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May 5, 2006

Woo-hoo! Original ‘Star Wars’ on DVD!

Posted on: May 5, 2006 by Kelly

From The Digital Bits:

It’s official, folks!

Just hours after we posted our story in The Rumor Mill, the official Star Wars website has now officially confirmed it: Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox are going to be releasing the original, undoctored and digitally-untweaked, theatrical versions of the Star Wars films on standard DVD in September. The films will be available on disc only for a very limited time, starting on September 12th (they’ll go out of print on December 31st). The films will be available as individual 2-disc sets (there may also be a box as well). One of the discs in each set will include the recent “2004” special edition version of the film, while the other disc will include the original theatrical version in anamorphic widescreen video, with audio in Dolby Digital 2.0 surround. And yes, on the 2-disc set of A New Hope… Han will shoot first! Here’s an official quote from Lucasfilm’s Senior Vice President, Jim Ward:

“Over the years, a truly countless number of fans have told us that they would love to see and own the original version that they remember experiencing in theaters. We returned to the Lucasfilm Archives to search exhaustively for source material that could be presented on DVD. This is something that we’re very excited to be able to give to fans in response to their continuing enthusiasm for Star Wars.”

Well, all I can say is… it’s about ___-damned TIME! So much for “those versions don’t exist anymore.” This is very good news indeed, and we’re very happy to see it finally happen. Hats off to George Lucas, Jim Ward and everyone who decided to finally make this a reality on DVD.

And before you ask, it IS DVD only… there’s no high-definition version expected this year. Just FYI.

So it’s going to have the original versions AND the special editions (which is good because I do like some of the changes). I guess I will have to sell my current DVD’s before then.

January 31, 2006

The Oscar nominees have been announced…

Posted on: January 31, 2006 by Kelly

OSCAR.com – 78th Annual Academy Awards – Nominee List

Another year where I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies.

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December 5, 2005

Robin Williams in Dundas – Part 2

Posted on: December 5, 2005 by Kelly

So yeah… I had nothing better to do today than stand outside in the cold for an hour and wait for Robin Williams to exit the Deluxe restaurant after he was done filming. It paid off though, I managed to get up close enough to touch him if I had wanted to. He was swarmed by people when he walked from the Deluxe to his trailer but he patiently posed for photos and made a few jokes.

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November 23, 2005

Robin Williams in Dundas?

Posted on: November 23, 2005 by Kelly

According to the Hamilton Spectator, Robin Williams will be in Dundas filming “Man of the Year” from November 30th to December 6th. Other cast members include Christopher Walken and Laura Linney but the paper didn’t say whether they would be here or not.

He’s supposed to be at the Deluxe Restaurant next Wednesday. I’ll have to go check that out.

November 20, 2005

Superman Returns

Posted on: November 20, 2005 by Kelly

Superman ReturnsI just saw the trailer for Superman Returns. It looks good if you consider it on it’s own, but I think having two different Superman storylines (the movie and Smallville) going at the same time is probably not a good idea.

Apparently the new movie is supposed to be a sequel to the Christopher Reeve movies, or the first two anyway (I think they want us to forget about 3 and 4). The trailer even has a voice over by Marlon Brando taken from the first Superman movie, and the spacecraft that brought Kal-El to Earth looks the same (picture a Christmas tree ornament if you haven’t seen it before).

I did like the 1980’s Superman movies when I was a kid, but now I think they’re kind of cheesey. Christopher Reeve was perfect for the role though. The powers that Superman had in the “original” movies were a bit too extreme though… I mean, at the end of the second movie he even erased Lois Lane’s memory by kissing her. When was that ever in the comics? So I hope they don’t make the new movie too much like the old ones.

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