TIME WARP!!! Dance your cares away with Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley and Boober when Fraggle Rock‘s fourth and final season comes out on DVD November 3rd. Envisioned in the mind of Jim Henson, creator of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock debuted on January 10, 1983, broadcast in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It soon became an international phenomenon, with the “Fraggle Rock Theme” reaching number thirty-three on the British charts. Of all Henson’s series Fraggle Rock was the most conceptually rich, with Gorgs, Doozers, and the Silly Creatures of Outer Space all comprising the family-friendly syndicate. The magical world of Fraggle Rock will enchant anyone who is a kid at heart. Here’s Fraggle Rock‘s version of “We Are the World,” with “Children of Tomorrow” (queue warm, fuzzy feelings):
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Releasing: 20 October
Sufjan Stevens’ Brooklyn-Queens Expressway-inspired multimedia performance, The BQE, a pastiche of film, music, and hula-hooping, only graced the stage and screen for a brief moment in October of 2007 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, but will be seeing new life in a release from Asthmatic Kitty this fall.
The standard edition includes the film and soundtrack on a double format CD/DVD, a 40-page booklet, and a stereoscopic image reel for your View-Master, of course, and the limited edition puts the music on 180-gram vinyl and adds a 40-page comic book, Hooper Heroes, which you can also buy separately. No word yet on the release of any Sufjan-flavored bubblegum or commemorative roller skate key. The trailer for The BQE and an MP3 from the soundtrack are available below.
01 Prelude on the Esplanade
02 Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes
03 Movement I—In the Countenance of Kings
04 Movement II—Sleeping Invader
05 Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation
06 Movement III—Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise
07 Movement IV—Traffic Shock
08 Movement V—Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns
09 Interlude II—Subi Power Waltz
10 Interlude III—Invisible Accidents
11 Movement VI—Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges
12 Movement VII (Finale)—The Emperor of Centrifuge
13 Postlude—Critical Mass
Movement VI: Isorhythmic Night Dance With Interchanges[MP3]
Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season
(Warner Home Video)
Releasing: 25 August
There’s a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent, who shares a workspace with Lois Lane. There’s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen was on the scene of one of the do-gooder’s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action—a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. Red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, six-disc Season 8 of Smallville. Another Kryptonian destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realize he is Doomsday. His mission on Earth: kill Clark Kent. So many new events (will Jimmy and Chloe’s marriage last?), so many new faces (Tess Mercer, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy among them!), so many state-of-the-art effects—so don’t miss a single thrill-packed moment!
Forty-three years, six TV series, 10 feature films, numerous video games and hundreds of novels later, Star Trek is still with us. Director J.J. Abrams’ film, opening Friday, is an origins story, in which the young Kirk and Spock meet, fight, bond and eventually take over the running of the Enterprise. Not surprisingly, fans have been salivating over the imminent arrival of Star Trek for at least a Vulcan year.
Not that everything Trek has been a wild success. The films, in particular, have been a wildly mixed bag of sci-fi fun and ponderous, futuristic philosophizing. Here are some of the best and worst…
The State (a sketch show that aired on MTV in the early 1990s) had a rabid following in its day, but its unavailability has inspired an even more intense devotion in the years since the show went to CBS to die. Its creators and cast members graduated to many other successes in film and television, but this DVD set of the complete series is something to celebrate, as it represents the starting point for the creative forces behind Stella,Reno 911!, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, etc.
That the set (to be released on July 14) exists at all is noteworthy. But if the MTV show site is to be believed, the five-disc release will be “jam-packed” with special features. If the set really is as impressive as advertised, perhaps fans will someday admit that this was almost worth the decade-plus wait.