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Dining with a master of the theater

I found out last spring that Athol Fugard was to visit IU this fall, but I was not quite prepared for meeting this paragon of modern theater. Fugard came to campus as the Class of 1963 Wells Scholar Professor, and his visit coincided with the purchase and exhibit of his notes and manuscripts at the Lilly Library, as well as the release of a book about his works by English professor Albert Wertheim.


Jazz concert a smooth blend of ethnic sounds

Four men quietly took the stage Tuesday night at the TIS Music Shop as the small crowd mulled about the store, browsing through CDs and waiting for the concert to begin. With no introduction, the four embraced their instruments and broke into their first number. The audience's attention quickly shifted to the stage, and the seats were immediately filled. Thus began the two hour set of IU alumnus Kyle Quass and his band, as they delved into their own unique style of jazz music.


Boogie Nights

\"Boogie Nights," easily one of the most incendiary films of the '90s, hits the DVD format for the second time in a pristine anamorphic transfer, chock full of supplemental materials.


Immature, quirky style still works for Presidents

In the early '90s, Seattle had a horde of bands eager to take part in the grunge revolution. Appealing to a pissed-off generation, these bands sang about everything from teen spirit to school violence to black-hole suns. Then The Presidents of the United States of America came along parading kitties and peaches, a band whose anthem was "We're Not Gonna Make It."


Any Given Sunday: Special Edition Director's Cut

Oliver Stone's football epic, starring Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, was met with mixed reviews last winter when it opened in theaters. Now it has been released on DVD with about seven minutes of additional Stone staples -- gratuitous sex, drugs and violence. And of course these qualities never hinder a film.


Osborne's latest effort darker, less passionate than 'Relish'

Joan Osborne is an excellent musician. Her 1995 release Relish produced the tepid "One of Us" for radio airplay, but the rest of the album was much stronger. So her eagerly anticipated follow-up had big shoes to fill. Unfortunately, Righteous Love leaves much to be desired.



Brazil

This 1985 Terry Gilliam masterpiece stands as one of the great examples of studio-prevented censorship. Universal originally wanted to chop more than 30 minutes out of the film and give the film a happy ending. But critics came to the rescue after a special screening of Gilliam's original cut.


'Almost' perfect

1973 is infamous as the year America lost its morality, and Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" knows this. Of course it captures the immediate highs of the period, but it never loses sight of the long-term.


The Matrix

Take the red pill or the blue pill? Buy the videocassette or the DVD version of "The Matrix"? It's a tough choice, but for everyone who is still surfing the Internet trying to find Morpheus, DVD is the only way to go. The DVD version, which was released before the videocassette version, is jam-packed with extra little goodies.


Terminator 2: The Utimate Edition

Fans of the Schwarzenegger/ Cameron sci-fi masterpiece will undoubtedly flip over this boss new cut of the flick. There are two versions of the film on the double-sided disc, both the original theatrical version and a director's cut.


USA: How low can you go?

I hope that the Screen Actors Guild goes on strike. Then we'd be spared crap like USA's new original series "The War Next Door" (9 p.m. Sunday), representing the latest offensive in the network's war on good t


Rating DVD quality

Movie studios have yet to fully figure out the possibilities of DVD, but they are getting there.



The Sweet Hereafter

This 1997 Atom Egoyan masterpiece on the slow destruction of the workings of a small town stands as one of the great films of the 1990s. New Line fully recognized this and gave it the best DVD treatment it could.


Cam'ron's sophomore effort profane

Profane from the beginning, Cam'ron's S.D.E. sets an urban reality or suburban fantasy of a violent New York City and candid sexual speech. This sophomore record is consistent but has no high-profile songs such as "Horse and Carriage," a BET favorite that featured Mase at his prime.


Technology envy 101

Make a little more room in the U-Haul, mom. Along with their sheets, clothes and funky wall decorations, students are now moving decadent home entertainment centers, souped-up computers and expensive video game systems into their dorm rooms, apartments and houses.


Death of the VCR

Colin Kearns took the leap in high school. He wanted more movies, better quality and the best technology on the market. His only option was to go digital. "I switched over to DVD a few years ago because I knew that eventually it was going to take over the video world, which it is slowly doing already," says Kearns, now a freshman in college. "I have had a deep interest in film for a couple years now, so I wanted to have access to the special features on DVD, like documentaries, deleted scenes and director's commentaries."


Leon: The Professional

This is the moniker under which director Luc Besson's brilliant hitman-relationship flick "The Professional" was recently released on DVD. The film now contains 24 minutes of footage previously unseen by U.S. audiences, which really lift the film from an above-par action flick to a deep meditation on life and love with a high squib count.



The Dark Crystal

Jim Henson will forever be remembered for Kermit the Frog, but it is his 1982 work "The Dark Crystal" that might very well be the defining moment of his career.


Turn it up

I have been to a lot of parties at IU that would have been phenomenal if the music played had come from a bigger selection. Picture this scene with me. Lots of people are there, and the music is loud. Most of the people are trying to dance and have a good time, but the only CD the host owns is a bootlegged copy of Nelly's Country Grammar album. You can only grind to the same song a set number of times in one night.


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