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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 4th wk of Oct 2010: HOUSE, Kubrick, ALIEN/ALIENS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, Dan O'Bannon, Sky Squids & More

Hey folks, Harry here and the number one blockade in getting the column done this week, was getting an early copy of the first two episodes of Frank Darabont’s THE WALKING DEAD - which has just made me just about the happiest zombie boy on the block. LOVE IT SO MUCH. Anyway, you got a really fun group of great releases this week. As usual the images and titles link to Amazon where you can learn more on the title, or you can just out right purchase it there, which helps keep this column going. Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

HOUSE (Criterion BLU RAY)
Buy this now, choose the fastest method of shipping – and make sure that Sunday – when you’re getting together with your friends for a celebration of HALLOWEEN, that this is the film that plays when things are ready to get kicked up a notch. The cover you see for the Criterion edition – is not necessarily out of line with the actual vision of the film contained within. HOUSE is amazing. How amazing? Well, it was directed by the man that directed Charles Bronson in the greatest Men’s Cologne Commercial of all time, just youtube search MANDOM, and be a cult member. But this is a seriously psychedelic whacked out Japanese bit of hyped up insanity that you just can’t possibly turn off. It is awe-inspiring. THE RELEASE OF THE WEEK – and yes – I’m aware of the releases that follow – but as a movie fan, is it really all about the favorite films that you’ve known about your whole life – or is it about the things that blow your mind that you know next to nothing about? If so. THIS IS THE RELEASE. First off, the transfer is beautiful – and if you remember that insane lush seventies studio pretty out of Japan… and you apply it to the insanity of Japanese Haunted House – and remember, this was made to be FUN! The girls are so much fun. Trippy and close to being from another dimension. As a result, I can seriously recommend nothing higher this week. This is the sort of title that Criterion introduces you to, and you introduce to your entire world of friends and film lovers. Have a very Happy Halloween! Here’s the Criterion features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer Constructing a House, a new video piece with director Nobuhiko Obayashi Emotion, a 1966 experimental film by Obayashi New video appreciation by director Ti West (House of the Devil) Theatrical trailer New and improved English subtitle translation PLUS: An essay by Chuck Stephens

PATHS OF GLORY (Criterion Blu)
KUBRICK. That name means… ADD TO THINE COLLECTION IMMEDIATELY. PATHS OF GLORY, for me is the first fully realized STANLEY KUBRICK film. I love THE KILLING & KILLER’S KISS – but they are small films. With PATHS OF GLORY, Kubrick made the world take notice. It teamed him with the great Kirk Douglas, which led him to SPARTACUS, but when you watch Kubrick’s eye in the trenches, on the battlefield, in the command headquarters – it reveals with perfect clarity a clean vision of the insanity contained within. His first attempt at revealing the insanity of war – a lesson that the world still can’t see and hear. This is where it became clear that Kubrick was incredibly special. Criterion’s print is gorgeous. The crispness is as it should be. Here’s their extras: New, restored high-definition digital transfer New audio commentary by critic Gary Giddins Television interview from 1979 with star Kirk Douglas New video interviews with Jan Harlan, James B. Harris and Christiane Kubrick Excerpt from a French television program about real-life World War I executions Theatrical trailer PLUS: An essay by Kubrick scholar James Naremore

BACK TO THE FUTURE: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (BLU RAY)
Only complaint… Would love to have seen EVERYTHING that Eric Stoltz shot. Because, well… I find it utterly fascinating to watch. BUT – that’s just because I’m a spoilt brat that is addicted to the trivial history of cinema, especially when it comes to something as key in my little primate skull like BACK TO THE FUTURE. I spent a day watching the 3 films and then watching as many of the extras as I could – and I still didn’t get through it all. The film prints are great, though – the image is so good for the first BACK TO THE FUTURE – that you can really see how shoddy the make-up work was. This clears up with the second and third films. Now – here’s what you get on this truly awesome box set: Blu-ray Exclusives U-Control Setups & Payoffs: Note key scenes and see how they play out as you watch the movies Storyboard Comparison: Compare key scenes in the movie with the original storyboards. Trivia Track: Get inside trivia and facts while you watch the movies. Pocket BLU: Experience Blu-ray in an exciting new way with the app for iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android and more BD-Live: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player and download even more bonus content, the latest trailers and more My Scenes: Bookmark your favorite scenes from the movies Bonus Features "Tales from the Future:" 6-part retrospective documentary featuring all-new interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Director Robert Zemeckis, Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton plus Executive Producer Steven Spielberg "In the Beginning..." Time to Go Keeping Time Time Flies Third Times the Charm The Test of Time The Physics of Back to the Future 16 Deleted Scenes Michael J. Fox Q&A Archival Featurettes The Making of Back to the Future Parts I, II & III Making The Trilogy: Chapters One, Two & Three Back to the Future Night The Secrets of the Back to the Future Trilogy Behind-the-Scenes Outtakes Original Makeup Tests Nuclear Test Side Ending Storyboard Sequence Outtakes Production Design Storyboarding Designing the DeLeorean Designing Time Travel Hoverboard Test Designing Hill Valley Designing the Campaign Photo Galleries Including Production Art, Additional Storyboards, Behind-the-Scenes Photographs, Marketing Materials and Character Portraits Music Videos "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News "Doubleback" by ZZ Top Back to the Future: The Ride Q&A Commentaries with Director Robert Zemeckis and Producer Bob Gale Feature Commentaries with Producers Bob Gale and Neil Canton

This trilogy, along with THE RED RIDING TRILOGY – has seriously been one of the absolute highlights of 2010 for me. I love both Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist as the lead characters in the story, but I have to say – I just love the story, I’m a sucker for mystery-suspense stories, and I find Noomi’s character to be the most intriguing screen characters for an actress to play this year. From the Suicide Girl look – to just the quiet brilliance, insanity and patience that she exhibits… I love her. She’s hot, quite a bit scary, intimidating and tantalizing. The second film’s overall mystery isn’t as classical as the one in the first film, but as a result – I liked it more. Because it wasn’t the typical mystery. Really great series!

If you’re a geek. You’ll read reviews, but in truth – you’ve already ordered. Looking at the extras, just look: Disc 1: ALIEN

**1979 Theatrical Version
**2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
**Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
**Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
**Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

 Disc 2: ALIENS

**1986 Theatrical Version
**1991 Special Edition with James Cameron Introduction
**Audio Commentary by Director James Cameron, Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Alien Effects Creator Stan Winston, Visual Effects Supervisors Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak, Miniature Effects Supervisor Pat McClung, Actors Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn and Christopher Henn
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by James Horner
**Composer’s Original Isolated Score by James Horner
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

 Disc 3: ALIEN 3

**1992 Theatrical Version
**2003 Special Edition (Restored Workprint Version)
**Audio Commentary by Cinematographer Alex Thomson, B.S.C., Editor Terry Rawlings, Alien Effects Designers Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Actors Paul McGann and Lance Henriksen
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Elliot Goldenthal
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

 Disc 4: ALIEN Resurrection

**1997 Theatrical Version
**2003 Special Edition with Jean-Pierre Jeunet Introduction 
**Audio Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Editor Hervé Schneid, A.C.E., Alien Effects Creators Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., Visual Effects Supervisor Pitof, Conceptual Artist Sylvain Despretz, Actors Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon and Leland Orser
**Final Theatrical Isolated Score by John Frizzell
**Deleted and Extended Scenes
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience with Weyland-Yutani Datastream

 Disc 5: Making the Anthology

 The Beast Within: Making ALIEN

**Star Beast: Developing the Story
**The Visualists: Direction and Design
**Truckers in Space: Casting
**Fear of the Unknown: Shepperton Studios, 1978
**The Darkest Reaches: Nostromo and Alien Planet
**The Eighth Passenger: Creature Design
**Future Tense: Editing and Music
**Outward Bound: Visual Effects
**A Nightmare Fulfilled: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods

 Superior Firepower: Making ALIENS

**57 Years Later: Continuing the Story
**Building Better Worlds: From Concept to Construction
**Preparing for Battle: Casting and Characterization
**This Time It’s War: Pinewood Studios, 1985
**The Risk Always Lives: Weapons and Action
**Bug Hunt: Creature Design
**Beauty and the Bitch: Power Loader vs. Queen Alien
**Two Orphans: Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn
**The Final Countdown: Music, Editing and Sound
**The Power of Real Tech: Visual Effects
**Aliens Unleashed: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods 

 Wreckage and Rage: Making ALIEN3

**Development Hell: Concluding the Story
**Tales of the Wooden Planet: Vincent Ward’s Vision
**Stasis Interrupted: David Fincher’s Vision
**Xeno-Erotic: H.R. Giger’s Redesign
**The Color of Blood: Pinewood Studios, 1991
**Adaptive Organism: Creature Design
**The Downward Spiral: Creative Differences
**Where the Sun Burns Cold: Fox Studios, L.A. 1992
**Optical Fury: Visual Effects
**Requiem for a Scream: Music, Editing and Sound
**Post-Mortem: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods 

 One Step Beyond: Making ALIEN RESURRECTION

**From the Ashes: Reviving the Story
**French Twist: Direction and Design
**Under the Skin: Casting and Characterization
**Death from Below: Fox Studios, Los Angeles, 1996
**In the Zone: The Basketball Scene
**Unnatural Mutation: Creature Design
**Genetic Composition: Music
**Virtual Aliens: Computer Generated Imagery
**A Matter of Scale: Miniature Photography
**Critical Juncture: Reaction to the Film
**Enhancement Pods 

**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience to Access and Control Enhancement Pods

 Disc 6: The Anthology Archives



**First Draft Screenplay by Dan O’Bannon
**Ridleygrams: Original Thumbnails and Notes
**Storyboard Archive
**The Art of Alien: Conceptual Art Portfolio
**Sigourney Weaver Screen Tests with Select Director Commentary
**Cast Portrait Gallery


**The Chestbuster: Multi-Angle Sequence with Commentary
**Video Graphics Gallery
**Production Image Galleries
**Continuity Polaroids
**The Sets of Alien
**H.R. Giger’s Workshop Gallery

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Additional Deleted Scenes
**Image & Poster Galleries
**Experience in Terror
**Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
**The Alien Legacy
**American Cinematheque: Ridley Scott Q&A
**Trailers & TV Spots 



**Original Treatment by James Cameron
**Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Videomatics with Commentary
**Storyboard Archive
**The Art of Aliens: Image Galleries
**Cast Portrait Gallery


**Production Image Galleries
**Continuity Polaroids
**Weapons and Vehicles
**Stan Winston’s Workshop
**Colonial Marine Helmet Cameras
**Video Graphics Gallery
**Weyland-Yutani Inquest: Nostromo Dossiers

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Deleted Scene: Burke Cocooned
**Deleted Scene Montage
**Image Galleries
**Special Collector’s Edition LaserDisc Archive
**Main Title Exploration
**Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright
**Trailers & TV Spots



**Storyboard Archive
**The Art of Arceon
**The Art of Fiorina


**Furnace Construction: Time-Lapse Sequence
**EEV Bioscan: Multi-Angle Vignette with Commentary
**Production Image Galleries
**A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Visual Effects Gallery
**Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
**Alien 3 Advance Featurette
**The Making of Alien 3 Promotional Featurette
**Trailers & TV Spots 



**First Draft Screenplay by Joss Whedon
**Test Footage: A.D.I. Creature Shop with Commentary
**Test Footage: Costumes, Hair and Makeup
**Pre-Visualizations: Multi-Angle Rehearsals
**Storyboard Archive
**The Marc Caro Portfolio: Character Designs
**The Art of Resurrection: Image Galleries


**Production Image Galleries
**A.D.I.’s Workshop

Post-Production and Aftermath

**Visual Effects Gallery
**Special Shoot: Promotional Photo Archive
**HBO First Look: The Making of Alien Resurrection
**Alien Resurrection Promotional Featurette
**Trailers & TV Spots 


**Two Versions of Alien Evolution
**The Alien Saga
**Patches and Logos Gallery
**Aliens3D Attraction Scripts and Gallery
**Aliens in the Basement: The Bob Burns Collection
**Dark Horse Cover Gallery
**Patches and Logos Gallery
**MU-TH-UR Mode Interactive Experience Seriously – this is one of those series that strikes to the heart of who we are as geeks. Be it the simple awesome of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN or the utter brilliant action of James Cameron’s ALIENS -- and then even the two failures of the series – from the likes of David Fincher and Jean Pierre Jeunet are fascinating stories in and of themselves. These two are amazing stories of artists being hamstrung by wrongful executive interference. The great thing about this set is you’ll see all that and more. This is such a great series – let’s hope FOX gets the fuck out of Ridley Scott’s way so he can up the ante, yet again.

In my opinion, if you can’t do at least two quotes from DARK STAR – you’re not yet a real geek. DARK STAR is a geek perogative film. It gives us some of the same short cut talking points. We all know ALIEN never would have happened without DARK STAR. We all love this because we love Dan O Bannon, John Carpenter and mostly because we love a sentient bomb. BRILLIANCE! I love this film dearly. Here’s the extras you get on this edition: LET THERE BE LIGHT: THE ODYSSEY OF "DARK STAR" An all new, feature-length documentary exploring the controversial making of the John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN) and Dan O Bannon (ALIEN), Exclusive interviews with actor Brian Narelle, cinematographer Doug Knapp, art director Tommy Lee Wallace, visual effects artist Greg Jein, voice artist Cookie Knapp, film director Jack Harris, Diane O Bannon, USC alumni/director Jeff Burr, as well as archival interviews with John Carpenter and many more! Plus the final interview with Dan O Bannon, Directed by Daniel Griffith, 2010, Interview with Sci-Fi author Alan Dean Foster, 3D guide to the DARK STAR ship, Full-length audio commentary by super-fan Andrew Gilchrist, Written Intro by Dan O Bannon, Trivia.

Once the first season got its legs, it started kicking ass pretty solid. This second season, just nailed it right from the beginning – and serves as a reminder that the further STAR WARS gets from George, the stronger it seems to get. Ya gotta love some Aurra Sing / Boba Fett action. This is really good stuff. I’m looking forward to watching these in a non-stop watching orgy.

Easily one of the best films of 2010 is this movie, WINTER’S BONE. I remember hearing about it at SUNDANCE this year, where it took home the Grand Jury Prize – and at the time, I remember thinking… A John Hawkes starring film won the Grand Jury Prize at SUNDANCE? Awesome. I’m a John Hawkes fan going way back to his role in Daniel Erikson’s SCARY MOVIE back in the day. A role that I felt was criminally underseen. The paranoia and fear that John gave off in that film was so delightful that it reminded me of the best kind of insanity that you’d see out of Peter Lorre. And that’s a great thing. SO – finally this BluRay showed up and I put it in and wow. WINTER’S BONE is, no fooling, a great thriller. Really outstanding. You should also keep focused on Jennifer Lawrence, she’s gonna go places. But for me, this is John Hawkes’ film. BTW – folks – fuck METH. Stay the fuck away from that crap.

Want to see a feature length TWILIGHT ZONE-esque musical starring Anthony Hopkins singing 1966 era Sondheim songs – and it was made for Television, aired once and then hidden from the eyes of man for being just too goddamn good. Now – now you can have it. Love this! Don’t try to find out too much on this, just… trust me.

I’m on record as lusting after Caroline “sweaty titties” Munro like nobody’s business. This is mainly because of GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, but every other film I’ve seen her in, my desire kicks in again, even if that film is the utterly disgusting, seedy exploitation of William Lustig, with amazing gore effects by Tom Savini – all in 1080p!!! You just have to celebrate this kind of film hitting Blu. I love it, like I love BLUE UNDERGROUND. Sometimes, the red, must be that clear!

Oliver Stone shot this documentary which is a series of sit downs with a “rogues gallery” of South American leaders. These are pretty much all the bad guys that FOX NEWS vilifies often & with gusto. Yet, with Oliver Stone – there doesn’t seem to be any tongues being ripped out, now – there is an occasional chewing of the coco leafs. Which, I must admit, is a curious thing to watch a sitting leader of a country doing, but as they say, at those altitudes… when in Rome. Right? The interesting thing that comes through in the documentary – is a desire to rule their own countries without imperialistic influences. At least that’s the line that is toted. It is a fascinating doc, if for no other reason than to see how these folks come across in a frank conversation about realities.

With all the talk about the Time Traveler that was found in footage from Chaplin’s THE CIRCUS world premiere… well, it got me to crack open this set and start diving into Chaplin’s classic Keystone Comedies work, most of which are short two reelers – but here you watch as Chaplin refines his TRAMP character, and if you watch them all – you’ll find yourself in a higher plane of existence, simply because the pathos of Chaplin will brighten your soul. This is an absolute certainty. This is a fantastic set. I love LAUGHING GAS. But DOUGH AND DYNAMITE is my fave. I had the original one sheet for this film, for pretty much my entire life. Mom & Dad came across it somewhere, but I remember when I got into College, got my first video card – I sought it out. And this was just magic. I recognized gags from the poster – and it delighted me. Big love for this set.

Ok. It is very important to look at the image on that BluRay box cover. That is a small plane in a stormy sky, there is a body hanging out of the open door as fucking tentacles are swooping after the plane. The AIR PLANE – in a movie called ALTITUDE… there are TENTACLES IN THE SKY! And thus began my stupid love for this utterly retarded film. But ya know what, it delivers on that image. The film is all kinds of fucked up. Seriously. You won’t necessarily like any of those names that you don’t really know on the box cover. That’s fine, this isn’t a film about attachments. It’s about TENTACLES IN THE SKY. This is essentially a bugnuts Twilight Zone episode, that has relentlessly fed upon lead paint chips beginning at an early age. This is MST3K worthy – and an epic one at that. The silly goes far beyond the mere image you see on the cover. It goes to the root of relationships – and just… these teens do some amazingly stupid shit. The kind of stupid shit that gets you yelling at the screen. SO, do I recommend it. Yeah, to those that love FUCKING ABSURDLY AMBITIOUS RETARDED BULLSHIT INSANITY. Yeah, for you folks, this shit is crack.

SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE (25th Anniversary Edition) BLU RAY
Ok, so this was magic in the 80s – I swear it was. There’s a bizarre experience awaiting those that haven’t seen this in ages, but I still say I still love the ILM work on this movie. That’s really why I loved it, I read about it in STARLOG – and I had a habit of loving almost every movie I ever read about in STARLOG.

This is that British Occult Black Leather Bikers of the Living Dead film where they crush the Hippie movement – and it stars GEORGE SANDERS and is actually incredibly watchable. I dig the hell out of this thing.

Known as YE YAN aka THE BANQUET, this is a very loose Chinese adaptation of Shakespeare’s HAMLET – but into a total Chinese interpretation. It’s amazing. Zhang Ziyi has perhaps never been more beautiful – and the art direction and cinematography are jaw-dropping, seriously – I have a nomination for most beautiful decapitation in this film. I also love the music by Tan Dun. Seriously. Wow. Not real sure how I missed this for the 4 years it has been in existence, but I’ve watched it 3 times now since getting it on Blu. Amazing film.

Hey, it’s Henry Miller’s TROPIC OF CANCER, shot in a very frank and explicit manner in the 70’s – with Rip Torn and Ellen Burstyn in the key roles! This is amazing. You’ll still probably prefer HENRY AND JUNE, I do, but I am kind of amazed by TROPIC OF CANCER! It’s amazing. Definitely worth checking out!

I have mad love for THE CHASER, in fact it is one of my favorite Korean films – and that’s saying a lot. The story is focused upon a Pimp, who used to be a cop, but is now a pimp. He begins to have a shortage of girls working for him, and he realizes that some of the missing girls all saw the same last client, so he decides to investigate – and sure enough – BADNESS. This is a great KOREAN film. Absolutely brutal, feels like an old William Friedkin film or an old Paul Schrader script. Just a great great film.

This is kind of like a Cold War Film Noir Intrigue kind of film, about a patrol jeep in Berlin that had various representatives from each of the western governements that divided up BERLIN – and – yeah – this is just awesome. Stars a fave actor of mine, Ralph Meeker. Watch his films and learn why.

SCORE (Blu Ray)
This is a very Bi-Curious Softcore Seventies Porn about an older married couple that is trying to seduce a younger married couple and they have these various side bets, about what they can get the couple to do – and well… things pretty much go as planned, otherwise… it wouldn’t be at all satisfying would it? Pretty amazing little film.

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  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST's the middle of the night!

    by TronBurgundy

    ..did someone wet the bed?..

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    everyone wants to know about the Stoltz footage ...

    by scenic

    but you don't say anything! Is there more than the teasers released last week?? Is there dialogue in the deleted scenes with Stoltz? How could you not mention this??? I've waited decades and so have you but yet no word! I'm exploding now ... good bye.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST



    that's all I could find on the disc, pretty much what was shown in that teaser, that is it.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    okay - calming down a bit now but no promises...

    by scenic

    Okay, thanks for the update but I'm probably still going to explode. (which has nothing to do with this review or this site - I just explode sometimes without much warning)

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    OK so there's no purpose on buying these blu-rays

    by ricarleite2

    If you want them merely for the Stoltz footage.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Stoltz footage

    by Sedhead

    I have to say, like yourself Harry I was immensely disappointed there was not more Stoltz footage. But the fantastic print of the film itself more than makes up for it.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    I had always heard that

    by liljuniorbrown

    The people that are living or have lived in those "Little South American countries" hated the dictatorship thing,hated being ruled by drug lords with an iron fist.But if Oliver Stone does some lines of pure Columbian with these guys and thinks that it's ok... then i'm sure it's ok. I mean, he's the man behind Wall Street and Wall Street :Money never sleeps so he has to be an expert on that shit right? Right? He's about as much an expert as any of the Fox News people are.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    by PedroM

    i was curious regarding this movie since the books sold a gazillion copies around the world and everybody talking good things about it. watched it and could not see what´s the big deal about it.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Now it's time to go sleepy-bye you worthless piece of garbage.

    by TronBurgundy far as Dark Star quotes go. With Harry's comments on Dragon Tattoo, I'm interested as usual to read your 2010 "top ten" at Christmas.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Stoltz does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    You guys want a fan-edit of BACK TO THE STOLTZ?<p> Where (and why?!) has the sudden Stoltz love come form?<p> The guy's one rank below James Spader imho, and Spader's not exactly a glory boy himself.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:57 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Let's rework STOLTZ into all the Eighties classics while we're at it.<p> STOLTZ doing the crane kick in KARATE KID.<p> STOLTZ feels the need for speed as Top Gun's Maverick.<p> STOLTZ as SUPERMAN. You'll believe a ginger can fly.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "I'm not suggesting..... by William_Faulkner Oct 26th, 2010 05:28:36 AM ...that one of you crazy fucks kill Stoltz" <p> Why not? He wouldn't be missed, would he?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    The Greatest DVD Column of the year!!!

    by samuraiyao

    Wow, BTTF boxset, Alien boxset, Chaplin at Keystone, House, shit that's all in one week, I can buy all these movies on this week's column and it'll be better than any column this year, WOW!!!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Chaplin at Keystone

    by lola0813

    I must own that set right now. My life could depend on it.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Harry are you still going to the gym?

    by Righteous Brother

    cos you seem to spend a hell of a lot of time watching movies - I mean all-dayers!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I love Alien and Aliens.......but....

    by Righteous Brother

    I just can't part with any money for Alien Resurrection.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Thanks for no Taylor Swift ad banners, Harry!

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    That overrated, tone-deaf, hack is plastered all over the internet this week, heralding another shitty album. I thought for sure her record company would've tried to buy ad space on here.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    another shit week...when are we getting the good stuff???

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    its almost the holidays!!!<P><P>just actually near to buying a BLU RAY player for some of these releases...and TOY STORY 3 next week!!!<P>SWEET < P >eebus!!!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Perkins not Hopkins?

    by belowtheroot

    Never seen 'Evening primrose' mind you.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Why is America always late with the Korean pics?

    by Knuckleduster

    You only got The Chaser now? It's been out for years. The same happened with The Good, The Bad, The Weird. Very strange. <p> Gonna watch Maniac on the big screen for the first time this weekend. Horror Festivals make the world a better place.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    So that Alien 3 making of is complete this time?

    by The Mothman

    The Digital Bits review of the Alien box set DVDs mentioned chunks of the Alien 3 making of taken out, which is notable considering what was left in was fairly frank regarding the whole snafu.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Alien and BTTF

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Good 'nuff for me.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    apparently the QUADRILOGY (i hate that word) had parts (summing 30 minutes) of alien 3's doc taken out..for this set, they have been reinserted..<P>also the original isolated goldsmith score from ALIEN isnt on the set

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    i actually won the BTTF trilogy on saturday

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    at the BTTF showing...i cleaned up during their trivial game

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    What would be considered a hard trivia question from the movies?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    i answered three questions for some movies passes and vouchers for drink and popcorn and the trilogy..<P>uh..they were:<P>what color underwear was marty wearing?<P>what was the date marty travelled back to?<P>how much did a gallon of gas cost in 1955?<P>what three drinks did marty order at the diner in 1955?<P>what was the show that lorraines parents watched?<P>what powered the flux capacitor?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Wow. Pretty easy, IMO.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I wish I could've beaten the Calvin Kleins off of you with that trivia. Congrats!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    technically it was the honeymooners and they were looking for 1.21 gigawatts

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    yeah i thought i wouldve had some competition at a screening to a 25 year old film..i mean why would you go to it if you werent a die hard fan?<P>and the gas cost 19 cents/gallon....i DID NOT get that one..

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    by The Mothman

    The unmade Alien 3, even after all the discussion, still taunts me. The doco on the Quadrilogy (I hate the word too) was fascinating, not because it was a simple case of producers fucking around with the movie, but because it showed (imo) mistakes from all corners. Did Fincher really want a gruesomely unnecessary Newt autopsy scene ? Probably not really called for. Also, seeing Paul McGann (Golic) talk about the movie with hair made me realise that, yeah, the bald thing, while initially striking, really does make the prisoners cardboard cutouts...let them grow their hair back, give the prisoners more personality in general to make their sacrifices mean something, put the catch and release back in, take the CGI out, and I think you have a solid entry in the series. The extended documentary will be fun.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    now i just need a BLU RAY player...

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Alien 3 extended cut is bad-ass

    by darthwaz1

    Soo much better! It actually rounds out the trilogy and is a solid movie! Then there is that add-on called "Resurrection" Wtf is that?! Are we supposed to take that movie seriously or not?? At least in AVP we know what we're getting, a popcorn monster mash-up. Alien4 is just a pretty-looking waste of a sequel, along the lines of "Beyond Thunderdome"

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    No Blu-Ray here either...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I just rewatched the trilogy I have on DVD because of the hype of the Blu's. That's the only reason I got the gas prices question correct because I compared to what I paid at the pump the day before.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    yeah i am seriously tempted to get the alien anthology for:<P>the uncut Alien³ doc<P>the isolated scores<P>and finally able to get rid of the unwieldy neverending folding box..seriously that thing was longer than my hebrew cock..just barely though..

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Alien 3 extended documentary?

    by PedroM

    Whats to extend that wasnt on the quadri dvd?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:10 a.m. CST

    alien 4..

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    if and when i watch that film...i turn it off when winona gets goes down hill fast after that..<P>but i think to me that the saga ends with ripley sacrificing herself at the end of Alien³

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    "if for no other reason than to see how these folks come across

    by Disgustipitated

    Really, Harry? You actually believe that these people are going to be open and honest in an interview with an American filmmaker? the way, I've got this great bridge up north I'd like to sell The more likely scenario is these guys will look at the doc as a means to "get their message out", use it for international propaganga and play innocent, gaining sympathy while simultaneously building potential resentment toward the U.S. and it's policies toward their countries. Saddam tried that, but it didn't work for him. Just because someone isn't caught on camera performing some ungodly act of violence doesn't mean they aren't the "bad guy". Real life isn't like the movies where the bad guys are wearing dark clothes, dark make-up and twisting their handlebar mustaches. In reality, they're more likely to come across as nice people who are simply "misunderstood". Then you have the ones who actually believe in what they say, honestly believe that what they're doing in the "right thing" for their country and have a perspective that, while it might seem genuine and understandable, is skewed. Joe Nada's sunglasses work for these guys too...perhaps even more so.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    burke cocoon scene is on there too..

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Alltitude was written and directed by Comic

    by MAD_MIKE

    book artist, Karre Andrews. I was curious to see it because he does some interesting comic work. <P>

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    the Alien³ doc was censored by FOX for the quadrilogy

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    and they restored it basically put them in a bad light

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by Zombieflicker

    I have no doubt that the Fox version is way better than the Stoltz version, but I would like to see a cut of the film with Stoltz (I'm sure I am not alone here), to compare the acting style and the vibe that made them change their mind on casting Stoltz. I can't think of another movie that did that 5 weeks into the shoot. We all know the footage is out there, and if they wanted to release it they could. So yeah, I’m kind of bummed out that all we get is just a little glimpse of what could have been.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    In Lustig We Trust.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    "House" without William Katt...

    by Blanket-Man

    ...does not exist in this dojo (whatever that means). Oh, and Santa Claus the Movie sucked, even to this child of the 80s/die-hard "Arthur" fan. It was the first time I'd seen real reindeer guiding Santa's sleigh, which was about the film's only redeeming quality. David Huddleston was an odd choice to play the Big Guy - he will always be Olson Johnson to me!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    If I'm not mistaken, Stoltz was only around for

    by skimn

    a couple weeks of filming before the decision was made to replace him. So there's no "Stoltz version". I'm sure within the first few days of dailies they thought, for whatever reason, it wasn't working. I seem to recall Spielberg mentioning that Stoltz was a bit too dramatic in the role. It didn't have the lightness that Fox brought.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Okay, now its time for Paramount to cough up

    by skimn

    the Jones trilogy on Blu. Like BTTF and Alien(s) they have plenty of doc material from the previous sets. Just give them to us in HD. But, I'm sure we're looking at Holiday 2011........

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    How's the PICTURE on the Alien set?

    by HoboCode

    I don't give a shit about the extras.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    WF...damn that IS a lot of footage

    by skimn

    !! Maybe part of paying off Stoltz was a legal restriction of footage to be shown...??? I don't know, grasping for straws.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    I implore anyone who has not seen this film to watch it. One of the best anti-war films ever made, and the one Kubrick didn't fuck up. As much as I have a soft spot in my heart for Full Metal Jacket, it actually seems to have been completely misread by the public. although in Stanley's defense, alot of that has to do with everyone turning it off after Pyle blows his brains out.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    by HoboCode

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    HARRY <p>It's Anthony PERKINS

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    not Hopkins. I'm only assuming that even though WE still don't have one, that you DO have access to an edit function. (It'd be nice if we finally did, too, but what are ya gonna do?)

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, here we go again, witholding some televised

    by skimn

    series while spotlighting others. No mention of Venture Brothers half season 4.1 out today? You've got to love the Ventures, right? Say what? You've never seen them?<p>And I have seen it advertised for about 18 bucks at Best Buy or Walmart. There's my commercial for the week.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by darthderp

    As a kid who once believed, and as a father whose kids are young enough to believe, this movie is hands down, my favorite take on the myth's origins; how Santa became Santa. David Huddleston was perfect in the role, Dudley Moore and John Lithgow were also fun to watch. I'd recommend this in a second to any parent whose kids believe, and just in time for the holiday shopping season, too. Good call, Harry.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    "The further STAR WARS gets from George, the stronger it seems t

    by darthderp

    I'd estimate there's at least 50 posts here, and no one's jumped on that statement yet? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Fun Fact

    by SemenStains

    Those Charles Bronson MANDOM ads inspired the title of the iconic anime series GUNDAM. no joke

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Great cover for PATHS OF GLORY

    by BenBraddock

    A beauty.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    skimn <p>Hackules tends to cover the TV releases

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    granted it's usually cut and paste with less actually written by him than in Harry's DVD column, but what are you gonna do? As long as Harry's okay with a guy running the TV section who has an unhealthy obsession with Buffy and still believes that readers of AICN care about SNL and reality TV, then we're stuck with Hack.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Meant Herc, not Hack. Damn lack of an edit function strikes again!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Gern, I realize that, but Harry has mentioned

    by skimn

    Dexter DVD sets before and now Clone Wars, which ironically is on the same net as Venture.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by AlfordHitchcoke

    Kubrick was a great director, but he had his faults (imo). He seemed to push cynicism in his movies as if he was promoting some great insight. I get no deep meaning from Full Metal Jacket, just a repetition of the idea that people are sadistic, cowardly, and easily led, and that war is hell. For what it's worth, I agree that he takes a much more interesting approach to Paths of Glory, and Dr. Strangelove too for that matter.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by KilliK

    Jeunet has repeatedly stated in his numerous interviews,that he had complete creative control over the filming of his movie and no interference from the studios.<br /> <p>Why you keep trying to justify his atrocity of a film by pushing the blame to the studio,instead of simply acknowledging that Jeunet,as much as talented he is,he completely fucked up and killed the franchise with his fiasco film,is beyond me.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Gern, I also hear that Herc is dressing as

    by skimn

    Snooki this year for Halloween.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Love the huge bulge on the dude in the Maniac art!

    by Snake Foreskin

    It's like a 70's album cover but with death and blood. Hilarious! Was the movie any good? I never saw it. Does the bulge figure into the story? Somehow, I doubt it. That would make it even more hilarious!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by Wyndam Earle

    that's cause no one disagrees with the statement.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    I agree with you somewhat although I tend to give Kubrick credit for making FMJ work as a satire of pro-war propaganda. But much like the much more recent, and heavy-handed, attempt at this in the form of Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, the intent seemed lost in gratuitous humor and violence.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    They basically sold the BTTF set on the Stoltz footage.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm VERY, VERY disappointed that we've already seen the few seconds of Eric Stoltz's footage in the "Back to the Future" Blu-ray set. I love the films (esspecially the first one), and it's nice to see them in high def, but basically 20th Century Fox is SELLING this set on the strength of seeing the Stoltz footage for the first time ever. I'm a "what if" freak, and even though only us serious fans really want to see all the Stoltz footage available to see, I still feel screwed by what appeared to be only a "teaser" of the footage that turened out to be all there was.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Back to the Future

    by slave to the one

    Did anyone get a chance to see the digitally restored release in theaters? It print was absolutely beautiful! As an added bonus, Christopher Lloyd was signing autographs in Plano that day so I was able to get Doc Brown sign the poster that I got at the screening! I mentioned to him the coincidence that in the movie just before the Libyans arrived, he was going to travel 25 years into the future (which would be 2010) and see who would win the next 25 world series. His response "You know what, you're absolutely right...and the Rangers are going to be there this year, I hope they win it!"

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wyndam Earle....

    by darthderp

    Yeah, I know; seems as obvious as saying the sun is yellow, but based on past talkbacks that I've seen, people here usually seem more vocal when it comes to anything to do with Lucas - for or against. That's all I meant. Maybe everyone's mellowed out today, I dunno.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    So Harry gets to decide who and who isn't a "geek".

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Sorry we all can't live up to your lofty standards.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    movienut401, the Star Wars comment

    by MattmanReturns

    I love to gripe about Harry's retarded comments as much as the next guy, but in this case he's dead on. Lucas is best when he sets a spark and then sits back and lets others control the flame.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Psychomania Harry!

    by donkey_lasher

    I'm liking the love for this forgotten Brit film. I saw it on ITV I think late at night about 15 years ago. It was good wholesome, fucked up, Fun.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    The Reluctant Austinite no shit

    by KilliK

    that was pretty obvious from the start.ofc the studio would use the Stoltz footage to sell the new blu-ray release and that we would only get in the discs what they had already shown in the's businesses guys,plain and simple businesses.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by darthderp

    See above reply to Wyndam Earle. My original statement was made in jest, by the way. I agree; Episode V stands as exhibit A - give someone else the director's chair and let the fun begin.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, noon CST

    hmmm, Score looks interesting.

    by JackGraham

  • Oct. 26, 2010, noon CST

    The Santa Effect

    by dpc01

    Hi Harry. The effects for Santa Clause-The Movie weren't by ILM, they were by the Salkind's regular effects team from the Superman films, headed by Derek Meddings.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:04 p.m. CST

    The shittiness of ALIEN:RESURRECTION

    by djangoilbastardo

    Has far less to do with Fox or Jeunet, than it does Whedon's retarded script.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah, I am actually a bit surprised no one jumped on it. On the last Star Wars thread someone was praising Attack of the Clones...

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I loved Alien Resurrection. Sue me.

    by HoboCode

    Ron Perlman owns your punk asses.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Very VERY excited

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    ...about the alien blu box. Especially the first two flicks.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Nobody jumped of the star Wars thing because...

    by HoboCode

    most of the whiney pussy unsatisfied fanboys have already vented or are still venting in the sequel trilogy TB.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    The Alien set is overpriced

    by MattmanReturns

    I want the first two obviously, but I'm not paying $100 for them... that's $50 bucks for 3 and Resurrection. Back to the Future's price is much more reasonable.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Paths of Glory

    by homer40

    I completely agree with Harry that this was the first truly great Kubrick film. It is Kirk's best performance, which is saying something. I think that Paths is really one of Kubrick's most accessible movies, in that it is very straightforward. That isn't a jab, because Paths is a perfect film. Not that Kubrick thought so. He hated the ending with the singer in the bar, but I have always disagreed with him about that scene. One thing I think about when I watch the film is how difficult the tracking shots through the trenches must have been, compared to the stedicam stuff in The Shining, for example. This is really powerful film, beautifully realized by Kubrick. Do I prefer "Full Metal Jacket"? Maybe I do, because that film isn't perfect, but it is much more challenging, because of the shifts in tone Kubrick brought to the story. If you love "Full Metal Jacket" you need to read the book it is based on, called "Short Timers". The book is more like Platoon than FMJ, and you can see how Kubrick mutated the original story to try to do something completely different with the material. Paths of Glory and FMJ would make a great double feature.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Alien Blu-Ray set....

    by darthderp

    I'll stick with the 9 disc Quadrilogy set, thanks. If it's a set that I don't already have, I'll consider it, but I'm not one of those people - and you know they're out there - who will shell out big money for a set they already have just because the new set has Blu-Ray stamped on the front cover. High-def is nice, but it's not essential. Just my way of thinking, that's all.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Just wait 3 - 6 months and the Alien Blu's will

    by skimn

    be available seperately for 19.95 at you local fill-in-the-blank. They did the same with the James Bond BluRays.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    If i can't have the first two movies..

    by Stalkeye

    then what's the point of me purchasing the box set? I'm curious about the special features like the reaction post Alien 3's release.<p>(BTW God bless the late great Dan o' Bannon...effin genius.) I may have to rent the disc via netflix. Maniac was a disappointing slasher film and it's only saving grace would be the scene in which the guy gets his head blown off via shotgun..oh, and Munro was hot.<p>Psychomania was perhaps one of the best british horror films outside of the usual Hammer stuff. Nothing is more Horrific than running over a baby with a motorcycle. *Gasps*

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Harry - you're talking bollocks about...

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...Psychomania. What's this shit about "crushing the hippies movement?" Honestly, have you even seen the thing? Hippies aren't even mention - if anything, it's the destruction of authority that they seek.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Would've been cool...

    by eustisclay

    ...if on the Paths of Glory disc they had included the Tales From The Crypt homage where Kirk starred with his less talented, much more dead son Eric.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Would've been cool...

    by eustisclay

    ...if on the Paths of Glory disc they had included the Tales From The Crypt homage where Kirk starred with his less talented, much more dead son Eric.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Harry, Walking Dead review?

    by shiekybaby

    I haven't looked very hard yet, but if you've seen these, how about a review for all of us who had a timer on our Macs counting down to the first would mean alot to the zombie geeks bro!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, Santa Clause: The Movie . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . my sister and I watched it a million times in the 80's in spite of it being weird and creepy somehow. Only positive I can think of is Lithgow being as awesome as ever in it. I can't imagine viewing it so many years later . . . .

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Tropic of Cancer!

    by BradZuhl

    Love 70's era Ellen Burstyn and Rip Torn! Thanks for the tip on Tropic of Cancer, I'd never heard of it but went out and bought it.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Girl Who Played With

    by elBox

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    The Girl Who Played With Fire is on Netflix Instant

    by elBox

    Just thought you might want to know <p> I too want a real review for Walking Dead ASAP. It airs in four days Harry. Better get a move on.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Santa Clause Movie

    by shiekybaby

    The plot itself was....meh...BUT, the introduction of Santa, the North Pole set...oh man. When I was a kid, this thing NAILED exactly what I wanted Santa to be. The North Pole was so incredibly magical looking. One scene in particular that sticks in my mind was early on, when Santa and Mrs. Claus are laying in bed. I'd never really thought through what Santas bedroom would look like, and this one was perfect. I absolutely cannot wait to introduce my four year old daughter to this movie this year.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Not to be nitpicky, BUT....

    by darthderp

    It's CLAUS, not CLAUSE!! *sigh* Thus is Tim Allen's legacy; the eternal misspelling of Father Christmas's alias....

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    oops....soory about the Clause

    by shiekybaby

    but lets get one thing straight. Father Christmas is Santa's alias. Like most things, he may have been created over there, but we made him much more awesome over here. :-)

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    oops....soory about the Clause

    by shiekybaby

    but lets get one thing straight. Father Christmas is Santa's alias. Like most things, he may have been created over there, but we made him much more awesome over here. :-)

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    stupid lag

    by shiekybaby

    sorry for the double post, I'm a dick

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    I'll buy the Alien box when it comes down to $50

    by PinkFloyd7

    I see no logic to spending $100 on two good movies, one mediocre movie, and one utter piece of shit. If you bring down the price to $50, I'm sold. Otherwise I'll wait for the individual releases.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    and one more thing about The Santa Claus movie

    by shiekybaby

    Who can forget Father Time being played by.....MICKY!!! Burgess Meredith ruled in his small role. I kept waiting for him to say "I DIDNT HEAR NO BELL.....GIVE IT ALL YA GOT ROCK" I loved that man

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I just got my copy of Hausu today!

    by SoylentMean

    Gonna be watching crazy Japanese Horror tonight!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Chaser is on Netflix instant!

    by SoylentMean

    Exclamation points!!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    those long single shots in the trenches in paths of glory

    by strykebr

    whole heartedly agree with that statement of Kubrick @ his peak

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    skimn <p>RE: Bond blu rays

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    The Bond blu rays were in fact released day and date with the sets, Best buy even had steelbook cases for each individual film. <p>The truly megasucky thing about the Bond blu rays is that whoever picks the distribution rights from MGM's corpse will likely want their own sets, bending over and anally screwing those of us Bond nuts that already bought the 10 films they DID release before the sets were stopped. <p>MegaSUCKY Part II - They didn't release Goldeneye (Brosnan's best) before they stopped. Someone buy Bond from Leo, allfuckinready!!!

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Doug Jones starring in My Name is Jerry.

    by ohcmon

    Doug Jones (Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth) stars in My Name is Jerry, available on DVD today! Purchase at Amazon ( Add it to your rental queue on Netflix and Blockbuster online. Soundtrack available for purchase now on iTunes.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I Fucking Have The Aliens Set Boyee! $80CAN at Best Buy

    by Autodidact

    Looked like I was getting the last unit unless they had more in the back. But seriously $80 Canadian for this set brand-new on release day is a steal.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    BTTF Was Shot in Widescreen

    by Autodidact

    You might be watching the original faulty DVD release or something? It was pan and scanned and then cropped to 65% of the picture was missing. Pretty sure BTTF was shot widescreen on 35mm.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    First Contact is a Better Alien Film Than Resurrection

    by Autodidact


  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    BTTF Blu Ray WARNING!!!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Love the set, but a warning to the blu ray purchasers: Universal has unfortunately opted to go with the same shitty packaging they used on their House Season 6 blu rays. So basically the discs sit on top of each other, are a pain to get in and out of the case, and, without a button to put them on, run more risk of being scratched while in the box. FUCKING TRAVESTY of a packaging choice on an otherwise stellar set.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by skimn

    If the series was shot at 1.85:1, yes it fills your flatscreen, but if its crystal clear...why complain? And even though they're classics, the plots are sit-commy in nature, are they not?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure 1.85:1 is widescreen.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I don't think there's a such thing as "true widescreen"; just different aspect ratios. 1.85:1 is almost twice the width, therefore it's pretty wide.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    1.85:1 is widescreen

    by Autodidact

    Anything above 1.66 is widescreen.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    "serves as a reminder that the further STAR WARS gets from Georg

    by TheHumanBurrito

    "serves as a reminder that the further STAR WARS gets from George, the stronger it seems to get."<p> Go reread your reviews of the Prequels."Meesa LOVED him!" :-P

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    "stretched widescreen"

    by Autodidact

    What the fuck are you talking about?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Psychomania is on youtube

    by kafka07

    Winter's Bone is good! I'm going to check out South of the Border.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    You'll want to pass on the MANIAC blu-ray

    by Monroville

    Here are some comparisons between the blu-ray release and the dvd: <p> It looks like an upconvert (or close to it); blacks are at best a dark grey, and it looks like the image is cropped (dvd has more information on the top of the screen). <p< Just look at the title scene alone:

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Here are some more MANIAC screencaps

    by Monroville

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    BTW, The new GAMERA blu-ray looks fantastic!

    by Monroville

    While the screen captures on this link look good, they are more colorful and with deeper blacks on my 65" Toshiba DLP:<p> <p> Mill Creek has reported that they do have the rights to GAMERA 3, and plan on releasing it sometime in 2011 (maybe they will make another double feature with GAMERA THE BRAVE).

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Didn't Lithgow float into the sky and die in Santa Claus?

    by JuanSanchez

    That disturbed me as a child.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    George Lucas was more involved with Season 2

    by Loudawg808

    than he was with Season 1 of the Clone Wars. WTF you talking bout Harry?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    do photos or footage of Keitel exhist...

    by vin_diggler

    or did Copola destroy it all?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    winters bone

    by jsfithaca

    i already knew not do meth from breaking bad but sounds good i might watch it

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Jesus why do you guys even comment on Widescreen

    by white_vader

    when you don't know the difference between American academy flat and Anamorphic widescreen/scope?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    OH P.S.

    by white_vader

    1.85 to 1, and 2.35 to 2.4 to 1, respectively.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    And T.V.s were originally 4:3 or 1.33 to 1

    by white_vader

    because they were based on the original academy film ratio. Widescreen T.V. now is based on an average of all the different international widescreen ratios. Which is why it's 1.78 to 1. <p> And film's usual DI rez of 2k is only a few pixels higher than HDTV rez. That one's much more difficult to explain though. <p> We done?

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:09 p.m. CST

    .. Because They're Only Scanned at 2K?

    by Autodidact

    I'm pretty sure your average 35mm film frame from the past 40 yrs can deliver a 4K DI if you scan at that res. The reason it's not done more is it adds a huge overhead to the pipeline, thus reducing margins.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by cymbalta4thedevil

    is a phenomenal documentary. The deleted scenes are as good as what's left in the movie. Fascinating stuff.<br /><br />And ALIEN RESURRECTION is alot of fun if you take it in the spirit it was made in. After the pretentiously doomed deadly seriousness of Alien 3, what else could they do but a hallucinogenic piss take bordering on Farce? Cloned Ripley? Android Winona? The scenery chewing character actor competition between Wincott, Perlman, Hedaya, Dourif & Orser? And all you haters know good and well that trying to escape through flooded rooms from swimming grinning tail slashing Aliens is one of the coolest ideas in the whole franchise.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Alien 3

    by Henry Fool

    For my money, I will always dream of the last two Alien movies getting erased and replaced with the true sequel to Aliens. Ellen Riply, Dwayne Hicks, Bishop and Rebecca "Newt" are kidnapped by company agents and forced to act as "observers" on an expedition to the alien homeworld. The whole thing turns into a big damn clusterfuck and the creatures who built the crashed ship in Alien turn out to be really evil motherfuckers...

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Both Avp's better than Resurrection

    by darthwaz1

    It's a fact. Alien4 has great visuals but besides that its garbage. The Newborn thing at the end is the lamest sci fi alien since Jar Jar.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Henry Fool

    by Dr Farragammo

    I too have long fantasized about a Alien film where Ripley wakes up after dreaming she was impregnated by an alien and turned into a clone and wakes up when she, Newt, Hicks & Bishop are released from Hypersleep. They get back on Earth, an egg was laid by the queen that went undetected and Earth becomes a breeding ground. Of course AVP has stolen that thunder, but hell they could even do it now, just say the chamber was compromised aging everyone in the process to their current age and having Newt as an adult having to cope with losing her childhood in every possible way. I really hate 3. Why everyone except Dutton has a british accent is beyond me. The suspense isn't there, the Alien looks like shit. Fincher is a genius but it was thwarted. Resurrection was a modest improvement, but still a let down and the tone was just way off. I think at this point they should let it die. A PG-13 Alien will suck. It won't have the terror, it won't have the dread and Scott while being a master filmmaker isn't the hungry young upstart using his limitations to his advantage and FOX will fuck him every step of the way. I think the CGI world will actually be a detriment, just like it will when the Thing prequel rears it's ugly head.

  • Oct. 26, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST


    by Dr Farragammo

    fuck fuck fuck. I saw that was going to be on TCM Underground (easily one of the best things on cable these days) a while back and forgot to dvr it. Never have seen it but now after seeing that cover art I'm dying to! And Netflix doesn't have it! Sigh.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Naw I'll pass on House

    by Series7

    Because I get to see it in theaters this weekend.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by iDrinkYourMexicanCoke

    Holy shit!! Show me the Stoltz footage from that stank piece o' celluloid. Rumor is they had Steven Wright playing the Dudley Moore role, but the producers hated him and his dry sense of humor, so they dumped him for Moore, who they wanted originally anyway. And, it was obviously the right choice - it made Santa Claus: The MOVIE! the cult classic it is today.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    yes, that was sarcasm

    by iDrinkYourMexicanCoke

    ....fuckin "Santa Claus" The Move" <p> ....herc, you should be ashamed....

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST

    fucking typos...

    by iDrinkYourMexicanCoke

    you know what I meant...

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    In 1988 Dark Horse released and Aliens comic penned by Mark Verheiden, in his pre-Galactica comic book years. The story was set ten years after Aliens and featured a grown up Newt and older, scarred Hicks as leads. There were two successful follow up series. Ripley eventually showed up at the end of the second series. The comics were later repackaged to mesh with Alien 3 continuity. Hicks and Newt, being dead, were refurbished as different characters with new names. It was the success of the original series that lead Dark Horse to release the original Aliens Vs. Predator graphic novel.<br /> <br /> I don't hate Alien 3 or Resurrection. I merely think they are okay. I like them more than Aliens Vs. Predator but that's about as much praise as they get. As sequels, they suck. But they're still considerably better than most of the shit that passes for sci-fi. You know, anything with Mila Jovovich shooting things. ;-P Jeunet really did ruin the franchise with his bizarre interpretation of Joss Whedon's script, which is said to be very similar in tone to Aliens. It's a bad film but I still love it right up until the point where Michael Wincott dies, at which point it goes into the shitter. He fuckin' rocked with what little screen time he head, though..<br /> <br /> With all that history behind me, I'm excited about the prospect of a Ridley Scott helmed Alien prequel. I want so bad to love it as much as Scott Pilgrim. Then again, I also want God to be real even though I don't believe in him.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Alien: Resurrection...

    by Gungan Slayer

    No, it's not a great film, but it has a lot of misplaced hate. It's not that bad.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Back to the Future should have a second Trilogy!!!!

    by ThaJackaL

    Back to the Future is still one of the greatest trilogies ever made! I love all 3 movies, and would love to see a new series of films! I know Marty probably wont be in it but why not have it center around Doc Brown and his boys being all grown up, and having them living a normal life until they need to start to time travel again! I'm seriously in love with the original trilogy, and have the dvds and I watch them all the time, and will get this Blu Ray copy ASAP!!!

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    I haven't bought a DVD in ten years...

    by Toruk_Makto

    Everything I watch I either stream or download. I honestly do not know how these things have remained relevant.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    People who only download movies and music...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...are missing out on the pleasures of actually OWNING things. I want a PHYSICAL OBJECT for my money, with LINER NOTES printed in COOL-SMELLING BOOKLETS. I dread the day when online streaming becomes the ONLY way to "own" movies and music.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Alien Ressurection is pretty great.

    by knowthyself

    I really don't get what people hate about this movie. Whedon really got to the heart of the Ripley/Alien relationship in all of its awesome weirdness.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    just no....

    by Wookie_1995

    no....screw the pequel star wars

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    @ Nasty In The Pasty...

    by samuraiyao

    So true, owning a bluray/dvd is like collecting comics/cards and any other novelty you find interest in.. You get full detail and notes as well as art work in it too.. It's like reading a movie instead of just watching it...

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    X the Unknown (that was the movie, wasn't it...?)

    by JasonPratt

    That was the 50s movie that Alien more-or-less ripped off, right? I seem to recall that was the title... The Blu-Quadrology looks like it could only be better if they had included a copy of that film for comparison.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    or X the Terror from Beyond Space maybe?

    by JasonPratt

    That seems more like the title. Dangit! I know those were both movies, but I can't recall which one was Alien-fodder.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Bit-torrent technology is just as antiquated as DVDs...

    by Toruk_Makto

    If your going to download, I recommend doing it via the newsgroups using nzb files and a trusty reader, this way you achieve maximum download speeds without having to rely on 'seeders'. <p> But I rarely engage in this activity these days, companies have finally upped their game and now I can stream pretty much all I need via Netflix (just streaming, never used that mailing system they have and never will),Hulu, and a few others.<p> I don't need to hold a case in my hand, that sounds like sentimental silliness, besides I'm sure you will always be able to order a poster or print out a album cover somewhere, if you must.<p> I anxiously wait for the day where brand new flicks are released simultaneously in theaters and made available for HD home streaming( for a reasonable fee). It's the cloud, that's where its all headed, and why the hell not?

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    The Girl Who Played With Fire, UK in january?

    by Drsambeckett1984

    What the fuck? How is that fair? <P> Why does it get relesaed in the states 3 months earlier? Fuckin unfair!

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Another swipe at George Harry? Really?!

    by Arteska

    Forget the gratuity of it at this point I just find the statement to be suspect from the word go anyhow (suggesting that GL doesn't have or had important input or contributions to how this GREAT series has developed).

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Aliens Director's Cut

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I remember in my younger days hearing about how Cameron shot a sequence with the colonial marines setting up automatic guns to shoot he Aliens. This, along with the tidal wave sequence from the Abyss became my own personal "spider pit" quest. What was funny was years later they were showing Aliens on network TV and all of a sudden there it was, and not all that exciting (although the director's cut expands the sequence a bit and makes it more interesting). It's funny how obsessed you can become over something so trivial in the grand scheme of things.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by Right Bastard

    Is it like the book? "..., and then I fucked a whore, and then I scammed money, and then I picked the fleas out of my pubic hair, and then I fucked a whore, and then I scammed money, and then I picked the fleas out of my pubic hair,..."

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Harry, Lucas outlines and edits every epis.

    by 0007

    of the Clone Wars. So saying it gets better with him further away is incorrect; it just gets better period!

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Wyndam and Movienut

    by 0007

    I think Star Wars gets better the more George is involved. See my above reply to Harry re: his incorrect assertion that Lucas has little involvement with the series. In fact, he's SO involved with it it's giving him more fun with the franchise than he's ever had, and spurring him on to more original ideas.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by 0007

    I'll not only praise Attack of the Clones, I'll praise all the live-action films, the Clone Wars, and the two Force Unleashed titles; those are all canon, and all terrific in my opinion.<p>Now all the tons of expanded universe novels? Most of those really suck.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I'm so there...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...For this release of 'Dark Star'. It's just a seminal pleasure.... Fuckin' brilliant.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I know I'm not the only one

    by cannedpasta

    who was disappointed that it wasn't this House:

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by RedHorseVector

    i've been watching a lot of dvd commentaries lately, and i popped in alien the other night. i was hugely disappointed to find out that they had an edited commentary track with the entire cast, dan o' bannon, etc. instead of the ridley scott solo commentary (which was on an earlier dvd). the fact that this bluray has both commentaries included with the film will be the reason i buy a bluray player. ridley scott does amazing commentaries, i could listen to him talk about film all day.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST

    and i don't blame jeunet for resurrection, it was WHEDON.

    by RedHorseVector

    listen i liked the first few seasons of buffyas much as the next dope, but joss whedon just blows.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    what? THE Whedon? the guy who is writing and directing the

    by KilliK

    Avengers movie? oh my,oh my,oh my.....

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    "Alien" source (50s flick)

    by madmental

    Jansonpratt, you're thinking of "IT! The Terror from Beyond Space", which was the '58 flick the Alien took its "inspiration" from.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    "Alien" source (50s flick)

    by madmental

    JasonPratt, you're thinking of "IT! The Terror from Beyond Space", which was the '58 flick the Alien took its "inspiration" from.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The Alien Script Started as a Part of the Heavy Metal Movie

    by Autodidact

    The "B-17" segment in Heavy Metal is what eventually came of the original story for Alien by Dan O'Bannon.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    HEADGEEK HAS CHOSEN HD-DVD, ands here's why...

    by Valenni

    Mmmm how times have changed...

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    So, Harry now likes Clone Wars??

    by darthwaz1

    I remember when the initial movie came out and he fucking hated it, now he's in love w/the series? go figure..

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    THE CHASER is fucking stunning

    by MaxTheSilent

    It kicks the ass of every Hollywood 'thriller' of the last 20 years.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    The Lucas Bashing is So Fucking Tired

    by TheLastCleric

    Love or hate the prequels, they're long done and the Clone Wars is actually one of the better shows on TV right now. The production values are top notch, the stories are often surprisingly mature, and the violence is actually pretty grim. People were so pissed that they didn't get to experience the full breadth of the Clone Wars in the movies and now we are getting just that in an incredibly well made show and yet some cunts still have to take shots at Lucas? Get the fuck over it Harry. (Oh wait, didn't you love the Prequels?)

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I like the prequels..

    by darthwaz1

    honestly people think I'm joking when I say that, but I really am a fan.

  • Oct. 27, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Perkins, not Hopkins

    by RaptorJesus

    Evening Primose is Anthony Perkins, not Hopkins. Jesus Christ Harry.....

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Suuuuuuure that's just the line that is toted

    by PTSDPete

    But seriously, heh - Saw 'Hausu' on the big screen, and it was just corny. </p> Pretty girls, though, if they weren't under 15. </p>

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    even though the Clone Wars cartoons are really cool


    I don't watch them. I get a nauseated feeling just thinking about the prequel Star Wars universe. Bleh.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by 0007

    Except the show has begun to tie into characters and locales seen in the original trilogy as well, so even if you hate the prequels you should enjoy it.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    The SW prequels are awesome

    by shiekybaby

    and by awesome, I mean that they are vile, disgusting, putrid piles of decaying overhyped worthless empty shit. They are the cosmic vortex that suddenly formed in a galaxy far far away and the sucked it into oblivion, as a million voices cried out at once, and were suddenly silenced. They are the terminal cancer that fucking killed Star Wars. They snuck into my dreams like Freddy Krueger and assraped the 7 year old version of me while devouring my action figures. They held my eyes open with those little toture spikes and forced me to watch as they pissed all over my posters before disappearing behind the curtains like the three men and a baby boy.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    I liked the prequels

    by lochkray

    But I feel bad for shiekbaby. That sounds like a very bad viewing experience.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    don't feel bad for me

    by shiekybaby

    feel bad for them man......feel bad for them...

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I'm getting on the Alien Ressurection bus..

    by Zombieflicker

    I think it's pretty good. No way is it better than the first two, but I like it way better than part 3. I would also like to purchase a Winona Ryder android please.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    After the first two..Alien Resurrection is my fave

    by quantize

    Alien3 is just way too crippled..I'm sure the original concept would have been executed much better...but the muddled result completely lacks pace and suspense. AR however has a couple of killer scenes...ok so the hybrid is ridiculous...but up to that point it manages to be pretty entertaining.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    50% off criterion sale next week

    by saint seiya

    Barnes and noble is having its 50%off starting nov 1st

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Whedon fanboys cant admit it was his idiotic script that ruined

    by djangoilbastardo

    Not Jeunet. Cant blame Jeunet for trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by shiekybaby

    You've seen the first two episodes of the biggest TV show to hit the geek world in years, and all we get is a fucking mention of it in the DVD column? Unless you are under some type of silence restriction, this is insane. The obviously got you the first two eps so you could REVIEW THEM. Because thats your FUCKING JOB.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Would Harry find it more retarded if

    by Smack_Teddy

    if that tentacled cresature was wearing a cowboy hat and yelling "'TARD!" and "FAGGOT!" at the people in the planewhile its chest was exploding? Or would that actually get it a golden pass? Or at least a step-around review, like Jonah Hexx?

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I can only do the let there be light quote.

    by UltraTron

    I had my suspicions but now I'm beginning to think I might be a jock instead of a geek. Maybe i'm bi-geekual

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Jar jar can never be forgiven. The fact that he was

    by UltraTron

    ever in the 1st movie showed that Lucas was trying to create a marketing product- not a movie. It was just a huge batch of ingredients he was trying to throw at a pot and hope for a good stew. The man really should be killed outright for such insolence

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I have watched Alien and Aliens on blu-ray now

    by Autodidact

    Two great home theatre experiences. I saw the re-release of Alien, but have only seen aliens on video thus far. <p>Only disappointment is the sound mixes being a product of their time. I could swear the quadrilogy discs did more to amp up the surround channels. On the blu-rays, the first two Alien movies make almost zero use of the rear speakers. But the sound is really clear and detailed and the picture quality is fucking tight! I felt like I was seeing Aliens for the first time in a couple parts, mainly due to the level of detail and the better colours.... the movie did seem less blue overall... though still fairly drab... I noticed for the first time that the colour green doesn't appear anywhere in the movie, except as alien blood. This is the first time I have watched Alien and Aliens so close together.... have to say, after having loved Aliens for about 25 years now, I can kind of see what some Aliens haters are saying... it's a great sequel, but it shakes things up so thoroughly that I could see being pretty pissed off if Alien was your favourite movie. <p>Anyhow, can't recommend the Alien blu-rays enough.. looking forward to Alien 3 tonight and Resurrection possibly tomorrow.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    bttf PACKAGING.......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    over on amazon customers are making it sound like the packaging makes you want to drill nails into your cock............<p> is this true?

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    ....many of our favorite franchises arent that good

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ...when you really think about it. <p>star wars = 2 great movies, 2 bad movies and 2 mediocre movies<p>Aliens = 1 great movie, 1 good movie, 2 bad movies <p> BTTF = 1 great movie, 2 okay movies<p> Rocky = 2 great movies, 1 good movie, 3 mediocre/bad movies with fun moments

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Alien Anthology is pretty great.

    by lv_426

    While Alien 3 and Resurrection are flawed, they still have some great things about them too.<P>The packaging on this blu-ray set is some of the coolest for a multi-disc set that I've ever seen. Much better layout and artwork than the Quadrilogy, which was now seems gaudy compared to the Anthology. I really wasn't a fan of the ridiculous fold-out case for the Quad set. Way too many discs for that type of design.<P>Plus, Aliens has now been thoroughly remastered for high-def. Throw in all the new extras plus the stuff from the Quadrilogy, and it is undoubtedly a great set. Pricey, but in my eyes, completely worth it.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    "first movie while good, is boring and slow"

    by skimn

    Yea, things such as character development and mood and atmosphere is so overrated. I watched The Exorcist a while back and thought that if it was released today, it would be accused of being slow and talky and boring. Hell, the good stuff doesn't start to happen till about half way through!!!! My daughter (18) and I saw Let Me In recently and I could sense her squirming all the way through because it wasn't bam-bam-bam fast enough for her. She should be happy at Saw 3D this weekend. You too BD.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    the restoration of the Aliens is very impressive

    by KilliK

    i have watched it in a mkv i downloaded,since my BR package hasnt arrived yet from amazon,and i must say i am very impressed with the new quality of the film.clearer picture,sharper contrast,not grain over-saturation,the shadows and the lighting are in top notch level,generally its like watching a new movie since i had stuck with a terrible japanese HDTV rip for years.<br /> <P>and i have read people complaining about this restoration and comparing it to the awful Predator Hunter Edition but they are wrong,the work they did to improve the picture quality of Aliens is perfect,there is no comparison with the Predator restoration where Arnie looked like he was 20y.o.<br /> <p>i am glad Cameron is going to use the same restoration for the Abyss for a new BR release next year,cant wait for that.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Abyss on BR next year?

    by skimn

    Don't toy with my emotions Killik. Tell me the same for True Lies, and I'll be ruining my pants.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    yeah skimn thats what i have read,that he is going to

    by KilliK

    release a BR remastered version of the Abyss next year,because he was very happy with the restoration work of the Aliens and he wants to do the same thing with the has not been officially confirmed,but probably the rumor will turn out to be true.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Havent heard that yet

    by magnetoelectric

    God help us all if either Alien or Aliens is slathered with DNR like Predator Hunter Edition... I dont know whos been saying that ,but the prospect is the scariest thing I've heard this Halloween season.<p> All the screencaps Ive seen, Aliens looks to be left largely intact: Quality Hi Res picture with a fair amount of grain.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    ALIENS BD remaster is nothing like the PREDATOR one

    by lv_426

    The ALIENS remaster kept the grain and detail intact, while the PREDATOR Ultimate Hunter Edition made some critical errors in certain sections, as well as scrubbing away any hints of fine film grain. Although, the Ultimate Hunter Edition is not as bad as people make it out to be. The worst part is in the beginning, when Arnie and Carl Weathers are in the hut during the mission briefing with the old military commander. Once they get into the jungle things get better. Just don't pay full price for the Ultimate Hunter Edition though.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Anyone who calls Alien 'slow'

    by quantize

    is a fucking loser in my books.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I couldn't help but imagine how Alien would be different

    by Autodidact

    If it came out today. The scene where Ash is droping down into the egg pit would probably be interrupted by a problem with the winch, which then gives way and it looks like he's going to smash into the floor, but no it stops at the last second. Every moment of the movie would be packed with bullshit like that.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I mean Kane

    by Autodidact

    Kane drops down into the egg pit. Ash is the android.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    "I couldn't help but imagine how Alien would be different if it came out today. The scene where Kane is dropping down into the egg pit would probably be interrupted by a problem with the winch, which then gives way and it looks like he's going to smash into the floor, but no it stops at the last second. Every moment of the movie would be packed with bullshit like that."<P>Yep. If ALIENS were made today, it would have the colony being surrounded by 10,000 alien warriors. Of course, the marines would have a larger platoon and would have more way firepower too.<P>Also, Newt would be Ripley's daughter, and the sole reason she was going to the colony in the first place. Hicks would be her ex-husband that she really never stopped loving. When Ripley calls Burke in the middle of the night to tell him she's in on the mission, Burke wouldn't be sleeping, he'd be getting a blow-job from some floozy he picked up at a bar on Gateway Station.

  • Oct. 28, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    And You'd Find Out The Alien Was Created By Ripley's Father

    by Autodidact

    And there'd probably be a prophecy and a chosen one.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Exorcist, Alien slow and boring???

    by samuraiyao

    Am I reading that correctly?? To the guys who said it was slow and boring, are you mentally fucking retarded in the head??? These movies are well executed and brilliant, compared to the sci fi movies that are out now?? You care about these characters, the story, and so what if it doesn't have today's action explosiveness.. It's the characters that matters..

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by skimn

    I was commenting on the earlier statement Brain Drain made, and used The Exorcist as another example of a film that uses time to establish the characters and mood, and like Alien most importantly DREAD.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    i always thought that Burke was sleeping with some whore

    by KilliK

    next to him after a sex night,because in that scene when Weaver calls him,he gives a glimpse behind him like he wants to see if someone else was awaken by the call adds to his sleazy character.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Killik He Looks at the Clocks

    by Autodidact

    He's got multiple clocks on the wall, being an international businessman. He turns around and checks the clocks real quick. They're not trying to make him sleazy at that point.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    there were clocks behind him? never noticed them

    by KilliK

    you got me curious enough to check again the scene.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    yep there are clocks.all these years and never noticed them.

    by KilliK

    heh still i prefer my hooker version ;)

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Screw your clone wars pop up AICN

    by jimmy_009

    I like how when you click close it sends you directly to their site. Classy marketing tactic there guys.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Mothman, Alien3 Assembly Cut RULES

    by Kremzeek

    Seriously. Although, I must admit I saw the Assembly version first. And when I went back to watch the theatrical...dear god, what an awful movie. No wonder everyone hated it. What a huge difference an edit makes! They should've left Fincher the fuck ALONE. And Resurrection just sucks no matter what. I don't think any cut could save that film.

  • or it only exists in some other dvd release? because the alien3 special edition in the BR is titled as DC Cut not Assembly Cut if i am not mistaken.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Star Wars has always had crappy aliens.

    by Joely_Boy

    The prequels are great. You'll never see that many worlds in movies ever again. Avatar has one world. Star Wars has 20 million (give or take a few million). So much imagination.

  • Oct. 29, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Don't forget Scott Pilgrim out Nov 9th, rushed to home vid

    by ahdvd

    No doubt as they are afraid it will be overshaddowed if releasing it around December when Inception and the likes are out.

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    clone wars pure eye candy love it love it

    by skiff

    clone wars season 2 better than any of the prequels.

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Check out the BTTF anniversary celebration

    by MovieGeekBlog

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks moviegeek2000

    by Mennen

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    There is another fix on the Aliens blu-ray that I noticed. In the establishing shot of the Jordan family's tractor as it approaches the alien derelict, in the last DVD version, there was something funky in the background. It was towards the left side of the screen, and it looks like what I can only describe as a black tornado. It looks like a mess up though. Maybe there was something wrong with the print they used at the time?<P>Good news is that it is not on the blu-ray version.

  • Oct. 30, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    LV_426 i think they might have corrected and something else

    by KilliK

    in the japanese hdtv version i had,in the scene when Bishop uses the trick with the knife,when he sticks the knife for the first time on the table and says to Hudson to trust him,there were already marks from the knife on the table.<br /> <p>and that thing always puzzled me,because it seemed like Bishop had already used in the past,that spot of the table to make his knife trick,which made it a bit unrealistic in the movie.<br /> <p>but in the BR version,in the same scene,again when he sticks the knife on the table for the first time,the table doesnt have any marks but they are added when Bishop starts his trick which ofc is the normal thing to expect in the movie.<br /> <p>so what happened? was it a movie error? were those marks truly there,probably from try-outs prior to the proper shooting? was it bad editing in that scene? is this problem only with the hdtv movie they played on the japanese tv,but not in the movie in the dvd quadrilogy release? anyway

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Kubrick's "first attempt at revealing the insanity of war"

    by biberkopf5

    Harry, have you seen FEAR AND DESIRE? that would be his first...

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Jeez KilliK

    by white_vader

    "try-outs"? What - do you mean rehearsals, or maybe previous takes? <p> Many takes are nothing new, it's the norm. They don't rehearse and then do one take. Bad editing? What does that even mean? Eastwood is famous for shooting only two though. But no matter how many takes, they actually did have to reshoot that scene on a separate occasion. It's no biggie, just regular ol' moviemaking. Sure they shoulda re-dressed (like dry clothes or clean clothes hair etc for a wet or dirty gag) to lose the continuity error (there's a reason that's a common term), but hey, maybe they didn't because of lost time, schedule, and just the plain ol' fact of it being an outrageously ambitious movie for an 18 million dollar budget... So they did a super simple digital fix to correct it. I'll be interested to see whether they used re-timing software to correct the obviously sped-up gag, because ironically that was the reason for a re-shoot in the first place.

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Watched All Four Movies on blu-ray Now

    by Autodidact

    Really happy with the purchase. Will enjoy the new special features and documentaries playing in the background while I work. <p>It's been more than ten years since I watched the first 3 alien movies all in a row. Alien 3 has really gotten a bad rap... gotta say I really like that movie now. And resurrection has its moments... just turn it off when Ripley sinks into the floor, assume everyone gets away alive, and it is somewhat tolerable. I kept it on for the final half-hour last night and wished I had followed that advice instead.

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    white_vader yeah the sped-up gag is smoother in the

    by KilliK

    BR release,compared to the hdtv version where you could clearly tell that they played the knife scene in fast i guess they have fixed that as well.

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    by tumtwat

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Killil...regarding Alien 3's longer version

    by Bouncy X

    its the same version on the blu-ray and original quadrilogy sets. they simply renamed it for the new release.

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    tx for the info Bouncy

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Caroline Munro - the UK's most beautiful woman ever.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Yeah it is

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  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Altitude and Chaser

    by Pop_aristocrat

    That's why I still come to this site, Harry. Lists of films I'd probably have missed out on otherwise. Thanks for these posts.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    haven't finished watching the film on 'Flix's instant streaming but so far it's looking good with only 32 minutes left.The protagonist; former cop turned pimp is what makes the movie all the more amusing. (Every word that comes out of his mouth is either idiot or asshole.) Hopefully , with all the critical praises this film has been getting, maybe a sequel will be made. Like Lisbeth from The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo trilogy.Anyway, I hope to finish the remainder of Chaser tonight.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    Dude you are so right about "what if" ALIENS were made today. Instead of 57 years it would have been 14 and yes Ripley's daughter is at the colony and she's a tough talking sassy gal who, even though the whole movie is still about aliens wanting to to kill/cacoon you, manages to have ten scenes where she yells at Ripley about her not being around for her childhood. <p> Ripley "Honey I was drifting catatonic in space." <p> Sassy daughter *throws Bishop's head at her for comic relief* "I don't care! You care more about that fucking cat then me!" <p> Yes, now Jonesy also goes with hilarious results.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Oh and about the blu transfer...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...fantastic. I had my mouth open in awe the first ten minutes. It was like watching it for the first time.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    He's looking to see what time it is.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    Maybe I should read the next post before I answer.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by lv_426

    "Yes, now Jonesy also goes with hilarious results."<P>Jones is the only one who survived the alien movies without much physical or psychological trauma. When Ripley turns to Jones and says, "and you, you little shit, you're staying here." Jones is probably thinking, "you're Goddamn right bitch, I'm retiring."<P>If Aliens were made now, with a PG or PG-13 rating, at the film's climax Jones would probably run under and between the queen's legs and jump up onto the drop ship's ramp just in the nick of time.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by Sailor Rip

    If Aliens were made now, with a PG or PG-13 rating, at the film's climax Jones would probably run under and between the queen's legs and jump up onto the drop ship's ramp just in the nick of time." <p> In slow motion, and 3D, with Will Smith's "Aliens Rap(Game Over Man)" playing in the background.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    and Vasques would probably be played by Jessica Alba

    by KilliK

    who would have a shower scene after she wakes up from the cry-sleep.(well i would pay to see that)<br /> <p>Apone would be played by some washed-up 80s action star,maybe Stallone barking orders in his most Rambo voice: "are we going to win those Aliens this time colonel?"<br /> <p>Hudson would have been played by the latest new star from SNL tvshow and Hicks probably from that faggot in Twilight.oh and Ripley would be played by Jolie ofc.and Newt,played by the Hit-Girl, instead of screaming from terror the whole time, she would be fearless and she would be the one who uses the Loader to save Ripley and yell: "get away from her you bitch."<br /> <p>the Alien Queen would be played by Harry Knowles.<br /> <p>Their guns would fire lasers instead of bullets,instead of cornbread they would eat Big Macs and drink Coca-Cola in their dinner after the cryo-sleep,it will be clearly shown that their vehicles would have been manufactured in General Motors (even the Sulako) and the nuclear explosion at the end of the movie would have destroyed the whole planet,not only the colony region.<br /> <p>and when the movie credits start falling,you will see in capital letters: directed by Michael Bay.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Bishop would be homosexual and black. <p> After Ripley closes the airlock after ejecting the Queen, Bishop would say "What happened to the Queen?" and Ripley would say "I gave her a little space." Then she would look at the remains of Bishop and say "Got milk?" <p> Ripley and Hicks would fall in love and have a sex scene in med lab. <p> Frost would not get out of the APC saying "Uh uh, you know the black guy always dies first in these kind of movies." <p> Vasquez finds a picture in the colony of a young her and her long lost dad she thought died years before. <p> Drake and Vaquez have a sex scene in med lab. <p> To make Burke even more hated he tries to molest Newt. <p> Instead of the APC coming out of the dropship the dropship now transforms into the APC. <p> The whole cast would be ten years younger.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I saw an ad for tg4 on this site..

    by emeraldboy

    Hector in Canada.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Don't forget the "hilarious" moment, that would

    by jim

    be shown in every single TV ad, of Ripley kicking an alien in the crotch.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by ChaoChiHao

    Alex Cox's Searchers 2.0

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Is that a Bishop droid in Alien 3?

    by darthwaz1

    I'm assuming so, that would be the only logical answer. looks like he's got black/red blood though. I guess Anderson wouldn't have put the "real" bishop into AVP otherwise..

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    These what-if Aliens had been made now...

    by ufoclub1977

    Are more entertaining then the "news" on this site. Actually, the talkbacks are the only reason I come to this site... to hear what people think, and how they joke! And I like to argue... KilliK... you don't know how right you are on some details of the casting... I'm someone that hears about some of the real casting strategies in Hollywood for current projects in consideration a few years down the line!

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    The other Alien movies look great, BUT

    by white_vader

    Alien 3 is definitely soft. The best-looking (yes arguably) in terms of cinematography/eye candy, and the transfer looks DNRd. But not in the good way of Aliens, where they restored some grain. <p> Dammit.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Does BTTF have the scene with Marty hitting that joint with the

    by Crimson Dynamo

    I haven't seen that scene in any version since the theatrical release

  • Nov. 5, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    the image is so good for the first BACK TO THE FUTURE – that yo

    by Larrylongballs

    Why is this a selling point.

  • Nov. 6, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    re: Stoltz footage - Fuck Zemeckis

    by Larrylongballs

    I suspect that they will never show any of the performance because there reasons for firing him based on his lack of comedic skill were bullshit. They always wanted Fox but had to start filming while they were getting his contract settled. They screwed over Crispin Glover too.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 3:40 a.m. CST

    My review of BTTF

    by echobase

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Crimson Dynamo

    by DrGogol

    You won't be seeing Marty hitting a joint in any of the releases... because that scene doesn't exist. I don't know why you think you saw that in the theatrical release but I assure you it was never filmed.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Orcus saw the theatrical release and it wasn't in ti

    by orcus

    Maybe Crimson Dynamo was the one hitting a joint