NEW COLUMN! Moriarty
Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.
So why start another column that I’ll only be able to write on a semi-regular basis?
Because I realized there are at least 75 titles I’m interested in between now and December 12th of this year. Those are the ones I’m interested in. There’s a lot of stuff that I’m not going to pick up that you might want. It’s an avalanche of titles these days.
And I’m not only obsessed with special features. They’re nice, sure, but what I love about DVD is the idea of an affordable movie library. I buy as many DVDs as I am sent for free, and I consider them essential. Having a real depth of selection at my disposal is invaluable, and each week, there are more titles released that I want to add to the shelf.
To that end, I thought I’d start a column where I talk about what I’ve added to my shelf. Some of them are titles that are out. Some are titles that are coming soon. Many are new releases this week or last week. The point isn’t to try and be the first to break each review. The point is to be able to revisit films for a second look, or to review a classic I’ve never had the opportunity to write about, or to highlight something really exceptional that some DVD producer has done in packaging one of these gems.
I also want to include special features of my own from time to time, like this week. Y’see, first up, I’ve got a quick interviews with Stacy Peralta.
Who? Some of you may not recognize the name. If that’s the case, you haven’t seen our first title...
DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS
The phone rings.
I’m groggy, but I answer.
It’s Stacy Peralta, director of DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS. This is the documentary that John Robie and I first saw at Sundance 2001. Great movie. The perfect end to one of the best days of movies I had last year. I was delighted to see the film pick up the Audience Award at Sundance, and I was eager to be able to play it again and soak it up when it came out on disc.
Chatting with Stacy was something I was looking forward to, despite the early hour of the call and my own vampire hours. I was fascinated by how infectious the spirit of his documentary was, how he managed to pay tribute to his friends and the moment with such grace and charm. The images of young Stacy, the archival footage of him in the ‘70s, where he resembles Sean Penn as Spicoli in FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH... it’s great stuff. You really feel an affinity for these kids as you watch the movie, and the idea that one of them grew up to make this film... it’s just irresistable.
We jumped right into the interview when my phone rang after trading “good morning”s.
MORIARTY: What made you pick up a camera in the first place? So much of the film is made up of footage from back in the day, when you couldn’t possibly have been thinking about this film. Did you always see yourself becoming a filmmaker?
STACY PERALTA: No. I never thought I would be doing much of anything other than skateboarding. Originally, I picked up a camera because I had my own skateboard company, and we wanted to find a way to reach our customers, the people that rode our boards or read our magazines. And we thought up this idea of starting up this skateboard video. I remember, I originally picked up a ¾-inch camera and a videotape editing machine, and we set it up in my apartment around 1980. By 1984, we had our first video, which was an action sports video, and it was such a smash hit... I mean, we thought we’d sell maybe 500 of them, and we sold 30,000 of them. And from then on out, every year I’d make another video. You know, we’d feature Tony Hawk or someone. And it was by default that I did this, because we couldn’t afford to hire a crew.
MORIARTY: You resist the urge in the film to make yourself the star of the film. If anything, Tony Alva comes across as the star, along with Jay Adams. Was it tempting to put yourself front and center? I mean, I know that the star of THE AICN STORY would have to be me...
STACY PERALTA: To be honest with you, in the original cut, I was in it even less. I thought it was too dangerous to focus on myself. Way too dangerous. In fact, I thought even the way it is now, I was going to catch hell from reviewers. I thought reviewers were going to chastise me for being one of the guys in the film and also making it. It became a line that I was very careful about, something I didn’t want to cross. When I first showed the film, at that first screening, I showed the film to Skip Engblom, one of the founders of the Zephyr shop, one of the guys in the movie, and he came up to me after and said, “Man, you didn’t even tell us in the film what your successes were after, in your secondary career.” And I realized that I had to go into that, that you’re rewriting history if you don’t. He encouraged me to put more of myself in the film, and with his encouragement, I did it.
MORIARTY: Art Linson is working on the dramatized version of the story right now...
STACY PERALTA: ... right, with David Fincher...
MORIARTY: ... with David Fincher producing. Right. Did you have any ambition to direct that as well?
STACY PERALTA: Well, I had ambition to write it, which they eventually hired me to do after they saw my film, and, um, my goal originally was to write and direct a feature documentary and to write a feature film. My goal was not to direct the feature film. I feel like I’ve had my say on this subject matter. I feel that by writing the screenplay, I was able to give the characters some integrity and not make it a stupid high school film. This is more along the lines of an AMERICAN GRAFFITI, you know what I mean? It has real character development and sort of showcases an experience that was important to all of us. Working with David Fincher and Art Linson, those guys really welcomed that direction. They didn’t want to make this just some popcorn movie. I never pushed myself as the director because I figured someone else would have their take, and I should let them do it.
MORIARTY: Have you met Fred Durst now?
STACY PERALTA: Yes, I have.
MORIARTY: And how do you feel about him as the guy who’s going to be telling your life story on film?
STACY PERALTA: Well, you know, like anything, I was nervous. I mean, at one point, Sean Penn almost did it, and I was really excited about having Sean. And he ended up not being able to do it because of conflicts of schedule. I met Fred, and I like Fred. I know that David really likes Fred a lot, and that he’s going to mentor Fred through this process. And, obviously, I’ve been told by my producers that Fred does not want to fail. Fred told me himself that he was a former skateboarder. He said, “Look, I realize that there’s bad voodoo if I screw this project up.” He knows people are waiting for him to fail, and he really, really wants to do a good job. And he seems to be very open to ideas, which I like. In the end, I’ve gotta give him my support.
MORIARTY: You mentioned Sean Penn. How did you get him involved with the documentary?
STACY PERALTA: Well, we were... we were in the office, and we were cutting the film one day, and someone said, “Hey, I saw Sean Penn and his son in the audience at one of the X-Games recently.” And my first thought was, God, he’d be the perfect guy to narrate this film. Of course, we thought there wasn’t any chance we’d ever be able to get to him. We did manage to figure out a way to get a copy of a rough cut to him, so we did it, and he saw it, and he really, really liked it. He wanted to come in and meet us. When we asked him about doing it, he said, “Hey, I don’t want any money for this. I just want to do it for the love of it,” which was really cool of him.
MORIARTY: The first time you saw FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH...
STACY PERALTA: I didn’t think he was an actor.
MORIARTY: ... did it strike you that he was basically doing you? I mean, the physical resemblance is uncanny...
STACY PERALTA: (can’t speak for laughing) Well, I mean... physically he looked like me, but I mean... (lapses back into laughter)
MORIARTY: When I saw DOGTOWN last year, it was like a revelation. “NOW I know where he got Spicoli!”
STACY PERALTA: You wanna know what he told me when we first met each other? He told me that he grew his hair long as a kid because of me. He’s a few years, you know, younger than I am, and he said that he looked at SKATEBOARDER magazine. You know, I’m in there, and I’m sixteen years old, and he just... he said he grew his hair long because of that. I mean, Sean went to the same high school as Tony Alva and Jay Adams. He knew of our crew. He lived about 30 minutes away from us. And Sean grew up a surfer and a skateboarder. He’s a surfer, still. When he saw that rough cut of the film, I think it was as much a trip down memory lane for him as it was for us. And let me tell you, man... we all went to school with a lot of Spicolis.
MORIARTY: Did you have any idea skateboarding would become as mainstream and institutionalized as it has?
STACY PERALTA: No, never. We’ve been underdogs our whole lives. Hell, a lot of critics said that we trumpeted our own achievements a little too hard in the film, and they’re probably right. We probably did. But we never expected the film to succeed like it has. We trumpeted ourselves because it felt like we needed to. We’ve always been underdogs, so it felt like we had to hit it harder.
MORIARTY: It’s got to freak you out a little to see PlayStation 2 games based on guys like Tony Hawk.
STACY PERALTA: That’s so great. It’s become part of American culture now. It’s normal now to get a skateboard as a kid. Back then, you had to get it yourself. Your parents weren’t just going to hand one to you. There’s skateboard parks now, places that are just for that. And you’ve got those guys like Tony Hawk, and they’ve changed skateboarding’s face. They’re internationally known as skateboarders.
MORIARTY: How did it affect you to shoot the new interview footage with your friends from the old days?
STACY PERALTA: (long pause) To be honest with you, it was scary. It was, uh... (another long pause) At first it was strange, because I would conduct the interview myself. And I was asking questions that I obviously knew the answers to. It felt like I finally started to find a rhythm, and it was actually very cathartic. It was like group therapy. I think for a lot of the guys, it was like that. Wentzle Ruml said, “I had to get this off my chest. I’ve been waiting for 30 years to dump all this stuff, to get it out of me.” I think it was really healthy for a lot of the guys to do this.
MORIARTY: Is there anything that you wish you had on film for the documentary, but didn’t? Or some great story that you just couldn’t find a place for in the film?
STACY PERALTA: Yeah. There was a film of Tony Alva and Jay Adams on the top of POP Pier, ripping spears off the Jungle Ride and throwing these spears at the Valley surfers. Jeff Ho was absolutely sure that he had that footage, but he couldn’t find it anywhere. Believe me... I was dying for that.
MORIARTY: When was the last time you were on a board?
STACY PERALTA: Just a couple of days ago, with my son. We skate all the time together.
MORIARTY: What would you say to someone who doesn’t care about skateboarding to persuade them to see your film?
STACY PERALTA: It transcends skateboarding, man. This is about a genuine American culture. That’s what the film is about. It’s a really spirited look at an experience that eight kids had growing up in the ‘70s. And unlike a lot of American sports, there’s no European roots to this. This is pure Americana. It is something that specifically grew out of the West Coast.
The publicist who set the interview up interjected here:
PUBLICIST: Drew, let me just say that I am a white woman in my 50s, and when I saw the film, I totally fell in love with it. I was delighted with the real artistry of the skaters and with learning about the subculture.
STACY PERALTA: Sheri just built a half-pipe in her own backyard. That’s how much she loved it.
MORIARTY: My last question for you, Stacy, is what’s next for you film-wise?
STACY PERALTA: I have a deal with Radar Pictures and Sean Penn to direct a film called THE SEARCH FOR CAPTAIN ZERO, which is currently being adapted from a book into a script. I also don’t want to give up the documentary form, so I’m working with these two big-wave surfers named Brad Gold and Matty Hamilton on the history of big-wave surfing. I’d like to do the same sort of thing for surfing, something about the spirit of the thing that gets past all that BEACH BLANKET BINGO stuff, something real.
I thanked Stacy, chatted with him a bit about Sundance 2001 and the experience there, and he said something that I just loved, the sort of thing that makes me smile whenever any filmmaker relates this type of story:
STACY PERALTA: You gave us our first great review. Someone read your review over the phone to me at Sundance, and I was screaming, I was so thrilled.
The feeling’s mutual, Stacy. Your film is a blast, and the DVD that Columbia/Tri-Star put together is sweet, a great package to introduce anyone to the movie or a great record for anyone who’s already a fan.
This column’s going to be on Tuesdays, and we’ll kick it off in the proper spot tomorrow, when I’ll be back with looks at all sorts of titles, including the recent JACKIE BROWN and PULP FICTION special editions, several notable New Line titles, the SIMPSONS Season Two box, and an interesting Bob Marley documentary.
And for the record, here’s a list of the DVDs that are coming out between now and December that I’ve got my eye on, just so you have an idea of what sort of titles we might be dicussing in upcoming columns:
THIS WEEK - 8/27
The Civil War
Last House On The Left
Return Of The Living Dead
Schoolhouse Rock: The Complete Collection
Don’t Look Now
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Lavender Hill Mob
The Man In The White Suit
Man Bites Dog (Criterion)
Death To Smoochy
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers
The Long Goodbye
Master Of The Flying Guillotine
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being
The Young Ones: The Complete Collection
Fast Cheap & Out Of Control
A Hard Day’s Night
The History Of Beavis & Butt-Head
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Singin’ In The Rain
Vanya On 42nd Street
Brotherhood Of The Wolf
The Curse Of Frankenstein
Horror Of Dracula
The Thin Man
Beauty & The Beast
Saturday Night Fever
Coffin Joe Trilogy
Grave Of The Fireflies
The Big Knife
The Company Of Wolves
All Monsters Attack!
Down By Law (Criterion)
Arbuckle/Keaton: The Best Collection
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (Criterion)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (Unrated)
Band Of Brothers: The Complete Series
The Italian Job
LOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Extended Version)
Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
South Park: The Complete First Season
Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimmaron
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Box Set (w/Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust, and Skydivers)
Lilo & Stitch
Back To The Future: The Complete Trilogy
I want to fill a room with DVDs, like Scrooge McDuck with his gold coins, and I want to swim in them. Good lord, I love this format. See you back here soon.
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Aug. 26, 2002, 7:59 a.m. CST
by Ernst Blofeld
Nice of you to share your choices, but for many of us that is just a wish list. And you get as many free? So surely that's 150 DVD's! Interesting list, though obviously Region 1, get some Region 2 gems - may I suggest Spaced Series 1 & 2. Your life may then be complete. BTW, WTF is Casino Royale on there for?
Aug. 26, 2002, 8:04 a.m. CST
by Ernst Blofeld
Is this the very same? Vivian, Neil, Rick and Mike? That transfers to you stateside inhabitants? Media moves in mysterious ways.
Aug. 26, 2002, 8:19 a.m. CST
Yeah, the Young Ones box set comes out Sept. 17th. All 12 episodes plus bonus episodes of "Bottom" and "Filthy Rich and Catflap". And your idea about "Spaced" is good, but I don't have a region free DVD player. Why don't they just release a Region 1 version of Season 1 and 2 so that people in the US can discover this great show. I've downloaded episodes of it off the net and it's fantastic. Warners has been doing a good job with its BBC releases lately (League of gentlemen, Father ted, now The Young Ones) so hopefully we'll be seeing more in the future.
Aug. 26, 2002, 8:52 a.m. CST
by Son Of Batboy
Paramount snuffed its ass and there's been no new release date set. Rotten stinkin' bastards.
Aug. 26, 2002, 9:25 a.m. CST
by Trav McGee
Oh man, oh man, please PLEASE have the laugh track be erased... They did it with the M*A*S*H DVDs, right? Didn't I read that? PLEASE let me watch Sports Night without the laugh track...
Aug. 26, 2002, 10:27 a.m. CST
Praise the lord, The Young Ones are finally getting the DVD treatment. This is orgasmic news, especially hearing that episodes of BOTTOM and FILTHY RICH AND CATFLAP are going to be with it. This is surrealist grossout comedy at its finest. I for one can't wait for this release. The Young Ones is one of the all time greatest comedy shows in the world. "Neil, I hate you!"
Aug. 26, 2002, 11:21 a.m. CST
by Rayanne Graff
I Didn't know the Ealing comedies are coming to DVD, so that'll put me back another
Aug. 26, 2002, 12:40 p.m. CST
One of the deleted scenes from BTTF 1 actually answers a question i've had for years - namely, how Doc was able to get rid of that pesky policeman asking him for a permit the night of the Hill Valley lightning storm. I won't spoil the surprise but it's a nice scene. The animated trivia track is fun too, with skateboards, Delorean skid-marks and license plates zipping across the screen periodically. Those who can play Region 2 or 4 go to www.ezydvd.com.au
Aug. 26, 2002, 1:18 p.m. CST
If you've got it now, review it now. :) What a helluva movie, BTW. Miyazake's finest. Dunno if I could bring myself to watch it again, it's so utterly heartwrenching, but DAMN if it isn't the finest movie pen and ink has ever produced.
Aug. 26, 2002, 1:31 p.m. CST
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE A DVD OF "THE HAUNTING" FROM 63?!! <woof>
Aug. 26, 2002, 1:36 p.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
BARFLY on DVD - About goddamn time! To all my frieeeennnnndds! BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF - Don't even bother with the bare-bones Universal release, go online and get the Canadian 3 disc SE that streets the same day. It's a complete port of the French release. GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES - this is a newly remastered disc, remastered in 16x9 and loaded with special features. STACY P - Good work! Now bring out FREEWHEELIN' on DVD.
Aug. 26, 2002, 1:43 p.m. CST
looking forward to your column, as i am also attempting to build a library. i shall hold my breath until tomorrow...
Aug. 26, 2002, 1:47 p.m. CST
"8 1/2" is already out. It's been out for nearly a year now. I've owned it for a while.
Aug. 26, 2002, 2:25 p.m. CST
Then why the heck are you waiting on all the special editions of a bunch of these that are already out in another form- like Amadeus, Lord of the Rings, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Next, ect ect ect? You could own'em NOW, Mor.
Aug. 26, 2002, 3:50 p.m. CST
Definitely not "just a skate movie", it will appeal to anyone who appreciates good documentaries. Oh yeah, and the Sabbath and Nugent-blasting soundtrack kicks ass, too. Turn it up!
Aug. 26, 2002, 4:37 p.m. CST
Why? Because it's a fucking Superbit. I hate Superbit. I suppose if I made a couple hundred thousand dollars a year, I could afford the biggest widescreen tv and sound system money could buy, and THEN I might be able to notice an incredibly minute difference in picture quality if I paused at just the right time, broke out my magnifying glass, and looked up what "edge enhancement" actually is (so I'd know what deficits in existing dvds to look for). But, as it is, I'm one of the VAST MAJORITY of dvd consumers, one who has to watch the movies they love on a tv set they can afford. In my case, a twelve-inch portable tv/vcr combo with a mono speaker. So to me, sacrificing those great Fincher commentaries like on FIGHT CLUB and SE7EN for a slight increase in picture quality that I'll NEVER be able to even DETECT is just STUPID. I'm not going to buy any of your fucking Superbit dvds, Columbia. Not now, not EVER. So fucking give us a REAL special edition dvd of PANIC ROOM, so we can hear about all that went into making it. Hell, I'd settle for a text commentary (I actually prefer those, as they are usually better thought-out and don't distract from listening to as well as seeing the film). How much fucking bit space would a text commentary cost? I'm imagining NOT A FUCKING LOT. Surely not enough to where anyone with a life would ever notice a difference in the picture. So again, fuck you Columbia, fuck your little Superbit right up its superass.
Aug. 26, 2002, 5:49 p.m. CST
wooo. great movie. commentary too! "Just in from Criterion are their latest October releases, a new 2-disc special edition of acclaimed indie director Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law. Featuring a new anamorphic widescreen transfer, extras include an audio commentary by Jarmusch, additional interviews, press conference footage, 2 music videos, 3 still galleries, trailers, and more. Retail is $39.95." Vegas: 12" mono tv for watching DVDs? jesus. thats sad.
Aug. 26, 2002, 6:03 p.m. CST
It's just a compilation of 50's and 60's B-Monster Movie trailers from Image. So don't go clicking to Amazon quite yet...
Aug. 26, 2002, 6:10 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
And it's only AUS$48 (approx US$25). You have to wait to December? That sucks, but look at all the other awesome discs you guys can get that we will probably never see! THE FOG!!?!! Hell yeah, bitch!
Aug. 26, 2002, 8:18 p.m. CST
Not planning to own one in every color, eh? I think I'll go for Mr. Brown, just because he's not in the movie much and deserves a little extra attention, for some reason. By the way, why no commentaries on these new QT discs? From Dusk Till Dawn Special Edition has QT, but not his solo works? No sense there. And I'm not buying any more editions after tomorrow. Sorry folks. I'm saving all of my money for Anchor Bay, because they plan to release several thousand versions of Dawn of the Dead next year, as well as the gazillionth version of Halloween with commentary. Please stop screwing the fans.
Aug. 26, 2002, 9:09 p.m. CST
The few times I've caught Sports Night on Comedy Central, there's no laugh track. And a South Park First Season set? Thank God I never bought the DVDs the first time. This is CORRECT. WB gets a small notch off the stupidity belt. That makes THREE less notches this year, what with releasing the uncut Return of the Joker and not packaging LotR in the god-awful cardboard DVD case.
Aug. 26, 2002, 10:04 p.m. CST
Each season box-set of "M*A*S*H and "SportsNight" on DVD will allow the viewer to choose whether or not they want the episodes accompanied by a laughtrack. You'll be able to switch to a laughtrackless version via the audio set-up menu. Life is good... of course it might be a whole heck of a lot better if they'd ever release "Max Headroom", "American Gothic", "Moonlighting", "Hill Street Blues", "St. Elsewhere", "Wiseguy", "Miami Vice" (first Season only), "The Job", "The Night Stalker", "The Shield", "The Wire", "The West Wing", "The Complete Ren & Stimpy", "2 Stupid Dogs" and "Courage: the Cowardly Dog"... ok so sue me... and by the way... when the heck is "Oz: The Complete Second Season" ever gonna even be announced... let alone street?
Aug. 26, 2002, 10:11 p.m. CST
I second the 'Fuck Fred Durst' notion. I hardly fucking believe that that walking piece of shit was a skateboarder. He looks more to me like someone who used tobeat up skateboarders because they were taller than he is, for chrissakes... (A friend of mine saw him in NYC last year and told me that Fred's no more than 5'3"...) Please, if it's not too late, GET SEAN PENN TO DO THIS ROLE! He's perfect for it. Fred Durst is perfect to show up as a bloated, coke-addled corpse at the bottom of a hot tub at the Four Seasons, but not much else...
Aug. 26, 2002, 10:19 p.m. CST
by Sofa King
That's a pretty big typo to leave IN THE TITLE OF THE POST!
Aug. 26, 2002, 11:54 p.m. CST
Are they ever going to come out with the original series on DVD? They seem to be coming out with just about everything else.
Aug. 27, 2002, 3:18 a.m. CST
With the hard to find Catlina Caper on it RIGHT THE F ON!!
Aug. 27, 2002, 5:37 a.m. CST
Like the idea Moriarty. So many serious film people are building up such huge dvd collections AICN really needs more discussion of them. My boyfriend has some stupid number of them and he's always bitching thats why AICN is crap is because there's nothing about DVD releases. Personally I think DVD will replace cinema to some degree. Yes cinema is wonderful for the huge screen etc. but I can forgo that to avoid having to deal with screaming children, aggressive adolescents who want to throw popcorn at me and take the piss, fuck ups with the reels, an extortionately high price over here in Britain due to ODeon's complete monopoly of the cinema business in this country and popcorn thats meant to be hot but is cold. DVD means I can lie on my bed with my boyfriend settle down, smoke, drink and watch beautiful quality on our lovely widescreen tv. Me so happy
Aug. 27, 2002, 8:43 a.m. CST
Hey man...Spongebob kicks ass. Don't you go dissing Spongebob now. Though I will have to check out Courage now that you guys have had such good things to say about it.
Aug. 27, 2002, 10:15 a.m. CST
is this gonna have every episode on it, cos that would be the shizzel bizzel. and to quote mori ' i love this format'. i hope it stays forever cos it's the shit. i can't wait to see my collection when i'm 80
Aug. 27, 2002, 10:26 a.m. CST
Everybody thinks it is, but was based on a semi-autobiographical book by Akiyuki Nosaka and the screenplay and direction were done by Isao Takahata. Animation director Yoshifumi Kondo did however work on Porco Ross, Kiki's Delivery Service & Monoke Hime.
Aug. 27, 2002, 2:21 p.m. CST
Yeaehah!! Someone else mentioned the soundtrack to Dogtown-it's awesome!! Like, 30 songs! They talk about it a bit on the commentary track, how they never expected to get most of these songs, but they just kept comin'. Iggy & The Stooges, Led Zepplin (2 of em-they talk about Jimmy Page giving approval because they were not the songs everyone asks for)...shoot! I'm drawing a blank. I'll have to go home and watch it again. But the soundtrack definitely adds to an already great doc. Just in case anybody is doubting that it's at least worth a rent because it's a doc. It's put together really nicely. Not at all dry and steril. Nice cuts. Great use of simple editing, swipes, overlays and avid effects. Also a lot of nice filming of the still pictures used (again, they talk about all of this in the commentary track-which is Stacy Peralta and editor). Lastly, I have read several interviews with Stacy about this project and he comments every time about how difficult it was to put himself in the film. He did a great job! And I have to agree with Moriarty that Tony Alva and Jay Adams come of as more the stars. The Jay Adams moment near the end packs an emotional wallup that I did not see coming. AGAIN! Only this time with no...err, brackets. They talk about all this in the commentary A LOT! For those who like commentaries, this one rocks! It almost makes it like watchin another documentary. Very heartfelt and informative. I was so into the movie that I watched it straight through, and then with the commentary, without hiting any bonus features. This just made the bonus features all that much cooler. Watching the alternate ending footage with Tony Alva skating in a pool was twice as intense because I knew ahead of time that he still skates EVERYDAY! Highly recommended. And BestBuy has it CHEAP.
Aug. 27, 2002, 2:32 p.m. CST
Yeah, a lot of this stuff looks cool. B&B, The Young Ones (man, does anybody else remember when it seemed like Mtv only showed videos and Young Ones episodes? good memories), Simpsons, LOTR:FOTR/SE(AhhhYEAH!I rented the 2 disc and decided not to buy it. The special features are repetative and I want a good long doc-which I hope will be on the SE. Also-I want the version I watch on a monthly basis to have the elves travelling west, and the song in the tavern, and the gift giving in Lothlorien, and, and...you get the point). And lastly, I din not see Spiderman and EPII in the theater. Yeah, I know, I suck. But there were a lot of other smaller films that I enjoyed seeing in half full theaters. But the point here, is that I have avoided buying Unforgiven because of it's barebones presentation. Assuming this is a SE, I am stoked! If not, I'll break down and buy it anyway. I LOVE this film. IN MY OPINION! One of the best films of the last 20 years. It's very rewarding (FOR ME) to sit down and watch this film in the right state of mind. Relaxed Sunday afternoon. Maybe with some QUIET friends, a beer and a phatty.
Aug. 27, 2002, 3:08 p.m. CST
I realise this is totally off topic, but does anyone have a favorite Star Wars edition? I recently watched all three original full screen and all three SE widescreen VHS releases, and I was not happy with either! Granted, the SE widescreen looks better. Better image all around. But I want my plane old Star Wars in wide screen. No extra footage! If Lucas ever releases Star Wars on DVD, will you buy them? (stupid question I realize) But what if he releases them seperately, so we would conciveably have to purchase 6 DVD's? Or if he creates yet a another "VERSION" and releses them seperately. Would you buy all nine? My PERSONAL preference would be the originals and whatever NEW version he sees fit to release on three three or four disc sets in glorious widescreen. If he does not release any DVD's of the ORIGINAL films UNTOUCHED, I'll just stick with my old grainy fullscreen vhs copies. Thank you very much.
Aug. 27, 2002, 6:45 p.m. CST
Jesus, I AM THERE! I'll even buy two copies, one to watch, and the other for my DVD time capsule (hey, people in the 31st century are gonna need SOMETHING to watch, right? I doubt that Austin Powers' 500th sequel shall suffice).
Aug. 27, 2002, 9:12 p.m. CST
I KNOW they are, 'cause I have 'em. Is this a simple box set of the three combined, or is there something in 'em that I don't have in my individual Fantoma editions?
Aug. 28, 2002, 12:52 p.m. CST
Star Trek III...niiiice! I've enjoyed watching I & II back to back. It'll be even better to watch II and III back to back.
Aug. 28, 2002, 4:31 p.m. CST
by Rayanne Graff
Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead are coming out? Please tell me they'll be anamorphic widescreen instead of the 4:3 crap I can find.
Aug. 29, 2002, 9:24 a.m. CST
Nice Mori, doing exactly what I wanted, a column where u could write about older films as well as new ones. Great minds think alike.. TK421 out
Aug. 30, 2002, 10:42 p.m. CST
I hope you talk about this great anime movie. To much anime movies are passed off as crap, this is one of many movies that show just how good an anime can really be. Excellent film, very moving!
Aug. 30, 2002, 11:20 p.m. CST
I wish CBS would get it's ass in motion and release "Picket Fences" on DVD. It's the best show ever in the history of television.
Aug. 31, 2002, 9:48 p.m. CST
I find it ironic that DOGTOWN was conceived as a tribute to the subversive, balls-to-the-wall mentality of the Z-Boys. I'd like to believe that a REAL documentary about their lives would have the balls to not omit large chunks of profanity during the interviews and make even a slight attempt to scratch the surface of the seedy aspects of their lives. The credibility of the Z-Boys' story was tainted with redundant MTV-style editing, jarring art direction between the archival footage, and (most insultingly) the censored elements. I think the filmmakers and distributor thought that the final cut was going to make a lot of money. As a skateboarding aficionado, I was simoultaneously intrigued and insulted by this film. They should've avoided beating around the bush and just had Tony Hawk narrate the thing; a DOGTOWN video game could've been developed to coincide with the release of the film. Tony Hawk is talented, but he and the aesthetic elements of the film represent the antithesis of a skateboarder's mentality. If I sound overly bitter it's because I was eagerly anticipating the film and I felt cheated. The one thing I think we can all agree on is that the soundtrack rocked.
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