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PCR #282. (Vol. 6, No. 33) This edition is for the week of August 15--21, 2005.
Matt's Rail

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 by Mike Smith
Is Horror at a Turning Point?...Happy 50th
 by Andy Lalino
Changing Tastes Puts Column on Hiatus
 by Peter Card
Birthday Bash....King Kong DVD Update....Go Bucs
 by Matt Drinnenberg
Birthday Revisited....Get Me Clive Owen....Gas Pains....Jaws: The Story, Part 30
 by Mike Smith
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Well, by all accounts, it sounds like NolanBash was a mega success. It's heartwarming to hear of all the people who made an appearance on this majestic night of ferver and lore.

As I was reading the lowdown, I couldn't help imagining that which I so hoped could happen; Mike and I being there to take part in what can only be considered the highest of honors.

For those of you out there who read PCR on a regular basis, you can only have a glimpse of probability of what a wonderful man Nolan is. Some of it comes across, and not just from time to time, due to his ability to make his point certain. But it is only that. Just a glimpse.

To the lucky cusses who were able to attend, Hats off to you, my friends, for your luck and, most assuradly, your loyalty to someone who deserves nothing less.

Sorry I couldn't be there to share in fest.

Oh yeah, baby. The eagerly awaited (for us Kong fans anyway) box art has been released, as have the explicit details regarding each specific set. That would lead you to believe there is more than one. And you would be correct.

In fact, there are 3 different sets available with the big guy bigger than life, and extras that will BLOW you into Skull Island and beyond. The sets come in the following offerings:

King Kong: Two-Disc Special Edition is packed with all kinds of goodies, not the least of which is the movie itself restored to its original framing. Ray Harryhausen Ken Ralston, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Ruth Rose, Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong all lend their voices to the audio track of memories and remembrances.

  • Also: I'm Kong: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper documentary
  • Trailors and other films by director Merian C. Cooper
  • The new RKO Production 601: The Making of Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World documentary by Peter Jackson (featuring the following featurettes: The Origins of King Kong, Willis O'Brien and Creation, Cameras Roll on Kong, The Eighth Wonder, A Milestone in Visual Effects, Passion, Sound and Fury, The Mystery of the Lost Spider Pit Sequence and King Kong's Legacy) and Creation test footage (with commentary by Ray Harryhausen).

    Is that good for you? Me too.

    But wait! As if that isn't good enough, we have the King Kong limited edition Tin!!! Which contains ALL of the goodies above, as well as:

  • 20-page reproduction of the original 1933 souvenir program
  • King Kong original one-sheet reproduction postcards
  • Offer for a vintage theatrical poster reproduction

    And as good as that sounds, and it does sound very good, there is yet ANOTHER option for the Kongite; A 4 Disc Kongpack with the King Kong Special Edition 2 Disc set, Son of Kong, and Mighty Joe Young. The only thing you miss out on are the extras in the Tin, which are not included here.

    Yepper, this is looking like it could have been well worth the wait!

    As you may know by now, the National Football League has kicked off its preseason. This means, of course, that the Bucco's will soon be battling to regain the Lombardi Trophy. It also means something much more....

    Mike and I will be battling yet again in a fantasy land of football love.

    With the blistering of the buttocks Mike endured last season at the hands of moi, I'm sure he's chomping at the bit to return the favor. He'll have to use that as motivation, as I use my Championship Trophy as motivation.

    Oh!! Was that boasting??? Why, yes it was!! :-)

    Till next time, take care, and God bless

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