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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 4th wk of Feb 2011: 48 Hrs, Russian Flying Cars, PR bastards, Superman & Unicorns!!!

Published at: Feb. 22, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here – still doing rehab, getting stronger, still shedding weight and still tending to this column for you folks, even if it keeps me up past my bed time. Lots of good stuff this week. As usual the pics and links will take you to Amazon, where you can learn more on the various titles – and if you like, you can purchase them, which gives a portion of the price to help keep this column ticking away. Now – let’s get to it… Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011





48 HRS. (Blu Ray)

I love 48 HRS – this and TRADING PLACES are my two favorite Eddie Murphy movie, but the real star of 48 HRS is Walter Hill. The director. He perfectly balances Eddie’s penchant for buffoonery with Nick Nolte’s gruff take no shit persona… all while giving them soul and a sense of reality. The Blu Ray just doesn’t pop though. It is an improvement on what we’ve had before – but it just isn’t nearly as awesome a transfer as I was hoping for. Also – there’s only a theatrical trailer – that’s it. Paramount should really do better on a catalogue title like this. 48 HRS is one of their 80’s jewels. It deserves far better than this. That said, the film itself still kicks ass – and this is as good as you can see it for now.




BLACK LIGHTNING (DVD)

Produced and presented by Timur Bekmambetov – the man behind NIGHTWATCH & DAYWATCH & WANTED brings us this rather awesome film about a young man and the superpowered beat up car his father left him. This is sort of like the most badass version of HERBIE ever made. Instead of played for laughs, it’s played for awesome. The story of a boy and his flying car can not possibly be told better. This is a film that I actually feel a bit bitter about not getting to see on the big screen with a properly thrilled audience because it would’ve played like gangbusters. There’s a Region 2 Blu-Ray available – and shame on Universal for not putting out a domestic Blu Ray. Because as gorgeous as this film is, it has that exact visual oomph that we love Blu Ray to deliver on high concept visual effects fun flicks. Excellent movie!




SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Criterion Blu)

A great film about a pair of bastards played by Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster – as manipulative Gossip mongers that use their ‘buzz’ to ruin lives and play out vendettas. Tony is young and hungry, trying to play into Burt’s world. This film is a large reason why PR folks have a bad name. These characters are loathsome. Genuine turds of human beings. The way that Lancaster’s character of Hunsecker controls his sister’s life is just disturbing. The only decent human in the film is a Jazz Musician who tries to stand up to them. This is a great classic – one that must be seen by any serious movie fan. Criterion did a wonderful job on the disc. The transfer makes James Wong Howe’s amazing cinematography pop and feel like the highest quality black & white still I’ve seen… but moving. Gorgeous. Here’s the extras:
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New audio commentary by film scholar James Naremore
Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and more
James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
New video interview with film critic and historian Neil Gabler (Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity) about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker
New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins, two short stories by Ernest Lehman featuring the characters from the film, notes about the film by Lehman, and an excerpt from Mackendrick’s book On Film-making




THE LAST UNICORN ( Blu Ray)

An absolute love. THE LAST UNICORN is one of those films that I saw endlessly on Cable through the 80s. It’s so damn great. The Blu Ray is loaded to the gills with extras, but like the Best Buy Exclusive of HEAVY METAL – if you hate grain – which has always been an issue with the 80’s animated films. The stock made for a lot of noise – and then when you digitally sharpen – to get those crisp lines – you also get a bit of noise. On my portable Blu Ray player that I have here in Rehab, it looked fine, but I’m not sure how it would hold up on the screen back at the house. I’ve seen others really praising it, so I’m anxious to see the Red Bull when I get home, whenever that will be. The Blu Ray is a must for fans of the film. There’s a Peter Beagle commentary, a featurette on the significance of the various characters, art from an Art Contest that Beagle held for THE LAST UNICORN last year. And much more. Plus you get a version on DVD so your kids can watch it anywhere. By your kids, I mean the one living inside of us all. This is bliss. If you have a child that loves Harry Potter, LORD OF THE RINGS, the NARNIA series, by all means – introduce them to this and watch them adore you for it.




ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (Blu Ray)

A really outstanding DC Presents animated title, ALL STAR SUPERMAN. Grant Morrison’s modern classic Superman tale is brought to life in an incredibly involving fashion. After watching this, I had my father pick the books up for me – and while there’s a lot left on the floor – this is a standard release running time after all, the story survives and kicks a lot of ass. If you’re not familiar with Grant’s Superman take – it is not traditional Canon, but its own complete story. One that I really do love. If you buy from this link, you’re getting the Amazon Exclusive which comes with a Litho Cel, that you can only get by buying at Amazon. My first viewing was one where it overwhelmed me a bit, I was watching it in the afternoon in which it arrived – and with the various nurses and tests that I have to do – I wasn’t enraptured, but that night, when it was late, when I’m left to my own devices, I put it on – and just let the story play. It was after that second viewing that I sent my father for the Morrison series – and I imagine hardcore fans of that will miss the same things I missed, but if you haven’t read ALL STAR SUPERMAN – this will play like JURASSIC PARK – its so good you’ll read the source material, and realize – as good as it was, it should have been so much better.




MEGAMIND (Blu Ray)

This was a really strong year from DREAMWORKS – I loved both HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and MEGAMIND – though this one got less notice it seemed. I love the character twists throughout – and Jonah Hill’s character is thoroughly disturbing beyond words. Minion is genius. And even the “Lois Lane” is inventively handled. Guillermo Del Toro did some advising on this one – and you can sense his maniacal glee at work in it. I love the emotion that actually shows up, but most of all – I love that Jonah Hill’s character fucks with me. He’s so scary. Here’s the extras you get:
• Megamind: The Button of Doom: Megamind and Minion return to battle an even bigger foe in this all-new Mega comedy adventure!
• Enhance the Movie-Viewing Experience with the Animator’s Corner featuring Picture-in-Picture Storyboards, Behind the Scenes Footage and Interviews
• Uncover More Megamind Facts with the Trivia Track
• Put your own hilarious twist on scenes from the film with the Interactive Comic Creator
• Meet the All-Star Cast
• Discover the Lost Scene
• Visit Megamind’s Lair
• Experience AnimatorMan
• Learn to Draw Megamind
• Unleash The Reign of Megamind Video Comic Book
• Fun High-Flying Games and More!




DUE DATE (Blu Ray)

Probably my least favorite of the Todd Phillips outrageous comedies. That said, I really did enjoy it. The problem I had was simply – after what occurred on the Airplane and at the airport – how could any sane man get into a car with Zach Galifianakis? Seriously? How could you possibly do that? It also doesn’t help that both of these guys are so far from anything approaching a normal human being – that I’m pretty sure I’d just be late to my kid’s birth because enduring either of these two is just too much. However, when the shit gets real – by that, I mean when the situations get horrifyingly f’d up… they are unbelievably funny. I do believe they should both have died in the film. I just don’t see how anyone survives this. Here’s the extras:
Deleted Scenes
Action Mashup
Too Many Questions Mashup
Gag Reel
"Two and a Half Men" Sequence featuring Ethan Tremblay




THE STIEG LARSSON TRILOGY ( THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST )

A truly tremendous set. If you’ve been buying the Blu-Rays all along, as great as the 4th Blu Ray of extras is – I just don’t seeing it being so amazing as to justify re-purchasing the whole set. BUT – if you’ve been putting off buying these – this is the set to buy. The Two hours of extras on a fourth disc include:
Millennium: The Story: A 53 minute documentary detailing the phenomenon of the "Millennium" trilogy and the personal history of the author Stieg Larsson up until his tragic death before "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was published
20-minute interview with Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander)
15-minute interview with Michael Nyqvist (Mikael Blomkvist)
9-minute making of fight scene between Niederman and Paulo Roberto in The Girl Who Played with Fire
15 minutes of interviews with the Cast and Crew of The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
But the real reason to buy this set is to see the trilogy of tremendous films. I haven’t had the time here to watch all three films in a row, uninterrupted, so I just checked out that 4th disc. Right now, I just don’t see the need for American remakes of this series – it is perfect as is. That said, one must put their faith in David Fincher, he leads us to the promised cinematic land, time and time again.




MEMENTO ( 10th Anniversary Edition ) (Blu Ray)

Still Christopher Nolan’s best film, in my opinion. I love it. Absolutely love it. On this edition, you have Christopher Nolan’s Commentary. A remembering Memento look back, Anatomy of a scene, IFC interview with Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan’s Short Story – Memento Mori, Tattoo Sketches, Leonard’s Journal – and a gorgeous transfer, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. But rewatching this in here… I just realize here’s a movie without bells and whistles. No crazy visual effects – just brilliant story telling, an amazing device and great great filmmaking and acting. This BluRay is excellent.




SENSO (Criterion Blu)

This is beautiful and hot. Visconti is one of the great sensualist of film – and with Alida Valli and Farley Granger as his leads – with the 19th Century Austrian aristocracy as a backdrop… it’s cool. Incredibly romantic. This is one of those Blu Rays that makes people fall in love with vintage film. So beautiful, so romantic. But then, that’s what Visconti makes awesome. Criterion’s mastering on this is stunning. And here’s the extras:
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, created in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, supervised by director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
The Making of “Senso,” a new documentary featuring Rotunno, assistant director Francesco Rosi, costume designer Piero Tosi, and Caterina D’Amico, daughter of screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico and author of Life and Work of Luchino Visconti Viva VERDI, a new documentary on Visconti, Senso, and opera featuring Italian film scholar Peter Brunette, Italian historian Stefano Albertini, and author Wayne Koestenbaum
The Wanton Countess, the rarely seen English-language version of the film
Visual essay by film scholar Peter Cowie
Man of Three Worlds: Luchino Visconti, a 1966 BBC special exploring Visconti’s parallel masteries of cinema, theater, and opera direction
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker and author Mark Rappaport and an excerpt from actor Farley Granger’s autobiography, Include Me Out




MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT: Part 1 (Blu Ray)

An incredible film and a great Vincent Cassel performance. Based on the true life of one of the most infamous criminals in the history of France. Set in the 60’s and 70’s – Mesrine was an incredibly talented criminal – and this film is the first part of a great 2 part film. Hopefully sometime soon, we’ll be getting Part 2. Cassel must be seen in this film. Outstanding work.




COMIC BOOK INDEPENDENTS (DVD)

If you love comics, be it the mainstream world of comics or the incredibly rich and vibrant world of Independent Comics… this documentary will give you a guide to discovering a host of the best Indie Comic makers out there. From Eric Powell to Wendy Pini to Robert Williams to Shannon Wheeler to Kevin Eastman… and tons more… they tell their stories and you learn of their work. This is also a doc to show your less adventurous friends to see if you can prime their pump to gassing up with some really cool material.




BLACK RODEO

This is a documentary made in 1972 when a Black Cowboy show came to New York. Woody Strode provides the best meat of the piece, but you’ll also see Muhammad Ali clowning with the crowd – and learn about the not too often known history of Black Cowboys. This is an excellent and important documentary about a part of the world that not many are aware of. Really cool that this is finally out on DVD!

That’s it for February, next Tuesday we kick off March by looking at BAMBI on Blu, BURLESQUE, 127 HOURS, FASTER, REBOOT, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Trilogy (7 Blus), THE CABLE GUY (Blu), DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (Blu), I CLOWNS, SWAT: FIREFIGHT, OUT OF SIGHT (Blu), Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection and DR BLACK MR. HYDE, till then – I’ll see round the site…

Readers Talkback

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  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    hmn

    by mrbong

    bit of a quiet week for releases? are they holding back titles for the Oscars this week?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Post 0?

    by cornholiosbungholio

    What happened to Post 0?

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    riley martin

    by mrbong

    nice point, but not as offensive as when they label Michael Douglas as Shia LeTwat on the Wall Street 2 artwork.

  • But I'll be first in line at Best Buy to get it in seven hours!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    (THE STIEG LARSSON TRILOGY) - Extended editions?

    by RupertG

    Hi Harry. Do you Americans get the extended editions of the Stieg Larsson movies? In Scandinavia, they have been shown on TV, each film lasting 180 minutes. Personally, as a Norwegian, I am looking forward to David Fincher version. Why? Well, first of all, because I have seen a lot Scandinavian crime movies, and the GIRL films aren't that different. Second, Fincher has supposedly changed the ending, which I never liked in the first place.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    No 3D bluray included for Megamind release??

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    That sucks. I own a 3D TV and was really looking forward to getting this one at home.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Woody Fucking Strode

    by palimpsest

    Just had to say it.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Fish Tank

    by Bungion Boy

    One of the best films of last year, also being released by Criterion today. Definitely worth a look.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, please....

    by dmwalker

    You need to be careful how you talk about Blu-ray. I've heard that 48 Hours is a shitty transfer but even in the best circumstances, it's not going to "pop". This idea people have that everything on HD should "Pop" is what leads studios to indulge in excessive Digital Noise Reduction (which, if applied badly - as in PREDATOR - means that all the original grain gets swept away) or artificial sharpening and brightening. Too often you enthuse about bad HD transfers or at least fail to point them out. If you don't mind me saying, you sometimes (strangely) come over as a bit of a noob on these things. This undermines attempts to get studios to release movies with as much fidelity to the original source as possible, which is just as important now as it was getting them to recognise aspect ratio at the start of dvd. Your supposrt would be appreciated. Get educated, Harry - talk to Scorsese!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen the extended TV versions

    by steele8280

    of the Dragon Tattoo series (it screened in 6 parts here in Sweden) but as far as the films go, the first one I thought was very good (although the ending deflated things a bit), the second one was quite poor, and the third one was atrocious. How anyone can think that part two and three are good, let alone perfect (Harry...) can only mean that things have gotten lost in translation - and by things I mean shit. I'm happy that Fincher might be able to give me the experience I was having with the first one but was snatched away at the end. Not to mention 2 and 3 that are in dire need of a remake, if Fincher does them we'll all be better off for it!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Megamind

    by Titus05

    I heard the Megamind Blu-ray also suffers from some really bad aliasing...normally CGI Blu-ray's are gold but this one is disappointing in terms of video-quality

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    So in the US it's not called Millenium trilogy...

    by dante76

    ..but Dragon Tattoo trilogy? That seriously sucks.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    HarryNoob does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry please don't read this - I don't want to do anything that will hinder your recovery and give you heart palpitations...<p> But dmwalker, your comment about Harry seeming like a noob when it comes to Blu Ray made me think of the infamous "HEADGEEK HAS CHOSEN HD-DVD AND HERE'S WHY..." thread.<p> So reprinted below I give you Harry's intro, a spectacular fail in the world of internet journalism:<p> "What made me go HD DVD?"<p> "The kicker is... that it can play the 9000 or so DVDs I already have, as well as the HD DVDs. That Backwards compatibility feels right. Also - from the demonstrations I've seen, HD DVD looks better than the BLUE RAY discs. I also love that the player has an upconversion that raises the quality of my existing DVD library to 720p and sometimes 1080i. I've already tested it out and DVDs that I watched last time I watched them - look better than they had before." <p> "I also have a habit of picking the winning formats. I could be wrong this time, but most of my filmmaker friends, in fact all of them that I have had a conversation regarding this with... have told me... HD DVD is the format to go with." <p> Note... the mis-spelling of Blu Ray... the technical inaccuracies by suggesting it's the only format that upconverts.. and the hubris of the geek 'I have a habit of picking the winning formats'..<p> An aicn classic.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:22 a.m. CST

    No soul in this Black Lightning

    by unblinkingeye

    I was hoping this was the funky soul brother superhero Black Lightning! If it was this would have been some Blacksplotation throwback gold: inner city teacher by day - baaaadassss hero by night (his original costume included a Afro with a mask he put on)!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    48 HRS cover art...

    by JMH1973

    ...makes it look like Eddie Murphy is the white guy and Nick Nolte is black. Lame-o.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    wait ... what?!!

    by Dollar Bird

    "The Blu Ray is loaded to the gills with extras, but like the Best Buy Exclusive of HEAVY METAL – if you hate grain – which has always been an issue with the 80’s animated films."

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    plus, Nolte used a .45 not a pussy ass 9mm Beretta

    by sith_rising

    48 Hours cover FAIL

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Cobra-kai ...

    by dmwalker

    Yes, I remember that now! Despite Harry's undeniable, obsessive love for film, he's got a blind spot on the home-viewing experience. Harry - you need to imagine your beloved original KING KONG - imagine all the grain of that film being removed, so what you're watching is the film through a kind of vaseline haze. Then they'd want to counteract that haze so they'd use artificial sharpening, so that every line on Kong and every feature on Fay's face is now harsh and digitized. Now the soundtrack isn't up to the image, so they bring in some hack foley guy to re-record all the fx, including the Kong roar. Now they put that on a disc and that's the only available version. This isn't a dream, Harry! This is really happening! Right now, studios are doing this. On the first edition of GLADIATOR, the noise reduction machines (basically, turn the damn thing on and go home for the night) eliminated flying arrows from the battle scenes because it read as video noise! Stop saying shit about grain, Harry! If someone hates grain, they hate film! Embrace the grain!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    48 Hours - lets not forget the scuzzy badassery of James Remar.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Even now when I see Dexter I can't help but think of Albert Ganz.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    no FLCL??

    by unkempt_sock

    Come now, Harry. I forget one of the greatest animated features of all time coming out on blu ray? Shame.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    "By your kids, I mean the one living inside of us all"

    by SantosLHalper

    have my kids been coming over and living inside of you harry? omg

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Dragon Tattoo movies are boring as shit.

    by knowthyself

    There is a serious pacing issue in those films.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    THE STIEG LARSSON TRILOGY - garbage?

    by Daniel2010

    Saw the first one and thought it was oddly shit.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    "You've been dickin' me around..."

    by JaguarWong

    "...ever since we started this Turd Hunt." (Only line I remember from 48 HRS.) Anyway, here are the Feb. 22 releases that Harry left out... ALIEN VS. NINJA THE BEING / COP KILLERS (double feature) BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR CAM GIRL EMBODIMENT OF EVIL (BD/DVD combo pack) HOW TO SCORE WITH GIRLS / WHITE RAT (double feature) LONDON IN THE RAW PSYCH: 9 SWORD OF WAR

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Jack Cates used a .44 magnum

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Not a 9mm, not a .45....watch the movie "Speed loader....this guy's got a .44 like yours Jack" Chopped.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    knowthyself and daniel2010 are ADD morons!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The pacing of the Millennium films is very reminiscent of great films from the 60s and 70s before MTV gave everyone Attention Deficit Disorder.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Hey, Harry, where's the Alien Vs. Ninja review?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    If there is one thing I depend on you for it's to review crap like that.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    HD Porn does not exist in this dojo

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Cobes, I seem to remember the fact that HD DVD had porn and Blu-Ray did not was also part of Harry's argument for why HD DVD would be the winning format.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    48 HRS

    by Blanket-Man

    One of my favorite flicks of the 1980s. Eddie Murphy was a TV comedy god at that time, and it was one of those rare instances where a television star's first big film role actually exceeded my expectations. Hill knew just what to do with Eddie, and the results still stand up. And Nolte was such a perfect "couldn't care less" racist bastard who somehow you still couldn't help but root for. Sad where those two former greats are today, career-wise. Haven't seen Megamind, but every time I see the title character I'm reminded of the main baddie in the old SNL "Ambiguously Gay Duo" shorts. I assume I'm not the first to notice the similar look???

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    ADD morons?

    by knowthyself

    Some of my favorite films are long and well paced. There Will Be Blood, Space Odyssey. Even the more recent "Enter the Void" managed to captivate me more than the dragon snooze fest trilogy. It's not about being LONG it's about poor pacing. The tattoo films never manage to make me care enough to suffer through it's slow plodding scenes of nothing all leading up to less than satisfying conclusions.

  • So sad!

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Mesrine 1&2 were great.

    by Flip63Hole

    Cassell was awesome. Great cast in general, definitely something I'll watch many more times in the years to come.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Uncut Trilogy

    by citizenchris099

    A reviewer at amazon.com claims they coresponded w/the company that releases the films domestically and that the uncut versions are going to drop later this year. Probably close to ride on the hype of the Fincher re-make no doubt.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    With you on the slow pacing...

    by dmwalker

    Except it's not so much slow as static. The Millennium Trilogy was made for TV and it really shows by the third one - the Girl of the title spends half the movie in a hospital, the protagonists don't come together much and the last third is mostly in a courtroom. You're meant to watch them at home, not in a cinema. The first film was by far the most cinematic in structure and execution but it gets less so over the next two. Not a chance in hell that Hollywood will let that stand for the sequels. But yeah - it feels lop-sided, pacing-wise.

  • than the over-stylized music videos most Hollywood thrillers are. It's not surprising that many of today's Hollywood directors started out making music videos, including Fincher.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    48 Hrs.

    by Mr.Stiggs

    I realy like the film but the Blu-ray version has to be one of the worst tranfers of a major studio release that I've ever seen; The colors are dull, the frame wobbles on occasion, and the image is fuzzy with poor detail levels. Blu-ray versions of catalogue titles that have awful picture quality are why people say "DVD is good enough". If you have a copy of 48 Hrs. on DVD then you essentially have the Blu-ray (minus the higher resolution). Film: 4 out of 5 **** Video Quality: 1 out of 5 *

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    You know what would make sense?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Morrison as head writer on the new SUPERMAN flick. Seriously, why not? If you want something cool, innovative and filled with heart (and guts)--hire Morrison. And Morrison is a whore, unlike Alan Moore. He would take the job in a SECOND. Can't believe you can count on one hand the outstanding comic book writers who have been hired on to work on a major superhero film. And--honestly--one of them is a has-been and one of them is a second tier comic writer.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The only reason I'm mildly interested in Celebrity Apprentice is Gary Busey. Can't wait to hear more acronym wisdom from the Busey." And light stands for L-I-G-H-T, which stands for Living In God's Heavenly Thoughts."

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Read the Trilogy books?

    by citizenchris099

    wondering how many of you have read the books? I agree that these films are best when viewed (like they were originally intended) like a tv show.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Black Lightning sounds cool

    by elsachmo

    But it's not available on Netflix. Fail.

  • but then I remembered I FUKKING HATE DONALD TRUMP!

  • Alex Ross painting? Really looks like it.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    All star superman was kind of meh

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    but then again, the source material is one of the most overrated comis book stories in 30 years. Geeks like to claim it's amazing because it makes them seem cooler all star Batman and robin was 100 times better and it's not even finished yet

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    chezking

    by MacTard420

    that is definitely not Alex Ross! I like the cover though.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    im sorry harry, some of us dont eat children

    by Six Demon Bag

    "Plus you get a version on DVD so your kids can watch it anywhere. By your kids, I mean the one living inside of us all."

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    SPOILER ALERT: Kehoe is "The Iceman"

    by BobParr

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    megamind= garbage

    by BILLY

    saw it at a dollar theater two weeks back...the animation, superb...the film,CRAP. It's animated films like Megamind that make you realize why Pixar films are so good(they're well crafted and there films have "soul"). AVOID AT ALL COSTS

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    All-Star Superman writer found dead!

    by falconsclaw

    Dwayne McDuffie, writer of the "All-Star Superman" animated film, has been found dead of unknown causes. Details are very sketchy at this time. More information when it comes available.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I like how even Blu-Ray covers for 30-year-old movies like 48 Hrs...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...fall prey to the Teal & Orange plague.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Don't refer to a release as "dropping"

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    That is the stupidest term I've ever heard. It's coming out or it's being released, etc. To say it's dropping makes you sound like some lame hip hop/rap fan trying to be cool. "Yo, can't wait till da new Kanye drop!" Ugh, shoot yourself.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Fuck Black Lightning

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    That trailer that used to automatically play every time I came to AICN has put me off that film forever. Well done aggressive marketing people.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    idrank- WRONG about Megamind

    by jimbojones123

    It is one of the most fun Dreamworks films to date and isn't that far off from Pixar. Dreamworks works when NOT EVERY FILM has to be beyond sappy and pull heartstrings. Seriously. I don't like being yanked around emotionally and will NEVER put TS3 over TS2. Nor Up over Monsters Inc or Cars for rewatchability.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    yeah..but...MEGAMIND still sucked.

    by BILLY

    It just did. I didn't laugh once. Heck, I'll say it again, the design work and animation was awesome(felt like they cribbed some stuff from John Kricfalusi...which is FINE BY ME)...but it was just lame.I actually appreciate emotion. In the end, it's those type of films that just feel satisfying when you walk out of the theater.Megamind was the first animated film I'd seen in a while that I just didn't like.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    You forgot about Wild Rovers...

    by eustisclay

    ...being released by Warner Archive. I', not crazy about the price tag on these dvdr's but still they have released a lot of good films that may not have seen the light of day. And this is one, a Blake Edwards westen with William Holden, Ryan O'Neal and Karl Malden.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Due Date was a terrible movie..a total mess.

    by FleshMachine

    characters, "plot", dialogue..none of these made any sense on a script level.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Nice to see some critical love Stieg Larrson's trilogy

    by Jymn

    The first one of this series killed. The direction was superb with the white light searing through windows and reflecting off snow. Noomi is Lisbeth. The next two lacked the precise build of the first but were still fine. (I'm not happy with choice of Mr yellow/green Fincher to take the first one into dark, icky-looking territory for an American version. Just wrong.) My only complaint is that the box doesn't include the longer versions of each film available in Sweden. That would be knock out. In any case, this is a must buy for me.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    MESRINE PART 2 comes out March 29

    by MartinBlank

    Just sayin'

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    The Last Unicorn

    by Cyridel

    Just a reminder that apparently Peter Beagle gets no money for copies of The Last Unicorn that aren't purchased through Conlan Press. So while it is cheaper to buy at Amazon, if you're interested in supporting the original author, you should check out the Conlan Press website.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I just bought the original Memento Blu ray a few weeks ago.

    by Yelsaeb

    What the crap? Now I got to buy that one.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Harry's "THAT SAID" meter

    by la_sith

    Only three this week, down 50% from last. You're slipping. That said, next week will be higher.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    HEAVY METAL

    by PinkFloyd7

    I don't understand Harry's incomplete sentence about Heavy Metal. Is he saying it has a lot of grain? Fuck dude, go back to college and take some basic English courses.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    No love for FISH TANK!?! C'mon, Harry!!!

    by emu47

    Damn, man, I was counting on you to spread the word. Michael Fassbender's even in it. You've let me down, sir. It's available to stream on Netflix instant, so watch that shit. You've been told.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Megamind

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    I haven't seen it. It doesn't look funny. I'm not feelin' it. But when I saw the trailer in the theater a lot of people dug it and laughed a lot. Harry is right about Mesrine. Really good movies (part 1 and 2.) Yes. Memento is Nolan's best film. Although almost every other movie he's made is a close second.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    redbull_werewolf wish I could 'Like' your comment

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Personally I don't care for All-Star Batman & Robin, I bought it in singles for a while then picked up the trade and still couldn't get into it, mainly because I think Miller was in full hack mode. But your comment about All-Star Superman being the MOST overrated piece of fanboy wank (embellishments are mine) is spot on. Sure it was decent but it was not all that and a bag of chips. Dwyane (R.I.P.) McDuffie's condensed animated version actually plays much better than the comic read. Stripped of almost all of Morrison's self-indulgence, the story is an epic Superman tale, albeit still over-the-top but better than it was.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:48 a.m. CST

    falconsclaw, re: Dwayne McDuffie's death

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    Details are not 'sketchy'. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=30978

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Did Harry mention Jurassic Park? Finally an excuse!:

    by Smack_Teddy

    http://tinyurl.com/67kz7jj <p> This is beautiful and thoroughly brain/soul massaging

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Due Date was disappointing

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I'm a big fan of the cast and director but the movie theater I saw it in was so ackwardly quiet besides a couple of chuckles here-and-there. It's no "Old School" or even "Road Trip".

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    smack_teddy

    by Sith Witch

    Thanks for that link; it's amazing!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    BUY The Last Unicorn from Conlan Press!

    by Sith Witch

    As another poster mentions above, you'd be doing the creator a huge disservice by not buying it through this outlet: http://www.conlanpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=LU-BR

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    "Woody Strode provides the best meat of the piece"

    by vic twenty

    Damn, Harry!

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    cheers sith witch

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    by olivehead

    Actually, after James Remar's character takes his .44 in the hotel shoot-out, Cates is loaned a .45 ACP 1911, and carries that for the rest of the movie.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    you Brit's come across as so snotty

    by vin_diggler

    or is it snooty?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Would have maybe watched one them girl who

    by UltraTron

    did this and that movies on Netflix instant had they not all been a star to a half star less than the big show documentary's rating.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Bye blockbuster! We won't miss you. If you had

    by UltraTron

    only rented me laserdiscs all those years ago I wouldn't have collected 90 grand worth. I sold em all years ago and the shelf probably collapsed on the guy I sold them to killing him instantly. Blockbuster: unable to rent UltraTron movies since the early 90s. Any wonder they're broke?

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I love the new Criterion covers.

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    The best movie promotion art being produced today.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The Girl Who...Blah, Blah, Blah

    by BobParr

    The first one was pretty good but the other two were TV movie-of-the-week quality. The lead actress did elevate it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    WTF is up with the "Girl Who" snobbery?

    by Shubniggorath

    I've heard this attitude pretty frequently, even from a couple of Canadians. Like I'm supposed to believe that every other country is filled with super-geniuses of film or something who all "get" this series, but it's way over the heads of Americans. Makes no sense to me. Yes, there are a lot dumb Americans, but we do not have the market cornered on stupidity (yet). $431,191,823 International gross on Transformers 2, guys(Source:http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2009/TFRM2.php). Get over yourselves so we can focus on our mutual love of film! /rant

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    OK one more point

    by Shubniggorath

    I've never heard an American say the same about any American film, ever. "'The Social Network' was great but we all know that Canadian viewers will lack the sophistication to follow its narrative." Silly.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Deep of "Girl WhoTheme

    by BobParr

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    JJ Hunsecker > Daniel Plainview

    by Incandenza

    I love SSoS so so so much. Best movie ever. new Criterion Blu is so stunning.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Deep Theme of "Girl Who"...

    by BobParr

    Sweden is a very misogynistic culture. One of the main statements in the series is how shitty women are treated (from family members, legal system, doctors, etc.). The dirty little secret about superior European culture is that it is incredibly racist and misogynist. And also lazy, unproductive, entitled, etc.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    "over the head of Americans"

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    someone said that? lol. Yeah, America became the world's superpower by being dumb. Haters gonna hate. There's loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooots of sophisticated film fans here lol.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    hanyoyo

    by BobParr

    So you can use the "Stupid American" stereotype but when we counter with the "Smelly European" stereotype we're the ones being ignorant??

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    hanyoyo is probably French

    by BobParr

    And I fart in his general direction. His mother is a hamster and his father smells of elderberries! Now go away hanyoyo or we shall taunt you a second time.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    hercsshowerradio

    by Mike

    Hate to burst your bubble, but that Sweet Smell of Success cover IS by a comic book artist. Sean Phillips is his name. Does a great comic called Criminal and did a great comic called Sleeper that's going to be a movie someday.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    3rd book is terrible, the movie did what it could to improve

    by Bass Ackwards

    The book was just so, so boring, its like even Larson was bored of writing at that point. Conflicts were lazily thrown out there and just as lazily discarded, every step of the way Team Salander just magically has the answer or the upper hand, there was no conflict or tension (hey, how are we going to get evidence? no problem, we can hack into this computer and there it is! Oh no they stole our critical documents, ha, little did they know I just happened to have two other copies of it that I told no one about! someone is breaking into my house? But I already placed security cameras and am catching them do that!). The third book was practically 80% exposition for Salander's trial, with a completely useless subplot thrown in there (which the movie wisely cut out). Also, the Swedish court system, as portrayed in the movie, doesn't really lend itself to cinematic storytelling. Would the defense really be allowed to withhold so much evidence? The trial ends up being the prosecutors laying out their case, then the defense going "gotcha!" The movie diluted Team Salander's seeming omnipotence and tightened the pacing, but yea, it really didn't have much to work with as far as adapting the story. It'll be interesting to see if Fincher's take goes into sequels, how faithful they'll be to the books at that point.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    the Last Unicorn looks great on bluray

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Last Unicorn (the book) kicks Harry Potter's ass

    by FeralAngel

    The Potter movies are fun, but the books they're derived from are dumb clunky drivel compared to the humor, originality, whimsy and imagination found in the pages of The Last Unicorn. One of the best books I have ever read, period. Not a book for kitschy unicorn figurine collectors, or just for kids, it's truly a work of epic fantasy. It nestles comfortably in the same pantheon as The Hobbit and the Narnia stories. And a new movie ought to be made of it. I'd love lush Disney 2D animation for it, but CGI would be okay if it were rendered as gorgeously as per Tangled. If such a film happened, I have one request of the film-makers: read Peter S Beagle's description of a unicorn and follow it to a T when designing the lead character. A unicorn is NOT a goddamn horse with a horn on its head. It's a creature that has faint resemblances to a horse, a deer, a goat, but still is a separate creature entirely. And looking at the classic medieval tapestries depicting unicorns would help as well. Anyway, a new Unicorn movie is begging to be made. Hope it happens someday.

  • I actually believe you should be required to pass an IQ test before given the right to vote. If that were the case, Republicans would never be voted into office and stupid working class whites with crooked teeth) wouldn't be able to vote against their own best interests. It's interesting to watch as the right wing extremists are dismantling everything that has made this country great right before our eyes and nobody cares.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Every boy should have a mandatory vasectomy when he comes of age

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And if you apply for a license to have children and meet the minimum requirements of being a parent: average intelligence, financial stability and common sense then you can have your vasectomy reversed and are allowed to procreate. This would also pretty much eliminate abortions.

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Nobody cares? UltraTron warned you all from

    by UltraTron

    the beginning. He tried to tell you. But you wouldn't listen. Now I don't want to hear anymore talk about strike. Without talkbackers this site will tear itself apart

  • Uh, you wouldn't be staying up past your bedtime because you have an assload of movies and a portable Blu-Ray player would you? And what do you mean by "you folks"?

  • Feb. 24, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    And fuck Hanyoyo

    by maxjohnson1971

    Pile on!!!

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    HEADGEEK! WHERE ARE YOU NOW!

    by Wookie_1995

    Face me coward! YOU HAVE ONCE AGAIN MADE ME WATCH A SHITTY MOVIE! FUCK SUPERMAN!

  • Feb. 25, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Memento was terrible.

    by Bob

    That film was utter utter shit. Then I watched Batman Begins and I forgave him. As for Fincher re-imagining or re-making Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fuck you in advance man. It's going to be utter crap. I've seen his version of Lisbeth Salander and she's a fucking joke. She's got "Salander" tattooed across her chest in the American version, or at least in the promo photo's. don't know if it's in the movie too, but that's so fucking pointless. Gues he didn't read the book. Her Dragon tattoo is the new version is a tiny, generic thing in the middle of her back, whereas Noomi's in the original covers most of her back, and is far more expressive, and frankly cooler. Perhaps they should dub the trilogy into english. Couldn't hurt. I assume the Blu-Ray's only have original language.

  • Feb. 26, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Damn straight it's an American website

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    and it's straight out of the great state of Texas no less. Remember the Alamo and God bless America! What was your your battlecry again? Oh yeah, I forgot: "Waaaaaaaaahhhh! My nappy needs to be changed and I do believe I am feeling quite feint so please put the kettle on."

  • Feb. 27, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Memento isn't just Nolan's best film

    by Dwide Shrewd

    It's one of the greatest films ever made. Does this Blu Ray edition allow you to watch the film in chronological order? That is a mind-fuck all unto itself.

  • March 6, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    bobparr

    by BaronMunchies

    Though the "Flicka som.." novels and movies may use themes of misogyny to craft a compelling story, Sweden is hardly a misogynistic country. As a matter of fact, women in Sweden are generally empowered and equal, while maintaining strong feminine identities and valuing children and family. Yours was an extremely dumb allegation, and I expect you are ashamed of your knee-jerk, uninformed comment; it's what we would expect of Hanyoyo, after all.

  • March 6, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    that said...

    by BaronMunchies

    Hanyoyo should really know better than to insult americans around here.