The first feature-length film starring the Pet Shop Boys alongside Joss Ackland, Gareth Hunt and Barbara Windsor finds Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on an extraordinary adventure from the coast to London, encountering a curious array of eccentric characters along the way. Pop surrealism meets classic road movie, the film is peppered with hits from the duo’s first two studio albums, including ‘West End Girls’, ‘It’s a Sin’ and ‘Always On My Mind’.
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Limited Edition 48-page Digi-book includes a new interview with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and previously unseen excerpts from his personal on-set production diary, as well as an introduction to the film by director Jack Bond and writing on the film by Anthony Nield, Jason Wood, Omer Ali, John Ramchandani, William Fowler and Vic Pratt
Comprehensive feature commentary by Jack Bond, James Dillon and Simon Archer (2020)
West End Boy: Jack Bond (2020, 27 mins): the director discusses his eclectic career as a filmmaker and his enterprising approach to the making of It Couldn’t Happen Here
It Can Happen Here: Arlene Phillips (2020, 26 mins): the renowned choreographer reflects upon a life in dance – and the trials and tribulations of working on It Couldn’t Happen Here
Always on My Mind (1987, 5 mins): the full-length promotional video for the Pet Shop Boys’ acclaimed ‘Christmas Number One’ hit, featuring Joss Ackland and footage from It Couldn’t Happen Here
Actually: an unfilmed early version of the script for the film, included here in its entirety for the first time anywhere
As it Happened: Image galleries including the complete final version of the script, the director’s shot lists, Pet Shop Boys reference lyric sheets and promotional materials for It Couldn’t Happen Here
Original theatrical trailer (digitally reconstructed for this release)
With the U.S. in the grip of a zombie apocalypse, four desperate survivors find refuge in a shopping mall. But the flesh-eating hordes, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, are drawn to the same destination. What follows is a nail-biting fight for survival. George A Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ remains one of the greatest horror films ever made, often imitated but never equaled, and is now presented in a brand new restoration.
UHD DISC 1: THE THEATRICAL CUT
New 4K scan and restoration of the Original Camera Negative by Second Sight at Final Frame New York and London supervised and approved by DoP Michael Gornick
Presented in HDR10+
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono – New restoration of the original OCN Optical / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Commentary by George A Romero, Tom Savini, Christine Forrest
NEW commentary by Travis Crawford
New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
UHD DISC 2 – THE EXTENDED (‘CANNES’) CUT
Produced using 4k scan of the Theatrical Cut Original Camera Negative and 4K scan of the Extended Cut Colour Reversal Internegative
DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
Presented in HDR10+
Commentary by Richard P Rubinstein
New optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
UHD DISC 3 – THE ARGENTO CUT
4K scan of the Interpositive by Michele De Angelis at Backlight Digital, Rome
Thanks to all the “stay at home” induced free time that I now have, I am finally making my way through the backlog of movies that I have purchased but have not watched. First up was the five Hammerfilm sets from Indicator in the UK. The sets have a pretty diverse range of films from Hammer … gothic horror, crime thrillers, adventure, and war movies. Out of the 20 movies, there was only one that I really disliked (Visa to Canton) with the rest all being solid. The ones that I consider to be favorites are listed in bold.
Hammer Volume One: Fear Warning!
1. Maniac (1963)
2. The Gorgon (1964)
3. The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)
4. Fanatic (1965)
Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent
1. The Snorkel (1958)
2. Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960)
3. The Full Treatment (1960)
4. Cash on Demand (1961)
Hammer Volume Three: Blood & Terror
1. The Camp on Blood Island (1958)
2. Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)
3. The Strangler’s of Bombay (1959)
4. The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
Hammer Volume Four: Faces of Fear
1. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
2. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
3. Taste of Fear (1961)
4. The Damned (1962)
Hammer Volume Five: Death & Deceit
1. Visa to Canton (1960)
2. The Pirates of Blood River (1962)
3. The Scarlett Blade (1963)
4. The Brigand of Kandahar (1965)
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Last Friday was another Zoom session with friends. I am not sure that I will get used to this kind of socializing. But, it’s better than nothing right now.
Speaking of movies … I have been working my way through the initial run of Amityville related films. I have never liked the original movie. So much potential that gets totally squandered. Amityville II: The Possession was actually pretty damn decent (all things considered). Amityville 3-D was kinda lame … but in 3-D (whoo!). Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes was made-for-TV-tastic (Patty Duke and Jean Wyatt!). Amityville: It’s About Time was just bad. Two more (A New Generation and Dollhouse) and I can get off this kick. And yes, I know it’s silly of me to think any of these movies are going to be any good. Ha, ha.
This legendary film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, Come and See is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made.
New 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins
New interview with director Elem Klimov’s brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov
Flaming Memory, a three-film documentary series from 1975–77 by filmmaker Viktor Dashuk featuring firsthand accounts of survivors of the genocide in Belorussia during World War II
Interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov
Interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko and production designer Viktor Petrov
How “Come and See” Was Filmed, a 1985 short film about the making of the film featuring interviews with Elem Klimov, Kravchenko, and writer Ales Adamovich
Theatrical rerelease trailer
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: Essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort
A couple of weeks ago, the boyfriend got diagnosed with Strep (and the Flu). Fun. I felt fatigued and not great all that week but managed not to get fully sick. Everyone was better for one day and then I came down with a cold. Ugh.
Thankfully, the one good day for me was the day we had long standing plans to go drink moonshine in Gatlinburg with A&A. We might have even thrown some cider from the Tennessee Cider Company in there.
Of course, we might have had to romp through the Mysterious Mansion. Spooky!
Michelle is unexpectedly back in town … now a refugee from China due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Even with me not at 100% (yay, cold), we went for burgers, beer, green bean fries and karaoke. Michelle seriously is the best.
And, on Saturday, we tripped down to Anderson, SC for a super tasty dinner at Reed’s. The Mac ‘N Cheese he made was off the chain!
The work week is now underway. Ugh. But, the big excitement for the week will be going to see The Lodge tomorrow night. Whoo!
Anyone has been around me since November 26, 2019 knows that I love Parasite … like LOVE, LOVE, LOVEIT!
(I have been following Bong Joon Ho since seeing The Host and am a huge fan of all of his films. Seriously. Seek out Mother and Memories of Murder immediately if you have not already seen them.)
Needless to say, I am super thrilled with what went down at the Oscars on Sunday night as I never though Parasite had a chance to win the top prize let alone walking away with FOUR top prizes. Yes! Sometimes the Academy voters get it right.
Last week, before it blew up on everyone’s radar, I snagged an original double-sided theatrical release poster that I paid waaaaaaaay too much money for. The plan is to get it framed and hang it in my office.
I have even switched my phone’s lock screen off of Captain America (Chris Evans … *drools*) and over to Parasite. Yeah. I am not obsessed.
I met up with Shortlegs this past Saturday afternoon for drinks, food, and (most importantly) gossip at Boojum Brewing. I had the Whistle Pig starter for my food … and OMG, I am in love. It’s soft pretzel sticks stuffed with pimento cheese and bacon and served with a spicy ranch for dipping. Heavenly (and I am sure it’s totally fat free)!
I am continuing to go to the local Rec Center on a fairly regular basis. Doing the weigh machines makes me feel pretty productive for the most part … but it’s depressing that I can’t seem to increase the weight on the bicep machine after several weeks of working at it. I guess I am destined to be a weakling even after working the muscles?
David and I have also started counting calories in an attempt at loosing weight. Checking serving sized and calories contained therein has become a bit of an obsessive task for me now. I have also switched from coffee to green tea in the mornings. I read on the internet that green tea can help boost your metabolism. Does it work? Who really knows … but it’s been nice to be doing something other than coffee every day. I have become totally hooked on Tazo’s Green Ginger tea. It’s also heavenly!
Tomorrow night some friends are coming over to watch Parasite. I am pretty excited about this as I love turning people on to my favorite films. And, if you have not seen it yet, you need to remedy that situation immediately. Seriously. It’s the best movie from last year hands down. Too bad Oscar probably won’t do the right thing this coming Sunday.
Yeah. Things have been going. Last week was stressful as one one my bosses ended up in the hospital and I had to cover all her work (on top of mine) for three days. Ugh. Thankfully, things are looking up and she was back at work today.
I took my sister to Biltmore. I love this picture I took (near the grand staircase) with lots of overlapping archways.
We went bowling with our friend, Chris, at Sky Lanes. My highest score was 86 which confirms that I suck as bowling. Here’s David getting ready to gutter-ball it. 😛
On the vinyl collecting front, I have FINALLY managed to acquire a first pressing of X‘s debut album, Los Angles. Score!
Meanwhile, meanwhile …
I watched two more of the Best Picture nominees.
– 1917 (Technically impressive but DOA as far as tension and emotional engagement.)
– Joker (It’s Taxi Driver-Lite. Just watch Taxi Driver. It’s sooooooooo much better!)
So, yeah. Totally bumfuzzled as to how Joker scored the most Oscar nominations this year. Parasite is still the movie to beat. Seriously. Go see Parasite!
After the subverted expectations of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, J.J. Abrams (and Disney) course corrects and gives fans what they want … even more rehashed/remixed plots elements from the original three movies. Didn’t The Force Awakens fill this particular void in aid of easing us back into the series? Now, I don’t mind fan service in movies. It can be fun if it’s done right (i.e. Avengers: Endgame). In The Rise of Skywalker it feels like it’s being done because the writers just don’t have any great original ideas. Or maybe they were scared that the toxic fanboys would crucify this movie like they did The Last Jedi. Regardless the reasons, we now have a series ender that is mildly entertaining but never as thrilling or as emotional engaging as it could/should be.
What’s the best way to not overeat and get too drunk at Thanksgiving? Why, plan a hike for 8:00 am the next morning! Jack, Josh and I romped over Waterrrock Knob then over Browing Knob then over the summit of Mt Lyn Lowry and out to the memorial cross on the ridge.
The view of Yellow Face and Blackrock Mountain from Browning Knob.
Looking towards Maggie Valley from the cross. Plott Balsam is the peak on the right.
Looking down into Waynesville from the cross.
The cross on Mt. Lyn Lowry.
And here’s some other things that have recently happened …
I made this year’s batch of egg nog. It’s damn tasty, if I do say so myself.
We went to taste wine at Biltmore with Alvin. We also got to have a glass of wine in the special Wine Club members only area of the Winery. Talk about feeling classy.
We went and saw Knives Out. I really dug it. As a friend said … “Let’s see, murder mystery, twisted humor, Chris Evans… yep, that checks out as a Chuck flick.” Ha, ha.
And I might have (yet again) gone crazy buying movies in all the Black Friday insanity. There will be a photo posted once all the online orders arrive. Someone needs to take my bank account away!
That stupid cat meme that’s been going around totally applies …
So, yeah. Hannibal is my favoritest show of all time (unless something in the future knocks it off its perch). Its mix of psychological drama, horror and art house styling is so totally up my alley.
Back when the show was airing, one of those online “on sale for 24 hours only” t-shirt places sold two Hannibal-inspired cereal themed shirts … Cannibal Crunch and Murder Grahams. Of course, I found out about them days after they had gone off sale and was unable to get them. Bummer.
Fast forward a couple of years, and it turns out they are available for purchase again. I found out in a totally convoluted manner that randomly involved my sister and an emergency room nurse. Go figure. Needless to say, these bad boys are now mine. Yay.
And seriously, if you have never watched Hannibal, seek it out … NOW!