Remix Week, Silverhawks

I’m on vacation this week, so I’m sharing five movies or properties that I would actually support seeing rebooted/prequeled/sequeled/remixed. Next up, Silverhawks.

Partly metal, partly real, the Silverhawks fought against the forces of MonStar to keep the universe safe from evil. When the whole nostalgia comic craze of the early 2000s was going strong, I was certain someone was going to do a Silverhawks comic. Alas, everyone was too distracted by Transformers and G.I. Joe to give a shit about one of my all time favorite cartoons.

What I would love to see is a live action movie of the Silverhwaks. I don’t really think that there’s a high concept from the show that makes it really unique among the cyborg genre. Well, they did use music to fight sometimes which I guess was kind of cool. But really, I just really want to see these designs done in glorious CG. I just love the way their visor flash on when they hold up their hands to their faces. It would look so badass on the big screen.

The Cast and Crew of Doctor Who Would Walk 500 Miles

So I was content to watch and rewatch Doctor Who on Netflix streaming, but if this is the kind of thing that’s hidden in the extras of the box sets and DVDs, I’m gonna need to purchase all of thems!

Kamen Rider “Slap My Groin” Promo

Not sure how long this will last since Toei has been going out of its way to take down anything Kamen Rider related from the youTubes, but here’s the first full promo for Kamen Rider Wizard. God, that belt is just asking for a groin punch. Still, the new suit looks pretty bad ass. Moves pretty well. We’ll see how it shapes up.

Daleks, Dinosaurs, and the Doctor!

It is with mixed emotions that I greet season 7 of Doctor Who. I’m elated that the show is back and ready to kick all kinds of wibbly wobbly arse. I’m heart broken to see the Ponds leave. And we’ve got a new companion to break in. PLUS TOM BAKER! If Romana makes an appearance, my heart may just explode in an awesome fangasm.

Tom Baker Returns As the Fourth Doctor

When it comes to Doctor Who, your first Doctor is usually your favorite. For me, it was Tom Baker so this bit of news sent along by AZM Ally Jeff Posey is absolutely brilliant! To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the show, Baker will return to reprise his role as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor and team up with the current eleventh incarnation Matt Smith.

I believe this will be the first time Baker has agreed to return to the series since leaving in 1981. For the 20th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC put together a feature length episode entitled “The Five Doctors” in which the first five incarnations of the Doctor were brought together to solve a mystery. Unfortunately, Tom Baker declined to reprise his role so old footage of him was spliced into the feature. They wrote in some wonky excuse that made it impossible for the fourth Doctor to fully materialize in the Death Zone. It was still a really enjoyable episode, but I thought it would have been stronger if we got to see Tom Baker interact with his fellow Doctors. Now we’ll finally get the chance!

I have a feeling there will be even more surprises for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. I can’t fucking wait!


Star Trek TNG Looks Gorgeous in HD

Last night on a last minute whim, I went to check out Fathom Event’s 25th Star Trek: TNG Celebration. I literally found out about it an hour before I headed out the door. The one-night event marked the release of a href=””>Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One [Blu-ray]. They showed two full episodes in their newly restored glory, “Where No One Has Gone Before” which introduced us to the Traveler and “Datalore” which introduced us to Data’s brother Lore. Along with the episodes, we got to see some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast, crew, and producers as well as a documentary on remastering the show for HD.

TNG was shot on film but edited on standard definition tape. To bring it to its full HD glory, CBS Digital had to go to the film vaults, pull all the reels, rescan the film, and then reedit the show back together. Fortunately, most of the ship effects were shot in camera thanks to the geniuses at ILM. A few effects had to be recreated in CG like the Crystalline Entity. The sound was also remastered for 7.1 audio.

It was amazing to see the show on the full screen. They retained the 4:3 aspect ratio, but brought the resolution up to 1080p which looks absolutely stunning on screen. It also highlights some mistakes. In a handful of scenes, the camera is slightly out of focus or focused on the wrong part of the shot. In one particular scene, all the cutaways to Riker focused on his ear. It would have been easy to miss in standard definition, but at full blown 1080p, you can tell that the focus is just slightly off.

It’s been 25 years and, warts and all, I think the series holds up. Some of the effects may seem a little dated, the tech may seem like ancient history, but the stories still hold up. Star Trek was always about people which makes it timeless.

You can grab Star Trek: The Next Generation – Season One [Blu-ray] over at Amazon for $59.99. I’m going to have to pick up a Blu-ray player now.

What Does it Take to Animate The Legend of Korra?

I’m so glad that Studio MIR recorded this behind-the-scenes footage of their work on Legend of Korra. No matter what anyone says about the story or whether or not it lived up to expectations, I think everyone can agree that Book 1 was beautifully animated. Now we get to meet the people behind all those great facial expressions, action sequences, and stunning line work. I’m not surprised that they drew ’til they fell asleep at their tables.

From: Studio MIR

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