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Monday, January 15, 2018

Modern Vehicle Blooper in "THE SEARCHERS" (John Wayne, 1956)



As Ethan (John Wayne) and Martin (Jeffrey Hunter) watch the cavalry soldiers cross the river...

...a modern vehicle can be seen in the distance at upper right, traveling left-to-right. 

The driver stops to watch the cavalry cross the river--not something you see every day.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

BLUE WORLD ORDER -- Movie Review by Porfle



I always enjoy watching filmmakers take really low budgets and do all they can with them, especially in the area of sci-fi.  This goes double for post-apocalyptic sci-fi in a world turned upside-down, which directors Ché Baker and Dallas Bland (with the help of their co-scripter Sarah Mason) have done a pretty nifty job of pulling off with BLUE WORLD ORDER (2017).

In this modest but effective Australian production, a nuclear war with strangely specific targets has left the northern hemisphere in ruins while a mystery virus creeps its way south and kills or mutates everything in its path. Jake Slater (Jake Ryan, THE GREAT GATSBY, "Wolf Creek") is somehow immune, as is his young daughter Molly (Billie Rutherford) although she's in a catatonic state.

As it turns out, all the children in the world have been killed by the virus, which makes Jake and Molly a top priority for the medical research wing of a group of paramilitary survivors led by Billy Zane. 


Father and daughter are captured, but make their escape with the help of portly comedy-relief guy Madcap (Stephen Hunter), who tells Jake of a ragtag group of resisters living in a remote camp in the woods. 

The trouble is, Zane's group has a tower that emits signals which control the minds of everyone exposed to the virus--which is, in effect, sort of a biological version of a computer virus, and Madcap can only fight its control by zapping himself with a taser-like device every few minutes.

He outlines his plan to Jake for getting into Zane's facility and blowing up the tower, a plan that's expedited by their subsequent capture, torture, and medical experimentation.

Naturally, all of this involves lots of running around, hand-to-hand combat (Jake's a tae-kwon-do master) against robot-like soldiers, and infiltrating this or that stronghold while trying to destroy that nasty mind-controlling tower. 


There's also a measure of surprise as we discover that some of Zane's drones are actually undercover allies of Madcap's group (making it a game of "who do you trust?") and that the bad group's motives go deeper and darker than anyone suspects.

The filmmakers handle it all well enough, giving BLUE WORLD ORDER the look and feel of a pilot movie for a nicely-mounted cable-TV series (which the open ending would indeed suggest).  The Australian exteriors are nice--that's a given--and the production design stretches its budget dollars into some passable underground sci-fi interiors. 

There's even a stab at pulling off a ROAD WARRIOR-type chase sequence near the end, which isn't entirely successful but is fun enough in its own modest way.  All of which is aided immeasurably by some good performances from the leads, including cameos by familiar Aussie stars Bruce Spence (the auto-gyro pilot from  ROAD WARRIOR) and Jack Thompson (MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE).


Zaniacs, of course, will bask in the presence of their man Billy (TITANIC, BLUE SEDUCTION, SCORNED, THE HESSEN CONSPIRACY, ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD), who gives his role as the sinister leader of the bad-guy group just enough of that indefinable Zane magic to tide us over until his next odd project.  

It all adds up to passably fun entertainment, not great but certainly worth investing some time in if you're into sci-fi of the dystopian kind.  As for that open ending, it certainly seems as if those of us who enjoyed BLUE WORLD ORDER may indeed have a sequel to look forward to. 


Available Nationwide on VOD and DVD from Random Media
Release date 1-16-18




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Sonny's Famous Phantom Punch in "THE GODFATHER" (1972)




Hotheaded Sonny Corleone (James Caan) makes a distressing discovery about his sister Connie (Talia Shire) and her no-good husband Carlo.

I wouldn't wanna be Carlo right now...especially when Sonny uses his patented "Phantom Punch"!

Just the wind from it snaps Carlo's head back!


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

"MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE" Blu-ray Combo Pack Now Available -- See Trailer Here!



"MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIE"

NOW ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD, DIGITAL & ON DEMAND

The Mane 6 are Joined by Fun New Friends Voiced by an All-Star Cast in this Magical Adventure Arriving on Digital December 19 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on January 9 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (November 13, 2017) – Join the “truly magical adventure” (Mike Reyes, CinemaBlend) of the Mane 6 and their new friends when My Little Pony: The Movie comes home on Digital December 19 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 9 from Lionsgate. Best friends Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy, and Rarity team up in their most epic adventure yet! 

This new installment of the global phenomenon features the Mane 6 voices of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” accompanied by Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Into the Woods, 2015), Primetime Emmy® winner Kristin Chenoweth (Best Supporting Actress, “Pushing Daisies,” 2009), Golden Globe® nominee Liev Schreiber (Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama, “Ray Donovan,” 2017), Michael Peña (The Martian, Ant-Man franchise), Sia, Taye Diggs (Chicago, “Private Practice”), Golden Globe® nominee Uzo Aduba (Best Supporting Actress – Television, “Orange Is the New Black,” 2016), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy franchise).


When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home and they meet new friends and exciting challenges along the way.

Directed by “My Little Pony” veteran Jayson Thiessen (“My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”) and including original music and songs performed by Sia, Taye Diggs, Zoe Saldana, Kristin Chenoweth, and Emily Blunt, My Little Pony: The Movie is full of music, fun, and laughter for the whole family. The My Little Pony: The Movie Blu-ray and DVD include all-new special features, including a deleted scene, a music video, three featurettes starring the Mane 6, an exclusive Equestria Girls Short and a Hanazuki short, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $39.99, respectively.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
⦁ Deleted Scene
⦁ Equestria Girls Short
⦁ “Baking with Pinkie Pie” Featurette
⦁ “Making Magic with the Mane 6 and Their New Friends” Featurette
⦁ “The Journey Beyond Equestria” Featurette
⦁ “I’m the Friend You Need” Music Video (Sung by Taye Diggs)
⦁ “Hanazuki: Full of Treasures” Featurette

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Website: OwnMyLittlePonyTheMovie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyLittlePonyMovie/
Instagram: @mylittleponymovie 
Twitter: @MLPMovie

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: My Little Pony: The Movie © 2017 My Little Pony Productions LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. MY LITTLE PONY and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG for mild action
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles:  Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 99 Minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition, 16X9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English DTS HD Master Audio™, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, English Descriptive Audio

ABOUT LIONSGATE
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.



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2 Fun Bloopers From John Wayne's "THE ALAMO" (1960)




(1) Watch the guy behind Duke just disappear into thin air.

(2) Jim Bowie's gun isn't cool just because it has seven barrels. It's also cool because it has...?



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Bruce Willis in "ACTS OF VIOLENCE" Now Playing In Theaters and On Demand -- See Trailer Here!



"ACTS OF VIOLENCE"
LIONSGATE PREMIERE


Three Midwestern brothers, a crime lord, and an incorruptible cop are on a deadly collision course when the youngest brother’s fiancée is kidnapped by human traffickers.

To save her, the MacGregor boys call on their military training – and the strength of family – to fight the most important battle of their lives.   

ACTS OF VIOLENCE stars Cole Hauser as Deklan MacGregor, Bruce Willis as Detective James Avery, and Sophia Bush as Detective Brooke Baker. The film will be released by Lionsgate Premiere in theaters and on demand on January 12, 2018.   Lionsgate Premiere and Grindstone Entertainment present, an Emmett Furla Oasis Films production, a Colecar Productions Limited production, in association with River Bay Films, Tri-Fold Pictures, and The Fyzz Facility.

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Cast:  Cole Hauser, Bruce Willis, Shawn Ashmore, Ashton Holmes, Melissa Bolona, with Sophia Bush, and Mike Epps

Directed by: Brett Donowho Written by:  Nicolas Aaron Mezzanatto Produced by: Randall Emmett, p.g.a., George Furla, p.g.a., Anthony Callie, p.g.a., Mark Stewart
Genre:     Action Thriller 
Rating:  Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug material
U.S. Release Date:   January 12, 2018 (In Theaters and On Demand)
Run Time:   86 minutes





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Mystery Backdrop: "Creature From the Black Lagoon" (1954)




Smitten with the lovely Kay (Julie Adams), the Creature kidnaps her and takes her to his secluded grotto.

It's a primitive, prehistoric place... ...so what's with those white columns in the background?

For a clue, let's look back at another Universal-International Picture from the previous year... 


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Supernatural Horror "FRIEND REQUEST" Now On Blu-ray & DVD -- Watch the Trailer Here!



"FRIEND REQUEST"

Lionsgate Home Entertainment


Supernatural Horror Now On Blu-ray/DVD

The consequences are deadly when black magic mixes with social media in Friend Request, arriving on Digital December 19 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD and On Demand January 9 from Lionsgate.

Alycia Debnam-Carey (“Fear the Walking Dead,” Into the Storm) leads the terrifying feature, which also stars William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, “The Royals”), Connor Paolo (“Revenge,” “Gossip Girl”), Brit Morgan (“Supergirl,” “Graceland”) and Liesl Ahlers (The Challenger Disaster).


Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) is a popular college student who lives her college life to the fullest and gladly shares it with her 800 Facebook friends. But when she accepts a friend request from her mysterious classmate Marina (Liesl Ahlers), she unwittingly sets a terrible curse in motion.

The dead girl’s impenetrable profile begins to drive Laura into isolation. It takes control of Laura’s virtual world and her real life as well.

One after another, her closest friends die horrendous deaths, leaving Laura with only a few days to solve the enigma of this haunting curse to save the few friends she has left, as well as her own life.

Genres
Horror, Thriller
Rating
R for horror violence, disturbing images, and language

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THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR, Unseen for More Than 50 Years, Arrives on DVD on 2/6 from Time Life



"How swee-eet it is!"

THIS FEBRUARY, TIME LIFE DELIVERS YET ANOTHER
SMASH-HIT TV VARIETY SHOW UNSEEN FOR
MORE THAN 50 YEARS!

THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR


"The Great One" Makes His Triumphant Return With The Inaugural Home Entertainment Release of His Titular Show, a DVD Single ($9.95srp) Featuring Four Never-Before-Released Episodes, Beautifully Remastered and in Full Color, Three Honeymooners Sketches Not Seen Since they Originally Aired, Guest Stars Including Milton Berle, Red Buttons, George Carlin, Nipsey Russell, Phil Silvers, Florence Henderson, and More!

Fairfax, VA (January 11, 2018) - Everything about Jackie Gleason was big: his huge talent, his outsized personality, and his expansive waist line.  Even bigger was "The Jackie Gleason Show," his successful TV Variety show, taped in color from beautiful Miami Beach from 1966 to 1970.  And, on February 6, following their acclaimed, recent releases of THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES, THE RED SKELTON SHOW IN COLOR and, THE BOB HOPE TV SPECIALS, the TV DVD archivists at Time Life proudly release the inaugural DVD release of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR, one of the '60s most beloved programs - and unseen for nearly 50 years!


Gleason was everyone's working-class hero, and his smash-hit show delivered an hour of non-stop entertainment every single week.  Enthralled home audiences were treated to entertainment of the highest order - singing, dancing, hilarious comedy and Jackie at his very best as Ralph Kramden and on stage with all his famous friends - Milton Berle, Red Buttons, George Carlin, Nipsey Russell, Phil Silvers and more - and all in brilliant color!  The single disc release of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR features four never-before-released, remastered episodes of the show - including three unreleased Honeymooners sketches - all unseen for more than 50 years!

"The Jackie Gleason Show" had been broadcast live and later taped in New York City since 1952, but in 1964, Gleason wanted to be based where he could play golf all year round.  Hank Meyer, a longtime South Florida publicist, knew just the spot and convinced Jackie to bring his show to Miami Beach, the sun and fun capital of the world.  However, back in the '60s, it was a novel undertaking to broadcast from Miami Beach, and more than a hundred families relocated to stay with the show.  Plus, there was barely any production infrastructure in South Florida, which all had to be created by Jackie and his team.  However, it all paid off and the revamped show was a huge success! 


"The Jackie Gleason Show" delivered Gleason's most indelible and legendary creation - Ralph Kramden - as well as an unforgettable gallery of characters he himself created and fine-tuned. But, most memorably, Gleason and Art Carney revived their Honeymooners roles, with Sheila MacRae and Jane Kean added as the new Alice and Trixie, all presented in glorious color for the first time. 

Taped in Miami Beach until the final season in 1970, the master tapes had resided in a vault in South Florida - until now!  So cue the travelin' music and heed the big man's message before he glides offstage: "And awaaay we go!" And how!

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW IN COLOR (SINGLE DISC)
Type:  DVD/Single
Running Time: 165 mins.
Rating:  N/A
Genre:  TV DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (4:3)
Audio:  Stereo



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"TOMBSTONE" (1993): Rain Blooper




Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) hears the shot when his brother Morgan (Bill Paxton) is gunned down. 

After a dramatic death scene, Wyatt wanders out into the thunderstorm.

But while it's pouring down cats and dogs on Wyatt...it's dry as a bone right down the street!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

APPRENTICE -- DVD Review by Porfle



No, this isn't about Donald Trump pointing a finger at someone and saying "You're fired!"  In director Junfeng Boo's APPRENTICE (2016), the business is execution and your pink slip is a noose.

Aiman (Firdaus Rahman) is a young correctional officer in a Malaysian maximum security prison.  His troubled youth, which included a father convicted of and executed for murder, allows him to identify with the rehab prisoners in a friendly and helpful way. 

We like Aiman for this, and worry for him when he seems to be forming a strange obsession with another part of the prison--the area in which inmates convicted of capital crimes are hanged.


His older sister Suhaila, with whom he lives, worries about this ominous change in his behavior too, as this unhealthy fixation leads to his being transferred to the execution block and, eventually, promoted to assistant to the chief executioner, gray-haired prison veteran Rahim. 

Aiman seems like such a decent guy, we hate to watch him quarrel with his sister, whom he loves, over such matters as this and her impending marriage to an Australian man, which will leave Aiman alone.  A further revelation will complicate the matter even more, to an alarming degree.

Meanwhile, Aiman and Rahim become close friends as we watch the older man take the apprentice under his wing and show him the ropes (I had to say it), teaching him everything there is to know about efficiently hanging a man. 

This includes proper equipment and procedure as well as dealing with the individual and his family as human beings, although we discover that the latter may be mainly a way of warding off feelings of guilt, self-recrimination, and uncertainty.


In its own leisurely-paced, matter-of-fact way, APPRENTICE keeps us glued to the screen without the need for big dramatics, a pounding score, or any of the other usual tricks that hold our attention.  Director Junfeng Boo's visual style is deceptively simple, giving scenes a sort of documentary feel even when the images are complex and impeccably designed.

Naturally, the step-by-step execution procedure in which we'll eventually take part is fascinating, moreso since we recognize how deeply Aiman is being affected by it even though we won't know exactly how much so or why until later.  (The most morbid aspect of it for me is the fact that the trap door is right over the morgue.)


There are some suspenseful scenes of Aiman trying to gain access to his father's sealed prison records, and an overall melancholia regarding this and his emotional relationship with Suhaila.  But it's the sudden clash between him and his grizzled mentor Rahim following an explosive revelation that will give the story its final, lasting impact.

APPRENTICE confronts us with an ending that has Aiman suddenly on the brink of the most devastating decision of his life.  We're never really sure of his motives--perhaps he isn't either--but whatever they are, they've led him to the point of no return and a fadeout which, quite appropriately, leaves us hanging.


Singapore
2016
English/Malay with English subtitles 
96 min
Extras: short film by Junfeng Boo, "The Casuarina Cove"


Buy it at Film Movement





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THOR: RAGNAROK on Digital Feb 20 & Blu-ray March 6 -- See Trailer and Sneak Peek Here!




BRING HOME ONE OF THE BIGGEST SUPER HERO MOVIE OF 2017


“THOR: RAGNAROK”


Strikes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6

 “The most fun you’ll ever have at a Marvel movie” -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
 "One of the most entertaining blockbusters of the year” -- Clayton Davis, Awards Circuit

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018 — Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” the God of Thunder’s third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global box office. Now the colorful cosmic adventure, loaded with action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™, and Movies Anywhere, on Feb. 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on March 6.

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett).


But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). 

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins;  audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

WATCH THE TRAILER:



SEE A SNEAK PEEK:



BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray:

⦁ Director’s Introduction
⦁ Deleted/Extended Scenes - Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
⦁ Gag Reel - Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast
⦁ Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
⦁ Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years - The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
⦁ Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
⦁ Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
⦁ Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
⦁ Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
⦁ Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
⦁ 8bit Scenes - Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
⦁ Directors Commentary


Digital Exclusives:

⦁ Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
⦁ Additional Deleted Scenes – Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole

DISC SPECIFICATIONS (applies to film content only):

Product SKUs: Cinematic Universe Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital), Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital), Digital HD/SD/4K UHD, DVD and On-Demand
Feature Run Time:   Approximately 130 minutes
Rating:      PG-13
Aspect Ratio:    2.39:1
Audio:                             UHD BD: English Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, English & Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, Spanish & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
Digital UHD: English Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
Digital HD: English & French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages/Subtitles:  UHD BD: English SDH, Spanish, French Canadian
Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French Canadian
       DVD: English SDH & CC, Spanish, French Canadian
       Digital UHD: English CC, Spanish, French Canadian
       Digital HD: English CC, Spanish, French Canadian


SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook:      Facebook.com/MarvelStudios
Twitter:     Twitter.com/MarvelStudios
Instagram:     Instagram.com/MarvelStudios

“THOR: RAGNAROK” CAST & CREW

“Thor: Ragnarok” features a star-studded cast that includes Chris Hemsworth (“Rush,” “In the Heart of the Sea”) who returns to the title role of the hammer-wielding hero of Asgard. He is joined by Golden Globe® winner Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Thor’s duplicitous adopted brother, Loki; two-time Oscar® winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “Carol”) as the villainous Hela; Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (“Luther,” “Pacific Rim”) as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) as the eccentric dictator, Grandmaster, ruler of Sakaar; Tessa Thompson (“Creed,” “Selma”) as the fierce warrior, Valkyrie; Karl Urban (“Star Trek” trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”) as Skurge, one of Asgard’s  strongest warriors; three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight,” “The Kids Are All Right”), reprising his role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk from “The Avengers” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”; and Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs,” “Nixon” ) again portraying Odin, King of Asgard.
“Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and is from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost. Kevin Feige produces and is joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee.
Waititi assembled a talented team behind the camera that included Oscar®-winning production designer Dan Hennah (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies) and production designer Ra Vincent (“What We Do in the Shadows”); six-time Goya Award-winning, BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, ASC (“Secretos del corazón,” “The Others”); film editor Joel Negron (“The Nice Guys,” “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”) award-winning costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo (“Avatar,” “Apocalypto”); VFX supervisor Jake Morrison (Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” “Thor: The Dark World”) and composer Mark Mothersbaugh (“21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie”).

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"BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN" (1935): The Original Ending




(spoilers)

After Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) helps Dr. Pretorius create a female mate for the Monster... ...she rejects him, causing the Monster to lash out.

Originally, Henry was meant to die in the resulting explosion. His bride, Elizabeth, was also meant to die.

Universal decided to give the film a happier ending... ...but you can still see Henry dying in the final explosion!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material. Just having a little fun with it. Thanks for watching!




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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"ATTACK OF THE KILLER SHREWS" Parodies the Original 1959 Low-Budget Classic!



White Lion Studios, LLC has done a 'splat-stick' parody of the 1959 cult classic "The Killer Shrews", and it's dreadful!

A scientist working on a cure for rabies creates giant Killer Shrews. Once unleashed on the town the only thing that can save the world is a rag-tag bunch led by a wonky sheriff, his deputy/cousin, a B Movie scream queen, and an octogenarian with a shotgun.


It's a remake that stays true to the original with mop-wearing dogs and terrible puppets mowing down a cast of B-movie stereotypes. This award winning film was featured in Scream Magazine in which White Lion Studios were credited as making a film that "wallows gleefully in its low, low budget."

For more info on the film and where to see it, visit the official website HERE.

Read our review of the original classic HERE.

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A Painful Stunt: "Once Upon A Time In The West" (1968)




There are some movie stunts that you just know had to hurt.

Especially if a stuntman lands wrong!

I neither own nor claim any rights to this material. Just having some fun with it. Hope you enjoy it!




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Liam Neeson in "THE COMMUTER" -- New Trailer and Artwork Here!



THE COMMUTER
(Lionsgate)

Release: 01/12/2018

Starring
Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga

Directed By
Jaume Collet-Serra

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 In this action-packed thriller, Liam Neeson plays an insurance salesman, Michael, on his daily commute home, which quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop.

As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.


Lionsgate presents, StudioCanal presents, a The Picture Show Company production, in association with Ombra Films.



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Monday, January 8, 2018

Monster Boots Blooper! "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" (1943)




We've all seen those high platform boots Frankenstein's Monster always wore.

But there was one time--in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943)--when he was caught without them...right when the flood hits during his fight with the Wolf Man.

See if you can spot it!

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PORFLE VS. PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW WHO LARRY STORCH IS




(Happy 95th birthday, LARRY STORCH!)


"What the hell do you mean, 'who's Larry Storch?'"

"I mean I don't know who the hell Larry Storch is!  Who the hell is Larry Storch?"

Infuriating, isn't it?  If you're like me, and find yourself in this situation at least once a day, you can understand why there are so many sudden, unexplained attacks across America every day.  Chances are, it's someone who knows who Larry Storch is attacking someone who doesn't know who he is. 

Here's an example that may sound woefully familiar to you: several years ago I got set up on a blind date, and I gallantly called the young lady up in advance to verify the time and place where we'd meet--which, by the way, was a Denny's on Wilton Boulevard, since I wanted to impress her.  She asked me what I looked like, and I told her (again, wanting to impress her) that I resembled actor Larry Storch. 

"Who's Larry Storch?" she inquired. 

"What the hell do you mean, 'who's Larry Storch?'" I screamed, a volcanic eruption of blazing hot fury erupting like a million geysers from every fiber of my tortured being. 

"I mean I don't know who the hell Larry Storch is!  Who the hell is Larry Storch?" she persisted, incredibly unaware of her own utter stupidity.

"What are you, incredibly unaware of your own utter stupidity or something?" I shrieked, kicking the glass walls out of the phone booth that I was standing in and repeatedly smashing my body into the frame until the whole thing fell over into the street with a resounding crash.  "ARE YOU SOME KIND OF A TOTAL F**KING IDIOT?  GRRRRRRR!!!  By the way, that's the Denny's on Wilton Boulevard, not the one next to the bowling alley on Burton Street."

Well, she never showed up.  She was probably too embarrassed by her own utter stupidity to show her face, and you can hardly blame her, but she could at least have stopped by my house later for the obligatory blind-date sex that I have come to expect over the years.  I've never actually had sex on a blind date, of course, but I have come to expect it.  Anyway, it's just as well, because I found out later that she looked more like Larry Storch than I do. 

I guess one of the reasons that women who look like Larry Storch don't know who he is might be that people are reluctant to tell these women that they look like Larry Storch.  But that's still no excuse for never having heard of him.  Anyone who's ever watched an episode of "F Troop" or "Ghost Busters" should not only know who he is, but should in fact consider him to be one of the greatest human beings who ever walked the face of the earth, next to Robert Loggia and Ben Gazzara.  They should also know who Forrest Tucker is as well, since he co-starred in both of those series with Larry Storch. 

Well, I brought all of this up at a political fundraiser that I attended several years ago, in an attempt to liven up what I considered to be some pretty boring chit-chat amongst a gaggle of pseudo-sophisticates who were standing around sipping drinks and tittering a lot.  When the mayor's wife gaily inquired, "Who's Forrest Tucker?" I poured my drink in her face.  As I congratulated myself for my restraint, another total moron--I think it was the mayor--chimed in with, "How dare you!  And 'Ghostbusters' was a movie with Bill Murray in it, not a television series!" 

Again I held my temper, and responded by merely flinging the hors d'ouevres table over, drenching several people with caviar and other gooey, expensive treats.  But then, just as I was returning to my usual casual demeanor, I heard a voice say, "Yeah, and who the hell's Larry Storch?"  The next few moments are still a blur in my memory, but the next day there was a picture of me on the front page of the newspaper in which some quick-thinking photographer had managed to catch me in mid-air as I hurled myself at the governor with the crazed look of a kabuki dancer. 

My interest in politics continued when I later attended the Carter-Ford debate and, after furiously waving my hand for several minutes, managed to get called upon to ask the presidential candidates a question.  When the guy held the microphone up to my face I took a deep breath, cleared my throat, and asked, "How do you feel about Larry Storch?"  A perplexed Jimmy Carter smiled uncertainly and asked, "Who's Larry Storch?" 

Just as I was about to charge the stage and hurl myself at him, Gerald Ford responded confidently, "Larry Storch is the greatest actor who ever lived.  Perhaps even the greatest human being who ever lived."  Banging the podium to emphasize each word, he added, "I...love...Larry...Storch!" The audience erupted with unrestrained cheers and applause! Well, I did, anyway.  And I sure as hell voted for Gerald Ford that year.  Jimmy Carter won, though, and, as you might expect, my extensive campaign to have Larry Storch's Birthday declared a national holiday was totally ignored by the government of the United States of America for the next four years.  Talk about malaise.  That, and possibly the Iran hostage situation as well, resulted in Carter losing his bid for re-election.  Take that, Carter!  Betcha know who Larry Storch is now!  BWAH-ha-ha!!!

Well, I've cut down on my attacks in recent years.  Maybe because of the wisdom and maturity that come with age, or maybe because I was getting beaten up a lot.  But the realization that attacking people because they don't know who Larry Storch is might not be a good thing to do finally came to me as I was discussing future attacks with my trusted consigleri, Tom Hagen.  Tom, not a wartime consigleri, is often the voice of reason in contrast with my unrestrained hostility, as can be heard in the following exchange...

TOM: Now, former President Carter and the Governor of Texas are on the run. Are they worth it? And are we strong? Is it worth it? I mean you've won...you want to attack everybody?

PORFLE: I don't feel I have to attack everybody, Tom. Just people who don't know who Larry Storch is, that's all. Now, are you gonna come along with me in these things I have to do or what? Because if not, you can take your "F Troop", your "Ghost Busters", and your "Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" DVDs...trade 'em all in for Adam Sandler movies.

TOM: Why do you hurt me, porfle? I've always been loyal to you. I mean, what is this?

PORFLE: You're right, Tom.  I should stop attacking people who don't know who Larry Storch is.

TOM: Well, you should try to cut down, anyway.





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