News Archive - August 2004

28 August

New Spider Rip
Spider Polityk does it again - here is a new rip of the movie Spider (2002).

This rip contains David Cronenberg's commentary as a second audio track and there is also the David Cronenberg bonus material.

Please support Cronenberg's work and treat this as a preview material only, before buying it.

Spider (2002):
CD1, CD2

In the Beginning - How Spider came to be
Caught in Spider's Web - The Cast
Weaving the Web - The Making of Spider

27 August

New Videodrome DVD
The Cronendrome website gives us some early images and reviews for the new Videodrome DVD that is released the coming Tuesday.

More info about the new DVD on August 12.

A History of Violence Rumors
A History of Violence According to an article on Hollywoodreporter from the beginning of the month, Ed Harris and William Hurt are in negotiations to join the cast of David Cronenberg's new movie, A History of Violence. Supposedly, Viggo Mortensen is already confirmed as the lead, playing the character of Tom McKenna.

According to IMDB, Maria Bello is also in the cast, and the budget of the movie is estimated to be $32m (this is extremely unlikely, for a Cronenberg movie).

More info about the movie on April 17.

The Brown Bunny Opens in the US
The Brown Bunny (2003), the controversial movie by Vincent Gallo (Buffalo '66) finally opens in the USA today. The Brown Bunny

The movie was first shown in the Cannes Film Festival in May 2003 and was criticized as "the worst film ever admitted into the competition of the Cannes film festival". The 2-hours movie was re-edited and is now 93 minutes long, although the sex scenes remain intact.

The movie has provoked outrage because it features a graphic 10-minute scene in which actress Chloe Sevigny performs fellatio on Gallo (her real-life former lover), which - according to Sevigny herself - was not simulated.

Sevigny repeatedly defends the movie and the infamous scene in particular, and says it's being unfairly attacked.

Spielberg and Cruise Set to Film Biggest Budget Film Ever
From IMDB:

Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie War Tom Cruise of the Worlds (2005) is poised to make history in Hollywood as the most expensive film ever made, surpassing Titanic's $198 million budget. Spielberg and Cruise will pocket a fifth of the box office profit.

A source says, "No expense will be spared. Spielberg wants to make it the film of the decade".

The film is based on HG Wells' classic story about Martian invaders. Orson Welles' 1938 radio adaptation caused panic in America when the tale convinced listeners Earth was being invaded.

The movie is set to be released in the USA in July 2005.

24 August

The Polar Express
Robert Zemeckis' new movie, The Polar Express (2004) will premiere in the US on November 10. It will also be shown on IMAX in 3D.

In this major project, with a budget of $150m, Tom Hanks is said to play 20 roles. The movie uses a new technology that uses CGI based on live-action photography.

Official Site / Trailer

21 August

Soundtracks Recommendations
For a change, here are some recommendations for excellent soundtracks that I highly recommend.

Alan Silvestri - Van Helsing (2004) Alan Silvestri - Van Helsing (2004)

This is the best score I've heard so far this year. Very powerful and energetic music by Silvestri. Guaranteed to make a great use of your subwoofer.

Download (~245kbps VBR, 43 min, 75MB)
Howard Shore - Looking for Richard (1996) Howard Shore - Looking for Richard (1996)

One of Shore's best scores.

Download (256kbps CBR, 45 min, 89MB)
Jerry Goldsmith - Total Recall (1990) Jerry Goldsmith - Total Recall (1990) [The Deluxe Edition]

Excellent soundtrack by Goldsmith (and one of his own favorite works).

Amazon / Goldsmith Online / Varese Sarabande
Download (160kbps CBR, 72 min, 82MB)
Carter Burwell - Gods and Monsters (1998) Carter Burwell - Gods and Monsters (1998)

You can listen to this soundtrack repeatedly and still not get tired of it.

Download (128kbps CBR, 33 min, 30MB)

19 August

Legendary Composer Elmer Bernstein Dies at 82
"Music is the soul of life, and each soul sings a different song"
- Elmer Bernstein (June 2004)

This is a very sad month to the world of cinema music.

Legendary composer Elmer Bernstein, who composed music to more than 250 movies and TV shows during the last 50 years, died Wednesday in his sleep at his home in Ojai, California. He was 82.

Bernstein is survived by his wife, Eve, as well as two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Bernstein was nominated for 14 Academy Awards (he won only one, for Thoroughly Modern Millie): The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Summer and Smoke (1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Walk on the Wild Side (1962), Return of the Seven (1966), Hawaii (1966) (2 nominations), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), True Grit (1969), Gold (1974), Trading Places (1983), The Age of Innocence (1993), Far from Heaven (2002).

Some of his other scores include: The Ten Commandments (1956), God's Little Acre (1958), Some Came Running (1958), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) , The Great Escape (1963), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), Animal House (1978), Airplane! (1980), Heavy Metal (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Airplane II: The Sequel (1982), Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983), Ghost Busters (1984), Spies Like Us (1985), Three Amigos! (1986), My Left Foot (1989), The Field (1990), The Grifters (1990), Oscar (1991), the great adaptation and arrangement of Bernard Herrmann's music for Cape Fear (1991), The Babe (1992), Mad Dog and Glory (1993), The Good Son (1993), Canadian Bacon (1995), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) The Rainmaker (1997), Wild Wild West (1999), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Keeping the Faith (2000) and many more.

Exactly 4 weeks ago, when Jerry Goldsmith died, I wrote that I consider him to be one of the "giant" composers, together with Elmer Bernstein (and other great talents as Ennio Morricone and John Williams). It's very sad to lose two legends in less than a month and I only wish health and many more years of composing for the other "giants".

Thanks you, Elmer, for your talent and half a decade of great music. Rest in peace.

Official Site / Filmtracks / Amazon / D'Lynn Waldrom page

10 March 2003 9 March 2003 2002 Todd Haynes and Elmer Bernstein at a talk-back following a special screening of "Far from Heaven" December 2002 Bernstein and Cecil B. DeMille (1955)

12 August

Videodrome - Criterion Collection
Videodrome - Criterion Collection DVD is released on 31 August 2004.

This 2-disc Special Edition includes:

  • Audio commentaries
        by director David Cronenberg, actors James Woods and Deborah Harry, and director of photography Mark Irwin.

  • Camera (2000)
        The short film (6 min) starring Les Carlson, written and directed by David Cronenberg in 2000 as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Toronto Film Festival.

  • Farming the New Flesh
        A new half-hour documentary featurette about the creation of Videodrome's landmark video and prosthetic makeup effects.

  • Samurai Dreams
        The complete and unedited faux Japanese AV feature seen in Videodrome.

  • Fear on Film (1981)
        A 26-minute roundtable discussion between filmmakers David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris.

  • Stills Gallery
  • Original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette
  • Widescreen anamorphic format

    You can pre-order this DVD at Amazon for $28.
  • 9 August

    James Cameron Keeps Making Documentaries
    James Cameron Seems like James Cameron can't let go of making documentaries. After Expedition: Bismarck and Ghosts of the Abyss you'd expect him to finally make the True Lies sequel. Instead, he insists on continuing making yet another documentary.

    Aliens of the Deep is a 3D documentary in which Cameron teams up with NASA scientists to explore the mid-ocean ridge, a submerged chain of mountains that band the earth and are home to some of the planet's most unique life forms.

    As always Mike Cameron (James's brother) is responsible for making and operating the ROV (Remote Operating Vehicle).

    The movie will premiere in the US on 14 January 2005. More info on Walden Media site.

    I wish Cameron would go and do what he knows best - making action movies like no one else can. Come on, James, it's been over 7 years since Titanic. Give us what we want.

    3 August

    Online Interview with Cronenberg
    Ryerson University in Canada features a 2-hours interview (lecture) with David Cronenberg in front of students, which is part of the Kodak Lecture Series. The interview was made on 7 November 2003. Interviewer: Canadian director Bruce McDonald. Here are the direct links:

    Windows Media:
  •   56kbps - 160x120, 36MB
  • 128kbps - 240x160, 99MB (Note: Actual interview starts after 11 min)
  • 256kbps - 280x200, 125MB (Notes: Actual interview starts after 21 min; This file stops after 81 min)

  • 56kbps

    (Thanks to Hans Heydebreck from The Operating Theatre)
    DK's Recommendation

    Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

    DK's rating: 6/10
    DVD | CD1, CD2

    DK's Recommendation

    Moonstruck (1987)

    DK's rating: 7/10
    DVD | OST | CD1, CD2

    DK's Recommendation

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

    DK's rating: 7.5/10
    DVD | CD1, CD2

    DK's Recommendation

    The Butterfly Effect (2004)

    DK's rating: 7/10
    DVD | OST | CD1, CD2

    DK's Recommendation

    House of Sand and Fog (2003)

    DK's rating: 7/10
    DVD | OST | CD1, CD2

    DK's Recommendation

    Bad Santa (2003)

    DK's rating: 7.5/10
    DVD | Download

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