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Beyond the Door, a review by addicted2dvd


     Beyond the Door: Uncut Version (1974/Italy)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Code Red, BCI Eclipse
Director:Ovidio G. Assonitis [O. Hellman], R. Barrett
Writing:Ovidio G. Assonitis [O. Hellman] (Original Material By), Antonio Troiso (Original Material By), Ovidio G. Assonitis [O. Hellman] (Screenwriter), Antonio Troiso (Screenwriter), R. Barrett (Screenwriter)
Length:108 min.
Rating:Unrated
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital: 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles:None

Stars:
Juliet Mills as Jessica Barrett
Gabriele Lavia as Robert Barrett
Richard Johnson as Dimitri
Nino Segurini as Dr. George Staton
Elisabeth Turner as Barbara Staton
Barbara Fiorini as Gail Barrett

Plot:
Jessica Barrett lives a blissful life in San Francisco. With two kids, a record exec husband and a baby on the way, life is pretty full. But when she finds out that her new baby belongs to the Prince of Darkness, she becomes a demonically possessed beast. Her ex-boyfriend, Dimitri, a Satan worshipper, must sacrifice her child in order to renew his own twisted existence.

Extras:
  • Scene Access
  • Audio Commentary
  • Feature Trailers
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Featurettes
  • Gallery
  • Interviews
  • Introduction by Lee Christian and Juliet Mills


My Thoughts:
This DVD release has 2 versions of the movie (on separate discs)... one is the uncut version... the other the "US Theatrical Version." I watched the uncut version today. This is a pretty good movie. I enjoyed it well enough. Though there was some slow spots through-out and some strange things as well. But I definitely think it is worth checking out. I have to say... going by the trailer I did expect more from it then what I got. But that isn't surprising... they normally pick a lot of the best parts to show in the trailer. The release has a nice selection of extras as well... but out of those all I watched was the trailer and the Introduction by Lee Christian and Juliet Mills. I had to chuckle at Juliet Mills in the introduction... as she confused The Omen for The Exorcist when trying to make a comparison to this movie.


My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Last Chance Horror on August 11th, 2012)

Member's Reviews

Bull Durham, a review by Antares


Bull Durham





Year: 1988
Film Studio: Orion Pictures, Mount Company
Genre: Sports, Comedy, Romance
Length: 108 Min.

Director
Ron Shelton (1945)

Writing
Ron Shelton (1945)...Written By

Producer
Mark Burg
Charles Hirschhorn
David V. Lester
Thom Mount (1948)

Cinematographer
Bobby Byrne

Music
Michael Convertino (1953)...Composer

Stars
Kevin Costner (1955) as Crash Davis
Susan Sarandon (1946) as Annie Savoy
Tim Robbins (1958) as Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
Trey Wilson (1948) as Joe Riggins
Robert Wuhl (1951) as Larry Hockett
William O'Leary (1957) as Jimmy
David Neidorf as Bobby
Danny Gans (1956) as Deke

Review
       The late eighties saw the release of some of the best sports movies ever made. In a span of five years Hoosiers, The Natural, Eight Men Out, Field of Dreams, Major League and Bull Durham were released to both critical and box office success. What separates these five films from their predecessors is the use of actors who actually had athletic ability, although one could make the case that Robert Redford was a little too old to play Roy Hobbs in The Natural. Tim Robbins may have been a little too gangly and awkward to portray an up and coming pitching prodigy, but his quirky and off-kilter approach to the role made up for any physical shortcomings associated with his performance. On the other hand, Kevin Costner was a one-time baseball prospect in his youth, and it shows. His fluid swing and the ease of his baseball gamesmanship give the film an air of credibility to the countless sports fans that this film is targeted to. Long gone are the days of an Anthony Perkins, Ray Milland or William Bendix portraying baseball players that look like they haven’t been on a playing field in over twenty years.

       According to his new catcher and unwilling mentor ‘Crash’ Davis (Kevin Costner), Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), a newly signed bonus baby pitcher for the Durham Bulls, was blessed by the gods with a thunderbolt for a right arm. Unfortunately, he hits the strike zone as frequently as a real thunderbolt strikes the same place on earth twice. Davis is a journeyman catcher who has bounced around the minor leagues his whole career and is traded to the Bulls as “the player to be named later”. His sole purpose with the Bulls is to give LaLoosh the guidance and instruction needed to help graduate ‘Nuke’ up to ‘The Show’. LaLoosh is also being guided by a middle aged baseball groupie named Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon.), whose existential philosophy on life and her vast baseball knowledge steer ‘Nuke’ into a re-channeling of his energy and thought processes, all under the guise of carnal creativity. The one problem facing this trio is that Annie hasn’t come to the reality yet that ‘Crash’ is truly her soul mate and that she really is in love with him. She too will have to be guided by ‘Crash’, before she can also graduate to the big league ‘Show’ of a lasting meaningful relationship.

       A first rate comedy and a quasi love story help to make Bull Durham an enjoyable romp that can be appreciated by both sexes, especially when viewed back-to-back with its sister film Field of Dreams, also starring Costner. To some this is the only way to truly kick off the baseball season each year.


Review Criterion
- The pinnacle of film perfection and excellence.
- Not quite an immortal film, yet a masterpiece in its own right.
- Historically important film, considered a classic.
- An entertaining film that’s fun or engaging to watch.
– A good film that’s worth a Netflix venture.
- Borderline viewable.
– A bad film that may have a moment of interest.
– Insipid, trite and sophomoric, and that's its good points.
– A film so vacuous, it will suck 2 hours from the remainder of your life.
- A gangrenous and festering pustule in the chronicles of celluloid.


(From Bull Durham (1988) on August 4th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Glee Marathon, a review by Tom


Glee
Season 2.03 Grilled Cheesus
Writer: Ryan Murphy (Created By), Brad Falchuk (Created By), Ian Brennan (Created By), Brad Falchuk (Writer)
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cast: Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray), Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), Jessalyn Gilsig (Terri Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury), Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Heather Morris (Brittany Pierce), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel), Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez), Mark Salling (Noah "Puck" Puckerman), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina Cohen-Chang), Iqbal Theba (Principal Figgins), Romy Rosemont (Carole Hudson), Dot Jones (Shannon Beiste), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang), Chord Overstreet (Sam Evans), James Earl (Azimio), Brent Jennings, Anthony Brandon Wong (Dr. Lee), Adam Kolkin (Young Kurt), Teddy Lane, Jr. (Trainer), Sharon Muthu (Sikh), Al Pugliese (Customer), Robin Trocki (Jean Sylvester)

When I had first seen this episode, I was a little pissed off at it. It may be because I am not American and find it sometimes offensive how they are pushing religions. Or at least how the media portrays it.
In this episode Kurt's father has an heart attack. And everyone just came up to Kurt wanting to pray and pushing religions. When he said he doesn't believe in god and they should stop pushing it, I cheered for him.
I liked his "I appreciate your thoughts. But I don't want your prayers."

But one visit to a church with the stereotypical big black girl who is singing in a gospel choir in a church, he suddenly has a change of heart and is more welcoming of the prayers.
Also the reactions of the others, when he told them that he doesn't believe in god was like "Wait! What?!"
Is it really that bad in the US, or at least in the bible belt? The show plays in Ohio.

Finncompetent:
Finn starts praying to a grilled cheese sandwhich after the burn marks look like Jesus to him. At the end of the episode he lost faith and starts eating the some days old sandwich.

Notable music:
I really liked Kurt singing "I Want to Hold Your Hand":


Loosing My Religion. Sung by Finn. It was one of his better songs.


"One of Us". I always liked this song and also this version is nice listening to.


Rating:

(From Tom's Glee Marathon on October 31st, 2012)