On Movies & Movie Collecting: Rewatching ‘Red Dawn’ & Doing Some ‘Housekeeping’ Chores with My ‘Star Wars’ Discs


Last night I rewatched the original 1984 Red Dawn, a Reagan-era action-adventure film about a small band of young Coloradans who become resistance fighters when the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Nicaragua invade the U.S. in an alternate version of the 1980s where NATO dissolves, Mexico is plunged into a revolution, and unrest and famine threatenContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: Rewatching ‘Red Dawn’ & Doing Some ‘Housekeeping’ Chores with My ‘Star Wars’ Discs”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 13, 2022, or: Hot Weather, Funny ‘Trek,’ and the Mid-July Blahs


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. It is a hellishly hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 92°F (33°C) under mostly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 3 MPH (5 KM/H) and humidity at 61%, the heat indexContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, July 13, 2022, or: Hot Weather, Funny ‘Trek,’ and the Mid-July Blahs”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 11, 2022: Another Week Begins in Lovely, Rainy Lithia


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is later morning in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, July 11, 2022. It is a sizzling hot summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 86°F (30°C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, July 11, 2022: Another Week Begins in Lovely, Rainy Lithia”

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 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: Coppola’s ‘Godfather Trilogy’ 4K Set is ‘Out for Delivery,” and ‘The Berlin Concert’ Has Shipped


One of the biggest peeves that I have about home media releases on disc (especially the new 4K UHD Blu-ray format) is with packaging, especially when it comes to commemorative box sets such as last year’s Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection (released to celebrate Raiders of the Lost Ark’s 40th Anniversary) or this week’s The GodfatherContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: Coppola’s ‘Godfather Trilogy’ 4K Set is ‘Out for Delivery,” and ‘The Berlin Concert’ Has Shipped”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 9, 2022, or: Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Gets Seven Oscar Nominations, But We Still Can’t Pre-Order the Blu-ray


Hello, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. It is a cool, sunny day in the Tampa Bay area. Presently, the temperature is 62˚F (16˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 58% and the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), the feels-like temperature isContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 9, 2022, or: Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Gets Seven Oscar Nominations, But We Still Can’t Pre-Order the Blu-ray”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, December 4, 2021, or: Michigan School Shooter’s Parents are Arrested & Arraigned; Another Blu-ray Joins My Collection


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in my corner of west-central Florida on Saturday, December 4, 2021. It’s a lovely, mildly warm early winter day. The current temperature is 76˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 3 MPH and humidity at 49%, the feels-like temperature is 75˚FContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, December 4, 2021, or: Michigan School Shooter’s Parents are Arrested & Arraigned; Another Blu-ray Joins My Collection”

On Film and Film-Watching: A Little Bit of Apocalypse…and a Little Bit of ‘A Little Romance’


Hi there. It’s late morning here in my corner of west-central Florida on Friday, October 15, 2021. We are off to a fall-like start to the day. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (24˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 40% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 3 MPH (4 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: A Little Bit of Apocalypse…and a Little Bit of ‘A Little Romance’”

On Blu-ray Collecting: The ‘Pre-Order Gremlins’ Strike Again!


Well, it seems as though the Amazon pre-order gremlins have struck again. In June, an Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection box set of 4K UHD Blu-rays that I pre-ordered a few months earlier and was scheduled for a June 12 “street date” by Paramount Home Media Distribution was delivered almost two weeks later. More recently, Paramount’sContinue reading “On Blu-ray Collecting: The ‘Pre-Order Gremlins’ Strike Again!”