super 8 on blu-ray/dvd

The nostalgic sci-fi mystery adventure Super 8, from director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, is out on Blu-ray/DVD this week. The movie, set in small town Ohio circa 1979, has approximately zero Asian faces on screen -- which is fine. It's a fun movie with really nice performances from the kid actors.

But I do want to spotlight a key figure working behind the camera: cinematographer Larry Fong, whose credits include Lost, 300, Watchmen and other awesome-looking movies. He's a long-time friend/collaborator with J.J. Abrams and producer Brian Burk, and there's a great Blu-ray bonus feature on the three of them working together (and getting to work with their hero Steven Spielberg).

Larry Fong is also a magician -- not just the movie magic kind -- but like an actual card-carrying-member-of-the-Magic-Castle magician. He and his magic skillz are the focus of another great bonus feature on the Super 8 Blu-ray, "Do You Believe in Magic?" Here's a clip:

Abrams explains in this interview why he included the feature:
One of may favorite things about it is the behind-the-scenes featurettes are probably my favorite ones I've been associated with, especially the Larry Fong magic feature. Larry is the [director of photography] on the movie and this amazing magician and he literally does magic nonstop during the entire shoot. He's a friend of mine since I was 11 or 12 years old and getting to watch him be a ridiculous magician is one of my favorite things.
Fong can also be heard on the feature commentary track with Abrams and Burk. It's interesting stuff. Props, Larry Fong. Super 8 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. If you're into movie-magic-making, it's worth taking a look.

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