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A Few Words About A few words about...™Darkest Hour -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. Message #1 of 33 Feb 15, 2018
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    Robert Harris

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    Although historically, not totally factual, I cannot imagine even the most ardent history buffs not taking a liking to Joe Wright's take on the early days of Sir Winston Churchill's role as British Prime Minister during the early days of WWII.

    Gary Oldman's performance is mesmerizing, and the film, as a whole, is a superior entertainment.

    Universal's Blu-ray, presumably based upon the 2k data files is perfect in every regard, as it should be.

    Dolby Atmos rounds out the presentation nicely.

    One of the finest films of 2017.

    For those who may not have read his tomes on the Second World War, Sir Winston's works are highly suggested.

    Up-rezzed, in projection to 4k, imagery holds up nicely. No reason for a 4k disc, as even in an uprez, Mr. Oldman's makeup begins to show its seams in some closeups.


    Image - 5

    Audio - 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH

     
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    Not to be grammatically picky, Mr. Harris, but I think you meant to write "I cannot imagine even the most ardent history buffs NOT taking a liking to Joe Wright's take on...Sir Winston Churchill" for the way the opening paragraph reads now is that history buffs will not like the film, and I believe you meant the opposite. As Daffy Duck says in Chuck Jones' AUTUMN FIRE, "Pronoun trouble."

    By the way, John Lithgow was on the Stephen Colbert show a few weeks ago--Mr. Lithgow was nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Winston Churchill in THE CROWN--talking about how Gary Oldman refers to him as "Churchill 54" and himself as "Churchill 41". It all sounds suspiciously like wine vintages.
     
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    I thought this film was terrific and deserving of all it’s Oscar nominations and it’s inevitable win for Gary Oldman as Best Actor. A tremendously entertaining film.

    But not surprisingly there are some here who hated the film.
     
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    I disliked the film and Oldman's performance.
     
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  5. Robert Harris

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    Corrected.

    Thank you.

    Understand that I grew up the grandchild of indigent farmers, spending my days harvesting sugar cane.

    Homeschooled, along with my seven siblings.

    Then I moved, and got a job cleaning cutting rooms, until the war broke out...
     
  6. TonyD

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    I didn’t dislike the movie or Oldman but I didn’t love Oldman’s choice to sound like Droopy Dog. Is the what Churchill sounded like?
    Well I guess that doesn’t matter seems everyone thinks he is going to win.
     
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    Pretty much so!
     
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    Well, you can't please everybody.;)
     
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    A double-bill of Darkest Hour with Dunkirk - which should go first?
     
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    I think I would do Dunkirk then Darkest Hour but that could be flipped and it would still work.
     
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    No, it should clearly be "Darkest Hour" and then "Dunkirk". "DH" ends right about where "Dunkirk" begins - why would you watch "Dunkirk" first?
     
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    Darkest Hour followed by Dunkirk.
     
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    In retrospect maybe Droopy Dog was based on WC
     
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    I guess mainly because that was the order I saw them in and I sort of liked the way Dunkirk is a more pure cinematic experience and Darkest Hour is more of a traditional story that features a great part for an actor and centers around him. If it is linear story you want then I agree that makes sense to watch Darkest Hour then Dunkirk but I think I enjoy more watching Dunkirk and then seeing this dramatic telling of what led up to it.
     
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    On the Stephen Colbert show, John Lithgow (who played Winston Churchill in THE CROWN) said that Churchill had the strangest, most eccentric manner of speaking English that he had ever heard, which was completely atypical for a "British accent". Then he began speaking like Churchill, and it sounded like Droopy Dog with a sore throat trying to imitate a frog.
     
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    Probably my favorite Churchill story...

     
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    Just saw this film in the theater last week. Been trying to see it since it was released in limited engagement form back in November. The wait was so worth it. Absolutely loved it. As others have said, this makes a great companion piece to Dunkirk.
     
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    Personally, pronoun trouble is something up with which I will not put either!!!!!
     
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    Watch the mediocre film first (Darkest Hour); then the masterpiece (Dunkirk). It's like a choice between masturbation or making love with your significant other.
     

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