The first Collector’s Edition from A24, Ari Aster’s 171-minute director’s cut will look as crisp on your bookshelf as it does on your screen.
Disc comes enclosed in a clothbound, Hårga-yellow slipcase, accompanied by an illustrated 62-page booklet featuring original artworks from the film by Ragnar Persson and a foreword by Martin Scorsese. Choice of Standard Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD.
Make mine 4K UHD, please!
Side Note: I think it would seriously cool to have a tattoo of that flaming bear art.
David and I did get a wild hair and went to the movies on Saturday afternoon. The local theater has reopened and with Freaky debuting on Friday, we just couldn’t resist. I was a bit nervous about going but it ended up that we were the only two people in the theater. We did wear our masks the whole time just because that’s what you’re supposed to do in 2020. The movie was fun and watching a body-swapping serial killer movie was a nice distraction from the horrors of the world.
I did buck health officials’ advice and went and hung out with TomJones on Saturday night at her new house. We ate tasty apps from Boojum and drank G&T’s and Boojum beer. We also watched Parasite (which she had not seen). Most awesome.
And now, Monday is done. If this week goes like today, it’s going to be another long one. Pass the anti-depressants, please.
If arty sci-fi/thriller/horror films are up your alley, you should immediately check out Possessor, the new film from Brandon Cronenberg. It’s seriously the coolest movie I have seen this year. And, I gotta give props to Christopher Abbott for absolutely knocking it out of the park in the role of Colin Tate.
I am a bit bummed that the theatrical and not the “uncut” version is what’s streaming on VOD. Go figure. That will be remedied when the Possessor: Uncut 4K UHD release arrives in my mailbox next month. Physical media for the win!
Well … that was another lazy weekend. Thanks, pandemic!
At least now we have a new President-elect! Hopefully, he will be able to make some headway on getting COVID-19 better under control. I am somewhat hopeful for what 2021 might hold now. If we can get past Trump’s last two months in office, that is. What a total waste of a human being. Ugh.
I did make it to the local B&N on Saturday morning to grab some goodies from the Criterion 50% Off Sale. Yay, consumerism! Though it was a little weird to one of two shoppers in the whole store.
Saturday night, I went and fire pitted (socially distanced, of course) with Short Legs, Kiki, and Tom. This has become a weekly event (weather permitting) and a bright spot of sanity … especially since we see friends in person so rarely these days. I am really going to miss this once winter fully hits and it’s way too cold to sit outside even with a fire.
Sunday afternoon, I took a glorious two-hour nap. Yes!
AND … a big hat tip to Bowser for altering us to the neighbor walking towards the front door on Saturday afternoon. David and I were not naked in the living room or engaged in any form of sexual activity at the time. In all the years I have been in this house, I am surprised that I haven’t been caught having sex in the living room. There have been a couple of close calls though when friends have unexpectedly dropped by. Ha, ha.
Thursday, the weather was dodgy as Hurricane Zeta (by then tropical storm strength) blew into the mountains. We left in the wind and rain but soon drove out of it. One the way down the Saluda grade, we managed to miss a jack-knifed semi. Fun times. The ride down into South Carolina was pretty smooth until we ran into rain showers that dogged us all the way into Florida. Fun.
As planned, we just hung out at Dr. Phibes and Co.’s house the whole time with very minimal trips out. Damn, pandemic. It would have been nice to have a day out sightseeing. Maybe next time. I did get up at the ass crack of dawn on Sunday and went out to the beach to watch the sunrise. It’s become something I look forward to doing when I am down there. This year, the waves were really aggressive, so it was no surprise there was a rip current warning in place.
Monday, we had a (thankfully) uneventful drive back to the mountains. It’s always good to be home, but always sad to say goodbye to the good friends I only get to see once a year.
There was too much food eaten. There was too much alcohol consumed. There were not enough movies watched. Ha, ha.
And now, the MonsterFest 2020 Movie List: Friday the 13th (1980) Dracula (1992) Superstition The Evil Kolchak: The Night Stalker (Chopper) Phenomena The Children The Invisible Man (1933) The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Jack Frost (1997) Haunt Spookies The Voices Cujo Christine Body Double Grave of the Vampire Hocus Pocus
As always, a big “THANKS!” to Dr. Phibes and Co. for hosting.
You know what the end of October means … MonsterFest 2020 with Dr. Phibes and Co.!!!
So, later this week, we’ll be traveling to the wilds of North Florida to holed up at Dr. Phibes and Co. compound for food, drinks, fellowship … and, most importantly, HORROR MOVIES! How many movies will my tired old ass nap through? Only time will tell. Ha, ha. Plans have been afoot for a while to make things as safe as possible. So, hopefully, we will be able to gather and have fun … because fun has been in very, very, very short supply for a while.
I finally got around to watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix. Although the documentary does a great job of painting how we should be very wary of social media, my biggest takeaway was just how handsome Tim Kendall (former Director of Monetization at Facebook and former President of Pinterest) is. Helloooooooooooo, nurse!
Who would have thought that after years of no high definition release of David Cronenberg‘s Crash, we will have three releases (Germany, UK, and the US) by the end of the year! And, of course, all three have different special features.
Bonus Materials: 40-page Booklet – HD-Trailer – US-NC-17-Trailer – New interviews in HD (ca. 140 Min.): Talk with Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg (ca. 52 Min.), Peter Suschitzky (DoP – ca. 20 Min.), Jeremy Thomas (Producer – ca. 17 Min.), Howard Shore (Composer – ca. 23. Min.), Deirdre Bowen (Casting Director – ca. 27 Min.) – Archive: Theatrical Release Interviews with Cast & Crew (ca. 22 Min.) – Behind the Scenes (ca. 11. Min.) – David Cronenberg’s Short Films: The Nest (ca. 9 Min.), Camera (ca. 6 Min.), At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World (ca. 4 Min.)
New 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray, both approved by director David Cronenberg
Audio commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg
Press conference from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg; Suschitzky; author J. G. Ballard; producers Robert Lantos and Jeremy Thomas; and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader, and Deborah Kara Unger
Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
Behind-the-scenes footage and press interviews from 1996
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang
And guess which consumerist sucker is going to own all three?
I really have no patience in waiting for packages to arrive. The package that is being tracked above was *supposed* to arrive yesterday. But, as the tracking showed this morning, it really wasn’t “in transit to next facility.” It was just stuck in Rochester, NY for FIVE FUCKING DAYS. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! And, no. This is not a package of four awesome jockstraps. It’s a package of four awesome 7″ singles from the ’80s.