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Question: Where can a person submit suggestions for movies/tv shows to be released on DVD? Does such a data bank exist for those who decide which movies will or will not be released on DVD? Who decides what movies or tv shows from the past will or will not be made available to the public?

Chosen answer: These should be directed at the production company. These companies decide what to release based on three main qualifying factors, usually in order of priority: 1) Will it sell? 2) Do we have the rights to sell it? 3) Is the print in decent condition and if not is it worth doing any work on it in lieu of factors 1 and 2? Many film and closed TV company programme libraries have changed ownership over the years, some with no clues as to who owns the material.

Neil Jones

Question: This is a black-and-white movie, where a man is staying in a house that is haunted. After a woman in the house takes him to his room, he notices her talking to a painting of a man and then kissing it good night. Earlier in the movie, when the man was saying goodbye to his wife, she didn't want him to touch her, so that her coat and hair wouldn't get dirty/messed up. I think she got on a train, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know what movie this is?

Chosen answer: That would be "Young Frankenstein" with Gene Wilder (the man) and Madeline Kahn (his fiance, not wife). It's directed by Mel Brooks and a classic send-up of the horror genre.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: I'm trying to remember a movie - it was either an older movie (1970s) or was made to look like it was older. It had a guy who I think tried to change his identity but someone recognized him. He also had a woman working with him who wore a blond wig. They kidnapped someone and put her in a huge, safe-like locked room in the basement. The woman put on her blond wig and went driving to meet someone and either pick up diamonds or get money or something. The guy started worrying when he realized someone recognized that he was involved in a fire I think in the past.

Chosen answer: This is Hitchcock's last movie "Family Plot."

ChiChi Premium member

Question: I would like to know if there is another movie about the Son of Sam besides Summer of Sam. I just watched Summer of Sam on The True channel and the actors and the info about the movie was all wrong. The one I saw was with a very young Martin Sheen or an older Emilio Estevez (that sparked an argument with my husband so I did research and found nothing). Anyone know?

Janice C English

Chosen answer: I think the movie you saw was 'Out of the Darkness' from 1985 with Martin Sheen as Ed Zigo.

Andreas[DK]

Question: I remember watching a movie (or was it a TV show?) at my aunt's house several years ago. I forgot the name, and I am just curious to find out what it was. All I remember was the end, which involved a car that went crazy with a mind of its own (I think it took place in a desert). I remember a schoolbus somewhere in the scene, also, as well as a woman who was trying to dodge the car. And the last thing I remember is the car driving off of a cliff, and blowing up. Does this ring a bell in anyone's mind?

Chosen answer: The film that comes to mind is 'The Car' - 1977. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075809/. Features a demnoic car that ends up flying off a cliff and exploding at the end in a ball of hellfire. Hope this is the film you are thinking of.

Question: What is the name of the movie where a British army officer asks a nurse in an army hospital to write a love letter to a fictitious soldier that, along with a satchel of other documents, this officer later deliberately drops while being pursued on camel back in the African desert. It is intended to make the Germans believe the WW II invasion of Europe will occur somewhere other than Normandy.

Chosen answer: Although the plot you describe is slightly different, this sounds to me like "The Man Who Never Was", made in 1956. Operation 'Mincemeat' involved the acquisition of a human cadaver, dressing it as a 'Major William Martin, R.M.' and putting it into the sea near Huelva, Spain. Attached to the corpse was a brief-case containing fake letters suggesting that the Allied attack would be against Sardinia and Greece. When the body was found, pro-German Spaniards passed the papers to the German Intelligence Service who passed them on to their High Command. The ruse was so successful that the Germans still believed that Sardinia and Greece were the intended objectives, weeks after the landings in Sicily had begun. The film starred Clifton Webb as Lt. Cmdr. Ewen Montagu, Gloria Grahame as Lucy Sherwood, Robert Flemyng as Lt. George Acres, Josephine Griffin as Pam, Stephen Boyd as Patrick O'Reilly, Laurence Naismith as Adml. Cross, Geoffrey Keen as Gen. Nye, André Morell as Sir Bernard Spilsbury, Michael Hordern as Gen. Coburn and William Squire as submarine commander Bill Jewell. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Never_Was

Andy

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a comedy/parody movie. All I can remember is that it was about a martial artist with a talking tongue, and there was also a fighting cow.

Chosen answer: The movie was "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" from 2002. There is a sequel in the works - "Kung Pow 2: Tongue of Fury."

papajim

Question: There's a movie where a guy is a war correspondent for WWII in the service and falls in love with a nurse. (I think) They go for a picnic on a hill and then he gets killed and at the end she is up on that hill. I want the name of that movie.

Chosen answer: This sounds like the 1955 film, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones. Holden plays a war correspondent in Hong Kong during the Chinese Civil War. He falls in love with a Eurasian doctor (Jennifer Jones). Everyone opposes their inter-racial romance, which is ended when Holden's character is killed. At the end, Jones is on the hill overlooking Hong Kong.

raywest Premium member

Question: I remember watching a movie once in which a gangster or criminal of some sort is trying to get a sit-com off the ground, and he has underlings break into people's houses and turn on the show to boost ratings. Possibly starring a famous actor, any help identifying it would be appreciated. Thanks.

Chosen answer: The Ratings Game. Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman just to name 2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087979/

Rlvlk

Question: A few years ago I watched a movie about a young teen and his mother. I thought the mom was Melanie Griffith, but I can't find it on IMDB. They don't get along with her father, but I think she gets some money from him. He becomes friends with a girl about his age, and his mom tells them they can have sex if they like, but to stop if the girl gets her period. Unfortunately, she gets pregnant anyway. When his mom takes her to an abortion clinic, she sees her own mother inside, having gotten an abortion because of an affair. The girl decides to have the baby and keep it. Does anybody know the title and stars? Despite the subject matter, it was tastefully done, and may have been made for TV. The mom had a boyfriend who was very disapproving of her for allowing everything.

Chosen answer: The movie was called "Skipped Parts". The mom was played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. The 2 kids were played by Bug Hall from the Little Rascals movie and Mischa Barton from The O.C.

SAZOO1975

Question: I'm looking for the title of a horror movie that I saw a long time ago on Showtime. I think it either came out in the late 80s or early 90s. The only things I remember are: A brother and sister are home alone, and one of the brother's friends I think. Something happens in the backyard causing the ground to open, either a big hole or a large earthquake size crack, where demons/monsters come out of. There's one scene where the kids hide in a closet and a tiny flesh colored monster turns into a dozen smaller versions of itself so it can crawl under the door to get to the kids. At the very end of the movie the parents come home and the kids think everything is back to normal but something comes out of the closet, a monster or demon that came out of the backyard, and the kid screams.

Chosen answer: It was called The Gate (1987). A storm knocks over a tree and the brother and sister accidentally preform a ritual that turns the hole into a gate to hell. There was a sequel released in (1992) which was considerably better with better effects.

Grumpy Scot

Question: There was a movie I used to watch on the Disney Channel around the late 1980s to 1990s that was about a little girl in a yellow dress, and I think reddish hair, who would have adventures outside. Most of the time the little girl was animated and in the end she would be in live action again.

Chosen answer: I think you are thinking of the show "Madeline".

Vin15Nets

Question: Other than Family Guy, has there been any other TV show that has ever been canceled than brought back, either by popular demand or other reasons?

Eddie

Chosen answer: There have been several. Buffy the Vampire slayer comes to mind. The network ended Buffy with season 5 with her death. Another network picked it up and had to bring her back to life at the start of season 6 and finally ending the entire series for good with season 7. Also Sliders.

Rlvlk

Question: This is very vague, but I once saw a cartoon - either a snippet of a 'loony toon' or a piece of another toon tv show - that involved two horses that fall in love. The male horse walks past the female and his heart pops out and starts beating wildly at the sight of her. I don't remember anything other than that. Anything would be of some help.

Chosen answer: That is a standard scene for falling in love with cartoons. And since horses are very popular in cartoons too, it would be impossible to narrow this down to one cartoon.

Rlvlk

Question: I know from "Making of" documentaries etc. that for computer-generated effects (e.g. a monster or a background) they use green-screen or blue-screen. It only ever seems to be these two colours. I don't know anything about computer effects, so why these two colours? (It seems to me it would be easier to animate onto a plain white screen?) Also, why do they sometimes use blue screens and sometimes green? Is there any difference between these two? Thanks.

Chosen answer: When using these screens, the action is filmed in front of them, and then the "background" is added later where the screen was. The choice of color depends on the subject and specific technique used. Blue is normally used for people because human skin has very little blue color to it. Green is used because digital cameras retain more detail in the green color channel and it requires less light. Others include magenta red and orange. Magenta screens are often used with model photography where the model contains both blue and green components. Some examples include: The Matrix (magenta), Apollo 13 (orange) and Air Force One & Predator (red).

Jazetopher

Question: Does anyone remember what the programme was called (UK only) that had a crazy artist painting all the time, and a pair of washing up gloves that made things in front of an audience at a theatre? It was something like 'Zap' or 'Zig Zag', but I can't remember exactly. I know it sounds like a really weird show, but I used to love it.

Chosen answer: Yes! It was called "Zzzap!" - I used to watch it all the time! The artist was called Smarty Arty, played by Neil Buchanan. The hands were called the Hnadymen. There was also other characters, including Daisy Dares You, and Cuthbert Lily (He's Dead Silly), haha! The imdb link is: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454759/

Hamster Premium member

Question: I'm trying to remember the name of a TV show that i watched when i was a kid. It was on Nickelodeon and was one of those short shows that was played during the commercials. It was a team led by a really stupid guy who looked like He-Man, and then a sewage guy, then a girl who I thought was Wonder Woman. What was the name of this show?

Chosen answer: I think you might be talking about Action League Now. It was originally part of KaBlam!....you can also find other old shows at retrojunk.com.

Question: I can't remember the title of this children's film. It's a cartoon. Here's what I remember about it: It's about a little boy who must save a city (I think). Some random things that I remember are: he sees a bright light beneath a door in his house (it may have been a train coming through the house), at some point he is on his bed in the middle of an ocean or some large body of water, he arrives in a place that is very colorful and cheerful, with lots of hot airb alloons and toys. He gets a key at some point that he needs to use on a pair of huge doors. There are slimy / gooey monsters. Even if you aren't sure, I'd appreciate ANY possibility of what this movie might be. Thank you in advance.

Chosen answer: It sounds a lot like Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland from 1989.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: Aside from Family Guy, has there been any TV show that has ever been cancelled than brought back? Either by popular demand or any other reason.

Eddie

Chosen answer: Sliders was cancelled after its first season, then, after much protest from the show's fandom, was brought back and ran another four seasons.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: I am trying to identify the title of a film. The film ends with a climactic battle between archers and armored soldiers. The soldiers are in a field with shields held over their heads to protect against volleys of arrows. The archers then begin firing horizontally, taking out the ever-dwindling soldiers until all are dead. I remember it as being a B&W film, but I could be wrong. I do know it is quite old, 1960's or before.

Chosen answer: It could be "The 300 Spartans." See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055719/.

Sereenie

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