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HTF DVD REVIEW: "28 Days Later" (with screenshots)



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#1 of 53 OFFLINE   Adam_Reiter

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Posted September 25 2003 - 12:43 PM



#2 of 53 ONLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted September 25 2003 - 12:56 PM

The amber tone very much replicates the theatrical presentation. Based upon the screen shots in the review, the transfer appears to be faithful to the film. Nice to see the film getting some decent extras; being a fan of apocalyptic films this is an easy purchase for me, and the extras don't hurt. Regarding the overall film appearence, I'm expecting this film to look better in a Home Theater environment simply due to the smaller screen sizes, and the accompanied reduction in blockiness and size of digital artifacts when compared to a viewing upon a much larger theatrical screen. - Walter.
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Posted September 25 2003 - 01:15 PM

I'm happy to see this movie is getting a good release with good extras. (on a personal note I am excited to see another feature that was shot with a Canon XL1 as that is what a few fellow filmmakers and I are using, it is very inspiring) I missed out on seeing this movie in theaters but have read quite a bit about it in indie magazines and am looking forward to it! Very good review!

#4 of 53 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted September 25 2003 - 01:38 PM

I missed this one in the theatres but will definitely be picking this one up on release day. Can't wait!Posted Image

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Posted September 25 2003 - 02:02 PM

Can't wait to get this DVD, most wanted title of the year.
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#6 of 53 OFFLINE   Adam Tyner

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Posted September 25 2003 - 02:18 PM

I know you said you didn't see it theatrically, but it's worth noting that the haloing was present when I saw the movie on the big screen.

#7 of 53 OFFLINE   Joshua Moran

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Posted September 25 2003 - 02:46 PM

My guess is the 3rd ending is after the credits. There was a new ending attached to the film in theaters here 28 Days after t released.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 02:48 PM

I LOVED this movie in the theater! Great review, I will be there on release day!. The description sounds very much like I remember from the big screen.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 03:12 PM

I liked the film and will buy the DVD. Probably the best thriller released this year.
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#10 of 53 OFFLINE   Justin_S

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Posted September 25 2003 - 04:09 PM

Nice review. I've been awaiting this DVD ever since I saw the film theatrically. While not the best horror film of the year, it comes damn close, and in a year with several satisfying horror releases, it was one of the most satisfying.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 04:21 PM

I didn't think of this film so much as a horror film as I did an excellent science-fiction film. One question... since the movie was filmed in PAL, does this DVD suffer from PAL->NTSC slowdown? (25FPS->24)

#12 of 53 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted September 25 2003 - 05:32 PM

I was under the impression is was shot (technically not filmed as it was DV) at 24 fps.
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#13 of 53 OFFLINE   Simon Basso

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Posted September 25 2003 - 06:10 PM

I'm curious about the way this was transferred to ntsc as well. The film has two sequences shot on film rather than DV; some Super-8 inserts and standard 35mm was used for the ending. I understand that the UK R2 dvd was entirely mastered from a film print, rather than a digital source, so I have avoided the UK dvd to avoid PAL speed-up. Can anyone confirm that the R1 dvd has been created anew rather than a conversion of the PAL master?

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Posted September 25 2003 - 06:31 PM

I will be picking this one up. Since it similar to Omega Man (which I also picked up and liked), I will probably get a idea of how this bleak world full of zombies. Great review.
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#15 of 53 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted September 25 2003 - 09:07 PM

Simon brigns up a good point. It's unlikely this was "filmed" at PAL-speed as it was made for theatrical release. Theaters in Europe project 24fps, same as here. Shooting 25 would have forced 4% slowdown in the theaters.
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#16 of 53 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted September 26 2003 - 12:24 AM

Actually, the halos were present on the film prints and not just the dvd. They came from using such a low-resolution video stock. I'm pretty sure this was filmed on non HiDef-DV. Anyone who hasn't seen this, please don't let the less-than-stellar image quality deter you. This is a fantastic little film!
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Posted September 26 2003 - 12:36 AM

Right, the print I saw in theaters was absolutely terrible. Massive Edge Enahcement, graininess, terrible resolution with hardly any detail, etc. The movie was good, but I would'nt purchase it unless they shot the whole thing over with standard 35mm film. And I don't see how this abominable PQ contribues to the film in any way. It's not "documentary style", it's "terrible digital looking style".

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Posted September 26 2003 - 01:39 AM

[quote] I understand that the UK R2 dvd was entirely mastered from a film print, rather than a digital source [quote]
Where did you get this from ????? I dont think this is true at all.

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Posted September 26 2003 - 03:16 AM

I read that Fox confirmed it when the UK dvd was released. I pass on only what I read, which is why I included the proviso. It seems plausible, given that it's not an entirely digital feature.

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Posted September 26 2003 - 03:42 AM

Malcom, as for Spoiler #1: True, however, they did not know that until the very end. and Spoiler #2. Its easier to say "zombies" over and over, and its also easier for people to relate to. This is the only reason I chose to use "zombies". Although they do bite.





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