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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 2nd wk of Oct 2010: Johnny Staccato & some other cool things, but nothings cooler than Cassavetes!

Published at: Oct. 12, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here… and here’s another week’s DVD PICKS AND PEEKS column. It starts with something that I hope you open yourself up for. Seriously, JOHNNY STACCATO is just about one of the coolest things ever created on this planet – and as a reader of AINT IT COOL you deserve and have earned the right to be on the advance line of cool film geeks to know about JOHNNY STACCATO and to beat your friends to it. Trust me, you gain senior status on all so called filmphiles if you spring this on them. Besides – you really do need to know who the coolest detective ever was. Fuck SHAFT! Anyway – as usual the pics and titles are linked to AMAZON where if you go, you’ll learn more on the title in question – and if so motivated, you can pick it up, which will help keep this column going. And seriously – JOHNNY STACCATO is the living end! Tuesday, October 12th, 2010





JOHNNY STACCATO starring John Cassavetes

There is a reason that this is at the top of this week’s column. It’s because you won’t find it at the top of any other list of DVD & BluRays coming out today. And the reason is… Those people didn’t have Nicky Katt passing them a copy of his VHS tapes of Johnny Staccato. Folks. Have you ever in your life felt like you needed the absolute definition of “COOL” – then you need look no further than the startling brilliance of JOHNNY STACCATO – a TV series that hit the antennas in 1959… If you’ve seen BORED TO DEATH – a show I love, but isn’t a hair on the ass of the cooler than absolute zero JOHNNY STACCATO. You see… Johnny, the titular character was a Jazz Musician, who became a tougher than nails Private Dick for hire. He jams with his Jazz buddies in WALDO’S JAZZ CLUB – you will become obsessed with this place. Why? Well, you’ll see 1959 era Johnny Williams (yeah, JOHN WILLIAMS) – along with some other jazz greats at the time. You’ll see some of the typical Cassavetes characters rooting around – but folks like Martin Landau, Shirley Knight, Michael Landon, etc. There’s just 27 episodes. I’d wager that a great many of you have never ever heard of JOHNNY STACCATO – if you have, you’re buying this instantly. If you don’t – and you’re a Cassavetes maniac – well you’ve already bought this. BUT I AM TELLING THE REST OF YOU… ALL OF YOU… This is the good stuff. This is that thing you share with friends, you share with your parents, you share with everyone. This isn’t some modern take on the pulpy detective – this is the distillation of the entire era of the tough as nails private eye. Cassavetes as a private dick that plays jazz is so fucking blistering your eyes and ears will boil and pop. I LOVE THIS SHOW! Now it is time to salute the absolute genius of this show. The utter brilliance of John Cassavetes – in 27 BRAND NEW TO MOST OF YOU – black & white John Williams playing along Jazz scored bits of the coolest thing that has EVER been on the boob tube. Seriously. This is it. If anyone can present something as frostbite cool as this – throw down. I’ve yet to see anything that has ever been on Television that is as cool as this. You tell me, after you see.




HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (Blu Ray)

It is funny how many people thought I was absolutely crazy when I wrote my review praising HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON kicked unholy ass. I tried to explain why the initial advertising in no way properly reflected the absolute magic this film had. The real emotional bond between that kid and that dragon. How the kid had a very real story in the Viking village – or just how awesome the Viking village was. Everything about HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON worked – even the 3D was spectacular. Now we have it here at home. I haven’t seen the Blu-Ray yet – but here’s what’s on it: Blu-ray includes: Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon: Hiccup and the gang return to search for a mysterious dragon in this all-new adventure The Animators’ Corner Enhances the Movie-Viewing Experience through Picture-in-Picture Storyboards, Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Insightful Interviews Uncover More Dragon Fun Facts through Pop-Up Trivia Three Deleted Scenes are Revealed Author Cressida Cowell Shares Her Inspiration Learn to Draw Toothless Take the Viking Personality Test Race for the Gold in the Viking Winter Games Build Your Own 3D Dragons And More Fiery Fun! DVD Disc: Filmmakers’ Commentary Viking-sized Cast The Technical Artistry of Dragons




THE MAGICIAN (Criterion Blu)

Man, don’t ya just love Ingmar Bergman flicks? THE MAGICIAN is one of those films that feels authentically bizarre and wholly realistic. This is one of my favorite Bergman flicks, and watching it on Blu – it made me feel a kindred nature to THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR PARNASSUS… They’re very different films, but that same vagabond/Elmer Gantry-esque existence, but back in this particular era… was fascinating. Magic Love Potions, that only work as an excuse for pent up sexual frustration being released… but you get why they’d pay what they could pay for it. It simply gave them the excuse to fuck. But that’s a minor moment. The real show is with Max Von Sydow’s Dr Vogler. I love how they are treated when they arrive. As being slightly above the status of SERVANT, but not exactly as Human Beings. By the time you’re at the end of the film, your mind will be properly blown by the ultimate ultimate of it all. There’s a class and an atmosphere that you can just bathe in while watching THE MAGICIAN. It is a very fine thing. Here’s what Criterion cooked up for this release: New, restored high-definition digital transfer New visual essay by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie Brief 1967 video interview with director Ingmar Bergman about the film Rare English-language audio interview with Bergman New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoff Andrew




JONAH HEX (Blu Ray)

I haven’t seen it. Everyone that I know has seen it, kinda hates it at a pretty primal level. But I sense there’s a possibility that I could go off reservation for this, when I finally check it out. But in my heart, I believe what I’ve heard. I just don’t want to have to hate a JONAH HEX movie. First off – it is a bleeding miracle that the character of JONAH HEX got translated. From what I hear – it is a shame it got translated – because it unfortunately continues a belief in the death of the modern big budget western genre. A genre that when I was given my chance to Produce at REVOLUTION STUDIOS – I came up with my own take on the Western Genre with the great Paul Dini writing it. After the death of REVOLUTION, I’ve been holding off working to get it set up, until after some other projects that I’ve been quite aggressive with get done. So, I kinda have to buy this and watch it today. But… as Han Solo always says, “I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This!”




THE DARJEELING LIMITED (Criterion Blu)

I love the weird world of Wes Anderson… I put this on while writing the last DVD column. I watched it 4 times that night. Why? Because it is just such a great movie to dedicate a devoted watching of – but then, the music, the imagery and the awesome banter – well, I find them inspiring as I work – Wes Anderson makes me wish I was smarter, makes me want matching luggage and to travel by train in India. And while I love my sister… this film kinda makes me wish I had brothers – but that’s alright by me. Because I’ve had a series of life long guy friends – that I’ve got to con into going to India with me. Or maybe I’ll hit a film festival there some day. Here’s the Criterion Goodie list: New high-definition digital transfer approved by director Wes Anderson Anderson's short film Hotel Chevalier (part one of The Darjeeling Limited) Audio commentary featuring Anderson and cowriters Behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman Anderson and filmmaker James Ivory discussing the film's music Anderson's American Express commercial On-set footage shot by Coppola and actor Waris Ahluwalia Audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes, and stills galleries Original theatrical trailer PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Richard Brody




ARN: THE KNIGHT TEMPLAR (Blu-Ray)

This is incredible – but I didn’t get this Blu Ray sent to me and the “ENGLISH” is scaring me, because that is not the native language, but SURELY they have the native Swedish track with Subtitles… But I don’t KNOW that – if so, this is definitely one to add to the collection if you love CRUSADES style stories. This is way better than the theatrical release of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. And personally, I like the film more than Ridley’s Director’s cut. Let me or a talkbacker find out for sure about the Language issues first. Unless you prefer dubbed movies… and then I owe you a lecture, and go ahead.




LOST BOYS: THE THIRST (Blu Ray)

Oh man – I would really love to tell you that this kicks unholy ass – but it doesn’t. But it is kinda fun. And the more Corey Feldman was on screen, the more this film actually had a chance…. And it isn’t a total disaster. It is tolerable – and will produce perhaps a few more smiles than screams of anguish. Honestly – if everyone around Feldman was better. This could’ve rocked. Cuz Corey has got the character down. The film does have the right kind of Frog Brother ridiculousness – but almost all the Vampires are just fucking lame in comparison to the Frog Brothers. Which, of course, shall always rule as Frog Brothers rule. So I’d say, if the cult of Corey is about you – you’ll enjoy the shit out of this. There’s a great “the Coreys” moment in this. Done right.




ESSENTIAL BUGS BUNNY

There’s some things right about this set – You should own these cartoons. The only thing is – most of us already do. What I’m waiting on from Warner Brothers – is the same respect that Disney had when they started putting together the Mickey, Donald & Goofy sets. In fact Warners should just do Vol 1-however many – 25 cartoons a set, in order of their release for every Warner Character – beginning with the Black & White Porky Pigs – through Daffy & Bugs’ entire careers. Do the classy COLLECTOR’S route. Just release them all in order – like ya do on iTunes. Ok. But like a BluRay or even just a DVD. Just do it right for once, ok. Here’s what you get: Disc 1: * Elmer's Candid Camera (1940, Jones) * Excerpt from "My Dream is Yours" (1949) * A Wild Hare (1940, Avery) * How Bugs Bunny Won the West TV special (1978) * The Old Grey Hare (1944, Clampett) * Bugs Bunny Wild World of Sports TV special (1989) * Baseball Bugs (1946, Freleng) * Carrotblanca (1995, McCarthy) * Hair Raising Hare (1946, Jones) * Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas (2003 [unreleased], Kopp/Shin) * Haredevil Hare (1948, Jones) Disc 2: * 8 Ball Bunny (1950, Jones) * Rabbit of Seville (1950, Jones) * Ain't I A Stinker (2010 mini-documentary) * Rabbit Fire (1951, Jones) * Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers (1992, Ford/Lennon) * Show Biz Bugs (1957, Freleng) * Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over (1980, Jones/Monroe) * Knighty Knight Bugs (1958, Freleng) * The Carnival of the Animals (1976, Jones/Klynn) * What's Opera Doc? (1957, Jones)




I AM LOVE (Blu Ray)

This is actually the release of the week that has me most excited, as I haven’t seen it, but I’m one of those drunk on the notion of LOVE kind of guys. Anybody that knows me will tell ya so. Hell, like you people need me to tell you. I am one of those people that is in love with every experience of life. The pain we feel, the loss we ache from, the angsty withdrawl we get in the shadowy valley between loves… I’m sick in the head with love. Yoko is a similarly inflicted person, thank god. As a result – this is the film we’ll be buying tonight – when we come back from the club, we’ll cuddle up and watch – and we bet we’ll love it. When has Tilda not delivered?




WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN: THE COMPLETE SERIES (Blu Ray)

I watched the first disc of this and really really liked it. When I get a shallow week of releases, I plan on finishing it. It kind of serves to catch me up with some of the X-Men lore that came since the point when I had a complete run from X-MEN 1 to whatever the issues were that came out around 1995. Once I started AICN, I dropped a lot of my dedicated passions. I sold a lot of my X-MEN collection to pay the bills during the early days of AICN. I’ve only recently been trying to recapture that collection. At some point I’ll devour the last 15 years of X-MEN. I’ve heard I’ve missed some of the best.




LEAVES OF GRASS (Blu Ray)

A film that should have seen at least 2000 screens. That should have seen more than festival screens – but it seems a new strategy in the modern era – is to use the festival circuit to market and build awareness – then instead of financing a theatrical campaign, they release straight to DVD for all intents and purposes – and I suppose that’s alright at some level, most people seem to experience films at home anyways. But what sticks in my craw is that this is an AUDIENCE FILM. Audiences become part of the movie – and the film creates a great energy. I am incredibly impressed by Tim Blake Nelson’s direction in LEAVES OF GRASS – and man – all those names on the box art… From Ed Norton to Susan Sarandon to Keri Russell to Tim Blake Nelson and especially RICHARD DREYFUSS – who is AWESOME in the film. Don’t miss seeing this movie. It is really killer!




THREE KINGS (Blu Ray)

If anybody ever makes a movie about Tim League – I hope Spike Jonze gets cast to play Tim League. He’s the only man that could be Tim. I base a lot of that thought upon this movie and Spike Jonze’s performance. Not that Tim is anything like this character – from what I hear, Spike is much closer personally… But everytime I watch THREE KINGS – I can’t help thinking Tim League. This is a fantastic film. This is one of those great Hybrid films. Every critic worth their salt can list off 4 or 5 movies that all the main elements of this film come from… but I don’t fucking care. I love it still. There’s 2 very entertaining commentaries on this. One from the always polite pushover David O Russell… and his Producers on this film in a separate commentary. I found the difference entertaining. Along with all the additional scenes, behind the scenes, Russell’s personal Video Journal, a real look at Ice Cube’s process as an actor, TWILIGHT director Catherine Hardwicke – who is the Production designer on this – she has a Tour of the Iraqi Village set – and then the DP Newton Thomas Sigel has his own special feature. This is a great Blu Ray of a great film.




SEX AND LUCIA (Blu Ray)

This is my pick for the most erotic film ever made. The best ADULT story told that is about love, sex, tragedy, joy – and mostly it is about Lucia and that island that that light house is on. I don’t thing there’s a more erotic romantic film that at one level plays like a fantasy – but also feels so genuinely human and fuck all hot. This film is beautiful. I’ve watched it with a number of girl friends and I’ve yet to find one that didn’t love it. And every single guy I know – starts to drool a bit when they talk about the film – and begin wondering a bit about Latin women and the fire and passion. But seriously – this is my nomination for being one of the bests ever made in this field. Just brilliant. And arousing.




HE-MAN & SHE-RA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Doesn’t it comfort you, that the citizens of Eternia know that Jesus Christ, our lord and savior died also for their sins… not just here on Earth, but there on Eternia too. In fact, one could say that this video is proof positive that Jesus Christ died to redeem Skeletor’s soul. I really must pick up a Battlecat and superglue a santa hat to his head. This is genius. A must for the cool Christmas household!




ASTAIRE & ROGERS ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

For $52 you get all 10 of the Astaire and Rogers films. If you’d been holding off – this is what you were holding off for. The complete collection. Astaire & Rogers is what is best in life. Watching these films – it just. It is magic. And not because of GREEN MILE. It is magic because they don’t move like humans. They float – there’s a grace and a power that is entirely their own. Humans don’t move like that. They’re mutants, fairies, vampires – they just can’t be real people – because I’ve watched real people for the entirety of my 38 years and I’ve never seen a single soul, much less two souls be so perfect together. When you can honestly smile like Fred Astaire – you’ve reached a higher level of being. It’s a genuine smile, sometimes tired, but always genuinely happy that he can still smile. It is an earned and confident smile. He also is quite aware of just how awesome Astaire is. As for Ginger. Swoon. I love Ginger, and I love her in FOOTLIGHT PARADE in the next set. But she’s best with Fred. And honestly he was best with her. Here’s what you get – and you’ll never regret it… All 10 Astaire & Rogers Movies Restored and Remastered. Extensive Special Features on Each Movie Plus Bonus Disc Documentary Profile: ASTAIRE AND ROGERS PARTNERS IN RHYTHM FLYING DOWN TO RIO • Comedy Short Beer and Pretzels with Ted Healy and His Stooges • Classic Cartoon I Like Mountain Music • Theatrical Trailer THE GAY DIVORCEE • 2 Musical Shorts: Show Kids and Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove • Classic Cartoon Shake Your Powder Puff • Audio-Only Bonus: Hollywood on the Air Radio Promo • Theatrical Trailer ROBERTA • Musical Short Starlit Days at the Lido • Classic Cartoon The Calico Dragon • Audio-Only Bonus: Hollywood on the Air Radio Promo • Theatrical Trailer TOP HAT • Commentary by Fred Astaire's Daughter Ava Astaire McKenzie and Film Historian Larry Billman • Featurette On Top: Inside the Success of Top Hat • Comedy Short Watch the Birdie with Bob Hope • Classic Cartoon Page Miss Glory • Theatrical Trailer FOLLOW THE FLEET • Featurette Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet • Musical Short Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra • Classic Cartoon Let It Be Me • Theatrical Trailer SWING TIME • Commentary by John Mueller, Author of Astaire Dancing • Featurette The Swing of Things: Swing Time Step by Step • Musical Short Hotel a la Swing • Classic Cartoon Bingo Crosbyana • Theatrical Trailer SHALL WE DANCE • Commentary by Songwriter Hugh Martin and Pianist Kevin Cole • Featurette The Music of Shall We Dance • Musical Short Sheik to Sheik • Classic Cartoon Toy Town Hall CAREFREE • Musical Short Public Jitterbug No. 1 • Classic Cartoon September in the Rain THE STORY OF VERNON AND IRENE CASTLE • Musical Short Happily Buried • Classic Cartoon Puss Gets the Boot THE BARKLEYS OF BROADWAY • Featurette Reunited: Astaire and Rogers Together Again • The Passing Parade Short Annie Was a Wonder • Classic Droopy Cartoon Wags to Riches • Theatrical Trailer ON EACH MOVIE: • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Main Feature. Bonus Material/Trailer May Not Be Subtitled).




BUSBY BERKELEY 9-FILM COLLECTION

Like the above set of Astaire & Rogers – this is just a repackaging of the two separate previously existing sets. And unlike the Fred & Ginger set – this is not a complete collection, just two of the collections. There’s still missing Berkeley flicks – and I want them all. That said – these are most of the highlights. Life smiles when watching 42nd STREET, FOOTLIGHT PARADE, DAMES, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, 1935, 1937… And the others are pretty snazzy to. My favorite of all the Busby films is FOOTLIGHT PARADE – if only because Cagney trumps all. And that fucking Shanghai Lil number is probably responsible for my instant love for Yoko. Seriously, she’s my Shanghai Lil. And I knew it instantly because I saw it here. I really want all this on Blu Ray. Or on Netflix HD




MAGIC (Blu Ray)

I dearly love this film. This film disturbs the hell out of me. Fats is the single most disturbing ventriloquist doll ever created. And I think anyone that has ever seen MAGIC wonders if Anthony Hopkins is actually sane. Or is he just fooling us most of the time? This also made me forever adore Ann-Margret as a woman. My god she’s beautiful in this film. One of the great curl up by a fire beauties. Then there’s William Goldman’s blessed script – and the brilliant Burgess Meredeth. This Blu-Ray looks fantastic. You see Hopkins’ sweat all the better. I can’t watch the film alone. It freaks me out.

Next week we’ll look at the 3 Blu Ray release of APOCALYPSE NOW, PREDATORS, PSYCHO Blu, ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Blu, season one of THE BIONIC WOMAN, AGORA, SEVEN SAMURAI Criterion Blu, MOULIN ROUGE! Blu, Ultimate Edition BluRay of HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN & GOBLET OF FIRE, WALLANDER, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS, ROMEO + JULIET Blu, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Complete Collection, The Psycho Legacy, VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL (Blu Ray), GIALLO, THE STRING, and much more!

Readers Talkback

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  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    You know...

    by fimano

    First.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Train Your Dragon

    by Razorsox

    Gotta agree! This was marketed completely wrong. Fell in love with this movie and it has a great score. 2nd favorite movie of the year for me behind Book of Eli.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Magic scared the crap out of me as a kid.

    by vic twenty

    That damn doll. I hate ventriloquists to this very day due to that movie. So it WAS good for me in the long run.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Johnny Stocatto vs Tony Soprano

    by vic twenty

    Tony can hit the high notes Cassavetes can only dream of. Cool show, though.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Even the Magic TV spot terrified me as a kid.

    by tonagan

    I would run out of the living room the moment it started. "ABRA CADABRA..."

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Somebody...

    by Secretagentnumber6

    Check on Harry, the pod people have invaded and are releasing the DVD column on time for the second time in two weeks if I am not mistaken. Pretty good week this week, I will have to pick up a few myself.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I'm always amazed

    by Shalako

    at what a terrible writer Harry is. Truly awful.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    JOHNNY STACCATO

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    Thanks Harry. Never heard of it. Buying and cant wait already!

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Sex and Lucia: any tits?

    by Daniel2010

    Just wondering if we get any tits or fullfrontal nudity in general? I'm dying for a wank. :)

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Johnny Staccato

    by linwalrd

    Disappointed Netflix isn't carrying this set for rental. Would have loved to have checked it out

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Daniel2010

    by keitha159

    Lots of nudity, frontal, tits, you name it. Definitely one of the hotter films out there. Wank- away!

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    So if you watched The Dareejing 4 times in a row, how many times

    by coconutgroves

    "Most erotic film ever made" ? You ol pervert, you!

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Johnny Staccato..just the name and concept

    by skimn

    sounds like an SCTV skit (Bobby Bittman IS Johnny Staccato....Johneee StaCAHtoooe..). "So whadaya say Captain, he fell from the fifth story roof..I guess he's B Flat...no, but seriously.."

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Harry are you claiming it takes hours to write this?

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    You watched Darjeeling Limited FOUR TIMES while writing the column?!? Huh?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    JOHN CARPENTER HAD A SEIZURE

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    CHOPPAH with another scoop!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>CHOPPED

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Paz Vega is insanely hot but Sex and Lucia is god awful.

    by HoboCode

    What an overrated piece this movie is. I think people who think this movie is any good have had all the blood in their bodies rushing away from their heads to their loins. It is spank-worthy but if you are expecting anything other than a stultifyingly boring movie you will be disappointed.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST

    "It is tolerable"...

    by Phloton

    ...always sends me running to be first in line at the box office, or choose 1-Click Ordering from Amazon.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Johnny Staccato is great

    by Beezbo

    Saw the entire series when they showed it on some obscure cable channel I don't get any more a few years back. Nice short episodes, all of them cool.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    He-Man and She-Ra's mom is from Earth

    by Tacom

    as I remember. She was like an astronaut or something. That's why they celebrate X-mas in Eternia.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    What's the little Harry animation at the top of the scren from?

    by Righteous Brother

    I normally get them, but this one has me completely baffled.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Righteous

    by skimn

    You beat me to admitting it, but I haven't a clue either.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Just to clear it up

    by theheavy

    Jesus was born on Christmas.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    by RasporangePants

    The little Harry animation is from Puppetmaster. It's the part where the couple gets all kinky and the creepy ass leech woman vomits leeches on the guy who's tied up in the bed. http://www.weirdwildrealm.com/filmimages/puppetmaster1-leech.jpg

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I’ve watched it with a number of girl friends...

    by wolfman30

    Somehow I don't believe it when Harry wrote this down. I'm just saying...

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Hello, kids, this is He Man

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and I'm here to tell you about a guy who was even manlier than I am. His name was Jesus, and he was nailed to a cross. That's right, Roman soldiers nailed him with railroad spikes and everything. And three days later, he CAME BACK TO LIFE! I am very powerful, but I have never been a zombie. So just you remember that, kids, when you give your mother a hard time about eating your vegetables. He-Man kneels only to Jesus Christ!

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    He-Man and She-Ra Christmas special...

    by HordePrime

    Queen Marlena (He-Man's mother) is from Earth however, they don't celebrate Christmas on Eternia. Orko crashes on Earth and meets two kids who teach him about Christmas. Skeletor and Hordak are summoned by Horde Prime to bring the children to him and destroy Christmas. Naturally, Skeletor is touched by the spirit of Christmas and doesn't pull the trigger. It's more awesome than it sounds.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Where the Wild Things Are vs. Johny Satacto

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    Which one do you think you overhyped more ?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    What's Opera Doc already makes this set better than

    by jimbojones123

    The previous Loony Tunes collection. It is THE essential Bugs Bunny short. Heck, it is THE essential Fudd short too.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    So let me get this straight...

    by cinemixtape.com

    You *literally* watched The Darjeeling Limited 4 times in a row? If so, there's nothing else anyone can ever say to insult you, Harry. You've done all the work for us.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    "I am one of those people..."

    by skimn

    "... that is in love with every experience of life."...including wasting 8 plus hours watching the same movie four times in a row. I don't care in its Citizen Kane..that's EIGHT hours watching ONE movie.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Lost Boys 3

    by Bouncy X

    well it cant possibly be worse than Part 2 so i'll cross my fingers and wish. though i am curious about that "the coreys" moment Harry mentioned. since the original plan was to bring back Haim in an eventual Part 4, i wonder if that moment is their way of explaining his absence after the tease in Part 2.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Harry's animation is from Puppet Masters

    by Bouncy X

    to whoever asked.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Re: Puppetmaster

    by skimn

    Thanks guys.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Magic....

    by LLcruize2

    I had totally forgotten about that movie. Definitely going to pick that up.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, noon CST

    Second-Best Ventroliquist Dummy Violence

    by Aquatarkusman

    "East Coast vs. West Coast Ventriloquist Wars" on Mr. Show

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 12:32 p.m. CST

    OMG! MAGIC.

    by shiekybaby

    That movie broke my mind all the way back in 1978. No shit. I saw a trailer for it on TV at the age of 4 and it scared the fuck out of me to my core. I was unable to have a ventriloquist dummy, or anything remotely resembling one, for the remainder of my childhood. I cant believe I am saying this, but I cant wait to get this now. I'm gonna go down to my basement all alone on Halloween night, in the dark...and put this on my home theatre. Me and Magic are finally gonna have it out this year.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    I was hoping their was some "Jonah Hex" director's cut

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    to explain what ended up on screen. At only about 73 minutes long, it feels like some evil producer cut the movie up with a pair of rusty scissors. Frigteningly, you could easily cut out the Meagan Fox character all together since she is only in around three scenes and doesn't do anything at all to forward the plot, leaving the movie with less than 60 minutes of runtime. It's a shame. Josh Brolin is pretty good as Hex; if only the rest of the movie could have stepped up to his level.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Aquatarkusman

    by Sailor Rip

    "Professor Murder, Kill or be Killed, what do you think of all this?" <p> "I don't know, I mean these mother fuckers got their dolls and shit." <p> And <p> "The east coast is the better of the two coasts. We don't like the west coast." <p> It really makes you see how stupid and childish the whole west coast/east coast thing is.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I aint no professor pickles!

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Seen a few eps of Johnny Staccato

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Fucking Stoked that it's finally on DVD. You can tell it inspired Cassavetes to make the movie Shadows.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    COME FOLLOW ME

    by THE_CHOPPAH_STRIKES_BACK

    On Twitter: @iamchoppah

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    David O Russell = Average and overrated.

    by Knuckleduster

    Flirting with Disaster was okay, but pretty mediocre. Three Kings was okay, but really nothing special. And I Heart Huckabees was okay, but more than anything it makes me want to watch a real Charlie Kaufman movie. I do not get the hype about this guy. <p> And yes, Johnny Staccato is very cool indeed.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Magic made me terrified of Howdy Doody...

    by StrokerX

    and all other ventriliquist dolls. I used to have nightmares Howdy Doody was standing in my doorway just looking at me. Magic scared the piss out of me. I don't even think i watched the whole movie...just bits and pieces.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Serious Three Kings Question

    by VirginiaGent

    When I saw "Three Kings", my first thought was, "Eh, 'Kelly's Heroes' did it better. For that matter, Sgt. Bilko did it better!". Then everyone went nuts saying how great "Three Kings" was. So what am I missing?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Johnny Staccato ...

    by Yer_Maw

    ... ran on Channel 4 in the UK about 20 years ago, I think I saw the whole run. Loved it. <p><br>I only ever got 1 episode taped. It had a Japanese/cod-martial arts theme Cassavetes' stunt double fought another stunt double who I'm pretty certain was Gene LeBell. All shot through a bamboo screen and at a distance so as we wouldn't know there were stuntmen involved, in a Star Trek stylee. Brilliant. Can't wait for the DVD.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Sex and Lucia is as terrible as everyone is saying...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    except Harry. Truly bad piece of filmaking. How can you make Paz Vega un-erotic? This movie succeeded with flying colors! I felt embarrassed for everyone uninvolved.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 7:58 p.m. CST

    This week aint as good as last week.

    by Oprah_Duke

    Fuck who I offend!!

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    I really can't believe...

    by MandrakeRoot

    ...that Harry - or anyone for that matter - would watch The Darjeeling Limited four times in a row. Not that it's a bad movie, but still...four times??? I'm not sure if I've ever watched the same movie twice in a row let alone four. If a movie really warrants a second viewing, I'm at least gonna wait til the next day. I just can't fathom how someone could put that movie in watch it, replay it, and continue to do this two more times, just sitting there and watching one movie for 8 hours. And if I ever did watch a movie that many times, it would sure have to be a lot better then TDL Seriously Harry, we know your a major film geek, but that is just kinda sad.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    "Lost Boys: The Thirst" shockingly didn't suck!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I just watched "Lost Boys: The Thirst" with no expectations going in. "The Lost Boys" is a geek era favorite of mine that came along at just the right time in my life to stick with me forever, and just like most of you, I pretty much hated "Lost Boys: The Tribe." Now, this is still a direct-to-DVD budget affair, but it improves greatly on the first sequel where it counts: story and character. Wisely, Corey Feldman is moved to front and center this time, not playing second banana to new teen characters that nobody cares about, and he kind of rocks it. He knows this character and seems to be having a good time revisiting him. The addition of Jamison Newlander as Alan Frog is a nice touch and there are plenty of nostalgic references to the original film, including "Cry Little Sister." This film actually made me laugh a couple of times, cheer for the good guys once and even surprised me with a twist at the end which made a lot of sense. The jabs at "Twilight" were also welcome. Maybe most of all, I actually appreciated the fact that this film wraps up the story for the most part without leaving a gapping hole for another sequel. Perhaps it's not the great, theatrical "Lost Boys" sequel we'll never get, but it's a nice little Halloween treat for those that might still care.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I believe Harry's "Coreys" moment

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    involves Batman issue #14 (a reference to the first film), and yes, it's a nice, touching moment, but I won't spoil it here.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Sex and Lucia

    by Smack_Teddy

    Don't knock that movie. That movie got me laid. Twice infact come to think of it, if i remember correctly. I remember that being a good movie... I honestly have managed to seduce a woman without getting them horny by putting on Y Tu Mama or something but.. if THAT girl ever does finally walk into my life one day then 'Baise Moi' is going on straight away, as a litmus test of sorts before belting out Etta James. <p> Johhny Saccato sounds like lube, clock, towell, and alot of Jazz though.... my kind of thing, looking forward to it!

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    The first episode of Johnny Stacatto

    by seppukudkurosawa

    is on Youtube, if anyone wants to see if it's their cup of noir.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Darjeeling Limited

    by Smack_Teddy

    I dont know about four times in a row, but ive seen it back-to-back many times. Its a film for people who are completely in love with cinema, it does asked to be watched again. Whats wrong with that?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9 p.m. CST

    Don't buy the Bugs Bunny DVD's

    by Chesterfield Slacks

    The new Essential collection is 16:9 hard cropped, and literally hides some of the 4:3 gags. WTF?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Magic has a brilliant Jerry Goldsmith score

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Who knew a harmonica could sound so sinister?

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    76 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    skimn: SCTV

    by lynchmob17

    SCTV did a spoof of "Johnny Staccato" called "Vic Arpeggio: Private Investigator". It's pretty hilarious whether you've seen the original or not.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klb1-UeESRs

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Seriously - that animation - WTF is it?

    by Bot-Bot

    I'm baffled too - I know sometimes there are obscure references in the corner animations, but I usually get them. This one...enlighten me please.

  • Oct. 12, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Richard Dreyfuss...

    by Ageoffroyi

    HATES Bill Murray.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Have none of you 'film buffs' (ha) seen 'Dead of Night'.?

    by workshed

    'Magic' is just a drawn-out, poor relation of Michael Redgrave's segment. If you haven't seen the classic portmanteau then do it. Seek it out. It's truly (cough) magic.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    don't forget DEXTER'S LABORATORY

    by 7-zark-7

    .. previously only available on Region-1 DVD as a short-lived Columbia House subscription series; it's hard to believe this 15+ year-old modern classic is seeing a wide home video release in stores for the very first time.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:51 a.m. CST

    One more thing... "I have watched this yet"

    by workshed

    Harry, WTF!!! Are you a reviewer or nay..? If you can't be bothered to see the films you get sent for free why not let other long-time readers contribute to the DVD review column.? I'm sick of seeing you write that and then proceed to give an opinion; it makes you look so amateur and gives YOUR critics mucho ammo (which is sad because I know that anyone who likes Douglas Sirk has good taste). Why not just leave 'Johah Hex'/'I Am Love' out of the review altogether until you've had time to give an appraisal. Or is it ALL ABOUT THE FUCKING MONEY..?

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Sorry... "I haven't watched this yet"

    by workshed

    C'mon Harry, an edit button would bring AICN into the 21st Century.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Utamoh its from the Puppet Master movie

    by KilliK

    check it out,its a good,horror flick.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Harry watching a movie 4 times....

    by shiekybaby

    ok I do have to get one thing off my chest Harry. How can you constantly tell us how you were unable to review this movie or that movie, because of work, cons, lack of sleep, etc. But then turn around and tell us you watched a single movie....and an old movie at that.....4 times in a fucking row? You realize you could have watched 3 other movies....THREE...in that time span. We could have had additional reviews, details, something...anything. But all we found out was you spent about ten hours watching one fuckin movie. Get over yourself bro.....start taking this job seriously.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Ha!

    by yodalovesyou

    You can see the outline of Megan Fox's tit implants on the Jonah Hex cover. Talk about a botch job.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    "I...managed to seduce a woman without getting them horny"

    by RosemarysBabyDaddy

    I'm not sure, but I think that's called "rape".

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Gamera/Gamera 2 is out on Blu???

    by Gojira_X

    That's what Amazon says...

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    "I'm not sure, but I think that's called "rape". "

    by jim

    Or simply indifference<p>"Uh, yeah, sure, what the hell, this movie's boring and maybe it'll kill like 10 minutes or so"

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I think when Harry says he watched a movie

    by jim

    4 times in a row it means he let it play 4 times while he puttered around the house doing stuff. He's not really watching, it's playing in the background and he catches a scene or two here and there. By the fourth playing he's probably seen all the scenes at least once. That I can understand. Otherwise, I can not fathom taking 6 to 8 hours to sit and watch the same movie four times when I could use that time to watch four different movies.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Rape?...

    by Smack_Teddy

    ...taken out of context, and without the last part to finish that sentance...yes it very well might be. Editing. It does wonders.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    the magician

    by mynamesdan

    really slow and long, but amazing use of lighting and tone. now i'm just off to disappear up my own arse

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Vic Arpeggio

    by Caruso72

    Much better Private eye than Johnny Staccato.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Better than up someone elses arse

    by Smack_Teddy

    who you don't even know, thats for sure.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON" blu-ray = A+

    by JDanielP

    Not only is it great family entertainment, the disk is reference quality from what I'm reading/hearing. Can't wait for our family gathering to watch on the big screen, along with buckets of stove-popped popcorn. <P>Family movies of this quality make special moments, in life. THANK YOU, Dreamworks.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Vic Arpeggio...OMG, no wonder I thought Johnny Staccato

    by skimn

    sounded like an SCTV skit..it was.

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    If the intent was to sell Leaves of Grass as a

    by The Cable Nazi

    DVD, then why is the box art so fucking hideous?

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    75 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones"

    by Chaztastic

    The DVD and Blu-ray of this rarely seen Stones live film has been remastered and is out now. Best Buy has the DVD for only 7.99 and the Blu-ray for only 9.99! Don't know how Harry missed this?

  • Oct. 13, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    went to a friends house once -

    by frank cotton

    about 5pm on a weekday, the day after PREDATOR 2 hit video. he'd rented it the night before, and he was just starting it from the beginning when i got there. his girlfriend told me it was the 8th time they'd watched it

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    the 8th time?

    by shiekybaby

    only one explanation, they were completely stoned.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Harry, I'm looking forward to your blu-ray review of ALIENS

    by JDanielP

    Reviews coming in are saying, along with James Cameron himself, that the blu-ray looks even better than the original theatrical release!!! Cameron IS the MAN!!!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Criterion

    by Shalako

    just announced The Naked Kiss, Shock Corridor and Army of Shadows for blu-ray release in January. Sucka yeah.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    8 Diagram Pole Fighter...

    by samuraiyao

    I guess Harry missed this one, came out this week and a treasure of a film!!

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hex is gloriously bad!

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    Probably the most enjoyable comedy that I've seen all year. It was as though they just made it up as they went along. The film just throws you in with a random scene and then, realising that they forgot to film a bunch of scenes, it has an animated scene to fill in some exposition. <p> There's this bizarre fight scene with Malkovich on this weird Mars looking landscape that intermittently pops us throughout. And, my favourite, Megan Fox as a hooker who can write calligraphy! <p> Honestly, I'm not one to champion crap films, but I had a Jokerised grin on my face for this one! It's a brisk 70 minutes as well.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    I Have Not Watched a Blu-Ray

    by Autodidact

    In two months....

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Last Movie I Watched Twice in a Row..

    by Autodidact

    Knocked Up. Can hardly think of another one. Have watched the same movie two days in a row lotsa times though.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    seriously

    by frank cotton

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    MAGIC is an absorbing movie

    by Redmond

    Unfairly sold as a horror movie, when it's really a psychological movie about a guy having a mental breakdown. It's not great. The plot is very derivative of the DEAD OF NIGHT episode, but it's well made and acted by Hopkins and Meredith.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Arn is great! Has the girl with the dragon tattoo guy.

    by antonphd

    and a bunch of other actors i recognize and really like.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Arn is great! Has the girl with the dragon tattoo guy.

    by antonphd

    and a bunch of other actors i recognize and really like.