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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 2nd wk of April 2011: BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS Blu? Peter Fonda Double Feature! THE INCREDIBLES, HARRY POTTER, TRACY & HEPBURN and More!!!

Published at: April 11, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s DVD Picks & Peeks – my preview and picks for the DVDs & BluRays that I’ve either checked out – or that I’m definitely picking up. As always the pictures and titles link to AMAZON, where if you wish to click you can learn more or purchase the item in question, which in turn gives a small portion of its purchase price to help support this column – and is very cool of you. Now – let’s get into the drama of this week’s column which begins with this very first title… Tuesday,

April 12th, 2011





BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS BluRay

I’ve ordered it. Though Amazon has no image & there are zero details… But if SHOUT really does have a BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS blu coming out tomorrow – and nobody nowhere has an image of it, and if it comes tomorrow – I’ll be the happiest boy in the world, who has barred his door from the interloping of one Senor Massawyrm and his hell bent drooling hardon with which he’d be attempting to beat down my front door demanding to sit and watch instantly… because this rather amazing film – is amongst his favorites – and he’s not insane for thinking like that. This is a low budget, 1980’s science fiction version of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – by way of Roger Corman, with James Cameron handling many of the effects – and scores of delirious fanboys that worship Sybil Danning forever. God I hope this is a real release! If SHOUT! does release it, it’ll have a ton of extras – like everything else they make.




DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY / RACE WITH THE DEVIL

Speaking of SHOUT! here’s a release that I do have and have seen… for a couple weeks now – and it is a goody! Wish like hell this were BluRay – but getting a miracle like that would just be too amazing. No, actually it wouldn’t… it’d just plum be awesome to have. Here’s a pair of great Peter Fonda starring films that came out in quick order after EASY RIDER changed the film biz.
DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY is a tremendous film. And a genuine shock success. It made 14 times it’s budget upon initial release – But for some reason, after 1974… it was kind of an underground thing. It never became a huge home video title, though it should have. It just sort of – disappeared from most minds. Then Quentin Tarantino played it at one of his QT fests – and like that, in the minds of an cool films of yesteryear blogging group of film geeks – DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY became super awesome. I’m one of those. Adam Roarke and Peter Fonda have a robbery in mind. Susan George crashes their scene. Then you got a huge chase that is simply amazing to watch. This film is a film that if you don’t know it – read nothing additional about it. Just buy it, because it is great – and you’ll have a great time watching it. There’s shit that happens in this film that just would never happen today. Key among those is Susan George, whom Peckinpah made us amazed by with STRAW DOGS – well – she’s just a miracle in this flick.
RACE WITH THE DEVIL is probably my personal pick for 70’s flick most needing of an amazing fucking remake. And I’m not talking a rinky dink one. I’m saying – get a great director, a cast at least as awesome as Peter Fonda and Warren Oates. I mean, they’re just fucking great. The film takes some awesome twists and turns – but is never quite as big and holy fuck as you’d want it to be, though it is all totally there in the story. They just couldn’t bring what they had in mind, to life. Prior to ROAD WARRIOR – RACE WITH THE DEVIL was the best highway assault upon a single large vehicle that I’d ever seen. ROAD WARRIOR is miles more exciting, but this still has enough WOW to keep me watching even though I’ve seen it about 9 times theatrically and on 16mm. And man… A remake made with the cinema ecstacy of ROAD WARRIOR & the full fury of our visual effects geniuses… Wow. I love this film, but it definitely hits to wall of its own budget. And like DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY – I can not recommend enough not reading anything additional about either film. Just pick it up. Do not read the box – or AMAZON – they have spoilers. Trust me on this – they’re both cinematic awesome!




THE INCREDIBLES BluRay

The single best superhero film ever. And it was never even a comic book. THE INCREDIBLES is pretty much every geek’s dream for a Pixar sequel – but we’re all unified in belieiving that it can only come from Brad Bird. When he’s ready to tell a story with these characters, we will get it. And hopefully the characters will all be at a different point in their lives. But man… THE INCREDIBLES is so damn great. Watching it on Blu Ray here at home was just amazing. Seriously. Just gorgeous. This is one of those films to watch, smile & hug with your toes! Watching the Pixar folks talking about the film – well, it just makes me smile. There’s a ton of great extras. Here’s some of em:
• The Incredibles Revisited: Filmmakers Roundtable 
• Paths to Pixar: Story Artists
• Studio Stories: Gary's Birthday
• Ending With a Bang!: Making the End Credits
• Interactive! "The New Nomanisan" Island: A Top Secret Redevelopment Plan
• Plus classic DVD features




HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 BluRay

Yeah, this is a huge arrival at Geek HQ – as Yoko and I are pretty addicted to Potter films. And watching this on Blu Ray tonight – well it just reinforced that I really do feel this is, beyond any doubt in my mind, my very favorite of the Harry Potter films. I know now why as well. It leaves Hogwarts behind, and takes our three heroes into a world of magic, politics and deadly serious affairs. I like how the kids are at wits’ end with what they are to do. They’re still kids. I mean, essentially straight out of High School & the fate of the world is in their hands… and at best, they have incomplete… to just flat out incompetent instructions regarding… oh yeah, how the fuck to kill Voldemort – who, by the way, is kicking Potter’s ass right about now. I mean, seriously. Holy fuck has Voldemort got Ace of Spades. It is about all they can do, to just escape this film with their lives. It is grim, but I have faith that JK Rowling is not an evil head fucker of an Arnofskian proportion. BUT – I can’t even imagine Harry Potter getting his rotten ass out of the sling that it is in. One of the deleted scenes actually made me tear up it was so good. But I totally see why it was cut. Great extra though. Here’s what you get:
Maximum Movie Mode
The seven Harrys
On the green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver, and James
Dan, Rupert, and Emma's running competition
Additional scenes
Behind the soundtrack




CARS BluRay

This is the PIXAR film that I am absolutely immune to, thus far. One, whose charms absolutely do not touch me one bit. This is a money grab release. Believe me, when CARS 2 hits on Blu Ray next year – there will be a great rerelease and a box set of both that’ll be worth the wait, and that’s if you don’t already have this on BluRay – which many of you probably do. So I’d say pass on this release.




TRACY & HEPBURN The Definitive Collection: WOMAN OF THE YEAR – WITHOUT LOVE – STATE OF THE UNION – ADAM’S RIB – PAT AND MIKE – DESK SET – GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

You probably don’t need me to tell you how great the output of Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn was when they starred together in these 7 films. But if you do – if you don’t know how fucking amazing these two are? If you don’t realize that the characters they play over the 25 years it took to create this particularly amazing body of work… that those characters are essentially a guide into being a perfectly happy couple for your entire life. I love Spencer Tracy so much – and Katharine Hepburn, who should bother me… doesn’t – and it’s because I love her so. She’s just an amazing LADY. All caps, four-letter-word, LADY! She’s just a woman that makes you laugh and makes you furious. You will be in awe, and think at moments how horrible it would be to be stuck with her. But she’s just amazing. One of the great LADYs of all time. Spencer Tracy? My god what a man! Integrity. Stubborn. Charismatic. Just a great man. They live through multiple genres – but in an odd way – it tells you alternate world stories of the true love that Tracy and Hepburn had for each other. These films represent their relationship which is one of the most romantic relationships ever. And you can see that fire between them in every film. A truly great set. Amazon has it at a little more than $6 a title. Check them out!




LE CERCLE ROUGE Criterion Blu

A great film! Jean-Pierre Melville is back with Alain Delon in his trench coat smoothy best. Alain Delon is simply one of the most beautiful men to have ever been sculpted of clay and breathed life on screen by French Gods of Cinema. A more action packed and complicated film than LE SAMORAI – but I like the stillness of that film more. That said, I’d kill to go to Santi’s. Criterion has a beautiful transfer here – rich colors, beautiful blacks. Which for a film as stylistically pretty as this in places – you’ve simply got to have. Here’s the Supplimental Materials upon the Blu:
Restored, complete, uncut version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Excerpts from Cinéastes de notre temps: “Jean-Pierre Melville”
Video interviews with assistant director Bernard Stora and Rui Nogueria, the author of Melville on Melville
Thirty minutes of rare on-set and archival footage, featuring interviews with director Jean-Pierre Melville and stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, and André Bourvil
Original theatrical trailer and 2003 Rialto Pictures rerelease trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Michael Sragow and Chris Fujiwara, excerpts from Melville on Melville, a reprinted interview with composer Eric Demarsan, and an appreciation from director John Woo




WHITE MATERIAL Criterion Blu

How often do you get to buy Christopher Lambert on a Criterion Blu? 2 years ago, Claire Denis made a film that absolutely fits with the quality and excellence that we’ve come to expect from Criterion. This is a film in Africa in the midst of a Civil War – the center, stunning performance is Isabelle Huppert, who is going absolute batnuts insane – and you know you have a fun film, when the sanest character is played by Christopher Lambert! Seriously – check this out – it might have you rethinking things a bit. Criterion’s batch of extras consist of:
New digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Claire Denis and cinematographer Yves Cape, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
New interviews with Denis and actors Isabelle Huppert and Isaach de Bankolé
Short documentary by Denis on the film’s premiere at the Écrans Noirs Film Festival 2010 in Cameroon
Deleted scene
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film writer Amy Taubin




HIGHWATER BluRay

I love Surfing documentaries. The photography is truly just eye candy – but when you add real life drama and by every instinct in my body – INSANITY – well, it makes for a very necessary Blu! I love STEP INTO LIQUID and DUST TO GLORY, but for me – this may very well be Dana Brown’s best work.




H.R. PUFNSTUF: Complete Series

Have young kids. Tired of THOMAS THE TRAIN ENGINE and his like? Go for the original Acid Childhood with The World Of Sid & Marty Krofft and their most bizarre creation: H.R. PUFNSTUF. Watching this and playing with my Bobble-headed H.R. – well, I’ve decided that I really do need a Magic Flute! I mean, for Pufnstuf!




FAREWELL BluRay

Love real life spy stories? This is a spy thriller set in the midst of the Reagan period of the Cold War. This is just a fucking great movie. Other than Dafoe – you most likely won’t know anybody else – but that’s kind of why we love Willem Dafoe – he brings us to movies we wouldn’t otherwise find. Great flick!




THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY (IL DIO CHIAMATO DORIAN)

Here Dorian Gray has been transplanted into the swinging London of the Sixties – as a way of boning up for the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – I simply insist everyone check out THE SECRET OF DORIAN GRAY. Helmut Berger plays the titular character – and the fantastic Herbert Lom as Henry Wotton is, in my opinion, my favorite Henry Wotton. And the ladies… shit – they’re hot as hell. This flick is great risqué material. Love it.




BEHIND THE BURLY Q

Directed by Leslie Zemeckis – the wife of Robert Zemeckis and professional Burlesque performer, as well as being a writer & a producer on a number of projects. But this documentary – which takes a look on the Burlesque business of the classic era – interviews the ladies and really tells ya what it was like is… frankly fascinating. I really dig the hell out of this doc, but then I’m a total perv with a respect for the Perv-Arts and their history. Learn yourself some goodness! Such a great doc.




HEARTLESS

This is a creepy fucking movie! When I saw the trailers for this – I was intrigued, mainly because I love Jim Sturgess – and Yoko totally crushes on him – I had no idea what a dark pit of awesome I was getting myself into. All I can say is this – Man, never ever steal Satan’s lil girl. What the fuck! I mean, I know technically he isn’t Satan, but let’s get real – he totally is. I love takes on the Faust legend, and this one is pretty awesomely fucked up. You would not want to be in Sturgess’ place. Seriously. This would be major suckage. That said, it’s a pretty great little film.




DEVOTION

So – how would you like to see a classic Warner Brothers film starring Olivia DeHavilland and Ida Lupino as Emily & Charlotte Brontë - Yes, those Brontë Sisters. The you add to that CASABLANCA buddies like Paul Henreid and Sydney Greenstreet… well, you should know that I’ve never found a bad Olivia DeHavilland film – and that tradition comes to life. This is studio melodrama – but I’ve always loved those quirky and dark Brontë sisters’ JANE EYRE and WUTHERING HEIGHTS – and I loved watching this classic Hollywood biopic about them. Excellent work.




RICKY

If you’ve seen Francois Ozon’s SWIMMING POOL or UNDER THE SAND – this is pretty much a must. For those unfamiliar with Ozon, I’d suggest starting with SWIMMING POOL to get your mind wet, then that RICKY out for a stroll. You shouldn’t read much of anything about what makes RICKY – that adorably freakishly cute baby on the DVD cover so special – and it is more than those cheeks, I guarantee. I love Ozon.




DAMNATION ALLEY

You see that cover? That’s why DAMNATION ALLEY needs to be revisited. Something that sears like this cover is what I’ve always wanted from the film… and I love DAMNATION ALLEY. I mean – you could even use most of the original cast – I mean. Seriously, bring back Jan-Michael Vincent, Liam Neeson, Paul Winfield and Jackie Earle Haley. Ok, ok, Liam Neeson wasn’t in this, but George Peppard was – and we all know Liam has George in his quill of possibilities. Revisiting Roger Zelazny’s novel would be the first stop. I’d have Michael Giacchino riff on Jerry Goldsmith – and man – DAMNATION ALLEY could be so cool. Alas – I doubt seriously there’s enough cult support to rebirth this fucker – that’s why you need to see DAMNATION ALLEY – of course before that happens, I’d rather see someone take on Zelazny’s AMBER series. Right?

Next week, I’ll take one last look at THE KING’S SPEECH, SOMEWHERE and RABBIT HOLE, along with MORTAL KOMBAT Blu, IP MAN 2 Blu, THE WAY BACK Blu, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS blu, Kazuaki Kiriya’s GOEMON Blu, THE ERNIE KOVACS Collection, CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS, KES Criterion Blu, SHORT CIRCUIT 2 Blu, THE LAST LEGION, TOKYO GORE POLICE Blu, BORN TO RAISE HELL, ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST Blu, LONE RANGER, SWEETIE Blu, MONAMOUR Blu, SPACE KIDETTES / YOUNG SAMSON, GAUMONT TREASURES V.2 1908-1916, SEXTETTE, TO PARIS WITH LOVE, SALON MASSAGE and more…

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  • April 11, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's my DVD Column for the week - something special for Massawyrm!

  • April 11, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    DAMANTION ALLEY!!!

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    giant scorpions?

  • April 11, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Still no Evangelion 2.22?

    by StarWarsRedux

    You can [not] be serious.

  • April 11, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    battle beyond the stars now has cover art on amazon

    by TheDark0Knight

    that was fast lol

  • April 11, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    You CARS haters are going to eat your words in a few months.

    by Bungion Boy

    The first CARS isn't my favorite Pixar film, but it's not my least favorite. And with Pixar's reputation for challenging and trying to top themselves, I fully believe that CARS 2 is going to surprise everyone and be irresistible.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Is Burly-Q Mo-Cap?

    by GrendelGrendelGrendel

    I sure hope not.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Battle of the Warriors

    by Pallando

    A few weeks back, Harry recommended this one because of the excellent "sword play." So, I bought the BD sight unseen. Decent movie, but I bought it to see some badass sword fights . . . of which there were none. Rental worthy for sure, but not one to watch over and over. Oh well, what's they saying? Fool me once, shame on you. . . .

  • April 11, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Bunion-remember, this is aicn, where the consensus is:

    by Kamaji

    1) Disney is evilly manipulating John Lasseter to make Cars 2 out of moneymaking greed. However, I've been drinking John's kool-aid for years, and believe him wanting to show a world beyond just the US and of other Car-Cultures. I still hate how a lot of people talk about Cars as if it was so easy to make, when if you check the documentaries and making-of books, they really did their homework. Though I'd love to sock that stupid little sob on imdb who keeps insisting that Disney will force more Toy Story movies out of Pixar. His theory is that Disney just won't let a series that had a third film make over a billion dollars simply go out on a high note. And on a final note, I can live fine knowing that the Incredibles is a stand-alone film. Brad has plenty of new frontiers to conquer...like getting his film about the 1906 SF earthquake off the ground.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I'm predicting just the opposite...

    by Simpsonian

    CARS 2 will be one of the least favorably reviewed Pixar films to date. I will be happy if I'm wrong and it turns out great, but I don't have a good feeling about this one...

  • April 11, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Don't understand the Cars hate.

    by elsachmo

    It's not #1 on my list, but it's still one of Pixar's best. The Incredibles may be their greatest achievement though.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Regarding Cars

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    I don't like Cars because I just can't buy into the universe it exists in, it makes no sense to me. Why are there houses? Why are there hotels? Planes? What happened to the humans? I don't get it, seriously it's just creepy and messed up.

  • April 11, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    There's no HATE for "Cars"

    by Toe Jam

    It just falls far short of the heights reached by most other Pixar films. It still is better than 99.9% of other movies, and there are at least two other Pixar films, the massively overrated "Wall-E" and the generally shat-upon "A Bug's Life" -- both of which are still VERY GOOD -- that are can easily be considered "worse."

  • April 12, 2011, 12:01 a.m. CST

    "battle beyond the stars" dvd july 12...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... according to amazon - both formats always release on the same date - weird that the bluray is listed as coming out on april 12 - i bought the old new concorde dvd of "battle beyond the stars" used for $35 a few years ago - great movie - best star wars knock off next to "message from space" in my opinion

  • April 12, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    mmmmm....Susan George

    by MagicJesus

    as a kid I would give her 48 wps ( whacks per second) whilst watching this movie.

  • So much for "you are [not] alone"...

  • April 12, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Which deleted scene made you tear up?

  • April 12, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley

    by macheesmo3

    is one of those total film geek experiences from my childhood. Saw it like on TBS or uSA or sumthing at like 11 am on a saturday when I was 10-12 and just could not believe the awesomeness... Sure it hasn't aged well effects wise, but the concept has so much potential for awesome. THIS is the kind of film you remake

  • April 12, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Box_bruce

    by BERSERKR

    Hi it on he nose about cars, maybe if there was a human element it would have been better.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    I wasn't fussed on Cars on it's initial release

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    but through multiple viewings with children I think it is a quite beautiful film. Pixar always deliver.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Zelazny was embarrassed by the DA film. But that shouldn't

    by Dennis_Moore

    stop you from enjoying some cheese. Oh, and NO, you DO NOT want to see someone take on the Amber Chronicles. SyFy owns the rights.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    HR Pufnstuf

    by alan_poon

    I'll buy that for a dollar.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    FIDDLER and BIBLE and DEVOTION

    by SeattleBuff

    Harry, just wondering if you've had a chance to see the BluRays of Huston's THE BIBLE and Norman Jewisons FIDDLER ON THE ROOF...both came out this past week. also, please comment on these WB classics that the studios doesn't see fit to give a normal DVD release but put them out on DVD-R...parsing them out a few at a time. even some great titles are stuck in this category; THE BEST MAN, THE CITADEL, THE HUMAN COMEDY, etc.etc.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    R.I.P George Clooney

    by Daniel2010

    1961-2011 I like masturbating.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLES, definitely.

    by justmyluck

    I'm doubtful BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS can be properly restored for Hi-Def, but Shout Factory does great extras, so that's another one on the list (whenever it shows).

  • April 12, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Superman The Movie

    by kwisatzhaderach

    is the greatest comic book movie ever. Not The Incredibles. Try and get the facts right Harry.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? Season One

    by Uncle Stan

    Harry, Harry, Harry. You include UNcool crap like Cars, but you leave out the best written sitcom in television history? Shame on you, redman.

  • April 12, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    "Have young kids."

    by Dollar Bird

    Odd to start a review with a command like that.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Heartless / Damnation Alley / BBtS / Race with the Devil

    by BangoSkank

    Heartless is available on Netflix instant-view, I haven't watched it yet, but it's there for those interested... Damnation Alley was a fav of mine as a kid. Caught it again a few years ago, knowing it wouldn't age well... It didn't, but I still enjoyed the shit out of revisiting it. I must have watched Battle Beyond the Stars at some point, but can't remember a thing about it, so maybe I missed it after all. I had an open pass as a kid at the local M&P video shop... I watched so much shit that I shouldn't have, including almost everything Corman was putting out at the time. Race W/ the Devil was another fav as a kid, it doesn't hold up great, but does hold up better than some. I wouldn't mind a remake so long as it was done well (unlike 95% of the ones we usually get).

  • April 12, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Re: Evangelion 2.22...STARWARSREDUX

    by Nerdboy1423

    You hopefully know that the DVD/blu is out already, right? Umm go pick it up on your own, who cares if Harry doesn't write about it, this is just a medical insurance payment for him.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    another plus for BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS?

    by Six Demon Bag

    about the fucking score by james horner?!?!? like it or not, it is ground zero for some kickass hornerisms. its the reason we are blessed with the KHAN score we love and idolize today.

  • April 12, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Michael J. Fox

    by Daniel2010

  • April 12, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley

    by Mr Lucas

    Never heard of the film before, I may check it out. If it ever gets remade, I'll only see it if it uses the Hawkwind song from the Quark, Strangeness and Charm album.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Lidsville

    by tightsofsteel

    blew the fuck out of HR Puffenstuff. It is the most drug-induced thing ever created for kids....I mean, Charles Nelson Riley in an LSD trip---c'mon!

  • April 12, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley van

    by lynchmob17

    Never saw DA, but for years the van from it was parked on the side of the freeway near the Universal Studios exit. Not sure if it's still there since I don't go near that shithole (L.A.) if I can help it.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Here's why we should all embrace Cars:

    by SifoDyasJr

    The original is actually one of Pixar's under-performers at the box office, but has made at least $2 Billion (with a 'B') in merchandising sales. While I agree that it's the least of the Pixar films, it's not a terrible movie by any stretch. And it bankrolls huge leaps of faith like Ratatouille, Wall-e, and Up. If releasing a movie like Cars every so often gives Pixar the financial freedom to make crazy art the rest of the time, then more power to them. And the Toy Story films should have taught us by now never to underestimate the ability of Pixar to make a damn good sequel.

  • April 12, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy...Enough!!

    by Mandolorian

    I bought a damn Blu-Ray player!! I don't want a DVD and I don't want to watch a movie on an Ipod!

  • April 12, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Puffnstuff AND Damnation Alley

    by homer40

    What a week. I am old enough to have watched Puffnstuff on Saturday mornings during its initial run. All the great Krofft stuff, Sigmund and the Sea Monster, Land of the Lost, all such great stuff, but Puffnstuff was special. I remember being totally immersed in this show, and when I showed some of the Krofft stuff to my kids when they were around 9 they just ate it up. And what can you say about Damnation Alley. I must have watched it 20 times on HBO back in the day and it was definitely a personal favorite. Can't wait to see it again.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    RE: Damnation Alley Van

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    I lived in LA in 1990 and I too remember seeing the Damnation Alley vehicle on the side of the freeway. That van actually was used in many tv shows after DA, including an appearance on Chris Elliot's 'Get a Life' as Paper Boy 2000.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    They just remade Racing with the Devil

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    it's called Drive Angry 3D.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley - 100% pure Velveeta

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I remember the studio spent extra cash for special effects since this came out about half a year after Star Wars.. And the big special effect?? Polarizing sky effect.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Boy those Harry Potter extras sure seem... extensive

    by D.Vader

    What a rotten waste.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Does anyone remember a Saturday morning show based on Damnation Alley?

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    which used the same vehicle. I think it was part of the Isis/Shazam Hour of Power!

  • April 12, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Battle and Damnation!

    by Stryder

    Got the New Concorde release of Battle Beyond the Stars on DVD, but I would TOTALLY upgrade for this. Mom took me to see it in a dollar theatre when I was a kid and it became one of those childhood-defining films. Lots of aliens, weird looking spaceships, and a classic story. Damnation Alley is a treat too, but having read the book first, the trucks in the movie were never as cool as how I imagined them. Still a fun watch, though.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    What is going on with the Krofft properties?

    by gruntybear

    I know the brothers were sorely disappointed that the big-screen adaptation of "Land of the Lost" went tits-up. Is this reissue of H.R. Pufnstuff the tail-end of what would have been a resurgence in Krofft properties? I noticed that series sets for both Lidsville and The Bugaloos are now out of print. Will they be reissued in the same manner as H.R. Pufnstuff? Anyone know?

  • April 12, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    BBTS does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I'll be buying this one faster than you can set your spaceship to ramming speed... "LazooooLAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!"

  • April 12, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    ARK II

    by djangoilbastardo

    Was the DAMNATION ALLEY-like saturday morning show, that_said_the_choppah.

  • April 12, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Yep, that's it! Thanks, django

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

  • April 12, 2011, 10:16 a.m. CST

    The Incredibles is Ayn Rand propaganda!

    by HoboCode

    Don't get brainwashed by its hateful rhetoric.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    The Incredibles could use a sequel

    by Turingtestee

    I love that jazzy score in 5/4.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Isn't that true of Brad Birds stuff in general?

    by Turingtestee

  • April 12, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley...

    by Hipshot

    Was the first time my issues with race in film crystallized. Saw it on Hollywood boulevard when it came out, with a white friend. George Peppard, Jan-Micheal Vincent, and Paul Winfield traveling across a wasteland in an atomic Winnebago. Then, out the ashes of Salt Lake City, or Vegas or wherever it was, came (as far as we know) the Last Woman In The World. I turned to my friend and said: "oh, my God. They're going to kill Paul Winfield." He said, "Why would you think that?" I said, "well, they're not going to pretend he's not interested, and they're not going to let him compete for her. The only answer is to kill him." My friend looked at me pityingly and said "you're just too cynical, Steve. Everything isn't racial." Five minutes later, Winfield got eaten by giant cockroaches. Case closed.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Amazed that nobody has mentioned how the BBTS ship...

    by zacdilone

    ...had tits. Big tits. With nipples.

  • April 12, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Harry, stop asking for remakes!

    by Beezbo

    This column is great for pointing out films that we should see or buy but lately you have been suggesting that every cool, lesser-known movie be remade. I can think of maybe three or four remakes that have been worthwhile in the last 30 years. Do you really want a PG-13 "Racing with the Devil" or "Damnation Alley" with super-bland actors/Abercrombie models like Matt Damon or Channing Tatum in 3D, complete with product placement, one (and only one) "f" word and crappy CGI. Why are you asking for this?

  • April 12, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon is an Abercrombie model?

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    L.L. Bean, maybe!

  • April 12, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    "John-Boy In Outer Space" and "National Lampoon's Apocalyptic Vacation"...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...AKA, "Battle Beyond The Stars" and "Damnation Alley," two George Peppard classix. Fuck, yes.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Battle Beyond The Stars!!!

    by THX1968

    Holy Moley, this is a must buy for me! I saw it three times in the theatre. First time because it was obviously jumping on the "Star Wars" bandwagon, and I was a young "Star Wars' freak. I went back the last two times for Sybil Danning's immaculate, sweaty tits. I would have gone back again and again, but the flick didn't have the, uhm, staying power that "Star Wars" did (and there was about 4200 less theatre screens in the USA at the time). A definite must buy for me. The FX are very well done too, but those tits. Oh those tits! Gotta love Corman. He likes tits too. Yet these just ain't any tits. These are Sybil Danning's tits. In a "Star Wars" rip-off no less. It really doesn't get much better than that. Did I mention Sybil Danning's tits? Probably not enough, because they're totally awesome. Tits.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Nerdboy, that's not the damn point

    by StarWarsRedux

    Anime in general is criminally underrepresented on AICN. Yeah, there's the occasional column that lumps all the recent releases together, but no real mention of it in the main features (unless it's about the all-gajin live-action version of "Akira" or another Miyazaki lovefest). Something like "Evangelion" is the sort of release that's absolutely front and center for anime fans, but to everyone else it might as well be just another obscurity. It deserves to be given the same highlight that "Battle Beyond the Stars" does, at any rate.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    by_that_said_the_choppah

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The Saturday morning show you're refering to is called "ARK II" (don't know what happened to "Ark I"?), but I don't think it was related to "Damnation Alley". It did have an armored van that looked exactly the same and may have actually been the same vehicle. It's on DVD. In fact, Half Priced Books has been selling a DVD set with "Ark II", "Jason of Star Command" and "Space Academy" for really cheap for a while now. It was put by BCI, who I think went out of business.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Cars 2

    by Lando Griffin

    while the original isn't terrible (its grown on me a bit over time, but still not one of my faves) part 2 is a fun action/adventure movie. Still not going to rank up there with the Incredibles, Wall-E, Toy Story trilogy as Pixars best but its still an improvement. (Saw an unfinished cut back in December, audience loved it, sent a review in but Harry & Co didn't run it, I assume to stay in Disney/Pixars good graces)

  • April 12, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Hug with your toes?

    by Lando Griffin

    whenever I think harry's descriptions couldn't sound more like a 12 year old girls he proves me wrong

  • April 12, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Netflix is failing us....

    by Circean6

    Netflix is hitting the wall I guess & not picking up half of this stuff...

  • April 12, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I am in agreement with you, thx1968

    by Astronut

    Yeah, my parents took me to see BBTS as well. I was like 15 maybe? All I could think of whenever I saw Sybil Danning was "omfg I think I found my special purpose..." You have to love how she piloted her ship... lying on her back, with her ginormous ta-tas heaved together, barely hanging on, just fighting to withstand snapping her space bra. So great. The film is such a bizarre mix. On one hand it is just crap. On the other hand there are so many amazing things to see and make fun of, it is awesome.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Thanx, austinate, apparently it is not the same vehicle

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    but I always thought it was too. Obviously, heavily influenced/stolen from Damnation Alley.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Yeah, to this day I am puzzled why the "boob ship" in BBTS...

    by Astronut

    ... is not Sybil Danning's ship. It would have made sense. But the boob ship was the one piloted by John Boy. Weird.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry....

    by BangoSkank

    I had to go on Youtube to confirm that I'd seen BBtS (I have)... and ended up wasting the last three hours checking out all the other old flicks I'd forgotten about. And I was going to get shit done today.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Maximum movie mode deathly hallows whoa

    by drunkenmonkey73

    Oh and Harry won't be long till you read the books. if I remember correctly, you ain't read them.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Short Circuit 2 in Blu next week!

    by Aaronthenia

    Fisher Stevens singin karaoke with an Indian accent in 7.1! We get Short Circuit 2 in Blu Ray but no Pulp Fiction.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Sorry to Say, but Paul Winfield is Dead as Well...

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    No, not a new and morbid talkbacker tradition, but he died in 2004. Didn't know he was gay either, but there you have it... That said, bring back Jan-Michael Vincent and Jackie Earle Haley! Damnation Alley was a fun slice of 70's cheese. I remember the ads for it, and it was the first time I'd heard a movie named for a swear word.

  • April 12, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Childs level

    by rayvin_

    Harry, please, learn the proper use of punctuation...it makes it so much more interesting for the reader! Writing. A one. Word. Sentence. Looks. Like. Shit!!! Also, if you didn't know, Cars has been on bluray for about, oh, 4 years now. All this is a repackaging and a dvd. Really not worth the time or effort. Hope no one with the original gets fooled by this.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Battle Beyond the Stars cover.

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    I wish all dvd/blu-ray releases would keep the awesome poster art like this...one of my favorites even though it LIED to me as a kid. Exiting the theater I was bummed there was no reptile looking alien with a laser rifle. Corman (for me) is the only one that could get away with that. Oh, and the collective cats are shown as a two-headed alien. Gotta love it.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    shropshire_slasher - there was a reptile alien! Had to check wiki but his name was 'Cayman' and he was the guy who did the epic 'LAZOOOOOOLAAAAYYY!' kamikaze attack.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    THOMAS THE TRAIN ENGINE??

    by connor187

    Surely you mean Thomas the TANK engine no?.............I am aware your names not Shirley by the way.

  • April 12, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight is the best comic bokk film of all time.

    by ignard

  • April 12, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    comic book

    by ignard

  • April 12, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    ignard

    by connor187

    Agreed!

  • April 12, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    hobocode

    by jimmy_009

    Yeah, we're all equally great! Oh wait, no we aren't. Some people -are- actually better human beings, athletes, business people, students...

  • April 12, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Cobra

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    You are right, my error. I was referring to the one on the bottom far left...I meant to say insect instead of reptile.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009

    by HoboCode

    Yeah and that has nothing to do with environmental factors at all, right? Everybody definitely is on equal footing out of the gate in this country. No one is ever born to assholes, poor people, or nutjobs that might hinder their growth. OK.

  • April 12, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    slasher, dagnammit you're right - and I thought you'd had too much barley wine. Giant insect guy on bottom left! Maybe he's in a deleted scene? Forget KING KONG and the stupid bug pit or THE EXORCIST spider walk - we demand a full restoration of BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS with Giant insect guy reinstated! GOD WILLS IT!!

  • April 12, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Greatest superhero movie = Rocketeer

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Followed by Superman the movie.

  • April 12, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    harry....

    by billyhitchcock1

    ....can we ban these fake RIP posters. it's really pissing me off. the michael j fox ones are a step to far.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:15 p.m. CST

    HARRY'S LYING ABOUT LOVING SURFING DOCUMENTARIES!!! FACT!!!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • April 12, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    At least DAMNATION ALLEY!

    by Gorgomel

    've been waiting for this for years! I hope some bonus features are included like the deleted scene where George Peppard threatens Jan Michael Vincent with a loaded gun.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I just realized "Road to Perdition"

    by ufoclub1977

    is a comic book movie. Oh excuse me, graphic novel.

  • April 12, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    "There are killer cockroaches! REPEAT-KILLER COCKROACHES!

    by Randy_of_AFTimes

    I see I'm not the only one with some love for the Landmaster (by far the best thing in the movie). It's been gone from the side of the 101 for many years now. Saw it during release in the Fall of 77 and it was just as bad then. I'm not a fan of remakes either, but they happen and have happened for many decades. I follow the words of John Huston: "On remakes: "There is a willful lemming-like persistence in remaking past successes time after time. They can't make them as good as they are in our memories, but they go on doing them and each time it's a disaster. Why don't we remake some of our bad pictures - I'd love another shot at 'Roots of Heaven' - and make them good?" DAMNATION ALLEY might be a good start...

  • April 12, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Zelazny's AMBER

    by Shubniggorath

    Amber is my second favorite series, besides Dune, and as such there's really no one in Hollywood I would trust with the material, that would have a realistic chance of taking it on. I dunno maybe we could get Pete Jackson to stay pigeon-holed in genre for just one more series? I think this is one case where the movie in my head is enough for me.

  • the screenplay is very coded. the incredibles are the united states of america. the main theme of the film is if you strip back all the superhero stuff is america is diverse and each american has individual strenghts. but when america gets attacked it will retaliate and it will pull together and fight back with the help of other people. the incredibles was disney's 9/11 movie.

  • April 12, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    mr lucas

    by Baryonyx

    That'd be fucking great: a cool, new Damnation Alley movie featuring the Hawkwind track of the same name!

  • April 12, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Thomas the train engine? Thomas the fucking TRAIN engine!?!?

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Blasphemer!!!

  • April 12, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Incredibles is great

    by rayvin_

    But so is Spiderman 2, Dark Knight, Sin City, Unbreakable, Superman The Movie, all of which can be placed on the mantle of "greatest comic book movie".

  • last I saw it was on an episode of "get a life"

  • April 12, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    hobocode... Ark II

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    not really a sequel - its heroes used a very similar vehicle

  • April 12, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    hobocode... the incredibles are not randian

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    while ill acknowledge mr incredible didnt like being seen as ordinary and didnt want his son to hold back in order to fit in - they were all about helping the little guy - the general public which had no powers - randians see the little guy as the problem - to them the less fortunate or needy are just shit outta luck - randians arent concerned with helping the needy - that would hold them back from being all they can be - paul ryan is a randian - his desire to disembowel all social programs and safety nets are textbook rand

  • April 12, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    a remake of race with the devil would suck

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    it would have a tweeny cast of tv stars, bad cgi and a pg13 rating

  • April 12, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    "unbreakable" is the best "comic book" movie

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    it was actually about comic books and a real super hero (and super villain) in the real world

  • April 12, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    I just don't get the latest Harry Potter

    by Smack_Teddy

    like i said before: "Everything has to be black and white with you doesn't it: 'I love you...fuck off!' There are shades of gray!" "Yeah i know, I'm looking at 15 of them right now!" And i really dug the last two alone because of David Yates direction. Oh well, maybe the next will be the truly amazing epic with a shit-kickingly awesome script elevating the material to all new levels the last two appeared to be building it up to pull off. Those Criteron releases look rather darn sweet though, that's for sure. Also, Evangelion is awesome, Mattmans right your an idiot.

  • April 12, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    "Incredibles", neither Rand-ian nor 9/11 allegory

    by DiscoGodfather

    This isn't news to anyone who pays attention, but it actually plays like a somewhat loose adaptation of "Watchmen". The characters are so damn near spot on Alan Moore should have gotten a story credit. However, sadly, there is no "Incredibles" equivalent to Rorschach.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Mattman, thanks for the Eva love

    by StarWarsRedux

    NGE is pretty much one of the most taken-for-granted anime classics out there. It needs a rediscovery.

  • April 12, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLES is by far the best Pixar and best superhero movie

    by BobParr

  • April 12, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    THE INCREDIBLES HAS BEEN MY FAV SUPER HERO MOVIE SO FAR BY FAR.

    by uberman

    I think they really need to do a FANTASTIC FOUR movie and have Spielberg or Lucas or Cameron direct. They seem to be the only ones that come to mind that could do a comic movie right.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    exactly mattman

    by Smack_Teddy

    My basics thoughts are that: Order introduced that stunning kineticism and framing and luscious cinematography to the camera work and editing towards the end, particularly with the sequence where Dumbledore squares of in the ministery... its probably the most solid script in terms of content and structure too... and then Half Blood Prince cooled things down nicely with more absolutely gorgeously lush cinematography again, and even more brilliant set design and atmosphere... but with a more considered, brooding, sombre yet still epic & strong pace with great subtle or slight of hand character actor work from the adults (contrasted with cool scenery chewing stuff from Bellatrix etc) that made it constantly engaging... it still had major script issues though particularly with a slightly fractured and wishy-washy structure... and then Deathly Hallows just felt like an utter empty semi-pretentious misfiring drylord fest... i seriously felt the urge to commit the ultimate sin of movie viewing at several points throughout: just skip whole chunks out of fear of dropping dead or bleeding out my eyes and ears from boredom/serious depression... I yelled at it a few times as well, stuff like "YES!... Fucking... YES! Harmonies pissed with you cos she really loves you deep down, we fucking get it!... oh GOD more sobre ramblings through the forest or the planes by Private school kids suddenely tossed into the reality that is middle-england in a political-economic crisis followed by...oh Christ! here we go again!..." How Kids will engage with this but not anything from thr Battlestar Galactica miniseries or Carnivale in its pace, (at least by my hand/suggestion) to any number of great oldie flicks, i can only presume has to do with the subject matter and in context everything its built up before to this point.. I really am genuinely behind the series and the director though; hope they knock it out the park for Pt 2.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    I love The Incredibles.

    by disfigurehead

    Cars is over rated trash

  • April 13, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Seriously, dude, WTF??!!

    by Raggles Wimpole

    "Hell bent drooling hardon? Hug with your toes?" What does that even mean? Who writes shit like that?

  • April 13, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Seriously, dude, WTF??!!

    by Raggles Wimpole

    "Hell bent drooling hardon? Hug with your toes?" What does that even mean? Who writes shit like that?

  • April 13, 2011, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Ooooh, I hope some of these arrive in the UK soon!!

    by david starling

    Battle Beyond the Stars was endlessly repeated on ITV here in the '80's, its a classic reworking of the Magnificent Seven, but in space!! George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, John Boy from the Wlatons, that Valkyrie fox (who I believe would just be as foxy, later, in V?) and a truckload of FX and good action. One of those films I have to own!! I love Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry too!! I remember seeing it on BBC1 in the early '80's (one of their late movies on a Monday night, after the 9 O'Clock news - they also showed that freaky movie about the woman who could morph into a black widow spider - does anyone remember that?!!), a great film, and the first time I was shocked by the end to a film - it just ends abruptly, like, THAT. !! When these arrive, I'm going to have to bakrupt myself LOL!!

  • April 13, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I don't know much, but three things I do know

    by Astronut

    1) The Incredibles is the greatest superhero film ever made 2) TDK is the greatest superhero film ever made with actual people in it 3) Battle Beyond the Stars is an awesome trainwreck That is all.

  • April 13, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    You're alright astronut

    by Righteous Brother

    I'd agree with you on those three points.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Riding Giants..

    by Righteous Brother

    my favorite surfing documentary.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Thanks, righteousbrother

    by Astronut

    You are righteous. What's your take on Superman The Movie? The Hidden? (which I would also like to see released on Blu-Ray) Alien? Just trying to compare notes.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Re :mandolorian

    by Real Deal

    Hey! I cought a BluRay player also. However many of my friends didn't so having a DVD copy makes it possible for me to take it over to show them the movie or loan it to them. Also I only have one BD player so this means I can play the movie in my bedroom as well. Produce more of those combo packs please!

  • April 13, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Daniel2010

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    1995 - 2011. Somebody please ban this moron.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Amber Is The Best Fantasy/Scifi Series

    by Real Deal

    I've often thought " With FXs they have now they could do this! ". Amber was one of my favorite series of books. Totally original. I remember picking up a copy of " Nine Princes in Amber " back in the early 70's with no mention of it being a series. I got to the end of the book where the hero is blind and in prison and I said to my self " What????? " Fortunately it wasn't long after that I learned there would be more. And yes I think the right director could do it. It would be pretty heady stuff but I once thought no one could do " Lord of The Rings " justice.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Mattman, where's your sources.

    by hst666

    I would like to see any source that shows the Incredibles made more than Cars. And remember, we are talking toy sales and licensing here, which is where most of the money is made.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    astronut..

    by Righteous Brother

    Here's my take: Superman: The Movie. - Superior super hero movie, Christopher Reeve one of if not the best on-screen Superman ever, an an iconic score to boot. Alien: One of the greatest sci-fi/horror movies ever made, I have to return to it every year or so. The Hidden: Have not seen, just looked it up on IMDB, and am absolutely hot to trot to see it, looks right up my street.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Pufnstuf is just... fuckin creepy

    by Tristan

    Don't let your kids watch it. Particularly if you've just chained them to a chair and dosed them with acid.

  • April 13, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    righteousbrother

    by Astronut

    We are in agreement! Yeah, definitely check out The Hidden... some great B movie stuff there... I would say it borders on being an A movie but when it comes down to it, it's a B flick. Great fun, entertaining as hell! Plus it has Claudia Christianson (sic?) as a stripper!!!

  • April 13, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Unbreakable is brilliant

    by Tristan

    Blows 6th Sense away. Easily. Great score too.

  • April 13, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Also, the first scene in Unbreakable

    by Tristan

    is so intense and sad that tears well up every time I watch it. Where's THAT M.Night gone?

  • April 13, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Sold!

    by Righteous Brother

    I like well made B pictures. They can get away with more, and are normally more interesting than than their A counterparts, which end up being very safe/rote because the suits worry that they won't make their huge budgets back.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Damnation Alley is a big stupid mess and very fun

    by Knobules

    The entire planet is ripped apart in ten ways. They jump out of the super bus thing and its Mayberry RFD parkland wondertime.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    The Battle Beyond the Stars Release Date

    by dpc01

    has been revised to July 12th, as is Damnation Alley.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    I Love Race With the Devil, But...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    whenever Loretta Swit says "Frank" in this movie I immediately think of MASH!

  • April 13, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Incredibles is overrated

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Not saying it's not good, but it is basically just above average children's fare that for some reason struck a cord with fanboys and film critics.

  • April 13, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Best thing about The Incredibles: Mrs. Incredibles fat ass.

    by knowthyself

    Oh yeah.

  • April 13, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I'll probably banrupt myself too...

    by Smack_Teddy

    ...nnnaa i'll just torrent what i blatantly can't afford

  • April 13, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    $&^*@&# Friday releases!!!

    by Blanket-Man

    Second time this year I've gone to the store to pick up a movie on this list, only to find it's not being released until FRIDAY, 4/15!!! What's up with these stupid Friday releases?!? Damn you, Potter!!!

  • April 13, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Blu/DVD/Digital Copy

    by jawaburger

    I would much rather spend $25 dollars on a stand alone Bluray, than spend $45 on a Bluray/DVD/Digital Copy set. I have plenty of movies I can watch in my bedroom, and not all of them are porn. Bluray movies are bought for their superior audio and video quality, and I want to watch them in all their glory on my main system. I like my friends, but if they don't have a bluray player, they can go rent the DVD.

  • Because it's a really well done movie you think? There is more cleverness, inventiveness, heart and charm in that film than all other superhero films combined. Anyone who doesn't see that, in my opinion, should not even be watching movies. Maybe stick to your dungeon master skills, that's probably where it's at for you.

  • April 13, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Wasn't the boob ship....

    by v3d

    a female artificial intelligence that was in love with the pilot. It's been ages since I've seen it.

  • Not for somebody who prefers their superhero films dark with mature content. Sorry, I just don't get the love. To me it was just a cute cartoon. Maybe I'll have to revisit it, since I'm obviously in the minority.

  • Oh, well.

  • April 13, 2011, 3:09 p.m. CST

    choppa....... ?

    by Astronut

    Are you choppa or one of his minions? That response seemed really uncharacteristic of the real choppa. btw, I love my superhero stuff dark as well. Mostly. But man, variety is kind of nice once in a while. If you just open your mind to the fact that The Incredibles is a light, fun, colorful story about a family of super people and very much in the vein of The Fantastic Four (or what The FF * should * have been on film) — and if you watch it in a good mood, not a shitty mood (I find that does make a difference) you might just find yourself enjoying it!

  • April 13, 2011, 3:35 p.m. CST

    astronut

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    When I watched The Incredibles it was the first Network premier, I think ABC, I'm sure, Disney and they slaughtered the thing with commercials. It ended up being a 3 hour broadcast. So, yeah, maybe I do need to watch it again.

  • April 13, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    v3d - the boob ship - yeah...

    by Astronut

    ... I think you're right. If I recall, the ship had a female voice who was like jealous of the (kind of) hot blonde chick that was cruising with John Boy...

  • April 13, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    What does "The Incredibles" have in common with "Inception"?

    by ufoclub1977

    They both pay homage to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"!

  • April 13, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    so mean

    by ufoclub1977

    people so mean on here! ha.

  • April 13, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Race With The Devil

    by Yer_Maw

    Is a gem that, like all the best movies shot on a limited budget (particularly back in The Day), works on a practical 'real-world' level that most of today's equivalents just don't. A remake? Fuck off. Just watch the original more. It's cool seeing films 'inspired by' older movies - hell, Tarantino and Rodriguez made careers out of it, and brilliantly too. But the whole remake culture is long past out of hand (yes there are good - even great movies that are remakes but now the piss is being taken on a too regular basis) - and it's somewhat disappointing hearing Harry rooting for more.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST

    At last David Yates got it right

    by Foucault

    cause HP5 sucked big, and HP6 was so-so

  • April 13, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service? Incredibles also?

    by Smack_Teddy

    I'll give that one a proper shot then. Braindrain doesn't know how to be mean, just an annoying shite often

  • April 13, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Yay Harry liked Heartless :D

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    I enjoyed that movie a lot. Now, looking around I can't believe all the bad reviews I see! What the hell? Harry gets it. I knew there was a reason I keep coming here.

  • April 14, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    My CARS Theory for you Pixar Snobs

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    AICN Fanboys don't like CARS because it's tailored more to the Wal-Mart/Nascar/Gearhead parents and their kids then it is to the Indie Store/Comic Book/Geek parents and their kids.<br /><br /> Which is also why it's made so much more in merchandising then The Incredibles has. Joe and Mary Sixpack would rather have their son play with Cars then play with Action Figures. It was ever thus.

  • April 14, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Braindrain wanks himself off stupid to this image

    by Smack_Teddy

    then makes out with his trannyfriend fiance afterwards. He pulls away in disgust having enough going: "Its Firefly you Dumb bitch, and your mouth tastes of your own Shit!" Braindrain grins: "My Ears don't though!" Trannyfriend Runs. He/She runs for the hills.

  • April 14, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Braindrain weeps over Greenday & Weatus records, the finest he knows

    by Smack_Teddy

  • THE HIRED HAND is just great. Very good but simple story, excelent acting, visually gorgeaus to look at and the score has to be heard to be believed, it's just gorgeaus beyond belief.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    braindrain, why are you such an idiot?

    by AsimovLives

    Is it deliberate or you were born this way? Inquiring minds want to know.

  • April 14, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Super Nunzio is the Greatest Superhero Movie of All Time

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Super Nunzio!

  • April 14, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Battle Beyond the Stars

    by ufoclub1977

    I remember in "Sneak Previews" they showed the scene where the ship slides in overhead in the sky and some kind of announcement is made. And Roger Ebert gave it a favorable review. I'm surprised this hasn't been remade/re-imagined.

  • April 14, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Cars and Incredibles

    by Nick

    Got them both at Best Buy together for $22 bucks.... the DisneyRewards program is pretty awesome.

  • My browser will automatically illiminate your comments from now on so that I never see them. You will no doubt be mindlessly flailing away on this site the entire time I never hear from you again

  • April 14, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Says battle beyond stars comes out July 11. Why is it here?

    by UltraTron

  • April 14, 2011, noon CST

    ultratron.......

    by Astronut

    Originally Amazon had the release date as Harry stated but it has since been changed, supposedly.

  • April 14, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    ultratron...

    by Astronut

    Originally Amazon had the release date as Harry stated but it has since been changed, supposedly.

  • April 14, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Ummmm THe INCREDIBLES is a comic NOW.

    by Series7

    All but RAT/UP/Bugs Life are comics. Done by BOOM! KIDS and they are very good. Not as good as their DARKWING DUCK comic, but all are really fun and if you are clamoring for more adventrues of any of your favorite Pixar characters (because lets face it no ones favorite pixar character is anyone from Up/Bugs Life/Rat, I like those movies fine and all but eh plus they will probably be BOOM comics some time soon) should check them out. <P> AND check out Darkwing Duck its perfectly updated for the 20 somethings that grew up with in their youth.

  • April 14, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The reason I disliked cars:

    by david starling

    Wasn't due to the fact that it didn't pander to my "geek" tastes or whatever, it was because the film felt like it was just put-together and passed out, almost as if "will that do?" as opposed to Pixar's usual "take a look at THIS!!" Cars felt like a humdrum story, bolted to an unimaginative world that I had no connection to. In short, Pixar's output for the most part is quirky, warming, enjoyable fare for all (not just for us "geeks"!!). Cars felt like I was being fed something Pixar didn't totally invest in with passion, and at the end of the day I felt like I was being fed a spoonful of patronizing baby food.

  • April 14, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    your fathers dead Braindrain

    by Smack_Teddy

  • April 14, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    he's Dead! Your Father is Dead...Your Father's Dead!

    by Smack_Teddy

    keep on kissing your own Ass Braindrain, and calling it Blade Runner. Its your very own Wilson. Oh yeah your fathers dead.

  • April 14, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    KNEEL BEFORE ZAIUS!

    by Uncle Stan

    and cars sucks.

  • April 15, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Cars was an excellent film

    by hst666

    It had everything a Pixar film generally has. I do not understand the criticism. It certainly is as substantial as the Incredibles.

  • April 15, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Cars 3: The Chopper Bunch come to town.

    by hst666

    Where's Wheelie?

  • April 15, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    "[Cars] had everything a Pixar film generally has..."

    by Astronut

    Everything except for the charm. The characters were not all that likable — especially the main character, Lightning McQueen. No one gave a shit about what happened to that a-hole.

  • April 15, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Oh and I might add

    by Astronut

    Something else I feel regarding Cars... The timing seems off. There's something about the timing that just doesn't feel right. Can't put my finger on it. There are scenes that just... kind... of... drag, dialog that comes off sketchy, just a lot of little things that don't glue together properly throughout the film. Just my opinion.

  • April 15, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Never seen Cars

    by Smack_Teddy

    If it ain't Thomas the Tank Engine, i just ain't interested

  • April 16, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    carynice: one of the new trolls on the block

    by Smack_Teddy

  • April 16, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Agree on the goodness that was Race With the Devil

    by v3d

    Instead of some supernatural monsters the villains were the most frightening of monsters... Crazy people who want to kill you. This movie was made less than a decade after the Manson murders and at that time made it seem all the more plausible.

  • April 17, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty indifferent about CARS, but thats only by Pixar standards

    by Rebel Scumb

    As someone else already mentioned, it still better than 99% of other kids films. And KIDS love CARS. My 5 year old nephew is crazy for that movie, and probably accounts for a good percentage of that billion in merchandizing profits. But the movie just didn't strike a cord with me, and the sequel looks far less appealing (to me). It does feel sort of weird to know there is a pixar movie out this summer, and for the first time in the studios history, I won't be going to see it. BRAVE seems like it could be amazing though

  • April 18, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Killah cockroaches ...

    by hallowscorp

    Ah repeat, killah cockroaches!

  • May 26, 2011, 6:02 a.m. CST

    I Saw Dirty Harry Crazy Mary At The Theater In 1974

    by Red Dawn Don

    I Saw Dirty Harry Crazy Mary At The Theater In 1974. I was 14 or 15. I wonder what the MPAA rating was back then? I think the non-Hollywood, down-beat ending hurt the films lasting main-stream appeal. It was a see it once type of film for most. However, it did stay with me over the years. I did not see a lot of films at the theater back in my youth. Why would I when we had 3 TV channels, ABC, CBS and NBC.

  • May 26, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Race With The Devil

    by Red Dawn Don

    I saw Race With The Devil on broadcast TV. It creeped me out in a good way. Warren Oates was from my hometown and home state of LOU-A-VILLE Kentucky. That's how we natives say Louisvile. Loved WO in Two Lane Blacktop among other films. He was a real interesting performer.

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