Friday, September 7, 2007
This morning I went to the post office with the feeling that today might be the day that I would have something very special waiting for me. As I opened my PO Box I saw a key alerting me to the fact that I had an oversize package awaiting me. Now I have a couple of small items I have ordered recently so I thought this might not be it and to not get too excited. I made my way over to the numbered boxes and noticed that it was a key to one of the large boxes. Opening the box I excitedly found something large, HEAVY and marked from Video Watchdog. As I was walking out of the post office I was still in a bit of disbelief. I looked around and wondered is this really the day?
I got home with the package and sat it down on the floor to grab something to drink before I opened it up. My trusty Cat, and fellow Mario Bava fanatic, Mazzy immediately started to study the package and after deciding there was nothing harmful or explosive inside, he gave me the feline go ahead to open it.
I must say opening this box reminded me of being a kid again on Christmas morning. I had a near uncontrollable urge to put the music from A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on as I was gently pulling the WEIGHTY surprise out of its priority mail container.
So here it is. I feel like I am dreaming and I can't believe it is finally in my possession. It is magnificent...just everything I imagined it would be and more. You can feel the love pouring out of every page of this book. I can't imagine how long it will take me to get through and truly absorb it all but I am looking forward to every second I will with it.
Here are some shots of me with my new baby. Congratulations to Tim and Donna Lucas on a remarkable achievement and thanks to the both of them for making this project so special. This is easily the finest book on cinema and one of its true masters that I have ever seen. I must also say that having my name featured in the back of it puts a major lump in my throat.
To quote Martin Scorsese's introduction, "It deserves a place on the bookshelves of all serious film lovers." Tim Lucas' MARIO BAVA ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK is available through Video Watchdog (which is always linked to the right).