Archive - 2006

Farscape: The Complete Fourth Season (2002) – DVD Review

Farscape: The Complete Fourth Season DVD

Film:
DVD:

Created by Rockne S. O’Bannon
Starring Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Gigi Edgly, Viginia Hey, Anthony Simcoe, Paul Goddard, Lani Tupu, Jonathan Hardy, Rebecca Riggs, and Wayne Pygram.

Features:

  • “Story So Far” featurette
  • Interviews with Rebecca Riggs, Lani John Tupu, Wayne Pygram, David Franklin, Jonathan Hardy
  • Season 4 SFX featurette
  • Season 2 and 3 bloopers and outtakes
  • Alien Encounters featurette
  • Deleted scenes
  • Farscape Facts
  • Early make-up tests
  • Villains featurette
  • “Revenging Angel” animatics
  • Set, prop, and costume gallery

Released by ADV Films
Region: 1
Rating: NR, suitable for audiences 12+
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Die-hard ‘Scapers already own it. Others should rent.

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Have You Been Taking Anything For This?

Art Bell

I’ve been a big fan of Art Bell and Coast to Coast AM for years. I’m a subscriber to their Streamlink thing which lets me listen online. I automagically download podcasts of each night’s show. I am positively addicted to these shows where you could have Michio Kaku one night, then psychics the next, and open lines for time travellers and aliens the next. I strongly urge you to check it out if you enjoy High Weirdness of any kind. Trust me, if you’re here in the U.S. or Canada, it’s on a radio station late at night somewhere near you.

One thing to bear in mind, though, before you call Mr. Bell: he is a veteran of a thousand radio wars. It is not an easy task to mess with his head, as this caller, Oscar, recently learned (MP3 link).

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Pythons on Festival ’75

Festival 75

The year was 1975…A.D. Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman found themselves appearing live on a public television pledge show (“Festival ’75!!!!”–try and get the theme music out of your head afterwards) answering questions from fans in the studio audience. Only the first thirteen or fourteen minutes of the interview are extant, but this fragment hasn’t been seen since the thing originally aired.

Found via Screenhead.

Direct link for the feedreaders.
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Odds and Ends for 3-6-2006

Incredible custom-built Futurama pinball machine. Found via MAKE Blog.

Worried about staying cool this summer? Build a working A/C out of Legos. I don’t know about you, but I was lucky to make a decent wall with those damn things. Oh well.

Want to buy some used animal props, like an “Animatronic Crawler Vampire Bat”? Here ya go. Found via Gizmodo.

How about a knife block that’s just terribly wrong? Found via Gizmodo as well.

If you thought you were a cheap bastard when it came to one-trip-only salad bars, bow before this. Found via Neatorama.

I can, in my mind’s eye, see Siege having one half of this conversation.
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Weekend Recommendations: DVDs

Here’s yer DVD goodness…

DVD of the Week: Return of the Pink Panther. Did the Steve Martin remake leave a bad taste in your soul? Then grab this from Universal, the only flick not in the MGM boxed set (Son of? There was no Son of, damn you). Is it the best of the bunch? Not by far, but let’s face it…bad Sellers Clouseau is better than most good comedic actors today–and no way is Sellers bad in this. Complete your collection. (Buy it)

TV DVD of the Week: Doogie Howser, MD: Season Three. Long before Neil Patrick Harris was becoming a stage actor all over the freaking place, he became the avatar of a lot of teenagers looking at growing up and doing so without the high-paying job of being a doctor. Here, in the third season–hitting DVD from Anchor Bay–you get twenty-four episodes which feature everything from Doogie living with his best friend as a roomie, to taking a fast food job, to the evolution of his relationship with his girlfriend. Comes with interviews as well. (Buy it)

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Weekend Recommendations: Books & CDs

Audiobook of the Week: The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Christopher Lane. Written when Thompson was just a young gonzo, the novel relates a young writer facing the fact that his dreams of a literary career are going up in smoke. Not his best work, but for those who want a complete Thompson experience, they should definitely check it out. This unabridged production from Blackstone Audio is a handy way to do so. (Buy it)

Book of the Week: The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios. There’ve been a number of books trying to use science that we know to explain how fictional worlds might work. They’re all pretty entertaining and–gasp–educational. Kakalios’ tome from Gotham Books is no exception, as he addresses the burning questions of our age, like “Can Ant-Man punch his way out of a paper bag?” He also brings up how the Microverse would work, and runs down major mutant players to take you through how they can work their powers as well. It’s a total science geekgasm in a little over 300 pages. (Buy it)

Movie-Related of the Week: The Making of King Kong : The Official Guide to the Motion Picture by Jenny Wake. Pocket Books takes you behind the scenes of the big monkey film, featuring scads of exactly what you would pick up such a tome for: behind-the-scenes shots, pics of models, production art…the whole nine. If you’re salivating thinking of the DVD and its inevitable bonus bits, then slake your thirst for the time being with this. (Buy it)

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Zero Hour Nine AM

The man’s name is Juan Lozano. He has spent years and lots of coin building something that everybody wants: a rocketeer rig. He’s not doing trips to the market or anything, but me, I think he gets bonus points for the kickass pose. Article here, video here and the project’s website here.

It was being drooled over first by the cats at MAKE Blog.

No More Questions.

Natalie Portman raps

After watching this, I, like every other man in the world, am speechless. And I am also, like every other man in the world, oddly aroused.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Update: NBC, morons that they are, have apparently had YouTube pull the video. This is a good thing: Christ knows we don’t want people actually finding out that SNL might have something worth watching. Good job, NBC! Hide that light under a bushel, you dumbshits!

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