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Updated!! Harry's DVD Picks and Peeks for February!!!

Published at: Feb. 1, 2005, 1:03 p.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here - Going to try and get through this list while on way too many drugs and with IVs poking out of me and constant interruptions for temp, blood pressure, heart rate (those 3 have been constantly in great standing - why don't they just leave me be!?!?!?!?) Anyways - here ya go - I think this'll be fairly coherent...

February 1st






THE CAT AND THE CANARY (Special Edition)

Ok - so you love Haunted House movies - flicks that are just atmosphere and creeps? Well this German expressionistic silent version was the grand daddy to the genre. There's a level of camp involved in the film, but this shouldn't be confused with the Paulette Goddard version - which was very much for laughs. Also - for fetishists that love silent-era women, ya don't get too much more of a hottie than Laura La Plante. Has all the great hallmarks of German Expressionism - wild shadows and incredibly cool angles and what not. Very much worth having. The score on this is pretty awesome, and I love the short they have on this disc.






LA COMMARE SECCA - Criterion Collection

aka THE GRIM REAPER. Ever see Bernardo Bertolucci's first directed feature film? This is one of those debuts that just really makes you pause before directing something yourself. This film plays with storytelling, murder, death, realities. There's some that feel this was the top of the mountain for Bertolucci - to me, it is just one of many of his great works. Once again Criterion has captured one of the great lessor known titles that will be absolutely electric for those discovering it for the first time!






NIGHT AND THE CITY - Criterion Collection

Ah - another Criterion - this time nowhere near as obscure as LA COMMARE SECCA - but everybit as great. Now, I don't know about you, but I love Richard Widmark and Richard Widmark movies. My fave is probably PICK-UP ON SOUTH STREET, KISS OF DEATH, then this title and followed by MADIGAN. But the thing is... one's fave Widmark movie is typically the one you most recently watched. I mean... watching his Harry Fabian scam and worm his way in the general direction of his hopes and dreams... amidst the dripping oozing backalley hell of film noir... well it just doesn't get much better than that. This film WILL kick your ass.






THE PALM BEACH STORY

In the world of film the name Sturges amongst most film geeks conjures up John Sturges - a helluva action director. However, for those lucky enough to know the work of Preston Sturges - my god - he's the first name to pop into one's mind. A brilliant screenwriter - and a director that's pretty damn great. Well, PALM BEACH STORY is just an absolute classic. With dialogue faster and wittier than anything you hear in modern film.... and a underlying writhing and moaning sexual suggestion with every line. Starring Joel McCrea, Claudette Colbert, Mary Astor, Rudy Vallee and strange character after strange character. This is screwball comedy at its best!






RAY (Limited 2-Disc Special Edition)

I really really liked RAY quite a bit. The only thing that kept it from being one of the great films of the year for me, was that obnoxious dream scene with Jaime Foxx with the glasses off and his eyes restored talking to his mommy and brother and everything was cool again. I just felt it was the one moment in the film that just complete felt artificial and WRONG! The one time where Foxx was on screen instead of Ray Charles. And that one scene pissed me way the hell off. Having said that. I love everything else about this movie. Now this more expensive 2 disc set has the original theatrical cut as well as one of them there notorious extended cuts with 14 deleted scenes restored.. Plus 9 Additional complete and uncut musical performances and more extras that you can imagine. If you loved the movie - this is definitely worth every penny.






RAY HARRYHAUSEN: THE EARLY YEARS COLLECTION

The single best DVD coming out this month in my opinion. This has all of Ray Harryhausen's early experiments in stop-motion animation. All of his fairy-tales and nursery-rhymes. Then there's Harryhausen commercials he animated including a wild LUCKY STRIKES one. Then there's just Ray sitting and standing there introducing everything. Ok... that's all Disc one. Disc two - jaw-droppingly perfect. Long conversations between Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury and Forrest Ackerman - talking about everything. If you loved FRANK & OLLIE then by golly this will join that doc in love. I mean just listening to those three go through their mutual memories... bliss. Then there's Ray's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony where you see just pure love leveled at this man-god. Then there's this nearly an hour long feature that is literally every cool person in the history of film talkin about which moment of Ray's changed their lives. OH - and did you know there was a Knowles/Harryhausen bronze sculpture in Scotland celebrating LIVINGSTONE and the Lion? My god.... COOLNESS GALORE! If you love JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, CLASH OF THE TITANS, the SINBAD movies and all that jazz... Well this is definitely pure geek nirvana!






THIEVES' HIGHWAY - Criterion Collection

Wow - another outstandingly great Film Noir! Featuring Richard Conte and Lee J Cobb. In some ways - I've always felt this was an outstanding double feature with WAGES OF FEAR - they both have to deal with danerous long hauls - though THIEVES' HIGHWAY is more honestly noir with all the fixtures of Femme Fatales, night for night, everybody backstabbing. As with all Criterions - the extras are gold - and if you love Noir - this is a jewel for you.






WONDERFALLS - THE COMPLETE SERIES

Ok - so I seemed to remember Herc screaming bloody murder when this series got canned - but I thought all these episodes were aired. So when I got sent my screener of this, I thought I'd watch a couple to just affirm my feelings that Herc is just an insane madman with a wildly accurate taste for television. Sure enough - score Herc. Wonderfalls is a lovely series. Although - after the 13 episodes - I felt that was all I ever needed from it. As a continuing series I think it might have just become way way way too gimmicky - but in this short, but sweet run it's just right. Very fun stories and if you just saw the ones that appeared on TV - well - you ain't seen nothing yet.

FEBRUARY 8th






THE BEST PICTURE OSCAR COLLECTION [AMADEUS (2 Disc) - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (2 Disc) - BEN HUR - THE BROADWAY MELODY OF 1929 - CASABLANCA (2 Disc) - CHARIOTS OF FIRE (2 Disc) - DRIVING MISS DAISY - GIGI - GONE WITH THE WIND (4 Disc) - GRAND HOTEL - THE GREAT ZIEGFELD - THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA - MRS. MINIVER - MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) - MY FAIR LADY (2 Disc) - ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (2 Disc) - UNFORGIVEN (2 Disc)]

Can't really gripe that much about this set. First off - Amazon has it at $60 off the retail price. Then if you have not already picked up the big titles in this set then here's a great chance to. However, what makes this group rule are the titles that are new. Like the BROADWAY MELODY OF 1929 which was one of the first musicals to really blow people away. Or Paul Muni's brilliant performance in THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA. Or William Powell magnificence in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD. All the titles are available individually - but this is how to save the most - especially if you don't have any of these.






DEAD CALM

Here's one of those films that I just happen to love. The early Nicole Kidman nudity, Sam Neill pumping water out of a sinking ship against all hope. Sleazy as hell Billy Zane. That car crash at the beginning. The flare gun. Yup, really love this suspense flick.






DEADWOOD - THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

This show does indeed kickass. I have to admit - I'm completely spoilt by getting these series all in a lump. Serial television shows I just can't allow myself to get addicted to because my schedule is so helter skelter that it would just be a relationship that wouldn't work out. Sad - I know... but true. I caught like 2 of these episodes on HBO - but couldn't find the time to see the rest - until this set arrived. Ian kicks ass in it, and it really really does give a completely different definition to the western genre. Having said that, personally I'm more of a Carnivale freak.






JIM BROWN ALL AMERICAN

Now if you are unsure if Jim Brown is THE MAN, then by golly check out this wonderful documentary that Spike Lee did on him. This is great. Makes you wish that modern day athletes had a social conscience and an understanding of what their ability to inspire can do positively. When you see everything that has happened in Jim Brown's life... warts and all - you'll come out thinking... Damn... what a man!






THE MARTIN SCORSESE FILM COLLECTION - [NEW YORK, NEW YORK - RAGING BULL Special Edition - THE LAST WALTZ - BOXCAR BERTHA]

Ok - I only had THE LAST WALTZ of any of these discs, but folks let me tell you... This RAGING BULL Special Edition is Scorsese Freak Crack. One the transfer is gorgeous. Two - the endless commentaries by... EVERYONE are just fantastic - Jake's commentary is very very interesting. Then you've got BOXCAR BERTHA and NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Now - NY,NY has been maligned by way too many folks I know. What Marty accomplished with this film is an absolutely intoxicating look at the musical flair of the 50's - but mixed with the tough as hell, mean as Scorsese look at reality. The mixture is jarring for musical lovers and realists alike, but if you simply let go and enjoy - you'll find that it is absolutely arresting. As for THE LAST WALTZ - this is sound heaven - and one of the greatest concert films ever made. THE BAND is THE BAND!






MONKEY ON MY BACK

Ok - so this is a story about a WWII vet that becomes a great pro-boxer that then gets addicted to morphine... Morphine... Yes, nurse... yes nurse... Morphine... How timely this release is. Do I have problems with the junk monkey? Gosh... shucks... Morphine is bad? But it feels so good - takes throbbing ouchy completely away. Now - this is a fantastic film from the genius known as Andre De Toth. If you thought for a second that MILLION DOLLAR BABY was good, educate yourself with this, or CHAMPION, or RAGING BULL, or the 4 Rocky movies that were made. Ahem.






THE YEARLING

Ah - a good old fashioned film to torment children and sensitive weepers like me. THE YEARLING with Gregory Peck and a real live bambi - well - this movie is up there with OLD YELLER and NATIONAL VELVET for pure unadulterated emotional cruelty! Comes with the Tom & Jerry classic, THE CAT CONCERTO!

Folks - I'm running out of steam - typing with an IV in your arm sucks ass. It hurts every time I use the left hand to type - which is an awful lot. So - if you'll be so kind - I'll finish up the second half of this DVD column in the next few days. And post it here below! Groovy? Thanks. Till then, I hope you enjoy the list thus far...

February 15th







DONNIE DARKO – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

Folks argue back and forth about what’s better – this cut or the original theatrical cut of DONNIE DARKO. Me, I appreciate both cuts – the director’s cut reveals more about Richard Kelly, as all good director’s cuts do. Here you see more of the science behind the wild stuff. In addition to this edit – which hopefully you saw in theaters – you’ll hear a commentary between Richard Kelly and Kevin Smith – along with a ton of other great extras. If you’re all about those hungry hungry hippos, then this is all for you.







THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO – SEASON 1

I loved the hell out of this show when I was a kid. Here ya get the original 2 hour pilot. The 8 season one episodes – and then apparently there was a pilot for a spinoff series called THE GREATEST AMERICAN HEROINE?!? Hot babe in that outfit? We’ll see, or at least I will. Cuz, believe it or not, I’m walking on air…







THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

One of the best films of last year. Gael Bernal Garcia is electric as Che, that he wasn’t nominated for Best Actor is… well a mistake. This is one of the great actors – and over time we’re going to just see him get better and better. The beauty of the journey, the inherent sadness to the disparity of wealth in the different classes. The warmth he finds in the Leper colony. This movie is absolutely intoxicating… Like I said at the beginning – this is one of the best of last year.







RENDEZ-VOUX

Ok – this was the film I saw back in the 80’s that made me go ga-ga for Juliette Binoche. This is a wonderful sexually steamy French film, where Binoche is an actress hoping to make the break. Director Techine co-wrote with Olivier Assayas. The film is hot hot hot. A really good film.







ROBOT STORIES

This is one of those low budget independent science fiction films that just sticks with ya. This is an anthology film. A series of stories that all… at various “fantastic” levels deals with the automaton and how it would affect everyday life. Funny, sad, but always intelligent. At a hundredth of the budget, it is far truer to Asimov than I,ROBOT. It’s a little film, but one with grand dreams. Extremely great.







SAW

Possibly the most annoying genre film I saw last year. When this movie works, it’s wonderful – when it doesn’t – it’s fucking infuriating. The look and style of the movie is wonderful – but Glover’s detective sub-plot is terrible, and the closer you get to the end – the more you just want to scream… but not because of fear or tension… but because of how utterly ridiculous the film gets. It takes everything it earned and just shits on it. But I’m getting this for that first hour. On horror films – I take what I can, and the first hour is worth picking this up for.







SPRIGGAN Special Edition

An utterly insane mix-master of a flick. This literally begs, steals and borrows from every great sci-fi/action-adventure flick… oh, and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER too. This is one of those “kitchensink” genre flicks. Is it good? Well that’s up for debate. Is it entertaining? Abso-friggin-lutely. It’s a bit maddening – but hey, this isn’t pre-fab – it’s fun, and besides how often do you get a movie with Psychic Energy powers, crazy car chases, bloody sword fights and a script by Otomo that sometimes even makes a dying ember of sense.







TAE GUK GI – THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR

My pick for the best film of 2004. This is a brutal two-fisted tale of two brothers trying to just stay alive, sane and together during the Korean War. This is just an amazing film. This movie is on an incredible scale. Just huge. The battles and situations are nail-bitingly extreme. I can’t really believe this movie just kind of disappeared, but then, that’s what happens when a film gets distributed without significant exploitation. I mean, I just happened upon it at a theater in town. If you like war films, this one will absolutely stun you.







TOUT VA BIEN – Criterion Collection

This is one of those left of left liberal films that Jane Fonda did when she became radicalized by Vietnam. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard and telling the story of a sausage factory strike being covered by Jane… In a way this foreshadows CHINA SYNDROME. However, Yves Montand is just fantastic in this movie. This film is absolutely wide-eyed and honest as hell. Has a vintage interview with Godard and all sorts of other extras.







THE YES MEN

Here’s a film that just… defies belief. These, “Yes Men,” are pranksters that target groups like the World Trade Organization. They infiltrate, wear disguises, forge Ids, learn voices, languages… They are hackers, but instead of “1s and 0s” it’s the real world. They’re crashing the system one prank at a time. The film is hilarious and all real.

February 22nd







THE ACADEMY COLLECTION ( MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING, MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION, FROM MAO TO MOZART, BEST BOY & BEST MAN, SCARED STRAIGHT!, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, CHILDREN UNDERGROUND, SOUND AND FURY, GENGHIS BLUES, NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG: SPEAKING IN STRINGS, REGRET TO INFORM and PAUL TAYLOR: DANCEMAKER )

Now here’s one for you Documentary lovers. This set of Academy Award nominated and winning documentaries is a wonderful way to acquire a great set of non-fiction. Having only seen MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING, SCARED STRAIGHT!, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, SOUND AND FURY and PAUL TAYLOR: DANCEMAKER… well based on how much I loved those docs… I’m eager to not only add them to my collection, but to see these others. The Academy’s taste in Documentaries always confuses me… often times ignoring truly great docs that I’d seen… and nominating ones that I haven’t…. but is that simply aggravation, not unlike talkbackers at my end of the year list for putting films that they didn’t get a chance to see in the previous year, on it? Could be. Thanks to this collection, I’ll be learning what I missed, and celebrating the excellence that I did catch.







THE AGONY AND THE ECSTACY

Love this movie. This is one of those Charlton Heston flicks that I hadn’t caught yet. However, with the director of THE THIRD MAN and OLIVER! – I had always wanted to catch it. The film tells the story of Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) and Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) and how the Pope forced Michelangelo into painting the frescos of the Sistine Chapel – and how it became a nightmare, a romance, an obsession and ultimately divine. The agony of conception and ecstacy of inspiration and realization has rarely been given such scope to fill as this. Wonderful film.







ALL IN A NIGHT’S WORK

This is one of my favorite Martin & Maclaine romantic comedies. This is smack dab in the middle of their Clan days (contrary to popular belief – they never thought of themselves as the “Rat Pack” but as “The Clan.” The “Rat Pack” was actually the name of Humphrey Bogart and his friends that hung out in vintage Hollywood. Sorry – can’t quit with the history lessons. Anyway – Here Dean’s Pop keels over with the rumor of scandal and a nude ala towel Shirley seen exiting right before the discovery of the body. The film is filled with hilarity and assumptions and misunderstandings and is just delightful. Literally the only way to have seen this for decades has been the chance showing on cable. Now, it is mine.







BETTIE PAGE COLLECTION

With commentaries by Bettie Page – this collection of the BETTIE PAGE PIN UP QUEEN, BETTIE PAGE BONDAGE QUEEN and 100 GIRLS OF BUNNY YEAGER with narration by cheesecake photographer of the gods, Bunny Yeager… well, this is retro-tittillation on full display. I don’t know about you, but a good 7/10ths of my passion for Dave Stevens’ ROCKETEER comic comes from his line drawn casting of Bettie Page (the other 3/10s comes from his Rondo Hatton fetish). There is just something amazing about her face, body and poses that are just pure drool factories. This will be something.







CLASS OF NUKE EM HIGH Box Set

Nothing says living like a Troma Box set. For those that grew up on HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, BLACKBOARD JUNGLE -- Then went through THE BIG BIRDCAGE, 70’s Porn, the emergence of Punk Culture, mild addictions to heroin and a constant tongue square of LSD – well the CLASS OF NUKE EM HIGH box set is your everything. It’s that dream of a fondly remembered High School experience where mutants, toxic copulation, violent titty displays and multi-colored hair were par for the day. Well here’s your set and mine. TOO COOL! The set includes the original CLASS OF NUKE EM HIGH as well as the two sequels PART II: SUBHUMANOID MELTDOWN and PT. III: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE SUBHUMANOID! Drink up kiddies!







DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS

Ok – Now I’m not the biggest ROBE fan. It’s great spectacle, but not a very fun one. However, the sequel to that biblical epic, DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATOR brought back Victor Mature (who I’ve always loved since first seeing him woo Annette Kellerman in MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID and then watching him freak over Tommy Udo much later in KISS OF DEATH) Well, here – he’s back as Demetrius – and he’s trying to keep the robe of Christ hideen from the despicable Caligula.3-







GET SHORTY (Special Edition)

Ya know – I forgot how good this movie was. Got this special edition, sat down to watch it and just smiled and laughed. The writing is so sharp and entertaining. Travolta is so likable, so charming. And the movie is just plain fun. This isn’t about the higher things, just a fun film with characters you just wish you could be like. Rene Russo is wonderful in this flick. Can’t wait for the new adventure coming soon! Ok, what’s on this disc – some behind the scenes, commentary, lots of featurettes including sneak peeks at BE COOL. Tons of fun all over this disc.







HEAT (2-Disc Special Edition)

Holy shit this is a great film. It’s funny how time sometimes puts a haze on a film. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen HEAT. I still have a couple of nitpicks here and there, but when this movie is on, you can’t take your eyes off of it. Now – behind-the-scenes on this disc are excellent. Watching Mann’s process, how they found these amazing locations, how they blocked that amazing shoot-out, where the sound came from, the “mother’s day” show. This is one of the best Michael Mann movies. Truly wonderful pair of discs.







I HEART HUCKABEES (2-Disc Special Edition)

I absolutely love this movie. David O Russell knocked another one over that big green wall. Having an existential comedy like this is like a good expresso and hashish brownie in an Amsterdam club… a great way to start the day. Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman are outstanding. Jude and Naomi are great as yuppies investigating the greater truth of conciousness, reality and surreality. Then there’s Jason Schwartzman and Mark Wahlberg – also just at their absolute best! Now obviously – this is the edition for those of you that loved the film, and here… you get 22 deleted scenes, 6 Open Spaces Coalition Public Service Announcements, Commentaries by EVERYONE, the Charlie Rose Show, and just tons and tons more. Great DVD.







NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND

Miyazaki has made many great films that dealt with flying. PORCO ROSSO is my fave. Others love KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE – but still others love this one best. Perhaps because they saw it first. This has the original Japanese tracks as well as the new English ones. And for most of us, we’ll never hear those English tracks, cuz the Japanese was perfect as is. This 2 disc set is worth getting for all you Miyazaki fans that have yet to see this, and for those that have. I really like the “Birth of Studio Ghibli” feature… Neat to see how it all came together on a feature that I can understand without years of trying desperately to learn Japanese.







PORCO ROSSO

Ah – My favorite Miyazaki. Don’t know what it is about a man cursed to walk the Earth and soar above it in the guise of a humanoid pig. There’s something so wonderful about this film. And I have to admit a morbid curiousity to hearing Michael Keaton’s Porco Rosso. But I so love the original’s Japanese voice that I can’t imagine being satisfied with the English, I will give it an ear though. This is another 2-disc set… and one of the hilarious things is the rating. PG: Violence, Alcohol and Tobacco use. Gosh, I guess Porco’s cigar and champagne habits might offend some. YEESH!







A SNAKE OF JUNE

Here’s an incredibly erotic film about a Japanese housewife, who is awakened into things… incredibly kinky and titillating things. BUT- Beware – this is from Shinya Tsukamoto, director of TETSUO: IRON MAN. The sequence where the voyeur has her put a vibrating egg – with a remote control he has, inside of her… where the man – unseen is following her, changing the speed and covertly photographing her… It’s HOT AS HELL. From there though, it’s getting hot hot HOT! Not for everyone, but if you’re a kinky type, you’ll love the hell out of this.







SOUTH PARK – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON

Oh come on, you know you’re getting it. They make you laugh too hard not to.







TWENTIETH CENTURY

One of the funniest screwball comedies ever made. John Barrymore is a GOD in this film, “I SHUT THE IRON DOOR ON YOU” is one of my favorite lines to throw out there. And Carole Lombard – ohmygod… She’s so wonderful, funny and beautiful. Howard Hawks could do no wrong and this is an amazing movie. Got to see this on the big screen at the Paramount Theater ages ago and have been dying to get a good copy of this. And here it is! Sure it’s theatrical as hell – but it’s Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur theatricality and brother… it don’t get better than that!







YES NURSE NO NURSE

A lovely Dutch musical that won my heart right in the week before making my top ten list of 2004. Probably dooming me to break my leg so that I could have yes Nurse, no Nurse days and nights. This is that musical that feels like Roald Dahl, Busby Berkeley and Stanley Donen jammed and came up with a hilarious musical for Ethel Merman and Lucille Ball’s clone shake daughter. I love this one!

Well - sorry for taking so long folks, but broken legs, IVs and these drugs do kick the shit out of me. See you in a couple of weeks for March's picks! Till then...

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  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Uh, The Hunting of the President has been out FOREVER. And don't

    by IAmJacksUserID

    I'm talking about September of last year for 'Hunting'. And Tae Guk Gi is on my list. Also Get Shorty and Heat Special Editions come out this month as well. I figured you'd add them tho since you said your list is 1/2 done. Get well!

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:16 p.m. CST

    had to be...

    by JobsEye

    FIRST for once in my sad life!!...bitches

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:19 p.m. CST

    damn it man

    by JobsEye

    and i woulda gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddlesome kids. i am not finding wonderfalls on sale anywhere

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Totally with you on Carnivale

    by Whedon

    The best show currently on television. Too bad the ratings haven't been steller. HBO must renew this show for a third season, is it to early to start a save Carnivale letter writing campaign?

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Flag Waving?

    by Trevor Goodchild

    Is 'The Yearling' the film with a deer called Flag? I remember being traumatized by this as a wee boy if it is. Modern kids films are not disturbing enough these days. I bet the Willy Wonka remake does not contain chicken decapatation one.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I think it's Million Dollar BABY, not Million Dollar Her

    by IAmJacksUserID

    Morphine will do that to ya.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    You think they could put the names of the actors above their fac

    by cornstalkwalker

    It appears that Sam Neil is a hot chick.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 2 p.m. CST

    WONDERFALLS merits Robogeek.com's highest recommendation

    by robogeek.com

    WONDERFALLS is pure, unadulterated joy with one of the wryest wits ever to grace television. (Visit robogeek.com for my full recommendation, and more info on the show.)

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Harry, The Drugs Are Talking...

    by Rebeck

    That's Billy Zane in "Dead Calm", not Eric Roberts. But I can understand the way your mind made the association... Both have that sleaze vibe.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Jim Brown - activist

    by vikingkitty

    He's also a hell of a wife beater.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Best Ass Oscar Goes To...

    by Karl Childers

    Nicole Kidman: Dead Calm THE movie-moment that made Tom Cruise dump Mimi Rogers over.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 3:24 p.m. CST

    vikingkitty

    by Goda Lecter

    Jim Brown, not James Brown. Pay attention.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 3:29 p.m. CST

    names and faces

    by gredenko

    you can probably thank the screen actor's guild for that one. agents, contracts, top billing, names above titles... all of that bullshit comes before common sense in the film industry.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST

    later this month the next wave of studio ghibli dvds

    by Acne Scarface

    brought to you by BUENA VISTA/DISNEY/MIRAMAX aka THE SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF JAPANESE ANIMATION

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 4:26 p.m. CST

    You bizarro forgot one

    by BigDogg

    The "Sealab 2021: Season 2" DVD is freakin great. I bought that and Wonderfalls today

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Boxcar Bertha!

    by Zardoz

    I just saw this for the first time the other night and Goddamn! Barbara Hershey is F-ing HOT! And so naked for most of the movie. I was so jealous of David Carradine getting to frolic in the hay with her. I wanted to go back in time and...oh well, at least she'll always be there for me on DVD!

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 5:11 p.m. CST

    DEAD CALM would be a great film if it weren't for the horrific e

    by beamish13

    which was influenced by a moronic test audience. That WB best picture winner set sounds cool, although I wish the ORIGINAL cut of "Amadeus" was there, too (you know, the version that actually won the Oscar)

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 5:33 p.m. CST

    A shopping I will go...

    by bubcus

    to buy WONDERFALLS. I love that show. The last episode made me want to see more and continue to live in that little bubble of joy. Oh to see Jaye smile in that last moment... totally melted my heart. Time to see what bonus features there are....

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Jim Brown - Social activist, caring human being. Oh, and wife-be

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Gotta love it!

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 6:50 p.m. CST

    GOLLY GOSH! THAT HARRYHAUSEN DVD LOOKS GOOD!

    by Fugazi32

    Will it be out in the UK?

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko The Directors Cut

    by Veraxus

    Deadwood aside, there's not a damned thing on here that anyone should give a rats ass about. The second half sure as hell better have the Donnie Darko Directors Cut on it (Feb 15).

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree on Darko Director

    by Flexfill

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko

    by Flexfill

    Sorry about that. Anyway, the director's cut of Donnie Darko is great. I Saw it in its theatrical run, even though that was very limited. If you're a fan of the film, it's a must. You'll notice some major changes with the music and so forth. It's a bit more understandable overall.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Jim is short for James, so it's understood as far as the confusi

    by IAmJacksUserID

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Ray Harryhausen on The Screen Savers

    by Goonie

    Ray Harryhausen was just on The Screen Savers on the G4 cable network. He seemed pretty quick for his age. he was pushing his new dvd. they showed a lot of footage. harry is right--the dvd looks totally awesome. Veeeerrrry trippy.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Donnie Darko directors cut

    by JackBurton

    Now let me preface this by saying I haven't seen it yet, so I don't know one way or the other, but I've heard many fans call the Donnie Darko Director's Cut the paint by numbers version for idiots that couldn't understand or didn't 'get' the theatrical version and what was going on originally. Thoughts and opinions on this?

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Dead Calm has been out for YEARS, Harry.

    by Osmosis Jones

    Or is this a special-edition reissue that has flown underneath my radar? Anyways, just bought Cheers season 4 (Woody kicks ass).

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Thanks for doing the list Harry!

    by Shigeru

    That's geek dedication, typing a dvd column with an IV in your arm and pins in your ankle. btw, HOLY SHIT Dead Calm! I remember that flick....Nicole naked RULES.

  • Feb. 1, 2005, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Four Words: Gilmore Girls Box Set

    by Trader Groucho 2

    And thank you to whoever coined that one.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 12:05 a.m. CST

    A third "Cube" movie?

    by FrankDrebin

    Probably just a cheap straight-to-video sequel, like that third "Species" movie last month. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0006Z2LH4/104-8230173-7814318?v=glance&s=dvd

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 2:12 a.m. CST

    You forgot --insert title of favorite obscure dvd here--- you pu

    by HanFiredFirst

    Then again you did warn us that this was only 1/2 of your picks. Still.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Oxycodone

    by El Che

    Harry, call me when you get your prescription for "oxy." Maybe we can talk turkey. Ciao, babe.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 8:25 a.m. CST

    I don't really have anything to say about Harry's DVD choices...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...but I do want to say that I like this new quick talback thingy.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST

    "The early Nicole Kidman nudity"

    by Monkey Chops

    Harry, dude, you may be a lover of film, but you're just as much a perv as the rest of us. :) Hope you recover soon.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Goda Lecter

    by vikingkitty

    Thank you for showing you know absolutely nothing about Jim Brown.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Jim maybe short for James,

    by Miami Mofo

    but NO ONE refers to the Godfather of Soul as Jim! Btw, this new quick talkback form is kinda neat.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Other Releases

    by DanielKurland

    Hello all. I used to post here frequently, but then I stopped, I've decided to give it a go again though. "Saw" comes out February 15th, and "I (Heart) Huckabees" comes out on the 21st. Both films seemed to be love them or leave them movies, but they were definitely highlights in my movie year.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Harry you're a star

    by DannyOcean01

    I bow out of work with a cold and yet you're right here with the goods day in, day out. And hell, I get paid to do my job.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Oh, Miami, so you know James Brown personally, huh?

    by IAmJacksUserID

    It's a stupid issue, but unless he is someone you hang out with, and you will pardon my skepticism, you can't possibly know some of his friends/acquantices/jail buddies/pros DON'T refer to him as Jim.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Don't Forget about "Heat"

    by BigTuna

    For part 2.It's SE is being released on the 22nd. Fuck, that film is a crime masterpice.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I agree about the ending of "Dead Calm"...

    by BigTuna

    Great thriller (and yes, when Nicole fucks Billy to make him believe she's with him, it's hot!) But the over-the-top ending is a dissapoinment. Still very strong film though.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I forgot how good Raging Bull was

    by Fearsme

    But theyve been showing it every weekend for like 5 straight weeks. I watched it twice, and im still baffled with how good this movie is. I cant wait to hear the commentaries.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Man, this new Talkback form is great!

    by JAGUART

    You couldn't even post before without filling out the old 27b/6... Bloody paperwork.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 1:43 p.m. CST

    DEAD CALM is a remake of Polanski's KNIFE IN THE WATER

    by Spike Fett

    But you knew that, right Harry?

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Harry, you shameless hussy!

    by Halloween68

    Quit advertising for Amazon. I'm sure you're doing well enough to where you don't need their sponsorship. Folks, help support the smaller Internet retailers. Try Deepdiscountdvd and Deepdiscountcd. They offer anything you can get at Amazon, only cheaper, and they ship right away. Amazon's trying to monopolize the on-line business and it shows by the way the run their business. I'm sure there's plenty of you that can attest to that. I've been screwed by the Internet giant more times than I can count. I go out of my way to find alternatives. And I'm much happier for it. Believe you me, in the long run you will be happier too... Think of it as Blockbuster versus the mom and pop neighborhood video parlors. You'll find that these smaller businesses will appreciate your business more.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna buy...

    by Gluecifer

    Three Kenji Misumi movies in a beatiful box (the best edito in the world: www.wildsideproject.com/), New police story, Kung fu hustle, Mean creek, The specials, Anazapta, Garden state, Combat shock, Bone, a Patrick Dewaere (one of the 10 best actors of all time, IMHO) box, Blackmail is my life, If you were young: rage,...

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 5:08 p.m. CST

    For more Michole Kidman nudity...check out

    by Ray Garraty #47

    ...Billy Bathgate.

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 9:09 p.m. CST

    i've gotten the other two recent ray harryhausen collections

    by McLuvin

    they're great. i've watched jason and the argonauts 5 times. "help me get rid of these infernal harpies!!"

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 10:10 p.m. CST

    I aint seen nothing yet.

    by JackDonkey

    I've only watched the episodes on TV, but I got the dvd and after I finish Kung Fu Sesaon 2, it's all wonderfalls :)

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 11:35 p.m. CST

    The Round Mound of Celluloid Is Fooling No One

    by WayOutWest

    He'll buy and watch Stripperela more than all these movies combined. 45 seconds at a time - if you know what I mean...

  • Feb. 2, 2005, 11:41 p.m. CST

    hey fuckers

    by BigEOz

    I just bought a DVD of The Big Blue Directors cut. What happened in the original US cut that made the ending happier? Does he come back to the surface or what?

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Some cool stuff this month

    by lonesomerhodes

    Really looking forward to the Scorcese collection and the early Harryhausen. But as for the Jim Brown thing...I hate Spike TV Lee, activists and wife beaters so I'll skip that nonsense.

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 10:08 a.m. CST

    wow

    by ScaryJim

    I couldn't give half a shite about the DVD'S but this quick talk back roxoxoxoxoxoxrs!!!!

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Kidman's best ever film comes out this month, it ain't Dead Calm

    by BarrelRider

    ....it's BMX Bandits - should be available everywhere for no more than $15. Oh, and the SG-1 season 7 boxset is here at the end of the month, but SG-1 is an acquired taste, to say the least!

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Darko Director's Cut

    by fac21

    As a very big fan of "Darko," I like the original theatrical cut a lot more. The Director's cut didn't do anything for me, and as others have said here before, it's dumbed-down and explains WAY too much. Serious fans will want to see both, but if someone has not seen the movie before, I'd easily recommend seeing the original cut first.

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Err, Spike Fett...

    by StigMata

    Dead Calm is a REMAKE of Knife in the Water?? I see the general similarities, but never connected the two, until your post. This is true? DC has none of the jazzy playfulness of KitW. I watched DC in my late teens and fell in love. I discovered KitW a decade later, and adore both films. This is a lot to consider...research must be done...

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Stop buying DVD's!

    by Funmazer

    They're gonna be obsolete! All the new game systems use HD-DVD/Blue-Ray! NTSC is being phased out! The end is near! (Unless you're planning to buy all your fav movies a THIRD time...)

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 8:12 p.m. CST

    DEAD CALM is not exactly a remake of KNIFE IN THE WATER

    by beamish13

    In KNIFE, the young man is picked up by a couple before they set sail, and it it's a drama, not a thriller

  • Feb. 3, 2005, 10:53 p.m. CST

    This burrito is delicious, but it is filling.

    by Orionsangels

  • Feb. 4, 2005, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Raging Bull SE

    by Mafu

    Of all the DVDs being put out in February, I'm most partial to the remastered "Raging Bull." Harry mentioned it as one of the films in the Scorcese box set, but it's also being released as a stand-alone DVD on 2/8/05. The film is FINALLY remastered in 5.1 with serious attention paid to details in the video transfer. Can't wait.

  • Feb. 4, 2005, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Dude, people just accepted DVDs not too long ago! They are not g

    by IAmJacksUserID

    How long did VHS stick around? Ok, now consider that it takes the average dumbass consumer years to accept a new format. Do you think they are gonna wanna upgrade again and have to buy movies again when HD DVD rolls out? NO! DVD will be around for years and years. It's quality and versatility is more than enough for 99% of the population.

  • Feb. 4, 2005, 9:41 p.m. CST

    The Oscar box set is proof...

    by damorend

    ...that the Oscars suck. I wouldn't watch half of those movies for any reason.

  • Feb. 5, 2005, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Dead Calm is not Knife in the Water...

    by Phloton

    ...it's based on the 60's pulp novel by Charles Williams. In fact at one point in time it was an Orson Welles project, but like most of his plans it never finished due to budget issues and death of its star, Lawrence Harvey.

  • Feb. 5, 2005, 11:48 a.m. CST

    lonesome_rhodes hates 'activists'?

    by KazamaSmokers

    Considering activists come in all stripes... what the talkradiokneejerk FUCK is that supposed to mean??

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 9:42 a.m. CST

    hi

    by farthead

    www.nickgibbons.com

  • Feb. 7, 2005, 3:19 p.m. CST

    GREATEST AMERICAN HERO - SEASON ONE!

    by bcdieter

    on feb 15th!

  • Feb. 9, 2005, 9:05 p.m. CST

    When's Part Deux of this list comin, Big Red One?

    by IAmJacksUserID

    The month grows late.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Juliette Binoche

    by Wild At Heart

    Beats about 1500 Jessica Albas. What a woman.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 7:41 a.m. CST

    this is your dvd column on drugs

    by capt jack aubrey

    <<Love this movie. This is one of those Charlton Heston flicks that I hadn

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Donnie Darko Director's Cut DVD review

    by gujjer

    Here's a Donnie Darko Director's Cut DVD review from the R2 release a few months back, special features may be a little different now; http://www.tpsreport.co.uk/news/fullnews.php?id=29

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Good list

    by Philaspenser

    Thanks again for a thought-provoking list, Harry. After these monthly overviews, I always run right to Netflix and toss about two-thirds of your recommendations on my rental list. And then go to Best Buy and buy one or two more.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Heat,,,

    by Gilkuliehe

    Heat, HEAT HEAT!!!!! Finally, I was about to panic and buy the single shitty-assed edition. God bless Michael Mann.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Time does put a haze on films...

    by BigTuna

    I could of sworn Harry last year you ripped on Heat quite a bit. Particularly about the "forced" coffee scene between Bobb D and Al. Anyways, I love the film, no complaints.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 10:29 a.m. CST

    It's espresso

    by amrcanpoet

    Oh, and DD sucks.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Thanks for part two Harry

    by lonesomerhodes

    And get well soon. I'll definitely be picking the Heat and Get Shorty special editions. Like Harry I haven't seen either of those movies in years so it'll be interesting to see how they've held up. And KazamaSmokers, I know activists come in all stripes...and I hate them all. Btw, you shouldn't make assumptions. I don't listen to talk radio. My opinions are my own.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "NTSC is being phased out!"

    by DocPazuzu

    Thank God. PAL has been kicking its ass for decades.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Harry is right about Agony & the Ecstasy

    by NiceMarmot

    Great movie. My favorite scene is the one where Michaelangelo goes down to the local bar and starts sketching the nearby drunks, then uses their faces for the apostles in the Sistine Chapel. Other than that, not really a whole lot to like this month. Haven't seen the two Dassin flicks, so I'll check those out, Tae Guk Gi and Huckabees are already in my Netflix queue, and I caught part of a Deadwood ep on HBO and didn't much care for it, but I'll rent that also and give it a fair shake.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 12:43 p.m. CST

    AMERICAN ASTRONAUT

    by triflic

    Nobody has picked up on the Release of AMERICAN ASTRONAUT, the Billy Nayer Show film from 2001? Finally after only screening at a few places, it is being released on DVD by Facets.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 1:12 p.m. CST

    That Darko DVD cover is hilarious!

    by George Newman

    that body is nothing like jake's build, bahahahahhahaha

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    should be a Twin Peaks Season 2 disk this year sometime.....

    by Jarek

    For the guy that said he's bummed they never did a season 2 twin peaks collection, the rights were just acquired again, so there should be a collectiont his year.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Yes! Bring the Twin Peaks!...and I don't mean Betty Page!

    by flossygomez

    How long must I wait to see the dancing Mr. Palmer again! It seems like aeons.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I love Twin Peaks

    by DocPazuzu

    One of the funniest scenes I've ever seen on TV was in an episode of Twin Peaks. I'll not even try to do it justice by describing it here, but it involves Cooper, the cops and the one-armed man (in full "possessed" mode) lined up and leaning against a wall, drinking coffee. The fans will know the scene.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Anyways ISN'T A WORD!!!!!

    by Lord Bullingdon

    A pet peeve of mine. i'll forgive you due to your injury, though...

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Land of the Lost: The Complete Third Season

    by Buddapest

    Know why LOTL: SEASON 3 isn't on the list? Because RHINO Home Video isn't planning on releasing it! Their sales with Season 2 weren't as big as Season 1, so they've scrapped the project altogether - even though their website has an advert for LAND OF THE LOST: THE COMPLETE BOXED SET. Punks. They won't even respond to inqueries by e-mail. And Season 3 would finish off the set, not that anyone cares besides us 1970's Saturday Morning TV geeks...

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 3:22 p.m. CST

    It doesn't matter how late your picks are Harry...

    by Hamish

    ...it'll still be six months before any of these come out in NZ anyway.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Final season of Angel...

    by oh_riginal

    Thats coming out this month too. Though I hear its not quite as good as previous seasons. Not too surprising though, how can season 4 be topped? The Faith spinoff is closer to reality than ever, bring it on!!!

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Angel Season 5 and I agree with the poster above about Deepdisco

    by Big Papa

    I recommend doing your dvd shopping at Deepdiscountdvd.com instead of at Amazon.com. I ordered Angel Season 5 from Deepdiscount, and got it in the mail today! It doesn't even hit shelves until Tuesday! Nor is this the first time I've pre-ordered a dvd from them and gotten it early. I get just about every movie I pre-order from them at least a couple days early, sometimes more. Plus, they charge less than Amazon. Free shipping! To oh_rigninal, I thought Angel Season 5 was one of the best seasons.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 6:03 p.m. CST

    by Ipitythefool

    Overstock is good too.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I'm going off-topic with this because I've had just about enough

    by StigMata

    I have two films that I am DYING to see on DVD. I know this is off topic, and that I'm a bastard. Sue me. The first film is "The Grave," ....frickin' badass... http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0116446 (note: only pay attention to the stoked user comments, trust me this film rules) this was back when I thought the Pate brothers were going to be a directing team that would rival the Coens, sigh. The second film is Salva's "Nature of the Beast" http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0113939 which is a film that is so good it is only a shade below "The Hitcher." PLEASE, SOMEONE, PUT THESE FILMS ON DVD WITH AT LEAST A FEW EXTRAS. Tks.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Spriggan is such a crappy anime film..

    by Jon E Cin

    It totally falls apart in the end and actually gives you a headache. This movie sucks. Saw being the 2nd worst film on this list.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Does anyone know if South park season Five has that episode ....

    by AshesOfDonnie

    were they totally let Lucas and Spielberg have it with the special edition of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the kids go straight to Skywalker Ranch to put a stop to it?!?? either way, that to me is one of the funniest and my favorite SP episode. Its like that classic courtroom scene in the Clerks cartoon.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 9:57 p.m. CST

    TAE GUK GI is damn good, but it's nowhere near the best movie re

    by Cash Bailey

    It has some near-fatal 'Hollywood-isms' that undermine it, right down to the soldier showing everyone the photo of his beautiful wife then dying horribly minutes later.

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Porco Rosso

    by NNNOOO!!!

    I've said it before-- if the French audio track on this disc isn't the legendary Jean Reno dub, I'm not buying it. But none of the online reviews I've read so far say anything about it! Anyone have a link to a DVD site that regularly critiques alternate language tracks?

  • Feb. 10, 2005, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Spriggan: SE

    by HavocZer0

    ...This version has less features than the original release. Sure it has a snazzier cover but what's the point? There's nothing special edition about this release at all.

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 12:04 a.m. CST

    FANDANGO Comes Out Feb 15 You WEENIE!

    by KingDingaLing

    How could you not even mention one of the few movies in which Kevin Costner is a likable guy? I actually thought the car was going to fly down the rails the first time I saw this film. LOL

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 12:34 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu:

    by evergreen

    Would that be "a large house, made of wood, filled with many rooms, each alike etc?" I prefer the scene where Andy discovers Leo Johnson's boots - that still cracks me up! I'm still amazed that my 13 year old self managed to have the foresight to record every episode of TP back in the early 90s. I recently introduced my current girlfriend to this wonderful series, and she was pretty into it also. The season 1 boxset is pretty cool, I can't wait for the second one, although ith is more than twice the length than the first season, so I hope they pay as much attention to detail as they did in the first one. Not enough people know about Twin Peaks, and I'm something of a preacher for the show. I consider it to be the greatest tv drama of all time, in any country. I back this statement up with the fact that the majority of decent TV shows of the last 14 years owe a debt to this show. Here's just a few shows that I can think of off the top of my head which which were shaped by Twin Peaks. Some of them simply wouldn't exist at all: The X-Files, Northern Exposure, Eerie, Indiana, Ally McBeal (and therefore, indirectly, Sex & the City), 6 Feet Under, The Sopranos, Desperate Housewives, Stargate SG.1 - there are loads more, but you get the picture. I can't say this enough times: Twin Peaks revolutionised the way TV shows were produced - it should be given maximum props

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 1:03 p.m. CST

    evergreen

    by DocPazuzu

    I don't recall exactly what he said at that moment. What was funny was that he too was enjoying a refreshing cup of coffee, leaning against the wall with everyone else while in possession mode. Everyone else was carrying on a normal conversation and he suddenly chimes in with one of his cryptic rumblings. No matter if your body is housing an evil, bizarre, non-corporeal entity -- there's always time for a cup of joe.

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 3:24 p.m. CST

    TwinPeaks

    by triflic

    DocPazuzu. Agreed. Twin Peaks was a great show...But the middle episodes got far too soap-opera-y and you could feel Lynch's influence slipping off into the ether as he became less and less hands-on in the show...But when he came back for the last few episodes, it returned to full strength. My point is that is it not "the best" television by a long shot mainly due to a weak middle.

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 3:28 p.m. CST

    AMAZON!

    by WolfmanNards

    I clicked, and clicked, and clicked, and Amazon still wouldnt work. GET OFF YOUR LAZY ASS AMAZON!

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Wonderfalls

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    I as many are, am totally in love with Jaye. I want to be William Sadlers son in law

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 4:48 p.m. CST

    WOW! What a weak month for entertainment!

    by JefferyLebowski

    I'll check out the HUCKABEE'S and MOTORCYCLE DIARIES discs, but February is looking like a really slow month for Blockbuster. March is looking much more interesting, with INCREDIBLES, GRACE AND THE STORM, SLEEPAWAY CAMP, WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW discs dropping.

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks: Season Two

    by Buddapest

    I agree that Twin Peaks was weak in the middle, but they got back on track near the end, and were really building up steam when it reached the end of the final season. I will never forget the image of Cooper, possessed by "Bob," looking into the mirror, smashing his face into it, and laughing maniacally as he repeatedly asked himself, "Where's Annie?" - I thought we'd find out when Lynch made FIRE WALK WITH ME, but what a trainwreck that turned out to be. Anyone else recall seeing David Duchovney dressed as a woman during that final season? It was a hoot. Windom Earl needs to be brought to justice, and we need to know what happened after he ran off with Annie...

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 5:57 p.m. CST

    "Grace And The Storm" on DVD???

    by Stifler's Mom

    Where did you find release details? I caught it at the PBIFF and I'm dying to own a copy. The coolest, most intriguing little movie I ever "discovered." Snuck in to a screening cause I liked the title and it blew me away.

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 6:28 p.m. CST

    John vs. Preston

    by Big Rock

    "In the world of film the name Sturges amongst most film geeks conjures up John Sturges" ... I don't think so.

  • Feb. 11, 2005, 11 p.m. CST

    Redemption for the large round man

    by WayOutWest

    Anyone who 'gets' Get Shorty can't be all bad. But there is a certain irony. Harry may soon be one of those characters in the Industry who take themself WAY too seriously. GS is the first Elmore Leonard book that the Suits in Hollywood didn't f*ck up (then QT nailed Jackie Brown). This will be my first DVD double dip. Anyone on this board who really believes they are a true movie fan should watch this movie often. Chili Palmer loves movies and just wants to make them - he's surrounded by people who are more interested in the trapping of the stardom and not the joy of telling a story via the medium.

  • Feb. 12, 2005, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Supposedly, Get Shorty comes with a movie ticket for "Be Cool".

    by IAmJacksUserID

    Ow I am hung the fuck over.

  • Feb. 13, 2005, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Re: Twin Peaks

    by JAGUART

    I lost interest during the first third of the second season and just couldn't pick it back up. Then I watched Fire Walk With Me recently and decided that it was worth the effort. I also came to the conclusion that if David Lynch ever did pornos, they'd easily be the best ones ever made.

  • Feb. 14, 2005, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Inbred Redneck Alien Abduction

    by stlfilmwire

    It's rude. It's stupid. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called it rudely fun. It's out on DVD. Order it today if you appreciate morons.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Buddapest, Doc Pazuzu, Triflic: more TP stuff

    by evergreen

    triflic: yup, no kidding. The second season did lose its way a little in the middle - due, of course, to Lynch playing less of a role. Who could forget the bizarre way that they killed off Josie Packard, and some of the lame dialogue between Billy Zane and Sherilyn Fenn. That makes the show a flawed masterpiece, but it is nontheless a masterpiece, and it's hardly surprising that over the course of 30 episodes, some were weaker than others. So, if you prefer, just take the first season on its own, and you will find that it is the greatest pice of television of all time. Sorry, my mind is not going to be changed on this subject after 10 years of studying TV programmes and the impact they have had! Doc Pazuzu: Yep, the scene you are talking about is the scene I quoted - that's what Mike (the 1-armed man) says in that scene, althought I never quite picked up on the humor of it. You're right, it is funny. There was some great comedy moments in Twin Peaks. One of my favourites is the various ways in which Cooper is pleasantly stunned by all the beautiful things he sees in TP - being a city boy, he just isn't used to it. There's a time when he and Truman go to visit Leo Johnson, and Cooper suddnely stops what he's doing, and in an awed voice says "Look! Ducks, in the water!" - it cracks me up every time. Buddapest: ok, here's what happened: Wyndham Earle really should never have messed with the creatures from the Black Lodge - he is, after all, only human, whereas they are demons. He asked for Cooper's soul in exchange for Annie's, at which point Bob turns up and destroys Earle, explaining to Coop that Earle simply doesn't have the right to ask for anybody's soul, so Bob says that he is going to take Earle's soul for himself. Bob can't possess Coop either, so he takes control of a doppelganger (who looks like Coop) instead. That's the being which we see at the end of the series, looking in the mirror, and asking "how's Annie?" (not "where's Annie?"). The real Dale Cooper is still stuck in the Black Lodge, and will be for at least 25 years. Time is not linear in the Lodge, which means that those inside the Lodge can appear to people in the real world at various points in time. For example, someone who entered the lodge in 1995 could then appear in the dreams of somebody living in 1990 - effectively, they could travel backwards in time, in a sense. Annie does exactly this, and tries to change the course of history by appearing to Laura Palmer in a dream, telling her to write in her her diary that the "good" Dale Cooper is still locked in the Black Lodge. Laura, being the scatty cokehead she is, fails to do this. Cooper also appear to himself in his own dream, the infamous first dream sequence from the first season. That is why he looks much older in the dream, because at that point he's been stuck in the Lodge for 25 years, and for some reason that is the first window of opportunity for him to pass messages back to the real world in the form of dreams. So, to answer your question: Earle is killed by Bob, Cooper is still stuck in the Lodge, and Annie is set free from the Lodge, but before that happens, she appears to Laura Palmer in a dream. Hope this clears the matter up for you. The real question is, does Cooper ever escape from the Lodge? I would dearly love Lynch to make some kind of sequel for the 25th Anniversary of Twin Peaks, but that isn't really his style, so I'm afraid Coop is most probably stuck there forever.

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:22 a.m. CST

    taegukgi was just meh.....

    by DarthBakpao

    meh!

  • Feb. 15, 2005, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Why isn't that Waco documentary on the Oscar Docu DVD?

    by BarrelRider

    I really, really, would like to see that, I remember being amazed at how the behavior of the ATF had been completely covered up - they are effectively responsible for the deaths of all those people,no matter how misguided Koresh and his follwers were. Great Doc if you get to see it.

  • Feb. 20, 2005, 4:20 p.m. CST

    All this and...

    by redtom

    ... no Fandango, the greatest movie ever made (tm)? Come now, what gives? I dare anyone not to be moved by this priviledge of youth...

  • Feb. 21, 2005, 8:35 a.m. CST

    And with regard to the new AICN design...

    by redtom

    ... in the words of Gardner Barnes - "Almost darlin' - but not quite"

  • Feb. 28, 2005, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Brotherhood of the Wolf 3 disc set

    by Nerdboy1423

    I don't know about you guys, I am getting the Brotherhood of the Wolf 3 disc set that is coming out on March 1st!!! Screw the Canadians who got this first!

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