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Goodbye Maniacs (Article) - 2/23/2015 10:37:25 PM

 Wow!  I was coming here just to see any new articles but only to find out that mania will or could be shutting it's doors here for good!  Didn't expect that!

I haven't written here for quite some time but many of you know me and I still returned from time to time to see what's making news in the universe of genre, even occasionally reading some comments here and there below.  I've recognized some familar names, Wise, Violator, Hanso, Kara, VTGamehendge, Monkeyfoot, CalamityJohnson just to name a few of course, while some others I haven't seen or recall seeing before.  With this new page Cinemania that CJ has set up on FB it shows that we genre fans will never lose a place where we can come together and discuss anything in the universe of sci-fi/horror/suspense/fantasy/adventure.  I'll certainly add my name to that and look forward to the many more discussions that will take place with that, whether I join in those comments or not. The more things change, the more they stay the same, as it's been said.

I've been very privelaged to have been a part of many great discussions and debates on various topics brought forth by the wonderful writers of this site.  Even though I haven't been a part of it for as long as some others here, I've been here a while and enjoyed it for the most part.  I recall the magazine Cinescape back in the mid to late 90's before I even went on the net and recall reading it every chance I got.  Then in 2001, I started going online and discovered the site and began going to it as often as I saw news.  Years later I was offered a place to comment as I'm sure many others were as well.

I've met some great people on here, and read some great things from them, even though I may not have always agreed with what they've said.  There's been some bad times here too, to be honest.  Debates with those that turned nasty for one reason or another.  However, most of the time it was good.  Regardless, I've learned from them and have even become friends or at least good quaintences with some afterwards. I thank all of the writers and whoever else is and was responsible for making this site and bringing in all of the news articles, scoops, debates, along with all other things of interest.  This site has brought together some wonderful people that I'm glad I got to meet and know like: Wise, Hanso, Kara, Violator, VTGamehendge, CJ, Monkeyfoot, and others who are no longer with us like Eaglemaniac (one of the most entertaining and nicest commenters that I wish would've stuck around!) just to name a few.   I want to thank those here who have brought interesting comments, whether they be scoops or rumours, interesting trivia, humorous remarks, different points of view, along with words of wisdom.  All of which I like to believe have taught me in one way or another and am grateful for those experiences.

Even if I don't add any more comments here or elsewhere in the future, I'll still be with you all in spirit and will never forget our time here on Cinescape/Mania.  Thanks so much and the very best to all of you!!          


04 16 2008


The Legend of Hell House: Blu-ray Review (Article) - 8/29/2014 7:38:06 PM

Haven't seen this in a while!

Star Wars - Original and Unaltered Trilogy Coming to Blu-ray (Article) - 8/18/2014 11:25:44 AM

I don't know if the original Star Wars trilogy will ever get released on blu-ray and I get why there are many who'd like to see that happen.  It's nice to have different versions of favorite films especially the originals that those of us who grew up with them.  But that aside, as far as the changes that George Lucas made, I see both the pros and cons that people have.  Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water as they say because IMO there were many changes that were necessary or at least inhanced what was there. 

Exampes would be the takeoff of the X-Wing Fighters from Yavin as well as the attack on the Death Star, better and busier look of Mos Eisley Spaceport, improved scenes of Ben Kenobi's home and Jawa Vehicle, impoved look of certain backgrounds and landscapes among them.  Sorry, but yeah I also liked the Jabba the Hutt scene although I admit it could've and should've been improved upon.  Maybe they should've used a life sized puppet along with CGI enhancement (Gee, there's an idea George!)  Let's not also forget the improved sound that was done!

Yes, there are cons of course with a tad too much CGI in certain scenes and unnessasary changes like Greedo shooting first and then both he and Han firing at once, the Jawa falling off his CGI steed and swinging around comically, Vader yelling NOOOOOOO!!!, Hayden Christensen's image at the end of Jedi, changing Boba Fett's voice among them.

He should've made the changes that helped the movies including the good ones I mentioned, improved upon those that were already done before when preparing for both the dvd package from 2004 and the blu-ray package from 2011 and used Adywan's version of SW as a guide if he wanted to make further changes!  But hey, that's just me.  There's also 2 more things I'd like to have if they ever release another home video boxed set and that would be the remainder of the deleted scenes that we know exist along with the first cut of SW.  Apparantly GL called it a disaster that contained different shots of some scenes as well as different music.  I read a supposed quote from GL who stated that there will only be one version that will be remembered after so many years.  Well, maybe in his mind but thanks to the internet, computers, editing software technology that isn't nor will it ever be true!!       

GHOSTBUSTERS Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Release (Article) - 6/7/2014 9:23:46 AM

Who are you gonna call?!!!

Dan Curtis%u2019s Dracula: Blu-ray Review (Article) - 5/30/2014 7:52:17 PM

In the novel, Jonathan Harker states that Dracula has an accent and also that his english was excellent.

The Summer of '84: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Article) - 5/27/2014 8:18:56 AM

Didn't we already review this movie not so long ago?

Dan Curtis%u2019s Dracula: Blu-ray Review (Article) - 5/27/2014 8:07:40 AM

Hello, Robert, since this is a blu-ray review maybe you could've gotten into more detail about the picture and sound quality of the movie and not just the movie itself!

Anyway, I see what you mean about aspects of this particular Dracula movie, it could've been much better written no doubt about that.  However, I don't think it's the worst Dracula movie either.  It used real world locations as you've mentioned which helped the mood and setting.  Even though I understand that they wanted to do something different with this Dracula and I don't think he was terrible in it, I still think Jack Palance was miscast.  Like virtually all Dracula films I've seen and although this one had a bit more than most, it also could've used some more action.  I liked the scene where Jonathan Harker gets attacked by the vampire women, the scene where Dracula as the wolf attacks Arthur, and (spoiler for those of you who haven't seen this!) the scene where Harker as a vampire attacks Arthur and Professor Abraham Van Helsing.  I didn't mind the scenes with Dracula and Harker after the beginning.  I just think they could've used more excellent dialogue from the novel where Dracula explains more about his background and the past glories of his nation.  But sadly most Dracula films omit that.  It's certainly dated now but overall, I still think that there's enough there to see it, a guilty pleasure.

Halloween The Complete Collection Release Date (Article) - 5/25/2014 2:17:28 PM

Didn't care for the Rob Zombie films!  John Carpenter's Halloween films are much better!!

Gareth Edwards for Star Wars Stand-Alone Film (Article) - 5/25/2014 2:13:44 PM

Interesting news.  There are many things that they could come up with in the Star Wars Universe, among them would be a fan favourite like Boba Fett, which certainly wouldn't be a bad idea.  Another would be Han Solo.  There's a lot they could do with that character as well including how he became a smuggler, how Chebbaca became his companion, how he met Lando and won the Millennium Falcon from him, how his rivilry with Greedo started, and how he got mixed up with Jabba among other things.  I recall bringing this idea up some years ago here on Mania.  I can see it now...THE HAN SOLO SAGA!  Think of the possibilities!

Bob Hoskins Has Passed (Article) - 5/4/2014 10:54:41 AM

A CORRECTION: Bob Hoskins wasn't in Total Recall (1990) (BTW, thanks for pointing that out Redhairs) with Arnold.  I don't know why but I keep placing him in that movie (the two scenes with Quaid's construction buddy).  I guess the similar appearance is what does it.


Date Joined: April 16, 2008