Archive for March, 2012

Return of the Jedi: Special Edition was released 15 years ago today

Posted in movies, Star Wars with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by Paxton

This one is really hard to believe for me, but the entire Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition release happened 15 years ago in early 1997. More specifically, Return of the Jedi: Special Edition was released 15 years ago TODAY.

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It was originally planned to be released on March 7, and many posters actually reflect that date, but Lucasfilm delayed the release a week due to the popularity of the first two re-releases.

Here’s the 1997 trailer for the release of the entire trilogy.  I remember seeing it for the first time in front of Jingle All The Way.

For those that ventured out to see Return of the Jedi: Special Edition in theaters, it’s possible you received a free action figure.  Select theaters passed out free “Theater Edition” Jedi Luke action figures.

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(Via X-Entertainment)

I however didn’t get one. I was in my last year of college when I saw this in the theater and saw it at a small place in Auburn, AL that didn’t have them. I would have to acquire mine several years later.

I’m not a fan of all the changes Lucas made in this “special edition” of the trilogy, but honestly, I enjoy many of the upgraded effects and new scenes. Especially some of the subtle stuff that was added to Empire Strikes Back.

To date, the changes I hate the most are Greedo shooting first and the new Jabba scene in A New Hope and the new musical number in Return of the Jedi.  And I’m baffled why they changed the Ewok celebration music.  I actually enjoyed that (even though the new one is actually pretty good, too).

Nerd Lunch Episode 28: Star Trek What Ifs……

Posted in pop culture, Star Trek, TV shows with tags , , on March 13, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Episode 28 is in the can. This week we return to a subject that is near and dear to our hearts, Star Trek.

Star Trek
(Via http://dassel.home.xs4all.nl/)

This week we discuss what we think would have happened in certain situations pertaining to Star Trek. For instance, what if Kirk never replaced Capt Pike in the original series? What if Tasha Yar had never died on The Next Generation? What if Voyager was actually a good TV show?  Stuff like that. It gets pretty interesting postulating what would have happened to the different series if things went in another direction.  So join us and our guest, Chris Lockhart, for a fun Star Trek discussion.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. And yes, we are still on the Zune Marketplace.

My Blogiversary: 6 years that must feel like 60 to my readers…

Posted in blogging with tags , on March 10, 2012 by Paxton

So, it’s been 6 years (today!) since I started this blog (or what would become this blog).  Man, to my readers that keep coming back it must feel like 60 years. I actually missed last year’s blogiversary for some reason, but that’s okay.

It’s been a lot of fun and I thank everyone for continuing to come back and enjoy my content. A lot has happened since I started. I’ve met a lot of good friends and fellow bloggers. I’m writing for other sites and I was lucky enough to be asked by two of my blogging friends, CT and Jeeg, to be a part of their podcasting thing-a-ma-jig. It seems to be doing okay and we’ve received a lot of positive feedback (except for the one guy on Zune who seems to hate us).

Looking at various Marvelous Land of Oz adaptations

Posted in books, comic books, Wizard of Oz with tags , , , , on March 8, 2012 by Paxton

Following the Yellow Brick Road

After reading the original Oz book, I looked at a few of the pop culture adaptations of the book.  So, now that I’ve read Oz book 2, let’s see what adaptations were released for this book.

Return to Oz
Return to Oz – A 1985 film that was an “unofficial” sequel to MGM’s The Wizard of Oz. It utilized plot points from books 2 (Marvelous Land of Oz) and 3 (Ozma of Oz) but took mostly from book 2.

Marvel Tresury of Oz 2
Marvel Treasury of Oz #2 – The Marvelous Land of Oz – I mentioned last time that in 1975 Marvel and DC collaborated for the first time on an adaptation of MGM’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Marvel did one followup to that book, it was The Marvelous Land of Oz seen here.  There was no movie to adapt so they adapted the book, however, they used images and character likenesses from the MGM movie.  This is fairly rare, I’d like to track one down one day to give it a read.  I bet it’s pretty good.

Tin Man
Tin Man – A 2007 re-imagining of Wizard of Oz by the Sci-Fi Network. This mini-series took many of its plot elements from the second book in the series.  It starred Zooey Deschanel as DG (Dorothy Gale), Neal McDonough as Wyatt Cain (Tin Man) and Alan Cumming as Glitch (Scarecrow).

Nerd Lunch Episode 27: Lots of talk about vintage candy

Posted in candy, pop culture, snacks with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

The Nerd Lunch crew returns for episode 27. You are welcome, Internet. This week we are joined by Jason Liebig, proprieter of one of the newest and best nostalgia sites on the Internet machine, CollectingCandy.com.

Collecting Candy

Jason joins us for a lively discussion about candy. We talk about the actual candy, but we also discuss candy packaging, marketing and the problems inherent in collecting candy that is thirty years old.  It’s a fun discussion and I guarantee you’ll learn stuff that you’ll immediately want to forget.  And at the end of the episode we give a shout out to a good friend of this blog, Trish, who has never listened to a podcast.  Hopefully, this will get her to start listening (at least to our awesome podcast).

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. And yes, we are still on the Zune Marketplace despite recently getting a negative review from someone.