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Question: Why do a lot of new movies/TV shows have exclusive content that is only on the Blu Ray disc versions? Don't the movie creators still make money if you choose to buy the DVD?
Answer: One possible factor is that BluRay discs and player have certain capabilities that regular DVD players do not. In some cases, these additional extras are designed to take advantage of those features and thus they cannot be put on the regular DVD. Another key point is that BluRay discs can currently be sold for a higher price, while not costing substantially more to make than regular DVDs, resulting in greater profits, and therefore it's in the interests of the studios to tempt more people into making the switch to the more profitable format. Having BluRay-exclusive features is one way of doing that.
Question: The only scene my sister and I remember (from what we think was a film) shows a girl walking through the woods. There's a pond, with (I think) lots of water lilies floating on it. A small submarine rises from the pond, and the girl gets in, then it submerges in the pond, which although small from the outside is extremely deep under the surface. No one else remembers this film and we think we may have made it up, but it is very vivid in our memories. I think it was dubbed, as it may have been Dutch or something, and probably made in the early 70s perhaps. We've been trying to remember for years. Please help us, thanks.
Answer: I know it! It is a Belgian children's show called "Carolientje heeft een bootje" (Caroline has a little boat) Or something like that. I think it was from the Belgian BRT network. You didn't imagine it, I saw it lots of times!
Question: I am looking for the title of a movie in which a guy goes around killing people and takes a piece of them (arm, leg, head, etc). Eventually the police find out where he's been hiding and why he was taking the body parts (at the home of the first murder, and to "recreate" the body Jesus). Thanks for the help.
Answer: The film is called "Resurrection" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0142804/.
Question: I am looking for a documentary about volcanoes that was made no later than 1997. I thought it was by National Geographic but I can't find it on their website (I have watched their film Volcano: Nature's Inferno, and it is not the one I'm looking for). All I can remember about this film is that it included the song "Hot hot hot", possibly as the opening music, and at least part of the movie was about volcanologists Maurice and Katia Kraft. It talks about how they eventually died in a volcanic eruption (ironic, I know). Can anyone tell me the title of this documentary?
Answer: The only other documentary for which the Kraffts are credited on the IMDb is Nature: The Volcano Watchers which was made in 1987. Unfortunately this is before their death in 1991, which is an issue if the documentary discussed their deaths, although wouldn't be unusual for an updated edition to have been shown later with the additional information. Hope that's of some use. May not be the right one, but could be interesting anyway...
Question: I would like to know the title of a movie, probably from the 70s or early 80s, in which a car crashes into a tanker truck and becomes covered in a molten cheese-like substance. There may also have been a scene with a room full of balloons. Thanks for the help.
Answer: Modern Problems with Chevy Chase (1981).
Question: Would like to know the title of a comedy, probably from the 90s or early 00s, in which a cop asks for a blond Asian woman. Thanks for any help.
Answer: Sounds like it MAY be Senior Trip from 1995, in which one of the students fantasizes about his ideal woman, who he says is a blonde Asian. He's not a cop, though. He eventually meets a blonde Asian woman in a hotel elevator.
Question: I've seen a movie if I remember right it was in the late 90's, very strange, all I can remember is that a woman is getting a pizza delivered and she starts hallucinating or something, the pizza starts talking and she goes crazy putting it in the sink grinder, dark ambiance, I was younger and it scared the crap out of me.
Answer: This is a film called House IV.
Question: I don't remember much about this movie, but in one scene there is a group of about four people who enter a building and talk to some guy, who then opens a trapdoor under them. The people fall onto some roller coaster, which dumps them onto a conveyor belt, that feeds them into a machine that grinds them up and spits out their bones. I think the protagonist may later enter the machine himself and somehow escape it. There also may be a scene later in the movie with a lot of fire, but I don't know for sure. Can anyone help me with the title of this movie?
Answer: Nothing But Trouble. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102558/
Question: I only saw a few minutes of this movie on TV once. It's probably in the sci-fi genre. There was a high school or college-age boy with very white skin and red lips, and I think he was bald. I saw a scene where he was in a classroom and the other students started making fun of him. Thanks if you can make a guess.
Answer: I think the movie you are thinking of is Powder with Sean Patrick Flanery. His mother had been hit by lightning while on the way to the hospital to give birth. This resulted in him having abnormal powers and the pale skin and bald head.
Question: I remember watching a movie on TV in the 50's or 60's, I think it was in black and white. There was a young woman throughout the movie keeps in a sing-song manner mumbling what seems to be gibberish rhyming. But it turns out she is giving clues such as something like 'on door knob is, in drawer key is'. Hopefully someone knows the name of this movie?
Answer: It's from the 1945 b/w film "Murder, He Says," starring Fred MacMurray. The character Elany Fleagle (played by Jean Heather) goes throughout the movie singing what appears to be a non-sense song. The words she sings are: Ohors Flisis Incombeesis - onches nobis inob keesis; a song taugh to her by her Grandma. As it turns out the lyrics to the song are actually clues to where money is hidden. The actual meaning of the words are: On horses there are flies, in combs there are bees, on a chest there is a knob, in the knob there is a key. In the Grandmother's room they find a chest with a honeycomb pattern, and in one of the knobs, there is a key. They find the key and there is a tag with the name of a local bank where the money can be found in a safe deposit box.
Question: I am looking for an American commercial advertisement (I 'think' it was for a car or something in the 1990s perhaps) that features a man standing in front of a chalkboard, his right hand is solving a complex mathematical problem, while his left hand is simultaneously drawing a beautiful work of art. I am haunted and tormented by my failure to find this epic work. I would be most grateful to anyone who can help stop my pain.
Answer: Apple 2gs - 1988? And you're right...it's epic.
Question: A few years ago, I watched a movie on TV about a girl who has been teased in high school, by one popular guy and especially his girlfriend. About 10 years later, the girl has a great job, and the popular guy, who now owns a restaurant, needs her help (promoting it?) only he doesn't recognize her. She decides to make him fall in love with her and then break his heart, like he did with her. Only she herself falls in love with him too. Does anyone knows the title of this movie, or who plays in it?
Answer: The Movie is called "This Time Around" and was a made for TV movie starring Carly Pope and Brian Austin Greene. See IMDb synopsis at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0363129/.
Question: What is the movie where a cop gets shot in the face and then has to put eye drops in for the remainder of the movie?
Answer: "Kiss of Death" starring Nicolas Cage, Samuel Jackson, and David Caruso.
Question: I am trying to find the name of a TV movie that I saw back in the 80's. It featured Ken Berry and Sean Marshall (who starred in Pete's Dragon). In the film, Ken's character sees Sean fishing on a beach and they strike up a friendship. Sean lives with his brother and divorced mum who works in a bank. Ken eventually becomes close to the family. At the end whilst in the bank, Sean's little brother dares him to step into the open safe and as a joke promptly closes it, locking him in. They are told that the safe is on a timelock and can't be reopened until the next morning. With no other option, Ken Berry attempts to open it with some tools and is successful. I remember that Max Showalter played the bank manager. I have been unable to find anything on IMDB that links all 3 actors but I know that the film exists. Has anyone else seen this film and knows which one I am talking about?
Answer: It's Valentine's Second Chance (1977). It was an ABC Short Story Special. It's based off the O. Henry story "A Retrieved Reformation. See http://www.hollywood.com/tv/Valentines_Second_Chance/5194277.
Question: Can anyone tell me the title of a fantasy/sci fi TV movie that aired on Nickelodeon at least once in the late 1990s with a plot involving a brother and sister in a ravaged ghetto like city full of corruption where they lived with their grandfather. People there are taken for bizarre mind experiments all the time, so the grandfather send them on a journey through a desert to find some utopia like haven. The grandfather can't go because of his failing health. The brother and sister set off, all the while being chased by the evil authorities. Along the way, they pick up a few friends, including a couple younger boys, a teen-aged desert drifter, a big bald guy, and a girl from the city who lost her boyfriend to the evil mind experiments. After escaping capture at least once, they make their way through a maze filled with poison gas and find a beautiful safe haven on a beach to live happily ever after. Last image being a grave stone/monument on the beach engraved with the grandfather's name. Do you know the title? Thank you.
Answer: It is Doom Runners. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135997/.
Question: Does anyone know if the show "Freakylinks" (with Ethan Embry and Lisa Sheridan) is on DVD, or if it will be? I searched on Amazon.com, but there is just an option to be notified when it becomes available. Thanks.
Answer: YES! "Freakylinks" on DVD can be found at Ioffer.com. Goto: http://www.ioffer.com/search/items/freakylinks/text_pics/ioffer/0/false.
Question: I'm looking for a film I heard about in drama class in high school. It takes place on a steamboat or river paddle boat. The main character is a woman that sings on the boat, but is kicked off for being half black. If this sounds familiar please please please let me know! Thanks.
Answer: This is the musical, "Showboat." It was originally a Broadway musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, based on Edna Ferber's novel set in the late-19th century American south. The character, Julie, is a mulatto who marries a white man, which was illegal. When it is discovered that she is half-black, the couple is arrested. There have been several movie adaptations of Showboat, the most notable being the 1951 MGM version starring Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, and Ava Gardner, among others. The 1936 film starring Paul Robeson is more faithful to the original story, however.
Question: I just borrowed a movie from my university library, and the cover of the DVD case reminded me of a query I've had for a long time about DVD cover/advertisement design. The movie is called The Island. It stars Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. And here's the thing: On the front of the DVD case, under the name Ewan McGregor is Scarlett Johansson, and under the name Scarlett Johansson is Ewan McGregor. Is this a mix-up? This has seemed, to me, to be a sign of a shoddily-made, generally crappy movie, but I liked this one. What's the deal? Thank you.
Answer: These are two totally unconnected items that you're discussing. McGregor is the lead and the biggest name in the film, so his name appears first, just as it will in the credits of the film itself. As for the picture, that's purely down to aesthetics, how they felt the cover image looked best. The cover designers aren't going to limit themselves by constraints about having to match the image of the individual to where their name appears, they'll go with what they think is the better image. If the image and name order happen to match up, that's a happy accident, nothing more than that. If they don't, no big deal.
Question: I'm searching for a movie I saw maybe 20 years ago about a community on Venus. Venus is covered in clouds and there is a legend/story that the clouds will part one day in however long and the sun will come out. A little girl believes in this story but everyone in her class makes fun of her. On the day it's supposed to happen, her classmates lock her in a shed or closet or something but the clouds do part. The kids run out in the sun while all the flowers bloom in the sunlight and the little girl only gets to see a streak of sunlight through a slot in the door. Finally, the clouds close up and the kids remember that they locked her in the closet. So they go and open the closet and give her all the flowers they collected in the time the sun was out.
Answer: The movie is "All Summer In A Day," based on the short story by Ray Bradbury. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195517/)
Question: I'm looking for a movie. It's about a house, on a street where some evil people live (I think), and they live at house number 669. Now when the door slams, the 9 turns upside-down to make it 666. That's all I can remember. Can anyone help me on this?
Answer: This is The Blurbs with Tom Hanks, its a generally good 80's movie, with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman to boot.