: What are you watching on Blu-ray? (and discussion of said titles)
2009-04-05, 04:01 PM
Watched Casino Royale Part II. Unlike Part I, it wasn't a 2 hour Sony commercial. That's the good part.
That being said, it was actually a step down from the prior movie. Luckily all the classic Bond movies are coming out on BD.
2009-04-05, 06:03 PM
For some reason the more times I watch this film the more I like it. Technically, the BD is amazing for both PQ and AQ. The wide screen Australian vistas look amazing on BD. Closeups of Kidman, Jackman et al. are just fabulous in their detail. A great demo. disc.
At last we get to see this long requested classic as it looked when it premiered. I had the VHS tape. The BD is 100 times better in all aspects. Colours are vibrant. Scene detail is gorgeous. Sound is clear although not very hi-fi. Can't wait to see if The Robe is as good.
Sony SXRD A2000 60 inch. Pioneer VSX1015-TX.
2009-04-09, 02:05 AM
Yes Man - Jim Carrey is Carl, a bank loan officer in a dead end job and a social life that consists of prowling the aisles at his local Blockbuster until an old acquaintance drags him to a self-improvement seminar where he learns saying "Yes!" to life's opportunities could change his life. Of course, things are never quite so cut and dried.
I'm not much of a Jim Carrey fan, but I've a weakness for Zooey Deschannel, and the combination here is actually kinda cute. A moderately entertaining and occasionally sweet movie. Decent video and audio.
2009-04-09, 04:46 AM
i loved Ritchie's Lock Stock and Snatch, i even appreciated Revolver, but i just could NOT get into this movie. i didn't appreciate the story and the first 90% of the movie to me was just boring setup (as opposed to LS and Snatch which was totally entertaining setup), and the payoff at the end was too little, too late.
conversely, i popped in Layer Cake and i like this movie more and more every time i watch it. i remember being weary when i first heard of this movie because it was made by a producer-turned-director but damn, this is a good movie.
2009-04-10, 10:03 PM
Yes Man - good little comedy. Looked and sounded good. Carrey's best in ahile!
2010: The Year We Made Contact - not bad, not nearly as good as 2001 but very watchable. I was disappointed at how little Hal 9000 was in it and little attention was paid to him, I hoped he was the star of the movie but that's ok. PQ was good but not as good as 2001's... AQ was great.
2009-04-11, 12:03 PM
Slumdog Millionaire - Authorities can't believe Jamal, a young assistant at a call center who grew up in the slums of Mumbai, has enough knowledge and intelligence to get him to the cusp of the 20 million rupee grand prize of the Indian version of the game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. But through a series of kinetic flashbacks we learn how Jamal gained his knowledge through perseverance, determination, resilience and an indomitable spirit. But will that spirit get him through one last crisis to win the prize and get the girl?
Danny Boyle's Oscar winning film is a colorful, energetic romp, filled with humor, tension and pathos. Beautifully photographed and with a dazzling soundtrack, both of which are amazingly rendered on Blu-Ray!
2009-04-11, 12:54 PM
Yikes, glad I only rented this tedious, slow paced, poorly written mess.
Good PQ and very good AQ, still did'nt make it worth the watch.
2009-04-13, 08:39 AM
Very down on the last two Bond films, but then found the books tedious. Loved the film series though for 40 years. Interesting that Kevin McClory, who co-wrote original Thunderball treatment with Fleming, claimed until his dying breath to have created the cinematic Bond. But he never won his lawsuit. From all the comments I read, it's obvious that fans realize the difference between literary and cinematic Bond - up until Craig anyway. But certainly Quantum looked and sounded fantastic, aided by the range of exotic locales.
Body of Lies
This film has a similar look and feel to Quantum, with desert and gritty backstreet locales. With this and Blood Diamond, Leo has taken to international thrillers where he's a stranger in a strange land battling for personal and professional gain. I hope he keeps at it.
Odd film. Part SNL skit, part TV movie-of-the-week, part melodrama, part Oliver Stone. The director said he needed to explore his questions about the President, but I don't think he ever finds his answers - and neither do we. Still, somewhat enjoyable to watch but never insightful enough to be considered an achievement.
I watched this the same week I sat through movies about one of America's most controversial presidents and one about terrorism in the Middle East. We all need some lighter moments. Though a CG film, it looks more like traditional animation, especially the backdrops. Impressive on that level, with a cute story and some action scenes that might make Michael Bay take notice.
2009-04-14, 12:10 AM
Running Scared(2007) The Movie was absolutely awesome Paul Walkers best by far. P.Q. was good as well 8/10 well worth the $16.00.
Universal Soldier(1992) The movie is classic Van Damme/Lundgren greatness. P.Q. is pretty good as well. Overall 8/10
2009-04-14, 02:57 PM
Rented Marley and Me last night on BD and was not impressed with the PQ.
2009-04-19, 09:30 PM
Awesome early 70s movie about a cross multiple states car chase. Brainless fun!
The video was very good and audio not too bad I guess. The surrounds are active and all but there's not alot of punch to the older soundtrack like more modern blu-rays.
2009-04-19, 10:03 PM
An IMAX film. Space scenes filmed by the shuttle astronauts. Looks marvellous in HD. Narrator could be better. Script very uninspired.
The Dream Is Alive
Also IMAX. Shot early in the Shuttle program. Includes brief shot of Canadian astronaut Marc Garneau. Opening scene of shuttle landing shows off your subwoofer. Shuttle liftoffs are unbelievable for both PQ and AQ. Shots from outer space are spectacular on a big screen. Narration by Walter Cronkite is priceless.
Note: Both movies on same disc. No extras. Good demo. disc.
Sony SXRD A2000 60 inch, Pioneer VXS1015-TX, Sony Sony BDP S550
2009-04-21, 10:48 PM
First Blood aka Rambo
Finally picked this up, got it for 10 bucks! Great movie, nothing like part 2 and up which is a very good thing. Has a good story, great action and the acting isn't bad either!
The PQ was outstanding! AQ is missing thump but surround wise it works.
2009-04-21, 10:59 PM
I watched The Spirit tonight. The movie itself was definitely not that great, but not as bad as I was expecting based on what I've read and heard. The PQ, I must say, was simply outstanding. It had an amazing bitrate of what had to be 30Mbps as an average. Can't speak on the AQ as I haven't completed putting my new audio system together, but I'm sure it's a strong track due to the DTS-HD MA soundtrack the disc contains.
I would recommend this simply for the PQ and especially for the 'eye-candy' of this movie; it's too bad it wasn't anywhere as good as Sin City, but what can you do?
2009-04-22, 05:05 PM
hc666, have you seen the newest Rambo? It will literally blow you away on BD. The PQ is great but is the audio that really shines. Lionsgate to my knowledge is the only studio pushing DTS-HD MA or PCM 7.1 tracks on all of its titles. I own this and have watched at least five times, favorite movie.
At Blockbuster you can get full-week BD rentals at $3.99 each of 3 for $8.99. I rented "War", "Black Hawk Down", and "Deja Vu". Really looking forward to the 7.1 PCM track on "War", and apparently the A/V experience of Black Hawk is insane too.
Watched "Yes Man" and "Quantam of Solace" last week. QoS blew me away, the other one was a comedy so not too much to expect sound-wise. PQ was good and just the movie itself was pretty funny, not as much as I expected though.
2009-04-25, 01:39 PM
Watched two movies last night, well one and a half really...2/3 way through "War" the disc started jumping and freezing for some reason...there didn't seem to be any noticeable defects on the disc physically though. To make sure it wasn't my HTPC I threw in Deja'Vu and it played fine so must be the disc.
After watching Deja'Vu I have to say that is the nicest looking BD I've watched so far(QoS is close if not at par though). Almost every scene in that movie looks stunning. The 5.1 PCM track isn't up there will the 7.1 PCM or DTS-HD MA on some of the Lionsgate titles, like "War", but it was still good. Partially this is because there isn't the same level of action so the rear surrounds aren't used as much, still a great track and a great movie as I had never seen it before. If you can wrap your head around the whole "bending space" idea you should really enjoy it.
Will be watching "Black Hawk Down" tonight which is another 5.1 PCM track and 2:40:1 pic.
2009-04-25, 04:57 PM
Total classic horror flick. One of my all time faves, after 22 years it still rocks!
The PQ on the bluray is ok, I would give it a 3/5. Day scenes look great, dark scenes not so much and most of the movie is dark. The scene where Frank Cotton is ressurected is amazing! They don't them like that anymore!
AQ was really good, compared to the other horror flicks on blu by Anchor Bay(day of the dead...etc), Hellraiser sounds terrific!
2009-04-26, 03:54 PM
Very very very good move. And I must say I have always had a thing for Marisa Tomei, wow she looks amazing in this!!!! hehehe!
PQ and AQ are great.
Anyone who has seen a once big time wrestler now performing in front of 40 ppl at a local gymnasium will really appreciate this flick.
2009-04-26, 04:40 PM
Watched Frost/Nixon last night. This was last weeks big title. Ron Howard is very underrated IMHO.
That being said, the movie was good but left you wanting more (outside of the extras) especially more behind the scenes information with the Frost Camp.