Always is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Brad Johnson and Audrey Hepburn in her final film role. Always is a remake of the 1943 romantic drama A Guy Named Joe set during World War II; the main departure from the 1943 film is the altering of the setting from WWII to that of a modern aerial firefighting operation. The film, follows the same basic plot line: the spirit of a dead expert pilot mentors a newer pilot, while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend he left behind; the names of the four principal characters of the earlier film are all the same, with the exception of the Ted Randall character, called Ted Baker in the remake, Pete's last name is Sandich instead of Sandidge. Pete Sandich is an aerial firefighter whose excessive risk taking in the air troubles his girlfriend, Dorinda Durston, a pilot who doubles as a dispatcher, it concerns Pete's best friend, Al Yackey, a fellow firefighter pilot.
After yet another risky and nearly fatal flight that Pete casually shrugs off, Al suggests he accept a safer job training firefighting pilots in Flat Rock, Colorado. Pete refuses until Dorinda tearfully confronts him, confessing her perpetual fear and anguish that he will be killed. Pete relents, tells Dorinda he will accept the training job. Pete accepts one last mission, despite Dorinda's gloomy premonition. During the fire bombing run, Al's engine is about to explode. Pete makes a dangerously steep dive and skillfully douses Al's engine with a fire-retardant slurry, saving Al; as Pete struggles to regain control from the dive, he flies directly through the forest fire, igniting his own engine and exploding the plane. Pete strolls through a burnt-out forest. Coming to a small clearing, he meets Hap, who explains Pete died and now has a new purpose: like spirits did for him during his lifetime, he will provide Spiritus to guide others who will interpret his words as their own thoughts. Six months have elapsed in the real world, though time is non-linear from Pete's perspective.
Al wants a grieving Dorinda to move past Pete's death. He takes her with him to Colorado to work at the flight school where Pete is to guide a new firefighting pilot, Ted Baker. More months pass, and, to Pete's anguish, Ted falls in love with Dorinda as she begins emerging from her year-long mourning. Pete attempts to sabotage the budding romance. Ted, with Pete's inspiration, plans a dangerous rescue mission of trapped firefighters. Unable to bear another loss, Dorinda takes Ted's aircraft to do the job herself. Pete, unseen to Dorinda, fails to dissuade her. With Pete's guidance, Dorinda saves the firefighters. On the return flight, Pete tells her everything. Dorinda makes an emergency water landing in a lake; as the sinking plane's cockpit floods, Dorinda seems reluctant to escape. Pete appears before her and, leads her to the surface; as Dorinda wades ashore, Pete releases her heart to allow Ted to replace him. Dorinda embraces Ted. Pete heads in the opposite direction to assume his place in Heaven.
As appearing in screen credits: Spielberg confided that while making Jaws in 1974, he and Dreyfuss had traded quips from A Guy Named Joe, considered a "classic" war film, that they both wanted to remake. As an "inside joke," a clip from A Guy Named Joe is included in a scene in Poltergeist, which Spielberg had produced. Dreyfuss had seen the 1943 melodrama "at least 35 times." For Spielberg, who recalled seeing it as a child late at night, "it was one of the films that inspired him to become a movie director," creating an emotional connection to the times that his father, a wartime air force veteran had lived through. The two friends quoted individual shots from the film to each other and when the opportunity arose, years were resolved to recreate the wartime fantasy. Principal photography began on May 15, 1989; some 500 of its residents were recruited for the film as extras to act as wildland firefighters. The scenes where the plane flies over the lake at the beginning and lands in the lake at the end of the movie were filmed at Bull Lake, south of Troy.
The scenes set in "Flat Rock, Colorado," were filmed at and around the Ephrata airport in eastern Washington. The scene where Pete and Hap are walking through the wheat field was filmed at Sprague, southwest of Spokane, where they spent two weeks filming in June. Footage of Yellowstone National Park's 1988 fires was used for the fire sequences. Sound stages were used at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and production wrapped in August 1989. Hepburn retired from acting and died in 1993. Two Douglas A-26 Invader fire bombers were prominently featured in Always; the flying for the film was performed by well-known film pilot Steve Hinton and Dennis Lynch, the owner of the A-26s. A number of other aircraft appeared in Always: Aeronca 7AC Champion, Bellanca 8KCAB Super Decathlon, Beechcraft Model 18, Cessna 337 Super Skymaster, Cessna 340, Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, Douglas C-54 Skymaster, Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and North American B-25J Mitchell.
Blood+ is an animated television series created by Production I. G, it premiered in Japan on October 8, 2005 on MBS/TBS, continued with episodes every week until September 23, 2006. The series aired on Animax, Sony's Japanese anime satellite channel, with its networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia airing the series later, it features original character designs by Chizu Hashii. Fifty consecutive episodes were aired spanning four distinct seasons; each season is differentiated by opening and ending themes from a variety of artists, with the final episode using the season one ending theme. Through Sony's international division, Blood+ is licensed for distribution in multiple regions, including Region 1, it began airing in dubbed English in the United States on March 11, 2007 as part of the Adult Swim block of Cartoon Network, where it ran until its conclusion on March 23, 2008. The first Region 1 DVDs were released on March 4, 2008, with a simultaneous release of a single five episode volume and a twenty-five episode box set.
The series was first released to Region 2 DVD in Japan by Aniplex in thirteen volumes. The first volume contained two episodes, each subsequent volume contained four more; the first volume was released December 21, 2005 and the final on December 29, 2006. All of the volumes have Japanese language tracks with no subtitles; the first Region 1 DVDs were released on March 4, 2008, with a simultaneous release of a single five episode volume and a twenty-five episode box set. Sony Entertainment began releasing its English adaptation of the series on March 4, 2008. Sony released two versions simultaneously: an individual volume containing the first five episodes, a six disc special edition set containing the first 25 episodes and several exclusive extras; the second box set, containing the remaining 25 episodes and more extras, was released on October 20, 2009Each season uses different songs for its opening and ending themes. For the first season of Blood+, the opening theme is "The Tears of the Blue Sky" by Hitomi Takahashi and the ending theme is "The Things I Pass Down" by Chitose Hajime.
"Seasons’ Call" by Hyde is used as the opening for the second season, "Cry No More" by Mika Nakashima is used for the ending. For the third season, the opening theme is "Colors of the Heart" by Uverworld and the ending theme is "This Love" by Angela Aki. Final season episodes open with "Raion" by Jinn and close with "Brand New Map" by K. For the series finale, however, "The Things I Pass Down" is reprised for the closing sequence. Official website MBS Blood+ website Production I. G official English website Official Sony web site Official Adult Swim Blood+ website Blood+ at TV.com