Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: 2nd wk of Nov 2010: Lang, Chaplin, Keaton, Laughton, Gable, Cameron, Zemeckis, Vadim, Bing Crosby &3D
Hey folks, Harry here - This particular week’s worth of releases… when I sat down to write about them a week ago Monday, after spending the previous week in L.A. I realized… I’d hardly seen or screened ANY of the releases, as they all came while I was in L.A. As I started looking at the releases I realized… OH GOD, I CAN’T WAIT TO WRITE ABOUT THESE, but I really felt strongly that I should get through a lot of the releases. As a result… it has taken most of this past week to get through these releases, as well as the screeners of awards time films. And yes, I’ll be having to write a big Awards article this year, to just comment about these films. Far less amazing than in past years, I have to say.
As usual, all the pictures and titles link to AMAZON, where you can learn more on the titles in question – as well as picking them up, if you like, which helps keep this column going, as a small portion of the price goes to sponsor this column. Thank you for staying on me. I just really wanted to do a good job on this week’s column, some of the greatest films of all time are on here. Enjoy…
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
THE COMPLETE METROPOLIS
This week there’s a lot of truly great releases, but honestly – I do feel that these first 7 or so titles are absolute musts. None with higher value than having the opportunity to see the Complete METROPOLIS. A film of such complete beauty and awe… that it is hard to talk about without just being a gobsmacked fanboy. The sheer design of the film. Not just the modeled and painted cityscapes… but the design of the frame, with multiple exposures that are just mind-blowingly awesome to watch. BUT – the story is the best. A film about something that we as a society is still battling – the various class barriers that plague the common good as illustrated by a family and a burgeoning romance. This is how amazing film can be, that reality will never capture. Watching this version has scenes that clarify a great deal of the film’s narrative. But most of all, now that it is complete it actually feels shorter. KINO rules for this release. I’m sure that at some point some digital super wizards will work to restore the newly found footage. It certainly makes sense to me. Though it would be a very pricey restoration. I know it will happen. Although the powers that be may never get around to it, so this is the best there is – and I love it!
MODERN TIMES (Criterion Blu)
A poem of a film. A film where Chaplin teaches how to survive all the troubles of the world, how to handle defeat and depression and simply, that is with a smile. It can defeat every obstacle It is a basic philosophy that is a simple truth throughout human existence. It was something that Chaplin had an ease at creating. I’ve never understood the debate about Chaplin and Keaton. Chaplin was simply the most charismatic effortless seeming genius ever to bless the screen. Watching his ballet upon rollerskates blindfolded… slicing through the frame, your heart beating faster… all whilst smiling… It is perfection. Like his every motion. I just smile constantly as he’s upon screen. Everything about him makes me smile. His hair, his moustache, his oversized pants, coat and shoes. How he has an opinion and a thought that goes with his every action. As though he judges and considers the very act with purpose. Again, it makes me smile. By not talking he forces you to pay attention to him. Because every second of the film, he’s speaking volumes at ya. His singing number in MODERN TIMES is sublime genius. So awesome.
New, restored high-definition digital transfer – looks amazing!
New audio commentary by Chaplin biographer David Robinson
Two new visual essays, by Chaplin historians John Bengtson and Jeffrey Vance
New program on the film's visual and sound effects
Interview from 1992 with Modern Times music arranger David Raksin
Chaplin Today: "Modern Times" (2004), a half-hour program
Two segments removed from the film
Three theatrical trailers
"All at Sea" (1933), a home movie by Alistair Cooke featuring Charlie Chaplin
"The Rink" (1916), a Chaplin two-reeler highlighting his skill on wheels – which while awesome, it isn’t nearly as great as the routine in MODERN TIMES, though his Big Bad Wolf moment in it is priceless… like much of the short.
"For the First Time" (1967), a Cuban documentary short – that is all about essentially, a Rolling Roadshow to villages that had never seen a movie before… and then they would SHOW a movie, but not just any movie… They showed MODERN TIMES, and it blows the audiences’ minds. Children all the way to the village elders. Shock & awe… Smiles & tears of joy! An extraordinary example of the power of film.
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Saul Austerlitz and more!
SHERLOCK JR. / THREE AGES (Blu Ray)
Ok – now ya know how much I told ya I loved METROPOLIS & MODERN TIMES… that love is shared at an exact same level as SHERLOCK JR. For many cine-geeks, SHERLOCK JR is precisely the film that makes KEATON the greater genius than Chaplin. But, I don’t share their belief that we’re volcano space spores either. Heretics. Now… all I’m saying is… If CHAPLIN is Christ, than KEATON is Buddha. I love the ideas, words and messages of both these men, and I think it is silly to even argue about who was the greater talent, rather – the discussion is about which message, ideas and words greater affected you personally. Also, you get the great THREE AGES, which I love mainly because I love Wallace Beery and getting to see him this far back is a genuine treat, as I haven’t had a chance to see much of Beery’s silent work. Here’s the special features:
SHERLOCK, JR.: Music by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and 2.0 Stereo, Music by The Club Foot Orchestra, Vintage jazz score compiled by Jay Ward, 15 minute documentary on the making of the film, Audio commentary by historian David Kalat, Stills gallery.
THREE AGES SPECIAL FEATURES: Music arranged and directed by Robert Israel in 2.0 Stereo, Organ Score by Lee Erwin, Piano score, Man s Genesis (1912): A nine-minute excerpt of the D.W. Griffith prehistoric romance that inspired Keaton s parody, Visual essay on the film s locations by Silent Echoes author John Bengtson, Three Ages re-cut as a trio of stand alone short films.
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Criterion Blu)
Just an amazing film. Possibly the greatest FABLE ever shot. My personal favorite Robert Mitchum character in film history. Followed quickly by THUNDER ROAD and CAPE FEAR… but this… This is one of the great performances. And the kids… and Shelley Winters… and Lillian Gish… And the shots. The astonishing reality is – this movie was not a beloved classic upon release. It took decades to build its audience. For the right people to see it, for the right directors to reference it. Filmmakers like Scorsese & Del Toro… Now it is a film that cine-lovers freak over, but still a great many folks have never seen it. If you saw Scorsese’s CAPE FEAR – the Max Cady character that Deniro played was far more influenced by NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, than the original CAPE FEAR. The motivation was the same, but the religious notions, the tattoos on the hand, his way with people… That’s NIGHT OF THE HUNTER. Only… not as good. If you love film, you’ll love this movie. It is brilliant.
Now – ok – you folks that love NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, but that might be hesitant in the least about buying this pricey Criterion BluRay – let me cut through the shit.
The 2nd BluRay in this box has a documentary. The documentary is called CHARLES LAUGHTON DIRECTS THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER… and it is, genuinely, the most insightful documentary about how a director can work and manipulate actors into the performances that they give. And when you watch NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and you wonder how Laughton got the performances he got out of these kids… You’ll find out. The astonishing amount of footage, with original on-set recorded audio, that allows you to see Laughton talk, berate and guide these kids through the scenes. You hear his direction, you see the impact on the actors… you see how the scenes get developed, as they were being shot. Not being RELATED to you second hand through nostalgia ridden memory – but long, multiple takes as CHARLES LAUGHTON directs – and you’ll weep louder than you’ve weeped before about how Laughton should have directed more & often.
I can not stress enough – if you’ve ever wanted to see how to direct children… this is one of the great docs about one of the great kids’ films that will get under your skin and blow you away. And that’s not the only extra on here… This is seriously one of the finest single title releases in the history of Criterion in my opinion. Here’s the extras:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary with assistant director Terry Sanders, F. X. Feeney, and more
Night of the Hunter - a treasure trove of outtakes from the film (2.5 hrs)
Interviews with producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Jones, and Jeffrey Couchman
New video interview with Simon Callow
Clip from the The Ed Sullivan Show
Fifteen-minute episode of the BBC show "Moving Pictures"
Archival interview with cinematographer Stanley Cortez
Gallery of sketches by author Davis Grubb
New video conversation between Gitt and film critic Leonard Maltin
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (Blu-Book)
I love the MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY story. I love this version, the Brando version and yes, the Mel Gibson version. If you’re someone that collects BEST PICTURE winners, this won that honor in 1935. Laughton is a great Bligh. Gable is, frankly – a bit soft as Fletcher Christian to me. I prefer Brando’s. But Laughton’s Bligh is just not to be trifled with. I love that this came out on the same day as NIGHT OF THE HUNTER – because this is one of his most iconic roles in the history of Laughton’s astonishing career. Laughton is an actor’s actor – and the best actors love Charles Laughton. That’s just a rule. The featurette on PITCAIRN ISLAND TODAY – is actually not of today, but was a publicity piece done at the time of this movie… and the line about inbreeding on the island cracks me up. Definitely a film worth picking up.
AVATAR (3-BluRay Mega Super Duper Set)
There’s two reasons to pick up this BluRay. First, if you ever liked the film, you’ll love the longer version more. At least I sure as hell did. And the second is the two additional blurays of amazing extra content, that peels back the veneer of secrecy and shows you not only how Jim made this amazing world. But you’ll also see over 45 minutes of deleted scenes… ALL OF WHICH should be finished and released in a future version of this film. The BROTHER TERMITE test is awesome. But this is one of those sets that just makes full use of the power of BluRay. Here’s everything you get – you decide:
Disc 1: Three Movie Versions
Original Theatrical Edition (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)
Special Edition Re-Release (includes family audio track with objectionable language removed)
Collector’s Extended Cut with 16 additional minutes, including alternate opening on earth
Disc 2: Filmmaker's Journey
Over 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes
Capturing Avatar: Feature-length documentary covering the 16-year filmmakers’ journey, including interviews with James Cameron, Jon Landau, cast and crew
A Message from Pandora: James Cameron’s visit to the Amazon rainforest
The 2006 art reel: Original pitch of the Avatar vision
Brother termite test: Original motion capture test
The ILM prototype: Visual effects reel
Screen tests: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana
Zoë’s life cast: Makeup session footage
On-set footage as live-action filming begins
Crew film: The Volume
Disc 3: Pandora's Box
Interactive scene deconstruction: Explore the stages of production of 17 different scenes through three viewing modes: capture level, template level, and final level with picture-in-picture reference
Production featurettes: Sculpting Avatar, Creating the Banshee, Creating the Thanator, The AMP Suit, Flying Vehicles, Na’vi Costumes, Speaking Na’vi, Pandora Flora, Stunts, Performance Capture, Virtual Camera, The 3D Fusion Camera, The Simul-Cam, Editing Avatar, Scoring Avatar, Sound Design, The Haka: The Spirit of New Zealand
Avatar original script
Avatar screenplay by James Cameron
Pandorapedia: Comprehensive guide to Pandora
Lyrics from five songs by James Cameron
The art of Avatar: Over 1,850 images in 16 themed galleries (The World of Pandora, The Creatures, Pandora Flora, Pandora Bioluminescence, The Na’vi, The Avatars, Maquettes, Na’vi Weapons, Na’vi Props, Na’vi Musical Instruments, RDA Designs, Flying Vehicles, AMP Suit, Human Weapons, Land Vehicles, One-Sheet Concepts)
BD-Live extras require a BD-Live-enabled player and an Internet connection. The following extras may be available a limited-time only and are subject to change over time: Crew Short: The Night Before Avatar; additional screen tests, including Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, and Laz Alonso; speaking Na’vi rehearsal footage; Weta Workshop: walk-and-talk presentation
Disney’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (4-Disc Combo)
I suppose this will be the way of things for a certain type of film. Certainly it was with this week that Blu-Ray 3D really took off – and it happens on the day of the big AVATAR release, which curiously is missing the 4th BluRay which would give you the 3D experience for the film. Not so here. I haven’t got the 3D set up at my home quite yet. I’m probably going to pick up the equipment to do that in the new year. There’s not nearly enough product out immediately, that I feel the need to leap for it, and at the same time, we’ll see how it catches on. As for the film, there’s some amazing work, especially in the performances of Jim Carrey. Here’s what you get:
4-DISC BLU-RAY COMBO PACK
• Mr. Scrooge's Wild Ride (In 3D)
• Plus All Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features
• Behind The Carol: The Full Motion Capture Experience
• Digital Advent Calendar
• Plus All DVD Bonus Features
• Capturing A Christmas Carol
• On Set With Sammi
• Deleted Scenes
THE LAST AIRBENDER
I no longer pity M. Night’s THE LAST AIRBENDER, I’m fucking furious at it now. After watching and writing my original review of this film… after being convinced by you very passionate cartoon lovers, I watched the whole of the AVATAR animated series, and holy fucking shit…. HOW ON EARTH DO YOU FUCK THIS UP when given the budget and resources that M. Night had. First off – the film isn’t nearly as ugly as all you poor sods that experienced the hell that was the 3D version of this film. You’ll finally see that ILM really did some nice work. I guarantee you that it was a small portion of what the effects folks probably would’ve liked to have done, had a sane director that watched the series and distilled the best of season 1 into a single film would’ve come up with. Seriously. That final battle? FUCKING LAME! When a tv cartoon kicks the living shit out your $150+ million dollar giant tentpole movie… in terms of scope of imagination, power of action and just pure emotional content. That’s not even getting down to the point that ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE FUCKING WRONG! Jesus God in heaven… This is seriously one of the worst adaptations I’ve ever seen. M Night, you can do better.
THE POLAR EXPRESS – 3D BluRay
The Uncanny Valley. In my opinion, the only way to see this movie is if you go to an IMAX theater that plays it during the holidays. Because it is kinda awesome in IMAX 3D. Otherwise, it doesn’t quite wield its magic. The “performance capture” wasn’t quite up to snuff. Everything feels stiff, the eyes are doll eyes, without a glimmer of intelligence from within. No light of a soul.
Also Includes the 2-D Version, Playable on Your Standard Blu-ray Player.
Special Features in 2-D:
Smokey and Steamer Song Not Seen in Theatres
You Look Familiar: The Many Polar Faces of Tom Hanks
A Genuine Ticket to Ride Documentary Gallery: 5 Featurettes
True Inspirations: An Authors Adventure: Profiling Chris Van Allsburg
Believe: Josh Groban Performs at the Greek Theatre
Behind the Scenes of Believe: Bringing a Hit Song to Magical Life in the Recording Studio
Flurry of Effects Gallery: 5 Motion-Capture Sessions
Snow Angels: The Moviemakers Christmas Memories
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
I watched the whole thing. I’m supposed to consider this Liberal Lesbian Family Soap Opera for End of the Year KUDOS – according to the screener I got… but actually, I got the BluRay before that screener, but man. You know what this is? This is a Middle Aged Penthouse Forum Story that wants to be an AfterSchool special about what happens when the children of a Lesbian couple, seek out their mutual Sperm Donor daddy – who turns out to be Mark Ruffalo… who apparently is the man, that long term loving Lesbian couples will go batnuts Hetero for in a major way. I found the film pretty fascinating, but only because the actors and actresses are so much better than the material they have to work with. Seriously – all the performers are charismatic and talented enough, to help you get through the mediocre storyline. Everyone in this is better than this film is. After it is over, you’ll probably find yourself making fun of the movie. I didn’t find the movie either funny or smart. Sexy? I do have a thing for Julianne Moore – and Yoko does love Mark Ruffalo… but yeah… I’ll watch SHORT CUTS and she can watch BROTHERS BLOOM with me. We’re not watching this again.
ANCIENT ALIENS: Season One
It’s HISTORY, wink wink
OPEN SEASON (Blu-3D)
This is one of the most unique looking of all the CG animated films, mainly because it adheres to Looney Tunes and MGM animated logic. The stretch and squash techniques are the same – and with so much of the CG animated world. It isn’t a great movie, but it sure is a fun one. Again it’s getting the 3D at home treatment, which I’m sure is pretty nice.
CLASH OF THE TITANS (Blu-3D)
If you’re one of those folks, that was surprised that you didn’t hate the film nearly as vehemently as you did in theaters… recapture that original hatred by taking home really and truly shitty 3D for your new deluxe 3D home experience. You’ll marvel at floaty hair and bad 3D compositing. It hurts the brain and mind, and it’s yours at an inflated price.
Bing Crosby: The Television Specials Vol 2 – The Christmas Specials
Bing Crosby was just the coolest. He understood the awesome of Christmas in a way very few could. He also understood how to sing and be a cool fella. And here you get his CHRISTMAS TV Specials – and a bonus CD with 10 songs. So put on your smoking jacket, sip a brandy – prep the fireplace and decorate the tree – and get OLD SCHOOL this Christmas. It is a magic evening I tell ya. Don’t you want one of those. This is literally a time machine to a cool vibe.
BEST WORST MOVIE
A fascinating documentary about the birth of a cult – and an amazing look into what is becoming known as the best worst movie, TROLL 2. It is a hard case to argue. But one thing is certain, BEST WORST MOVIE is way better than TROLL 2. Here you see how cult fame can be the greatest and worst feeling ever. When you’re in a theater of screaming fans, you feel like a star. When you’re at a convention where 20 people out of a 100,000 say “hi” the whole weekend… it’s a fist in the gut. George Hardy is AMAZING in this doc. If you love cult movies – this is a great doc that will recruit you into its cult. You have been warned.
BEE GEES: IN OUR OWN TIME
Fantastic documentary about the BEE GEES. I’ve only ever really known the BEE GEES from their Disco era. I watched this, expecting to groove to the awesome Disco they recorded that made them super famous… to me. But, my Father & Mother always made me ashamed for loving the BEE GEES, especially when as a young boy, I thought the BEE GEES were the Beatles for a short confused period, when they made SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND…. You had to be young and impressionable at just the right age. But I’m just old enough to feel that DISCO was the first cool music that my parents were wrong about. Of course my parents were old school psychedelic light show producers – that despised the automated lighting of the Disco Era which forced them to retire, and move into the Comics & Movie Memoribilia business… SO… in a manner of speaking, without the BEE GEES, there’s a chance AINT IT COOL NEWS never would have happened. I think strange thoughts some time, this is one of those. Anyway, this is a documentary about the entire history of the BEE GEES which pretty much spans the whole of Rock-n-Roll and modern Pop Music. Like… I never knew that Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers’ ISLANDS IN THE STREAM was written by the BEE GEES. I had no idea that the 3 brothers started harmonizing together singing EVERLY BROTHERS songs. This is a tremendous documentary, that completely will make you understand why they’re making a movie about the Bee Gees. I really hope the Walbergs do this. Seriously.
Watch this on a night that begins with LONELY ARE THE BRAVE and that ends with JUNIOR BONNER and you’ll have a complete eyeball to eyeball with the death of the Western lifestyle. Watch Lee Marvin in one of his great roles, but also… Jack Palance and Jeanne Moreau… Don’t bother with the Tom Selleck version. This is the best version.
MR MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL – BluRay
I get asked about why one should buy this style of animation on BluRay… I’ll tell ya. It is all just crisper. It does make the animation better. That, and until last year, you could only get this on VHS, then it hit DVD. Now, holy shit, it’s theatrical fun quality at home. Besides, it is way more fun than the other CHRISTMAS CAROL being released in 3D this day.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Season 2 (Blu Ray)
You do know why this is amazing, right? You know that for the first time ever, sharp, beautiful transfers have been made that really makes this show gorgeous to look at. It doesn’t have that fuzzy look that I always associated as a style for THE TWILIGHT ZONE, only to have the BluRays show me… OH YEAH, this was shot on film and it looks it! Plus there’s a ton of extras:
25 New Audio Commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani, author/music historian Steven C. Smith, author/film & TV historian, Martin Grams Jr., writer/music historian Jon Burlingame, writer Len Wein, writer/producer Joseph Dougherty, writer/producer Matthew Weiner, writer/director Michael Nankin, writer Marv Wolfman, authors/historians Scott Skelton and Jim Benson and writer George Clayton Johnson.
Interviews with actors Joseph Ruskin and H. M. Wynant
Suspense episode “Nightmare at Ground Zero” written by Rod Serling
Vintage Audio Interview with director of photography George T. Clemens
Vintage Audio Interview with makeup artist William Tuttle
15 Radio Dramas featuring Daniel J. Travanti, Jim Caviezel, Jason Alexander, Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard, Jane Seymour, Michael York, Chris McDonald, Henry Rollins, Stan Freberg and others!
Audio Commentaries by actors Donna Douglas, Don Rickles, William Idelson, Bill Mumy, Cliff Robertson, Dennis Weaver and Shelley Berman
Vintage Audio Recollections with Buzz Kulik, Douglas Heyes, Maxine Stuart, George Clayton Johnson and Robert Serling
22 Isolated Music Scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Fred Steiner and others!
Sponsor Billboards, - Rod Serling Promos for “Next Week’s” Show, and much more!
DON’T LOOK BACK
Wow. Remember IN MY SKIN, the debut directorial triumph of Marina De Van? An absolutely tremendous first film, followed not by a slump, but another triumph. Very much a Lynchian style film, with Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci playing the same character – and it is amazing how that works. If you’re adventurous as a filmgoer, you will be rewarded with something you shouldn’t learn too much about. Honestly though, it has Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci. That should be an automatic.
Fantastic Fest fixture, Noboru Iguchi with perhaps my favorite psychotic weird trip of a film that he’s made thus far. ROBOGEISHA works as a fetish flick, not only with hot Japanese women, but with ludicrous CG effects and more importantly, some of the craziest practical visual effects you’re likely to see. This is pretty much continuing the most fun work that TROMA used to do. And it is available on Blu Ray. Crazy.
VENGEANCE with Johnny Hallyday
I’m a big fan of Johnnie To’s work. But this is a film that is growing on me in the best kind of ways. First off, bringing in Johnny Hallyday as a revenge thirsting French Badass – into Hong Kong, to avenge the death of his daughter… working with the criminal underbelly to track down those responsible… it’s tremendous. I knew when I saw Ebert’s review of this, that I was going to love it… but moreso – the second I heard that Hallyday was making a movie with Johnnie To… it was like Leone working with Eastwood. Only instead of a spaghettie western, imagine if it was more along the lines of a John Woo old school Hong Kong men in suits action story, with the maturity of an UNFORGIVEN. Hong Kong fans, this is one to add to the collection!
One of the most unique cinematic experiences that I’ve ever had at Fantastic Fest… two years ago. Just, unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Amazing film. Smart like Kafka – and looking like nothing you’ve seen. Wow.
PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW
Finally, this shows up for order on AMAZON, it’s been available through Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection for special order for a while, but now you can get it through AMAZON. This is one of the best films you’ve probably never seen. Written by GENE RODDENBERRY…. Directed by BARBARELLA’s ROGER VADIM… Starring some of the hottest looking women ever to strut the earth in the era of micro-mini-skirts… and my all time favorite HIGH SCHOOL FILM about what goes through the mind of a young man, in High School, as a serial killer stalks the beautiful women of the school… while being groomed by Rock Hudson to fuck Angie Dickinson. THIS FILM IS GENIUS! GENIUS!
I’m going to try my best to get today’s DVD column out as soon as I can today, but I do have to get some rest before a screening… Massawyrm came over late last night and we got to chatting and didn’t stop till 5:30am this morning. Yeah, we were discussing politics. Never fails. Anyway, here’s what’s coming out TODAY – that I’ll get to. THE EXPENDABLES, EAT PRAY LOVE, THE TUDORS: COMPLETE SERIES, CRANK 1 & 2 on Blu, AMERICA LOST & FOUND – Criterion Set, DEADWOOD: Complete Series on Blu, BATMAN BEYOND Complete Series, I’M STILL HERE, SALON KITTY Blu Ray, SPACE PRECINCT: The Complete Series, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED and that’s it. A pretty light release day, I feel confident that after I get back from my screening, I can pound this out. Till then, I hope you enjoyed!
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Nov. 23, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST
Now you can have a well deserved rest, mate.
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST
see what i did there?
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST
is on NFI
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST
..now read the column and realise it's only half a column! Still looking forward to this week's releases..Fella, I do try to order thru you with a click to Amazon, but time's ticking for Xmas delivery to get to me in the Dodecanese Isles! You snooze (or waste time chatting to your mates) you lose..
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST
cRACkin' that whip!!! WHHIII-TIIISSSHHH!!!
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST
A copy more days to win a copy from AICN's give away http://tinyurl.com/34z254v
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST
well, there is the Twilight Zone.
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
I really like their movies, but unlike Harry, I actually thought Robogeisha was one of the weaker ones. It was really a case of a film that was better as a joke trailer. Vampire Girl Vs Frankenstein Girl was really funny and a big step up. My fave is definately Tokyo Gore Police. I dig its Robocop vibe.<br><br>But that studio needs to invest in learning the artistry of movies. Stuff like building scenes and blocking out action sequences so that they have more rhythym. I'm all for just throwing crazy ideas at the screen, but a lot of the ideas in Tokyo Shock movies don't have the impact they should because the directors just don't have the Sam Raimi skills to build up to them.
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST
A whole week late this time, not cool man...not cool.
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST
by slave to the one
Aren't these releases from the third week?
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST
I really pitty anyone that doesn't have bluray, their lives must be so empty
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST
Someone is honest about The Kids Are Alright! Besides Armond White.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST
Super gore/shock movies. They are sort of boring and I think a lot of the humor gets lost in translation. I'd rather watch a Troma film.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST
Must still be early.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST
Will that Bing Crosby Blu-Ray come with a sack of sweet valencia oranges ???
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
"A film about something that we as a society is still battling – the various class barriers that plague the common good" Yes, of course, Harry, because as everyone knows, it's a terrible thing when people have worked hard all their lives to be successful and provide JOBS to others many of which would rather not work at all and mooch off the hard earned money of the people who hired them. Lazy, irresponsible people deserve more! Darn those people and their success stories! It's all so unfair! Try thinking for yourself instead of letting politicians think for you. Don't fall for their rhetorical nonsense and their attempts at class warfare. Grow a brain. The perfect society isn't one in which an all powerful government takes from one portion of society and provides for the other in some twisted attempt at "equality". The perfect society is one in which everyone practices personal responsibility and provides for themselves. Those people you think are being treated unfairly? They don't want to work. Here's a clue...you hand someone a check every month that covers their cost of living and they'll never work again. They won't, out of some euphoric state, suddenly decide they'll contribute. The pilgrims found that out the hard way. Hopefully, we as a nation won't have to. By the way, you could use a grammar checker. It's not "we as a society is", it's "we as a society ARE". We ARE, not we is. Have a nice day.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST
There you go, TitusPullo. <p> I actually don't mind Avatar, by the way...
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
was gonna say no one understands the joy of beating your kids with golf clubs like der bingle
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST
One of the things that bothered me about the original theatrical release of AVATAR was that it was nearly void of any humor, of anything to make you laugh even once. But the brief addition of a hunt and the surprise of a joyous shout in English made me laugh quite loudly. Nice. --The set is beautiful and a must have, for me. <P>I've no idea how many James Cameron fans would feel the same way...but with "ALIENS", I prefer the theatrical cut. However, with AVATAR, I prefer this longest version. Enjoy!
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
The brief addition of a hunt with the surprise of a joyous shout in English made me laugh out loud. Anyway, heck with the haters.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
OK, Harry, it's a bad adaptation. But is it a bad movie? I go to see films for the films, not to see how meticulously and soulessly it can mimick the source material. Would someone who hasn't seen the cartoons (I'm an actual adult with a life) would I enjoy the movie?
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:55 a.m. CST
Just when I thought Cameron wouldn't stoop any further to make a buck. BTW, I only saw Avatar once - I don't recall it being a foul-mouthed extravaganza.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST
Only seen AVATAR once on the big screen in 3D and loved it.<p> Been holding out for this longer cut... now I hear there's another 45 minutes of deleted scenes?! CAMERON GET OFF YOUR FUCKING ASS and stick em all back in the movie.<p> You're already releasing like 3 versions of it - might as well release the 'Uber Extended Cut' while you're at it. The Dojo has never been afraid of a long movie.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
How about a society where somebody who does work at least gets paid enough to support a family and the really successful people who create all those jobs still get to live 1000 times better instead of a million times better?
Plus MODERN TIMES and METROPOLIS... two movies from that bygone era which have stood the test of time incredibly well.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST
There was a period of video. I don't know how long exactly but it's odd to watch.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST
The Bee Gees are one of the greatest bands in music history. They wrote a ton of songs for other performers that went straight to the top of the charts. I wish they would of toured more. Would of loved to see them live.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST
I just got Polar Express on Blu. I love the film. Sorry. I will be looking in the new Christmas Carol on Blu as well but not in 3D. Not in the mood for 3D at home. It's pretty cool but not worth the upgrades and dollars. Just a fad.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST
I put that flick on just to hear it in the background. Mel's version is highly underrated too.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST
Wait until you have been married more than just a year or two, Harry and then watch The Kids Are All Right again. It's not a movie for singles or newlyweds. As for Don't Look Back. I watched it last night. I honestly don't know how the fuck they did the effects. It was impressive.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST
I've tried it a couple of times at a local store and all I can do is shrug my shoulders and shake my head in disagreement. <P>At the theater, it is okay. At home, to hell with those glasses.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
OHHHHHHHHHHHH MMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST
some great stuff before they even went disco. I'd love to make a cool festival indie film that uses some of those Beatle-esque songs, but I would need to get permission on an ultra low budget... who to call? Who to call?
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST
Tried watching it on HBO, and it's just kind of bad. The CGI is beautiful, but the story is really lame and very unoriginal. He pushed the envelope for 3-D, but in turn has started the worst gimmick trend in recent history. Maybe the sequel will focus on story and acting instead of mesmerizing the audience with gimmicks and bright, flashy things.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST
definitely be in the Bee gees movie... seriously though there going to make a movie on the brothers Gibb? I've always loved the BeeGees from their 60's blue eyed soul music to their 70's disco music, it's good shit. Seriously it is.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST
Plus, "The Kids Are all Right," was great. I'm a straight male and found it more about marriage and it's complications and compromises. It was an adult movie and I think Lisa Cholodenko is a fantastic director. High Art and Laurel Canyon are two of my favorite movies. You watch that crappy Brothers Bloom(fukn boring) and I'll re-watch The kids are alright anyday. And god Harry you are just a bundle of excuses. Very tiring hearing about yr whining. Go to the gym!
Nov. 23, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST
is all kinds of awful. The only redeeming thing it has going for it is some nostalgia. I remember it running on TV back when I was a kid. Even then I knew it was rank. Yeah, some nostalgia at work... but technically it is a horrible, terrible POS.
Nov. 23, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST
Every once in a while, Harry, you actually know what you're talking about. I have trouble with your fondness for Brando's Monty-Pythonesque effeminate Fletcher Christian, but you're right on the money with The Kids Are All Right. Stupid movie. Seen it all before (the "independent film" movement is getting very dull and annoyingly cliche-ridden). Of course, all the critics had orgasms over it when it was first released, and it'll get a pile of Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for all the wrong reasons. But at least you spoke the truth about it.
"the most charismatic effortless seeming genius ever to bless the screen".<p> I'd hardly call his fiilms "effortless" considering how long he took to perfect them. <p> And he had NO pressure. Just because he was first on film to wear the tramp costume.
Nov. 23, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST
the avatar extended cut adds some much needed lightheartedness and is a better cut of the film, Aliens on the other hand is better as the theatrical cut, the directors cut while pretty neat is just too expansive and slows the movie down for me, But I appreciate that Cameron gives all cuts of his movies the same respect
Nov. 23, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST
Pretty good songs in that Magoo DVD
Nov. 23, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST
by Man in Suit
I enjoyed Avatar, but I think we have to wait until the film has been out at least a year before we can say whether or not it holds up to multiple viewings. Maybe the quest for unobtanium will seem silly after we've had a year to think about it.
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST
i thought that one was fully loaded too..
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST
fingers crossed it didnt get lost in the postal transfer.sigh..
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST
watched it over the weekend..am planning to knock out the rest of the discs tomorrow
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST
From the first few minutes in which the protagonist's Daughter and family are confronted by hitmen/thugs to the camaraderie between him and the assassins he hired.not to mention a modern day western shootout in some land dump.No wonder why I prefer Asian cinema over these so called "Blockbustwer' films that Hollywood shits out constantly.(Does Clash of the Titans and last Airbender ring a bell?)
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST
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Nov. 23, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST
Avatar because you were too fucking stupid to understand it. I haven't seen air bender yet. I'm just saying your opinion is moot.
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST
FTW! Succinct and straight to the point.
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST
More is better. The opening scenes with Newt's family helps and all the other extra tidbits also beef it up a little.
Nov. 23, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST
becomes irritating at some point.
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST
The introduction of Newt's family, the discovery of the delelict ship, and the automatic guns add absolutely nothing, in fact it takes away from the power and speed of the film. The only scene that has some resonance is finding out that Ripley had a daughter she barely knew.
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST
...would be the scene with Ripley on the park bench (with park scenery projected on wall behind her), when she learns what happened to her daughter. It adds the emotional weight to her connection with the little girl, Newt. Otherwise, I feel it slows the movie too much and explains the unnecessary. <P>But more material for our enjoyment at home is always nice. :-)
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST
And why shouldn't you ride his cock? He's the greatest action director you've ever had. And I've been slamming legacy for the 1st time car commercial director helmed product it is. We'll all just praying Pixar's tweaks come in at the 11th hour and create movie magic
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST
Sentry Guns FTW! :P
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST
Neil Armstrong at his word- then here is the actual world you live in: A world beyond imagination where aliens have a mining operation on the moon,possess massive menacing starships and have curtailed human history itself by not allowing us to even visit the moon anymore- much less build a lunar base or city(infinitely more practical than a space station). Not even going further to include actual documented discoveries like alien implants containing no elements in the known periodic table attached to individuals nerve endings or testimony by the ex head of the FAA or countless other scientists, pilots, astronauts, etc the world over. Well if you just take what Armstrong says as mantra then the world you live in is more amazing than any movie we've seen because we are living inside it, and our very destinies are manipulated by it. I mean think about how crazy you would sound if you were to say you were warned off the moon by aliens you saw with your own eyes. Most of our astronauts talk openly about this and they were the best human specimens we could find.
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST
by The Garbage Man
As another adult with a life who hasn't seen the cartoon, let me just say: Airbender is awful. <p>The script is insultingly simplistic, the acting is terrible and, as Harry mentioned, the climactic battle is lame. Actually, strike that, every action scene in the movie is lame. Mostly they consist of characters doing tai chi while ILM's (admittedly great-looking) FX do the heavy lifting. Even without having seen the cartoon, all of the actors seem miscast. Aasif Mandvi as a supposedly-badass military commander? Please. Some cardboard douche from Twilight as one of the leads? Get out of here. <p>I watched it with the RiffTrax and the movie was still a chore. The greatest sin for me is that it doesn't even reach so-bad-it's-good levels. The only pluses were the effects and the few amusingly... curious... elements, such as the scenes in a northern ice village where the villagers live in igloos and all of the extras are clearly Inuit yet everyone with a speaking line is white as the snow. Curious.
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST
Saw them both for the first time this weekend. With Avatar I forgot what I saw before the end credits rolled. The Night of the Hunter stayed with me for a few days, even with some of the corniness it was still very memorable. Night and Day.
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST
Just bought the 3 disc Blu of Pocahontas - sorry Avatar. Was looking forward to the glut of extras. Just a shame that with the UK version, they've completely cocked up the (unnecessary) standards conversion from 29.97fps to 25. The picture jumps and stutters, some shots flicker like crazy. You'd think on a $500m film they'd have some quality control.
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST
So if that's the case then these aliens seem to consider us not equal to themselves. They seem to be taking mineral ore from "our" moon(is it really? Is it owned by mars/yutani corp from the 8th dimension?). You could easily say they are exploiting us. Curtailing us. We can't go to our own moon. We are Navi. Jim knows these things and is a god among men. I want you to suck his cock in effigy right now and beg his forgiveness
Nov. 23, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST
who's worked on a cameron production.
Nov. 23, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST
than any other director since Cecil B DeMille. He fills nuclear reactors with water and builds sets inside them- he builds a life-size titanic set to bring you time travel. He's the best we've seen and Nolan has perhaps made one scene approaching a classic Cameron scene. Well a few here and there but I haven't seen anything as satisfying as arnold beating a guy with a hand dryer or snapping 30 necks or the greatest mech battle ever filmed or countless other moments
Nov. 23, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST
yawwwwn.try harder next time hater.you might make me give a fuck about your rantings then.
Nov. 23, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST
process with the shooting technologies he introduced while making Avatar.people think that Avatar's breathtaking technical aspect is only about its 3D,but in reality is beyond that.<br /> <p>Instead of giving millions of dollars to construct a real-size replicate of the Titanic and have the studio breathing heavily on your neck,instead of endangering the lives of your crew and cast in a filled with water nuclear reactor and having to face the rage of your lead because his hair turned white because of the chlorine,instead of having a bunch of british assholes to work with in order to make the best sequel of an alien horror movie,instead of getting poisoned with drugs from one of those assholes because you fired him for being an asshole,well instead of all that the alternative that you can do and which is the best solution,is to take your cameras,a bunch of faithful to your vision professionals and in the luxury,comfort and peace of your personal studio room,you can make your personal vision come true without much interference while creating pure movie magic.<br /> <p>that's why Avatar lost the main oscars,that's what a lot of HW people dont like,that's why hate but also envy the genius of James Cameron.BOW TO THE KING BITCHES.
Nov. 23, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST
Watch that scene where Mitchum just misses grabbing the kids in the river....if that slow primal scream he emits doesn't chill you to the bone...have your pulse checked.
Nov. 23, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST
And that was enough. I can't imagine sitting through a longer version.
Nov. 23, 2010, 3 p.m. CST
we have a film critic who has a long-time,weekly 30m show about cinema in a greek music channel.one of the sections of the show is the "cult movie of the week",where apparently introduces cinematic diamonds which are not very well-known to the mainstream mass.he always makes a small intro about the film he introduces and then he shows one scene from that.<br /> <p>well all these years,there were two scenes from two movies which made me so much impression that i immediately went after them: the one scene is from Evil Dead 2 where Ash hacks his demonic hand after being beaten by it,and the second scene is the Night of the Hunter scene which you described,with Mitchum's scream of despair in the river.very chilling scene indeed.
Nov. 23, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST
does he have to do with the King? oh i forgot,you are an attention whore aka a troll.let me introduce you to my ignore list then.
Nov. 23, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST
The creators themselves had a hand in the making of the film, plus they started work on this before the series was even finished.<BR><BR>The only real differences is the tone is darker overall then the series. (which can also be contributed to the creators) and the ending. which, frankly works better. the giant water lizard always felt out of place to me.<BR><BR>outside of that the movie is pretty faithful. Its just condensed. I would love to see that earlier draft he talked about which took EVERYTHING from season one and would have been a 6+ hour long movie if they had made it.
Nov. 23, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST
by The Dreaded Rear Admiral
It physically hurt to watch the movie. The kid playing Aang wasn't a total train wreck, but the rest blew big time. Like Harry said, considering the source material, M. Night really messed it up. If there is a follow up...Toph better FUCKIN' RULE the earth! Small Airbender joke there, heh.
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST
What's up with the fucking ending. This doucher wins the biggest gameshow with all of India watching yet he can just go chill in a train station and not be bothered? Derp!
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST
I'm sorry, I know it's "holy" in critical circles, but while Mitchum is amazing, the wife couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. And those kids are fucking AWFUL. Just AWFUL. The smiling cherubic little angels at the beginning? Fuck that shit.
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
my opinion diverges wildly from Harry's, in that I thought The Kids Are All Right was fantastic & one of the best of the year. Thanks, I was starting to get scared there for a minute, that was a reality check.
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
It made the derelict look cheap and junky instead of ancient and mysterious. It did add the information about Ripley's daughter (which made no sense to cut in the first place). The sentry guns really add nothing, and Hudson's speech on the dropship about their weaponry seemed silly. And the theatrical cut is tighter. So in the end, it is superior.
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST
I'm not going to say it deserves to win best documentary of the year, but it's still really good for what it is, and I spent a surprising amount of time after watching it using Google and IMDB to check on various people and trivia related to Troll 2. Also, this DVD is one of the first DVDs in a long time (years?) that I actually watched ALL of the bonus features on the disc. Although there is a cheap, almost-random short film on the disc, almost all of the extras are worth your time. There are plenty of deleted scenes that are actually worth watching, including some awesome footage of George hilariously commenting on people that walk by their booth at a horror convention. There is also an 82-minute audio only interview that is honestly just as much (if not more) informative than the documentary itself. It explains so much, including the status of Troll 2: Part 2. As Harry implied, George Hardy is an interestingly charismatic person, even if he isn't much of an actor.
Nov. 23, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST
So stupid that bomb squad techs denounce it as complete bullshit. They simply blow up bombs with mortar fire from a safe distance. The movie is retarded. I think inception is great and would love to see an extended cut with the bottom guy waking up just before the elevator kicker and seeing people splat for an instant on the elevator ceiling. Also the entire movie is a ruse to get Leo to wake up if you consider his kids never age a day. But Cameron is the master of action sci-fi cinema and the master of the extended visceral action scene. Only the wachowskis have approached that level of extended visceral action. Sorry. I'm waiting for someone else but Cameron has more scenes like that under his hat at this time. So what else ya got kid? Put up something that can stand against him and you might win a bucket of pogs
Nov. 23, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
I forgot the recent case of Toy Story 3, which I loved and Harry liked less because he thought Buzz's batteries should have been corroded...or...something. There. All's well.
Nov. 23, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST
hope that Bing Christmas show dvd features his Little Drummer Boy duet w/David Bowie
Nov. 23, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST
ass! You guys can suck Bing and Bowie's cock till they cum in your sexy mouths but I'm not going to because I'm Jewhunter! That drummer boy song is rum pum pum poop! I got it- it's drumming with Jesus and Bowie should be sued for ripping off passion of the Christ and the movie Tommy which had a drum in it!
Nov. 23, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST
that movie was lavished way too much praise as being a great film but the material is just not there. plus the handling of ruffalo's character in the third act is just fucking terrible. fuck that movie.
Nov. 23, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST
by I am_NOTREAL
Bashing The Hurt Locker is SO 2009. It won & no one cares.
Nov. 23, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST
hm? i already bought most of these.
Nov. 23, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST
past the first make out scene with ramona but I'm just taking this opportunity to say that if you think that opening number sounds anything remotely like music you have completed de-evolution
Nov. 23, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST
I own a 3D set, a Samsung which kicks all mighty ass. It also does 2D-3D conversion better then the way Clash Of The Titans conversion looks from a studio!! <BR> <BR> The big news of course was this was a huge week for 3D TV owners like myself. We had a lot of content released at once but as far as Avatar that will be a Panasonic exclusive only until 2012 unless you want to spend $500 on Ebay for the movie. So in the meantime to wet the appaitite of those of us who do not own a Panny the new extended edition Blu of Avatar contains 2 easter eggs in Real3D. On the 3rd disc go to the BDLive and toggle up (or it may be down can't remember). That will make both the the trailer and a feature pop up that is narrated by Sigorney Weaver which gives you a great preview of what is to come with this movie once it's finally released to the public in 3D. The feature is over 3 mins long and contains some of the best footage from Avatar. Enjoy!
Nov. 23, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST
gave me goosebumps and had me instantly in love with the movie. I'll throw it on just to watch a few of the musical sequences. "Launchpad McQuack" FTW.
Nov. 23, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST
Okay, this is just sad. Harry, if you read this, please, please, please don't talk out of your ass anymore. Metropolis HAS ALREADY BEEN RESTORED. It's the best those "super digital wizards" or whatever the fuck you called them could do with a poor 35 to 16mm transfer that was done without cleaning the film. That crappy 16mm transfer was alternately played and neglected for over 80 years. This is the best they could do, which you should know, if you had been paying attention at all. You should have seen the before.
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST
by Dr Farragammo
He can't. He truly can't. He's a 1 tricky pony, who came strong out of the gate then proved he has horrible narrative skills and piss poor plots with shit dialogue. There is a funny coincidence you review his film along with the twilight zone blurays because he wishes he could be as good as TZ, but it'll never be topped and he aint no Rod Serling.
Nov. 23, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST
And thought that Avatar was cheesily written, overblown, overrated (yet pretty) junk.
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
ha ha ha ha ha - you kids crack me up
Nov. 23, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
If I saw the Avatar packaging on a DVD set, I'd be infuriated, but Blu-Ray discs are virtually indestructable.
Nov. 23, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST
Most people who've enjoyed the Airbender series like it because it's (as the saying goes) a "Good story well told", not because it's a "cartoon".
Nov. 23, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST
Oh wow - you're a super genius. I'm not talking about regular restoration, I'm talking about an extensively expensive process that involves a high degree of digital artistry. I'm well aware that a quick clean was done, but the mere fact that the print that was found and then FULLY restored in all of about 6 months from the moment it was found, till the print was shown at Berlin. Given that in most of that time, it was taken up with acquiring the print, scanning it, analyzing costs and putting it out, I doubt seriously that restorers had longer than 3 months top to fully integrate the footage and do a cursory cleaning. That is not the proper time to do a robust job. I'm afraid I paid a whole helluvalot of attention... That I understand the process and then the excitement of wanting to get the film out quickly on the heels of the excitement regarding the discovery of the print to begin with. Maximum profit with minimum investment. Financial realities, versus the true power of modern restoration. Fuck dude, if enough money was thrown in, they could turn the whole thing 3D. And given the proper amount of time, it can be restored to be far better looking than it is right now. And if you don't understand that. I'm sorry for you.
Nov. 24, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST
by Mr. Moe
And I've never watched it in 3D. The film itself is storytelling in its purest form. The kind of storytelling that hasn't been around since 80's Spielberg.
Nov. 24, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST
Like all of Emmerich's films, Avatar was pure cheese. It was a sumptuous cheese platter, but cheese nonetheless. You couldn't take the Na'Vi seriously because they were the cliché of every peaceful native tribe ever to be processed through the Hollywood filter. Nor could you take their enemy Quaritch seriously, as he was also the walking cliché Hollywood villain. As was the protagonist Jake Sully. As was the military girl, and the company man, and the scientist...Christ I could go on forever. Mmmm cheese. Sumptuous cheese. But cheese nonetheless.
Nov. 24, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST
by Joe Huber
I have a review copy of this 3-disc set. Very much worth upgrading, even if you have the initial Blu-ray release! Anyone who complains about double-dipping, Cameron and 20th Century were up-front about this. It takes time to get extras done and the extra scenes added to the two alternate versions of Avatar took time and millions ($1 million a minute according to Cameron). Mr Moe - I agree with you completely. Some of Cameron's best work, but most of his releases are like that. The man tops himself each time out. BrainDrain - I agree but beside it being his strongest work in years it also was his only work (directing-wise) in years. Over a decade since Titanic. Now I'm drooling for that to come out on Blu-ray!
Nov. 24, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST
oh, i don't think so.
Nov. 24, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST
that is all. in no way is it an equal to Terminator or Aliens, his masterpieces, or T2, True Lies & The Abyss, his three second tier works of art.
Nov. 24, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST
The casting, the acting, the script all sucked major balls! It's just fucking so sad when the movie isn't even a year old and fans already want a damn reboot on the movie adaptation!
Nov. 24, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST
Korea on Friday. Could someone give me a mini-review please? What are the extras like? And how does the extended cut (with the additional 16 minutes play?
Nov. 24, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST
mrbong, I think you'll find that Avatar was Cameron's ONLY film since Titanic. So that statement makes no sense. Unless Cameron made some low budget art house films which passed under the radar.<P>For the record Avatar was shit. I went to see it for one reason and one reason only - to see the 3D. I went purely out of curiosity ( I already hated the story). The story was every bit as bad as I thought it would be, and after the first 20minutes the 3D was tiresome as well. If Avatar had been a purely 2D presentation I doubt it would have made its money back. It was shockingly bad. Could be Cameron's worst movie ever. I even enjoyed Pirahna 2 more.
Nov. 24, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST
I'm watching it, french language be damned.
Nov. 24, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST
How could a review of a film with Monica and Sophie, IMO the two prettiest actresses around, not answer this critical question?
Nov. 24, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST
You said it so well. <P>The "ALIENS" theatrical cut is my favorite James Cameron flick. For me, it's hard to choose a second favorite...but this longest cut of "AVATAR" would take the 2 spot, today.
Nov. 24, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST
They blow up bombs in crowded urban centers from a distance with mortar fire? I think not.
Nov. 24, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST
Aliens had a superior ensemble cast.not to mention a mix of action,Horror and a bit of humor (mostly from Paxton's character; Hudson.)And IMO it was horner's best score thus far.The major standout in terms of character was Steven Lang's performance as Col. Quaritch, the rest of the casr, so-so.(with the noted exception of Weaver and CCH Pounder.)It was a good film in it's own right, but still does not hold a candle to Aliens.<p>If Marvel was smart, they would cast Lang as Nick Fury instead of Samuel L Jackson, who was basically playing himself in IM2 as opposed to the Director of SHIELD.And no, I can't take The Hoff, seriously either.
Nov. 24, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST
btw Cameron has made a couple of documentaries since Titanic,which have earned a lot of awards.You can say he was warming up to make Avatar/Alita.
Nov. 24, 2010, 1:05 p.m. CST
Watched it w/my 4 year old be default. This was a very, very, very good-GREAT!-version of the classic tale. HOWEVER: The DVD cover, the previews that ran on TV...were friggin terrible. Talk about misrepresenting the actual tone and feel of the movie. The ads for it that ran last year were terrible-Scrooge on a rocket flying past giant icycles...looked like a bad video game. And the cover of that DVD? Fucking horrible. Way to market what is a great little film, marketing guys.
Nov. 24, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST
and I didnt get very far. This film just didnt do it for me at all. And as for the 'TOTALLY REALISTIC!!!' aliens...count me out. I still felt like I was watching a Sat. morning cartoon most of the time. It did nothing for me on a emotional level, on a action level, and on a 'Ooooooh, look at that!' level. Cant believe I am saying thins, but it actually BORED me, and I love Camerons films.
Nov. 24, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
..to filming Battle Angel Alita now that he's planning on doing 2 sequels for Avatar.
Nov. 24, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST
Only thing wrong with it was they didn't market it to/for the audience that liked it ( & many do) - quite the opposite it seems.
Nov. 24, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST
He's proven that time and again. Will someone please dig up his grave and reinsert the final nail, properly this time, in the coffin that is M. Night Sham's filmmaking career.
Nov. 24, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST
your fat gut. Your opinion is completely moot if you didn't see Avatar in 3D IMAX. Your equipment is also shit. Avatar is the reference image blue ray. Take the disc and remove the release film. Then demagnetize it and place it in the oppo with proper DACs. Make sure your actual theater is equipped with quad power conditioning and quantum resonance at the very least. Then tell us what ya think as your eyes melt from the most vivid detail ever witnessed on a screen in your fat life. Then stop eating shit and drinking mountain dew. Lose a few pounds and feel better. Then watch it again. Oh and never ask anyone their opinion of it. Also when going through airport screening remove your prosthetic breast and wooden leg. Bow down to the security and declare George Bush master of our world. Say you agree with project gladio and are happy your government declassified it and revealed that they had targeted school buses. Say you look forward to the day 911 is declassified in the same manner. Then beg for your genitals to be stroked by the guard since nobody else will. Once you land and can activate portable devices again. Watch more avatar. Then smoke.
Nov. 24, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST
Ultratron: When you set up your Home Theater that your Dad paid for by blowing midgets in the gay midget porn industry (I didnt know he had the stomach for it), do you also get out your Avatar toys you stayed up late to buy when they released them at Wal-Mart? Word is that your 'vibrating' cinematic chair broke, thus, to get the real feel of the majestic mediocrity that is AVATAR, you insert a Gerbal into your rectum to simulate the earth-shaking magnificance that is AVATAR. Word.
Nov. 25, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST
Avatar is indeed his first film since Titanic (bar cocking about with documentaries about the grave of Jesus and underwater stuff). that was my point, as the only good thing you can say about it is that it is James Cameron's best film since Titanic. i really hope and pray the fuss dies down and all can see how completely shit and devoid of soul Avatar is.
Nov. 25, 2010, 1 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
Nov. 25, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST
I have to turn the sound off everytime I come here due to the CLACK sound over and over on the ad. My head hurts.
Nov. 25, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST
So your an adult with a life, huh? Well, good for you. Would like a cookie?
Nov. 25, 2010, 5:05 a.m. CST
So you're an adult with a life, huh? Well, good for you. Would you like a cookie?
Nov. 25, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST
I never read anywhere if you liked the Original "Avatar: The Last Airbender"? I would like to think that i was one of the ones that asked you to look at the original TV show. As TV is not your 1st love, films are, i would liked to know how you felt about it.
Nov. 25, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST
Nov. 25, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST
seriously, how can a "professional" writer get away with this??
Nov. 25, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST
"Henry Engelhardt, an adjutant with the National Explosive Ordnance Disposal Association having 20 years' experience in bomb defusal, commented the film's atmosphere and depiction of the difficulties of the job, saying, "Of course, no film is realistic in all its details, but the important things were done very well."
Nov. 26, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST
highlight for me the "soul" please. all i found in Avatar was a lack of character development and thus no empathy at all. barely average acting with a woeful script, CGI that doesn't hold up well against older CGI films (nothing in the Avatar world was as convincing as, say, Jurassic Park, Lord Of The Rings or even King Kong) and a very hollow, superficial story that Cameron can do much, much better than. yes, i do believe people just kept going back for the 3D because thus far (credit where it is due) Avatar is the only film to use the 3D technology properly (i.e. it gives the film depth rather than just having things sticking out at you). and a recent Which? test showed that Avatar is the ONLY film which is considerably enhanced by watching on Blu Ray instead of DVD. as for my good self being bereft of sould, well, i am no expert so couldn't agree nor disagree with you. will bear it in mind going forward.
Nov. 26, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST
cheers for the heads up - not got around to seeing Inception yet, have been waiting for the DVD. i guess it can move to the back of the "to see" list!
Nov. 26, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST
I thought it had lots of soul by the end of the movie, and i can be a real cynical fucker about viewing such things.
Nov. 26, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST
No one wants or needs more Avatar. It's a fun amazingly visual film, and yes the extended cut works better. However I would've loved to see him film Alita, not only is it one of my favorite comics, but it would be an amazing movie under the right direction.
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST
just told you to suck my cock and cradle my balls. He says to swallow my load like a good girl. You can meet me at the arclight in LA at 1 today in front of the theater entrance. I can't wait. I have some other marching orders for you after that so bring a notebook
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST
Nov. 26, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST
to get digital characters to emote on a human level. It was the first time it's ever happened for a whole movie. People responded to that by making it the number 1 film of all time. That's one of the reasons at least.
Nov. 26, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST
Wow this new version is waay better, I agree that someday the new footage will be restored up standard, but for now it's entirely watchable and makes the movie so much better. However there are still several somewhat important missing scenes that we are only given text cards for during the movie. I wonder if these scenes were beyond restoration?
Nov. 26, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST
a bomb so that it doesn't blowup an abandoned concrete heap? Well I suppose that's one way to get our boys killed for no reason. Efficient. I prefer sticking them waist deep in a rice patty to ensure they can't move to fast when the mortar fire starts. More flesh for the machine I always say.
Nov. 26, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST
Once again, the right wing always gets it wrong. It's not about the small percentage of free-loaders who don't work. Yeah, we all agree, fuck 'em. It's about the REST OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, ya know, the "Working Class". Meaning, they have jobs, they work, they get squeezed by Corporate fucks, Coroprate Politicians, and Corporate sentimentalists like yourself that stick up for the wealthy 1% who don't actually pay taxes with all their legal loopholes, etc and still bitch. When you vote R you're voting against your own best interests. Plain and simple. Hitler was a Corporatist, too, bruh.
Nov. 26, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST
No I really didn't care for Zoe's performance when compared to Lang's or Weaver's.That's just the impression I got from seeing the film.can't stomach my opinion,B/C it differs from yours, then shutdefuck up "mate'.
Nov. 26, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST
No I am far from Austrailian but the use of the word "wanker" if i remeber correctly originated from "Down Under" ergo my condesending comments.speaking of which, how so clever with the bag reference. You're a real comedian Ace of Wankers(ha,take THAT!) and as for Zoe, sure i give her props for acting under the guise of CGI but her performance was not compelling.Fuck, even Sam Worthington wasn't all too impressive.(Fucker was good in COD Black Ops but that was a voiceover role.) Got a problem with that, take it up with the Academy since they practically snubbed the actors.<p>Call me a dickhead,etc.,hater if you want.that's cool but i'm a guy who has my opinions and not some pandering pragmatist who would agree with anyone just to feel "in".<p>No reference to you BTW.
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST
The Sixth Sense was a success and all that, but M Night is a shitty filmmaker. Preposterous and ineffective.
Nov. 27, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST
I don't deny the enthusiasm of Saldan's acting in AVATAR. But i question the quality of her acting. Or better said,i question her choices. As in Jar Jar Abrams's STINO, her Na'vi character she played it as if she was soem guetto princess. You can tell from a great distance that the character is played by a black woman who is playing an american black character type. She didn't bothered to play a real alien, she didn't puleld that off. She might had looked (vaguely) like an alien, but she never acted as one. It was a human plainted blue,a nd a very specific type of human character, the guetto princess. I know many peple take offense with this, because they love the movie so much and fell inlove with her character. Well, i lied the movie too, and i have defended this mvoie agaisnt the neysayers time and again. But if there is oen thing about the movie i can't stand is the Na'vi pricness played by Saldana, and i actualyl have quite a lot of unsympathy for the Na'vis as a whole. I'm not saying that i side with the human bastards in the movie, personified by Coronel Quaddich. No, i don't. But i don't like and side with the Na'vi either. Fro me the only characters in taht movie deserving of sympathy and admiration are the human scientists, like Sigourney Weaver's characters. Thoughout the movie, they are the only ones who show no selfish motives behind their actions, and how are without prejudices toward any member of the other race.
Nov. 27, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST
Oh, i did get the Na'vi, and that's the problem.
Nov. 27, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST
fringe. That's why we love you. The whole world loves avatar and you guys are the dirt between the cracks that make up what I like to call the bellycropolis.
Nov. 28, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST
Nolan is a terrible action director. He's great at wrenching a unique atmosphere out of his films, and his stories and direction are overall solid, but as far as action goes...just pathetic. The sonar fight in TDK, snow fight in Inception - two examples of awful action directing. It's a good thing his movies are more psychological thrillers then action films. <p> Cameron on the other hand is easily in the top 3 - if not #1 - when it comes to directing an action scene. It's no coincidence that T1, T2, Aliens, and True Lies are some of the best action movies ever made. Not to mention the last hour of Titanic is one of the greatest set pieces of all time. Nolan's by no means a bad director, but claiming he's a good action director is laughable and proves your knowledge in this topic is severely lacking. <p> Bottom line is Avatar was a great film, a film that connected with countless people around the world who came back over and over to see the magic of the film. Considering Camerons first film is almost 3 decades old, it's amazing that throughout that time he's remained the biggest, baddest director there is. Nolan is like an infant compared to Cameron...a few good films but the majority of his goodwill comes from the TDK. On the other hand, after the Titanic backlash, Cameron had his back against the wall with Avatar - it was often predicted to be the biggest flop ever. We all know how that turned out.
Nov. 28, 2010, 5:52 a.m. CST
Avatars CGI no better then LOTR? Avatar far and away has the most realistic CGI ever. I was in awe the whole film at the FX and convinced much of Pandora had to be real, as well as the Na'vi. <p> I know Avatar has flaws, but very few movies don't. It seems a lot of haters point out some of these flaws as reason why it's a terrible movie, but easily give passes to other movies with the same flaws. Oh well, it's obvious Avatar's massive success leaves it as the biggest target for hate and vitriol.
Nov. 28, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST
You are completely correct.
Nov. 29, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST
Is the plot similar to Ferngully?
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