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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Whew! I've got quite a few bits of news from the past few days, and now, I can spit it out.

Firstly, book news. Micheal Moore is going to have two new books coming out this fall. The first one, entitled The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, is the official companion book to Fahrenheit 9/11. It'll share more material that never got into the movie and give the whole story about how he got his facts. The second one is entitled Will They Ever Trust Us Again? and it'll be a collection of letters Moore's gotten from soldiers in Iraq who are critical of the war. Both books will be out in October, to co-incide with the DVD release of Fahrenheit 9/11.

Not to be outdone, my favourite anti-Moore site is already accusing Moore of falsifying the letters that Moore has gotten, or at least heavily editing them to show Moore's point of view. So, this anti-Moore site has sent out a request for letters from soldiers in Iraq who are in favour of the war, so they can compile their own book.

And now, I've got some big DVD announcements.

Firstly, coming out on November 30 is Daredevil 1.5. This is a brand-new director's cut of Daredevil that'll have an additional 20 minutes of footage that was originally cut. This is going to be a single-disc DVD. The only bonus materials will be a featurette about making the director's cut, and a new running commentary with writer/director Mark Steven Johnson and producer Avi Arad. I've got a hunch that the teaser for the Elektra movie will be on the disc, too, but that's just a hunch....

The bigger news. Also coming out on November 30 is the DVD of the #1 film of the year, Spider-Man 2. This is going to be a fully-loaded 2-disc special edition, featuring....

- A running commentary with director Sam Raimi, star Tobey Maguire, and producers Avi Arad and Grant Curtis
- A technical running commentary with the special effects folks
- Blooper reel
- Pop-up trivia facts about the film
- 4 webisode featurettes from the film's official website
- The music video for Ordinary by Train
- A 12-part documentary about the making of the film
- A featurette all about Peter Parker and the evolution of his chracter
- A featurette on Doc Ock and adapting him for the big screen
- A featurette about the female characters of the film
- A multi-angle look at the climactic final fight at the pier
- And an art gallery, where you can look at Alex Ross's opening credit artwork without any nasty opening credits getting in the way

And, that's not all. Besides this, they're also releasing a special Spider-Man 2 Gift Set, a big box set where you get all this with the DVD:

- An exclusive artwork portfolio, where 25 comic book artists have drawn images inspired by the film
- A "From Concept to Screen" portfolio, where pre-production art is placed side-by-side with the final image in the film
- A collection of postcards featuring the film's movie posters
- A reprint of Amazing Spider-Man #50; the "Spider-Man No More" issue.

And here's some DVD news for my brother. On November 16, Paramount will finally release Top Gun: Special Collector's Edition. Yup, a 2-disc special edition of Top Gun. When my brother and I were kids, this was one of our favourite films. Since we were raised on G.I. Joe, enjoying Top Gun was a latteral move. Anyway, all the bonus stuff you get:

- Brand new animorphic widescreen digital transfer of the film and a brand new surround sound remix.
- Running commentary with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Tony Scott, writer Jack Epps, and real-life Top Gun pilots Captain Mike Galpin, retired Admiral Pete Pettigrew and Vice Admiral Mike McCabe
- 6 documentaries about the making of the film, tracing it from pre-production to its cultural impact
- 4 music videos from the film's soundtrack
- a vintage Tom Cruise interview
- a vintage featurette
- storyboards with commentary by director Tony Scott
- 7 TV spots

And now, it's bedtime

Next Issue...Too Many DVDs!

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