You probably remember the Transformers—robot do-gooders that turn into cars and trucks and stuff?! (or at least saw the movies) But you probably don’t recall that Optimus Prime and his crew were on earth to find a new energy source for their dying planet. Get this new 15-disc box set with all 4-seasons of the show and you can get the whole story, 2220 minutes to be exact.
Have you been eating like a woman? Ditch the quinoa and get this book. From the editors of Esquire comes a cookbook with chest hair that will teach you how to protect your (apparently fragile) manhood. Yup, 75 recipes for steak. Just kidding, you’ll also learn to cook some green stuff to decorate your plate.
This ridiculous and fantastic comic romp from 1981 is the early work of Director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Leaving Las Vegas) and features a heavy dose of Monthy Python-esque humor from the likes of John Cleese, and even Sean Connery. A gang of time traveling thieves swashbuckle their way through the greatest and strangest moments in world history.
If you’re a little troll when it comes to all things LOTR (that’s Lord Of The Rings, bro) then this new 15-disc trilogy set will blow the hair right off your feet. These are the extended, Blu-Ray feature films plus hours of commentary and bonus features. It’s so much Tolkein, you’ll think you died and went to Middle Earth. Available June 28, 2011.
How about period drama? No, we mean movies. 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a tribe of Brazilian natives in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. Robert De Niro lives by the sword and actor Jeremy Irons is the man of god. Sweeping cinematics and dark imagery bring the classic battle between good and evil into savage territory.
You don’t know visionary director Stanley Kubrick? Of course you do: Full Metal Jacket, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, etc. This 10-disc set includes 9 of his best movies on Blu-ray plus a biopic on Kubrick’s lifework in film and loads of special feature extras.
If you’re the type who takes only the occasional toke, in the throes of a holiday drunk or on vacation, you better watch out for the edibles. Unlike a doobie which you can puff-puff pass, chowing down a space cake can take you on a trip to another universe. If that sounds good to you, check out this cookbook. It has recipes for cakes, cookies, brownies, everything you’ll need for you and your journeys into space.
We all know that egghead Bill Gates, but what about Microsoft’s other hero, Paul Allen? When it comes to advancing technology, there’s a reason Allen has twice been included in Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In his autobiography, Allen tells it all. From building the world’s biggest technology company to the first privately funded spacecraft to his breakthrough work in neuroscience, Allen’s ideas resound.
Ever heard the term “non-representational art”? If not, watch this movie for the definition. It’s a futuristic nightmare comedy, a dystopian satire. It was so bizarre in fact, director Terry Gilliam almost never saw its release. As the story goes, Universal Pictures felt the movie was too weird and delayed its release. So, Gilliam screened it for the LA Film Critics Assoc. They named it Picture Of The Year for 1985 and basically embarrassed Universal into releasing it.
Whether you really like jazz or just know you should like it, this forthcoming collection from the Smithsonian will get you up to speed. The Smithsonian Anthology is an 111-track, 6-CD set with a 200-page book that puts the history, culture and key players all in perspective. They’re calling it a “jazz appreciation course in a box.” We call that cool.