2004) utilizes. It's not very visually friendly. It's a dirty, run down and almost smells... as it should.

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The film pretty much rests on the shoulders of Elisha Cuthbert as Carly Jones. She made a great 'survival girl'. Cuthbert is a capable actress and her character didn't fall into too many cliché. Carly wasn't some air head who needed saving. I liked that. Be smart. She's in equal footing with her on-screen brother, Nick (Chad Michael Murray). She DID play Kimberly Bauer on "Twenty-four". Shooo, you cougar.

The year earlier she did "The Girl Next Door" (2004), which could've been a poor "American Pie" (1999) wanna-be, it wasn't - had heart and humor. Which by the way was a previous Past Tense (TGND), the September 29th, 2011 entry. Released after "Wax..." was "The Quiet" (2005), a dark drama about incest. Elisha was a cheerleader, daddy's special girl. Check that out too, it co-stars Camilla Belle; she's very easy on the eyes too.

"House Of Wax" is known for a disaster, a rather big one. There was a fire, an accident; special effect equipment and a falling candle caused a blaze that burnt down a studio, Warner Bros Movie World in Australia's Gold Coast. The feature was filmed Down Under. Which is fascinating considering how the film ends. A crew member was injured, burns to his arm. This could've ended all too different. It happened on June 26th, 2004. Smoke from the inferno reached the highway nearby. But wasn't so bad that it didn't need to be shut down.

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Changing gears. Lets talk about the Vincent Price classic.

It's a solid horror flick that mostly holds up today. There is that part in the middle where it lags, but not much. The other downside is the totally blatant - in your face 3D. The paddle man at the museum's opening comes to mind. The '03 DVD is a 2D presentation with some minimum extras.

Trying to remember; I vaguely recall, a local Los Angeles television stations (KTLA) airing a special, week long 3D movie festival at 8pm in the mid-1980s (they did a similar thing for Humphrey Bogart). "House Of Wax" I believe was one of those features. I probably saw it in 3D at the time, glasses from 7-11 or such. But I don't remember it.



The 1953 film was remastered and released on 3D Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray combo on October 1st, 2013 for $35.99 (region free). There so far isn't any plans to release this on DVD, I'm disappointed.

Not about the 3D, I'm talking about the extras on the newer title.

The original DVD (identical disc as the 2009 re-release) had a spoonful of bonuses even including the extra movie. The 2013 BD has a running commentary by film historians Constantine Nasr and David Del Valle. They talk about the film and Valle's friendship with Mr. Price. It also has a 48 minute documentary, "House Of Wax: Unlike Anything You've Seen Before!"; interviews with today's filmmakers on it's lasting influence. This doc is not in 3D.

The rest of the extras on the BD are carried over from the DVD; footage from the '53 premiere (black and white, no audio), the film's trailer and the mentioned original/source film.

The Blu-Ray comes with a lenticular slipcover which mirrors the wraparound. And presents the beloved flick in full screen, the film wasn't made wide.

If there is another DVD re-release, I would love to have that commentary and documentary - all of which would fit on a disc, single side. How hard can it be? You can ditch "The Mystery Of The Wax Museum" to save space. Or if you want, a two disc set with it. Either way... I WILL BUY IT. Make it happen.

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What's that? It's a model from Jeff Yagher. He has a tribute model kit series. Very detailed and created with passion.

This particular installment is called "House Of Wax Encounter". Only fifty molds were fashioned, retailing for $250.00 each. Now you may think the price is ridicules, but the level of detail here is damn impressive. This fan made kit is roughly nine inches tall. It comes in a decorative box with instructions and a certificate of authenticity.

Man, I would love to own this, but I don't have that kind of greenback to spare nor skill to assemble or paint. I'm not talented. This - as the name implies is in various pieces, waiting to be glued together and colored. The latter take a lot adeptness to render. Look at the image, it was assembled by a professional. That melted wax looks so real.

Okay. Before you ask. Yes. Yes, I did.

I censored the picture. The girl (who is a mini Sue Allen [played by Phyllis Kirk]) is nude, shackled to the table. And quite nicely sculpted, I might add. I debated on whether I needed to. It's a model (a hobby toy), not a real person. But decided to play it safe. Sorry.

The poster has Kirk in a bra and panties, rope tied, ready to go under the wax (shown above). In the film it's strongly implied the girl is naked.

Sure, what is GP (on the poster)? This was a retired movie rating, roughly means; General audiences, Parental guidance suggested.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:30 AM
Past Tense - Not Just For Bikini Areas Part II

Why yes, this is too long for a single post.

Void.

This was something I had forgotten about until recently; an aborted TV series based on the horror classic movie... "H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator" (1985).

To quote Jim the duck, "What the hell?"



Above is the cover image for the pitch package for "Herbert West: Re-Animator", created by Transition Entertainment in 2009. The series was adapted for the small screen by Meredith Casey and William Butler. I have zero idea who was cast for the photographs. The pitch has several images.

A bit of background on the would-be show runners.

Butler was the writer for the Sci-Fi Channel abominations, "Return Of The Living Dead: Necropolis" and it's equally awful sequel, "Return Of The Living Dead: Rave To The Grave" (both 2005). And he also wrote "Gingerdead Man 2: Passion Of The Crust" (2008). This should speak volumes of his talents.

And Casey has (to date) has done only a single short, "Earth Day" (2001). She co-wrote and directed it.

The creative pairing feels so random.
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A teenage Victor Frankenstein for the new millennium. A dark, shy, somewhat sexy and narcissistic young man obsessed with finding the secret to life and discovering the formula that will re-animated the dead. His philosophy, "sometimes you have to cause death to lay the foundation for life" leave him often criticized and feared by his young contemporaries.

His unconventional theories about life and death make him notorious early on at Miskatonic University, yet he is respected as a brilliant young man of science. There are many layers to Herbert's complicated personality and throughout the series we will peel away those layers, discovering his mysterious past and the force that drove him to do what he does.

One by one, Herbert will eventually enlist, blackmail and coerce his fellow students into helping him, sometimes leaving them covering up for his horrible mistakes.
- Herbert West character description

The main drive of the show is the death of eighteen year old, Laura Parker. She is killed early in the season. Laura was a beloved friend to many and become the catalyst that brings a group of different classmates together under West to bring her back. He does... she becomes Herbert's beta. She is brought back to life with disastrous results.

Parker becomes one of the show's villains. She retained her mind, but snapped after coming back; her body is slowly rotting, deteriorating. She is obsessed - who killed her? And will created waves of pain to find the answer(s).

The series takes place during their freshman year in college, a university with a dark history linked to Dean Jonathan Halsey.
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The campus is finally reopened after ten years of closure. It seems years ago, a student suddenly possessed with uncontrollable rage broke out into a violent murder spree that left half the campus up in flames. Officials never found out just what filled the young man with the desire to kill so many.
- series set up

Halsey has a dark agenda and is mixing science with the occult. He befriends West and becomes the young man's benefactor - for undisclosed sinister reasons. Herbert knows that Halsey wants to steal his research, but plays the game to have access to campus labs and resources.

There is no Dan Cain character from the feature - we have Randy Carter, Herbert's roommate. Megan Halsey (the movie) is now Megan Armitage, the school's bad girl. She is Carter's girlfriend, when she's not sleeping around. And is working with Halsey; spying on West and his frienemies for grades. Megan was expelled from her last school - Miskatonic is her last chance or be cut off from daddy's money.

There is no Dr. Hill in this re-telling.

There is a tag line for the pitch package, "Herbert West is for science fiction what Buffy The Vampire Slayer was for gothic horror".

Yeah I should; from left to right on the above picture - the characters: Randy Carter (18, football player, an Arkham local), Crawford Tillinghast (18, campus stud, troublemaker - reimagined Hill?), Herbert West (18 years old), Harley Warren (17, semi-friends with Megan and secretly in love with West), Megan Armitage (18, psych student) and Staci Carter (15, Randy's tomboy little sister, high school student, works at the local café).

Is that Laura Parker on the gurney? Don't know, in the character photo, Parker is an Asian girl. And yes, I see it too. Laura Parker is similar Laura Palmer from "Twin Peaks" (1990); the death of a beloved school girl that links/gather so many people together.

Here's another negative; the characters of Burke and Hare (both in their twenties); described as "The Silent Bob and Jay of the show". I wish I was joking. Both will do nearly anything for dollar. They're the ones who bring fresh specimens for Herbert.

Then there's Howie Peterson (eighteen), he's an aspiring sci-fi writer. We learn that his real last name is Lovecraft. H.P. is keeping a journal of all the strange things happening to be used for material in a future novel.

I remember when I first heard about this project, I thought it was a horrible idea. But I'm no so sure now.

Granted, this pitch is lukewarm. But the overall idea isn't a bad one; Miskatonic University is effectively built over a Hellmouth ("Buffy" reference).

If they can turn "Psycho" (1960) into a compelling series, "Bates Motel" (2013), I don't see why this can't happen for "Re-Animator". And having West as a college freshman is a great notion. I like that. My biggest problem is that they change too many rooted characters and axed Hill.



Anyhow, none of this came to pass. It never was produced beyond the investor's pitch; the package included a treatment for the pilot episode:

West tires out his formula on a dead monkey, it does reanimate for a short while then explodes into a pulp. Depressed he starts over from scratch. There's more (such as a supernatural contagion on campus), but this is what you wanna know.

Here West has a reanimation injection gun (he built); it uses plasma and electricity to shock life into a body, it glows purple - it should be green. Or maybe it later becomes green had the series moved into a second or so season.

A treat...

Go to YouTube, type in "Weird Science (Re-Animated)" in search. Or if you know how, "tZPBv9fmYDQ". It's still there (as of writing), I checked. Uploaded on April 3rd, 2006 by DrDaryn.

What is it?

A fan made music video, edited from the three Re-Animator films set to the song "Weird Science". It's pretty sway.

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Recommendations.

More titles to consider to see this Halloween season.

"Below" (2002)
World War II. The U.S.S. Tiger Shark picks up the survivors of a torpedoed medical vessel. Shortly there after bizarre occurrences happen in the submarine. Something is inside the ship, looking for vengeance. Soon the crew must not only deal with enemy destroyers above, but an angry... ghost. The studio barely promoted this movie. In fact the director, David Twohy paid from his own pocket, the film's website (long dead). That's messed up, it deserved much better. Damn good feature.
Dimension Home Video - 2002 - R

"Curse Of The Demon" (1957; black & white)
A paranormal symposium (on witchcraft and devil worship) brings American psychologist, Dr. John Holden to London. He’s a non-believer, a debunker. His attention shifts when his friend, collaborator, Professor Henry Harrington is found dead, an accident? Did cult leader, Julian Karswell have something to do with his demise - after all, Karswell was Harrington’s main topic at the conference. Wanting answers, Holden and Harrington's niece, Joanna investigate. What they find is something improbable... Has Karswell been summoning a real demon for his own ends? This DVD is called “Curse Of The Demon And Night Of The Demon: Double Feature”. It’s the same movie, the U.K. and U.S. versions. “Curse” is the longer, better cut of the motion picture.
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment - 2002 - NR

"Dance Of The Dead" (2008)
So many movies claim to be the next “Shaun Of The Dead” (2004), 98% of them is crap; lame humor with so-so effects and a flimsy story. This is one of the exception. Prom night. A radiation leak from a nearby nuclear plant has seeped into the local cemetery causing the dead to rise, hungry. The only thing that stands in the way of a pandemic are the geeks, nerds and assorted losers who couldn't get dates. I can't not praise this enough. Great fun and played smart. I laughed and smiled.
Lions Gate Film Inc. - 2008 - R

"Flight Of The Living Dead" (2007)
This movie was in production before "Snakes On A Plane" (2006). The passengers and crew of a red eye flight from Los Angeles to Paris have something far worse than jet lag to worry about - within the plane's hold is precious cargo. A medical project, an engineered virus. Things go very wrong when turbulence unbuckles the box, unleashing the horrors within. The infection spreads quickly leaving a few survivors stranded at 30,000 feet, fighting for their lives. A horror comedy with fast zeds. Great opening credits; as if it were created for a James Bond vs. zombies movie. I would love to see that by the way.
New Line Home Entertainment - 2007 - NR

"Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound" (1990)
New Los Angeles, 2031. Physicist Joseph Buchanan has completed a top secret military project, a device that will make nuclear weapons obsolete by imploding its target. It is hailed as an incredible discovery, but the use of this machine has caused a rip in time and it's growing. During one of the tears, Buchanan is accidentally pulled into the fissure, transporting him to Geneva, Switzerland - March 21st, 1817. As he tries to understand how he got there and how to get back, the scientist meets a fellow seeker whose own experiment has too gone awry. Buchanan faces a nightmarish fact; fiction isn't always fiction. Based on the novel of the same name by Brian W. Aldiss. A great twist on the horror classic.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - 2006 - R

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Tangent.



More Halloween costumes for the ladies.

So, somebody woke up one morning and thought, 'hey, why isn't there a sexy mogwai outfit?' *shakes head* So "Gremlins" (1984) got spanked by the erotic hand - man, it had to have been a Furry.

Does make me wonder; would Kate (Phoebe Cates) wear this for Billy (Zach Galligan) in the bedroom? How awkward would that be if Gizmo saw her? WTF???

What I take from this; it's okay for her to get wet?

The other ensemble is sultry skunk. Why? How low is your self-esteem when you consider this your sexy costume? I'm going dress up as something everybody despises. Man, all the guys are gonna want to bed me tonight; for sure. *shake head* It also come with a bendable tail, but does it smell? Or is that feature extra??

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I want to take a step back into the last PT entry for "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th".

There was an issue of image insertion - ten pixs per post. I would've gone over the limit. It's been buggin' me. So I'm finishing off my report.



This is the cover for the DVD only re-release of the extensive franchise documentary. As written, no bonus disc included for this home video.

Mention in that Past Tense was the work done by the film makers before Friday - "Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror".



Above is the DVD cover and the mentioned comic book which came inside the case. "Halloween: Autopsis" was only available on the first pressing which had a limited production.

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Just Because.



Well, looks like it was nippy out there in the woods. *smile*

Most of this post was completed on February 23rd of this year.

So what is this milestone I spoke of earlier???

*big ass grin*

This marks the 100th Past Tense entry!!!

As promised in the October 25th, 2012 thread post, I would make note once I hit the hundred marker. And here we are. How amazing is that? And a cool film to be under that banner. Below (next post) is the revised PT index. And if you like, check out my on going "Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective". It's comprehensive and I hope entertaining.

The next Past Tense will arrive on October 16th, 2014. DO come back, don't be shy. I'll save a place for you in the crypt. Not to worry - they don't bite...

Much.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:35 AM
Past Tense Compendium - Version 2

It was on my 50th Past Tense, an entry for "Monster House" (see below for link) that I decided to gather all the posts into a single index which I did. I wrote then - I would issue an update once I hit the one hundred marker.

Here we are.

Man, wasn't sure I would get this far. Call it a combination of anal retentiveness and a passion for movies. Hey, they make a great team. Now what? Can I continue to write more; running out of topics? The best answer I can give is the same one I wrote on October 25th, 2012...

"We'll see what happens."

In case you're curious. I've been doing this for slighly over three years. *nods*

Should it come to pass, I'll post Version 3 when I hit 150.

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Movies:

2012
June 20th, 2013

300
Part 1 - March 13th, 2013
Part 2 - March 28th, 2013
Part 3 - April 11th, 2013
Part 4 - April 25th, 2013

30 Days Of Night - Limited Edition Horror 2012
October 11th, 2012

Alien Vs. Predator
August 15th, 2013

Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem
February 16th, 2012

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon
December 22nd, 2011

Beowulf
December 15th, 2011

Bourne Files, The
September 18th, 2014

Bring It On: All Or Nothing
November 3rd, 2011

Chronicles Of Riddick, The
March 15th, 2012

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
September 4th, 2014

Cloverfield - Limited Edition Horror 2013
Part 1
Part 2
October 17th, 2013

Constantine
December 6th, 2012

Crank
September 22nd, 2011

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th - Limited Edition Horror 2014
October 2nd, 2014

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
September 1st, 2011

Day After Tomorrow, The
March 29th, 2012

Day The Earth Stood Still, The (2008)
June 21st, 2012

Déjà Vu
March 7th, 2012

Descent, The
November 17th, 2011

Disturbia
September 26th, 2013

Django: Unchained
November 27th, 2013

Elizabethtown
December 1st, 2011

Final Destination 3 - Limited Edition Horror 2011
Part 1
Part 2
October 20th, 2011

Final Destination, The [4]
August 1st, 2013

Flash Gordon (1980)
July 5th, 2012

Frank Miller’s Sin City
Part 1 - July 4th, 2013
Part 2 - July 18th, 2013

George A. Romero's Diary Of The Dead - Limited Edition Horror 2013
Part 1
Part 2
October 10th, 2013

George A. Romero's Land Of The Dead - Limited Edition Horror 2012
October 4th, 2012

Girl Next Door, The (2004)
September 29th, 2011

Gone With The Wind: 70th Anniversary Edition
Part 1
Part 2
November 14th, 2013

Halloween (Rob Zombie remake) - Limited Edition Horror 2013
October 31st, 2013

Hellboy
January 5th, 2012

House Of Wax (2005) - Limited Edition Horror 2014
Part 1
Part 2
October 9th, 2014

I Am Legend
November 10th, 2011

Island, The
November 24th, 2011

Just Like Heaven
February 14th, 2013

King Kong (2005) - Limited Edition Horror 2011
Part 1
Part 2
October 27th, 2011

Legion
June 7th, 2012

Monster House - Limited Edition Horror 2012
October 25th, 2012

Mummy, The: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor
September 27th, 2012

Phantasm - Limited Edition Horror 2013
Part 1
Part 2
October 3rd, 2013

Planet 51
March 22nd, 2012

Planet Of The Apes (2001)
December 8th, 2011

Quarantine
August 2nd, 2012

Resident Evil/Resident Evil: Apocalypse - Resurrected Edition
February 23rd, 2012

Ring, The/Ring Two, The
February 9th, 2012

Robin Hood (2010)
August 29th, 2013

Serenity
August 7th, 2014

Sex Drive
May 10th, 2012

Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow
September 15th, 2011

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
January 3rd, 2013

Stephen King's The Mist - Limited Edition Horror 2013
Part 1
Part 2
October 24th, 2013

Super
January 31st, 2013

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride - Limited Edition Horror 2011
October 6th, 2011

Time Machine, The (2002)
September 8th, 2011

Tomb Raider: Cradle Of Life
January 12th, 2012

Transporter 2
September 12th, 2013

Underworld: Evolution
November 8th, 2012

Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans
November 22nd, 2012

Vacancy
August 30th, 2012

Van Helsing - Limited Edition Horror 2011
October 13th, 2011

War Of The Worlds (2005)
December 20th, 2012

Wolfman, The (2010)
July 19th, 2012

Zombieland - Limited Edition Horror 2012
October 18th, 2012

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Television/Cable:

24: Redemption
July 10th, 2014

24: Season Four
March 6th, 2014

Battlestar Galactica: Razor
March 1st, 2012

Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5
Part 1
Part 2
August 21st, 2014

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0/4.5
April 12th, 2012

Big Bang Theory, The: The Complete Third/Fourth Seasons
May 29th, 2014

Birds Of Prey: The Complete Series
May 24th, 2012

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season
April 26th, 2012

Boston Legal: Season One
February 6th, 2014

Daria: The Complete Animated Series
June 6th, 2012

Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fifth Season
June 12th, 2014

Flash, The: The Complete Series
August 16th, 2012

Grey's Anatomy: Season Three - Seriously Extendeds
May 1st, 2014

Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season - More Moments
May 15th, 2014

How I Met Your Mother: Season One
January 26th, 2012

How I Met Your Mother: Season Two
February 2nd, 2012

Invasion: The Complete Series/Desperate Housewives: The Complete First Season
December 29th, 2011

Jericho: The Complete First Season
January 19th, 2012

Jericho: The Complete Series
May 23rd, 2012

MTV's Æon Flux: The Complete Animated Collection
August 25th, 2011

MTV's Laguna Beach: The Complete First Season/The Complete Second Season
August 18th, 2011

O.C., The: The Complete Third Season
January 9th, 2014

O.C., The: The Complete Fourth Season
January 23rd, 2014

Once Upon A Time: The Complete First Season
December 12th, 2013

Once Upon A Time: The Complete Second Season
December 26th, 2013

Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season
February 28th, 2013

Revenge: The Complete First Season
March 20th, 2014

Scrubs: The Complete First Season
April 3rd, 2014

Scrubs: The Complete Second Season
April 17th, 2014

Todd McFarlane's Spawn: 10th Anniversary Signature Edition
July 24th, 2014

Under The Dome [Season One]
June 26th, 2014

V: The Complete First Season
January 17th, 2013

Weeds: Season Two
September 14th, 2012

Weeds: Season Eight
May 9th, 2013

Wonder Woman: The Complete Third Season
Part 1
Part 2
February 20th, 2014

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Various:

Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective
January 5th, 2012

The Towering Inferno/Jurassic Park Comparison
April 5th, 2012

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Old 10-12-2014, 05:59 AM
Target - October 14th, 2014

Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season
Exclusive cover art; appears to be for DVD ($24.99) and BD ($27.99).

X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Exclusive MetalPak; Blu-Ray only $17.99

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Exclusive bowtie and glasses; BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

X-Men
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: The Last Stand
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Class

Exclusive MetalPacks $8.00

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CDs

"Idina Menzel - Holiday Wishes" deluxe edition with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99
"Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes" deluxe edition with 3 exclsuive bonus tracks $12.99
"Bob Seger - Ride Out" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $12.99




I'm thinking about picking up "Penny Dreadful", but no listing for season one of "Dracula" (or rather 'the complete series').
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Old 10-12-2014, 06:01 AM
Best Buy - October 14th, 2014

X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Exclusive gift set (Trask files with Sentinel packaging); 3D BD/BD/DC combo $22.99

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Exclusive lunch box; $4.99 with DVD ($14.99) or BD/DVD/DC ($19.99) or 3D BD/BD/DVD/DC ($24.99)
OR $9.99 alone

* Free exclusive Minion trick or treat bag with purchase of...
Casper BD $9.99
Despicable Me $12.99 DVD or $17.99 BD/DVD/DC
Despicable Me 2 $12.99 DVD or $17.99 BD/DVD/DC
OR $2.99 alone

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CDs

"Hoodie Allen - People Keep Talking" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $9.99
"The Game - Blood Moon - Year Of The Wolf" with an exclusive bonus track $9.99




They have season one of "Dracula" here for $26.99. I'll think about that.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:11 AM
Past Tense

We continue with week three of 2014's "Limited Edition Horror". This outing we witness a movie doing justice to a video game franchise in "Resident Evil: Degeneration"...



The CGI motion picture had a limited theatrical run on October 17th, 2008 in Japan and in Italy on December 30th, 2008. You could very well say, this movie ended up being a direct to video release, domestically at least. This was released here in the States on December 28th, 2008.

Sorry, I don't know how much it took to make this talkie, but I can tell you it grossed over 5 million during that short run in those two countries.

It streeted against "Eagle Eye: 2 - Disc Special Edition", "The Duchess", "Ghost Town" and "Nip/Tuck: Season Five, Part One".

This release originally came with an non-embossed foil cardboard slipcover which mirrored the wraparound. There were two inserts; 1) Ad for "Resident Evil 5" and "Resident Evil: Degeneration" video games. 2) An ad extolling the virtues of Blu-Ray.

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There were two exclusives for the feature.



Best Buy sold the movie with an exclusive lithograph, only 4 per store. The set sold for $19.99 on DVD. The exclusive was not offered for Blu-Ray ($27.99), odd; though I'm sure they would've let you have it if you asked nicely. Sorry the litho picture, it was the best I could do. I don't own the item.

Man did I dropped the ball on this one. This title had a Sunday release, not Tuesday. I was sleeping-in that morning and around eleven AM it popped in my noggin'. I checked online and there it was - today (then). By the time I got to Best Buy there were all gone. I have no one to blame, but myself. I just forgot.

Bought my copy for $14.99 (without litho), I had a five dollar voucher from the store (a Reward Zone member).



That day Wal-Mart had their own exclusive, a DVD/t-shirt gift set, side packed. I did not pick this up; never have been into apparel, plus that tee looks incredibly mundane. Did they even try? I apologize once again, but I do not know how much this combo cost. I can't speculate, I don't have any comparison in my collection.

The tee came inside a DVD size box. I can't recall if the gift set came with the slipcover.

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Rant.

For the love of Buddha, the only good thing on the extras is the documentary, "The Generation Of Degeneration" and most of it isn't in English, subtitled. The rest was jaw dropping awful.

The voice bloopers was embarrassing (new crappy dialog over existing scenes), is it a cultural difference? The voice bloopers from "The Lego Move" (2014) were entertaining. There is an interview with the guy who did the motion capture for Leon Kennedy, R.C. Ormond - what was the point? The very definition of filler. It's the guy with reflective dots on a black body suit answering stupid questions. At least this had the trailers. The movie was fun, but we needed better extras. The documentary was informative.



The CGI was very good (nice rendered zombies), minus one character, Senator Ron Davis (voiced by Michael Sorich).

Man, his fat looked way too cartoony.

Okay, this was something I wrote about in the August 25th, 2011 Past Tense for "MTV's Æon Flux: The Complete Animated Collection" - the 2002 motion picture "Resident Evil".

The film's director, Paul W.S. Anderson wrote the screenplay.

There was a better adaptation of the games written by S.D. Perry. Stephani Danelle wrote seven paperbacks based on the franchise:

"The Umbrella Conspiracy" 1998
"Caliban Cove" 1998
"City Of The Dead" 1999
"Underworld" 1999
"Nemesis" 2000
"Code Veronica" 2001
"Zero Hour" 2004

She took the non-linear story and turned them into a logical sequential narrative. It works quite well. It's too bad nobody used her novels as the framework of a screenplay or hire her to work on a script, or as a collaborator. I'm gonna be sidetracked.



Above is the first novel in the series. On the left is the original '98 by Pocket Books (270 pages), the left is the 2012 re-release published by Titan Books. I like the artwork on the first iteration, the re-pressing's cover is weak CGI. I've seen original CGI art that puts it to shame. Why does it look so generic? It feels like that offered t-shirt.

Anyhow, the motion picture by Anderson has grown on me. It's pure fluff entertainment and not shy about the gore which I'm grateful, none of this PG-13 safe bullshit.

Oh something else from "Degeneration". The child character of Rani (voiced by Michelle Ruff). I was surprised they didn't go for the clichés. She was there, but never obnoxious or a pain. The little kid was in the same mess with the rest of them at the airport and acted as a child would in that situation, scared - not fake bravado. Well done.

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Footnotes.

"Degeneration" takes place after RE4 (a year later) and before RE5 games. And was the first feature released in the PlayStation Home Theater. Alyson Court who did the voice here for Claire Redfield has done the voice of that character for all the video games, that's sway continuity. The voice here for Leon was done by Paul Mercier, he voiced Leon for RE4 game.



There is another CGI home video, "Resident Evil: Damnation" released on September 25th, 2012 (DVD and BD). This didn't have any exclusives (nor slipcover). It was decent enough.



Claire pictured above (after the airport disaster from "Degeneration").

This post was completed on March 14th of this year; at this point.

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Tangent.



In April it was announced that Kotobukiya was releasing a bishoujo (Japanese for "beautiful young girl"), statue of Freddy, from "Freddy Vs. Jason" (2003) - reimagined by Shunya Yamashita. It reminds me of the Halloween costume mentioned in 2012's Limited Edition Horror entry for Monster House. The nightmare gal stands over seven inches tall and is sculpted by Takaboku Busujima. It has an October release, price unknown. You have to be impressed by the level of details and femininity.
Quote:
Your lips, suicide red.
- Thomas Azier

There's a Jason bishoujo in the works, the box has artwork; Voorhees is no longer a mongoloid, she wearing the hockey mask, only partially on her face - to the side. She carries her machete and an axe. New Jason has a tattered sports bra, daisy dukes with chaps and a worn jacket. Reimagined Jason (brunette) is ripped - a six pack; she's also has bloody cuts on her waist and legs. I honesty don't know how I feel about this. *shrugs*

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Recommendations.

Stuff to watch this Halloween season.

"Bait" (2012)
Queensland, Australia. A coastal supermarket hold up turns deadly when the robber shoots one of the customers dead, but that becomes the least of their worries. An earthquake happens which results in a tsunami, flooding the area and market - the grocery store is below sea level. Surviving the disaster gets a lot worse, it’s discovered that a great white shark is now lurking in the submerged market, swimming between the isles - hungry. The other problem is that murderer is still in the store, he had his face covered during the robbery, he could be anyone of the survivors. This is bloody and at times very creative flick.
Anchor Bay Entertainment - 2012 - NR

"The Call Of The Cthulhu" (2005)
This is a low budget adaptation of the famous Lovecraft story. A silent film made in ‘05. Filmmakers had limited money so they opted to do it as if it were made when published, 1926; silent cinema. What they lacked in greenbacks they made up with creativity. A dying professor leaves his relative (great-nephew) various notes and documents about a violent cult. Curious he studies the man's notes, an action he later regrets. Just like the professor he too becomes obsessed in finding the truth. A millennia old secret, that should never see the light of day.
HPLHS, Inc. - 2007 - NR

"Fido" (2006)
Set in an alternate universe where the zombie apocalypse happened in the 1930s. We won the war. It is now the 1940s and we have become masters of the undead. The creation of a special collar, makes the ghouls docile. The dead have become our servants and pets. This movie is a bloody version of "Lassie". Where a boy befriends a dead guy, their new servant. Only to discover that its collar isn't working. How far will he go to save his pal and vise versa? Where Timmy, boy? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! A horror comedy.
Lions Gate Entertainment - 2007 - R

"Pontypool" (2008)
A disgraced shock jock finds radio employment at a remote Canadian town. His morning show broadcast from the basement of the local church. The tedium of his forced vanilla program is broken when odd reports start coming pouring in; people behaving wrong. The callers later report violence and deaths. An outbreak has happen, but not a biological one - a WORD virus. None of the massacre is shown, just desperate, scared people calling the station for help. The illness causes the infected to eat the mouths and tongues of those not like them. Why??? They want to eat the words. *dark smile*
MPI Media Group - 2010 - NR

"Storage 24" (2012)
London, England. Charlie and his best friend Mark are picking up the remaining personal items at a twenty-four hour storage facility; the result of Charlie’s relationship ending - badly. Things go worse when he finds her there too; Shelley is shorting out her stuff, helped by her friends Nikki and Chris. All hell breaks loose, but not from fighting; the group become trapped when a military cargo plane crashes above them. Soon it becomes very apparent that something got loose in the impact... now inside the building. It’s cat and mouse with a unseen menace within the maze of the huge indoor property. Their only weapons are the valuables stored in other units.
Magnolia Home Entertainment - 2013 - R

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Just because.
Quote:
I had to do this hand √0b thing, right?, with one of these guys - I don't know why they picked this guy to do it, but he was the worst person. And they were like, you know - after you do it, you know, a hand √0b, there's only so much you can do with your hands, they're like, you know, kiss him. And so, there was this guy, talent; we're taking pictures and kinda posing us and he's got his eyes closed - so like trying to kiss me and stuff. So he stays like that the entire movie and they're like and like, kinda like pointing and I'm going to his face; usually you would react to someone to your face - not at all. He's like this... [zombie expression; mouth agape, eyes closed], like he was a dead fish. I was like, okay, I was like - I wasn't going to spend on his co¢≤, much time. And be done with him.
- Alexis Texas

Never has such words been used to fortify exposure to the unexpected and indiscriminate human condition. And we are all richer for that glimpse from of an award winning thespian; an intimate share from her inner-boudoir. *James Lipton voice*

Why yes, I was watching a behind-the-scenes XXX featurette.

Welcome to Internet Multi-tasking Land; porn friendly since 1999.

There you go.

The next Limited Edition Horror will scream at you (like a banshee) on October 23rd, 2014; its got cemetery eyes.

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Old 10-19-2014, 06:39 AM
Target - October 21st, 2014

Mad Men: The Final Season Part 1
Exclusive bonus content on the last disc; both DVD and BD editions are $19.99 (each)

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CDs

"Jason Alden - Old Boots..." with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99
"Ariana Grande - My Everything" with exclusive 2 bonus tracks $13.99
"Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour" with exclusive 3 bonus tracks $13.99
"Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga - Cheek To Cheek" with exclusive 2 bonus tracks $13.99
"Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $17.99




This is where I'm picking up "Mad Men". *nods*

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Old 10-19-2014, 06:41 AM
Best Buy - October 21st, 2014

CDs

"Pitch Black Forecast - As The World Burn" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99
"Primus - Primus And The Chocolate Factory" deluxed edition with exclusive t-shirt $21.99




There you go.
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Old 10-23-2014, 04:26 AM
Past Tense

"Limited Edition Horror" 2014 continues with a warning - don't disturb the Chinese God Of The Dead in "My Name Is Bruce"...



The motion picture had a very limited theatrical run on October 31st, 2008. It mostly played on the film festival circuit; Ashland Independent Film Festival (April 13th, 2007), CineVegas International Film Festival (June 9th, 2007),East Lansing Film Festival (March 13th, 2008), Fantasy Filmfest (August 15th, 2008; Germany) and Deadmonton Horror Film Festival (October 25th, 2008; Canada).

It was made with a budget of $1,500,000 (estimated) and grossed over 173 thousand during its U.S. theatrical run. There is no foreign receipts to include, it only opened domestically. The film opened number seventy-three at the box office, the following week it rose to number sixty-three.

The feature opened against "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", "Saw V", "High School Musical 3: Senior Year", "Zack And Miri Make A Porno" and "Eagle Eye".



This release originally came with a foil wraparound. There was a single insert, a collectible twenty-two page, mini comic book adaptation. It is abridge; in it Bruce Campbell is already in town.

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There was a single exclusive; not from a brick and mortar chain, but rather online.



Yes, I am that anal.

DVD Empire dot com offered an free (folded) poster, autographed by star Bruce Campbell for pre-orders or until they ran out for $16.99. Only 1,000 copies were signed.

The DVD streeted on February 10th, 2009.

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Rant.

I suppose I should take a step back; this is probably a film that mostly Campbell fans have seen. For the rest of you...

In the former (nearly dead) mining town of Gold Lick (founded in 1862), two teens partying with friends unleash Guan-Di, the Chinese God Of The Dead from the town's sealed, nineteenth-century gold mine. The site is surrounded by a cemetery, bodies of Chinese laborers who perished in the mines. The entity starts killing immediately, decapitating with its kwan dao (curved blade on the end of a long shaft). It seems unstoppable.

Jeff (Taylor Sharpe), one of the kids responsible is nearly killed. He runs off and is convinced there is only one man who can save the town. The guy who fought the Deadites in the "Evil Dead" films... actor Bruce Campbell. Here Campbell plays a fictionalization version of himself; stuck doing low budget B movies and is nearly a drunk.

Jeff convinces Campbell to come to Gold Lick on the pretense that his 'call for help' is a prank by the man's agent, Mills Toddner (Ted Raimi) - a gag birthday gift. He plays along that is until he witnesses Guan-Di, it's genuine. He's so far over his head, but the entire town looking up to him. Campbell becomes a very reluctant hero. That's the basic story, there's more to it. But I don't want to spoil it. You should see it.

The movie is cute and charming with some gore. There are some laughs, but it's not really a comedy.

Star Bruce Campbell, directed and co-produced the feature; filmed on his property in Jacksonville, Oregon to save greenbacks. The building exteriors were built there. Interior scenes were lensed on a sound stage.

I found it exactly what I expected it to be. It delivered the goods (mostly) like "The Knights Of Badassdom" (2013), another low budget horror/humor flick (quite recommended).

Thought it was nice having some "Evil Dead" cameos. Cheryl is played by Ellen Sandweiss who was 'Cheryl' in "The Evil Dead" (1981). Dan Hicks plays the Dirt Farmer, he was Jake in "Evil Dead II" (1987). And Timothy Patrick Quill plays Frank, he was the blacksmith in "Army Of Darkness" (1992; a.k.a. "The Evil Dead 3: Army Of Darkness").

This was a blind buy I made at Best Buy on release day. As I wrote, it's charming flick.

There is a stinger at the end of the credits, Guan-Di makes a final appearance.

Speaking of which, I know there are folks who are dissatisfied with Guan-Di's appearance. What did they expect? He served his purpose. This is a low budget movie after all. These are probably the same guys and gals who were bummed by the final form of the succubus from "The Knights Of Badassdom". And that was a full sized, practical latex suit.

You just can't please everybody.

Man, you gotta admit, "The Legend Of Guan-Di" is a catchy song.

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Footnotes.



As mentioned, the comic insert is abbreviated. The full story comic was released by Dark Horse Comics on November 24th, 2008 for $3.50. Cover art by Bart Sears and Francisco Ruiz Velasco. Adaptation written by Milton Freewater, Jr. and Mark Verheiden.

Dark Horse Deluxe (same main company) also released a second cross product, a twelve inch action figure of Campbell.

This was released on October 28th, 2009.



The fully articulated toy came with seven accessories in a deluxe collector's box. It sold for $59.99. The figure (head) was created from a 3-D scan of Campbell himself. It comes with fabric Hawaiian shirt and cloth pants.

The accessories; Shemps Olde Tyme Whiskey bottle, Refreshing Lemon Drink bottle, gun with tag still attached, miniature "angel" and "devil" versions of Campbell (they can attach to his shoulders by hidden magnets), miniature copy of the book, "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions Of A B Movie Actor" (this is a real autobiography by Campbell, published in 2002 by L.A. Weekly Books) and a tiny Bruce collectible toy in melted package.

Should you want to know, Campbell wrote a second book, "Make Love! The Bruce Campbell Way" in 2005 from Thomas Dunne Books (then on paperback from St. Martin's Griffin).

At least is not "Make Love The Johnny Gan Way", hard and sloppy - as endorsed by Pongo.

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I am very surprised there hasn't been a sequel. Now I say this about a line in the feature. I'll get to that in a few.

There were reports that a sequel was planned, then called "My Name Is Still Bruce", later retitled "Bruce Vs. Frankenstein". Filming was suppose to begin in the Fall of 2010 (also shot on Campbell property). But that hasn't happened, funding issues. The story centered on Campbell going to "FrankenCon", a German Frankenstein convention - there he runs into a real reanimant; blood, chaos and humor ensues. Ted Raimi also participates.

Campbell stated he wanted various horror icons/veterans to have parts - with perhaps, Kane Hodder as the Frankenstein monster. Once again, Campbell would direct. As it stands this production is in limbo.

Okay. What I was talking about is what Campbell says to Jeff at the end; once the supernatural was put back to rest...
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Next time you release an ancient demon, call that Buffy chick.
And there it is - 'They Still Call Me Gellar'.

Same premise, but now with actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. Gellar is in between jobs, tired of being typecast. Hannigan takes her out to cheer her up and the two get caught up with fan who need serious help. And yes, Hannigan would be the spell caster, reading from an arcane tome.

There would be stinger at the end credits; a bloody, torn up Gellar and Hannigan shows up at Campbell's trailer, knock at the door and punch him in the face; "'Call that Buffy chick', Asshole!!!"

C'mon, how cool would that be? Hollywood, make that happen.

And while we're at it...

Where the hell is the sequel to "Bubba Ho-Tep" (2002)?

Once again taking a step back...

Based on the short story of the same name by Joe R. Lansdale. Elvis Presley lives - in a rest home in East Texas. In the mid 1970s, the King of Rock And Roll was burnt out. Tired of the drugs, the groupies and not having a private life. He wanted a way out; take a pause and enjoy life. He found that gift in a perfect Elvis impersonator, a dreamer named Sebastian Haff. But before he could switch back, his replacement overdosed; making matters worse - his home was lost in a fire, destroying all evidence of the substitution/agreement. Broke and stuck in an identity not his own, he worked as his own impersonator. Flash forward to the present. The elderly legend finds his second wind with another legend, the undead kind. Lurking within "Shady Rest Retirement Home" is an ancient evil, an Egyptian mummy - murdering the nursing home tenants, eating their souls. It’s up to The King and a fellow resident who thinks he’s JFK to stop this heinous fiend.

There were talks about doing a prequel, "Bubba Nosferatu: Curse Of The She-Vampires", a young Elvis battling blood suckers. Paul Giamatti was to play his manager, Col. Tom Parker. And "Bubba Sasquatch", Elvis fighting a murderous Bigfoot. I kid you not. But director Don Coscarelli and star Bruce Campbell couldn’t come to an agreement.

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Void.



In the Past Tense entry (July 19th, 2012), "The Wolfman" (2010), I briefly wrote about "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (1994).

Since this is the appropriate time, I've decided to expand my comment; thinking out loud.



This is about Victor's mentor, Professor Waldman played by John Cleese. There is an undisclosed history about the man. He made something amazing and truly regretted it - only hinted and teased in the feature.

So I pulled out my DVD and transcribed a few scenes (not simply typing out the subtitles, often they don't match). Let me take a slight step back; Kenneth Branagh was Victor Frankenstein and Tom Hulce played his school mate, Henry Clerval.

The first scene; friends walk from medical class.

Victor Frankenstein: Who what that? He was at the lecture.
Henry Clerval: That's Waldman.
Victor Frankenstein: Ahhh, that's Waldman.
Henry Clerval: Yes, interesting case. They say in his youth he could break into heaven and lecture God on science. Ran into trouble with the authorities a few years back. Something to do with illegal experiments.
Victor Frankenstein: What kind of experiments, I wonder.

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Later Victor and Henry dine at Waldman's home and discuss creating life.

Victor: How close did you get Professor?
Waldman: Too close.
Victor: Professor, I beg you, let me see these notes.
Waldman: No. My work and it's applications lies exclusively in the preservation of life. I abandoned my other researches many years ago.
Victor: Why???
Waldman: Because they resulted in abomination.

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And lastly, Victor sneaks into Waldman's home (after the Professor was murdered; giving ad at the hospital) and reads from elder seeker's papers.

Victor: My God, you were so close. Of course, the power! The materials were wrong. You needed auxiliary sources. Yes, the experiment. A failure? "Resulting reanimant... malformed and hideous to behold. This factor dependent on the appropriate raw materials." ...raw materials.



The scene has Victor findings a sketch of the earlier "abomination" (above). It looks like perhaps two people were stitched together. I say that since the cranium is open, perhaps Waldman used someone else's brain inside.

This would make a great, earlier tale - beta creature. Waldman may have stumbled on the method of creating life; his reanimant like Frankenstein's got out (perhaps it took lives and was decomposing); he tracked it down - killing it. But unlike the later student, he was wise enough to stop; not be overpowered by obsession.

That would make a good movie.
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I never saw Victor as mad. I believed him to be dangerously sane and focused - and that's what is so terrifying about him. He's ruthless and applied more than insane, in the same way I would imagine Hitler was.
- Kenneth Branagh



The thing that bugs me is that once Victor is underway to reanimated his bride (Helena Bonham Carter), we see Henry screaming "NOOOO!!!" on the stairs of Frankenstein's home. That's it.

It's a cool looking shot, but what happened to him? Did he run off and survive subsequent fire? No clue, from that point on he's out of the movie. And no mention of his fate later. There may have been a scene that got cut.

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Recommendations.

The final list (for 2014) of lesser known Halloween season features to watch.

"Doghouse" (2009)
A U.K. feature and worthy to be spoken in the same breath as "Shaun Of The Dead" (2004). It's a guys' weekend, a group of friends try to help out one of their own who has fallen into depression over his bad divorce. They take him to a remote village where the women greatly out number the men; time to party. But when they arrive they find it deserted. Where is everyone? It's a take on “28 Days Later” (2002), a rage virus - but it only effects women. Turning them into man hating homicidals. Now the group is trapped and separated within the local shops. No communication, they're on their own. A dark comedy.
MPI Media Group - 2010 - NR

"Feast" (2005)
An out of the way desert bar becomes an all night siege when a bloody man enters the tavern claiming that large unknown beasts are coming this way in mire minutes. He’s discounted - for a moment until THEY arrive. This is a remorseless horror flick, nobody is safe. What are they? No answer given, don’t need it. Big, nasty, over-the-top and ooh so mean. The movie plays like a video game, in the good sense. This spawn two sequels; note, Part III comes in two versions, R and Unrated.
Dimension Home Entertainment - 2009 - NR

"Isolation" (2005)
Another United Kingdom film. A runaway teen couple find shelter (in their van) near a farm unaware that the ranch is doing illegal genetic research on cows; make them breed faster. The result is this... creature. The easy answer is monster calf. But it's something more. The survivors are trapped, the beast is on the loose. I don't know what it is. There are some shots of it, but I can't describe what I saw. The DVD has a gallery. A clear look, but that did not help. All I can say, it's nasty looking.
First Look Home Entertainment - 2007 - NR

"Monarch Of The Moon" (2006)
For laughs; an over-the-top parody of 1940s matinée serials (not politically correct); made on a budget of $75,000 and told in six chapters - pure cheese. It’s in the same vein as “Black Dynamite” (2009) and “The Call Of The Cthulhu” (2005), a contemporary film made to look vintage. Army aviator, Cal Crawford was captured by Nazis and experimented on. Their scientific tests backfired, Cal gains an ability... the power to communicate with yellow jackets! He escaped and now offers his superhero services to the government. Yellow Jacket with his band of freedom fighters (dimwitted secretary, alcoholic sidekick, not so brilliant scientist and a Bear Scout) must stop a deadly Japanese agent, known as Dragonfly and her mechanical menace, the JapBots. It becomes all too clear that there is a global conspiracy - someone is supplying The Axis with advanced technology... building a doomsday weapon. Who is doing it? And for what nefarious purpose? Does it have something to do with the moon? The DVD has been released twice, the original pressing in 2006 includes their first attempt at period sci-fi, “Destination Mars” (‘06 too). It’s not very good; at best, ‘okay’. Go with the re-release that’s “Monarch” only.
Image Entertainment - 2007 - NR

"Mutant Chronicles" (2008)
Based on the role-playing game of the same name. The year is 2707, Earth’s resources are nearly drained; everything is in short supply. There are no more nations, what remains is four powerful corporations (Mishima, Capitol, Bauhaus and Imperial) locked in a war for the remaining materials. This is a civilization not based on the silicon chip, but on steam power. During a bloody battle with Bauhaus, Capitol accidentally break an eons old seal, unleashing a seemingly unstoppable force. The world falls to this pestilence. Brother Samuel, a monk believes there still may be hope, but it would require a suicide mission, a collaborate effort of all the corporations: a team to descend deep inside the planet to detonate a bomb that could end the nightmare. Consider it a sci-fi remake of “The Dirty Dozen” (1967). There are two DVD versions, go with the 2 - Disc Collector’s Edition.
Magnolia Home Entertainment - 2009 - R

This post at this point was finished on June 14th, 2014.

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Tangent.



Halloween costumes for the ladies.

I do approve with the mash-up; goth Dorthy Gale from the "Wizard Of Oz" (1939). The outfit does not come with basket nor stuffed Toto (though it looks like a giant rat here). I DO have a problem with it; she should have red ruby laced boots - for continuity.

The other fantasy is sexy Waldo. Well I'm sure you can find her real easy at the party. And you know, there will be some hipsters who see the garb and develop a pretentious boner. I'm not gonna say it isn't very feminine, 'cause it is; at least on the right body. *nods*

I found you!

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"Hooch for the pooch!"

Looking back, "My Name Is Bruce" has tons of quotables, much like "Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark" (1988) - highly recommended. It's sequel, "Elvira's Haunted Hills" (2001), not so much.

There you go.

A new entry is up for my Night Of The Living Dead DVD Retrospective. C'mon, like I would let the Hallween season pass by without doing another post.

Saving the best for last, the final '14 "Limited Edition Horror" takes souls in abysmal ways and abandon. It's dark and that's the truth. What will you do? Tears mixed with blood and a flood of regrets? Flee with emphases? Or maybe, just maybe... be that execution - be the absolution - make it YOUR bitch!

Be here on October 30th, 2014 for a reimagined classic.

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Old 10-27-2014, 04:12 PM
Target - October 28th, 2014

My Little Pony: Rainbow Rocks
Exclusive bracelet $12.99

Phineas And Ferb: Star Wars
Exclusive store release $12.99

The Brady Bunch
Exclusive content (bonus disc?); it reads "each season" $9.99

Free Trick Or Treat glow stick with any "Despicable Me" movie (any format)




There you go. "Toy Story Of Horror" is selling for $7.99 this week (DVD).
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:59 AM
Past Tense - Don't Play With Books Covered In Human Skin Part I

All nightmares must to an end; we conclude "Limited Edition Horror" 2014 with a reimagined classic, the reboot of "Evil Dead"...



The motion picture opened on April 5th, 2013. It was made with a budget of $17,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $54 million during its U.S. theatrical run. The film opened number one at the box office, the following week it dropped to number five.

The feature opened against "Olympus Has Fallen", "Jurassic Park 3D" (re-released in upscaled 3D), "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "Oz The Great And Powerful".

This release (Blu-Ray) originally came with a non-embossed cardboard slipcover which mirrored the case's wraparound. It came with three small inserts. 1) Sony Rewards code, the back side - ad for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Drive", "Looper" and "Parker" on BD. 2) Ad for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights; Evil Dead Maze (Hollywood, CA and Orlando, FL attractions - opened September 20th, 2013). The backside had a contest (for two), win a trip to either location; round trip air transportation, three nights hotel, two day admission and one night admission to Halloween Horror Nights. Contest was from July 16th to August 16th, 2013. 3) Digital Copy (UltraViolet instructions. It expires on December 31st, 2016. The rear was more Blu-Ray videos ad; "Insidious", "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark", "The Woman In Black" and "The Last Exorcism: Part II".

The DVD version came with the same inserts, but no slipcover.

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There were two store exclusives, both for the Blu-Ray edition.



Best Buy had an exclusive bonus disc, a DVD. It has a run time of 25:51 minutes. This set streeted on July 16th, 2013 for $22.99. It came in a two disc BD case.

There was a coupon for five dollars off any Blu-Ray title $9.99 and up if you bring in to Customer Service - any DVD in original condition (no burned copies), get the discount.

It should be noted that Best Buy's exclusive, copies did not come with the slipcover. Only the regular BD editions came with it.

There's a Best Buy story I have, but I'll wait a moment.



On release day, Target had one of their own, an exclusive steelbook case. I did not buy this, but I suspect it came with the same inserts. This sold for $19.99.

I've spoken of this in the past, I'm not into Blu-Rays. I did however purchase the Best Buy exclusive, hoping it would be a DVD - and it was. My plan at the time was to hold on to the bonus, wait for a lower priced DVD movie and put them both in a two disc case - which was accomplished.

But I was naughty. *smile*

On August 6th, 2013, I walked into Best Buy and found the media area had changed. The DVDs and such were not reduced, but the isles were relocated more inside the store, not so much near the checkouts as they were. Plus they were no longer horizontal, the isles to registers.

I had to reoriented myself; where's the TV shows, horror, drama and the like. Then I noticed it. They have a sale not listed in their weekly ad, "Evil Dead" on DVD for $4.99.

The thing is, the sign was so haphazardly placed on the spot. They put it in between the 2013 remake (BD/DVD versions) and the Blu-Rays for the original film. The five dollar title was meant for the DVD editions of the 1981 classic; they had two copies and both were vertical on the self - their spines showing. The rest were facing (covers) to you.

So a thought popped in my head. What if? I had been wanting this title for weeks and that's a great price. So I gave it a try, grabbed a 2013 DVD copy and took it to the register. It was selling for twenty bucks.

I explained that the sale sign reads $4.99. Not sure, so someone was sent to check, a moment later they came by to do a price override. Very sway. This may have worked since my store had relocated its isles, things are out of their normal place.

The following week the sale was gone, don't know if that was because it was only a week long; some of their sales are not. Or maybe there was too much confusion since they only had two, maybe then less copies of the genuine title on sale.

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The battle if we can put it that way; in which we're involved, is a battle, it's a battle for the whole - I should say, I'm tempted to say, the soul of the nation... but that's not for me. BUT for the whole quality of our culture.
- Mary Whitehouse

Rant.

I had the movie for ten months before watching. I had planned on viewing sooner, but stuff got in the way. I saw it on June 10th of this year. I liked it. Not made for kids, the PG-13 crowd. I do appreciate that, an R rated horror flick. It's part of my library. But it is not without flaws.

The feature has next to zero humor, this is played dead serious with dire consequences. That's cool. But some light moments would've been nice. Not laugh out loud, but smile instances. It doesn't have to be all bleak. But I am okay with the absence.



My biggest problem... the above image makes a good metaphor; David (Shiloh Fernandez; foreground) and Mia (Jane Levy) at the door are the fully developed. The remaining players are all red shirts, including the dog. Having people move in the background does not equal characterization, it just doesn't. These allegedly important roles were utterly expendable. We have no investment in them and their ultimate demise feels like an excuse for gore, it has no weight.

Yes, I am aware this is a slasher flick. But good slashers have characters to root for beyond just the survivor girl. Most of them have low budgets and short on story; so they make up the loss with interesting and memorable people. What do we have here?

Well - Olivia (Jessica Lucas) is a nurse. Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) moves the plot forward by unleashing the demon, but beyond that??? He's friends with Mia and Olivia; used to be pals with David - that's it. And Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore) is David's current girlfriend (hinted that he and Olivia used to be a couple). She's the worst here. Her character is such a blank slate, 'girlfriend'... AND??? She might as well be named Shannon Fodder. *sigh*



Man, Lucas' part was such a waste. She should've lasted longer to give aid and medical exposition. This could be some kind of virus.

An Evil Virus, just ask Tristana Medeiros.

The deaths here are insane and disturbing, but they only serve a single purpose and that shouldn't be. Make me care, not just cringe; linked with the weak characters these two subject prevent it from becoming a modern classic. It could've been better.

Look, it works as a film, but just above disposable because of it's franchise connection. If not, this would be something you see once and say, 'that was okay' and never have to see again.

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I know there were much concern over the re-imaging of the hero; Ash as a girl. I can't say I wasn't without worry. It can become disastrous. But as with Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) from Ronald D. Moore's remake of "Battlestar Galactica" we got fried gold.
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A major decision to have none of the original character names in the movie. There's no Ash character. And that was a big issue with a lot of fans. Well if Ash isn't in it, then it's not an "Evil Dead" movie. It's like, yeah, it is. It's just with a different generation. And we don't want the same anything; I don't want some guy trying to imitate my over acting performance, you know. Why bother? Leave the guy alone. So all these other actors now in this movie get to create their own thing. And Jane Levy by the end of this; she's taking this movie, you know - by the shoulders. And she's screaming at it in the face. She's taking it, this movie over. So if people want to call her the new Ash. I say do it. She's earned it.

Traditional Hollywood horror movies are a female protagonist, running around and screaming. And it's mostly female orientated as far as the victims goes. When "Evil Dead" came around, Sam Raimi's theory was make a man scream like a woman. So that it'll be; that's how much worse it's gonna be. This guy is gonna run around and screaming his head off, 'cause he wanted to amp the horror up. And now this is actually a little more of a traditional throwback. In the original, little Super 8 we used to raise money for the first "Evil Dead", called "Within The Woods" [1978] had a female protagonist. So we kind of have gone back to the roots of the roots of the roots in a way. So it's more traditional, but it's more how we started the original idea - it was with a woman.
- Bruce Campbell

What's so odd is finding out who was trying for Mia - Gillian Jacobs auditioned, but lost to Lily Collins. Jacobs, better known as Britta Perry from the NBC series "Community". That's random, but I can envision her as the tormented girl. But she Britta'd it. Anyhow Collins left the project for reason(s) unknown.

By the way, that Super 8 short was thirty-two minutes long; proto-Evil Dead. It can be found online. *cough YouTube cough*

Production really lucked out with Jane Levy, last minute replacement, she made Mia noteworthy. Levy gives it her all as Evil Me. Her possessed appearance is a call back to Regan (Linda Blair) from "The Exorcist" (1973). I remember the first time I saw the trailer, the demonic face from under the basement, creepy as hell.

The special features chronicle her part. How she had to endure much for the role (and had a breakdown). There's a moment where she's talking to the camera, after showering - washing the fake blood and mud off her body. Her face took my attention. She has a bruise on the side. Make-up is off and washed. I think that's real. She took a lot of tumbles and impacts.


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Don't you underestimate my dirty mind. My dirty talk. My dirty thoughts.
- She Wants Revenge

What's also strange is thinking about her. She's is best known as Tessa Altman on ABC's "Suburgatory". Tessa getting possessed and murdering folks, please let it be Dalia. By the way, when will seasons two and three come out on DVD? I don't understand why it hasn't happened. I am bummed that it didn't get a fourth season, but I'll be honest, they kind wrote themselves in a corner with the final episodes. Oh well.

Levy is a pretty girl.

Man, I also remember the misinformation on the screenwriter.

Early reports came out Diablo Cody was writing the script. I like her, but there are many who despise the woman. I don't get the hate. Anyhow, it turns out she was touching it up. The screenplay was written by Fede Alvarez (who directed the film) and Rodo Sayagues, they're not Americans. Cody was brought in to tweak the dialog, just say Americanized the lines. I don't have a problem with it - it can be a cultural thing.

Oh, could someone please explain to me why there were all those dead animals in the basement?



Unrelated to the above topic; a behind-the-scenes image of Jessica Lucas being transformed into her possessed self. Yes, that's a spoiler.

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Once again I'm upset that the DVD version got screwed on extras. Let me start by saying the film is only ninety-one minutes long. It's a short, get to the point flick. Missing from the DVD are two featurettes and a commentary.

These are short featurettes; "Evil Dead: The Reboot" is ten minutes and "Unleashing The Evil Force" is five minutes. The commentary by director/co-writer Alvarez with co-writer Sayagues and stars Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas.

All of these extras can so easily fit on the disc. There's not excuse for their absence, not Blu-Ray native, they're simple bonuses. Man, that bugs me... and continues too.

On the commentary, the director talks about wanting to release the unrated version on home video. The film originally received an NC-17 rating; cuts were made to secure an R rating. What was taken out? I don't know; bits and pieces. The trailer has scenes not in the film.

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So what were some good remakes?

I would say "A Nightmare On Elm Street" (2010) - don't get mad. I say it because the first quarter had such great promise; being its own film. Then it quickly descended into mediocrity. Bears repeating - Jackie Earle Haley is NO Robert Englund. Why was he channeling Christian Bale's Batman?

Other good remakes include "The Wolfman" (2010; unrated director's cut), "Dawn Of The Dead" (2004), "The Blob" (1988; which got a special edition a couple weeks ago, but only on Blu-Ray from Twilight Time; I'm still hoping for a better DVD down the line), "The Time Machine" (2002, conclusion was a bit weak though), "Disturbia" (2007), "Friday The 13th" (2009), "The Ring" (2002), "The Mummy (1999) and "The Fly" (1986). There are so few good ones and LOTS of bad ones.
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Old 10-30-2014, 04:01 AM
Past Tense - Don't Play With Books Covered In Human Skin Part II

Yup, this turned into a longer than usual post.

Tangent.

I want to talk about this. It was bought years ago from Big Lots! for three bucks. Finally got around to watching it this May. As luck would have it, this too is an exclusive and Halloween themed.



I'm talking about "It/The Shuttered Room: Horror Double Feature" from Warner Home Video. This is a single sided DVD; both movies are presented in anamorphic widescreen. Zero extras, not even their trailers.

It was a Best Buy store exclusive release on October 7th, 2008 for $19.98. It officially streeted on December 9th, same year, same price. It was an unadvertised exclusive.

The subject is "It!", the 1967 feature. I remember watching this in the 1990s on KCOP, didn't care for it then either. I have no box office or theatrical stats, those records are hard to come by; the internet did not cooperate.



The film is another version of the Jewish legend, mysticism - the Golem. This tale involves Roddy McDowall as Arthur Pym, a timid, British museum assistant who becomes corrupted with absolute power. Pym uncovers the secret to controlling the clay statue to do his dark desires. Things escalate, resulting in a small nuke being used to bring down the soil automaton, which fails. And fails reason too - out running a nuke on motorcycle.

Man, that ending was stupid as hell. *shakes head*

Don't be so curious. It's a crappy flick; nearly embarrassing in its juvenile logic and wanting Pym to be this Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins in "Psycho" [1960]) wannabe. Like the motel clerk, he has his long dead mother in his home in a rocking chair. Why? It has nothing to do with the story being told. In fact, it's hinted since she was rocking that there was some kind of supernatural aspect at play. Which in terms of the Golem plot is true, but for Arthur's personal life...

No.

As I wrote, it made little sense. It was written and directed by Herbert J. Leder.

Anyhow gets his confidence by using the clay avatar to murder those who get in his way. He interested in the dead curator's daughter, Ellen (Jill Haworth). Why yes, the Golem killed him, that also didn't make sense. Anyhow, Arthur is thwarted by an American (Paul Maxwell) who has come to London to purchase the tall, mid-European, primitive art statue (made sometime in 1550) for a New York museum. Ellen and Jim enter in a relationship which infuriate Arthur. She sees Pym as just a friend.



Did like this camera set-up. The bust in the background gazing upon the creature.

If this suck so bad, why am I taking about this???

Because under this muck is a good film, better writing and losing pointless story lines. The Golem is a man in suit (Alan Seller), which is fine. But when he's not moving, you need a full size prop - not just having the guy under the make-up stand still which doesn't work since you can see him ever so slightly move/breathe (the umbrella). Plus have prop limbs for close-ups. You can see the rubber suit dent and wobble. But the overall look of the Golem is solid, it's creepy; created by Eric Carter.

But there is another part that grabbed my attention. Once Pym finds an inscription on the body, he takes the rub to a Jewish scholar to translate. First off, Arthur works at a museum; he should've known some department there to have it deciphered. Or maybe, just maybe this move was smart - covering his tracks for when he uses the clay brute. *shrugs*

This part - where the scholar (Richard Goolden) is concerned by what is brought to him, I enjoyed. You get a taste of what this could've been...

Arthur: You have it?
Scholar: This is a most rare thing. I don't believe that you got it off some stone as you said. If I translate it for you, will you agree to tell me the truth?
Arthur: [pause] Yes.
Scholar: Very well. "He who will find the secret of my life at his feet, him I will serve until beyond time. He who shall evoke me in the 17th century, beware for I cannot by fire be destroyed. He who shall evoke me in the 18th century, beware for I cannot by fire or by water by destroyed. He who evokes me in the 19th century, beware for I cannot by fire or by water or by force be destroyed. He who in the 20th century shall dare evoke me, beware for neither by fire nor water nor force nor anything by man created, can I be destroyed. He who in the 21st century evokes me must be of God's hand himself because on this Earth the person of man existeth no more." Now, tell me. Where did you get this?
Arthur: [long pause] I traced it off an old statue that came from Czechoslovakia. Does it have any significance?
Scholar: Significance? That statue is the great Golem, believed to have been destroyed centuries ago. If it is still in existence. IF, I say. It is probably the most powerful force on Earth today.
Arthur: More powerful than the H-bomb?
Scholar: [scowl] A bomb is finished when it has exploded, but the Golem will go on and on... forever. Serving or destroying.
Arthur: What do you mean, serving?
Scholar: It will obey whoever places the magic scroll beneath its tongue.
Arthur: Were does one get this magic scroll?
Scholar: If I knew that, I would not reveal it to you. Power destroys.
Arthur: Yes. I appreciate your help.
Scholar: I fear it.

Think about that. *wicked grin*

It feel very much like that moment from John Carpenter's "Prince Of Darkness" (1987).

The possessed girl, Lisa (Ann Yen) - typing at her computer...

"You will not be saved by the Holy Ghost. You will not be saved by the god Plutonium. In fact, YOU WILL NOT BE SAVED!"

If this was a better production, it would be remembered as a classic. No, I'm serious. There's enough elements here that shine through the mess. NOW this is a movie that screams to be remade, done proper. Hell, keep it set in the 1960s; it ain't broke.

Another thing that kinda bothered me. How can the Golem understand Arthur? He's speaking English; should he give his commands in Hebrew?



For the most part I'm not into 1960s women. There are few exceptions and actress Jill Haworth is one of them. The style of that era works on her; she's quite feminine and attractive. The other image above is from Arthur's fevered dream. It's easy to see why she's craved for.

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Footnotes.

There are two stingers during and at the conclusion of the end credits for the remake.

First is audio from the original film, Bob Dorian as Professor Knowby - his tape recording about finding the cursed book, Naturon Demonto. That was cool.

The second is an uncredited cameo by Bruce Campbell playing Ash and saying "Groovy" before the credits close. A bit of CGI work. He's shown in half light, showing the side of his face, young Ash. He then turns to camera, old Ash. The end.

The film has very minor CGI. It was used for technical reasons; removal of wires and effects equipment. I do appreciate that. As it should be, it's a tool not a crutch (for lack of story).

In the photo shown above, Jane Levy is sitting on a 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 and wearing a Michigan State sweatshirt. Both were homages to the original. Ash owned that (model) car and had that sweatshirt. *nods*

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Tangent.

With that "Limited Edition Horror" 2014 comes to an end. I hope you were entertained and informed. Have a safe and fun Halloween. And sexy ladies, please flaunt your gifts in appropriate, revealing costumes. It's mandatory - blame Obama.

No. Two final things.

A music video...

Do a YouTube search for "Blood Red Sandman" by Lordi. They're a heavy metal band from Finland, cut from the same cloth as Gwar. The music video a loving tribute to the original "Evil Dead". Check out their other music videos (they sing in English).

And lastly a non-existent sexy Halloween costume.

Okay. The idea itself isn't a bad one. But right now, it's in poor taste (if it weren't a hoax). A few years after this had become a memory it could be shiny. At this point, no.

I'm talking about the viral image; "Sexy Ebola Nurse" costume.



This exploded on the Web a few days ago to much outrage. It was allegedly from a United Kingdom online retailer (SKU #448697477), asking for £45.00 ($72.63). The costume included hazmat dress, hazmat leggings, safety goggles and prop gas mask. The assemble included a disclaimer...
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Please Note: This item is not suitable for protection against hazardous materials.
Soon it was discovered to be an internet hoax, it convinced a lot of people - myself included. The thing is within the realm of being genuine, not so outlandish.

As it turns out the image was something altogether different, "Sexy Breaking Bad" costume from a few years back. It was digitally altered becoming a yellow hazmat suit. And the rest is history. Whoever did this got what he/she wanted, resentment; trolls being trolls.

Sure.



That's not racist, right? "Sexy Fortune Cookie" costume; the outfit does not come with wig nor stockings. Does come with cookie handband. Well, maybe if this was worn by an Asian lady.

Okay, done. Most of this post was completed on June 14th, 2014.

...Bela Lugosi's Dead. Just making sure.

Come back here on November 13th, 2014 for the next, regular Past Tense - mwah-ha-ha-ha!!!

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Old 11-02-2014, 02:54 AM
Target - November 4th, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition
Exclusive steelbook; BD only $22.99

Hercules: Extended Cut
Exclusive storybook; BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

Planes: Fire & Rescue
Exclusive digital download - storybook; BD/DVD/DC combo $22.99

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CDs

"André Rieu" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $14.99
"Taylor Swift - 1989" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks and 3 songwriting voice memos $17.99
"Barbra Streisand - Partners" with exclusive bonus track $13.99
"5 Seconds Of Summer" with 4 exclusive bonus tracks $13.99
"Neil Diamond - Melody Road" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99
"Jason Aldean - Old Boots, New Dirt" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99
"Florida Georgia Line - Anything Goes" with 3 exclusive bonus tracks $18.99
"Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $13.99




Nah. Nothing for me this week.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:55 AM
Best Buy - November 4th, 2014

Hercules: Extended Cut
Exclusive bonus disc (format unknown); BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

Planes: Fire & Rescue
Exclusive lenticular slipcover; BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition
Exclusive Key Of Oakenshield, key; BD $29.99

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Series
Exclusive store release $39.99

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CDs

"In This Moment - Sick Like Me" exclusive 2 track single $1.99
"Paul McCartney And Wings - Venus And Mars" exclusive 7" vinyl single $16.99 (fuzz if this includes the two disc CD set)
"Paul McCartney - Wings At The Speed Of Sound" exclusive store release $16.99




Same here; better luck to you.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:13 PM
Target - November 11th, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2
Exclusive bonus disc (format unknown); BD/DVD/DC combo $18.99

The Polar Express
Exclusive; DVD with book set $29.96

A Christmas Wish
Exclusive store release $16.19




There you go.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:14 PM
Best Buy - November 11th, 2014

True Blood: The Complete Series
Exclusive bonus disc; BD $159.99 (unsure if this is BD only, may also include DVD [$129.99])

How To Train Your Dragon 2
Exclusive fabric banner with purchase ($4.99); DVD $14.99, BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99, 3DBD/BD/DVD/DC combo $27.99

Rush - R40
11 DVDs with exclusive bonus disc $89.99/6 BDs with bonus disc $99.99

Eastbound & Down: The Complete Series
Exclusive store (DVD) release $39.99

24: Complete Series
With "Live Another Day", store exclusive (DVD) release $124.99

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CDs

"Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica" deluxed edition with exclusive bonus track $15.99
"New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River" deluxe edition with exclusive tee shirt $22.99




Don't have the money to pick up that box set for "True Blood", I would like to hope that bonus disc is for DVD too.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:58 AM
Past Tense

This time out; we chase and become chased, sail boat style in "Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World"...



The motion picture opened on November 14th, 2003. It was made with a budget of $150,000,000 (estimated) and grossed over $93 million during its U.S. theatrical run; counting foreign receipts it made $212,011,111. The film opened number two at the box office, the following week it dropped to number four.

The feature opened against "Elf", "The Matrix Revolutions", "Scary Movie 3" and "Love Actually".

The regular edition was not issued a slipcover. It came with two inserts; 1) Chapter listing with 36 chapters. 2) Small two page 20th Century Fox ad for other DVDs (eight titles shown: "Cast Away", "The Last Of The Mohicans", "A High Wind In Jamaica", "The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen", "Anna And The King", "Pirates Of Toruga", "For the Moment" and "Romper Stomper".

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Costco had a long box packaging for the regular edition with a booklet on the production. This sold for $18.23 and streeted on April 20th, 2004. The box had a gatefold opening (showcasing a map with film trivia). I do not have this. Found out about the exclusive through my research. Sounds interesting, I would like to own it.



Best Buy had the more substantial exclusive, a bonus disc. Sorry I do not have the weekly ad image, this pre-dates my archive. As such, I had to extrapolate the price (did try to find the tag, no luck). I took studio release and original retail prices into consideration. The best match I could muster is "The Girl Next Door" (2004) which also had a bonus disc from the same studio (previous Past Tense). So...

I'm gonna call this set as $14.99 (same street). The bonus DVD has a run time of 29:22 minutes. The extra disc came inside the case within a CD envelope. I believe this exclusive was available for the widescreen and full screen editions. My bonus was inside the wide.

The next is something I haven't run into before - a regional exclusive; only available on the East Coast. A preview disc (DVD) for the New York Post newspaper. This was issued before the film's theatrical release. I do not know the copy's price nor the date. It's rare - the disc, but not the content. It held the featurette, "Behind The Seas: A Filmmaker's Journey", the very same item on the Best Buy bonus.

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Rant.

My tastes in films has changed over the year. When the movie opened and came on home video, I had zero interest in pursuing. I can't really pinpoint why it surfaced on my radar, it just did.

Wait, I think I might know.



I saw "Mutiny On The Bounty" (1962 remake with Marlon Brando) in May of last year - Two Disc Special Edition. I bought it a few months earlier as a lark from Big Lots!. In fact I had to buy it twice. The first purchase had scratches on the discs. I hate that. But I opted to watch the film to see if I wanted to re-buy... squat. Huh? Both discs were blank, I kid you not. This title had a major technical error. On the rebuy both were mint and playable. That is so weird. Does that make the defect a collectible?



Bought the 1935 version a few months back. I liked it. But I will say that Charles Laughton's Captain Bligh was a cartoon villain. All that was missing was him twirling a mustache.

Anyhow, this was something I didn't expect to like; films set in the 1700s don't usually do it for me. That's why the Russell Crowe film popped in my noggin'. *nods* Yes, the Crowe feature is set in 1805, you know what I mean.

So in March of this year I went looking. I had known about the Best Buy bonus and about the Collector's Edition which I'll talk about in a few. Both were found and bought through Ebay. Got good deals on both, especially the deluxe edition.

I also saw the film for the first time in March. I'll be honest, the first half of the film didn't do it for me. The second half caught my interest. It won me over. And now its part of my library.



One of the factor that played into my disliking is the hues. I'm not expecting a colorful film, a palette of bright pigments. The motion picture is very muted on the color wheel. It feels depressing and not in a good way. But I guess that's what director Peter Weir's wanted.

I did like Paul Bettany as Dr. Stephen Maturin. He usually good in whatever he's in. The first film I saw him in was "A Knight's Tale" (2001), a solid flick. I do have him in another Past Tense, the entry for "Legion" (2010). Click if you want.

The other bit of woe is the regular edition release, that makes no sense for such a big budget film. DVD is bare bones. The only extras on the single disc isn't even about the feature; some behind-the-scene promos and trailers for OTHER 20th Century Fox then upcoming releases. What the frack! Not even the movie's trailer is on the disc. That's messed up. Why should I spend $29.99 on a no frills title? If you're gonna pull that, the thing should cost no more than five bucks - I'm not joking. I would've been pissed if I were interested in 2004.

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Footnotes.

As mentioned above, there was a second - much better release, which is bad sportsmanship in my opinion. If you wanted extras you needed to shell out $39.98 for the two disc edition.



It came with a twenty-eight page production booklet, a fold out map of H.M.S. Surprise's journey, two page booklet with chapter listing and bonus content index. It also came with the same two page small ad insert that accompanied the basic edition.

While yes, it's pretty extensive, a seventy minute documentary on the making along with various featurettes and deleted scenes (galleries too). The regular edition should have at least had the deleted moments.

This by the way has the film's teaser and trailer.

I do have another moan, the inside flap that holds the print collectibles. It's too big or rather too loose. Unless you're holding the digipak carefully - all content tumbles out. It's happened to me a few times. I'm trying to keep them in mint condition - this isn't helping.

Anyhow, I have the exclusive (inside the envelope) under the flap, it's so big/loose - it fits.

Was this production booklet, the same booklet inside the Costco long box? I don't know, perhaps.



Above is the cover for the bare bones release which had the exclusive disc.

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Void.



The Past Tense on August 21st, 2014 was for "Battlestar Galactica: Season 2.5" (Part 1 with Part 2). I casually mentioned an ongoing woe in the adult industry (on the consumer end) - home video prices. I would like to expand on my comment since this PT entry feels too short. I'll be honest, I'm going in different directions, but hope to focus towards the end.

It's so easy to wag fingers at piracy; tube sites and bit torrents. But that's not whole, it's a deeper problem than that.
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People who steal content are those who don't have any money (like kids) and those who don't think a product's worth paying for. In both cases, stopping piracy, even if possible, wouldn't result in any sales gain. The poor can't buy, the indifferent refuse to.
- Sam Sugar

Brief; buyers got wiser and studios continue to be short sighted. And yeah, I couldn't find a suitable image (above), so I slapped something together. I think it looks sway, did some experimenting.

In the past you had no way of really knowing what you bought until you viewed it (at home usually, very few are comfortable watching a porno at the store - viewing booths). Sure, you have some reviews and perhaps the store would showcase a particular title at the front of their shop. But that could be artificial, the most popular being highlighted; not best reviewed or even energetic.

You bought the video, got home and discover you've been scammed. The pretty girl on the cover is nowhere in the release or her screen time is so limited, it shouldn't warrant that big of a mention, if not at all. This happens a lot. Great cover, lousy product, money down the toilet. This kind of fraud came about due to the falling price of productions.

The trend started in the 1990s with John Stagliano a.k.a., "Buttman". The concept was Gonzo, reality based porn. Performers acknowledge the camera and interact with it - voyeurism in purest form; there is zero pretense of a story, the ladies get to their endeavors right away (teasing optional). And for a time Stagliano was king. The style was cheap to produce. Anybody with camcorder and willing girls (note, I didn't say attractive) could make their own X-rated flick. Jump forward to now.

The market is saturated with gonzo; cheap ass productions with girls who really shouldn't be doing porn and box covers that have the ladies so airbrushed, they're not even human looking, apparitions of their former selves. People have been burned buying this regurgitated gruel.

Let me stress, there are some gonzo titles and series which have focused on impressive, glamorous women and hot action. The excellent side of the genre, but they are few among the bottom feeders. For every HardX, Jules Jordan, EroticaX, Elegant Angel, Zero Tolerance and Vivid there are dozens and dozens of wannabes and pale imitators.

Even with the deluge of cheap productions over the years, one item has remained constant - price. You pay pretty much the same tag for crap as you do for the magnificent, years be damned.

The golden era of sales (pre-internet, 1980s) was when movies (VHS) used to cost nearly a hundred dollars and adult vids more. The prices of XXX titles have not changed enough with the times. While no longer $100, they do no reflect real life. Any given blockbuster feature, two disc - deluxe edition can to taken home for under 20 bucks, months after their initial home video release. But adult DVDs are priced much higher, like Disney titles.

Walk into any Wal-Mart and find big budget flicks in their five dollar bin. A good example is the remake of "Carrie" (2013). It streeted on January 14th, 2014, but can now be bought for five bucks. I first took notice of this in October. Like a woman with child, nine months. The time to discount can also be even shorter still. It is akin to dairy products, limited life. Why? The constant inflow of product; make more room on the shelves for the New. This is the life of home video; insatiable demand.

Such a XXX discount does not exist, adult studios are under the illusions of the past; sex on camera exclusive to "professional" pornographers, business men and women. Times have changed. It is everywhere on the web... much of it for free and from the comfort of home. So?

Okay, those kind of prices could and I say 'could' reflect a period in time in which new pornographic releases had intimidating outlets. 1) Go see it on the big screen such as the former nationwide Pussycat Theater chain. Where you will encounter the sights and sounds of... deprave patrons. 2) Go to an adult video store and try not to be photographed coming in or out by religious do-gooders. Shame on you for supporting smut! 3) Order the video from home and have it mailed to you, XXX catalogs. That premium is for peace of mind, your inner wants kept private; between you and your VCR.

Fine, I suppose that could explain the higher retail. But that particular moment, no - generation has grown-up, (I say for the better).

What are the prices? It range from $39.97 to $49.95 for a DVD that's close to a decade old. Where is the discount? True, you can find some good deals at such net locales as Adult DVD Marketplace, but the band named studios are still selling for unrealistic tags. Better product equals higher price? Yes - to an extent.

If anything, the shelf life of pornography is worse than mainstream entertainment. There is so much of it; new girls, familiar gals and maturer provocateurs, all seductively eyeing your wallet (licked lips). But let's be honest, this was created for single purpose - release. Once the task is done - it's over. It is immediate and utterly disposable. And on to newer content. You're not going to rewatch and gain a better subtly in the plot. Few collect porn (library), I count myself in the minority.

It would make perfect sense to see adult titles reflect real life. After X amount of time, the price falls. As more time passes, it drops once again. And so on, leveling at five bucks. It doesn't need to happen in nine months or even a year. But after a period, it discounts to that price point.

As I wrote, the industry continues to barks that piracy has mangled their home video sales. That statement isn't genuine and only an element of the problem. The real culprit is their own greed. I'm NOT paying forty bucks or even twenty for a eight year old title. Sure I like the women in it and their performances, but that should be five bucks or so. I don't care if its from Jules Jordan, Digital Playground or 3rd Degree, enough time has gone by for its price to reflect the passing.

I say 'isn't genuine' since some studios are so guilty of facilitating piracy on tube sites. Giving content in exchange for clicks. Yet bitch about how such locations is killing the business. Hypocrites playing both sides, wearing a coats of righteousness. No dude, that's not what's wrong!

Above I wrote 'imitators', here's the bruise. It is these poorly made videos that find easy outlets from gas stations to convenience stores. You're not going to find the better flicks since they cost more for proprietors to stock; buckets of crap and/or mediocrity for you with pimpled crusted rumps.

And don't start with the heighten cost reflects the danger the performers endure, sexually transmitted diseases. That's part of the job, the same for coal miners. Their paycheck reflects the occupation - plus the talent are only paid once, no residuals. Not unless you're a mega star like Jenna Jameson, which is the exception.

Look, you can find sixty, eighty million dollar motion picture in the five dollar bin. These productions had more performers and crew working on those movie. Hell, they probably paid more in catering than the XXX title cost to produce. That's BS, lame rhetoric, not a misconception. Five dollars!

Five dollars after X amount of years, regardless of the studio. Do this and you'll see home video sales soar. C'mon, it's far easier to part with five bucks than it is with forty. Lots of impulse buys. It's a simple correlation, rocket science need not apply.

I do have another issue, on the talent end. It takes a special gal who not only steams up a room with her beauty and intimacy that gets the viewers to salute, but can also convey (or at least imitate) excitement. A simple noun - 'enthusiasm', real or otherwise, does matter.

Ladies like Tori Black, Stoya, Holly Michaels, Jynx Maze, Abella Anderson, Lexi Belle, Alexis Texas, Katja Kassin and Jenna Haze (to name a few) got their stature because the could portray charm, accessibility and passion. Hot girls are easy to come by; have that presence - not so much. I know, most of the women just mentioned have retired. But they're still remembered and appreciated.

Yeah, I am curious; what an adult flick would look like on the sliver screen. But there is too much risk involved. And I mean to see a flick from the past ten years, not a porno from the 1970s. *shutters*

One more thing; Lisa Ann is not a cougar. That term is for women who prowl for younger men. She doesn't have to seek, they come to her for obvious reasons. *wink*

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Just Because.



Do you need to ask? Jessica Alba as Molly from the 1999 feature "Idle Hands". Don't fret, she was eighteen at the time. *nods* I must confess, I do like that tank top on her.

Yeah, this is a shorter entry. Oh well, that's it. The next PT will splash about and anchor on November 27th, 2014; turkey day a.k.a. new Black Friday.

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Old 11-17-2014, 05:35 AM
Target - November 18th, 2014

Sin City: A Dame To Die For
Exclusive bonus content (bonus disc - DVD?); 3D BD/BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

22 Jump Street
Exclusive steelbook; BD only $19.99

Annie
Exclusie store release; BD/DVD/DC combo $12.99

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CD

"Annie - Original Motion Picture Soundtack" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $11.99
(available on November 17th)




Looks like I'm buying "Sin City" 2 here. *nods*
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:36 AM
Best Buy - November 18th, 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Exclusive steelbook case; 3D BD/BD/DVD/DC combo $22.99

22 Jump Street
Exclusive bonus disc (format unknown); BD/DVD/DC combo $19.99

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CDs

"In This Moment - Black Widow" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $9.99
"Godsmack - 1000HP" with exclusive bonus track $9.99
"The Art Of McCartney" with 2 exclusive bonus tracks $14.99




Squat for me here, better luck to you.
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