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Old October 10th, 2005, 09:20 AM   #16
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that is true, but i make no generalization. i've seen 90+% of silent films available on DVD prior to summer of 2004. can't vouch for anything released afterwards. twas a personal hobby of mine.
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Old October 15th, 2005, 05:19 PM   #17
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I got a copy of the DVD for review, and found it very solid! Gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

You can read the review over at my website

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Old October 19th, 2005, 09:23 AM   #18
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My copy arrived in the mail a couple of days ago, and I watched it last night.
I thought that it was, overall, just outstanding.
I'll break that down a bit: as a silent film fan and an HPL fan, I give it about four stars out of four. I really thought they nailed the presentation of the story, and the use of the silent format actually worked better with the subject matter.
As a low/no budget filmmaker I give these guys a solid six out of four stars. The imagination and resourcefulness of these filmmakers is awesome, and a pleasure to watch.
Everyone interested in making their own movies should buy this and watch the "making of" doc.
" When some wild-eyed, eight foot tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head against a bar room wall, and looks you crooked in the eye, and he asks you if you've payed your dues, well, you just stare that big suker right back in the eye, and you remember what old Jack Burton always says at a time like that, 'Have you paid your dues, Jack? Yes sir, the check is in the mail."
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Old December 28th, 2005, 08:34 AM   #19
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I just ran across this posting. It's that "after Xmas before New Years" week at work and I have time to sift through back postings :-)

I ran across the website of the group that did this movie. Man, these people really get in to it! Apparently the movie is an extension of their LARP group, and what a group. When they do their larp weekends the things look like enormous undertankings, easily as much work as any of us puts into a narrative production.

If you follow the links around you can find the breakdowns of the scenarios they did. Some have helicopters and desert locations etc. I used to work with a guy who ran a vampire larp, and all they would do is rent a rec hall room and everyone would mill around and pretend to be vampires. This HPL guys go all the way.

I think the trailer did look good. I think it's neither an affront to HPL or to silent films in general. If nothing else, it did inspire me to re-read some HPL.

And now I'm preparing to run for cover...(And I am a fan of HPL and the genre) but when you read a collection of stories does anyone else get a little tired of how everything is unspeakable this, or unnameable that, or the the unknowable evil, etc. Yeah, I understand the idea that a readers imagination will devise something far worse than a writer could create, but c'mon. I think his stories are best taken in short doses.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 12:15 PM   #20
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HP Lovecraft does define purple prose. It is fun, as you said, in small doses.
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