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Harry's DVD PICK & PEEKS: 2nd week of July: Buster Keaton, Groovy Goolies, Women in Prison, remake of Poltergeist II, early James Cameron work & more!!!

Published at: July 12, 2011, 4:08 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… This is a fairly short week, so again I give you a preview of a single title from next week to make it up to you. But next week is another week that is filled with interesting weird titles that I love – so that’ll be a longer column. Not to say there isn’t great stuff here. Just check it out and see! As usual the pics and the titles will take you to AMAZON – where you can learn more on the title, or you can purchase it, which helps to support this column, which is absolutely appreciated. So take a look down the line, fun awaits you.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011





BUSTER KEATON – SHORT FILMS COLLECTION: 1920-1923 (3-disc)

Now this is a fan-fricken-tastic Blu Ray set from KINO. KINO traditionally does a great job. But to do that job by bringing us a great collection of Keaton’s early work in his shorts period… well, fantastic. Suddenly here is a pristine presentation of that which hardcore geeks crave… unseen Keaton work. I had some of Keaton’s work when he was with Fatty Arbuckle, but there was quite a bit that I hadn’t previously seen – never mind the fact that it’s 1080p and amazing. Plus I’ve had Keaton’s COPS on 16mm for about 20 years. But here’s what all is on the set. Don’t pass this up!
DISC 1:
THE HIGH SIGN (1920/21 - B&W - 19 Min.)
ONE WEEK (1920 - B&W - 24 Min.)
CONVICT 13 (1920 - B&W - 19 Min.)
THE SCARECROW (1920 - B&W - 18 Min.)
NEIGHBORS (1921 - B&W - 19 Min.)
THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1921 - Color Tinted - 20 Min.)
HARD LUCK (1921 - B&W 21 Min.)
DISC 2:
THE GOAT (1921 - B&W - 23 Min.)
THE PLAY HOUSE (1921 - B&W - 23 Min.)
THE BOAT (1921 - B&W - 23 Min.)
THE PALEFACE (1922 - B&W - 20 Min.)
COPS (1922 - B&W - 18 Min.)
MY WIFE'S RELATIONS (1922 - B&W - 17 Min.)
DISC 3:
THE BLACKSMITH (1922 - B&W - 21 Min.)
THE FROZEN NORTH (1922 - B&W - 17 Min.)
DAY DREAMS (1922 - B&W - 19 Min.)
THE ELECTRIC HOUSE (1922 - B&W - 23 Min.)
THE BALLOONATIC (1923 - B&W - 22 Min.)
THE LOVE NEST (1923 - Color Tinted - 20 Min.)
SPECIAL FEATURES:
Fifteen visual essays illustrated with clips and stills, written by various Keaton experts
Four visual essays on the film's locations by ''Silent Echoes'' author John Bengston
Eight page booklet with an essay by Jeffrey Vance, author of ''Buster Keaton Remembered''
''The Men Who Would Be Buster'' a collection of clips from slapstick films influenced by Keaton's work
''Character Studies'' (ca. 1925) a gag film starring Carter DeHaven, with cameos by Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe ''Fatty'' Arbuckle and others.
''Seeing Stars'' (excerpts) a 1922 promotional film featuring cameos by Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and others.
A series of brief, alternate / deleted shots from ''The Goat'', ''The Blacksmith'' and ''The Ballonatic''.
See – isn’t this a fantastic set?




BRAZIL Blu-Ray

This is one of the great films – I love it. But all you’re getting is the 132 minute version of the film. You’re not getting extras, no docs, nada. SO weigh it. You know we’re going to get, at some point, a big deluxe set. Obviously we want a Criterion set that is at least as full as that 3-Disc boxed set they put out. But… Let’s face it, you that 3-disc set is out of print, so if you don’t have it… you’re not likely to, without paying a pretty penny, and this is only $19. If you’re pinching pennies, hold off. But if you just can’t wait to check this out on High Def, that’s what you’ll get. But nothing else.




BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS Blu Ray

A magical film. If you’re a young cynical film snob that turns their noses up at cel animated laser blasts, that any amount of cheese puts you into a lactose intolerance-fueled rage, if you demand CG in your movies and think models are nerds… and if you hate magnificent epic cleavage… so much so that perhaps there’s even a heroic titted spaceship with a sassy voice that could fuel your pitiful black heart and make point and rage yet again with your pathetic existence. BUT THE REST OF US! Yes, the rest of us will continue to just fucking love with the very marrow of our bones, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS. It’s a film that at many levels had everything stacked against it.
This was a Roger Corman produced Sci-Fi film that not only wanted to rip-off STAR WARS… but was even going to be a Sci-fi trippy as all hell send-up of SEVEN SAMURAI… which basically has you trying to rip-off two of the greatest films ever… and we all know that STAR WARS was just a rip off of THE HIDDEN FORTRESS by Kurosawa and fueled by Lucas’ frustrations at losing out on the rights to JOHN CARTER OF MARS to John Boorman. Yes. This film came from a strange fucking awesome era with that shit going on. But ya know… It just works. How can I tell?
My nephew gets to spend an occasional weekend over here at my wife and mine’s Geek Shack… and whilst here – he treats me like a film request DJ. He'll say… “Uncle Harry, I want to see… “ insert a film genre here… everything from Sci-Fi, Something Scary, Funny, Cool, Badass, with Horses, black&white, something with Stop motion, something funny with monsters… all with the caveat, “That I haven’t seen!”
Well, I’m the exact right Uncle for this kid, because I always come through. This particular night he asked for a “Science-fiction Fantasy!” Well, this was literally in my stacks to watch so I put it in. It was 2am when he asked, he fell asleep at 3am. But the next day, when we were alone and he began his DJ requests, he said, “UNCLE HARRY, can I watch that movie from last night? I really want to see the rest of it!”
I put it in, and I went to scenes and said, “do you remember the last thing you saw?” and Gio said, “Yeah, but can I watch it from the beginning? I really like it!” When we finished he was just really excited. “Did they do anymore of these?” I love when one of these films just flares my nephew’s imagination. I, of course, put on GALAXY OF TERROR & FORBIDDEN WORLD – and he liked those, but not like BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS. He wanted to take that home with him to show his Mom. I gave him the BluRay and ordered a replacement for me. Coming today. So yeah, that’s just how great this one is. He wants to try and make lego versions of the ships – and he really means all the ships. He keeps noticing Robert Vaughn in other movies and calling him, “That guy from BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS” – I can’t wait to show him THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN! But I bet anything he’ll think it ripped off this. Same with SEVEN SAMURAI. I’m saving that film for when he’s 16. He’s freaking love it.




RANGO Blu Ray

RANGO is a tremendous animated film from Gore Verbinski and INDUSTRIAL LIGHTS & MAGIC. In fact it is the first fully animated film from ILM, contrary to what many think about the Prequels. I think Ewan was real. Anyway – you’ve all seen some of the behind the scenes of how Verbinski recorded the sound – and unfortunately they don’t have a feature where you can just watch the movie with a PIP of the real life version that the actors all did. I’d love that personally. They do have great extras… I just would have loved to have all the cast stuff on there too. But that’d be a great selling point for a 15th Anniversary edition. Don’t Lose it! Heh. Depp’s title character is just downright one of the most fascinatingly animated, performed and designed animated characters that I’ve ever seen. I love it. Truly trippy and constantly cool. OH… and it is gorgeous on my screen. There’s stuff that you’ll see that just gives ya a “gawsh gee whiz” kinda smile – and that’s a great smile to have on your face. Here’s the extras:
Experience the Never-Before-Seen Ending
Uncover 10 Deleted Scenes
Meet the Real Creatures of Dirt (HD)
Filmmakers’ Commentary Watch with Storyboard Reel Picture-in-Picture
Go Behind the Scenes with Cast and Crew (HD)
Take an Interactive Trip to Dirt




DAMNATION ALLEY Blu-Ray

Someday I’ll introduce my nephew to the term POST-APOCALYPTIC… This will probably be soon, especially due to a recent writing gig that I’ve landed. But next time he asks to watch something SCI FI, I’ll say, “Remember that Rolling Roadshow trip you took with Grandpa and me? This is a Post-Apocalyptic version of that!” He’ll love that. But I have to define POST APOCALYPTIC for him first with A BOY AND HIS DOG. I actually can’t believe I haven’t shown him that yet. Sorry, the boy is on the brain. Booked a Christmas-New Years trip for the family – and the whole time I just can’t get him out of my head. It’ll blow his brain. BUT let’s get back to DAMNATION ALLEY. I wrote at length about it last week. However, I just feel the need to make sure you folks see that I really do care about this film. That vehicle you see on the cover is just my pick for POST-APOCALYPTIC VEHICLE of choice! What’s yours? Oh – and if you haven’t seen this film – your opinion is tainted by not knowing the awesome of this vehicle. LEARN! And Survive! Some lucky bastard around San Francisco has this parked in his garage just waiting for the apocalypse. And who will dare laugh at him then? I mean the film has Jan-Michael Vincent doing all kinds of motorcycle cross-country stunts, George Peppard rocking at Burt Reynolds – and yeah, it is all kinds of weird. OH! And it has little Jackie Earle Haley – and he’s a badass in this too! Even as a little kid! All the extras are basically propaganda by the producer of the film to make a remake. And I’d love to see the director of RUBBER do it.




THE LINCOLN LAWYER Blu Ray

Handsomely produced and acted. But none of it really mattered. I like everyone in the film, it was absolutely watchable, but nothing really made a dent. This is a courtroom thriller type of flick, I love that genre, but this just isn’t that gripping. The threat never really carries any weight in my head. There’s something about the film that just left me not caring about the characters – and I think it’s because McConaughey’s character – as written – isn’t really someone I cared about. He’s a bit of a douche, and that’s the character he’s playing and my empathy for his character left me kind of hoping he’d get killed. Except that the psycho – is even douchier. And I like that actor too, but not this character. You see that’s the problem with the film – I had noone to care about and that makes a thriller unengaging.




WOMEN IN PRISON Triple Pack (CHAINED HEAT / RED HEAT / JUNGLE WARRIORS

First note: MR. SKIN PRESENTS… That means something to people of caliber like you. I’m not going to pretend to know what you think, but to a lowbrow Neanderthal like me – it makes me suspect that there could be some degree of nudity in the films presented therein.
A survey of the titles instantly tells me – OH YEAH! These are primo-skin flicks. I just wish that MR SKIN was presenting said awesomery in the crystal clarity of Blu. I have had a long scintillating cine-skin affair with CHAINED HEAT. And that Sybil Danning obsession of the 90’s assured me of being a fan of JUNGLE WARRIORS. But this was my first time with RED HEAT. It was quite satisfying. You see, I’d always heard it was a ripoff of CHAINED HEAT… but it is also some awesome Commisploitation, which there’s not nearly enough committed films to. It isn’t legendary like RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II, but it has way more tits!




INSIDIOUS Blu Ray

I’ve watched it twice. It is most certainly not “the most terrifying film since THE EXORCIST” and if you think about that too much, it’ll rightly piss you off royally, but realize some guy named Steve O’Brien of WCBS RADIO said that. And why the hell would you believe that? I would genuinely love to hear Steve sell me that quote and defend it. BUT… don’t let that insane statement keep you from enjoying what is otherwise a really kinda wacky remake of POLTERGEIST 2, but what I didn’t count on was that the big sequence at the end… well it’s better done here. There’s some genuine scary scenes and situations here. It could also fall apart on the rather odd performance from Patrick Wilson who seems constantly annoyed. But I’ve begun to read that look of annoyance as a “sneaking suspicion that I’ve experienced this before” – which is probably what he was going for. But he might be annoyed. If he’s annoyed, it shouldn’t be by the film, it’s pretty darn fun. Watch with friends, it’s got some jumps that’ll get ya laughing if you like that kind of horror.




ARTHUR Blu Ray

Ya know. This movie was a pretty terribly sold movie. I hated the trailers. Hated them. Hated them so much that it was a point of pride to avoid and deride the film as often as I could. But tonight, I put it on. You see, I’ll give everything a chance at least once. I’m genuine glad I watched ARTHUR. Russell Brand is a parody of a celebrity, incredibly self-aware – so much so, that if you were to talk to him for a brief period of time, he’d absolutely charm you. He’s got crazy fun charisma and you can see that on display in ARTHUR. What makes the film work is that Brand’s take on ARTHUR is genuine and oddly whimsical. I like that. I also really like Helen Mirren. And, as Yoko said, “I actually like Jennifer Garner in this because I am supposed to hate her, it works!” Which again is brilliantly put by this awesome lady. But I really love Greta Gerwig. She’s in the Liza role. She’s a different kind of gal, but one I can absolutely fall for in the same way I did for Liza. All that said, there are some bullshit moments that feel absolutely false – and that pissed me off for a bit here and there. But ya know… I still came away liking it better than I expected. It just kinda falls dead flat in spots – but overall… it ain’t the worst remake, but it isn’t effortless like the original. The original ARTHUR was this brilliant spontaneously sweet and awesome film. This is a pale imitation. It tries, works in places splendidly, but that original was just so original and this… well it’s just the remake that reminds you how perfect it was the first time.




NAKED Criterion Blu-Ray

The only thing wrong with this movie in Mike Leigh’s career is that it was surrounded by films I preferred, but I really really do have a huge affection for his NAKED. And HARRY POTTER fans – if you’ve always wanted to see Professor Remus Lupin au natural, well this is most definitely your chance. Be forewarned though, this film isn’t for the youngsters – it is thoroughly adult in nature, in case the title hadn’t clued you in. It took me years to come around to this film. There was a point in time when I didn’t care for Thewlis that much, but now – I watch this film – and I really do kinda wish it had Gary Oldman in it – and that they tumbled about naked Oliver Reed fashion. It’d just give those fanfic-ers something to reference. Not that I know a damn thing about that.
Seriously though, this is a dark, sometimes hysterically smart film. It’s just fun to remember that all those professors in HARRY POTTER – they’re brilliant actors that have done some of the most serious and brilliant films and roles. You should look at and appreciate those movies. In fact, that’d be a wonderful project for somebody’s film blog – to just track the actors of HARRY POTTER – go through each professor and Death-Eaters’ filmographies and writing about each. Then gain a full impression of what I feel is the real lessons these professors taught these young inexperienced actors. Who grew up learning from some of the most avant garde and talented performers we’ve seen in recent cinematic history. Personally, I’d start with Richard Harris… But David Thewlis would give you all manners of fun things to write about and talk about.
Criterion has done a superb job on this disc – here’s the extras you’ll receive:
Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director
Audio commentary by Leigh and actors David Thewlis and Katrin Cartlidge
Exclusive video interview with director Neil LaBute
An episode of the BBC program The Art Zone where Will Self interviews Leigh
“The Short and Curlies,” a short comedy from 1982 directed by Leigh
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Derek Malcolm and Amy Taubin




THINGS

I know nothing about this film. I haven’t seen it. But look at that box art. It’s all kinds of frightening. One just the look of the image, it seems really and truly messed up. Obviously it looks evil. It came out in 1989, I was just a senior in High School – and I never heard of this flick. It did star Amber Lynn, who I was… familiar with through a left behind porn collection that one of my mother’s boyfriends left behind. But this is not a porn. I don’t think it is anything playful or fun. It looks like something that would make you carve your eyes out and plug your ears. I’m afraid of this film. So why put it here? Because some day I’ll click this link and order it. I will. And I’ll watch it. And I know I’ll be the worse for it. I just know. This film looks evil. Absolute evil. Right?




ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS III

If you’re like me. You’ll never be able to get enough Robot Chicken Star Wars parodies… especially when engineering toys to play the stories out. It’s hypnotic. Hilarious. But really, the reason you must own this… Wait till you see the extra that has Seth Green and the guys behind Robot Chicken having a boardroom meeting with George Lucas – that they video’d – and you’ll see George answer questions about the Gungan Language. It was sublime. Kinda amazing to behold. And I absolutely would love to just sit down for a few hours and pick George’s brain because he’s kind of hilarious.




GROOVIE GOOLIES: Saturday Mourning Collection

This is absolue crack. At the same point in my life that I was being properly indoctrinated to love the classic Universal Monsters, which somehow felt absolutely natural – this was on TV. I loved ARCHIE comics, still do. Introducing my nephew to Jughead – which was technically Yoko’s brilliant idea – well these were the Universal Monsters as interpretated by an Archie universe – and there’s something so excruciatingly correct about that… You see, growing up – it all made so much sense. The monsters were applicable to any and all universes. I recognized this from UNIVERSAL – which eventually put all their monsters together – thus guaranteeing that we’d see it that way. Then Archie puts them all together in their universe. Then there was the Rankin Bass Stop Motion animated MAD MONSTER PARTY movie – which brought the monsters into the Rankin Bass universe. HAMMER FILMS had their take. I thought when UNIVERSAL got THE MUMMY series together, that they were going to spin the Rick O’Connell character off to have fun PG & PG13 adventures with each of the Universal monsters, but they missed that boat. Sadly. It would’ve been fun. I’d kinda kill to see Quentin Tarantino create his unified monsterverse… because he should. He created the notion in his script for FROM DUSK TIL DAWN, but has never followed through. I kind of wish he would. Actually I really do. BUT till then, I just have all the other films that feature these beloved monsters. Watching the GROOVIE GOOLIES is just pure unwashed nostalgic glee. I don’t know how it makes any of you feel, but for me… I can remember playing on a plum purple deep shag carpet with my MEGO MONSTER DOLLS and watching GROOVIE GOOLIES the first time around. It doesn’t make me feel old, but young. I can’t imagine not having this. AND – it comes with extras:
16 episodes on three discs
Sing-along: "Goolie Get Together"
Candid story from producer Lou Scheimer about The Creation of Filmation
Liner notes by TV writer/producer Shawn Sheridan
DVD-ROM extras: Scripts and the original series bible for The Kookie Spookies
A brand-new 45-minute "docu-comedy" featuring interviews with Alice Cooper, Forrest J. Ackerman, Ron Chaney, and more
Music video with the punk band Groovie Ghoulies
Image galleries

This was another short week, I guess they figure after hitting us with that SUPERMAN and LORD OF THE RINGS sets – we’re broke for a bit, but I for one wish the releases would speed up with quality – let’s see what we have next week: LIMITLESS, AMELIE on Blu, TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, YOUNG JUSTICE, the surprisingly awesome THE REEF, the release of the year – Criterion’s Blu Ray of Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE, TEKKEN on Blu, BOYZ ‘N THE HOOD Blu, HEY BOO: HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINBIRD, CHOCOLAT Blu, POTICHE, THE MUSIC ROOM Criterion Blu, DARK OF THE SUN, SMURFS: A MAGICAL SMURF ADVENTURE, BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY Blu, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS Blu, NOWHERE TO RUN on Blu, Dangerous Babes Collection, HEARTS OF THE WEST, AVALANCE EXPRESS, THE DOUBLE MAN, ONCE BEFORE I DIE, FERRY TO HONG KONG, ASSIGNMENT TO KILL, DARK DAYS 10th Anniversary and 24 HOURS TO KILL. Wow, that’s a lot to write about – and thankfully I’ve seen most of it already. I’ll give you a preview of my favorite of the releases…





Jean Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE (aka BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) Criterion Blu

This is my personal pick for the best release of 2011. Cocteau’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is the greatest monster fantasy of all time. And that’s coming from a guy that’s seen them all. This is one of those films that Guillermo Del Toro would kill to walk the sets of and to speak to Cocteau about this, and so much more. This film is simply breathtaking. Exquisite and brilliant. The makeup on Jean Marais is simply my favorite monster make up of all time. It’s elegant, fascinating and will constantly surprise you. The costumery, the setting, the magic of it…. Breathtaking. Josette Day is my Belle. I’ve known this film my entire life. This was how I learned of the story. My parents showed it to me around the time I was 4 and read the movie to me. They did this till I could read fast enough that I could do it. When you see this movie, watch it first as it was originally… but then… watch it as Phillip Glass intended. You see, Phillip Glass turned this film into an Opera. One that is mostly lip synced. It’s astonishing to watch. It is as though it is an entirely new and magical and wondrous thing. It is something that I work to, that I’m learning to sing along with, poorly, but its neat to sing in French… which I don’t understand. But if I leave the subtitles up, I absolutely do. It reminds me of how I used to watch A CHINESE GHOST STORY – before I had a copy that had subtitles. I watched it and worked watching it on repeat. It’s simply one of the greatest works of cinema ever created. Something to inspire you, that exceeds all expectations and simply is a thing of pure wonder. I don’t know if fantasy can ever exactly be the dream that this is. Nor should it. This is Cocteau’s BELLE ET LA BETE and there will never be another of its like. I’ll love on this more next week, but it’s a release to leave you with my friends.

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  • July 12, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Battle Beyond The stars

    by cesareo

    Sybil danning... aaaah the 80's

  • July 12, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Chained Heat...

    by Polo Chavez

    Sheesh! Finally! I was about to transfer a VHS to DVD until this announcement. It's nice to see Monique Gabrielle in her prime in this one. She's definitely a hot, underrated gal from the '80s.

  • July 12, 2011, 5:52 a.m. CST

    So Harry, did your nephew like the Maggot rape scene?

    by judderman

    in Galaxy of Terror?

  • July 12, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I had noone to care about and that makes a thriller unengaging

    by ballyhoo

    Christopher McQuarrie would disagree with you, as would I.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:11 a.m. CST

    CHAINED HEAT, then give us a bluray of SAVAGE STREETS

    by Spandau Belly

    Linda Blair did some hilarious trash back in the day. I kinda keep hoping somebody will come up with a movie like this for Lindsay Lohan.

  • we must feel sorry.great. and people award this kind of movies but feel offended with movies like Serbian Film? what a fucking hypocrisy.

  • of an early 90s movie of that genre,where three hot women are having a summer vacation in Turkey where they get caught with drugs and then they are sentenced to prison? there the guards and warden keep raping them until they manage to kill them and escape.i remember a scene where one of the girls cuts the dick of the warden.ouch. it something like the female version of Midnight Express but with a lot of nude tits.

  • I snagged a copy of this disc last week and BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS never looked better, and probably won't ever look better than this SHOUT Blu-ray. Even the sometimes gritty and jittery VFX are revealed to be much better than originally shown in theaters and, yes, James Cameron's milk crate and foam padding art direction is now sharp as a tack. Bravo! My only gripes are that the music score still sounds a bit hollow (compared to the soundtrack CD) and the documentary makes some of the interviewees faces look a bit red and blotchy. There's also a shorter, but great, interview with Richard Thomas in which he makes no bones about his role, the production and Sybil Danning's wardrobe malfunctions. The prior DVD's commentaries are re-included, so this Blu's a keeper.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Naked : David Thewlis is the greatest actor because.....

    by dalcross

    In Dragonheart, he pulls off the "peasants are revolting" gag with a straight face, which I doubt even Larry Olivier could manage. Anyone tell me if the BBTS blu is region free please?

  • July 12, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Courtroom Dramas... the most boring genre next to rom-coms

    by Autodidact

    I just can't get into courtroom dramas. If I go the rest of my life without seeing the inside of a court, real or virtual, I'll be happy.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Harry, Let's Be Real

    by lagomorph

    You wrote of Paranormal Activity that it was "one of the scariest at home viewing experiences ever." Will you stand by those words today? List for me the all time scariest at home viewing experiences and Paranormal Activity's ranking if you would because if you're gonna call out Steve O'Brien you should be held accountable too.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Was it me or was this weeks collum more incoherent that usual?

    by moorE12

  • July 12, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    the big sequence at the end... it's better done here...

    by DadTimesTwo

    I really enjoyed Insidious, although I thought the movie went off the rails at the end. Your comment about the big sequence at the end being better done on the DVD release made me wonder: is this a different version of the movie?

  • July 12, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Met Amber Lynn, very briefly and oddly

    by Hipshot

    I was attending an acting workshop in Hollywood taught by Bebe Besche (one of those Hollywood "acting as personal exploration" type things) and Ginger Lynn was attending. We ended up partnering together doing acting exercises, and on the second day, Amber Lynn dropped by. Ginger was short, really cute, oddly self-possessed and insecure at the same time. But Amber Lynn had some of the most suspicious, buttoned-down eyes I'd ever encountered. That was one armored lady, I'll tell ya. Ginger was sweet. Learned through a mutual acquaintence later than Charlie Sheen really broke her heart.

  • There are a number of reasons I'm glad I'm not you, but this one shot to the top of the list.

  • July 12, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    dadtimestwo, Harry means better than Poltergeist 2

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

  • July 12, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    new Arthur sucked

    by wattos new hat

  • This is a pale imitation. It tries, works in places splendidly, but that original was just so original and this… well it’s just the remake that reminds you how perfect it was the first time.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    SO, IT SUCKED!!!

    by THAT_SAID_THE_CHOPPAH

    Of course it did. It's Russell Brand.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Seeing Russell Brand and Jimmy Fallon (and Seth Green)...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... provide testimonials on the Monty Python documentary led me to believe that comedy was dead and that we were pissing on the corpse.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    BRAZIL

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Harry--if you are truly a fan of the film, then you would vehemently loathe that Blu. Anything less than the International Cut is shite. You might as well watch the Sheinberg-endorsed 94 minute hack job. Plus no extras whatsoever!? That is unacceptable. For a film that has had books written about its production and material produced in the same manner, there is no reason for Brazil to receive such shoddy treatment. Any true self respecting fan first off, should own this, but should also wait for the Criterion release proper. Its happening, just as Fear and Loathing did..a shitty Universal release and then a far superior Criterion Blu. So let it be written..so let it be CHOPPED.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Allow me a moment to brag, though.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    I bought that BRAZIL Criterion box for $35 brand new and on sale back in the day. I'm gazing at it right now with a proud gleam in the eye. Haha! Suck it, bitches!

  • July 12, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Ground Zero for James Horner. Pure Bliss.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    it's sad that the new Arthur made more $ than the other comedy

    by wattos new hat

    that was released in the theatre that day 'Your Highness', which actually was written as a comdy and not some documentary about some selfish british dick head who prances around NYC without any reguards to how his asshole ways are ruining his family business and causing them to lose money that he didn't even help earn.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    the_choppah, Stop bragging.

    by JMG84

    You can get Brazil 3-disc for $12 on Amazon today. Bye!

  • July 12, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Nightmare in Badham County.........

    by Remus_Lupin

    .........is my favorite women in prison flick. Sure wish it was on Blu-Ray. Seeing a hot female inmate get her ass whipped with a belt for eating a potato was delightful.

  • It makes the film so much more interesting. Basically the lawyer has sold his soul and will do anything for a buck. Its also a fitting commentary on the rise and fall of McCounaghey the Actor. He has such promise in his early days...but it was a False Dawn. Indeed.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    jmg84

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Yeah..if you want to purchase hand-me-downs from pedophiles and smut peddlers who used the underside of the disc to wipe up after frolicking in their own semen and a bouillabaisse of oatmeal and Zatarain's Jambalaya. Could be worse..it could be a used screener from Harry's own stash that he's selling to keep the server running. CHOPPED

  • July 12, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    That means something to people of caliber like you

    by googamooga

    Somewhere Harry's elementary school English teacher is crying quietly...

  • July 12, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    The Beast Rabban is in JUNGLE WARRIORS

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Lucky Bastard. First he was in a drug induced haze that is Popeye and then went on to the fever dream of Dune. Then Jungle Warriors. And THEN he got to be slapped around by Red Sonya. Some people want to be firefighters when they grow up..I wanted to be Paul Smith just cause he was in CRIMEWAVE. The rest was just icing.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Bring on the Rose Byrne!

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    How do you cats on the 'net say it? She is teh hot?

  • July 12, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Rose Bryne has been playing Casey Athony in dreams lately..

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It starts good but then I wake up to her drowning me with her pantys around my ankles. I usually let her finish

  • July 12, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    If You Wanna Talk About "Women In Prison" Movies...

    by VirginiaGent

    You can't talk about this genre without mentioning "Women in Cell Block 7". It may not be the "Citizen Kane" of women in prison movies, but it damn sure makes you miss the days of Drive-In movies, and when the second feature was "Trip With The Teacher". Good times, my friend... good times.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Is Harry on some weird medication?

    by horato

    This column gets more incomprehensible by the week.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    George needs a reality show at the Ranch--hilarious.

    by dead youngling

    Parody himself--fake or real, I don't care. Talking to some Gungan statues and stuff.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST

    INSIDIOUS is the best horror film in YEARS

    by memento108

    Genuine scares, spooky ghosts/creatures, great atmosphere. Was a fucking refreshing surprise.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    the_choppah. A basement-dwelling loser?

    by JMG84

    I see this guy on the site all the time. What type of person finds their identity on AICN messageboards? I mean seriously. What do you do for a living? For the record, I have visited this site regularly on breaks at work for years and have posted less than 10 times.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    I don't know choppah - after Criterion put out the original

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    non-anamorphic disc set, then the new transfer single and multi-disc set, do you think they'll press yet another set for the Bluray crowd? I'd like to think so. I think it's beyond shitty that Universal is treating this as a back catalog title, and giving it a standard release along with about 15 other titles this month and next. And Harry is warning people if they buy this, they get what they get and nothing more.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST

    THINGS

    by Zillamon51

    "But look at that box art. It’s all kinds of frightening. ... This film looks evil. Absolute evil." I think it looks hilariously cheesy, but whatever. The pervy-looking fellow with the power drill makes it look like a torture porn / serial killer flick, but according to the DVD review at DVD Drive-In, it's more akin to THE EVIL DEAD. www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/t-z/things89.htm

  • July 12, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    For the week, which Harry-ism was better:

    by BangoSkank

    "That means something to people of caliber like you." Or: "This movie was a pretty terribly sold movie."

  • So did he leave behind a porn collection, or was it a porn collection based on the 'Left Behind' series? The redundancy is making my brain hurt...

  • July 12, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    jmg84

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Don't worry about me--i have an identity in the meat world. I do have lotsa free time in the silos to post my thoughts on film and such. Its what we at AICN do. Please to join us. You should know that after coming here all these years. Good for you for a having a meaningful productive life. You DO know what we say about people who brag about how much pussy they get, right? Virginally CHOPPED.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    jmg84

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    You can come to the party but you stand to the sides like a wallflower at a sixth-grader at a middle school orientation. You aint posted here all these years cause you obviously havent anything meaningful to bring to the conversation.. Your two retorts up top are Prime Evidence that with or without you commenting, The Choppah and AICN will move on without insightful comments. What were other posts, daresay I ask? "This John Carter film looks nice. And strangely I'm feeling something I've never felt before looking at that poster" Take that shit back to the Playground and drink you Yoohoo sucka.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    REC 2?

    by Stormshadow4life

    You missed it!

  • July 12, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Battle Beyond The Stars RULES!

    by THX1968

    So much crazy fun, and I think I've commented before on the tits flying around in this flick. Danning's well oiled tits are a true sight to behold. Yeah, I can't wait to get my hands on this blu. Even though it is clearly "inspired" by other stuff, it is totally it's own thing. I mean, seriously, Hollywood can't even rip itself off properly anymore. A remake of Carpenter's "The Thing", which is a remake itself? Seriously? Why do fucks keep remaking Carpenter's stuff? I know he isn't as hallowed as the beard, but no one will ever make a better "Thing", "Halloween" (fuck you Rob Zombie), or "Escape From New York". And "Arthur"? Why, why, why? There is a century of shit to remake, and we get "Arthur" and the "Thing". Give me a crazy "Seven Samurai"/"Star Wars" rip off any day. Yeah, that's the new "R" word I want to hear, the new trend instead of remake or reboot, give me rip-offs. Rip-offs at least are more original for fucks sake.

  • July 12, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    BATTLE BEYOND... does indeed rule. The CITIZEN KANE of WIP flicks is

    by djangoilbastardo

    THE BIG BIRD CAGE. And the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln!

  • July 12, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Harry is wrong- you can get the 3-Disc Brazil TODAY

    by D.Vader

    Just look!

  • July 12, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Arthur "was a pretty terribly sold movie."

    by Flip63Hole

    No, just terrible. I have no idea what Katy Perry's husband is doing staring in feature films. He really isn't a very talented "actor", if that's what you'd call him...

  • July 12, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I am definitely down with the groovy goolies, can ya dig it?

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    can ya dig it?

  • July 12, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    I know that bitching about dvd covers is as old as dirt, but

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    who's school age body did they paste Helen Mirren's face upon? That just looks wrong. And I vow, until my dying day, if I ever meet up with him in person, I will punch Russell Brand in his smug, smiling jack-o-lantern face, as hard as I possibly can, until his teeth fall like Chiclets on the street.

  • July 12, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorhal

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    No thats all Lady Helen!! She still has got it. She is more than enough lady to make Choppah's thighs quiver.

  • Been a long time since I seen them gigantic space boo-bays!

  • July 12, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    THINGS is truly the worst movie ever made

    by fuldamobil

    If ever a film deserved that title, it's Things. It's kind of mind-blowing. It kind of feels like the outtakes from someone's drunken home movies.

  • That is some lame shit like 80% of cartoons cranked out by Filmation. Should have been called Failmation.

  • July 12, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Chop, agreed, Lady Mirren has the body of a well rounded goddess

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The figure on that cover is skinnier than Garner

  • July 12, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    NObody mentioning the Buster Keaton short collection?

    by sherlock_junior

    It's friggin awesome and every movielover should be exposed to the world of Keaton. Most timeless actor/filmmaker who ever lived! The stuntwork on these shorts is also breathtaking.

  • July 12, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Aren't the Ghoulies already on dvd?

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Screw it...I'll get it just for the Alice Cooper bit.

  • July 12, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    KILLIK...

    by johnnyrandom

    ...I know you didn't just compare a classic like Naked to trash like A Serbian Film. Philistine.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    killik: since no one answered you before

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    regarding the girls getting busted for drugs in a different country.... It was Brokedown Palace. You're welcome.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Battle Beyond the Stars does NOT stand the test of time.

    by googamooga

    I remember loving it as a kid, and then when I saw it again recently...wow. There are some old cheesy movies that I love, but unfortunately for others, the memories are better than a second viewing.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    If you're older than 8 then Damnation Alley is shit

    by melonman

    I'm sick of apologists for could have been a damn balls to the wall classic. Again, look at the fucking source material. Then sit through 5 minutes of sub-TV retard action. Then fuck off.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Spot on about Battle Beyond the Stars Harry...

    by angry_spacboy

    But so wrong about Brand. The guy is a tit, and about as funny as bowel cancer.

  • Bollocks. His ability to absolutely charm me is no match for how quickly and thoroughly my hands can reflexively choke the life out of him on sight. How long can it be before that blank-eyed pair of tits divorces him and he turns back to drugs, to die of a heroin overdose? Speaking of the pair of tits... What's up with that wide-eyed, thousand-yard stare she permanently exhibits? Was she raised in a religious cult or something, because she looks like she hasn't quite managed to fully shrug off the conditioning?

  • July 12, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by BangoSkank

    I never saw Brokendown Palace, but I just don't see a PG-13 Claire Danes fllick that includes girls cutting guards dicks off and "lots of tits". But if I'm wrong, please let me know so I can Netflix that shit.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    scratchmonkey: Yes, Katy Perry was raised in a religious cult.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It's called 'Christianity.'

  • July 12, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    So seriously, what IS the scariest film since The Exorcist?

    by Hellstrom

    Its a phrase that has been abused and misused for decades...and I realize its all subjective, but I wonder if we could get a legit shortlist?

  • July 12, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    MAGGIE!

    by Ford_Fairlane

    Ewan Bremner. Epic.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Scariest film since Exorcist

    by angry_spacboy

    Halloween. John Carpenters original ofcourse, not the remake. Although that could possibly be the shittiest scary film since way before Exorcist.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Scariest film since Exorcist: Hellraiser

    by KilliK

    IT WILL TEAR YOUR SOUL APART.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Robot Chicken Star Wars: So when do we get to buy a 3pac?

    by sweeneydave

    I love my Family Guy Star Wars set. I want a box set for Star Wars Robot Chicken.

  • July 12, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    *Most timeless actor/filmmaker who ever lived!*

    by KilliK

    sorry that honor goes to Charlie Chaplin.FACT.

  • July 12, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Scariest film since The Exorcist: Really?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Scares AND shocks AND suspense...Carpenter's The Thing.

  • July 12, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Re: The Thing...AND...it holds up really, really well

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    The chest collapse still impresses, and even beats the chestburster from Alien. "You've got to be fucking kidding..." No. I'm not.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    scratchmonkey: She was Protestant Fundementalist

    by MGTHEDJ

    No jeans, no non-religious music, nights spent watching Trinity Broadcasting Network. Like many before, the woman rebelled and went completely the other way.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Harry, how old is your "nephew" that you would show him Galaxy of Terror?

    by django_il_bastardo

    Maybe next time you can show him your favorite "Serbian Film".

  • July 12, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Arthur

    by John Johnson

    The original is one of my favorite movies...and I was furious when I heard they were remaking it. I finally got the nerve to go see it at the dollar theater in Round Rock...and I came away surprised as well. No where near as fuuny and brilliant as the original...but I agree with Harry. It left me surprised and happy at some points. Russell Brand was able to win me over and while not as good as the original...maybe this will make people go watch the original and see how amazing it is! We miss you Dudley!

  • But have they really DONE more to Cocteau's print than the vague restoration done for the most recent DVD? HARRY it's your f*cking job to be telling us this - while you're WHORING for Amazon.

  • July 12, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Spaceships w/boobs = awesome

    by Darth Macchio

    Seriously. Although, I could never take John-Boy Walton as a space-jockey type. I actually saw the Walton's and could just never shake the image of John-Boy. Same for when he played the adult "Richie" in "IT" (Beep, beep John boy! Err, I mean Beep beep Richie!!). And Sybil Danning..ahh yes! America's Sylvia Krystal!!! B-movie queen with big boobs popped out in every movie. I think in Howling 3 her outfit was basically a braless leather thing with her boobs just hanging out the entire time. That = genius in my book. Although, I have to say, as a wee ratfink of the 80's, I have the warmest place in my heart for Linnea Quigley, B-movie Goddes Supreme - still the hottest fully naked punk zombie to ever grace the silver screen. Yeah, Julie Strain isn't so bad either but she's far too self-aware for my tastes. Linnea just propelled super-hottness at your face with a vengeance, whether zombiefied or demonized (the convenience store scene in Night of the Demons? my, my, MY!!!)

  • July 12, 2011, 4 p.m. CST

    ... scariest film since The Exorcist?

    by Hellstrom

    Jaws Halloween The Thing ...others?

  • July 12, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Keaton - Chaplin @ kilik

    by sherlock_junior

    Dude, you're not throw statements like that at someone who is named 'sherlocl_junior' . You just now you're taking on the OLD Chaplin vs Keaton topic and I'm not going that way, cause it's apples and oranges, I can DO state however that I love Chaplin too, but honestly think his brand of humor and acting his very typical of the age. Besides that deadpan humor works just better than forced smiles. (Chaplin smiling after performing his potatoes on forks routine just makes the joke poor). Keaton is wayyy more of a filmmaker who actualy takes his camera outside of the studio and comes up with brilliant montage, tracking shots, pov shots, experimentation with filming techniques and the most stylistic ways of shooting and performing stunts. How much more poetic than daring lifethreathening stunts for the sake of art. Did you actually see The General or any other Buster Keaton classic? Or his short films? There's more wimsy and inventive stuff going on in the house interiors in his short 'The Goat' than in Chaplin's entire oeuvre. FACTS.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Keaton - Chaplin @ kilik *edits*

    by sherlock_junior

    Dude, you're not throwing statements like that at someone who is named 'sherlock_junior' . You just now you're taking on the OLD Chaplin vs Keaton topic and I'm not going that way, cause it's apples and oranges, I can DO state however that I love Chaplin too, but honestly think his brand of humor and acting his very typical of the age. Besides that deadpan humor works just better than forced smiles. (Chaplin smiling after performing his potatoes on forks routine just makes the joke poor). Keaton is wayyy more of a filmmaker who actualy takes his camera outside of the studio and comes up with brilliant montage, tracking shots, pov shots, experimentation with filming techniques and the most stylistic ways of shooting and performing stunts. How much more poetic than daring lifethreathening stunts for the sake of art. Did you actually see The General or any other Buster Keaton classic? Or his short films? There's more wimsy and inventive stuff going on in the house interiors in his short 'The Goat' than in Chaplin's entire oeuvre. FACTS.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Scary?

    by 3774

    The 'God is in his holy temple' scenes with the priest in Poltergeist II scared me. Badly. Enough to make that movie one of my favorites, despite everything wrong with it. But then religion scares the hell out of me also, so maybe the movie isn't as powerful as i think it is. Growing up watching your family burn 'demonic' books and speak in tounges might make you run screaming for atheism, too.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Scariest movie since Exorcist?

    by Darth Macchio

    Well..perhaps dated but watching American Werewolf in London in the theater was probably the most frightening theater going experience of my life. I was a wee-rat at the time (thanks Pops for taking me to countless R flicks!!!) but that subway scene and the apartments scene - I had my hands covering my eyes and ears and just peeked through my fingers...and the dream within a dream? holy shit!!! For scary, we cannot go with jumps alone but genuine dread. And that dread usually dissipates over time with repeated viewings making it harder to recall just how that dread affected you and your appreciation of it... Remember the first time you saw Alien? How scary was that? Pretty much the entire third act of that movie is basically perfect cinematic dread!! And yes, the first time you saw Jaws? Two simple bass notes and a calm ocean surface at twilight....and all that implies... Again, not just jumps but real dread. The dread that somewhere, out of site, behind the next bulkhead corridor or under the waters of the Atlantic, death with razor sharp teeth circled slowly....ahhh, ain't horror grand??!?!?! Though, admittedly, I never considered the Exocist as particular scary. Amazingly brilliant, no question. But not cover my eyes scary...

  • July 12, 2011, 4:37 p.m. CST

    If creepiest and disturbing as all get out applies..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Audition. And the thing in the sack..?? Whoa fuck.

  • July 12, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Oh, btw...

    by 3774

    In case you perverts missed it... http://www.amazon.com/Collection-Cormans-Classics-Feature-Blu-ray/dp/B004ZKKL0A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1310506672&sr=8-2

  • July 12, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    anyone know if....

    by billyhitchcock1

    ....the battle beyond the stars blu is just A or B as well? Amazon says 'Region 1'! How 1997.

  • July 12, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    AGAIN no mention of It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World Blu?? WTF???

    by m_prevette

    One of the greatest comedies ever, a true epic, on a FANTASTIC Blu Ray transfer...and no mention??? Yeah I know it is a Wal Mart exclusive but FUCK GO TO WAL MART AND BUY THE FUCKER!!!!!!!!!! Sing praises !!!!! This brilliant, wacky , indulgent comedy masterpiece still holds up!!!

  • July 12, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Insidious was pretty cool

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    It was a LOT more creative than the standard supernatural thriller nowadays. I thought it was pretty scary at times. Total Poltergeist rip-off, but that's o.k. I guess.

  • July 12, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    rated R Chained Heat trailer on Youtube

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    http://tinyurl.com/2fttly6

  • July 12, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Scary movies

    by hspahr

    The scariest movie I ever saw after the Exorcist, was the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Originally saw it at an all but empty drive in as the third movie on the bill. Watch that shit in an almost empty drive in at 1 in the morning - WOW. I'd also like to throw in a vote for The Ring (the US remake). That movie seriously creeped me out. And continues to creep me out everytime I watch it.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    In terms of sheer, mounting dread...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...the 1978 remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers rattled the hell out of me...and I never even saw it until 2004 (the year I turned 30). Watching that one late at night less than a week before Halloween gave me a case if the heebie-jeebies that I wasn't able to shale for weeks. The skewed, shadow-drenched cinematography, the eccentric score, the performances, and, of course, that sucker-punch of an ending, which practically made me hit the ceiling. One of my favorite "eerie" movies.

  • July 12, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Suspira messed me up pretty good (not sure of the year)

    by Turingtestee

  • July 12, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    A Boy and His Dog

    by Turingtestee

    The whole movie is a set-up for the joke at the end. I swear the guy that plays the ever smiling robot in the vault is the same guy that played Hursts right-hand heavy in Deadwood.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Scary movies

    by Hellstrom

    Movies I believe had a foundational affect on me: Exorcist (demons/religion) Jaws (being eaten/in the water) Carrie (teenage angst/outcast/religion/ familyabuse) *this movie scared the shit out of me when I watched it on TV as a youngster, and my mom, after the ending said "See, thats whats happens when you make fun of people!" Halloween (psychos) Alien (HR Giger tapped into something really disturbing with the mouth raping facehugger) The Shining (family dysfunction/abuse) The Thing (isolation and body being mutilated, general freak out) Sorry to have hijacked the thread if I did... :)

  • July 12, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    It's Industrial LIGHT & Magic

    by IndyCollector

    Fat fuck.

  • July 12, 2011, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Brazil 3 disc Criterion DVD

    by Jason

    Harry said, "Let’s face it, you that 3-disc set is out of print, so if you don’t have it… you’re not likely to, without paying a pretty penny, and this is only $19." I said, "What! I have that set! It's worth major coin on ebay? Nice!" I visited ebay..... yeah, this set is going for like $5 - $20 Thanks for getting my hopes up. DVD is dead, man. It's just fucking dead. After laserdiscs killed my bank account I said never again, and now I've got a nice wall of dvds that have also gone the way of the dodo. Fucking technology, man. Shit.

  • July 12, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Kingslayer

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    DVD is dead? I think not. If you were looking at DVD as some sort of investment, I'm sorry to say you were duped. DVDs were at the right place at the right time bringing films to the masses at a low price with special features. The quality both visual and audio were lightyears ahead of VHS and LD...plus you didn't hafta flip the disc every 30 minutes. DVD also paved the way for HDTVs..we'd still be in 4:3 if it wasn't for DVD. DVD ain't going anywhere

  • July 12, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    scariest movie of all time? SHOWGIRLS

    by DementedCaver

    'nuff said

  • July 12, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    by 3774

    Until the age of 12, the only thing i had was a steady diet of OS Star Trek and Pippi Longstocking. Then on a weekend alone with my uncle, he decided to rent and show me Alien, Hellraiser, and Nightmare on Elm Street. At 12. i've never been right since. i would hope the ample red-headed man-child takes a moment to consider what he might be showing his lil' relatives. But i doubt it. Enthusiasm short-circuits common sense.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    After reading such eloquent wording every week...

    by SAILOR_RIPLEY

    I can totally see how Harry must be sought after for any hot writing assignment.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Naked contains the greatest line/rant...

    by the goose

    ...that rings so true almost 20 years on: Johnny: "You've had nature explained to you, and you're bored with it. You've had the living body explained to you, and you're bored with it. You've had the Universe explained to you, and YOU'RE BORED WITH IT! So now all you want are cheap thrills and, like, plenty of 'em, and it don't matter how tawdry or vacuous they are, as long as its new! as long as its new! as long as it FLASHES AND FUCKIN BEEPS IN FORTY FUCKIN DIFFERENT COLORS!!!" Used to drop that as a sample in my band. Great great film.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Robot Chicken Star Wars was GREAT. Episode II was even more amazing...

    by Tigger Tales

    Episode III, not so much. I eventually turned it off two thirds in.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    billyhitchcock1 - Just 'A'

    by justmyluck

  • July 13, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    BRAZIL Blu-ray

    by justmyluck

    I picked this one up since it's fairly inexpensive and contains the main cut. Apparently Gilliam's extended cut was something done specifically for Criterion and, while Universal included it in a release before, it was obviously off the menu for this Blu. Maybe that means Criterion has to do everything from scratch again and Universal must re-license it again - who knows? Then, what would a new Criterion BRAZIL Blu-ray cost, factoring a new restoration? This Universal Blu for under $20 looks and sounds fantastic and it's not the crappy happy ending version so, in a word, "worthy". As 'kingslayer' mentioned, the 3-disc set is being sold off online, and that may be the most economical way to get the other versions and extras at this point.

  • it was a fine film, and excellent performance by the lead

  • Perhaps thats why the scares come from editing tricks and noises, no budget for expensive CG effects. I was also impressed by the natural look of the cinematography and the fine acting from Bryne and Wilson, both rather underated actors. And nice to see Lin Shaye in a serious role outside of her stuff with the Farrelly brothers. She was the cunnilingus nightmare lady in Kingpin, and Cameron Diaz's ever-tanned neighbor in Something About Mary. And beside Poltergeist, I got a little feeling of The Shining in the deliberate pacing. I had problems with the astral projection and traveller explanations, and Wan's solution of Wilson walking around in the dark to represent "The Further", illustrated the low budget. There's nothing like the bravura sequence in the parking garage in Death Sentence, but I'd like to see what Wan could do with a larger budget.

  • July 13, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Re: Harry's nephew...strange movie choices for a (I believe) preteen

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    ..and the kid is up at 2am, and Harry decides it's movie time?

  • July 13, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    genderblender

    by 3774

    i've been reading this site for years, but have been ignoring the comment threads until recently (i considered them digestive noises, until digging into them recently and discovering that there's some really funny, insightful stuff). i'm only vaguely aware of Harry's choices with his nephew, but i really hope you weren't serious about that. That would be fucking awful. Rape scenes are too much for me to take. Cartoonish dominance fantasy like 'Caged Whatever' are fine for adults. Either one would probably warp a child for life, tho. i can't imagine someone being THAT irresponsible.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Got my Battle Beyond the Stars on Blu today...

    by Mo_Rephus

    ...and what do I behold? The amusement of finding that someone somewhere who had a hand in preparing the packaging f-ed up and evidently didn't realize that those two pictures of Thom Christopher in alien make-up (on the back and the inside front cover) aren't from Battle Beyond the Stars, but rather from another Roger Corman sci-fi film for which Roger borrowed effects shots from Battle Beyond the Stars for called Space Raiders. It also had the tittied spaceship and is fun, but no where near as cool as BBtS. Speaking of Space Raiders, I hope they come out with that one soon as well, though I'll likely keep my VHS to DVD custom transfer just because. The pics of Thom are the one on the far right on the back cover and the second from the bottom on the right of the inside front cover. He's holding a pistol in the one on the inside and aiming it in the one on the back.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Hey, m_prevette,

    by Mo_Rephus

    I'm with you on that one. However, it can be found right now on Amazon.com for $21.99.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Did someone delete my last comment?

    by D.Vader

    It has disappeared.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Ah I see

    by D.Vader

    The Beauty and the Beast is a preview of next week. I missed that. Perhaps that's why my previous comment was deleted?

  • July 13, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    That's really an ass excuse for a deletion

    by orcus

  • July 13, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    INSIDIOUS was satisfying.

    by blackwood

    The ghost story seems the least played out horror subgenre. Maybe because it's hard to do well, and more than any other kind of horror it needs to capture something in the human truth about living and dying that makes it resonate. But it means we have more good ghost stories that bad ones. INSIDIOUS was half a good ghost story, then it became a different kind of story, which was just okay. I think Wan and co. are pretty decent storytellers. Even if it didn't resolve as well as it started, it scratched an itch that doesn't really get scratched these days.

  • July 13, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Annual Criterion sale is on at that one place

    by MooseMalloy

    Just picked up THE THIEF OF BAGDAD.

  • July 13, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I gave Insidious a chance

    by vin_diggler

    But in the end it was a poor attempt at a Poltergeist remake. I was sold all the way until the nerdy ghost hunters showed up and it all went down hill from there. I wasted an hour and a half of my time.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    thanks for the info justmyluck...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...that sucks though :-(

  • July 14, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Scariest film since the Exorcist?

    by Shpadoinkle

    For my money that would be The Entity. Something about a woman being repeatedly raped by something she cannot see horrifies me...and that double kick pedal soundtrack was distressing too. Good work by Barbara Hershey it must be said. Honourable mentions go to Suspiria, The Eye (Japan, never saw the remake), Martyrs and (honestly) The Exorcist III: Legion. The few scares that were in Exorcist III (woman on the roof, sheet stalking the nurse across the hall) gave my many nightmares.

  • months ago?

  • July 14, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    the answer is

    by wattos new hat

    yes. but they were held back.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Groovie Ghoulies had nothing to do with The Archies

    by treadwell

    You made the connection because Filmation did both shows, and Filmation has a very prominent house style. But that's it.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    I withdraw my statement

    by treadwell

    It was a spinoff. Hush my mouf.

  • July 15, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I loved the maggot rape scene when I saw it in the theater.

    by UltraTron

    Galaxy of terror freaked me out as a small kid in the theater. Seeing Jonie crushed to death induced freakish sub-lizardbrain impulses in a young child's mind that seemed to scream- crush that bitch and fuck her with maggots. Yes Roger Corman was shaping my young mind into the masterpiece it is today.

  • July 16, 2011, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Insidious Sucks , Naked doesn't hold up so well

    by caveman

    I made it through about 45 minutes of Insidious before giving up. The first time I saw Naked I was impressed. Rewatching some of it I found it isn't nearly as apocalyptic or intellectual as it would like to be. Thewlis and the others are very fine in it however.

  • July 20, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    HAY HAIRY !!! WHERE THEE PHUCK IZ WEEK 3 DVD COLUMN ?

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    AMAZON NEEDZ MY MUNNY !!!!

  • July 31, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Naked is a stunning film

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    Thewlis and the late Cartlidge are fantastic. Thewlis is one of the greatest British actors, he's sublime. He got gypped with Dr. Moreau, was meant to be his breakout film and instead he got Frankenheimered. <P> David Thewlis, Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman, Bob Peck, Paddy Considine. A top five if ever there was one.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Nasty, agreed

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    the 1978 Bodysnatchers is right up there in my scary list. The bit with the humanoid dog, shit....<P> Another overlooked film is The Eclipse, with Ciaran Hinds. Slow paced, pondering film, with two absolutely fucking terrifying scenes. I've never been as scared.<P> With one exception. The 1989 Woman In Black adaptation by the BBC is the most horrific i've ever seen. The dread and malice in that film, it is palpable. It used to be hard to get hold of (weirdly, it only had a US release) but I think it is widely available now. If you're a horror buff, it can't be missed.<P> The only film that's really got me 'recently' was REC. Restored my faith in the genre.