Media picks of the week: The Hobbit, The Pixies, My Little Pony and more!
Each week the editors at iMore find cool media that we really love and bring it to you. Here's our latest roundup - some great music, movies, cartoons and more.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Special Edition soundtrack - Joseph Keller
I love a good soundtrack. Howard Shore's work from the Lord of the Rings trilogy is some of my favorite movie music. It helps define the world we see, and is a major part of what made those movies what they were. While not on the same scale, Shore's Hobbit soundtrack fills the same role. Weaving familiar themes in with new ones, The Hobbit soundtrack is a perfect audio companion to An Unexpected Journey, and as much a prequel to Rings as the rest of the movie. The special edition of the soundtrack is an expanded version of the original release, with six additional tracks. If you love Shore's work, this is the version to get.
- $17.99 - Download Now
The Bourne Collection - Ally Kazmucha
Up until about 6 months ago, I had never seen a single Bourne movie. People kept telling me how good they were and I had every intention of watching them, just never actually got around to it. Then I noticed that iTunes had the entire collection of Bourne movies in HD as a bundle for $40 which means each movie was only $10.
In the end, I watched all of them within one weekend and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. The last one was my least favorite but it was still good. Either way, if you've never seen them or you're a Bourne fan, it's a great deal to take advantage of if you don't already own any of them.
- $39.99 - Download Now
My Little Pony: Micro Series #7 - Cutie Mark Crusaders - Michelle Haag
My 10 year old daughter is obsessed with My Little Pony, just as I was when I was her age. Unfortunately, unlike me, she doesn't enjoy reading books, so I've been trying to find things for her to read that will hold her attention. Luckily there are a ton of My Little Pony comics and books in iTunes, ranging in price from $1.99 to $9.99. Some of our favorites are in the micro series, with each edition devoted to a specific character, or in this case, group of characters. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are on a quest to find out who they are, and they'll never stop their journey, not until they find their cutie marks! If you have a young lady in your life that loves MLP as much as mine does, you know they will really appreciate learning about the magic of friendship with these beautifully done books.
- $3.99 - Download Now
The Incredible Mr. Limpet - Chris Parsons
Although The Incredible Mr. Limpet came out long before my time, it pretty much became a cult hit for a lot of folks and after having recently watched it, I can see why. This comedy/fantasy stars Don Knotts as a nervous little Brooklyn bookkeeper who has an overwhelming love for fish. After being rejected by the Navy, he actually becomes a fish (through the miracle of animation), meets a snail who shows him the "underwater" ropes, falls in love with a lady fish, and becomes a real war hero. Sounds crazy, right? It is but it's fantastic. Sadly, it's not available for purchase on iTunes but you can rent it for $2.99.
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Global Frequency - Rene Ritchie
Global Frequency revolves around a group of one thousand and one unidentified rescue agents connected only by their satellite phones, their numbers, the human multi-tasking processor, Aleph, and the guiding mind of Miranda Zero. With the blackmailed consent of world governments, they tackle acts of terrorism, paranormal disaster, and more.
Only 12 issues were ever produced. Written by Warren Ellis (Planetary), and drawn each by a different artist, they each was like an episode unto itself, and each explored a separate facet of what was cutting edge futurism back in 2002-2004, and what today largely remains so.
It's brutal at times, and Ellis doesn't know from epilogs, but it's also darkly interesting. After X-Files, before Fringe, in some ways better than both, in others nowhere close. Lack of consistent protagonists is a challenge but the stories win out in the end. I just reread it for the for first time in a decade and I enjoyed it every bit as much.
Pity the TV adaption never went beyond pilot.
- $11.99 - Download now
Pixies - EP-1 - Peter Cohen
In the annals of rock history, the Pixies were one of the most important bands to emerge from the 80s alt rock scene, achieving moderate success on their own but having a titanic effect on the bands that followed (Nirvana's Kurt Cobain famously admitted to "basically trying to rip off the Pixies"). Ever since reforming in 2004, The Pixies have rocked young and old alike in concert tour after tour. But with the exception of two singles that were released in 2004, it's been strictly a nostalgia act, with the band playing their greatest hits like Monkey Gone to Heaven and Where Is My Mind? without adding much new to the mix. Now in 2013, the Pixies finally have some new music - earlier this year saw the release of the single Bagboy and just this week the band rolled out a new four-song EP. It's the first of several the band plan to release over the next year or so.
2013 marks a big change for the Pixies as bassist Kim Deal has parted company with them once and for all. Fortunately, the change hasn't dramatically affected their sound - EP-1 will sound consistent to anyone who has a passing knowledge of The Pixies' oeuvre. The first single, Indie Cindy, is already making the YouTube rounds as a video (above). Give it a listen - if you like it, buy the EP - you won't be disappointed. The EP is available direct from their web site, in high-rate MP3, Apple Lossless or FLAC. You can also buy a limited edition vinyl release if you want to go old school.
- $ 4 - Download now
This is what's rocking our world this week, but what about you? What are you listening to watching and reading? Sound off in the comments.