Week of October 15, 2001
It's that time of the year again...
...that special time when major video game companies (and, on this occasion, software giants
who want to be major video game companies) gather around and launch their latest,
flashiest machines which are completely incompatible with their previous generations of
hardware and software, requiring you to start from scratch. (Did these people learn
nothing from the launch of the Atari 5200?)
Amazon.com is already taking pre-orders for the two hot new systems: Nintendo's Game
Cube (seen at right) and Microsoft's X-Box. Which will leap out of the gates and scream toward
the finish line, and which will be gathering dust next to the Dreamcast in a few years?
Nintendo Game Cube|
Watson album delayed until 2002; Enterprise soundtrack in the works.
In two related music stories, those fans who - like the webmaster - actually
like the theme song from Enterprise
will have opportunities to hear two different versions in 2002. As we've
mentioned in News@theLogBook.com, British opera sensation Russell Watson -
the singer on the theme - will be including Faith Of The Heart on
his upcoming sophomore album, though that CD has been pushed back to February
of next year. However, that version will not be recording used in
Enterprise. The original recording will be featured on an upcoming Enterprise
soundtrack CD, though that title hasn't even been given a release date (nor
has a label been announced). If GNP Crescendo Records, the label responsible
for releasing Star Trek soundtracks for
the past decade, lands the Enterprise license, they may take the approach of
their recent Best Of Stargate SG-1 collection and wait for the end of
the first season to pick and choose from the best episode soundtracks from
the season (which, musically, has been a little bit lackluster thus far).
The First Church of Yoda?
If you're ready to make that leap of faith and "reach out with your
feelings," it looks as though you can do it officially in England. So
many Star Wars fans listed
"Jedi" as their religion on U.K. census forms that the Office of
National Statistics has granted it its own category for processing purposes,
though officials are quick to point out that they're not in the business of
defining what is or isn't an actual religion - it just makes their paperwork
easier. While "Jedi" joins such religious categories (for census
purposes) as the C of E, Roman Catholicism, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhism, it's
probably in the lower numbers along with druidism, Wicca and satanism.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
Supercade: A Visual History Of The Videogame Age, 1971-1984
Supercade turns out to be super-thick.
We'll still absorbing this massive, 300+ page coffee table book on the formative
years of video gaming here at theLogBook.com
office, but we're betting that Van Burnham's Supercade will become the
"industry" standard tome on vintage gaming among classic gaming fans.
Including contributions from Leonard Herman, Sean Kelly, Joe Santulli, Keita
Ilda and Steven Kent, and enough life-size blow-ups of MAME screen grabs,
Supercade is impressive and engrossing to say the least. Expect a more
extensive review in the coming weeks - when we've recovered!
by Van Burnham
Rings film to be glimpsed in music videos.
Though many eager fans got their first look at the upcoming Lord Of The
Rings film via the theatrical trailer featured in the season premiere
of Angel, further sneak peeks at the long-awaited movie may come on VH1 and
other music video outlets. Later this month, a new Enya song from the
Rings soundtrack, May It Be, will hit radio stations and
music video channels as a single. Enya has also contributed another song,
Airon (Theme From Aragorn And Arwen), to the Rings
soundtrack, while Elisabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins (who was also featured
on Peter Gabriel's OVO) does vocals
on a song called Gandalf's Lament. The soundtrack CD, featuring the
three songs and selections from Howard Shore's orchestral score, will be
available in late November, one month before the movie's Christmas release.
The Lord Of The Rings (2001) soundtrack
Picking up more bad Hobbits?
And if soundtrack collecting is a Hobbitual thing for you, the score from
the original Ralph Bakshi animated version of Lord Of The Rings
is also being re-released - one week before the soundtrack of the new movie,
natch. If you feel like booking a ticket to cash-in city, you can pre-order
the old Lord Of The Rings soundtrack from
The Lord Of The Rings (1978) soundtrack
How many times have we gone down this road? You buy a DVD, and then exactly 48
hours later, a new! improved! Special Edition! with never-before-seen deleted
footage! hits the shelves, making your copy obsolete. I hate that,
but I'm not sure what the solution is. Well, the fine folks at Warner Bros.
Home Video, not ones to sit on the sidelines when there's a sequel to be
promoted, have the answer, and the answer is The Matrix Revisited,
a new DVD of nothing but bonus features. There's no movie on here - just
lots of new behind-the-scenes material on the making of the film, and the
ripples caused by the not-insignificant pop culture splash it made upon its 1999
release. And, savvy marketing folks they are, Warner Bros. (and their cute
Warner sister) have even included some sneak previews of the upcoming sequel,
The Matrix: Reloaded (which has been pushed back to 2003) and the
upcoming animè-style animated prequel series. Bravo!
It's about time someone got the hint - and gave it right back to us on a shiny
The Matrix Revisited
Back in Time.
Is nothing sacred? It looks like 20th Century Fox is prepping a TV series
remake of The Time Tunnel, the 1960s Irwin Allen-produced time travel
series, and their own Fox network is in a tight race with ABC for the rights
to air the series. Allen's widow is serving as an executive producer on the
new Time Tunnel project, and there's no word on whether it will be a sequel
with ties to the original, or a "re-imagining" of the show from
the ground up.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire