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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 5th wk of Mar 2011: Nimh, Holmes, Aronofsky, Disney, DeMille, Craven, God, Hubble & Soylent Green!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… this week’s column is over 4000 words long and with a ton of awesome – and next week is great too! Sorry it is a tad late, but last night, my back screamed for me to hit the bed early, so I had to finish up this morning, woke up at 8:30am just to do that – and I’m just now finishing. Hope you enjoy it, there’s some great stuff here. As usual the images and links take you to AMAZON where you can learn more on the title or purchase it. If you do bother to click a link and purchase through it, this column gets a small kick back from the purchase price – which is greatly appreciated and keeps the column going strong. So thank you. Now – let’s hop straight in…


Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Dying to watch this, it’s my number one got to get today. I love THE SECRET OF NIMH, probably my favorite 2D animated release of my lifetime that wasn’t done by Disney. Mrs. Brisby just kills me. Love her, and when that amulet gets going… wow. The special effects animation in this film is just something to behold. Bluth never did quite nail it the way he nailed this story. Brilliant. A truly outstanding animated effort.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: Complete Collection Blu Ray

All 14 Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce Universal SHERLOCK HOLMES movies! One of the greatest filmed serial movie series ever made. Intellectually, I realize that Nigel Bruce’s bumbling mumbling Watson is not strictly speaking the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But in terms of filmed entertainment – this works brilliantly. The chemistry between Bruce and Rathbone is absolutely perfect. One of those casted cinematic friendships that makes you want to find a friend to grow old with – and have crazy wacky adventures. The transfers are beautiful on the 7 films of this set I’ve watched. The other day, I showed Yoko, THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE PEARL OF DEATH… she had never seen any of this series. The crazy thing is, she’s read all the SHERLOCK HOLMES stories – I just can’t imagine doing that without having Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in your head. I’ve always loved PEARL OF DEATH, because it features Rondo Hatton! The Creeper! You know who I’m talking about, you saw ROCKETEER. Here you get to see the real man that Rick Baker brought to life, but against Basil Rathbone’s SHERLOCK HOLMES – and it is genuinely hair-raising! Great stuff!
I saw this series originally as a post-Late Night News movies, for 14 Saturday nights in a row as a kid, I’d wager to guess I was 6 or so at the time. I became obsessed with mysteries – and this character combined with Leonard Nimoy’s SPOCK helped me to love knowledge & logic. Every kid growing up should have this series to watch! Great entertainment, better role-models!


Love this film, watched the Blu Ray last night – exquisite transfer, wonderful behind the scenes look. My only problem with the film is an incredibly petty one. The title. It is absolutely perfect for the film, but I kinda hate that now people will forever associate this brilliant performance by Natalie Portman, in this 4th Brilliant film in a row from Darren Aronofsky with the title, BLACK SWAN – instead of the brilliant Technicolor pirate epic starring Tyrone Power. But that’s alright – that film doesn’t have an incredibly hot, Ecstacy fueled lesbian romp with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis – which is… frankly… amongst the greatest things ever committed to film… other than the utterly brilliant cinematography capturing these dances, which still is the number one thing that takes my breath away watching this film. Those long shots, where the camera is another dancer following Natalie through the entire dance. It is frankly incredible… Watch the extras to see behind the scenes of how they did it. BTW… I am devastated that Aronofsky isn’t doing WOLVERINE. Absolutely heart-broken. Sigh.


Here you get the 3D Blu-Ray, The Blu Ray version, The DVD and a Digital Copy for all your lil media forms… which is a great thing if you have munchkins, because the bet is… those wonderful lil princesses of yours will be clamoring to see this, just like mine. YOKO demanded that we watch this together, then we watched all the extras – and I have to say, I do really really really like TANGLED. The songs just don’t take me to the love category. Mainly because they don’t take root in my skull like the classic music from Disney’s past. Here’s what you’re getting:
•2 original storybook openings
•50th Animated Countdown
2-Disc BD Combo Pack (BD+DVD
•DVD features plus

•3 deleted scenes 

•The Making of a Fairy Tale

•2 extended songs 

•9 Theatrical Teasers
4-Disc BD Combo Pack (BD 3D+BD 2D+DVD+Digital Copy)

•DVD features plus

•3 deleted scenes 

•The Making of a Fairy Tale

•2 extended songs 

•9 Theatrical Teasers


The greatest Bible story ever put to screen, in my opinion. I love THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. I received a special presentation “Hold The Date” press release saying we’re getting an incredible BEN HUR – which to me, is the greatest Religious Epic of all time, but strictly speaking isn’t a Bible story, like this. Here, Cecil B DeMille put together a pitch perfect cast of incredibly charismatic and iconic actors to tell this story in a way that will live forever. My only wish is that Paramount would pay to have the matte work cleaned up ever so slightly. Much like what Warner Brothers did on AFRICAN QUEEN, which made that film eerily perfect. That said, this is a spectacular Blu Ray, and this amazing set – which comes with a reproduction of the original playbook, a ton of original sketches for costume designs, which are really stunning. Plus you get to part the red seas for your very own 10 Commandments. Come on Jeff, how can you pass this up? Plus you get these special features too:
• An all-new, never-before-seen, hour-long documentary on the making of The Ten Commandments, “Making Miracles.”
• Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic, The Ten Commandments” on both the 1956 Feature Film and the 1923 Silent Film.
• Newsreel footage from the 1956 World Premiere in New York.
• An extensive photo gallery packed with never-before-seen photos from the Cecil B. DeMille’s BYU Archives.
• A “Making of” Trailer from 1956 as well as Theatrical Trailers for subsequent re-releases of the film
• Hand-tinted footage of the Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea Sequence from the 1923 Silent Film.


I If you’re an AICNer from the beginning, you’ll remember the 1996 coverage of the making of SCREAM and the living hell that Wes Craven went through just to get this movie past the MPAA without tearing it to shreds. Watching this film today, it is kind of hard to believe it even received an R, especially when you see Aja’s PIRANHA or any of the SAW films. I suppose the pervasive nature of the film is that all this violence could be emulated, but who would ever want to be the bad guy from SCREAM? Well, a shit ton of the Halloween costumes have been sold, but I’ve yet to hear of a SCREAM killer. That said, I’ve always been a tad negative about the SCREAM series. Kevin Williamson’s film helped lay the groundwork, in some ways for the modern film geek. When SCREAM came out – the character of Randy instantly latched on and it gave a ton of folks an identity to play with. Luckily, the real Randys tended to broaden their horizons beyond just slasher films. Earlier last week, I watched the SCREAM trilogy all in a row – and I think I can safely say this is the best of the series.
• Audio Commentary by Director Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson
• Production Featurette
• Behind the scenes: "On the Scream Set" and "Drew Barrymore"
• Q&A with the cast and crew • Theatrical trailer


SCREAM 2 is the college chapter, where Sidney and Randy are at college, you also get Dewey (the Kenny of the series) and that intolerable bitch he’s in love with, Cox! This was better than I remembered. It still pisses off a lot of folks, especially for one killing that takes place. I still don’t believe that character would be stupid enough to get that close to the van. I’m totally serious. It pisses me off. STAY in the middle of the field. What the hell? That character was too smart to get offed that way. Still bitter.
• Audio commentary with director Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier
• Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary by Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier
• Producer Marianna Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier
• Outtakes, Featurette
• Theatrical trailer


The seriously ridiculous chapter of the trilogy. Here you have Sidney living off in the woods somewhere as a dial in, victim helper – and I actually really loved that character beat, but the rest of the film – RIDICULOUS. As opposed to the “realistic” first two? Giggle, ok, you got me. It’s been long enough, and I no longer take this series as seriously as I did back during the original period. That said, with the killings moving to a movie set, all with the purpose of flushing out Sidney. Who really must be insane to have not simply gone anywhere else on the planet, but to the location where people are getting killed. Right? That said, when she ends up on the Woodsboro set – it is kinda classic.
• Audio commentary with director Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier
• Deleted scenes and alternate ending with optional audio commentary by Wes Craven, producer Marianne Maddalena and editor Patrick Lussier
• Outtakes
• Behind the Scenes montage
• Theatrical trailer


The original Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise is our lord and savior Jesus Christ in KING OF KINGS – and it was this little geek factoid that brought me closer to Jesus as a kid. I mean, if an actor could be the captain of the Enterprise and the Technicolor son of God – who was I to choose science fiction over religion. Especially when it is directed by REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE director, Nicholas Ray – and Jeffrey Hunter is very definitely a Rebel With A Cause in this film. The Miklos Rosza score is enough to recommend this film all on its own, but Ray Bradbury’s written narration is simply great. A very geek friendly telling of the greatest story ever told. You only really get a vintage featurette on this. It’s more about getting this beautiful movie on BluRay!


My favorite part about Max Von Sydow playing Jesus Christ in George Stevens’ take on the story of Jesus is that… well. Ming The Merciless Died for your sins! That’s kinda killer! The biggest issue with this release is that the quality is so high that you can tell the matte paintings are matte paintings, but I like that. There’s something about religion that needs and asks to be painted by hand. At least in my geek religious Blu-Ray library! This is a bare release though.


I’m really shocked that Doritos didn’t name their Green Salsa Chips – SOYLENT GREEN – because that would’ve ruled! Plus I find it funny, that on the day that we get Heston & Eddie G in 10 COMMANDMENTS, we get them in this very cynical view of the future of man. I’ve witnessed geeks taking communion with green crackers before – so I guess it shouldn’t surprise me – but it is just too much fun, to not mention. Seventies Charlton Heston was pretty awesome. This and THE OMEGA MAN were my two faves. This hasn’t been remade yet, and I have to say I am a little surprised, mainly because of the Doritos SOYLENT GREEN tie-in that simply must happen in our lifetimes. I kinda love the treatment this film has gotten on Blu Ray. You get a Richard Fleischer & Leigh Taylor-Young commentary, then there’s a 10 minute vintage look at “the world of Soylent Green” and I love vintage looks. There’s also a brilliant, all too short, Tribute to Edward G Robinson’s 101st Film that is just kinda awesome. Robinson died days after wrapping his work on this film – and if you’ve seen the film with that knowledge, you know how powerful his performance is. GEEK REQUIREMENT!


I held a special AICN/SXSW premiere of IMAX: HUBBLE back last year, with Astronaut Mike Massimino – who is featured showing why manned missions to space are an absolute requirement, because sometimes you need dogged human determination and sweat… even in Zero G. Then in this brilliant little film, you get the real treasures, which is when you begin to fly into Hubble images, in what is the very best looking space stuff I’ve ever seen. This is the shit that makes you tear up because there is no Enterprise to really do this. This is pure inspiration for the human race – and I love it.

TOPSY – TURVY Criterion Blu

Amongst my very favorite Mike Leigh films is TOPSY TURVY – and I really do love how Criterion handled this release, but also decided to release the classic THE MIKADO as a separate release, but one that film geeks like me have to watch as a double feature. Mike Leigh got on my radar with the brilliant SECRETS & LIES, but when I heard Leigh was going to play with Gilbert & Sullivan and the adventure which was the creation of The Mikado – I got giggly. As soon as Jim Broadbent was cast, I was sold. Criterion’s transfer is crazy great on this – and here’s the treats they have for you on this release:
Director-approved digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Dick Pope, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary featuring director Mike Leigh
New video conversation between Leigh and the film’s musical director, Gary Yershon
A Sense of History, Leigh’s 1992 short film written by and starring actor Jim Broadbent
Deleted scenes
Featurette from 1999 including interviews with Leigh, stars Broadbent and Allan Corduner, and other cast members
Theatrical trailer and TV spots
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin

THE MIKADO Criterion Blu

1939 is generally considered the best year of cinema in the history of film. When talking about that year, this is a film that is simply never ever mentioned. It is one of those films that only the fans of musical theater really know, but boy is this a film to not overlook, because it is stunning. For one, you have the greatest form of Technicolor ever… creating the most beautiful of colors – but then you have one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s finest plays being performed beautifully. Just fantastic. How many other great films does 1939 have to drop on us? Here’s the extra fun:
Newly remastered digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New video interview with Topsy-Turvy director Mike Leigh on The Mikado and its adaptation for the screen
New video interview with Mikado scholars Josephine Lee and Ralph MacPhail Jr., tracing the 1939 filmed version of the opera back to its 1885 stage debut
Short silent film promoting the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company’s 1926 stage performance of The Mikado
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien


I kinda love this crazy film! First off, you just have to give it to Jeffrey Dean Morgan for going full fucking crazy creepo on this film. I mean, his father is Christopher Lee… in a HAMMER film… so you know he can’t be normal. But I’m pretty sure in Christopher Lee’s long and fabled filmography, he has never masturbated in a woman’s bathtub while she was out. And I’m not quite sure why that fucks with me, but the idea of a stranger masturbating in your bathtub… freaks me the fuck out. Just ewwwwwwww. And that’s the nicest thing he does in the movie. Hilary Swank plays a young, HOT – and I do mean HOT – doctor that needs a new place to live after a bitter breakup. She unfortunately chooses this place. The perfect film to give a single girl if she thinks her landlord is cute.


After the success of the remake of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE with Jack Nicholson & Jessica Lange, Taylor Hackford decided to remake one of the greatest Film Noirs of all time, OUT OF THE PAST – that towering noir starring Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas. Here he cast Jeff Bridges, James Woods and Rachel Ward in the leads. I probably like this movie more than I should… to me though it is just so entertaining to just compare Mitchum to Bridges and Douglas to Woods… and this has some pretty humid scenes… if you get my meaning. You get a director and cast commentary, some deleted scenes and a trailer. Part of that 80’s Noir revisit – that’s best efforts were BODY HEAT and BLADE RUNNER.


If you loved Sean Penn as Harvey Milk in MILK – you really do owe it to yourself to check out this outstanding documentary on the life and times of the real Harvey Milk, it is just an amazing story – and you’ll see that as great as Sean Penn’s performance was, he was a shadow of Harvey Milk – a real social hero. When this documentary came out – there was a period of time that it was featured as a complete documentary to watch here on AICN. This is, however, a great Criterion release – and as such it has an amazing supplemental section of features that really give you a great look at his story. Here ya go:
Director-approved digital transfer, from the meticulous UCLA Film and Television Archive restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
Audio commentary featuring director Robert Epstein, coeditor Deborah Hoffmann, and photographer Daniel Nicoletta
New interview with documentary filmmaker and UC Berkeley professor Jon Else
New program about The Times of Harvey Milk and Gus Van Sant’s Milk, featuring Epstein, Van Sant, actor James Franco, and Milk friends Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Nicoletta Postscript containing interview clips not used in the film
Rare collection of audio and video recordings of Harvey Milk
Interview excerpts from Epstein’s research tapes
Footage from the film’s Castro Theatre premiere and the 1984 Academy Awards ceremony
Panel discussion on Supervisor Dan White’s controversial trial
Excerpts from the twenty-fifth anniversary commemoration of Milk’s and Mayor George Moscone’s assassinations
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic B. Ruby Rich, a tribute by Milk’s nephew Stuart Milk, and a piece on the film’s restoration by the UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Ross Lipman


The “sequel” to SUSPIRIA – which never has a sequence as great as the great sequences of SUSPIRIA – this is still a damn awesome and scary film. Blue Underground did good releasing this on Blu Ray. They have two HD interviews on here with Leigh McCloskey and Irene Miracle. Then there’s the interview with Argeno and Lamberto Bava. Plus Dario introduces the film. Nicely put together Blu Ray!


Just love this film. Produced by Roger Corman – and brought to home video from those awesome bastards of SHOUT! FACTORY – is CAPONE – starring Ben Gazzara as CAPONE. But this amazing cast doesn’t stop there, it begins there. You get Sylvester Stallone as fucking Frank Nitti!!! You get John Cassavetes as Frankie Yale and Harry Guardino as Johnny Torrio. Not only that – but because Corman produced this, the blood is flowing, the tits are showing and this film is mind blowing! Can not recommend enough to Drive In lovers and cineastes as well. Oh – and Susan Blakely is great in this too!


I miss Geena Davis. I loved her as a femme badass, and in THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT – with a Shane Black script and Samuel L Jackson as a partner in action, even Renny Harlin couldn’t fuck this up. I love this movie. It isn’t quite THE LAST BOY SCOUT good, but it is close. Also – any movie with David Morse is one worth owning. Right?


Ok – so it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards and it won the Un Certain regard prize at Cannes last year… but is it any good? This Greek horror film – and make no bones about it, this is horror. This is BLACK SWAN style horror, where what plays out is just freakishly horrific and all kinds of awesome. Highly recommended to check out. You should love this film, don’t read a lot about it. I won’t write a bunch either.


Vincent Cassel must be seen in this – the second part of the MESRINE story! This is just an incredible two part story. If you bought the first half, the second half, in my opinion is even better. Because this is where things really get crazy. The EMPIRE quote at the top of the box is to be trusted. This feels like vintage Coppola & Scorsese – no shit. Jean Francois Richet – do not miss any of his films!


I’ve always liked Michelangelo Antonioni’s film about well to do youths that go murderous. This is a triptych set in Paris, Rome & London. The film is a fascinating look at why kids that have every opportunity to be great in this world, could actually be the basest of human forms, a murderer. Saw this in Film History class and I was hooked on Antonioni. Believe this is the first time it has been available on DVD. Right?


Low budget, but very fun! Shortly after ROAD WARRIOR – Mel Gibson landed a role alongside Sam Neill and John Phillip Law – where they play 3 Australian Commandos set loose in WWII on a particular mission to rescue valuable survivors from a plane crash in the South Pacific. Mel positively looks like a kid in this film. Don’t have this BluRay, but I have ordered it.


It is the duty of every man, woman and child reading this to buy a copy of TEEN WOLF on Blu Ray – scratch the disc badly – and resend it to Jeff Mahler of North Hollywood, CA 91602. It’d be inappropriate for me to give you his full address – but rest assured, the U.S. Postal service will locate him from that zip code. Jeff is a bit like Santa Claus… except, jewish and obsessive with TEEN WOLF, which he feels is the greatest movie ever created. But we can’t allow him to see it, so we must buy a copy of TEEN WOLF, scratch it, replace the disc, whatever mean little trick you can think of – and send it to him. I double dog dare ya!


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  • March 29, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Post 0


    Just posted my DVD Column! Whew!

  • March 29, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Rachel Ward

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    I miss her.

  • Due to the current events in Japan and in the Middle East I think the subject of 2012 is of great importance RIGHT NOW. There is a great change occurring RIGHT NOW. And for those who understand and are at peace with the changes that are occurring and are to occur will find this shift miraculous beyond description. But for those who decide to ignore their inner calling and go about life as if nothing miraculous is transpiring right here and now, then all I can say to them is hold on because it's about to get uncomfortable. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. It's not very hard to notice these changes if you just sit back and observe for just one minute. Everything unlike the nature of God, Christ, Spirit, higher self, CHOPPAH whatever term you have come to accept as the universal principle, (I personally like CHOPPAH Consciousness so that is what I'll use here), anything unlike the nature of the CHOPPAH Consciousness will no longer manifest or pretend to exist. The illusions of the ego, the non-CHOPPAH ego, are coming to a end ... FAST. This is why you are seeing the collapse of governments and financial systems, and dramatic shifts in weather systems. The only thing that is going to survive in this new age are systems that are based on CHOPPING and serving the growth of CHOP. You DO NOT have another decade to decide. NOW IS THE TIME! The ACHOPPAHlypse approacheth!

  • March 29, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by SonOfChiba

    I LOVED the ever-lovin' shit outta this as a kid and thought John Phillip Law was the bomb in it - so why isn't he on the cover? Very odd. Great film, well worth a view with a brilliantly bitter tone. Ah, Mel, what happened?

  • March 29, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by SobchakSecurity

    Documentary? Book? BBC/TV Special on him of some sort? Haven't heard of this one,sounds intriguing enough.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Teen Wolf RULES!

    by The Krypton Kid


  • March 29, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Tangled had great songs....but mediocre lyrics

    by Mel

    As a worshiper of Alan Menken I can say without any doubt that Tangled has great music. Not quite on the level of Enchanted, but much better than his late 90's work which was very forgettable (Hunchback, Open Range, and Hercules). The lyrics in Entangled, however, are what makes it a little weak for me. They're not all bad, but there are some lame moments of surrender where the lyrics just trail off into something that doesn't fit musically just in order to complete a phrase that makes sense. That's the thing about lyrics. They cant just be good words, they have to be words that fit sonically. Any musical critic can detect these moments of words that act like sandpaper against the music - and Tangled has a lot of them. BUT it also has great lyrical moments. To contrast the two, you can look no further than the opening song. A good lyrical part would be when she says "and brush and brush and brush my hair" which is clever (almost a parody in a way where she's essentially doing a Weird Al "This Song is just 6 words long" style where she has nothing else to sing about) but it also fits in musically. Bad lyrics are when she mentions playing chess (can't recall the exact lyrics). Listen to that just trails off into non-rhyming non-sonic lameness. Many of the phrases in the song have moments like that. It almost seems intentional because it happens so much but I believe it was just a lack of imagination from the lyricist.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Secret of NIMH on BLU-RAY!!!

    by darthderp

    THAT is a worthwhile release which I just might spring for! Dragon, the homicidal house cat in Hi-Def? YEAHH!!!

  • I would like to file a lawsuit against Styles. You see, I was under the impression that Styles was cool. He had sunglasses, a hawaiian shirt, one-liners, etc. So I wanted to be Styles when I was a kid. Little did I know that in real life - that guy is a total douche. I didn't really notice how, in the movie, he really only has 2 friends. I also didn't notice that chicks steer clear of him. Well I found out the hard way when I tried to become Styles myself. Fuck you Styles. I want my childhood back!

  • March 29, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    My dad lost a relatively large sum of money on "Nimh."


    First and last time he ever invested in a movie.

  • You know the dude from Pee Wee's Big Adventure? His lard body wearing those short shorts in the basketball games makes me sick. There's not a more doughy white disgusting glob of human out there. And he even sweats profusely which accents the fat.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Ming The Merciless Died for your sins

    by steve

    That made me laugh.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you ever read the book NIMH's based on?

    by darthderp

    Totally different ending, but it is worth a read. The book flushes out the rats' backstory a bit, although Jeremy doesn't have as big a part, alas. Dragon and the Owl are well represented, though. Check it out.

  • March 29, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by krazy8kat

    this film may very well have the greatest dance sequence to ever be filmed. ever. be. filmed. this movie should be turned into a broadway play.

  • March 29, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    @ Melgibson...etc re: Teen Wolf fat guy

    by darthderp

    Don't forget though, even the fat guy got some action; remember the Jello boob girl at the big party? She didn't exactly look like she was having a lousy time, did she now??

  • March 29, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Mad Men Season Four...HELLO.

    by knowthyself

    Also can we all just admit how fucking silly Black Swan is? I still don't get how seeing her get webbed feet didn't just cause an eruption of laughter in theaters everywhere. Last but not least...LOVE the scream trilogy even the third which is devoid of blood (thanks over reaction to Columbine.)

  • March 29, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Soylent Green: one of the best movie endings EVAR!!!!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And yes, RIP, Edward. His final scenes made me understand what suicide really meant, as a wee lad. Heartbreaking.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Didn't "Against All Odds" have the Porsche/Ferrari car chase?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That was sweet.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    the packaging

    by vaterite

    on the Secret of NIMH Blu-Ray is atrocious. It looks absolutely nothing like the film that I love.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Harry Any word on a Suspiria Blu-Ray release?

    by Katet19

  • March 29, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST



  • March 29, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Songs are weak.

    by imagin78

    The songs are weak in Tangled. Glenn Slater is a horrible lyricist. I also feel that Menken's music is only as good as his lyrics. His stuff with Ashman and Schwartz was tremendous. His stuff with Zippel and Slater... quite poor. Plus, I won't hear any besmirching of his work on Hunchback. Fantastic. Great choral themes.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    so what yer sayin Harry is that

    by rben

    their all in Blu. I still have a standard dvd and i'm happy with that. don't need to give hollywood anymore of my money. (just sayin)

  • March 29, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I love Against All Odds as well...

    by eustisclay

    ...I guess it was because, back in the early 80's, it wasn't so easy to just pick up a movie you wanted to see. So I'd heard of Out of The Past, but hadn't seen it. I loved this movie, but didn't feel like it was a sacriledge for it to be a remake of the noir classic. I'd probably seen it 3 times before I finally got to see the original. And while I have an appreciation for the Mitchum classic, I prefer this. But it depends on my mood. That's one reason I'm not crazy about remakes in general. You know some kid is gonna see the Brand version of Arthur and have no idea it's a remake and if and when he does see the original, he's gonna be disappointed. That's too bad cuz not, most films are available on dvd, bluray, vhs, or some kind of downloading. Also, hate to sound like an old fart, but in my day, we took old films and sexed them up! These days, they take a perfectly good chiller with some fine gratuitous nudity and pg13 it(I'm looking at you Stepfather!). I did like the Pirrahna remake, gotta admit. Oh, and Harry, you're doing your readers a disservice about Capone. Cuz if you haven't seen it, Susan Blakely does a scene that makes Sharon Sone's Basic Instinct leg crossing scene look like a PG. I saw this in the theater and when Blakely opened her legs on the big sceen, it looked like you could crawl in.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Timothy Spall in Topsy-Turvy rocks

    by Fred

  • March 29, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Against All Odds era Bridges - look at the DVD cover..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    why is Mac from Its Always Sunny with that lady?

  • March 29, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    "The other day, I showed Yoko, THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE PEARL OF DEATH…"

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Is that what you guys call it? You crazy kids...

  • March 29, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Thank You! Scream 2 movie nerd killing made no sense

    by Andrew Coleman

    It's like they ran out of ideas of how to use the guy so they just randomly killed him. Why would the guy who knows every move of the copy cat killer(since the killer is using movie cliches to attack people) go to the van? Thank you for bringing that up because that always annoyed me. The Scream movies are pretty fun actually I'm looking forward to watching these again and then see the fourth.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Just a couple of words about cover artwork (Nimh) and "Scream"

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I complained to Talkback deaf ears a couple weeks ago about the dreadful artwork consistently used for "Excalibur" (thanks, TalkBackers, for bitching about everything under heaven but not backing me up on something worth bitching about), and here we have another release of "The Secret of Nimh" with the same terrible artwork that's been used for years, robbing the film of it's true 80s fantasy, magic and somber tone and instead making it look like "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Is it widescreen this time? There's been a long history of releasing this title pan and scan. With regard to the "Scream" series, it is to me what "Teen Wolf" is to Jeff Mahler. I love it in a batshit crazy way that doesn't make since to anybody but the guilty party. I'm WAY too excited about "Scream 4". However, in my obsessive way, I have never picked up the first "Scream" film on DVD because I have the UNRATED LaserDisc and that version has never surfaced again on the digital format, and I understand the Blu-ray is still the R-rated, theatrical version. Why didn't you deal with this issue in the collumn, Harry? Some people will say, "It's only a few seconds of footage here and there," and in response I will say, "I know! But I'm an obsessive geek that reads AICN and seconds count!". What's the point of being a film geek if you don't care about the details.That includes missing seconds and cover artwork!

  • March 29, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    There is a lot of jesus...

    by Candice

    At first I was thinking, "man, there is a lot of Jesus in this list," but then I remember Easter was soon, but when I looked it up online, it's not until April 24! Are they ramping up for Easter with a slew of biblical movies on blu-ray?

  • March 29, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Surprise, NO mention of Goldsmith for Secret of Nimh

    by darthpigman

    That amulet doesn't get going without the music, Harry.

  • March 29, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Dogtooth is fucked

    by kafka07

    watched it with some friends was entertaining, had some laughs....overall a shocking and confusing movie.

  • man, I really can't believe some of the stupid shit you type

  • March 29, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    hey CHOPPA

    by Astronut

    Dude. I think that at this point most of us are sick of A) your multi-board posting of the same shit — ie; the end of the world according to [your really dumb screen name] and B) your general M.O. on the TB boards which is self-indulgent, monotonous and 100% useless. Only Jim Jones-style followers are dumb enough to buy tickets. And only the "extra dumb" ones chuckle at your irrelevant poop. Time to pack up your tired act and go home.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Tangled and Hubble

    by jimmy_009

    Both excellent. Hubble was AMAZING in IMAX 3D. Breathtaking. I only wish that it was 3 hours of just the space imagery. The repair stuff is cool, but damn, flying through the Orion nebula was mindblowing.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by imascooby1985

    Stop saying "giggle". Please.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Actually the "widescreen" NIMH is just an "open matte" hack job...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...where they cut off the top and bottom of a 1.33.1 image to create a faux-"widescreen" image. The 2007 DVD had both versions, and I wish the Blu-Ray did as well, because you're seeing LESS of the picture on the widescreen version. It'd be like watching a "widescreen" version of Snow White or Bambi. And Disney's Rapunzel is fucking HOT. Imagine screwing her on a bed of her own hair...?

  • March 29, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST



    Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and CHOP your lampstand from its place.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I believe the "African Queen" BD is also from Paramount...

    by fustfick

    ...and not Warner Bros. "Cleaned up" mattes and all.

  • March 29, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Fritzlorrerains

    I agree. It is revolting when he says 'giggle.' Love ya Harry, but that word needs to be stricken from your vocabulary

  • March 29, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    When Harry giggles he risks coughing up a full drumstick

    by Mel

  • March 29, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Never saw a Scream movie

    by Mandolorian

    And I don't have any interest in it now. Soylent Green is a great flick though. I always remember the lint-covered strawberry spoon that chuck pulls out of his pocket. I'd be pissed off if someone handed that to me!

  • March 29, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    DVD does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Harry congrats on getting a super-sized DVD column out. Although looking through the list all but 2 are Blu Ray... so maybe the DVD subject line is due for a change? Can't see any this week that are definite buys for me but as usual there are a few i'm intrigued by and might try to rent...

  • March 29, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Still never seen SECRET OF NIMH. Always got the impression it was for 6 year old girls, and that box art on the Blu Ray is doing nothing to change that... Harry sure seems to love it tho, any other opinions?

  • March 29, 2011, 4:12 p.m. CST

    giggle ga ga goo goo

    by redmule

  • March 29, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    NIMH is magnificent

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The DVD/Blu-Ray cover is totally ASS and grossly misrepresents the tone of the movie. If you liked The Dark Crystal and other "dark" family movies of the 80's period, you should definitely check it out.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Tangled is great!

    by Sanyi

    I saw that movie with my girlfriend (well actually she broke up with me but that's not the point) and I liked it. Recently I watched it again and now I love it. The music is not classic, but enjoyable, the animation is perfect and...I don't know, just love every minute of it. I'm kinda sucker for these animated flicks. Ant this is one of the best in my opinion. Also, LONG KISS GOODNIGHT is one of my favourites. Just so much fun, but I agree that The Last Boy Scout is better.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Yea! Narnia next week!!

    by Sith Witch

    I can't wait to hear your mini-review of it Harry; you didn't say anything about it when it was the best film in theatres back in Dec.!

  • March 29, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by Sanyi

    Rapunzel is damn hot!

  • March 29, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Soylent Green is the release of the week. Also, people.

    by SoylentMean

    I'm biased in that regard. Although, from what I've read, it just has the same special features that were on the DVD. I wonder if it will be just as jarring to watch this in 1080p as it was to watch The Omega Man. In that film every time Heston's stunt double is on screen it is very, very clear that you are watching Heston's stunt double.<P> As for a Soylent Green Dorito I'm not sure how I'd feel about that. Soylent Green looked more like a cracker than a corn chip. <P> However, if somebody did market a snack food as Soylent Green that would be the ultimate test of one's geek mettle. Would you or would you not eat Soylent Green? Even if you were 99% sure it was nothing more than a cracker or chip? Because in the back of your mind you would still be thinking, "What if?".

  • March 29, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by D.Vader

    But I can NOT justify double-dipping and buying the Blu-Ray for a movie I already own, especially when I've got the SCREAM Trilogy box set.

  • March 29, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Two words: Rachel.... Ward....

    by libertyboom

    stunningly beautiful!

  • March 29, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Soylent Green opening credits

    by DrPepperPHD

    Like a clinic in visual storytelling at its finest. Probably my favorite Saul Bass title sequence. The music rules as well:

  • March 29, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    NIHM was the first movie I ever saw. Not first in

    by sweeneydave

    a theater, but first ever. I was about 6 at the babysitter's house. My parents didn't believe in movies. This film shaped my whole perseption on the art of telling stories. At that moment, I fell in love with movies and never looked back. ....except for the fact that we didn't have any movies at home so I'd have to watch them at my friends' houses. When I turned 18, I no longer lived under my parents rule so I went to my first movie theater. It was Toy Story. I was a rebel.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST



    Shit. I mean ... wow.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    soylentmean: I would totally eat a Soylent Green snack cracker.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Especially if it had a "Now With More Girls!" call-out on the front.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    drpepperphd: Thanks for that great link to the SG opening.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Had NO IDEA Saul Bass did that sequence.

  • March 29, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Tron & Tron Legacy

    by Micah fendley

    The Movie gods have spoken, loudly... Heed this voice, TRON will NOT LET YOU DOWN. end of line

  • March 29, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    once again, thanks for doing this

    by jupiterjim

    it saves me a lot of time and 95% of your picks are on the money. I work 60+ hours a week and this is one of th ereasons I frequent this site...that and the "justified" promos

  • March 29, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    The Great Con Ever Told.

    by Orionsangels

  • March 29, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Given the budget, Teen Wolf is great

    by ZoeFan

    Really good fun... And it has one of the greatest lines in a comedy ever... "There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese."

  • March 29, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST


    by DrMorbius

    Similar to when I was a cub scout, one of the requirements was to "eat a 'brownie'".

  • March 29, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Unrated Scream

    by Lazslo_Toth

    But still the unrated version of Scream is consigned to the dustbin of history - unless you own the unrated laserdisc. As I do. And it is a better version - if only for the scene in the kitchen when the two guys stab each other repeatedly. Why isn't that on the blu-ray - or is it?

  • March 29, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    1939 best year in cinema? What about 1981?

    by Flip63Hole

    Raiders of the Lost Ark, Das Boot, The Road Warrior, The Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, Time Bandits, Arthur, Blow Out, Escape From New York, Heavy Metal, The Howling, Scanners, Superman II, Body Heat, The Great Muppet Caper, Condorman, Dragonslayer, History of the World, Neighbors, Outland, etc. All classics. Kind of... Still, great year! I was a happy 11 year old, considering I had an older brother's friend managing the local cinema!

  • March 29, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Just watched the Tangled 3D Bluray

    by Mel

    Decent 3D flick. Some ghosting here and there....some lacking depth in large vistas (which is natural but I wish it wasnt). The castle stuff looks amazing, but its quite a close up talky type of movie, so there's not a lot of great 3D in it. I'd give it a 3/5 for 3D, and a 4/5 as a movie. A Christmas Carol is still the king of 3D movies. It was very well composed in 3D. Very few flaws. Avatar might be better, but I'm not paying $200 for the Bluray to find out. I'll wait for a real realease.

  • March 29, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    1981 was a pretty great year, but "Condorman"?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Props just for mentioning "Condorman", but it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen, still making 1981 an amazing year. (Damn, that was kind of a Harry-esque sentence and statement.)

  • March 29, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    so does Teen Wolf....

    by Nice Marmot

    .... still have the guy in the bleachers with his cock hanging out of his fly?

  • March 29, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Made ya look!

    by Flip63Hole

    Just checking to see if anybody reads my comments...

  • March 29, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Any special features for "Teen Wolf"??!!

    by Mike_D


  • March 29, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I have a...

    by Frijole

    "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT, DICKNOSE?" t-shirt. Love TEEN WOLF. Hell, Jeff Loeb wrote it. He's written some stuff some geeks have heard of...

  • March 29, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    1982 is tops for me.

    by AugustusMacReady

    The Thing, Bladerunner, Tron, Conan the Barbarian, Creepshow, First Blood, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, E.T., Star Trek II, Poltergeist, The Verdict, The Dark Crystal, The King of Comedy, Fitzcarraldo, Rocky III, 48 HRS., Porky's, The Last Unicorn, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Cat People, My Favorite Year, The Beastmaster, Halloween III, The Wall, The Last American Virgin, Night Shift, Death Wish II, Diner, Swamp Thing, But I can't say I blame you Flip, those two back to back...choice.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    I was violated while Nimh played in the background

    by Roger Moon

    My Zulu nanny, Mrs. Gwembeshe, would always put Nimh in the VCR when she came over. I would sing along to the Flying Dreams lullaby while she lovingly fingered my turd cutter. Dream by night Wish by day Love is made this way Loving starts when open hearts touch and stay... I was 27. I yearn for you Mrs.Gwembeshe, I yearn for your gentle touch.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST

    NIHM was my introduction to Hollywood screwing up adaptations.

    by Chewtoy

    Thankfully, even as a child I spared myself the pain of seeing what Disney had done to the Chronicles of Prydain with their version of The Black Cauldron. But I do remember that my friends and I found this film to be a fairly disappointing version of Mrs. Frisby's story. On a side note, Tangled is indeed a great new Disney flick.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Soylent opening sequence

    by Mazzer

    drpepperphd -- I totally agree. Critics rarely mention this opening montage which I think is the most powerful montage set to music I've seen in any film except, perhaps, the one in the middle of Butch Cassidy. Awesome.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    Chewtoy had friends???

  • March 29, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Don't forget the furniture!

    by SoylentMean

    Soylent Green has the best furniture in a movie, ever! Fact.

  • March 29, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    soylentmean, re: Chuck's stunt double

    by Nasty In The Pasty of the drawbacks of Blu-Ray is now you can see shit that was always hidden by blurry VHS and even standard-def DVD. I watched the original Day The Earth Stood Still again on Blu the other day, and the wires holding up Patricia Neal when she's "carried" into the flying saucer by Gort are INCREDIBLY VISIBLE now.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    chewtoy, NIMH the movie is WAY BETTER than the book

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Of course, I'm biased because I saw the film multiple times first, but the book just lacks the mystery, the magic, the INTENSITY of the film. One thing about the book that bugged the SHIT out of me is that the whole plot hinges on Mrs. Frisby/Brisby's son, Timothy, being too sick to get out of bed before "Moving Day" ("The chill in the air will kill him!"), and yet when the Rats of NIMH arrive to move the cement block that serves as the FrisbyBrisby family home, guess who's sitting outside? Fucking TIMOTHY! Yes, he's bundled up against the cold, but seriously...Mrs. F/B has gone through HELL to save her youngest son BECAUSE HE CAN'T GO OUTSIDE, and at the end...he's fucking OUTSIDE. I remember reading that as a teenager and being absolutely baffled. The movie certainly has some plot holes (wheat the hell IS The Stone? Why can the Rats suddenly do magic?), but I actually find the unexplained plot elelments add a certain compelling mystery to the film. Plus, the book barely has Jenner in it at all (he's only referred to in passing, and gets killed off-screen), and it lacks Jerry Goldsmith's soaring musical score.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    They should make Soylent Green Kit Kat bars

    by lv_426

  • March 29, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I'd whack off to Jeffrey Dean Morgan...

    by MagicJesus

    before I'd whack off to hswank, and I'm not even gay as far as I know... She's fugnacious.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    oh, and ball cancer to the spammers.

    by MagicJesus

  • March 29, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    Hilary Swank is neither young nor hot, she looks like an alien.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Secret of NIMH cover art

    by MurderMostFowl

    No kidding... WTF.... that's terrible. That looks just as bad as the direct-to-dumpster sequel. The Laserdisc cover ( the brown one ) was the best of the home versions, but they all are kinda halfassed compared to the original movie posters. Google image search for "Secret of NIMH movie poster". there are 3 styles of onesheets, and they'll all miles above the home release ones. That movie never gets the recognition it deserves.

  • March 29, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Attack Force Z

    by thefreeagents

    My buddies and I used to run through the woods around my house with toy guns making machine gun sounds all the time after we saw this. We were in our 30's. Just kidding. Giggle. Which reminds me Harry, please stop saying giggle. Also, Soylent Green, Nihm, Scream and Teen Wolf are all great films. Cant wait to watch Capone now though.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    all the furries are going to come out in droves for SON

    by crazy4dragons13

  • March 29, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    especially with THAT cover

    by crazy4dragons13

  • March 29, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by fathergreedosarducci

    Lotta Wes Craven this week. Lotta Jesus. Meh.

  • March 29, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    RENNY HARLIN is one of my favorite Fins.

    by Tigger Tales

    "You pissing in someone's pool again?"

  • March 29, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    CTM lives — Why OMEGA MAN and not Planet of the Apes?

    by blakindigo

    Is it Rosalind Cash?

  • March 29, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    So take a look at me now

    by wash

    'cos there's just an empty space

  • March 30, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Scream Unrated...

    by IndyJonze

    was also released on a Region 2 Japanese DVD (aside from Laser Disc), which I still have. It came in one of those CD type cases. It's probably still available if you have a region hacked player. 1982 WAS the year!

  • March 30, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST


    by brad negrotto of the few films to come out last year worth owning.

  • March 30, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Secret of NImh 2 timmys revenge, sucked ass

    by MuhammadAmidala

  • March 30, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Dogtooth is so....

    by moviemenace

    disturbing and utterly hypnotic. I watched it last night not knowing what to expect. See it blind if you can but be warned; it's on that "Antichrist" level of disturbing at times.

  • March 30, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "I would totally eat a Soylent Green snack cracker. Especially if it had a "Now With More Girls!" call-out on the front." writefortheedit Hahahahaha!

  • March 30, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    NIMH was cool for what it was, but as an adaptation...

    by Dennis_Moore

    what the fuck was up with the Renaissance clothes and magic-using? The book was a fave of mine before the movie, so I was appalled at the time. Though, I guess the movie gave us Redwall, Mouseguard, and Mice Templar.

  • March 30, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Teen Wolf IS the greatest film ever made Harry!

    by billyhitchcock1

    Great column this week. Teen Wolf and Scream have been 2 of the biggest films in my life. Again, i'm not gonna get them on blu unless there are extras i don't have. but glad people may discover them now. Wasn't aware of the Scream unrated edition. I think that must just be our 18 rated version here in the UK because we have Stu and Billy stabbing each other in the kitchen in it. Styles is GOD. I used to watch Will and Grace just to catch him occasionally :-) It's horrible when heroes from your youth end up fading into obscurity.

  • March 30, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    I was so tempted to do...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ....what pacrone has done. and now i don't have to :-)

  • March 30, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    re: my 1st post.

    by billyhitchcock1

    i'm not implying people didn't 'discover' them then just that people who might not of heard of them now may see them. someone tell me to shut up.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by BelgiumRules

    If Harry mentions giggle/giggles/giggling once more I go to Darkhorizons.. have some fucking dignity...

  • March 30, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    New and Improved Doritos Soylent Green Salsa Chips...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Now, with 50% more Mexicans in EVERY BITE!

  • March 30, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Chop stinking up another talkback?


    Fuck yes.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by Marah123

    Disturbing for the sake of being disturbing, the best example of pretentious, art house trash.

  • at the end of Planet Of The Apes. My sister was embarrassed and the Scream movies totally changed for me. Dark cloud, dark times.

  • ...But I recall Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH being a favorite of my class back before it came out. So for me it was a movie version where they changed the name of the lead character (I wasn't really at an age to consider trademark arguments), and took what was largely a science fiction story and decided "what if instead of just being super-smart, they had magic?" That's like the little kid version of a comic book geek's horror at what Fox did to Deadpool. In any event, while I have only the barest recollection of the book now, I did catch the film version on cable a few years ago and still wasn't wild about it, so I'm not sure if I hold a grudge or if you need to have had affection for it instilled in you at childhood to really love it.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    "I'll have some soylent green with some soylent orange...

    by Darkman

    ...and some soylent coleslaw." <br><br> Harrison, you nailed down why I think SCREAM 2 was the worst of the trilogy for me. Killing him off...not fucking cool.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Dogtooth : embarassingly pretentious street theatre

    by quantize

    which only manages to overcome it's own silliness by being depressingly bleak at it's heart. File under W for Lars Von Trier style WANK

  • March 30, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    'SENNA' on Bluray...

    by workshed yourself a favour Harry. BUY IT! The Japanese Bluray three-hour cut is incredible. The film of the year thus far (Kevin MacDonald is Exec Prod which gives you some small idea of it's calibre).

  • It's a horror film in the same way that 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' is a horror film. Is it a horrifying idea that there's some creepy-looking guy going around kidnapping kids with the lure of sweeties? Yes, of course it is. Is it a horrifying idea that parents are deliberately warping their children's perception of reality, such as telling them that the distant aeroplanes they see flying in the sky are actually tiny, toy-sized objects that occasionally fall into their garden? Absolutely. Do either of these films *play out* as horror films? No, of course they don't.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    oh yeah....

    by billyhitchcock1

    ....and there has been a Scream copycat killer. Here in good old England.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Attack Force Z was *awesome*

    by None_So_Blind

    I'll always have a special spot for it as one of the first WWII movies I saw as a kid. How can you not like a WWII movie that has (A) silenced submachine guns and (B) a kung fu master that slaughters Japanese soldiers with knives and his own fists? :-P John Philip Law was GREAT as Veitch, and Sam Neill was also awesome as the ruthless Costello. Mild spoiler - his death scene where he took out the machine gun *still* gives me chills - he takes on the heavy gun by himself by throwing a couple grenades, gets shot to pieces, but still stays standing LIKE A FUCKING MAN to make sure it's taken out and his buddies are safe, and only then does he crumple slowly to the ground in the shadows... And that last stand at the end - whoa. Bonus points to anyone who saw it who can still whistle that ridiculously catchy song :-P IIRC, it was based on a Chinese kids' song or some such...

  • March 30, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    That Nimh cover is a LOT cuter than the scary original novel cover!

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Fucking HILARIOUS dissection of that miserable shit-pile of a "cheapquel".

  • But as others have said, you can not go wrong with choosing 1981 or 1939 either.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    A few things here:

    by david starling

    (1) Ben Hur is in my top 10 films of all time. I have the 4 DVD version that utterly rules, and in the making-of it is mentioned that the film feels different to any other Biblical epic of the time in the way the story was pushed, and it was massively influential upon filmmaking after it-I couldn't agree more. An utter classic, thanks Harry, I'll be looking out for that one!! (2) I bought Dragons Lair off the PS3 marketplace recently, and my daughter has been fascinated by it (although she also hates the controls!!). The Secret of Nimh would be a good future birthday pressie!! (3) The duo of Mesrine pictures should be seen by everybody, now!! The first one serves as a decent snapshot of his life, running breathlessly fast (including the most batshit insane prison break ever - well, I thought so!!). The second one is slightly slower, but extremely entertaining, it will have you slack-jawed at the sheer audacity of the man, and broken-hearted at his sheer stupidity and self-destructive temper (the interview he takes with the journalist is a 5-minute masterpiece of passion, ignorance, arrogance, and ultimately ugliness). Two brilliant movies, Mesrine to my mind offers more of a watchable path than Scarface's cartoon shades.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Soylent green's opening was a excellent buildup..

    by Stalkeye

    of a future that's gone to shit. Global pollution and overpopulation? hmmm sounds alot like the shit that's going on in the real world! I second creepy's sentiment, Omega Man was the better of the two. Yeah the films were a bit before my time but dammit if heston wasn't on top of his game (post POTA) back then and not to mention the mindfuck endings for both films. (Too bad Charlie became more of a Neo Conservative dick during the remaining Years of his life. He was a great action hero during the era of mid 60's to early 70's.) Much better than other Dystopian films like Logan's Run and especially that Will Smith remake.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    TEEN WOLF in blu-ray means...

    by TheBaxter

    you'll finally be able to see that guy get his dick out at the end in 1080p.

  • March 30, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    i agree with imagin78

    by MacTard420

    hunchback's music is top notch! frolo's song alone is worth the price of the dvd!

  • March 30, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    1981 was a great year thanks to...

    by Stalkeye

    Escape from muthafukkin New York. My favorite film and not to mention, my first R-Rated film i saw at a early age and John's vision of a somewhat bleak future was nothing that I have witnessed in Sci Fi cinema. 82 was another good Year with Blade Runner and JC's The Thing which did it for me. Unfortunately, Today's Films fail to recapture the magic and originality of that decade as Hollywood is shiting out remakes and intelectual property based genres.(i.e. Comic Books and videogames.)

  • March 30, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Craven should have stopped @ the first Scream.

    by Stalkeye

    Which was good because it's the perfect unitentionally funny parody of slasher films. But of course, the studios got too fucking greedy and produced two lame ass sequels. and now there's a third one? Fucking Weinstiens.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Dogtooth mesmerizes

    by lagomorph

    It's that rare film that is captivating but also kind of terrible. Don't expect a point A to point B kind of movie. This is just a slice of very odd, very abusive scenes that never quite gel into a "narrative". The dance is the most memorable since Leatherface at the end of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

  • She was super hot when she was on this Canadian show called 'Catwalk' Had huge tits

  • March 30, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Soylent Green(again)

    by DrPepperPHD

    Can't believe I spoke of this movie & failed to mention the absolute hotness of Leigh Taylor-Young. I can't make up my mind if she's hotter here or in "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!":<p>

  • March 30, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST


    by eustisclay

    ...I think I prefer her in The Big Bounce(at least her nude scenes).

  • March 31, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    The Teen Wolf "Exposer" in 1080p

    by TheJudger

    I wonder if they digitally altered/edited it out. If not- Someone should screencap it, print it out on a huge poster or car decal and send it Jeff Mahler.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Oh someone already said

    by TheJudger

    My bad.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Ummm..Dogtooth is NOT disturbing.

    by knowthyself

    It's strange and weird. It's very static which adds to just how detached the movie is from the viewer but it's not disturbing or horrifying or hard to watch. Nothing close to being a horror movie.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Soylent Green not being remade because we are close to those times.

    by riskebiz

    ...I'm not saying that we all going to be eating a mystery food made up of dead humans, but society breaking down? I think we are knee deep on the way to a mixture of Soylent Green and Idiocracy and The Road. Feeling a bit Eeyore today....

  • March 31, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Harry just said that Assault on Precinct 13 the remake

    by Series7

    is a "do not miss" film. WOW I mean it was OK, but I'm pretty sure you can miss it and be ok in life. <P> I hope Carpenter knows how you feel Harold. OH well at least Ja Rule finally gets the ACTING respect he so rightfully deserve, he left a prominent rapping career to pursue his dream of acting only to be shunned. Now is the time for his return.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    John Huston's THE BIBLE

    by SeattleBuff

    Harry...Since you're reviewing all these Biblical epics...didn't FOX just release the BluRay of John Huston's THE BIBLE? I think it came out at the same time as 10 COMMANDMENTS. I'm curious how the FOX transfer of the Dimension 150/70mm film looks. Have you seen it?

  • April 1, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Scream helped sink the horror genre

    by fuckbrain

    prima facie- the lack of horror movies even made in the 90s after it became popular...other than some retarded knock-offs

  • April 1, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    riske---idiocracy definitely

    by fuckbrain

    I've witnessed things straight out of that movie in front of my eyes. then again, orwell wrote 1984 not as a prognostication, but as his reflection of the time he actually lived in

  • April 1, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    How does braindrain have a 3D tv and the Choppah doesn't?


    Something is seriously wrong in the universe.

  • April 1, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I guess Braindrain finally caved in, sold his celeb autographs

    by Stalkeye

    ..and with the proceeds/earnings, he bought himself a nice 42' 3D LED TV. That's more likely the case, than what he could afford based on his salary at Taco Bell. (0:'

  • April 1, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    The Wolverine

    by smokebudmonster

    I am also very pissed that Aronofsky isnt doing the super hero action movie with his friend Hugh Jackman, it basically would have been better then TDKR it really would have if you dont believe me then fuck you very much.

  • April 2, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    1982 was my year as well

    by Chris

    Officer and a Gentleman and the World According to Garp also came out. Worked as a movie theater usher in one of my first jobs. I remember bringing people to their seats using a flashlight. And it's still hard to forget Natasja Kinski tied to a bed at the end of Cat People

  • April 4, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, I think you mean Ms. Frisby...

    by DoleIn2012

    Not Brisby, as in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the book that the movie the Secret of NIMH was based on.

  • April 4, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Wow... when teen wolf is the high point.

    by holysin

    Wow, when teen wolf is the high point of a dvd release announcement you know there's jack all out there. Wake me when something good is out.

  • April 5, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    Technically, the company owning the trademark in frisbee is defending its trademark, not its copyright. The company want to stop competitors from using the term frisbee in ads and it would not be able to do that if the company owning the trademarks did not take pains to enforce the trademark.

  • April 5, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    OMEGA MAN MP3s...

    by JaguarWong

    Free, right here:

  • April 5, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Agree with soylentmean. Soylent Green has to be a cracker.

    by v3d

    Cause they were crackers in the film. Kellogg makes all sorts of variations on their Cheez-it snacks. They could just make a green version of the Big Cheez-it.

  • April 5, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the tip 'Drain, however I'm stuck with two LCDs

    by Stalkeye

    One 55' Toshiba regza and a 42' LG that has built in apps. So, it's much too late to purchase a 3D TV. (This what happens when you lose patience and blow your first paycheck from your new job on the 'must have' gadgets.) I'll give it a few years before getting one..that's if this 3D fad still catches on.

  • April 5, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Kellogg? you meant Sunshine makes Cheez its, right?

    by Stalkeye

    I love me some Cheez its. original and sometimes White Cheddar. Damn crackers are too addictive.

  • April 5, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I have no plans to watch black swan...

    by emeraldboy

    and have no plans to get it on dvd. I know of a number of people who simply will see this film. its just to dark and intense. nothing to do with the cast or director. just the story.

  • April 5, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    sullivan bluth and ireland now there is a story....

    by emeraldboy

    when secret of nimh came out in ireland it was a very big. it was the first animated film to be made in ireland. as was all dogs go to heaven and american tail. after sullivan bluth was wound up he went back to the us. came back to ireland to start american tale 2. which was completed in the uk. by amblin animation.

  • April 5, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    If you need a fad to dictate what you consume

    by kungfuhustler84

    you're a fucking tool

  • Lazy ass.

  • April 5, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    This is the first Tues DVD Harry has missed since rehab.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    He's been tweeting a bunch of cool stuff. He got a ton of Blu-rays and DVDs in the mail. He tweeted about how much he loves his bed. He's been attending triple features at the Alamo and eating giant turkey legs and enjoying all the delicious foods of Austin. He's been sleeping, eating and watching a huge pile of movies, but missed the DVD collumn? Holy shit! HE'S BACK! (heh, heh, heh)

  • April 6, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    NIMH is good but...

    by homer40

    It is no Plague Dogs. You want to have your insides ripped out, stomped on, wrapped around your throat, and pulled have to watch The Plague Dogs, which is the most depressing animated film ever made. The way that John Hurt keeps pawing at his open skull, the island they seek, well, just devastating. Nothing pretty here, no songs to lull you, just a horrifyingly dark tale of mistreated animals. You can watch it on Netflix streaming. I saw it in NYC when it first opened, and I don't think I ever saw an audience react that way before or since. Some just sat there with their mouths hanging open, some, me included, openly crying. We all just stood in the lobby for a few minutes, trying to get over it, and I never have.

  • April 6, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    R.I.P George Clooney

    by Daniel2010