So there actually WAS a lunar eclipse! I thought I had gone crazy for a minute there.
I was in Downtown L.A. at about 8pm, and I looked at City Hall and the Moon was above it, with a very thin sliver
of really bright luminosity, and the rest of the Moon was darker but still quite visible. It looked really pretty.
I almost took a picture, but the cellphone doesn't have zoom and the Moon would have been barely visible.
Over an hour later, I'm walking home and I look up in the sky and the Moon is full!!!!
So I got home, cruised LJ and found people talking about the eclipse. Ah, okay, whew.
My eyesight remains dependable. :D
So it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I celebrated by ordering a couple of DVD boxsets online.
DeepDiscount.com was having a sale on Fox and MGM box-sets, ending on February 8th, and I found a couple of tasty things.
I received said tasty things in the mail today. (DeepDiscount ships free via Media Mail, so it takes time. But hey, free!)
I got the "Alien Quadrilogy"
, which includes all 4 Alien films in both theatrical and director's cut/special edition,
plus a DVD of extras for each film and a 9th DVD with even more extras. This boxset was released back in 2003,
and I didn't get it then because I already had "Alien", "Aliens", and "Alien: Resurrection" on laserdisc.
And my version of "Aliens" was the deluxe CAV edition with tons of extra footage and extras in it.
But my laserdisc player has been a butthead lately, so I wanted the convenience of DVD versions.
The box-set cost about $80 when it first came out, and the price came down since. It hit $30 during the sale. MINE! :D
I also got "The Mel Brooks Collection"
, which includes 8 of his movies and is perfect for people who either don't
like "Spaceballs" or already have it on DVD. Actually, that also applies to "The Producers" and "Life Sucks". :)
So, I hear you say because I'm insane and I hear voices, what movies do come in that box-set, Zrath?
I'm glad you asked! By alphabetical order, there's "Blazing Saddles"
, "High Anxiety"
,"History Of The World: Part I"
, "Robin Hood: Men In Tights"
, "Silent Movie"
,"To Be Or Not To Be"
, "The Twelve Chairs"
, and "Young Frankenstein"
I only had "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" on laserdisc, so I'm happy to fill out my collection so fast.
According to the sticker on the box-set, 5 of the 8 films were not available on DVD previously. I'm guessing this
would the 5 movies that are not "Blazing Saddles", "History Of The World: Part I", or "Young Frankenstein".
Sadly, the versions of "Blazing" and "Young" in this box-set are NOT the more recent anniversary issues with extras.
I guess I could always get those later. It's not that big a deal, really, my LD of "Young" is super-loaded with extras!
So anyway, this boxset was released in 2006 and I paid $40 for it. So, that's $5 per movie. Not bad! :D
Maybe I'll watch one tonight! Possibly "Silent Movie". You gotta love a movie that stars Marty Feldman, that features
a thrilling wheelchair chase scene with Paul Newman, and where you-know-who has the only spoken line in the entire film!
And speaking of Marty, when the hell are they gonna release "The Last Remake Of Beau Geste"
I saw it in French theaters when I was a kid and it was gut-bustingly funny!
I saw it again, in English, on American TV and it was still gut-bustingly funny!
I tried to get it on laserdisc, but it was a hot ticket item on eBay, going past my bidding limit.
There are used VHS tapes, but man, I would kill for a DVD version!
I mean, look at that cast and tell me this can't be an hilarious film!
Michael York (as Beau Geste), Marty Feldman (as Beau Geste's twin brother. No, really!), Ann-Margret (as Mom Geste),
Peter Ustinov (evil French Foreign Legion sergeant), James Earl Jones (as "The Sheikh"), Trevor Howard (veteran actor),
Henry Gibson (yes, from "Laugh-In"!), Terry-Thomas (Mister Gap-Toothed Brit himself!), Roy Kinnear ("Help!"),
and Spike Milligan (legendary eccentric Irish funny guy, worked with Peter Sellers on "The Goon Show").
So yeah, fun stuff. Slaspsticky as all hell but really really fun stuff.
DVD release NOW dammit!!
And since we're talking DVDs, here's a little shopping tip from Slickdeals to all y'all:
The word on the street is that Gamestop will stop carrying DVDs soon, and they're gonna have a big sale!
On Monday February 25th, signs will go up indicating a special "Buy 2 Get 4 Free" sale.
This will be good on DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu-Rays. I understand a lot of their stock is used stuff.
I don't know whether this sale extends to the EB Games sister stores as well or not.
Guess we will find out next Monday.