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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Inglourious Basterds - Special Edition - Recommended



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#1 of 50 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted December 16 2009 - 07:35 PM



#2 of 50 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted December 17 2009 - 01:30 AM

Excellent review as always Kevin, thanks for the great write up.  Mine should be here today, I cheaped out and took free shipping.


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#3 of 50 OFFLINE   Timothy E

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Posted December 17 2009 - 04:10 AM

Great review, Kevin!  I love how Tarantino used the 1970s style Universal logo at the beginning of the film.

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Posted December 17 2009 - 04:15 AM

Nice review.  There was some discussion at another forum about the special features of the U.K. disc (supposedly the same as the U.S. version) not working on the Panny BD-30, but I can tell you I spun up some of the special features with no prob on my player (I think I have the latest firmware on my Panny BD-30 - 2.9, I believe).  Will delve deeper and watch the film this weekend, but all looked good.


#5 of 50 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted December 17 2009 - 09:02 AM

Timothy, you're absolutely right!

I forgot to mention the use of the older logo - just like Sam Raimi did with Drag Me To Hell.  Although Tarantino didn't continue the motif with the Tour logo at the end...

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Posted December 17 2009 - 10:05 AM



Originally Posted by Felix Martinez 

Nice review.  There was some discussion at another forum about the special features of the U.K. disc (supposedly the same as the U.S. version) not working on the Panny BD-30, but I can tell you I spun up some of the special features with no prob on my player (I think I have the latest firmware on my Panny BD-30 - 2.9, I believe).  Will delve deeper and watch the film this weekend, but all looked good.
I have problems with IB freezing up after the FBI warning with the panny BD60, after repeated tries I was able to see the movie by going through the 'chapters' menu, I've seen half the special features without problems, a new exchanged disc has the same issues, so I figure the problem is the player or the latest software update I'm using..


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Posted December 17 2009 - 12:25 PM

I'm really looking forward to watching this.  I hope I'm not going to have problems with my Panny BD-10.

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Posted December 17 2009 - 04:22 PM

I don't know about the compatibility issues.  I viewed the disc on a PS3 with the current firmware updates and had no issues. I also have a Panasonic BD unit that I can try it on, if people are interested.  But I know for sure that the PS3 had no conflicts.

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Posted December 17 2009 - 04:59 PM

Mine worked on the Panasonic BD-80, latest firmware.

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Posted December 17 2009 - 10:36 PM



Originally Posted by Alfonso_M 




I have problems with IB freezing up after the FBI warning with the panny BD60, after repeated tries I was able to see the movie by going through the 'chapters' menu, I've seen half the special features without problems, a new exchanged disc has the same issues, so I figure the problem is the player or the latest software update I'm using..
Plays thru and past the FBI warning on my BD-30.


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Posted December 19 2009 - 08:36 AM

The disc played without errors on our Sony BDP-S350 last night, although the disc took a long time to load because of all the Java crap. I really wish studios would forget about Java and just get us quickly to a simple menu. Who is buying BDs for fancy menus?

The film was typical Tarantino... which means it was terrific! This was my first time watching Inglorious Basterds, and Quentin didn't disappoint. Well-written story with tension-riddled scenes, interesting characters, snappy dialogue, great music, plus Tarantino humor in just the right mix. Brad Pitt was a perfect casting choice, as well.


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Posted December 19 2009 - 10:06 AM

Man, people are still having problems with grtting discs to play at this point in the format's life? I must have extraordinary good luck since I have never had a problem playing a disc on my PS3. Of course, now that I posted that statement I'll probably end up eating those words. Fortunately, it won't be with Inglourious Basterds. IB has played without a hitch. Good flick.
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Posted December 19 2009 - 10:59 AM



Originally Posted by Edwin-S 

Man, people are still having problems with grtting discs to play at this point in the format's life?

I had the same problem that Alfonso was having but it was with a (relatively ancient) Samsung 1.0 profile player.

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Posted December 19 2009 - 11:06 AM



Originally Posted by Edwin-S [url=/forum/thread/296007/htf-blu-ray-review-inglourious-basterds-special-edition-recommended#post_3640176]

Just got my copy of IB yesterday, plan to watch this weekend, have really been looking forward to it. Usually I have a BD for weeks before I get around to watching it.



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Posted December 19 2009 - 11:38 AM



Originally Posted by CraigF 

One of the very good reasons for that is apparently "everybody" tests BDs on the PS3 for playability.
 
More importantly, Sony proactively keeps the firmware on the PS3 current and will even force a player update if necessary if the console is internet connected. A lot of hardware manufacturers don't stay ahead of the curve and a lot of consumers don't know the first thing about updating their players firmware, which isn't always an easy process.


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Posted December 19 2009 - 11:58 AM

^ Sony proactively updates the PS3 firmware, if necessary, only because the BD was tested on their platform before release. So they know well before other manufacturers/models that don't have that luxury. It makes sense to test on the PS3 because that is by far the single most common BD-playing platform (if we pretend all the PS3 variants are "the same" as far as BD playing potential problem areas go).

Unfortunately though, some studios who test on the PS3 may not notice just how poor some of their choices were, especially when it comes to speed. Some Java stuff that seems "not bad" on the PS3 can be glacial on a typical player. Or not work properly at all. A variety of test platforms makes sense, don't want to annoy the fledgling BD customers. Whereas people who have been using BD for some time won't be so easily put off by a little issue, they've probably seen worse and will know what to do.


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Posted December 19 2009 - 12:00 PM



Originally Posted by dpippel 




More importantly, Sony proactively keeps the firmware on the PS3 current and will even force a player update if necessary if the console is internet connected.
 
This is news to me. I have never had a forced update done to my PS3. I actually skipped a couple of updates because people were complaining that the updates were killing their PS3s. There was even one update that, according to some complaints, caused the BD player in the PS3 to become an unrecognized piece of hardware. I skipped all of those updates until I was sure that the problems had been taken care of by Sony.

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Posted December 19 2009 - 12:03 PM

^ Correct me if I'm wrong, but SONY is responsible for testing their hardware and issuing firmware updates as are the rest of the hardware manufacturers. It's a collaboration between the player manufacturer and the disc authoring industry.

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Posted December 19 2009 - 12:04 PM

Sony requires some updates if you try to use certain web features with the PS3, otherwise you can't use them anymore. Not exactly "forced", but sort of...


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Posted December 19 2009 - 12:06 PM



Originally Posted by Edwin-S 

This is news to me. I have never had a forced update done to my PS3. I actually skipped a couple of updates because people were complaining that the updates were killing their PS3s. There was even one update that, according to some complaints, caused the BD player in the PS3 to become an unrecognized piece of hardware. I skipped all of those updates until I was sure that the problems had been taken care of by Sony.
 
I've been forced to update my PS3 firmware twice. I can't recall the exact revision numbers, but I was unable to access the Playstation Store at one point without doing the update. Perhaps "forced" was a bad choice of words. I was unable to utilize the complete functionality of my console without updating the firmware, and the console made me aware of the availability of the update.

I've applied every firmware release that Sony has issued for my PS3 and have never had any problems.

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