23 May 2008

A Day of Mourning

In a bit of tragic personal news, I moved across the country this past week and somehow a big chunk of my DVD collection went "missing." In honor of the fallen DVDs here is a complete list of my and my daughter's loss. Depending on the result of my insurance claim, I may be doing some major double dipping. In the mean time, feel free to mourn with me.

101 Dalmatians - 2-Disc Platinum Edition
Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The - Gold Collection
Adventures of Indiana Jones, The - The Complete DVD Movie Collection
Aladdin - 2-Disc Special Edition - Platinum Edition
Alice in Wonderland - 2-Disc Set - The Masterpiece Edition - Out of Print
All Dogs Go to Heaven
American Tail, An - Family Double Feature
Anastasia - Family Fun Edition w/ Bartok the Magnificent
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Bambi - 2-Disc Special Edition - Out of Print
Beauty and the Beast - Platinum Edition - Out of Print
Black Cauldron, The - Gold Collection
Brave Little Toaster, The
Brother Bear - 2-Disc Special Edition
Bug's Life, A - Collector's Edition
Castle in the Sky
Castle of Cagliostro, The
Cat Returns, The
Chicken Little
Chicken Run
Cinderella - 2-Disc Special Edition
Cool World - Out of Print
Corpse Bride
Dumbo - Big Top Edition
Emperor's New Groove, The - The New Groove Edition
Fantasia (124 Minute Restored Roadshow Version) - Out of Print
Fantasia 2000 - Out of Print
Finding Nemo - 2-Disc Collector's Edition
Firefly - The Complete Series
Flushed Away
Fox and the Hound, The
Grave of the Fireflies - Collector's Series
Great Mouse Detective, The
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Hercules - Gold Collection
Home on the Range
House of Flying Daggers
Howl's Moving Castle
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The - DTS
I, Robot
Incredibles, The - 2-Disc Collector's Edition
Jason and the Argonauts
Joseph: King of Dreams - Special Edition
Jungle Book, The
Jurassic Park: Adventure Pack - The Franchise Collection
Kiki's Delivery Service
King Kong - Deluxe Extended Edition
Krull - Special Edition
Lady and the Tramp - 50th Anniversary Edition - Out of Print
Lady in the Water
Land Before Time, The - Anniversary Edition
Last Starfighter, The - Collector's Edition
Legend - Ultimate Edition
Lilo & Stitch
Lion King, The - 2-Disc Special Edition - Platinum Edition - Out of Print
Little House on the Prairie - Movie Boxed Set (1983-1984)
Little Mermaid, The - 2-Disc Special Edition - Platinum Edition
Logan's Run
Lord of the Rings, The (Animated) - Out of Print
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The - Special Extended DVD Edition
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The - Special Extended DVD Edition
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The - Special Extended DVD Edition
Lost - The Complete 1st Season
Lost - The Complete 2nd Season
Lost - The Complete 3rd Season
Meet the Robinsons
Minority Report
Monsters, Inc. - Collector's Edition
Mulan - Special Edition
Mummy Collector's Set, The - The Franchise Collection
My Neighbor Totoro
My Neighbors the Yamadas
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
NeverEnding Story, The
Nightmare Before Christmas, The - Special Edition - Out of Print
Oliver & Company - Special Edition
Over the Hedge
Paycheck - Special Collector's Edition
Peter Pan - 2-Disc Platinum Edition
Pinocchio - Out of Print
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pocahontas - 10th Anniversary Edition
Pom Poko - 2-Disc Set
Porco Rosso - 2-Disc Set
Prestige, The
Prince of Egypt, The
Princess Bride, The - 20th Anniversary Edition
Princess Mononoke
Reign of Fire
Rescuers Down Under, The - Gold Collection
Rescuers, The
Return to Oz
Road to El Dorado, The
Robin Hood
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - (155 Minute Extended Version)
Secret of NIMH, The
Seuss Celebration (The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat / The Cat in the Hat/ Green Eggs and Ham / The Lorax)
Shrek - Two-Disc Special Edition
Shrek 2
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Sixth Sense, The
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Platinum Edition - Out of Print
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirited Away
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan - The Director's Edition
Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete 1st Season
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete 3rd Season
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete 4th Season
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete 5th Season
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Complete 7th Season
Star Trek: Fan Collective - Borg
Star Trek: Fan Collective - Klingon
Star Trek: Fan Collective - Q
Star Trek: Fan Collective - Time Travel
Star Trek: First Contact - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek: Generations - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek: Insurrection - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek: Nemesis - Special Collector's Edition
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Director's Edition
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Jean-Luc Picard Collection
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 1
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 2
Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Ewok Adventures - Double Feature - Out of Print
Sword in the Stone, The
Tarzan - Special Edition
Titan A.E. - Special Edition
Toy Story - 10th Anniversary Edition - 2-Disc Set
Toy Story 2 - Woody's Roundup Edition - 2-Disc Special Edition
Treasure Planet
Tron - 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Whisper of the Heart
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Wizard of Oz, The
Wonderful World of Puss 'N Boots, The
X-Files: Fight the Future, The - Out of Print

18 May 2008

Narnia Places Another Nail in the Fantasy Genre Coffin

After The Lord of the Rings trilogy mustered something like $3 Billion worldwide (not to mention a boy named Harry Potter that continues to roll), the floodgates were opened by studios hoping to cash in on the next big fantasy franchise. Lets see, there was the Inheritance Trilogy AKA Eragon (disappointment), the His Dark Materials Trilogy AKA The Golden Compass (financial disaster), The Spiderwick Chronicles (didnt earn back its budget), The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (nightmare) and Stardust (bomb). Only Narnia seemed to have found its audience with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe actually edged out Goblet of Fire back in 05/06. Then along came Narnia 2 - Prince Caspian.

Prince Caspian is a less well known, poorer written, less compelling entry in the Narnia series. Surprisingly, (enter sarcasm) the film opened smaller than Narnia 1. How much smaller, it looks like about $8 million less (for $57 Mil), but i guess thats enough to proclaim that the sky is falling. One concern is that Narnia 2 will have fierce summer competition from Indiana Jones and Iron Man which continues to marvel - earning another $31 mil in week 3. Narnia is now looking to make $200 million domestic, which is nothing to sneeze at (if you didn't spend that much making the movie, this is what I call Superman Returns syndrome AKA the $200 million bomb), and though Narnia 3 is already underway, we may not be seeing the other 4 books (you know the ones that actually haven't already been done) adapted.

Anyways, Narnia still wins the weekend with Iron Man in 2nd. And Narnia was no where near the catastrophe that was last weeks Speed Racer. If Disney and Walden are smart (uh oh) they would still continue the series with reasonable budgets. Narnia 4-7 would still make money, but they just aren't gonna top Lord of the Rings. Anyways, I think $200 million to make Caspian just is a bit high, though I hear digital rats aren't cheap to render.

Anyhow, Iron Man passed $200 million this weekend totaling $222 so far, $250 is a lock and $300 is well within grasp. Way to go Mr Ferite.