With autumn comes great movies

And so the summer turned into autumn and the time for movie watching and music listening have come and i have found my way back to my blog.

I start off this rebirth by expanding my movie collection a little. This time i found a store that had a 50% on all of the movies for a very limited time period. So i picked up some movies i’ve been looking for and some that i just thought was a nice release of the movie.

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The movies i picked up was:

Band Of Brothers – Steelbox
EAN: 5051895051306

A nice steelbox edition of this great mini series that was aired in 2001. It’s a “clean” edition just like almost every Band Of Brothers editions i know of, it only contains the 5 discs for the episodes as well as one bonus material disc with a documentary. No other content such as booklet or postcards.

Resident Evil: Retribution – Steelbook
EAN: 5051162303374

Not much to say here really, a steelbook edition of Resident Evil: Retribution, just like the Band Of Brothers box it only contains the movie itself on one disc along with some extra features like commentary for exapmle.

Hobbit – Steelbook
EAN: 7391772200853

Same here, simple steelbook edtition. Just the movie disc with some extra features on the same disc such as behind the scenes videos.

Battle Royale
EAN: 7319980013935

Basic blue plastic cover edition. This acts as a place holder until i can get the steelbook version or/and one of the limited editions that exists of this movie.

Akira
EAN: 5022366800549

Same as Battle Royale, very simple and cheap edition, just the movie. Just like the Battle Royale i got this is an “stand-in”. I already own Akira, but the edition i own is a steelbook edition that still is sealed. So this will be the one that i’ll be using when i’m watching Akira.

So not the biggest update but it was an update. I haven’t been slacking off totaly during the summer, i have been looking around for new interesting editions and new movie releases and have some pre-orders that should be coming pretty soon.
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Summer and sunday topic, steelbooks.

I’ve been way to lazy lately with posting the Sunday topic, but it’s summertime and the weather is just to good to sit at the computer and thinking about blu-ray’s and CD’s. I have my saved searches on ebay and check them from time to time but nothing more.

So today i thought i should do a Sunday topic since it’s been 5 weeks since last post. Todays topic will be about Steelbooks, the little bit more premium releases of movies.

While the steelbooks is one step bellow collectors/limited editions they are one step above the regular blue plastic case that BD movies usually comes in. It’s a good compromise between price and extra features. A good example i just noticed is “Jaws”, the regular boring version costs about US$15, the “Special Collector’s Limited Edition Gift Set” is US$45 which can be a little steep. But then there is the steelbook of the movie, which only is US$22 not much more then the regular version but it’s in a much nicer case which in my opinion looks much better in the shelf then just the blue plastic covers.

When i started being interested in movies i didn’t see the reason for steelbooks, i just thought it was an unnecessary cost for just a steel instead of plastic case. But my opinion have changed, i now always look up just how much big the difference is between regular and steelbook.

I have seen steelbooks going on ebay for very high prices, more then limited and collectors editions, but they have all been from some very small pressing of example 5000 pieces. I think it’s fun that there are people who just collects steelbooks and that keep the price up, but if you’re the average movie viewer and just want a premium version of your favorite movie, it can be a pain in the…

Make sure to watch many movie and have a great summer!

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Sunday topic, remakes and new series parts

Today’s Sunday topic is about the what seems to be the year of movie remakes and new installments i.e. lack of new ideas.

I don’t know why, but when glancing through IMDB of movies that are to go up on cinema or have gone up on cinema this year, there are many names i recognized, many new parts of movies series and some concepts I’ve seen before. This is both good and bad, some, most remakes and old concepts, are the movies that i really want to see.

There seems to be empty in the idea office in Hollywood this year or is it the big company’s money cravings that decide which movies is getting produced? Movies like “Fast & Furious 6”,isn’t time to let that series go, it have lost most of the feel that the movie is based around the car. It was a good series until after Tokyo Drift. And a quick look on wikipedia shows that Fast & Furious 7 is due in 2014. The same goes for “A Good Day to Die Hard”, it’s the fifth movie in the  Die Hard series. I was convinced “Die Hard 4.0” was the last movie, but no, someone thought it was a good idea to make another sequel.

It’s not all bad though. There are remakes that i really want to see, both out of curiosity and where the original is getting old. The best example here is “The Great Gatsby”, which i haven’t seen yet. The latest movie adaptation of the novel is from 1974 (i do not count the TV movie from 2000).

One movie where i can feel some light influences from anime and manga hits Neon Genesis and Gundam is the movie “Pacific Rim”. Which i think can be really good, it’s something new, although the concept is old, it has never been seen in a live action movie before.

The fact remains though, I recognize many, perhaps too many of this year’s blockbuster names from the past. I could talk on forever on this topic, this is the same for games, money rules, a little to much.

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Steamboy

How could I forget, about 2 weeks ago i got a really nice version of Ōtomo Katsuhiro’s “Steamboy”. It’s an UK release and it’s acctually DVD, not blu-ray. But it’s stil a very nice release with lots of extra features. Even if i often think the country of origin releases of movies are the best, i have to say this is on par with the Japanese blu-ray box version in terms of features. Not quite packed with extra stuff as the Japansese Memorial Box, but that one is hard to come by.

Everything is stored inside a very sturdy slide in and out box, which is very nice, not like some movies where they come in a flimsy box. The movie and extra disc is stored in a digipack which itself is stored inside a slipcase. Furthermore there is a booklet with drawings and sketches from the movis which i think is really nice as well as a small manga booklet. Other then that it’s included a small envelope with 10 postcards.

So all in all this is very nice edition, even though it’s a DVD in a now blu-ray dominant market i think it’s a very worth edition since it can be found fairly cheap and it comes with so much extra stuff.

Steamboy
EAN: 5035822422513
Bonus material disc
Small but thick booklet with sketches and drawings
Small manga booklet
10 Postcards

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Steamboy

Sunday topic, why i hate translated movie titles, Part 1

Todays Sunday Monday topic is about translated titles of movies, since it’s where you’re most likely to encounter it.

One of the worst, if not THE worst, ok probably the 3rd worst thing i know about movies is the use of translated titles. It may seem a small and insignificance thing. But it can be really annoying for us consumers, it means that we need to take one extra step in finding the right name of the movie we want and it can sometimes even be very confusing. There are movies that are pretty much translated right over from English to another language and they’re easy to find. But there are movies like “The Shawshank Redemption” when translated straight over from my native language have the name “The Key To Freedom”.

I’m the kind of person who love lists, i have lists of everything possible, a list over what movies i own and a list over my most wanted movies. When adding lets say 10 movies to my wanted list and i just know them in my native language it take some time to look up the “real” name on either wikipedia or IMDB. And the same goes the other way around, i want to find out which store have the desired movie cheapest in stock and i just know the English name.

The best, or should i say worst, example of a title translation that somewhere must’ve gone horribly wrong is Makoto Shinkai’s anime movie “Children Who Chase Lost Voices”. The original Japanese title is 星を追う子ども, which literally means “Children Who Chase Stars”. The English title that’s used the most is “Children Who Chase Lost Voices”, BUT, in the UK it’s known as “Journey to Agartha” (sure, it describes a part of the movie, but i think the real name have a deeper meaning then just describe it). They basically changed the whole name of the movie, which to me is strange, why would you deviate from original name that much.

Maybe I’m just very picky, but i can’t be the only one that wants the movies with the right titles in my movie shelf instead of some translated title. I can’t see why all movies just can’t have their real names, let the English movies have the English name, the French movies have their French names and so on. Can’t be that hard.

This is part 1 of 2 on why i don’t like translated titles, there are more then just the title itself.

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Dr. Jones and some bad movie and vinyl hunting.

Bad and good updates, let’s start with the bad ones. Yesterday there were a Asian/Japanese items second-hand market which i had been looking forward to for some time. And at the same time drop by two flea markets which i heard had lots of vinyls and were located in the same area. After a small delay from toping up the car with fuel i was on my way. All good, but what i didn’t know was that there were some major roadworks last part of the trip, then add an accident that caused the police, ambulance to squeeze through the traffic jam, it was chaotic to say the least. A trip that usually takes about an hour and a half took two and a half hours.

But my bad luck doesn’t end here! The delay caused me not be able to get to one of the flea markets which had vinyls and just browse the other for about 10min just to find nothing of interest. Then of to the asian items only second-hand makret. Where i found it to be in the smallest of places i’ve seen and the queue was the longest i’ve seen since a home electronic store shut down and hade a huge sale. I’m not joking if i say it was at least 100 meters and this was more then an hour after they opened. So i turned around and went home!

(I really don’t know why i write about this, it’s not really relevant to this blog, maybe because i had high hopes of finding something interesting.)

And now the good ones (which is really relevant to the blog), won an auction for a brand new and sealed “Indiana Jones – The Complete Adventures” very cheap and it was in the mail when i got home. I think last time i saw these movies were back in the good ol’ VHS time and i acctually haven’t seen the newest movie yet.

Indiana Jones – The Complete Adventures
EAN: 7332431038813
features 4 BD discs, one for each movie and an extra BD disc with 7 hours extra material

I’m really glad to see that they included a BD disc with the extra material. Sometimes you see a two disc release but only the movie is a BD and the extra is on a DVD, which is kind of boring.

Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

Evangelion 3.33! + bonus

And finally today, the mailman rang my door, holding a small package. I knew it was on it’s way, but didn’t expect it to come this quick, not that I’m complaining. Not at all.

So now i can finally add two Blu-Ray’s of Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo, first pressing, to my small but growing collection of movies. And as a bonus, since i was ordering from Japan anyway, i bought a really nice Children Who Chase Lost Voices box.

I have not and probably will not open the Evangelion BD’s, since they are Japanese spoken and subtitled only and my Japanese language knowledge is about 0. I will wait for the US or UK version or if there are any other nice European releases with English subtitles. I haven’t opened the Children Who Chase Lost Voices box but i might open it.

Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo
EAN: 4988003818128
First limited pressing including OST CD

Children Who Chase Lost Voices
EAN: 4935228113569
Art-booklet
Small manga booklet
Bonus material disc
35mm movie strips

But without further ado, here they are:
Evangelion 3.33

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