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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st 2 wks of Jan 2012: CONTAGION, SWASTIKA, JOHN FORD, PECKINPAH, Aussie Sexploitation & More!!!

Published at: Jan. 4, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Taking 8 days to go vacation with the family at DISNEYWORLD and UNIVERSAL’s theme parks gave me a much needed break from all things digital. Really being the first time I’ve been truly unplugged in years. The SPIDER-MAN ride at Universal’s ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE is truly spectacular! Anyway – this first week of the new year is so lacking, that I decided to go ahead and give y’all the first 2 weeks of releases all at once. Really – we don’t get a great week of releases till the final week of the month. You’ll see. As usual, the images and links take you to Amazon where you can learn more on the titles or purchase items directly from Amazon, which gives a small portion of the purchase price to help keep this column going for another year. Enjoy and thanks for reading…

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012





CONTAGION Blu-Ray

I really love CONTAGION, but I’ve got to stop watching it. Ever since I got my first screener for CONTAGION, I’ve had some lingering coughy, stuffy head funk… for pretty much the past 2 months. I begin to think about every contact that could have made me sick – and investigating the path to illness has become an idle freak out of mine. Soderbergh has made the best nightmare scenario virus film to date… The cast is absolutely electrifying. In particular – I love Kate Winslet in this film. I love how quickly the film moves, how all the different characters that we follow are compelling, with no weak links. Ordinarily in films that are structured like this, I find myself wishing that 4 or 5 of the storylines would have been jettisoned so the film could have concentrated on a single storyline. But the mystery, the problem solving, the paranoia, the opportunity and the solemn reality of the situation just absolutely captivated me. This is a superior film, fantastic work by all involved. And as evidenced by the last 2 months of 2011… I totally would’ve died.




THE GUARD Blu-Ray

This is such a good movie. Making a black comedy buddy cop flick with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle… That’s pretty much all I needed to know. Add Mark Strong into the mix and this becomes one of those have to watch films. It feels a bit like FARGO, but set upon Ireland and while the cinematic skills telling the story are not at Coen standards, the acting and fun that is being had is right up there. You do not want to miss this film, it’s aces!




DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK Blu-Ray

I love scary child peril films. I find these are cautionary tales to watch as parents – so that you learn how not to let your kids get killed by scary fucking things living in the shadows of big scary old houses that you shouldn’t fucking be messing around in, in the first place. Troy Nixey’s debut work as a film director is quite accomplished. The production design and look of this film are so drenched in atmosphere, that watching this at home on Blu-Ray affords you the ability to stop the film and stare at the artistry that has gone into it. The little girl in this is wonderful. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes… well they’re not the brightest parents in the world. Had this been Yoko & I as the parents, we’d been way the fuck out of there pronto. Can’t wait to watch this again! Going out to get the Blu in a bit.




SHARK NIGHT Blu-Ray

I haven’t seen this film yet, but I’ve heard from friends that it is either a complete waste of time, or a ridiculously fun piece of shit. I suppose I’ll probably find out eventually. I’m gonna wait to watch this on Netflix.




MILDRED PIERCE Blu Ray

I still prefer the Joan Crawford original, but Kate Winslet’s MILDRED PIERCE performance may be my favorite actress performance that I saw in 2011. She’s just fascinating to watch here. Evan Rachel Wood plays an amazing cuntish daughter in this, just absolutely the nightmare daughter of nightmare daughters. Classy soap opera stuff that I found irresistable. HBO really does knock these shows out of the park!




SHE’S ALL THAT Blu Ray

I really can’t stand this film. I know it is beloved by all manners of awesomely cool chicks I know. Like Annette Kellerman and my wife Yoko… But I can’t abide Freddie Prinze Jr and Matt Lillard. They’re like my kryptonite. Their mere presence makes me want to just hurl tomatoes. Rotten tomatoes. I was shocked to realize that Anna Paquin was in this – I just didn’t think of her as being in this film. However, this film is amazingly popular with people whose tolerance for Freddie & Matt is stomachable.




SWASTIKA

This is a fascinating documentary. Using footage shot by Hitler’s girlfriend, Eva Braun… home films shot in Technicolor, the documentary dares to provide a look at the domestic and private life of Adolph Hitler and his fellow Nazis. The documentary has no narration to provide direct context. It allows you to watch Hitler with children, dancing and being a sympathetic leader. The purpose of the film by Philippe Mora was to give us a look at the man who became the most demonized man, perhaps in history. But this footage shows Hitler, Goebbels or Albert Speers. The various “Joy through Strength” demonstrations by Eva Braun are particulary odd to behold. This film has been banned in Germany since it’s creation. Watching it is hypnotic. What you’ll find is actually a bit disturbing. Watching Nazis at play is just bizarre. Fascinating stuff though.




THE SEARCHERS / THE WILD BUNCH / HOW THE WEST WAS WON (Triple-Feature Blu Ray)

THE SEARCHERS and THE WILD BUNCH are easily 2 of the very best westerns ever shot in the history of film. HOW THE WEST WAS WON is a spectacle western, unlike any you’ve seen. You get all 3 Blu-Rays in this triple feature for under $23. That’s a deal.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012





ABC’S OF LOVE AND SEX

I watched this the day before BNAT13WOLF was to begin – and I have to say – I would’ve loved to have seen it with that audience, because this piece of Australian Sexploitation is a hysterical sexy absurdist filmmaking. There are images and scenarios created as the film is literally going through the alphabet, creating scenarios and teaching tools for every letter – in a 1970s pop-art and fun sense of progressive sexual awareness. Get some friends together and be prepared to laugh your ass off. There’s some seriously funny stuff here.




ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN Blu-Ray

Ok – the version of the Blu-Ray I have linked above is the existing BOOK Blu that was released February of last year. You see, there’s a regular edition of ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN coming out today, but it is the exact same Blu-Ray as the previous BOOK edition, but is charging $4.50 more than this original Blu-Book edition which is, frankly the better route to go – as the Book is cool in and of itself. Don’t be suckered into spending more for an inferior edition. ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN is too good to be gypped on.




MONEYBALL Blu-Ray

I like MONEYBALL, but I have to say… the numbers side of Baseball… the statistical super freaks… to me, it kills the joy of the game for me. It just feels mystical and evil. Yeah, I’m terribly old fashioned when it comes to Baseball. My favorite player is Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This just isn’t how I like to look at the game. The film is fascinating – and watching Jonah Hill and his big brain rewrite how modern Baseball gets played was very cool.




BOARDWALK EMPIRE Blu-Ray

I love BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s first season. Watched it as it came out on HBO HD – and as with all things Blu-Ray – it just looks that much better. As a life long fan of Steve Buscemi – it is fan-frickin-tastic to see him essentially headline a show like this. Scorsese done good with this show – and the cast which has Michael Pitt & Michael Shannon – along with a long line of great Gangster-esque actors and molls… just wonderful. Can’t wait to check out season 2, just haven’t had the chance to yet. The Blu-Ray has some audio commentaries, making ofs, plus PIP features on all 12 episodes and more. HBO did it up right!




KILLER ELITE Blu-Ray

Not a remake of Peckinpah’s original THE KILLER ELITE with James “The Dream” Caan. So get that out of your head. Statham and DeNiro play killers for hire. Statham retires in the pre-credits sequence, only to find DeNiro kidnapped by some Islamic bad guys that want some British SAS men responsible for the deaths of a dying bad guy’s sons… Jason must kill the 3 men responsible if he wants to free DeNiro. Clive Owen is a retired British SAS agent responsible on keeping SAS guys safe. The resulting action is pretty great. I had fun with this flick, though it never flows particularly smoothly. I did enjoy, but it is more of a rental than a purchase in my book.




1911 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-Ray

Remember THE LAST EMPEROR? Bertolucci really made a great movie out of that. 1911 – is set at the same point in history – where China changed forever. This is Jackie Chan’s 100th feature – and in it, he’s a supporting character, no matter how he is billed on the cover. The movie is epic and actually really damn good. The toppling of the Qing Dynasty is a huge story and they’ve done right by it. All fans of Jackie Chan would do good to check this out. It isn’t light-hearted fare, but it is epic.




WHEN HARRY MET SALLY Blu-Ray

The original BluRay is out of print, so they’ve reissued this ever popular title again. There really are no big extra features of any kind, but you do get this rather awesome classic tale of two unlikely friends that eventually have to fuck. Because, well guys and girls can’t be friends. Right? Sex always comes up. Right? Or did I miss the lesson here. I’ll have to watch it again. That said, I’m sticking to my original Blu. This has no perks to upgrade for.




SINNERS AND SAINTS Blu-Ray

Surprisingly not a piece of shit. When I picked this up out of my mail, I dismissed it as being a likely turd. Bored one night, I decided to give it a shot. I like Sean Patrick Flanery – and Tom Berenger always deserves the respect of your eyes. This is a pretty intense Cops and Bad Guys tale that gets really brutal. You should dig it. Director William Kaufman does quite a lot on the small budget he had to work with. Very curious to see what he does next. Definitely give it a look.




AUSTRALIA AFTER DARK

Nothing I say can possibly do this the justice that it deserves. Look at this cover and then try to imagine it going insane. Cuz that’s exactly what AUSTRALIA AFTER DARK does. This is insanity. And you won’t be able to look away.

When next you join us, we’ll be talking about THE IDES OF MARCH, ABDUCTION, REDLINE Blu, BELLE DE JOUR Criterion Blu, DEAD POETS SOCIETY Blu, TRAFFIC Criterion Blu, GOOD MORNING VIETNAM Blu, LICENSE TO DRIVE Blu, THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN Blu, DIRTY GIRL, BAD GIRLS Blu, THE LAST HARD MEN / SKY RIDERS, PROJECT X Blu, IL CAPPOTTO and that’s about it. The next week though… that’s a golden one. So good! You’ll see!

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  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck first

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    And second

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Sinners and Saints!

    by D.Vader

    Made by some Charlotte filmmakers! But not *in* Charlotte. D'oh.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The guard

    by Kill List Hammertime

    If it's anything like In Bruges it's gonna be excellent. And I'm gonna have to get Shark Night. Cos I've got a 3d tv. I'm like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark rolled into one.

  • I'm kinda surprised Quint didn't write up a story about that.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Any more reviews coming, Harry?

    by Kill List Hammertime

    They haven't exactly been coming thick and fast.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    D.Vader

    by HEADGEEK

    Yeah - waited 95 minutes to ride it. Wonderful ride. Even better was just running around Amity. It is all being tilled under for Harry Potter Land expansion... and I have to say, that's the smart decision... I just think it is a shame it had to create the end of JAWS. The captain of our boat was such a wonderful ham. When JAWS came up burnt and dying, My nephew freaked the hell out. It was awesome!

  • Was it hard to tell who was who?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Harry, re: JAWS

    by D.Vader

    Yeah I've watched a lot of the "Final rides" for JAWS today and gotten a little misty-eyed. There's one where many past Skippers, some who were the first ones on the job when the ride opened almost a decade ago, had a mini-reunion of sorts and rode it one last time. Its great to watch! But very sad too. One skipper gets very emotional at the end on her last ride. And I was sad to read the Park didn't give any fanfare for the closing the way they did Kongfrontation. No big announcement, no auctioning off of final tickets for charity, just a very quiet, ho-hum farewell from the Park (but not from the fans). I'm saddened to know I'll never get to walk in that particular Amity Island on the 4th of July ever again. Glad your nephew freaked out/loved it though!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    d.vader

    by HEADGEEK

    Universal may not have honored it, but the fans were there in legion. We were laughing at the ridiculously corny and fun Video for the Queue. The lines were huge throughout the day. UNIVERSAL has turned its back on so much of its history that it is little wonder than they have to turn to other studios to license products for exploitation in the parks. I mean, landing HARRY POTTER is a huge boon to Universal - and if they develop it right - it'll be huge for them for a very long time. Watching how the cast members interacted with the attendees showed a high degree of showmanship that truly blew anything like it at Disney away. BUT - that is all money going to push a Warner brand. Not Universal. It builds a competitor's reputation. I really feel Universal has got to do a better job with their Horror properties, which are just basically not present in their parks.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Drop The Pretense, Harry

    by Dave

    Really, you're not even trying anymore. Stop pretending that these are reviews and just make lists of shit you're hoping will sell at Amazon so you can make your cut. You're "review" of When Harry Met Sally doesn't mention anything about the replaced music - does this version have the originals? Oh, wait, you'd actually have to care to let us know things like this. Instead, your reviews provide useful comments in general about how you can pause a blu-ray, or how you felt watching something when you were a child. You, know - important stuff.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire is easily my favorite TV show

    by sunwukong86

    just an amazing show all around. Season 2 was better than any movie that came out in 2011

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Boardwalk Empire but no Justified?

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    As great as BE is, Justified is ever better, have you not watched it yet Harry?

  • Well, as long as he was under proper adult supervision that understands fragile childhood psychology. Jesus fucking Christ...

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by D.Vader

    I have a feeling Universal is putting all their eggs in other studios' baskets: Harry Potter of course is already big at the Islands of Adventure, and now Potter will have a presence at Universal Studios' too with a Hogwarts train taking you between the two parks. But then you've also got Paramount's Transformers becoming a ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. E.T. still exists at Universal Orlando, but for how long? E.T. is the only original ride left from when the park still opened, as is my understanding, since Kong, Back to the Future, and JAWS are now all gone. I'm sure Universal will have no qualms replacing that since they were fine letting JAWS go. Makes me sad. You weren't there on the very last day for the ride, were you?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Hey pink apocalypse

    by D.Vader

    Lots of movies (and rides, and haunted houses) freaked me out as a kid, but its a good sort of freak out. If it was a serious horror movie (like A Nightmare on Elm St), my dad explained how the special effects worked, what to look for, to notice the seams, etc. He made sure I understood it wasn't real and couldn't really hurt me. I'm sure film geeks do that with kids all the time. At least, I assume so. When I showed my young cousins Poltergeist, it sure freaked them the hell out, especially the scene where the researcher tears his face off in the bathroom mirror. But I told them how it was a fake head with real hands, and how it looks a bit odd and sometimes fake, and they were fascinated. All this is to say, I'm sure the JAWS freak out wasn't a major bit of psychological damage to the poor kid.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    The Spiderman ride's animation

    by sunwukong86

    I went to Universal the year the ride opened. The animation is clearly based on the 1990's cartoon. It felt a bit dated even in 2001 I think its time for an update

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Getting freaked out as a kid...

    by Kill List Hammertime

    ...is all part of growing up. Some of my best memories as a child are of me and my mates watching stuff like American Werewolf and Noes.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    JohnFordsMissingEye

    by D.Vader

    I was referring to the reopen in 1993, after malfunctions caused them to close down the Ride in 1990 and change things around.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Oops

    by D.Vader

    I edited my piece and something got lost. The Ride originally opened in 1990, but between that time and 1993, they closed it for changes bc of malfunctions. It had a grand re-opening in 1993, almost a decade ago.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:21 p.m. CST

    holy hell..

    by shrimp_shack_shooter

    ...is it 2002 already vades? My my my where has the millennium gone....

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Wow, talk about a major brainfart

    by D.Vader

    What can I say, I like to live in the past. Where's a face palm emoticon when you need one.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Stay tuned, Harry the sports nut is about to go off.....

    by Your Moms Box

    Who are your favorite football players? Joe Montana and Walter Payton? Maybe we can sit down and discuss overlooked NBA talent like Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. Just breaking your balls for the most part here, Harry, but I can't help but call bullshit on any baseball "fan" who says Babe Ruth is their favorite player of all time. Hilarious.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    RE: The Jaws Ride

    by Mission Code Z

    I watched a recent video of the ride and it conflicted with my own recollection. I remembered having the first Bruce head pop out BEFORE getting into the boathouse. I'm probably wrong on that, but it's still a great ride all the same. I wonder if part of closing it down is because it was so difficult to maintain. It always seemed down for repairs/renovations. : (

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Cool commentary HARRY.

    by shawn_h

    I loved the crap outta Contagion too, In speaking of great 2011 films...I cant wait to read your top films of 2011 list...DOT...DOT...DOT ;)

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    If you like the The Guard, check out In Bruges....

    by The_Credible_Hulk

    One of my favorites in the last five years.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Harry, you watch season 2 of Boardwalk? If so... Ending thoughts?

    by Tank Williams

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Jaws ride kind of freaked me out....as a grown man

    by drewlicious

    Of course it doesn't look real but theres something about Sharks that freak me out. I think its the mouth...they just seem bottomless. I remember when CHUD put up that concept art for "Meg." The surfer getting swallowed whole gave me nightmares.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    I once had some "head funk" going on.

    by Ted Knight

    Then my Mom came into my room and shouted: Turn that Jamiroquai shit off you little fucker!

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Lots of Australian kink for sale today I see.

    by Ted Knight

    I had no idea them Aussies were so devilishly decadent. Looks like I know where Stargrove and his house boy entourage are heading for spring break.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Sara Paxton in Shark Night.

    by Ted Knight

    Darcy has grown up nicely ...veeeeerrrry nicely

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Harry = Mr. Burns in that softball episode

    by ReportAbuse

    Where he tries to assemble a team and Smithers regretfully informs him that all the players he mentions have been dead for decades.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Saw Dont Be Afraid today as a matter of fact.

    by Ted Knight

    quite horrible Del Toro yet again centering a fantasy creature horror tale around a precocious little girl with Daddy & Mommy issues. Kept thinking of Ghoulies or better yet, Critters while watching this snoozer. At least Critters had the benefit of 80's hairband alien bounty hunters.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Contagion

    by Ted Knight

    There's a weird virus, we don't find the cure, people die in droves, then we find the cure. End of movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Jaws actually did blow up

    by Mugato5150

    There's a reason why the driver guy has a grenade launcher. Originally the driver guy fires a grenade and blows the shark up. Blood, shark bits fly in the air and get sucked down for the next ride. The problem was, the shit didn't work so they they resorted to the Jaws 2 ending.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Your favorite players are Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?!

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    LOL! Dude, you're not even 40 years old yet. You're so full of shit Harry, it's almost pathetic.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    creepythinman-returns

    by HoweHatTrick

    "Fush it"? Moron. Did you get new carpeting in your mother's basement or is it like your sex life, bare and empty?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    I think he ment to say FLUSH.

    by 3774

    Which is obvious to anyone who isn't under the age of 6, or a grammar nazi.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Poll: Personal DVD-BluRay Movie Collections

    by eloy

    What´s yours like? Quantity-wise, format-wise, content-wise. I´ve always had that curiosity about the site regulars´purchasing habits. I´m so far entering the two hundred titles mark with, I´d say, about 150 of them being Blu. I´m right now primarily concerned - obsessed, really - with 80's teen and horror flicks and with just about any franchise box-set that I come across and find at all enjoyable. How about yours?

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    The Guard is a fucking masterpiece.

    by Chang-A-Lang

    As far as dark comedies go, The Guard is as good as they get. John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson really created something special in Gerry Boyle. There is a lot to love about his performance as well as the film itself. It is equal to In Bruges in my opinion.

  • I have never seen two guys who appeared in multiple movies together be the polar opposites. Prinze is devoid of any personality and Lillard has far too much personality for both of them combined. When Prinze appears on the screen, all the energy is sucked out f the scene. When Lillard appears on the screen you go running to turn down the volume.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Well, the Babe and Lou did have the best films made of their careers.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    The Babe Ruth Story and The Pride of the Yankees are both classics. Maybe that is why Harry favors them.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    OK... soooo, here we go.

    by Jaka

    My favorite player is Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. (They were really one man!) <p> 1911 – is set at the same point in history – where China changed forever. (I'm - really not sure why - there are dashes in the middle of a perfectly good sentence.) <p> All fans of Jackie Chan would do good to check this out. (We'll change the world!) <p> Ya know what? Fuck it. I give up. It's clear that he just doesn't care.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Matthew Lillard

    by Toe Jam

    Just about shit my pants when he showed up in "The Descendants," as I hadn't known he was in it. Was afraid he'd totally derail what was an excellent movie, but he actually did quite well. Just goes to show you that a great talent like Alexander Payne can get a pitch-perfect performance out of even the most annoying actor.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    The Babe Ruth Story is not a classic

    by dukeroberts

    William Bendix is very hammy as the Babe in that movie. The Winning Team, Fear Strikes Out and The Stratton Story are all better movies than The Babe Ruth Story. Pride of the Yankees, on the other hand, is an out and out classic. And Hank Aaron is my all-time favorite player. He hit home run number 715, legitimately, without the aid of enhancing drugs, six months before I was born.

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Oddly enough...

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    ... Freddie Prinze Jr's acting was actually quite decent in the last season of "24."

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Don't be afraid of the dark

    by Tank Williams

    Could have been waaaaaaaaaay better! Stupid ending, ludacris plot holes, and they never showed the bottom of the creepy dungeon thingy... Wtf? C+ overall...

  • Jan. 4, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    @toe jam

    by Jarek

    Lillard has always been able to do well with the right creative team. SLC Punk is good proof of that.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Lillard isn't even bad in the Scooby-Doo movies

    by Jaka

    He did his job well, playing to Shaggy role. The movies just happen to be crap.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    What do Australians do after dark?

    by foles

    Growing up in Australia in the 70's meant not having a tv and having to make your own fun and if that means *rooting our native fauna so be it! At least we don't root sheep like New Zealanders! That's just wrong! Foles out *fucking

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    why no justified?

    by jsfithaca

    even if u havent watched it people would still buy it if they were reading this and didn't realize it was coming out. and great show if u haven't watched it, no boardwalk empire but its really fun. and BE season 2 will blow your mind harry

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Australians and the subject of decadence.

    by foles

    See 'What do Australians do after dark?' response. Also Aussie 'sexploitation' films like the Naked Bunyip and the Alvin Purple movies in the 70's were our way of rebelling against decades of being a half-baked version of *'pommy-land' with all it's inherent repression to the arts and especially sex! Aussies like a good beer a good laugh and a good *root and not always in that order. Foles out *England *fuck

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I agree on justified...

    by Tank Williams

    Fantastic show. Yes it's better than the highly OVER-RATED sons of anarchy

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    a really minor point perhaps, but....

    by mrbong

    when it comes to Hitler, one spells is Adolf rather than Adolph.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    nobody is commenting on these movies

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    I can't imagine why

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Traffic! Criterion! Blu-ray!

    by Knuckleduster

    FUCK! YES!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Shark Night...

    by Kirbymanly

    This film has to be seen to be believed. For example: A man gets his arm chomped off by a very CG shark. They can't move him to a hospital on their own due to massive blood loss. That's it for that character, right? According to Shark Night's insane logic? No. That's all I'm going to say because I don't want to spoil the completely ridiculous scenes that follow. This film was written by a person or people that has/have undiagnosed retardation. One more thing-- Wait for the dog.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Contagion was superb

    by Powers Boothe

    My girlfriend hated it. Apparently she expected something along the lines of that silly 90s film Outbreak. Kinda like the people who were disappointed that Drive was nothing like The Fast and The Furious. Soderbergh's one of my favourites.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    HARRY: PLEASE give us your TOP 10 of the year!!! LOVE YOUR LIST! :-)

    by silentbobafett2

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    "Ludacris" plot holes?

    by DiscoGodfather

    Unlike most self-proclaimed "grammar Nazis" I usually take a "live and let live" approach to bad internet grammar. But this one was too hard to pass up. What exactly is a "Ludacris" plot hole? Does the rapper figure into the plot in a way that no one quite explains? To whoever wrote that, sorry to call you out. I shall now resume lurking.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Harry's top 10, what are your guesses,?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    I think Hugo and I Saw the Devil will make it, if its based on presents then Green Lantern will make it

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    pink_apocalypse

    by HoweHatTrick

    Or, maybe he's a 'tard and meant to say "frush". Perhaps "fuck" or "duck" or "mango"?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Since Harry likes sports stars he never lived to see play

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Does he think George Mikan is better than Michael Jordon? For someone who loved Midnight in Paris, you sure didn't "get" it did you?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    ...the respect of your eyes.

    by scrote

    What the hell does that mean?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    WHEN HARRY MET YOKO

    by Stabby

    I'll definitely NOT have what she's having!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Matt Lillard as Shaggy

    by Autodidact

    He was fucking awesome in that role. He nailed the voice and even matched the way Shaggy slouched.

  • It just seems like to me, you might be able to entice more viewers and even possible new HBO subscribers if Season 1 Blu Ray came out before Season 2.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Contagion - the Traffic of virus films -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Divergent pockets of people involved in a global epidemic..Soderbergh even uses the same extreme use of color. Stark blues for scenes of disease and dying. Blooming orange for other scenes. Definately influenced by 12 Monkeys and The Andromeda Strain.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    chops

    by Stabby

    Who doesn't like a little Santorum dressing with their tossed salad? Midwest Teabaggers are eating that sh*t up!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Matthew Lillard as Shaggy defined a generation of actors

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Much in the same way Brando did with On the Waterfront, but even moreso.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    sam fulmer

    by Stabby

    Matt Lillard as Shaggy defined a whole new generation of hipsters much the same way the original cartoon character did, but even moreso.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    As Tony Montana said

    by Samuel Fulmer

    "I told you, to tell them you was in a Santorum... not sanitation."

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    @discogodfather

    by Tank Williams

    lu·di·crous Does that make you happy? I deeply apologize for my grammar mistake. Prick.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    @lisab

    by Tank Williams

    I agree with that... Especially the bathtub scene. It was almost torture porn for Nixey. Yes the girl was being terrorized, but the lack of suspense left me craving more. Boring.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Plot holes and ending to 'Afraid Dark' killed the movie!

    by Judge Briggs

    *Spoliers* So you're telling me that Katie Holmes gets pulled into the hole and NOBODY DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT? Hey, LET'S NOT call anyone to help? Seriously? How do you explain to Holmes' family that she vanishes? They should have gotten a jack hammers and went down there with a thousand flashlights ... but hey, that wouldn't have allowed for the ludicrous ending that was Holmes leading the creatures for some reason. Stupid.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    d.vader The Jaws ride was fun but me, My Wife and her Friend..

    by Stalkeye

    ..got a little singed by the exploding propane tank. (Ouch!) had no idea they closed it down since I was there during September.

  • Well, atleast I have a pic of me and Spidey from Universal's Marvel Shop. And where the fuck was Cap, serving patrons in his Burger joint? And Harry, you are not a true geek if you didnt take a pic of yourself near that giant "4'. Jus sayin.

  • ..twister either it was all about nothing but a exagerrated PSA about the destructive force of a tornado. Harry Potter ride was fun but the line was attrocious. (nice use of holograms too.)

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Mildred Pierce was a pretty awesome three-hour movie...

    by mr.underwater

    That went on for six. And it's padding was obviously such. Another eight minutes of Wood badly lip-synching opera? Why not? We've already had 16, what's eight more? Another Mildred/Monte sex scene? Well, we've already had three, but this is HBO, so we have to give the public what they want. Basically, what's good about it gets buried. Plus, it's ending "punchline" left a bit of a bad taste.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Are You Afraid of the Dark sucked

    by JackSlater4

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Don't be Afraid of the Dark Sucked

    by JackSlater4

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    After three and a half years on blu-ray

    by Autodidact

    I still only own about 50-60 titles. Mostly movies from the 80s and 90s which I grew up watching in mono sound on pan and scan VHS. The only thing special about my video collection is how much obscure/little-seen animation I've got. Stuff like Heavy Metal (double-dip), Fire and Ice, Starchaser The Legend of Orin, Nausicaa, etc..

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I have 114 blu-ray titles

    by JackSlater4

    I love that shit

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Has harry ever watched a baseball game from beginning to end?

    by phifty2

    I think not.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    phifty2

    by HEADGEEK

    Yeah, back in the late 80's I was a huge Atlanta Braves fan. But once the game had all the steroid issues and juicing and scandal... I just stopped caring about the game. I love the iconography of the classic eras of the game.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    BOARDWALK EMPIRE Reduced!

    by film11

    First off...for those who haven't seen the finale of Season II, you're in for a surprise! Right now the Blu-Ray Season I collection is available via Amazon for $34.99! Worth every penny! (but then, I was an extra so I'm biased,)

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're in FL, are you going to fuck the Tot Mom?

    by Roger Moon

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Well at least we can't call you a front-runner, Harry.

    by Your Moms Box

    The Braves sucked cooooooooooock in the late 80's.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I own 12 Blu

    by sunwukong86

    Only got a player in 2011, I know I'm late to the game

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    10 MINUTES!!!???

    by thelordofhell

    WE'RE GONNA BE SHARK BAIT IN 10 MINUTES!!!!

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    If you can't do rape like Irreversible did it.......

    by thelordofhell

    Then don't bother

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Choppah, you're one sad, sad little man, and very unfunny

    by FreeBeer

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    stiguy

    by jsfithaca

    i actually like SOA just as muhc as justified. SOA does have sloppy writing occasionally but i look for ward to it more than justified. both great shows however

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    choppah brilliant, am sure even beaks would have a laugh

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    yeah am sure Irreversible is still beaks number 1

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Ah, Baseball.

    by angry kitty

    I love Baseball nostalgia Took my Dad to Cooperstown back in 2009 for Father's day. We spent the weekend and toured the Hall of Fame. It was great. We spent so much time going through the exhibits- he's a child of the 1940s, so I got the first hand recollections of all the greats, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mantle, etc. There was one part I'll never forget- we watched a black and white replay of one of Mantle's games. We were the only ones in this small theater, and my Dad goes throught the play by play- memory sharp as a tack - I'll never forget that. Baseball- apple pie, the American dream. I love it all.

  • But he sure as hell is funny! Lighten up, it's fudgepack friday!

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    I found the Jaws ride very underwhelming.

    by Randy

    One of the major disappointments of universal, with Jurassic Park, cheap looking animatronics, cheesy presentation and you just get wet. The stuff outside the ride was cool, but so much better stuff at Universal.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    lol@choppah

    by Tank Williams

    First time you made me laugh. Although, rape is nothing to joke about.

  • Choppah's little list was hysterical. Some of you need to learn the value of CONTEXT. He wasn't making fun of rape (or anyone who was ever raped) at all. There is no such thing as something untouchable from comedy, so long as the funny is applied in the proper context.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    holy shit, I was at WDW same time as Harry!

    by Simpsonian

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    i think Harry's impossible to miss

    by sunwukong86

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

    @Freebeer....

    by Your Moms Box

    But he wasn't rating rape scenes, he was poking fun at -- know what? Fuck it.

  • I don't think so. Robert Wise did a much better job. Andromeda had me gripped right to the end whereas after forty minutes of Contagion I was bored senseless. One could argue that 28 Days Later is also a virus film but it still wouldn't be the best. No sir. That honour belongs to the full uncut edit of Martin Rosen's 'The Plague Dogs' (imo).

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    @yourmomsbox

    by FreeBeer

    He was rating rape scenes...and thought that would be funny...it wasnt

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Yes, but WHY was he rating rape scenes

    by Jaka

    If you don't understand that you wouldn't get why some people may find it funny.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Thank you Jaka.

    by Your Moms Box

    I ran out of steam attempting to explain it.

  • Jan. 7, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    KEEP THE POLL RUNNING PEOPLE!

    by eloy

    Autodidact, Jack Slater4, how about dvd's? How many of 'em? How about you, Choppah? Pink Apocalypse? Creepythinman? C'mon, let us know what's the stuf that actually makes us plunk down our hard-earned cash, everybody. I'm kinda amazed I, so far, happen to be the one with the largest bunch of blus, but that can't really be true. Somewhere in our midst lurks someone with a sickeningly large cinema collection that's bound to knock our collective socks off so, reveal yourself,share and make us all envious. Autodidact, since you´re also into the '80s and '90s formerly-only-in-pan-and-scan-VHS-stuff, I'm betting we've got more than a few titles in common: I've got in Blu the anthologies of Rocky, Alien, Godfather, Back to the Future, Star Wars (original trilogy only, thanks a lot), Planet of the Apes, and the Dirty Harry flicks. Also, the five-versions release of Blade Runner and the three-versions release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Any matches? Come on, guys. Share your collections.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    eloy

    by Alec.Eiffel

    I may not be a regular in the talkbacks, but I do have a pretty good sized blu-ray collection. I currently have 530 (I'm counting boxsets as one, I think if I broke down individual movies in sets it would be close to 600).

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

    by Aaron Cale

    Why the hate for Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark? I found it to be a decent Guillermo Del Toro fix, and probably the best fix we'll get before Pacific Rim. I even liked it enough to buy the Blackwood's Guide To Dangerous Fairies hardback for $16 on Amazon. And if I ever go somewhere Guillermo is signing stuff I am covered

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    alec.eiffel, double featurefan

    by eloy

    holy shit! youre counting boxsets as one? I suck, then. who gives a fuck if youre a regular or not, lets talk movies. And what is it that youre particularly interested in, if anything? And how about dvds? and vhs? Doublefeaturefan, I love Del Toro quite a bit (in very much the way I love Robert Rodriguez, even though in a lesser degree; see, I love way more their drive and general philosophy regarding movies and their art than their actual input. Although, I repeat, Rodriguez has really made more than a few flicks that I truly love and Del Toro has yet to offer me something in that league), but I gotta agree with those who felt let down by Dark. Lots- and I mean lots- of really awful script inconsistencies that, for me, sink the whole thing. Looking very much forward to Pacific Rim, though.

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    collections

    by Aaron Cale

    I have a pretty decent collection amongst my friends, nothing to boast about on the internet. I'm past 100 working on 150 for Blu-Rays and probably just but 300 or so on DVD. BD highlights are Star Wars (complete saga for me), Alien Anthology, LOTR Extended, Blade Runner 5-disc, Back To The Future trilogy, Goonies 25th Anniversary box, Nausicaa Disney release, Close Encounters Ultimate, Batman Anthology, Psycho, Forbidden Planet, Adventures Of Robin Hood, The Misfits, North By Northwest book, King Kong book, Poltergeist book, Rocky Horror book, Toy Story trilogy (not the toy chest unfortunately), Gremlins, Donner Superman, Excalibur, Jailhouse Rock, American Werewolf In London, Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, Dr. No, Princess Bride, Wild Bunch, Magnificent Seven, Maniac Cop, Vigilante, Piranha 3D in 2D, Planet Earth BBC, Red Riding Trilogy... these are the things that have been getting the most attention in 1080p for me

  • Jan. 9, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    neat shit

    by eloy

    dunno if it´s your cup of tea or not but I highly recommend the Exorcist (with theatrical and director´s cut versions) and Seven books. Pretty amazing movies to behold in HD. You´ve got a pretty nice selection- many matches with my own collection, by the way- I hope to hear how it´s adding up in these talkbacks in the future, man. Best purchase based on the price-quality ratio for myself? I got all 8 Harry Potter movies ( Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2 in tin cases- reeeeealy awesome packages) for about 6 bucks apiece!

  • Jan. 10, 2012, 9:38 p.m. CST

    hmmm

    by Greg

    600 plus DVD and 350 plus blu ray, but I wish I hadn't bought half that and saved up some money instead.

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    eloy you probably won't see this

    by Autodidact

    I'll list movies the next time this topic comes up. I personally have spent a LOT more on comics than movies... for the cost of a low-priced TPB ($15-$25) you can get a new copy of a movie on blu-ray. I've been a bit depressed comparing the stacks of TPB/GNs I've bought in the past 3 years and comparing it to the blu-ray shelf... I probably spend $5 on comics for every $1 on movies, even though I honestly have hated most of the comics I've bought in the past 3 years.

  • Jan. 11, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Killer Elite was pretty good but it's NOT a dumb action film.

    by Quake II

    The commercials sold the movie like it was Transporter 4 or Crank 3 showing nothing but Statham smashing and shooting guys. It's not that kind of movie. It's actually based on real events and I found the story pretty fascinating. Hit men, the British SAS and double agents all out to burn each other. And the fight choreography is top notch. Clive Owen and Jason Statham beat the living shit out of each other and you can actually see what's happening unlike the Borne and recent Bond flicks. Worth a look if you're sick of scriptless shaky-cam music video action movies.

  • Jan. 12, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    ^Quake II high five for that username

    by Autodidact

    Quake II was my obsession for a few months in 1998.

  • Jan. 18, 2012, 3:58 a.m. CST

    I need The Quiet Man (BEST MOVIE EVER) in Blu-ray

    by CuervoJones

    I can´t find it!