Week of October 1, 2001
The Elf Zone is open! Just in time for the
start of the Christmas shopping season, theLogBook.com's Elf Zone is once
again open for business! Divided into such sections as DVDs, videotapes,
music, audio/radio dramas, books, toys and more, the new and improved Elf Zone
will help you find stocking-stuffers for everyone on your Christmas list. Click
on our elfin friend at right, or here, to avoid the
mall and do your shopping online.
Nemesis greenlighted for 2003.
Paramount has finally given the green light to Star Trek: Nemesis, the tenth
Trek film and the fourth to feature the Next
Generation crew, which will start filming under director Stuart Baird in
November of this year. Baird is aiming for a late 2003 release, which
will make the five-year gap between the releases of Insurrection and
Nemesis the longest gap ever between Star Trek films.
Dig Dug is back - to pump you up!
Yet another classic video game character's making a come back - y'dig?
If not, here's the scoop - Dig
Dug has been unearthed, polished off, and will be starring in
a new game with a mid-October release date. Details of Namco's updating
of their classic arcade game, which was licensed to Atari in 1982, are
being kept under wraps, but Dig Dug will be joining such Namco classics
as Pac-Man and
Galaga in the modern-day
facelift department. Dig Dug is now available for pre-order for
the PC. (No U.K. release date has been announced as yet.)
Images from Deep Space 1
Deep Space 1: mission successful!
JPL's Deep Space 1 cometary flyby probe had a successful rendezvous with Comet
Borrelly last weekend, taking valuable measurements from the comet's immediate
vicinity (the only other such data collected was from an unmanned probe that
flew by Halley's Comet in 1985) and snapping many a memorable photo that
scientists will be gawking at for years to come. Borrelly was on its way away
from the sun, and was 137,000,000 miles away from Earth at the time. Even more
surprising than the scientific information captured in the encounter was that
Deep Space 1 survived the flyby; scientists and engineers expected it to be
destroyed by the comet's coma, a cloud of fast-moving dust and debris
surrounding its nucleus.
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory / NASA
Who's going to the Underworld?
Providing positive proof that the BBC has almost completely strip-mined the
existing library of Doctor Who stories,
January 2002's VHS release in England will be Planet Of The Giants, the
show's second season premiere from 1964, while April will see the long-awaited
release of the sometimes unfairly savaged Tom Baker four-parter Underworld, whose interesting
story (though somewhat derivative of Jason and the Argonauts) was buried under
an attempt to cut set-building budgets by doing at least 50% of the story in
front of blue screens - which might have worked had the blue screen work not
been so horribly dodgy in places. We'll have pre-order information for these
tapes for our British friends as soon as it's available. In another interesting
twist, it looks as though the 1996 TV
movie starring Paul McGann may indeed see release in the U.S., though there
is no confirmation of this as yet.
Source: Outpost Gallifrey
Paul still isn't dead.
And the artists lined up to cover ex-Beatle
Paul McCartney's solo songs on a new
tribute CD are glad about that. Proceeds from Listen To What The Man Said:
Popular Artists Pay Tribute To The Music Of Paul McCartney will benefit
breast cancer research in honor of the late Linda McCartney. Among those lined
up to cover Paul's post-Beatles repertoire include They Might Be Giants, Matthew
Sweet, World Party, Semisonic, Tim and Neil Finn,
The Judybats, and SR-71. Listen To What The Man Said is now
Listen To What The Man Said
Finn cancels North American tour but still manages to feed the gods.
After the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., New Zealand pop
pioneer Tim Finn shelved his plans for a U.S./Canadian tour in support
of his new album. However, the new album, feeding the gods, will still
be available on schedule, arriving on the heels of his excellent 2000 solo
set, Say It Is So. Finn's web site
says that the inspiration and the songs came to him in a rush. Jay Joyce, the
Nashville-based producer who guided Say It Is So's eclectic mix of
sounds, left the country music capitol to visit New Zealand to help out with
the new album. feeding the gods is now available for pre-order - though
we wonder if Amazon.co.UK is really planning on making the Brits wait
until 2010 to hear Tim's latest! Tim also joins his brother Neil Finn for a
cover of Too Many People on an upcoming Paul McCartney tribute CD (see
elsewhere in this week's update).
Tim Finn - feeding the gods
New Jewel album ready to go.
A November release date has been announced for Jewel's upcoming new
album, This Way, her first since a 1999 collection of Christmas
songs (and her first original material since 1998's Spirit). This Way may have a
different sound from her previous works, though - expect to hear some modern
elements alongside Jewel's trademark folksy acoustic-guitar-and-vocal
arrangements. This Way is now available for pre-order through
Jewel - This Way
Here we go again - another U.K.-only DVD of the Week for the Doctor Who fans out there. BBC Video is
releasing one of the better adventures of Colin Baker's woefully short
reign as the Doctor, Vengeance
On Varos. Guest starring Nabil Shaban gloriously chews scenery to
bits as the villainous money-mongering alien life form Sil, who anticipated
many elements of the Ferengi three years before they appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Though
not the deep social allegory to TV violence that it was touted to be at the
time, Varos does have its own charms, as well as lots of extras,
including an audio commentary track with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, and
Doctor Who - Vengeance On Varos
And for those on the U.S. side, we have a little something from the ranks of the
webmaster's guilty pleasures. Of course, we're talking about the DVD release of
SpaceCamp, starring Kate Capshaw, Tom Skerritt, and Lea Thompson,
who must've been grateful to be doing anything that wasn't Howard
The Duck. The SpaceCamp DVD isn't exactly feature-rich,
but how can you go wrong with a goofy (and extremely fictional) NASA robot who
wants to "put Max in space"? (But why did the robot have to bring him
back?) Still, this movie was one of NASA's best shots at publicity at
the time - and one of its last before the explosion of Challenger a year or so
Star Wars trilogy DVDs given a release date.
It's the announcement that Star
Wars fans have been waiting for - and it may come as a bit of
a disappointment to them. It seems that the original three films won't
be seen on DVD until 2005 at the earliest - in other words, after Lucas
has finished working on Star
Wars Episode III. However, it has been stressed that, after the
release of Phantom
Menace, the other prequel trilogy films will be released on DVD
at the same time as they're released on VHS. Episode I is due
on DVD in just over two weeks.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
But hey, if you insist upon engaging in panic mode, do it digitally.
BBC Video will be releasing the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy TV
series on DVD in mid-January 2002. No extra features have been
announced as yet, but all six episodes will be featured (including such
famous guest stars as David Prowse, Peter Davison, and the late Douglas
Adams - creator of the Hitchhiker's saga - himself). No Region 1 release
date has been announced; for now, only Region 2 viewers will get to enjoy
the remastered Hitchhiker's Guide.
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Complete TV Series
Angel goes widescreen. Some
fans where surprised when Enterprise and the
third season premiere of the Buffy spinoff series Angel appeared in widescreen
letterboxed format. One of Angel's producers has said that the show lends
itself to this cinematic style, though the overriding reason is more likely to
make the series anamorphic-friendly for future DVD release (y'know, a few years
from now when we're all supposed to have HDTV sets hanging on the walls). Originally
it was thought that Enterprise would be shot in widescreen, but not aired that way; it
remains to be seen if it will remain in widescreen as a weekly series.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire