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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 13, 2002 - 7

Mr. Belvedere
sequeled in new
'Family' show

Half-price student ticket sale
stopping in at Power Center

By Christine Lasek
Daily Fine/Performing Arts Editor

By Ryan Blay
Daily TV/New Media Editor

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ler anymore," a woman tells Bill tive Mr.I
(Gary Cole, "Office Space."). doesn't fin
Well, Bill does. Bill is a Manhat- It woul
tan player who lives a carefree mally be d
playboy life in his swank home in to predi
the city. Bill's butler is Mr. French future on
(portrayed by Tim Curry of "Clue" like this.I
fame). Mr. French is the finest the future
stuffy butler since Mr. Belvedere happened,
left the air. Fortunately, nothing See, this
will happen to change that in a was aroun
comical fashion. 1966-1 97
Bill's sister, Jenny, drops off really,
six-year-old twins Jody and Buffy remake
to live with Bill. The logic behind treading
this is that she and her wife need familiar gi
to get away for a while. So it The c
seems like a good idea. Let's buy shock of
that thin premise. childrenc
Buffy is cute. You know this French is
because she carries around a doll dictable. U
named Mrs. Beasley. Just like that girls takei
girl and her kangaroo from should kee
"Chocolat!" Sweet! Jody (a boy) ing the day
refuses some goat
cheese and olives
from Mr. French. Oh,
the hilarity! Stop.
Did I mention the A FAMILY
other rambunctious AFFAIR
child, the talkative
teenager from hell Thursdays at 8 p.m.
named Sissy? Yeah,'WB
she's gonna do a lot
of crazy stuff soon,
like throwing anunderwear party acter it's n
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Tomorrow, the University Musi-
cal Society's Half-Price Student
Ticket Sale will be held in the
lobby of the Power Center for their
2002-2003 season. The sale is
going on between 9 a.m. and noon,
and tickets will be offered at 50
percent off their published price.
Some of the world-renowned acts
presented by UMS this season
include Fiona Shaw and the Abbey
Theatre in Euripides' "Medea", the
Cullberg Ballet and the Bolshoi
Ballet in two very different inter-
pretations of Tchikovsky's "Swan

Lake" and the Boston Pops.
UMS will use the same system of
selling tickets as they did last year.
Students with a valid student ID
will fill out an order form num-
bered by their place in line, leave it
with the UMS staff, and their orders
will be processed in this numbered
order. The pre-numbered order
forms will start to be distributed at
9 a.m., and groups of up to four stu-
dents can share a single form in
order to ensure being seated togeth-
er. Students will then be able to
pick up and pay for their tickets at
the League Ticket Office, 911 N.
University Ave., north end of the
Michigan League building, between

Monday, Sept. 30 and Friday, Nov.
1. All tickets not picked up before
the first performance ordered will
be released back for sale to the gen-
eral public.
Half-price ticket availability is
limited for each show, and tickets
that are ordered which are no
longer available will not be filled.
When students pick up their tickets,
they must pay for the order in its
entirety. Orders paid for with a
credit card will be charged a $4
service fee.
At the Half-Price Student Ticket
Sale, all students must show a valid
student ID, and can only purchase
two tickets per valid ID.

Sneak preview of new 'Spirited
Away', at Animania tomorrow

Courtesy of WB
The butler, in the kitchen, with the candlestick. Heh, heh.

on Mr.
amusing, if a bit pre-
Unsure how long young
in the shower or how he
ep them entertained dur-
y, he is left bewildered -
and perhaps a bit
embarrassed - at the
new situation.
At least Mr. French
stands up for the chil-
dren on the play-
ground when some
mean seven-year-olds
won't let the twins on
a ride. Apparently Bill
is such a minor char-
not necessary to appear

during the day or night. If only the
irritating laugh track was similarly
absent. Yes, a laugh track.
Mr. French will be educating the
twins in upcoming episodes in
addition to watching them. Playing
the Race Bannon to Bill's Dr. Quest
is a curious move on behalf ofthe
show. Here's a rhetoricalquestion :
What does this say about modern
parenthood?
The show definitely needs some
work plot-wise. On the plus side,
the sneak preview of "Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets" that
debuted during the pilot episode
was pretty sweet.

By Todd Weiser
Daily Film Editor
While millions of college students across the country
spend their Saturdays drinking brews and watching col-
lege football there are other alternatives and watching
Anime is one of the best.
The University of Michigan Japanese Animation Film
Society, also know as Animania, will be holding its
monthly screening this Saturday in Auditorium 3 of the
Modern Languages Building. During the event, four
Anime films will be shown, starting at 5 p.m. and run-
ning until 11:30.
The highlight of the lineup is Hayao Miyazaki's "Sen
to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)," the latest
film from the director of "Princess Mononoke." "Spirited
Away" will be released later this year in the U.S. by Dis-
ney with new voices provided by American actors so this
is a rare chance to see it in it's original state, but with
English subtitles. The film was the biggest blockbuster
ever in Japan, earning more than $230 million and
removing "Titanic" as the highest-grossing film in Japan-
ese box office history. Also earlier this year at the Berlin
Film Festival, it became the first animated feature to win
the prestigious Golden Bear Award for top honors.
Animania is a non-profit student organization dedi-
cated to expanding awareness of the language and cul-
ture of Japan through anime; the screening of "Spirited
Away," about a girl who becomes trapped in a dark
world of the spirits after her parents are turned into pigs

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First time DVD releases chide
buyers with cheap, crap features
n Sept. 17, 2001 Europeans were treated to some- tary flick "Almost Famous" saw an extremely thin
thing the citizens of the United States may never be first DVD hit shelves. Subsequently, Dreamworks
treated to - a widescreen release of "The Karate' announced a special edition "Untitled" cut of the
Kid" on DVD, featuring Academy Award-nominee Noriyuki movie and a host of special features even before the
"Pat" Morita. In fact, the Europeans (recipients of the first one was released. This sad trend forces movie
Region 2 label) not only got the original "Karate Kid" in aficionados to shell out their hard earned cash not
widescreen, but it was also packaged as a box set with its once, but twice.
two sequels. Score one for the Euro. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the.
Equally conspicuous as the absence of "Karate Kid" in Ring" is a DVD release with a similar, but much
the widescreen format in the U.S. is the existence of the improved story than the "Untitled" version of "Almost
latter two thirds of the trilogy in anamorphic widescreen. Famous." The initial "Lord of the Rings" DVD was
The marketing wizards at Columbia Pictures managed to announced simultaneously-with the special edition
release two undeniably inferior karate-made-easy movies DVD. The marketing wizards decided to pack the ini-
in widescreen, while neglecting the original masterpiece. tial "Lord of the Rings" DVD with extras, several fea-
In addition to being shown the wildly inferior full- turettes, a mouth-watering "Two Towers" teaser and
screen edition, owners of the original Columbia Pictures even a preview of their upcoming special edition ver-
"Karate Kid" DVD are treated to not-so special features. sion of the fantasy film. Where the genius comes in, is
Simply a trailer for each "Karate Kid" movie is hardly that the initial two-disc release will be the only DVD
enough, even when coupled with the standard scene to offer the theatrical release. Instead of a special edi-
selection (which is best to get to the Bananarama "Cruel tion featuring just a slew of extras, like so many DVDs
Summer"-bike-to-school montage). do, the four-disc "Lord of the Rings" will feature an
No deleted scenes, no commentary, nothing. Just imag- extended cut of the film (30 minutes more) along with
ine the possibilities of what could be on a nice double completely new DVD features.
disc set. Scratch that, three disc set. It would have been Even worse are those DVDs that initially release a
great to hear William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) and the bare bones edition, only to wait years for a special
rest of the Cobra Kai crew give a little insightful com- edition that is still lacking. The special edition of
mentary during the final fight sequence. Or hear joint Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" is one such
audio commentary from Ralph Macchio and Elizabeth recent disappointment. Fans eagerly awaited the
Shue (although Shue may be too big for the "Karate Kid" arrival of Tarantino's debut film in a feature laden set,
britches now) during the Golf 'N Stuff montage. These but were instead given worthless extras with unflatter-
are things Columbia Pictures certainly did not take into ing picture quality. Who kupws how long it will be
account when they pedaled their mediocre full-screen until the "Reservoir Dogs: Super deluxe special edi-
DVD release in the United States. tion DVD" will be released.
Everyone in the world wants to see more Dutch (Chad The DVD industry grows everyday with greater sales
McQueen, son of Steve McQueen) versus Daniel, after all, and profit margins. What started off as a medium for
Dutch was one of few actual martial artists in "The film buffs and technophiles has spawned into a media
Karate Kid." for the masses, forgetting the customers who helped the
Unfortunately, the debauchery of DVD releases is technology get off the ground. More and more compa-
not limited to the best American martial arts film ever nies are ditching the preferred widescreen format in
made. In an industry driven by the dollar, dozens of' favor of fullscreen, and many big retailers add fuel the
DVD companies have turned to the release of DVDs fire by not even carrying the widescreen editions. It is
with anemic features in order to cut down on those always sad when a business once dedicated to its cus-
pesky production costs. tomers changes its products for the worse in favor of the
Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical-rockumen- all mighty dollar.

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