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 Posted:   Dec 13, 2011 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

From our MR Sones, a timeless truth has been reveal again, there is nothing sweeter in life, then finding something NEW in life that you happen to LOVE.It keeps us all going on.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2012 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I received Howards End as a Christmas gift. It is one of my favorite dramas of all time, so I was very excited to see the Blu-ray. I was horrified to discover that somehow Criterion Collection totally botched the transfer. It is the worst looking blu-ray I've seen so far, with digital noise and mess all over the image. I scanned through the disc and it was consistently unwatchable, full of weird lighting glow and little digital critters dancing across the screen.

I went to Amazon to do some research and found that there have been many complaints about this Blu-ray, so I suspect that all the discs are the same. I have written to Criterion directly to find out if they ever bothered to produce corrected discs, but according to some other consumers, the disc I have is as good as it gets and even replacements sent out by Criterion are the same garbage. What a disappointment. One of the great films of all time is on Blu-ray, but the old DVD is more watchable. WAHHH!

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2012 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I picked up "Stand by me", decent transfer and nice extras. Also the first season of "Walking Dead" on blu-ray which had me appreciate the show even more. Lots of great extras on it and tour videos on set with the cast members. I had no idea the series followed the comic book so closely.



P.S. Tempted by the "Misery" blu-ray but the DVD edition I got looks great and has a ton of extras. I'll put it on the wish list for now smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2012 - 8:02 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



Dark Night of the Scarecrow - After attempting to watch Howards End, I instead watched the beauty above. It's a made-for-TV movie from 1981 (CBS) that I saw at that time when I was 10 years old. Haven't seen it since then, but it stuck with me all these years. Couldn't remember many details, but I never forgot the shocker ending. Now for it's 30th anniversary, I'm pleased to say that the film is still a good little fright flick, as good as any theatrical horror film of that time. It's well acted (including Charles Durning being absolutely delightful as a psycho bully and perhaps a pedophile), loaded with suspense, and did I mention how cool the ending is? smile Plus I was amazed at the picture quality for a 30-year old cheap TV movie. Looks awesome!

I highly recommend this movie to '80s horror fans. You won't be disappointed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2012 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

Inglourious Basterds. Happy to report that Tarantino didn't go with the grunge crowd on this, the Blu-ray looks stunning.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2012 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   musiconfilm   (Member)

One title you guys must check out for PQ is The Prestige. The thing is razor sharp and looks magnificent on a properly calibrated set. Also a terrific film too - probably Nolan's most under-appreciated except for maybe Insomnia.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2012 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Disney over all has done a phenomenal job remastering their animated films for BluRay.

Snow White, Pinocchio, and Sleeping Beauty:

Look like they were made "yesterday". Crystal clear image, solid colors, and seemingly void of dust or other film artifacts. Improved sound.

Bambi:

Crystal clear cel artwork, solid colors, and void of dust and other film artifacts. I felt the backgrounds seemed kind of "muddy", and darker than I remembered. They may have always looked that way.

Fantasia:

Not the fault of the restoration but I feel the short comings on this film are quite evident by the BluRay format especially in the sound department.

Alice In Wonderland:

Haven't seen this one but I read they mucked up the colors. Alice's traditionally duck-egg blue dress now appears a deep blue.

Beauty and the Beast:

All kinds of trouble with this release. Some character outlines appeared to be in blue. (Blue?) and there was a white "halo" effect around the animation line art. I also read they over lightened the film starting back with one of its DVD special editions. I seem to remember some "scarier" scenes being much darker in the theater, and thus added to the dramatic effect.

Regarding the white boarders around the line art and strange line art color I don't know if I simply got a bad BluRay.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 3:00 AM   
 By:   KubrickFan   (Member)

Well, Disney doesn't really restore their movies. They reinvent them. Removing the grain and altering the colors (along with the removal of logos, if necessary) makes the movie seem brand new, and that's exactly what the majority of the buyers wants. However, it's not necessarily what the movie looked like, and should look like.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 4:26 AM   
 By:   TM2-Megatron   (Member)

Yeah, what Disney does with some of their older titles definitely isn't too the liking of everyone. In the case of Beauty & the Beast, I think they also altered the aspect ratio slightly so that it would take up the entirety of a 16:9 display, rather than playing with slight letterboxing bars in the original theatrical ratio. Having just seen the 3-D showing in theatres, and owning the 3-D Blu-Ray, I do have to say it was still a reasonably impressive presentation. I saw the film in theatres as a little kid, and maybe once after way back on my sister's VHS copy; but I doubt I'd seen the movie in over 15 years before seeing it in theatres recently (and then buying/watching the 3-D Blu-Ray to compare my TV experience with the theatre).

Disney's modern films all look gorgeous, though, and they're possibly among the best samplers of everything that Blu-Ray and HDTVs can do. The Pixar movies, in particular (both 3-D and 2-D) are all incredible. The non-Pixar stuff looks good too, though; this weekend I bought Bolt on 3-D Blu-Ray, and it was also quite nice. While it doesn't quite recapture the magic of Disney movies in the B&tB/Aladdin/TLK era, Bolt was still quite a bit better than most stuff they produced in the first decade of the 21st century.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Metryq   (Member)

It's amazing how good the acting is in this movie - and how bad the CGI effects are.

I agree about the acting. Everyone did a good job for such a far-out tale. As for the computer work—you gotta remember that the movie was released in 1984. Simply cranking out that much CGI was a feat in itself. The animators were probably all computer science majors, not graphic artists. Besides, all CGI back then had that "ultra-clean" look. Many of the tools that the home hobbyist takes for granted today did not even exist when The Last Starfighter was made.

One thing that did impress me back when the movie was first released was the use of real pyrotechnics. I'm guessing the explosions were scanned and superimposed into the scenes as needed. And the "multi-bladed" energy bolts was a clever solution.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Finally caught up with "The Longest Day" on blu ray yesterday. Absolutely fantastic! OK, some of the effects shots were naive compared with 2012, and I couldn't really turn up the sound because the rest of the family were asleep, but the picture...! GLEAMING black and white. Beautiful!

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

AMERICAN BEAUTY

Well, this one was a shocker in terms of PQ and perhaps I'm being too critical but this is a bad transfer of a high profile film.

I own BRAVEHEART and that film looks SPECTACULAR so why doesn't this film which is a bit older?

MAGNOLIA, ROAD TO PERDITION, and THE PRESTIGE all look MILES better then this film in terms of DVD to Blu-Ray.

Still, for 9.99 I can't really complain but I certainly didn't expect such a high profile release to look OK.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Just watched my first 3D Blu, on my new system, and all I have to say is, "HOLY SHIT!!!!" The other REALLY cool thing is turning any 2D broadcast into 3D. Watched part of the Patriots-Ravens game in 3D. Excellent! Have had a 42 inch LG set and standard Blu, for a while. Love that, as well. That has now gone into the basement (guest room).

http://www.lg.com/us/tv-audio-video/televisions/LG-led-tv-47LW6500.jsp

By the way, the movie I watched was FINAL DESTINATION 5

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Well, Disney doesn't really restore their movies. They reinvent them. Removing the grain and altering the colors (along with the removal of logos, if necessary) makes the movie seem brand new, and that's exactly what the majority of the buyers wants. However, it's not necessarily what the movie looked like, and should look like.

I agree not everyone is happy with grain removal, because grain exists on the original film stock as noted. However I support grain reduction because grain seems to be overly magnified in HD, and it looks more like "noise" than a textured element of the film.

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2012 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Just watched my first 3D Blu, on my new system, and all I have to say is, "HOLY SHIT!!!!" The other REALLY cool thing is turning any 2D broadcast into 3D. Watched part of the Patriots-Ravens game in 3D. Excellent! Have had a 42 inch LG set and standard Blu, for a while. Love that, as well. That has now gone into the basement (guest room).

http://www.lg.com/us/tv-audio-video/televisions/LG-led-tv-47LW6500.jsp

By the way, the movie I watched was FINAL DESTINATION 5


Neato! I watched FD5 the day it came out (2D) and thoroughly enjoyed it! I wonder if the FD films will ever get old to me. Probably not. Keep 'em comin'!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2012 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

The Wolfman 2010. I know a lot of people didn't, but I really like this. One thing everyone agreed on is that the Blu-ray looks stunning.

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2012 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)



Neato! I watched FD5 the day it came out (2D) and thoroughly enjoyed it! I wonder if the FD films will ever get old to me. Probably not. Keep 'em comin'!


My favorite film series. Yes, keep 'em comin'!

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2012 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The Wolfman 2010. I know a lot of people didn't, but I really like this. One thing everyone agreed on is that the Blu-ray looks stunning.

I picked that up for five bucks today at Best Buy. big grin

 
 Posted:   Jan 24, 2012 - 10:49 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)



Neato! I watched FD5 the day it came out (2D) and thoroughly enjoyed it! I wonder if the FD films will ever get old to me. Probably not. Keep 'em comin'!


My favorite film series. Yes, keep 'em comin'!


I'm glad you two liked them but man has this films series gone to shit.

The first one was rather new and fun and the bus scene alone was classic. The second certainly upped the deaths but had some sense in bringing one someone from the first.

Everything from that point on is just the same shit with lame set ups, horrible actors, and predictable endings [all three of the last films have ended the EXACT same way].

I know people like these films for the kills but I keep hoping for the films to make me CARE about those in this films but its pretty clear that 2/3 of the people are the likeable leads and the rest are just stereotypes to slaughtered [Dick guy or Bitch girl, Lazy or Stoner guy, Slut girl or Jock Guy, Nerd guy or Shy girl, etc].

Its a shame Devon Sawa looks NOTHING like his younger self so that an in between from the First Film to the Second could exist.

 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2012 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I agree with you, BJBien. I thought the first was a fun concept, and the second stepped up the game . . . and then the third and fourth went nowhere with it. Five . . . it was better than three and four, but again didn't really do much new, aside from the slight twist. I've been thinking about how they could redeem this franchise. They either have to have the guts to expand the concept, delve into why certain people get these warnings even if there's nothing they can do about it or something, or . . . they could cross genres and make it either a mockumentary or found footage thing. Sometime after The Final Destination, some college kids look at all these Rube Goldberg style deaths and notice the pattern and decide to make a documentary about it. In the first act, they speak to people who knew those who died, kind of figure out what's going on . . . and then they themselves survive a horrible accident when someone (not part of their crew) has a premonition and saves them. That way you'd have the novelty of seeing these deaths not from the God's-eye-view but from the point of view of the people on the scene, and you'd also have a group of people who are somewhat forewarned because they have some idea what's going on, and don't have to waste time doing the whole confusion and denial thing that we've now seen five times. Never happen, but I think it might be a fun twist to the concept.

 
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