Discs from the past month or so.
Here are my finds for the past few weeks. I’m going to stop commenting on every single book since my preferences and interests in each one should be fairly obvious by now.
Brad Thor: Use of Force • Finally! Out of the twenty books Thor has written, I have read fifteen or so of them, and was missing the newer ones… and this is the last of those new ones that I needed! (Only $2.50!) It’s taken forever to find it at a thrift, being a newer book (2017). Now I can finally begin reading the series again, and when I’m done re-reading the first fifteen, I’ll just continue through into the newer ones such as this book. What’s also great is that my Vince Flynn series is in the exact same situation, as far as how many I’ve read before and new ones that I’ll be reading for the first time. These series are great to read and re-read.
Great Photographs of World War II • I have a separate post about how I came across this book…
At the Arvada ARC, there was a chair near the books which had some clothes, books, and knick-knacks on it; nobody was nearby. I’m not one to pick things out of someone’s cart, or things like that, but nobody was around these items, and it all seemed to be discarded. So I waited around for a while… and eventually took it.
Feels like I did something illegal! I was walking around the store just waiting for someone to approach me about it, but I got it home!
Picked up a stack of these magazines at the ARC Thrift Store in Arvada; I’ve found other military/history magazines here before, although it isn’t often. This post contains my recent find as well as my previous magazines. I have a subscription to this, which is an expensive choice but one never knows when, or if, that subscriptions’ editions will ever be found at a thrift in the future, and how many years would that take to find, if ever? It is very nice to have one show up in the mail. Back in the day, I would look forward to Newsweek and National Geographic, car and video game magazines; now it’s history magazines which is far more interesting. Most car magazines are super-thin, don’t contain much news and have more and more cars and issues I don’t care about (electric, save-the-world green cars and such). However, when they have cool cars, the photography is amazing and almost worth the subscription price.
Time changes things, and car magazines don’t deliver much car news anymore aside from reviews and comparisons, so much has moved online that the print versions are lacking.
I do believe, and I think it is Road & Track that either moved, or added a big, four-times-a-year publication that is really neat. That’s probably the way print needs to go.
Newsweek has been and became unbelievably more partisan, so much so that it hasn’t been in print form in years. Not sure if it’s even online. It’s eye-opening to read an old one and observe how often they would predict or promote something that didn’t happen or turned out badly. This is an age-old epidemic in media.
National Geographic, while it still has excellent photos and some great articles, is clearly nothing more than a vehicle for social politics today. It is also much thinner than it used to be. They’ve had entire issues dedicated to topics that they wouldn’t have touched not so long ago; so much that I have actually tossed a few issues into the trash, something unthinkable for me to do. It’s not scientific anymore, very one-sided and always pushing agendas as opposed to just delivering on the Society’s mission statement. So even at only thirteen dollars a year with access to the entire archive that covers more than 100 years, I let this go. Their History magazine, however, is pretty good and I still subscribe to that.
Video game magazines, I haven’t had a subscription since the late 1990’s. At one point I let almost all of my copies go as I had no room and didn’t play games anymore, but they were fun reading for years.
In any case, finding a stack of old history magazines is good fun!
These are actually my buys from April 4th and 11th.
I was in line at the 88th & Sheridan ARC when a mother with her husband and young kid asked me to step back six feet, and informed me about the markings on the floor. That was a total invitation for a nice conversation that wouldn’t go well. I just stepped back, being the peacemaker and also knowing that people being this righteous, bossy and afraid aren’t going to be open to other thoughts on this topic.
Liszt: Le Preludes: I bought two 50-CD collections brand-new of Deutsche Grammophon The Originals a few years ago, but this wasn’t in it. Re-mastered works, there’s something about a piece that is worth re-mastering that I find justifies checking it out. However, that doesn’t mean that something re-mastered is good, but still. Gives me a reason.
Schubert – Schumann: Symphonies #3 – Günter Wand: Somewhat of a standard generic buy, however, at the same time, could serve as the introduction to new symphonies I might like. Can’t argue that Schubert and Schumann don’t have a lot of great work.
Michael Douglas: Double Feature: Black Rain / Fatal Attraction: Black Rain is very much the number one movie I look for at thrifts. Pretty much every movie I’ve ever liked, I have at the very least found on DVD, except Black Rain. Its taken more than a decade of looking to find it because I figured that, well, it’s a Ridley Scott movie, that did well at the box office, it stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia, etc. If there are endless copies of every other Hollywood movie, this has to be in there with them, right? Nope. Never, ever see it. Until today. I watched it right away, it’s been decades. I actually did try to watch this on On Demand, (or maybe it was Hulu) and halfway through, when I went back to finish it, it was gone. For whatever reason, it just isn’t a movie that is commonly available, regardless of box office numbers and the talent involved. Now the only DVDs I have to look for are odd things I don’t expect, such as the Debussy Preludes by Latsabidze DVD.
Fatal Attraction, I’ll give a shot because it’s Michael Douglas. My favorite movies with him are Black Rain, The Game, Falling Down, Disclosure, and Wall Street. I actually bought and watched him in The Sentinel with Keifer Sutherland a few weeks ago.
The Tudors: I pass on these as I see them often, but this week I finally gave in as I don’t know when I’m going to join up to a streaming service long enough to watch it again. The final season, which I never see, was available last week, before I decided this week to start putting the series together. I’ve seen this before, but it’s been a while. Johnathan Rhys Meyers is absolutely fantastic in his role, so that, along with a great supporting cast including Sam Neill and Henry Cavill, along with others familiar as their careers have progressed, that alone makes it a good watch. Rhys Meyers was just in a season or two of Vikings, which reminded me of how much I like this actor.
The second big reason I am going to watch this again is that this is one of those series or movies that has such a great take on the times, the sets, costumes, etc. Accurate or not, they give a decent idea of what it was like back then.
Latsabidze Plays Debussy Preludes, Book 2: This was still in the shrink-wrap! It’s quite rare to find a classical dvd like this at a thrift, so this was my second-best find of the day!
Jack Higgins: The Eagle Has Landed / The Eagle Has Flown / Night of the Fox: I have a three-books-in-one like this of Tom Clancy’s works. There’s something about a big compilation for two dollars, highly acclaimed on a topic I find so interesting. The first two pages that I read while deciding to buy it were pretty good, so hey. Two bucks.
Breaking Bad: Season Five: I have all of these on either Blu-ray or DVD, it’s one of those situations where if I can make the upgrade from Blu-ray to DVD, I have to do it as I don’t see a lot of Blu-ray at thrifts. That aren’t stolen from the case, that is. What a fantastic series, one of the, if not the best, ever.
The Borne Trilogy: Again, I have this on DVD, and watched it about three years ago, but a Blu-Ray upgrade was right there. The fourth one that didn’t have Matt Damon was good too, but I don’t have either that or the fifth one that came out a few years ago.
Winter Army: This survived the week at the Arvada ARC, it was there last week but at full-price, I couldn’t pull the trigger. Why did nobody buy this?
Usually, inserting a disc into iTunes/Apple Music causes the program to access a database to get the track info; from there, I might have to modify the info to be consistent with my library’s standards. This disc, I’ve been putting off ripping it to my iTunes/Apple Music because it wasn’t listed in the database. That meant that I had to type and copy/paste the entire album, and of course it wasn’t some simple symphony with four movements, no! It was a variations album. Great!
We only went to two ARCs, but at least the four discs I found were good:
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings: Serenade for Strings by other composers are always good; I expect nothing less from Tchaikovksy as he’s such a great composer.
English Idyll: Jullian Lloyd Webber: I only have a few discs with this cellist, which is odd as he seems to be fairly prolific. This was the only disc I found at the Arvada ARC, from their big selection.
Soundtrack: Empire of the Sun: I finally found this movie on DVD (I’d rather have the Blu-ray, but I’ll take what I can get; this is the first time I’ve even seen that movie at a thrift) months back, but this soundtrack is even more rare. And I know it’s going to be great because it’s by John Williams!
A Heart in Winter: Ravel Trios & Sonatas: This looks kind of like a movie poster. A little confusing, but I like it, and I like Ravel, so I’ll be listening to this this week for sure!