HV40 Announced

Canon has announced the HV40 camcorder. By looking at the specs they seem very similar to the hv30. The main difference is native 24p which means you can capture now directly at 24 frames per second. WIth the HV20/30 you had to capture in hdv 60i with 30 frames per second and then remove the pulldown with a separate program that removed the extra frames inserted into the capture. Other than that a lot of the specs still look similar to my HV20. The HV30 added 30p mode that mine doesn’t have and then now the HV40 with the new native 24p.

I would like to upgrade at some point, but as of right now I still would rather invest some money into accessories instead. This semester for example I need to put together a portable green screen for my senior projects class. I was planning on working on that over the break, but haven’t taken the time. I hope to get started on it sometime in the next couple weeks though and will post some tests.

All the specs on the HV40 can be read on canon’s site It will be released in March this year.

Bram Stoker Dracula Sequel

2009 is the Year for Dracula: The Un-Dead-

Looks like an official sequel is on the way to the original Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Hopefully it will be done correctly. It also has backing from the Stoker family. Here are some excerpts from the article on shocktillyoudrop.com

“Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew and blood descendant, Dacre Stoker, and award-winning Dracula documentarian and historian Ian Holt have sold North American-English publishing rights of the Stoker-family-authorized sequel to Bram’s classic novel “Dracula” to an alliance of Dutton U.S. (Brian Tart), Harper U.K. (Jane Johnson) and Penguin-Canada (Laura Shin).

The novel will appear in October 2009.

“The Un-Dead” is the first Dracula story to enjoy the full support of the Stoker clan since the original 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi. Lugosi’s appearance in Hamilton Deane’s and John Balderston’s stage production of the story on Broadway in New York, fifteen years after Bram Stoker’s death in 1927, sparked the original novel’s bestselling popularity. It has never been out of print since.”

Comic Con Day 1 Round Up

Lots of great toy and movie news from Comic Con and it is only the first day. First is some great movie news.
 Hasbro had a panel that discussed the new G.I. Joe movie that will be out next year. It sounds like it is going to be good. Also they are going to release a new cartoon based on the original 80s characters, but this one isn’t geared to kids, but to us older fans. The cartoon is apparently going to have a PG-13 rating, so it will be much more adult than anything that has been released. I hope it turns out well. The whole panel article can be read here at comingsoon.net

 Another surprise was some footage that was shown from Tron 2. The footage was of a lightcycle race. I hope the footage gets released on the internet sometime soon, so everyone can see. A description of the footage can be read again at comingsoon.net

As for Toy news there was also lots. Some of the highlights for Star Wars are a new Target exclusive Battle at the Sarlacc battle pack which includes a rerelease of the tatooine skiff. The skiff was last released 10 years ago. Also to go with the Clone Wars is a Toys R Us exclusive Arc 170 rerelease and Wal-Mart exclusive Republic Gunship. I need to pick up the Gunship this time around to go with all the clones I have picked up over the years. Also shown was the AT-TE which is one huge vehicle. It will be released here in a couple of days when all the Clone Wars figures come out. 

Transformers so far they have shown the already announced G1 Optimus Prime reissue which will be released for the 25th Anniversary on Black Friday this year. There are supposed to be some more surprises for the 25th Anniversary, but that might be the next day or two. I’m hoping for a few more reissues.

Finally, tonight I received an email about the auction tomorrow. It included a few small pics of the display cases showing all the great items for auction. It looks like a Kenner museum. I really wish I could be there just to get a look at all the great items. The prices are all way out of my reach at the starting bids. All the items for auction though can be viewed in the downloadable catalog which is fun to just look through. The auction can be viewed live tomorrow at premiercollect.com Hopefully some better pictures will show up online.

The Dark Knight

Today the Dark Knight was finally released. I have been waiting for this movie all summer and it did not disappoint. When I first heard the Joker was going to be the villain of this movie I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. The 1989 Tim Burton Batman was always my favorite of the series and I really liked how Jack Nicholson portrayed the character. However, I must say the late Heath Ledger did an excellent job and made the character his own. Both Jokers are very different and I like both versions. In the Dark Knight you never find out the origin of the Joker and I think that adds to the mystery of the character. It is left to the imagination of the audience to try and figure it out. I think it helps make the character more interesting that way. I don’t want to give anything else away but lets just say the movie was 2 hours and 45 minutes and it felt like it lasted only 15. It sucked me right in from the beginning and time flew by. I will be seeing it again as soon as time permits. There is already talk about who the villain will be in the next movie, but I really don’t know if they will be able to top this one. Below are 3 pictures of the evolution of the Joker in live action form. First the 60’s incarnation played by Cesar Romero, then Jack Nicholson, and finally Heath Ledger.