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Harry here with July… This month is a crazy one… TONS of great titles, mostly vintage though… Not much modern day stuff that I would recommend getting on DVD, but if you love film noir and old mysteries… And Crazy Cult titles… then get ready, here’s a July to remember…

July 6th, 2004





BATMAN Animated Series, Vol 1

Has it really been 12 years since BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES debuted on my television set? I remember before that debut, meeting Paul Dini, Kevin Altieri and Bruce Timm at the San Diego Comic Con… I was just a dealer at the time, had each of them do sketches in my convention sketch book and talked with Dini for what seemed like hours about Fleischer and the dream of intelligent American Adventure Animation. At the time, I had no idea just how great that team would succeed where so many teams had failed. Here on this set are the beginnings of greatness. These early episodes, their commentary… extras… For us geeks that hold these animated episodes high above any of the superhero work done at Warners… This is about the greatest thing we could get. This is the first of many volumes we’ll be buying. Great set!






THE BIG CLOCK

This is the first of many brilliant film noirs being released this month. Like many Noirs, a film that kinda wallows in obscurity waiting for a set of open eyes and ears to take in its shadows and mysteries. THE BIG CLOCK is great… great because of Ray Milland and Charles Laughton and Elsa “Bride of Frankenstein” Lancaster. The tale, one of booze and half-remembered nights… of dead pretty ladies and hard-nosed investigations. It was remade into an ounce of greatness called NO WAY OUT with Kevin Costner, but that didn’t come close to this. If you love cinema, I recommend getting every film noir I’m writing about this month. You’re in for such delights!







BLACK ANGEL

If you’re like most, you’ve never heard the name Constance Dowling… but once you see this movie, she’ll show up in your dreams whispering in your ear, teasing you and leading you straight to hell. She’s the bad seed all grown up and seething in delicious slinking evil. Fantastic. Dan Duryea is trapped in the midst of it all, usually he played guys that wound up collecting lead and crumpling along gutters breathing out some tough guy line, but here… here he’s something entirely different. Also, the man lizard, Peter Lorre is classic as always. Another little known gem dished up for your tastes!

THE CHARLIE CHAN CHANTHOLOGY ( The Secret Service / The Chinese Cat / The Jade Mask / Meeting at Midnight / The Scarlet Clue / The Shanghai Cobra )

You love mysteries? For me, there were 4 great mystery series in the classic era. You had Charlie Chan (by Warner Oland & Sidney Toler), Sherlock Holmes (by Basil Rathbone), Thin Man series (with William Powell) and of course, Mr Moto (by Peter Lorre). Late night on broadcast television as a child, they always showed one of those four character’s movies throughout my youth. I loved the Sidney Toler Charlie Chan films though…. A great deal! Sure, this series didn’t have Keye Luke, but his brother Edwin Luke. Also they had Mantan Moreland’s great chauffeur Birmingham Brown. These are formula films… but damn if I don’t love the formula. Death or Mystery begins, Chan is called to investigate, more suspicious activity occurs, Chan is on it… Characters in peril, Chan saves all… witticisms abound with pseudo Eastern fortune cookie dialogue and bliss follows. This set rules. If nothing else, taking away dialogue like, “My boy, if silence is golden, you are bankrupt.” “You talk like rooster, who thinks sun come up just to hear him crow!” No doubt, the Warner Oland Charlie Chans were superior in every way, but still… I’ve got such a fond spot for these, and the set is just very very nicely put together.







CRISS CROSS

Ok – this is inky black dark as midnight Film Noir. Lancaster is a god here, Dan Duryea is the scummy version of himself I mentioned in BLACK ANGEL… And Yvonne DeCarlo is yummy as hell. In addition you have Miklos Rozsa’s score to just make it all roast and steam… and Robert Siodmak is adding pressure and style and wit to it all throughout, just as he had in directing THE KILLERS. One of the great great great film noirs… This is an armored truck robbery with so much more going on. Classic!

THE NAME OF THE ROSE

I love this movie, and oddly enough… it is a film noir too. Sure it has to do with a hellalong time ago, and there isn’t a fedora in sight, but it feels noir. This was the film for me that signaled the return of Sean Connery. It felt like he’d disappeared off the face of the planet, then this thing came along and said… Knock Knock… Connery’s home! Haven’t seen it in forever, can’t wait to pick it up!

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Tarantino introduced me to this film a few years back, and this is a Film Noir for kids! Dick Van Dyke plays a tough guy actor on TV, who gets mistook for a wise guy gangster and taken for a ride, to help steal a painting for Edward G Robinson. With a supporting cast of Slim Pickens, Jack Elam, Dorothy Provine and fucking Henry Silva… this thing rocks! It’s funny and genuinely great to look at. The box art is ass, and COMPLETELY WRONG for the movie, so pay it no mind. If you want to raise your kids with an eye to genre fun, this is a great starter film to then take them to the Charlie Chans and Sherlock Holmes flicks. LOTS OF FUN!







SHADOWS, LIES & PRIVATE EYES – THE FILM NOIR COLLETION, VOL. 1 ( The Asphalt Jungle / Gun Crazy / Murder, My Sweet / Out of the Past / The Set-Up )

Ok… Box sets rarely get this good. These are essential Film Noirs… Absolute classics each and every one. It includes my favorite of the genre (MURDER, MY SWEET) and Moriarty’s Fave (OUT OF THE PAST). And the other three ain’t whistling Dixie.

Let’s start with THE SET-UP… This is Robert Wise’s tale about a down on his luck has-been boxer on his final days as a punching bag. Everyone counts him out… so much so, that his own manager takes ‘throw’ money for his boxer to lay down in the third round, but never bothers to tell his lug, figuring, that’s about how long he’d last anyways. Of course it all goes real bad. Robert Ryan is GREAT as the boxer, and Wise’s direction is wonderful. This disc has commentary between Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese… MUST SEE!

Next let’s do GUN CRAZY… this was a low budge unhinged effort. They shot the bank robbery scenes on normal streets and didn’t tell the public. As a result… there’s a style and a sense of crazed realism that you’re just not really ready for. A great film.

Then there’s THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, which is most famous for the brief time that young Marilyn Monroe puts in, but Huston’s classic Noir is notable for everything else too. Great noir title.

OUT OF THE PAST… It’s kinda hard to write about. Generally considered by most to be one of the top 3 Noirs with DOUBLE INDEMNITY and the original THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, and who am I to argue with that? It’s great… it’s classic… the stars are bright and the writing, acting and moments are all perfect. But for me… I like my Noir slightly broken… to me, it needs to be unappreciated, lesser known… Kicked and dressed down. Noir is best with mistreated stars that were never given their dues…

And that’s why my favorite film noir is MURDER, MY SWEET. Dick Powell had come from the dancing juvenile goof of the Busby Berkeley musicals, and wanted to be taken seriously. Kinda like Mark Hamill when he did THE BIG RED ONE… Well Dick Powell is not that goof anymore in my eyes, he’s Phillip Marlowe and will forever be my Marlowe. His handling of Chandler’s tough guy is classic… and his dialogue…

“Okay Marlowe, I said to myself. ‘You’re a tough guy. You’ve been sapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you’re crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let’s see you do something really tough – like putting your pants on.’”

“My fingers looked like a bunch of bananas”

“She was a charming middle-aged lady with a face like a bucket of mud. I gave her a drink. She was a gal who’d take a drink, if she had to knock you down to get the bottle.”

Sigh… And then there is the god… MIKE MAZURKI… I’m a member of the Mike Mazurki fan club, and his Moose Malloy is filmic bliss. His face looked like a sculptor’s rough out of clay. The way he manhandles Dick is classic. This set will bring you a life time of joy. GET IT!







GIRL IN TROUBLE / A GOOD TIME WITH A BAD GIRL / BAD GIRLS DO CRY

Sleaze cinema… gotta love it! This is broken noir done cheap, bad and a whole helluvalot of fun. These films have evil lesbians with vibrators, women forced to work in whorehouses, bra-washing, death, mayhem and of course SLEAZE! These are films to watch with your fellow purveyors of filth. Scuzzy films on the cheap. Can’t wait!







The Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection (The Gore Gore Girls / A Taste of Blood / She-Devils On Wheels / The Gruesome Twosome / The Wizard of Gore )

Alright… time to complete my Herschell Gordon Lewis collection! There’s something intangibly correct about Herschell’s films… whether it be the quality of the babes, the redness of the blood, the realistically wrongness of the animal organs used… or the funky costumes of the era, the make-up and the hair-dos… It just makes me a happy camper. They are never as great as the higher grade genre efforts, but somehow it works for me. There’s just something here that makes me happy.







THIS GUN FOR HIRE

God, this month is gonna break me. THIS GUN FOR HIRE – another essential Noir. Why they just didn’t go with the original Poster art… and why they didn’t put out THE GLASS KEY too, I’ll never know… But when you have a cat-loving killer for hire named Raven played by Alan Ladd… and a nightclub magician named Ellen played by the lady that invented slinky.. Veronica Lake… well, I’m happy as can be. Now, if we could just turn color off in the world and take out that sun for the month, it’d all be perfect!







THE SHAME OF PATTY SMITH / YOU’VE RUINED ME EDDIE

THE SHAME OF PATTY SMITH is one of those sleazy films where a girl gets violently raped, pregnant and tries desperately to get an abortion, not wanting a child born out of violence, only to have to hit the back alleys of pre-Roe v. Wade United States and it’s fucked up! Classic teensploitation! And then you get YOU’VE RUINED ME EDDIE which I won’t even tell ya about. Hee hee hee…

JULY 13th , 2004

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (Les Invasions Barbares)

Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, though personally I would have chosen THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI, it is nevertheless a wonderful film well worth collecting and watching. A comedy about the things we tend not to laugh about, and that is why the film is great… we find ourselves laughing at the things that so often tear us apart. Denys Arcand has done it again!

THE BOURNE IDENTITY Extended Edition

I love THE BOURNE IDENTITY. Can’t wait to see the sequel. This edition comes with tons and tons of extras including looks at the CIA, AMNESIA and Fight Breakdowns. There’s a look at the author and interviews with Matt Damon about the series…. Oh… and Deleted Scenes. This is one I’m very much looking forward to.







THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR

Based on a true story from World War II of a man coerced into becoming a spy on a false charge of being a Nazi collaborator and forced into the war effort against his will. William Holden is outstanding in this film… Outstanding! This is one of those films that I have never met anyone who has ever brought it up to me, but damn if it isn’t a great flick. Discovering this film on DVD will be a revelation for most of ya, enjoy!







THE DREAMERS (NC-17 Edition)

Bertolucci’s THE DREAMERS is a triumph… A film about Cine-Lovers at perhaps the greatest time and place of film love in history. The movie is bristling with sensuality. It’s hot, sexy and about film geeks. People that see echoes of film in everyday movement and shadows. I love this film, so much so, that when I kicked off my little film series I’m doing at PEDAZO CHUNK, I surprised people with this as being my first choice to screen. Wonderful film! And remember, a lighter holds the secrets to the universe.







THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (Special Edition)

One of the best films ever made. Disc comes with Commentary by Frankenheimer, Interviews with Sinatra, Axelrod and Frankenheimer, Featurettes with Billy Friedkin and Angela Lansbury… and more! Coming out due to that remake (WHY???) that Demme has coming out this month, but my recommendation is buy this instead. This film cooks on an open flame and sizzles throughout! Angela is the bitch of bitches in this, Sinatra is the lost puppy with a mouthful of teeth and a spirit to never stop trying to figure it all out!







THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

A real Spy movie… forget Bond, Austin Powers and Flint… those gadget craving cowards pale next to the gritty reality of a film like this! Closer to the style of those Harry Palmer (Caine) flicks, but this even out does that. This is threadbare spy reality smack dab in the inky confusion of the Cold War. About time this hit DVD! God, what a great month! Burton is fantastic, Werner rules!







TRAIL OF ROBIN HOOD

Directed by the God of B-Westerns and Serials… William Witney, TRAIL OF ROBIN HOOD is the “DESTROY ALL MONSTERS” of the B-Cowboy Genre! This is the film that connects and joins the separate film universes of B-Cowboys and puts a ton of them between the same sprocket holes! Not only do you have Roy Rogers, but Jack Holt, Rocky Lane, Trigger, Monte Hale, Tom Tyler, Ray Corrigan, William Farnum, Kermit Maynard, Tom Keene and The Riders of the Purple Sage! Till you see this film, you exist in a shallow world of limiting possibilities… after watching it… you’ll know Tru-Color, Christmas and how important Christmas Trees are! The action kicks ass and “Ev’ry Day Is Christmas Day in the West” is a helluva song! WONDERFUL FILM! Can’t recommend highly enough!

JULY 20th, 2004

AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE Vol 2

I hear this is really funny stuff. I’m told I should check it out. So I am, I guess so should you. Laughing is good.

DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVENSTRASSE

Ok, I need to see this. As a Sam Fuller nutcase, finding a new thing to check out that he did… well, it’s just delicious. The write-up on IMDB has me drooling. There’s no art for this disc or details, but the film sounds great and Fuller rarely ever let me down. A curiosity that I’m indulging in, you may want to as well.

EARLY SUMMER – Criterion Collection

Ahhhh, Criterion gives us another of Ozu’s classics! This film is just lovely. Ozu paints a film about Arranged Marriage as it is used in Japanese Culture to affect the general happiness of others as much as yourself. Complicated, difficult and never just goes through the motions. Setsuko Hara’s Noriko is a modern woman who does not wish to go along with the arrangement and is so charming, so magical that you’ll want to go up on screen and take her away… or join her in her own ideal of happiness. LOVELY movie!







SEALAB 2021 – Season 1

Something that takes you to a happy place. I’ve heard I’ve appeared on this show, I do not know if this is true, but if it is, then no price is too high to pay for my animated gloriousness! This is the one that’s underwater… right?

JULY 27th, 2004





ENTRAILS OF THE VIRGIN (aka SHOGO NO HARAWATA)

Holy Shit did this movie kick unholy ass! From 1986 Japan, this is what Miike was watching, before he got behind a camera. ENTRAILS OF A VIRGIN is amazing. It’s the sexiest version of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series… Heavily influenced from that realm of slasher horror… This is the story of a photo shoot gone wrong. 3 men, 3 beautiful women… All Japanese get lost in the fog on the way back from a shoot and pull off at an abandoned house under construction. Something in the woods wakes up… I’ll call him the Mud Monster. All the people in the biz are sleazy sexaholics save for this one virgin being seduced into the nightmare they offer her in trade for sex. Gorgeous photography, gore, nudity and wonderful to watch. This is pure sex and violence, but it feels very tasteful, even though it does have one of my all time favorite gore moments in cinema history. MUST BE SEEN!







ENTRAILS OF THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN (aka BIJO NO HARAWATA)

The sequel to ENTRAILS OF THE VIRGIN – though not really… Personally I’d love to have seen an actual sequel… as the ending of the original was delicious. However, ENTRAILS OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN is a story of a female doctor that gets gang raped and drugged (with something called ANGEL RAIN) by a Yakuza gang only to come back… the penis headed toothed vagina creature is kinda must see for gore lovers, but frankly, I greatly preferred the first film.







HELLBOY (Two Disc Special Edition)

This DVD is loaded with extras… Commentary with Del Toro and Mignola… another with Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans and Jeffrey Tambor. There’s special DVD comics, 27 Documentaries, Set Visit behind the scenes, Hellboy’s Cartoon Recommendations, feature length storyboard track, 4 CG animated scene breakdowns, deleted scenes and more. Plus a really kickass comic book movie. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the nudity of the above two Japanese films, but… ya can’t have everything. Sniffle.







PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

Sigh… At last – I can lose days to watching PENNIES FROM HEAVEN and that blissful tap-dancing Christopher Walken scene! I love this film. Love it because Bernadette Peters is a vision of joy. Because Steve Martin hadn’t become Disney and Warners’ Family Film Bitch yet. Because it screams style and wonder and class. Because it sparkles just so. Because it was years ahead of itself and because most of all… I loves it!

SHOWGIRLS (VIP Limited Edition)

Heh. This dvd has a nude poster of Nomi with sparkle titties… and comes with pasties and a blindfold for your very own Paste the Pasties contest and drinking came… it comes with shot glasses and game cards! If the movie wasn’t trashy bliss enough, then these throw ins devolve it to sheer cheese! Fans of the film will be very pleased with themselves!







V – THE COMPLETE SERIES

I must own this, just so I can relish in how cheesy I think it was. Haven’t seen the series since I was a kid, but I still have my toys! Can’t wait to watch the original 19 episodes and just worship the man-god that was Marc Singer!







THE WICKSBORO INCIDENT

Of all the BLAIR WITCH wannabes, this was the one I liked most. Shot very much like BLAIR WITCH, but regarding Aliens instead of the supernatural. If you love the X-FILES as much as I do, then you’ll love this! I watched it at the dead of night… all by myself… and it kinda freaked my shit out. I mean think about it… some coot comes out of the woodwork telling you of missing towns and conspiracies… claims to have a device that can determine the difference between aliens and humans just by pointing it at them. I dig the hell out of this movie… though, it seems nobody else has ever seen it.







ZOMBI 2 (25th Anniversary Special Edition 2-Disc Set)

This is a uncut version of the film, claimed to never have been released before! Also, there’s tons of extras… all part of the new Fulci sets that are hitting the marketplace at last! This will make every gorehound around a happy brain lover! Still waiting on my check discs which should arrive any day now, I’ll update this spot with more details as soon as I have them!

Alright, that's it for JULY from me... Feel free to recommend titles of your own below, those are the ones that caught me. Also, be on the look out for the Double Feature DVDs from Hammer this month... if you don't already have them all individually, they're a nice way to pick em up... unfortunately I already have them all! Happy shopping and watching!

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  • July 5, 2004, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Batman: The Animated Series

    by Waspo

    That alone makes this a great month for DVD releases. Batman: TAS was one of my favorite childhood memories, and it will be mine finally. Now, if they only release the 90's Fox Spider-Man the animated series on DVD, then I can die a happy man. That and X-Men as well.

  • July 5, 2004, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Way to go Harry...

    by Darth Thoth

    Another great month-at-a-glance dvd review. I love these things b/c they keep me hip to what's coming out plus I also learn a great deal about films I may not have known much about before. Splendid work. Thanks!

  • July 5, 2004, 2:48 a.m. CST

    EVILSPEAK - Uncut - 7/13

    by Nocturnaloner

    Let's have some love for Clint Howard's shining moment: Bullied geek, contacts Satan via computer, causes military school students to be eaten by wild boars! Now with restored gore! Go here and click on the dvd thingy - http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com/comingattractions/

  • July 5, 2004, 2:51 a.m. CST

    One other thing...

    by Darth Thoth

    Spider Man 2 was so so good. A sheer joy to watch and behold. Raimi did it. Tobey IS Peter Parker/ Spidey. Molina rocks, period. And JK Simmons (Oz represent baby) is perfect as always. I could go on but let me run to bed. An instant classic. Seen it twice and I'm still open. Can't yet decide...X2 or SM2. Heck, why rate? I love 'em both!!

  • July 5, 2004, 2:52 a.m. CST

    ONLY ONE CRITERION TITLE??? (a.k.a. "Where's the other half?")

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    I would like to be upset and angry over Harry's decision to only list one title from the Criterion Collection.....but THE DAMN FOOLS ARE ONLY RELEASING TWO TITLES!!!!!!! So I give you credit for throwing it in there Harry....and now...I'll tell everyone the other title is PORT OF SHADOWS (Marcel Carne, 1938)....And thus, I have supplied info! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • July 5, 2004, 3:06 a.m. CST

    The PREDATOR Special Edition comes out on July 20th.

    by IAmJacksUserID

    I'm surprised that isn't on your list.

  • July 5, 2004, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Name of the Showgirl

    by Thing-Fish

    I'm looking forward to the Name of the Rose DVD! It was my favorite movie when I was in my teens but I haven't seen it since. Love Annaud. _______ I have a question about that "VIP edition" of Showgirls. Why isn't there a Paul Verhoeven commentary? Paul has eagerly supplied commentaries for all of his films, except Showgirls. Why? One possible answer is that Paul is critical of it (aren't we all) and maybe MGM is trying to avoid further bad publicity like the director badmouthing his own movie ... but on the other hand, they are certainly playing up the cheeze factor with this edition. I mean, shotglasses, a pin-the-pasties-on-the-showgirl game, a set of cards? But why no commentary? Anyway a Paul Verhoeven commentary would be the only reason I'd consider renting Showgirls again, let alone buying it (and I'm a big Verhoeven fan) so I'll pass on this VIP edition as well.

  • July 5, 2004, 4:01 a.m. CST

    DEVIL'S BACKBONE remastered version ...

    by godoffireinhell

    ... with a load of new extras comes out the same day as HELLBOY.

  • July 5, 2004, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Damn.... good stuff!

    by DocPazuzu

    Must.... have... pretty.... shiny.... DISCS! Lots of good ones there. All the noir titles... I saw Dead Pigeon on IFC a few years ago and it was very strange, not the usual Fuller. Name of the Rose -- finally! I hope it looks better than the previous non-region 1 editions. I love that movie. Perlman as Salvatore rules: "Beware of el draco who comes in futurum to gnaw on your anima! Penitenziagite, little brother!"...... About the Fulci film -- does anyone know how it differs from the Anchor Bay disc? Mad props to the talkbacker who mentioned Evilspeak! Cadet Coopersmith -- the quintessential Clint Howard character. Seriously, that film is sooooo nasty and mean-spirited. Can you imagine that flick being made today? I thought not. Well, it looks like another raymen noodle month for me. Starving for other people's art is a bitch.

  • July 5, 2004, 5:11 a.m. CST

    They had great writers in the old days...

    by chien_sale

    Look at all those clever, compelling film noir they were making, it blows anything Tarantino could ever hope to achieve. Robert Mitchum=GOD; Veronica Lake=Godess

  • July 5, 2004, 5:16 a.m. CST

    How about the content of that "The Name of the Rose" DVD, Harry?

    by innertMoustard

    Any extras...anything? I love the film, but i`m not sure I would be interested in getting it without some stuff with it.

  • July 5, 2004, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Anyone ever seen...

    by Trevor Goodchild

    ...the Macpherson Tapes?

  • July 5, 2004, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I know Harry can't spell, but you'd think a DVD cover could.

    by Some Dude

    Hey, Manchurian Candidate, it's spelled "suspenseful" not "suspenceful."

  • July 5, 2004, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Pennies from Heaven

    by Bart of Darkness

    with Steve Martin doesn't even begin to compare with the original BBC production starring Bob Hoskins. The film wasn't years ahead, it was years behind.

  • What about 'Zombi 2' instead of the f**king director calling it 'Zombie 2' ?!

  • July 5, 2004, 8:52 a.m. CST

    If this had been an article instead of one long ad, it might hav

    by FrankDrebin

    That's the one with an extra half hour of deleted scenes merged right into the film.

  • July 5, 2004, 8:56 a.m. CST

    MillenniuM

    by Frank Black

    Harry, you forgot the long awaited Millennium Season One box set, which comes out the 20th. If that wasn't the best show on tv, (for at least the first two seasons,) I don't know what is. Almost every episode was movie worthy and so scary and messed up. This show deserves a second look from everyone because many times it surpassed X-Files in quality over and over again.

  • July 5, 2004, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Did Harry forget to tell us

    by jawaburger

    that these are his July picks from fifty years ago.

  • July 5, 2004, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Manchurian Candidate

    by RenoNevada2000

    MC has been released before. This new release sports everything from the first release but adds featurettes on Landsbury and Frankenheimer and a new anamorphic transfer. I'd check the picture quality by renting the new edition first before double dipping.

  • July 5, 2004, 9:50 a.m. CST

    RE: Unfortunately it doesn

    by Fugazi32

    Harry, have you ever had a girlfriend?

  • July 5, 2004, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Pennies From Heaven

    by Hokeybutt

    I made a solemn vow that I would go an entire month without a DVD purchase... but... Pennies From Heaven with Steve Martin???? Sure, the dramatic scenes are a little off... but the dazzling musical sequences make up for it... especially that final dance number... when Steve and Bernadette *become* Fred and Ginger on the screen? Movie heaven. Well, 26 more days to go...

  • July 5, 2004, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Dreamers = sexy as a wet blanket

    by Silver Shamrock

    The three of them a bath together and STILL manage to look as scummy and dirty when they got out as when they went in! Dirty smelly looking people just ain't sexy to me. I guess it's my uptight cultural programming. I must have V: The Series and these Noir titles will bust my balls and break my bank, but it will be worth it.

  • July 5, 2004, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Sledge Hammer

    by smylexx

    Goodness!! Why has NO ONE mentioned late 80's cheese fest SledgeHammer? It's out on DVD and it's sexier than George the 7th Chicken's beak!

  • July 5, 2004, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Showgirls...? Hellboy...? EXTENDED EDITION of Bourne 2003?!?

    by SalvatoreGravano

    Jesus. I heard of some extreme masochists, but to willfully subject yourself to any of those... "films"... AND in LONGER VERSIONS?!? Even the thought is painful. And to include Batman in the company of this trash... disgraceful.

  • July 5, 2004, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Oh, and speaking of film noir & gangster classics... WHERE THE F

    by SalvatoreGravano

    "Showgirls" gets a fucking "special edition", but "White Heat" isn't available in any DVD version. Christ...

  • July 5, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Strangeland by Dee Snider...

    by Rob_Graves

    Hey, did anybody ever see that movier Strangeland by Dee Snider? Was it any good?

  • July 5, 2004, 12:19 p.m. CST

    "

    by IAmLegolas

    "Drinking came"? Ewww.....

  • July 5, 2004, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Don't forget GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX coming 7/2

    by Goon Bighead

    Kusanagi rules!!!!

  • July 5, 2004, 1:30 p.m. CST

    ... Butterfly Effect

    by Veraxus

    Your list seems kinda small this month, Harry... and it's pretty much entirely Film Noir - not that that's a bad thing. Butterfly Effect should be hitting stores tomorrow (July 6) as well. Fanfuckingtastic movie, IMO - havn't felt that uncomfortable in a movie since House of 1000 Corpses (or the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre). That's the sign of a good movie.

  • July 5, 2004, 1:34 p.m. CST

    The way he manhandles Dick is classic.

    by DaShiz

    hmmm, ok. that is a direct quote from harry folks. fyi--there is an ozu revival film festival at Brooklyn BAM this month starting with the silent/sound double feature of floating weeds. im glad to see the noir get its due on dvd. lots of other good stuff this month to look for too. thanks man!

  • July 5, 2004, 1:57 p.m. CST

    STOOPID is right about Hellboy

    by Mr Chuff

    Everyone who wants to see Hellboy in the UK will probably import the DVD resulting in shite box office which will result in mumblings about whether to make Hellboy 2 (but I think thats already been greenlit?) The gap between U.S. release and U.K. is, besides annoying, plain fucking stupid and makes no business sense. If they think that word of mouth will wander across the pond their wrong... Joe Public is blind to word of mouth about comic book movies.

  • July 5, 2004, 2:11 p.m. CST

    "You're like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to anoth

    by NiceMarmot

    Man, I'm all over that noir box set. Unless I hear news of a complete Boetticher-Scott collection, this will be the DVD release of the year. I think "The Set-Up" is the best boxing movie ever made, and it'll be interesting to hear what Scorsese (who's made the only other boxing movie that can approach it) has to say about it. "Asphalt Jungle" is one of the holy troika of 50's heist movies, along with "Rififi" and "The Killing", and there's more cool moments in "Out of the Past" than you can throw a punch at. I'm not so crazy about those Universal noirs, though. "Criss Cross" is good, but I already DVD-R'd it off TCM, and "Double Indemnity" was supposed to be part of that group, but Universal postponed it. Hopefully they saw the red carpet treatment Warners was giving their box set and decided DI was too worthy to just give a barebones treatment.

  • July 5, 2004, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Where are the werewolf movies, Harry?! Where the hell are the w

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 5, 2004, 4:09 p.m. CST

    "All the people in the biz are sleazy sexaholics save for this o

    by user id indeed!

    I've read this sentence... re-read this sentence... read it out loud... it just... doesn't... make... any... SEEEEENSE!!!!

  • July 5, 2004, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know when "My Architect" is coming out?

    by 007-11

    I was going to see it when it was out in theaters, but they pulled it really quickly. I'm glad to hear they're finally putting out a decent edition of the Batman animated series. I'm glad I didn't cave and buy the others that were just thrown together with no rhyme or reason. If only they could give us Looney Tunes like this.

  • July 5, 2004, 8:35 p.m. CST

    by proper

    I'd buy Zombi.V and the Los Angeles olympics was good veiwing then,it even had alien called willy.Loved V,wouldn't buy it.Batman is still on everyday so no not yet, but a nice collectors item.Name of the rose=lt looks bloody freezing mate.The rest=bank holidays/sunday night films.

  • July 6, 2004, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I would rather make myself throw up than see Hellboy again. I do

    by cornstalkwalker

  • July 6, 2004, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Hey I just noticed something...

    by JAGUART

    If you look up "mediocrity" in the dictionary, it has Affleck and Damon's picture. The day that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck become testosterone laden action heroes is the day that Keanu Reeves knows kung fu.

  • July 6, 2004, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Harry you did appear on an episode of Sealab 2021

    by JAGUART

    It was the episode number 28 called "Tourist Season" in which Murphy had to open up Sealab for tourism in order to pay back the 100K he borrowed to make a TV commercial to um..promote tourism at Sealab. You play one of the tourists preoccupied with food. Notable Quote by Harry: "Sweet Mother of God, when do we eat?" Oddly, this tvtome guide found on the net incorrectly attributes Harry's character as Peter Jackson..http://www.tvtome.com/Sealab2021/season3.html#ep28

  • July 6, 2004, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry, got any news on the V remake?

    by CKnightShift

  • July 6, 2004, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Best Noir of all Time...

    by Danger

    The Killers. 1946. How could you neglect to mention this Harry? Shame. Amen.

  • July 6, 2004, 9:12 a.m. CST

    PS on Spidey 2

    by Danger

    Does anyone else think Doc Ock's back and legs would break, trying to thro cars around and stuff...?

  • July 6, 2004, 10:59 a.m. CST

    It Rains Pennies From Heaven

    by Jbud

    Harry, come on, you MUST see the original BBC Pennies From Heaven with Bob Hoskins, as good as the Steve Martin movie is it can't hold a candle to the original 9-hour piece of tragic brilliance - which is out this month on DVD as well!!!!! Hallelujah! A genuine miracle, since I thought the sheer number of songs in the thing would have made gathering the rights for home video release well-nigh impossible. I can finally get rid of my old PBS recording.

  • July 6, 2004, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Wow...thanks God I have seen the light.

    by Rob_Graves

    I keep coming to AICN because the geekfights are the best things ever, but after being informed about Filmrot, it really is a better site. AICN loses like a Chinese swim team.

  • July 6, 2004, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Millenium!

    by JacksonsBane

    Awesome series, you're slipping Harry, it should be in there.

  • July 6, 2004, 2:21 p.m. CST

    the original BBC PENNIES FROM HEAVEN miniseries is coming out as

    by beamish13

    I hope we get more Dennis Potter titles in the future like KARAOKE/COLD LAZARUS and LIPSTICK ON YOUR COLLAR

  • July 6, 2004, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Out of the past

    by SandyNYC

    Great Mitchum...but where's HIS KIND OF WOMAN featuring Jane Russell and a wonderfully hammy performance by Vincent Price?

  • July 6, 2004, 3:33 p.m. CST

    ZombieProblems

    by Thing-Fish

    I'd like to believe that, ZombieProblems (in fact I used to), but whereas PV has always argued Starship Troopers is a satire, he has always denied that Showgirls was supposed to be a satire. Although I realize he may have his reasons for doing so, I can't think of what they might be. Why would he ackowledge his other movies (Fourth Man, Robocop, Starship Troopers) to be satires but deny it about Showgirls?

  • July 6, 2004, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Won't be paying for Bourne or Manchurian

    by Fantomex

    Already own these movies, including the now-not-so-special edition of Bourne. These DVD reissues are a joke. Do it right the first time.

  • July 6, 2004, 10:31 p.m. CST

    re: BATMAN: TAS and Paul Verhoeven

    by beamish13

    I'm also incredibly excited by this box set. The only TV shows I'm still waiting for on DVD are THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE (which will be out in the fall), DUCKMAN, and SLEDGE HAMMER. Mr. Verhoeven does provide excellent DVD commentaries on all of his films already out on DVD, and I'm glad that other talkbackers acknowledge this talented man's contributions to cinema. Now, when will Harry give us some scoops on Verhoeven's two new Dutch films?

  • July 6, 2004, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Hellboy

    by Hamish

    We have to wait til September for a cinematic release of Hellboy down here in NZ. We give the world Peter Jackson and this is how you repay us?

  • July 7, 2004, 4:36 a.m. CST

    i thought taht movie was called "Guts of a Virgin"

    by CuervoJones

    Anyway, HELLBOY SPECIAL EDITION, here in Spain we

  • July 7, 2004, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Batman animated tidbit

    by Tal111

    Towards the end of the Episode Nothing to Fear the Scarecrow is gassed with his own gas and sees a giant bat appear before him. Well the animator who did that scene was leaving Batman for another show. In tribute to his new job he based the bat on a certain chihuahua on the uncoming project named Ren and Stimpy.

  • July 7, 2004, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Those ENTRAILS DVDs are gonna rock 'da HIZZZOUSE!

    by horror_rocks

    I've had crappy bootlegs of these for years and I can't wait to pick up the DVDs! And the company, Synapse Films is pretty damn cool too... Oh, and by the way, ENTRAILS is certainlty the more "literal" translation than GUTS. Either way, these films rule.

  • July 7, 2004, 2:41 p.m. CST

    THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR is amagnificent spy thriller

    by Spacesheik

    William Holden indeed rocks in this taut, engrossing thriller. Great flick.

  • July 7, 2004, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Batman TAS out of order?

    by Fantomex

    I read a user comment on amazon that the episodes on the DVD set are completely out of order, and don't match up to air date, production date, or even continuity within the episodes (except for the 2 parters which are together). Is this true? I guess I'll know tomorrow, I forked over the extra few bucks to get mine guruanteed tomorrow (and I make sure I used your damn link AICN so you better be happy)

  • July 7, 2004, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Question about Batman DVD

    by Kikstad

    I have the other Batman Animated Series DVDs -- were they all episodes from Season 1? In other words, if I buy this new DVD boxed set will I just be giving Warner Brothers my hard-earned cash twice? Damn bastards. Why can't they just release complete season box sets from the beginning. Mofo jerkoffs.

  • July 7, 2004, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Zombie 2

    by tallsteve

    There are 2 versions of this DVD being released on the same day,one by Blue Underground the other by Media Blasters.Does anyone know which is going to e the better version?

  • July 8, 2004, 1:24 a.m. CST

    SHOWGIRLS is hilarious!!!!

    by Barry Egan

    I can't possibly imagine that it's intentionally funny.

  • July 10, 2004, 2:20 a.m. CST

    STRANGELAND

    by skrewballx

    Saw Strangeland years ago. I don't remember it being a big impact but it was fun to watch. I remember lots of "piercing" and it had a pretty cool soundtrack.

  • July 10, 2004, 7:33 p.m. CST

    High Art should have been listed

    by WY

    What about High Art? Man, a great dvd title with Radha Mitchell and Ally Sheedy being released this month after many years of wait.

  • July 11, 2004, 1:25 p.m. CST

    jaguart

    by joe brady

    I agree about Affleck, but Matt Damon has made a fine action star because of, not in spite of, the fact that he is not your typical testosterone-spewing meathead like Arnie, Jean-Claude, or the current crop of fast/furious fuckwits. Also, what's with all the Butterfly Effect love in this talkback? Ashton Kutcher deserves noone's admiration, people. Do not see his movies. Drive him out of the business. Send him back to Iowa.

  • July 11, 2004, 1:29 p.m. CST

    jaguart

    by joe brady

    I agree about Affleck, but Matt Damon has made a fine action star because of, not in spite of, the fact that he is not your typical testosterone-spewing meathead like Arnie, Jean-Claude, or the current crop of fast/furious fuckwits. Also, what's with all the Butterfly Effect love in this talkback? Ashton Kutcher deserves noone's admiration, people. Do not see his movies. Drive him out of the business. Send him back to Iowa.

  • July 12, 2004, 11:58 p.m. CST

    GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC has been out on region-free for at least

    by beamish13

    Rented it at my neighborhood video store some time ago. It's interesting, but a tad confusing.

  • July 13, 2004, 2:04 p.m. CST

    holy shit, SLEDGE HAMMER is out?!

    by beamish13

    I'm definitely gonna buy it

  • July 15, 2004, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I agree -- Millennium & Sledge Hammer

    by The Gipper

    How could you have left off Millennium and Sledge Hammer!? They were the only reasons why I even looked at this crappy thread.

  • July 16, 2004, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Holy Goo Goo Muck lovin

    by Neosamurai85

    This new

  • July 16, 2004, 11:42 p.m. CST

    So tired I posted in the wrong talkback!

    by Neosamurai85

    Oopes! That was meant for the Land of the Dead board... Sorry. PEACE.

  • July 17, 2004, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Harry picks "Sealab" - please buy it...

    by hogieBENpeirogie

    Harry you self centered egotistical blowhard, how can you put a DVD on your pick list that you admit that you've never seen? This is a new low - no, another low would be stated better. Let's all buy it since you heard that you're in it, I hope they abused you in it sufficiently so you can be embarrassed when you finally watch your free copy, you sell-out. Oh, how long will this post stay active? You always delete mine - and get a better computer!!!!

  • July 20, 2004, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Harry was on Sea Lab again!

    by warp11

    Harry was in the ep of Sea Lab they showed last Sunday. The ep where all the cast declare themselves countries. Murphy was the funniest.

  • July 27, 2004, 2:39 a.m. CST

    HOLY WARNER DVD RELEASE!

    by Tobor_The_Fowl

    Ah. Sweet childhood memories of sitting in front of the TV, root beer in hand, watching Batman: TAS. I NEED this DVD. I didn't even know it was coming out and I was just discussing the animated series with a few of my friends and how it needs to be on DVD. excellent. Zombi 2 you say? I have not seen this movie in so long but am well aware of it. Must see it again. And I'll also have to check out these Noir pictures that Harry raves about. They look like fun.