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The STREET TRASH BLU is being delayed for a good reason…
Monday May 6th, 2013
It is with great sadness this morning that I must tell you all that our Blu-ray of STREET TRASH is being delayed slightly. Just slightly. Unfortunately, our remastering of STREET TRASH has been plagued with similar restoration issues we had a little over a year ago with THOU SHALT NOT KILL… EXCEPT (LINK
Before I begin, I want to apologize for this. It’s frustrating for all involved, and we at Synapse feel absolutely awful about it but, for me personally, this project is currently in a state that I refuse to release. I have discussed it with my business partner, Jerry Chandler, and we both agree that the delay, to fix the issues at hand, is more important than to release a botched product to our fans, and to the marketplace, just to meet a deadline.
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DRAGON DYNASTY DOUBLE FEATURE #2
36th Chamber and 36th Chamber of Shaolin
DVD: October 9, 2012
List Price: $19.99
Dragon Dynasty Double Feature #2 featuring:
Disciples of the 36th Chamber
36th Chamber of Shaolin
DRAGON DYNASTY DOUBLE FEATURE #3
Born to Fight/Heroes of the East
DVD: May 15, 2013
List Price: $19.99
Dragon Dynasty Double Feature #3 featuring:
Born to Fight
Heroes of the East
DRAGON DYNASTY TRIPLE FEATURE
Invisible Target/City of Violence/Dog Bite Dog
DVD: March 12, 2013
List Price: $19.99
Includes Invisible Target/City of Violence/Dog Bite Dog
Setlist courtesy of Brian
The first band that I fell for was The Smiths. By the time I discovered
Morrissey (on the Johnny Carson show in 1991), The Smiths were long
When I said that I fell for the band, I really meant it …
Yeah, I know, I missed Marr at the Varsity Theater, but I think I got a
better deal with a personal one-on-one with the legendary guitarist at Twin Town Guitars
. An employee there (Andrew Bell) said that Marr stayed over three hours to sign and personally talk to everyone in line:
"He is that kind of person, and he did stay until everyone in line had a
chance to ask questions, greet him and get a personalized autograph.
He's a great, generous person. He stayed at Twin Town for over three
hours greeting fans."
It did make me think that I went to see Johnny Marr + the Healers at
First Avenue on Wednesday, May 7th, 2003. I still have a stolen poster,
which lists a couple of key things about that show: (1) it was a
21-and-over gig, (2) $20 at 6pm, (3) DAMF booked and presented the show,
(4) Drive 105 was promoting it, and (5) Paloalto was the opener. This
was a decade ago, so I actually have a very poor memory of it. I
remember I was in front, it wasn't that crowded and I did touch Johnny
Marr's arms and guitar.
Special thanks to Brian who provided a photograph of the setlist from
that night. Yes, no Smiths songs, which was disappointing, but hey, he
threw in a Bob Dylan cover for "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right".
On another note (and I did verify this with Marr when I met him) that
Johnny Marr wanted to recruit Ian Brown (Stone Roses) to sing for his
pre-Smiths band called Freak Party. Obviously that all changed when The
Nosebleeds' Morrissey became singer of Freak Party. This information
was from STONE ROSES: WAR AND PEACE book from St Martin's Press. I will
have a review of the book up very soon.
The weather here in Minneapolis blows. It is freezing and I think it
even snow for a bit on Wednesday. I thought they said it was going to
snow today (05/03)! Yes, we're talking May 2013. Will Spring ever
arrive? I came out of hibernation earlier last month, but it looks like
I might have to stay indoors for a bit longer.
MY NEX CAMERA
I have a new camera. After rave reviews from Engadget
(and other places), I have purchased the Sony NEX-3N. This is the
perfect camera that I've been looking for: a small/compact camera that
can produce DSLR-quality photographs. I did request a few recent shows
to do some real-world testing: Twin Forks (previously known as Twin Falls)
and Cloud Cult at First Avenue
The former had terrible low-light (as usual for 7th Street!) I will try
and see a show at Triple Rock - certainly the worst when it comes to bad
For the price ($500) the NEX-3N is quite a bargain, considering its more
expensive brother (NEX-5N) is double the cost but only offer slightly
better options. The only downfall in this nearly perfect camera is its
battery life. Shooting a regular show with turning on and off (for a
total of on-time of about 15 minutes), will drain the battery to about
80%. Charging also seems to take forever. Otherwise, I am so impressed
with the camera that I may invest in and get a 200mm e-mount lens. The
kit lens only zooms in about 50mm.
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU
This Saturday is known as Star Wars Day (May the 4th). It's also Free
Comic Book Day, which usually falls after or near a release of a comic
book movie. This year, it would seem that FCBD is following Iron Man 3,
which comes out this Friday.
Although I thought the first Iron Man movie was alright, I wasn't that
excited to see the sequel, and probably less than excited to see the
upcoming movie. I'll probably pick up the Blu-Ray, but will probably
skip the theatrical release.
Anyway, if you live near a comic book store, just show up on Saturday
and get free comic books. Lists of free comics is available on www.freecomicbookday.com
Some comics of interests:
SUPERMAN SPECIAL EDITION
TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES
WALKING DEAD SPECIAL
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE HULK AGENTS OF SMASH #1
DC NATION SUPER SAMPLER #1
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS
VALIANT MASTERS SHOWCASE ED (mostly for Barry Windsor-Smith)
SET PHASERS TO PUNS
Again, I love Star Trek. I own all the DVDs and didn't feel the need to
upgrade. That is… until I finally experience the high-definition of
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS in theaters last week
. I was so impressed that I picked up Season 3 on Blu-Ray with a $5 extra to grab The Best of Both Worlds on BD at Target.
I have not watched everything, but a couple of notes: (1) Wesley Crusher
has pimples, which I've never noticed before, (2) on HD, I also noticed
seams in the costumes, (3) Everything looks so much better, especially
the rich colors and extraordinary details, and (4) on a few episodes are
audio commentaries. Overall, I love it; it's like the series again for
the first time.
Random note: I have some duplicate DVDs that I will likely take into
Best Buy and convert them for $5 and buy Men in Black III Bluray
Steelcase, which is on sale at the moment for $18. With $5 taken off,
it'll be $13, which is a "steel".
CROFTING THE PERFECT TOMB RAIDER
I picked up the Target Steelcase version of the new Tomb Raider game. I
beat the game last night (with about 75% complete) in about a good 4
hours of playtime. I tried going back to do all the side quests to make
it 100%, but quickly got bored of re-playing levels. What does this
mean? Well, when you play it, it's like a sequential movie… when you
get to the end, there's really no reason to go back and replay it again.
Also, the game seems to be inspired by ABC's "Lost" and that movie
"Descent" (especially when Lara Croft rises from a pool of blood).
Anyway, as much as I love playing the game, I am regretting paying $60
to buy it new. It's definitely a rental game. I know there are online
components to the game, but I have no desire to explore it… so my time
with the game is at an end.
You know that say, "you get what you pay for?" It's true.
I was initially happy with the service, but after a few months of usage,
I can safely say that Freedompop is one of the worst ISP I've ever
dealt with. I think when I downgraded my service to its basic $10 a
month, they started consistently disconnecting me from the internet. I
have tried moving the modem closer to the windows with no change in
service. I'm going to cancel my service this month and only keep its
"free" service (for my Skype telephone).
Since the service is so bad, I am currently shopping around for a more
reliable internet service (again). I may eventually just give in and
call Century Link for its DSL service.
So the short answer is: avoid Freedompop.
Five sexy and sleazy women-in-prison filth fests - totally uncut and uncensored
Deep in the Amazon jungle, a group of nubile naifs are trapped in a primitive prison by whip-cracking white slavers who aren't above sampling the merchandise themselves. But these hothouse flowers aren't about to be plucked, and the girls go native - only to fall into the hands of a perverted priest whose followers just love a woman in war paint! Caught between brutal bounty hunters and the holy man's horny henchmen, it's a battle of wits, weapons, and feminine wiles as the desperate damsels trade it all to escape this poison paradise alive!
BARE BEHIND BARS:
In a women's penitentiary where brutal beatings, steamy showers, and full cavity searches are the order of the day, the cons are turning into pros - and the cemetery is running out of room! To stay out of the torture chamber, the inmates can barter their bodies in the wicked warden's white slave trade, or submit to the nympho nurse's peculiar brand of medical malpractice. But when these lawless lovelies go on the lam to wreak vengeance on straight society, no one will be safe!
For his epic shocker of caged women gone wild, legendary director Jess Franco (SUCCUBUS) brought together a once-in-a-lifetime cast of International beauties including Maria Schell (THE ODESSA FILE), Luciana Paluzzi (THUNDERBALL), Rosalba Neri (LADY FRANKENSTEIN) and Maria Rohm (VENUS IN FURS). Mercedes McCambridge (JOHNNY GUITAR) and Herbert Lom (MARK OF THE DEVIL) co-star as the sadistic wardens of an island prison where abused yet luscious young lovelies surrender to their own depraved desires. Behind bars...without men...experience the unchained passion of 99 WOMEN!
In all the annals of exploitation cinema, there has never been anything quite like it: Take a luscious young bride (beautiful Playboy centerfold Ursula Fellner) thrust into a brutal prison camp run by a sadistic woman warden (the stunning transsexual adult film star Ajita Wilson). Add generous helpings of lesbian lust, bestial perversion and some very extreme violence. Then mix in a jaw-dropping performance by the film's controversial director as a degenerate white slaver. Do you dare take a forbidden taste of the wildest women-in-prison movie ever made?
WOMEN BEHIND BARS:
When a brazen diamond heist on a Chinese junk ends in a bloody double-cross, the traitor escapes only to be mysteriously murdered by his mistress. The vicious vixen is locked away in a tropical prison where, to keep the hidden jewels for herself, she'll have to resist the charms of the warden's Sapphic spies; withstand whips, chains, and high-voltage electrodes in his dungeon; and, if she breaks free, she must pass through the gauntlet of greedy gangsters working on both sides of the law. Are her mind and body strong enough to survive the agonies and ecstasies of life in the big doll house?
I was born too late for the original Star Trek, but I was lucky enough
to have caught TNG from the beginning. My favorite character, easily,
was Data, the android played by Brent Spiner. …
You know I love Star Trek, right? I got a chance to watch "Star Trek:
The Best of Both Worlds" in theaters last night, April 25th. This was a
one-night only special Fathom event. I thought it would just be a few
hardcore fans, but I was wrong, the theater was packed full of Trekkers,
some even wearing costumes. It was pretty awesome.
To give a little background on why this television show made it to the
big screen, that's because CBS and Paramont are both going back to the
vault and re-scanning the original negative and re-releasing Star Trek:
The Next Generation on Blu-Ray in glorious 1080p. Since I already
bought all the ST:TNG on DVD, I just didn't feel the need to sink back
hundreds of dollars to re-buy them on BD. Sure, I've seen side-by-side
comparison between the original DVD and BD prints - and yes, they look
impressive. But I have to tell you, watching ST:TNG in the theater was
pretty amazing. Particularly the nice close-ups! You can see the pores
and costume details! I was so impressed that I may drop $53 on the Blu-Ray for Season 2
(sorry Season 1 was too slow).
"Star Trek: The Best of Both Worlds" originally aired as the cliffhanger
for Season 3, so fans had to wait a whole summer to find out how
Captain Picard made it back (if at all!) from being turned into a borg.
The two-parter was seamlessly tied together as one continuous and
uninterrupted story, with new digital/clean effects. It worked quite
well; I didn't even know there was a "cut" in the middle of the story.
Prior to the "movie", we were also shown a 30 minute documentary on "The
Best of Both Worlds". The featurette had brand new interviews with
cast and crew (and oddly that guy from "The Family Guy") and summed up
why everyone in the Star Trek universe agreed that "The Best of Both
Worlds" was ST:TNG at its finest.
After the movie, we're also shown bloopers and outtakes. There is one
really funny blooper, where Picard asked did we all play with ships in
bottles as a boy? And Worf said, "I did not play with boys." That had a
huge audience reaction.
Anyway, if you missed the one-time Star Trek event, then you can buy the
Blu-Ray coming out April 30th. I believe all the features we saw in
the theater will be available on BD. Since I already saw it, I probably
won't pick up the Blu-Ray … but you know what they say, "Resistance is
Friday, April 12, 2013 at 5:31pm
Leaked in some circles awhile ago, we can now officially report that
1990's DARK ANGEL (aka: I COME IN PEACE) with Dolph Lundgren and an
alien addicted to human endorphins (we kid you not) is joining the
Scream Factory family for sometime in August on Blu-ray.
Exact street date and extras to be announced starting in May
I have just seen an advance screening of the Evil Dead movie. The movie
is officially release to the public next week, April 5, 2013. Although
at the time of screening, the film has yet to get a rating from the MPA,
but I can tell you it is a hard-R,..…
"Rush" is the true story of the rivalry between two of the 1970's
Formula 1 racing stars. The loose, handsome and charismatic James Hunt
played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor/Avengers) and the serious and disciplined
Niki Lauda played by Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Bastards).
Directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, they have
collaborated again and bring the Hay Day of Formula 1 to the big screen
and this one of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever witnessed.
James Hunt was the wild Englishman who's womanizing, heavy drinking with
long hair and rugged looks one imagines that an international race car
driver should be with a devil may care attitude, and on the other hand
there was Niki Lauda a very serious and determined Austrian, that kept
his body and mind clear, early to bed, no late night parties and focused
his clear mind on the cars that his life depended on.
Peter Morgan has brought the personal lives of these two men both on and
off the track to a show the determination and passion the different
characters had for the sport and in their private lives. Without taking
away from the excitement of racing inches from the ground and traveling
in excess of 160 mph. At the same time Ron Howards direction keeps you
in the heart of it all, you feel the rumble of the engines the smell of
the fuel, you get to see from inside the helmets and from a level that
only these amazing men who are willing to risk their lives, to see who's
car is the fastest and who can control it see.
I found the movie very engrossing it kept a good pace and it gave you a
slightly intimate look at two of racing's legends without forgoing the
excitement of the cars.
Look for "Rush" to get theatrical release on September 20, 2013.
of "Formula 1" song by Hans Zimmer, courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Emily came on W♥M radio to talk about some news and events.
Vu: I just saw the advance preview for Danny Boyle's "Trance" - a
mind-bending thriller, about Simon (played by James McAvoy) who stole
the Goya's "Witches' Sabbath" painting and forgot what he did with it.
He undergoes hypnotherapist treatment with Elizabeth (played by Rosario
Dawson), and that's when the movie enters into this weird surreal part
of the film. It's one of those movies, like "Inception", that you want
to watch again to try it fully comprehend the picture.
More details on TranceTheMovie.com
, movie gets limited distribution this week. Soundtrack is typically really
good. The "Trance" Soundtrack featured Rick Smith from Underworld - so
it made sense to hear those pulse-pounding beats at the more intense
scenes. Smith also co-wrote the movie's theme song, "Here It Comes",
with multi-Brit Award winner Emeli Sandé.
You may recall that Danny Boyle put together one of the greatest movie
soundtrack for "Trainspotting" (so good that they released part 1 and 2
of the soundtrack) and his personal British music choices for the recent
2012 Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies
News: Margaret Thatcher passed away this week (April 8th) to a stroke.
Thatcher's uncompromising style of leadership as Prime Minister, left a
long lasting bad impression on the people in England…. Particularly on
protest singers and songwriters, who wrote and sang anti-Thatcher songs.
This is not a complete list, but the songs that I've heard:
Sinead O'Connor, "Black Boys on Moped"
The English Beat, "Stand Down Margaret"
Morrissey, "Margaret on the Guillotine"
Elvis Costello, "Tramp the Dirt Down"
Billy Bragg, "Thatcherites"
Notsensibles, "I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher"
Hefner, "The Day that Thatcher Dies"
Pete Wylie, "The Day that Margaret Thatcher Dies" (song used in the podcast)
News: Record Store Day 2013 is happening next week, April 20th. This
year is bigger than ever (I say this every year!), and Emily throws down
some of her picks: Mad Season
's deluxe double-disc Above
on Record Store Day. Mad Season was considered a supergroup, featuring
members from Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees.
is releasing some singles on Record Store Day. This is
to coincide with the release of the documentary of Big Star called "Big
Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me", which you can check out the trailer on www.bigstarstory.com
. The film was made possible by Kickstarter, which we previously covered
has "Statues"/"Amusement" to be re-issued and Mark Lanegan
is teaming up with Moby
for "The Lonely Night". Plus, Lanegan will be collaborating with UK folk Duke Garwood for a new album in May.
Topic: Concerts for nostalgic acts are too high! Depeche Mode, Prince,
Rolling Stones, etc., they are charging on average about $75 or more for
one ticket, which is too much to ask. We're not even talking about
hidden "convenience" fee and charges!
Song of the show: The Dandy Warhols
's "Bohemian Like You", taken from their breakout album Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
. The album was released 13 years ago, so the band is heading out on tour to do all 13 songs from the Thirteen Tales
album this year.
At the moment, only 12 dates are listed. I am assuming the 13th date will be in their original hometown of Portland?
05/28/13 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theatre
05/31/13 New York, NY Terminal 5
06/01/13 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
06/02/13 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre
06/05/13 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/07/13 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
06/08/13 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
06/09/13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
06/11/13 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
06/14/13 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
06/15/13 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
06/21/13 Seattle, WA Showbox At The Market
BONUS: The Jealous Sound's gentle reminder about their Gentle Reminder
Corrections: Title for Boyle's movie is "Trance", not "Trancer". Dandy Warhol's "white album" is their debut album, Dandy Warhols OK
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We love music and film, so it is with a heavy heart that Roger Ebert passed away at age of 70 after losing battle to cancer.
Ebert along with his movie partner, Gene Siskel, were the most
influential film critics with their "At the Movies"/"Sikel & Ebert"
television show that ran for seventeen years.
You can read more about his life and death at www.suntimes.com
Reading Ebert's last article, posted April 2nd, I can tell that he knew his time was coming to an end.
"So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."