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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - Last wk of Sept 2011: Judge, Ben-Hur, Keaton, Henenlotter, FOOTLOOSE, Del Toro, Bay, HGL & much much more!

Hey folks, Harry here… Even though I’m doing FANTASTIC FEST and Rehab and business meetings, I called everything off to get this week’s column to you on time! I’ll probably pay for it tomorrow, but hey – so many Fantastic Festers really made with kiss kiss due to this column. SO for all of you that love this column, here ya go. As usual the images and links will take you to AMAZON where you can choose to order and throw a small portion of the purchase price back to help support this column’s best efforts. Plus you can learn even more about the discs from the reviews on the other side of them links. Now – here we go – some great titles to close out a a FANTASTIC September! Tuesday, September 27th, 2011





EXTRACT Blu Ray

Here’s a film that was essentially hidden from you. EXTRACT is a hilarious comedy from the director of OFFICE SPACE and IDIOCRACY – both of which were initially buried, before their awesome hilarity and genius were discovered by folks that were never even given an opportunity to see the film upon initial non-releases and pathetic marketing campaigns which were funded to the tune of food stamps. It’s so aggravating to see such an incredibly talented comedic director being given the high hat by what should be helpful studio partners. ALAS. Every actor is hilarious in this. Discover it at home, as we’ve basically had to discover all of Judge’s non-animated films. Fuckers. CHECK IT OUT NOW!




GO WEST / BATTLING BUTLER Blu Ray

Buster Keaton also faced a great deal of adversity throughout his career. Especially later in his life, but KINO loves him – Thank God – and so does everyone that gives him a looksee. The real jewel on this release is this new transfer on BATTLING BUTLER which positively looks amazing on Blu-Ray. GO WEST is nice – and the better movie, but wherever they found the print for BATTLING BUTLER – just wow. My fave extra is a Hal Roach short called GO WEST from 1923 – only completely acted out by… MONKEYS!!! This is more brilliant than the whole output of the modern film industry. I’ve known of potential genius using monkeys today – but studios continue to underfund these essential simian cinema endeavours. Let our Apes and Monkeys & Gorillas tell us new tail tales! So yeah, I like monkeys!




THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE Criterion Blu

Ok – so I opened up the manilla envelope containing this – and this is a film… I was wholly unaware existed. As I read the packaging from Criterion… I found myself reaching for my knife – and removing the plastic wrap. This I had to see. 90 years ago, a Swedish filmmaker by the name of Victor Sjöström. In 1920, he decided to make a film about how the last person to die on the final stroke of midnight upon the final night of the year… that person is tasked the gather the souls of the dead, tirelessly – constantly and without rest for the next year. This is.. amazing. If you love the amazingly macabre images that this era gave us. CHECK THIS OUT! It’s really just amazing to watch. Amazing. For a cold October night, this and a cozy fire is exactly what the doctor ordered!

New digital transfer, restored in collaboration with the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute

Two scores, one by acclaimed Swedish composer Matti Bye and the other by the experimental duo KTL

Audio commentary featuring film historian Casper Tybjerg

Interview with Ingmar Bergman excerpted from the 1981 documentary Victor Sjöström: A Portrait, by Gösta Werner

The Bergman Connection, an original visual essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie on The Phantom Carriage’s influence on Bergman

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Mayersberg




BASKET CASE Blu Ray

Are you aware of Frank Henenlotter? I really hope so. I really do. It’s better if you are. If you are, my wicked sense of depraved graphically conjured sense of humor – definitely owes a bit to the genius of Frank Henenlotter. I became personally aware of Henenlotter around the same time that I saw Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE. Even though the film was from 1982. BASKET CASE is tonally an amazing horror film. The imagery is so bizarre and unreal. Really basic stop-motion at times, but the full size stuff is just gold. But it all works. The film isn’t played for laughs – though it is visually absurdist, while still being… somehow horrifyingly disturbing. This film is really – just amazing on Blu Ray! Somehow the funky filmstock translates beautifully on Blu-Ray. I’ve never seen BASKET CASE on film. The first time was a 3rd generation vhs – remember that fuzzy bad generation tape look? Yeah, to my eyes it looked like how I perceived VIDEODROME’s show within the film’s image upon a warped screen. And BASKET CASE is some VIDEODROME-y fucked up awesomery. This is an outstanding film, seek it out soon!

New full-frame HD transfer preserving the original 16mm camera ratio

New video introduction by Frank Henenlotter

Audio commentary by director Frank Henenlotter, producer Edgar

Rare outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage from the Director's

Two theatrical trailers plus TV spot

2001 video short: In Search of the Hotel Broslin

Two rare Basket Case radio spots

Gallery of Basket Case exploitation art and behind-the-scene




FOOTLOOSE Blu Ray

Ok. I love Craig Brewer’s completely modern telling of FOOTLOOSE. But when I saw FOOTLOOSE, I had just moved to Seymour, Texas – from a divorce. I was from Austin. Kids had actual discos you could go to. When I moved up there – not too far away in nearby Oklahoma, the original events that inspired the film went down… FOOTLOOSE visually, culturally & personally very much represented my High School memories. The hairstyles, the religion, the opposing music tastes. I was the kid that brought the boom box onto the band bus so we could all sing along to KNIN out of Wichita Falls. Rewatching FOOTLOOSE on this gorgeous, cheap BluRay – I just had a flood of memories pour back into my skull. That’s something that the new FOOTLOOSE can’t really do for me. Instead, I watch the new one and I see the differences between myself and a modern small time life, yet it feels absolutely genuine to me. I recognize it on drives through Texas. This Blu-Ray also is filled with extras:

- Commentary by Craig Zadan and Dean Pitchford

- Commentary by Kevin Bacon

- "Let's Dance!" Kevin Bacon on Footloose (HD)

- From Bomont to the Big Apple: An Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker (HD)

- Remembering Willard (HD)

- Kevin Bacon's Screen Test (HD)

- Kevin Bacon Costume Montage (HD)

- 2004 DVD Archive

- Theatrical Trailer (HD)




BEN-HUR – 50th Anniversary – Blu Ray

Then there’s this tiny little film. BEN-HUR. The empty pursuit of revenge. Part of what defined Christianity to me. That made me a pacifist. Taught me the evils of being colonialists. That made Charlton Heston even bigger than Moses. The Chariot race – so brilliant that action filmmakers – throwing tens upon tens of millions on some action scenes – and still coming up desperately short. Why? It isn’t THE CHARIOT RACE that’s brilliant, it’s everything that built that moment. It is a scale of filmmaking that is essentially impossible these days. I love this film so much. Miklos Rozsa’s score is what I hear in my skull when I visit cathedrals. Stephen Boyd is the fucking ASS of all times in this film. I mean, just fuck this guy. He’s so immensely uncool. The most evil Nazi ever. Just an amazing character. Then there’s Sam Jaffe and Christ! Wow! This film is the very definition of MAJESTIC. There is so much to learn through this movie. Heston’s determination to return and reclaim his family – it’s the sort of determination that tells you that you will persist. You will survive. You will not be beaten and destroyed. BEN HUR is the beginning of what I wanted to do with JOHN CARTER OF MARS – and watching this film, I really miss what Kerry Conran was going to do with it. So how awesome is this set? Look at the extras folks…

DISCS 1 AND 2: MOVIE

The 1959 Winner of a Record-Setting 11 Academy Awards®* – Including Best Picture, Actor (Charlton Heston) and Director (William Wyler) –

Restored Frame by Frame from the Original 65MM Camera Negative and Remastered in Stunning 1080p High Definition for Maximum Picture and Audio Clarity

Commentary by Film Historian T. Gene Hatcher with Charlton Heston

Music-Only Track Showcasing Miklos Rozsa’s Award-Winning Score

Theatrical Trailers

DISC 3: SPECIAL FEATURES

NEW FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY CHARLTON HESTON & BEN-HUR: A PERSONAL JOURNEY

Retrospective on the Ben-Hur Star Written and Directed by His Son Fraser C. Heston,Featuring Never-Before-Available Images and Footage from the Heston Family Archives

THE 1925 SILENT VERSION – Thames Television Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis

Vintage Documentaries Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema and Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic

Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures – Audiovisual Recreation Via Stills, Storyboards, Sketches, Music and Dialogue

Screen Tests

Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast

Newsreels

MONUMENTAL COLLECTIBLES!

CHARLTON HESTON: THE BEN-HUR DIARIES

Reproduction of Charlton Heston’s Personal and Insightful Diary from January 1958 to April 1960, Chronicling His Time Before Production Started Through the Academy Awards

EXCLUSIVE BOOK WITH RARE PHOTOS, PRODUCTION ART AND REPRODUCTIONS FROM THE ORIGINAL THEATRICAL PRESSBOOK




MIMIC The Director’s Cut Blu Ray

It has been quite some time since I’ve revisited MIMIC. The existing DVD cut of the film… which is the original theatrical cut. I had problems with. Now, the only problems I have with the film – is just the knowledge of what Guillermo wanted to do that he never had a chance to even shoot. But this cut. Now it really feels like a Guillermo Del Toro movie through and through. I remember some incredibly jarring moments in the original that felt like they absolutely did not belong. Just visually – they didn’t match the majority of the film. They felt clumsy. Well, that wasn’t part of Guillermo’s original vision. Now those are gone. Guillermo gives a great commentary taking us through this cut and some of the stories about this, his most difficult filmmaking experience to date. If nothing more, this cut and commentary illustrate exactly the depth of Guillermo’s passion for filmmaking, his ability to learn from mistakes – and just why he’s so fucking good at what he does. Definitely check this out. Much better film.

• Video Prologue with director Guillermo del Toro

• Audio commentary with director/co-writer Guillermo Del Toro

• “Reclaiming Mimic” featurette

• “A Leap In Evolution – The Creatures of Mimic” featurette

• “Back Into The Tunnels – Shooting Mimic” featurette

• Deleted scenes

• Storyboard animatics

• Gag reel

• Theatrical Trailer




TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Blu Ray

It is absolutely barebones. Just the movie. There will be a vastly more robust Blu-Ray of this coming later this year. However, if you don’t care about extras – at all. And you just want the movie looking and sounding fantastic… well this version is here for you. I imagine most families with little kids – well, they’ll insist on getting it now, but just realize – this is the cheapo money grab edition. Still amazing to watch.




THE BLOOD TRILOGY ( COLOR ME BLOOD RED / BLOOD FEAST / TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! ) Blu Ray

Very much the father of modern graphic horror… Herschell Gordon Lewis’ films creak in a beloved manner. This horror geek in me loves these films. Fuad Ramses of BLOOD FEAST – he’s like my favorite Thanksgiving Horror film host. Watching BLOOD FEAST makes me want a smoking jacket and a mixed drink and kidney bean living room tables. These films are of an era that’s just hokey and fun. Because they’re not terribly realistic on any level, I find the films to be pleasant things to watch. SOMETHING WEIRD BluRay has had a couple of great releases this week. Hope we see more. Here’s the extras:

3 audio commentaries by Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman

Outtakes

Carving Magic with William Kerwin and Harvey Korman

Blood Feast theatrical trailer

Two Thousand Maniacs theatrical trailer

Color Me Blood Red theatrical trailer

Galleries of exploitation art




A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 & 3 Blu Ray

I can’t wait to pick this up after Fantastic Fest. I really love DREAM WARRIORS – this is where I absolutely fell in love with Freddy. When he got really really surreal. When the “teens” fighting back were just awesome! I also love the 2nd film. But really, it’s 3 we all love mostest right? I haven’t heard how the prints are yet. But they’re not bereft of extras. The 2nd film has 4 featurettes, DREAM WARRIORS has 7, plus the original DOKKEN “Dream Warriors” Music Video – which I also love. It was after the third film that Freddy hit the walls of my bedroom. The idea of having powers in your dreams was something that became never ending in my dreams after this film. DREAM WARRIORS was also around the time that Dad introduced me to Winsor McKay’s LITTLE NEMO’S ADVENTURES IN SLUMBERLAND. I’ve always wanted to do the great A++ Krueger flick. The one that made full use of the grandest of dream imagery. The nightmares I love to dream of! I doubt we’ll ever see the character of Krueger really reach an epic level. Well, when some future filmmaker that loves Freddy gets to the height of popular filmmaking… perhaps then. But I don’t see it happening anytime soon.




TREASURE ISLAND

Do you remember that amazing version of TREASURE ISLAND with Charlton Heston as Long John Silver and Christian Bale was young Jim Hawkins, the bravest boy ever. And when Christopher Lee was Blind Pew? And fucking Oliver Reed as Billy Bones? YEAH! This is a fantastic telling of the tale. My fave will always be the Disney version. But then I love me some Robert Newton eye-rolling! If you’ve never seen this – SEEK IT OUT QUICKLY! It is a treasure.




TREASURES 5: THE WEST, 1898-1938

Now get ready for a time machine. With filmed images of the West going back all the way back to 1898. Think about that. Filmed images 113 years old. The lawman that captured the real WILD BUNCH doing a reenactment for cameras in 1915! A 16 minute version of TRUE GRIT before the novel was written… 101 years ago. You’ve got Clara Bow, Tom Mix, Broncho Billy… and so much more. Like what? Like this:

PROGRAM 1

The Tourists (1912, 6 min.), Mabel Normand runs amuck in Albuquerque’s Indian market.

The Sergeant (1910, 16 min.), first surviving narrative shot in Yosemite.

Salomy Jane (1914, 87 min.), Gold Rush tale with America's first Latina movie star Beatriz Michelena.

Sunshine Gatherers (1921, 10 min.), canning California fruit, in Prizmacolor.

Deschutes Driftwood (1916, 10 min.), riding the rails along the Deschutes and Columbia rivers.

“Promised Land” Barred to “Hoboes” (1936, 2 min.)

Last of the Line (1914, 26 min.), cross-cultural tragedy, with Sessue Hayakawa.

The Indian-detour (1924, 16 min.), in the Southwest on a Fred Harvey Company motor tour.

Native American in Newsreels (1921–1938, 5 min.), Indians Invade Nation’s Capitol and 4 other stories.

We Can Take It (1935, 21 min.), Civilian Conservation Corps at work.

PROGRAM 2

Over Silent Paths (1910, 16 min.), daughter avenges her father’s murder.

Life on the Circle Ranch in California (1912, 12 min.), cattle ranching in Santa Monica.

Broncho Billy and the Schoolmistress (1912, 14 min.), America’s first cowboy star courts a pistol-packing schoolmarm.

How the Cowboy Makes His Lariat (1917, 3 min.), Pedro Leon demonstrates the vaquero’s art.

Mexican Filibusters (1911, 16 min.), intrepid woman does her bit for the Mexican Revolution.

The Better Man (1912, 12 min.), Mexican bandit proves his worth.

Ammunition Smuggling on the Mexican Border (1914, 41 min.), Texas sheriff reenacts kidnapping by revolutionists.

Lake Tahoe, Land of the Sky (1916, 6 min.), travelogue celebrating the new auto road.

Mantrap (1926, 71 min.), wilderness comedy with Clara Bow and a woman-hating attorney.

From The Golden West (1938, 8 min.), oil wells, drive-ins, and more in Kodachrome home movies.

PROGRAM 3

Lady of the Dug-Out (1918, 64 min.), Al Jennings plays himself as a bank robber with a heart of gold.

From Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaw (1915, 13 min.), Bill Tilghman reenacts his capture of the Wild Bunch.

The Girl Ranchers (1913, 14 min.), comedy in which sisters inherit the Rough Neck Ranch.

Legal Advice (1916, 13 min.), Tom Mix falls for a lady attorney.

From Womanhandled (1925, 55 min.), sparkling Gregory La Cava in which a modern ranch poses as the Old West to fool New Yorkers.

Beauty Spots in America: Castle Hot Springs, Arizona (1916, 6 min.), spa for the rich and famous.

Romance of Water (1931, 10 min.), how L.A. got its water.

A New Miracle in the Desert (1935, 1 min.), bringing Colorado River water to California.

The West in Promotional Travelogues (1898–1920, 22 min.), tours in 7 states, including Seeing Yosemite with David A. Curry.




GODFATHER OF GORE: THE HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS Documentary

If you’re not sure if you want the triple feature quite yet, check out this documentary on Herschell Gordon Lewis. You’ll foster an appreciation and an education for how HG changed horror films forever. The influence of this man’s work is actually pretty amazing. The documentary is fun, insightful and a great quicky education about a man, that many of us have been reading about for most of our lives. The way my dad described his films… just scariest things ever to a kid.




ANOTHER TAKE ON CATHERINE

So yeah… this does it for me. I’m sorry. I’m really not sorry.




GAMERA – Triple Feature Collector’s Edition Blu Ray

Ok – so sometimes being the awesome Uncle that I am… I plan things perfectly. Right now, my nephew fucking loves him some fire breathing flying killer giant turtle action! But all he’s seen. All he knows about… are the OLD films. This Blu Ray set is of the R-rated badass fucking 90’s editions. That’s GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE, GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION and GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS. I’ve been waiting on these 3 to hit on Blu Ray – so his mind can be properly blown completely out the back of his skull. These movies are like lighting a bonfire of awesome for kids that dream of giant monsters. I have the discs, but haven’t had a chance to put them in yet. I’m saving it for Gio!




CARLOS Criterion Blu

Prior to Osama Bin Laden, who Carlos the Jackal would’ve eaten for breakfast btw, the most infamous and famous terrorist ever was CARLOS. Director Olivier Assayas made this mini-series about CARLOS starring the amazing Edgar Ramirez as a total badass. This is fantastic on Blu. Such a great long-form film experience. Great work. Criterion does it right, here’s the supplementals:

New digital transfer, supervised and approved by directors of photography Denis Lenoir and Yorick Le Saux, with DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition

New video interviews with director Olivier Assayas, Lenoir, Le Saux, and actor Édgar Ramírez

Twenty-minute making-of documentary on the film’s OPEC raid scene

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Colin MacCabe and Greil Marcus, plus biographies on selected historical figures portrayed in the film, written by the film’s historical adviser, Stephen Smith

Much more!




TORSO Blu Ray

On this Blu Ray – you’re going to get a stunning film transfer of the uncensored U.S. English Language cut of the film… and the even longer and superior Italian cut by Director Sergio Martino himself. You’ll have Eli Roth making sweet camera love to the film. Which is sweet of him. But if you’ve never seen TORSO – it’s sort of like – if Russ Meyer’s disturbing males were cast in a film opposite the women of Roger Vadim’s taste level, then you took the David Cronenberg serial killer from NIGHT BREED – and you had them tell a sexy graphic and brutally stylized version of the tale with incredibly hot Italian clothes, hair and makeup from the stunning Seventies. This film is kind of fucking epic. I love it. LOVE THE FILM. The interracial lesbian scene is one of the great hot teases of the Giallo world. YOU MUST CHECK THIS OUT IMMEDIATELY!!!




HERCULOIDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!




That’s it for this month, to kick off next month we’ll be watching THE LION KING on Blu, FAST FIVE, PULP FICTION on Blu, JACKIE BROWN on Blu, SCREAM 4, AFRICAN CATS, DEAD ALIVE Blu Ray, PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE Blu, CINEMA PARADISO Blu, THE WALKING DEAD: 1st Season deluxe Blu Ray set, CIDER HOUSE RULES Blu, ALMOST FAMOUS Blu, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Blu, HARAKIRI Criterion Blu, SPACE JAM Blu, SUBMARINE, PLANET EARTH Limited Edition Blu, SALO OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM Criterion Blu, THE PEE WEE HERMAN SHOW on Broadway Blu, DAFT PUNK: INTERSTELLA 5555 Blu Ray, GRANDVIEW USA, AMER Blu, I’M A CYBORG BUT THAT’S OK, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN Blu, THE LONG SLOW DEATH OF A TWENTY-SOMETHING and that’s about it.

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  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Wait, there's a treasure Island movie with young Christian Bale?

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    Might have to check that one out, although they could've put a bit of effort into the DVD cover, I really can't stand 5 minute photoshop jobs.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Those Gamera movies from the 90s are R-rated?

    by Autodidact

    Wow, intense. I'll have to check 'em out.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Christian Bale ?

    by spyro

    I think you mean Brian Cox ?

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    Mimic!!

    by JADSTERSDAD

    Region-free? And if not, will we get in UK? Sweet news.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I believe it was FOOTLOOSE that inspired the famous SIX DEGREES OF BRIAN COX movie trivia game. Of course with BASKET CASE it's only one degree. Yes, in case you were wondering, that is Brian in the basket.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:40 a.m. CST

    getting torso today.

    by billyhitchcock1

    The Shameless dvd though, not the bluray. Eli Roth should be banned from appearing on any home videos apart from his own :-)

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    I saw Extract in theat. and it sucked balls.

    by The_Ritty

    Only funny thing was Ben Affleck calling the guy johnny horsecock.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:53 a.m. CST

    TF3: Dark Of The Moon

    by eveelcapitalist

    Harry, will that TF3 release also get a more robust standard DVD release? For those of us who haven't gone flat screen high-def knock yer socks off yet. Unless you're feeling generous and want to just, I don't know, GIVE me a big high-def knock yer socks off entertainment center. You beautiful, handsome devil you.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Carlos is terrific

    by melonman

    The movie - not the man

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Interested in alt version of Mimic

    by melonman

    Although I'm getting more and more sceptical of directors cuts

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Elm Street

    by Bouncy X

    the extras on those discs are just segments taken from the encyclopedia disc that came with the 1999 box set. i'm not surprised since New Line has become a shadow of its former self since WB gobbled it up and they've proven they dont care about the franchise the way New Line/Bob Shaye did. i'm still gonna wait and hopelessly hope for a complete series collection whenever the rest hit blu but yeah.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    EPIC FAILURE

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    No inside jokes to decipher this week.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Back to TV with you, Jason Bateman...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Loved him in AD but his transition to film hasn't been very welcoming. He's playing Michael Bluth in all of his movies, dammit!

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Err, exactly which generation did FOOTLOOSE define?!

    by BenBraddock

    It sure as shit weren't mine..

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Cool...

    by 3774

    ...you caught me off guard with the wonderfully-sounding Phantom Carriage. That's rare, and I love it when it happens. And as far as NoES 2 & 3 go, no. For me there is the original, and New Nightmare. The schlocky crap in between do not exist. Neither does the remake. But to each their own...

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Dream Warriors!

    by Clara Roberts

    I love that movie and one of these days I'd love to plaster the kickass film poster where the Dream Warriors advance on Freddy's Head in the background... just awesome. I kind of remember seeing the theatrical version of Mimic and soon kind of forgetting about it but I might have to give the director's cut a try. And R-Rated Man in Suit films? Wha...???

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I remember Herculoids

    by i_got_worms

    Damn things gave me terrible trouble until I got some ointment to treat them.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Extract is enjoyable

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    better than Idiocracy but not up to the standard of Office Space. Brian Cox as the seductress scam artist was sexy as hell.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Mike Judge is talented, but EXTRACT is a failure

    by Spandau Belly

    The movie is a mess. It seems like it's aiming more for dramedy, but still, the laughs were very few and far between.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    No WAY are those Gamera movies rated R.

    by white_vader

    Watched the first two with my boy. They're PG at best. Haven't seen the third, but hard to believe they'd go R. And besides, an R-rated Gamera movie? Doesn't that make you think someone at Amazon made a typo in the specs (the synopses say not rated - I checked through the Digital Bits link) or maybe a dodgy press release even for a minute? Oh. Of course it doesn't. If you're Harold. Not one call?

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    EXTRACTing...

    by Darkman

    I also caught the film in theaters (opening day, as a matter of fact). Not quite YEAR ONE unbearable, but it is easily the least of Judge's live-action films. Ben Affleck and the Simmonses (J.K. and Gene) had some great moments, but most of the characters were too goddamned annoying and/or stupid, which worked in IDIOCRACY, but not in a more realistic comedy like this one (in particular, I wanted to murder Beth Grant's character).

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Also did not like Extract

    by SifoDyasJr

    I love Mike Judge, but this one really didn't work for me at all. Plus, it had a decent size theater release, so it bombed legitimately.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the heads up on PHANTOM CARRIAGE,Harry.

    by xavier masterson

    Had never heard of it, but the synopsis mixed with the time period of film making is already conjuring up some delectable imagery in my head. Sounds like a must see(and I'd imagine a must own) for me.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Torso on Blu holy Fuck

    by sunwukong86

    I never thought I would see that on blu ray

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 8:30 a.m. CST

    @Xavier Totally Agree!

    by Candice

    I definitely want to see Phantom Carriage after reading that review! Although I had no intention of buying Transformers, it's awesome to know that there's no extras on the DVD. Michael Bay is a right bastard. Thanks for pulling an all-nighter for us, Harry! Really appreciate it!

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    I liked EXTRACT

    by Candice

    The scene in the guy's apartment smoking weed and getting increasingly paranoid is priceless.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Ben-Hur is pure awesomeness

    by templesweeper

    It's kind of like watching a big-budget play. The acting is over the top, sure, but it is an art form you don't see in films today. When you realize it is 50 years old it makes you drop your jaw. Love it, love it, love it. Can't wait to get it.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Cronenburg is also the killer in that Nicole Kidman Matt dillon

    by UltraTron

    flick. He's got a good iceman thing goin

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    ramming speed

    by Richie_Rich

    I was ten when this came out. It was everything I ever wanted a movie to be. And every afternoon our regular old 600 seat, CinemaScope movie palace was filled with kids let out from school to see it.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    @bodacious_crumb Jason Bateman is a character actor

    by sunwukong86

    Most comedy actors are. He wasnt playing his AD character.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    EXTRACT came out on DVD and Blu-Ray almost two years ago . . .

    by ShavedLeatherPig

    I remember my cousin got it for Christmas in 2009.

  • I said beyond words! So there's no comment....

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Slow week, but thx for the effort, Harry...

    by scrote

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Extract was marketed pretty heavily

    by Bob of the Shire

    It was not buried, let's stop making excuses for why Mike Judge's films don't do well in theaters.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:42 a.m. CST

    What are you babbling on about billybatson?

    by steve

    It's the releases for the week. I'm pretty sure Amazon isn't handpicking them based on their crappiness.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I also liked "Extract"

    by I am_NOTREAL

    but hilarious is not the word I'd use for it. Don't expect tons of belly laughs. The humor is pretty low-key stuff (also true of "Office Space," when you get down to it). But Mila Kunis is hot and she steals a sweet Gibson guitar (ES355 I think, but it's been awhile since I saw it) in the opening scene. Mila and the guitar make the movie in the first two minutes, the rest of is just good enough not to screw up the vibe from there. Not a waste of time, but I can see why it didn't rake in millions. A small movie. "Idiocracy" is still the funniest live-action Mike Judge movie, because it's the most scathing satire.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    The Amazon Extract link

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Funny thing is it's not even being sold by Amazon, but by other people on Amazon. You can pick it up at Best Buy if they've got one of those cheapy Blu Ray bins in the front (mine does and it's going for 7.99 along with Clerks, Rush Hour 3, etc.).

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Extract was decent... had the bare minimum laughs to justify watching

    by Autodidact

    But yeah I rented the blu-ray about two years ago...

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Extract is dull. Watch it for Mila Kunis, Gorgeous X's 10

    by Knobules

    She is a jaw dropping goddess.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    extract

    by robat

    was indeed quite poor. I did like Brian Cox in it though.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Dear Harry

    by drunkenmonkey73

    I have the original The Fog on blu ray bare bones, is there a special addition with extras and all. I'll definitely be having mimic

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I have an ex who looks like Mila Kunis

    by Autodidact

    Every time I see Mila Kunis I have the same reaction... "wow, looks just like [my ex]. That cunt."

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    The Long, Slow Death of a Twenty-Something

    by LLL

    Up for review next month. I hear it's awesome... but I'm probably biased. I know the guy who made it.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Idiocracy was good?

    by TheWacoKid

    Idiocracy was the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen. This is not "scathing satire" this is the same joke over and over again for almost 2 hours. This should of been a 3 minute SNL sketch at best. And it stars 2 of the least funny actors out there, Luke Wilson and Dax Shepherd. Really? First 10 minutes - Okay, I get it, stupid people procreate more then affluent smart people I guess. Fast forward to the future - The word is dumb. Rest of movie - Bad Jokes about how the world is dumb...again...and again...and again...i.e. Dax has a couch that doubles as a shitter. What scathing satire! Office Space was fantastic, Idiocracy was crap. Extract is right in the middle.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Transformers DSM....good?

    by Bent

    I recall reviews that stated they re-used footage from the first film and I don't remember one good thing written about it. But it seems you're implying it's a good film?

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Harry at least tell us you knew who Victor Sjostrom was

    by Jbud

    You really never heard of Phantom Carriage??

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Extract did suck

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    But then most of what passes for comedy these days blows.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Notice how AsimovLives is suspiciously absent from this talkback

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    and his real name is Carlos. Hmmm...

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives is called Carlos?

    by D Ropaela

    More like Carlos the Jackoff.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Choppah I don't get how you can fraternize with that crazy fuck.

    by D Ropaela

    I wonder how he functions in the real world

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Carlos is a pig farming pickle fucker!

    by D Ropaela

  • Sept. 27, 2011, noon CST

    Yes, Transformers DSM was good

    by Dreamwriter

    They used something like 5 seconds of background footage from other movies, something that is very common in the movie industry (I think it was footage from The Island, though, not another Transformers movie). Anyways, yes it was a good movie - far better than the second movie, and this time they actually made it more about the robots than the kid. It sucks they ditched the girl from the older movies for an uglier one and wrote her a more annoying part, but oh well.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    openthepodbaydoorshal

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Extract had some amusing moments, but a comedy classic? Hardly. Judge has the repeating problem of writing and casting the central character with zero personality. Ron Livingston..Luke Wilson...Jason Bateman..?? YYaawwnn. Heck, Hank Hill had more character. Office Space had classic secondary characters and a scary accurate view of office-think that helped a great deal. Idiocracy and Extract had moments (some were brilliant, such as Idiocracy's tv and product parodies), but as a whole, quite forgettable. And its a bad sign, in Extract, when the guy from Drew Carey nails the slacker character better than Ben Affleck. I've liked Bateman in Arrested and Horrible Bosses, even in The Kingdom, but in Extract, he's a black hole, sucking the energy around him.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Affleck was hilarious in Extract... but...

    by Mattman

    he was a glorified cameo and nothing else was nearly as funny.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    samuel fulmer - don't knock Best Buy's Blu Ray cheapie bin

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Picked up No Country For Old Men...not bad.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    So is there a Mimic Directors Cut on DVD or is it just blu-ray?

    by sweeneydave

    I'm not hip to this blu-ray stuff.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    EXTRACT is quite good and worth watching --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- it's weakest moments deal with the wife and neighbor character, otherwise I found it quite a refreshing take on the working man comedy, has Kunis' best role yet and a Waylon Jennings song at the end.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Basket Case is in my instant streaming queue.

    by sweeneydave

    I've been afraid to watch it.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Extract is a very solid comedy.

    by frank

    It doesn’t reach the satirical heights of Office Space or Idiocracy, but it is a pleasant and funny addition to Mike Judge’s resume. I thought the wife and neighbor were both enjoyable characters.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Not Knocking the bin

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'm just saying Extract on Blu is in there for 7.99 if someone really wants it.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I watched a movie last night called Burnt Offerings

    by sweeneydave

    with Oliver Reed. I miss that guy. For years I only knew him as Bill Sykes from the Oliver musical.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    What's in the basket?

    by disfigurehead

    I love Basket Case. I have a really old VHS copy and the DVD release from 10 years ago. I also made a custom Belial action figure.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Why the hell is openthepodbaydoorshal talking to himself?

    by D Ropaela

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Idiocracy was written by ETAN COHEN...

    by Jovani

    ...not ETHAN COEN. Although I can possibly see how the two would be confused.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    thatchicken - because I'm the only one that will answer

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    me. So lonely Cold and lonely

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    I blame the parents

    by angry_spacboy

    I mean, calling your child Carlos the Jackal, he's hardly gonna grow up to be president.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Also Jack the Ripper

    by angry_spacboy

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Finally

    by angry_spacboy

    Agreed on Dream Warriors, easily the best Elm Street.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    And Adolph Hitler. He grew up to be..

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    ADOLPH HITLER!!

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Saw basket case in theater.

    by UltraTron

    Because I rock- AND rule- sweet Suzy

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I challenge you

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    What were ma and pa Hitler thinking?!

    by angry_spacboy

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I also made a custom Belial action figure.

    by Flexfill

    That shit was a scream. That fucked up movie still haunts us to this day.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Basket Case is a great NYC movie

    by Beezbo

    Made back when 42nd Street was still 42nd Street. And thewacokid is spot-on in his assessment of Mike Judge films. Back when I rented Idiocracy, my brother called me about 20 minutes into it and I told him he had to see it. When I went back to the movie it got so painfully redundant and unfunny I didn't even get through the whole thing. Extract is barely woth it for David Koechner's hilarious neighbor and the pure hotness of Mila.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I would have to say Transformers DOTM was not that good

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    1. I never would have imagined I would think there was too much action in a movie, but the big Chicago scene just dragged on, and on, and on. 2. The violence was a little too hardcore. Sure it was between "robots" or whatever, but if I remember correctly, it still seemed like they hard "robot" entrails and a lot of "robot" blood. But neither of those thing would have bothered me that much if: 3. THEY MADE OPTIMUS SEEM TOTALLY INCOMPETENT and WORTHLESS. How are they going to let Optimus get trapped in wires. That was just stupid, and a total let down. Totally ruined any heroism he was supposed to have.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Henenlotter rules....

    by Jarek

    His best films aren't the Basket Case ones though. It's Brain Damage and Frankenhooker. Btw, Cinema Wasteland has a big Henenlotter reunion festival this weekend - all films, all crew, the man himself, all actors. Wish I was able to go. He also directed that Herschell G Lewis doc up there.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    jarek - ya beat me to it. I prefer Brain Damage to

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Basket Case also. Never saw Frankenhooker though.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah, part 3: Dream Warriors was my main Freddy movie

    by Autodidact

    I saw part 1 and 2 a lot, but I must have watched part 3 about thirty times over a few years on recorded VHS. And every single time I'd get queasy when Freddy would "marionette" the one guy with his own muscle fibers. Thinking about it right now, I could probably go puke. I really got into Elm Street part 4 based mainly on reading an interview with the director in Fangoria. Funny thing, after part 4, even as a little kid I felt Freddy was played out, and was completely disinterested in parts 5 and 6, never being able to even focus on them for more than ten minutes when they'd come on the movie channel. I got New Nightmare on PPV when it was fairly new, and it was okay I guess. I liked Freddy vs Jason. It was really over the top and used a lot of what was good and iconic from both series. I think Freddy vs Jason did a lot more justice to Jason than it did to Freddy. It kinda made Freddy look like a clown, getting many of his kills stolen by Jason.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    My cousin was in Nightmare 4: Dream Master

    by sweeneydave

    He was the idiot boyfriend/football player. My mom made us watch it when I was 10. I was raised pretty conservative so at the time it was the most horrifying and disturbing thing I had ever witnessed. But of course it was required watching in my family because a relative was in it.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    I love the bin

    by Autodidact

    I can remember what I paid for every single blu-ray and almost every DVD I own. Almost invariably, the titles I pick up for $10 or less out of a bin on impulse and already own on DVD are the ones I get the most joy out of (like Commando and Predator, which I have watched like every three months since getting the blu-rays). The new releases I buy on release day out of some compulsive need to own them practically never get watched (like The Dark Knight which I paid $28 for and have never made it all the way through, even though I fucking love Batman).

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Wow I have the strongest urge to watch some Elm St. right now

    by Autodidact

    Going to call up NOES 3 or 4 on streaming. Will probably turn it off after a few minutes soon as I get sick of the theme music.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I loved Robert Newtons' portrayal of Long John Silver too but,

    by Ted Knight

    nothing tops the awesome MGM B/W version with Wallace Berry playing the Long John role with sinister and comedic gusto. Jackie Cooper as young Jim Hawkins (or, Jim 'Awkins if you will) had an excellent camaraderie with the mostly adult male ruffian cast and really held his own against them. Memorable performance from veteran character actor Lionel Barrymore as Billy Bones an incessant drunk and extremely intimidating cutthroat. I'll also never forget the visceral brutality that ran through the entire picture. Some of it is shockingly violent and scary for it's time such as the way Blind Pew is severed in excruciating detail by the horse drawn carriage or Jim Hawkins being chased up the ships mast by a deranged pirate, dagger clenched between teeth, with full intent to murder Jim only then to be shot point blank in the face with a musket ball in a frantic last effort by Young Jim (after having the aforementioned dagger thrown into his shoulder). Just really stands head and shoulders above modern pirate fare when comparing effeminate limp-wristed Depp performances to the rugged intimidating ones of the silver screen era.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    ultratron = Idocracy was buried by Fox (more...)

    by ClayMatthews

    They pulled the posters and everything. It was really weird. I don't know the story why. Not sure Bush was really aware enough to notice it. My wife and I REQUIRE our kids to see that movie before they graduate high school.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Trasnformers 3: Optimus Gets Tangled Up In Wires for 40 Minutes

    by Mattman

    I watched it again recently. The first half is like a zany comedy, and certainly funnier than Hangover. The last half is a great prolonged action sequence. The 3D element actually enhanced this movie because it forced Bay to slow the fuck down and focus on his shots... and he's a much better action director that way. You can't take this stuff too seriously. It's retarded, but if you're drunk you'll have a stupid good time. Especially when the little robot is saying shit like, "Enjoy your new job at 7/11, dickhead!"

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Ben Hur

    by david starling

    One of my top 5 movies of all time, and a film sadly relegated by many to Bank Holiday afternoon's - it is so much more than that!! In my view, it is the point where suddenly someone in Hollywood discovered that subtle moments placed here and there could have far more an effect that constant booms and bangs and self-important clunky scenes - it possibly is the point where the garishness of movies like The Ten Commandments (forgive me, a great film but it is very garish) discovered how to keep a beat - its almost like the moment where Led Zeppelin discovered that heaviness wasn't how hard and how loud you can play - but the movement, and the quiet moments that happened-between mattered too. I'm gabbling. I love Ben Hur because its a great story first, a superb action movie second (yet one that doesn't need to push the action sequences to the fore - it lets them happen when they need to, and it lets them breathe), and a belting cast (I notice that every time some writes about this movie that Jack Hawkins is forgotten. How sad) deliver solidly. Such a good film. As good as all the other releases are this week (and I do want to see the Director's cut of Mimic, and I want to see Basket Case again!!), I'll be buying Ben Hur.

  • I meant funnier than Hangover II. Not funnier than Hangover I.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Extract

    by Baryonyx

    Not too good. The characters make very stupid choices in the film (the protagonist pays some guy to fuck his wife?!) It's hard to care what happens to any of the people, and, well, it's just not very funny.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I've never watched BEN HUR, despite it playing on TV for ages.

    by justmyluck

    This Blu-ray may be that time...8K scan from 65mm...woot!

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Whoa, R-rated Gamera? Are you crazy, Harry?

    by Yelsaeb

    I know for a fact that not a single one of those three movies are rated R. That is all.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Mmm, Patricia Arquette in Elm St. 3

    by Mugato5150

    Many knuckle children died when I was a kid thanks to her. Never heard of Extract. Does Jason Bateman look exasperated in everything he's in?

  • Basket Case is great too though

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Heisei Gamera is "Not Rated," but certainly not R

    by Gojira_X

    Gamera 3 is the new release today, the others have been out for a while on Blu. Doesn't matter though, just check them out if you haven't seen them. Also, you aren't a hardcore Dreamcast fan unless you own Gamera 3.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Elm Street 2 is so gay...

    by Mugato5150

    It makes Brokeback Mountain look like Dirty Harry.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Harrys image..

    by dave

    Is it me or am I the only one that thinks that harry animation is even ore disturbing because it looks like Harry is an amputee

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    recut mimic??

    by IndianaPeach

    that sounds awesome! i'm buying that

  • you know, a big budget theatrically released one be better than anymore Pirates of the Caribbean?

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    is Torso worth getting?

    by strykebr

    @BillyBastoon, Harry also talks shit about a lot of releases so I wouldn't say he's a whore for Amazon at all, just gives his opinion

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    @ ultratron...

    by 3774

    Taco Bell, Taco Bell, product placement, Taco Bell!

  • http://www.lalalandrecords.com/1941.html

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Extract...

    by vicmackey1268

    boring, not funny at all, pointless, what a HUGE waste of my time...my friends redboxed it and of course when you're at a friend's house and they get their rented movie and recommend watching it...you have to agree...ugh...I've never been so grateful to have a movie end...it ruined the whole day too cuz no one liked it, so EVERYONE felt like it was a wasted evening... That and Transformers 3...dear Lord the first half of that film is THE WORST movie I've ever seen. All I kept doing was tell myself that the action had to be good, which it was, and amazing in 3D, best 3D in a live action movie ever....but the first half yikes. Also I agree with an above poster, Treasure Island should get remade, it would be fun...please no Johnny Depp though.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Mimic DC is a must purchase... TF3... Never

    by Andrew Coleman

    I basically place people who claim the TF as good in a class of their own. Basically they prove they have no real taste. The third film wasn't racist and the action had to be slowed down... Great. It was still stupid as fuck. Why in hell did they even have humans being villains when it never lead to anything. Also the first half isn't a "zany comedy". It was bull shit. Shia bitching about not finding work yet he's a robot war hero. Yet he's fucking a British super model who doesn't seem to give a shit if he's got a job or not. Um dude life isn't so bad stop bitching. SPOILER I guess... At the end where Optimus is saved by Megatron and then he just rips his head off was the funniest/dumbest thing i've seen in a while. Movie is pathetic. Only time I look forward to the reboot in three years.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    agreed...

    by vicmackey1268

    and wtf was up with the Decepticons getting the crap beaten out of them by the autobots and it's like meh, no big deal, but then a few guys with special guns shoot them in the chest and it's game over...but only when the plot wants the guns to work...sigh... The head thing was crap too, it was like a 5 second fight even though when they fought in movie 1 it took them forever. Different director and writers and possibly Jason Statham will be doing Transformers 4 in a few years, no joke...no Shia though so it's already looking up.

  • Sept. 27, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Transformers Dark of the Retardation

    by quantize

    i went into a coma from the first half...so empty were the silly tropes and dialog that not even all the money being thrown up on screen in the second half could revive me. Yeh, so what if he slowed his cutting down..he makes the dumbest fucking films on the planet..

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    on the subject of mimic.....

    by dirk123

    Mimic 3, directed by JT Petty is better. He also directed the fantastic 'The Burrowers'

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 4:52 a.m. CST

    you jaded nerds might be cynical towards the cornball comedy in Transformers

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    but you gotta remember it's a movie for kids too, they eat that shit up.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Idiocracy should have been a horror movie instead of a comedy

    by Rebel Scumb

    It's already terrifying even as a comedy. Its a strange movie, when me and my friends first watched it, I don't think we really laughed at almost any of the jokes. If anything we just found the movie supremely depressing because the fact is, it's message is pretty spot on. But as time went by I found it was a movie we were always discussing and quoting and joking about and recommending to others. That got me thinking that maybe if Judge had taken the same script, but just filmed it like a bleak dystopian scifi thriller it might have worked better. Regardless, the whole 'dumb people can outbreed smart people' was very astute, and scary.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    So people are shocked that a Luke Wilson comedy got no buzz?

    by knowthyself

    You do realize you're talking about a movie with LUKE WILSON as the leading man right. That's like wondering why Grandma's Boy got one week in theaters.

  • LOVE XXX

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    TORSO!...TORSO!!...TORSO!!!

    by djangoilbastardo

    Love that flick. Sergio Martino is second only to Argento when it comes to top notch giallo. Yeah, even over M.Bava. TORSO's a good start, now let's get some STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH, YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM & ONLY I HAVE THE KEY, THE CASE OF THE SCORPION'S TALE and ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK. Needs me some 1080p Edwige Fenech! Although, if he'd have made more than just a couple (THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE & THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES), Emilio Miraglia would most likely take that #2 spot or quite possibly rival Argento for #1. If EVELYN & RED QUEEN ever get a blu release, I'll probably camp out in front of the store.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Idiocracy should have been done in the style of Robocop(1) instead of like a comedy.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Yes.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I'm a Cyborg...

    by SuperMotherBug

    as in the Park Chan-Wook movie? I've been dying to see this and unable to find it, so that's excellent news if it's finally being released stateside...

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    What, no Brian cox?

    by baronweazle

    Must be a lame week for dvd's.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    The Walmart five dollar cheap bin is usually terrible

    by successor

    <p>I actually once saw them trying to sell "Howard the Duck" for five dollars. And I was thinking, you couldn't pay people five dollars to take that movie. So why put it in there? Though they did have "Galaxy Quest" for five bucks, so it's not all bad. And sometimes assholes throw more expensive movies into the bin just to confuse the issue.</p> <p>I wonder how Walmart's cheap bin stacks up against Best Buy's. My guess would be Best Buy's is much better.</p>

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    melonman... nah, 'Brain Damage is Henenlotter's best.

    by workshed

    Just an opinion of course, but the right one nevertheless. Also, the simul-sex scene in BC2 is always worth a giggle.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Of course, Harry was never gonna review 'Brian Damage'..!

    by workshed

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Brain Damage? More like

    by master_of_realty

    BRAIN COX

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    @successor

    by Steve weaver

    Believe it or not, wal mart has a better cheapo bin than best buy. Both do suck, but wal mart still has a better selection

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    HOLY FUCK! TREASURE ISLAND!

    by Badger23

    I never thought this would see the light of day! Now I want it on Blu-ray.

  • Fucking awesome cast, very faithful to the book IMO, great score by the Chieftains, great location shooting. I love this movie.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Re: For God's Sake, Harry ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    ... could you please start writing in complete, non-complex sentences and avoid using a "-" as a shorthand for periods, commas, colons, semi-colons or the words "and", "a", "or", "but", "in other words", "and then, this happened:", or any two-thirds of what the average person would use in a coherent, even-somewhat-thought-out statement? You have effectively invented the literary form of epilepsy.

  • Sept. 28, 2011, 10 p.m. CST

    space battleship yamato dvd

    by samoanalii

    Just wanted to know if you finally saw it Harry, and what did you think.

  • Just curious if there is a bigger pile of shit out there.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Transformers 3 is the best movie since Masters of the Universe.

    by UltraTron

    From the opening music notes you are in for the funnest toy movie of all time. And Shia gets double stomped in the chest- nothing but a great movie here folks. See in 3D IMAX or pay Disney to let you screen it in one of the startours simulators for maximum effect. It won't cost as much as you think in the current economy

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Best toy movie I meant

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Brain Cox was excellent as Caine

    by flax

    in Ripley Scott's ALIENS.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Re: ultratron

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Really? Out of all the FRIDAY THE 13TH sequels, THE FINAL CHAPTER is the one you think is bad? So A NEW BEGINNING, JASON TAKES NEW YORK or JASON X were fine? Unless you were actually talking about FREDDY'S DEAD, in which case, yeah, that was pretty fucking awful.</p><p> Oh, and NIGHTMARE 2 was beyond gay. They couldn't have been heavier with the homoerotic subtext if the entire cast had performed in drag.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Successor

    by eustisclay

    ...not necessarily. I've seen some good films in the Walmart bin. My only complaint is they are usually films that I'd bought years before. But I've picked up The Dead Zone from their bin(I'd bought the original bare bones edition years before and didn't want to double dip, but when they had the special edition for 5 bucks, I jumped). I've bought several from both retailers. Walmart has more lame movies, but then again, they have a heck of a lot more 5 bucks than Best Buy. BB's bin is pretty small. Walmart's in much bigger plus they usually have more cheapies on the shelfs.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    For the love of god . . .

    by chewyou812

    Will you please hire an editor? I love what you have to say about films and enjoy your column, but the grammar usage is god awful.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    chewyou812 get with the fucking times

    by Mel

    The internet has changed grammar. Go read a novel if you want proper grammar and punctuation.

  • A lot funnier than recent Apatow movies.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I just can't get past Cox playing Hitler in WWII

    by Nick

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Loved Office Space and Idiocracy . . . hated Extract

    by Turingtestee

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Creature design in Mimic

    by Turingtestee

    Pulled off the premise perfectly. I remember being skeptical when I saw the first trailer, but blown away when I saw how well realized they were. Actual knowledge of and love for entomology went into those effects. Cant wait to check out that DC.

  • Sept. 29, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Extract is an average comedy imo that is worth checking out

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Sept. 30, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Best Buy Blu-ray Bin

    by dicbeaks

    I work the media section at Best Buy and the Extract Blu-ray was mis-marked. It is now $10.99.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ, harry!!!!!!!!!!

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    How can it be possible that someone who writes as much as you d; someone who actually makes a living writing; how can it possible that your writing gets worse and worse as time goes on? These are Not sentences: The empty pursuit of revenge. Part of what defined Christianity to me. That made me a pacifist. Taught me the evils of being colonialists. That made Charlton Heston even bigger than Moses. ALAS. Every actor is hilarious in this. Have you ever heard of a comma? Seriously, that's just one small pull from one review. My seven year old nephew has a firmer grasp of sentence structure than you do. I know that everyone makes fun of the way you write but this is just pathetic. Oh, and now you are claiming to have been present in the town in which the real events that inspired Footloose occured? I know you feel you must bullshit everyone who reads your column to make them believe you have this mystical connection with every film you saw in your childhood and adolescence, but why? Who are you trying to impress? For the occasional reader, I see why: to extract an, "Oh wow." Fort us regular readers however, it's getting to be sad. Really sad, man. Just stop it, you're making a fool of yourself.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Dead-Alive

    by psychedelic

    Harry, is the Blu-ray release of Dead-Alive next week the complete uncut version also known as Braindead? If you could make a note of it in next week's column that'd be cool. Fantastic Fest was awesome, as always.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Armageddonproductions: I said Saw.

    by UltraTron

  • Oct. 5, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Yeah it's fuckin October dude.

    by UltraTron

    The one week I get all chatty and not even a new DVD blog. Site's borin miz guump. Az borin az I evah seeen

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