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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 2nd wk of June - Woodstock, Bikers, Clint, fookn' voodoo magic mahn & much more!

Hey folks, Harry here, with a pretty interesting week of releases. As usual, the images and titles are linked to Amazon, where you can learn more on the titles or purchase the item, which gives a little to keep this column going. As it really is my favorite thing to write up each week. Without further bs, here’s this week’s releases that interest me… Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Isn’t just the best feeling in the world to see Clint Eastwood in a new movie? Right? And having him play a grizzled cantankerous racist with a heart of gold, surrounded by granite from lack of use… that just makes me do a happy dance. I know an odd amount of friends that really dislike everything non-Clint in this film, but I love the whole of this film. Maybe it’s that I had a very transforming cultural THANKSGIVING experience last year with my Korean In-Laws, that was kind of amazing. The games, the traditions… In a weird way, it was like experiencing Thanksgiving anew. And watching Clint in that household, being fawned upon and looked at with suspicion. Watching those old ladies delight at his food choices! That was nothing compared to the look on my new Grandmother as I ate Kim-Chi (which btw is why I didn’t die of Swine Flu). The BLU RAY has a wonderful transfer. The special features and the story behind what Clint did to this script and this material. It’s fantastic. Very happy with this disc!

Um… This is a fantastic set! Ok. Yes, I was raised by hippies that did light shows for national groups, that became hippie antique dealers, that became hippie comic and movie memorabilia dealers, that became hippie artisans before they divorced and one became a Rancher and the other remained an Artist/Collector/Dealer. SO – you could say… I’ve seen WOODSTOCK a few times. As soon as I got the screener for this, I called Dad up and said… “Dad, I got WOODSTOCK Director’s Cut on Blu-Ray” and 7 minutes later he was knocking on my door. So far this year, this is my favorite Single Film BLU RAY deluxe treatment… thus far. Yes, that box has real fringe on it, and that patch is real embroidery. If you order this through the above link – this is exactly what you’ll get: Amazon-exclusive bonus disc with never-before-seen performance footage in hi-def from Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Country Joe and the Fish plus three bonus featurettes 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition includes: Lucite display with images from the festival 60-page commemorative LIFE Magazine reprint Iron-on Woodstock patch Woodstock fact sheet Reproductions of festival memorabilia, including handwritten notes and a three-day ticket New retrospective: The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties and Woodstock Woodstock: Untold Stories: Over two hours of never-before-seen musical performances by Joan Baez, Paul Butterfield, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Mountain, Santana, Sha Na Na, the Who, and Johnny Winter (Exclusive to Blu-ray: customize your own Woodstock playlist) Woodstock: From Festival to Feature: comprehensive featurette gallery chronicling the festival and the filming from start to finish, interwoven with interviews from Martin Scorsese, Grace Slick, director Michael Wadleigh, Woodstock Festival executive producer Michael Lang, and more Enhanced BD-Live bonus features This is an AMAZING set. Allowing me to see parts of WOODSTOCK that I have never seen before. It was truly an amazing concert, experience and historic moment for the youth movement of the sixties. Hearing about it motivated my parents to head to several of the Pop Festivals. As great as one could hope for this title. BESIDES – you need this as a double feature with Charlton Heston’s OMEGA MAN!

I love Tom Tykwer as a filmmaker – and even this film’s harshest critics admit there is a fairly astonishing action sequence here. BUT – as someone that loves conspiracy cinema. Films like 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR, THE PARALLAX VIEW, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN… (all of which are vastly superior to this film btw) – Well, I pam pretty quick to suspend belief and allow myself to be taken by conspiracy theories. Ultimately, if you can believe that gigantic International Banking Conglomerates can manipulate the actions of countries (and who doesn’t believe that?) then you’ll dig the hell out of this film. Clive Owen and Naomi Watts do a fine job in the film – and I really really enjoyed the Blu Ray on this.

PREDATOR 2 (Blu Ray)
I will always have a very fond spot in my heart for this crazy fucking film, if for no other reason than the immortal line, “Fooookin’ VooDoo Mah Gic Maaaannnn!” I love that line. Director Stephen Hopkins is one of the directors I’ve always rooted for. I love PREDATOR 2, though it is barely an abcess on the ass of McTiernan’s PREDATOR – but it is SO much better than those AVP movies – and that bugnuts insane opening, that elevated train sequence and that glorious end sequence that completely birthed the concept of Aliens and Predators being a part of the same universe. Which spawned that brilliant comic series, which is infinitely better than the films of the same name. That said, I’m quite fond of this film. But as FOX does not send me screeners of their product, I can’t tell you jack or shit about this release, whether it be bare bones or not. But I’ll be picking this up tomorrow. I mean, later today.

Y’all bitched the fuck out of me for liking this movie, and I don’t give two shits. I think this movie is HILARIOUS! Excuse me all to hell for liking a movie that is about the fantasy of going to Cheerleader Camp to score with as many cheerleaders as possible. That’s a healthy bit of awesome in this film, in the nubile bodies of these cheerleaders – and in this unrated version you’ll get some nice boobies, and some other fun. But honestly – this film didn’t really need it. I think 13-17 year olds should get some good clean sexual enthusiasm with some laughs – though admittedly, I always preferred a bit of nudity in my Sex Comedies – and hey, in this version you get it!

These are not the greatest Jack Lemmon films. By all means check out SOME LIKE IT HOT, BELL BOOK AND CANDLE, THE APARTMENT, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, MISTER ROBERTS, THE ODD COUPLE, THE FRONT PAGE and CHINA SYNDROME. But like many of you, I already have. And as a card-carrying member of the WHY CAN’T WE HAVE MORE JACK LEMMON MOVIES PLEASE SOCIETY, this set is that wish come true. More Jack Lemmon movies. PHFFFT! – based on the George Axelrod play, this is a very fine comedy starring a crazy young Jack Lemmon, Judy Holliday, Jack Carson and Kim Novak! This film surprised and delighted me at every turn – and Jack Lemmon is quite the Mambo dancer! Seriously. OPERATION MAD BALL – based on an Arthur Carter play, adapted by a young Blake Edwards and featuring Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Princess Parisa, L.Q. Jones and Mickey Rooney! This is a military comedy and Jack Lemmon’s private is a gas. But to single him out is a crime, as the whole cast is uniformly great. Heh. Uniformly. Heh. THE NOTORIOUS LANDLADY is a very fun mysterious comedy by Blake Edwards and joining Jack is Kim Novak, Fred Astaire and Lionel Jeffries! I love Lionel Jeffries in everything he does! Trust me, this is a pure delight. UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE – a really wretched film. GOOD NEIGHBOR SAM – based on a Jack Finney novel – this is one of those married comedies, where a married man must pretend to be married to another woman in order to collect millions, but it all goes horribly awry in a delightfully funny way. In all – a very fun set! Though… avoid YUM YUM.

Gorgeous transfer of a truly frightening film about how you should never have sex with Glenn Close. Ever. I’m serious. Don’t ever do it! She’ll boil your fucking pet rabbit. She’s the pussy best left alone. And I know she’s playing a character in a movie, but goddamn it, that character is so convincing that the idea of having sex with her… well, it makes me want to Sumo my privates up inside of me and glue the resulting mangina shut! Holy shit is she spooky! I’ve had CRAZY girlfriends. The ones, that when it turned bad, they floored it over the cliff. But after every bad breakup – FATAL ATTRACTION is the movie to watch to remind you… IT COULD BE WORSE. If it doesn’t work for you, then write your story and film it baby! That shit will make you bank!

After Dick Powell ceased being the greatest musical dork in film history, he went on a fascinating adventure as a typecast actor. One that I feel all actors or actresses that face those issues would do well to learn from. He completely reinvented himself… first as a Hard Ass in Film Noir. Films he directed and ones he didn’t. He then became a bit of an auteur – forming relationships with talented actors and creating his own televised acting troupe that he used to give us some of the best televised anthology series ever. This was his Zane Grey theater. Working with a very young Aaron Spelling (yes, that was the case once) they began working with Zane Grey’s universe to create this half hour series. Here you have nearly 15 hours of wonderful western dramas starring folks like Dick Powell, Ida Lupino, Steve McQueen, Robert Culp, Chuck Connors and many more. Dick Powell’s son tells us about his father and this show in the extras. This is a real Television treasure!

Watching this film in a post-9/11 world, specifically during the Bush Administration – this was the liberal paranoia film of choice. But this is the work of Hollywood minds that could and did imagine the worst case scenario for a Terrorist Attack, in terms of what it could do to us Americans. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case after 9/11. It didn’t come anywhere near the nightmare that Zwick directed back in 1998. That said, it is fascinating to watch – and this transfer is nice. It doesn’t quite work, but it is worth seeing.

My wife’s fantasy. To net a million dollars by spending one adulterous night with Robert Redford, then divorce me, and live with Robert Redford. She calls bullshit on going back with Harry… I mean Woody Harrelson. Heh. Just kidding. This film doesn’t really hold my attention anymore. Though, DAMN! Demi Moore is hot! And damn Redford is smooth! Another really good transfer.

This is the Japanese Import – yes, it will play on U.S. Blu Ray players – and yes, at some point we’ll probably get a superior domestic disc, but I can’t tell you when that’s going to happen. Personally, I have the HD DVD, which I enjoy – but I know how dear this movie is for a lot of you, and wanted to let you know this version is available now. Brilliant film! Absolutely love it!

”Childs, Childs… CHARIOTS OF THE GODS, man. They practically own South America. I mean, they taught the Incas everything they know!” – I love that line and the way David Clennon delivered it in John Carpenter’s THE THING. And it makes me donkey laugh, because I’ve seen this awesome historic “Documentary”. I know many may scoff at this being a “Documentary” – but the year I was born, this movie was nominated for Best Documentary at that year’s Oscars! It did not win sadly. It is enough to just be nominated. As some one that has seen the amazing carvings inside that beautiful Pyramid at Palenque – To actually see 1000 + year old carvings of what ABSOLUTELY looks EXACTLY like an Astronaut’s Capsule during the Apollo missions. But you know what? That doesn’t have to mean ALIENS. It could simply be some amazing psychic Mayan that foresaw an Apollo mission. But that documentary and THE OUTER SPACE CONNECTION are two films that no X-FILES geek should be without. They were desperate to get the TRUTH OUT THERE… even if there’s a lot of “fill in the gaps”! That said, I love these two docs. Not a great transfer, but the only other way to see it is on 16mm or 35mm. Psst. Good luck with that!

This is a very cool film. A motorcycle western that is from a director that’s only other feature film that I know of, was THE UNIDENTIFIED FLYING ODDBALL, which is kinda amazing in its own way. This film stands out from a lot of the MOTORCYCLEXPLOITATION of the time. These are not savages. Not brainless rapists and sadists. They do run drugs, but that isn’t necessarily an evil in this era and universe. The amazing thing about this film is how wonderful it is – even though nobody here really did anything of its like again! If you’re an adventurous film lover, you really should check it out. Its likely to really surprise you.

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  • June 9, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by The InSneider


  • June 9, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST


    by Madmacks

    ....that's all.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST


    by The InSneider

    I may or may not have given you shit for pimping Fired Up but after seeing it, I gotta man up and apologize. It had its moments. I laughed, and more than I thought I would. I'm sure the Unrated cut is even better. Nick, ECO and Adhir Kalyan all great. I was watching Current TV last week and saw ECO parody the Christian Bale Incident and it was pretty hilarious. See if you can find it on YouTube or something. Also, Indecent Proposal is great and sexy. I've always liked Demi Moore, and can't blame Ashton for turning down years of hot Hollywood ass for Ms. Moore. Plus Woody is fucking great. He still doesn't get his due as an actor. NBK, Larry Flynt, WMCJ, Cheers, etc.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't bother with any of those.

    by barnaby jones

  • June 9, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Lions, tigers, bears oh my!!!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Who doesn't love Gary Busey in Predator 2?

  • June 9, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Is that bitch on the rag or what?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Who doesn't love Bill Paxton in Predator 2?

  • June 9, 2009, 6:05 a.m. CST

    New Criterion Seventh Seal

    by kwisatzhaderach

    is well worth picking up for the excellent documentary Bergman Island, a documentary visiting Bergman on Faro and the last filmed interview he did. Incredible. Of course you also get one of the greatest works of film art in history. Result.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST

    The International. Good shootout. Shit film.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Now Predator 2 is on my too-buy list.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Glad SOMEBODY else noticed The Siege.

    by Kevin Holsinger

    If Al Qaeda made it a point to attack us every couple of weeks instead of every couple of years, I wouldn't have been the slightest bit surprised if that movie had come true.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:20 a.m. CST

    wow, two Adrian Lyne films on blu-ray...

    by The Amazing G

    does that mean a blu-ray of Jacob's Ladder is not far off? (after all, next year is it's 20th anniversary)

  • June 9, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Nice to see Stephen Hopkins get some respect.

    by Darkman

    He may get raked over the coals for LOST IN SPACE (whose problems are more script-related than anything having to do with the film's look), but JUDGMENT NIGHT, BLOWN AWAY and the Peter Sellers movie (in spite of that creepy-ass title sequence) are solid films. PREDATOR 2's pretty good, as well. <br><br> Also, I can't really speak for the other films in the Lemmon collection, but it is so great to finally have GOOD NEIGHBOR SAM on DVD. Very funny film, and that DeVol theme music will stay in your head for days.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    "The Siege and Bruce Willis"?

    by DerLanghaarige

  • June 9, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST

    And don't forget that Hopkins was in huge parts responsible...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...for the first Season of 24! If I remember right, it was even his idea to cast Kiefer Sutherland.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Nice arm, Clive

    by MC-909

    I like how they had to midgetize Clive Owen's uzi-arm so it would fit on the cover. Whoever is in charge of DVD/blu-ray box art needs to be fucking fired.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    MC-909 blimey you are right!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    That's fucking terrible...hmm there there is a little game in there somewhere. Bad vhs/dvd covers?

  • June 9, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    he looks so angry cuz he has such a tiny little arm!

    by The Amazing G

  • June 9, 2009, 6:53 a.m. CST

    just reminded me of this

    by Talkbacker with no name

    terrible poster for an amazing movie -

  • June 9, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    You suspend DISbelief Harry, not belief

    by telepathos

  • June 9, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Hey harry I also love the kim-chi! My Korean

    by southafricanguy

    girlfriend got me hooked on it (and pretty much Korean food in general). What do you think of Gim-bab Harry? Or Bulgogi?

  • June 9, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    stephen hopkins' best movie...

    by Bouncy X

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 : The Dream Child.....hahahah not really but i'm really bored so yeah.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by horato

    Under the Yum-Yum Tree is not that bad. Lemmon's performance alone makes it worth seeing (although I beieve he later disowned it). And the youthful Carol Lynley....yum yum!

  • June 9, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Seventh Seal!

    by emvan

    The most exciting thing, even more than a new transfer to BluRay, is that the subtitles have been improved and expanded. My girlfriend reports that the old version had seriously deficient subtitling, a la the original release of Let the Right One In. I have no time or money but I'll be all over this one like brown on healthy rice.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST

    I Betcha most who criticized you didn't see "Fired Up!"

    by BigTuna

    It looks like your average, dumb teen sex comedy but it's very funny.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Kim Chi is nice, Bugolgi is even yummier

    by quantize


  • June 9, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by quantize


  • June 9, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Yes, the Siege

    by Anal Inflictor

    A 2-hour documentary of how the Clinton Administration reacted to the first WTC bombing and all subsequent acts of terrorism. If we had daily bombings in NYC, you better bet I want Bruce Willis and a battalion of army strong shaking it down and doing whatever it takes to stop the bad guys. Profile if you need to. Torture if you need to. Terrorize them back if you need to. When we are acting in self-defense, the only moral is victory over the aggressor. Oh, and the premise behind the terrorists was more than a little faulty and is now defunct.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:32 a.m. CST

    As for Glenn Close

    by Anal Inflictor

    I would dress her up as Cruella D'Evil, put a dog leash on her, and teach some fun tricks.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Talkbacker with no name, that is terrible

    by jim

    If I didn't know any better I would think The Prestige was a noir 40's style crime thriller.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by LoneGun

    Left a really bad taste in my mouth. Every character comes across as a moron by the end of that film.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Tom Tykwer deserves better material

    by Spandau Belly

    He handled the action in The International like a pro and kept all the tailing sequences going strong in full French Connection mode, but there was just nothing to these characters or story. He made that film way better than it should've been, but he still deserves to be getting something that's actually good on paper. Let him do this Alien or Highlander reboot or something.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Was "The International" about....

    by We_Are_Trapper_Keeper

    international elbow thieves? That's a whole new level of pissed Clive has on his face!

  • June 9, 2009, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by The Amazing G

    A REFERENCE TO? these things just keep getting weirder and weirder

  • June 9, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    GRAN TORINO was indeed terrific.

    by LoneGun

    One of the most surprising films of the past year. As I recall, Capone called it "a minor effort" from Clint Eastwood and was quite critical of the cast. I couldn't disagree more. I found GRAN TORINO to be one of Eastwood's best. There's a definite edge and fearlessness to his directing work here, a youthfulness. And the cast was terrific. The kid who played Thao was excellent. The crowd I watched it with wildly applauded his scene with the construction boss. I liked this film, from top to bottom.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    The gif is from a very underrated gem named "Nothing"!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • June 9, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    My Breakfast with Blassie next week?!?!

    by haggardatbest


  • June 9, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    thanks Langhaarige

    by The Amazing G

  • June 9, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Indecent Proposal

    by i.baronvladimir

    One of a number of bad or mediocre movies given a John Barry score it didn't deserve. One of Barry's best.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:29 a.m. CST

    yum-yum 2

    by horato

    Oh, and Yum Yum Tree also features the great Paul Lynde. What's not to love?

  • June 9, 2009, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by ironic_name

  • June 9, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    i.baronvladimir - agreed!

    by LoneGun

    Great score. Terrible film.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Good Luck with those Korean in-laws, Harry

    by devil0509

    My own experience in over a decade of marriage and one divorce: don't trust them. It's a culture of secrecy, self-interest, back-stabbing, scheming, and viciousness. Not the Koreans' fault really - if you're sandwiched between Japan and China, being alternately overrun and brutalized by one or the other for centuries on end, you learn to watch out for number 1. But it was no fun to be married to that mindset. Thank God I woke up and got out.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    Yes, the Guggenheim scene is stunning but the rest is great too. Tykwer is one of my favorite directors.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    damnit DerLanghaarige

    by Monkey Butler

    You beat me to it with the "The Siege...and Bruce Willis" bit. <p> And that Prestige poster ain't so bad. An ex bought it for me when I was moving once because she said she wanted to choose who I had on my wall. She got Jackman and Bale and I got Scarlett Johansson. Seemed fair enough to me.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    horato, agree with you about Yum Yum Tree

    by Stabby

    Jack Lemmon is hilarious in it doing an early version of a Mr. Furley middle-aged lech type character. And it was apparently a huge hit at the time, although as you mentioned Lemmon was not happy with it. If you like funny Lemmon then you can't go wrong with it. Don't know what Harry was or was not smoking when he watched it.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Don't Forget The Shield: Final Season

    by TheLastCleric

    One of the few TV shows I own from beginning to end, that finale was courageous, gut-wrenching and unflinchingly brutal. Easily one of the best shows ever to grace the medium.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Chariots of the Gods

    by Thorstrongstone

    is complete bullshit. Harry, read Jame Randi's Flim-Flam to get a better picture of the joke that is Chariots of the Gods. "We can't figure out how they did it- so ALIENS must've dun did it!"

  • June 9, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Harry: If ya like Lionel Jeffries.....

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Track down the audio book of Winnie the Pooh he did about 30 years ago. I know it's a stretch, but it's one of the best memories of my childhood listening to that tape. His Eeyore was sublime.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Che Came Out Too

    by bubbatwo420

    Harry, how could you not put the Blockbuster exclusive of Che: Parts 1&2 in your article.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Che Came Out Too

    by bubbatwo420

    Harry, how could you not put the Blockbuster exclusive of Che: Parts 1&2 in your article.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Che Came Out Too

    by bubbatwo420

    Harry, how could you not put the Blockbuster exclusive of Che: Parts 1&2 in your article.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    JJ Abrams sodomized my childhood

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Paramount is the new FOX! <P> Out now on DVD and Blue Ray

  • June 9, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    don't put down chariots of the gods

    by patch_adams_dickblood

    just because it's unprovable. don't be that dick. just take it in and enjoy it, it's a refreshing substitute to the normal religious, and science points of views. maybe none of its true, maybe all of its true or mabe some of its true. who knows? deffinately you don't. so don't act like you do. don't be a dick.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Harry had previous girlfriends go crazy?

    by D.Vader

    Why do I find that a mixture of BS and truthitude?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Definitely checking out Clint And Clive

    by Broseph

    TheLastCleric i never got into the sheild but now that it's over i'll probably go back and buy the a fan of the sopranos and breaking bad do u think this show will be my cup of tea?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Zeddemore

    You're apologising for one of the worst films of all time.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    And where the hell is the Blu-ray of Perfume?

    by white_vader

    (speaking of Tom Tykwer) Huh?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I liked Fatal Attraction the first time I saw it when it was cal

    by kravmaguffin

    Play Misty for Me. I believe Clint Eastwood's motion picture directorial debut.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The girl from fired up...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    ..and Disturbia is absolutely beautiful. Just gorgous. Does she show the goods?

  • June 9, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    UP MY ASS!<p> best Predator 2 line hands down. i remember laughing at that fucked up line. i dont care what anyone says, GLover was awesome in that.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    [drops the Predator Disc] ALL RIGHT, WHO'S NEXT?

    by BMacSmith

  • June 9, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    i think it was "You're rippin' my dick off and shoving it up my asshole!" <p> something like that..

  • June 9, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by BMacSmith

    pushin' pencils and kissing ass! I don't roll over for anybody, especially for the feds, without a goddamn good explanation!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    god Danny was great

    by BMacSmith

    so many gems: <p>Lieutenant Mike Harrigan: [grabbing Keyes and violently pinning him against the wall] Listen, shithead. I don't give a fuck who you really are or what you want with this asshole... because now it's personal, and he's a dead man. <p> Peter Keyes: The concept of what you're dealing with is way over your head. I'm warning you... <p> Lieutenant Mike Harrigan: You! [shoving Keyes back against the wall] <p> Lieutenant Mike Harrigan: You don't know what you're dealing with... and i'm warning you: stay the fuck out of my way! <p><p>Lieutenant Mike Harrigan: Hey, what the hell's goin' on here, Heinemann? <p> Captain Phil Heinemann: Insubordination, disregard for direct orders from a supervising officer. Now get back to your cage and have a rattle! <p> Lieutenant Mike Harrigan: I'll show you insubordination, you sonuvabitch!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Where can you buy Sunshine JP Blu ray?

    by WickedJester

    Is it different than the one that says it came out July 2008?<br><br>Dumb question prob, but this place is full of 'em :)

  • June 9, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    I guess is still best...

    by WickedJester

  • June 9, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    King Willie say I have to take your soul...

    by Kenshiro_187

    EL Scorpio is ready! Come and get it!!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Harry - it's a CANADIAN Import for Sunshine

    by WickedJester

    Available from for $16 + shipping.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I saw THE SIEGE right after the TPM teaser in Nov '98

    by Tacom

    I spent like what was it five dollars back then? Just to see the Episode 1 teaser so I decided to see the movie after. I remember after terrorists bomb a Broadway theater, there was a shot of a pretty, elegantly dressed girl with her arm from the elbow down blown walking around in shock. Does anybody know if that was special effects or did they actually find a beautiful girl that was missing an arm?

  • June 9, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Loosen your sphincters. We don't need any rush hour Rambos ther

    by ironic_name

  • June 9, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Puppet Master Box Set

    by BigSteve03

    Anyone know what the deal is with the Puppet Master Box set that was supposed to come out this week? Harry had it in his column last week in the list of things that are coming out this week, and says it was supposed to be released today, but they also say its been discontinued by the maniufacturer, and its not in any stores around here. Did it get cancelled at the last minute?

  • June 9, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    You're a damned liar Harry...

    by Darth Mulder

    ...I thought we were going to talk about "This Aint Star Trek XXX" this week.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Well there ain't no time to wonder why

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Whoopee, we're all gonna die!

  • June 9, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Question for Harry or anyone who knows?

    by StatelyWayneManor

    What does he do with the regular dvds when the Blu-ray versions come out?

  • June 9, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Bill Paxton in Predator 2

    by ShabbyBlue

    Basically playing the same blowhard he played in Aliens -- the kind we love to laugh at. Paxton has the unique honor of being the only actor to ever get killed by both an alien AND a predator. :)

  • June 9, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Chandra Levy...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...was also killed by an alien and a predator.

  • June 9, 2009, 3 p.m. CST


    by ShabbyBlue

    Haha... I had to stop and think about that one for a moment, but then it made me laugh hard. Good joke :)

  • June 9, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    hey that's my sister!

    by TheExterminator

    wait a minute you're not my sister

  • June 9, 2009, 3:18 p.m. CST

    pred 2 is unfairly maligned

    by TheExterminator

    obviously coming against the greatest film of all time it was never gonna achieve the same heady heights..but as an action movie it shits on anything nowadays or in recent setting great characters and br00tal violence...

  • June 9, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino is a shit parade

    by DigitalDong

    Bad acting, predictable and laughable plot, and comical tear jerking moments ( when that chick gets raped, OMG so funny ) This is MST3K material and nothing more. People who have it as one of their best of last year are fucking morons.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Best Hopkins movie was The Ghost & The Darkness

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Gorgeous Vilmos Zsigmond photography, rousing Jerry Goldsmith score, hair-raising lion attack scenes, and a hilarious Michael Douglas performance ("I AM the Devil!"). Shame the film did so poorly.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Fatal Attraction transfer gorgeous?

    by landosystem

    That transfer looked like ASS to me, maybe you watched it on a 7 inch TV? Also that kid in Gran Torino is perhaps the worst acting I have ever seen.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry Suck My Dick!!

    by What The Duck

    You like Fired Up.. that's fine but since you don't ever answer talkbackers i think it's bullshit you saying you give two shits about what we say. if it wasnt for us you would just be a fat geek with a website. Also The Sheild came out today to

  • June 9, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Fox doesn't send ya screeners? BooHoo

    by radruss001

    I like how Harry always mentions how Fox does not send him screeners but then adds, “I’ll pick it up later” to cover his arse for the bitterness still in his words for not getting freebies and screenings of movies from the Fox studio. I laugh every time.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Puppet Master boxed set?????

    by castaway

    you mentioned it last week Harry, is it actually coming out in stores or is it Amazon only?

  • June 9, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    My Problem With Fatal Attraction

    by mjgtexas

    Glenn Close was miscast. I couldn't buy a man shagging Cruella Deville on the fly when Anne Archer was waiting at home.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    by Michael_Bay_Rox

    I was shocked at all the money that film raked in. I liked Predator 2 as a kid, watched it a couple times, but I'm sure if I watched it again now it's a suck parade.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Ha ha -the Outer Space Connection!

    by Sal_Bando

    Boys I remember that one-came out in '75 I think. They had this REALLY hokey ad campaign, where they showed the Flight 19 pilots off of FLA in '45, and show this one guy supposedly radioing in panic-Don't Come after me-they look like they're outer space! Don't come after me---! <p> You know that had us kids watching the skies and dark shadows for aliens for weeks after that. Never did SEE the danged thing, it's prob as bad as it seems years later. <p> Chariots of the Gods is dated hooey but kinda fun hooey if you get into the whole Ancient Astronaughts/Bermuda Triangle thing from the '70s, it spawned gobs of psuedo-science books and 'documentaries' in the years after. <p> Fun stuff though.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Preadator 2: Electric Boogaloo..

    by Zardozap2005

    Worst sequel EVER made. This film didn't know what it was doing at any time. It's THAT fucked up! The train sequence is vomit inducing, worse than anything in Cloverfield (a better movie too) and Danny Glover was never an action hero of any sort. Not even in the LW franchise.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    whats harrys new cartton pic from?

    by BrightEyes

  • June 9, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Harry's pic - Vincenzo Natali's "Nothing"

    by Jarek

    I believe that's what it is. That guy made two very cool sci-fi flicks after "Cube" - "Cypher (aka Company Man)" and "Nothing" - and nobody saw them.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino is an education in racial slang

    by MattmanReturns

    Movie was pure entertainment from beginning to end.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Here's an idea ... Harold

    by DennisMM

    If you're going to pick up your "boohoo, Fox doesn't send me screeners" titles on Tuesday or Wednesday, why not put off reviewing them UNTIL THE NEXT WEEK? Give us a fucking review of the DVD, not some pathetic "I saw the movie, I hope the DVD is good" nonsense. Geezus, Harold.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    How do these 12 items constitute "interesting"?

    by SoylentMean

    This is a shitty, shitty week for movie releases. Minus the Blu-Ray double dips of movies that nobody really needs to see in HD (except for maybe Predator 2) and you've got a whopping 7 new films. <P> Does anybody know how well the Blu-Ray format is actually doing when people are losing their jobs, their homes, their fuckin' retirements? Save for PS3 sales I'd have to venture a guess that it isn't exactly lighting any sales bonfires. <P> Don't get me wrong, I'd love to "upgrade" to Blu with all my beloved films I already have on DVD or VHS, films I've spent years collecting, buying secondhand, and generally treasure hunting for. <P> But really, Fatal Attraction in Blu-Ray? Like anyone needs to see Glenn Close that um, close?

  • June 9, 2009, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino was a piece of jingoistic garbage.

    by Lenny Nero

    A noble douchebag is still a fucking douchebag.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Puppet Master Box Set= Bullshit

    by SoylentMean

    Unless there is somehow a vast increase in picture quality it is essentially a re-release. I've had the set for years. Bullshit to try and sell it as something new and improved.

  • June 9, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    "Hey mind if i dance with my sister?

    by Prossor

    hey youre not my sister!" i'm going to use that one

  • June 9, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    NOTHING animation.

    by gotilk

    Didn't see that coming. That's an obscure one. Loved that little movie. When is splice coming out?

  • June 9, 2009, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Is this Nothing movie really any good?

    by SoylentMean

    Average on Netflix isn't so hot. What makes it so special?

  • June 9, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Lenny Nero

    by MattmanReturns

    SPOILER - Yeah, he died to protect people he came to love. What a douchebag.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:22 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean - Nothing

    by gotilk

    I would give it a 6.5 out of 10. But I had no idea, no clue what it was about when I saw it. It was more surprising than anything. It was just much better than it should have been. Not some kind of classic, but very memorable, fun and really, really strange. Not for everyone, which explains why the netflix "wow.. those Pirates movies.. they're the best" crowd is lukewarm on it. I wouldn't characterize it as "satifying" or "feel good", so that means about 60% of the audiences will say it sucks. I suggest going into it without reading specific reviews, if possible.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino really Eastwood's last film?

    by kafka07

    If it is, it's a nice good bye. I enjoyed the film a lot even though the slurs get pretty old after a while.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Cool, thanks gotilk, I'll throw it on the queue

    by SoylentMean

    I'm about to watch Gran Torino this evening, hopefully I'll dig it. Also, hopefully it isn't Clint's last film like kafka07 seems to believe since I still think Eastwood has at least one more good Western in him.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by kafka07

    I love kim-chi! Makes vegetables taste unbelievably good. We make it ourselves now.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    You know what's fucking awesome? Bok Choy.

    by SoylentMean

    Really a very versatile and delicious green leafy vegetable.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by Lenny Nero

    He was a racist prick all the way to the end, and the movie basically tells us that it's okay to be a bigot and a curmudgeon as long as somebody likes you.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by Gelatinousman

    Damn right mjgtexas. It has been years sinc thet movie and it stills bug me. I could never believe anybody would pick Close over Archer. Hum... Anne Archer.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Ever see Anne Archer in Lifeguard?

    by Sal_Bando

    You know, w/ Sam Elliot and Kathleen Quinlan? Not a bad '76 film. Anyways.

  • June 9, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    I read that as "The Siege and Bruce Willis"

    by OutlawsDelejos

    And you know? That's a great name for a film.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Don't Buy the Gran Torino yet!

    by Gigy

    The two-disc "zipperhead" edition will be out in time before christmas!

  • June 9, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST



    the item was withdrawn from distribution after I said it was this week. :(

  • June 9, 2009, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Chariots/Outer Space

    by dogrobber

    Are worth having (even to have on as background noise) just for William Shatner's and especially Rod Serling's narrations (if I'm remebering the right movies). Now if someone would just release the Sunn 'documentaries' like the one about the Bermuda Triangle.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino is one weird fuckin' movie

    by SoylentMean

    Preachy, with Eastwood being awesome yet predictable. The other actors in the movie did suck a whole helluva lot. The unfulfilled promise of excessive violence is a seriously annoying letdown. <P> The dog was cool though.

  • June 10, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Gran Torino was a mess tonally. Totally uneven and unconvincing.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 10, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Gran Torino = unintentional self parody!

    by AnalFissure

    Absolutely fucking terrible movie with Eastwood delivering a career worst performance. The sneer/snort, or whatever the fuck you want to call it, is nothing short of embarrassing.

  • June 10, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Yum Yum

    by VibroCount

    How can anyone like this film? There is no known utterance of "Have a nice day" prior to this film. Yes, we can blame it and its script. Have a nice day.

  • June 10, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST

    c'mon motherfucker, lets dance!

    by ironic_name

  • June 10, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    people who rag on gran torino are gay nazis. scientific fact.

    by ironic_name

  • June 10, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Clint just directed a movie in South Africa.

    by Knuckleduster

    Working title is "The Human Factor". It's the true story about Madiba's release from prison and South Africa winning the '95 Rugby World Cup soon after. Morgan Freeman plays Mandela and Matt Damon plays Springbok captain Francois Pienaar. Couple of my mates worked on it. Should be a blast.

  • June 10, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    VibroCount, I didn't say I liked Yum Yum

    by Stabby

    I said that Jack Lemmon's performance is worth suffering through an otherwise standard 50s/60s screwball comedy. That said, I saw the movie on TCM for free and don't think I'd recommend anyone pay a dime for a rental and certainly not a purchase. But, if you are a Lemmon fan, he's great in it so, if it happens to show up on tv it's worth your while to check it out. Have a nice day, my friend!

  • June 10, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    HA HA

    by Bladernner79

    Does anyone really believe Harry had alot of g/f's in his life?

  • June 10, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Nice one Harry!

    by scottishnutjob

    'And I know she’s playing a character in a movie, but goddamn it, that character is so convincing that the idea of having sex with her… well, it makes me want to Sumo my privates up inside of me and glue the resulting mangina shut!' HAHAHAHAHAHA Comedy fucking gold Harry! Good stuff. hahahaha LMAO

  • June 10, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Fatal Attraction and miscast Glenn Close...

    by Cellar Door

    Absolutely. She's a talented actor of that there's no doubt but holy shit is she MAN ugly. Sorry to be shallow but this ain't the UN.<p>I never bought the 'cheat on Anne Archer' thing either and it wasn't like she brought in 19 year old college cheerleaders in the bedroom with her. She just had that frizzy electrode hairdo and that female version of the animated Ebeneezer Scrooge's face.<p>Demi Moore circa "Indecent Proposal" would have been better physically for the role (she's crazy fine in that movie) but she's no GC in terms of acting...<p>Perhaps they should have just had Douglas fucking Roseanne Barr or something...anything that would make the concept of actually having physical intimacy with Glenn "That's a MAN, baby!" Close.<p>Great actor good, after watching the movie I wonder if she's actually capable of loony shit like that in real life.

  • June 10, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by Cellar Door

    Not that it matters but....<p>"Perhaps they should have just had Douglas *married to* Roseanne Barr or something..."<p>...far more believable than cheating on Archer with Ms Scrooge.

  • June 10, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Glenn Gary Glenn Close

    by Stabby

    I wouldn't cheat on Anne Archer with that shit either, but a sex addict like Michael Douglas would be less discriminating so in that respect it is believable. Think Clinton with Monica and Edwards with his ugly bitch.

  • June 10, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Back in 97, Woodstock was the first dvd I ever saw!!

    by AshesOfDonnie

    but Harry, what about the sound? is it dts quality like the led zeppelin dvd?? You alos forgto to mention we get CCR performances on top of Grateful dead!

  • June 10, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    the "good ol days" of woodstock

    by Prossor

    Woodstock 69 was amazing and people are always looking back on it wishing they were there, dvds like this and books about that experience, even that movie from 1970. funny thing is people can have a woodstock 69 every year if they will it just like it was back then, all you need is great music and a free concert, not those horseshit attempts they did before where they charged you everything and corporations were leeching onto the whole thing. it just requires de VILL to achieve it, conquer that "good ol days" mentality stampe it into the dirt. you can have amazing concerts every year, does that sound too much and overwhelming? THAT's the kind of thought which prevents it from happening. it also helped that it took palce in the greatest period for music. so musicians of today, you need to get better and stop being shitty dammit.

  • June 10, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    thanks headgeek

    by castaway

    much appreciation for the response. Don't yet have parts 4, 5 and 6 of Puppet Master on DVD hence my wondering. Another one has just been announced Puppet Master: Axis of Evil, the storyline just mentioned that they were fighting Nazis again like in the 3rd one.

  • June 10, 2009, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Knuckleduster - Clint's new flick...

    by LoneGun

    ...I heard about that one, and it sounds great. Apparently, it will be released this December. And I read last week that the official title has been announced. It is to be called INVICTUS.

  • June 11, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Chris Claremont and Dark Horse completely birthed the concept of

    by Duke of Hurl

  • June 11, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Someone should do a doc about Woodstock '99

    by Kid Z

    Three days of peace & love devolves into three days of violence and Limp Bizkit!

  • June 11, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    My Reveiws

    by Broseph

    I Thought Gran Torino Alot Clints Mean Old Gruff Bastard Had Me Laughing At Things That Shouldn't be funny.The asian kid was an attrocious actor.the international was very boring with the exception of the musem shootout.revolutionary road was pretty good a little over dramatic but sad.

  • June 11, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Predator 2... Maxximum Danny Glover!

    by Robert_Downey_in_blackface

    Damn, I forgot about that one, saw the cover up above, good old Danny Glover, Gone Fishin' for some Predator... On a side note... never heard of the JESUS TRIP, sounds interesting, I'll check it out.

  • June 11, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    predator 2 rap

    by ironic_name

  • June 11, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Plymouth Rock landed on Seoul

    by buyingnewsoul

    "Maybe it’s that I had a very transforming cultural THANKSGIVING experience last year with my Korean In-Laws, that was kind of amazing. The games, the traditions… In a weird way, it was like experiencing Thanksgiving anew." WTF? Why would Koreans have their own Thanksgiving traditions? Do they have their own 4th of July traditions, too?

  • June 12, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    That's the BEST cover art they could come up with..

    by otm shank

    for Predator 2?<p> Way to phone it in guys.<p> That kick ass flick deserved better.

  • June 12, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Harry, WTF?

    by DrMorbius

    It took your Dad 7 minutes to get to the basement?

  • June 13, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Gran Torino was sweet

    by andrew coleman

    I think it was Clint's last time on screen as an actor. I believe he is still directing. I don't get when people rag on this movie, it's probably just they didn't see it but want to get an opinion out there. Not much on DVD to get so I'll probably go grab it.

  • June 15, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST


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  • July 13, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Anal Inflictor

    by PTSDPete

    And create more daily bombings ! Brilliant !