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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Gran Torino



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#21 of 35 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted June 05 2009 - 11:03 AM

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.

#22 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael Elliott

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Posted June 05 2009 - 01:58 PM

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.

#23 of 35 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 05 2009 - 04:04 PM

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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Posted June 13 2009 - 08:45 PM

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.

#25 of 35 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted June 14 2009 - 01:15 AM

I thought the subs were easy to read. ddn't seem pointy to me.
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#26 of 35 OFFLINE   HDvision

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Posted June 15 2009 - 04:57 PM

Good, cos the DVD ones are not standart, they are some kind of 'stylish' font.

#27 of 35 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted June 15 2009 - 11:45 PM

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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Posted July 17 2009 - 11:59 AM

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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#29 of 35 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted July 17 2009 - 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Hamilton72 

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?

 
I certainly don't know for sure but it sounds like a player 'hiccup' rather than a problem with the disc.


#30 of 35 OFFLINE   Christian Preischl

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Posted July 17 2009 - 11:53 PM



Originally Posted by Hamilton72 

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?

I'm using a Panasonic BD-55 by the way.
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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Posted July 18 2009 - 09:32 AM

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..


#32 of 35 OFFLINE   MattFini

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Posted July 18 2009 - 10:10 AM

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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#33 of 35 ONLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted July 18 2009 - 11:11 AM

Had the subtitles turn on for me too with Panasonic BD-10

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Posted July 18 2009 - 01:30 PM



Originally Posted by MattFini 

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.
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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Posted July 21 2009 - 11:48 AM

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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