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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Johnny Angell, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Johnny Angell

    Johnny Angell Played With Dinosaurs Member

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    I see it's slated for release later this month in the release thread, but didn't find any other mention of it here. So I thought I'd ask what are the expectations for this release? It's being released by Blue Underground? I'm not familiar with them.

    Any extras or bare bones only?
     
  2. Scott Strang

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    I bet that would depend on how well the dvd release sold. It seemed to take forever for this title to hit dvd which included one failed attempt. And the release that came out was wanting.

    Perhaps a BD version will have better quality.
     
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    Blue Underground is run by people who are genuinely passionate (IMO) about the stuff they put out. Their quality has been iffy, but that can be attributed as much to the source material as anything else. They certainly don't try to skimp on specs or extras.

    Here's the extras and specs for "Blue Underground":

    FINAL COUNTDOWN, THE (Blu-ray) by Blue Underground, directed by Don Taylor (Damien: Omen II)

    BTW, BU's got a bunch of stuff coming out on Blu-ray. "Stendhal Syndrome" is due Nov 18, "Dead and Buried" is due Jan 27, and they're planning on releasing "Fire And Ice", "Maniac", "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage", "Two Evil Eyes", "Uncle Sam", and "Vigilante" in late 2008/early 2009.
     
  4. Stephen_J_H

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    There's a little misinformation going on here. Blue Underground previously released an excellent version of The Final Countdown on DVD in 2004, in both 1 and 2-disc versions, remastered in HD. There was a bit of confusion going on prior to this release, because a company named Pacific Family Entertainment claimed to hold the rights and announced a P/S version which may or may not have materialized. Blue Underground has an excellent reputation as a purveyor of cult and horror films on DVD, typically with remastered DTS tracks and 16:9 enhanced transfers. There is no reason to believe their BD output will not be of similar quality.
     
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    Blue Undergrounds versions were very good as Stephen said
     
  6. Johnny Angell

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    Thanks for the info on Blue Underground. That gives me more confidence in buying the BD.
     
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    Good thing I'm retired, that home page is not work safe[​IMG]
     
  9. Dennis Nicholls

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    It's coming out Tuesday but I haven't seen any reviews yet. I own the older 2 disc DVD from BU and it's quite nice.
     
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    Actually, it is coming out Nov. 4th. It was pushed back a week in the last couple weeks on the Blue Underground web site and on sites like Best Buy and Netflix.
     
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    I ordered a copy from Amazonia. They have never noted this delay. I may have to get Planet Of The Grapes to hold me over a week....?
     
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    The review sounds encouraging. Thanks for posting it! I skip alotta' not so special features but that cancid interview sounds fun. The warm and fuzzy gets stale and bored. It sounds kind'a tabloid-ish but more fun than Jery, Jerry, Jerry. It sounds like a better than average backstory.

    I'm anxious to get a shipping notice.
     
  14. Johnny Angell

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    I just watched this movie as a BR rental and I'm so glad I rented it. I was very disappointed in this move and find the review on DVDTalk way off base IMHO.
    I kept watching this movie like you'd watch a train wreck. When they were comparing the historical photo of Pearl Harbor with the one just taken by a modern camera system, it appeared to be the same photo. The same angle, grainy, and the same waves in the water.

    Yes there were some good actors in this, but they had little to work with. I don't think I've seen worse from Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, or Charles Durning.

    The special effects were poor at best, but the movie could still have been very good with a much better script and a director who knows how to get performances from his actors. The idea is very interesting, but the execution is poor.

    A time travel movie that is head and shoulders above this movie is "Frequency". It's been a while since I've watched it, but I don't believe that movie depended on special effects very much. It had a compelling story and was very well acted.

    I don't understand the favorable reputation this movie has. IMHO, of course.
     
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    Johnny, i can sum it up in one great scene, splash the Zeros. How cool is it to see real planes from the 80s and 40s interact. That was the best part of the movie. Otherwise its a below average Twilight Zone.

    Yea, i own the DVD. Love the music, and the extras were cool. I would buy the Blu-ray if it was CHEAP.
     
  16. Johnny Angell

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    Yeah, I think you got it, right there. Part of my problem is that I was expecting so much more.
     
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    I suppose I should mention that the reason I like this movie so much deals less with the plot and acting, and more with the portrayal of daily operations aboard the USS Nimitz. For me it's a lot better than Top Gun and its ilk. For that matter I like Under Seige even though Segal isn't my type - and even though another battleship stood in for USS Missouri for the interior shots.

    By the way, those aren't real Zeros. None exist in flying condition. Those are US primary trainers from that period repainted with Japanese markings.

    I'm nostalgic. I've served aboard both USS Nimitz and USS Missouri.
     
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    Johnny I couldnt disagree more.
     
  19. Johnny Angell

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    And that's why I included IMHO. If you'll just remember two things, we'll get along fine: I'm right and you're wrong[​IMG] Just kidding.
     
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    I have more posts than you. So I win.[​IMG]
     

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