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A few thoughts about Charlie and The Chocolate Factory


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 18 2006 - 08:41 AM

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My initial impressions of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
were not particularly good. High definition has not done any justice
to the 1971 film. Whether it be the original source material or perhaps
some negligence by the studio, I am uncertain. I can only tell you that
I took a second look at the transfer today and I was not pleased.

On the other hand, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is
a treat to behold!

This is the sort of film that belongs on HD-DVD, mostly for the film's
exaggerated brilliant colors inside the Wonka factory. You need to
check out the scene that features the first Oompa-Loompa song,
entitled Augustus Gloop. Behold the brilliant red colors
of the jumpsuits worn by the multiplied actor, Deep Roy.

There's even a beautiful shot towards the beginning of the film inside
the toothpaste factory where Mr. Bucket works. Tell me if it isn't
one of the coolest, clearest blues your television has ever rendered.

Just a magnificent, crisp and vividly defined transfer that reminds
me why this format is so much nicer to look at over standard DVD.

Now here's where it really gets wild....

The "in movie experience[/img] film is outrageous! I wasn't expecting much -- but do
yourself a favor and just watch the first 10 minutes of the film
right from the opening credits (that's all the time I had), and you'll
find yourself smiling from ear to ear. Whoever put this feature
together did a very clever job in assembling little "pop-ups" with
goofy sayings and accompanied sound effects (complete with
on-set supplements) that will have kids and their parents chuckling
their way throughout the movie. It's not your ordinary picture-in-picture
experience, but a rather unique and finely crafted piece of added
value that certainly took me by surprise. This is the sort of thing
that really sells HD-DVD to the public, as you could never
get this sort of interactivity with the standard DVD format.

Do go out and treat yourself to this title!

 

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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted October 18 2006 - 08:49 AM

GREAT too see you 'reviewing' again, Ron! It's almost like the good old SD DVD days. Glad you enjoyed one "chocolate" experience. Were any other reviews comments on the PQ of WW&TCF helpful to you?
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#3 of 10 OFFLINE   ppltd

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Posted October 18 2006 - 08:57 AM


While I have had the opportunity to view Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and totally agree with your assessment of the quality of this release, I am very disappointed to hear about the quality of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory which, IMHO, is the better film, even if not as faithful to the book.Posted Image

I was very much looking forward to this HD-DVD.

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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted October 18 2006 - 02:06 PM

Nice review Ron...Posted Image

#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted October 19 2006 - 07:29 AM

Heh, heh. Mine arrived today. Cees

#6 of 10 OFFLINE   BrettB

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Posted October 19 2006 - 07:55 AM


Agreed. But we want screenshots. Posted Image

#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Ron-P

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Posted October 19 2006 - 05:33 PM

I sooooo wasn't planing on picking this up but damn-it, I will tomorrow.
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 19 2006 - 09:31 PM

Gents, Appreciate the kind words, but I am not back to being a reviewer for this forum. Just a few thoughts now and then when I see something I like (or don't). As for screenshots? Not until I have a computer with a drive that supports HD-DVD. No other way to do it.

 

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#9 of 10 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted October 21 2006 - 02:08 AM

only thing about the pop up in movie stuff is the light bulb shape was too big and covered too much of the movie
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#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted December 25 2006 - 09:24 AM

I finally got a chance to watch this last night. Gentlemen, this is the type of movie HD-DVD was meant for. The colors and detail are so rich, it's like nothing I've seen before. The difference between the SD and HD-DVD versions are quite astounding.




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