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out this week 9/28 & 10/5...Beauty & the Beast Diamond Edition...Grindhouse Collector's Edition...

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 8, 2010 06:46pm | Post a Comment
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In addition to the usual music releases, there are also two Blu-rays out this week that have me all kinds of excited. I have been obsessed with Disney since I can remember being obsessed with anything. I still think they are one of the most brilliant studios in the world. They somehow manage to get you when you are super young and then you are a fan for life...at least that is how it worked on me! I am obsessed with Disneyland and all things Disney. I love the old movies but the best period was really the 90s. The "Disney Renaissance" started in 1989 with The Little Mermaid; next was the Rescuers Down Under in 1990; Aladdin came out in 1992, and The Lion King in 1994. The best of these and the first to be released on Blu-ray is Beauty & the Beast from 1991. The movies continued with Pocahontas in 1995, the Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996, Hercules in 1997, Mulan in 1998 and Tarzan in 1999. Some of the older classics have also been released on Blu-ray -- Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, & Pinocchio -- but Beauty & the Beast is the first of the newer films to be come out. Beauty & the Beast is also the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Some ofbeauty & the beast movie you may remember the 80's television show Beauty & the Beast starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. I found myself sort of freaked out by this show but also intrigued. I was not a loyal fan of the show but I imagine there must have been somebody out there who watched every episode. I did catch a couple of them. They sort of stayed with me forever. The show might have ruined the image of Beauty & the Beast for some but Disney reinvented it and brought it back to life in 1991. The movie starred the voices of Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, and Jo Anne Worley. The music was by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman; Menken composed the music and Ashman wrote the lyrics. They worked their magic together on Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin,The Little Mermaid and then Howard Ashman passed away in 1991. The documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty covers this period of Disney. I have heard great things about this film and didn't get a chance to see it in the theater but it is out on DVD on November 30th. Beauty & the Beast is still one of my favorites and it looks amazing on Blu-ray! But of course it does! Hopefully the Little Mermaid and Aladdin will have Blu-ray release dates right around the corner. The Disney Diamond Edition includes the DVD and the Blu-ray, in total three versions of the film, plus audio commentary and a sing along mode! There are some extra documentaries on there as well. It is fun to relive these movies all over again when they get rereleased on a new format, almost like seeing the movie for the first time.

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go see grindhouse!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 8, 2007 08:34pm | Post a Comment




So I went and saw Grindhouse on Friday at the Bridge. And I knew that I was gonna like it. But I was seriously blown away by how good it was. 10 minutes into the first film by Robert Rodriguez "Planet Terror" I wanted to see it again and was already getting excited about owning the DVD and watching the uncut version. I am a big fan of all the movies that these guys are in love with. It was so great to see them do an excellent job of replicating these movies. There have been so many horrible remakes of horror movies the past couple of years. It has almost made me not want to see these kind of movies anymore. Always so disappointing. But like 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead, I was totally surprised at how great these movies were. I am a big fan of Freddy Rodriguez from Six Feet Under. It was so great to see him in a completely different role in Planet Terror. He was awesome as the hero of the film. Rose McGowan is awesome as well. She has great roles in both films, but really outdoes herself as a one-legged stripper in Planet Terror. It was so great to see both Tom Savini (makeup artist for many of the 80s greats: Martin, Dawn of the Dead,  Friday the 13th, Creepshow, etc.) and Michael Biehn (star of two of my favorites Terminator and Aliens) as two cops in Planet Terror. The movie was nonstop action and gore. Like nothing I have seen in a long while.

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coming out today...4/3...jarvis cocker...death proof...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 2, 2007 10:43pm | Post a Comment
OK everybody, it's April. I'm not sure how 3 months already passed by this year, but they did. Today is a Tuesday, which means another street date. So every Tuesday I'm gonna discuss the new releases that are coming out -- at least the important releases. or at least what is important to me...which may not be important to you...but it should be. As far as music goes, there is not a whole lot out today.

But most important is the new album by Jarvis Cocker Jarvis. I have loved Jarvis for a long long time now, but I have to admit that I had not paid much attention to him lately. After Pulp broke up in 2002 I never thought Jarvis would be able to put out anything nearly as interesting or fun as those Pulp albums. Back in the 90s I wore out my old Pulp albums: His 'n' Hers (1994), Different Class (1995), and This is Hardcore (1998). These 3 albums have all been reissued as deluxe versions. They are available now as imports but I'm sure they will be out soon domestically, especially now with the domestic release of his excellent solo album.

It's been over 12 years since Different Class came out. Seriously, one of the best albums of the 90s! I danced many nights at Pop Scene to Pulp along with Blur, Oasis, and Suede. This album made Pulp huge stars both in their native England and in the U.S. and this album blew me away. It was just one of those albums you can't get enough of. I could never hear "Mis-shapes," "Common People," or "Disco 2000" too many times, and it seemed like most friends I had at the time agreed with me. This album came out when Brit pop was one of the most popular styles of music. They were on the cover of all the music magazines and everyone was talking about them.  1995 was the year Blur's Great Escape and the Oasis album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? came out. Suede's Dog Man Star was released the year before, just as Jarvis is now releasing his solo album ...

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