Monday, September 8, 2014

Apipoulai all, if you haven't given up on me yet!

The book project is still alive and kicking, and so am I.  It's been a rough year, I lost my beloved Oona (Siamese mix) in June to lymphoma.  Life kind of stopped while I took care of her.  We then acquired a 3-week old kitten who needed nursing and attention, and she's a little orange cat so I originally caller her Leeloo (of course).  Anyway, she's almost 11 weeks now and we are still dealing with the fallout her poor body went through because she does not have momma's immunity to everything.  I almost lost her too but she's a fighter - and my husband canged her name to Cersei.  Which is fine, we're huge "Game of Thrones" fans here and even though she is an exceptionally sweet kitten, s the name just fits her very well.

I like to tell my husband her full name is Cersei Leeloo.

Anyway, I'm still currently working on acquiring research materials and transferring written outlines to the computer.  The outline is always changing; at some point I'm going to just have to stop and go with it.  I keep starting the first chapter, basically a "get to know the author and why she's writing about 5th" but I don't know if I like the ego stroking of that or not.  Don't know yet.  Need an intro...

If you are a Reddit member, or lurker, Luc Besson did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) recently and being lazy as I am right now (I have to do a TON of cleaning everyday due to the kitten's previous severe ringworm infection so please as usual, bear with me), just plug "Luc Besson AMA" into their search bar and you should find it.  Top questions were on "The Fifth Element."  I have not had the chance to check it out myself and I missed the opportunity to AMA by an hour.  Bummer.

As usual, I have acquired more items for my collection.  My favorite pieces so far have been the Diva Dance remixes on a 12" promo vinyl.  I'm also gearing up to work on the light-up Matt Munson multipass kit which you can find on etsy for a terrific price for what you are getting, which is a professional grade kit cast from original multipass parts!  So, go buy and enjoy!  These kits are FABULOUS, but take some time and care to put together.  My old pass does not light up and is kind of rough around the edges, but I did what I could with it over weeks and it turned out decent.  It only has about 3-4 parts to the tens of parts the Munson kit has.  Put out the extra $ and you won't be disappointed.

Soon I am also going to try my own silicone run of suspenders.  Stay tuned, thanks for sticking with me, and I promise that the book is coming along albeit slowly.  I've gotten to the point where there are few magazines I am lacking and I have done a lot of cache searching on the internet.  I've been on the internet since 5th came out and I used to hit the older geocities-type sites all the time in 1997-now.  I continually look for new material on the web but my main focus right now is the Jodrowsky lawsuit (over similarities to the comic "The Incals") which Moebius also worked on.  May I suggest a great film documentary?  "Jodrowsky's Dune" was excellent if that's your bag, and you can check out more Moebius designs that transferred over to 5th, whther intentionally or not (for the record, Jodrowsky lost the lawsuit).

Friday, January 24, 2014

Vacation Cruise track up online and ready to hear.  I'll list the same disclaimer here as on the video.  Official information on the track and performer can be found in earlier posts on this blog.  The track is littered with noise as are other tracks on the edition, it has in no way been altered or pulled from other sources.  The quality of the CDs overall is less than optimal considering the quality of the commercial releases, so please keep that in mind.  If you have the bootlegged version you'll notice the quality is the same.  There is not much I can do to help that.

With all that being said, enjoy!  Vacation Cruise - Archival Edition

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2-Disc Archival Collector's Soundtrack

I'm putting up some pictures of the official Archival Collector's soundtrack, which is the 2-disc set that is very hard to find and includes the track "Vacation Cruise", as well as trailer cues and unused cues from the film.  Bootlegs can be found on the internet with misleading "cover art" but I believe that some of these bootlegs are incomplete (I used to own one).  A few notes about this set:

1.  It's not for sale.
2.  Some tracks are on the discs that aren't among the track listing.  I haven't yet gone through to sort them and get a more accurate count, but there are 4-5 extra separate tracks.
3.  This is not the 10-year Anniversary set, which is 1 disc at 50 tracks and features the spaceport in New York as the cover.
4.  I had to swap out the jewel case after purchase because the original was a wreck.
5.  The only song missing across all variants of the soundtrack is Ruby's 2nd rap, but both raps are featured here albeit without the lyrics.

Hopefully I will get the link for "Vacation Cruise" working soon.  Please keep in mind that I am very busy and as usual, chronically ill so it sometimes takes me a while to get things going.  I appreciate your patience.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Vacation Cruise" song, discovered!

A little digging has led me to the solution of the "Vacation Cruise" song listed on the Archival soundtrack.  The original title of the song is "Fanora Meherio" and was performed by Terii Taputu in the film.  You can find his website here: Terii Taputu "Fanora Meherio", and a blurb in French describing his participation in the film with the song.

Very glad this is one mystery we can lay to rest!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Variant "Story of" Books

I managed to order a somewhat new copy of Luc Besson's book, The Adventure and Discovery of a Film:  The Story of The Fifth Element.  My English copy is pretty worn out and abused, so I thought I'd order the French version just to have a better copy.  You can find the book cheap on under L'histoire du cinquieme element.  Most of these copies are imported from Japan.  I paid just over $35 for mine.  It's somewhat used, but in good condition nonetheless.

For a long time I've heard that this was the only Luc Besson book to be translated into English, with its French counterpart.  I had NO idea that the book I would be getting would be entirely in Japanese!  I had no idea that this variant even existed.  I have the La Femme Nikita Story of book as well, and as we know, outside of The Fifth Element, none of his other books are translated outside of France.  So I was VERY surprised.

There are a few slight differences from the English version, such as a wrap cover with the actor pictures, over the book face which is just very plain.  The book also does not finish its artwork off with the French Metro Leeloo poster, but with additional concept sketches in black and white.

I HIGHLY suggest picking up this book if you can.  It's an exceptional piece and a nice variant on an already existing out of print book.  If you can handle having your copy in Japanese, then the prices listed on Amazon are pretty fantastic for a book that's out of print in English and exceptionally expensive.

Plus, it's always neat to discover something new.

Please keep in mind that this is a 1998 reprint via Sony Magazine and Intervista, and is labeled a "premiere edition".

Good luck and happy hunting!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Hi all,

I'm beginning research and work for my "unofficial guide to".  I will keep this blog up in the meanwhile amd update as progress continues.  This book will likely be self-published and limited in quantity.  If you are interested leave feedback, and keep in mind this is an ongoing project which will take time.  I don't have a price point or anything in mind yet for the book - I am doing this for fun and it will take time before I have the details sorted out.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hi all!

You can view my personal Fifth Element collection here:  Fifth Element Collection .  This is by no means an exhaustive collection as I have more items to photograph and post.

Thanks and enjoy!