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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 17, 2003, 10:53 AM »

September 17, 1991.  That date's pretty much burned into my brain.

All I had been listening to, for the past six months or so, was basically GN'R (with the exception of Skid Row's Slave to the Grind, which came out in June).  Be it Appetite, or Lies, or the three "new" songs ("Civil War", "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", and "You Could Be Mine").  Several rumored dates came and went, but they finally announced that September 17 was the big day.

The Monday before at school was spent talking about the new albums, the amazing new "Don't Cry" single and video, and since a local record store had announced that they were going to be doing a midnight release party--I spent several of my classes in determining who all I would be buying for, and which versions (CD or tape), and how much money it would all cost--nobody else's parents were gonna let them go to this thing.

(Somehow, I had convinced my mom to drive me--I was fifteen at the time--to the record store at midnight, which was no small task.  She's never been one for driving at night, and we lived on the outskirts of town, which meant that we wouldn't be back home until at least one in the morning when it was all said and done.  At first, I like to think that I was amazed that she agreed to take me to this thing, but then I get to thinking that she realized what a pain-in-the-ass I would have been if I didn't get to go that night.  I would have bitched the entire time until I got them the next day--that is, if I didn't skip school in the morning to get them.)

So, anyway, Mom took me to the party, and she and my sister stayed in the car as I went inside and joined the mob.  They were piping the new albums over the speakers, and I kept one eye on the boxes of the CDs I could see behind the counter, and the other eye on the clock, which was ever-so-slowly counting down to twelve A.M.

Finally, midnight hit, and I waited in line to buy my copies of the album.  Thinking back on it, I bought a set of tapes for me, a set of CDs for my best friend Brian, I think another set of tapes for someone I've forgotten, and, last but not least, a tape of the new Mariah Carey album, which also came out that day, for my then-girlfriend Amy (big Mariah fan).  I think I spent something like eighty or ninety dollars that night.

Went home, told Mom I'd "go to bed", and then I think I stayed up until three or four in the morning listening to the new albums.  Got up a couple of hours later, threw all my loot in my bookbag, and headed off to school.

Hooked Brian up with his two CDs (which were a late surprise birthday present) the first thing that morning, and then I think I spent the rest of the day bringing out my new tapes in every class period, showing them off--as most everybody else would have to wait until after school had gotten out to get their copies.

I don't know how many days weeks went by before I listened to something other than those albums.  I spent a lot of that time thinking about how GN'R was going to kick the crap out of Garth Brooks' new album (no small task here in his home state of Oklahoma) which came out a week before the Illusions did.  And while they were on the top of the charts for a few weeks, that was short-lived until, I believe, Garth regained the top spot.

And, just a week after September 17th, Nirvana quietly released Nevermind, which later went on to change the world, in just a few short months (and who's success was certainly a contributing factor to the implosion of GN'R just a couple of years later).

Well, ultimately, the Illusion albums weren't nearly what they could have been (or "it" should have been, as I detailed in an above post), but, they're still pretty good albums, and, at the time, it was a pretty monumental release.

Good times.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Welcome to the Jungle Gn'R Fan Club
« on: September 17, 2003, 07:48 AM »
What were you guys doing twelve years ago today?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03 - Mach 2
« on: September 17, 2003, 07:46 AM »
All right, gang:  From the RUMOR MILL at The Digital Bits:

You know, it seems like we go through this about once a year. But, at the risk of inducing lots of eye rolling out there, here we go again. We've heard from a number of industry sources we trust (and who have proven their reliability in the past) in the last few weeks. They're reporting that Lucasfilm is seriously considering releasing the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD late next year. In fact, our information indicates that some work is already under way toward a 4th Qtr, 2004 release. Word is that Lucasfilm is pleased with the format of The Adventures of Indiana Jones: The Complete DVD Movie Collection they're releasing on 10/21 in conjunction with Paramount - so pleased, in fact, that they're planning to use the same format to release the classic Star Wars films. This would presumably mean a 4-disc set, with a disc for each film and a fourth disc of special edition materials for all three films. It would certainly make sense. First, it would be a great way to get a buzz going into early 2005, when the final film, Episode III, is set to arrive in theaters. Also, Lucasfilm has said in the past that there aren't a lot of behind-the-scenes materials available for the original films, so having a single bonus disc of extras (as opposed to three) would make life easier for them.

Interestingly, as we were working to learn more about this from our sources, we received an e-mail from a Bits reader about a DVD column on the BBC's film site (slide down the page to near the bottom). It seems that (sort of a U.K. version of Columbia House, run by Universal) listed the original Star Wars Trilogy as coming to DVD in 2004 in their latest brochure to members.

Of course, we've certainly heard similar reports many times in the past, so we encourage you to take this information with a large dose of salt. Only time will tell if this is... FINALLY... the real deal. At the recent DVD conference in L.A., I spoke with Lucasfilm's Jim Ward, who predictably wouldn't discuss the DVD release plan for the original Star Wars films, other than to say that they WOULD be released on DVD at some point. He did, however, say that Episode III was being well documented for DVD, and he once again noted that the original theatrical versions of these films no longer exist - the new SEs are George's ultimate vision for these films.

Frankly, we're really looking forward to these films being released on DVD... if only so we don't have to keep reporting on them here! In any case, THIS is the extent of what we know, so please don't bombard us with a lot of questions. You know as much as we do at this point. When we learn more, we'll post it here.

Stay tuned...

Now, I've been reading "Star Wars is secretly being prepped for a DVD release next year" reports for, oh, about the past six years or so, so I don't think this is anything to get overly excited about.

However, with Indy on the way (which should do pretty well this Christmas for a twenty-two year-old franchise), really, the only big, big release left is Star Wars.  

And, like the report mentions--Fall/Christmas '04 is when the Episode III hype-machine should be getting into full swing--how nuts would a "Star Wars Trilogy DVD set with Episode III Trailer" be?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03 - Mach 2
« on: September 16, 2003, 04:41 PM »
I was looking at last years releases, sorry.

Ain't that a bitch?

Feel free to start a "Major DVD Release List for Fall '02" thread if you'd like.

The Original Trilogy / Re: Original Star Wars available again on DVD
« on: September 16, 2003, 04:39 PM »
Like Scott, I've ordered a bunch of stuff from these guys (although not as much as rebeltrader), and I've been very happy with them:

  • Star Wars Trilogy (original)
  • Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition
  • Indiana Jones Trilogy
  • Schindler's List
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (screener) (several copies)

(And, also like Scott, I got a set of the "homemade" DVD covers from that guy--and they are quite handsome looking, as DVD covers go.)

Be prepared for your order to take a week or two (or three), since they're coming from Malaysia, but this is a very legit bootlegging operation (how's that for an oxymoron?).

Also about the OT discs, the sound is off on ESB by a millisecond or so which is very annoying and the sound screen is also off on ROTJ for the first 15 minutes or so.  The ANH disc is pretty much flawless though

Well, this new listing could be for totally new versions, though, which I believe I called for somewhere in that monstrous thread at Rebelscum a long time ago.  

Not even considering the lip-sync issue, those old discs were taken from the "Definitive Collection" laserdiscs (1993), and while they were relatively great for extras, the 1995 THX remastered lasers are much better--and in fact, the '95 lasers are still the best looking versions of the original trilogy you can get today (sad, isn't it?).

Hopefully, what the bootleggers have done, is made totally new discs, transferred from the '95 lasers, for the best possible picture and sound.  This would clear up the lip-sync issue, too.  If they could add the extras from the Definitive Collection lasers (things like all the old trailers--like the Revenge of the Jedi trailer featuring Luke with a blue lightsaber on the skiff)--that would be gravy.

But, this all remains to be seen.  I'll wait for the word to come in from whoever gets these first, and if they're "new", I'm game.  If they're the same as the ones from last year, forget about it.

Still, it's good to see that they've got the originals back up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03 - Mach 2
« on: September 16, 2003, 01:28 PM »
So Patty and I caught Pirates again yesterday, and I gotta say that I just love this movie.  One of my absolute favorites!  Any word on potential deleted scenes or anything like that in the DVD release?

From DVD File:

Just announced from Buena Vista Home Entertainment is a December 2nd street date for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The second biggest hit of the year, this two-disc set comes complete with a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, three audio commentaries with director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and stars Keira Knightley and Jack Davenport, and writers Stuart Beattie, Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio and Jay Wolpert, the "An Epic At Sea: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean" documentary, deleted scenes,a "Moonlight" scene progression, blooper reel, "Below Deck: An Interactive History Of Pirates" notes and a still gallery . Retail is $29.95.

I assume that this Battlestar Galactica series set doesn't include the original TV movie, right?  Also, can't quite recall right now, but did BG only run for just one season, and therefore this set is the whole shebang?  Or was there a second season as well?  ...and I'm not talking about that revised Galactica '80, or whatever that crap was!   :P  Just the original.

Well, I don't know anything about Battlestar Galactica, so here's a report from The Digital Bits about the new DVDs:

Universal has announced the DVD release of Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Epic Series as a 6-disc box set for release on 10/21 (SRP $119.98). All 24 episodes of the series are being presented in the original full frame video (digitally remastered for superior quality) and in their original broadcast order, with audio available in the original 2.0 mono as well as newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1. The set will include never-before-seen footage, along with new interviews with series creator Glen A. Larson and series stars' Richard Hatch, Terry Carter and Anne Lockhart.

As if that wasn't enough, Battlestar Galactica: The Original Feature Film is also being re-released on DVD the same day (SRP $19.98). It will also include a sneak preview of the new Sci-Fi mini-series retelling of the film's story. Sadly, it looks suspiciously like this will be the same non-anamorphic widescreen film transfer as before, but we've not yet been able to confirm this.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03 - Mach 2
« on: September 14, 2003, 12:58 AM »
Okay--according to Amazon--the only things that the "new" version of Holy Grail has over the old one are a "paperback of the script" and an "exclusive film cel senitype" (like the filmstrips that were included with the widescreen VHS of Phantom Menace in 2000).

Here's the cover of the old:

And the new:  

Now, if the script and the filmstrip are worth the difference to you, then go nuts.  

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03 - Mach 2
« on: September 14, 2003, 12:09 AM »
What a Newb, polish my shoes and make me some coffee, a little cream and sugar please :-*

Oh, I'll put some cream in that coffee for you, all right.

Isn't there some Gn'R DVD's coming out, or is that not major?

Major if you're living in 1988, maybe.

Not on the list, but from September 16th, Monty Python's Holy Grail.  It is priced at an outrageous $48 here.  Is it similarly high in the US?  If not, I'll try and pick it up when I'm in Cincinatti in October.

As far as I know, Brent, that's just a "deluxe" version of the two-disc special edition which came out two years ago.  I think it's in some fancy box with the screenplay, and maybe some other junk, but as far as anyone knows, the DVD is the same, content-wise, as the current one.

I'll do some lookin' and find out exactly what the deal is.

Watto's Junk Yard / 2004 DVD Release List
« on: September 13, 2003, 11:17 PM »
Well, I'm a dumbass, and deleted myself, which means that I can't edit the original thread anymore.  So, I signed up again, and am starting this one over.

See the original here:

Major DVD Release List for Summer/Fall '03


The Apprentice: The Complete First Season (24th)
Boy Meets World: The Complete First Season (24th)
Dallas: The Complete First and Second Seasons (24th)
Dogville (24th)
Futurama: Volume 4 (24th)
The Girl Next Door (24th)
Graffiti Bridge (24th)
Laws of Attraction (24th)
The Munsters: The Complete First Season (24th)
Purple Rain: 20th Anniversary: Two-Disc Special Edition (24th)
Under the Cherry Moon (24th)

I Love Lucy: Season 2 (31st)
Jesus Christ Superstar: Special Edition (31st)
The Passion of the Christ (31st)
Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: Complete Season 2 (31st)
Slacker: The Criterion Collection (31st)
South Park: The Passion of the Jew (31st)
Star Trek: The Original Series: Season One (31st)
Touched by an Angel: Season 1 (31st)
Trekkies 2 (31st)
Twisted: Special Collector's Edition (widescreen) (31st)
Videodrome: The Criterion Collection (31st)


Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection (7th)
Alias: The Complete Third Season (7th)
American Dreams: Season One (7th)
Angel: Season Four (7th)
The Burning Bed (7th)
Clerks X: 10th Anniversary Edition (7th)
Columbo: The Complete First Season (7th)
The David Lean DVD Collection (7th)
Eddie Murphy: Raw (7th)
Everwood: The Complete First Season (7th)
The Iron Giant: Special Edition (7th)
Jersey Girl (7th)
The Ladykillers (widescreen) (7th)
Law & Order: The Fourteenth Year: 2004 Season (7th)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Third Year: 2004 Season (7th)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifth Year: 2004 Season (7th)
Magnum P.I.: The Complete First Season (7th)
The Man with One Red Shoe (7th)
Mask: Special Ediiton (1985) (7th)
Mork & Mindy: The Complete First Season (7th)
The Punisher (7th)
Resident Evil: Deluxe Edition (7th)
Rounders: Collector's Edition (7th)
Soul Plane (7th)
     Mile-High Edition: Unrated
     Special Edition
Star Trek: Generations: Special Collector's Edition (7th)
Without a Trace: The Complete First Season (7th)

Angels in America (14th)
CSI: The Complete Fourth Season (14th)
Diff'rent Strokes: The Complete First Season (14th)
Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete First Season (14th)
Home on the Range (14th)
Man on Fire (14th)
My Favorite Martian: The Complete First Season (14th)
Norma Jean and Marilyn (14th)
Sanford & Son: The Complete Fifth Season (14th)
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (widescreen) (14th)
7th Heaven: The Complete First Season (14th)
THX-1138 (14th)
     The George Lucas Director's Cut

Felicity: The Complete Third Season (21st)
Frasier: The Complete Eleventh Season (21st)
MadTV: The Complete First Season (21st)
Mean Girls (widescreen) (21st)
Mr. Show: The Complete Fourth Season (21st)
Popular: Season One (21st)
Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition (widescreen) (21st)

The Alamo (widescreen) (28th)
The Big One (28th)
Crank Yankers: Season 1 Uncensored (28th)
Easy Rider: 35th Anniversary Edition (28th)
Footloose: Special Collector's Edition (28th)
Star Trek: Voyager: Season Four (28th)
Strangers with Candy: The Complete Third Season (28th)
Super Size Me (28th)
227: The Complete First Season (28th)
Walking Tall (28th)


Aladdin: Platinum Series (5th)
     Two-Disc Set
     Box Set
Dawn of the Dead: Unrated Director's Cut (2004) (5th)
Dawson's Creek: The Complete Fourth Season (5th)
The Day After Tomorrow (5th)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (widescreen) (5th)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (5th)
Frasier: The Complete Final Season (5th)
Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan (5th)
     Ultimate Edition DVD Collection
The Godfather, Part II (5th)
The Godfather, Part III (5th)
Saved! (5th)
The Shawshank Redemption:  (5th)
     Special Edition
     Deluxe Limited Edition
The Thing: Collector's Edition (5th)
The Untouchables: Special Collector's Edition (5th)
What's Happening: The Complete Second Season (5th)

The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1 (12th)
Cedric the Entertainer Presents: The Complete Series (12th)
CSI: The Complete Fourth Season (12th)
CSI: Miami - Season 2 (12th)
Hogan's Heroes: Season 1 (12th)
The Jamie Kennedy Experiment: Season 2 (12th)
NBA Ultimate Jordan: 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition (12th)
The Nutty Professor: Collector's Edition (1963) (12th)
Punk'd: The Complete Second Season (12th)
Raising Helen (12th)
Ren & Stimpy: The Complete First & Second Season - Uncut (12th)
South Park: The Complete Fifth Season (12th)
Taxi: The Complete First Season (12th)
The War Room (12th)

Arrested Development: The Complete First Season (19th)
D.A.R.Y.L. (19th)
Deep Impact: Special Collector's Edition (19th)
Ed Wood: Collector's Edition (19th)
Explorers (19th)
Fire in the Sky (19th)
Garfield: The Movie (19th)
Hellboy: Director's Cut (19th)
Species: Special Edition (19th)
Van Helsing (widescreen) (19th)

Mulan: Special Edition: 2-Disc Set (26th)
The O.C.: The Complete First Season (26th)
Quantum Leap: The Complete Second Season (26th)
That 70's Show: Season One (26th)
White Chicks: Unrated & Uncut (26th)


Dazed & Confused: Flashback Edition (widescreen) (2nd)
Dr. Strangelove: 40th Anniversary Special Edition (2nd)
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (2nd)
Live Aid (2nd)
Looney Toons: Golden Collection, Volume 2 (four-discs) (2nd)
Looney Toons: Spotlight Collection, Volume 2 (two-discs) (2nd)
Northern Exposure: The Complete Second Season (2nd)
Philadelphia: Special Edition (2nd)
The Simple Life 2 (2nd)
Star Trek: The Original Series: Season Two (2nd)
Star Trek: Voyager: Season Five (2nd)
The West Wing: The Complete Third Season (2nd)

Shrek 2 (Friday, the 5th)

Before Sunset (9th)
Friends: The Complete Eighth Season (9th)
Gone with the Wind: 65th Anniversary Special Edition (four-discs) (9th)
The Stepford Wives (2004) (9th)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Volume Three (16th)
The Chronicles of Riddick (16th)
     (Unrated Director's Cut)
Elf (16th)
Frasier: The Complete Final Season (16th)
Space Ghost: Coast to Coast: Volume Two (16th)
Top Gun: Special Collector's Edition (16th)

Boy Meets World: The Complete Second Season (23rd)
The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season (23rd)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (widescreen) (23rd)
Home Improvement: The Complete First Season (23rd)
Seinfeld:  (23rd)
     The Complete First and Second Seasons
     The Complete Third Season

Daredevil: Director's Cut (30th)
The Happy Gilmore / Billy Madison Collection (widescreen) (30th)
Moonlighting: The Complete First Season (30th)
Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series (30th)
Spider-Man 2 (30th)
     Special Edition


Star Trek: The Original Series: Season Three (7th)
Star Trek: Voyager: Season Six (7th)
The Ultimate Matrix Collection (7th)
Walt Disney Treasures: The Complete Pluto (7th)
Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Black and White: Volume Two (7th)
Walt Disney Treasures: The Mickey Mouse Club: Week One (7th)

Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Special Edition (14th)

Star Trek: Voyager: Season Seven (21st)


Troy (January 4th)
Star Wars: Clone Wars

Coming Soon:

1991: The Year That Punk Broke (2-disc set)
Backbeat: Collector's Edition
Blade Runner
Lilo & Stitch: Special Edition (two-discs)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:
     Four-Disc Extended Edition (November)
The Mask: Special Edition
NewsRadio: The Complete First and Second Seasons
Pocahontas: Special Edition
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut: Special Edition
Titanic: Special Edition

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