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AUGUST 11, 2003

Wim Wenders'
'Wings' reborn
on new DVD
By Todd Weiser
Daily ArtsEditor
The now common Hollywood practice
of hurriedly remaking brilliant but little
seen foreign films is egotistical and vul-
gar. However, this commercialization of
international film is not without merit.
Few film lovers would have seen the
superb Spanish-made "Open Your Eyes"
without Cameron Crowe's "Van'lla Sky,"
and Gore Verbinski's "The Ring," only
affected because it so successfully dupli-
cated Hideo Nakata's "Ringu." Now,
thanks to the success of its semi-remake
"City of Angels" and the demand from
art house fanatics, Wim Wenders' 1988
"Wings of Desire" will reach a wider
audience on DVD.
Following a pair of angels high above
a still-divided Berlin, Wenders intends an
ode to the city of his childhood, the beau-
ty of its architecture and its people. Yet,
the result is so
much more. As Wing of
Damiel (Bruno o f
Ganz) and Cassiel Desire
(Otto Sander) MGM
roam the city lis-
tening to everyone's thoughts and dis-
pensing comforting touches, Damiel not
only falls in love with a trapeze artist
(Solveig Dommartin), but viewers are
reminded of their love for life. While the
angels' perspective is shot in glorious
black and white by legendary cinematog-
rapher Henri Alekan, human beings get
to experience the warmth of color, expe-

Oklahoma Rejects embraced by fame

riencing little joys the film points out like
rubbing your hands together for warmth.
The special features are sure to satisfy
fans and newcomers alike. A 45-minute
"Angels Among Us" documentary
includes about everything you ever want-
ed to know about the production, from
its inspiration (the poetry of Rilke and
the heavenly statues of Berlin) to the
script-free shooting process, with inter-
views of cast, crew and "City of Angels"
director Brad Silberling. Commentary
from Wenders and Peter Falk (who
cameos in the film as Peter Falk, Ameri-
can actor) provides even more info in a
sometimes-dry manner.
While it may not boast the star power
of Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, "Wings
of Desire" lays claim to something even
better, an original vision behind the cam-
era with a lot of heart on the screen. And
now, a great DVD to boot.
Movie: ****
Picture/Sound: ****
Features: ****

By Joel Hoard
Daily AEdits
With a hit debut record, an MTV
Video Music Award nomination for Best
New Artist and a stint on the Vans
Warped Tour already under their belts,
the All-American Rejects have quickly
risen through the pop-punk ranks.
"We didn't plan on this happening.
We were just in my bedroom writing
songs and recording demos and just
doing it for ourselves," said guitarist
Nick Wheeler.
Despite their newfound success, the
Rejects remain true to their humble
roots. "We're just four kids from Okla-
homa, so we're doing our thing," Wheel-
er said. But not even a major-label deal
with DreamWorks Records could spoil
their innate politeness and humility. "We
don't consider it selling out. We're just
doing exactly what we want to do.
You've got to look out for what's best for
your band," said drummer Chris Gaylor.
Lead singer Tyson Ritter agrees: "We
just wanted to get as much music as pos-
sible out to as many ears as possible."
With a relentless touring schedule
including a spot on the Warped Tour
and upcoming tours of Europe and
Japan already planned, the Rejects are
doing just that.
The band's hard work has paid off,
earning them an MTV Video Music
Awards nomination for their first single,
"Swing, Swing." While the Rejects will

Dear Tyson, Sravya loves you. Please call her at 76-DAILY.
be touring Europe at the time of the writing the second record and hopefully
VMAs, they're not dismayed by missing get it out by next Spring," Ritter said.
the ceremony. "I know we're not going When it comes to recording, the
to win, because we're going up against group take advantage of recent advances
5 Cent. It's cool to be nominated, but if in studio technology, including the
I know I'm not going to win, can't I stay music software ProTools, while making
in Amsterdam?" Gaylor said. sure to maintaina level of punk rawness.
Unfortunately, they haven't found "You can get really great guitar tones on
much time to work on a follow-up ProTools, but we did all the bass to tape,
record, but it's not for lack of effort. vocals to tape. But we're not going to
"When you're on the road all day, every abuse it. You can't tweak your vocals.
day, everything you do revolves around That's fucked up," Ritter explained.
the half hour on stage playing, and I In spite of their hectic schedule, the
don't think there should be anything to Rejects remain focused. "It's tough to
distract you from that," said Wheeler. put everything into your show and then,
By the end of the year, the Rejects everything into an album and keep your
hope to find time to work on a new momentum at the same time. You've got
record by year's end. "We're truckin' to make a dent and then keep it going,
until December and then we'll finish keep the momentum," Wheeler said.

Despite the relative unpopularity of "Felicity" in 1999,
Buena Vista recently released the drama's second season on a
6-disc DVD set. While surpassing its predecessor in special
features, the newest edition of this college melodrama lacks
the heroine's signature mass of curly hair, a plot twist that
damaged ratings and dismayed fans.
The show is presented in crisp fullscreen format with Dolby
Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and even has a Spanish language
track. However, fans of the first season's DVD menu will be
disappointed by the unattractive muted colors and awkward
silhouetted photos of cast members on this version.
Luckily, this set is packed with extra features to distract
from what many might say was a bad hair year. Five episodes
include commentaries. The first, "Sophomoric," showcases the
ramblings and giggles of Amy Jo Johnson, Greg Grunberg,

Tangi Miller and Amanda Foreman. However, shows narrated
by Keri Russell, Scott Speedman and Scott Foley are funny
and personal, as memorable stories are shared and Russell
finally puts to rest hair cutting rumors.
On the sixth disc, Keri Russell's screen test is included
along with the original pilot presentation created for the WB
network. Both features are interesting but would have better
supplemented the season one set.
Finally, a short parody made for the Emmy awards is a
humorous bonus. These special features make the set far more
interesting than the first, but unfortunately are unmarked on
the DVDs, leaving the viewerto hunt them out.
Show: ***
Picture/Sound: **I
Features: ***
-Katie Marie Gates

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