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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 2nd week of August 2012: JAWS Blu, SHAFT Blu, THE RAID Blu, ROYAL TENENBAUMS Blu and lots more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with this week’s picks & peeks! Some seriously great flicks this week, including the one that we’ve really been agonizing for since the format existed. And that JAWS BluRay does not disappoint! As usual the images and links take you to AMAZON where if you chose to learn more about the title in question or if so motivated you wish to purchase the title… well, part of that purchase price goes to support the best efforts of this column. Injuries and all. You’ll see! Now here’s the column…

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

JAWS Blu Ray

For $18 on Amazon you get one of the singularly most out-standing transfers of a beloved film I’ve ever seen. Quint & I are both so over the moon for this release, that this week’s AICwHK is just a 100% JAWS Love Fest! How could we not. For those that are on the fence, be a naysayer… get the Blu through Netflix… and behold one of the greatest transfers you’ve seen. You’ll see instantly the difference. This is a film we know. We know inside and out. Going back to the original negative, doing the work they did to repair and restore… It’s just, the result doesn’t look like the 35mm that I saw back when this film unleashed a fear of deep water. No, this looks better than the 35mm, because this is going back a couple of generations to a far sharper and detailed cinematic canvas than I’ve ever seen JAWS on before. The colors and precise wow of this print is something that I just wasn’t expecting. If you have a chance to see the 4k print of this in Theaters… RUN! However, for the great deal of you – you’ll never get that chance. This Blu-Ray is the next best thing. It’s just stunning. The extras are amazing. The MAKING OF JAWS doc on here is just fantastic. In particular, listening to Steven talk about his association with the Orca… or the Quint scenes that he had written and decided to never shoot… or… the doc THE SHARK IS STILL WORKING – finally. Finally I get to see this JAWS love fest and it’s great. It just puts such a loving geeky smile on my face. This is the must purchase of the week. JAWS up geeks. You’re gonna need a bigger screen!


Had to start the list this week with two Oscar winners. JAWS and the great SHAFT! No matter how many shitty songs get nominated by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences… it doesn’t matter… because SHAFT by Isaac Hayes won BEST SONG. That’s kind of it. Nothing better will ever win. That’s just as fucking cool as it gets, and that song is the living beat of SHAFT. Richard Roundtree is just a badass. So great. Gordon Parks did a great job with SHAFT. Written by the man responsible for THE FRENCH CONNECTION’s script, SHAFT isn’t some half-ass piece of exploitation, it’s a wonderful film. This disc is on order, but if when it shows up tomorrow it sucks, I’ll let you folks know, they weren’t previewing this wonderful film. Argh. Sound better be awesome!


This just isn’t another Zombie movie. It isn’t just a Zombie movie either. This film is the first independent Cuban genre film made and shot in CUBA – and it has a flavor and a sense of the world, that is uniquely Cuban. The zombies are dissidents and well, it is best to discover the film as it hits you. Juan is played by an ex-Cuban military operative who lives the life of a hustler and a bit of a gigolo in the laid back life he’s become accustomed to in Havana. The film is gorgeous, but more so, as directed by Alejandro Brugues – this is someone to watch. This isn’t a film by someone that is never heard from again. This is a film by a filmmaker desperately in love with filmmaking. The film is energized with that sense of manifest destiny. The film feels WILLED INTO EXISTENCE. In many ways… this is the largest scale Zombie film to date. The scale is pretty huge – and when you think about the shots you’re seeing… it is just an utter delight. I’ve seen the film about 7 times now. Yes, I love Zombie films. Yes, I am a film geek, but that’s exactly the audience that this film was made for. It is made for those of us that watch Romero’s films, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, WALKING DEAD, THE DEAD and more. I love seeing how Cuba would handle the Zombie Apocalypse. I’m waiting for the great Russian ZOMBIE film. If you love ZOMBIES – this is a no-brainer, but if you only love great zombie films… this is definitely for you too.


I liked HUNGER GAMES, but didn’t love it. LOVE the book. LOVE IT. Gary Ross made a very different film from the book in many ways. It was done with the author’s blessing – and he wasn’t making an easy adaptation of it. The decisions he made were oddly non-commercial. The hand held photography, the strange rhythm to the editing that made everything deeply personal to Katniss… well it works. When I rewatched this on Blu Ray last week, I was really taken by the work, but it still wasn’t the treatment that I felt the book deserved. Honestly, I wanted THE HUNGER GAMES to be adapted in to a full fledged epic. I wanted a 3+ hour film that completely took you into this world. Lionsgate doesn’t make those movies, not yet. This is about as close as they get, and when you look at the box office, it is nearly impossible to argue that they did a damn thing wrong. They made the best small version of this story that I feel they could. My reaction to this film is pretty much why I tend to stay away from popular novels being turned into films, in advance of the film. I want all those missing scenes. That said, this is a great Blu Ray. The big making of doc that is on the second Blu-Ray is a fantastic look at how they made this film. Gary Ross does an excellent job of explaining his reasoning behind the different choices he made – and he’s absolutely right about those choices and on the budget he had, those were 100% correct. The story is Katniss’ story and he never ever loses sight of that. This is the Blu Ray that fans of this world will love.


I’m so angry I haven’t seen this yet. When it has played here in town, be it at fests, or the secret screening at a friend’s house by one the film’s producers… or when it just fucking played. I still haven’t seen it. And I haven’t gotten the Blu Ray yet. That changes tomorrow. When I get back from shooting in the basement, I’m coming home and watching the hell out of this. From what I’ve heard, I’m most likely going to watch it multiple times, then call friends and say, let’s watch this again. This is the kind of film that just screams WATCH ME. Nordling lost his fool mind for the film. Quint can go on quite a geek tear, with that geek zealot fire in his eyes. So, to say I’m sold on this. I’ve seen every clip that is online… but I still haven’t seen this. I’m dying. Gareth Evans’ MERANTAU, when it played at Fantastic Fest – it blew me away, not just the action, but the emotion that was layered in and the character work. MERANTAU is a fantastic action film and from everything I’ve heard, THE RAID is even better. Can’t wait to finish shooting tomorrow!


I love Wes Anderson films. And yeah, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is just one of those flicks that makes you wish you’d grown up in just such an eclectic family and I’m somebody genuinely happy with my eclectic upbringing, but this film allows you to dream of a different family. The biggest problem with THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is that it ends. This is a film that I kinda wish was a never-ending story. I could listen to these characters just continuing to live. In fact, I know that every second that I’m alive, I’m missing more of their stories. The characters live on screen, they don’t just occupy it. You can imagine the characters off camera still having scenes that we just are not watching because the director chose this scene for us. I know that sounds insane, but this film is one of those films that I love Yoko extra because of her love for it. She’s silly drunk in love with the film and I wholeheartedly concur. Criterion has done a great job and these are the extras you get on the Blu:

Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Wes Anderson

Audio commentary by Anderson

With the Filmmaker: Portraits by Albert Maysles, featuring Anderson

Interviews with and behind-the-scenes footage of the actors

The Peter Bradley Show, featuring interviews with additional cast members

Scrapbook featuring young Richie’s murals and paintings and more

Studio 360 radio segment on painter Miguel Calderon


Insert with Eric Anderson's drawings of the Tenenbaum house

PLUS: An essay by film critic Kent Jones


I saw this film multiple times in theaters in the seventies. I even remember the newspaper stock GODZILLA VS MEGALON giveaway comic that they had in the theaters… but most of all, I remember that this was that film that convinced me that GODZILLA was not a monster, but a superhero – and when Big G teams up with Jet Jaguar to lay down the smack down upon Megalon & Gigan. Pure love. My love of GODZILLA is directly tied most of all to this and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. I have come to appreciate most every incarnation of Big G, hell, my love even blinded me upon first showing of the Emmerich & Devlin version. Once I watched it 24 hours after that review, I realized just how insane I was. And wrote a review warning fans that the review of the World Premiere would most certainly not be their experience with the fairly lifeless shit ball that was that film. I have also never found a really good Jet Jaguar to call my own. This title has never gotten nearly the level of love I wish it would get. For example, where’s the BLU RAY? Wanton destruction on this level deserves the beauty of 1080p. Le sigh.


Hoblit got beaten up pretty hard by a good many critics on FALLEN, but I feel time has been exceedingly kind to FALLEN. It is that serial killer as supernatural nightmare concept that I loved a lot in Lou Diamond Phillips’ THE FIRST POWER. That film and FALLEN are a fun supernatural serial killer double feature. FALLEN is just the A version of what is essentially a B-movie conceit that works wonderfully in that smaller budget arena. In a way, this all is very similar to the notion in the CHILD’S PLAY Chucky flicks. Serial Killer that puts his soul into another body, there were fleshier hosts more easily usable in FALLEN and FIRST POWER. Denzel is solid here, he’s almost always good. I also love John Goodman as his partner and Embeth Davidtz is great. The cast in FALLEN is also the best version of this story thus far… I also love those films where evil murder body parts get put into needy people who then become psychotic murderers. Aren’t movies fun?


NEW JACK CITY is a great fucking movie directed by Mario Van Peebles. I remember when I was reading about this movie in Movieline and Entertainment Weekly… I thought it was hilarious that ICE T was going to “act” in a movie. There were a whole lot of doubting Thomases, but when NEW JACK CITY was released – it was seen as kind of amazing. ICE T’s performance in NEW JACK CITY is one of my fave cop performances. He’s great in the film. As are Wesley Snipes and Judd Nelson and Mario himself. The film just has a great pulse and look. The film is far and away the best thing Mario Van Peebles has directed. It isn’t even close. On Blu Ray the film just looks great and Chris Rock’s Pookie is just something you’ll never quite forget. So good!


The PARADISE LOST trilogy of documentaries has been one of the real examples that the power of cinema to right a wrong… well, it’s easy to point at Berlinger & Sinofsky’s films and say that the various celebrities and folks around the country – that saw these films and got involved in trying to right the rather obvious insanity that these 3 human beings were losing decades of their lives to something they very obviously did not do. Sitting on Death Row. Peter Jackson’s own WEST OF MEMPHIS is coming out this year and along with Berlinger’s films really complete the story of this particular crime. Quint has a lot more on that front! If you’ve been fascinated by this case, definitely pick this up, it’s more great work!

LES VAMPIRES 2 Disc Kino Blu

I have watched the first 3 ½ hours of this 7 hour French serial from 1915. Let that sink in. Nearly 100 years ago, Louis Feuillade, a man who directed over 630 silent films, when death cut his amazing career short. 97 years ago, he shot this amazing silent serial. Or Chapter Play, as some call them. It’s sexy, surreal and an epic crime tale. Veering with reckless abandon from realism to surrealism, this potent ancient film work is something to just watch with a smile. The sense of style in this series is amazing. I look forward to finding the right person to watch the whole epic with. Kino has done an amazing job with this Blu Ray. In partnership with the Cinematheque Francaise, and the Mont Alton Motion Picture Orchestra – they’ve not only restored this lengthy ancient work, but provided it with a new score that is quite fitting and exciting when it needs to be. Silent fans, this is pure awesome. Irma Vep and her gang are not to be taken lightly!


IRON SKY - the Nazi Threat from the Moon movie that we've been awaiting our entire lives.   We know there is absolutely a swastika shaped moon base on the dark side of the moon and this is the threat we must prepare for.   This import Blu Ray will play and is rather wonderful.   If you know, you like Space Nazi threat films.   And really...  what's not to like.   I love hating these guys!


I recently wrote a full on review of HICK, but let me warn you very upfront. This isn’t an easy film. Under no circumstances is this a PRETTY BABY situation, nothing graphic ever occurs. HICK is a film about what is under scenes, behind the looks and in the very air about Chloe Moretz. She is amazing, not because Martini sexualizes her, but because Chloe projects an air of vulnerability that just makes you want to step into the screen. This is a cautionary tale about the road and young girls. Runaways happen. And this is very definitely a runaway story. Chloe plays a girl on her way down a very lonely road with very bad intents and things go very wrong in a very short time. The performances by everyone in this are emotional and real. Chloe very definitely gives her best acting performance to date here. The same can also be said of Blake Lively and Eddie Redmayne. If you love very emotionally real and disturbing stories, but stories that have hope and redemption possible… then know, that’s what this film is. It’s also just great filmmaking.

ROSETTA Criterion Blu

Like non-traditional films? Movies shot with a sense of cinema vérité, where you watch to learn what is going on. Films that has you watching pieces, wondering what you’re seeing, until the pieces add up and you discover a deeper meaning from it all? Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne don’t have an interest in spoon-fed story telling. Film can be so much more mysterious and arresting and daring. This is a story of a young lady living a very hard life. Discovering her life is often heartbreaking and powerful. Emilie Dequenne is wonderful as the lead, this will not be for everyone.

LA PROMESSE Criterion Blu

The Brothers Dardenne released this film 3 years before ROSETTA – and it is a very different film. Here they’ve constructed a very documentary feeling tale that is all about characters that take advantage of newly arrived immigrants and the world that is around that. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from this incredibly arresting and powerful work. This is my favorite work of the Dardenne Brothers. And it was this that gave me the patience to watch ROSETTA, which is ultimately so rewarding as the credits roll. I’m very happy that Criterion is giving them the Blu treatment.


Six and a half years and we finally have a film that because I put this in the PS3, I earned a slap from Yoko. First off, no joke – this is a pretty fucking foul flick. It is quite graphic sexually, extreme hardcore… nothing is “pretty”. This is a Serbian film. I found it interesting in the culturally bizarre way I look at films from places. Right now, Serbia’s film industry is the most graphic and violent and perverse that I’ve seen. Yoko was fine with everything, until she looked up and saw a woman giving head to a horse. That gets Harry a slap. I DID NOT MAKE THIS FILM. I’m not even saying I like it. I haven’t been able to finish it – and I think before I revisit it… I’ll make sure Yoko isn’t able to even accidently walking in on it. But this film did have a sequence that had a man fucking a hole into a field that could be observed from outer space… he ejaculated into the earth, his seed took root – and a plant grew. A strange plant. Some druggie sees the plant and takes some of its buds and smokes them with friends. They all instantly start fucking. But when they go into withdrawals they become mutant cannibal monsters. So yeah, now you know two things that happen in this film. But realize… this film could get you slapped. Just for the record, it was a total wimpy slap and not a full on red cheek and stinging ouch. And yes, Yoko and I have been laughing about it since. She vastly preferred WILD IN THE STREETS which I put on Netflix Instant for her to enjoy as I worked. That’s a really great odd film! See what I go through to bring this column to ya. All because I put it in to see what was there.


That top quote on the box is from Steven Spielberg. I’d never seen this film. But reading that quote told me, this is going to be a very powerful film. Then I saw, Andrzej Wajda, I’ve seen his work on that Essential Art House: ASHES & DIAMONDS set that I reviewed years ago in this column. The film is about a man that ran an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto and protected a group of children from… well the worst of what that Ghetto was. The story of Henryk Goldzmit, who wrote under the name of Janusz Korczak, is a story that you will be amazed by. Such a great film.


There is a much stronger documentary waiting to be made upon this subject matter, but this is an ok start. This is a film about how Art can power change, protest and battle the injustices of any time. The best thing about the film is the art itself, of course. I’d love to have Ron Mann take a stab at this subject matter. He knows how to make this sort of thing come to life better. But still, worth a watch.


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  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST


    by BSGDAN

    Hew, no "Death Wish" 2 or 3?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    by RupertG

    1. That Gene Hackman was not nominated for an Oscar is for me the greatest disgrace of the Academy. Denzel Washington in Training Day was cool enough, but nothing compared to Royal! Let us all forget Sean Penn in I am Sam... 2. The fact that Gene Hackman did not retire after Royal Tenenbaums is sad... He could have ended on top, instead he went on to make classics such as Behind Enemy Lines and Welcome to Mooseport! A shame... 3. Royal Tenebaums is Top 10 of the last decade and I seriously need to get a bluray player which takes american disks!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST



    researching a possible problem with the discs and what they're represented as being vs what they are. There's some controversy.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Fear of deep water

    by Mike J

    I don't believe Knolwes can possibly be scared of deep water. Given that Archimedes' principle states that a body will displace its equal weight of water, I cannot see how Knowles could ever have been in anything other than shallow water!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Pookie does n

    by Cobra--Kai

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Pookie does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    I want to shoot you so bad MY DICK IS HARD!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:29 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    NEW JACK CITY, also includes the classic moment when Judd Nelson tries to get in with the brothas and breaks Ice T's brain. *I used to be Pookie* Judd *How the hell you used to be Pookie?!* Ice-T *I was poor white trash Pookie.*

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Sit your five-dollar ass down before I make change.

    by Bill C.

    Seriously...between this and 'Demolition Man' I can never hate Wesley Snipes. EVER.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    The life and Death of a Porno Gang

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    thanks for the heads up, a crooked look and a slap is sometimes the bane of my existence. be honest though, the horse scene was hot...

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Want to see "IRON SKY" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?!

    by Maegnarval

    A page for those who want to see a theater screening of “Iron Sky” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Please “LIKE” the page if you would like to attend a Screening of “Iron Sky”, in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area! If we get enough LIKES on the page, a screening of the movie can be Scheduled by Tugg! Movie’s Site: Brought to you by Tugg:

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    The DEATH WISH 2 Blu

    by Hieronymous

    The only "controversy" with the DEATH WISH 2 Blu is that it's not the extra rapey uncut version of the film. MGM opted to use the R-rated cut that hit theaters back in 1982 and is almost always used when DW2 pops up on cable. For those interested, the DW2, 3, and 4 Blu-Rays are totally lacking in the special feature department but look and sound great. A definite improvement over the full-frame DVDs MGM pumped out a couple years back. Don't let the lack of a few minutes of extra rape (the R cut gets the point across and doesn't wallow in the gutter) dissuade fans from checking these out.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST

    New Jack City/Deep Cover/ King Of New York = Best Trilogy EVER.

    by Xenodistortion

    Yeah, they have NOTHING to do with each other. But they all kind of feel like the same movie & they're all fucking badass. And if you're still hungry for more after those three movies I suggest you wash it all down with some JUICE!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    re "Nothing better will ever win."

    by Hercules

    More truth from the headgeek.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by gregg benac

    You and i seem to have the same taste in movies. I am now going to watch this movie on your recommendation. Just wanted you to know that. G.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    @herc: the headgeek's on to something...

    by Bill C.

    Quick, name another Academy Award-winning song that's NOT 'Over The Rainbow' that's as iconic. Now, take your time and name another Academy Award-winning song that exudes...well...coolness. Style. (looks at watch)

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 4:38 a.m. CST

    JAWS = 4K restoration = 2K DCP

    by justmyluck

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    New Jack City. When brothers would only shoot at the screen.

    by Mugato5150

    Leave it to a white boy to fuck up the simple fun of popping a cap in a movie theater.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    makes you wish you’d grown up in just such an eclectic family

    by Skankardly


  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Judd Nelson absolutely SUCKED in New Jack City

    by Skankardly

    one of the worst performances ever. brutal. so bad he made Ice T's terrible acting look decent by comparison.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Best Buy Jaws Exclusive...

    by Karl Childers

    Damn, I got my preorder from Amazon yesterday and Best Buy has a cool book included with theirs. Double-dip time again?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    How about a vintage talkback about Jaws, guys?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    12 year old girls get a better movie than their parents

    by Spandau Belly

    Seriously, THE HUNGER GAMES had a well-built story; a clear idea of its themes and message; and logical and compelling character arcs. PROMETHEUS and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES didn't have any of those things.

  • Hmm, almost makes you wonder what she was doing with her face aimed downward while Harry was watching a woman giving head to a horse...

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    she was probably knitting.

    by Skankardly

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Gary Ross

    by hspahr

    I don't care if they used a hand held camera - why the heck did they give it to someone with Parkinson's? My God, the camera work in this film was distracting.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Best Buy Jaws Exclusive Review

    by Karl Childers

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Megalon Blu is pending Toho approval.

    by Gojira_X

    It will have a bunch of extras that didn't make it for the DVD release.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Megalon Blu Ray

    by Kentucky Colonel

    I almost plotzed when I saw the DVD cover. Alas, as much as I want it, I'm holding out for the Megalon Blu Ray. One of my favorites!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Boy, those Serbians sure know how to make fucked up movies.

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • I don't know if I can wait that long! I love that movie dearly, but the only version I've been able to see is the MST3K episode.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    How anyone could watch Godzilla vs. Megalon *without* MST3K is beyond me

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I'm a Godzilla fan, but that one seriously sucks.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    So many good movies this week!!!

    by ajit maholtra

    I want to see Juan of the Dead. It looks sooooooo funny.

  • jesus christ you fucking child

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Congrats Harry

    by Zillamon51

    ... For getting the last couple of columns done and up on time. It's one of the main things I come here for. I'm looking forward to JUAN OTD and the restored JAWS. ... And also on getting slapped by your woman. It's better than getting cockslapped by a horse, I assume. WTF is wrong with those people?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Indonesian Martial Arts Goodness

    by Zillamon51

    THE RAID: REDEMPTION is EPIC ASS-KICKING. It is fast, brutal, and non-stop. Highly recommended.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Megalon Sucks? Awwwww.....COME ON!

    by Kentucky Colonel

    From the opening shot of the ubiquitous 7 year old riding the coolest fucking wave runner ever, to Jet Jaguar's Pop and Lock...this was the first Godzilla movie I ever saw in a theater and remains one of my guilty pleasure favorites. I have a copy on DVD I recorded from SciFi (in Tohoscope, even) some years ago, also, I have a very rare copy of the MST3K episode. I can skip the DVD and wait for the Blu...but hopefully Wild and Woolly Video will have a copy today when they open...

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST


    by Zillamon51

    Here's the story: Media Blasters got in hot (Japanese bath) water for including extras on their release of DESTROY ALL MONSTERS that weren't approved by Toho. DAM has been pulled and GVM has been in limbo for months. They're releasing a bare-bones DVD now to recoup some costs. A Blu-ray Special Edition *may* be forthcoming, pending Toho's approval. MB has a commentary track in the bag already. Still, this is the first time a legal, quality version of GVM has been available Stateside. I'm looking forward to it.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by Brian Buchanan

    Nobody is funnier than Gene Hackman when given the right material. Young Frankenstein, please.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Harry I cannot believe you haven't seen the Raid yet?!?!?!

    by Tank Williams

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Jet Jaguar theme song is one of the great musical pieces of all time

    by Simpsonian

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Hunger Games was brought down by the shitty shaky camera ...

    by Judge Briggs

    Way too much use of the shaky camera... I left the theater with a headache ... This is the first time I have ever complained about the shaky camera too. ZOOM OUT!!! HOLD!!! ZOOM OUT!!! HOLD!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Harry's Top Ten 'Sentences' in this article

    by Jacob Underhill

    10. I haven’t been able to finish it – and I think before I revisit it… I’ll make sure Yoko isn’t able to even accidently walking in on it. 9.The film is gorgeous, but more so, as directed by Alejandro Brugues – this is someone to watch. 8. Serial Killer that puts his soul into another body, there were fleshier hosts more easily usable in FALLEN and FIRST POWER. 7.I found it interesting in the culturally bizarre way I look at films from places. 6. Nearly 100 years ago, Louis Feuillade, a man who directed over 630 silent films, when death cut his amazing career short. 5. My reaction to this film is pretty much why I tend to stay away from popular novels being turned into films, in advance of the film. 4. Films that has you watching pieces, wondering what you’re seeing, until the pieces add up and you discover a deeper meaning from it all? 3.When it has played here in town, be it at fests, or the secret screening at a friend’s house by one the film’s producers… or when it just fucking played. 2. If you know, you like Space Nazi threat films. 1. And yeah, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is just one of those flicks that makes you wish you’d grown up in just such an eclectic family and I’m somebody genuinely happy with my eclectic upbringing, but this film allows you to dream of a different family. Bonus Material: From the Department of 'How does one Salt-and-Pepper a Review with Fragment Sentences?': - So great. Le sigh. Pure love. Aren’t movies fun? It isn’t even close. So good! Let that sink in. Such a great film. But still, worth a watch. From the Department of Still Squirming About That, Eh?: [ed. note - see the 'Godzilla vs. Megalon' blurb, above] Memo from the 'He's setting up his credibility' Department: [ed. note - compare his excitement about 'The Raid' to his anticipation on video of TDKR. He's gonna trash it and is leaving a paper trail of open-mindedness] This just in from our National-Level Department of For The Love Of God, Please Learn to Use a Period: The PARADISE LOST trilogy of documentaries has been one of the real examples that the power of cinema to right a wrong… well, it’s easy to point at Berlinger & Sinofsky’s films and say that the various celebrities and folks around the country – that saw these films and got involved in trying to right the rather obvious insanity that these 3 human beings were losing decades of their lives to something they very obviously did not do.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    the entirety of the song score of PURPLE RAIN destroys THEME FROM SHAFT.. you know it to be true.

  • Most of the reviews you've posted in the last few months seem to bring up your troubled child hood, parents divorce, etc. I don't know, maybe these columns are therapy for you, but it really seems like you've been focusing on this a lot lately.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    If you're a Jaws fan and plan on getting the blu ray head to Best Buy now

    by Samuel Fulmer

    And get the digibook.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Before it's going for 100 bucks on Amazon

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Lose Yourself would be my personal pick

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Just because it was funny as hell to see Streisand's reaction when she announced it as the best song winner. And as far as blaxploitation film songs go, Shaft has some cool lyrics, but it goes on way too long. Superfly's theme song is way cooler.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Good job as always, dedrek.

    by John Kenny

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Enough about JAWS already!

    by daniel parker

    Over rated and doesn't hold a candle to DEEP BLUE SEA. Hell, even SHARKTOPUS is more fun!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The Raid is a safe blind buy.

    by TheLastCleric

    It’s one of the best action films in years and easily one of the best martial arts films I’ve seen. I’m generally skeptical of foreign releases that get this type of hyperbolic praise but The Raid is as good as people are claiming. By some minor miracle it came to my town for one brief week and I saw it twice before it left.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by Art

    is Mario Van Peebles's best film, in my book

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The Raid is fucking awful

    by yodalovesyou

    90 minutes of men flapping their arms about a good movie does not make. Pooly characterized, utterly awful dialogue and a non-existent plot. Fight scenes are more repetitive than the average Ibiza club anthem. Shit film, loved by soulless wankers.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    re "something they very obviously did not do"

    by Jaka

    I disagree wholeheartedly. I've watched ALL of the documentaries and that is not what I came from them thinking. What they led me to believe is that there is a HUGE amount of reasonable doubt that was railroaded over by the justice system. That there was people involved who let the notoriety they would receive for "solving" this crime override every ounce of their common sense. But never, EVER, did I find evidence that convinced me each of the three were 100%, without a doubt, innocent. I know that's not a popular stance, but to me that's what the evidence and circumstances say. However, I also believe there wasn't enough to put them in prison for all those years. It's just a very ugly case on all sides.

  • I'll have to take it off the shelf and check it out, but I watched it about 100 times back in the day and I think it's pretty close to the original release, just done up real nice as a Criterion blu-ray.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    There's always a naysayer and hater for every movie that everyone loves - for The Raid, it's you. You're that guy.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    ROYAL was a Criterion DVD..its the same features but just a 1080p upgrade..

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by Jacob Underhill

    Not sure if I agree that any song on Purple Rain beats the Theme to Shaft, but I will agree that it is a far, far better listen as a whole album. Every song on Purple Rain is fantastic, and individual; the rest of the 'Shaft' soundtrack pales in comparison to the main theme. Good call though...I had forgotten Purple Rain when trying to think of other iconic soundtracks.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    sam fulmer

    by Robert Evans

    Agreed on the DigiBook..just picked it up at Best Buy and got the last one.. Glad I got it..

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Any word on the doc on the JAWS set?

    by Jacob Underhill

    I read somewhere that the documentary on the set is an extremely edited (shortened) version. Does anyone know?

  • I own Shaft, Shaft's Big Score, & Shaft In Africa. But now with Shaft on Blu Ray, a player has become a MUST HAVE. Add in New Jack City classics!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Not sure on the running times of the Jaws docs

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But for some bizzare reason The Shark is Still Not Working is non-anamorphic, odd for something made in 2007.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    The Shark is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of Jaws (SD; 1:41:21). This is listed as an "all new" feature length documentary, but Jaws fans will know it actually comes from 2007. This is a fantastic overview not just about the film and its technical challenges, but how the film influenced scores of subsequent filmmakers. Jaws: The Restoration (HD; 8:28) is an in-depth look at the efforts made to restore Jaws, featuring several Universal executives and technicians, as well as Steven Spielberg. The Making of Jaws (SD; 2:02:48) is another really in-depth (vintage) piece that looks at the nuts and bolts (and animatronic hydraulics) of putting the film together. Spielberg, Peter Benchley and a host of others involved in the production are interviewed. From the Set (SD; 8:56) is a vintage (1974) making of featurette with a very young Steven Spielberg. Deleted Scenes and Outtakes (SD; 13:33) Jaws Archives Original Theatrical Trailer (SD; 3:15)

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Domestic violence is not a laughing matter.

    by JackSlater4

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    you still on the special features of WARGAMES?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Purple Rain > Theme from Shaft

    by Andrew

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Harry admiring

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Harry admiring

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Harry admit it, you never graduate high school, did you

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Jeezus Christo iPhone spell check

    by D.Vader

    Aye carumba.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by Jason

    You ain't a playa if you ain't got a playa, playa!

  • Kim Jong Il isn't dead, he's undead!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Make sure to buy the Jaws blu-ray at Best Buy.

    by Kevin D

    They've got an exclusive digibook bluray release of Jaws which is well worth the extra few dollars. Disappointingly, no stores in my town got in the Juan of the Dead DVD so I ordered that online just now as it's going for only 9.99 (why no blu-ray release though). I really want to get The Raid: Redemption on blu but I've read a few reviews online that have stated that Sony completely fucked up the transfer. In particular, the review for it on states that it looks like dog shit compared to how it looked in a theater. A couple of other reviews have said that even though the movie is very low budget that it should pop a whole lot more than it does and popped better on a theater screen.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    jet jaguar

    by Robert Evans Scotty in Star Trek 4.. he speaks into his mouse.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by SlyWalker

    Living in Arkansas, I got to hear about this case all the time. I had friends that worked on it as well. I can tell you those kids are guilty as hell. There is no mass conspiracy here. They let the kids go because they didn't want to try an over decade old case and spend more tax payer money. The fact that celebs are spearheading this is sickening. Opportunistic fuckwads. Enough documentaries and glamorizing these killers! HOW ABOUT A DOCUMENTARY ON THE KIDS THAT WERE SLAIN!?!?!? sick

  • But he'll always be remembered as the Cheating hypocrite from St. Elmo's Fire, The CoolRebel with a soft side from Breakfast Club, The naive fuckup that got Optimus Prime killed only to redeem himself as the new Leader of the Autobots. (Transformers The Movie) and... ...The Racist Cop who earned the repect of Ice-T (with unforgetable lines like; "It's a Black thing") who help to take down Nino Brown in New Jack City. His carrer may have hit the shitter, but Judd was the coolest of the 80's Brat Pack. Viva la Nelson.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    @ Jet Jaguar

    by Jacob Underhill

    Agreed. The strange hand motions Godzilla and your namesake make to communicate with each other in 'Megalon' are 100% more coherent than such tidbits as : 'Movies shot with a sense of cinema vérité, where you watch to learn what is going on.'

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

    How do you account for the fact that none of the teens' DNA was at the scene of the crime?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    "Back off Gigantor"!!

    by Stalkeye

    New Jack City is one of the best Mob Movies I have seen thanks to the brilliant perfomances of Snipes, Rock, Nelson , Van Peebles (well Direction wise.) and yes, Ice-T the Rapper/Rocker who once sang about killin Cops, only to play one in both Movie and TV. One of the best scenes goes to Chris/Pookie as he takes a hit from the 'Pipe while wearing an American Flag draped shirt. Self explanitory message on how the Crack epidemic is effecting the US. Ice-t's Body Count was actually a good band and not some fly flyby. Who can forget songs like Evil Dick, There goes the Neighborhood and KKK Bitch?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Didn't really care for Hunger Games AKA Battle Royale Lite.

    by Stalkeye

    Been there, seen that.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Raid Redemption Rules! Fuck the Hater(s)!

    by Stalkeye

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    stalkeye, and dont forget Ice-T's Original Gangster album - who else could open the album off with a upper class British babe speaking these lines... Upon initial contact with Ice-T's music I had envisioned him to be an ill mannered and psychologically unstable man with an extremely uneducated and barbaric frame of mind. His raps displayed nothing but ridiculous jargon, shocking sexual audacity and repulsive images of the ghetto. However, after further analysis of his music I can deduce that he is the epitome of antidisestablishmentarianism who embodies the entire spectrum of the urban experience and struggle. But to make things more plain and simple to the laymen I find Ice-T to be the dopest, flyist, O.G. pimp hustler, gangster player hardcore motherfucker, living today. To be honest, I'm totally and completely on his dick

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Shaft theme is great but Prince is a genius...

    by Darth Macchio

    I actually thought that silly symbol he went by was pretentious bullshit until I found out it was his was of giving a giant middle finger to Sony records (who would not release him from his contract at the time). And 'Purple Rain' is not only one of the best soundtracks, it's also easily one of the best quasi-rock/R&B albums of the 80's, if not all time. To me, there's never really been anything like it since then...sad really, he brilliantly combined some rather disparate forms of music and seemingly created a whole emotional "world" - if I had to guess, I'd say most of the movie was true to the man's real life and he willingly gave us the opportunity to experience some of that tragic-inspired genius. The movie isn't all that great but the soundtrack is fantastic (I wish they included the solo piano piece his "dad" played in the movie - the theme from the interlude in 'Computer Blue') Prince is a freakin musical genius...along with the likes of David Bowie, David Byrne, Lennon/McCartney, Page/Plant....

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by Chris Kirby

    This is a film by a filmmaker desperately in love with filmmaking

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by john

    here's a bat and a dead horse. Have at it. Oh wait, you already did.

  • Finally the REAL Optimus Prime in action. To bad Steve Chase is the best of the best.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Prince's "Let's go Crazy"= best song of the 80's

    by Somerichs

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Prince is a genius because of BATDANCE

    by Autodidact

  • Guess what, Hunger Games is for 12 year olds you man-children. It's fine to like it, just don't try to say it's written or made for adults. It's the same as some things not being good or bad based on your like or dislike. Your like or dislike is an opinion, and some things are objectively good or bad. Some things are for kids but can be enjoyed for adults. This doesn't mean they're made for adults. I really need to start minimizing my exposure to people who lack discernment. Denying the differences between things, not looking closely enough to see the differences... nothing makes a mind weaker.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    He jock it made of steel

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    He eats sushi from a pail.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Come back Nikki

    by BD Mahony

    Come Back!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Prince was fighting Warner Bros., not Sony

    by Jaka

    And yes, he is a genius.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Yeah choppah, it was a Criterion DVD

    by Jaka

    I checked it out this afternoon. Not sure I need to upgrade just yet for nothing other than 1080p. My dvds still play just fine.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    stalkeye. Body Count?

    by adeceasedfan


  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry.

    by adeceasedfan

    I admit I'll put in the CD every blue moon for a laugh. Dairrr nairrr nairrr nairrr nairrr...There Goes The Neighborhood. Voodoo. So bad, it's good.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 4:15 a.m. CST

    raid is amazing and crazy awesome as fuck

    by jsfithaca

    greys the only movie i liked better this year. avengers and tdkr (which is awesome btw, fuck all you haters you're all hipsters who can't enjoy anything in life because you have to live up to your stupid fucking hipster persona) come close. also dedrek your top 10 lists always kill me. never stop. also hunger games is so perfectly average i don't know why people are treating it any differently. im glad i saw it, but not planning on seeing it again.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    The Raid dvd/bluray with the original score...

    by Andrew Quinsatt

    I heard that the dvd doesn't come with the original score which is a bummer but if you do pick up the bluray version, holy shit that original score and especially the corridor fight scene was fucking dramatic as shit!!! I fucking love the original score and how often when you buy Asian movies and you get both the theatrical cut and the original?? This is fucking awesome, The Raid dvd is even better viewing at home, Fucking lord the corridor fight scene is just so fuckin awesome!!!!

  • Just my personal opinion, but the theme from Shaft is the greater of any of the songs head to head on Purple Rain but the Album Purple Rain is far, far superior and ranks as one of the greatest albums of any genre of all time.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Shaft > Purple Rain

    by SergeantStedenko

    I never understood Prince's metrosexual effeminate heterosexual appeal. But, that's just me. I would have more respect for him if he just came out of the closet. Oh, and his Super Bowl halftime act sucked HARD!

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Prince is no genius

    by I am the colesLAW

    That's a bit of a stretch. Wrote some good songs though. But looks like the skinny girlfriend of a junkie.

  • FYI

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Skinhead O'Connor's version of Nothing Compares 2 U is a masterpiece.

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Shaft Blu Special Features

    by utz_world

    EXACTLY the same ones as the DVD: The "Soul In Cinema" doc with Gordon Parks behind the scenes shooting the bar & hallway gunfight sequences & Issac Hayes and his crew constructing the building blocks of the Oscar winning theme; & the 3 trailers for the Shaft trilogy. 1 new bonus feature: An episode of the short lived 1973-74 "Shaft" TV series called "The Killing." Audio is DTS 1.0 & Dolby 1.0. Looks pretty...and the theme (as played through Shaft's opening credit stroll through the mean streets of NYC) definitely has a bit more punch.


  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

    I liked how they completely set up this whole New Orleans Mardi Gras them in anticipation of The Saints making the Super Bowl and then they didn't. I guess Princess did the best he could. Which wasn't much.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Hunger games is for kids...and yet...

    by knowthyself

    It's a book about kids violently killing each other for sport. When on Earth did this become a suitable topic for a young adult novel?

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by goatboy500

    You say New jack city is 'a great fucking movie' but TDKR is terrible? Holy shitballs Harry, I'm starting to think you have the mind of a child. Like seriously, it's getting harder and harder to get mad at you. I start to look at your reviews and just say 'Awwww' Apart from Chris Rock's fantastic performance (I know, right?) that film is awful. AWFUL. Let's bear in mind this came out after King of New York (of which it was a clear rip-off) and bevfore Boyz N The Hood and Menace 2 Society.. as such this film just seems hopelessly dated, ireelevant and ridculous.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Prince isn't in any closet

    by Hipshot

    I wouldn't be surprised if he's had some bisexual encounters, but he is notoriously heterosexual, having had relationships with many of those gorgeous women who perform with him. There are very specific rules for his bodyguards, including keeping hands off the women who paraded in and out of Prince's bedroom. Gives an awesome performance. A few years back I was at a party at his house (don't be too impressed. It was me and about 800 other people at the "party house" down the hill from his main residence in the Hollywood hills. The occassion was that we had a publisher in common, and books coming out at a similar time, so there was a joint publication bash) Anyway, he played music for us, not to listen to, but to dance to. I got to jam with my wife with Prince playing not fifteen feet away. An amazing experience.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by Craig

    WB gave a 17 year old Prince full creative control on his first album. He was constantly at least 5 years ahead of the curve when it came to production trends. Guy is a genius. Anyone who says differently is ignorant to his history and also most likely nothing more than a casual fan of music in general.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    ultratron, if you can't play a DVD at 24fps...

    by Jason need a better player. My Panasonic BD60 from 3 years ago can play DVDs at 24fps.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    People throw the word "genius" around to easily.

    by SergeantStedenko

    I'm guilty of it myself sometimes. Prince is a very talented musician and songwriter. Genius? Well, where is his 'Day in the Life', 'Imagine', 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Like a Rolling Stone', or even 'Free Bird'.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    BEST BUY BULLSHIT - JAWS digibook sold out YESTERDAY

    by Monroville

    They still offer it for sale on their website. Free shipping even. The problem is: when you check out, shipping is not available. Even worse, the ad page lists the stores available for "in store pick-up"... until you get to the Checkout page and all stores are UNAVAILABLE. Is Best Buy and Universal so retarded that they did not expect this to sell well? You know... JAWS?!? And why offer it for sale and then essentially say "Oh, FUCK YOU you can't have it shipped or picked up. We thought we'd just like to wave this thing in front of your face because we thought you might like to buy it." I live in Louisville, KY and the ONLY place it lists as available to pick up is Florence, KY (on the other side of Cincinnatti, OH). When I called the store, they started giving me some bullshit line about how they don't know if they have it in stock. I guess I should have pre-ordered it... provided of course that they would have allowed shipping or in-store pick up. Pricks.

  • Prince is a very talented Artist who can Dance, Write his own material, and play various Intruments (unlike MJ) but he comes off a bit like a flamboyant Jimi Hendrix with more overt sexual themes in his songs. But I doubt Half his songs can beat "Hey Joe." or even "Purple Haze" for that matter. and Purple Rain , although good, both song and Movie is way overated Zepp ain't the end all to be all as many may believe and not for nuttin their works were heavily influenced from by Blues singers Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters who I think sued their Asses. (At least Danzig was honest enough to cite howlin as one of his main influences.) Stairway to Heaven is a great song (To the extent that it was supoossed to be me and my then Fiancee's wedding Song.)and despite my critique of LZ, I give them props for in turn influencing bands such as Queen, Megadeth and The Ramones. The G Word IS overly used IMO.

  • Just stating the obvious.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Shaft, I meant. (fucking lack of edit button.)

    by Stalkeye

  • LMMFAO@ AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (Guitar solo) My Eye......BITCH!! (Guitar Riffs suddenly at a faster pace.) I actually streamed the BC anthem while playing MW3 via Xbox 360's custom soundtrack option. Too bad Ice-T's Band didnt reach the momemtum of others during that era like Nirvana.

  • Have you ever even heard of Underground, No Man's Land, Haddersfield, Kangaroo, Pretty Villages, Life is a Miracle, Zavet?? There's more to Serbian Cinema than Srbski Film. Be a bit more responsible in your comments, there's enough unjustified Ant-Serbain sentiment out there from too many ignorant idiots.

  • ...because the 3rd store had 4 and I only bought 1. The Best Buy website is terrible because it lets you think you're gonna be able to buy it online, then when you try to finish your transaction, it just stops. It doesn't say you can't buy it, you just can't continue.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    monroville-Yep and a sure sign that Physical media ain't as dead

    by Samuel Fulmer

    As the cloud circle jerkers would lead us all to believe.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    zillamon51, details?

    by photosurrealism

    I know that both G vs. Megalon and DAM BDs were announced. I pre-ordered both of them and received DAM. Looks like DAM is out of print now, so sounds like you're right. So what did Toho object to on the DAM disc?

  • good times, good times...

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Re: Prince not being a genius

    by Jaka

    You're wrong. Anybody who says so is wrong. Nearly every musician and producer currently working in ANY genre of music will tell you that he is in fact a musical genius of the highest caliber. If you can't recognize this then you're either not listening or need to learn more about music. "Oh he's just a guy who can play a few instruments (like, twenty of them at a virtuoso level), write his own songs (by the hundreds), produce his own material (in a way that is constantly emulated) and completely DESTROYS in a live setting to this very day. Unlike say, pretty much EVERYBODY else. lol Some people.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Anyone having a problem with the Jaws BluRay?

    by JGer

    Maybe Im dumb actually bought a second copy.... Everything plays on my Sony Bluray player just fine except the deleted scenes and TSISW. Two copies so it obviously isnt the disc, plus I can play eveything/it does work on my PS3. I am wondering if you arent internet connected/wifi if it blocks those features out maybe? Cannot figure it out for the life of me

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU, skankardly . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Judd Nelson was a friggin' prop in New Jack City. Did absolutely nothing . . .

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    The Raid:

    by garagons

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST


    by garagons

    I dare anyone not to say "oh fuck that was awesome" in the Raid. 1- Terrific kills (the shot of a guy being falling from the balcony and breaking his back in half???) 2- tension buildup (the drywall scene??) 3- awesome villains!! Mad Dog fucking rules This director should be doing the next Die Hard!

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Drugs ain't a black thing, or a white thing. It's a death thing.

    by The Dwayne

    Death don't give a shit about color.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    The Raid was cool

    by The Dwayne

    I dug the Raid. Also loved Van Halen as the villain.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah, yeah a mind is a terrible thing to waste

    by The Dwayne

    Now back to the titties.

  • No I don't listen to enough Music. (Well, Prince's stuff anyway.) He's very talented as I have previously mentioned. However, he should continue to avoid Movies altogether. Well, he got the message post Under the Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge. Well, should he change his mind he can audition as one of the Lollipop Kids for Raimi's Oz Movie.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    "Stevie Wonders a Musical Genius"!

    by Stalkeye

    *Wipes Nose with Finger*

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    Look: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Prince are ALL geniuses.

    by Autodidact

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 9:46 a.m. CST

    FATHERS DAY!!??!

    by fat_elvis

    No Father's Day love? Oh, right there was a movie with a woman blowing a horse... must have been too busy.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Thomas Dolby may be a genius.

    by SergeantStedenko

    Prince? Not so much. If he was a genius his movies wouldn't suck so much. Unlike Frank Sinatra who made great music but also made great movies and even won an Oscar for his acting. The actual first King of Pop.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Prince and Stevie Wonder should make an album together...

    by Somerichs

    It might be the best thing ever created. Even now...

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Thomas Dolby? Huh?

    by Somerichs

    I unabashedly love The Flat Earth, but I would certainly not rank him as a genius. I saw a youtube video not too long ago of him in concert. It was just him. No band, no backup singers, just him and his giant synthesizer recreating all the other parts of his songs. It was really depressing...

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by SergeantStedenko

    Not talking about his music.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    So he's just a regular genius, not a musical genius... :)

    by Somerichs

    works for me...

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by phast freddy

    Romeo is Bleeding supposed to be released on blueray?

  • And, the minor twist is such a staple in Asian action films, that it was almost laughable.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Harry Knowles, poster boy for the pro-abortion lobby

    by Mike J

    Let's face it, if you raised some idiot slack jawed yokel like Harry, you too would regret not having the fetus terminated in the first couple of months. Although in fairness, I guess Knowles probably makes a lot of special needs children feel a lot better about themselves. Some 40 years ago, outside a hospital in Austin, Mr & Mrs Knowles' new born baby was discarded in a dumpster and they raised the after-birth instead.

  • Aug. 16, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Here's Prince and Stevie:

    by ufoclub1977

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Question about the Jaws Blu Ray....

    by SobchakSecurity

    Well, I went to go pick one up today, but didn't. The Best Buy had already closed by the time I got there, and when I went to another store, they had it, but the only special feature(s) it said it had was the making of Jaws documentary, the one from the standard Dvd. I didn't buy that one either cause I wanted to make sure I got the one I was looking for. So, is there more than one version? Or was the one I saw the right one?

  • Here's a little tidbit that you may not know. Granted, it's completely useless information, but I'll drop it anyway... <p> There are four types of Prince fans. <p> The first kind likes both Michael and Prince and sees no reason to compare or argue their individual merits. <p> The second kind prefers MJ and will say things like "he's more relevant" until they're blue in the face, regardless of the fact that two of the other kinds of Prince fans don't give a fuck. <p> The third kind will punch a MJ fan in the face if they don't shut up with that silly nonsense (figuratively speaking, of course). <p> The last kind ignores MJ - his music and his fans - utterly and completely. <p> Since I'm the last kind, I have nothing else to say on the matter.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Way to ignore FATHER'S DAY!

    by poonhead

    It premiered as the #4 best selling horror bluray/dvd on Amazon. You constantly ignore indie film.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST


    by jinste

    Your Blu-ray player may need a software update.This happened twice to my Sharp blu-ray.Go to Sonys website and it would probably be under"Support"or some similar heading.Download the latest version to a Usb key(NB-have nothing else on the key)then plug it into your player and upgrade the OS via the menu.Your players manual should explain how.This worked for me-it may work for you.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by Karl Childers

    That's weird. Study the back of the package. It's supposed to show all of the special features. I'm only aware of the normal packaging and the BestBuy digibook versions myself.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    karl childers

    by SobchakSecurity

    Thanks. I did look on the back of the packaging, and nothing. Opened the little velcro part, and nothing. I'll go to best buy today and pick one up.

  • Regardless of what kind of Prince fan you are, it holds no bearing on me as I'm no fan of either one. However, I acknowledge their talents and various contributions to the industry. Jus not my thing, that's all.

  • Aug. 17, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    The RAID has no appeal for me

    by Autodidact

    It looks tedious man. Fuckin' tedious.

  • Aug. 18, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    The Raid...

    by lick_my_rebel_dick

    Fuck that noise. I was numbed to the point of boredom, some of those fucking fights went on so long.

  • A need to adamantly declare him straight or gay, when neither is correct, says more about the black and white thinking of the labeler that it does Prince.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    photosurrealism: Re: Details

    by Zillamon51

    Nothing official has been stated. Speculation is that because Japanese laws are different (and more strict) regarding the use of actors' likenesses, Toho could end up owing people some $$$ over MB's use of unapproved material as extras on the DAM DVD / Blu-ray. As such, they held up MB's planned release of a feature-packed MEGALON in order to go through everything w/ a fine-toothed comb. There has been much talk of MB already being in financial trouble, and not being able to recoup the $$$ spent on licensing two Godzilla flicks adding to that. The participants of the MEGALON commentary (Steve Ryfle and Ed G., who have also done commentaries for Classic Media G DVDs and Sony's Toho triple-feature) were not even paid for their efforts until long after the fact. There is still no official announcement of when the MEGALON SE might be cleared, or when an approved DAM may be reissued. BTW, budget company Echo Bridge (who licensed a whole crop of Miramax titles a while ago) are working on an SE Blu-ray / DVD of GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE.

  • Aug. 21, 2012, 7:09 p.m. CST

    "Hick" is excellent.

    by MovieManStill

    I don't know WTF Ebert's problem is. Great acting, perfect set design, etc.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Jaws digibook is now available for order online

    by ghost_matt

    I've been watching Best Buy's website. Checked it again this morning and it no longer says "shipping unavailable" under the Jaws digibook. They were still out of stock in the stores, but I ordered it and selected to have it delivered with free shipping, and it went through! Now I'm glad I waited to buy.

  • if it quacks like a Duck, it's a fucking Duck. the naivety of you ppl, sometimes.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Prince actually is a musical genius...

    by sonnyhooper

    ...anyone who disputes this fact obviously has not bothered listening to the mans music. Do yourself a solid and check out The Rainbow Children or N.E.W.S or Xpectation. All of those albums are very jazz influenced and not at all what you might expect from Prince if you stopped listening to his music back when Ronald Regan was president. <p> seriously think about that for a second....Prince has been around for almost 40 years now and has managed to be a major influence on countless musicians. all while being basically indifferent as to if the mainstream is paying attention to him or not. <p> That's the mark of a true genius. Being unappreciated and mostly misunderstood in your own time. Its one thing to say you don't dig Prince or his music but its another thing alltogether to deny his musical genuis when in all likelyhood you are not even aware of even one third of his musical output.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    So Harry

    by Chris Kirby

    You post pictures of yourself on IG watching Blus and DVDs that are coming out well into the future. This could be time spent writing your weekly column but yet again you sell us out as usual. Just my thoughts.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Well, we got two in a row anyway

    by DrGogol

    Maybe we'll get a new column in September.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    A Serbian Film

    by Kakii

    Harry, you keep saying how good it is, yes its well written and acted, however Im not for censorship but a Serbian Film should be banned outright, its so fucked up and twisted that it destroys the acting etc, it becomes the worst piece of cinema at the lowest point ever! You may as well advocate pedo movies if you advocate A Serbian Film, its one film that shouldnt just be banned but fucking burnt and destroyed forever! Its makers should be imprisoned and banned from ever making films again! ill watch anything, I loved being shocked and challenged but ASF is way past bad taste, its disgusting beyond belief!

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    sonnyhooper - Well said!

    by Kakii

    Prince rocks and is a genius, as for his films there awesome, only Graffiti Bridge wasnt that good, but Under The Cherry Moon for however much it was slated is brilliant, just pure Prince fun and Purple Rain is amazing! plus he aint fiddle with kids like certain moonwalking nonces!

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    a serbian film

    by glynn

    The truth be known its a crappy film, and anyone who didnt turn away when the guy fucked the new born baby is a touch strange, yes i know all about how the film is supposedly an allegory about serbian state control but it is bullshit. Its the easy explanation for making piss poor shock films and to see how far they can push boundaries without getting arrested and sent to prison.

  • In this instance I don't believe he was talking about THE "Serbian Film", which has been beaten like an entire herd of dead, rotting horses at this point.

  • Aug. 25, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    stalkeye: if it quacks like a duck

    by mrgray

    If it has sex with men and women, then it's bisexual. BY DEFINITION. Read a fucking book, you troll.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Another big

    by Chris Kirby

    Fuck you from Harry.

  • Sept. 11, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    We're going a whole month?

    by DrGogol

    With no DVD column? Man, what I wouldn't do to be able to write this column. Some people just don't appreciate what they have.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by Zack

    Let someone else start doing this. Obviously this is no longer a focus for you. Unfortunately it's one of the only reasons I come to the site.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Yeah. Real cool.

    by moondog

    The one thing I come to this site for is the one thing that's ignored like an abused puppy.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    quote from the Kane video last week

    by Chris Kirby

    "DVD column has been being incrementally worked upon, but Saturday - I'm putting in earbuds and writing till it is done" Maybe someone has been posting for him the last few days and he died writing it at his computer. I hope not. Should I call 911?

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    Used to look forward to this. Time to find a new DVD column!

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Dang, Harry

    by DrGogol

    You obviously have fans of this column. Why do you hate us?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Column Watch, day thirty something

    by Chris Kirby

    What I've learned from following Harry on IG: He was up late last night, you would think it would be for writing the column. Apparently he was just taking Adderall and getting chap-dicked from vigorously masturbating. He slept late today and is going to see Frankenweenie. We are fucked.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Im sorry Harry cant be here right now..

    by Robert Evans

    hes too busy making youtube vids that broaden the audience of the website and bring more readers here to find....uh...nothing.. DVD columns get how many posts? his videos get how many posts? 'nuff said. have some fucking self-respect. if not, at least for your readers.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS is DEAD!

    by django_il_bastardo

  • Sept. 23, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST

    This is fucking ridiculous

    by Maldoror13

    Longtime fan of this site, starting to wonder how long I can keep it up. THIS IS THE MAIN REASON I COME HERE. Let someone else take the reigns for fucks sake!