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Gymkata on DVD!
« on: January 11, 2007, 12:59:09 PM »
Yes, it's true, folks! 

http://www.amazon.com/Gymkata-Kurt-Thomas/dp/B00005JP3R/sr=8-1/qid=1168548672/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-2809329-8531908?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

January 30th sees the DVD release of Gymkata!  At long last! 


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2007, 01:03:28 PM »
"The Skill of Gymnastics. The Kill of Karate."

Whats not to like about this movie?   ;)

edit: removed pic of DVD cover. link not working.
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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2007, 01:23:16 PM »

Watching Gymkata for the first time as an 11 or 12 year old was what made me realize what a joyous thing horrendously bad movies could be... I will be buying this.


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2007, 01:27:47 PM »

Watching Gymkata for the first time as an 11 or 12 year old was what made me realize what a joyous thing horrendously bad movies could be... I will be buying this.

LOL  :D

P.S. I bet someone could do a Mike's head thing on that DVD poster.

P.S.S. I don't normally think of Ninja's as people who carry sub-machine guns. Do you?


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2007, 02:27:11 PM »

Watching Gymkata for the first time as an 11 or 12 year old was what made me realize what a joyous thing horrendously bad movies could be... I will be buying this.

LOL  :D

P.S. I bet someone could do a Mike's head thing on that DVD poster.

P.S.S. I don't normally think of Ninja's as people who carry sub-machine guns. Do you?

There's a whole lot to applaud in Gymkata.  Now they just need to get with the program and release Megaforce on DVD.


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 02:37:58 PM »
I have this on pre-order from Amazon and I will be leading the march to make this THE next rifftrax.

This just HAS to be riffed........ just HAS to be riffed.


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2007, 10:19:40 PM »
I have this on pre-order from Amazon and I will be leading the march to make this THE next rifftrax.

This just HAS to be riffed........ just HAS to be riffed.

It is sitting in my wishlist just waiting to be pre-ordered as well.  Granted, I haven't seen this movie, but I was sold on the title alone (and the cover art).


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2007, 01:55:13 AM »
More info in World O' Crap's loving dissection (spoiler alert, obviously).

And since the pic above didn't work for me, maybe it won't for others, therefore:


I like how the novel it's based on already has "terrible" in the title.
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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2007, 06:33:50 AM »
Ninjas beware:  Kurt Thomas is going to unload some spandex death on your asses!


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2007, 04:48:05 PM »
P.S.S. I don't normally think of Ninja's as people who carry sub-machine guns. Do you?

Little known fact: Ninjas upgraded their inventory from ninja stars to machine gun back in 18th century when pirates kept beating them due to their superior technology, but because sub-machine gun bullets not being invented yet, they were use mostly used as budging devices. This then lead to the invention of the ninja baseball bat.


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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2007, 10:20:19 AM »
I've never seen this movie, but I can tell from the cover that it's the coolest movie about Gymnastics and Karate EVER!!!

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Re: Gymkata on DVD!
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2007, 12:25:00 PM »
I think I might just have to buy it.  I love the review someone wrote about it on Amazon:

"Extremely reminiscent of cold war sleepers like "Gorky Park" and "Reds", Gymkata is one of the most carefully scripted and brooding commentaries on American foreign policy during the Reagan years. The film is more like a documentary than a work of fiction in its deep attentione to historical accuracies and avoidance of hyperbole.

Robert Clouse's directorial adaption of Dan Tyler Moore's Pulitzer-shortlisted novel manages to capture timbre of the times and the voice of the decade in a script of intricate complexity. Kurt Thomas's portrayal of the hero across from Tetchie Agbayani's heroine is one of the most dynamic and surprising chemistries since Bogart and Bergman's 43 years before.

However, where "Casablanca" fell far short of documenting the spirit (and fears) of the times on a granular level, Gymkata and its cast is unafraid to take this plunge.

In characterizations deeply respectful, and yet photo-accurate, regarding world cultures and global motifs, Gymkata manages spell the poly-sided views of complex conflicts that occurred during the final grey gasps of the Cold War.

Amazingly Gymkata manages a foreshadowing the rise of the Neo-Cons some 20 years later in its depictions of the United States use of aggression in strategically important hotspot regions -- and as well -- the film is able to show that the nationalistic concerns of the competing sovreignties (both ally & foe) remain unchanged despite which decade these events play themselves out in.

A timeless film, Gymkata should be a core film study in every graduate level political science class."

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