Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (featured right to left above, respectively) first made a name for themselves in 2006 with their adrenaline-rush of an indie action flick, the low-budget Crank. Three years later, they solidified their reputation as unstoppable forces of pure insanity with its sequel, Crank: High Voltage. Today though, they bring us their first non-Crank-related directorial effort, the Gerard Butler vehicle Gamer, which also co-stars Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall.

I had a chance to chat with Neveldine/Taylor (as they’re so often credited in their films) a couple of months back at Comic-Con, which they were at to promote their latest helping of blood-splattered delirium.

You can read the full exclusive interview with Neveldine and Taylor after the jump.

Read More »

This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

(Available as separate 2-Disc releases for each film, or together as a 5-disc Giftset)
As much as I adore The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, I’ve always been bothered by the crummy video quality on their DVD releases. It’s something that I notice every time I watch them, always acting as a nagging reminder that these classics were made in the ’70s and in turn making them feel more dated than the timeless storytelling and pitch-perfect filmmaking techniques would otherwise have you believe. It’s a fact that I had regrettably come to terms with, thinking nothing could or would be done about it. How wrong I was. The Coppola Restoration features fully restored editions of Godfather: Part I and II as well as a newly remastered version of The Godfather: Part III. Film lovers everywhere should be shedding a tear of joy right about now.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 5-disc Giftset includes two discs of special features, the first one housing all the special features from the previous boxset DVD release, and the second including brand new featurettes (‘Godfather World’, ‘The Masterpiece That Almost Wasn’t’, ‘When the Shooting Stopped’, ‘Emulsional Rescue: Revealing The Godfather’, ‘The Godfather on the Red Carpet’) and four short films on The Godfather (‘The Godfather vs. The Godfather: Part II’, ‘Cannoli’, ‘Riffing on the Riffing’, ‘Clemenza’).

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$44.99 N/A
Amazon – $62.99

*Does not include the 2-Disc Editions, which cost $11.99 each at Circuit City, $14.99 each at Best Buy, Fry’s and Amazon, and $17.99 each at Target.

What? Quote Book.
Where? Best Buy.

A hard-boiled noir thriller that’s as smart as it is entertaining, L.A. Confidential is a movie that everyone seems to love yet rarely generates as much discussion as other ’90s favorites. I vote to remedy this immediately, and hopefully you’ll join me by voicing your thoughts in the comments below. It’s one of those stunning pictures where the writing, directing and acting (featuring an ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce) all work overtime together to bring you this flawless work of art, and never at the cost of enjoyability. Attempting to convey how happy I am that this film is finally getting the Special Edition treatment would be impossible. It was long overdue.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary by film critic Andrew Sarris, a music only track, a Whatever You Desire: Making L.A.Confidential documentary, making-of featurettes (‘Sunlight and Shadow: The Visual Style of L.A.Confidential’, ‘A True Ensemble: The Cast of L.A.Confidential’, ‘L.A.Confidential: From Book to Screen’, ‘L.A. of L.A. Confidential Hollywood Center Motel’), and the 2000 L.A. Confidential TV pilot.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$14.99 $17.99 $14.99
Amazon – $14.99

The Average

(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Extended Editions)
Sex and the City: The Movie is a fans-only affair, so it’s not really my place to be discussing it (or for that matter, making fun of it). That said, I don’t give a shit. Here’s the film’s plot to the best of my understanding: three glitzy, sassy old ladies and a horse-faced goblin disguised as a glitzy, sassy old lady enjoy conversations with one another that demonstrate their glitziness and sassiness whilst experiencing the more soap opera-esque complications of life as a glitzy, sassy old lady living in New York. And they also have a lot of sex. (Which, quite frankly, is something I don’t even want to imagine Sarah Jessica Parker doing. The thought alone terrifies me to the inner depths of my soul.)
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The only extra material on the single-disc edition is a commentary by director Michael Patrick King. The 2-Disc Extended Edition includes that, plus additional scenes, two featurettes (‘Fabulous Fashion of Sex and the City’, ‘Fergie in the Studio’), A Conversation with Sarah Jessica Parker and Michael Patrick King, and a digital copy of the film.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$15.99 $14.99 $13.99
Amazon – $16.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

What? Deluxe Edition DVD ($22.99). Includes extended film, 38 min. of exclusive bonus content, limited edition packaging and digital copy.
Where? Target.

What? Free $5 Target GiftCard with purchase of both Sex and the City movie DVD and any $15.99 Sex and the City single-season DVD.
Where? Target.

What? Bonus Collectible Packaging (on 2-Disc Special Edition).
Where? Best Buy.

What? Save $5 when you buy Sex and the City: The Movie and soundtrack ($9.99).
Where? Best Buy.

Directed by and starring George Clooney, this ’30s-style screwball rom-com about football before it became a legitimate sport captured my interest for one specific reason: John Krasinski. Unfortunately, between this and License to Wed, it seems the hilarious Office star just can’t catch a break. Leatherheads opened to mediocre reviews and flopped at the box office with only $30 million of its $60 million budget. Better luck next time.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary (with George Clooney and producer Grant Heslov), featurettes (‘Football’s Beginning: The Making of Leatherheads’, ‘No Pads No Fear: Creating the Rowdy Football Scenes’, ‘George Clooney: A Leatherheaded Prankster’), deleted scenes, and a feature on the visual effects sequences.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99
Amazon – $18.99

Speaking of actors with bad luck, British star Simon Pegg (who has done phenomenal work in Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz) seems to be having trouble getting off the ground in American cinema. Not unlike Leatherheads, Run Fatboy Run (a film about a man who jilts his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day and tries to win her back by running a marathon) received mediocre reviews and did poorly at the box office, and I’d be surprised if the same didn’t happen with his awful-looking upcoming film, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. Fortunately, we need only wait until 2009 to see the star truly shine, as that’s when J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot (in which Pegg plays Scotty) will be hitting the big screen.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary track (with Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, director David Schwimmer, and Pegg’s mother Gill), deleted scenes, outtakes, and footage of a practical joke played on Simon Pegg.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $17.99
Amazon – $18.99

Despite getting handed a shitty 46-theater theatrical release and receiving a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I still find myself compelled to see this movie. Starring Heroes’ Milo Ventimiglia and written by the wonderfully twisted minds that brought us Crank, Pathology is a sex and violence-filled exploitation film about a group of medical students who devise a game testing which of them can commit the perfect murder. Hey, sounds like fun to me.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A commentary (with director Marc Schoelermann and writers/producers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor), a Conversation with Pathologist Craig Harvey, and deleted/alternate scenes.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99
Amazon – $23.99

What? Buy with Deception ($19.99) and save $5.
Where? Best Buy.

The Bad

“What’s this? A movie starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor that I haven’t even heard of? Why the hell aren’t they marketing this more?” I can remember myself asking that a couple weeks before Deception was released. Then the movie came out, received an embarrassingly bad 11% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed less than $5 million at the box office. Not even a day later, the film had completely vanished from my mind. Now, over five months later, we get a reminder in the form of a shitty DVD release. Enjoy!
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary (with director Marcei Langenegger), 2 featurettes (‘Exposing Deception: The Making Of Deception’, ‘Club Sexy’), and deleted scenes.

Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $19.99
Amazon – $23.99

What? Buy with Pathology ($19.99) and save $5.
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Mother of TearsTwo and a Half Men (Season 2)Boston Legal (Season 4)Brothers and Sisters (Season 2)Friday The 13th: The Series (Season 1)Samantha Who? (Season 1)This American Life (Season 1)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials
NOTE: Some deals may be in-store only.

Exclusive Retail: The Foot Fist Way ($19.99)

$9.99 – Seven (New Line Platinum Series), Boogie Nights (New Line Platinum Series), A Clockwork Orange (2-Disc Special Edition), Citizen Kane (2-Disc Special Edition), The Shawshank Redemption (2-Disc Special Edition), Once Upon a Time in America (2-Disc Special Edition), Purple Rain (2-Disc Special Edition), Doctor Zhivago (2-Disc Special Edition)

$6.99 – The Untouchables, Crank, Carlito’s Way, Donnie Brasco, Gangs of New York, Training Day, Inside Man, Almost Famous, Love Actually, The Break-Up, Clueless (Whatever Edition), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Music and Lyrics, Bring It On, What Women Want, and more…

$14.99 – Jericho (Season 2), Tin Man
$16.99 – Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 1 – 5), The Closer (Season 1 – 2)
$19.99 – Pushing Daisies (Season 1), Californication (Season 1), Dexter (Season 1 or 2), Flight of the Conchords (Season 1), Weeds (Season 1 – 3), Family Guy (Volume 3 – 5), and more…
$24.99 – Mad Men (Season 1), Heroes (Season 2), The Office (Season 2 or 3), House (Season 1 – 3), Rescue Me (Season 1 – 4), Damages (Season 1), Burn Notice (Season 1), 30 Rock (Season 1)
$39.99 – Lost (Season 3), Desperate Housewives (Season 4), and more…

$3.99 – Jeepers Creepers, City Slickers, The Howling, Benny & Joon, Legally Blonde, The Thomas Crown Affair, and more…

$9.99 – Be Kind Rewind, The Orphanage, August Rush, and more…

There has been so much news in the last few days that we just haven’t been able to get to all of it. Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Blockbuster had finally announced that they will be rolling out Blu-ray in its 4,000 stores in the US and Canada, after a successful trial run in 1,700 outlets. In other news, Netflix is still better. [gizmodo]

FilmSchoolRejects and Collider both have exclusive images from Pathology.

Our friend Devin Faraci at CHUD has a great rebuttal to our own Hunter Stephenson’s drunken There Will Be Blood rant.
John C Buechler’s Troll remake is set to begin shooting in Vancouver, Canada; Torino, Italy and China starting on June 30th. [Bloody-Disgusting]

Enter for a chance to win a Pro-Poker Prize Pack in a contest to promote the upcoming film The Deal, which hits theaters on April 25th.

KungFuRodeo has new images from the The Dark Knight animatrix-like collection Batman: Gotham Knight.

Jason Reitman and Kevin Smith have decided to blog for the NHL. Wait, do people still watch hockey? [yahoo]

Collider has a new poster-like image from Pixar’s WALL-E. Appears to be a cover to a book or something, but still worth checking out.

Baghead, The Duplass Brothers’ follow-up to The Puffy Chair, had big buzz at the Sundance Film Festival this year and was quickly snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics. Sony has apparently decided to drop the title. I assume they are doing this because “Baghead” would have been too marketable, and Sony Pictures Classics doesn’t want to make money. [cinematical]

Kenny Baker, the 72-year-old actor who played R2-D2 in Star Wars is in a Manchester hospital after suffering a severe asthma attack. We hope he gets better soon. [telegraph]

Our friends at Latino Review have a script review of Tony Gilroy‘s next film Duplicity.

And you thought New Line’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D was going to be bad… The Asylum, the direct-to-dvd studioknown for producing cheap mockbusters of hot hollywood releases (Snakes on a Train…etc) has released the first photo from their upcoming film, Journey to the Center of the Earth, which hits store shelves on July 1st.

Final Pathology Movie Trailer

Lakeshore has released a new/updated green band movie trailer for Pathology, following the disappearance of the leaked red band a couple weeks back. Written by the madmen behind Crank, Pathology follows a group of medical students devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder. I got a chance to see this film a couple weeks ago, but am under a press embargo preventing my review. I will say this – the film is sick and twisted and Michael Weston delivers an incredibly insane performance. As always, tell me what you think of the trailer in the comment section below.

[flv: 460 306]

Pathology hits theaters on April 18th 2008.

Blog: Pathology Screening and Party


PathologyFor the most part the life of a blogger is rather boring. We sit in front of a computer screen for 12+ hours a day, hunting for news, researching articles, calling people on the phone…etc. A couple times a week we make the trip downtown to see an advance screening of the movies which get released the next week. But for the most part, our job, at least from the outside, is very boring. Of course, us discovering a new news tidbit, seeing a new trailer, or seeing a new movie weeks early are some of the reasons this is the greatest job on the planet, at least for me. It’s like if the guy from Office Space loved TPS reports.

But every once in a while we’re able to leave this boring day-to-day and go do something extremely cool. Film Festivals, Comic Con, interviewing and hanging out with our idols. And then there are times that blow my mind, like meeting our idols only to learn they read my stuff.

Im writing this on route to LAX (note: this blog was written on Friday of last week but never posted). I just spent the last 24 hours in Los Angeles thanks to the guys at Lakeshore who continue to believe that the blogs and online media, are the future of film marketing. A few of us (the usual crew, Alex from FirstShowing, Neil from FilmSchoolRejects) were flown out to see a cut of Pathology. I think we’re the last three online guys not living in/near Hollywood.

Inside the CAA Building

Peter Sciretta with Jen Yamato from Rotten TomatoesSo we grabbed some In and Out, and then headed to the weird O shaped building (people call the “Deathstar”) which the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) uses to run Hollywood. The usual group of internet movie journies were in attendance. It was good to catch up with everyone, including Jen from Rotten Tomatoes, who recently left the fog for the smog (please excuse the really bad photo to the right, it was quite dark). One of the guys brought his friend Simon Pegg along. I can’t really talk about the movie as everyone has to hold their reviews for an embargo. I will say that It was better than expected, and the buzz word everyone was saying after the screening was “twisted”.

After the screening we headed to a party at a local LA dive bar. Robert from IESB hired some trashy Go-Go dancers, and all the stars of the film were in attendance. I was never able to talk to Alyssa Milano, although I did bump into her a couple times. She’s as hot as she looks on the big screen, maybe a little shorter than to be expected (but isn’t that always the case?). In attendance were: Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers, Havok), and Johnny Whitworth (Empire Records, CSI Miami). Got to chat with Michael Weston (The Last Kiss, Scrubs), whose performance everyone was raving about. Very crazy, think Jack Nicholson from Burton’s Batman, but more grounded in reality.

Michael Weston, Peter Sciretta and Neil Miller

I Got a chance to talk to Dan Callahan (Pathology, Midnight Meat Train) for a while about a film that he wrote called College, which was originally set to be released by Lionsgate, but will now be distributed by MGM. He told me it was like SuperBad but not as smart, and more vulgar, basically comparing the film to the great teen comedies from the 70’s and 80’s like Porky’s.  Crank co-writer/co-director Mark Neveldinefinally explained to me how his moving bullet-time rig actually works. If you remember the article I posted about the innovation a couple weeks back, we were all confused to how it could be used, or what it will look like.

Milo and group

I met Milo Ventimiglia at a party at Comic Con very briefly (by that I mean a couple minutes), and was amazed when I ran into him a couple days later at a press event that he remembered my name. People have told me that this guy’s memory is insane. Well that was almost a year ago and at the party I was talking to a few people and Milo bumps into me while walking by, does a double take, then stops. “Peter, how you’ve been?” Milo is just a really cool guy. The nicest actor I’ve ever met in Hollywood. We talked with him about the film, and somehow conversation came around to his first role, which was a one-liner in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Milo was probably the only sober one in the place, because he doesn’t drink.  From left to right we have KEvin Kelly from io9, Me, Neil from FilmSchoolRejects, Milo, and then the drunk guy who runs FirstShowing. As you can see in the photo above, Alex was pretty drunk.

Peter Sciretta with Milo Ventimiglia

It was a blast. I want to thank Lakeshore, all the cool people  I met and hung out with at the Party, Robert from IESB for proving the girls, John Campea from The Movie Blog for  making this happen and snapping some higher resolution photos (as you know, camera phones suck in low light).

I leave you with some NSFW photos taken at the party, after the jump.

Read More »

Pathology Red Band Movie Trailer


The Movie Blog have gotten their hands on a new red band movie trailer for the upcoming Milo Ventimiglia thriller Pathology. Written by Neveldine/Taylor, the madmen behind Crank, and directed by music video director Marc Schoelermann, Pathology follows a group of medical students who devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder.

The new redband trailer is definitely a bunch of steps up from the Napoleon Dynamite clip that was posted a few weeks back. It’s certainly not safe for work, and features some nudity and sick sequences. Tell me what you think in the comments below.


Pathology hits theaters on April 18th 2008.

Discuss: What do you think of the new redband Pathology movie trailer?

source: themovieblog

Final Pathology Movie Poster

PAthology Movie Poster

MGM and Lakeshore have released the final theatrical one-sheet for Pathology.  It’s much better than the teaser poster that was released at comic Con. Written by Mark Neveldine/Brian Taylor, the madmen behind Crank, and directed by Marc Schoelermann, Pathology follows a group of medical residents studying pathology who devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder. Milo Ventimiglia and Alyssa Milano star. Pathology will hit theaters on April 18th 2008.

Discuss: Raise of hands, how many of you guys are still interested in seeing Pathology?

New Pathology Teaser Trailer


At last year’s Comic-Con, Crank writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor brought a group of us into a room and showed us the trailer for Pathology. Mark and Brian, who wrote but didn’t direct Pathology, came up to me after and wanted to know what I thought. Brian insisted that he didn’t want to hear any sugar-coated bull-shit, and wanted my real opinion – good or bad. I thought for a second before responding, “That was really F*cked up,” just like the guy said in this teaser. And with that they laughed.

Pathology has since been delayed at least a couple times, finally landing with an April 18th release date. To celebrate the new date, the boys have released a new teaser trailer which gives you a good sense of the very dark sense of humor contained in this film.

[flv: 470 180]

Some say that Pathology is a window to God. As doctors, they see the perversion and corruption of the flesh by all means unnatural…by violence…by toxin…by madness…to determine the cause of death. As a result they are the experts in all signs of foul play and the best in the field can uncover all means of killing, even those that are seemingly undetectable.

When med school student Ted Gray (Milo Ventimiglia) graduates top of his class he joins one of the nation’s most prestigious Pathology programs. With talent and determination Ted is quickly noticed by the program’s privileged and elite band of pathology interns who invite him into their crowd. Intrigued by his new friends he begins to uncover secrets he never expected and finds that he has unknowingly become a pawn in their dangerous and secret after-hours game at the morgue of who can commit the perfect undetectable murder. As Ted becomes seduced into their wild extracurricular activities the danger becomes real and he must stay one step ahead of the game before he is the next victim.

Discuss: What do you think about this new Pathology Teaser Trailer?

source: TheMovieBlog

Pathology Release Update


At Comic Con 2007, Lakeshore Entertainment premiered the movie trailer for their upcoming crime horror thriller Pathology. Written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the madmen behind Crank, and starring Milo Ventimiglia.

Since the Con, the release date of Pathology has been pushed back a couple times. The most recent announced Valentine’s date was replaced with a TBA blank. So what’s going on with Pathology? My friend John Campea at the movie blog had a chance to sit down with Neveldine / Taylor during his radio show/video podcast, and was able to get a few answers:

Brian: “We don’t have a date for it right now because we weren’t happy with the situation, where it was going to come out, how it was going to be released, so we’re rethinking…”

Mark: “But we’re way psyched on the movie. Milo loves it. We love it. It’s going to kick ass. We can’t wait for people to see it, we just need to figure that out.”

The guys assure us that Pathology is definitely getting a theatrical release “hopefully within the next couple months.” The filmmaking duo also revealed that Milo Ventimiglia makes an appearance in their next film, the Gerard Butler sci-fi action film code-named Game, under the name Rick Rape (i kid you not).

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Pathology Movie Poster

Pathology PosterWe missed this a couple weeks ago. Our friends at Lakeshore have released the theatrical movie poster for the upcoming thriller Pathology. We were able to catch the trailer at Comic-Con, and all I can say is this movie looks like it may pushes the boundaries of sick shit i movies. Written and produced by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the guys who brought us Crank, comes the story of a group of medical students devise a deadly game.

Milo Ventimiglia portrays a young intern, newly arrived at the University Hospital in Philadelphia, who stumbles onto a psychopathic group of colleagues playing a vile game. They regularly select one of their members (on a rotational basis) to commit the “perfect murder,” while the rest use forensic methods to try to determine exactly how the homicide was executed. Alyssa Milano, of TV’s Who’s The Boss? and Charmed, co-stars as Ventimiglia’s fiancée, while  Johnny Whitworth and Lauren Lee Smith are among the perpetrators.

Pathology is set to hit theaters on November 30th 2007.