Just forget the words and sing along

Thursday, March 29, 2007

DVD News for my sister

Ah, That Thing You Do. If you've never seen it, you're missing something nice. You might remember this tale of a rock band in 1964 that becomes a one-hit wonder and their trials and tribulations of one-hit wonder-dom. As movies go, there's nothing new or cutting edge in it, but it's 100% guaranteed to make you smile.

Of course, these days, it's more fondly remembered as "that movie that Tom Hanks directed." (Hanks wrote it, too.) I once saw an interview with Hanks in which he said it would have been a better movie if he didn't spend so much of his time going, "WOW!! I'm directing a movie! And when I say 'action,' all the actors say lines that I wrote! THIS IS SO COOL!"

And of course, I always love the song itself. (In case you haven't seen the movie, That Thing You do is also the name of the one-hit wonder that our band has.) Like the movie itself, it's not new or cutting ege, but it's 100% guaranteed to make you smile.

Anyway, I'm going on this rant about That Thing You Do because, at long last, it's getting a mega-ultimate-special-edition-DVD.

That Thing You Do: Tom Hanks' Extended Cut comes out on May 8. As the title suggests, this is an extended cut of the film, featuring 39 minutes of scenes that originally ended up on the cutting room floor. You also get 5 featurettes, and the original HBO "Making Of" TV special. Oh, and the teaser and trailer. But no Tom Hanks running commentary....

But yeah. May 8.

And you know what would make that song That Thing You Do even bouncier and more fun?

If there was a Japanese punk rock cover.

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