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Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 02:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's weird that he dissatisfied with the original cut/version/whatever. it was critically lauded and hugely popular at the time, certainly one of my favorite spielberg films.

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know, mine too!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

the dvd/blu-ray has all of the various cuts btw so it's not like a star wars scenario

I cannot host as my wife hates Walker (latebloomer), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, ET, too, has both versions on it.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think we have an old dvd editon, never upgraded to a blu-version

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

if you have the older dvd, then it's probably Spielberg's hybrid cut, which is pretty close to the original cut with some of the special edition scenes spliced in (minus the "inside the ship" scene).

iirc before the movie was on dvd the only version available for many years was the special edition.

I cannot host as my wife hates Walker (latebloomer), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

and it made the same stupid mistake that Super 8 made in its shonky ending. I DON'T WANT TO SEE INSIDE THE SHIP if you don't know how to end the bloody movie. That's not an exciting thing that needs to happen if the story's pretty much over with. It's like, "uh guys we've still got 20 minutes of movie left to fill in, whaddya wanna do? I dunno. Show em inside the ship maybe?" So dumb.

I don't quite get this...? Super 8 never showed us the inside of the ship (since SPOILER! SPOILER! it literally ended with the ship being put together and flying away). The alien itself was only properly shown in the finale though, but that was necessary to establish the connection between it and the kid (since SPOILER! the big theme in the movie was forgiveness, and the connection between helped the alien to forgive the human race and move on), because in the end Super 8 wasn't a horror movie but an E.T. variation. I agree with your point in general, but I don't see how Super 8 is an example.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

the most unrealistic part of this movie is that MacReady would waste both good liquor and his only friend/source of entertainment in the opening. although maybe he has a huge stockpile of booze and back-up Chess Wizard computers in his shack, wouldn't put it past him.

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Thursday, 1 November 2012 15:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

childs is such a fascinating and singular character. definitely holding the place of the "#2" in the film and meant to be on par w/macready in strength and conviction and technically an ally in the "action film" sense but also spending much of the film diametrically opposed to macready and his theories. i recognize this stems from the crushing paranoia of the film but in probably most other hands childs would be macready's bff and would stand fast with him every step of the way, and also he'd probably die 2/3rds of the way in.

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 23:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

in most other movies childs would be the first guy killed why because he's black

Welcome to my world of proses (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 23:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Both black guys in this movie last until the final reel, which is kind of amazing. Not to mention that there are two black guys to begin with.

Gollum: "Hot, Ready and Smeagol!" (Phil D.), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 23:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

also two jittery dudes
two assholes
two paranoid scientists

christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 23:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

which is kind of amazing

it's def anamolous for the time

Welcome to my world of proses (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 January 2013 23:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

John Carpenter was always pretty good about giving prominent roles to women and non-white actors.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 January 2013 23:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

did the 'stoned/ hippie-ish/ paranoid-conspiracy guy with messy hair invariably wearing denim and maybe headphones' stereotype begin with this film? seems that character is in loads of sci-fi films after; notably The Abyss, Minority Report, the Solaris remake etc. is there a word for this 'type'? there should be. they all have shades of Oddball from Kelly's Heroes i suppose.

piscesx, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 06:44 (7 months ago) Permalink

hiya

imagine Brigadoons (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 08:41 (7 months ago) Permalink

Silent Running is from 1972

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 15:45 (7 months ago) Permalink

The Crying of Lot 49 and the Illuminatus! trilogy are the literary antecedents, but I think Patient Zero for this is post-JFK assassination Lenny Bruce

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 4 September 2013 20:49 (7 months ago) Permalink

those aren't really film referents

what's up ugly girls? (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 20:54 (7 months ago) Permalink

there was a solid Thing reference in the crossword i did today

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2013 21:15 (7 months ago) Permalink


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