Friday, July 20, 2007

The White Stripes in Review

John Anthony Gillis A.K.A Jack White was born in Detroit (Rock City) in 1975. As a young lad he took up playing the drums and expanded his musical repertoire to include both the piano and guitar. As like with most celebrated guitest, Jack had taught himself how to play. His musical influences such as Led Zeppelin and Cream can be undoubtedly heard in his music today.

His ex-wife and band mate (NO NOT HIS SISTER) Megan Martha White were married on September 23, 1997 and divorced in March of 2000. Jack encouraged Meg to take up the drums and together they formed a little band called The White Stripes. Meg’s drumming style may be simplistic in its approach but is essential to the bands unmistakable sound.

Somewhere in between getting divorced and playing music The White Stripes recorded their first CD in the winter of January 1999. It was released on June 20th, 2000 tilted De Stijl named after a Dutch conceptual art movement based on simple colors. For obvious reason they felt that this was the most fitting appellation as their introduction into the world of mainstream music.

Next release for the band was in 2001 with ‘
White Blood Cells.’ It was with this album that The White Stripes began to receive recognition with American audiences thanks to such singles off of that album like “Hotel Yorba and the more widely known ‘Fell in Love with a Girl’

The White Stripes began recording
Elephant in Toe Rag Studios in Hackney, East London, equipped with equipment from before 1964. It was recorded it ten days and was agreeable their best album to date up till there newest release, Icky Thump. The newest single of off that album, bearing the name of the title Icky Thump may be the best song for the band since Seven Nation Army hit the radio waves back in 2003. “Icky Thump,” boast a more blues and country-tinged sound to it. Vocally we get to hear a stronger and cleaner sounding Jack White owed to his decision to quit smoking two years ago. The song is catchy and full of superb guitar playing by Jack with an ending that is sort of reminiscent of Ball and Biscuit off of the Elephant album.

Icky Thump was been received by audiences alike with great enthusiasm and a reinforced appreciation for the band.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Man Hunt 2: What’s all the Hype about?

If you consider yourself any sort gamer, then I’m sure that you have been keeping up with all the hype surrounding the upcoming release of Manhunt 2 for the Nintendo Wii, on July 10 2007.
The game is about an Amnesiac scientist and his psychotic killer of a companion from an asylum and their momentous killing sprees. I assure you, you won’t be seeing this game lining the walls of your local Wal-Mart. In fact Manhunt 2 has been banned in the United Kingdom but given the go-head within the U.S. Market with an Adult Only rating due to its level of violence. Look I’m not embarrassed to admit it, but just the cover art alone freaks me out. It looks like something out of a Rob Zombie movie.

Even before receiving the AO-Rating for Manhunt 2 for the Wii version, it was already gaining negative momentum with Anti-Gaming groups due to the system’s use of violent gesturing in order to control the game’s characters. Gamers use motion –sensing controls to stimulate chopping, hacking and stabbing motions to kill their prey. Shall I dare ask “where is the fun in that?” What is the motivation driving the fascination behind the violence? Should we as a responsible society worry about those who find amusement in simulating the dismemberment of human beings?

Is all of the negative attention that the game is receiving hindering the potential sales of Manhunt 2 or elevating the anticipation of its release among the curious? All I know is that here at the pre-orders have been soaring. (Especially from those living in the U.K!)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Blockbuster Announces that they will only be expanding Blu-Ray and not HD-DVD

  1. On June 18th Blockbuster announced that they will be phasing out all HD-DVD rentals at all of their retail stores by mid July and in turn solely support Blu-Ray technology.

    So what exactly is Blu-Ray and why is it called that? This format was developed by the Blu-Ray Disc Association (BDA) to allow the recording, rewriting and playback on all High Definition videos (HD-DVD). This format also offers more then five times the storage capacity of the customary DVD and can support up to 50GB on a dual layer disc. The name Blu-Ray is derived from the Blue Laser Beam that is used to read the data with superior accuracy then the regular DVD and or CD.

    Blockbuster will still be offering HD-DVD on-line, maybe so they can’t be accused of being in conspiracy with the studios and or the BDA or is their business decision based solely on revenue sharing. (Think rising gas prices) Or maybe Blu- Ray is to HD-DVD as VHS was to Beta? The percentage of Blu-ray rentals vs. HD DVD in the archetypal store and online is 70% Blu-ray vs. 30% HD-DVD and so this decision by Blockbuster may very well be based on consumer needs. In any case this truly is a landmark within the DVD Industry.

    If you are playing to get a Blu-Ray this weekend here are the top 10 Blu-ray sellers:

    1. 300

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Special Edition (HD-DVD & DVD Combo) on Pre-Sale at

The special Edition (HD-DVD & DVD Combo) features the following:

• Audio Commentary : Director Zack Snyder, Writer Kurt Johnstad and Director of Photography Larry Fong • The Making of 300 Documentary• 300: Fact or Fiction Documentary• Plus More!!

300 - Review

300 is a fantasy tale based on the Battle of Thermopylae in which 300 Spartans led by the fierce King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) makes a heroic stand against the overwhelming Persian army commanded by Xerxes. It depicts the titanic clash in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his massive Persian army. The story is based on Frank Miller’s novel Sin city and is directed by Zack Snyder who brings this graphic novel to life with his imaginative use of color. Aesthetically speaking, 300 is an outstanding piece of art. 300 is jam packed with plenty of bloody scenes and chopped body parts, in the same fashion of
Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. The violence is humbled by the romantic under tones and passionate moments shared between Leoindas and Gorgo.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Vincent Regan, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Michael Fassbender, Mercedes Leggett, Rodrigo Santoro, Tom Wisdom, Andrew Tiernan, Dominic West, Andrew Pleavin
Directed By: Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead)
Genre(s): Action, War

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Let’s talk funny, let’s talk about the insanely funny Saturday Night Live Alumni member, Will Ferrell. In 1995, Will Ferrell became a featured cast member of Saturday Night Live during the shows rapid re-casting. During his 7 year stint with the show, he was arguably looked upon as the greatest cast member ever. In 2002 Ferrell left the show to pursue his acting career in films. The most recent being Blades of Glory where he teams up with Napoleon Dynamites John Heder as a competitive figure skater. (Currently on sale for pre-order at He has been referred to by the media as “The Frat Pack” along with Jack Black, Ben Stiller, (Zoolander) and Vince Vaughn . (Old School)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Whats Happening on the Sopranos!?

Due to its violent content and school yard language I had refused to watch the Sopranos for years. It wasn’t until my cousin told me that our 80 year old grandmother religiously watched the show (while knitting) that my curiosity was seriously peaked. Straight from the opening theme song I was totally hooked! The musical selection for each and every episode and for the commercials only furthered the intensity of the show for me. In fact, I just picked up Sopranos Vol. 02: Peppers & Eggs: Original soundtrack and Various Composers: #1 Sopranos Album on CD for the car.

On a personal sad note, like I mentioned above I did not join ‘the family’ until much later on in the series. For the past years I have been watching random episodes in syndication trying to piece together the current state of affairs. Now, I can’t wait for my DVDs to arrive to find what happened to Adrienne… I know that she was whacked in one of the episodes but who commissioned the hit and how was she found out. Also, what the hell is going on with AJ? I heard that he tried to drown himself. And why did Tony kill Christopher?

On a final note….Can anybody please tell me what happened on this Sunday’s finale? (I don’t get HBO)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Collectible Figurines Available!

DVD Box Office is pleased to announce that we are now offering collectible figurines from Sideshow Collectibles. Suitable for adults and teens aged 14 and up, these 12-inch figures have 30+ points of articulation allowing you to pose them in hundreds of different configurations. All figures come with a display base stand and different accessories which may include: extra weapons, interchangeable hands, lifelike fabric clothing, and much more.

Familar faces from movies and television such as Star Wars, The Terminator, James Bond, Buffy, Angel and even Scarface, there are a myriad of figures to choose from.

Stay tuned, we'll be adding even more of these lifelike figurines to our Books & Collectibles store in the next few weeks.

To view more of our collectible figurines, click here.