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300 DVD Release Party
August 10th, 2007 4:31AM

On Friday, July 27, at the height of Comic-Con hysteria, Warner Home Video commandeered PetCo Park, the beautiful home of the San Diego Padres, to host their release party for Zack Snyder and Frank Miller's 300 on DVD. While I try to avoid the red carpet at all costs (if you've ever worked it, you'll know why), I was somehow shanghaied into working the press line alongside some of LA's finest photographers (see legit papparazzi). It was certainly an education and I was grateful for having been welcomed into their unique little enclave. I also snagged a few nice photos in the process.

We original thought there was only one of these models cum Spartans, but it turns out that the entrance to the party, taking place on the club level concourse of the park, was crawling with them. If the males of our rather out-of-shape pack weren't feeling intimidated enough by Mr. Pectoral Leather Thong, to be surrounded by an entire army made one feel testoterone-challenged... at the very least. Thankfully, the celebrity guests started arriving quickly, so we didn't have time to dwell on our shortcomings.

First up were director Zack Snyder and his wife Deborah, followed closely by Frank Miller.

Next to arrive were Astinos the headless (Tom Wisdom; the dude is 33 and looks like he's 17), followed by Hal Sparks and his girlfriend?! We still don't know why he was there, but everyone was asking ridiculous I Love The '80s questions and he was giving it back as good as he got it.

And then came the parade of cast and crew from recent DVD release... Babylon 5: The Lost Tales stars Bruce Boxlightner, Tracy Scoggins; and Believers director Daniel Myrick...

...The girls from Joel Silver's Return to the House on Haunted Hill...

...and Bladerunner's Joanna Cassidy and Sean Young, with veteran character actor Joel Turkel in the background.

We waited around for almost half an hour being told that David Arquette (Tripper) was on his way, but eventually gave up and went into the party. Many of you have been to major league ballparks and know exactly what to expect. Imagine walking into this park and finding a Spartan den of debauchery and inequity, complete with costumes from the film, harums, and dancing slave girls.

Oh yeah, and then these guys showed up. You may recognize the face of one, but the guy in the skeleton suit is the one who kept us waiting earlier in the evening...

All in all, it was a fascinating evening, if only to experience what life is like as a freelance photographer (those guys hustle their butts off), and partake of the 300 experience in such a unique location.


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