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Old 09-27-2011, 08:20 PM
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I am going in for a operation next week. As a reward for being brave my wife is treating me to a few new dvds. I really fancy Manhattan Baby as I've never seen it. I love Fulci. I love Zombi 2, The Beyond, COTLD and thought The Black Cat was a great movie. Is Manhattan worth the money then? Just its one of the few I'd not seen in the past.
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Could some mod please merge this post (and Ricky's) with this thread:

http://www.cult-labs.com/forums/horr...th-buying.html

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Old 09-27-2011, 11:34 PM
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I am going in for a operation next week. As a reward for being brave my wife is treating me to a few new dvds. I really fancy Manhattan Baby as I've never seen it. I love Fulci. I love Zombi 2, The Beyond, COTLD and thought The Black Cat was a great movie. Is Manhattan worth the money then? Just its one of the few I'd not seen in the past.
The trailer looks OK, but it has a bad rep even for a Fulci(apparently it's very slow and not really a horror) , I haven't bought it yet as Shameless are bringing out too many crackers at the mo and it's slipped down the list. I'm sure others here have seen it, and good luck with the op buddy.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:55 PM
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Thanks dude. Think I'll buy that and Killer Nun to cheer self up. Both look interesting enough to me.
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Could some mod please merge this post (and Ricky's) with this thread:

http://www.cult-labs.com/forums/horr...th-buying.html

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Actually, Prince, I'm going to leave it here since it's specifically about a Shameless title.

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I quite like the vibe of Manhattan baby, even though many critics don't. It's not Fulci's best work, I think we'd all agree on that, but it has some inspired moments and...well...it's Fulci!

If you don't go in expecting a masterpiece, you might find it enjoyable enough. It's certainly better than Murder Rock, now that was pretty bad, even for latter Fulci.
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I am going in for a operation next week. As a reward for being brave my wife is treating me to a few new dvds. I really fancy Manhattan Baby as I've never seen it. I love Fulci. I love Zombi 2, The Beyond, COTLD and thought The Black Cat was a great movie. Is Manhattan worth the money then? Just its one of the few I'd not seen in the past.
ok, if you dug TBC as far as im concerned you ARE a fulci fan
yes MB is a biiit slow in places, but it is also a batshit as **** film. for years all i had was the old EV print (aka Possessed) and when i finally saw a OAR print, was amazed at the difference ahem. i realise im gushing, but as ive always stated you either GET Fulci or you dont....and you seem to be "one of us, one of us" lord, i need some coffee.

good luck with op btw (nowt serious, i trust???)
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:42 AM
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My opinion:

It is not top notch Fulci and it is even more incoherent than his other works of supernatural surrealism. The acting is quite dodgy and it seems rather rushed and less carefully constructed than his best films.

But it is tremendous fun. It has some lovely trippy oneiric scenes that are rewarding and it does keep you interested. The Shameless print is wonderful (especially if you grew up with the fuzzy pan'n'scan UK VHS titled "Possessed"!).

So, yes, it is well worth buying!
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Good luck with the operation - I am a bit wary of what MB might do - it makes no narrative sense whatsoever - it might send you crazy in hospital! Indeed when I wrote the back of pack (back in the days when I tormented consumers with madness) I freely admitted it made sod-all sense but I would maintain it's got great atmosphere and isn't boring and feels almost like Fulci having a clear out of his cupboard of madness and just flinging stuff at the screen until he runs out!

Actually you'll probably laugh yourself better! I'd also be tempted by The Frightened Woman although it may prove a little too stimulating and rupture something!

Hope the op goes well
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As I said above, Murder Rock is the only Fulci I didn't completely enjoy. With Lovelock, Emerson and Fulci involved I expected something better. It's not unwatchable and there are moments when Fulci's directorial flair come to the fore, but overall it's a bit dull and uninteresting.

I've enjoyed everything else he's made to a greater or lesser degree. Nothing beats his late 70s/early 80's output though. From Zombie to New York Ripper the man is an unstoppable force of genius.
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