Disneys Atlantis - worth picking up?

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  1. Jon Mercer

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    Never saw this one in the theater and my son is really wanting this one (Disney marketing has no hold on my son [​IMG])
    Is it good? I know everyone has a different opionon but any thoughts on the movie would be great.
    Thanks
    Jon
     
  2. John Berggren

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    The primary complaint I've heard of this film is that it's a rip of Nadia : Secrets of the Blue water - an anime series which I personally haven't seen.
    I thought Atlantis was one of Disney's better efforts. I think it was underrated and underattended last summer. The sound alone is fantastic, and the stylized animation was great.
    The story - stolen or not - was a very good one.
    A local pharmacy broke street last week, but they didn't have the CD [​IMG]. Guess I'll just have to wait until tomorrow! [​IMG].
     
  3. Dan Hitchman

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    I thought it was rather weak. They tried to put too complicated a story in their 95 minutes max. time constraint.

    Some of the characters looked rather funky. I didn't like how they just had to have another goofy sidekick character (the Mole guy).

    Dan
     
  4. John Geelan

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    Kids will love it so that usually is the biggest factor for these films.

    Ya can't go wrong with the $16.99 version at BestBuy.

    JohnG
     
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    Lion King = Kimba The White Lion.
    And that one is not as subtle as Atlantis is to Nadia. In fact, you could go ahead and say Atlantis' creators made Atlantis without seeing Nadia.
    Okay, may be not. [​IMG]
     
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    I only watched about half of it, but I would say it is kind of a similar movie to Titan AE but under water. This may be an oversimplification, or even way off base, but I thought it was pretty darn good and my kids love it. Even my 9-year old daughter likes it, and she usually sticks her nose up at anything not Mary Kate & Ashley! [​IMG]
     
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    It is a great movie i think and the Collector`s Edition is such a cool DVD. One of the best CE`s Disney ever made. Special Features are very good.
     
  9. Mark Walker

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    The Collector's Edition is AMAZING!
    They set it up so you can view the special features
    in three different ways: you can select all the items
    individually, or through menus, or you can go on
    "the tour" and it is all presented as a 2 hour feature.
    VERY HAPPY with the DVD and the MOVIE.
    I thought the chacacter animation was deliberately
    highly stylized and simplified, which makes a nice
    contrast juxtaposed to the rich environments.
    The DVD of the film also features not
    only an audio commentary, but a "visual commentary,"
    which basically is like you selecting to have the
    normal commentary and film interupted from time to
    time to be shown scene-specific making of footage.
    (If you have The Matrix, think of this
    like the "White Rabbit" feature, only with it automatically
    going to the behind the scenes stuff, rather than making
    you hit enter every time the rabbit shows up.)
    I too think the film is underrated.
    Ebert had broad praise for it, but he was, I suspect
    the most enthusiasic critic for this new "anime style"
    that Disney was trying on for size.
    Mark
     
  10. Neil Joseph

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    If you don't like traditional disney then by all means pick this one up. I liked it a lot. Come to think of it, does anyone here feel that Atlantis is a very similar kind of movie to Stargate...
    Same lead character trying to prove something about the past, due to some incident the team is now dependent on this person, team goes in with a hidden motive that lead character does not see, main character faals in love with a local, survival of discovered area is at great risk, main character decides to stay while others return home, etc etc etc.
     
  11. Mark Walker

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    Neil-
    I'd say your exactly right. The thing is,
    these kinds of stories are going to seem very
    familiar. But you're the first to make the
    Stargate connection that I've heard about.
    How a story is told is as important as the
    plot elements. This film is not as compelling
    as say, Beauty and The Beast or
    even The Lion King, but it really
    is, I think, quite world created for us to visit.
    [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  12. Ray Chuang

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    I just watched Atlantis: The Lost Empire on DVD.
    I strongly approve. [​IMG] The THX-certified mastering results in a disc with superb sound quality and flat-out AWESOME picture quality. [​IMG]
    What just amazes you is the bewildering amount of detail in the background animation. I cite the following examples:

    1. You can see the details of almost everything in Milo's room at the Institution very clearly.
    2. You can see all the various artifacts Preston B. Whitmore collected in his mansion in even the smallest detail.
    3. You are amazed at the detail of the interior of the mothershipt that holds the submarine Ulysses.
    4. The the bathysphere on the Ulysses is beautifully rendered with lots of little details.
    5. Leviathan looks extremely menacing at this level of clarity.
    6. You can see all kinds of little details in the cave during the underground journey.
    7. The background detail of Atlantis itself (rendered with Disney's own Deep Canvas tools) is just jaw-dropping amazing.

    In short, this movie is probably one of the best reasons to get a DVD player. It's also a good reason to get a top-notch monitor or projection TV, too. [​IMG]
     
  13. Ron-P

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    I was at BB today and picked up the 2-disk set. What I noticed though, the single disk does not say dts or anamorphic, is it?
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  14. John Berggren

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    There is no DTS track on the single disc. I would find it hard to beleive if it weren't anamorphic. It does include a pan and scan transfer, so it's possible that such space precluded such an option. I just doubt it.
     
  15. Steve_AA

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    Anyone hear what price Costco is asking for the CE?
     
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    I believe Costco is $27.50.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  17. John Geelan

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    At my BestBuy on Long Island, they were selling the single version for $16.99 with a $5 coupon so the dvd actually was $11.99.
    You also get the $5 coupon for the CE version.
    Coupon is good for anything in the store but I will use mine for another dvd in the future.
    JohnG[​IMG]
     
  18. PatrickM

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    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up. It didn't do well in the theaters so it made me wonder if it was a dud. I've watched a little over half of it before my little guy fell asleep and I found it to be quite good. Hearing Leonard Nimoy's voice through me for a bit though.

    I picked up the 2 disc collectors set for what comes out to $20.50 USD.

    Patrick
     
  19. David Stone

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    Yes. Technically: it's a great disc. Good color and sound.[​IMG] [​IMG]
    The film itself: Overall it's good, but somewhat of a letdown at the end.[​IMG] [​IMG]
    I have one question though; when the heck did the film's trailer become a Collector's Edition feature?? The trailer is omitted from the single disc version. [​IMG]
     
  20. Sean Oneil

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    I just watched a rented copy of the one disc version and liked it. I am thinking of picking up the collectors edition, but don't know the format ...does it have a P&S and Widescreen and DD 5.1 AND DTS 5.1 AND commentary tracks and all that stuff on disc 1, or has Disney done it right and omitted the P&S from the collectors edition disc one to save on bandwidth?
    If they did stuff everything on to one disc, can anyone comment on the difference in quality between the two editions (single disc vs. double disc collectors edition)??
    Thanks [​IMG]
     

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