How to Defend a Questionable Purchase

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No way are there five CDs in that box. That's a very questionable purchase.

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBaza

Change "Blade Runner" for "Lord of the Rings" and you get a similar comic

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Your readers will doubtless be pleased to know that the version of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles" directed by Andy Warhol's protegee Paul Morrissey, and starring Peter Cook as an inexplicably Jewish Sherlock Holmes and Dudley Moore as an equally bizarrely Welsh Doctor Watson, is available in both a cinematic and a director's cut.

The comedic highlights of this sadly neglected masterpiece include Dudley Moore being copiously sprayed with chihuahua urine and satanic projectile vomit, and a collision between an automobile and Spike Milligan's testicles.

By an extraordinarily happy coincidence, to enjoy these delights to their full, you won't have to buy a box set, since the original version of the movie is of modest length, therefore it fits on the same DVD as the director's cut. Which, for some reason I can't figure out at all, is considerably shorter.

Logically, Missy would have to agree that Scott should buy this movie, since it's clearly 10 times better value than "Blade Runner". Then again, I'm pretty sure Missy hasn't seen the Pete & Dud version of "The Hound Of The Baskervilles".

I'm basing that assumption purely on the fact that the proportion of the human race who have seen this movie appears to be considerably lower than those who have seen "Surf Nazis Must Die", though somewhat higher than those who have seen "Blood Sword Of The 99th Virgin". I trust this information has been helpful.

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCount Otto Black

I did like the original short story: "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?", but the message was clearer in that - the entire biosphere had collapsed, not just one area. Humans were suffering from species-loneliness.
As for multi-version sets, yep - questionable.

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Enhance............Enhance............

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDemian

Bah! The director's cut is an improvement on the theatrical release in both removing the voice-overs and removing the needlessly optimistic ending, but the addition of the unicorn dream is a flaw. It supports the absurd "Deckard is a replicant" theory, which is completely contrary to the movie's most interesting theme.

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterProtagoras

Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch!

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterronus

I saw both "Bladerunner" and the Cook/Moore version of "Baskervilles" when they were in theaters. That was enough for me.

In a similar vein, there is also a good parody running on YouTube called, "The Star Wars that I used to know".

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Surf Nazis Must Die has the best badass old lady hero.

May 3, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

I *bought that Blade Runner boxed set. it was easy to defend that purchase: A copy of any version of BR on it's own was $35, the collected set of all of them was on clearance sale at WalMart for $20. I got the version I wanted, plus some neat looking coasters & saved $15. =)

May 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWiredwizard

Hey, thanks, Dee! I've watched the movie a few times and I never did really understand why everyone would stay in that rainy sort-of-a-hellhole of a city when there was a lovely extensive forest not far away that people could destroy and turn into housing and lumber. I confess that I'd be interested in seeing the voiceoverless version, but not enough to buy it.

May 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

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