A Man For All Seasons

Posted by Job O Brother, April 22, 2007 10:39pm | Post a Comment

               EXT. TOWER OF LONDON - DAY

               We hear the sounds of drumbeat.

               JOB, (early 30's) is led to the scaffolding by the heavy-set
               EXECUTIONER, who wears a black hood.

               The courtyard is crowded by on-looking MEMBERS OF THE COURT.

               Job is positioned behind the chopping block.

               Drum comes to a dramatic stop.

                         Any last words?

                             (clears throat)
                         Sorry. Does anyone have a lozenge?
                         I'm just... my throat is dry from
                         being all nervous about dying and
                             (beat; silence)
                         No? Okay, well... I think I have
                         some gum in my pantaloons up in
                         Bell Tower...

Steele Justice

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 09:06pm | Post a Comment

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Planet Earth...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 22, 2007 02:54pm | Post a Comment
The Discovery channel has recently been showing the nature documentary Planet Earth. I have become a bit obsessed with this show and have watched most of the episodes. For those of you who have missed it, or those without cable...the series will be released on DVD this tuesday 4/24.  This series was first broadcast on the BBC in the UK in March of last year. It was narrated by the great David Attenborough. This DVD release includes the original David Attenborough narration. For the Discovery channel U.S. broadcast the narration was replaced by Sigourney Weaver.  Some nature "Attenborough" purists are very upset about this change. I think Sigourney's voice is perfect and she does a great job. This series is absolutely amazing. The shots captured will seriously take your breath away. The show is also broadcast for High Definition. In addition, the DVD will be issued as a Blu-Ray and HD DVD. It is seriously making me consider get a High Definition TV and DVD player. But even for those of us that still have the basic set up, the show is worth investing in.

 These shows were the kind of shows broadcast on PBS in the 80s. My dad watched these  shows quite frequently and I was often forced to watch them as well. Although, I quickly became interested in the shows as I realized how awesome they were. This was a world you could not quite see at your local zoo. It was amazing to see these environments that I would never see up close and personal. The earth we live on is so vast and interesting. The animals on it so intricately connected. But most of all, what made me obsessed with these shows, was the narration by the great David Attenborough. There is something about his voice that draws you in to the world he is describing. He often was actually there in the shots interacting with the environment and animals. In this recent series, there is no interaction. It is simply beautiful shots on land and in water with perfect narration.

This DVD includes all the original 11 parts of the series. From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests, and Ocean Deep. This original U.K. broadcast hosted by David Attenborough includes 90 minutes not shown on the discovery channel broadcast. It also includes 110 minutes of behind the scenes footage and a 150 minute companion series "Planet Earth: the Future." The series features amazing shots of animals in their natural habitats. It includes plenty of shots of animals stalking their prey.

Another DVD box set worth checking out is "Living Planet." This is another BBC series narrated by David Attenborough. While the DVD was released a couple years ago, the series originally ran in 1984. This is a 12 part documentary that discusses the different eco-systems around the planet. The great thing about this series is that David Attenborough is actually at all the places being filmed. He actually interacts with the animals being filmed. He is a man that clearly loves what he does and know what he is talking about.  I grew up watching these shows. So this DVD is really nostalgic to watch. But it remains timeless. It is nice to actually watch something real every once in awhile. We have had an influence on many of these environments in this series. Much of this is discussed on the final part of this series "New Worlds." Hopefully people can watch these series and realize how what they do affects these environments.


never sleep again...nightmare on elm street dvd special edition...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 22, 2007 01:25pm | Post a Comment
One of my favorites has recently been upgraded to a special edition DVD. Nightmare on Elm Street is of course available in a great box set with all 7 films and a bonus disc.  There is a commentary on the first film and the bonus disc has some great stuff. But this release of the film is really great. The entire film has remastered picture and sound. It also includes some awesome documentaries. "Never Sleep Again" - the  making of the film, "The House that Freddy Built" - documentary on New Line cinema, and "Night Terrors" - the origins of Wes Craven's nightmares. Also includes a great audio commentary with director Wes Craven, stars Heather Langenkamp and the great John Saxon, and cinematographer Jacques Haitkin. The DVD also includes alternate endings and a fun trivia game to play. This is enough extra stuff to make your purchase of this DVD totally necessary. But it also includes "InfiniFilm" interactive features.  You can watch the film normally or with pop-up prompts. The prompts allow you to access great extra bonus footage and trivia.

 Nightmare on Elm Street was originally released in 1984. Wes Craven was already becoming famous for his horror movies. He already directed "The Last House on the Left," "The Hills Have Eyes" and "Swamp Thing." Nightmare one Elm Street was not  the first horror franchise series. Halloween was already well on its way with 3 movies and Friday the 13th was on to its fourth. But there was something special about Nightmare on Elm Street. The villains in Halloween and Friday the 13th were basically serial killer types basically acting out on their revenge issues against teens who had sex. However Freddy Kruger was different. But again it dealt with revenge. He was a child molester and killer burned alive by a group of parents. He had some how come back to haunt the children of those parent in their dreams. But he could actually kill them in their dreams. The kids must learn to "never sleep again" or battle Freddy in their dreams.

This first movie in the long series was brilliant. And it has a great cast. Heather Langenkamp, later know as Marie Lubbock on "Just the Ten of Us" is perfect as the lead character. She plays Nancy Thompson who figures out how to fight back against Freddie. Her divorced parents are played by Ronee Blakley  and John Saxon. Ronee Blakley had stared in Robert Altman's "Nashville" and had a music career as well. She is brilliant as Nancy's alcoholic mom. John Saxon had been in tons of TV but also starred in many cult films such as "Tenebre," "Black Christmas," and "Enter the Dragon." Robert Englund starred as Freddie Krueger and ended up playing him all the way up to "Freddie vs. Jason." He already had a little bit of a cult  following for his role as Willie in the TV mini series "V."
Johnny Depp had his very first role in this film as Nancy's boyfriend Glen.

This new DVD is seriously awesome. The documentary on the beginning years of New Line cinema is great. Most of the stars are interviewed in the documentary. Wes Craven is also interviewed extensively.  Nightmare was made at a time when horror movies were being mass produced. However this is one of the best. It still remains a classic. This was one of my friends favorites films. Watched many times over and over again. It is for sure one of those movies I can't resist watching when it is on TV. But it is great to see all the great bonus features and the film itself looks and sounds amazing. 

Forever Evil

Posted by phil blankenship, April 22, 2007 02:02am | Post a Comment

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