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’”

4K UHD Blu-ray/HD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Limited Edition’ (2018)

If you follow this blog on a regular basis, you probably recall that I recently purchased a Samsung – 32″ Class Q50R Series LED 4K UHD[1] Smart Tizen TV to replace an older Samsung LED high-definition set that I brought from Miami when I moved here almost five years ago. I already owned a SamsungContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray/HD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Limited Edition’ (2018)”

4K UHD Blu-ray/HD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Commemorative 20th Anniversary Edition’ (2018)

On May 8, 2018, Paramount Home Media Distribution released a “Commemorative 20th Anniversary” edition of director Steven Spielberg’s 1998 war film Saving Private Ryan on 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) as part of a multi-format three-disc set that includes the feature film on a HD 1080p Blu-ray disc (BD), a Bonus Features BD with aContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray/HD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Commemorative 20th Anniversary Edition’ (2018)”

Movie Watcher Memories, or: Mom Nixes Shark Pic

I was 12-and-one-quarter years old when Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made its theatrical debut on June 20, 1975 and lived with my widowed mother, Beatriz Diaz-Granados, in a house in the unincorporated community of Westchester in suburban Miami-Dade County. At the time, it was just us two living at the house on Southwest 102nd Ave; myContinue reading “Movie Watcher Memories, or: Mom Nixes Shark Pic”