A Couple of Things…

Okay, I’m feeling lazy today, but there are still a couple of things I wanted to mention.

The first thing is 2001 A Space Odyssey on Blu-ray. Holy. Fucking. Shit. This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I know that Blu-rays are supposed to look nice since they’re 1080p and all of that, but 2001 was an astonishingly beautiful film back in 1968. The HD transfer of Kubrick’s sci-fi magnum opus is simply jaw-dropping.

Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that 2001 is one of the greatest cinematic masterpieces ever crafted, either. High definition gives this film a whole new level of immersion. You feel like you’re standing right behind Dave as he walks through the space station. The coldness and sterility of the alien environment Dave finds himself in becomes your own thanks to the combination of Kubrick’s masterful direction and the stunning transfer.

If you own an HDTV, Blu-ray/HD-DVD player, and love science fiction or just great film in general, this film deserves your money probably moreso than anything else out there right now. Even if you own it already on DVD, it’s well worth the double dip. Open the pod bay doors and experience the awesome all over again.

The second thing I wanted to mention is that M83 has a new song from his upcoming album Saturdays = Youth posted on his Myspace page. “Couleurs” is a pretty big departure from what we’re used to hearing from the French synth manipulator. His last release Digital Shades was heavily steeped in the realm of ambient electronics, and his prior albums sound like shoegaze being played on keyboards. This new track is M83 for the club crowd.

Although “Couleurs” still features those gorgeous synths that rise from the ground into the stratosphere, the song comes equipped with a dancefloor ready beat. Who the fuck got their Junior Boys in my M83? The song isn’t terrible, it just certainly is not what I was expecting to hear. Towards the end of the track, the dancehall aspirations of the song give way to a slower stomp that feels more akin to M83’s trademark sound, but it still isn’t enough to stop me from being totally nonplussed about the whole thing. Here’s to hoping M83 hasn’t totally abandoned the sound that got him where he is today.

Well, that’s all. OUT.

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~ by theoberlander on January 24, 2008.

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