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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 1st wk of Nov 2010: WINNEBAGO MAN, Julie Andrews, David Lean, Toys & more!!!

Published at: Nov. 12, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with one of those late DVD columns. This was due out on November 2nd, and yes, I'm well aware I owe you a column for today, and I am going to try and pound that out before going to sleep tonight. Seriously. As usual the images and titles link over to AMAZON, and if you purchase something, a portion of the price goes to help this column going. I love doing it, but man - some weeks - it gets crazy in casa del Knowles. Here ya go... Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010



WINNEBAGO MAN
Most likely this will go down as the greatest documentary based upon outtakes of an old Winnebago Ad shot for the Industry. As in, the Industry that sells Winnebagos. This documentary is ridiculously funny. I’m talking side-splittingly funny. I’ve known of WINNEBAGO MAN’s director, Ben Steinbauer, for a while. Actually, more of knew of him. He’s been around the Austin film sceen for quite sometime. Usually known as, “that guy that looks like Bobby Birdman,” but I’d heard he was an indie filmmaker, but the first work of his I saw was WINNEBAGO MAN at SXSW Film Festival a couple years ago, and was so happy to hear that KINO picked up the movie, not just for this DVD release, but also an arthouse theatrical run. I just wish that more theaters ran it. I’m serious, this is probably the best ‘frustrated with the way this world has gotten’ movies I’ve ever seen. WINNEBAGO MAN feels like a documentary about a guy who has just gotten fed up with just about everything this world has to offer. Which is amazing, given the footage that made Ben Steinbauer hunt Jack Rebney down – was him losing it on an industrial film on an incredibly hot summer day with bugs buzzing and a semi-competent film crew that constantly exasperated Jack to Christian Bale levels. Then to find that Jack Rebney had moved into seclusion… hid away from the world, completely unaware of his cult video fame… and find, he’s still pissed, and that he cusses like Rembrandt painted. It glows! I can not recommend this film enough. It isn’t just about seeing an old guy cuss, it’s what he’s cussing about. Universal aggravations that either political party could really listen to ol Jack. This is a fantastic documentary!




TOY STORY 3
I really like TOY STORY 3, but I still have that nagging problem with the overall message of the film. Mainly because I’m such a man-child – it seems most don’t share those hiccups. But I watched this a few nights ago on Blu Ray and wow it looks great on my screen. The sound design really feels robust here too. The film really goes for the heart, and there’s no denying that they hit their mark. The more I watch NIGHT & DAY, the short included on the Blu and before the film theatrically, the more I feel that it is very likely the very best animated short in the history of PIXAR. And that is saying a lot. By going incredibly retro, they hit a spirt that I haven’t seen in nearly enough animated works of the last few decades – and that’s to have a conscience. To impart in some small way a sense of calm about something that is continuing to grow grotesquely out of hand. I know with the RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY, it is beating a dead horse, but the sheer vitriol that permeates all discourse these days is really absurdly insane. None of it serves to do anything, but distract from how we can get along and admire the uniqueness that each side has. But DAY & NIGHT does it in a manner that makes whimsy of the issue. Makes one smile, rather than rant. And in days like these – that is very unique.




TOY STORY TRILOGY
OK – so you don’t yet own TOY STORY or TOY STORY 2… You held out, because you knew a third movie was coming, and you were going to be smart and wait for the whole dealio. Congratulations, it is here for you! If you have the first two on Blu Ray – and you’re asking what more you get for the money you’d set down. Well other than the amazing TOY STORY 3 bluray… you do get the ability to make digital versions of the first two TOY STORY movies, which didn’t come on their stand alone copies. Now – upon rewatching the entire TOY STORY TRILOGY, I’ve decided that this should be retitled, “ANDY’S TOYS’ STORY” because – you know and I know there will be more TOY STORIES… The money that TOY STORY 3 pulled down was obscene. And Bonnie is mostly likely a way cooler kid than Andy ever was. I mean just thinking back upon how badly Andy treated Woody over that dumb flash in the pan Buzz Lightyear. The only thing I find incredibly unrealistic about TOY STORY 3 is… if Andy had really become so uninvolved with his toys – why on Earth would ANY of Buzz’s battery powered functions still work? They would have run down. And I don’t believe that Andy replaced the batteries more than twice. I’d even bet that realistically, Buzz’s battery acid would have begun corroding his inside Battery Compartment. Realistically speaking that is. I know toys. I know what happened to my Robots when I neglected them for more than 3-4 years. Anyway… Here are the features on this whole set: Toy Story: •Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story •Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs Blast off •Paths to Pixar Artists •Studio Stories: John's Car, Baby AJ, Scooter Races •Buzz Takes Manhattan •Black Friday The Toy Story You Never Saw Toy Story 2:
•Director commentary
•BD Live-portal (BD only)
•Toy Story 3 sneak peek: "The Characters"
•Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: International Space Station
•Paths to Pixar: Technical Artists
•Studio Stories: Toy Story 2 Sleep Deprivation Lab
•Studio Stories: Pinocchio
•Studio Storyies: The Movie Vanishes
•Pixar's Zoetrop
•Celebrating our friend Joe Ranft Toy Story 3:
•Day And Night Theatrical Short Filmmakers Commentary With Commentary By Director Lee Unkrich and Producer Darla Anderson
•Bonus: The Gang's All Here - A look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3. 
•Toys! - A look at all the toys from updating classic characters to developing the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie's Room toys. 
•Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure (conj with NASA) 
•Paths to Pixar: Pixar Editors, past and future, share anecdotes about their career path. 
•Studio Stories: Where's Gordon? There's a hidden room at Pixar that we call the Where's Gordon?, and this is its story. 
•Studio Stories: Cereal Bar The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored. 
•Studio Stories: Clean Start The Pixar animation team shaves their heads to mark the start of TS3 animation.
•A Toy's Eye View: Creating a Whole New Land 
•Toys! A look at all the toys from updating classic characters to developing the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie's Room toys
•Interactive Game: Toy Story Trivia Dash 
•Cine-Explore by Dir. Lee Unkrich and Prod. Darla Anderson 
•Beyond the Toybox -commentary track 
•Beginnings with Michael Arndt - Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from ToyStory, Nemo and the Incredibles.
•Bonnie's Playtime - A roundtable discussion with the Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the "Bonnie's Playtime" scene to life.
•Roundin' Up a Western Opening - Development process and scene analysis of "Western Opening" in its various iterations through the story process. 
•Goodbye Andy - An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene "Andy's Goodbye". 
•The Accidental Toymakers of Pixar - Meet the makers of the original Buzz Lightyear and watch how the newest version of Buzz - the Ultimate Buzz is constructed. 
•Life of a Shot - Overview of artist contribution to each step of the production pipeline on a select group of shots from the Western Opening of Toy Story 3. 
•Making of Day and Night 
•Epilogue - Stand-alone 1.33 version of the Epilogue.
•Ken's Dating Tips, Lotso Commercials, "Dancing with the Stars" at Pixar 
•Trailers and More




THE PACIFIC
I really like THE PACIFIC quite a bit, but the nagging criticism that I see hung around its neck is that, simply, “It isn’t as great as BAND OF BROTHERS,” and that is certainly true. For a narrative, the war in Europe has always felt decidedly more cinematic. You had the ultimate villains with the Nazis, and only one big beach invasion… and it was the mother of beach invasions. But THE PACIFIC was a brutal war. My favorite film about a segment of it, is MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWERENCE… though I surely love FIRES ON THE PLAIN, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, EMPIRE OF THE SUN…. then all the great Black & White WWII Pacific films like SANDS OF IWO JIMA, ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING, THEY WERE EXPENDABLE, BATAAN, BACK TO BATAAN and of course THIN RED LINE… it’s a great sub-genre of War films – the last great films were that double bill of Eastwood flicks… But honestly I prefer THE PACIFIC to that. I really do hope I get to make my great WWII PACIFIC War flick. Got one I’ve wanted to do for ages.




THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Blu Ray)
Watched THE SOUND OF MUSIC on Blu Ray and could not help but to turn it up loud and sing along. While watching, I remembered being taught “Do-Re-Mi” in 2nd Grade… around the same time I first saw STAR WARS, and a flood of memories from 2nd Grade came a’calling. I love this film. It is embedded into my consciousness. I want lots of kids, so they can put on a great puppet home theater, that I can then criticize on AintItCool. Giggle. The Blu Ray transfer was beautiful. Those great opening sweeping shots that just told you, this isn’t upon a stage… just look beautiful. Then there’s Julie Andrews, who is just note perfect. Christopher Plummer, when he’s dancing with Julie for the children… He’s amazing, and Julie has “I LOVE YOU” pouring out of her every pore. The sung line, “There you are, standing there, loving me,” gets me everytime. But then I’m a hopelessly romantic sort. Here’s the great extras you get in this awesome set: Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — all-new immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz Music Machine Sing-Along Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — all-new interactive "backlot tour" with in-depth featurettes on the songs, the stage show & movie, the film and sound restoration and the real-life von Trapp family A City of Song — virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music programs, including a parody with Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, and an interview with the real Maria von Trapp on The Julie Andrews Hour Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music, hosted by Mary Martin Screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more BD-LIVE: Live Lookup Powered by IMDb




THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (Blu Ray)
It is essential that every film directed by David Lean ends up in your film collection because… well, they’re perfect movies. I’m talking just perfect filmmaking. From the emotional power they have, the way the story is told, the framing of shots, the lighting of scenes… They’re perfect, always compelling and just fantastic work. For me, I’ll always think of Alec Guinness from this first, simply because, by the time I saw STAR WARS, my father had shown me this film at least 4 times. And I’m extremely thankful for that. I’ve been lucky enough to see pristine exhibitions of all of Lean’s color masterpieces, and when you’re watching the Blu Ray – you’re getting a taste of just how great film can be, when watching a David Lean film. It is like watching a Kubrick film, but with a little more hope for humanity. This set has repros of all the lobby cards, a 35 page book of stories and photos detailing some of what happened in the making of the film. You’ll see William Holden and Alec Guinness on THE STEVE ALLEN Show and much more. The print is gorgeous, with great sound. That said, I’m not a huge fan of the clunky packaging.




THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW: THE COMPLETE SERIES
I have still never seen an episode. I have this set though. It’s sitting there, under my dining room table, waiting for me to fish it out and lose 2800 minutes of my life being absolutely delighted by most of what this show has to offer. The only reason I haven’t dug into it, well… to be honest, it is kind of to annoy Moriarty (aka Drew). Not that it annoys him much, but I do know it bugs him a little – and he knows, without a doubt, that I’m going to love this when I give it a chance, but honestly – the way I am, I’m an obsessive-compulsive – and if I were to crack this set, I could end up drowning in a backlog of other things that I have to do. Besides, I’m waiting for that time I get sick where I decide… I’m gonna watch this for the 4 days of feeling like shit, because I know this will heal me with undeniable laughter. This is something I’m saving for a point of misery. I think that’s the right thing to do. That said, this set has some good extras: Introduction by Garry Shandling All-New Deleted Scenes All-New Outtakes (bloopers) Garry Lectures At USC 60-Page Collector's Book featuring essays from Howard Rosenberg and Jeffrey Tambor The Making Of The Larry Sanders Show: Feature-Length Documentary Garry Shandling And Judd Apatow On "The Writer's Process" Interviews With Cast Garry Shandling's Personal Visits With Guest Stars Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld And Carol Burnett Commentaries by Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Peter Tolan and Todd Holland




WHITE CHRISTMAS (Blu Ray)
You ever seen this film theatrically? That opening sequence where Bing is singing against that blown to hell WWII landscape? His Technicolor eyes are so blue, that it matches exactly the blue of the sky behind him, and on film… it kinda spooks me the hell out. This is a wonderful Christmas movie, essentially a remake of HOLIDAY INN, which is a pretty good film on its own, but it just isn’t as iconic or as perfect as WHITE CHRISTMAS – that’s because of Michael Curtiz… my favorite director in the history of Hollywood. A man that could direct CASABLANCA, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, WHITE CHRISTMAS, Karloff in THE WALKING DEAD, CAPTAIN BLOOD, ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, THE SEA HAWK, MILDRED PIERCE, PASSAGE TO MARSEILLE, THE SEA WOLF, SANTA FE TRAIL and KING CREOLE – that’s just amazing. That’s just a small portion of his filmography, but he made some of the greatest films in multiple genres with completely different types of actors and personalities. He wasn’t the most obvious director, in fact he was a bit of an invisible man – but he made great movies – and this is one of them. Paramount did a great job on this Blu Ray, here’s the extras: Commentary by Rosemary Clooney Backstage Stories from White Christmas HD Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home HD Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner HD Danny Kaye: Joy to the World HD Irving Berlin's White Christmas HD White Christmas: From Page to Stage HD White Christmas: A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney Theatrical Trailers HD




THE GOONIES (Blu Ray)
This set comes with a GOONIES Board Game. I’m not kidding. An honest to goodness GOONIES boardgame – and that’s – something to do. I love GOONIES. That Sean Astin once told me that he was the only person who could make someone an honorary Goonie… and then he “Made me a GOONIE!” – that was one of the great days of my life. This film is about the imagination of boyhood wonder. When we thought we could solve the problems of the world by going out and finding rich stuff. Digging for treasure, following maps… making booby traps. I did all of that as a kid, before and after seeing THE GOONIES for the first time. I’m so used to seeing funky prints of THE GOONIES, that seeing a gorgeous Blu Ray transfer… well, it oddly felt out of place for me. My old VHS was recorded at the slowest speed, as part of a triple feature with COCOON and TIME AFTER TIME. And I watched that VHS a lot. And it started with GOONIES. On this edition you’re gonna get a commentary with the director and the whole set of Goonies! Cyndi Lauper’s insane video for “The Goonies ‘R Good Enough”, Storyboard reproductions, a reprint of a 1985 Goonies magazine and much more. For fans, this is Good Enough!




HIGHLANDER (Director’s Cut) (Blu Ray)
This is one of those films that I love the idea of more than I actually love the film. I love the QUEEN soundtrack. Clancy Brown is great in the film. But both Connery and Lambert… and just something about the overall style of the film… just doesn’t make me love it the way I feel I should love it. The way I know others love it. In the realm of home video, HIGHLANDER has never looked as good as this. I really love the details I can make out during the quickening this time. Ultimately, if you love HIGHLANDER – you’re going to go ga-ga over this. It looks beautiful!




HIGHLANDER 2 (Blu Ray)
I refuse to watch this one. I remember really really hating it and I have not been intoxicated enough to give it another shot. Am I wrong?




CENTURION (Blu Ray)
It sucks enormously that CENTURION did not see movie theaters on a large scale. One of Neil Marshall’s very best films – and a movie that kicks unholy ass. If you love ROME, you’ll love CENTURION. It is a different setting, but it has that sort of grit to it, but the action is some of the bloody best hack & slash you’ve seen in films. And that girl on the cover. She’s not a romantic interest, she’s amazing. Amazing as the Boba Fett of this world. SO GREAT! Michael Fassbender is fantastic in the film – as are the men around him. One of my favorite badass films of the year.




CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Blu Ray)
For those that love CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (like me) – the film is a movie filled with details. Those details really really pop on the Blu Ray. While looking at audio options, I discovered at least 15 audio tracks in different languages – which kind of freaked me out, because so many discs are usually 4 maximum. The English is in 7.1 DTS and it is fantastic. I recommend tormenting your children with our favorite childhood nightmare character! You know you want to!




NOT OF THIS EARTH
In Anamorphic widescreen – you get a crazy fun Roger Corman Traci Lords in this very goofy and cheesily fun flick. Hiring Traci Lords as a private nurse has often been a dream of mine. With this film, you’re most of the way there – and you’re being completely legal. Stay that way!




THE BING CROSBY COLLECTION ( COLLEGE HUMOR, WE’RE NOT DRESSING, HERE IS MY HEART, MISSISSIPPI, SING YOU SINNERS and WELCOME STRANGER )
Here you get 5 Bing Crosby films from the thirties and one from the 40’s. You know what’s great about these films… You’ve probably not seen them. When I got the set, I immediately put on MISSISSIPPI from 1935, where Bing takes a job singing on a Riverboat with W.C. Fields as the Riverboat captain that tries to teach Bing the old Southern meaning of Honor. And it is fantastic. Everything that I would have wanted it to be. Then I watched SING YOU SINNERS which teamed Bing with that wacky bastard Donald O’Connor and Fred MacMurray – and they’re all brothers wanting to hit the big time, but hit the racetrack for a series of misadventures. Next, when I get back to Austin, I’ll check out WE’RE NOT DRESSING that has Bing with Corole Lombard and Burns & Allen!!! That’s gold, I guarantee ya. This is a great set. Let Bing swoon you.




THE WIZ (Blu Ray)
What a pedigree… Written by Joel Schumacher, Directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell and Ted Ross in what might very well be the most gaudy film ever made. I find this movie absolutely captivating. It’s like… it really does exist. Now, I’m just waiting for SGT PEPPERS with the BeeGee’s to hit Blu Ray. Then I could really have a night of audacious holy shit. It is all worth it for the EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD number. The BluRay is far better than the film probably warrants in most eyes, but for me… I remember loving this at a Drive In as a kid, much to my Father’s horror… and I’ve had it on VHS & DVD… so why the hell not?




DESTRICTED
This is pornography as shot by filmmakers that kind of want to make it not be pornography – but it still is pornography, just with a bit of pretension and some very unusual tacts taken with the medium of pornography that might elevate its intrinsic artistic worth… but it’s still for all intents and purposes porn, even if it is Larry Clark, Marilyn Minter, Gaspar Noe, etc doing it. This could also be loathed for those that just want something to stroke to. I’d actually recommend this more for the smart ladies that like intelligent porn




THE VISTOR
There’s a very good chance you’ve never heard of or seen this film… but it stars John Huston, Lance Henriksen, Mel Ferrer and Glenn Ford… This is a crazy Italian made film that wanted to be Star Wars meets The Bad Seed by way of Rosemary’s Baby and a whole host of other flicks – and it does that while being absolutely bugnuts crazy. This film has the Rankin Bass Gandalf out in a desert doing his best Augie Ben Doggy, while an evil devil girl makes basketballs explode, while a Blonde Jesus tells little bald kids about a shapeshifting bad guy known as… wait for it… ZATIN!!!! First off. Let us now & for all time retire the word SATAN, the dark one will now be ZATIN. It’s just plain sexier. The film is insane, but oh my god watchable in a hundred ways. The film physically looks great. And with that cast, no matter how banal the story and the dialogue… it’s just kind of miraculous to see them doing this. This has been a very long time coming to DVD. For fans of weird fun flicks this is a little jewel. Give it a shot.




EXTERMINATORS
I think I saw this at SXSW last year, I think. Might have been another film fest, but I saw this – and ya know what – I really really liked it a lot. It never got any theatrical play that I saw, but that’s a shame. This is a black comedy about a group of ladies all in this rage-therapy group, who end up working out their rage in a very dark manner that would make most women giggle like monkeys. You know what ticks me off. Ladies get handed something like SEX IN THE CITY – but then a film like this, which is genuinely fun, wicked and very much for the ladies… well, it gets no traction. Heather Graham is great here, as is Jennifer Coolidge, Joey Lauren Adams and Amber Heard. Check it out!
That's it for last week. I'm pounding out this week's column now. Again - sorry for the delay, but I'm trying to catch up before this week gets away from me.

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  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3!

    by The Krypton Kid

    Best of the Toy Story trilogy! It's heart-swelling, lump in the throat, moisture in the eyes good!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST

    HIGHLANDER is a CLASSIC!

    by The Krypton Kid

    I love it and can watch it over and over. And the Queen score is KILLER!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I've heard the Toy Story set is terrible

    by Barrock

    You don't get actual DVD cases for the movies. Just a plastic insert thing. Needless to say the amazon reviews are pissed.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    no Tremors?

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST

    please review SHERLOCK JR. THREE AGES Buster Blu Ray!!

    by sherlock_junior

    :D!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Agree about Highlander

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    It doesn't really work somehow. For me. That said (!), I loved it as a kid, before I noticed the Highlander had a strange french quality and the Spaniard/Egyptoman was more Scottish than the title character. If only Sean Connery had played the Highlander...

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Highlander is still good! Toy Story 3...

    by ViolentN8

    Is my family's first bluray. Got it with the pack in DVD and Dig Copy. Can TOTALLY tell the difference between the upscaled DVD and the BR. I am now a believer in BluRay. Content is still king and I'd watch a great movie on VHS before watching a Baystorm on BR but if the choice presents itself I'll go Blu!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by eggers

    Put The Larry Sanders Show on RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Centurion....

    by Righteous Brother

    one things that slightly put me off....all the cgi blood spurts! Oh and Highlander 2 is shit!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:59 a.m. CST

    Damn

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I wish Netflix would rent out some of these softcore titles.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:08 a.m. CST

    HIGHLANDER does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    To me HIGHLANDER is a 'lightning in a bottle' genre flick like ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and TERMINATOR. It's a dirty, quirky, unique little gem of a movie - and of course it's been sullied by the sequels and the TV show, but the original stands up proudly... <p>Put together with passion, sweat, and balls on the streets of New York and the windswept mountains of Scotland, and scored not just with those awesome Queen tracks but with a stunner from Michael Kamen too.<p> There can (and should have been!) only one!!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:10 a.m. CST

    what Cobra--Kai said

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Nice, Cobra-Kai. Very nice.

    by The Krypton Kid

    Your words captured the ultra cool essence of Highlander with style.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Barrock

    by Bouncy X

    those people only have themselves to blame, all the sites have images of the collection clearly showing they were all together in some box. amazon even has a video showing the digital unboxing so you see exactly how the discs are held. my only complaint is the inclusion of digital copies and dvds jacking up the price. i bet it would easily be 20 dollars or more less had it just been blu-ray discs. i still havent bought it in the hopes it'll either drop or a blu only version comes. i mean the Shrek collection has an extra movie and is 20 dollars less, 40 less here in canada so yeah, those combo deals are beyond retarded.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST

    I never saw John Wayne

    by MorganLeafy

    on the sands Iwo Jima

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:25 a.m. CST

    I have a Visitor one sheet autographed by Lance Henriksen and Ne

    by islander

    And they were both surprised to see someone owned the poster. Shot here in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Been waiting for The Visitor for some time!

    by kafka07

    finally. And definitely will check out Centurion.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    GOONIES commentary - Sean Austin walks out

    by supercooldude

    If this is the same commentary from the DVD Sean Austin leaves the commentary 1/3 of the way through the movie. I heard "through the grapevine" he got pissed off at something corey feldman said, but I have no idea if that is actually true. Needless to say is sucks that he left. Richard Donner said "What a second, where's Sean?"

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Highlander 2

    by lochkray

    One of the worst movies of all time. How could anybody ever look at the original Highlander and think: this movie needs a sequel, with alien chicken people (much less the first one's director?).

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Buzz Battery Issue.....

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    Harry, the toys help each other out...I'm sure the green army men go on mission's to get fresh battery's, and the toy's change each other's old one's. Or how bout Andy's faverite cousin's come over a few times a year and he let's them play with them, so Andy keeps the toys in good working condition for them. Or for the neighborhood kids he babysits. I can't believe I have to tell Harry to use his imagination, as the "HeadGeek" for man-children everywhere you would think we wouldn't have to.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    I would love to have seen the Centurian film you described.

    by vic twenty

    Sadly, the one I watched was a bit slow and uninspired. Not bad, mind you, but definitely only a "one-timer".

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Roger Ebert's Two Thumbs Up On Winnebago Man?

    by Red Dawn Don

    Roger Ebert's Two Thumbs Up On Winnebago Man? Didn't 2 thumbs up mean that both Siskel and Ebert liked the film? They even trademarked it. Maybe Siskel was buried with one thumb up and one thumb down. All the while, dressed in the white suit from SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. Siskel payed $100,000 for that white suit at an auction.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Gaspar Noe

    by frongbak

    Is a cinematic beast, you all need to watch Enter the Void, it is one of the most amazing pieces of film I've seen in the past year.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Highlander 2

    by Fifthrate

    Yes, you can leave it to float down the sewer. There should have been only one.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    HARRY's review of The Pacific.

    by HoboCode

    Might be the most accurate thing he's ever written for this site. Dead on.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The Pacific WAS great.

    by HoboCode

    I think I actually liked it better than BoB just becasue it wasn't as maudlin. It went out of it's way to present the human side of the Japanese which I appreciated. I'm not sure if this was afforded to the Germans in BoB. The Pacific definitely improved with each episode. PArt 8 when Basilone lands at Iwo Jima? HOLY FUCK! One of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed. The Okinawa episode? Wow. The return home was brutal and poignant as well. My only complaint is that they short shrifted the impact of the hiroshima and Nagasaki but I guess that's been beat to death in a way. One thing I will say though. Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima is a masterpiece that is better than anything in The Pacific. That's just a fact. But everything in the Pacific is better than Flags of Our Fathers which is pure shit.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Winnebago man...

    by MainMan2001

    ...SUCKS. it's not a good movie. it's a short documentary at best. the voice over is completely annoying and unnecessary except for the fact that the director had zero clue how to string the movie together. Not good. Harry literally likes every single movie except inception. enough said for that fat fucker

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Buzz's batteries

    by riouxda

    If you watched all movies lately Harry, you should remember that in one of the movies (I think it's in TS2), Woody goes over a list of things to do while he will be away. And one of those things is that the toys who stay must not forget to change batteries in some toys or something like that. We can therefore assume that the toys are the ones who changed Buzz's batteries. I'm sure that even if they are stuck in a trunk, they can still get out and do their secret mission stuff to find some batteries around the house!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    oups

    by riouxda

    sorry, someone had the same comment than me. Sorry I didn't see it before posting!!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    I'll skip Centurion

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    Since I've seen film reviewers state that "Centurion"'s Roman invaders and Picts are intended as metaphors for NATO and the Afghans, I won't waste my time. If that wasn't Marshall's intent, too bad; maybe he shoulda told the critics to shut the hell up.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I REALLY, REALLY WANT <p>THE GOONIES ON BLU!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    But I refuse to spend $50 at Best Buy for a board game and a magazine! Give me the disc separate from crap that'll just end up in a box in my closet and I'll gladly buy it! <p>so fuckin' pissed they only released it in that ridiculous set....

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:08 a.m. CST

    MyGodItsFullOfStars - Centurian

    by vic twenty

    I don't care what the subtext is, the film itself is a bore. That is the best reason of all to skip it.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    If Schumacher wrote 'The Wiz'...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    how come there are no nipples, on the tin man suit?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Some Thoughts

    by homer40

    "Highlander" was always a piece of crap. Not that it was unwatchable, it was actually pretty fun, but Lambert is so wooden that the movie just can't work, despite Russel Mulcahay's clever direction. The Wiz is a terrible film, to be watched only as an oddity of the time. It was interesting to set it in the real NYC of the era, but it just doesn't work. I saw the play on Broadway when I was a kid, and it was funny and kind of magical in a way the movie just isn't. I always loved The Goonies, even though I was grown when I first saw it. There is a genuinely emotional power to the film that has something to do with growing up, and as a fan of the Little Rascals film it was inspired by, I always dug it. The Bridge on the River Kwai is a masterpiece, a must see. There was a half hour documentary on the making of the film on TCM the other night, which was too short, but worth watching. Larry Sanders show is great stuff, but not close to the best comedy ever on TV. Centurion is worth watching, but not a great film, though I agree it deserved a theatrical run. I actually saw it for free on HDNet Movies (as I did Survival of the Dead and Monsters-that channel is awesome). Tracy Lord's Not of This Earth is terrible, and your Tracy fix will not be satisfied. Finally, The Pacific is every bit as good as Band of Brothers, maybe better. It is true that the European theater is more visually appealing than the pacific theater, and this is a much harder film to watch. The Pacific is much more accurate in detailing the horrors of war. I have read most of the books it is based on, and it never shies away from the really nasty stuff. Joey Mazello is amazing in the film, as is James Badge Dale, so good in Rubicon on AMC. The scene late in series in which a soldier is throwing shells into the open skull of a Japanese soldier is just horrifying, and is an absolutely true story. I was at first a little disappointed by the show, which wasn't as tight as Band of Brothers, but as it progressed it came together and just blows me away. That is the pick of the week.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3

    by homer40

    Forgot to mention the best film of the year, which is Toy Story 3 by a long shot. I saw the movie with my wife and kids (now 15) and may parents, and had to do everything in my power not to just openly bawl during the opening and closing sequences. It works on so many levels, mourning both the loss of one's own childhood, and the loss of one's children to adulthood. It is the best computer animation ever, and the action plot is more incorporated into the themes of the movie than in the previous two films. I didn't think anything could eclipse the power of the Jessie at the roadside sequence of Toy Story 2, but this movie does so in spades. Looking at the upcoming holiday release schedule (with the possible exception of True Grit) I don't see a better film being released this year.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    The goonies are good enough

    by Abominable Snowcone

    for you, they're good enough for me, they're good enough.<p> FUHHHHHH

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    homer 40

    by Abominable Snowcone

    my sentiments exactly, re Toy Story. My kids still tease me that daddy got all misty. Whatever. It EARNED my near-tears. Bravo, Pixar, you midas touch fuckers you

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Ohhhh goood Destricted

    by Series7

    Has that Matthew Barney movie with a dude banging a drive shaft. God I've seen that before.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Main Man re: Winnebago Man

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I enjoyed Winnebago Man, but yeah it kinda runs out of steam. Unlike other bio-docs (Anvil, King of Kong) they don't know where to take their subject at the end. It's all very funny, but once Steinbauer finds Rebney, they don't have many key moments. The directed should have pressed for more info on Rebney's past, his childhood, any family. And maybe they should have waited until Jack's book got published (it's forthcoming). The appearance at the Found Footage fest was kind of anticlimactic.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    MyGodItsFullOfStars

    by HoboCode

    If you're going to reference a great movie like "2010" with your moniker, at least punctuate it correctly.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Harry (re:Highlander BD)

    by BSGDAN

    I bought the blu ray last week and the picture quality is hit-or-miss. There are times when it looks great, but a few moments later it looks like there's a layer of sand all over the screen. Does your copy have that problem?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Harry has nagging feelings about Toy Story 3, Pacific, Highlande

    by MattmanReturns

    But "Centurion" is a great film? Jesus fucking Christ. I liked Centurion just fine, but what in the holy fuck is wrong with you, Harry? You've got serious mental problems.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    The story of Sean Astin and Goonies commentary

    by HomerJay1

    IGNFF: I was also wondering what happened to you during the Goonies DVD commentary… ASTIN: That was a simple thing – there was a scheduled amount of time for the Goonies commentary… You know, it really annoys me to no end that the Warner Bros. DVD folks didn't include my exit. I think they did me and the fans of Goonies a disservice. But maybe they didn't… maybe it was just too weird, and they were smart… I don't know… I don't know how to feel about it. I was in no way angry. Basically, I had agreed to introduce Joe Pantoliano at a short film festival about 20 minutes away from where we were recording the commentary, and I had agreed to that before the time was set to get us all together. So we all got together, and rather than sitting right down and doing the commentary, we were enjoying kind of soaking each other up a little bit, and then when we got to the business of watching the DVD, the time came when I just had to leave. I didn't want to not show at an auditorium filled with a bunch of people, having promised one of the Fratelli Brothers that I was going to introduce him, and he was MCing the event that night. So I got up, and I changed into this white cream suit or whatever that I was going to wear, and I walked back in and said goodbye to everyone – and also gave everyone a little look at a Samwise Gamgee 2" tall pewter figurine, and teased the coming of The Lord of the Rings for everybody… And they cut all that out. Which I find really annoying, because New Line is a subsidiary of AOL/Time Warner…IGNFF: It's all in the family… ASTIN: Yeah. They could, if they ever re-release a DVD, add that section of Sean Astin's goodbye as a little subfile that people who wondered why I left – who might have felt that there was any anger or were confused about that – they could have that answered for them. Warner Bros. still owns it, I'm sure they still have it, and I'm sure they could show people – and that'd be fun at some point, for the Goonies phenomenon that still persists to this day…IGNFF: It will be on the Goonies: Ultimate Edition DVD… ASTIN: Yeah, well, there you go. Maybe when the sequel is done, there will be a "making of the sequel" and that could be a moment in that… I don't know. IGNFF: Because there was certainly conjecture flying around – "Oh, he must have been ticked off…" "There must have been a fight…" ASTIN: Not at all! That's so silly! It is silly. Totally silly… All those things. Understandable, because apparently I'm on it and then I disappear…IGNFF: But now it's finally in print, so people don't have to wonder about it anymore… ASTIN: Yeah.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Chitty Chitty

    by SnootyBoots

    If I remember correctly that movie was shown on TV every Thanksgiving by one of the networks when I was a kid. I know i watched it then, more than once, but I don't remember a thing about it (except that it's about a flying car). Is it any good?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Pretty Sh#@@y cover art

    by darkgrafix

    I have been waiting for the Blu ray of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, one of my favorite childhood films, for a while and I'm still excited to see it but when I saw what they approved as the cover art, I was just sick. Who the hell approved such an abomination? it's not the real car, the actors are pasted in awkward positions and the composition is like a 5 year old intern was given Photoshop to play with. Just sayin'. I can't believe you didn't catch it Harry?!!? The last "box set" they put out was very classy. This is the best they can do for Blu ray!? and so forth...

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Toy Story 3: the most overrated kids movie

    by Flip63Hole

    Ever. I swear to the gods and goddesses, I walked out during the incinerator scene. Fuck Pixar and their moneygrubbing soulless Disney-owned minions. I wish they'd stop milking the teat of one of my favorite movies of all time. Quality control is a good thing. Make something new and interesting, please. Thank you.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    My question about Astin/Goonies commentary...

    by Frijole

    ...is that early on he mentioned that he had always wanted to say something to Cyndi Lauper and never did and would let us know later what it was... and then left before he spilled the beans. What was it?!?! What had Sean waited decades to say to Cyndi Lauper???

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Flip63Hole: TS3 overrated

    by 9000rpm

    I can believe you. We walked out of TS2 and said never again. Just an awful movie, so of course we're not seeing TS3.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Anyone that walked out of Toy Story 2

    by Frijole

    is a fool with no soul. No debate. Unless someone was having a seizure... or a baby. Was someone having a seizure baby?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Frijole

    by 9000rpm

    When I get to heaven I'll leave the light on for you.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    So someone WAS having a seizure baby?

    by Frijole

    Okay. That explains things.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    The childcatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    by Badger23

    Scared the piss out of me when I was kid.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry (or anybody) is Sound of Music...

    by Jaka

    ...the regular theatrical length, or does it contain any (all) of the extra footage? I can't seem to find an answer to this. <br><br>Great week right here. I'm purchasing at least five of these. <br><br>The Pacific, as I've mentioned before, didn't work as well for me as BoB because I couldn't get attached to/identify with any of the characters. I'm sure it's great - I just couldn't get through it.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Highlander 2 - can you at least tell us...

    by Dreamwriter

    which version it is? You don't have to watch it, just look at the back of the box :) There were two Highlander 2's: the theatrical edition was the worst thing known to man, with a plot involving space aliens, and then a Director's Cut that removed ALL mention of aliens, and took it from utterly horridly bad to just mediocre.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    the Highlander 2 edition which has removed the aliens

    by KilliK

    references is called the Renegade edition.just fyi.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but Highlander 2 without aliens is called

    by Dreamwriter

    The Quickening. But this one is just called "Highlander 2". So who knows what all is included in it.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    I meant *with* aliens

    by Dreamwriter

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Toy Story 3 comment

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    I think Harry may have strayed from the message of the film. The Toy Story films are not about our childhood fantasy, it's the stories of the toys themselves. It's not about your experience neglecting toys and whether or not the batteries work. We all grow dispassionate about some our stuff as we grow older, that story I know. I want the toy's story for lack of a better term.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    The Pacific was Fantastic. Centurion was fun...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... and The Highlander is one of the few films that I feel could do with a remake, even though I still really like it. <p> Thank you. Good night.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    VERA-ELLEN IS INSANELY HOT IN WHITE X-MAS!!!

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    AND ONE HELL OF A DANCER! CHOPPAH will be picking up this BR as a "gift" for his GF.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The Visitor and Mad Max

    by Moonrocks

    I remember this film. It came out it the theaters around 1980 with Mad Max (I remember them being distributed together). I loved Mad Max, but this was utter confusing bullshit. And yes, I do remember that ridiculous Chirst scene at the end with the bad blonde girl, who was seriously and disturbingly attractive and then for no apparent reason, she became a bald saved child. WTF. Having said that, this movie has stuck with me. Crazy Crazy shit....

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    MENTALDOMINANCE

    by Rendell

    You have no taste. Your opinions are irrelevant. Please leave now and shut the door behind you.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I was surprised by Centurion Better than expected

    by skiff

    I thought it was a very well made film.

  • Nov. 12, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Harry, Night and Day

    by shiekybaby

    I asked you about this short in one of the original TS3 talkbacks because I thought it was so incredibly done, that I just knew you would be forced to love it as well. I think it is the best, most innovative, daring short that Pixar has done, and that is sayin something.

  • Nov. 13, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Larry Sanders...

    by eustisclay

    ,,,I remember an episode where John Ritter was harrassing a woman in the green room and Gene Siskel punched him out. I always admired Ritter for that. How many actors would put their ego aside to portray themselves as asses and get punched by a film critic? Some might make fun of their image, but this? Also remember Ebert was pissed cuz they were both supposed to be on but he had something else going on and instead of postponing, Siskel did it himself.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Highlander question

    by solitaire

    The first film is one of my favorites, despite it's faults. Does anybody know if there was ever a version released (laser disk, foreign or whatever) that has ALL the deleted footage re insirted? I don't mean the back flipping Fezile stuff and what is on the dvd release, but the fight with the japanese computer programmer and the Kurgan, Macleod and Kastigeer sitting with jon polito's character...all that stuff?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    ONE OF OUR AIRCRAFT IS MISSING

    by JIMBOCOP

    Was set in Europe not the Pacific, Harry.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    The quickening Prize

    by Dennis_Moore

    looked better through the fog of VHS. Here it looks cartoonish.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Winnebago Man = Mediocre This American Life segment

    by Man in Suit

    Ira Glass would have done it better- and it would have been shorter. The director seemed shocked- shocked! - that angry old men exist. I literally got the same rant that Rebney gives about Dick Cheney from a cab driver the other day.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    You just noticed the difference between upscaled

    by UltraTron

    DVD and high def? Congratulations. You can now watch images in the same quality as people living in 1988 with high def tv and actually optically process those images into neurons that you can appreciate. Nice you could join us.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    EXTERMINATORS -- great recommendation, Harry

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    I just enjoyed eXterminators on Blu-ray and shall rave about it and encourage my friends to check it out. I haven't liked a small dark comedy this much since I last watched the DVD of the indie gem Hero Tomorrow.

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