This series is brilliant. Nobody needs to hear more about that. The news here is that this series was shot on film at 25fps, as most British TV was. It has always been transferred to DVD at that speed, and even the HD transfer now on Netflix is that way. However for the BD they slowed it down to 24fps. This is a 4% slowdown. It's the opposite of the PAL-speedup that feature films used to face on DVD. Prime Suspect 1 is 9 minutes longer as a result, and everyone's voices are deeper. I found this unacceptable and returned my BD to Amazon as a result.
Dr. Holden, a psychologist knowledgeable about the occult, is dismayed by a friend's strange death, leading him to investigate a demon-worshipping cult in England. But the leader of that sect, Prof. Karswell, resists Holden's...
Excellent French release for a classic horror film
Very pleased with this transfer. Clean, crisp B&W transfer that looks like some careful restoration has been
attempted with no noticeable print damage and no obvious (over) use of DNR. Nice film-like quality.
Audio is clean, clear glorious mono.
Nothing in the way of extras except for a 130 page book. However this is in French as the disc is an import. My
French is OK so I'm slowly making my way through the book at the minute and it is excellent - much better than the
usual fluff that accompanies disc releases.
The French subtitles on the English language version of the film can be switched off via your player remote.
Lionsgate Films | 1992 | 99 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | Region B (locked) | Mar 09, 2009
Four Perfect Killers. One Perfect Crime. Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, it's the brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. They were perfect strangers,...
This is one of nicest blu-ray films that I have come across in a while. 'Nice' might be an odd choice of words when talking about Reservoir Dogs but the experience of revisiting, what is arguably , Quentin Tarantino's best film to date, is an absolute pleasure.
The blu-ray initialises with the menu screen as opposed to dropping you straight into the film. This menu is well polished and well thought out. It consists of snapshots of the great scenes which are replete throughout the film and done in such a way that if you have not seen the film in a while, you are instantly re-introduced to much of what you loved about it. It really is very well done.
The quality of the blu-ray release is good. It shows it's age but I am all for that in a picture. Unless a studio is going to go all out with a 4k master, or is it up to 8k these days!?! A sympathetic transfer to the source material is all that is needed and you get that and more here.
G2 Pictures | 2010 | 81 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | Region B (C untested) | Apr 04, 2011
Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of...
Prowl is yet another entry in the lineup of less than awesome horror flicks brought to the public by After Dark, the company that seems to sneak out low budget horror movies when Halloween rolls around. They claim that their movies are too shocking to be shown in theaters, but really most of them are too crappy to be shown in theaters, with only a few shining gems among them. Prowl would be considered one of those gems. While not perfect, it pitches generic opening premise of a girl wanting to get out of her small town life for big city adventure. She gathers up her friends to accompany her and all is looking up. Until their car breaks down. Hitching a ride from an overly friendly hick in a semi truck, their adventure resumes, only to find out that they won't be arriving at their expected destination. When the truck stops they are introduced to a hunting ground for blood-thirsty nocturnal creatures (muahahaha!).
Prowl blends a coming-of-age tale with 30 Days of Night. It's not a surprise to learn that the baddies are vampires. You can pretty much assume this from the cover art. Prowl does not bring anything particularly new to the genre, but it's not its worst entry either. The acting is solid, particularly when compared with other "SyFy" films that seem to be taking over cable television on a weekly basis. Running at only 80 minutes, it's a film that gets to the point rather quickly without a lot of character development. But the short run time lets up know that we probably won't be seeing many of them for long. Our gouls-in-training all appear inspired by the look of 30 Days of Night, though we rarely see a steady close up shot of any comment worthy makeup. Overall the movie holds your attention, provides acceptable blood and gore (though barely), and gives those of us with "horror ADHD" what we want: a to the point horror film that doesn't bother with character exposition or needless filler.
Prowl looks decent enough, but keep in mind it is an extremely darkly lit film, much of it cloaked in shadow. The camera work doesn't exactly help the film, often resorting to handy-cam shakey shots galore which, in combination with the dark look, doesn't yield a lot of detail. However, brighter day scenes provide with with good fabric texture, individual strands of hair, no outwardly noticeable signs of digital anomalies. Given the fact that Prowl is a low budget picture, its video presentation looks solid when played on my Oppo 93 and Epson projector.
The audio I think fairs better. Clear dialogue and surround effects on a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track. The surrounds hold off until we find the main characters in peril and the vampires scurry and chirp around in the background. Most of the action sounds mostly focused up front with only occasional surround usage. Again considering the budget factor it is an overall clear soundtrack, but leaves opportunity open to really take advantage of all encompassing experience.
The only extra available is a trailer that frankly looks like crap for the titular film and other entries from the After Dark lineup.
Horror fans may not be overall impressed with Prowl, but it proves to be entertaining despite its small scope and funding, boasting a clean picture and solid audio.
Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father's disappearance and finds himself pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years. Along with Kevin's loyal...
I love this sequel and I love Jeff Bridges. The movie was entertaining in theatres.
What the 3-D Blu-ray is missing are more extras. No trailers are a bummer.
I cannot watch it in 3-D yet, though one thing I have about all the discs included is that the 3-D elements are presented in 16:9, or more accurately 1.78:1 rather than the theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The notes on the discs state that this was done to preserve the IMAX experience. This doesn't appeal to me because I am watching this at home on my TV or projection screen and I do not have any way to view this in IMAX.
Disney should have preserved the full 2.35:1 presentation. Still I love this movie and I am glad to have this in my 3-D collection.
Cinema Guild | 2012 | 98 min | Rated R | Region free
| Oct 22, 2013
In the very waters where Melville's Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — this...
Watching this experimental documentary is an immersing experience. After a while you're not watching a boat anymore; you're on it. Movie has a slow, but deliberate pace. PQ is outstanding and so is the AQ. Highly recommended.
However, viewers who expect a "Discovery Channel' type of documentary out of Leviathan will be greatly disappointed.
I advise prospective buyers to do their homework before ordering this blu-ray. (read some reviews; watch a trailer or two on you-tube,...)
It was the 37-minute New York Film Festival-press conference on you-tube that convinced me to order this disc.
A magical nanny takes the two young children of a wealthy London banker on a journey into
playful worlds and eccentric characters, eventually showing them and their cold-hearted father
the power of love over money.
Overall the disc seems pretty good, a reflection of a 1964 production. But I was taken aback by the opening where the matte painting behind the credits looked overly degraded. I almost wish they had gone back to the original elements and re-comped this stuff digitally. I work in visual effects so my eye goes right to this stuff. Ditto on the long shot Peter Ellenshaw matte painting of London with Mary Poppins in the cloud in the distance. We easily see where the image of Julie Andrews was projected onto the matte painting as it kind of yellows there. This could've been fixed.
These kinds of fixes aren't the same as the George Lucas style of fixes where entire shots are removed and CG ones put in. Just an attempt to get back at what was originally shot in a first generation look and not take away from the material by wondering why it looks so bad! Disney saves everything (like Mr. Banks) so you know this stuff exists somewhere in their archives. Anyway great to have this in any case and most of the effects work (besides the actor sodium process matte fringing) is pretty darn good.
Unlike Headhunter1 who felt the movie was too short, I think an hour and a half is adequate to tell the story of Linda Lovelace- there really is'nt a whole lot to tell here- girl gets into abusive relationship, does groundbreaking and controversial porn movie that has legal /societal impact- the movie was actually used as an example of constitutional law in a lecture by one of my old professors- and she then goes on to a more normal existence and speaks out about her past experience. "Lovelace" covers all those things sufficiently in my opinion. What does it leave out? They even include bits by Johnny carson and Walter Cronkite to put things into historical context (and Carson really does summarize a very funny absurdity when he draws the parallel to the Watergate tapes and a like named informant).
The film is mostly concise, but they repeat a few previous sequences just to make it run 90 minutes- those segments are'nt so much "flashbacks" that serve a key purpose- they feel more just like filler. If you want to know more, then watch the deep throat documentary that came out about 5 years ago, but it too does'nt give you a whole lot more as far as Lovelace herself- but again there's only so much to tell unless you get into minutiae- the wider story here is the legal wrangling and societal upheaval that took place as a result of "Deep Throat" film.
"Lovelace" was better than I expected and is a good biopic. It also captures a 70's feeling that helps the film come across as more authentic- the portrayal of Lovelace and her relationship with her parents is well done. Sharon Stone is very good as Linda's mother. Plus this movie stays true to the person and story it portrays- which is a rare thing among Hollywood biopics- for that alone I rank it above average. I'm not going to say this is an epic biopic, but it also could have been so much worse than what we get here. Seyfried does a great job in the role and the bluray transfer looks very well. Recommended at its bargain price.
Magnolia Pictures | 2013 | 90 min | Rated R | Region A (B, C untested) | Dec 03, 2013
Luke and Kate are co-workers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They're perfect for each other, except that they're both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his...
The title is a little misleading. True a fair portion of this movie is set in either a brewery or a bar- and there is some beer drinking going on- but it is not a "party" movie or even a comedy like "The Hangover". Drinking buddies is not quite what you'd expect- Yea there's plenty of beer chugging, but "Drinking buddies" is a little more serious especially as it draws to its close. This movie is about characters and relationships. Although it covers familiar ground with the old quandary of friend/partner/lover boundaries, it explores them in a real way.
"Drinking Buddies" might not be anything exceptional if not for the excellent cast and screenplay. It works because of the quality of the script and the high level of chemistry between the lead actors (especially Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson). Not a lot "happens" in drinking buddies, but yet stuff does happen beneath the surface. This movie is more for someone who likes low key indie dramas- if you come to it expecting a lot of sophomoric humor you will be disappointed. This film manages to subtly elevate itself above the norm by making you feel like you spent some time with these people a day or two after you have watched it- that's a compliment I can't give to a lot of movies. In the theater "drinking Buddies" looked surprisingly warm and clear for a lower budget "indie" film. The bluray transfer is slightly cleaner, colder, and flatter compared to the theatrical presentation but still very good. Recommended.
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks
havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine
biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster...
Jaws. You don't need to hear me talk about how good the film is surely? No, good because if you've not seen it countless times before and still been in awe of how good it is then why would you been reading this?
The bluray is simply STUNNING. I'm not old enough or lucky enough to have seen Jaws at the cinema but I've seen it on every format going over the past 30 years, small tv, VHS, DVD, hd tv etc and NEVER has Jaws looked this good, sounded this good or drawn me closer to the edge of my seat than this bluray. I'm no videophile whatsoever but I do love old movies that have been looked after and given the respect they deserve. The picture to my eye is perfect, maybe not what some call "reference" quality, but I don't want a film to look pretty - I want it to have me glued to it, riveted in enjoyment and Jaws on bluray delivers just that - get friends and family round, Jaws maybe nearly 40 years old but on bluray it looks like it never did before and everyone will love it.
Another "loudness wars" master from UMe demonstrating their "No Compre
Yes, just like Nirvana's "Nevermind" UMe have once again demonstrated with this disc (and the second half of Rolling Stones' GRR!) that their tagline, No Compression No Compromise, is a farce, at worst it's just plain taking the Mick. Layla and assorted Love Songs, the Blu-ray Disc:
DR8 -0.01 dB -9.14 dB 3:07 01-I Looked Away
DR7 -0.01 dB -9.04 dB 5:05 02-Bell Bottom Blues
DR9 -0.01 dB -10.35 dB 6:28 03-Keep on Growing
DR9 -0.01 dB -10.37 dB 5:03 04-Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
DR8 -0.01 dB -9.62 dB 3:36 05-I Am Yours
DR7 -0.01 dB -7.99 dB 6:42 06-Anyday
DR7 -0.01 dB -8.11 dB 9:46 07-Key to the Highway
DR6 -0.01 dB -7.79 dB 6:44 08-Tell the Truth
DR8 -0.01 dB -10.25 dB 4:47 09-Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?
DR6 -0.01 dB -8.10 dB 7:02 10-Have You Ever Loved a Woman
DR6 -0.01 dB -7.04 dB 5:35 11-Little Wing
DR7 -0.01 dB -8.80 dB 3:52 12-It's Too Late
DR6 -0.01 dB -7.58 dB 7:08 13-Layla
DR10 -0.01 dB -13.39 dB 2:54 14-Thorn Tree in the Garden
Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR7
This is like a NINE INCH NAILS album, dynamically devoid of life. Do NOT waste your money supporting this company's poorly executed half-baked efforts at releasing high resolution, it's clear they have no clue what they're doing.
What is there more to say about the TV series that hasn't been said before. If you are reading about this edition then no
introduction is needed.
The question arises do you want such an edition and not the separate seasons?.
The video quality and audio are top. everything just looks right and the sound is crystal clear.
The icing on the cake for me is the extras.... there are just so many interesting pieces, a lot of behind the scenes stuff, In
depth look at characters and writing process. Basically insightful material about the creation and process of the series as a
whole and about many of the different episodes and scenes. Each blu ray is packed with goodies including a special bonus
extra disc with a documentary about the series. I'll be spending a long time until I get through all the extras.
Quite a few of the episodes are expanded or uncensored as well.
Though the Barrel seems big it is actually well sized and more compact then having all the seasons separately. You can
feel that there was some thought and care put in to this edition. It is well built and the magnetic trays for the discs also
work like a charm.
This is probably one of the best blu ray editions (if not the best) to come out for a TV series. This edition should be a
reference point for how to get it right.
After teaming memorably in Alfred Hitchcock's haunting Vertigo, James Stewart and Kim Novak are together again in the whimsical Bell Book and Candle (1958), a spellbinding romantic comedy directed by Richard Quine and based on...
Richard Quine's 1958 film, Bell, Book and Candle, about a beautiful witch who falls for a mortal man in present-day Greenwich Village, will likely be forever remembered as the lesser of two films from that year starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, in light of their pairing in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. In all fairness, though, most films pale in comparison to that Hitchcock masterpiece. Book, Bell and Candle succeeds on its own terms as an offbeat romantic comedy, even if it never quite ascends to greatness. During my first viewing of this film last night, by way of this Twilight Time Blu-ray, I never had the impression that Novak and Stewart were phoning it in, because Novak's otherworldly sultriness is evident during every moment when she's onscreen, and Stewart's charisma as a leading man shines through although his role is secondary to Novak's dynamic character struggles.
My favorite scenes in Bell, Book and Candle are those set in the Zodiac Club, an off-the-beaten path jazz dive where Jack Lemmon, the warlock brother of Novak's Gillian Holroyd, plays bongo drums to the trumpet tunes of the Candoli Brothers. I have always enjoyed movies that deal with subculture societies in large cities, and the idea of a jazz club frequented by witches comes across like a lighthearted ancestor story element years before Roman Polanski's terrifying vision of big city occultism in Rosemary's Baby.
I agree with the assessment of the official site review that this film never really gets up off the ground or presents any real element of tension. As is, though, Bell, Book and Candle is an interesting twist on Christmas movies that benefits from some beautiful visuals from cinematographer James Wong Howe. If you're looking for a different sort of rom-com for your collection, then you could do worse.
Bell, Book and Candle looks and sounds great on this Twilight Time disc. The video presentation brings out the best in the film's colorful appeal, and the audio quality does justice to the interesting use of music and sound effects. A couple of short supplements related to Kim Novak's career are welcome additions, as is the informative essay booklet.
Sequel to the 2009 Academy Award-winning spin-off of the classic 1960s sci-fi adventure series. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are called back to Earth after a devastating force from within their...
Far better than what many are saying but be weary of which version you
'Star Trek Into Darkness' is one of those movies that may have gotten pretty good reviews from critics, but on a whole audience reception has been far more mixed. In fact, in recent months I'd argue it's been more negative than positive. At a Las Vegas convention, Star Trek fans rated it as the worst film in the franchise with one person apparently saying that they shouldn't even count as being part of the franchise. In response to that, I say this A.) If these films weren't made, this franchise would still be dead after 'Nemesis' so they do have a place in the franchise and B.) there are far worse films in the series (Star Trek V, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, etc.). The big thing that has been causing this reception has been the film's many callbacks to 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' and not just counting the fact that this film has Khan as the main villain. Like 'Wrath', there's also a major death scene at the end and the yelling of 'KHAAANNNN!'. But it's not like the film is a total rip-off of that film. I feel that the writers actually did succeed at blending the old with the new. It sort of goes back to the idea of these new films being set in an alternate universe. I can accept that certain things can happen; that Kirk and the Enterprise weren't the first to find Khan, that Khan's blood is apparently magic because it can bring someone back to life (the idea of a character being resurrected has happened before on 'Star Trek' by the way ('Search for Spock', anyone?)), and even the fact that in this one Khan's a British white man. It may feel like 'Wrath of Khan' at times, but it still feels like a new story. I like how they utilized Khan in this film; that he was a pawn of Starfleet who went rogue when he thought that his family was lost. That last part actually makes this Khan rather sympathetic at times; yes, he's the bad guy but his actions are sort of justified if you really think about it. Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic as Khan. While the last 'Star Trek' film was one of my all-time favorite films, this film does have one advantage over it; a better villain. With this performance, Cumberbatch is right up there with Ricardo Montalban's Khan as one of the best villains in the entire series.
This film also does a great job at developing the relationship between Kirk and Spock. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are both fantastic and the camaraderie between them help make the scene where between them after Kirk sacrifices himself at the end very emotional. Yes, its the same as 'Wrath', but it's just as effective. The 'Khan' scream? Okay, maybe they could've gotten away without using it, but it's not like it's unjustified. Khan may not have gotten them into this situation, but he was sort of responsible for the events that led to the death of Kirk. If I did have one complaint with the film, it is that the female parts are a bit underwritten. I'm not really referring to Zoe Saldana as Uhura, but more of Alice Eve as Carol Marcus. I thought she was fine in the role, but that role is minor at best. I did like that the writers didn't try to push her as Kirk's love interest, but I hope she gets more to do in the next one. This film is a must-own on Blu-Ray, although I have to warn you to be careful of which version you get. That is because apparently there are numerous versions of this film out there on the market and each has their own set of Special Features. For example, there's a special audio commentary that was made for the film but can only be accessed by buying the film on ITunes. That's poor execution on Paramount's part. There should be a version that has every Special Feature that was made for the film. Still, very recommended.
The sins of the father, shall visit upon the next generation
I went to bed at nearly 3am, to finish this movie......, on a worknight! LOL!! In my opinion, it was well worth it. It's been a long time since I watched a film, that held my intrigue and attention as good as this one. Only a few have done that, such as 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'Open Range', that are a part of a short list of films that maintain their freshness with multiple viewings. With that being said, I'm not suggesting that 'The Place Beyond the Pines' is on par with those films, because I'm not. So, don't start watching this film, expecting the best thing since sliced bread. Rather, this film had moments where you didn't know what was going to happen next, not because a surprise was begging to be thrust upon the viewer, but rather the story unfolds directly through the characters themselves without any disruptions or distractions. The film is rewatchable, but not enough to warrant owning it, in my opinion, simply because of the nature of the film. I'm not a Bradley Cooper fan, but he's good in this film. Ray Liotta is his typical self, and I don't mind. Frankly, would we want Ray Liotta to play anything other than a gangster/mafia type guy? Good "gangster" actors are hard to come by. Joe Vitarelli and James Gandolfini are dead, Pesci and DeNiro are getting old, and Liotta isn't far behind. LOL! Ryan Gosling doesn't seem to have a lot of "acting range", but he's good at playing an introverted and tortured character. If it ain't broke, then he's learned not to fix it. Just ask Jack Nicholson. LOL! However, the film is well worth your time to watch.
I cannot comment on the audio for this film, since I watched it with headphones on, so I wouldn't disturb my sleeping family. I'm willing to bet that the sound for this film is top notch, for it did give my headphones a workout. The video presentation looks really good, with great contrast for the outside scenes, which actually takes up the bulk of the film. I did not check out the extras, but there were some featurettes and deleted scenes that were available to watch.
With a good story, good acting, and a hard-hitting tale of making the right choices in life that affect those around you, then this film is a "can't miss"!!
Have The Adventure of your Life Keeping Up with the Jones's.
After the dark middle chapter it was time for Indy to return to form and more lighthearted fair. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was the answer. Not to mention that bringing in Bond aka Sean Connery as Indy's dad was perfect casting. Connery adds his own whit & charm along with Indy's usual counterparts who where missed in The Temple of Doom. Last Crusade also bookends the trilogy well since the artifact he is after is related to God. Another solid looking PQ & AQ print from Paramount with the usual small bag of extra's that bleeds so much more. But at the end of the day one of the best film series ever has landed on everyone's favorite format.
Paramount Pictures | 1984 | 118 min | Rated PG | Region A (B, C untested) | Dec 17, 2013
Dashing, whip-wielding archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones is joined by comely chanteuse Willie and a 12-year-old sidekick named Short Round. Together they search for a mystical stone stolen from an Indian community and...
When Raiders became a box office smash, no doubt Indy would be back. Bur how do George Lucas and Steven Spielberg top themselves with a worthy follow-up? They don't. They go the unheard-of prequel route. Yep Temple of Doom takes place a few years before Raiders as we learn a little about Indy's fear of snakes and his quest to save the Ankara stones from (yep I'll say it) Doom! Inserting Kate Capshaw and a Goonie (Short Round) into the mix was bizzare all on its own as Temple of Doom brought a "dark side" of Indy that left many fans annoyed but nonetheless entertained. Once again props to Paramount for a nice looking & sounding blu. Again short on the extra's but it's Indiana Jones after all so the adventure never ends.....
Paramount Pictures | 1981 | 115 min | Rated PG | Region A (B, C untested) | Dec 17, 2013
Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by
the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten
commandments. Unfortunately, agents of Hitler are...
There's no denying the greatness of Indiana Jones's first cinematic outing. Raiders of the Lost Ark explodes with excellence from the opening sequence to the almost horrific closing. Harrison Ford embodies the role which he is more best known for then his role of Han Solo. Karen Allen anti's up the antics as well for the rest of the supporting cast. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas truly created an action hero to end all action hero's. Paramount's blu shines with a near perfect PQ presentation and solid AQ surround. Extra's are on the slim side considering the movie but just to have it on high-def is worth that alone!
Occupying a career stasis-defining role as a mid-morning DJ on North Norfolk Digital Radio, Alan Partridge's hopes for one last shot at the big time suffer a severe setback when it emerges that his employers have been taken over...
I'll say first off I love Alan Partridge, so had big expectations when seeing this.
The big screen Alan Partridge has been modified slightly, so to appeal to a wider audience...some of the really cringeworthy comedy has been watered down. But this is still Partridge in all his glory.
The final half an hour in particular has some glorious comedy moments, I was ;laughing so hard I did have to pause on more than one occasion.
Audio and Visually very good.
Best comedy of the year for me..trumping The Worlds End
One of my all-time favourite films. I own the Criterion laserdisc and the Tartan DVD and have to say that this Arte Editions version just completely blows them out of the water. Even more impressive than the Arte Editions "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort". The 2013 restoration is a miracle. Fantastic colour, superb sound (both DTS 5.0 and PCM stereo) and a great assortment of supplements (in French - the 72 page booklet is written in both French and English). It is region "B"-locked and comes with optional English subtitles. It will obviously be released in other regions but picture and sound quality can not be better than this in 1080p! After 300 purchases this year, this is the Blu-ray release of the year for me!
Death of a Superhero: a drama about an artistically gifted teenager struggling with both adolescence AND terminal cancer; it also features several striking animated sequences throughout the film, which I thought was very unique. Anyway, it's an interesting, well-made movie, and the story, characters, and performances are all excellent, so I highly recommend checking it out!
I was VERY impressed with the PQ for this German release; everything was clear and detailed, and I had no issues with it whatsoever.
Same goes for the AQ; I can't really judge it properly (I use low-end headphones), but I thought it was fine.
The disc is LOCKED to region B; the case and all menus are in German, and audio options include English and dubbed German (both are DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). Optional German subtitles are available.
The only real extra is an 11 min "Behind the Scenes" featurette (in English, optional German subtitles); this is short, but interesting enough. Also included are the trailer for the film and another five previews for other movies, all in dubbed German and without subtitles. Oh, and the disc seems to have BD Live functionality, whatever THAT is.
Summary: a great movie well worth watching, and an equally respectable Blu-ray; my only issues with it are the lack of special features and/or English subtitles. Recommended for anyone able to play region B discs!
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Hidden Assassin................. MPEG-4 AVC 18 Mbps........ DTS-HD MA 2.0 English 2093 kbps...... 21.27 Mbps
The Yards........................... MPEG-4 AVC 18 Mbps........ DTS-HD MA 2.0 English 2027 kbps...... 21.19 Mbps
No Code of Conduct........... MPEG-4 AVC 18 Mbps........ DTS-HD MA 2.0 English 1826 kbps...... 21.02 Mbps
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Equilibrium.......................... MPEG-4 AVC 14.5 Mbps.... DTS-HD MA 5.1 English 4061 kbps....... 19.68 Mbps
Supercop............................ MPEG-4 AVC 18 Mbps....... DTS-HD MA 5.1 English 4352 kbps....... 23.64 Mbps
The Lookout....................... MPEG-4 AVC 15 Mbps....... DTS-HD MA 5.1 English 3205 kbps....... 19.32 Mbps
This is my first review and it won't be much of a review as I'm basically just reinforcing and supplementing mediaguy's previous review. Everything he has said is accurate, especially concerning the aspect ratios of the films. FINALLY we get Equilibirum in it's OAR with DTS-HD MA audio! Sure, it's still not the best release that they could put forward (noticeable by the bitrates) but it's the best we're going to get for some time. What's also nice, is considering the other Echo Bridge release of The Lookout, this version is actually in the OAR as mentioned by mediaguy's review instead of the cropped and zoomed in version. The quality as a whole on each film isn't much to brag about, but going into it I would imagine that you wouldn't be thinking it would be when you're getting 6 movies on 2 discs, so tailor your expectations accordingly. If you're a fan of Equilibrium this is the best iteration you can get of it without having to import another version at a substantially higher cost. I would recommend this set for that reason alone, however, it doesn't hurt to get 5 other films that you may enjoy (two of which are only available on blu-ray in this set) along with it; which I'm sure is what Echo Bridge is banking on. Unfortunately I can't give it high marks since it screams mediocrity, although I really wish I could, but I can say it's good enough... for now.
*Should be noted, the films were watched on a 58" Samsung PN58C8000*
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a...
Picture quality was good, audio same. Went into this one with no exspectations and was surprised by the end. Its not action filled but does have a very good story. I like the features about Samuri. Give this one high recommendation, just dont exspect a popcorn movie.
"Cloudy With a Chance Of Meatballs" is a fantastic animated movie which has a great voice casting, a great direction, a fantastic cinematography, very funny jokes, an excellent sound design, a very good 3D, a great soundtrack, an engaging and entertaining storyline, anyways, it's an excellent movie.
I watched the 3D version and it's a very good 3D presentation. The depth of field is incredible and excellent and there's some things that comes out of screen.
I watched the movie in English - 5.1 DTS-HD and it's an excellent track that completes the 3D experience.
I saw some of the extras on DVD and they're good.
An awesome animated movie received excellent 3D presentation, a fantastic lossless track and good special features, overall, it's a very good BD-3D.
A rule bound head butler's world of manners and decorum in the household he maintains is tested by the arrival of a housekeeper who falls in love with him in post-WWI Britain. The possibility of romance and his master's...
Never looked quite compelling as it is here, in HD. The picture quality of this masterpiece is a masterpiece itself, with no flaws whatsoever. Audio is also great, though it's a dialogue driven film, so don't expect miracles - however, the wonderful soundtrack has enough room to breath and to lure. As for the extras - all have been ported from the special edition dvd, so we have 3 featurettes and deleted scenes. Nothing special, and all in SD, but gives you some info about the making of this wonderful film. If you are a fan, it comes strongly recommended. If you're not - buy this edition and become one.
Second Sight | 1984 | 94 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Region B (locked) | Nov 18, 2013
Rock and Roll singer is taken captive by a motorcycle gang in a strange world that seems to be a cross of the 1950's and the present or future. Her ex-boyfriend returns to town and to find her missing and goes to her rescue.
Walter Hill's cult favourite finally gets the special edition treatmen
Walter Hill's 'STREETS OF FIRE' (1984) was never going to be a perfect film, but it makes no apologies for what it is. A full on style over substance action/music extravaganza. More stylized than 'SIN CITY', more rockin' than 'SPINAL TAP', 'STREETS OF FIRE' is not for everyone, but those who love it... REALLY love it.
Hill's trademark stamp is all over it and the cinematography is fabulous. It's down and dirty and gritty and neon soaked but this is action cinema at it's most insane. Diane Lane is perfect as Ellen Aim and Willem Dafoe and Amy Madigan were made for their roles. Great stuff. This bluray completely BLOWS AWAY the DVD and betters the HD-DVD too. The German bluray is also worth getting if you are a fan as it has slightly different extras. The new 'RUMBLE ON THE LOT' documentary is awesome!
Loud action, loud music, bad-ass Michael Pare and Willem Dafoe duelling with sledge hammers, Diane Lane at her best as Ellen Aim in HD! What is not to like!
ouahouuuu i liked it too much and the price was very cheap
a lot of singers and musiciens in this concert and everysongs is different the top is the reunion of one song with art garfunkel
the picture is fantastic and the sound too
very good bluray if you like soft music with saxes and good songs the only little bad for me was the black singers from africa i don t know it was boring little bit
Warner Bros. | 2006 | 151 min | Rated R | Region free
| Feb 13, 2007
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg star in Martin Scorsese's new crime
Departed. The Departed is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take
This movie has been my core inspiration for all my pieces of writing, game ideas, movie ideas, ect. It is rare for a movie to stay with me for this long. I forget where I saw The Departed for the first time, but I know I saw it back in 2007. I was only 14 at the time and was able to follow the storyline nicely. Not until I came back to the movie after buying it on Bluray was that I was able to see and spot all the subtle comments/inside jokes. This was last year, just after my 19th birthday. I watched this again just last night, now 20 years of age, and still this movie always draws me in and doesn't loosen it's grasp until the end credits start to roll.
DiCaprio and Damon work so well together, playing allies and enemies. I cannot believe DiCaprio wasn't officially awarded for this movie. The ending of this movie works so very well, tying up all loose ends. Not often do you find a movie which has a satisfying ending. Someone can create a perfect beginning and middle of a movie, but the ending almost always leaves the viewer unsatisfied at it's conclusion. If you are searching for a movie that values an amazing story that doesn't need to fill itself with countless hours of unnecessary action, then this movie is perfect for you. But be warned, you will ultimately hate yourself for watching this. Why? You will never find a story like this again.
What an achievement! This film was funded by an indie-gogo campaign, and produced by two very passionate individuals. I found out about the work they were doing through the extensive synthesizer forum Muffwiggler.com and I immediately had to sign up. This is the only film I ever felt worthy of a 5+ month pre-order, and unusually, when they would discuss a delay in the release date I only got more excited (knowing they were working harder to make an even better product).
I highly recommend this "Hardcore Edition" for any electronic musician enthusiast, and I recommend seeking out the final feature length cut for damn near EVERYONE else! Fans of progressive rock, new-wave, post-punk, industrial, noise core, techno, indie dance, academic electronic music, and audio engineering will all learn something from this film. To top it off, the pristine blu-ray imagery makes what is currently known as "synth-porn" truly "late-night alone time" worthy!
note: The 48kHz 192kbps Dolby Digital track was likely due to the limited production budget and the use of high quality but cheaper portable recording devices. i.e. If you've used a field recorder at 48kHz there would be little to gain from producing the disc at higher sample rates. The track sounds excellent on all other fronts, I do take points for the sake of phileism.
Before getting into the review, let me say that I'm not completely objective in that I've been a huge fan of theirs since their debut album back in 1980, although I didn't pick up the DVD of this concert when it was released several years ago. I'm not a pixel peeper either, freezing frames and analyzing for artifacts or minute digital noise, but that's not to say I don't spot obvious problems with a transfer. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me assure those of you out there that who are UB40 fans that this transfer captures the band exactly as you would want to remember them, back when Ali Campbell was still in the band. Sadly, the original band has crumbled since Ali's departure over four years ago, with additional exits by their keyboardist Mickey Virtue and more recently vocalist Astro. There was some speculation that the band might reform this past year, but this rumor was refuted by Ali recently and only confirms that the acrimony is extremely deep, so it doesn't seem likely any reconciliation is in the offing in the near future, or at all. That is one of the reasons why this performance may be the definitive blu-ray for those who want to remember the band as they once were.
The performance captured here is absolutely stunning without any pyrotechnics, laser light shows or huge digital backdrop displays. The venue is clean with beautiful but simple lighting design, playing on the band and the Montreux Jazz Festival background prop. I believe they used 8 cameras, so the shots are never too static nor are they frantic either. The close-ups are beautifully cropped with plenty of interesting angles, but not a lot of the audience, except in the distance shots. Although this concert captures the band later in their career, it shows how their skill-set has become so incredibly honed. I don't think think there are many live acts that can play this proficiently without a lot of gimmickry. Ali's vocal range and accuracy is a revelation on this disc. Lyrics are clearly enunciated and every nuance of his sultry voice is accurately demonstrated. In fact, Ali's vocal performance on this disc is reason alone to pick up this title. Astro also does some great work here not only singing, but with his trademark toasting behind some of their classics. The band is as tight as it gets; layered percussion pumping up the rhythms, an incredible horn section anchoring the melodies, brilliant stuccato keyboards and scratch guitar that perfectly weave into their trademark reggae and dance hall classics. There's a great mix of their earlier work as well as their more popular Labour of Love catalog, so I think every fan (including even the most casual) will have something to cheer for in this particular performance. It will be hard for you not to sing along and you'll have to nail your feet to the floor to keep from tapping your shoes once the music starts.
The sound quality on this disc is superlative. In fact, I would venture to say that the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio on this disc is superlative to anything you've heard on CD of this band - it's that good! Separation is impressive although the rears are maybe a little less obvious. Audience noise is at a minimum, but you can definitely hear the ambience of the venue. Vocals are clean and crisp and every nuance of the instruments are clearly heard. Their interpretation of some of their earlier material is like a revelation with subtle melody layering, as well as detail and separation of the instruments, which elevates this performance beyond their studio recordings by a mile.
I have no complaints about the video either. The transfer is solid. Vivid colors pop from the screen and cameras, for the most part are not easily visible through judicious framing and editiing. The video flows wonderfully, with no awkward edits or miscues. Although the official review here has some qualms with the distance shots, I didn't really think they looked too soft, and if they are, they are so fleeting, that it isn't any distraction at all. Eagle Rock all in all, has done an exemplary job with this transfer.
There are no extra's on the disc though, which is a bit of a let down. It would have been nice to have had some behind the scenes footage or some interviews, but I assume there mustn't be a lot of good video material out there from this time period. This definitely isn't a deal breaker, but would have been a nice extra.
If you are even a casual UB40 fan or like reggae or pop reggae like Maxi Priest, you will be impressed by this disc. UB40 was at the top of their game when this was recorded and there's nary a bum song in the whole lot. This is the perfect title to round out your music blu-ray catalog!
Exploration Films | 2013 | 75 min | Not rated | Region free
| Sep 09, 2013
Join host Brian Corsetti on a journey into our created world to discover clues and answers that the animals themselves reveal. And discover the remarkable story of how some of these animals have even changed the course of...
Summit Entertainment | 2010 | 111 min | Rated PG-13 | Region A (locked) | Jan 25, 2011
Frank, Joe, Marvin, and Victoria used to be the CIA's top agents - but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and...
I couldn't remember if I saw this movie or not when I bought it on Black Friday. It was only $4 so I didn't have much to lose. Five minutes in I realized I had seen it before and continued to watch and enjoy it. It's a cute little movie where for being CIA experts they sure fire a lot of shots that miss. You get good video and audio but this version is bare bones. There is only one score any reviewer here should give extras and that is 0.5 (worst). All you get is one preview before the movie starts that is about 2 minutes long. This definitely was worth $4.
Karen, a young woman from the baltic countries, marries fisherman Antonio to escape from a prisoners camp. But the life in Antonio's village, Stromboli, threatened by the vulcano, is a tough one and Karen can not get used to it.
Im so glad these films have come out on bluray through Criterion. What great themes and subtext running through Rossellinis films. He did find the right star to reflect himself, with Ingrid Bergman. Love this movie and its iconic imagery. Interesting historical information and interviews about the themes and scandals involving this picture and time in the lives of Rossellini and Bergman.
Love this film......Rossellini at his not so subtlest. Ingrid Bergman has one of the most beautiful and expressive faces that ever was...Communism and Christianity, morality and martyrs.....Melodrama and a message. The audio is not so great and when the video is good its great, but theres some problems that are distracting.....Im sure its the best its looked in a long time... The extras are so insightful and full of great commentary and information.
Wow, blown away at the quality of the transfer on this disk. It is simply one of the most perfect blurays I have seen. The color and detail are better than most current releases and the best of anything I have seen from the 70s. The film is one under appreciated classic as well. Great acting, design and story. Creepy psychological horror at its best. Twists and an ending that is open for interpretation. I absolutely love this film. I saw it when it came out as a kid at the theater and it made a big impression on me then and has always stuck with me......So glad to add this great film to my collection
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a...
"A lot of people have tried to kill me... and I'm still here."
Synopsis: Spurred by his grief over the death of Jean Grey and by dreams of re-uniting with her, "Wolverine" Logan flies to Japan to meet with Yashida, a powerful, dying industrialist who offers to take for himself from Logan the power of regeneration that has been both Logan's boon and his bane for far too many decades. Before Logan is able to make up his mind, however, Yashida dies, leaving his empire in chaos and the life of his grand-daughter, Mariko - his sole heir - in grave danger. Logan does his best to defend Mariko against a number of deadly threats, but his battle with the mighty Silver Samurai may prove to be both his greatest challenge...and his final one.
Comments: There was plenty of action and great visuals, but neither the big story nor the parade of characters was particularly interesting. Well, I did like Tao Okamoto who, despite being fairly bland, was pretty in a Japanese Jennifer Connelly sort of way. :-)
This flick is just pure dreck with style trying to substitute for substance (and failing at that too). A solid cast is entirely wasted here but not as much as your time will be. This movie would make for a good drinking game though; every time a mobster flick cliche is poorly used, take a shot. You'll be plastered within the first half hour.
Determined to make the most of his new job at Wyatt Telecom, Adam Cassidy is horrified after a felonious mistake earns him the wrath of unforgiving CEO Nicholas Wyatt. Typically, Wyatt's first response would be to throw a...
Paranoia tanked at the box office most likely because Liam Hemsworth is a semi-action star in the making having appeared briefly in Expendables 2 and of course his role in the Hunger Games series. However this movie lacks any in your face action but goes for the more cerebral approach with slick dialog and some tense scenes. Nothing that spells to much thrills but Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman bring their A Game and make this one a fun watch. Most of the stuff is predictable including the mystery guest of Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost) who's part is not so surprising once it gets revealed. Either way give it a chance, you may end op liking it. Fox's blu features your average PQ & AQ presentations and a few extra's to close this one out. Rent it and buy it cheap if you can.
Being a massive Rush fan there was no way this would not make it into my collection the first day it was available. I own every Rush release and have seen them many times live. This is visually the best representation of the group. The video is astounding. It is truly as if you are there with the best seat in the house. There have been a lot of complaints about the audio on this, I myself have found nothing wrong with it. I simply set the audio to my liking through my system, so perhaps without that option on some it may sound not as appealing as other releases. Rest assured Rush would not put out a sub par effort. Even records that have not had the best possible audio in the past still sound head and shoulders above most bands.
The thing that makes this set stand out from others is the setlist and addition of a string ensemble onstage with the boys. Both I know are a point of contention with some. As far as the set goes it is nice to see not only Clockwork Angels represented but also material from Signals on being very present. A breath of fresh air for me. Rush in Rio and R30 having a lot of similar selections. For that matter so do Time Machine and Snakes and Arrows. Of course each release has something that merits it being released. This however dusts of gems like The Analog Kid, The Pass, Manhattan Project and others. A very overlooked era in my opinion.
Now as for the string ensemble, even I was a little leery. Others playing with Rush?! The thought seemed so off at first, but with these guys one has to trust it will be up to par. I saw the last show of the tour and wow! they did not disappoint. This Blu-ray is a great representation of the show and a great way to remember it or experience it for the first time. Wether a die hard fan or just a lover of great music and video content, it is highly recommended. even the special features are a treat here. Extra songs, a soundcheck performance, all the video screen bits and a great documentary about the tour itself.
Want monsters fighting robots with some nice emotional heft to it? Thi
I vote the film a 4, but because some people here voted it so low that it can't be anything but a joke I decided to give it a 5.
Pacific Rim, despite the sometimes cheesy lines, is simply excellent.
This film features some of the most memorable images every put on a movie screen!
It's pure magic!
I love the Mako story, which is the emotional core to this movie, and it works brilliantly for me.
The story certainly isn't groundbreaking or anything, but it's interesting enough.
Of course, I would have liked to see a better one, but I can live with this one in exchange for those killer VFX by ILM, who have brought their magic to this epic!
The Hong Kong battle is beyond mind-blowing! That alone is worth the purchase.
Enough about the movie.
PQ: PERFECT! I have seen the film on BD at least three times now, and I still couldn't catch a single thing that was out of place, and that is a rare thing, because I usually always find something wrong with the PQ.
SQ: It's just shy of perfection. Ultra LFE is sort of missing, but other than that it rocks utterly.
Extras: The extras are great and Guillermo's commentary track is nothing less than outstanding.
I wished for some more making of's on ILM's astonishing VFX.