October 2nd, 2002


It's Simple.

Redhead obsession? Didn't care about that crack. I barely even give a crap that I was insulted. Rather that it was pulled out of nowhere in the middle of a completely unrelated conversation for no apparent reason. But there is one thing I'd like to dive right into.

"Sad little troll".

This can only be taken so many ways. Practically all of which are insults. While some insults may be comedy, that does not change the fact that they are still insults. Your constant excuse of "That's not what I meant!" only goes so far. In fact, it stopped right about now.

If you meant what you said, then you're an insulting jerk. If you didn't mean it, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE SAID IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. You're not familiar enough, or on good enough terms with me to get away with insulting me as a joke.

As for not having to read stuff in your journal? Again, only goes so far. You spew forth crap about me, and I hear about it, you bet I'm going to pipe up and say something.

There's nothing you can say at this point. It's simple. You insulted me, whether you meant it or not is irrelevant, it was taken as such. Try thinking before you type your latest bile about someone. You might find fewer people calling for your head.

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How Timely.

Moviegoers worried about their admiration for Dr Hannibal Lecter can rest easy - Sir Anthony Hopkins says it's OK to like the serial killer. As Red Dragon - the prequel to The Silence Of The Lambs - hits cinema screens, the Welsh acting legend has spoken out about the strange fascination with his character. Hopkins says, "We admire him in a secret way. He represents the unspeakable part of ourselves, the fantasy, desires and dark areas of our lives that are slightly unacceptable to us, but actually healthy, if only we acknowledge them. Perhaps, we'd like to be as daredevil as him. But admiring him doesn't mean we're deeply disturbed, sick people. It means that we're human." Hopkins, who is reprising his role as the Chianti loving cannibal for the third time, believes that the escapism afforded by cinema is often coupled with universal truths about the nature of man. He says, "We're all flawed, deeply damaged, imperfect beings. We're corruptible, shabby, grubby, great magnificent and all the rest of it. That's why we like watching Hitchcock's Psycho, Jaws and going on rollercoasters. We like to be thrilled, entertained, frightened. We like to see Dirty Harry say, 'Make my day' and see the bad guy get his just desserts."

Fellowship DVD Update

Wooo Much more in-depth specs for the four-disc set coming out in a month. VERY nice looking, really packed. From my fave, the Digital Bits...


Discs One and Two - The Extended Version of the Film

208 minutes (split over both discs), anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) and Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and DTS 6.1 ES, isolated 5.1 sound effects mix, isolated 5.1 music track, Commentary Track One with the director and writers (Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens), Commentary Track Two with members of the design team (Grant Major, Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor, Alan Lee, John Howe, Dan Hennah, Chris Hennah and Tania Rodger), Commentary Track Three with members of the production and post-production team (Barrie Osborne, Mark Ordesky, Andrew Lesnie, John Gilbert, Rick Porras, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins, Randy Cook, Christian Rivers, Brian Van't Hull, Alex Funke), Commentary Track Four with members of the cast (Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Sean Bean).

Note: Discs Two and Three can be viewed in "explore" mode with traditional menus or "tour" mode via a Play All feature.

Disc Three - The Appendices Part I: From Book to Vision

2 and 1/2 hours of documentary content, including J.R.R. Tolkien-Creator of Middle-earth featurette, From Book to Script featurette, Visualizing the Story section featuring Storyboards and Pre-viz featurette, Designing and Building Middle-earth section featuring Designing Middle-earth featurette, Costume Design featurette and Weta Workshop featurette, design galleries including The Enemy, The Last Alliance, Isengard, The Fellowship, Rivendell and Lothlorien, interactive Middle-earth Atlas with timeline, New Zealand as Middle-earth intertactive map with video, disc introduction with director Peter Jackson.

Disc Four - The Appendices Part II: From Vision to Reality

3 and 1/2 hours of documentary content, including Filming section featuring a production photo gallery and the The Fellowship of the Cast featurette, A Day in the Life of a Hobbit featurette, Cameras in Middle-earth featuette, Visual Effects section and featuette, Post-Production section featuring Editorial featuette and a multi-angle presentation, Digital Grading featuette, Sound and Music featuette and Sound Design Demo, The Soundscapes of Middle-earth featurette, Music for Middle-earth featurette, The Road Goes Ever On featuette, disc introduction with director Peter Jackson.

All told, the 4-disc set is expected to include over 30 hours of unique content created just for this release (including the film and the commentaries). The discs will also feature additional DVD-ROM content and over 2,000 photos and conceptual sketches. And let me tell you... we've seen a few of those featuettes. These aren't 5-minute EPK pieces. They're much more substantial - 20 to 30+ minutes in many cases. Good stuff.