This is the first Disney Animated film in the post Pixar takeover. This wasn’t developed under John’s watchful eye – but it was reworked by him – apparently fairly heavily. The resulting film is… alright – but feels less than it should be. It feels like a series that should be running on CARTOON NETWORK that I catch a part of while waiting for something better. That said – there’s a lot that I like. The design of the worlds I love. The character work is a bit stiff and uninspired. The extras on the disc are pretty extensive and the DVD looked pretty sharp on my screen – I can only imagine how much sharper it would be in BLU-RAY, which it is coming out in today as well.
In my opinion – Eli Roth’s very best film to date. I am really quite fond of this film, mainly because in advance – I thought the idea of a sequel to HOSTEL was not really the best idea in the world. I loved the original film, but didn’t want to see a film that merely did a step by step retelling, but with female victims. Luckily – that’s not what we got. The kills are spectacular… the cameos are awesomely obscure but delicious for fans of the genre. And this time, there’s lovely main characters that I cared about – which made the whole thing just that much more intense. The DVD is loaded with tons of extras – especially fun is the Gore fun that plays out – and I like the Elvis Mitchell chat with Eli as well. Note for all you BLU RAY lovers – this is out exclusively on Blu-RAY where you can tell with crystal clarity what is being cut off in that final sequence. And long to taste it.
I don’t know what I was doing back when this series was on the air, but I only seem to remember ever watching that one episode with a very old Harrison Ford as Indy – with a beard playing a saxophone. But I remember wanting to see this series and just never catching it when it aired. PROBLEM SOLVED. This first set takes you through the younger adventures of the Young Indiana Jones and over the 12 discs you begin to realize almost instantly just how amazingly ambitious this was. Take for example the episode where young Indy meets a kid in Morocco that is a slave and learns about slavery when he screws up and ends up sold into slavery himself. It’s kinda super fucked up. This isn’t a case of being a slave where you get to build your own robot and podrace for the helluvit. No – this is being beaten and abused. It’s brutal, scary and rough. And at the end of the episode – does Indy say anything to try and free his friend? No. Kid is doomed to be a slave forever and not realize any of the dreams that Indy gave him. OR the episode where Indy ends up hanging with a young Norman Rockwell in the Parisian Bohemian Art Scene. It’s classic. A gun-wielding Pablo Picasso. It is classic. There’s a ton of great stories and locales. It isn’t preachy or teachy – but you learn tons as you watch it. Highly recommended for families with kids to get them hungry for history.
You don’t need me to tell you about this one, but if you do… I will. Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS is a visually arresting and frankly breathless film starring the amazing Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. While I prefer BAND OF OUTSIDERS – this is the other absolutely essential film… and historically more significant film by Godard. Criterion has a stunning transfer here and the two discs are filled with interviews, video essays, a feature length French produced documentary on the making of the film and much much more. Including Francois Truffaut’s original film treatment. This is another jewel from Criterion!!!
Did I just say how much I love Criterion? Well, here’s the other masterpiece of the week they have coming out. Terrence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN. Do you love stunning cinematography? How about the most amazing film that Richard Gere has ever been a part of? Or a hot as hell 70’s era Brooke Adams? DAYS OF HEAVEN is utterly fantastic. Criterion again lives up to being the best in DVD with a wonderful brand new transfer that kicks the shit out of the previous release. There’s a commentary by Jack Fisk, Billy Weber, Patricia Norris and Dianne Crittenden – all of whom are conspirators of Malick’s and they talk quite openly about how Terrence works. There’s interviews with Gere and Sam Shepard that talk about Malick’s working with actors – Gere isn’t that loving. But damn if this film isn’t fan-fucking-tastic.
Warner Brothers has been fairly mysterious about this release. Which kinda pisses me off. They sent me a press release saying they were sending me this set on HD DVD to check out – because if you’ve seen FULL METAL JACKET on HD DVD – it is an HD version of a really inferior transfer and the disc had problems. The only HD DVD that I’ve had that I would actually say sucks. Now they claim this box set is coming out on HD DVD and BLU RAY – but I can’t seem to find the Box Set listed on AMAZON – which is aggravating the living shit out of me – but the single titles are available. If you’re just on DVD – I would recommend waiting till you upgraded to HD DVD or BLU RAY before diving into this title. Below are the HD DVD individual titles – with BLU-RAY links beneath them…. BUT at this stage – I haven’t received product to review for you yet. But in terms of High Def film – these are the releases of the week – let’s pray they’ve been done right!
I’m a huge fan of the Alastair Sim version of the SCROOGE story. It’s my very favorite rendition of the tale. Now – I’m not recommending this version because of the colorized version of the film. Rather – it’s all the extras – like the commentary by George Cole that played the Young Ebenezer Scrooge – and what it was like to work with Alastair Sim. The visual fx – a look at the producer George Mintner and more. This is a classic that has often been released with no-frills… this two disc set is finally done right. Nice.
I’m not a big fan of the final season of TALES FROM THE CRYPT – but there’s some fun here – like Ewan McGregor in COLD WAR or Eddie Izzard in CONFESSION. But frankly this season is for completist only. I love TALES FROM THE CRYPT – so it’s for me.
This is probably the very best release of the week. If you know IF… which was directed by Lindsay Anderson and starred Malcolm McDowell – this is the film that Malcolm and Lindsay brainstormed together while working on IF… And it is finally fucking available on DVD!!! The highlight is Malcolm’s fantastic performance, but closing in at a very close second was the music by Alan Price which absolutely is perfect!!! Absolutely fantastic. This is a treat! Enjoy it, this will be a film you’ll show your friends that’ll make them love you for introducing it, they’ve never seen it… most likely.
This was the final season of Hanna Barbera’s SUPERFRIENDS – titled SUPER POWERS TEAM: GALACTIC GUARDIANS. Unlike most shows in their final season – I personally have always felt this final season was the very best. It added Firestorm and Cyborg. Darkseid and his disciples appeared. It was just real cool! I believe this was the first time Batman’s origin was told on TV – and my fave Bizarro episode animated ever. I loved this season – and if you’re an old fart like me, you probably did too. If not, it’s time you begun.
While I prefer ALEXANDER NEVSKY, I also love BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN – well – KINO has launched a fantastic undertaking to restore the film to it’s most complete edition yet. This is an HD transferred restoration – Dozens of missing shots from the prints we’ve seen have been restored. The 1926 score has been recorded with a 55 piece orchestra in 5.1 stereo. If you know KINO’s work – they’ve done their very best to bring this film back to as close as we’ve seen to the 1925 premiere print. It blew me away.
This was wonderful. A 1950’s Uplifting Zombie film is the most delightful thing I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s like Old Yeller, but like Old Yeller came back from the dead and… well… you’ll have to see. The performances are outstanding – and I love the set design – in particular the sheets and drapes in the kid’s room. I love that print and would kill to get a shirt made out of it. Zombies and Army Men print. Fucking awesome. Wasn’t in theaters long – but this is a great one to show at your Halloween party this year. Noone that loves zombies, won’t love it.
When I was 4 years old – the very first film I purchased was a 16mm episode of THE ADVENTURES OF AQUAMAN. I loved Aquaman – and I always wanted a giant SeaHorse and breathe underwater. I’ve done scuba-diving off a couple of great reefs – but as awesome as it is – it never captures the dream of AQUAMAN. The animation was clunky and stories were corny… but I fucking loved it.
This is a John Huston film that I haven’t seen. I kow it’s not generally considered one of his best, but with themes of WWII, Dia De Los Muertos… and actors like Albert Finney and Jacqueline Bisset… it’s definitely worth checking out – and Criterion is giving it a shot, so I’ll be damned if I’m not gonna check it out! It’s filled with features, so it’ll be a bunch to discover! Yay!
I’ve seen three of the films in this set. My favorite is THE FLAME AND THE ARROW – mainly because I love a good bit of swash-buckling. And that’s exactly what you get from Burt. Next – I love EXECUTIVE ACTION – which was made in 73 and is a JFK conspiracy film – long long before Oliver Stone got to it – and with quite a bit of the same material. When I discovered this, it was like a revelation. Then there’s JIM THORPE – ALL AMERICAN which is an amazing look at Jim Thorpe and the shitty situation he had that took his Gold Medals away – but moreso it shows you how amazing Thorpe was – and pulls up short of the truly tragic years that this film doesn’t address. What’s great about this set is that it shows a lot of different looks at Burt Lancaster – but it isn’t made up of any of his BEST films – but rather the overlooked films. The titles that don’t get played nearly as much as films like ELMER GANTRY or THE PROFESSIONALS or THE CRIMSON PIRATE – but you learn that even in the lesser known films… Burt Lancaster was a star!
I love Mario Bava – and I’ve a confession to make. BARON BLOOD scared the living shit out of me when I was a kid. I remember we hung a sheet off the back of the renthouse in back of my childhood home and watched this on IB TECH – and it gave me nightmares for weeks. Watching it now – I can only presume it’s the atmosphere and luridness of the movie – which doesn’t seem scary today – but it’s one of those films from my childhood that just the mention of – rekindles the spine-tingles of long ago. This is a great look at some of the campy classics that BAVA made. In particular – I’m looking forward to checking out ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK – a Bava western sounds fascinating. You should love BARON BLOOD, LISA AND THE DEVIL (Elke Summer is fucking hot as hell in that) This is another great set by Anchor Bay! And something to enjoy leading up to Halloween!
I really love this film by Spike Lee. Watching it last week on HD DVD – the film just popped to life. Gorgeous transfer – and my favorite extra was a feature between Spike and Denzel where they talk about their work together through this film. Just shooting the shit remembering the prep for MALCOLM X… it’s amazing. The film is such a showboat for Clive Owen, who is really just a great badass – and has out thought Denzel at every turn and there’s nothing I love more than a great caper flick and a perfect crime. This is one of those films and I love how it is put together. The interview process – keeping you guessing as to what happened and how it happened – and what the in game was. It holds up on multiple views too.
Talk about a gorgeous image for HD. Brian DePalma’s CARLITO’S WAY is just gorgeous. The neon and the lighting is just beautiful. The textures – and just the awesome nudity from Penelope Ann Miller in HD. It’s something to be appreciated. It’s weird though – I swear when I saw this back in 1993, I had problems with it. But ya know… now… with a cast counting Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo, THE GUZMAN and an amazing turn by Viggo Mortensen… well I honestly love every last minute of the film. Also on HD this week is the sequel, which I just refuse to watch on general principle.
I can’t imagine owning the complete series to I LOVE LUCY… but ya know – there’s crazy people that love this show. Lucy kind of made me scared of marriage for my entire life – until I finally met someone that wasn’t at all like her. Beautiful box set here – and if you go now, you can buy this and QUEER AS FOLK – THE COMPLETE SERIES for 125.00 off the suggested retail. Odd pairing, don’t you think?
When my parents bought a VCR – they bought 3 films in VHS that day. FANTASTIC ANIMATION FESTIVAL, FLESH GORDON and FANTASTIC PLANET. I love this film. It’s like some surrealistic science fiction shroom trip from hell. I love it. Made back in 1973 by Rene Laloux, this animated classic, we got to show at FANTASTIC FEST last year as a double feature with THE FOUNTAIN and Darren Aronofsky presented this with me. If you loved THE FOUNTAIN – you absolutely owe it to yourself to check this out. This is intelligent challenging science fiction that is visually mesmerizing and brilliant. Fantastic film.
I can’t believe that Pinhead is the same age as my wife – but at the same time – this is the film that changed what I thought I knew about horror forever. It prompted me to read Clive Barker – which led me to a lot of darker material still. The skinned suits are stunning. The make-up astonishing. And it feels so fucking dirty and twisted and fucked. I can’t imagine the remake. But this dvd owns. There’s a commentary by Clive Barker. Lots of interviews, making of features, posters, stills, the screenplay and more. And the transfer is quite nice. But man – this is a title I’d love to see in HD. EW.
Are you throwing a politically charged Halloween party – then this is the horror film for you. Wanna see Ronald Reagan chopping up hippies and tree-huggers? Well… you kinda get it with this. It’s a hilarious film directed by David Arquette that just is a shitload of fun. It’s kinda funky, trippy and weird – but it is a lot of fun. However, if you wanna see an awesome Paul Reubens character – you’ll get that here too. A very fun movie. Give it a look.
I’m a Chucky fan. And SEED OF CHUCKY is the most filthy and deliciously wrong film in the series. Watching the opening title sperm adventure in HD is just very weird and a little too perfectly twisted. That said, this is the horror title that Universal put out this year. Next year – I’m hoping to see HELLBOY II at this time in HD, cuz that’ll make me real happy. Or how about the classic UNIVERSAL HORROR films? I love Jennifer Tilly in this film… and John Waters. Life is good.
Do you know an Irwin Allen TV geek that you love dearly? Well – for $400 bucks, you save $340 and you get them an amazing fucking collection. LOST IN SPACE, LAND OF THE GIANTS, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA and my fave, THE TIME TUNNEL. It’s kinda bliss. The look of these series are perfect. Gorgeously funky production design and really fun plot lines that were playful and great. The scores by folks like John Williams. I love this collection. And can’t recommend it enough!
A documentary on the life of HP LOVECRAFT is something that all geeks should have, but in the most fitting manner – this is a strange and bizarre documentary about a strange and bizarre character. The narration and the visuals are archaic and weird – taking a cue from Lovecraft’s own musings in his letters and stories. The final product is a very unique look at a very unique individual. It’s nice to have this finally on DVD.
If you know it, you’ll own it. If not – well, if you have a love for 80’s graffiti, breakin’ and rapping… this is a wonderful look at that world and era. A quasi documentary… but it’s more than that… or maybe less than that. Anyway – it’s 25 years old and coming back atcha!We’ll finish out October next week with titles like SPIDER-MAN 3, TWIN PEAKS, Looney Tunes, DAY WATCH, a Three Stooges collection, Barbara Stanwyck collection, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, BASKET CASE 2, THE EROTICIST and much more! Till then, enjoy…
Oct. 21, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST
Some cool reviews - finally! Welcome back, Harry,
Oct. 21, 2007, 9:56 p.m. CST
by Mister Man
Oct. 21, 2007, 10 p.m. CST
Guests included EWS actress Julienne Davis and cinematographer Larry Smith. It was a realy insightful look into the man and the artist, and what was an incredilby interesting shoot. Hope you and your readers enjoy it! http://blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=100192
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST
..marked on calendar. BREATHLESS, DAYS OF HEAVEN and KUBRICK box set! saw HELLRAISER in theatre when i was a kid, sat in SMOKING section which cost 50 cents more.
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST
I really wish you guys would just ignore the HD titles. Does anyone even have HD players yet?
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:13 p.m. CST
An independent theatre out here in Tucson (LOFT CINEMA!) showed a 35mm print of Fantastic Planet a few months ago. This is the kind of film that kicks you in the nuts and rubs your dick in the dirt. And I mean that in a very, very good way. Good writeups, as always Harry. It's strange to think that just two and a half years ago it would have been very illegal for me to have had a threesome with Hellraiser and your wife.
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST
Was that show as awesome as I remember it or should I just pass?
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST
by yoko knowles
2 1/2 years ago I was 18 - you could've had a threesome with me
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST
a)re: the above yoko post....uhhhhh, hayyyyyy now. ummm, how about the Jets, huh? "Days of Heaven" on dvd, you don't say! That was Terrence Awkward's best..I mean Malick! Terrence Malick! Nevermind....b) the extras on Young Indiana are rediculous. I want to pick this up based on the supplementary documentaries alone. I thought they would all be "making of" stuff but it's all just straight up history. Rad!
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST
I suppose I missed my window of opportunity. Would you mind if I cuddled with the big red guy after watching Days of Heaven next week?
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:46 p.m. CST
I don't know if I can hold out on the Kubrick until a blu-ray comes along... this is the real definition of BLUE balls. hahahahah.....
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST
If anything is the worst out of all Eli Films.The story was just was worse then the first,the characters are still nothing but abunch of stupid hollow horney teenagers and the ending was so stupid if anything eli is getting worse as a film maker. You'd think he'd be getting better as a story teller considering he's friends with most of the best horror diectors,but then again so is mick garris and that guys a joke.
Oct. 21, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
GREAT production values, but the "infotainment" vibe rubbed me the wrong way, and the fact that Lucas YET AGAIN has butchered the original by removing all of the "Old Indy" wraparounds and putting all the eps in chronological order (meaning all of the REALLY BAD 10-year-old Indy eps are crammed into this first set). Plus, EVERY SINGLE FEATURETTE is a history lesson. Not ONE making-of for the show itself?! And all this for an HBO ass-rape price of $70? Not even seeing a young Catherine Zeta Jones bellydancing in one episode could entice me to revisit this crushing disappointment.
Oct. 21, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST
Way to go, Harry. Now if you'd just post that PayPal donation link for the proposed "Get Harry a PS3" fund.
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:03 a.m. CST
i read that they were re-inserted, despite having been removed from the VHS versions. am i wrong?
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Wow. It. Is. On!
Oct. 22, 2007, 1:21 a.m. CST
...the corny last 10 minutes.<br> And am I the only one who thinks that Nicole Sullivan has the sexiest voice ever!
Oct. 22, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST
HD or Blue Ray treatment. It's easily one of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful American films ever made.
Oct. 22, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST
yeah, the 93-year-old Indy wraparounds are still gone, Christ knows why.
Oct. 22, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST
Any idea if this release of EWS is the European cut or the US theatrical cut? I guess I just can't get enough Tom Cruise orgy fun!
Oct. 22, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST
I thought for sure The State came out this week. Turns out you can only buy individual episodes on amazon.com. Lame.
Oct. 22, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST
I finally got around to seeing that Kenneth Anger vol.II. I have to say it was tits. Weird, but cool nonetheless. Thanks. Now I gotta go find the first one
Oct. 22, 2007, 5:32 a.m. CST
The water Drop is tthe scariest thing i´ve ever seen.
Oct. 22, 2007, 5:32 a.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2007, 5:57 a.m. CST
I haven't seen either, so I figure I'd wait until they bundle them up together, but if they're going to make a third part, then I'll wait. (I'm very patient.)
Oct. 22, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
Another huge fan of that here. We recorded that from Dutch television somewhere in the late 70's and needless to say the film impressed the hell out of me when I watched it again and again as a kid and still does... Highly recommended to all of those who are interested in animation/scifi and genre films in general. This would make a great double feature with Barker's Hellraiser, with Fantastic Planet being no doubt the more unsettling/imaginative/disturbing of the two.
Oct. 22, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
That film was a lesson in how to screw up a formula movie. I think Spike Lee and Martin Scorcese should team up for their next movie and see how much credit their combined reps can add to a terrible movie. My suggestion would be a remake of 'Short Circuit' set in the ghetto.<br><br>But thanks, Harry, this was really a very good sampling of upcoming DVDs and I really appreciate this column.
Oct. 22, 2007, 7:40 a.m. CST
because as I site here at my desk job pretending to work. I know Harry has the best job in the world.
Oct. 22, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST
by Jerri Blank
It’s been a great year to be a Lindsey Anderson fan. Criterion’s “if…” in June, “O Lucky Man” this week, and Criterion just announced “This Sporting Life” for January release.
Oct. 22, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST
Was it like XMAS/Bday money or did you get a good allowance? I nvr got much in the way of XMAS/Bday money, but I didnt started getting an allowance until I was like 10 (that was 1982) and 50 cents a week. And you know back then movies were a lot more expensive to buy. With He-man figures, and M.A.S.K I was okay too me a little while to save up for those. Thankfully I did good in school gave me some extra loot or a couple in and odd jobs. But you have any idea how long it would take me to buy a transformer. Optimus Prime / Megatron forget about it. I had to settle for the likes of Insecticons (Kickback is the very 1st transformer I bought) or some knockoffs, lol.
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST
/Eli Roth sucks arguement. That was thrashed around enough this past summer. I question the quote "you can tell with crystal clarity what is being cut off in that final sequence. And long to taste it." I haven't seen the movie yet, but wasn't that someone's penis cut off at the end? What exactly am I supposed to "long to taste"?
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST
I didn’t think AICN could do it. All hail the return of the "DVD PICKS AND PEEKS" column! Now, don't get sidetracked as we head into the Holiday season. In fact, I will say no more, as I don't want to jinx this.
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST
I know I'm a fucking bore to ask you that every week, but you really let me down with that one. I gave up for that Jim Cameron interview part deux, or the WalterB TB, but not this time...
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST
Hostel 2 was ok but it still wasnt even as close to being as good as the original. http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror-on-dvd.php and dont forget http://tinyurl.com/pvd8do
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST
I've always assumed the wraparaounds were removed because Indy dies in the 4th movie... So it would be a canon thing. <p> </p> That's just speculation on my part, I have no idea.
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST
And I mean speculation about Indy's death, not the wraparounds...
Oct. 22, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST
I'm speculating about the wraparounds too - fuck I need a coffee.
Oct. 22, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST
has anyone noticed the audio feature on Planet Terror, where you can choose audience reaction from a screening. Is this a first?
Oct. 22, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST
To be honest I really won't miss the wraparounds with the 93 year old Indy. I mean it was cool that Indy survived to be an old man(it meant that drinking the Holy Grail worked), but I also didn't like that one of his eyes got slashed somewhere and he had to wear an eyepatch. Also, I realize watching the original format of the show that even if an old man had awesome adventures like Indy, it'd still be a BORE to listen to him tell them! I'd be like Kevin listening to Robert Dunder on The Office!
Oct. 22, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST
...so little money! But The Shining and 2001 will be mine on HD.
Oct. 22, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST
The part where you can see the cameraman/assistant in the mirror after Scrooge's transformation. Can't they CG that out of the movie?
Oct. 22, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST
Again. The immortality only lasted inside the seal in the cave.
Oct. 22, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Wu Fang
I've always loved Fantastic Planet, maybe the greatest animated sci-fi ever! And I'm very curious about this Hellraiser DVD. For anyone interested in horror movies as much as I am, check out my horror movie blog: thevaultofhorror.blogspot.com
Oct. 22, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST
Fuck, that cover alone made me cum a little bit. Have to have it (that, and 2001: A Space Odyssey in HD). The only thing I don't like about the Criterion collections are that they're in NTSC. I fuckin hate NTSC. Looks so pixellated, it's like watching everything in Lego-vision. PAL for me.
Oct. 22, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST
I could never get into this show, either. I tried during its initial run, and then later when it was released on VHS. This past week, the History channel was airing some episodes along with a few of the new docs. It finally hit me that I just didn't like watching Indy portrayed in such a squeaky-clean manner. There's also nothing interesting to me about watching a little buck-toothed kid trying to teach Krisnamurti about Ty Cobb.
Oct. 22, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST
Pure joy, that would be.
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST
by Boba Fat
And I'm going to gorge on them like the greedy cinematic truffle hog I am.
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
...for Nicole Kidman in panties. That's what that movie was good for, and not much else. She's so purty
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
I should say that. The only way it could possibly be improved upon is...Nicole Kidman in panties
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
Damn it Harry, your ability to not be lazy or distracted by shiny objects has lost me cold hard cash... Must be having a woman, she must have you organized and efficent.
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST
...would get me to go to the new Star Trek movie! "Dammitt, Jim...I'm a doctor not a - OH MAN LOOKIE THAT!"
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST
I love LOVE this film. Its just pure genius. I love the look, the story, the uncommon way the film unfolds and especially yhe siundtrack. Its perfect. I remember picking up this from a rental place in the summer of 1990, along with episodes of "The Prisoner" whicj I jadn't seen before either. That was a truly great week of viewing. Fantastic Planet will be mine, along with Young Indy (can't wait) and I may just splurge on the complete Prisoner box set at the same time. Can't wait!!
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST
While searching for Fantastic Planet, I came across a DVD offering for "Time Masters", another (later) animated film by Rene Laloux, the same director as Fantastic Planet. Has anyone heard of or seen this film? The description is as follows: "Jaffar is a hero for hire who must race to save Piel, a boy stranded on a remote planet after being attacked by giant hornets. A creative and stirring animated film from the director of the cult classic FANTASTIC PLANET. Production designer Moebius is the visionary behind the legendary comix magazine and subsequent film HEAVY METAL."
Oct. 22, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST
by Baron Karza
I dont remember him being able to fly through space. Did he get upgraded?
Oct. 22, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST
This was a wonderful swan song by Kubrick, not a piece of shit as so many claim. Saw this movie the day it came out, and the next day. Day 1, I was stoned to the bone and spent the entire film with a horrible knot in my stomach. The film brilliantly assesses the feelings of a marriage that has been going on for a few years, and the jealously that can still creep up. The first time I saw it it was a horribly effective emotional attack. The next day, I saw the film in an entirely new way, as the black comic follow up to Strangelove. I often laugh out loud at the halting dialogue in Kubrick's films, whether it be the drink on the space station in 2001, or the Interview in The Shining. Eyes Wide Shut is just filled with it. Did it look like NYC, not really, and it wasn't supposed to. Was the slick European Don Juan supposed to be ridiculous, of course he was. Why did it take so long to film the pot scene, because Kubrick wanted to fucking get it right. If you didn't like it, watch it again with the idea that it is supposed to be funny. You think Kubrick didn't find the endless circling of the perfect asses funny? The costume shop? The fuck you stoned asshole attack on Tom's character? This movie is funny. Come on. Kubrick, like it or not, put on the screen exactly what he wanted to put on the screen. The name of the book the film is based on is translated as "Dream Novel", and that's another key to the film's greatness. It is a dream. A dream of NYC, a dream of marriage and sex and danger (remember he almost fucked the prostitute with HIV)and pot and jealously. Was Nicole hot in the film? Of course she was. I think Kubrick is the only person who ever really captured how pretty she is on film. Why does she stand on the screen in the first shot of the film and drop her dress revealing full nudity? Because Kubrick wanted to get it out of the way so we could concentrate. It's like kissing a girl at the beginning of your first date, get the uncomfortable waiting out of the way so you can enjoy yourself. This is an endlessly fascinating film that I have watched probably 20 times, and have taken different things from it each time.
Oct. 22, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST
Hi, I first saw "Time Masters" (Original title "les Maîtres du temps", adapted from a French book called "l'orphelin de Perdide" which would translate as "the Orphan from Perdide", Perdide being the main planet where the film takes place) when I was fifteen. Loved every second of it. I saw it again two or three years ago (I'm now 36) and I still loved it, even though the animation has aged quite badly. The story is classic sci-fi but with a very moving twist. The designs are really stunning. See it if you get the chance. Oh, and there's a song called "the galactic drunk" which is quite funny... Bonsoir :)
Oct. 22, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
I'LL MAKE THAT SHIRT FOR YA (I MADE ELI'S CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST SHIRT) FIRE ME A MESSAGE BIG GUY
Oct. 22, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST
but Harry I don't want to taste that last seen in Hostel part II....severed cock ain't on the menu in the hickman household, you are seven shades of wrong
Oct. 22, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST
It must have sucked for the people who had to accommodate for Harry wanting to scuba dive.
Oct. 22, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST
One of the best ad more original horror films to date. Although I liked Hellbound much better (as it provided more of Pinhead along with his origin.)The first one was an instant classic so why a fucking remake? Hollyweird ran out of ideas. While on the subject of Hellraiser, What the fuck happened to Clive (Barker) while watching the iterview for his game Jericho, He looks and sounds like he's got 3 weeks left before giving up teh ghost. As much as I would joke about him receiving "bad meat" in the can, I can't help but feel concerned for the guy, as he is one of my fav horror scribes.
Oct. 22, 2007, 4:31 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Rodriguez also had one of these on the Sin City deluxe set.
Oct. 22, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST
have you seen eyes wide shut?<p> </p> she takes off the panties.
Oct. 22, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST
Ive been getting every Bava film I can these last few weeks so im not getting this box set but I really want BARON OF BLOOD plus netflix doesnt have the DAYS OF HEAVEN criterion collection of the HOLLOWMAN directors cut. they're good but they piss me off sometimes, and I better like CASSHERN because ill have it tomorrow after seeing it on last weeks picks
Oct. 22, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST
Young Indy MSRPs for $99, but is available for $70, which is still out-fucking-rageous! Full Metal Jacket is NOT being released on SD DVD unless you get the boxset. But all of the other 4 movies are, and all 5 of them are available on BD or HD, despite Harry not including the links for some of them.
Oct. 22, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST
by Mace Tofu
Rocky Horror had one on it's old Laserdisc before the DVD. Didn't know about the SIN CITY track. Is the Color on FANTASTIC PLANET fixed? because the last DVD looked off from what I remember the times I saw in a theater ( First time was at a drive-in with THX 1138) Harry seems to be giving Bluray a fair shake on this list so why the hate? Both GRINDHOUSE movies looked great upconverted on my RCA HD player.
Oct. 22, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST
Harry's wife is only 20?
Oct. 22, 2007, 11:06 p.m. CST
Uhhh...how could we forget about THAT?
Oct. 23, 2007, 12:46 a.m. CST
Daywatch finally comes to American shores, I say that because as far as I can tell it was harder to find in theaters then Pimps Up, Ho's Down was when it was released. But man I really hope that Daywatch is good, and I am sad I didn't get to see it on the big screen. Damn you America for being afraid that year old European movies are 10 times better then your tent pole summer movies. Also as far as Hostel 2 goes, I just watched I spite on your grave and that penis snip snip felt a lot worse then the Hostel one, I really don't know though what movie had worse special effects? Also like the overuse of the cutting sound made the blood bath lame, getting cut doesn't sound like slicing cardboard, and I should know I used to be the queens royal executioner.
Oct. 23, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST
Breathless? Days of Heaven? The Stanley ****ing Kubrick collection? I mean, I won't be able to buy these yet, but, damn, what great films...
Oct. 23, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST
Being from a quasi-north-central-eastern European area i've gotta say i used to watch and read tales all about those stories that happened in that yonder part of the world, Battleship Potemkin's use of masses of people as a force unto itself was amazing, tru;ly a classic and Eisenstein's other greats Aleksandr Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible 1 and 2, it's incredible what work he released under a dictatorship, my grandpa who was drafted into the red army in ww2 in the satellite states among his jobs was a projectionist in red army theaters for news, propaganda, and films just like these. another thing i like about the eastern european lore is their love of history, the fairy tales are like no other especialaly the films of Aleksandr Ptushko (Stone Flower, Sadko, Ilya Muromets, Sampo, Scarlet Sails among others) easily my favorite fantasy director. the hundreds of extras used for those battle scenes, and life-size monster puppets were extraordinary (in 1 movie a giant 2 story staypuft man on an envoy seems almost a precursor to Jabba), the overwhelming size of the massive castles and the endless forests and landscape was awe-dropping. those folks sure knew how to make everything bigscoped.
Oct. 23, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I would love it if this DVD was repackaged to look like some sort of Farrelly Bros. type dirty comedy.
Oct. 23, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST
you can't make a character study with poor actors, even with Grand Master K behind the camera. Cruise and Kidman were horrible in that film.
Oct. 23, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST
is so smokin' hot in Breathless. Such a wild film, can't wait to be picking that up.
Oct. 23, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST
by Mr Incredible
I meant to type 'CRAPT', too. When HBO was desperate for programming.
Oct. 23, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST
Maybe they're not including them because they'd clash with the continuity they're creating in the new film?
Oct. 23, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST
Looking over the quote again I get it now.."Note for all you BLU RAY lovers – this is out exclusively on Blu-RAY where you can tell with crystal clarity what is being cut off in that final sequence. And long to taste it." So, you're calling "BluRay lovers" cocksuckers...glad I could clear that up.
Oct. 23, 2007, 10:38 a.m. CST
I'm serious. If you watch it, Kubrick deliberately makes Tom Cruise look even MORE shorter than Nicole Kidman and every other woman through the whole movie!
Oct. 23, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST
Aside from Criterion, the covers of these discs look like ass. How about using the original posters which are much cooler than the bad marketing cut and pastes. Seriously. And isn't that new TWIN PEAKS set coming out on the 30th?
Oct. 23, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST
Yeah the testicle slice in I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE was awsome, that was sick how they did that little blood burst. As for the movie, the axe wielding motor boat shot at the end made it all worth it. I dont know why I've been watching these explotation movies lately (FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE, MOTHER'S DAY etc.) I dont even realy like them, theres just something about a fucked up premise I cant turn down. Maybe they should make a box set of rape films for all the sick fucks out there. Haven't seen HOSTEL 2 yet but I'm sure I'll like it
Oct. 23, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST
by Bone-In Foray
Holy DVD releases Batman. Per someone's earlier comment, any word on the rating of this EWS release? More to the point - is WB planning on releasing the NON-HD unedited version (you know - for the 99% of us who haven't been snookered into overpaying for soon-to-be obsolete equipment) so that I can finally own Kubrick's original vision? Censorship sucks.
Oct. 23, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST
.of all Kubrick's films this is my favorite, sure it's not as "Kubrick" as his others which are all about different human faults but for such a meticulous perfectionist, his heist film was sharp precision.
Oct. 23, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST
after not seeing it since its original video release. Amazed at the simplicity/complexity of the boot camp sequences, if that makes any sense.
Oct. 23, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST
From what I've read, the assistant guy Leon Vitali oversaw the whole box set to the specifications of Kubrick's wishes, which means the movies should be full frame, right? He composed them (with the exception of 2001, Spartacus and Lolita) for video so the theatrical versions were actually cropped from his compositions. But I've been checking around and everything seems to refer to the DVDs only having the widescreen matted versions.<p> What's the deal? Anybody know?
Oct. 23, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST
EWS is a masterpiece. I laugh at those who still slander it almost ten years later.
Oct. 23, 2007, 7:03 p.m. CST
by Mickey The Idiot
It was always may impression that all the post-2001 films had to be shown 4:3 classic academy in theaters as well, and that Kubrick would send his own spies round to cinemas to make sure they complied... and God help them if they didn't.
Oct. 23, 2007, 9:15 p.m. CST
People if you haven't seen this film, very high recomendations from me.
Oct. 23, 2007, 9:39 p.m. CST
by Mickey The Idiot
Because, as ever, even our local 'upmarket' stores (yes B&N and Borders, I mean you) couldn't be arsed to stock O Lucky Man. I don't expect Best Buy to make the effort, but somehow get suckered into believing that those other stores will.
Oct. 23, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST
The interview with Leon Vitali that I read was talking about the OLD Kubrick box set. So it was that one that was made to Kubrick's specifications, not this one. So, it's my understanding that this set (as awesome as it looks) is going against Kubrick's wishes and cropping the movies to satisfy people who don't know this is a rare case where widescreen isn't better.<p> That's what it seems like to me, although everyone seems to disagree with each other in the Amazon reviews and everywhere else I've gone looking for an answer to this.
Oct. 24, 2007, 12:31 a.m. CST
by cuckoo's indian
I don't think this is ever going to be TRULY settled because there is the intangible element of widescreen TVs. Kubrick framed for both film and video because he was an insane perfectionist. He had a predisposition to a more square frame because of his still photography background. BUT, he did allow his movies to be widescreen in the theaters, so it seems obvious to me that his primary goal was to COMPLETELY FILL the audience's screen and not have any cropping with his movie. So if you've got a widescreen TV, Kubrick would want the top and the bottom cut off. If you've got a square tv, Stanley would want his movie to fill the entire screen. Since WB obviously did one printing for the standard and HD editions, I suppose it makes sense that they did it widescreen. I suspect you'll be able to find masterful compositions for both kinds of frames. Maybe that's another reason he required so many takes! :-)
Oct. 24, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST
Good points. But when his assistant talks about it he definitely says that the full frame, TV screen versions are Kubrick's intended version. He knew that after playing in theaters they would be seen forever on TV screens, so he composed the shots for TV screens.<p> The obvious thing to do, though, would be to put both versions on there. But I guess the technology that they had when DVDs first came out is no longer available, so they can't do that anymore.<p> thanks cuckoo's indian.
Oct. 24, 2007, 1:54 a.m. CST
by cuckoo's indian
But I imagine Leon was justifying the full screen versions at the time because we all had square TVs. That doesn't necessarily mean Kubrick didn't put the same about of effort into the widescreen compositions people would see in theaters (theatrical screenings HAD to matter to the guy). There are many composition I can think of (ie, when Tom Cruise moves in for the slow kiss with the blonde hooker in EWS) that look decent full-frame, but were clearly designed for the feeling of negative space you get with wide screen. Kubrick was a master chess hustler. I really think he was the only filmmaker to truly balance both formats in his brain as he shot his films. But you're COMPLETELY right. If there was a way to include both formats, then film buffs could rejoice.
Oct. 24, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST
I have everything from Killer's Kiss onwards, but Fear and Desire I just can't find anywhere. Does anyone know if his earlier films even exist on DVD?
Oct. 24, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST
... or even The Thin Red Line, I just don't see it ever happening. Seems to me that Malick's final cut is just that. Final.
Oct. 24, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST
i stopped reading this after the warners/kubrick part. hey, douche, stop complaining about getting a free box set in the mail you ungreatful ass cock. some of us buy discs. you're a dick.
Oct. 24, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST
it's like shoving it down our throats. I have The Insider in normal DVD, why would anybody want it in HD? Is this an epic masterpiece like LOTR? no so what's the point. why even mention it. Oh Carlito's Way in HD! stop the press, Batman! it's the end of the World.
Oct. 24, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST
Malick doesn't have final cut? I didn't know that. I assumed he would have. I just can't really imagine different versions of his films existing (and frankly, I don't really like the idea). I'm just not a big fan of all these so-called director's cuts we get shoved down our throats these days. In some cases, it does make sense and is, I guess, necessary. But most of the time it just pisses me off. Whenever I ask someone if they've read The Old Man And The Sea, they don't ask me "which version"? Different mediums, I know. Guess I just wish the fuckin studios would stop interfering. Maybe in a perfect world.
Oct. 24, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST
by Mickey The Idiot
There's an interesting FAQ on the aspect ratio stuff at http://tinyurl.com/2j4bmf - well, let's say it includes some sourced versions of what should be going on, even if it doesn't quite resolve things.
Oct. 24, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST
by Mickey The Idiot
But wasn't the late great John Alcott one of the first DPs to be given access to the really fine grain Super 35 stock, where you shoot everything 4:3 and then mask to either 1.85 or even one of the scope ratios. That probably confuses things all over again. I did hear on Kasdan's Silverado, for example, that the home video was an unmasked 4:3 off a film that was projected 2.35:1. Oh, my brain hurts - but then with a former stills man like Kubrick, I'd say this stuff does matter (though Stanley himself is probably roaring with laughter given what's been learned about his sense of humor since his death).
Oct. 24, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST
by cuckoo's indian
That was interesting. I do believe the Shining looks better 4:3. But I guess we'll never know how Kubrick would have reacted to widescreen TV's.
Oct. 24, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST
Thanks Pinpin for that info on Time Masters. The listing I saw for it on DeepDiscount DVD was actually out of stock, so I'll have to keep looking. Can't wait for that "Galactic Drunk" song! Also, as an update for those of you tracking my DVD purchases, and I know you are legion, I am proud to report that the Young Indy set 1 AND Fantastic Planet are on their way to my home, along with Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack to Planet of the Apes (original movie, of course, been looking for this CD for ages, I used to have a cassette) and the DVD of Olivier's Othello from 1965, which I have been waiting 18 years to get, ever since I saw it at a university campus cinema in 1989. Olivier's "soul brother" Othello is so trippy, can't wait to see him shuffle on stage swaying his "black" ass and do his jazz/beat poet performance of an epilleptic fit. Trust me, if you haven't seen Olivier's Othello, rush out and do so. Its just jaw dropping. I'm not decided if its jaw-droppingly awful or amazing, but it sure is intersting.
Oct. 24, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST
by El Bicho
The man was a genius. If you didn't like or understand the films, that's a reflection on you, not him.
Oct. 25, 2007, 1:29 a.m. CST
Seriously, Mr.Zombies first try or Mr. Arquette? While being one of the worse films I've seen all year The Tripper did try something new (political slasher) and had it's moments- non of them were scary in the least- but it did have it's moments. Mr. Zombie's first stab was equally uneven but there is no doubt he rebounded on Devil's. I think Arquette might have something . . . anyone care?
Oct. 25, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST
... or at least the 150-minute version screened to Academy members before Malick cut it down is available as part of a very nice 2-disc set from Italy with packaging that looks like a book. Much recommended. Thin Red Line extended cut? We can keep praying, but it won't be for a long time, if ever. So wait a minute... Harry's wife is the same age as my little sister?
Oct. 25, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST
i got a ps3 so i gotta use it for something
Oct. 25, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST
That was very mature of you. Good man.
Oct. 25, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST
Thanks for the info. I'll definitely go searching for that one. Probably won't find it on Amazon, huh?
Oct. 25, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST
Oct. 25, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST
yeah ps3 has really no games right now besides mototrstorm (which is alright sort of fun but im not a racing fan) and rachet and clank which is great. alot of the games you probably want on ps3 are probably on 360 and free of slowdown, which the ps3 has a problem with sometimes. as for resistance i think its ok but not the killer app that gameinfromer lied to me about and said it was as good as gears of war. LIARS. im just being patient right now until mgs4 and killzone 2 are released, and some final fantasy news. if theres nothing good within the next year im just gonna get rid of it. wii is pretty fun at first but theres a no games for it right now either aside from metroid 3 (LOVE IT) and zelda (BEST ZELDA GAME EVER) but mario galaxy, smash brothers, mario kart, and some other games are coming soon and the virtual console is full of classics so i might lean towards the wii since you already have a 360 so theres really no reason to get a ps3 right now if you have a 360. but if love sports games wii is worthless
Oct. 25, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST
Oct. 25, 2007, 7:33 p.m. CST
The 150-minute cut of The New World is exclusively available from Italy - go to http://tinyurl.com/yw9ca9 to see what I'm talking about. Has all the same special features as the reular edition plus the extended cut. PAL/Region 2, if that makes a difference. Search "Il Nuovo Mondo" on eBay and you should be able to get it pretty easily, that's how I did. Anyway, very much looking forward to seeing the Criterion Days Of Heaven. Still on the subject of Malick, If only Fox had included the 30-minute "The Making of The Thin Red Line" that's on the VHS copy I'm still keeping hold of...
Oct. 26, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST
You people who say HD doesn't matter even for a movie such as INSIDE MAN make me laugh.<br> <br> You know who says stuff like that? People who don't have HD sets and players. And when I say HD, I don't only mean HD-DVD. I'm also including Blu-Ray.<br> <br> And to say, 'standard def ZODIAC looks pretty spiffy on my 32" LCD'. Wow. Really? Good for you. Now get some money and go out and buy a real screen. Something that is 60" or above. At least 52.<br> <br> And make sure it does 1080p/24.Because if you can seriously sit there and tell me TRANSFORMERS, or 2001, or stupid shit like SPIDER MAN 3 look better in standard def DVD than razor sharp true high definition (none of this upconversion shit) than I'll give you everything in my home theater.<br> <br> Cuz it doesn't. And you're wrong. Even the worst movie in the world is completely different in true HD when you see everything in the frame crystal clear.<br> <br> And Kubrick in HD? A dream come true. The man was a master with image manipulation and there is so much to see in each frame of his films. Watching THE SHINING in HD blew me away and I've seen that film 20 or so times.<br> <br> Get a real home theater, or at least a real TV before you say something stupid like that.
Oct. 26, 2007, 2:14 a.m. CST
the scenes when the witnesses are interagated (spelling) would look great i guess
Oct. 26, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST
Mate, you're a star. Thanks for that. I didn't even know about 'The Making of The Thin Red Line'. I also still have my VHS copy, but unfortunately it's the PAL version. No extras. Maybe it will all get better the moment we get Malick's work in HD.
Oct. 30, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST
by Damned if I can login
I'll say it once...so listen up!<p>"No one" is *two* words, or it is hyphenated, as in "no-one".<p>http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/noone<p>For the record, noone (or more correctly, Peter Noone) was the lead singer of Herman's Hermits. He also did an episode of Quantum Leap as I recall.<p>Ol' Damned out...
Nov. 1, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST
by joe b
A sample exterior shot of the hotel. Notice what he writes for the 1:85-1 frame, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v139/mayorgrubert/shining.jpg