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February 18, 2006 - March 28, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

KING KONG on DVD! - Xoanon @ 13:06 PST
Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a young and beautiful actress Ann Darrow from the world of vaudeville who finds herself lost in depression-era New York and her luck changes when she meets an over-ambitious filmmaker Carl Denham who brings her on an exploratory expedition to a remote island where she finds compassion and the true meaning of humanity with an ape Kong. The beauty and the beast finally meet their fate back in the city of New York where the filmmaker takes and displays the ape in quest of his fame by commercial exploitation which ultimately leads to catastrophe for everyone including a playwright Jack Driscoll who falls in love with Ann and plays an unlikely hero by trying to save her from Kong and her destiny.

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

'The Magic Ring' Released in English - Xoanon @ 22:28 PST
The great fantasy classic that anticipated J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is now available in English for the first time in 181 years!

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Preorders made between March 25 and April 30 will be guaranteed to arrive on the world release date of July 1. Order now to ensure you're among the first to experience the excitement of The Magic Ring!

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The Magic Ring
by Baron de la Motte-Fouqué
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis
Published by Valancourt Books


It is the twelfth century, the era of Richard the Lion-heart and the Third Crusade. Along the Danube, the tranquil world shared by cousins Otto von Trautwangen and Bertha von Lichtenried is changed forever when they witness a knightly contest for possession of a magic ring. Soon both are drawn into a quest that transforms them and endangers all they love. The resulting adventures lead each to different paths of enchantment and peril, from the mysteries of Moorish Spain to the birthplace of Norse mythology. While navigating an ever-changing sea of allies and foes, both natural and magical, the two seek love, honor, survival, and a ring that possesses more power than either can possibly understand. Their epic journey fundamentally changes their understanding of themselves and others, as they discover what they most fear and what they most value.

In a seamless blend of medieval quest, epic fantasy, Gothic nightmare, historical romance, and religious allegory, Baron de la Motte-Fouqué masterfully relates a story that is as elemental as the bond of parent and child, and as profound as the concepts of redemption and sacrifice. The Magic Ring draws on an impressive host of inspirations, such as Germanic folk tales and Icelandic sagas, Arthurian romance and Gothic horror. This novel has earned its place as a text of considerable historical significance, and yet it continues to offer an exhilarating reading experience for the contemporary audience.

Baron de la Motte-Fouqué (1777-1843), a literary star in the constellation of German Romanticism, was known for his development of dark fantasy and chivalric adventure in works such as The Magic Ring, Undine, and Sintram and His Companions. His influence extended through time and across borders to reach composers such as E.T.A. Hoffman and Richard Wagner as well as authors from Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft to George MacDonald and J.R.R. Tolkien. Robert Pearse Gillies (1788-1858) was a Scottish Romantic writer, a translator of German literature, and a key figure in the development of Blackwood’s Magazine and Foreign Quarterly Review.

This edition includes the complete original text of the first English version of The Magic Ring, the 1825 translation by Robert Pearse Gillies, as well as a scholarly introduction, a glossary of literary influences and references, and the complete text of Baron de la Motte-Fouqué’s 1820 short story “The Field of Terror,” also translated by Gillies.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

John Howe Goodies on Sale Now! - Xoanon @ 14:18 PST

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Wood's 'Everything Is Illuminated' - Xoanon @ 10:19 PST
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Jonathan Safran Foer, a young Jewish man who wants to learn how his grandfather escaped from the Nazi incursions into Russia. From the U.S., he hires the hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, leader of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello) and his surly grandfather (Boris Leskin, Men in Black) as tour guides--only to discover, when he arrives in Odessa, that they are perhaps less than dependable. Thus begins a curious, almost metaphysical road trip that carries Foer into the past of his grandfather's village and the present of his own compulsive habits. Adapted and directed by Liev Schreiber (best known as an actor in The Daytrippers and The Manchurian Candidate), Everything is Illuminated buckles a little under its literary weight--what seems deft and resonant in the middle of several hundred pages can feel forced and overstated in a two-hour movie--but it's also full of delightful dialogue, vivid characters, and oddball yet affecting scenes. Wood is his usual charming and neurotic self, but Hutz steals the show with the help of his wonderfully fractured English and his soulful eyes. [Order 'Everything Is Illuminated' on Amazon.com Today!]

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Viggo's 'Violence' - Xoanon @ 13:45 PST
David Cronenberg's drama of a small town husband and father (Viggo Mortensen) whose small town act of heroism -- saving the patrons of his diner by killing a pair of criminal psychopaths -- reveals his own repressed past as a brutal criminal is one of the best American films of the last year. The film turns the vigilante hero story on its head as it portrays his history of violence as a hibernating virus that emerges like a reflex when his family comes under attack, and shows the reverberations of the revelation through his small town family. Cronenberg directs with a powerful intimacy in scenes both tender and savage and presents violence in brief, shocking scenes like a thundercrack, but always focusing the drama back on to the family. Mortensen creates a man terrified by how easily his capacity for violence re-emerges, Maria Bello is brilliant as the loving wife who finds a man she never knew under her husband's skin, and William Hurt earned an Oscar nomination for a small but memorable role as Mortensen's gangster brother in a relationship that quickly turns into Cain and Abel. Ed Harris, Ashton Holmes, Peter MacNeill and Stephen McHattie co-star. Details: Color, 96 mins, New Line, Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1. Supplements: Commentary by director David Cronenberg; Deleted scene with optional commentary by director David Cronenberg; "Acts of Violence" hour-long documentary ; "Violence's History: U.S. vs. International Versions" featurette; "Too Commercial for Cannes" featurette; "The Unmaking of Scene 44" featurette. Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround). Commentary by director David Cronenberg. Optional Spanish and English subtitles. [Order 'A History of Violence' on Amazon.com Today!]

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

DVD Tuesday: Bean's 'North Country' - Xoanon @ 19:17 PST
A sterling cast and vivid direction give North Country an emotional heft to match its political convictions. Charlize Theron (Monster) plays Josey Aimes, who goes to work at a Minnesota steel mine after splitting with her violent husband. But the job proves to be almost as harrowing as her marriage; the male miners, resentful of women taking jobs, verbally abuse and play humiliating pranks on the female miners. After being physically assaulted by a coworker, Josey tries to fight against the harassment, but none of the other women will join her case for fear that things will only get worse. North Country, directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), makes the women's experience palpable for the audience without overdoing it. But the lawsuit is only part of the movie; the gut impact of North Country comes from the devastating effect the lawsuit has on Josey's family, friends, and coworkers--thanks to an incredible ensemble cast that includes Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt), and the always powerful Frances McDormand (Fargo, Mississippi Burning). The courtroom histrionics don't always ring true, but the family conflict is riveting and deeply moving. [Order 'North Country' on Amazon.com Today!]

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Reading The Lord of the Rings - Xoanon @ 12:21 PST
READING THE LORD OF THE RINGS The folks from Continuum Books send this along: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular books of the twentieth century and the recent film adaptations have made box office records. This book provides a comprehensive critical and theoretical analysis of both the book and films.

Beginning with an introduction to the critical history of Tolkien's work, the book offers different ways of reading the works through key critical approaches like philosophical, postcolonial and gender criticism. Chapters focus on core topics and concepts such as time, home, the gothic, the concept of the ring, women, homosexuality and show how focusing on these questions can enable different readings of the novels and films. The final section looks at the continuing influence of Tolkien's work on fantasy fiction and in contemporary game and electronic narratives.

Pre-Order 'Reading the Lord of the Rings: New Writings on Tolkien's Trilogy' on Amazon.com today!

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