On this date in 1974, Hank Aaron hit home run No. 715, passing Babe Ruth for the home run title. In 1977 The Clash released their self-titled debut album. April 8th is also Rex Manning Day! Rex Manning is a fictional character from one of my favorite movies and cult classic, Empire Records. The movie was a flop when it was released in theaters in October 1995, but managed to flourish in a world where people still went to the video store and rented VHS tapes. It was the mid-90’s. There was no iPod or iTunes. You had to go to the record store to find music and the rental store to find movies to watch. So a movie about teenagers working at a record store fighting “the man” was a no-brainer to rent for me and my fellow Gen X’ers. Damn the man, save the empire!
As you so often hear about, the director, Allen Moyle, was hampered by the movie studio. Don’t get wrong, it’s a great movie, but a little watered down in some parts. Fans have been begging for the release of the director’s cut for years. In 2003 Warner Bros. released the Remix: Special fan edition DVD, which included an additional 16 minutes. I haven’t seen the special remix version, but the extra scenes didn’t seem to satiate fans. For the 20th anniversary last year, strangely only the theatrical version was re-released. After all this time I wonder if a director’s cut even exists. Otherwise why would they not have capitalized on the cult status and released it by now?
I’d share the awful Rex Manning video for “Say No More Mon Amore!” but it’s just too ridiculous. Instead, here’s another scene from the movie. If you haven’t already, watch Empire Records!