Thursday, March 22, 2007

More news on the DVD release of STH in the states

Hey folks, I am about to head off to Disney World with my family and youth group. Before I go, Frank shot me an update on the fantastic news we received a few weeks back that the series "The Crow: Stairway to Heaven" would get a region 1 release. Bryce Zabel has come back to give us more information, to include the concept cover art. Bryce mentions how serious the video house which is putting out the DVD (Hart Sharp Video) is taking this release. One of the confirmed extras will be a new commentary available on the first two episodes of the series with Bryce and series star Mark Dacascos. Other extras have yet to be determined. Bryce wants to know what extras we would like to see as well as our opinion of the cover art. Go to his blog and give your input. We have provided the cover art here.

I will be back on the hunt for Crow news next Friday, so until then, take care & God bless.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Where does the Crow rank in comics to film history?

P>According to Boxoffice Mojo, THE CROW ranks 38th out of 70 feature films that have been based on comics/graphic novels. THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS ranks 55th. For a while, THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS had the largest weekend opening for a late August release with 9 million 787 thousand. THE CROW opened to over 11 million on May 13th, 1994. It ended up making just over 50 million domestically.

A Boy and His Bird News

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven gets Region 1 DVD release!!

This coming July THE CROW: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, will be released on Region 1 DVD in a 4-disk box set. No details if there will be extras. This is great news for fans of the TV series. Check out Bryce Zabel's blog for a lot more details (Bryce was the creator/executive producer of the series).

Bryce's blog has three great PDF's. First is the pilot episode script, a 25 page "bible" of how the show was pitched and how it would be presented and finally an episodes summary. This is some great information for the STH fans out there.

HUGE thanks to Frank for the update on this.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Rochelle Davis sentencing comes down

Frank forwarded me this information that was posted by the The Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA). For those that have not kept up with this story, Rochelle Davis, real name Andrea "Drea" Ruano, was arrested a long with a number of gang members for basically running a drug house. Drea (Rochelle) contends she was a part of this out of fear for her own safety and that of her daughter. The sentencing has been handed down in the case and Drea received time served to 23 months in the county prison. We pray that she is able to get the time served and does not have to leave her daughter. It is just very ironic how this whole situation mirrors that of her character's mom Darla from THE CROW.

We hope and pray that Drea can use this as a way to get herself straightened out. While Robert Zuckerman was visiting with me in January I told him about Drea's problems and he was dismayed. He would like to speak with her.

Thanks again to Frank here is the full story:

Intelligencer, The (Doylestown, PA)

February 13, 2007
Section: LOCAL
Page: B4

9 Bloods sentenced for selling heroin
Members of the "Sex, Money, Murder" faction of the street gang pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons charges.
Laurie Mason


They set up shop in Bucks County because the prices were better and the customers plentiful. Now nine people linked to the infamous Bloods street gang are in prison for selling heroin at a Penndel apartment complex.

"This was a sophisticated operation and they were growing," said Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert James. "They sold their product here because their customers were here."

The defendants, all members or associates of the Trenton-based "Sex, Money, Murder" faction of the Bloods, pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons charges in Bucks County Court in Doylestown.

Their arrests were the result of a two-month undercover sting at the Oxford Grant apartments that showed that the Bloods were raking in at least $12,250 a week selling heroin to a steady stream of customers coming and going from a vacant apartment.

During the sting, the gang members became suspicious of an undercover police detective who had infiltrated their operation and searched his clothes. Had they found anything that identified him as a cop, he could have been killed, James said.

Sentenced Monday by county Judge Albert Cepparulo were:

* Taquan "Skeeno/Blaze/Sparks" Owens, 22, of Trenton; four to eight years in a state prison.

* Rashawn "S" Biggs, 28, of Trenton; six to 15 years.

* David "Dip" Owens, 19, of Penndel; 71/2 to 20 years.

* Terrell "Mack" Owens, 21, of Penndel; four to 20 years.

* James "Hood" Harris, 27, of Trenton; two to five years.

* Darryl Martin, 28, of Bristol Township; 21/2 to five years.

* William "Jerzy" Murphy, 27, Trenton; 11/2 to five years.

* Oscar "Yorel" Holland, 26, of Trenton; six to 23 months in Bucks County Prison.

* Andrea "Drea" Ruano, 26, of Penndel; time served to 23 months in the county prison.

The defendants' sentences varied depending on their prior criminal record and level of involvement in the operation.

According to court records, the gang began selling heroin, crack, powder cocaine and marijuana at Oxford Grant in June. Confidential informants tipped off police to the Bloods' presence soon after, and the investigation began.

The gang kept a strict hierarchy, with the leaders rarely interacting with the "fiends," or customers, leaving that work to the "goonies," or underlings, in the organization.

The same bag of heroin that fetches between $5 to $7 on a Trenton street corner sells for at least $10 in Bucks, James said. That's why the Bloods are eager to establish their turf here, and often scope out neighborhoods with small police departments like Penndel and Morrisville to base their operations.