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  1. Aw, I didn’t know that. Somewhere I have it on VHS. My father taped it when it first aired. Same with the Jim Henson Hour.
  2. They did that utterly inexcusable South Pacific remake with a 54-year-old Glenn Close in the role of Nellie.
  3. I agree. I love the musical, but the old movie is very difficult to watch. Its major legacy will be the revision of the song “America.”
  4. Unfortunately, in the later seasons, the show more and more became like WWF: faces and heels. Make sure the bad guys are really cartoonishly odious so you know to cheer real big when the fan-favorites kill them off. Honestly I couldn’t stand Brienne or Arya by the end because they were just such unrelenting Mary Sues.
  5. https://thedigitalbits.com/item/star-trek-original-4-movie-4k-uhd-2021 Review of the new release of films #1-4. TMP has isolated score!
  6. Fred Steiner. His first two scores, “Charlie X” and “Mudd’s Women,” define the Star Trek sound.
  7. This came up here after the broadcast: Not sure if or where this info will be available after today. So just in case, here are the links: Hooray for Hollywood ArkivMusic iTunes Suite from Lawrence of Arabia ArkivMusic iTunes Excerpts from An American in Paris ArkivMusic iTunes Not that the links work (yet?), as far as I can tell…
  8. Kari kind of sounds like a gender-swapped Hazad from Tolkien’s “Tal-Elmar.”
  9. https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Star-Trek-IV-The-Voyage-Home-35th-Anniversary
  10. David Lynch’s Wisteria Updates : Cast tease involvement & Twin Peaks connection – Moviehole
  11. I’m not sold on DS9. I watched its famous “Trials and Tribble-ations” episode. A technical masterpiece, but the plot was unsatisfactory. The DS9 regulars were unimpressive: Brooks, Auberjonois, and Dorn mumbled their lines sleepily, and Meaney looked unwell. Only Farrell and Siddig seemed to be trying. Finally, the aesthetics (costumes, sets, models) in the DS9 present were unremarkable, dark, and “generic sci-fi,” quite the opposite of the warm and vivid aesthetics of both TOS and TNG. But yeah, mainly shocked to see Brooks phone it in, knowing he was going to be in an ep. alongside Shatner at his peak. The original “Tribbles” TOS episode honestly had kind of a weak and cringey script, and it could have been a total disaster if not for the fact that the TOS cast totally sell it by being 100% committed.
  12. Most Star Trek fans are fans of either TOS (the show) or TNG (the show) or both. The movies are mostly nostalgia trips; you don’t get a lot of fans who are in it mainly for the movies.
  13. Star Trek is about three things: ideals, exploration, and colorful uniforms. The Orville hits that sweet spot. It’s probably for the best that it can’t reference Trek lore every five seconds, or hinge its plot on fangasm moments. Trek at its best was also a bare-bones framework for science fiction stories, not big on lore, not super self-referential. I don’t know if the franchise knows how to do that anymore. Beyond is the closest it has come in recent memory.
  14. I watch 4K77 for SW, and Harmy’s for ESB and RotJ. Gorgeous movies, and incredible work on the fan restorations.
  15. Watching Superman (1978) for the first time ever, with my son. It is the Extended Cut, so we are watching it spread out over three nights. I bought this Blu-ray: So now I am looking for Superman II on Blu-ray. Not The Donner Cut, just the regular one I remember from having watched it at least twice growing up. I’m not sure, but it looks like the only way to get it in the US is in a 5-film collection. Super annoying.
  16. Agreed. Incredible score, but throw the OST down the well!
  17. The core of what makes TFA rewatchable is how likable the characters are, especially the main trio of Rey and Finn and Han. You get great chemistry, natural humor, and relatable motivations.
  18. I’ll be another contrarian. I love the entire Beatles canon, and have obsessed about just about every album. (My latest kick has been Let It Be... Naked and McCartney’s Ram.) But my very favorite albums are their early albums, specifically the U.S. albums. I like the assembly of these albums; the flow from song to song works really well. Also by listening to them you get more songs without having to resort to singles. My absolute favorites: #1 is The Early Beatles. A really fun and romantic album. “Ask Me Why” and “P.S. I Love You” are two of my favorite Beatles songs. The epitome of youthful love songs. #2 is Meet the Beatles!. Another delightful one. “All I’ve Got to Do,” and “Till There Was You / Hold Me Tight” are just true delights. #3 is A Hard Day’s Night. The perfect album to put on in the car or playing a board game with company. “And I Love Her” is my favorite from this album, but not a single song that falls flat; they all please, and everyone sings along. Nicely balanced with four delightful George Martin orchestral arrangements from the film — you can’t get them on the U.K. album!
  19. Race is an issue within Middle-earth. A show about Númenor can hardly avoid it. I wonder if they will be able to tackle it without coming across as pandering or preachy. The Númenóreans were pretty big jerk colonialists who put indigenous peoples to the sword in order to pave the way for themselves or their allies to settle. Sometimes these people were Sauron-worshippers, but Tolkien still does not condone them being persecuted, and wrote a pretty poignant story (“Tal-Elmar”) from their point of view. Others (notably the Dunlendings) were not in league with Sauron but became so after Númenoréan persecution. That’s probably the easier aspect of this to tackle (albeit prone to heavy-handedness). What might be harder to swallow is the fact that the Númenóreans do have actual genetic superiority, great (supernatural) height and longevity being the two most obvious markers. An even more delicate issue is the concept of original sin and the occasional hint that certain groups of Men are capable of breaking free of the Shadow and others aren’t, based on whether or not their ancestors rejected Melkor in the earliest times. The core of the Atlantean/Númenórean myth is based on Minoan civilization (the drowning) with a hint of Babylon (Tower of Babel), so to cast Middle-eastern actors seems right to me. Later Gondor obviously parallels Byzantium in many ways. But in the middle of the Third Age there was that whole Gondorian civil war called the Kin-Strife, which was all about a faction rejecting a royal family that had mixed blood with the Northmen. That’s where the Corsairs of Umbar come from—Númenórean purists, who nevertheless went on to intermingle with Haradrim, to the point of becoming indistinct from them in a generation or two.
  20. STILL out of stock. Wait! It was back in stock and I missed it? Aargh!
  21. Flight to Neverland - Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores Marion’s Theme - The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration Part III Princess Leia’s Theme - Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology The Jedi Steps - Lights, Camera...Music! Throne Room - Skywalker Symphony
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