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PatWahlquist

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b]_ _ Cris Johnson (Nicholas Cage) has the ability to see two minutes in the future. He is using his power to star in a show as “Johnny Cadillac”, a Las Vegas show where he wows the audience with his feats of mentalism. When he needs some quick cash, he wanders into the casino and plays some blackjack. Cris has somehow come to the attention of FBI Special Agent Callie Ferris (Julianne Moore), who wants to use him and his power to avert a brewing terrorist plot to set off a nuke in Los Angeles. Cris has also been having visions of a girl who he will meet in a diner, and she will allow him to see two hours into the future. When Cris’s power shows him a casino robbery, he uses his ability to stop it, but it puts him on the run from casino security, and soon enough, Callie. _ _ Cris’s power saves him from close calls to get him to his hideout and his friend Irv (an underused and unusual casting choice in Peter Falk). Soon enough, before Callie finds him (in one future), Cris splits. He figures his destiny is to meet Liz (Jessica Biel) in the diner, so he goes there. Liz walks in and the multiple scenes play out, with Cris eventually going with Liz to Arizona. Along the way, they stop at the Grand Canyon for Liz’s work and the pair finally hooks up. Callie is close behind and she explains to Cris why they need him after a couple big action pieces. Oh, did I mention there’s some goings on with the terrorists as they have figured out what Cris can do and they want to eliminate him so they may execute their sinister plot
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Conclusions:
A weak picture is coupled with a basic set of extras and an average video presentation. The uncompressed PCM soundtrack easily surpasses its Dolby TrueHD soundtrack leaving me to prefer this BD over the HD-DVD.
 

Ron Reda

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I caught some of this at a friend's house one day and was appaulled by how awful it was. I cannot believe what passes for film thesedays. I wanted Cage to get killed and the best part of the movie, Biel, to live. Sorry don't mean to thread cr*p, but...
 

Paul Arnette

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I felt the same way when I saw this Ron. Utter mediocrity. Apart from your feelings, which mirror my own, I could not get past whoever's idea it was to style Cage's hair like that. :laugh: Also, what the hell was Julianne Moore doing slumming in this piece of shit! :eek:
 

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the pcm track is better then the true hd track/
arent they the same thing?
 

Robert George

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The "jaggies" that you reference were a result of a bug in the AVC decoder in some Toshiba HD DVD players introduced in a later firmware update. I rolled back the firmware in my A35 to ver 1.3 and the jaggies went away.
 

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Could be, but the PCM packs more of a punch in the A-B comparisons I did. More robust, richer sound from the PCM, and, yes, louder.
 

Michel_Hafner

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Funny, but the same jaggies are in software players used to make the stills and on my 1080p screen when played from the PS3, UK BD, no HD-DVD. I don't buy your explanation. Did we not have this conversation once before?
If you were suggesting an AVC encoder issue on the other hand...
 

Michel_Hafner

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PS3 is hardware decoder, not SW. And it's a BD, not HD-DVD. Are you absolutely sure your HD-DVD at 1080p on a 1080p monitor with 1:1 pixel mapping (no scaling) does not show the jaggies in any of the examples?
If so the HD-DVD might have another encode/source than the UK BD but I have seen no evidence for this so far.
 

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