A few weeks back, we got together to record our Oscar Special. Due to some real life stuff, we weren’t able to get it posted until now. In this episode, Ethan and Aaron talk about their Oscar picks for the 84th Annual Academy Awards. They give you a run down … Continue reading
If you’ve been listening to the show you will know that we were all very much looking forward to watching The Green Lantern! Plus if you listen you will also know that we scratch our heads at some of the things said in the myriad of message boards available on … Continue reading
Join us as once again we abandon our movie genre discussion In Favor to discuss a Television Series! This time we are joined by our Ladies Rachel, and Beth to Discuss the much loved geek series Buffy The Vampire Slayer! Created by none other than Ruthaz Winner himself Joss Whedon! … Continue reading
It’s that time again when we announce the newest addition to the Zone of Ruthaz! John, long time friend of the show, joins us as we unveil the winner! About John Wetherwax John ,the third and laziest member of the Bagged & Bored Cast, lives in New York where he … Continue reading
The 2004 release of The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition on DVD.
We begin Season Three with the first of our two bookend issues this time around, with a major format change for the show. In this issue, we talk a bit about what’s to come this season and Aaron and I sit down to record a commentary track to Aaron’s most favorite film of all time, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
We sat down with the 2004 DVD release of the Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back, and talk a bit about the movie, the myths behind the movie, and the myths that come from the movie.
About The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (also known as The Empire Strikes Back) is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay, based on a story by George Lucas, was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. Of the six main Star Wars films, it was the second to be released and the fifth in terms of internal chronology.
The film is set three years after Star Wars. The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader, is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of theRebel Alliance. While Vader chases a small band of Luke’s friends—Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and others—across the galaxy, Luke studies the Force underJedi Master Yoda. But when Vader captures Luke’s friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a full Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save his comrades.
Following a difficult production, The Empire Strikes Back was released on May 21, 1980, and initially received mixed reviews from critics, although it has since grown in esteem, becoming one of the most popular chapters in the Star Wars saga and one of the most highly-rated films in history. It earned more than US$538 million worldwide over the original run and several re-releases, making it the highest grossing film of 1980. When adjusted for inflation, it is the 12th highest grossing film in history as of 2010
As part of Star Wars’ 20th anniversary celebration in 1997, The Empire Strikes Back was digitally remastered and re-released with A New Hope and Return of the Jedi under the campaign title The Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition. Lucas took this opportunity to make several minor changes to the film. These included explicitly showing the Wampa creature on Hoth in full form, creating a more complex flight path for theFalcon as it approaches Cloud City, digitally replacing some of the interior walls of Cloud City with vistas of Bespin, and replacing certain lines of dialogue. A short sequence was also added depicting Vader’s return to his Super Star Destroyer after dueling with Luke, created from alternate angles of a scene from Return of the Jedi. Most of the changes were small and aesthetic; however, some fans believe that they detract from the film. The film was also resubmitted to the MPAA for rating; it was again rated PG, but under the Association’s new description nomenclature, the reason given was for “sci-fi/action violence.”
The Empire Strikes Back was released on DVD in September 2004, bundled in a box set with A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, and a bonus disc of extra features. The films were digitally restored and remastered, with additional changes made by George Lucas. The bonus features include a commentary by George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Ben Burtt, Dennis Muren, and Carrie Fisher, as well as an extensive documentary called Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. Also included are featurettes, teasers, trailers, TV spots, still galleries, video game demos, and a preview of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
For the DVD release, Lucas and his team made changes that were mostly implemented to ensure continuity between The Empire Strikes Back and the recently released prequel trilogy films. The most noticeable of these changes was replacing the stand-in used in the hol[...]
We end Season two with a whimper when Ethan and Aaron discuss this year’s Oscars – the winners and the losers, and wrap things up with a few confessions on ‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.’
About the Oscars
The Academy Award (informally known as the Oscar) is an accolade by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world and is televised live in more than 200 countries annually. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media; its equivalents, theGrammy Awards (for music), Emmy Awards (for television), and Tony Awards (for theatre) are modeled after the Academy. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself was conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer.
The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Rooseveltin Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. It was hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. deMille. Opting for a younger face for the 83rd Academy Awards scheduled for February 27, 2011, younger actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco were named as hosts in November 2010 by producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer.
About Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a 2005 crime/dark comedy film, which engages many conventions of the classic film noir genre in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. It is based, in part, on the novel Bodies Are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday. The cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan and Corbin Bernsen. The screenplay was written by Shane Black who also directed the film. It was produced by Joel Silver, and co-produced by Downey’s wife Susan Downey (who is credited as Susan Levin).
The film’s title is a reference to Pauline Kael‘s 1968 book, which in turn was named after a translation of an Italian poster of a James Bond movie, which she called “perhaps the briefest statement imaginable of the basic appeal of the movies.”
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was filmed in Los Angeles between February 24 and May 3, 2004. After debuting at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in France on May 14, it received a limited release in cinemas in late October and early November 2005. It was the first film produced by Public Media Works, a production company founded byCorbin Bernsen.
In this special issue, Ethan and Aaron talk about the upcoming Oscars, and their picks for each category this year! About the Oscars The Academy Award (informally known as the Oscar) is an accolade by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including … Continue reading
In this special issue, we induct the newest member of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz. We are joined by the Bagged & Bored Cast once again as we talk up the nominees, and count the votes … About Kurt Russell Kurt Vogel Russell (born March 17, 1951) is … Continue reading
In this year end spectacular, Ethan joins Aaron and Shea from Ohio on his way back from Maryland. Ethan is joined by his friend Tracy Barnett, writer over at the Troll in the Corner blog. In this issue, these four gentlemen take on the prospect of making a movie about … Continue reading
In this special episode, we take our four nominees for induction into the Facilitators of the Indomitable Order of the Zone of Ruthaz, and examine what makes them eligible for such a prestigious award. The nominees this time around are Will Smith, Michael Keaton, Terrence Stamp, and Stan “The Man” … Continue reading