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post #152001 of 152123
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What's the current thread consensus on Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN (2009), anyway?

 

 

 

 

I've always enjoyed the film. Going back to seeing it when it hit theaters. I revisited it back in 2014, and now that I think about it, it's about time I see it again. Especially with Doomsday Clock having just come out.

 

 

 

 

 

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This is from a month ago, but here's a good brief look at the enduring appeal of Nicolas Cage and how he has managed to be a consistent draw for buyers at independent film markets:

 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-nicolas-cage-is-everywhere-at-independent-film-markets-1053271

 

Mentions a film that he has in development called PRIMAL, don't think we brought it up here.

 

Synopsis:

 

 

 

Man, that synopsis sounds incredible. I hope the film gets made.

post #152002 of 152123
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Unfortunately, I think MANIAC COP was recently confirmed to be cancelled for various reasons...
I really do hope he and Dolph manage to make their project in a near future.
But it's very sad and disappointing to see that Hyams doesn't get his due recognition in the business.

Luckily Hyams confirmed that ALONE actually wrapped filming a few weeks ago. He'd spent 4 years putting it together.
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What's the current thread consensus on Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN (2009), anyway?

Unabashedly one of my top 10 films in any form of it's cut.
post #152003 of 152123
Watchmen is terrific.

Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach is a coup de grace of casting.
post #152004 of 152123

ANDRE THE GIANT Teaser

 

post #152005 of 152123

Of course that Andre the Giant documentary is a must-watch for me once it comes out.

 

Today was dull. Tonight I watched something on Amazon Video, and believe it or not it was an example of a film they offer which does not even have an IMDb entry. It was highly unusual: a horror movie from MONGOLIA. The 2015 film is known as The Doll and while Amazon compared it to "the Chucky series" that is a misnomer; instead, think The Monkey's Paw short story. A young woman down on her luck buys a little doll which of course is creepy as hell. If you offer the doll blood and ask for a wish, the wish comes true, but at a price. For example, she wants money but gets it after a bus she was on crashes and she pilfers the cash from a dead dude. In addition, her mom is in the hospital and her boss is a full-on Harvey Weinstein.

 

I had no idea what to expect; I'll say the movie was average. As I was worried it'd be bad, not thinking so means I am relieved. Sure it is cliched but the film was still watchable. There are some gory moments and you do get to see Mongolian Harvey assault her. His fate: amazingly over the top. As it was usually competently made, I do not regret seeing something genre from a country with not a long & storied history of movie-making. Oh, and the subtitles weren't always translated into perfect English, which added to the charm. I imagine Wish Upon is more unintentionally hilarious but I'll hazard a guess and say this is better. Plus, Wish Upon did not have a wacky dream sequence where the doll is shown speaking and... it's a "little person" talking in a demonic voice. What little CG you see is not great so perhaps doing it that way was for the best.

post #152006 of 152123
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I had no idea this was to be a thing. As It's Gilliam, Lord knows how that production would have gone, especially if he and Silver had to work together.

Right! Their personalities sure don't fit together, and given Gilliam's behind the scenes production history, this could have gone terribly wrong. Actually I don't remember exactly all the details of why it didn't go through (it was in pre-production for at least 2 years) but this likely part of it, and the fact that it was a very difficult project to pull off at the time... But this is still something I would have liked to see. BATMAN's Sam Hamm had penned the script, and a draft can be found online.

post #152007 of 152123

Watched Van Damme's appearance on Conan. Pleasant enough 15 minutes of television. He didn't go quite as far as the time he recreated his dance moves from KICKBOXER. He did show Conan some stretching exercises. All in all I'd say he was in good spirits!

post #152008 of 152123

‘Do You Want to Live Forever?’—John Milius’ ‘Conan the Barbarian’

 

https://cinephiliabeyond.org/want-live-forever-john-milius-conan-barbarian/

 

 

"Oliver Stone originally took a crack at writing it, meeting with intended and final star Arnold Schwarzenegger, hoping to direct him (he had the Austrian oak read to him from the Conan comics to get a feel for the atmosphere and dialogue), and although John Milius took over both chores for producers Dino and Raffaella De Laurentiis, the finished film has Stone’s imprint all over it. Critic and Stone biographer/essayist Matt Zoller Seitz suggests there is (to Stone’s apparent discomfort) a semi-autobiographical element to it, of the orphaned slave turned gladiator, thief, mercenary, avenging barbarian and lover, and finally, hinted at future king. “The more you know about Stone’s own biography,” Seitz opines, “[such as] his emotional estrangement from his parents, his self-reinvention in the brothels and killing fields of Southeast Asia, his fondness for stories about both real and fictional adventurers, including Alexander the Great and Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim—the more Conan seems like an exuberant and perverse autobiography.” Milius is a martially minded philosopher poet also. “Ultimately Conan is John’s movie,” Stone told Seitz, with perhaps a degree of modesty or disappointment at Milius’ necessarily cut-down version (Stone’s vision was vastly ambitious and effects reliant). “He’s such a wonderful, Macedonian character. ‘Oliver! Come in! I just wrote something; I want you to hear it!’ And then he’d read some section he was working on, read it to me like it was Apocalypse Now, like it was just the greatest thing ever! ‘Whaddya think? Isn’t it great? We got it! By Crom, we got it!’”

 

“It took me four months to write Conan,” Stone recalled elsewhere, and recounted in The Conan Completist. “I had been hired to write the first draft. Paramount and Edward R. Pressman had told me to go ahead without restraining myself. I was expecting they would ask for a more digest, second draft. But I never had the chance to write it: Paramount canceled the project. [To write the script] I read each book, each comic book. Robert E. Howard… wrote all these great stories, originally in pulp magazines. He had a great gift for this perverted mythos of darkness and death, raging and mad Wagnerian mentality. [John Milius said that my script was a ‘feverish dream under acid’] but it is exactly what the film should have been! It is what arises from the work of Howard. What Edgar Rice Burroughs had made a success of with Tarzan, Howard renewed with Conan, who is a kind of post-modern Tarzan, less noble but more mischievous.”

 

Conan is the classical story by excellence. I very much liked the idea that he had been a slave, had suffered and managed to rise. What is great in Howard’s novels is that Conan passes from the stage of peasant to that of a king. A young peasant gains his royalty through a series of tests and marries… In my script, which concentrates several stories of Howard, Conan saves the life of one princess. At the end of the film, after having reconquered her throne thanks to his assistance, she offers her hand in marriage to him so that he becomes king. But Conan refuses this honor. He tells her: ‘I can’t be a king this way, as your husband. I can’t inherit the throne. I will earn my throne.’ So, he leaves her, like Charles Bronson or Clint Eastwood at the end of their westerns, with the sunset in the background. And he goes riding off to the second adventure, which was supposed to be the follow-up sequel. If they’d done it my way, they would have had a Bond-type series, 12-13 pictures, which is what I had wanted to do.”"

post #152009 of 152123

Wait a second, wait a second, everyone hold on for a minute. Just got word from thread-member harry about this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Shadow-Wolves-Hijacking-America/dp/0999497502/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512586536&sr=1-1&keywords=Steven+seagal

 

 

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This is the story of an Arizona Tribal police officer who stumbles onto one of the of the biggest cases in the history of the Southwest. He is a member of an elite group within the Native American communities known as The Shadow Wolves. What comes with his discovery is the uncovering of massive corruption in places where he once had placed his total trust. Shadow Wolves is a book of fiction based on reality. Both author’s have worked with, confronted, and seen the power of the Deep State and the manner in which, at times, federal government agencies willfully violate the Constitution and the laws of the land in service to special interests. Recent events has for the first time made many American citizens aware that the Deep State is very real; that the mainstream media tends toward bias by often offering a false narrative designed by the secret intelligence world in service to special interests. The fight for America’s soul is taking place far from Washington, D.C. This is a story of one small group of patriots fighting the good fight.
post #152010 of 152123
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I have a feeling you'll enjoy it, Gunner.

 

For me i am just looking forward to Star Wars next week.

Already got my ticket booked for the first showing on Thursday morning.  Really excited for it.  I'm also weirdly excited for the Rock's new version of JUMANJI.  It looks kind of fun.  Seeing that on Friday night.  

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

What's the current thread consensus on Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN (2009), anyway?

 

Personally, I loved it.  Liked the theatrical cut, really liked the director's cut (went to NYC to see it on the big screen), but thought the ultimate cut was overdoing it (the Black Freighter stuff didn't fit for me).  I thought the theatrical and director's cuts were both damn good adaptations, the casting was a spot on except for Matthew Goode as Ozymandias (ugh), I didn't mind getting rid of the squid (the nuclear threat worked better in the film's reality, I think) and it's easily my favorite Zack Snyder film, and I'm not typically a fan of his stuff.  Basically, my only critique is that The Night Owl isn't flabby enough but then again Patrick Wilson won me over with his totally likeable portrayal of the character otherwise.  I even loved the WATCHMEN MOTION COMICS, which would easily please the to-the-letter superfans, I'd think.

 

Of course I loved the original run of the comic, but I was also entertained by DC's recent BEFORE WATCHMEN run and am interested in checking out the new DOOMSDAY CLOCK series.

 

I honestly can't see why HBO needs or wants a series from the material.  For me, the film was near perfect for what it is and, at less than ten years old, it's still far too fresh for a redo... Even an expanded one, by someone like Lindelof, who runs hot (TOMORROWLAND) and cold (everything else of his I've ever seen).  

 

I'm a big fan of both the theatrical and directors cut of WATCHMEN.  For me it's one of the best comic book adaptions out there.  

post #152011 of 152123

I doubt it will make much of an impact outside of France but Johnny Hallyday, the French Elvis, died at 74. He was also a decent actor and B-movie fans can catch him in Sergio Corbucci's THE SPECIALIST (never saw it but it's considered as an above average spaghetti western) and Johnnie To's VENGEANCE (Hallyday is all right but the film was written for Alain Delon and it could have something else entirely). Perverts can try to track down TERMINUS, supposedly one of the worst ROAD WARRIOR rip offs ever. Fun cast though!

 

post #152012 of 152123
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Wait a second, wait a second, everyone hold on for a minute. Just got word from thread-member harry about this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Shadow-Wolves-Hijacking-America/dp/0999497502/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512586536&sr=1-1&keywords=Steven+seagal

 

 

 

Holy nut case.

 

This guy is something else.

 

If anyone reads this, let us know. It sounds like an adventure alright.

post #152013 of 152123

Oh to be a fly in the wall during one of Seagal and co-author Tom Morrissey's brainstorming sessions.

 

I'm just stunned that this has been out two weeks and I hadn't heard a peep about it until now.

post #152014 of 152123

To sit with Seagal and listen to him rattle on about the conspiracies in his life, the missions that he's gone on and the wacky world that he lives in would be something.

post #152015 of 152123
I am definitely ordering that book for a friend for Christmas. I love him, but he appreciates Seagal too much for me not to give it to him.

And he’s not a Trump voter.
post #152016 of 152123

I found this article from last year that profiled the co-author Tom Morrissey and delved into his background and what it's like working with Seagal:

 

http://www.ahwatukee.com/communityevents/article_5aa49414-5f43-11e6-a246-7f0d7e157ac8.html

 

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An avid fan of Donald Trump, Morrissey says he is fed up with the inefficiencies and waste that often seem synonymous with federal bureaucracies. And the pony-tailed, slicked-haired Seagal made his bones on the big screen portraying lawmen who often had to fight corrupt or inept cops and bureaucrats before taking down bad guys with a mix of high-volume shooting and lethal martial arts moves.

 

Their project is tentatively called “Shadow Wolves” and its take on the ATF scandal is called “faction” in some circles, meaning it’s partly true and partly the product of the imagination.

 

“We expect it will be very controversial due to the subject matter, which is based on today's headlines,” Morrissey said.

 

Morrissey acknowledged in an email to his friends that the project is “taking some time, but looking better and better, with each rewrite. If it continues on its present path, the film will be shot in Arizona and New Mexico.”

 

Morrissey (left) pictured with Seagal:

 

Tom Morrissey and Steven Seagal 

post #152017 of 152123
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‘Do You Want to Live Forever?’—John Milius’ ‘Conan the Barbarian’

 

Stone and Milius always seemed like odd bedfellows, so the writing process going like this is not surprising to me.

 

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Wait a second, wait a second, everyone hold on for a minute. Just got word from thread-member harry about this:

 

Astounding. I expect the book to be utter lunacy. As it's only a few dollars on Kindle... I may have to spend a few dollars on it.

 

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I doubt it will make much of an impact outside of France but Johnny Hallyday, the French Elvis, died at 74.

 

I had heard of him beforehand but did not really know his music as he never broke into the American market so hardly anyone in the U.S. knows who he is. My knowledge of his film career was lacking; unfortunately I imagine I'll have trouble trying to find some of the sillier movies he was involved with.

post #152018 of 152123
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Originally Posted by Magiclapinou View Post
 

I doubt it will make much of an impact outside of France but Johnny Hallyday, the French Elvis, died at 74. He was also a decent actor and B-movie fans can catch him in Sergio Corbucci's THE SPECIALIST (never saw it but it's considered as an above average spaghetti western) and Johnnie To's VENGEANCE (Hallyday is all right but the film was written for Alain Delon and it could have something else entirely). Perverts can try to track down TERMINUS, supposedly one of the worst ROAD WARRIOR rip offs ever. Fun cast though!

 

 

I've only seen him in Vengeance.

 

I think had heard the story about that part being for Delon originally.

post #152019 of 152123

Scream Factory to release Larry Cohen's AMBULANCE on blu on March 13th:

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=22533

 

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Also: "BREAKING: Nico Mastorakis' NIGHTMARE AT NOON strikes on Blu-ray March 20th! All-star cast Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, George Kennedy, Brion James and Kimberly Beck."

 

 

"When three tourists stop at a roadside diner, they become the unwitting victims of a lethal scientific experiment in NIGHTMARE AT NOON—which releases on Blu-ray for the first time and features a new HD transfer!

 

Directed by Nico Mastorakis (The Zero Boys), this entertaining thriller includes a B-Movie all-star cast featuring Wings Hauser (Vice Squad), Bo Hopkins (Mutant), George Kennedy (Airport ‘77), Brion James (Blade Runner) and Kimberly Beck (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter)."

 

Anyone seen this? I'd never heard of it, but looks like my thing.

post #152021 of 152123
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Scream Factory to release Larry Cohen's AMBULANCE on blu on March 13th:

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=22533



YES!!!!!! I was hoping Scream would eventually snag this. Looney tunes fun for everyone. A point to be made for it being a Marvel movie.

I will definitely grab it.
post #152022 of 152123

Don't recall a lot about AMBULANCE but I'll go for a partially-blind buy. Daytime soap legend Eric Braeden as the heavy!

 

 

Joe Bob Briggs enjoyed it:

 

http://www.joebobbriggs.com/2010/01/24/ambulance-1990/

post #152023 of 152123

Holiday Travel Woes: DIE HARD 2 (1990)

Why John McClane's second terrorist run-in might be a better Christmas Film than the first.
 
 
 
"Die Hard ('88) is a masterpiece. You already know this (and certainly don't need me to tell you). Bruce Willis' first go 'round as John McClane arguably left one of the biggest marks on action cinema history, introducing not only a unique formula - how many times have you been pitched to watch "Die Hard on a [Insert Location]"? - but an archetype (the hangdog everyman) that Willis minted an entire brand on. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) is one of the slickest villains to ever walk the planet, talking about suits and then shooting Japanese businessmen in the head like there's zero consequence, while his blonde Viking henchman (Alexander Godunov) is dispatched like a rabid dog. Director John McTiernan brought it all together in a 2.35 anamorphic package that made Jan de Bont a bona fide Hollywood star (though to Paul Verhoeven fans, he was already aces). We toss the word "classic" around too easily these days, but Die Hard undoubtedly deserves it. 

 

Following that up wasn't going to be easy, especially considering McTiernan wasn't going to be available for the sequel (as he was in the middle of The Hunt For Red October ['90]), so instead they went the Beverly Hills Cop II ('87) route. With Renny Harlin - who'd just scored a sizable hit with A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ('88) - Fox hired a pure stylist, not too far removed from Tony Scott. Coming from the world of commercial filmmaking (where Harlin helmed spots for companies like Shell) he had a comparable hyper-kinetic eye for violence that made Ridley's brother so damn essential to genre filmmaking, not to mention a knack for dark, smoky anti-reality (his previous horror picture, Prison ['87], plays like a haunted castle movie on 'roids). He was a perfect match for a project that would certainly need to amp up every recognizable element for audiences to get on board with McClane's second throw down with terrorists. "

 

"Loosely based on Walter Wagner's novel 58 Minutes - which, if you've never read it, is actually a pretty solid bare bones bit of pulp - original Die Hard scribe Steven E. de Souza (The Running Man ['85]) and shoot 'em up screenwriter Doug Richardson (Bad Boys ['95]) cobbled together a draft that's stripped down to the bare essentials. We don't even get an intro beyond a crashing title card before we're at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., watching John's car get towed (well, really, it's his mother-in-law's) while he waits to pick up Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who's flying in from L.A. Meanwhile, Colonel Stuart (an angular William Sadler) mobilizes his team of mercenaries, marching out of their hotel, ready to take the travel depot down on one of its busiest days: Christmas Eve. Stuart's demand? For the United States to release the notorious General Esperanza (Franco Nero), one of the country's biggest enemies in the war on drugs, into his custody. 

 

That's right, this is certainly Die Hard through and through, though Harlin's movie hits the ground running in a way the first one did not. That's probably the wisest choice Die Hard 2 makes, as had Harlin decided to slowly build toward the nefarious plot that will place John and Holly in danger on Christmas yet again, audiences would've probably gotten bored and taken a moment to actually consider the ludicrousness of even making a sequel to something as singular and game-changing as Die Hard in the first place. By the time John's out of the blowing snow (another sound choice: shifting away from the seasonless heat of Los Angeles) and chasing two of Stuart's men through a restricted baggage area - not to mention engaging in a deadly firefight without a second thought - we're swept up in the breathless madness of it all. Who cares if your sequel is implausible if it's this wildly entertaining.

 

It feels somewhat perverse to write, but setting a Die Hard sequel in an airport on Christmas Eve just feels correct in a certain way. Nobody likes to travel around the holidays; in fact, it often becomes one of the most nightmarish elements of attempting to see your loved ones on Thanksgiving or Christmas. But we do it because we care. The exploitation of that caring inadvertently adds a weird dose of mean-spiritedness to Col. Stewart's attack on Dulles International. He could've easily been holding your loving family members hostage in one of those hovering planes, while you hoped against hope that they can land that jet in the middle of this blizzard, and everyone can make it to the tree alive and well to open presents. It's become a cliche for movie nerds to say Die Hard is one of their favorite Christmas movies, but allow this writer to offer up a compromise: Die Harder is probably the better Chrismas movie, while McTiernan's Die Hard is still the superior overall motion picture.  "

post #152024 of 152123

James Earl Jones is great in THE AMBULANCE.

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Q: can anyone tell me for sure if Warner Archive release of DEAD BANG is widescreen or not?

 

I was just about to order it - just in time for Christmas!- but I read a few comments saying, despite cover advertising it as WS, when they got it from Amazon it was same FS 1:33 transfer.

post #152026 of 152123
Yeah, Die Hard 2 doesn’t get enough love in my opinion. Possibly because some may be be bummed McTiernan isn’t back, or the implausibility of it all starts to show.

But damn, at least it doesn’t falter in the finale, I still love the jet wing fighting.
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Q: can anyone tell me for sure if Warner Archive release of DEAD BANG is widescreen or not?

 

I was just about to order it - just in time for Christmas!- but I read a few comments saying, despite cover advertising it as WS, when they got it from Amazon it was same FS 1:33 transfer.

 

This may be the same comment you already read, but this one on Amazon seems to confirm it is full frame:

 

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I want to make clear that this review is only for the Warner Archive DVD and has nothing to do with the content of the movie itself. On the Warner Archive website, this DVD is listed as widescreen, and this is also printed on the rear of the DVD case. But this DVD is full screen. I tried to contact Warner Archive by e-mail to ask if them to check this product, but they informed me that since I didn't buy it direct from them, they couldn't even talk to me. I have a great many Warner Archive DVD's, and this is the first time one of their release was not in the original aspect ratio.

 

Pretty weak on Warner's part, but they fumbled already by not doing a blu release.

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Aw shit, I bought the disc but haven't watched it yet, I'll try to check if I can find the box (my flat is littered with books and DVD).

 

Amazon.de claims the german disc is 16:9.

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It seems that when they re-issue former pressed dvds as part of their Archive line, they really don't do much in the way of remastering. It's the blu releases that get to be remastered. Dead Bang does deserve a blu release.

 

That Seagal book will be something I pick up when it's cheap. I'd get the digital version, but I'd rather have a physical copy.

 

Speaking of books, I've been reading Bruce Campbell's second autobiography, Hail To The Chin. I think I mentioned it last week. Pretty good stuff so far, and I'm nearly done with it.

 

No actual movies so far, but I've been watching some of the CW "Arrowverse" shows that I got on dvd on black friday. I've seen the first discs of The Flash, Arrow, and now I'm onto Legends Of Tomorrow. Legends is still my favorite of the shows due to just being a whole lot of fun. Mostly due to Dominic Purcell. Dolph hasn't shown up on Arrow yet, so I'm looking forward to seeing when he shows up.

post #152030 of 152123

I'll run till I puke for a Dead Bang Blu-ray. It'll fit nicely with The Challenge and 52 Pick-Up for my 80's Frankenheimer collection.

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This may be the same comment you already read, but this one on Amazon seems to confirm it is full frame:

 

 

"I want to make clear that this review is only for the Warner Archive DVD and has nothing to do with the content of the movie itself. On the Warner Archive website, this DVD is listed as widescreen, and this is also printed on the rear of the DVD case. But this DVD is full screen. I tried to contact Warner Archive by e-mail to ask if them to check this product, but they informed me that since I didn't buy it direct from them, they couldn't even talk to me. I have a great many Warner Archive DVD's, and this is the first time one of their release was not in the original aspect ratio."

 

 

Pretty weak on Warner's part, but they fumbled already by not doing a blu release.

 

Yeah, that was the one that jumped out at me. I thought maybe he just got screwed over by a third party seller, but there were a few other recent comments saying same thing. That makes no sense for Warner to do that. I mean, getting proper aspect ratio for titles like that is whole appeal. Pretty much their calling card.

 

My local going out of business video store purging everything still had a copy of the old release yesterday. Might grab it for 4 bucks.

post #152032 of 152123

Edgar Wright Is Writing BABY DRIVER 2

The sleeper action hit just got sequelized.
 
 
 

"Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully, I’m going to at least write a second one. I’ve definitely got lots of ideas. Whether it’s the next movie, I don’t know. I’m just working that out at the moment, actually. I have a couple of things that I’ve been developing, and also a couple of new ideas that I had, and all the nice things things that I’ve been offered since [the release of Baby Driver]. I would like to get back on the saddle very shortly, because — slightly beyond my control — but there was four years between The World’s End and Baby Driver. I don’t want it to be that long again. I would love to have a film out in the next two years.”

post #152033 of 152123

Yeah, like I wrote a few posts above, they're just re-releasing previous transfers from pressed dvds that went out of print as DVD-R's. So if the former pressed dvd was widescreen, the DVD-R will be widescreen. The only other thing seems to be if the film had never had a dvd release before such as Razorback, Freebie And The Bean, and The Pack among others, they have a widescreen release through the Archive.

 

On February 8th, Amazon will be selling leftover stock of the William Girdler classic Grizzly on blu (it was formerly a Screen Archives exclusive, and Kino Lorber is putting up on their site and some on Amazon) along with Where The Boys Are '84 on blu which was also a Screen Archives exclusive.

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Yeah, like I wrote a few posts above, they're just re-releasing previous transfers from pressed dvds that went out of print as DVD-R's. So if the former pressed dvd was widescreen, the DVD-R will be widescreen. The only other thing seems to be if the film had never had a dvd release before such as Razorback, Freebie And The Bean, and The Pack among others, they have a widescreen release through the Archive.

 

 

 

Are you sure they weren't updating transfers? I thought they were giving widescreen releases to previous FS only releases. Like POWER, DEATHTRAP, etc. I'd never heard of a Archive release not being accurate aspect ratio. If you are right I've dodged a few bullets.

post #152035 of 152123

hmmmmm

 

 

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/warner-archive-discussion-thread-the-announcements-the-films.287084/page-287

 

 

"I was happy to pick up DEAD BANG and THE BETSY in anamorphic widescreen last week. (POWER and ALASKA are also available.) Correcting outdated discs (I think all of these were first released on DVD in 1999, full frame) is a valuable part of the Archive's mission."

post #152036 of 152123
Here’s hoping Baby Driver 2 improves by getting me to give a damn, about anything that happens, or anyone for that matter.

Lifeless...
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Here’s hoping Baby Driver 2 improves by getting me to give a damn, about anything that happens, or anyone for that matter.

Lifeless...

 

Dunno, man. You can say a lot of things about BABY DRIVER, but I definitely wouldn't call it lifeless.....

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My local going out of business video store purging everything still had a copy of the old release yesterday. Might grab it for 4 bucks.

 

Good price on that one. I'm not a fan of that disc's presentation but until they give it a blu release I'm not upgrading.

 

A Johnson/Balaban commentary would also be nice.

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Are you sure they weren't updating transfers? I thought they were giving widescreen releases to previous FS only releases. Like POWER, DEATHTRAP, etc. I'd never heard of a Archive release not being accurate aspect ratio. If you are right I've dodged a few bullets.

 

 

I could be wrong, but some like The Hunger and Demon Seed already had widescreen pressed discs when they were re-released through the Archive.

 

 

 

 

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hmmmmm

 

 

https://www.hometheaterforum.com/community/threads/warner-archive-discussion-thread-the-announcements-the-films.287084/page-287

 

 

"I was happy to pick up DEAD BANG and THE BETSY in anamorphic widescreen last week. (POWER and ALASKA are also available.) Correcting outdated discs (I think all of these were first released on DVD in 1999, full frame) is a valuable part of the Archive's mission."

 

 

This just gets more curious. Just did some digging and found a facebook post that had this.

 

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DEAD BANG (1989) Now on 16x9 Widescreen DVD! http://bit.ly/DedBang
John Frankenheimer directs Don Johnson as real-life LASD homicide detective in this crime thriller journey to the dark side of America. After a deputy is killed in the line of duty on Christmas Eve, Detective Beck lands the case. His own life on the skids, Detective Beck takes the mission to heart and pursues his leads to the end - but it's a pursuit laden with dangerous twists, ultimately leading to the compound of a gang of deadly Neo-Nazis, underground in Colorado. Also starring Penelope Ann Miller, William Forsythe, Bob Balaban, Tim Reid and Michael Jeter. 16x9 Widescreen

 

 

That's from the official facebook of the Warner Archive Collection too. So something strange indeed is going on if some are saying it's a full screen release, but Warner Archive themselves are touting it as a Widescreen release.

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Also: "BREAKING: Nico Mastorakis' NIGHTMARE AT NOON strikes on Blu-ray March 20th! All-star cast Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, George Kennedy, Brion James and Kimberly Beck."

 

Anyone seen this? I'd never heard of it, but looks like my thing.

 

I am me so I have heard of the film but I've never seen it.

 

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Q: can anyone tell me for sure if Warner Archive release of DEAD BANG is widescreen or not?

 

I have no idea. It is lame it's not Blu; at least that way it'll be in its original aspect ratio.

 

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Here’s hoping Baby Driver 2 improves by getting me to give a damn, about anything that happens, or anyone for that matter.

 

Yeah, I was not a big fan of the movie either. The soundtrack was awesome, there was some cool action and Eiza Gonzalez was pretty hot, but otherwise if there is a sequel, I'll just find out what the songs on the soundtrack are and I'll listen to them on YouTube or I'll make some purchases. 

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Don Johnson is a Thread Legend and all, but it took me like 25 years after this to take him seriously again.

 

 

 

 

I think TIN CUP almost turned me around, but it was one-two punch of being awesome in DJANGO + COLD IN JULY that made me reappraise his old stuff.

 

"Mr. Bennett, I must remind you Django is a free man. You cannot treat him like a slave. Now, within the bounds of good taste, he must be treated as an extension of myself."

 

" Understood, Schultz. Betina, sugar?"

 

"Yes sir?"

 

"Django isn't a slave. Django is a free man. You can't treat him like any of the other n*ggers around here 'cause he ain't like any of the other n*ggers around here. You got it?"

 

 "You want us to treat him like white folks?"

 

"NO. That's not what I said."

 

"Then I don't know what you want, Big Daddy."

 

"Yes, I can see that. Ah, what's the name of that peckerwood boy from town that works with the glass? His momma worked over at the lumber yard."

 

"Oh, you mean Jerry."

 

"That's the boy's name. Jerry! Betina, you know Jerry. Don't you, sugar?"

 

"Yes sir, Big Daddy."

 

" Well, that's it then. Just treat him like you would Jerry."

 

 

I always dug A BOY AND HIS DOG, but that was despite him. Last viewing I appreciated how good he actually is in it. Same with THE HOT SPOT and DEAD BANG.

 

I also really like the team up with Nolte  in:

 

Poster of the movie Return to Macon County.jpg

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I don't wanna say I now absolutely love DEAD BANG as much as you guys, but Amazon said I rented it on Prime in December two years running!

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I was just reading Mortimer's take last nite:

 

Dead Bang 1989 ★★★★

 

matt lynch’s review published on Letterboxd :

"I want you to find the man who killed Gary. Find him and kill him."

 

"nobody worthy of that kind of vengeance was ever named Gary, but that line weirdly illustrates an occasionally clumsy way this both indulges in the tropes of a lone-wolf tough cop movie while injecting a vaguely sad, mundane reality into it. at one point Don Johnson (with a particularly erratic perm) gets wasted and hooks up with his murdered colleague's hot widow in a soft-focus sexy-sax scored night of passion. but then the next morning they're hungover, both feeling seriously awkward and embarrassed. later, after a crazy footchase/fistfight, our hero just pukes all over the place. the no-nonsense, plays-by-his-own-rules badass is actually is a lonely, probably-alcoholic divorcee who makes a lot of lousy personal choices."

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Just checked with my disc: DEAD BANG is anamorphic.
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Tonight I was watching What We Do In Shadows.

 

I think it's a pretty good movie with some good laughs. If you're into dry humor anyway.

 

My question is, how did he go from that to directing Thor 3? That's a pretty good agent he must have.

 

That's a pretty big jump in movies.

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Watched the first episode of the Syfy series Happy!. It's co-created by Brian "CRANK/GAMER" Taylor, who also directed the pilot. Stars Christopher Meloni as a former cop who was disgraced from the job and now works on the other side of the law. After being shot and suffering a heart attack he ends up visited by an imaginary animated blue horse voiced by Patton Oswalt who helps him escape certain death.

 

Sort of mixed feelings on the pilot. It definitely goes for that CRANK-vibe but a lot of the humor wasn't as funny as the show wants it to be. A fair amount of bloody carnage on display here. Meloni is an engaging actor, he's doing his best to make the premise work.

 

Not ready to say I'm on board for the season. Will check it out next week to see if it sticks for me.

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Sorry there are no subtitles. 

 

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Don Johnson is a Thread Legend and all, but it took me like 25 years after this to take him seriously again.

 

Well, that was quite the 80's-riffic song and video; from what I understand plenty of people did not like it at the time. Me, I can laugh about it today.

 

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Watched the first episode of the Syfy series Happy!. It's co-created by Brian "CRANK/GAMER" Taylor, who also directed the pilot.

 

I did see advertisements for it (they weren't appealing to me) but had no idea who the people were that created the property. Don't expect me to ever see it, as even in the Crank movies I thought the humor at time really did not work.

 

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Sorry there are no subtitles. 

 

That is OK; the zaniness of the movie still shines through.

 

Today, I ended up taking a drive to an outdoor mall I hadn't been to in at least half a year, as it isn't that close by. I got some items from a few stores and I ate at a sports bar new to me: Glory Days Grill. Yes, I did think of The Boss song while there. The place (usually a Mid-Atlantic chain but there are several Florida locations) was fine so I wish I would have tried it out sooner. At home, I wasn't sure what to watch, then I finally decided to see a Korean movie from this year, The Villainess, which I heard some strong things about.

 

Regrettably, my opinion is "meh". There were several major problems I had. The story itself was utter overplotted nonsense and I did not find the tale enjoyable. Then, it was how they decided to tell the plot, which was the most confusing nonlinear fashion they could think up. Besides being overplotted, the movie was also overdirected, whether it was the dialogue scenes or (unfortunately) the action scenes. There are some great beats but they weren't shot in a way where they could be seen in the clearest fashion, which is a damn shame. Really, if it was not for the action I'd give it low marks; as is, I can only say the movie is average, which sucks as I expected (or hoped) it would be awesome. I'll stick with John Wick or Atomic Blonde-which this naturally got compared to due to the leads being assassins and the two coming out at around the same time in the U.S.-instead.

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Scream Factory to release Larry Cohen's AMBULANCE on blu on March 13th:

 

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=22533

 

Not perfect by any means, it's probably one of my favorites Eric Roberts vehicles, notably because it reminds me of good old times when, at age 12, I would take the train to Paris to see movies in the theatres that nobody else went to, post-BEST OF THE BEST and pre-BY THE SWORD, I had to see this one... I recently fond out Larry Cohen and Stan Lee were friends and that's how Lee ended up doing one of his first cameos in a non-Marvel flick.

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Regrettably, my opinion is "meh". There were several major problems I had. The story itself was utter overplotted nonsense and I did not find the tale enjoyable. Then, it was how they decided to tell the plot, which was the most confusing nonlinear fashion they could think up. Besides being overplotted, the movie was also overdirected, whether it was the dialogue scenes or (unfortunately) the action scenes. There are some great beats but they weren't shot in a way where they could be seen in the clearest fashion, which is a damn shame. Really, if it was not for the action I'd give it low marks; as is, I can only say the movie is average, which sucks as I expected (or hoped) it would be awesome. I'll stick with John Wick or Atomic Blonde-which this naturally got compared to due to the leads being assassins and the two coming out at around the same time in the U.S.-instead.

 

The Villainess. Is it like La Femme Nikita? That was my impression after reading the synopsis.

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