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Dallas: The Complete First & Second Seasons (1978)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

This is a must-have for any fan of the program “Dallas”. If you’re not a fan but have seen portions of the series and weren’t sure what you got from it, revisit these two seasons for maximum benefit. If you haven’t yet seen the show but are interested, this is where you start in order for the rest of it to make sense.

Dallas” started out as a miniseries that wasn’t intended to become a thirteen-season international sensation. But even in the beginning, the quality that would span over a decade was evident. There had never been a character like J.R. Ewing. The Ewings were a television family that viewers came to love and care about, including J.R., if only to see what would happen next so we could make fun of it.

The nighttime soap showcased some of the finest acting that has ever been seen on television, but for the first two seasons, it’s primarily about introductions. Who are the Ewings? Who are the Barnes’s? What do we care? How do they relate to each other vs. the outside world? What kinds of problems do really rich, proud, compulsive capitalists have?

In these first two seasons, enjoy the production that has held up so well over the years while getting acquainted with the characters and situations that will seem so charming later as the original characters are replaced by hordes of less interesting ones.

Dark Knight Extra Disc — Why So Unsubstantial?

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Like so many others, I coveted the Dark Knight disc for months up to and including its release. However, the extra disc that comes with the movie is a disappointment.

I was hoping for a director’s commentary. Knowing that Christopher Nolan is a perfectionist and was very proud of this film, why the hell not do a commentary? And if he didn’t want to for whatever reason, why not get Eckhart or Oldman to do it? There are many of us out here who would LOVE that.

It was also disturbing, given the tragedies surrounding this film — Heath’s death, Conway’s death, cast illnesses, Freeman’s car accident — that nothing was mentioned about those. I mean, they are important. It affects the production of a film and its release when key players are hurt and/or killed.

Another glaring omission was on-set footage. Would have loved to have seen the progress of the film in different stages, as well as the logistics that changed along the way. Have heard rumors that so many things had to be digitized instead of actual because of insistence from the Chinese government, etc. Let’s hear more of that. It’s interesting!

As for the movie itself, either you like it or you don’t, and if you missed it in the theater, it’s coming out again this month. It’d be a shame to miss it on the big screen just because the DVD is out — although the DVD is great. If you haven’t seen and don’t plan to, why not? Sure, it’s got a lot of imperfections, but see it anyway.

The filler material of fake news stories about Wayne, etc. are silly and waste time. The blurb about how the musicians got the Joker theme music figured out was interesting, but couldn’t carry a whole extra disc.

If you love the movie, just get it by itself, forget the extra. Although I think the audio is a bit weird at times (the voices get really quiet and I have to turn up the volume here and there). Just hit the FF button every time a Rachel Dawes scene comes up (I know I’m not the only one who couldn’t stand Gyllenhaal’s performance!) and you’re good.