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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 5th wk of May 2011: Kubrick, Lucas, Leone, Dahl, Scott, Hawks, Wayne and more!

Published at: June 1, 2011, 2:56 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… sorry this is a tad late, the past 48 have been a bit hectic, but there’s some legitimate great works of cinema in this week’s column so I stayed up late tonight – and have a very early day – in about 6 hours. But the good news is, the Blu Ray of BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS is unfrickenbelievably great looking & sounding! Happy times ahead. That isn’t in this week’s column, but for all of you that ordered it, it is amazing. And coming soon. Now- like usual all the pics and linked titles go to their respective Amazon pages where you can learn more or purchase the item in question resulting in a small portion of the price going to support the best efforts of this column. So again, thank you! Here ya go…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 – Sister Satan’s 30th Birthday (holy shit!)





A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Blu Ray)

I watched this with Ernie Cline a couple weeks back, who came over in this: ECTO88.COM ! Yeah, he’s a mega-geek. And watching A CLOCKWORK ORANGE with him was just a great evening. Noticing new things neither of us had noticed watching the film. Like cars out a window that we’d never noticed before. My favorite realization was that we both agreed that for us, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is Kubrick’s most iconic film. For each of us, the imagery of this film is burnt, permanently into our consciousness. It’s why we smile everytime Malcolm appears in every other film. It is still oddly perfectly in our future. It still effects culture and it still has the legend of being a self-banned work in the UK until Kubrick died. Which is an amazing thing. I can’t imagine this film being banned, much less by Kubrick himself. The whole story is on here with a lot more. Finally all on a single disc! This book edition is really nicely put together. Here’s the Special Features on the BLU –
Malcolm McDowell Looks Back: Malcolm McDowell reflects on his experience working with legendary director Stanley Kubrick on one of the seminal films of the 1970s.
Turning like Clockwork: Considers the Film's Ultra-violence and its Cultural Impact
Commentary by Malcolm McDowell and historian Nick Redman
Documentary Still Tickin': The Return of Clockwork Orange
Great Bolshy Yarblockos!: Making A Clockwork Orange
Theatrical Trailer
Jan Harlan's Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (Harlan is a world renown film producer and the brother of Christiane Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick's widow). Kubrick's career comes into sharp focus in this compelling documentary narrated by Tom Cruise. Fascinating footage glimpses Kubrick in his early years, at work on film sets and at home, augmented by candid commentary from collaborators, colleagues and family.
Career Profile
O Lucky Malcolm! Featuring Malcolm McDowell




ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Blu Ray)

I once saw this film with Tim League, my father, nephew & Alex Cox in Monument Valley on one of the awesome Rolling Roadshow adventures. Nothing will ever come close to that for me. First off, the print was gorgeous, two – I’ll never forget the lightning storm in the distance that would occassionaly backlight the Monuments. Wow. This Blu is just about as beautiful as that, but with out the majesty of eons of erosion and massive static discharges… but that’s fine, that event lives in my memory forever, and I’ll never be able to watch the film and not love that memory. Here – staring into Bronson’s sweaty eyes, hearing that piercing Harmonica, staring in wonder at a Henry Fonda role that just made every sweet, noble & pitch-perfect hero he play all the more amazing, for just knowing he had this in him! Brilliant casting against type. I feel that Schwarzeneggar should play an amazing villain next. The audience wants to hate him a little, and if he went as dark as Fonda went here… in a great fucking movie? I’d love that. – anyway, don’t know where that came from. But watching Jason Robards… falling in love with Claudia Cardinale, who was built to sweat in 1080p! This may very well be Leone’s masterpiece, except I feel that way about all his films, so there ya have it. The image and sound are amazing. Here’s the Special Features:
Commentary with Contributions from Directors John Carpenter, John Milius & Alex Cox, Film Historians Sir Christopher Frayling & Dr. Sheldon Hall and Cast & Crew
An Opera of Violence The Wages of Sin
Something to do with Death
Railroad: Revolutionising The West Locations
Then & Now Production Gallery
Theatrical Trailer HD
Easter Egg – New Trailer




TRUE BLOOD: Third Season (Blu Ray)

This is my favorite season of TRUE BLOOD thus far. I love the King of Mississippi! Love plot turns, love the continued awesome sex & violence, that makes it seem like a weird southern cousin of the more raunchy supernatural Hammer titles. And I love that stuff, but dammit – this show is hot. All of it is hot, because it gives you the idea that any and every character could either Fuck or Kill any other character… and you’d love either. They’re pretty much all the sexiest people on the planet, but the show really does have a lot of wit and teeth. My trashy delicious fave show on TV. I love John Dahl's direction on his episodes, and I have to say I want him back directing films, as soon as he finishes working on TRUE BLOOD, but not till after the series is canceled.  Rewatching this third season has me and Yoko just dying for the coming of witches, which she seems to feel will bring the best season yet. I’m still making my way through the season, at mid-point presently, so I haven’t checked out the special features – but reality is – this show was made for high definition.




LOLITA (Amazon Exclusive) Blu Ray

Kubrick created the above image. Look at that. There’s a whole wonderful brilliant sensual delightful & fun movie built around it. Based on the brilliant novel, I love this film. It is an Amazon Exclusive (but oddly enough I don’t get these), but I have ordered it. Cuz, ya know. It’s Kubrick. It is what one does, who loves film. And when you invite a friend over and put it on… The air in the room simply is crisper, everything your eyes and ears perceive will be effortlessly iconic and memorable. It will inform your life, make you seek out all the James Mason movies. And he did this type of story many times in his career, and while others showed more, Kubrick’s is best. Perfect film.




BARRY LYNDON (Amazon Exclusive) Blu Ray

There is a significant young modern director movement that wants to declare BARRY LYNDON as the best film of all time. I will not name names, but I delight in their fetishizing of BARRY LYNDON. Again, KUBRICK – YOU MUST OWN – WATCH – LOVE & APPRECIATE to even have a sane verbal context with which to even discuss film. In every genre the man touched, he made the best film of the genre in terms of pure iconography, intelligence and cinematic style. The guy fucking used lenses on super secret government spy satellites in order to film scenes by single candle light. The film is simply one of the most stunning looking films in cinematic history. That some people hate Ryan O’Neal only reveals that some people are idiots. BARRY LYNDON is a staggeringly brilliant film to watch, it is about 9 down in my personal Kubrick ranking. But that’s sort of like comparing flawless 1000 ct diamonds of different perfect color and saying, I prefer the yellow. It’s a matter of personal taste. But folks. BARRY LYNDON on Blu Ray – it must be sick! Again, it’s an AMAZON EXCLUSIVE, so I’m waiting on this shit too.




LEGEND (Ultimate Edition) Blu Ray

Folks, the glitter looks amazing on Blu! I just saw Quint’s beautiful print of LEGEND earlier this year, last pre-surgery theatrical experience, actually. So I relished having a very fresh memory of the film. This Blu is stuffed with features. 2 versions of the film. Isolated score track which is fucking heaven! I can watch this film as a Tangerine Dream Ballet and love it all the more. Tons of behind the scenes and hard core geek happy extras! & a pretty awesome Commentary by Ridley Scott. I don’t usually listen to these, but I just had to know what he was thinking. I’ve wondered for a long time. The film itself is one of the most amazing misses ever. I deep love a great deal of this ultimately very silly senseless film… but damn if I don’t keep staring into it like the most amazing visual puzzlebox ever carved from light. I’ve never solved it, but damn I enjoy giving it a try.




DRIVE ANGRY (Blu Ray)

This is an attitude movie. A film about driving angry. Not just a little angry, but this is too tough for Hell angry. This is way better than Cage’s first GHOST RIDER, but this is actually kind of closer. Great trash fun kind of flick. This and the new PIRANHA would be a fun night.




BIUTIFUL (Blu Ray)

A brutal film, from the man who knows how to make brutal emotional assaults like BABEL & 21 GRAMS. Of course we’re talking about Alejandro González Iñárritu. Javier Bardem is again brilliant, emotional, raw… Not a guy you’d like to necessarily meet. But Alejandro has an amazing captivating ability to create the most uncomfortable nightmare images and moments of characters’ lives and make them wonderful to watch. So heartwrenchingly real. This one hurts fantastically.




AMERICAN GRAFFITI (Blu Ray)

In many ways the best film that George Lucas has yet to make. This is a film I love to watch with THE GRADUATE. Totally different, but relatable universes. One of the coolest movies of all time, simply because Han Solo is a hick Cowboy street racing cock. Simply because Wolf Man Jack – the Legend of the Stratisphere. Because every single everyone is fucking perfect. Because the music is so perfect. I love this film. Not like I love STAR WARS. But like how I love AMERICAN GRAFFITI – it’s a perfect film. One of those just pitch perfect nailed it movies that lives in my home forever.




BIG JAKE (Blu Ray)

My favorite of the old man Wayne movies. I can’t wait for my dad and Giovanni to sit down and watch the best fucking grandpa action movie ever. DO NOT EVER STEAL JOHN WAYNE’S KID! It will not end well for you. I also love that SMAUG is fighting John Wayne. And let’s just put it frankly, John Wayne is the only man that could shoot a big ol dragon out the sky with but an arrow. Listen up, lil pilgrim, there’ll be no flying dragon that’ll burn my town, not if I have something to say about it! I’m sorry. I’ve been saying this since I was a little kid. I saw this and the Rankin Bass HOBBIT around the same time, and when my dad told me Richard Boone, the guy in the RED PONCHO was SMAUG… My brain took all the logical kid fantasy play turns. Soon, John Wayne must kill Smaug became my personal geek ain’t ever gonna happen Mantras. The film looks fantastic on Blu. This is the STAR TREK 4 of badass John Wayne westerns. There’s a bit of silly, a bunch of bravado, warm familiar faces and just a damn fun film. Pretty tough.




RIO LOBO (Blu Ray)

I was real sure I’d seen this when I went on my Howard Hawks obsession in the early 90s. I think probably at that time, I thought I’d seen it, because I always assume that I’ve seen every John Wayne film – and there’s always something ya forgot. When I put on RIO LOBO and it started up in the Civil War I raised an eyebrow! Then when the film shifts genres from being a full fledged Howard Hawks Civil War flick, to no holsters Western Revenge flick… I just squealed with delight. That’s a FROM DUSK TIL DAWN kind of thing to pull and yet that was the reality of the time. A lot of Civil War stories turned into Wild West affairs. See a young hot Sherri Lansing (ex-president of PARAMOUNT) in the raw. But most of all, you get a very odd film that I like quite a bit. It isn’t solely on target, it takes its time and wanders a bit, but hell, that just sounds like a story you’d hear from a Texan.




THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS (Blu Ray)

Another of Argento’s giallos – my favorite genre of Dario’s. These bloody, sexy, oh so fashionable thrillers that he mastered. Karl Malden is awesomely ridiculous as this blind puzzle solver. It is amazing. The performance is like a smile, an incredibly sweet performance and outlook on life. Oddly enough it kind of deals with wear science was headed, but in a completely wrong way. I love it. They give you some passable extras, but nothing amazingly great. The best feature is “TALES OF THE CAT” (really the only one that wasn’t original PR for the film). But the film looks beautiful on Blu in it’s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio!




A MAN CALLED HORSE (Blu Ray)

I believed for most of my live that Richard Harris really had his man chest pierced with Eagle talons and hoisted up into the air for the making of this movie. I intellectually know otherwise, but I’ve killed that brain long ago – and prefer to be that kid that saw Richard Harris as a GOD! I just couldn’t imagine anything more painful that having your pecs pierced with talons and hoisted. I mean, ouch right? This is a great film by the way. Sort of like the badass version of DANCES WITH WOLVES with better shit going on.

Well that finishes up May, this first week of June will bring us the Coens’ TRUE GRIT, GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS, THE COMPANY MEN, SUPERMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY on Blu, SANCTUM Blu, OUTLAW JOSEY WALES Blu, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING Blu, VERA CRUZ Blu, THE STUNT MAN Blu, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Blu, Eastwood’s CLYDE movies on Blu, FIREFOX / HEARTBREAK RIDGE Blu, HAIR blu, HAPPY GILMORE Blu, NEW YORK, NEW YORK Blu, LONG RIDERS Blu, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI Blu, BLUE CRUSH Blu, AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY Blu, BLUE CRUSH 2, APT PUPIL Blu, MARLOWE, ORIGINAL SIN Blu, NIGHT FLIGHT, WHEELER DEALERS, FRANKENSTEIN JR & IMPOSSIBLES, THE HOUSEMAID, BURIAL GROUND Blu, Marx Brothers, THE PHANTOM EMPIRE, MOTHER’S DAY,

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  • June 1, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Post 1701A

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's my DVD Picks & Peeks with some real jewels this week!

  • June 1, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    First, motherfuckers!

    by eloy

    That´s all right now

  • June 1, 2011, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Harry Was First

    by othman

    Sorry eloy.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Now, on to the column

    by eloy

    I really, really, look forward to getting Claudia Cardinale in BluRay. Also, West is pretty good. Cat sounds real nice as well, since Im quite in love with Argento, though I gotta say I´ve never been, at all, in that much awe of Kubrick outside The Shining which, by the way, I might be getting tomorrow. Not that I wouldn´t dive into his entire oeuvre if I had the spare cash.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Djareck

    by eloy

    Well,you know what I meant. Nice to find out I´m not the only one awake right now (I had dinner a bit too late and am now suffering from a rather unwelcome bit of Montezuma´s revenge). That was probably a bit too much info, right?

  • June 1, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Drive Angry was shite

    by alan_poon

    apart from William Fichtner

  • June 1, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    True Blood Season 3...

    by GravyAkira

    kinda sucked. No Pun. Season 3 was a step up from Season 2, but the show just isnt as interesting as it was in its first season.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    I'm not a director

    by MorganLeafy

    but I also think Barry Lindon was Kubrick's best. I love how the first half passes quickly, almost like a graphic novel and that the second half than slows down to present us with nuanced characters. Moreover it's technically perfect as well; he used NASA camera's for the candle lit scenes.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    ordered the whole Kubrick blu collection thoughts?

    by strykebr

    on beaver he kind of shit on the Spartacus Blu.....got the Criterion Paths of Glory few months back, now with this & the Killing Criterion coming out in August.....I will be friggin set

  • June 1, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    I WONDER WHAT SOCIETY WOULD BE LIKE WITHOUT STAR WARS, ALSO......

    by CreepyThinMan

    As John Milius rightly put it "Star Wars brought kids out of the residue of the [60’s] counterculture and interested them in American technology again". Having just watched American Graffiti (1973) for the first time in at least a decade, I wondered what type of filmmaker Lucas would have been if he had continued making movies that focused on human drama, away from all of the visual effects. We would still have had Jaws but even that didn’t have the incredible cultural impact that Star Wars did. We are still feeling its effects to this day. I also couldn’t help but find parallels’ and contrasts to Animal House (1978). Both movies take place in 1962 and deal with transition and change. AG was about kids moving on from high school into the real world of work and college, fraught with fear and uncertainty abut the future while there was a sort of innocent chastity to the proceedings. Animal House, on the other hand, and on the surface may have been a comedy about people having a good time but I always felt that it was a logical companion piece to AG as it dealt with adolescence free from high school/parental control and wallowing in the excesses that college life affords i.e. drinking, partying and fucking! Then there is the fact that 1962 was truly the last year of post-WW2 innocence, IMHO, of America as Kennedy was killed in 63 while the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed in 64 thus escalating the Vietnam War which also fueled the Hippie movement of the decade. Ad in the development of Rock N Roll, psychedelic drugs, the draft for an unjustified war and birth control pills (which were first introduced in 1960) and you got a cultural explosion that broke free of the icy grip of 1950’s conformity from which the characters in American Graffiti would eventually break free into the hedonistic insanity of Animal House.

  • June 1, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    "amazing misses"?

    by Dennis_Moore

    I'd bet you don't understand the deeper meanings of Labyrinth, either. What's not to get about Legend? It's easier than Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal.

  • June 1, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    American Graffiti is Lucas' best

    by The Krypton Kid

    Such a perfect, haunting time capsule film.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    "Stratisphere"?!?

    by JMH1973

    Also, "still effects culture"? Affect is usually a verb while effect is, usually, a noun.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Barry Lyndon

    by Colonel_Blimp

    Anyone who's seen the blu care to comment on the transfer?

  • June 1, 2011, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Drive Angry wasn't angry enough and needed more driving

    by Spandau Belly

    It had some funny moments and the action was all fine, it just hit a lot of slow draggy parts. Cage never really seemed angry. It's weird, Cage normally shouts through all his films, but he just seemed hungover in this one.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:24 a.m. CST

    For it's da chilling sound of your dooooooom!

    by loafroaster

    Schwarzeneggar as a villain? No thanks.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Able to separate character from person

    by Chris

    I know Ryan O'Neal has done some good work, but that doesn't stop him from being a dick in real life.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Regret buying LEGEND on DVD in 2006

    by Autodidact

    That's the type of movie that really pays off in blu especially if you only ever saw it on shitty cable broadcast.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Miss That 70s Style Poster Art

    by Autodidact

    I mostly hate modern cinema poster art. It's all about Photoshop.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:06 a.m. CST

    lolita and Barry

    by Reese calden

    seen both Blus and they look great compared to the old dvds, defnitly better than i could wish for.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    "Another shitty release week"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Will not be heard this week.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    "bout time eh, Frank?"

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Choppah loves some Chucky Bronson.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    there was some epic hate fucking in TRUE BLOOD in season three

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    My old lady walked in on that scene and we just laughed and laughed and laughed.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    LEGEND isolated score is Tangerine Dream, not Goldsmith?

    by BenBraddock

    Really?

  • June 1, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Clockwork Orange

    by hst666

    Wasn't that already out on Blu?

  • June 1, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Know the OUATITW Blu ray

    by DannyOcean01

    Is region free, but the shipping time is going to mean I won't get this for a couple of weeks. And that sucks. Hate the wait for UK releases these days.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    1985 was a shite year for Universal and their films.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The slaughtering of Brazil and Legend in point.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Yay

    by Shubniggorath

    Finally get to watch Barry Lyndon. Also first time I've ordered through this column!

  • June 1, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Time does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    That's a cool cover for ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST... It's a movie I like a lot... and most consider it beyond reproach but I personally feel it's just a little too long. Not the opening mind - i'd keep that long stretch just as it is. Waiting at the train station, great stuff. But as the film plays out there are some parts that drag a little. Just my opinion.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Cat O Nine

    by Davidhessstation

    Is a really great transfer

  • June 1, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    LEGEND

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    As much as I love goldsmith, I can't help but favor the Tangerine Dream score over Goldsmith's. Perhaps it is just because I've seen it many many times in the truncated version and watched the director's cut only a handful of times.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    hst666

    by Shubniggorath

    CWO is indeed on BD already but only one disc. My copy doesn't have the Tom Cruise narrated thingee but is nonetheless loaded with features and the transfer is bloody gorgeous.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Legends directors cut = masterpiece.

    by knowthyself

    Also it tosses out that awful tangerine dream score for a real orchestral score that keeps the film from feeling stupid and dated.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Only bad thing about true blood season 3

    by knowthyself

    Lafayettes trippy hallucinogenic dream sequence. Boy was that bad. Best moment? When the king of louisiana shows up on TV. Campy and funny and just fun.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    A CLOCKWORK ORANGE blu

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    The tom cruise narrated doc was on the old Kubrick box set and this is the first time its out on blu. It is exceptional.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    tangerine dream

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Really doesn't sound dated compared to Alan Parson's abysmal score for Ladyhawke. I suggest grafting Goldsmith's score from Legend onto Ladyhawke and leave Tangerine Dream defuck alone!

  • June 1, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    "oddly perfectly"........WTF?

    by Jeffrey

    A new Harry-ism to ponder. Somebody get that ginger giant an English Rosetta Stone.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Harry's isms "effect" us all in different ways

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 1, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    "deals with wear science was headed"......

    by Jeffrey

    There is potential for the greatest drinking game ever here: Drop a shot every time Harry publishes an error in grammar!

  • June 1, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    When is Starcrash getting the Blu Ray treatment?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Now there is some damn fine cinema there!

  • June 1, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    "The best film George Lucas has yet to make..."

    by D.Vader

    "Yet to make?" "YET to make"?! WTF are you talking about?! He DID make it. The phrase "yet to make" would only apply to ANOTHER filmmaker's movie that is reminiscent of Lucas's work. Jeebus Christo.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    I guess you mean "has yet MADE."

    by D.Vader

  • But that Legend Ultimate Edition is miiiighty tempting. Even if it sounds like all the same extras from the DVD version.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    fucking double-dipped again.

    by hst666

    I'll probably be getting the new CO.

  • If so, I may end buying that. It means I'll be buying CO and 2001 twice, but I'll get the other films as well.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    hst666

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Both discs for Clockwork Orange are in the box. Enjoy. Plus you get EYES WIDE SHUT sans digital blobs. Mmm-hmm i get moist just thinking about how Nicole Kidman says "Fuck" in that film. Not really a fan of her but those glasses and watching her use the toilet are a mighty big plus and makes me want to ask her for her dainty hoof in marriage.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip oil?

    by MacReady452

    Come and get one in the yarbles, if ya have any yarbles....

  • June 1, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    LETS GET EM BOYS!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 1, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    TRUE BLOOD season 3? Is that the one where.....

    by MacReady452

    ..the black chick still doesn't show us her sweaty boob meat? Sookie got her fun bags swangin this way and that but Tara is too good for that? I wanna do bad things to her.

  • June 1, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Harry, the plural of "Giallo"...

    by JaguarWong

    ...is "Gialli" (not "Giallos"). And FYI, Choppah: STARCRASH was released on Blu-ray last year (as in 2010).

  • June 1, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Happy Gilmore on Blu-Ray????

    by ConeSpinner

    Sign me up! Classic Sandler....back when he was making idiotic, senseless, and damned funny movies (ok, really just happy, billy and wedding singer). Only movie of his I have truly enjoyed since was Funny People, and even that tried just a bit too hard to be serious at times. Eminem's cameo was classic. But what happened to this guy since those first 3 movies? A list of increasingly shitty movies: Waterboy, Nicky, 50 1st Dates, Mr. Deeds (not as bad as the rest), Zohan (awful), a couple of serious ones (Reign and Punch), the gay one with the fat dude (Chuck & Larry, I think), the gay one with his buddies (Grown Ups) and the latest one with Rachel and some smokin' hot blonde (out on video soon). Come on man. Look at that steaming pile of horse manure you have put out that last 10 years. Give us a Happy Gilmore sequel. Why the hell not?

  • June 1, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Okay, so I saw frist class

    by Nick

    They couldn't resist putting Wolverine, could they.... fuck that noise...

  • June 1, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    "Once Upon a Time in the West" is the greatest film ever made in any genre. Period.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    While a strong argument could be made that "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (certainly the best film in the Man With No Name trilogy, and I'll throw in "Duck, You Sucker" as well) is more entertaining from a pulp standpoint, "Once Upon a Time in the West" crosses over from pulp into art film, but manages to hold onto enough pulp grit to satisfy the mainstream audience while transcending the framework of the pulp western to become something much greater. A true epic.

  • June 1, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    "I deep love..."?

    by googamooga

    Good God. That sort of prose may work for a 12 year old girl on Facebook, but not for a 40 year old man. No, scratch that, it doesn't even work for a 12 year old girl...

  • June 1, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Once upon a time in the west is definitely the greatest, but...

    by googamooga

    Are there any modern westerns that could stand in the same room with it, even if they aren't as great? Personally, I love Open Range, but maybe that's just me...

  • June 1, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Agreed with Cobra

    by army_of_me

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a great, great movie, but not quite as perfect as some make it out to be and definitely not my favorite Leone flick (same with Once Upon a Time in America).

  • June 1, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    I just couldn't get into the fucking werepanthers

    by BlaGyver

    That whole storyline pissed me off. Other than that, great season. I loved when Eric killed Talbot. That was fucking crazy.

  • June 1, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Legend is the worst movie Ridley Scott has ever made

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Worse than Hannibal, worse than that one with Russell Crowe inheriting a french vinyard (or something)...it's just terrible. Garish, embassasing, incoherent (no matter which cut you watch).

  • June 1, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Nasty

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'd rather watch LEGEND than GI JANE any day of the week and twice on sunday.

  • June 1, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Something really strange...odd...or otherwise...

    by SnakePlissken711

    I know I am not the only one but does Harry have some secret way to amass more time than anyone else on the planet? How the fuck can he watch and re-watch and spend the time doing HALF the shit he explains on here for every single movie he has a memory of? It's like he steeped into eternity or something and has a weird time control that nobody else has? The AMERICAN GRAFFITTI comment about being the best Lucas film is idiotic! C'mon Harry I know everyone has their own opinion but please. So STAR WARS was not a better made film or better received or better beloved or better enjoyed film that A.G.? By who? You? The mass consciousness? Lucas himself? Please man, I know you have this strange fetish with defending any and all cinema that ever existed just because you can but lets put some ground rules down!

  • June 1, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    American Graffiti

    by fullrotor

    Interesting to think that American Graffiti was shot only ten years after when it takes place!

  • June 1, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Legend, the movie that proved how incredibly beautiful Mia Sara is

    by thelordofhell

    And how ugly Tom Cruise is. You could see every crooked teeth, horrible nose, bushy-ass unibrow of Tom Cruise in this thing. On the flip side, Mia Sara's incredible body and flawless face was made for movies. And you can't beat Tim Curry as Darkness in this thing, that suit must have been the most uncomfortable piece of shit ever to wear.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    "Big Jake" + Tarantino = westerny goodness.

    by Flip63Hole

    I think some of the Django films are okay as a source of inspiration (though I'm sure Tarantino's film will be much different), but "Big Jake" is just begging for a gritty and bloody remake. The characters and plot are just ripe for the Tarantino picking...

  • June 1, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    If I'm not mistaken, LEGEND was filmed in 1981 or so..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    So it's the raw Tom Cruise, not the refined hotness we see these days. Tony Scott obviously made the young lad get some work done before giving him the keys to the F-16.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Flesh pierced with hooks and hoisted

    by ReportAbuse

    Believe it or not those that participated in this ritual (Sun Dance) probably got off on it. Pain can induce shamanic states of ecstasy ... I don't know if there were ever any drugs involved but the release of endorphins alone would have reduced some of the discomfort and sent the "flier" into a hypnotic state. I don't know if anyone's still doing these things but it sounds like the sort of event you'd see at Burning Man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dance

  • June 1, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    LEGEND is tough to watch with the dialogue on.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's a good background movie for nights with some loquacious good friends and a well-packed bong.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    BARRY LYNDON is indeed the greatest film ever made.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    CHOPPAH has been saying it for 30 years, at least. Fuck this "young modern director movement" Harry refers to as if it's the fucking Illuminati.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Cruise in Legend = Jack Black in King Kong

    by Uncle Stan

    So much pure suckage that the entire film is tainted.

  • June 1, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Clockwork Orange is Kubricks best

    by double_l88

  • June 1, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    KISS THE MOUTH OF THE SCORPION, BABY!!!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 1, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Drive Angry sucked the last hanging turd from a donkeys ass...

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    William Fichtner was fun, but the rest was absolutely the worst I've seen this year. And I actually kinda liked My Bloody Valentine.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Hollywood exec:"Phew! Thank god we have these old

    by UltraTron

    Kubrick films to re-shlep! We produce shit and have nothing new to offer!" Videogame exec:"Phew! Thank god you guys are completely inept and we have blockbusters this week like the Witcher 2. A game that is more epic than anything this summer." Prolly hav ta get legend for that isolated track. You're still trying to figure out legend? Clearly the original cut was Scott trying to make a live action Disney cartoon straight up. Inspired by fantasia. Then studio intervention produced the hybrid thing we now know. It's actually one of the few cases of studio interference that works better than the director's vision(superman 2, starwars, Gi joe, etc

  • June 1, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    How to separate the men from the boys regarding Kubrick...

    by djangoilbastardo

    Real men will pick THE KILLING as Kubrick's best every time.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Django

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ..if you are trying to pick up film school coeds at the local dairy queen. Otherwise, you can look at the rest of his films for his best. It IS hard to choose mind you but the answer is clear. But from all those you pick THE KILLING? Nice try, Lao Che. CHOPPED.

  • June 1, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    conespinner, I agree about Sandler

    by The Krypton Kid

    Madison, Gilmore, and Singer were pure Sandler. Everything since is either annoying and obnoxious or not near as funny and charming.

  • Suffice it to say nearly every one of his movies broke new ground and put the rest of its genre largely to shame. Kubrick's talent was both singular and humbling. A Clockwork Orange; The Killing; Barry Lyndon; The Shining; 2001; Dr. Strangelove; Full Metal Jacket; (etc.) ... what kind of lunatic would even waste time trying to pick one that is "best"??? Appreciate the man in the totality of his work, because it's more than the sum legacy of just about any other filmmaker, past or present.

  • over the Tangerine Dream scored theatrical cut. I do like both versions though. As for not understanding LEGEND, it is a pretty simple story of light vs. dark, or innocence being corrupted. I've always thought the whole point of LEGEND was to become entranced by the exquisitely rendered fantastical world, not to ponder over it like it is some high minded philosophical treatise. Plenty of other simply constructed narratives for films get off the hook, but I suppose since Ridley followed up BLADE RUNNER with LEGEND, everyone was expecting another really deep film, and not one with a more traditional story revolving around a hero's journey to save a princess.

  • June 1, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    real men pick the killing, LOL

    by double_l88

    A Clockwork Orange is the movie 100 years from now that he will be remembered for. The Killing is at best #4.

  • June 1, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Barry Lyndon...

    by fitzcarraldo2

    was breathtakingly gorgeous to look at, but did anyone honestly care what happened to any of the characters? I found it cold and empty, like a beautiful screensaver.

  • There's a 25-minute scene in which a woman approaches a unicorn in a riverbed and it runs away. THAT'S ALL. NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENS. Just one awful slo-mo neighing shot after another. It's really dreadfully directed. The forests are incredibly lush, the kid who plays Puck is ridiculously good to the point where he puts every single other character in the movie to shame . . . and that includes Tim Curry, who may be the perfect Lord of Darkness on paper and may have been made up really nicely for the movie, but absolutely sucked in the film. "GRRRRR, I am the Lord of All Evil, I will open the movie with this soliloquy to introduce myself and ham-handedly lay out the plot and conflict....." What an embarrassment. I could never bring myself to watch that film a second time.

  • June 1, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Kubrick

    by jawaburger

    I can not get enough of the bootcamp part of Full Metal Jacket. It is fucking hilarious. "DO YOU SUCK DICK?""SIR, NO SIR!""BULLSHIT, I BET YOU CAN SUCK A GOLF BALL THROUGH A GARDEN HOSE!"

  • June 1, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Full Metal Jacket

    by double_l88

    The bootcamp part is great, but when they go to Vietnam the movie becomes very average.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Goldentribe

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Though you are entitled to your opinion, I will have to take exception to your description of a scene where "nothing happens." that scene you describe is a tense scene where you see goblins sneaking up to do their dirty deed intercut with Lily walking towards the unicorn to touch it, a deed she is not supposed to do. Jack is betrayed at that moment and the unicorn gets hit with the poison dart and is hobbled. MANY things happen before, during, and after that scene. It is the crux of the story. It moves EVERYTHING that occurs afterward forward. Sad day indeed when you call a scene like that an embarrassment. CHOPPED.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Legend

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    I love Legend (the director's cut, not the butchered theatrical cut). Oddly, it wasn't until the second time that I watched it that I realized that it's Lily who is the central character, not Jack. After all, Lily has the character development, not Jack.

  • June 1, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Legend and the The Shining

    by ufoclub1977

    "Legend" has the coolest production design and atmosphere (dig that hayfever dense country air)... and some of the worst lines and plotlines of any major director's creative genre entry. Although, I'd venture to say "Willow" is worse, because there's nothing cool in "Willow"! "The Shining" is my favorite Kubrick film. It's like a beautiful bright wide-angle wallpapered fever dream where everything drifts deeper into a supernatural zoned-out trance with madness just waiting underneath. Such an original mood for the horror genre!

  • June 1, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    nothing Cool in WILLOW?!?!?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    facepalm.

  • June 1, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Okay, I do admit that WILLOW is no BEASTMASTER.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 1, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Legend, again.

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Curiously, I just read some of the reader reviews of Legend on amazon, and the most recent review makes the same point about Lily being the main character as I just did. I'll quote: "Of note is that even though Jack was the hero of the story, it was really about Lily's journey. She was the one who fell to temptation not once but twice. First when she touched the unicorn and second when she allowed Darkness to seduce her. Lily has confronted her dark side and at this point we don't know if she may or may not be changed beyond redemption. It's only when we see her free the unicorn that we see she still has good in her. Prior to that we didn't know what her intentions were. In the end Ridley Scott shows good overcoming evil not by rejecting it but by overcoming it. While it's true that Lily has been touched by the dark side, her heart remains pure. She is now a woman. Her experience will serve her well in the future. The Lily who outsmarted the son of the devil will make a much better queen than the Lily who thought no harm could come to her if her intentions were pure. The question is will Jack still love her even though the Lily he knew is gone? In her place is a more mature and stronger Lily. And quite a beautiful one at that."

  • Kubrick's Lolita is his worst film. Even worse than Eyes Wide Shut. It stinks. Every last aspect of subtlety is drained from the original text and its meaning completely lost. The subject matter was impossible to convey in Kubrick's time and should never have been attempted. Worse than this is Kubrick's slavish obsession with Peter Sellers - left over from Dr. Strangelove. His buffoonery is a complete ruination of the novel and the character of Quilty. Because of his obsession Lolita is a damp, flaccid joke! Lolita's mother - as written for Shelley Winters - is an overblown cliched dragon, too easy to despise, and revel in her death. The more recent version, with Jeremy Irons is brilliant. It stays true to the original intention of the novel - and is brave because of it. Kubrick was too damn good, too intelligent, to make a piece of crap like his interpretation of Lolita.

  • June 1, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Huh, I bought a one disc Clockwork Orange blu-ray

    by Jaka

    Appears I jumped the gun on that one a bit. Grr!

  • ...and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong (you can't, btw, because that's my opinion and I'm stickin' with it). Seriously though, it just DOES NOT go with the film. In fact, its pretty damn bad, much like the rest of their music. And I've tried! Ooooh have I tried to understand why people like that watered down self-important elevator music. But I just don't. I MUCH prefer watching Legend with the other score.

  • June 1, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    oh... what's better, "Beastmaster" or "Sword and the Sorceror"?

    by ufoclub1977

    Or "Yor: Hunter from the Future"? or "Hercules"?

  • June 1, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    BTW, regarding Clockwork Orange...

    by Jaka

    ...I actually agree with Harry. I certainly don't claim to worship at the alter of Kubrick, but I do own the box sets released a couple years back, so I have seen all his films. For me, Clockwork is far and away the best thing he ever did. And its certainly the most memorable as far as iconic imagery goes.

  • June 1, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Billybatson

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It goes to show you even know less of Kubrick. You say Kubrick has a Hard on for sellers and claim that Lolita came out after dr. Strangelove. Wrong! When trying to make a jackass outta Harry, at least try to sound like you know what yer talkin bout. When it comes to picking on a retarded man child, As Billy hurt said in history of violence--how do you fuck that up?!?! Chopped.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Jaka

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Wendy Carlos and tangerine dream are more alike than you think.

  • June 1, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Willow has one of the worst lines ever uttered in a film.

    by Fawst

    "I must despise you now." Even as a young kid, that gave me douche chills. Really? You have to hate Sorcia? Wow, how profound! It just makes no sense in the context of the scene. "You ARE great!" followed by Madmartigan falling was pretty bad, too. Shit, Willow just isn't good. I never ranked it among the best fantasy films. It was just bad... what a disappointment.

  • June 1, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Just watched Once Upon a Time in the West last night.

    by Yelsaeb

    Absolutely amazing. What else can be said?

  • June 1, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    It's true, hard to classify a "best" for Kubrick

    by Winston Smith

    Because he did such a wide variety of stuff. Clockwork Orange is my favorite. The Shining is the one I never really got, it's not remotely scary and though never boring, never really gripped me. 2001 is technically his most accomplished, I think. Barry Lyndon is also very technically accomplished, but as a story only flirts with greatness for me. There's a cold satiric edge to it that I wish we got to see a little more of, like in Clockwork. Full Metal is terrific, true the first part at bootcamp is the best, but the Vietnam stuff is far better than just "average." Jesus. Eyes Wide Shut is his underrated film to me, I love that film, it's very understated and has confused a lot of people who think it's unmasking the Illumanti or some bullshit when it's really about WHY we as humans crave danger and adventure, like what comes with cheating on our spouse or becoming part of a cult. The Killing IS very good. Lolita's good. Dr. Strangelove is fucking perfect and the greatest film satire ever made (RoboCop would be #2 for me.) And Spartacus... I really don't like that film. Lawrence of Arabia it ain't. But is it really a Kubrick film anyways...?

  • June 1, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I also greatly perfer The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

    by Winston Smith

    ... which is one of my favorite films of all time, to Once Upon a Time in the West (no disrespect intended). Does that make me not a true film geek?

  • 100% disagree. The most distracting score ever for a film is actually in another 1985 film, TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA, which besides the awful 80s score is actually a great cop thriller. And I'll make another connection... Tangerine Dream did the score for Friedkin's Sorcerer in 1977, and it was fucking great. To Live and Die gets better in the second half when the score is used less, and the film feels more like The French Connection because of it.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    drive angry looks horrible

    by jsfithaca

    no matter what anyone says ill never see that movie

  • June 1, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    BARRY LYNDON

    by la_sith

    There's a big debate raging over the correct aspect ratio of the transfer. Many say it should be 1.66, others (Leon Vitali) say 1.78. WB released it as the latter. I've watched some of it (got it yesterday) and the transfer looks beautiful and sublime. If you love Kubrick, it's an absolute must-own.

  • June 1, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I'm torn. Should I get the whole box or just BARRY?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    These are frugal times for EL CHOP.

  • I went to walmart yesterday to buy this and now you say it is a amazon exclusive. I have a po box and couriers don't deliver to poboxs. Errr

  • June 1, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Say what you want. This song has been with me all my life.

    by UltraTron

    Album: Legend Song: Loved by the Sun Music by Tangerine Dream Lyrics by Jon Anderson Transcribed by Dave Datta (Clarified by James Owens) Legends ------- I have seen the mystics play there Once or twice but I knew they had a reason Enchantment plays it's cards all right Hand in hand with the working of the seasons Legends can be now and forever Teaching us to love for goodness sake Legends can be now and forever Loved by the sun, loved by the sun Loved Two and two go so close together Whether there is hope that is torn apart In the words of all that's singing Hand in hand the beginning is at the start Legends can be now and forever Teaching us to reach for goodness sake Legends can be now and forever Loved by the sun Loved by the sun Loved Who sings of all of love's eternity Whose shines so bright In all the songs of love's unending spells Only lightning strikes all that's evil Teaching us to love for goodness sake Hear the music of love eternal Teaching us to reach for goodness sake Legends can be now and forever Teaching us to love for goodness sake Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom To believe in the good in man. To believe in the good in man. To believe in the good in man

  • June 1, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Willow has one of the BEST lines ever though

    by D.Vader

    "Outta the way, peck!"

  • June 1, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    The black dress dance music in LEGEND...

    by D.Vader

    ... Is MUCH better in the Tangerine Dream version.

  • And when I finally watched the Director's Cut with my awesome LEGEND DVD set many years back and heard the Goldsmith score... I was disappointed.

  • June 1, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Isolated TDream score is a joke

    by m_prevette

    It is only the same tracks from the MCA album. The score is pretty much wall to wall in the movie, but the lawyers for TD stopped an actual isolated score... infuriating and dumb since it is not a real iso score track...just the album tracks - sadly...this is a fine score from TD , done in a hurry but still potent..i'd love an expanded CD release of that sucker. Jaka is an ass for not getting the brilliance of TD :D

  • June 1, 2011, 10:15 p.m. CST

    d.vader re: Goldsmith's score

    by m_prevette

    Get the CD from Silva Screen. In the movie it is chopped and repeated ( and other JG cues from Psycho 2 tracked in as well ), Scott kinda moved the music all around. Listen to it on CD, it is marvelous work, just gorgeous stuff

  • June 1, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the headsup prevette

    by D.Vader

    I'll try to remember to check those out!

  • June 1, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    say hey!!!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I have the legend cassette of the score in my stereo. Bought it mainly for The Dance.

  • June 2, 2011, midnight CST

    Kubrick's best?

    by MrMajestic

    Yeah I gotta go with the Killing too. He's made some great movies but the Killing's a perfect little movie. But then again I love noirish movies so... BTW Legend is under-rated, sure it's muddled but it actually feels like the story's taking place inside a faerie tale. And on the flipside Willow is a big pile of dogshit. Really it's a straight up abomination, shitty across the board. I've seen episodes of He-Man with better characterization. And finally Drive Angry is 50% awesome and 50% crap. Which still makes it better than most movies out of Holly wood recently.

  • Eighties synth scores just DO NOT work for me, though. I can't stand them. Anybody remember the score for Ladyhawke? Good lord its so distracting. But the reason I put the TD score over that in the distracting category is that I mostly like Legend and that score makes it more difficult for me to do so. Again, I'm being perfectly honest in my dislike of TD as a whole. I listen to a lot, a lot, A LOT of electronic music. Been doing so since the late eighties and I've never understood their appeal. Just doesn't push my buttons the right way at all. <br> Willow? I loved Willow when it came out. I was a kid and didn't know any better. Just thought it was a cool movie. Now I can't take it seriously at all. It just didn't hold up well.

  • June 2, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    the_choppah, true, but its the way the equipment is used

    by Jaka

    Without getting too minutely geeky about it, that's what it boils down to. TD is the beginning of instrumental easy listening pablum. The beginning of an entire genre of music that is 99% complete crap. Elevator music sold as albums. Further, its the way they put the music together. The way its structured, the chords they use, the tones they create. It just bugs me. <br> Carlos, on the other hand, works more with the kind of music synthesis and ambience that totally frosts my pickle. Some of Carlos' early works changed the way that equipment would be used forever. Again, I'm sure it all comes down to neurons bouncing signals off synapses in some way that we can't even explain yet. But TD makes me uncomfortable and annoyed, Carlos doesn't. *shrug*

  • June 2, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Agree w Halfbreed on To Live and Die in LA Score

    by uncanny_alley

    I was pretty excited to see "To Live and Die in LA" and the opening notes of the score were funny enough, then the words WANG CHUNG came in with that awful drum beat and I stopped being able to take the film seriously at all.

  • June 2, 2011, 2:34 a.m. CST

    An orchestral score is just as anachronistic in Legend,

    by Dennis_Moore

    as a synth score. A medieval fantasy would require hurdy-gurdy, pipe and tabor, etc. The synth score made it seem as if the viewer was being told a tale in the present, with the realities of the present wafting in and out. Hell, the inconsistent dialects/accents of Ladyhawke are far more distracting.

  • June 2, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    dennis_moore, yes and no, I think

    by Jaka

    I mean, I understand your factual statement regarding real world time lines and what instruments and compositions would have been in use. However, there is nothing that sounds remotely medieval about an 80's synth score (or a 2011 synth score). <br>In my opinion the very concept is diametrically opposed to the tone of every other aspect of such films (and most other films as well). It works much better in something like Bladerunner where we can allow our brains to adjust to a futuristic music sound matching the visuals on the screen (although I'm not a huge fan of that score, either), but I still find it a largely ineffective use of the medium. <br>At least with an orchestral score the composer can trick the mind into believing that its hearing the right music. Conan The Barbarian, the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, even The Princess Bride. Those scores evoke an epic fantasy feeling regardless of the historical accuracy of their composition. <br> Lastly, was there an abundance of beautiful orchestral pieces being written in the 8th-13th centuries? Well, no. But there were quite a few beautiful works written, both choral and instrumental, whose themes and melodies can easily be translated to a more orchestral setting. And by the latter middle ages there was pieces being written that could easily be used as a film score. These days they could even be recorded with period instruments. <br>So, as I've already said, I suppose it just comes down to personal choice in the end. For me that means there is a long list of films in the 80s and early 90s that have terrible synthesizer & bad pop music scores that will forever take me right out of the ability to suspend my disbelief. When I'm sitting there thinking about how painful the music is its very hard for me to lose myself in the film.

  • June 2, 2011, 3:52 a.m. CST

    dennis_moore, I forgot...

    by Jaka

    ...totally agree about Ladyhawke. Matthew Broderick talking to the screen exactly like he would in several films that followed this one is more annoying now than it was then. Even in Glory, which I absolutely love, his accent is more than questionable. Accents just aren't his thing, to be sure.

  • June 2, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Clockwork Orange is a masterpiece

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    they don't seem to make 'em like that anymore. I think it's Kubrick's best, as well.

  • June 2, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Jaka you are right

    by m_prevette

    I spoke out of turn and under the influence of some lovely smoke. My apologies

  • June 2, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Easily the second best thing about Legend (after Mia Sara). The voice and the makeup seriously scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. I'm picking up this blu regardless of haters hatin (as haters gon' do)

  • June 2, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Tim Curry was fantastic in LEGEND

    by D.Vader

    Whoever said he wasn't is dead wrong. As a kid, I always thought his makeup would make a fantastic Green Goblin, if they ever made a Spider-Man movie.

  • June 2, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Willow > LOTR

    by shutupfanboy

    Yeah, I said it.

  • June 2, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The Super Cops on DVD!...

    by eustisclay

    ...bought a new house last month and don't have internet sevice yet so I've been off line. So I haven't been able to share this with my fellow 70's cops fans but I asked Warner Archive on Facebook about the status of The Super Cops and they said it is coming this year. I wish it was a regular release and was a longer version(if you've read the book, the movie seemed awfully short and I always wondered if there was a longer version) but I'll take what I can get.

  • June 2, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Jaka

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    minor aside: "Princess Bride" doesn't have an orchestral score, it's a crappy '80s synth imitating an orchestra, and some guitar (played respectively by Guy Fletcher and Mark Knopfler, both of Dire Straits). I wish they'd gotten an actual orchestra to play that music, I can't stand the sound of that synth.

  • June 2, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Tangerine Dream

    by SavageJuicebox

    Sound like a cat fell asleep on a keyboard.

  • Which is interesting, because I've got quite a few tracks from that soundtrack on my D&D playing music DVD and they never strike me as synthesized music. Listening closely it sounds like a few of them may be a combination of live and synthesized music. Its really only noticeable on the loud horn stabs. And obviously Mark Knopfler is really playing the guitar. Regardless, for me, that soundtrack is never distracting because it sounds period and scene appropriate. Again, probably just me. I've never heard anybody else complain about that soundtrack, though. In fact its pretty highly rated at/by most places/people who care about such things.

  • June 2, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    m_prevette, thanks

    by Jaka

    Accepted and no worries. I've been called much worse here for sure.

  • June 2, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Anyone else get their packages a full 8 days later than normal

    by UltraTron

    because of memorial day? Uh, thanks everyone involved for causing wars and pestilence so we have to have such holidays.

  • June 2, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    SERIOUSLY FATMAN...

    by johnnyrandom

    ..."KUBRICK – YOU MUST OWN – WATCH – LOVE & APPRECIATE to even have a sane verbal context with which to even discuss film." You manage to be both pretentious, condescending and yet almost completely illiterate. Well done!

  • June 2, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Drive Angry was more Drive Slightly Annoyed...

    by kravmaguffin

    Cage was totally there for a paycheck, Fincher and the cars were cool. I thought Faster was a lot more enjoyable, Dwayne Johnson seemed angry the whole time and he drove that way. Once Upon A Time In The West is a perfect film. Harry, I'm sad to report that the Ex Govenator cannot act. GFY

  • June 2, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Jaka

    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Yeah, maybe I overstated my dislike of that score—I actually quite like most of it, especially the guitar parts. It's only at some points where I find the synth strings or horns grating. Maybe you're right and it's a combination of synth and a few "real" instruments (above and beyond the guitar). But it's definitely not a full orchestra. BTW, Princess Bride has been released several times on DVD/BRD, but no version has ever had a special feature on the music, AFAIK. Which is weird, Mark Knopfler isn't exactly an obscure musician; when the movie came out, Dire Straits was one of the most popular bands in the world. I'm guessing that a feature on the music would be of interest to lots of people. Anywayz...

  • June 2, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Got my BARRY LYNDON in the mail earlier

    by WONKABAR

    Looks fucking amazing! As of this moment, it is my favorite Kubrick film. As for the arguments about the aspect ratio....fuck you- I'm so stoked it fills the screen. Great transfer! And Ryan O'Neil rocks in that role. Fuckn great movie...I almost want to watch it again after just finishing it.

  • June 3, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Spartacus?

    by lock67ca

    Is it the same crappy transfer they released last year, or did they remaster it for the box?

  • Just kidding. That sequel sucked monkey shit.

  • June 3, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    The Director's Cut of Legend is 1000x better

    by Knuckleface

    I don't actually know the backstory about what happened in the editing room on Legend, but I saw the director's cut a few years ago and I was totally blown away. The original cut would be a total embarrassment if not for Tim Curry's Devil, but the director's cut transformed Legend into one of the best fantasy films ever made. A revelation. (Yes, it does still cater to fantasy archetypes, but that's sort of the point)

  • June 3, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    LEGEND directors cut?

    by ufoclub1977

    So is this available? What are the differences?

  • June 3, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Ah, I see about LEGEND

    by ufoclub1977

    It's released. Weird. Some of the new stuff seems so familiar in description.

  • June 3, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I can't decide which Legend score I like better.

    by sweeneydave

    I love the UK version, but during the scene where Lily is being seduced by the dress, I prefer the Tangerine Dream "music box" score. The film itself doesn't gell as an epic fantasy, but it is a work of art that is more beautiful every time I watch it. As far as Willow goes, I agree that I loved it as a kid, but it doesn't hold up with me today. My kids love it though, so it still deserves it's place on our shelf.

  • June 3, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a fuckin' benchmark film!

    by SoylentMean

    It's pretty much the prime example of Western filmmaking. A movie the term "masterpiece" was invented for.

  • June 4, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Chop Suey

    by Mel Garga

    The TD score, for me, is the only way to go. It captures the ethereal, fantastical quality Ridley seemed to be going for. I think we already had this conversation on the IMDB message board. That being said, I always liked the movie, especially Tim Curry's performance. The creepy dubbed-over sprite-child is also an essential piece.

  • Go easy, I liked it when I was 10. The James Horner score holds up nicely, too. Speaking of Horner, I watched Land Before Time with my kids and that score is fantastic.

  • June 5, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    American Grafitti Soundtrack

    by lucky slevin

    cant get enough of it lately. up there with goodfellas for my favorite soundtracks of all time. if there was a way to visit the 1950s.. i might never come back

  • June 7, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Legend Tangerine Dream Score

    by Autodidact

    I love the Tangerine Dream score for Legend. I cannot separate those images from that music. When I bought the 2006 DVD I unthinkingly put in the director's cut disc which has a different score altogether. After 20 minutes I had to turn it off and put the theatrical cut in. I find it amazing and properly magical. Not distracting at all.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Must Defend To Live and Die In LA

    by Autodidact

    Just found the comment saying To Live and Die in LA has the most distracting score.... WRONG. To Live and Die in LA is one of my top ten favourite movies and half the reason is the score. It's got a real Miami Vice vibe. I find it a lot more "synth-y" and dated than the Tangerine Dream score for Legend. But most of the time I really don't mind if a film has dated itself. I don't see how "the film is dated" is a criticism. A dated film can still be a classic.

  • June 7, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Skiff... Heavy Metal

    by Autodidact

    Heavy Metal did come out at Best Buy a few months ago. I already watched my copy and it was one of the greatest home theatre experiences I've ever had... just to see all the extra little details which have always been hidden in the animation.

  • June 7, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    The Killing

    by Dr. Strangelove

    Definitely a good film, but it is weakened by an obtrusive and mostly unnecessary narrator. Not a big deal at the time it was made, but it now sounds forced and hokey. Obviously, the story couldn't be told through first-person flashback since it jumps around so many points-of-view acting in privacy. But I wish Kubrick could have figured out a more elegant solution for explaining the backtracking time-shifts -- or simply trusted that his audience could figure it out for themselves and not explained it at all... like he did in his later films.