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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:17 pm

Just bought the complete series of Columbo. 8)
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:16 pm

Just obtained the new, Til Death Do Us part boxset. Has some rediscovered lost presumed wiped by the BBC episodes in b&w from the 1960s( now there's a surprise, not) and has also all the seventies colour shows included in one big box set. Heaven, although a tad racist in some aspects. :shock:
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Wed May 03, 2017 9:12 am

Found some outstanding charity shop DVD’s recently and can heartily recommend them all.
I first saw these 2 dystopic, influential sci-fi classics in their original theatrical release...
"Silent Running" (1971, stars Bruce Dern).
"The Andromeda Strain" (1971).
Some excellent dramas too...
"Blow Up" (1966, directed by Antonioni).
"Longford" (2007, stars Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton).
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" (2005, directed by and stars Tommy Lee Jones).
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:11 am

Thank goodness for our local charity shop.
All the corporate video shop chains were ignorantly and greedily mismanaged to extinction.

"Winchell" (2006, 108 min). Recommended!
Clearly a very heavily sanitized version of history which might seem inevitable, as a movie made for television there’s only so much director Paul Mazursky could fit in. I was surprised though that Winchell’s ill advised and unwarranted decision to attack nationally beloved, widely respected Tonight Show host Jack Paar wasn’t included, because it could be argued that truly precipitated the end of Winchell’s career. But for those that don’t know who Walter Winchell was, it’s an entertaining introduction with excellent performances by Stanley Tucci, Paul Giamatti and actress Glenne Headly. She passed on recently, sorry to say.
Coincidentally, television’s Jack Parr once showed an episode (excerpts?) of Steptoe and Son on his nationally broadcast Tonight Show. He described it as the best sitcom he’d ever seen and Paar was never one to exaggerate. As a child, like Ray and Alan, Paar had tuberculosis. Self educated, articulate, unprejudiced and hugely funny, no wonder the country adored Jack. For those folks interested in learning more about Paar and the history of television, there’s an outstanding documentary, very highly recommended, “Jack Paar: As I Was Saying...” (1997, 120 min).
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:28 pm

Been busy buying DVDs recently. 8)

The Adventure Game Series (1980 forerunner to Crystal Maze).
The Complete Minder Series.
Tomorrow People ( 1990s remake of original 70s series)
Ash Vs The Evil Dead Series 1
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:35 pm

Ilovesteptoe wrote:Ash Vs The Evil Dead Series 1

Cheers ILS for recommending “Ash vs Evil Dead”, hadn’t heard of the series before.
Sam Raimi et al are gonna milk that 1982 “Evil Dead” cash cow till the udders are desiccated.
Actually, that cow was long since freshened :roll:. I checked Imdb and they gave Ash vs Evil Dead a higher rating than Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece “Citizen Kane”, which is preposterous. But we share the same comedy-horror tastes and I trust your opinion, so I'm gonna look for it :). “Evil Dead II” (1987) is still my favorite, just as funny now as it was then. But beware the 2013 Evil Dead remake and “Drag Me To Hell” (2009), disasters both. Bruce Campbell’s autobiography “If Chins Could Kill, Confessions of a B Movie Actor” (2002) is a fun read though.

More recent charity shop finds to follow...
Including 5 hours of “The Best of Ernie Kovacs”. Classic television, thank goodness for kinescope!
Here's a 5 min youchoobe clip, one of Ernie's most famous characters, poet laureate Percy Dovetonsils reading
"Ode To A Bookworm" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPfe8TGBwgY :o.
And 4 min of Mack the Knife oscilloscope sight gags https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfB3jj8vKlo.
Ernie’s experimentation with video effects were ahead of their time. His life was brought to a premature end in 1962 while turning his Chevy Corvair, an infamous automobile. GM execs knew that model was faulty but kept it secret, consequently hundreds of people were killed. The case was brought to public attention by consumer rights attorney/presidential candidate Ralph Nader in his 1965 book, “Unsafe At Any Speed”.
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:46 pm

Cheers ILS for recommending “Ash vs Evil Dead”


No probs DOY. You won't be disappointed believe me. "Ash vs the Evil Dead" goes back to the pure essence of movies. Bruce Campbell is his gloriously dark witty self, as is his two new co-stars Pablo Simon Bolivar ( played by Ray Santiago) and Kelly Maxwell (played by Dana DeLorenzo). The storylines and special effects are wickedly wonderful too lol. Roll on August. Why? Just pre-ordered series two from Amazon, and even better news heard series thee has been recommissioned. Beyond cool. I like you are a huge Evil Dead/Bruce Campbell fan, and for years have been wishing for at least a sequel to Army Of Darkness. So when I found out they done a series, was elated. Both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi are geniuses, and the series gives fans what they want. The best of both worlds. :P

And sadly for my sins have seen that (2013) Evil Dead crapfest remake of the original 1981 classic and the Drag Me To Hell film, but if it was a choice the Evil Dead reboot and Drag Me To Hell (2009), Drag Me To Hell would win even though its has its gaping faults. It's and oscar winner in comparison. Difference being. Raimi directed it where Evil Dead reboot was directed by someone called Fede Álvarez. Never heard of him before? but it wasn't so much his direction per se, it was mainly the acting. The film itself was atmospheric, yes, special effects good in part, agreed, but the acting was way below par, college scream queen, which I hate, but it was missing two important ingredients. Bruce Campbell lead and Raimi direction. And I know both had input, but it was minor. Campbell had a cameo and Raimi in production, which was obvious and telling. I'd like to forget that film was ever made. :roll:

Thanks also for the indepth info and links DOY. Much appreciated as always friend. I'd like to source a copy of that Bruce Campbell's autobiography mentioned “If Chins Could Kill, Confessions of a B Movie Actor” (2002), better still, an inscribed copy. Sounds a hoot lol. Like to add it to my collection, which also includes my prized sideshow-12in "Army of Darkness" Ash figure with interchangeable evil Ash face with chainsaw. 8)
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:10 am

Bruce Campbell’s autobiography is great fun, essential reading, lots of photos, a really funny guy 8).
But as a fan and collector ILS you should know, this trade paperback edition was printed on dirt cheap, bottom of the barrel pulp, the kind of paper that quickly discolours and goes brittle. Fly-by-night publishers of 1960’s mass market porn novels used better paper. So Bruce’s book won’t age well on the shelf, maybe it can be had hardcover.
However, if thou quest for the book, you must first speak the words...
Klaatu Veratta Nickto.
...At least I think those are the words. If you’re transported back in time, sorry bout that mate, my bad :shock:.
The Tardis wasn’t nearly as fussy :o.
Fun fact: before she became a cauldron throwing ‘possessed witch’ in Army of Darkness, actress/stuntwoman Patricia Tallman played the lead role in makeup genius Tom Savini’s authorized remake of George Romero's
“Night of the Living Dead” (1990).
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:28 pm

Bruce Campbell’s autobiography is great fun, essential reading, lots of photos, a really funny guy 8).


Thanks DOY for the book advice. Yeah you can tell he's got a great sense of humour DOY, lol. Seen special features of Evil Dead and he's beyond witty. I myself some similar books mentioned in the past being a collector of sci-fi memorabilia, as you know. They were Doctor Who Target Novels, so know what you're talking about, and If left on the bookshelf near the window start going yellow, mottled and the page corners snap like a crisp. Oh and I'll take your advice regarding the incantation, but knowing my luck, the book will awake, sink its teeth in, then bite my knob off lol. Love that bookcase me. Such beautiful chiseled ornate handles. :wink:

Cool info about Army Of Darkness and the witch. One of my favourite horror flicks as you know DOY. I love reading trivia about films, you know stuff that normally isn't revealed on DVD special features. 8)
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:25 pm

Should you look for “If Chins Could Kill” ILS, hopefully there’s a UK edition, British publishers tend to use better paper. Campbell’s book was on the NYT Best Seller List*, so St. Martin’s Press seriously took the mickey with this US trade paperback edition (344 pages). The cheapest pulp imaginable, the kind that quickly discolours without ever being exposed to sunlight, and very poor reproductions of the many photographs and illustrations.
Still, I’m glad to have it on my shelf, an entertaining read 8).
More trivia, and I apologize in advance if you already know this stuff...
The scene in Army of Darkness where an eye grows on Bruce’s right shoulder? That gag first appeared in a dreadful, public domain Japanese horror movie, “The Manster” (1960). Same shoulder and everything, so it’s a good guess Raimi got the idea from that cheesy film. If you haven’t seen The Manster, and most people haven’t, count yourself lucky, it is a trial. Yet for all its faults at least The Manster is funny, if unintentionally so. Most gargantuan budgeted movies these days are way worse and far more tiresome to the discerning eye and ear :roll:.
In Evil Dead 3 (Army of Darkness), Raimi changed the name of his Book of the Dead to Necronomicon, a title obviously lifted from author H. P. Lovecraft. The Necronomicon was a fictional grimoire that Lovecraft created in the early 20th century. His fiction is public domain too and can be read for free online. My favorite Lovecraft tale is his astonishing 1927 novella, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, I'm confident you'll enjoy it too :o: http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/thecaseofcharlesdexterward.htm.
I’m sure you noticed over the three Evil Dead films the covers of Raimi’s book evolved. But the original prop book from Evil Dead 2 is briefly featured in the KNB makeup effects filled “Jason Goes To Hell” (1993), Raimi generously loaned the prop to the very young filmmakers. The brilliant folks at KNB of course did the makeup and physical effects for Army of Darkness the previous year.
* Which itself is a farce because the hugely influential NYT “best seller” book lists aren’t based on actual sales numbers, but rather on number of copies printed / distributed.
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:48 pm

Should you look for “If Chins Could Kill” ILS


Coincidentally you should mention that. Seen a copy of "“If Chins Could Kill” on eBay the other day for £2.86, so bought it. Awaiting its delivery. A bargain. 8)

Loving the Evil Dead trivia, DOY. I've noticed with the three films the progression from gore and guts, to dark humour, to comedy horror, obviously evident in Army Of Darkness. Nice also to see Raimi including that scene from that obscure Japanese horror, The Manster (1960). And no I've never heard of it let alone seen it, but on hearing your sound advice, unlikely ever to lol. Although saying that. There are some brilliant low budget flicks out there, as seen in Peter Jackson's splatter-fest, Braindead (1992). Now that used gallons of the red stuff, and the body-count was, gulp, off the wtf scale. :mrgreen:
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:12 pm

Ilovesteptoe wrote:Seen a copy of "“If Chins Could Kill” on eBay the other day for £2.86, so bought it. Awaiting its delivery. A bargain 8)

£2.86 seems reasonable :). Did your book arrive yet? And did you get it hardcover or paperback? I should’ve been clearer but I don’t know what editions are available there...This US trade paper edition has an addendum of roughly an additional 150 pages which is considerable. Coincidentally we've been talking comics in the George Romero obit thread, so yesterday I pulled out some of my 1970’s horror comic books......and they were indeed printed on much better paper than the cheap pulp used for this edition of Chins. And that movie I mentioned, the one with the eye
in the shoulder? “The Manster” (1960) was a US/Japan co-production, so it’s English language, not dubbed.
I’m sure it’s public domain so if you’re ever bored, it’s probably at youchoobe somewhere.
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:23 am

£2.86 seems reasonable :). Did your book arrive yet?


Yes, it did. The glossy paperback arrived a few days ago, was in superb unread condition, but am yet to read it sadly. Will do soon though. Sourced it off eBay, and for the amazing price of £2.86 mentioned, and that also included free p&p too. Ther thing is. I'm still wondering how the hell did they make money plus give eBay a cut? It's a sizable weighty book and would have cost more than the buy-it-now price to send? I'm not complaining,far from it, but on thinking, puzzled? :?

Oh, and to connect this to the " Last DVD bought" thread. Secured recently on Amazon, the second season of Ash vs the Evil Dead. It's out in August/October, so it's as good as mine. 8)
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Dirty Old Yank » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:07 am

ILS, were you able to read “If Chins Could Kill” yet? And where was your copy printed, US or UK?
Cheers for recommending “Ash vs Evil Dead” First Season (10 episodes), you were right, it's great fun :o.
Although I was right too in that Raimi et al are gonna milk this cash cow till the udders are desiccated. For me, episodes 1-5 started out real strong whereas 6-10 ended kinda weak. Watching the last five episodes I couldn’t help thinking of that scene in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” where Graham Chapman’s army all shout together, “Get on with it!!:roll:. Comedy horror-violence alone isn’t enough to carry an episodic television show for multiple seasons but it’s such a treat, a relief really, to finally see cheeky Bruce Campbell as Ash again and to see those excellent, iconic Evil Dead horror makeups. The good bits are so good and so funny that it becomes easier to overlook most criticisms. You just gotta like a show that has Iggy & Stooges playing their song “Loose” over
the end credits (episode 3, Books From Beyond), brought a smile to my face and had my toes tappin’ :mrgreen:.
Iggy of course hails from Michigan too, Detroit actually 8). Thanks again :wink:.

“Shakes the Clown” (1991, 87 min). Recommended!!
The DVD was released just this year yet the shop was selling ‘em new for 3 quid, needless to say I grabbed one. Shakes has always been a favorite low budget comedy, brilliant standup comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s directorial debut and many of the actors (like LaWanda Page) were established standup comedians themselves. Critics panned the film at the time but it’s actually hugely funny, and a bit dark with the lead character (played by Bob) being an alcoholic. It’s highly recommended and has a new, hilarious commentary track with Bobcat, Julie Brown and Tom Kenny. Shakes the Clown has been called a ‘cult movie’ because it has a devoted fan base. Apparently there’s been people that got Shakes tattoos which is kinda weird and pop band REM wrote a song about Tom Kenny’s character, “Binky the Doormat”. But when describing movies the word ‘cult’ is just unfit for purpose. Shakes fans don’t have secret ceremonies or dance around in the moonlight wearing clown makeup, at least I hope not.
Now where’s me fright-wig? :o.
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Re: The last DVD's you bought...

Postby Ilovesteptoe » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:55 pm

:wink:
were you able to read “If Chins Could Kill” yet?


Hi Doy. Sadly not yet. I know it sounds like I'm making excuses, reason being, my eyesight has deteriorated since my illness, so I'm awaiting an eye test. Silly buying a book I can't read properly yet. Had to have it though. Also, to confirm the book was printed in the USA. Always joked with my brother how he wore glasses, now I'm in the frame for a pair, pardon the pun there. Image

Re Ash vs The Evil Dead: Yeah, the series started with a bang, Campbell was on top form as usual, and as you mentioned, the early episodes were at boiling point, thereafter simmering, but to be honest liked them all. The part with the pesky face eating doll was hilarious lol. Looking forward to season two due for release in mid/late October, and for season three currently in production. 8)

Re: Shakes the Clown (1991). Sounds brilliant. Some of the best films made are low budget. Sod those multi-million so-called Hollywood blockbusters. To me they are like putting gold leaf on a turd. Still a turd beneath. I'd rather watch something made with love and care, although done with pennies/cents, than those obese long-winded void of substance cinematic leviathans . The only winners, are the studios, shareholders, especially the overrated fiscally inflated actors & actresses. Bah, humbug! :twisted: :wink:
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