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One Blu(ray) to Rule Them All Vol.2: A Fish Called Wanda (Arrow Video) Vs. A Fish Called Wanda (Fox/MGM)

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A Fish Called Wanda is a film that has not aged well. The comedy falls flat most of the time, and the stuff that does work isn't worth watching the whole film for. The actors in the film are wonderful and are giving it their all, but the film just drags along.




THE FEATURES 

Arrow Video ⭐⭐⭐             Fox/MGM ⭐⭐⭐


Commentary by John Cleese

John Cleese's First Farewell Performance (48m 3s, SD, 1.33:1)

This 1988 documentary was shot during the filming of A Fish Called Wanda and features a lot of behind the scenes footage, something that is sorely lacking on this disc. Cleese, along with his co-stars Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Kline all sit down for semi serious interviews about the film and working with each other. This is the type of documentary that was made back in the day and I wish that companies would put out more like this rather than sound bite featurettes.

Something Fishy (30m 32s, SD, 1.33:1)

For the film's 15th Anniversary, Fox and MGM put together a ni…

We've Adopted Satan. Problem Child (Universal) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

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Problem Child is a film that is a kids film, but really isn't. This is a dark film with many jokes that will fly over children's heads, but I think that is what makes the film funnier than a normal kids film. Lots of laughs are here and Michael Oliver, who plays Junior, is really good.

There's A Whole Lifetime Of Nightmares: Equinox (Criterion) DVD Review + Screenshots

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Equinox...The Journey into the Supernatural isn't the best film out there, but it is a strong film with some great looking, homebrewed special effects that were created with love and for the craft. Equinox (1970) is a film re edited and added to without very much care nor talent. It is a fairly hollow experience.



The Rocky Horror Picture Show of This Millennium: Repo! The Genetic Opera Film Review

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Has there ever been a time where you see a movie preview and say that you will never, ever see that movie? This happened to me with Repo! The Genetic Opera When I first saw the preview for this movie, I thought it looked terrible. Then I heard that the movie is an opera, which means that all the dialogue is sung, and I was sure that it was going to be a bad movie. But something happened. I watched the movie. And you what? I loved it.


The movie stars Alexa Vega as Shiloh, a girl who has a terrible heart condition and has to stay indoors all the time. While visiting her mother's tomb (she has to wear a gas mask to go there), she walks out of the tomb and gets locked out. She discovers that there is an entire world outside of her house that she never knew. During the course of the movie she will find out a lot of things, especially about her past, that she did not know.

Grave-Robber: Zydrate comes in a little glass vial!
Shilo Wallace: A little glass vial?
Dancer, Dancer, Dancer: A lit…

You Want To Clean Out The Streets? I AM The Streets: Exterminator 2 (Shout! Factory) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

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The original Exterminator film was a down and dirty exploitation film that didn't pull any punches and introduced us to the wonders of the flamethrower (amongst other things) Exterminator 2 brings back the star of the first film, but doesn't have any of the charm of the first film.



What Did That Duck Ever Do To You? Don't Torture A Duckling (Arrow Video) Blu-ray Review + Screenshots

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Some call Don't Torture A Duckling a "masterpiece". Lucio Fulci considers it his favorite of his films, but I can't say that I agree. Sure, the film is expertly made with a few scenes that hit really hard, but I can't say that it is Fulci's best film or even a "masterpiece". I still think that The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a better film, but that is not to say that this is a bad film. It is a good film. Just not a "masterpiece".

Don't Worry. You Are In The Right Place

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For that last year or so, I have been trying to find a look for this site that appeases not only me, but my readers as well. I have gone through many different templates and they either (1) didn't meet my criteria or (2) they didn't work the way that I wanted them to. This made me mad because I found some templates that would have worked incredibly well here, but for one of the reasons stated above, they just didn't.

That is until I found the template that you are experiencing now. I know that a change of template can cost me readers, but I know that they will be back. I needed something that I was ok with looking at all the time. I needed something that looked nice and didn't make this site look like hot garbage.

I hope that you like the template and the new look to the site. I worked hard finding the right one and, know that I have, I am happier than I was.

Thank you for listening,

Jimmy P




Favorite Import Blu-rays and a DVD

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One Blu (ray) to Rule Them All: The Quatermass Xperiment (Kino Lorber) Vs. The Quatermass Xperiment (Shock Entertainment)

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In a new feature here at The Big Movie House, we take a look at two different blu-ray releases of the same film. In this case we are taking a look at The Quatermass Xperiment, specifically the Kino Lorber release (U.S.) from 2014 and the Shock Entertainment (Aus) from 2013. How do they stack up?