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It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man, extremely loosely based (I think they kept the title) on the novel by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman. But none of that is a reason to watch this movie. No, the movie is owned by Richard Dawson, who is a fantastic game show host villain. But in case you need to remind yourself of the terrible Arnie dialogue and weird costuming, here’s the trailer:
Well, the latest Terminator film is incoming, and it’s a very strange feeling to be looking forward to it, I must tell you. But there is a special opportunity that comes along with summer tentpole pictures like that–reissues and bargain boxed sets. Not this week but next week Lionsgate is putting out The Schwarzenegger Collection, which has four of his films: T2, Total Recall, Red Heat and The Running Man. (Our T2 DVD review is here–the DVD is fantastic.)
And Lionsgate shipped us a copy of this that we can share with all of you…well, not all of you. All of you get the chance to win but only one of you can. How do you get a chance? Enter using the form below–and enter once a day. We draw your name, you walk away with it. Good luck.
Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating. We all eat. But there are a few who eat at a different level. They eat for sport. They eat to win. Oysters, ribs, and the hot dog are consumed in mass quantities in only as few minutes. Entering this arena is Jason ‘Crazy Legs’ Conti. A long time fan, he inadvertently became a participant when he ate 34 dozen oysters in New Orleans and with that feat attracted the attention of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE), an actual organization. In this film, we see Conti training both physically and mentally to compete in the Kentucky Derby of competitive eating, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. To accompany this heart warming (or heart burning) story is an audio commentary with Mr. Crazy Legs Conti and the documentary directors and plenty of deleted scenes to satisfy your appetite. Click here to buy Crazy Legs Conti from Amazon.
Rated R – Republicans in Hollywood. When Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for the governorship of California, filmmaker Jesse Moss wanted to see if Arnold was an aberration, a Hollywood Republican. He found that there are plenty of people in the entertainment industry that cover the conservative spectrum from the libertarianism of Drew Carey to the pro-life activism of Patricia Heaton. Do conservatives get a fair shake in notoriously liberal Hollywood? Is there a reverse black list? Or does Hollywood really give a shit about your politics as long as you make money? Docurama gives the usual deluxe treatment by including deleted scenes and interview outtakes, an interview of Moss on NPR’s Leonard Lopate Show and biography of Moss. Click here to buy Rated R – Republicans in Hollywood from Amazon.
Written by: Jim Thomas & John Thomas
Directed by: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham
- Running audio commentary by director McTiernan
- Textual commentary compiled by film historian Eric Lichtenfeld
- Deleted scene
- Making-of docu
- Behind the scenes featurettes
- “Red suit” Predator effects shots
- Predator camouflage tests
- Photo gallery
- Predator profile
Released by: Fox
My Advice: Fans should own.
Written by: William Davies, William Osborne, Timothy Harris, and Herschel Weingrod
Directed by: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston, Chloe Webb, Bonnie Bartlett, David Caruso, and Heather Graham
Released by: Universal
Anamorphic: Alas, full frame only
My Advice: Skip it
Julius Benedict (Schwarzenegger) is the result of a genetics experiment. So is his twin brother, Vincent (DeVito). They were separated at birth. Julius was raised by a doctor on a remote island, and as such, he is incredibly smart, but not very streetwise. Vincent, on the other hand, was raised in an orphanage and has become quite good on the streets with little schooling at all. Julius is determined to find his long lost brother, so he makes his way to L.A. to look for him. He is not exactly ready for what he finds, but he loves his brother just the same.
Written by: James Cameron & William Wisher
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Joe Morton
- Special edition version of the film with sixteen additional minutes of footage
- Running audio commentary with director Cameron and co-writer Wisher
- “Extreme Interactive Mode” with text and graphic commentary and branching-off bits of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews
- No Feat But What We Make documentary on the FX and its legacy
- T2: On the Set montage of behind-the-scenes footage
- T2: High Definition, the complete theatrical version of the film, designed to be played on Windows Media 9 on your PC
- Infiltration Unit Simulator and T2 FX Studio
- Skynet Combat Chassis Designer game
Released by: Artisan
My Advice: Own it.
Written by: Andrew W. Marlowe
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger
My Advice: Wait for cable.
Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger) is a man with a problem. Not only is he depressed and suicidal, but he really wishes he could pull off the scene where he wants to kill himself as good as Mel Gibson did in Lethal Weapon, but he can’t–which makes him even more depressed. He only thought he was having a bad day, because his buddy and partner is Kevin Pollak, who immediately upstages him and continues to do so in pretty much every scene. To make matters worse, Satan comes to New York City looking for not only a good lay (Tunney) but also an actor worthy of playing him (Byrne), whom he promptly possesses. Then, for no particular reason, Cane and partner go to work protecting Byrne-Satan, and then leave their client and job to chase after a would-be assassin, again for no particular reason. And of course, this leads them into a world that they never knew existedâ€”action movie hell.