BRAINS, CANNIBALS, A CROW, PYSCHO
CLOWNS, AND A MAN IN SUIT,
THIS WEEK ON THE WALL!
DG PICK OF THE WEEK
We all know the story of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD; a drum full of nasty Trioxin 245 is unleashed and it makes for one helluva 4th of July party. Linnea Quigley also gets nekkid… but I digress.
If you read this site with any frequency, you know I am huge fan of Dan O’Bannon and his masterpiece ROTLD. Not only did it contain the humor he was known for in his personal life, it also contained heaping doses of crazy and gore. MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD is a fun as hell look at the making of the film and features, for the first time, all the main cast as well as clips, storyboards, art, and more. It traces the films roots from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to ending up in the hands of O’Bannon (who would only direct one other film though remain very active working on scripts). If you are a fan of films, buy this flick. If you’re a fan of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, buy this shit asap and get ready to not only bust out a killer documentary but work your way through some really well produced special features.
Making Of Featurette: Return Of The Living Dead Part 2
Making Of Featurette: Return Of The Living Dead Part 3
Dan O’Bannon’s Final Interview
Filming Locations Featurette
Stacey Q Live! Exclusive Tonight Music Video
They Won’t Stay Dead: A Look At Return Of The Living Dead Part 2
Love Beyond the Grave: A Look At Return Of The Living Dead Part 3
Even More Brains: Deleted Documentary Interviews
Return Of The Living Dead In 3 Minutes
Brandon Lee would have been a certifiable action star after this flick had he survived the tragic on-set accident. This film is one of the first American productions to adopt the Hong Kong action formula of heavy gunfights and double-fisted .45’s. Lee puts in a performance that is much more than battles and boomslang though. He has a sensitivity that shines through every quiet moment of the film. Michael Wincott and Ernie Hudson also put in solid performances. Alex Proyas created a stunning film, something he would unfortunately do only once more in his career (DARK CITY), nothing else he has done works for me. We have THE CROW though, and its tough as nails.
If you’re one of those people that finds clowns frightening, watch this to cement your opinion. This thing is like Fellini’s I CLOWNS via Tobe Hooper’s FUNHOUSE.
I know a lot of you bastards out there like to shit all over Kevin Smith but this flick is really well done. Was it rolled out the right way? Probably not, but don’t pass it up just because you think Smith is a douche. This is smart filmmaking and I always dig a director working outside of his or her comfort zone.
I’m not a huge fan of this flick but I know a lot of you dig it. This is a remastered edition that finally adds the Last Road to Hell sequence into the film. Come and get your turtle killing in 1080p.
This is a really cool giallo that’s getting a release through Mya which can be spotty when it comes to quality. Wait to purchase this until some reviews trickle in. Catch the flick though.
Creepy as hell tale about a ghost that has a habit of ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. This is from Kaneto Shindo who also directed ONIBABA which is a superior flick but its nice this one is also getting the Criterion treatment. Looking forward to the video interview with Shindo.
Remember last week when I said I was the asshole who liked MANIAC COP better than MANIAC COP 2? Yeah, well this bastard is at it again and running away from the cool kids. I prefer FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE, I just dig the hell out of that cast. Still, from a professional perspective, GUNS OF NAVARONE is far superior and is really brilliant filmmaking from J. Lee Thompson.
Speaking of Gregory Peck and J. Lee Thompson… Let’s say this right now, Nick Nolte is no fucking Gregory Peck. However, if we do a role to role match-up, Robert De Niro may have Robert Mitchum beat. The original is still better but Scorsese made a really good, pulpy film.
I haven’t had a chance to watch this yet but based on the reviews I’ve read it sounds like a very faithful adaption of the source material. Along with “The Dark Knight Returns”, “Batman: Year One” is one of the best graphic novels of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Even if you haven’t read the Frank Miller book you should check it out.
FROM THE DRAWERS OF THE HYPE FILE…
This is not going to have the staying power of BAD SANTA in part because the film kind of pusses out at the end but this is jammed with good gags and a hot as fuck Cameron Diaz. I dug this flick.
THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK BASTARDS…
Nest week we’re back with ZOMBIE (Blu), HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (Blu), ISLAND OF LOST SOULS (Blu), ATTACK THE BLOCK, THE CONVERSATION (Blu), and JURASSIC PARK TRILOGY (Blu).
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK,
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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