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.
Crash Mediabook from Turbine Media (New 4K Restoration!)
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.)
Crash 4K UHD Limited Edition from Arrow Video
- Brand new 4K restoration of the uncut NC-17 version from the original 35mm camera negative, supervised by writer-director David Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
- Cronenberg Challenge – new interview with the director of photography Peter Suschitzky
- Mechanical Animals – new interview with executive producer Jeremy Thomas
- The Shore Thing – new interview with composer Howard Shore
- License to Drive – new interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
- Archival “Behind the Scenes” featurette
- Archival interviews with David Cronenberg, J.G. Ballard, and actors James Spader, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger, and Elias Koteas
- Cronenberg: Concrete Cowboy – brand new video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg’s use of Toronto as a filming location
- Original Trailers
- Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanessa Morgan and Araceli Molina, alongside a reprinted excerpt from Cronenberg on Cronenberg
- Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
- Limited edition packaging with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Crash Blu-ray from the Criteron Collection
Director-Approved Special Edition Features
- 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.
And just 10 minutes after I posted about being super beardy, I trimmed it back down to a reasonable length. It really was getting too unruly and was starting to bug me.
The plan is to grow it back out when I can actually go get it trimmed and shaped by a professional.
Side Note: It’s kinda sad when you can grow way more hair on your face than you can on the top of your head. Damn you, male pattern baldness!
Bah! It seems I am posting more infrequently now. Is it my mood? Probably. Is it also that nothing super exciting is going on since we are still not really able to go about as freely and hang out with friends like the old days. Yep. And, it’s sad to think that the “old days” of normal life were just six months ago. It feels like 60 years ago.
Events of the past few weeks:
– Have gotten totally obsessed with collecting all the official recordings of Sunset Boulevard.
– Finally got a copy of Cocteau Twins’ Four Calendar Cafe on vinyl.
– Been crushing hard on the new Róisín Murphy album, Róisín Machine.
– Helped Michelle (no longer a refugee) set up various items for her new house here.
– Ate too much pizza.
– Binge watched The Haunting of Bly Manor and didn’t really like it.
– Got shat on by a pigeon.
– Turned 49.
I stopped trimming my beard quite a few months ago. So, now it’s the longest it has ever been … and it’s so unruly. I really need a professional trim/shaping but I am too paranoid to go to a barber and sit there unmasked while doing their work. I have been thinking about trimming it back down to a reasonable length but just haven’t worked up the nerve.
I *might* also have been on a jockstrap kick for the past few days. They are just so damn wonderful. So, now I am toying with the idea of making the jockstrap my daily underwear of choice. In aid of this, I might have purchased a cheap-ish 3-pack (in grey and black because those are the best colors). It would be nice to be able to afford a full complement of PUMP, Diesel, or Cellblock 13 (of which I want all the colors!) jocks. I guess I will see how this works out. Ha, ha.
And what would be an update without talking about an expensive movie purchase? I am super excited that Haunt (a great little horror movie from last year) is FINALLY getting a Blu-ray release from Ronin Flix. And, of course, I ordered the stupidly expensive Collector’s Edition. Just look at all the cool features and swag!
Includes the Original CD Soundtrack by tomandandy, four 16” x 20” movie poster reproductions, a 16” x 20” reproduction of the haunt map, six enamel pins featuring costume masks featured in the film, four 2” x 3 ½” replica VHS box-style magnets, and over 5 hours of special features.
DISC 1 – Haunt (2019) Feature Presentation
– NEW To Escape the Haunt: The Making of HAUNT featurette including interviews with writers/directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, actors Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Andrew Lewis Caldwell, Lauryn Alisa McClain, Schuyler Helford, Justin Marxen, Chaney Morrow, Special Makeup Effects artist Chris Bridges and co-composer Andy Milburn (tomandandy)
– NEW Audio Commentary with actors Justin Marxen (Clown), Chaney Morrow (Ghost), and Damian Maffei (Devil)
– Audio Commentary with writers/directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
– Behind the Haunt
– The Sound of Haunt
– Deleted Scenes with an introduction by Scott and Bryan
– Popcorn Frights Q & A with Scott, Bryan, and some of the cast
– Egyptian Theatre Premiere Q & A with Scott and Bryan, moderated by Eli Roth
– Short Film: The Sleepover – Scott and Bryan’s first film
– Director’s Diary
– Theatrical Trailer
DISC 2: Haunt (2019) Soundtrack
GIMMIE!!! GIMMIE!!! GIMMIE!!!
I received my replacement copy of Prince’s Sign ‘o the Times (Super Deluxe Edition) over the weekend and I couldn’t be happier. It’s pristine! AND, as a bonus, the replacement copy came in some sort of officially Sign ‘o the Times branded packing box. Cool! The damaged copy I received didn’t, so this was a nice bonus.
We went over to Asheville on Saturday and hung out with A&A all day. The highlight was getting to carve pumpkins! I have not done this since I was a kid and I finally got to create a jack-o-lantern based on the one that appears during the opening credits of John Carpenter’s Halloween. So much fun!
I FINALLY received the part to repair my busted mower. It’s kinda ridiculous that it took well over a month for it to arrive. At least it’s now installed and regular mowing can commence for what is left of the mow season. So exciting.
So … I was super excited to finally receive my copy of Prince’s Sign ‘o the Times (Super Deluxe Edition) yesterday. Yay! This beast is massive with eight CD’s and one DVD.
BUT … when I opened it up, I discovered an imperfection on the back of the hardbound book. It looks like there is a staple (or something similar) under the paper which it’s bulging up and seems like it could eventually rip through and damage the book. Ugh.
I have a bit of OCD about packaging being pristine. And I been working on not freaking out about small dings, etc on things I buy. But, considering the cost of this set ($160!), I want it to be immaculate. The exchange process has been initiated.
Yeah, I know. First world problems.
Yeah. Not having a good mental health month. The continued pandemic induced social isolation, increasing worries about the upcoming election, and the anniversary of my dad’s death have all been contributing factors. And as much as I don’t miss doing graphic design for the theater, I do miss being busy and having something constructive to focus on. I know … get a new hobby! That’s easy to say but even harder to do when you have no real motivation. That, friends, is me. Old. Fat. Totally Unmotivated. Depressed.
On Wednesday, I got my flu shot and a prescription refilled and I felt like I had really accomplished something for the week. How sad is that?
Hopefully, October (my favorite month of the year) will be much better!
The arrival of The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection 4K Blu-ray has been the best thing that has happened in the past few weeks. Seriously. Psycho and Vertigo look insanely beautiful in 4K (Rear Window and The Birds aren’t too bad either).
One of the other things I have done recently has been to separate my regular Twitter from my porn Twitter. Now my regular followers won’t see when I like or comment on some really hot porn tweet. Ha, ha.
Meanwhile, I am obsessing over remixes of Madonna’s Erotica.
Ugh. I have lots of ennui. 2020 just keeps up its endless grind. I feel VERY unmotivated. Hence the lack of updates here.
Against my better judgement, I took on a freelance job as a favor to a friend. Now I wish I hadn’t because clients suck and don’t appreciate your nearly 30 years of experience. I think I need to learn a new skill set and get out of graphic design all together.