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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 2nd wk of May 2012: GREMLINS 2 Blu, LA HAINE Blu, MOTHER'S DAY, awesome blu ray trailer compilation & more!!!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


The original GREMLINS is one of my all time favorite movies. The emotional impact of some of the just truly disturbing things… I love it. The Christmas & sweetness just made me entirely too happy. THEN there’s this movie. GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH – is like ALIENS to ALIEN but for GREMLINS. This film is a different animal – almost an entirely different tonal film – It’s far more of a live action Warner Brothers Termite Terrace gone absolutely batnuts insane – and I love it. This is amazing – and we get a Blu Ray worthy of it. Missing footage, BTS-Doc, Commentary with Dante, Zach, the writer and producer, a Gag reel and an alternative Home Video sequence. Yeah, this is exactly what we want. Well, less of a fan of the simplistic menu screen, but once you’re past that you’re having nothing but awesome. One of the funnest films!

LA HAINE Criterion Blu

A film that grabs you by the ears, pulls you forward and then slaps the shit out of you. When this film hit, it blew audiences away. Mathieu Kassovitz, whom a lot of you may know if you saw the excellent CRIMSON RIVERS, but as much as I liked that, I love LA HAINE. Vincent Cassell is just amazing in this. Set in France – it just takes a bleak soberingly disturbing look at the modern complicated nature of a pot-boiling culture that’s itching to explode. Seriously brilliant. Great film and Criterion did a bang up job on this Blu – just look at the extras:

Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Mathieu Kassovitz, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack

English-language audio commentary by Kassovitz

Introduction by actor Jodie Foster

Ten Years of “La haine,” an eighty-minute documentary that brings together cast and crew a decade after the film’s landmark release

Featurette on the film’s banlieue setting, including interviews with sociologists Sophie Body-Gendrot, Jeffrey Fagan, and William Kornblum

Production footage

Deleted and extended scenes, each featuring an afterword by Kassovitz

Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos


PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau and a 2006 appreciation by acclaimed filmmaker Costa-Gavras

DIRTY DANCING: 2 Film Collection Blu-Ray

This is like the 4th Blu Ray edition of DIRTY DANCING, this time called the DIRTY DANCING Collection – because how could you just want the original, when you can also have the piece of shit DIRTY DANCING HAVANA NIGHTS to just deficate all over the memory of the absolutely awesome original film, that I know every song and beat of. I watched both of these again – and yeah, if you have DIRTY DANCING, there’s not a big reason to get this edition. What has come before is definitely at the same level of quality – and you really don’t need HAVANA NIGHTS, right? Nobody needs that.


It works. I seriously saw the trailer and could not have been drug kicking and screaming to this. Which was ok, cuz Yoko is not on board the Channing Tatum train yet. And I don’t see her doing so, she prefers muppety men like me. Thank God. But I’m a sucker for films that ask if True love can conquer all – because in my heart of hearts – I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IT! I dive from the highest diving board for films like this. It just is absolutely calculated – but it works. Really good.


If your mom is cool enough to watch this with you on Mother’s Day… you are truly blessed. Because folks… Darren Bousman made an exquisitely sick fucking movie here – and when I saw this shit in the theater I reveled in the outrageous punch in the teeth that this film is. Rebecca De Mornay is fucking SCARY! And you know she can do that real well. This is just further than she’s ever gone. NOT FOR ALL TASTES! Not a happy movie! Unless you’re a really sick fucker, in which case I love you.


I haven’t seen this film. But I have been a fan of Robert Taylor ever since my Dad first recording IVANHOE starring Robert Taylor & Elizabeth Taylor – and I thought ROBERT TAYLOR rules! Since then, I try to catch as many Robert Taylor films as I can. NOW – this one is directed by William Wellman and he’s a good bet because he directed such greats as THE PUBLIC ENEMY, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT, the 37 STAR IS BORN, THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, some of TARZAN ESCAPES, BEAU GESTE (39) and more. I particularly love his STORY OF G.I. JOE! SO – I like the pedigree of this one – and folks seem to love the movie. But I love the idea of the story about a group of trailblazing stubborn pioneer women that decided to forge their own trail to the West! That sounds interesting as hell!


Ok – so this is pretty much REQUIRED. You’re getting like 3 hours and 45 minutes of some of the best damn Drive-In and Grindhouse era Trailers – and it ranges from trashy awesome to awesome awesome. Over 80 trailers – everything from the first two 42nd STREET FOREVER trailer compilations, mixed with new trailers not on those two – and at 1080p. THEN – it becomes your job as a film geek to seek out all the movies on this thing, just so you know for a fact that you love film – and not just a type of film. If you can watch this, a Bogart flick, a musical and Avengers 4 times theatrically – you’re doing really good. Giggle. Seriously – RAPE SQUAD trailer is on here BNATTERS!!! And others that’ll make you squeal. Lots of tits & bush – but also Fred Williamson kicking ass, and John Carpenter’s DARK STAR. WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS and FLESH GORDON, BLACK SAMSON and more. This is just awesome stuff for a great “WTF Party” with friends where you watch and discuss the insanity of these films. Really awesome. From SUPER FUZZ to THEY CALLED HER ONE EYE to Sly’s porn THE ITALIAN STALLION are represented on here. So much fun!


Just fucking jaw-droppeningly great. This is the kind of war movie that you compare to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and PATHS OF GLORY. It’s about the last battle of the Korean War, it’s about a murder investigation, it’s about a unit that is considered the best unit in the entire war for South Korea and how they just had to keep fighting, when everyone else was told to stop. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Korean Cinema is something of a huge fetish for me, has been for most of the past decade – and the work of their filmmakers just continues to earn the height of respect and awe. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN SEEN IN A THEATER! Must see!


CNN’s COLD WAR was a fantastic series narrated by Kenneth Branagh – and really, I kinda love hearing Branagh talk about anything, but the COLD WAR – it’s one of those periods that I love all the details that have come out from both sides since it… ended… Knowing the “other sides’ realities and motivations” are incredibly important to understanding the modern context for the aftermath that we live in. Really well done.


I rather like this Italian Giallo. It isn’t threatening to knock off faves like DEEP RED or A LIZARD IN A WOMAN’S SKIN, but it’s a helluva watch anyways. It also has the convention of being a film with a character that’s off work from a horror film he’s shooting, only to LIVE ONE. I love that. This is so the way to discover this movie. So glad I did!

GANJA & HESS Kino Blu Ray

I love Duane Jones. As a boy, I saw NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD repeatedly. We had the film in 16mm – and it just happened to be one of my favorite movies as a kid – and I loved Duane Jones. I just felt he was the tragic hero of the tale – and how NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ended – and that Duane Jones having been taken from us far too early – just sort of has always felt like one of those shames. I love everything about him in Romero’s film and I’ve always felt he was incredibly dynamic and charismatic. Wanting to see more films with him – then lo and behold – along comes Kino and this awesome Blu Ray of GANJA & HESS – a film Duane Jones made in 1973. A HORROR FILM no less – and it’s kind of fucking great. Don’t bring a lot of knowledge to this – the film is a complicated flick, but so rewarding, I feel. KINO’s doing great work here!


I’m not familiar with this movie – but I soon will. Ordered this last night based solely upon the cast which includeds Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. Belafonte is one of the single most charismatic actors I’ve seen – and in everything that I’ve seen him in, I’ve come away feeling like he should have done so much more acting. 12 features is not enough. But with titles like ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW and THE WORLD THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL and ISLAND IN THE SUN and CARMEN JONES – I’d watch him in anything. This was his first feature, all the way back in 1953 where he plays a School Principal! So can’t wait to see this movie. I love his music, his politics and his films. It can’t get here soon enough.

And not coming out today – but finally available for Pre-Order is…

JAWS Blu-Ray

August 14th? C’mon, I want this for the Fourth of July!!!! Just a perfect film. Perfect.

Now next week we start getting some of the best titles of 2012 so far with THE GREY and CHRONICLE hitting. Then there’s ONE FOR THE MONEY (not great), ALBERT NOBBS (not a fan), THE DEVIL INSIDE, BEING JOHN MALKOVICK Criterion Blu, Bertolucci’s 1900 Blu, THE ODESSA FILE Blu, WALKING TALL Trilogy Blu, WHITE SQUALL Blu, NEW YORK STORIES Blu, D.O.A. Blu, MORTUARY, NORWEGIAN WOOD, GRAND DUEL & KEOMA Blu, THE ORDER Blu, FORBIDDEN ZONE Blu, MAN ON A MISSION: RICHARD GARRIOTT’S ROAD TO THE STARS, DEBBIE DOES DALLAS and that should do it. But fun week next time out!

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  • 1900 next week will be a must.

  • May 8, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST


    by DrGogol

    the column is on time, anyway.

  • May 8, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    3 things i wanted to see this year

    by tattooedjackass

    The Avengers, Promethues and finally a blu ray of Jaws. only 3 things and im so happy, The UK blu ray steel book of Jaws looks amazing and a worthy of any Jaws collector, i have ordered 2 of them!

  • May 8, 2012, 5:41 a.m. CST

    sawthe vow on the plane

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ending sucked, felt abrupt, and felt anti-climatic ps: it was a long flight

  • La haine was good but this is not a great dvd/bd week.

  • May 8, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 > Gremlins

    by Hercules

    I love them both though.

  • May 8, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Yeah, that Jaws release-date is a real headscratcher!

    by Karl Childers

    July 4th would be perfect! I'm so psyched "The Shark..." doco will be included!

  • May 8, 2012, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by melonman

    It was a weak sequel to a classic movie. Kind of staggered that (even with the rose tinted glasses of affectionate nostalgia) people see it otherwise.

  • May 8, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    looking forward to Harry's 'Debbie Loves Dallas' review :D

    by Titus05

    I think that was the first porno movie I ever heard of

  • May 8, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Is the UK version region free?

  • May 8, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Don't understand the love for Gremlins 2 as well

    by Zombieflicker

    I loved Gremlins, but part 2 felt like a bad episode of Looney Tunes.

  • May 8, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Can't beat Rebecca De Hornay...

    by Karl Childers The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. She was truely evil in that one to Ernie Hudson. Also, I seem to remember seeing furburger through her nightgown in that late-night kitchen scene where the poor-man's Steve Guttenberg walked in on her.

  • May 8, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2

    by Wes Kanost

    Definitely went with more is better. Has some funny moments and anything with Christopher Lee playing a mad scientist is instantly worth seeing.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for JAWS...

    by Wes Kanost

    I've been waiting a long time for this. The web page for the jaws blu ray has a great vid detailing the restoration process. This is definitely going to be worth getting. Jaws is probably my all time fav. The dialog keeps it moving along and Robert Shaw is tremendous as (the original) Quint. Shoulda' been an earlier release though. Oneadam12 out!

  • May 8, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Gremlins was a comedy-thriller, a really good one.

    by Hercules

    Gremlins 2 was more of a pure comedy. And the comedy stayed sharp. Tony Randall was brilliant as the brainy gremlin. I think 2 did poorly because it was too different from the original. Fans were confused.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Gremlins, gremlins, gremlins....

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I remember being such a nut about Joe Dante's work at the time that I only enjoyed his segment of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" (just a dumb kid at the time). I still think Spielberg's contribution to that film was the worst part of it.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    "the absolutely awesome original" Dirty Dancing?

    by buggerbugger

    Were there drugs - **bad** drugs - involved in this statement?

  • May 8, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Never understood the love for Dirty Dancing.

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    I think guys only liked it because their wives/girlfriends did. Either that or they're just light in their loafers.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST


    by Ryusei

    Why did you neglect to even mention this release? It's right at the top on Amazon. How could you possibly miss it?

  • May 8, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 is why I'll always like Leonard Maltin.

    by tonagan

    That scene was pure genius.

  • Can anyone confirm that? There's no mention of it on Amazon.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Gremlins remake ?

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    surely has to be on the cards? with so many other movies are being remade and no doubt would star Jaden Smith, with CGI gremlins

  • May 8, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Every time I watch NOTLD I root for Duane Jones...

    by SoylentMean

    and then those fuckin' rednecks show up. <P> I'm not sure why his performance in that film isn't hyped up more than it is, as not only is it a damn fine performance, but it's 1968 and the guy holding all the shit together, coming up with the plan, trying to calm everybody down, just happens to be Black.<P> In 1968. That's kind of a big deal folks.<P> I really do hope Criterion gets ahold of Night of the Living Dead for a Halloween release. As it's public domain I really don't see why they couldn't. And that movie deserves the Criterion treatment.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Ganja & Hess has always been on my "to find" list.

    by SoylentMean

    Consider it found. I hope it's as awesome as I've heard it is.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    How fucked up does Mother's Day get?

    by SoylentMean

    Considering it's one of those "shelved" films that is finally getting its home video release, I'm a little concerned for the quality.<P> Still gonna see it though.

  • May 8, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I saw Ganja and Hess on TCM one night.

    by Mitch

    Boring as shit. Fell asleep on it. (In my defense, it did come on at 2:00 AM.)

  • May 8, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 will be bought, but they need a better Gremlins Blu

    by SoylentMean

    Gremlins is probably my favorite Christmas movie of all time, and I usually find myself watching it while wrapping presents. That, or Die Hard.<P> Gremlins 2 is a fun little romp, I just never seem to watch both films back to back.

  • The first one was one of the big theater experiences of my childhood. Even 20 years ago I knew I didn't want some shitty sequel raping my childhood. I knew stranger danger when I saw it.

  • May 8, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    42nd Street Forever Blu = Great Background Movie

    by SoylentMean

    Any compilation of film snippets (hell, I even have these really cheap-o collected old time commercial sets) are great for get togethers where movie watching isn't the goal. Parties, sporting events, things like that. Having something like that playing on a tv in the hallway by one of your bathrooms (especially when you have a lot of people over) can lead to some interesting conversations.

  • May 8, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I was thinking about a Gremlins re-make as well

    by templesweeper

    It has to be a possibility. Not saying they should, but you know Hollywood can't resist an instant cash-cow. And it would be. I remember being a HUGE Gremlins fan as a kid in the 80's....and I wasn't even allowed to see it in the theater. My parents thought I couldn't handle it. But that didn't stop me from getting a Gremlins lunch box, toys, reading the books and such. That shows the kind of power that movie had. When I eventually saw it on VHS I absolutely loved it. And when Gremlins 2 came out, obviously, my parents weren't holding me back from that one. And I loved it in a totally different way than the first film. It was just pure fun.

  • May 8, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2=Ghostbusters 2

    by Samuel Fulmer

    2nd sequel to a 1984 horror/comedy that ditched almost all the horror and went for the comedy. Gremlins 2 is a little better than Ghostbusters 2, but not by much.

  • May 8, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    If you go to Amazon, you'll see there's a lot more stuff today

    by SoylentMean

    Harry, you do know they let you know, in advance on Amazon, titles that will be released week to week, right?

  • May 8, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Gremlins, gremlins. Bite after bite...

    by Jay Garrick

    What a tasty way to satisfy a Gremlins' appetite. Anyone else remember that commercial jingle for Gremlins cereal?

  • Not: ...Could not have been DRUG kicking and screaming... I never, ever, worry about errors in writing in an AICN article (let's face it, it would drive a person insane), but the use of the word -drug- as the past tense for -drag- just makes me crazy. It's a pet peeve. That and using the word -literally- in the incorrect context (ie; I was so mad at her, I literally exploded). I see it, and I just can't stop myself from pointing out its incorrect use. Anyway, that's my neurotic grammar input for the day. On another note, I remember leaving the theatre after seeing Gremlins 2, and unsure if I had been ripped off, or had a great movie-going experience. It is SO different than the original. It's like a spoof movie, but with all of the same talent on the screen. Certainly a rare direct sequel that has no affect on the original - its such a different beast, it's like Not Another Teen Movie affecting The Breakfast Club. In the end I decided I loved it. The original, however, is the superior movie.

  • May 8, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by The PimpDragon

    I had that going through my head while reading these Gremlins 2 posts! So relieved to know it wasn't just me!

  • May 8, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    So, did you just ignore Underworld:Awakening?

    by Paul Paradis

    Come on. You reviewed some outright shitty movies, and outright ignored quite a few.

  • May 8, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Muppety men?

    by Pixeldriver

    Does she stick her entire hand up your butt until you turn green and your eyes bug out? Wait, don't tell me, I REALLY don't want to know...

  • May 8, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2

    by DrGogol

    Gremlins 2 did poorly at the box office, because it really isn't funny.

  • May 8, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    LOVED Gremlins 2

    by film11

    Yes, I liked the first film as well, but that was more of a straight-up horror flick with some humore. G2, however, was a sharp-as-hell satire on consumerism and corporate greed...probably more timely than ever. John Glover had a great turn as a Trump-like character. And there was also more stop-motion animation. I didn't purchase the first film but I'll be buying this one.

  • May 8, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2!

    by Industrious Angel

    First it took like forever until we got a DVD and now there's the BluRay. Yeah! Gremlins2 is one of my all-time-favourites, could watch it once a week without problem :). And my favourite character is ... Microwave Marge!

  • May 8, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by Cassius_Crackhead

    Nice job sir. Deconstructing Harry's incomprehensible DVD write-up ala MST3K is pretty great.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Now that House is coming to an end..

    by paul burnett

    Maybe Harry could play a film critic, but not an ordinary film critic, oh no. A vidacin popping super surly film critic who allways knows whats best amongst his peers, even when those peers are against his renegade film discecting ways. Billy the Kidd can be Cuddy trying to reign his gibberish we can be the patients... every.fuckin.week.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 was more a parody...

    by bubcus

    whereas I consider Gremlins a great horror movie for kids. I love the first Gremlins film, absolutely love it. And whereas the first Gremlins film had a great nod to The Goonies, Gremlins 2 decided to have homages to Burton's Batman, the Muppet Show films, and many others like you would see in today's Not Another Teen Movie types. Gremlins 2 was funny to me when I was 15 due to all of its silliness. But I miss the tones from the first film. It's why I don't think I could watch them back to back. This is more like Space Balls being the sequel to Star Wars than Aliens to Alien.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 was more fun for me than Gremlins back in the 80's

    by ufoclub1977

    I never even thought Gremlins was that good, but maybe it was because I was hoping for The Howling (but with little critters), which it did deliver in the gremlin reveal kitchen scene.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    From the director of Saws II, III *and* IV...?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Oooooo, gotta see that....!

  • The problem I have with Gremlins 2 is that it's as if someone gave Joe Dante the keys to the candy shop and was told to have fun. Believe me, I love Dante (still waiting for The Hole to be released from the hell it resides), but a little restraint may have gone a long way (did we really need a Gizmo Rambo? I didn't think so).

  • May 8, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    "Have a POWERFUL day!"

    by Flip63Hole

    Great quote from "Gremlins 2". I hear that every morning I step out the door.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    'Funnest' is not a word

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    'Funniest' is a word. And Gremlins 2 didn't do very well because it was released SIX YEARS after the original. Kind of like how Another 48 Hrs. was released EIGHT years after the original. Any movie released in the early-mid 80's with a sequel that didn't come out until the *90's* just wasn't trying hard enough.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Haywire came out last week

    by Datascream

    Where was the column for that?

  • May 8, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Christmas 2013

    by Nice Marmot

    Die Hard vs Gremlins

  • May 8, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Okay never mind, dunno how I missed it

    by Datascream

  • May 8, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Huh. I guess I'm in the minority on Gremlims 2

    by Jaka

    It doesn't work for me. It lacks the magical, fantasy element of Gizmo being given as a gift and "the rules" being broken.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Ben was the villain in Night

    by lonniebeale

    of the living dead His actions are the direct cause for everybody dieing. He cold bloody kill Harry (who has a family to protect, so it makes sense that he the way he is). Watch the movie, Ben was a total ass hole.

  • May 8, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Ben WAS the villain.

    by film11

    In the end, he is saved (for the moment) by barricading himself in the cellar...the exact thing that Harry was trying to convince them to do and that Ben refused to go along with!

  • May 8, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    yoko prefers what she can inherit

    by animas

    after the puppet dies

  • May 8, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Could you do this for all of his articles? Your comments are good. I'm not understand, but soon. Keep it up.

  • May 8, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    How can Jaws have a 100th Anniversary edition?


    I saw that in theaters when I was a kid, and I'm only in my 30's now............(cue failure trombones wha wha whaaaaaa!).

  • May 8, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    my brother-in-law bought me Havana Nights as a gag gift for Xmas

    by Monnie Knapp

    I wouldn't watch it till he came over to share the torture. Yep, it was beyond awful. I don't think I made it to the end, but in my mind a group of guerrilla revolutionaries raided the dance hall and riddled all of those assholes with bullets.

  • May 8, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    The difereance between Aliens and Gremlins 2?

    by ODM

    Aliens is badass action flick with heart. Gremlins 2 is a goofy piece of shit toy commercial that pissed away bit of cred to sell a few billion lunch boxes...

  • May 8, 2012, 11:38 a.m. CST

    aaronius, it is Universals 100th anniversery, not Jaws.

    by jawaburger

  • May 8, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I remember reading the novelization of Gremlins 2

    by Monnie Knapp

    I read it previous to seeing the film, that's how excited I was for its release. For a ten year old, both the book and film were top notch. I haven't read the novel in a wgile, but the film really doesn't hold up well. The original, however, is timelessly awesome.

  • May 8, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Thinking Ben was the villain in NOTLD is idiotic!

    by SoylentMean

    The whole point of the entire movie is that nobody knows what to do. The man that decided to do SOMETHING prolonged the inevitable, but at least the folks holed up in that barricaded house didn't succumb to the first wave of zombies.<P> If there is any VILLAIN in Night of the Living Dead, it is ignorance. The inability to react when the unknown and unexpected happen. <P> Everybody that dies via zombie is somebody that can't cope with the sudden shift in reality. The only person that doesn't die due to direct zombie interaction is the only one that tries to keep his shit together. <P> His "reward" is to be killed by those who will perpetuate the ignorance that doomed the others. <P> Hence, Dawn of the Dead.

  • Rick Baker took over for Chris Walas (who may have been busy working on Fly 2), and Baker's crew came through brilliantly.

  • May 8, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    How did Gremlins nod to The Goonies? It was made a year before!

  • May 8, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    What part of "failure trombones wha wha whaaaaaa!" didn't you get . . .

  • May 8, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I understand the love for Gremlins 2

    by david starling

    When I first saw Gremlins 2 back in 1990, I was instantly disappointed with it - a gag a minute, it was so vastly different to the original, I really felt at the time that the shift in tone was not so much insane, as stupid. Having watched Gremlins again recently (thankyou Turner Classic Movies!!), I still love it, but the big surprize was watching Gremlins 2 again (thankyou ITV4!!). Gremlins 2 isn't meant to be compared to Gremlins by any means - it was a different frame of mind, and I accept that. I also think that now, in this day, the humour and change in tone in tone is inspired - maybe its me, but after watching the so-called "humour" in a million so-called "family" movies (that tend to veer the dial to otherwise "cruel" and "saccharine" with each turn) this film gets it right. Gremlins 2 isn't afraid to take the blatant piss out of itself, and insult the original either. I'm not trying to say its a classic by any means - but, in my opinion (and that's my own opinion mind), I think now that its pretty bloody good. I would've loved to see a third Gremlins mind, and another tonal shift - what might've they done with the next one?

  • May 8, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    La Haine

    by david starling

    I have resisted buying La Haine on DVD for some reason, but I don't think I'll resist any longer!! One of the most powerful pieces I've ever seen in my life, I wouldn't say I've 'enjoyed' it - but unlike say a true story brought to the big screen with big actors fighting some cause they really didn't give a shit about, this was real, and in your face, unpredictable, and frightening. Have to buy this, and stop putting myself out for whenever its on tv.

  • should pale greatly in comparison to Mr. Dante's work.

  • May 8, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Except for Pixar....of course.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • May 8, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Re: Why People Don't Like GREMLINS 2 ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    It's very simple: Spielberg's fingerprints, which were all over everything he produced in the early-to-mid Eighties' (GOONIES, GREMLINS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, the parts of POLTERGEIST he probably didn't just direct himself), were completely missing from the sequel. If anything, GREMLINS 2 spent most of its running time poking fun at the original film's Spielberg-y "corniness" (witness Phoebe Cates's monologue in GREMLINS 2 about President's Day [?], which essentially spoofs her Christmas story from the original), and then winds up descending into the same Warner Bros./Chuck Jones/"Famous Monsters" fever dream that most of Dante's movies do ... except, this time, with a HUGE budget. Dante is a great filmmaker, but he really does need to branch out a little.

  • May 8, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    @karl childers

    by tattooedjackass

    Don't know mate it's not out till September 3rd and there is no infomation on region coding! usually i think Universals disc are Region free but who know's with this one!

  • May 8, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Have you ever seen Matinee, by Joe Dante?

    by david starling

    It was a film using much of the cast of Eerie Indiana (another wonderful Dante creation), that mixed a tribute creature features from the '50's, and those who toured them, with the shadow of World War 3. A forgotten masterpiece for sure, it needs a decent Blu-Ray, yesterday. Oh, and the creature feature within it, MANT, deserved a full-length flick a million times more than Machete!! Harry, with your extensive knowledge, would you know if Matinee is due to have a Blu-Ray release? I know, probably not, but damn, it deserves to be reappraised.

  • May 8, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    @karl childers #2

    by tattooedjackass

    here's a link to the Amazon UK page of it in my opinion i would by it wether i could watch it or not, the steelbool itself looks great! that's why i got 2 one to watch and one to keep for show!

  • Both William Schallert and Dick Miller are alive and kicking (Schallert's been in True Blood?! Didn't know that). Time to mount a BluRay with all sorts of interviews.

  • May 8, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    ...and it makes Looney Tunes:Back In Action all the more disappointing.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Steve Martin making funny faces in a bad wig....not funny.

  • May 8, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by Karl Childers


  • May 8, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    nice marmont

    by jawaburger

    I apologize for missing the cynical tone of arronius' initial post. I now realize the "failure trombones" were noting sarcasm. I have seen much dumber questions asked in all seriousness on this forum. I was actually trying to be helpful.

  • May 8, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 is really fun...

    by Jay

    But I was never too much in love with the first Gremlins. So I don't suffer from the "how-dare-they-make-a-sequel-to-my-favorite-film" syndrome.

  • May 8, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    velvet_sloane RE: MATINEE BD

    by film11

    Great movie, possibly Dante's best. It has already been released on BD in France. The domestic DVD was bare-bones, with no extras, except for a trailer. I had the laserdisc release and that contained MANT as a complete stand-alone 20-minute feature. Dante WANTED extras but Universal didn't give a damn. DANTE (2010 interview): I was sort of hoping Criterion might pick it up, but that was not to be. And so I kept calling Universal every couple of months and I would say, "I want you guys to remember that if you put Matinee out please call me because I have all this extra stuff I want to put in. And then I read on the Internet last year that Matinee is coming out and has a date. I call them up and they say, "Whup, it's too late. It's in the works now; it's too late to add anything. Maybe when it goes out on Blu-ray." And I said, "Look, if you put it out with nothing on it it's not going to sell enough copies for there to be a Blu-ray." In any case they were not interested in including anything including Mant!, which had been on the laserdisc. And they claimed that their lawyers were much more liberal in those days and that they could not account for the music rights for this. And of course the Mant! music comes entirely from their own movies. They basically used it as an excuse not to do anything. I was very disappointed with this. I think that the idea of going to the trouble to put out a niche movie that has a certain kind of fan base and not give them anything at all extra is bad business.

  • May 8, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    MATINEE cameo

    by film11

    By the way, in case anyone missed it, that's Naomi Watts in that shopping cart film-within-the-film

  • May 8, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    MATINEE cameo

    by film11

    By the way, in case anyone ever missed it, that's Naomi Watts in that shopping-cart film-within-the-film...years before hitting stardom with MULHOLLAND DRIVE

  • Even in spite of the fact that there aren't any Trolls in it.

  • The Gremlin muppets despite their cheesy charm seriously date the original film as well as the big 80s hair.

  • May 8, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    I didn't get Gremlins 2 at all

    by Mugato5150

    It wasn't funny, it wasn't scary...although it did call out Phoebe Cates for telling her fucked up Christmas nightmare stories from out of nowhere.

  • May 8, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    "...she prefers muppety men like me."

    by ripper t. jones

    or so she says...

  • bed he was trying to sleep in. At one time brushing against his hand as it dangled from the bed. I would imagine the original script to be much more horrific in nature. That, I'd like to see, but then, didn't Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark address those fears?

  • May 8, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by Jay

    From what I've read on here over the years, virtually everyone has seen every film from the mid 70's to the late 80's in theaters upon their original release. And they were all kids "at that perfect age" when they saw it, too. If there's one things that gets a workout while reading the TBs, it's ones bullshit meter.

  • May 8, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Dirty Dancing

    by thomskis

    Laughing my ass off at the knuckle-dragging fuckwits equating loving Dirty Dancing with homosexuality. Serious issues people. To paraphrase Charlie Brooker, I guess all the bigots and homophobes on here do the same as bigots and homophobes the world over, and bravely masturbate the bad pictures away.

  • May 8, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by thomskis

    That's as valid an opinion as any, succinctly put.

  • May 8, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    If "Westward" is the one that I think it is, it is awesome.

    by MisterManReturns

    Pretty amazing scenes.

  • May 8, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Harry hates Underworld...

    by jbinminot

    ...probably because they wouldn't give him any swag.

  • May 8, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2

    by moobias

    How anyone can hate this movie I do not know. It is so over the top and absurd. Christopher Lee as a mad scientist! This is coming from someone that has Gremlins playing every Christmas. Both movies are very different of course, but Gremlins 2 is so over the top and just a fun movie.

  • May 8, 2012, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Gremlins meaning - spoiler - not rats

    by Ronnie__Dobbs

    I always thought Gremlins was a play on the 50's communism paranoia undertones in Sci-Fi movies. Updated to show the paranoia of the rise of technology from Asia - taking American jobs, world domination, etc.. Every time the "cheap Japanese crap" broke down, it was said that the crap in question had Gremlins in it. Presumably put there by the Japanese as punishment/payback to stupid Americans. Doesn't Smith's character even reference this in the first movie?? Isn't that common knowledge?

  • May 8, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    No Commentary on JAWS? WTF Spielberg??????

    by planetran_fan

  • July 3rd. Way to celebrate Independence Day.

  • May 8, 2012, 9 p.m. CST


    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Well, if arronius' parents took him to see JAWS when he was TWO in 1975, he'd be 39 sometime in 2012. Also, Universal rereleased it to theaters in 1976 and in 1979. So, it's not technically impossible to remember having seen JAWS in a theater and still be "in your thirties". Movies hung around in theaters longer back then, too. I remember visiting my Dad in Florida in the summer of 1982 and one of the theaters was STILL playing RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, a year after it came out.

  • May 8, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I was 6 in the summer of '75.

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    But nobody took me to see JAWS. :'( My Dad took me to STAR WARS two years later though. And strangely, ANNIE HALL. I can vividly remember Diane Keaton stepping "out of her body" and walking across the room in her underwear. Pretty hot stuff for an eight year old.

  • May 8, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Doesn't everybody hate the Underworld movies??

    by Chris

  • ...because it bored me silly.

  • May 8, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    i remember the summer of '75, i was in my dad's balls.

    by Bouncy X

    but regarding someone's comment about how "everyone" saw all these movies in their childhood.. it isnt that much of a stretch. i'm an 80s kid so i obviously didnt see anything in the 70s unless they took me as a baby. but as far as the sorta movies this site is about, between 82 and 89 i saw pretty much every major release and many not so majors in theaters. and in many cases i saw a few multiple times. my record is still for Raiders, which i saw somewhere near or a little over 20 times. its probably why i dont like the movie as much these days. not that its bad but i've seen it sooo much, its sometimes hard to get through. lol

  • May 8, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Rebecca De Mornay is awesome

    by gaygoonie

    Cool chick. Hot plus talent. All these boring hotties of today (Wilde, Fox, etc.) should take note and try playing evil. It would make them more interesting.

  • May 8, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 is like The Mask

    by Nerd Rage

    How can you hate either movie? They should make more movies like those. Just insane fun comedies.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    find out the true story

    by aicnball

    there is also the book out there that was rereleased with the movie and understand that this couple has tried 15 years to get this movie to the big screen and find the book, or google the couple kim and krickitt carpenter and find out there story

  • John Wayne's first starring role and one of the Early widescreen movies shot in the Fox Grandure 70mm format comes out today on bluray, containg a lot of great features and both the 2.10:1 aspect ratio. and the Academy Ascpect ratio versions as an for ony 12.99 at walmart, as did The Barbarian and the Geisha also at 12.99 And you dont make any mention of them, yet you mention that horrible dirty dancing 2 pack.

  • May 9, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Oh and

    by captain Jake

    JAWS has been available for pre order since the day it was officially announced and the video on the restoration was released online.

  • May 9, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 was just so much fun! It was such a different movie

    by sweeneydave

    than any I had ever seen. It was a parody like Spaceballs, an homage like Shawn of the Dead, and constantly self-referential like Ferris Bueller - of for the love of cheesy B monster movies. I know it's not for everyone, but make no mistake, but there is definetely a group that this was made for. It's like Scott Pilgrim in that way.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Because Wal Mart doesn't help pay the bills around here. ;)

  • May 9, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Watched "The Vow" last night from NetFlix...

    by Karl Childers

    ..The wife bumped it to the top of the queue to get it on release day. Yes, true story. It was very boring. I thought Rachel McAdams' hottness would show through to make it more interesting but it failed when she was wearing granny-panties in her undies scene. The ending fell flat on it's ass. I do not understand the appeal of Channing Tatum. Is he the nephew of a studio head-honcho or something? Very bland actor. He looks like he should have a Casper Van Dien straight-to-video career.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Ganja and Hess? Really?

    by Batlash

    That piece of clap-trap made my eyes bleed for days after I had the misfortune to watch it.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Gremlins 2

    by lv_426

    I don't think I'd go as far to compare it to Alien/Aliens in terms of sequel status. More like Predator 2.

  • May 9, 2012, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Matinee is awesome though

    by lv_426

    That sucks that the studio nixed having Joe Dante put together a kick ass Matinee Blu-ray special edition.

  • May 9, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    karl childers

    by lv_426

    Casper Van Dien deserves a better acting career. He is much cooler than Channing Tatum. Shit. We live in an age where Jona Hill gets nominated for Oscars. Casper Van Dien never took off because at the time people didn't get Starship Troopers and Verhoeven's crazy satirical genius. Channing Tatum has done a much worse sci-fi/action film in the shitty live action G.I. Joe. Compared to that, Starship Troopers is a fucking masterpiece that should get the full Criterion treatment. Hell! The direct-to-DVD Starship Troopers 3 is a masterpiece compared to most of Channing Tatum's filmography.

  • May 9, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    I shouldn't have taken a shit on Van Dien because honestly I've never seen anything of his outside of Starship Troopers, which I enjoyed. I figured since his career headed down the DTV path that he was a questionable actor. I agree wholeheartedly about the Hollywood game these days and how such mediocrity makes it big, whether it's getting good roles or being nominated for Oscars these days.

  • May 9, 2012, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Please stop typing "Giggle". Please.

    by dalcross

  • May 9, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Karl, why are we even mentioning that horrid store's name?

    by MisterManReturns

    I don't shop there - the source of many-a-town's-destruction....(and the grandchildren are hopeless drug pushers). Regardless.......I was dragged in, the other day, with a friend wanting a cheap prescription. The first person I saw, was an obese woman, screaming "Where's my cupcake? WHERE'S MY CUPCAKE?" It went downhill from there. I browsed the groceries for a bit, and noticed that the place REFUSES to stock fat-free items, apparently. Oh, and a guy took a dump on the floor in front of me. A great place for the nation to sell its soul.....

  • May 9, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    "I dive from the highest diving board for films like this."?

    by Skankardly


  • May 9, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    Well, daniel_craigs_my_wookie_bitch asked why Harry didn't point out why there was no mentioning of a Wal-Mart exclusives on John Wayne movies and I was telling him that Amazon pays the bills around here. Wal-Mart is only ever good for one thing for me: 24 access to buy a new DVD on release day on the way into work in order to watch at work later in the day. I wish Target was 24 hours. At least they have semi-hot cashiers.

  • that done it.

  • May 9, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Gotta see the movie right now

    by UltraTron

  • May 9, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Jaws blu-ray date is perfect!

    by spudwas

    The original release date of Jaws was on May 23,1975! So why does everybody want July 4th? Because what happens in the movie? Stupid. I remember that May 23 so well because I was counting down the to the day of release. I was THAT anxious to see it!

  • May 9, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Jaws correction

    by spudwas

    What! August 14th! Now I'm pissed! That date makes no sense. July 4th(plot in movie) or original movie release date!!! Sorry for previous post.

  • Worst part, no Dr. Steve Brule. Even more inexcusable, John C. Reilly is in the mvoie, but not as Brule.

  • for a full length feature. Oh there were some laughs...the fake Johnny Depp cracked me up, the directed by Tim & Eric credit that wouldn't go away, the cavalier attitude toward the love interest and "son" at the shootout... but when you absolutely waste Will Ferrell and John C Reilly (Taquito? Really?), you know you're in trouble.

  • The 'pulling forward by the ears' critique made me chuckle. Keep it up!

  • May 9, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Underworld 4 didn't make your list??

    by darthwaz1


  • May 9, 2012, 10:17 p.m. CST

    "I dive from the highest diving board for films like this...

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    And my Belly Flop creates a tsunami of epic proportions causing small waterlogged children to be flung out of the swimming pool, over a fence and scattered across a playground..."

  • May 10, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    @Bubcus ... Gremlins didn't

    by Terence James

    nod toward The Goonies. It was released a year earlier. Gremlins 2 has one of my favourite movie memories. The scene where the projector breaks down had the audience in uproar until the Gremlins appeared and started to make shadow puppets. And then Hulk Hogan appears!..... Fantastic.

  • May 10, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Westward the Women

    by duke of url

    thank you warner bros. thank you

  • May 10, 2012, 2:39 a.m. CST


    by duke of url

    no one posting on this site would survive that trip, and i do mean NOBODY!

  • May 10, 2012, 2:51 a.m. CST

    "Unless you’re a really sick fucker, in which case I love you"

    by duke of url

    And Douglas Trumbull came here for Publicity? OH MY GOD! this place is like the ball pit @ mickey D's bright color's and excrement smell

  • May 10, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I dive from the highest diving board for films like this...

    by duke of url

    more like i slide off the edge of the couch and crawl over to the dvd player for films like this

  • May 10, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST

    good news everyone

    by duke of url

    Obama supports gay marriage Aren't you all happy now? SPERM JUNKIES ASSEMBLE!

  • May 10, 2012, 3:20 a.m. CST

    fucking liberal cunt

    by duke of url

  • May 10, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST


    by thomskis

    Aren't rednecks just darling?

  • May 10, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by thomskis

    Of course, in the American South, obesity is genetic but homosexuality is a choice.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Sorry guys, I was joking with my JAWS 100th comment


    It was merely a joke. I'm well aware the JAWS box cover is saying that it's Universal's 100th anniversary, and no I probably didn't see Jaws on it's first run through theaters, but it was just me amusing myself. I wasn't trying to throw any hard cold facts at you people. You may continue the talkback!

  • May 10, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Hey Mel, what did you think of Attack the Block?

    by UltraTron

    Fuck! God! Who wants to eat?! Who the fuck wants to eat?! Go have something to eat! Hurrrrraaaaayyyyyy! (Screaming) Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuckin' hate! Fucking cunt cocksucker whore! (Very hoarse) Fuck! (Screaming as he runs toward the driveway, gets into his car and drives away)

  • May 10, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Who killed Gavin Smith and why isn't it cool news?

    by UltraTron

  • May 10, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Hey, Harry. FUCK YOU!

    by The Jitters

  • Keep up the good work. Now, I got a review of Harry's latest video to get to work on.

  • May 10, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    never knew John Malkovich was related to Michael Vick

    by maxcherry

  • May 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    42nd st, gremlins 2 get me hard

    by shiekybaby

    mothers day looks like something interesting to masturbate too, the rest of the list can suck on my sack.

  • May 13, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    What do we want? Civilisation!

    by Jedibobster

    Commenting because I don't want this Talkback ending with someone calling GREMLINS 2 an 'utter piece of shit'. Being a huge fan of the original I was very excited about seeing this. We were getting a lot of sequels to our 80s classics in the late 80s/early90s - BTTF 2 and 3, The Karate Kid III, Indy 3, Ghostbusters 2 - and it felt both exciting and scary. Would these sequels let everything down. I could discuss these films for hours but in the case of Gremlins 2 I pass it with two thumbs up. It did something so different to the original, something zany and crazy and original itself. Are those that dislike it the same people that prefer The Last Crusade to Temple of Doom? Wouldn't be surprised. I pretty much concur with Harry's Aliens to Alien comparison, although don't mind the above poster's Predator 2 to Predator one either. Gremlins 2 did what a sequel should - take risks with doing it's own thing but staying faithful to the original. And to the above poster that said CG Gremlins - boo to you sir, boo to you. The only CG Gremlin I ever want to see is a single one in a Joe Dante directed Gremlins 3 that gets it's ass-pixels kicked by proper Gremlins.

  • May 15, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by DrGogol


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    by DrGogol


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  • May 31, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Harry, thanks for The Vow recommend.

    by Gregg Vossler

    my wife and i enjoyed it. so thanks, cuz i would never have checked it out otherwise. gotta say, one thing about that movie, though, is his stupid wrinkled sport jacket that he wears to show that he can go to the party where you have to wear a jacket and tie, but not sell out and be all waspy like all those "straight" people with their wide ties. hilarious!