Just Shelley

Old Sci-Fi

Watching movies tonight as a way to stay awake while I work. I have a deadline Monday and I can’t miss it. Then two others follow closely behind it. Looks like I need to spend less time weblogging, more time on the books. Not to mention I have a ton of corporate tax filings I need to make for year end.

Blub. Blub. Help me! Help me! I’m going down for the third time…ack…gurgle.

Quick break: I bought War of the Worlds on DVD. Yes, my secret vice is that I love old time sci-fi flicks, cheesy special effects and all. War of the World, When Worlds Collide, Them, The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still — what’s not to like/love? Even old Plan 9 from Outerspace has a camp quality because it’s so bad (not as bad as the War Bus, but bad).

War of the Worlds had incredible special effects for the time — and it made the transition to DVD nicely. Both movie color and sound were improved.

Remember the old sci-fi flicks? They usually had to add something about religion in order to keep the religious fanatics from boycotting them. When Worlds Collide had a nod to the religious at the end, and War of the Worlds absolutely dripped religion. Folks today can learn from this — the hicks wouldn’t burn Harry Potter books if Rowling just had Harry go to church on Sundays.

(We who are all in the wrong must bow and defer to those few who just know they are in the right.)

When are they going to make Them and The Thing on DVD? I know they’re B & W, but can you imagine the ant call on Dolby?

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