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  1. Indy Guy

    Elvis (2022)

    I saw Elvis last night at Warner's with Baz and Austin Butler attending for Q&A after. Butler's performance is astonishing, while Hanks delivers one of the most manipulatively evil characterisations to ever grace a screen! Your body will feel the nearly 3 hour running time, but your mind will be...
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  3. Indy Guy

    Indiana Jones 5 (2023)

    As for Indy rip offs...how about this 3 film 2008 series? To my knowledge it is only available as a set in Germany, but the films are available individually in the US. It has a totally English speaking cast, but I have no idea if it was ever released theatrically.
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    UHD Review 1776 UHD Review

    I was hoping to gain a new appreciation for 1776 from these multiple versions and 4K bells and whistles, but for me it still ended up an odd production. It seems a strained mix of Broadway comedy and so-so show tunes overlaid with historical inaccuracies presented in authentic detail. This...
  6. Indy Guy

    What was your very first movie on physical media purchase?

    Dave's was the best! I worked nearby in Glendale and Dave's was a Tuesday weekly ritual. I loved it when he would have both directors and stars come in for disc signings. I commuted from the other side of LA in Orange County where on weekends Ken Crane's was the place to go for LD's. Just a few...
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  9. Indy Guy

    What was your very first movie on physical media purchase?

    I had a Sony Umatic 3/4 inch cassette recorder. I got it in LA at Henry Radio at a little over $2000. I had to take out one of those sleazy loans to pay for it and was on a waiting list behind Frank Sinatra! I was able to also get 4 one hour $25 tapes for $100, and the goal that first night...
  10. Indy Guy

    Blu-ray Review Flower Drum Song Blu-ray Review

    Mine came last Thursday and I was able to view it several times over the weekend. It is a beautiful transfer and I have no technical complaints. From a story point, after the big "Grant Avenue" number and the following striptease exposing Quan's fast girl lifestyle, momentum is slowed down by...
  11. Indy Guy

    The Official Disney Movie Club Blu-ray Exclusives Thread

    I was never a fan of the Xerox sketchy animation era at Disney and neither was Walt Disney. It was all about economics, and to look respectable, the films even required a line drawing to be laid over the painted backgrounds so the sketchy animation could fit believably in a sketchy hand drawn...
  12. Indy Guy

    International Pre-Order Dolittle (2020) (3D Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Just got the disc and my Oppo won't load it! I get an "unknown disc" message after a long attempt to load the disc. Dolittle is a region free disc, but I tried using both A & B regions on my region free player to no avail. Anyone else having loading issues with the Dolittle 3D from Australia?
  13. Indy Guy

    UHD Review Uncharted UHD Review

    After watching the 4K disc last night and agreeing with all the above comments, I decided to revamp a post left months ago on another Uncharted thread... The Uncharted games were a huge success and had a major crossover following because of their cinematic style. The "cut scene" movies that...
  14. Indy Guy

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    Sorry to go back to the Theo Kalomirakis collection, but I had the pleasure of working with Theo 15 years ago. Not on a personal project, but at a corporate level. Theo is a self made man who's love of movies and their presentation inspired him to fill a niche that he was passionate about. Theo...
  15. Indy Guy

    Is eFilmCritic.com officially closed down?

    For 2 months I have tried to access the long standing site... eFilmCritic.com and it no longer opens. No information is given and doing a web search brings nothing either. I liked cross referencing their release schedule as I often found titles listed that were found nowhere else. Any...
  16. Indy Guy

    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Invaders from Mars - in 4k UHD & Blu-ray

    It was the original ending with the saucer landing repeating after the father leaves the bedroom. As for the talk in the observatory, it was long and detailed. I'm not familiar with any cuts that may have been missing. They could cut several minutes of "tanks" and make it a better movie. Sayles...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About While we wait for A few words about...™ Invaders from Mars - in 4k UHD & Blu-ray

    I saw TCM's Invaders From Mars premiere last night and was quite impressed with what has been done. Jimmy Hunt and his son were in attendance, but only writer director John Sayles spoke. Having seen Giant the night before, I wasn't sure what to expect from the restoration work on IFM, but I...
  18. Indy Guy

    Pre-Order Giant (1956) (4k UHD) Available for Preorder

    I saw Giant Friday night and after Spielberg and George Stevens Jr did the set up, I expected a miracle. There are some aspects that are astonishingly better than ever...closeups of the stars and the "on set" interiors come to mind. Also, all the optical slow fades have been redone digitally, so...
  19. Indy Guy

    Press Release Criterion Press Release: Summertime (1955) (Blu-ray)

    I know all models of Oppo players have a zoom feature that can expands a 1.37 image to fill the 16x9 space of a flat panel...essentially cropping the top and bottom of the 1.37 image. I don't know if zoom is unique to Oppo, but it renders this issue to be less of a problem. There is a slight...
  20. Indy Guy

    For the love of movies: The Past, Present, and Future of Cinema and what makes us fans

    Beyond inclusion and diversity issues are the long standing values of casting and believability in creating lasting stories. To paraphrase Walt Disney regarding Cinderella, "If you don't believe in the world we create for Cinderella, you won't believe in her predicament nor the magic that...
  21. Indy Guy

    Press Release Warner Archive Collection Press Release: The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) (Blu-ray)

    I had 18 guests over last night for the "re-premiere" of Brothers Grimm. Everyone, from their late 20's to mid 70's was mesmerized. The clarity, the music, and the immersive magic of Smilebox, brought a sense of what deluxe roadshow movie going was all about. The closest thing to today would be...
  22. Indy Guy

    What have they done to Darby O Gill and the Little People?

    Just because Darby was not shot in 3 strip Technicolor, doesn't mean that Darby or any films created after 1955 are automatically plagued with black crush and excess grain. I know a key effects genius at ILM who held Darby O'Gill in highest esteem for its extensive use of in-camera effects. The...
  23. Indy Guy

    What have they done to Darby O Gill and the Little People?

    Comparing the Blu Ray to the version on Google Play and both black and other dark backgrounds on the BR are obviously crushed. In addition sharpening tools have added reinforcement to the grain which creates a rougher image than the HD download from Google TV. I stopped watching the BR because...
  24. Indy Guy

    Official Oscars 2022 Nominations And Discussion Thread

    There wasn't a question, my initial suggestion was for a more balanced ways of representing audience favorites. Guild short lists come out earlier than Academy nominee announcements. Not making a key Guild short list damages the potential for an Oscar as most Academy members also hold Guild...
  25. Indy Guy

    Official Oscars 2022 Nominations And Discussion Thread

    I can assure you the Guilds I am a member of create short lists before sending selections to the full membership for the final vote. My preferred film this year (as I stated), did not make the short list, so I was not able to support it. I can't get specific until after awards have been...
  26. Indy Guy

    Starting with the Ending

    I love the bookends created for the movie version of Camelot. (Possible spoiler follow for the 55 year old film!) The opening shows King Arthur on the eve of defeat, contemplating what led to the downfall of his dream. Merlin sends Arthur back to the beginning to understand the turning points...
  27. Indy Guy

    Official Oscars 2022 Nominations And Discussion Thread

    As many of you know, the Academy as well as the Guilds such as SAG, DGA, PGA etc., have two phases that nominees go through. The first results in a "short list" created by a selected group of members. This edited list is then submitted to full membership for final voting. Often, promising...
  28. Indy Guy

    Time to replace Pioneer SD-533HD5 RPTV?

    I don't know since I'm not bothered by rainbow effects. If the light source is Laser or LED it should reduce chance of rainbows, and they last for a lifetime. You should find a way to audition a projector before you commit. For duplicating a theater experience there is no other way than...
  29. Indy Guy

    Time to replace Pioneer SD-533HD5 RPTV?

    Can't go wrong with Optima. Remember, projection is the only way to still get 3D in a new 4K product. My friend projects a 10ft picture on a white wall with no screen, and is happy with the results. Anything smaller would be even brighter. Here is the Optima line...
  30. Indy Guy

    Official Oscars 2022 Nominations And Discussion Thread

    My point was that Hollywood got behind Roosevelt and helped sway public sentiment towards the WWll effort. Today's Hollywood is almost entirely antiwar. The last film to celebrate sacrifice and patriotism needed to mount a war effort was "Pearl Harbor" over 20 years ago. It was attacked by...