Oct. 31, 2003, 5:45 p.m. CST
Oct. 31, 2003, 6:13 p.m. CST
...the final scene, when Oliver reed goes back in to the house and comes up behind Karen Black. The look of total, sheer evil on her face stayed with me for a long, loooong time after seeing the movie. (And this was around '79, I'd been regulary scaring the shit out of myself for seven or eight years before that, and Ms Black freaked me out more that Linda Blair ever could. Sure, the rest of the movie is pretty generic, the chauffeur was pretty spooky, but the ending.... Okay, I got that off my chest I'm going back to read the rest of the column.
Oct. 31, 2003, 6:16 p.m. CST
Seeing that I've just finished watching the 25th Anniversary Special Edition of "Halloween" - I guess that my vote goes to Anchor Bay. You have to hand it to 'em, especially after the Evil Dead trilogy box.
Oct. 31, 2003, 6:28 p.m. CST
by Rex Manning
Dunno who does the best, but Paramount are crap! You want Extras? Mission Impossible? Nothing! Truman Show? Nothing! Trading Palces? Nothing! etc, etc...
Oct. 31, 2003, 6:54 p.m. CST
To be fair, Paramount has done a great job with their two-disc editions of the first six Star Trek movies. Tons of new and old interviews, commentaries, interviews with scientists, featurettes, etc. Guess they only roll out the red carpet for Star Trek, though, which might not be your thing...
Oct. 31, 2003, 7:02 p.m. CST
Hey folks. Mori, great column, which i'm new to, and i look forward to reading in the future. Man, i've kept all my horror DVD purchases over the last couple of weeks or so for this weekend. It's now midnight and i havent got a single one on yet. so, over the next three days i shall watch; Two Michael Reeves films (Witchfinder General and The Sorcerers), The Incredible Melting Man, Mountain Of The Cannibal God, The Beyond, Versus (zombies vs yakuza! Fuck yeah!!) The Honeymoon Killers, Argento's Profondo Rosso, Lars Von Trier's The Kingdom, Zombie Nosh, plus two non-horrors if i get time (Jesus Of Montreal and Chuck & Buck) Can't wait. Gonna get started right away with The Incredible Melting Man and Mountain Of The Cannibal God. Plus, shit man, i've got a few things ordered off the net which will hopefully arrive sometime in the next five or so days (Nakata's Dark Waters, the Criterion edition of Kwaidan, Kairo (pulse) and The House That Dripped Blood) But, Ed, you ask, how can you afford all this? Well, let us never underestimate the value of student loans. Plus, since i stopped drinking (six months this time next week), all that money spent on cider and beer gets put to proper use, like the above. Tonight, though, my fiancee and I watched Darkness Falls, which started well, then got really pedestrian and mundane really quickly. Awful, awful script. I also hired out Session 9, which i'm looking forward to. Wow. I love Halloween!!!!!
Oct. 31, 2003, 7:11 p.m. CST
The extras are great, and the commentaries extremely insightful and informative. I wish Crispin would've done one, but there's enough about Crispin without him, so it's all gravy. www.rockithardcore.com
Oct. 31, 2003, 7:52 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
Hated, hated, HATED it!
Oct. 31, 2003, 8:43 p.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
The quality and care they lavish their titles with is second-to-none. Mind you, they're sure to remind you of that when you go to pay for the discs. Phew!
Oct. 31, 2003, 8:52 p.m. CST
Just finished watching William Sach's The Incredible Melting Man. Whilst Rick Baker's stunning SFX were in danger of being overshadowed by the awe-inspiring levels of aesthetic inadequacy on display, the film was hugely enjoyable, and not only in a sneering "ha ha, how shit" kind of way, either (although that played some part.) Very interesting, actually, especially in the final third, when the whole affair becomes almost Brechtian. (Never thought i'd live to describe The Incredible Melting Man as Brechtian!) The idea that however much of a monster a man may become, theres still a glimmer of humanity in there somewhere. The thought that we might be better served looking at ourselves than creating a demon for our collective outpourings of contempt is especially relevant at the moment. The real villains of the piece are the authorities, and those damn old NASA maniacs, who start the whole thing off again by sending another group of astronauts to Saturn at the film's close, the very location were our poor hero was afflicted in the first place. Well, just outside it. ("You've never seen anything until you've seen the sun through the rings of saturn") Or, failing that, just look out for the severed head over a makeshift waterfall moment, or the criminally underexplored area of cannibalized pensioners, which gets a showing here. Hurrah to Vipco for this uncut slightly-cleaned up print, which only costs 5.99, but some extras would have been nice. Next up, Matthew Hopkins : Witchfinder General!!!!
Nov. 1, 2003, 3 a.m. CST
Best overall dvd till now is still FOTR:E.E has a dvd had more hours of special features than this thing? i doubt it. A close second is FIGHT CLUB because lets be honest it was the first REAL 2-discer or at least the one that started the fashion. After 3 years its still one of the best dvd's around... 2004: YEAR OF THE STAR WARS DVDs, lets hope the O.T's not the S.E's!
Nov. 1, 2003, 7:17 a.m. CST
I recall seeing this on network TV when I was a kid, probably '77 or '78 (haven't seen it since), and the hearse driver scared the shit out of me! I kept expecting to hear that thing drive up to my house, and ol' pale face slam a casket through my bedroom door. I also recall thinking that Godzilla movies had cool f/x back then. ;^)
Nov. 1, 2003, 12:32 p.m. CST
I can't believe they're still releasing discs without so much as a fucking trailer (which Universal did unforgivably with THREE O'CLOCK HIGH recently).
Nov. 1, 2003, 12:53 p.m. CST
People, check this teaser trailer of Ghost in the shell sequel: http://www.innocence-movie.jp/information/trailer/tokuho1.html , and then buy Millennium Actress. no problem
Nov. 1, 2003, 4:06 p.m. CST
Has anyone heard of when there might be a release of NIGHT OF THE CREEPS on DVD? This is one of those films that would benefit a whole lot from DVD availabilty because of all of the alternate material from the TV footage of the film. Also, why hasn't FROM BEYOND made it to DVD yet? RE-ANIMATOR has had 2 releases already. And Bride of R-A is already out. What give there. Stuart Gordon needs to be pushing his films more. Try to get them out there to his fans. Come on, Stuey. Let's get crackin'.
Nov. 1, 2003, 4:48 p.m. CST
by Cincy Vigilante
Why does ALL the Eastwood classics get the shitty dvd releases? Man With no name trilogy? PATHETIC! What the hell? All the Dirty Harry stuff? Sad sad sad...
Nov. 1, 2003, 5:14 p.m. CST
Anyone else, it's Anchor Bay. I just watched the Halloween 25th anniversary edition and the documentaries, behind the scenes and the whole package was well worth it. I always look forward to almost anything they release since the VHS Dawn of the Dead package a few years back. I think the worst, by far is MGM as they have such a great thing going with the Midnight Movies collections yet they fail to add anything of any consequence. And on one final note, have to agree on the notion that some horror movies are better left to memory. There are several that I have watched over again and they don't conjure up the same scares as Exorcist, Halloween ot the Dead movies do...but I think if you watch them in a non nostalgic haze, they turn out to be ok movies and have to be accepted for what they are.
Nov. 1, 2003, 5:59 p.m. CST
by Cap'n Chaos!
I'd say, probably 20th Century, even if they have the occassional misfire. The fact that they did so much for Donnie Darko when it was an unknown film alone helped make them a favorite with me. The Star Wars discs are great... the studio started out pretty crappy, but since they made a real commitment I think they probably have the highest average. Also, while Disney still has some problems, they've been getting much better. Some of the latest releases have been a bit of a step backwards forgetting about a lot of the adult fans of their work, but most of their 2 disc editions are among the best out there. They've been putting out some decent stuff with their subsidiaries as well with some wonderful packages recently for classics like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Tarantino films. Just too bad they're double dipping a great deal of what they're releasing. I suppose I'll have to sell off my old Alice in Wonderland come next year...
Nov. 1, 2003, 6:05 p.m. CST
I was really put off by the decision to use heavy metal to accompany the murder scenes in Opera, which is the same problem I had with Phenomena. Totally threw the horror out the window for me. That said, I adore every score by the immortal Goblin for Argento's movies, especially for Deep Red. THAT's one to blast through your speakers. Mori, I'm on the verge of agreeing with you on the difficulty of getting frightened at horror movies anymore. Though, I don't think adults lose the ability to 'fill in the blanks' as much as their definitions of what's frightening change. From a personal standpoint, fear of the unknown is something that resonates with me at this point in my life, at least more than say, serial killers or loud shadows. Ju-On is probably the first movie in a long time that has really made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, along with similar movies that come close like Uzumaki. I generally consider myself a jaded horror fan, and find it difficult to get scared at much nowadays, not suggesting I can't still appreciate a good horror movie. But it's movies like Ju-On that give me hope that there are filmmakers out there that really grasp the things that scare adults.
Nov. 1, 2003, 6:07 p.m. CST
Adventures of Robin Hood. Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Singin' in the Rain. True Romance. Unforgiven. Amadeus. The Mission. And who knows how many others in the pipeline. They're fucking kicking ASS right now, and nobody else is even coming close (though the best single special edition dvd of all time, I'd have to say, is BLACK HAWK DOWN, and that's Columbia).
Nov. 1, 2003, 9:51 p.m. CST
I remember sitting in the theatre (Eric Twin outside of Harrisburg, PA) with folks for some movie back in 1982 when the trailer for CAT PEOPLE came on and the whole auditorium burst into laughter at how bad the movie looked.
Nov. 2, 2003, 1:50 a.m. CST
It's out in one of those deluxe Criterion dvd's, but I don't feel like paying $40 for it. Also, beware of the 1998 remake, starring--of all people--standup comic Larry Miller.
Nov. 2, 2003, 3:21 a.m. CST
WRONG TURN was miserable. Just an insulting, lazy, unimaginative work. I watched it with ZERO expectations and the movie failed to even live up to that. I listened to a bit of the commentary and couldn't believe Schmidt compared this crap to CHAINSAW and, even, DELIVERANCE. What an ego. Based on this and CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN SUBURBIA, this is another example of a guy who got lucky and got to make movies, despite a complete absence of talent and originality.
Nov. 2, 2003, 3:38 a.m. CST
The scariest film I've ever seen ! I would like a special DVD edition of this one with an audio commentary by Kim Novak.
Nov. 2, 2003, 2:42 p.m. CST
You're right, it's not a horror movie. It's more like a documentary on the social practices of West Virginia.
Nov. 3, 2003, 10:14 a.m. CST
I thought Nausicaa.net said the DVD was recently pushed back to Dec 5 from sometime in November. Don't tell me it's December 5 of 2004! Ack, that hurts. A theatrical release would be good though, even with a dub so long as it's not the Warriors of the Wind version.