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So on time this week. Woo-Hoo!!! So there are some decent releases this week, so let us jump right in and get to all the goodies. Some of the must own blu-rays include ‘Raising Arizona’, ‘If…’ Criterion Collection, plus some other goodies. As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.
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I have not seen this film yet, but the synopsis sounds fucking killer. Any of you seen this? “The horrific account of 6 year old Martin Bristol, abducted from his backyard swing and forced to witness the brutal crimes of a deranged madman.” Plus it stars Michael Biehn.
BLOOD SIMPLE (BLURAY)
One of the Coen Bros. early films from the mid 80’s. Blood Dimple tells the tale Marty (Hedaya), the owner of a backwoods bar, hires a man to kill his cheating wife and her boyfriend, he opens a door into the criminal world that he’ll never be able to shut. The sleazy hit man (M. Emmet Walsh) decides instead to shoot Marty, thereby collecting his unearned fee and eliminating the only person who could implicate him. Or so he thinks. Featuring the maddeningly taut script from the Coen Brothers, Blood Simple hurtles forward with the speed and intensity of a fired bullet… and delivers as devastating an impact as has ever been felt from a noir film! A truly solid film and completely tense at every corner right up until the end.
THE COEN BROS. COLLECTION (BLURAY)
So in this set you get four Boen Bros. films on bluray. You get: Blood Simple, Fargo, Miller’s Crossing, and Raising Arizona. All excellent films. If you get this collection, you save a little bit of money as if you were to buy all of them separately. Plus the box cover art is great. One day they will release the entire Coen Bros. catalogue in one awesome statue of some sort.
THE COMPLETE JEAN VIGO (CRITERION COLLECTION BLURAY)
Criterion rolls out the red carpet once again with Vigo. Even among cinema’s greatest legends, Jean Vigo stands alone. The son of a notorious anarchist, Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at age twenty-nine. Like the daring early works of his contemporaries Jean Cocteau and Luis Buñuel, Vigo’s films refused to play by the rules. This set includes all of Vigo’s titles: À propos de Nice, an absurdist, rhythmic slice of life from the bustling coastal city of the title; Taris, an inventive short portrait of a swimming champion; Zéro de conduite, a radical, delightful tale of boarding-school rebellion that has influenced countless filmmakers; and, of course, L’Atalante, widely regarded as one of cinema’s finest achievements, about newlyweds beginning their life together on a canal barge. These are the endlessly witty, visually adventurous works of a pivotal film artist. Excellent transfer and packed with extras. Definitely a must buy.
Fuck me. I saw this movie back in 2009 before it really was released live. This movie is all sorts of fucked up and awesome. What a great concept, but completely frightening concept on multiple levels. Two teens find a secret room in the depths of an abandoned insane asylum that contain an imprisoned woman who turns out to be the undead. This film is brutal. Loved every minute of it. Definitely get this.
GOOD WILL HUNTING (BLURAY+DIGITAL COPY)
The film that put Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on everyone’s radar. Good Will Hunting is amazing. I remember seeing it back in 97′. Robin Williams is amazing in this film. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-scripted and star in this drama, set in Boston and Cambridge, about rebellious 20-year-old MIT janitor Will Hunting (Damon), gifted with a photographic memory, who hangs out with his South Boston bar buddies, his best friend Chuckie (Affleck), and his affluent British girlfriend Skylar (Minnie Driver). After MIT professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) stumps students with a challenging math formula on a hallway blackboard, Will anonymously leaves the correct solution, prompting Lambeau to track the elusive young genius. As Will’s problems with the police escalate, Lambeau offers an out, but with two conditions — visits to a therapist and weekly math sessions. Will agrees to the latter but refuses to cooperate with a succession of therapists. Lambeau then contacts his former classmate, therapist Sean McGuire (Robin Williams), an instructor at Bunker Hill Community College. Both are equally stubborn, but Will is finally forced to deal with both his past and his future. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi Must own. No brainer. No just need to wait for the sequel done by Kevin Smith. “How bout them apples?”
IF…(CRITERION COLLECTION BLURAY)
Criterion knocks it out of the park again with IF… which is a re-release from their catalogue onto blu-ray. This film is amazing and stars Malcolm McDowell. Kubrick saw this movie and then cast McDowell in Clockwork Orange as Alex DeLarge. So amazing. If…., directed by Lindsay Anderson (This Sporting Life), is a daringly chaotic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior against the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells. Tons of extras and a superb transfer.
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (BLURAY)
Love seeing this old 50’s sci-fi/horror films getting the blu-ray treatment. Such a treat. Now I hope that Universal releases all of the classic movie monster films on bluray. Scott Carey and his wife Louise are sunning themselves on their cabin cruiser, the small craft adrift on a calm sea. While his wife is below deck, a low mist passes over him. Scott, lying in the sun, is sprinkled with glittery particles that quickly evaporate. Later he is accidentally sprayed with an insecticide while driving and, in the next few days, he finds that he has begun to shrink. First just a few inches, so that his clothes no longer fit, then a little more. Soon he is only three feet tall, and a national curiosity. At six inches tall he can only live in a doll’s house and even that becomes impossible when his cat breaks in. Scott flees to the cellar, his wife thinks he has been eaten by the cat and the door to the cellar is closed, trapping him in the littered room where, menaced by a giant spider, he struggles to survive. Get this.
MILLER’S CROSSING (BLURAY)
Yet another Coen Bros. release this week with Miller’s Crossing. This movie is hardcore and tragic. Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. Wonderful film. A must own for any Coen Bros. fan.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (BLURAY 3D+ BLURAY 2D+DVD+DIGITAL COPY)
The movie that started a modern goth movement. Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. The film has already been released on blu-ray before but not in 3D. The 3D version looks really good and they did some cool things with it. The new 3D transfer definitely brings even more life to the film. This will be the definite version to own. I love everything about this movie. So original and fun.
ORPHEUS (CRITERION COLLECTION BLURAY)
Criterion rolls out the red carpet yet again for this bluray release of Orpheus. This 1950 update of the Orphic myth by Jean Cocteau (Beauty and the Beast) depicts a famous poet (Jean Marais) scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife Eurydice (Marie Déa) and a mysterious princess (Maria Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Orpheus represents the legendary Cocteau at the height of his abilities for peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling. A must own. Stunning transfer and excellent extras.
RAISING ARIZONA (BLURAY)
By far Nic Cage’s best film ever. This Coen Bros. film is one of my favorites. SO much heart and soul went in to this film. Tons of Sam Raimi-esqu camera work to this movie. Love every bit of it. When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated. I wish there were tons of extras on this. Maybe some time in the future. But I am just happy to have this in hi-def.
STRIKE: REMASTERED EDITION (BLURAY)
In Russia’s factory region during Czarist rule, there’s restlessness and strike planning among workers; management brings in spies and external agents. When a worker hangs himself after being falsely accused of thievery, the workers strike. At first, there’s excitement in workers’ households and in public places as they develop their demands communally. Then, as the strike drags on and management rejects demands, hunger mounts, as does domestic and civic distress. Provocateurs recruited from the lumpen and in league with the police and the fire department bring problems to the workers; the spies do their dirty work; and, the military arrives to liquidate strikers.
TOP GUN: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (BLURAY+DIGITAL COPY)
And the absolute most OVERRATED fucking movie has an anniversary blu-ray release today. Not to mention Top Gun is the single most homo-erotic movie ever made. I just love when pretending macho guys say that this is their favorite film. First of all, if someone says that Top Gun is their favorite film, they are a complete cinematic idiot. In addition to that, they probably have an extensive collection of Barbara Streisand records and numerous taped live performances of Broadway plays somewhere. And tons of cock. Other than the fact that Top Gun is completely riddled with some of the most blatant and over the top homoeroticism ever shown on film, this film is completely boring and not worth watching. Let’s look at the facts shall we?? 1) All the main characters are in the NAVY. 2) Maverick walks in the ladies room on purpose. 3) The aviator sunglasses and skin tight uniforms are endless. Fucking everywhere. 4) The head commanding officer is constantly screaming “I want some butts!” I shit you not. 5) Goose’s mustache is fucking glorious and homo-erotic. 6) There is a volleyball scene in this film that really might be the most homo-erotic scene in cinema history. Tons of shirtless, oiled up guys high fiving, slapping each other’s asses, and playing volleyball to a song that has the lyric “playing with the boys”. 7) Maverick constantly talks about showering or he is showering. He is never alone when he showers. He is always with other guys. 8 – One hot blonde girl tries to fuck Maverick but he constantly denies her. That is until she dresses up as a dude in uniform and then he fucks her. But then, he runs off and cries and thinks of his male lover. I can go on and on, but then I would be up all night. Yes there is some violence here and there. Maverick’s male lover dies and some Russians die, but back in the 80’s they really weren’t considered people. Boring fucking movie.
THE TWILIGHT ZONE: SEASON 5 (BLURAY)
My favorite show of all time has its fifth and final season released on bluray. I bet there will be a box set soon. Don’t forget this season has the ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ episode with William Shatner seeing a monster on the wing of a plane. AWSOME. All 36 episodes of the fifth and final season of Rod Serling’s classic, groundbreaking series, now presented in pristine high-definition for the first time ever, along with hours of new and exclusive bonus features not available anywhere else!
In Praise of Pip, Steel, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, A Kind of a Stopwatch, The Last Night of a Jockey, Living Doll, The Old Man in the Cave, Uncle Simon, Probe 7 Over and Out, The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms, Ninety Years Without Slumbering, Ring-A-Ding Girl, You Drive, The Long Morrow, The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross, Number Twelve Looks Just Like You, Black Leather Jackets, Night Call, From Agnes, with Love, Spur of the Moment, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, Queen of the Nile, What’s in the Box, The Masks, I Am the Night Color Me Black, Sounds and Silences, Caesar and Me, The Jeopardy Room, Stopover in a Quiet Town, The Encounter, Mr. Garrity and the Graves, The Brain Center at Whipple’s, Come Wander with Me, The Fear, The Bewitchin’ Pool.
20 new audio commentaries, featuring The Twilight Zone Companion author Marc Scott Zicree, author/film historian Gary Gerani (Fantastic TelevisionTwilight Zone directors Ted Post, Richard Donner and Robert Butler, writer Earl Hamner, actors George Takei and Peter Mark Richman, author/historian Martin Grams, Jr. (The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic), authors/historians Jim Benson and Scott Skelton (Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After Hours Tour), author Bill Warren (Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties), writer Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Coraline), writer/director Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica, CSI) and radio host George Noory (Coast to Coast AM).Conversations with Rod Serling
Vintage audio interview with director of photography George T. Clemens
22 radio dramas featuring Louis Gossett, Jr., Adam Baldwin, Peter Mark Richman, Beverly Garland, Adam West, Bill Erwin, Luke Perry, Mariette Hartley, Ed Begley, Jr., Kate Jackson, Mike Starr, Stan Freberg, Jason Alexander, Jane Seymour, James Keach and Karen Black
Audio commentaries by Bill Mumy (In Praise of Pip), Mickey Rooney (The Last Night of a Jockey), June Foray (Living Doll), Mariette Hartley (The Long Morrow), Marc Scott Zicree (Number 12 Looks Just Like You), Alan Sues (The Masks) and Martin Landau (The Jeopardy Room)
Video interviews with Richard Matheson, George Clayton Johnson, Earl Hamner, Bill Mumy, June Foray, Carolyn Kearney, Michael Forest, Nancy Malone and Terry Becker
Isolated music scores featuring the legendary Bernard Herrmann, Van Cleave and Rene Garriguenc
The Mike Wallace interview (September 1959)
Netherlands sales pitch
Excerpt from Rod Serling’s Sherwood Oaks Experimental College lecture
Alfred Hitchcock promo
Rare George Clayton Johnson home movies
Rod Serling promos for “Next Week’s” show
Twilight Zone Season 5 billboards
And much more!
Have not seen this movie yet, but I am hearing a lot of good things. Adrien Brody stars as a man who awakens in a mangled car-wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. Injured and trapped inside, with no memory of how he got there or who he is, he must rely on his most primal instincts to survive. But as he attempts to free himself from the carnage and escape an impossible situation, a darker side is revealed. Even if he manages to survive, the man may have to face the horrible consequences of an earlier, forgotten life. — (C) IFC Anyone see this yet?
Well that is it for this week. Stay tuned for next week for more awesome releases and picks.