Stuff You Need to Know, Monday, November 10, 2008

On some sites, each of these snippets would be an entire 500 word post. We don’t have time for that crap and neither do you. Enjoy.

  • A Happy Days musical? Apparently so. And apparently it’s been around since 2006. If you want to see a review of the latest incarnation, check it out here. And I found a commercial for it with some bits.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Did he say “kickass”? Is that allowed?

  • Well apparently they got what they wanted: Djimon Hounsou will voice the Black Panther in the BET/Marvel animated series. They still haven’t come to their senses and used a decent storyline to adapt, however. Christopher Priest or nothing, folks. I’m sorry, but that’s how it goes. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:10:07+00:00 November 10th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Headsup: Rambo, Bond and Callahan

    An ongoing attempt to make sense of the onslaught of new swag that people want you to buy. Should you? I’ll try and help.

    Rambo Complete Collector\'s Set DVD Cover Art
    Rambo Box Set Blu-Ray Cover Art

    So, lots of Rambo to talk about. First, the Complete Collector’s Set in its collectible tin that’s got a bigass knife on it and thus Siege keeps being distracted by it. When you open the tin, you’ve got a normal boxed set fold-out thing inside with all the discs–all six of them. It’s a bit odd that the fold-out thing is a bit shorter than the tin, so I wouldn’t, you know, shake it back and forth…but why would you do that unless you were writing a headsup about it? Anyway, the first three films come in their Ultimate Edition incarnations, so there’s nothing new there. What is new is the second half of the set: the fourth film, the fourth film’s second disc (which amounts to a digital copy), and the sixth disc which is, from what I can see, the bits from the Special Editions of the first trilogy (that HTQ4 reviewed for us here). The fourth film’s bonus bits are a commentary with Stallone, deleted scenes, and scads of featurettes. It’s not a bad haul, actually. In fact, this boxed set is pretty complete. If you did not buy the previous Special Edition boxed set, then you’re fine getting just the fourth film if you want a complete array of stuff. However, if you don’t have the series and want it, this is not a bad way to snag it all. As I write this, it’s $37 on Amazon, which is about $7 a disc (not counting the digital copy). (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

    Next up, the Blu-Ray flavored original trilogy. Whereas you can buy the whole shebang in one fell swoop above, the fourth film is available on Blu-Ray separately. Not sure why this is, they didn’t exactly ping me for my opinion when they planned all this. Regardless, this appears to be the previous three films just reswizzled on Blu-Ray. It’s not a bad deal if you’re looking to swap out your regular DVD set for this one–the first film comes with two commentaries, one with Stallone, and the second and third films each have a director’s commentary on them. Each film also comes with a featurette or documentary. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:17+00:00 July 1st, 2008|Headsup|3 Comments

    Win Rambo: The Complete Collector’s Set on DVD!

    Rambo: The Complete Collectors Set DVD Cover Art

    Okay, this massive set from Lionsgate is here: all four movies, brimming with splode, in a metal case. Six discs in all. Twenty bonus features. And the fourth film has a digital copy which you can throw on your iTunes/iPod or Windows media something or other. You crazy kids and your technology.

    Anyway, I’ve got three of these things just sitting here when they’d rather be won by somebody. So enter–and enter once a day–and you might snag a copy for your very own. Huzzah.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:17:40+00:00 June 11th, 2008|Contests|2 Comments

    Win the Rambo Box Set on Blu-Ray!

    Rambo 1-3 Box Set on Blu-Ray Cover Art

    First Blood is a classic action thriller. Rambo is an icon of kickass. Throw his first three movies into a boxed set of hi-def Blu-Ray goodness and what do you get? A contest. Where we have not two, but three copies of this set to hurl at your craniums. So if you want to win First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III on Blu-Ray from Lionsgate, then enter. And don’t just enter–enter once a day.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:18:31+00:00 May 28th, 2008|Contests|2 Comments

    Rambo 3 (1988) – Special Edition DVD Review

    Rambo 3 Special Edition DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Sheldon Lettich & Sylvester Stallone
    Directed by: Peter MacDonald
    Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge, Kurtwood Smith, Spiros Focás

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with director MacDonald
    • Documentary: “Afghanistan: Land in Crisis”
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew info
    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Artisan
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Skip it.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:02:39+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    First Blood (1982) – DVD Review

    First Blood DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim & Sylvester Stallone, based on the novel by David Morrell
    Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
    Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with author Morrell
    • Documentary: “Drawing First Blood: Creating John Rambo: 20 Years Later”
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew info
    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Artisan
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Rent it.

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    By | 2017-09-25T00:02:48+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    Rambo: First Blood, Part 2 (1985) – DVD Review

    Rambo: First Blood, Part 2 Special Edition DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written by: James Cameron & Sylvester Stallone
    Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
    Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson-Soul

    Features:

    • Running audio commentary with director Cosmatos
    • Documentary: “We Get to Win This Time: The Rambo: Phenomenon”
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew info
    • Theatrical trailer

    Released by: Artisan
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: Yes

    My Advice: Skip it.

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    By | 2011-05-11T13:54:17+00:00 December 7th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments

    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) – Movie Review

    Spy Kids 3D: Game Over poster

    Written & Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
    Starring: Daryl Sabara, Alexa Vega, Sylvester Stallone, Ricardo Montalban, Courtney Jines

    My Advice: Matinee

    Juni Cortez (Sabara) is no longer an OSS operative. He’s a bitter ex-agent gumshoe, though, doing freelance investigation work and dodging calls from the OSS to come back. However, they can be very persuasive, especially when they call in the President (George Clooney) to get Juni back on the case–and especially when said case involves his sister (Vega) being in trouble. She’s gone into a virtual reality world to shut down the evil plans of the diabolical Toymaker (Stallone)…and been trapped there. Juni has to go in, shut down the VR world, save his sister and derail the Toymaker…all within twelve hours.

    Let me tell you straight up with this flick isn’t. It’s not your typical spy flick, and it’s an entirely different animal from the rest of the series. First of all, the focus is on Sabara’s character, with cameos from pretty much everybody and his brother Bob. You get him, Vega, the kids in the VR world, and Montalban and Stallone–which by itself is such a strange concoction, it demands to be seen. Even their parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino) are reduced to cameos.

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    By | 2011-08-06T11:32:13+00:00 July 27th, 2003|Reviews|0 Comments