Blu-ray Review HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Gran Torino

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Cameron Yee, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. TravisR

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    So later this month when Transformers 2 makes in its first week what Gran Turino made in its U.S. entire run, is Transformers 2 a better movie because it "works so well with viewers"?

    Once again, I loved Gran Turino- it connected with me and I found it moving but clearly it didn't work as well for Cameron.
     
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    Cameron shouldn't have to write a review about why the movie works so well with other viewers. He should write a review to back up his own feelings, which is what he did. I don't agree with his opinion but I don't want him to do some fake review where he gives the opinions of other people.

    I enjoy reading various opinions on movies so I'd love to hear your thoughts as well. If you posted a review here to show the "other side" of Cameron's opinion, I'm sure no one would object and I for one would love to hear your thoughts on the film.
     
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    I finished the movie earlier tonight.

    The movie was a very good movie but the end is what
    makes it a great movie too me.
    I don't mean what happened at the end but how it got there,
    specifically the 5-10 minutes before the big scene.

    Rob, you criticized the review without being specific and without offering a review of the movie yourself.

    I give it 4.5 / 5
    one of Clint's best and the ending seemed to be maybe his way of saying that's it.

    The acting by the Hmong poeple was fine and gave it a real feel.
     
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    Anyone can confirm if the blu ray have the same subtitles font as the DVD ?
    The DVD subs are pointy and near unreadable, they look like some kind of amateur bootleg custom subtitle font for a foreign movie. I have no clue how no one mentioned this in the DVD thread.
     
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    I thought the subs were easy to read.
    ddn't seem pointy to me.
     
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    Good, cos the DVD ones are not standart, they are some kind of 'stylish' font.
     
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    It is all subjective.

    I liked the movie more than Cameron. His review is well thought out and his analysis insightful. I note the issues he had with the film as well but their detraction from my enjoyment of the movie was less than for Cameron.

    C'est la vie.
     
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    Speaking of subtitles... here's a little irritant:

    I just watched Gran Torino which - unfortunately - replaces the theatrical Hmong/English subtitles with player-generated ones.

    That's bad enough.

    But when I watched the Eastwood documentary on the disc the English subtitle defaults to "ON" and I had to go in and turn them off. WTF is THAT all about?

    So is this another problem with using player-generated captions? The player then gets confused about what stream is supposed to be reading elsewhere on the disc?

    I'm using a Panasonic BD-55 by the way.
     
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    I certainly don't know for sure but it sounds like a player 'hiccup' rather than a problem with the disc.
     
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    Had that happen as well. Also a Panasonic player, though (BD-50), so I can't say if it's a player issue or a disc problem.
     
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    I still don't understand why a review of the Blu-ray disc, needs any sort of review of the film itself. It seems every Internet review that should be descriptive of the transfer, has to have a film review. I wish reviewers would stick to the transfer - the Blu-ray review, instead of the film itself. I can get a better review many other places if I need to..
     
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    Can't you just skip the movie review, then?

    It just seems like a grumpy thing to say. I believe a lot of BD users wait for titles to hit Blu-ray before they see them. I think a review of the film and then the technical aspect seems like the way to go. If I didn't, I'd just read the technical part.
     
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    Had the subtitles turn on for me too with Panasonic BD-10
     
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    I suppose it came off as grumpy - to me it's just a bit funny/weird, that's all. I don't buy anything I have not seen before, and if I want a review, there are a lot of places to go to for more in-depth. That's all. I wish more focus would be on the transfer and such, rather that a film synopsis. This goes for many A/V publications as well. RAH does the best job :)

    I don't know that a lot of users buy Blu-rays w/o having seen the film. I sure some do, but a lot? Dunno. But perhaps you're right, because I do see people with HUGE collections of DVDs/BDs. I thought my collection of 600 DVDs/BDs combined is large, but that's nothing these days!

    Anyhow, no grumpiness here!
     
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    I rented this and it's the first Warner BD-Live disc I've had access to and wanted see how they executed that. So thought I'd mention there are a couple of GT extras via the BD-Live.
     

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