[f_minor] Genius Within DVD for Europe

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Thu Feb 17 20:15:54 EST 2011

Hi all


All the very best from me as well. Get well soon, there is still so much fun to be had ! Heart surgery reminds me that I should quit somking...

Remembered this little song by Wolferl which I had to learn to sing in school. Might cheer you up or help you fall asleep with a grin on your face: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_lmOt7DIwo


From: michael macelletti 
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 1:50 AM
To: Robert Merkin ; Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. 
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Genius Within DVD for Europe

all the best with your recovery. md's  are very good with that. i wouldn't be a bit surprised if they've added at least 30 years to your life !

From: Robert Merkin <bobmerk at earthlink.net>
To: Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Sent: Wed, February 16, 2011 9:08:13 PM
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Genius Within DVD for Europe

Surprisingly for a Swiss, you clearly do not understand der Kapitalismus, where the dead never stop earning money.

Michael Jackson (whose estate owns the Beatles song catalog) just started earning big money, because he just abruptly stopped his bizarre spending spree. Death is a sort of Rehab for people with shopping addictions.

A few years ago Karen Carpenter was the  top-selling Dead Musical Artist. For several years this odd honor has gone to Kurt Cobain (the incomprehensible "Smells Like Teen Spirit").

Elvis, of  course, rakes it in every year.

(During his lifetime, Van Gogh was never able to sell a single painting.)

In 2010, after their typical legal squabbles, the surviving Beatles finally dove into the .mp3 Internet Music For Sale market, with huge success. The Stones on the other hand always enter new tech marketplaces immediately, and are quickly rewarded and enriched. 

btw in 2010 The Stones cleaned up, extra-featured and released a new CD of "Exile on Main Street" which has garnered huge critical praise.

They were the halftime act at the (USA football) Super Bowl in 2006, singing "Start Me Up," "Rough Justice," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." 

The show was viewed by 89,900,000  people, more than the audiences for the Oscars, Grammys and Emmy Awards combined. In the wake of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy with Janet Jackson [the world accidentally saw her breast for a second], ABC and the NFL imposed a five-second delay and censored lyrics considered too sexually explicit in the first two songs by briefly turning off Mick Jagger's microphone -- censoring to which the group had previously agreed.

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There's never going to be a "definitive" documentary about Glenn Gould. His unique achievements and bizarre life will keep attracting documentarians, good and not-so-good. "32 Short Films" showed how photogenic the long-dead GG was and that there was a substantial audience for documentary re-interpretations of him. I am waiting for Glenn Gould in I-Max 3D.

(The guy who invented the cool new 3D tek called RealD also wrote "Puff the Magic Dragon.")

Actually I am waiting for the first biopic about Bobby Fischer. Nominations for who might play Bobby? I vote for Christian Bale.


A personal note: I and my laptop are in a Rehabilitation Facility recovering from monster heart surgery. By Springtime I will have recovered enough to go home. 

But the ordeal is far more emotional than physical; intense despair and depression are my daily lot.

Of depression, my vascular surgeon simply prescribed: Sunlight and Mozart. So I brought GG's Mozart sonatas with me and listen to them in every spare moment.

They work! They truly brighten my spirit and banish despair!

I bought the Goldbergs too. Bach does not have this magical Happy Spirit effect.

-----Original Message----- 

  From: Pat 
  Sent: Feb 16, 2011 2:24 PM 
  To: f_minor at glenngould.org 
  Subject: [f_minor] Genius Within DVD for Europe 

  Dear f_minor

  By now all that had to be said about Genius Within by those who have seen it has been said I reckon with the conclusion that the definitve documentary about GG has yet to be made.

  Just for the record and in fairness to tthose who have not seen it yet a Code 2 version (Europe) on both DVD and Blu-Ray should be released on March 28th.  

  Contrary to the North American version this one will only be 108 Mins, no word on extra features as of yet.

  DVD Pre-Order info found at amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Genius-Within-DVD-Glenn-Gould/dp/B00450AFT2/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1297881707&sr=1-2

  Blu-Ray version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Genius-Within-Inner-Glenn-Blu-ray/dp/B004HZ5IGU/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1297881707&sr=1-1

  I for one am convinced that a platoon of audio and video engineers is frantically working day and night cleaning, editing and rendering GG’s audiovisual legacy for a deluxe 12 DVD Box Set with tons of extras and previously unreleased material and a thick booklet for a release in 2012 and the CBC throwing in a few CDs with material previously unavailable in this format. Please tell me I am not hallucinating.



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