32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 25: Tales From the Crypt!

Tales From the Crypt

Ah, the EC Comics vein. No pun intended. There’s just something so satisfying about the normal plot structure of these stories, in which somebody winds up getting their just desserts. Or even unjust desserts, doesn’t much matter. For today’s 32 Days of Halloween entry, I’ve selected a couple of episodes for your dancing and dining pleasure. First up, “The Reluctant Vampire,” because anything that has both Malcolm McDowell and George Wendt in the cast is pretty much a shoo-in. Then we go to “Death of Some Salesmen” with another amazing cast: Ed Begley, Jr., Yvonne De Carlo (yes, Lily Munster) and Tim Curry thrice. How could you say no?

NOTE: Remember, this was an HBO series. So these episodes should be considered definitely NSFW. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:56+00:00 October 24th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 12: The Worst Witch

Tim Curry - Anything Can Happen on Halloween from The Worst Witch

Many are the Halloween specials that we’ve enjoyed during 32 Days of Halloween over the years. However, can any of them be as 80stastic as 1986’s The Worst Witch which aired multiple times on The Disney Channel? In the UK, the Jill Murphy book series spawned a TV series, a spinoff series and a sequel series (which starred Felicity Jones (Felicia Hardy from Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Una Stubbs (Mrs. Hudson in BBC’s Sherlock)). But here we received Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae and a very young and post-Return to Oz Fairuza Balk. We also got Tim Curry–and the song “Anything Can Happen on Halloween” has no doubt been seen (at least a bit of it) by everybody.

Even if you don’t watch the whole thing, you truly owe it to yourself to watch the first few minutes because 1) you’ll appreciate Hogwarts even more the next time you see and B) their method of bell-ringing is fan-tastic. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:03+00:00 October 11th, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Win The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Blu-Ray!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Blu-Ray

It’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show…hitting Blu-Ray from Fox. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the 35th anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon The Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Blu-ray Disc debut on October 19. The greatest cult film of all time and still in limited release, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest-running theatrical release in film history.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:20+00:00 October 15th, 2010|Contests|2 Comments

Win Will Shakespeare on DVD!

Will Shakespeare DVD cover art

Tim Curry as Shakespeare and Ian McShane as Marlowe? Yes, have some. It’s the Brit miniseries here across two discs and A&E has launched a spare copy our direction so we can, in turn, launch it at you. That is, if you’re the winner. To be the winner you must have your name drawn at random from the entries we receive. And we receive those entries by you using the form below. And you can use that form once a day. Nice, huh?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:08:33+00:00 December 16th, 2008|Contests|1 Comment

Anyone Want Some Luggage?

Luggage from Colour of Magic up for auction

Rox writes in to let us know that the Luggage is up for auction. Not just any luggage, though. The Luggage from Sky One’s adaptation of Colour of Magic. As I write this, it’s currently at £2,150. And if you know anything about the exchange rates these days, that means it’s roughly $10,000 in US currency. But the good news is that the Pratchett Nation continues its assault against Alzheimer’s, and 100% of the purchase price goes to Alzheimer’s research. Nice.

On a side note, some of you on this side of the pond might be saying: “Colour of Magic? Sky One? Eh?” Yes, apparently. Check out the official site with the trailer. David Jason, Sean Astin, Tim Curry and Christopher Lee as the voice of Death. Wow, Christopher Lee as Death. What great casting. That airs on Easter in the UK.

As Ken says after watching the trailer, it’s possible to do a completely faithful TV adaptation of Hitchhiker’s Guide. Somebody get on that, would you?
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By | 2017-09-24T23:21:09+00:00 March 16th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

Gargoyles: The Complete First Season (1994) – DVD Review

Gargoyles Season 1 DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by Cary Bates, Lydia Marano, Gary Sperling, and Len Wein
Directed by Saburo Hashimoto, Yeun Young San, and Kazuro Terada
Starring the Voices of Keith David, Salli Richardson, Jonathan Frakes, Ed Asner, Marina Sirtis, Bill Fagerbakke, John Rhys-Davies, Jim Cummings, Michael Dorn, and Tim Curry

Features:

  • Running audio commentary of the first five episodes by creator and producer Greg Weisman, co-producer Frank Paur, and actor David
  • The Gathering of the Gargoyles Featurette
  • Original show pitch

Released by: Disney DVD
Rating: NR (some mild cartoon violence)
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Nope, it was made for TV

My Advice: Skip it

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By | 2017-09-24T23:46:58+00:00 April 26th, 2006|Reviews|7 Comments

Legend (1985) – DVD Review

Legend DVD

Film:
DVD:

Written by William Hjortsberg
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten

Features:

  • Running audio commentary by director Scott
  • Director’s cut version of the film
  • “Lost scenes”
  • Bryan Ferry music video
  • Photo gallery

Released by: Universal.
Rating: NR; though it’s not much more intense than the original version, which was PG.
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Nice, but why wouldn’t you just get the Ultimate 2-disc edition?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:57:38+00:00 June 14th, 2005|Reviews|6 Comments

Annie (1982) – DVD Review

Annie DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Carol Sobieski, based on the stage play by Thomas Meehan, which was in turn based on the comic strip by Harold Gray
Directed by: John Huston
Starring: Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry

Features:

  • Music video: “It’s a Hard Knock Life” by Play
  • Trivia game
  • Sing-along and act-along features
  • “My Hollywood Adventure with Aileen Quinn” featurette
  • Trailers

Released by: Columbia Tristar
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: Nope; fullscreen only.

My Advice: Wait for a real version.

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By | 2017-09-25T00:00:43+00:00 February 29th, 2004|DVD Reviews|0 Comments

The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990) – DVD Review

The Wall: Live in Berlin DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Roger Waters
Directed by: Ken O’Neil & Roger Waters
Original Music and Lyrics by Robert Ezrin, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters & Richard Wright
Starring: Roger Waters, Bryan Adams, The Band, Paul Carrack, Tim Curry, Thomas Dolby, Marianne Faithfull, Albert Finney, James Galway, Jerry Hall, The Hooters, Cyndi Lauper, Ute Lemper, Joni Mitchell, Paddy Moloney, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor & The Scorpions

Features:

  • Making of documentary
  • Unseen footage
  • Animation sequences
  • Still gallery

Released by: Universal Music
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Rent it; Floyd fans should own.

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By | 2009-02-10T03:54:13+00:00 July 24th, 2003|Music, Reviews|0 Comments

Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) – DVD Review

Beauty and the Beast:  The Enchanted Christmas

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Flip Kobler, Cindy Marcus, Bill Motz and Bob Roth
Directed by: Andy Knight
Starring: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, Haley Joel Osment, Paul Reubens and Angela Lansbury

Features:

  • Music Video for “As Long as There’s Christmas” by PLAY
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Forte’s Challenge Game
  • Enchanted Environment–fireplace feature
  • Disney’s Song Selection

Released by: Buena Vista Home Video
Region: 1
Rating: G
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Buy it if you have kids, otherwise, skip it

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By | 2011-06-18T09:00:10+00:00 December 1st, 2002|Reviews|1 Comment