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April 7, 2021:


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Well, dear readers, all I have to say is 160% and we’ve crossed the $12,000 mark, which is oh so wonderfully wonderful. And now, we have two more days, sort of, and I’m hoping we can at least get to $12,500 so we can put a few more things on the Blu-ray. Right now, we’ve been able to add the priciest item, the commentary on Tonight’s the Night, and for sure we’ve also added the Kimmel Movie Marathon trailer and the first time ever release of the complete, uncut Dirty Harry Strikes Back faux movie trailer from The Creature Wasn’t Nice. This came to me when the Movie Marathon trailer came to me – apparently, I had both transferred to digital at some point. I had no idea about it and therefore what’s in the director’s cut of The Creature Wasn’t Nice is the abridged version done by the producers – I didn’t even have it in my cut, but I put it in because I found the right spot for it, but we had to grab that sequence from the DVD because that’s all there was. But now we have the full thing, including the never-before-seen middle of it, which features the star of the original The Thing – Kenneth Tobey – so that’s fun and the beginning and ending are also longer, and you really get a sense of it much better. More Art Gilmore narration, too. Since the middle sequence with Ken Tobey wasn’t scored, Marshall Harvey added some music there and it works great. We also made it 1.85 as my 16mm film copy was open matte. Anyway, very exciting to include it. I have other fun stuff waiting in the wings and if we get to 12.5 and go just a bit above it we’ll probably be able to do the Outside the Box commentaries, too – and we’d do them for all twelve episodes, since they’re so short. So, let’s keep going onward and upward, to the moon and then to infinity and beyond. Two new perks went up so check ‘em out and let’s bring this puppy home in the best way. Here’s the link.


As also mentioned, project two aka Revenge will be done once more this coming Saturday, the tenth at 5:00 PDT/8:00 EDT. So, I hope all dear readers who missed it the first tie will catch it this time and I hope a few who did see it will come back and see it again. At this point in time, I don’t think we’re doing a Q&A after, but if that changes I’ll let you know. I’ll have the direct link in Saturday’s notes. Otherwise, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to Ernest Bloch’s Scherzo Fantastique, conducted by Andre Previn. It’s fun and fantastique. And prior to that I watched a motion picture called The Firm, starring Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Ed Harris and a host of other great actors. I saw it when it came out and then watched the Blu-ray a decade ago. I enjoyed it again. It’s neatly plotted (based on the novel by John Grisham), with excellent dialogue. Sidney Pollack directed very well and the score for solo piano is by Dave Grusin. I’m not sure whose idea it was for it to be solo piano, but it doesn’t quite work – some of it’s fine, but the suspense sequences cry out for a normal orchestra. The transfer could use some sprucing up, that’s for sure.

Yesterday was a pretty okay day. I only got six hours of sleep, then, once up, I answered e-mails, was happy to see that our percentage jumped a few points during the day and was happy to see we’re under $500 from our next goal of 12.5K. I did some work on the computer, then did some banking, then went to Gelson’s. I am, as of yesterday, on a serious diet that will not include bread, pasta, rice, fruit, sugar – I need to lose about thirty pounds and this is the only way to do it, I think. I’d lost about twelve towards the end of the year, then promptly gained it back whilst writing the new book. Speaking of the new book, it’s moving right along, and I’ll probably see a galley early next week. Once that’s approved, they’ll send me the usual test books and then I can order. If you haven’t snagged your signed copy, you can still do so on the Indiegogo campaign and save yourself postage. Once the campaign closes, then it will be available at Kritzerland but with the postage charge.

So, for lunch it was a chicken Caesar salad (I checked to make sure the dressing had no sugar), and then later a small cube steak that I sauteed in butter with some onions. It was actually really good. Then I worked on some liner notes for a while and then I watched The Firm. After that, I did a few more things on the computer, then listened to music. Now playing, Previn conducting Shostakovich’s marvelous fifth symphony.

Today, I’ll be up by eleven, I’ll do whatever needs doing, I’ll go to the mail place for the first time in three days, I’ll eat something that’s on my diet – perhaps some chicken or fish or something like that – then I’ll work on more liner notes, after which I’ll watch, listen, and relax.

The rest of the week is more of the same, bringing our Indiegogo campaign across the finish line, and I still have to make a final decision on the May Kritzerland show. I also have to deal with the upcoming craziness that will be the end of this month, moving the mountain of Kritzerland warehouse stuff (and all my personal stuff that’s there) to a new storage facility. That’s going to be a major ordeal, so I have to prepare for it right now.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eleven, do whatever needs doing, go to the mail place, eat, work on liner notes, and then watch, listen, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like. So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have reached 160% and crossed the $12,000 line, and determined to stick to this diet for the next three months.

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