Charles Manson: Then And Now

Charles Manson: Then And Now, 1992

This wasn’t too bad. I didn’t realise how dated it would be. It says 1993 on the rear cover, and 1992 on IMDB, but it seemed like something from the 80s or even 70s.

I also thought it was one long doco, but it’s two short ones – Then, and Now.  The narrator goes pretty much flat out, as if he’s trying to fit everything in to the 27 minutes of each episode. Any interviews or quotes play immediately after he finishes his sentence, then he’s straight back at it once the cutaway is done.

It was interesting, although seemed a little tabloid and speculative at parts. The most interesting parts were the audio clips from Manson, but there were only a couple. I noticed two quotes that are used on Marilyn Manson’s Portrait Of An American Family album.

Anyway… 6/10 beans.

Army Of Darkness

Army Of Darkness, 1992

It’s been a long long time since I watched the three Evil Dead films together. I had memories of this one being better than it was. Not that t’s not good – it is. It just seems to drag a bit at the end, with the big fight scene. Choreographed fight scenes always bore me, and unfortunately this one wasn’t any exception. But it’s still a good movie, and has some great scenes while Ash is on his quest to retrieve the Book. 7.5/10 beans.

As a side note – we started watching this on the US Anchor Bay DVD (which has some pretty shit cover art – see below), but unfortunately the disc started skipping around the 20 minute mark. I tried to skip ahead a little but it kept screwing up so I switched it over to the MGM Australian DVD. The picture didn’t seem as crisp as the US one, which was a shame. I thought I’d post two screens to compare, and I also noticed the Australian version seems to be cropped. Bummer. The DVDs are both pretty fucking old now, so it doesn’t really matter anyway, but I still thought I’d mention it.

Australian MGM DVD, 2003.

Australian MGM DVD, 2003.

US Anchor Bay DVD, 1999.

US Anchor Bay DVD, 1999.