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A few words about...™ La La Land -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray & LaLaVision



"Here's to the mess we make..."

I'll make no bones about it.

La La Land was my Best Picture of 2016, and in my humble opinion, possibly one of the finest uses of cinema thus far in this century.

People seen to either get this film, or they don't.

I've probably seen it a dozen times, and each time I see something new.

The consummate Tracy/Hepburn relationship between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling;

Difficult musical and dance numbers that can go five minutes without a cut;

Night sequences with a single point of illumination.

Shot on film, and finished as a 2k DI, in the early CinemaScope aspect ratio of 2.55:1

Just grab a copy and this disc, and be enthralled.

Audio is Dolby Atmos...

used delicately, as is HDR. Lionsgate 4k quality all around.

I'm incredibly jealous of those of you who may be seeing this for the first time.

Final word, as my friends, Mssrs Ebert and Siskel would rarely say...

"Two thumbs way up, and they couldn't possibly be held higher!"

Image - 5

Audio - 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail - Pass

Extremely Highly Recommended!

RAH

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My best film of 2016 too. Can't wait to see it again on my OLED E6 in 4K and Dolby Atmos. Glad to hear it looks and sounds great. :thumbsup:
 

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By the way, how are the extras RAH?

If you've watched them that is.
 
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My best film of 2016 also. Saw in the theatres 6 time, 3 times in IMAX. Your right, each time I watched it, I saw or heard something new. I have two blus on order, one for me and another for a close friend that enjoyed the film as much as I did. I can't wait to enjoy this magnificent film again and again. This is what physical media is all about.
 

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I didn't see this yet. My sister did(she loved it), and knowing that I am a film buff she said "What's wrong with you?"

I'll pick it up.
 

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I liked this film, but didn't love it. I do have this 4K release on pre-order from Target during their B2G1 free sale so I'll be revisiting it to see if my opinion of it goes up or down.
 

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I liked this film, but didn't love it. I do have this 4K release on pre-order from Target during their B2G1 free sale so I'll be revisiting it to see if my opinion of it goes up or down.
How many times have you seen it Robert?
 

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How many times have you seen it Robert?
Only once as I didn't see a need to see it again in a movie theater. I just wasn't a fan like some of you. I enjoyed the human aspect of the film more so than the actual music and dance. TBH, I don't quite understand the love for this film. I'm not saying it's not a good film, but in my opinion, it's not a great film. Perhaps, more viewings of it will change my mind.
 
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Only once as I didn't see a need to see it again in a movie theater. I was just wasn't a fan like some of you. I enjoyed the human aspect of the film more so than the actual music and dance. TBH, I don't quite understand the love for this film. I'm not saying it's not a good film, but in my opinion, it's not a great film. Perhaps, more viewings of it will change my mind.
From a strictly tech perspective, please revisit the musical number half an hour in. You'll note that it's a single take, one source shadows. And then there's the audition. Please watch, and listen closely. Audio, music, lighting, camera movement.

Again, single take, where everything, inclusive of Ms Stone's performance must be absolutely perfect.

With all the craziness in our world today, this film makes me smile for two hours.

I recall a horror film, in which the main character had a constant rigored smile...

This is different.
 

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The problem with La la Land is that people saw and liked it, and popularity is, with few exceptions, the kiss of death for Best Picture nominees. Far better to say something capital "S" Significant like Moonlight or last year's Spotlight. It's gotten to the point where almost no one can remember who won. Quick, without looking it up: What was the 2013 Best Picture? 2012? 2011? Any of the three?

And they wonder why broadcast ratings are down, and the winning films no longer get much of a box office bounce.
 
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I pre-ordered this (in 4k) as soon as it was announced. Easily the picture of the year (and, frankly, in many years) for Peg and I.

Glad to hear this will be a solid presentation.

RAH: I was griping after the two times I saw it in the theater that I didn't think much of the lighting of the film. I thought the harsh sunlight in the opening "Another Day of Sun" number caused terrible shadows and that there were other outdoor moments in which the lighting was weak and keeps us from seeing their eyes: for example, the park bench conversation outside the observatory after her big audition in the final third of the film. Any thoughts on these observations of mine? I even thought about the lighting choices in the apartment sequence during the dance of the four roommates in the Someone in the Crowd number.

This all just struck me as strange since I rarely even think about lighting when I go see a film.

But setting all that aside, I thought this was a great entertainment...which we will visit over and over during the years to come.
 
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I loved Emma Stone's performance and I also hope to enjoy it with further viewings. I have loved musicals since I was a child, so as Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling rose into the planetarium, I kept thinking - was this "inspired" by Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen in The Belle Of New York? In the last imagined sequence, I kept thinking well this was clearly inspired by the Judy Garland "Born In A Truck" sequence added into A Star Is Born.

So I am eager to see this again, even with the limited pleasures of the Oscar-winning score, and just enjoy it as a wonderful new musical.
 
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My least favorite film of 2016. Awful music "City of Stars" , clichéd script, bad singing, and even worse dancing. And I love musicals.
Totally forgettable.
Different strokes for different folks.
Won't be buying this.
 

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I loved Emma Stone's performance and I also hope to enjoy it with further viewings. I have loved musicals since I was a child, so as Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling rose into the planetarium, I kept thinking - was this "inspired" by Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen in The Belle Of New York? In the last imagined sequence, I kept thinking well this was clearly inspired by the Judy Garland "Born In A Truck" sequence added into A Star Is Born.

So I am eager to see this again, even with the limited pleasures of the Oscar-winning score, and just enjoy it as a wonderful new musical.
The whole thing was derivative. Nothing original and poorly done. Most overrated film since The Artist IMHO.
 
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My favorite film of 2016 too! I preordered the 4K version during Target's bit B2G1 sale. Can't wait for it to get here (two more weeks!!).

I don't think it is a coincidence that I chose last week to upgrade our Blu-ray player to a 4K model and our A/V receiver to a 4K compatible model. We've had a 75" 4K TV since late 2015. Now we've got the whole 4K enchilada set up in time for the release of LLL on 4K Blu! :)

Mark
 
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Watched this on a recent flight and was in the "liked, but not loved" group. I'll probably pick up the blu at a future sale sometime and watch it again on a bigger screen.
 
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