So I am relaxing by watching one of my favourite films: Stardust. One of the masterpieces of modern fantasy cinema: a beautiful tale of transformation - the story told time and time again by Disney and others, of a boy who through some courageous act transforms into a man. And featuring one of the most remarkable entrances of a leading lady, utterly trumpting for showiness, the Borg queen in Star Trek: Insurrection although I'm pleased to say the Borg queen wins the award for sexiest! Scored beautiful by a relatively unknown (to me, at least) Ilan Eshkeri, the soundtrack even features a throwback to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in the way that octaves and semi-quavers are used as a stepping mechanism between bars of music. Very clever, and a brilliant and subtle homage to the work of John Williams, who set the stage for 'big' film music.
Watching this on DVD, though, is almost painful having seen the quality of reproduction that can be gained from Blu-Ray and, having done some research especially so when a lot of Blu-Ray are released just be reampling the DVD instead of an entirely new transfer from the original print. Thankfully, there is at least one studio (Warner, I think) who invest heavily in their transfers, knowning that happy consumers will buy more of their products. Rock on good customer service!
"Nothing says romance like the gift of a kidnapped, injured woman!" - excellent!