Dreams Do Come True

I can’t tell you how long I have been waiting for a box set of the Ju-on films. Well, that box set has now been officially announced and it’s stacked. Squee!

Ju-on: The Grudge Collection (Limited Edition) drops in the UK (and for us multi-region player owners) on December 19th from Arrow Video.

Ju-on: The Grudge Collection - Limited Edition

  • Brand new 4K restoration of Ju-On: The Grudge from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Ju-On: The Grudge in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of all films
  • Home video premiere outside Japan of Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2
  • Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (except The Curse and The Curse 2) and 2.0 stereo audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Exclusive 60-page collector’s booklet featuring writing by Grady Hendrix, James Marsh, Tom Mes, William Carroll and Lindsay Nelson [Limited Edition Exclusive]
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Oink Creative
  • Twenty-four double-sided, postcard-sized artcards [Limited Edition Exclusive]
  • Reversible poster with new and original artwork [Limited Edition Exclusive]

DISC 1 – JU-ON: THE CURSE AND JU-ON: THE CURSE 2 (BLU-RAY)

  • Introduction to both films by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
  • Introduction to Ju-On: The Curse by actor Takako Fuji

DISC 2 & 3 – JU-ON: THE GRUDGE (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY / BLU-RAY)

  • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
  • Introduction by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
  • New audio commentary by film historian David Kalat
  • Audio commentary by Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel
  • Alternate English dub track in 5.1 Surround
  • Haunting in Monochrome, a new interview with Takashi Shimizu on the Ju-On films
  • Being Kayako, a new interview with Takako Fuji on her role as Kayako
  • The Evolution of Ju-On, a brand new featurette with authors and Japan specialists Tom Mes and Zack Davisson discussing the cultural forces that shaped the series
  • Through a Glass Darkly, an archive interview with Takashi Shimizu
  • Whispers in the Dark, an archive interview with actor Megumi Okina on her role as Rika
  • Fade to Black, an archive interview with actress Kayoko Shibata, who plays Mariko
  • On-set interviews with Takashi Shimizu, Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara and Yui Ichikawa
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Takashi Shimizu
  • Almost an hour of behind-the-scenes footage
  • Ju-On True Stories, two ghostly true-life tales that inspired the films, narrated by Hiroyoshi Kihara
  • Original trailers
  • Image gallery

DISC 4 – JU-ON: THE GRUDGE 2 (BLU-RAY)

  • Introduction by writer-director Takashi Shimizu
  • New audio commentary with scholar Raechel Dumas and critic Jasper Sharp
  • Alternate English dub track in 5.1 Surround
  • Interview with Takashi Shimizu from the time of making Ju-On: The Grudge 2
  • On-set interviews with Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Emi Yamamoto and Shingo Katsurayama
  • Deleted scenes
  • 55 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage
  • On-set reports by cast members Noriko Sakai, Yui Ichikawa and Erika Kuroishi
  • Premieres and stage greetings footage from Japan, Taiwan and Korea
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • Image gallery

DISC 5 – JU-ON: WHITE GHOST AND JU-ON: BLACK GHOST (BLU-RAY)

  • Introduction to Ju-On: Black Ghost by writer-director Mari Asato
  • New interview with Mari Asato
  • Original trailer
  • Image galleries
Dreams Do Come True

Things and Stuff

Life is still chugging along in its crazy, maddening, and somewhat weird way. Labor day has now come and gone and there’s definitely a hint of fall in the air. Love it!

Speaking of Labor Day …

We kicked off the holiday weekend by meeting up with the local gay group at one of our local breweries. This is a pretty new group and it’s been fun to get to know some gay men (and women!) that actually live in Waynesville.

That Saturday, we attended the last of the summer “gays only” pool parties that we have been getting invited to over in Asheville. The weather was supposed to be dodgy, but it ended up being a super nice day.

The pool before being tainted by all the homos …
Pool Party!

We went to a “guys only” cookout the next day and that was pretty nice as well … even though we got stuck inside the whole time because the weather did end up being super dodgy that day.

So, all in all, it was a pretty gay Labor Day weekend!

In non-gay news …

I have finally started going through records that I have been given over the past several years and have been trying to salvage the ones that are not too beat up. Since I don’t have a fancy (or non-fancy) record cleaner, I will wash mine in the sink with a little soap and water. That can sometimes help tremendously if all you are dealing with is fingerprints and mold on the vinyl. And it’s always amusing the see them drying in the dish drainer.
Savin' Records

And finally … here is Chip being cute as fuck.

Things and Stuff

Fundamentals

So, the other day a post popped up in my Facebook feed touting a design contest for Buncombe County (the next county over) and their “I Voted” stickers for the upcoming election in November.

“Must say ‘I voted.’ … the rest is up to you … deadline September 2 … designs voted on September 7-22 …  winner announced September 22.”

Excellent! So, I got to work and banged out a design that I was pretty happy with, only to REALLY read the instructions after the fact.

“WHO: Any young person, ages 13-18 that is a resident of Buncombe County is eligible to participate.”

Dammit. I am neither ages 13-18 nor a resident of Buncombe County.

[Insert facepalm emoji here.]

Reading. It’s fundamental.

Wasted Energy

Fundamentals

The Motions

Hey all.

I am indeed still alive. June and July turned into quite the shitshow with having COVID and just dealing with the general crappiness of life right now. I guess I could go into lots of detail, but I don’t want to right now. Suffice it to say, I have been dealing with my usual feeling of inadequacy, unattractiveness, inability to be more assertive, the general stress of life and relationships, and a situation where I was lied to by a friend about a something I still harbor a lot of hard feelings about.

So, for the time being, I am going through the motions by putting on a smile and acting like everything is okay.

Anyhoo … I am still alive. I just need to get back in the posting rhythm!

The Motions

Fifth Wave

Remember when I said, “It’s hard not to feel like the universe has it in for you when shit like this happens?”

This happened last weekend just in time to fuck over my first 3-day weekend of the year.
COVID!

Yep. That’s a positive COVID test. I have been honestly surprised at the number of people who had no idea what this was. Maybe my friend circle doesn’t have the need to test themselves as much as David and I do? Who knows.

I guess I should count myself lucky that I made it into Year Three before getting it. But, it has really sucked even with being vaccinated and double boosted. I woke up sick last Saturday and it’s taken until today for me to feel halfway human again. I know, I know. I should count my blessings since so many people haven’t seen the other side of catching COVID.

But, this week, I feel like wallowing in self-pity because nothing ever seems to work out right anymore. This makes the second time this year that days off from work have been fucked over by illness. I also found out that expressing hurt feelings can fuck you over because nobody listens or wants to take the time to actually talk to you about what’s going on before they dismiss you as a complainer or someone with ill intent.

Okay. That is enough vague whining. It’s time I snuggle back down into the black hole of COVID isolation.

Fifth Wave

*Drools!*

A new David Cronenberg film? Yes, please!

*Drools!*

Hey. Hi. Hello.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Not much has been going on here other than my standard “work, eat, sleep, be depressed” routine. I have not had much energy about posting here (shocker!) because day in and day out seems to be the same ole, same ole.

I did actually have a vacation scheduled last month … to a gay campground in Florida! But, guess who got sick with strep the day before we were supposed to fly down. You guessed it. I ended up home sick and missed the vacation while David got to go. It’s hard not to feel like the universe has it in for you when shit like this happens.

During REI’s member discount sale, I did finally pull the trigger on a new sleeping pad for my backpacking adventure. You can see in the pictures that the new pad packs much, much smaller than the Thermarest that I have been carrying for 20+ years. Over the past three years, I have managed to replace all my old gear. The only thing I want now is a more compact camp stove (and maybe a lightweight camp chair) and I will be fully set!

And … I am stupid excited to finally have acquired a copy of Austra‘s debut album, Feel it Break, on vinyl. I have been looking for a copy of this for quite a while. Whoo!

And, yeah. Sunrise in the mountains never gets old …
Sunrise

In movie news … Robert Eggers’ The Northman opens next week and I can’t fucking wait!

Hey. Hi. Hello.

Stockholm-ed

How fucked in the head must you be to feel like quitting a job you didn’t particularly like anymore (and that you feel undervalued your time and talent while you worked there and now allows your work to be bastardized by your replacement) was probably the biggest mistake you ever made in your life?

Jesus. I need therapy.

Stockholm-ed

FWP [Monday Edition]

Criterion is shipping out a replacement disc for the Citizen Kane 4K and standard Blu-ray sets due to an encode issue. I got a shipping notification on January 7 and this is what the tracking still says 17 days later.

USPS Sucks

I am not sure if this is a Criterion issue or a USPS issue … but this frustrates me endlessly. And, yes … I know this is totally a privileged, first-world problem thing.

Meanwhile … the sunrise (as seen from the Walmart parking lot) yesterday morning was quite pretty.

Sunrise 01-23-22

FWP [Monday Edition]