Beyond the Blu: September 2011

Posted Mon Sep 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM PDT by Dick Ward

I've got posters on my wall, action figures on my shelves, framed autographs, and memorabilia from the films themselves.  A true fan never stops collecting, even when the item in question is only tangentially related to the thing they love.  Hell, I have a Katy Sagal CD in my collection - I have 'Futurama' to thank for that one.  

For people out there like me, here's a list of some cool, interesting, or just plain weird stuff that you can pick up to go along with your September Blu-ray purchases. There's plenty of film recommendations this month and a bit of costumery to boot.

by Dick Ward

Trigun Badlands Rumble

Even people that don't care for 'Trigun,' and those that shun anime in particular, have to admit that Vash the Stampede has a unique, classic cool look.  There are a few things that make Vash Vash, but the hardest to replicate are those crazy yellow tinted bent up glasses of his.  Lucky for cosplayers and fans of awesome eyewear, you can pick a pair up on Amazon for about $40.


A comedy classic!  It's also a movie that dares to ask the question "Do you like movies about gladiators?" Well if you do, there's a great one coming out this month on Blu-ray.  That's right, none other than 'Ben-Hur.'  I mean, you should own 'Ben-Hur' anyway, but it's even more for the creepy connection with 'Airplane!'

Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal

If you're a fan of the 'Going Postal' miniseries that was created for British television then you're wrong.  You obviously watched it incorrectly somehow.  That, or you never actually read the book.  If you haven't, buy it and read it now.  Unlike the TV movie, it's actually witty and funny and interesting.  You know what, just go buy any Pratchett book.  Then read it, love it, and go buy more.


Chris Hemsworth - better known as "that dude who played Kirk's dad" - made a pretty good Thor, maybe the best ever.  There aren't a lot of competitors in the category, but you can't call "Kirk's dad" the best without considering Vincent D'Onofrio, who rocked out the part of Thor in the late 80s flick 'Adventures in Babysitting.'


 The obvious pickup for 'Scarface' fans is the poster that plasters the wall of every dorm room in the world, right next to the John Belushi "College" poster and something of the New York skyline.  I know a lot of people who love 'Scarface,' but the ones I know with that poster tend to be either wannabe thugs or, worse - bros.  If you're a bro who loves 'Scarface' and you're already going to get really annoying about it with posters and shirts, why not just go all the way and get a 'Scarface' style beer pong table

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Halloween is coming up and it's time to find a costume.  You don't want to be a slutty nurse or a slutty maid or a slutty ladybug or whatever else costume makers can throw a short skirt and low cut top on.  A sexy costume is fine as long as it's got some class.  Try Audrey Hepburn's outfit from 'Breakfast and Tiffany's'.  It's not too hard to put together - hair up, black dress, heels, gloves and a cigarette holder. It may not be perfect, but honestly, how many people at your Halloween party are going to get the reference? 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, God said "let there be lips," and there were.  And they were good. In sixth grade I caught my first glimpse of a movie that would soon turn into an obsession.  'Rocky Horror' is that kind of movie - the kind you watch over and over again.  Truly obsessed fans will also dip into the spiritual sequel 'Shock Treatment.'  It's actually pretty decent if you're into campy musicals and it features Little Nell as the incredibly sexy Nurse Ansalong.  And remember, the sun never sets on those who ride into it.

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