The Saw movies are sick. Literally and figuratively. Soon you’ll be able to get all 7 of these disturbingly, awesomely vile, un-rated cult horror flicks in one nifty Blu-ray box-set. Due out September 23rd.
Autochrome photography was a pre-cursor to the color film photography revolution that would come much later. Way back in World War 1, a small group of photographers were experimenting with Autochrome to document the horrors of the war in color. This 384-page book is a collection of high impact images of the war from 1914-1919.
An insider’s look at the disturbing reality of ‘Greek life’ from the hallowed halls of Dartmouth College. Writer Andrew Lohse, former Rush Chairman for Sigma Alpha Epsilon drank urine and swam in a swampy kiddie pool of filth for his “brothers” and has now revealed his insights.
If you’ve ever had those slimy debt collectors blowing up your phone, you already know that the world of consumer debt collection is a rotten business. But this book is an exposé on the whole sordid underbelly of the biz, following a former bank executive and an armed robber who team up to chase paper—uncollected debt—all over the USA. While you wait for the October release, read this adaptation recently written for the New York Times Magazine.
Celebrating decades of hip-hop hits, Def Jam Records is releasing the 30th anniversary box-set: 3 exclusive mixed CDs, including one curated by Rick Rubin titled “Selections from the Roots of Def Jam.” The CDs also come with a t-shirt, a 16 page book and the entire bundle is delivered in a package designed as a turntable.
The other 8 or 9 books about Bob Dylan cover the music, his influence, interviews. This new one from Bob’s close friend and tour manager Victor Maymudes is the story of Dylan’s personal history, constructed using Maymudes’ taped, 24-hour recording of personal memories, after which he died from a brain aneurysm.
Cinemax’s new series The Knick promises turn-of-the-century medical drama that gets gory but this book about renowned Dr. Thomas Mütter who practiced only 50 years earlier chronicles straight-up butchery. But Mütter pioneered the use of ether as anesthetic & the sterilization of surgical instruments, making surgery safer for all.
Amped up on “Arctic Fever”, the USS Jeanette set sail for the uncharted waters of the North Pole in 1879. It never came back. Amazingly though, the few sailors who survived the ice-pack shipwreck walked 1000-miles across Siberia battling Polar Bears and starvation.
Anthrax gave metal what their peers like Slayer, Megadeth, & Metallica never dared: a bit of humor. And the fans loved them for it. This memoir from Anthrax ax-man Scott Ian, a self-proclaimed ‘weird Jewish kid from Queens’ tells the bands whole history as well as Ian’s personal story which is also quite humorous.
Due out in November, HBO will release The Sopranos: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. A 28-disc set that includes all 86 episodes in 1080p with lossless 5.1 audio and over 5 hours of supplements including 2 round-table dinner conversations with the cast & crew, 25 audio commentaries, and a featurette on the development & impact of the series.