Ciff 2014 Day 1: ‘Words With Gods’ and ‘The Midnight After’

Day 1 begins with two films I listed in my Top 5 Most Anticipated List.

Words With Gods

Directed by:

Guillermo Arriaga … (segment “La Sangre de Dios”)

Hector Babenco … (segment “The Man That Stole a Duck”)

Álex de la Iglesia … (segment “The Confession”)

Bahman Ghobadi … (segment “Kaboki”)

Amos Gitai … (segment “The Book of Amos”)

Emir Kusturica … (segment “Our Life”)

Mira Nair … (segment “God Room”)

Hideo Nakata … (segment “Sufferings”)

Warwick Thornton … (segment “True Gods”)

Written by Jorge Guerricaechevarría (segment) and Álex de la Iglesia (segment)

Spain 2014

Words With Gods is a collection of nine short films, shot by nine different directors representing nine different religions that they themselves believe or were raised in at some point. Guillermo Arriaga who produced the project and directed a short atheism says he hopes to foster a dialogue of understanding between faiths, and this film is hopefully the first in a series of movies discussing all those
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Star Trek: 20 Worst Episodes Ever


The Star Trek franchise may be best known for Hugo-Award winning episodes like “The City on the Edge of Forever,” “The Inner Light,” and “The Trouble With Tribbles,” but no television behemoth makes it through more than 700 episodes without producing a few clunkers.

What follows is a list of twenty of those failures, misfires, and disappointments, including episodes from all five live action series. For simplicity’s sake, I’ve left out the movies, and ranked the following twenty installments from “best” to worst.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list.

20. Spock’s Brain (Tos)


“Brain, brain…what is brain?”

Perhaps the most infamous episode of the original series, “Spock’s Brain” is certainly a head-scratcher. Intended to capitalize on Dr. Christiaan Barnard’s recent success at performing the first human heart transplant, the episode has a group of aliens one-upping Dr. Barnard by surgically removing Mr.
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"Perry Mason" Plays The Long Game

Della, I’ve just run into something that’s a Perry Mason case if ever I saw one.”

We begin with one of the best theme songs (by Fred Steiner) outside the big screen. Perry Mason (1957-66) stars Raymond Burr as the man himself, a Los Angeles defense attorney who is always engaged by an innocent suspect in a murder case. He’s aided by investigator Paul Drake (William Hopper) and assistant Della Street (Barbara Hale). Mr. Mason then digs deeply into four others related to the case and goes through the trial for long enough until true culprit to confess from the gallery. If you’re looking for calls of “Hearsay!” or “Character Evidence!” you’ve missed your mark. If courtrooms actually practiced in this fashion, I daresay there’d be a backlog deeper than it already is. Instead, we’re typically treated to something like a half measure
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Where No 'Star Trek' Soundtrack Has Gone Before

Where No 'Star Trek' Soundtrack Has Gone Before
Fresh fanfare surrounding the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness is revving up renewed interest in the original Star Trek TV series. One key component of what makes Star Trek great is the incredible symphonic soundtrack that accompanied every episode, and now La-la Land Records has released Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection, a limited-edition, must-have box set for true fans of the series – and the perfect gift for the Trekkies and Trekkers in your galaxy.

Pics: 'Star Trek' Movies -- The Best and Worst Moments

According to the set's incredibly detailed and thorough liner notes, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry looked to veteran composer and arranger Alexander Courage to use a nautical approach to the show's soundtrack, hoping to keep the mid-'60s space series that was originally pitched as "A Wagon Train to the Stars" grounded.

"My feeling was this," said Roddenberry in a 1982 interview, "that for the first time on television I was going
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Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection Sets a Course for Our Sector

Set your phasers to stun: Did you know that the complete soundtrack for the original Star Trek TV series has never been released, separate from the episodes? That iconic music from your childhood and beyond is now soon to be released in its entirety, including music that was recorded but never actually used onscreen.

Don’t worry, Trekkies and Trekkers, they understand that some of us are obsessed and they fear our wrath, so when they say complete, they mean complete. 15 discs worth of complete. What they need to know now is how many sets to press. First, here’s a featurette about the project:

Featurette: Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection- Behind the Score

Click here to view the embedded video.

And here’s the press release with all the details, including their request for info on how many they should be pressing:

Coming Soon From La-la Land Records
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DVD and Blu-ray Deal: The Twilight Zone

Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Twilight Zone: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray or DVD for 69% off the regular price. That makes the DVD $91.99 and the Blu-ray $152.99. Included are all five seasons (156 episodes) over 28 Discs. Extras are the Rod Serling bio-documentary, interviews with the show’s writers, the series’ unaired pilot, audio commentaries with Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, Cliff Robertson and much more. Like all Amazon Gold Box Deals, it’s only for today. Remember, if you spend over $25 dollars you get free shipping. Hit the jump for more info. Special Features Excerpts from Rod Serlings’s Audio Lectures at Sherwood Oaks Experimental CollegeAudio Commentaries by Martin Landau, Don Rickles, Cliff Robertson, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman, Bill Mumy, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Mariette Hartley and more Video Interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Jr. and more Vintage Audio Recollections with Buck Houghton,
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‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Soundtrack Set released

La-La Land Records has released a new soundtrack set for the sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 3Cd-set features more than three hours of previously unreleased music from the show by composers Dennis McCarthy, Jay Chattaway, Don Davis, John Debney and Fred Steiner. The Volume One set is limited to 3000 copies. To order the album and to listen to lengthy audio clips from the release, visit La-La Land Records’ website. Star Trek: The Next Generation created by Gene Roddenberry and starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton aired from 1987 to 1994 and was the longest-running Star Trek series.

Here’s the complete track list of the set:

Disc One: Dennis McCarthy

1. Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title (3rd Season) Narration: Patrick Stewart (1:49)

Music by Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith, Arr. Dennis McCarthy

Recorded September
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Soundtrack Coming For 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

Bear McCreary has opened up the market for television soundtracks -- a market once reserved for just movies and musicals. And now "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is joining the game. La-La Land Records -- which produced soundtracks for "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica" and others -- is releasing a three-disc set for "The Next Generation" in August. It will feature music from Dennis McCarthy, Jay Chattaway, Don Davis, John Debney and Fred Steiner. Only 3,000 copies will be produced initially in a limited set, with some copies going on sale in time for San Diego Comic-Con later this month. It's expected to retail through online outlets beginning at $35. It is not clear which actual pieces and from which episodes will be chosen for this inaugural set, but "The Next Generation" used ...
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Sdcc 2011: New St:tng soundtrack collection to make its debut at Comic Con

La-La Land Records have announced the premiere of their limited edition 3Cd set Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection, Volume 1. The recording will debut at the La-La Land Records Booth at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 20-24, (housed in the Toy Hungry booth #429).

Featuring more than 3 full hours of previously unreleased music, Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection, Volume 1 showcases some of the most dynamic pieces of score ever composed for this beloved and acclaimed series. Renowned composers Dennis McCarthy, Jay Chattaway, Don Davis, John Debney and Fred Steiner are all represented on this limited edition set of 3000 units, which also includes a 32-Page Booklet featuring liner notes from film/TV music writer Jeff Bond.

Star Trek: The Next Generation Collection, Volume 1 will be available for purchase exclusively at Comic-Con at the La-La Land Booth (#429). It will later be made available on the La-La Land website –, as
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Star Trek: Prolific TV Composer Fred Steiner Dies at 88

Fred Steiner, a veteran composer of television and movie scores has died at the age of 88. He had previously suffered a stroke and died at his home in Mexico of natural causes.

In addition to contributing to such films as Time Limit (1957), First to Fight (1967), The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), and The Color Purple (1985), Steiner left a big mark on classic television shows. He wrote the theme music for The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Perry Mason, and The Bullwinkle Show.

Steiner also composed the music for dozens of episodes of TV shows like Have Gun – Will Travel, The Untouchables, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Hogan's Heroes, Lost in Space, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Hawaii 5-0, Dynasty, Rawhide, Tiny Toon Adventures, and many others.

As TrekMovie notes, Steiner left an indelible mark on the Star
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'Star Trek',' Star Wars Composer Fred Steiner Dies, 88

Not even John Williams -- who seems to have his signature on just about anything made in Hollywood -- can stand up to him. Yet, you may have never heard of Fred Steiner before. Steiner, who died Thursday in Mexico at age 88, has 77 titles to his name as a member of a music department, 66 titles as a composer and 14 soundtracks, according to Internet Movie Database. It's a career that started all the way back in 1949 in the series "Man Against Crime," and culminating in incidental music lifted from his original "Star Trek" work in the "Star Trek: Phase II" fan productions through this year. In fact, his genre work is extremely extensive. "Twilight Zone," "Lost in Space," "Star Trek," "Amazing Stories," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and "Stars Wars: ...
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Fred Steiner Passes Away at 88

Fred Steiner has died at the age of 88. The composer was born on February 24, 1923 in New York. Best known for writing the piece Park Avenue Beat, which was used as the theme for the hit TV show Perry Mason, he also wrote music for such shows as Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Hotel, Lost in Space, Hawaii Five-o, Dynasty and Amazing Stories. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film The Color Purple as one of the composers credited for writing the music for the movie alongside lead composer Quincy Jones.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Twilight Zone: Season 4’ Rocks Classic TV Fans

Chicago – I know that we’re starting to sound like a broken record here. If you check our coverage of the previous three season sets of “The Twilight Zone,” you’ll see that they’re among the highest-praised ever covered on this site. Guess what? The fourth season doesn’t break the pattern.

Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

I will say this — the fourth season of “The Twilight Zone” was definitely not the program’s best. Oh, there are certainly some highlights but, taken as a whole, it’s not as strong as any of the first three seasons. There’s your bit of criticism. It will end here.

Season four ran from January to May of 1963 and definitely features a few highlights, if not as many as previous seasons. Notable episodes include “He’s Alive,” “Mute,” and “No Time Like the Past.” One may immediately notice that this season features half the
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Full Specs and Artwork: The Twilight Zone Season 4 on Blu-ray

We're almost there, kids! With the release of "The Twilight Zone" Season 4 on Blu-ray, there's just one more to go until the entire series is available in glorious high definition from Image. Read on for what to expect from this package.

From the Press Release

It’s time to enter the fifth dimension once again with The Twilight Zone: Season 4 on Blu-ray™ May 17th, 2011. All 18 episodes from the influential sci-fi/fantasy series’ fourth season are here, remastered and presented in pristine 1080p high-definition and uncompressed Pcm audio. In addition, the 5-disc set includes hours of amazing bonus features, specially created for this Blu-ray™ release, as well as bonus features from the Definitive Collection DVD release.

This season of Rod Serling’s classic series was lengthened to an hour and contains many favorite episodes with great guest stars including Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Burgess Meredith, Anne Francis, James Whitmore, Burt Reynolds,
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This May Enter The High Definition Realm of Imagination withThe Twilight Zone Season 4

Though we're just a couple of weeks away from the release of Image Entertainment's sure to be stellar box set of "The Twilight Zone" Season Three, there's already a date for the next entry in this must-have collection!

That's right Zoners ... look for Season 4 on May 17th, 2011! Check out a taste of what to expect below, and look for more, including artwork, very soon!

Special Features

13 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), Twilight Zone writer Earl Hamner, writer William F. Nolan (Logan's Run), author Bill Warren (Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties), writer/producer Jeff Vlaming (NCIS, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica), writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Judging Amy, Saving Grace), authors/historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson (Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour), and writer/producer Jaime Paglia (Eureka). Audio Commentaries:

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Image Announces Twilight Zone Season 3 on Blu-ray!

As we all eagerly anticipate the upcoming release of "The Twilight Zone: Season 2" onto Blu-ray high definition this November 16th, Image Entertainment, the rock stars that they are, have already released the goods on Season 3!

As per High-Def Digest:

"The release will be a 5-disc set and will contain all 37 episodes in the third season in 1080p video, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentaries by actors Bill Mumy, Lois Nettleton, William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Cornthwaite and Cliff Robertson; Audio commentary by Jonathan Winters for "A Game of Pool," plus Winters reads the alternate ending from the original script; Clip from the 1989 remake of "A Game of Pool," featuring George Clayton Johnson's original ending; Clip from the 1985 remake of "Dead Man's Shoes," featuring Helen Mirren in "Dead Woman's Shoes"; Vintage audio recollections with Buzz Kulik, Buck Houghton, Richard L. Bare, Lamont Johnson and Earl Hamner; and
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Official Art and Specs: The Twilight Zone Season 2 on Blu-ray and The Twilight Zone Fan Favorites DVD Collection

Oh, Image Entertainment. How quickly we're growing to love thee. The official specs and artwork for both "The Twilight Zone" Season 2 on Blu-ray and "The Twilight Zone" Fan Favorites DVD Collection have come our way along with the artwork so without further ado ...

From the Press Releases

"Genies, malevolent machines, Santa Claus and The Devil himself. Get ready for more excursions into the fantastic when Image Entertainment releases The Twilight Zone: Season 2 on Blu-ray November 16th. All 29 episodes from the legendary series’ second season have been remastered and will be presented in pristine 1080p high-definition and uncompressed Pcm audio. In addition, the 4-disc set also includes many of the bonus features from the Definitive Collection DVD release, along with hours of new bonus features, specially created for this Blu-ray™ release. Spr is $99.98, and pre-book is October 19th.

Season Two Episodes

King Nine Will Not Return, The Man in the Bottle,
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