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Star Wars -or ..does it ever stop?


I honestly take an old VHS over the shit GL did to STAR WARS Episode 4 to 6. That poster above is how i wanna think about my Star Wars.

George Lucas yet again has changed some stuff he didn`t like in his Star Wars movies…again. As if the stuff he already did to Episode 4 to 6 wasn`t enough already.

To save some time i`m gonna give you a link that explains this shit to you.And i really couldn`t add anything to this , great articles there…partly WWTDD, and partly aintitcool news via badass digest:

http://www.wwtdd.com/2011/08/seriously-fuck-you-george-lucas/

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Blue-Ray News: EVIL DEAD 2 -the second try…..


So, the first Blue-Ray by Anchor Bay seems to have been crap.

But now, the movie gets a second chance on Blue-Ray, this time done     with a little more love.

Evil Dead II: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc

Officially scheduled for November 15th..so save your money for this little fella…
From horror master Sam Raimi (Drag Me to Hell) and starring the effervescent Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Evil Dead II gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment this November from Lionsgate. Ranked #19 in Entertainment Weekly’s “Top 50 Cult Films” list, Evil Dead II has been hailed as “one of the most visually inventive, relentless and truly original films ever made” (BBC). The Evil Dead II: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features that revisit every aspect of the film’s shoot with over 20 cast and crew members, plus tons of existing content and a thrilling new High-Definition 1080P transfer.

The lone survivor after an attack of flesh-eating spirits, Ash (Campbell) retreats to the woods with his girlfriend, Linda (Denise Bixler, Crisis in the Kremlin). There, Ash plays her a recording of a professor’s readings from the Book of the Dead. The spell unleashes an evil force to take over Linda’s body and turns her into a monstrous Deadite, threatening to do the same to Ash. When the professor’s daughter and her friends arrive, the evening unravels into a gory and comic battle with a chainsaw, a shotgun and a flying eyeball.

Special Features:

• Audio commentary with cast/crew- NEW
• “Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead II” documentary – NEW
• “Road to Wadesboro: The Location of Evil Dead II” featurette – NEW
• “Cabin Fever: Behind the Scenes of Evil Dead II” featurette – NEW
• Video/still gallery archives of marketing materials, production photos, special effects, animation and more – NEW
• Archival featurettes, footage, galleries, TV spots and more…


RAPID FIRE (1992)


Directed by Dwight H. Little

Well, it`s Brandon Lee, what can i say?

He died way too early from a stupid accident on the set of “The Crow”.

We will never see what he might have done, had he lived. Just as we had to live with the early demise of the god-like popular Bruce Lee .  The way both died is stuff for legend and conspiracy theories. But ok, this kinda intro must have been written a million times over , so let`s get to the movie: RAPID FIRE.

Brandon plays Jake Lo, a student who witnesses the killing of some mobsters by the hand ofTony Serrano, a drug dealer. As the only one who saw him committing these murders, he gets witness protection. But thanks to some corrupt FBI agents, he isn`t safe for long..No need to go deeper, as this isn’t exactly Oscar material…its one of those awesome early nineties action flicks that I can watch time and time again without losing anything of its greatness.It has a pretty good cast, featuring Powers Boothe, who has made quite a few great films,Nick Mancuso, who makes for an awesome villain, with quotable material.

At least I liked quoting the “You`re sweating like a pig, all you want is to get out of here..”lines.

Also we have a few asian guys worth mentioning, Tzi Ma,Al Leong and Dustin Nguyen. Of course, Brandon is partly asian, too.

But at the heart of all this is, of course, the action. And boy, do we get some nice action here.

Brandon shows, that he has quite some skills in martial arts, aside from the undeniable good looks, which sure helped making him an icon after his untimely death.

He became quite the Gothic poster boy ,after the Crow hit. A great movie with the son of Martial Arts Legend Bruce Lee, who sadly shared his fathers early death. But nobody would`ve given a shit if he was butt-ugly. He could have been huge, but I said that already, didn’t I?

It’s a very satisfying watch, this has all the ingredients of a great, memorable B-movie.

Dwight H. Little has made lots of movies I like,or so I thought…Actually he did only a few.Funny how your feeling can be so wrong. He did Marked for Death with Segal and Halloween 4..and oddly enough-Free Willy 2. But he was one of those directors who could deliver a great action flick. Maybe he was just lucky, I dunno. He then went on to work for TV, mostly. Anyway, good job with this one.

Hellford667(2011)


The original Godzilla of 1954 might return in all its glory on Criterion


GODZILLA Makes A Monsterous Stride Towards A Ground Shaking Criterion Release

Now, im not the biggest living Godzilla fan, but it sure is interesting news: Criterion seems to have found the best possible source to make a glorious Criterion release for the loved Japanese Cult monster…a very interesting article here:

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/08/godzilla-makes-a-monsterous-stride-towards-a-ground-shaking-criterion-release.php


RAGMAN AKA Trick `r Treat (1986)


‘What are you afraid of? It’s only rock and roll…’

Original titel: Trick or Treat (1986)

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

Screenplay: Glen Morgan, Michael S. Murphey, Joel Soisson, Rhet Topham & James Wong(Aren`t that partially the x-files guys?screenwriters)

Actors: Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Doug Savant, Gene Simmons-and a cameo by Ozzy Osbourne

This was one of those movies, that stayed with me, and to this day , has a high rewatchability for me. Its classic 80`s feel

and Rock n Roll…what more do you need? I used to own this, the german VHS….looking like this:

a great VCL VHS tape..VCL had great Covers, most of them like this, glued on cover artwork, embossed title, or stuff like  that…cool as hell..

Storyline

Hard rock idol Sammi Curr burns to death in a hotel fire. His biggest fan,  High School student and resident metal head Eddie Weinbauer is devastated by the news and turns to local radio DJ “Nuke” for  support. After a discussion about the deceased rock star, Nuke presents Eddie with a rare demo record, the last ever recorded by Sammi and the only copy in existence. After constant humiliation at the hands of school bully Tim and his  friends, Eddie becomes enraged and vows revenge on all those who have wronged him, much to the dismay of love interest, Leslie and best friend, Roger. Alone in his room with feelings of rage and retribution racing through his mind, Eddie plays the demo he got from Nuke, raising the spirit of Sammi Curr. Seems like his thirst for vengeance made Sammi come back. But what follows is a Rock n Roll hero out for blood, no mercy in mind.  This goes way beyond revenge against a few bullies in school, and Eddie must find a way to stop Sammi Curr.

I loved this film, and still do, its something i have to buy again  on DVD.One, i can relate to beeing bullied, at age 14 , my desired future job was -professional killer,lol..and it has lots of Rock N Roll.

The soundtrack by FASTWAY is cheesy Hard Rock, but i still play it from time to time…it awakens good memories of my younger days as a just recently converted Rocker…


Guilty Pleasure of mine: Mann & Machine (1992)


This is something , that i wish would not have been cancelled so soon. Just 9 episodes and it got pulled,too bad…it aired on Tv here, i believe around the time of 1993, 1994, when i had the hots for Yancy Butler after I`ve seen HARD TARGET.

She played a robot here, a pretty sexy one. I really wish, there would be more than just these few episodes.

She was so sexy and adorable in this… the fact, that there is a DVD set to buy, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

here you find some facts about it and some nice pics as well…

http://www.scifi2k.com/mann/mann.html


MEN BEHIND THE SUN (1988)


Hei tai yang 731

Directed by:

Tun Fei Mou

 

Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Actually, it was not only for biological weapons, because a lot of the torture one gets to see here, is unrelated to biological warfare.The film itself is in part documentary style, but most of it shows the events like any normal movie would. We get dates and places from time to time, together with historical facts. It shows , how kid soldiers are brutalized and made to comply with the inhuman tasks, which they are ordered to do. There are a few central characters, which we follow through this nightmare. Maybe the one that stands out, is a mute Chinese boy, who finds a gruesome death, but still maybe the most humane, if there is such a thing in this movie. Its been said, that they actually used corpses for certain scenes. But I don`t know, and cannot prove those  claims. Guess it is pretty well documented on certain sites.The acting is pretty solid from everybody, and only adds to the terror.It is, after all, a serious subject, a subject that the japanese would rather not discuss .

As terrible, as the stuff shown in this movie is, it is still worth seeing. Because nobody in the western hemisphere would dare to make a movie similar to this one, with-let`s say- the Nazis and Jews, as a comparable subject.

Because, as much as Germany, Israel and Hollywood want us to know , how bad the Nazis were, they wouldn`t dare to show anything like this.

This was the film that stopped my need ( in the early nineties) to try and find ever more gory or extreme films….this was the end of the line. I didn`t  step into the territory of Torture-Porn or anything along those lines after this, I´ve had my share of  undescribable Torture and violence towards humans.There was a bit violence against animals, too, and I still shake my head at cruelty towards animals like  i`ve seen in Cannibal Holocaust.Even if we slaughter millions of cows, pigs and chicken, which is a discussion in itself.

I never understood the people , who can take away pleasure from SAW or Hostel.

I watched them, sure…but very fast disliked the idea of cheering at the grotesque ways in which people die in these movies. Same goes for Final Destination, a series that went downhill fast. The first part was a fun movie , but after that it gets kinda repetitive and the cheering and dribble for  every death scene in the sequels is disgusting. Even, if they try to make it sort of funny. Its not for me. Which doesn´t mean I don`t enjoy some gore here and there…I love Ichi, the Killer or Braindead( Dead Alive), and The Story of Ricky…but they all are something different to me, entirely. And something like Audition by Takashi Miike-that´s art, in my opinion…plus, there is a decent story to it, as well. Nowhere near the stupid spectacle that are SAW or Hostel.

MEN BEHIND THE SUN had, at least, a subject worth looking at and thinking about.

Don`t think about eating or watching this with your wife or girlfriend. It`s probably not a good idea.

Hellford667-2011


FUTURE COPS(1993)


Directed by:Wong Jing

 

Starring: Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Simon Yam, Dicky Cheung, Charlie Yeung, Ekin Cheng, Andy Hui, Chingmy Yau. Phew.

Despite being on the DVD cover, Aaron Kwok appeared for ten minutes, at the most.

Plot ( as if that would matter): In the year 2043, a notorious villain is about to be put on trial. His minions decide to go back 50 years in time and look for the judge in his teens , or twens-I forgot about his age…. They want to program the boy’s mind and alter his decision. (Damn,  that`s  stupid)

The FUTURE COPS  follow them to 1993.

Well, well…so I was looking for a a film, that would be able to distract me good, cuz today I just felt low. I went for Asian Cinema, as I haven`t seen a Hong Kong movie in some time.

Still I had trouble  picking one.

But then I came across FUTURE COPS, and it was obvious, that this one ripped off characters from Street Fighter. I liked the idea of an  action comedy that featured these characters. I read a bit about the movie, and I learned , that not only does it have Street Fighter characters in it, but also  adding some Dragonball and Super Mario into it.

Trying to say more about the plot or story isn`t necessary, it doesn`t matter..it really doesn`t.

This is a movie to be enjoyed  for being so over the top and cartoonish,as only Asians can make èm.  The jokes never stop, it’s a really fast pace and you may find yourself stumbling from one hard laugh into the next. You see actors, you may know better in serious action roles or even drama, but these guys can do everything, and  aren`t afraid of cheap jokes and fancy-borderline-gay costumes.

It`s just a lot of fun, what can I say… and the trailer here,is only a small taste of the laughing medicine that is

FUTURE COPS – A must-see in my book from today on!!!

You should be able to find a DVD of it here:

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=future+cops+dvd&_sacat=0&_odkw=super+cops+dvd&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313

Hellford667-2011


CAPTAIN AMERICA`s new suit!!!


During the filming of the AVENGERS in Cleveland, a lot of material leaked, set videos and lots of pics…

Seems like  Cap got himself a new, updated suit. Which is ok, cause we have 2012 by the time the movie hits theatres.

And the Avengers are always on top when it comes to fashion. Here is one of the leaked photos.

All of it  can be found here:

http://gammasquad.uproxx.com/2011/08/thor-and-captain-america-throw-a-dance-party-on-the-set-of-the-avengers


FULL ECLIPSE (1993) -Directed by Anthony Hickox


This one just came to mind as I was recapping  possible review material,,,,since I sold my entire movie collection a few years back, and since then was short on money, it wasn`t sitting on my shelf anymore.

It was a beautiful VHS , in a great blue case with glued-on cover. And it had a  sticker , that said” US VERSION  garantueed uncut!” Which had to be said, cuz we often got cut versions in Germany, even if they were adult (18 +) .That truly is or was an insult…you`re finally old enough, and then they cut a movie sold only to adults…there was nothing beyond this, you`re an adult with all rights n duties, but still you aren`t allowed to see an actionfilm in it`s uncut glory? I know this even happened or maybe still happens in the US, at least there are uncut versions or DCs coming out on DVD, after you`ve been F`d over at the cinema. I remember, that Hard Target was cut on it`s first release, and after a little time has passed, there it was-full uncut version…alongside the normal version(this referres to the UK tape.)

During the early 90`s, Mario Van Peebles was making a few good movies, ok..maybe even before that, too.

And the cover looked cool as hell, so I rented it. Also, Patsy Kensit was considered hot back then, she was a singer and actress and girlfriend of the one or other famous person back then..and having Bruce Payne as the bad guy doesn`t hurt, either…The story starts with a police raid that goes horribly wrong,The partner of Max Dire( van Peebles) gets badly wounded, but soon after he is back on the job and acts like Dirty Harry on Speed….That ,and his marriage troubles make his head spin.

Detective Max Dire is  referred to the Department’s police crisis counsellor Garou(Payne).He shows interest in him as the good cop he is and offers his help

He invites him to a group counselling .

He gets offered  to join a special crime force that doesn´t give a shit about the law or code of conduct.Soon after, Garou  tells Casey Spencer(Kensit) to make him join. Seems like a not so difficult task, as the sexual tension between them is evident.

He then  gets invited to observe one of the special operations ..and  he witnesses them injecting themselves something…which Garou dismisses as a flu-injection, but by now you know it must be something else.

Through his nightvision binoculars he witnesses a massacre on a bunch of gangsters and a few other disturbing details…he feels , he has to report that to his chief, but he dismisses his concerns and tells him what an honour it would be  to serve under Garou…he later meets Casey, who does her best to convince him to join the squad, they have sex ,and she then shows him the effects of the drug they are using..so it wasn`t a flu shot after all…but a drug that turns you into a kind of  werewolf ,with an enhanced healing capability and extreme strength…what will he do now? I will let you discover this for yourself, as i`ve already told half the story. This is a made for TV, HBO movie…dark and violent. If you thought, made for TV movies must suck-think again. It has great shoot-outs, lots of action, and a great , modern  take on the werewolf-genre. Another early 90`s flick that feels more like the thing they made in the late 80`s. A kind of film that I feel don`t get made anymore..i cannot put my finger on it, really. But I know no movie really, that looks and feels like the late 80´s and a few of the early 90`s movies.  Maybe it is society that changed so dramatically in the last 2 decades, I just don`t know how to explain this. Maybe you get the idea I am trying to voice here. Unless a movie gets made with excatly the intention to look n feel like these movies, like a lot of movies now wanna look like grindhouse flicks from the 70`s.Most of them still feel fake and forced. HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN was one I think succeeded somewhat in that area…but still.

If you`re a sucker for dark and violent action flicks , this is for you and a great way to waste 90 something minutes.

(Hellford667)

a DVD is available:

http://www.amazon.com/Full-Eclipse-Mario-Van-Peebles/dp/B00005LO4I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313975724&sr=8-1