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Mixed Notes - Aug. 7

By Rich Heldenfels Published: August 7, 2012

Bits and pieces from the email, along with some viewing notes about "Political Animals" and "Breaking Bad."

And one thing I neglected to mention in my previous post, that "Political Animals" included a closeted, gay, Republican congressman -- from Akron.

I have mentioned my horror at the trailer for the new Baz Luhrman-directed "The Great Gatsby," but at least I won't have to see the movie soon. Warner Bros. is moving it to next year, with this official word:

 Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have moved the release date of “The Great Gatsby” to Summer 2013. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

In case you're wanting to save some of your memories of watching the Olympics, here is some info on DVD and Blu-ray releases, all arriving Sept. 18:

Games of the XXX Olympiad 2-Disc Blu-ray Collector’s Edition: For the first time ever, the collector’s edition will be available on Blu-Ray in a breathtaking high definition 2-Disc Set.

Both the highlights and gymnastics programs will be featured along with other exciting footage, including exclusive athlete profiles and gold medal competitions from the Olympic Games. The Blu-ray will also feature a full program on the US Swim Team’s spectacular performance and segments of the Opening Ceremony. The SRP for the release is $39.93.

 

Games of the XXX Olympiad: Highlights: A spectacular retrospective of the moments from the 2012 London Olympics, featuring a captivating, extensive look at the various competitions, gold medal finals and London’s Opening Ceremony. The SRP for the release is $14.93.

 

Gymnastics Going for the Gold: Will showcase all of the drama and excitement from the individual and team competitions for both men and women. Individual all-around gold medalists Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Gabby Douglas of the USA will be featured along with Team USA capturing the gold medal in the women’s team competition. The SRP for the release is $19.97.

Speaking of DVD, a complete-series box of "Rescue Me" is coming for those of us whose individual-season accumulation has been piecemeal (since the extras are all archival) The word:
 

All seven seasons of RESCUE ME -- the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated, critically acclaimed FX series following the lives of New York City firefighters who survived the 9/11 attacks – will be available for the first time in one comprehensive set when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases RESCUE ME: THE COMPLETE SERIES on DVD September 25th. Starring Denis Leary as veteran firefighter Tommy Gavin, RESCUE ME touched viewers with both its comedy and raw emotion as it portrayed the lives of 62 Truck’s heroes. The 26-disc box set includes all seven seasons with previously released special features, including gag reels, deleted scenes, commentaries and more!

As for viewing, I caught up with the two shows mentioned above on Monday and had decidedly different reactions. "Political Animals" did not thrill me to begin with, but it has gotten ever more irritating as it has gone along; that speech about the wonders of journalism was beyond pompous, especially in the context in which it was delivered. On the other hand, "Breaking Bad" contained a scene for the ages when Walt demanded Skyler explain what exactly she was going to do; it's the kind of scene, brutally practical, that too many dramas of all kinds gloss over. The payoff was even better than I expected; I thought Skyler would say she was going to wait for Walt to die, which could have been the result of his criminal activities, but she went instead for the cancer -- for making him suffer as much as she believes she has. A wonderful piece,

 

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