: What are you watching on DVD these days?
2006-01-12, 12:07 PM
Totally agre!! We were very impressed with that documentary.. the photography was outstanding.. some of the scenes were so touching..sniff sniff..
the mama and losing her baby :-( how all the other mothers rallied together and wouldn't let her take another baby... I was so touched by that scene..
I kind of wished that there was a bit more meaty info , but regardless Morgan Freeman really helped put more heart into it....
2006-01-13, 08:24 PM
The Constant Gardener -- An excellent thriller about death, intrigue and the pharmaceutical industry in Africa. Great cast (Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Billy Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite), beautiful scenery and outstanding video quality on the dvd.
2006-01-14, 05:07 PM
Watched The Constant Gardener the other evening. Will admit to enjoying reviews of the picture much more than the an actual viewing.
Personally, I found it a touch long, a little too dragged out, and definitely a little too "manipulated" (irritatingly so for my tastes). Although the storyline and plot were fair, the acting decent enough, and some of the action 'ok', the Director's constant use of flashbacks, and video with totally-weird and unnatural colours, tended to just annoy me, and serve to distract me from the film, it's story, and sometimes very beautiful scenary, rather than draw me into it all.
I expected more. Maybe with a second viewing, I'll get that? But have too many titles to watch for that to happen anytime soon.
2006-01-14, 05:57 PM
Hostage - A fun little movie with Willis, and some scary little boys. It was a good action-packed movie. Perhaps too many plot lines to follow, but a very fun watch indeed.
Watched it on MCHD. Picture was very good. The California hillside was showcased brilliantly in this flick. Audio was also very good. 5.1, with lots of surround use.
Will be watching either War of the Worlds or Sin City tonight. Don't know yet. it has to fit with figure skating and football.
2006-01-14, 10:55 PM
The Jacket - Adrian Brody is a Gulf War veteran who, consigned to a mental institution, finds himself travelling into the future and having sex with Keira Knightley.
An interesting, Fahrenheit 451-esque premise, a lot of mediocre acting and leisurely pacing. It was...okay.
2006-01-15, 02:07 PM
Transporter2 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388482/)Outrageous non stop action movie that has everything from seadooing on pavement to coconut boxing gloves,may have had more action than the original.
2006-01-15, 05:09 PM
...may have had more action than the original.Unfortunately, more isn't always better. Quantity of action aside, how did you find it compared to the first movie? Despite its being a very simplistic flick, I really enjoyed the original (enough to buy it, too) and I'm kind of looking forward to watching the sequel. At the same time, though, I'm expecting a disappointment.
2006-01-15, 05:24 PM
You will be dissapointed. I am a big fan of the first one. Thought it was well done and well acted. The second one is just plain undoable. There are many scenes that I just thought to my self...please...this is beyond comprehension. I like action movies as much as the next guy (or girl) but this one just seemed to much. There is one scene in particular when he jumps and drops something ....well you will see it and know what I mean. If you do rent it be ready for it.....
Just my 2 cents
2006-01-15, 05:43 PM
Thanks for the comments, Poolshark. I'll relegate it to my "free 7-day rental" list... :)
2006-01-15, 06:01 PM
Since I got my new receiver (Harmon Kardon AVR135), i've been watching all my DVD's with DTS - my last receiver didn't have DTS, and I code hacked my DVD player so it now upconverts over component (LDA-531 by LG). Its like my DVD collection is brand new, all over again.
Scarface - Anniversary Edition - This movie never gets old. The video and audio transfer is amazing on this version. The "trebley" 80's music is soooo crisp in DTS.
The Transporter (the first one) - During the first 5 mins, I though this was going to be great, until he fell for the girl then it trainwrecked from there.
Sin City - I bought the new special edition - big mistake. Losing the DTS track isn't worth the extra footage. The original DVD has DTS available.
Alien Quadrilogy - I had 2 weeks off work over Xmas, so I had time to go thru this box set again. Alien and Aliens are the best of course. Alien 3 - I like it, despite everyone else who hates it. Alien Resurrection - have I used the word trainwreck yet?
2006-01-15, 07:42 PM
Unfortunately, more isn't always better. Quantity of action aside, how did you find it compared to the first movie?
About as unbelievable as the original :D,to be honest when he was fighting all the guys with bike pedals on his feet in an oil slick(in the original) I thought :eek: .With the sequel I knew to shut my brain right off(this wasn't hard to do) and just watch.
2006-01-15, 07:58 PM
About as unbelievable as the original ... when he was fighting all the guys with bike pedals on his feet in an oil slick (in the original) I thought :eek:Yeah, but since it was really chocolate sauce, it's a lot more believeable... ;)
With the sequel I knew to shut my brain right off ...Well, I'm not expecting cinematic excellence but, when I do get around to renting it, I'll make sure I shut my brain off...and maybe leave it in the next room, too. :D
Thanks for the comments, guys.
2006-01-16, 12:48 PM
The Transporter 2 I thought was good... good soundtrack too
2006-01-16, 02:58 PM
Finally got around to renting 40 Year Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers.
B Minus: 40 Yr Old Virgin : Over Rated for sure. Just a few LOL moments. I'm 40 but I thought the situations and humour were just a little too forced for my taste. I really don't get all the hoopla this movie got and Steve Carell was "just ok" for me.
B Plus: Wedding Crashers : A few more laughs then 40yr old. I liked the chemistry of Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The "hunting" scenes had my wife and I rolling on the floor! Plus...any movie that allows me to drool over the beauty that is Rachel Mcadams, gets brownie points :D
2006-01-17, 10:12 AM
"Lord Of War" Nicolas Cage
Wow.. hard message to watch ,
2006-01-25, 08:54 PM
Transporter 2 - Mercenary driver Frank Martin zooms around Miami trying to save a kidnapped child and catch the bad guys.
It's unfortunate that this sequel follows the "more is less" philosophy of movie-making. It falls far short of being as straightforward and enjoyable as the original.
I dread the thought of Transporter 3...
2006-01-25, 11:13 PM
In the last few weeks, I've been watching the World Poker Tour, seasons 1, 2, an 3.
And the new DVD season of Family Guy.
2006-01-26, 11:16 AM
I seem to have been working the indie circuit over the past week:
Junebug - A sweet little movie about the clash of cultures that ensues when a sophisticated urban couple travels from Chicago to visit his family in smalltown Georgia.
Chumscrubber - Angst and dark secrets in suburbia in an American Beauty meets Donnie Darko kinda way.
Thumbsucker - An 18 year-old kid turns to drugs and sex to beat his addiction to his thumb, and manages to get out from under the thumb of his demanding parents along the way.
2006-01-27, 10:40 PM
Flightplan Better than I expected...great performance by Jodie...!!!
Transporter 2 Rented to see the Audi/Lamborghini...it was alright...some of the stunts was dry...!!!
Lord of War Great movie...again Cage is amazing...!!!
The Fog It was dry...!!!
2006-01-28, 05:18 PM
The Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection -- we completed our viewing of the 14 movies (and much of the extra's) in this collection last night. With the exception of only one, we watched all from start to finish, and found the whole experience to be well-worth the price of admission!!
I guess we enjoyed the 'earlier' movies in the collection the most - they seemed to be Hitchcock at his finest. And we were quite amazed and pleased at how well the 'restorations' of these old films had been done. Obviously, the very staged scenes and settings were quite amusing at times, but the stories, with their plots and dialogues were "all Hitchcock", and sure entertaining.
The only movie in the works that we did give up on, and not watch all the way through, was 'Torn Curtain'. We found this one to be quite silly, and the acting much the same.
Overall, I'm sure glad I picked up this collection, and know that we will enjoy watching many of the movies again -- maybe next winter?