I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely in love with the special editions of the Original Series. First off, this is the Original Trek. The Trek that you don’t have to feel embarrassed about being in love with because Shatner is a God here. Because Nimoy is the shit! When the episodes were goofy and stupid.. they still ruled, but in this first season… it’s all gold. The team behind STAR TREK was in full on brilliant mode. Ever since I got this set last week, I’ve been diving in and enjoying the hell out of it. Season One contains: arguably – the best episode of televised Trek ever… CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER written by Harlan Ellison and it was the first episode I watched. Trek in 1080 is astonishing. Shatner is impossibly young and Joan Collins’ eyes are just heavenly. Then there’s SPACE SEED – the prequel to STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN aka Greatest Thing Ever. Ricardo looks absolutely genetically superior in HD. It’s creepy! ARENA with the GORN is another favorite. And in the special edition – when the Gorn blinks – it freaks me the fuck out. I love it. Just a little thing, but it adds so much menace to a great old school costume. Other jewels are MUDD’S WOMEN, CHARLIE X, BALANCE OF TERROR, MIRI, MENAGERIE, THE CORBONITE MANEUVER and… well, they’re all classic in this season. The Box set has content in both HD and Standard Def – so you can play the episodes in either format. This is a really deluxe set! In addition – you have a send off certificate in the box set to get a Classic Trek Phaser HD-A2 Remote!!! I love it. You’ll need a photocopy of your receipt for the box set and a HD DVD player purchased between 11/20/07 and 2/29/08.
I haven’t seen the Unrated version of this film yet – and as usual Fox doesn’t send me any of their product to take a look at, but I will be picking this up eventually… probably as part of the DIE HARD Blu Ray COLLECTION with all 4 Die Hards in High Def. But I was very disappointed in the 4th DIE HARD film. Contrary to Bruce’s assertion that it was as good or better than the original… well, I’m afraid “The Bruce” was a bit hype’d on his own film. Its understandable. There is some insane stunt work in the film. I didn’t hate it for the Mac guy, I enjoyed the film… but I enjoyed it like I enjoyed the 2nd DIE HARD film. It was… well, just another sequel. In particular – I really disliked the character that Kevin Smith was playing. It just didn’t feel like anything bordering on reality. And I’m really sick of movies like this one and TRANSFORMERS – where the Computer Geek/Expert is always some half-crazed buffoon insane maniac. We Geeks are actually quite normal… excuse me, my HAM radio just went off. Brb.
Wow – what a fucking glitter covered turd ornament! I watched this – the standard def version – and I know… what the hell did I expect? Well… I liked the first SANTA CLAUSE.. I’m a sucker for Christmas fantasy titles. And after watching FRED CLAUS – I came home in the mood to find a better Christmas film… I put this on and suddenly decided that FRED CLAUS was a BILLION TIMES better in comparison – and still unsatisfactory. Luckily I found that MUNSTER CHRISTMAS thing which washed the palette clean. This is only for folks that have no taste and shit for brains!
If you can get past your basic fear of John Travolta as a woman – this film is quite a bit of fun. The film is totally worth it for Walken, Pfieffer and Latifah. And the young lady playing the star of the film is pretty rock solid – if you love the film, this is the most fun package to pick up. However, for those of you with BLU-RAY – it is on that format as well
Now I like the first and second seasons of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, but the saying 3rd Times the charm is definitely apt for this series, cuz the third season was when MI kicked it into high gear. For example, watch THE MIND OF STEFAN MIKLOS and you’ll see one of the best Martin Landau performances hands down. It is pure intellectual suspense and amongst the best one hours that television has given me. There’s a lot of greatness in this third season – far better than anything the film series has given us thus far.
When WILD WILD WEST turned 3, the world of the westerns had changed radically. The Spaghetti Westerns had come in and things got tougher in the West than they ever had before. Oddly, this series of WILD WILD WEST reflects that. This is never more clear than in the episode THE NIGHT OF THE VIPERS, which is a very violent episode… shocking for television at this time. As usual there is the fantasy and science fiction aspect, but damn – I’d love to see WILD WILD WEST done theatrically correct – and not terrible like Jon Peters produced. This season you can really really see the potential it had!
HEARTS OF DARKNESS is one of the greatest film documentaries ever made about a single production. Too good to be an extra on a DVD and completely worthy of buying on its own. That said – this has been out on DVD before – the big EXTRA for getting this is the addition of a new documentary, CODA: THIRTY YEARS LATER – which follows Francis Ford Coppola as he makes YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH – and folks – I’m DYING to see this film after watching this doc. It isn’t the monumental documentary that is HEARTS OF DARKNESS – it isn’t as epic, but what it is… is a fascinating look at a towering filmmaker attempting to return to former greatness and wrestling with what the genius of his youth was – how to defy the conventions that he’d fallen into later in his career. How to unlearn what he’s learned and rediscover the magic of collaborative filmmaking. It is a fascinating. And watching these two docs on the same disc – is something of a treat.
Christian Bale has in the last 5 years become one of the most awesome actors to drop what you’re doing and see each and every new film of his as it comes out. Add to that… a film by Werner Herzog… and you have a film on paper that sounds like a must see. This is an incredible POW film – and the idea of teaming up Bale and STEVE ZAHN probably didn’t sound like a great idea, but holy shit… Zahn steps up with his absolute best performance in his career to date. This is Werner Herzog’s best film in years. Well… GRIZZLY MAN kicked ass too. But ya know – when you watch RESCUE DAWN, it makes you feel like it’s the best thing he’s down since his greatest years.
I feel like I’m alone for loving this fourth season of TEEN TITANS. The 5 episode arc regarding Slade / Trigon / Raven are without a doubt my favorite episodes to involve this TEEN TITANS series. It’s always been a goofy show – and very fun, so when this plotline dealing with the apocalypse came in… it genuinely shocked me and made for a welcome dip into darker material than expected.
I love THE HISTORY CHANNEL – and specifically, I love THE UNIVERSE. As a science fiction geek – it’s natural to love hard science as it continues to supply further raw materials for Fictional story telling – as well as our own dreams about what’s out there. My good friend and contributor to AICN, Copernicus – is awesome because he’s one of the Astrophysicists that’s uncovering new things about the universe – and this show… with it’s gorgeous CG and explanations about how the Universe works is just a constant joy. Having the entire first season on hand is great for whenever I want to ponder… THE UNIVERSE.
I’ve never really been a fan of this series – preferring the brilliant version that was done by Timm/Dini/Burnett – and I really dislike the design and look of the show. This season saw a redesign of the Batman which is getting closer to Timm’s original design, but still not that cool. But this season was a solid step back into the right direction. And I thought it was nice to see them beginning to have better voice talent and beginning to finally open up The Batman’s universe. Let’s see where they go with a fifth season… if we ever see an end of this strike.
I love THE LADY VANISHES – here you have the best transfer yet – as Criterion has done a high def digital transfer. You also get the film CROOK’S TOUR from 1941 starring Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as their characters from THE LADY VANISHES. The film is fun, but definitely no LADY VANISHES. Probably my favorite extra are the few excepts of audio from Francois Truffaut’s interview with Hitchcock. It’s geek bliss. Again, Criterion does a knock out job on another fantastic title!
With the Holiday Season coming up and shopping being so so very hard.. I figured I’d help all of you folks that know somebody absolutely drop dead in love with… Johnny Depp. Here’s 50 minutes of pure Johnny being Johnny and it’s a fantastic interview. James Lipton’s INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO is an absolute joy to watch and a rare look at Johnny relaxed and open.
I love TREMORS – literally just finished watching this. The disc is a perfect transfer – with pretty much all the features that were on the collector’s edition that came out – but I think this is a new documentary, I may be wrong – I couldn’t find my old disc to do a comparison, think I loaned it to a friend… dammit, must stop being nice. Yeesh. Really wonderful movie.
One of Ingmar Bergman’s pre-Classic period – before THE SEVENTH SEAL and SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT. Personally – I’ve never much cared for it, though I do recognize its importance and can see how it foreshadows the themes and techniques that he later used to better effect. But this isn’t a film for the Ingmar virgins – but for a long time fan of Bergman’s work that would like to examine where and how he came to be the filmmaker he became later. That said, Criterion has done another fantastic job with a pretty obscure title.
Well – this is very definitely the best release we’ve had thus far on this title. You have a 5.1 stereo surround recording of the original score created for this in 1922. The transfer is stunning. There’s a near hour long documentary about the making of the film and how the filmmakers dabbled in the occult. Then – the real jewels…looks at these other films by F.W. Murnau including, JOURNEY INTO THE NIGHT (1920), THE HAUNTED CASTLE (1921), PHANTOM (1922), THE FINANCES OF THE GRAND DUKE (1924), THE LAST LAUGH (1924), TARTUFFE (1925), FAUST (1926 and TABU (1931). This is a fantastic set. It should be bought for the transfer on NOSFERATU… It’s great!
A joint Soviet/Cuba endeavor from 1964 – over 2 hours of breathtaking filmmaking adventure into the revolution as told through 4 different stories. The cinematography at play here is just stunning. The work that director Mikhail Kalatozov and his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky brought to this film is, in and of itself, nothing short than revolutionary. To attest to that, we have Martin Scorsese being interviewed about the film – and an amazing documentary on the making of the film, which won awards in its own right. This is one of the jewels of this week’s list.
The start of the original WALKING TALL trilogy – featuring the man-god Joe Don Baker. This is basically just a rerelease – but given the original issue from 2003 seems to be sold out everywhere – this is how you get the original tale of Buford Pusser and the hillbilly & redneck bullshit he had to deal with. This is a classic Southern saga – and Joe Don is perfection as Buford Pusser!
This set contains GOJIRA/ KING OF THE MONSTERS 2 Disc Set, GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN, MOTHRA VS GODZILLA, GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER, INVASION OF THE ASTRO MONSTER and TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA and ALL MONTERS ATTACK. Those last two are the first times those titles have been on DVD – which is a big deal for us Godzilla fans. In addition – each disc has the American and Japanese version of the titles. There’s tons of Godzilla extras for you. This is a perfect Christmas present for the MAN IN SUIT geek you know!!!
A stunning new film from Luc Besson. If you love IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and THE PROFESSIONAL and always though Clarence needed to be incredibly fuckable… then this is the movie for you. It actually a very touching and great film about a man at the end of his rope that has never really been able to do anything right – having a guardian angel that he falls in love with. Problem with Guardian Angels is… they’re only there while you need them, but how to hold on to one forever? That’s the rub. I absolutely love this film!
The collection of Seasons 1, 2 and the Lost Episodes. Nothing more than that really, but if you love Chappelle and haven’t picked any of the seasons up yet, here’s your chance to collect them all. Sad to think this is all there will be.
Before there was TWILIGHT ZONE and OUTER LIMITS there was TALES OF TOMORROW and frankly – of all the Science Fiction anthology series it’s my favorite. This set has a brilliant one with THE GREAT SILENCE starring a very young Burgess Meredith… or THE EVIL WITHIN with James Dean and Rod Steiger. If you love Science Fiction, this isn’t Schlocky Fiction, but the real thing!
The original Kevin Bacon STIR OF ECHOES is genius… adapted from the great Richard Matheson source material and I watch it a couple of times a year. So – when I opened up a piece of mail and pulled this out of the package… I immediately smirked. STIR OF ECHOES 2: THE HOMECOMING, starring ROB LOWE. Now, once upon a time, Rob Lowe wasn’t a joke – and in this film, he really does try his best. Sadly – the film is a festering steaming pile of shit. It attempts to be a message movie about the fighting in IRAQ and AFGANISTAN and how that has bred domestic racism and violence – and how that has in turn created angry pissed off Islamic ghosts of innocent American Islamist. It’s as subtle as an anvil falling on your head…. And 5 times as unpleasant. Don’t let curiosity get the best of you. It will just be wasted time and energy and money.
Here’s a lost jewel of seventies horror filmmaking. Starring John Savage of HAIR and THE DEER HUNTER, Ann Southern (of the famous MAISIE series, BROTHER ORCHID and so much more), Cindy Williams (AMERICAN GRAFITTI & LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY) as well as Luana Anders, Ruth Roman and Sue Bernard. The film is about a paroled sex offender, who moves into his mother’s Hollywood Boarding house where every seems to be spying on everyone and people that did the parolee harm end up MYSTERIOUSLY dead. This is something that has long been needing to be released on DVD.
Directed by one of Quentin Tarantino and Mine’s favorite unheralded directors… William Witney, come this wonderful 15 chapter serial from 1943. Working with his long time low-budget Special Effects wizard, Howard Lydecker – you have a wonderful serial filled with torture chambers, robot planes and things to you’re your skull cap. If you love this one, check out Witney’s other Serial classics like THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL or DRUMS OF FU MANCHU or ZORRO’S FIGHTING LEGION or my personal favorite Roy Rogers film of all time, TRAIL OF ROBIN HOOD which is the DESTROY ALL MONSTERS of B-Movie Westerns – and also one of the greatest obscure Christmas tales of ALL TIME! I’m completely serious!
And now for the weird oddball pick of the week. A 5-pack of gay & lesbian indie horror films. I’ve no idea about the quality – but aren’t you curious what gay and lesbian horror films are? One apparently is about a straight man’s obsession with his gay boss becoming deadly… does that make the film… HETEROPHOBIC? Or GIRLFRIENDS is apparently about a pair of Lesbian serial killers preying on men. I know you’re probably not bi-curious… but doesn’t any of this make you buy-curious?Well, that wraps up this week’s column – but next week we’ll be taking a look at FUTURAMA – BENDER’S BIG SCORE, WAITRESS, PAPRIKA, RETURN TO NEVER LAND, DRUNKEN ANGEL – Criterion Collection, BRATZ, HOT FUZZ 3-Disc Collector Super Edition, Lindsay Lohan’s I KNOW WHO KILLED ME, OLD SCHOOL HD, ANCHORMAN HD, THE OMEGA MAN HD & Blu Ray, SKIN WALKERS, VITUS, OUTLAND, Elvis’ Blue Suede Collection, DRAGON TIGER GATE, SOYLENT GREEN, HITLER’S JEWISH SOLDIERS and much much more!
Nov. 17, 2007, 11 p.m. CST
by El Scorcho
Too bad the ending was kind of silly.
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:04 p.m. CST
I hate that design 'style'. It looks like amateur garbage.
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST
What a great series
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST
I was under the impression that this edition would be the first time it has officially been released outside of VHS. Is there another region version?
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST
Sorry - thought it had come out before - that just makes it more of a jewel. Fucking love Milius in that doc!
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST
The I am Cuba set looks wonderful too... anyway, I have to stop blabbering, good write up as usual sir.
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST
Was the best film of the summer hands down. Die hard is probably one of the few series were the sequels do not let the series down. Die Hard 4 was just fun, you could tell Bruce was having a hell of a time making a movie he knew was good for once. He probably said that it was as good if not better then the first because he hadn't made a good movie (Where he was the main star in a while). This movie was head and shoulders above Trans lets ruin my childhood and make a movie about humans formers. The only thing that sucks is that I already got the box set. There should be a law saying that all movies coming out should come out in there fullest form, or maybe a deluxe and normal version. I am sick of buying movies just to have a much better version of it come out years later (Oldboy). I would rather just wait for the complete best version to come out along with a bare bones version, or that they let us know that there will be a deluxe version coming soon ala LOTR King Kong.
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST
I need to watch Batman: The Animated Series, but you gotta admit Joker in The Batman is all kinds of awesome.
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:41 p.m. CST
Because Bruce movies have a horrible record of releasing a deluxe version years later. Aragedon, 5th Element (I actually own both of one of the best SCI Fi movies ever), 6th Sense. I just hope getting the unrated version of 4.0 means that some of the obvious last minute editing of Live Free will be gone. And we can see the real conversations between JL and Bruce. Is is me or does anyone else realize that Chucks best friend is a graduate of the Justin Long school of acting like a geek?
Nov. 17, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST
I liked him in this movie, it is far from real, but its one million times better then Antony I can make horrible career decisions and still get work Anderson. And of course Kevin Smith is not going to turn down a movie role, he's a media whore. And he's at a point in his career where he can do what ever the fuck he wants. God I just saw Nick Cage for National Treasure 2 that series needs to eat shit and die.
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST
That is all.
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST
Whats the point of showcasing a movie in your picks and peeks article if you think it sucks? Santa Clause 3? Whats the point of even including it?
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST
sometimes - when you're doing the prep work for this column, you come across a film that pisses you off and makes you angry. It's called PICKS and PEEKS - sometimes you PEEk at shit.
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST
by Darth Fabulous
Maybe no gunshot over yippee-ki-yay motherfucker?
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:52 a.m. CST
Its just 3 minutes longer than the original version, will there be any fouler langauge and more blood in that nixed 3 minutes? I was thinking that it would have scenes that were'nt shown in theaters, anyone else heard different?
Nov. 18, 2007, 1 a.m. CST
by the beef
are of equal quality from the previous Kino releases? I have a Kino release of FAUST, and I may just trade it in if it's essentially the same of what's offered on the Nosferatu 2 disc.
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST
Melvin...one of these days someone's gonna kick yer ass!
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST
according to kino it is "lengthy excerpts" from the other movies. i went and checked because i had my doubts about fitting all those films plus nosferatu on 2 dvds...
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST
by the beef
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST
I think of Mitchell and MST3k. But walking tall is still classic kick ass. im really pumped about nosferatu and whenver theres a film put out on criterion...i must consume...im also excited bout futurama...oh joy!
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:07 a.m. CST
bruce willis looks like a friggin chemo patient on the cover
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST
gonna pick it up on Tuesday !
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST
How the heck does anybody have that much time on their hands to watch that much shit each week? I work 40-45 hours a week and am exhausted when I get home. I just flip thru the channels. I rarely have time to watch even 1 entire movie straight thru in an ENTIRE MONTH!!! Doesn't Harry ever workout? or shop for groceries? or clean house? the frickin' basic things that every human being has to do whether we want to or not!! I wish I could watch all this shit, but unfortunately for me life got in the way!
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST
I've had this fantastic doc on VHS for years...and haven't had a VCR in years either! Will gladly buy this and enjoy every single second!
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST
It's in German, but you got pictures: http://tinyurl.com/2x53xr
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST
It's amazing what you can do with no sleep.
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:45 a.m. CST
i love these silent horror films, they always had a feel and atmosphere even the best sound horror never had, at least in the gothic sense, it's like a continuation of the 19th century interest in the macabre. Seeing as it's filmed in the Slovakian countryside is authenticly awesome. and dabbling in the occult? those crazy crazies i love that.
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST
by Bill Clay
...actually made it seem more like a real Die Hard movie. I can forgive McClane for giving up the smoking and drinking, but he can't give up the F-bombs. Now, if only they could have gotten rid of the ridiculous part where he flies a helicopter...
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST
is like one of those bog standard Die Hard rip-offs that went straight to video in the 90s. It's appalling. To my mind there are only 2 good Die Hard films, the original and With A Vengeance.
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:41 a.m. CST
As I TRIED to tell all of you months ago, there's a bit more language and some brief shots of violence, but there IS NO all-out Hard-R version on film to be released. It was decided well before filming that they would aim for a PG-13, and the scenes were filmed accordingly. All there is to add back in for unrated is the small bits they had to trim here and there to finally get that PG13<br><br>That being said, I DH4 is the best Die Hard film since the first one. I was pleasantly surprised. LOVED it!
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST
it was a fun enough harmless flick. but the stunt casting of travolta in a fat suit added NOTHING to the film, and really dragged down my enjoyment of it (and everyone else I've talked to who has seen it)
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:53 a.m. CST
Fox are only releasing the PG-13 cut of Live Free/Die Hard 4.0 on Blu Ray-twats!!!
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST
"I hope you enjoy the list – which reflects my personal interests and recommendations", and then you mention at least 3 releases that you hated. What gives Harry?
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:23 a.m. CST
I was interested - watched them - and they pissed me off. Reflecting my personal interests means that they interested me enough to watch them - which might mean - they could interest you - I wrote to possibly prevent you from making the same mistake that I made.
Nov. 18, 2007, 5:17 a.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
Harry, in your (very cool) review of the original Trek on HD DVD, it should read "corbomite" not "corbonite." <p> See... there's no corbonite. There *is* carbonite; but they don't go together. However the "n" key is right next to the "m" key, so the possibilty of a misfire is pretty high there. <p> ...anyway... it's way too early for me to be awake right now...<p> Good luck with BNAT 9, Harry.
Nov. 18, 2007, 5:30 a.m. CST
...The Gman thing. Rented it on VHS back in the day. Was a great big giant bulky thing. Sucked massive balls, but that was more to do with the shitty production values of the time, the awful creative teams and appalling acting. The ideas were there though. Would make for a cute remake.
Nov. 18, 2007, 5:41 a.m. CST
In the UK we have the Eureka DVD label who release most of the Kino discs with, from time to time, slighlty different extras. We just got the Nosferatu and Murnau's Tabu in the same week - Tabu is one of those "I can't believe they made this so long ago" movies. Eureka also have Lang's incredible Frau Im Mond scheduled soon and they also released Time Masters and Gandahar, two animated movies from Fantastic Planet director Rene Laloix, both great for lovers of Moebius-influenced artwork. Those Star Trek discs are amazing, very addictive, been watching non-HD check discs of them for the last few weeks and it really is like watching the show for the first time again.
Nov. 18, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST
I'm sorry but there is no confusing the Unrated version that I saw with a PG-13 film. Not with about 30 fucks and bloody bullet hits, etc. As for Harry being disappointed because of Kevin Smith's character not being your particular brand of geek? Come on...
Nov. 18, 2007, 6:12 a.m. CST
Sorry man but those last two titles you mention in the Godzilla box set have been out on DVD before. There two new redone releases of Terror of Mechagodzilla and Godzilla's Revenge/All Monsters Attack are exclusive to the box set though. Which is a big deal to those of us who have to buy our DVDs and have already picked up the individual releases of the other titles included.
Nov. 18, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST
are bad caricatures...agree with Harry... and John McClane looks in that tech-world like stupid old daddy. I love all three DieHards but this last one was big disappointment for me
Nov. 18, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST
by barnaby jones
and has been for a few weeks. I can tell theres alot more cussing (the gun shot over the 'fucker' at the end is gone) and a few splashes of blood that i found hardly noticable. For me it was a slight improvement on an already good film.
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Joe Don Baker IS Mittens!
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST
by Big Dan
maybe my expectations were just really low. But I enjoyed it. Also Grizzly Man is one of the most retarded things ever put to film. That dude deserved to die.
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Big Dan
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST
Dear Harold, <br> <br> I know I give you a lot of shit, but you were in great form in this week's DVD column. Also, I could not agree with you more about LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD. I hated that fucking movie. <br> <br> Also, you're joke at the end of your commentary about LFODH made me laugh out loud. <br> <br> Have a nice T-giving.
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST
Did it ever get any previous coverage on AICN, sounds really interesting and I hope a return to the form of his earlier output (I was surprised he'd found time to direct in between his prodigious production output). Definitely going to check it out. Rescue Dawn was brilliant, Bale and Zahn delivering two amazing performances.
Nov. 18, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST
by Captain Dees
should have had the balls to admit he simply ran out of ideas after 2 seasons. I will slowly continue to collect dvd sets of the two GREATEST shows in Comedy Central history: MST3K and South Park.
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
If I wanna view some of the talkbacks from the last days all I get is a white screen. What gives, are there any tips so i can read and/or post in those threads ? Can you or the spouse fix that Harry, it's really annoying.
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST
is tremors HD region free? the whole HD being region free thingy is a nightmare. WB movies seem to be (blade runner and matrix are) but what about tremors?
Nov. 18, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST
Fantastic movie! Shit sequels to be sure. It's the same documentary as the SD release, but it's actually a pretty decent one. I've heard the image is a 3.5/5, maybe a 4/5, but it looked great on SD, so do not hesitate to pick this up. I so want an HD player now.
Nov. 18, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST
Watching that film it's amazing what they did with 1960's technology. That opening shot when they go from the top of a diving board into a swimming pool and then into a nightclub is fucking amazing. It puts Citizen Kane to shame (and I love Citizen Kane). I wrote a paper on this film and no one can explain how they achieved that shot with the technology they had at the time. Truly groundbreaking.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST
From Wiki, so grain of salt: The director was given considerable freedom to complete the work, and was given much help from both the Soviet and Cuban governments. They made use of innovative filming techniques, such as coating a watertight camera's lens with a special submarine periscope cleaner, so the camera could be submerged and lifted out of the water without any drops on the lens or film. At one point, more than a thousand Cuban soldiers were moved to a remote location to shoot one scene — this despite the then-ongoing Cuban missile crisis.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST
Just thought I'd mention it here. I don't know if the offer is on the Fry's website, but it is in their stores. I picked up *28 Days Later*/*28 Weeks Later* for $27, not to mention the two *Fantastic Four* movies and *Ice Age* and *From Hell*. They are also doing a lot of the Sony and Disney flicks too on buy 1 get 1 free for Blu-ray. And no, the FF discs are for my girlfriend, not my personal choices... The *Die Hard* movies aren't part of the offer though, but *AvP* is if you want to h8 on it cheaply and in high def.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST
I thought I recalled that being on LaserDisc back in the day. I swear I remember Leonard Maltin having a geek-gasm over the multiple audio tracks for it in his review on Entertainment Tonight back in the day.
Nov. 18, 2007, noon CST
It got delayed along with other MGM titles... I'd wait for it instead of purchasing it on DVD.
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST
Harry I think people must be confused when they tell you Season 4 wasn't great because it obviously was one of the best of the series. It was a great adaptation of the Wolfman/Perez story in the comics. I surprised to learn there were FIVE seasons of Titans when I always thought they had four. I think the first season was Slade making Robin his apprentice, S2 was Terra, S3 was the Trigon arc, and S4 was the last one with the Brotherhood of Evil.
Nov. 18, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST
Actually, that would be Eric Randomski and Bruce Timm. It was ultimately Timm's gig, but Randomski was #2 and came up with the idea of using black paper for the backgrounds which is what gave BTAS it's signature atmosphere and unique look. He also is the person who really made it shine given Timm wanted to do something more like the WB version. There were a lot of behind-the-scenes fighting between those two, but Eric won out, and the brilliant Fox version is thanks to him more than anything else.
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST
I got this three weeks ago in the UK and was amazed at how much more 'Die Hard' it felt with all the F-Bombs in. These aren't just dubbed in either. They've clearly shot a couple of scenes twice, once for PG-13, once for the F-Bomb filled DVD. There's a few more bone-crunching sound-effects and a spattering more blood than I remember in theatres. Most of all though we've got our John McClane back - blasting down villains whilst shouting "motherf*****" - that's more like it! and the transfer is great as well. one of the best i've seen in standard def
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST
is that the transfer is TERRIBLE. They took the original elements from the VHS version and simply transfered it to DVD's... no tweeking for today's technology-- nothing! Seriously folks... if you already have this on VHS or Laserdisc DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
Nov. 18, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST
WOW that's a good idea! I can get them and STILL not have to commit to a side in the HD war! and should I get an HD player, it's an automatic upgrade! A+ to set that smart enough to know the limitations of the HD format, and a set that also makes me feel smarter for skipping the original versions Trek sets! YAY!!!
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST
Was on laserdisc, but never on DVD. I'll be interested to see it and how Paramount and American Zoetrope have treated it and/or edited it, especially since they didn't let the directors of the documentary (George Hickenlooper and Fax Bahr) have anything to do with the DVD release...
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST
Trust me on this, man... they did NOTHING with the picture. It looks like muddy shit. The only thing that looks halfway decent are the clips from the actual film. Everything else is from the original source material, untouched digitaly.
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:23 p.m. CST
What the hell's corbonite? Is it the cubic zirconia of defensive weapons?
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST
Gotta say Harry, Picks and Peeks is my favorite part of this site. I look forward to it every week. I'm a video store manager who is always looking for cool new stuff to rent or for even for my own collection, and you find shit that's a movie lover's dream come true. Well done, ol' man!!
Nov. 18, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST
That was a fun monster movie. I loved the part where the giant worm crashes into the survivalist couples basement. Seeing the dad from Family Ties and Reba McEntyre unloading all kinds ammo into it the worm was great.
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST
The decision to make the movie PG13 didn't come about until a few months into the production of the movie. They explain in the audio commentary that they set out to make a "Die Hard" movie, and didn't have to deal with the PG13 crap until later on. And to clear things up about the unrated version- it is more of a Die Hard movie than the theatrical version. The running time may be only 3 mins more, but there are a lot of scenes with alternate takes. As they describe in the commentary, some scenes were shot with squibs, and then alternate scenes were shot without because they weren't sure what the studio wanted. You get a very clear "Motherfucker" at the end. And it is cut in a more coherent manner. Unlike the ending to the theatrical version which left you a little confused as to who was being shot and how.
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST
Queer Fear is put out by Tempe Video. They release really entertaining horror and exploitation low-budgeters. And yeah, they put out my "poor little vampire girl" movie DAWN as well.http://store.tempevideo.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TV&Product_Code=FC-242&Category_Code=CATALOG
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST
Sorry about long (and bad) link to Tempe Video. Forgot to fix it in TinyUrl.com. Here ya go. Check out their other stuff too. http://tinyurl.com/2xstdt
Nov. 18, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST
by future help
i too was surprised. and im now a fan for a 5th and final. call it, OLD HABITS DIE HARD. Bring in the son and bring back Bonnie. (and a cameo from Al.)
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST
Add my voice to the chorus praising that rockin' action flick. It wasn't perfect, but the few miscues and plot holes didn't really detract from a good time with an old friend. A rippin' summer movie. I've been looking forward to the Unrated DVD since July.
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:40 p.m. CST
But that was to be expected. Don't know why someone would think it's a good idea to bring the War in Iraq into a Stir of Echoes sequel.
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST
I always thought die hard 2 was the weakest die hard of all, especially for the bad acting..After watching DH4, I still think 2 is the worse one...Live free or DH stands somewhere between part one and 3 for me...I hope they restore all the trashy dialogue on the uncut dvd.
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST
Supposedly, Coppola didn't want it released because he said some bad things ("Martin Sheen is dead when I say he's dead" or something like that) and how he threatened suicide several times.
Nov. 18, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST
by Jaws Wayne
What the hell is that, is it just my computer ? Some talkbacks you can get access to but others you can't ? It's highly annoying, is there any way to fix that ?
Nov. 18, 2007, 5:07 p.m. CST
was a very big disapointment for me. like most ppl i am a huge fan of the original die hard, it is quite possibly the best action thriller ever made. none of the sequels hve come close to matching its explosive intensity. unlike most ppl i quite enjoyed die hard 2, i thot it was alot closer in tone to the original than veangance was, and part 4 didnt feel like a die hard movie to me, it felt like an average action movie with the character of McClane thrown in thus making it a die hard movie. but it was bad, lets face it, as one reviwer noted, it was a terrorist movie with no terror, it was dumbed down to appeal to the kids when it should have took the john rambo approach and went all out balls to the wall with it, the villain was the weakest villain ive ever seen in a mainstream action film, Mclane seems to have lost alot of character since the original, hes jst goin thru the motions lke this shit happens to him everyday, he doesnt seem vulnerable any more and that was part of his appeal in the earlier movies, the whole daughter thing was wrong, jst didnt work, wheres bonnie bedelia when u need her, the ending was way way over the top, i mean i could go on and on abt why this movie is bad, it has good points i guess, the action is solid, justin long i thot handled his part well, and there were one or two exciting moments, but generally speaking a big let down, good stunts/action does not equal great movie.
Nov. 18, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST
Indisputable top action film of the summer.
Nov. 18, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST
Released by Deimos/BCI, these are two incredible releases. Two Spanish horror films. The first is a Paul Naschy classic -- blood, guts, witchcraft, vampirism, decapitatiosn, zombies and breasts -- all in the SAME film!!! The second one is a classic from Amando De Ossorio (Blind Dead auteur), based on the German folktale of the Loreley & the Rhine River. Both are mastered in HD, enhanced for 16x9, gorgeous transfers -- Span & Eng languages, extras including commentary by Paul Naschy & Carlos Aured (on HRFTT). LG has Helga Line...almost completely nude, for you Euro-horror fans! Oh, and these are both the "unclothed" editions, if THAT means anything!
Nov. 18, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST
Oops...That, and, Recommendations (not recommendatiosn).
Nov. 18, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST
should have made the list instead of the Tim Allen flick.
Nov. 18, 2007, 9 p.m. CST
Are these the new CGI effect episodes of Star Trek or just remastered originals? Is there a plan to release the enhanced versions? Those are the ones I would love to get my hands on.
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST
Good lawd do I have the hots for that girl. And she's legal now, right? :p<br> <br> Mind you, I didn't actually bring myself to watch "Hairspray" just for her, she didn't seem to be in it enough.<br> <br> But yes, I did download a DVD rip of "She's The Man" just for her. *nervouscough* Hey, dude, she's <gunshot> HOT!
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST
So apparently if you put the "<>" things around a word in a post, they won't show up? Because I was going for the Die Hard reference there in my last one, and at the end wrote Hey, dude, she's gunshot HOT! (except with the < things around "gunshot") and it's not there!
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:37 p.m. CST
Speak for yourself, big guy.
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Nov. 18, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST
I realize the title is "Picks and Peeks", but if you are going to include a turd in the article, then maybe FOX is right in not sending you a preview copy of one of their films. As soon as you start complaining about crap like that, you are no longer a "geek", but just an arrogant prick who has forgotten why his website was created and read.
Nov. 18, 2007, 10:32 p.m. CST
by slappy jones
don't get me wrong I had a blast with the film but really? thats the bit you found unrealistic?
Nov. 18, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST
by slappy jones
smiths character was the thing you plausibilty issues with in a film in which the lead surfs a jet plane.
Nov. 18, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST
I was dissapointed with the movie. Bruce Willis did not feel like John McClane to me but some other action hero. I also hated the bad guys because they did nothing the whole movie but sit behind computers. I'm willing to give this another chance on unrated because maybe it might return the film some balls but I doubt it.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST
It isn't that I found it non-realistic, but tired, boring and done to death. Going back to WarGames. And that was on top of the ridiculously absurd plotlines, stunts and lack of a convincing villain.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST
With the exception of a few obvious stinkers in the mix, this is one of the most impressive lineups of films I've seen covered in your dvd reviews. So many incredible, must-have titles here, as well as some intriguing things I've never heard of. I'll definitely have to check out the Besson film and also the Roy Rogers one. My favorite title in this week's list - I AM CUBA. NOSFERATU is a close second. And THE LADY VANISHES is great fun.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST
At least the first three Die Hards got the character right. Bruce Willis has truely lost it. NO ONE wants a clean and sober superhero John McClane!
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:42 p.m. CST
All that fucking blue blew, just like his goddamned Underworld flicks. And the bad guys moved like his stupid vampires, just like his goddamned Underworld flicks. And then there was the Mac guy. And interminable scenes of people sitting at computers. And that McClaine was a supporting character in his own movie. The lack of swearing was one of the least problems with the film.
Nov. 18, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST
by Bill Clay
Die Hard 2 was the only sequel that really felt like a Die Hard movie. Die Hards 3 & 4 were generic action movies that were shoehorned into the Die Hard franchise because the lead character was named McClane. Die Hard with a Vengeance could have been Lethal Weapon 5, and Live Free or Die Hard should have been called True Lies 2.
Nov. 19, 2007, 12:21 a.m. CST
I dont get where people think the ending to live free or dh is over the top..when the ending to die hard 2 was probably THE most over the top in the whole franchise...i mean some of the scenes in dh2 were borderline transporter 2 shit..mclane trapped in a jumbo jet while being sprayed by machine guns-survives after being hit by 2,000 rounds- then manages to escape 5 grenades thrown in the cockpit , with the longest time delay fuses in grenade history, after scrambling around dude ejects...okay so it was cool..fuck, talking shit about dh2 makes me want to go watch it again. I think that movie was renny harlin's only decent film. I like all the die hards, fuck it.
Nov. 19, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST
Sorry Harry but it's true. That's how I picture you unfortunately. Except with ginger hair. And an oriental wife always in the kitchen cooking.
Nov. 19, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST
by Bill Clay
I was still in that comfortable suspension of disbelief bubble until McClane went jet surfing, then the bubble popped. Jumping off the Nakatomi building roof tied to a firehose looked tame compared to McClane acting like Schwarzenegger in LFoDH.
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST
As a french/belgian maybe I get this better since I understand the language but the acting is sooo bad and the story way too corny and very naive. Even if you're a Besson fan it's a waste of time. the only good thing the photography and music. He's on my list of worst films ever but who am I.
Nov. 19, 2007, 6:47 a.m. CST
I've seen Galaxy of the Dinosaurs and I had to stop and think about why this film could even remotely be called "queer fear." One of the main characters is gay but that's hardly the point of the film and "fear?" I hardly think that a film shot on VHS that uses stop motion dinosaurs from another movie shot on film could be thought of as scary. If that's representative of the quality of the "Queer Fear" set then any gay fans might want to pass. I guess it is nice to see that straight people aren't the only ones that can get deceptive marketing...
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:03 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I guess I prefer Luc Besson when he stays away from humour. I liked all the action parts of Fifth Element, but hated most of the second half once Chris Tucker shows up. Angel A was kinda similiar, it would jump around in tone really suddenly. Some of the humour was good, but then it just went a bit far and would do a 180 to melodrama right away. I'm glad to see the man behind the camera again, and I've enjoyed most of the stuff he's been writing during his anabasis, but Angel A was a seriously flawed movie.
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
For a while there it was listed to be released in January, now all it says is "release delayed". Maybe they'll try throwing Kill Bill in with the ultimate Grindhouse Box Set as the third feature so that somebody will buy it and it will boost Grindhouse's profits or something. I don't know.
Nov. 19, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST
and I am sorry for daddy day camp.
Nov. 19, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST
..if only the batman wasn't such a silly show.. but the chillins need some kind of batman.
Nov. 19, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST
dh1-classy <P>dh2-boring dh-<P>3great goodies, shit badguy, <P>dh4-fun
Nov. 19, 2007, 10:46 a.m. CST
Surely one of the best movies of 2007.
Nov. 19, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST
and James Marsden. It was actually Pfeiffer and Walken I had a problem with, not to mention the other one. She bugs me. But Travolta was great, especially went he busted those moves (in heels) at the end.
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST
by Abin Sur
Harry, have you gotten any of those error messages on your HD player? That's one of the hold-ups for me on getting HD-DVD or Blu-Ray.
Nov. 19, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST
by Sith Witch
Sure you go without some sleep, but realistically, how much do you get by on day-to-day? Are we talking 4 hrs. a night? As someone who has nearly 200 films piled and no time, I need to know what's possible...
Nov. 19, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST
...stars Judith O'Dea (super classy lady, btw) of Night of the Living Dead fame as a murderous, homophobic mother who finds out her son is gay. She was here in Tucson several months back at The Loft's "Scream-O-Rama", and showed us all a preview for the sequel "November Son". Looked pretty interesting, if not a bit amateurish. She mentioned it was a trilogy, and would be followed by December somethingorother and she'd try to convince the director to have the premiere here, since her daughter lives in Tucson and we have a big G&L community.
Nov. 19, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST
I liked "Live Free or Die Hard" well enough, and suspect that I'll like it even more once I get the unrated version... but was anybody else bothered by the fact that Willis' character was divorced in the movie? Wasn't that one of the main themes of the series: that his wife finally learned to appreciate John McClane? It kinda ruined a major aspect of the series by saying that his marriage had finally failed.
Nov. 19, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST
by future help
bring Holly back. (and maybe introduce the son.) my continued lobby for OLD HABITS DIE HARD
Nov. 19, 2007, 5:07 p.m. CST
Those two discs that are included in this box set that have not been previously released are going to be released individually "early in the next year" according to a comment left in the Amazon comment section.Which is a great relief considering the price of that thing.
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
DH means "Desperate Housewives" in the new world. And there have been four seasons. And everything you said applies to both.
Nov. 19, 2007, 7:56 p.m. CST
They were seperated by Die Hard With A Vengeance but the last scene was Zeus giving McClane a quarter and telling him to go ring his wife who he hadn't spoken to for several months (apart from ringing her earlier in the movie and then leaving her hanging due to circumstances). It had a hopeful ending with McClane realising that he could fix things. And then in Live Free Or Die Hard they're divorced which is sad as it cancels out that hopeful ending.
Nov. 20, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST
He should get his third nom for Hairspray and they already owe him 2 Oscars: Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty... if Bardem goes lead for No Country for Old Men, Travolta should win. There I said it. *ducks*
Nov. 20, 2007, 5:14 p.m. CST
Sure, it was nowhere near the thriller the first was but these movies have been unrealistic since McClane caught that ledge by his fingertips in the first. Thing is, I would normally be on the side of the "haters" with things like this but the flick charmed me.
Nov. 20, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST
.. the watered down language and the shit villain. Olyphant could have done so much more.
Nov. 20, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST
It was a bit weird seeing Bale play such a buoyant character but I was hooked by the 30 minute mark. Good to see the occasional film where the actors really immerse themselves in the role (Old School DeNiro style).
Nov. 20, 2007, 10:16 p.m. CST
was "The Bourne Ultimatum", followed by "28 Weeks Later".
Nov. 22, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
Michael Moore never lets the facts get in the way of a good story/documentary. Over on the comments page on IMDB for RESCUE DAWN, the family of POW Gene DeBruin is saying WH is telling some whoppper lies about Gene in the film. I think WH has been less than honest in other films he made, hence MM.