Dennis Weaver in “Duel” is one of four Spielberg films in this collection making their Blu-ray debut.
If you were one of the many (and there were many) who found yourself delving into a list of actor-writer-director Harold Ramis‘ achievements upon hearing of his sudden death yesterday at the age of 69, you may be wondering where all that time went. One minute you were probably minding your own business, the next you were realizing that this seemingly unassuming, nerdy-looking Chicagoan had a hand in at least 10 of the most influential comedic institutions of the last half century. As if we could hold one over the other. Was Ramis best known as a writer, who cut his teeth in the pages of The National Lampoon and on the staff of SCTV before writing or co-writing the likes of National Lampoon’s Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, Back to School, Groundhog Day and Analyze This? Was he most accomplished as the director of Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day or Multiplicity? Would he be immortalized for his acting work, whether Russell Zinsky, the withering straight man to Bill Murray’s off-kilter John Winger …
Don’t hate Scott Malchus because he doesn’t love High Fidelity as much as Grosse Pointe Blank.
With Ghostbusters returning to theaters this month, this week’s Revival House revisits the classic ’80s comedy.
He doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and he’s got the pitch for a Blues Brothers TV series to prove it.
Prostitutes! Excessive partying! Jessica Tandy! These are a few of Charlie Sheen’s favorite things, and they all make cameos in this week’s Box Office Flashback to March 28, 1990.
“Dear Alumni: Can you believe it’s been ten years? Where are you now…?” Kelly Stitzel catches up with the classic soundtrack to Grosse Pointe Blank.
This week, producer Tom Werman looks back at the early ’80s, and his brushes with acts both legendary (the Blues Brothers, Whitney Houston) and largely forgotten (Stranger).
Various Artists – Dragnet Original Soundtrack (1987) purchase this album (Amazon) You know, writing about cutouts in the digital age is more difficult than it looks. Not a week goes by that some knucklehead doesn’t decide to start up a reissue label, hoping to license crappy old records on the cheap and siphon mythical big bucks out of niche markets. (For instance, as we discovered last week, both the Village People’s Rendezvous and The Ethel Merman Disco Album are in print.) To find an album that’s both out of print and worth writing about is easier said than done. (For instance, I’ve had a copy of the last Quarterflash album in the Cutouts Gone Wild! on-deck circle for close to a year.) But this? This, friends, is the magic fucking bullet. Today we gather to discuss an album that will never be in print so long as Tom Hanks, or any of his heirs, walk the earth. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Dragnet soundtrack.