Book Review “Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz”

Author: Juan Ortiz
Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: September 3, 2013

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Who is Juan Ortiz? Juan Ortiz is an illustrator/designer for Disney and Warner Bros. and also a hardcore Trekkie. He had created artwork for each of the episodes from the “Star Trek: The Original Series”. The style of the work was nothing like anything fans have ever seen before and really represented a unique vision. Being a huge fan of “Star Trek” and of alternate poster art, I was immediately drawn to this book.

The first thing I honestly wanted to do with these posters was to rip them out and hang up each one on my wall, they are really that amazing. The book is comes in a large format ranking in at  14.4 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches, which is much bigger than the typical art book. The paper stock is solid and very study. The colors are gorgeous and very rish as well. I have to admit though this is expected since the amazing Titan Books is behind this release. They put so much love into there books.

Official Premise: What if every Star Trek: The Original Series episode was a movie event? What would the movie poster look like? This was the inspiration to develop a one-of-a-kind set of images for the series that launched a franchise. Artist Juan Ortiz has created unique retro-style art with the look of a 60s movie poster, comic book, pulp novel cover or advertisement, one each for all 80 episodes.

Before we get to the posters themselves there is a nice background on Juan Ortiz. The posters are each scaled to around 11×17 inches and are broken up by each of the three seasons, including the unaired pilot “The Cage”. When you reach the end of the book, the fun doesn’t end since there is a brief description of each episode and where Juan got his inspiration for each poster. If you are a hardcore fan of “Star Trek”, I cannot stress how amazing this book is and is a must have!

Blu-ray Review “Don Juan DeMarco”

Directed by: Jeremy Leven
Starring: Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Rachel Ticotin, Bob Dishy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Running Time: 97 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

1997 was an odd time for Johnny Depp, he is popular but not yet guaranteed to be bankable. The star of this film really though is Bryan Adams for his song “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?”, easily one of the best love songs ever. The film itself has problems but looks great hitting Blu-ray for the first time, thanks to Warner Bros. Since Johnny Depp has become this giant international star, it is a lot easier to watch his earlier films (if that makes sense).

Johnny Depp plays John Arnold DeMarco, a man who believes he is Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. He examined by psychiatric Dr. Jack Mickler (Brando) in order to cure him of this delusion. During the treatments, it becomes more apparent that this is a medical issue, especially when the Dr. rekindles the romance in his own marriage. Great co-starring cast including Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway.

The Blu-ray itself looks beautiful with its 1080p transfer. Some of the locations in the film are just breathtaking. The audio packs an impressive DTS-HD Master Audio, which works some amazing with the film’s score. In fact the special features, though very dismal, include an isolated score track which I highly recommend. The only other extra is the music video for Bryan Adams’s “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?”. Of course it is great to watch it but it is also easily available right on YouTube in high quality.

Buy It 4/10 on Blu-ray™
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Synopsis: Two time Academy Award winner Marlon Brando (On The Waterfront, The Godfather), Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway (Network) and Johnny Depp (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Blow) deliver tour de force performances in this critically acclaimed romantic comedy. John Arnold DeMarco (Depp) is a man who believes he is Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world. Clad in a cape and mask, DeMarco undergoes psychiatric treatment with Dr. Jack Mickler (Brando) to cure him of his apparent delusion. But the psychiatric sessions have an unexpected effect on the psychiatric staff and, most profoundly, Dr. Mickler, who rekindles the romance in his complacent marriage.