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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Hooray hooray hooray! I just got the e-mail from amazon.ca that my DVDs have shipped! In case you don't remember, here's what I ordered about two weeks ago:

Star Wars: The Ewok Adventures - This disc contains the 2 Ewok TV movies that George Lucas made in the mid-80s. The first one, entitled "The Ewok Adventure," (also known as "Caravan of Courage," because that was its title overseas, where it actually came out in theatres!) follows the adventures of a little boy and a little girl marooned on Endor. And, with the help of the Ewoks, they rescue their parents from a giant. The second one, "The Battle for Endor," followed the adventures of this family as they teamed-up with Wilford Brimley and the Ewoks to save the Ewoks from an evil swamp witch.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS - Ha ho! The official sequel to my beloved Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla is undergoing extensive repairs, given the climactic bout in GxM. But, Godzilla rises again to level Tokyo! In order to hold off Godzilla until Mechagodzilla is repaired, a few brave wizards summon up Mothra! It's Mothra vs. Godzilla until Mechagodzilla can join the fray! WOO! Giant monster 3-way!

Speaking of DVDs, here's a cool bit of DVD news. On March 22, Sony Home Entertainment will release Batman & Robin: The Complete 1949 Seriel Collection. This 2-disc set will contain all 15 chapters of the 1949 Batman movie seriel. This is actually the second Batman seriel, the first one having come out in 1943.

For those who don't have a clue about movie history.... Movie seriels were these action-packed films broken up into about 15 chapters or so. Each chapter was about 15 minutes long, making it a nice little short film. Way back in the 1930s and 40s, one chapter would run before the main feature. Each chapter would always end on a cliffhanger. To know what happened to the hero, you had to come back to the theatre next week to watch the next chapter! Pretty cool, eh? Lots of comic book characters got their first appearance on the big screen in seriels. Batman, Superman, Shazam!, and I'm pretty sure Captain America got one. Seriels kind of died away in the 1950s, when television provided the same thing, for free.

Oh, and one last interesting trivia bit. This 1949 Batman seriel was written by none other than Batman's creator, Bob Kane.

Next Issue...Ewok Attack!

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