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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 1st week of August 2012: John Ford, BOUND, Nicholas (Blu) Ray, Don Knotts, John Cusack, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING Blu & more!!!

Published at: Aug. 7, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here...   I really love the releases this week, but next week is possibly even stronger.   Man, we've got great stuff hitting!   Got this one done a bit early, which means I get well rested for the show tomorrow!  

 

 

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012





RIO GRANDE Blu Ray

The last of the great Calvary Trilogy which began with FORT APACHE, which was followed by SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON – and RIO GRANDE was the film that John Ford never particularly intended to make. Republic Pictures basically blackmailed Ford into making it… if he wanted them to finance QUIET MAN, which Ford had Wayne and Maureen O’Hara on board to make, but nobody wanted to make it – as it wasn’t in Ford’s cash genre. SO he had to make a black & white western with some of his QUIET MAN cast if he wanted to make that film. This is where lessor directors would have phoned in a film. But Ford had no quit in him, so he gathered up Wayne, O’Hara and the great Victor McLaglen… along with folks like Chill Wills, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Wayne’s own son – and he made another classic Calvary film. I love Ford’s films – mainly because he understood the frame of film and how to bring emotion, power and majesty to it. Watch the opening of RIO GRANDE, no dialogue, but watch how much is conveyed through pure imagery. Watch the Roman-Riding scene with Ben Johnson and Harry Carey Jr – and realize… that’s them guys doing that crazy fucking stunt work. It is breath-taking… not only that, but that jump? INSANITY. My copy of the Blu Ray did have a flaw… on the special features page it has a listing for THE MAKING OF HIGH NOON… when you click it though you will get THE MAKING OF RIO GRANDE hosted by Leonard Maltin and featuring a good many folks that were a part of this classic film. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – and a must for real cineastes!




BOUND Blu Ray

The Wachowskis have made 3 films that I have watched an awful lot. I’ve watched SPEED RACER and THE MATRIX an awful lot, but my favorite film from this powerhouse of cinematic DNA team has got to be BOUND. First off, Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly are just incredibly hot in this film. Just wow. But beyond them being just amazing eye-candy, the characters these two play are just perfect. I like how Tilly seems to have BIMBO written all over her, though she’s anything but. And that Gina Gershon’s character has LOSER written all over her, but again… I think those qualities are outward projections that keep folks at bay. But when these two get together, FIREWORKS. And fucking Joe Pantoliano?!?!? LOVE HIM! He’s such a great target for the scam that is in play. Here is where the Wachowskis began to just put everything in place. Look at Bill Pope’s camera work here. I remember reading the script for THE MATRIX and watching BOUND and just knowing, this film is going to look fucking amazing. Everything the Wachowskis have going is on display here. Smart, tight and beautiful film work. It started here and like many filmmakers’ first, there’s something about that first dose of cinema from a filmmaker(s) that you know, you’re going to follow for a long time. I’d love for them to do another smaller film that put them back in a lean & mean mode. When you can do this, you don’t need crazy vfx, just cameras, lights, great actors and a script that sizzles like this one. This film looks just jaw-dropping on Blu.




JOHNNY GUITAR Blu Ray

This was another of my mother’s favorite films – and when she divorced my father and became a rancher, she mined Joan Crawford’s character from JOHNNY GUITAR and dressed just like her and even that hairstyle and stark makeup. And yeah, my mom, when she drank enough totally had that scary ass Crawford stare. Oddly, that personal history doesn’t tarnish an ounce of this great Nicholas Ray film for me. The titular character is played by Sterling Hayden, who will always be Sir Gawain to me from the old PRINCE VALIANT movie, while for everyone else – one look and you’ll be thinking about “precious bodily fluids” most likely. But Hayden’s Johnny Guitar is something special. I love the dynamic testy relationship between Joan and him. Even more, I fucking love Mercedes McCambridge (voice of Linda Blair’s demon in EXORCIST) as the crazy fucking power-mad She-Bitch out to wipe Crawford and her business out of this two-horse town. The cast has Ernest Borgnine and John Carradine in the mix, along with the great Ward Bond. This Blu is beautiful. Ray created a western unlike any other. Although CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA with Barbara Stanwyk and Ronald Reagan is just about the other feminist power western that I can think of, that doesn’t go exploitive. BTW – that’s a great double feature with this, I’d start off with CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA first that night if I were you.




INCREDIBLE MR LIMPET Blu-Ray

Is there any doubt that Don Knotts would have been the creepiest denizen of INNSMOUTH, Massachusetts? Knotts, no doubt, had a fishy face – and when the part of Mr Limpet came his way, we were all given a very non-Dagon take on his scaly transformation. And for everyone that thinks fucking Aquaman is a stupid superhero – fuck cleanly off. Mr Limpet proves what a mere fish could do – and Aquaman controls all the things in Earth’s seas, including Great White Sharks. This film is a wonderful story about a man that wants to serve his country during WWII, but like Steve Rogers, he flunks out – but he had no super-scientist to turn him into a super-soldier, instead he simply made a wish and became the strangest fish in the sea. I love this film. Kids of all ages, even 40, will love it too. Live action and 2D animation look spectacular on this Blu. If you’ve never enjoyed it, watch it with friends – you’ll be delighted. Then put on THE LOVE GOD and discover Knotts at the height of his powers!




BOOGENS Blu Ray

You know what I love? (besides apparently everything?) I love that I’ve been a movie obsessed monkey for the entire time on this plane of existence – and every time I am relatively certain that I’ve seen every 1980’s horror film, there comes something that somehow I missed, that none of you readers happened to mention to me – and that the countless horror fans just have never randomly brought up. So it feels like months ago that I watched this BluRay and ya know what… this is a pretty damn creepy fucking lil 80’s horror flick. First off, it has to do with opening up an old abandoned mine and well… it was a mine they definitely should not have fucked with. Over the story we will learn, beyond any doubt that mine’s that were closed on purpose by a bunch of people that ain’t around no more… well, best leave it the fuck alone, because there’s bad monster juju going on in this – and of course, the mine has tunnels that lead all over the town – which means once you blast that one spot – shit will happen everywhere. If you want your kid to stay the fuck out of the basement, SHOW THEM THIS!




GROSSE POINTE BLANK 15th Anniversary Blu Ray

This is so good. I watched this as a double feature with ROMY & MICHELLE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, and yeah – that was a great double feature – two radically different reunion films. In this one, John Cusack accepts a mission to assassinate a target in his old home town, which also happens to place him there for his own High School reunion. Old relations come into play, but most of all, his old love played with the awesome that is Minnie Driver… well, she starts weaving that old magic upon him – but what really makes this film crackle, besides the great script, is the supporting cast. Joan Cusack is great as her brother’s keeper… and Dan Aykroyd as his rival assassin – just great. Alan Arkin? Yeah, this film is just about as perfect as it could get. This movie hasn’t aged a day. So great!




HIGH FIDELITY Blu Ray

Ok – so the second this Blu Ray was in my hands, the plastic came off and the disc was in the PS3. I have a serious jones for HIGH FIDELITY. I spent enough time in a place called Inner Sanctum here in Austin, which was a great Vinyl shop here in Austin – and I had vinyl friends by the ton back during college through the early days of AICN, so HIGH FIDELITY, I felt like I knew those characters. The three store jockeys… I know people in my life that resemble all 3. I love Cusack’s listmania. I love how he revisits the past loves of his life. I love the soundtrack to this film, like mad. In many ways, Jack Black was at his best here. And the whole cast is spectacular… though the fantasy/nightmare vision in Cusack’s mind of his upstairs neighbor fucking his most recent ex… well Tim Robbins is the best evil bad guy, that’s doing your ex… ever. Nick Hornby’s great book was pitch perfect material for Cusack and the rest of this group. And yes, I would love to see Edgar Wright do a remake set in England.




ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING 25th Anniversary Blu Ray

I watched this as a double feature with FULL METAL JACKET as a great Vincent D’onofrio double-bill… obviously with this playing second. What?!?! Kubrick followed by ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING? Yeah, I take that kind of whiplash in stride. ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING was a film that used to be a guilty pleasure for me. There was a point in time, when I felt ashamed for my love of this film. But in 1987, when this Merry Marvel Marching Society member saw a little girl obsessed with THOR – and saw that character as being pure hope for our society. NO, NOT LIKE THAT. I showed this film to my sis, repeatedly. She loved that girl and Shue. And I was a crazed maniac screaming about how Vincent D’onofrio should fucking play THOR in a John Milius scripted and directed THOR epic. Yeah. I know. I have always been a basket case, but I like my basket. Rewatching this the other day, I suddenly realized… There’s no shame to be felt. This is a solid fantasy film. ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING might sound like a light-weight piece of puff, but it really isn’t. I love how oddly adult all the situations are. Shue is amazingly beautiful here – and Penelope Anne Miller is almost unrecognizable as her distraught friend. OH – and I’ll love BABYSITTING BLUES forever. This is one of my favorite Chris Columbus directed films. Nice to have on BluRay – but miserable when I read… 25th Anniversary. Really? It’s that fucking old? Jesus.




ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION 15th Anniversary Blu Ray

All these newer films from this title up, all arrived the exact same day, and the film that Yoko lost her mind over was ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION – and after HIGH FIDELITY – I put this on, much to her delight, and I remember seeing this film in 1997 and it not phasing me a bit. I reacted completely neutral to it. Watching it with her… REVELATORY. This really is a fucking hilarious film. And Lisa Kudrow is actually really really cute in this – and I no longer dislike her. I’ve always loved Mira Sorvino. But Kudrow was so good in this. I love the GAMBIT-like device that is used here. Janeane Garofalo is just hysterical throughout – and Alan Cumming? So much fun. Going from this to GROSSE POINTE BLANK – just a surprisingly strong double feature. Get some old friends together and watch. It’s a good time!




CLUE: THE MOVIE Blu Ray

This is one of those films that I had simply never seen. I’m a John Landis freak, so how did it escape me? Well, when it came out, the 3 different endings actually kept me out of the theater, because I only had access to one theater and hated the notion of having no possibility to see the other 2 endings at the time. So I decided I’d just wait for another opportunity. For some reason or another, I just never got to it. I’ve had friends preaching the faith, that this film is awesome – and with that cast, I never had a doubt. The other night, my friend Baby Face Nelson was over and when he realized I hadn’t seen CLUE – he made me put it on – and wow. Giggle. I’m so happy I saw it with him! The production design is note perfect. The performances by all are fantastic, but Tim Curry… WOW. Just fantastic. That said, I am going to plan a small engagement where we each come as a character from the gameboard, we play CLUE, then watch it. It’ll be a fun night! And yes, you can watch the film with each ending attached, or with a random ending played. Very cool!




DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Blu Ray

I liked THE LORAX. Of course I did, coming from Austin… home to a very Druiditic Tree-worshipping culture, the story of the legendary Lorax… well, it plays very well. Everything is just so damn pretty – and I wouldn’t mind a few inflatable trees and hedges from time to time. This is cool kids entertainment. Mainly though, I just love the character of The Lorax as brought to life with the voice of Danny DeVito. That’s just perfect. And yeah, the 3 fish chorus. Awesome.




FULL METAL JACKET 25th Anniversary Blu-Book Edition

This is the exact same transfer as on pervious FULL METAL JACKET releases – and I still see artifacts in the skies. So pisses me off that we don’t have a great perfect transfer of this film. It isn’t consistently awful, but you should never ever have a quality issue with a Kubrick film. The mere fact that his name is on the film means you have something of the utmost quality and should be an automatic excuse for the folks mastering to put forth their very best effort. This is not that. This movie is still getting the short stick.




WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE Blu Ray

This is a long, four and a half hour period epic about a Seediq tribe of 300 men, women and children, that gave the Japanese nightmares between 1895 – 1945. Produced by John Woo, this film is one of those ZULU-esque stories about a technologically superior fighting force being given a lesson in tactics and military combat. The Seediq were a fiercely brutal fighting tribe, proud of their heritage and their leader, Mouna Rudo is just awesome. And that one kid – wow. This is a powerful film, the most expensive Taiwanese film ever… and it definitely shows. This is just an amazing story taken right from the little read pages of history. Check it out!




SPACEBALLS 25th Anniversary Edition Blu Ray

I haven’t seen this disc yet, but it doesn’t sound like there’s anything that would get me to replace my previous version, which I was wholly satisfied with. But if this is a superior disc – I’ll revise this when I pick it up, if I do.




FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD Collection Volume 4 (JEWEL ROBBERY / LAWYER MAN / MAN WANTED / THEY CALL IT SIN )

I love these FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD sets, they always have very interesting and racy films, from an era that society had kind of suppressed for generations. I’m most curious to see JEWEL ROBBERY, LAWYER MAN and MAN WANTED, as not only did all 3 of those come out in 1932, but they were all directed by William Dieterle, one of the great directors of the era. The casts have folks like William Powell, Joan Blondell, Loretta Young and the gorgeous Kay Francis. Can’t wait to dive into this and the next set!




FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD Collection Volume 5 ( HARD TO HANDLE / LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT / THE MIND READER / MISS PINKERTON )

Haven’t got this yet either, but given it has a James Cagney film I can cross off his filmography, that I haven’t seen (HARD TO HANDLE) – well, that’s reason enough to get the whole set for me. The other films are nothing to sneeze at, but Cagney, I see every Cagney flick I can get my hands on.




KILLING BONO Blu Ray

Here’s a “I coulda been a contender” kinda story, focusing on a pair of brothers that wanted to be Rock Gods in and around the exact same area and time that Bono & U2 suddenly came about. Not only that, they knew one another – and at one point, one of the brothers could have been a member of U2, only… well, that’d be telling too much. This Belfast tale is just a wonderful film about living in the shadow of tremendous success and how that success can poison you. Very cool flick!

Next week, we will be taking a look at JAWS on BluRay – not only that, but Quint & I are shooting in the Basement, a full on JAWS tribute episode today, for Next Thursday! Oh – and there’s also a little film called THE HUNGER GAMES coming out and: THE RAID: REDEMPTION on Blu, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS Criterion Blu, GODZILLA VS MEGALON, FALLEN Blu, IRON SKY Blu, PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, JUAN OF THE DEAD, NEW JACK CITY Blu, FATHER’S DAY Blu, LES VAMPIRES Blu, SHAFT (original film) Blu, DEATH WISH 2 & 3 & 4 on Blu, ROSETTA Criterion Blu, HICK, ROMEO MUST DIE Blu, LA PROMESSE Criterion Blu, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG, KORCZAK, ART IS… THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION, STALLONE COLLECTION Blu, THE CROSS OF LORRAINE, THE HANGING TREE, BLACK HAND, THE DEVIL MAKES THREE, PILOT NO. 5 and that’s about it. Helluva week coming up! But I’m still thinking about next month’s release of this…





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  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    What to say? What to say?

    by psychedelic

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I can be that shallow. The Raid Saturday night at New Bev!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Clue

    by eveelcapitalist

    Saw that on TV a bunch when I was a kid. All the endings were tacked on. I always thought it was just for comedic effect. Up until now I didn't know that the endings were seperated.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    And Mira Sorvino is freaking delicious.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    seriously john cusack

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    I WANT TO FORGET YOU

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Sorvino is at her absolute hottest in that movie.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Funny flick, as well.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Some decent stuff out

    by rakesh patel

    John Cusack - hasn't really made a decent flick in years. though it has to be be said he looks good for his age and both gross point and high fidelity are great flicks Colleen Camp in clue looked amazing. seeing here in entourage and house.. uh well. bound nerver heard of, think i'll pick it up. Adventures in babysitting, i think it was called a night on the town here, was great fun, had a huge crush on Elizabeth Shue back then. 25 years? bloody hell. fuck you time!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Do we get the Wachowskis's commentary on Bound?

    by Monkeybrains

  • I do have The Incredible Hulk on DVD. So, I'll likely just get The Avengers on Blu-ray separately.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Clue

    by eldeejo

    Is one of my all time favourite movies. The maid is so goddamn hot. So good.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Full Metal Jacket extras?

    by Bungion Boy

    Anything new or does the book packaging make it worth a purchase if we didn't have the previous blu?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Nice to see "CLUE" getting some lovin'

    by Chris

    Love it.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    bound...clue...mr._x

    by ponyboy

    bound blew me the fuck away on EVERY level when I first saw it...cinematography EPIC, tight ass script, so well paced, Joey pants, fucking hot sex scene, terrific acting all round, GREAT first film!!! but no extras! no commentary!! WTF!!! mr._x, get on this flic ASAP! you will love it! but if there aren't the same features as the DVD, & if the image isn't top notch blu, I might just hold off on the purchase, even though I've been waiting for this release for AGES!!!!! clue: "i am your singing telegram"-BANG!!! such a fun guilty pleasure for me. great cast! clue & murder by death are a GREAT double feature! watch both every halloween for years.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:06 a.m. CST

    bungion

    by HEADGEEK

    nope

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:26 a.m. CST

    justmyluck....harry

    by ponyboy

    Harry says bound looks super tight on blu-ray....yet you say it looks kind of crappy. I want this blu soooo bad, but who do I listen to? just watched the hustler on blu, & then watched the color of money, both on blu-ray. hustler, pristine...color of money looked like a VHS with NO extras. just need confirmation that bound is tight on blu-ray...including extras.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Glad to see some love for BOUND!

    by brokentusk

    There's a shot in the movie that traces a telephone wire that, like Harry, made me sit up and take notice of these guys. They weren't fucking around.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    @ponyboy360, re:BOUND Blu-ray

    by justmyluck

    Same as I said above, the color and contrast are generally fine, but the mid-tones appear noisy — distractingly enough for me. In the shadowy and flatter areas there's grain/compression noise dancing around...not so noticeable in higher contrast shots. The Blu-ray is sharp and good-looking, but the fact that it's a single-layer disc with lossy sound says a lot could be desired. Re: extras, the Blu-ray has none, just a choice of the *R* rated or *unrated* versions.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Boogens = Bwgan?

    by Lampers

    Bwgan (pronounced Boogan) is Welsh for bogey-man or goblin. I usually use it to mean ghost, but apparently I'm using it wrong. Just wondering, coincidence? Or were the writer(s) of this Welsh-American and drawing on familial memory? In any event as a huge fan of 80s horror I have added this to my must-see list. Looking forward :)

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    justmyluck...

    by ponyboy

    thanks for response...might as well get the blu-ray, & keep my DVD. which is kind of dissapointing. wonder why no extras/commentary?! thanks again man. I needed those answers. but again, dissapointed....hope they don't double dip in a few months!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    im going home to SLEEP WITH MY WIFE

    by jesus 2099

    flames fa fire flames

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Adventures in Baby Sitting was called...

    by deanbarry

    A Night on the Town is Australia and I have no idea why. Liz Shue....between this and the TOTALLY AWESOME Karate Kid...was my dream girl. Damn, she still looks pretty hot these days too.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Killing Bono - Belfast?

    by NedNederlander

    It's definitely set in Dublin, Irelands capital. Also, i thought it was a pretty shitty movie, Good book though

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    of course that was a typo...

    by deanbarry

    A night on the town IS australia makes no friggen sense. Leave me alone.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Belfast?!?

    by Schuler_Bub

    Have you watched some sort of alternate killing bono movie? The one I saw was clearly set in and around Dublin!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Clue

    by Robbiemc9

    Madaline was hilarious in Clue "Flames, flames rising up the side of my face". I remember sport getting rainded out at school once as a kid so the teachers put A Night On the Town (OZ) to watch for us. We were all around 13 /14 y/o. The "dont FUCK with the babysitter" line created the expected reaction from the kids and the two teachers got into a fight about whether they should keep letting us watch it or not.

  • GROSSE POINTE BLANK needs a sequel-and no War,inc doesnt count. Get on with it already, Lets see what Martin Blank has been up to!!!!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Full Metal Jacket Vs Platoon

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Who wins?

  • Those dvd sleeves are the breaking point. But I'm waiting to hear about the extras...

  • I'm on the fence as well. I just bought all the Blu Rays when Best Buy had them cheap (before Avengers came out). Whatever is on that bonus disc is what's gonna push me over the edge.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Killing Bono

    by GordyDuffNI

    Was set in Dublin though filmed in Belfast, maybe that's causing the confusion....

  • Avengers assemble and choose 2 day shipping via amazon prime!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    How old am I ? I saw "The Boogens" in a theater

    by jupiterjim

    I think I was the only one in the audience...it was a 2:00 pm showing on a weekend..still a great movie if I still remember it...

  • What?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    @ponyboy360 thanks bro! will definitely pick it up.

    by rakesh patel

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Saw A Night On The Town with The Lost Boys

    by Fart Magnus

    Went to see this brand new film called The Lost Boys in late 1987, just as school had finished for the year(and high school forever for me)and they announced if we wanted to stay in the cinema they would show us this new film, as a preview. We sat there for the next almost two hours and watched A Night on The Town and me, being a young gay man fell head over heals in love with Elizabeth Shue. For me, being obsessed with The Goonies from two years earlier, this was like The Goonies in the city. Great memories! Loved it and LOVED this film!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    You take back what you said about Thor!

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Not until you sing the blues.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Can't believe you never saw Clue, Harry! Fantastic film.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    killing bono

    by emgamera

    seriously. if you haven't seen the movie, just say so. why bother regurgitating press blurbs and synopses?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Giggle.

    by Skankardly

    Fuck thine self.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Greatest thing about The Boogens

    by solitaire

    other than the fact it's a fun little movie, is that it is John Malcovich's favorite film! No shit! I wish I could remember where I read it, but I believe it was a director talking about how he is obsessed with the movie and so they got him a framed poster and he loved it.

  • wow, walking into THE MATRIX for the first time having read the script already? Fucking tragedy. What a depressing way to see movies.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    You know what I love? (besides apparently everything)

    by BlaGyver

    Harry, I'm far from your biggest fan, but that made me laugh. Good job.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I might be the only AICN'er to have seen The Boogens in the theater

    by Darth Macchio

    Yep - dragged me poor Pops along (rated R) and I do recall getting a bit freaked out as a kid over this one. I didn't for sure till I pulled an image from the film - yep, that's them. Dragged him to a number of movies back in the day actually. Dragged my poor grandfather along to see "Laserblast" in the theater a million years ago too. Gotta love relatives willing to take your pre-17 punkass to rated R flicks!!!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Tarantino was furious at Grosse Pointe Blank

    by i_got_worms

    I remember reading an interview where he was incensed that, as he saw it, it was basically Mr White goes to his school reunion. Hmmm I think maybe Quentin was having an off day when he was interviewed.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "Calvary"?

    by dukeroberts

    You mean "Cavalry". "Calvary" is where Jesus died.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    @ darth macchio - You are not alone

    by Skankardly

    saw The Boogens with my brothers and my Dad. Parents were separated so that's what we did on weekends. Though the situation sucked, we saw all the excellent(or not so excellent) movies of the time. Saw Laserblast at the Kincaid's theater with all the neighborhood kids for $2 Saturday matinee. They always just asked if our parents said it was ok to see it and we'd always say "Yup." And they'd let us in. Movie was retarded. I remember checking my chest for a lump for the longest time after that.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Love Grosse Point.

    by Bigdada

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Aw, man. Mr Limpet.

    by KelseysNuts

    Watched this over and over again as a kid. Not Don Knotts' best, that would be The Ghost & Mr Chicken, but a very nice film for youngsters that is not tied to fast-food give-aways.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Adventures in Babysitting

    by tattooedjackass

    loved it is also a guilty pleasure for me too, there was always something about it that made me smile all the way through!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Re Skankardly...

    by Darth Macchio

    Parents were separated as well! One of the good things about mid-80's divorce i think was that one parent invariably took us to see any number of odd/awesome movies with all types of ratings baring X/pornographic. Saw lots of weirdo/fantastic gems (lesser or better known): Parasite, Boogens, Eagle's Claw (Jackie Chan), Quest for Fire, Ghoulies (only the first one), On the Right Track (Gary Coleman), Jekyll & Hide - Together Again, Megaforce, Xtro, Q - The Winged Serpent, Sword and the Sorcerer (correct title?), Time Bandits,The Gate, House of Wax in 3d, Comin At Ya in 3d, Metalstorm - The Destruction of Jared-Syn, Spacehunter (with Molly Ringwald), Ice Pirates, and many many more I cannot recall at the moment. We also saw, of course, all of the more well known and excellent 80's flicks. Proof to the 'silver lining' conceit, no?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    indeed it is.

    by Skankardly

    The Thing is still my all time favorite movie I saw during that time. Just awesome.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    DVD Box Quotes from Harry Knowles, AICN

    by Jacob Underhill

    Rio Grande - 'This is where lessor directors would have phoned in a film....INSANITY.' Bound - 'First off, Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly are just incredibly hot in this film. Just wow...And fucking Joe Pantoliano?!?!? LOVE HIM!' Johnny Guitar - 'And yeah, my mom, when she drank enough totally had that scary ass Crawford stare.' The Incredible Mr. Limpet - 'And for everyone that thinks fucking Aquaman is a stupid superhero – fuck cleanly off. Mr Limpet proves what a mere fish could do – and Aquaman controls all the things in Earth’s seas, including Great White Sharks.' Boogens - 'If you want your kid to stay the fuck out of the basement, SHOW THEM THIS!' Grosse Point Blank - 'Alan Arkin? Yeah, this film is just about as perfect as it could get.' High Fidelity - 'Tim Robbins is the best evil bad guy, that’s doing your ex… ever.' Adventures in Babysitting - 'Rewatching this the other day, I suddenly realized… There’s no shame to be felt.' Romy and Michelle - 'And Lisa Kudrow is actually really really cute in this – and I no longer dislike her.' Clue - '...and when he realized I hadn’t seen CLUE – he made me put it on – and wow. Giggle.' The Lorax - 'And yeah, the 3 fish chorus. Awesome.' Warriors of the Rainbow - 'And that one kid – wow.' Spaceballs - '...if this is a superior disc – I’ll revise this when I pick it up, if I do.' UPDATE! Nasa has pulled a dozen top men off the Mars Rover project specifically to unearth the meaning behind the following two sentiments. This is raw, unrefined material...read at your own risk! - 'Over the story we will learn, beyond any doubt that mine’s that were closed on purpose by a bunch of people that ain’t around no more… well, best leave it the fuck alone, because there’s bad monster juju going on in this – and of course, the mine has tunnels that lead all over the town – which means once you blast that one spot – shit will happen everywhere.' - 'I spent enough time in a place called Inner Sanctum here in Austin, which was a great Vinyl shop here in Austin – and I had vinyl friends by the ton back during college through the early days of AICN, so HIGH FIDELITY, I felt like I knew those characters.'

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    nice dedrek, real nice.

    by Skankardly

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    The real reason Harry never saw Clue until now....

    by john

    is because that blu-ray is the first "pwesent" the studio sent him.....

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Clue should be a double bill with Murder by Death.

    by higgledyhiggles

    Maybe Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Triple Bill ?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Hey! They didn't screw up the Babysitting cover art. That is a Struzan, is it not?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    And Clue had a great cast...but I recall the dialogue being real lame and juvenile.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    And ended up with a lot of running around and yelling at each other.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Yup, its Struzan.

    by StatelyWayneManor

    I have the poster at home & its reprinted in his book(s).

  • It is an unofficial sequel to Grosse Point Blank in that Cusack is essentially playing the same character, a likable everyman hit man who can kick total ass at the drop of a hat. It's what happens to that character down the road after he gets involved as a consultant for an American war in the Middle East.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I'm waiting for someone to SPOIL all three endings to Clue.

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Spoilers are a red herring....

    by Jacob Underhill

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    100% agreed, chaunceygardiner

    by Jacob Underhill

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Let's see how cheap I can make this.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I'm reminded of a line from the "Newhart" show...

    by VadersCrotchDoor

    ... Where Peter Scolari's character says to his girlfriend "Hey Stephie, remember that Fellini festival at the Bijou? It's finally over. Want to go see 'The Boogens'?"

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I saw "Clue" at a studio preview, before its release.

    by MovieManStill

    The studios would hand out movie passes at USC, constantly. I learned to lie, and say that I was an English major (they wouldn't give them to film students). The reaction was NOT good after my viewing. I remember it as being quite idiotic, but I have not seen it since....

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Ginger Troll II : The Return of the Giggle!!

    by 3774

    Your reviews need more giggle, Harry. There isn't enough frothing at the mouth down here. Time to stoke the flames of hate some more!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I wish, I wish, I wish I were a Fish . . .

    by elmo

    I'd actually pay to see Depp remake Mr Limpett

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    i'm embaressed to say that i always liked Romey and Michelle

    by antonphd

    except for that interpretive dance scene near the end. god. it makes me shiver to just think about it.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Harry, you're gonna have to wait longer than a month for that suitcase

    by thelordofhell

    There's a tiny little copyright infringement that has to be settled about it..............

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    "Stanley Kubrick's Boxes" is on the FMJ set on a second disc

    by Krinkle

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    AQUAMAN EVEN CONTROLS GREAT WHITE SHARKS!

    by Mike Soiseth

    And I just turned 5.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Reading the script before watching a movie like the Matrix

    by Windowlicker74

    HAHA that must be the dumbest idea ever lol

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I didn;t like the script for Koyaanisqatsi, so I didn't watch the movie..

    by Jacob Underhill

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    edit: bout "with" diarrhea

    by Autodidact

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by evildeadgeorge

    Can't wait to head out later and pick up Spaceballs and Adventures In Babysitting. 80's comedy doublebill sounds sweet! And fucking Joe Pantoliano? LOVE HIM!(I hear that said in the voice of Cleveland Brown). Also, this story seems to have been completely overlooked or not mentioned, but there are technically no "Wachowski Brothers" anymore, as Larry had a sex change and is now Lana Wachowski. Dead serious.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I love The Boogens.

    by disfigurehead

    I saw it back in the day and read all about it in Fangoria. Classic.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    harry and bungion

    by Robert Evans

    Krinkle is right..the main reason for the FULL METAL JACKET double dip is the excellent documentary BOXES. its a wonder if Harry even fumbled with the second disc or used it as a coaster.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    harry and bungion

    by Robert Evans

    Krinkle is right..the main reason for the FULL METAL JACKET double dip is the excellent documentary BOXES. its a wonder if Harry even fumbled with the second disc or used it as a coaster.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    harry and bungion

    by Robert Evans

    Krinkle is right..the main reason for the FULL METAL JACKET double dip is the excellent documentary BOXES. its a wonder if Harry even fumbled with the second disc or used it as a coaster.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    harry and bungion

    by Robert Evans

    Krinkle is right..the main reason for the FULL METAL JACKET double dip is the excellent documentary BOXES. its a wonder if Harry even fumbled with the second disc or used it as a coaster.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    harry and bungion

    by Robert Evans

    Krinkle is right..the main reason for the FULL METAL JACKET double dip is the excellent documentary BOXES. its a wonder if Harry even fumbled with the second disc or used it as a coaster.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Boogens love!

    by Darth Macchio

    Glad to not be the only one! And..honestly...not surprised either..of all places to not be the only guy to have seen a movie called "The Boogens", it's going to be a geek movie website. Now - even tho I remember being freaked out and thus enjoying the movie, was I the only one who thought about blocking out or covering over the right-hand leg just below the right-hand curve of the final letter 'n' in the title card marquees? It's only something a kid would find funny perhaps but a horror movie called "The Boogers" would be pretty awesome. Can you imagine that tag-line possibilities?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    John Cusak hates the only movie he was any good in.

    by JudasPriestly

    Better Off Dead rules! Even if Cusak doesn't think so!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    But Landis's fingerprints are all over CLUE.

    by Robert Evans

    It is essential!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    THE BOOGENS on Blu-ray, holy shit!

    by D.Vader

    That movie actually does a pretty good job fleshing out its characters and motivations. It surprised me.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    And I can't believe Harry has never seen CLUE.

    by D.Vader

    Wow, face palm.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Clue is a great comedy

    by Cobb05

    Tim Curry is awesome. When he explains how it all happened, the guy is on fire.I have no idea how he did that rapid fire dialogue.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    dedrek

    by DocPazuzu

    Keep up the good work. Especially the faux reviews. Funny shit. My kind of mustard in fact.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:37 p.m. CST

    d.vader

    by DocPazuzu

    Yeah, insane, isn't it? The Boogens took forever to hit shiny disc, and when it did, it went Blu-ray as well. That has to be one of the highest odds to hit BR of all time. I have a really nice DVD of The Boogens ripped from a digital broadcast, but I think I just might have to upgrade. With The Boogens and Halloween III coming out on Blu-ray it's like an embarrassment of cheesy riches.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    CLUE and BOUND

    by DrAstroZoom

    Two of my favorites of all time on Blu? I know what I want for MY birthday. Gershon and Tilly are the hottest on-screen couple ever, in my opinion. And CLUE's collision at the top of the stairs is one of the best pratfalls in movie history. Two absolute winners.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah that's crazy DocPaz

    by D.Vader

    When I first saw it last year I brought it up with the CoC and they told me it had never even been released on DVD. To go straight to that and Blu is nuts! Someone must be a fan.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Mr. Show's Homage to Mr. Limpet

    by Aquatarkusman

    Before I die, I'm gonna fuck me a fish.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    darth macchio...

    by Terry Powell

    ...I remember being about 12 or 13 and loving Hitchcock, so I conned my mom into taking me to see Frenzy. Whew! This was before HBO and all that, so when the rape/murder scene came on, I was both fascinated and embarassed. Shortly after that, my dad took me too The Godfather, but I really wished he'd taken me to Frenzy.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    FULL METAL JAKET 25th Anniversary Blu-ray issues

    by justmyluck

    The feature disc material is the same as the disc in the Kubrick box set (different disc artwork, same contents). The second disc has the hour long doc *Stanley Kubrick's boxes*, and that's it. So, yes, there is the ONE significant extra that Harry didn't report. The hype sticker and back cover insert sheet are misleading. The sticker says you get *All new Remastered feature on Blu-ray for the first time* = FALSE. The insert sheet says special features include *Photos from Matthew Modine's personal collection* = FALSE. What you get is a printed insert about Modine's FULL METAL JACKET DIARY App...no download code mind you, just an advertisement for it. Warner Home Video should be held accountable for this, really.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    ^JACKET

    by justmyluck

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    RE Boogen=Bwgan

    by romanxp47

    Surprisingly neat little movie. Pay special attention to the amazing shot when the couple leave the house and tell the doggie to behave.

  • Loved the Boogens way back when. It the good ol days my brother and our friends would buy a ticket to whatever was new, and have at least a double feature sneaking into different theaters. Loved the video arcades in the theaters back then because nobody questioned a bunch of kids wandering around the lobby. Made sneaking around so easy - saw more rated R films that way. It also made it possible to see SW:ESB 34 times on a 10-year-olds paper route money. BTW, I recently sat down with my sons and watched Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone starring Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwold, and Ernie Hudson. Great time, and the boys really liked it - "Cheesy but good, Dad". Like a pizza. I'll take that.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Michael Ironside IS the Overdog.

    by vic twenty

    That looked like the least comfortable costume ever created.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    terror is only a flick away...

    by Greg

    Did I do that right?

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Gentlemen, gentlemen...Landis didn't direct CLUE

    by arnold stang

    Jonathan Lynn did

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Nobody gets outta this place without singin' the blues...

    by Somerichs

    Classic. Albert Collins, baby! In other news, it seems that John Cusack movies and great accompanying soundtracks often go hand in hand...

  • Michael Ironsides under makeup.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Colleen Camp was the maid in CLUE

    by Flexfill

    And she was one of the playmates in Apocalypse Now years earlier... the one that 'Chef' aka Frederick Forrest falls for. The Redux version has a lot more of her if you know what I mean. She also played Julie's mom in Valley Girl, again opposite Frederick Forrest playing her husband this time. Director Martha Coolidge, who made Valley Girl, was an apprentice to Coppola and Colleen Camp is her best friend to this day.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Colleen Camp - Apocalypse Now Centerfold Photo

    by Flexfill

    http://i48.tinypic.com/23hkhhz.jpg

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    flexfill

    by adeceasedfan

    Love Colleen Camp. Nice reminder of why^ Thx.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    flexfill - nice!

    by vic twenty

  • but, no harm- no foul dude. at least we're on the same movie wavelength.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    justmyluck....

    by ponyboy

    great points made on full metal jacket blu's. I was gonna post the exact same thing for interested TB's. I have the Matthew Modine steel-case full metal jacket Diary....#13,872/20,000. such an interesting read. especially the stories involving Modine & D'Onofrio. not to mention the candid Kubrick stories! fantastic pictures! great coffee-table book. EVERYTIME friends come over, their noses are in deep in that gem of a book/diary.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I'll take Leslie Ann Warren + Colleen Camp

    by dryjism

    in Clue over the Bound girls any day!!!

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Colleen Camp /Lynda Carter Apocalypse Now

    by Flexfill

    http://i49.tinypic.com/3307906.jpg Coppola's commentary for Apocalypse Now states that Lynda Carter (aka Wonder Woman '70s) orginally had the part of the playmate Frederick Forrest ('Chef') falls for in the movie. After the heavy rain and storms destroyed the USO sets where the girls perform, a couple of months went by to rebuild. Lynda Carter had to drop out to start shooting the TV series Wonder Woman. Colleen Camp was cast in her place. The Playboy photo shoot used for the centerfold in the movie was already done with Lynda Carter, but now had to be redone with Colleen Camp. Both are now rare 'movie props' and some even believed that Lynda's was fake. You be the judge.

  • Aug. 7, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Spaced

    by Joel Gonzalez

    Nothing? You couldn't say anything about Spaceballs? What kind of geek are you?

  • Here are a few links: amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=slithis dvd review: http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/45808/slithis/

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Cusak is a gay homosexual

    by Papa

    That is all www.hemingwaysfoyer.com - Your last place to be a man.

  • Had me in stitches once again.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Collen camp in clue

    by rakesh patel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdnD5Zf7MoU collen camp in entourage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lQoxVsGSu0

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Colleen Camp

    by Flexfill

    Damn that woman was something else back in her day... she aged hard but man, was she a knock-out back in the '80s.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Loved Colleen Camp in Clue

    by Langfhir

    And she was also in Police Academy 2. Love the scene when she enters the jewelry store with the machine gun and starts blasting.

  • Aug. 8, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    I'm going home to sleep with my wife.

    by Henry Fool

    The Michael McKean victorious ending was my favorite when I was a kid. But after seeing it again, I couldn't help but be reminded just how homophobic the 80's were. It's still a funny ending to a funny film, though. Forget any reservations I have about the ending, though. It's still far less offensive than the "fags in the shower" scene from 'Once Bitten'. And in a much funnier movie, too.

  • Aug. 9, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    The French Blu-Ray of Bound is much better

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Full 5.1 DTS sound (the U.S. release is 2.0 only...even the ancient DVD from *1997* had 5.1) and the terrific audio commentary from the laserdisc (Jennifer Tilly's impersonation of Dino De Laurentiis is hilarious..."Joey, ees not handsome, ess a KAR-AC-TAH ACT-AH!"), plus some featurettes that are unfortunately PAL only. Still, it's region free and the movie itself has no PAL issues, so it's the version to get.

  • Aug. 9, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    hey nasty

    by Flexfill

    that was f'n funny, man. I wish I could hear that commentary. I think Tilly is the shit.

  • Aug. 10, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is John Cusak?

    by lick_my_rebel_dick

    It's 'Cusack', you retards.

  • Aug. 11, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Love the shout out to Bound Harry

    by Jedispike

    Bound is a fantastic film the sometimes lost under the Matrix Trilogy. The film purposely immatates the Frank Miller work with a loving affection for Noir sensibilities. Totally want to see it in Blu. I remember seeing it in the theater with friends and being floored on how good it was.

  • Aug. 12, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Clue is very underrated.

    by BigTuna

    Funny, and with a terrific cast.

  • It was torture to sit through. No wonder it bombed horribly.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:49 a.m. CST

    bigtuna

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    absolutely, what the hell was that?!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Lorax and Pom Poko double feature

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMLmwBHiEZ4