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Is it the special edition version, i.e. features the Russian/nuclear tension, the tsunami, etc.?

Re: the Despecialised Editions - I must get those. I have the DVD theatrical versions alright but the quality isn't the best. Widescreen in a 4:3 frame too, so it blurs even more when you zoom in. Bought the Blu Ray boxset last year, the plan was to watch them all in episode order (I was bought Rogue One and picked up TFA myself to complete the set) but only made it halfway through TPM, it's so very, very poor.


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Is it the special edition version, i.e. features the Russian/nuclear tension, the tsunami, etc.?

Re: the Despecialised Editions - I must get those. I have the DVD theatrical versions alright but the quality isn't the best. Widescreen in a 4:3 frame too, so it blurs even more when you zoom in. Bought the Blu Ray boxset last year, the plan was to watch them all in episode order (I was bought Rogue One and picked up TFA myself to complete the set) but only made it halfway through TPM, it's so very, very poor.

No. The (better) Abyss theatrical version.
The SW DVDs were shit. The BDs were even worse. These are the fucking business.

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I must point out, I didn't buy the BD box set. I just hate the 'Special Editions' and all the other shite Lucas has introduced over the years. And it's not just the obvious extra crap and 'changes', it's the fact that the films have been completely re-graded, colour-wise and that the sound has been changed completely, too. There are 'editions' of the Despecialized versions that include all sorts of sound options, including the original theatrical 6-track mix.
And the prequels are fucking shite. I'm not too mad about the last few SW movies but they're a shite-sight better than those fucking things. I will maintain the only truly excellent aspect of the prequels is John Williams' music.

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I did about an hour of Come and See this morning.

I had to give up though, the subtitles went out of sync, then they stopped, then they froze, then the audio froze, each time the player stopped responding and I had to do a soft reset. So I'm going to try and finish it later on my PC.

I'm surprised though that there isn't a more widely available physical release though given it's reputation.

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There have been rumours about Criterion releasing it for years.

Sometimes there are rights issues involved. That is common with Eastern European films.

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It's a brutal film, I don't think I could watch it again.


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So I've just finished it.
It was beautiful and horrifying in equal measures.

I definitely want to do it again at some point, but in a single sitting with a working copy.

It's like Ivan's Childhood meets The Thin Red Line (granted C&S predates the latter).

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It's a brutal film, I don't think I could watch it again.



You will lose sleep over the barn sequence alone....

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So I've just finished it.
It was beautiful and horrifying in equal measures.

I definitely want to do it again at some point, but in a single sitting with a working copy.

It's like Ivan's Childhood meets The Thin Red Line (granted C&S predates the latter).


What's the connection to The Thin Red Line? Surely it's closer to Apocalypse Now or something more surrealist?

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Annihislater wrote:
So I've just finished it.
It was beautiful and horrifying in equal measures.

I definitely want to do it again at some point, but in a single sitting with a working copy.

It's like Ivan's Childhood meets The Thin Red Line (granted C&S predates the latter).


What's the connection to The Thin Red Line? Surely it's closer to Apocalypse Now or something more surrealist?


I was thinking more aesthetic than plot. The natural light, the hand held tracking shots, the chaos in the village etc. And then ending with a piece from a requiem as the camera pans up a tree and gazes on the heavens.

I mean your frames of reference are as only as good as the films you've seen, but on a number of occasions certain shots made me think Thin Red Line.

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I'm not thinking in plot either. Come and See and The Thin Red Line are not plot driven films.



Rewatched a whole bunch of films lately:

Eraser: ok in 96 but lousy now. 4/10

The 6th Day: better than Eraser and better than I remembered but still one of Arnie's worst films. 4.5/10

Honey I Shrunk The Kids: ok nostalgic film. Odd that Stuart Gordon almost directed it. Moronis is a likeable geek as usual. 6/10

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid: gimmicky film eventually wears thin, but it has its moments and Martin was in his prime then which always helps 6/10

Ruthless People: funny black comic farce with scumbag characters and no redemption arcs. Devito is at his slimy best. 6.5/10

Striptease: Demi Moore doesn't know the film she is in, and her earnest performance kills the humour stone dead in the scenes she is in. Reynolds, on the other hand, knows exactly how to play his sleazy character and totally hams it up. He can't save it from the scrapheap though. 4/10

Revenge of The Nerds II: a remake of the first film without the raunch. Has its moments but seems safe and watered down. 5/10

The Beyond: Fulci's best film. Makes fuck all sense at the level of plot, but in terms of atmosphere and mood it's totally coherent. The ending is a knockout. 6.5 or 7.

Red Psalm: a socialist musical. Jancso was the king of complex choreography. 8/10

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EVILS OF THE NIGHT
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With a title more suited to a 1980s Heavy Metal album, and the frantic bedroom scribblings of a sexually frustrated teenager for its accompanying poster (seriously, why the fuck is the Millennium Falcon on there - and why is it drawn wrong?), Evils of the Night is so close to being a true B-Movie classic it hurts. Unfortunately, the moment the film stops being a softcore porn sci-fi comedy and turns into a horror film, everything apart from the last five minutes goes tits up in the worst way.

A bunch of geriatric aliens working out of an old hospital use two local mechanics to kidnap teenagers for medical experimentation. B-Movie legend John Carradine, sexiest Catwoman Julie Newmar, and Tina Louise from old US show Gilligan's Island play the ageing aliens, while Neville Brand from Tobe Hooper's Death Trap (in his final role), and Aldo Ray from loads of stuff you probably haven't seen play the simple minded mechanics.

Beginning with a stock footage spaceship stolen from Battlestar Galactica (quite magnificently, the film ends with the exact same shot, but played cleverly in reverse), and a spaceship landing pinched from Project UFO (again not at all noticeably played in reverse when the aliens leave), the film soon settles into forty minutes of stalker POV shots while a bunch of horny teens including hardcore porn star Amber Lynn take their clothes off and rub themselves up and down each other. Unsurprisingly, the only full frontal nudity comes courtesy of the professional porn performer, but there's more than enough groping, fondling and licking to keep the interest up. There's a couple of potentially awkward sex-related moments but it's all done with a laugh and a wink from the male actors, so it's all perfectly harmless, completely appropriate and not at all rapey in any way.

However, when the mechanics capture three of the teenagers, it all becomes a bit dull as the tone suddenly shifts from Porky's to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. And when one of the killers is bested by a girl tying his shoelaces together (no, really), that's where all comparisons to those far superior films should really come to an end.

Badly animated lasers, Ed Wood movie style alien costumes, boobs, bums, and sexytime, all topped off with some absolutely hilarious "acting" and an amazing synthesizer based soundtrack (not to mention arguably the best ballad to ever have been used in a film about aliens, teenage sex, and power drills) make the first half of this film a joy to watch. After that, just skip to the end.

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^^

It's near the bottom of my list for 1985 as it's not a great film, but at the same time I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the hell out of it. Still not sure what the Millennium Falcon is doing on the poster though haha

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Dunno what the hell to rate it. I never get to the end... :lol:

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I preferred this one.

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SPOOKIES
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Originally filmed as "Twisted Souls" in 1984, the project was shelved halfway through production and sat on a shelf for over a year until another, cheaper to hire director was hired. After filming a load of new stuff and stitching the two pieces together, the shabbily made patchwork of ideas was rushed out into the booming video rental market where it eventually found an extremely small fanbase.

Going by its new name of "Spookies", the film makes just about as much sense as you would expect for two halves of films from two different directors thrown together a year apart. Constantly shifting in tone every five minutes from a fairly serious horror film to a comedy with farting mud monsters and spider ladies, it's amazing that the plot is even remotely followable in any sense at all.

For what it's worth, a runaway kid, a bunch of teens and a middle-aged guy who seems to be rather creepily dating one of the girls end up at an old mansion to PAAAARRTTAAYY etc. Unfortunately, the mansion is owned by some old necromancer who calls upon zombies and all types of assorted rubber monsters to kill everyone so he can resurrect his dead wife who, to be fair, doesn't even want to be brought back to life.

It's all a complete mess from beginning to end, but on the plus side, there are some great practical creature effects, some nice cleavage, and who doesn't love a farting monster?

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THE BRAIN
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Like many cheaply made US horror films in the 1980s, The Brain was filmed in Canada due to the country's handy tax breaks. It's generally quite easy to spot Canadian filmed projects masquerading as US films. The architecture of sciency looking buildings always seems to look a lot more interesting, the supporting cast usually have a distinct Canuck accent, and the sky is almost always a depressingly colourless shade of grey. Part of the charm of the first few seasons of The X-Files was due to the drab look of its Canadian locations.

The Brain is a Canadian venture in every way possible. And it's also extremely bad. A celebrity psychologist (David Gale from Re-Animator) uses his television programme to control the minds of local teenagers, making them experience hallucinations which result in them either killing their parents, themselves, or most of the time, both.

After being caught exploding his high school toilet with a substance labelled very clearly as PURE SODIUM (even without knowing anything about the film, you can pretty much guess the ending already), a teenage delinquent is sent to the psychologist's private clinic for treatment. While there he undergoes a type of therapy which, on the surface, looks like it's meant to cure of him of his antisocial tendencies, but is in fact a form of psychopathic mind control. But when one of the experiments involves seeing the lovely blonde nurse suddenly appear naked, then sign me up.

Experiencing rather disturbing hallucinations, the teenage tearaway (played by a twenty-three year old) escapes, goes bonkers in a diner, and only his girlfriend actually believes anything is wrong. Chased by a maniacally bearded male nurse, he is recaptured and discovers that the psychologist is actually an alien who controls a giant alien brain. Kept in a laboratory and featuring eyes, a nose, and giant rubber fangs, the brain is quite simply one of the most ludicrous creations every put to celluloid. Laughable in every respect, the moment it attacks a nurse and eats her you know exactly what kind of rubber monster mayhem you're in for.

As mentioned above, the ending is telegraphed from the opening five minutes, especially as throughout the film there are huge posters warning of the dangers of SODIUM placed on almost every available wall. And even on the closing credits.

A terrible film enlivened by some appalling special effects and lovely boobs.
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Hell or High Water: ordinary film. Nothing special, looks like a telemovie. Some poorly staged robbery scenes too. The acting is good, but nobody really excels. You can really tell that an American didn't make it too. 5/10.

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MOM AND DAD
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Not to be confused with the 2008 English film, Mum and Dad which featured Perry Benson from This is England, and You Rang M'Lord as the head of a family of psychos who kidnap and torture young girls, Mom and Dad is about a plague of unknown origin which makes parents turn try to kill their own children, and keeps Nicolas Cage's haircut in work for another week.

Mom and Dad has many faults. For a start, it doesn't know whether it wants to taken seriously or treated as a comedy, the acting ranges from decent to awful to Nicolas Cage, and there is the total absence of anything remotely resembling an ending.

What begins as a widespread look at the result of this virus/plague thing soon becomes stripped down to a "what would happen to Nicolas Cage?" situation. Selma Blair plays Cage's wife, but all she really offers is a variety of ways to cry, scream, and look confused. Meanwhile Cage out-Cages himself completely, smashing up pool tables, laughing maniacally, whooping, screeching, and even barking like a dog. I'm not even sure he was meant to be doing these things. It's like he turned up on set and said "Hey! Great idea! What if the dad decided to be farmyard animals today?"

The films features little to no suspense, some comical racial stereotyping, and the almost admirable ability to make eighty-three minutes seem like eighty-three days. On the plus side, however, it does feature a frankly brilliant opening credit sequence which really evokes the spirit of the 1970s. Split screen acting credits, production credits under a shaky title card, some really authentic '70s stuff.

Just a shame that the only time the film features anything remotely 1970s are a couple of ten second flashbacks of a fifty-something Nicolas Cage dressed as a twenty or thirty-something Nicolas Cage spinning doughnuts in a Trans-Am with a pair of tits being flapped in his face. Oh, he does wear a Misfits shirt, and Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens) plays his dad. So that's two good things at least.

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Cage looks fun in that!

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He gets to run around a lot, shouting and pulling silly faces.
That Youtube compilation video of Cage's most mental moments needs most of this film added to it.

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