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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 4th wk of April 2011: DePalma, Jodorowsky, Gilliam, Gene Kelly, Coppola, Corman, Anime, Bob Dylan and a DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… this is a really eclectic week of releases – one that really really should excite most all serious film lovers. Can’t wait to get into it. That said, as usual all the pictures and links take you to AMAZON where you can learn more on a title or purchase it. If you do purchase through one of the links below, let me THANK YOU up front for supporting the column. It is my favorite thing to do here at AICN. Now – buy BLOW OUT now! Amazon has a helluva deal on it…

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

BLOW OUT (Criterion Blu)

Absolutely tremendous fucking film. BLOW OUT is such a great film. My favorite John Travolta performance of all time. Nancy Allen is so amazingly adorable in this film. John Lithgow is the personification of fucking scary evil bastard. Oh – and Brian De Palma knocked this one out of the park. Travolta plays a sound engineer on trashy exploitation low budget films. He had formerly been a sound engineer that recorded and brought down some dirty cops – some years previous to the start of the film. While recording some ambient sounds to add to his sound library, he happens to record the audio of a car crash, which ultimately claims the life of a very important and political person, but he thinks he heard something before the BLOW OUT – pursuing that truth becomes the impetus for one of the very best Brian De Palma films ever made. Now – when will Criterion visit PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE? De Palma is one of the great cinematic sponges of film history – he watches, is influenced and then produces his answer – here he took his love for Hitchcock, a passion for BLOWUP and there’s even some Harry Caul for good measure. A film about paranoia and one hell of a haunting scream. Love this film dearly! From Vilmos Zsigmond’s amazing cinematography to Pino Donaggio’s creepy and tense scoring… everything about this film just works. Now – what goodies does Criterion got for us?
The best is MURDER A LA MOD (1967) – the experimental feature film from De Palma about a guy searching for the killer of his girlfriend.
Then there’s NANCY ALLEN INTERVIEW – a 26 minute HD interview where she goes over all aspects of BLOW OUT. This is a new interview!
GARRET BROWN INTERVIEW – this fella invented the steadicam – and talks about shooting the film within the film – “CO-ED FRENZY” – a film I would love for Brian DePalma to shoot someday. Totally serious.
Then there’s a nearly hour long interview between NOAH BAUMBACH and BRIAN DE PALMA – this is fascinating, in HD and new!
In addition to these truly superior extras – you get a collection of set photos taken by Louis Goldman, there’s the original trailer and a booklet which has Pauline Kael’s original interview from the NEW YORKER!
Over all – if you love cinema – this is a must! A great film! A great Blu Ray!


Is this Criterion version of FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS truly worth 3 times what the regular Blu Ray would cost ya? ABSOLUTELY! For one, the transfer is vastly superior. Now take a look at the overall package that Criterion has put together:
Digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and an optional 5.1 mix
Three audio commentaries: one with Gilliam, one with stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro and producer Laila Nabulsi, and one with author Hunter S. Thompson
Deleted scenes, with optional commentary by Gilliam
Selection of Thompson correspondence, read on camera by Depp
Hunter Goes to Hollywood, a short documentary by filmmaker Wayne Ewing
A look at the controversy over the screenwriting credit
Profile of Oscar Zeta Acosta, the inspiration for Dr. Gonzo
Collection of artwork by illustrator Ralph Steadman
Audio excerpt from the 1996 spoken-word CD Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, featuring filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and actor Maury Chaykin
Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood, a 1978 BBC documentary with Thompson and Steadman Storyboards, production designs, stills gallery, theatrical trailer, and TV spots
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman and two pieces by Thompson
For lovers of Terry Gilliam’s brilliant film FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS accept no substitute. This is how to own the film.

EL TOPO (Blu Ray)

I find writing about Jodorwosky to be a difficult endeavor. There’s just nobody else like him. I mean – Terry Gilliam is the mainstream version to a degree – but Jodorwosky is the tops at what it is he does – which is bringing surrealism to cinematic life. I was introduced to this film originally from doing a Cult movie show with Roger Ebert back a decade or more back. Roger wanted to present EL TOPO as one of his cult picks, but he couldn’t find anything other than a very badly dupey video tape – and asked me to see if I could find something better. Turns out Guillermo Del Toro had a foreign Laser Disc – so I took Guillermo’s Disc up to Chicago for the show – after watching with Guillermo – and that began my Jodorwosky journey. Afterwards, I dove in and was frustrated to find that I could only see a few other films. FANDO AND LIS, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN, TUSK, SANTA SANGRE and THE RAINBOW THIEF. This is easily one of the strangest films that has ever kind of looked like a Spaghetti Western ever. But make no mistake, it is not that. To have this and this next title on Blu Ray really does feel like some kind of cinematic miracle. These were films that for decades could only be seen via black market dupes of dupey dupes. To have the film so damn pretty and with extras… well, we live in blessed times! Here’s the extras: El Topo original theatrical trailer Original script exerpts El Topo photo gallery On camera Interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky Feature commentary by Alejandro Jodorowsky English feature dub track English, French, Spanish, Brazilian, and Portuguese Subtitles


Then there’s THE HOLY MOUNTAIN – and folks – I have no hesitation in the slightest in saying – this will most likely be the most amazing film experience that you’ve ever had – IF you pursue the strange and unusual. Produced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono (who actually financed the film entirely) – Jodorowsky seeks enlightenment – and this isn’t about a story but about that journey to see. Along the way, you’re likely to see things that will flummox you. That’s alright, this is a film that opens up like a flower over the course of your life. You’ll see and interpret things differently as you visit it over your life. THE HOLY MOUNTAIN blows minds. It’s what the film does. However, if you’re the slightest bit square, it could be impenetrable to a closed mind. Brilliant film. And holy shit, it is on Blu Ray. Wow.

DEMENTIA 13 (Blu Ray)

You ever seen Francis Ford Coppola’s horror film for Roger Corman circa 1963? Made upon the set of another Corman film, Coppola got his film directing debut with DEMENTIA 13 – which Corman rushed into production as a reaction to PSYCHO. Because Roger wanted his own psychotic flick. Francis quickly put together a script and the next thing he knew he was directing his first film. I love axe murderers – they really are the best choppers in the slasher film world. This has been a Blu Ray long in coming. But this time, it really is shipping! Ya gotta have the first Coppola flick, right?


When Disney bought Marvel – I was hopeful – hopeful that beyond adding Disney’s marketing and synergistic super powers to the Marvel Universe’s quest to rule the world… well, I liked it. But what I really wanted, was incredibly brilliant Animated MARVEL series & animated movies. Watching DISNEY animate a great MARVEL series would be a dream. SO they quickly announced this AVENGERS series – and it seemed to come out of nowhere on DISNEY XD – and it kicks a lot of ass. Rivaling some of the DC work – which is something Marvel hasn’t typically done in the Animated Television world. This first set shows the various characters on a series of individual adventures – before bringing them all together as THE AVENGERS when the situation gets truly outrageous! Awesome.


It is in this set that you really begin THE AVENGERS story in earnest. We get the AVENGERS MANSION, Cap is defrosted and the last two episodes of this set are just killer. Personally – I’m not a fan of releasing just 6 episodes to a set, I prefer whole season releases, but well… with THE AVENGERS shooting in this world of ours – we take what we can, right?


I don’t watch a ton of Anime personally. The style sometimes leaves me a bit cold. But when Anime kicks ass – it does it in a way that is just incomparable. THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a crazy awesome multiple genre hopping story that is gorgeous on Blu Ray! If you like really great Anime, you should love this. I do.


Directed by Roger Corman – but with some scenes ghost-directed by everyone from Jack Hill to Francis Ford Coppola to Jack Nicholson! Oh and Jack stars in this with the amazing Boris Karloff. Corman had finished THE RAVEN and THE HAUNTED PALACE ahead of schedule, so he rushed this into production. I really want a return to period horror films. Watching this – and realizing that it was made in a matter of days and on next to no money, but still it is a great story, a wonderful flick.


Yeah, I love this. And this sort of insane fun is a great way to spend an evening with friends – this is very unrealistic action and violence, but that’s the entire point. It’s cartoonish, exploitive and crazy as hell. And that delights me and most everyone that I know. It isn’t as great as ICHI THE KILLER, but it is also not quite trying to be that. It wants to blend ICHI with the fun of Pink Violence cinema. The result is something all its own. And now it is on Blu.


Junk food cinema. That’s what this is. These are fun flicks that are as complicated as a coin. It’s just so damn goofy though – and I love that. Not for everyone.


Bless SYNAPSE and this release. This is a slasher film from the 80s that I missed. This is a played straight horror flick – that isn’t tongue in cheek. Instead, I got more than I was expecting in terms of gore and thrills. I love that Daphne Zuniga is in this. I can’t help but think about giving her back her real nose. Giggle. Sorry, SPACEBALLS moment. The transfer is pretty much the best that could be expected. Films like this don’t usually have the best elements surviving to make a truly great transfer – don’t worry – this doesn’t have scratches or splotches or any of that noise – but it has a deep and natural grain to the stock and the colors are there, but not crazy vibrant. That said – I kinda was expecting the print to be trashed and when it wasn’t – I was very very pleased with this disc. You get a feature audio commentary from the directors, a feature of Christopher Young talking about Horror music and this his first score, there’s a Make Up special feature with Matthew Mungle. You get the original trailer along with the trailer for the alternate title release of PRANKS. OH – and you get a standard def DVD copy. Great little release and a very fun flick.


Great Rock Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker is a fly on the wall during Dylan’s 3 Week European tour during the Spring of 1965. Pennebaker is a non-obtrusive documentarian – listening and watching, but not affecting. The result is an amazingly up close and personal look backstage and at Bob Dylan and the scene he was a focal point of. No Dylan fan and no Musical Documentary geek can do without this. Great release!


I like DAYLIGHT quite a bit. And every time I’ve entered the Holland Tunnel since seeing it, I make note that I am on the set of a Stallone film! Oh – and you get Viggo Mortensen and Stallone! My god! Rambo & Strider! What a team up that’d be. Directed by the infamous Rob Cohen – and the film plays like it. I also like seeing Sage Stallone on screen. It always makes me think of Fulci!


For the first time in it’s original theatrical aspect ratio on home video – and on Blu Ray comes one of the most beautiful films you’re likely to ever see. This is a film that is about observation and senses. A 10 year old Vietnamese girl growing up in Saigon. A film to watch on Blu. Just stunning.


I wish I could tell you how amazing this is – but I still haven’t seen it. I’ve tried for years to get a film print of this to screen at BNAT, but one has yet to be found. When Warner Brothers sent me a screener of this release, that screener would not play in my machines… I tried 5 different DVD playing devices that I have. And none of them played it. I was told there was a DVD authoring mistake and I would be sent a new disc shortly – it never came – but I must order this because this is a feature length ballet film directed and starring Gene Kelly. It has been called genius and a disaster. I, for one, can not wait to see where I weigh in on this one. First time on DVD.

CHAWZ (Blu Ray)

I played this last Movie Night. I knew nothing about the film – other than it was Korean and involved a genetically engineered wild boar that eats people. Frankly, that’s all I needed to know. Then, about 50 minutes in I realized… Oh my god. This is JAWS. This is JAWS set in the mountain farming area of South Korea. It is essentially a beat for beat remake, but in a mountain town that has a crop festival that brings a lot of revenue to the town. And the dialogue isn’t aped, but the intention of scenes are. As the film continues – you begin to wonder… Are they going to keep this up? How’re they going to blow it up? Will the Quint character die stabbing at the boar with a machete? There in is the fun of this film. To see HOW the Koreans adapted JAWS. And they most certainly adapted JAWS. What’s fascinating is how the differences culturally impact the story. I enjoyed the hell out of this. It’s nowhere near as great as THE HOST, mainly because it is such a close adaptation – but man – watching that giant funky wild boar do its thing. PRICELESS!


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  • April 26, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Post 0


    Here's my DVD & Blu Ray column for the day! Great titles!

  • April 26, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Blow Out is superb

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Easilly De Palma's finest film, and I tear up at the end every damn time (even as I supress a deep-rooted shiver). I can't wait for my Blu-Ray copy to arrive in the mail (currently $18.99 at Amazon!).

  • April 26, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Terrible week. And Daylight sucks.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • April 26, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I really can't understand...

    by Audio_of_Being

    Criterions pricing for Fear and Loathing is nothing short of mind boggling. The DVD was $49 up here in Canada when it came out, so I can only imagine what the blu-ray will be. What's the difference? I mean really? If it's the same as the DVD only converted to HD, I'm at a loss for the difference in price from other Criterion blus.....

  • April 26, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Dinoshark Yes! Eric Balfour HELL NAW!

    by BeanGrud

    I watched this movie the other night, and was delighted with the cheesy monster goodness. Too bad Balfour ruined this one like he ruined Skyline..Eye candy does not make up for horrible acting!

  • April 26, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Blow Out and Fear & Loathing are must haves

    by david26

    Thanks Harry.

  • April 26, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Oh wait...

    by Audio_of_Being has the F&L Criterion blu for $24.99, original listing at $54.99.

  • E.g. I loathed AEON FLUX but it was beautiful to simply watch. Has anyone had a look at this and know if it's worthwhile?

  • April 26, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    errr Y chromosome

    by golden tribw

  • April 26, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry - re: the Jodoworsky

    by toshiro-solo

    Are these worth the upgrade? I've already got 'em on DVD... I've mostly only been upgrading if it's something with a fuck-ton of new extras (i.e. Back To The Future), a greatly improved picture (Blade Runner), or both (Alien Anthology - or - really any of the ones I've listed).

  • April 26, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Y'know, say what you will about Criterion

    by BlaGyver

    But my Seven Samurai CC edition is one of my favorite DVD releases ever. Up there with the Blade Runner box set from a couple years back, Apocalypse Now Full Disclosure Blu Ray set, and Justice League The New Frontier's 2 disc set.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Don't be fooled by Scent of Green Papaya - pretty but dull

    by John Maddening

    One of the best short reviews I've ever read was by Chris Hewitt of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press (who today also praised BLOW OUT, btw), who said about SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA, "This Vietnamese/French co-production proves that boredom knows no language barrier."

  • April 26, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by smorales2412

    Just want to say that one of my fondest child hood memories is being taken to a double feature of Daylight and Ransom. I got Stallone and Gibson back to back. Watching them as a kid I thought to myself that no two men were more badass than these guys.

  • The climactic scene where the characters are sucked into the Hudson River? Well, lets just say that human flesh only turns green when it's diseased or rotting. Viggo Mortensen and Stallone were fine but both were hamstrung with a script that needed a proper re-write.

  • Jesus, fuck…

  • Great, great film. "Dressed to Kill" and "Blow Out"? Man, what a way to start out the decade. De Palma caught Coppola's lightning in a bottle.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by AotD

    Is great fun, flawed to all hell but Stallone does a good enough job at keeping it entertaining. Plus, it's a disaster movie which for some reason I'm a total sucker for. Doesn't matter how bad it is, I find something to suck me in.

  • April 26, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Harry only typed one "giggle."

    by Big Dan

  • April 26, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    The New Avengers Animated Series... yeah, it is good but...

    by Astronut

    ... if it went 3-4 notches higher, THEN it would truly be on par with the quality DC has given us, primarily the Bruce Tim stuff. The animation is a bit wonky generally although there some spectacular sequences where it appears as if the budget went up 300% because you can just see the fluidity working in certain scenes. I do not say this with anger; quite the contrary — I really, REALLY like this series. I've seen every episode twice. Love the little touches and cameos by D-listers like The Griffon and Zzzzax, etc Just a FEW - - MORE - - NOTCHES, MARVEL .... and you will HAVE it at "100% Amazing."

  • April 26, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    And "Chawz" goes in my netflix queue! Thanks again for this column

    by jupiterjim

    it is one of my favorite parts of this site

  • April 26, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    Where do you buy your criterions? Back when LDs where the norm, criterion prices were a mean 100 dollars. But IMO they were worth it. For the company that practically invented special editions and the now standard special features and commentary, they are the best value on disc.

  • April 26, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Arnie back in the Terminator Fold

    by Collin

    Totally off subject but interesting news none the less He's far too old to play a killing machine, right?

  • April 26, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Another week of obscure B-movies from way back and foreign films

    by vorlonkosh


  • April 26, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I wanna see all those testicles in blu

    by strykebr

    bought that Jodorwosky boxset a few years ago, benchmark films to fuck with my friends when they ask to borrow some dvds....loved both the films but didn't care for the endings but they're so f'd that they almost have to have weird endings prolly gonna get blow out, srsly had never heard of it till like 2 months ago caught Dementia 13 on TCM years ago, m night would approve

  • April 26, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Well done, Harry. A much better effort than in previous weeks!

    by Jeffrey

    This week's reviews were much more insiteful and professional that recent history. While you did manage to name drop Ebert (again) and show how much emails from Sly are rewarded with your undying love of his crappier projects, this was an enjoyable read. Stick to the quality of the films and away from your triumph over disability and the novelty of big ginger married to ethnic girl. You'll get some Amazon revenue out of me this week.

  • It would be nice if they could match DC in the latter 2 categories, but I am glad to be getting good stories in the Avengers nonetheless. Oh..and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is really terrific. Up there with some of Miyazaki's works.

  • April 26, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Amazon is having some kind of Criterion Blu-ray blowout

    by Toe Jam

    No pun intended. Really. Most of the Criterion Blu-rays are less than $20 as of 7 p.m. MST Tuesday. Just bought "Blow Out," but not sure I'll get any others, as my taste in film runs too mainstream. And say what you want about Criterion, as someone who does publication design for a living, its covers always impress and are leagues ahead of any studio's artwork.

  • April 26, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    bed time for bonzo

    by agentx04

    maybe spend some of that recovery time watching some of these movies you claim to have seen.

  • April 26, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by oogles

    The fear and loathing Bluray on is available for 24.99 right now.

  • April 26, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Phantom of the Paradise would be an excellent addition to Criterion


  • April 26, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I've never seen "The Dorm That Dripped Blood" (love the title!)

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    "The Dorm That Dripped Blood" is one of just a few titles that represent empty slots in my mental encylopedia of 1980s slasher cinema. There are still a few titles I need to see as a completist, including "The Forest," "Just Before Dawn" and "Humongous". I think I've seen just about everything else, including the college set, "Final Exam" (which is terrible, by the way). Most of these films are terrible, but every once in a while I'll see one that was dumped in with all the others and forgotten, but turns out to be a minor gem. Part of the fun of these films is just the nostalgic atmosphere of the period when these types of films weren't made with tongue-in-cheek irony. I remember staying in my college dormitory occasioanlly over long weekends when almost everyone else went home, and they can indeed be really creepy places when dark and empty. I look forward to checking this one out.

  • April 26, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    It's "Jodorowsky"

    by Foucault

    cant u spel????

  • April 26, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Wow! Great week of releases...

    by Darthkrusty

    ...great column. Please do a follow-up review of that Gene Kelly flick.

  • April 26, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Have Never Gotten The Love For BLOW OUT...

    by Rebeck2

    I think it's pretty weak myself. It's all a contrived build-up to the punchline of the scream at the end, Lithgow is a meh villain, and Nancy Allen is doing the most ridiculous Gracie Allen impression (related?), she sounds like a character in an SNL sketch. Hell, THE FURY - in all it's absurdity - is ten times more entertaining and much better crafted. Oh well, opinions...

  • April 27, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Daylight.... Boring and Depressing

    by Autodidact

    Most disaster movies are pretty depressing if you're not in the right mood. But Daylight is a seriously boring, downer movie. It's one of those movies that makes me feel powerfully bored when I think back to my time watching it. Same with Ransom, which someone mentioned upthread... I went and saw that too, and was also bored out of my mind. And for the ultimate boredom trifecta of Fall 1996 I also saw "Sleepers" right around the same time... a title which best describes the audience.

  • April 27, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    OK... watched The Holy Mountain this evening

    by Jaka

    Wow. First of all, it looks great. I don't know what any transfers looked like before, but this one looks beautiful. Great color and brightness, no blurring or artifacts. The sound mix, while crystal clear, has a bit too much quiet LOUD for my tastes. That's how it was intended to be when it was made, though, so I can get over that. The movie itself.... wow.... lol. Giant wtf?! I was NOT expecting that much violence, nakedness or weirdness. It was a bit slow during the middle when it told the short stories of each person. And the final scene, which I won't spoil for anyone, left me a bit cold after so much "out there"ness prior to it taking place. Otherwise, believe it or not, I'm going to have to agree with Harry; watch this! Its worth the two hours of your life to be able to talk about this one with other people. And man I wish I knew somebody who could turn my shit to gold.

  • April 27, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST


    by Collin

    And you missed me by about 4 hours. Say you're Quint or Harry and you're out to dinner with the family or watching the NBA playoffs, should that stop you from posting a blurb about Arnold pushing ahead with a new Terminator? evangelion80, you posted about Arnie 4 hours after I had, in this very talkback. Let's assume that the news had been out for an hour or two at that point already. That gives AICN over 6 hours to see the news and inform their faithful readers. In this day and age it's not as if you need to sit at home on the computer all day long to get updates. We all know Harry has an iPad and I can assure you that just about everyone else working for the site has a smartphone capable of checking the internet. So, while you're out to dinner or watching the game take a moment every couple of hours and check your inbox, talkback, or competition's site. It's not that difficult and it shouldn't take up too much of your time that would be better spent "living" life and all that good stuff. I dated a woman for a number of years that was a television news producer for the local NBC affiliate. Do you think she just stopped working when she was home or out to dinner with me? No. I didn't take issue with that either. I understood that it was her job and that she needed to check up on what was going on around town. The news didn't just stop happening when she wasn't there to produce it. It only took a little time and it made her that much better at her work. She garnered an AP award in only her 3rd year producing and she wasn't some crazy, type A personality that didn't have any time for other things in her life. She was only one person. AICN has any number of people working for them and there is no reason at least one of them can't get this story up in a reasonable amount of time. I won't stop coming here as I enjoy AICN as much, if not more, for the personalities as I do the scoops and reviews but I hate to see this sort of leisurely reporting that has been their wont for the past several years when it seems so avoidable

  • April 27, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Phantom of the Paradise is currently being restored...

    by Sherlock Holmes II expect it on Blu/Fox Home Ent. with a whole bunch of deleted scenes, an alternate Extended version and original matte work removed. Plus a booklet, fingers crossed!! Oh, and CHAWZ is a Korean remake of Razorback. Go fuck yerself Harry, you piece of shit!

  • April 27, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    oh cool dino shark


  • April 27, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    It wouldn't be a Harry DVD post...

    by Cash907

    if it didn't feature mostly obscure shit that no one has ever heard of, nor gives a damn about. Criticize him all you want, but at least the man stays consistent.

  • April 27, 2011, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I remember really liking THE GIRL WHO LEAPTTHRU TIME

    by Spandau Belly

    But I also forget the ending and have a nagging feeling that it didn't completely make sense but I forgave it. I should probably watch it again.

  • Ooh, from the director of three FAST AND THE FURIOUS movies? Be still my heart. Guh. Let it die already.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Bad Week?

    by homer40

    I don't think any week with Blowout and Fear and Loathing can be called a bad week. Blowout is DePalma's true masterpiece, a film that deserves comparisons with Blow Up, Rear Window, Manchurian Candidate and the amazing Parallax View, which it perhaps most resembles. This was DePalma firing on all cylinders, and the movie is really just perfect. Fear and Loathing is just as perfect, in its own way. No film has more understood and demonstrated the drug experience than Fear and Loathing, the hilarious back and forth, the skewed reality, the absolute joy of tripping. It would deserve praise just for that, but it is so much more. It perfectly captures that moment in time, when the real sixties had ended, after it had achieved mass market appeal. There is a scene in the film where Depp stands looking out the window of the hotel and he says, "If you look with the right eyes you can almost see the point where the wave crested and pulled back." It is a devastating moment. The performances by Depp and DelToro are comic genius-"Armed to the teeth!". That push and pull of the acid experience where one completely loses it and miraculously, at just that moment, the other regains his sanity, thus avoiding catastrophe. Just an amazing film. I can't wait to hear Hunter's comments.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Isn't Chawz a Korean version of the Australian Razorback??

    by Jeffrey

    Sounds closer to that than Jaws.

  • Holy Mountain is a masterpiece of surrealist film and film in general.

  • If nothing more than for the excellent BBC documentary 'Fear and Loathing on the Road to Hollywood.' I've watched this countless times and moreso than the actual film itself. If you want to see the real Hunter in action back in the day this is a must-have. It's also fun to compare Depp's portrayal to the real man himself.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    The Terror...

    by ron2112

    ...was of course later re-worked into the far superior Targets, which I would much rather see on Blu-Ray. As the story goes, Boris Karloff owed Roger Corman three (?) days of filming. So Corman enlisted a young Peter Bogdanovich to cull whatever scenes he could out of The Terror, shoot three more days with Karloff, and cobble it all together into a new film. There's more to the story than that, and it's covered wonderfully in Bogdanovich's commentary track. The Terror is pretty lame, but Targets is definitely a film worth checking out.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    De Palma Films that need to be on Blu-Ray

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Snake Eyes (only DVD out is from 1999, non-anamorphic, no extras -- could have a behind the scenes feature on the opening long take, also the original tidal wave ending), Raising Cain (another case of early dvd/bad transfer, no extras), Phantom of the Paradise (bad transfer, no extras-but extensive extras on a french dvd), Dressed to Kill (bad transfer/highly scratched/many visible hairs), and Body Double (transfer is good and extras are good, but essential film that would look great on Blu-Ray). Apparently Scarface is coming this fall.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I never thought I'd see the day

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Where Blow Out is the number two selling movie on Amazon.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing makes me miss drugs.....

    by Jeffrey

    I'm almost sad in a way revisiting this fantastic film. It reminds me of an old friend, and friend that I miss and had so many great times with. Drugs. Acid, pot, mesc, what-ever-the-hell-it-was-on-that-sugarcube, mushrooms......I have not been stoned or on a trip in 15 to 20 years, but man, those were some good times.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I saw The Terror a while back....

    by Ryan

    ....and I have to say that it is straght up terrible. Love Karloff and Nicholson but this movie is not worth the time.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Avengers Assemble!!

    by Stalkeye

    Now this is the series i have been waiting for. How could you not like an ensemble cast of heavy hitters like cap, thor, ironman, hulk and BP? This more than makes up for the crapfest that came out during the 90's (avengers: United we stand.) The last remaining episodes had me anticipating the second season as there is a cliffhanger that envolves a certain shape shifting race of aliens. Good stuff, not as great as timm's JLU, but with a little tweaking, It may get there. Cool intro BTW.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Has to be the worst week of releases in the past 10 years

    by Nick

    Wow, talk about SHIT. I wouldn't take any of these films, if I was given $10K and a chance to have Charleze Theron suck my knob for hours on end.... TERRIBLE. If anyone would want any of these films in their collection, they are high. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE. Harry, kudos to you for even being able to write this weeks article. If I was doing it, i'd say, FUCK THIS WEEK, and go eat some ice cream with possible a side of chilli cheese fries. Love me some chilli cheese fries, they are awesome, and what's the best part, is eating the chilli after all the fries are gone. I know it's not good for you, but that's why I work out every day, it gives me the ability to eat pretty much what I want at this point in my life. I'm sure once I get older I won't be able too, but right now it's a nice trade off, I get to look at women at the gym, wearing their tight under armor outfits, then i get to go home, and eat pizza. Yeah, fuck this week's releases!

  • April 27, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    tolietbrush, watch the Hunter documentary and you'll miss it even more


    as Hunter fumbles with a giant bag of weed, snorts coke, his face covered in white powder, drinks whisky and drives while drinking.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I'm still hoping for flashbacks, Choppah

    by Jeffrey

    I am still a responsible adult and drug free if one of those flashbacks hits, right? I can't wait. Those '80s drug prevention films better not have lied and denied me the promise of acid flashbacks.

  • April 27, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Harry-Warner Archive films are on DVD-R

    by Samuel Fulmer

    That may be why you're having trouble getting it to play.

  • April 27, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    samuel fulmer

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I would add Sisters and Obsession, if only for two of Bernard Herrmann's best scores since he worked for Hitchcock. And The Fury! A mess of sorts, but another wonderful score from John Williams, and a wonderful scene of Amy Irving escaping in slow motion (dreamlike, suspenseful and exciting) that features DePalma at the top of his craft. And who can argue with a movie that ends with an exploding John Cassavetes?

  • April 27, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Obsession IS coming to Blu-Ray in June

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The UK will have a version with a remastered transfer (the decade-old DVD looks like shit), two early De Palma shorts (The Responsive Eye and Wooton's Wake), the old making-of from the 2001 DVD and even a bound version of the original Paul Schrader screenplay (which was heavilly retooled and condensed by De Palma in hiw rewrite, omiting yet another time jump into the future).

  • April 27, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    who can argue with a movie that ends with an exploding John Cassavetes?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The ultimate rhetorical question!

  • April 27, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Eat the Document.?

    by workshed

    When are we gonna see Dylan at his very best.? I've seen both and ETD is the superior of the two (especially if they include the scene with Dylan and Lennon tripping in the Roller). The point where Dylan launches into 'Like A Rolling Stone' is rock'n'roll history being made right there. It's about time they (BD and Pennebaker) got their shit together.

  • April 27, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    What I don't understand...

    by Waylaid-by-jackassery the first sentence of Harry's Avengers review. "When Disney bought Marvel – I was hopeful – hopeful that beyond adding Disney’s marketing and synergistic super powers to the Marvel Universe’s quest to rule the world… well, I liked it." I don't post often and I'm not one of those guys who comes on here just to bust on the Big Guy, but, Jesus Christ....

  • April 27, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Return of the Living Dead 2

    by OgreYouAsshole

    Still awaiting a DVD release of this with it's original soundtrack still intact. Any idea when/if this may happen?

  • April 27, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    ROTLD 2 was crap....

    by Jeffrey

  • April 27, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Brazil Criterion on Blu anytime soon?

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • April 27, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Blow Out

    by Moonrocks

    I also like this film a lot. I think it came out right after Dressed to Kill, I saw both in the theater. I agree with everything Harry said except I was pretty annoyed by Nancy Allen's character. She was the personification of stupid blonde: she was much better in Dressed to Kill. That ending with the scream you mentioned, Harry, was incredible; haunts me to this day.

  • April 27, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Blow Out...good?

    by Lemure_v2

    Yeah, maybe if you've never seen a single Dario Argento film. Why didn't De Palma just admit he was paying homage to/ripping-off Argento?

  • April 27, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Ending of BLOW OUT, so so good...

    by DanielKurland

    Even if you hate this movie, that ending will STAY with you.

  • April 27, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    That's Frazetta art on the DORM poster/box

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 27, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by saint seiya

    Blow out blu ray is 19 bucks on sale!

  • April 27, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing is one of my fav Depp movies

    by disfigurehead

    Tied with Ed Wood.

  • April 27, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by film11

    DePalma's best! (You know it's true.) Lois Lane topless! Bernard Hermann score! William Finlay! I have the Criterion standard dvd...but a BD would be terrific.

  • April 27, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Blow Out is brilliant, one of De Palmas best

    by alexander

    was really cool for 'work' in the 1st year of, ummm, 'College' to have that screened for study and got me properly into De Palma: made me realise why I liked 'Snake Eyes' so much even intially on a crappy pan & scan vhs copy, and despite its script that gets pretty dodgy with some of the characters and the plot by the end. Argento? Maybe minor riffing or sponging in some places yes, but I get more like Vertigo-Hitchcock mashed up with some aspects of 'The Conversation'. This is not fair, I have no money. Leaving Las Vegas, Holy Mountain, El Topo AND Dementia 13 too? If Dementia 13 is a great transfer...I have a cheap copy of it on DVD i was well chuffed I found last year for only 3 pounds dammit! And of course, any of these I can't afford, I won't be downloading by any means...

  • April 27, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    I prefer holey mountin'.

    by Fred Blackmon

  • April 27, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    John Cassavettes: Shitty, overrated director.

    by Fred Blackmon

    Terrific actor.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    MUST HAVE Blow Out!

    by MoffatBabies

    I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on this baby. It's been SO long. And I watched it in cinema at least 5 times when I was a kid. Thank goodness the owners of the theater knew my mom was okay with me seeing it. What a film!!

  • April 27, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    "as complicated as a coin"

    by MoffatBabies

    I like it.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    xiaoaimi die in a fire then drown in piss.

    by MoffatBabies

    please. Choose the order. Kthxbye.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Blow Out needed commentary

    by Cobb05

    They should've gotten Travolta and Tarantino to do commentary. It's one of Tarantino's favorite films, so you know putting him and Travolta in the room, talking about the movie would've been great and worth the price of the DVD.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    A Tarantino commentary on ANY De Palma film would be sweet

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Seeing as how De Palma shies away from recording commentaries for his own films, I'd love to see another filmmaker do one.

  • April 27, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    by alexander

    is good.will like, never gets old! good.

  • April 28, 2011, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Will have to revisit Blow Out. Our dad took us along

    by Dennis_Moore

    to see this when I was eight and my brother ten. He always took us to movies beyond our age range, comprehension level, or interest . I'm sure I had no idea what was going on.

  • April 28, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    DePalma is and always will be an overrated hack

    by hst666

    His best stuff is good for a B-movie. Blow Out was eh.

  • April 28, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    666, I think you need to look up the definition of hack


    You may not like DePalma's movies but he did often choose original and interesting film projects and brought a very unique style to them, albeit Hitchcock was often a springboard.

  • April 28, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    The museum sequence from Dressed To Kill the work of a hack?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    His plots may be B movie at times, but his execution is anything but.

  • April 28, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    The house that dripped blood

    by david starling

    May be good, but its not The House that Bled to Death, a fine Hammer TV entry from the '80's that I saw again recently, and still scares the shit out of me now!! I enjoyed Daylight in the cinema, and again recently, its cheesey but enjoyable. And for those fans of Mr Mortensen (and there are many I'd assume!!), his role is short but quality - his line regarding his premature birth a classic. Actually, I saw Hidalgo at Christmas on BBC2 and loved it. Is that on BR? As for Blow Out - De Palma has had falls for sure, but not this one at all. Classic!! And actually, I enjoyed Mission to Mars (saw it at the Leciester Square Odeon), when's that out on BR?!!

  • April 28, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    velvet_sloane - you are in a rare minority, I believe,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    in liking Mission To Mars. I did like the micro meteors, and Tim Robbins spacewalk, but Gary Sinese's guyliner drove me nuts.

  • April 28, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I loved the beginning of Mission Impossible before Jim Phelps turned


  • April 28, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    where's the love

    by stvnhthr

    Thanks Harry. Ignore the trolls.

  • April 28, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Speaking of DePalma/Tarantinto,

    by JMG84

    I saw Dressed to Kill at New Bev and sat right behind Tarantino (literally in the seat behind him, one to his left). Jealous?

  • April 28, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    jmg84 - did he talk to the screen all through the movie?...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    I get the feeling Taratino couldn't shut himself up if he tried.

  • April 29, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    "if you're the slightest bit square"

    by mrgray

    I'm not normally a Harry-basher, but I hate comments like this. Why must anyone who dislikes experimental film be considered "square"? Why is it uncool to desire a straightforward narrative from a film? What if you're philosophically opposed to the distraction from story often experienced in surrealist film? As long as we're tossing out generalizations, I say if you DO like Holy Mountain, you should buy a black beret, grow a pencil moustache, and sit in coffee shops all day spouting the words "French New Wave" while you draw a cartoon turtle on your application to the local Art Institute.

  • April 29, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST


    by JMG84

    Actually, no. He was very reserved and very commanding in person. He laughed out loud a lot and whispered to his date occasionally.

  • April 29, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    by alexander

    is good.will like, never gets old!my mummy abused by my absent father so support my mental disability. will like! good.

  • April 29, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    by alexander

    is good.will like, never gets old!=== www. ==== mummywith strap on rapes me every night, makes me say these things! you will like too eventually! is good. buy. is good

  • April 30, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Bob Dylan

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    Man, I am so fucking tired of the left-wing worship of Dylan. Yes, he was good, but why do we need every hack history professor and liberal jerk-off documentarian to produce shit-tons of material about how wonderful he was?

  • April 30, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    its a want rather than a need i guess

    by alexander

  • April 30, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    who knows?

    by alexander

  • April 30, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    RIP William Campbell. . .

    by BroVinny

    . . . of, among other things, Dementia 13. How does AICN determine who gets obits, anyway?