The Phantom of the Opera: The Movie

If you can handle musicals and haven’t seen The Phantom of the Opera (the movie) yet, then I highly suggest that you do. The only reason for its low ratings on IMDB is because most fans of the original Broadway production don’t feel that the actors are faithful to the original cast. When, in fact, they are. Gerard Butler’s performance as the Phantom was very faithful to Michael Crawford’s original performance. Remember, the Phantom was not an operatic vocalist, he was an emotional wreck. And, Gerard Butler excelled at bringing out the Phantom’s emotion. Also, consider the fact that Andrew Lloyd Webber (the creator of the original Phantom of the Opera musical) was involved in producing the film, casting the actors, and was on set every day. Nothing transpired that he didn’t approve of. In fact, he has been quoted saying that this film is the way he wanted to present the story, because there were so many limitations presented by the stage. This film is his “definitive vision”. The Phantom of the Opera truly is a work of art, and not one to be taken lightly just for a few childish disagreements. If you haven’t had time to see this film, make time. It’s worth it.

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Ring In The New Year

Soon, the New Year will be upon us. Yes, it is a time for celebrating what good has come and what good will come, bit it is also time to celebrate The Lord of the Rings. Yes, it appears that the trilogy has finally come to an end this month, with the released of The Return of the King: Special Extended Edition, but you can still relive the adventure by reading The Lord of the Rings (the 50th Anniversary Edition). This striking edition comes stylishly bound into one novel, as it was meant to be read, and has been corrected under the supervision of the author’s son. If both of those are too much for you, then “ring” in the New Year with your very own copy of The One Ring. This well-crafted tutorial comes straight from the astonishing Rick Yaeger of MacMerc, and promises to be a staple in pop-culture history. Either way you go, enjoy your New Year.

The Misadventures of a Lost Tape

Does anyone have a DVD-R or VHS copy of Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt that they would be willing to duplicate or loan out for a few days? This only aired on TV once, but I made the stupid mistake of loaning my copy out to someone who recorded over it with ice skating. I don’t think I’m doing anything illegal by asking this, as there are no commercially available tapes or disks. I’m willing to pay $10US plus shipping, though other prices are negotiable. All transactions will take place after delivery.

Update: The DVD is now available for purchase through Amazon.com. I have placed my order.

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Changing Star Wars – Part 2

As previously mentioned here, you may put your worries to rest and finally learn all that has been changed in the recent Star Wars Trilogy DVD release. We only had the lists for Ep. IV and Ep. V last time, but now Ep. VI is finally available. Enjoy reading about what has been altered in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.

I’d have to say that I’m split about these changes. Being a Star Wars fan, I miss the original films. But being a Star Wars: Expanded Universe fan, I support the improved continuity.

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Changing Star Wars

Are you wondering why there’s so much talk about changes to the Star Wars Trilogy DVD Set? Have you all ready watched the DVD set, but are worried that you’ve missed some the changes? Then wonder and worry no longer! DVDActive has a complete list of all the changes to both the Ep. IV and Ep. V discs. We’re still patiently awaiting the list for the Ep. VI disc, but I assure you that at least some of the changes were very noticeable.

Update: Changing Star Wars – Part 2 has been posted.

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