"Do I laugh now, or wait 'til it gets funny?"
I'm going to veer off topic here just for a bit...
Since I'm a minor transatlantic ocean liners geek, (it's a long story) I was pleased to note that the new Queen Mary 2 arrived in New York this morning on her first England to New York voyage. That something like the QM 2 would even be built at all is amazing and top of that, she is intended for actual transatlantic duty. As far as I know, no one else does this; the Queen Elizabeth 2 (built in 1969), had been the one vessel of note to have this job and it generally only did this route during the warm weather months. Now the QE2 will be doing cruising. The QM2 is the largest passenger ship ever built. At 151,400 tons, she's almost twice the size of the original Queen Mary and three times the size of the Titanic. She's completely dwarfed however, by an oil tanker, the Jahre Viking weighing in at a Ford Excursion-like 564,700 tons. Seems appropriate, doesn't it?
Here's hoping she is a success and that I can someday manage to sail on her (the "cheap" rooms are $1,800/person).
Disney will be releasing The Human Stain on 7/20 with a few extras. Universal spits out a few more of their catalog/noir titles on 7/6 including The Big Clock (1948), Black Angel (1946), Criss Cross (1949), This Gun For Hire (1942), and a reissue (the earlier DVD has been out of print for several years) of Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity.
Disney has announced the other animated title it's going to be pushing this Fall alongside Aladdin. On 10/26, they'll be releasing Mulan as a 2 disc set with loads 'o bonuses...all hands, prepare to be marketed to!
This next one just cracked me up, so bear with me here...the indie distributor Blue Underground will be releasing a new DVD of the "cult fave" Uncle Sam: I Want You...Dead! (1997) on July 27. Hey c'mon, it's got Isaac Hayes in it!!! I love the short plot summary:
"Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown..."
I'll resist further comment on that one!
South Park: Season 3 (out now)
The Last Samurai (out on May 4)