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HTF BD REVIEW: Australia

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted March 11 2009 - 02:11 PM

Blu-ray Disc Review


I enjoyed the features on the first go. There are two deleted scenes (HD, 3min), a featurette titles Australia: The People, The History, the Location, which is a short historical piece with Luhrmann, Kidman, and Jackman. This HD piece includes historical footage over 60 years old in its original 4:3 aspect ratio. That means a lot to me, as I absolutely hate when old archive footage is reframed for 16:9 featurettes.

Most interesting are the podcasts with Baz Luhrmann, who really wants to connect all of these featurettes together for the viewer, and help them see how they’ve all contributed to make this film as art. That’s his vision, and his vision works. The featurettes, which cannot be accessed by a “play all” function, can be selected one by one in the special features submenu. Here you will see everything from stills photography/publicity, amplifying drama with location, the role of the director of photography, and post production crew collecting sounds on location for the soundtrack. All are HD. Cool stuff!

  • Photography (4:37)
  • Production Design (5:30)
  • Locations (6:22)
  • Cinematography (6:44)
  • Sound (11:05)
  • Editing (11:05)
  • Music (10:23)
  • Visual Effects (8:40)

    Three theatrical trailers (A, B, C) are included in HD, as well as the theatrical trailer for Slumdog Millionaire.

    IN THE END...

    Excellent audio and video deliver this interesting story historically set during World War II. With a load of interesting special features, Australia is worth visiting.

    Michael Osadciw
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    #2 of 7 OFFLINE   Southpaw


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    Posted March 12 2009 - 01:39 AM

    I just did not like this movie at all. I'm so glad I rented it. I thought the visual effects were laughable and reminded me of Crystal Skull's effects. The movie tried so hard to be more than it was. At first, I thought it was trying to be a comedy. Then an action flick. Finally a love story. As the credits rolled, it ended up being none of the three; it was just empty. Anyway, I do agree that the visual presentation was very good and the audio wasn't shabby either.

    #3 of 7 OFFLINE   Steve_L_B


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    Posted March 12 2009 - 05:04 AM

    That about sums it up for me too. The only thing I can add is that I also found it to be very predictable.

    My wife and I rented and watched this over the weekend. She really liked it, I will probably (her vote counts more than mine Posted Image) never watch it again.


    #4 of 7 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H


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    Posted March 12 2009 - 09:39 AM

    I'm a huge fan of Luhrmann's work, but missed this in theatres. I will probably rent it first, as that is how I've generally watched his films and they come to grow on me the more I think about them.
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    #5 of 7 OFFLINE   Steven Simon

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    Posted March 13 2009 - 12:22 AM

    I am interested in seeing this film, despite the mediocre reviews.... Sounds like the BluRay image looks fantastic!! Great Review Michael...
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    #6 of 7 OFFLINE   PattyFraser


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    Posted March 13 2009 - 05:24 AM

    Well, I for one really loved it. As did my mother in law. Perhaps it's a chick flick that men generally don't share the love for, as they do with, for example, Pride and Prejudice. I had netflixed the Blu version. Watching it told me it's a movie I want to own. My anniversary is coming up in May. I will drop broad hints.

    #7 of 7 OFFLINE   Ron-P



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    Posted March 13 2009 - 12:25 PM

    Put me in the loved it camp. The comedy, the action, the romance, it all worked very well together and made for a fantastic film.
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