I saw an article running around on Facebook about a Dark Tower Movie news update. It was posted by Deadline.com, and I consider them a VERY reliable source for movie/TV news. Whether you’re interested in an update about the Dark Tower movies or if this is the first you’re hearing about it, I decided to throw together an informational video about the project. Pertinent links are provided below.
Most of these articles, I realized, were focusing on child stars from Stephen King’s movies. I wanted to change it up a bit, so I decided to look up Adam Storke. You may recognize him as the lovable asshole, Larry Underwood, from “The Stand.” It comes to mind because a few people have requested the movie to be covered on Movie Club, but I am dreading trying to cover an 8 hour movie (mini-series is the proper term, but you get what I mean) in a 15 minute episode of Movie Club. I will probably have to do it in parts.
You may know that an unabridged version of “The Stand” was re-released in audiobook format. This is great news to a guy like me that has the original unabridged audiobook (which was original in cassette tape format, then converted to mp3 and torrented by me at a much later date) and thought the quality was garbage, but still listened. Now I can get an official version with updated technology and awesome sound quality! YAY!
The intriguing part of the story is that it will not be available in hard copy, only as a digital download. That doesn’t bother me, that’s how I was going to get it anyway. I do know that this will tweak some people’s taters. This is a sign of things to come, I believe, so if you aren’t on board with digital download of your audio content, get that way. Most major record labels have announced that they will no longer be making CD’s (around the end of 2012) and will only make music available via digital download. I mention that because I think it is worth mentioning. The record labels, that used to be so up-in-arms about digital downloads, are now going to be making that their primary form of music distribution and I see other industries following suite.
Personally, I get annoyed if I want to watch a movie and it’s not available via Netflix streaming, iTunes or Amazon, because that is my preferred method of watching movies. Just like my preferred method of reading is actually listening. What can I say, I like having options. Lilja’s Library posted something about this on Facebook about a week ago wanting to know if people preferred to download the content, have a hard copy or were indifferent to the subject. The overwhelming majority said hard copy. Although, I think they thought the question was whether people preferred paper book or audiobook and so, of course, the hard copy won out. If you want to try out the digital download world, you can get a free download of “The Stand” from Audible by clicking the link below, but only if you’re a new audible customer.
What do you think? You prefer a hard copy of an AUDIOBOOK or does digital download work for you? Are you a hard copy person that is going to step into the world of digital downloading for “The Stand”? Are you refusing to get the audiobook because its only available for digital download? Tell me your thoughts here or on Facebook | Google+ | Twitter
Download “The Stand” from: Audible ($23.52/Free) | iTunes ($28.95)
One of the wonderful readers of this blog posted this on our Facebook Page, and I wanted to take a minute to share it with you. This is the entire Dark Tower story, summed up in a 7:20 YouTube Video! Big shout to our Facebook friend Brian for posting this and bringing it to our attention! Another big shout out to the person/people that took the time to grab all these clips and string them together! Job well done!
I couldn’t seem to find a copy of Salem’s Lot on DVD or for digital download anywhere! I did, however, find a person that uploaded the entire movie to YouTube. I went ahead and made a playlist for both the 1979 and 2004 versions of the film! However, this episode of Movie Club focused on the 1979 version.
Since the podcast hosting problem occurred, I didn’t want to release this as it wouldn’t be available in all it’s formats. Then I said to myself, “Better to get it out there in some form than in no forms!” So here it is! Stay tuned and I will have updated iTunes and Zune podcast subscription info in the near future.
As you may know, there has been some trouble with the podcast hosting account for the Stephen King Fancast. I, being a “half full” type, spent a short amount of time wallowing in depravity about the loss of my download numbers. That phase in this transition, is over. I have started focusing on the positives that could come out of this. The biggest one being, that I could re-record those first 4 episodes of the Fancast (that were, by current standards of the podcast, sub-par at best) and put a bit of a shine on them.
However, I have received feedback about those early episodes saying that people liked hearing the bad quality compared to the current quality. It shows that the podcast, and myself have grown in the process of creating the podcast. I would like your opinion on the matter. Should I re-record the episodes in the podcast’s current format? Should I leave them as they are? What do you think?
You may remember when I was interviewed on Talk Stephen King not that long ago. Well, that interview spawned a post by Bryant Burnette over at Ramblings of a Honk Mahfah, titled “Why Listening and Reading are Not the Same Thing.” That lead to David at TSK wanting to moderate a discussion (or pick a fight, whichever) on the topic between myself and Bryant Burnette. It got kind of interesting and ended up turning into NerdFest 2012! You know how I love a good NerdFest, me…