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Fiendish Heritage

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The blood-thirsty genre is alive and well – so to speak, in the similarly vampiric world of entertainment. Enjoying a second year of feasting, franchises like the ‘Twilight’ sequel and HBO’s second season of ‘True Blood‘ trace their genetic makeup to Abraham “Bram” Stoker, who wrote novels in the late 19th century to make extra money. Stoker’s regular itunes_draculascursejob was as a business manager for the world renowned Lyceum Theater in London. When one of his novels, ‘Dracula,’ was published in 1897, it was not the first book to talk about vampires, but it would easily become the best. Like today’s ‘Twilight’ sensation, ‘Dracula’ was put to film in the classic silent film ‘Nosferatu‘ – copyright issues and an absence of Hollywood lawyers caused names and details to change a bit. From Béla Lugosi to Blade to Buffy, vampires have shown their preference for the limelight over the sunlight since Stoker’s passing in 1912.  With the influence of his work still evident in popular lexicon, it’s safe to say that Bram Stoker will remain an immortal for years to come. In commemoration of all characters ambiguously deceased, please enjoy two of the latest releases to reach iTunes: Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse and Witchouse, joining other spawn of the genre, 1st Bite and Dracula: The True Story.itunes_witchouse

Also new on iTunes this week: Horatio Hornblower: The Duel // Poirot: Murder In Mesopotamia // Poirot: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd // Shackleton // Jane White Is Sick and Twisted // Nobody the Great // Little Red Riding Hood // Laserblast // The Dead Hate the Living! // This Is the Life // Ernest In the Army // Man of the Year // Kicking the Dog // Rock Fresh // Class of Nuke ‘Em High // Def By Temptation // Mad Dog Morgan // Interstate // Altered By Elvis

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July 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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Pinball Wizards

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pinballclose The endless launch of new cell phone models and gaming platforms in the battle royal for your leisure hours leaves a consumer to play Simon Cowell to the auditioning product du jour. In the quest for portable and interactive entertainment, arcade and pinball machines are indeed from another century. Pac-Man is gone from the arcade, but lives somewhere in a downloadable format. A great deal of nostalgia exists for that bygone era of brands like Atari, Coleco and Sega to name just a few. The documentary Tilt: The Battle to Save Pinball, now on iTunes, chronicles the glory days of pinball and tells the tale of a last-ditch effort to save the industry. This one will have you reaching in your pocket for more quarters.

New and browsable on iTunes: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie // Saints and Soldiers // Michael Winslow: Live // Poetry In Motion // InSearchOf

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June 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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E3 Reverb: Video Downloads for all

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At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, consoles began showing signs of serious momentum as video pipelines into the living room. Sony has a new technology that downloads movies and TV directly the PSP portable console wirelessly.

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In the future, your mother may use a game console

Console makers are broadening their content offerings, to branch out from the tried and true 80-90% young male demographic. To that point, Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s SVP of Interactive Entertainment, said, “This E3 is about breaking down barriers — between generations, between games and entertainment, and most important, between video game players and everyone else.”

One player notably absent from this particular game: Nintendo, which has no comparable video download service in the US, and seems somewhat lackluster on the propects – President Satoru Iwata told the LA Times, “We are hopeful that we launch a similar service in America someday. But we do not have anything to announce today.”

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June 11, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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The Next Generation & Final Frontier of Harlan

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As the worthiness of the new “Star Trek” sparks debate – in Klingon and Vulcan – one consensus among fans of the original series is veneration for the episode ‘The City on the Edge of Forever.’ The auteur of this masterpiece of sci fi, writer and foul-mouthed provocateur Harlan Ellison is the subject of a gem of a doc now on iTunes, Harlan Ellison: Dreams with Sharp Teeth. Ellison wrote the episode’s original script and feuded with Gene Roddenberry on the rewrites. At day’s end, the episode brought home a Hugo Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, and a glimpse at a pre-Dynasty Joan Collins.

itunes_harlanellisondreamsHOMEOutside the Star Trek galaxy, Ellison’s body of work speaks for itself.  Short stories. Teleplays. Essays. Novellas. Ellison has boldly gone where few writers of the last century have gone before. Enjoy the voyage.

Also gluing us to our iTunes devices: In Debt We Trust // Tales of the Rat Fink // Tupac: Assassination – Conspiracy or Revenge // Farmingville // The Young Unknowns // Michael Winslow: Live

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June 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm

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People who watch people who watch on their iPhones…exaggerate

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Where are viewers going these days? According to this chart courtesy of our esteemed colleagues at Silicon Alley Insider, it appears that watching TV at home is dead in the water and people are glued to their smart phones. However, is this the kind of data that is actionable or useful in predicting the future? Comparing a new technology to a dinosaur technology in terms of new adopters will predictably yield a chart that looks exciting but in truth is a no-brainer. We couldn’t resist comparing Pinocchio’s proboscis problem. Clearly, mobile phone watching is growing but, ah, tell me something I don’t know. Like a network that boasts to be “fair and balanced,” here we have a nugget of truth stretched to make a point and get a rise.

This we know– the biggest chunk of  mobile phone video watching is coming from smart phones and most of that from iPhones and, yes, New Video Digital is a supplier of video to iTunes. So, we want to believe in this chart – we do. But, jeehz. Let’s get some data out there… in context.

Here’s what we saw (Pinocchio added to show scale). See if you agree:

CHART OF THE DAY: Screen Shift: U.S. DVR and Mobile Video Growth Climbing Fastest
from Silicon Alley Insider by Dan Colarusso, Kamelia Angelova
A new Nielsen report shows Americans watching plenty of TV at home — 153 hours every month — but DVR viewership and mobile video are growing faster than any other segment. Mobile video watching jumped 52% from the previous year and “time-shifted” TV watching climbed 37% over the same period.

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May 28, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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Some very rare WWII trial footage, on your iPod

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itunes_topsecrettrialsthirdreichHOMEOver the past year, Hollywood has revisited Nazi Germany with hero stories grounded in fact (see Tom Cruise’s “Valkyrie”) and outrageous fiction (see Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards”). The reimagining of those who did attempt to take down Hitler and his henchmen, no matter how fantastically realized, must always pale when compared to the breath-taking documents of those individual hero’s lives. This week we are wowed by trials of the men who plotted to assasinate the Führer in the documentary “The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich.” The footage, created on Goebbels orders and then banned when it backfired against him, reveals the secret groups of the anti-Nazi movement. As war trials for crimes against humanity still linger from that era, we reflect on those who fought the good fight to their death.

More good stuff to download:  Standing With Stones // Speedo // Homemade Hillbilly Jam // Moving Midway // Sole Journey // Trancers // The Book of Caleb // Sam Kinison: Breaking All the Rules // Cannibal! The Musical // 1st Bite // Little Shots of Happiness

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May 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm

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What we’re watching: Life goes on…

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Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without oil? While that is an eventuality, how about a world without people? You can stretch your imagination this week with two new iTunes releases, “CRUDE IMPACT” and “LIFE AFTER PEOPLE.”  itunes_crudeimpactHOME    mzl_zirhrolw_100x100-75

Rip! A Remix Manifesto on iTunes

Rip! A Remix Manifesto on iTunes

And, having practically realized life after CDs, the question is, will there one day be life on Earth after DVDs? Sure, music labels have been in dire straits over the past decade.  As Napster gave way to myriad other sites, the online sharing movement put a huge dent in a once stable industry. Movies now tread cautiously in music’s footsteps, and the film industry nervously watches tickets sales and DVD purchases. “RIP! A REMIX MANIFESTO” tackles the intellectual property debate head on, exposing the extent to which corporations will go to control public use. The digital revolution forces media companies to change and defend their business models. And of course some will always have their day in court.

More browsable new releases: Painter’s Painting // Sam Kinison Family Entertainment Hour // Winter of Frozen Dreams // Voice of the Heart // Tapioca // Bird By Bird With Annie // H2 Worker // For The Bible Tells Me So // Perfect Sport // Union Square // Coffee Date

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May 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm

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