Wednesday Wants…..Box Sets

So it’s that time of year again…..everyone is getting their Christmas shopping done, and in response all the new box sets are out. Whilst I’m at least a *little* bit cynical about all this (I never liked the idea of products being rushed out just for Christmas), some of them are just so jolly tempting! With Amazon’s Black Friday week of sales already in full swing, it certainly seems the time to bag yourself a bargain and set yourself for some long, lazy times on the sofa in front of the telly!….

I’ve always had a fondness for Hitchcock, being a lover of thrillers as I am. I’ve been even more into his work though since we went to see Blackmail at the British Museum earlier this year as part of the ‘Genius of Hitchcock’ and ‘London 2012’ festivals. And so when we saw this wonderful box set come up on the Amazon sale, it had to be ours! I can’t wait to spend long wintery Sunday afternoons watching the 14 films included (Rear Window, Vertigo and The Birds especially!), as well as nosing through the hours of bonus features, a collectible hardback book, art cards, costume sketches, correspondence, and photographs. You can still get the box set on the sale, until 7:15 tonight (until they run out!), for just £61.75, instead of the usual £92.49….that’s about £4.40 per *Bluray* film!…Bargain!

For those that don’t already know, I am a HUGE fan of Twin Peaks. It is certainly my favourite TV show of all time, and I could happily watch it every day. Really. It’s a little shameful then that I’ve not really watched any of its creator’s other work. David Lynch is often heralded as one of the most important filmakers of our generation, and I’m regularly told that I really ought to watch one or other of his films. I *did* manage to sit all the way through Inland Empire, although I can’t say I understood any of it or that I wasn’t rather disturbed by it….I am reliably informed though that his other films are a little easier to follow and that I should enjoy them lots! This Bluray box set includes Blue Velvet, Dune, Eraserhead, Lots Highway, Wild at Heart, and the Twin Peaks ‘prequel’ Fire Walk With Me (which I’m also yet to see). Sounds like a line up to get well stuck into! It’s currently £39 on Amazon.

Coming up on the Amazon Black Friday sale this very evening (7:15 to be precise!), is one box set I’ve really been lusting after. Blur’s 21 Vinyl Box Set is the Holy Grail as far as I’m concerned. Containing 18 discs and three DVDs the set features all of Blur’s seven studio albums in expanded editions with attendant B sides, alongside four discs of demos, off-cuts and out-takes that the band found in their lofts (!), many of which are of course previously un-released. This band had a place in my youth, my musical education and in my so-called-adult life, and I’d gladly spend the 18 hours it takes to listen to 21 in one sitting on a journey through my musical memories.

Have you got your eye on any good box sets? Do share!

Ems x


Living for the weekend…. 27th to 29th July 2012 in London

I don’t think anyone could be short of things to do this weekend….even if you don’t want to leave your sofa, there’s going to be lots to get involved in and watch on the telly for one! Still, I’m hoping to get out and about, seen as the sun is due to shine again. Here are my potential plans….
It would be silly to miss this, but you still have just a few weeks left….. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ first gig, Somerset House has opened a free photographic exhibition, which documents  their amazing career. The Rolling Stones: 50  showcases a wealth of unseen and rare material, including over seventy prints ranging from reportage photography, live concert and studio session images and outtakes from every period of the band’s history.
East Wing Galleries, Somerset House
Free Admission
Ends 27th August 2012

And whilst we’re on the subject of legendary bands….. I am DEAD EXCITED to see the Blur 21: The Exhibition which opens today. East end venue Londonnewcastle is housing a collection of over 70 images of Blur from iconic music photographers, designers and artists. Celebrating the band’s 21 year career, the retrospective honours Blur’s era-defining music, through the lens of illustrious music photographers Pennie Smith, Kevin Cummins, Tom Sheehan and Paul Postle, and will show never before seen artwork.

Londonewcastle Project Space

Until 14th August

Free admission

From this weekend, London’s cultural hub at Exhibition Road will host nine days of celebratory art, music, science, literature and acrobatics. ROAD SHOW brings a wealth of creativity to the capital, taking inspiration from the stacks of museums and institutions resident in the area. Expect interactive games, theatrical performances, live music, nature workshops, installations (including the hand crafted particle accelerator!), and the ‘Vintage Style Ride’. It’s free to get in, and you can see lists of activities here.

Whilst you’re in the ‘hood, pop into the V&A, where you will find their exhibition of leading British fashion designers and visual artists collaborating in a ground-breaking series of works commissioned as part of the London 2012 Festival. Britain Create 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion features collaborations from the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Mark Titchner, Paul Smith and Charming Baker, and Matthew Williamson and Mat Collishaw. The pairs were given an open brief, as an opportunity to promote the acknowledged relationship between fashion and art, and encompassing sculpture, video, music and photography.
Room 17a at the V&A
Free Admission
Until 29th July 2012

Also part of the London 2012 Festival, The World in London is a major public art project initiated by The Photographers’ Gallery, bringing together over 200 specially commissioned photographic portraits of Londoners, each originating from one of the nations competing at the Games. The images will be mounted on huge panels and exhibited in Victoria Park in East London, as well as Park House in Camden. It’s free to get in too!

I hope everyone has a fab weekend!

Ems x