Sept. 20, 2002, 7:44 a.m. CST
Is this going to be a review of the Region 2 DVDs or is there an American release of this I'm unaware of?
Sept. 20, 2002, 7:49 a.m. CST
Huh!? Nope, can't wait until I get the Simpsons 2nd season and Schoolhouse Rock on DVD! "Ahh... He's got a board with nail in it!!!!"
Sept. 20, 2002, 7:58 a.m. CST
Im first and would also like to comment on Near dark. IMO this is one of the best vampire movies ever. It pisses on The Lost Boys. I do have one DVD query. Does anyone know if The Boys in Company C will ever be released on DVD, please some distributer pick this up, another movie i would love to see get the DVD treatment, is The Vagrant with Bill Paxton, another one which has never come out on disc.
Sept. 20, 2002, 8:17 a.m. CST
Jackie Brown is the best thing Tarantino has made to date, and only gets better upon multiple viewings. Monsters Inc. is brilliant, a shining star of a family film, and it will live on many many many more years than that horrible movie that won the best animated film oscar. And Mr. Show is sadly missed, the loss of Run Ronnie Run is a pity (I was looking forward to having "A Kick In The Cunt" in MP3 form on my 'puter), but if Bob and David don't feel the final product is good enough to get release, then I agree. Let it die, for the most part. It'll become a novelty amongst the bootleggers, just like the Fantastic Four movie. A rare find for those with the tenacity to seek it out. As far as I'm concerned, I'll catch Bob and David on their Hooray for America tour and all will be well in the world. That is all.
Sept. 20, 2002, 8:32 a.m. CST
by KID AB
Me and my pals went to see Jackie Brown in London. I personally enjoyed it and still do as I approached it from a different angle to Resevoir Dogs and Plup Fiction. One of my friends was (And probably still is, i haven't seen him for a while) unanimous in praise for this film, while the others thought it was "Alright", though later they would think it was a big pile of shit. Me though, i loved the use of "Across 110th Street", at the beginning and the end of the movie. I didn't really relate that song to what was happening on screend at the time, but now i really want that DVD.
Sept. 20, 2002, 8:38 a.m. CST
There was a lawsuit back in the 70's against ABC and the SR folks brought on by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey for copyright infringement. If you notice on the new disc, there are places in the song with odd edits and overpowering sound effects. That is to cover the words, "The Greatest Show on Earth". Yup, not only does B&B abuse endangered animals, they sued Schoolhouse Rock as well. Bastards. As for the Scooter Computer shorts, they DID air. They just weren't as popular as the SR episodes. I quite vividly remember watching them. Good writing, as always, Moriarty. Keep it up!
Sept. 20, 2002, 8:39 a.m. CST
on dvd? "When my 10 gallon hat is feeling 5 gallons flat, I hanker for a hunk of cheese."
Sept. 20, 2002, 8:59 a.m. CST
I love it for the sense of melancholy in the setting of an aristocratic household. It's palpable, and was very strange to me when I saw it as a really young kid. I saw a lot of Hitchcock films as a kid and remember them all, little moments, it all comes back, because the scenes are so right and unique, I guess. Though I don't worship him either. One of my most anticipated DVDs is Marilyn Manson's HOLY WOOD tour, 'Guns, God and Government' sometime in early October I believe. Anyway, I think you're wrong about Ratner, Mori, he just hasn't made a good film, so that's most important to me...
Sept. 20, 2002, 9:07 a.m. CST
Oh, I'm so pleased to hear a DVD is being released. I've been trying to see this film for ages. Perhaps with the impact of Spirited Away, more of these projects will get released stateside. (Can't wait to see SA tonight!)
Sept. 20, 2002, 9:08 a.m. CST
It's been a good few weeks that's for sure. You missed Return of the Living Dead, M. Another gem. But Near Dark. Jesus Christ that film is BOSS. And The Fog, y'know, flawed but great fun. Forster is just an amazingly graceful actor. I think the whole relationship between Max and Jackies makes JB Quentin's best film for me. Good growth. What else? Anyone like Wolfen? p.s. Jenny Wright is gorgeous.
Sept. 20, 2002, 9:17 a.m. CST
I can't believe that you neglected to mention the appearance of Pam Grier's exploitation film buddy Sid Haig and his small role as a judge in JB. It was great to see what Drago from Jason of Star Command was up to.
Sept. 20, 2002, 9:19 a.m. CST
Holy crap! I had forgot all about Time For Timer! My boss is wondering why I've spent the last five minutes sitting at my desk laughing my ass off. Thanks!
Sept. 20, 2002, 10:05 a.m. CST
by Sod Off Baldric
NEAR DARK: Great movie (I forgot just how great it actually is) and Anchor Bay has given it a great DVD treatment (as usual). The film looks and sounds wonderful. The "Living in Darkness" documentary is a blast...Lance Henriksen is quite the card. JACKIE BROWN: This film is a masterpiece and makes an excellent addition to any film buff's library. The DVD package is stuffed to the gills with cool extras (no commentary, though...can't win 'em all), and Moriarty wasn't lying...there are like eight krabillion exploitation trailers, and they do indeed rock. MR. SHOW: I will always be grateful to my buddy, Jake, as he introduced me to this twisted program. The DVD rules...the commentary tracks are every bit as hilarious as the episodes themselves. Oh, did I mention that I'm going to be seeing Mr. Show live next weekend? Well I am! Whoo-hoo! Anyway, looking forward to picking up the Schoolhouse Rocks CD...when I can actually afford it. I have to start pacing myself. At the rate I'm buying DVDs, comics, and video games I may have to actually start foregoing other things...like food. Who needs it anyway, right? Later.
Sept. 20, 2002, 10:15 a.m. CST
Wasn't Jenny Wright in Young Guns II?
Sept. 20, 2002, 10:22 a.m. CST
Everything on your list falls into the must-see category... and 90% of it into the must-purchase list! Enjoy everything you write -- keep the good stuff coming!
Sept. 20, 2002, 10:28 a.m. CST
If you've never happened upon Keith Gordon's directorial debut THE CHOCOLATE WAR, based on the young-adult novel by Robert Cormier and featuring phenomenal use of music from Yaz and Peter Gabriel, you've missed a serious, serious treat. It's a small, personal film that just absolutely astounds on every level. It's somewhat different from the novel, but no angst there. And Jenny Wright has a small but delightful role. Really -- if you haven't seen it, FIND IT. And if you're thinking, "Keith Gordon... wasn't he the geek in CHRISTINE and BACK TO SCHOOL?" you're right -- but he's also the same Keith Gordon went on to make A MIDNIGHT CLEAR and MOTHER NIGHT and directed at least one episode of the miniseries WILD PALMS. Keith is AMAZING. Don't miss it.
Sept. 20, 2002, 10:57 a.m. CST
I thought it was told in first person and never gives the girl a name either? I read that book so long ago, I don't remember. I notice the Masterpiece Theater version doesn't say it either, so if it was invention of Hitchcock version's screenplay then it was reused. **** Mori, I get that you're opinion of Hitchcock is, well, classic you as it defies the temptation to be told what to think by the mass opinion, and that's right of you. But, I think Hitchcock's films are interesting BECAUSE they are so, well, encased in amber as you put it. They all feel very apart from reality, largely because the man hated location filming and so filmed most of his footage on clausterphobic soundstages. I always feel like I'm watching someone's imagination, not a version of reality at all when I see his films(well, the big ones anyway). I do agree, I think the "he is god" stuff is tired. I don't really like any filmmaker being called a god because it's such a lazy way to praise someone. "He's just so good and so much better than you and me, he must be a god!" Yeah, stick it here, sycophant. But you MUST acknowledge that Hitchcock produced. He made tons of movies, and amazingly some of his best films(and experiments) came late in life.
Sept. 20, 2002, 11:08 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
Drath, I think it's fair to say that much of the vocabulary of modern suspense filmmaking was either invented or perfected by Hitchcock over the course of his career. It's impossible to overestimate his contribution as a master of the genre and also of simple camera craft. He had a flair for communicative composition that was remarkable. I agree that part of the kick of his films is the artificial universe he creates. My girlfriend spent much of REBECCA entertained by the obvious process shots for everything from driving the car to walking on a cliff. I don't think Hitch thought the rear projection was going to fool anyone. He's creating a very specific, very heightened reality. The famous opening shot, the tracking push through the burnt-out ruins of Mandalay, complete with the little trick of moonlight that almost makes it look like a living home again, is an incredibly obvious miniature, but it's part of setting the stage, and the way Hitch uses it to underline the moment is masterful. When he was on, his films were great. But I don't want to believe in a God that would make TORN CURTAIN or FAMILY PLOT. Or even 16 different versions of THE 39 STEPS. The trapped in amber thing I'm referring to isn't that great artificial quality that makes many of his films (especially headgames like VERTIGO) such a delight, but is instead the stifling verdict of brilliance that's been laid on his films to such a degree that disagreeing is to invite open hostility. That's all I meant...
Sept. 20, 2002, 11:39 a.m. CST
by Sod Off Baldric
BLADE 2: I don't care what any fanboy has to say about that flick...I think it is an utter blast. It's like an anime flick come to life...but unlike direct live-action adaptations of anime films (WICKED CITY and FIST OF THE NORTH STAR come to mind) this one is actually good. The DVD package for BLADE 2 is awesome...making of special, deleted scenes, a music video, production art, isolated score, and two different commentary tracks. I haven't had a chance to get to Del Toro's commentary yet, but Snipes and Goyer's commentary was very good.
Sept. 20, 2002, 1:11 p.m. CST
cost is $44, email if interested, thanks... and uh, moriarty
Sept. 20, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST
i finally saw Blade 2 on DVD the other day, and i don't understand why so many geeks were disappointed by it. i'll grant that the first Blade was "better", but i thought Blade 2 was pretty cool too. the idea of the genetically engineered ultra vampires was pretty cool, and it retained the whole theme of racial/genetic "purity" that helped put first Blade above and beyond the usual superhero fare. in edition, the fight scenes were great, the SFX were great, the requisite hot chick was hot, the gore was nasty and soundtrack was slamming. i mean, what else do you want from a genre movie? granted, the first film was better, but this was good too and i look forward to Blade 3... if there is going to be a Blade 3... is there?
Sept. 20, 2002, 1:40 p.m. CST
When the hell am I going to get them ? And how come "Panic Room" has no extras on it except for the trailer (which I have already, thanks), yet it's fairly expensive ? I don't care about "superbit" crap. I thought the whole POINT of DVD's was that the video and audio was so much better than VHS. Now we need BETTER video and audio ?! I can't justify buying "Panic Room" in the fear that they'll just release a double disc special edition in a few months. Say it ain't so.
Sept. 20, 2002, 1:49 p.m. CST
I missed something!
Sept. 20, 2002, 1:59 p.m. CST
I just did a review of SR for the magazine I write for, and one thing I focused on was just how well the songwriting was displayed. Stuffing objective information into a three minute pop song is challenging enough, but when the resulting song is actually catchy, well...that's a miracle. "Figure Eight" is a brilliant song, above and beyond its educational tendencies.
Sept. 20, 2002, 2:20 p.m. CST
by Bubba Da Cat
Super Bit DVDs are known for only having good audio and video and no extras. There's going to be a new Panic Room with extras on it in the near future.
Sept. 20, 2002, 4:21 p.m. CST
Unfortunately, not all of us can afford to buy a couple of dvds a week. As it is, I can barely afford my huge rental appetite. Too bad, however, that most rental stores buy mostly new release dvds, and very few re-releases. There are so many older movies on dvd that I know are out and widely available for purchase, but none of the 5 video stores in my area (decent metropolitan stores, chain and independent) carry a 10th of what's coming out. The small ones i assume just don't have the room, and the big ones like Hollywood just suck, they're still buying 5 times as many videos as they are dvds..... Another thing, does anyone else worry about the longevity of these dvd releases? I've rented plenty of dvds that have been out for only a few months, but are already scratched to hell. At that rate, they won't last more than 2 or 3 years. and most of these are only produced for a short time, then they're gone, just like a lot of videos, but unlike those, they aren't nearly as sturdy. The average renter probably plays frisbee with these things. Unlike today, where you can go into a video store and find a video that's 15 years old, but still in fine shape, i think there will be a lot less old and out-of-print dvds in the future.....
Sept. 20, 2002, 5:26 p.m. CST
i sent this review to herc and mori 2 days ago, got no resonse, so here is my comprehensive review of the 24 season 1 dvd:
Sept. 20, 2002, 5:28 p.m. CST
Because I remember a SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK segment with a weather guy demonstrating how wind forms with the rotating currents and such. Now when is Disney going to get off their duffs and release... a DVD collection of MENUDO ON ABC, the music videos which largely replaced SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK on Saturday mornings on ABC starting in the 1982-83 season? "I like to da-aa-aa-ance!"
Sept. 20, 2002, 10:15 p.m. CST
Moriarty must have got lucky with his review of Monsters. The DVD has a problem handling the layer transfer (seen at 84:01 minutes on the widescreen version of the movie on some players.
Sept. 21, 2002, 12:24 a.m. CST
BLACK BELT JONES!!!!! By far the greatest blackplotation flix of the 70s. It had dialogue, action, fro's and a great villian to boot. I can't get enough of this film. Unfortunately the psuedo sequel, Hot Potato, sucked hairy, welted donkey balls. The Belt Has Spoken.
Sept. 21, 2002, 12:31 a.m. CST
I really dig this DVD column by Moriarty... I wish more DVD column's had as much passion for movies as this one does. Keep up the great work Moriarty... your now setting the standard for what a cool well written and thought out DVD review should be. As far as recent DVD releases... the AnchorBay release of "Hitch-Hike" was a pretty damn wild ride... and the Reg. 3 release of Takashi Miike's movie *Happiness of the Katakuris* proved to be an amazing remake of the Korean movie "The Quiet Family" and overall "Happiness of the Katakuris" is my favorite DVD released of late. I'm looking forward to watching the DVD's for the movies "CQ" and "Werewolf Shadow." The only really other DVD I can safely say I watched that completely was badass was the Hong Kong Legends release of the 96 Steve Wang movie "Drive" that starred Mark Dacascos... if you have an all region player that plays PAL... get this movie and watch it immediately. Jackie Brown remains to me to be a great *hang out* movie... I'll never forget the first time I saw the movie in Austin with Tarantino there screening it... during the night it rained like 80 inches (so it seemed at the time)... and I was driving down the highway 35 in Texas like George Clooney in the Perfect Storm fighting all hell of nature in a storm to see this movie... and it did not disappoint one bit... considering if I hadn't made it to the theater that night they would have written on my tombstone... RIP - Died while trying to see Jackie Brown.
Sept. 21, 2002, 12:58 a.m. CST
tired of hearing about Hitchcock's brillance yet praising the efficiency of Brett The Rat Rattner? A new low, guys.
Sept. 21, 2002, 3:32 a.m. CST
With the onslaught of the DVD format, it's about time this site had a regular column devoted to it. And who better than Moriarty to do it!
Sept. 21, 2002, 3:37 a.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
Not to make fun of the brother (THE HITCHER is the mutt's nuts) but anyone curious as to what Mori was referring to just needs to check out the talkbacks on this article - http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=9160. They pretty much fill you in on what happened. There's also a link to a swett interview with Red.
Sept. 21, 2002, 5:21 a.m. CST
I'm not enough of a html wiz to pull it off, but there should be lots of "It's not that ...., ....., it's just that .... never really comes together." And "The [aspect of the film], [...]ly [...]ive, manages to ..." Chock in an unhealthy number of self references ("I feel" and the ever popular "to me") and it would all be indistinguishable from the real thing. Ah, but we kid because we love. BTW, the Chuck Jones animated short that Monsters Inc. references is "Feed the Kitty". Anyone not catching that on the first viewing should indeed watch more vintage 'toons.
Sept. 21, 2002, 7:17 a.m. CST
a great movie, but i cried like a baby. All the war lovers should see this movie.
Sept. 21, 2002, 8:28 a.m. CST
Less than a year old Pioneer 5-disc player and sound system all-in-one. Might just be a flaw with some of the discs, not all of them...
Sept. 21, 2002, 11:42 a.m. CST
by Big Papa
...why no mention of "Return of the Living Dead" and "Frailty"?
Sept. 21, 2002, 1:49 p.m. CST
Don't take this for fact, but I had heard rumors a while ago that the sudden decline in her career was due to a pretty bad heroin habit that she was attempting to get under control. Hopefully, she has kicked it and has just decided to stay out of the entertainment business with all its tappings in an effort to keep herself in a healthy way. The other possiblilities are too dark to consider.
Sept. 21, 2002, 4:40 p.m. CST
Hey everyone - I saw Run Ronnie Run and I'd like to say Bob and Dave should not be that embarassed about it. You can see it too if you have a fast connection and download it from Kazaa. It's not that bad. It starts slow, is funny, especially in the middle, and then sort of ends badly but I don't know why New Line is not releasing it. They suck.
Sept. 21, 2002, 4:42 p.m. CST
Oh, and Eva Mendes is a bad lil' honey....But seriously, isn't it time that all of these Hitchcock skeptics grew up.....Honestly, associating Shyamalan with Spielberg and Hitchcock is one of the worst cases of generalization that I have ever come across....To say that a literate, subtle and tasteful screenwriter like Du Maurier is in anyway comparable to a beat-it-over-your-head, mushy clap-trap-writin', obvious, C+ movie makin' dude like M. Night, is pretty low imho. And where do you get off justifying the quote unquote *craftsmanship* of Ratner and Carr (let me be clear on this, I'm not knockin' them) when Hitchcock was the ultimate studio craftsman? The difference between the 'craftsmanship' of Ratner & co. and Hitchcock is that the latter was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. And why the fuck does everyone pigeonhole Hitch as a 'suspense' film maker. With Shyamalan for company! Has Hitch ever gone for the easy shock or the 'boo moment' as we like to call it down here? Shyamalan tries to make the audience jump every chance he gets. This dude has never heard of the word restraint...I recently saw Under Capricorn again and it surprises me to no end that this masterpiece has been senselessly neglected by crtics for the sake of ghettoizing Hitchcock as the Master of Suspense....Never has Hitchcock's obsession with death and sexuality seemed so Lawrentian (the comparison, if anything, sometimes seems unfavorable to D.H.). Shot in astonishingly elaborate long takes, this is the kind of film that finds the most brilliant poetry in the slightest movement of the camera......the kind you associate with the films of Ozu and Mizoguchi.....there are some astonishingly long and complex takes, some lasting 8 to 10 minutes and each scene is mounted with a minimum number of edits, as Hitchcock sends his actors through elaborately choreographed blocking and his fluid camera moves in and out among them, framing and reframing to highlight emotions without breaking the unity of the performance....Joseph Cotten's performance is truly poetic, especially his soliloquoy about the way in which love dies with the passage of time...........And what about The Trouble With Harry....Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 comedy has long been overshadowed by the masterworks that surround it (Rear Window on one side, Vertigo on the other).... but it's a wonderful, fanciful film...the most optimistic movie he ever made--a fairy tale among nightmares.... The film is a celebration of the powers of the artist--as life giver, creator, liberator--assembled with gentleness and whimsy...... The moment when the artist (John Forsythe) proposes to his lover (Shirley MacLaine, in her film debut) is the most gracious in Hitchcock's work. He says, "We'll be the only free couple in the world," and his words are a light of hope for all the tortured couples that populate Hitchcock's films, from Rich and Strange to Marnie....which brings us to Marnie....Universally despised on its first release, Marnie remains one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest and darkest achievements....... Tippi Hedren, in a performance based on a naked, anxious vulnerability, is a compulsive thief; Sean Connery is the neurotically motivated southern gentleman who catches her in the act and blackmails her into marriage....... The examination of sexual power plays surpasses Fassbinder's films, which Marnie thematically resembles, going beyond a simple dichotomy of strength and weakness into a dense, shifting field of masochism, class antagonism, religious transgression, and the collective unconscious.......The mise-en-scene tends toward a painterly abstraction, as Hitchcock employs powerful masses, blank colors, and studiously unreal, spatially distorted settings.......Theme and technique meet on the highest level of film art......You want a craftsman working deep within the studios and still managing to make beautiful pieces of art...Alfred fuckin' Hitchcock's your man....him and the rest of his generation of directors including Ford, Lang, Hawks, Mann, Preminger, Welles, Walsh, Sternberg, Ulmer, Cukor, Boetticher, Fuller, McCarey, Minnelli, Ophuls, Ray, Sirk, Tourneur, Lewis and Aldrich not to mention the young Stanley Kubrick are the real 'craftsmen' - dudes who worked within the system to create masterpieces. Why the fuck should we accept stuff thrown out by Ratner and Bay and the rest of their ilk (much less justify it)when we have ample evidence that working within the studio isn't the soul destroying process that many of these pseudo-critics make it out to be????? That kind of an argument (and the apathetic attitude that it implies) simply means that we're gonna bend over and take this kind of mediocrity......You will have noted that I mentioned 3 of Hitchcock's films which are considered to be his 'lesser' works...Can anyone tell me with a straight face that any of Shyamalan's films can even claim to have come close to the depth and complexities of these 'lesser' works, leave alone works like Vertigo, Rear Window, Notorious, Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Rope, The Man who Knew too Much, North by Northwest or The Birds?.......Then fuck you, jack....The old timers I mentioned above were giants....the video artists and poseurs like Shyamalan are fuckin' pygmies..... Did I mention that Eva Mendes is a BAAAD lil' honey?
Sept. 21, 2002, 5 p.m. CST
Ol' Hitch plays with his old plot conventions and comments on the sexy tropes that he defined. One of Hitchcock's most adventurous and expressive experiments in narrative form he returns to the dual plotting of Psycho, thinking it through again as a comedy in which the two compared/contrasted couples (Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris versus Karen Black and William Devane) do not meet until the final minutes.As for Torn Curtain, you can't say that it's a bad film. Coming after a masterpiece like Marnie, it almost had to be a disappointment. But Hitchcock was incapable of making an uninteresting film, even when burdened with unsympathetic stars like Julie Andrews and Paul Newman, and Torn Curtain has its moments, most notably in a murder scene that attacks the movie myth of quick and painless killing and especially the kettle sequence, you'll know what I mean when you see it. In fact, I remember Martin Scorsese mentioning it as one of the scenes that he has tried to work into every film of his. The way that Hitchcock subtly frames and reframes the whole thing is amazing to say the least......... The first half of the film, with Newman as an opportunistic missile scientist trying to worm his way into East Berlin so he can pick the brain of a leading communist researcher, has a complicated, off-centered moral tone that the second half of the film, a more or less straightforward chase, dismayingly allows to wither away......And how about a late work like Frenzy, which another tb'er mentioned......This turned out to be Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate film (1972), though there's no sign of the serenity and settledness that generally mark the end of a career. Frenzy, instead, continues to question and probe, and there is a streak of sheer anger in it that seems shockingly alive. The plotting combines two of Hitchcock's favorite themes: the poisoned couple (Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much) and the lone man on the run (North by Northwest, Saboteur).......Now you show me a contemporary film maker who has done stuff which comes even close to this......Mori, you must belong to the Pauline Kael school of thinking which considers Hitchcock to be inferior to De Palma......tsk, tsk.
Sept. 21, 2002, 6:41 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
I watched that movie for the first time last week and it's a ripper. I swear to God, young Shirley Maclaine was just the most adorable thing in the history of films. And John Forsythe was awesome! Almost like a better-looking Bogart that toally owned the screen in that film. Why did he not go on to have a huge film career?
Sept. 23, 2002, 8:40 p.m. CST
Love The Fog and Near Dark. True classics of that genre. I thought Blade 2 sucked. // Jenny Wright was in ST. Elmos Fire too. Where did she go???