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Harry's DVD PICKS & PEEKS - 3rd Week of August Catch-up column - WARGAMES - Errol Flynn - DISNEY Blus - Stephen King & More!!!

Published at: Sept. 25, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, I know...  Harry here - and I've started to wade into the make-up columns with gusto.   There's a lot to cover - and yes I do not relish work stacking up, but trust me when I say...  things have been tough.   Let's not get into that, let's check in on some lovely Blus & DVDs...  As usual the images and links take you to AMAZON where you can pick up the items in question, which is awesome cuz it means we get a kick back to help support the struggling efforts of this column I so love.   Now, here we go...  Time travel back to...
 

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012





WARGAMES Blu Ray

WARGAMES is one of those vital films for me. I saw it the year I got my first home computer. I actually got it the Christmas before, but it had been that gift that while it excited me, I didn’t understand really what a computer could really do. I’d seen TRON the year before, I wanted the computer to create my own LightCycles animation. Yeah, that computer could not do that. Then I saw WARGAMES. I wasn’t interested in Global Thermonuclear War. I understood there were penalties for hacking into the Federal Government’s Nuclear Program. No, it was all about the allure of hacking your school and changing your grades. Or dialing up game companies and playing their games… online. This fascinated me. John Badham had directed SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, DRACULA & BLUE THUNDER – so there was no way I was missing this flick. WARGAMES defined my thoughts of the Cold War. When it looked like the whole world was going past the brink and Ally Sheedy suggests that David and her should swim and he admits that he never learned to swim. He always thought there would be time. That scene stuck with me. I wanted to experience as much as I could because every night we all could die. In mushroom clouds. The flirty friendship between David and Jennifer – it felt honest to me. I thought Broderick’s David was the coolest character on film that I’d ever seen. Here was a kid that learned everything about computers, that made proper use of libraries and older friends. Who could kick ass on an Arcade machine! David was a proto-modern geek and I wanted to BE him. I also loved John Wood’s Professor Falken – and the scenes where Falken is trying to reason with JOSHUA… This was the root of War. Falken is trying to teach JOSHUA that War is Futile… and in doing that, he convinced me. I’m not anti-Military, there are unfortunately necessary wars. But we good folks, we should do everything we can not to play. I fell madly in love with Ally Sheedy in this. Barry Corbin’s General Beringer, he’s just a God. The BluRay has a commentary with Badham and Walter Parkes & Lawrence Lasker, the screenwriters. I didn’t get this disc, but I have already ordered it. I was once interviewed for the WARGAMES Blu-Ray and there are 4 Featurettes. So warning, my ugly mug may be on your screen.




SANTA FE TRAIL Blu Ray

A BUTT-NUMB-A-THON film. I have seriously known this film my entire life. One of the old 16mm prints I watched over and over again. Directed by my favorite director of all time, Michael Curtiz. He directed ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, CASABLANCA, SEA HAWK, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY and so many more. Curtiz made flat-out great films. SANTA FE TRAIL tells the story of John Brown, by way of Jeb Stuart, Kit Carson and George Armstrong Custer. The casting, which was always perfection in Curtiz’s movies had the 3 smiling faces of Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Ronald Reagan as a dorky loser Custer. The way Flynn treats Reagan like a flaky problem child has always been my first impression of Ronald Reagan. Dad would tell me that that guy was the Governor of California – and I’m sure it made as much sense as showing your kid TWINS and saying that was the California Governor. But the main reason to see this film. The key performance. The performance for the record books, it’s Raymond Massey’s JOHN BROWN. When you’re thinking about the history of INTENSELY SCARY MEN of FILM… You think about Anthony Hopkins’ Lecter. I’m sure some of us think about HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. If you’re not familiar with John Brown, he was the demonized abolitionist that was fighting to free slaves years before Lincoln and the Civil War. What makes John Brown so fucking scary, beyond the gaze of Raymond Massey, it was the stark raving sanity of what he was spouting. Jeb Stuart, Kit Carson and Custer all know that an end of slavery is in the air, but they know terrorism is surely not the way to achieve it. And that killing innocents, no matter what the motivation is in fact evil. Another of my favorite characters in this is Van Heflin – who as a pro-abolitionist, joins West Point to create division and plant the seed of revolt. His Rader is a wonderfully complicated character. I even have a relative in this movie, Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams! Love this movie. Such a great film.




THE RESCUERS: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu Ray

This is a very rare case within the realm of Disney’s 2D animated features. But I love both the original THE RESCUERS along with the years later sequel THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER, a film that kinda changed 2D animation forever, btw. I can clearly remember watching THE RESCUERS as little boy in the theater with my parents. Eva Gabor’s Miss Bianca is the cutest little mouse ever – she’s absolutely cute as hell… and Bob Newhart’s Bernard… everything that is Bernard and that Bianca brings out of Bernard… that’s why I love Miss Bianca so much. The original film is just perfect. The dragonfly transport? Bianca’s fashion? Awesome. Then in THE RESCUERS DOWN UNDER – computers were employed in a really breathtaking fashion here. This was the first Disney Animated film to no longer employ a physical ink & paint department, instead the film was colored inside of a computer. It also used CG to create beautiful moments. The real treat is that you’re getting both films in this set. Both with special features. A 1952 Disney Nature documentary called WATER BIRDS – A TRUE LIFE ADVENTURE and that’s in HD. I do wish they’d shot a full on making of both of these films. Disney has a lot of animators that worked on this film, I’d love to have had their stories on this set. But really, I just love adding these to my collection!




POCAHONTAS Blu Ray

Ok – POCAHONTAS, while absolutely beautiful… it isn’t my favorite. And POCAHONTAS II loses almost everything I liked about the first film. But really – I can’t believe Disney is still censoring “IF I NEVER KNEW YOU” out of the film. Which… well, kinda ruins that film. I get it to sate the completist in me. But it really is annoying. In many ways I find this sort of thing insulting as a Disney fan. How can it be a collector’s edition if it isn’t the whole movie?




BERNIE Blu Ray

This is such a Texas murder story. Jack Black, Shirley McLaine and Matthew McCounaughey step into True Story roles for Director Richard Linklater. Jack plays BERNIE, who is just about the most loved guy in town, who kills Shirley McLaine, whom just about everyone hates except Bernie… who kills her. McConaughey is the D.A. trying to get a jury to not let him go for admitted murder… just because they think he did the world a favor. Really great movie. Outstanding. Check it out!




THE DICTATOR Banned & Unrated Version Blu Ray

An Eye-Rolling Smirky fun film that just doesn’t nail it. Aptly titled THE DICTATOR, as Chaplin owns THE GREAT DICTATOR and this is not that. I do love The Dictator’s monologue about America as it was the kind of biting work that had there been more of. Having a “Dictator” see the real tragic sides of our Democracy, the film could have meant something more, be more than a whole lot of gross out gags, which work, but cheapen the whole affair. But the throw-back to Doris Wishman? Priceless. Mostly though, I know this could have been smarter and funnier.




A SEPARATION Blu Ray

Brilliant filmmaking. The kind rarely seen. We listen to News broadcasts and Politicians throughout the world tell us about the Iranian people. We see those in control of the country – and we hate them for what they say, but personally… I tend to judge countries and societies by the Art they create. It’s what I tend to absorb into my consciousness and when you absorb A SEPARATION and you begin to understand the people that don’t necessarily take to the streets in protests. The people that don’t burn flags and cheer for the annihilation of anybody. This film is about the class barriers that exist in modern Iran. This film is so incredibly earnest and emotional. This is a story that reveals so much and frankly we’re blessed to be able to see and appreciate it.




Stephen King’s THINNER Blu Ray

Not one of the better Stephen King tales or film adaptations, but I certainly did have more fun revisiting it, than I did seeing it in theaters back in the day. The first year of AICN. Why is that? Well today, the adherence to practical make-up effects is just… admirable and nostalgic. I also love that it doesn’t involve slashers or teenagers. The performances are uniformly mediocre at best, but watching it – kinda felt like an ok, TALES FROM THE CRYPT episode that ran a little long. Ya know? Blu-ray has a nice transfer and I love this Criterion-esque cover.




JOYSTICKS

Widescreen Edition! JOYSTICKS – if you know this film… you’re probably someone with fond memories of standup arcades, Atari, pinball and you probably also have a fine taste in bodacious tatas. As the Tatas in this… well, they’ll command some part of you to attention. Love Joe Don Baker in this. Now where’s that pinball flick that came out around this time?




PRIVATE HELL 36 Blu Ray

I love Ida Lupino, not only was she easy on the eyes, not only was she a great actress, but one of the most awesome Lady Directors & Screenwriters in the history of Hollywood. Here, she didn’t helm, she left that Don Siegel (think DIRTY HARRY), but she did write one helluva page turning Film Noir! Ida plays a high mileage treads worn smooth Lounge singer that can belch out a helluva tune. The film is a gritty and honest tale with all the best twists and turns. Dean Jagger and Dorothy Malone also star. And brother/sister, this movie has some great lines. You’ll be quoting them for certain.




BLACK MAGIC RITES Blu Ray

I love Seventies European Satan Cult movies. It’s kinda why I loved Ti West’s HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, as it spoke to that universe… only, when you get a chance to check out the real McCoy… you’ll see crazy fucking bizarre things that just nobody has the sack or lack of taste to nail as perfectly as it just was shot back then. This is full psychedelic sadomasochistic satan worshipping – and when you see the various torment and tortures… you might fall in love with the beautiful mass of nudity that populates these things – and that’s enough. This is a film you can watch with friends and scream in disbelief at the crazy shit it unloads into the magnificent evening – where you might think… HARRY IS HIGH or you might think… WHOA I’M HIGH & LOVE THIS. Or you may stare at the screen just wondering how one goes about making this movie, because you’ve been inspired. Inspired to make a film that looks as crazy awesome as this. Also, if you want Satanist children that’ll kill you in your sleep, raise them on this. I give it a 4% chance of success. I’d wait a few years. Weird kinky stuff goes on in this. Definitely Skinamax material… if they were cool enough to realize it. Great Blu Ray.




MY SON JOHN Blu Ray

Great Anti-Communist Propaganda feature. Remember Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN? Remember the fucking insane guy, Robert Walker? The guy that wants his mother dead? Well, now that fucker’s a Commie, a fucking Red! In fact, this is the movie that Robert Walker was making when he died at the age of 32 due to prescription meds reacting lethally to him. He hadn’t quite finished making this, though you won’t really notice, it feels like a complete performance to me. Robert Walker is one of those actors, like Heath Ledger, who played a few truly amazing performances that hinted at a legendary aging careers. Walker is so charismatically loathsome that you love watching him, be him. In addition to Walker, we have Van Heflin, another of my favorite character actors, as the FBI agent out to uncover this evil Commie rat bastard! Helen Hayes and Dean Jagger round out a great group. If you’ve ever seen the great AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER you’ll find that this piece of anti-commie propaganda… it’s directed by that guy. Leo McCarey was a great director and does not receive nearly enough attention. Check this great Blu out!




CAPTAIN CAREY U.S.A. Blu Ray

Alan Ladd basically plays like an ex-James Bond type, who immediately after he got off the government clock, decided to exact bloody revenge upon those that were responsible for men he knew in the service. It even has a stunning musical number and a song… you know. But you didn’t know was in a pre-Bond early Fifties Bond movie. Very cool flick.




KILL AND KILL AGAIN

Get drunk and watch this with your best mates. KILL AND KILL AGAIN is part of a great evening of testosterone fueled action drunk velveeta soup of a movie. This was on high rotation back in the 80’s on I think it was MOVIE CHANNEL and SHOWTIME. I’ve been lucky enough to see this projected as an adult, but having this in the library… it’s just one of those movies you whip out and have a great evening with friends with. Total party movie. Then watch like OCTAGON.

Readers Talkback

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  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    MY COCK BROKE OFF WHILE I WAS FUCKING MY NEIGHBOR'S GOAT

    by Dr. Francis B. Gross

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:48 a.m. CST

    WooHoo! Blu-ray/dvd reviews are back.

    by foles

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    YES I'm easily impressed!

    by foles

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    could you make the pictures of the blu ray covers a bit larger?

    by Righteous Brother

    so we can see them in detail.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Holy Moley!

    by SonOfChiba

    Those cover scans are big! Some of those bad boys almost hit me in the face.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Geez Louise!

    by pearlanddean

    Shrink the cover art already!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    POCAHONTAS...

    by Mikey Wood

    ...is very beautiful and gets a lot of crap for being nowhere NEAR historically accurate but, come ON...the 'hero' of the story essentially raping the 'heroine' of the story while she was between the ages of ten and thirteen years old would not a good Disney story make. I think, in this case, I'd rather the talking tree. Anyway, the deleted musical number: Your complaint is both valid and, at the same time, nit-picky. The song wasn't part of the theatrical release. It wasn't even fully animated at that point. They completed it and inserted it as an OPTIONAL additional scene on the tenth anniversary DVD in '05. So, TECHNICALLY, the version of the film that does NOT include the song IS the actual completed film. It's not that it was CENSORED, it was excised because it lost the audience. That being said: It IS a beautiful sequence and should be included for that reason and, simply, because the work was done to complete it.

  • I was pretty disappointed but forgot all that as soon as I saw David playing arcade machines. My sister took me to see JEDI a few days later.. man I owe my sister for all the movies she took me to as a kid.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    No Indiana Jones? No Avengers?

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Now I'm blind!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I did a blindbuy on KILL & KILL AGAIN

    by Spandau Belly

    The trailer was just too ridiculous and none of my local videostores had it for rental, so I picked up a cheap copy. Haven't watched it yet.

  • I rented WARGAMES on DVD in 2007 and then watched it on Youtube about three times in the past year. It's got a lot to do with nostalgia for the time in general but mainly it's about being a low-level retrocomputing enthusiast. The brief arcade scenes and the scenes with David "wardialing" (dialing multiple numbers looking for modems... the modern version of "wardriving" where you look for open wi-fi) are like comfort food for me. I should watch JOYSTICKS. I never saw it growing up despite a lot of staring at the poster art in the video store.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    Wow! I remember Kill or Be Killed. LOL.

    by impossibledreamers

    They wanted so much for him to be the next Chuck Norris.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    I meant to saw "the modern version IS wardriving"

    by Autodidact

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    WARGAMES

    by Dollar Bird

    My father still says, "Do you want to play a game?" in a nasal and mechanical voice to this day. It's annoying. Still, saw it on Showtime when I was a wee tyke, several times actually, and I remember mostly being uninterested until with the clips from ONE MILLION BC of the Triceratops and Ceratosaurus fight. After that, I was riveted. It was perhaps the most Cold War-ish film of my childhood. My parents kept pretty clean mouths, so movies were my source of inventive cussing and I recall being bewildered by the sentence, "Well, you can go tell the president to go piss on a rock!" At least, that's how I remember it. It's probably been 25 years since I last watched the movie and the internet seems to not believe that quote exists. Maybe I'm wrong and it was my own imagination that sourced such a delightful tell-off.

  • You know it's embarassing to love a movie when you feel extremely reticent about anonymously revealing this fact in a dead talkback thread on AICN.

  • More babble-y than usual, fat man.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Bernie =

    by Hercules

    Funniest movie I saw this year.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    i want a new clip every day of Devin Faraci getting his ass kicked

    by j_difool

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Harry: "...this column I so love."

    by Zillamon51

    If you love it, set it free. Hand it off to someone else who will get it done in a regular and timely manner. Also: "...belch out a helluva tune." ??? That's hardly complimentary. The word you're looking for is "belt." And yes, the huge cover art is annoying. Standardize that shit. A very amateur effort, and a month late to boot.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Begining with THINNER....

    by Dan

    Why did the pics for the dics got HUGE? Kill or Be Killed Kill and Kill Again, two great titles for two hunks of cheese.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    dollar bird RE: Creative Cussing

    by Zillamon51

    I too have not seen WARGAMES since the theater as a kid. The line that sticks with me is when a general or someone says "I'd piss on a spark plug if it would help" when the computer is warmongering. BTW, I just picked up the DTV sequel WAR GAMES: THE DEAD CODE at Big Lots for $3. I haven't watched it yet.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    I like my DVD cover scans like I like my Harry Knowles

    by Robert Evans

    HUGE AND FUCKED UP.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    yeah, but zillamon51...

    by Mikey Wood

    ...if he gave it up to someone ELSE Harold wouldn't be able to tell us about all the neat stuff he gets in the mail free-of-charge.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Is this all you've had time to do? One week?

    by D.Vader

    Or are the other week's going to get published later today too? I was under the impression Harry was a bit further along in his catchup than just one week. In either case, I prefer a few weeks lumped together in one column but not the ENTIRE catchup all at once. That might just be too much!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    And yeah, what's up with the cover sizes?!

    by D.Vader

    There's the usual wee, some not so wee, and then some FRICKIN' HUUUUGE!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:07 a.m. CST

    thanks for the Bernie spoiler Harry.

    by Simpsonian

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Harry--you should have been further along than THIS...

    by Robert Evans

    Harry you really dont even need to watch the films. Its not like you are commenting on the A/V quality or even the special features.. From what ive gathered over the many years reading this column is that you look at the cover of the disc and then revert into some psychotropic Dr. Lizardo flashback and shit out a memory about what said film means to you and how the film never really caught on with you because you were pissed off you couldnt hear the film over your babysitter dry humping the corn dog maker in the back seat at the drive in. suck it up--either shit these memory dumps out faster or hand it off to a professional with time on their hands.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Bernie dies in the first act guys..its not a spoiler..

    by Robert Evans

    Then the party begins and he even has sex but it's Silverman who gets to bring home the lovely and talented Catherine Mary Stewart. oh..we arent talking WEEKEND AT BERNIES? carry on.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I prefer Rescuers Down Under to the first film

    by Robert Evans

    Its a shame that it doesnt get a lot of love..Underappreciated due mainly to the fact that it came out AFTER that mermaid Menken/Ashman musical

  • ...and it's the only one to be better than the original. Then again, I saw Down Under first, and the original on video a few years later, but the sequel kicks the original to the curb...the animation is PHENOMENAL (especially the thrilling flying sequences), the voice work terrific (George C. Scott as the villain...'nuff said) and Bruce Broughton's blissfully song-free score is fantastic. It really deserves more props, but releasing it between Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast (and around the same time as Home Alone) did it no favors.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Pocahontas

    by Robert Evans

    Yeah, what another TBer said--its not really censored but deleted before the premiere after test audiences got bored. censored is removing Goofy smoking from Saludos Amigos or getting rid of the centaur nudity and Negro cherubs.. or the Film that Disney would like us to forget--Song of the South.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    speaking of Song of the South

    by Robert Evans

    its not even that good a film. I wouldnt mind if they released just the B'rer Rabbit scenes..thats some funny shit and Disney doesnt seem to have a problem with them since Splash Mountain is chockful of the B'rer animals.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    nasty

    by Robert Evans

    Jungle Book 2 got a theatrical release as did... Tigger Movie Fantasia 2000 Winnie the Pooh Piglet's Big Movie Heffalump Movie

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:37 a.m. CST

    In mushroom clouds..

    by paul burnett

    We could all die.In mushroom clouds. Funniest thing i've read in an age. Oh, and very clever making the covers so large, people won't realise the column is so small...

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    It wasn't negro cherubs, Choppah

    by D.Vader

    They were negro centaurs with zebra bodies that were the white centaurs' servants and hairdressers.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Black centaurs with zebra bodies

    by D.Vader

    I always thought that was a cool idea as a kid.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Stark raving sanity

    by SlappyBones

    Thanks for that, Harry. That's good writing and in perfect context when discussing John Brown.

  • Is it really censorship to cut something that's killing the pace of your movie? Because that's the only reason I know of that this song was cut.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Peter Pan 2

    by Comedian

    Peter Pan 2 was also released theatrically along with the movies Choppah mentioned.

  • Only 4 more weeks to catch up, ol' Red.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    LOL, overcompensating much Harry with the giant box cover art?

    by SergeantStedenko

    Or is this your F'd Up way of slapping your dick in the faces of all of us who criticized you for not getting this column out the past month.

  • which was the biggest problem I had with the marketing campaign, though I suppose not revealing that, it would be a hard sell for this movie. It is "what the movie is about" but like most movies, you enjoy it more the less you know going in and it does come as a surprise.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Fellow TBers...

    by Robert Evans

    Look at that POCAHONTAS review..is there anything in that 'review' that gave the impression that Harry sat down and watched it before writing his review? he doesnt need to watch them and im sure half of these films are still wrapped in their cellophane. fer fook's seke--the LONGEST review in the column (WARGAMES) is for a film he didnt even get from amazon and thus has yet to watch it..a damning indictment of how this column works.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Harry, you spoiled the whole movie of Bernie

    by SergeantStedenko

    Maybe because it's based on a true story you thought that'd be ok, but I didn't know about this story before I saw the movie. Not everyone lives in Texas.

  • Seriously, this has to be explained to you, Harry?

  • It's up there with Dazed and Confused and Before Sunrise/Sunset. Fantastic film.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The Dictator was abysmal. More unfunny than funny. Painfully unfunny.

    by SergeantStedenko

    The only part I lughed at was when his Arab friend is talking him down from jumping off a bridge and he says, "Look at yourself, you're wearing Crocs, the universal sign that you've just given up on life. YOu may as well just put on a pair of sweats and go to Applebies everyday for the rest of your life. That said, don't get the wrong impression from the above quote, most of this film is devoid of laughs. And this was one of the funniest lines in the movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    renetabard, but Harry spoiled the whole part about the trial as well.

    by SergeantStedenko

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Also, it was completely possible to avoid the marketing for Bernie

    by SergeantStedenko

    Most of America did.

  • Unfortunately. Only in Hollywood.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Yeah I'd rather Harry talk about the special features

    by D.Vader

    That's the real interest and driving force behind most purchases. But it seems Harry doesn't bother.

  • Bernie is still worth seeing - it's a very funny and very good-hearted movie with lots of unique touches and surprises. Not even Big Red can ruin this movie for you.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    DV

    by Robert Evans

    no story or memory to reflect on--HERES the special features..COVER looks purty!

  • So is Harry recommending people let their children watch Soft Core Satanic torture porn? This is a new low, even for Harry.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    I do appreciate the story discussion on movies I don't know

    by D.Vader

    Especially when it comes to foreign films or grind house flicks from the 70s that sound interesting; all the lost and forgotten kinds of films we don't see on tv or on NetFlix. I do appreciate when Harry talks about those. But everything else? Give us some special features! In the past Harry has praised a DVD release when everyone else has trashed it (particularly for a shitty collection of extras or a butchered version of previous extras) and Harry's omission of those usually makes it painfully obvious he didn't watch them. But I mean, these aren't reviews as much as Harry would like to think they are, and I've finally come around to accepting that and that Harry isn't going to give us all what we want. The column is good for release notices (ESP on old or rare films) and sometimes an argument for why you should pick up a certain film. But if you're looking for a real idea of buy or don't buy based on audio visual specs and extras, you won't find it here.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that list, Choppah

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I guess I just assumed those were direct-to-DVD. Well, Rescuers stands as the only GOOD Disney sequel (I'm not counting Pixar and the Toy Story sequels, of course). ..

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    nasty

    by Robert Evans

    of that list only Rescuers Down Under and Fantasia 2000 (and Winnie the Pooh) are considered to be in the Animated Classics Canon.. for what that is worth..

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    isnt dark knight returns out today too? or next week?

    by DarthBlart

    spoiler - it was good.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I hate to be a nosy, gossipy killjoy...

    by Dollar Bird

    ...but can anyone fill me in on why have things been "tough" for Harry? I'm not on Facebook and I don't read his Twitter and I do not read every single article on this site, so I may have missed some very public announcement about the site going under or something. What's the scoop? Should I find another site to waste my life on? Where will I find talkbacks of the quality that's here? (Because, friends, I have looked, and nothing has the community of smart asses, idiots, sages, and trolls like this website.) It'd be a shame is AICN were to go bye-bye since it's been a fairly regular part of my internet diet since pre-PHANTOM MENACE days.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    This continual "Song of the South" debate.

    by MovieManStill

    Just release the damn film. The whole thing. And leave the knee-jerk reactions at the curb.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Does no one take their time/care about content?

    by BlueSkittle

    I swear, it's like people who write for this site are so stoked they actually get to do what they do for a living that the afterthought of actually writing a piece feels like it bogs them down. So instead of proof-reading a piece, like a credible journalist, they whip something out and post it before giving the work a second thought. Sad.

  • 12. Aptly titled THE DICTATOR, as Chaplin owns THE GREAT DICTATOR and this is not that. 11. Robert Walker is one of those actors, like Heath Ledger, who played a few truly amazing performances that hinted at a legendary aging careers. 10. As the Tatas in this… well, they’ll command some part of you to attention. 9. Walker is so charismatically loathsome that you love watching him, be him. 8. KILL AND KILL AGAIN is part of a great evening of testosterone fueled action drunk velveeta soup of a movie. 7. Jack plays BERNIE, who is just about the most loved guy in town, who kills Shirley McLaine, whom just about everyone hates except Bernie… who kills her. 6. Then watch like OCTAGON. 5. This is full psychedelic sadomasochistic satan worshipping – and when you see the various torment and tortures… you might fall in love with the beautiful mass of nudity that populates these things – and that’s enough. This is a film you can watch with friends and scream in disbelief at the crazy shit it unloads into the magnificent evening – where you might think… HARRY IS HIGH or you might think… WHOA I’M HIGH & LOVE THIS. 4. Remember Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN? Remember the fucking insane guy, Robert Walker? The guy that wants his mother dead? Well, now that fucker’s a Commie, a fucking Red! 3. It’s kinda why I loved Ti West’s HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, as it spoke to that universe… only, when you get a chance to check out the real McCoy… you’ll see crazy fucking bizarre things that just nobody has the sack or lack of taste to nail as perfectly as it just was shot back then. 2. In fact, this is the movie that Robert Walker was making when he died at the age of 32 due to prescription meds reacting lethally to him. 1. Ida plays a high mileage treads worn smooth Lounge singer that can belch out a helluva tune. Notable recognition: Germany's Tarmac Autobahn This-Sentence-Needs-A-Pitstop-Somewhere-In-the-Middle Award (#5,#3) The London Grammar Neo-Nazi's Award for Man Bites Dog Reversed Intent (#2. Honorable Mention from the same group: #11) Stockholm's Blurred Reality Plastic Pane (#4,#10) The Helsinki Aquatic Salmon Fish of Sea Dwelling Redundancy and/or Obviousness (#12,#9,#7 - Note: #7 also garnered praise from the Vienna Short Term Memory Society in the category of 'Finishing a Sentence by Obviously Forgetting How the Sentence Had Been Begun') The Athens Pyrrhic Complement Mob (#8) The Paris Burnished Dodo of Utter Nonsense (#6) The Mark Twain Legerdemain Award for Utterly Incorrect Word Choice (#1)

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Study the Reconstruction period.

    by MovieManStill

    It's a lot more complicated than currently perceived. If you think that every plantation was "Roots"-inspired, then you're way off. To imply that it's racist, to indicate that many former slaves willingly remained at plantations once freed, is idiotic. The situation was a lot more complicated than our PC-colored glasses allow us to comprehend. When you free an entire race from slavery, the results are not cut-and-dried. I haven't seen the film in forty years, but I don't recall it being a hotbed of racism.

  • Ladies and gentlemen, I think we can all agree that we dodged a bullet there.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    HOLY GOD FUCKER!!! KILL AND KILL AGAIN!!!

    by Steve Lamarre

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Well, now I look like an idiot - thanks lack of edit button!

    by brokentusk

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    As I was saying, I read this column purely for dedrek's awards list.

    by brokentusk

    Keep 'em coming, dedrek! You make me laugh.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:52 a.m. CST

    As always, dedrek...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...nobody makes a purse out of a sow's ear as well as you do. Funny, funny shit.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I agree with zillamon51

    by porterdsgn

    I've missed this column. Needs to be more frequent and with someone who can give it the love it deserves.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Harry making excuses...

    by redmule

    ...yet again. It just seems so unprofessional.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    whats the over/under on when the pics will be fixed?

    by Robert Evans

    will it take a week? will it be an hour? or will it not be corrected?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Broken and Doc. Harry sure can belch out a helluva tune, can't he?

    by Jacob Underhill

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    They won't be fixed is my bet.

    by D.Vader

    It may screw up the entire website if he tries.

  • The ad says $24.99 but the price in the store said $19.99 plus a Target exclusive Bonus disc.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Choppah and Vader

    by Jacob Underhill

    No, it won't be fixed. In fact, Harry will respond soon that it was on purpose. Meanwhile, Montycristo and Quint will be shoveling coal into an 1870's engine just to keep the power on at good ol' AICN.

  • Quite a nice Blu-ray. Disney didn't "restore" this film so it actually looks natural this time. As much as a I love how Pinocchio or Sleeping Beauty looks, that's definitely not how they looked in theaters. Always fascinating that people lose their minds over Star Wars changes but nobody sheds a tear for the Disney classics. Oh, well. I grew up with the Rescuers and it looks exactly how it should. I'll take what I can.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    The performances are uniformly mediocre at best

    by darthflagg

    Joe Mantegna's performance in Thinner is mediocre? Your ass is crazy, man! He single-handedly saves the movie.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    FDR: American Badass comes out today

    by thelordofhell

    A fairly historically accurate tale of FDR fighting axis power werewolves

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    You're gonna need a bigger screen!

    by slave to the one

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Bitching......

    by LLcruize2

    I know it is somewhat of a tradition to rag on Harry about this column, but honestly. If you do come here for Blu-ray/disk release news, you really need to expand your search. Blu-ray.com and digitalbits.com offer up much more concise and helpful reviews, on-time, for each week. Granted, you will not see them doing a review of all the soft-core and D-rated films like Harry does, but if you legitimately want to get disk reviews, know what all is coming out, this is not the column to pin your hopes to.

  • Harry, THIS is why we love the DVD columns so much. Please keep up the "good" work.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Any chance...

    by Terence James

    Harry could watch the movies and comment on picture & audio quality and perhaps the extras too. Y'know, like a real review?

  • Am I kidding? Don't ask me. I don't know.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Joysticks had Satan's Hollow in it

    by Samuel Fulmer

    So other then the T&A and Joe Don Baker it's got something else going for it.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Other Blu-rays today...

    by justmyluck

    JAMES BOND 50 (22-film box) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006U1J5ZY/ THIS IS CINERAMA http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008N3E016/ THE GAME (Fincher/Criterion) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CJ0JTI/ BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008RV5K5E/ MANIAC http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008DRKIUE/ ZOMBIE (Fulci) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008DRKJ76/ AVENGERS 3D (best deal) http://www.target.com/p/-/A-14178666 AVATAR 3D (pre-order) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008XBCJ34/

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    The 3D Avengers packs were all gone at my Target.

    by Ivan Alexeev

    I got to see Nerd Rage in person. A heavy leather trench coat guy was yelling and swearing on his phone to someone who sent him to that store to get the 3D version. He was bitching that he could have gone to the other store and gotten it, but was told to go here to get it and it was sold out. By the time he got to the other side of town to the other store, that store would be sold out. Get over it. I would have gotten the 3D version myself, but settled for the regular combo pack. I didn't lose my shit because of it. I could tell what he was there for from across the store. Who wears a 20 pound trench coat in near 70 degree weather? Fucking nerds. He was probably mad that his mother sent him there for it. Go back to your computer in her basement and just die.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Whats up the with thinner hate...white man from town?

    by frank

    I actually liked thinner above the langoleers and dreamcatcher, I guesss it did have a more tales from the crypt feel...but then again I love me some tales from the crypt, at least most of them. Actually I think we are due for another tftc styled weekly show, but I degress...

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    justmyluck...

    by Robert Evans

    whoa whoa whoa... hold your horses. he'll get to those in due time. I have been personally assured that it is the BOND 50 set that is holding up Harry. he is meticulously watching the films and listening to each commentary and respective special features, whilst comparing previous DVD and bluray screenshots... so Just please patience

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Target had a shit load of bonus AVENGERS

    by Robert Evans

    of course i stopped in on way to work..

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    ET DigiBook is coming from Best Buy

    by Robert Evans

    if you plan on getting one of these, i recommend you go early.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    A Technical Hitch

    by noel

    Harry, Bruno LOVES his mother, in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. It's his buttoned-down Dad he wants dead.

  • Which is entirely understandable....

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    ^your^ can we get an edit button up in here?

    by john

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    creepythinman

    by Robert Evans

    It wouldve been nice if they tossed on a nice doc on the history of the AVENGERS from the comic, like the nice JUSTICE LEAGUE doc on the NEW FRONTIER disc..

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    art123guy

    by Robert Evans

    that wont matter. there was a big brouhaha about that. people ordered online to pick up in store and employees had given their copies to other people. go early and get it..ME--im happy with my DVD box set.

  • I'd guess the Best Buy E.T. hardbook would go the same way. Amazon has the E.T. spaceship edition. Target has the steelbook edition.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    autodidact -- love for HACKERS? Yes!

    by lv_426

    I know it is a silly movie, but damn is it fun. In my own little warped mind I like to pretend that it is somehow connected to Short Circuit. The Fisher Stevens character from SC had a mental break from reality, and adopted a new personality and accent, then used his high-tech nerd skills to become a master hacker and cyber-thief. It is kind of sad that there is going to be a WarGames remake, whereas Hackers would be more fun to see remade. It is much less sacred to me than WarGames.

  • YES. Thank you for saying this. So true. And whoever mentioned The Rescuers 2 as being the only theatrically released Disney sequel (and then someone chimed in with "Return to Neverland") As far as I know there were like 3-4 sequels to Winnie the Pooh that got released in theaters... Tigger movie, Heffalump movie, Piglet movie, Winnie the Pooh and they all SUCK compared to the original "Adventures of Winnie the Pooh". These people have forgotten what made their movies so beloved... Namely, films made by hand with great detail toward art and story.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Harry, have you ever actually WATCHED a Hitchcock film?

    by Mike J

    After your hugely embarressing gaff a few months ago when you reviewed the blu ray of Hitchcock's Rebecca - which made it rather obvious that you had never really watched the movie - you now compound that with your reference to Strangers on a Train in your review of My Son John. Now I havent watched Strangers in over 20 years BUT i'm pretty sure that Robert Walker's character in that movie does NOT want his father dead - in fact he wants Farley Granger to kill his FATHER. So, what is this, another in joke between you and your dad? Perhaps you also joke that Brian Cox played the Leo G Carroll role too? Or perhaps this is just another example of you pretending you are an expert on movies to uphold the media-created image of you that you cherish so much. Seriously, is there any Hitchcock movie you've actually watched?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    D'oh - edit button

    by Mike J

    I meant that Walker doesn't want his MOTHER dead he wants Granger to kill his father.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    terence james... re: harry commenting on picture & audio quality

    by Mystery Roach

    No no no no no no no! Harry doesn't know dick about picture & audio quality. Anytime he comments on those things he only embarrasses himself and spreads misinformation. There are a number of reputable sites where you can get that kind of info (as well as special features info) but this is definitely not one of them, and frankly I can't fathom why anyone would look here for that sort of thing anyway.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Everywhere I go...

    by Darkman

    People shit-talk THE DICTATOR. Seriously, I'm the only one who loved this movie? <br><br> Were people expecting BORAT (which, uproarious hotel fight aside, I think is just okay)? I don't know (or care, honestly) about everyone else, but THE DICTATOR = funniest fucking movie I've seen all year.

  • I visit a site that lists what will be expiring and WARGAMES was not listed. And it's not like other movies that get cancelled where the page is there but you simply can't stream. The page is compeltely gone as if it never was there. Shenanigans I say!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    LAZY FAT RED HEADED CUNT

    by Madmacks

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by bdc777

    ... Why don't you assign this column to someone who has the time? This has to be one of the most heavily trafficked columns on this site. Come on man.

  • Sucker got migrated to a 4-capacity case, pronto. http://stores.casetopia.com Has digital thingies beyond the movie copy: - second screen app link - rock soundtrack MP3 download - free comic on the Marvel site (requires account) - 200 points on the Disney Rewards site - Mondo-esque poster(s) offer Major cross-promotion. Amazon's matching Target's $19.99, so here's a link if you want AICN to get the referral: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KVZ6HK?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B001KVZ6HK&linkCode=xm2&tag=aintitcooln07-20 otherwise, it's: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001KVZ6HK

  • Including a lengthy description on Ally Sheedy's body after a running scene. I remember it being almost like soft porn. That made me one horny little kid.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 4:40 a.m. CST

    How many times has Matthew Mcconahay (sp) played a lawyer?

    by Mugato5150

    Just by the cover for that film I thought, =he's a lawyer, isn't he?=

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Nice One Harry

    by pr1c3y

    I look forward to these. Bernie was a brilliant little film it reminded me how good a director Richard Linklater is, I remember being around fourteen years old and desperately hunting for Slacker on VHS so I could watch it before Dazed and Confused. Jack Black and McConnaghey are both stellar in this, I'd like to see both of them work with Linklater again.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:55 a.m. CST

    I've got an idea!

    by DrGogol

    An idea no one else has thought of! An idea so radical that it just might work! Let someone else write the DVD column. I'll do it.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    drgogol

    by SergeantStedenko

    Get in line!

  • FRankly, I attribute it's success to the fact that people can't believe that anything coming out of Iran could be decent. The main problem I had with it was the lack of chemistry between the Father and Wife and Mother and daughter. The Father and Wife, I understood and could let slide since they were estranged, but the fact that the same disconnect existed between the actress who played the Mother/Wife and her daughter leads me to believe that it was this actress who was the problem. I'm not saying she was a terrible actress, she wasn't, but I feel she was miscast based on her lack of chemistry with the other leads. Other problems stem from the fact that their is not a single likable or at least sympathetic character. The final lie that is revealed pulls back any sympathy you may have had for the downtrodden woman. All of the characters are largely selfish and annoying. Even the daughter is annoying with her sullen quiet act, passive aggressively trying to manipulate her parents to get back together. That said, I do think that it is a worthwhile movie for all to watch, but that being said, there must have been better choices for Best Foreign Language Film last year.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Propaganda?

    by clay_mckinney

    Why are anti-communist movies called "propaganda"? Was the movie created by the FBI to mislead the public? Or is it just a handy pejorative because it's uncool to be anti-communist? Commies killed more people than Nazis, you know. It's okay to despise a political philosophy with that track record. My favorite anti-communist movie is "Katyn", a Polish film about a horrible Soviet war crime. Everyone should see it.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    clay, propaganda doesn't have to lie, it just has to dominate thought

    by SergeantStedenko

    And you must be very ignorant or very young and naive if you don't know that there was a massive effort in the U.S. to dominate thought against communism. For the record, what the Soviet Union practiced was actually Totalitarian Socialism and not true communism. This world has yet to see true communism put into practice.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    A SEPARATION is still 99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

    by justmyluck

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/a_separation_2011/ The 8.6 on IMD is probably more impressive: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1832382/ Iranian TV movie of the week = NO.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    sergeantstedenko, I may be ignorant, but I'm certainly not young

    by clay_mckinney

    ...And I believe the current idea dominating thought is anti-anti-communism. I prefer anti-communism, because I believe the highest role of government is to guarantee individual liberty. Nothing but a massive, all-powerful state could redistribute all the wealth. And by redistributing it, they would be violating the rights of those they are taking it from by force. Therefore you can't have communism without totalitarianism. They go together.

  • I remember all the propaganda and fear mongering. Romney still believes Russia is our number one enemy for gods' sake. Remember when they told us all Russian women were hairy ugly trolls with warts on their faces? Boy, what a load of complete and total B.S.!

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    justmyluck

    by SergeantStedenko

    It was very good for a Lifetime Made for TV Movie.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    At this rate

    by VibroCount

    We can expect the August 28 DVD review column to appear on November 6... no, wait... that would interfere with Butt Numb... so... what happened to all the rest you wrote that Saturday long into the night until Sunday? My ten year old granddaughter has a better work ethic and better writing skills than this... and most of us would get more out of her video reviews. We might be better served with a simple list each week... list the new releases with a link to Amazon. Less pain for Harry and the readers, and perhaps a better revenue for AICN if the links were more timely.

  • Sept. 27, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    justmyluck, imo, it's the 'Crash' of Iranian movies

    by SergeantStedenko

    Some people liked Crash, including many critics. It did win an Oscar, too. imo, I did not connect with any of the characters in A Separation. And I did not buy the relationships between the Husband/Wife and Mother/Daughter because of the lack of chemistry between the actors. I blame this on the the casting director since the woman who played the Mother/Daughter seemed like a decent actress she just didn't have chemistry with the other leads. This was a huge problem for me because it hindered me from caring about these characters, because I did not feel their familial bond. Maybe it's a cultural thing and families in Iran are not close, but cold to each other, but I do not think so and it seemed like the whole point of the movie was to present Iranians as normal people just like us. Obviously, you and others connected with the film in a way that I did not. The key word in all of this is "imo." This is just "My Opinion" and I apologize that it does not coincide with the status quo consensus. Maybe I was unfair in labeling it a Lifetime Movie of the Week. Perhaps its more like a straight to cable HBO movie. Anyway, I give it *** out of *****. So it's not like I'm trashing it and saying it is not good. It's just no great, imo.

  • Sept. 28, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    The giant covers are fookin hilarious

    by Jaka

    The movies don't really do much for me this column, though. Nothing that I really need to purchase or re-purchase.

  • Sept. 30, 2012, 5:28 a.m. CST

    @ mystery roach

    by Terence James

    Sorry, my mistake. I thought it was a proper review column.

  • Canadian pay tv in the early 80s SUCKED. HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax were like the Blockbuster Video of pay TV while in Canada we had Superchannel which was like the 99cent video store - well more like if it was Friday night and the few gems in the shit the 99c video store had were already rented. So, in my little town, in defiance of the law, some of the techies in town hooked up their pirate sattelites and illegal descramblers to a UHF transmitter and gave the whole small town two channels of HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, USA, and Disney. They'd shift from station to station, usually when the signal got rescrambled, and they'd try to have something for the kids (USA cartoon marathons or Saturday kung fu movies) and on fridays nights they'd switch it to whichever station was showing the raciest soft portn (HELLO Skinemax!). JOYSTICKS was the movie that introduced me to gratuitous, but glorious, female nudity - making a movie just to show the tatas. I must admit, I miss those days. The concept of PG-13 killed that.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    WarGames Blu is $7.99 at Best Buy this week

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Got mine last night!

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Harry i dont mean to be a dick...but....

    by shiekybaby

    i used to come to this site each and every week for this column alone. now i may stumble over it once a month if I am lucky on my way somewhere else. it seems like every time i see a new DVD release posted and look at it, it opens with you stating how busy you are and how hard it is to get this column posted...then you state how much you love it and want us to support it. i dont like to call bullshit, but if you really cared about this thing, you would either make sure it gets posted once a week or assign it to one of a thousand people who would jump at the chance to do it for you. hell, send me the DVD's and I will do the damn thing for you...for free! and lets be honest...the column that is so hard to get posted? its a dozen or so pics of DVD covers followed by a paragraph from you that is typically unedited and full of errors. and 95 percent of the time, these "reviews" dont have anything to do with the actual releases, things we care about like commentaries, deleted scenes, extras, you know...the fucking reason people want to buy the DVD of a movie we have probably already seen? Instead, you tell us about the first time you saw it, the reason its your favorite random actors movie, etc. Seriously brother I am not trying to break your balls, I am totally fine with those stories, they personalize the column and i actually can dig the idea that you are a movie geek first and not a professional critic...but for fuck sake....dont act like you are snycing alot of time into each one of these columns. i would estimate with the current info we get on each release that it takes you 60-90 minutes to put this entire thing together, and thats really stretching it. if you really give a shit about the site, other movie fans, or these films in general, then start putting some care into this thing. if you cant do that, than do everyone a favor and stop posting it entirely and focus on new movies, your podcast thing, etc. either way, its time to man up and grow some balls and stop giving us excuses. with alot of tough love and respect (no really!) shieky

  • ETA, late Nov.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    what irritates the piss out of me

    by Chris Kirby

    1) the lying. go back and look at some of his comments the last few weeks. first he stated that he would finish it a few weeks ago. then he cried to us and said he had several weeks finished and just posted one. then he said that he would have time in 7 days on 9/22. well, today is 10/1 and i doubt we get one tomorrow. leading into number 2) i'm sick and tired of not getting one at all if he doesn't have it to us tuesday morning. if you log on tuesday morning and it isnt there, you won't get one until the following week or following month for that matter. no caps, no care

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I mostly just like the talkbacks at the end of the DVD column

    by jawaburger

    I actually like to read what other people think of the movies. That being said, why don't you just post the pictures of the DVDs/Blu-rays you would normally write about and let us have a talkback about them. That way you won't have to waste your time writing about the movies you don't have time to and all of us can talk about the movies and make fun of each other like usual! I have just solved the problem.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Oh my god! Jawaburger, that is actually a great idea.

    by Jacob Underhill

    And by the way, harry, if you read this (prob not) - here's a tip: No need to catch up. A lot of the interest in the DVD column is in CURRENT/UPCOMING releases, with whatever *insider tips* Amazon or whomever might send you. Catching up on the old columns is tantamount to reviewing a 1998 Sears Christmas Catalogue.

  • Oct. 1, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Harry doesn't like thinner.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Or the movie with the same title.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    blu ray cover!!! extreme close-up!!! yaah! i'm gonna hurl!

    by Darth Macchio

    I can't make out that line of text in the corner of that blu-ray cover...wait...err...oh..actually, that's just a row of plastic/polymer molecules. Didn't recognize them. My bad.

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