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September Is Shaping Up To Be A Pretty Epic Month For Blu-Ray Releases Starting With Today…   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

The longer any video format in around the obvious lack of great releases begins to set in years after inception. Blu-Ray being in its 6th year already you would think there’s very little to get excited about at this point.  Being a big fan of the format, September 2012 offers one of the best release months for 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and new releases movie in years. Some great old classics, action, comedy films, and there’s also a few discs you might want to buy just to BURN so there is one less copy in the world. I know I will be with one title in particular, but you may absolutely do what suits you.  A few details and box art below, please enjoy.

SEPTEMBER 4th:

Sixteen Candles (1984) director John Hughes-The first movie of only 8 that Hughes directed out of so many he wrote in the 80’s and early 90’s. It still surprises me how many moments I remember so perfectly from this film. I’m not really sure how many times I saw this on either cable or VHS video in the 80’s, but it must have been quite a lot because I still have dialog mesmerized even though I’ve only watched it 3 times in the last 15 years. A true comedy classic,  you see how good Anthony Michael Hall was for the 80’s geek character. Ringwald always had her best work in the Hughes films she did. A really fun film that gets better with time.

Fringe 4th Season(2011-12)- I actually very much enjoyed the 4th season of Fringe. If you’ve been waiting for things to start paying off and being explained, if you make it to the end of this season you most likely will have most of what you want explained straight out for you. After the scare of possibility of  being canceled after season 4 , the creators really got to laying things out in the last 10 episodes here. I am glad that Fringe does get one more full season to wrap things up but it really feels as if they decided to give the fans of the show the things that they were craving to know and see at the end of this season. I hope the 5th season has something in store to end it all with a bang.

Re-Animator (1985) director Stuart Gordon- A great straight out gore fest very loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s work. Any fan or student of practical FX work or gore films with find something to love here. A great classic 80’s horror flick all the way round.

SEPTEMBER 10th:

Titanic 3D/ 2D (1997) director James Cameron- Straight in the fire place she goes. The only Cameron film I have zero love for. Saw it twice in the theater and it was two times too many.

SEPTEMBER 11th:

Snow White And The Huntsmen (2012) director Rupert Sanders- I haven’t seen it yet but my Grip friend Shae Vera had seen it on a date and said it he was amazed how shitty it was, so I’ll most likely never bother with a viewing but it you’re into to shit. this might be right up your alley.

Ghosts Of The Abbyss (2003) director James Cameron- This is the one where  James Cameron and Bill Paxton after filming Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the fated ship of dreams. I’d rather watch this shit a hundred times in a row than have to sit though Titanic one more time. Not a bad watch if you haven’t seen it before.

SEPTEMBER 18th:

Indiana Jones Blu Ray Collection (1981-2009) director Steven Spielberg- I think this has a best chance at the best Blu-Ray set of the year. Indy fans can finally rejoice that they can actually see the 3 good Indy films in HD come September 18. I know the wife and I will be picking up a set and watching all 3 back to back immediately. Can’t wait.

Cabin In The Woods (2012) director Drew Godard- Loved this and am glad it got a theater release after sitting on the shelf at MGM for a few years. It’s extremely inventive, fun and gory as hell. This is the direction I love to see Hollywood go with horror films again. Enough PG-13 remakes and shit storms, please take note,  Cabin In The Woods is a fucking awesome film that every horror fan should be rushing out to pick up in September. Come on humans, start supporting Hard R horror again.

The Great Mouse Detective (1986) directors Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener and John Musker- Loving these classic Disney animation releases on Blu-Ray. The format was made for Animation, the way the picture just pops off the screen is beautiful. We picked up The Rescuers two pack a few weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised by the picture quality again. I’m sure The Great Mouse Detective will look just as good as it did in the theater in ’86.

Supernatural Season 7 (2011-2012)- Really digging this show and the 7th season keeps things rolling strong. Funny, great lore through out all seasons and all the actors walk the line of seriousness and comedy perfectly, a great show to be discovered. I’ll be sad to see it come to an end next year but at least we will have 8 rad seasons total for this cool as hell horror mythos series. The best thing McG will ever be involved in, still can’t believe he is EP. Regardless though, a kick ass series for all horror fans worldwide.

SEPTEMBER 25th:

Avengers (2012) director Joss Whedon- I love me some Avengers, My original review here: https://celluloidpopculturejunkie.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/after-the-avengers-movie-in-imax-3d-i-wanted-to-walk-back-into-the-theater-and-see-it-again-and-again-and-again/.

The Blu-Ray I’m sure will not disappoint being that Disney usually pack there big earners with a ton of bells and whistles. I’m looking forward to watching this a few more times and rewinding the greatest Hulk moments ever put on film. HULK going to SMASH the shit out of records again come September 25. I know they’ve got my loot.

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Set (2008-2012)- 6 film set- If you haven’t for some reason bought any of the “Phase One” Marvel Studios movies on Blu-Ray and are suddenly in the mood to splurge,  here’s your chance to own The Incredible Hulk,Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor, Captain America: First Avenger and Avengers all in one fancy collectors pack made to resemble the suit case Nick Fury uses to carry the Tesseract cube in the Avengers film, pretty slick fokes.

Dark Knight Returns Animated Part 1 (2012)- 76 minutes- This looks very interesting and the other few DC animations I’ve seen over the last 3 years have been pretty good. I’m expecting very special treatment to be given to this material and hope DC has made a great film here. I will be checking this one out as soon as I get the chance. I hope one of the greatest Batman comics ever has been translated well, otherwise it could be war on DC. Fingers crossed.

Bond Collection “50 years” Blu Ray Set (1962-2008)- 22 movies, 130 hours of special features, 50 years of Bond and this set has them all. There were a few film unavailable on HD till now. I’m glad I waited on the full deal, I like the way they’ve designed the set, looks very cool.  A definite needed up grade to a great series, good or bad all Bonds are a must own classic.

The Game Criterion Collection (1997) director David Fincher- The news of Criterion putting out Fincher’s “The Game” on video have been rumored since the release of the film in the theater. Being my favorite film of the director, I am over joyed to finally have them giving me a Blu-Ray presentation that will be how I remember that first viewing in the theater in the late 90’s. So Happy to finally be getting me some David Fincher’s The Game in stunning Criterion HD. Paint me stoked.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (1942-1976)-  Saboteur / Shadow of a Doubt/ Rope / Rear Window / The Trouble with Harry /  The Man Who Knew Too Much /  Vertigo / North by Northwest / Psycho / The Birds / Marnie / Torn Curtain / Topaz / Frenzy / Family Plot- 15 films- director Alfred Hitchcock- What more is there to say, 15 Hitchcock films in HD in one set. I pity anyone who doesn’t see the pure awesomeness in this release, so many great classic in one set is unlikely to happen ever again. This would be the perfect set for that young film enthusiast in your life, this is film school in a box if I’ve ever seen it. Pure Ultra Cinema Gold.

So many superb releases to get your hands on this month. I know I’m already lock in for a bunch in this group, some great watching ahead.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

After The Avengers Movie In IMAX 3D I Wanted To Walk Back Into The Theater And See It Again And Again And Again…   1 comment

Hey Everybody,

It not secret by now that The Avengers is destroying all box office records in the last few weeks,  snatching up very close to $374 million Domestic and $476 million International. With $850 million worldwide the flick has very little signs of slowing down, by the end of this weekend it might be very close to breaking the billion mark in only the second week of release in North America .  These numbers are pure madness and I love and savore every second.

The real question here is, is The Avengers film any good or just big hypey piece of bullshit? If you’ve seen it already your opinion is most likely the same, It fucking rocked the hardest any superhero flick ever has and dare I say it, played as well as any tent pole action film in recent history.  It took me to such a great childhood place I thought was actually gone when watching movies now, that I must see it at least a few more times in the theater to see if it was a one time thing or just that epic. Director Josh Whedon unleashes such fucking radness on the screen that I can’t help but swoon over his first mega budget film and hope that the power that be at Marvel and Disney use this as the benchmark for all other Marvel outings on the big screen and realize the genius and understanding the Whedon has in this comic universe.

If you’re one of the ones that’s on the fence on seeing the Avengers and comic filcks aren’t really your cup of tea, I can tell you that if you enjoy mega action movies, great one lines, mind blowing action sequences and perfect play on classic archetypes you can enjoy this film on that level and walk away wholly and completely satisfied. Now if you are a page turning card carrying Marvel geek nerd ( like I am) then prepare to have your nuts figuratively blown off as well as your mind melted to some state of utter comic geek bliss.

The real thing for me is I went into this film with such high expectation seeing the trailers and knowing who the film makers were, being a fan, I was still surprised by my reaction to the film. I actually got goose bumps, cheered out loud, clapped in approval, laughed in joy and awe so many times I can’t even remember liking a theater experience so much for a modern movie ever. No texting, No one talking, just all sheeple  glued to a screen as it should be.

 

The real jem of the whole thing is definitely the Hulk. I did actually enjoy Edward Norton”s Incredible Hulk film from 2008, but in Avengers we get to see the strait up, kick mega ass, SMASH shit, bat nuts Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner is very tonally played and the scenes with Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark are extremely enjoyable, super banter. Without giving away any specific details and/or surprises, I can only say I have finally seen Marvel’s real Hulk on the big screen in full motion and I adore every second with the pure utter geek love I’ve had for the character since childhood, SUPER FABULOUS EPIC is the only words close to my feelings on the matter. More Hulk Please!!!

The other super important thing Whedon did and does very well is giving each character his or her time on screen and importance through out the story. The interaction between them all in filled with great one liners and moments to laugh at and clap your hands in amazement of the coolness factor being witnessed. The balance he achieves almost seems like a magic trick, but this is what the comic was always all about and the understanding of the material shines so brightly when you get someone who loves and cherishes the source full-boar.

In the end nothing to do but extend my personal thanks to the studio’s involved in production of the Avengers film for putting Joss Whedon in charge of this ever so important film. Hopefully our days of seeing Marvel films like the super fails, Fan 4 1 and 2, Daredevil, Ghost Rider,  X3 are behind us. No more directors in-charge of properties they don’t even give a shit about or understand  in the slightest way ( yes I’m talking directly to you Brett Ratner and Tim Story). All studios take notice what happens when you put a super geek in charge of a huge comic film, pure pure gold. Can’t wait for Avengers 2, desperately need more Hulk Smash now!!!

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Big Marvel Studios Film Updates With New Pictures Of Our Favorite Heroes and Rundown Of Old Hits and Flops   Leave a comment

Hey Everybody,

Marvel Universe Films has been coming on strong the last few years leaving the last dozen years flops(Fantastic Four 1 and 2, X-men 3, Blade 3, Spider-man 3, Ghost Rider 1, The 2004 Punisher, and to my dismay Elektra and Daredevil), and successes( Blade 1 and 2, X-men 1 and especially  2, Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 1,  2 and I sort of really like parts of the Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk ) behind to go in new directions with their characters, some good and some already looking questionable as usual.

-2008  Punisher:Warzone -Production Budget $35 million – Director Lexi Anderson mostly got this right. The tone still doesn’t feel serious enough on the bad guys side I think, the whole thing seems like a joke to them. Ray Stevenson is the best Frank Castle to date, so it doesn’t really have any dramatic continuity from scene to scene, and the ever so often “metal” guitar solo over lays in the score reek of the studio PR people getting involved so they could come out with a CD sound track to sell. Instead of letting the artist/director you’ve hired do their version, they meddle and you get a middle of the road version of a character with mixed reaction from fans and new comers interested in the icon they’ve heard others talk about for years. Defiantly room for improvement on The Punisher character but this is the closest to crack the story yet. Not bad work, it’s got some great head explosions and Hard R action at very least. – Worldwide Gross $8,199,130      -US Video Sales $11,219,176. A huge financial loss for Lions Gate even before factoring in the marketing costs; Not a great incentive to make another one.

-2008 Iron Man -Production Budget $186 million – Director John Favreau shows some serious chops with the first Iron Man picture. Fighting to get the right star and it’s supporting cast second to none, really raising the bar on the Marvel action movie and made the film believable in what could have been just a guy in a robot suite running around shooting at shit.  Instead Downey jr. brings playboy Tony Stark to life and in turn gives the audience investment into the Iron Man character and mythos. A great ride and an origin story done right ( even if I would have loved to see the Vietnam era setting like the original comic incarnation). -Worldwide Gross $582,604,126    -US Video Sales $172,129,662

-2008 The Incredible Hulk  – Production Budget $137.5 million- Director Louis Leterrier and Edward Norton give us the best Hulk story by far to date. I loved Norton’s take on Bruce Banner and the digital capture work on The Hulk and Abomination characters are done very well. Selling the size and power of the Hulk is a tough thing to do and still keep believable in real world physics, but walking the line perfectly between comic like logic being transferred to the moving film, we invest into the world of Dr. Banner and the green monster inside him. I really like this movie, Leterrrier’s best work still to date (the clash of the titans remake was a real steaming pile of shit), the whole cast brings the Marvel universe characters to life properly, the action is very well done for the production budget and a lot of “in jokes” or content for fan boys and girls to find. What  a great Hulk movie should be.      Worldwide Gross $263,349,257  -US Video Sales $58,615,269

-2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Production Budget $150 Million -Director Gavin Hood. The one positive thing about 2009’s only Marvel character to grace the big screen without a doubt  is Hugh Jackman’s Logan. I read X-men and Wolverine Comic religiously when I was a kid and I really buy into Jackman’s take. Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed aka Sabertooth is a perfect up to a point,  as is Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, The total bullshit ending spoils the movie that you almost want to like up till then, even with all it’s technical errors, out of context characters being brought in, bad casting, one dimensional portrayals of lesser known Marvel universe personalities and badly directed action . The real unforgivable thing is how $150 million dollars was spent and you still get such bad green/blue screen shots that a James Bond movie from the ’70’s using rear projection behind the actors shooting it “in camera” looks more real; And what the F@CK is with that ending. it’s never more apparent than that, directors who have no idea who these characters are they are making films about should STOP MAKING THEM ASAP PLEASE!!!  By the way Deadpool never had laser vision he got from Cyclops,total crap. This shit matters to people, I know the excuse is there are so many different takes and story lines for each character that may cross some continuity lines if you look at them as all being the actual definitive story line of that character. Knowing how to bring out the proper parts of each storyline and what to leave, spinning it into one mythos for the film version(s) is not an easy task, but Brian Singer did it with 7-8 characters superbly in X2 and nailed the origin of Wolverine better in partial flashbacks than a two hour feature. I wish more of the movie was in Vietnam times or didn’t screw with Deadpool, followed some sort of decent storyline. So many things could have been done better, more interesting or more creatively. I figure Darren Aronofsky’s (2012) The Wolverine will be a great improvement and more interesting and complex take on a complex character.  Can’t wait to see it done right. Worldwide Gross $374,825,760   -Us Video Sales $74,771,590

-2010 Iron Man 2 -Production Budget $170 Million – Director John Favreau. It’s not ever any easy thing to do to top yourself as a director when the first film came out of no where for mainstream audiences and won then over, making Iron Man as well known as the largest Marvel properties .  The first viewing of Iron Man 2 for me was not a good experience, the theater was jam packs with people talking and texting through out (I’ll never get why people spend $14+ for a ticket and sit and text or talk to people the whole time. that shit is ridiculous ); So, by the end I hated it. I realized after my second and third viewing on Blu-Ray at home, I actually really enjoyed it. I could get into the nuances of each new Marvel character and new storyline being brought to the screen with great depth and understanding of the material. It’s this the “Empire Strikes Back” or ” Wrath of Khan” of sequels? Not exactly, it doesn’t blow away the first film, but brings us more into the Marvel Universe and Tony Stark character arcs. This is a film that will grow on you with multiple viewings, there is a lot of story and detail to take in on only one go. You start to see all the dramatic story arc set ups toward what will ultimately follow into The Avengers movie in 2012. This is one people will look back on with more understanding and affection  after Joss Whedon superhero epic hits May 4th next year. I’m sure all the treads will come together quite nicely.        Worldwide Gross $623,433,331  – Us Video Sales $ 114,730,950

-2011 Thor (in post-production) Release date May 11th – Director Kenneth Branagh takes on Marvels version of the God of Thunder. I think this will be the hardest character to crack in the Marvel Universe. Getting Branagh as the director on a film like this is a very smart move. The language and mood of the mythic realm of Asgard need a classic story telling touch to make it believable in the real world. I have high hopes this will be a really great visionary Marvel film. It will be interesting to see how they build towards the Avengers film in.  A must see for me, Marvels first 3D film.

-2011 X-Men:First Class (Filming) Release Date June 3rd – Director Matthew Vaughn.

From left to right: Michael Fassbinder as Magneto, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, January Jones as Emma Frost, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Lucas Till as Havoc, Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and James MacAvoy as Charles Xavier. The first time I heard Fox was making a young X-Men movie, the idea of this really made me hope a big earth quake would hit the studio before they could go into production so I wouldn’t have to go though the agony of seeing  a “Twilight” like teen version of my beloved comic heroes come to the big screen.

After little news on the project besides a release date and vague plot synapse, the director announced to take the reins of the film is Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass-2010, Star Dust-2007, Layer Cake-2004). Instantly I was intrigued to see what Vaughn had in store to make this concept fresh? Answer: A 1960’s Kennedy Era period piece with the back story of how the feud between Xavier and Magneto started. The only reason this project interest me is because I love the other 3 movie the director has done and trust he will come up with sometime very awesome and enjoyable. These “first look” pictures don’t fill me will any sense of relieve though. What a shity Photo-shop job on the first few, looks like a class project at a technical college or like someone had a few extra drinks at lunch before assembling it. The newer images from the teaser trailer look better, good 60’s-ish art direction and look to the characters.  Hoping for the best with this one, Fox has figuratively shoved a hot poker up my ass more times with my beloved comic characters on film than shown me a decent take on any Marvel storyline. You’ve done a few right but I know the directors had to fight non stop for most of the good stuff. Really wishing this is the end of that trend.

-2011 Captain America: The First Avenger (in post-production) Release Date July 22nd – Director Joe Johnston has headed a few fun pictures (The Rocketeer-1991 , Jumanji-1995, Jurassic Park 3 -2004) the last one being the terribly mishandled  2010 Wolfman remake. That being the case, Johnston has the capacity to create a good action movie with a strong narrative tread and properly done effects being that he started out as a effects illustrator and designer on the miniature and optical effect unit of Star Wars, leading to art directing the miniature visual effects units  for Empire Strike Back, art director of all visual effects for Raider of the Lost Ark, Jedi, to full on art director on Temple of Doom in (1984). He’s been very involved in lots of legendary action pictures and has seen what works on screen and what doesn’t work. I think it will be a surprise how good this movie might be. A great World War 2 storyline, Red Skull, super cast and the set pictures mostly look good.

Talking with The Los Angeles Times “Captain America” director Joe Johnston says of his film “I watched the movie for the first time a few days ago and I just looked at the first cut and there is so much entertainment value — it’s just flat-out fun to watch. Maybe I’m somewhat biased — I was there [when we made it] — but, seriously, it’s funny, it’s exciting and there’s great visual effects.”

He goes on to say “The movie is going to be something more than people are expecting. This movie is going to surprise some people. It is the origin story of Captain America but it is also something rare — it’s a period superhero film but there’s great action in it. You don’t normally think of guys driving around in 1939 sedans in an action film but there are some great action beats in it. It’s just a helluva lot of fun to watch.”

Looking forward to seeing Cap hit the big screen in proper form, more Marvel 3d for me July 22nd.

2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (filming) Release Date February 17th – Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. If you have no idea who this directing duo is at first sight I envy you at this moment. You might even still have hope that we might get a Ghost Rider movie that does justice to anyone of the character’s comic incarnations. But alas, when you give Spirit of Vengeance to the team behind the two Crank movies and the piss poor Gamer, I sink into my chair like being kick in the nuts by a studio executive four or five times. And I thought Fox was the only one who was going to constantly piss all over my favorite boyhood characters, suddenly we see another contender emerge to continue that fun little task in Columbia Pictures.  I knew when Mark Steven Johnson did the first Ghost Rider film that we were in for a great looking shit storm of a movie, but saying you want to do a better job on story for the second one and then giving it to these directors is stupefying. Maybe they will prove me wrong and do justice to the Goyer inspired story that got a sequel green lit in these tight financial times. I can hope until February 2012 that they might do just that, but I don’t really feel they will.

2012 The Avengers (in pre-production) Release date May 4th – Director Joss Whedon has tasked himself with what could possibly be the hardest superhero movie even attempted to be put onto film. Juggling characters Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye and I’m sure more, is a almost insurmountable job not to mention the actors portraying all these characters. This will be the real test for Marvel as they attempt to do what many thought was an impossibility, bring a high budget, all star cast, live action Avengers film to the big screen with a director that understands all the nuances of each storyline, character and is a fanboy himself. Big Big anticipation for this project. I hope Whedon finally gets the recognition he deserves from the big studios as a force in the feature film directing game. 2012 Spider-Man (filming) Release Date July 3rd 2012 – Director Marc Webb. From the ashes of the Fourth Sam Raimi film come a bold move from Columbia by rebooting the franchise that had made them so much cash the last decade. Instead of going with a veteran director this time out, 500 Days Of Summer Marc Webb lands the job with full new cast including Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. The reboot has Peter Parker back to developing his abilities in high school again. I have to admit the first photos of Andrew Garfield as Spidey look pretty rad, but I partly attribute that to the programed fanboy in me that sees my favorite iconic characters and is predisposed to like the imagery instantly. I am very interested how this one pans out. Some interesting Set photos and video surfaced this week as well as a brighter version of the teaser “first look” above. Enjoy.

Till Next Time. Stay Tuned.

J.

Posted January 21, 2011 by JMC in Film School Loser Talks Too Much, Production Rumors, Facts And Other News That May Not Be Exactly True Tomorrow

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