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Harry's DVD PICK & PEEKS: 4th week of June, LOTR:EE Blu-Rays, THE NESTING, crazy ladies in fetish wear, Zombie Holocaust on BLU!?! And much much more!

Published at: June 28, 2011, 3 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here with the last DVD column of June. Some pretty great stuff on here, but not a lot of titles. Same next week, some good stuff, just not a lot of it. I suppose that’s a good thing, what with budgets everyone is on these days, but if you’re gonna take a risk on a title this week – consider giving this first title on the list a go. I found it to be a surprising little horror film that got me. Neat to discover those from time to time. Titles you didn’t see back in the day that surprise you now. Anyway – the pics and links take you to Amazon like always, and if you decide to purchase a title through the link, that purchase price goes to help support this column in a small way that is quite appreciated. So thank you. Now, let’s get to it!

Tuesday, June 28th, 20011




 

THE NESTING (Blu Ray)

The other day, I put this on because I had gone through just about everything of interest in the stacks that surround me everywhere, but… I had never seen THE NESTING. I looked over the box – read about it. I’d done this before, but for some reason, though I had the disc for a few weeks, I’d never put it in. It was late at night, and this film got me.
Madness horror films are the scariest to me. Like Fulci horror – where you have one of two options of interpretation… Either – you’re going mad or some serious demonic shit is fucking with you. Either way, you’re completely screwed. You’re not going to run for help – mainly because you’re in the middle of nowhere, pre-cel phones, and it’s 10 days till your new home has phone service. So when crazy shit begins happening, ordinarily – you’d run. But the crazy woman that lives in this house… she wrote a horror novel, described every facet of this house that she had never been to – and OK. Say you write a horror novel – and it is a house based horror. If you, while walking through the forest suddenly came across the exact vision of the house you imagined. Would you go in? Would you RENT the place? Would you live there all alone, before phone service? Lastly, when significant holy fuck supernatural shit begins happening… would you leave? I say YES! THE NESTING is a horror film for you to yell at the main character, but it won’t do any good. You see, she’s either going nuts or the pit of fucking hell is her home. I loved this movie. Never heard of it. Eli Roth gives the film his full endorsement and he did borrow a bit from THE NESTING. At least one good kill. BLUE UNDERGROUND has come through with another obscure grindhouse era horror flick that I just can’t wait to introduce to friends.



 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (Extended Edition) BLU-RAY

Earlier this month there was some hub-bub about some of the Blu Ray forums that the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE Blu-Ray mastering was completely fucked with an ugly green hint over everything, oblitering any real whites and messing up the entire gorgeous color palate of the film. I wrote Peter Jackson to alert him to the rumors. Peter had Andrew Lesnie look into it – you see… of the 3 films, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE was the only film of the trilogy that did not go through the extensive and expensive Digital Color Grading process. They did that for this. Peter had seen the new mastering of FELLOWSHIP – in fact anyone that had seen it on HD broadcasts recently was looking at the gorgeous master sans any tinting. In Peter’s opinion the film has simply never looked better – including theatrically, because this new digital color grading was something that Peter wanted from the very beginning.
Let’s face it, this is the version of the movies we’ve been waiting for on BLU RAY. The only thing that is missing – is a HOBBIT Teaser Behind The Scenes special feature for us all to watch about a 1000 times. To be honest, I haven’t had time to fully explore this set yet, I’ve only just received them. But I did put FELLOWSHIP on to double check to make sure there was no problems with the color – and the rumors were false. It looks stunning. We have much to celebrate with this release!
Now for the only bummer of the release. The majority of bonus features are in Standard Def and on DVDs. That said, for me, the introduction of the Expanded Editions on Blu Ray is awesome, but there is wiggle room for a future edition. With everything in High Def. But hey… That’s Big Business for us. They know when they own us.



 

SUCKER PUNCH (director’s cut) Blu-Ray

Oh I’m afraid I really dig Zack’s director’s cut of the film. For one it puts in an absolutely bugnuts musical number, that is all kinds of trashy and fun. And in a way, completely sets the tone for the film that follows. The other scenes help quite a bit with the film – and wow does this film look spectacular on Blu Ray. BTW… my new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 home projector that I bought to replace my 4 year old model that died on me recently… and SUCKER PUNCH was one of the very first things I put in – and the brightness, sharpness and color punch is just stunning out of this machine. SUCKER PUNCH will get its playtime, but man – when I put in SPEED RACER – jesus – my screen came to live like you wouldn’t believe. Oh yeah, back to SUCKER PUNCH, this is one of those discs with the exhaustive MAXIMUM MOVIE MODE – so you can have Zack standing in your living room taking you through his film. Well. On a screen, at least.



 

SEASON OF THE WITCH Blu Ray

Ya know, it’s kind of fun to laugh at, but I didn’t want it to be that kind of film. I love the crazy awesome Nick Cage that has been cranking out over the top films as of late, but this just isn’t one of those. I mean, this is worth watching to simply add it to the list of funky Cage flicks I’ve seen, but then I also like Ron Perlman and his role is, well, obviously not his best – but watching this film, it has folks like Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee – and ya know, I make it a point to see every film I can get my hands on with Christopher Lee in it. This is not the worst – and isn’t close. Instead it’s just – if you watch in the right mood, you’ll have a lot of fun. But I kinda wanted it to be just badass. It isn’t quite that.



 

BEASTLY Blu Ray

Right now, I’m watching Criterion’s Blu Ray release of Jean Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST)… This is the second time I’m watching it today – this time, as Phillip Glass’ astonishing OPERA version of the fim. Which is just stunning. This is one of the great works of cinema ever created. It has my favorite monster make-up in history. It is my very favorite fantasy film. And yet here I am, forced to talk about BEASTLY. Look at that cover. It looks like a terrible SyFy film. Right? But without their fun goofy fucking energy. This looks like a horrifying nightmare of a way to spend 86 minutes of your life. Unless you really loved RED RIDING HOOD and think I’m an old geezer completely out of touch with what is what today. I mean, there’s always that chance. That BEASTLY is astonishingly brilliant cinema. But I didn’t get a disc to check out – and have not felt duty bound to check it out. Although – I have to say… I’m morbidly curious. But you know what they said about curiousity… right?



 

WARRIOR’S WAY Blu Ray

I really wanted to like this film. I love Charles Bronson & Toshiro Mifune in RED SUN – it was a cheap film, but beyond just having those two it had the stunning Ursula Andress… oh, and Alain Delon! Essentially in a few ways this was the film I carried into the theater with me. Now I knew WARRIOR’S WAY was going to be a green screen film, with absurdist action and crazy CG sunsets – and I’m totally all about that. BUT – I challenge some super geek to get a great print of RED SUN – and create better environments for those 4 actors. The 2 years of work that it would take, in my opinion, would be better time invested, than seeing WARRIOR’S WAY even once. And btw – at the end of that hypothetical exercise – I’m betting we’d discover we ruined a great naturalistic film and turned it into a cartoon that just doesn’t work. BUT what if it were badass. That’s what the trailers made me wonder about WARRIOR’S WAY… what if it were badass. It isn’t. Kate Bosworth is a new level of fucking hell in this thing. Every moment on screen n this she makes me want to just scream. Every actor is on a different page in this film – and all those pages suck. BUT – I do know it is possible to like the movie, because Yoko and I disagree about this one, she likes it. Tim League and I did not. Just beautiful neat looking trash cinema.



 

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE Blu Ray

I had a blast with this. But I just don’t think I’ll check out the enormity of COWBOY BEBOP the series. IMAGE has done a very good job on the transfer. The lines are extremely clean and sharp and crazy to watch. I’m used to watching these characters on VHS.



 

JUMANJI Blu Ray

This wasn’t a very good film on initial viewing, but the digital effects look universally pretty dreadful today – and the acting and writing has just never been worse for this flick. This is one of those films that just makes me wonder what they were thinking…



 

ZATHURA Blu Ray

Then you watch ZATHURA and ya think… OH FUCK, YES! THIS! This is the weird old game movie that I want to watch a few dozen times here and there. This was Favreau’s first film that made me wonder just what he was capable of. Fiercely imaginative. The mix of practical and digital really sells the action. The score is fantastic, but the surrealistic imagery of that house in space – it just flatly looks amazing on Blu Ray. ZATHURA was greatly overlooked at the time, but check it out now on Blu. Favreau has earned a lot of trust – and ZATHURA will get you good. Great kids flick.



 

ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST Blu Ray

The idea that ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST is on Blu Ray just cracks me up. For the longest fucking time, the only way to see this notorious classic was in dupey blackmarket convention copies at HORROR SHOWS – and now it’s in the bright sparkly world of digital bliss? Sheer Insanity indeed. This is the craziest of the Italian Zombie films. It’s kinda hilarious, omg gory – and just – there’s so much. The notion of seeing this on Blu Ray – frightens me. But ya know, how can any hardcore zombie geek not love up on this Blu? It’s fucking ZOMBIE HOLOCAUST on Blu Ray. The end is nigh!



 

BLACK MOON Criterion Blu

Louis Malle does a ALICE IN WONDERLAND take all his own. This is a film on the edge of a war, not sure which… it isn’t important, it is a war, it is terrible – and the young main character, the lovely Cathryn Harrison hides out in the country. The moment the film first starts getting odd – realize – it gets odder. But it is so rich with character and just oddness that isn’t entirely captivating, but it’s odd – and like most odd things, you take note. This isn’t, in my opinion, one of Malle’s greatest works, but it is surely a very interesting experience. Interesting because of just how out there it gets. Very unique film in Malle’s filmography and one I love having.



 

ZAZIE DANS LE METRO Criterion Blu

This is a wonder. I love children’s tales – and this is about a little 11 year old girl in a crazy slapstick cinematic gag filled tale of adventures in Paris – and yeah, Malle nails it. The Criterion Transfer is… well hell, there’s just no chance you’re likely to see this film in any other way. But taken in tandem with the above film by Malle – it gives you an idea of how different he could be, and boy is Louis different. Criterion extras: Video Interviews with Cast & Crew. LE PARIS DE ZAZIE Trailers. New Interviews New and Improved Translation and Subtitles And more.



 

PEOPLE ON SUNDAY Criterion Blu

I haven’t cracked this one open yet, but I fully intend to shortly. This is a silent film, that some of the most talented men in the history of cinema… well, they got together and made it before they’d made films like CRISS CROSS, DETOUR, SOME LIKE IT HOT, SUNSET BOULEVARD, HIGH NOON… well, just look up Robert Siodmak, Edgar Ulmer, Billy Wilder and Fred Zinneman. Their combined filmographies are staggering. Set in Berlin, long before WWII – the film kind of foreshadows elements of Italian NeoRealism, the French New Wave and techniques that were later used in films like GUN CRAZY and further still to Altman and even 70’s Blaxploitation. BUT – this is a silent film. This is a German Silent film – and so there are remnants of German Expressionism, fuck – you even got a good dose of Eisenstein reflected in this. I saw the film in a film history class a long time ago, The real amazing thing about the film is that it shows a Germany that just shortly after this film, never existed again. Pre-Hitler BERLIN is kind of amazing to see. Hell, pre-division. This is a time travel device as well as just a cinematic marvel. The two Malle flicks had wonderful transfers, and I have no reason to doubt this will be outstanding.
Here’s the extras:
New high-definition digital restoration, created in collaboration with the Filmmuseum Amsterdam
Two scores—a silent-era-style score by the Mont Alto Orchestra and a modern composition by Elena Kats-Chernin, performed by the Czech Film Orchestra—both presented as uncompressed stereo soundtracks
Weekend am Wannsee, Gerald Koll’s 2000 documentary about the film, featuring an interview with star Brigitte Borchert
Ins Blaue Hinein, a thirty-six-minute short from 1931 by People on Sunday cinematographer Eugen Schüfftan
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Noah Isenberg and reprints by scriptwriter Billy Wilder and director Robert Siodmak



 

THE BABY

This film is fucking weird. It deals with an adult baby, not named Harry Knowles. This film made me confront feelings I have and realize I have problems. Just kidding. Seriously, there’s shit in this film that will damage a fragile psyche – in subtle and not-so subtle WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST SEE – kinds of ways. Severin is doing good work bringing films like this out to damage future generations. So f’d up.



 

MAX MANUS: MAN OF WAR Blu Ray

Having spent some time in Rotterdam – and learning from the Dutch friends I made there – the Dutch really really hate Nazis. Especially those that survived what happened in Rotterdam. So when I read that this was a Nordic Underground versus the Nazis during occupation flick…   Well that's one that I'm unfamiliar with.  After all, we've seen French Underground, Dutch Underground, Czech Underground, German Underground.   I hadn't seen the Oslo story.  And then just the sheer pulp of the title, MAX MANUS: MAN OF WAR – well, I had to watch – and I fucking loved this. It tells the story from the beginning of the occupation through the end – and we follow the evolution of the real life Max Manus, saboteur – I love these kinds of stories. It is cinematic, exotic – and they fight my favorite bad guys to see get killed good. Good stuff!



 

CAMILLE 2000 (Extended Version) Blu Ray

Erotic Art Cinema is so fucking amazing. We really have nothing like this today. I mean, the style and look of this, it is just not like any film I can point to in the last couple of decades. Perhaps a touch of CQ, but way fucking hotter – as in, nudity and sexual activities, but with a style and a kink embedded into the odd era in which it was made. When was that? 1969. Which is right at the beginning of the erotic movement in cinema, before it just imploded into video pornography. This is nowhere near what Hardcore pornography is, but as a result – it’s something you can watch and appreciate and discuss… all while getting turned on. It is a classy, dinner coat kind of erotica. I really enjoyed this.



 

LIVE LIKE A COP DIE LIKE A MAN

Directed by the notorious Ruggero Deodato, of CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and JUNGLE HOLOCAUST fame, I basically know nothing more than that. Well, it’s 1976, has fantastic cover art and a title that really gets my interest. I ordered one of these before it went out of stock, haven’t received it yet, but I’m hoping it is in today’s mail. This looks like Deodato’s crime film – and since Deodato is known for no holds barred exploitive filmmaking, I’m curious to see this. It has some good reviews, was referenced in KILL BILL VOL 2. Think about eyeballs. Well, that’s all I need to know. I want to see this.

That said, I’m through with this week’s releases. And it finishes up the month of June in terms of what was released. We kick off next month with Miike’s towering 13 ASSASSINS, Wolfgang’s masterwork DAS BOOT on Blu, Jason Eisener’s first awesome flick HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, WALL-E 3 disc Blu, RATATOUILLE 2 disc Blu, Hammer’s WAKE WOOD, FOUR WEDDINGS & A FUNERAL Blu, OVERBOARD Blu, THE SACRIFICE on Blu, CRACK IN THE WORLD Blu, HANNIE CAULDER Blu, OBLIVION, TRAILERS FROM HELL Vol 2, RIDER ON THE RAIN & FAREWELL FRIEND, NIGHTMARES IN RED WHITE AND BLU: THE EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN HORROR FILM and that’s about it. So until next week – let me say one last thing. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT THIS SET OF BLUs?




 

Readers Talkback

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  • June 28, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Here's my DVD Column for the Day!

  • June 28, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Porn

    by eveelcapitalist

    It's good stuff.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch...

    by JADSTERSDAD

    Rules!

  • June 28, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch was great!

    by BastardFromABasket

  • June 28, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Max Manus not about the dutch

    by loremonger

    It's about the nazi occupation of Oslo and Norway, dammit. And no, Europe is not one big country. That's our history you're ignoring there, Harry.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch, Warriors Way, Jumanji

    by antonphd

    Loved it, liked it, amused by it.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    The Warriors Way

    by AotD

    Completely disagree Harry, I enjoyed the hell out of it. Yes, Bosworth grates at times but everyone else in the cast is such fun that its a minor bugbear. Hell, it's worth it just for Danny Huston, the new go to guy for villainy since Rickman is too busy with boring wizard films.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Cowboy Bebop

    by keepcoolbutcare

    Is quite frankly one of the best anim...you know, fuck that noise; it's one of the finest TV series in the history of the medium. Beauiful animation, great action choreography, memorable characters, brilliant (though highly rip-offed from other sources) score (the theme song is one of the greatest ever. Space cowboy bounty hunters (Firefly jacked a cuntgaggle from Bebop), dadaist plotting and pacing, and a grab bag, hodge podge, meta-but-not-winking-ironically mix of genres/styles and tropes from your favorite geekiest sources that are far too numerous to list (Start with some Leone, noir, improvisational jazz, Kurosawa, Star Wars, cyberpunk...the list goes on). What make it unique, and dazzling, is that the show takes all those influences and sometimes hoists them on their petard, sometimes inverts them, but always, always makes them their own. Hell, you say you like the full-length, but not only is it only an average episode (at best) but I reckon you didn't even pick up on the backstory. Watch it with Yoko in sequential order and thanks me later.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch was tedious

    by MattmanReturns

    Not even entertaining on a visual level. Ugly CG effects sequences lazily strung together by a story that wants the audience to think it's deeper than it is. I'm willing to bet anyone who "loved" Sucker Punch hated Adjustment Bureau. In other words, if you have an ounce of intelligence, see Adjustment Bureau.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch

    by deanbarry

    Panned universally by the critics and the theatre goers alike. But I foresee a very strong cult status on dvd. Seems there is a lot of love... naughty, unspoken, sexy love for this flick after all.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Max Manus very good

    by Jikarl

    But yeah, not about the dutch.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:45 a.m. CST

    LOOOOOOOOOVE Cowboy Bebop

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    I don't know if anything would make me happier than more Cowboy Bebop anime films being made. Also, Harry, you are missing out on some wonderful episodes if you haven't seen them. Ballad of Fallen Angels alone is all sorts of fantastic.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    I didn't enjoy Max Manus as much as I wanted to...

    by Sanyi

    I guess I have to check that flick again. Maybe I was in the wrong mood.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    harry_the_pedo

    by Yer_Maw

    harry_the_pedo - you really are a vile little cunt, aren't you?

  • June 28, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Live Like A Cop Die Like A Man ...

    by Yer_Maw

    ... looks like a winner. Season of the Witch, though, was knuckle-bitingly bad.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST

    The LOTR set sounds frustrating

    by justmyluck

    It's like the MATRIX Blu-ray box set - there is a $15 MATRIX RELOADED and REVOLUTIONS 2-disc set coming in September, BTW, which I'm holding out for, since the expense of one DVD box set was enough. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054509I4 You just want to wait for the eventual bargain Blu-rays to arrive and swap the feature discs out from your DVD box set. I may wait and see with the LOTR EEs, as well. I may pick up the COWBOY BEBOP Blu, if its priced right. I'll probably rent SUCKER PUNCH for the CG fest, since I skipped it altogether in theaters. As for JURASSIC PARK, I have the double DVD set with THE LOST WORLD and, you know, I've never watched either all the way through. Like a lot of THE BEARD's post 1982 movies, JP has little re-watch value IMO. Seeing JURASSIC PARK in theaters with an audience was a different experience though, likely due to the DTS sound which, I'm sure, will kick ass on Blu-ray.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:10 a.m. CST

    LOTR:FOTR green tint

    by brightgeist

    i don't get it. Harry and PJ say there's no problem. but for example HighDefDigest's review says the problem is pretty bad: http://bit.ly/i4WtMK. well, i guess i'll have to wait and see for myself when i get the set.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    JP set has a 7.1 mix

    by Tomarru

    Or so the trailer claims, absolutely cannot wait to hear it in all of it's glory. As for the split LOTR discs, It's the sameas the dvd versions of the EE, they want maximum picture quality and the films are massively long. Blu-Ray is only a stepping stone toward future technologies anyway, 50gb was never gonna be enough for movies that are both long and lavishly extravagent in their production values. Maybe if they bring out higher capacity blu's that are compatable with older players it would work.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Sucker does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I skipped SUCKER PUNCH in the theater too. Not just because it got mixed reviews but also because it became clear that it had been cut pretty bad. So now i'm interested in seeing this extended R rated cut, but it seems like theirs a bit of disparity on this too. Far as I can tell the theatrical was 110 minutes, now it looks like the US blu is 120 mins, but the UK blu is 128 mins - according to Amazon at least... ps. i'm also confused by Harry's explanation of the 'green tint' on FOTR. He seems to be saying that it wasn't originally released with color grading - but PJ always wanted it to have color grading. So now that it DOES have a green tint all is right in the world???? Did i read that right?

  • June 28, 2011, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Revisionism does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Green tint's are the thin end of the wedge.... Before you know it that one-eyed archer at Helms Deep will be taking an arrow. URUK SHOOTS FIRST!!!!!

  • June 28, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    The "enormity" of the Cowboy Bebop series?

    by Bob of the Shire

    It has 26 half-hour episodes, that's it. It's not particularly dense or serialized either. If you like the movie I can't fathom why you would skip the series.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Cowboy Bebop Movie Blu-ray Issues

    by ScottGreen

    I don't have the disc, but I'm told it lacks the DVD release's extras and audio has gone from 5.1 to PCM 2.0 Stereo

  • June 28, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    I'm picking up SUCKER PUNCH, didn't even understand the hate

    by Spandau Belly

    Most of the time when I when a movie gets universally panned I can at least understand why, even if I don't agree with it. I actually went back and re-read a bunch of the negative reviews after seeing SUCKERPUNCH and it almost felt like half of them didn't even see the movie or they were criticizing it for doing things that every other well-loved movie does.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Cowboy Bebop: The TV show >>> Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    by Spandau Belly

    There are a few weaker episodes, but no awful ones and even the weakest episodes are usually more interesting than the movie. The movie got a little boring when it re-used the climax from Tim Burton's BATMAN.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:23 a.m. CST

    season of the witch

    by mick vance

    i remember being pumped when i first heard about season of the witch. i thought it was going to be an americanized version of Seventh Seal or something. when i saw the first trailer, i think i shat my pants at the mediocrity of it all. still, i'll probably check it out if it's in redbox. i saw jumanji a couple weeks ago for the first time, and i think it gave me cancer...

  • June 28, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    beastly

    by mick vance

    also, the best thing about that piece of tween-light garbage is the penny-arcade comic; although, it did raise me awareness that the movie existed.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Many thanks for the LOTR and BEBOP warnings

    by justmyluck

    I guess I'll be holding on to my BEBOP movie DVD and LOTR EE DVD set for a while. ...& yep, the COWBOY BEBOP OVA series isn't enormous and can be watched in bits. I picked it up as a 2001 Taiwanese bootleg (sorry! the only way I could locate it at the time) and everything fit on three DVDs just fine. I do miss those high-quality HK & Taiwanese bootlegs, but once DVD-R media arrived - BANG! - they were gone for good. Blu-ray seems to have re-invigorated the anime re-releases, which is great. I recently forked out for Otomo Katsuhiro's FREEDOM Blu-ray set and it wasn't let down - first class production all the way. But if they screw up niche Blu-ray re-releases, like the more familiar BEBOP movie, it's not like consumers don't hear about it on the web in two seconds and treat it like the plague.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Epson projector

    by Jesse Kroh

    How dark do you need to have your room with that projector? I am trying to decide if I want to buy a TV or a projector for the family room. Would like the projector to handle some moderate light at least.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    What if I LOVED Adjustment Bureau and liked Sucker PUnch?

    by knowthyself

    Would your head explode?

  • June 28, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    John Hamm has much more screen time in Sucker Punch Director's Cut

    by sunwukong86

    I barely noticed him in the Theatrical cut, but he has a pretty big presence in the Director's Cut

  • June 28, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Harry the pedo

    by Mr Soze

    EXACT same posts two weeks in a row??? You sir are a worthless Jack-ass...Did Harry steal your girlfriend??? Finger bang your Mother??? Steal your Boba Fett action figure???

  • June 28, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Matrix tint change was an improvement.

    by knowthyself

    No sure how I feel about this green tint in Fellowship. Seems like I'm keeping the DVD's.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Seriously, how the fuck is Harry the Pedo not banned?

    by D Ropaela

    Beaks will ban a motherfucker for sneezing the wrong way, but this guy calls himself Harry the Pedo and repeats the same slanderous posts about the Big Ginger day after day and not a goddamn thing happens to him.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    What defukk is up with the robin williams floating head on JUMANJI?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Someone needs to be fired for this lazy shit. Just when you think the photoshopping covers couldn't get any worse...

  • June 28, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Harry-I've been meaning to ask..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    With your projector, do you use a screen as well, or just throw that shit up on the wall? If you use a screen, what do you use? The ChoppahCave is getting old and rusty. Might need an upgrade.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I also heard that FOTR got a green tint because..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    he wanted it to look the others and coordinate it with The Hobbit.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Only one more week...

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Til Four Weddings and a Funeral on blu!! Finally! Woot! Andie MacDowell, bitches!

  • June 28, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    SUCKER PUNCH will be bought on the cheap

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I want to revisit the pretty cool fantasy scenes but skip the melodrama.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    ...before it just imploded into video pornography.

    by MacReady452

    oh thank god.

  • ...and also to create a sense of unease in those scenes. The LOTR:FOTR tinting seems to be: blue teeth, eyes and spider veins according to the VERY detailed HighDefDigest review 'brightgeist' linked. Pass!

  • June 28, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    First--Beaks is a thin skinned bitch and if you catch him on the wrong day of his menstrual cycle, then you will be on the receiving end of the banhammer. Second--Harry is a little more lax in that department I've come to understand. He rolls (no pun intended) with the punches. Third--The Killing Sucks.

  • it has to do with anything.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    thatchicken

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's all or nothing baby. No cherry picking here.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the projector info Harry

    by Monkey Butler

    Asked about it in the TB last week and didn't get a response. Reckon you'd be able to knock out a bit of a "Harry choses the Epson 8350, and here's why" kinda thing? There's so much bullshit in reviews and even official specs listed on the internet, it's kinda hard to know what to go for.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Jumanji is pretty good, take it easy, folks.

    by stu_pickles

  • June 28, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    The Nesting and The baby

    by Josh Acid

    The Nesting is the kind of movie that I normally love, but I find it sort of boring. I got the VHS cheap and have given it mulitple chances to win me over, but it usually leads to me nodding off. Having said that, there are a couple of cool scenes...Just not enough to save it for me. Oh, and holy shit is the lead woman's guy friend obnoxious. The Baby is terrific...It's like an episode of a 70s TV dramedy written by an acid fiend.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Season of the Wich is solid.

    by HoboCode

    Surprisingly it keeps you guessing until the end and the acting is good. For once in his life, Cage toned it down and didn't completely ham it up.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Jumanji.

    by Richard

    When the kid starts turning into a monkey it scares the shit out of me. Oh wait **SPOILER**

  • June 28, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Green does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    This release has its flaws, serious, unmistakable flaws that do rain on what should be its parade. Is this a truly satisfying, breathtaking, stunning image? Not as much as it should be, nor as much as its untampered with brethren are. So, sadly, what may be the finest long cut of the trilogy is (there is no may be's or possibly's here) the weakest visually, with completely unnecessary little "fixes" that don't quite fix anything. If you love the color green, this may very well be the an "achievement unmatched in the history of cinema." If you love films looking natural, realistic, and untampered with...this may be the new test case for what all can go wrong when revisionist history takes a spin at creating a new look for a film people have seen so many times that they cannot accept the differences made.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Oh shit, it cut my post off again (Harry your site doesnt let talkbackers use quote marks anymore!)... Anyway above is a quote from highdefdigest. Harry says the rumors were false, but this review suggests Arwens once white dress is now emerald green! Who telling the truth?

  • June 28, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    LIVE LIKE A COP DIE LIKE A MAN

    by rost

    Missed it and now it's sold out already ....aaaargh!

  • June 28, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    The LOTR-EE docs were not shot in high def...

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    Therefore they can't ever be anything other than um...standard def

  • June 28, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    LIVE LIKE A COP, DIE LIKE A MAN...

    by JaguarWong

    ...is coming out on JULY 26. The initial June street date was a screw-up by Raro. So it's being released at the end of NEXT month, y'all.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    What happened to The Last Starfighter and Serenity Blu rays?

    by Chewtoy

    Did they not come out, or did Beastly deserve the plug more?

  • It is a great, great kids adventure flick. In my house, only kung-fu panda has approached it in the last decade.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Chewtoy

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    These also came out today: $9.49 Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy combo pack pre-orders: In Bruges Dawn of the Dead Unleashed Darkman Uncle Buck The Last Starfighter U-571 Alpha Dog Spy Game Inside Man $12.49 Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy combo packs pre-orders: Serenity Van Helsing Wanted Forgetting Sarah Marshall Backdraft Pride & Prejudice The Jackal Apollo 13 State of Play Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Traffic Hot Fuzz Out of Africa Public Enemies Mamma Mia! The Movie Knocked Up The 40-Year-Old Virgin Smokin’ Aces American Gangster To think I can have Darkman and Alex Rogen wherever I go..

  • June 28, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    harry the pedo

    by Righteous Brother

    you've already posted that on another forum, have you got it in for Big H or something?

  • June 28, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Ya gotta watch the Cowboy Bebop series

    by Nasty_Nick

    If you love sci-fi, westerns, film noir, animation, Jazz, blaxploitation films, Clint Eastwood, John Woo Hong Kong action flicks, Bruce Lee! Seriously, how can you NOT watch it?!

  • June 28, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch, more like suck my dick!

    by Stalkeye

    This has got to be Zac's worst film thus far. (even Legends of the Gaurdians was more entertaining.) the film suffers from poor pacing, a lame story and not to mention more videogamesque scenarios that were conjured up via pre lobotomized patient. The prologue showed promise, but afterwards it went downhill and how in the fuck could someone from the 60's imagine concepts such as giant mecha suits with HUD displays and assault rifles with red dot aiming sights? Then you throw in some moulin rouge bullshit and it's a wrap. I could smack zac for wasting almost two hours of my precious time that could have been used for more important things. Thank god for Netflix instant, as I have watched tow great Korean action films that had more substance than 'punch: I saw the Devil and The Man from Nowhere. Asi, you may claim your prize at the door since you were the first to call bullshit on this film. LOL Here's hoping Snyderman gets his shit together for the upcoming Man of Steel. So far the inclusion of Zod, is already a sign of dissapointing things to come.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch is 2011's Scott Pilgrim.

    by Stalkeye

    Both have SP abreviations and both are letdowns. I liked Sucker Punch better when it was called Assualt Girls, a Japanese action film that mustv'e inspired Zac to conjure up this crap. Best thing about the film were the prologue and the all too predictible finale. (emily Browning's fate.) Even Scott Glen's performance seem as if he phoned it in. Then there's the attrocious music especially the scene in witch Browning faces off against the mecha samurai. (Powerman 5000 should sue since that BGM in that segment was lifted off their song "Army of Me".) Thank fucking goodness that there won't be a sequel and I would recommend Pan's Laberynth over this for those that are into the Alice in Wonderland formula.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    harry_the_pedo

    by Valyrian_ Steel

    I know I shouldn't feed the trolls . . . I've been reading these boards for years and rarely comment -- but you sir are cretin. Harry is a grown man and doesn't need defending but your comments are beyond the pale. What have you ever done with your life? Harry is an entrepreneur who turned his love of film into a business. He loves his wife and his nephew and they love him. He's got the balls to share not only his opinion on film, and issues but aspects of his personal life. Do you think insulting him and his wife makes you tough, smart, funny? You're a miserable little turd.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Harry_the_pedo, just shut the fuck up.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Could you be handed a series of challenges like Harry has to deal with and still find the time to write for/run a site like this...let alone find the strength to keep going every day? The immaturity level in your posts answers those questions...no you couldn't. Now go back to touching yourself to Justin Bieber videos.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    sucker punch

    by jsfithaca

    i loved the action sequences, but hated everything else. my advice is rent it, and skip to the action scenes, cuz the rest of the movie will make your head hurt from how bad it is. but hot chicks fighting a fire-breathing dragon? you dont wanna miss it. and mattman i have friends who loved sucker punch and adjustment bureau, which is a great movie

  • June 28, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 home projector

    by Faust_8

    more shameless bragging....did you pay for that out of your own pocket ???

  • June 28, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    keepcoolbutcare, I think I love you

    by Ted Knight

    That was a very nice breakdown of the greatest anime series known to mankind. Actually, it's better than most non-anime series as well. There may be some as good, but none that are better. Your list of genres and styles it pays homage to are spot on. Well done.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Addressing negative reviews of SuckerPunch:

    by BlaGyver

    1. I'm convinced that anybody that bashed it under the reasoning that "it's just a video game movie that exploits women, there's nothing but explosions, blah blah blah this is everything that's wrong with society and if you enjoy this you're a bad person" missed the entire point of the last seven minutes of the movie. 2. You have to have been in a certain sort of place in your life, something relatively dark, to be emotionally affected by this movie at all, and handled it a certain way. I'm by no means saying that everyone that's been there is affected by the movie the same way, but I know many people (myself included) that noticed this. Plus this'll be the first opportunity I have to look at Vanessa Hudgens in 1080. Which I'm pretty okay with.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Also "Nightmares in Red, White and Blue"

    by BlaGyver

    Very solid look at horror. It's on Netflix Instant (or at least was a couple weeks ago, haven't checked lately) and it's definitely worth checking out.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Cowboy Bebop and Trigun

    by BlaGyver

    Can't ever make up my mind on which takes the "Best anime ever" slot.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    harry_the_pedo, keep up the good work!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Keep the fire to Harry's giant feets.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Sucker Punch is a flawed ambitious disaster.

    by knowthyself

    So is Southland Tales and I love that movie.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    FOTR Extended Blu-ray

    by Bumb48

    I haven't seen the actual blu-ray, but going by the images posted it looks like ass. Even if it's just a few scenes that stand out as bad with the green tint, that's a few scenes too many. Most of the reviews I've read say the green is there, but they vary on how much of a detriment it is. Either way, I'm avoiding this until it's dirt cheap, or it's fixed. Or by then I may not even care anymore and avoid it all together. I still have my DVDs and they look decent upscaled. It's a shame they keep fucking up the best movie in the trilogy.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    blu...

    by ZodNotGod

    Last Starfighter and Serenity have been out for a couple years on blu. Geez, dude, get with it.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Enough with the Hobbit crap.

    by ZodNotGod

    Good God, the mere sight of the Lord of the Ringos makes me want to hurl. I love Peter Jackson, but not for those. I love that he admitted how the second book sucks and that he didnt know what to do with it as a second film. Same games for the third novel.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    zodnotgod

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    But they were released again today with DVD and digital copies. geez, dude, get with that!

  • June 28, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I know its cliche to bitch about DVD covers, but boy,

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    does Sucker Punch look direct-to-DVD...

  • June 28, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Cowboy Bebop...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Ballad of Fallan Angels is the best episode of anything... Ever. The movie sadly, is pants.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Cowboy Bebop (TV) is an exceptional Anime based series.

    by Stalkeye

    In the fact that I actually prefer the english dub over the Japanese tracks. (and that's rare coming from a purist prick such as moui.) And also that almost every episode is great especially the finale which had my mouth drop to the fucking floor. (No spoilers here.) besides the cool jazz opening, I loved how they utilized Spike's fighting skills that are based on Jeet Kwon do (y'know, the same style that was created by a certain iconic martial artist whom if not for him, there would be no Jackie Chan, Jet Li or Donnie Yen..) Didn't really care for the film, but the series itself is a must own for animation/anime fans. fuck fooly cooly and bleach, this is the real deal!

  • "BTW… my new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 home projector that I bought to replace my 4 year old model that died on me recently… and SUCKER PUNCH was one of the very first things I put in – and the brightness, sharpness and color punch is just stunning out of this machine. " Geez, and all I have are two LCDs (one '46 and the other a measly "55) two LG Blu ray players with built in storage of 250gb, a PS3 that is capable of storing compressed videos like my LG players and tow XBox 360 slim consoles. Damn Harry, I'm so jealous of you. (0:'

  • June 28, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    harry_the_pedo... douchebag of the decade?

    by workshed

    What a boring fuckwit. OK, some of us like to rub the big guy up the wrong way, and we may consider his judgement flawed or too subjective, but dammit... do you know how much of a dick you appear to be? At least Harry's trying to do something about his expanding waistline which is more than could be said for 90% of AICN-ers. I wish him all the luck in the world beating his addiction to grub.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    LotR EE *is* Green Crap

    by Partyslammer

    Seriously, I get a pre-street date rental a couple weeks ago, watched it myself all the talk is correct, the first movie has a green tint through the entire movie. For the most part it isn't bad, but on some scenes it just ruins the look, even if you've never seen the film before. It's no scene by scene color grading, it's basically a lime green tint overlaid through the entire movie. And I don't buy Harry's convoluted explanation (ie: Warner Bros excuse) why it's really just the first movie that's... let's face facts... is fucked up. Especially considering a new master recently was shown theatrically and broadcast *without* the "color upgrade. And why would Jackson have Lesnie '"look into" the color tinting issue if he oversaw the process himself? And why hasn't Jackson himself posted a simple paragraph on any one of his various sites if he has time to converse with Harry? Everything about this release screams "mastering or encoding error" and Warner Bros too cheap to admit they fucked up and thus, offer replacement discs. Save your $70.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Re : brightgeist

    by Real Deal

    Well here's a review from a site that's widely recognized and that I trust. " The Digital Bits " http://www.thedigitalbits.com/reviewshd/bdreviews061411.html They say that the problem is blown out of proportion ( in other words rumor based and no problem ).

  • June 28, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    A few thoughts:

    by david starling

  • June 28, 2011, 1:31 p.m. CST

    A few thoughts:

    by david starling

  • ...under the "next week" segment, So I figured he had something to say about them, or that there were special releases of each being put out.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Green mastering.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It is what it is. Thats the way PJ (the director) wants it. If it was incorrect, I feel that PJ would come out and say so. Do you honestly think he'd stand aside and let inferior products represent his vision? There have been mass recalls of Academy Award winning films before and bestsellers as well, so I think if it was mastered incorrectly, they would admit it as soon as possible (many weeks ago) to prevent widespread damage amongst the fanboy ranks. Alas this was not to be. So shut defukk up about it and bitch about something more relevant like a Ryan Dunn obit. CHOPPED.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Ooops!! Here are my few thoughts:

    by david starling

    Suckerpunch - I kinda guessed that when I stayed-on for the credits in the cinema, that there was more to say with regards to this movie. I await the extended cut, in the hope that it actually equivalates to a movie, and not just a fun piece of fluff. Cowboy Bebop - I saw this a fair while ago, and I'm afraid I missed the point somehow!! There is no way that coolness makes up for lack of substance, as proved here!! LOTR EE - I'll wait, they'll come down in price, I have the DVD special editions, and maybe soon they'll release the full BR editions!!

  • Don't be daunted, there aren't nearly as many episodes as I'd like there to be. If I can find the time between my chopping responsibilities, I'm sure you can. Saddle up, cowboy.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Harry can't be bothered to watch 26 episodes of anime

    by Mattman

    He's still gotta see Green Lantern five more times.

  • If you can find where he said that, please supply the source. All three of the primary writers on the LOTR trilogy openly commented about how difficult it was to adapt the books. They also said that TTT was the most difficult because so little happens and the characters are so splintered. But to the best of my knowledge, all three of the primary writers on the LOTR trilogy absolutely love Tolkien's books. No one ever said any of the books "sucked". Also, because they love the books so much and did so much research on what Tolkien actually wanted, they know that he was actually writing one story, not three (or six, as it were) books. Their job was to translate that story to three movies and it wasn't easy.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Bring us Dead Alive, Bad Taste, and Meet the Feebles on Blu!

    by SoylentMean

    I still don't get why all of Peter Jackson's films aren't at least being prepped for Blu. Although I am happy that The Frighteners hits on 9/13/11. <P>

  • June 28, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    My Wishlist grows each week thanks to this column.

    by SoylentMean

    Also, my rampant consumerism.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    There should be a "Movies We Want On Blu" Forum here

    by SoylentMean

    I think I've said that before.

  • ... and it fact I'm very much against it about 98% of the time. However, I'm not paying for a split disc version of the EE movies ever again. I have the three EE DVD box sets and they look quite lovely on my Blu-Ray player and HD tv. So, here's the thing; someone has upped ripped versions of the EE Blu-Rays with the movies put together as ONE file. That's right, three files, all around 3.3 GB. Burn to disc, put in player and watch the EE LOTR movies for the first time without have to change out the discs. And let me tell you, it's AWESOME! I will NEVER buy a split disc version of these movies again (you here that money sucking corporate douche bags!).

  • June 28, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Harry, your grammar greatly improved this week...

    by Jaka

    ....NOT! Dude, so sad.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    3.3 gigs is not nearly enough for a Rings movie

    by Mattman

    Detail will be severely compromised. Each movie is split over two discs so that no detail is compromised. I say good for New Line.

  • I actually found that really refreshing. I don't think its a great movie, although I haven't watched the Director's Cut yet, but it was a visually interesting movie to watch (for me, anyway).

  • June 28, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Jaka, in fact, each digital copy is about 3 gigs

    by Mattman

    And those are SD. I'm not against downloading movies that have been triple and quadruple dipped... but at least go get yourself a bigger copy! :)

  • June 28, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Zathura is one of the best kids' movies ever made!

    by SoylentMean

    There have been a few in this new century. Monster House, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon, Pixar movies not named Cars, Rango, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, Lilp & Stitch, Peter Pan, The Spiderwick Chronicles... There's been some good kids' fare, also a lot of crap.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    You people are morons

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    Jackson himself oversaw the color timing, so its not warners or something that's going to be 'fixed'. The other films haven't been altered. And anybody that bitches about the films being split over two disks is a fat lazy piece of retard shit and anybody who downloads should have a baseball ramed up their asshole

  • June 28, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Cowboy Bebop Rules

    by THX1968

    You are doing yourself a great, great disservice by not watching the series. The movie is great, but the series is where it's at. If you are a lover of action/adventure/sci-fi/drama, this series has it all in spades. I put this up there with my favorite stuff; Indiana Jones, 007, Blade Runner, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superman, Batman - it's that good. Generally, I despise Manga/Japanimation, but this transcends all of that. You start watching the first disc of season 1, you won't stop.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Lilo & Stitch that is...

    by SoylentMean

  • June 28, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I call bullshit, Harry.

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    "Earlier this month there was some hub-bub about some of the Blu Ray forums that the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE Blu-Ray mastering was completely fucked with an ugly green hint over everything, oblitering any real whites and messing up the entire gorgeous color palate of the film." All of which turned out to be true. I call ass-kissing, suck-up bullshit, Harry. So Jackson WANTED it to fade to green when Frodo passes out before waking in Rivendell? http://cdn.hometheaterforum.com/7/7f/7fab9686_i-nHNwdj7.jpg And Jackson WANTED the title lettering to be green too, even though the lettering is white on the other two films? http://cdn.hometheaterforum.com/3/31/31f9e89c_i-xk2jgTg-XL.jpg Hey Harry, why don't you make your OWN screen shots from your allegedly tint-free copy of the flicks and prove all of the A/V forums wrong.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    The green tint feels like a rush job.

    by knowthyself

    Like they just took the whole movie added green and called it a day instead of taking their time to only add it to the scenes that needed it. Instead all of those beautiful blue skies are now muted. It looks awful.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    spacehunter3-d - whats the point of bluray

    by knowthyself

    If not to save money and space with fewer discs? This whole set reeks of laziness. Especially since the documentaries are not in HD either. Lazy set. There's no reason they had to rush it we all know they are going to re-release it all before the Hobbit comes out.

  • Which is, I think, exactly what I said. I also mentioned that I have the DVD EE sets, so I have a comparison for what the files look like when played on a Blu-Ray player and an HD TV. Again, I don't think I ever said anything about what the files are, so I'm not sure what your point is. They are, however, 720 ripped from the Blu-Rays and put together so they're one file instead of two. To my eyes, they still look slightly better than the DVDs (which I still think look just fine, but in order to watch them I have to switch the discs). So, anyway, none of this was my point. The point was that I think (as others have mentioned) that its ridiculous that they gave us the movies on two discs and the extras on DVD. So I'm not buying the split disc Blu-Ray sets. If, like me, others feel the same way and would like to watch the movies without having to disc swap, somebody has made that possible.

  • June 28, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    @Zodnotgod. Peter Jackson did NOT...

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    ...say TTT sucks. What he did say that I am aware of is that TTT was the hardest to adapt to film, since it was the middle of the story and did not have a fixed open and close. As for TTT and ROTK sucking as books, I have to wonder what you consider good.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Sucker punch- no THERE there

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    I know there are a lot of fanatical supporters for Sucker Punch, but I just don't see it. I really wanted to like it, but it is all style and no substance. The dream sequences don't really make much sense and all you have is cool looking sequences with NO tension. Just cute girls fighting against robots and other automatons with no sense that there is anything at risk until the last sequence, sort of. The end was telegraphed and not handled all that well. It SHOULD have been amazing. Sort of how I felt about Watchmen (the movie that is).

  • June 28, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    dreadpirateroberts, yeah!

    by Jaka

    That!

  • June 28, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I can confirm Fellowship looks like shit

    by Mattman

    It looks like something's wrong with the tint on my TV. It's not color timing... it's a green filter over every scene, and it looks really bad. I went into this with an open mind, but this is lazy at best. I hope there is a trade-in program at some point, after enough people complain. The complaints are totally warranted on this one.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Don't You Just Love Internet Rumor?

    by Real Deal

    Myself I'm getting pretty fed up with it myself. So something you read by word of mouth on a talkback or forum has got to be true? Jesus! Wake the fuck up people! Once again if you want a review of what's a recognized site says about the LOTR Blurays go here : http://www.thedigitalbits.com/reviewshd/bdreviews061411.html Not that I'm doubting Harry. Just the opposite. I don't think you should ever trust what you read in a forum over an official site. They say once you see the discs ( not something someone got early as in where the hell did that come from? ) people will be wondering what all the fuss was about. I haven't seen the discs yet but I'd trust them over something some anonymous poster says. I'm guessing that the discs do look different and they're what PJ wants to be. Not some amateur's take on what they should be. And then the internet blew it out of proportion from there.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Re : mattman

    by Real Deal

    Do you have a sore bought copy?

  • June 28, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Re : mattman

    by Real Deal

    I meant store bought. Sorry about that.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    SD recorded features in HD...

    by jazzdownunder

    ... and while we're at it, can we please have those silent black and white movies in technicolor with full surround sound. Geezus.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Real deal, yep

    by Mattman

    Just picked it up this morning. It's a beautiful set, and I like how compact it is. I've watched about an hour of Fellowship so far. I figured the complaints were overblown... I was wrong. All the daylight scenes have lost much of their natural beauty and range from tolerable to eyesore.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    And Real Deal, High Def Digest trashed the transfer as well

    by Mattman

    I usually trust Digital Bits, but I respectfully disagree on this one.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    knowthyself

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    http://tinyurl.com/69aro

  • June 28, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    PJ Picks up Harry's call on the first ring....

    by Jeffrey

    Because he's so scary important and his insight is fucking epic.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    He's just another geek like us.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    LOLOLOL! How many of us get free shit from the studios in exchange for writing up a positive review for their latest over CGI'ed POS? Not too many I would think. I really don't bother with this review column much anymore since it's written by Harry and he gets the shit for free from Amazon. But I did happen to catch Harry name dropping once again.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Re : mattman

    by Real Deal

    Well then I'm sorry if I'm wrong but why would some say there's no problem and some say there is. Maybe it's confined to a certain lot of the discs that were shipped? I do know there have been errors in releases before. But this? You'd think they would be extra careful with this one. So you say entire scenes are green because the initial rumor said something about a green line.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    And...

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

    http://tinyurl.com/652mcwf

  • June 28, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Real Deal, good question

    by Mattman

    I popped in the other two movies and skimmed a few scenes and they looked fine. On Fellowship, there is a murky green tint all over everything, as though you're watching the film through green sunglasses (I shit you not). It's especially noticeable when anything white is onscreen... white is simply obliterated. It's really frustrating.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Re : mattman

    by Real Deal

    Well I was going to pick them up today but I might wait a day and see what sites are saying about this after the first 24 hours.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    The Baby sounds like some sort of lost John Waters film.

    by detinue

    I wonder if Netflix will get it.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Real Deal

    by Mattman

    It's still a very nice set and Fellowship is very detailed, so if you're itching for it, grab it. I will still watch it over the DVDs. I just hope they offer a replacement someday.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    @real deal

    by Partyslammer

    The Digital Bits aka Bill Hunt are hardly considered technically accurate when it comes to Blu-ray reviews. Bill's a good guy and certainly enthusiastic about the medium but he's more than once completely missed the mark on key Blu-ray reviews and a few times admitted as much. For example, he raved about how good the initial release of "Gladiator" looked on Blu-ray despite many complaints about the terrible picture quality due to excessive digital "scrubbing" which led to a replacement program by the studio. In addition, like Harry here on this site, he gets comps and takes ad money from movie studios including Warner Bros which compromises his opinions when it comes to reviewing product. I find it amusing that even guys like Harry and Bill admit there's a problem but whitewash it with excuses as if to justify the issue. The first movie on this new EE blu-ray set looks like crap, whether by accident or intentional. There's plenty of far more accurate and reliable sites and firsthand viewers that confirm this. It's not a myth and it's not "overblown" opinions from "amateurs." And seriously, what validates "forum" members opinions more or less than what you read on an "official site" (especially those that take money and perks from studios who's product they "review") whatever that means?

  • Tell me that idea doesn't have $100,000,000 plus Box Office written all over it. Another great idea from The Choppah. Your welcome, Hollywood.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Lately I trust highdefdigest over Digital Bits

    by Mattman

    They don't seem to have any agenda. After popping in Fellowship, I don't understand how any professional could give that a glowing review. I really don't.

  • I love you, you fat bastard, but how can I ever trust you again when you give your opinion about the picture quality of a Blu-Ray? Either you're color blind or you're a shameless shill. So, which is it, big guy?

  • June 28, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    deodato rules...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...wish that was out on R2 as well. there are a couple of good companies over here releasing giallo/grindhouse but not in great quantities and they all charge over the odds for them. whereas in the states you guys are getting all kinds of double features etc for budget prices. not fair.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    extensive and expensive Digital Color Grading process

    by Mattman

    Yeah, Fellowship STILL hasn't gone through that. It went through a "put a green filter over it" process, which must have taken all of five minutes to apply.

  • June 28, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Re : partyslammer

    by Real Deal

    " And seriously, what validates "forum" members opinions more or less than what you read on an "official site" Can you say anonymous? I've read many things on foums before that turn out to be utter hogwash. People who identify themsleves on a known site have a reputation to protect. Posters don't. Also Hi Def digest said there was a problem but at times there wasn't. So I do trust mattman from his previous posts a little more than most but why the discrepancy among reports? First it's a green line then it's green tint over every thing then it's just some things. Like I've said I'll wait 24 hours before purchase just to see what sites are saying about this. Maybe by that time PJ will make a statement.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    60's erotica get's you going Harry ?

    by Faust_8

    Really, are you in middle school with what you write for some of your reviews ? Have you never had sex before or do you have to rely on voyeurism through movies like you have for the majority of your life. Dude, act like a 40 year old married man for change.

  • I will not be buying these. Thanks, Mattman, et al.

  • Zach Galifianakis and Zach Galligan?

  • June 28, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Defuck is Harry thinking praising this swampy FELLOWSHIP?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fukk that!

  • June 28, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Real Deal, just a theory, but...

    by Mattman

    I think the green tint has been layered over the entire film (given that even the opening white Fellowship of the Ring title has a green tint over it), and that it doesn't affect the dark scenes as much (in fact, it fits for those).

  • June 28, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Choppah, no problem

    by Mattman

    I try not to be overly picky about this stuff... but this one is distracting and hurts my enjoyment of the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Well This Is Interesting

    by Real Deal

    A youtube split screen comparison however once again this was posted by a anonymous poster on the internet so it could be anything. But if it's this apparent ( and all of the released discs are like this ) then there's a problem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwcm-73kZE8

  • June 28, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Real Deal, yeah that's exactly what it looks like on mine

    by Mattman

    Really trashes the color of the sky, unfortunately.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Really wanna see the "Sucker Punch" Director's Cut

    by Kammich

    I'm a fan of Zack Snyder's films, because he's got a very unique visual tact and he has previously attached himself to pretty good scripts... and I think thats a key for him. Get a good script that does the heavy thematic lifting, and then let Snyder run wild with his visuals. James Gunn's "Dawn of the Dead" script was sharp and punchy, "300" was Snyder's own screenplay but it was made panel-by-panel for him already by Miller's book, and ditto for "Watchmen." So are the shortcomings of "Sucker Punch" due to a meandering, aimless script by Snyder... or the edit of the film? I'm leaning towards it being the former, but I need to see the DC just to be sure. When I saw it in theaters, I really enjoyed the visuals but found the script to be reeeeally flawed, and it seemed like it wanted to be much more "weighty" than it really was. Any motivation or progression for the Babydoll character kind of gets killed right off the bat by the archaic, dialog-free opening montage and even the stuff that actually packs an emotional punch(the Jena Malone/Cornish relationship) gets swept under the rug way too quickly. And not only is the MacGuffin of the "five items" really cliched to begin with, its done a disservice by how ham-fisted its handled. Characters just seem to traipse from point A to point B for no real reason. It was worth a viewing for the visuals alone(and I'm slavishly in love with Browning and Hudgens), but I was disappointed in that it could have been SO much more in a better screenwriter's hands. Maybe the DC will change my mind on that front. And here's to hoping that David Goyer delivers Snyder a strong script for his Supers flick... but somehow I truly doubt that will happen.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    the_choppah re:buddy cop movie---David Keith & Keith David

    by thelordofhell

    I've been trying to pitch my buddy cop movie starring David Keith and Keith David for years. My idea is that they are fraternal twins of a bi-racial couple separated at birth, but they don't figure that out until the end of the movie.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I'm seeing LOTR:Return of the King EE in the theater tonight!

    by Zardoz

    Third and final week! The films look fantastic, and it's awesome seeing them in a packed theater full of LOTR geeks! I just hope I can make it through the whole movie without having to use the bathroom!

  • June 28, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Jumanji!

    by elsachmo

    I actually just saw Jumanji on tv a couple of weeks ago and it was good. I remembered always liking it, but hadn't seen it in a long time. It was actually better than I remembered.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    thelordofhell

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I'm sure you could get a cool mil to do that. Work up a pitch and send it to some VC pros.

  • June 28, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I really liked THE WARRIOR'S WAY....

    by Jarek

    I don't know if it changed much since the AFM screening last year, and you are right about the female lead. But, for some unapologetic crazy R-rated action insanity, you could do a hell of a lot worse. Not only that, any flick that has a massive climatic westernized battle between a heavily armed circus troupe and a band of ninjas is worth at least one watch. I dug it, it was fun. I'll probably get it on BluRay someday.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    WHAT?? No Galaxy Express 999 reviews

    by Booji Boy

    Harry...you call yourself a Star Blazers fan and yet you don't pick up the two Galaxy Express 999 films that came out today?? For shame...

  • June 28, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    catchtheman, have you heard of lithium?

    by Star Hump

    Look into it.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks the FOTR:EE transfer looks fine...

    by ShabbyBlue

    ...just look at this: http://cdn.hometheaterforum.com/8/8f/1000x500px-LL-8f2cb6c7_snow.gif There is NO way that the transfer is intended to look like this, and I just can't believe Peter Jackson would approve of such a thing. It's bad enough that the sky looks green instead of blue in the Shire scenes, but the scenes in the snow mountains pretty much say it all. It looks like they are walking on lime sherbert instead of snow!

  • June 28, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Suckerpunch - Directors Cut

    by david starling

    When I saw Suckerpunch at the local Vue, always struck me that the film was missing several moments that would make the film seem more sense. I also felt that the film crawled at the start, then took-off with a bang and almost instantly faded-out. I can't wait to see the Directors Cut - I think Snyder had more to say.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Re: My Screen

    by HEADGEEK

    It is a Da-Lite Model C. It reflects light at 1.5 it's original brightness, so essentially it's a brighter image than the source light - that combined with a really solid digital projector - in a dedicated screening room... I get an image that feels as sharp, bright and hugely cinematic. With that new Epson projector, the image is so bright it lights up my room, which is actually fantastic, cuz I have a really cool room.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    shabbyblue

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Fuck me, that's terrible. What a huge disappointment. Peter Jackson, I condemn you to be CHOPPED.

  • It'll be noted in your permanent record.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    shabbyblue

    by HEADGEEK

    That is a bullshit image. Absolutely does not reflect the image I see, that Peter Jackson sees, and dozens of readers have said. I call bullshit on that article.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Dude porn does own...

    by Josh

    IDK why so many frown upon it. it's like they think it's the god damn end of the world. Love this site girlsdoporn. Check it.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Dude porn does own...

    by Josh

    IDK why so many frown upon it. it's like they think it's the god damn end of the world. Love this site girlsdoporn. Check it.

  • June 28, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    detinue, yes, NetFlix has The Baby, but not for streaming

    by Jaka

    I checked as I'm certainly not buying it, and I'm not sure I want to get it delivered if I can't get a better idea wth its about, first.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Harry, that bullshit image is how it appears on my tv

    by Mattman

    While the other two movies look fine.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Harry wrote...

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    "That is a bullshit image. Absolutely does not reflect the image I see, that Peter Jackson sees, and dozens of readers have said. I call bullshit on that article." Cool. Then as "head geek" and "movie reviewer" extraordinaire, you should post some screen captures of the aforementioned scenes and set the record straight once and for all. You would single-handedly help sell thousands of copies of the LOTR EE set that outraged customers would have otherwise passed on. Peter Jackson would be incredibly greatful. Unless and until you do, we'll have no choice but to believe the hundreds of screen captures and personal accounts littering the internet that demonstrate that you are talking out of your ass.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Devin Faraci hates THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Just hates it.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Please Harry Re-mention this to PJ

    by C A Iversen

    You might have this screen which helps you out. The rest of us are stuck with a variety of the more usual things like my Sony 55" EX720 LED-LCD Screen and although it cost me NZ$4000, I can't see it blocking out that much green to be honest. I'm personally hugely unsure about whether or not to buy the Blu Ray set I've been waiting for all year, because of this. I don't want to miss out on a re-issue that may come out in a couple of months because I bought a lemon now.

  • You praised the DNR nightmare that was Predator, for fuck's sake.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Forgot this bit.

    by C A Iversen

    Or should I say a Lime.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    by Matt Szczerba

    actually sucker punch sucked(but was entertaining for a bad movie) and scott pilgrim was the most innovative and coolest movie that came out last year.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Here's another bullshit snapshot from blu-ray.com

    by Mattman

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/screenshot.php?movieid=19929&position=17 The snow isn't supposed to be green and washed out.

  • ...I'm not seeing it guys. First of all, there is definitely NOT a green tint over the whole of FOTR. There is plenty of warm yellows and cold rocky blues exactly where they should be. I looked at tons of scenes with pieces of material and walls that were various shades or white, tan, yellow, brown, gray, etc., and they were all the right color (not changed by a green filter, not covered by a green filter). In the one scene where they Fellowship is walking up the mountainside it is a little more green/blue than I remember, but it matches the color of the slow fade in over the mountain range at the beginning of TTT. So *shrug*, I'm not getting it.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Devin Faraci is a smelly cunck

    by Jaka

    That's a cunt and a cock at the same time, that stinks. Dude is an asshole just for the sake of being an asshole (at least in regards to his opinions about movies - he may be a lovely smelling cunck, otherwise).

  • June 28, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Yet another bullshit snapshot FROM THE BLU-RAY

    by Mattman

    http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/screenshot.php?movieid=19929&position=10 The sky is the wrong color.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    LOTR: EE

    by C A Iversen

    Something else, this is all of a sudden very hard to get hold of in New Zealand. It's the kind of thing that usuall has a wide release, but nothing in my city has it. I've never found a release day LOTR hard to get in NZ, sure we were supposed to get it only now on the 29th, but all the places that were pre-hyping it, just don't have it. Kind of weird. It's like they are very quickly re-doing FOTR discs or something. Not saying that's the case, just seems like it.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    TheOneRing.net review also makes note of the green tint filter

    by Mattman

    Must be more bullshit, right Harry?

  • June 28, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    And here is one last piece of bullshit for you

    by Mattman

    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/59783 I'm done.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    OK, regarding mattman's last picture link

    by Jaka

    I just started playing FOTR EE in my WMP, paused it on exactly that screen, adjusted the size and location of the player so it was over the top of my screen. Then I opened up his link in a second tab underneath the player. When I move my cursor over the picture changing it from the bright white to the green tint, the green tint matches EXACTLY what I see in my WMP. I still need to check out a previous release to see if the bright white is exactly how it looked before, but its pretty safe to say that the snow does have a green tint. However, I still don't see it through the entire movie. Not at all.

  • June 28, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    *exactly that scene, apologies

    by Jaka

  • June 28, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Jaka, here's a more normal scene

    by Mattman

    http://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/59830

  • June 28, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Still no Little shop of horrors 1986 Blu-ray :(

    by Gorgomel

  • June 28, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    mattman - I'm guessing Harold didn't get his at the local Best Buy.

    by vic twenty

    He got the super exclusive, guy-who-runs-a-geek-website edition, sent to him by the studio or PJ himself. You know, Pwesents.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    The FotR green tint issue is being way overblown

    by Dreamwriter

    It's very minor, and if you didn't know about it or study side by side screenshots you'd probably miss it. Heck, I read somewhere that it turns Arwen's dress from white to green - it was supposed to be green, you can see that in publicity photos. Really, the movie's incredible detail more than makes up for a few cases where something might look a bit odd.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    To say that the green tint is "minor" is a statement of opinion. To say that the green tint runs throughout the entire film to a greater or lesser degree is a statement of fact.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    LOTR EE: HOLM relpaced by FREEMAN!!!

    by The Drude

    Ok, not really... Just picked up my copy and am checking them out. Picture is amazing. But what the fuck is up with the 20 fucking previews before you reach the main menu??? The DVDs didn't have that... quite disappointed that was allowed to happen...

  • June 28, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    I want JP1...I sure as fuck don't want 2 or 3

    by Mel

  • June 28, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    THERE IS NO GREEN TINT!

    by Loudawg808

    I'm now on the 2nd disc of the FOTR EE Blu rays and it looks fantastic. I haven't noticed anything odd. If I didn't read anything about it before I would have never guessed there was anything wrong. There are some color changes here and there, but to me these are improvements. All the screen shots are bullshit. My advice, watch the films for yourselves before you jump to conclusions based on rumors and tampered screenshots.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Got the EE's.....4th time I bought LOTR. Who else?

    by Mel

    Bought the single DVD's....DVD EE's....Blurays....Bluray EE's All those that boycotted the standard Blurays....you're still not cool. You still bought it 3 times. I'm only slightly more retarded than you.

  • June 28, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    mattman I don't believe those images. looks like BS

    by Mel

    those images aren't the same size. I tried to line them up to look at the RGB differences and you cant line them up. One of them is stretched horizontally. I dont trust images that arent the same size. leads me to believe they didnt come from the same source.

  • June 28, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Ahem

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 28, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Green Tint and How Many Times Bought

    by The Drude

    First off, the 'Green Tint' issue with FOTR is blown waaay out of proportion. Yes, they have colour-corrected it, but it simply looks richer and a little less saturated than before. Image-wise, FOTR was slightly out of step with TTT and ROTK in that it was less shadowy and brighter. I think they've simply upped the contrast along with the colour-correction to bring it in line with parts 2 and 3, and, one would assume, The Hobbit 1 and 2. Who knows? They look great. As for how many times I've bought the trilogy. This is only my second. I've only ever owned the Extended Editions. Recently watched a few minutes of a theatrical cut and was completely confused by all of the missing material. The EEs are the way to go for sure...

  • June 28, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    So...we *like* SUCKER PUNCH now? Seriously?

    by Darkman

    This guy maps out the movie's flaws far better than any one of us ever could (http://www.the-editing-room.com/sucker-punch.html), but the thing that kept tripping me up was how there was NO EXPLANATION for suddenly shifting from a nuthouse to a brothel. It just happens. I like to turn my brain off and have a good time as much as the next guy, but it just didn't take here. <br><br> And to the person who compared it to SCOTT PILGRIM: fuck you and the horse you rode in on. <br><br> THE WARRIOR'S WAY...I'm probably one of the 15 people who saw this in a theater, and despite the somewhat distracting green-screening, this was buckets of fun. Danny Huston is hilarious in this movie. That may not sound like a compliment, but it is. He chews the scenery like it's going out of style and every moment he was on screen was golden. The I-can't-believe-it's-not-Morricone score by Javier Navarrete is another asset. To everyone out there, give this a chance.

  • I purchased the first 2 DVD edition of FOTR, then heard there would later be extended editions so I waited for those. So in the end I bought all three of the EE DVD box sets and the first FOTR clamshell (or whatever those cases are called).

  • June 28, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I'm sticking with what I said before.

    by Jaka

    There is some green in a couple places, but its not noticeable throughout the entire movie. And I agree with anyone else who has said the movie looks great, because it does. I still need to pull out the EE DVD of FOTR to see if the snow was EVER that white, though.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    What kind of review is that?!

    by Michael DA

    I don't even know whats going on with your Beastly review, Harry. First you start out by talking endlessly about another movie altogether, then as I trudge along, find out you don't even have the disc to review?!! Honestly, Harry, if that is the case, I'd say, don't even mention it and go on to something you did see. Wait next week to review it or go out and just buy it to give us a peek. Your "the Baby" review was good: you saw it, then gave a good quick impression of it. No long drawn out stories. Isn't this the second week in a row were you gave a review of something you didn't see? At least keep it down to a, "didn't see it yet. Schlocky cover art" blurb. Grats on the new projector though.

  • ....Doogie Howser... err... I mean Neil Patrick Harris was the best part. I actually laughed at several of his lines and the way he delivered them. Overall, though, didn't really care for the movie. The Beasts makeup was a bit weirdly unreal.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Melgibson

    by Mattman

    a wide array of images have been posted by several sources. If you choose to believe they're all fake (and that Peter Jackson himself is lying when he acknowledges the color correction) then you are simply ignoring the facts. I put my laptop next to the screen and it matches up. As did jaka.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Learn from Jaka, Harry

    by Michael DA

    Y'see? That's how you do a quick personal and focused review!

  • June 28, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    LOTR EE re: the Green Tint

    by ghost_matt

    I have the set, and have just watched FOTR EE. As someone who has seen these movies 100 times and has been reading every review/looking at every screen shot, and was expecting the worst... the transfer looks GREAT!!! I would even say that this is the best FOTR EE has looked, green tint or otherwise. I've been following the forums, and the screen shots really are NOT accurate. Yes the green tint is there, but it's so subtle that I really wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't been reading about it, and even then I really didn't notice it that much. In fact, I think it actually made a lot of the movie look BETTER. It's really not noticeable, except for in one or two shots. The only times I really noticed it was when Saruman said "The power of Isengard is at your command, Sauron Lord of the Earth" and when Arwen first showed up and got off her horse and the light was shining behind her. And those each lasted about 10 seconds. Really, the blu ray looks INCREDIBLE and in many places I actually think it's an improvement over the EE DVD. I think many of you are just first now hearing about it and are reading the reviews and looking at the screen shots. Go to www.blu-ray.com and read the forum there...but go to the most recent page where people are actually getting their copies and seeing it for themselves. Most people are saying it looks awesome.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    The Warriors Way

    by Bang!_Your_Dead

    Just had to chime in also. I thought The Warriors Way was pure cinema fun. I went into the theater expecting nothing and walked out with a smile. Cowboys VS Ninjas, that is fun folks.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros Sends C&D Letters to Sites with LotR Screencaps

    by Partyslammer

    Yeah, that sounds like a company sure of the quality of their product. The best part is, so far only sites with critical negative reviews of the Blu-ray mentioning the "Peter Jackson Approved Color Change" have reported getting such letters. BTW, I hope George Lucas adds in more CGI garbage to the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set. Thanks to home video and the stupidity of movie fans who keep re-buying every redundant release of the same flick, a film is never truly finished anymore.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Warner Bros Sends C&D Letters to Sites with LotR Screencaps

    by Partyslammer

    Yeah, that sounds like a company sure of the quality of their product. The best part is, so far only sites with critical negative reviews of the Blu-ray mentioning the "Peter Jackson Approved Color Change" have reported getting such letters. BTW, I hope George Lucas adds in more CGI garbage to the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set. Thanks to home video and the stupidity of movie fans who keep re-buying every redundant release of the same flick, a film is never truly finished anymore.

  • June 28, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Hey, Maybe If We're Lucky

    by AlfordHitchcoke

    Peter will run the entirety of The Hobbit through a faintly purple filter. Apparently that sort of thing improves the picture quality.

  • T2, True Lies, The Abyss (okay, that one was under water), Titanic, everything is bathed in blue light, it's distracting. Even the Na'vi are blue. Just sayin.

  • and obviously hasnt seen them. there are NO previews. straight to the menu after a new line cinema logo

  • June 28, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by Raschied

    I just got done watching LOTR:FOTR on Blu-Ray, and on my Samsung 46" LCD, the scenes in question did NOT look to have a green tint. Colors were exceptionally vivid in most scenes, The snow scene where Boromir picks up the ring was bright, with blue skies, bright gold ring, and white snow. Nothing like the screen grab on Blu-Ray.com. My big issue with the movie was the annoying work done on skin tone in EVERY SCENE. The night shots, where everything is in shades of moonlight blues, the faces practically pop off the screen. It's distracting and annoying, but all too common these days. Stu Maschwitz, a pro colorist, blogged about this a couple of years ago, how it's becoming the "signature" look of films in the '00's, and now FOTR has it as well. *sigh*...

  • I'm watching on high quality stuff....55" Samsung LED and a Samsung 3D Bluray player. When I look at these screencaps the image looks very soft and green. That's not how it looks on my TV. its razor sharp and very contrasty. Looks absolutely amazing.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Watched 'The Baby' last night... nice one H!

    by workshed

    Crackers movie. Loved it. Looking forward to what you think of 'Wake Wood'... imo the first true 'comeback' for Hammer.

  • June 29, 2011, 3:29 a.m. CST

    no explanation for the nuthouse-to-brothel transition???

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Sigh. This is why so many good movies get panned by a varrying amount of critics. How many times do you read a film review, and see the reviewer make a statement that's just plane wrong? They just didn't get it. Even if there WASN'T an explanation, why does the story-teller have to provide one at that point? There's a million ways to tell a story, you've seen Memento, right?

  • June 29, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

    So ZATHURA was amazing but JUMANJI was terrible?

    by brokentusk

    I'm going to go with... no.

  • June 29, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    nuthouse to brothel... um I havent actually seen the film but isn't it just a fantasy in the girls brain brought to life on screen. Like a coping mechanism? Anyway, after reading this thread i'm now even more confused about the infamous 'green tint'. Some say it's really apparent. Some say it's occasionally apparent. And some say it doesnt exist in the slightest. Either a lot of bullshitters here or perhaps it's a problem only when you watch on windows media player (which would explain the screengrabs)? Maybe just too many of us men are slightly color blind! Women never suffer from color blindness right? WE NEED WOMEN REVIEWERS AND WE NEED THEM NOW!

  • June 29, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Fuckin' A! Overboard...BLU!

    by Polo Chavez

    YES! Can't wait to see the Gruesome Ghouls feed their pet turtle chocolate in high definition...Tofuti...Tofuti Klein...

  • June 29, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    But why a brothel?!

    by Darkman

    For fuck's sake, Babydoll could've imagined herself anywhere: Alderaan, John Malkovich's brain, Chuck E. Cheese. <br><Br> Seriously, can *anyone* answer this question, or are we (which is to say, everyone else) going to pretend it's not an issue?

  • I have the set, and have just watched FOTR EE. As someone who has seen these movies 100 times and has been reading every review/looking at every screen shot, and was expecting the worst... the transfer looks GREAT!!! I would even say that this is the best FOTR EE has looked, green tint or otherwise.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    That's a quote by ghost_matt

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • June 29, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Jumanji is awful!

    by ZodNotGod

    Jumanji is still terrible, but then it always has been. Awful animal effects that are never convincing. A great premise, I like the idea, but Robin Williams was miscast. Let's see a remake.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    THey were being sexually abused.

    by Monolith_Jones

    The first level fantasy was a better situation but still that level is closer to the films objective reality so many things are alike. Yes a high class glamorous brothel is a step up from a lobotomy in a mental institution. The film has enough flaws there's no need to go looking for some where there aren't any. Like complaining that we didn't see her dance.

  • June 29, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Can't believe you guys are seriously debating SP's plot points

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Zach Snyder's films are a soulless hackery All style and no substance. And I'm one of the few who liked Watchmen.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    melgibson: Previews on LOTR EE

    by The Drude

    Mine definitely has previews! Not lying. I'm pissed about it and wondering if I got some sort of rental edition or something. I'm also in Canada, wonder if there's a difference in distributors... don't know. Don't like it though.

  • Dont get me wrong there's a lot of dumb in SP my main grips are the music and the exessive slo mo. When Everything. Is . Important. it tends to lose it's power. In one of the original SP TBs someone posted a great review of this movie.

  • June 29, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    choppah, yes, but would Zach G. even want to make such a movie?

    by detinue

    As I recall, part of what finally pushed John Belushi over the edge was a persistant threat from his studio to force him to star in a film where he'd play an adult baby wearing a diaper.

  • June 29, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    detinue, too late, I'm already at work on the 'Big Baby' screenplay

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Soon all I'll need is to option it and get Zach G. on board to star. Would've loved to have seen a John Belushi as an adult baby movie. That's a great story.

  • June 29, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    cobra--kai, strange, none of my other blu-rays have a green tint

    by Mattman

    Except the Matrix. Look, the tint is there, and has been confirmed. I'm watching this on a Samsung 50". It's very clear on certain scenes, and detracts greatly. It actually enhances a few night scenes. It destroys the color gold and amber, making them a piss yellow. I envy those who think they can't see it, and aren't as discerning as I am, but saying it isn't there is just a denial of facts.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    No Darkman, Motherfuck you!

    by Stalkeye

    Scott Pilgrim was shit just like Speed Racer and now Sucker Punch. Glad you took offense as it shows that your tastes in movies are in your ass.

  • June 29, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Lord Of The Rims BluRay Is Fabulous!!!!

    by Michael Bay

    Yes it is. There is no green tint. It's all a plot by Hugh Jackson haters to wreck his career. I recommend everyone here buy two copies, one for themselves and one to give to a family member for Christmas. Do not listen to those who would slander all the hard work we do out of the goodness of our hearts to provide you with "cool" movies for you to enjoy. By the way, I am a fan and have no connection to Warner Brothers, Peter Jackman or Wetworks. Really, I am an unbiased fan. Gamdolf Forever!!!

  • June 29, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    FOTR: EE

    by victor laszlo

    The color timing bums me out because Fellowship is the only one of the three films that remained reverent to the text (almost) all the way through. The color did look different than the other two. It looked better. It looked more like history than fantasy. Two Towers largely maintained this look, but in King the saturation is cranked way up into stylization and it made all the VFX stand out unfavorably. I haven't seen the new color yet, but I have a bad feeling about this.

  • The dude fucked up his own movie. And the orange hued scenes now look like they're filtered in piss. The beginning scenes with Gandalf and Frodo are fucking unbearable. If you can't see it, you have no eye for quality. Which is fine, but don't pretend it doesn't exist. In fact, I'm willing to bet most of you claiming there is no green tint are the same motherfuckers who claimed upscaling their DVDs is the same quality as blu-ray.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for

    by GhostDad

    The next release that removes the green tint, followed by a "That green tint was horrible and my dear friend Peter Jackson, who was so hard at work on The Hobbit to oversee the FOTR HD masters, finally fixed the problem!" comment from Harry in this column. Also anyone who didn't like The Warrior's Way is not a TRUE GEEK!

  • June 29, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    and if the problem is our TVs

    by GhostDad

    Then the studio should send us home theater systems instead of replacement discs so we can view the movie as they intended us to.

  • June 29, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Thank You, Harry. You've Earned More Ad Money From Warner Brothers

    by Michael Bay

    Indeed. As long as we pay you to advertise our LotR bluray box set on your site, you'd better not say anything bad about it. And because you've proven to be so convincing a dupe for us, we might let you have a set visit (but no talking to anyone important) on location for "Journey to the Center of the Earth 2 - Balls Deep."

  • June 29, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The only explanation.

    by Loudawg808

    is that some buyers are getting defective blu rays of FOTR EE. I watched it the other day and it looks better than ever. And there are no previews at the beginning. People are fucking lying. Don't listen to these assholes and just watch them for yourselves.

  • on the US versions it goes to a new line cinema logo animation and then straight to the menu. anyone else outside of the US getting ads at the start?

  • June 29, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    melgibson:

    by The Drude

    Yes, the Canadian ones have previews. US and UK don't... I've confirmed it. Not the end of the world, but still, a pisser after dropping $70+ on a box set.

  • For the fiftieth time, the color timing has been confirmed by the studio and Peter Fucking Jackson (the guy whose dick is in your mouth).

  • June 30, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    So, PJ pulled a Lucas with the remastering of his film

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Like Lucas, he has every right to do that. But, like the SW Blus, I for one will exercise my right to boycott.

  • June 30, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I'll rent the EE Blu-Ray before buying it.

    by BilboRing

    If it looks like crap, no cash for you. I pray it looks great.

  • That can't be good.

  • July 1, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Boner.

    by Kyle

    I can't wait for them Blu's. I love's me some Jurassic Park!

  • July 1, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Here's the deal

    by toxicopoulus

    Cowboy Bebop is freaking fantastic. ANYONE who claims to be a fanboy and proclaims that he's not interested in seeing the source material is suspect. Which is Harry in a nutshell. I don't know if he's got a problem with anime or not but I do know this: He's full of shit! First off, Harry has shit taste in movies: I've said this before but the worst thing is that he's so full of shit. Harry hasn't seen a fraction of the films that he name drops on a regular basis. He's a name dropper. That's it. I'll give you an example. Hiyao Miyazaki has been one of the most consistent and prolific directors over the last 2 decades. I'd be willing to wager that Knowles hasn't seen one of them; or wasn't able to tear himself away from the Cheetos bag enough to focus on what he's watching. I don't mean to be snarky but this shit pisses me off.

  • July 2, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    FOTR EE Blu-ray - Smells of cover up

    by AnalFissure

    If Jackson authorised the garbage that is the FOTR EE Blu-ray, I'll shit into my hand and eat it for lunch.

  • July 2, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST

    No reason to split LOTR EE

    by Mr. Neutron

    A blu-ray can fit 50 gigs of data, meaning there is no need at all to split the movies. They just cheaped out and did a straight transfer from the DVD masters.

  • Why if true, did the Director's cut Blurays of LOTR have to be split over two disks? There is TONS of information space on this format. The Director's cut DVD's are ruined because of the split. The emotional power of the Council of Eldrond scene is ruined in FOTR because of the pause to change disks. Does anyone know?

  • July 4, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    billybatson1000 , yes it's true, but

    by Mattman

    Each half of each film is about 1 hour and 45 minutes, so they did it to keep the compression as low as possible. Two Towers and Return of the King look absolutely stunning because of it. However, as I stated above, Fellowship is a nightmare. The green tint murders certain scenes, especially near the end, when the characters' eyes have a strange green film over the whites.