Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Futures end


Universal Studios Hollywood has announced the final
day of operation for its Back to the Future ride:
Sept. 3, Labor Day in the U.S.

The ride will be replaced by the new Simpsons ride,
which will open in Spring 2008.

The park also will be giving away a 1981 DeLorean as
pat of the festivites on Labor Day to close the ride.
Visitors can enter the drawing for the car at kiosks
in the park.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The beginning of the end.


Paris Hilton's inheritance seized by fed up grandfather!


Paris Hilton’s recent behaviour has sent her billionaire grandfather into fury — so much so that the hotel heiress-cum-jailbird will not see a cent of her $59 million inheritance.

The co-chairman of the famous hotel chain, Conrad ‘Barron’ Hilton, has instead decided to plough his fortune into a charitable foundation in an effort to carry on family tradition.
And the 79-year-old has also cut off his 11 other grandchildren in the name of philanthropy.
"He was, and is, extremely embarrassed by how the Hilton name has been sullied by Paris," says Jerry Oppenheimer, author of House Of Hilton. "He doesn't want to leave unearned wealth to his family." (That is how out of touch Hiltons are with reality. How long did it take Conrad to notice Paris is a fuckwad?)
Hilton senior recently acquired a hefty $2.4 billion after selling off a massive chunk of his hotel chain to private equity firm Blackstone.

Given her grandfathers disapproval, Miss Hilton is now working hard to cash in on her fame while she can.

The Daily Mail reports that Hilton recently made an impromptu performance at a karaoke night in an LA nightclub where she performed her painful rendition of Bette Davis Eyes before launching into her own, self-proclaimed ‘smash’ Stars Are Blind.
The paper suggested any stars in the crowd would have wished they were deaf instead.
Her close friends report she intends to release a new album soon even though her debut Paris barely made a dent in the charts, with one critic describing her singing as "like (somebody) having an asthma attack".
Hilton has recently begun singing lessons with Madonna’s voice coach Seth Riggs for her newest album which is due out in spring this year.
She is also set to star in a new MTV cartoon and a Bollywood film whose director is said to be keen to cast her in the role of Mother Teresa.

Hilton was recently locked up for 23 days after she was busted driving her Bentley with a suspended license following a drunk driving conviction.

Prior to that, the world played voyeur when her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon leaked a video of the two engaged in a sex romp. The One Night In Paris video is due for re-release in special 'collectable prison packaging'.

More Monkeys doing Star Wars




Sunday, July 29, 2007

You will click the link.





STAR WARS FANS CANT RESIST THIS LINK

Then there is this one

The real reason JAR JAR's role was cut down to pretty much nothing.

Shirley's dirty secret.

Re-read the story (click here) again and again.



Its just the cats way of smuggling you into CAT HEAVEN! Enjoy that Heavenly tune!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Chris Brown asks "Does this video make me look gay?"

Of course it does.

Now that I look at it again the uncoordinated walking, wide eyes staring at a over saturated and distorted world plus the spasmodic dancing suggests Chris has been hittin' the glass pipe for about 5 days. Dancing with his hallucination kinda drives it home.
It makes you look high and gay!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Damon's





The fearless director hard at work getting other people drunk.

Magick Films invites you to a Tiki-fest

Tiki-fest at the REAL Tiki-room...
DAMON'S!

Aloha!
On Thursday July 26th between 7pm and 9pm come on down and booze it up! Damon's has been in business for 70 years and for the first time has paired with Magick Films to bring you this special night. Magick Films will be there and Director Scott Mabbutt will be the special guest bartender for the evening. Damon's is famous for their Mai Tai's and, my personal favorite, The Chi Chi. If you've never had a Mai Ti at Damon's you've never had a Mai Ti. The Chi Chi's will knock your tiki-socks off.



And whats better than Tiki-booze in a tiki bar?
Well...
Tiki booze served up by the master of Tiki Scott Mabbutt.
Come on down and have the Director of THE DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS and PREDATORS FROM BEYOND NEPTUNE serve you up some much needed summer Tiki cheer. Magick films will be there with special, one of a kind, Tiki prizes for lucky Tiki-lovers.
"Hang Ten" with the filmmakers in a truly outstanding tiki setting.


This is an all out anything goes event. Magick Films will bring its own special brand of Tiki that will only happen during this event. This has never happened in Damon's 70 year history. Come down and enjoy this truly historic evening. Get your tiki gear on or come as you are.

For 70 years Damon's Steak House has been a staple of the Glendale Tiki Community. This highly underrated Tiki palace is located just minutes from Hollywood and Studio City, about 3 hours away from San Diego and its not at all near Eugene Oregon.



For directions and general information on Damon's click HERE


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

The Bowie and Cher Show

V. is for VARIETY and thats what you get here in spades! I'm floored.




And for a little BIZZARO WORLD here is this priceless clip:

CNR -bic

Saturday, July 21, 2007

A monkey could have done it!

Harry Potter


This was the line to pick up your pre-ordered copy of the final Harry Potter book. The book became availible at midnight and this was the line at 8:00 p.m.
This snaked down the parking structure stairs and onto the first floor and into the store.

I was there with my camera in the event Christians showed up to protest the release of the book. When the previous book was released there was a group of folk singing hymes and preaching the word to the unsaved folk buying the books.
I had hoped they would return for this book release and I waited and waited and they never came.
"Father.... Why have you foresaken me?"


So I went to IKEA and bought cute little picture frames!

It can happen!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Travolta-quote/mental picture of the day

"I was asked to dance by Sean Connery. We were at a party for Frank Sinatra and we were on our way out, my wife and I were leaving. "And he (Connery) said, 'John, where you going?' And I said, 'I've got to go home, I'm filming tomorrow.' And he said, 'Before you dance with me?' And I said, 'Alright.' "Who's going to turn down Bond? So we ended up dancing together. The whole party stopped... "I just couldn't believe I was dancing with 007. It was a good feeling, dancing with a big icon like that was awesome."

Just try and say them there words without doing the voices.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Flying Bots

CARBONDALE, Colo. Jul 17, 2007

Doctors thought the strange, bleeding bumps on Aaron Dallas' head might be from gnat bites or shingles. Then the bumps started moving. A doctor found five active bot fly larvae living beneath the skin atop Dallas' head.

"I'd put my hand back there and feel them moving. I thought it was blood coursing through my head," Dallas told the (Glenwood Springs) Post Independent.
"I could hear them. I actually thought I was going crazy."
Dallas said he likely received the larval infestation while on a trip to Belize this summer. Bot fly infections are not uncommon in parts of Central and South America.

Adult bot flies are hairy and look like bees, without bristles. The larvae, which are about one-third the size of a penny, were living in a pit 2- to 3- millimeters wide. They were removed Thursday.

"It was weird and traumatic," said Dallas, of Carbondale. "I would get this pain that would drop me to my knees."
After a specialist told him he might have shingles, Dallas tried different creams and salves. But the pain only got worse.
"When I saw him again, it was pretty obvious something else was going on," said Dr. Kimball Spence, who could see the spots moving on Dallas' head. "There's an open pit. You see a little activity, not necessarily the larvae, but a fluctuation of the fluid in the pit."

Dallas' wife, Midge Dallas, teased him about it.
"I told him, 'I will love you through your maggots,'" she told the newspaper.

But Dallas saw little to laugh about.
"It's much funnier to everyone else," he said. "It makes my stomach turn over. It was cruel."

The bot fly eggs are transmitted via mosquito bites, and the larvae grow in the subcutaneous tissue before pupating. Med students are taught (in medical school doncha know) that one way of getting the larvae out is to put a steak over the hole, 'suffocating' the larva, which then burrows into the steak over several hours. Looks like there are several other ways to do this, too. Ain't nature fun...?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Mitt-information



Columbine was quite a while ago and we have learned to deal with it. What we haven't learned to do is stand up to a dictator. We don't need more information police we need a leader.
Crawl back into your insulated cocoon and continue to ignore the real problems like oh... War, Healthcare IN THIS COUNTRY, Equal Rights, National Debt, Global Warming,

you know...


those things you don't talk about.



Is the next election going to be The "Special" Election?
You know what I mean.

The rest of Inflatable Boy Clams


The rest of the "Clams" songs consist of the very funny "I'm Sorry" and the forgettable "Boys Town." There were no more songs from this group. I find them infectious in a good way.

Play I'm Sorry

Play Boys Town

There is only one site on the whole world wide hyperglobalnet that is devoted to their music.
If you want to know more please visit Inflatable Boy Clams

More of the best music ever.

If there was ever a popular song from The Inflatable Boy Clams this was it.
A Halloween Favorite:

Play Skeletons

The "B" side of this 45rpm single was a song called snoteleckS. It was the "A" side in reverse. Somehow I like the "B" side better.

Play snoteleckS

I'm going to share something very special with you.

This is one of my favorite songs. I know you haven't heard it before and if you have it's probably been while you were in my car.



Play MARIN by the Inflatable Boy Clams

A "stage-door Johnny?"

There was a time when these two worlds came together. Merv Griffin and Debbie Harry. Who woulda thunk it?

How could there have been any question about Merv's gayness?
Clearly Merv is gay. Not just any gay, but that annoying prissy know-it-all gay. You know the kind who says things like "But I'm your Auntie Mame" and laughs for 30 minutes at himself. "Get it I'm your Auntie MAME! Oh I'm such a riot. Another Remy Martin won't you please Aguello? Snap snap!! Don't you just love his ass?"

I dislike Merv. He is annoying.

Booze it up buddy!


Andres Vasquez, 20, of Verona, Ky., initially told the 911 operator in May that someone had "thrown" his truck on top of him, but he finally admitted he was drunk, had had a one-vehicle accident, was trapped upside-down and was in dire pain, fading in and out for over two hours to the dispatcher. The operators pleaded the entire time for Vasquez to just say where he was so that they could send a rescue party, but, as the Kentucky Enquirer put it, "When repeatedly asked his location, (Vasquez's) answer was always the same: 'I'm under the fuckin' truck.'" (He finally gave a clue and was rescued.) [Kentucky Enquirer, 5-18-07]

Vegemite




Be happy you live in a country where you don't have to listen to this commercial jingle at every commercial break.

We're happy little Vegemites

As bright as bright can be.

We all enjoy our Vegemite

For breakfast, lunch, and tea.

Our mother says we're growing

stronger every single week.

Because we love our Vegemite.

We all adore our Vegemite.

It puts a rose in every cheek!

We're growing stronger every week.

It's Australia's answer to that Oscar Mayer song.

If you haven't had the pleasure of Vegemite on toast you haven't lived.
Salty black vegetable tar.
Think of a potato with bleeding bowels. That bloody potato bowel movement is what Vegemite tastes like.

This was always in the house when I was growing up.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

No Smoking in the Skullcave Rocks!

Questions from dearest Becca at No Smoking In The Skullcave

I have only started reading your blog recently (I enjoy it quite a bit by the way) so I thought this would be a good opportunity to get to know you a little better. I personally think you can learn a lot about someone by asking them about pop culture favorites…so here goes.



A. Beatles, Rolling Stones or neither?

Beatles.
In fact the Beatles thing is kind of sick. I'm going to answer this first question on the list with a list that you are welcome to question.
My top five Beatles tracks currently are:
1. Norwegian Wood (This bird has flown) Take 4.21st Oct 1965
2. Norwegian Wood (This bird has flown) Take 2. John Barrett mix
3. Strawberry Fields Forever Take 26 RM9 15th Dec. 1966
4. Across The Universe Take 8 8th Feb 1968
5. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Take 5 5th June 1968
Rolling Stones are good for only one album. Let It Bleed.

B. What are you 5 favorite movies?

I'm often asked what is my favorite movie and I'm at a loss at how to answer that. If I am to list my five favorite films I'd need to put them in some sort of sub-category. Lets try five favorite films I can watch over and over and not end up hating. (in no particular order)
1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
2. Forbidden Zone.
3. The Empire Strikes Back.
4. Ghidorah:The Three Headed Monster (US English language re-cut)
5. Vertigo.

C. Betty or Veronica or Jughead or Archie?

Veronica all the way.
She is one hot cominatrix. Shes is beautiful with her blue-black hair and wide-eyed zombie doll stare. I used to get her and Betty confused because I thought Veronica looked more like a Betty (Paige) than that suck-ass blonde ever did.

2. You in a recent meme said you had written “a gay porn by gleaning dialog from two very well known films”. I’m not sure how involved you have been in the industry…but do you have any fun stories to share?

Hmm. Fun...

no.

My first day on a porn set really freaked me out. I was not used to porn "office" chat. It took some getting used to. When someone says "he tore my ass open" with the same tone as someone saying "the copier is jammed" it kinda takes you by surprise. On one shoot I had the displeasure of operating the "pooch" light. That is the handheld light source for those clinical close-ups. You get to see a lot of things you wish you had never seen. It was at that time that I realized how grateful I am for the limitations of the standard definition television and ADR. I used to play a game. Just a little game in my head. I used to play "What's you damage." I used to try and guess what horrible chain of events brought these poor souls to this career. I'd study them. I used make up little stories to justify how the actors got to this point in their life. I stopped playing when I saw someone looking at me the same way. I found out I'm not the only one who plays that game.
A very dear friend become an actor. He is still a dear friend that I love very much. I'm very happy he is no longer in front of the camera. It can be a dark and depressing place. For anyone who has worked in advertising and want to make a career change to the world of porn: don't do it! You be plunging yourself into a cruel world much worse than the one you are in now.

3. Where did the name of your blog “Sequoia Sempervirens” come from and why did you chose it?


I used to have a blog called THE ARGOSY BOOKSHOP. When I shut that blog down I wanted to replace it with another that had a name from the same origin. The film Vertigo. Sequoia Sempervirens is mentioned in Vertigo. Scotty Ferguson takes Madeline to the redwoods. She becomes agitated when he tells her Sequoia Sempervirens means always green, ever-living.
Its more than a name to her. It points out her mortality. For her it's not fair that the trees keep on living long after she has died.
My blog may indeed outlive me and I thought it an appropriate name.


4. What do you think the greatest cult movie of all time is and why?

The fact is The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the greatest cult movie to date. Synonymous with the term "cult movie" It is the cornerstone of the cult film genre. It may not be the best but because it is so well known it cannot be passed overlooked as the king (or queen) of cult films.


But that wasn't an answer to your question was it? The question is (1)what do I THINK is the greatest cult movie and (2)why? Thats actually two questions so I'll address them one at a time starting with the second.

2.It played in the movie houses for 10 years not just selected theaters but ALL the movie houses in its country. It was a masterpiece of cinema yet some people refuse to see the art and only see the lies. You can replace the lead with President Bush and the film would seem exactly the same. Innocent people were murdered because of this film.

1. Triumph of the Will.


5. Just read your review of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. What in your opinion is the MOST horrific scene in that movie and why? And no you can’t say the whole movie…even though that would probably be a pretty damn valid response.

Oh my god there is so much I despise.... where to begin?
You have forced me to watch the film again to see what cinematic moment causes bile to rise into my throat and my fists to clench in rage. OK while I am repulsed by the entire film I have to say the worst part comes near the end of the film. The Pepperland weather-vane spins wildly out of control and turns into Billy Preston. The entire three minutes after that is so repulsive on so many levels it defies description. If you are a Beatles fan you'll know why. Preston the piano player on "Get Back" whores himself off for no reason. Anyone in the world could have done it but the fact it's Billy Preston who is singing GET BACK is pretty repulsive. Think of it this way: If you wanted someone to do the next Indiana Jones film but the only actor you could get was that Short-Round kid, Would you do it? Hell no ! The other repulsive thing is the very end of the film in which they try, unsuccessfully, to recreate a version of the Peppers album cover by using people like Leif Garrett and Carol Channing.



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She booty bumped Crystal.

The final line in this clip is just too much. I can't be the only one laughing at this. Am I?

Let's go Dutch!



Keeping with the theme of odd workouts.

Be like the mighty Poodle.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Owl Transformer

I swear it turns into a cat. Just watch its face.

Hot actor proves he's an idiot.

Today is the day the rumors start flying. Mark it on your calender as "Contdown to breakdown."

Shemar Moore better embrace himself or hire a new P.R. firm.

I 'll still fall asleep halfway thru.



How many versions are out there now?
Lets see:
The original theatrical release.
Countless cable TV recuts.
The directors cut that played in Westwood for two weeks and was never seen again.
The other directors cut that made it to dvd.

And now the other other directors cut. Now called THE FINAL CUT.
Coming in September you'll now be able to own the true directors cut of Blade Runner.
(until they decide to recut it... again.)

If you know of any other versions let me know.

I can think of only one other contemporary Sci-Fi film that has more official recuts. Any guesses as to what that film could be?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The real film will be nothing like this.

I stumbled across the Chris Columbus Indy4 script. Here is little bit that gave me a chuckle:

THE MOORS - SEVERAL MINUTES LATER

NIGHT has fallen. It is very DARK. A RELUCTANT Indiana has joined the
Inspector and the other Policemen. They LEAD the townspeople along the
foggy moors. Slowly, carefully, the villagers SEARCH... CREEPING...
their faces tense, many unable to hide their FEAR. A summer wind sends
an eeire HOWL whistling through the night air. Blue MOONLIGHT bathes
the moors, creating stark, frightening shadows.

An expression of ANGER and ANNOYANCE cover Indiana's face. He GRUMBLES
to MacGowan.

INDIANA
Do you value our friendship, Mac?

MACGOWAN
More than me' nightly pint.

INDIANA
Then this better not be some wild
goose chase...

MACGOWAN
T'ain't wild geese we're after,
Doctor Jones. You got me' word on
that...
(sincere)
...and a MacGowan's word is truer
than an angel's kiss!

There is a sudden SCREAM! One of the villagers STUMBLES UPON
something. Everyone GATHERS around the villager.

A CORPSE lies before them. The body has a somewhat rubbery appearance,
as if all of its bones had been BROKEN. The man's pale, greenish face
is FROZEN in a hideous grimace. Indiana and MacGowan STARE in shock.
The villagers WHISPER among themselves.

YOUNG MAN
Scotty Ferguson.

OLD WOMAN
He's the eighth.

MAN
Just like the others...all his bones
busted...crushed...

OLD MAN
Whatever's killin' people around
here ain't human.

If you actually want to read this fine fine rejected script click on the title of this post.

For Jango Speck



iSMOKE

Kwik-E-Mart




Well I finally made it to the Kwik-E-Mart. There is no line at 4 a.m.
I was greeted with a pissed off delivery guy who could not understand that the store cannot close while he makes his deliveries. It must be what he's used to. He was dragging a dolly thru the front door and said to me "You see me right? Fuckin shit ..." He trailed off. The guy behind the counter was doing his best Apu impression and it was very surreal.
My purchase of a Box of Krusty-O's came complete with a conversation I could not follow as the convienence store manager told me how pissed he was at the driver.
I wasn't sure if this was some sort of schtick... then out it came. THANKyouCOMEagain.

I'm still not sure.


It's not worth waiting in a line around the block but it sure is was a nice way to end a long graveyard shift.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Charles Lane

He made a career of being the jerk, sometimes with the heart of gold but mainly just the jerk.

Charles passed away Monday evening a little after 9pm. He was 102.

What if his last name were Murdoch?

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Hell family has protested to a Catholic school in Australia after it objected to enrolling their son because of his name.

Officials said the boy had been offered a place at the St. Peter the Apostle school in the southern city of Melbourne after discussions among the principal, the parish priest and the family over his last name.

But Alex Hell, 45, said he would rather send 5-year-old Max elsewhere because the school balked at taking the boy because of his family name. Hell said he had Austrian heritage and that the name means "bright."

Hell, a Roman Catholic father of three, said he and his wife initially offered to enroll Max using his mother's maiden name, Wembridge, but later changed their minds.

"It just didn't sit right," Hell told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

He said the school withdrew its offer of enrollment for the boy, and only backed down when Hell took his story to the media.

The organization overseeing Catholic schools in Melbourne issued a statement to the media that acknowledged the dispute, but did not give details or address Hell's claim that the initial enrollment offer had been withdrawn.

In the statement, director of Catholic Education Stephen Elder said using the boy's mother's name was the parents' idea to "assist the child in the transition of schools."

"After discussions between the parish priest and principal, St. Peter the Apostle School has made an offer of enrollment to the student," Elder said. "The school is working with the family in the best interests of the child."

It did not mention Hell's claim that the school had initially refused to enroll his son using that name.

Yet another great marquee.

Plucked from MYCONFINEDSPACE.COM

Monday, July 9, 2007

Harry Potter


Radcliffe sporting his new "straight" meth addict look.

you don't know her... she lives in Canada

Michael Bay had actually claimed that he met his biological father and he is someone super duper special. Better than your dad or my dad. Even better than the stupid ol useless non-famous dad who raised him.
He just couldn't keep the story at that and finally the name slipped from his own mouth.

John Frankenheimer



When I think of Michael Bay two pictures quickly flash in my head and the words come flying out like a dog spitting bees...


.








Ass-clown

Junk Thief just made my day a little brighter

...America's greatest contribution has been to
teach the world that getting old is such a drag.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Tiki-riffic

The Egyptian Theater is currently having a three day Tiki-fest.
Scott and I went down to check out the tiki crowd.
The afternoon started out with a tiki find from Kevin Kidney. A 16mm print of the 1963 ABC series Hawaiian Eye. This print came complete with bumpers and commercials. What a treat to see a tiki-themed show that is supposed to take place in Hawaii but in actuality was filmed in Burbank. Lots of Hansard rear-screen projection. What a hoot.
The highlight of the episode was a SALEM commercial from 1963. It is similar to the one on this page but way more ridiculous.
The one we saw was also black and white yet opened with a very odd line about "freshness" being pink and green. HUH?
The knock out punch from this commercial was the like "There's freshness in every puff" I think I pee'd a little. It's OK its a movie seat everyone does it.

Then they had a nice little tiki luau complete with dancers and live tiki music and pineapple upside down cake. Oh and booze.
Then after about two hours of milling about chatting and visiting the three vendor carts selling very cool tikicrafts we returned to the theater to see the SHAG documentary THE SOPHISTICATED MISFIT.

It was there SHAG told us he is designing the art for the Haunted Mansion's 40th anniversary. Time to save my pennies.
He is the perfect artist for the anniversary.


Here is a picture of Scott and SHAG as they chat it up.

And Luke saves the day.

Click on the title of this post to purchase this fine film.


Thanks to Luke for creating this outstanding poster.

Friday, July 6, 2007

More of the Re-re-re-re-release of THE OUTER LIMITS.

image does not contain M80 tracking codes. So there!




This is a follow-up post.
Outer Limits season one part one.
The DVD's arrived from Internet viral marketing house M80. Nikki Pierce did not supply anything other than the DVDs. No note. No thank you. Nothing. Odd dontcha think?


If you want a review of the series check out IMDB. I'll just be ranting with little raving about technical side of the two crappy DVD's they just sent me.

The DVDs are distributed from FOX but the content is the same as the DVDs released in 2004. There is no indication that this was remastered for the FOX release. In fact there only mention of FOX is on the case and cardboard sleeve. The disc is pure MGM at its uncaring best. Don't get me wrong I love MGM its just that... They don't have the wherewithal to restore projects correctly.

So... lets talk about these DVDs. They are (get this) DVD18. Dual sided DVDs Basically Two DVD9 glued back to back. I'm unsure who did the replication but I can tell you they did a piss poor job. The disc edges are ragged and each half is misaligned. I can actually slip my fingernail in between the two halves of the disc. Each side looks uniformly birefringent however the misalignment of the discs halves could throw the spin off a bit. The DVD18 format stability has been in question since its creation. The format has a reputation for skipping.
It's not the best way to release a series but it does save on packaging. Two slimline cases in a cardboard sleeve instead of a fold out of four discs.

The packaging is crap. No booklet. Nothing. No added material to make you feel like you just made a great purchase. Nothing. I have buyers remorse and I just got these things for free. The box these two slimline cases came in has minimal information about the show. Basically the episode names and the air dates and no additional info on the series.
The slimline cases contain the same info as the back of the box. That means that case "1" has the episodes for case "2" included on it and visa versa.
Way to go lazy asses!
MGM/FOX generously included an advert for their other releases slipped inside the cardboard box along with a DVD drop-in electronic tag. The same type of tag that would set off the alarm at Virgin Mega-store if you tried to walk out with this box set shoved in your pants.
I'll treasure this tag always. It is the only special thing about this set.

There has been nothing done to these episodes since the original video transfers back in the 1980s. Episodes are spotted with gluemarks, waterstains, neg dust, you name it.
THERE HAS BEEN NO RESTORATION OF THIS SERIES. It is sorely needed.

Why they released this set is beyond me. I don't know why MGM (now FOX) does not do a restoration project with this series? Damn I'd buy this series on Blu-Ray or HD-DVD (whichever way we go) if a proper restore can be done.
Hell if the series was restored that alone would force me into upgrading my AV system.

This disc set makes me not want to buy a dvd ever again.

This is just a repackage of the old set and there are no special features.

The menu is actually insulting to fans and I found myself embarrassed to have it on. The simple loop menu is a really supercheesey female/male computerized voice doing an updated version of the" Control Voice" . "...There is nothing wrong with your DVD...We control your DVD... " You get the idea. The whole idea of getting this series on DVD is to enjoy it in the best possible form it can be. If I wanted an updated version I would have purchased the updated remade series not the original.

MGM clearly has no clue who the audience is for this show and to make matters worse, it's as if they contracted an elementary school student to create the menu for this DVD. It would be difficult for me to create such uninteresting menus on my laptop. I am simply forced to create better menus by default. Honestly iDVD can do a better job at automatically creating menus.

Back in 2004 MGM released this same set. The entire first season was included in the set. For some reason this new release has split the first season into two boxed sets. If you own the previous release there is no reason to buy this. No one has cared about the show but you. Certainly no one at MGM or FOX cares.

The audio is the one good thing about these discs. 2.0 Dolby mono. There is nothing worse than an over zealous fan involved on a project who needs to mix mono audio into 5.1 By remixing they usually screw it up. It takes skill and not very many places can do it correctly. If they do create a 5.1 mix they tend not to include the original audio. If this series does eventually get remastered be sure to keep these things handy as they are likely to screw the audio up during the remastering. Minimal hiss. Low end and high end are crappy but the audio is clean for the most part.

Video is God awful. Possibly sourced from a D1 or even D2 master. Banding (or as some like to call it "ringing") galore with poor contrast. Blacks are never rich and whites never pop. blocking is a big problem. For a black and white DVD this sure sucks.Well... here is part of the problem. Instead of going to a real DVD authoring house MGM decided to cut corners and use Sunset Post. In my opinion they don't have the equipment or trained personnel to create a quality DVD. Certainly not in 2003-2004. Why didn't they do this at deluxe, Technicolor or Ascent Media? Oh yeah... Money. Sunset must have outbid them. Well... ya get what you pay for. The bad thing for MGM is their need to tighten their belt has carried on down the line and now FOX is releasing an inferior product.


Oh, one final nail in the coffin of this DVD set:
MGM and FOX and M80 claim this set is in color. Everything put out by MGM/FOX and the fine viral marketing company M80 claim the series is in color. The box says otherwise thank God but the online release says its color. What does that tell you about the communication within these companies? I let them know last week that the website is wrong and it has not been changed. So much for consumer feedback being vital. They don't listen!

That means M80 sucks too for not listening to me. It is their job to listen.
You can come and pick up these DVDs at my convenience.

So that's my review. I could add more hateful barbs but why waste my time?

Whats not to love? (click here to buy)

Ya like sexy women right? Well?
DO YOU?

I thought so.

Well then do you like Vampires? HUH? Speak up I can't hear you!
Ok ok Well do you like absinthe? What you've never tried absinthe? What kind of a pussy are you?
Do you like a good scare now and then?
If you want some sexy yet frightening smokin' hot absinthe drinkin' lesbian vampire action I suggest you buy:


Click on the title of this post and you'll be taken to a site that is selling a super top secret version of this film. If you enjoy horror and the macabre you'll want this DVD.



See:
The seedy underbelly of a sleepy community get ravaged by the beautiful ageless immortals.

See:
Drunken bar scum meet their horrible fate!

Hear:
Their victims cry out in terror as they are torn to pieces.

Witness:
The perfect girlfriend become too perfect.

Take pleasure:
In the siren vampire dance for it will be the last thing you see.

Feel:
Fear. Those who cannot die are coming for you.

Give:
A bum money. A kind gesture may come back to you.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

This is amazing.


It explains copyright fair use by using Disney cartoon clips. This deserves an award.

8 simple things you never knew.

Mary Bishop has tagged me with one of those list thingys.

Here are the chain letter rules:
Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

I) I used to act until I realized I wasn't any good at it.

2) I played the prom date that raped "a tv actress" in her TV movie life story. I was cast simply because I looked like the guy who raped her not on my acting ability.

3) I cast the nude actors and ended up being Joe Dallesandro's body double for a Zalman King film.

4) I wrote a gay porn by gleaning dialog from two very well known films. One film was a Jodie Foster "space film" and other was a sequel to the biggest dinosaur film ever. It is currently available at your local smut shop. It was the most dialog those actors ever read. All 12 pages.

5) I don't eat anything that comes out of the ocean.

6) I don't eat any meat if it contains bones or if I can recognize the part of the animal it came from. For the most part all meat must be very well done. I don't want any soul in the meat when I eat it. It's nuts, I know... but that's the way it has to be. Well done and soul-less.

7) I bite my nails unless things are going really bad then I forget to bite them and they grow way too long.

8) I can swim... sort of. It's more of a dog paddle. I am afraid of drowning so as a rule I do not go swimming. The ocean frightens me so you'll never catch me in it. Ever. To avoid any problems I just tell people I can't swim.


I'm not going to be tagging anyone because I want you all to tell your stories at your own pace. Yes these are things that wont bother me if they try to rear their ugly heads later.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Pirates!

Not just any ol' Disneyfied Pirates but pirates for Jesus! (I just wanted to say butt pirates for Jesus.) This is one confounding video. First they claim Jesus has paralyzed the devil. Not just stopped the devil from doing whatever it is that the devil does but actually paralyzed him. Broke his back and put him in a wheelchair.
Twisted middle American ideals at work.

The lyrics speak of the devil distorting the truth. This is coming from two pirate puppets who tell me the devil is an invalid paralyzed from the waist down? Distortion of truth? How can you distort bible stories any more than they are?
These little pirates found a way!
Oh... I forgot to mention that they basically call anyone who uses a chair a loser. Thank you insensitive children's pirate puppets for Jesus.




Paralyzed!! Paralyzed! Come on everybody SING ALONG!

That ping That horrible ping!

What was the noise that told you to change the slide during film strips? A xylophone?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Have a nice fourth of July

We are no longer independent.

That day will come.

Hold your celebrating until 1/20/09.
That's when we really will be free.

Monday, July 2, 2007

CRAZY


Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is diversifying, airing her Dirty Laundry in Nevada as she makes plans for a legal brothel for women.



Dirty Laundry is a 24-hour, coin-operated laundry - 13 washers and 14 dryers - the one-time leader of a high-priced ring of call girls to the stars is opening at a shopping center in Pahrump, west of Las Vegas.

Fleiss, who has become an avid collector of parrots and macaws since moving to Pahrump, said she decided to open the laundromat after the death of one of her pets, a macaw named Dalton.
"I had to force myself to do something," she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Nothing in my 41 years - nothing - ever affected me like this."
Fleiss moved to Nye County in late 2005, after serving a jail term for running the prostitution ring, and announced plans to open "Heidi's Stud Farm" in the town of Crystal, about 20 miles north of Pahrump.
The 20-man operation would be Nevada's first legal bordello catering exclusively to female customers. It still needs approval from the Nye County Liquor and Licensing Board, and Fleiss said she plans to submit an application within the next three months.
"I have at least 400 women who are ready to buy a membership," and men applying for jobs, she said.