nothing out today 7/3...but there is this movie called transformers...

Posted by Brad Schelden, July 2, 2007 10:03pm | Post a Comment
In honor of the fourth of july the record labels are not putting much out today. Nothing worth me talking about at least. Besides Velvet Revolver, Collie Buddz, T.I. and Kelly Rowland. I don't really like to do bad reviews about things I know that I am not going to like. So I will not waste your time. But there is something I can't stop thinking about and that would be the new Transformers movie. I am allowing myself to talk about it only because the official soundtrack to the movie does come out tomorrow. So it kind of all ties in to today's street date.

It is really hard for this soundtrack to compete with the awesomeness that was the original soundtrack to the original 1986 Transformers movie. We have songs by Smashing Pumpkins, Linkin Park, the Used, HIM, and a new theme song by Mute Math. Nothing too exciting. It just gets me a bit more excited for the film. I did pick up the 20th anniversary special edition DVD of the original 1986 "Transformers The Movie." And it really is awesome. Just in case you forgot, this movie "starred" the voices of Judd Nelson, Leonard Nemoy, Casey Kasem, Scatman Crothers, Orson Welles, Robert Stack, and Eric Idle. This was the last film for both Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers.  This movie was obviously a big deal. The original TV series was on from 1984 to 1987. I was ten when the show first started and became obsessed with the show and got a lot of the toys. The show was basically one big commercial to go out and buy the toys. But one can really say the same thing about Star Wars or any movie aimed at kids. I didn't know about any of this as a kid. I just knew that I loved myself some transformers. This movie was rated PG which allowed it to be a sort of more adult movie. This was the movie that killed off its hero Optimus Prime. The themes were a bit more mature and the 80s soundtrack was aimed at an older audience. The soundtrack is by Vince Dicola. Vince not only did most of the music for Staying Alive, directed by Sylvester Stallone, but also was featured on the Rocky IV soundtrack. Sylvester Stallone obviously knew a thing or two about music.  This DVD features some amazing extra features. Commentaries by the director and also fans. Tons of trivia and trailers and some documentaries. The movie really is a classic of its time but it really is the music that holds it all together. But don't worry the original soundtrack is still in print if you want to pick that up as well.

The new Transformers movie opens Monday 7/2. I don't  really consider myself a huge fan of Michael Bay, the director of Transformers. But he really has come a long way since getting his start as a director of one of the Playboy Centerfold videos in 1990. He also directed videos for Great White, Wilson Phillips and Lionel Richie. I have never seen the Bad Boys movie or Armageddon. But I do kind of secretly like those big action movies every once in a while. There is a big place in my heart for wonderful little small independent films. But every once in a while I crave those big Hollywood movies. I find myself explaining to myself that The Rock is actually a good movie. And I actually find myself enjoying Pearl  Harbor whenever it comes on TV. So while many Transformers purists might be a little worried that Michael Bay will ruin their transformers, I am not too worried. He was made for movies like this. Its gonna be a big huge action movie. And I have no doubt that I will enjoy it. Maybe it is just that crazy thing called marketing that is convincing me that I will enjoy it. When you go to a movie like this you have to know what you are getting yourself into.  I do also remember how excited I was about "The Island," his last film. And I was really disappointed with that one. This has got to be better than that, right?

 The marketing people behind the original show really were brilliant. This show and the transformers franchise still have a power over me 20 years later. It is programmed into me that I have to see this new movie and that I will probably buy the DVD when it comes out. I like to think of myself as strong enough to battle against most advertising. I ignore most commercials and try not to let ads influence me. But at the tender age of 10 I was not strong enough to resist. And for something like Transformers I really don't mind. The show and toys gave me enough enjoyment at the time to make it worth it. Just the sound of the theme song and the sight of the original characters get me all excited. I hate to see movies the first week when they are all crowded. But I really don't know how long I can wait for this one.

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