I added six more DVDs to my collection in the past couple of days. Over the weekend, I bought three flicks at a yard sale -- unopened, yet! -- for three clams each: The pleasing graphic novel adaptation The Rocketeer, and cheapo editions of the classic screwball comedy My Man Godfrey and Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, a film I haven't seen.
Yesterday I received my first paychecks from the new job (w00t), and after depositing them, treated myself to a little celebration. I picked up a DVD of the first 11 Speed Racer episodes, The Full Monty, and the insanely great 1980 Peter O'Toole flick The Stunt Man.
Last night, I sat down to watch some Speed Racer for the first time since I was much, much younger...and proved it by falling asleep on the couch during the second episode. Sigh. I'll have a review at Destroy All Monsters soon, but a couple of quick first impressions: I remember Speed Racer cartoons as being somewhat poorly animated, but I had no idea. It's barely above Hanna-Barbera standards (bear in mind that I stll adore many of H-B's shows, like Jonny Quest). Of course, the cheesy animation is part of its charm, as far as I'm concerned. The show also seems to have set a long-lasting mode for dubbing style; the cadences the actors use to match the animation of various speakers -- and the generally rapid-fire pace of dialog needed to squeeze as much plot as possible into 20-plus minutes -- gives even the English dub a distinctly Japanese flavor. Finally, the DVD bonuses are a rich source of information and trivia; there's even a neat feature that lets viewers play the theme song and have its lyrics displayed on the TV screen.