1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

A PEEK AT TIME AFTER TIME

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by haineshisway, Nov 25, 2016.

Tags:
  1. haineshisway

    haineshisway Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    4,427
    Likes Received:
    5,005
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Real Name:
    Bruce
    Let me count the ways I love this movie. The script is absolutely wonderful. It was Nicholas Meyer's first film as director and it shows - he's awkward, frequently has no clue what to do with a shot or where to put the camera, the effects are cheesy as can be, and yet I don't care - I love it from start to finish. And one of the main reasons is that he gives us characters to love and to hate, but even the villain here has real depth. The leading players are all fantastic - some of the supporting players are not but again I don't care.

    The transfer on the Warner Archive Blu-ray is better than the DVD but it's not going to win any awards, I'm afraid. It's downright blurry at times, too soft, and lacking in detail. It's not the production photography, which was very good and NOT soft. Still, the movie's the thing and I'm really happy to have it.
     
    Felix Martinez, Tino, benbess and 3 others like this.
  2. Message #2 of 20 Nov 25, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2016
    Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    12,285
    Likes Received:
    14,614
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    Definitely, a fun and thought-provoking film.
     
    Tino and Jimbo64 like this.
  3. Ken Koc

    Ken Koc Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2004
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    780
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    New York
    Real Name:
    Ken Koc
    I noticed the blurryness myself...almost out of focus. Weird.
     
  4. haineshisway

    haineshisway Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    4,427
    Likes Received:
    5,005
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Real Name:
    Bruce
    Whew, I was hoping I wasn't the only one :) It's just a weird transfer - I'm happy to have it and the color is certainly fine. But the detail is just - lacking.
     
    Ken Koc likes this.
  5. GlennF

    GlennF Second Unit
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2013
    Messages:
    463
    Likes Received:
    359
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Real Name:
    Glenn Frost
    It's interesting that the master they use on TCM HD has the same "out of focus/blurry" thing happening -particularly around the edges of the picture.
     
    Ken Koc likes this.
  6. John Sparks

    John Sparks Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2001
    Messages:
    2,878
    Likes Received:
    1,526
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Location:
    Menifee, CA
    Real Name:
    John Sparks
    ...and why I decided to stick with my upscaled SD!
     
  7. TonyD

    TonyD Who do we think I am?
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 1999
    Messages:
    19,660
    Likes Received:
    1,694
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Gulf Coast
    Real Name:
    Tony D.
    I watched it on TCM the other day and didn't notice the fuzzy edges or whatever it was that was fuzzy.

    Was a fan of this when I was younger but now it doesn't hold up for me.
    Watched it and after I just felt nothing.
    I love time travel stories but too many questions now that I didn't notice before.
     
  8. Keith Cobby

    Keith Cobby Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    2,377
    Likes Received:
    1,463
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Kent "The Garden of England", UK
    Real Name:
    Keith Cobby
    Watched this today for the first time for many years. The blu-ray presentation is OK but the film was not as good as I remembered. The two male leads were unconvincing time travellers although Mary Steenburgen was wonderful as always.
     
  9. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Messages:
    6,159
    Likes Received:
    1,396
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    North of the 49th
    Real Name:
    Stephen J. Hill
    I have the DVD, which looks fine, but I was looking at screencaps [let the pillorying begin....]. and what I see there is what looks like it could be one of three things: vignetting at the edges [which I assume it is not], that the IP used for the release was curling up on the sides [which should have been caught at the scanning phase], or an improperly made IP with the focus issues baked in. I'm leaning towards #3. Even the estimable WB is not infallible.
     
  10. bigshot

    bigshot Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Messages:
    2,889
    Likes Received:
    1,408
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    Stephen
    It was a little fuzzy in theaters too. I think they were trying to hide actors' wrinkles or something.
     
  11. Douglas R

    Douglas R Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    2,355
    Likes Received:
    803
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    London, United Kingdom
    Real Name:
    Doug
    The film has great memories for me because I saw during my first visit to New York in October 1979 and the audience clearly loved it. I don't remember it looking at all "fuzzy".
     
    Tino likes this.
  12. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    16,027
    Likes Received:
    7,972
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    Yeah. I saw it multiple times in the theaters during its original run and it definitely wasn’t “fuzzy”.
     
  13. haineshisway

    haineshisway Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2011
    Messages:
    4,427
    Likes Received:
    5,005
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Real Name:
    Bruce
    It wasn't fuzzy in theaters at all - there were some filters used on some close-ups but that's it - what's at play in this transfer is simply out of focus, not fuzzy.
     
  14. Message #14 of 20 Oct 16, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2018
    Rick Thompson

    Rick Thompson Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,558
    Likes Received:
    894
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    I really enjoyed it. Time travel movies are not to be taken seriously -- Time Machine (which takes itself v-e-r-y seriously) to the contrary. This one is fun. The only time travel flix I enjoyed more are the original Back to the Future, Star Trek IV and Timeline. (And why isn't that on blu? Oops, I forgot -- it's Paramount!)
     
  15. Keith Cobby

    Keith Cobby Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    2,377
    Likes Received:
    1,463
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Kent "The Garden of England", UK
    Real Name:
    Keith Cobby
    I have the Italian release of Timeline. Good transfer of an entertaining film.
     
  16. Keith Cobby

    Keith Cobby Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    2,377
    Likes Received:
    1,463
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Kent "The Garden of England", UK
    Real Name:
    Keith Cobby
    Another entertaining time travel film is Timestalkers (TV 1987)..
     
  17. Johnny Angell

    Johnny Angell Played With Dinosaurs Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 1998
    Messages:
    11,002
    Likes Received:
    3,422
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Real Name:
    Johnny Angell
    I agree totally with your evaluation of the story and characters. Malcom McDowel, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen are all very good. Hard to believe that Warner also played Bob Cratchet in my favorit Christmas Carol (the TV production with George C. Scott.) I liked that the disbelieving police were portrayed sympathetically.
    Time Machine is very effective. If it takes itself seriously, I don’t mind.
     
    Josh Steinberg likes this.
  18. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    16,027
    Likes Received:
    7,972
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    I thought Timeline the novel was awesome.

    I thought Timeline the film was an epic disaster.
     
  19. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Messages:
    6,159
    Likes Received:
    1,396
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    North of the 49th
    Real Name:
    Stephen J. Hill
    And i totally agree with you. Timeline would've made a great premium cable limited series.
     
    Tino likes this.
  20. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    16,027
    Likes Received:
    7,972
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    Yeah. The movie was terrible in every way as I recall. Seriously one of the worst I’ve ever seen.
     

Share This Page