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!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Hi all,

As always, thank you for your patience.  Eventually I will get photos uploaded so you know some of these things exist and I'm not just talking out of my rear.  I haven't been well lately so I've just been going to work and coming home to sleep, primarily.

So, I have requests for the "Vacation Cruise" song.  I will let you know when I have it uploaded for your pleasure!  My husband will have to handle that for me.  I will link it when it's ready.

In other 5th news that I have been up to, I created my own Leeloo custom action figure!  She looks good for what she is, and I'm proud of her.  Many years ago I created mini stones out of sculpey, so she has her own set to go with.  Again, pictures will follow.  I may just upload to my photobucket account and leave the album on public.  I'll link here.  There are already plenty of pictures up but not everything.  I created her out of a "Gen 13" Fairchild figure that I got in a lot off of ebay with other castaway figures.  So, I just sanded and Xacto'd off parts, repainted, painted, painted, painted.  I am by no means a professional customizer like some people I know in the pop culture world, but for a first try she looks good to me.  I created her suspenders out of craft foam and just painted them and glued them on.  It had to happen in 2 pieces but it happened.

Anyway, a lackluster update but there you go.