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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks: 5th wk of June 2010: Carol Reed, Predator, Hot Tub hilarity, RUSH, Jet Li, Beaver & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with a very fun week of releases to check out and some to avoid. I picked up my Playstation 3 today – thus ending a long fought battle with a Samsung BluRay player that had… a combative personality. Tonight, some discs that I’ve wanted to watch for 4 months began to play and the world was truly beautiful. Twas great. Can’t believe I put up with this crotchety monster as long as I did. Dedicated servitude is what I demand of my machines! OK… So you know the drill, the pics and links click over to Amazon, where if you like the column you can pick some of these items up, thus contributing a small included portion of the price back to help support this column. Which is, of course, greatly appreciated as always… to keep me stocked in Benedryl I s’pose. Heh. Here’s the column… Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Oh yes please! I’ve had this for about 3 weeks now. It is absolutely tremendous. If you follow me on Twitter, I’ve probably mentioned watching it on about 5 separate occasions. This is a favorite kind of film. Directed by Carol Reed, who directed THE THIRD MAN, which some passionate fool was loving over CASABLANCA on Twitter just a few short nights ago. Silly rabbit. Anyway, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH is simply a smashing film. And by smashing, I mean it with a girl swing and tinge of two whiskeys worth of enthusiasm. Rex Harrison is fantastic in this film. As is Margaret Lockwood. And in a way, it is a sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LADY VANISHES… written by the same screenwriters, even featuring the brilliant pair in that film, who were obsessed with attending a cricket game. Here, they are even more awesome. Just wait for their scene on the train with that Nazi officer. Classic. Love this film. In LADY VANISHES the bad guys were not specifically German, certainly alluded to, here… It’s the goddamn Nazis…. And I hate these guys! It is that kind of fun. You have to feel that Spielberg & Lucas loved the hell out of this flick!

PREDATOR (Ultimate Hunter Edition) Blu Ray
And then there’s this magnificent brilliant piece of awesome! I’ll be honest with ya. I haven’t seen PREDATORS yet. I’m dying to. The premiere here is the day before the film opens and I can’t wait. I’ve got my fingers crossed and I’m hoping for return to form, if not even better. As cool as PREDATOR is… crazy alien dogs, other critters, tech and badass planets in the sky. Damn, that looks good. But really, while that sounds like an awful lot… this? This is exactly what I love. And I know it. And I know I’m gonna love this movie and watch it over and over again, for many years. PREDATOR is the shit. John McTiernan operating on a top of skills capacity. Brillian monster, great dialogue, awesome action and CG that did all it needed to do. Be cool. This replaces that bare bones disc from not very long ago, and this is a much better release. Better print, special features… it’s just much better. I approve. The print is fucking unbelievably sharp. I’m talking portal into another dimension sharp. It looks very fucking good. The Featurette: PREDATOR: EVOLUTION OF A SPECIES – HUNTERS OF EXTREME PERFECTION – is a damn cool little feature. There’s commentary by McTiernan. The classic, “IF IT BLEEDS, WE CAN KILL IT” making of that we all kinda love and remember. Then a whole host of mini-features around 5 minutes each, behind the scenes, special effects tests, deleted and extended scenes, a sneak at PREDATORS and if ya got a $5000 recliner, you can plug it in and shake your booty. This is the shit. Far better than the prior offering.

There’s not a whole lot more titties, but a little. It’ll do, but it won’t fulfill the dream. You know, of seeing Rob Corddry blow Craig Robinson. Which I was kinda honestly hoping for. I mean. They lost the bet. We were cheated! I really like this flick. Crispin Glover steals the whole movie as the one armed bellhop and the endless ITCHY & SCRATCHY gags they pull. Personally, I was kinda hoping for a special feature that had extended scenes of each moment being for real. But the filmmakers are not as goofy as me. But this is really really funny.

I liked this small little remake. It was just the right size. Perhaps not quite as subversive as the original, but then not much is. What this is for me, is an excellent survival story of pretty much the worst thing imaginable I mean, the situation these people in just truly sucks. And I don’t think it is getting any better. But that’s cool, that’s the story I wanted to see. The disc comes with some nice extras – and it’ll be interesting to see what Breck does with FLASH GORDON. Will it be his 300, like when Zack Snyder came off DAWN OF THE DEAD? Will the Romero remake blessing hit again? Because I like CRAZIES – a lot like I liked Zack’s DAWN OF THE DEAD. How about you?

I just found this such a disappointment. I’ll probably give it another watch with my lowered expectations to see how it settles, but I’m frankly not really looking forward to that. Maybe I was hoping for too much before, but damn I hated that first screening. There sure are some pretty moments… I think after CLASH OF THE TITANS – this might actually smell better, but that’s damning praise as well. We’ve had a rough year on Fantasy, eh? Hope they get those HOBBIT flicks sorted out!

Hey, Ernie Cline… Buy Me! You know, I’ll be honest… I don’t think I was a RUSH fan before Ernie Cline. His crazy enthusiasm and devotion to that old lunacy always made me giggle. This is just a fun little band documentary. I expect to one day attend Mr Cline’s birthday when he pays the band to play in his holy honor! I can foresee this day and I kneel in its honor. As for the doc… You’ll kind of need to see it before reading READY PLAYER ONE, it’ll help.

Johnny Depp narrates this feature doc on the famed band, THE DOORS. It is weird, I carry Oliver Stone’s feature like it is THE DOORS’ actual history. So it was nice to see this doc and sort of get a better grasp of the band. It really is quite remarkable. This 90 minute doc covers the beginning to The Lizard King’s death in the year of my birth. Highly recommended.

This really didn’t do much for me. Honestly. It isn’t terrible, but I just didn’t connect to the material. This is very cut-throat battles here. Lots of limb hackings. I like the cast, some of the battles, but it never really made me care much. Make of that what ya will.

THE LEOPARD (Criterion Blu)
Gorgeous transfer. Just hypnotizingly nice. But then you have Visconti shooting Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale… in an exquisite era and time. You literally must see the last hour of this movie. It is breathtaking cinema. Truly inspiring and wondrous work. Here’s what you get with this: Restored high-definition digital transfer Uncompressed monaural soundtrack The 161-minute American release, with English-language dialog Audio commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie A Dying Breed: The Making of "The Leopard," an hour-long documentary Video interview with producer Goffredo Lombardo Video interview with film scholar Millicent Marcus Original theatrical trailers and newsreels Stills gallery of rare behind-the-scenes production photos PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film historian Michael Wood

I never saw this last year. We watched this film oddly enough on Father’s Day over breakfast here at the house. And oddly, this film is about a man birthing two things… a child and an idea and how he changed the world and the perception of science and religion… pretty much ever since. Compelling work here. Nice early life pic about Darwin!

I don’t know about you, but I watched a shit load of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER as a kid growing up. It’s weird growing up to stuff like this. You look at it and your life is almost nothing like the one you’re watching, but you talk to your father or in some of your cases, your grandfather and this was closer to their idyllic childhood and less fantasy than many would like to believe. I kinda hated it when I found out what “Beaver” was code for. Ever since then, the dialogue makes me giggle when they say his name. I really do feel like Beavis & Butthead watching these. It is so stupid of me. But I can’t help it.

A Noir you’ve most likely never seen… and it is probably among the best untalked about Noirs. Broderick Crawford never got quite the blooding flowing the way the other Dicks & Dudes in the genre, but he was a rugged cool bad guy. They really have done a nice number on this first time on video or dvd. A true debut for folks, and absolutely worth a watch!

I’ve yet to be able to really watch this yet. Every single time I go to start it, I find myself interrupted or disturbed for the day. So I’ve never quite finished it. So I’d like to say, I’ve heard that a lot of people love it, I dig that it’s black & white, cuz that’s a good thing. But I’m looking forward to just dedicating some time watching it. Looks good.

RED VS BLUE: The Blood Gulch Chronicles: The First Five Seasons
The nephew and I went through this set last Saturday morning and he was a non-stop giggles and naughty laugh sounds. It’s a bit risqué, but this was little boy geekgasm material if I’ve ever seen it. And when I watched him watching this, it reminded me of the way I giggled at WACKY PACKAGES for some reason.

Technically the first disc I stuck into my PS3 I bought today. YIPPEE! BluRay problems are now history!!! Woo-Hoo! Combination of recent interviews and that awesome blurry video from the early 70s that’s like 7 full power blurs on Photoshop and washed out contrast. Or oversaturated. Love it. Damn fun stuff and crazy memories are shared.

Epically gloriously awful Sixties Sci Fi. I mean, it is just. Real. It was shot… like this… released in actual theaters… for real. I own a movie poster for this title. But you’ll groan, moan and giggle while you watch. Or maybe you’ll just complain. And you’ll drool for Mamie Van Doren with EarPlugs. It’s kinda fun to watch to just laugh at it all, but it is also not nearly as compelling as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.

Ok, it definitely delivers on the hot naked suicide girls, but this just doesn’t really work. Personally, I prefer the straight just nudity with no plot of the other Suicide Girl dvds. This, the horror messes with the innocence, but not in a good way. Just kinda nasty and unsatisfying. Such a mixed bag.

Amongst Seagal’s worst in my opinion. I really don’t care for it. Vern?

The film that started my nephew’s life long obsession with zombies. He was introduced to samurai swords and zombies in one fail swoop and it made him a cool kid for life. The film isn’t realistic, it is hyper-stylistic… the sort of zombie movie that a little kid can watch, then take a stick and hit trees doing sword movies and martial arts screaming. Classic awesome. For the record, I did not show this to him, it was my sister. I was showing him MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and the Black & White Harryhausen’s… ya know, working my way up to the color films. Starting him in Black & Whites.

God I want this to rule, because like the box art promises so much… but I’ve heard it is crap. Might have to see for myself.

Why civilization ever evolved from the hot hippie chicks sleeping their way across the country like a hitchhiking rainbow of awesome… I just don’t know. I think the world is too dirty now for the awesome joys of hitchhiking hippie girls of the 70s. I once was driving a 74 Thunderbird – and when I see these movies, I always put myself in that car and think… Yeah, hippie hitchhiker chicks… JUST AS A WARNING… Don’t double feature with HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER … it’ll give you bad ideas. So don’t.

William Lustig knows fun exploitation featuring Robert Forster, William Smith, Isaac Hayes, Bo Hopkins, P.J. Soles and Timothy Bottoms – all from a Larry Cohen script. It’s just kind of blissploitation. And because the director owns the releasing company, it’s loaded with extras… See: Audio Commentary #1 with Director William Lustig, Writer Larry Cohen and Producer George G. Braunstein
Audio Commentary #2 with Director William Lustig and Star Isaac Hayes
"Fire Stunts" with Audio Commentary by Stunt Coordinator Spiro Razatos
Deleted Scene
Gag Reel
Theatrical Trailer
Poster & Still Galleries But really, this is just outrageous fun.

I love period surfing movies. This one hasn’t been seen by anyone I know in 41 years. It is time that changed, and that cover has me clicking ordered. What about you?
That’s it for June. We kick off the next month next week with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, A SINGLE MAN, BROOKLYN’S FINEST, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (Blu), LAST MAN STANDING / LAST BOY SCOUT Double Feature Blu Ray, Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics, Vol 2. Then there’s Lost Keaton, GAMERA VS. BARUGON, STEAMBOAT BILL, JR (Blu Ray), LADYBUGS (Blu), EYEBORGS, LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS (Blu) and that’s frankly about it. Hey…. INCEPTION is close!!! Squeal!

Readers Talkback
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  • June 29, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Not the best lineup that I've seen from your past reviews

    by TheFlyingWasp

    But theree are a few films that I need to see on this list, especially The White Ribbon.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by detinue


  • June 29, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    you wanted to see rob blow craig?????

    by Six Demon Bag


  • June 29, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Ultimate Hunter Edition?

    by bat725

    Here we go again. Now, I feel like the big fucking idiot for buying that piece of shit Predator blu-ray that had a shittier picture than most DVD's I own.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST

    more like TRIPLE DIP EDITION..

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 29, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Early reviews for Predator:UHE Blu-Ray....

    by SubliminalJones

    indicate that the print has been mercilessly scrubbed with digital noise reduction (to remove the grain present in the original footage), and now looks like it was shot on video with vasoline smeared lenses.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    PREDATOR does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Not much on the home front this week.<p> Hate that PREDATOR box art. I know most of us guys have seen the film a bunch of times but what about the new generations that are picking it up to see it for the first time?... and there right on the box is a close up reveal of the monster.<p> All that carefully constructed mystery leading up to it's reveal...with the camouflage and the semi-glimpses... spoiled. Fucking weak. The thermal vision image of Arnie is far superior imho.<p> Also who did the cover art for that film THE LEOPARD. They printed the title right across the dude's face? Unbelievable ineptness like that makes me think the people that put these flicks out just don't give a flying fuck.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Crispin Glover

    by Series7

    In Hot Tub was one of the worst parts it was just so stupid. Fucking waste of Glover. It is only saved from being the dumbest part of that movie by the "Let's Get It Started In Here" cover, god that was embarrassingly lame. Luckily the rest of Hot Tub moves so fast they don't stay on a bad joke (Chevy Chase) for long.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Hot Tub Time Machine

    by alan_poon

    Loved it although I was mildly disturbed to liken myself to Rob Corrdry's character.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    HTTM is perfect for home viewing..

    by Six Demon Bag

    its basically a love letter to all things 80s and cheesy..<P>crispin glovers role was part homage and send up of a time travel cliche..WHEN AND HOW will it happen???<P>and putting him in close calls that get closer and more death defying makes it funny..<P>BILLY ZABKA RULES..

  • June 29, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Yeah PREDATOR only gets 2 out of 5 at for it's picture...<p> "This is revisionist re-releasing at its worst, and most film collectors —who tend to want films to look as close to their original appearance as possible—are going to be severely disappointed."

  • June 29, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I heard the new Predator

    by Series7

    Is too clean looking? That is just looks to clean and clear and fucks with the movie. Anyone else?

  • June 29, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    film grain is not always a bad thing..

    by Six Demon Bag

    id rather watch a semi grainy print of PREDATOR anyday..i dont want my films to look TOO me old fashioned, but i dont want my films to look like im watching a daytime soap.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    but cobes

    by Six Demon Bag


  • June 29, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    sorry got carried away

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 29, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Fox royallly f'd up the new Predator release

    by Trav

    Harry's right in that the print is better, removing artifacts and the like. The problem is that the DNR knob was turned to 11, so everything has been digitally manipulated to look like wax figures. If you prefer natural film grain to be removed in favor of a unnaturalistic look, this new Predator Blu-ray is for you. That said....this can be found for as low as $14.99 and includes all the special features from the SE DVD plus movie cash for Predators. So, you could do a lot worse value wise, but just be warned not everyone agrees the transfer is an improvement. Many consider it a travesty.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Why I will not get Blu Ray

    by Drsambeckett1984

    Just like Harry has said, his player never worked properly, and I dont know a single person who has one that did. <P> Certain players wont play certain discs, I dont have that problem with my multi region DVD player, as for the increase in picture quality; when playing discs in my xbox 360 on my HD tv look pretty damn good. <P> And it really grates that they put more extra features on the blu ray discs.

  • June 29, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    im still holding out for a CRITERION release of PREDATOR

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 29, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    why BLU RAY is a shame..

    by Six Demon Bag

    and sham...they have the capability to put so much shit on there..why release an inferior blu product (movie only) when a dvd has extra features..only to release a features laden disc later on.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    my dvds on my upconverting player look great to me..

    by Six Demon Bag

    my eyes really cant tell the diff anyway..

  • June 29, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Maybe Fox are trying to match up the old PREDATOR with the new PREDATORS... now it too can look as unnaturalistic, shot cheap on video, CGI green screen, as Nimrod's latest.<p>

  • June 29, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by Kavalier

    You really need to find time to watch The White Ribbon! It starts off closed, and almost confusing in its mysteriousness, but then opens up to reveal some very startling things. It really should have won the Best Foreign Language Award. Make some time!!

  • June 29, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Cobes, with all due respect

    by white_vader

    Criterion do pretty much across the board the BEST cover design. Did you ask yourself WHY they printed the title there and what it actually means/implies about the character? Criterion aren't inept dude. <p> But you were right about the Predator cover. That's about as stupid as that last release of Planet of the Apes with the statue scene as the cover. Jesus... <p> And (in general to no-one in particular) the whole point and promise of Blu-ray & high def, especially of catalogue titles, is that they're perfectly ACCURATE. That means if the film had grain, you'll get it. It will look like a FILM. Not an HD sports broadcast. The sort of people who think the DNRd stuff looks good are the types that get sold on the 200hz smoothmotion shit and use it to play movies instead of the native 24 frame mode, which is a big step over the half-arsed 3-2 pulldown method of DVDs. NOT "the look and sound of perfect" as in sanitised, inaccurate reinterpretations. Sixies, there ARE HD movies that do this. And they look phenomenal. Like you have the fucking answer print of the film yourself. <p> But it's no surprise. Before it was pan & scan. Now it's the digital scrubbing (DNR/digital noise reduction). Both take MORE work, and make the film look worse/less accurate. Don't make the mistake of blaming the tech. Blame the tradesman, not the tool.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST



    I'll watch pretty much anything with Crispin Glover in. THe guy's awesome.<p>HTTM sucked monkey balls but Glover was great.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Don't bag on greenscreen, it doesn't really matter

    by white_vader

    It's technically for all intents & purposes no different to the old blue screens. The colour is only based on it being the least similar to anything else in the frame so you can pop out your elements easily. But it doesn't actually need to be green, and hell, you don't even have to light that stuff so much with digital, which makes for better lighting on the characters. One of the only reasons for shooting bluescreen when using film is that the grain structure is smaller and allows for a better matte/cut out. But film is/can be so fine-grained now that even that isn't a big concern, and bright green works pretty well for film AND digital, so... There's a very ignorant opinion out there that digital is the devil and introduces heavy constraints & misdirection of filmmaker's intent. When actually actors can be MUCH more natural and effects can be MORE organic because of the RELEASE from technical constraints it offers. Most people have it very backwards. <p> My fave story is the Spiderman 1 one. Where it was a pain in the arse to shoot because they couldn't just go with greenscreen (because of the Goblin), blue, or the little-used red screen (because of Spidey). Ha ha! I feel bad for the poor roto guys though. That's a shit job, and a creative dead end. <p> Don't read too much into the Predator thinking. The last transfer was fucked too. And the marketing idiots actually believe this is what ignorant people WANT because their sports broadcasts look so nice and they just paid a lot of money for their telly to look all clean and sharp, goddammit! I had a guy at the Sony stor tell me the other day that it was the CUSTOMER'S prerogative to educate themselves about their televisions, not theirs. I'll remember not to talk to that guy again. <p> The best site is usually AVS forums for judging accuracy on screengrabs. <p> See ya back you-know-where in a bit!

  • June 29, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I wish Netflix...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...would rent some of these skinflix. Kinda sucks. At least I'm getting The Crazies in the mail today. Percy Jackson = total Harry Potter ripoff. I had to take my kid and HE LOVED IT! I'm hoping he doesn't notice the DVD release.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    criterion covers are frame worthy more often than not..

    by Six Demon Bag

    the earlier dvds not so much but they hit their stride and havent looked back.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    On October 26, <p>25 years since the day it was released

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    the Back to the Future trilogy hits blu-ray - supposedly including early footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly (either that, or it's footage from the Fringe alt-verse)

  • June 29, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I don't see how Amazon is getting a good deal on this

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    They give you DVDs (and perhaps extra cash?) in exchange for you reviewing and exposing them here on this site. But instead of reviews, you give a sentence or two description or, incredibly, excuses as to why you didn't even see the movie. <p></p> And the idea that Predators could be better than the original -- laughable. Of course you're going to give your good friend Rodriquez unlimited praise, but even you wouldn't be foolish enough to try and sell us on that one.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Predator One of the Most Rewatchable Flicks

    by Autodidact

    I haven't seen Predator as many times as I've seen Aliens, but it's damn close. I picked up the older blu-ray for $10 and have watched it end-to-end like 3 times in the past year. Love it so much.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Back To The Future...

    by SubliminalJones

    was released on July 3rd, 1985. So, technically, it'll be 25 years, 3 months and 23 days since the day it was released. But, great news anyway!

  • June 29, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    RUSH rules.

    by Sailor Rip

    Got tickets to the Time Machine tour for 7/21.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    next week STEAMBOAT BILL JR.!!

    by sherlock_junior

    Thanks Harry!! :D :D :D I can't stop watching this Blu Ray. I believe this BK movie has the most awesome comic timing moments ever filmed and the biggest amount of falls/stunts by Buster. Gotta love him 'stepping out' of a driving car! walking in a puddle, sliding neckfirst into a shot, standing in the window opening of a falling house!!!

  • June 29, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    LOOK AT THE BONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 29, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I've been waiting so long for the Stoltz stuff

    by white_vader

    Maybe he finally removed the stick and let them show it? Only took 25 years... <p> And STFU? Amazon loses money ON PURPOSE. You know? To pay less tax because they're not making a straight profit? <p> Yay for Steamboat Bill! The General looks amazing in HD.

  • June 29, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Stick with the older Predator release

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    yes it doesn't have the extras, but it's only like 10 bucks. The new release has been DNR'd way too much, the film almost looks plastic. The original release was said to have too much grain, but i found it to look natural. Please do not buy this new release DNR needs to be stoped

  • June 29, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    also harry, do you not actually watch the Blurays you review

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    This new version of Predator is not the first time you have raved about a disc that is generally a terrible transfer. I love movies as much as you but i'm also a home theatre fan and i can tell you when a transfer is bad. It really makes me lose faith in you when you can't see that an image has been scrubbed with so much DNR that it looks like a cartoon. I figured you were above the average joe six pack who wants all the grain gone. Grain is what makes a film a film and predator needs that grain

  • "... scenes of each moment being for real."<p>Hunh? I long for the day when BabbleFish includes a From-HarryKnowles-To-English Translation option. Or, since I have not seen the movie, does that make sense to those that have seen it?

  • June 29, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    The answer is - Visconte...

    by Juggernaut125

    ...and Italian film director is not sufficient.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    The moronic masses who prefer ( and get, it seems)..

    by SubliminalJones

    ...older titles like Predator so ridiculously DNR'd and cleaned up to look like a Fox Sports Digital Broadcast, are from the same camp as the dolts who used to complain about those "annoying" black bars on their DVD's that caused the picture to "shrink" on their TV's.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    big jim..

    by Six Demon Bag

    i directed hot tub time machine and EVEN I dont know what the fuck harrys talking about.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Rambo (2008) extended cut Blu-Ray only

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Which is funny considering most Stallone fans just made the switch from VHS to standard definition DVD.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Teenage Hitchhikers

    by Losteroo

    Harry, your double feature comment about "Henry, Portrait of a Serial Kill" almost made me spray coffee onto my monitor.<br><br> Awesome!

  • June 29, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    The holy Trilogy of Arnold films

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The Terminator/Predator/Total Recall with the 1st Conan nearest to them than any other.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Predator like Aliens should be grainy

    by Samuel Fulmer

    If it's cleaned up too much the scary monsters look like Halloween costumes, and not cool Stan Winston creations.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Did anyone read the Digital Bits opion piece on

    by Samuel Fulmer

    the downward trend in catalog sales. The basic gist was that people are sick of double and triple dipping just for very limited content upgrades (oh wow they added a 4 minute featurette!), and with Blu-Ray, people are getting fed up with sub-par transfers and added content that links to the internet.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    sam fulmer

    by Six Demon Bag

    yeah i read that piece..very insightful and the growing disapproval of transfers is one of the main reasons why ive yet to purchase a BR player.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Harry, Wacky Packages Freakin' Ruled!!!

    by Stabby

    Did you used to draw up and make your own Wacky Packages, too, like my friends and I did. I just recently found some of them. "Chock Full of Nuts n' Bolts Coffee."

  • June 29, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by Fuzzyjefe

  • June 29, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Best Blu ray release isn't listed here...NOTLD

    by mr dark

    Forgotten Films released on BLU RAY in 1080p Night of the Living Dead..Its an excellent print source,complete. Its listed on ebay for $20.00 including shipping or on Amazon for twice that amount. There are a few reviews out there and there all positive ..I got my copy last week and I was more than happy..The detail and quality is superb..Anyone who is a fan of the first film and has a blu ray won't be disapointed..This is the best this film will ever look till the Wienstiens get off their asses and give a full blown studio release of this masterpiece..The disc ships quickly about a week to get to me...enjoy

  • June 29, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    All I have to say regarding DVD is to

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Make sure you buy up the films that you like that aren't big catalog titles now, because they're already going out of print, and the way Blu-Ray is going, a lot of stuff is never going to make it to Blu-Ray (especially the smaller older films).

  • June 29, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Try again..Here's a question about the Green Zone Blu...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Bought it last week. Just started watching it on my PS3 (got about 5 minutes into it) when my brother came in with my 3-year-old nephew. Turned off the PS3 'cause I gotta be Hulk to his Wolverine (the kid knows more superheroes at 3 than I did at 13). Okay here's the problem. Next time I started up the movie, disc got to the menu screen, and THERE'S NO MENU CHOICES. The menu clips playing, shit blowing up, Damon running around; but there's no PLAY/SCENE SELECTION/FEATURES. I've removed the Green Zone file from the system, I've created a new user, I took the damn thing back & swapped for a new copy; no luck. Anyone have any ideas? Like I said it seemed to be just fine the first time I put it in. Since dice.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    My Blu-Ray player always works.

    by Deathpool

    Then again I have a PS3 and downloading updates is automatic.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Straight Time with Dustin Hoffman

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Came out a few years back from Warners and now it's out of print and going for 70 bucks on Amazon. Luckily I picked it up when it was still in print.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    A lot of uninformed opinion here...

    by 9000rpm

    I'm surprised by a lot of the BluRay comments. First off, Harry, why in the world would a movie fan like yourself buy a PS3 as replacement BluRay player? For anyone who really cares about visual AND audio quality - and who can tax-deduct the cost of the player - the OPPO is the recognized best of the best. It's like you're stuck comparing NBC to ABC for who makes the best TV shows and you haven't heard of HBO. Stop fucking around, spend the extra bucks, buy an OPP player and be done with it. Regarding upconverted DVDs looking the same as BR, again, the acknowledged best upconverting player is the OPPO. I've owned 3 PS3s as well as other BR players and nothing approaches the OPPO's upconversions. On the other hand, even the OPPO can't make a high quality (even SuperBit) disc look as good as a BR. So, if the best upconverter can't then don't even begin to say there's no difference between DVD and BR. Setting visual quality aside for the moment, an even bigger difference between DVD, PS3, BR, and the OPPO is audio performance. On a decent system HD audio is significantly better than DVD. That said, the weakest components in a PS3 and other typical BR players is the audio processors. Listen to a BR on a PS3 and then compare it to the same disc on the same system using the OPPO player and you will hear the improvement immediately. Okay, enough silly discussion of Samsungs (WTF) and PS3s, and anti-BR ludditism, everybody just get a job and buy an OPPO.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I have a Samsung Blu-Ray player that I bought...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    three months ago; and it works just fine. I had an initial run-in, with the Avatar disc (great effects, sucky story. Maybe my player just had good taste not playing it); but once I did a firmware update there have been no issues. The player even accesses my Netflix account and plays many of (but admittedly not all of) those selections in beautiful hi-def.<p> Harry, perhaps the fact that you were an earlier adopter, of the format is what your player's issue is. That shouldn't be the case, with a piece, of equipment that costs 3 or 4 hundred dollars though. Hope you have better luck, with your PS3.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Why did God give us the Suicide Girls?

    by Thrillhouse77

    Why, as a masturbation deterrent!!! <p> My favorite Neil Hamburger joke.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    samuel fuller ...straight time of Hoffmans best.

    by mr dark

    I don't get how a gem like Straight Time goes unnoticed and out of print so quickly. This film is one of Hoffmans best film and has some great moments in it..I guess theres no accounting for taste when films like this go out of print and the store racks are filled with shit discs that will become landfill..

  • June 29, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Yeah it was one of those titles I waited for

    by Samuel Fulmer

    years for it to come out, and when it did, I scooped it up. I just noticed the price and out of print status when I looked up another film on Amazon recently. But yeah, there's already a lot of films like that which are going out of print. I think Spielberg's Sugarland Express is another one, even though it looks like it's only going for 10 bucks right now (not the 70 of Straight Time).

  • June 29, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Thrillhouse 77

    by mr dark

    Thats no joke ...It's the truth..Those girls are the most un- attractive bunch of hole punched, grafittied out guttersluts I've seen..Whoever thinks thats the pinnacle of beauty in women needs to get their fucking eyes and then their head examined..I've got nothing against skin illistrations and piercings in general but I gotta tell ya those girls are not the cream of the crop..

  • June 29, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST



    Another great Doc by Fellow Canadian Sam Dunn.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Some more OOP off the top of my head

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Fat City, Scarecrow, California Split, and Obsession. So yeah, a lot of 1970's stuff. If you see it floating around at Big Lots for 3 bucks buy 'em up now, before they're going for way too much on Amazon marketplace or Ebay.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Suicide Girls


    One of the things that makes them hot is that they are smarter than what most people would consider ultra hot like your typical you can see ANYWHERE 1000 times a day blonde hair and blue eyed chick, plus most of them are geeks just like us.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Samuel fuller... yeah I waited for that one too.

    by mr dark

    I had a dub from its first showing on HBO from long, long ago..I mean beta hi-fi long ago..I always thought the acting was so realistic and the action was toned down to believability range.. I think Eddie Bunker (resivoir dogs) had alot of input on the film to capture the realism of a small time thief played so well by Dustin. Even Gary Busey gives a somewhat restrained performance along with harry Dean Stantons fine work..Great little film.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Mr. Dark speaks the truth re: NOTLD

    by Trav

    I also grabbed the Forgotten Films BD release of NOTLD. I got mine off of Amazon while it was still under $20, but it's good to see it's still available on ebay for the same price. All in all, a nice release for a public domain title and a bona fide horror classic. Especially considering the fact that we could be waiting a looooong time for a release from the Weinstein's.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    A somewhat restrained Busey

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Yeah that's amazing in it's own right. I guess the guy was a good actor until his personal problems caught up with him in the 80's.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    A Weinstein NOTLD Blu-Ray

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Would probably look too "clean." The Forgotten Films one will probably end up being the best looking one.

  • June 29, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Berserker ....

    by mr dark

    I guess beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder..but just to clarify..I don't think the blonde haired, blu eyed type is the pinnacle of beauty..I go for the exotic native type of beauty..Thai, Singapore,south american, less of the blonde, ditzy type is better by all means.. I'm sure that these Suicide Girls are probably a unique bunch of ladies but if I'm looking for beautiful attractive women I'm usually initially responsive to their appearence and then I take a look inside to see if theres anything going on upstairs..I'm sure for some it's the other way around but my feeling is if they are easy on the eyes I tend to be a little more interested..just sayin the truth not being shallow.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Thanks Trav

    by mr dark

    I do hope this companies gamble to release this pays off for them..I think it's the little guys that will make the difference when the studios just let the serious collectors down time after time.. I read the Digital Bits piece a few days back regarding the studios and their down sales numbers for DVD a Blu...It doesn't take a genius to see that the formula of the double and triple dip has come to a grinding halt. I hope the Big Boys in the studios all got this article emailed to them so they can understand that they really are missing the boat with the serious collectors out there. Kudos go out to Forgotten Films for the quality they put in to the transfer...There is just a slideshow for extras but I've got all the extras I need off the dvd releases.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Samuel fuller

    by mr dark

    I agree with both of your posts..The best performances from Busey was this one and Buddy Holly Story..That boy really let his personal demons fuck up a great shot at stardom..

  • June 29, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Versus BR

    by Jack Burton

    Oh it's about damn time. I was just thinking about Versus the other day and re-watching it from Netflix as I never got around to owning it. Anyone heard how the transfer/features are on this?

  • June 29, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Maybe the specialty labels with thrive

    by Samuel Fulmer

    now that the studios are giving up on a lot of their catalog titles. Criterion seems to be getting more studio stuff recently (Stagecoach, Bigger Than Life, The Fugitive Kind) and in the future (The Thin Red Line is coming in the Fall) and Shout Factory is putting out a lot of TV stuff that companies like Universal abandoned years ago (like Dragnet which is finally getting a season 2 release). Sure it will cost the consumer more, but at least it should be a quality product.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Loved the music docs...

    by Jaka

    Caught "When You're Strange" during it's EXTREMELY limited theater run and "Beyond The Lighted Stage" played over the weekend on VH1 Classic (in a slightly edited form, I'm sure). Honestly, I think I liked the Rush doc more because I didn't know about 3/4 of what they cover. The Doors, on the other hand, I was very passionate about for a good solid twenty years. Read every book about them and interview with them so "When You're Strange", while setting some things straight (according to the surviving band members) didn't actually contain any revelations. Everything in that doc has been discussed in other places multiple times. Also, the Jim Morrison look-a-like guy driving around the country "living memories" was kind of a waste of time. They could have just put more actual footage in there (in does exist in abundance) and it would have better satisfied their fans (my opinion, of course). <P>Totally agree about Percy Jackson, it disappointed. But I also think I'll re-watch it with the lowered expectations.<P>Hot Tub Time Machine kind of failed for me. It had funny bits and pieces, but it really wasn't a funny movie. And the whole Russian energy drink/commie storyline didn't deliver for me. I know they went back to the eighties, I get that. But we DID know what a soda can was in the eighties. So regardless of the different shape of the can, that just felt a bit forced.<P>Looking forward to checking out The White Ribbon.<P>Harry, dude, you wrote this really late and didn't proofread, right? There's a ton of sentences where you use the same word twice. lol Oh, and you should check out the new SG video "Guide To Living". I'm kind of over them (after being a member for six years), but if you like soft core naked girls with tattoos and piercings, that one pretty much kicks ass.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Just watched Beyond The Lighted Stage incl. extras

    by Neil Peart

    Yeah, this Rush geek had the day off so I was at Best Buy at 10 AM to buy this. Absolutely fantastic stuff and the "Dinner With Rush" feature is worth the price alone! A must-see for Rush fans.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Watch UNCLE SAM after watching JACK FROST!!!

    by david_boreanez_cunt_hairz

    I believe both are made by the same company. Jack Frost fucks Shannon Elizabeth with that carrot, "Looks like Christmas came early!" AND they break my heart in Uncle Sam when the kid burns ORIGINAL 80's G.I. Joe toys!!! WTF!! I'm a collector and that just kills me!! Use cheapo army toys next time!!

  • June 29, 2010, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by Righteous Brother

    Not a realistic look at a Ninja versus zombies? A wasted opportunity.

  • June 29, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by mr dark

    I bought the Bigger than Life release from Criterion and what a great transfer and fantastic film. I remember the first time I saw this film and was about the kids age in the film and when James Mason loses it with the kid I'd never seen anything like that on the screen. It was kinda a revelation to me..How good an Actor can be in portraying a normal dad gone nutso.. Always liked James Mason performance. It is for sure worth seeking out on Netflix if you don't want to purchase...

  • June 29, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by AliveSheCried

    That was Jim driving around the desert. All of those scenes were from the film Jim and his friends shot in 1969, around the same time as the Miami trial I believe. The film was called HWY, I don't think there was a complete script but the basic plot was the same as the lyrics to Riders On The Storm.

  • June 29, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    AliveSheCried, get the hell out!

    by Jaka

    Seriously?! Well damn, it makes much more sense that they'd include it in the doc then. I thought the guy looked insanely like Jim. lol But the footage itself was just way too clean and crisp. It looked completely different than the rest of the archival footage used in the doc. Cool, cool. Thanks for the info - appreciate it.

  • June 29, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    I applaud you, Harry...

    by SadCadillac

    I applaud you, Harry... It’s nice to see you being a little more selective for a change. Perhaps your recent brush with death has redefined your vision?

  • June 29, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Watch JACK FROST after watching GINGERBREAD MAN

    by Stabby

    starring Gary Busey

  • June 29, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST


    by Eddie_Dane

    Looks like the old insex website. Uh, or so I heard.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    RE: Harry's "dying" to see Predators

    by Stalkeye

    Poor choice of words my friend, especially what you just been through.<p>*Ahem* anyway, I'm curious about how well or not Predators could hold up against the previous two films. (AVP dont count for shit.)

  • June 29, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Today is Gary Busey's birthday.

    by Samuel Fulmer

    He turns 66 today. Do not celebrate it by doing certain substances then hopping on your motorcycle without proper head gear.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    AliveSheCried - Wow, super big giant thanks...

    by Jaka

    ...for the info on HWY. The rest of the title, An American Pastoral, actually rings a small bell in the back of the ol' melon. I know it's talked about in a couple of the books that have been written about him/them. But I honestly didn't know that was actual footage from the movie cut into the documentary. Very interesting. Almost makes me want to see the doc again. However, thanks to you, I'll very shortly be watching, HWY - An American Pastoral. It was pretty easy to "find", actually. Thanks again.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    The New Predator Blu-Ray is Atrocious!!!

    by Obnoxious_Username

    Anybody who praises the picture quality has NO business being a reviewer. Seriously, it looks like something Pixar put out. How the fuck can one who loves that film like what Fox did to that transfer?!? It was raped by a bunch of muppets who shouldn't even be allowed to run a projector. There are a lot of things in film where it's all based on opinion. But in the case of the new Predator print, anybody who think it looks good is flat out wrong. Fucking embarrassingly wrong.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    samsung has one of the worse BR Players.

    by Stalkeye

    Damn thing couldnt stream Netflix without crashing and I never had that problem with my Xbox 360 or PS3.It loads discs quicker than my LG 250 gb Player,(albiet noisy!) but streaming is for shit wether it's 'Flix or from my PC. Other than MKV playability, it's nothing more than a shiny black doorstop.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by AliveSheCried

    No problem, man. You're not the first person I've seen make the same mistake. I think it's the clearness of the picture like you said. Seeing the pristine quality of HWY was one of the things I enjoyed the most about the doc.

  • June 29, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    One Thing I Hate About My PS3

    by DutchRudder

    There are a few things but making ANY button on the Blu-Ray remote turn the PS3 on but no one button to turn it off. This pisses me off pretty much on a daily basis.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by PinkFloyd7

    Going to the show in Houston on 9/25. For some reason, Rush is avoiding Austin on this tour, so I have to drive 3 hours to catch a glimpse of Geddy's nose. I'm curious as to what the set list will be, although you can't really go wrong with "Moving Pictures" in its entirety.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Predator Ultimate Hunter Edition...

    by Joe Huber

    Rules! This is definately worth thee double-dip. If double-dipping upsets you that much I advise selling your previous Blu-ray. This one is definately the keeper here. I reviewed this myself over at and I agree 100% with Harry. Whoever those early reviewers are who said that this looks bad must have messed up TV's or Blu-ray players. It came off like a brand-new movie quality-wise. Some scenes have intentional blurring when a character is focused on while talking, but that's as-intended. Even though I got my copy free I would have bought this and been glad about it. The picture is expanded to fill your whole screen, but I didn't see anything cut from the picture and it doesn't look stretched or zoomed-in. Just no black bars. Some of the extra features are not HD, but a lot are. Everything is pretty much a huge step up. I'd buy it in a second.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Drsambeckett1984 Buy Blu-ray

    by Joe Huber

    I got a Sony Blu-ray S360 for $140 around Christmas and every problem people complain about I don't see on this player. It's older and cheap and kicks ass. The only problem I ever saw was the Disc's fault with the original release of Saving Private Ryan sound issues. I noticed something was up later in the movie when it looked like the actors were off-key lip-synching their lines but it was a problem with the disc. I returned it ( is great!) for a hell of a deal and I am absolutely happy with the new copy's perfection. If you have a good HDTV and you buy a good player, the rest is BS nitpicking. With Predator Ultimate Hunter Edition I don't see any wax-figure problems. In fact skintones and the like are way better than the initial release. I'm thinking some people are pissed about double-dipping and bitching about it. I can't believe some fans are complaining about a movie looking too good. Then again some fans on bitch about Blu-ray prices being lowered! No shitting! You just can't please some people.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by sonnyhooper that you have a PS3 do yourself a favor and buy the GOD OF WAR trilogy of games. <p> you can thank me later.

  • June 29, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    That's some laaaaaazy cover art for Hot Tub Time Machine


    Of all the things they could have done they went with a lame American Pie style cover complete with a faceless girls body in the foreground with 'Unrated' across her breasts... you know, to let everyone know it's naughty! <p> Fuck, there's even a squirrel humping John Cusacks leg like this is Furry Vengence or some shit. Bunch of amateurs... Fuckin' ass

  • June 29, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Wal-Mart regularly has BR players....

    by Jaka

    ...for $80 bucks now. But YOU GUYS have me all paranoid about buying one. My DVDs always play and they never require a firmware update.

  • June 29, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Man i wish i could go back to that time period.... it would be real mellow.

  • June 29, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Predator cover looks wrong

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    In Predator 1 his helmet was just glass sockets covering while in Predator 2 he had the net fabric over the sockets.

  • June 29, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    The White Ribbon

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...hands down the best film I saw last year. Or this year. Its a 2009 film, but I didn't see it till January. Oh well. Best of both years. Its pretty amazing.

  • June 29, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Red vs. Blue is hilarious.

    by TedKordLives

    That is all.

  • June 29, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I LOVED the "Crazies" re-make!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I thought it was the best horror film I saw this year, tapping into many of the things that scare me deep down in my core. The best horror films are little films. You can't frighten an audience with a massive budget and huge scale. Horror works best on an intimate level, and this film presents us with adult characters we can actually care about and root for. The scene where the girls are strapped down on the gurnies while a crazy impales anything that seems to be living taps into that nightmare state of not being able to move or run. This movie also has the single best car wash scene I've ever seen. Unlike the "Dawn of the Dead" re-make which had to compete with the memories of Romero's best work, I actually think this film surpasses Romero's early original. I heard whispers about Eisner reuniting with Olyphant in the "Escape From New York" re-make, which might finally get me excited about that project.

  • June 29, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Companies shooting themselves in the foot...

    by SK229

    with all this BD DRM bullshit. The fucking firmware updates on some of the BD players are out of control, and the average consumer who bought one has no clue, nor should they... they should be able to buy a fucking player that plays every single blu-ray from the first that came out to the last to come off the production line. I think studios and content delivery companies forget one thing - ENTERTAINMENT IS A LUXURY... its not a NECESSITY... you are not selling gas or water or electricity, you are selling fucking movies and internet access. So wise the fuck up. <p>Samuel Fulmer - Straight Time was on DVD? How the hell did that pass me by? I still have my VHS from which I made a DVD copy... also have my VHS (that I paid like $50 for a while back) of Panic in Needle Park. Scarecrow is one that I happened to get on DVD while it was out. It actually looks great on DVD, a truly forgotten gem. I've made shorts, an indie feature, and a web series, and it never ceases to amaze me the fucking poseur actors who will say Dustin Hoffman is their favorite actor of all time yet they haven't seen Straight Time. Ditto for Nicholson... it's like their love of him started with Batman and they never worked their way back to his actual good stuff like Carnal Knowledge and The Last Detail... are those out-of-print yet? Have 'em both... I actually am pretty secure in my late 60's/70's film collection... thank God I snap them up when I see 'em... except for Straight Time damn it!

  • June 29, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Blue Ray is kind of a joke.

    by RPLocke

    Most of the TV shows, and older movies are on regular DVD. Most of the Blue Ray Special features are the SAME as the DVD. In some cases, there's NO extras on Blue Ray. If I really need to see Dark Knight in HD, I can watch it on Demand.

  • June 29, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I've Done My Part...

    by Rebeck2

    Putting studio executives' kids through college. I have a huge DVD collection I love and if they think for one fucking moment that I'm going to start over yet again and re-buy them for the "Look And Sound Of Perfect", they're out of their fucking minds. They have gone to the well one too many times now. Blu-ray is going to be the 8-track tape of the future. Everyone can see where this is going - digital downloads, digital storage. Period. That's the true future. Me? I like having my long shelves of different colored DVDs just like I enjoy looking at my shelves of books. Not only do I not need "perfect", but as many have mentioned, if you get an upconverting player (as I did) you almost get the same thing. Movies used to be about CONTENT, now they seem to be about TECHNOLOGY - ooh, double-triple super 3D with smellovision and sensurround (haha, a blast from the past for old people like me). I'm fucking over it. I got all the best movies ever made, anyway...and I struggle to find a handful of new films every year worthy of adding to it. Let's face it: movies mostly suck these days. (Sorry)

  • June 29, 2010, 11:26 p.m. CST


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  • June 30, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Uncle Sam had the best VHS box ever

    by GhostDad

    I remember renting it because it had this awesome hologram cover. The movie didn't live up to it

  • June 30, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST

    rock and roll hall of fame < R U S H

    by dumbpeoplesuck

    Only music that gets played in my ride! RUSH! How can there be a rock and roll hall of fame without R U S H? Just a fun little band documentary? Harry! INDEED! R U S H is a legend. How many bands are there of this calibre that are still going strong? Unless you know very little about what you're talking about...that would be...NONE! You might guess by now I'm a little more than a rabid fanboy. I've grown up with this band, learned to play music thanks to this band, gained insights from the wisdom and philosophical aspects of their lyrics, and learned to respect serious, dedicated musicianship...and outstanding execution of such both in the studio, and on the stage. Nothing worth seeing on the screen? Find a R U S H concert to drive to. You have to experience them live to appreciate completely what these three superhumanly gifted musicians can do. Can't make it? Go buy their music from iTunes, put on some headphones (not those stupid crappy ear bud things...I'm talking REAL headphones...headphones like GOD intended) and indulge yourself. If Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach were alive today and formed a rock band, you'd get R U S H.

  • June 30, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    RPLocke, it's "Blu-Ray" you dumb fuck

    by MattmanReturns

  • June 30, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Are you trying to be funny?

  • June 30, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    No Locke

    by MattmanReturns

    it really is called "Blu-Ray".

  • June 30, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by Mundungus

    Last two studio albums(Vapor Trails & Snakes and Arrows)were brilliant. If you liked the entirety of your old Rush albums, but lost track of them over time, do yourself a favor get these two releases, they are essential. If you think Rush is still riding on a couple of successes from the 70s & 80s, you are not really too familiar with the band. <p> The last several tours were also incredible. I'd give credit to The Stones and The Who for putting on a great show at similar time in their careers, but in contrast Rush have been featuring new material that stands up with their best work, so it's not just a greatest hits show. <p> On the flip side, Rush is not meant for attracting the opposite sex. Not meant to be shared with your lady friends. If they get it on their own, great. Kinda like the Evil Dead trilogy in that sense.

  • June 30, 2010, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Harry, do I understand correctly?

    by MorganLeafy

    You haven't seen Das weisse Band, one of the best movies of 2009 (better than D9 or The Hurt Locker imo)? Shame on you!

  • June 30, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Set 1 Video Intro (Rash: The Real History of Rush) The Spirit of Radio Time Stand Still (Al on keyboards) Presto (video of an old magic show) Stick It Out (with original video playing) Workin' Them Angels Leave That Thing Alone! (with Time Machine intro vid) Faithless (new video) BU2B (video is old typewriter with lyrics to song) Freewill Marathon (with extended guitar solo?) Subdivisions Intermission Tom Sawyer Red Barchetta (short vid with Red Barchetta w/2112 plates - Daffy Duck driving?) YYZ (airplane lands in front of parliament bldg - red suit mover on Empire State Bldg like King Kong) Limelight (red suit movers on tightrope) The Camera Eye (scenes of NY/London) Witch Hunt (Red suit movers chasing litte girl witch through forest. Sausages on pitchforks for roasting on fire) Vital Signs Caravan Drum Solo (robot time machine drummer during new big band section) Closer to the Heart (new Al 12-string acoustic intro) 2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx Far Cry (same video as past tours, Al playing ES355) Encore La Villa Strangiato (Al and Ged playing polka on pedals and keys to intro song) Working Man (reggae intro) Video Outro (I Love You Man) <br><br><br> There is your Rush set list for the upcoming tour. I can't wait- I am flying to Canada from the UK for the show on 15th July!!! Rush are fucking awesome! Been following them now for 30 years!!!!

  • June 30, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Night Train to MUNDO FINEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    by The_Crimson_King

  • June 30, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Gotta agree about latest RUSH

    by Shpadoinkle

    Vapor Trails and Snakes and Arrows are fantastic. RUSH live though is where it's at. Favourite release of theirs is Exit...Stage Left which led me onto the RUSH in Rio DVD which led me to travel over to Glasgow to see them and consequently get blown right the fuck away. There's always some song on one of their albums that I revisit and am surprised to spend weeks playing over and over (must thank I Love You, Man for turning me onto Necromancer part 3) and I cannot fucking wait to see them tour all of Moving Waves! Wish they'd come to Ireland some time and save me a few bob. That new Predator cover is fantastic looking but i'd be highly peeved at having the non-transparent monster ruined for me. Think of the children! Think of the kickass nightmares you're denying them.

  • June 30, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    glad to hear the new Predator blu sucks

    by The_Crimson_King

    I already bought and watched Predator earlier this year and was at first dismayed that it was getting a double dip, however I actually like film grain so I'll pass on this

  • June 30, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    also, holy shit Back to The Future is finally coming to blu ray?

    by The_Crimson_King

    I JIZZED IN MY MOTHER FUCKING PANTS!!!!! good God I've been waiting for ages

  • June 30, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Uncle Sam VHS Cover

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Normal Uncle: I Want You!...turn the cover a little to the left or right to reveal...Zombie Uncle: DEAD!!!!

  • June 30, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Most 80's television won't go Blu

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That's my guess anyway since most of them from mid decade on were shot on film, but edited on video, thus the masters are grainy as hell. So no Star Trek TNG on Blu. The only way that will happen if the 16mm has survived and they plan on doing some kind of restoration project.

  • June 30, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    that leave it to beaver where wally and eddy

    by Crimson Dynamo

    chain lumpy's axle to that tree was pure comedy gold

  • June 30, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    DutchRudder and the PS3 turn-off

    by Bouncy X

    you CAN turn it off with their blu remote. you do it just like the controller, hold down the "home" button and then the option to turn off comes up.

  • June 30, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Still have the Toshiba A3 HD-DVD player...

    by SK229

    and that is the best fucking upconversion I have ever seen, bar none. It was worth spending $150 or whatever it was (also got a $50 'we're sorry' thing from amazon, and 10 free HD DVD's). I have it tweaked to perfection and it truly is something to behold... also have a sick collection of HD-DVD's that I got for next to nothing, so it's got that going for it too. But I'll watch A New Hope on there and swear that I've got it in HD... let's put it this way, I ALWAYS say to myself, "holy shit... it's like a different disc" when I pop in an older title on that thing on the 50" plasma and compare to a regular dvd player. Just makes you wonder how much further they could take upconversion if they really wanted to... (but obviously don't).

  • June 30, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Haven't seen them on tour since I was 11, will check out those more recent records one day, still a supporter. But I scanned for Harry's review of the documentary, and regrettably, couldn't understand what the hell he was talking about. Harry, you're the man, love the site. But sometimes, context is helpful.

  • June 30, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    PREDATOR" "SHARP"?????

    by FleshMachine

    its one of the softest, most DNR'd piece of shit out there. have you seen it? everyone looks like fucking wax statues..NO FINE DETAIL AT ALL!! once again harry shows us his opinions are totally useless.

  • June 30, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    No biggie. <p> Moving Pictures <p> Permanent Waves <p> Both great fookin albums.

  • June 30, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    White Ribbon and A Prophet were

    by colin smith

    by a distance the 2 best movies I'v seen this year. That Argentinian film that won best foreign film Oscar must be a bit special.

  • June 30, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    if this predator blu was predator 1 & 2.......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ....maybe I'd think about upgrading. But I'm also seeing way too many bad reviews of the transfer anyway. Maybe I'll rent it off netflix.

  • June 30, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray PS3 blues....

    by McFlix

    Hey, Harry - glad you're still with us! Hope your PS3 works better than the Samsung - haven't had any problems with my sons although I don't watch movies on it anymore because of THE STINKING FAN! It's so loud (and this is our second PS3 after returning the first one for same problem) it's like listening to a 50 year old refrigerator humming in the background. Not conducive to movie watching, far as I'm concerned. Have a Sony BX something or other blu-ray I bought at Costco for $130 a year ago and it plays everything. And the new Rush doc rocks. Saw it on Palladia HD music channel last Saturday. Great stuff, great guys.

  • June 30, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Asswipes and their upconverting players

    by Autodidact

    Do you realize a blu-ray has 2,000,000 pixels per frame, whereas an anamorphic DVD has about 300,000? Your bullshit upconverter is not magically restoring anywhere near 1,700,000 pixels worth of detail to the image. upscaling/converting players are for idiots who don't understand technology and/or lack the discernment to recognize a massive leap in picture quality, and/or lie to themselves to feel better about being a fucknut.

  • June 30, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Actually, Mattman, it's Blu-ray.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    If you're going to be an anal-retentive prick, at least be a right one.

  • June 30, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Yeah, ya tinny fuck-horn!

    by Toilet_Terror

  • June 30, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by ratfarts

    Big Rush fan...although unlike the hard-core fans, I'm not into the last few CDs. I thought it was great to see Trent reznor and billy corgan giving props to Rush(yeah I hard-core fans will say their music sucks...what else is new)

  • June 30, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    It's "One FELL swoop..."

    by grendel824

    ... not "one FAIL swoop."

  • June 30, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    R U S H

    by PinkFloyd7

    I remember some time ago, that asshat Bill Hunt over at the "Digital Bits" website was dissing Rush, saying that once you've "matured" and become "more educated", then you begin to realize how pedestrain Rush is, and he even had the gall to compare them to Kiss. I wrote him an email, telling him to go fuck off, and dissed his favorite band (The Police.) I told him that Stewart Copeland only wishes he could play the drum part on "La Villa Strangiato."

  • June 30, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Ummm, Stewart Copeland...

    by Jaka actually a pretty accomplished drummer. The Police also wrote some damn fine pop songs. But I would totally back you on emailing the asshat to call him on his bullshit. Rush is great, though. And they have never been pedestrian. Dude needed to look up the meaning of that word before using it.

  • June 30, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Harry HAS given fucked DNR passes in the past

    by white_vader

    Only the other week he said the Blu of The Good the Bad and the Ugly was fine when that one's a waxworks detail-free abomination too. Not quite as foul as Patton and The Longest Day or the original release of Gangs of New York, but still bullshit nonetheless. AVS forums did a comparison with the infinitely superior European Blu-ray. But we got the shitty one all over again in that box set he reviewed, make no mistake. <p> Good ol' Harry and all, this is almost the only TB I can be bothered with any more, but NEVER listen to his comments on AV quality. EVER. <p> And I thought most HDTVs did decent upconversion WITHOUT the need for an upconverting player. It seems like no-one knows this from the comments. I do buy top-end Sony Bravias (but factory 2nds which saves me thousands) and their upconversion is pretty good right off the bat, and configurable. This isn't the norm? <p> But yeah, maybe the naysayers have lousy vision, but for my money there's a WORLD of difference between even upconverted DVD & Blu, viewed at correct viewing distances based on screen height etc. If I'm back behind the couch on the treadmill, not much difference there picturewise (although colour fidelity is still much better). Sound though is still MUCH better. And it will be a decade before the world has downloadable movies that aren't compressed to shit or only 720p (only half the pixels, roughly a quarter the size). Unless of course the Blu-ray you're talking about is Predator...

  • July 1, 2010, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Bihllee, fiind me a vay howt uhv dish hohhle!

    by UltraTron

    Ihff et bleedz, ve cahn killit! GOAWAAH!! GET TWHHOO DAAH CHOPPAAHH!!! GLIIIIIiaaaaarrghhhaaaaah !!!!!!!!!!

  • July 1, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    I can't believe how incredibly......

    by CSILevel3

    GAY you make yourself out to be!!! Feeling cheated because you didn't get to see one dude blow another. Bet you are unhappy you didn't get to watch father and son bang a chick too....damn man...

  • July 1, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by mrbong

    it's really hard to believe that the man who gave us Predator and the 2 best Die Hard films also managed to do Rollerball and Last Action Hero, isn't it?

  • July 1, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I want more AVP!!

    by darthwaz1

    No need to bury that franchise!!

  • July 1, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Great- you finally got a ps3. Now you can play Uncharted 2

    by UltraTron

    and heavy rain, red dead and god of war 3. And you can start downloading blu-ray movies or burning them to a massive server somewhere in your house. Then you watch 1080p movies off your server through the ps3 and never bother with putting a blu-ray in. You can even do the uncompressed audio if you have the right gear. Movie server is the ultimate way to go. And of course if you can also download every European Blu so you can avoid shitty American dnr-filled transfers

  • July 1, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    I agree. If any franchise needed a reboot it's AvP. Set it in space, in the future(obviously), Colonial Marines, write a , now here's the grabber, good script.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I agree with Sailor Rip

    by The_Crimson_King

    AVP had a ton of potential and of course modern Hollywood fucked it up

  • July 1, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by TheDollyLama

    You are just adding to a problem that is becoming terrible. Please go here and educate yourself. It really disheartens me to see you support a disc that is pure crap and can lead to more studio crappy treatment of their catalog titles.

  • July 1, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    sorry for added space in URL

    by TheDollyLama

  • July 1, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    keeps adding space in the URL

    by TheDollyLama

    not sure why, just remove the extra space when copying and pasting so the link will work.

  • July 1, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    The Crazies is terrible

    by homer40

    I have long been a fan of Romero's original. Everything about the original works, and nothing works in this awful remake. There is no tension in the script, it just lays there. One of the things that made the original so creepy was the sexual aspect of the craziness, which has been completely removed. The infected are just blood thirsty, well, zombies. The group we follow is just so uninteresting that its' unbelievable. Gone are the father/daughter. Now, all we have are the sheriff, his wife, her nurse, and the deputy. None are the slightest bit interesting. Gone is the plot about the doctor trying to find a cure. Gone are the scenes in which the government tries to deal with the crisis. This is just terrible, terrible movie making. I recently read Roger Ebert's review of Punisher-War Zone, and he remarked that it used to be that you count on a bad movie being badly made. Not any more, this film is very well made. The cinematography is excellent, and the actors do well with nothing to work with, but the movie just sucks. A couple of questions. Why, if the group is trying to elude capture, do they walk down the middle of the highway at every opportunity. How did the wife of the guy from the baseball game have time to tie up the sheriff's wife. If the sheriff turned off the water supply, why is there water in the car wash sequence? There's probably more, but I'm not going to watch it again to find out. Don't watch this film, watch the original, which, with it's non-existent budget, choppiness, and wildly uneven acting, is a million times better than this pretty Michael Bay pretty film. This is one of the worst films I've seen in a long time.

  • July 1, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo": ANIMATED VINCENT!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    That's right, the complete 13 episodes of "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo" was also released on DVD this week, which means we can all watch an ANIMATED VINCENT PRICE! That's right. Not only did Vincent Price narrate the opening credits (ala "Thriller"), he also appears in the show as the world's greatest mytic, Vincent van Ghoul, and he is drawn to look exactly like VINCENT PRICE. Now I'm not going to sugar coat anything else about this series. It can't hold a candle to the amazing first two seasons of "Scooby Doo". It takes Scooby in a weird direction. First of all, Fred and Velma are absent. Secondly, all the ghosts are real. Third, Shaggy wears a RED shirt! But you get an ANIMATED VINCENT PRICE in a Scooby Doo cartoon. What else could you want?

  • July 1, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Digital Bits has called the Predator Blu "A DISASTER"

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    FROM DB...."Let me be perfectly clear: The new Blu-ray is an unmitigated disaster. You remember how awful Patton looked? Well, the new Predator disc is every bit as bad." Jesus Christ as bad as I want to support blu it's shit like this that makes me not even give a fuck. I was also one of the people who held off on buying Paramount's startrek 6 movie box set blu's b/c there was a ton of shitty reviews for that as well. When are these greedy cocksuckers going to put some effort into what they sell to the public????????

  • July 1, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    fat rancor keeper

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Answer: When cosumers stop buying every new release just because it's Blu-ray. When nobody buys bad transfers, they'll stop releasing them and start releasing whatever people will buy. Money talks.

  • July 1, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I tend to agree ^^

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I'm a huge movie lover so I just think these films should get the best presentation possible. In the case of Predator it's a shame they couldn't find a happy middle-ground between cleaning up the movie vs completely destroying all grain and making it look overly smooth or blurry in many cases. This is shit that they should have down to science at this point - not still be learning as they go.

  • July 1, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    homer40- a bit of movie watching advice

    by BanditDarville

    It's fine if you don't like a certain horror movie. Each to its own. However, I've found that overanylizing minor un-realistic plot points will keep you from enjoying an otherwise fun horror movie a lot of the time.

  • July 1, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Predator transfer

    by j-bot

    The has the most dnr I've ever seen in a disc! But having said that, I kinda didn't mind it. I've been watching grainy old Predator since I was a kid. It was kind of a nice change...

  • July 1, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Unfortunate Predator Transfer

    by Dr_Sasquatch

    Harry, I hope you approach your reviews from the perspective of a "film" fan. DNR blows...

  • July 1, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I can't get upset about "Predator" while I've got--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    HANNA BARBERA ANIMATED VINCENT PRICE! Vincent is even dressed up to look just like Doctor Strange! Blu-ray can't improve ANIMATED VINCENT PRICE!

  • July 2, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Harry shat the bed

    by Star Hump

    on his mention of the Rush documentary. It's a great documentary. period. If you love rock and roll you're going to enjoy the hell out of this. It's very well done, tells a unique story, has a great set of interviews and is very funny to boot.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Grain is the new "black bars"

    by Autodidact

    Film lovers suffer so that the nooblets don't have to see something that 100% belongs onscreen.

  • July 2, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Eisner's The Crazies......1000 times better than Romero's.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Romero purist's can scream and bitch but it's true. The original Crazies was not a good film to say the least. I love Romero but I'm a realist - he gave us the best zombie movies ever made without doubt, plus some other greats - but he is definately hit and miss and his original of the Crazies was a bit poor. Eisner's was a real treat, a gem of a horror movie amongst all the crap released this year. He picked the right leading man with Olyphant, that guy is great in everything he does - I'm just glad Eisner is the guy helming the new Flash Gordon, an absolute sacred character to me - I'm hoping he uses Olyphant again in that role.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I have to agree with homer40

    by 9000rpm

    The Crazies was just plain stupid. Hmmm, the sheriff knows the town has been quarantined and no one is getting out but he thinks it's a great idea to try to drive out of town. And when that 'idea' ends horribly badly his next thought it...let's walk down the highway! Then lets walk down the highway again. Then let's drive a truck down the highway. Dumb plot points like that cascaded one atop another and finally the whole thing was just insulting. Add to that the really uninspired ending and The Crazies is reduced to nothing more than a blatent cash grab.

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  • July 2, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    To be fair 9000....

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    .....I'm not sure what other choices he had. The film showed quite graphically that by the end the military had murdered virtually everyone in town. The sheriff and his wife only avoided that, and narrowly at that, due to getting out. During the time they were in town they were at risk of being killed by townsfolk and military. Walking down the street was actually the safest option - at least by doing that they had reaction time to approaching threats. If they'd hugged walls and alleys they'd have run right into people they had no time to react to. So of all the charges that could be laid against the film, yours don't really hold up because as far as I was concerned - in a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation - they generally did the best they could've. The bit that bugged me was where the sheriff knowing what was happening would let his wife wander anywhere without him at her side as in their house allowing her to get attacked by the wife and son of the guy he'd shot. Minor quibble. Drama has to happen somehow. But the writing to The Crazies was nowhere near as bad as you're making out.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    9000rpm...don't knock the PS3...

    by HarryWannaBe

    There's nothing wrong whatsoever with the PS3's Blu-Ray fact (last I'd read anyhow), the PS3 is THE in-house Blu-Ray player at Criterion! Sure the OPPO player is fine and dandy, but it also doesn't offer any streaming content...not that that should be the deciding factor of a Blu-Ray player purchase, but with all its bells and whistles, why NOT have streaming content on the OPPO too?

  • July 3, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    the new PREDATOR Blu-Ray looks atrocious!

    by HarryWannaBe

    Check out this screencapture (from's review)... Schwarzenegger was 40 when PREDATOR was made, and in that image his skin looks like that of a 12 year old's! And take a look at his polo shirt...apparently it was made of plastic and not cotton! The DNR use on this transfer is a crime. I'll take Harry for his word (or not) on how good or bad a movie is, but I'll never take his word on how good a Blu-Ray transfer looks...I'll save that for the various professionals of other sites that do nothing but review such transfers and have an actual understanding of them.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    those who are still against Blu-Ray...

    by HarryWannaBe

    Some of the excuses through this Talkback for not getting Blu-Ray are pretty ridiculous. Sadly, though, they're mostly just uninformed. Someone said, "if I want to see 'The Dark Knight' in HD, I'll watch it on On Demand."...sure, if you want to watch a compressed image paired with inferior sound quality. With Cable, Satellite and even're only getting 1080i at best, which means the HD is compressed... As opposed to Blu-Ray where you get a full 1080p (yes, I understand that technically Blu-Ray HD is also compressed, but it's not to the extent of that of cable and the others). With Blu-Ray you (can) also get full, uncompressed audio. So no, "DVDs played on [your] X-Box 360 to your HDTV" do NOT look even close to how a Blu-Ray would look. Now...don't get me wrong, I also understand the complaint about the content being put on to some of these Blu-Rays, some of them are fantastic and far too many are not. But you can't blame the format for that. You can only blame the studios for the content getting put on or being withheld from Blu-Ray discs. Sadly, the double- and even triple-dipping will always be around. That's because in another 3 years, your favorite movie will be celebrating it's 10th or 15th or 25th or 50th anniversary...or the director will come up with 7 new cuts...or any number of other factors. But here's the one is really forcing anyone to purchase these discs again. And if you do want to...then just sell the one you've got already, sure you're not gonna get near as much as you paid for it to begin with, but at least you're not stockpiling the discs either. Bottom line is this...Blu-Ray is a fantastic format...there's really no need to wait on adapting to it.

  • July 3, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Dark Knight not a good example dude

    by white_vader

    That blu-ray has some crummy ringing & edge enhancement. <p> But yes. It's not the tools or the format, but the tools who USE the format, whether disc or download. And yeah, a lot of so-called 'HD' downloads are only 720p. Half the pixels. Quarter the size (roughly). And then there's the quality. If you can compress an HD online flick to the size of a single-sided, single layer DVD, that oughtta tell you something about the quality you're getting. If it looks fantastic to you that's fine, but you're no judge of quality to naysay Blu-ray. Of course there's nothing to say that you CAN'T have a 50 gig downloadable file with amazing quality. Blame the tradesman, not the tool. Of course for the general majority of the world's population that dl situation is a dream in any decent speed for the next half a decade at least. So there's that. <p> And I can't believe after all this time there are still people saying that somehow they're being MADE to replace their older stuff. Garbage. Of course the studios would like you to. But they also wanted that for DVD and Laserdisc. And SuperaudioCD, DAT, CD... and so on. Whatever, whiners. My old stuff still works, and I still play them on various formats. I only update my favourite stuff, on my own terms. Think for yourself, whingers.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Damning with faint praise Harrywannabe

    by white_vader

    PS3 IS a fine player. Period. Yes, Criterion use it. Yes, there are top-end or even standalone players that can beat it. But for 9000 to be comparing apples and oranges is disingenuous. And childish with his shitting on one to shine the other - too bad he can't deal with the idea of more than on/off or positive/negative. Forget streaming, you're not gonna convince him anyway. And there's decoding and then there's processing for speakers and direct passthrough of an uncompressed stream to an amp. Not necessarily the same thing. Also depends on the audio stream you choose. My PS3 has played blu-rays roughly every single day for the last 3 years. And done it well. <p> Of course, Oppo are pretty good too. Lexicon tried just sticking a 500 dollar Oppo inside their own chassis and charging an extra 3 grand for it. They woulda got away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling reviewers!

  • July 3, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Predator Blu Ray is the best its ever looked.

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Sure theres a couple of scenes where the DNR makes Carl Weathers skin look like plastic, but since he's playing a black G.I. Joe doll, it didn't bother me. The colour and detail is amazing and the features on the disc are awesome. Sorry technerds buI don't agree with you.

  • July 3, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    The negative reviews of Predator Blu are way off

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Go to and check out the user reviews, but skip the first few as these were clearly written by lying fuckers who hadn't seen the disc at all. The people who have bought it CANNOT fail to be impressed. This new print is the dogs.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST


    by HarryWannaBe

    How can you say the "negative reviews are way off" and then back that up by referencing the user reviews? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the users are idiots, but I'd wager that a good number of them aren't as experienced when it comes down to the technology involved in creating the transfers like most of the "professional" (for lack of a better term) reviewers from those sites are. Thus, they just see a pretty picture and think it's just fine regardless of how the original film is meant to look. Personally, I'd love to hear John McTiernan's opinion on the matter (and Donald McAlpine's as well)...I'm inclined to think that they didn't want their film to look like it was rendered by Pixar!

  • July 3, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    new Pred transfer..

    by Kontarsky

    Watched it with friends last night and thought it was good quality, but not in the sense of lots of detail and having some grain. If you want the grain and extra detail, don't bother with it.

  • July 3, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I meant 'early' negative reviews were off

    by HarryBlackPotter

    so as to contrast with what people are saying now which is more positive. I admitt the print is startlingly clean and the digital manipulation means it looks like it came out in theatres last year, but all previous prints used for home conversion were appalling. But it would be interesting to get McTiernan's opinion.

  • July 4, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Boycott Predator UHE Blu-Ray

    by CitizenD

    Terrible transfer. Wondering if Harry saw the same disc we did? Or if he has Jedi powers to make the picture sharp.. Maybe he intended to write fucking believably unsharp? But i doubt it.

  • July 4, 2010, 4:46 a.m. CST

    HarryBlack no, not both

    by white_vader

    Sure it's waxy-clean and the edges are sharp. But amazing detail? Nope. Even if you shoot digital there's one hell of a lot more detail and texture than what's on this disc. Sure, you may like things like this, but don't make the mistake that this was anything like the film actually looked. If you want everything including film to look like a compressed digital sports broadcast on an HD set, that's fine and it's your prerogative. If you like the black G.I. Joe look, fine, and you get a point for ironic humour. But you're dead fucking wrong that it looks good in the sense of the original source it should be an accurate reflection of. An old film looking like HD is the tail wagging the dog. <p> Those negative reviews are off in YOUR subjective opinion based on your own bias. <p> By the way, even if you hate grain (which cannot be successfully separated from detail when film is the source as one IS ostensibly the other), just crack open a fucking manual and you'll find you can DNR the thing to death with your TELEVISION. It makes no fucking sense to do it on the disc itself so that people who actually know something about this stuff have to put up with shitty, lowest-common-denominator, kowtowing-to-the-ignorant-masses approach. The others are right. This IS pan & scan all over again.

  • July 4, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    The rendered by Pixar putdown

    by white_vader

    Is another bad example HWB, if well-meaning. Considering that they make great movies and are digital, and the only stuff that looks plastic for the last decade is the Toy Story stuff (and that's on PURPOSE). Use some shitty digital garbage production or company to make a better analogy. Who made that Hoodwinked shit? What about that ugly Jimmy Neutron garbage?

  • July 4, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    My honest opinion of the new PREDATOR blu-ray transfer

    by JDanielP

    Watching on a (Nice!) huge plasma (over 50"), I nearly laughed at the plastic look of the red shirt and human skin. However, beyond that point of the opening scene, once they leave for the jungle, I was appreciating a visual upgrade. <P>When they sweat in the jungle, skin looks far more real. I would trade up for this new release in a heartbeat, despite the unforgivable look of the opening scene.

  • July 5, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Joecooler2u-Predator-Killing the Art

    by Gigol-o Joe<p> I implore you to see the travesty for yourself in this comparison. Sure the 1st bluray was an over-compressed Mpeg2 hack job, but it is to date the best copy you can get of Predator.<p> Everyone else, please understand that those of us that are bothered about our digitally besmirched film heritage are going to get pissed off and (hopefully) vocal about what may, to the layman, seem like the deranged babble of obsessed technophiles.<p> I and many others are fighting uphill to make sure that the world's back catalog is not lost to the video/soap-opera look that seems somehow to be the rage of late.<p> Bear in mind that even with the enormous quality Bluray has to offer, the corporations are churning out homogeneous processed product that is making the format pointless.<p> The easiest route would be to take as direct a transfer from the film negatives without the need for digital filters which aren't needed at 1080p.<p> Look for the best examples of Bluray and you'll find a sharp - almost 3 dimensional image as the original film would have looked - grain is essential to this. The "Ultimate Hunter Edition" looks like the "Scanner Darkly" effect was added but on a slightly lower setting..

  • July 5, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    THE CRAZIES is ALOT of fun

    by thatfilmlover

    great movie, great remake, I shall add it to my "great modern remakes" list for use against the next douche bag that claims they all have no merit.

  • July 6, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Remember too Gigol-o that you can get that look

    by white_vader

    WITHOUT doing anything to the disc! Just as most HDTVs have native upconversion, they ALSO have DNR/smoothing, for those who want everything to look like ESPN instead of a film. Also the fakey colour saturation AND over-sharpening these ignoramuses prefer. It's all there on their telly! Leave the master alone!

  • July 6, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Ha yeah Harry, pimp the

    by white_vader

    "Predator: Scanner Darkly edition"! <p> But Joe, don't get simplistic. There is a degree, a TINY degree of downsampling/compression or smoothing in certain parts of the tonal range that always needs to be done to eliminate redundant chatter after the exponential curve flattens out. But should never be to the point where it's noticeable. And of course nowhere near the amount of compression in any downloadable movie. If you do it right, even old codecs like Mpeg 2 can yield amazing transfers full of INTENTIONAL grain, like the Blackhawk Down BD. You also get grain confused with the 3d effect. I get ya though. The Host is a great example of that. And Scanner Darkly -very funny dude.

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  • July 6, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    white_vader - my Pixar mention...

    by HarryWannaBe

    I actually borrowed that from (if memory serves) and certainly wasn't meant as an insult to either Pixar or McTiernan...but rather to show a misunderstanding of intention of how the film is meant to look. Actually, I'd praise Pixar if they were able to produces something that looked like the screenshot that I provided (not saying that they can't...), it'd be an interesting film in that case. So basically, as real as the thing that Pixar creates, we understand that it's fake...and that was what I meant when making my comment, that the new transfer of Predator (based on the screenshots I've seen and reviews I've read) look fake when we know it should be real (or rather "live action").

  • July 6, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Always respected you & your opinion, Harry, but

    by Kremzeek

    I gotta know what drugs you're on to think the new Predator transfer looks GREAT! If you wanted to see Predator as filmed by Pixar, then sure I guess it's cool. But any true film fan should be appalled by this transfer. Arnie looks like he's made of waxwork. The DNR is waaaaaaay overboard. It looks terrible. Can't fathom where you're coming from on that one, big guy. No disrespect meant, but you're doing the film industry a HUGE disservice by publicly praising the new transfer - which is the exact opposite of what I thought AICN stood for.

  • July 6, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    And Oh noes...

    by Kremzeek

    I used the Pixar analogy. Boo hoo. Yes, Pixar rocks, but I'd rather they stay away form Predator - a film I'm not even a big fan of! I just really abhor the overuse of DNR on FILMS.

  • July 7, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

    I getcha Harywannabe

    by white_vader

    It's just that the Pixar thing is more complicated and therefore not the ideal analogy. I read Thedigitalbits every day, and it's generally great, but Bill sometimes mixes his metaphors in the name of enthusiasm too. And look, Dstrange below you has just simplified it for the wrong reason even further. <p> Especially if you look at stuff like Wall-E - they got the Coen's cinematographer in because they WANTED the signature look and feel of seventies anamorphically-shot sci-fi. Grain in that respect wasn't an issue though as much as lens aberrations and the softness you get from anamorphic. <p> And even there it was in service to the tone of the story. The softness and focal lengths were calculated to make a blocky, ostensibly un-relatable robotic shape both isolated and capable of intimacy in the shallow-depth of field and warm palette with soft focus they employed. Incredibly astute stuff that most people don't even realise, even as it works on them. <p> Yep, Pixar is not a good example of plastic-y digital filmmaking to use.

  • July 7, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by white_vader

    Harrywannabe and I were both being respectful about it. Why don't you go that route instead. My point of view is absolutely pertinent here, and I even offered alternatives. If you're actually trying to argue the point, it just doesn't make sense to use the paragon of smart digital filmmaking for a muddled reasoning of why something looks like crap. That's all. Fair? I agree with you anyway - yes DNR on FILMS suck.

  • July 7, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Sorry OVERUSE

    by white_vader

    or DNR on FILM, for the reasons I had already stated. Cheers dude.

  • July 8, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by Kremzeek

    I may have gone a "tiny" overboard with my "what drugs are you on?" comment, agreed. If you look at my post history you'll see the majority of my posts are level-headed and respectful. Good call on your part. But I definitely stand by my post. I'm still just utterly shocked Harry can profess that kind of flowery positive review of that transfer. It just goes against everything I thought this site stood for.

  • July 8, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

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  • July 8, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

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  • July 9, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Cool drstrange

    by white_vader

    I gotcha. And agree, who knows what goes on in that bloodnut? But remember how he pimped HDDVD because they gave him a shitload of free stuff and 'sent the boys 'round' to convince him? That reminds me, no-one's really ripped on him for Harry chose [whatever], here's why - in AGES! <p But remember too, even Michael Bay, who if nothing else can make a pretty picture, made a MASSIVE public fool of himself about "drinking the Blu-ray Kool-aid" and that when the HDDVD guys showed him 300 he was a true believer. <p> The most hilarious thing about THAT was that HDDVD (yes, it was pretty great too, and the transfers, the most important part, were generally also great) was the kool-aid he drank, because that incredible transfer is bit-for-bit EXACTLY the same vc-1 encode on both formats. Down to the pixel. Idiot!

  • July 9, 2010, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Actual Predators entire movie, already out!

    by white_vader

    A couple of days ago. If you don't live in the States I guess...

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  • July 11, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

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  • July 15, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Gigol-o Joe, I get what you're saying...

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    that picture was bad & I noticed it during the movie. The truth is that most of the movie-going audience (the mainstream viewers/buyers) will look past an imperfection for the most part. I do feel for all of you who felt burned by this release especially those of you who are die-hard Predator fans. I consider myself a die-hard fan and own every release of it I know about. No doubt they could make money on it in a future edition, but I'm sure they have a return policy (especially Amazon which is great at this). It almost always pays to be patient. Waiting for a review like on where they cater more to an audience like you is a pretty good idea. The movie is now $13.99 but Amazon seems to be having better deals lately. I find myself agreeing with Harry here, but we all have opinions and are entitled to them. Movie reviewers tend to pay attention to the movie more than the little things because a mainstream audience can pretty much care-less about imperfections, all they see is that the movie mostly looks good. Now I understand the agrument for keeping grain in a movie like Predator. It's part of the look like it was with Terminator and Grindhouse etc. Now a site like is what you go for in technical aspects, quality of picture, sound and other stuff. Personally, I wouldn't mind if movies released a grain and grain-free options like Planet Terror did. Wouldn't that be cool? They could please more fans than they do now. Unfortunately price is the bottom-line. I know the same fans will be upset if a collection like Alien Anthology coming out in October, did the same thing. In cases of Sci-Fi movies like these they should try to please everyone. They could have had a second disc with a remastered version of the original Blu-ray release and all the extras. Me? I'm keeping both Predator Blu-rays. I'm a bit of a completist that way, but that's just me. I like both editions.

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