Harry's DVD PICKS AND PEEKS Does The 2nd Week of October 2007 - Stallone Porn - Silent Horror- TWILIGHT ZONE and More!
Hey folks, Harry here… back with my DVD PEEKS AND PICKS column for this Tuesday. As always – this is by no means a complete look at what is coming out this coming week, but rather, what I’m interested in picking up. This week is also a major week where I wish I had a BluRay player cuz they have ROBOCOP and EDWARD SCISSORHANDS coming out – which I’d love to have in HD. But for now – I’ll have to wait. Here’s the list…
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 – DVD day!
28 WEEKS LATER
I wasn’t expecting much from this sequel – it felt forced – like a film meant more for product than story-telling, but personally – this is one of those rare sequels that kicks the ass of its predecessor. Now – in this case – that wasn’t too hard. I loved a lot of 28 DAYS LATER – but as soon as they wound up in the military compound… I lost interest. Here, the film is vastly more satisfying and complete. Very unexpected. That said – this DVD isn’t nearly as awesome as I was hoping. Not nearly the extras I’d hope for… but we are getting a bit spoiled, - perhaps the Blu-Ray has better features, I don’t know. Certainly it will have the superior image.
Fox Horror Classics Collection ( THE LODGER / HANGOVER SQUARE / THE UNDYING MONSTER )
Fox – in this era wasn’t particularly known for Horror. They were more focused on Dramas and Musicals – but they did manage to make three very nicely done films. The best of these three, to me is THE LODGER – a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 version of this serial killer tale. But the reason this set is grouped like this has to do with the director, John Brahm. He was a German assistant director that left Germany as Hitler came to power, like many artists that left at that time. He made his first foray into the macabre with THE UNDYING MONSTER in 1942 – it’s an interesting take on the Werewolf genre – in particular – it’s a werewolf with a grudge against a particular family. It’s ok, but the humor misses its mark and the film would have been better served to stick to the moody atmospherics. However, 2 years later he scored with his remake of Hitchcock’s THE LODGER, by making a really solid Jack The Ripper story out of it. Why does this LODGER rule over Hitch’s? In my opinion it comes down to Laird Cregar. Laird had a 5 year career, but damn if he didn’t make an impression. He was wonderful as Sir Henry Morgan in Tyrone Power’s THE BLACK SWAN – making great impressions in THIS GUN FOR HIRE and HEAVEN CAN WAIT. In THE LODGER, he was front and central though. As he was in the next film HANGOVER SQUARE as well, which he died shortly after. You really do owe it to yourself to check out his work in these two films. This is a great deal – 3 movies, 3 DVDs loaded with extras! Fox’s Home Video did a great job. The Vincent Price radio play version of THE LODGER is wonderful btw. It’s on here too.
TWILIGHT ZONE – THE MOVIE (HD DVD)
I love TWILIGHT ZONE THE MOVIE – I hate the art they’ve used for the cover. Seems they’ve decided to abandon the tagline, which I love, WANNA SEE SOMETHING REALLY SCARY? Oh well. Directed by Steven Spielberg, George Miller, John Landis and Joe Dante. My favorite segment is Spielberg’s “Kick The Can” which was, in its own way, a precursor to Ron Howard’s COCOON – but George Miller’s take on “NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET” with John Lithgow is positively fantastic. I love the original with Shatner – but there’s something infectious about Lithgow’s mania. The Joe Dante helmed sequence is wild and bizarre and strange in a Rat Fink on acid (which is saying something) kind of way. Then there’s the infamous John Landis sequence with Vic Morrow’s death on set. The sequence is extremely well done, but the reality of the shoot and the art are impossible to separate in my mind. In HD – you’ve never had a clearer look at the actual moment, which is on film. It is horrifying. I love this disc – wish there were 7 hours of extras – alas this was a noble experiment which the audience never really reacted to, sadly. That said – the film has never looked better.
POLTERGEIST ( 25th Anniversary Edition )
This is the best this film has been treated, that said – if I were you – I’d wait for the HD release which hopefully will be coming shortly?!?!? Why an HD and BLU-RAY day and date weren’t offered here – I’ll never know. It demands to be released that way. That said – this is much better than the previous DVD, but if I were you, I’d wait for the HD release.
If the idea of a killer zombie sheep movie with killer zombie sheep designed by Weta makes you giggle and lick your lips in anticipation – you’re your day has come. I love BLACK SHEEP. If you’ve ever worked herds of animals before – I worked on a ranch for 6 years, cattle not sheep – and the idea of a revolt was never not on my mind. Seriously – if they wanted to kill you, you’d be dead. Jonathan King has a similar fear – and with BLACK SHEEP he giggles and scares with his fear of New Zealand’s biggest industry. Where’s BABE when you most need him?
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME ( Ultimate Edition )
Lon Chaney’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is fantastic – I actually own the original ticket for this film that Forrest J Ackerman used to see the film in 1923 – along with many props from the film. It is a stunning film. The tortured face of Chaney, the ferocity of the whipping… the movement he captured climbing and swinging upon Notre Dame is fantastic. The depth of emotion and the storytelling without dialogue is fantastic. The film has never been presented better. The score is great the extras go on forever – and the inclusion of the 3D Stills shot at the time – fill me with delight looking at on the big screen at home. The movie is mastered in HD, but available on DVD. TCM and the folks at Warners are wizards!
MALA NOCHE – Criterion Collection
Again Criterion provides a delight. I hadn’t seen Gus Van Sant’s debut film – I was unfamiliar with the place this film had in Gay Cinema – but in thinking about what happened in the decade that followed, I was shocked I hadn’t seen it before. The black and white photography is so vibrant and exciting. Criterion has done a service by highlighting this little seen film – and it’s the most haunting of his films.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D
I need to be clear here… this is not a good film. I’m not a fan of this film. It is a pimple on the ass of the original remake of the original brilliant towering work. That said – I love 3D – and at Home 3D doesn’t come often enough – and sure – it’s crappy anaglyph 3D, but we’re not really near having polarized at home 3D anytime real soon – so I have to take what I can. For now – that means watching crappy movies to relieve my fetishry for things coming at me – and Sid Haig and Zombies… well that’ll do. It’s a fun experience with a less than satisfying film.
Party film. Whether your high or drowning in inebriation – this is a blast to watch. Linda Blair’s voice and bosom thrusting cleavage is a fun flick. If you haven’t seen this utterly ridiculous, exploitation fun flick… check it out. This isn’t at the level of REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS or CAGED HEAT – but it is very fun, nonetheless.
Are you in love with Hayden Panettiere? Or at least have had at least 3 lust filled nighttime hallucinations about Hayden? This movie was made for you. This is a very sweet film about Hayden pursuing an older Asian man, while she’s 16. She’s in love with him, he’s in love with who she is – but he will not force it to become physical – and because he’s weak – he does have sex with other women, that are of his age. That said – Hayden is soooooooo cute and such a perfect “sweetheart” – but Ken Leung – who is the hapless guy being pursued by Hayden… he’s a struggling actor that is often expected to perform Kung Fu tricks in auditions, though he’s from Brooklyn. When he’s inherited a house in Shanghai – he travels to cash in on it, and begins to fall in love with “his roots.” Will he bed Hayden? You’ll have to see, but this is a very sweet romantic and cultural film. It really is Ken’s film, he shines in the lead.
Emmanuelle – the very name suggests sexual experimentation, lesbianism, group sex and erotic exploration. It’s amongst the most famous of erotic film history. And the film is very much a turn on. This is a nicely done version – but if you already have it – it isn’t any better than anything you’ve bought before. If you haven’t seen EMMANUELLE – it’s a tastefully done work that is Seventies eroticism at its best.
THE ITALIAN STALLLION (Grindhouse Sexploitation Collection)
Here it is folks – the x-rated Sylvester Stallone film aka THE PARTY AT KITTY AND STUD’S has come for your edification. Sly makes jokes about this film. It isn’t a great film or even a good film. It’s a curiosity. It’s more about seeing a star we’ve come to love and respect with his pants off and fucking 1970’s era porn ladies. This isn’t pretty porn – but I tell you what I genuinely dig about the film. The scenes of “Stud” when he’s running about outside, the joy on his face, it foreshadows Balboa. Stallone is impossibly young here – the chunky version of himself before he started working out and sculpting his body. But the sex isn’t particularly hot, but if you’re the sort of guy that checks out other men at the gym shower’s schlong… you’ll have an eyeful here.
THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY
D.H. Lawrence’s THE VIRGIN AND THE GYPSY is another film of eroticism, just a whole helluvalot more literate than the two above. The film features Franco Nero and Honor “Pussy Galore” Blackman and the lovely Joanna Shimkus. In 1971 it was nominated for best foreign language film in the Golden Globes. That said, it’s a bit quaint by today’s standards and is an interesting film, if only as a look back on Golden Globe history. The sexuality is a bit chaste, though Joanna – as the Virgin is a tasty lady. Franco’s gypsy is kinda bizarre – at least as I’ve known Nero’s performances in the past.
American Silent Horror Collection ( THE MAN WHO LAUGHS / THE PENALTY / THE CAT AND THE CANARY / DR. JEKYLL & MR HYDE / KINGDOM OF SHADOWS )
Here you have 4 incredibly famous works. THE MAN WHO LAUGHS was the direct influence for the creation of THE JOKER from the world of BATMAN. John Barrymore’s DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE reveals the power of an actor to transform, sans make-up into a completely depraved, slightly inhuman mess of a man. The performance is staggering and should be studied by everyone that would play that particular role. THE PENALTY with Lon Chaney is a criminal bent on revenge upon the surgeon that removed his legs. Pre-CG by about 69 years – and long before Lt. Dan. Chaney does it physically and brilliantly. Then there’s the silent THE CAT AND THE CANARY – it is… nightmarish. Lastly – is the 1998 documentary narrated by the great Rod Steiger on the birth of horror cinema in the silent era. This set is fantastic – and is required owning by any serious lover of the genre. These aren’t quaint films – they’re genuinely great films that still creep, not creak.
WILD AND WOOLLY
Here’s a film that’s 90 years old this year. Today we think of Douglas Fairbanks Sr as the original adventurer. The Pre-Flynn. But before he swash buckled, he tickled funny bones as one of the great physical comedians. His timing astutely used for comic punch, not brutal punch. Very much like Jackie Chan. In WILD AND WOOLLY you’ll learn a completely different side of this brilliant performer and co-founder of UNITED ARTISTS. He plays an East-coast man that sets off for the wild west, the wild west that he read about in the western stories he read as a child. Unknown to him, the West isn’t that West anymore – and his rich father, wanting to placate his son – has arranged for a ton to play along with his son’s delusions and blanks. The film is awesome, hilarious and wonderful. I highly recommend it.
Do you love the Richard Lester THREE MUSKETEERS and FOUR MUSKETEERS? I do. And this telling of THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER by Richard Fleischer has always been a part of those films in my eyes. This film has Oliver Reed as Miles Hendon and a young Mark Lester (OLIVER! And the brilliant EYEWITNESS) are doing their duty in the roles. The idea of Miles Hendon being played by Oliver Reed is fully realized. Think of it like this. Would you want Oliver Reed looking after your kid? How do you think Oliver Reed would treat a delusional kid that thought he was a prince? He does. The film is far from perfect, but goddammit – Oliver Reed owns. As does the weird cast of Raquel Welch, Ernest Borgnine, George C Scott, Rex Harrison, David Hemmings… and SYBIL DANNING?!?!?! How can you not love that!
The first pornographic film to star actual sisters, that actually get nasty. Made in 1976. I can not wait to see this. Apparently there are SATANIC SEX ORGIES and the fucking NECRONOMICON being read by a step dad! This could very well be… the height of cinema – let’s face it, would you rather watch this or THE RULES OF THE GAME? Ok – I fucking love THE RULES OF THE GAME, but dude… sisters!
That’s it for this week. Next week we have TRANSFORMERS, PLANET TERROR, Al Jolson’s THE JAZZ SINGER, ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION, THE HOAX, TREASURES III: SOCIAL ISSUES IN AMERICAN FILM and much more!!! See you then!
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Oct. 6, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST
by THE KNIGHT
Lonely at the top :)
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST
by THE KNIGHT
Still getting that bluray player for christmas Harry? I'm wondering what will be your fist EPIC bluray dvd review?????
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:10 p.m. CST
the military stuff ruined it for me.
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST
Hope so. Depends - Dad's medical bills and it's possible I might be getting my lap-band surgery this year. So we'll just have to see how things go, but I'm hoping to.
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST
Damn, lotsa porn...and lesbo sisters? Wow.
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST
What's with all the porn? Dude, hope the honeymoon's not over already! :)
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST
that's right - adult films are meant for adolescent masturbators right? You do know these films - specifically the seventies films were not meant for drooling underage yankers, but for couples that could watch these films without snickering and to titillate their libidos into areas unexplored. Covenanat - don't worry about me - my wife rocks - how's yours?
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST
by Darth Fabulous
I think this comes out on DVD on the 9th as well. Anyone see this? Was it any good?
Oct. 6, 2007, 11:46 p.m. CST
by THE KNIGHT
Keeping hope alive for your Dad harry. I'm one of your many myspace blog readers. <p> Good luck with the surgery too! Man, I'm not great with doctors. Everything about hospitals just seems so... Grim... <p> It seems like the Dual HD/BLU RAY player seems like the best bet, especially with this War on which is better. Any word how long it'll take the prices to go down for the Dual Player?
Oct. 7, 2007, midnight CST
28 Weeks Later is better than 28 Days Later? Really? Are you going to stick with that? Now, when it was 11 Days later - that was a freakin' awesome 10-15 minutes of film. After that, the movie degenerated into ho-hum for me. Maybe my problem with the film is that the dad was every freakin' where. It could be that the soldiers were lame. I'll go with 28 Days Later because I actually cared about Frank, Hannah, etc. 28 Weeks Later not so much. The kids bothered me and again, when it was 11 Days Later, those characters seemed much more interesting to me.
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST
by Darth Fabulous
Wait until Samsung's player comes out...it will be far superior to the LG player. However, it will still be less expensive to buy a PS3 and a cheap HD-DVD player if you want to play both formats.
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:03 a.m. CST
by Bob of the Shire
Love it, love it, love it. Once that film starts up, it does not fucking stop and I love every minute of it. I think it's helicopter zombie sequence is better than the one in Planet Terror, believe it or not. It also has the best ending ever, one that is fiendishly fucked but makes perfect sense.
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:08 a.m. CST
by Kas Quatermain
I guess you mean Richard LESTER's THREE MUSKETEERS and FOUR MUSKETEERS, not FLEISCHER. Any way, I saw this one when I was a little kid and enjoy it but not love it, but I hope to see this again soon. It's a Richard Fleischer movie, for God sake!
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST
28 Weeks was okay, but the "Bay"ish begining was anoying. I also had issues with the kids. But I would have Danny Boyle's baby and eat it if he asked me to, so any problems I would have with 28 Days are easily overlooked by me. In other news The Lodger, Wild and Wolly, and Crossed Swords I hear are pretty good pornos. F.Y.I.
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:42 a.m. CST
by half vader
finally drop to $399 (Harry's already got the HD-DVD so...). Wait and see I guess. <p> Man, the holiday season is going to get super ugly. And MS has bottomless pockets...
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST
Harry your favorite movie is Adventures of Robin Hood (or Kong or both) and you obviously appreciate silent cinema's uniqueness that SOUND films don't have, i always thought The Adventures of Robin Hood was the greatest adventure film of all time, perfection from tip to tip, until i watched Douglas Fairbanks Robin Hood and was utterly bewildered by the castle used here, it is like some sort of epic mythic take on medieval castles, like a smattering of those grand graeco-roman temples and rooms only deep in medieval britain. The set design here just blows away the 38 Robin Hood movie's sets.
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:57 a.m. CST
You REALLY like to say those words, man. That said, 28 WEEKS LATER kicks all the ass in the world.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST
Way to go Kino. Hope to get Poltergeist on Blu-Ray.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST
Not coming to HD and Bluray Day and date like Twilight Zone. I mean Poltergeist is a way better flick then Twilight Zone. I guess this is the 2nd kick to the balls after the nightmare last thursday night,im just glad I was unable to miss it,id be out $10.00 right now.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST
the thought of Harry Waxing his bean to some of these movies. Some good titles, but for the most part, a real shitstorm.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST
I bought Mystics in Bali as it was recommended at AICN. Sweet lord, do not fall for the hyperbole. Sometimes a film can be too low budget. BTW KINO and Criterion deserve their own sections here as they are the true preservers of the legacy of cinema.
Oct. 7, 2007, 3:30 a.m. CST
Dammit. Hollywood had NO ideas decades ago. ;)
Oct. 7, 2007, 4:47 a.m. CST
A reality where people actually believe that 28 WEEKS LATER was superior to the extraordinary 28 DAYS LATER? I was looking forward to seeing the sequel based on the reviews I had read, but found myself appalled at the pointlessness of it. Firstly, there was ZERO tension in that film based on the fact that London had been quarantined... what I mean is, if a whole bunch of people move back into the country and the virus breaks out again... who cares? A few people will die and it'll be over. Secondly, Robert Carlyle's story arc was frustrating – people praise the film for going in surprising directions, but just because a film manages to surprise you with its choices, doesn't mean those choices are necessarily good by any means. Thirdly, the film felt 87% less scary because of the presence of so many Americans. What I mean by this, is that the first film worked so well because of the fact that it was set in London – as opposed to the million typical American horror films that one sees every year. It felt different and foreign, and as such, it was incredibly eerie. Lastly, the need to insert children into the plot – and that’s all I need to say on that. 28 WEEKS LATER was, in fact, a poor film made to cash in on the superior original (I mean, it just so happens to be twenty eight weeks later... come on... what's next, 28 MONTHS LATER?). The direction of the film was great, I’ll give it that, but the film did not need to be made. Am I really the only one who feels this way? Really?
Oct. 7, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST
The death sequence in Twilight Zone is NOT in the movie.
Oct. 7, 2007, 4:59 a.m. CST
28 Days Later is a much better piece of filmmaking than the 28 Weeks Later. I think a lot of people, Harry included, have been seduced by the upped quota of action and gore in the sequel. The original is a much better film, full stop.
Oct. 7, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST
Yes, you seem to be living in an alternate reality. 28WL rocked that lame Day of the Dead ripoff that was 28DL.
Oct. 7, 2007, 5:04 a.m. CST
I have to disagree with you about Robert Carlyle's story arc. I thought making him a coward was pretty interesting and more realistic to how most people would act in his situation. I do, however agree that 28 Days was a better movie. I believe Wrath4771 feels the same. Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to doing nothing of importance.
Oct. 7, 2007, 5:12 a.m. CST
Yeah, there's no way that footage is in the movie. Would never happen. The sequence they were filming when the accident happened is in the film but not the footage of the actors actually dying. But that's sure what it sounded like Harry was saying.
Oct. 7, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST
I'd say it more closley aped Omega Man.
Oct. 7, 2007, 5:30 a.m. CST
Glad I'm not the only one, and I do agree that the beginning of the film made for an interesting setup (which they destroyed about twenty minutes later). Something I forgot to mention in my rant above, the entire film felt like it was built around the shocking ending that they had come up before an actual story. I think the ending of the film would have been great if it had been used in 28 DAYS LATER somehow – however, using it in the sequel felt like a. an obvious way to go, and b. a slap in the face to the first film's ending.
Oct. 7, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST
by Boondock Devil
I still feel that 28 Days Later is a better film but the sequel holds up on it's own quite well. I also didn't feel like the kids ruined the movie but I know where you're coming from brokentusk... most of the time it's used as a crutch and there was one part involving them where I had to roll my eyes. Other than that I feel like it's a solid movie and I'm personally hoping that they do go ahead with a third movie and hope that Fox stops right there. <p> I'll be pissed if they're on 28 Decades Later and it's based on a space station.
Oct. 7, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST
Correct, the children were also decapitated in the accident as well. All that is in the movie of that sequence are some shots of Morrow being hunted in the swamp, then a grenade goes off and he finds himself transported to another time.
Oct. 7, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST
WAHAHAHAHAAA!! Love the cover art though
Oct. 7, 2007, 7 a.m. CST
Although 28WL was entertaining, especially during the first6-7 minutes, the where a few what-the-fuck moments as in how could 2 kids manage to sneak through the military only to find their mother still alive? (even if she's immune to the side effects of the rage virus,the other zombies would have tore her ass up.)And most importantly how could Carlye's character go through the gaurds and gain unrestricted access to his wife, only to be infected cause the fucker had to kiss her? Unfucking believable! 28 Days later had more of an apocalyptic setting in which the main theme was not just survival horror, but coping in a situation that seems hopeless. Props goes to Naiomi Harris, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson's brief albiet good performance. Too bad Harry didn't mention the sequel to Wrong Turn, I'm curious to find out how Henry "Black Flag" Rollins made out in his first lead role.
Oct. 7, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST
From the opening it had me on the edge of my seat, the bit where the kid finds the ferrel mum in the house Shat me right up! I loved the developement of an imunity and stuff and I know after you see it you can sit and pick bits to pieces like How the hell did Bobby Carlisle manage to track them around London and It's all a bit coincidental that the same guy who escapes has a wife and kid who's amune and they find her etc etc but that's movies for you! and it was a good un and It stil puzzles me when people complain about the first movie turning shit once they found the soldiers? Why? what did you want to happen? they keep driving off the top of Scotland and live happy-ever-after on an oil rig!?
Oct. 7, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST
It lost me the moment that Robert Carlyle's janitor character produced a swipe card that gave him unlimited security access. I was annoyed with the movie from that bullshit moment onwards, though some of the action works well, and the ending is a killer.
Oct. 7, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST
Coincidence? I think not. Very sly there Harry.
Oct. 7, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST
Weird how those four, arguably the hottest directors working in mainstream cinema at the time TZ was produced, have had such divergent careers since. Landis hasn't has a movie out for a decade, and probably not a watchable one for twice that (I've much love for SPIES LIKE US though). Dante works sporadically, though has never really got out of the live-action-cartoon typecasting that has held him back from making something genuinely original. Thus the pair of them do the occasional MASTERS OF HORROR, and that's about it. Miller's an offbeat maverick with seemingly no real career goals (LORENZO'S OIL?), though with the purest cinematic brain out there (look again at the railway sequence in MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME). Spielberg, as ever, veers between slightly mawkish genius (the first half hour of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN against the rest of it, the bookends and use of colour in SCHINDLER'S LIST, the clumsy Twin Towers reference at the end of the otherwise excellent MUNICH) and the wildly misjudged (AI, ALWAYS, AMISTAD - maybe it's an A thing). TZ's an important movie, if only for this meeting of minds and the paying of respect to a TV series that inspired them.
Oct. 7, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST
the scene was def cut out, I saw the accident footage on HBO years ago in some America Undercover type doc, very, very disturbing Joe Dante was amazing back then, what happened? Where's John Landis now?
Oct. 7, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
Just watched the dvd.... and man it kicks Death Proof around the playground, steals it's lunch money then spits on it's battered bruised body. Instant cult classic.
Oct. 7, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST
...and will be thinking of you while watching Edward Scissorhands and Close Encounters in a few weeks. Or not. But being format neutral is the bee's knees!
Oct. 7, 2007, 9:59 a.m. CST
in fact, it sucked. I will probably continue to skip it and watch the others. Dante's is an underrated gem, Landis gets a fabulous final performance from Morrow, and Miller's is the best all-around.
Oct. 7, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST
ahh, I miss those good ol' jr. high days, when a copy of Truly Tasteless Jokes could keep you amused for hours.
Oct. 7, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST
Really I think a big thing people are forgetting about 28 Days is its the movie that introduced us to "fast zombies". Maybe another movie did it first, but this is the one that introduced the majority of people to the concept. This concept of "zombies" that could run you down has to be the most disturbing concept for me since pissed off killer sharks and being impregnated by an alien creature just to have it burst out of your chest. I think most of us think we would survive a slow zombie outbreak, but the minute I saw those fast moving bastards moving like that - on fire nonetheless - that's when I was hooked because there is no way with me and my arthritic knees I'm getting away from something like that. And unlike Romero's zombies, a governemnt experiment gone wrong with a virus is so much more likely believable and possible.
Oct. 7, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
if Planet Terror cost 50 mil to make and Death Proof cost 5 bucks to make. At the end of the day i'm going to enjoy which ever one entertained me the most and TP wins hands down.
Oct. 7, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST
Where they explain how one zombie could remember how to use a magical keycard? Or how said zombie can remember who his kids are so he can stalk them all over creation? And yet, all the other zombies are just dumb braineaters?
Oct. 7, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST
in Baltimore? <BR> At first I was with you on my love for HD-DVD vs Bluray. For many reasons. Mainly I felt the HD-DVD releases offered up a better selection of quality movies and features vs the Bluray counter part and was making use of a better visual codec vs the Bluray for those early cross platform releases. This still holds true for the features for some releases. <BR> However, recently when given the choice between buying a movie that is cross platform I've gone with the Bluray and here's why. The sound and HDMI 1.3 support. My HD-DVD player is not capable of handling HDMI 1.3 or the codec for TrueHD, DTS MA or an Uncompressed PCM signal. I just picked up the Onkyo TX-SR605S which is one of the newer receivers to be able to handle both the HMDI audio signal with the new audio codecs and 1.3 which my LCD can handle. The PS3 does 1.3 so it works with the Onyko but the add on HD-DVD player for the Xbox 360 does not :-(. So for the overall experience when faced with the choice of which format to buy on cross platform movies and since Bluray is now using the same visual codec as that of the HD-DVD counter part I've been going with Bluray. Bluray also has recently been adding more in the way of features finally catching up to HD-DVD on that front. The recent release of Coppola's Dracula boast 30 mins of deleted scenes on the Bluray! <BR> <BR> As far as the audio codecs go I should note that the 1st HD-DVD player to be able to handle those audio codecs and HDMI 1.3 is also made by Onkyo. There may be a firmware update for the other HD-DVD players out there but I've not heard anything about it yet and it would be a real burn if it doesn't happen as it would mean I'd have to upgrade. So I am holding out hope that it changes soon and we get our update. <BR> <BR> But if you have not had the chance Harry to experience what these newer audio formats can do on a decent system that actually supports them you may be in for quite a treat as it was a deciding factor for me at least right now to lean more towards a Bluray disc vs the HD-DVD counter part when given the choice. It's about the overall experience after all when watching the film for me and right now Bluray is giving me that.
Oct. 7, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST
...is nothing but a gimmick! Get a real HD DVD player and then you can talk about the differences between the two formats. My Toshiba plays TrueHD via HDMI without a problem. My Sony BD300 plays uncompressed without a problem. I don't see the need to upgrade my receiver to HDMI 1.3 simply for one stinking audio codec! DTS-MA may be great, but until more studios than Fox utilizes it I won't concern myself and enjoy my fantastic audio right now, not wait for some upgrade.
Oct. 7, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST
From the twilight zone Movie. In the version we saw the last scene was him in a box car being hauled away to the death camp. pay back for being a bigot. But if the acident did not happen we would have seen him saving two gook children. I think That would have been the last scene in the movie. Having learned his lesson, he made or at least tried to make amends by saving thses two children. Does any one know for sure?
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST
I would imagine it would be funny for about half-hour but boring for the next hour to an hour and a half. By the way, anyone who lost interest in 28 Days Later when the military showed up missed the point of the film entirely.
Oct. 7, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
...was that it was a great and even scary movie. Then it got ruined by the same ol' "The mankind itself is already a monster"-moral which we have heard a million times before.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
Is this true ? That's a definite buy for me. No other fans around of this revolting and ultra-violent R- Rated 80's exploitation classic starring Linda Blair as a female Paul Kersey, trapping and killing a bunch of psychotic/sadistic bad boys that raped her innocent mute and very young little sister (Linnea Quigley)and start killing all her female friends. That's a huge childhood favorite, if you dug The Class of 1984, this will make a great viewing companion. I thought 28 Weeks Later was a very worthy follow-up to 28 Days, and yes that helicopter scene was absolutely amazing, it definitely topped the one from P.T. Hey, 28 Days Later really could have had a much worse follow-up. Loved the way the movie looked by the way, I'll surely follow the director's career from now on.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST
what you're missing my friend. I too had doubts in my mind about how much better could the sound REALLY be until I heard it first hand for myself. There is no way to really describe it except to say that it is so noticeable on a decent system it's mind blowing. Really. <BR> <BR> And as far as the HD-DVD add on. Well I only paid $169.00 for it and got 10 free HD-DVDs. Let me explain. I had the Toshiba HD-DVD player that dropped down to $299.00 over the summer. Cashed in and got 5 free HD-DVDs. I then bought an XBOX 360 Elite and since it does 1080p I figured I'd sell the Toshiba and get the add on which would give me 1080p vs 720p since my LCD can handle it and free up an HDMI input on my TV making things easier. So I sold that Toshiba for $249.00 and picked up the 360 add on at Buy.com with a google check out for $169.00. By doing so I was able to cash in on 5 more free HD-DVDs with that offer and had them sent to my sisters house lol. So I think I made out pretty well. I wouldn't say the add on is a gimmick. It plays fine. I will say that I am thinking about selling my add on and picking up the Onyko HD-DVD player since my new receiever has multi HDMI inputs. This would pretty much solve my problem and allow me to enjoy the new audio codecs and 1.3 for both formats. BTW 1.3 also allows for deeper color so it's more then just an audio codec. You can read about it here http://tinyurl.com/3y9axa
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST
this is a link to the new player. It also gives a detailed description of HDMI 1.3 <BR> <BR> http://tinyurl.com/32ejqy <BR> <BR> I am obviously going to wait for the price to drop on this as I am not paying $899 lol. But it's great because at least HD-DVD is making the changes it needs to in order to fully take advantage HDMI 1.3
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST
I mean, it's fine at 2:30 in the morning, but I don't know if I need it in my DVD collection.
Oct. 7, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST
to be a zombie, you first have to be DEAD. the infected where not dead. the reason people came back to england was because all the infected starved to death. zombies have no need to eat for nourishment because their internal organs no longer function, they only an impulse to eat. the infected in 28 days later died of starvation, as there were no people left to eat. died and did not return from the dead. understand this. people who think that this movie introduced us to the concept of a fast moving zombie are mistaken. that was first introduced in Return of the Living Dead. slow moving zombies are scarier because you may survive for a while longer... but you do get tired, you do have to stop to eat, you do have to get gas, you do have to stop and take a shit. you will run out of bullets. they will eventually catch you and tear you apart. they dont rest. fast moving zombies are only scary because... well, they are fast.
Oct. 7, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST
Like the movie is cursed or something. The death on the set yeah and also the look of each segment, just has this creepy look to it. Nightmare at 20,000 feet with that disturbing gremlin is great to watch on Halloween. I like how a few years later Gremlins used that similar violin music. Also when the Gremlin flies away it looks fake, but in a disturbing fake way, like a shot from the witch from the wizard of oz flying away in the distance. Then there's that kid who can wish anything and the scene where we see his sister with no mouth. disturbing alert.
Oct. 7, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST
An American Werewold in London was scary too, but since it was also comical. after watching it a bunch a times. I became immune to the horror, but growing up Poltergeist always scared me and even today watching it. It brings back the scared feeling I felt watching it as a kid. This is another movie that has this creepy vibe hanging over it. who can forget the guy peeling his face off in front of the bathroom mirror or that fucking clown! or in the surprise bonus ending when you see that tall ass skeletol demon with long hair. WTF was that thing?
Oct. 7, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST
And fuck "running" zombies. Running mutants are OK though.
Oct. 7, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST
last week's Bram Stoker's Dracula Collector's Edition release? That was one of the longest incoming titles on DVD yet.
Oct. 7, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST
Where's the Sid & Nancy mention, Harry?
Oct. 8, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Oct. 9, 2007, 2:39 a.m. CST
I've had nightmares up until a year ago when I watched the sequence again on youtube. Thats the best skit ever on the "Twilight Zone: The Movie".
Oct. 9, 2007, 3:30 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
What, do the teenage twins in that movie punch each other in the face, stamp on each other's heads or forge their mother's will to screw over other immediate family members? Nope - just another overheated term for something sexual. Dear oh dear...
Oct. 9, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
It's been a while since I've seen it. It's still a decent anthology horror/sci-fi flick, but that Kick the Can segment is an embarassment. Without a doubt, the single worst thing Spielberg ever directed. Nightmare at 20,000 ft. is still awesome.
Oct. 9, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
It started out great with the opening scene and the story of a guy saving his own skin rather than his wife's and then Begbie and his all access card shit all over it. Also if the army ever drops nerve gas on you just pull your tshirt over your nose you'll be fine.
Oct. 9, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST
The horrible overuse of the shaky cam during every attack
Oct. 9, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST
I seen a clip from this on youporn and they don't even look like sisters. I might have to check it out...if only to feel really bad about myself after watching it and needing a show. I did find on there a clip of 2 girls...that really look like twins making out...now my hand is tired.
Oct. 9, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST
by mr teaspoon
Shut the hell up. Seriously, you're just splitting hairs. If you had never seen 28 Days/Weeks Later and asked somebody what kind of film it is, you'd feel lied to if they said anything but "A ZOMBIE MOVIE".
Oct. 9, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST
you are right about 28 weeks later. Ive seen a lot of mixed reviews but im hoping for the best. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do
Oct. 9, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST
by eric haislar
Oct. 9, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST
by lady arclight
Is there a butt numbathon this year? Anyone know?
Oct. 9, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST
is Spielberg's sticky sweet "Kick The Can", says a lot about his personal criteria. It's been widely regarded the weakest of the segments, and it amplifies the weaknesses that Spielberg exhibited early in his career. No wonder Harry liked "Lady In The Water"....
Oct. 9, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
I can forgive. It was Spielberg's first work post ET, and was filmed after the Vic Morrow tragedy, so I see why he went with lighter material (apparently before the helicoptor crash, Spielberg's segment was going to be the much darker The Monsters are Due on Maple Street). What I can't stand is the poor way in which he handled Scatman Crothers. Scatman comes off in Kick the Can as a camera mugging goofball. I think he was better directed in the Scott Baio epic, Zapped! The editing is also just terrible. That whole scene of the kids running around is cringe inducing, and includes some of the worst post-dubbing I've seen in a non Coleman Francis film.
Oct. 9, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
Apparently all of Lucas's money and power could not prevent Universal Germany licensing the film to Koch Media as Howard The Duck finally got it's official (world) premiere on a 5 inch disc overthere. According to a disc reviewer it boasts a nearly flawless 16:9 transfer, struck from an uncut HD print and the disc includes the original soundtrack,some trailers and other crap. The film will probably never see an official release in Northern America on disc. Whether this should bother you is another thing, haha. Here's a link for a review of the disc, fans with Pal or region free DVD players can order it from Amazon Germany and other outlets, it's kinda cheap as well. Here's a review. http://tinyurl.com/yvjgq4
Oct. 9, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST
You mean the part of the movie that added poignancy and depth to the extent that it made the film transcend its own genre? That bunch of crappy scenes? Harry. Wow.
Oct. 9, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST
Oh yes, there will be a BNAT this year.
Oct. 9, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Turn off the color on your set next time you watch it
Oct. 10, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST
I own a copy of this film from VCX from years ago. They were legitimate average looking twins and they do have a scene with each other. This is a full on hardcore film. I am surprised it is being distributed through Amazon.
Oct. 10, 2007, 5:47 a.m. CST
What gives, Harry? You spent months sucking off Adam Green for HATCHET, yet you completely dismiss a film that's actually much better than it. C'mon man, Joe Lynch is an awesome guy and a talent well worth watching - give him some hype, already.
Oct. 10, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST
Why can't we combine the two and have a film about lesbian sheep. As a resident of the Emerald Isle, I demand to have a film that satisfies my natural, rural urges. <br><br> You can stick your two-legged porn flicks; give me a film where the sheep are really baaaad.
Oct. 10, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST
Here's the footage of the Twilight Zone accident: http://tinyurl.com/2aojtt
Oct. 10, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST
Maybe they should change the name of this site to "Ain't It Random News."
Oct. 10, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST
by Bad LT
I take it the opening scene is included? I always thought that was the best part of the film - Dan Ackroyd and Albert Brooks talking about old TV theme songs and TZ episodes. And a scary ending! That and the Dante segment, and Lithgow, would make this worth a purchase.
Oct. 10, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST
that the scene which took the lives of Morrow and two kids is on the disc, in HD no less: "you've never had a clearer look...it is horrifying." I'm wondering exactly what disc you got hold of, as (thankfully) nothing like that appears on the version I purchased. And if anyone out there really feels like John Landis was just a poor misunderstood guy who was unjustly picked on, read the article at this link (http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/not_guilty/twilight_zone/1.html) and get ready to hate him. Forget about Morrow for a moment; that was tragedy enough, yes, but what about the KIDS? They were hired illegally, they were told not to let anyone connected with the safety of the production know that they were actually working on the film; and their scenes were not uncommonly shot at 2 in the fucking monring! Why? Because John was so committed to his craft that he just HAD to shoot when it really WAS dark outside--gotta have that realism, you know--and just HAD to have those kids within range of real fireballs and explosions, in violation of countless child-labor laws. God forbid something looked "phony" for a twenty-minute part of a movie that most people didn't want to see anyway! (For those of you who don't know: Landis and Co. were found, inexplicably, NOT GUILTY; which ranks right up there with OJ and Phil Spector for proving the drooling stupidity of juries...I swear, why don't we bring back the guillotine or something?...Anyway, seriously, Harry: what in the world made you think that the sequence was on the disc? If Landis had actually known what the fuck he was doing, not only would those kids still be alive today, but the segment itself would've had a better ending than what was ultimately shown.
Oct. 11, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST
check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM7WqxTyg5s And then send a nice letter bomb to John Landis' house.
Oct. 11, 2007, 8:27 p.m. CST
When she was 18 of course.
Oct. 11, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST
You can't see his death in the movie. They never used that footage. And there are no special features on the disc that present it either. What the fuck are you talking about? I'd love to hear about how he's gonna backpedal on this one. We all just have to remember: 3 out of ten times, Harry is full of bullshit. Meaning either, he's never seen the movie he's talking about, hasn't seen it in a long time, or really doesnt like it but is saying he does to suck some form of cock.
Oct. 11, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST
I hated his remake of Bill Mumy's iconic episode. I really pissed off a lot of people in my cinema class in college because I went on a rant about the "Child was just misunderstood" approach rather than "the child was evil." I love that classic episode. It really played up the notion that the baby-boomers were (and in hindsight still are) spoiled brats. At least Mumy got to do a proper sequel.<p>The best is "Nightmare..." because they changed very little from the original script. And one of the greatest inside jokes of all time is Shatner's appearence on Lithgow sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun." The thing works on multiple levels.-----later-----m
Oct. 12, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST
28 DAYS LATER was a much better film than WEEKS. As is the case with nearly every origins film. DAYS was new, it was fresh and it was pretty freak'n in your face. I didn't mind the military scene. It was a survivalist horror film, why not end up in a survivalist camp. Sure it's been done before, but so has everything else. The whole thing felt like it was paying homage to Romero. The military camp part, DAY OF THE DEAD. Bub strikes again. In a closer comparison to LAND OF THE DEAD, which I know you like, I think DAYS is a much better film. There's nothing in DAYS that's forced. The film seems to follow it's own path. Once the government/military fails you, you retreat to isolation. The whole thing was a very realistic turn of events with some cynicism and metaphorical jive all rolled in for good measure.
Oct. 15, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST
God bless these girls.
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