Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st wk of May 2011: GREEN HORNET, Bloch, Matheson, HOUDINI, Gregory Peck, Ingmar Bergman and much more!!!
Hey folks, Harry here… I can literally blame the slight lateness of this column upon Osama Bin Laden. The news of his death captured my brain like a new CAPTAIN AMERICA trailer – and man… It wasn’t until 8pm yesterday that I even realized it was Monday – and at that point an angel dropped the latest Tarantino draft of DJANGO UNCHAINED – and well… a combination of Osama & Tarantino… but this is a less crazy week, so I was able to bang it out. As usual, the pictures and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more or choose to purchase the item through the link, which helps to keep this column going, as a small fragment of the purchase price goes to support the column. So again, thank you! Now – get that Stellan flick! Oh and tomorrow we find out the details of the Star Wars Blu Rays!!!
Tuesday May 3rd, 2011
Of all the 3D enabled Blu Rays that I have, this is the one that I wish I could watch properly – once I’m out of the rehab costs, I plan to upgrade to where I can fully check out the features upon these 3D discs – but in the theater – I absolutely loved Michel Gondry’s use of 3D in THE GREEN HORNET – the warping of backgrounds – that stunning DePalma-esque steadicam shot that continues to divide on screen – each window having depth… loved it. That said, I could only watch the Blu Ray – which is pretty damn great on its own. Here’s what you get on this disc:
Jay Chou Audition
Double Barrel 3D Animated Storyboard Comparisons
The Green Hornet Cutting Room
"Trust Me" -Director Michel Gondry Writing The Green Hornet
The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool
The Stunt Family Armstrong
The Art of Destruction
I fucking love FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. That said – though listed at under $10 over at Amazon – this is a crap release of the title. Wrong aspect ratio. Colors out of whack. Seriously – how does this even happen? Not worth $10 like this.
This is a blessing – two outstanding British Hammer Horror titles. The better of the two is obviously THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, but THE SKULL has a fun kitsch factor that I’ve always loved. It was written by PSYCHO’s Robert Bloch and stars Peter Cushing. Then THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH, while I love Terence Fisher’s remake of THE MAN ON HALF MOON STREET, I’ve just always preferred the original 40’s take on the story. That said, this version has Christopher Lee in it – and Anton Diffring as the titular character – and if you love him, be sure to check out CIRCUS OF HORRORS which is even better! Love more obscure titles like this getting a quality Blu treatment.
Based on a great novel from Richard Matheson… which is superior to the film, but Vincent Ward’s film is stunning to watch. This afterlife tale is one of those that touches a willing soul. Meaning, if you’re open & non-cynical and you allow the story to take root – it could absolutely make you love the film entirely. The production design – and the notion of living in paintings – and this take on the afterlife is amazing. Less of a fan of Cuba Gooding Jr’s character – but once Max Von Sydow joins the story – wow. Robin Williams is the center of this – and he’s great. As a Blu – it is one of those titles that just looks amazing.
• Feature commentary with director Vincent Ward
• About the Visual Effects
• Making-of featurette
• Alternate ending
• Photo gallery
• Theatrical Trailer
Brilliant Gregory Peck film. Of all the stars I’ve ever met – the one that literally makes me glow thinking about my interaction with – is Gregory Peck. From GUNS OF NAVARONE to TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD to ROMAN HOLIDAY to MOBY DICK to… well the man’s filmography was just brilliant – and as a man’s man – he was just the best. Take this – this could’ve been just an action adventure type of film – but they decide to make it nail-biting by dealing with the very real issues of Battle Fatigue that occurred through these daily bombing missions from the UK to Germany. And man… you’ll think 100% differently about Dean Jagger when you see the supporting role here that he won an Academy Award for. Holy Shit great! Another Peck essential!
This was my mother’s favorite Ingmar Bergman film. Me, I always preferred a great chess match with death, but mom loved this film. As a kid – I was not in love with the film. But after my mom died, I rewatched the film and could remember her laughing & having tears at the same time. Watching this film is an extraordinary personal experience for me. Because when it plays, my mother is alive. I know this means next to nothing for many of you – but it is how I look at the film. It won an award at Cannes for “Best Poetic Humor” and when you see it – you’ll get that. The Blu Ray transfer on this is stunning. Of course, I’m just used to the old VHS copy my mom played too often.
Digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Video introduction to the film by director Ingmar Bergman
Video conversation between Bergman scholar Peter Cowie and writer Jörn Donner, executive producer of Fanny and Alexander
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by theater and film critic John Simon and a 1961 review by film critic Pauline Kael
Forget the second title. It’s a fun little flick, but ultimately forgettable. However, HOUDINI – as produced by George Pal – starring Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh… and fucking TORIN THATCHER – my personal favorite character actor of all time. I love this film. Love it, not because it is an accurate telling of the life of Harry Houdini – who I’ve been obsessive about ever since I learned I shared his first name. But because… Janet Leigh looks so incredibly hot in ever single second of this movie that you’ll sit hypnotized by her. Curtis’ Houdini is fine… but for me, this and THE VIKINGS represent the great Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh screen romance, which is a big deal because it produced Jamie Lee Curtis – which is a big deal all on its own. But this film has a dear spot in my heart. Can’t say the same for THOSE DARING YOUNG MEN AND THEIR JAUNTY JALOPIES… it just isn’t as great as the animated WACKY RACERS… in my opinion.
I really do like Harold Becker’s TAPS. He hasn’t done a terrible lot of titles – but I love THE ONION FIELD, TAPS, VISION QUEST and my fave… SEA OF LOVE, but TAPS is a particularly interesting film. Here you get to see George C Scott and Ronny Cox in a film about a Military Academy for young men – with Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise as the major kids I n the story – who take over the school to guarantee that the school will not be closed. The resulting film was a bit of a fantasy for me. My alcoholic mother used to threaten me with MILITARY SCHOOL throughout my Junior High and High School years – and I often thought about how I would take over the school. This film later meshed in my over-cinema-saturated brain with RED DAWN – and tried to imagine what this same group of kids would do when the Cuban Commies and Russian Commies descended upon campus. But that was probably just me. This looks pretty damn great on Blu by the way…
This is not an easy film to watch. There’s ugly in this – and I’m not talking about the titular character, I’m talking about the world that surrounds her and her attractive older sister. There is some fairly graphic scenes of both the sexual and violent variety. That said, director Catherine Breillat creates a brilliant film about the pressures of sisters, sex and how one relates to a myriad of extreme situations. There is a rape in this. I say that, because you should be aware of it – I know a lot of folks that get profoundly upset about this sort of thing – and this is an upsetting one. Criterion has done a great job with this release – check it out!
High-definition digital restoration, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Fat Girl
Two interviews with director Catherine Breillat, one conducted the night after the film’s world premiere at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival, the other a look back at the film’s production and alternate ending
French and U.S. theatrical trailers
Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau, a 2001 interview with Breillat, and a piece by Breillat on the title
I’ve never loved this film. There’s just something that felt off about it for me. I generally love Tom Cruise flicks – and I love Football stories, but this film never got me beyond worshipping Lea Thompson – which is something I’ll never stop doing. What’d you think of ALL THE RIGHT MOVES?
I have nothing but absolute hatred and disdain for this piece of shit. I really and truly hate this film.
If I had to recommend a single title from this week’s column that I figure most of you wouldn’t have a clue about – something that you really need someone that sees everything to single out… point at… and declare it to be an absolutely brilliant great fucking movie that will knock you the hell out – I’d say it is the rather delightfully titled A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN – and that’s an outright cheeky title for this film.
The titular character is played by Stellan Skarsgard, and we see Stellan given the short shift quite a bit in cinema… I think his fans feel he should have the title role in just about everything he’s in. I mean… I’d love to see Stellan as an old THOR. He’s just one of my favorite working actors.
Here, he’s released from prison where he did time, never ratted out anybody – and he comes out to a fairly different world. His son is about to become a father. His ex-wife is working at a diner. His crime family boss has him set up in a place FROM HELL… It’s all about a criminal trying to get his life together as the old criminal ways are trying to drag him back. There’s a lot of Stellan sex in this film – and this isn’t super model shit – it’s Skarsgard sex. This film is hilarious and awesome. Can not highly recommend enough!
If you want a great alternative telling of the UK Bombing team stories from TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH – look no further than this! THE WAY TO THE STARS stars Sir Michael Redgrave and John Mills and Trevor Howard and the stunning Jean Simmons. This isn’t about the bombing raids, what happened in the air – this is about the pub afterwards – and it takes you through the entire WWII bombing runs. Begins before the Americans have arrived, we then jump to the eager Americans joining the fray… then the latter part of the war. This is a really great little film.
Bit of a ripoff – and nowhere near as great as SHAOLIN SOCCER, but I was amused enough to see Jay Chou in something other than GREEN HORNET. He’s an interesting martial arts actor – be interesting to see how he develops. Wouldn’t recommend this for an outright purchase – Netflix queue.
Soon to be adapted into a modern Spielberg Television series… giggle. Just kidding. That series has nothing to do with this. But goddamn it, how cool would it be to have a domesticized baby stegie? Sigh. Cartoons were better when I was a kid. (old man grumble) I seriously loved this as a kid. Rewatching a few episodes for this release I have to say… I had good taste!
Next week discover my thoughts on JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, BLUE VALENTINE, BLACK DEATH, SOME LIKE IT HOT Blu, THE ILLUSIONIST, I SAW THE DEVIL, THE HORSE SOLDIERS Blu, ALIENS Blu, SOMETHING WILD Criterion Blu, ALIEN Blu, PATTON Blu Book, MISFITS Blu, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID Blu Book, STRAIGHT TALK Blu Ray, THE USUAL SUSPECTS Blu Book, ALMIGHT THOR, V.I. WARSHAWSKI Blu, BRAVESTARR Complete Series, COUGARS INC, THE SIGN OF THE CROSS, CONSENTING ADULTS, TOP GUN Blu, SLEDGEHAMMER, CROPSEY, SLIME CITY MASSACRE, THE GUN IN BETTY LOU’S HANDBAG Blu, HANG EM HIGH Blu, EYES OF THE CHAMELEON and more…
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May 3, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST
Here's my DVD column for the day - check out A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN!
May 3, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Boba Fat
For all the reasons you've listed. Needs to be done properly or not at all.
May 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST
May 3, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST
The Toadies hving an awesome song in the movie and on soundtrack. Only reason I saw the movie
May 3, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST
Oh, and nice to see somehow have a hate-on for City of Angels 2 besides me.
May 3, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST
I thought that came out this week.
May 3, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
The only good thing about that proposed remake is that we'll probably get a loaded SE Blu of the original as a tie-in.
May 3, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST
Nekkid in All The Right Moves Fucked a duck in Howard The Duck Butt-raped by Russians in Red Dawn Incestuous mother in Back To The Future Fucked anything on 2 legs in Casual Sex Fucked around in Wild Life Fucked around again in Some Kind Of Wonderful Lea Thompson played a lot of sluts!! Thank you Lea for all the teenage spank bank memories!!
May 3, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST
That said, you owe me royalties for each time you said 'that said.'
May 3, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST
"I have nothing but absolute hatred and disdain for this piece of shit. I really and truly hate this film."
Here's an amazon link anyway!
May 3, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST
Is this From Dusk Til Dawn's first time on Blu in the States? I live in Canada and have had it for couple years now
In Canada all Miramax/New Line titles are released by a devil company called Alliance Altantis which released From Dusk Til Dawn on Blu and the aspect ratio is 1.85:1. So Miramax which is hard up for cash used the Canadian Blu-Ray print? Or was this release a Rerelease? Fucking Alliance Atlantis is the devil they released a 720p full screen version of Se7en and the Blade Trilogy with similar specs(wrong aspect ratio, 720p) They just use the HDTV broadcast print but in the case of From Dusk Til Dawn it's 1080p and to tell the truth I didn't realize the aspect ratio was wrong until just now when Harry mentioned it.
May 3, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Her and Elisabeth Shue were the girls I wanted the most back in the 80's (along with the pre-fatso Kirstie Alley). And Lea and Elisabeth still look damn good for their ages.
May 3, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST
What a guy!
May 3, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST
But you dug the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Cool.
May 3, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST
Without question it has some of the best visuals ever put to film and yet the movie has one pretty cheesy and strange script. Worth watching, just a really missed chance at something really amazing.
May 3, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST
This is coming from someone who has no particular love for Rogen. I went into the cinema with low, low, low expectations for that movie and ended up having a great time with it. I thought it was entertaining, funny in places and the end was pretty awesome. Sure, it was also campy at times and not all of it worked (Hello Cameron Diaz!) but Chou kicked ass and it was worth the price I paid for the tickets. I wouldn't mind a sequel although I'd like a better script next time.
May 3, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST
I find it even holds up better than the first, with excellent art direction and memorable characters. "Tokens for the money pit...live girls...Tokens for the money pit...live girls..."
May 3, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST
That's like sex but better!
May 3, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST
Twelve O'Clock High and Battleground were both made in '49 and are both fantastic war movies. They benefited from having a little space from the war era so they didn't have to be propaganda films and the characters could have flaws, yet the war memories were still fresh for everybody. You'll think differently about Van Johnson and Ricardo Montalban as well as Dean Jagger.
May 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST
got a Fat Girl on my jock
May 3, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST
what dreams may come could have been a minor masterpiece had they used the soundtrack that ennio morricone composed for it instead of replacing it with the mundane flat michael kamen one One of the biggest shames in hollywood of the last 30 years It's one of his best soundtracks ever and the rejection was the main reason he didn't want to work for hollywood anymore. You can find it on the net by the way Would have been nice if it'd been included as an alternative soundtrack in this new dvd
May 3, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST
by The Shropshire Slasher
May 3, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST
by Spielbergs Furious Racism
May 3, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST
...Oh, you mean À Ma Soeur! Fuckin' retarded Americans.
May 3, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST
Like it's gorgeous lead actress.
May 3, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST
I'm interested in director's cut.
May 3, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST
May 3, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST
by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch
Is the setting. They went for a Deer Hunter/Pittsburgh steel town thing and it just never once felt authentic. Tom Cruise never felt like he came from the background of the character he was cast to play and he was also a tad bit unlikeable. That movie works better set in the south or Ohio perhaps where high school football being taken so seriously seems less silly. The film also looks like it was shot with a coating of mud on the lens and is not a good looking movie by any stretch. I did watch the shit out of it to see Lea Thompson naked though. Should have been a better movie, but Cruise's character never felt real and none of his journey ever felt earned in it.
May 3, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
...France changes the vast majority of foreign titles into their own ones, and rarely a simple translation, so if the United States calls it "Fat Girl," I wouldn't be so quick to judge.
May 3, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST
You know, like in A Serbian Film.
May 3, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST
I honestly can't tell if that is really a review, felt just like specs & a praising of the 3D
May 3, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST
May 3, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST
I actually know a girl like the one in the movie except she was 18 at the time.. Yes she was fat and yes the world is an ugly place but I still fucked her in the ass and made her swallow my man juice anyways.... She really wanted my cock like a fat girl at a donut shop... I wasn't going to say no to pussy, I was being nice so I gave her my Thor, and hammer it all the way home,hahahha!!!!
May 3, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST
Am I the only person who thought this movie failed epically. First half was brilliant, BRILLIANT...then the second half of the movie just goes bat shit crazy negating the awesomeness of the first. As soon as the vampires come out the movie nose dives.
May 3, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST
THE GREEN HORNET "Of all the 3D enabled Blu Rays that I have, this is the one that I wish I could watch properly – once I’m out of the rehab . . . So, it took Seth Rogaine to push your 3D enabled Blu Ray of your Colonoscopy to second place . . . Who knew?
May 3, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST
Nothing at all worked. Except maybe that final pull away shot at the very end.
May 3, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST
May 3, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST
I wanted to love it, and it just fell flat for me. To me, the reaction the cast had to the vampires (especialy the 2 teens) didn't seem authentic and the dialog with Harvey and George throughout the 2nd half was very corny. Harvey is a good actor, but not in that. However, Salma Heyak was smoking hot. I would have gladly been her slave for eternity.
May 3, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST
Way to be a dismissive internet critic who doesn't feel the need to support or explain his hyperbole. Just keep living in to that stereotype, Harry.
May 3, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST
What happened to 4:20 ?
May 3, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST
First time I walked out of a theater actually pissed off.
May 3, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST
Why exactly do you hate Crow 2? Grantedit is waaay inferiorto the first one, but it does have the right look at least. And as in the first, the songs complement the action nicely. Plus, the score has it's bright spots also; I liked the Spanish guitar added to the love theme, used here to represent the father/son relationship. C'mon, Harry! Be a true critic and give us the reasoning behind your opinion!
May 3, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
May 3, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
One of the best high school sports movies ever. They don't make anything these days anywhere near as good.
May 3, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST
That was out of line, degrading and an awful comment. Talking freely about rape makes me sick to my stomach.
May 3, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST
Not the anti-christ of films, a few inspired ideas, but over all just too bland and generic to really engage me as a viewer. Not to mention Seth Rogen always takes me out of every movie with his regurgitated schtick. The film never made me feel that they were pretending to be villains to take down the villains. They still seemed like heroes. The worst offense is that the film never made a case for why these heroes are still relevant or why they deserved their own movie. 2/5 stars Harry just loves everything. Unless it's actually good.
May 3, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST
by David McLees
Its as if you read my mind! I completely agree with the three women you have listed. Throw in a Phoebe Cates and you have quite and evening! Just watched Piranha 3D and Elizabeth Shue is still beautiful!
May 3, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST
Perfect eye candy for a boy just starting to enter puberty...heh, heh.
May 3, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST
by Alfa Jerk
Wiggy Wiggy Wiggy Wi-geeh
May 3, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST
May 3, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST
Goddamnit. Way to cut your own legs off, studios.
May 3, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST
Great documentary, one of my favories of last year. Sad in many ways, thought provoking in others. Really underlooked, and I'm glad I saw it when I did. If none of you have seen this, you really owe it to yourself to see this.
May 3, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST
May 3, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST
lets call harry a sick perv when he gives a positive review to a movie that has something traumatic in it. cause obviousely the reason he likes the movie is cause he gets off to that. herp derp
May 3, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST
But he does want you to click the link so he can get paid, son!
May 3, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST
That movie sucked!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 3, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST
The sex was all consensual, didn't say anything about rape... The only rape going on was my ball sack being squash like grapes when she was riding me to death while I scream mercy, but that didn't stop her...
May 4, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST
May 4, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST
Most people may not have noticed that next week he is reviewing JUSTIN FUCKING BIEBER. Understandable since it's hard to make it 1/4 through this crap.
Does anyone need anymore proof that this site is bought more than a $2 whore? WHY IS THAT FUCKING GIRLBOY BEING PIMPED SO HARD ON THIS SITE????
May 4, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST
"Twelve O'Clock High." I was 10 years old (I'm 66 now) when I discovered my father, Harry's grandfather, owned this great motion picture about WWII bombers. My Dad a career military man & coach had long owned a Kodak pageant 16mm projector and on the kids B-Days would drag out Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Casper the Ghost, & Popeye cartoons to entertain our friends long before the existence of video tape, laser disc, DVD, and BluRay. A great and rare treat for all. He also showed Football, Baseball & Basketball footage, but never any feature films. Turned out 12 o'clock was the only one he ever owned. You see my Dad was a Navigator on B-17's during WWII, and on occasion he did duty as a waist-gunner. I must have seen this print and his 5 or 6 cartoons 15-20 times growing up. It planted the seed of film collecting in my brain so that now we have hundreds of 16mm prints and thousands of videotapes & DVDs... This flick started it all... leading eventually to Harry starting this site.
May 4, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST
I saw some of it on an HD broadcast, and it looks amazing, as does the setting. Have no idea about the story. But the photography is great. I disagree with "melanie_griffiths_sour_patch ".
May 4, 2011, 2:38 a.m. CST
...I love it. One of Hammer's best little films. Eerie and tense, Bloch's script and the fine acting had me hiding behind the settee when I was a kid. It's been an ambition of mine, ever since I watched this, to own, preferably, the skull of Marquis De Sade.
May 4, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST
1.85:1 IS the right aspect ratio for this film. I owned it on Laserdisc and DVD and the Alliance disc has the same aspect ratio as those previous releases. In fact, all of Robert Rodriguez' films are shot in 1.85:1. With the exception of 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico' and 'Grindhouse - Planet Terror'. But both are released in open matte 1.85:1 on Blu-ray also. (The 'Grindhouse' double feature Blu-ray has 'Planet Terror' in the correct 2.35:1 ratio, though. Picture and sound quality for the Alliance release of FDTD are pretty good also. I can only guess - not having seen it - that the new release has the wrong aspect ratio or crops the image somehow. So for now... The Alliance disc is the one to get.
May 4, 2011, 4:36 a.m. CST
I've got an LED 3D TV and a DLP 3D TV. I gotta say....although the LED looks amazing...just for pure 3D the DLP is the way to go. It's a 73" Mitsubishi and it destroys my 55" Samsung LED in terms of 3D. The Mitsubishi just looks incredible for 3D. What an experience. The 3D LED Samsung looks unbelievable for standard viewing because of the 240 hz refresh rate and super sharp image...but oh man...the DLP looks sick for 3D.
May 4, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST
I'll wait until I hear about the quality of the video transfer as opposed to standard DVD, but one of Lea's few nude scenes is enough to get my money.
May 4, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST
... then feel the need to go back and examine it again, unlike 'Funny Games'
May 4, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST
on the flip side: really enjoyed Green Hornet, one of the more unabashedly fun while well made cinematic experiences, from last year anyway
*ducks for cover*
May 4, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST
Patton and Usual Suspects again next week eh? Are we already out of Blu worthy material? Can I just get a DVD release of Cast a Deadly Spell, please?
May 4, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST
by Truxton Spangler
That's something I'd pay to see. One wonders how things might have turned out differently. And Lea Thompson was more than topless in that scene. Something you don't find among the more prudish American movies and actors now. They save that kind of stuff for "leaked" photos. BTW, where's the "big" site revamp we've been promised? Have the code monkeys revolted and quit? It seems this edition can barely be reached nowadays.
May 4, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST
STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY is presented in widescreen with 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Special features include: * DISC ONE – STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew * DISC TWO – STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew * DISC THREE – STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew * DISC FOUR – STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew * DISC FIVE – STAR WARS: EPISODE V THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew * DISC SIX – STAR WARS: EPISODE VI RETURN OF THE JEDI o Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren o Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew * DISC SEVEN – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES I-III o Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; a flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives and more * DISC EIGHT – NEW! STAR WARS ARCHIVES: EPISODES IV-VI o Including: deleted, extended and alternate scenes; prop, maquette and costume turnarounds; matte paintings and concept art; supplementary interviews with cast and crew; and more * DISC NINE – THE STAR WARS DOCUMENTARIES o NEW! Star Warriors (2007, Color, Apx. 84 Minutes) – Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures...these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world. o NEW! A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Color, Apx. 25 Minutes) – George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time. o NEW! Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Color, Apx. 91 Minutes) – The farce is strong with this one! 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George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update. o Star Wars Tech (2007, Color, Apx. 46 Minutes) – Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.
May 4, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST
A Somewhat Gentle Man is available for Watch Instantly.
May 4, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST
I wouldn't consider buying even one of those. Ugh.
May 4, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST
I understand they're poking fun at ambiguious gay duo thing, but the "we're not gay, no serious, not gay...we're just friends, but here's some more gay innuendo..but we're not gay......well maybe..nope, not gay." thing got old fast.
May 4, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST
As a die hard crow fan....the second one wasn't awful. There were some good things in it. The action was done well, the music was on par with the first, the characters were all fairly interesting. The problem was that it was missing heart. Everything felt like it was TRYING to be cool whereas in the first one it just was. The relationship between the father and son never felt authentic or tragic, it just felt like plot. The scenes with them felt less like a way to involve you with the father and son and more like a way for the lead to show that he's sexy or something. So many things in the sequel felt like they didn't belong there, but were there for continuity like the crows getup. In the first one we buy that a rocker would wear the leather trench and the jeans and the makeup, etc...in the sequel it just felt like they did it to make him look like Eric Draven and it didnt work. So many nitpicks but once again...it wasn't horrible, just not as good as the first.
May 4, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST
A very sensitive subject I see... Are you alone, did it touch close to home??? You went into great details there describing how fat someone is.. Maybe it's you who is the victim of the ugly truth that surrounds your pitiful life of fast food and black eyes from guys punching you in the eye for being a obese... How many funnel cakes does it take for starsplitter's ass to open up from excitement??? It'll be a ferris wheel of cocks going in your ass, that will make you see some stars... In the meantime while you come back to the talkback and write into great details about your fantasy and anger I'll be fucking your mom's face off, lol..... I'm guessing in a couple of hours or so after your funnel cake DP ass fucking session you'll be back here in no time...
May 4, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST
by Ray Garraty #47
I was literally glowing.
May 4, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST
Harry, you are one weird degenerate.
May 4, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST
The only film I have ever walked out of the theater on. Can't agree more about what a shit this thing is.
May 4, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST
People of earth attention! Not to be a Debbie downer but there is a level 7(chernobyl disaster level) nuclear reactor spewing death at this moment.
But your world is so fucked beyond imagination- that it isn't in the news at all. I never would have imagined that I'd ever make a statement like that. I mean. If you were to imagine a nuclear disaster. You'd never imagine in your wildest dreams that when the threat was at it's highest level(7)- that it wouldn't even be reported about on any major news network- at all. I mean. You would never think of something like that unless you were a demon from another dimension who preyed off of the emotion of fear
May 4, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST
A life of pure disconnect and fantasy remains. Whatever I can scrape up. Note to videogame makers: I'm done with post apocalyptic shit so you can stop making it. The real world will look shitty enough. Start making more Mario galaxy type games now
May 4, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST
First, you are lament that the real world news of a level 7 nuclear reactor meltdown is not being reported and that the fanboys here are not aware of this fact and then you say that you wish to retreat into a world of pure fantasy disconnected from reality, which is exactly the Modus Operandi of the Fanboy, that you seem to despise.
May 4, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST
but I will not be buying these. Yes, I am one of those SW purist who is waiting for the Original Trilogy as it was originally released in the theaters to be Digitally Remastered and released on Blu-Ray.
May 4, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST
No Graig Ferguson wrote one of the drafts for The Fast and Furious movies with a boatload of cocaine back in day
Any gay innuendo or subtext there might be in Green Hornet has nothing on Top Guns and Fast 5 I'll bet
May 4, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST
RE: "I have nothing but absolute hatred and disdain for this piece of shit. I really and truly hate this film."
For once I agree with Ginzilla. As for Fat Girl, if it's anything like A Serbian Film, I'm gonna pass on yet another one of your recommendations.
May 4, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST
Is Crow 2 a bad movie? All i know that after i watched it i felt like i wasted my time. Iggy Pop was cool, though.
May 4, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST
Totally agree with all you blokes(/blokettes?) - the first half was suspenseful, well-acted, interesting stuff and then it all gets thrown out the window. Not a bad idea in itself - pulling the rug from beneath our feet - but they failed to sustain really anything that made the first half so riveting. Plus, sub-Buffy the Vampire Slayer-looking vampires using human limbs as musical instruments is several kinds of dumb.
May 4, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST
by David Ledford
As far as Crow 2 goes I wouldn't call it a piece of shit. The studio took it away from the director and changed a shitload of things. Apparently there is a "fan cut/directors cut" floating around the internet. I have never seen it but a lot of people say it is much better although some scenes that were never filmed are in animatic form. I hear it's much different and had more "heart" in it as many people have complained that was lacking in City of Angels. I would have really liked to see what was originally intended but it was just another case of the studio rushing something out and not letting the director take his time and do the job he wanted to do and rush it out to dupe us outta our cash. But as far as Crow sequels go it is the best. lol that's not saying much though.
May 4, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST
Giggle googoo gaga. I thought we all agreed the word "giggle" would no longer be used by Harry.
May 5, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST
I hate The Crow 2 & I am not a professional film critic, but if I was my review would be more than "I hate The Crow 2".
Come on Harry, put at least a little thought into what you are doing. You completely pass on giving any insight into a genre film many younger readers may have an interest in....but if some stupid soft-core skin flick comes out, you write a paragraph about it.
May 5, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST
by Clok 1966
I cant understand the hate for this. If you read the comic it was all about sureal and not so cut and dried reveng flick like the CROW was. Dont get me wrong the First CROW was great, and the 2nd is clearly the lesser film, but it captures the FEEL of the comic much better in my opinion. Almost a dream state of misery. Thomas Jane, Iggy Pop, all did well, the main guy, was a bit so-so.. but .. he was dead (can that be an excuse?) nobody as cool as Spidermoneky from the first one.. but good bad guys.. now if you want trash.. watch the last Crow installment with Kid from Terminator 2... that was bad!
May 5, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST
Because every single time Harry writes something, damndirtyape jumps all over him, trashing him like crazy. Just curious is all.
May 5, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST
by Spanish Eddie
The Skull is actually an Amicus production and not Hammer. The Man Who Could Cheat Death is a Hammer film though.
May 5, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST
But, yeah, his hate runs deep.
May 5, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST
Coen Bros Light & in a good way. I could see 'em remaking it w/Jack Nicholson . If you like it also see TERRIBLY HAPPY from Denmark & UK's DOWN TERRACE. Similar tone.
May 10, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST
The Ain't-It-Cool brand (I think) is to let us know what cool stuff is happening in film. It's always weird in DVD Picks column when I read posts like the one for the Crow City of Angels. It isn't really a pick then, is it? It's more like an Ain't-It-Sucky.
May 12, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST
Make Space Ghost a movie! Thaddeus Bach! Intergalactic Police wiped out at a celebration of Bach's "retirement" by Zorak (you never see him but you see his shadow as he skulks along...and his voice). New twist...SGs power bands are not the source of his power but control points because...(spoiler alert) after being damn near destroyed and the planet leveled by Zorak (ghost planet), he absorbed the dying energy of the planet and side effect, no focal control of his powers... sound like a start? Flesh it out peoples...lets make a SG movie!!!!
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