RT on DVD & Blu-Ray: Prometheus and Rock of Ages

Also, a subpar murder mystery, a couple of Hitchcock movies, and a Spielberg classic.

We know, we know; a lot of you were looking forward to a lot more than what you were given in Prometheus. Well, if you want to rewatch it and rehash it with your friends, it's finally out on video this week. But while Prometheus was one of the most anticipated, most talked-about movies of the year so far, there are some other items of note, like a rock musical, a couple of Hitchcock movies on Blu-ray, and a magical film by Steven Spielberg. Click through for the full list!

Prometheus

73%

Sci-fi fans rejoiced when Ridley Scott announced he'd be returning to the genre with a kinda-sorta prequel to the Alien franchise, and even when he stated Prometheus wasn't directly related to his earlier masterpiece, anticipation still remained high. The final product, which follows a space crew on a fact-finding mission with dire implications for humanity, didn't resonate as strongly with audiences as one might have expected, but delivered stunning visuals and top notch performances from its cast, including Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Idris Elba. Critics felt the film left a few too many of its big-idea questions unanswered, but found the rest of the film compelling enough to grant it a Certified Fresh 73% on the Tomatometer.

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Rock of Ages

41%

It's a little unfair to expect a whole lot from a big screen adaptation of a jukebox stage musical built around rock hits from the 1980s; it feels rather like a kitschy attempt to capture the fleeting glory of that decade's recent hipster cred, padded out with big names like Paul Giamatti and Alec Baldwin. But, oh, that Tom Cruise! His performance alone was reportedly almost worth the price of admission. The story here is a relatively straightforward romance between small-town girl Sherrie (Footloose's Julianne Hough) and barback Drew (Diego Boneta), who both dream of stardom, but to hear most people tell it, the moment Tom Cruise (as rock god Stacee Jaxx) steps on screen, it's his show. At 41%, Rock of Ages is just a little stale and a little too long to justify its jump from Broadway to Hollywood, but you might get a kick out of watching Cruise strut his stuff.

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The Raven

23%

John Cusack has seldom appeared particularly happy, so it was only a little bit of a stretch for him to play the legendarily macabre Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven, a relatively underwhelming murder mystery that opened earlier this year. The setting is 19th century Maryland, where a series of grisly murders are found to have been committed in ways described in Poe's literary works. Hoping to get an edge on the killer, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) enlists the help of the author himself, whose own beloved (Alice Eve) becomes a target. Critics found the film too formulaic, its characters insufficiently fleshed out, and its plot devoid of the clever twists and turns one might expect from a story about Edgar Allan Poe, leaving it with a disappointing 22% Tomatometer.

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Strangers on a Train - Blu-Ray

98%

With the Alfred Hitchcock biopic set to open next month, Warner Bros. is releasing two of his popular classics on Blu-ray; the first one we'll discuss here is Strangers on a Train, one of the legendary director's perhaps more accessible films. Beleaguered tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets mysterious stranger Bruno Anthony(Robert Walker) -- who suggests each murder someone for the other -- during a train ride; when Bruno assumes Guy has agreed to this dark pact, it results in the death of Guy's wife and a slew of problems for Guy himself. The Blu-ray comes with a number of featurettes and an impressive commentary, as well as the "Preview Version" of the film that Hitchcock modified into the final cut.

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Dial M for Murder - Blu-Ray

88%

The second Hitchcock film being released this week is a wee bit of an oddity. Based on Frederick Knott's successful play, Dial M for Murder features a limited setting (the play took place on a single set) and, at the behest of the studio, was shot in 3-D. Like Strangers on a Train, Dial M revolves around a tennis star (Ray Milland) with an unfaithful wife (Grace Kelly), who he then blackmails an old acquaintance (Anthony Dawson) to murder. Things do not go according to plan, of course, and the panicked husband must deal with the consequences. This Blu-ray release only contains a theatrical trailer and a previously released 21-minute background featurette with people like Peter Bogdanovich and M. Night Shyamalan talking about the film, but just in case you were really curious, you can watch it in 3D as well.

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E.T the Extra-Terrestrial - Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray

98%

A sci-fi family film that would help define an entire generation's childhood, as well as influence all "friendly alien" movies that would follow it, Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial opened 30 years ago in June of 1982. Universal is celebrating this anniversary by releasing the film on Blu-ray for the first time, so that all of you who grew up loving the film can now show it to your own little ones in crisp, shiny high definition. Though many of the bonus features have been ported over from previous releases, there are a couple of new items of note: "The E.T. Journals" is about an hour's worth of vintage on-set footage, providing a rare glimpse at the filmmaking process, and "Steven Spielberg and E.T." is a recently recorded interview with the director. This is one of those films fans have been waiting for on Blu-ray, and it's finally here.

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Also available this week:

  • The campy psychological thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, is available in a new Blu-ray this week.
  • The Director's Cut of the 1986 Little Shop of Horrors remake arrives on Blu-ray.
  • The indie dramedy The Giant Mechanical Man, starring Pam Beas-- excuse me, starring Jenna Fischer, also arrives on Blu-ray this week.
  • The original 1984 version of Red Dawn is available on Blu-ray for the first time.

Comments

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

PROMETHEUS: I liked it a lot, and I wasn't bothered by the fact it didn't answer all of its questions. To be honest, part of my enjoyment was in watching it as a non-fan of the ALIEN franchise (don't worry: first 2 are classics, second 2 meh, and I passed on that AVP dreck); the visuals and performances were also more than enough to compensate. In other words, you ALIEN fanboys really need to cool it and give it another chance; and watch to the very end this time too! Oh, and as far as I'm concerned, the surgery scene was so AWESOME it was alone worth the price of admission.

ROCK OF AGES: Not interested in Cruise's films nowadays (he's still in Mel Gibson crazyland as far as I'm concerned), and while Hough was cute in the FOOTLOOSE remake it's not enough for me to watch. I'm also not a huge fan of 80's music, and if I wanted to listen to these songs I'll just listen to them by the original artists. Definite pass!

THE RAVEN: Even if this has a lower Tomatometer than ROCK OF AGES, I would be much more interested in this because I prefer period pieces and have always liked Cusack, even though his best work seems to be behind him. It's a shame: Poe's life is full of so much mystery you could probably make a movie about his life with the mood of say, the Hughes Brother's FROM HELL which came out over a decade ago. Maybe when it comes on Netflix.

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN/DIAL M FOR MURDER --- Two GREAT Hitchcock films, though I shall stick to my regular DVDs.

E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL --- A must-buy, though I'm going to wait until the first price drop by the studio. I still can't believe Spielberg made all those changes to the 2002 DVD; I rented it and hated how he went all George Lucas on his masterpiece, with the stupid bathtub scene, no shotguns. Oh by the way: I guess that story of Spielberg having shot a scene with an uncredited Harrison Ford as Elliot's principal (a scene which would have naturally sometime after the frog sequence) is just that: a story. Any and all verification would be appreciated.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?: Have to admit I still haven't seen it despite its strong reputation. Has it aged well?

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES! Now this is a real classic, probably the greatest movie musical of the 1980s (any challenges?) While the 1960 version should not be overlooked, this version has a better cast (Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, Ellen Greene), terrific special effects...and a moronic ending which has now been replaced with director Frank Oz's original cut, retaining the climax of the off-Broadway 1980 show its based on. (I'm just a mean green mother from outta space/I'm a mean green mother from outta space/Going to trash yo ass, going to rock this place/I'm MEAN and GREEN, and I am BAD!!!) Hey, that song was nominated for an Oscar, so shaddup!

RED DAWN: Don't care for the movie but what the hell---WOLVERINES!

Oct 8 - 05:56 PM

Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson

Kulik: Is Cruise in "crazyland" because he happens to subscribe to a different religion than you, homeboy?

Oct 8 - 07:42 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Scientology, not a religion. B Grade Sci-Fi at best. If Scientology had a real God, he's the worst ever for punishing us with Battlefield Earth. I'll take a plague of locust's any day.

As for Rock of Ages, what was the best thing about it i.e. Tom Cruises performance was what doomed it to mediocrity. The story was never meant to be about Stacey Jaxx, he was meant to be the back-up villain and partial comedy relief. Also didn't help that so much of Rock's appeal is the rock concert atmosphere and audience interaction you get at the stage show.

Oct 8 - 08:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Some people love the "Battlefield Earth" book but upon seeing the film some didn't know that it covered only the first half of the book- some thought that the film was basically covering everything which I must admit even failed in addressing that as well!

Oct 9 - 02:32 PM

Total  S.

Total Stranger

Whoa. Battlefield Earth was a dynamite book IMO...And sweet Xenu above, a plague of locusts!? No tree or plant would remain!

Oct 11 - 06:11 AM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Haha. You said "real god". Funny.

Oct 13 - 09:13 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Who would give E.T. a negative review?!? You gotta be dead inside.

Oct 8 - 08:06 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I thought the same thing. It's Don McKeller, and he is. Spielberg's feel-gooditude reacted to McKeller's traumatic childhood as (his words) a "queasy false-memory syndrome". I dunno, maybe he was probed. But it sure sounds like a totally vibrant human being would say something like that, right?

Oct 9 - 12:17 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Big Brother, you must be BRAIN DEAD to continue to associate yourself with The Republican Party, a political party whose candidates (again) compare The First Lady to a Gorilla AND say that Rape doesn't cause pregnancy. SEXISM, RACISM, and CAPRICIOUS INTOLERANCE reside at the heart of The Republican Party's resolve and you still continue to support The Repubican Party's political ideals . . . SHAME ON YOU BIG BROTHER (it is you who is dead inside for PROMOTING RACISM AND SEXISM via your Political affiliation!)

Oct 9 - 09:15 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Because every Republican believes in those ideals, right? Another grand over generalization by Gordon! Now THATS reasoned discourse!

Oct 10 - 02:00 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yep and that Racist/Sexist made your candidate look like a stumbling 5th grader at the debate without his teleprompter. What does that say about the Democratic party? I would have loved to have voted for a Democrat the last 12 years, but you guys just make it sooooo damn hard with the people you pick to represent you. It's like most protest movements. Even if I agree with the cause I don't want to be associated with 80% of the people there. You're a classic example of that Gordon, the fact that you're a Democrat and you're level of discourse is the best advertisement the Republican Party could ask for. BTW, I don't associate myself with either political party as I've stated repeatedly for those with the comprehension skills to understand. I vote for the person I believe best suited for the job. Bill Clinton was actually the first guy I ever voted for for President. One of these years you guys will figure it out. At least to the parties credit Obama was electable. I would have voted for him over Bush or probably Romney 4 years ago. Unfortunately as the last 4 years have shown and the debate underlined he's more style than substance. I make the personal choice not to stay the course this time. P.S. you can stop with the recruitment drive as well, I already sent in my absentee ballot. The die are cast for me.

Oct 10 - 05:46 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Cruise is in "crazyland" because he was on a magazine cover last week talking about how he's coping with being lonely. Does that sound like something sane people do? Call up the publicist, hire some photogs, bite his lip on cue and narcissistically suck the celebrity teat?

Oh, but sure, he does believe in galactic overlords with nukes too.

Oct 9 - 12:13 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

And he consistently makes good films.

Oct 9 - 12:49 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Lots of crazy people make good films.

Oct 9 - 12:51 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

My point exactly.

Oct 9 - 12:54 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Dark Overlord of the Universe? That must be quite a responsibility.

Oct 9 - 07:27 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

@ID, but it wasn't my point, which is that Cruise's "crazy" is more related to his megalomania than to his religion. Most Catholics wouldn't kick a priest out of their home for supporting the Vatican II reforms, like Mel Gibson did. Megalomania is the delusion of a missionary sort, which usually manifests in religion. Cruise has used his ego-insanity to sell Scientology; Gibson wanted to use his "Maccabee" movie to convert the Jews to Christianity. Crazy is the cake, the religions are just icing for flavor.

Oct 9 - 12:33 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'm gonna borrow "Crazy is the cake" line all the time now.

Oct 9 - 05:50 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Right, right. I understand what you're saying. Its just I don't read a lot of gossip and beyond the Vanity Fair article I know little about Cruise's Scientology shit and frankly don't care. I just think the guy makes good movies and am willing to look past his personal life. A lot of times crazy is all an artist has, without it they would just be a regular schmuck like you and me.

Oct 10 - 01:38 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Just out of curiousity out of the last 5 movies Cruise has been in what else had you seen besides "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocal" because as I recall some of his previous films weren't that appealing particularly "Rock Of Ages", "Lions For Lambs" and "Knight And Day"!

Oct 10 - 12:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Regular schmucks think Art=Crazy. I'm afraid I don't qualify.

Oct 10 - 12:07 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Did I say art=crazy? No, I said many artists are crazy and IMO that is what gives them a unique perspective and way of thinking. Get off your high horse.

And Dave, Collateral, Tropic Thunder, M4, and Valkyrie were all good films. I didn't even think K&D was as bad as everyone though it was. Plus Minority Report, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, Magnolia. Should I go on? Who has a resume like that?

Oct 10 - 08:38 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"I said many artists are crazy and IMO that is what gives them a unique perspective and way of thinking."

So..."many" but not all. That's clarifying. But you're still citing the mental illness as the source of the creativity. I could claim that regular joes suffered from a neurosis of conformity, but I wouldn't be so presumptuous about something I don't understand.

Oct 11 - 10:53 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I certainly think you're crazy. ;)

Oct 11 - 01:30 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

My problem(s) with Prometheus (Though I still recommend it!):

1. Characters actions contradicted their previous character traits to serve the plot and/or monster movie checklist. I.e. the biologist guy being afraid of petrified aliens THEN embracing the living alien, snake thing. This was just plain dumb.

2. The DVD ads are using the tagline, "questions will be answered". No they won't. Thats one of the major criticisms of Prometheus by so many, that the big questions implied are swept away by monster movie cliches. Its kind of insulting, eh?

I recommend watching the Half In The Bag review for shits and giggles. Here it be. SPOILERS!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-x1YuvUQFJ0#!

Oct 9 - 12:45 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Funny you should mention "From Hell" in comparison to "The Raven". I also made the comparison, except very unfavorably. Cusack's fun to watch (always?), but the film has no originality.

Oct 9 - 12:50 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Here's the ET principal scene. Can't see Ford's face, but it's definitely his voice, which I guess is what Spielberg thought would be too distracting. It's an odd scene, I think, and cutting it made sense. Don't know why this wasn't included on the 20th anniversary DVD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs8PxiYT8Z0

Oct 9 - 09:17 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Thanks, Brad appreciate it. Should have just made a YouTube search, although I naturally assumed it was an internet rumor (read it off IMDb years ago) while also convinced it didn't exist after viewing the 20th anniversary DVD edition. According to the YouTube comments, it was evidently on the Laserdisc version.

This scene is so warped it's unbelievable. It's what I like to call a WTF?! scene: when Ford says the line, "the pot, the pills, the angel wings...sure, it's a cruel world out there...deceit, treachery"...all the time I'm thinking, WHAT??? Ah whatever, no explanation is necessary as to why the scene was cut.

Oct 9 - 05:33 PM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Yeah, it's very weird, and his office is so damn dark. Not surprising that Elliot RUNS out of there when Ford says he's dismissed.

Oct 10 - 05:57 AM

Sean James

Sean James

Don't watch, Raven. You don't know the meaning of a bad movie until you've seen THIS!

Oct 9 - 02:02 PM

Anthony Thompson

Anthony Thompson

Kulik: Is Cruise in "crazyland" because he happens to subscribe to a different religion than you, homeboy?

Oct 8 - 07:42 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Scientology, not a religion. B Grade Sci-Fi at best. If Scientology had a real God, he's the worst ever for punishing us with Battlefield Earth. I'll take a plague of locust's any day.

As for Rock of Ages, what was the best thing about it i.e. Tom Cruises performance was what doomed it to mediocrity. The story was never meant to be about Stacey Jaxx, he was meant to be the back-up villain and partial comedy relief. Also didn't help that so much of Rock's appeal is the rock concert atmosphere and audience interaction you get at the stage show.

Oct 8 - 08:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Some people love the "Battlefield Earth" book but upon seeing the film some didn't know that it covered only the first half of the book- some thought that the film was basically covering everything which I must admit even failed in addressing that as well!

Oct 9 - 02:32 PM

Total  S.

Total Stranger

Whoa. Battlefield Earth was a dynamite book IMO...And sweet Xenu above, a plague of locusts!? No tree or plant would remain!

Oct 11 - 06:11 AM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Haha. You said "real god". Funny.

Oct 13 - 09:13 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Who would give E.T. a negative review?!? You gotta be dead inside.

Oct 8 - 08:06 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I thought the same thing. It's Don McKeller, and he is. Spielberg's feel-gooditude reacted to McKeller's traumatic childhood as (his words) a "queasy false-memory syndrome". I dunno, maybe he was probed. But it sure sounds like a totally vibrant human being would say something like that, right?

Oct 9 - 12:17 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Big Brother, you must be BRAIN DEAD to continue to associate yourself with The Republican Party, a political party whose candidates (again) compare The First Lady to a Gorilla AND say that Rape doesn't cause pregnancy. SEXISM, RACISM, and CAPRICIOUS INTOLERANCE reside at the heart of The Republican Party's resolve and you still continue to support The Repubican Party's political ideals . . . SHAME ON YOU BIG BROTHER (it is you who is dead inside for PROMOTING RACISM AND SEXISM via your Political affiliation!)

Oct 9 - 09:15 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Because every Republican believes in those ideals, right? Another grand over generalization by Gordon! Now THATS reasoned discourse!

Oct 10 - 02:00 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yep and that Racist/Sexist made your candidate look like a stumbling 5th grader at the debate without his teleprompter. What does that say about the Democratic party? I would have loved to have voted for a Democrat the last 12 years, but you guys just make it sooooo damn hard with the people you pick to represent you. It's like most protest movements. Even if I agree with the cause I don't want to be associated with 80% of the people there. You're a classic example of that Gordon, the fact that you're a Democrat and you're level of discourse is the best advertisement the Republican Party could ask for. BTW, I don't associate myself with either political party as I've stated repeatedly for those with the comprehension skills to understand. I vote for the person I believe best suited for the job. Bill Clinton was actually the first guy I ever voted for for President. One of these years you guys will figure it out. At least to the parties credit Obama was electable. I would have voted for him over Bush or probably Romney 4 years ago. Unfortunately as the last 4 years have shown and the debate underlined he's more style than substance. I make the personal choice not to stay the course this time. P.S. you can stop with the recruitment drive as well, I already sent in my absentee ballot. The die are cast for me.

Oct 10 - 05:46 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Cruise is in "crazyland" because he was on a magazine cover last week talking about how he's coping with being lonely. Does that sound like something sane people do? Call up the publicist, hire some photogs, bite his lip on cue and narcissistically suck the celebrity teat?

Oh, but sure, he does believe in galactic overlords with nukes too.

Oct 9 - 12:13 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

And he consistently makes good films.

Oct 9 - 12:49 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Lots of crazy people make good films.

Oct 9 - 12:51 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

My point exactly.

Oct 9 - 12:54 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Dark Overlord of the Universe? That must be quite a responsibility.

Oct 9 - 07:27 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

@ID, but it wasn't my point, which is that Cruise's "crazy" is more related to his megalomania than to his religion. Most Catholics wouldn't kick a priest out of their home for supporting the Vatican II reforms, like Mel Gibson did. Megalomania is the delusion of a missionary sort, which usually manifests in religion. Cruise has used his ego-insanity to sell Scientology; Gibson wanted to use his "Maccabee" movie to convert the Jews to Christianity. Crazy is the cake, the religions are just icing for flavor.

Oct 9 - 12:33 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'm gonna borrow "Crazy is the cake" line all the time now.

Oct 9 - 05:50 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Right, right. I understand what you're saying. Its just I don't read a lot of gossip and beyond the Vanity Fair article I know little about Cruise's Scientology shit and frankly don't care. I just think the guy makes good movies and am willing to look past his personal life. A lot of times crazy is all an artist has, without it they would just be a regular schmuck like you and me.

Oct 10 - 01:38 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Just out of curiousity out of the last 5 movies Cruise has been in what else had you seen besides "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocal" because as I recall some of his previous films weren't that appealing particularly "Rock Of Ages", "Lions For Lambs" and "Knight And Day"!

Oct 10 - 12:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Regular schmucks think Art=Crazy. I'm afraid I don't qualify.

Oct 10 - 12:07 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Did I say art=crazy? No, I said many artists are crazy and IMO that is what gives them a unique perspective and way of thinking. Get off your high horse.

And Dave, Collateral, Tropic Thunder, M4, and Valkyrie were all good films. I didn't even think K&D was as bad as everyone though it was. Plus Minority Report, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, Magnolia. Should I go on? Who has a resume like that?

Oct 10 - 08:38 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"I said many artists are crazy and IMO that is what gives them a unique perspective and way of thinking."

So..."many" but not all. That's clarifying. But you're still citing the mental illness as the source of the creativity. I could claim that regular joes suffered from a neurosis of conformity, but I wouldn't be so presumptuous about something I don't understand.

Oct 11 - 10:53 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I certainly think you're crazy. ;)

Oct 11 - 01:30 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Scientology, not a religion. B Grade Sci-Fi at best. If Scientology had a real God, he's the worst ever for punishing us with Battlefield Earth. I'll take a plague of locust's any day.

As for Rock of Ages, what was the best thing about it i.e. Tom Cruises performance was what doomed it to mediocrity. The story was never meant to be about Stacey Jaxx, he was meant to be the back-up villain and partial comedy relief. Also didn't help that so much of Rock's appeal is the rock concert atmosphere and audience interaction you get at the stage show.

Oct 8 - 08:04 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Some people love the "Battlefield Earth" book but upon seeing the film some didn't know that it covered only the first half of the book- some thought that the film was basically covering everything which I must admit even failed in addressing that as well!

Oct 9 - 02:32 PM

Total  S.

Total Stranger

Whoa. Battlefield Earth was a dynamite book IMO...And sweet Xenu above, a plague of locusts!? No tree or plant would remain!

Oct 11 - 06:11 AM

Tall Cool One

Tall Cool One !

Haha. You said "real god". Funny.

Oct 13 - 09:13 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Who would give E.T. a negative review?!? You gotta be dead inside.

Oct 8 - 08:06 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I thought the same thing. It's Don McKeller, and he is. Spielberg's feel-gooditude reacted to McKeller's traumatic childhood as (his words) a "queasy false-memory syndrome". I dunno, maybe he was probed. But it sure sounds like a totally vibrant human being would say something like that, right?

Oct 9 - 12:17 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Big Brother, you must be BRAIN DEAD to continue to associate yourself with The Republican Party, a political party whose candidates (again) compare The First Lady to a Gorilla AND say that Rape doesn't cause pregnancy. SEXISM, RACISM, and CAPRICIOUS INTOLERANCE reside at the heart of The Republican Party's resolve and you still continue to support The Repubican Party's political ideals . . . SHAME ON YOU BIG BROTHER (it is you who is dead inside for PROMOTING RACISM AND SEXISM via your Political affiliation!)

Oct 9 - 09:15 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Because every Republican believes in those ideals, right? Another grand over generalization by Gordon! Now THATS reasoned discourse!

Oct 10 - 02:00 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Yep and that Racist/Sexist made your candidate look like a stumbling 5th grader at the debate without his teleprompter. What does that say about the Democratic party? I would have loved to have voted for a Democrat the last 12 years, but you guys just make it sooooo damn hard with the people you pick to represent you. It's like most protest movements. Even if I agree with the cause I don't want to be associated with 80% of the people there. You're a classic example of that Gordon, the fact that you're a Democrat and you're level of discourse is the best advertisement the Republican Party could ask for. BTW, I don't associate myself with either political party as I've stated repeatedly for those with the comprehension skills to understand. I vote for the person I believe best suited for the job. Bill Clinton was actually the first guy I ever voted for for President. One of these years you guys will figure it out. At least to the parties credit Obama was electable. I would have voted for him over Bush or probably Romney 4 years ago. Unfortunately as the last 4 years have shown and the debate underlined he's more style than substance. I make the personal choice not to stay the course this time. P.S. you can stop with the recruitment drive as well, I already sent in my absentee ballot. The die are cast for me.

Oct 10 - 05:46 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Prometheus for me :)

Oct 8 - 08:24 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

I will rent Prometheus again just to see how well it holds up on repeat viewings. I enjoyed it when I saw it at the theater, but after thinking about it and realizing how many plot holes there were (some of which I did not notice until I saw others mention them), I am not too sure if I would enjoy it as much. The recent article Collider ran about John Spaihts original script is very interesting, as well as the Blade Runner easter egg on the Blu-Ray that could possibly be hinting at where Scott is wanting to go with his Blade Runner sequel.

Oct 8 - 08:40 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was a bit miffed that there won't be an extended cut of "Prometheus", rather the 35 extra minutes will be supplemental.

Oct 9 - 12:22 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Yes, this seemed a little odd to me, too, since Scott is one of the pioneers of alternate cuts for a film. Some of that 35 minutes is not even completely new scenes, though, just altered takes for the same sequence. Scott said that the theatrical release was his director's cut, so I guess we will never get a true extended edition, which might not be a bad thing since these scenes could just add more questions, plot holes, or inconsistencies to an already flawed film.

Oct 9 - 02:37 AM

Kadeem S.

Kadeem Stewart

I can't wait for E.T. on Blu-Ray. God, I wish I could meet Drew Barrymore with her signature pigtails.

Rock of Ages was a big disappointment and I feel bad for Tom Cruise. He lost Katie Holmes and Suri, his movie was a bomb at the box office, and Scientology just cost he and Holmes their walking papers and divorced. No disrespect, I still love him and hopefully Jack Reacher should be the best movie for him when it comes out sometime in December.

The Raven = Sorry John Cusack, but I'll pass.

Prometheus = one of my favorite movies since Alien, although Naomi Rapace's character looked a lot different than Ripley from Alien with the same curly hair.

How many years did Dial M for Murder came out? I haven't seen the movie in a long time.

Oct 8 - 09:33 PM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

It came out in 1954 on the cusp of the big 3-D boom which was started by BWANA DEVIL the previous year---that, of course, was remade as THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS with Val Kilmer & Michael Douglas. I'm actually surprised the current 3-D boom has lasted more than just a couple of years, unlike the mid-1950s and mid-1980s chapters. This is why AVATAR upset me so much; it was more of a theme park ride than a movie, and now we have to deal with dozens of horrible 3D upgrades because of Cameron's Big Blue Kool-Aid blockbuster DANCES WITH SMURFS.

One more thing: you might also be thinking of 1998's A PERFECT MURDER, also with Michael Douglas, which was in fact a remake of DIAL M. The original is boss, though.

Oct 9 - 07:44 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Cruise is in "crazyland" because he was on a magazine cover last week talking about how he's coping with being lonely. Does that sound like something sane people do? Call up the publicist, hire some photogs, bite his lip on cue and narcissistically suck the celebrity teat?

Oh, but sure, he does believe in galactic overlords with nukes too.

Oct 9 - 12:13 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

And he consistently makes good films.

Oct 9 - 12:49 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Lots of crazy people make good films.

Oct 9 - 12:51 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

My point exactly.

Oct 9 - 12:54 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

Dark Overlord of the Universe? That must be quite a responsibility.

Oct 9 - 07:27 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

@ID, but it wasn't my point, which is that Cruise's "crazy" is more related to his megalomania than to his religion. Most Catholics wouldn't kick a priest out of their home for supporting the Vatican II reforms, like Mel Gibson did. Megalomania is the delusion of a missionary sort, which usually manifests in religion. Cruise has used his ego-insanity to sell Scientology; Gibson wanted to use his "Maccabee" movie to convert the Jews to Christianity. Crazy is the cake, the religions are just icing for flavor.

Oct 9 - 12:33 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I'm gonna borrow "Crazy is the cake" line all the time now.

Oct 9 - 05:50 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Right, right. I understand what you're saying. Its just I don't read a lot of gossip and beyond the Vanity Fair article I know little about Cruise's Scientology shit and frankly don't care. I just think the guy makes good movies and am willing to look past his personal life. A lot of times crazy is all an artist has, without it they would just be a regular schmuck like you and me.

Oct 10 - 01:38 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Just out of curiousity out of the last 5 movies Cruise has been in what else had you seen besides "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocal" because as I recall some of his previous films weren't that appealing particularly "Rock Of Ages", "Lions For Lambs" and "Knight And Day"!

Oct 10 - 12:05 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Regular schmucks think Art=Crazy. I'm afraid I don't qualify.

Oct 10 - 12:07 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Did I say art=crazy? No, I said many artists are crazy and IMO that is what gives them a unique perspective and way of thinking. Get off your high horse.

And Dave, Collateral, Tropic Thunder, M4, and Valkyrie were all good films. I didn't even think K&D was as bad as everyone though it was. Plus Minority Report, Rain Man, A Few Good Men, Born on the Fourth of July, Magnolia. Should I go on? Who has a resume like that?

Oct 10 - 08:38 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"I said many artists are crazy and IMO that is what gives them a unique perspective and way of thinking."

So..."many" but not all. That's clarifying. But you're still citing the mental illness as the source of the creativity. I could claim that regular joes suffered from a neurosis of conformity, but I wouldn't be so presumptuous about something I don't understand.

Oct 11 - 10:53 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I certainly think you're crazy. ;)

Oct 11 - 01:30 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I thought the same thing. It's Don McKeller, and he is. Spielberg's feel-gooditude reacted to McKeller's traumatic childhood as (his words) a "queasy false-memory syndrome". I dunno, maybe he was probed. But it sure sounds like a totally vibrant human being would say something like that, right?

Oct 9 - 12:17 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

I was a bit miffed that there won't be an extended cut of "Prometheus", rather the 35 extra minutes will be supplemental.

Oct 9 - 12:22 AM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Yes, this seemed a little odd to me, too, since Scott is one of the pioneers of alternate cuts for a film. Some of that 35 minutes is not even completely new scenes, though, just altered takes for the same sequence. Scott said that the theatrical release was his director's cut, so I guess we will never get a true extended edition, which might not be a bad thing since these scenes could just add more questions, plot holes, or inconsistencies to an already flawed film.

Oct 9 - 02:37 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

My problem(s) with Prometheus (Though I still recommend it!):

1. Characters actions contradicted their previous character traits to serve the plot and/or monster movie checklist. I.e. the biologist guy being afraid of petrified aliens THEN embracing the living alien, snake thing. This was just plain dumb.

2. The DVD ads are using the tagline, "questions will be answered". No they won't. Thats one of the major criticisms of Prometheus by so many, that the big questions implied are swept away by monster movie cliches. Its kind of insulting, eh?

I recommend watching the Half In The Bag review for shits and giggles. Here it be. SPOILERS!:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-x1YuvUQFJ0#!

Oct 9 - 12:45 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"Prometheus" is Unbound! Kinda. I'm actually upset that the film won't be an extended cut. Still. I think it's a great film, and am privately amused that people aren't equally as skeptical in their "plausibility" appreciations when it comes to certain other sci-fi films this year. Sure, sure. Don't pet space creatures with fangs. But somebody had to die. Sometimes, it doesn't get any deeper than that. What the film had to say about hubris, technology, the Oedipal child usurping the father - it made up for it in the "head" department. I don't agree with del Toro that this was "exactly" the same ending as "At the Mountains of Madness", but I definitely see the Lovecraftian influence.

Wow. There's some great reissues this week. I'll admit, f#ck yeah I'll watch "Dial M" in 3D (finally). The on-set "ET" footage sounds very enticing. "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" is totally bat-shit insane, either hilarious or disturbing, depending on your mood. And I'm not sure how they have a "directors cut" of "Little Shop" because Frank Oz has claimed the prints were destroyed. The available footage (which was on an earlier disc) was taken off of a horrible VHS copy. Maybe they found newer, cleaner versions. Checking it (thanks internet), it appears that it's a reconstruction with cleaner color footage. Well, that at least makes it a must watch.

O! Poe. Cusack, you selfish scoundrel! Throw around your weight. Insist that your movies be better. Don't let hacks like McTiegue turn your promising 'what-if' performance into cheap swill. Did someone dare him to out-brute Guy Ritchie? (If anyone knows about the mysterious death of Poe, then they will appreciate what a lost potential this was)

Oct 9 - 12:45 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

What other Sci-Fi films?

Oct 9 - 12:56 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

One word: BATTLESHIP.

Oct 9 - 07:48 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Did you go to Battleship for sci-fi movie satisfaction? Bad move. It was more of an action movie with sci-fi elements.

Oct 9 - 11:50 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

I just watched it a few weeks ago as a Redbox rental. Speaking as someone who served in the Navy for eight years, it was pretty F*CKING STUPID. Nevertheless, you have an excellent point: it's basically TOP GUN at sea with aliens. The sci-fi elements are secondary to the gung-ho, jingostic, commercialized, video-game-inspired action scenes. I probably would have went deaf if I saw it in the theaters. To me, BATTLESHIP will always be THE CHICKEN BURRITO MOVIE.

Oct 9 - 04:16 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Rhymes with "Super".

I don't even care, though, because I liked that film too. I just think it's ridiculous to fine-comb "Prometheus", and hang the verdict on implausible details, while the vast implausibility of the very set-up of "Looper" is shrugged off. Again, doesn't matter if it's an entertaining movie. I prefer "Prometheus" because it's smarter on the 'big picture' subjects (those things "left unanswered" because they're millenia-old dilemmas of human nature - the dual fears of mortality and change plus the need to construct a "god" to support the notion of a universe that's responsible for us, etc, etc) and because, I think, it was superior technical filmmaking, script aside.

Oct 9 - 12:45 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The implausibility of Looper is easier to withstand because we have characters we care about that act in a believable manner concordant with their character traits. Prometheus does not. Maybe Rapace and Fassbender, but everyone else is dumb as shit.

And, to me, the bigger questions proposed by Prometheus are fascinating but when they are not answered or thrown out the window completely then they mean nothing. I found the themes in Looper to be much more engaging, ie. the drug addiction, the parental acceptance and abandonment issues, and the consequences of ones actions.

Prometheus did look amazing though. I thought the engineers were awesome and their ship and suits were designed perfectly. I also am one of the few people who liked the inclusion of the xenomorph at the end. But it does deserve to be nit-picked because of the expectations preceding its release and the cinema changing big brothers it was suppose to make proud.

Oct 10 - 01:22 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

"The implausibility of Looper is easier to withstand because we have characters we care about that act in a believable manner concordant with their character traits."

And, for me, "Prometheus"' flaws are easier to withstand because it conveys themes that I care about that were presented in an allegorical manner that is consistent and with its mythological inspiration. So I guess we can compare and contrast the issues that we're more willing to care about, but that wouldn't make for a very productive argument. Just drop the "we" business when you talk about your reaction. It isn't universal.

"And, to me, the bigger questions proposed by Prometheus are fascinating but when they are not answered or thrown out the window completely then they mean nothing. I found the themes in Looper to be much more engaging, ie. the drug addiction, the parental acceptance and abandonment issues, and the consequences of ones actions."

Interestingly, those last two themes - "parental acceptance and abandonment" and one having consequences for one's actions - are large chunks of "Prometheus"s overall structure. The first one is obvious. Why do they seek the Engineers? To confirm their validity in their 'maker's eyes. The same way David seeks (and is consistently denied) validation from his human creators. The Engineers (or God) abandoned us to fend for ourselves, banished from the 'garden' allegorically speaking. Humans have a habit of abandoning our "toys" (technology) once we get bored with them. What are the consequences of this abandonment? Like Frankenstein's Monster (are humans monsters of the Greek Prometheus?), the abandoned will come seeking answers. Nearly all of the dumb-ass behavior by the crew can be analogous to this inconsequential hubris, which, frankly, humans, or at least Americans, tend to show to a greater extent as technology insulates us. More people choosing to 'text-chat' rather than listen to a person's voice, much less face to face. It shields us from the instantaneous responsibility we would have in a "live" conversation. We can better engineer how we respond to each other, but that makes us more selfish, less empathetic.

Finally, these questions, as I mentioned earlier, are generally unanswerable, so it's a weak point to fail Scott for being unable to solve a problem dating from the dawn of human awareness. And I disagree that it was thrown out the window. It is potent in the scene between the Engineer and David, it is potent as Shaw is left still determined to find the answers for the Engineers' motives, for why they chose either the acceptance or abandonment of humanity.

Oct 10 - 12:28 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I agree that Prometheus tries to take a crack at those big questions but I felt it dropped the ball. I would actually compare Prometheus to Mission to Mars in a way. And no one gave De Palma a break for that crapfest so why should Scott get one? At least M2M tried to give an answer.

If you were able to decipher all of those things from Prometheus then kudos to you, but I didn't buy it in the end. A lot of people didn't. A lot of people say its one of the more disappointing movies of the year. I just heard Bill Maher tell a joke about how disappointing Prometheus was on Real Time the other night. And then the adds for the Blu-Ray say "questions will be answered"? They clearly aren't. But like you said, we're debating what WE (can I use that word now? Is it ok with you?) got out of these two films so no ones going to win this argument.

Oct 10 - 08:33 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Am I supposed to care about what Bill Maher thinks of movies now? I'm not one who finds solace in the solidarity of other people's opinions, but if this is the playing field that you'd like to pursue, I could tally your "a lot of people" disappointment and match it with the just shy of 3/4s approval ratings from both critics and audiences.

Oct 11 - 10:59 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I didn't say people didn't like it, I think a lot of people found it visually engaging but was a let down on plot execution. Thats what a majority of the critics reviews i read said. And Loopers at like 90% so if we're going off critical consensus then Looper is a better movie, eh?

Oct 11 - 01:20 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

I really enjoyed "Prometheus" as well. Not at all as flawed as it's made out to be. My only fear is that Scott ends up killing the myth that he started with prometheus by making an awfull follow up. I'm actually only buying "Prometheus" if the next instalments are up to the first's standards (I don't really consider the movie to be a "standalone" piece). If they end up ruining the myth that they created with it I'm not buying it; if the sequels are good then I'll buy the whole lot.

Oct 9 - 03:01 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

It should be a lot better on a second viewing now that the expectation of survival Horror is gone. I personally was entertained but found my mood not matching up with the score. Something huge was happening according to the back ground music and my own feelings were just...meh and some of the exposition was kind of silly. I personally don't know any Surgeons, Androids, or Space Biologists so I couldn't even have a generalized feel of how these people would act in sticky situations so the characters "acting stupid" wasn't really an issue for me.

Oct 9 - 07:33 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

The geologist and biologist guy were stupid cannon fodder.

Oct 9 - 11:48 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

Exactly, in a way they all were and that squanders the epic-ness of it all. In "Epic" films nobody really has a "I'm cannon fodder" attitude.

Oct 9 - 11:51 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Anyone remember off the top of their head the name of Dave's co-pilot in "2001"? Dr. Cannon Fodder.

Oct 9 - 12:37 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

No. But that doesn't mean the character's purpose to up the body count and show the seriousness of the situation wasn't presented well. Honestly, I worried about the crew of the Prometheus about as much as the team in AvP, which was not at all.

Oct 10 - 01:46 AM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

Frank Pool. Died on his birthday. Poor guy.

Oct 10 - 09:42 PM

Linda B.

Linda Burke

I didn't care about most of the characters in Prometheus, but I did care about Shaw, which is enough. Noomi Rapace has a gift for conveying agony and genuine sadness. She may not be ultra-beautiful in the traditional sense, but there is a definite soulfulness to her face that is truly rare nowadays. She made me care about the character.

Oct 10 - 09:52 PM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I actually thought Shaw was just as silly as the rest of them. She had the silliest Dialogue (though it was required to set up "twists") and the most convoluted character motivations. I will always believe and have faith! now lets go prove Christianity is a lie! What now?

She is a phenomenal actress though. Tom Hardy Jr just couldn't keep up with her acting.

Oct 11 - 07:58 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Bingo! Frank Pool is the correct answer. But it was one of Kubrick's jokes to make HAL the most emotionally complex and interesting character in the film.

Shaw is the heart and soul of "Prometheus". Her, um, "creative inadequacies" mirror David's human inadequacies, and it's fitting that they end up together. It's also fitting that *SPOILER* she becomes the mother of the life-negating xenomorphs. I think a lot of the distraction concerning her faith and her cross says more about religious allergies than it does about her character or purpose. (I swear, some people are as allergic to religious symbols as some religious people are to gay people - freaking out at the wiff of taint.)

Oct 11 - 11:07 AM

Brad and Netflix

Bradly Martin

I realize Shaw isn't going to stop everything and explain what her faith means and why it is important to her, but other than fingering her cross every once and a while she as well as the characters as well as the script seem to know absolutely nothing about any organized religion. Just the basic pandering of organized religion. Virgin Birth! Jesus! Sacrifice! Cross Fingering! DEEP! meh

Oct 11 - 02:11 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

And he consistently makes good films.

Oct 9 - 12:49 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Funny you should mention "From Hell" in comparison to "The Raven". I also made the comparison, except very unfavorably. Cusack's fun to watch (always?), but the film has no originality.

Oct 9 - 12:50 AM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Lots of crazy people make good films.

Oct 9 - 12:51 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

I still remember watching Strangers on a Train in my high school motion picture class. Classic film that is emulated repeatedly.

Oct 9 - 12:52 AM

Christopher Kulik

Christopher Kulik

You had a "motion picture class" in high school?!? Must have been an elective, lucky bastard!

Oct 9 - 04:22 PM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

Ya it was an easy A class. I took it my senior year. I couldn't take pottery again so I went with the class where we watched old movies and I could go high as a kite. I'm trying to remember the other movies we watched... Life Boat, Of Mice and Men, and Citizen Kane come to mind.

Oct 10 - 01:52 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

I had it to. It was called "The Art of Film." It was only open to seniors, and parents had to sign a form because we watched R-rated movies. It's been a long time, but a few I remember are Vertigo, Where Eagles Dare, Taxi Driver, and 2001.

Oct 10 - 06:08 AM

Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Yeah, and Citizen Kane of course. The only time I've watched it.

Oct 10 - 06:09 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

You guys got to watch taxi driver, damn I'm jealous! We watched 2001:SO, as well.

Oct 10 - 10:24 AM

infernaldude

Infernal Dude

My point exactly.

Oct 9 - 12:54 AM

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