A Few Words About A few words about...™ Aeon Flux -- in High Definition

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Karyn Kusama's Aeon Flux would normally be a film that I wouldn't consider viewing. But two elements came into play that sparked my interest. First, the cast, led by Charlize Theron, and second, the fact that it is part of Paramount's second release of HD discs. I'm assuming there that must have been a reason for this.

    While the film may not go down in the annals of cinema history as a modern classic, even with Ms. Theron giving her role great effort, what did come across as I was viewing the disc is how we have moved another generational step in the moving visual sciences.

    To say that we've come a long way from the "flickers" doesn't begin to tell the story.

    Aeon Flux, with a reported budget of 62 million dollars, is a visual feast, accentuated by the fact that it has taken a step further, even beyond the "it looks like film" moniker.

    Aeon Flux is the first HD-DVD to catch my eye as being something other than, or beyond the film experience.

    If one compares a classic 70mm presentation to its 35mm counterpart, the most obvious point will be the finely grained image structure, higher quality color and black levels, and greater overall image stability.

    Paramount's HD version of Aeon Flux has all of these elements, but has taken them further on the home theater screen. Projected via 2k, the image takes on a grainless, velvety sheen and a rock-steadiness.

    Is the storyline a bit contrived? Certainly.

    Do I really care, after seeing the quality of the image? Not really.

    Totally suspend disbelief, go along with the tale, but more than anything, look at the image and think about precisely how far we have come since those "flickers" hit the screen over 110 years ago.

    A beautifully rendered HD-DVD and Recommended for its stunning visual quality.

    RAH
     
  2. Michael Osadciw

    Michael Osadciw Screenwriter

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    Thanks Robert

    I'd love to take a look at this title. Even though the story is so-so, I've found it visually appealing.

    Mike
     
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    Thank you Mr Harris for such a delightful review !

    I was very eager to see your review of this hd-dvd for his visual quality alone and you didn"t disappoint me !

    On a scale of 10 I think you could put 11 for this title .


    The movie is not the greatest but come on THIS IS THIS KIND OF STUFF THAT WILL SELL HD HARDWARE !!!

    AMAZING !
     
  4. Michel_Hafner

    Michel_Hafner Supporting Actor

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    The disc has been applauded from many corners (super sharp etc.). Since the film was was shot on Super35 like many other films the question arises: Why would it look any 'better' than all the others? Any ideas?
     
  5. Robert Harris

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    There is nothing inherently problematic with Super 35. During the optical (extraction) process it does pick up grain.

    We have no idea from what the video master or data file was taken. It may have come from an Oneg.
     
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    I'll have to give it a spin...thanks for the report.
     
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    i'm curious monsuier harris, do you have a big screen to view these HD discs on?
     
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    Can you say;
    "EYE CANDY"???
    I knew you could!!!
     
  9. Jordan_E

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    I received this one free from a friend of my wife who bought it by mistake and I have to admit it is one terrific looking movie, BUT this was an earlier SD rental and I'm having a hard time getting all the way through it again. But it is nice to have when I upgrade the projector in the HT.
     
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    Just watched this last night (it was one of my "freebies" that I had not gotten around to watching as I'd seen it before, albeit on SD DVD). I must concur that this is jaw-droppingly good looking--even those parts that DON'T have Charlize Theron in it. [​IMG] I will certainly use it to "show off" the system to people who might wonder what all the fuss over HDM is about.
     
  11. Jari K

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    Good looking film, but still kinda bad. "Aeon Flux" and "Ultraviolet"... oh boy..
     
  12. PaulDA

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    I can put up with a fair amount of "bad" for the level of "eye candy" it provides. Haven't seen Ultraviolet, though, so I can't speak to that one.
     
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    This flick is so bad I was ill for a week after watching it. Not even RAH's glowing endorsement can make me even think about watching Aeon Flux ever again.
     
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    Wow. Mediocre, perhaps, but enough to make you ill? Then I'd STRONGLY suggest staying away from The Blair Witch Project (I still want those 81 minutes of my life back)--a film that makes Aeon Flux look like Lawrence of Arabia by comparison as a cinematic achievement.
     
  15. Stephen_J_H

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    Aeon Flux is good, trashy fun, and it's SOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty. No guilt in this pleasure; I knew exactly what I was getting myself into.
     

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