An impromptu stop at Mr. K’s yesterday led to an awesome purchase. Remember the 80’s version of The Twilight Zone? It was pretty much a staple of my junior high and high school years. Well, I found the out-of-print original DVD releases of the whole series. I have been looking for these for a while. The Season 2 & 3 set is still sealed. Score!
After months and months of trying to find the two out-of-print Criterion titles I wanted the most … I found them! And in the space of about a month too. I am now the proud owner of their editions of “Ran” (new and still sealed) on DVD and “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on Blu-ray. I paid more for “Ran” than I really wanted to. But, I was surprised to find “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on half.com for under $50. It has been selling for upwards of $100+ for a used copies on eBay and even more for new copies on Amazon.
One of my daily routines had become checking various sites for cheap copies of these Criterion editions. With them now in my greedy, consumerist hands … I gotta say that life has felt a little like it’s lost some of it purpose. Now what can I hunt down and buy? Heh.
The Criterion Collection had a contest on their Facebook page a few weeks ago where fans could do their own product shots putting the movie in a setting that would be in context of the movie. They called it “Films in Context” and I ended up submitting seven photos. Some of the ones I did worked pretty well, some didn’t and some I photoshop-ed together just for hell of it. They were going to pick 10 finalists and then the Facebook page followers could vote on which one they liked the best. Apparently, they received 1,300 entries. So, ten “Honorable Mentions” were awarded as well because the quality of the submissions were so high. The top photo of this post (for the movie “Gomorrah“) was chosen as one of the honorable mentions. It was pretty cool to crack the top 20 out of 1,300 submissions. I am a little bummed that my picture for “Videodrome” didn’t get any play … because I thought it was pretty swank.
Zounds! Look at what very, very out-of-print movie has finally made it DVD courtesy of the Warner Archives Collection … William Castle’s “Macabre” (1958). It’s the movie that was so scary that you got life insurance given to you when you went to see it!
The fact that this is finally available commercially makes me wet my pants!!!
I saw The Faint and Ladytron at The Orange Peel on Friday night! The show was pretty awesome even if the opening act (Crocodiles) was kinda crappy. The dynamics of the bands was kinda fun to see. The Faint was totally frenetic and all over the stage … whereas Ladytron was very subdued in their presentation.
And … this Thursday I get to see Mogwai at The Peel!!!
A couple of movies got viewed off Netflix as well. And both were better than I thought they would be.
“Quarantine” is soooooooo much better than the trailer or advertising would lead you to believe. I must confess that I was curled up in a fetal position on the couch for much of the end of the movie. Now I really want to see “REC,” the Spanish movie on which “Quarantine” is based.
“Vacancy,” while not the greatest movie ever made, was fun and entertaining. A nice “put your brain on hold” kinda movie with a few nice scares.
In other news …
I was a total bad boy and ordered toomuch Dr. Who on DVD today!
So, I just finished watching Neil LaBute’s disastrous remake of “The Wicker Man.” I know you are gonna say that I should have known it was gonna be bad going in. Well, I did … but I wasn’t quite prepared for just how bad it is. Poor Mr. LaBute really does need to get some nice female role models in his life as the baddies in this film are a society of male hating (and sacrificing) women. Shocker! The movie definitely does have some camp value to it though. Below you can see the best parts. Oh, the hilarity of it all!