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The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge




Dates: Sunset on February 28th to sunrise on April 1st (What you watch from dusk on March 30th to dawn on April 1st could also count for the annual April B-Movie/Exploitation Challenge, so plan your choices accordingly if desired.)

Rules: Sorta like all the other Challenges but as lenient as you can imagine. Everything counts as one: film, TV episode, short, trailer, DVD featurette, etc. Unofficial goal of hitting 100, but don't ignore real life to hit it. Everyone who shows up in either thread is an equal "winner". Anything listed on IMDB with a genre of action, adventure, crime, or mystery (or anything that even vaguely could be argued as should be listed as such) counts.


Checklist is complete, official, and in post #3 for easier editing and cut and pasting.

Prizes: I am looking for sponsors, and would appreciate any help or leads in that area. I'm hoping for at least our consistently fantastic GoldenWheels and Hamilton Books. I am also going to donate at least one DVD from my expanding "doubles" corner. Everyone who actively participates will get one prize entry in the raffle. Active participation is defined as posting at least once in this discussion thread, and keeping your list post updated. Anyone who completes the optional and fairly simple checklist will get an extra chance in the raffle. Anyone who agrees to mail out an appropriate prize will get an extra chance as well. I don't do PMs, so you'll have to deal with me via email if you want to be included in the drawing.


This is the discussion thread. Discuss.

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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

Big thanks to our generous sponsors!


The omnipresent Rich and Hamilton Books.





DVDTalker coyoteblue!
I've got a Marvel's The Avengers (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Digital Music Download) I'm willing to donate as a prize.


DVDTalker Seth and his awesome blog, Celluloid Terror!



Myself with a random actioney double from my collection.

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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

Official Checklist (thanks to everyone for your tweaks)

Watch items from at least 7 of the 13 decades of film history.
--- 1880 - (insert item title here)
--- 1890 -
--- 1900 -
--- 1910 -
--- 1920 -
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
--- 1950 -
--- 1960 -
--- 1970 -
--- 1980 -
--- 1990 -
--- 2000 -
--- 2010 -

Watch items on at least 3 different formats (DVD, BD, HD-DVD, TV, streaming, theatrical, LD, live, etc.)
--- Format 1 - (insert item title here)
--- Format 2 -
--- Format 3 -

Watch items originating from at least 3 different countries.
--- Country 1 - (insert item title here)
--- Country 2 -
--- Country 3 -

Watch items with at least 6 different ratings.
--- Pre Codes - (insert item title here)
--- Hays approved -
--- Hays unapproved -
--- G -
--- GP -
--- PG -
--- PG-13 -
--- M -
--- R -
--- X -
--- NC-17 -
--- Unrated Post-codes -
--- TV Y -
--- TV Y7 -
--- TV G -
--- TV PG -
--- TV 14 -
--- TV MA -

Watch an item from at least 7 of the following subgenres.
--- Film Noir - (insert item title here)
--- Mystery
--- Urban cop thriller
--- Modern Caper/heist
--- Depression-era crime (Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, etc.)
--- Globe-trotting adventure (Americans overseas)
--- Treasure hunt adventure
--- Swordplay
--- Jungle movie (including Tarzan)
--- Hong Kong crime
--- Japanese Yakuza
--- Italian Crime
--- Conspiracy thriller
--- Spy/Espionage
--- Serial Killer
--- Space
--- War
--- Robots
--- Vigilante

Watch an item by at least five of these directors.
--- Raoul Walsh - (insert item title here)
--- Howard Hawks
--- John Ford
--- Anthony Mann
--- Don Siegel
--- Robert Aldrich
--- Sam Fuller
--- John Sturges
--- Jean-Pierre Melville
--- Akira Kurosawa
--- Kinji Fukasaku
--- Chang Cheh
--- Sammo Hung
--- Takeshi Kitano
--- John Woo
--- Walter Hill
--- Quentin Tarantino
--- John McTiernan
--- James Cameron
--- John Frankenheimer
--- Siergo Leone
--- Wong Jing
--- Yuen Chor
--- Sam Peckinpah
--- Robert Rodriguez

Watch an item from at least five of these stars.
--- Errol Flynn - (insert item title here)
--- John Wayne
--- Humphrey Bogart
--- Burt Lancaster
--- Kirk Douglas
--- Steve McQueen
--- Charles Bronson
--- James Coburn
--- Toshiro Mifune
--- Clint Eastwood
--- Chuck Norris
--- Bruce Lee
--- Jackie Chan
--- Sammo Hung
--- Steven Seagal
--- Jean-Claude Van Damme 
--- Jason Statham
--- Bruce Willis
--- Sonny Chiba
--- Arnold Schwarzenegger
--- Sylvester Stallone
--- Samuel Jackson
--- Milla Jovovich
--- Harrison Ford
--- Denzel Washington
--- Jet Li
--- Michelle Rodriguez
--- Pam Grier
--- Jimmy Wang Yu

Complete at least seven of these categories.
--- a Bond film or spoof - (insert item title here)
--- MST3K or similar riff -
--- won an Academy Award -- any category -
--- won a Razzie -- any category -
--- silent film -
--- a crime or mystery item -
--- a film and it's sequel -
--- an item with a commentary or riff
--- a special feature -
--- something animated -
--- watch a sentai or tokusatsu item -
--- something with a major holiday theme -

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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

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Trevor, Hamilton Books has a new logo to go with their new website. Here goes, in case you want to update your post.

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Thanks Dx! I haven't even reached out to GW yet, just sort of wishful thinking.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

I'm planning to start watching action films for the Academy Award Challenge to warm up for this challenge
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

My intent is to go through the Bond 50 BD set, among other things. Looking forward to it.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

I'll be heading back tot he Stargate universe after the Oscar Challenge. That show fits right in with this challenge.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

Originally Posted by cardsfan111 View Post
My intent is to go through the Bond 50 BD set, among other things. Looking forward to it.
That's one of my goals as well. I've had the set for some time and am still in the Connery films. I'm also determined to finish up 24 this year. I have Redemption and the last two seasons left.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

Everything I didn't finish for the TV Challenge: Action-packed western episodes, Power Rangers, Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, Shadow Warriors, Ultraman, Fight Dragon!, Sukeban Deka, etc. Plus some Film Noir box sets.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

I'm going to catch up on rentals and BF purchases such as Act of Valor, Looper, Expendables 2, 21 Jump Street, Snow White and the Hunstman, etc.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

Originally Posted by davidh777 View Post
I'm going to catch up on rentals and BF purchases such as Act of Valor, Looper, Expendables 2, 21 Jump Street, Snow White and the Hunstman, etc.
EXPENDABLES 2 was my second favorite movie last year (after DJANGO UNCHAINED).
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

I just purchased S4 of Mission Impossible and am looking at watching S3 & S4 of that series plus finish the Peter Gunn set I purchased in January. Of course plans seem to *always* change...
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I don't have a set goal, maybe work through some of my MC 50 movie sets, and revisit some of the tv series I didnt get to in the TV Challenge.
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In preparation for this challenge, yesterday I watched Michael Bay's Transformers for the Academy Award Challenge.
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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
Everything I didn't finish for the TV Challenge: Action-packed western episodes, Power Rangers, Lone Wolf and Cub, Zatoichi, Shadow Warriors, Ultraman, Fight Dragon!, Sukeban Deka, etc. Plus some Film Noir box sets.
I just resubbed to Hulu Plus, in order to watch some Irwin Allen shows, as some of my DVDs are missing. I may watch some of the Zatoichi movies as well.
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Looking forward to participating again this year. Got all kinds of stuff to watch.
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As usual, I'm not sure what I'll end up watching. I'm trying to concentrate on TV this entire year, and want to watch my Ultraman sets; but I also need to do last year's goal of finally opening up my Dirty Harry BD set. Either way, March is looking to be about a 20 total hours of viewing month, so it's likely one of those options and nothing else.
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The checklist looks pretty solid, but I've got a few of suggestions.

Swap out swashbuckler for swordplay, that will encompass movies like Three Musketeers (swashbuckler), Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (Chambara) and Swordsman (wu xia).

How about including Sonny Chiba into the stars list and Wong Jing and Yuen Chor into the directors list?

How about including a 'watch a sentai or tokusatsu item' under 'Complete at least seven of these categories'?

Also I've got a Marvel's The Avengers (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Digital Music Download) I'm willing to donate as a prize.
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I had a LOT of fun doing this last year so I'm really looking forward to another round. Not sure yet what I'll be watching but I suspect you'll see some Shaw Brothers and tokusatsu in my list. And I'm really going to try to get to Secret of the Incas this year. I've been obsessed with it ever since I saw the lobby card Trevor has in the first post. It's not the bare chested Chuck Heston that got to me -- it's the monster hat and the whole pre-Indy Indiana Jones look I've seen in other stills from the movie.
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re: The 2nd Annual DVDTalk Action/Adventure/Crime/Mystery Challenge - March 2013

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As usual, I'm not sure what I'll end up watching. I'm trying to concentrate on TV this entire year, and want to watch my Ultraman sets; but I also need to do last year's goal of finally opening up my Dirty Harry BD set. Either way, March is looking to be about a 20 total hours of viewing month, so it's likely one of those options and nothing else.
I need to crack my Dirty Harry set as well, but I'd rather save it for the B Movie challenge, when there's less competition.
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I had a LOT of fun doing this last year so I'm really looking forward to another round. Not sure yet what I'll be watching but I suspect you'll see some Shaw Brothers and tokusatsu in my list. And I'm really going to try to get to Secret of the Incas this year. I've been obsessed with it ever since I saw the lobby card Trevor has in the first post. It's not the bare chested Chuck Heston that got to me -- it's the monster hat and the whole pre-Indy Indiana Jones look I've seen in other stills from the movie.
SECRET OF THE INCAS was shot on location in Peru. Definitely a precursor of RAIDERS and a pretty wild movie in its own right. Yma Sumac, who was a major international music sensation at the time, plays some kind of Inca descendant of royalty. And sings, too! Heston plays a pretty mercenary character. A far cry from Moses, Ben-Hur and El Cid!
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Originally Posted by coyoteblue View Post
The checklist looks pretty solid, but I've got a few of suggestions.

Swap out swashbuckler for swordplay, that will encompass movies like Three Musketeers (swashbuckler), Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (Chambara) and Swordsman (wu xia).

How about including Sonny Chiba into the stars list and Wong Jing and Yuen Chor into the directors list?

How about including a 'watch a sentai or tokusatsu item' under 'Complete at least seven of these categories'?

Also I've got a Marvel's The Avengers (Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Digital Music Download) I'm willing to donate as a prize.
Looks good for the checklist, I'll add them in. Anyone else with checklist thoughts?

And thanks for the prize donation!
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I need to crack my Dirty Harry set as well, but I'd rather save it for the B Movie challenge, when there's less competition.
Oh, good idea. Ultraman it is for me then.
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SECRET OF THE INCAS was shot on location in Peru. Definitely a precursor of RAIDERS and a pretty wild movie in its own right. Yma Sumac, who was a major international music sensation at the time, plays some kind of Inca descendant of royalty. And sings, too! Heston plays a pretty mercenary character. A far cry from Moses, Ben-Hur and El Cid!
I've been on a Charlton Heston kick lately, so I'll try to find this one as well.
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I'll probably change my mind, and I'm still in the air about participating, but I tend to watch Action/Adventure movies all the time anyway. I'm leaning towards watching my James Bond films. It's been forever since I've watched most of them and I just finished my collection (well, I'm missing Never Say Never Again, though I think I know where the VHS is) the other day, so really feel like watching at least a few of them. Maybe go in order-I have the TV show, Casino Royale, so I'd probably start with that...

But, then again, I have so many that I want to watch that I haven't gotten around to, so my plans may change.
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My intent is to go through the Bond 50 BD set, among other things. Looking forward to it.
I was planning on also doing the Bond 50 BD set.

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