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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New in Stores on DVD & Blu-ray: July 29, 2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Movie Music Monday: Covering the main title theme of Twin Peaks (& Fire Walk with Me)

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29 is day that me and my fellow 20-year-plus-and-counting obsessive fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal 1990-1991 television serial Twin Peaks have been waiting for: the release of CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution's exhaustively comprehensive Blu-ray set, which also includes Lynch's 1992 feature film prequel Fire Walk with Me. Reinforcing the ongoing influence of a series that ran a mere 30 episodes on network television and spawned a movie that was a commercial failure and, at the time, a critical one as well (though the ensuing years has brought on a fair amount of reassessment and appreciation), Angelo Badalamenti's Grammy-winning theme song for the television series, "Falling," has been covered a multitude of times and in a multitude of ways; even its far lesser known film counterpart, "Theme from Twin Peaks--Fire Walk with Me"/"She Would Die for Love", has also received the cover treatment. Here are a few of my favorites.

Max Lilja plays a stunningly impassioned rendition on his cello (with nicely produced video to match):

Jason Torbert, a.k.a. Goddamn Electric Bill, recorded a faithful yet uniquely dreamy take:

Mr. Piano Solo plays the tune on a keyboard directly from the Black Lodge, also segueing into "Laura Palmer's Theme":

A lovely version on the flute:

Rod Thomas, a.k.a. Bright Light Bright Light, does a rare male vocal cover (though he gets a lyric wrong; it should be "Then your touch so warm"):

An unconventional cover by Lex Land and Gavin Caselton (even if the lyrics in the final verse are wrong; it should be "Are we falling in love"):

Fantômas recorded and released this incredibly intense version of the Fire Walk with Me title tune on their 2001 album The Director's Cut, with an appropriately ghoulish official video that gives new meaning to "She Would Die for Love":

Finally, the Danish DJ project going by the name of (yes) One-Eyed Jacks recorded this version of the "Falling" for the clubs in 1991. Even more, shall we say, interesting than the brief rap interlude is the track's official video:

The Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Buy the Twin Peaks television soundtrack here.
Buy the Twin Peaks--Fire Walk with Me motion picture soundtrack here.
Buy the Twin Peaks: Season Two Music and More television soundtrack here.
Buy the Twin Peaks The Entire Mystery Blu-ray set here.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Movie Report #778, July 25, 2014

The Movie Report

#778, July 25, 2014



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F3PR: The Shawshank Redemption 20th anniversary marked by events, tours

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Travel packages start at less than $129 for two

MANSFIELD, OH USA – This Labor Day Weekend, the 20th Anniversary of the release of the most popular movie of all time is being celebrated by a weekend packed with special events, location tours and an overnight package designed for travelers. Filmed in Mansfield, Ohio, The Shawshank Redemption has received widespread critical acclaim and is consistently voted the #1 movie of all time by IMDB users. Complete Shawshank Anniversary details, travel package information, event tickets and souvenir sites are available at

Mansfield's historic Ohio State Reformatory, a former state prison, starred in the movie as Shawshank State Prison. The prison is now a restored architecturally and culturally significant historic site open for public tours and overnight Ghost Hunts April 1-Sept. 1. The prison also hosts a haunted prison experience every fall (Sept. 26- Nov. 1 in 2014).

More than a dozen other authentic filming locations welcome visitors to the central Ohio area. During the Shawshank 20th Anniversary celebration, Aug. 29-31, each will offer special events and tours throughout the weekend. In addition, locations all around the area will feature various unique Shawshank Anniversary souvenirs, including 20th anniversary commemorative T-shirts. The 13 filming sites along Mansfield's Shawshank Trail include:

  • Ohio State Reformatory (Shawshank State Prison)
  • Bissman Building (Brewer Hotel and Portland Daily Bugle)
  • Renaissance Theatre (Premier of Shawshank Redemption)
  • The Shawshank Oak Tree
  • Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm (Opening scene)
  • Crosby Advisory Group LLC (Maine National Bank)
  • Revivals 2 Thrift Store (Trailways Bus Station)
  • Wyandot County Courthouse (Andy's Trial)
  • Shawshank Woodshop (Prison Workshop)
  • Carrousel Antiques (Pawn Shop Window)
  • Snyder & Hagerman Roads in Bellville, OH (Road to Buxton)
  • Red's Bus Ride on Rt. 95 in Bellville, OH (Bus to Fort Hancock, TX)
  • Brooks' Bench (Waiting for Jake)
Shawshank Anniversary package offered

For just $128.66 (including tax) for a double or king room or $139.96 for a suite, a one-night getaway package can be reserved through Quality Inn & Suites, (419) 529-1000. The package is based on two guests ($14 for each additional guest) and includes:

  • One night's accommodations at Quality Inn & Suites Mansfield
  • Hot deluxe breakfast for two
  • Two tickets to Ohio State Reformatory where the Shawshank Redemption was filmed
  • One Shawshank T-Shirt
  • Two Prison chocolate bars crafted by local confectionary, The Squirrel's Den
  • Two Prison Break Sodas locally bottled by Richland Carrousel
  • Locally roasted and ground Jailhouse Java Coffee from The Blueberry Patch
  • 15%-off of all Reformatory Gift Shop Purchases
In addition to tours of the Shawshank Trail sites and the travel package, the following special events are also being offered:

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 29-31:
2-3 p.m., Malabar Farm Hostel, Mark Jordan shares intriguing tales from the set of what it was like being an extra in the film. (Free)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30:
Exclusive two-day bus tour (only 100 seats available) takes participants to each of the 13 actual Shawshank Redemption filming locations ($139)

Friday, Aug. 29:
9 a.m., Ashland University Film Lecture, featuring University of Vermont Professor and Stephen King Scholar and Research Assistant Tony Magistrale on Redemption through Shawshank. (Free)
1-3 p.m., Pugh Cabin, site of the film's opening scene, Actor Scott Mann (played Linda Dufresne's lover) will sign autographs (Free)
7 p.m., View the film at the beautifully restored historic Renaissance Theater, where the film first premiered in 1994 ($10)

Saturday, Aug. 30:
10 a.m.-Noon, Pugh Cabin, site of the film's opening scene, Actor Scott Mann (played Linda Dufresne's lover) will sign autographs (Free)
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Jim Kisicki (played bank manager) signing autographs at Crosby Advisory Group, LLC, Ashland, (portrayed in the film as Maine National Bank) (Free)
7:30 p.m., Cocktail party, Ohio State Reformatory (Shawshank State Prison), 1940s-50s evening attire suggested but not required, live jazz band, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and reformatory tours ($50)

Sunday, Aug. 31:
8:30 a.m. Church at Shawshank, a 30-minute film, scripture and dialogue journey toward spiritual freedom led by life coach, author and minister Kary Oberbrunner ($7)

A destination unlike any other, Mansfield is home to a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as visiting the working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married to spending the night in a haunted former state prison where Hollywood blockbuster movies are filmed. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mohican State Park, breathtaking scenery, rural and hometown experiences, as well as hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads of other outdoor adventures attract travelers of all ages. Complete visitor information is available at or (800) 642-8282.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Movie Music Monday: Once moves from screen to stage in Hollywood

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This was supposed to be when/where my in-depth review of the stage adaptation of John Carney's 2007 Oscar-winning gem Once was going to run. The original film being my absolute favorite of that year, I was intrigued by the notion of the (in my mind, rather unlikely) production once it was announced for an Off-Broadway premiere in 2011, and even more so when its success led to a multiple Tony-winning transfer to Broadway in 2012. And so I was looking forward to the show's long-awaited Los Angeles premiere at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, July 17, given my great love for the film and the rather fortuitous timing of its L.A. splash coinciding with the current cinema run of Carney's latest musical film, Begin Again. However, perhaps to no surprise, I was not the only person anticipating it, for the helpful Pantages media staff was unfortunately unable to accommodate my ticket request (and self-funding for expensive legit theatre coverage is hugely difficult for me lately). And so I post this item merely informing those in the Los Angeles area that the first national tour production of Once is now running at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through Sunday, August 10. A clip of the tour cast in action is below.

Buy the Once original Broadway cast album here.
Buy the Once Blu-ray here.
Buy the Once DVD here.
Buy the Once motion picture soundtrack here.
Buy the Once the musical sheet music here.
Buy the Once motion picture sheet music here.

(Special thanks to Benny Aguayo at the Pantages Theatre)

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