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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 2nd wk of May 2010: Fritz Lang's M, John Sturges' MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s DVD column. There’s some very great titles on this week’s list – take a look, I’m sure you’ll agree. As usual the pics and titles are linkable to Amazon where there’s more to learn, as well as the convenient opportunity to purchase said title, thus contributing to the continuing exploration that this column gives us all. Mainly, the insanity of my DVD watching. I must be setting some kind of record. Anyway, here ya go… Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Fritz Lang’s M (Criterion Blu)
Just a brilliant film. This film contains one of the finest character monologues ever in the history of cinema. Peter Lorre… there’s just no words for. If you ever just want to see the portrait of the most frightening loathsome and pitiable character… look not at LORD OF THE RINGS, but here in M. There’s a part of me that believe Tolkien saw M and the seed took root. Few films have ever been this good. And because it is Criterion, you get these special features: Restored high-definition digital transfer Uncompressed monaural soundtrack Audio commentary by German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler The long-lost English-language version of M Documentary on the physical history of M Conversation with Fritz Lang, a fifty-minute film by William Friedkin Claude Chabrol's short film M le maudit and interview with Chabrol Classroom audiotapes of editor Paul Falkenberg Video interview with Harold Nebenzal, son of M producer Stills gallery, with behind-the-scenes photos and production sketches Plus : A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Stanley Kauffmann 1963 interview with director Fritz Lang The script for a missing scene, and contemporaneous newspaper articles No serious film geek will be without this film.

I love the casting for this film. This was Eastwood’s first big US Western after the Leone Trilogy – and Hollywood did it up. From Alan Hale Jr & Dennis Hopper to Bruce Dern and Ed Begley to L. Q. Jones and Ben Johnson to Commissioner Gordon himself… Pat Hingle! It is pretty much a straight up revenge story about a guy that gets pissed off for being hung. Imagine that. I’m sorry – the one thing I’ve learned from Westerns is that you can’t kill EASTWOOD enough. He’s the Western JASON VORHEES – a quasi-supernatural killing machine… that doesn’t seem to mind horny teenagers.

DARIA: The Complete Animated Series
I have had a very forceful introduction to Daria this past week. I completely was ignorant of DARIA. That happened in a period of time when I didn’t watch anything on MTV for years. This time still continues. But apparently I really missed out. So I’m told. You see. YOKO, was the exact right age for DARIA to be insanely influential – and I have to admit – it is damn funny… just a tad too fiercely cynical for me. Just a tad. This is the first time it has been made available – and the crowd goes wild.

This isn’t a particularly great movie. In fact, there’s a whole lot of rot that this film puts on your brain, but brain rotting as it is. There’s a trash that makes me giggle and this is kinda it. This basic set up has been done so much better in so many other films… but I’m still a sucker for the basic ALAMO set up. And this is pretty badly done, but I still can’t entirely hate it. I think it is mainly due to Bettany’s abs gracing my elevator doors at San Diego Comic Con.

I really love this movie. The first KARATE KID – and I love it so much, that I have so much love that it spills over on top of KARATE KID II – which technically doesn’t deserve a whole lot of love, but yet, I kinda love it. Maybe it’s just that silly drum gag. Or the training montages. Or just friggin the sheer joy of watching Pat Morita work with Ralph Macchio, it just feels perfect. It feels… right. It feels like a perfect movie to hit a 12 year old me.

I dig the hell out of this movie. There’s nothing I love more than a severely traumatized Mel Gibson, who has lost something that made his whole world sane – and with that gone… He’s gonna unhinge and Zombie his way to killing every body he can kill that was tied to any of this. I love those single-minded furious tough as a knife to the gut kinda film. It isn’t genius, it just does exactly what it needs to.

For all those people out there griping and bitching about the TWILIGHT series, where the fuck were y’all when DAYBREAKERS hit theaters? A film, in tone to match NEAR DARK – and it just seemed to pass most by. Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill are all in top form – and it is a joy to see them working with directors as awesomely creative as the Spierig Brothers. I’m dying to see what it is they come up with on their new chapter of the DARK CRYSTAL story. I’m quite eager.

A wonderful cast, in a film that just never works for me. I find the art direction dismaying. The physical look of the film is boring. The script by the great Randall Wallace just feels flat for some reason. I just really don’t like this film. I might be old fashioned, but I grew up with James Whale’s 1939 telling – and DiCaprio ain’t no Louis Hayward. And nobody plays an older overweight Porthos like the Skipper’s dad, Alan Hale! Rewatching on Blu did nothing for me.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Collection (Blu Ray)
Here you get… THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, RETURN OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, GUNS OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN RIDE!!! In Blu Ray? I would have been completely happy to just get THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, let’s face it – that’s the title that will sell. But I love that we’re getting the other 3 films in the series – also in High Def. I mean, they’re the titles that I’ve never seen a film print of. That having a pristine copy makes all the difference. I’m just real enthusiastic about this release. But then, I love older films coming out in the format.

THE EDGE (Blu Ray)
I hate this. Don’t get me wrong. I love THE EDGE. But watching this movie makes me sad. Sad, because Bart the Bear is no longer with us – and he was amazing in this film. He was sorely missed in Joe Johnston’s WOLFMAN earlier this year, also with Hopkins. That CG bear drove me nuts – and it made me wonder… Was BART the last acting bear in the world? What is the state of the Bear Acting Guild aka B.A.G.? Why didn’t they picket WOLFMAN? All kidding aside, THE EDGE is a wonderful film – and the Blu Ray really shines when BART is on screen, he’s a stunning effect all on his furry own!

When titles like this get a deluxe treatment, it shows me that everything can be right in the world. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL is a cult classic – that if nothing else – it gives us the Ramones on 35mm Roger Corman Exploitive awesomeness! Beyond the RAMONES – you have Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, Clint Howard, Mary Woronov and P.J. Soles! The film is absurd fun . Here’s the extras you get: New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1) * Special Introduction From Director Allan Arkush * Audio Commentary With Director Allan Arkush, Producer Mike Finnell And Screenwriter Richard Whitley * Audio Commentary With Roger Corman And Dey Young * New Audio Commentary With Director Allan Arkush, P.J. Soles And Clint Howard * Back To School: A Retrospective Including All-New Interviews With Allan Arkush, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dey Young And Marky Ramone * Staying After Class: A New Interview With P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten And Dey Young * Interview With Roger Corman Conducted By Leonard Maltin * New Interview With Director Allan Arkush Including A Look At Rare, Behind-The-Scenes Stills From His Personal Collection * Audio Outtakes From The Roxy * Original Radio Ads And TV Spots * Original Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By Eli Roth Courtesy Of

I am, by no means, the Seagal expert at AICN. Shit, Vern literally wrote the book on him. But in my personal opinion – for my money, this is the best Steven Seagal film ever. At the time this came out – I was a devout follower of Seagal. Seagal is no joke in this film. He’s no nonsense. Oh, he has his fair share of cuteness… but it is with a believable threshold. How does this stack up for you? I’m curious if we can get a consensus on this.

I believe this is the same release that was in that big Mel Brooks Blu Ray set that came out last year, only now it comes in a practical Blu Ray case that doesn’t instantly fall apart like the expensive set. Sigh. That said, I love HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 – and a great deal of that credit goes to my love of Albert Whitlock’s matte paintings, which as a boy growing up reading Starlog – I would read advance articles about Albert working on this – then in the HBO Behind the Scenes – they showed us Albert painting and having to hand animate the flag in the distance… so it would flutter to give a touch of life. It was magic. Glass and paint. Amazing.

Brooks’ loving send up of the work of Alfred Hitchcock was my Rosetta Stone for first appreciating Hitchcock as a very young child. I found after I saw this film, I wanted to see everything that contributed to it. So, HIGH ANXIETY is the Marijuana to VERTIGO’s Opium. It was my gateway drug to Hitchcock and as a result I will always be appreciative. That said – these stand alone Hitchcock Blu Rays are running about a quarter of the cost of the entire set of Mel Brooks Blu Rays - which has 9 of his best works! Which basically means if you buy this this way, you’ll basically be paying twice as much as you would in the larger set. So you decide.

I haven’t seen this. I wanted to. I had the opportunity. But I accidentally left it at a friend’s place and have just not asked for it back. We were gonna watch it that night, but people got to playing Mario Party on Wii. But I’m quite curious about this title… any of you seen it?

I need to rewatch this. The first time I watched it – I put it in and just started it up on the default settings. Which was as a dubbed in English film. The English dub is just about the worst thing ever. No effort at all to get good voices or to synch anything. It was basically turning the film into a parody of itself. But about halfway through, the phone rang and while talking to my friend, I decided to see if there was an original language track and instantly the second half of the film became… GREAT. There’s an action sequence on a bridge that is very nearly brilliant. It is just a really scary situation – and I loved it! But I can’t say I entirely love the film, till I rewatch from the beginning. There’s a lot of character stuff given in the first half that just didn’t work at all watching it dubbed, but I’m sure it’ll work with the original language. The FX work alone is why to pick this up. Those Koreans are doing some damn fine work. You should seriously check this out!

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  • May 11, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Nice extras on Rock and Roll High School

    by BumLove

    It's a corny film, but it's still a piece of Ramones history which makes it worth having. <p> And yes, Marked For Death is the best Steven Seagal film. I watched it recently, and damn, it is a fine action film. If anything, my one complaint is that it's too short.

  • May 11, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Mel Brooks...

    by LordPorkington

    Thank you for so many good laughs over the years. I salute you sir.

  • May 11, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by HorrorFan81

    There's a reason most people passed on this film. Because it's shit. The only reason to catch it is to hear Willem Dafoe's disappearing reappearing accent, and his ridiculous dialogue.

  • May 11, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    My sister totally looks like Daria.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

  • May 11, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by spyro

    Second that. It is indeed shit. The cure is sunlight ! Whats all that about ? Avoid. And Malice in Wonderland is shit too. It has Danny Dyer in it which should be all you need to know (ie gaurentee of shitness).

  • May 11, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    My Mel Brooks list, form best to worse:

    by ricarleite2

    1- Blazing Saddles; 2- High Anxiety; 3- The Producers; 4- Spaceballs; 5- Silent Movie; 6- Young Frankeinstein; 7- History of the World; 8- Life Stinks; 9- Dracula Dead and Loving it; 10- Robin Hod Men in Tights, which was a carreer killing movie. (I've never seen Twelve Chairs, I heard it's good)

  • May 11, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Seven Samurai is one of my all time favorite movies

    by JackSlater4

    and because of that, I've never really given The Magnificent Seven a chance. Is it really good? Am I missing out?

  • May 11, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by Thehairyhandedgentwhoranamucinkent

    Don't insult Danny Dyer. He will cut your face!

  • May 11, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    History of the world part 1...

    by Oprah_Duke

    Is the shit son!!

  • May 11, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Karate does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    This week we get too much MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (the sequels to that classic movie really went downhill)...<p> But not enough KARATE KID (where's the epic KARATE KID 3? The one in which Ralph Macchio turns to the darkside and the ponytail badguy plans to open evil dojos all over the world!!).

  • May 11, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Seven does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    JackSlater, you really need to devote a day to watching SEVEN SAMURAI, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, and A BUG'S LIFE.<p> It will break your brain.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    HANGED not HUNG!

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Not to mention the other numerous grammatical and spelling errors.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Forgot TO BE OR NOT TO BE, should be after "History"

    by ricarleite2

  • May 11, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    randall wallace is hack, nothing remotely great about him

    by dardo766

    we were soldiers= shit, teh same as everything else he's done except for the brave heart scrypt

  • May 11, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    History of the World

    by Yabels

    Does not hold up. It was funny when I was ten, but goddamn the humor is immature now. A bunch of fart jokes and sight gags.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid II

    by IndianaPeach

    I actually remember seeing Karate Kid II when I was 3 years old...and I actually remember being bored...weird!

  • May 11, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Best Seagal movie?

    by bluelou_boyle

    MARKED FOR DEATH is definitely up there. Apart from UNDER SEIGE it’s the most well-made movie in his ‘golden age’. But it doesn’t have the insanity of OUT FOR JUSTICE – complete with hilarious Seagal New york Italian accent and Billy Forsyth getting the (literally) living crap beaten out of him – and it definitely doesn’t have William Sadler or Kelly Le brock, which HARD TO KILL has. Tough call.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    History of the World is Mel Brooks' best!

    by bat725

    "OK, faggot, what's next?" Fucking classic.

  • May 11, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    "I'm sorry, sir, I flunked flank."

    by bat725

    "You flunked flank? Get the fuck out of here!"

  • May 11, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

  • May 11, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I already know I don't like A Bugs Life

    by JackSlater4

    I did however, enjoy the Seven Samurai episode of Clone Wars

  • May 11, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    No Harry, Tidal Wave aka Haeundae as its

    by southafricanguy

    known in Korea is simply a fairly mediocre film (though quite entertaining). I live in Korea, and I can assure you that not all Korean films are good, they just happen to mostly release their best stuff internationally. That being said Korean film really is the best in Asia, in becoming among the best in the world....

  • May 11, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Yes, Jack, Magnificent 7 is a masterpiece

    by Asimov_Lives

    A collection of the baddest badass American actors at the time (sans Clint Eastwood)and anytime forthat matter. No tough guy actors working today even come close to the coolness of the combined badassery of McQueen, Bronson and Marvin. And never will. Expendables I'm looking straight at you.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Was Daria ever have any lines on Beavis and Butthead?

    by Ronald Raygun

    I always saw her in the background, but I can only remember one time where she actually spoke, to tell Beavis and Butthead they were acting stupid. Strange they would give a mostly silent background character her own spin-off. It would be like Token from South Park getting his own show.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    "DID" Daria ever have any lines...

    by Ronald Raygun

  • May 11, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Malice in Wonderland

    by Jarek

    I rather dug this oddball Brit flick. Good cast (Danny Dyer & the guy who plays Super Hans in Peep Show, Maggie Grace), and a rather dark surreal feel to the whole thing. Worth watching.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Bart The Bear is one degree away from Kevin Bacon

    by joe90025

    via John Candy or Brad Pitt

  • May 11, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    who knew THE EDGE was a wolfman prequel?

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 11, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    BLEH, I'm sick of the Blu-Ray only reviews

    by D.Vader

    Fuck that.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Seven Samurai IS my favorite movie of all time. Hear me when I tell you that the Magnificent Seven, while maybe not Seven Samurai, is still a classic in its own right. A great film. It's such a fun movie. Highly recommended.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Out for Justice...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...that's the definitive Seagal film.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Daybreakers was Sweeeeeeeet

    by Drsambeckett1984

  • May 11, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid II

    by Darth Thoth

    Actually, there are elements of this movie that are actually better than Part 1. In no way am I saying that it is part 1. I personally think KK1 is THE quintessential "80s" movie. A certified classic. But, my point is only to say that KK2 is a very good movie. Cheesy on some levels? Of course. But there are still great themes of honor, nonviolence and forgiveness in it. It's also a very peaceful movie. I love the parallel love stories between Daniel and his girl and Miyagi nad his girl. The movie adds to Miyagi's character arc and background. Finally, KK2 features Peter Cetera's classic "Glory of Love." Come on now. KK2 is an awesome movie and there's a reason it was included in this package, whereas KK3 and KK4 were not.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The Edge is awesome

    by Spandau Belly

    I love that movie. Probably watched it like 30 times.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Daybreakers was bittersweeeeeeeet

    by JackSlater4

    It was good, but felt like the beginning of a trilogy that will never get finished

  • May 11, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I will check out Magnificent Seven one of these days

    by JackSlater4

  • May 11, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Agreed with Darth Thoth

    by BLEST

    Karate Kid II is pretty good. Not as good as the original, but I can just believe the story stopped there...(like I do with Alien and Aliens...there is no part 3)<p>But I take serious issue with bashing Man in the Iron Mask!!<p>That film is all kinds of awesome! It's way darker and more serious than that Young Guns Musketeer nonsense, and it has John Malkovich actually acting (and as a good guy, no less!), Jeremy Irons being great, Gabrielle Byrne as the noble yet haunted D'Artangan, and Leo in his first post-Titanic movie that he was tolerable in...<p>The movie is excellent,...imo. (plus Saarsgard and Hugh Laurie in bit parts!)

  • May 11, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    M and Lord of the Rings

    by cyberskunk

    The remark about pitiable characters was amusing since there exists a Lord of the Rings short subject parody made from old movie clips, featuring Humphrey Bogart as Frodo and Peter Lorre as Gollum. In fact, here it is. The youtube link is a highly sped up version of the movie for whatever reason, but the d/l link should hopefully be the normal speed one.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    Congrats, you managed to list 5 inferior flicks ahead of Young Frankenstein. I would put Blazing Saddles at a very close 2nd though.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Netflix is pissing me off

    by LarryTate

    this delayed releasing of new releases... They do NOT have Hang 'Em High or Magnificent Seven on blu-ray yet.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    How do we lure him Charles??

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    WITH BLOOD! Love The Edge!

  • May 11, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Buy the original Edge of Darkness miniseries

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Or you're a tasteless douche. I'm not gonna bend on this one.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I loved that Kreese got his comeuppance in Part II

    by Tacom

    Miyagi just PWNED his ass in the parking lot in the beginning.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    When that music starts at the begining of

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Magnificent are instantly snatched by the nuts. See it, love it.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot

    by Rebeck2

    You beat me to it, I was going to say the exact same thing. Young Frankenstein is so far above anything else Brooks did in my opinion. I think it was the fact that Gene Wilder wrote the first draft and then Brooks came on the project, it has a combination of Brooks' raucous humor and Wilder's more gentle, sophisticated humor. Too bad they didn't continue to collaborate because neither would make a great film again.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    "It's GOOD to be the king..."

    by skimn

    I agree with the poster above that stated that 20 years ago History was funny with its fart, sex and dick jokes..but they haven't aged too well. Monty Python beat Mel to the Spanish Inquisition (but the old style Hollywood musical staging is fun), and bits and pieces, like the quote above, hold together better than the movie as a whole. I guess it was Brooks' whole vaudville-style schtickiness that made it seem more dated than his other films.<p>My ranking would be (top 5)<p>The Producers<p>Blazing Saddles<p>Young Frankenstein<p>Silent Movie<p>Spaceballs (which when you think about it is his "Jews In Space", with Moranis playing Dark Helmet like a big Jewish nerd, kvecthing and complaining and going on about stuff)

  • May 11, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    JackSlater, you really should do yourself a favor

    by skimn

    and see A Bugs Life, if just to see Kevin Spacey "play" a villian bug...great. And of course, the great animation.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Harry, you don't know what the HELL you're talking about

    by Kal Reeve

    The Karate Kid, Part II is indeed a great movie and deserves love in its own right.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I dig Marked For Death

    by Autodidact

    But I rank it #2, after Out For Justice. But you gotta love a movie where the good guy kills the bad guy as thoroughly as Segal does to the reggae dude at the end of Marked For Death. Completely and utterly annihilates the guy.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Daria and The Edge kick ass

    by JacksParasites

    I absolutely loved Daria and even though The Edge is not usually my type of movie, it's strangely very enjoyable and I've seen it many times.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I still love HISTORY OF THE WORLD part I

    by Tacom

    Sid Ceasar in the caveman, Dom Deluise as the Roman Emperor, Madeline Kahn as the Empress("A servent waits while a master bates!") The entire French Revolution sequence and personally I prefer the bit with John Hurt as Jesus to all of LIFE OF BRIAN. Holy Grail is my favorite Python movie and love it more.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Bart had a son

    by Series7

    Also named Bart. He was the bear in Dr. Doolittle 2. Though I wonder if after the Semi-Pro bear incident people are weary of trained bears for a while.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    wanted to see it, but caught the trailer and it has that cheesy british TV show look to it. Like Dr. Who. So if you love

  • May 11, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    malice in wonderland

    by thinboyslim.

    as a rule of thumb you should never watch anything with danny dyer in.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    can someone explain the new karate kid movie to me..

    by iwasredempted

    jackie chan is chinese and karate is a japanese martial arts form. is there a logical reason he is learning karate from the chinese.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    no, I'm saying I've seen A Bugs Life, and didn't like it

    by JackSlater4

  • May 11, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid II

    by rogueleader66

    IMO, was just as good as the original, it was Miyagi's movie, which was a nice change, adding some depth to his character and expanding on the surrogate father/son relationship he has with Daniel. <P>Then you have Part III.....ehhhhh there were some things I liked about it but it doesnt even touch the magic of the first two. Could have been worse I suppose, but SHOULD have been much better. Macchio at that point was starting to look much older than Daniel really was even though he was always older than his character but at least in 1 & 2 he looked the same, that was part of the problem, he had put on some weight and just looked older, did not look like he just got off the plane from Okinawa, well maybe if 6 years had passed, but they had not.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

    The kid moves to china already knowing some karate, when he uses to defend himself against kung fu bullies, he gets his ass kicked and they call him Karate Kid as an insult. Then Jackie Chan teaches him Kung Fu.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Marked For Death

    by rogueleader66

    Had the BEST villain a Segal movie ever had in Screwface, that guy was just bad as hell, yet charismatic at the same time. All the scenes with Screwface are just classic stuff.<P>"Everybody wanna go heaven....but nobody want dead" Classic.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    JackSlater4, thanks man...

    by iwasredempted

    now that seems reasonable enough. still not going to see it.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid remake

    by rogueleader66

    Have seen all the trailers, and i'm just not feelin it. Chan looks like he will be fine in the role, but I am still not convinced that Smith can carry the role, he has not proven that he can act, the only thing he has been good in was Pursuit Of Happyness, and that was no acting stretch because he was acting with his father. Also the age of all the kids, not teenagers but tweens. IMO it works better with teenagers. Ill wait to see it on video, when I get to all the other movies on my list, i'm in no rush to see it.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I agree about "Marked for Death".

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Maybe I just love movies that end with a cool sword fight, but I also loved the voodoo element in the film and Keith David was a great sidekick for Seagal. I think "Marked for Death" is the best all around Seagal film in the Silver Age of Seagal. "Out for Justice" is the craziest Seagal film just for pure violence on the screen, and maybe gives Seagal his best acting performance. "Under Siege" is the best Seagal film from the brief Golden Age of Seagal where he was making Hollywood budget films to compete with the "Die Hard" films. But I think if you had to recommend just one Seagal film to someone that would explain the unexplainable mythos of Seagal, it would be "Marked for Death". That's the most words I have ever written on Steven Seagal in a single sitting.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for HISTORY OF THE WORLD part II

    by IAmLegolas

    I took the ending literally as a kid.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    iwasredempted: "Jackie Chan"

    by IAmLegolas

    What really needs explanation in regards to Jackie Chan is why on Earth did he get a voice over role for KUNG-FU PANDA as if he's actually there on screen doing the fighting. He can barely speak English and from what I remember had like two lines int he whole movie. Talk about collecting an easy paycheck....

  • May 11, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    You know that The Edge

    by Series7

    Was written by David Mamet?

  • May 11, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    "(where's the epic KARATE KID 3? The one in which Ralph Macchio turns to the darkside and the ponytail badguy plans to open evil dojos all over the world!!)."

  • May 11, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    One thought he was invincible

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 11, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    The other thought he could fly

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 11, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 11, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    IAmLegolas, i hear you man...

    by iwasredempted

    i completely forgot that he did work on that. the only voice i remember is angelina jolies voice.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Marked for Death is my second favorite

    by Nerd Rage

    Seagal flick behind Under Siege.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Battlestar question?

    by Tom_Bombadil

    What was so bad about the series final. I never watched the series and am just curious. Any one interested commenting?

  • May 11, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    The MARKED FOR DEATH cover makes Seagal look like he's having some kind of gas-off with a group of babies. <br> <br> Also, I remember reading a long-after-the-fact VANITY FAIR article describing the behind-the-scenes production fiasco of THE EDGE. It was a good glimpse into the challenges of film-making.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid III

    by CathleenTurnerOverdrive

    Ahhh, Terry Silver. The evil mastermind pulling the strings behind the scenes. What a wolf in sheeps clothing. "Make his knuckles bleed" Not nearly the film that 1 or 2 were, but I still wish it had been included in the collectors pack.

  • May 11, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    No stores around Houston have it that I can find. Not Best Buy, not Fry's. And those are usually the two places that get all the blu-ray releases for the week. I was so happy to get an upgrade from my DVD and it's nowhere to be found. Effing bummer!

  • May 11, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Terry Silver!!! Thats his name

    by rogueleader66

    Thomas Ian Griffith. Yes he was great in KKIII. Like i said in an earlier post KKIII could have been better, but was not really terrible either, just not up to the quality of the first two.

  • May 11, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Regarding Bart the Bear...

    by Liberty Valance

    So let me get this straight. The Edge makes you sad because Bart the Bear died in 2000. Yet History of the World Part I gets nary a mention of the passing of Gregory Hines (2003) or Dom DeLuise (2009). Nice to see that human actors mean less to you than animal actors.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Daria is fantastic

    by Thrillhouse77

    So glad it's hear. I'm big on 90's nostalgia. This is going to hit me right in the sexy spot.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Psycho coming to blu!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Psycho hits blu-ray on Halloween. They're fully remastering it like they did North by Northwest last year! Now if only they'd get to work on Hitch's other works for blu.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Harry - How could you forget

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men In Tights? Especially with the new Russell Crowe one coming out this week (even though it looks boring). Every guy I know that grew up in the 90's knows the Men In Tights song.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    Just watch McQueen in that movie. It's a star-making performance. He steals every scene that Brynner isn't in. And OUT FOR JUSTICE is Fat Steve's finest moment. EDGE OF DARKNESS has some good stuff in it, and it's great to see Mel onscreen again, but it ain't a patch on the BBC miniseries.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    The Edge

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Extremely underrated film. That bear attack on the pilot is just downright brutal. Also, why the Randall Wallace hate? I've never understood the hate for We Were Soldiers. I read the book, I saw the film, and except for the line about "you're husband's fighting for his country bla bla bla" it's an exceptionally fair-minded look at an early battle in the Vietnam War. And don't give me that shit about "oh, he says he's glad to die for his country." Those were the dude's real last words. Disagree with the sentiment if you want, but don't fault the filmmaker for simply quoting the guy.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    mel looks fuckin trashed for most of the movie...and he totally phones it in. piece of shit film.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Ack, I hate it when people misspell "your"

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Damn you AICN and your lack of editing!

  • May 11, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    The Birds on Blu would look magnificent...

    by skimn

    so impressed with North By Northwest. BTW, Mel Brooks' High Anxiety not only features some wonderful comical matte work, but actually cast matte master Albert Whitlock in a supporting role.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Seven Samurai & Magnificent Seven

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Watch Samurai and Seven back to back. Such an excellent remake that puts its own spin on the story. All the remake whores in Hollywood today should use this as an example of how to properly remake a film.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I do wish

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I could buy Magnificent Seven on blu ray on its own, don't really care for the others because most of the cast that made the first one so great weren't around for the sequels.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by HaterofCrap

    what a boring, dreary, worthless film...the vampires are pussies with no powers.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST



    Fucking love that soundtrack I do.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Stick with DARIA, Harry -- it evolves...

    by Admonisher

    The show DOES explore the downside of constant cynicism and alienation, and as the series evolves the characters mature. Not that it ever loses the qualities that made it special, but Daria and her family do grow.

  • May 11, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    The Magnificent Seven

    by Con Shonnery

    One of my all time favourites. Amazing cast - Brynner, Bronson, McQueen, Coburn, Vaughn and the other two guys everyone forgets: Dexter and Bucholz. Eli Wallach as the bad guy and to top it all, one of the greatest movie scores ever composed. Hell I'm off to watch the DVD, got that theme running in my head just thinking of the movie.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Wow! A lot of love for SILENT MOVIE

    by BobParr

    I thought it was a very middling Brooks movie but the scene where the table rises from erections at the sight of Bernadette Paters was classic.<P> HISTORY OF THE WORLD was Brooks' last stand. Some very funny parts (Harvey Korman!!!) but overall very dated even for then.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    So Daybreakers really sucks?

    by nothingordouble_jack

    What a letdown. I was pumped to go pick up Daybreakers today. Seems like a good cast and cool concept. I'll still see it, but it seems that not one tb'er on her likes it. What about Legion? Love me some fightin' angels, surely they didn't screw that up, did they?

  • May 11, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid

    by BobParr

    Has thew question ever been answered as to why everyone who meets Daniel LaRusso wants to kick the shit out of him?

  • May 11, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    where the fuck I was when DAYBREAKERS hit theaters


    I was in the theater. Watching Daybreakers. And wondering WHY. This would have been a great film in, say, 1986. But now it looks like a boring, tired retread. No amount of cold steel lighting can make this anything other than a stupid misfire. So much potential there... wasted. (I'm sure Harry heard that a lot in middle school.)

  • May 11, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Edge of Darkness

    by nothingordouble_jack

    Saw it in the theatre and haven't thought about it since. It has the perfect set-up, Mel Gibson out for revenge, but just lost its way at the end.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Naw daybreakers is mint. Fun movie.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    Sure i will answer that being the sad geek that I am LOL. In Karate Kid, it's Elisabeth Shue's ex-boyfriend Johnny that wants to kick his ass because he was talking to her and was trying to give her radio back to her. He was being a nice guy, Johnny was just a dick. In KKII, it's the nephew of Miyagi's old friend who wants to kick his ass, for no real reason other than he is associated with Miyagi. IN KKIII, it's Kreese, the douche bag karate teacher from the first film who wants revenge because of how Daniel's victory caused his karate school to utterly fail. So actually Daniel is a pretty nice guy, he just has the unfortunate luck of always running into douche bags who think violence is always the answer.<P>That's of course considering of your question was serious and not sarcastic. If it was sarcastic, then my apologies for the long winded answer. My sacastic answer would be: Because he's a weasel. LOL

  • May 11, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    No love for "Above the Law"?

    by Ginger_Bale

    WTH? You've all done good by mentioning Seagals other great films but noone mentions his first and still one of his best films! Anyway, Marked for Death will be boguht when it drops in price in 2 months. Also yes, Out for Justice's first 20-30 min is brutal and then of course the Seagla bar scene where he says the classic line, "But there ain't nobody up stairs!" in his awesomely over the top italian accent. Bobby Luppooooo

  • May 11, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I'm sick of people bitching about Blu Ray reviews...

    by ctbrandon

    Blu Ray is the new standard, DVD is outdated now. Buy a fuckin Blu-Ray player and get over it.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST


    by BobParr

    But in KKIII there was also a millionaire that took time out of his busy schedule to crush him. Daniel must release some pheromone that makes people want to kick his ass. My guess is his house must get egged to shit every Haloween.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Cause today..I'm gonna kill the motherfucker

    by Ginger_Bale

    best line in, "The Edge". Ficking classic. I have this on dvd and it's non- anamorphic :( So time to get the bluray. I really wish they put some extras on it though.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by Ginger_Bale

    Agreed. Next month marks 4 years since Blu-Ray has been out. 4 years! Time to move on up and to the idiots who say the difference in picture quality is minimal, go watch The Searchers on bluray first then try going back to the dvd. Idiots.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Daybreakers is pretty lame. It has a few good ideas but nothing really original and on the whole comes across looking like a really cheap movie. I think most of the budget went to supplying Ethan Hawke with cigarettes.

  • May 11, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by fish tacos

  • May 11, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Next week's The New Daughter..Hey gang

    by skimn

    its a direct-to-DVD movie starring Kevin Costner!

  • May 11, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    The Birds on Blu

    by Sonny_Williams

    THE BIRDS would take a fair bit of digital massaging to look good in HD. I watched it again recently, and some of the bird attack scenes would be ass without some tweaking. If we weren't talking Hitchcock here, I'd say go the STAR TREK route and redo the effects.

  • May 11, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    give me The 39 Steps!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I'd love my second favorite Hitch film in blu! (the first being NxNW, which I own)

  • May 11, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by ominus

    the only thing i remember from that movie is Elle Macpherson

  • May 11, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    as for blu ray over DVD

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    look at how much they cleaned up African Queen, Casablanca, Young Frankenstein, and Goldfinger for blu. Films CAN look much, much better on the format. I just wish 3 years after the death of HD-DVD we still didn't have to wait for films like Big Lebowski and The Sting to make it to blu, even though they existed on HD-DVD.

  • May 11, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    And Harry expresses his love for History Of The World

    by skimn

    because of the matte work..?? Thats like loving Jaws because of the underwater photography.

  • May 11, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Jerry Goldsmith's score to The Edge is class

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    A great, overlooked movie all around (it even had a pre-Lost Harold Perrineau surviving a plane crash!), and Bart was one helluva bear. Just a shame that every Lee Tamahori movie since then has been shot in CGI Hell-vision. :(<BR><BR>"A couple of weeks ago, if ol' Smokey over there had shown up, you would have sicced your lawyers on him."<BR><BR>"Nonsense...I'd never do that to an animal."

  • May 11, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    History of the World and High Anxiety are not in the same class

    by BanditDarville

    HOW pt 1 has the great human chess scene ("knight takes queen!", "gang bang") which still makes me spill my drink from cracking up. Also, High Anxiety is worth watching for Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman alone.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid 3 was a P.O.S.

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It doesn't deserve to be in the pack. Miyagi is a cock in the film - first he doesn't want to train Daniel-San, then he does, with no apparent reason for his change of heart. I was rooting for Terry Silver, the evil billionaire industrialist - the actor who played that role was actually younger than the supposedly teenage Macchio, believe it or not, which makes it even more funny.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    I'm re-watching Daria, Season 3 now

    by seppukudkurosawa

    (I started with Season 3 because Admonisher said it got better later on) and it's actually really good and natural. I miss the indie-centric '90s, before indie stopped meaning indipendent and industrious and became a blanket term for floppy-haired wet white dudes. The '00s sucked when you think about it.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Finally Rock 'N' Roll High School Anamorphic

    by Flexfill

    The fucking special edition DVD cover stated it was anamorphic, then you pop it in the player and it's fucking windowboxed like a postage stamp in the middle of your screen.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    underwater photography


    is a key reason to loving JAWS. Like that underwater full frontal nude wading scene that kicks off the movie. Can ya blame Bruce for chowing down on that? I think not.

  • May 11, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by Pop_aristocrat

    Awful, just awful. Good design on the vamps, and I thought it was going to be cool after the first mutant attack. But after the unintentional humor of Willem Dafoe getting thrown from a car and exploding into flame, and the slo-mo vamp cop blood orgy... yeah, can't take it seriously. Also, a steel beam goes into the car's windshield, and the body of the car explodes... haven't we moved past that point in cinema?

  • May 11, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Magnificent Seven's box office

    by Baryonyx

    If The Magnificent Seven had come out now, and had performed at the US box office the same as it did in 1960, it would be interesting to see how many talkbackers would automatically just slag it off (as has happened with Kick-Ass) purely because of The Magnificent Seven's poor domestic takings (Magnificent Seven did so poorly in the US that it only became famous after doing well overseas.)

  • May 11, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood Men In Tights


    I just can't stand - at any level. I loathe the film, thus, I didn't include it in the list. As I find it that offensively awful. But my wife loves it. She is obviously wrong. But it is an endearing blind spot in her taste, but whatever. Gives her something to watch while I'm NOT AT THE HOUSE.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Seagal's best.

    by OgieOglethorpe

    Everyone seems to agree that the Golden Age of Seagal starts with Above the Law and ends with Under Siege 2. They're all 100% bad ass flicks except for whichever was between Under Siege 1 & 2. Having said that, my fave has to be Out For Justice as well. I saw that movie more times at the theater than any other flick ever.. somewhere upwards of 20. "I'M GONNA KEEP COMING BACK, TIL SOMEONE REMEMBERS SEEIN' RICHIE!!"

  • May 11, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Nobody watched Daybreakers

    by sheepshagger

    because it was fucking shit

  • May 11, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by MaxCalifornia.

    Classic Mamet from The Edge.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by HorrorFan81

    How is it possible to hate Men in Tights? I don't expect anyone to love it. But hate it? It's so delightful.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Danny Dyer is a legend

    by barnaby jones

    and Daybreakers is utter shit, really really awful.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Your Majesty, YOU look like the PISS Boy!

    by Drath

    ?! And YOU look like a bucket of SHIT!

  • May 11, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Above the Law is the best Segal

    by schadenfreudian

    The reason? Two words: Henry fucking Silva.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Also, Thomas Ian Griffith younger than Ralph Macchio!

    by Drath

    Karate Kid 3 needs to be forgotten apart from the Wah! scene in the Kobra Kai Dojo. I remember thinking that was Mad Martigan (Kilmer!) from Willow at the time.

  • May 11, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I used to love Hard to Kill

    by BumLove

    I watched that so many times in high school. I always remember the scene where he comes out of the coma, turns on the TV and sees the Geraldo Rivera show and says, "Jay-raldo".

  • May 11, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    History of the World

    by DannyDorko666

    This was the last good movie Mel made and to be honest its only "ok". Everything before it was golden, everything after it was shit. And Spaceballs sucks.

  • May 11, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    "The script by the great Randall Wallace just feels flat"

    by OutlawsDelejos

    All his scripts are flat filled with abysmal dialogue. I mean that scene in Man in the Iron Mask were they charge the down the hall with swords and have volley of bullets fired at them, the guard "Such valor!" then the smoke clears, and no-one is hit. COME ON!?!? I was 12 when I saw that and it nearly gave me an aneurysm from that one insipid scene only. On another note, Daybreakers is good.

  • May 11, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for the sequel Windbreakers..

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...where farting cures shitty vampire movies.

  • May 11, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Just watched Daybreakers...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    and I'd equate it with 'Equilibrium'; they're both films with cool concepts (and I'll admit a cool concept carries a little bit of weight with me) that were somewhat hampered by small budgets. I enjoyed it. THAT SAID, it would probably have been much better had it been 'presented by Peter Jackson'. Because, let's face it, without his juice involved, District 9 would probably be a lot closer to Daybreakers & Equilibrium (especially in how far the effects budget went).

  • May 11, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    and by 'much better' I mean

    by Fuzzyjefe

    the scope could have been widened a bit. It was a cool as hell 'vampires' world' that the Spierigs came up with, and I'd be willing to bet that there's a plethora of things they wish they could have realized, but just didn't have the bank.

  • May 11, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    My Favorite Seagal Movie

    by Cinemanimetal

    My favorite Seagal movie is Out For Justice. It's legitmately bad ass when it needs to be, but also has some trademark Seagal hilarity (like any time he speaks). My second favorite is Hard To Kill. Mainly because Seagal is Jesus and he says the line "I'll take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank!" Note that he says this line to a TV and not to an actual person as the room is empty.

  • May 11, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    "an endearing blind spot in her taste"

    by Thrillhouse77

    Can we get a list of all the turds that Harry loves? <P> Allow me to start with Attack of the Clones, maybe?

  • May 11, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave, Miyagi had a legit reason...

    by Kal Reeve

    for not wanting to train Daniel at the beginning. And though The Karate Kid, Part III is the lesser film in the trilogy, it had some powerful moments, excellent symbolism, and the final moment was riveting.

  • May 11, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    "And Space Balls sucks"

    by vin_diggler

    Troll 101: make a blanket statement of how much you like a directors work but then quickly attack a specific film that you know is loved by a large audience. By doing this, you are sure to get an arguement going, and then sit back and enjoy the fight. nice try, but we aint biting.

  • May 11, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid 3= Return of the Jedi

    by Darth Thoth

    Hear me out. I loathed KK3 since first watching it as a kid. It suffers from a lack of originality (i.e.- repeated the tournament theme from Part 1), the "love" story is terrible, Daniel looks 35, etc. But the crazy thing is, I actually caught it on cable two weeks ago for the first time in years... and it was actually quite good. Well, good in the sense of being better than the piece of crap I remember it being. It actually had some moments and on some levels contained some of the most profound themes found in the entire trilogy. For example, it takes Daniel and Miyagi's friendship, the central theme of the trilogy, to a very dark place. Whereas Part 1 created the friendship, Part 2 deepened it, Part 3 destroys it but only to redeem and heal it- just like the broken bonzai tree. The movie also deals with the themes of overcoming fear, forgiveness, inner strength, etc. Yes, I know- I can't believe I'm actually defending KK3 but I was actually blown away the other day watching it. And then I realized that it was just like Jedi in both unoriginality (i.e.- the death star) but also in possessing some of the deepest themes of the entire trilogy (i.e.- Vader and Luke narrative, etc.) So in short, while still being the weakest of the trilogy the Karate Kid Part 3 is not as bad as I remember it originally being. On most levels it does not belong with the first two movies but on a few levels it actually does. Peace.

  • May 11, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Darth Thoth, excellent analysis

    by Kal Reeve

    The Karate Kid, Part III has it's flaws, but has many profound moments and is a solid conclusion to the trilogy.

  • May 11, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    They were going to make Karate Kid III in China

    by Tacom

    Daniel and Miyagi were going to go there to see the origins of martial arts but the studio didn't want to put up the extra money to shoot there. It would have been really great and better than what they ended up doing.

  • May 11, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Hey thanks Kal Reeve

    by Darth Thoth

  • May 11, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Tacom, are you serious? That would have been interesting

    by Kal Reeve

    Where did you hear that was the original concept for Part III?

  • May 11, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Harry your wife obviously has a great taste

    by ominus

    Men in Tights is very funny at what it does,to parody Costner's Prince of Thieves.

  • May 11, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Above the Law is Seagal's best. Don't care for MFD.

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 11, 2010, 10:54 p.m. CST

    All Steven Seagal movies can be viewed on Instant Netflix...

    by samuraiyao

    Let the streaming pile of coolness begin!!!

  • May 11, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Actually not all Steven Seagal movies an be viewed on streamed

    by samuraiyao

    Just a few of his films can be viewed on instaflix...

  • May 11, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Karate Kid III

    by classicgamenerd

    "I call it Quick Silver!"

  • May 11, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Under Siege 2 was terrible shit

    by ominus

    great idea but badly utilized.In fact i think a Die Hard 5 on a train,ship,airplane or ISS would have been cool.

  • May 11, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    "Ghostbusters 3" will be in theaters in 2012.

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Director Harold Ramis, who told ABC 7 that pre-production work is being done and that "Ghostbusters 3" will be in theaters in 2012.

  • May 12, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Daybreakers had a shit ad campaign and was out of...

    by JuanSanchez

    theaters in a flash.

  • May 12, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Harry, c'mon...

    by JoseJones

    Keep things like "my wife LOVES Robin Hood, Men in Tights" to yourself.. my wife loves a bunch of shit too, but I don't publish it. Ultimately reflects terrible on me... though she never liked anything so awful as Men in Tights. Do you not see how it ultimately reflects on your taste... and hers? Who gives a rats ass about what she likes from here on out... she liked Men in Tights for Godsakes! Terrible taste, and a less evolved brain.. Chromosome problem? Yes, she's a retard.

  • May 12, 2010, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Young Frank

    by JoseJones

    and who was the jagoff that listed Young Frankenstein outside of Mel's top 6? you too are a retard and have no business talking film! plus you mentioned that Men in Tights was a "career killer" but list Dracula, Dead... ahead of it. so which was the career killer? fucking idiot 12 year old. nothing in Mel's cannon remotely compares to Young Frankenstein. Saddles is the closest and its lack of subtlety and jokes for those above 13 holds it way back. Jesus! so very dumb. watch some movies. asshole.

  • May 12, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Young Frankenstein is considered by many

    by ominus

    as the unofficial sequel to the original Frankestein was that great.

  • May 12, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Karate Kid 2 was great...3 was terrible

    by SlimButNotreally

    I think what I like about the Karate Kid 2 most (besides the wonderful setting) is that all of Miyagi's teachings from the first film help he and Daniel in the second. I know that's kind of corny, but I like how they set it up that way. The third one had really great ideas but it seemed tired by that point. It was mature without being still felt like he was a karate "kid"

  • May 12, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    When it comes to Brooks, Saddles is all I can stand

    by SlimButNotreally

    Blazing Saddles is a classic. It's still funny to this day (most of it), but none of his other movies hold up. The comedy just isn't good anymore in those others. It's hard for me to call them classics if they didn't stay funny. A great comedy will always be a great comedy. Most of his movies are unwatchable because his brand of humor isn't funny anymore.

  • May 12, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    the talkbackers are correct

    by Vern

    OUT FOR JUSTICE is Seagal's best. But MARKED FOR DEATH is a legitimate choice. Keith David is by far Seagal's best sidekick (really more of an equal partner), it has probly Seagal's best kill of all time (Screwface #2) and the perfect ending where he kills the guy, says a classic oneliner ("I hope they weren't triplets") and just walks away. I call it Seagal's "That'll do, pig."<p>

  • May 12, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST


    by Mission Code Z

    Agreed! Great speech from a great film. In life, we all have to stop running at some point, face our own proverbial bear of a problem, and kill the motherfucker!

  • May 12, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    gotta put in a good word for DAYBREAKERS, too

    by Vern

    I talked to people who said it "sucked" like all you guys are saying, but I don't see it at all. Not to insult anybody but I think it's being punished for not just being the same old cookie cutter crap. I like being surprised and I thought it was great to see a vampire movie where the vampires aren't evil OR romantic, where there is no vampire hunting, and the main character is not a warrior of any kind - he's a vampire scientist with a liberal streak that makes him sympathize with humans. The details of the world are unveiled cleverly and without too much explanation, and it really does work on a second level as commentary not just about dwindling resources but about class guilt and about the way we as a society can get used to the most horrible fucked up shit and decide that it's normal.<p> I mean, how can you watch that scene where the bat monster attacks him and then he files a report with the police and then not respect it?<p> I guess I'm in the minority but I bet you fellas that a couple years from now it will be considered a minor gem. Because it is. Now I have to watch the other movie by those brothers even though everybody says it sucks. Just in case.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Fuck Blu-ray...

    by workshed

    I just spent the last thirteen years getting a collection of 5000+ classic films just to have to replace it with something that costs a packet. It's OK for Harry because he gets everything for free. No sir. XviD is just fine ta.

  • May 12, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    5000 does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    workshed, sorry mate but I call bullshit on you.<p> 5000 movies over 13 years works out at you purchasing 384 movies a year. You buy a movie every single day and two on a Sunday???<p> Plus i'm guessing they're all VHS and are now worth about 50 cents each if you're lucky.<p> You should have put your hard-earned into gold instead, a safer haven in this time of recession...

  • May 12, 2010, 4:56 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Vern, surely Seagal's best role was as the baddie in the aforementioned KARATE KID 3.<p> Boy, Seagal really slimmed down for that part...

  • May 12, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    MTV did have brights spots, Daria among them

    by The McPoyle Clan

    but correct me if I'm wrong, there's no way they paid the fees to license the original soundtracks for this set, did they?,<br><br>Speaking of non-crap MTV, whatever happened to Dave "Afffter the break" Kendall of 120 minutes?

  • May 12, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Danny Dyer...

    by KubricksBellEnd

    ...cut my girlfriend's face 'cos she left me. Now no-one wants her...RESULT!

  • May 12, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Loved Daybreakers

    by Shpadoinkle

    It is it's own beast. Whoever said it was up there with Equilibrium in terms of well fleshed out concept and great look for a low budget film is spot on - the story's good too. Far better than the Spierig's last effort 'Undead', which I also enjoyed alot.

  • May 12, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by ctbrandon

    I'm also doubting your numbers there...but I get the point. THAT SAID ... welcome to the life of a movie enthusiast. i had a massive collection of videos for my SVHS, i had several dozen Laser Discs, several hundred DVD's, and now im up over 100 Blu Rays. You dont need to upgrade everything in your collection, I still get a kick out of watchin a tape now and then...just embrace the new technology and move on.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    That said

    by Papa Lazaru

    cat fled , hat shed, fat head, flat bed , tat read, scat spread. Thats all I got .

  • May 12, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Part of the fun of building a movie collection is rewatching/rediscovering films you like. I had a fairly big VHS collection. Once I got my first DVD player, though, I sold off my VHS and started my collection over. And subsequently built up a DVD collection of near 300 movies and 27 Criterion films. When HD-DVD died and blu ray was the winner, I took the majority of my DVD's (still have about 23 DVD films that I won't trade in unless they hit blu) and sold them off, used the money to buy a Playstation 3 (as it's the only future proof blu ray player available - won't have to buy a new player to play 3D discs). And 4 years later I'm up to 137 Blu Ray films. And I've had fun watching them as I get them, or, in some cases, seeing them for the first time in years (such as Buster Keaton's The General). For any movie fan, most of the fun in the collection is building it. Just let go and embrace the new.----------Besides, I'm one of those people that HATES digital downloads. First off, paying that price I want something physical in my hand. Secondly, DRM SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Until they come up with a better solution to the digital rights issue, paying money for something I don't truly own is a waste. (And don't tell me you download them illegally for free, because if that's the case, it's not something to brag about, just turns one into a criminal.)

  • May 12, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    That Said 2: Lectric Boogaloo

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Phat Cred, Rat Bled, Shat Red, Pat Head, Frat Med, Brat Head (fun sometimes), Matt Dead

  • May 12, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    THE EDGE -- script by David Mamet!

    by Star Hump

    I think that's what elevated the movie. In a lesser writer's hands it might have been a real shlock fest, but Mamet writes such crackling dialogue. And when you put good lines in the mouths of actors like Hopkins and Baldwin you're gonna come out with a winner. An excellent movie.

  • May 12, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Glen Gary Glen Ross in the Woods

    by Asimov_Lives

    with a killer bear! Wins on all levels. Only thing missing is midget ninjas and the Sasquatch.

  • May 12, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    It gets worst: the movie is called THE KARATE KID and it's set in CHINA! Where he has a chinese professor played by JACKIE CHAN! Where in the fuck this shit makes any sense?

  • May 12, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    And lesbian nuns.

  • May 12, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Vern loved DAYBREAKERS

    by AsimovLives

    That's an opinion i trust, and not of some anonimous talkbacker, pardon me saying.

  • May 12, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I first read it as

    by oborostyle

    Jock Sturges' MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. And i smiled for one second about this whole new meaning put in MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. but know i'm feeling dirty.

  • May 12, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Where is my mind

    by oborostyle

    and the edit button ? now not know ...

  • May 12, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    McPoyle: Yes, 99% of DARIA's music was replaced...

    by Admonisher

    The show survives the replacement quite well -- the strong writing and characters are intact -- but it's a harsh blow to a few episodes, where the music played a potent role. Two other mild disappointments: (1) The special musical intro for the episode "Daria!" got chopped -- or rather, only the first episode on each disc got the full intro theme (to save space), and someone apparently forgot that the "Daria!" intro was unique; and (2) The shorter, syndicated version of "Is It College Yet?" was used, as it was on the previous DVD -- apparently, the original master audio elements for the uncut version were lost. Other very minor complaints: "Is It Fall Yet?" is stuck at the end of the set instead of between Seasons 4 & 5 where it belongs; also, the new interview segments are very short, and could have been more substantive. In the end, though, these aren't reasons to avoid the set -- the show remains awesome, and this set is an incredible value.

  • May 12, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    My top Segal Movies:

    by armando

    Segals best movies (which all have 3 word titles) 1) Hard to Kill 2.) Marked for Death 3. Out for Justice

  • May 12, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    What are your top 5 Van Dam films?

    by armando

    1) Cyborg 2) Timecop 3)Bloodsport 4) Universal Soldier 5) Hard Target

  • May 13, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • May 13, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by Broseph

    i agree about the collection.i've built mine in 10 years into uncharted territory.i'm now in need of at least a 4th possibly 5th rack.they're piling high thanx 2 my financial situation turning around since last year,a first day sale at my now defunct hollywood video,and bargains at my local record,dvd,blu-ray etc store.i've found may gems in the 2 for $5 section.instead of buying daybreakers and legion yesterday i hit the $5.99 section and scored night of the creeps directors cut,the proposistion,mean streets,the long riders,and kid stays in the picture which is one of the greatest documentaries ever made.all for $5.99 a piece.i also got big fish,300,the talented mr.rippley,get shorty 2 disc special edition and the curious case of benjamin button for $20.the one i'm bummed i bought was the edge of darkness.MAJOR FUCKING LET's hard not to beleive aicn does not have some sort of vested interst in some of these films by the way they go on and on about them edge of darkness,brooklyn's finest,forgetting sarah marshall etc

  • May 13, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    Thanks. Some disappointments, but these kinds of compromises are par for the course for these types of collections. At least I can dump my old tapes, esp. since I no longer have a working VCR.

  • May 13, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Jesus, Harry!

    by Knuckleduster

    "You see. YOKO, was the exact right age for DARIA to be insanely influential – and I have to admit – it is damn funny… " <p> Your punctuation is all fucked up.

  • May 13, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I love the people who still complain about Harry's grammar

    by Asimov_Lives

    It's like going to a Nickelback concert and complaining that the music sucks. Duh!

  • May 13, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Actually, I was complaining about his punctuation.

    by Knuckleduster

    So there. I win. You suck. <p> But let's be serious for second, the guy "writes" for a living. He should be embarrased when people complain that they have no idea what the fuck he wrote. Clearly he doesn't give a shit about doing a good job. He just pumps this shit out like a retard wanking into a basin.

  • May 13, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Comparing Daybreakers to Near Dark?

    by darthwaz1


  • May 14, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    History of the World Pt I is...

    by Jaka favorite Mel Brooks movie, or at least a tie with Spaceballs. Just the age at which I first saw them, I think. But for sure those are my two favorites.<P>I agree with your love of Mel Gibson being great when he's goes unhinged, Harry. But I found Edge of Darkness boring and formulaic. Not my favorite Mel Gibson movie by about 784 miles.<P>What's so wrong with Karate Kid II? Granted, it's not on the same level as the first one, but it's still a damn fine film with a great message all it's own. At least they found a way to do a sequel without making the exact same film. I recently watched them back-to-back on HBO (or some other cable channel) and REALLY enjoyed both of them.<P>Daybreakers and Legion STILL can't get away from each other. Seems like they've been right on top of each other since their trailers started running.<P>I like that version of Man In The Iron Mask... but that's all I can say about it. I like it. Not great, not terrible. Not sure I'd ever purchase it.

  • May 14, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Mel Brooks Deleted Scenes bonus?????

    by TRON

    Why haven't they ever put any decent bonus features for High Anxiety and History of the World....????? There is at least one deleted scene from High Anxiety that has had photos published.


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  • May 17, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Bluray is overrated

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    I upgraded to bluray last year with a new player and a full-hd-beamer. I think it was a mistake. Yes, it looks nice but that's about all. Sure, it looks even nicer when the old dvd was a bad transfer. But a well done digitally restored dvd looks sufficiently good enough. And if the film is classy and grips you early on you would have to be a smallminded nerd anyway to go on counting the dots on the screen or look for stuff you haven't seen in older copys. And who ever needs the distracting function of acessing extras while watching a movie? That sensory overload is for hyperactive multitaskers. I can see that the transition from vhs to dvd was a quantum leap. The transfer from dvd to bluray is rather obsolete. By "embracing" it, as you put it so nicely you only make sure that a new format will appear soon that is even more superfluous.

  • May 17, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I was blown away by Daybreakers

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