On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, July 7, 2022. It is a hot, humid summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88°F (31°C) under mostly cloudy conditions. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, the heatContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set”

On Film and Film-Watching: My Ephemeral, Aspirational, and ‘Take with a Grain of Salt’ TBW List for the Week of June 6-12, 2022 (Already in Progress)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. It is a warm early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 81°F (27°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 87% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: My Ephemeral, Aspirational, and ‘Take with a Grain of Salt’ TBW List for the Week of June 6-12, 2022 (Already in Progress)”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: My Blu-ray Collection – May 2022 Edition


If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that one of my hobbies – albeit an expensive one – is collecting movies on home media. I have been doing this since late 1983 when I bought my first VHS cassettes – even before I owned a VCR – and as one medium makesContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: My Blu-ray Collection – May 2022 Edition”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: “…But Wait! There’s More!”


Well, with the recent arrival of my Ultimate Collector’s Edition set of West Side Story – it arrived at 3:49 PM Eastern yesterday – I can now say that this bit of my online shopping story is safely in the rear-view mirror of my life. Yes, the Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook bit was unnecessarilyContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: “…But Wait! There’s More!””

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 14, 2022, or: You’ve Heard of TBR Lists? Well, Now I Have a TBW List!


Hello, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, February 14, 2022. It is a chilly winter’s day – by Florida standards, anyway – in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 55˚F (13˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 14, 2022, or: You’ve Heard of TBR Lists? Well, Now I Have a TBW List!”

On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night


October is, of course, the month that ends with Halloween. Since that holiday is only 11 days off (as I write this), it’s a good excuse opportunity for me to tell you about my favorite horror films and TV miniseries. Of the 414 Blu-ray titles – including ones that I have multiple versions of –Continue reading “On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night”

For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library


Last night I watched George Lucas’s first box office hit, American Graffiti (1973). It was a last-minute choice; I originally planned to watch the 1994 miniseries The Stand, the first adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel about a government-engineered “super flu” that kills 99% of humanity and sets up the survivors for an “end ofContinue reading “For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library”

On Movie Collections: My Top 10 Favorite Box Sets (4K UHD and 2K Blu-ray Disc Sets)


I’ve collected disc-based home media releases of my favorite movies and television series for 23 years. I started in the summer of 1998 with DVDs, which I started buying even before I acquired my first DVD player and a fully compatible Samsung TV in early 2000. [1] Previously I had bought VHS videocassettes for 14Continue reading “On Movie Collections: My Top 10 Favorite Box Sets (4K UHD and 2K Blu-ray Disc Sets)”

On Movie Collections: In Praise of Box Sets


On Movie Collections: In Praise of Box Sets I have a confession to make, Dear Reader. I love box sets. I have been collecting home media editions of movies and (a few) TV shows for nearly 38 years, ever since I bought a video store’s used rental copy of Star Wars at the tail endContinue reading “On Movie Collections: In Praise of Box Sets”

On Movies, or: Even Superman & the Crew of the Starship Enterprise Can’t Overcome the Black Hole of a Logistical Logjam


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. It’s hot, humid, and summer-like on this early (meteorological) fall day. Currently, it’s 85˚F under sunny skies. With humidity at 63% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 4 MPH, the heat index is 94˚F. Today’s forecast:Continue reading “On Movies, or: Even Superman & the Crew of the Starship Enterprise Can’t Overcome the Black Hole of a Logistical Logjam”