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Oliver Harper / Val Verde Broadcasting (youtube channels)

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There's a fantastic channel on YouTube for cult film fans, that I take every opportunity to tell people about.:)

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It's from a British guy called Oliver Harper with input and info from his friend in film Richard Jackson. He puts together a "Retrospective / Review" mini-edit of a film every week plus full-length commentaries for all your favourite pop culture movies. There are also film podcasts and retro gaming content. There are hundreds of videos to watch and hours upon hours of entertaining film trivia.

Thought I'd post here since he just added a behind-the-scenes talk about how he makes his videos. How they are ripped, encoded, edited, mixed, uploaded etc which users on here will find interesting...


Due to some issues with YouTube's notorious contentID he's got two channels with one specialising in reviews and the other the commentaries...

Oliver Harper

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Ollie Harper


^ The latest commentary is on Arnie and James Cameron's 'True Lies'. Very informative, very entertaining and very funny. Synch it with your copy and enjoy!

and with 'Hands Of Fate' just out, here's his and Richard's commentary from last year for T2...


So hit subscribe (Can't believe he hasn't got more than 5k followers  worlwide for all this awesome content?!) and support this amazing editor  so he can keep making all this bonus content for the movies we own!  (Tell your friends) :)
 

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Oliver Harper and Richard Jackson have started a Kickstarter for their Documentary 'In search of the Last Action Heroes'.

"In Search of the Last Action Heroes" will explore the story behind the ‘80s action movie genre, examining how studios were able to turn outrageous concepts into genre-defining tropes, and how the one-man-army sub-genre produced the superstars of the era."

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2141699743/in-search-of-the-last-action-heroes

So donate/pledge if you feel like it. I went for the "DUTCH" blu-ray donation.

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Funding goal has already been exceeded and there is now a trailer, which a great best-of-compilation of 80s action-movie moments if nothing else:

 

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Looks like there are going to be some good interviews. Terminator's Brad Fiedel sounds especially interesting:

 

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I enjoy his content quite a bit.  Glad to see it's successful.  It's rough on YouTube for good content to shine through.
 

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In Search of the Last Action Heroes (2019)
YouTube film reviewer Oliver Harper's (one of my favourite channels) crowd-funded Documentary celebrates the hay-day of 80s/90s action movies. Given the independent nature of the production, I would've been happy with the result if they'd got a few low-level interviews but Swarzenegger/Stallone aside, Harper has managed to get so many icons of the Genre like Paul Verhoeven, Steven E. de Souza, Shane Black, Jenette Goldstein, Ronny Cox and Brad Fiedel. I really liked the vintage sounding synth music that accompanies the interviews and numerous action-packed clips. The one criticism would be it's too much of a good thing, too many great films to cover and only 2hrs20mins to do it in, so sometimes there is a feeling of "Here are 3-mins on the entire Hong Kong action films sub-genre" and then on to something else. If you love oldskool action-movies (and who doesn't) you will not regret a rent or a purchase from Amazon/iTunes.


I made a Letterboxd list of all the films featured (110).

Richard Jackson and Duncan Casey used to feature regularly on Harper's channel but they left over unspecified creative differences (I think related to the direction of the above Documentary, which Jackson was originally involved in). Happily they started their own film review youtube channel a year ago, Val Verde Broadcasting. Thoughtful 30-minute in-depth reviews and amusing film commentaries on pop-culture films and the like. I watch the channel religiously, it's well worth a sub.

For example:



 

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I watched the doc a couple of days ago.

The Good:  It might be the most thorough doc on the 80s-90s movie action genre.  It clocks in at 2hours and 20 minutes.

The Bad:  It is 2 hours 20 minutes of talking heads.  There is no voice over.  No interviewer.  No Oliver Harper.

I love Oliver Harper's commentaries and introspectives.  And I think this documentary would have been significantly stronger, more fleshed out and kept on target, if he had provided his signature voice as a narrator and commenter or interviewer.

As is, it is a good documentary, lots of great stories, but it's through line narrative wavers and loses focus at times.
 

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bionicbob said:
I watched the doc a couple of days ago.

The Good:  It might be the most thorough doc on the 80s-90s movie action genre.  It clocks in at 2hours and 20 minutes.

The Bad:  It is 2 hours 20 minutes of talking heads.  There is no voice over.  No interviewer.  No Oliver Harper.

I love Oliver Harper's commentaries and introspectives.  And I think this documentary would have been significantly stronger, more fleshed out and kept on target, if he had provided his signature voice as a narrator and commenter or interviewer.

As is, it is a good documentary, lots of great stories, but it's through line narrative wavers and loses focus at times.

IIRC the original idea (discussed somewhere) was to have a framing device where Oliver and Richard took a classic American road-trip, literally "In search of...". That might have given it a unique character. The alt poster kinda depicts that, although the passenger seat is empty:

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TM2YC said:
bionicbob said:
I watched the doc a couple of days ago.

The Good:  It might be the most thorough doc on the 80s-90s movie action genre.  It clocks in at 2hours and 20 minutes.

The Bad:  It is 2 hours 20 minutes of talking heads.  There is no voice over.  No interviewer.  No Oliver Harper.

I love Oliver Harper's commentaries and introspectives.  And I think this documentary would have been significantly stronger, more fleshed out and kept on target, if he had provided his signature voice as a narrator and commenter or interviewer.

As is, it is a good documentary, lots of great stories, but it's through line narrative wavers and loses focus at times.

IIRC the original idea (discussed somewhere) was to have a framing device where Oliver and Richard took a classic American road-trip, literally "In search of...". That might have given it a unique character. The alt poster kinda depicts that, although the passenger seat is empty:

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I think that original idea would have definitely been a more fun and engaging approach... I wonder why it changed?
 

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bionicbob said:
TM2YC said:
IIRC the original idea (discussed somewhere) was to have a framing device where Oliver and Richard took a classic American road-trip, literally "In search of...".

I think that original idea would have definitely been a more fun and engaging approach... I wonder why it changed?

I guess that might have been one of the issues that led Richard/Duncan and Oliver to part company. I always assumed it was over the creative direction of the doc in some way but I could be way off.
 

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Live Commentary to Roger Corman's Fantastic Four on Val Verde Broadcasting tonight. I've not seen it before (but I know it by reputation), this should be fun:


Surely now is not the time to give the NHS the clap ;) .
 

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^ That was fun :) . I'd love to see Corman's F4 film, it looks surprisingly good.

FYI: Another live commentary is happening same time tomorrow night (8pm UK time, Thursday). They haven't said on what yet.
 

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Live watch party of The Terminator tonight. If you have Netflix, Google Chrome and the www.netflixparty.com Chrome extension installed you can watch along automatically with everybody. Or just stick a DVD in and sync it up.
 

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This week's (tomorrow/thurs) live Val Verde commentary is going to be 'Robocop'. The Director's Cut version, which is currently on Netflix.
 

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Terminator 2 (special edition) watch party on Thursday night.

 

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Yes! Dredd watch party tonight:

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Dredd superfan Richard will be in his element :D .
 

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TM2YC said:
Yes! Dredd watch party tonight:

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Dredd superfan Richard will be in his element :D .

Nice, unfortunately with my family back in town and the time difference there will be no staying up to 5-6AM for me.
 

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Thanks TM2YC - i will definitely check his videos out when i have some down time.
 
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