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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 2nd wk of Sept 2010: STARCRASH, BREATHLESS, THIRD MAN, CUCKOO, SE7EN, TWILIGHT ZONE, MANDINGO & more!

Hey folks, Harry here… A day late, but definitely not short on the column this week. It is another doozy. I only got about halfway through the first night, and I spent about 7 hours tonight writing on it. Luckily, next week looks light, so I’ll definitely crank that one out on time. I’ve seen most of the titles already. This week is a tremendous week, much like last column. Amazing titles, none moreso than the first. As usual the pictures and links take you to AMAZON where you can learn more on the title – and if so motivated, you can purchase it, which gives a little to help keep this column going. It is all very much appreciated. This column is tough to do – especially when there’s as many titles as there are this week – and especially when those titles are as awesome as many of these. Again, it is my pleasure to have no sleep, but this to share. Enjoy… Tuesday, September 14th, 2010




STARCRASH ( Roger Corman Blu Ray)
Caroline “Sweaty Titties” Munro on Blu Ray. Caroline Munro wears the most insanely skimpy “sci-fi fetish outfit” in the history of science fiction. And she wears it, incredibly well. You also get Christopher Plummer, who apparently has no memory of ever shooting this film… and it looks like it. Then there’s the nearly jailbait David Hasselhoff – who is insane in the film. And then there’s this crazy Robot faithful sidekick… The word I heard was that the producer of the film, had seen STAR WARS and told the director Luigi Cozzi that he wanted him to make Star Wars. Star Wars hadn’t opened in Italy yet, so the director read the novelization and decided to do his own perception of STAR WARS. The result is something unforgettably hokey, cheesy, camp and bugnuts fucking insane. The giant robot that does the bidding of this Amazon space force. Or how the Robot Companion and Caroline Munro survive certain death on a frozen planet – will BLOW YOUR MIND! That this movie found its way to the pinnacle of Home Video formats this quickly is a bit of a miracle. That the BluRay is outfitted with extras like these – is an absolute delight! New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) And DTS 5.1 Surround Sound Audio Commentary By Writer And Starcrash Expert Stephen Romano A Look At The Film’s Special Effects With Special Effects Director Armando Valcauda Including Unused Footage, Rare Photos, Original Drawings And More New Interview With Writer/Director Luigi Cozzi (aka Lewis Coates) New Interview With Actress Caroline Munro Discussing Her Time As Stella Star And A Look At Her Career Extensive Stills Galleries Including Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters, Stills, Original Production Art And Storyboards Behind-The-Scenes Footage With Commentary Deleted And Extended Scenes Theatrical Trailer Theatrical Trailer With Commentaries By Eli Roth And Joe Dante, Courtesy Of Trailersfromhell 12-Page Booklet With Liner Notes By Stephen Romano The Original Script (DVD-ROM) God Bless Roger Corman – and I’ll tell him so myself when he arrives at FANTASTIC FEST later this month!




THE THIRD MAN (Blu Ray)
I know, didn’t Criterion just come out with a Blu Ray? Yes, that is true… And it is an absolutely stellar edition. BEAUTIFUL. So – what is this Blu Ray – and do you need it? 1st… The CRITERION Blu, which I do prefer, is currently out of print. And if you try to buy it online, it starts out at about $64.99. This edition is $29.99. Now – the StudioCanal Collection BluRay isn’t a slouch. It has an audio commentary with Guy Hamilton and Simon Callow. There’s an interactive Vienna tour, THE THIRD MAN radio play, An audio interview with Joseph Cotton and Graham Greene, like Criterion – this has Cotton’s alternate opening narration, among a few others. So if you have the Criterion, I wouldn’t recommend rushing out for this… but the special features are kind of fun to check out, and the box art is awfully purty… Just depends, how much do you love THE THIRD MAN?




BREATHLESS (Criterion Blu Ray)
God I worship Jean Seberg in this. She’s one of those women on screen that you just hopelessly fall for. If you’ve never seen BREATHLESS, imagine BEFORE SUNSET with a sense of urgency & threat. If you haven’t seen Linklater’s BEFORE SUNSET, I’m not real sure what I can point you at that could give you a sense of this film. Cuz, that’s a clumsy way of communicating the sublime wow of BREATHLESS. Jean-Paul Belmondo is a cop killer. But he is also a man. A man that has women on hooks. And when the heat gets too much, he focuses upon the French-speaking American girl. Neither of them are stupid. These are people that have chosen to be in the situations that they are in. She knows he isn’t a good man, or at the very least she suspects, but that’s what attracts her to him. He’s not crazy handsome, but he is kinda dreamy in a square-jawed Jeff Goldblum kinda way. But as a filmgoer you fall in love with the pair of them. I can’t help but admire the effortless cool with which Jean Paul Belmondo carries out his crimes and then effortlessly pours on the charm as though he had just gotten his car from the parking garage. He’s a scoundrel in that Han Solo kinda manner – and this film was most definitely an influence on George Lucas. BREATHLESS is exactly its title. An utterly BREATHLESS experience. A film about two people in love, that are the dangerous versions of ourselves. Godard was a consummate film lover as a critic, and with BREATHLESS he shared that love with the rest of us. You can not be a film geek and not love BREATHLESS.




ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (Blu Ray)
I like the book edition Blu Rays that Warners puts out – but while I personally like the presentation of the book format, I do hate the lack of extras that usually accompany those editions. THIS is a full release for one of the great American films. The Transfer is gorgeous, you get a commentary by Milos Forman, Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz. They have an 87 minute documentary on the making of and looking back at this classic film. There’s also a 52 page Hard Bound book in here, a reproduction of the press book, a deck of playing cards with character images on the faces. There’s also 4 mini-poster reproductions from it’s worldwide release. And then there’s additional scenes and the trailer. So if you love this film, this is the set to have. As for the film – it’s fucking ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST! It won a shitload of Academy Awards and nobody was arguing about them, because it obviously earned each and every single one of them. The acting, directing, writing, photography, everything. It was absolutely the best film of 1975 – and it is Jack Nicholson’s greatest role. He’s fucking magnificent. The sort of role that gets you jumping out of your seat afterwards excitedly talking about how they don’t make movies like this anymore, then someone brings up Aronofsky – and then I say, I fucking love Aronofsky, but I’d bet Aronofsky would say he hasn’t made a film as perfectly perfect as ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST. Just amongst the best films ever.




SEVEN (Blu Ray)
Here’s one of those Warner Brothers Book editions – but unlike the early ones – this is loaded with extras – but most importantly – this is a full 2.35:1 transfer – contrary to what the Amazon site says. The print is fucking gorgeous. Features commentaries with Fincher, Pitt, Freeman among others. Additional and extended scenes, alternate endings, there’s an “Exploration of the Opening title sequence from multiple video anges and with various audio mixes and 2 commentary tracks. There’s Production design and still with commentarires. This has THE NOTEBOOKS: Full motion video details “John Doe’s” Writings – warning – don’t lose your mind reading this stuff! There’s also a special feature on creating the image and audio for this edition with compares and contrasts to previous editions. Now – SEVEN is why David Fincher owns my ass in a seat forever and a day for every film he ever makes. SEVEN is tremendous. Brilliantly crafted. Writing that is just as sharp as it ever gets. The sound design on this film is extraordinary. The image is lickably grimy in a John Waters sense. Every performance in the film is a career best. And in many ways – the same can be said for Fincher. I think he has continued to make tremendous film, but nothing that gives me quite the cinematic rager that this one does.




THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Season 1 (Blu Ray)
If you even have to think about this purchase… beyond the consideration of the financial outlay… We might not be compatible soul mates. Classic TWILIGHT ZONEs are crack for me. I’ve been watching these alternating discs with the Boris Karloff THRILLERS casually for the last two weeks. And I can instantly see the difference. There’s film elements that have been scanned for these Blu Rays – and you can see how crisp the images are. Plus – here’s the extras you get: Extremely rare, never-before-released unofficial Twilight Zone pilot, "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling and hosted by Desi Arnaz 19 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author and film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic Television), author and music historian Steven C. Smith (A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann), music historians John Morgan and William T. Stromberg, writer/producer David Simkins (Lois & Clark, Dark Angel), writer Mark Fergus (Children of Men, Iron Man), actor William Reynolds and director Ted Post. Interviews with actors Dana Dillaway, Suzanne Lloyd, Beverly Garland and Ron Masak. “Tales of Tomorrow” episode "What You Need." Vintage audio interview with Director of Photography George T. Clemens. 1977 syndication promos for "A Stop at Willoughby" and "The After Hours." 18 Radio Dramas 34 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith and others! Set also includes: Audio Commentaries by actors Earl Holliman, Martin Landau, Rod Taylor, Martin Milner, Kevin McCarthy, and CBS executive William Self. Vintage Audio Recollections with actors Burgess Meredith and Anne Francis, directors Douglas Heyes and Richard L. Bare, producer Buck Houghton and writer Richard Matheson. Rod Serling Audio Lectures from Sherwood Oaks College. Rod Serling Promos for "Next Week's" Show. Original Unaired Pilot Version of "Where is Everybody?" with Rod Serling's Network Pitch. Footage of the Emmy Award wins for the series




PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
Here’s a film that is utterly absurd, but it sure is pretty to look at. I’m just not sure that I actually like it. The whole absurd casting of this tale, I can dismiss due to my love of Kerwin Matthews playing Sinbad. I did think we were past that period of overt anglification, but we aren’t. I long to see a great Arabic actor play Sinbad, in a completely epic SINBAD film that save for language, is devoid of English influence. My dream would have been to see a young Omar Shariff, directed by David Lean with effects by Ray Harryhausen, back in the day… But that is a dream. I’d settle for Naveen Andrews as Sinbad, even if he is of Indian origin, but the world completely believes he’s Iraqi thanks to LOST. BUT back to PRINCE OF PERSIA… this is a light-hearted adventure that never fully takes off for me. But I like the leads, but found the film awfully safe and ultimately a tad boring and predictable. That said – I did enjoy Jake and Gemma’s chemistry, which I thought was the best thing about the film. There’s tons of extras, if you care.




FRINGE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
The single greatest problem with getting this column in on time this week, besides a certain Comic Artist friend of mine, has been FRINGE’s 2nd Season. Usually, the way I watch most TV shows is as I work. Now, I can’t work during TRUE BLOOD – I’m too invested in every nuance of that show, I love FRINGE. I watched the first season in a two day orgy of watching, this season… I divided it up, I’m about halfway through as I write this. The last complete episode involved the parasitic worm plotline. The single greatest actor that I feel is working on Television today is John Noble. I remember watching Mr Noble play Denethor as he heard young Peregrin Took tell him about the fate of his son, Boromir – and I could not take my eyes off of Noble. He was absolutely magnetic, brilliant and a complete surprise. As Walter on FRINGE – he’s amazingly eccentric, in a truly unique take on the “mad scientist” type. For people that dismiss this as X-FILES… they simply reveal that they haven’t been watching the show. Yes, they’re investigating strange incidents, but where the show has gone thus far this season… it seems incredibly fresh to me. I’m dying to learn more about Nimoy’s character and that plotline… but this is outstanding and if you have lots of work to do… I don’t recommend picking it up, it will suck you in – and right now, Walter is talking about Brain Transplants and how you would do that… and I believe every word Walter tells me – and last episode, he couldn’t remember how to get home. I love that. This is a fantastic show – dive in.




GLEE: 1st Season
I’m told by everybody that I’m friends with, that I will love GLEE at a primal level. I watched one episode on my iPad – thought it was cute, but it didn’t force me to watch another. That said, I imagine when I crack open this set – and start with Episode 1 and go through the last episode, that I’ll probably be a full fledged member of the GLEE squad. Right?




LETTERS TO JULIET
Ok – I admit it, I’m kinda bonkers for Amanda Seyfried – and home video has conspired to put 4 different Amanda Seyfried films in front of me in the past month – and there’s been a great deal of erotic and sensual work by her. Here you have a PG Romantic Comedy – and while I absolutely hate Gael Garcia Bernal’s character (but not his performance) as written, I found myself suckered into liking this thing. It’s about as obvious as my belly, but lovable all the same. But the real jewel here is the casting of Franco Nero in the film. I just can’t believe that the people making this were cool enough to hook Vanessa Redgrave with Franco Nero. But every second he’s on screen, I could hear my dead mother “coo” in my head. She loved Franco Nero passionately. I saw a great deal of his movies under her mania – and just seeing him in this movie, made me miss watching this with my mom. She’d have loved seeing him here!




AMERICA: THE STORY OF US
I didn’t go gaga for this series – but my nephew LOVES it – and anything that makes a 10 year old get giddy about American History is a good thing. I don’t necessarily believe this was made for folks that read every history book you could get your hands on back as a student – this is something that will trigger in younger viewers a desire to learn more. So – if that sounds appealing to you and you have a youngster that you want to get headed in that direction, this might help.




THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
I hate this. I hated it in 1983 and I hate it today. I’m not going to say it is bad, this is beloved by too many for me to go there. I simply can’t stand the songs or the production. For me films like this were why people were so hesitant to make Pirate movies until Johnny Depp swaggered about. Musicals can be a tricky business – you either love a style of music or you hate it. The musical, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is fingernails on chalkboards for me. That is the sad, but real truth about this film for me. For the fans that love it, this has been a long time coming. It has finally been released on DVD – and it looks good. I just don’t like it.




MONSTER HOUSE (Blu Ray 3D Version)
MONSTER HOUSE was tremendous in theaters in 3D. It is the best of the Robert Zemeckis involved Performance Capture movies – and I believe this is only the second BluRay 3D release after CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS… I’ve seen some of that disc in the proper set up and it does look good – but home 3D is a difficult reality. The best most effective way of seeing 3D is in a manner that involves peripheral vision. Meaning you need to be close enough to the screen that the vision of the film fills your field of vision. You get a more intense sense of motion, depth and involvement. Sitting back, makes it feel less and less remarkable. Like it isn’t worth it. Most home theaters simply don’t have seating for an entire family that would provide the best field of vision for 3D – if you have this kind of setup – then this is absolutely the way to watch this movie!




THE BLACK CAULDRON: 25th Anniversary Special Edition
I like the hell out of BLACK CAUDRON. I was 13 when I saw THE BLACK CAULDRON – and I’ve always dreamt of seeing in in 70mm, with the crazy in-theater special effects – I seem to have ancient memories of reading about how there were special presentations that used laser projection on mist down the aisles of the theater during the big Cauldron sequence. I might be crazy, but I swear to God I remember reading something like that in Starlog back in the day. Am I crazy? I can’t find anything online about that – so I could be delusional. Here’s the extras… Deleted scene: The Fairfolk: Join Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi, and Princess Eilonwy as they travel into the depths of the earth, and meet the Fairfolk • The Witches’ Challenge Game: In order to defeat the dark powers of the Horned King, you must get the magical sword. The sword is held by the Witches of Morva. Solve their riddles and the sword is yours Plus classic DVD features: • Still frame gallery – Gallery of behind-the-scenes artwork and photos • Theatrical trailer: Original theatrical trailer • Quest For The Black Cauldron: Race to reach the Black Cauldron before the evil Horned King does in this trivia game • Trick Or Treat: Donald Duck cartoon from 1952




THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (Blu Ray)
Probably the single most fun Zombie film in the history of the genre. AND – the best hardcore rotting animated corpses ever designed. At the FAMOUS MONSTERS convention earlier this year – a great deal of the cast was on hand – but at 3 different conventions this year, I’ve spent a great deal of time with William Stout – the production designer of this film – and I have to say… this film is probably the rosetta stone that defined my sister and mine’s friendship. This movie scared the living shit out of her. She was 3 going on 4 when I showed it to her. I was 13 and thought it’d be cool to torture my sis with this film. But after the film – when she was particularly freaked out – I pulled out my copies of Cinefantastique, Starlog and Cinefex and showed her how they did it. That it all began with pencil and paper, then clay… then latex and rubber and rods and hydraulics – and then the movie became pure fun for us. I’m hoping to pick this and the next disc up later today – so I don’t know if this is loaded to the gills with extras – but I certainly hope so. Throughout this year, there’s been a great deal of opportunity to have the cast together to do extras. If it isn’t on here, I’ll be perturbed.




INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Blu Ray)
I love the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS – and I remember listening to my father and his friends talk very skeptically about how this version would never even come close to comparing to the original. They were convinced it would suck. This is one of those rare cases of a remake being superior or on an even keel with the classic original. I love the cast, that freaky dog, the way the pods work here. Sutherland is amazing. Goldblum is amazing. Nimoy – gives my favorite non-STAR TREK performance – and it scared the bejeesus out of me as a kid – and as an adult. This is a truly great Science Fiction Horror film. W.D. Richter knocked the screenplay out of the park. I find myself quoting the, “If it is a caper, then you eat it!” all the time. And whenever a friend says something alien, I can sometimes be found leaning my head back and doing the mouth agape and point. This does have a commentary by Kaufman, a doc, but otherwise is pretty light on would could have been far more extensive an extras collection.




BLOODSPORT / TIMECOP (Blu Ray)
I have a weak spot for both of these films. In particular, I really do like TIMECOP quite a bit. You don’t get any extras, but you get double the Dammage for the price of a single film. You know who you are, but you’re excited about this.




JACOB’S LADDER (Blu Ray)
I watched this 3 nights ago – and I’ve been digesting this movie since I saw a preview screening during my freshman year of college – and I’m still not sure what I think of Adrian Lyne’s bad trip movie. It looks damn sharp on Blu… but don’t expect it to seem any less convoluted or dense as it did 20 years ago. Jesus. Was this really 20 years ago?




THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Blu Ray)
Those of you that held off buying the Theatrical cuts on Blu Ray – probably did a smart thing, buying them separately, now that they’re being released that way will save you $15 (if you get all 3) plus – you get a disc of extras (standard def) that you wouldn’t get in the set that released earlier, but that are all things you already have if you have the DVDs. So this is yet another money grab. You can’t really blame Warners too bad, giving how much they’re sinking into THE HOBBIT – and the possibility that it could all go south… They’re probably under pressure to create gold from this straw. We’re all waiting for the great editions – and those are nowhere in sight. Sigh.




THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Blu Ray)
This is the one that I watch most separately from watching the Trilogy – but I watch the trilogy about 4 times a year, mainly because Yoko watches these films everytime she’s sick and not feeling good. They’re her warm blanket. Personally – I just love the battle of Helm’s Deep deeply. How about you?




THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (Blu Ray)
All 3 of these have the same standard def DVD of extras, but nothing you’d clamor for… But if I didn’t already have this as a set, I’d run out to pick them up, just to have these in Blu Ray to watch at home. BUT – I’ve had the Blu Rays for a while now – and when I watch the Trilogy, I still grab my DVDs of the Expanded Edition. I watched them initially just to see them in the higher, stunning resolution, but even though the image isn’t as solid, I prefer the expanded editions greatly. WARNERS – do a BRILLIANT JOB and work CLOSELY with Peter and Weta to make those EXPANDED EDITIONS the greatest releases the format has ever seen. Just like the Expanded Editions were to DVD releases. Right?




MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE?
When I heard that David Lynch was producing a Werner Herzog film starring Michael Shannon and Willem Dafoe… I was expecting something amazing. Ultimately – I just didn’t like the movie, though I desperately wanted to. Beaks did though, so you may too. Quint didn’t though.




DELICATESSEN (Blu Ray)
One of those films that made me seek out foreign films while I was in college. When this opened in Austin, and we saw this – there was a euphoria that has never left this town. This played a long time here. In Austin, we’re big fans of Cannibalism. And we already giggle about it. After all – we are home to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE here. And this film helped make Austin weirder – simply within the local film loving scene. Jeunet & Caro blew us away with this – and Studio Canal has done a great job here. Your special features includes: Audio Commentary with Jean-Pierre Jeunet. “FINE COOKED MEATS” by Diane Bertrand: The Making of Delicatessen. The Archives of Jean Pierre Jeunet. “Main Course Pieces” Retrospective Documentary But honestly – Darius Khondji’s cinematography and this production design demands Blu Ray treatment. And if you’ve never happened to see DELICATESSEN – I truly envy you.




UNLEASHED (Blu Ray)
I much prefer the title DANNY THE DOG… but the studios do love their ONE WORD titles that seem ridiculous – But DANNY THE DOG is Jet Li’s best English language film and performance. Bob Hoskins is fantastic here – and this is essentially quite similar to the HD-DVD that Universal put out forever a go, but this is the first Blu Ray release!




GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN Live 1973: BILLION DOLLAR BABIES TOUR (Blu Ray)
Here’s the concert film of Alice Cooper’s 1973 BILLION DOLLAR BABIES tour. Clocking in at 100 minutes – Shout Factory has put out another great Blu Ray Rock experience. This even has commentary by Alice Cooper himself – along with “play concert only” option, delted scenes and outtakes. If you have always wanted to see Alice Cooper when he was scaring every parent on the planet – this is it. You don’t see concerts like this anymore.




THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (Blu Ray)
I still prefer the original, mainly out of pure nostalgia – and the fact that in the original – that exact mirror tile that is in Brolin’s bedroom – was in my parents bedroom – and our house was pretty spooky too. And had crazy goings ons. I do, however, enjoy the hell out of this movie. And will never forget walking through a room with several thousand flies – as did EVERY member of the special Drafthouse Audience – including Ryan Reynolds himself! That was a crazy cool event. I still have the façade that was made to look like the AMITYVILLE House. Which is still the scariest looking house ever. This isn’t great, but it is quite a decent scary movie.




BOOGIE WOOGIE
Yeah – here’s another of those Amanda Seyfried films that has me going gaga for her. Actually – this film has two other past obsessions, which still feed my dirty mind. Heather Graham and Gillian Anderson (Yes, I have a Scully crush!) This film is about an Art Scene that scares the hell out of me. These people are all pretty loathsome, especially Danny Huston and his obnoxiously self-congratulatory laughter. But my favorite actor and role in this belongs to CHRISTOPHER LEE. BOOGIE WOOGIE is the title of a painting by a master that Christopher Lee knew personally in his youth. It is the centerpiece of his Art Collection – and his wife and the loathsome urchin that is always around, continually plot to sell it – Lee would rather die, then see it go within his lifetime. He has invested himself in that item. This is something I completely understand. It is how I feel about my original KING KONG 1-sheet. I sold movie posters for the majority of my life. It is my favorite film, my favorite poster that I could ever acquire – and I’ll die owning it. But watching Christopher Lee express this same sort of feeling… is CLASSIC! This is a sexy film – everybody is fucking everybody – and it is a society that I could give a shit about, but damn the ladies are hot and Heather Graham in a Lesbian scene… well, I’m easy sometimes. Ok. A lot of times. But at least I know what makes me easy.




RETURN OF THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS
Is this really the first domestic DVD release of this? This is a BUTT-NUMB-A-THON classic – at that particular BNAT it was known under its far better title, CRIPPLED AVENGERS – and I know you’ve probably see a lot of martial arts films – but have you ever seen paraplegic martial arts? There’s all manners of disabled martial arts going on here – and IT WILL BLOW YOUR FUCKING MIND all over the wall behind your chair or couch or headboard. This is one of Chang Cheh’s most astonishingly outrageous and brilliant films over his amazing Shaw Brothers career. Fight choreography unlike anything you’ve ever seen – or are likely to ever see again. The stuntwork is the sort of work that you playback to friends to show them shit they’ve never seen before. This – this is a favorite new thing in your life. OR – you clicked instantly upon seeing it –because you know what this title is and how fucking jaw-droppingly amazing this movie is. One of my favorite films to whip out and mindfuck folks with.




FEAST (Blu Ray)
Another FANTASTIC FEST bit of fun! I remember everyone expecting this to be a trainwreck after following that crazy Weinstein Television experiment – BUT – the surprise was on all of us – when we laughed and jumped and squealed with cult movie fun. I don’t get very scared by it, but it does get me giggling through a great deal of it. If you want that type of horror film – this is one to get. Here’s the extras that Amazon says are on this: “The DVD includes a smattering of outtakes and deleted scenes (including an alternate ending); commentary by Gulager, the screenwriters, and two of the film's numerous producers; and a making-of featurette, which Project Greenlight viewers should find interesting solely for producers Chris Moore and Michael Leahy's attitudes towards Gulager (both were a hair's breath away from firing him throughout the production, but here, amusingly suggest unconditional support).” I’m definitely picking this one up.




AFTERSCHOOL
An incredibly disturbing and cynical look at today’s wired youth that learn behavior from BREAK.COM apparently. Watching this will give you second doubts about having kids – or having the internet and having kids. Very very disturbing film. You have been warned. Only for people that thought KIDS and BULLY were “cool” – like me.




PORNO
This Portuguese language sexual oddity is really fucking bizarre. There’s Lesbian Erotica set to Jerry Goldsmith’s STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE Ilia & Decker theme. There’s a scene where a guy gives a girl a big, live, creepy looking Grasshopper to masturbate with… she allows the grasshopper to stroke her clit, and she acts like (or really is) brought to orgasmic bliss by the grasshopper. She dismisses her lover, and puts the bug back to work as the soundtrack belts out “BORN FREE!” There is shit in this movie that you can never unsee. I’m serious. But you’re likely to laugh like a hyena throughout! Not really hardcore, but disturbingly hot – especially when they use the Goldsmith music for Lesbianism. That’s just somehow perfect.




DOLEMITE: THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE (DOLEMITE / THE HUMAN TORNADO / PETEY WHEATSTRAW / DISCO GODFATHER / RUDE / THE LEGEND OF DOLEMITE / LIVE AT WETLANDS / THE DOLEMITE EXPLOSION)
If you like BLACK DYNAMITE – you really do owe it to yourself to see the real thing. DOLEMITE MOTHERFUCKER, that’s where it’s at! I’m so happy I got to meet the legend before his time allotted on Earth was interrupted by an unbelievable battle in the afterlife – and I’m convinced if anyone can come back from Death’s domain, it would be DOLEMITE! DOLEMITE, where are you when we need you most? Those first 4 titles are bliss. And I’m curious to see THE DOLEMITE EXPLOSION. If you love things to be outrageous – this set is for you!




MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS (Blu Ray)
Ok classic comedy fans – this is our first glimpse of Laurel & Hardy on Blu Ray. Now, personally I would have preferred WAY OUT WEST first – as it is my favorite Laurel & Hardy film – but I’ve always enjoyed MARCH OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS – there’s some amazing sight gags and the usual overload of charisma from these two wonderful performers. The elegance with which they make you laugh is just absolutely delightful. I’m hoping this is a good release – I could do without the COLOR version, all I’m looking for is a great crisp 1080p B&W copy – and that’s allegedly on here.




MANDINGO (Blu Ray)
Can you believe MANDINGO is on Blu Ray? Veterans of “The 7th Voyage of Butt-Numb-A-Thon” may remember the awesome of DRUM – this is the prequel to that film (which came out first, making DRUM the sequel) Ken Norton plays the title character – James Mason plays the evil plantation owner – and he does it with relish and zeal. Directed by Richard Fleischer, scored by Maurice Jarre… the insanity of this film gives us incest, shocking interracial acts (at the time) and actual nudity. Susan George must be seen in this. Remember, MANDINGO lit the fuse and DRUM is the explosion… hopefully that’ll hit Blu Ray soon too!!!
Next week we get the Director’s cut of ROBIN HOOD, SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND 1st season, TINKER BELL & THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE, AMERICAN BEAUTY Blu, EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOS, 1st season of THE HUMAN TARGET, CHARADE (Criterion Blu), THE SECRET OF MOONACRE, Joseph Campbell on POWER OF MYTH with Bill Moyers, HE’S YOUR DOG CHARLIE BROWN, ONDINE, 1st season of BORED TO DEATH, PEACEMAKER (Blu), THE EXPERIMENT, GAMERA VS GYAOS / GAMERA VS VIRAS, VIGILANTE (Blu), GAMERA VS GUIRON / GAMERA VS JIGER, FANTOMAS: FIVE FILM COLLECTION and that’s about it. A much lighter load than the past two weeks – it will be on time.

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  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    When you watch the sex scene in Mandingo.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...between the slave and Susan George, you can practically picture the director telling the black actor, "Shake your lower lip when you climax. Really shake it. Let your lower lip hang as low as it can go, and shake it." <p> The ceiling shot of the slave lying between Susan George's legs after coitus was reproduced in Traffic with the black drug dealer lying between Erika Christensen's legs. It's meant to provoke shock and visceral emotion in the audience.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST

    well done for finishing this post Harry

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Third!

    by TrigPalinsBodyDouble

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Isn't Naveen Andrews English?

    by beastie

    I thought he was born and raised in England. I don't know the semantics of what would make him Indian.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

    by mikedog44

    I enjoy your column weekly,but How can you leave off one of the funniest TV shows around in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Their best season came out on dvd yesterday

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    What"s David Letterman doing on that Jacob's Ladder

    by skimn

    DVD cover? And Naveen Andrews was born in London of Indian heritage. And yes, I could definately see him cast as Sinbad.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Harry your alive!!

    by UGG

    giggle giggle giggle and yea well done for finishing this post was worried you might

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Black Cauldron..

    by TronBurgundy

    as I seem to remember hearing as a youth, and reading years later in the 'Disney Encyclopedia' Disney were planning the cauldron scene as the first 'in-theatre' onscreen hologram..but the money ran out? Shame today it doesn't even warrant a blu-ray?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    WTF Disney? You too Harry

    by D.Vader

    Im upset with Disney for not releasing an original uncut version of The Black Cauldron. And I'm annoyed with you Harry for not providing any insight into that. Seems like that would be a great little thing to tell us or educate us on. That's the most interesting thing about a Black Cauldron release- will it be uncut?!?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    The "SE7EN" blu-ray cover absolutely SUCKS.

    by JDanielP

    For a masterpiece movie, I expected better.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Dolemite is so hilariously bad

    by D.Vader

    Great double feature with Black Dynamite.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Beastie

    by D.Vader

    Yeah he's English of Indian descent. What, you think his parents are typical white Englishmen? Come on...

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    I wasn't necessarily arguing...

    by beastie

    ...I was trying to understand the definitions. I'm American, but my great grandparents were from Hungary. I wouldn't call myself Hungarian. Honestly, I was just curious.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    You see, beastie....there's ethnicity, and there's nationality

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    His nationality is English, his ethnicity is Indian. Your nationality is American, and you could say your ethnicity is Hungarian. Some people don't define themselves by their ethnicity because it either isn't immediately apparent to others who look at them, or because they themselves wouldn't know how to define it. Hope this helps you on your journey.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    To be fair beastie

    by D.Vader

    Harry didn't say he was Indian, just that he was of Indian origin. But I would say he's Indian, just as I'd say my friend Tony Chan is Chinese. My family is mainly Italian, and I claim that. I'm not a pure Italian, but when pple ask "what are you?" I don't say American, I say Italian. For the most part anyway. <p> Naveen would probably say he's a British Indian?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I appreciate the input.

    by beastie

    Thanks.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Latina erotica

    by Abominable Snowcone

    set to Goldsmith's Star Trek music?<p> Beam me up.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    John Noble...

    by TheWacoKid

    I absolutely agree Harrry. Easily best actor on television right now. I can't believe he hasn't been nominated for anything. You used the perfect word, magnetic. I can't take my eyes off of him. My wife and I look forward to Fringe every week because of him.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Imagine, if you will, Harry

    by puto tenax

    A new Twilight Zone series, shot in black and white, helmed by del Toro. That would be sweet. Still have yet to open Season 1. Came in the mail yesterday-can't wait!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    simon callow commentary on THIRD MAN?

    by Six Demon Bag

    nice..that man knows his stuff

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Penzance was awesome

    by Superponte

    Kevin Kline was amazing as the pirate king

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Fringe 2nd season: White Tulip...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Enjoy! And you're welcome.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    1975 was a tough year for best picture..

    by Six Demon Bag

    CUCKOO eked it out..

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry

    by Phimseto

    If you don't want your copy of Pirates of Penzance, feel free to send me your copy. I saw that production live as a kid, and will happily remove its unwanted presence from your household. :-)

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    At least he finished this one!

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I would take JAWS or BARRY LYNDON over CUCKOO.

    by ColonelFatheart

    NASHVILLE, too. But I'm not hatin' on CUCKOO. It's a classic in its own right. <p>1976 was a pretty tough fucking year, too.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Too bad we'll NEVER seer the axed footage for Black Cauldron

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I've seen still frames from one death scene that was deemed too graphic for a PG Disney film back in 1985 (a character literally gets melted, right down to the skeleton), and I'd love to see the actual footage. I know Black Cauldron kind of sucks, but it sucks even more that Disney has tried their best to bury all traces of it for the last 25 years. At least it was a film that TRIED to expand animation out of the kiddie ghetto, and it deserves a little more respect.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Note my user name.

    by DiscoGodfather

    "Disco Godfather" is the overlooked gem of the Rudy Ray Moore collection. Not quite the over the top awesomeness of "Dolemite" but there is some unforgettable stuff here. FUN FACT for "Black Dynamite" fans: the line about Bucky is a direct lift from this movie. A hilarious in-joke, but NO ONE can deliver the line like the late, great Rudy Ray (who I only recently found out passed away almost two year ago!) RIP Rudy. PUT YO' WEIGHT ON IT!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Wow. A Complete Article By Harry.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Kirk Douglas and his son Michael were at odds

    by Star Hump

    over the film version of CUCKOO. Kirk played the role on stage to wide acclaim and very much wanted to star in the film. Michael was the producer and denied his father the role, instead choosing Nicholson for the part. Kirk was very resentful of this and while he and Michael seem to have a good relationship, I think (from interviews I've seen) this episode has stayed with Kirk to this day.<p>

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    MIA SARA in 1080p!!!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    argh!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    No Sunny but Glee...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Fucking ridiculous. Seeing that this site goes out of it's way to omit Dexter, I'm not surprised.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Star Crash on Blu-Ray. Wow. I've got Mr. Lobo's Star Crash episo

    by impossibledreamers

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    DISCO GODFATHER is an unsung classic!

    by Six Demon Bag

    rudy ray..damn man

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    colonel..

    by Six Demon Bag

    dont get me wrong i totally prefer JAWS over CUCKOO..but thats just who i am.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Black Cauldron

    by homer40

    I saw this at Radio City Music Hall when it was released. It was a big deal, reserved seats, live action Disney show, but I don't remember any mist or lasers in the aisles. Considering that I was tripping, I think I would have remembered that. Not a Disney classic, because it didn't have a very strong screenplay, but very well animated. I'll have to watch it again, not tripping, and see if I like it as much as I do in my memory. After the movie, I walked out into a nearly pitch black NYC in the middle of a terrible rainstorm, through what was still Taxi Driver era Times Square. THAT was some scary shit.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Prince of Persia

    by Lemure_v2

    While I'm happy to see Gemma Arterton in anything, this film would have been a lot better if Bruckheimer hadn't been involved and Tony Jaa had taken the lead.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    "nearly jailbait David Hasselhoff"

    by Gwai Lo

    I don't even know where to start with this one.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    SE7EN cover is great...

    by FleshMachine

    what did you want a buch of airbrushed faces?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...read the book. Do it.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    nearly jailbait David Hasselhoff

    by LarryTate

    best Harry line ever. Does Harry want to bend the hoff over or does he think he is just commenting on his age? we might never know...

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Prince of Persia the casting was your issue?

    by j2talk

    seriously ,you are upset that they cast a white actor in the role? that's the issue with the film

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Fringe is superb. Best mad scientist I can ever remember.

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Amanda is MINE Harry!

    by Simpsonian

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Fringe's John Noble, couldn't agree more Harry

    by donkingkong

    He makes Fringe a so much fun to watch, Noble takes an interesting character and makes him brilliant, quirky, sympathetic and human in a way I can not see any other actor pull off. Walter Bishop makes Fringe a great show.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Persians

    by Gwai Lo

    Persians are Caucasian. Gylenhaal doesn't look Persian at all to me, but what do I know? My girlfriend is Persian and she thought he looked passable. And Molina and Kingsley seem to be able to convincingly play any Caucasian ethnicity from lily-white Northern European to Indian. Whereas 300 has black Africans, 10 foot tall Brazilians, monsters etc. as "Persians".

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    John Noble was robbed at the Emmys

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    For not being nominated, he should have been a very close second.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Re:Prince Of Persia

    by skimn

    While not high praise in the least, I'll say I've seen worse videogame adaptations. At least it looks good and sounds great in BluRay. And yes, more Gemma please..thank you sir.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Re: Re: Prince Of Persia

    by skimn

    It did make me want to find some old Douglas Fairbanks stuff or such, you know, when stuntmen actually did, oh ummm...stunts?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Sigh... LOTR Extended Editions coming soon...

    by GreatGonzo

    I sent this in to Harry, but it was ignored. So I'll tell you all now. The Blu-Ray set of Lord of the Rings Extended Editions is currently slated for June 2011. Believe me or don't but I'm telling the truth on this. Black Cauldron is a fascinating failure. They did plan the "first in theatre holographic effect" for the movie but I don't think it ever happened. For anyone interested, these's an interesting behind the scenes look at the making of the film here: http://michaelperaza.blogspot.com/ Finally, I think Pronce of Persia has taken an unfair beating. I think it was fun summer adventure movie, right in line with Indiana Jones (but slightly more cheesy) and The Mummy (but slightly less cheesy). Just my 2 cents.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    At last...

    by Dollar Bird

    ... a week with films I like and/or want to see again. "The Avenging Disco Godfather" is brilliant cheese with some amazing quotes "What IS angel dust?" I haven't seen "The Black Cauldron" since it came out in the theaters and I've been curious to see it again ever since. I remember liking it a great deal. (Who knows if I still will...) One of those movies I remember watching a making of which opened my eyes about voice acting and sound effects. (If I recall, the sounds of the skeleton soldiers being resurrected was made with squishing macaroni and cheese.)

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    PRINCE OF PERSIA fucking sucked

    by Gwai Lo

    How do we make a movie with no conflict in it? Gee, why don't we introduce a plot device that rewinds time if the characters fuck up?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    GreatGonzo

    by skimn

    And if you're going have an actor chew up the scenery with relish (and ketchup and mustard!), it might as well be Alfred Molina. Looked like he was having a blast.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Skimn

    by GreatGonzo

    Totally. And Jake and Gemma looked like they were having a blast too. The whole thing had an air of fun about it. I do understand the complaint that the Sands of Time took out any sense of peril, but I still had a good time.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I respect yer guyses opinions and all

    by Gwai Lo

    but man I just did not like the flick. If a moratorium has not already been declared on climaxes where the characters run from CGI I would like to declare one now.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Starcrash? Dolemite? AWESOME!

    by Charlie_Allnut

    Some of the greatest bad movies EVER made! They still need to release Ark of the Sun God though!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    That's got to be the most underwhelming mention of a GREAT horro

    by ufoclub1977

    Jacob's Ladder, whether you liked the conclusion or not, was such a huge influence on the horror, fantasy genre with it's "did I just really see that?" type of visceral scares and the impressionistic mix of reality melting into vibrating head demons, reptile tailed receptionists... well I can't believe it didn't get as much praise on here as '78 Invasion of the Body Snatchers which I also love dearly.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    If Dolemite is Moore's Citizen Kane then

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Petey Wheatstraw is his Touch of Evil, you know, the film that doesn't get talked about as much, but is better and much more entertaining.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Harry got in a time machine and did something

    by Samuel Fulmer

    bad to jailbait Hoff. Maybe Hoff's flashbacks to this incident is what caused him to hit the bottle hard in recent years.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    StarCrash is region-locked - the cunts

    by Charlie & Tex

    It's not as if any other country in the world is going to release it on Blu-Ray, so you'd have thought that by NOT region-locking it, they would shift more units. They can go fuck themselves.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    HARRY <p>CUCKOO'S NEST BLU

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Harry, I love ya, but the Cuckoo's Nest blu ray disc in the Ultimate edition out yesterday is the EXACT SAME disc as the one from the book release a few years ago. Every extra you mentioned the Ultimate ed as having over the book edition is on the book edition disc as well - the commentary track, the making of documentary, theatrical trailer, and eight additional scenes cut from the film. Love that movie, own that book edition, and would gladly trade it for the new edition if it were different, but the only differences are the book, poster reproductions, and playing cards. If you really want it, go for it, but if you want the same copy of the film with all the same extras then the book is just fine and much cheaper.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    GreatGonzo

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    where did you see release dates for LOTR:SE blus? It's not on bluray.com or highdefdigest that I can find. Confirmation?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    and yes

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    it's the financial hit that has me holding back on the Twilight Zone season 1. Love the show but $75 as the sale price is a big chunk o change - hoping it drops around Christmas as I do love that show. But DAMN.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Fringe

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    S1 was great, but S2 knocked it out of the park! Agreed with whoever said Noble was robbed at the Emmy's, as that man truly did some fine work in S2. Sadly, Harry, Nimoy's William Bell character arc is pretty much over after S2, as Nimoy retired from acting after filming his scenes for S2. So, yeah, S2 of Fringe also includes the (apparently) last footage of Nimoy's career.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    AKA_Gern

    by GreatGonzo

    That's inside info, which is why I sent it to Harry as a scoop so he could share. It must have gotten lost in the shuffle. Anyway- that's where WB has it slated right now but it hasn't been announced anywhere yet (obviously because they want you snapping up the theatrical versions first). So it's less than a year away (barring any delays). I think we can wait. Again, you can trust me or not but I don't make shit up just to get attention (I'm not JettL1993 or whatever that dude's name is).

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Does Amanda Seyfried ever get her tits out?

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Well?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Prince of Persia is actually good

    by disfigurehead

    I sat down and watched it and was surprised.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I love the black cauldron.

    by disfigurehead

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Black Cauldron censored footage

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I believe it's when the Cauldron born go on their mini rampages. Does anyone know if it was part of the film in the original release?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Return of the Living Dead extras

    by Zombieflicker

    If anyone gets a chance to check them out and report back, I would appreciate it. I've already double-dipped on two DVDs already.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Fitzcarraldo2, watch Chloe for nude Seyfried

    by sunwukong86

    quite a few scenes actually

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    The Pirates of Penzance!

    by Orionsangels

    The first film we ever ordered on Pay-Perview. Which at the time was called Regency in NJ. My parents ordered it. I hated it. The following week my parents ordered Scarface! I fell asleep halfway through. I was only 9 at the time. We recorded it on VHS though. The next day I asked my older brother how it ended? He just smiled.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Once again the only way to get my money AGAIN for TZ...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...is Shatner and Klugman commentary. It's the only thing that felt wrong and missing to me about the definitive DVD's...and I LOVE them bad boys! Shat did (2) original zones and Klugman (4). Hell, they even managed to find recordings of Burgess Meredith discussing his contributions. Oh, and agreed Harry...Rudy Ray Moore is, was and always will be da shit!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Americans claiming to be Italians...

    by nico_laos

    ... always cracks me up. I lived in Italy for three years, and I can honestly say that Italians don't have Jersey accents, orange tans, and blow-out hair cuts. LOL Once, I was at a restaurant, and my friends and I were talking to this waitress. Somehow, the topic got onto traveling Europe. She said, "I'd love to go to Italy because I'm Italian." I said, "Really? Because I would've swore that you were an a American." She said, "Well, I am... but you know what I mean." Actually, I don't know what she meant. Just because someone's great-great-grandpappy immigrated here from Italy.... doesn't make that person Italian. Just like it doesn't make me English. I'm American... I'm grateful and proud of my English/Irish/French ancestry... but I would never claim to be anything other than American. Not because 'America kicks ass' or any bullshit like that... but because it's silly to claim a nationality from a country that I wasn't raised in. And another thing, if you're born in one country, then are raised in another... your nationality belongs to the latter. A great example would be the dingbat Natalie Portman, who never fails to make an idiot of herself in an interview. For instance, she once said, "I consider myself an Israeli more than an American." Oh, really? I don't think so. Israelis have to deal with the warzone a few miles from their house. Israelis have to worry about a car-bomb going off as they're getting a cup of coffee. And most important... Israelis (even the women) must serve a period in the military. No, Natalie... you are NOT an Israeli. You're just another American.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    So Nico, when pple ask you what ethnicity you are...

    by D.Vader

    You say "American"? You're kind of side-stepping the point others have already made here. People don't say "I'm Italian" as if that's their nationality. They mean it as their ethnic background. <p> That woman would love to go to Italy because she's "Italian" because that's where her heritage lies.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    nico

    by skimn

    I understand your logic, a bit. Follow along. My last name ends in "ski". If some numbskull said, "Hey, you're a Polack...", and I responded with, "no..I'm an American.."....the laughter would never end. Don't confuse nationality with ancestral heritage. I may have been born in Detroit, Michigan, but my bloodline, my actual DNA, can be traced to Warsaw, Poland. When an actress makes a dumbass statement, thats one thing. But I think you understand enthicicity and pride of one's heritage.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Oh hi D.Vader...

    by skimn

    how ya doin'?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    We all came from Africa originally...

    by HoboCode

    so when people ask me (a white guy)what my ethnicity is, I say African just to fuck with them. I'm actually of German decent but that's no fun until Oktoberfest (Saturday bitches) and every four years during the World Cup.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Doing well Skimn

    by D.Vader

    Taking a break from work the past few days (and this am) and relaxing here on AICN. Getting annoyed a few times today with some of the AICN editors' abject laziness. But thats normal =). How bout yourself?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    That's funny Hobo

    by D.Vader

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Starcrash expert?

    by RPLocke

    He must not get laid much.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Question for Harry about "Dolemite Explotion".

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Hey Harry, if you like Caroline "Sweaty Titties" Munro then you'll be happy to know she's a confirmed guest at Wondefest next year with some Hammer Glamor friends. Be there! I'm a "Starcrash" junkie who saw it in theaters back in the day. Is there anything better than Marjoe Gortner having a light saber duel with a robot? I think not. Anyway, I also got to meet Rudy Ray Moore a few years ago when we had him out to perform and sign autographs in Louisville. The long unreleased Dolemite sequel was then called "The Return of Dolemite". I have the poster to prove it! He told me he was going to "hold onto it for awhile before letting it go." He never let it go. I'd heard it remained unfinished. Is "Dolemite Explosion" really that movie?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by skimn

    Doin well thanks..

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Add a lightning Scar and

    by Hafsol

    Tim Robbins would look like Harry Potter on that Jacob's Ladder cover.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Word is that "SE7EN" is a beautiful blu-ray transfer.

    by JDanielP

    Thank you, Warner Bros.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Oh Harry, Regarding Fringe

    by BERSERKR

    I remember awhile back you saying you hadn't seen these and i remember thinking your going to love Fringe ESPECIALLY of course John Noble i even talk Backed about it i am sure, and you have yet to see the best episode of the season! you will know it when you see it :P

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Damn I'm gonna go broke than a joke this fucking week!!!

    by samuraiyao

    So many good fucking titles to choose from and Breathless on Bluray can't get any fucking better!!!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Vader and Skimm

    by nico_laos

    It's fine if people want to flaunt their genetic ancestry. But who else does it besides Americans and Canadians? Not a whole many, I'd wager. You just have to accept that for most of the world... if you say you're Italian, or English, or whatever.... that means you're from that country. If someone asks, What's your heritage?" Then Polish is a fine answer. But most of us don't wait for that question. It, instead comes out in our behavior. I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say, "I'm Italian, and that's just the way we are." Sorry, but New Yorker doesn't equal Italian. Consider this, my surname is 'Croft', which is English. But before it was English it was Norman, as the family came to England during the Norman Conquest. But if you ask an English Croft what his nationality is... he's going to English, not Norman. It's only in N. America where people claim to be anything other than American. And I honestly think it's a disservice to our forefathers who came here. They left their homeland to start a better one, and now their descendants take that for granted. But I understand, being a little over 200 years old, America doesn't really have a rich heritage, and people have a desire to know where they came from. Just remember... if your ancestry is Italian and you go to Italy announcing, "I'm Italian!".... They're going to say, "No. You're American."

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I'm always shocked when I hear Harry say he went...

    by rbatty024

    to college, because he obviously never took a writing class.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    John Nobel as Walter

    by PedroM

    Definitely should get more praise than he is given, and thats not a lot.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Return of the Five Deadly Venoms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by SoylentMean

    I love The Five Deadly Venoms, and know they return? As zombies? I seem to recall only one of the deadly venoms surviving the first film! I really do wish there was some crazy as hell mainstream kung fu action hero that got people into theaters for modern kung fu. Then we might see more of these old school films hitting dvd or, dare I say it, blu-ray!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Seven hours writing this piece!?

    by Sailor Rip

    Cameron wrote fucking ALIENS in a couple days.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Return of the Living Dead on Blu!!!!!!

    by SoylentMean

    It's a two disc set that better not contain a fuckin' flipdisk! That movie is one fun as hell Halloween tradition at my house. Hell, it's fun at anybody's house.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Wait! Halfway?

    by Sailor Rip

    14 fucking hours??????????????????????!!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Does Starcrash = Caroline Munro naked?

    by SoylentMean

    Because while I intend to eventually buy the film I need to know if it should go on the buy it sooner, rather than later pile.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Harry's comments about Delicatessan...

    by SoylentMean

    are why I will never, ever eat barbecue in Texas! I hear it's supposed to be good, nay great, but I could never chow down on it, because I'd always be suspicious in the back of my mind...

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The Black Cauldron is just awful.

    by Dingbatty

    Now, the books, I don't know, because I couldn't get through Lloyd Alexander's choppy prose.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    I am not a film geek.

    by SnootyBoots

    Because I have always found BREATHLESS to be dull.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    SoylentMean=nope no nudity

    by j2talk

    Caroline Munro never did nude on flm

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Did Harry just slag Gilbert and Sullivan?

    by Chewtoy

    Yes, they sure did write shitty musicals. Jesus, every time I think I can't be shocked by Harry's tastes...<br><br>The Chronicles of Prydain was my favorite book series when I was young... I remember being totally confused by the fact that Disney had a movie called "The Black Cauldron" coming out that had some adorable little puppy creature in it. It took forever for me to piece together that it actually *was* supposed to be an adaptation of those novels. Still haven't seen it.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure you see some nippage in Captain Kronos...

    by SoylentMean

    but if it's there, it's fleeting. Goddamn was Munro gorgeous or what?

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Caroline Munro

    by rockyb61

    To all British men of my generation, Caroline Munro was a huge influence. She was the face (and body) of the "Lamb's Navy Rum" poster campaign. For a while, everywhere you went you could see 10ft high posters of Miss Munroe in a very small wetsuit, usually with a speargun - fantastic.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    googling "lamb's navy rum caroline munro" right now

    by SoylentMean

    Thanks Rocky!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    But nico, when you hear someone say

    by skimn

    "I'm Italian, and that's just the way we are.", they are making stereotypical excuses, just as if someone said, "I love to drink, I can't help it, I'm Irish.", or a woman stating they had a "blonde moment", when they make a screw up. But I get what your saying, sp. " and you go to Italy announcing, "I'm Italian!".... They're going to say, "No. You're American."<p>I think we're not even talking apples and oranges, but different varieties of apple.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Where is Bucky? And what has he HAD?

    by stripetg

    "Avenging Disco Godfather" is one of the greatest movies put the celluloid. Rudy Ray Moore was incredibly funny.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    A great commentary by Garth Ennis (Irishman)...

    by nico_laos

    ...about Americans claiming other nationalities. In an issue of 'The Boys', Bill and Hughie are observing a St. Patrick's Day party. Hughie says, "Do you think any of these guys ever BEEN to Ireland?" Bill responds...."Got fuck all to do with Ireland, mate. All to do with America. 'Look at me, I'm Irish. I've got me own special day. I've got culture an' history an' a big fuckin' gang. I've got all these things that make me different from you.' Or Italian, or Latino, or African, or Korean, or Chinese, or Japanese--'cause the bleedin' world'll end if someone gets the three mixed up--an' let's not forget the all-time classic, 'Oh, I'm one-eighteenth Cherokee'... Well, that's funny, 'cos you all sound like yanks to me. You sound like the people I grew up watchin' in the movies. An' that suits me down to the ground." LOL

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST

    pacrone

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I second the highdefdigest love! Great site for all things blu ray.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    "The Return of the Living Dead" cover is fucking horrible.

    by BarryConvex

    What the hell is with all the lame-ass box art for all these Blu ray/DVD releases? Studios need to take a cue from Roger Corman and Shout! Factory, by using the actual poster art from older titles instead of the shitty Photoshop that graces the covers of most titles.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Prince of Persia

    by Baryonyx

    How dare they use an American actor, rather than an Arabic thespian, to play the Arabic protagonist in this story. After all, it is based on an ancient Arabic text... oh, wait a minute, it's actually based on a video game

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Persians aren't Arabs

    by Gwai Lo

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    John Noble was...

    by IndyJonze

    ... fucking awesome as the Russian mob boss in RUNNING SCARED. Great, great actor.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 5:48 p.m. CST

    JACOB'S LADDER: Damn very good movie

    by AsimovLives

    And it's from a director i don't give a damn. But the movie is excelent, and it wouldn't be if not for him.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Jacob's Ladder..I really think Schumacher

    by skimn

    was channeling Adrian Lyne/Alan Parker, because, at least visually it echoed their dark style. And the nightmare imagery has been copied but never duplicated. Just think, nowadays the visions would probably be all CG.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Harry, you fool

    by JackSlater4

    Persians aren't arabs, they are classified caucasion so this is no different than when Robert DeNiro played a jew in Casino or Leonardo DiCaprio played an irishman in Gangs of New York.<P> Way to hop on the whitewash bandwagon though.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    4 times a year Harry?

    by Logan_1973

    One viewing of the trilogy a year for me, always in December. You know thats how it should be, H.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    skimn, wasn't Jacob's Ladder done by Lyne?

    by SoylentMean

    To the IMDB!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Yep, skimn, what are you talking about, Schumacher?

    by SoylentMean

    There were nipples in Jacob's Ladder, just not on a batsuit!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Ooops..ya got me!

    by skimn

    Damn my acid flashbacks!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    At least I remember it was the Home Alone kid

    by skimn

    that played Robbins' son...

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Harry Franco and Vanessa are now married

    by Genre_Baby

    Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero finally got married a couple of years ago so it was natch for them to be the "couple" in Letters to Juilet. But the Nero-Redgrave film I'm hoping to see on Blu or standard or whatever is a Quiet Place in the Country. Like you, very surprised to see Star Crash on blu. Hmmm...your mom had good taste (re: Nero)

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    How could you think Schumacher did

    by ufoclub1977

    Jacob's Ladder!!!!????

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Danny the Dog

    by th3480

    A-fuckin'-men Harry. I still refuse to call the movie anything but Danny The Dog. Don't care what the box says!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    It's a turd!

    by SimonDunkle

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Logan_1973

    by Sailor Rip

    Yes. Winter, during a snow storm,(might not happen where you live) IS the time to watch the LotR trilogy. <p> And the girl I was seeing last winter never saw the movies. She was 23, I'm 32. During a snow storm when I had off from work we start with Fellowship(extended cut) and she LOVES it until the end when they're attacked by the river. She starts crying and says "Why do people want to hurt Frodo? He's such a good guy." I agree(he is a nice guy) but she wouldn't watch anymore and made me turn it off. We never got to the other two. Again, daddy issues. That will fuck a girl up. I don't know if that had anything to do with the LotR debacle but we couldn't watch any horror movies or movies with violence or rape. <p> Kate and Leopold was the one movie I introduced her to that she loved.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I searched Netflix for "Porno"...

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    and Ponyo came up lol

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Robin Hood was very entertaining

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    I dont generally like stupid action movies, but for some reason I enjoyed Robin Hood. Yes, the ending seemed like they had a 15 minute time limit to write, shoot, and edit it...but I enjoyed the movie. And I hate shit like Transformers, Avatar, and the A-Team.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Suggestion for future TV-on-DVD releases

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Can we PLEASE have these released more than a week before the new season starts airing on TV?! Fringe starts showing new episodes on the 23rd, and they release the second season on the 14th? That gives people NINE DAYS to cram in 20+ episodes. Wouldn't two or three weeks be a lot better? Fox pulled the same shit with the first season of Fringe last year.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Nasty In The Pasty

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Agreed. Without starting a a fight, and despite wether anyone loved or hated it, Lost put season 6 out a mere three months after the end of the season with tons of extras. I may not have bought it, but it's definitely proof that a high profile show can get a quick turnaround from TV to blu ray/DVD. It CAN and SHOULD be standard operating procedure. <p>BTW, at least you get nine days! I ordered my Fringe S2 blu ray from Amazon a few months back and they shipped it out on release day, meaning I won't see it until next week. SUCKS!

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I ruined many a sock for Caroline Munro.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Tanned sweaty breasts in "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad", blood drenched sweaty breasts in "Dracula 1972 AD", space aged sweaty breats in "Starcrash", thirty year old teenage sweaty breasts in "Slaughter High", prehistoric sweaty breasts in "At the Earth's Core", bitchy evil with a smile sweaty breasts in "The Spy Who Loved Me" and wonderful poofy haired 80s sweaty breasts in Adam Ant videos.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    The Pirate Movie kicks Pirates of Penzance's ass

    by jimbojones123

    That is all.

  • Sept. 15, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    AKA_Gern_Blanston, also Lost released season five on DVD...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...at the beginning of December last year, and season six started airing at the beginning of February, giving fans TWO FULL MONTHS to play catch-up before the last season started. Hell, that gave me enough time to watch ALL FIVE seasons before six started airing, which I appreciated immensely (especially since I upgraded to Blu-Ray beforehand). But barely a WEEK? Jesus. Even marathoning two or three eps a day, that's still a crunch.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    THE HUMANOID with Richard Kiel

    by Gorgomel

    best italian star wars rip off ever. If Starcrash made it to Blu-ray. This one should make it too!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    So...

    by Shalako

    Timecop you liked but not My Son, My Son. Your writing is shit and so is your taste.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Nico

    by Rebeck2

    I've figured out your heritage. You come from a very long line of obnoxious pricks. I'm an American, but I'm also of Italian heritage - and if you cannot comprehend how someone can be both, you're an idiot. My name ends in a vowel (like your name on here, hmm), I'm olive skinned, I have a bad temper and I'm good in bed. So fuck you. As a pale boring Norman fuck, I guess you have a problem with more interesting ethnicities than your own - which is just about everybody. But seriously, you have given this way too much thought and energy.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Harry...

    by UrbanSamurai

    ....you might have found it funny to show “RotLD“ to your sister when she was 3. And you told us a few weeks ago, how your sister showed “Versus“ to her son, who is 2 or 3 years old. Well, maybe I am old-school or conservative or something, but that stuff just isn't cool!! That's like handing them a chainsaw, before they have ever seen a screwdriver. But you seem to find it funny or cool in some ways.... Well, it's your fucked up life, not mine. Nevertheless, Peace!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Nico

    by hst666

    "I can honestly say that Italians don't have Jersey accents, orange tans, and blow-out hair cuts."<p><p>(1) Neither do most Italian-Americans;<p><p>(2) As others have pointed out Americans have both a nationality and an ethnic heritage. Canadians and Americans are different from most of the world as we don't have the centuries of a relatively homogeneous population many other countries do.<p><p>(3) I agreed with BUTCHER (he's not Bill the Butcher - that's Gangs of NY) as he was talking about St. Patrick's day, which is an excuse for young people to get staggeringly drunk. I also agree that our backgrounds should not divide us, but the fact that I have Italian and Irish roots does make me interested in visiting the areas where my great grandparents came from.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Two-thirds of Ireland's population left in th

    by Dennis_Moore

    1800's, most of them ending up in Canada and the U.S., so people of Irish heritage here have every right to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Now, why the Irish prefer Christianity over their indigenous pagan roots, I can't explain.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    note to Harry

    by mrbong

    not every piece of shit film slammed out on a blu ray disc is essential as you might think. how easily we forget the crap that first came out when DVD was launched - you could have RoboCop 3 on DVD long before the considerably better original.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Anything with Caroline Munro is worth watching. :)

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    What happened to Fincher?

    by knowthyself

    Benjamin Button? Zodiac? Social Network? The man used to make renegade Hollywood films. Now he's just making the same schlock Hollywood's been pumping out for decades.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    zhengyuping

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    FUCK YOU YOU DISEASED SPAMMING WHORE! Somebody get the banhammer and knock him off this site please!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Watched K2 with Michael Biehn last night

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    Awesome film from 1991...mountain climbing film....check it out if you haven't see it.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by Stabby

    I think that Fincher is intentionally making Oscar-bait, which Benjamin Buttons clearly was. Maybe if he just focused on making great films like he used to he might win one. That said, Zodiac wasn't bad. That said, Social Network looks abysmal.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Zodiac is typical Hollywood fare?

    by skimn

    Okaaaayyyyy........

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    And just by the trailers, The Social Network

    by skimn

    looks like a snapshot of a distinct period of time (much like Zodiac), In contrast, The Middle Men (the internet porn movie) looked abysmal.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Zodiac.

    by ThroughTheBrokenWindowWithDancinDelroyLindo

    A great period film, character study, and procedural police drama. It was ballsy in its own deliberately-paced way, and certainly not conventional Hollywood. Fincher's direction was fucking masterful.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Great value! I just clicked on this site and bought 1 of

    by UltraTron

    everything on there! Thankyou for making that wonderful merchandise available to me! Now please. For all the children of the planet. Please cut off your own testicles

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Saw Star Crash with Star Wars at a drive-in double bill

    by Beezbo

    I'm tempted to buy it, but fear that it will turn out to be one of those films that I loved as a kid but can't get through now...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Rebeck

    by nico_laos

    "I'm olive skinned, I have a bad temper and I'm good in bed."........ That does not make you Italian. I know what ethnic heritage means. Do you know what a rhetorical question means? I guess not, because I can't make it any more clearer than I did in my previous posts. I lived in Italy for three years. Their culture is NOTHING LIKE our 'Italian American' culture. If you can't understand that then you're just a fucking idiot. And I don't define myself by my ethnic heritage, so telling me that I don't have an interesting heritage means nothing to me. But it's sad that you desperately cling to a culture that you don't even understand. So talk shit about Normans--I really don't care. I'm American, remember? But just to point out something--Normans destroyed Paris without even trying. Normans conquered England without even trying. And do you even know who the Normans were? I'll give you a hint... Norman = Norsemen. Dicks, perhaps... but boring, no. CONCLUSION... People who have been fortunate to travel the world (I was an Army brat) and see the wonderful diversity of other cultures, often scratch their heads when they see how easily Americans and Canadians claim a heritage that only belonged to their ancestors. Maybe one day you'll grow up and see that.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    hst666

    by nico_laos

    1) I was being facetious, in mockery of the Jersey Chore crowd, who wave the Italian flag, and say 'Salute' instead of 'Cheers'. 2) That was exactly the point I made earlier. Thank you for clarifying. 3) Oops. You're right. I got the two mixed up. lol

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Nico, Buddy

    by Rebeck2

    You're still not getting it. I'm not talking about "culture", I'm talking about genetics. We have this thing called DNA - look it up. And whether you like it or not, we all carry the genetic traits of our ancestors. Mine didn't come over on the Mayflower, they came from Sicily in the 30's. Which is why I have these hairy legs. If they came from Norway, I would probably not have them. This extends to some temperament and behavior as well. Did anyone on here argue that Italian-American is EXACTLY the same as Italian culture?? Uhm, no. You're arguing with yourself. All I'm saying is you are wasting your time getting ridiculously het up about an issue that's not an issue. I got it, you want us to call ourselves American. If you had made that point just slightly less obnoxiously, then I would have agreed with you for the most part.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    It takes you over 7 hours to write this?

    by shiekybaby

    Holy shit Harry, do you still type with w/ fingers?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    oops..

    by shiekybaby

    type with 2 fingers...sorry, I'm a little high.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Rebeck

    by nico_laos

    Actually, YOU'RE not getting it. All I can say is, please feel free to go to Italy and tell everyone you're Italian, then watch what happens. It's going to be hilarious. And genetics have absolutely nothing to do with nationality.... that's what I'm talking about here. Nationality. Not your DNA. 'Italian' isn't a race. It's not even a phenotype. No geneticist looks at your DNA and says, "Clearly he's Italian." LOL Know the difference before you try to act like you know what you're talking about.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    And another thing, Rebeck

    by nico_laos

    You accuse me of getting heated over an issue that's not even an issue. Actually, I was enjoying the debate until you butted in with the name-calling. So if you don't like my reaction to your insults, you're welcome to go fuck yourself.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Hey nico..me again

    by skimn

    Now believe me I'm no scientist, but isn't one's DNA inherited from their parents, and their parents, and so on. It may carry a sliver from earlier generations, but doesn't it carry through?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    since we are talking about Italians...

    by KilliK

    Italians Upset That The Mafia Are Italian<br /> <p>http://bit.ly/bGzt1m<br /> <br />

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    do we really need a race war?!?

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Why can't we all just get along?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    CRONOS and VIDEODROME on blu in Dec.!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Guillermo Del Toro's CRONOS and David Cronenberg's VIDEODROME have been announced by Criterion Collection to hit blu-ray in December!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    December 7th

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    to be exact

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    I Give Up

    by Rebeck2

    You are beyond clueless. Italian is an ETHNICITY as well as a NATIONALITY, you...incredible dumbfuck. A Chinese couple moves to the UK...they get their citizenship...they are now British citizens, that's their nationality. Now...trick question: Are they still Chinese? (Jeopardy music) Of course they are. Can Jewish Americans say they're Jewish or do they have to live in Israel to say that? A Puerto Rican born and raised in New York? You are beyond help, dude. I jumped in because you were so aggressively making no sense whatsoever. Your head is so far up your ass you can't hear a word anybody else is saying. Good luck with that.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    skimm

    by nico_laos

    The Y chromosome is the best indicator of genetic ancestry because it's remained unchanged for thousands of years. It's passed down through males, and it doesn't always reflect our genetic assumptions. For instance, If a sub-Saharan African man has a son with a white woman of northern European descent, the son will obviously be bi-racial. But if that son goes on to have his own son with another white woman, that child will be noticeably more European. If this trend continues for several generations, with each male having a son... then eventually the descendant will be inarguably European. But the kicker is... that descendant will still carry the distinct Y chromosome of his sub-Saharan, black African forefather. This is possible even after a few generations. I read about one argument years ago from a scientist that showed that many of the descendants of American slave-owners... are African Americans. This is why you can't say--without ignorance--that anyone is 'genetically' Italian, or English, or whatever. Because those phenotypes aren't specific to those nations. That is why my argument was in regards to NATIONALITY. The Italian ancestry is a Mediterranean one. But Italy isn't the only nation bordering the Mediterranean. One can say that Sicilian is a specific genetic trait. And it is, in a way. But only because it's a mixture of Mediterranean and N. African bloodlines. So if someone says, "My DNA is Sicilian."... What are they claiming? Mediterranean or North African ancestry? If they insist on just 'Sicilian'... then they're talking about a culture and nation, and not genetics. All this rhetoric is just proof that DNA should just be left out of the whole issue.... because none of us (everyone, not just Americans and Canadians) are specifically descended from one country.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Rebeck

    by nico_laos

    Italian is NOT an ethnicity. Feel free to take this up in person with an authority on the matter. I also recommend the works of renowned geneticist Dr. Cavalli-Sforza. But his stuff might be a little over your head. Your best bet is to just shut your mouth and forget about it.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    by MandrakeRoot

    So let's get this straight; you like horrible trash like Robin Hood, then refer to an original film like Avatar as "shit". <p> Such a huge fail. It really makes you wonder if people actually pay attention to the films they watch.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    I have an Online friend who's from Ireland

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    And he was griping about how Americans who call themselves Irish aren't really Irish. And I said: You should come over here and tell them that. Show up in New York or Boston on St. Patrick's Day and tell them they aren't really Irish. That should be fun.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:34 p.m. CST

    cymbalta

    by nico_laos

    Exactly. Many people from Boston are so insanely proud to be Irish... that if you tell them otherwise, you're likely to get your ass kicked. And that's a North American thing, but the rest of the world is thinking, "Uh... no. You're not Irish."

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Harry you are a fucking tastless afwul moron. POP is awesome

    by Proman1984

    Piratees of Panzence is awesome. One of my alltime favorites. You only like shit because you are shit Harry.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Gwai Lo

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    Persia is the old name for Iran. How are they not Arabs?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    dolphins

    by nico_laos

    'Arab' refers to the culture and language that developed within the Arabian Peninsula. The Persians were, and are, a completely different demographic, with cultural and linguistic differences. The only similarities would be Islam. As far as appearances go, Persians tend to have a lighter skin tone than most Arab peoples.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    starcrash is...

    by chompie

    melting my brain. I really want to watch this back to back with Fulci's Conquest and see if i completely lose my mind

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

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  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    RETURN OF THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS

    by MiTior

    I want to get started on the world of old martial arts films like this one. Can some one recommend me a really badass film for me to see???

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    bad ass martial arts film

    by jawaburger

    Fist of Legend. Just came out recently on bluray. Amazing fight scenes.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

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  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Here's how to tell if you're Irish or American

    by white_vader

    If you pronounce "Celtic" with a K sound, you're Irish. If you pronounce it with an S sound, you're American. And an idiot. Don't even get me started on Notre Dame...

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Nico..thanks for your informed response

    by skimn

    In fact it reminds me much of Dennis Hopper's speech to Christopher Walken in True Romance. Ever see?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Jacob's Ladder.

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>SPOILER: I saw this in the theatre with my friends on opening night. Back when movies came out without internet leaks to ruin their surprises. 30 minutes into the movie, my friend Greg leans over and says "Vietnam is real, everything else is a dream." I loved and hated him for that. ;)</p> <p>I wanna get 'Return of the Five Deadly Venoms'. The first movie kicks so much awesomeness and I have never seen this sequel.</p>

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    skimm

    by nico_laos

    Yeah, hilarious scene. Although Hopper (or Tarantino) was slightly misinformed. North Africans aren't necessarily 'black' like those beneath the Sahara. It's a common belief that the people of Morocco, Algeria, Libya , and Tunisia are all descendants of Arab invaders. But in reality, those demographics have been in North Africa for at least ten thousands years, long before the rise of civilization.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I think I'm in a minority here... (spoiler)

    by nico_laos

    But my interpretation of Jacob's Ladder was always different than others'. I never saw it as a dream that Jacob was having before he died in Vietnam. I saw it as him in hell... essentially being purified before he can move on to the rest of the afterlife. Hence the engulfing white light at the end, and the palm reader insisting that he was already dead. And remember what Danny Aiello said... "The demons are really angels freeing your soul"... or something on the lines of that. The final scene of him dying in Vietnam was to show the audience that he did die and never made it home. I'm not saying I'm right, this is just what I got of the movie.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    The Sixth Sense rips off Jacob's Ladder...

    by Sith Witch

    same film, which is why The Sixth Sense had absolutely no impact on me. I knew what was happening all along thanks to having seen Jacob's Ladder years before.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Hollywood jews need to get with the times

    by TheKiller7

    They always seem to think America got stuck in the 50's. What? It took Spielberg how many films before casting a black actor in one of his films? Prince of Persia is yet another example of whitewashing. Nuff of that shit. It's the 21 century dammit.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Holy fuck did you actually just call Avatar ORIGINAL? LOL

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    There isnt a single original thought in Avatar. Its a clusterfuck of much better movies - Dances with Wolves, The Last Samurai, Pocahontas, and half the proops (including the sassy latino military chick) are straight out of Aliens<BR><BR>Avatar is the most unoriginal piece of shit in film history.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Jacobs Ladder = Tim Robbins being brainwashed by Democrats

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    That's what happened...that's why he went nuts

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    American ethnicity revisited

    by volcanopele2

    Keep in mind that for many Americans, including myself, it is difficult to identify with a single ancestral ethnic group, because their ancestors have been in America for so long that they have interbred with a number of groups. In my own heritage alone, I could easily identify with Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, French, and Spanish/Mexican. And those are just the ones my dad, who is into genealogy, has identified.<p>So personally, that's why I just say I'm American. Not out of some overdeveloped sense of patriotism, not out of trying to be an ass. But because the answer would long and convoluted, like this post has been. After all, that's how ethnicity is developed anyway. Take Northern Italians for example. Go back far enough, and you could say, well, Italian is their nationality, but they have German Lombard, Celt Gallic, and Roman ancestry.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    The Feast.

    by Yelsaeb

    The Feast was prety good, but the sequel just messed it up. I think The Feast 2 is one of the worst sequels ever made. didn't they make a third one, too? I hope not.

  • Sept. 18, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Mike Newell single-handedly ruined Prince of Persia.

    by Knuckleduster

    It's been a while since I've seen a film where 95% of the blame can be put on the director. Newell is simply a horrible filmmaker. He's been making shit for years. Did anyone see his laughable take on Love in the Time of Cholera? Or that incredibly dull Harry Potter movie he made? You watch Prince of Persia and just realise that this guy has no idea how to sequence a film, no idea how to start or end a scene (isn't it a director's job to keep editing in mind while shooting?). Prince of Persia had some of the worst blocking I've ever seen. Maybe Newell possessed some level of competence years ago (Four Weddings and a Funeral, maybe), but he certainly doesn't anymore. I see this guy's name on a film and I groan. Would rather watch the latest Brett Ratner fuck-up. <p> When's the last time Ratface made a movie, anyway? Seems like he's hiding under a rock, scared of all the geek-lashing.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    thanx jawaburger

    by MiTior

    Ill check it out!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Ironically Mel, your post was just as fucking unoriginal.

    by white_vader

    So sad that you all reel those same standbys off and no-one even knows enough about movies or can think back to fucking mention Lawrence of Arabia. Back to school, shithead - glass houses and all.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    And while I'm cranky, Harry, no, you're completely wrong.

    by white_vader

    "The whole world...believes he’s Iraqi thanks to LOST". You my friend, have tipped over the edge. Maybe over there in crazy town, but elsewhere in the big wide world (the actually IS one out there), no-one thought for a single fucking second Andrews looked anything other than Indian, no matter how good his acting (and he was good). Jesus Christ Harry, settle down with the ludicrous hyperbole - it only makes you look ridiculous.

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Helm’s Deep deeply.

    by Star Hump

    well, YES, bloody hell yes!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Dabney Coleman is BACK!

    by D.Vader

    I just read he's on Boardwalk Empire tonight. Fuckin' A!!!

  • Sept. 19, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

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  • Sept. 20, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    One Cuckoo Flew Over the Rest

    by Snookeroo

    MAD's parody was better than the movie.<br><br>That being said, the book is good, anyways.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST

    RE:MiTior's request for badass MA flicks...

    by djangoilbastardo

    You can't go wrong with the Shaw Bros. 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, FIVE ELEMENTS NINJA (my fave), 5 DEADLY VENOMS, the list goes on. Just about anything directed by Chang Cheh should do the trick.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Oscars '75...

    by elektro87

    Nashville, Shampoo, Jaws & Barry Lyndon are all better then Cuckoo's Nest, which is good, but not that good.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Lord of the Rings extras

    by PinkFloyd7

    The Lord of the Rings blu ray box set does indeed come with an extra DVD of extras for each film. Not sure why Harry says it doesn't. I guess his crack pipe exploded.

  • Sept. 20, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    God Bless Mandingo

    by Stuntcock Mike

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  • Sept. 21, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    The Two Towers was easily the best of the 3

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    The first one was boring as fuck...and the third one was boring simply due to the same action sequence repeated over and over and over again. The Two Towers was awesome.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    white_vader you have lost your fucking god damn mind

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    Are you really comparing Avatar to Lawrence of Arabia??? Holy fuck...someone needs to have their T cells checked.

  • Sept. 21, 2010, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Ha! Mel, you are indeed a complete Moron.

    by white_vader

    Really? You actually misunderstood? You're too funny. I was taking you in your UNORIGINAL way AND all the others to task for comparing the basic structure to those other films - but not having the knowledge or cinematic attention span to quote the daddy of of them all (again, from a structural/basic plot mechanic pov) amongst those "much better films", Lawrence. <p> Work on some basic comprehension before you jump the gun with another tirade next time, Melvin. Only a complete fuckwit would jump the conceptual gap to thinking I was comparing it in terms of quality of storytelling. <p> Way to make a public fool of yourself. Again.

  • Sept. 22, 2010, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Get in that pot, Mede!

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