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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS: Last 2 wk of Nov 2010: Stallone, FANTASIA, Criterion, George Pal, Harryhausen!

Hey folks, Harry here and wondering how many of us survived this holiday weekend. I really want to be a hermit for the rest of the year, but I’ve got a busy cycle about to come up, I’m praying for a chill January. Anyway, here’s the rest of NOVEMBER’s releases. Some great stuff here. As always the pics and titles are linked to AMAZON, where if you feel the need, your order goes to help continue the efforts of this column to bring you the most comprehensive single article on DVDs & BluRays each week… or two. Sorry. Heh. Remember back when I did just one of these for a month. That was an insanely long column to write. Well, here ya go… Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Just a whole helluvalot of fun. When I got the Blu-Ray for this, I sat down my 10 year old nephew – and let it play. When Arnold & Bruce showed up, he exclaimed, “NO WAY – NO WAY! That’s ARNOLD & BRUCE WILLIS! NO WAY!” Oddly enough, that’s how I felt watching the film that first time. Intellectually I knew in advance they were all going to be on screen together, but there’s something so fucking cool about just seeing it happen. Stallone made a film that reeks of testosterone, I wouldn’t be surprised if my sister discovered Kubla’s first chest hair when he got home from watching this. The assault on the bad guy’s lair. This is a film to fully push your sound system. When Crews unleashes with that gun of his, the sub-woofer should shake your breastplate. Your balls should retreat and your… “WANNA FIRE THAT GUN”-gasm will start tweaking! Not a brilliant action film, but one that felt old-fashioned in the right ways. Very fun movie!

I had this in last week’s column, because AMAZON had it listed as being such, but it belonged in this week’s apparently. Hopefully you’ve already picked this up. This is the film that gave birth to a lot of George Lucas’ imagination. That motivated Ridley Scott to create his future in BLADE RUNNER – and that has amazed audiences for 83 years – and continues to just be an astonishing work of cinema that not only holds up, but easily bests most anything you’ll see in a theater this year and most any year. If you read this site, you must own this. Otherwise… well… I just don’t know what to say.

CRANK / CRANK 2 (Blu Ray)
Both of these titles have hit on Blu-Ray before… And there’s a host of 2-packs coming out around the Holiday season that are priced at $11 and frankly – I don’t have the finger endurance to write about all of them, so I’ll just highlight a few of them in this column. The CRANK series is such a breathless amount of kickass absurd ludicrious fun that eleven bucks for the double bill… well, it should not be passed up. It really is just shit tons of fun.

This time of the year is the hardest time for a film writer, especially if you cover film and home video… The combination of all the Academy screeners that you get sent… and the incredible Holiday releases from companies… It’s a misery or riches. You just can’t dive into everything, there’s not enough hours in the day. I try to make the best of it – but the fact that I haven’t yet torn into this Blu-Ray set… disturbs me. Now, I already have EASY RIDER on a great Blu-Ray. But the rest of this set… Wow. BBS was a short lived production entity that felt the studio system was ignoring a very real and vital youth audience. And this is why the seventies ruled. Today, the studio mind set of the youth audience is to flood us with Vampire romances & Superhero films… Back in the early Seventies, there was a different class of youth. Experimental in nearly all things. Highly political. Fiercely intelligent. And hungry for something outside of the norm. I believe that audience still exists, it’s just so hard to reach given the sheer enormity of the marketing machine that exists today. But at this time, you had the wildly psychedelic and bizarre HEAD starring the Monkees in a wildly different light. There’s the classic EASY RIDER. The wonderful FIVE EASY PIECES starring Jack Nicholson as an oil rig worker & wanderer, with a great role with Karen Black. Then there’s the Jack Nicholson directed film, DRIVE,HE SAID. I’ve never seen this or A SAFE PLACE – and that’s mainly due to the fact they’ve never had a home video release before. But both have been films I’ve long desired to see. Bogdanovich’s THE LAST PICTURE SHOW has been a classic that I’ve seen a great many times – mainly due to the fact that it was one of my mother’s favorite films – and was filmed just 20 miles from our Ranch in North Texas. Brilliant performances, fantastic writing and Ben Johnson… wow. Peter had to pry the performance out of Ben, who had issues with the part, but wow what a performance. Can’t wait to check out the transfer on this one. If you love BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and if ya don’t – what’s wrong with ya… This is a more modern set version of the Mob in Atlantic City and stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and the amazing SCATMAN CROTHERS – who – if he stars in a film – it becomes instant viewing in my household. Love the Scatman. This is a wonderful film – and moreso – this set is simply incredible. It gives a wonderful focus to one of the most vital early fires of creativity of the Seventies Independent movement. Well done, Criterion!

Did you know that the complete DEADWOOD was available on BluRay? Holy shit, that’s a pickup right?

I love BATMAN BEYOND, now I prefer the original BATMAN series that this crew did, but that’s because I’m a deeply entrenched traditionalist at some very basic levels when it comes to my favorite comic characters, but I do love a great take – and the idea of a grizzled old Bruce Wayne training and using a young man to be his surrogate in the field, that he is no longer capable of kicking ass quite like he used to… well, I love it. For a while, they were looking at turning this into a live action feature – and I found myself praying for Clint Eastwood as the old Wayne and who could play Terry McGinnis? Anyway – this amazing set has all 52 original episodes, including the one with me in it (you’ll know it when you see it) – but you’ll get commentaries, seasonal retrospect’s, lots of special features and artwork to look at. Very nice!

I’m really quite hung up on Gemma Arterton. She is just beautiful and she glows on camera and off. That said, her big mainstream films… CLASH OF THE TITANS and PRINCE OF PERSIA – just haven’t fully taken advantage of just how good she can be. Check out this and right now in theaters check her out in TAMARA DREWE. There’s so much more than a pretty face at work here. In this, she is kidnapped and held for ransom by a pair of chaps that have it all worked out. I really don’t want to say too much, because the twists and turns that this thriller has worked out are outstanding. I really really loved it.

The Nazis were some really and truly sick fucks. And Tinto Brass has no shame in showing us just how fucking depraved and crazy these fuckers were. SALON KITTY will show you images that you can’t unsee. Helmut Berger is great in this, but even more so – Tinto Brass’ audacity is the star of this fucked up flick. There doesn’t seem to be a 35mm print available to show in the world, or else this year’s BNAT audience would’ve seen this around 4am. Oh well. Blue Underground finds another wonderful cult title for us to shock with!

Casey Affleck directs this hilarious performance art role from Joaquin Phoenix that never fails to crack me up. Reminds me of something that Andy Kaufman might’ve pulled off. But I have to say, I just love Joaquin in this. Check it out!

I never caught a full episode of this show when it was on the air. Everytime I came across it, it was in the midst of an episode and I just never groked it. But today, I opened up a parcel of mail and there in my hands was the entire SPACE PRECINCT and the thought hit me… This would be a great thing to dive into. I’ve never met anyone that watched the show that wasn’t in love with it – and the notion of a cop series with aliens in the future sounds like a blast – and so I find myself on the verge of discovery. After I get through this month, I’ll give it a shot… I wager I’ll be a drooling geek for this show.

There’s a group of us film writers that will love Mickey Rourke till the day we die – and here are two of the great reasons why. Alan Parker fucking nailed sweaty mystical New Orleans with ANGEL HEART and Walter Hill’s JOHNNY HANDSOME is one of those great overlooked movies for both Morgan Freeman and Mickey. This is a great double feature. I recommend playing JOHNNY HANDSOME first, then seque into ANGEL HEART. If you’re on a date, ANGEL HEART could get you laid. Talking from experience here, guys!

There are few cinematic creators that I love more than George Pal. From his Puppetoons through his brilliant run of live-action entertainments, he and the work coming from Ray Harryhausen kept the genres that we geeks love alive in a time and place in cinema where to get that kind of spectacle on screen was decidedly difficult to an extreme. The reason I have had a life long obsession with Atlantis can be drawn to this, AQUAMAN comic books and SUB-MARINER comics. That trio lit my imagination. The idea of the Atlantean heat ray… TOO COOL! This is the first time we’re getting this on DVD and it has been a long time in coming. Time to celebrate!

THE POWER (Remaster)
Produced by George Pal, this is an Agatha Christie style whodunit with Telekinesis as the wrench responsible for the killings! THE POWER feels like an early Michael Crichton story, but it was taken from the novel by Frank Robinson. Starring the always tan, George Hamilton, Suzanne Pleshette and the man that fought The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Richard Carlson, the cook from FORBIDDEN PLANET – Earl Holliman, Lily Munster – Yvonne De Carlo, Klaatu – Michael Rennie, the amazing Aldo Ray and more. This is a very fun psychic mystery.

Ok – How many here knew that Irwin Allen made a film with Ray Harryhausen? That should instantly identify you as an old school geek like me. Now – if you look at that poster, you might get the idea that you’re going to see a movie that is 100% Dinosaur awesome. But look at that title. ANIMAL WORLD, yes there’s a breathtaking 12 minute Ray Harryhausen animated sequence that makes you yearn for Ray’s dream of a feature length Dinosaur in Nature feature… but alas, nobody ever financed it. Instead, this is what we get… along with ONE MILLION YEARS BC and GWANGI… this represents DINOSAURS in the Harryhausen filmography – but let me ask you this. How many of you have ever had a chance to actually see this movie? To see Harryhausen’s 12 minutes of frame by frame 24 frames a second animation. But the majority of the film will be nature footage of less… spectacular creatures, but lovely still. But let’s be real, you want this – like you want all Harryhausen films… for the Harryhausen of it all!

This is amongst my favorite titles in the history of film. Not that the film lives up to the awesome that title has when spoken aloud with a flair for the dramatic. That said, Tamara Dobson is perhaps the hottest lady of the Blaxploitation genre. She’s just… the female equivalent of Ron O’Neal. Just a gorgeous example of the human form. I actually think that Beyonce was channeling her for her AUSTIN POWERS gig, but Cleopatra Jones was the most outrageous Black Heroine of the Blaxploitation genre and in this sequel, it’s played for kicks. The dialogue, costumes and action are all fun. Definitely a must if you ever throw an Exploitation party – for you ladies, there’s easily a dozen or more costumes to emulate!

This is an awesome Noir. You start with the character played by Robert Taylor admitting that he killed his wife, yet he doesn’t know the particulars. He then goes on a mission of self-discovery to find the memory of what happened. That’s when the German Expressionistic use of shadows and cocked camera angles begin to kick in and you find yourself in an awesome film. Seriously! If you love Noir, this is one I know you haven’t seen, but should!

This is really a spectacular looking environmental advocacy film – long before Al Gore started warning us, Irwin Allen was with this adaptation of Rachel Carson’s book warning of dangers facing us, that have only increased in subsequent negligent years. This retro-environmental awareness film is priceless. For one, though the photography techniques of today are far advanced, this was upon Technicolor’s most brilliant film stock, so though you’ve certainly seen the sea, you haven’t seen it like this… and in Cinemascope! Awesome.

I haven’t seen INSIDE OUT. But it stars Telly Savalas, Robert Culp and fucking James Mason in the following plotline. Apparently there’s this secret stash of over $6 Million of Hitler’s personal gold, and there’s only one man that knows where it is, and that man is in prison… and Telly Savalas and Robert Culp have to break into a prison, to get James Mason out – then quest for the fortune in Hitler GOLD! HOLY SHIT I WANT TO SEE THIS! How about you?
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

FANTASIA / FANTASIA 2000 (4-Disc Blu-Ray / DVD Combo)
Just fucking wow. I love FANTASIA. As a kid growing up, this was the only feature animated title that my family owned in 16mm film, so for the earliest days – my parents would get stoned and put on FANTASIA and I would sit amongst the settling smoke, and watch the mushrooms dance, the dinosaurs fight, Chernabog delight in his evil minions and a hippo perform ballet. Oh – and Mickey using magic to avoid personal labor. I love FANTASIA. I probably know more about FANTASIA than any other film. You see, growing up, the collection that my parents built for me was that of Animation art – and I was raised to believe that FANTASIA was the pinnacle of the form of animation. I’ve owned quite a bit of animation art from Fantasia – and the amazing thing about FANTASIA was how it essentially animated using every form of art there was. Pastels, watercolor, cels, oils… everything was fodder for the animation. As a result, the original FANTASIA is literally one of the most essential films to get on Blu-ray. Only there can you fully appreciate the breathtaking artistry. Then there’s FANTASIA 2000. Again, beautiful. A passion project of Roy Disney’s… and this Blu Ray also includes the stunning DESTINO, which Roy was obsessive compulsive about finishing. What is DESTINO? Well some of the videos below will give you an idea about it, but in short… it was a project that Walt Disney hatched with Salvador Dali… and that combination absolutely does not disappoint. Walt Disney may have been a ruthless business man, but FANTASIA stands as testimony to his love of animation and where he thought it could take the public. He wanted to bring fine classical music to the masses in a way that would make it utterly accessible to all. He used it as an excuse to push the limits of what we knew as animation. It stands as the supreme artistic achievement of the Walt Disney Company – and I don’t see anything on their docket that approaches it’s vision or artistry. That is a shame. Meanwhile, Disney has provided a series of shorts for you to watch to give you a taste of what to expect from these astonishing Blu-Rays!

You might wonder why Merrick covers SPACE 1999 with such passion, but as a similarly aged fossil of the 70s, I too dearly loved SPACE 1999. My 4 year old brain could barely grasp most of the plot of SPACE 1999, but as I’ve revisited the series in my life, I’ve found it to be even more outstanding than what a 4 year old could ever have appreciated. I was not sent this set, but if you’ve seen Merrick’s postings showing the restoration that went into this set, you’re dying for it. This is another thing I hope I get for either my birthday or Christmas. I can’t even fathom the glory of 1080p Moonbase Alpha! Can’t wait to check this out!

This is my favorite of the series thus far. That’s a moderate level of praise, but I do have the feeling that each film has been superior to the one before it. That said, I’m positive the next two will be at an entirely different level due to the input of Bill Condon. Here’s the extras you get: On both DVD and Blu-ray sides: Audio Commentary with Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Audio Commentary with Stephenie Meyer & Wyck Godfrey Six-part "Making of" documentary (Picture-in-Picture feature on BD side only) On Blu-ray side only: Deleted & extended scenes Photo gallery Music videos Fast-Forward: Edward (Jump to all your favorite Edward scenes) Fast-Forward: Jacob (Jump to all your favorite Jacob scenes) Fast-Forward: Love Triangle Fast-Forward: The Cullens Fast-Forward: The Wolfpack Fast-Forward: The Humans Fast-Forward: Victoria's Army

It is strange, ordinarily I get sent every Disney release on BluRay, but I did not get this title in advance of release… Just as I was never invited to a critic’s screening, although according to Amazon it is rated 4 out of 5 stars based upon a single customer review. I kind of love that it stars Jay Caruchel, because as everyone knows… “Holy Shit, Harry Knowles is kicking Windows’ ass!” So it is on record that I can kick the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s ass. But that’s ok, Nicolas Cage can kick all of ours asses. This has always looked like a fun film at least.

This is just a fun flick. Completely disposable in the sense that there’s not a lot of it that will hang with you, but it is undeniably fun. That comes mainly from Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, both of whom have charisma to burn. Also, I quite liked Peter Sarsgaard in this crazy romantic comedy action thriller. It’s a little to silly to quite be the NORTH BY NORTHWEST type of film. I think too often, the amp-ing up of the action actually takes away volumens in terms of believability. But as a fantasy of that genre, where physics and basic laws of survivability are not a thing to be concerned about… well, this is a plenty fun, and very light film. Very enjoyable though.

If you love what is often times called, the second Golden Age of Disney animation, which tracks from THE LITTLE MERMAID through the release of THE LION KING… one, you’re not alone. Two, this documentary is for you. It is no accident that that period was so fruitful. There was a perfect storm of talent and executives in play that put a new focus upon animation, and began to really listen to the artists and the talents they had there all along. It was a huge shift from the old guard to the new guard and watching the documentary, you see how amazing it was to be an animator working at Disney in that period. One, it was scary and terribly stressful. But the results were amazing and completely revitalized the company heading into the 21st Century. This is a fantastic documentary which could very well produce tears in the most callous of folks.

Have you ever sat on IT’S A SMALL WORLD at Disneyland and wanted to curse someone for the most insanely catchy tune ever? And, is the longest word you can spell Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious? Me too. This and hundreds and hundreds of other songs, from CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG to a ton of other films – the Sherman Brothers did that. Not only that, but you remember that brilliant Disneyana documentary, FRANK & OLLIE? Remember how heartwarming and gosh geewhiz killer cool their life was? Not like that here. These two seemingly hated one another, but through that relationship, they found amazing inspiration. Excellent story!

I haven’t gotten to this doc yet. I’m hankering to watch it with my dad, because he knew some of El Grupo from his early San Diego Comic Con days. I wonder if the Donald Duck Stag film will ever see the light of day, but this documentary on Walt Disney’s South American efforts for the United States and his own business… well, It’s all kinds of fascinating. The U.S. Government underwrote a trip for Walt Disney and his team of animators, musicians & artists for the purpose to win the hearts and minds of South America, so that they would not go along with the Nazis. This is fascinating. The doc is a host of footage and stills – and tells an amazing artistic journey that may lead to you looking into air travel to exotic locations and a time machine. I really wish these documentaries were being released on BluRay. I’ve seen a 35mm print of WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY – so as they scan art, I find myself slightly aggravated at not having a superior image, so I could more fully appreciate the art. That said, these are excellent dvds and all have great special features like this one: Audio Commentary - Director Theodore Thomas and Historian J.B. Kaufman • Photos In Motion - How the photos literally came to life • From The Director’s Cut – 3 different segments taking you deeper into the story • Saludos Amigos – Original theatrical version • Original Theatrical Trailers: Saludos Amigos (1942); The Three Caballeros (1944) And yes, that is the full SALUDOS AMIGOS animated film starring Donald Duck and it rules!

I hate to call this an animated movie, so much as a dramatized painting. Less fluid and expressive, but deeper sense of purpose. But no matter how it is being told, the story by Adi Granov was dead on perfect. Really great little Iron Man tale. I find this a fascinating storytelling form though. It absolutely works.

This is exactly the kinda film that Alexander Siddig was meant to star in. I love when he’s being a nice person on film. He’s so charismatic, fiercely intelligent and well, there’s no way to avoid it. The guy has some smoldering eyes on him. Seriously. You know the ladies go for this guy. Thus he’s perfect in this romantic endeavor. There’s not nearly enough films out there that just take the time to tell a flirtatious mildy erotic smolderingly romantic tale… So relish it when the do one as well as this. Plus, the sights and sounds this happens in, they’re amazing!

HAIR HIGH by Bill Plympton
HAIR HIGH is like an animated parody of GREASE & CARRIE if meshed perfectly, hilariously together . Plympton put together a fantastic voice cast for this thing, including Sarah Silverman, Ed Begley Jr, Tom Noonan, Martha Plimpton, Keith & David Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo and Dermot Mulroney! That’s not even all the main characters! Bill is amazing, as he’s the soul animator, writer and creative force on his films, and they’re amazing. If you love animation, you need to have all of his movies. They’re fantastic!

A very compelling first film from the Deagol Brothers, which is a unique look at the “living dead” phenomenon. Not at all like any other film in the genre, but fascinating for that difference. It didn’t blow me away, I think simply because I’m almost overdosed on the independent Zombie movie initiative. You really have no idea how many new zombie movies I see in a year these days. And they’re no where near all great. In fact, quite a few are simply dreadful. This one mostly works though and has some strikingly original takes on the genre.

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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Space Precinct!

    by Shpadoinkle

    I haven't thought about that in years...not sure if it'll be a worthy nostalgia buy anymore. Gonna pick up the George Pal stuff fo sho

  • Harry, you had Metropolis in the right week. It was scheduled to come out one week and then, for no apparent reason, its release was delayed to the next. Pissed me off. Ran around from store to store getting pissed that no major stores had it only to then see a note on the official Metropolis web site saying, "Oops, sorry, we changed the release date." Dahhhh!!!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6 a.m. CST

    If you love MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000,

    by maxjohnson1971

    and if ya don’t – what’s wrong with ya…

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    i got the steelbook for Expendables...

    by Bouncy X

    but strangely it was in a dvd sized case, i'm wondering if they had both sizes and i just didnt notice. because sure the dvd is included but i bought it for the blu-ray. oh the retarded things that bug me. :P

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by Greigy_Back_and_Pissed

    Their dvd's were never a problem but hell Blu Ray's are a nightmare... can someone with some influence... bitch about it to them... I'll repeat that for the hard of understanding... SOMEONE WITH SOME INFLUENCE...!!!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:38 a.m. CST

    The Expendables

    by mus42

    Is The Expendables really suitable viewing for a 10 year old?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Andy Kaufman?

    by flickerbat

    Mentioned in the same breath as this untalented hack? Did his shtick fool anyone? The wrong kid died.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    is the FANTASIA blu-ray uncut?

    by Gorgomel

    just wondering if they put back the black centaurs sequence?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Fantasia is still CENSORED

    by Taillefer

    According to Amazon reviewers, these new Blu-ray releases are still censored--prolly to protect the delicate and oh-so-easily upset sensibilities of the modern generation of über pussies, who don't mind watching and celebrating pornography and extreme violence, but scream bloody murder if they see a black centaur. History-revising, brainwashed, drug addled morons give us this garbage. Not buying this until they release a restored version of the original theatrical cut. Why not release both the original and the wussified version? We're talking about a half-hour of cinematic history sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. Bleh. Forget it, Disney.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I'd be more upset about no zebra centaurs

    by Dollar Bird

    if the "Pastorale" sequence wasn't such drivel. I skip that one every time. On paper, an art deco-ish neo-classicism sequence sounds cool. And there is some nudity. But, the whole thing just never comes together. In my opinion, anyway.,,

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Greigy, the hard of understanding

    by white_vader

    If it pisses you off so much why can't you spare 5 seconds to Google it and find out there's a very obvious and understandable reason, whether we like it or not. It's not up to them.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Boohoo! Fantasia is nothing without my mammy centaur!

    by Biffs_Pleasure_Paradise

    Get the fuck over it. Have fun not watching this awesome bluray.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    I think I'm still gonna get Fantasia, censored or not

    by SoylentMean

    It's too damn cool. The Pinocchio blu-ray is what really sold me on what the new format can do for film, so really any Disney animation released in Blu is a must buy.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    yay!!! harry finally got to see "that" scene in EXPENDABLES!!

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    the greatness of home can pause!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Letting a 10 yr old watch Expendables

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Um, yeah, that's a responsible decision.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST


    by Greigy_Back_and_Pissed

    Why restrict... Warner Brothers don't bother... just a hassle to create a region coded disc for each territory... most of criterion's previous dvd's were region 0 i.e. region free in any case.... A hell of a lot of the discs in the UK are coded AB&C.. it makes sense as most releases are released at the same time across the different territories. Criterion are losing out the opportunity to sell across the globe to those who wish to buy. And the argument pales about they may be only licenced to release a certain film in the US... if I buy from that disc IS BEING SOLD IN THE US, I as an individual (not a company) am taking it out of the US. So that argument really hold no water.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    Of COURSE it's not appropriate for a 10 year old. But this is headgeek we're talking about. And if he's gonna do that, why TELL US? It's like broadcasting, "I'm the bad uncle. You can't trust the kids with me."

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:08 a.m. CST

    That poor 10-year old

    by templesweeper

    Seriously, some of the things that messed me up for years were the things that I saw at too young of an age and my mind couldn't handle it. And if a 10-year old mind CAN handle The Expendables....well, then there are deeper issues there. Sad, sad, sad.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I guess its like talking about Smoking, Drinking, Drugs etc.

    by Smack_Teddy

    People talk about it quite a bit - especially the talkbackers - and it seems to be met more than a few times with "Why how very grown up of you to express that here...", but the fact is your not really influencing or telling anyone to go and do anything as a 'minor' or share anything with their kids respectively, you trust that a person can make a responsible choice for themselves. Otherwise Harry would be under serious fire for a hell of a lot more and for a long time running what with all the sexplotation/torture genre films being picked & covered... I'd worry about your Ten yr old taking the incentive to get hold of one of those movies, or you finding a moment of weakness & sharing a screening with him/her, rather than with The Expendables...although that certificate is there for a reason right?<p>But i get the point - the genre/age gap & target audience/responsibility can get a little practically-morally ambiguous.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    *shrill voice* We have to protect the CCHHILLLDDRREENN!!!!

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    *snicker* give me a break. I dont know any ten year olds that havent seen a rated r action movie or a little t'n'a in a flick to go brag to their friends about. Lighten up. Its not like he showed him Human Centipede: First Sequence.......right harry?......RIGHT?!?!?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    genre? generation i meant just above there sorry

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Space Precinct

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    science fiction geeks greatest kept secret. cool show, downloaded them all years ago.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST



    Mickey Rourke unloads a gun in Lisa Bonet's vagina.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Sorcerer's Apprentice:

    by God's Brother

    "I kind of love that it stars Jay Caruchel, because as everyone knows… “Holy Shit, Harry Knowles is kicking Windows’ ass!” So it is on record that I can kick the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’s ass. But that’s ok, Nicolas Cage can kick all of ours asses." Am I just an idiot or does this whole passage make absolutely no sense?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Expendables sucked, Space Precinct, King of Marven Gardens

    by Dr Farragammo

    I wasn't expecting great things from the Expendables, just a good ole 80's action flick, or even a cheesy "so bad it's good" vanity flick. Well the action was no good, the villains unthreatening, a horrible car chase, dialogue that was dreadful (this was to be expected though) and the Dolph Lundgren ending was so lame. They should have freeze framed it like the A-team with a "wanh wanh" musical queue! Plus, can we stop with the CGI blood and have good ole gooey Caro Syrup blood again? I hate that. This was 2nd only to Predators in groan worthiness. Space Precinct is hilarious, the goofy aliens were great to watch stoned in college. And the film you didn't introduce properly re: Atlantic City was King of Marven Gardens, to avoid confusion.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I watched The Expendables with my SIX year

    by phifty2

    old nephew. He thought it was good. Then we discussed the state of modern German cinema. <p> I saw him to the door and watched as he flicked his cigarette, took a swig Jack, and mounted his Harley, riding off into the sunset.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:13 a.m. CST

    The Expendables was ok...

    by eustisclay

    ...but I damn sure don't need to own it. Too many other great discs out there I'd like to get and I don't have an unlimited budget. I liked it ok, but yeah the ending was lame, and the final battle was shot and edited so confusingly half the time I didn't know who was fighting who. And I haven't seen anyone mention it but it was a huge ripoff of The Dogs of War which is a great and nasty movie(love the scene where they catch a guy and tell him, look you're dead, but tell us what we want and you'll die easy. The guy doesn't say a word so they smash some glass, jam it in his mouth and slap him. Walken was cold in this!)

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    The sad thing about Knight & Day

    by Phimseto

    It's the first film that I've seen where Tom Cruise is finally starting to look old. I hope he lays off the cosmetic surgery. It does him no favors.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    i started watching gory action and horror films when I was 11

    by Dr Farragammo

    And it didn't bother me at all. My Dad would supervise and watch it with me, asked if anything upset me afterwards and just clearly defined what was make believe and what was real. I was never in a psychiatric ward, never hurt anyone, happily married, so I came out unscathed. I think it just depends on the maturity of the kid and the parent, relative, etc watching it with them and making sure they can handle it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Fantasia is still CENSORED by Taillefer

    by UltraTron

    Really? A half hour? Are those scenes on YouTube? Are they on the laserdisc? Damn black centaurs with their huge swinging Mandingo cocks

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST



    But there is still a kernel of truth in every stereotype. Otherwise, if stereotypes were just purely invented and not based on any truth then they wouldn't be so effective in representing certain types of people. Nor would they be so offensive if they didn't hit a nerve.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I just watched human centipede with your impressionable

    by UltraTron

    7 year old. He said he wanted to be the doctor but he also wanted to be the Asian guy. The last I saw him he was climbing on the stairs making grunting and crying noises and shouting FEED HER!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Watched Martyrs with my 2 year old Son

    by Stuntcock Mike

    He said The Tin Drum was better.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by The Funketeer

    There are movies your parents should let you see and there are movies you should see behind their backs. Part of being young and seeing those kinds of movies is the thrill of watching something you're not supposed to. When your parents or creepy uncle let you watch them then it sets the bar for what you shouldn't be seeing even higher and that messes a kid up.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    10 year old

    by sith_rising

    is what, 5th grade? big fucking deal. I saw Rambo, Commando, and the Terminator in 4th or 5th grade with my old man.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    WESTWORLD fucked me up when I was about 10...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...fucking Yul Brynner robot hairless cowboys...<P> I don't think I'm completely over it...just last week I set a bald, cowboy-boot wearing homeless man on fire behind a Wal-Mar.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Who the hell is Jay Caruchel?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Is he somehow related to Jay Baruchel? <P>Also, expendables is great but why does harry show up in the extras? It really ruins my testosterone good time when a fat ginger with a chin beard and man juggs pops up. Harry, I seriously hope you've lost weight since those extras were film cause you look terriblely obese

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I was 10 when I saw Ilsa,

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    She Wolf of the SS. Now they won't even allow me to watch it on DVD in my prison cell.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by frongbak

    They both suck big time, as does Gamer, whoever keeps giving those Bros money to make Paul WTF Anderson quality schlock-fests needs their coke supply cut-off.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Just watched Cumfart Cocktails with Harry's unborn child


    He/she/it kicked a lot when Sasha Grey was onscreen. He/she/it was a big fan of The Girlfriend Experience.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I watched Ispit on your grave when I was 6

    by Redhead_Redemption

    It didn't really mess me up, except for the fact that as an adult i'm only turned on by rape

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Death Wish

    by frongbak

    at 10 was like ly not a good idea for my childhood, or Creepshow, the 80's really had some disturbing stuff, very underrated compared to the torture porn of today.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by mus42

    Well I find it weird watching a film, clearly meant for adults, with a kid of 10, and not something to boast about. I guess Harry has a different perspective on life.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:06 a.m. CST

    ...saw BLUE LAGOON when I was about 11...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and I still have a thing for older women with thick, fertile eyebrows.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Iron Man: Extremis

    by VinnyMac666

    was written by Warren Ellis... Just saying.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Iron Man: Extremis

    by VinnyMac666

    was written by Warren Ellis... Just saying.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    ...then again, I lusted after the Virgin Mary figurine...

    by FlickaPoo my parent's nativity set, so what I was or wasn't watching probably made no difference.<P> What possessed them to have her robe slipping off her slim shoulder like that? The robe was blue on the outside, and the soft inner folds were coral pink...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Yeah, let's smoke weed around our kid

    by memento108

    ...while we show him cartoons. I can't be the only one who wouldn't wanna brag that this happened to them as a kid.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Expendables was not good

    by Judge Briggs

    It was really boring. Drug cartel/dictator? *yawn*- It was a wasted opportunity.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    memento108 (aka Nelson Van Alden)

    by HoboCode

    Oh chill. Weed is less harmful than alcohol. And people were not as aware of the damages of second-hand smoke back then.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Fair enough, but..

    by memento108

    It's still irresponsible. To each his own, I suppose.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    I was 8 when I saw The Unnamable

    by Shpadoinkle

    I watched it while my older sister and her then boyfriend were sucking face on the couch, totally oblivious to my presence. I can still never forget just how incredibly vivid my nightmares were for years after, but eventually it got me massive into Lovecraft and horror films and basically just unlocked the dark side of my imagination a little early. Whatever my folks showed me afterwards (Westerns, Chuck Norris movies etc) just seemed incredibly tame by comparison and I had to forge my own path secretly. I think I came out well adjusted despite it all but I do wonder what my tastes would be like now if i'd just followed age restrictions all my life. I'd be less geeky, that's for sure. (Oh, and the Unnamable is a load of shit to watch nowadays but still...opening scene where the master has his heart ripped out by the beast will do fascinatingly terrible things to a small boy's brain).

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Knight and Day

    by wes

    Gotta disagree, I saw it in the dollar theater for free and still felt like it was a waste of my resources. Cliche to the 100th degree, nothing original or charming.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Batman Beyond had one of the hottest DCAU chicks ever

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Dana Tan was GORGEOUS.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    God's Brother

    by army_of_me

    You are not alone...

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I saw Bloodsucking Freaks at age 12

    by MyGodItsFullOfStars

    and I still enjoy performing elective neurosurgery on talkbackers.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Jesus, Harry you are insufferable

    by Giant_Dick_Bag_Filled_With_Taco_Meat

    That Sorcerer's Apprentice blurb is a perfect summary of everything that sucks about you.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    The biggest reason I liked "Sorcerer's Apprentice"...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...and that's Toby Kebbell as Drake Stone, a dimwitted cross between David Bowie and Criss Angel. And also another reason why I want a sequel... :D Hell, if they can make a sequel to dreadful shit like "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", they can do it to better films. :)

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I'm having a Faces of Death Marathon

    by Abominable Snowcone

    for X-mas, along with some porn. All 11-yr olds are welcome!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    still no CONDORMAN blu-ray?

    by Gorgomel

    come on Disney you need to release this!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I saw Clockwork Orange when I was 14..

    by skimn

    and I do get aroused whenever I hear Beethoven, or spot a transexual Moog performer.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    F-f-f-f-ffffuk CONDORMAN!


    Where's Song of the South. I's wants my's Uncle Remis!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Still no iPad app for this site?!

    by UltraTron

    You could at least learn how to encode the video to work like any random porn site. Seriously guys it's the #1 wanted item this Xmas and will replace everything eventually. Right now you can hack one and run Maya. What with cloud computing and on-live and everything that could be happening right now with it and the fact that it could be beefed out to do anything in future versions- well you guys are missing out on the future of computing

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    "Film Writer..." No, Harry - Not Even Close...

    by Read and Shut Up

    "Film Lover..." Yes.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    "I kind of love that it stars Jay Caruchel"

    by jim

    Love is a strong word when you can't even be bothered to spell his name correctly.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Maybe someone else can remember what movie it was

    by jim

    but I have a vague memory of Harry mentioning showing a very hard-R rated film to his nephew who was around 5 at the time. People were even more shocked by that then they are of him showing The Expendables to a 10 year old.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    ...walked into a neighbor's house once, and...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...his first grader and her little friend were curled up in front of HANNIBAL...just a couple of minutes past the pig scene.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:58 a.m. CST

    ...↑that neighbor is in prison right now, for...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...attempted murder with a hatchet.<P> I know you don't believe me, but that's a true story.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, noon CST

    Expendables Sucked. You Know It. I Know It.


    I really, really, really wanted to love this film most of the way through. Then, at about the midway point, I would have settled for liked. Then reality kicked in that the script is complete shit and this is an old USA Up All Night flick that Stallone somehow talked his friends into making with him. No, it's not enough to just see all o'them action stars on the screen together. There has to be something else to watch. An extreme close up of Mickey Rourke whistling a monologue through his nasal hair doesn't count. Sorry, Harry: This movie sucked.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    we all know why harry like EXPENDABLES

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

    and why its on the top of this list this week..above seminal films as FANTASIA and METROPOLIS<P>he likes to floss with sly's dick veins

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Re: Expendables..please stop Stallone before

    by skimn

    he writes "clever" dialogue again. His forced banter had my eyes rolling like ball bearings. And the explosions and fireballs were impressive, but the big bad guy gets dispatched after a half hearted chase and a few pistol shots? Real impressive. For all the macho hype, it came up short. I will admit Willis' line to Stallone and Arnie - "So, are you gonna start suckin each others dicks?" was priceless, and the only true laugh in the whole movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "the soft inner folds were coral pink..." flicka, haha!<p> She may be a virgin, but what a tease.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I already posted this once...

    by Failure101

    But my phone crapped out. Judge me if you like (As if you need my permission) but I have a 10 and 8 year old who have seen plenty. My oldest son has been playing Halo games since he was three. Bot of them have played all of the Gears of War, Call of Duty, Red Dead Redemtion, the list goes on but I'm sure you get the point. They've also seen a few R rated movies (Terminator 2 being the current favorite). I try to make sure there is no nudity and not too many fuck words and that's just my preference. The main thing in my opinion is to make sure there is an understanding of Real vs Fantasy. I make sure that is all discussed before and afterwards and usually watch extras on special effects etc just to hammer the point home.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    That story about kids watching HANNIBAL gives me the heebie jeebies tho.<p> Some people just shouldn't be allowed to have children. Axe murderers in particular.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Failure101, TERMINATOR 2 = the wussiest R rated movie ever. Prob suitable for 8 year olds.<p> I'd be worried about them playing the recent COD:Black Ops game tho, as the single player campaign is rather potty-mouthed and features quite a lot of violence.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    hey cobes

    by 40VirginsAnd_aMule

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Disney "businessman"

    by Keeper Of Chimps

    By all accounts, Walt was NOT a businessman at all. It was his brother Roy that made the company the juggernaut it became. Walt was the visionary, Roy the businessman.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    @ Cobra

    by Failure101

    I agree about T2 and that's why I don't mind showing it to them. I haven't finished that game myself, lost interest, but the boys have. I made sure that they took the wussier option that the game gives you in the beginning. I have no idea how much of the game is actually affected though --sidenote Love the handle and I'll have you know I've been rockin' a Cobra Belt buckle to work for a solid 3 years, ya know, because I'm an adult.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The black centaurs

    by MattmanReturns

    It's not like removing them is a character or story change, as with Han shooting first, so I don't really care. I've never seen the uncut version anyway, so whatever. The naked demon chicks are still there, so I'm happy. The blu-ray transfer is very nice.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Failure does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    40Virgins, give me an S, give me a D, give me a B! Is that you?<p> Failure101, any fashionista who can pull off a Cobra belt buckle for 3 solid years deserves the dojo's respect. I hereby rename you Winner101.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Negro still removed from Fantasia

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    So nobody gets their feelings hurt

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Taillefer, where'd you get "a half-hour"?

    by MattmanReturns

    No actual running time is removed from the film. The centaurs were removed from the film... but the scenes they were in are still there. You're not wrong to complain about censorship, but the film is not shorter.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by sweeneydave

    I'm right there with you. My 9 year old watched Zombieland with me but I also go over all the special features with him so he sees all the folks in make-up. On the flip side, I won't let him watch the (less-gory) Walking Dead, because it's simply too heavy. There's lots in that for us grown ups to enjoy but too much harsh non-fun to let my boy watch it. Expendables is good and violent but in a fun way and not a "dark 2008 Rambo" way. And there's no sex or nudity so it gets a green-light for father/son time.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    ..."That story about kids watching HANNIBAL...

    by FlickaPoo me the heebie jeebies tho."<P> You and me both. The man went to prison for assault with a hatchet, but I think the HANNIBAL thing was the more serious crime.<P> Incidentally, my ex-neighbor only has one arm (I swear I'm not making this up). The stump is about 10 inches long and a little thicker than a corn cob.<P> I think he'll be popular in prison.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Ew, Flickapoo


    That's just Ew!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I watched Nightmare on elm street......

    by connor187

    with my parents and brothers when I was 4. I remember hiding behind a cushion when it got too much. I remember watching The Evil Dead around that time also. Scary shit for a 4 year old let me tell ya!...The one that fucked with me a bit though was Re-animator. When those bodies got up and started walking around in the morgue...bad times! ha!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    ...THAT_SAID, I'm just reporting the facts.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember From Beyond?

    by connor187

    My parents had that and Re-animator on VHS. Shouldn't of been watching them really but there you go!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I make all kids I encounter

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Watch 'A Serbian Film.' You know just to show them who's boss and also educate them on the many horrors this world has to offer.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    "ALICE CREED" is awesome

    by BenBraddock

    Arterton's boobies helped..

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Expendables is a Stallone Ego-Fest

    by The Krypton Kid

    Stallone had a bevy of up-and-coming action stars in his film, yet he relegates them to 20 minutes of screentime and featured himself throughout the whole film. Egomaniac.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Also, The Expendables was just a downright bad movie

    by The Krypton Kid

    Terrible, terrible dialogue. I couldn't stand the painfully forced one-liners. The helicopter scene in Predator it was not.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Flickapoo, I daresay you expanded a little


    with your perverse implication of how your ex-neighbor's arm stub would be used in prison. Just sayin'.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    "Talking from experience here, guys"

    by Dwide Shrewd

    Your right hand must have been especially supple and soft that night, Hairy. <p> And your parents used to give you regular contact highs when you were just a li'l tyke, huh? That explains a few things.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:52 p.m. CST

    You let a 10 year old watch Expendibles?

    by jimmy_009

    I can see you've already been rightfully reamed for that, but still, who the hell lets a 10 year old watch a movie like the Expendables. So much for letting a kid hold on to his childhood for a while longer. Here's torso exploding! Sweet dreams!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Some real winners out there.

    by Dwide Shrewd

    This TB illustrates perfectly why we have some serious gun violence problems in this country. If you let your kids watch R-rated violence, but you flip out if a boob pops out on screen, you've got some issues. We've got it backasswards in this country. Take me back to Europe, Mr. Wizard.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Harry, You've Gotten Your Geek Joy Back!

    by Rebeck2

    The last two columns have returned to that giddy love-of-film (especially the odd, exploitative and obscure) that made me look forward to these pieces way back when - but something I thought you had lost for good, amidst lots of responsibility and complaining. Well, whatever happened, it sounds like you're enjoying yourself again - and giving us some nifty Netflix suggestions. Thank you, sir. God knows we need that kind of joy of discovering old gems when everything new in the theatres pretty much sucks major donkey dick.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Pretty Shitty Week

    by BilboRing

    I piss blood on it.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    The only good thing about Alice Creed: Nude Gemma

    by Cash907

    Otherwise, it's a pile of shit. Thank god for the FF button.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST



    How do Gemma's "gems" look? Believe this is streaming on Netflix. THE CHOPPAH will definitely be fast-forwarding through this one.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    HARRY, thanks for the MAKE-OUT with VIOLENCE pick!

    by saintaugust

    We've now checked off one of the goals we've had since film school: get a mention on AICN. If any of you talkbackers are interested in helping out a weird no-budget indie flick, save "MAKE-OUT with VIOLENCE" to your DVD queue on Netflix. You don't have to watch it - just save it and put it at the bottom of your queue. Netflix recently changed the number of "saves" independent films need to justify the cost of doing a DVD release; We need your help getting more saves! -a deagol brother

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    How does a ten year old even know who

    by skimn

    Bruce Willis and Arnold The Govanator are, if he hasn't already seen a lot of their films. Which action-wise were mostly rated R. As someone said earlier, why do we even expect Harry to take a mature stance. This is a guy who coined "chocolate covered pussy juice" after viewing footage of Speed Racer, basically a kids movie.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    DVDs are expensive.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Violence as a kid

    by wes

    I watched TONS of scary movies and R films as a kid. Pretty much saw all the Freddy & Jason flicks, Alien/s, Terminator, lots of B-Movie films like "Creature", hell I even saw "Heavy Metal", not to mention all the hours playing "war" or "Cowboys & Indians" with my brothers and friends. I've never once pulled a gun on anyone, and other than fighting my brothers I don't think I've been in any fights either, certainly never raised a hand to a girl or even yelled at a girl. I think the real issue is the HOME, it's what you see your parents DO, the people in *real* life around you, I that's more influential, no?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    I agree, people put too much emphasis on media -causing- violence, like this 10 year old is going to now pick up a rocket launcher because he watched Expendables. HOWEVER, the reason I think it's BS to let a kid watch this is because he's still a child that should be able to hold on to whatever passes for innocence these days for as long as possible. A kid that young shouldn't be bombarded with realistic images of people getting their body parts blown off, gutted, shot, etc. This isn't Uganda, we can actually give our kids some semblance of a childhood before they are exposed to the horrible side of the world. To each his own. I don't think this kids going to start shooting people, I just feel bad for him is all.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Mickey Rourke monologue

    by PedroM

    was the only thing worth redeeming in The Expendables. And maybe the scene between Arnold and Willis. Maybe.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I agree, it is at HOME. But just because a ten year old watching Rambo probably won't go and shoot up a school doesn't mean they SHOULD watch it. As a parent, I think there's a diff between a youngster incidentally watching parts--or all--of R rated films when their older siblings are doing it. It's kind of unavoidable. But it's another thing to BE that kid's dad or uncle and INVITE them to watch the mayhem/gore/nudity/profanity with you. Doesn't matter what anyone THINKS the effects may or may not be. It just shows that the parent, or parental person, is a wanker

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    ...THAT_SAID, perverse implication?

    by FlickaPoo

    I have no idea what you're talking about.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Not much good stuff this week.

    by Yelsaeb

    But next week we get Inception! Can't freaking wait! And Restrepo looks pretty good. It was on tv, but I didn't want to watch it because I thought they'd censor all the good stuff.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Ha, who said the black centaur stuff from Fantasia shouldn't be

    by mastermold

    I just watched it on YouTube. Yeah, it should be banned. Can't blame Disney one bit for removing that.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    That's one big bastard of a column, Mr. Man.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Still quoting "Misery" here. Must be the weather.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009 & Abominable Snowcone

    by wes

    Agreed, just because there's no detrimental fallout doesn't mean that it should be viewed. We have so little time of innocence in our lives, why not let it linger while it can? Of course, I don't have kids yet so I'm not sure exactly which parent I'll be.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I agree with Dwide, way to reinforce the Yank stereotype

    by white_vader

    Of prudish fuckwits who have no problem with brutal violence as light entertainment but "try to make sure there is no nudity and not too many fuck words". And then in a few years they'll be watching typical hypocritical horror fair where it "sux" if there's no gratuitous sex or titties as part of the violence. <p> What a bunch of fucking imbeciles. You, and then the kids.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    And banning/censorship is just as foul.

    by white_vader

    What's wrong with having the warning/informative intros on it like on the classic Warners stuff? <p> If you don't wanna see it, don't buy it, or fast forward the thing, something, anything but censorship. But that's right, it'd mean you'd have to monitor what your kids are doing rather than leave it to the electric babysitter. Whatever, fuckwits.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Fantasia running time

    by Taillefer

    @MattmanReturns: I read about the running time in an Amazon review. The guy seemed to be passionate about the movie so I took his comment at face value. My mistake. But a quick look at IMDB reveals that the original runtime was 125. this version is 120. So it is, in fact, shorter. They cut five minutes of material somewhere. I've not seen this edit yet, so I don't know where, but they didn't cut that all from the credits and transitions between songs. Five minutes is a lot of time. It is exactly the same as Han shooting first because it is a fundamental change to the artist's vision. It is also removing a part of cinematic history that could be used to inform future generations of how society framed certain issues in a certain era. This is simply politically correct bullshit where people try to whitewash history because it makes them a tad uncomfortable.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Greigy, another fuckwit. Let me reiterate.

    by white_vader

    Again you moron, spent a few seconds looking it up. And what argument are you talking about? Jesus you idiot. Like I say, It's not down to them. Also, your misunderstanding about the DVD restrictions vs the Blu-ray are hilarious.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I love how parents on this site...

    by andrew coleman

    Try and look cool by saying "I let my eight year old watch..." Then they list all these violent action films. The thing that cracks me up is everyone of them goes "I make sure there is no nudity". So let me get this straight? You're down for letting your little kids see the most violent shit made by Hollywood but the human body is where you draw the line? People in this country are fucked up. We're so hung up on sex and nudity but violence we don't give two shits about.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I think uncut versions of every movie should be available

    by Nerd Rage

    but lets be honest. Fantasia will be watched mostly by kids not history buffs. Why should children be exposed to racist cartoons from the past? You're just opening a can of worms before most kids are ready to put it all in perspective.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I'm glad I saw Robocop and Predator at an early age

    by Nerd Rage

    It's a sort of rite of passage for us guys.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Stuntcock Mike and Spectersbeeyotch

    by Dr Farragammo

    Stuntcock, I don't even think adults should watch Martyrs lol. I saw that film a few years ago and I felt violated. Truly disturbing film. Wouldn't watch it again in a million years, but very effective. Specters, I totally agree. Why we think watching people getting butchered is ok, but an intimate moment makes people feel ashamed is pretty pathetic. I miss the films of the 70's where you could have it all in package too!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Reading one of the posts here...

    by HansBubi which someone criticized talkbacker parents for allowing their kids to watch R-rated movies as long as they have "no sex or nudity," I didn't believe it. Then, I scrolled up, and, yes, there actually are posts by parents saying "sex or nudity" are the biggest (and for some the only) no-no's. I agree that sex is not appropriate to show a young kid, and there's something particularly troubling about a parent and a child watching sex together as entertainment, yet I don't see a problem with nudity without sex. However, nudity without sex is fairly rare in American films. This is an odd topic to talk about. I'm not exactly sure what ONE point I am trying to make. I'm not exactly thrilled to hear about parents letting their five year olds play Gears of War and Red Dead Redemption. I'm not even old enough to be a parent, and I feel like complaining about how parents today don't know how to say no to their own kids.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    frank first watched THE EXORCIST at 12

    by frank cotton

    granted he's pretty fucked-up, but the blame for that can be split between cults/aliens/the CIA, etc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:28 a.m. CST

    straz on demand

    by aicnball

    if you have that then you can watch it now, and i think i will check it out

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    straz on demand?

    by I am the Terminator

    Do you mean strap on demand? Cuz that's what BrainDrain likes!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Regarding the Fantasia running time

    by Jaka

    If it is true that they've done a new edit on the movie, at what point did that happen? I'm assuming past DVD and VHS copies (both of which I own) were fully intact. Yes? Anybody know?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:23 a.m. CST

    I'm not sure when I saw my first R-rated at home...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...but at age 16, I had no choice but to have my parents take me to see "Speed" (Which was rated R) and "Airheads" (Which was rated PG-13) on a double bill. Because I wasn't 17 yet.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Harry, I threw up in my mouth a bit after "I'm talking from expe

    by Vulcan Deathgrip Productions

    Please Harry, you're a great reviewer, but no more about your personal's gross. No other decent reviewer seems to do it, and when you do it, it's a little vile.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Harry, I threw up in my mouth a bit after "I'm talking from expe

    by Vulcan Deathgrip Productions

    Please Harry, you're a great reviewer, but no more about your personal's gross. No other decent reviewer seems to do it, and when you do it, it's a little vile.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    IRON MAN: Extremis was written by Warren Ellis

    by MAD_MIKE

    Not Adi Granov., He did the art. Get it right.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by JoseJones

    Was lucky enough to see this at NYC's MoMA at a Dali exhibit... not the biggest fan of Dali's work, but this short is brilliant. Censored or not, I will be picking this up. Have been waiting for Destino for years. Well worth it.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    It's not censorship when a company does it

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    I'm sure Disney would love to use every inch of film to sell and make toys of but some things are bigger liabilities. So go on YouTube or wait for the digital cloud to offer a vault Disney/d23 program full of racist toons, the melting faces in black cauldron and the story of menstruation. As for what is or isn't good for kids... How many times did I flip the channel to nickelodeon when I heard footsteps while watching MTV? Then there was the time when i was 12 andI handed my mom the fritz the cat VHS and a gift card while I said I was "looking around" the comic shop. Most kids do that

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    But if my mom knew what it was..,

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    She would have totally said no. That's what it means to be the adult or the parent.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST



    They didn't censor the Centaur because they thought it was bad or wrong; they did it because they didn't want the PC Police in America to cause a stir and jeopardize sales. I'm sure the European release of Fantasia will have the centaur included just like Disney had no problem releasing Song of the South in overseas.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Censorship does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Damn Chop, if you really, really want to see the black centaur then just look on youtube - link below (I wouldn't bother though, it's no great loss to cinema imho):<p>

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I watched Piss the Cum Away with McWeeny's son


    Just had to get one more in there.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Cobra, maybe not


    But racial stereotypes in film's are part of the history of films and America. Many African American Studies Academics collect these things because they do not want us to forget the history.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Deadwood had one of the biggest letdown endings to a series ever

    by elsachmo

    I spent all that time getting into this great show only to have the final season build up to a big showdown that didn't happen and a lame ending that had no bite at all. I felt better that they were doing movies to make up for it, but then those never happened. Good series, but expect to be letdown in the end...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    My folks let me watch almost anything I wanted

    by Pop_aristocrat

    ... and I turned out to be about the most stable, balanced person I know. :p Well, I haven't committed any felonies, anyway. <p> It all depends on the kid. Some of them can watch violence and realize that its not real in a movie, and that real violence has consequences. Some can't. If Harry's nephew or whatever is mature enough to know the difference, so be it. Lay off. <p> How many of us on this site watched Raider of the Lost Ark as a kid, and saw ghosts melting Nazi faces off? About all of us, I wager. Anyone deeply scarred by that?

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' elsachmo

    by Al Swearengen

    You know why you were fuckin' let down, huh? Because that wasn't supposed to be the fuckin' end, you cocksucker. It was only the end to a season...with allusions to events coming down the road. Like the whole camp burnin' down. Believe me, I should know.<P>So, if you're going to piss n' moan over your fuckin' frustrations and the like, look no further than that fuckin' Milch and those hoopleheads at HBO. Both are responsible for leaving the good, hard workin' people of Deadwood in a bind. And if I ever catch any of those cocksuckers in my joint...floor stains will need attending to.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    took my sons to the Expendables

    by pilgrim64

    I got my son one of Tom Savini's books before he saw it and is able to appreciate that it's a movie. I would probably let him watch most of T2 except for the 'Don't drink out of the milk carton' scene. He knows what caro syrup is and is making short films on his camera.

  • Dec. 6, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST

    wait a minute I see 4 crappy movies that have the word "fun" pla

    by The_Ritty

  • Dec. 8, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    What the fuckin' fuck

    by larrydart

    is this fucking ONLINE STORE SHIT???? Oh, and Head on DVD. 'Bout time.

  • Dec. 11, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Expendables vs. Night and Day

    by Autodidact

    Total 80s action kid here. Loved the most recent Rambo a lot. But I was never interested in Expendables. Keep passing it by at the video store. It just looks like a whole lot of marketing... I hear it does have some good action in parts which might be enough to get me to rent it or buy it for under $10 one day. I really enjoyed Night and Day on blu-ray. Despite the predictability. It had a bunch of good moments. It was fun. The direction was pretty clever throughout. Cameron Diaz is overly botoxed but I'd still give her the goods. It's not True Lies but it's definitely worth a viewing.

  • Dec. 14, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Simone Bendix!!

    by laguna_loire

    Loved Space Precinct, it was good 'ol Gerry Anderson cheeze, with superb FX and some really funny moments (I read in Starburst in the mid-'90's that the FX guys on the program used to throw the models across the set if they wanted them to crash violently!! Top stuff!!). Space 1999 is etched into my child subconscious, as is UFO, Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the like. Funnily enough, my 8 year-old daughter watches Thunderbirds now with glee (I have the series and old '60's movies on DVD!!). Funnily enough, I bought Fantasia on Blu-Ray recently as the missus and daughter had never seen it. We spent a decent Sunday morning watching it, still jaw-dropping!!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I agree about criterion blu rays

    by jamazio

    Theres so many blu rays I wanna get under the criterion label. Walkabout, videodrome(!), the thin red line, seven samurai, seven seal, they are just about releasing every one of my favourite films on blu ray, all region locked. Quite simply, if there isn't gonna be a multi region blu ray player in the future, then expect blu ray to die a quick death, cuz this sure as hell aint acceptable. So I come on this site, which is 100% american based, and think 'ah cool, such and such is out on blu', only to find out it won't play on UK players!! You Yanks are spoiled when it comes to dvd and blu ray releases. If you saw how lame our blu ray back catalogue is, you'd be shocked!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Criterion continued...

    by jamazio

    8 1/2, Paths of Glory and Night of the Hunter as well! Please, criterion, stop this nonsense, it's gonna kill hi-def! This is the reason why dvd still rules over blu, you know where you stand with dvd, it's simple, and so as long as you have a multi region player, your all set to go! Americans aren't the only major film buffs, and your losing a heck of alot of money by locking your blu's!