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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st wk of Feb 2012: DEADLY SPAWN, Lady & The Tramp, LOVE STORY, Angie Dickinson, Bestial-Pedophillic-Mind-Bonding and more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… with this week’s DVD Picks & Peeks column! There’s some great stuff here – and like usual the pics and links take you to Amazon, where you can learn more about the items in question or purchase the item which continues to help support this columns’ best efforts. So thank you. Now – let’s see what’s out…

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012





DEADLY SPAWN: Millennium Edition (Blu Ray)

I love this film. I never got to see it back in the day, not until it hit DVD a few years back. But THE DEADLY SPAWN was shot on Super 16mm and blown up for 35mm – which happens to result in my favorite grain for film. There’s something about that process that just makes a film look amazing. THE DEADLY SPAWN is an awesome film geeks versus an alien threat film that is geeky awesome b-movie fun. There’s commentary, behind the scenes – but mostly what you get is a outrageously fun monster in the basement flick. Why is Blu-Ray important? For one – check out the set dressing. The geek gold is everywhere. Two: I love the detail of the fun puppets and b-movie gore. This is a ridiculously fun flick. A film to watch with friends. A film to have on hand for the month of October. Really really fun stuff.




LADY AND THE TRAMP (Diamond Editions Blu Ray)

LADY AND THE TRAMP is one of the most delightful Disney films. I’ve been in love with Lady as a character for a very long time. In many ways – she acts very much like Yoko & mine’s Rosy. I love how she moves… She’s just such a lovely cocker spaniel. I love that the animators were able to give Tramp that rascally charm. In many ways, I’ve always felt that Lucas kind of mined LADY & THE TRAMP for Han Solo and Princess Leia’s relationship. Watch in EMPIRE… when Leia is awkwardly and reluctantly attracted and visually caring for Han. Carrie Fisher’s eyes… she has some of LADY in there. Like with all of Disney’s classics that they’ve beautifully placed on Blu-ray… I’m relatively certain that never in my life has LADY & THE TRAMP looked so beautiful and flawless. No dust or hairs…. No scratches. Just beautiful. My fave Disney Blu is still SLEEPING BEAUTY, but the widescreen beauty of LADY & THE TRAMP. As usual on these editions, Disney has pulled out treasures like never before seen deleted scenes and a deleted SONG! You also have the tremendous Inside Walt’s Story Meetings on Disney’s Second Screen. I haven’t dove into it on this disc yet, but on BAMBI… It was downright addicting. I’ll probably do that this weekend. Then there’s just a great making of documentary. For me, the Disney Classics are exactly that – and I must have them all. At least the ones that don’t suck, and this one really really doesn’t suck! And then there’s the greatest truth about love… Sacrifice a Meatball… with your nose and she’ll love you forever. This is true. It never fails. And the noodle kiss always rules. This is such a great little film! Especially them evil cats! For your enjoyment, here’s the deleted song, “I’M FREE”


 




THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – Part 1 (Blu-Ray)

I have a wonderful Love/Hate relationship with THE TWILIGHT SAGA. These are absolutely ridiculously goofy films… I mean, this film is literally all about one girl’s psychotic desire to fuck a glittery vampire as often as she could, until she got knocked up with some undead hybrid baby… that doesn’t seem to be glittery… but that baby has one fucking disturbing fucking stare at Jacob. It doesn’t look like a Baby Love stare either… It sort of looks like Robert Pattinson’s I FUCKING HATE YOU JACOB stare… during some bizarre Bestial-Pedophillic mental fantasy. AND YET… this movie is HUGE. Gigantic. Enormous success. And did I mention that Yoko utterly eats this shit up? Know why? Because she loves how utterly fucked up it all is. I get it. You see these type of stories told in Korean and strange Fucked up Foreign flicks – and we’re applauding and lauding, but here it is… being told to a TEENAGE crowd… and I look back and think about how my generation all kind of lost our minds for pretty much similar funk from other ages. That said… This series is meant to be seen at home where you can actively argue with the film. This is a participatory experience. My problems don’t lie at Bill Condon’s beautifully manicured toes… instead, it just goes to Stephanie Myers. This is her crazy fetish trip and MILLIONS of fans embrace it – and I kinda can see how it works. Living with one of the freaks, makes seeing the appeal very plaintive… But this is a movie to laugh at, get pissed at, howl laughing at – and just stare as you see poor Kristen Stewart – made to look like the worst MethMother ever on screen, but shot in lovely light surrounded by freakily good looking people all shooting the weirdest fucking looks at one another. And I just laugh. It’s so fucking bizarre. THIS IS MODERN BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT? Bestial-Pedophillic Mental Bonding? Glamrock Necrophilia Til The Bed Breaks? This is trash novel filmmaking at a highart and I find it ridiculously funny. The notion that it has an entirely other meaning for target audience doesn’t bother me a bit. In fact, God Bless. But for me, this is seriously ridiculous. This is crazy weird shit. I understand that the second part isn’t really about anything in particular. How’s the Blu Ray… YOU HAVE GOT TO SEE THE HILARIOUS Bella & Edward WEDDING VIDEO. It is crazy trashy lame.




Masterpiece Classic: DOWNTON ABBEY Season 2 (Blu-Ray)

Yoko has created a new kitchen nook, where she’s been watching DOWNTON ABBEY Season 2 on her iPad, because I just want to watch them all in a run on this BluRay that I’ve had for like 3 weeks. But she’s making me wait till this current season is over before we’ll watch them together. I kinda play at being slightly annoyed, but at the same time, it amuses me the level of DOWNTON ABBEY geek that Yoko is. The show is tremendous. Can’t wait for Shirley MacLaine to join the cast next season!




A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS (Blu Ray)

I’ll watch this even when it isn’t Christmas time. It’s very funny – and the first 3D BLU that really makes me want a 3D Blu set up, but I’m way too into my enormous projection screen to take the dive. However, while the 3D in this film is indeed an entirely different level of fun, watching the film in 2D managed to allow me to laugh just as often as before. Because, this is a hilarious flick. I do think this is the very best of this series of comedies.




ANONYMOUS (Blu Ray)

In advance of seeing this film, I was fairly convinced that this was some seriously silly bullshit. But I’ll be damned it was actually a pretty damn fascinating story, that I don’t believe, but if it were true, this seems like a perfectly likely scenario for why William Shakespeare is a dirty dirty fraud. But my fingers began smoking as I typed that, so that can’t be true. Rhys Ifans is fantastic here. Emmerich has, of course, shot the hell out of the story, putting you right there in the era of Shakespeare – and the result is a very captivating what if story. As a fan of Comic Books, I love “WHAT IF” stories… and I’m looking forward to this year’s big “What If” of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. The disc has commentary with the screenwriter and Emmerich. A doc on “Who is the real William Shakespeare,” and more. The cast is excellent – and I love Vanessa Redgrave’s ELIZABETH. Surprisingly solid film.




IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD (Blu Ray)

If you like your comedies rather intensely silly & goofy and old-fashioned… This film is for you. This film features Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Jonathan Winters, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Jerry Lewis, The Three Stooges, Phil Silvers, Sterling Holloway, Carl Reiner, Spencer Tracy and there’s a lot more folks. I mean, this film is just one of those movies that you watch and the constant tidal wave of talent makes the movie a delight to watch. That this film was shot in 70mm is also… resulting in a stunning Blu-Ray transfer that gives you a look at these classic stars in a manner that is just kind of breathtaking, between the laughs. I can’t recommend picking this up enough. It’s a tonic for what sometimes ails ya. There’s nearly an hour of extended scenes in Standard Def and an Hour + vintage featurette about the making of this rather amazing comedy. Enjoy!




LOVE STORY (Blu Ray )

Just a perfect film. I love LOVE STORY. I watched it last night for the first time since I’ve been married and holy fuck… Don’t do that. I wept like Brad Pitt at the box. Intellectually, I knew the story of LOVE STORY. I’d seen the film before. My mom & dad watched this a bunch when I was a kid. My great-grandfather was quite a bit like Ray Milland in LOVE STORY – so they saw it as a metaphor for them to a degree. Mom, more so. She always believed she would die early, and she did. But watching LOVE STORY, it’s such an emotionally sadistic film – and I suppose I’m an emotional masochist, because I watch, sniffled and openly wept in all the right places. Cursing myself for putting myself through the maelstrom of melancholy that this film conjures… But my god it is great. Ryan ONeil and Ali McGraw… they’re just wonderful in the film. Honest and real. I wish we had real romantic films again.




CASINO ROYALE (1967) Blu Ray

I’ve never really been able to love this film. Instead, it is a movie that I’ve stared at. Waiting for it to do something to me. Make me laugh. Piss me off. Get me going. Sadly, with the massive amount of my fave actors – it just feels a bit lifeless to me. I love Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, David Niven, Charles Boyer, John Huston, William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Ursula Andress… but I’ve never been able to enjoy them in this film. I find this incredibly odd to me, because I definitely love weird and silly shit – and this has a lot of weird and silly shit. That it satirizes James Bond should be a bonus for me, but instead… it just lays there… I haven’t seen the Blu Ray yet… I’ll pick it up because I’m a completist. However, I’m not entirely sure if my enjoyment of this disc will go further than oogling Barbara Bouchet’s Moneypenny. I prefer the Daniel Craig film of the same title. And Eva Green.




DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Blu Ray)

Have you seen this? Stephen Frears’ DANGEROUS LIAISONS is fantastic. There’s a wonderful sexual menace to this film. I’ve always loved the corseted tales of the powdered wig period. This when is sexual and scary. With Malkovich and Close as pretty sick fucks – and with Michelle Pfeiffer as… liquid sex… This garnered fistfuls of Oscar noms and the adapted screenplay won – and when you see the film, you will have no argument. Frears has a commentary on here with screenwriter Christopher Hampton, but there isn’t a lot on the extras side beyond that. Image is nice. But see this film, you’ll love it.




PROJECT NIM

So you loved RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. This is even better. Directed by James Marsh, who gave us the brilliant documentary MAN ON A WIRE a few years back, which just blew everyone away – well, he’s back with a film about a real chimp that was raised to be human. The story is, frankly, amazing. As a lover of KING KONG, the hubris of man to do something like this… well, Carl Denham had some lessons for us.




POLICE WOMAN: Complete Second Season

OUTSTANDING! I’ve seen Season 1. Just started watching Season 2 last night and it distracted me enough to not be able to finish this column for morning publication. I have to say – I have always had a crush on Angie Dickinson. Be it from the days of RIO BRAVO to the years of POLICE WOMAN or later still with DePalma! Angie is just all woman. And as POLICE WOMAN, she’s tough while remaining feminine. With co-stars like Earl Holliman and Roddy MacDowell, James Darren, Joan Collins and even more… the show is just exciting, fun, sexy and even a gritty.




LA JETEE / SANS SOLEIL (Criterion Blu)

Let me ask you something… Do you love 12 MONKEYS? If you love 12 MONKEYS you owe to yourself to check out LA JETEE, the incredibly influential science fiction short film that Criterion has put out on this BluRay with the fantastic feature SANS SOLEIL, both by Chris Marker. This is what Criterion does better than anyone. In addition to these two very influential works – you get a host of extras – my fave being Chris Marker on French TV discussing his obsession with VERTIGO. Although I do love the inclusion of Bowie’s “JUMP THEY SAY”. I’ve never see LA JETEE look this good – they’ve done a fabulous job of cleaning the dust and scratches off and giving us something really amazing.




A STAR IS BORN (Kino Blu Ray)

This is actually my favorite version of A STAR IS BORN. The subsequent tellings of the tale – well, Janet Gaynor feels like a starry-eyed farm kid to me. Whereas with Judy Garland and Barbara… I just always saw their personalities first and foremost. They were ALREADY the STAR in my eyes. Also while I love James Mason… Fredric March is just outstanding in this. Also the early color photography is just breathtaking… especially on Kino’s Blu-Ray! There’s not a lot of extras on this… Trailers, publicity materials… but the best is the Wardrobe test. It is short, but beautiful.




COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Alrighty kids… I know it is hard to sometimes get you excited for old 1930’s black & white films… but if you love V FOR VENDETTA… this is V’s favorite film, which he shows Natalie Portman on 16mm in his lair. For those of us that already knew the film, far in advance of the creation of even the comic for V FOR VENDETTA… let me tell you, I absolutely understand V’s love for the Robert Donat version of COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. It is kind of perfect. A sublime work of entertainment that thrillls like few films of today. Sadly this isn’t on Blu Ray… but it is a nicely done DVD.




KNUCKLE

There was genuine concern at Fantastic Fest 2011, that the star of this documentary, James Quinn McDonagh would actually kill Tim League at the Fantastic Fest fights. Instead, it was Copernicus that did the killing that night. But the next day, when I saw KNUCKLE at Fantastic Fest – I was fascinated by what I saw. I’m a fan of John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN – so I’ve heard of Irish Clan fist fights that last forever, but what these blokes do. It’s insane. Watching this sort of reminded me of the fist fights I’ve read about in books that would go on for a horrifyingly long time with faces beaten till they looked like Jack Palance. There’s a lot of soul here. Fighting for family pride, clan wealth and just flat out bragging rights. Really great stuff!




YAKUZA WEAPON (Blu Ray)

This is silly absurdist violence fun. I’m not always on board Sakaguchi’s films, but I’ve seen enough Yakuza films from Japan, that the parody works for me. If you’ve seen enough absurd flicks you’ll see things that’ll remind you of WHAT’S UP TIGER LILY and Seijun Suzuki work, but keep in mind, I’m not equating this film to the quality of the work of those… but it reminds you of those films at times. This is a fun drinking film for you and your friends, if you like weird crazy stuff. This is for you. Sakaguchi never fails to deliver weird shit you haven’t seen before. This is a fun film from him.




METAL SHIFTERS (Blu Ray)

This is one of those SYFY junky B-sci-fi romps. Here, strange alien shit gets on a Russian satellite and crashes in the middle of nowhere. Two opportunistic idiots take this satellite wreckage to the local junkyard to sell… The Junkyard man? He’s built something that looks like a giant killer robot. Now – he feels he has just built a golem… Until alien shit gets on it – and suddenly… it is in fact now a giant killer robot. Now the movie is ridiculous. Characters so stupid that you yell at their every decision. But that’s half the fun of these silly things. The real question is… Is there a reason to? Not particularly, but if you happen to have a Robot fetish… you’ll get a little bit of joy. But because it is SyFy it is never as hard as I would particularly like. But if you got some younger genre addicts, it’s absolutely playful fun for them.




STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR

This is a masterpiece of Film Noir. Discover Lucia Bose… she’s amazing to watch in Antonioni’s STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR. Her husband is suspicious of his young smoking hot wife’s unknown past hires a detective to dig, but as a result, it happens to reignite a past passionate relationship – which results in the plotting of the murder of her husband. What happens? Watch and see. This is a fantastic film. So captivating. Can not recommend highly enough!

That’s it for this week. Next week we’ll take a look at Depp’s RUM DIARY, HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2, THE DEAD, TAKE SHELTER, WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY, THREE OUTLAW SAMURAI Blu, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRON Blu, PERFECT WEAPON Blu, MAN IN THE IRON MASK, ROCK-A-BYE BABY, ELITE SQUAD Blu, TINY FURNITURE Criterion Blu, NUDE NUNS WITH BIG GUNS, THE GEISHA BOY blu, BOEING BOEING Blu, SWINGERS MASSACRE and that looks like it.

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  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST

    It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

    by KnightShift

    They just don't MAKE movies like that anymore...

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Any "man" that admits liking Twilight movies...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    ...should seriously question their own sexuality.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    If We Except that Twilight movie are for women..

    by MainMan2001

    ..then we must except the fact that women are completely and utterly stupid beyond all repair. These movies aren't just bad they are absolutely nothingness for 2 hrs each time out.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Just waiting for the RiffTrax take on New Moon

    by Mugato5150

    RiffTrax makes the Twilight movies bearable. Although from what I hear of the latest one, they might have their work cut out for them.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    The story of every man that admits to liking Twilight movies ...

    by Gene Cowan

    ... is because his wife and/or girlfriend is into it. Seriously. Find a dude who "got into" Twilight on his own without a chick being involved.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I wept like Brad Pitt at the box

    by TinDrummer

    This made me think a little bit. Are you referring to Se7en?

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    absolutely nothingness for 2 hrs each time out

    by Gene Cowan

    Amen, brother.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Crybaby.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Honestly! The amount of movies Harry tells us reduce him in tears must be in triple-digits. - Evidenced as well by the number of tweets describing how "tears are streaming" thanks to some movie or other. Usually the fourth one that day.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Harry, no Phantom?

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    The 25th Anniversary production was released and I figured you would have been all over that. Ramin and Sierra are the best Phantom and Christine pairing I've ever heard and I would have killed to see them on Broadway for Love Never Dies. Unfortunately that'll never happen.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Love means never having to say you're sorry...

    by honestune

    Is perhaps the worst line of dialogue in film history, and certainly the least true. I love you, Harry, I'm sorry.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Harry..

    by Kill List Hammertime

    No mention of Uma Thurman in Dangerous Liasons? Fuck Pfieffer ( and I would ) but if anyone's liquid sex in that movie it's Thurman.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    she loves how utterly fucked up it all is

    by Brian

    stop fucking lying......she just loves it...period... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...............coxxed!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    And can I just say how utterly fucking disturbing your new animated pic is.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    It's utterly fucking disturbing.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    LA JETEE is 28 minutes long

    by MooseMalloy

    FYI.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I've always wanted to see The Deadly Spawn . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . gotta seek it out . . .

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Perfect Weapon

    by John Collins

    Never mind that shit- the "Kung Fu Jew" aka Jeff Speakman-is finally coming to blu ray. Can't wait. Yes I have no life.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    "Man on Wire" was NOT brilliant

    by Toe Jam

    Am I the only one who found it insufferable? I really wanted to like it, as I'd read nothing but high praise for it. I say this as a huge fan of documentaries. Hell, within the last few weeks I've seen at least two recent documentaries -- "Senna" and "Buck" -- that blew "Man on Wire" out of the water. I'll still give "Project Nim" a look, though, as the trailer made it seem quite fascinating.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    by Jason

    ...is my all-time favorite novel. I've been wanting to see the Robert Donat movie version for ages, but have never been able to get my hands on it. I'm looking forward to having this one arrive at my doorstep this week. (I ordered The Car, starring James Brolin, at the same time to get free shipping from Amazon. So much for my classic literary adaptation elitism...)

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Toe Jam - MAN ON WIRE was brilliant.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    No offense, but for you to have found that film "insufferable"...it calls into question the status of your soul. Seriously, the film managed to do something I would have thought impossible: it gave me a new and wonderful memory of the WTC; one that makes me want to believe more in Man's better nature...as opposed to the other one.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    mainman2001

    by Fart Magnus

    I think you mean accept, not except. Not as egregious or commonplace as the new American parlance where then and than and too and to are apparently interchangeable.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Kristen's hotness makes watching ok...

    by MagicJesus

    even though she peaked in Panic Room.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Love means Never having to say you're Sorry

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    that you fell asleep during INCEPTION.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Love means Never having to say you're Sorry

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    that you can't tell the difference between Ian Holm and Brian Cox.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Disney knows their guidos

    by Mel

    Fat, playing an accordion, serving up a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, big mustache...mama mia!!

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 10:37 p.m. CST

    toe jam, you aren't alone. I found it long and boring.

    by detinue

    While the actual act of tightrope walking between the twin towers was astonishing; the plodding, by-the-numbers, no detail too small or tangential to be left out build up was mind-numbingly dull. I'm actually amazed that the filmmakers managed to make a movie that lifeless from a subject so inherently exciting.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Crappy DVD week. Think I'm gonna catch up on these Star Wars Blu's.

    by Tank Williams

    Got the 9 disc set. I hope it was worth it

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Harry that Twilight review...

    by BlueHawaiiSurfer

    Fucking brilliant man. That kind of shit is why I come to this site. My god man, my wife and I are in tears reading that.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    No Hildebrandt cover art for THE DEADLY SPAWN? Shame!!!

    by justmyluck

    And no Jack Davis cover art for IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD??

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Lady And The Tramp followed by Breaking Dawn Pt. 1

    by thelordofhell

    This was an almost perfect example of how movies have gone from great works of art to unbelievable pieces of shit

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Count of Monte Cristo....

    by chad kuhns

    ....was raped in more ways than one by V For Vendetta. Don't get me wrong, I like both, but V had a richer history that could have been better done than as a Count of Monte Cristo on Steroids reboot.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Metal Shifters

    by chad kuhns

    I saw this one night on Syfy. There's no robots, just ONE giant walking metal alien scrap heap. It's about as bad as anything Syfy has ever done...which actually kind of makes it good in it's one way.

  • Feb. 7, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Harry, don't you wish Tarantino got to make his Casino Royale?

    by Tristan

    Not interested in this week's DVDs, but I'm looking forward to seeing, Take Shelter, next week.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Project Nim

    by CooGuy

    Is an infuriating story. Much like Man on a Wire, the director has absolutely no idea how to take such a phenomenal story and blow us away with it. Watch Project Nim to learn about Nim and what happened. The storytelling behind the film is absolutely dreadful.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I love The Deadly Spawn

    by disfigurehead

    I remember reading Cinefex back in the day with it on the cover. My friends and I made a super 8 version called Scum.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Gays don't like Twilight either.

    by lutz

    It's True Blood the gays like. Twilight is exclusively women.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 1:44 a.m. CST

    @disfigurehead: Not Cinefex — Cinefantastique?

    by justmyluck

    If memory serves, the Hildebrant poster art was on the cover of Cinefantastique. THE DEADLY SPAWN isn't in Cinefex's film index, either: http://www.cinefex.com/film_finder.html

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 4:55 a.m. CST

    disfigurehead: I loved CINEFEX too - ah youthful pre-video days

    by melonman

    Pretty sure there were making of the puppets in Cinefex - although Cinefantastique may have reviewed it around the same time (and may have slammed it, although my memory is getting pretty hazy going back that long). Damn wish I hadn't thrown out those fantastic back issues years ago.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    LA JETEE is still awesome

    by melonman

    Still has a bizarrely profound effect on me. Amazing what photos and a basic soundtrack can do - pretty much fucking genius.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Found the magazine: it was the Starlog offshoot CINEMAGIC.

    by justmyluck

    http://bit.ly/wc19BW I'm positive Fangoria also covered it. CINEFEX definitely didn't do a story on it. I do remember the Hildebrandt brothers' poster on the cover of a magazine - Cinefantastique comes to mind since they frequently used paintings for their covers. Could be another mag like that I'm thinking of, such as FANTASTIC FILMS or some other mag that covered low budget Sci-Horror movies.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    justmyluck: bloody well researched dude

    by melonman

    It was CINEMAGIC I was thinking of as well - practically a DIY amateur film-making bible, back in the days of messing about with Super 8 cameras and doing dodgy stop-motion attempts and spraying badly faked blood around with mates. Guess internet searches are sometimes more accurate than a fading memory. Cheers.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Mad Mad World Runtime...

    by Bob

    Well dammit, it looks like we got the shorter version of Mad World dumped on us again. I still have the Roadshow Extended Cut that was released on Laserdisc, and a working player. It's basically the movie with the deleted scenes cut back in, and it's just that much more fun. Still, I may have to pick up the Blu Ray for the upgrade in picture quality. Such a classic.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Why no COUNT in blu?

    by Logan_1973

    Very disappointing. Someone make it happen!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Casino Royale

    by gus

    Not a great film by any means but i thought Woody was funny as hell as james bonds brother "jimmy"

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Love the demented minds that decided to release

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Human Centipede 2 on Valentine's Day. Gift the gift of oral/anal for the holiday!!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    This Harry Knowles who loves the grain in 'The Deadly Spawn'...

    by buggerbugger

    ...is he the same Harry Knowles who disagreed with the entire internet a mere 18 months ago in stating that the 'Predator Ultimate Hunter Edition' Blu-ray was "fucking unbelievably sharp. I’m talking portal into another dimension sharp. It looks very fucking good" thanks to the film's grain being DNR'd into oblivion? Man, talk about fickle...

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    This when is sexual and scary.

    by sonnyhooper

    can someone start a Harry speak to English translation app for the iphone or something? it would be nice if i had a device to tell me what the fuck harry is talking about half the time. <p> mother of god man, are you huffing ether? make sense dammit. come on you fiend! Jesus, what a terrible thing to lay on someone with a head full of acid.

  • That said, you are correct when you say, "It is crazy trashy lame." I'm so glad my girlfriend wants nothing to do with this garbage.

  • Her ball-busting Mother-In-Law makes the movie.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    toe jam

    by phifty2

    They've been playing Buck on cable lately. As someone with no interest in horse trainers is it still worth a watch?

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    ...

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    weak... am I the only one that thought part 2 was very funny but turned off the 3rd Harold n Kumar? It was fucking stupid, plus there was tons of shit flying at the screen for the 3d which is just pointless if you watch it in 2d. whatever. I liked the first 2 Twilight movies. I actually liked them more than the Harry Potter films hahaha...

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Worst thing about "Anonymous"...

    by Hipshot

    Which I otherwise considered a fairly fun romp, more Greek tragedy than Shakespearian drama, was the implication that Shakespeare's work was written by a dilettante. That Edward De Vere was just such a genius that he tossed off those plays as if they were nothing. "Oh, here, take another of these dusty scrolls and see what you can do with it..." Such ignorance about the creation of art is staggering. Regardless of the talent, any artist who isn't working at their outside edge, sweating blood to do their very best, every time, is a hack. They could ALWAYS do better if they bore down harder, cared more. So...arguably the greatest dramatic works in the English language were just tossed off? How much better could fucking Hamlet have been? Or Macbeth? Christ, what an insult to not just Shakespeare, but the entire craft of writing. Or art. Damn.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    The Deadly Spawn!

    by JustinSane

    Great stuff. I miss the old days with puppets and stop-motion in low-budget horror movies. Fuck cheap CGI.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I saw Its A Mad Mad when it premiered in Cinerama, and my favorite scene

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    is Jonathan Winters destroying the gas station, with the classic character actor Arnold Stang.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    harold and kumar 3d is NOT funny or any good

    by Judge Briggs

    Or maybe it's because I am 31 yrs old? The movie is made for 14 yr old boys ... it's shitty! I was peer pressured into seeing it with my buddies and hated it. My one buddy went as far saying it's better satire than the Dave Chappelle Show ... fucking tard. And fuck me for paying $14 in seeing that piece of shit.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    And the Twilight movies

    by Judge Briggs

    Are fucking stupid too! Harry, wtf?

  • Single worst film I saw in 2011. Not funny at all. The joke was that they were smoking weed. That was the joke. There was no joke. They just show Santa smoking a candy cane bong, and THAT IS THE JOKE. Open a gift and it's a joint, and THAT IS THE JOKE. It's like the writers figured (and maybe they were right) that stoners just enjoy watching other stoners get stoned....because they didn't write jokes, they just showed people getting stoned. This movie sucked BALLS. Seriously, 'Harold & Kumar Christmas' was BEYOND BAD. Terrible, terrible film.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    If ---We Except that Twilight movie are for women..---

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    If We Except that Twilight movie are for women

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    bahhh aicn fucking sucks cock

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    my comment got totally cut off...... fuck it i dont care about retyping it

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Harry, you forgot Who's Minding the Mint

    by DoctorTom

    with Jim Hutton. It's also out this week, and is right in the vein of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

  • If anyone's browsing Redbox, Netflix, or their local rental emporium, and may be tempted to rent this, I have three words......Do...Not...Fucking...Do...It. The cheapness and incompetance of this film makes Uwe Boll look like a cinematic genius. It makes the usual Saturday night SyFy movie look like Cameron. Albert Pyun should be charged never to direct or even come within 200 feet of a recording device for the rest of his life.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    @hipshot ....

    by sonnyhooper

    ....i think your point about Anonymous is spot on, and i think it speaks to an ugly truth about the way Hollywood looks at all writers in general. if Shakespeare were alive and working in Hollywood today, you know they studios would take his scripts and hand it off to a bunch of other writers to punch up the dialogue. haha.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST

    vision quest on widescreen dvd!...

    by eustisclay

    ...Warner Archive is releasing the high school wrestling flick on widescreen today. Hate paying 20 bucks for it, but been waiting for this one for years. Pretty funny though, they have the original trailer on their site and it's no wonder the film bombed. They make this very cool high school drama sound like a teenage sex comedy " All Louden wanted to do was get in shape, but when the girl of his dreams moved in, all he could think of was her shape"! It's actually funny if you're familiar with the movie. doctortom, didn't know about Who's Minding the Mint's release, have to check that out. And The Geisha Boy and Boeing, Boeing in blu? God, gonna go broke this month.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Ahh fuck, Bless the Beasts and Children, too?...

    by eustisclay

    ...looks like it and Who's minding the Mint are dvd on demand, but damn. I still have the soundtrack album. the movie wasn't as good as the book, but still not bad. And Will Robinson stars in it.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Where's the write up on ROLLING THUNDER????

    by ZodNotGod

    Its now on blu...lets get to it.

  • WaffleBot ownz your soul.

  • Which turned out to be iconic. Sorry I forgot the name of the animator who actually persisted on it. Sometimes it's good to go against your boss, even if he IS Walt Disney. I wish more employees would've gone against George Lucas.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    sonnyhooper...

    by Hipshot

    You know the joke about the Polish actress who fucked the writer..?

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    "The Deadly Spawn" is the best backyard, homemade horror film I've ever seen!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I first encountered pictures from "The Deadly Spawn" in drug store magazine racks in magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland and early issues of Fangoria. It was years later before I could finally rent it in a BIG box VHS titled "Return of the Alien's Deadly Spawn," which I suppose was to capitalize on the current popularity of "Alien." I loved it. It was guerilla horror film making at its best. Those little worms with teeth were horrifically realistic and the giant puppets with rows and rows of drooling teeth were a monster fan's dream. Years later I found a remastered VHS print at Tower Records in Chicago, and I never saw another copy. It looked too good and too professional to be a bootleg, but I have no idea where it came from. Then when Synapse released it on DVD, I bought it immediately. That was the deffinitive "Deadly Spawn" up to that point. Bump in the Night Productions, at one time, was making an extremely cool Deadly Spawn puppet with multiple heads that could sit on your shoulder for scaring people. I wish I had the money at the time to buy one because I'm pretty sure they aren't making them anymore. But you can probably still Google pictures of it to make you wish you could have one!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    H&K 3D, Project Nim, Knuckle, Twilight!!!!

    by tattooedjackass

    I watched Harold & Kumar on my 3D TV the other night and i was so dissapointed it was complete drivell and seriously unfunny, it was boring and the so called "Humor" was written so badly it should have been a kids TV show (not the R rated material of course) i really tried to like the movie but the longer i watched it the more i hated it, i will quickly forget that film! Project Nim, was nothing like the great movie Man On Wire as it wasn't set like a Heist film, what it was was showing man interfering in nature and once relising there is nothing more then disregarding the life it has ruined, the first part of the movie i was enlightened and felt quite happy but as it started nearer the end i felt very sad and upset, when looking back at Rise of the Planet of the Apes i love the movie even more as they really did look into what is goin gon in this world! Knuckle, could have been a better movie if it had bothered having a better naration in the back ground or choosing the right time for the narrator to speak as you could hardly hear what the narrator was saying or he just mumbled alot, also the conversations were spoilt with the narrator talking and at times you couldn't grasp what was going on because of that, the actual story behind it all was very good and you couldn't help like the people involved even though you know what there doing isn't right! Now Twilight is something else i have honestly never seen anything as bad as these movies but having said that i have never really watched one, i peered up from my laptop every once in a while whilst my missus was watching and couldn't believe how stiff all the actors are, i can't believe how much money these movies have raked in but wow what a pile......... plus Vampires should scream, burst into flames and explode when sunlight hits them not twinkle like a stupid xmas light!!!!!!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    OK, unrelated, but need help finding name of a film

    by MisterManReturns

    This film is over ten years old. Early digital pic. Was basically a parody/drama of Walt Disney-like character being frozen, or brought back to life in the far future. Space colony? I can't remember. Very low budget.....He built new theme park on a space station?????? Driving me crazy....

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Siingin' in the Rain Blu

    by jimbojones123

    Dammit! Get this crap together.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    The real question is… Is there a reason to? (Metal Shifters)

    by ReportAbuse

    A reason to WHAT? Frakkin' illiterate.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Anonymously Wrong!

    by Plaid_Cow_Disease

    Ah, Anonymous...from the director of Godzilla, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and 2012. It's too bad that Anonymous is Roland Emmerich's least believable movie yet!

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    mainman2001

    by ReportAbuse

    ACCEPT ... if we ACCEPT, if we fucking ACCEPT that a person can learn to spell, EXCEPT Harry and you apparently.

  • Feb. 8, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Never saw Twilight 4...

    by Andrew Coleman

    But I can't believe the plot I keep reading. Jacob falls in love with a baby? And people just accepted this? Whatever... Those movies get more shit than they should here. Remember there are fucking retards who defend the Transformers movies in these TB's. To me Twilight and Transformers are the same thing. Shit-storms to avoid at all costs.

  • Joel, Trace, & Kevin...... would that not be absolutely fucking AWESOME to get them together to riff on these movies???

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    maybe it was Cinefantastique

    by disfigurehead

    I dont remember but i have that issue of whatever it was somewhere.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Angie!

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    Thank god for Shout! Factory, it's been six years since Sony released season one.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Where is Neil Cumpston?

    by WWBD

    That brilliant mini-twilight review was like a sweet nostalgiac blast from the great Neil Cumpston. Or, it was a fair imitation of him. Neil would have had me rolling in the aisles, whereas Harry only managed some honest giggles. Where did that funny sack of semen go?

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Dangerous liaisons

    by speed

    What?!? No mention of the young and very naked uma Thurman??? She's not even on the cover!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    I too share this love for The Deadly Spawn!

    by Neosamurai85

    Not much I can add to the reluctant austinite's praise. Much like The Evil Dead, it's an intensely hand made film that puts a smile on anyone's face who tried to make a horror film as a kid. Why this guy didn't go on to direct more horror (or anything really) is anyone's guess. For a great night of killer slug monster fun, watch back to back with Night of the Creeps and Shivers. These three films are the reason Sliver didn't blow me away a few years ago. So glad to see more people are going to get turned on to this cult gem.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Had Albert Pyun's number when Cyborg came out.

    by Bob

    Never saw a more contemptible, depressing poorly directed piece of shit than that. I eventually got to watch his Captain America, and could not believe how continuously inept his directing was. I remember reading an article with him talking about Captain America. He basically stated that people didn't want to watch some guy run around for 2 hours dressed up in a silly costume, so went out of his way to keep Cap out of his costume as much as he could. That said, I still love Sword & the Sorcerer. That was like his one hit wonder. So much fun.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Yoko & mine's?

    by Zarles

    For fuck's sake.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    mistermanreturns

    by Craig

    The movie you are thinking of is "Able Edwards" from 2004.

  • Ted Bohus, producer of "The Deadly Spawn," set out to make a sequel in the late 80's, ultimately resulting in "Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor." It's pretty obscure, but I was able to pick up a copy of it on Laserdisc many, many moons ago and I still have it. It's nowhere near as good as "The Deadly Spawn," but it does have a really cool Deadly Spawn monster in it brought to life with great animatronic puppets and stop-motion animation. That alone made it worth owning as a curiosity for my collection. Don't expect another backyard miracle; it's pretty bad, but the monster is pretty badass.

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    I remember the mag that Deadly Spawn was on

    by disfigurehead

    CineMagic #18. It's got a great Deadly Spawn cover. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1982-STARLOG-CINEMAGIC-magazine-18-MAKING-MONSTERS-/200688518639

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Deadly Spawn

    by Ted A. Bohus

    Hi there. I'm the producer/story writer/co-creature designer of The Deadly Spawn. I'll answer any questions you have about this film or Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor. Thanks for supporting our little effort from waaaay back in 1983.---Ted

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Deadly Spawn

    by Ted A. Bohus

    Thanks for the kind words about The Deadly Spawn. Many of you questions will be answered on the new Commentary Track. I'm also just finishing a book: Making Low-Budget Science-Fiction Films: A REAL Horror Story. There is a detailed Making Of from all my films. (Yeah, even the non-horror stuff like This Thing of Ours and Destination Fame)

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Spawn Hand Puppet

    by Ted A. Bohus

    Yeah! Those were sold out pretty quick. I had about 30 made and took 15 to conventions. They too are sold out. I still have the prototype with the Fake Hand attachment. You can see the Puppet make am appearance in the Video Opening I made for the new Blu-Ray version!

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Deadly Spawn art

    by Ted A. Bohus

    Sorry about that! I usually try to use different art for the various releases. There are versions overseas that are quite creative!

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Cinemagic

    by Ted A. Bohus

  • Feb. 9, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Metamorphosis

    by Ted A. Bohus

    Yeah, some pretty cool monsters there. I tried to design something that would be similar to the Spawn....but a bit different. Don't forget, there were no computer effects there! Everything was mechanical, prosthetic, stop motion (and Go-Motion!) or make-up!

  • Ted, let me just say, in regards to "Metamorphosis," THANK GOD THERE WERE NO COMPUTER EFFECTS at the time! I love stop-motion/go-motion, and I much appreciate the time when effects artists actually built stuff! From Harryhausen to Bottin, I wish we could see more of that in the future, not less. But the business is what it is, and CGI is a good tool, but it's not the only tool and not the best tool for every situation. Thanks for chiming in. I hope the TalkBackers will have some good questions for you. Rod

  • Dunn did optical work on The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Citizen Kane, and King Kong. That gas station scene in Mad World was saved by Dunn. The timing was off on the demolition and he used a moving split screen to fix the timing. In 1972 or 73 I saw him at the University of Oregon for a nearly three hour lecture and showing of his effects work. Absolutely brilliant stuff. Most effects techniques today can be traced back to his pioneering work. Google him if you are interested in old school special effects.

  • They are no dumber than Bad Boys 2. It's just Bad Boys 2 has lots of splosions. Not saying they aren't awful, but they are awful films that appeal to women.

  • Feb. 10, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Stop Motion

    by Ted A. Bohus

    Yeah, Rod, I agree. I just like the look of stop motion. There was going to be some animated creatures in Deadly Spawn...but given the money situation, John found a way to make them and have them move with tracks, plastic and fishing line!

  • Feb. 11, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    spfxted: you're awesome dude

    by melonman

  • Feb. 11, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    HEY FATTY...

    by johnnyrandom

    ...I raped your gook bride with a severed nig nog member.

  • Feb. 12, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Thanks! Hey, can we post a picture here??

    by Ted A. Bohus

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