Star Wars on DVD

We all know the original trilogy is coming out this September on DVD.. However, there is a problem. You have to buy each movie seperately (at around $20 a piece). And each movie also comes with the 2004 special edition versions, which I already own. Am I still going to buy them? Yeah. 🙂

I’ll admit I’m a bit of a Star Wars fan. I used to own almost every Star Wars book written, but I sold them when we moved. I couldn’t let go of the movie collection though. I own 3 versions of the original trilogy on VHS; original, THX, and special editions. I also bought a laserdisc player just so I could watch the original versions of the trilogy in better than VHS quality.

I watched the movies once (laserdiscs are a bitch to deal with) and never used the laserdisc player again. It’s in my garage now. LD players are selling on eBay now for about 1/5 of what I paid for it when I got it off eBay. So I’ll probably just throw it away. I have the 1994 Definitive Collection LD Box Set which is also selling on eBay for much less then it was when I got it. So it might go in the trash too.

Why get rid of the laserdiscs? Because the DVDs coming out in September are just copies of the LDs. No updating, remastering, etc. Some people (Penny Arcade) think this is because George Lucas taped over the originals. In any cause these no need to keep a giant LD player and silver Frisbees around.

I always intended to copy the LDs to DVD myself. I have all the equipment, just never wanted to spend the time doing it. eBay solved that problem. I got DVD copies for about $30. Pretty good considering the hours of work that transfer probably took.

A second season of Firefly

Brilliant Screen Entertainment is looking to see if there is an audience for a second season of Firefly. Fill out this survey and show them that you want more Firefly.

This company has stirred up quite a lot of buzz from Firefly fans and it remains to be seen up the company actually has any real ability to attempt a second Firefly season. But filling out a survey can’t hurt.

Here is a response to all the mostly negative forum buzz.

Also of interest to fans, a Firefly quote generator.

Enterprise is canceled

Enterprise is canceled. I can’t say I’m surprised. I didn’t like last season at all . But this season is pretty interesting. Rick Berman, the show’s executive producer, isn’t surprised by Enterprise’s cancellation either. For 18 years there has always been a new Star Trek show on television, sometimes two at the same time. I think it’s earned a break.

If you’re holding out hope that Enterprise will end up on another network… Enterprise Won’t Be Shopped.

Earthsea and The Librarian

Finally got around to watching both Earthsea and The Librarian. Tivo is great.

The Librarian: Question for the Spear was pretty good. Noah Wyle was great as the professional student who finally has to get a job, as guess what, a librarian. As a professional student/librarian myself I can identify. The movie doesn’t try to be too serious and that’s why it works, even if it does get some facts wrong. They seem to have confused Mayan and Incans, for example. But every librarian wants to work in a library that houses the Spear of Destiny, the Ark of the Covenant and Excalibur and save the world right?

Earthsea was a mixed bag. I liked the story but it wasn’t what I remembered from the books, (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, and Tehanu) although I only read the first two and that was a long time ago. I knew something was off but I couldn’t quite figure out what.

Ursula K. Le Guin knows what was wrong with the miniseries based on her books, and she’s letting people know. She wrote an essay for Slate and another for The Agony Column Book Reviews. The SciFi Channel has more news and has issued a statement.