filkertom: (mst3k_itstinks)
Hilarious idea. They could use a little g... love.

Any others we should know about? Any of the main services -- IndieGoGo, GoFundMe, others I'm sure I've never heard of but are out there.
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Long time since we had a DVD Day here, so let's get to it.

Marvel's Avengers is released today on DVD and Blu-Ray, including the neato spiffy keen Target version with Blu-Ray 3D and the soundtrack, and an extra making-of disk. Who's getting what version, and who (gasp) hasn't seen it yet!? (Be sure to see Iron Man, the Edward Norton Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger before you see the big payoff.)

Also just out today -- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. Looks most excellent.

And, to complete your superheroics, Target has Green Lantern: Emerald Knights for $5.00. If you haven't seen this compilation of GL Corps stories, including the wonderment of Mogo (guest-starring Rowdy Roddy Piper as Bolphunga) and the amazing fight scene in Laira's Tale, you need to. Oh, and, Nathan Fillion plays Hal Jordon. :D

What else is out on disk that we need to know about?
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I didn't know it had been split into two movies. But I'm good with it.

Although we still don't know who's voicing The Joker.
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Tomorrow marks the release of two genre biggies: the final movie in the Harry Potter series on DVD and Blu-Ray, and the newest game in Bethesda's celebrated Elder Scrolls series, Skyrim. I'll pick up the movie later, but -- even t hough I will not be able to so much as install it before I get back from WindyCon -- I will have my copy of Skyrim tomorrow. Oh, yes, I will.

(The really nice thing is, I found a Best Buy gift card I hadn't turned in yet. Yay, massive instant discount!)

I am still so damn sore on my left side; the flexeril doesn't seem to be doing much, although I did sleep well last night. We'll see how it goes. But I should be good to drive out and sing, so that's the plan.

Oh, and, we finally got our first taste of snow out here. Not much, but definitely snow.

What's your weekend look like?
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For those who would like to see the short film The Consultant, starring S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson, but who don't want to buy Thor on Blu-Ray, here you go. Ignore their b.s. about downloading and the Veoh player. The download thing doesn't work, and the Player tries to install a lot of bloatware. Nowhere near worth it for a four-minute vid.
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Max Headroom DVD box set. Just one of several really cool things Shout Factory has on sale for SDCC.
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With my li'l Enterprise DVD-1701 from Target (many thanks for that heads-up, [personal profile] ericcoleman). I am affirmed in my earlier opinion: This is, by far, one of the most MST/riffable movies to come along in years. In a good way, because the film is also so very entertaining. So many chances and so many opportunities.

But. It's also just good.

Vulcan just got et by Nero's black hole, and Uhura asks Spock, "What do you need?" and Spock, with so many emotions boiling just under the surface, says, "I need everyone... to continue performing admirably."

For all of its many flaws, especially with the damn time travel which has only been done right once ("City on the Edge of Forever"), there is so much to love about this movie. And the Uhura/Spock relationship is amazing. And, if I may say so, eminently logical.

Any other new vid we need to know about?
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Today is the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street. Here is how cool they are: They make me like Elmo and Adam Sandler... together, even. If you want to link up to any particular favorite video clips, go for it; I'll start with "Rubber Duckie, "Bein' Green", and "Batty Bat".

The big video release today is Pixar's Up (Two-Disc Deluxe Edition + Digital Copy and 4 Disc Combo Pack with Digital Copy and DVD [Blu-ray] Anti-Planned-Obsolescence Edition). There's also Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days and, if you haven't got a version already, Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut (integrating Tales from the Black Freighter, Under the Hood, and possibly some other live-action footage). Anything else just released we need to know about?

Happy Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

My Friday concert at WindyCon was going to be TomBoat, i.e., me and Toyboat. Reasons of time and practicality deep-sixed that for this weekend, although we really, really want to do it soon (I hope CapriCon, possibly not till DucKon). So, I was gonna drag out a bunch of stuff I don't usually do. Any requests? ("Heat of the Blood" is excluded from this offer.)

Dragon Age: Origins rocks really hard. It's funny: the forums are filled with people who can't get it to load, patch, work, nothin' (I've had no problems, apart from a single crash to Desktop); they complain because it's too hard, too easy, too old-school, too innovative, they hate that it's party-based, they want multiplayer and MMO; they say that the graphics are dated, and point to the game being in development for years. But BioWare did what they wanted to -- they created a new game world, which I think looks very good, with a superb, detailed story filled with rich characters and cool plot twists and astonishing detail. It's not a loot-fest, a click-fest, a FPS with orcs, or anything besides what it is. It's tough, at least to a duffer gamer like me; I set it to Easy, and I'm still getting slaughtered in some fights, the first or second time through. But dang is it rewarding, shocking, and fun. If you're interested, I think you will like it a lot. If not, no big.

What's goin' on in your quadrant?


Sep. 29th, 2009 12:00 pm
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Several items of interest:Anything else just released on video that we need to know about?
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Only a few miles away from me, on Huron Street in Ypsi, is a reasonably new Kroger. I wanted to see if it was as nice as the one on Maple Road, where I have been shopping for a number of years. (The one on Carpenter, technically closest to my new address, and the one up on North Campus are big and clean and have maybe 60% of the stuff at the Maple Road one. The ones at Georgetown and on South Industrial... the less said, the better.)

Not bad. The produce section is huge, and very well organized. The butcher shop and deli seem decent. No Chippery or Boston Market. Very good pharmacy and magazine sections, much larger than any other Kroger in town. One cheapie DVD rack.

And on that rack was a movie I've been meaning to get for years: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Live-action musical adventure, starring Tommy ("Timmy and Lassie") Rettig as Bart, a kid who dreams of a tyrannical piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried in fine form), determined to prove his "Happy Fingers" method is the ultimate way to learn piano. Bizarre, goofy flick -- one of those that you have to show people to prove it exists.

Did I mention that the story, screenplay, and lyrics are by Dr. Seuss?

What are some of your favorite non-standard kids' films? Things like The Phantom Tollbooth would count here -- most of us in fandom know about it, but it's not a "recognized classic" like Mary Poppins or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or The Wizard of Oz. Oh, and, just to make it more interesting, try to keep away from fully-animated films. As an example, Mary Poppins is only partially animated.

ETA: Oh, let fly on the animateds. Heck, my freakin' example, The Phantom Tollbooth, is about 90% animated.

ETA2: As long as I'm thinking of it, the animated Snow Queen -- the one shown in the U.S. with the live-action intro by Art Linkletter.


Jul. 28th, 2009 04:55 am
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Oh my frickin FSM, there's a lot today:Anything else new on video we need to know about?


Jul. 21st, 2009 06:56 am
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Several goodies, including:Any other new video releases we need to know about?

ETA: And INSIDE the frickin' Watchmen case is a coupon for $10 off the Ultimate Collector's Edition coming in December. The only possible reason to get it is that the Tales of the Black Freighter stuff is edited into the film. But that means THREE cuts of the same movie, dribbled out in a way to make as much money as possible. Mother fuck.
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Hardcore Nerdity informs us that there will be limited theatrical showings of the director's cut of Watchmen, in anticipation of its July 21st video release. The Blu-ray edition will also include basically a simulcast on July 25 from San Diego Comic Con, including a Q&A with director Zack Snyder.

I'm debating whether to finally jump on the bandwagon and get the Blu-ray edition first. It's got a few more features (although neither the Tales of the Black Freighter nor the Digital Motion Comic, so you know they'll be in another Watchmen Complete gift set at some point), and everything is definitely moving in the Blu-ray direction. In any case, no matter which format, if you watch movies at all with your computer, you should likely get the Director's Cut, because it's also got a digital copy of the theatrical version -- that is, you'll get both. (Getting the Blu-ray version with Nite Owl's ship is entirely up to you. You might want to save a little dosh, though, because Coraline is also released on 7/21, in DVD and Blu-ray.)

Who's planning to get any of 'em? And what else looks good on home video this summer?
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Got my DVD today.

A couple of years ago, I got the Star Wars Original Trilogy (Special Edition). (Sucker's still in a box somewhere, along with the other Special Editions, e.g., West Side Story, Lord of the Rings, all the season sets of Babylon 5. Good box. I want to frickin' find it.) I decided on that Friday evening to put on Ep 4, A New Hope, i.e., the original movie. Watch a few minutes, a few scenes out of that.

Ended up watching all three, one after the other, like crack-laced popcorn. Fell in love with Star Wars all over again.

I just finished the end of Act I of Chess In Concert, with Josh Groban absolutely nailing "Anthem" and getting a well-deserved standing ovation. The crowd went bugfuck. So did I. I've been laughing and tearing up and falling in love with Chess all over again, and I'm not even to the second act yet.

Idina Menzel is every bit as lovely and every bit the actress that I expected, and, while her voice does not quite fit my image of Florence -- a little too piercing, a touch too brittle -- she does the job nicely. Groban and Adam Pascal, on the other hand, are revelations. And the rest of the cast is pretty damn fine too. And the use of lighting and video and dance and occasional costuming and props (it is "in concert" rather than a full production, after all) is clever and engaging throughout.

Sorry, just had to gush a bit. You can either discuss your favorite musicals, your favorite public-domain games, or a public-domain game you'd like to see turned into a musical.

Yes, I'm fishing.
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Next Wednesday on PBS. The day before, a DVD release. Idina Menzel as Florence is enough, man. That right there is enough. Josh Groban as The Russian? Yeah. I'm there.

What's your favorite song from Chess? Any version. The flippant answer is "the whole damn score", and honestly it's a good answer, because the whole damn score is spectacular, and whatever else anyone may ever say about the music of ABBA, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson created some music that I don't think anyone else could have, and Tim Rice's incredible lyrics make it one of the classic concept albums. Love love love Chess.

ETA: Heh. Didn't add the un-flippant answer. "Pity the Child". Damn, what a song. Damn.

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