Another Collider Contest – Happy New Year! Who Wants Some Free DVDs and Books?

     January 10, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Once again it’s time for another Collider contest. While I don’t have as much stuff to giveaway as the last contest…there is still some cool stuff below to get. Also, it’s free. I don’t want to hear too much complaining.

So you’re probably asking how can you win something below? Here’s what you need to do.


In the headline say Happy New Year! Contest

In the body of the email please provide the answers to the 3 questions plus your mailing address. Also, please list what you’d like from this contest in order of preference.

Finally, this contest ends Saturday, January 31st at noon Pacific Time and is only open to residents of the United States.

So here are the three questions andfurther down areimages and info on what you can win. Of course this contest wouldn’t be possible without the PR firms and the various studios that make it happen. So a big thanks to them!

Question 1 –What year did Woody Allen release his first movie?

Question 2 –What is the name of the new Doctor Who?

Question 3 – Who directed the remake of Death Race?

And with that….good luck…here’s what you can win.


The grand prize winner gets a box set autographed by writer/director Daniel Waters – 2 others get the box set without autographs

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENTS HEATHERS: 20TH HIGH SCHOOL REUNION LIMITED EDITION LOCKER BOX SET autographed by writer/director Daniel Waters!!! The set comes complete with metal locker and individually numbered plates, disc 1 and 2 from the Heathers 20th High School Reunion Edition, brand new Heathers Blu-Ray, hardcover Heathers yearbook, Heathers themed magnets and 1 of 3 compressed Heathers themed t-shirts in a textbook box!

Petticoat Junction: The First Season – 5 Copies
A spin-off of the equally hilarious and feel-good television series The Beverly Hillbillies, PETTICOAT JUNCTION: THE FIRST SEASON follows the everyday happenings of the Bradley family – widowed mother Kate (two-time Emmy nominee Bea Benaderet), her three beautiful daughters Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley), Bobbie Jo (Pat Woodell) and Betty Jo (Linda Henning) and their genial Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchanan), who fancied himself as the hotel’s general manager but somehow managed to avoid anything that might be considered work. A host of new visitors come to town each week via steam engine, Hooterville’s sole form of public transportation, helping the series chronicle the down-home, humorous mishaps of the town residents and guests. The inaugural season of PETTICOAT JUNCTION will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $42.99 US and $47.99 CAN from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Doctor Who – 1 Winner

Here’s what the PR person sent me…

I have this incredible Dalek Sek Voice Changer mask, no words can describe it so you’ll just have to look at the attached photo. It has two modes, one that says Dalek phrases and the other is a voice changer that will change your voice into Dalek’s. I thought that could be the grand prize and the runner up would receive a prize pack including:

Doctor Who action figure

Rose Tyler & Chip action figure

Sonic Screwdriver LED Torch

The widely popular, award-winning Chicago Public Radio show of the same name makes its way to television when the second season of Showtime’s Emmy Award winning series THIS AMERICAN LIFE debuts on DVD January 20 from Showtime, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

Exclusively available at Borders and, the collection will allow fans to hit the road with host Ira Glass and his crew as they collect compelling stories of everyday Americans. Whether it’s two prisoners attempting to escape from prison using simple dental floss or a series of interviews with men named “John Smith,” THIS AMERICAN LIFE is a “completely unique” (Austin Chronicle) “glorious little miracle” (Chicago Sun-Times) that takes a captivating look at true stories that are simultaneously dramatic, emotional and often funny. Boasting 1.7 million weekly listeners on more than 500 radio stations nationwide, the pioneering THIS AMERICAN LIFE radio show changed the medium forever. With a 2008 Emmy® win for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series, the series also garnered nominations for writing, directing, cinematography and editing.

Death Race DVD – 2 Copies

In the ultimateextreme sports event, hardened convicts race to the death to earn their freedom. Sizzling action stars Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson team up with Ian McShane and Joan Allen intheyear’s ultimate demolition derby. Death Race will be available onDVD and a two-disc unrated Blu-ray Hi-Def release thatdelivers non-stop thrills and insane, metal-crushing excitement that you couldn’t see in theaters! Nathan Lee, New York Times raves, “Supercharged, sick and satisfying!”



START YOUR ENGINES: MAKING A DEATH RACE: From pre and post-production to the casting of Jason Statham, this bonus documentary takes viewers on set to see how a huge, stunt-driven Hollywood movie was made.

BEHIND THE WHEEL: DISSECTING THE STUNTS: In this featurette, the many jaw-dropping stunts in the film are documented including interviews with the cast and crew.


COLLEGE – 5 Copies

Three geeky high school seniors take the trip of a lifetime in what begins as the weekend from hell turns into the best weekend ever as MGM Home Entertainment debuts COLLEGE on DVD January 27th.

Starring Drake Bell (Superhero Movie, Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh), Nick Zano (The WB’s What I Like About You), Kevin Covais (TV’s American Idol) and Andrew Caldwell (All About Steve, Spring Break ‘83), COLLEGE follows three prospective college freshmen as they plan the craziest weekend ever during their visit to a local college.

Recruited by the most boisterous fraternity on campus, the boys are taken in as “pledges” where they must take part in humiliating and disgusting antics in exchange for co-ed access at the fraternity’s wild house party. But once the boys catch the eye of some of the older sorority girls, (Haley Bennett, Camille Mana and Natalie Walker), the threatened frat boys turn up the pre-frosh humiliation and blackmail them by threatening to expose their age. Determined to fight back, the boys retaliate with a major revenge scheme that puts the high schoolers on top.

For more info…

Ghost Whisperer Spirit Guide – 5 Copies
Inspired by the work of real-life mediums and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ghost Whisperer is the sometimes chilling, sometimes heart-rending hit drama series from ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television. Now, Titan Books is giving fans the chance to connect with the show like never before with the Ghost Whisperer Spirit Guide.

This full-color guide to the Ghost Whisperer world is packed with stunning photos and behind-the-scenes shots, production art, exclusive interviews and episode summaries. Plus, there’s a fascinating, in-depth Guide to communicating with ghosts in the real world, with contributions from famed mediums James Van Praagh and Mary Ann Winkowski. Featuring an exclusive foreword from Jennifer Love Hewitt, the Ghost Whisperer Spirit Guide is written by the show’s executive producers Kim Moses and Ian Sander, offering readers a unique and knowledgeable insight into the show.

The Wackness – 1 Winner

A Blu-Ray copy and a book


In this humorous love story, the vibrant Spanish city of Barcelona becomes a place of passion – following two young American women who are seduced by a local artist. The unusual circumstance, however, is instantly complicated when his fiery ex-wife makes her way back into his life and interferes with his new relationships.

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA is another cinematic gem from Oscar winning writer and director, Woody Allen. The film highlights Golden Globe-nominated performances from Oscar winner Javier Bardem, (No Country For Old Men), Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz (Volver) and Rebecca Hall (The Prestige). The fantastic cast is also rounded out by co-stars Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation), a four-time Golden Globe nominee, and Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April).

Bam Margera: Where the @#$% is Santa Blu-ray – 1 Winner

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Soundtrack – 3 Copies

Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat’s score to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button creates a mesmerizing sonic mindscape that mirrors the unique emotional world of the movie’s lead character, Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt). Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the score and movie explore the life of some one who is born an old man and ages backwards.

Benjamin’s life progresses in retrograde motion, from his birth at the close of World War I to his death at the start of the 21st century. During his backwards lifetime, he falls in love with an exquisite beauty named Daisy (Cate Blanchett). As deep and genuine as their love may be, Benjamin’s reverse biology makes a lasting union impossible.

Desplat’s haunting score creates a mystical, diaphanous haze through which we watch events in Benjamin Button’s life transpire as if through a scrim of heart-tugging sadness.

“All the people Benjamin meets he loses quickly,” says Desplat, “as they age and die while he gets younger. Because a continuous love relationship with anyone cannot work, his life is composed of heartbreaking flashes of connection. The music has to express the movement of going inexorably forward but still backwards, and the melancholia that is the essence of Benjamin’s character.”

The miracle of the movie is that Benjamin embraces life fully and continuously moves forward on his journey. In doing so, he transcends the limitations of his fate. As the empathic beauty of Desplat’s score draws us in deeper and deeper, it transforms the cinematic experience into a heartwarming affirmation of love.

“The movie,” says Desplat, “has everything that a film can offer to a composer: A humanistic script by Eric Roth of a man’s epic journey living his life biologically in reverse through a century, a heartbreaking love story played with intensity by two of the most glamorous and gifted actors of our times, the pulse of jazz in the city where he was born, a twist of witty humor, the metaphysical question of death, and the pure visual magic created by a genius director.”

The composer, who was born in Paris in 1961, has received worldwide recognition for creating an ideal musical language for cinema. Desplat received his first award nomination, the César Award of France (the French movie industry’s main equivalent to the Oscar), at the age of 36. Since then, he has been on a roll, receiving 13 other nominations and nine awards for nine different films. In the three-year period ending in 2008, his wins included the BMI Film & TV, European Film, World Soundtrack, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (The Queen); the Silver Berlin Bear, César, and Étoiles d’Or Awards (De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté); the Golden Globe, World Soundtrack and LAFCA Awards (The Painted Veil); and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award (Se, jie),

Finding a way to weave together music and dialogue with Benjamin and Daisy’s ongoing narration posed a particular challenge for Desplat. “The music has to be powerful, yet very silent,” he explains. “It must be very delicate and prudent – never showing off – while always conveying the characters’ underlying emotions. And since Benjamin is a very silent man, the music must express great empathy with his situation as it illumines his moments of sadness and questioning.”

To mirror Benjamin’s retrograde existence, Desplat created a main theme that can be played backwards as well as forwards. Other themes come and go, and chords switch from major to minor, as the clock ticks and characters disappear from the story.

“The orchestra’s colors have to capture the genuine innocence with which Benjamin embraces the human beings that he meets through his life, and the circular motion of the adventurous world around him,” says Desplat. To bring the movie’s sound world to life, Desplat, David Fincher, and Executive Soundtrack Album Producer and Sound Designer Ren Klyce enlist the 87 exceptional musicians of the Hollywood Studio Symphony.

The movie begins in New Orleans in the 21st century, just before Katrina hits. As it flashes back to the time of Benjamin’s birth, in New Orleans in 1918, and follows his retrograde journey through life, Desplat’s haunting music finds its counterpart in the forthright, authentic sounds of the jazz era in New Orleans, as performed by Bix Beiderbecke, The Boswell Sisters, Louis Armstrong, and other greats. The contrast between the two sound worlds, as heard on the two separate CDs, speaks volumes.

“Writing this score has been a beautiful, creative experience,” says Desplat. “Eternal thanks to Ren Klyce, who was so supportive of my work, and David Fincher for having created such a fabulous, magical world of its own.”

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