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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - Catch up - 2nd Wk of Nov: Pixar, HEAT, RED HEAT and much more...

Hey folks, Harry here with the 2nd of my missing DVD columns and I'm at work on the column due today. So without further chatter, the linked titles and pics take you to AMAZON for more info and the ease to purchase. Each item purchased via a link here helps to support the column's efforts. I hope you enjoy... Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

MONSTERS, INC 4 disc Blu Ray
Disney & Pixar know what they’re doing here. They give you a DVD and Digital copy – which takes up 2 discs. The other two discs are just filled to the gills with Monstery goodness – and man… Sulley… Sulley looks SO GOOD at 1080p on a big screen! Everything about MONSTERS, INC works for me. Like UP, the TOY STORYs, FINDING NEMO, WALLE and THE INCREDIBLES – it is a perfect film. Just awesome to watch – and once they begin that chase through the DOOR FACTORY thingy… Holy Shit! Just wow. Oh – and Mike Wazowski is funnier everytime you watch him. Brilliant animation design. And… I so want to go to Monstropolis in Japan! Holy monster sheddings!

UP 4 disc Blu Ray
Amongst the very best films of 2009 is UP, the latest hole in one, from the miraculous tinkerers of Pixar. I… love… this… movie. Maybe it’s that I am an Eagle Scout – 4th Generation. Maybe that I took South American Jungle adventures with my family. Maybe, it’s just the whimsical dream of tying a shit load of balloons to your house and simply float away from your problems… in the comfort of your own home. I love that. I love the character design, the way the characters have real issues and personal short-comings. I love the giant bird. I love the talking dogs. Which isn’t always a given. I love that this is the best original ESCARPMENT story since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave it a whack! The extras, like with the MONSTERS, INC set are plenty. A first release done like it was the 50th Anniversary. I like that. I appreciate that, and I think the rest of us do as well.

Never got sent this. And given I have, what I think are all the separate elements via other releases – I’m gonna hold off purchasing this till I find it at a second hand BLU RAY reseller. I’m not sure I’d like the animated BLACK FREIGHTER being edited into the narrative of the film. Those of you that have picked this up… what do you think?

HEAT (Blu Ray)
You know… it’s funny how some films hit you later in life. When I first saw HEAT – I loved the crime action, but didn’t much care for the rest of the film. I got sent this on Blu Ray – and it had been a decade or so, since I’d last seen it – and yeah. Ok, I’m on-board – this movie just kicks relentless ass. First off the sound… AWESOME in my home theater. There’s 11 additional scenes, 5 docs and a commentary on this. The image quality is excellent! Great release!

Possibly one of the greatest films to ever play a BUTT-NUMB-A-THON, your film collection just will not be complete until you add this. THE GENERAL is elegant perfection. A film more exciting and thrilling than anything Michael Bay has done. Watching the film is like holding your breath and laughing for the entirety of its length. KINO has done a great job, mastering the film from a print freshly struck from the original camera negative! And then… here’s the bonuses they treat you with: - Three musical scores to choose from: (1) Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis, performed by The Thames Silents Orchestra (in 5.1 Stereo Surround or 2.0 Stereo) (2) Music arranged and directed by Robert Israel (3) Theatre organ score by Lee Erwin - A video tour of the authentic General, presented in association with The Southern Museum - A tour of the filming locations, presented by John Bengtson, author of Silent Echoes - Behind-the-scenes home movie footage - Filmed introduction by Gloria Swanson - Filmed introduction by Orson Welles - The Buster Express, a brisk montage of train gags from throughout Keaton s career The only flaw? That they didn’t seek out Guy Forsythe and his band – as their musical score is the supreme musical accompaniment to THE GENERAL and outside of a few screenings, including BNAT 5, the only way you’d be able to see and hear THE GENERAL in the most metaphysically awesome manner… was to see it at the Alamo Drafthouse. Which is always a good idea!

Katherine Bigelow’s THE HURT LOCKER belongs on the short list of the best films made this year, but Bigelow has been kicking ass and taking names for years now. And one of my absolute most favorite films of hers is NEAR DARK. Oddly enough, this film has the dubious reputation of being the first film I ever saw altered. I immediately declared it BEST MOVIE EVER – since then, I’ve moderated my hyperbole to be… one of the great badass vampire movies ever made. That said… we can not discuss further without all of us… sitting at computers reading this… we must all right now… POINT at the Box Art Above – and laugh at whatever asshole decided to associate this film with TWILIGHT in the misguided attempt to make this like that. FUCK THAT. You should buy NEAR DARK for crispy Bill Paxton! You should buy it because Lance Henriksen is a fucking badass! You should buy it because Katherine Bigelow has all of our balls in a jar on her desk, cuz she cut them off with this and made them her own! This movie rules. This box art does not. It angers me.

RED HEAT (Blu Ray)
Holy shit, I completely forgot that RED HEAT kicked ass. I’d forgotten that man-god WALTER HILL directed this. I forgot just what a badass Schwarzeneggar was as a Russian cop tracking down some Soviet Drug Scum in Chicago. And I forgot that Belushi played it straight. Like a Chicago cop. This movie is harder than you remember. And I love the behind the scenes where you learn that Walter and Arnie and a Camera man just rolled up on Red Square and shot the Red Square stuff without permission. Back when studios and producers had balls – and the legality of such things weren’t so dubious. RED HEAT is great. I actually prefer it to COMMANDO – which I know may be sacrilege for the Arnie faithful, but RED HEAT kicked my ass.

I love this movie – but boy… BLU RAY really reveals the Model Work as being on the completely wrong scale. I’ve watched LOGAN’S RUN pretty much my entire life. And I remember when the Sandman costumes from the film were THE COSTUMES TO WEAR at geek conventions for those people that didn’t want to be the “STAR TREK” geeks, but before STAR WARS rewrote fandom forever. Personally – the Sandman costumes make me happy. I love the film. I love the twists, the turns and characters. I love them all. That said, read the book. Seriously. Read the book.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: The Complete Series
All 91 episodes of Justice League on 15 dvds. Frankly, I’ll hold off till the inevitable Blu release down the road – since I have all the seasons in their DVD form already. This does have a nice retrospect feature on the 15th disc about the depths of the DC universe. It’s pretty cool.

The film that marked the low water mark in Roland Emmerich’s career… until 2012 made GODZILLA seem reasonable deep by comparison. This is a film though that does get worse with every single viewing. When I first saw the film at Madison Square Garden for the premiere – it was one of the most amazing screening experiences of my life. Still is. Sitting with ALI and the Taco Bell dog at the same time as watching a movie that ends up in the location that you’re watching it… with a theater audience of like 50,000? IT WAS CRAZY! But then, I took Dad to see it. It nearly put me to sleep, I found I missed the beach balls that were bouncing on the crowd during the screening. At home, I believe the film caused me to look up from computer screen 3 times. Usually when Jean Reno was on screen. And Maria Pitillo? What the fuck.

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO: Complete Collectors’ Set!!!
Having every GI JOE cartoon ever created is not a requirement, it is like owning all the TRANSFORMERS cartoons. It’s something that if you could go back in time and whisper to the 7 – 10 year old version of yourself… “One day, you’ll have a foot locker, branded GI JOE – and inside the footlocker would be EVERY GI JOE Cartoon Ever Created!” And that kid will smile. I’m telling you right now, you’ll smile. Inside that box of awesome are all the GI JOE PSAs, old GI JOE Hasbro Toy Commercials!!! Fucking hell, that’s worth it right there. Then there’s Concept art, printable scripts and the original GI JOE presentation at the 1963 Toy Fair. YOU MUST SEE THAT! You also get a Dog Tag, which is a 1gb flash drive… rub on tattoos! Oh – and a 60 page BOOK. Nearly 2200 minutes of GI JOE.

I love this series, in particular I love DAWN OF THE DEAD MAN on here… but then I love DEADMAN and GENTLEMAN GHOST. What can I say? But personally if I were you – catch the reruns, and wait for a complete collection. You’re just getting 88 minutes of toons. I’m greedy, I want them all.

I like THE NEGOTIATOR – for the majority of the film, I go along with it. Until the melodramatic bullshit gets too deep to trod through. This is a film that will have you crowing bullshit frequently – mainly because… They would have shot Sam Jackson at the window. That was crazy bullshit. BUT – the performances are always enough to hold you through the BS. It is one of those lesser crime flicks – which feels PG-13 next to RED HEAT. Seriously.

Copernicus discovered this film at Santa Barbara Film Fest last year – he loved it. I only liked it. And I know people that don’t like it. BUT – I will tell you, this is a very independent film, but go over to AMAZON and start reading reviews – this is a very unique Fantasy film – crossing everything from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE to THE MATRIX to… well there’s a lot of striking imagery and some cool visuals that these filmmakers did without the power of endless stacks of cash. It is a unique vision, something to be supported and celebrated… oh… and shared!
That's it for this past week, now onto the column of the day...

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  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST

    UP is the best Pixar movie yet

    by Kal Reeve

    and I cannot seeing it being topped.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    No film in recent memory,

    by Kal Reeve

    has done a better job chronicling both the blossoming and loss of love as well as UP did.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Maria Bello wasn't in Godzilla.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I think Godzilla is Emmerichs

    by Series7

    Best, but that is just me.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:21 p.m. CST

    that was pretty fast

    by h8tersbeware

    i was missing this column but having two in one day is nice

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah its Maria Pitillo

    by Series7

    I know IMDB is still a new site and all.....

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Should have taken like another 6 months to a year to really perfect Up. There was some shit in that movie that was an annoying oversite, like how did the fucking kid get on the house? They could have tweeked a few more things in the second half as well.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Pixar = overrated

    by lockesbrokenleg

    enjoy those cuddly animals, people.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Butthole

    Why is it overrated? And you still haven't answered my TF2 question! You don't think Pixar provides quality story, effects and actors' performances? I need ANSWERS, man!<br><br>Personally, The Incredibles is the best Pixar movie. It deals with the fears of every man, namely that he can't keep being a hero and that he's not doing what he's been called to do. Classic story, great execution.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    I did just answer your T 2 question

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I like Pixar, but every critic and moviegoer seems to never actually review a Pixar movie and just blindly say it's good. No one has yet to convince me that Wall E was worth seeing.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    is red heat the one with i can't get no saisfaction?


    arnold ramming down people with his cadillac or something

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:50 p.m. CST

    lockesbrokenleg, you sure did!

    by Dr. Butthole

    My apologies, sir. I agree that Pixar movies do tend to get a pass (especially around here), but I've seen most of them (Cars and Wall-e I missed) and I think they are pretty quality movies. If you haven't checked out The Incredibles, Up or Monsters, Inc., I highly recommend them. Not only do they LOOK cool, but the stories are solid (and not political/agenda-pushing) and the performances are great! I usually don't recommend "cartoons" but I will watch these any time.<br><br>Also, Duke knowing how to drive the underwater boat was lame, but not NEARLY as lame as Ripcord shooting down the missiles. Even at mach 6 (the speed his plane was going) it would take an HOUR to get to DC from Moscow and that bomb would have gone off a LOOOOONG time before he got there. But I digress... it's a GI Joe movie, right? :)

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    The General

    by Thrillhouse77

    "The greatest film shown at Butt-Numb-a-Thon!!!!" <p> Is that a box quote?

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Dr. Butthole

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Oh yeah, I agree about that Ripcord scene. It was hilarious. And then he lands right in front of the White House, uh yeah right. I know it's a GI JOE movie, but wow, it was kinda bad.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Logan's Run, The Novel, Is a Great Read

    by WriteFromLeft

    I agree with Harry. The movie, which is a guilty pleasure, is nothing like the novel. A true adaptation would get a hard R. Or an X. Meaning, it will never see the light of day. Sex and big budgets don't mix. We'll have to settle for Jenny Agutter. Yum.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:08 a.m. CST

    red heat

    by HarryLove

    best punch sound effects ever!!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Up's 3rd act was incredibly weak...

    by natecore

    the same problem plagued Wall-E.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Thunderdome that is Raw Deal

    by Cinemanimetal

    With the amazing I can't get no satisfaction scene! Now THAT is an underappreciated (but still lesser) Ahnuld film. Red Heat on the other hand I have NEVER been able to finish. I have tried watching it many times and I just can't stand it. Probably because Jim Belushi annoys me (though he has been in movies I have enjoyed such as Thief and Salvador). On another note, Justice League is awesome!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Pixar = not overrated

    by Happyfat73

    As a production house, they have a strike rate that is unpeered. I think The Incredibles is an example of 10/10 filmmaking perfection - the film is without a single flaw.</p> The rest of their films may not be perfect, but they invariably touch it at some point. That very last shot in Monster's Inc: perfection. The first 15 minutes of Up: perfection. The production design in Wall-E: perfection. The single exception to this, for me, is Cars, which would I rate alongside the output of lesser studios, like Dreamworks Animation.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Logan's Run Questions

    by Tom_Bombadil

    Is the name of the book called Logan's Run? Who wrote it? Even without Blu Ray you can tell the city was a model.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell5THECOWBELLHASSPOKEN


  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    American Godzilla sucks major ass

    by disfigurehead

    Hate it hate it hate it.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I kinda wish Disney would stop forcing these 4 disc sets on us

    by Dreamwriter

    I'm never going to watch the DVD. I'm never going to burn one of these movies to my iPhone. Heck, I never even watch the special features that's on a second disc. It's just a huge waste to include all that extra stuff. Disney should offer a single-disk edition, maybe charge a couple bucks less for it.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Logan's Run

    by kurtisaurus

    Yeah even back in the day on the big screen that model of the city looked awful, even to a young kid like me. I mean when a six year old can say "those special effects look lame" in the 70's you know something was going wrong with the production.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Another person who can't watch Red Heat/Belushi

    by gmanca

    Yeah, so I love Thief but since Belushi gets killed, who cares? But I have no desire to see an Arnold buddy cop movie with Belushi because you know he'll ruin it. On the other hand, Real Men with Belushi and the late John Ritter is great because Ritter is the real star and Belushi is portrayed as the douche which makes it easy to watch.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    And yes, Raw Deal is amazing.

    by gmanca

    That bar shoot-out where Arnold kills everyone including Alejandro Sosa and that whiny guy from Murphy Brown was awesome.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by Dreamwriter

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Logan's Run Answers

    by Dreamwriter

    The book "Logan's Run" was written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The movie was quite different from the book - for example, in the book the maximum age was 21, 30 in the movie, and the movie took place in some post-apocalyptic world where everyone lived in city-domes, but the book the cities were normal, with computers controlling everything.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    The novelization of RED HEAT (!) saved my ass on the most boring camping trip my extended family reunion was ever a part of. Holy shit that was a dull camping trip, but I survived with Minute Maid orange soda and RED HEAT: the Book!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Hey - corrected the Maria Bello thing. Good on ya.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Dude, INK is $17 on DVD, $13 on bluray

    by BillboeFett

    on Amazon. Friggin cool!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Dreamwriter, re: 4 discs

    by BillboeFett

    Someone was discussing earlier that the 4-disc of UP is actually cheaper than the DVD 2-disc.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    4 discs for UP?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Yeah, let me guess 1 disc movie, 2nd disc - special features, 3rd disc, Digital Copy, 4th Disc, fullscreen version. WOW!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST

    the new Watchmen has new scenes with teh two Bernies

    by lavatory love machine

    not only the black freighter, it has all the scenes with the two Bernies that frame it

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, If you have 2200 spare minutes for GI JOE...

    by HarryBlackPotter

    then your life must be emptier than a tramps wallet.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Heat has always been great...shame on you Harry

    by quantize

    it's tight as a drum in its own overblown style. The street shootout is 100% adrenalin. It will go down as the only great film with both Deniro and Pacino

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST

    In Soviet Russia, Bus Chickens You !!

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Belushi: You can't play chicken with a bus! Arnold: Waaaaauuurgh!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    good column Harry

    by Genre_Baby

    and yes, I agree with reading the Logan's Run novel. While I appreciate the film, I adore the novel and hope a more loyal version to the source material will be filmed. Red Heat, I'll have to rewatch that.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:27 a.m. CST

    DeNiro + Pacino

    by cornholiosbungholio

    Quantize, I think the greatest movie starring DeNiro and Pacino is The Godfather Part 2.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Heat does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    HEAT vs RED HEAT vs WHITE HEAT<p> I'll go get my thermometer... there are some cool films with Heat in the title.<p> Intrigued to hear that HEAT has 11 additional scenes (first time they've been available right?)... it's not clear from what Harry says whether they're on the extras or re-inserted into the movie - anyone know? Now that Blu Ray's can do dual-branching why not always have an 'option' to place the deleted scenes into the film?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Monsters Inc--it's great.

    by Sal_Bando

    Godzilla '98--I can remember liking it the first time I watched in June '98, then basically being put to sleep by it the next time thru years later on TV. It's bad.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by Taklamakan

    the 11 additional scenes were on the last standard dvd release from a few years back, and they aren't incorporated in the film.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    I guess I'm the only one who just thought UP was just okay

    by Spandau Belly

    SPOILERS<br>I don't get how so many people keep calling it the best Pixar film yet. I guess I really didn't like that it started out a movie about honouring the memory of your dead wife and then turned into a movie about murdering your childhood hero. It felt like it should've been a villian-free film about discovery and adventure but ended up just being another flick about beating the bad guy.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:29 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Tak, oh my old copy of HEAT was plain vanilla as they say. Are the deleted scenes decent? Improvements to the film?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Red Heat ain't that great...

    by sonnyfern

    There's hardly any action in it at all. It's allright, I own the damn thing to just complete my collection. You know what I've always wondered? Is Raw Deal any good? I don't think I've EVER seen that one...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Oh and "The Principal"

    by sonnyfern

    BEST BELUSHI MOVIE EVER. "Good morning Mr. Latameeeer..."

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Oh and "The Principal"

    by sonnyfern

    BEST BELUSHI MOVIE EVER. "Good morning Mr. Latameeeer..."

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    sonnyfern...Raw Deal is great, as said above.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    The end scene where he takes it to 'em to the beats of the Rolling Stones is worth the rental alone.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST

    The best bit about it is Arnie puts in the tape

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    He wanted his own kickass soundtrack.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Raw Deal is like 5 bucks at Wal-Mart

    by sonnyfern

    I'll buy it next time I'm in there!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by Phimseto

    You're welcome.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Love how Belushi is marginalized on the Red Heat cover

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's like SCHWARTZENEGGER!!!!<BR><BR>Belushi.<BR><BR><BR>And that Twilight-ized Near Dark cover STILL pisses me off, although it'd be hilarious to watch this with a bunch of unaware 13-year-old girls...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by Phimseto

    LOL...just read your comment. I found my copy of that book in a box just a couple of months ago. It hasn't aged that well...the book itself, that is. The story has aged just fine. :-)

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Do my eyes fuckin' deceive me?

    by SoylentMean

    This must be some kind of internet illusion. Damn those tubes!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Up was my first Blu-Ray purchase

    by SoylentMean

    Kinda forcing myself to buy a PS3 now, but damn it Up seems like the perfect movie to coax the upgrade.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Ink is on instant viewing on Netflix

    by SoylentMean

    So if you have Netflix, perhaps just give it a whirl without actually buying it. That's what I plan to do.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    HARRY, I'm still waiting for your review of The Room

    by Stabby

    Are is that movie beneath your movie geek standards?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Things like that G.I. Joe boxset make me smile

    by SoylentMean

    A) Because it's a cleverly designed box set<P> B) Because it reminds me that Xmas is right around the corner and stuff like that G.I. Joe footlocker and the Transformers Matrix of Leadership box are hopefully gonna be waiting for me under the tree. <P> From a collector's standpoint there's nothing cooler than having a well thought out and cleverly designed box set sitting on a shelf when friends stop buy. They're conversation pieces. Just like books, movies can furnish a room real nice...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Sorry guys...

    by Karl Childers

    I fell asleep during the last 1/3 of UP. Maybe it was the flu I was suffering from at the time, but I was bored beyond belief.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    I would think having animation spliced into a live-action WATCHM

    by brokentusk

    ... would be incredibly distracting and annoying. <p> Feels like a gimmick to me.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks for INK. The box image alone earns it a rental.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by brokentusk

    I forgot we have to guess if our subject lines are going to be cut off in this absolutely shitty and outdated AICN message board.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    ...Series7, come on man...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I don't think you need an explanation for things like how the kid ends up on the porch...he's a kid, he dropped something...he saw a bug and decided to stop and watch in for half an hour...he's fat so he needed a rest...he obviously needed a father figure, so maybe he came back to try again. <P>Why did my childhood friend Greg shove nine dried beans up his nose and have to be taken to the emergency room? These things just happen...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Who the fuck is in charge of Blu Ray covers? <P> I guess they realize that the main buyer of blu ray now are yokels and white trash at Wal Mart. You've seen them. You've been at the check out behind them and they got like 5-10 DVD's that you've never heard of, but you know they are all B-movies. You think to yourself, why the fuck would you buy these lame ass B-movies, when the $5-$10 rack is full of great movies? <P> Blu Ray design makers realized that the money is in stupid people not geeks.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9 a.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    At last you understand the truth. Now we can begin.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    It was just lame, because there clearly is a shot of the porch as it flys by the screen and no one is on it. What the fuck did he do? Dig under the house or something? Just usually something like that Pixar doesn't miss. There were a couple other things as well. Also like other people have said, there is no real emotional reaction to the last 15-20 minutes.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...I only saw it the one time in the theater and loved every second. I look forward to seeing UP many more times...I will store up enough ammo to crush your arguments with glee and without hesitation.<P>Or I will decide I agree with which case I'll just change the conversation to sumo wrestling.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    I don't hate Up. It just felt a little sloppy at parts for a Pixar film. Also I hate the whole notion of waiting till your old to do what you want, its like the biggest fear in my life. Waking up one day and realizing I never did what I wanted to do, yes I may have lived a full life but I never went out and did what I've always wanted to do.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Watchmen Ultimate Cut a waste of money...

    by Ronald Raygun

    I sold my Black Freighter and Director's Cut to a used DVD/CD store just to give myself incentive to buy this. The black freighter animated stuff is shoehorned in about as seemlessly as a Tyler Durden penis splice. Not to mention the Dave Gibbons audio commentary (which I thought would be incredibly insightful) was just him describing what was going on the whole movie and saying "it's exactly like in the comic". Normally I wouldn't bitch like this, but in this day and age, fourty-five bucks is a big chunk out of my wallet. Don't waste your money if you own the Director's cut and Black Freighter DVD.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Also one of the real big achievements for Up

    by Series7

    Is the lack of merchandize for it. Whereas most Pixar movies make a huge chunck of money off of Toy Sales, unless you went into a Disney store you did not see a single Up toy on the shelves. And in a Disney store they just had the obligitory toys, like a stuffed Doug. <P> Which I thought was cool. Then Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3-D came out, and not the toy racks are littered with them, though Toy Story is Pixar's best film so its ok.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    ...kind of cool that a kid's movie could dig down...

    by FlickaPoo your deepest fear though, right?<P>I remember seeing THE MISSION as a teenager...and hating it with a blind passion. My family was religious, and Jeremy Irons teaching the Indians to be gentle and meek...and then everyone getting slaughtered by the Spanish...I still get pissed thinking about it. Of course I realize now that it's the whole point of the movie...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Ronald Raygun, you're my hero...

    by Karl Childers

    I was tempted to do the same.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Naw its more annoying, because it makes it seem like, its ok not to live your dreams because you'll get a second chance. Enjoy raising a family and living in a house. <P> Its also so odd, that the last two movies Pixar has done have been about corporate greed, when you wonder how much trash has disney caused on the earth and how many people have disney put out of their houses for their theme parks and whatnots.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    LOGAN'S RUN a curiosity

    by LoneGun

    The most remarkable thing about viewing LOGAN'S RUN is to reflect on just how dated it is. It even seemed dated when it came out. A year later, STAR WARS exploded onto screens, and LOGAN'S RUN seemed ancient by comparison. That said, it has enough neat licks to make it mildly enjoyable. My main problem with the film, when I originally saw and still today, is that it gave me no great reason to really root for Logan himself. It always seemed to me that he had what was coming to him.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    ...that's not what I got from it at all. The wife gets no secon

    by FlickaPoo

    ...chance. I thought the point was to absolutely go for it whenever you can...but that life itself is an adventure regardless. I saw it coming, but when he opens the back of the wife's scrap book and it has all the pictures of their life "adventures" together...fucking kills me...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Karl Childers...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Yeah, the cons far outweigh the pros on this one. If you're a Watchmen superfan and have fifty bucks burning a hole in your pocket, go for it. If money's tight, don't bother (and this is coming from a guy who saw it in the theater FOUR times). I listened to seven hours of audio commentary for this movie and you know the only thing I learned that I didn't already know: when Ozymandias walks out of his office and into the lobby it's the same set, redectorated. That's it. The scenes with the two Bernies are fun the first time you see them, in a "Hey look! New footage!" sorta way. But they by no means make or break the picture. On a scale of Buy it, Rent it, Skip it, this is a definate rental.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Thanks Soylentmean

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Good call on Ink being on netflix instant watch, I already pre-ordered it on amazon but if it's not worth owning I'll just cancel it!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    LoneGun...yeah man but it has Jenny Agutter in it

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks


  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    UP is the worst Pixar film since Bug's Life

    by knowthyself

    The Bird, the dog, and the Island were all useless plot devices. The minute they grounded the house I lost interest. They literally drag the house around because it then become a useless gimmick. They stitched together a few ideas but ultimately its running on empty before it's over.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Naked Jenny Agutter in LOGANS RUN

    by Tacom

    Gotta see that in High Def!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Watchmen - Ultimate Cut

    by jim

    I've put off buying any versions as I knew this was eventually coming. Does the movie give you the option, or a separate disc, of viewing the movie without the additional material? While I would like to see it all cut together, I get the impression it isn't amenable to repeat viewings.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Ultimate cut has gotten mixed reviews

    by knowthyself

    Some love it. Some call it an interesting "experiment." Others find it distracting and annoying.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Man I love Bugs Life

    by Series7

    I think everyone forgets how funny that movie was.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    ... knowthyself, you're unwell...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...getting the house to the wife's dream spot was the whole point of the adventure...he drags it around in a desperate attempt to get there before the balloons run out of gas. Of course as an old guy, the house is also all the life baggage he is dragging around and has to let go of before he can begin new adventures.<P>The bird is the animal the villain was looking for in the first place. Again, absolutely central to the plot. The way all the pieces click together is one of UP's main virtues.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Since Herc's column's TB will be locked until Thursday

    by jim

    or Friday (as usual):<p>Anyone know if there any features on the BluRay of Rome that aren't on the regular DVDs?<p>On those Star Trek Best of DVDs, are there really only 4 episodes? Any extras or special features?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Series7...Bugs Life is fantastic

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I'd take it over The Magnificent Seven myself.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Watchmen Ultimate Cut

    by Mechasheeva

    I too put off buying the other versions to wait for this big one. Apparently they only produced a limited number? Anyways, I got it from Amazon for $29 on standard DVD, and it was worth that much. The full cut, with Black Freighter and the Bernies cut back in, is really made only for serious fans of the graphic novel, and as one of those I loved it. Some of the transitions to animation were sloppy, but some were great (slowly zooming in on the comic book page that then comes to life... beautiful). And having all the online production journals in addition to Under the Hood, making-of docs, and 2 new commentaries all in one package is nice, not to mention the motion comic AND a digital copy of the original theatrical release AND the motion comic (which is still a weird concept to me). Still, I think Snyder's director's cut that was released briefly in theatres last summer is the best cut of the film - not as long-winded as the ultimate cut but much more fleshed-out character-wise.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST

    UP just feels stitched together

    by knowthyself

    The house worked. The old man worked. The boy worked. The rest just didn't. The adventure should have been in the air not on the ground. The first fifteen minutes had me balling like a baby. The rest had me feeling like the films best moments were over. Pixar was on autopilot on this film and I hold them to a higher standard. Even the villian was uncharacterically two dimensional for a Pixar film. Just felt like lazy storytelling to me.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I love LOGAN’S RUN...

    by The_Crimson_King

    I have very fond memories of being 11 years old and my parents renting it on VHS and all of us watching it together, sure it was cheesy, but I had a blast (naked Jenny Agutter didn't hurt either), to this day "thereeeeeee issssss nooooooo saaaaaaaanctuary" and "Fish, and plankton. And sea greens, and protein from the sea." are still an in-joke between me and my dad

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    You think Parakeet is Fahmaneen?

    by darthpigman

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The General - Carl Davis score

    by fullrotor

    All the Carl Davis scores from the Thames Silents series are amazing. If you haven't heard it, it really fits the film perfectly and is way way better than what's been with the movie in previous post-Thames versions. That said, the previous DVD which included this score cut off the beginning of it - Davis had a little warm-up cue before the titles start. I hope they included it this time. I do hope they put out "Our Hospitality" with the Davis score too. And "Go West" with Bill Frisell's music - very fun and more fitting than you'd think.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    "Ink" was interesting

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    I can't say that it was my favourite movie but, for the amount it was made, it was damned impressive (especially the soundtrack which i loved). If the acting had been better (admitedly it was street theatre level), it might have wowed me a little bit more but I can't fault the director/writer for trying (and some of the shots were great - especially the effects based around the nightmare guys and the sequence which occurs around the line 'something's got to stop the flow'). With a bigger budget, he could be the next Richard Kelly (not sure if that's a flattering comparison or not, but it was intended to be).

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Up and away

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>I've got all of the Pixar flicks on DVD (and Wall-E on BluRay.. Magnificent!) But despite the terrific 3-D work, I just couldn't buy in to general premise of the movie. Which makes 'Up' one of my least favourite of the Pixar flicks.</p> <p>All of the previous movies live in their own magical world where toys talk, monsters really live in closets, and robots fall in love. The problem with Up (for me) was the 'magic' of the floating house was too encumbered by actual physics. It took me out of enjoying the movie too much. A great shame from such a strong production company that usually delivers the goods.</p> <p>I'll still buy this one, I'll just wait til its a bit more affordable. Gotta keep that collection in tact.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    "floating house was too encumbered by actual physics"

    by MattmanBegins

    How is a world where physics can be stretched any less believable than talking toys?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Ya, UP just doesn't hold together as well as it should

    by bullet3

    It ends up being a pretty average pixar movie, good but not great. The problem is that they clearly didn't have enough time to think through the second half of the movie. Everything until they get on the ground and meet the talking dog is great, but the whole motivation for the villain, and having dogs as henchmen, and the whole climax feel extremely hollow and routine. I feel like there should've been some kind of redemptive ark to the villain, and carl should have maybe had to sacrifice himself at the end or something. I think the movie starts out building up to be something great and they just kind of drop the ball.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Heat's picture.

    by HoboCode

    IS it good? Becasue I don't want good for blu-ray. I want great.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Wall-E is a gem

    by Frojitsu

    I've just gotta say that Wall-E is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Great story, art and imagery. The third act works for me because it has to be there. Leaving the human element out would be wrong. Not to take anything away from the movie, I wish that the Captain would have been fleshed out more as a character.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Re: Heat picture quality (for Hobocode)

    by seagrass

    It is great, actually... the blacks are blues are deep and dark, too. However, be aware that Mann supposedly made some additional cuts to the film (although I can't tell where). Anyone know what was done?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Blacks AND blues

    by seagrass

    Stupid talkback still needs an edit button.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by seagrass

    I enjoyed Up, but after watching the bonus features, it's clear that they really didn't know what to do with Muntz after they re-introduced him, so they just kind of discarded him. I understood the point they were making with the parallel between Carl's obsession with his dead wife/house and Muntz's obsession with the bird/clearing his name, but the film went from introspection to action in an uneven way. Also, the HUGE, GLARING plot hole of just how Russell was able to get onto the porch - TWICE - while the house was in midair bugs the hell out of me everytime I watch the film. How this slipped through baffles me.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Had almost the exact same reaction to Heat

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Saw it in the theaters, thought it was OK, a bit overblown - decent but not spectacular. Later, on DVD, it blew me away. Fantastic movie. Red Heat? Mmmm...not as much. A little better than Commando, mostly because it isn't as silly. But certainly not great.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, I know

    by seagrass

    Russell says he was under the porch, but I just can't figure out how he could have pulled himself up onto the porch, as he would have been hanging from the bottom of the house once it took off. It was already established that he was not physically strong.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Logan's Run is a great example of how

    by I am_NOTREAL

    to take a great premise and make it boring as sin...I thought the whole thing was a snore. Two seconds of nudity didn't redeem it, either. Hey, anyone remember the Gregory Harrison TV series?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Near Dark cover is pure genious!

    by kravmaguffin

    Then all those 13-40 year old women can see how vampires are supposed to be! Oh and the only thing I remember about Godzilla is how much shit Harry got in the talkbacks for giving it a glowing "first" review...ijs

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I agree with ya, kravmaguffin

    by seagrass

    Yes, it sucks. Yes, it makes the girl look like the "innocent" who falls in love with the "good" male vampire (when the opposite is true). However, if the artwork gets the film into the hands of those who need to see it (i.e., pre-teen girls and everyone else), then it can't be all bad... can it? You can always scan and print your own artwork, you know.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Up, God, this movie was boring

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Old man floats away in house. Wow. Exciting premise.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    seagrass, re: HEAT

    by BillboeFett

    Apparently there are no cuts, only different camera angle choices for certain scenes

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    ...I'm developing a little theory about who likes UP...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and who doesn't. <P>Kids like it...because it's fun. Everyone over a certain age (I'm going to say 27-30) seems to love it. That roughly leaves out the 18-27 bracket.<P>My little theory is that the movie is about regrets and roads taken and not taken. When I was twenty two I was going to have it all. I didn't give a shit about regrets. <P>You get just a little bit older though and you realize that it isn't just giving up on your dreams that causes regret...every single choice you make...even the good and bold ones...result in other roads not taken.<P>That and it makes you want to go home and squeeze your girl because neither of you is going to be around forever.<P>Time is fucking short.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    I read that the Blu is less than a minute shorter than the TC. I'm not sure if it's a typo or what? I doubt it's a big deal.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Up, Series 7, etc

    by PantherMatt

    It's interesting, reading what some have interpreted from "Up", and, like all art, anything you take from it is just as valid as what anyone else takes from it. That said, I'm most stricken by what Series 7 has taken from it: that the film says to wait until you're old before you follow your dreams. I didn't get that at all, from the film, although Carl was an old man. While it's sad that his wife never got to go exploring, the sequence where Carl looks at his wife's scrap book says (to me) that her life of normalcy (with the man she loved)WAS an adventure, and that she was happy. Not unlike George Baily in "It's A Wonderful Life". Anyway, I loved "Up" and I'm glad to have all four discs of it

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Up, movies for people that like boring shit.

    by lockesbrokenleg

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by linusvanschmelt

    heat is one of the most boring films ive ever just drags on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on ...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by linusvanschmelt

    pixar have screwed up their last two films, Wall-E started off amazingly well, and so much potential then once he went into space and people started talking it was rubbish...same with Up, once they land and it becomes a dumb chase against the bad guy it lost all appeal...its like they're afraid to make a simple film, it has to have baddies, and chases. Ratatouille is still their finest moment.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST

    seagrass, re: HEAT

    by Akira'sCrow

    the only thing i noticed (and it made me rewind and listen again because I've seen this movie way more times than a normal person) is when Vincent Hanna (Pacino) is talking to Allan Marciano (Hank Azaria) about Charleen's ass, they cut out the line "Ferocious aren't I." It should read as: Marciano: "Why did I get involved with that bitch?" Hanna: "Because she's got a... GREAT ASS! And you got your head all the way up it!" Marciano: "Jesus." Hanna: "Ferocious aren't I. When I think of asses, a woman's ass, something just comes out of me."

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    I loved UP, But Agree About the Third Act

    by Autodidact

    My heart sank when I realized the adventurer was the bad guy (soon as the other talking dogs showed up). I thought UP was gonna be more original than that. HEAT is a great movie and it came out at a point where I was truly obsessed with movies (as opposed to now where I am merely constantly preoccupied with them).

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Red Heat...

    by skimn

    I'm too lazy to check IMDB..doesn't that have a great James Horner score?

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    And I know Harry will be late with this week,

    by skimn

    but Its Always Sunny's Xmas Charlie attack on the mall Santa, is one of the funniest, bizarre, and psycho holiday-themed scenes I've seen.."Santa..did you fuck my Mom..did you FUCKING FUCK MY MOM!!" As always Sunny...brilliant.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    (insert a maniacal, Cesar Romero as The Joker laugh here).

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    WARNER BROTHERS please send Harry "Watchmen: TUC"

    by blakindigo

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Didn't care for UP very much

    by Blanket-Man

    It felt "too serious" to be a Pixar movie. My 10-year-old loved it; my 8-year-old hated it. I was ehhhhh. And how was the explorer Muntz so damn nimble, seeing as how he had to be about 20 years older than Carl (judging from the opening scenes). Riddle me that!!!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Blanket-man, re:Muntz agility

    by skimn

    Ummmm...cuz it's a cartoon!! I suppose a house can fly half around the world lifted by helium baloons, also...

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    harry you are so full of shit

    by phoenixmagida5th

    Your original godzilla review clearly stated that it was the movie you loved. This is just you back pedaling. Once we all found out it was a piece of shit your story changed. Just like you did when the early pics of the toy came out and evereyone hated the godzilla design and you tried to say we should calm down that you have seen the real design and that was not it but when the movie came out it was the same design then you changed your story on that when we gave you shit. Your such a hypocrite.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Maria Pitillo was so hot in Godzilla...

    by qweruiop

    ...absolutely sexy and petite body there. I still think she would've made an excellent April O'Neil later on. And as for Godzilla the movie itself, I LOVED it. Emmerich knows how to do action scenes, and this one had some of the best ones around. Just look at that scene when Godzilla is chased by the military and like 50 helicopters come out of nowhere. Incredible. Plus I still feel it's a very well self-contained movie. Nice intro, good buildup to Godzilla, nice reveal, great followup, then it wraps up quite nicely in the end, even leaving a cliffhanger ending. Why Godzilla gets such hate is beyond me.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Red Heat is ok, but its no Commando

    by BMacSmith

    for batshit homocidal insanity, Commando can't be beat, except perhaps by Predator 2.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Pixar = Beatles

    by TheLastVaults

    The only run I can compare to Pixar's is that of the Beatles. Everyone enjoys their work, timeless hits with substance, not a bad or false note, and if you claim to hate their output you simply don't understand or appreciate popular music/cinema.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Godzilla had Matthew Broderick. automatic fail.

    by BMacSmith

    i dont know which sucked worse, the ripped off Jurrasic Park raptor scenes, or the fact that Godzilla was a massive pussy that didnt actually do much destroying. the military did most of the destroying. anyway, nothing happened in that movie that i havent seen in a million other movies. however i did like his design. he looked cool to me, but i know it would never go over with the man in suit crowd. fuck i hate Matthew Broderick.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Batman: Brave and the Bold Rules

    by THX1968

    This series is so smart and fun and kicks ass! Takes me back to the "Pre-Crisis" DCU that I cherish so much. James Tucker (or whomever is responsible) really gets what made comics so great back in he day (and what they inherently lack today). Also, you will find the best interpretation of Aquaman ever represented anywhere in the history of the character right here. Just nails him and puts him in a category of pure awesomeness that the character ultimately deserves - especially if you are a "SuperFriends!" fan.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    THX -

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Exactly - nobody seems to get that AQUAMAN is DC's -THOR-. They try to make him all wishy-washy (sic), but he's fuckin' THOR!

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I want a G.I JOE feature-length Toy commercial movie

    by George Newman

    Its just tons of the actual figures and vehicles in awesome miniature landscapes that were impossible to recreate but infinitely fun to imagine having access to. A big-budget, stop-motion GI JOE Toy fest.

  • Nov. 18, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    George Newman

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Go to Youtube. Ton of that shit on there.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 1:08 a.m. CST

    I have nothing against her but, Maria Pitillo was terrible

    by blakindigo

    in "Godzilla". Actually, the entire film was awful; stupid, derivative and insulting. Her character was unbelievably irksome; a lost, hyperactive flibbertigibbet scurrying through the wrong movie, like a cast member from "Sex in the City" being tortured by her agent.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Up and Wall E

    by SK229

    Agreed that both had far better and more original first acts and got progressively further away from that originality as they wore on. Don't get me wrong, even the more formulaic stuff is amazing and entertaining, but with Up for instance... maaan... that opening was truly heart-wrenching and so unbelievably well done that it made my hairs stand on end even as I wanted to cry. Then there's a stork named Kevin...

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Monsters Inc is my fav pixar

    by Drsambeckett1984

    I really thought Wall E was weak, and thats a shame, because the character is so amazingly cute and lovable, when he left Earth the whole film went downhill for me

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST


    by quantize

    ! thanks for the correction, you're quite right..i havent watched GF2 for a while, are they actually in any scenes together? i can remember offhand..gf2 is the one with the mafia in vegas right? ill have to pull it off the shelf and watch it again..

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 5:58 a.m. CST

    It's Peter Ustinov at the end of Logan's right?

    by quantize

    must watch it again too..

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    1998 Godzilla was a remake of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

    by SoylentMean

    Case in point, when Godzilla pulls the fishing trawler down under the water. That's why when I watch one of those films I usually end up watching the other. <P> Personally, I like the 1998 Godzilla, mainly for the FX work. Broderick sucks the life out of every scene he's in but Jean Reno and Hank Azaria at least have fun characters. The chick was forgettable, and the raptor babies were a very stupid addition. All the time spent with them was time not spent with Godzilla.<P> I really hope somebody that actually loves Godzilla (and his original design) makes a new one. CGI the fuck out of Godzilla and any monsters he might encounter, just have Godzilla totally fuckin' destroy a couple metropoli before the movie ends. <P> I hear there's this little town called Tokyo that's no stranger to giant monster stomping. They always rebuild. The Japanese are a hardy people.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by dark malice

    Don't forget Caged Heat ;)

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Edge of Darkness?

    by BGDAWES

    It's weird when some titles don't make the cut. <br> <br> That said (ha) the 'weekly' DVD column is still tits because Harry will throw weird random discs I've never heard of on there and most of them aren't even bizarre creepy 70's porn. <br> <br> Still though, no Edge of Darkness love? Even with the upcoming Mel Gibson starring remake?

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Week 3 DVD Column???

    by JackBurton01

    Come on, Harry. Get on it.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Carl Davis

    by Tarot

    Harry mentions the soundtrack features on the Blu Ray The General and Carl Davis's score is truly brilliant. Had the great fortune to hear it played live with the man himself conducting to accompany the film at the CBSO on Birmingham UK, where his music was also played to One Week and- on another occasion with him again conducting- to Our Hospitality, Two extremely memorable evenings. One sour note though, why isn't Joe Hisaishi's beautiful score to The General also included, that would make the complete soundtrack package for this film.

  • Nov. 19, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Tarot

    Just been reading about the Blu Ray release of this film in the new issue of Total film and, unlike Harry, they are a little disparaging about the image quality and, for that matter, the sound. Talk about this being more like an upscale quality film rather than of true High Definition quality. I wonder if there is a variance in quality between the US issue and the UK one?.

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    And once again Harry FAILS...

    by ladevastation

    where's the latest column you promised? can't seem to get anything done you promise...

  • Nov. 20, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by Bricktops hammer

    I'm really surprised that I don;t see more about INK in this talkback guys...finally there is a movie that is all about creativity and originality and had NO BUDGET!!! The directors wife made the main costume by hand. They started with no funding! But yeah, let's talk some more about the abortion that was G.I. Joe or fucking Tweenlight 2. See INK guys, trust me.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 12:26 a.m. CST

    More Up nitpicking...

    by 100Proof

    I'm with the people who thought Up was good, but not great. The first 10-15 mins. and the scene towards the end with Carl discovering Elie's "adventure" are absolutely perfect and melt my cold heart every time I see them. The way his relationship with Russell develops is also done very well. But the rest of the movie is just generic kid's movie crap: preachy moralism, unfunny talking animals, and cliche villains. If the movie had been a 20 minute animated short with the beginning, a montage of events leading to the house on top of the waterfall and Carl discovering Elie's "adventure", it would probably be the greatest piece of animation ever created. As is, it's just another brilliant idea crushed under the weight of the movie industry.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Heat Blu Ray Comparison for you

    by backfromthedead

    Check out DVDBeaver for a comparison of all the releases of the movie...

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    The best part of this

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    was lockesbrokenleg criticizing someone else for lack of depth. Kudos to your comedy stylings, sir!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 7:52 a.m. CST

    UP was Average...

    by Oprah_Duke

    Finding Nemo is my shit son!!<P> Near Dark was the shit on cinemax when you stumble in late night drunk from the club after the waffle house!!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST

    UP was the first Pixar movie

    by PTSDPete

    That felt like an actual movie.</p>There, I said it.</p>

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Tarot

    thanks for that, useful to know about. Their criteria certainly doesn't quite match what Harry says but there is enough of a difference there from the DVD to make me consider getting it- it's only 18 pounds here in the UK anyway.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Read Heat rules - Commando doesn't

    by Cat_Corporation

    I never clicked with Commando like I did with the other golden era Arnie movies. It was on TV here in the UK last night and, apart from so many classic one-liners, it was still disappointing for me. Red Heat is tops! The stuff in Russia at the beginning is ace, especially the music - and don't forget it's all done in Russian too! It loses it a bit towards the end, I always find the smackdown in the buses really boring, but I agree, James Belushi is less annoying on the whole than he usually is. And you get the weirdly ageless Gina Gershon and a stonking final shot of Arnie in furry hat saluting in Red Square. Uber!

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Logan's Run movie is much better than the book

    by jccalhoun

    The book is pretty forgettable in my opinion. It is one of the things I point to when people say "the book is always better than the movie." As others have said, the book isn't about post-apocalyptic dome cities. It is about a world where young people revolted and took over. Logan and the woman keep running from place to place and it isn't nearly as interesting to me as the film.

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "Sitting with ALI and the Taco Bell dog"


    Did either of you "accidentally" try to eat the dog?

  • Nov. 21, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST



    Yeah, watched it last night also ....... Has not aged well AT ALL. What the hell is with the gay bad guy wearing a metal vest?????

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 4:13 a.m. CST

    edge of darkness and house of cards...

    by emeraldboy

    remain two of the best things the bbc ever did.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Commando doesn't even look like a real movie.

    by Toilet_Terror

    The trailers in Tropic Thunder look more like authentic films than Commando.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The Godzilla review

    by liljuniorbrown

    When you go to bat for movies like Godzilla 1998, VanHelsing,and GI Joe people are going to question your taste in film. From the minute Godzilla was shown as a radioactive iguanna and not a Dinosaur mutated by atomic energy I completely lost intrest in that movie. The only good thing that came from that movie is the fact that I got my first handjob in the theater. Some of the most awesome events in a young mans life can happen when his girlfriend is bored.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    "never got sent this, so im going to hold of buying it"

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

    LoL ...Harry actually did a dvd review of a DVD HE DIDNT fucking pure genius right there

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    On 'Heat'...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    Something along the lines of "I loved the action/crime element. Didn't really care for the rest of the movie." Reminds me why I don't visit this site for the reviews.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 3:07 p.m. CST

    'Commando' is one of those...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    unfortunate 80's movies that became a comedy with age.

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Commando is fucking awesome.

    by BMacSmith

    he just kills people. hilarious

  • Nov. 22, 2009, 10:46 p.m. CST

    pixar are obviously very good b-b-b-but

    by slappy jones

    they ar eindeed overrated. ratatouille loses steam half way through, wall-e third act is repetitive and dull and UP is o.k. but again the last half is just not that good. the talking dog was very unoriginal and not very funny and the film relies on so many coincidences that i just couldn't get into it. so for me their last three film shave all been really average and wildly over praised. I mean if the wall e and up had both lived up to their admittedly fucking amazing first acts I wouldn't be saying this but I feel they haven;t made a truly amazing film from top to bottom since toy story 2. so for me they have made 4 genuinely great movies - toy story 1, 2, the incredibles and Nemo. bugs life, monsters, cars, ratatouille, wall e and up I found all very very average.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST

    horners music

    by HarryLove

    was much better in red heat than commando. holy god if i never hear a steal drum again...

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by slone13

    It was always a comedy. You might not have realized it when you were a child, but the opening scene has Arnie carrying a tree over his shoulder. Not a log, a TREE. He rips the seat out of a car with one hand, scalps people by throwing circular saw blades at them, and chucks a pipe straight through a guy. It was a complete farce from the get-go. And entirely awesome.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo Re: UP

    by slone13

    I've got to agree with everything you've said on UP. The movie is great and time is fucking short.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by film11

    If you enjoyed the film, the new release is the one to get. Loved having the animation enhances the film and I didn't find it intrusive at all. Makes the movie seem bigger. Also, I looked to me like this version had a better transfer, shartper and a bit more detailed. Didn't do a side-by-side, so I could be wrong. But there's a lot here for $30 (good packaging too!)

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Up 2: Ellie's return

    by krod

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST


    by ladevastation

    for last week. You know Harry, the one you said you were working on LAST WEDNESDAY. jesus, your pathetic... you get PAID to do this column and you can't even seem to do that... plus your updates on the site in general are few and far between. most of your "inside scoops" can be found just by reading the daily trades... way to step it up Harry. You may have been one of the first movie news sites... but you definitely won't be the last...

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    i meant "you're" and "your"...

    by ladevastation

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    apparently I can't type today...

    by ladevastation

    meant "you're" and NOT "your"

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Harry's First Viewing Of GODZILLA With Beach Balls

    by Red Dawn Don

    Would it best be described as GROUPTHINK or MASS HYSTERIA? My guess is a little of both because GODZILLA sucked and Harry had to be suffering from one or both of the aforementioned to have liked GODZILLA. I wonder if the beach balls were the movie makers efforts to polish a turd of a movie? Seemed to have worked at the time, at least on that crowd.

  • Nov. 23, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    LOGAN'S RUN Is A Great Sci-Fi Movie

    by Red Dawn Don

    Michael York was fine as the reluctant runner. I loved Jenny Agutter using the dating machine and her short skirts. Whereas, my wife loves the sweet cat guy at the end.

  • Nov. 24, 2009, 4:52 a.m. CST

    I thought this site liked Watchmen.

    by GhostDad

    Last spring, everyone was creaming over seeing "THE ULTIMATE GENIUS VERSON OF THIS UNDERAPPRECIATED MASTERPIECE" but now all it gets is an "eh" in your DVD column? Did Zack not send you a christmas card this year? And BTW this is speaking as a Synder apologist and huge fan of the film, just think it's funny that the version everyone seemed to want is not not even worth a purchase.