Friday, July 28, 2006


I read an article recently saying that the
Star Trek animated series will finally be released this
fall/winter. I don't remember many of the episodes
distinctly, but it might be fun to revisit on DVD.
The Amazon page had mention of the series running
from 1973-1975. Has it really been 33 years?

Possible release date: November 21, 2006
4 discs, 22 episodes

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Another animated series that I recall a bit more is
Dungeons & Dragons. I found a page on Amazon showing
a DVD that is available, but I have heard a comprehensive
set is going to be on sale in the fall/winter. It's too bad
there weren't any toy tie-ins for this show. I guess the lead
miniatures that I painted obsessively were as good a toy
substitute as any.

It seems like there was some sort of stink raised by
certain groups when the show first aired. I think
the lead figurines posed more of a hazard.

Possible release date: November 7, 2006
4 discs, 27 episodes

Friday, July 14, 2006

The (Extortion) Ring Must Be Destroyed!

I was looking through some Web articles and noticed a piece
on NEW The Lord Of The Rings DVD releases--scheduled
for August 29th, 2006.

Here is a link to Amazon's write-up of TLOTR: The
Fellowship Of The Ring.

It sounds like there will be two discs in each movie's set.
Disc 1 will be the Extended Edition, Disc 2 the

Each disc will be double-sided, with each side being a
dual-layer (they call it a DVD-18). It also seems that
the viewer will have to flip a disc to continue each movie
(reminds me of the old Side A and Side B on vinyl records).
With the previous Extended Editions there was some
disc swapping going on, so I guess that's not so annoying.

Supposedly George Lucas will be doing this same sort
of sleight-of-hand with his OT Star Wars movies,
on September 12th, 2006.

As if to say, "Those DVDs in your collection,
they're not the versions you're looking for..."

The studios will be eager to see if this sort of trick works,
so they can pull it over and over, with Back To The
Future, The Matrix, The Terminator and others.

It would be cool if George Lucas could ship actual
movie reels in the Episode IV set, because that would
be a closer approximation to how I originally viewed it
in 1977. I would also need my "cool" polyester clothes
back, and an "eye-widener" (a la Clockwork Orange)
to equate the feeling of that first viewing.

Monday, July 10, 2006

New links in sidebar!

I added two new links to my sidebar:
Jim's excellent "Jim's Brain Online" and Thomas Dolby's personal Blog.
Both are loaded with great content. Plus they're fun to read.

For some reason I didn't abandon Thomas Dolby after the '80s
were over, and I'm glad. He just finished a tour, celebrated his
18th wedding anniversary (to Kathleen Beller--go find the movie
"The Sword and the Sorcerer" for perspective) and he always has
cool things to muse about.

Read and enjoy!