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Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

Paramount still has not made their press release, although more retailers are adding listings and included cover art. For example, Target now has listings for II though V, though not yet I or VI (at least as of when I checked this morning). Although I am confident these movies are coming out, overal...

Re: CJRT may spin in his grave….

Now here we are 40 years after that, and new works are still coming out. And many years after we thought the wellsprings had died up, and even after Christopher Tolkien died. The material is not anything new. Its simply collecting all the various Second Age works Tolkien wrote and putting them in o...

Re: CJRT may spin in his grave….

Random thought… I think when I was in grad school and the history of middle earth volumes were beginning to come out that I reflected on how interesting it was that new material was being published from an author who had been dead for over 10 years. Now here we are 40 years after that, and new works...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

For years, I was the "voice crying in the wilderness," defending Star Trek V. Sure, it is the weakest of the original cast movies. The story is improbable (you know they are not going to find God, and if they did, he would not be imprisoned) and the effects are cheesy, and don't get us sta...

Re: CJRT may spin in his grave….

It's on Amazon now. I really doubt if this will contain any story elements from the Amazon production. If you read HC's press release, it sounds like it's going to stick pretty close to the sources. And the cover art does not even include the usual "Now a major event series from Amazon Prime&qu...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

The Digital Bits is reporting that an announcement from Paramount appears imminent for the TOS movies in 4K and remastered BluRay, both as individual releases and as a box set. https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/062222-0830 https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/062122-1445 Exp...

Re: RIP, Vangelis

Yeah, my skills there are close to non-existant. I only have iTunes. I can rip a song, modify its metadata, and even rip at a higher format and down-convert to cut long tracks (like, say, the two tracks comprising Vangelis' Heaven and Hell album) into shorter tracks. But that's about it.

Re: RIP, Vangelis

Yeah, I've heard of all the bootleg versions. I'm not a big fan of bootlegs, partly for the illegality of it but partly for not knowing what sort of sound quality I'm going to get. I'm not judging anyone who indulges; I'm just saying I'm generally reluctant to do that myself.

Re: RIP, Vangelis

Given that he was known first and perhaps foremost for his soundtracks, it is ironic that relatively little of his soundtrack work is actually available on CD. This may sound crass or opportunistic, and it's not meant to be, but perhaps now that he is gone, his estate will be a little more open to a...

Re: RIP, Vangelis

OK, they’re both choral music, and maybe I have a tin ear, but they don’t really sound that similar to me. On the other hand, Vangelis and for that matter other composers were known to lift things occasionally. The last line of Vangelis’ well known song Hymne, which got used for a wine commercial, i...

Re: RIP, Vangelis

I'm sure you have something specific in mind, but I can only say that it reminds me of the music I listen to around Christmas.

RIP, Vangelis

I read just a bit ago that the legendary Greek keyboard wizard Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, better known as Vangelis, has died at the age of 79. He is best known for his Oscar-winning soundtrack to Chariots of Fire, but a far better work in my opinion was his absolutely stunning soundtrack for...

Re: Picard returns!

Don't even get me started on the logic of placing Picard in an android body that is just as frail and limited as his old, organic one. He really doesn't seem to have any of the advantages that Data did, does he? OK, I will risk getting you started by posting my thoughts on that. There was no way th...

Re: Picard returns!

Yeah, to me season 2 felt like they took a bunch of ideas they liked, threw them into a bag, gave it a shake, and tried to pour out a story. The season felt like they were always flying by the seat of their pants. I mean, it wasn't awful (unlike what some on YouTube would have you believe), but it d...

Re: Tolkien as Artist

Tolkien was very modest about his talents as an artist. True, sometimes he would create little more than doodles, but many of his paintings I thought were very good. The three covers they chose for the LOTR volumes are somewhere between those two extremes. Actually, back in the 70s or 80s, the paper...

Re: Tolkien as Artist

I probably just saw it as a picture of a dust jacket somewhere, though perhaps it might be in one of my books that I haven’t really gone through thoroughly. Yes, the tower on the right is Orthanc, and the tower on the left at least in that illustration is clearly supposed to be Minas Morgul. As to t...

Re: Tolkien as Artist

And of course as soon as you posted, I remember having seen that before. I don’t have that edition of the books, but I have seen it. I never really liked that cover, because it makes it look like a Christmas tree.

Re: Tolkien as Artist

I suppose I erroneously assumed that since we are somewhat close to the same age and I first visited Middle-earth as a relatively young person, you did as well. But it sounds like your own first encounter definitely worked out well for you. I have mostly pleasant memories of high school, or at least...

Re: Tolkien as Artist

OK, I just took a look and came up with nothing (which doesn't mean I couldn't have overlooked it). I'm surprised that you, as someone who'll spend the extra bucks to get the UK edition of Tolkien books, hasn't acquired his art books. They are all very worth having, as they really enrich our picture...

Re: LOTR movie trilogy 20th anniversary

That was truly awesome and I am so happy for you that you got to have such a grand time. The only thing I've done that approaches that is when I got to meet Patrick Stewart, and I'd forgotten how I felt about that until you described the same feeling just now. With all the emotions of those few days...

Re: Tolkien as Artist

I have that book, plus several other Tolkien art books, so if I get a chance, I’ll flip through them to see what’s in there. However, I don’t think that necessarily everything he ever drew has been released to the public in a book.

Re: LOTR movie trilogy 20th anniversary

I'm sure you'll have a great time! During the period circa 1990-1992, I went to a ton of Star Trek conventions, during which I saw all members of the original series except DeForest Kelley and all members of TNG except LeVar Burton. Most of them (though not all of them) did an autograph session, so ...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

So, I just finished watching it and it definitely looked much improved. I'm sure it will look even better on disc this fall. I then popped in the DVD for a quick comparison and yes, the DVD looked dreadful. I never bought the BluRay because they did no restoration for it and it was the theatrical cu...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

In case anyone needed anything else to entice them, here is Bill Hunt's glowing review of the remastered ST:TMP: https://thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/040522-1145 I took a sneak peak at it on Paramount+ this afternoon and I can say it definitely looks better than the now-ancient DVD. It wi...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

Just a day later, here are all the juicy details. https://www.startrek.com/news/star-trek-the-motion-picture-the-directors-edition-to-premiere-on-paramount-on-first-contact This confirms it will get a physical release and that will be out in September, which is even better than waiting until Christm...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

Until somewhat recently I had only the TNG 4-movie box and the ST II director's cut on BD. With the recent restorations for 4K, I picked up the new BDs for III and IV. So at this point, all I still have on DVD are V and VI. I really hope when those two are redone for 4K that they use the slightly lo...

Re: Pure Star Trek Discussion

So, the Digital Bits is saying that it will be announced any day now that the long-awaited 4K restoration of the Director's Cut of ST:TMP will begin streaming on Paramount+ on 5 April. They further state that although no physical release has been mooted yet, it is likely to occur and most probably w...

Re: Pure StarWars Discussion

ever got the appeal of Boba Fett, to me, he was a background character at the most and had an almost comical death (to me) bringing him back was like "meh." Not trying to take away from anyone that loves Boba or the series, I just didnt care much for it. Amen to that. I watched a funny vi...

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