Lame HD-DVDs

Dan Showbiz

So when I got my Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive back in December, I sent out for the “Five Free HD-DVDs”. After four months, including the declaration of the demise of HD-DVD and Blu-ray as the victor in the format war, the package finally arrived. None of the options I had picked were included. Instead a note saying “Unfortunately, one or more of the movies you have selected was no longer available. We have replaced all unavailable selections with other HD-DVD …

Blazing Brooks History

Dan Showbiz

Tonight I went to the Aero Theater in Santa Monica to an American Cinematheque screening of Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles and History of the World, Part I. Seeing Blazing with a packed crowd was a blast, and Mel spoke in between the two films. He’s 81, but sharp as a tack, and still damn funny. History was okay, not as good as I remembered it being. Since it’s broken up into little sketches and segments, it’s lacking a necessary plot …