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Oct. 9, 2012by: John Law

This week: The underwhelming Prometheus tries to make it up to you on Blu-ray. Also: E.T. turns 30 in style; some vintage crazy Bette; and which is the worse musical - Magical Mystery Tour or Rock of Ages?

► Amongst another summer of big disappointments, I never figured PROMETHEUS would be one of them. But Ridley Scott's jumbled 'Alien' prequel could never find its groove, denying fans what they wanted (mainly, anything related to 'Alien') while tripping over itself with a frustratingly vague story about explorers sent to investigate the possible origins of humanity on an alien planet. It's one of those elusive movies which raises ten questions for every one it answers. If it wasn't for the already classic 'squid baby' scene, this movie would already be forgotten. Yes, it's an obvious attempt by Scott to out-gross 'Alien's chestburster scene, but it's one of the few moments 'Prometheus' lives up to its insanely high expectations. The four-disc Blu-ray comes with seven hours of bonus stuff, including alternate opening and closing scenes.

► Ten years ago, Steven Spielberg briefly lost his mind and made alterations to E.T., one of the most perfect movies ever made. Unlike George Lucas, he came to his senses and realized you shouldn't screw with a classic, so the version we get on Blu-ray this week is the glorious, original 1982 masterpiece. So yes, the walkie talkie is now a gun again, which seems trifling until you ask why Spielberg changed it to begin with: We were ecstatic when that bike started flying precisely because the police had guns and the situation seemed bleak. But enough griping - like the best of Spielberg, this one has aged incredibly well and the meticulous digital transfer here is truly the best it has ever looked (until it's inevitably released in 3D). All the great special features from the previous DVD are back, including the 20th anniversary cast reunion. New is ‘The E.T. Journals,’ a 54-minute archive of footage from the set.

► I was convinced ROCK OF AGES would be one of the summer's biggest hits. To which I say to my dumb ass from five months ago: "Tom Cruise singing Bon Jovi songs? Ya, how could that miss." Based on the Broadway musical guys had to be dragged to, 'Hairspray' director Adam Shankman cranks up the camp and gives the floor to stars who have no business singing (Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand). The '80s nostalgia is fun for awhile – and Cruise brings his A game to C- material – but this is way too much fluff for two hours. The bonus features on ‘80s hair metal are more interesting.

► The legend goes, on the night before his death Edgar Allan Poe kept calling out the name “Reynolds.” He was a bit loony by that point, but THE RAVEN turns this little side note into a full-fledged mystery. A series of murders in Baltimore appear to resemble some of the grisly deaths in Poe’s stories, leading police to enlist him to find the killer. Poe purists will have great geeky fun nitpicking the details.

► Even hardcore Beatles fans struggle to get through MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - the height of their druggy, anything-we-do-is-deep phase. Don’t get me wrong, the music is phenomenal. The movie … not so much. Originally aired on British TV in 1967 and has rarely been seen since, aside from bootlegs. A pretentious mess about a bus driver (Ringo) and his passengers going on one gigantic acid trip. I think. I don’t know, not a single second of it makes sense, but fans can finally fill that gaping hole on their shelf.

► LCD Soundsystem goes all Last Waltz with SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS, a documentary on their final concert held last year at Madison Square Garden. It follows frontman James Murphy in the 48 hours leading up to the show, sharing insights with pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman. But for most fans, the three-and-a-half concert is the main event, shown in its entirety with walk-ons by Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts. An awesome goodbye to fans.

► By 1962, people were forgetting just how great Bette Davis was. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? was a killer reminder – one of the great, unhinged performances of the ‘60s. Letting her real-life hatred of co-star Joan Crawford fuel her, she plays a former child star who torments her crippled sister when she catches wind she intends to sell their house. Crawford was so pissed Davis got an Oscar nomination she lobbied against her winning. A deranged little classic. Blu-ray offers three documentaries, including ‘All About Bette’ hosted by Jodie Foster.

► Here’s a legit question to any parents reading this – do your kids even bother with traditional animation any more, or is it all CG? Because the Oscar-nominated A CAT IN PARIS puts most every animated movie of 2012 to shame. It follows a French feline who keeps a traumatized six-year-old girl company by day, then works with a cat burgler by night. Dark, jazzy and beautifully drawn. Voices by Marcia Gay Harden and Anjelica Huston.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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7:51AM on 10/09/2012
Prometheus bonus features:

AUDIO COMMENTARY BY JON SPAIHTS AND DAMON LINDELOF [118m 38s]

DIRECTOR’S AUDIO COMMENTARY [118m 38s]

ALTERNATE AND DELETED SCENES: [34:54]
* ARRIVAL OF THE ENGINEERS [2:31]
* T’IS THE SEASON [0:58]
* OUR FIRST ALIEN [0:42]
* SKIN [0:42]
* WE’RE NOT ALONE ANYMORE [1:22]
* STRANGE BEDFELLOWS [2:57]
* HOLLOWAY HUNGOVER [1:25]
* DAVID’S OBJECTIVE [0:23]
* JANEK FILLS VICKERS IN [3:27]
* A KING HAS HIS REIGN [3:40]
* FIFIELD ATTACKS [2:01]
* THE
Prometheus bonus features:

AUDIO COMMENTARY BY JON SPAIHTS AND DAMON LINDELOF [118m 38s]

DIRECTOR’S AUDIO COMMENTARY [118m 38s]

ALTERNATE AND DELETED SCENES: [34:54]
* ARRIVAL OF THE ENGINEERS [2:31]
* T’IS THE SEASON [0:58]
* OUR FIRST ALIEN [0:42]
* SKIN [0:42]
* WE’RE NOT ALONE ANYMORE [1:22]
* STRANGE BEDFELLOWS [2:57]
* HOLLOWAY HUNGOVER [1:25]
* DAVID’S OBJECTIVE [0:23]
* JANEK FILLS VICKERS IN [3:27]
* A KING HAS HIS REIGN [3:40]
* FIFIELD ATTACKS [2:01]
* THE ENGINEER SPEAKS [4:06]
* FINAL BATTLE [5:30]
* PARADISE [5:05]

PROMETHEUS UNBOUND: POST-PRODUCTION AND RELEASE (directed by Charles de Lauzirika) [29m 26s]

PETER WEYLAND FILES [Total 17m 58s]
2:23 (VIRAL VIDEO: QUIET EYE: ELIZABETH SHAW)
6:44 (VIRAL VIDEO: PROMETHEUS TRANSMISSION)
2:15 (VIRAL VIDEO: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID)
6:34 (VIRAL VIDEO: TED CONFERENCE 2023)

PROMETHEUS – SCREEN TESTS (X2) [Total 20m 28s]
09:29 (“NAOMI RAPACE SCREEN TEST”)
10:58 (“(“HAIR/MAKEUP/COSTUME SCREEN TEST”)

PROMETHEUS – PRE-VISUALIZATIONS [Total 24m 26s]
3:57 PROLOGUE
1:03 DISCOVERING THE PLANET
4:11 MED-POD SEQUENCE: PG-13 VERSION
4:08 MED-POD SEQUENCE: R VERSION
6:26 AWAKING THE ENGINEER
4:40 PROMETHEUS VS. JUGGERNAUT

ENHANCEMENT PODS [Total: 63m 16s]:
2:29 THE TITLE CONUNDRUM
3:12 PROMETHEUS: THE BOARD GAME
1:46 SEXBURSTER
4:30 KNICK KNACKS OF TOMORROW
5:57 FUN WITH MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY
2:13 BUILDING BETTER LOGOS
1:51 MAKER’S MARK
2:02 THE AMPULE SHOPPE
3:45 LANGUAGE OF THE GODS
5:31 FIRST EXPOSURE: ALIEN
1:04 BODY MECHANICS: TRILOBITE
1:20 XENOMORPHOLOGY: THE DEACON
1:55 CONSTRICTIVE CONSTRUCTION
3:53 CHAIR FETISH
1:47 ONE DAY IN AFRICA
3:24 LOCATION: ICELAND
1:29 THE ART OF TERRAFORMING
3:07 BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: LV-223 VS. LV-426
6:00 ALL THINGS HOLOGRAPHIC
2:31 WEYLAND’S WET DREAM
2:24 THE CASE OF THE FANFIC FAKE
0:58 MERGING RIDLEYVERSES
5 FEATURETTES: REVERSE ENGINEERING – USCSS PROMETHEUS [15m 36s]

VARIOUS OTHER FEATURETTES
NOOMI RAPACE ON SHAW [1m 31s ]
SHAW [1m 16s]
LOGAN HOLLOWAY [1m 10s]
CREATION [3m 11s]
CHARLIZE ON VICKERS [1m 16s]
CREATION [3m 11s]
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8:14AM on 10/09/2012
Loved Prometheus...picking it up today..4 Disc of course
Loved Prometheus...picking it up today..4 Disc of course
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9:50AM on 10/09/2012

Are you High?

"But Ridley Scott's jumbled 'Alien' prequel could never find its groove, denying fans what they wanted...." I stopped reading after this stupid line. Did we watch the same film? Are you a toddler that can't comprehend films that make you think? Let me guess, Memento, Inception, and Brazil were too much for you. Prometheus was one of the years best and I will definitley be picking this up...Thanks for the laugh though, your comments made my morning.
"But Ridley Scott's jumbled 'Alien' prequel could never find its groove, denying fans what they wanted...." I stopped reading after this stupid line. Did we watch the same film? Are you a toddler that can't comprehend films that make you think? Let me guess, Memento, Inception, and Brazil were too much for you. Prometheus was one of the years best and I will definitley be picking this up...Thanks for the laugh though, your comments made my morning.
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12:34PM on 10/09/2012
Um ... thanks for the equally big laugh comparing this movie to Inception or Memento. Who's high?
Um ... thanks for the equally big laugh comparing this movie to Inception or Memento. Who's high?
10:24AM on 10/09/2012
Prometheus is a must buy. Loved the movie, and the bonus features seem really sweet.
Prometheus is a must buy. Loved the movie, and the bonus features seem really sweet.
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12:50PM on 10/09/2012

IM BLIND BUYING IT ON 3D

Been waiting forever for this to come out
im blind buying it on 3D
cant wait till after work to watch it!
Been waiting forever for this to come out
im blind buying it on 3D
cant wait till after work to watch it!
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7:08PM on 10/09/2012
I thought "Prometheus" was a visually stunning film, typical for Ridley Scott. It was an unusual story and not what I expected, and I agree that it left with a lot of unanswered questions. I'm the first to admit that I didn't quite "get" all of it. Noomi Rapace was outstanding, however!
I haven't watched "ET" in a very long time. Maybe I should pull it out again. It's a great movie!
I have a hard time now watching Tom Cruise do anything, especially pretend to be a rock star. I'll probably
I thought "Prometheus" was a visually stunning film, typical for Ridley Scott. It was an unusual story and not what I expected, and I agree that it left with a lot of unanswered questions. I'm the first to admit that I didn't quite "get" all of it. Noomi Rapace was outstanding, however!
I haven't watched "ET" in a very long time. Maybe I should pull it out again. It's a great movie!
I have a hard time now watching Tom Cruise do anything, especially pretend to be a rock star. I'll probably pass on this one but I will give him a chance on "MI4."
I love Edgar Allan Poe and I love The Beatles. I've never seen "Magical Mystery Tour." "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane" is indeed a classic film and performance. I'm definitely going to check out "A Cat In Paris."
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