Just got this press release...for you vinyl LP fans...
I Am Shark is thrilled that the 2xLP gatefold colored vinyl release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is out now and available for purchase at the I Am Shark online store.
Released for the first time ever as a stand alone vinyl album, the limited first pressing (Silver / Transparent Royal Mix) is almost sold out.
Stream “Across The Stars (Love Theme from Attack Of The Clones)”
from the Star Wars Episode II Soundtrack on YouTube
Originally released alongside the movie in 2002, the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’ 13-track score from legendary composer John Williams has been remastered to maximize the recording’s dynamic range. Continuing with I Am Shark’s innovative variant character color coordination, which saw the vinyl release of the Episode I soundtrack come in 5 different variations, the vinyl release of the Episode II soundtrack premieres fan favorite Jango Fett's own colored vinyl pressing (Silver / Transparent Royal Mix).
Aside from beautifully colored vinyl and the eye catching imagery featured on the gatefold packaging, there are hints of a hidden surprise included in this album.
I Am Shark will soon complete the soundtrack trilogy, following Episodes I (Available Now), and II (Available Now) with the first ever stand alone vinyl pressings of the Star Wars Episodes III soundtrack in the coming months.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones - Track Listing
1. "Star Wars Main Title and Ambush on Coruscant" (3:46)
2. "Across the Stars (Love Theme from Attack of the Clones)" (5:33)
3. "Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant" (11:07)
4. "Yoda and the Younglings" (3:55)
5. "Departing Coruscant" (1:44)
6. "Anakin and Padmé" (3:57)
7. "Jango's Escape" (3:48)
8. "The Meadow Picnic" (4:14)
9. "Bounty Hunter's Pursuit" (3:23)
10. “Return to Tatooine" (6:57)
11. "The Tusken Camp and the Homestead" (5:54)
12. "Love Pledge and the Arena" (8:29)
13. "Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale" (10:45)
Franklin Castle is known as the most haunted house in Ohio for good reason. It has all the elements for timeless specters to make their rounds down dark hallways and across empty rooms: there's the tragic history for the original tenants, the Tiedemann family, whose members died too quickly, leaving no heirs to inherit the house; there are those unsavory rumors of murder and other evils taking place within its walls; and there's that spotty record of ownership and vacancy stretching over the years, with each former tenant not wanting to stick around.
The walking tour through the house, alone, is enough to creep you out. Franklin Castle is a brooding, sad, silent place, not at all the type of abode you'd want as a bed and breakfast. Unless you counted on all your customers being paranormal types and into continental breakfasts with ghosts.
Previous tenants, the Romanos, are invited by for a brief chat with paranormal hosts Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman. The Romanos resist entering the house, and once they do, they leave early. Wikipedia's article on Franklin Castle hints at why the Romanos were not too keen on returning.
Another invitee is John Tenney, a paranormal researcher, who gives us the backstory to the proceedings. He brings the emotional pull for the episode, and its focus, telling us about young Emma, apparently still playing in the house. The Romanos describe how, when they were kids living there, they would play with Emma, although she always refused to go outside or change her Victorian-styled clothes.
Soon the batteries go dead and the audio goes screwy, and our hosts and Mr. Tenney decide to get some fresh air. So yes, you can see why paranormal investigators are drawn to places like this. A lot. And Mr. Groff and Ms. Weidman have three days worth of time to kill. I always wondered why Ghost Hunters would stay at a place for only a night. This show's twist of spending 72 hours onsite, combined with brisk editing and good camerawork, and two progressively sleepy hosts, is highly watchable even when nothing spooky is happening.
There are the usual personal impressions of feeling this way or that when entering rooms and one particular closet. An electronic spirit box is utilized and more EVPs are collected. Some interesting audio is captured, but still hard to verify beyond interpretation based on the timing and situation. Still, it's evidence to ponder.
Then Rob, the cameraman, once again sees something interesting and captures it. So I'm thinking Rob, who got bit in the Anderson Hotel episode, is a ghost-magnet and maybe they should get him to sleep in the middle of hallways as bait instead of Mr. Groff.
Which, come to think of it, is freaking crazy to begin with. Mr. Groff likes to make the 3am night shift a gamble by plopping his bedroll down in places no one in his right mind would want to spend much time in during the day, let alone the dead of night. Alone. In the dark. This time he sleeps in the middle of the basement while Ms. Weidman stays cozy with the spirit box a few floors above.
Ms. Weidman always seems to manage a saner and more comfortable sleeping spot.
A courtesy screening of this episode was provided for this review.
New York, NY, March 16, 2016 – The Old School Kung Fu Fest, a three-day barrage of the rarest, wildest, and most incredible classic martial arts and action movies is back for its 6th annual edition.
This year, we’re focusing on Golden Harvest, the studio that became Hong Kong’s leading purveyor of truly insane action cinema in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
Established in 1970 by Raymond Chow and Leonard Ho, Golden Harvest fast became a rival to Shaw Brothers with a string of blockbusters in the 1970s, and went on to became a dominant force in the Hong Kong film industry throughout the 80’s and 90’s, producing, financing, and distributing over 600 films across many genres. The studio has nurtured the talents of Bruce Lee, John Woo, Michael Hui, Stanley Kwan, Jimmy Wang Yu, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Angela Mao, and many others.
at The Metrograph
Ludlow Street (between Hester St. and Canal St. NYC)
To celebrate Golden Harvest’s legacy, we have put together a program of some of the studio’s greatest martial arts and action films: we’ve got Bruce Lee’s funkadelic masterpiece Enter The Dragon (1973); the original One-Armed Swordsman (Jimmy Wang Yu) and the one-off James Bond (George Lazenby) going mano-a-mano in the car crashtastic The Man From Hong Kong (1975); Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao in martial arts action paradise with The Prodigal Son (1981); Sammo Hung directing and starring in Pedicab Driver (1989), the greatest achievement of his early career; Jackie Chan fighting a big yellow hovercraft in Rumble in the Bronx (1995); Tsui Hark’s feral swordplay movie The Blade (1996); and the last truly great Hong Kong cop film of the 90s, Big Bullet (1996). All the titles (except Prodigal Son) will be super-rare 35mm screenings!*
In other exciting news for fans of Hong Kong cinema, Warner Archive has begun to make Golden Harvest titles available as part of their manufacture on demand service. 16x9 widescreen DVDs in their original language with English captions can be ordered for the discerning film fan’s collection. Titles include A Terra-Cotta Warrior (1989), He's a Woman, She's a Man (1994), The Blade (1995), Pedicab Driver (1989), Blade of Fury (1993), Big Bullet (1996) and Downtown Torpedoes(1997) - and these few are just the beginning!
More jungle spectacle courtesy of Tony Rivers. He spotted these scans made by comic book fiend Bill Meugniot. This time, Buster Crabbe (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon), takes a stab at it. Hold on to your loin cloth as the "Mighty Thunda" swings through the trees. Exciting poster art and lots of promotion can be found in the 12 pages of this pressbook, including a coloring page!
A menacing inset scene and carefully arranged border illustration, along with an intriguing use of coloration, make this Mexican lobby card for Jungle Drums of Africa a perfect example of how movies depicted the Dark Continent in the 1950s: full of mystery and menace. Quick, what's the single theme every jungle movie from the 1940s to 1950s always seemed to peg its script on? My answer: outsiders pissing off the locals enough to cause much harm and mayhem. From comedies to jungle dramas, hapless visitors and belligerent natives were the usual payoffs. Not surprisingly, many horror movies follow this same theme.
Fellow jungle-fever fan and pressbook collector Tony Rivers strikes again. He spotted Will Meugniot's scans of this Congo Bill, King of the Jungle pressbook you can go ape over. Or go ape over Congo Queen Cleo Moore if you like.
I have another Mexican lobby card for El Hombre Indestructible (1956), the blue version. Here's the yellow version, which is more vivid. There are so many movies about men and women victimized by mad scientists, aliens, and themselves, where to start? Lon Chaney Jr. was electrified twice: first in 1941's Man-Made Monster, then in this movie. A great all-around actor, he's the only one to portray all founding-father Universal Monsters: Dracula (or his son, still not sure), Wolf Man, Mummy, and Frankenstein (okay, the Monster, for you purists).
Simple but effective promotion for When Worlds Collide, a George Pal movie that, given his preference for a larger budget, would have been heavier on special effects and art direction. A remake went into pre-production a few years ago, but it's in limbo at the moment. Tech geeks (like me) will enjoy seeing the differential analyser (analog computer) used, in the movie, to crunch the collision numbers.
Here's an example of the interesting contrast we usually see when witches are portrayed in movies: you either see the decrepit naked hag with long dirty hair rolling around in baby fat in a decidedly non-delicious life-style ((The Witch, Lords of Salem) versus the nubile, sometimes naked, beauties rolling in seductive charms and comfortable bed linens (Baba Yaga, Burn Witch Burn, The Devil's Own).
I'll leave it up to you as to which portrayal is your favorite.
Paul Naschy strikes again as werewolf Count Waldemar Daninsky in Night of the Howling Beast. This one was a Video Nasty in the United Kingdom and I don't believe it was ever released there. I have yet to "get into" Paul Naschy's oeuvre, but I know some Naschy fans who would bite my head off for such a lapse.
NEW YORK – FilmRise announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights for the documentary, Holy Hell, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
The film is an inside look at a secretive, spiritual cult formed in 1980s West Hollywood.
Director Will Allen joined the group just after graduating from film school and as he became more deeply involved, he began filming his experiences as the group’s unofficial videographer.
The distributor will release the film theatrically on May 20, 2016.
It wasn’t until after Allen left the cult that he understood the film he’d been making for over twenty years. Working with producers Alexandra Johnes and ex-cult member Tracey Harnish, Allen decided to use his footage to take others on his journey.
Holy Hell is executive produced by Michael C. Donaldson, Cheryl Sanders, Julian Goldstein and Academy Award®-winner Jared Leto, who describes the film as “relentless, haunting and unforgettable.”
“Following its headline-making run at Sundance, we are elated to be bringing this gripping film to audiences come spring,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “Ultimately this is a remarkable film about the human condition, and I am confident that audiences will be engrossed by this captivating story, told by those who lived it.”
“I am so happy that FilmRise will be releasing Holy Hell in theaters for communities to experience together,” said filmmaker Will Allen. “This story is very personal but also universal, because it could have happened to anyone. And seeing how broadly it resonated at Sundance makes me excited to share it with the rest of the world.”
The deal was negotiated between Fisher, FilmRise’s VP of Acquisitions Max Einhorn representing the distributor with Donaldson Califf’s Dean Cheley and Michael Donaldson representing the filmmakers along with Andrew Herwitz, President of The Film Sales Company. Herwitz noted that there is also substantial television interest in the film around the world.
State asylums always make for interesting television. With ghosts or without. There's something, depressing, poignant, and potentially scary watching two people spend the night in gloomy and crumbling institutional rooms and hallways. In this premiere episode of Paranormal Lockdown, hosts Katrina Weidman (Paranormal State) and Nick Groff (Ghost Adventures), spend 72 hours in the asylum, walking the halls by day, sleeping in them at night.
Having weaned myself away from Ghost Hunters--too many, "did you see that? did you hear that?" moments of subjective experiences and nothing to show for it, I wasn't expecting much. But this premiere episode is paced well, has good camerawork, and minimizes the de rigueur backstory provided by an employee (or in this case a former employee) that stifles so many ghost hunting shows with he saw, she saw moments WE never get to see.
So you usually wind up watching people talk about what supernatural experiences they saw at the start of the show, then watch other people talk about their subjective emotions and feelings for the remainder of the show. Toss in a lot of interpreted voice recordings and you have an hour's worth of not-much-happening.
The hosts for our Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum tour, however, manage a bit more than that for us. Not only does their onscreen relationship work well, we're treated to a backstory that's frightening all by itself, a brutal double murder. And we get a few good geobox moments. The geobox, or ghost box, is essentially a radio the dead can speak through. It's bigger than a breadbox, so Nick and Katrina carry around a more portable sound recorder with them through the various rooms and hallways. A daytime response to an EVP session is promising when they first enter the asylum. Another is repeated twice, which, given the circumstances it's heard in, is noteworthy.
With 13 buildings to choose from, they focus on the Women's Auxiliary Building, the lobotomy recovery room, and the morgue. Adam Berry and Amy Bruni (Ghost Hunters) pay a brief visit.
By the third day, having slept little (would you sleep at all in such surroundings?), things perk up. Maybe it's the exhaustion making our hosts more susceptible to suggestion or maybe the asylum's former patients, who never left, are getting tired of all those annoying EVPs, but the 4th floor provided the more watchable moments. There's one thing caught on camera that was so creepy as hell even the cameraman was unnerved.
I admit I got goosebumps. Now that's what I like to see.
"Premiering tomorrow at 10/9c, Destination America’s six-part series PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN, hosted by Nick Groff (formerly of Ghost Adventures) and co-hosted by Katrina Weidman (formerly of Paranormal State), follows the two as they confine themselves in America’s most terrifying places for an unprecedented 72 hours straight. Living at haunted locations, Groff and Weidman believe that the longer they stay, the more the spirits will communicate with them and the more information they can gather about the unknown. Stretching the limits of paranormal investigation, PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN premieres on Friday, March 4 at 10/9c exclusively on Destination America."