So the Frankenstein DVD is out, it’s June and not much is going on. I’ve recieved so many comments and questions dealing with the sound design of FBN that I just finished working on this nearly hour-long documentary where I take people step-by-step through the creation of the film’s 5.1 Dolby Digital track. I share a few tips, expose a few more secrets and just generally babble on about everything from doing all the foley myself, dubbing the film and even composing the entire score using a pc keyboard. I think it’s interesting stuff. I’m going to try to get this documentary out there later this year.
I guess most of the end of May was taken up with dealing with the Unearthed Films DVD. I only had a chance to catch two films – Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Melville’s Army of Shadows. Melville as usual is just brilliant. For some odd reason, WWII movies almost always have cool-sounding titles like Army of Shadows, Slaughterhouse Five, Overlord, etc. Even if you don’t like the movies you know you’re in for some kickass title which you’ll feel good about saying to your friends.I had seen Mishima many years ago on VHS and this new DVD with the new english narration by someone other than Roy Scheider made for an interesting listen. Overall, I’d say the experience is about the same. Apparently Criterion is slated to re-release Mishima later this year.