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Harry's DVD Picks & Peeks - 1st wk of June 2011: Eastwood, Hill, Huston, Coens, THE STUNT MAN, Superman, Green Lantern and much more!

Published at: June 7, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with another DVD Picks & Peeks. Some damn fine titles this week. Really tremendous stuff. My favorite is impossible this month. I just love some of these titles in that – I’ve known and loved these movies my entire life kind of way. I mean, just wait till you see THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES if you never have before. It’s just fantastic. Same with something like THE LONG RIDERS or SUPERMAN or THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING… these are just great titles! As usual the pictures and titles link to AMAZON where you can learn more or purchase the title in question, which has a small portion of its price kick back to support this column. Now – let’s get into it…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011





THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (Blu-Ray Book Packaging)

Hands down, my favorite mythical western ever made. I love THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES like you would not believe. My parents had all the tv spots, for weeks prior to the movie coming out. They loved Clint. So we saw this at the VILLAGE theater in Austin, back when it was a 2 screener. It’s one my most vivid memories as a kid going with my parents and their friends and watching THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES for the very first time ever. We went to a Steak house after the screening and talked about everything that made THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES the best Clint Eastwood western ever. From the character’s epic arc, to his design, to just those beautiful fucking guns. That he spits on the fucking dog. Plays assassination games with a tired old awesome Indian. His scene with the Commanche Chief. The music, the atmosphere, it’s just a fucking brilliant movie. I’ve always imagined that underneath Boba Fett’s mask, he was either Snake Plissken or Josey Wales. It’d be more badass if he was Josey.
Anyway – not only is the film gorgeous on Blu-Ray. But it has the old Josey Wales documentary called HELL HATH NO FURY: THE MAKING OF THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES narrated by John Milius – and that shit is EPIC! There’s vintage stuff, an introduction by Clint, a Richard Schickel commentary and a couple of docs. Plus a 32 page Blu-Ray Book. I seriously love this movie. There’s a magnitude to the film that all at once feels real & unbelievably epic. I love all the characters. I fucking hate the characters I’m supposed to hate and I love all the others. It also has some of the best Poster art in the history of Clint’s work. Everything about this movie rules. If you don’t know that, accept my word as gospel and watch the outlaw josey wales as soon as humanly possible.




THE LONG RIDERS (Blu Ray)

Now – as much as I love THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, I did quantify it’s status as my favorite mythic western. THE LONG RIDERS is flat out my personal favorite Western ever made. Directed by Walter Hill, cast with a set of brothers and relatives that kind of blows the mind and makes everything feel absolutely real. This is my pick for the best Western ever. This is an epic tale of the James & Younger Gang. The film will blow you away the first time you see it. Ry Cooder’s score and Ric Waite’s cinematography are both unlike any other Western I’ve ever seen. Yet wholly perfect. It is one of the most unique films made and my personal favorite David Carradine character performance ever. Pamela Reed’s Belle Starr is something beyond amazing. Seriously – she’s just wow! If you’ve never seen this Walter Hill masterpiece – do so. Such a great version of the James-Younger Gang story – the best it has ever been handled. I care about this story, because its about my distant relatives (according to Father Geek’s research).




TRUE GRIT (Blu-Ray)

One of the great remakes. Great because it doesn’t attempt to directly emulate the classic John Wayne Western, instead it is simply a new adaptation of the rather awesome Charles Portis novel – and the Coens bring us something new to their history of incredible personal film creation. Our first Coen traditional Western. Many count NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN as a Western – and yeah – it is, but in a thoroughly modern setting. So for me, that makes it not a Western. But a modern crime thriller set in the modern West. TRUE GRIT is most deliberately a Western. But a Western with more in keeping with films like THE LONG RIDERS and LITTLE BIG MAN and THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES… in the sense that it feels like a believable western, but it is bigger than life. Mainly because the film is from the point of view of the fantastic Hailee Steinfeld’s MATTIE ROSS. I would love to see more from Hailee – and I’m sure her performance in TRUE GRIT will guarantee her participation in many a film. At least I hope so. Here’s the extras:
Mattie's True Grit HD
From Bustles to Buckskin - Dressing for the 1880s HD
Colts, Winchesters & Remingtons: The Guns of a Post-Civil War Western HD
Re-Creating Fort Smith HD
The Cast HD
Charles Portis - The Greatest Writer You've Never Heard Of... HD
The Cinematography of True Grit HD
True Grit Theatrical Trailer HD




GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS (Blu-Ray)

This is a Green Lantern Corps story about 4 very different Green Lanterns. Each story is uniquely told and adapted directly from tales buried in the rich history of Green Lantern. The first story isn’t about the first Green Lantern chosen, but the first Green Lantern to create a “construct” with their will – and it is the very best of the anthology stories – but they’re all pretty damn great. Hal Jordan is voiced by Nathan Fillion, whom as geeks we must pledge our eternal allegiance to. It is required. This is just exactly the kind of film that I love DC for putting out. The preview of what they’re doing with FRANK MILLER’S BATMAN: YEAR ONE also looks fantastic… though they go out of their way not to show us any animated scenes, but I can’t wait from what they say they’re doing. The extras will go a long way toward educating your little ones into the ways of the GL Corps and the wonderful possibilities that they’ll demand you to show them in the Live Action film this summer. Great warm up – and most likely the best GL this summer. Unless we get very very lucky!




SANCTUM (Blu-Ray 3D)

Bad acting really sinks a film that you can imagine being a really outstanding James Cameron film. If you pay attention to the story, the characters and the way tension could have been handled – you can see exactly what attracted Cameron to the material. The problem though is a lack of any characters or performances that would involve you into the rather dire series of circumstances that befalls those in this film. As a film, it is actually a couple grades below THE DESCENT 2 – and way way way below the original DESCENT in terms of cave horror & suspense. This is a straight situational film, nothing supernatural… There’s a great Father / Son story at play, but due to really hammy acting and bad casting of the son… well, it just falls flat… even if it was shot in 3D.




SUPERMAN: THE MOTION PICTURE ANTHOLOGY (1978-2006) Blu Ray

The dates on this set are actually incredibly wrong when you consider that the set also has SUPERMAN VERSUS THE MOLE MEN and all the Fleischer SUPERMAN cartoons – along with other vintage awesomery – but the real jewel are the films themselves – for just under $90 – you get 8 filled to the brim Blu-Rays – 2 different versions of SUPERMAN & SUPERMAN 2… I’ll list everything you get below, but I have to say – I love every deleted scene on the Bryan Singer film… The Glenn Ford cameo is awesome, but visiting the remnants of Krypton is just freakin gorgeous – though I admit I’ve no concept of exactly where it fits in the film. In particular – the amazing ship that Superman pilots is just awesome. It had to be a heartbreaking decision to cut from the film. I like the director’s cut of the original SUPERMAN, but I’m completely not a fan of the Donner cut of SUPERMAN 2. I still prefer the theatrical version. That said – watching that alternative cut – well it just offers so much fun. Like how Clark reveals himself to Lois at the Honeymoon being TOTALLY DIFFERENT – and the end of Donner’s cut of SUPERMAN 2 will probably have you screaming BULLSHIT – even more than the Magic Kiss did. Anyway – be prepared for a very long list of extras & features:
DELUXE 8-DISC SET WITH OVER 20 HOURS OF BONUS FEATURES!
Disc #1 · Superman: The Movie, Original Theatrical
· Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
· The Making of Superman: The Movie [1978 TV special]
· Superman and the Mole-Men [1951 feature]
· Warner Bros. Cartoons Super-Rabbit [1943 WB cartoon] Snafuperman [1944 WB cartoon] Stupor Duck [1956 WB cartoon]
· Trailers
Disc #2 · Superman: The Movie, Expanded Edition
· Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Extended Version)
· Taking Flight: The Development of Superman
· Making Superman: Filming the Legend
· The Magic Behind the Cape
· Screen Tests Superman Lois Lane with Optional Commentary Ursa
· A Selection of Restored Scenes
· Additional Music Cues Main Titles Alternate Main Titles The Council’s Decision The Krypton Quake More Mugger/Introducing Otis Air Force One Can You Read My Mind (Pop Version)
· Music Only Track (Donner Cut)
Disc #3 · Superman II, Original Theatrical
· Commentary by Ilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler (Original Theatrical Version)
· The Making of Superman II [1980 TV special]
· Deleted Scene
· First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series · Fleischer Studios’ Superman Superman The Mechanical Monsters Billion Dollar Limited The Arctic Giant The Bulleteers The Magnetic Telescope Electric Earthquake Volcano Terror on the Midway
· Theatrical Trailer
Disc #4 · Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut
· Commentary by Richard Donner and Tom Mankiewicz (Donner Cut)
· Introduction by Richard Donner
· Superman II: Restoring the Vision
· Deleted Scenes
· Famous Studios’ Superman Japoteurs Showdown Eleventh Hour Destruction, Inc The Mummy Strikes Jungle Drums The Underground World Secret Agent
Disc #5 · Superman III Theatrical Version
· Commentary by Iilya Salkind and Pierre Spengler
· The Making of Superman III (1983 TV Special)
· Deleted Scenes
· Theatrical Trailer
Disc #6 · Superman IV The Quest For Peace Theatrical Version
· Commentary by Mark Rosenthal
· Superman 50th Anniversary Special (1988 TV Special)
· Deleted Scenes
· Theatrical Trailer
Disc #7 · Superman Returns
· Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns
Pt. 1 Secret Origins and First Issues: Crystallizing Superman
Pt. 2 The Crystal Method: Designing Superman
Pt. 3 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman on the Farm
Pt. 4 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in the City
Pt. 5 An Affinity for Beachfront Property: Shooting Superman- Superman in Peril
Pt. 6 The Joy of Lex: Menacing Superman
Pt. 7 He’s Always Around: Wrapping Superman
· Resurrecting Jor-El
· Deleted Scenes including the never-before-seen original opening to Superman Returns
· Bryan Singer’s Journals – Video production journals
· Trailers
Disc #8 Additional Bonus Material
· Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman [Hi-Def]
· You Will Believe: The Cinematic Saga of Superman Pt. 1- Origin Pt. 2- Vision Pt. 3- Ascent Pt. 4- Crisis Pt. 5- Redemption
· The Science of Superman [Hi-Def]
· The Mythology of Superman
· The Heart of a Hero: A Tribute to Christopher Reeve
· The Adventures of Superpup [1958 TV pilot]




THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (Blu Ray Book)

One of John Huston’s many masterpieces – and one of my all time favorite films of Platonic Friendship. I quote this film often. The characters of Danny and Peachy Carnehan – well… they’re the very model manliness. Their self-assigned mission is insanity at a level I can’t imagine anyone undertaking. Christopher Plummer’s Kipling believes them mad. But once you witness their story, like Kipling, you’ll want to pass it on. This is a brilliant epic. One of the great adventure films ever – with both Connery and Caine in top form. There’s a vintage featurette on her, but that’s about it. I honestly feel this is a film that all men should watch and own. You need to know how to answer, “We’re meeting on the level” – it is important.




FIREFOX / HEARTBREAK RIDGE (Blu Ray)

This is a single Blu Ray – so you’ll have both films sharing the same BluRay’s space – so don’t expect miracles. I didn’t get an advance copy – so I can’t say one way or the other what I think of the physical quality of the image yet, but I’m expecting it to be ok. There is a stand alone Blu of HEARTBREAK RIDGE that came out last year around this time… But for me… I can’t turn down FIREFOX. I love FIREFOX. I remember thinking as a kid watching it that Clint Eastwood is the coolest badass ever. I mean, watching him steal and fly this epic plane is just one of those awesome bits of Commie baiting rah rah. Just watching it today takes me back to the rather sweet time period where I was terrified of the Soviet Union – which would join the U.S. in their mutually assured destruction – and I smile – because when we faced real global nuclear holocaust… we all oddly felt safer. FIREFOX was our way of saying, we’re better because we have CLINT EASTWOOD and awesome special effects. HEARTBREAK RIDGE is another wonderful film from Eastwood – but I can’t give it the love I have for FIREFOX. Mario Van Peebles just kind of ruins it for me.




THE STUNT MAN (Blu-Ray)

Directed by Richard Rush – this is a legendary film. If you want the most gratuitously excessive REAL STUNTS movie – that involves a ton of real STUNT MAN IN PERIL STUNTS – this is the film for you. Peter O’Toole plays the director that’s trying to put a little something real in-between the plummeting bodies and explosions. You’ll see Steven Railsback dancing the Charleston on the wing of a biplane in flight – and it’s awesome. This is one of those great films about filmmaking – and specifically in the time of real hardcore stunting. The film captures the spirit of the making of a film not unlike my experiences on the set of KILL BILL. There was such an air of let’s be safely nuts on every take. Just crazy awesome stuntfolks and the real actors – and watching both doing it. It was amazing – and this film captures that kind of energy. You may not know it, but the film was recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences with nominations for Best Actor for Peter O’Toole’s amazing performance as the frustrated director going for it on every take. Tricking and manipulating his crew and performers to get what he needs. Then Richard Rush picked up a Best Director nom and Best Screenplay alongside the co-writer Lawrence Marcus. If you love film and the behind the scenes side of things, they really don’t get better than THE STUNT MAN! Definitely check this out. The blu ray is gorgeous!




VERA CRUZ (Blu Ray)

From the director of THE DIRTY DOZEN and BNAT12 qualifier KISS ME DEADLY – come the fantastic Richard Aldrich Western, VERA CRUZ starring the likes of Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, a crazy young Charles Bronson, Serial Ming The Merciless Henry Brandon, wild-eyed Jack Elam, the great Ernest Borgnine and more. This is a gorgeous western – has it’s 2.00:1 aspect ratio – but the disc is missing the frills. But it is so rare that we get titles like this on Blu Ray that I have to recommend it, especially because Robert Aldrich is one of those directors that you have track down all his films. He just made great films pretty consistently. You’ll love Burt Lancaster in this. Great villainous role.




THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Blu Ray)

Now if you want to see a film with General Zod, Elrond and Edmund J Exley in drag performing awesome musical numbers and creating amazing grand diva surrealistic imagery against the backdrop of the great Aussie Outback… well… there’s nothing wrong with you. This film is just an incredibly fun, emotional and amazing tale of 3 Queens on a performing DriveAbout Australia. I just introduced Yoko to this. She’s now obsessed with finding 3 amazing Cross-Dressers and touring Australia in a bus with them. I worry about her some times, this isn’t one of them. It would be a story of a lifetime. The Blu-ray is equal to the task of showing off the colors of both the outfits and the amazing landscape – and some of the outfits that are the landscape. Wonderful film!




EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE / ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN (Blu Ray)

To better enjoy SHAUN OF THE DEAD, it is required to watch EVERY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE and ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN – so that you can fully appreciate the full genius of Nick Frost. I’m 100% serious. When I saw SHAUN OF THE DEAD, for the very first time in my life, I fully appreciated, with vigor, the brilliant subtlety of Frost’s work. As for the Eastwood films… ya know, I just never had the mania love for these that I did for the Burt Reynolds redneck fun flicks. They’re good – but the whole time I’m watching this… I’m thinking about Josey Wales or The Man With No Name trilogy or Dirty Harry – and I just wish he hadn’t wasted time doing this… but then came SHAUN OF THE DEAD and I realized… it was worth it. It was worth Clint not being an utter badass – to have Nick Frost be a God. Obviously, these films are not being treated with the respect they deserve. I propose that they do a big deluxe version of this release – but one where Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright just do a running commentary on the two films. They could then raise the BluRay price to… oh… $50 and I’d buy it and buy copies to gift to friends. Because that’s the extra feature I want on this set. But for $14, what do ya want…




HAIR (Blu Ray)

So, as y’all know – I was raised by Hippies, well actually they were very capitalistic new age economics alternative lifestylers that dressed more normal, but loved the lifestyle, music and trappings of the culture. So HAIR was a big deal in my home as a kid. My Grandfather threw my Dad & Mom out of his house when they commented they were going to see HAIR… It was a big deal – my Grandfather just could not work his head around fucking on a the American flag. Decades later my Grandfather apologized to my Dad and told him he was way was a great way. I was there for both of those moments – and through it all – I’ve loved Milos Foreman’s HAIR. I mean, Treat Williams and John Savage are both just jaw-droppingly amazing. The energy and vitality of this musical is amazing. Don’t let parodies of HAIR throw you off of checking this out. The film is just great musical cinema. I kind of loathe the packaging and frill-less release though. I could imagine a Criterion style release of this – with a less SPENCER’S GIFTS style cover art. The “Groovier than ever on Blu” on the back really grates. This would be amazing to have a more cultural and serious release of.




NEW YORK NEW YORK (Blu Ray)

There are people that hate this film. The same way there are people that dislike CASINO & CAPE FEAR & a few other Scorsese films. Every problem I’ve ever heard stated about NEW YORK NEW YORK, is exactly the reason it works for me. The Artificial and the Real. Never is it more underlined than in NEW YORK NEW YORK. When the music is happening, my god – how could anything be more great. Then when the edifice is taken away, the lights are no longer shining and the raw emotional reality that clashes and breaks the illusion of the stage. I love it. It is also unlike any other Musical. I still prefer Liza in CABARET and ARTHUR, but this is my 3rd favorite performance of hers. Love DeNiro in this. Looks great on Blu – but again feels like a dump release. The image is great, but that is all there is.




AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY (Blu Ray)

As an Austinite – I don’t really know how to express the importance of Bill Hicks. Bill Hicks is kind of the creator of the Austin Sense of Humor in my mind. We like our comedy weird – about subjects that don’t usually inspire laughter when discussed. But it’ll bring a real old school Austinite to their knees laughing. On the otherhand, there’s a weird sense of inappropriate ownership – like I don’t really like the idea of Bill Hicks being exposed all over because he’s a big deal here in Austin and goddammit can’t anything be sacredly ours any more? I love the subject matter, but the doc, for me, wasn’t a revelation. I saw Bill Hicks perform throughout my life and it’s pretty much the reason why I fucking hate Denis Leary at a deep core level for – well, for what he did. If you want in on the worst kept secret from Austin, discover Bill Hicks with this documentary, but by all means check out his own work. It’s what you really should discover. Bill was brilliant.




BLUE CRUSH (Blu Ray)

I like BLUE CRUSH – I’m not sure if I can actually recall the story, but there’s frames of this film that I think are pretty spectacular. That’s actually not true. BLUE CRUSH is far more than a masturbatory soft-core teasing, it has that going for it, but along with being a beautifully shot film, I like Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez immensely in the film. It obviously needs Swayze, but otherwise… I prefer any number of the big Surfing films, but the addition of the ladies they have in this – well it works for me. That said, BLUE CRUSH 2 is hitting Blu today too – and you won’t find a link to it here cuz I fucking think it is one of the worst pieces of shit that I’ve seen in a long time – don’t get curious. Seriously.




APT PUPIL (Blu Ray)

I really forgot how much I love this film. Now that Brad Renfro’s story is over – I find the film even more tragic & disturbing. This was Brad’s best work. When I first saw this – I was sent an early screener of the film on VHS (remember those days?) and I watched it at my house with Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett and Laura Harris – and listened to Elijah and Josh both exude envy for not getting that part. They both wanted it, but both loved the film. Jealous but appreciative and it’s easy to see why. Brad was perfect for the film and character. Then there’s Ian McKellen – who is just tour de force in this. The way he toys with the boy later. Well, I don’t want to get spoilery – as I discovered in my own home, this is a film that a lot of people missed initially. But it was one of the films we crowed about quite a bit upon initial release. It looks gorgeous on Blu!




MARLOWE

James Garner is cool as Philip Marlowe – but you’re buying this movie for the brief scenes where Bruce Lee is the most important thing in the world! Those moments are truly spectacular. I have wanted to see those scenes for a very long time. It was absolutely worth the wait. For me, seeing new Bruce Lee moments in context with the film… that’s a big deal. That’s wow! But Warner was right not to put him on the cover. It’ll cost them a massive amount of sales, because not everyone knows that Bruce Lee is in MARLOWE – but now that you know. What are your intentions? Because we all have man-crushes on the most badass physical specimen that humanity has produced ever.




THE HOUSEMAID

Before you hire help for your home. If you’re so lucky as to be able to afford that luxury – you might want to watch THE HOUSEMAID with your spouse or significant other. It brings up possibilities that are just so incredibly fucked in the head that I can barely wrap my head around it. This is incredibly sexy and incredibly disturbing. There’s an image I saw in this film that shocked the left tit off my body. It was just, what the hell… What the hell is wrong with Koreans that they can even give me the image they gave me in this film. This is a remake of a Korean classic, which is actually as disturbing as this – in different ways. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you love challenging adult cinema with razor sharp teeth.




BURIAL GROUND (Blu Ray)

There’s a Blu Ray of LE NOTTI DEL TERRORE aka BURIAL GROUND? Holy shit. This is one of those legendary funky awesome bits of trash cinema that I love. It’s an unsightly funky film and I’ve only seen it on a worn video tape copy I bought from a Blockbuster in the late 80s or early 90s. The film just defines in my mind, funky Italian horror. And that’s kind of its own beautiful thing. I can’t wait for this Blu Ray to get here! Italian Zombies man! Love em, even when they’re bad.




FRANKENSTEIN JR & IMPOSSIBLES

Harry Crack! I love these half hour shows that gave me some time with a killer FRANKENSTEIN crime fighting and then THE IMPOSSIBLES which were just a great rocking super hero team – and man, I thought they rocked harder than any of my parents psychedelic sounds they were grooving to. THE IMPOSSIBLES rule. Long before THE INCREDIBLES – there were THE IMPOSSIBLES.




THE PHANTOM EMPIRE

This is the first authorized release of THE PHANTOM EMPIRE by the Gene Autry Estate – and seriously folks – if you love Gene Autry, Hollow Earth fiction and Pot Boiler menacing Robots and crazy retro sci fi … oh yeah and just the whole Singing Cowboy thing… well this is it. I love THE PHANTOM EMPIRE – which I first discovered on MATINEE AT THE BIJOU on PBS as a kid. Required SciFi Geek material – you need to know about Murania!

That’s it. Next week I’ll be looking at BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, RED RIDING HOOD, HALL PASS, HAVEN, LEGEND OF THE FIST: THE RETURN OF CHEN ZHEN, Ultimate Edition of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE Blu and THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX Blu too. Then there’s KILL THE IRISHMAN, Criterion’s THE MAKIOKA SISTERS, HEAVY METAL Blu Ray, THE CINCINNATI KID Blu, RUBBER, POINT BREAK Blu, KINGDOM OF WAR Part 1 & 2, INSIGNIFICANCE Criterion Blu, THE IMAGE Blu, JOHNNY MNEMONIC Blu, GORDON’S WAR, OFF LIMITS, 36th PRECINCT Blu, CRASH AND BURN / ROBOT WARS, CHARLES BRONSON: MAN WITH A CAMERA Collection, SWEET KARMA, SVEENER & THE SHMIEL and that’s it. See ya then!

Readers Talkback

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  • June 7, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's my DVD column for the day - it's a long one.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Really good vintage week all around.

    by Nordling

    Definitely picking up OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, THE LONG RIDERS, and THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING. If I can, the SUPERMAN box.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with Casino?

    by gaygoonie

    It's one of the most gorgeous movies ever made. The acting, the directing, the editing, the cinematography, the music...and I, for one, can't take my eyes off Sharon Stone. Gorgeous.

  • June 7, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Superman

    by cornholiosbungholio

    I really am in 2 minds about the Superman set. I have the Ultimate Edition DVD, but this is too sweet to pass. I loved all the 5 movies (6 if you count the Molemen movie), so watching it in HD should be super. Batman is my fav. comic book character, but in the past couple of years I have been picking up more Superman comics. Either way, they are The World's Finest!

  • June 7, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I disagree Harry - Renfro's best performance was in "Bully"

    by gruntybear

    A movie scary for one reason: I honestly think the nihilism and self-absorption of the average modern teen to have been way, way under-played in "Bully."

  • June 7, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Was almost first...but took too long geeking on STUNT MAN

    by The Angriest Planet

    Excited for THE STUNT MAN Blu-ray. Been one of my Top 10 favorite films FOREVER. The only fault I can find with what's in the package is that "The Sinister Saga" doc goes on a bit too long but given the "saga" Richard endured...its all forgiven. I last saw this film on screen (with the Sinister doc and with cast and crew except for O'Toole present) at the Egyptian in Hollywood when the last dvd came out and the transfer they did for the DVD looked really great. If this is even better..then well I am just afraid. I've had the pleasure of knowing Steve Railsback and booking him into some conventions. There was a signing in Hollywood tonight with Railsback,Rush, Hershey and others from the film. If any readers were there...I'm jealous. Can't wait to get my hands on this one. Now if someone can just convince Sony to do my other big cult favorite 1776 (sort of like THE WEST WING with music starring the founding fathers for those who don't know it) the Ultimate Blu-Ray, then I'll be set for a bit.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Harry, Josey Wales is good but...

    by Mr Soze

    Not even close to Good Bad and the Ugly.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    All of Clint Eastwood's westerns are absolutely golden.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    But they are all just preludes to his masterpiece: UNFORGIVEN. That film is the ultimate culmination and logical conclusion to all that came before.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I could quote OUTLAW JOSEY WALES all night.

    by Nordling

    "Endeavor to persevere." "Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy." "I just got me this piece of hard rock candy. But it ain't for eatin', it's just for lookin' through." "Hell with them boys. Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."

  • June 7, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    bought green lantern 2 bluray but true grit blu for $25

    by seabiscuits

    no way.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I have loads of hot, sticky love for Burial Ground.

    by SebastianHaff

    My third favorite zombie makeup of any movie ever, with Day of the Dead being number 1, and Fulci's zombie being number 2. <br><p> In terms of actual favorite zombie film, this is definitely in the top 5. Totally underrated, as most people remember it from shitty VHS tapes with crummy transfers way back in the 80's. <br><p> Crazy zombie makeup. Incest. Tit eating! Going to put Burial Ground on right fucking now.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    SHAUN OF THE DEAD?

    by strykebr

    Um, so you're talking about that scene in which Frost acts like the ape briefly?

  • June 7, 2011, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Oh lord ... More name dropping.

    by nico_laos

    Not a single one of us is impressed, Harry. You only make yourself look like a dipshit. Just let it go, man.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Apt Pupil

    by brad negrotto

    I enjoyed X2, and The Usual Suspects on first go around, but Apt Pupil is the only film of Singer's that I enjoyed on second viewing.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    The first version of Apt Pupil...

    by yesiamaplant

    ...the one starring Niccol Williamson and Rick Schroeder that got nearly halfway through principle photography before being shut down due to money trouble? Come on Harry, you've gotta have a connection somewhere. Dig it up, do an article. I've been dying to see this footage, or at least read about it. That would certainly be cool in my book.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    havent seen new york new york or casino

    by jsfithaca

    but cape fear was shit. when robert de niro was on screen it was incredibly awesome and creepy, but even that couldnt make me like the film the rest was just so bad. and martin scorsese is my favorite director of all time, hands down. and i jus realized its been waaaaaaaayyyyyy too long since ive last seen the outlaw josey wales.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Boba Fett

    by Acquanetta

    Funny you mentioned that, since I've always envisioned Boba Fett to be an older version of Clint Eastwood under that mask. Once Unforgiven came along, Clint's portrayal of William Munny pretty much cemented the image. My reasoning was that Boba had to be an older bounty hunter- someone tricky and experienced enough to get the drop on Han. (And if Ford had to be caught, it could've only been done by someone as cool as Eastwood.)

  • Its just that type of movie. I agree, Harry. That ape acting turned Nick Frost into an immortal.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I feel the same about UNFORGIVEN Nordling.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Deserve's got nothin' to do with it. You just shot an unarmed man! He shoulda armed hisself, he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend. The Duck of Death. That's....that's DUKE of Death. Duck, I says. That's right. I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned. It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have. Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming. We all got it coming, kid.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Bill Hicks was really funny

    by seabiscuits

    i will see this doc to find out if he really threw a pencil that went into a kids eye in 2nd grade

  • June 7, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    the new green lantern follow up to first flight is awesome

    by seabiscuits

    another great sci fi animated movie. looks fantastic in hd.

  • June 7, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    though i miss chris meloni and michael madens voices from the 1rst GL

    by seabiscuits

  • June 7, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    michael madson i mean

    by seabiscuits

  • June 8, 2011, midnight CST

    The Stunt Man AAAAND Burial Ground?!

    by PlugHED

    I told myself I wasn't going to go out re-buying all my favorite Dvds on Bluray...

  • June 8, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    What did Dennis Leary do?

    by ufoclub1977

    Curious.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks was a comic GOD.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    "Step on the goddam GAS." "If you don't think drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor. Take all your records, all your tapes, and all your CDs and burn 'em. 'Cause all those artists that have made all that music that has enhanced your lives throughout the years? Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreal fucking high on drugs."

  • June 8, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    I just re-watched Stunt Man tonight

    by Carey N.

    It's still great, but if I'd known about the Blu-Ray I would have waited until I bought it.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I was so looking forward to Apt Pupil when I was in high school

    by D.Vader

    After loving The Usual Suspects so much and after reading all the enthusiasm and anticipation for it here on AICN. In the end, I was disappointed. But I've been wanting to revisit it for years.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:56 a.m. CST

    UFOclub1970

    by SgtSharki

    Harry's implying that Leary stole Hicks' act. While their acts are very similar, Leary isn't quiet as biting as Hicks.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Burial Ground, eh? Never seen it.

    by D.Vader

    The zombies, however, look like the Blind Dead.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Apt Pupil

    by SgtSharki

    The movie is good, but the short story has a better ending.

  • June 8, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    Check out Hal Needham's autobiography "Stuntman

    by KarlKolchak

  • June 8, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Favorite Josie Wales moment...

    by MagicJesus

    was when the comanches were about to rape the crap out of sandra locke...because I always hated that unfortunate looking, gold digging skeeve. It will probably be even more glorious in blu ray.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks

    by djscott95

    Was a funny guy... but there is absolutely nothing "Austin" about him. I lived in Texas for most of my life (until I got out), and spent two years in Austin, which prides itself on being "weird" and "unique" but is nothing but a bunch of pretentious hippie fucks watching the same four bands every night and claiming that they are the music capital of the world. They are more liberal and hippie than Dallas or Houston, and therefore think they are UBER cool. That's like saying that Romania is WAY less communist than East Germany. Austin has no music scene. Name 3 musicians who have made it from there (Stevie Ray Vaughn and who else?) Austin has no movie scene (yes, the draft house is amazing, but it sold out, and if you don't believe that, look at the corporation that owns it now), and it is full of pretentious douchebags that think they get art more than you do... Denis Leary had that bit about the jogger that dies that was pretty similar to Hicks bit about it. THAT'S IT. ONE SENTENCE. But leave it to an Austin guy to get all butt-hurt about it. PRODUCE ONE PIECE OF ART AUSTIN! Stop talking about how cool you are and just be cool instead!

  • June 8, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    FIREFOX needs a proper transfer and some extras...

    by justmyluck

    ... like a discussion of the reverse blue screen process John Dykstra/Apogee developed to get sky reflections on the jet models and matte them against bright backgrounds. Also, the VistaVision nose cone development with Clay Lacy ('Astrovision') for the Learjet aerial plates (which also showed up in the opening credits of BACK TO THE FUTURE:2). The DVD transfer made the FIREFOX VFX look quite dupey, so I'll be Googling now for a Blu-ray review.

  • Peter O'Toole is in top-form in THE STUNT MAN. Brilliant, amazing film. Anyone who has this, don't neglect the deleted scenes or "Sinister Saga" documentary. Don't watch the trailer before the film, though, if you don't want any spoilers. Also, the score by Dominic Frontiere is kick-ass. It was released on CD by Intrada years ago, as a limited edition ... it's sold out, but well worth the effort of finding a copy.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I thought Bill Hicks was associated with Houston --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- or was it Dallas? Regardless, listen to a Hicks record today!

  • June 8, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Also I watched MARLOWE on TCM --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- didn't catch it on there, Harry? Seemed to be on there enough a few years ago.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR

    by Bungion Boy

    Best film of 2010. I recommend it to you Harry, and to all.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    'What's wrong with Casino?' - I'll tell you...

    by workshed

    ...not enough James Woods. It's his story I wanted, not De Niros.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    "...and we're parting on the square"

    by workshed

    Does that make me a man, Harry? Been waiting to see this Blu-Ray for a long time? Are the missing scenes re-instated? The best Blu-Ray restoration this year is 'Kes', hands down. I must have watched it twenty times since it's release last month.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Peter O toole in the Stuntman..

    by Righteous Brother

    always made think that he could have made a good Joker around that time, he's tall and skinny and he's got that great big shock of hair. I've always liked The Stuntman although I haven't seen it for over 20 years.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Breaking Bad season 3

    by bourne7855

    also for those interested this came out yesterday. best buy and amazon have it right now for only 25 dollars on bluray. thats a pretty good deal

  • June 8, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Hicks v Leary - that old non-argument...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    I've said it before on here, I'll say it again. Hicks is my all time hero. As any fan knows, he was much of a bigger deal here in the UK when alive, than in his home country. He came along at exactly the right time in my life - around 14 or 15 - and I'm not exaggerating when I say he profoundly affected my outlook on the world, on politics, on celebrity, on the individual. He's was, and still is, so so so much more than a joke-teller. It can't be overstated. However, I still am and always have been a fan of Leary (the username might be a giveaway). Saying Leary ripped Hicks off wholesale is ridiculous. They were both roughly the same age, in the same era, and grew up into the same age of political correctness, dire celebrities, and hypocrisy in the media. They both railed against the same things in similar-yet-wholly different ways. They riffed on the same subjects but sounded different and to different ends. It's like saying the Stones were wholeheartedly ripping off the Beatles note-for-note and chord-for-chord. It's wrong. Leary used comedy as a launching pad to being a (damn fine) actor. Hicks wanted nothing less than to change the world. Hicks' live shows were a tour-de-force in that they came from his very heart and soul railing at the things he saw around him. Leary's No Cure For Cancer was a tour-de-force STAGE SHOW with him playing the indignant stereotypical "American asshole". Watch it again. It plays like a tightly constructed three-act play. To despise Leary because they both had "similar" routines on Jim Fixx (what comedian of the time WOULDN'T have joked about a health nut dying while jogging?), smoking, drugs and shitty music in the early '90s... you may as well despise 99% of comedians performing around the same time.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    And also...

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    When Clint Eastwood dies, there are no real men left on Earth. When Clint Eastwood dies, GOD dies. Compared to Clint Eastwood - WE ARE ALL GAY.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:13 a.m. CST

    True Grit...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I thought it was so-so. Not a big Western fan. Josey Wales is just about the only one I really got into. Loved the adage of Wales whenever Rooster would kick those Indian kids around. It reminded me of when Wales would spit on the dog.

  • June 8, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Every Which Way But Loose

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    is one of those true classics that was replayed to death by cable in the 80's. What's not to love here? Clint Eastwood, Oreo stealing ape, bikers, fights, grandma with a shot gun. I never did like that leading lady though, she was Clint's chick for a while I guess since she was in a few flicks with him.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Harlan Ellison and Bruce Lee

    by Hipshot

    Harlan trained with Bruce a little back in the 60's, when Bruce was teaching Hollywood folks. Apparently they met on the set of Marlow. A friend of Harlan's was looking at dailies and didn't believe Lee could actually do that jump kick. They went down to the set. Lee had the friend stand still, took a run and jumped right over his head. Amazing human being.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    But what about ... ?

    by The StarWolf

    Gushing about your love for this film or that is all good and fine, and going on about the performances and soundtrack and transfer to DVD/Blu-ray is OK. But, for the sake of those of us who haven't seen some of those films, how about a little bit about, y'know, the PLOT??? As in WHAT ARE THEY ABOUT??? Some of us aren't keen on spending money sight unseen and really would like some idea as to what we're buying beyond "it's an amazing film". Not everyone likes all genres, after all.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    tommygavinsego is right ...

    by Yer_Maw

    ... about Bill Hicks, Denis Leary and Clint Eastwood. Oh yes. Although, in truth Hicks did seem to harbour very strong ambitions to be a movie and/or TV star ... that gets kind of lost in the mix a bit since his death. We can worship him as an all-seeing philosopher-deity now since he never go to do a buddy movie with David Spade.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Matinee at the Bijou!

    by JMH1973

    What a flashback hearing that name is. I think I watched it every week when I was a kid and Phantom Empire was one of my favorites. Thanks for posting that link. There was a cheap public domain version of the DVD a few years ago but the transfer was awful.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    The Impossibles.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I used to listen to a band in college called The Impossibles. Great little local band. Took their name from the toon. Never thought i'd see the day where the toon would be released.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    why wasnt Bill Hicks a bigger star?

    by SupermanIsMyGod

    because there's No Cure For Cancer. The jogger bit was not the only thing he stole from Hicks. Leary concludes NCFC by pretending to die on stage, a Hicks staple. There are others. And even if there weren't...joke stealing is THE cardinal sin among comedians. You don't do it.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    The Long Riders?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Best western ever? not by a fucking long shot. It ain't even the best Walter Hill film. Though I'm no western enthusiast, but from what i remember, The Long Riders wasn't all that great. The only reason why it keeps its status is the creative casting.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Bill Hicks wasn't funny

    by animas

    I recently watched his stuff on netflix and I didn't laugh once. I agree with everything he says but it isn't even humor, just political rants done in a sarcastic way. As I was watching, it reminded me of why I don't watch political commentary on tv.... I don't need my opinions validated by others.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    You had Laura Harris over at your house?

    by RayVinyard

    DAMN! She's hot!

  • June 8, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I'd forgotten about Apt Pupil. Yeah, wonderfully disturbing.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • June 8, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    djscott95

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    stevie ray vaughn THE IMPOSSIBLES 13th floor elevators janis joplin spoon scratch acid gal's panic daniel johnston i dont expect you to know any of these people are but you should. They were all successful austin artists.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Phantom Empire & Filo Beddoe

    by Phimseto

    Highly recommend The Phantom Empire - a great serial and almost Bollywood-ish in its unusual mixing of action and random bits of song & dance! As for the Eastwood/Clyde films, I just introduced them to some friends and my daughter. They were all skeptical that the films could be anything good, and now the movies rank amongst their favorites. The original is just a great road film and the sequel is delightfully over the top with the great twist of a villain (William Smith) who you end up rooting for in a kind of way...and everything works out in the end exactly how you hope it would.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Animas

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You probably wouldnt find bill hicks funny cause he was probably making fun of you. Those shows where he would just bomb because they audience didnt get his jokes are fucking hilarious. His understanding was they werent laughing anyway, might as well poke fun at them. Bill Hick is a fucking genius.. That said, Denis Leary has come into his own after dropping the Hicks act. Granted he's sold out and did disney and Ice Age but people gotta eat, i understand that. If Ice Cube can do it, fucking Leary can. Rescue Me is solid cause of him.

  • Drawing pictures instead of writing, we'd have an easier time understand what you are trying to say.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by darth vega

    How could you possibly prefer the theatrical version of Superman II, unless for purely nostalgic reasons? The Cellophane "S", the telekenisis, and the hand in the fire as opposed to the "gunshot" reveal, c'mon...The Donner version is CLEARLY superior. I've been reading this site for years, but have never seen you be so wrong....Please explain.

  • WTF you grammar illiterate ginger!

  • June 8, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    djscott95

    by TheNewAddiction

    You nailed Austin perfectly. Lived there for over 2 years and had to get out. Read the book 'Stuff White People Like' (and the second book in that 'series'), it's Austin to a tee. Love the site and I've met and chatted with Harry way, way back in '98 at a bar, but Austin is it's own worst enemy; and that is depressing.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Just wondering: If Hicks was still alive...

    by art123guy

    ...would Leary's act be the same as it is today? (I don't think it would be) Would he be as popular? (I think not as a stand-up act, and he would have done more acting early on.) Discuss

  • June 8, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Casino

    by Truxton Spangler

    suffers because it came after Goodfellas. It's not a bad film, per se, but there's a sense of déja vu that it can't escape. Of course, Stone and Woods were great, and some of the minor players, like Rickles and Smothers also turn in good performances. Firefox--if you like planes and machines, skip to the last 20 minutes. If not, it can be safely avoided.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    CHOPPAH

    by The Hand Of The Choppah

    Video break, dude. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opGbvGa67AQ&NR=1

  • June 8, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Mario Van Pebbles= worst character in movie history

    by Mandolorian

    Next to anything that Chris Tucker does, that is. I can't watch Heartbreak Ridge without the remote in my hand and my finger on the fast forward button.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

  • June 8, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    you missed three releases!!!

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

  • June 8, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    HAPPY GILMORE

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

  • June 8, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    BILLY MADISON

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

  • June 8, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    and

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

  • June 8, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    61*

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

  • June 8, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    "When I received my Citizen Kane screener, I invited Uncle Forrie, Sly, Bruce, Jim Cameron, Elijah,...

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

  • Back in 1980, I remember going with some friends to see "Flash Gordon" and we passed the theater playing "Let There Be Rock", and the sound was cranked up so loud that the floor outside the theater door was shaking. Now, I wouldn't become a die hard AC/DC fan until a couple of years later, so I missed seeing this at the theater, but I've become a huge fan of theatrically filmed concert experiences over the years. This one stands out as an important piece of rock history as lead singer Bon Scott would die just weeks after filming this last show. Scott was replaced by Brian Johnson on "Back in Black" which was a huge hit and allowed the band to continue without Scott for the next 30 years, but most fans know that the best material to ever come out of AC/DC was firmly planted in the Bon Scott era. This concert film has never been released on DVD before and only beat up copies from the VHS release have been seen up until this time. It's a great week of film releases, but many of them have seen a multitude of previous digital releases, while this is a first time event. Check it out.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST

    all good films

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Madison's funny but Happy Gilmore is Sandler's peak. The fight with Bob Barker is still funny as shit, and it has an impossibly young Julie Bowen long before she was the mom on Modern Family. As for 61*, it's one of the better HBO films, about Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris' (Barry Pepper) historic run in 1961 as they both tried to break Babe Ruth's single season home run record. You know, back when breaking that record could be done steroid-free. Damn good film directed by Billy Crystal that captures the feel of baseball long before a bunch of no-neck cheaters ruined the game.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    PS - did anyone else realize Magnificent Seven is on blu?!?

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    I was walking through Target the other day and they had the 50th Anniversary edition of the Magnificent Seven on blu ray as a Target exclusive. Seriously, I didn't even know this was out, but now it sits on my shelf along with Seven Samurai as great versions of the same tale. Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, and Charles Bronson? FUCKING AWESOME!

  • June 8, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    The Proposition

    by Simpsonian

    Is the best Western ever. But that is my humble opinion. If you disagree, I understand. Thank you.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Julie Bowen

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Was not attractive to me in Happy Gilmore. I think it had something to do with her hair. It was too old for her. Nowadays though--sweet jebus! I'd like to Phil her with my Bixby. Awful Modern Family Pun of the Day is now complete.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Archie Bunker and Bruce Lee in the same scene in 'Marlowe'

    by samuraiyao

    Just fucking awesome, awesome.. Too much kinetic force and explosion not even Michael Bay can keep up with...

  • I recently upgraded to a big HD-TV and Blu-ray player and am looking for a couple of movies to really test the system out. What do you guys and geeks recommend? What Blu-rays really made you go, "wow"? I'm willing to try any genre as long as it has the best picture transfer and sound quality available. Thanks in advance!

  • June 8, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Firefox

    by eck_iii

    I love Clint Eastwood, but Firefox is horrible. The special effects are awful and pull me out of the film. Dumb, rah-rah crap.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Did "Burial Ground" have that odd looking kid??

    by darthliquidator

    I remember one of those Italo-zombie films had the freakiest looking child actor I've ever seen...I couldn't tell if he was supposed to be 12 or 43...looking at that creepy little tyke was more disturbing to me than any living-dead-chews-on-flesh scene I've ever viewed....

  • June 8, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    The Stunt Man: a truly great film

    by Brian Hopper

    If you've never seen it, it's not to be missed. Also had the privilege of seeing Rush, Railsback and Hershey at the Egyptian 10+ years ago for the DVD release, and recently at the New Bev as well. You can tell how much they love and feel protective of their film all these years later. There are only a handful of films I can think of that are as funny, charming, sophisticated, exciting and thoughtful as The Stunt Man. Adding to my blu-ray collection for sure.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Superman and Green Lantern ain't got nothing on me

    by seabiscuits

    i can make like a tortouise dive for pearls in the sea

  • June 8, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    detinue

    by seabiscuits

    2001 A Space Oddysey, A.I. , Clone Wars Season 1, Princess Bride, Delgo IMO

  • June 8, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    "and told him he was way was a great way."

    by spidercoz

    Way to string random words together into an incoherent mess. Did you take language lessons from Sarah Palin? Here's an idea, buy yourself some speech-to-text software and write up your articles like that. That way the rest of us can see if you really do talk as idiotically as you write. Think of it as a science experiment.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Hicks vs. Leary

    by UCB Agent1

    I've listened and watched the side by side comparisons over and over and what Leary and Hicks share is a particular point of view that takes them in different directions. Their jokes come from similar places but a Jim Fixx joke isn't all that original from either of them and in the context of Leary's routine, it seems even less likely that he "stole" the joke. Watch enough stand up over time and you'll see lots of comics telling "similar" jokes to people they came up with. It's going to happen that if they worked closely and influenced each other, they're probably going to stumble upon the same material. But Hicks and Leary had different approaches: Leary as the Asshole and Hicks as the Angry Guy. What Hicks fans will never forgive Leary for is that he was and is the more talented standup. His delivery was part of what made him funny. Hicks was simply angry. He was smart and funny, no doubt, but he was never going to be successful like Leary was. He was always going to be much more "underground" than Leary was, even if he hadn't died so young. That's the way their paths diverged. Now, Hicks is held up by his rabid fanboys as this wronged martyr and Leary will always be a thief and pretender, and no rational analysis of the similarities between two comics who shared a point of view and came up together is allowed. Anyway, I think Hicks was great, but so is Leary. Give it up, fanboys.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Choppah.

    by Dollar Bird

    Your off-handed mentioning of Gal's Panic has placed a jaunty tune in my head and made me smile.

  • With AVATAR, the blu-ray disk was maxed out. The later released special edition/extended cut blu-ray of AVATAR...whatever you want to call it...takes up more disk space. That said, you may not find much visual difference in clarity. Maybe you can find the original cut of AVATAR on blu-ray for a nice price. --On my huge plasma, I don't believe I have ever seen a more amazing looking picture (outside of movie opinion). And sound is rated top notch.

  • They missed a great opportunity in not remastering the old Fleisher shorts. Unacceptable. How are you gonna remaster everything else, up to and including feature length doc LOOK UP... and not remaster the cartoons? Arent these in the Library of Congress? Thats how good they are. Totally Unprofessional. Done.

  • June 8, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    ...to clarify as to disk space...

    by JDanielP

    As to how I understand it, both AVATAR disks were maxed out. But for the extended cut, Cameron had to cut back some on picture performance with a need for more disk space, to cover a more lengthy movie. (ALIENS looks better than anyone expected, as Cameron is so smart with the conversion process.)

  • June 8, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Give me Angelina Jolie's Firefox on Blu-Ray

    by thelordofhell

    Fuck this Clint Eastwood shit-fest of a movie. Pre-surgery Angelina Jolie lesbian-fest is where it's at!!

  • June 8, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Slip inside CHOPPAH's house ...

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    ... as trolls pass by.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    HAND OF CHOPPAH

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    is that the glorious taylor bow? she's all grow'd up now aint she?

  • June 8, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    The cartoons are HD? If they are then fuck remastering.

    by UltraTron

    I like all the little hairs n shit. Once again I cannot stress how important it is to polish your blurays. Turns them into film. No matter how good your system is you need to polish your disks if you want true depth of field and rack focus. If you rent from Netflix you have to peel the Netflix tracking sticker off and then polish. All this sticker does is cause error correction in your laser. Maximum error correction. All you get is a digital interpretation of the actual image. Polish your disk and suddenly the laser reveals the original data with less error correction. It's that simple. You will see a 33-35% improvement on video and audio clarity. It's worth it for any movie with decent production values. You need: Viva paper towels Novus #2 plastic polish(home depot)/or UltraVivid from walker audio polish the label side first(you may see a ton of ink come off the label-this is a good thing) Next polish the outer rim(mmm rim job) Now polish the other side- twice! Now finish up the outer rim once again and handle the disk with a clean viva. This is no longer a blu-ray. It is a 35mil film and you are the projectionist putting it on display for all to see. This isn't a download. This isn't instant gratification. This is going out of your way to improve an experience. Every little thing you do adds. Now run a talisman over it before playing

  • June 8, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    One more thing

    by UltraTron

    Polish from the inner ring out. The whole shebang. Pull from the center out

  • June 8, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Remember to thank me later.

    by UltraTron

  • June 8, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    While I agree that Josey Wales is a very cool film...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    I'm not sure it displaces The Good, The Bad and The Ugly as Clint Eastwood's best western film. I'll give it a close second on my list.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    By the way-

    by UltraTron

    Even if you are ripping movies. Polished and demagnetized disks look and sound better. You can experiment for yourselves. Basically the data is read with less error correction any way you look at it. Ok UltraTron but I run shit off a server and hard drive. Well then a hard drive with it's own isolated power supply will sound and look better than the hard drive in your machine. Every little thing you do

  • June 8, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I always wondered about those who call Leary a thief

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    and questioned it. IMO "No Cure For Cancer" is one of the funniest filmed stand-ups ever. But I caught Leary on Letterman a few years back, appearing less than a week after Jim Gaffigan's stand up (King Baby?) aired on Comedy Central. Leary recited a bit about bacon that was practically word for word from Gaffigan's routine. Sure comics share themes and topics, but this word for word thievery. It doesn't take away my opinion of Leary being a talented comic and actor. Rescue Me and The Ref is proof of that.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    detinue

    by hydroxicut

    Martix, Back to the future, Thin red line, Taxi Driver, Alien/Aliens, Saving Private Ryan. all great blu-rays to blast on your new system.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Donner cut is better reused ending and all.

    by eric haislar

    How anyone loves the lester version of II is beyond me.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Long Riders

    by hydroxicut

    I agree with choppah on "The Long Riders" I just watched it for the first time and was not impressed, felt like a T.V. movie, not bad, but not great at all. Josey Wales would make the Long Riders cry and piss on each other with one glance.

  • June 8, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Apt Pupil is an underrated King adaptation...

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    They did pussy out on the ending however.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    You love telling that story Elijah and Josh at your house.

    by moorE12

  • June 8, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Marlowe

    by dukeroberts

    Marlowe is also notable for Rita Moreno being smoking hot in it! I'm not kidding.

  • At least I could has swore I saw that in an interview on a documentary or something.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    mrjonz72

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    yer correct in thinking that. superman took the sequel's ending so they could finish on time and get it into theaters.

  • June 8, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Athens, GA > Austin, TX

    by UGABugKiller

    And no disrespect to Austinites, but it's not even close from a standpoint of "coolness" and what they've "done" as towns. Both are great college towns, home to two great universities with great tradition, traditions, and outstanding athletic departments & facilities (though, anyone with a brain would give Sanford Stadium "Between the Hedges" the edge over DKR TX Memorial Stadium, though it does have a nice TV). But as far as what Athens is compared to Austin? As I said, not even close. Athens is home to the world famous 40 Watt Club and The Georgia Theater, venues that launched REM, The B-52s, Widespread Panic, and The Drive-By Truckers. And you better believe the music scene is alive and well to this day, with AthFest in the summer a great event to showcase everything that makes our town great. Athens is also highly rated, not just among college towns, but the world over, for our bar scene, highlighted by The Globe, where you can get one of the best pours of Guinness in the world. Put it this way: Athens has more bars per square foot and per capita than New Orleans does. Add those things to a great food scene and one of the most picturesque college campuses in America (go watch Road Trip again, that's UGA and Sanford Stadium, not "Ithaca"), and Athens is a college town with the actual credentials to be awesome. So I agree with djscott95, I always hear about how "awesome" Austin is, but Athens has proof.

  • June 8, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    expert 40

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    austin city limits and SXSW. i could go on but i threw down all i needed. CHOPPED

  • June 8, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    If you get chopped by the_choppah...

    by HansBubi

    ...you got chopped by the best.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    choppa, throwing a festivial is NOT producing or nurturing "cool"

    by UGABugKiller

    ... Festivals are nice, which is why I included AthFest. But what has come out of Austin that can match: REM? The B-52s? Widespread Panic? The Drive-By Truckers? Danger Mouse? Matthew Sweet? Bubba Sparxxx? 40 Watt Club? The Georgia Theater? The answer is, NOTHING Austin has ever produced can match that line-up. SXSW is cool. But it's a festival. Sundance has one. Toronto has one. New York has a bunch. Athens nurtured greatness in its music scene. Double-tapped. Two to the chest.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I wish he would write more about the blu rays bonuses

    by Andrew Coleman

    I want True Grit. Not exactly sure if I should hit it up on Blu or just regular dvd. Most likely will just do Blue but still a little info would be cool.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    wow I forgot about the stunt man

    by disfigurehead

    Been a long time since I have seen that. Maybe theater or HBO

  • June 8, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Really? The Long Riders is...

    by Cinema Curmudgeon

  • June 8, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Really? The Long Riders is...

    by Cinema Curmudgeon

    ..."personal favorite Western ever made." Have you not seen many Westerns? It's not bad, but it certainly ain't great. Sorry for the double post. Stupid "return" key. cinemacurmudgeon.com

  • June 8, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    myphdisdoom...

    by UGABugKiller

    ... what about the troubling trend in BluRays to produce two vastly different BluRays of the same film? Blu 1 is just the film, no extras, not even trailers. It sells for $20-$25. Blu 2 is the "unrated" or "director's cut" of the film... ... PLUS a DVD (which you don't want)... ...PLUS a digital download (which has a code that is only good for 3 months, which I found out the hard way after I bought Scott Pilgrim yesterday)... ... PLUS all the bonuses and extras we used to get for free with DVD purchases, but now it's $30-$50. And these fucks wonder why Redbox and NetFlix are kicking their asses?

  • June 8, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Bubba Sparxxx?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Everything you said just imploded on itself. You came close but you got greedy. That was your undoing. maybe next time.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    choppah, you do realize I'm only half being serious, right?

    by UGABugKiller

    I thought the Bubba Sparxxx reference would've made that clear. I mean, there are MUCH better examples I could've continued to make, if I wanted to, like, for example, I could've brought up The Whigs or Circulatory System. Look, I KNOW Austin is a pretty cool city, but yeah, Austinites are a bit too full of themselves and deserving of a little mocking every now and again. I do believe Athens has more "cool credentials," but arguing a point between the two towns is 6 of one, half a dozen of another, you know? While Athens has nurtured musical talent beloved nationally, and even the world over, Austin does have it over Athens in one category for sure: Bar-B-Que. While we have pretty good BBQ here, I won't even try and pretend it's better than Austin's.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Chop be unto you expert

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Choppah has no home, he travels a lot. Houston, Austin, NOLA, NJ, NY, LA. STL, FLA. There and back again I says. Its the nature of the beast. It is also how I can spend so much time online. Maybe one day I can stop by Athens.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Firefox deserves its own blu ray

    by olivehead

    given the other films that have found their way to blu ray, i find it hard to understand why warner bros. wouldn't release this on its own disc instead of coupled with a film that already has its own stand-alone release. that, and the fact that by my reckoning, any eastwood-directed film should get its own release. i don't think firefox is as obscure as the studio must think it is.

  • June 8, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    choppah...

    by UGABugKiller

    ... if you want a free couch to surf, gotta make it before the end of December. Will have graduated and moved on to what I hope is the hallowed "next stage" as those kooky kids in the American Pie movies always talk about. Hah!

  • June 8, 2011, 3:13 p.m. CST

    SPIES LIKE US/FUNNY FARM double feature

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    As much as I want SPIES LIKE US in OAR, I can't bring myself to buy this. Why can't they release it standalone or better yet pair it with another classic Landis film--THREE AMIGOS!

  • June 8, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember the Firefox arcade game with footage of the

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    flight climax making up the game? I have to say Dykstra gave it his best, but the special effects don't hold up as well as other films from that era. Major matte lines.. Of course an Arctic plane chase would be difficult with the tools that were available at that time.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Great ending to Stuntman...

    by Billyeveryteen

    From intense and surreal, to hilarious and surreal.

  • June 8, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Expert40, as a UGA grad, I applaud your enthusiasm...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    We do have regular visits from Patton Oswalt due to his undying love of the city. That's probably worth a few geek cred points, too. However, we also have a duty to also admit our weaknesses... To wit, the Athens water treatment plant... I don't recall my visits to Austin having such a distinct bouquet in certain parts of its town...

  • June 8, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Correction...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Upon visiting, I don't recall parts of Austin having such a distinct bouquet. The way I originally wrote it was not only mangled, but implied I was the source of the smell... God help me if I smelled like the Athens water treatment plant...

  • June 8, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Ahhh The Stunt Man - the movie I FELL IN LOVE

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    with Barbara Hershey.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    detinue

    by nyj_et

    I'll try to mention some that haven't been mentioned above: Iron Man 2 (for some reason, Iron Man 1 does not look much better in blu than it does on DVD) The Other Guys The A-Team The Dark Knight (a lot of people bought Blu-Ray Players JUST for this movie and you can find a BD of TDK on the super-cheap now) Tropic Thunder

  • June 8, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Harry: The Wood/Hartnett Story

    by Bruce Thomas Wayne

    I swear you've mentioned this before. But I believe you said the story occurred on the set of The Faculty. Clarification?

  • June 8, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    tommygavinsego

    by Roger Moon

    Speak for yourself choad huffer.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Also picked up Superman Blu Anthology

    by nyj_et

    Last night, it looked/sounded amazing. Haven't any extras or any of the sequels, but Superman: Extended Cut was gorgeous. Don't know if you also invested in any 3D for your new system, but Tron:Legacy is some of the best I've seen.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    ultratron

    by Mr Lucas

    You almost had me for a moment. "Demagnetized" - XD Don't forget that very expensive, pure silver cables, made in space (probably) will also enhance your viewing experience. They somehow make those digital signals more accurate. Never mind all those fools who say that there is no measurable difference, they are infidels and must suffer in the hell of fuzzy images.

  • Harry, I noticed on the previous DVDs that the punching sound effect was replaced. Is it replaced on the bluray as well? Was it restored for this version? I just want to be sure before upgrading. Many thanks if you answer

  • June 8, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    bacon_aesthetic

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Thanks for the input. Now go to bed.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    detinue - c'mon people, let's not forget Blade Runner.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Jordan Cronenweth's cinematography is beautiful in HD. For dazzle there's always Speed Racer, although I can't recommend the movie itself, it looks great.

  • June 8, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    choppah - pick up the Cowboys & Aliens issue of Empire-

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    There's a great roundtable interview with Chase, Martin, Short & Landis on making Amigos.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Harry, which did you prefer; the Americana or the Village?

    by puto tenax

    I'm an old Austinite myself and remember how the old theaters. I wish you and your bud Tim would look into a drive-in. Wouldn't that be fun.

  • June 8, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    shut the fuck up donny...

    by UGABugKiller

    ... they fixed the Poop on the Loop! I, um, shit you not. I live on the East Side, near Cedar Shoals. They spent the last 3 years doing something to that facility, encasing the sewage treatment ponds or something. No more smell. Athens officially awesome again!

  • June 8, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I agree, NEW YORK NEW YORK is a terribly underrated movie.

    by AsimovLives

    Why people hate it so much is just... weird.

  • June 8, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    A recent feature on Austin narcissism

    by mjgtexas

    http://www.houstonpress.com/2011-06-09/news/finding-austin/....highlight quote: "They (transplants) often think by moving to Austin they have done something great for humanity."

  • June 8, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    One thing Houston and Austin can claim dual credit for

    by mjgtexas

    Trish Murphy before she hit the wall. Hottest white trash piece of ass between 1990-2003.

  • yuytyuy

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  • June 8, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Firefox Video Game

    by atan0669

    That was using laserdisc technology same as Dragon's Lair. Was amazing in 82.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Is there something new on the Superman Blu-Ray box, or...

    by Jaka

    ...is it just the DVD box on a couple less discs? I have the metal tin from a few years back with FAR more Superman "stuff" than I think I'll ever need, but I don't remember it having the SII Donner cut in it. .... hmm... guess I'll have to look into this.

  • June 8, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Loved True Grit. I mean I really, really loved it.

    by Jaka

    But most people I know just kind of liked it - didn't feel any real passion about it. That really surprised me because I think its a masterpiece. So from now on I'll just watch it by myself. Ha!

  • I mean, really, how much of it do I need to purchase again if I already own it on DVD? DVDs look REALLY good on my current system (through the Blu-Ray player), so I'm thinkin', not very many. I mean, how many are new transfers with new extras? Because if they're not new transfers created specifically for this format I don't really see the point. I've already been burned by a couple of movies that I thought would look GREAT on Blu-Ray (Apollo 13 being the best example thus far, or worst maybe) that ended up looking far worse than they do on DVD. All kinds of fuzz and artifacts - clearly NOT new transfers.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Choppah ... Spies Like Us/Funny Farm ... my 3 cents

    by seabiscuits

    1rst of all I bought it, but I hear that its one of those widescreen crop jobs that really isn't widescreen, just cut off on top and bottom. But it was 10$ so whatever. 2nd of all I used to not find Funny Farm that funny as a kid, but I watched it now and really love it (4 guys gonna knock over a casino) it's a good movie and a christmas one to boot.

  • June 8, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    3rd Spies Like Us is a gift of a movie and it looked alright on Blu

    by seabiscuits

  • June 9, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Green Lantern

    by Ganzeric

    I'd rather see the animated Green Lantern. The movie looks abysmal. www.dailybullseye.com

  • June 9, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    The Coen's TRUE GRIT movie is good, really good.

    by AsimovLives

    Itr was a damn good time at the movies wehn i watched it. Damn good western. Damn good movie, period. The oscar nominations were all justified. And little Hailee is amazing. I hope she has a great career ahead of her.

  • June 9, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    by AsimovLives

    "Ahhh The Stunt Man - the movie I FELL IN LOVE with Barbara Hershey" Didn't we all?

  • June 9, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Detinue

    by Monolith_Jones

    Kill Bill looks fantastic on blu-ray

  • June 9, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    The Apt Pupil is indeed underrated.

    by AsimovLives

    But since i haven't read the book, why is it that so many of you claim that the ending of the movie is a poor subsitute for the ending in the book and why the later is so much suprior?

  • June 9, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    seabiscuits

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I think yer mistaken on the FUNNY FARM film..it was about country living and all the silly hijinks chevy chase could get into. All I remember is a crazy mailman. That man will haunt my dreams for eternity. I dont remember the film being very good, let alone funny, sad considering it was George Roy Hill's final film.

  • June 9, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Choppah

    by DarthBlart

    No nono, Chevys hopes dreams, pride and manhood are torn apart. He writes the shitty book that sucks, his wife hates it but her stupid Squirrel book becomes a huge hit. If you haven't given a good watch than there's no way to convince u. But beyond this attempt, I couldn't give a shit.

  • June 9, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    asimovlives, re: Apt Pupil ending novella vs. movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    SPOILERS, obviously... In the novella, it ends with Brad Renfro's character visited by his old high school teacher (played by Ross from Friends in the movie), who confronts him with the doctored school documents he used to graduate without being held back, and Renfro's character uses a shotgun he just happens to be cleaning at the time to kill the teacher. He then loads up on ammunition, and goes towards a nearby highway in order to kill as many random people as he can. The last sentence, to the best of my recolection, goes like "It was five hours later and nearly nightfall before the police took him down". While I like the nihlism of the book's ending, I also like the implication of the movie ending that Renfro's character has been "infected" by the evil of Ian McKellen's Nazi, and will be carrying that evil into an unsuspecting world. For me, both ending work in different ways. Additionally, it's kind of funny that McKellen played a Nazi in Apt Pupil, and two years later he played a Jewish victim of the Nazi death camps in X-Men (for the same director, no less).

  • June 9, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the Blu-ray suggestions, everyone!

    by detinue

    I picked up a couple of the suggested Blu-rays last night and so far have watched Kubrick's 2001, which looked and sounded stunning on my system.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Funny Farm is a fish-out-of-water story.

    by detinue

    Chevy Chase plays a New York City newspaper sports reporter who quits his job and moves out to the country intending to live the quiet life and write the great American novel, but instead has everything go wrong along the way - the moving van gets lost, his new house has problems, the town and it's people are the complete opposite of the Norman Rockwell fantasy he envisioned, he suffers writer's block, his never completed novel about four gambling buddies knocking over a casinio sucks while the children's book about a plucky squirrel his wife dashes off becomes a hit, etc. The movie was Chevy's last decent film and there are enough laughs in it to justify the 2-hours spent watching it, though I doubt anyone ever watches it twice.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Well I guess I'll just post my Xmen: First Class review here:

    by UltraTron

    Ok so it's got some incredibly good stuff. Magneto is the best Indiana Jones since Raiders. Seriously. You could have just focused completely on him for 3 hours. An entertaining romp with superior acting throughout. Now here's the bad part- if you're an Xmen fan just forget it. Hell fox only has the rights to a few characters and they just make up filler characters out of the blue. This movie is made by a band of gypsies who have kidnapped a few famous world reknowns and padded out the rest of the traveling show with random freaks. You will never see a proper Xmen under this continuity. This continuity leads up to the pathetic battle in San Fran from x3. Like going back and telling vader's child story- only he never blows up a planet. Just gets a job at a quicky mart. So I had fun but my Xmen fan buddy wanted to slit his wrists.

  • June 9, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Hal needham movie stunt playset ruled.

    by UltraTron

  • June 9, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    first hathaway catwoman pic

    by SantosLHalper

    http://tinyurl.com/3u9ngkp

  • June 9, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by AsimovLives

    "I also like the implication of the movie ending that Renfro's character has been "infected" by the evil of Ian McKellen's Nazi, and will be carrying that evil into an unsuspecting world." From what i have been reading, some people think the ending of the movie is even darker then the book's. "Additionally, it's kind of funny that McKellen played a Nazi in Apt Pupil, and two years later he played a Jewish victim of the Nazi death camps in X-Men (for the same director, no less)." I though the same when i first saw X-MEN. Of cours,e we all know that Magnato believes that the mutans are superior to humans, they are a master race themselves. And this belief from a jew who suffered from the holocaut, no less.

  • June 9, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    santoslhalper

    by AsimovLives

    Looks like a photoshop job... and not a very good one at that.

  • June 9, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Firefox IS on it's own disc.

    by lick_my_rebel_dick

    It's a two disc set.

  • June 9, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    More irrelevent, illiterate name-dropping bullshit from Harry

    by Dr. Strangelove

    And thanks for not bothering to actually review the Bill Hicks movie. Clearly, you're a huge fan... of yourself.

  • June 9, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    FIREFOX Blu

    by justmyluck

    I picked up the FIREFOX/HB set since it's a double Blu, and checked out the last 45 minutes, mainly for the VFX. Unfortunately, even though the aerial plates were shot VistaVision, most of the composites still have the dupey/grainy/flicker found in the DVD. There's no real attempt in FIREFOX to wedge/fade the model jets into the sky plates to feign atmospheric perspective, so the totally opaque jets still look like cutouts in many shots - probably worse now with the increased resolution. The Blu-ray looks better than the DVD overall, so it's definitely worth buying if you like FIREFOX. The B-I-G improvement is in the DTS-HD sound, which KICKS.

  • June 9, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    FIREFOX Game and Movie, and Placement of Josey Wales

    by Autodidact

    I'll maybe give it one more shot on BLU, but I went through a major Clint Eastwood DVD watching phase several years back, and FIREFOX put me to sleep both times I sat down to watch it. That game did make a huge impression on me when I saw it in arcades back in the day. Like Dragon's Lair it usually had an extra screen up top so that the huge crowd piled around the machine could see what was happening in the game. I watched all the major Eastwood westerns in order of release back then. I think Josey Wales is a good movie but probably the 4th or 5th best if you really must rate them. Unforgiven, Good Bad and Ugly, For a Few Dollars More, and maybe even Pale Rider were all better to me.

  • The book was grisly, disturbing and just plain amazing. Still one of the most brilliant things Stephen King had ever written. The movie...well...as good as it is...just pussied out.

  • June 10, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry - how come...

    by jake the muss

    ... this regular feature is still titled "DVD Picks". Surely by now you can upgrade the title to the HD era and call 'em 'Blu-ray Picks'? I know there are still occasionally DVD releases mentioned, but the vast majority are now Blu releases.

  • June 10, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Sean Connery and Saeed Jaffrey

    by Mr_P

    introduced a special showing of the Man Who Would be King at the Edinburgh Film Festival last year and shared some of there experiences. A terrific experience and one of my all time favourite movies.

  • Even George Lucas could oversee the FIREFOX "special edition" and there would be few complaints, even here in the talkbacks of AICN!!! LOL

  • June 10, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Donner's Superman II

    by yeah i'm a jerk!

    The ending of Superman the movie originally was supposed to have Supes throwing the nukes into space and freeing the Phantom Zone criminals instead of the ending where he turns back time. This would have left it open for part two to start up with Zod and co. coming to Earth. It's a shame we don't have a directors cut with this ending to make the Donner cut of part 2 more cohesive.

  • June 10, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Nothing is wrong with Casino

    by robhouston

    except to some people as it's not Good Fellas. Casino is Superior.

  • June 10, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Donner/GL

    by Batguy

    I agree that the Donner cut is better. I don't know how anyone who 'gets' what Superman was in the '70s and '80s can prefer the Lester cut, but to each his own... And Harry, when did you flip your stance on Green Lantern? I thought you were behind Campbell, Reynolds, et al.

  • June 11, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Josey Wales....

    by Madmacks

    ...The best ive seen it since I saw it upon it's release in 1976. Just watching the blu-ray makes me convinced that if it was released today it would sweep the Oscar's! when can we expect Jeremiah Johnson on blu-ray?

  • June 12, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    What Harry no "CHOP KICK PANDA"?

    by MST3KPIMP

    it exists!

  • June 12, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    The Stuntman...

    by WONKABAR

    another DVD I have to replace with Blu

  • June 12, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Austin/Athens

    by D Jones

    Told Chop I had his back so here goes, the problem with Athens is Georgia and being where I'm from I have to hate it, its in the blood but as a rule I despise any hipster crap every city has its thing people hate and love so be happy you live somewhere that caters to your brand of crazy

  • June 12, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    The Stuntman Blu-ray - just watched it

    by Flexfill

    As great a film as I remember from 30+ years ago... Blu-ray looks great after some grain in the first reel but it was a modestly budgeted flick anyway. Overall, a must own blu.

  • June 14, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    $300 million for GL is waaaay too much

    by iceman199

    That's Avatar type money. No way this film does more than $200 million worldwide.

  • June 20, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    My name is is Hairy Knowles and I kan't spell or proof proof raed

    by Missing Dink

    This is what you get when people become famous on the internet.

  • But Josey Wales is definitely among the great westerns.