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Harry's DVD PICK & PEEKS: 3rd week of June, KISS ME DEADLY Blu, TAKE A HARD RIDE Dvd, William Castle, UNKNOWN and More!!!

Published at: June 21, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with today’s releases on DVD and Blu. Tragedy befell my geek estate as a traumatic bulb explosion accidently damaged my project so I’m waiting for a new projector, that I’m supposed to get this Wednesday… praying for no delays, I must have my glowy wall back! Any way, as a result there’s a few more titles I list here that I have not gotten to check out yet, but once I get my projector this week I plan on visiting and sharing my thoughts on those titles. As usual the pics and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more on a title and even purchase it, which would go to continue to bring my best efforts on this column. Now, here we go with one of the great Film Noirs…

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011





KISS ME DEADLY – Criterion Blu

Last year, for BUTT-NUMB-A-THON, I required every entrant to have viewed KISS ME DEADLY – or at least fake it real well, to gain admittance. Why? Because Robert Aldrich’s adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s KISS ME DEADLY is one of the most blisteringly awesome, searing Film Noirs with a kicker that takes teeth! That image on the cover just does not even touch the awesome Aldrich has in store for the viewer. This was a film that Robert Rodriguez introduced me to – and I’ve loved it ever since. I’m dying to watch this disc. I’m clawing at the box wanting to see it, but my projector had a cataclysmic bulb explosion that wound up damaging something, so I’m upgrading to a new projector and want desperately to open my copy of this and watch just how beautiful this transfer is. The typical Criterion job on films like this is just spectacular and this is one of the great Noirs. Just electrifying! Scene after terrific scene.
Plus Criterion gives us these extras:
New high-definition restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Audio commentary by film noir specialists Alain Silver and James Ursini
New video tribute from director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Walker)
Excerpts from The Long Haul of A. I. Bezzerides, a 2005 documentary on the Kiss Me Deadly screenwriter
Excerpts from Mike Hammer’s, Mickey Spillane, a 1998 documentary on the author whose book inspired the film
A look at the film’s locations
Altered ending
Theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic J. Hoberman and a 1955 reprint by director Robert Aldrich




UNKNOWN Blu Ray

January Jones is pretty good in this. And Liam Neeson has hit his action stride. UNKNOWN is one of those desperate personal self-discovery films… in the same genre of something like D.O.A. (both versions) or THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, my fave being Gregory Peck in Alfred Hitchcock’s SPELLBOUND. But UNKNOWN is a great actiony who-am-i-oh-fuck types of films. There’s a terrific style, pacing and sense of paranoia about UNKNOWN. The situation is uniquely fucked up. Terribly so. I hope Liam does a dozen different taut action thrillers. It is a great genre fit for him. I love it.




THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU Blu Ray

I love this film. Just personally, while I was spending the first 2 and a half months of 2011 in a hospital recovering from surgery, this was the very first exit visa experience I had outside of the hospital. Going to the Alamo Drafthouse VILLAGE and watching THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU and, both Yoko and I love this movie. That several didn’t, made it even more aggressively an “our film” kind of movie. The less you know about it the better, just know it’s based on Philip K Dick – and helps continue to make me fall in movie screen love with Emily Blunt. And, I just love determined Matt Damon movies. I really really do.




THE EAGLE Blu Ray

I absolutely didn’t feel pleased in the least watching this movie. Channing Tatum stares dazed throughout this lumberous adventure. I absolutely don’t like anything about it. And it’s all really intangible. I vastly prefer CENTURION which is just a more pulpy thrilling 9th Legion tale – but this… it just feels so incredibly inconsequential to me. That Tatum’s best is Duke in G.I.JOE leaves me in fear of each and every role awarded him. Jamie Bell gives off being annoyed throughout the film. Big yawn. I do begrudge the time spent watching this.




THE ISLAND Blu Ray

I really wanted to love this Michael Bay film, but just didn’t. It felt like material that was constantly holding back. It wanted to be sexier and more violent & thrilling, but it just couldn’t be that and be PG13. So it oddly feels very blah. It all looks fucking amazing, because Bay is one of the most amazing shooters in the business, but this was not one of his best days out.




CEDAR RAPIDS Blu Ray

Dying to see this. Disc came after the projector go boom, and came out in my theater sabbatical. I love Ed Helms and am really curious to see it because I’ve heard a lot of great word on the film. Wednesday is taunting me, I really do miss my glowy wall!




RIO CONCHOS / TAKE A HARD RIDE

I love TAKE A HARD RIDE. I’ve wanted to see this movie ever since I first saw the trailer as a kid on my Dad’s Weird Western Trailer reel. The dynamic between Jim Brown and Fred Williamson is fucking terrific. I wish there were dozens of adventure Westerns with those two and Jim Kelly. It is a crazy awesome violent dynamic that just kicks a lot of ass in the old west. When I began to realize that Jim Kelly was a man, who had his tongue cut from his mouth, raised a tracker and fighter – and who RUNS EVERYWHERE in that manner Jim Kelly does when he glide jogs in place. The most graceful cross country jogging you’ll ever see – but the great part is how alert and alive Jim Kelly is to the scene. Checking shit out, smelling things, tasting shit in the dirt. All in the same shot. Nothing compares to watching Fred Williamson and Jim Brown fighting as Jim Kelly smiled from a mountaintop watching. Somewhere there was an earthquake. These two guys fighting each other. It’s literally like a clash of the titans. I love how all thee super egos are balanced without ever sacrificing each other’s maximum level of cool. But then… there’s other people in this thing, like fucking Lee Van Cleef!!! Dana Andrews! Barry Sullivan! Harry Carey Jr. That friend of Cleavon Little’s from BLAZING SADDLES! I mean the film is loaded. And I love it. I love that it is a literal bag of money movie – and it is epic. LOVE IT COMPLETELY! RIO CONCHOS, I like, but I can’t watch it around TAKE A HARD RIDE, which is just a totally different scale of awesome.




The Women In Cages Collection ( BIG DOLL HOUSE, WOMEN IN CAGES, THE BIG BIRD)

Upfront warning, while this is an excellent DVD, on August 23rd of this year, these three will be coming out on Blu Ray – and personally – if you’re in an HD world, I’d hold off for that. But if not, and you’re committed to DVD – well pick it up. These are 3 of the very best caged women flicks. They’re crazy sexy, all kinds of depraved and fun! Roger Corman understood the genre and Jack Hill did it best. Unless we’re talking Women In Prison, in which case I say that Jonathan Demme wins best women behind bars flick. Right?




MEGA PYTHON VS GATOROID Blu Ray

Oh man wow. I highly recommend this absolutely awful film, because folks… you simply must watch Tiffany and Debbie Gibson on this awesome crazy exploitation crap effects fest that just hits a level of camp and kitsch that I fell in love. Tiffany may very well be either the most brilliant or terrible actress I’ve ever scene. It is astonishing. There are things in this film that made me gasp at how impossibly bad it was, but in a what the fuck entertaining manner. Most video games have superior visual effects in actual game play modes. Even some for the Wii. But it’s the face off of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany that just blew me away. Watching these two teen queens doing the funky straight to Blu Ray type fun… well, morbid pleasure.




SPINE TINGLER! THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY

If you love films like Joe Dante’s MATINEE or Tim Burton’s ED WOOD – give this documentary a try and then check out the William Castle films. There’s just a tremendous debt we film geeks have to pay to dear old William Castle. The one time P.T. Barnum of Film Exhibition. I love it. Without William Castle – Tim League would not be the same. Castle is the guy that hooked up buzzers to seats, Rigged theaters for special in theater effects. All while operating in the horror genre. I love William Castle and have played the part of the theater victim a few times at screenings of THE TINGLER, where I had to tear a lobster apart as though it was the Tingler itself! Acquaint yourself with one of the great showmen of all time!




ELEKTRA LUXX

So, Carla Gugino plays titular porn star, ELEKTRA LUXX… Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hilarious online video plogger who specializes upon talking about porn stars with a rather dedicated affection for Miss Luxx. I like ELEKTRA LUXX, but I do prefer the original WOMEN IN TROUBLE. Of which this is a sequel of sorts. I love Marley Shelton in this, but really this is Carla and Levitt’s flick, they’re both great at what they’re asked to do here. Lots of beautiful women like Emmanuelle Chriqui and Malin Ackerman also feature. I really enjoyed it.




THE ROMANTIC ENGLISHWOMAN Blu Ray

Dying to see this. Another victim of the projector, Written by Tom Stoppard, starring a pair of 2-time Academy Award winners in Glenda Jackson and Michael Caine. All I know is that I love just about everything I’ve seen Michael Caine in from the Seventies – and I can’t wait to see this – and figure out what the film is exactly. It’ll probably be one of the first things I put in to check out.




MISTER T: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

Absolute complete and utter insanity. I almost can’t believe it. More laughs than CHUCK NORRIS: KARATE KOMMANDOS, but the same kind of wow at times. Our world was so beautiful once!




PRIEST OF LOVE (Blu Ray)

Sir Ian McKellen plays D.H. Lawrence, Ava Gardner, Sir John Gielgud – and I can’t wait to see it. I’ve heard about this film for a while, back when Ian McKellen blew me away with RICHARD III, I found out about this flick but just have never been at the right place and time to see it. Can’t wait to finally watch it. I’ll report back here when I do.




HEADLESS HORSEMAN

Wow, this rules. Will Rogers doing his adaptation of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and it just rules. Seriously. It sometimes feels like magic. It really is simply unlike anything we really have today. They also put the 22 minute Harold Lloyd short, HAUNTED SPOOKS… I love them both absolutely. Something I’ll watch again this October.

Next week we get THE LORD OF THE RINGS Expanded Editions on Blu, SUCKER PUNCH, SEASON OF THE WITCH, ANCIENT ALIENS: SEASON TWO, BEASTLY, COWBOY BEBOP THE MOVIE, THE WARRIOR’S WAY, THE NESTING on Blu, SERENITY Blu, ZATHURA Blu, THE LAST STARFIGHTER Blu, ZAZIE DANS LE METRO Criterion Blu, NIGHTMARES, BLACK MOON Criterion Blu, PEOPLE ON SUNDAY Criterion Blu, ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST Blu, CHALLENGE OF THE GOBOTS, THE BABY, BLOODY BIRTHDAY and more.

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  • June 21, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Lita Ford is making movies now

    by MacReady452

    uh huh. It aint no big thing.

  • June 21, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    by reni

    I had a dream about BNAT and everyone was wearing United shirts.

  • June 21, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Kiss Me Deadly box art seems like porn. cool

    by future help

    and the Headless Horseman box looks like Hitler shaved and decided to have a good time...

  • June 21, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    I liked The Island when I saw it...the one time i saw it

    by Mel

    It's one of those movies where chances are if i watch it again ill realize it wasn't that good (like the naked gun 33 1/3)...but i recall really enjoying the intriguing story. i dont recall any good dialogue, acting, pacing, directing, etc. but i recall it being a pretty interesting story where i wanted to know how it ends.

  • June 21, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Spine Tingler!

    by TodBrowning

    For UK residents, this gets shown every so often on SkyArts. It is cool.

  • June 21, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    Harry:

    by Monkey Butler

    What projector did you have/what are you upgrading to? Pretty sure I want to splash out for one as a graduation present to myself, but home theatre projectors are pretty niche (in Australia at least) so it's not like you can walk into any department store and compare brands. Thoughts?

  • June 21, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    It's "Mr T"

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Not Mister T. Fucking amateurs.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Cedar Rapids

    by garybuseys_incisors

    Is the best comedy I've seen in a long time.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    a good week! lotsa stuff I want to see!

    by Spandau Belly

    I missed Adjustment Bureau in cinemas, I look forward to it, and it's good to see Emily Blunt in a movie that isn't a complete waste of her acting talent.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    WTF is that Adjustment Bureau box art?!?

    by Skraggo

    Hilarious. HEAD! That thing looks like an orange on a toothpick. He's probably crying himself to sleep on his great huge pillow!

  • June 21, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    ISLAND does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I remember watching THE ISLAND and about an hour in I spake to my disciples - 'you know what this movie's pretty fucking good. Why did it get such bad reviews?'. It was a cool LOGANS RUN type sci-fi scenario with Ewan McGregor and Sean Bean, nice sense of mystery and pacing. ...and then it kind of disintegrated. As soon as they left the Island place wherever it was the movie went to shit. Harry nails it with his comment. It turned into an anaemic chase movie without any balls - it needed to be sexier and harder in the second act.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I'm rooting for Tiffany

    by Spandau Belly

    She had way better material than Debbie Gibson. Can we get Samantha Fox versus Belinda Carlysle?

  • June 21, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    The Island is the closest Bay will come to making a real movie

    by Spandau Belly

    It's not a good film, but there's at least some character work, a bit of a story, some themes, ideas and it felt like he was taking it seriously.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The Island

    by Skraggo

    So far, it's the only Michael Bay movie that I think I might have maybe possibly almost liked. Granted, I've only seen it once, and like melgibsoncalledmethenword said, it might completely collapse upon repeat viewings.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Wait a minute?!? Did something happen to Harry's Projector?

    by SadCadillac

    I can't be sure, but I've inferred something tragic may have happened to Harry's projector.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    KISS ME DEADLY & Jack Hill's WIP flicks!

    by djangoilbastardo

    What this week's missing in quantity, it makes up for in pure cool.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Also, sorry, Harry but...

    by djangoilbastardo

    THE BIG BIRD CAGE >>> WOMEN IN CAGES. Hell, THE BIG BIRD CAGE >>> most things. This side of chocolate covered pussy juice anyway.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Carla Gugino--you have my number

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Always and Forever.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    UNKNOWN - SOLID MOVIE, TERRIBLE TITLE

    by BSB

    Needed a better femme fatale - January Jones was easily overshadowed by the rest of the cast. Liam definitely has found his stride with playing badasses/

  • June 21, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Ooops. Meant to say CAGED HEAT.

    by djangoilbastardo

    Instead of WOMEN IN CAGES. I have shamed myself.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The Adjustmen Bureau

    by HornOrSilk

    Good movie, and, though the ending is of a kind I question PKD would have done, nonetheless works in relation to audience expectations. PKD would have been far more dangerous -- he might have allowed the couple to get together, but, as with the original story, it would end with a kind of threat which would always be there for them.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    When are we going to get some new Men in Cages movies?

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Guess I'm going to have to keep relying on my VHS copies of Penitentiary and Lock Up for those occasional nights when I feel like a warden.

  • because all I will think of, is big, immobile Harry, whacking off to it in his wheelchair while drinking Code Red, and eating Bean Dip.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    BSB!!!!!!

    by MacReady452

    What up brother? Assy...did you catch GL yet? Skin tight Ryan may have to tide you over til prison sex movies become trendy again.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    agreed on THE ISLAND Cobes

    by MacReady452

    Needed more ScarJo titties too....or two....or both......or whatever. Just get her shirt off.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST

    macready452

    by AssyMuffJizz

    In time, in time. I want to wait till the crowds thin out a bit, if you read me. Okay, okay, that was a joke. Or was it?

  • June 21, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon + Channing Tataum = awful week of releases

    by Beezbo

    I avoid those cardboard cutout "stars" like the plague.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    The Eagle was a fine movie.

    by john

    Sorry Harry couldnt find anything good there. Very solid flick - 7/10 according to this minion

  • June 21, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The Island is what put Michael Bay Steven Spielberg's radar

    by ZoeFan

    I personally love the movie. Though I do agree for once with Harry that this movie does want to be sexier and more violent. But instead it settles for PG-13.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    The Rock is Michael Bay's best

    by Righteous Brother

    much better than The Island.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeoW2Jptu0g

  • June 21, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Used to watch Mr. T while eating Mr. T cereal!!

    by BilboRing

    80s bliss.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    DO NOT backhand "Rio Conchos"! It rocks...

    by darthliquidator

    Very disappointed to see Harry give short shrift to the awesomely badass "Rio Conchos"...where do I begin...incredible Jerry Goldsmith score...starts off with Richard Boone wiping out an Apache funeral party!...and gets crazier and more violent from then on...follows an "Impossible Mission" storyline (like "The Professionals"...and has a similar sequence where the heroes decimate a band of giggling sadistic bandidos..)...brutal and doggedly unsentimental all the way through...with a supporting cast of classic scenery-chewers (Boone, Anthony Franciosa, Edmond 'O Brien) One of my all time favorite westerns..no corny "code of the west" friendship stuff here...just a group of pissed off guys kicking ass from start to finish.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    RE: The Island Typical AICN

    by Cruizer Dave

    The Island was average, which for Michael Bay is outstanding. But it was average. However, Harry cracks me up. "Oh it's PG13, it's holding back" blah blah. Typical. "This would have been better with boobs, more swears and violence."

  • June 21, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Love Carla Gugino, but Women in Trouble sucked

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    except for the fat fake smoking girl

  • June 21, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    RIO CONCHOS & TAKE A HARD RIDE = two great Jerry Goldsmith scores!

    by Admonisher

  • Already made that mistake with the first one. Fool me once... Don't get fooled again! You're Welcome!

  • June 21, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    MACREADY!!!!

    by BSB

    What up muh 'backa? Have you heard from the old crew? Flicka, et al ... all sadly missing around here. Assy - I suggest you wait for the DVD. RR's semi-nude scene was too short. I ended up cumming to the fish guy. It was embarrassing!

  • June 21, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The Eagle is 10 times the movie Green Lantern is.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Which still only makes The Eagle an okay movie.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Robert Aldrich directed THE FRISCO KID.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    nuff said!

  • Clay Davis is in Cedar Rapids. And steals the film easily. That is all you need to know to make this a purchase. Give Clay Davis the manager job on THE OFFICE and call it a day.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Sir Ian McKellen plays D.H. Lawrence, Ava Gardner, Sir John Gielgud...

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    A prime example of how proper grammar and punctuation can keep one from looking like a complete ass. And Harry "requiring" people to have seen a movie in order to get into his fancy schmancy little elitist film fest sounds awfully power hungry and egotistical.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Original title of UNKNOWN was UNKNOWN WHITE MALE

    by sharkysmachine

    Some WB marketing hack probably felt it might be offensive to Causcasian guys and had it changed.

  • June 21, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    UNKNOWN WHITE MALE is indeed a better title.

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Much like LIAM NEESON FUCKING KILLS FRANCE is much better than TAKEN. Though they might have lost a few euros with that title. Croissant!

  • June 21, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Cedar Rapids is hysterically funny and oddly sweet.

    by cinemixtape.com

    My favorite film of 2011 so far. It's a shame about that DVD/Blu-ray cover, though. Also, I recall loving The Island. Will have to revisit it.

  • June 21, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I think why fanboys hate The Island

    by sunwukong86

    is because it heavily borrows concepts from movies like Logan's Run and THX 1138, and probably because Michael Bay directed it.

  • June 21, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    so...

    by Dollar Bird

    "Sir Ian McKellen plays D.H. Lawrence, Ava Gardner, Sir John Gielgud" He plays all three in one movie? Astonishing. It's my understanding that Scar Jo really wanted to unleash her sweater puppies in a scene of "The Island" but Michael Bay said no. I'll never forgive him for that. But that could have made your desired sexier film.

  • June 21, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    i didnt see this doc

    by jsfithaca

    but saw the movie tingler when i was only in 6th grade and was laughing due to its cheesiness and awfulness.

  • June 21, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Macready does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Yep, and Natalie Portman agrees with us too, see below! http://tinyurl.com/6d8pq9a

  • June 21, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    TRAILER FOR CRONENBERG'S "A DANGEROUS METHOD".........

    by CreepyThinMan

    http://adangerousmethod-themovie.com/

  • June 21, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    dollar bird, tell me he filmed the puppies! WHY WOULDN'T HE FILM THE PUPPIES??!!! (sigh) It could give suicide cases reason to live if they knew one day they might get an 'unrated show-me-the-puppies cut' of THE ISLAND.

  • June 21, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    dollar bird, tell me he filmed the puppies! WHY WOULDN'T HE FILM THE PUPPIES??!!! (sigh) It could give suicide cases reason to live if they knew one day they might get an 'unrated show-me-the-puppies cut' of THE ISLAND.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the link catchtheman

    by Fuzzyjefe

    Fassbender AND Viggo? Directed by Cronenberg? And lusty naughty sex? One ticket please.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    The Island was really bad

    by homer40

    The Island was a terrible movie. The action was badly staged, and the performances were just lost. It is an important subject, and luckily for us, there was a great film made about it last year. Skip The Island and rent "Never Let Me Go". Or watch both, and see the difference between a good movie and a bad one. "Never Let Me Go" was, IMHO, the best film of 2010 by far. It is a devastating work of cinematic art, a movie that you will not easily shake.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Watching aliens on blu again. You could

    by UltraTron

    track and comp more advanced cameras to their heads and make each computer monitor holographic. In fact you could put 3 red lights on the marines' cameras to make them look slightly predator-like. You could add little 3D hologram graphics to subltly spruce the monitors without anybody batting an eyelid if done right. The re-release that shit and today's kids would think they'd seen the latest avatar- only scary and intense

  • June 21, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Have a digital big dog like robot

    by UltraTron

    walking behind them carrying equipment.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    On what planet....

    by Jarek

    ...was January Jones good in Unknown? The moment she hit the screen she took me out of the film like a flare was sent up.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    January Jones and the Temple of Dumb Blondes

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 21, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Fright Night (1985) Blu-ray

    by static007

    I want it. Anybody know if it is in the pipeline to release before the remake hits?

  • June 21, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Still No Mention Of How Fucked Up Lord Of The Rings EE Is?

    by Partyslammer

    It's been two weeks now that it's been known among a/v enthusiasts and apparently Peter Jackson (and Harry) the the first movie in the new Extended Edition LotR trilogy Blu ray box set was utterly screwed up in the encoding stage and has an ugly green tint through the entire movie. Guess the hope is enough people will buy the set on day one and just be stuck with it. Dontcha just love major studios hawking shit product to the rubes? T.B.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Still No Mention Of How Fucked Up Lord Of The Rings EE Is?

    by Partyslammer

    It's been two weeks now that it's been known among a/v enthusiasts and apparently Peter Jackson (and Harry) the the first movie in the new Extended Edition LotR trilogy Blu ray box set was utterly screwed up in the encoding stage and has an ugly green tint through the entire movie. Guess the hope is enough people will buy the set on day one and just be stuck with it. Dontcha just love major studios hawking shit product to the rubes? T.B.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Still No Mention Of How Fucked Up Lord Of The Rings EE Is?

    by Partyslammer

    It's been two weeks now that it's been known among a/v enthusiasts and apparently Peter Jackson (and Harry) the the first movie in the new Extended Edition LotR trilogy Blu ray box set was utterly screwed up in the encoding stage and has an ugly green tint through the entire movie. Guess the hope is enough people will buy the set on day one and just be stuck with it. Dontcha just love major studios hawking shit product to the rubes? T.B.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Adjustment Bureau was a great romance movie without teens!

    by Mattman

    Proved that not every romance movie has to have teens staring into each other's eyes for two hours, or adults acting like fools. The sci-fi element was neat (loved the doors in the end), and it perfectly serves the theme of "choice". Also, Blunt and Damon had very convincing chemistry, which is not something I can say for many romances, unfortunately. I might have to pick up that blu-ray.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    BSB

    by STLost

    check any old email addys you used (yahoo perhaps??) for info about old group

  • June 21, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    puppies are like that

    by Dollar Bird

    As far as I know, the puppies remained sequestered in Lady Jojo's clothing and were never brought out to see the light of day/lens of camera. It was just an idea the woman posed to the man, and the man shut down before reason could enter the argument.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    partyslammer

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    why defukk do you think Harry et al are going to badmouth the releases of the LOTR? A--he prolly cant tell the difference. Second-He links the recs to Amazon which give him a tidy percentage. A percentage of the 15 disc set will be a nice chunk of change. Plus he gets free screeners. He sure as shit doesnt want that to stop. D-A couple little films are coming out in the near future called THE HOBBIT. He would like FutureSwag or a set visit to said filming. If Harry has learned one thing about the business of film...its dont bite the hand that feeds you. His latest example is the GL review.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    what ST said SexyBack

    by MacReady452

    couldn't use BSB and ST at the same time. Too many abbreviations. Cobes...Natalie is a mom now. She is wise and knows a good meal when she sees one.

  • Thats like a writer saying they couldn't write their column because their typewriter was broken.

  • June 21, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Unknown Sucked

    by plataboy

    Hated the twist, hated Liam's logic after the twist...

  • June 21, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I really like the "Kiss Me Deadly" box art

    by mr.underwater

    It looks like a shitty pulp paperback, and like most shitty pulp paperbacks, it depicts a scene that never happens in the story. But other than that, the extra are pretty meh. I would have loved a commentary or an essay from Jean Luc Godard since this movie pretty much kick-started the french new wave.

  • June 21, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Natalie is a mom now. She is wise and knows a good meal when she sees one

  • June 21, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    dollar bird, I like the cut of you jib too. You seem like a man that knows a thing or two about puppy psychology. Puppies = the ultimate game changer.

  • June 21, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Oh that cut my post again! Mac - I was most amused by your good meal comment! This has turned into a great tb. Longlost legendary talkbackers MacReady, FuzzyJefe, and STLost making reappearances. I'd like to think it's the Dojo that's brought them back. But I think they and I both know. It's the puppies.

  • June 21, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, there's this amazing invention called a TV

    by Mattman

    They come in many various sizes. You can watch movies on them.

  • June 21, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Ha,

    by Yelsaeb

  • June 21, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Harry's bulb exploded.

    by Yelsaeb

    Possible sexual innuendo.

  • June 21, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Cedar Rapids is The Hangover part 1.5

    by antonphd

    It's a dream that Stew has at some point after The Hangover but before The Hangover part 2 in which instead of being a pathetic dentist he's a pathetic insurance salesman. I should really call it The Hangover part 1.9 because it's more The Hangover 2 than The Hangover in that it's funny here and there but is generally just dead air.

  • June 21, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    So what was it in the suitcase in Kiss Me Deadly ?

    by KilliK

    i never figured this out.

  • June 21, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Killik -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Tarantino's career.....

  • June 21, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Our world was so beautiful once!

    by Kammich

    -in reference to the Mr. T animated DVD. thats gotta be my favorite Harry quote ever

  • June 21, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    puppy love

    by Dollar Bird

    Thanks for the kind words, Cobra-kai. I've always been a fan of the Dojo. And puppies.

  • June 21, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    The Island started at interesting and ended with horrible

    by Andrew Coleman

    So much promise at the beginning. Then Michael Bay's inner douche took over. Suddenly half way through things get epically shitty. Sure it's not a brain killing cancer like Transformers 2 which was shitty the second it started till the second it ended. The Island had promise but ended up being a let down.

  • June 21, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST

    HEY STLOST, MACREADY

    by BSB

    Thanks a lot - I will check that account at home and holla at you guys. Good to know the old crew is still intact!

  • June 21, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    yelsaeb: Why Harry's bulb popped.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Big Red never got around to changing his love sock. All that jimmy juice had dried and coarsened the texture of the fabric to the point where the friction was too much for his bulb.

  • June 21, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    The movie The Island rips off the most shamelessly is Parts: The Clonus Horror

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    A cheesy 1979 sci-fi flick that was roasted on MST3K. Watch both back-to-back and you'll see why the writier/director or Parts successfully sued Bay and Dreamworks on a plagarism lawsuit. It's kind of stunning how idential they are (only Bay's film add a shit-ton of explosions and product placements). That said (ha), The Island is the least-horrible movie Bay has made to date, as the really aggrivating action stuff is at least confined to the last third.

  • June 21, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Cobes

    by MacReady452

    The dojo lures us in every time. I think it is the feng shui. Tittie posters and lava lamps make for an irresistible aesthetic

  • June 21, 2011, 4:29 p.m. CST

    @nasty in the pasty completely agree about the Island

    by sunwukong86

    It for the most part goes against Bay's usual formula, you know, fancy graphics and explosions making up for the fact that there's zero character development.

  • June 21, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Cobra--Kai...no my friend, we miss the Dojo.

    by STLost

    I miss suckling from it's teat.

  • June 21, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The Dojo is one of the few institutions THE CHOPPAH respects.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I framed my membership card.

  • June 21, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    If the Dojo would like to visit the other place

    by STLost

    we can work something out.

  • June 21, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Harry: what projector are you gettin'?

    by kernunrex

    Just curious what the HeadGeek is rocking. I got one of those things last year and love it to death.

  • June 21, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I reckon soapfart projects.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 21, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    um....THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU sucked balls.

    by la_sith

    Ridiculously hokey with some laughably bad villains who have a magic digital map layout of the city but still use crappy cellphones circa 2002. Can't believe people liked it. I couldn't even finish it.

  • June 21, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Man, I wish I had a sweet HD projector

    by MooseMalloy

    -- and a copy of THE ISLAND on blu. Not because I like the movie, but just to see Sco-Jo's fat ass across my wall.

  • June 21, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    The Island and The Clonus Horror

    by Turingtestee

    It really is that blatant.

  • of Blunt's plump buttocks, torch-like, with the smoking redness of Pluto's gloom, yea, bouncy and torch-like, with the shadow of my erection blazing across them toward the sightless realm 'twixt the spheres, where darkness is awake, enfolded in the deeper dark borders of the unknowable brown eye, emitter of the immortal air biscuit, the wayward home for the questing beef bayonet of youth.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Star hump, your prose is breathtaking

    by Mattman

  • June 21, 2011, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Just watched The Eagle, it changed my mind, I really like it.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I thought it was okay when I saw it in theaters, but goddamn I thought it was really good tonight. Tatum isn't annoying, but he's a little dry. This time I really enjoyed the story. Jaime Bell saves the movie. This time I saw the unrated version but I have no idea what was different, but I enjoyed it differently.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Sounds like star hump has a burrito in his Underoos.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fine CHOPPING there.

  • June 21, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    mattman, you motherfucker.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    What's goin' on?

  • June 21, 2011, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by Mattman

    Looong day of work (a certain book and a short story are almost done), bout to settle down and watch The Eagle, which I haven't seen yet. Hopefully it at least entertains me. Have you seen it? I'll be sure to relay my thoughts later on. I'm a sucker for the genre... but I doubt it will be as fun and bloody as Centurion.

  • June 21, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    If'n you happen to see this Cobes

    by Fuzzyjefe

    I want you to know that I have been busy sweeping the leg of life. Of course, life continues to come back with that fucking crane kick.....

  • June 21, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    DAMN YOU MICHAEL BAY

    by Damnyou

    DAMN YOU MICHAEL BAY

  • June 21, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    KISS ME DEADLY and RAIDERS endings

    by justmyluck

    Some similarity there, no? Inversely, Ralph Meeker is indistinguishable from his appearance in PATHS OF GLORY.

  • June 22, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I liked the Island

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Do any of you care? Of course not, you all hate Michael Bay. He's obviously extremely talented, lol, why all the hate? The Eagle was o.k. I wouldn't really recommend it, but it wasn't too bad to kick back and watch for a couple hours of mindless entertainment. I did really like the set locations, it's a beautiful film.

  • June 22, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    P does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Mac, Fuzzy, and STL - good to hear back from you boys. The 3 Musketeers have nothing on you when it comes to rapier wit and dandy hats.

  • June 22, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Kiss Me Deadly "Altered ending"

    by soupjujour

    ....by that do they mean the scene where Hammer runs into the sea as per Aldrich's original cut? Or is this release treating that as the de facto version and the altered ending is the one where it fades to black as the house burns down?

  • June 22, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    The Island is Michael Bay's best film

    by glue

    I must not think very much of Michael Bay.

  • June 22, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Blessings from the silo

    by Star Hump

    Thanks Choppah, mattman. Keep yer powder dry.

  • June 22, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    mattman

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    That's very good to hear.

  • June 22, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST

    npr.com is streaming RAVE ON BUDDY HOLLY

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Zooey Deschanel sings "Oh Boy!" And I'm not sure if even ScarJo's puppies could make me watch THE ISLAND again.

  • June 22, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    The Eagle

    by Mattman

    Wow, this was like Centurion... minus everything that made Centurion fun. Bloodless, artless, and tedious. Channing Tatum actually has less personality than Sam Worthington. I have to watch Centurion again to wash this out of my system. Ugh.

  • June 22, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Why is Damon...

    by VadersCrotchDoor

    ... dancing in the cover art of The Adjustment Bureau?

  • June 22, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    The Island is a great sci-fi movie.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Until it abruptly stops and they realize "Hey this is a Michael Bay movie, we need to blow shit up!!!!!" Then it's typical Bay stuff. Hey, it's testosterone overload at its finest, but fuck Bay, make up your mind. Oh and no Scarlett Johansson titties? That right there makes it a total fail.

  • June 22, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    The Island is the only Bay movie I like

    by Mattman

    I don't think it's perfect or anything, but it actually tries to be something more than your standard Bay film, and generally succeeds more than it fails. I even enjoy the freeway and speeder-bike action scenes, because I was invested in the two main characters. Scarlett was looking her best in that. And I must admit, I'm a sucker for most films with Sean Bean.

  • June 22, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    The Rock better than The Island

    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

    And thats the fact jact!!!!

  • June 23, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Adjustment Bureau is also a great example

    by Mattman

    of effects you don't even realize are there. Was watching a feature on the blu-ray about the doors and they did some really creative stuff there.

  • June 23, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    What I remember about "The Island"

    by Phimseto

    It had some of the most horrifyingly obvious and "in your face" product placement ever, made all the worse when you consider the first part of the film they are supposed to be in a "Logan's Run"-esque post-apocalyptic hideaway.

  • June 23, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    The Rock is by far and away Bay's best movie

    by Phimseto

    That movie is great start to finish.

  • June 23, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Mr. T

    by nyj_et

    First name "Mr", middle name that little period, last name, "T".

  • June 24, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    You do realize that The Island is a frame by frame rip off of

    by Mugato5150

    the MST3K classic, Parts: The Clonus Horror.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    The Adjustment Bureau

    by Real Deal

    One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. And Mattman is correct it's a love story for grownups. I really liked the sort of classic Mythology ending where the creation has to stand on it's own without the creator. Plus I have a certain weakness when it comes to Emily Blunt ( besides being a really good actress she's drop dead gorgeous ). Also every movie I see Matt Damon in I have more and more respect for him as an actor. By the end of the movie you're really rooting for him to succeed against impossible odds ( the running scene at the end is great ). What the reviewers have been saying about their chemistry on screen is true and really helps make the movie. Also the movie looks really good on Bluray. The only bitch I have about the disc is it should have had more special features.

  • June 25, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Saw "The Adjustment Bureau" last night

    by Tristan

    Matt Damon and Emily Blunt have good chemistry, but i was disappointed this film was a love story and I didn't like that the AB was just trying to break them apart. And yeah, the whole AB concept is far-fetched and how they have that kind of power\control, but it is kinda interesting. I still was confused about how the AB was able to do what they could do and the "chairman"...sigh, I hope they weren't talking about what I think they were talking about. I didn't read Dick's "Adjustment Team", but I bet it's a much better story and handles the idea of this society in a far more, creative manner. I was hoping and expecting this film to be something more exciting and NOT about a love story. I think the trailers failed to show us the opposite.

  • June 26, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    real deal, Emily Blunt

    by Mattman

    Did you watch the feature on Emily Blunt learning to dance? That was amazing. I had no idea she WASN'T a dancer. When I first saw the movie, i just assumed she had been a dancer all her life, because she came off as such a pro.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Is Tiffany the Mega-Python or the Gatoroid?

    by Gary Busey's Upper Half

    And if Michael Bay really did turn down the opportunity to share ScarJo's bouncies with the rest of us, he's a huge fucking cunt. That alone would have guaranteed The Island getting Avatar-sized grosses. ScarJo full frontal? HIGHEST GROSSING FILM OF ALL TIME.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Re : mattman

    by Real Deal

    Yes I did! And yes she looked very convincing. Yes she's really a professional who gets into her part. I have many good things to say about this movie. Unlike some I didn't hate the fact that it was a love story. Many great stories where man has to fight for freedom to choose your own destiny involve love so I didn't mind that it was a love story. Basically so was " The Graduate ". That doesn't mean that's all it contained. The movie was very well done on many levels FX, photography, music, and acting. I would have liked to have seen the other ending but I think it was just as satisfying the way it ended.

  • June 27, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Real deal, yeah, the point is it was a GOOD love story

    by Mattman

    I really appreciated the theme of choice and the concern that focusing on love can destroy your dreams, and vice versa. I think that is a very real issue in life and it was nice to see it dealt with in an entertaining fashion. Not to mention, the two of them just had such wonderful instant chemistry.

  • June 30, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST

    The Island = Spares

    by i_got_worms

    Isn't The Island a reworking of the ideas from Michael Marshall Smith's Spares? I have a feeling that the rights to MMS's book were acquired and that The Island was the result.... even though they're very different aside from the 'clones for spares' idea.

  • July 10, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Just saw Unknown

    by Autodidact

    Not the most logically consistent movie, but enjoyable enough to follow along for just under two hours. Best part was seeing January Jones get blowed up real good.

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