• Re: MT VOID, 03/18/22 -- Vol. 40, No. 38, Whole Number 2215

    From Gary McGath@21:1/5 to eleeper@optonline.net on Sun Mar 20 12:44:16 2022
    On 3/20/22 11:00 AM, eleeper@optonline.net wrote:
    Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

    Encanto (Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures)
    The Green Knight (Sailor Bear, BRON Studios, A24)
    Loki: Season 1 (Marvel Studios)
    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
    (Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios)
    Space Sweepers (Bidangil Pictures)
    WandaVision: Season 1 (Marvel Studios)
    What We Do in the Shadows: Season 3 (FX Productions,
    Two Canoes Pictures, 343 Incorporated, FX Network)

    I watched Encanto for the first time a couple of days ago. The music is
    great, full of rhythmic complexities. Some reviewers claimed the songs
    sound just like the ones from any other Disney movie. If so, I've been
    watching the wrong Disney movies.

    The story, though, felt forced. The introductory explanation demanded
    too much suspension of disbelief at once. Characters shifted abruptly
    rather than developing. It's not a bad movie, but not great either.

    Gary McGath http://www.mcgath.com

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  • From Kevrob@21:1/5 to eleeper@optonline.net on Tue Mar 22 05:10:12 2022
    On Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 11:00:57 AM UTC-4, eleeper@optonline.net wrote:
    Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society
    03/18/22 -- Vol. 40, No. 38, Whole Number 2215

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    My First Sneak Preview (comments by Mark R. Leeper)
    The Animals Are at It Again (comments by Evelyn C. Leeper)
    2021 Nebula Award Finalists
    ALMANAC, UNDER THE SKIN) (book comments
    by Evelyn C. Leeper)


    TOPIC: My First Sneak Preview (comments by Mark R. Leeper)

    I think I am scarred for life. Well. Perhaps scarred is not the
    right word. It is just that I am some sort of psychologically
    conditioned. Conditioned may be a better word. But every time I
    hear Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" I picture
    warriors from ancient Greece having sword fights. I admit it is a
    strange connection to have. And I would love to be rid of it. But
    it is all the fault of the music and of comics and the monster

    Back in 1963 I knew something big was coming. Literally. Big.
    months I think I had looked forward to the upcoming release of the
    film JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. This was the screen version of
    Apollonius' story of the quest for the Golden Fleece. It included a
    metal giant.

    I had a comic book of the film. I read that comic over and over.
    The cover showed the mighty ship Argo ducking under the hairy
    armpit of some god---Poseidon, I think--holding open the way
    through a splashy waterway between two smashing rocks. That
    thirteen-year-old me had been excited by anything I could find out
    about the movie. This was going be have visual effects by the same
    guy who did the visual effects for THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, Ray
    Harryhausen. Ya can't do better than that. Not then ya couldn't.

    Before the film came to the local theatre it came to TV. Well,
    sort of to TV. But there was something special about how this
    film was being distributed in a new way. At the time if you went
    to see a film you saw it in a theater. But for the first time we
    had an alternate way to see the film. I was living in Longmeadow, Massachusetts about a thirty-minute drive from Hartford. In
    Hartford there was experiment going on. It was called PAY TV.
    And, wow! they were using JASON as their test film. And I got to
    see it right in my own home.

    I think it was TV station WTIC that was sponsoring the experiment.
    It encrypted the signal and then just sent the movie to a common TV
    station. You could almost watch it except for a few small
    technical pains. The engineers scrambled the soundtrack chortling
    it out and making a noise like a jukebox being ground in a
    dishwasher. You could make out what characters were saying, at
    least if you were willing to put up with a few of the little
    intentional technically enhanced inconveniences. A voice sounded
    like a cross between a human voice and the ringing of a
    bell--weird! They did something similar to scramble the picture.
    They shuffled the scan lines alternately with ten indented and then
    ten not. With a little effort you could follow the story and I did
    have the comic book as a guide.

    But none of this deterred me from my watching my special preview.
    I followed along in the comic. And I enjoyed it. In the trailer
    they had claimed the story of "gods like men and men like gods."
    To a young teenage Mark this was potent stuff. The scrambled TV
    version apparently did not want to use the Bernard Herrmann score,
    so played light classical music before and after the film. They
    played Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". Somehow all
    this just made the film better when I saw it in a real movie
    theater. The film used the Harryhausen score, but the trailer in
    Hartford used the Copland score.

    Now I just have to hear the Copland and I am back in ancient Greece
    with Jason and Argus and the rest of those fun guys. [-mrl



    This would appear to be the system used for the scrambled signal:



    The Phonevision system was operational on station WHCT* in Hartford, CT for at least two years,
    ending in 1969. The station would run conventional (non-subscription) entertainment programming
    during the day, and then switch to Phonevision-encoded programming in the evening.

    [/quote] - https://www.earlytelevision.org/phonevision.html

    * Today's WUVN [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WUVN ]

    In Milwaukee, from 1981-1984, there was: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SelecTV_(American_TV_channel)

    Kevin R

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