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Terrible DVD/Blu-ray Cover Art

Here’s one for one of my favorite films:

Not sure why this exists. The cover is a reference to the character Ash’s job as a supermarket employee, so it looks like it was packaged into a brown paper bag. This DVD is essentially a re-release of the limited Director’s Cut edition of the film and THAT DVD looks like this:

As far as I can tell, the DVD image of the Official Bootleg edition is identical to the original Director’s Cut. Same features, same DVD menu and the film starts up right away skipping the menu, although the DVD label is designed to resemble a DVD-R. You can observe that the “hardwritten” back cover is replicating the back of the original Director’s Cut release, and you can even see at the top of of the OB edition where the top parts of the DC DVD are showing. As well, the chapter titles DVD insert resembles a handwritten shopping list torn from a note pad, whereas the DC insert is more traditional.

It’s clear that this was re-released because the DC DVD were a limited run (the image above shows 5,000 copies, but my copy shows that there were at least 40,000 made), but I don’t understand why change the packaging design. On one hand, it’s a neat little novelty release. On the other, as a kid (and today) I always thought the original DC DVD looked way cooler than the OB edition and it was EXTRA cool that the plastic case itself was gold coloured as opposed to the standard black, so my perception was that the copy we had was low rent, which I guess was what they were going for by making a bootleg aesthetic part of it’s design.

But, as an adult I possess both versions, so I have no reason to complain anymore.

The Unpopular Film and TV Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)

CourtlyHades296 said:

The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut look better in 1.33:1 than they do in 1.78:1.

My only issue with The Shining in 1.33:1 is the visible helicopter shadow in the film’s opening. Then again, the overhead helicopter rotor is visible in the last shot of the opening on the blu-ray version. But I, too, enjoy those films in “full-frame” format.

Ranking the Star Wars films
  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. Return of the Jedi
  3. The Last Jedi
  4. A New Hope
  5. The Force Awakens
  6. Revenge of the Sith
  7. The Rise of Skywalker
  8. The Phantom Menace
  9. Attack of the Clones

The 3 and 4 spots are neck and neck for me, as are 7 and 8. I’m not entirely sure where the Star Wars Stories film would land. Could be between 4 and 5 or 5 and 6, can’t really say definitively.

The Unpopular Film and TV Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)

Anakin Starkiller said:

In response to the previous post, I think Batman Returns is a masterpiece whereas '89 is forgettable and took away everything that made the Joker interesting.

As for Harry Potter, I think my opinion is actually quite unpopular in that I think the films got much worse as they went along. Columbus’s films were fantastic, Cuaron and Newell’s work was pretty good (although I do take issue with some changes Cuaron brought to the table and Yates took to the extreme), and the Yates films are a fucking embarrassment. Seriously, you can’t see shit, and the plots are sleep-inducing relative to what came before. Having not read the books, I don’t how much of that was down to Rowling and how much to Kloves and Goldenberg, but it lacked all the mystery and fantasy of earlier entries, settling for being just another YA trilogy, right down to splitting the last book in half.

Oh and the composers only accentuate this gradual downward spiral. We go from the living legend John Williams to bottom of the barrel composer Alexandre Desplat, with appropriately decent composers in between.

Yeah, you aren’t the first to tell me I’m wrong about those Batman films. To each their own, 'suppose.

And, is the general consensus that the Harry Potter films get better as they go along? I feel like the series peaked with Year 3 and was quite hit or miss after that point.

I think the first two were fairly decent kids movies, 3 was the one that was actually a very, very good film and the rest sort of meld together in my mind as either mostly forgettable or not very good at all. A huge problem I have is that the first 6 film are all primarily set in the same location of Hogwarts and that makes it very difficult to even remember which movies are which.

The Unpopular Film and TV Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)

DuracellEnergizer said:

Feature-length hardcore porn is pointless. Nobody watches this stuff for the plot.

I watch Caligula for the plot. Although that’s half a hardcore porno, half a real film, so I don’t know if that counts.

Here’s a few I have.

-Temple of Doom is the best of the Indy franchise
-Return of the Jedi is superior to A New Hope
-Eyes Wide Shut is a brilliant film and should be classified as a masterpiece along with the rest of Kubrick’s
-Death Proof is Tarantino’s highly underrated film of his filmography and deserves much more respect than it gets
-David Lynch’s Dune and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me are unfairly dunked upon (on FWWM, I don’t know how much public
opinion has changed over the years, but it was hated upon release and I consider it to be excellent)
-Harry Potter is an overrated franchise. Not bad, but people considering them to be up there with Star Wars and LotR is
a little silly
-Ju-On (The Grudge) is a top-shelf horror franchise (at least for the first 4 Japanese and first 2 American installments)
-Tim Burton films generally stink. His best work are typically ones where his identity shows the least like Ed Wood,
Batman '89 (not Returns) and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

<em>Star Wars: The Clone Wars</em> To Return With New Episodes

Anchorhead said:

I just looked through an episode guide. That’s the episode I was referencing. He was tolerable. I think the animation helps too. He doesn’t look so idiotic. Like you said, he’s also not shown as a complete idiot.

Honestly, watching that episode almost made me forget how much I despise that character. So, props to Dave Filoni, director Justin Ridge & writer Julie Siege for making me hate him a bit less.

Episode 8, The Bombad Jedi episode can be tossed in the garbage can for all I care though, lol. Really bad episode.

<em>Star Wars: The Clone Wars</em> To Return With New Episodes

Anchorhead said:

I have a bit of a prequel cringe every other episode or so, but nothing that has diminished how interesting and engaging this is. As I said earlier, I made the decision to make peace with that and just watch & enjoy. This is much deeper than what I vaguely remember from Phantom. The voice acting is considerably better than the Lucas films. Hats off to all who voiced the characters.

I will say at the outset: It was primarily the animation that drew me in, but I’m finding myself quite interested in the characters and storylines. I did skip episode 8 because I saw in the info paragraph that is was a Jar Jar episode. Sorry, I’m just not there yet.

That would be a few episodes later when he’s a peripheral comic relief character. To be clear, he’s still childish relief, but he was somehow less offensive than the idiotic portrayal in Phantom. I think it was the voice actor or the writing. Probably both. Plus he was used sparingly.

Jar-Jar can be every bit as annoying in this show as in EP I. However, season 1, episode 12 shows the character at his least annoying and most competent, so I’d say that one is probably worth watching.

The Rise of Skywalker: Ascendant

If I could weigh in with my 2 cents on Vader’s Castle in the opening scene. If the goal is to clearly establish the scene as being set on Mustafar, I don’t think including that shot is warranted. I believe that if the ‘Vader’s helmet’ scene is moved up to the start of the film, along with new volcanic establishing shots, people who are familiar with previous films would easily discern the planet on which the scene is set. I reckon that showing Vader’s Castle would come off as “hand-holding”. Not only that, it would be an establishing shot for a place that isn’t where the scene is actually set and might actually be confusing in different way.

Sorry if some of these points have already been covered here. Still, I feel using Vader’s castle isn’t the best choice here… and yes, I’m a sucker for canon, so I felt extra incentivized to share my thoughts on this.

There’s my two pennies, spend 'em how you will.

<em>Star Wars: The Clone Wars</em> To Return With New Episodes

DominicCobb said:

Cthulhunicron said:

So padme is supposed to already be 8-9 months pregnant when we first see her in ROTS?

Yes and I believe this has always been the case.

But does this make any sense? If she was that pregnant, would her reveal be necessary? Wouldn’t Anakin know when he picks her up during that spinning hug he gives her? Could they even do that safely with her in that condition? Can anybody explain this? If George’s intention was that, yes, ROTS is set over the course of about a week, then I don’t see the need to blame The Clone Wars for this as I initially was. If not, well, I’d like somebody to explain all this weirdness to me or at least let me know who’s to blame.

Your DVD Collection

Gonna jump on here, as I love lists, physical media and collections in general:


007 Collection - Sean Connery Vol. 1 [feat. Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger]
1408 (2-Disk Collector’s Edition)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Alien (20th Anniversary Edition)
Aliens (Special Edition)
American Dad - Vol. 1 & 4
American Gangster (3-Disk Collector’s Edition)
American Hustle
Archer: Season 1-9
Army of Darkness [“barebones” 1998 release]
Army of Darkness: Director’s Cut
Army of Darkness: Director’s Cut (Official Bootleg Edition)
Army of Darkness: Screwhead Edition
Ash Vs. Evil Dead - Season 1-3
Atomic Blonde
Beavis & Butthead: The Complete Collection [“complete”, sure]
Better Call Saul - Season 1
Blair Witch
The Big 4: Live From Sofia Bulgaria
The Big Lebowski (10th Anniversary Edition)
The Brak Show - Vol 1
Breaking Bad: The Complete Series
Burn After Reading
Casino (Special Edition)
Caligula (The Imperial Edition)
The Cinema Snob: The Best of Vol 1
The Cinema Snob: Nudies, Rudies & Crudies
The Cinema Snob: Unerotic Fantasies
The Cinema Snob: Punches Nazis
Clerks (10th Anniversary Edition)
Clerks Uncensored [The Animated Series]
Clint Eastwood: Western Icon Collection [feat. High Plains Drifter, Joe Kidd, Two Mules For Sister Sara]
Cowboy Bebop: Remix
Conan: The Complete Quest [or, The Franchise Collection, feat. Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer]
Curb Your Enthusiasm - Season 1
The Dark Knight Trilogy
Dead Silence
Delocated - Season 1 & 2
Devin Townsend: By a Thread
Donnie Darko
Don’t Breathe
Dogma: Special Edition
Dragon Ball - Seasons 1, 2 & 5
Dragon Ball Z - Seasons 1-9
Dragon Ball Z - Double Feature [steelbook feat. The History of Trunks & Bardock: Father of Goku]
Dragon Ball Z - Movie Collection 1 [feat. The Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, Tree of Might, Lord Slug & Cooler’s
Dragon Ball GT - Season 1
Dragon Ball Super: Broly
Dumb and Dumber: Unrated
Eddie Murphy: Delirious
Eddie Murphy: Raw
Elvira’s Box of Horror [feat. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Carnival of Souls, Dementia 13, House on Haunted Hill, The
Little Shop of Horrors & Night of the Living Dead]
The Evil Dead: Book of the Dead Edition
The Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition
Evil Dead 2 [2000 release]
Evil Dead 2: Book of the Dead Edition
Family Guy: Vol. 1 & 2
First Blood
The Fog [1979]
Friday The 13th 8-Film Collection [feat. Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part II, Friday the 13th 3D, Friday the 13th
the Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part
VII: The New Blood & Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan]
Game of Thrones - Season 1-7
The Grudge (Unrated Extended Director’s Cut)
The Grudge 2 (Unrated Director’s Cut) [Bestbuy Steelbook]
Hardcore Henry
Highlander [Extended Cut]
Insidious Trilogy [feat. Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 & Insidious: Chapter 3]
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 & and A Very Sunny Christmas
Jackass: Complete TV and Movie Collection
Jason 2-Movie Collection [feat. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday & Jason X]
Jingle All the Way [Theatrical and Extended Director’s Cuts]
John Wick
John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
Killing Them Softly
Kung Fu Hustle
The Last House On the Left: Unrated [1972]
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Special Extended DVD Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended DVD Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Special Extended DVD Edition)
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mallrats: 10th Anniversary Extended Edition
Mass Effect: Paragon Lost
The Matrix: Ultimate Collection [feat. The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions & The Animatrix]
Metalocalypse - Seasons 1-4
Metallica: Cliff ‘Em All!
Metallica: A Year and a Half In the Life of… parts 1 & 2
Metallica: Cunning Stunts
Metallica: S&M
Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004
Metallica: Orgullo, Pasión, y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México
Night of the Demons [1987]
A Nightmare On Elm Street 8-Movie Collection [feat. A Nightmare On Elm Street, A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s
Revenge, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, A Nightmare On
Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Freddy Vs. Jason]
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2-Disk Special Edition)
One Missed Call [Original Japanese Version]
Once Upon a Time In America (Extended Director’s Cut)
Opeth: Lamentations (Special Edition)
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Outlaw Star: Anime Legends Complete Collection
Pulse [Original Japanese Version]
Ring [Original Japanese Version]
Ring 2 [Original Japanese Version]
Ring 0 / Spiral Double Feature
The Ring Two (Unrated Edition) [I regret buying this one]
Rocky: 6-Film Collection [feat. Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V & Rocky Balboa]
Creed & Creed II: 2-Film Collection
The Room
Saw: 7-Movie Collection [feat. Saw, Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI & Saw: The Final Chapter]
The Silence of the Lambs (2-Disk Collector’s Edition)
Sin City
Spider-Man (Special Edition)
Spider-Man 2 (Special Edition)
Spider-Man 3 (Special Edition)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (The Director’s Edition)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Special Collector’s Edition)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (Special Collector’s Edition)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Collector’s Edition)
Star Trek Generations (Special Collector’s Edition)
The Simpsons - Season 6 [Homer Head Edition]
Strapping Young Lad: For Those Aboot To Rock - Live At the Commodore
The Three Stooges: The Complete DVD Collection
Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks
Tenacious D In The Pick of Destiny
Terminator 2: Extreme DVD (Extended Cut)
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! - Season 1
Tom and Jerry: Spotlight Collection - Vol 1 & 2
Trigun: The Complete Series
Triple Terror Collection [feat. It (1990), The Shining (1997) & Salem’s Lot (2004)]
The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy [feat. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz & The World’s End]
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2-Disk Extended Edition)
The Whitest Kids U’ Know - Seasons 1 & 2
The Wolf of Wall Street
Yu Yu Hakusho - Season 1-4
Xavier: Renegade Angel - Seasons 1 & 2


2001: A Space Odyssey
Army of Darkness [Scream Factory Steelbook]
Ash Vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Collection
Barry Lyndon (Criterion Collection)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Blade Runner 2049
Devin Townsend Presents The Retinal Circus
Django Unchained
Doctor Sleep [Theatrical and Director’s Cuts]
Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters - parts 1, 2 & 3
The Evil Dead
Evil Dead [2-Disk feat. theatrical & unrated cuts]
Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition
George Carlin: Commemorative Collection
The Godfather: The Complete Epic 1901 - 1959 [Bootleg]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly [Kino Lorber release]
The Hateful Eight
The Haunting of Hill House [Extended Director’s Cut]
It Follows [steelbook]
The Raid Collection [feat, The Raid: Redemption & The Raid 2]
The Shining
Star Wars [Despecialized Bootleg]
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back [Despecialized Bootleg]
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi [Despecialized Bootleg]
Steven Wilson: Grace For Drowning [5.1 Mix Album]
Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
Twin Peaks: The Complete Mystery
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer [Bootleg]
Twin Peaks: The Limited Event Series
The Vengeance Trilogy [feat. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy & Lady Vengeance

Game of Thrones Redeemed

I’m interested in seeing this, but I’ll have to wait and purchase the season 8 DVD before I feel OK about requesting a link. 😃

I didn’t hate the final 2 seasons like others did, though I admit they were the worst of the series. However, George’s novels will always be the bible to me, whereas Game of Thrones felt fanfictiony to me in the 2nd half, so I don’t mind watching a version of the final seasons that don’t match Dan and Dave’s vision of the ending.

I’m very much looking forward to checking out your edit in the near future.

The ‘Custom Special Edition’ That Almost Wasn’t, But Then Was

nightstalkerpoet said:

An alternate Audio track would be cool with it in tact if possible. It’s not perfect, but it helps tie in Padme- this line change feels like the start of his transformation, drawing out memories.

I’ve always liked the first “No” as Vader picks up the Emperor. Obviously not the scream, but it feels like he’s finally broken through the fog. People that are fighting an alternate personality almost always access voice control first.

I, too, like the first “no”. Even though it felt like it really doesn’t belong, the idea of it works for me. It’s the 2nd, ROTS-style, bellowing “NOOOOO!!!” that totally ruins it.

TFA: A Gentle Restructure

Hal 9000 said:

I’ll leave Han tossing the guy to the rathtar.

Here’s the ‘no look’ shot with an added surprised ‘huh’. I’m not sure it works as well as I pictured. Maybe I’m missing something. I’m leaning toward leaving this shot out, as in V3.

Would it be possible to create a reaction shot? I feel like the ‘huh’ would work alot better with a brief reaction shot of Han. With something as short and simple as ‘huh’ you wouldn’t even need a shot with his lips moving