Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, November 2, 2021, or: Just Another Run-of-the-Mill Day in Florida

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Hello, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (26˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 47% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 84˚F (28˚C). Tonight, skies will be mostly clear. The low will be 63˚F (17˚C). The Air Quality Index (AQI) is 32, or Good.

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I don’t have much in the way of news – good or bad – lately. I slept a little better last night than I did the night before. At least I didn’t wake up at 4 AM like I did yesterday; this morning I got up at 8:15 AM, by which time my usual cup of café con leche was waiting for me and already getting a bit cold. It wasn’t quite at iced coffee levels of coldness when I drank it – you could say my café con leche was lukewarm by the time I sat at my usual place by the kitchenette table. I grabbed the last two blueberry mini-muffins and served myself the last glass of orange juice; the Caregiver sometimes toasts a couple of slices of bread or serves some soda crackers on the side with the café con leche, but not today.

Oh, and today I learned that another of my pre-orders – from, of course, Paramount Home Media Distribution – is caught up in the global supply chain backlog.

This morning I received an email from Amazon informing me that the Blu-ray version of Milos Forman’s Ragtime (1981) is expected to arrive by November 30 at the earliest. Paramount’s “drop date” is November 16, but apparently the home media distribution division of the ViacomCBS subsidiary is either having issues with the dearth of replication capacity for the North American market or Paramount Presents: Ragtime – Limited Edition is being shipped Stateside from Germany.

I have Ragtime on DVD, so the delay in no way affects my ability to watch this underrated and somewhat obscure film. It’s not even one of my all-time favorite movies; I ordered it because the DVD doesn’t have much too offer in the way of extras – the made-on-demand disc features a short behind-the-scenes documentary, Remembering Ragtime, an audio commentary track by director Milos Forman and screenwriter Michael Hausman, and some deleted scenes – and because Blu-ray discs have better video and audio quality (usually, anyway) than DVDs.

Manufacturer’s Description: Paramount Presents: Ragtime

(C) 1981, 2021 Paramount Home Media Distribution

Layering fascinating characters with the riotous events of early 1900s America, the best-seller by E.L. Doctorow became a cinematic epic under the direction of two-time Oscar winning director Miloš Forman. From the emerging New York suburb of New Rochelle to the flashy spectacle of Atlantic City, a family faces racial tensions, scandals and violence that will test everything they believe in. Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer for its 40th Anniversary, RAGTIME features an unforgettable music score by Randy Newman, and an incredible all-star cast that includes/ James Cagney in his first (and final) role in nearly two decades, Donald O’Connor, Mandy Patinkin, Mary Steenburgen, Debbie Allen, Elizabeth McGovern, Moses Gunn, Pat O’Brien, Jeff Daniels, Fran Drescher, John Ratzenberger, Michael Jeter, Norman Mailer, and Samuel L. Jackson.

So, yep. Another delayed pre-order from Paramount Home Media Distribution. I can’t say I’m surprised. Or upset, for that matter. It’s just the way of the world in COVID-19 times.

Well, I don’t have any other news worth sharing, so I’ll just close for now. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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