Archives For why the 90’s ruled

There’s no gain without Wayne, or there’s no pain without Wayne. I know it’s something like that. It’s been years since I first heard Wayne Isham saying that on one of those episodes of MTV’s Making the Video, back when making a video was very important for MTV.

Wayne Isham was another name that really popped up when I spent all day watching MTV. If I could describe Isham’s music video style with one word, it would be “woosh!” even though that’s not a word. His videos captured a very energetic vibe with fast cuts and, what I call fade-in wooshes — it’s when Isham would be focusing his camera on the singer/group and there would be a fade-in from one shot to the next one that made it seem like pushing in or away from the subject in a very funky way.

Of course, the best way to understand that woosh concept is to see it in action. For instance, those fast cuts are very prominents on Metallica’s video of I Disappear (from the Mission Impossible II OST) xD Continue Reading…

What happened to MTV Unplugged anyway? It feels like it just went away. I do remember Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 had MTV Unplugged albums, right? Or was it only Keys?

Anyway, Vampire Weekend on MTV Unplugged.

Does that mean they’re famous? I thought only famous… like household names had MTV Unplugged albums. I really liked Vampire Weekend’s debut, and their sound translates well on this unplugged scenario. But what’s missing? I guess I’m used to really different arrangements. As it it now, they just sound kind of the same.

Check out some clips (6 songs is a full show?) over at the MTV website.
* seems like the embedding didn’t work for me.

I received a notification on my email that Amazon was going to begin selling The Best of Rocko’s Modern Life: Volume 3 this week. First of all, I wasn’t aware that Volume 1 and Volume 2 were on the market. Then I read properly. It’s not an official release! It’s on DVD-R, so they won’t play on many DVD players. And they’re edited! And you gotta pay over $20USD for those volumes.

So that’s about $60 for just three volumes.
The Best of Rocko’s Modern Life – Volume 1
The Best of Rocko’s Modern Life – Volume 2
The Best of Rocko’s Modern Life Volume 3 (2 Disc set)

Now, is that fair? As a consumer, and as a fan of the show?

No, I don’t think so.

So this is a link to the complete 4 seasons of Rocko’s Modern Life.

Daria DVD News Spazz~~~

November 21, 2009 — Leave a comment

On July, I posted this about the Daria DVD.

I just got an email update with more info, which sound spazz-tastic~

  1. It sounds as though, rather than put the episodes out season-by-season, they are looking to put the whole series out at once, including the movies.
  2. There will be goodies, though which ones, I am not sure. However, the Sarcastathons and the specials were mentioned, and it looks as though they are going through ANY footage to find superfluous Daria appearances (like on TV talk shows).
  3. The commercial bumpers will be preserved, and in their rightful places.
  4. The episodes will be from the original masters, so no Noggin jujitsu cuts.
  5. The DVDs could come out as early as spring 2010. I’m going to play it conservative and still claim that they won’t be available until late 2010. For outside of the United States, it will be closer to 2011.

Also, apparently… for licensing reasons — there will be music replacement. However, it appears that they will replace some songs with covers, so they are trying to make changes not too noticeable. As for licensing explanations, old shows that used music prominently are having issues with their DVD release because the permits they used on the original TV broadcast don’t apply when releasing the music on DVD.

New shows don’t suffer from it, because the different licensing issues are dealt when shooting the show.

via TVShowsOnDVD and DVDAria Petition.

stop motion! wafflers and cheesy 90s song!! xD

To quote a Canadian filmmaker…

In typical Canadian fashion, [insert name of movie] doesn’t have a dvd distributor yet.

That was said 3 or 4 years ago… there still isn’t a DVD.

So in typical Canadian fashion… nearly 10 years after The Adventures of Shirley Holmes aired its last episode, after so many other shows have been released on DVD – there still isn’t a proper DVD release for the series.

What the fans have to go through? Well, some “savvy” people managed to digitally record the re-runs, and encode them to DVD format, but instead of sharing them, they decided to make some profit. Even if it’s small. Some other fans, get scammed… thinking they’re getting the real deal, to only find out that the episodes have been TV recorded – which I have to admit it’s just a bit silly to believe. – Some other fans just move on… some others end up on YouTube scavenging for clips and episodes… regardless of capture quality, and very appreciated.

Well, waiting is over… of sorts~ the Shirley Holmes Central is working on digital downloads.

Shirley Holmes Downloads

It really should have been an elementary exercise. TV shows on demand, new episodes of current tv shows available for streaming immediately after, and sometimes days and weeks before broadcast. This is the media world we now live in, and one in which there is much to admire.

So why has it taken so long to get episodes of Shirley Holmes online, in a streamable, and / or downloadable format ?

There are a few reasons, not least the relative obscurity of repeat airings, and the lack of any official DVD releases, even now, nearly a decade after the show wrapped in 2000. And then of course there was season 4, a somewhat mythical 13 episodes for many fans, because worldwide screening was very limited, with only the home Canadian market, and a few select international markets, including Australia and South America, seeing those episodes broadcast.

So while Forefront, Credo Entertainment (does it still exist?), and Chorus Entertainment… and YTV? Lose some money – seriously… if they decided to make Free Region DVDs, they could sell these in South America, the UK and Germany already.

Daria on DVD?

July 7, 2009 — 1 Comment

What???? – via TVShowsOnDVD
xD

Daria on DVD Soon!!

I was looking back on music videos this past weekend (which, by the way marked amy-wong.com’s 4th anniversary) because I was watching Michael Jackson music videos and thinking “wow, how come I don’t like watching music videos now” – at least I don’t watch videos of most music I listen to in English, though I’m generally impressed with Asian Pop Music Videos.

When I was little, well… a pre-teen and teenage girl fuzzing about the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears with my friends at school, I began to notice director’s names. MTV (which I pretty much used to watch almost 24/7) used to show the Name of the Song + Name of the Artist + Name of Album + Name of Director. They did this until the beginning of 2002 or 2003 when the Director’s name suddenly disappeared from the credits. I dunno if it’s back, and I dunno if it was because I just went to Canada. LOL

One of the first names I noticed was, of course, Nigel Dick.

If I could describe Nigel Dick’s style of music-video-making when I was a kid, I would say “simply brilliant” – not because I was naive and didn’t really know much about the business, but because his videos were simple, but yet so full of life. Perhaps, the easiest way to show it is with a simple video such as Oasis’ Wonderwall.

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… well more like making you remember. LOL I think I might have perhaps talked about this on previous Why the 90’s Ruled or Not editions. But here it goes,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qirBaUq0aPU

You LUV it, right? The video, LOL –  you’re free to go after the break to keep on reading… travel through time!!! xD

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… Review.

Just got back about 30min. ago from the BackStreet Boys concert in Lima.

Prayer circle before the show in Peru! on TwitPic

And the only thing I have to say, I was not dissapointed. Even though the event started as annoying, and the male Bouncers lack the BALLS. Guess what! Female Bouncers carry the balls around these concerts~ Yes, they were the only ones who didn’t take shit from those who wanted to stand in the alley.

Arrived just in time, when Adammo was singing. Meh, they were okay~~ Their lights sucked though, so couldn’t get many pictures. They had that chick from Latin American Idol… you know, the one everyone says can’t sing? LOL’ – what’s her name… Sandra Muente – The girls behind me actually said Nicole Pillman sings better. I’m of the opinion neither does that great…

Then came Belanova, which was an UMPH better than Adammo, but hey! They are supposed to be less new, right? But stil, wasn’t too impressed with them. The lead singer, Denisse Guerrero, reminded me of  Jenny Schecter… which is not exactly a good thing, you know? – Mia Kirshner is prettier though.

And UGH, did they have to sing something from High School Musical? WTF, whatever song that was. High School Musical, please~~~ get a fucking grip! Funny thing is, when the singer announced it was their last song and they were leaving us with the BackStreet Boys, everyone stood up and SCREAMED their shit out. I actually felt really bad for both groups…

I did see a bunch buying the Adammo album though, so not so bad about it.

The WORSE part about those two, and the waiting for the BSB show was the freaking fans trying to sneak in the front rows through pretending to ‘just stand’ in the alley. Funniest shit about that? Everyone united together in a freaking epic battle against them calling the Bouncers, and shouting at them.

Once the police got involved – you know, nothing too serious… they just came in – all those ‘people’ (more like cattle) went to their backseats, and we all cheered just like Mel on Braveheart. Hilarious.

Then finally, the lights went out and the show began. It was AWESOME. Just what I’m gonna say until I get to work on my photos which will probably be in the afternoon, after my class. I took my 8Gb card, and it’s at least filled up to half. According to my calculations, I should be going through around 700 or 800 high resolution photographs.

In the meantime? How about some BSB Twitter

OMG Peru!!! You guys are NO joke.

Wow. We almost killed a lot of Peruvian people. They were attacking our car and we almost ran over a whole lot of you.

LOL!

Just a tease… the show had a bunch of medleys of good old BSB songs – Quit Playin’ Games, I’ll Never Break your Heart, As Long As You Love Me, All I Have to Give, Everybody, Larger than Life, I Want it that Way, Show me the Meaning, The One, Spanish Eyes… or in this case “Peruvian Eyes” LOL, The Call, Shape of my Heart, More than That, Incomplete~~

Can’t really recall if they sang Everyone though~~

Videos online should be making its way through the week~

Photos this afternoon, or over the weekend~~~

Also! They said they were making the new album (as they mention on Twitter), and that they’d be back.