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HARRY's DVD Picks & Peeks - 2nd wk of Sept: Needlemarks, Freddy, Jason, Angela Lansbury, Nazis, Meteor Shit & Much More!!!

Published at: Sept. 8, 2009, 7:36 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest DVD column. Had an unusual snafu that resulted in very spotty materials to look at from Warner’s Blu Ray department this week, but still looked at a ton of material. Some nice stuff, I think you’ll agree. As usual, if you click on the pictures or titles you’ll be taken to Amazon where you can learn more or purchase the item, which would be much appreciated as a portion of that expenditure actually comes back to help keep the column going. Hope you enjoy… Tuesday, September 8th, 2009



FRINGE
I know next to nothing about this series, but I’m pretty much determined to pick this up and dutifully watch every episode because… well I have faith in the team behind this production – and I have very carefully not read anything by anyone about it. And I’m going to enjoy watching it. Or at the very least, hash down my first strike against the production team.




REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (Blu-Ray)
A tremendously powerful cinematic sledgehammer to that sweet spot between the ears. I have been drunk on this film from the second I first laid eyes on it. Wrote a loving review to the power of it and how it was a deeply cinematic creation. The editing is a thing of beauty, the audio use and placement exquisite, the performances unsettling and the transfer is perfect. You can see just how much detail went into this stirring and powerful film about the power of ambition and addiction… a more powerful condemnation of the glamour of drugs that I’ve ever witnessed. Tremendous film! Great Blu Ray!




CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE
Amongst my favorite tremendous times I’ve spent in theaters this year was watching CRANK 2. This Blu Ray beyond the amazing whacked out crazy beyond all belief insanity… it is in this movie – but in addition, check out the crazy menu screen. Like that crazy SLEEPING BEAUTY menu screen, the weather, temperature and time come through – but even crazier is a newsfeed across the bottom of the screen with live news updates from the internet. Because – why not just leave the dvd in for hours – and rather than press a button or get your computer – just stare at the screen as information floods into your consciousness instantly!




FREDDY VS. JASON (Blu Ray)
A few people have asked me about my favorite non-BNAT event I’ve thrown and been a party to – and when I answer, I say CAMP HACK-N-SLASH – where a couple thousand horror geeks showed up to see the real Freddy and the real Jason duke it out – as part of an outdoor all night horror-thon… after a day of Horror Themed Summer Camp where everybody was in ‘summer camp outfits with color teamed tube socks. There was a swimming hole and so much more. FREDDY VS JASON was a fun movie – for me it is also an extremely fun touchstone to a memory of geeks at play doing what they do best… Geek out with wild abandon. There’s a feature on here about that event, and that was reason enough for me to acquire this Blu-ray.




BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS
This was my grandmother and mine’s secret film. One time, on Spring Break – I was staying with my grandparents for the time – and my Granny took me to see BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS but made me promise never to tell my cousin or anybody else that she took me to see it. For years, everytime we got together we talked about BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS… which has Nazi’s versus Ghostly Knights and assorted awesomeness. I love the film. A Live-Action Animated Disney classic with a Little Nemo-esque flying dimension traveling bed and… NAZIS?!?!? It was crazy fun. And my personal introduction to Angela Lansbury, who… as a result I can’t watch and not think of my Granny. But this story is essentially to communicate to you how this is that type of film. A film that the most awesome grandmother that I know held as a secret with a little boy – and it was a secret worth keeping, very much like this movie is worth keeping and sharing with your friends and family. But… Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone! Until the Blu-Ray in the amazing future that we can’t speculate about… This is a remarkably fun film. Like MARY POPPINS meets THE LION THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE… but with NAZIS!!!! Yeah. Pretty sweet!




CREEPSHOW (Blu Ray)
Due to some hiccup in the usually dependable Warner Home Video Promotions – I did not get this product for review. I do know that the original DVD was pretty damn lacking. From the packaging I’ve seen – there doesn’t seem to be any extras – which just feels like a shame. This is CREEPSHOW. Didn’t we all love this one? Surely they know we want the proper treatment given to this with interviews and commentaries and dammit, put Stephen King and George Romero in the same room and record a commentary. I’m sure the transfer will be excellent as I’ve seen the HD master in 1080i on an HD cable channel – and it was pretty damn sharp. Hopefully the change to 1080p will be even better. I hope.




THE POSTMAN (Blu)
Another missing review copy from Warners – of a film that I was one of the lone crazy sounding defenders of – back in those first couple of years of AICN. Boy did I get hate mail for liking this. I haven’t seen it in years, but I’m sure I will still like it. Apparently there’s some pieced together commentary from the “whole creative team” whatever that means, and a special on the early days of CG for this flick. Honestly, this has to come down to how much you like Costner. Me, I kinda like the guy.




SILVERADO (Blu)
A romp of a Western. Starring a cast that was so perfectly 1985… right? For those of us that saw this on the initial run, being of the right age to walk into the theater for this movie with the fairly new PG-13 label… This was a FUN Western. Yes, there’s sadness and tragedy here and there, but even though everyone has lost someone they care about – at the end there are smiles. I love that. That’s an attitude for the future. Found your dad’s body in a river… kill his killer later that day and you can smile, joke and be filled with good cheer. Is that reality? No, but it is fun. Movies like this one and my favorite film THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD are stylized films that offer forth a feeling of optimism in the face of dire straights. A best foot forward if you will. People don’t wallow in despair, the move on with their lives with seemingly no lingering psyche damage. It is swell, because they’re swell. The edition I got shipped was a BOOK version, and I’m fond of those. This doesn’t seem to be that version.




THAT HAMILTON WOMAN – Criterion Collection
Why did Criterion care about THAT HAMILTON WOMAN? Well, it starred the quality acting couple of forever in Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, and it was directed by phenom, Alexander Korda whose films at the very least were always brilliantly designed. But frankly – once you know that this was Winston Churchill’s films, there’s no longer any reason to fear. Right? Didn’t that get you curious? Me too. Great film!




DEAD CALM (Blu)
I did get this one weeks ago from Warners. I love DEAD CALM. There are, essentially 3 actors… two boats and an ocean. They come together, things get really tense… uncomfortably so and magnificently so. Nicole Kidman is such an awesome wife in this film. And Sam Neill? The single most determined character that I have ever seen. His determination to survive, brilliant. Nicole’s desire to return to him, heartaching. And Billy Zane is fucking scary insane and out-of-whack here! My favorite Phillip Noyce flick. Gorgeous transfer.




SPHERE (Blu)
Another MIA Warner release. I love Michael Crichton films, though they’re rarely as good as his novels. Very sharp writers like Kurt Wimmer and Paul Attanasio adapted this and Barry Levinson did a nice job with it. But it didn’t completely satisfy me initially. But I was curious to revisit it. Sometimes initial reactions to adaptations can change with multiple viewings. Hope to check this disc out soon. It has a commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Sam Jackson, plus a visual effects special feature. The former sounds curiously enticing.




THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (Blu)
Remember this? When the director of Evil Dead directed that movie that starred the girl that uncrossed her legs and the guy that asks about picking feet from Poughkeepsie? God it is weird looking at this from the perspective of Sam Raimi, the hugely successful director of SPIDER-MAN – and a cast that is just stunning by today’s standards – with only Sharon Stone as the odd person out. Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s face through his last scene with Gene Hackman. FUCKING AMAZING work. Watch Russell Crowe when the tide is turning with that Rifle and pistol. He’s that emerging badass that the rest of us caught up with shortly thereafter. The pre-Jigsaw Tobin Bell. The voice of BATMAN. Keith David. Lance Henriksen. Gary Sinise. Lance Henriksen and Fay Masterson. Holy fuck, what a great cast! And the film is pure Raimi. Re-Visiting this film tonight on Blu Ray was a very happy thing. It made me smile a lot and take notice of how great Raimi is no matter the genre.




CATWOMAN (Blu)
Fucking awful. BUT – man. If you can just enjoy making fun of this with friends at home, that’s the only enjoyment you can get. Well, besides Halle being unbelievably hot, but a mere fraction of how hot Michelle was in BATMAN RETURNS. Still say they should have just done a flat out THOMAS CROWNE AFFAIR / TOPKAPI / TO CATCH A THIEF – Cat burglar escapade that starred an older Michelle, operating in some other city in the DC universe doing an impossible theft. That would have made me so happy. This. Not so much. I didn’t get this title, and I won’t seek it out. I don’t recommend getting curious. It hurts.




OVER THE TOP (Blu)
One of those films from the eighties that was all about Sylvester Stallone’s physical transformation and matching it up with the wacky crazy world of professional arm-wrestling. It is a fascinating experience to see this as a kid in a theater in the mid-Eighties – because this was an anticipated film. A new Stallone flick – and it came in the period where he was literally one of the biggest movie stars that there ever was. But the biggest movie star in the world was making a movie about professional arm wrestling that felt a bit too much like NORTH TO ALASKA, but nowhere near as fun. I never got my screener for this, but I can’t imagine not picking it up. It makes me giggle. A lot.




MAD MONSTER PARTY
I want all of these characters as toys. Especially the mod haircut Beatles-esque Skeleton Band! All your favorite monsters are here… Boris Karloff, Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The Hunchback… everything, but the one that scares me most? Phyllis Diller. OH MY GOD! She’s the freakiest weird thing in this film filled with weird things. This was a Rankin Bass Theatrical Stop Motion feature – and I love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! That’s why I played a 35mm print at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON some years ago. Lionsgate has loaded the DVD with special features about the making of, the music, the stop-motion, 2 sing-alongs and more! The sadness. Its fullscreen, which wasn’t its original aspect ratio.




THE HUMAN CONDITION – Criterion Collection
This is an enormous film to watch and thoroughly rewarding. Technically made in 3 parts totaling nine and a half hours (on 4 stuffed discs), this is one man’s rather astonishing experiences as he goes from his job, to being a Japanese soldier during WWII and finally a POW held by the Soviets. Criterion pulled out the stops on this. A great transfer that up-res’ nicely. Filled with all types of typically great extras – but this is a marathon experience to absorb in a setting. Really great work. Highly recommended.
That’s it for this week, check out next week’s column where I’ll be checking out not Wolverine, DOCTOR WHO: THE NEXT DOCTOR (2008 Christmas special!), X-MEN volumes 3 & 4, the tremendous AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (Blu Ray), WAGON MASTER, VAN HELSING (Blu), ARMY OF DARKNESS (Blu), PHANTASM II, DEEP IMPACT (Blu), MISERY (Blu), HERO (Blu), FAME, FEAR ITSELF: The 1st Season, CHILD’S PLAY (Blu), ONE STEP BEYOND 1st Season, DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD, THE HANNIBAL LECTER ANTHOLOGY (Blu), DEADGIRL, VARSITY BLUES (Blu), WRONG TURN (Blu), LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER (Blu), THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI (Blu), SEX,LIES AND VIDEOTAPE (Blu), IRON MONKEY (Blu), TALL TALES & LEGENDS – Complete Series, NAUGHTY NYMPHS, KING KONG VS GODZILLA, THRONE OF BLOOD, ORGIES AND THE MEANING OF LIFE, I AM CUBA, KING KONG ESCAPES and much more!!!

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  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:39 a.m. CST

    The Hacknslash featurette was also on the DVD.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Or is it a new one? Be cause I wouldn't switch to Blu-Ray, just for special features that were already on the DVD. (Or...any special feature.)

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Harry watches Doctor Who?!

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Finally, though a pretty bad episode to start off with. Check out The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, Human Nature/Family of Blood and Blink instead. Absolutely amazing stuff.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Sphere

    by Nice Marmot

    Maybe I put the book up way too high on a pedestal, but I loved it so friggin' much. I had such high hopes and was brutally disappointed by the movie. I mean, come on, I was waiting to SEE a giant squid attack. For all I know, I could revisit the movie and actually like it and revisit the book and realize its not THAT great. It has been a while.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    The Quick and The Dead rules

    by Droid

    Brilliantly ridiculous.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    And as for Bedknobs & Broomsticks. . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . used to LIVE for that football match as a kid.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8 a.m. CST

    NEW WORLD EXTENDED BLURAY!!!!

    by kikuchiyoboy

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Mad Monster Party weirds me out...brrrrrrrr

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I don't get the fear from puppets generally, but something about this film creeps me out. Ditto Charlton & the Wheelies. Damn, just thinking about them means I'm probably gonna have nightmares tonight...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Silverado is the shit!

    by blade_walker

    Seriously, it has Jeff Goldblum in it.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    HarryBlack

    by white_vader

    That redheaded chick sure was hot though. I think it warped me a bit when I saw it on telly as a kid. Nothing was stirring yet and yes I knew it was just a puppet, but she made me feel funny, which is more than Tin Tin or Lady Penelope ever did... think about her instead tonight dude. You'll have, uh, "different" dreams.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:18 a.m. CST

    NO CREEPSHOW SPECIAL EDITION???WHAT THE FUCKING HELL MAN???

    by CarlThorMark1978

    The movie is only a motherfucking masterpiece and had three icons (Romero, King, Savini) of the genre at the top of their game. Warner Bros. are a bunch of fucking cunts and if they don't give a shit about this movie then why don't they sell the rights to Anchor Bay or Blue Underground, you know, a company that might put some fucking effort into a Creepshow DVD. I've been waiting for years in the hope that we'd get a good special edition of the movie but I guess I'll just be buying the UK version which has a commentary and the great documentary Just Desserts which happens to be on YouTube FYI.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    The Quick and The Dead

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    AWESOME! See this is the "Good" Raimi. And of course The Evil Dead stuff. That big-buget spidey crap sucks in my opinion. As for The Quick and The Dead, genious casting. I can only think of 1 other modern day western that has that many cool people....Tombstone.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST

    The New World

    by seibei iguchi

    That's what I'm getting today and Requiem For A Dream.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Camillie

    by Series7

    You should check that out next week Harry.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Postman

    by TrainWreck1969

    Kudos to you Harry for giving props to The Postman. It's so easy to compare this to Waterworld (aka Fishtar). The Postman is spectacular melodrama in the vein of those Ed Zwick films some of us love. It has some faults, but I suggest everyone who doesn't already love it, give it a second chance.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Something that always bugged me about SPHERE...

    by brokentusk

    - SPOILER - <p> ... was at the end, after they've all agreed to forget what happened (because mankind mustn't know about the Sphere and where it comes from). They join hands, think about forgetting, eventually look at each other with Hoffman saying, "Why are you holding my hand?" indicating they've forgotten things... and then the fucking Sphere flies out of the ocean and a guy on the deck of the ship watches as it flies into the sky. That one shot made me go, "Um, what the fuck? <p> Firstly, it just pisses me off that someone had to see the Sphere that Hoffman and co. don't want the world to know about. Secondly (and more importantly) it makes no sense that the Sphere would fly into outer space if it's time-travel related. <p> Otherwise I thought it was a decent adaptation and perfectly cast.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    The Quick and The Dead

    by Series7

    Ahhhhh back when Leo and Russell still made good movies. And Stone I guess.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Requiem For A Dream

    by igregory

    is one of my favorite comedies, to steal a line from Doug Stanhope. When Marlon Wayans throws up in the prison food...hilarious!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Requiem isn't about drugs

    by bingo the clown

    It's about addiction. To drugs, of course, but also to other things; most importantly, the American Dream (thus the title).

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Sphere SPOILERS for Brokentusk

    by D.Vader

    The fact that the Sphere leaves the earth does not bother me. It actually gave the Sphere some extra weight that I hadn't considered. Also, since its a time travel movie, the Sphere HAS to go back into outer space where it will be found by the future astronauts, right? <p> That's a snag Crichton never mentioned, so I was glad the movie dealt with it. The only problem with it is as you mentioned- that fucking dude on the deck totally sees it happen!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I really like Sphere

    by D.Vader

    But I was MASSIVELY disappointed when I saw it. I mean, NO squid attack? Or at least, you NEVER see the damn squid! I was SO freakin' excited to see a giant squid attack that would rival that fantastic scene from Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", but damn the studio pussed out by not giving them the budget for it (I assume). <p> I think a better adaptation could be made, but they got a lot of things right with this one. I enjoy it.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    The Postman is awesome

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Kevin Costner v General Bethelehem! Epic adventure like they don't (and don't know how to) make anymore. Come on Kev, give us another western!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Sphere was terrible

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Very, very dull. And filming underwater movies on soundstages filled with smoke just doesn't cut the mustard post-The Abyss.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Crank 2

    by Series7

    Was there even one gamer review on this site? Was it made before Crank 2?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by brokentusk

    Truthfully I didn't even remember that the Sphere was found in outer space, I read the book a long time ago. I do see what you're saying; it's just quite a confusing scenario because you could also look at it like this: the group agreed to forget that they saw anything at the bottom of the ocean. So the Sphere stays put, humanity just doesn't know that it's down there. Meanwhile, in a future that hasn't happened yet the Sphere is being built by an alien race and left in outer space (or whatever) for Earth astronauts to eventually discover.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Sphere sucked

    by Droid

    Boring shite.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Requiem relies on shock value too much

    by Mr Gorilla

    I know you really loved this Harry, and your love of it drove me to seek it out in theatres. I hated it. I hated all the speeded up stuff. I hated the grandstanding, Oscar-bait performance (look at me, I'm a Hollywood star pretending to be all trashy!), I hated the way the film exploited Jennifer Connolly's ass just as much as the characters in the film did. It was so relentlessly grim - but it never really got to the bottom of anything.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    THE HUMAN CONDITION

    by Series7

    Wow that sounds interesting.....now how the fuck am I going to ever see it? Ahhh to be paid to site around and watch movies all day. <P> My job has removed the hard disc drives so you can't even sneek movies in at work.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    "the speeded up stuff"

    by Droid

    was intended to visualise the feeling of taking the drugs.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Kwisatzhaderach

    by D.Vader

    When did they shoot on soundstages? You know they actually did shoot underwater, right? Everyone had to get their SCUBA certification before they could begin production

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Over The Top Is The Greatest Cinematic Experience Ever

    by MANNZILLA

    The more I think about it, the more I feel that the 1980's/early 90's will be remembered as the pinnacle of film. Sort of the the rise before the fall. I just saw GI Joe in the theater and I realized for the 1000th time that movies are getting worse every year. I hate to pick on cgi but I think it's a major factor in why films are no no longer an art form. CGI has ruined the smoke and mirrors magic of movies. DO we need CGI absolutely. Movies like LOTR demand it. But it needs to be in moderation. It seems like scripts are being written from the onset to include the most cgi/redundant action sequences possible at the expense of character development/plot. I don;t see that trend reversing either.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Freddy Vs Jason on blu-ray

    by Bouncy X

    that movie should have a kick ass picture considering the colors and all Yu used. as a big Freddy fan i wanna get it but with the remake coming, i'm holding out faint hope they might release a new box set of the whole series and include that. or just slowly release the series and end with a box but yeah..i'm gonna try and be patient for once.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    RE: "the voice of BATMAN" in QUICK & THE DEAD

    by jorson28

    Harry, the actor in "The Quick and the Dead" is Kevin ConWAY, not Kevin ConROY. It is Conroy that did and still does the voice of Batman in animation and games - unless you're referring to someone else, in which case I have no idea because I've seen or am familiar with virtually all versions of Batman onscreen and am a fan of this particular Sam Raimi film.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The big problem with Sphere

    by Series7

    Was that in the book the Sphere actually openes up and someone gets inside, in the movie you just see someone starring at it and then their reflection floats up. Both have lame ass endings though.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    THE QUICK AND THE DEAD > SPIDERMAN.<p> Indeed it does.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    jorson28

    by Series7

    Made he meant the voice of Spawn and reasoning, Keith David. And the voice of my inner monologs.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Sphere has the worse dialogue in cinema history

    by zapano

    for example: <p> Dr. Harry Adams: Where's Teeny? I thought she did all the cooking around here. <p>Captain Harold C. Barnes: She had an unfortunate accident Harry, she was killed. <p> Dr. Harry Adams: Killed? how? <p> Captain Harold C. Barnes: Jellyfish. <p> Dr. Harry Adams: Jellyfish? That's strange. <p> Captain Harold C. Barnes: Yes that is strange isn't it. <p> i strongly urge everyone to go to imbd and read the memorable quotes, its pure gold

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Good to see some Postman love here.....

    by SubliminalJones

    Finally saw it about a year ago, and was amazed that it had garnered such a bad reputation, with undue comparisons to Waterworld. If only for that one goosebump moment( The Postman challenges for leadership of the Holnists, Bethlehem asks by what right, and Costner rips off his sleeve to reveal the Holnist brand, and the "get ready to get your ass stomped" music kicks in), the film is worth seeing.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    R4AD

    by yodalovesyou

    Fookin' despise that film. All style and absolutely fook all content. The Wrestler is the only film Aronofsky has made that isn't up its own arse!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:06 a.m. CST

    HOMICIDE????

    by max404

    so where's HOMICIDE, Harry? Arguably the most interesting release of the week (and you did mention it last week in your 'next week' section)

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Bedknob question and misc.

    by awardgiver

    What makes this BEdknobs and Broomsticks "Enchanted Music Edition" different? I was hoping the review would let us know. Quick and the Dead: best spaghetti western tribute ever! (sorry Quentin, give us a full blown western to prove me wrong). Mad Monster Party: one of those saturday afternoon movies shown on local tv in the late 70's/early 80's, freaked me out as a kid. I'd love to see it again to see why.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    HEY HARRY - Just a heads-up...

    by Kaiser Soze

    They don't officially release for a few weeks, but Best Buy has had an exclusive month-early window for SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ on blu-ray. Widespread release is coming, but I got mine at B.B. a few weeks ago. Never saw them in your DVD columns so figured you may not have known. Haven't watched Fuzz yet, but Shaun has excellent picture and everything from the HD-DVD version. But the BD-Live features suck...come to think of it, 9 out of 10 times BD-Live features suck - it's a great idea that studios aren't taking too much advantage of, or, like one studio, require a setup and password to access, making it less desirable to watch through my player. But I'm getting off-point - GO PICK UP SHAUN AND FUZZ AND PUT THEM IN YOUR REVIEWS (or do you contractually have to wait for Amazon to have them? Didn't think of that.)

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Crank Motherfucking 2

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    The best movie of the year. Totally insane.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Crank 2!!?

    by can-D

    Harry shame on you, just saw this one yesterday and while I was kinda shocked by the vulgarity of the first one this exceeded my expectations. I just don't know what to say, I think I rather see porn than this. Crank 2 is not fun at all, dumb and script doesn't matter any more. This is the end of cinema!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Sphere was awful.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST

    The Postman and Sphere

    by sewiz

    Wow, lots of Postman defenders come out of the wood work. That movie was awful, made more so by the fact that it was based (loosely) on a fantastic book (by David Brin). In the book the concept of the Post Office as a symbol of a working government worked, in the movie it came off as so cheesy and over dramatic. Remember that scene of the boy, practically peeing his pants in anticipation, and the postman comes charging in on a horse to valiantly....deliver the mail! Wow! As for Sphere, horrible, horrible eneding, but then again so did the book. Crichton's books often had very abrupt, very unsatisfying endings and Sphere was perhaps the worst, followed by Congo.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    "ASS TA ASS!"

    by Mullah Omar

    I don't know how you can ever forget that line once you've heard it in the film.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    already own this stuff

    by Spandau Belly

    Quick & The Dead is great, but I'm not upgrading to blu. Same goes for Over The Top. I don't think I'll buy Crank 2, but it was the best comedy I saw this year.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Does Lance Henriksen...

    by thinboyslim.

    ...warrant getting name checked twice?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Requiem..

    by skimn

    best monster fridge since Ghostbusters...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Did Levinson do SPHERE so the studio would greenlight WAG?

    by YackBacker

    Or was it the other way around? I always thought there was a connection between those two shows. Anyone know if that was the case?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    SubliminalJones

    by DocPazuzu

    I'll see your "Law Seven of the Laws of Eight" scene and raise you Abby's fighting back scene. You know, the bit where she shoots the guy about to execute Costner after which the General pulls his pistol and strides towards where she's hiding behind a barrel. Rather than cower even further under cover, as the arrogant general no doubt expected, she steps forward to meet him, firing her M-16 at him. The look on the general's face as he realizes he can't frighten Abby, just before he dives for cover like a little bitch, is priceless. Awesome, awesome moment -- also accompanied by a rousing bit of "FUCK YOU!" music.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:01 a.m. CST

    CATWOMAN truly was one piece of sh**!

    by LoneGun

    I wonder how the makers of this film felt when they saw BATMAN BEGINS or THE DARK KNIGHT. Did they feel a core of shame in the pit of their being, knowing they gave to the world this utter crap? And no, personally I didn't find Halle Berry "unbelievably hot". CATWOMAN offers us the epitome of an actress trying to be sexy and coming across as quite the opposite.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST

    "This is CREEPSHOW. Didn’t we all love this one? "

    by jim

    I did love it as a kid; tried to watch it about a year ago and couldn't get past the first 10 minutes. Bored, took it out and watched "Mad Monster Party" instead (and then "Session 9").

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    What happened to HOMICIDE Criterion?

    by LoneGun

    That was the review I was most looking forward to this week, HOMICIDE being my favorite David Mamet film. I would call that THE release of the week.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Nice stab at wolverine there Harry

    by JettL93

    you'll be NOT reviewing it next week<P>ohhh take that movie that I wasn't allowed to see for free and that I stuck up for and said I didn't download (but secretly really did) because I wanted FOX to give me free x-men stuff but then they didn't so I will now hate all x-men related movies<P>Wolverine was not half as bad as you've made yourself think it was, it was way more fun then x3 and a better summer movie then Transformers 2 or Terminator 4 were<P>i suggest you give it another chance on Bluray, you'll find the movie plays alot better when your not watching the workprint and crying because Tom Rothman hates you

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    quick and the dead..

    by iwasredempted

    damn good flick. crowe in this and virtuosity was when i thought this guy is going to be big time. and i was right. i hope they make the master and commander sequel. that movie should have been a bigger hit.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    thinboyslim, an answer:

    by D.Vader

    YES

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    ZAPANO

    by blade_walker

    Yes, that dialogue exchange is pretty funny but it makes sense in the context of the film in that the two characters are supposed to be "out of it." And for the record, I'm not a big Sphere fan.

  • I don't quite understand Hercules' comment on "Harper's Island":<br>"Also, it’s on CBS, which places limits on violence with which big-screen slasher filmmakers needn’t contend."<p> First off I have to say "well, duh". Anything shown on network TV is much more tightly controlled than it is in a feature film. Kind of a given; that is, unless the studio wants your slasher film to be PG-13. So the discrepancy of the levels of violence between a theatrical release and a network TV show depends on the film's rating a lot more than a show's network.<p>That aside, why does Herc think CBS is so strict on violence? Isn't CBS is the murder network? Honestly, I think more people meet an untimely and, more often than not, grisly end each week on CBS than on any other network. Those 3 CSI shows aren't dealing with lost puppies, you know.<p>As for "Harper's Island", while not a great show, it was a fun show. The kills, while probably rather tame and too clean for fans of the "Hostel" films, could be both inventive and brutal (and, from what I remember, at times quite gruesome). I thought they made the most of the limits placed on them by the network censors. I don't need to actually see someone get pureed by a propellor to know they are dead. It had that "Survivor" aspect of who is the next to go, who will survive, who is the killer, that makes it fun to talk about after each episode. To me it is the perfect Summer show - there isn't much else on and you know it has a limited number of episodes, including a final episode that will wrap everything up.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Do you guys actually buy DVD's anymore?

    by Series7

    I don't I just rent shit from Netflix. With DVR I never really need to check out my old DVD collection. I guess since I'm no longer in college I don't have time to watch the same movie over and over again, once and done. Unless I see it in theater and rent it again.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    SPHERE!

    by HoboCode

    One of the most underrated sci-fi flicks of all time. I fucking loved it. Loved the tone. It perfectly captured the book IMO. It wasn't an action movie so who gives a shit about the squid. Another squid controversy for fuck's sake? Sphere is a taught suspense/psychological thriller and the best Crichton adaptation to date. Fair point about the guy on the deck seeing the sphere at the end though. Although I don't think I ever noticed it to tell you the truth.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by HoboCode

    I think you answered your own question. Herc wasn't singling out CBS as being stricter than other networks per se, just that it IS a network and therefore has stricter rules on what can be shown.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Dead Calm

    by wampa_one

    Nicole Kidman rarely looked hotter than she does in this film. Zane's flare-to-the-face demise was cheesy but satisfying!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Dead Calm is awesome

    by D.Vader

    I loved watching that as a kid. Thanks dad for showing us R rated movies at such a young age.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I Loved the Postman

    by Rolling_Stone

    Was my first DVD and I still watch it about once a year.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Fringe

    by The Funketeer

    Just make sure you keep with it Harry. It starts off pretty slow but half way through the season it really kicks into high gear. Once they start establishing the mythology, you'll be hooked.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    The ending to sphere cleared up questions from the book

    by Geomancer21

    I've either read or listened to sphere dozens of times, but the ending to the movie cleared up so much for me. made me realize what it was.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    double ended dildo ass

    by Series7

    Typical hollywood adding sensational stuff to the book.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    And seeing the postman movie up there makes me want Waterworld

    by Geomancer21

    I've been waiting for the extended cut of waterworld that aired on ABC to make it to dvd for years. but it never came. it really is a better movie with the 40 minutes put back in. and make you understand why it cost so much back in the day.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Um, didn't michael himself change the ending?

    by Geomancer21

    I remember hearing that while the film was in production.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Its as if the cable channels burped, and up came DVDs

    by skimn

    TMC has been airing the shit out of Bedknobs lately, just this past weekend the most recent. And TBS and AMC figure the rest of their movie schedule around airings of Quick and Catwoman.<p>And tell me that the curly haired Nicole Kidman wasn't shot to resemble Sigourney Weaver in Dead Calm. Their are scenes where she looks like she could be her sister. And I seem to remember this is the movie that caught Tom Cruise's eye...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    HoboCode, fair enough, it could be by CBS he meant

    by jim

    Network Television as a whole. Even so, at least to me, that's stating the obvious. I think it goes without saying, so I wonder why he said it at all.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Geomancer21

    by DocPazuzu

    I am now your favorite person of the day: <p> http://tinyurl.com/mumj28

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    TCM=TMC, their=there

    by skimn

    ..hate typos..

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Geomancer21

    by HoboCode

    I have to disagree with you there. The extended version of Waterworld sucks complete ass IMO. The added scenes are completely mundane and useless. Fucking Jack Black airplane scenes? Lame as shit, and I like Jack Black. Not to mention great swearing lines edited out or changed for network television. Also note the spectacular shot of Tripplehorn's exquisite ass is edited out for family friendly ABC audiences. Luckily the extended version comes with the TC and I didn't have that version either. Otherwise I would have felt fleeced.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Who cares if the guy on deck...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...saw the sphere? What the hell is he going to do about it? He doesn't even know what it is. <p> "Good God! An alien time machine just erupted from the surface of the ocean and is now heading into outer space! I have to alert the authorities so they can build a spaceship and go retrieve it so we can wreak havoc on the time/space continuum! Or maybe I'll just continue swabbing the deck and worrying about the pus that's been coming out of my dick since my last shore leave."

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    You will watch Fringe, but not Firefly?

    by Dingbatty

    Puzzling...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    LOVE Raimi and THE QUICK AND THE DEAD

    by cahcat

    I saw THE QUICK AND THE DEAD twice in theaters the day it came out. I couldn't wait to see a new Raimi movie and as soon as school let out I went to see it and then again later that night! It's still so much fun, great style and all Raimi. Russell Crowe is excellent.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Geomancer21

    by DocPazuzu

    In case HoboLoad got you down (and he gets us all down), you can always go online and download the 2-disc Ulysses Cut of Waterworld, which is an astonishing fan-made compilation which combines the best parts of the theatrical and extended cuts, thus giving you both the extended scenes, cussing and Jeanne's ass.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    re Quick and the Dead

    by DocPazuzu

    Have they reinstated the Sharon Stone tit shot?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:19 p.m. CST

    David Tomlinson's spectatular career nose-dive

    by thelordofhell

    He finally hits the bigtime with roles in Mary Poppins, The Love Bug, Bedknobs & Broomsticks....then falls off the face of the Earth. What did he do to Disney to face such wrath?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Ellen Burstyn should have won the Oscar

    by thelordofhell

    Fucking Julia Roberts for Erin Brokovich?? Really??

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    If you couldn't view nearly a third of these dvd releases...

    by LoneGun

    ...Harry, why not review some of the notable titles you promised but neglected to talk about recently, like DUPLICITY, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BAD LIEUTENANT or this week's MENACE II SOCIETY? I'd rather hear your thoughts on these than your vague reminiscences about FREDDY VS. JASON.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I hated sphere because........

    by movienutz

    No way in Hell did I ever believe for a minute that hot Sharon Stone was pining for nerdy old Dustin Hoffman. Didn't believe it for a Second. Poor Casting.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:41 p.m. CST

    jorson28 hit it on the head

    by Bruce of all Trades

    Kevin Conroy is not in "The Quick and The Dead"

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The Postman is great!

    by clubside360

    Looking forward to getting my Blu-ray copy tomorrow. Always enjoyed it, but I also enjoyed Waterworld (the extended version adds a bunch of great stuff, too bad it's only in standard def). Given both's failure at the box office it's easy to understand why Hollywood would remain gun-shy in regard to epic practical flicks, but there's just something great about them (as the Braveheart Blu-ray ably demonstrated).

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks???

    by TheDudeballAbides

    This is actually a horrible movie. Disney really blew it in this period of their history. The movie is excuciatingly long and has a many boring spots. This may be blasphemy, but the same is true for Mary Poppins. Don't even get me started on Pete's Dragon. These movies should have been about 90 minutes long but they stretch them on and on. A strong editor could have made those films so much better.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Leonardo diCaprio is an acting giant.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Fuck you if you disagree.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    80's flicks

    by Anything But Tangerines

    What is it about these big 80's productions, they can be total studio manufactured overblown nonsense and be all the better for it. Not so today, and I think it's because we tend to cut the past some slack if you know what I mean. Vin Diesel makes a huge epic and we shit on it. The Rock makes a couple kid flicks and we write his career off. I think that people live so much in the present that they get fucking sick of it, and anything more than 10 years old starts to shine like diamonds or at least give off a comfortable glow. The psychology would be fascinating if it weren't so god damn prevalent.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    I love that Catwoman destroyed Halle Berry

    by lockesbrokenleg

    It's so amusing watching these people take on these projects that think they're the next James Bond, or whatever.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg

    by Anything But Tangerines

    what the hell do you mean THESE PEOPLE?!?!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    A few comments...

    by Halloween68

    In the tradition of Alien vs Predator, Freddy vs Jason sucks *ss. No redeeming value whatsoever. Sphere = sphinkter. Movie was bad then, it's bad now. Now, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum ... Requiem For A Dream. Take it for what it's worth, great movie and all, but this is what caused me to fall out of love with Jennifer Connelly. I grew up with Labyrinth, Phenomena and Career Opportunities. No matter. I can never look at her the same after this movie.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I meana actors that are full of it

    by lockesbrokenleg

    They think they can ride any movie.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Dead Calm = Stupidity Sets Sail

    by Cash907

    Figures you'd like it Harry. Nothing like watching 2 hours of Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane make ridiculously stupid move after ridiculously stupid move, and get their asses handed to them by the most mentally challenged psychopath I've ever seen on film. I was 8 when I saw this movie for the first time, and even I would have killed that yappy fucking dog after the first ten minutes. Now go watch "Fringe" you hack of a film connoisseur, and keep your pie hole shut about the production team.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Is Dead Calm....

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... essentially an Aussie re-make of Knife in the Water?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    "Tripplehorn's exquisite ass"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That's a butt double (easy to tell because her face isn't shown). I even remember an article in Entertainment Weekly with Tripplehorn "auditioning" her potential ass doubles.<BR><BR>As for a Creepshow SE, the region 2 2-disc set has been out for ages with no whisper of a release in the U.S., so don't hoooooooooooooold your breeeeeeeeeeeeath for it anytime soon.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Gotta agree...

    by Fortunesfool

    The Postman is a vastly under-rated movie. Looks like 'Lawrence of Arabia' next to the Tv Movie jiggly cam pish we suffer today.<br>And how big is that gun on the cover of Crank 2????

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I FUCKING hate that Requem For A Dream music now

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    You know the one I mean.<p>The one used on every motherfucking Youtube fan video over the last few years.<p>Fuck!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Requiem for a Dream = meh.

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Gimmicky melodrama. Didn't give a rat's ass about the characters. Seen addiction stories done much better. (Leaving Las Vegas, Sid and Nancy, Bad Lieutenant, etc)

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Reqiem for a Dream - don't get it

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Yes, I saw it, bur is it asking too much for a movie to make sense?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    There there, lockes...

    by TheJokesOnUs

    put down the "Requiem", and pick up "Transformers 2: Robot Fightin'". You gotta learn to go more your own speed...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Quick and the Dead

    by 9000rpm

    I'm happily surprised by all the appreciation here for Quick and the Dead. And I totally agree, I'd rewatch QATD a dozen times before I'd watch any of the Spiderman movies again. And Leo truly is terrific. Other than Titanic he hasn't done anything of interest since.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    HARRY

    by teddanson37

    I'm really interested to see what you think of Fringe. It was one of my favorite new shows this year.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Fringe

    by BERSERKR

    The show is decent, but like it or not Harry you will LOVE John Noble as Walter.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Oh

    by BERSERKR

    And i have yet to see and will NEVER see Catwomen, NEVER!:P

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    TheJokesOnUs - Fuck off pretentious snob douche

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Spoken eloquently like a true Michael Bay fan...

    by TheJokesOnUs

    good work.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I want to shove my d*ck in your f*cking c*nt

    by blade_walker

    It's really pointless and lame when posters feel the need to censor themselves by replacing letters with asterisks. Are you afraid mommy will peek over your shoulder and see the naughty words you're writing?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    TheJokesOnUs - one trick pony

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Why don't you write 100 paragraphs telling us why Avatar will suck?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Other than Titanic he hasn't done anything of interest since.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Um, Aviator? The Departed? Blood Diamond?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    "we tend to cut the past some slack if you know what I mean."

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    anythingbuttangerines, you described perfectly how it goes. Not just for movies, for basically EVERYTHING, all art forms. even historic figures.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    "Good God! An alien time machine just erupted from the surface o

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    haha

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    wait

    by harris_yulins_goatee

    "his Blu Ray beyond the amazing whacked out crazy beyond all belief insanity… it is in this movie – but in addition, check out the crazy menu screen." The first part of that sentence makes no sense.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Magnolia

    by volcanopele2

    Today's AICN heading animation reminds me, when will WB release Magnolia on Blu-ray? One of the few Tom Cruise movies I liked and it had a great sound track.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    lockes- pot calling kettle black

    by TheJokesOnUs

    Why don't you post "zzzzzzz" somewhere, or complain about Pixar or other movies generally regarded as good, and defend "Transformers 2" and "Care Bears Final Battle"?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Hey Jokes on us, I hear New Moon tickers are on sale

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Better get them before you miss out.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Criterion will release Care Bears Final Battle next year

    by blade_walker

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Doc

    by brokentusk

    The problem is that if that guy on the deck saw it rise out of the ocean, how many other people on the ship (or other ships) saw it as well? Yes, it's not that important, but it's an unnecessary shot that detracts from the scene before it and lessens the impact of what the main characters chose to do. I have more of an issue with the fact that the Sphere rises at all, instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Care Bears: Ass to Ass

    by AngrySnowMonkey

    I would watch that before I picked up "Over the Top". What's next?--are we going to continue to suck Sly's nuts and call D-Tox (Eye See You) an entertaing summer watch?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Hey, if the fucking TMNT Turtles can come back

    by lockesbrokenleg

    you can bet the Care Bears will

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    What's a "New Moon ticker"?

    by TheJokesOnUs

    Is that like a stock ticker?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:30 p.m. CST

    That's entirely too much fuckin' Blu-Ray

    by SoylentMean

    Almost time for all the Horror movies to get released for Halloween. It looks like they finally picked a cover for Night of the Creeps as well...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    If they skimped on that Creepshow BD...

    by SoylentMean

    wait a minute, then it would be just like that film's last release on DVD with the bullshit cardboard snapcase... There's no excuse for that...

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:36 p.m. CST

    And So It Begins

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Remember when I said that there would come a day, not too far into the future of our dismal economy, when studios would begin to devalue and ignore the internet even more than they do now, to the point where they'd stop throwing "freebies" and "set visits" the way of AICN?<P><p>RE: All those Warner DVDs/BLU-RAYS Harry is missing this review?<p><p>It begins, my friends. It begins.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    SILVERADO (1985) Is A Great Film

    by Red Dawn Don

    It has so much funny dialogue in it. My wife and I quote it quite often. For example: When the army calvary sergeant played by SHEB WOOLEY questioned Kevin Kline about horse ownership, "I had a gal do that to me. It didn't make her my wife." Also, SHEB WOOLEY wrote and sang the famous novelty song THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER and the theme to the TV show HEE HAW.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Care Bears: Ass to Ass

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Did this come out? When's the blu-ray release? Don't tickle my nuts like that and not deliver the goods.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Requiem for a Dream (2000) A Question

    by Red Dawn Don

    Does it show Jennifer Connelly's big boobs very often? Those were some nice sweater puppies before she got the breast reduction surgery. After that operation, she is now dead to me.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Care Bears: Ass to Ass

    by AngrySnowMonkey

    It's a hard to find Region 3 DVD. Koreans like to see Grumpy Bears with strap-ons. Who knew?

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Tell me about it, Snow Monkey

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I've heard rumors about CBA2A but I can't seem to find legitimate distributors. I'm not gonna give my credit card # to a street vendor, no matter how tempting the subject-matter. I mean, come on - it's the Care Bears ass-to-ass. Fuck!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Tell me about it, Snow Monkey

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    I've heard rumors about CBA2A but I can't seem to find legitimate distributors. I'm not gonna give my credit card # to a street vendor, no matter how tempting the subject-matter. I mean, come on - it's the Care Bears ass-to-ass. Fuck!

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Snow Monkey has all the bear porn

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    FUCK BLU-RAY

    by rock_n_roll_jesus

    yeah I said it.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Love cos...

    by tra1138

    Love The Postman.Good shit.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    RedDawnDon

    by DrMorbius

    Haven't seen it in a while but all I can recall is one short scene with her tits out. Maybe someone else can clarigy?

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    can clarify?

    by DrMorbius

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Care Bears: Ass to Ass

    by Mullah Omar

    As long as they got the same actor to voice the "Ass ta ass!" line then all is right in the world. <br> <br> Also, CBA2A is a bit more cheerful than REQUIEM because it's a rainbow stretching from ass to ass rather than a double-sided dildo.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    While I suffered for seeing Requiem after all the hype

    by white_vader

    (and yes it was a Hollywood Oscar-bait in my subjective opinion), I can't believe not one single TBer here has mentioned the superior Trainspotting...

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Harry, don't be a hypocrite...

    by Djamdjean

    You say that we should sit around and make fun of Catwoman because it's awful. Yes, it's awful, and yes we should make fun of it. That's exactly what MST3K did and you lambast them every opportunity you get. Get over it, they made fun of BAD FILMS.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 1:45 a.m. CST

    John Noble rules!

    by Djamdjean

    Why isn't Denethor in more stuff? He is the #1 reason to watch Fringe and should be nominated for an Emmy. Walter Bishop is one of the best characters i've witnessed in a long time all due to Noble.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Over the Top at least has proper cover art!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    The Postman is underated

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    You want A WAR? I'll give YOU A WAR!!!

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    'Freddy Vs. Jason' did suck...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    but atleast there was some nice boobage. The main chick, blonde with the cans? I'd stick my cock into her for a thousand years.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Harry hates MST3K...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    because he has no sense of humor. Face it, what they created needed to be done. Some films need to be roasted. Especially the shits they are pumping out today.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    That show is closer to my heart...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    than the blood vessels.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 9:09 a.m. CST

    white_vader: Trainspotting

    by LaneMyersClassic

    I forgot to mention it was much better than Requiem.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Ford Lincoln Mercury

    by TrainWreck1969

    Ride Postman! RIDE!

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    CREEPSHOW

    by ufoclub1977

    Is one of the most eye opening movies I saw as a kid that let em know you could go garishly "stylized" performance/visually/music and still keep it cool and effective. I will buy this on blu-ray. I think the next big eye opener like that was "Natural Born Killers", but I like "Creepshow" much better. What a great fun work this was back in 1982!

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    The Human Condition

    by AsimovLives

    I only watched the first part when it was shown on TV like ten years ago. i was extremely impressed with it. Little did i knew that it was part one of a trilogy. Can't wait to get this Criterion DVD.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Funny coment from Harry about Fringe

    by AsimovLives

    He has great expectations behind the team that created Fringe? Like, the two idiots who wrote The Island and Transformers 1 and 2?

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Requiem for a dream

    by hst666

    Those final scenes with Connelly were fucking hot.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Waterworld is f***ing awesome!

    by Autodidact

    Waterworld is a great summer movie. I've watched it a half-dozen times and it never fails to entertain. <p> I just looked in my movie cabinet and there's a DVD copy sitting there. I don't even remember getting that shit, when the hell did I buy it!? Anyhow, might be cool to have that one on Blu-ray. I'm going to wait for a sale though.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Creepshow Does Not Hold Up

    by Autodidact

    Creepshow does not hold up. I screened it with my cousin a few years ago, after we grew up in the eighties loving it. I found it totally boring, not scary or funny just sort of cheap and stupid. Now I wonder about Creepshow 2... probably the same thing. Always loved the animated bookends to Creepshow 2... in my memory was the best animation ever. But when I looked it up to watch the animation again, I was sorely disappointed. Some things just do not age well.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Freddy vs. Jason

    by Autodidact

    I think Freddy vs. Jason has some of the best Jason kills ever put on film. The movie is fun and way over the top, as it should be. I thought the direction of the duel at the end was really terrible. Some of the worst wire-work and just unbearably shitty music.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    TrainWreck1969

    by AsimovLives

    In fact it was The postman which flopped, while Waterworld made quite a fat profit, thanks to the massive international sucess. And The Postman is too underrated, it's hardly the bad movie many mistake it to be.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Creepshow: i liked the Arnold directed episode

    by AsimovLives

    Ol' Arnold shows some knack for directing.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Asimov, um you're talking about Tales From the Crypt, right?

    by SoylentMean

    Arnold Schwarzenegger directed an episode of that show, not a vignette in Creepshow.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I forgot Arnie directed an episode...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    that's fucking weird lol. What episode did he direct and was it any good? Hopefully I can catch it on The Chiller Channel.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Sucks about Creepshow...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    ...no extra stuff?! Love that flick.. the portmanteau horror movie needs to make a comeback. Sometimes full-length horror movies can stretch a plot way longer than necessary... and small studios like Amicus used to be able to sign (then) big name actors that way since they could shoot of their parts in a day and haul ass.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    cheyne

    by Series7

    Even though you don't like D9, lord knows why? so our taste may not be that inline. But I remember liking the Arnold episode. He's like an old man that wants to get women so he changes body parts with a body builder (played by Arnold). Granted that was however many years ago the show was on.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Series7...

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    .. yep that's the one. Had Kelly Preston in it too... it was called "switch" or something similar.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The Postman falls apart at the end....

    by cookylamoo

    When the guy commanding 10,000 troops decides to go one on one with Costner. This is the same deux ex machina idiocy they used in Gladiator to have the hero win where he didn't have a prayer. On the good side you've got Tom Petty and Olivia Williams titties. It's also better than Brin's book that suddenly throws genetically modified soldiers at you out of nowhere. Read the Uplift books. They're way better.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Tales From the Crypt is on Chiller network RIGHT NOW

    by D.Vader

    A marathon. And its funny, bc I too thought of the Arnold directed episode earlier today and hoped it would come on. I haven't seen that since I was a kid...

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Cheyne, it was an episode where...

    by D.Vader

    This rich old man was in love with a younger girl, but she wasn't interested in his old man body, so he kept paying a young, buff man to switch body parts with him- arms, legs, pecs and abs, etc. And then, in the end, I think she ended up going for the young man in the old man's body bc he was now really rich.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Well way to ruin

    by Series7

    The whole story for him DV.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Shit, sorry Cheyne. Uhh, Arnie-directed Tales SPOILER above

    by D.Vader

    Yeah so, don't read it if you don't wanna know about it. And honestly, I think I screwed up everything but the premise.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 3:12 p.m. CST

    The problem with Requiem for a Dream was

    by Stabby

    that it was adapted from a novel written in the 60s and a lot of what happened in the movie would not occur today. For instance the mother being committed without consent and subjected to electroshock therapy right out of Cuckoo's Nest and also the lead character not getting medical treatment in prison for his arm and having it amputated. If the movie took place in the 60s these things wouldn't have come across as heavy-handed, over the top and melodramatic. I'm glad a lot of you agree that Requiem is overrated. I actually hated it when I first saw it. Probably one of the most negative films I've ever seen with not a single likeable character I could either care about or identify with. Also, overly stylized direction to the point of annoyance. If you want to see the beautiful Jennifer Connelly reduced to giving bjs for chump change then by all means watch it.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Crank 2's ending was brilliant

    by MattmanReturns

    SPOILER..............................Flipping off the audience while screaming and on fire. I almost died laughing.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I "kinda like" Costner also

    by MattmanReturns

    I mean, the guy gave us Dances With Wolves, which I'm eternally grateful for. But I was watching Robin Hood last night and wow he sucks in that. To his credit, he makes fun of his own performance on the commentary. At least he's got class. The Postman sucked though. "RIDE POSTMAN!!! I SAID RIIIIIIIIIIDE!!!" Ugh.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    HUMAN CONDITION!!!! FINALLY!!! MORE NAKADAI!!

    by picardsucks

    Nakadai is the greatest acctor of all time!!

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST

    And I love the Postman!!!

    by picardsucks

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Good to see some REQUIEM hate

    by George_Kaplan

    Worst fucking movie I've ever seen. It's like watching cinema die slowly in front of you.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Requiem hate and Postman love

    by MattmanReturns

    Only on a talkback.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Costner's greatest role is "Mr. Brooks"

    by cookylamoo

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Costner is a class act

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    I saw a video on Youtube where he went back to the Field of Dreams baseball pitch and played catch with everybody.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    hated sphere at first, love it now

    by El Borak

    watching in a different way makes it.<br> <br>also loved over the top as a kid. me and my buds would always turn our hats around backwards when it was time to kick ass.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Found a youtube vid...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    it's the beginning of the episode with Arnold you're talking about. Goddamn, I miss my dude Arnold.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:42 p.m. CST

    and the version of sphere

    by El Borak

    i've seen has no flying sphere at the end. weird.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    "What's the matter with you? You wanna keep that...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    ninety-pound corpse for the rest of your death?" Lmao.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    CREEPSHOW haters

    by la_sith

    ...have obviously never read an EC comic in their lives. "Boring"? The movie is an absolute hoot. So much to love. The scenes between Leslie Nielsen and Ted Danson alone makes it a must. How about Steve King getting loaded while watching Vince McMahon calling a match between Bob Backlund and one of the Wild Samoans? As for the weak BD release, all you movie lovers should own an all-region player by now. I've been enjoying the two-disc Region 2 Creepshow for a while now.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    'Creepshow' was a good movie...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    The one with the killer blob in the lake was the sequel right? That movie fucking sucked.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    CARE BEARS ASS TO ASS?

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    So, this was only a joke? There's no such movie? I wish people would quit yanking my freak-chain.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    thanks la_sith!

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    ..and thanks Amazon UK. Had no idea about the 2 disc version.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Creepshow hate?

    by DocPazuzu

    Wow, just when you think you've seen it all...

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Still suspicious about blu-ray.

    by ReportAbuse

    It has nothing to do with its technical brilliance which I'm sure is eyeball-copulatingly awesome. I just can't get over the feeling that BR (and HDDVD when it was around) were invented because the Powers that Be saw that their DVD sales were flatlining, the market had been saturated, profit margins were thinning due to deep discounts ($20 players, etc) and it was time to come out with an "improvement" to get the sheeple to ante up more ca$h. Was anyone REALLY clamoring for an improvement on DVD quality viewing? Was there really such a groundswell of dissatisfaction with the format such that the techies at Sony, Toshiba, etc. felt it incumbent on them to invent something new? I do feel that HDTV and flat screen are a huge improvement on CRTs, though, and I love the hell out of my flat screen ... and it does make my standard DVDs look better but it's a one-time purchase whereas buying BRs regularly makes me hesitate. (Even with tv's now they're finding ways to make your 2006 purchase feel inadequate: 120Hz instead of 60Hz, 24p playback, 10-bit instead of 8-bit color; the next thing seems to be LED backlighting) ... it never ends. I got mouths to feed for freak's sake.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Report Abuse

    by Stabby

    You admit that your HDTV looks great. Well that is why they came out with Blu-Ray and HDDVD: to keep the media on par with the display quality. I watch DVDs and Blu-Rays on my 42" plasma and there is a noticeable visual difference in quality. This is more apparent on HDTVs larger than 50". That said I agree that there is no need to replace your entire DVD collection. If you can live with the slight digital artifacting, jagggy edges and moire effect of standard DVDs then more power to you. When you do finally purchase a Blu-Ray I would recommend only replacing the films that are visually stunning. Most comedies do not need to be appreciated in High Def. As far as something better coming out in the near future, I wouldn't worry. The human eye can only process so many pixels. HDTVs and Blu-Ray have 1920 X 1080 pixels and there is really no need to ever expand beyond that. If this is the only thing holding you back from purchasing a Blu-Ray player I would suggest you go out right now and purchase the newly encheapened PS3. Next year PS3 will be getting motion detection like Nintendo which IMO makes it the game system/Blu-Ray player to have. Now if I could only stream Netflix on it (fucking Microsoft!).

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry,

    by FamousEccles

    why did your Granny want you to keep secret about going to Bedknobs & Broomsticks?? I don't get it.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Famous, pedophiles use bedknobs and broomsticks

    by Stabby

    to molest children with. Shhh, keep it a secret, Sonny.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    oh i get it now...

    by Bouncy X

    so that's why so many girls had bedknobs when young, it was a girly, frilly thing...it was so they can practice before letting a real boy inside. damn, the things i missed being male.

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Angela Lansbury knows how to take a bedknob or two

    by Stabby

    in her time. Sometimes she did DP with the broomstick from behind.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Stone's hair in Sphere is hilarious.

    by BigTuna

    She's getting wet constantly yet her hair is always dry and nicely styled and never changes. And Harry it's FUCKING horrible!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Just saw CRANK 2 - Best Movie of the Year!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Fucking balls to the wall off the hook unbelievable funny shit right there, brother.

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Bruce C in Quick and the Dead

    by ratchet

    Could see Bruce Campbells name in the credits, but could never spot him in the movie. Seems he was in a deleted scene - bah!

  • Sept. 11, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Is Fringe any fuckin' good, I just bought it blind

    by SoylentMean

    I hope it doesn't suck. I'll find out.

  • Sept. 13, 2009, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Over The Top was Fucking Garbage!

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Blu-Ray ain't gonna make it any better.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Another Requiem Hater..

    by quantize

    i couldn't even be bothered watching the whole way through..its so steeped in its own cleverness and all the editing devices and shit just make it seem impenetrably ponderous and wanky. It's one of those films where only the word 'pretentious' genuinely applies.

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST

    ASS2ASS!

    by The Amazing G

    DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN, DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN, DUNDUNDUN, DUNDUNDUN,

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Bedknobs and Broomsticks is the shit

    by The Amazing G

    I haven't seen it in forever, but the scene with the suits of armor kicking Nazi ass was one of the coolest things I had ever seen as a kid

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Creepshow is the shit too

    by The Amazing G

    the segment with the cockroaches scares the piss out of me (but in a good way) since I'm deathly afraid of cockroaches

  • Sept. 14, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I was pretty young when I saw Creepshow so I didn't

    by white_vader

    get the Howard Hughes thing with the cockroach one at all, and it was a huge shock to me to find out later that THAT inbred looking doofus was STEPHEN bloody KING! Ah, the young and innocent days (I'm talking seeing it at the movies when it came out btw)... I do remember being pretty disappointed it wasn't that scary or at least more gory. Kids eh... <p> Amazing G, wasn't there a gag where the cockies even came out of his beloved tissue boxes? That was pretty funny. Been a lonnnnng time since I saw it...

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    CRANK 2 = A MOVIE FOR MEN

    by turketron_2

    My cock grew 2 inches in both length and girth after watching that movie. HOLY SHIT IT WAS GREAT, if you're a fan of action and insanity YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO WATCH CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE.

  • Sept. 15, 2009, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Netflix sending me Crank 2!!!

    by Stabby

    Harry where the fuk is this week's DVD column you fat lazy giant leprechaun looking bastard?! I know you don't want to review Wolverine, but WTF!

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Harry forgot this weeks DVD reviews

    by SoylentMean

    I thought you were on a roll Harry, and that's not a fat joke.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    No DVD review post again. Unbelievable...

    by LoneGun

    I guess, we can just expect more excuses next week...if there even IS a DVD review column next week.

  • Sept. 16, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    slash film owns

    by darthbulldog

    at least they are never late.. aint it cool sucks now.

  • Sept. 17, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    weekly video reviews

    by ratchet

    To be fair, Harry does say that he will NOT be reviewing stuff this week, I thought he meant just wolverine, but guess it meant the lot. Used to totally rely on this site, as trusted the relatively honest ratings, but I get real impatient with these delays, so can anyone recommend somewhere to find similar fan reviews, but before release day?

  • Sept. 17, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Crank 2 Blu-Ray recalled by Netflix

    by Stabby

    Apparently there were problems with some Blu-Ray players. I worked fine on my PS3, but I did notice slight choppiness to it. Kinda looked like frames being removed from it. But, I thought this was an artistic choice. Anyone else notice this?

  • Sept. 17, 2009, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Stabby

    by white_vader

    DigitalBits says it's not on all players, and it's not a framerate thing (which you're right could possibly be a stylistic choice), but some problem with memory cards where it'll try to retrieve info and just not play the thing. That's how I understood it anyway.

  • Sept. 18, 2009, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Thanks, white_vader

    by Stabby

    Then that was the way it was supposed to look. I thought that was the case. Chalk up another one for PS3. Still the best Blu-Ray player out there.

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