Musings & Thoughts for August 19, 2021, or: My Blu-ray Collection Expands…Yet Again!

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s midday here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, August 19, 2021. It is going to be what they call a “scorcher” today. The temperature outside is 88˚F (31˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 49% and the wind blowing from the southeast at 5 MPH (8 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for August 19, 2021, or: My Blu-ray Collection Expands…Yet Again!”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 24, 2021, or: My Blu-ray Collection Runneth Over

Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The current temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 59% and the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 76˚F (24˚C). Today’s forecast: thunderstorms will roll through our areaContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, June 24, 2021, or: My Blu-ray Collection Runneth Over”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 23, 2021, or: The Long, Long Morning of an Unwilling Insomniac

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s late morning on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 81˚F (27˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 2 MPH (3 KM/H) and humidity at 63%, the feels-like temperature is 79˚F (26˚C). Today’s forecast calls for scattered rain showers andContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 23, 2021, or: The Long, Long Morning of an Unwilling Insomniac”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 16, 2021, or: I Think I Can Have a Steven Spielberg 4K Film Festival Soon

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The current temperature Is 81˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 86˚F (30˚C). Today’s forecast calls for thunderstorms to passContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, June 16, 2021, or: I Think I Can Have a Steven Spielberg 4K Film Festival Soon”

4K UHD Blu-ray News: Paramount’s ‘Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection’ Box Set to be Released on June 8

Indiana Jones fans, rejoice. The Man with the Hat and his adventures – well, the extant four – will be released on 4K UHD in less than three months. That’s right. On June 8, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark,[1] Paramount Home Media Distribution and Lucasfilm willContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray News: Paramount’s ‘Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection’ Box Set to be Released on June 8”

Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures’ (2012)

On September 18, 2012, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Lucasfilm Ltd. released Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, a five Blu-ray disc box set of the four Indiana Jones feature films produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. It consisted of: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark[1] (1981) Indiana Jones andContinue reading “Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures’ (2012)”

Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’

This film could very easily not be a hit. All films are a risk. I mean, there’s no way to know. You can’t predict a hit.” – George Lucas, on Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 On May 20, 2008, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random HouseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’”

TV Miniseries/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Band of Brothers’

On November 11, 2008 – Veterans’ Day – HBO Home Entertainment released the Blu-ray edition of Band of Brothers, a 10-part miniseries based on the 1992 book by Stephen Ambrose. Co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers follows Easy (“E” in the U.S. Army’ 1944 phonetic alphabet) Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,Continue reading “TV Miniseries/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Band of Brothers’”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’

In 2018, La-La Land Records released Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, a commemorative – and slightly updated – reissue of John Williams’ 1998 soundtrack featuring most of his score for Steven Spielberg’s widely-acclaimed World War II drama set amidst the backdrop of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings and the first week ofContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

On July 21, 1998, Dreamworks Records – the now defunct label founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen in 1996 as a subsidiary to their film studio Dreamworks SKG – released Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a one-hour-long soundtrack album with music composed and conducted by John Williams.Continue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”