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 Posted:   Jan 25, 2012 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Back on topic, Blu-ray chronicles. . .

I've now watched a few.

The first -- Another Earth -- is a film that really did not benefit much from Blu-ray. I probably should have chosen a reference disc as my first just to set a standard. But I didn't, so the format didn't set my world on fire at first.

The second -- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid -- not a great transfer. They could have done much better, and the movie deserves it. But even so the clarity and the detail was greater than I'm used to, even on my laptop monitor.

The third -- Final Destination 5 -- not a great movie, but the first newish, effects movie that I've watched in the format. Beautiful detail.

It's amazing how quickly our standards change, because a few weeks ago I still reveled in the crisp detail of DVDs I watched, and now whenever I play one it looks a bit soft to me after the crispness of BD. Which means I'm probably going to have to invest in new technology so I can watch BDs without going through the time-consuming process of ripping them first. Oy.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2012 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


I'm still waiting for Gremlins 2 on Blu-Ray. frown


Good news! It's coming to Blu-ray in May!

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2012 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   Francis   (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 liked this one a lot, might've been a tad shorter in running time, but I agree on the stunning transfer.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2012 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


I'm still waiting for Gremlins 2 on Blu-Ray. frown


Good news! It's coming to Blu-ray in May!


I heard. big grin

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2012 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



The Ides of March - Good-looking movie, but I have mixed feelings about it overall. It follows a very typical political scandal storyline, and though Clooney has a GREAT confrontational scene toward the end, the whole thing feels underdeveloped, too short, and kind of unremarkable. Still, it has its moments and a great Desplat score.





Psycho - Watched it Sunday. Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL transfer. Black and white looks particularly stunning on Blu-ray, doesn't it? Showed the film to my parents who hadn't seen it in decades. They loved it, and my mother literally shrieked in the staircase scene!

Sure hope PSYCHO II is in the works for Blu-ray.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2012 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

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The Help - Mighty impressive movie in all regards. Great-looking and beautifully shot, stunning performances (Allison Janney broke my heart in this), and many powerful scenes. T. Newman's score didn't help much though. Very typical of his style, not heavily employed and didn't heighten the emotional impact of the movie IMO. Luckily, it didn't need the help of a score!

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2012 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



Real Steel
Took a chance on this and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It's very predictable and familiar and follows most of Hollywood's "neglectful father reunites with son and sees the beauty of life" routines, yet I was entertained from start to finish, enjoyed the boxing sequences, and just had a good time watching it with my dad. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2012 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (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.


I saw this too when it aired and was a hell of a scary movie for tv. There is a moment when the camera follows a character(cant remember who) while outside, who comes around a corner to go back to the house and the second he does the lights in the house go out. Perfect timing and execution and for all of the horror films I have seen, never, ever duplicated. Creepy as hell.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2012 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Picked up this week



My criticism of the movie aside, it looks and sounds great on blu-ray and the deleted scenes are worthwile to get this; I wish there was a director's cut adding these as they are quite good. Haven't checked the other extras yet.



Had fun watching this 70's Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks flic on blu. Lots of extras including outtakes, an isolated score and a nice featurette on composer John Morris. Picked this up at discount price (3 euro), no regrets. Frau Blücher!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2012 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)





Had fun watching this 70's Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks flic on blu. Lots of extras including outtakes, an isolated score and a nice featurette on composer John Morris. Picked this up at discount price (3 euro), no regrets. Frau Blücher!


Wow, 3 euro! That's the best Blu-ray bargain I've heard of, esp. when you consider how great the movie is...& what a fantastic cameo from Gene Hackman.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2012 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


Had fun watching this 70's Gene Wilder/Mel Brooks flic on blu. Lots of extras including outtakes, an isolated score and a nice featurette on composer John Morris. Picked this up at discount price (3 euro), no regrets. Frau Blücher!


Wow, 3 euro! That's the best Blu-ray bargain I've heard of, esp. when you consider how great the movie is...& what a fantastic cameo from Gene Hackman.

It got discounted many times judging by the amount of stickers I had to peel off big grin

Regarding Hackman, I had no idea it was him playing the blind man until I saw the "making of". Hilarious bit!

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2012 - 6:31 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Watched GoodFellas last night. Looked great for a 5-year old bluray!

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2012 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

A friend bought it for me from Wal-Mart and it looks really good but I'm not sure how they managed it but it looks very clear and sharp but doesn't really have the film stock qualities to it except for the opening titles.

It isn't DNR to shit but looks quite clean though but over all for the price I paid a very nice disc with a GREAT making of.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2012 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Recent screenings:



Casino (1995) - looked phenomenally good!




The Bodyguard (1992) - Looked great, sounded great, and it was fun to revisit this highly effective thriller. Costner was uber cool.




The Iron Lady (2011) - Eggggcellent performance from the finest actress on the planet (duh). Effective, interesting film, but I felt like I didn't learn enough about MT. Could have easily been another 30 or 40 minutes longer, and perhaps a bit more linear.




Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) - Moving and wonderfully acted. Seems to be a mixed bag for critics and audiences alike. I was rather impressed by it.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2012 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

I've rented a lot, and haven't really had any problems with them. They've tended to be newer films anyway.

The one Blu I've bought - imported to the UK - was the Universal release of HALLOWEEN II (Rosenthal, not the Rob Zombie atrocity), and that was only because it comes with TERROR IN THE AISLES as a bonus feature. I've little interest in HALLOWEEN II as I've seen the UK DVD recently and it's not brilliant, but AISLES has been a favourite of mine for years now since its UK VHS release.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



Watched Ghostbusters a couple days ago. Is it just me, or does most of it look el stinko? Especially dark interior scenes. Not a good transfer. Some shots looked pretty good, but there wasn't a moment when I was blown away by picture quality. I seem to remember that the laserdisc wasn't the best either (didn't see the DVD). frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Picture-wise, GHOSTBUSTERS has been a problem title on every medium., according to reviewers. I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like. I never saw it in the theater on its initial release, and I haven't seen any video of it. I attended a 35mm revival screening at the AFI last year. It looked OK to me, but unless a new print had been struck (it wasn't) there's no way you can judge anything from an old print. Did the film really look all that pristine on its original release?

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 12:10 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Good to know about Ghostbusters, wont be upgrading my DVD.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 12:26 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

The Toy Story Blu Rays come highly recommended. The DTS-HD tracks are excellent and the extras are great as well. The picture quality is also perfect.

Another Blu Ray with great audio is The Relic. A good DTS track on that one.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2012 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

GHOSTBUSTERS: Did the film really look all that pristine on its original release?

No, I think it was always visually troubled. I remember the laserdisc looking significantly cruddy. Nevertheless, it should look a lot better on blu-ray than it does. Frustrating.

 
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