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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st week of August DVDs: GET SMART, STARSHIP TROOPERS fun, Trek, Lennon's killer flick and much more

Hey folks, Harry here with the first DVD column of August. This isn’t nearly as good as last week, but there’s still some good stuff to be had. As always the box art and titles are clickable to AMAZON where you can learn more on the titles as well as purchase the title to help support this column. I’ll go ahead and let you get to it then, if you want to pick just one title – I’d say THE COUNTERFEITERS. You’ll see it below… Tuesday, August 5th, 2008



GET SMART – Season 1
Would you believe you could own this whole set for under $17? You’d be right if you said, “yes!” I love the original GET SMART tv show – the feature film, THE NUDE BOMB, just wasn’t as good as the average episode – the series was paced the the perfect amount of funny stupidity for an episode, but in a dose the size of a feature – too much and too little, for TV – just right.




NIM’S ISLAND
A very solid children’s film. Clarice Starling and King Leonidas do quite well in this film as the adult entertainment – and lil Abigail Breslin is well – exactly what a cute, curious 11 year old adventure starved kiddo should be. The adventure and excitement is quite something and is another solid family entertainment from Walden Media.




STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDER
Written and Directed by Edward Numeier – the original screenwriter behind Verhoeven’s original – does a very good job with the micro-budget threequel to the original. I’d say he probably made this for less than a 10th of the original’s budget, but the film we get is a smaller film with the same spirit. The effects aren’t where you’d wish for them to be – the cast isn’t as solid as you want – but the subversive fun, the twisted sense of humor, the quirkiness… it’s dead on. That… and you finally get POWER ARMOR!!! And it does rock, for the little bit that it’s in there – though they couldn’t afford to go balls out with it. It is very much worth checking out, just don’t expect it to be on the production scale of Verhoeven’s.




STARSHIP TROOPERS (Blu Ray)
Yes, I’m aware that there is a previous edition of STARSHIP TROOPERS on BluRay – well this does have some fun new tricks up its sleeve – mainly the FedNet Mode which is basically a pop-up video feature thing – and if you have an internet connection for your player you can upload yourself into the movie – however, this is kinda funky. And it has all the features from the previous edition. It is also still a really fucking kickass fun film – if nowhere near as great as the book could have been. I kinda hope that in 25 years we’ll see a great – totally different approach to the material. That said – if you want all 3 STARSHIP TROOPERS films – Click Here




THE COUNTERFEITERS
It is a truly great film. Check it out – realize that the film is about a Jewish counterfeiting operation during Nazi Germany. It is suspenseful, gripping and an amazing story. I completely get why it won, it plays as great entertainment, intense storytelling and profound human drama! .




LONESOME DOVE (Blu Ray)
Whatever HOUSTON CHRONICLE retard said that this was “THE BEST WESTERN EVER MADE,” has about 90 Westerns he/she needs to see to reevaluate that fucking quote. However, had they said, “THE BEST TV WESTERN MINI-SERIES EVER MADE” – that I could except and agree on. It just doesn’t look as awesome on the front of a DVD box. LONESOME DOVE is a fantastic mini-series. Absolutely fantastic. And being able to own it on BLU-RAY is indeed great. But I just wouldn’t call it the best western ever made… nowhere near that good.




STAR TREK – THE ORIGINAL SERIES – The Complete Remastered Second Season
This kinda pisses me off – I have the original first season in HD DVD – and then there’s this edition that’s stuck in regular definition. WHY ISN’T IT IN BLU-RAY? DAMMIT! Very frustrating. I imagine at some point around the release of JJ’s STAR TREK – we’ll see the entire 3 seasons unleashed on Blu Ray… at least I hope so. I really hope so.




THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON
I really wanted to hate on this film. I hate the idea of glorifying this cocksucker – but that isn’t really what the film is about. It’s more about understanding the mindset of this fucking cocksucker. And the film does that exceptionally well. Don’t worry – you’re not gonna get on his side – you’ll accept he’s a cocksucking bastard deserving to rot for all eternity in iodine. BUT this is a really really good movie. Just one that you’ll kinda wish wasn’t based on a true story




THE BBC High Definition Natural History Collection (PLANET EARTH / WILD CHINA / GALAPAGOS / GANGES ) – Blu Ray
These are 4 absolutely fantastic BBC documentaries on gorgeous subject matters shown in pristine beauty and presentation. These things are absolutely hypnotic and irresistible. Amazon is selling this at over $50 off the list price and even more had you bought the titles individually. The newest title, WILD CHINA is really wonderful. Great to zone out to.




JOY HOUSE
Never seen Rene Clement’s JOY HOUSE starring the ungodly handsome Alain Delon… and the 1964 young Jane Fonda and Lola Albright in a romantic erotic suspenseful film that’ll capture you from the moment it begins till the very end all beating to an astonishingly great beat created by Lalo Schifrin! This is the best treat this week on this list. A true classic French crime masterpiece. Get it!




KRULL
The other day when South Park’s Jesus wielded a Glaive I cheered. Then on my second viewing of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS – in James Franco’s apartment – when he’s watching THE JEFFERSONS the other tv, which is on mute, is KRULL. And then I get KRULL! Of all the movies needed to be remade well – KRULL is one that could use it. There’s magic and wonder in Peter Yates’ movie. I would love to own a Glaive – it’s one of the great designed props in movies – but I love the look and the score and even the basic story. There’s just lots of stuff that just doesn’t work well – the romance could be SO MUCH BETTER. The casting could have been so much better. But damn if everytime it’s on cable – if everytime I come across the video tape or this dvd – I’ll probably put it on. KRULL is the shit.




POPEYE
There’s nothing new on this edition. It’s just a repackage along with about 40 other 80s hits that have come out this Tuesday. Lots of great titles – but they’ve all been previously released with far superior editions. This title hasn’t been re-released since 1993, I believe. And the only reason I’m putting this title on this week’s column is to advocate for an astonishing edition. With the passing of the brilliant Robert Altman – it is way past due that this undeclared comic masterpiece be given the treatment it needs. A long time ago – I spoke with Robert Evans, who told me he had a 3 hour film print of POPEYE that was the true version of POPEYE as Altman originally conceived the film. Let’s get that print into some hands where it can be restored to the glory that the late great Altman had intended. That’s the edition of this film that I want! Come on Robert Evans – do it because you’ll make a shitload of money with the DIRECTOR’S CUT! Do it because we all want to see it!
Next week we’ll take a look at the 5th Season of THE WIRE, THE SECRET, 11th Season of SOUTH PARK, DC SUPER HEROES: THE FILMATION ADVENTURES, SMART PEOPLE, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!, THE DOORS (Blu Ray), THE GLITTERING PRIZES, CJ7, IRINA PALM, MULAN/MULAN II, DRIVE-IN CULT CLASSICS 2, LEGEND OF THE SHADOWLESS SWORD, BETWEEN THE COVERS/ SWINGING WIVES, NINJA CHEERLEADERS, I’M THROUGH WITH WHITE GIRLS and more!

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  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    On the fence about ST3

    by Alfred_Packer

    maybe a rental....

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    A 3 hour cut of Popeye?

    by Alfred_Packer

    Colour me interested. Criminally underrated film. Shelly Duvall is so great in that, and Williams is even watchable, which isnt so easy nowadays. The songs are just brilliant. Sweethaven looks more "real" than Spielberg's seaside town in Hook to me. "I'm buying - He's paying" Everthing is food food food. He's laaaarge.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    KRULL is merely a re-issue, no?

    by 7-zark-7

    ... because I've had that same "Special Edition" in my DVD collection for a few years, now. And yes: KRULL is the sh*t. So much so, that I'd prefer it stay just as it is ... no remake/reimagining is necessary, IMO.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Krull!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Great James Horner score, even if it is exactly the same as his scores for Star Trek II and III.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I fucking love Krull!

    by Marxeffect

    I dreamed for years of owning a proper kick ass glaive. i even tried making one out of sticks and cellotape but the bastard thing wouldn't come back to me!!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Harry.....

    by Holeman

    You want to be taken seriously as a critic and you like fucking STARSHIP TROOPERS 3? Arguably one of the worst fucking movies since the fucking moving picture was turned into entertainment? Are you just genetically pre-disposed to liking total shit?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Holy hell!

    by elharlock

    Jon Heder shot John Lennon!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    The Lives of Others beat Pan's

    by Inglorious Bastard

    I know somebody up there already said it, but it was The Lives of Others that beat out Pan's Labyrinth.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Yeah..it was The Lives of Others

    by Stormshadow4life

    and it was good...but it was NO WHERE near as good as Pan's. I've wanted to see The Counterfeiters for a while now though...so I'll be checking it out.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    My 'Rock & Rule' DVD arrived today.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Haven't seen it yet, but a canadian cartoon from the 80's about a rockband of mutant mice who live in a post apocalyptic future and fight a villain who looks like Mick Jagger and tries to wake up a demon who is voiced by Iggy Pop should at least be entertaining. Even if it's rated PG.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    2 disc set of Rock and Rule is great

    by DigitalDong

    You get the other version of the film, but despite the video quality of it there's a different actor doing the protagonist's voice over and some plot points added in. Overall its better than the original.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    My reactions to these DVDs

    by BobParr

    POPEYE is a strangely rewatchable movie*** Denise Richards is a massive cunt*** KRULL sucks on every conceivable level. It's a friggen Chinese throwing star people!!!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    What's up with the Indy look-alike

    by Abominable Snowcone

    on the cover of Nims Island? I didn't see the movie, so I don't know what that's about. As for Jodi Foster, I would SO do her

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Went to Malta to check out the Popeye Studios.

    by Knuckleduster

    It was quite an experience. Surprizing how many films get shot there. Also checked out the pub where Oliver Reed passed away. Great place. <p> Haven't seen Lonesome Dove yet, but if it's anything like Broken Trail, I'm sure I'll like it.<p> P.S. Krull is nowhere near as cool as Hawk The Slayer. Now that's a trash classic.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Numeier Did Starship Troopers 3?!

    by LaserPants

    Wow! Now I actually want to see it. I love the original. Totally hilarious subversive satire of US foreign policy disasters of the past 40 years or so. I'm actually more interested in that than the effects, so, I'll probably like this.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    HA!...KRULL....all I have to say is HA!!

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Popeye! Harry, what do you mean when you

    by Sith Witch

    say that Popeye hasn't been re-released since '93? The first DVD came out June 24th 2003, and I know that well because it was the day I'd waited for four long years until that title finally saw blessed release! <p> Now let's have a sequel with Seahag and the Island of the Goons!</p>

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I love that POPEYE exists. Can you imagine....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...any studio giving the OK to that movie today?...inconceivable. (although if today they wanted to VERY subtly use CG to let Popeye wind his arm up for a punch and have his little round bicep muscle bulge and then travel down his arm to his fist to help him deliver a knockout blow...I'd allow that. Subtly). And I could look at that fishing village all day...

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Popeye is interesting but lasts far too long as it is

    by hegele

    I could never get through the whole thing. I'm not sure a 3 hour cut will sell. But i'm not against it sitting in the basement of Paramount either.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    guess i'll never meet President Evil :P

    by Bouncy X

    yeah..i did it, sue me. i figured that for 60$ (considering blu-ray prices in canada) that was a good price. yeah i thought part 2 sucked and chances are 3 will as well but i'm sucker for collection sets.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Glaive?

    by starmand

    Admittedly I've never seen Krull, but I thought a glaive was a pole-arm with a blade...

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    "Paul Verhoeven Presents"

    by skimn

    In what capacity did Verhoeven work on this direct-to-video cheapie? Did they just pay him to slap his name on the box?<p>And wouldn't high definition just magnify the low budget?<p>I am curious to rent if Numeier's script is indeed good.<p>Always loved the Kenny Rogers look Tommy Lee Jones appropriated for Lonesome Dove. Was his hair that white?? He was only in his early 40's when that was made? Sure doesn't look like hair color for the beard.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Fuck You Harry

    by oogabooga

    ST3 is a horrible piece of low budget shit and the only reason you have it on here is so you could include the Amazon link to buy all 3 movies you hack. Oh and Lonesome Dove is the best Western ever so up yours

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    More Horner ripping off Horner

    by skimn

    Music cues from The Wolfen and Aliens.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    A Film By Andrew Piddington

    by skimn

    Ex-fucking-pardon me? So we have this AND the Jared Leto, Mark Chapman flick. Isn't that 2 too many for that crazy fuck.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    fuckin love krull

    by El Borak

    always have.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Screw Mark Chapman

    by Abominable Snowcone

    or whatever the hell his name was

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    "starring the ungodly handsome Alain Delon"

    by MRJONZ72

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Krull!

    by red_weed

    We have krullathon every year in this house. we watch krull then a selection of other 80's fantasy/sci-fi epics. but nothing can truly beat krull. It's the best.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Killing of lennon...

    by Fixthe Fernback

    .. maybe a good movie, but I'd rather forget about the whole tragic episode and just enjoy the man and his music. I don't want to know why the COCKSUCKER did it or his motivations, I don't want to give this fucker space in my imagination thankyou, so I'll pass.. and speaking of cocksuckers, DEADWOOD is the best TV Western. :p

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I remember seeing Popeye in the theater back in the 80's

    by Snookeroo

    I walked out halfway through the movie. It IS that bad. Yes. Oh yes.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    KRULL DVD

    by Admiral Akwelches

    Was the dvd artwork designed in 1983, too? I'd love to be a bad artist, where do you sign up?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Favorite moment in Krull...

    by Kevin Holsinger

    Colwyn sticks his hand into the lava to retrieve the Glaive...and there's NO EXPLANATION GIVEN as to why he assumed his hand wouldn't just melt off.<BR><BR>Sure, it worked in the end, and maybe the "I take fire from water" thing is part of the explanation, but all I see is a guy sticking his hand into lava like it never occurred to him that this wasn't a good idea.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    krull

    by chokinonrhodes

    one of my favorite movies as a kid. blu-ray please?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove

    by EriamJH

    Best western miniseries: Agree. Not the best transition of Larry McMurty's fine, lingering prose, but damn fine. In fact, Costner's great movie "Open Range" had more feel of a McMurty novel than this miniseries did. (So did "Brokeback Mountain," but McMurty cowrote that screenplay.) That said, if Robert Duvall only played grizzled cowboys for the rest of his career, I would be happy!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove is better than Harry claims.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Yeah, it's not the best Western ever made, but it's close, very close. It has a young Steve Buscemi! Plus this is Robert Duvall's all time greatest role and perhaps the same can be said of Tommy Lee Jones.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I didn't say LONESOME DOVE was bad

    by HEADGEEK

    but to claim it's the best western ever - you kinda need to have seen at least around 400+ westerns. I've seen over 700, easy. And when I say there's 80-90 better westerns, I'm not kidding. You guys have any conception of how many great westerns are out there? The silents, the black & whites, the color, the cinemascope, the Italians, the Post-Italian American Western revitalization? It is a vast and varied genre filled with great cinema. LONESOME DOVE is one of the greatest Televised Dramas of all time. That's praise enough - but you start comparing it to Ford, Wyler, Sturges, Hawks, Leone, Corbucci, Fuller, Peckinpah and the dozens and dozens of other great Western auteurs... you'll see how it just isn't all that.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Frederick Forrest's Blue Duck in LONESOME DOVE...

    by Tacom

    is probably the most vile, loathsome villain I've ever seen. I never wanted a character to die more.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Down, Harry, Down!

    by EriamJH

    You know us fans of the Western genre (with a capitol "W") agree. Where would one start-and-end the list? It seems every decade or so the genre gets redefined... 70s got away from "blame the Injun" and that not every hero was flawless. 80s went back to Baby Boomers' memories ("Silverado") with apologetic tones ("Dances with Wolves"). 90s and "Unforgiven" may have totally deconstructed all the stereotyped scripts. My vote for best reinvention of western in the 2000s HAS to be HBO's "Deadwood." (And anyone who says otherwise sucks cock by choice!)

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The Best Western Ever Is...

    by OGREISHERE

    The Good The Bad and The Ugly followed by the Searchers.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Starship Troopers BR does NOT have all the DVD extras...

    by Admonisher

    Or at least, the marketing makes no mention of the isolated score track with commentary by composer Basil Poledouris (R.I.P.) that was on the 2-disc DVD. It's one of Basil's finest scores, and the soundtrack CD was criminally short, so this was a phenomenal feature. Can Harry confirm this is missing from Blu-Ray?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Killing of a COCKSUCKER

    by The8thSamurai

    You passive agressive motherfucker. How many times can you equate sucking cock to murder in one paragraph? It's 2008, man. That kind of homophobia doesn't fly anymore, and only makes you look like a bigot. Take note.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Agreed with you about the western Harry...

    by samuraiyao

    The best genre in American filmmaking has to be Westerns... Calling one movie the best ever western is nonsense... There are so many to choose from..

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST

    THE COUNTERFEITERS was powerful.

    by LoneGun

    Great wartime story with a compelling moral dilemma. These Jewish prisoners are given a choice between death or helping the Nazi war effort by counterfeiting the British pound and U.S. dollar. Terrific performances. Well shot. And very, very moving. Along with LONESOME DOVE, this is the title of the week.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    As a Texan you should be ashamed

    by homer40

    We understand Harry, you've seen a lot of movies, including a lot of westerns. I just have to disagree with you about there being 90+ westerns that are better than Lonesome Dove. Just not the case at all. I've probably watched more westerns in my 43 years of film viewing than any other genre, and I think Lonesome Dove is as good as any of them. Yes, I am saying that Lonesome Dove is as good as The Searchers, Red River, Unforgiven, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Wild Bunch...I could go on. When people ask me, for example, what the best western ever is, I tell them I won't say which is "the best". It is an exercise in futility. I will give them a list of my favorites, along with some historical and critical reasoning that forms the basis of my list. If I was to make a list of the top twenty westerns, in no particular order, Lonesome Dove would be on the list. I have read every McMurtry book, every one, most several times. He is one of the great American writers, and perhaps the best living author (along with T.C Boyle and John Irving), and the entire Lonesome Dove saga is brilliant. What is amazing about Lonesome Dove is that it more than compensates for its TV budget with great writing and superb acting, not just from Duvall, but from the entire cast. Watching Lonesome Dove when it was first aired was like a religious experience for me, and I just couldn't believe how good it was. It is Duvall's best performance, even better than his work in Godfather II, and it is one of the most thrilling and moving films ever made. I can't even think about Gus's death scene without crying, no less watching it. Lonesome Dove perfectly captured the novel's epic scale, which McMurtry uses only as a backdrop for his character driven novels, and takes the emotional connection with the characters to a level unseen in all but the best films. I've liked all of the minis based on this series, including Comanche Moon, which is probably the best other than the original. Sure, don't skip the greats by Ford, but you must see Lonesome Dove for your western film education to be close to complete. And while you are at it, read the novel a couple of times, and the prequels, and the great sequel. Take a year to read all the McMurtry novels, westerns and contemporary alike. For a comparison of when the adaptations work, like Lonesome Dove, watch Buffalo Girls, which was a great novel that didn't work at all as a movie, even with a good cast. Marvel at McMurtry's ability to merge comedy, action, horrific death, and moving drama, all in a page. His last book, Loop Group, was about two middle aged pot smoking sluts who run a Loop Group, and it was amazing, as was the recent Berrybender Chronicles. For the best treatment of Billy the Kid, read Anything for Billy. For a book that makes the ending of Terms of Endearment look happy, read Some Can Whistle (and the first book in the series "All of My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers). Can't say enough good about McMurtry and Lonesome Dove.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Horner re-using his stuff

    by ByTor

    Cheesy, I know, but I'm sorry. Horner gets a lifetime pass for his ST II score.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    "Kinda Wish"

    by Wrath4771

    "Kinda wish this wasn't based on a true story"? F*ck Mark David Chapman what awaits him won't be nearly severe enough. This scum could never suffer enough.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    I LOVE Popeye

    by jimmy_009

    I couldn't believe when I heard so many people associated with the film had disowned it. It's so much fun, the set designs are amazing, and the music gets me right here. Loved it as a kid, still love it today.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Sith Witch...

    by www.valiens.com

    Judging by your love of an awful movie I'd guess that June 23, 2003 was the last time you experienced "blessed release."

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Popeye and Krull... the 80s return!

    by JustinSane

    I want to see that 3-hour cut of Popeye. That octopus scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. And Krull is fine just the way it is - no remake necessary! Unless, of course, they get the same guy to play Ergo the magician...

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Oh, never mind...

    by JustinSane

    ...David Battley, who played Ergo, passed away in 2003. That sucks, and Krull should now never be remade.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Again Fuck you Harry

    by oogabooga

    I was aware that your comment was more about you wanting to brag about how many movies you've seen but come on. You talk about dozens of other great western auteurs but the ones you mention aren't even better than Dove: Peckinpah? The Wild Bunch was average. Leone very stylish and innovative but great meh. Wyler Big Country and the Westerner were both very good but not great. Corbucci I've never seen so that leaves Ford and Sturges who have several movies that could be argued are better and Hawks' Rio Bravo thats a hell of a long way from 80+ assclown

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Deadwood = Greatness

    by toshiro-solo

    Better than Lonesome Dove. That's right. As far as good recent Western MOVIES, I'd go with The Proposition.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:45 p.m. CST

    odd Lonesome Dove hate

    by blackhole4140

    A pity Harry is too big of a snob to appreciate Lonesome Dove. Bearing in mind it was made before HBO hit its stride making original programming during a time when Westerns were deader than dead, it's pretty damn near a miracle.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Harry

    by deadnotsleeping

    and we were talking about how people in here are getting on his back for westerns & homophobia and not for the name dropping. What the hell are these TB's coming too???

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1 p.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove IS one of the best Westerns.

    by Imagikafan

    I've seen well over 400 Westerns, and it's in my top 5. It's definitely Duvall's best performance.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    HMMM

    by macheesmo3

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Hmmm

    by macheesmo3

    I would say that it is a top 10 or so western that I have seen. It's up there with The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance , and High Noon nad the Leone films , The Wild Bunch , Outlaw Josie Wales ,The Searchers , 7 Men From Now , Bad Day at Black Rock and Django. But it's a mini series , so it's hard to put something with that much content in competition wit ha normal 2 hour film. Great nonetheless

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Is that Casper Van Dien on the ST3 cover?

    by jim

    Was he in #2 too? I saw Starship Troopers a week or two ago on tv and, as I said then, watching Van Dien and Denise Richards together on screen was like watching balsa wood interact with chipboard. Yet still it is one of those movies that whenever it is on I can't help but watch.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    lives of others..

    by ranma627

    ..did beat Pan's Labyrinth. And yes, it was the better movie. Pan's was overrated and I was happy to see Del Toro lose on that one. Now, all we hear about Del Toro when his films come out is "The director of Pan's Labyrinth." Don't get me wrong, I love Del Toro. But Pan's was a letdown for me. Like I have always said, Devil's Backbone is Del Toro's masterpiece.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Krull kicks ass!!

    by disfigurehead

    Popeye is good too. I saw it in the theater originally.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    I watched ST3 last night...

    by MisterE

    I watched Starship Troopers 3 last night, and liked it quite a bit more than I expected. I'm glad that Casper Van Dien signed on for this film, because his inclusion made this feel like a real sequel to the first movie. It's not close to being as good as the first film (one of my top-15 favorites of all time), but is 1000+ times better than ST2. Unlike ST2, this film is actually worth watching. All ST3 is really missing is more special effects and a nude scene with Jolene Blalock.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Here is the Knowledge you SEEK!!!!

    by Wrecks

    As much as I would love to see a full on super spectactular remake of Krull, it would really just ruin it. The cheese is part of it's charm.... Each to his fate.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    now about john lennon....

    by dalbatron

    Lets be honest. is it just me or was he a little over-rated.. i think so. yeah he was killed and thats tragic BUT there are people who have done far worse.. he was a man, a muscian who was fortunate enough to have a platform from which to preach. Just listen to some of his last stuff, quite shit actually.Plus do some homework and youll find out he wasnt the saint you think he was.. he had some flaws, just like the rest of us ' humans'... BTW krull does rock!!! and i remember watching lonesome dove with some mates whilst at school and it was the first time most of us had openly cried in front of one another....

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Harry's suggestion of remaking Krull

    by The Cine-eater

    is the very reason why we are being bombarded with crap remakes every week, if Harry and others keep saying this and people keep watching them the studios will keep making them.Harry for a change stop giving studios ideas for remakes and kick-start the idea for some originality in Hollywood again.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove

    by Ted Brautigan

    LD is one of the best books I've ever read. That they translated it almost perfectly for TV was amazing. Anyone seen the HD widescreen version yet? Or found the limited packaging?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST

    3 hours of popeye?

    by Varakor

    Could be fun. But yea ST sucked big sweaty donkey balls, sorry to all the fans but when a giant pincer stabs you in the back, and you LIVE... UGH... i feel the taint of that movie creeping along my skin.... I can't get it off!! I CAN'T GET IT OFF!!!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    re: John Lennen......I HATE the song IMAGINE...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...there. I finally got that off my chest. I hate IMAGINE. Milktoast melody and inane lyrics.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST

    flikapoo

    by dalbatron

    how long have you been holding that in???

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Is Lonesome Dove a tough western?

    by DANNYGLOVERS_DICKBLOOD

    I've never seen it. Aren't women really into it?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Harry? wtf? watch ROGUE, it ROCKED!

    by GavinVanDraven

    Rouge is possibly the best croc movie ever made. its Jaws with a crocodile! its better than Primeval and Lake Placid (and Lake Placid 2 is a steaming pile of shit, mind you... dont even count that one) the only movie of its kind that comes close for me was Black Water, because those crocs were real (open water style)Rouge was 10 times better than Starship Troopers 3. man, you really like to waste your time watching crap movies. you should review The Killing Gene next (its very SEVENish), but you will probably watch The Scorpion King 2 right?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    or maybe Prom Night

    by GavinVanDraven

    was more your taste Harry? that movie made me angry. at least i didnt pay for that DOGSHIT.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    KRULL

    by GavinVanDraven

    rules. its that simple. and yes, it is cheese. but its good cheese. its like Beastmaster cheese. Remake both of them. somebody? you know its gonna happen. mmmmmmm cheese.....

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Harry's comment on Counterfeiters...

    by Lenny Nero

    "Check it out – realize that the film is about a Jewish counterfeiting operation during Nazi Germany." <p>Is that a threat?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The8thSamurai

    by jfp2007

    What world are you living in? Yes, it does still fly, and I'm a proud, card carrying advocate of it.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Krull

    by Kurutteru Yatsu

    Only line I remember is the goofy magician guy looking up at the cyclops and saying, "We had no time." Out of the entire movie that's what sticks with me. Odd. Maybe I'll throw in the DVD if nothing's on TV.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I dunno, Popeye bored the shit outta my ten-year-old mind.

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Could I stand three hours of it? If it makes it better, then I'd be way curious.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Popeye contains two great performances...

    by Bubba Gillman

    ...trapped in an ugly, poorly shot mess with some of the worst songs ever inflicted upon a musical (and I generally like Harry Nilsson). Robert Atlman's avocation seemed to be denegrating populist film making, but this is what he came up with when trying to make a popular entertainment. Maybe it's harder than it seems.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Are you kidding me, Popeye?

    by Trazadone

    Popeye is one of the worst films I've ever seen in my life (see also, Xanadu, Sgt. Peppers, and Cannonball Run 2). I dare anyone to try to make it through Popeye.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    saving $ this week

    by Broseph

    nothing worth buying

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Krull----staring Robbie Coltrane

    by thelordofhell

    Nice to see that little kid grew up to be Hagrid the giant. nyuk,nyuk,nyuk

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    What the Fuck Harry????

    by picardsucks

    A slew of Johnnie TO films are now out in Blu-fucking- Ray !!! Mad Detective, PTU and Exiled (one of the best action dramas in 10 years) Johnne To fuckers!!! Johnnie To!!!! And Yack is right every Horner score is a riff of Trek II. THe most obvious rip is in Aliens when Ripley drives the transport through the hive and the score makes you think Khan and the Reliant are about to ambush them with their shields down!!!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove

    by Charlie_Allnut

    If you have not seen this movie, mini series whatever, see it immediately! The scale and the acting is unbelievable especially considering its a late 80's TV mini series. Westerns are one of my favorite genres. John Ford is one of my favorite directors. I have seen the Wyler movies etc. This still ranks as one of my top Westerns ever due to the depth and nuance of the characters, and the phenomenal acting, script etc. The book is great too.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:38 p.m. CST

    re: John Lennon and IMAGINE

    by sonnyhooper

    first off, yeah i know Lennon wasn't a saint. By all accounts he was a real asshole to his first wife and his son Julian. and i'm sure he could be a grade A dick when he wanted to be, but none of that changes the fact that he was taken from us, far too soon, by a worthless piece of shit with a gun. and anyone who makes movies about that piece of shit that killed lennon (no matter what the intention) is giving the piece of shit exactly what he wanted: undeserved fame. so fuck that movie, fuck everyone who worked on it, and fuck anyone who watches it. <p> second: i know everyone has different taste and all that, but how do you not like imagine? i mean some songs i can understand not liking. "bungalo bill" and "across the universe" i could see, those songs kinda suck, as did just about everything he did with yoko. but IMAGINE? that song has to be right up there with bob marleys "redemption song" as one of the most beautiful and heart-felt things ever written.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:53 p.m. CST

    sonnyhooper........re: IMAGINE....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...you say..."one of the most beautiful and heart-felt things ever written"...and that's exactly why I hate that song....it describes a lobotomized and Thorazine addled world where nobody accomplished much of anything because they need both hands to hold their drool buckets. Sample lyric "Nothing to kill or die for"...well, I haven't ever killed anyone and I don't plan to, but there are one or two things I would kill or die for, my daughter at the top of that list. And the few people I know who truly "live for today" are real assholes. You're free to enjoy it though. Best. FlickaPoo.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    re: John Lennon and Imagine

    by Odkin

    Imagine is the worst song ever written. It is a nihilist song advocating belief in nothing. "no heaven"?, "nothing to kill or die for"? "no religion"? "living for today"? So basically it advocates people existing like animals with no aspirations, no beliefs, no dreams, no accomplishments, no right or wrong. Maybe when we're all dead and perfected in heaven, these things will be possible. But never by humans on Earth. Ever.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Odkin...my brother (or sister) from another mother

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    There was Horner music in Die Hard

    by I Dunno

    At the end where the fat black cop shoots the ballet dancer, for some reason they stick Horner music in there. I don't know if it was ST2 or Aliens.

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    The Horner music in Die Hard was from Aliens

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Ironically, it was a cue dropped from Aliens itself!

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Whats the deal with Jared Leto

    by Series7

    And always ending up doing bio movies of smaller cultural milestone people the same time as someone else? Is he going to be playing Marvin Gaye in one of the upcoming bio pics?

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    You're slipping Harry...

    by MonsterManiac

    Only ONE "that said" this time? I know it was a really short list here, but still...

  • Aug. 5, 2008, 11:50 p.m. CST

    POPEYE the Movie rules forever

    by damagedinc

    you just had to be there...I don't care if someone else doesn't like it, I'll love that movie forever.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Odkin

    by half vader

    What a moronic, literal-minded interpretation of that song. You twit. And you too, Flickapoo. Man, I bet your daughter is embarrassed she has a parent with the handle 'Flickapoo'.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I Once Got a Prank Phone Call at Work...

    by TheEleventhDoctor

    I was a customer service manager for a newspaper. Everyone had left to placate upset customers who hadn't gotten their papers and I was left to hold down the fort. This around the height of SCREAM's popularity. Anyway, I got a prank phone call from a guy asking me what my favorite scary movie was. I thought for a second and said, "POPEYE scared the shit out of me as a child." The started cracking up laughing and goes, "That was good." and hung up. Good times.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    POPEYE is MCCABE AND MRS MILLER remade

    by palimpsest

    I tells ya. And as a Brit, KRULL never worked for me, partly because there are too many familiar UK TV faces in the cast - that affected the fantasy element. But then again, I liked THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER and that Sean Connery version of GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, so what do I know?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    John Lennon

    by Lost Jarv

    is boring pretentious dreck. <P>The man is a cunt, and this film (which is basically him doing nothing) is an excuse for the voiceover lifted from his diary. It's pretentious rubbish masquerading as high art, and the solemn tone to it makes people think that it is actually more profound than it is. <P>Avoid. To begin with, there is no need to glorify this asshole, and secondly if the purpose is to ask "why" he did it, then at least try to provide a fucking answer that isn't the self serving garbage spewed from an obsessed nutter's diary.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    I have a Blueray Question....

    by Redbox

    What's the point of putting a 1960's TV show on Blueray? Wouldn't that be like eating a Twinkie on fine china? What kind of quality can you add to a show that was made for a lower quality medium like 1960's TV. Isn't regular DVD already getting all the data? Just wondering if there really is a reason to want Star Trek on Blueray or if this is just an example of consumer passion and idiocy.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Memories-Of-Murder, Nasty In The Pasty

    by 7-zark-7

    is right; there is a James Horner cue from ALIENS used in DIE HARD, at the very end (when Karl appears out of nowhere, wielding a rifle, at the base of the Nakatomi Building). Michael Kamen was indeed the composer for DIE HARD's score -- but not for that particular bit.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove...

    by Redbox

    Is a great TV Mini-series. As a movie, it's way, way to long.. You guys who compare it to two hour movies are smoking crack! You can't compare 465 minutes to a movie. How can you compare the forms? Chill out cowboys! One Upon a Time In the West is better anyway!!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Sorry...

    by Redbox

    Once Upon a Time In the West!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Man you know Harry really hates someone when...

    by Undead Neverhood

    He casually puts his ultra liberal street cred that he brags about all the time on temporary hold, and starts venomously throwing out the word "COCKSUCKER" every 4th word. On another note I disagree with most posters here, and am actually looking forward to the third Starship Troopers and think its a good addition to Harry's weekly picks.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove is brilliant

    by m_prevette

    And based on the script, the character depth, the raw emotion almost every character displays, the excellent performances, the direction, the score...yes it's pretty near the best western ever made. It's absurd to say there are 90+ westerns better than LD. As breathtaking as a Leone western may be, in terms of subtle nuance in storytelling or brilliance of performances, they are nowhere near the same class as Lonesome Dove. Try...just try to find a performance in any western as heartbreaking as Duvall's Agustus ...no one has come close. Not Wayne in The Searchers, no one. It's too bad if a TV miniseries made in the 80's trumps hundreds of "classic" westerns...but it does. Plus Harry...don't use the term "retard", it's crude and offensive.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Re:The Proposition

    by skimn

    Sooo looking forward to see what the director of this can do to The Road. I predict nomination number two for Viggo, if it's anything like the book.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Redbox's Blue-ray question

    by half vader

    Because the 60s show in question was shot on 35mm film, not video. Only difference to other films really is the aspect ratio.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Horner in Die Hard?

    by Bouncy X

    he didnt even score that movie, or any of them. unless you meant they use a sample of his music somewhere but yeah.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Even with a crappy-looking cyclops...

    by Kid Z

    ...A princess with a ludicrous 80's poodle-cut, and lameness abounding... ya gotta like Krull simply because of that cool-ass glaive (and the designers of the DVD cover obviously agree).

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Starship Troopers...

    by Kid Z

    ...only the first one was barely watchable and only because of the early scenes with a pre-ruined-by-Charlie-Sheen Denise Richards in a miniskirt and boots. Of course the lava-spitting giant beetle was pretty cool, too. And "Nazi Doogie" was hilarious.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Bouncy X re: Horner and Die Hard

    by m_prevette

    Yes, at the end when Karl comes out and is shot by Powell, the music is cue tracked in from Horner's Aliens score, and right before that a music cue from John Scott's Man On Fire score is used. Both were temp track cues that the director loved and decided to license and keep in the film.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    get Bob Evans to recut The Cotton Club while he's at it

    by Spandau Belly

    That dude's autobiography is the best read out there.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Dark City conspiracy

    by amano

    I went out yesterday to get the new BluRay director's cut of Dark City and not a single store had it. Best Buy, Circut City, FYE, Target, Blockbuster, Hollywood Video - not one of these stores had a single copy and it's been out for weeks. The guy at Best Buy told me that five people were looking for the same movie just that day. Why in the hell is this? I know I can order it online for cheaper but I wanted to get it for my brother's birthday that day. It just doesn't make any sense to me that all of these stores will carry loads of direct to video crap like Starship Troopers 3 and Lost Boys Tribe and not at least have one or two copies of Dark City. I've read several articles online about this release and in one Proyas talks about how he's glad that maybe more people will be made aware of this movie now with this release, but that's gonna be kinda hard when no major stores are carrying it. Can anyone enlighten me on who dropped the ball on this? Would this be the distributers fault or the individual corporations or the stores themselves?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Nims Island was a stinking sack of shit!

    by FILMFUNK

    and I loved most of Altmans output but what the hell was he on when he decided to do Popeye!?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Harry, if you're going to advocate the 3hr Popeye

    by nyj_et

    Don't try to convince Evans to do it because it will make shitloads of money. It won't. I loved it, but most people just didn't care when it came out, and I really can't see too many people giving a shit about it now. At least not enough people to make "shitloads" of money. That said, I'd buy it.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The best western? EASY.....2 words...

    by Darth Macchio

    THE GAMBLER with Kenny Rogers. Holy shit you know this to be true. Lonesome Dove? Puhleeze! Kenny Rogers IS western!!! Actually, I only say this because that pic of Tommy Lee looks suspiciously like Kenny Rogers. Creepy.<p>Wait a moment...Kenny Rogers...Tommy Lee Jones...never seen em in the same picture. Oh shit. OH shit!!! Tommy Lee Jones IS Kenny Rogers!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    RedBox: Old shows on Blu-Ray

    by nyj_et

    Old TV shows were shown on (by today's standards) low-quality sets, but were actually filmed, rather than video tape. This can mmake for a beautiful transfer to high definition, just like any old films transferred to high definition. For a good example of this, check out reruns of Hogan's Heroes every morning on HDNet.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    3 hour Popeye

    by Crimson Dynamo

    I would be interested in seeing this, but I thought with Popeye pretty much everything shot was used. I know at one point near the end of production they considered scrapping the whole thing and animating it. It could stand a sequel/re-imagining though - imagine the Burly Brawl but with Popeye fighting Goons. As for Lennon, it's hard to get past his whole peace, bed-in, Yoko schtick and his mediocre solo albums, but if you look back to the early Beatles, the guy could practically shit good songs.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Popeye's Spinich-Engorged Weenie

    by Dick Bahls

    I would love to have seen a porno live action version of "Popeye". As far as "Starshit Poopers", I can do without that garbage.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST

    John Lennon & Imagine

    by tk 421

    Needs to be viewed in the context of the time he wrote that song. I mean, he was having that Bed-In or whatever with Yoko and was an enormous opponent of the Vietnam war. Like most protest songs of the day, it lacked any of the cynical edge that exists in society today. Yes, viewed through the lens of today, it's a naive song. Anyway, don't know what my point is, I just don't understand the hate for John Lennon. I mean, I've always preferred Paul, but how can anyone hate John Lennon as a musician?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    I don't think anyone has any particular hate for...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...John Lennon...just the son IMAGINE.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST

    "song" dammit.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Dude on the Killing of John Lennon DVD

    by SlickyVonBoner

    looks like a badass Napolean Dynamite

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    re: John Lennon and IMAGINE

    by sonnyhooper

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I Also Have The Star Trek Season 1 Set in HD DVD

    by Real Deal

    I already bought the season 2 set because I don't know how long they're going to take to release it in BR. I've been putting off buying a BR player until they hit the $199.00 price point that my HD DVD player had. At that point I'll be convinced it's going to stay around for awhile ( yes I know it looks that way already ). The point of this is the new FXs are what make this special. The SD transfer is really good. The colors just seem to pop off the screen and it's unedited for modern commercials. The cutting they did to make room not only cut the old stuff but some of the new FXs as well. Sorry I just couldn't wait and will probably be buying this again someday. As Spock would say logic would dictate that they release it on BR as soon as possible. To be in step with what they did before. They haven't so I can only conclude this is some studio genius delaying it for political reasons.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:56 p.m. CST

    A glaive

    by Mockingbuddha

    was originally a pole-arm with a curved sword like blade at the end. The online dictionaries don't even acknowledge the throwing weapons as glaives. But I found a bunch of sites that call all fancy throwing blades glaives. My guess is that Krull started this trend of calling fancy throwing stars glaives. Now if the dictionary folks would catch on that would be a pretty cool cultural influence for a pretty cool movie. To me The Glaive was the star of the film.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    re: John Lennon and IMAGINE

    by sonnyhooper

    actually the song is a bit deeper that the literal reading of the lyrics. it advocates for a better world by people letting go of the things that divide them. "no religion" doesn't mean that religion wouldn't exist, instead it simply means it would be a non issue. the song begs the question "imagine if none of these things existed, what then would we have to fight wars over." it's a protest song posing a hypothetical question, you have to look a bit deeper than you are to get the true meaning. <p> and not for nothing but just for the record, john isn't my favorite beatle either, and neither is paul. song for song, pound for pound, george was by far the most talented guy in that band.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    STARSHIP TROOPERS cover

    by Mullah Omar

    ...looks like the actors uploaded themselves into the picture.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:38 a.m. CST

    I don't think my posts are showing up...

    by half vader

    Judging by Sonyhooper and nyj_et's posts. What gives?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST

    The REAL Dark City conspiracy - Harry?

    by half vader

    Don't get your hopes up too high for DC on HD. They've "Patton-ised" it. <p> Terrible DNR and edge 'enhancement'. Loss of the original film grain and therefore high-frequency detail. It's bullshit. The only really good thing is the great sound. <p> Return of the plasticised people. That's not HD, that's the ignorance of the pan-and-scan demographic rearing it's ugly head again. I guess Proyas didn't get to see this shit before it went out...

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Maybe it was the factor of lowered expectations

    by skimn

    but Starship 3 wasn't bad for direct-to-video. Yes the acting was fair to poor and the effects were Commodore 64-ish, but creeping around the edges and seeping in from time to time was the satire that we loved from the original. Enjoyed the singing general (shades of John Ashcroft) and "It's A Good Day To Die", the internet interrupts (the instant enrollment option tab, that locked you into military service if you clicked it), the casual nudity before scanning, the Marauders, the theme of "He's following the wrong God"...<p>But Blalock's lips were so damned distracting. They're not Jolie bee-stung sexy, but looked like two slabs of veal. They did help distract from her "acting" ability.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Re: more ST3

    by skimn

    Oh, and I got the feeling that the singing general was trying to channel Terry O'Quinn with his performance. He kind of resembled him also.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    who the fuck would watch a 3 hour popeye movie?

    by BMacSmith

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Early '80's WTFs???

    by skimn

    Robert Altman directing a big budget musical of Popeye made as much sense as John Huston directing a big budget musical of Annie. Always did like Finney and Burnett in their roles though.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Krull IS the shit

    by Jotham

    This is one of the first movies I remember my dad and I renting on Beta. Krull certainly has a place in my childhood.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Krull (SPOILERS)

    by strosmer

    Remember seeing it in the theater in '83. Very cool movie for an 8 year old. Haven't seen it in ages. Wonder how it holds up. I remember a lot of vivid imagery from it: Cyclops dude, swamp scene, horses with firey feet flying through the sky (awesome), creepy-ass living? evil fortess with giant white widow spider, Cyclops dude gets crushed between walls, fortress monster being sliced up with the Glaive. To remember that much of it after 25 years must be some testament to the imagination that was poured onto the screen in this film. I may have to give it another go soon.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Peter Yates still out there directing..

    by skimn

    Not only did he direct McQueen in perhaps his most iconic role, but one of the underrated gems of the '70s, The Friends Of Eddie Coyle. And of course, Breaking Away.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Krull: What about their child?

    by Fawst

    The one that was to rule the galaxy? I always wondered why they never did a sequel following that story. I mean, that's a whoooooole lot of awesome to cover. But yes, of all the movies I love to death, one of the only ones I would welcome a remake of is indeed Krull. I mean, it's SOFA KING good already, but ... oh whatever, if they make it, great, if not, no issue.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    SST3

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    was really quite a worth sequel to the first one, despite it low budget. And yeah the singing general was hilarious. Here's an extended version of the singing general: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIsv1YOFNys

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:30 p.m. CST

    re: Early '80's WTFs???

    by Crimson Dynamo

    I think either Altman or Evans went on to do Popeye because they lost the bid to do Annie. I would like to see what was cut out of Popeye. The Onion has an interview with Feiffer, and he says Altman only used about 50% of his screenplay http://www.avclub.com/content/interview/jules_feiffer/3

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Lonesome Dove is cropped.

    by EriamJH

    Not original 1.33, but cropped to 1.78. Losing original aspect ratio so you fine folks can feel better about your widescreens. Complain now or complain early... then you can't complain later!!!

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The Killing of John Lennon, John Lennon & Imagine

    by DoubleFantasy

    As a massive JL fan I can say I was in 2 minds what to think about this film. It's very powerful but in NO WAY whatsoever glorifies it. And as an act of social and historical importance I think it's important for the story to be told. The actual killing of Lennon in the film is almost like the Zapruder film of his murder. It is so perfectly and awfully realistic that it takes you completely off guard despite it all leading to that moment. I burst into tears as soon as that scene hit and the film reinforced the point that a genius was taken from us by a pathetic little weasel with a gun. It's that easy for the bad guys to win. It's truly awful and the film handles it with a great deal of honesty. Any JL fan saying that they would never watch this and anyone involved with it should burn in hell dont get the bigger picture. It's not glorification on any level. That's what Chapter 27 was - utter filthy trash. Also as for the Imagine hate, well it's only cause it is so goddamn popular. Kinda like Bohemian Rhapsody. But I think it's Lennon's best song by miles. Maybe not his most artistically creative or musically complex but it summed up HIS perfect ideal world - perfectly. And he only asked us to IMAGINE that ideal. He wasn't preaching. A lot of people gloss over the very title of the song. He's only asking Imagine the world like this - would it work? Could it work. It's hilarious to hear idiots attacking the song and calling it nihilistic, a joke, etc. Lennon only wanted us to think about a reality where we were all passive and peace-loving. He knew it would never and could never be a reality. And for the dipshit who said Across The Universe was crap... Fuck me you're a fool.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 12:41 p.m. CST

    KRULL: WORST HAIRDO EVER!

    by Playkins

    Seriously, that chick was all kinds of awesome, but THAT HAIR. Looked like she came from a Journey concert circa 1983.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Krull:Early Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltrane

    by skimn

    Neeson looked scruffy as usual, like in Excalibur. But Coltrane, with his haircut and mustache, looked like he just got off his job truck driving in East London.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Lennon's assassin

    by leftofcentristdotcom

    I refuse to even use this guy's name. He was "he who shall not be named" long before Voldemort. The reason he killed Lennon was so he could share in his fame and films like this only serve to justify the killing in this asshole's mind.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Leftofcentristdotcom...

    by DoubleFantasy

    ...I totally agree with you on that point. I see it the way Yoko explained it once. That man is as unimportant as the gun itself. It means nothing. He was just a tool of destruction and he deserves to be ignored and shunned by society. But I also believe we can learn from the tragic assassination of one of the worlds greatest social and musical icons through something like the medium of film if treated with respect. The Killing of John Lennon wasn't perfect but I can see what the director wanted to do and I respect that.

  • Aug. 8, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    actually my point was...

    by sonnyhooper

    ...that i could see someone hating across the universe before i could see them hating imagine. it's a personal taste thing, but to me, it's a lesser song. not really sure why i feel the need to clear that up to a supposed john lennon fan who gives a movie about his killer a pass but, hey, whatever dude.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Worthy 1980's Western:

    by Dingbatty

    Pale Rider

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Lonesome Dove aspect ratio issue.

    by MattGuyOR

    I just watched it on Blu-Ray and it's looks TREMENDOUS! There is more information on the sides, and slight cropping on the top/bottom. It was definitely framed with both ratios in mind, so it's not totally butchered like you may think. It's never looked anywhere near this amazing before. You MUST own it!

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    2 Things I Remember From LONESOME DOVE on TV

    by Red Dawn Don

    First, calling sex with a gal/prostitute "A Poke", and second the grisly death of the young cowboy by all those cotton-mouth snakes in the river. To all the standard format (not blew-ray ramano) DVD buyers. I was just in my local BIG LOTS store and they had a large bin of DVD's for $3. They had the Mick Jagger Aussie western NED KELLY for $3. I almost bought the Gregory Peck flick DUEL IN THE SUN, but in was in full-screen. NK and DITS are both good westerns.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Alfred packer

    by LeviDTinker

    Last year Paul Dooley was at my work, and i was asking him some questions about popeye.<br> (as its one of my favorite film)<br> and he was telling me that Altman wanted the look and feel of seahaven to be as authentic as possible,<br> And they actually constructed a real village in the country of Malta to be seahaven on screen. <br> He said the Sweethaven set was built to be a authentic real village, and not your typical back lot facades used for most productions.<br> He also said it is still standing to this very day <br> and is in fact a theme park now in malta called SweetHaven Village <br> he shared a few great stories with me, was a real pleasure getting to talk to him about one of my favorite films. <br> I would love to see this 3 hour cut<br> heck i am still waiting for paramount and disney to issue the soundtrack on cd.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 10:52 p.m. CST

    by LeviDTinker

    thats suppose to be sweet haven not sea haven sorry about that

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    LONESOME DOVE takes us where few 2-hour movies can.

    by JDanielP

    Just take it from me, as someone who REFUSED to watch "Lonesome Dove" for the longest time. There was just something about that title... "Lonesome Dove" ...that seemed over-saturated. Frankly, it just sounded like a sappy, television mini-series. And yet, every so often, it would be mentioned in certain circles, in conversation with family and/or friends,...any time the subject of the western genre came into play. Then one afternoon, on a weekend with nothing planned, a family member practically cornered me and insisted that I watch it. ALL 6+ hours of it. So, finally,...what the hell, right? I figured that I could leave at any time. But what I found in "LONESOME DOVE" was a newfound depth of character,...within great performances and an emotionally powerful story. It took me on a life-journey that can never be shaken. And sure,...it doesn't have the detailed, visual canvas that a western like "ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST" obviously has (which I recently enjoyed, having the contrast of about 15 pages worth of dialog). However, if you've never went on this journey, I suggest that you do. It's simply unforgettable.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    krull was fun as a kid and when i watched it

    by DOCTORDETRO1T

    in widescreen it became awesome

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    General Crom: 2001 "ripoff"

    by Playkins

    The 2001 music you speak of is actually a classical piece, along with the rest of the score. No original music in 2001, and I believe that Goldsmith used the same section of music as an homage.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    It's official!

    by Alientoast

    God's back, and he's a citizen! Do you want to know more?

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Worst. Covers. Ever.

    by christian66

    Just when I think Blu-Ray and DVD can't make these packages look any less desirable -- they do! Do they have anti-marketing departments?

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray Krull

    by Dazzler69

    That's what I want!