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Discussion in 'Testing' started by Steve Christou, Aug 27, 2002.
Another fan of Blow Out here, I would recommend Body Double too if you haven't seen it Mike and Dressed to Kill, a trio of perverse thrillers by De Palma when he used to be one of the most interesting directors out there, where is he now?
Funny you should mention Singin in the Rain Russ, my latest hub on my favourite musical -
Blow Out made me want to get more De Palma. his last film I think was Redacted which was really good. Or Femme Fetale which was terrible! I barely remember Body Double, and I never saw Dressed To Kill. Scarface was awesome and hilarious, and Sisters is spoooooky
Singing In the rain, I'll take a bluray please
I was going to try to sneak in Hugo this week, but it's out of the theaters. The Decendents is playing, but at the stupid art house theater. I guess it's The Grey then? an early contender for next year?
My high-definition LaserDisc player came today.
It's very cool, despite the general lack of releases to the format.
Lets see some pics Christopher.
I remember reading about these 5-10 years or so. But i didn't know it became a reality.
I saw A Dangerous Method today. Really liked Fassbender and Mortensen's performances. I normally like Keira Knightley but I didn't care for her in this. I thought the narrative sometimes jumped and it was difficult to gauge the passage of time. It felt like Keira's character got control of her issues almost overnight. Somewhere around the midway mark, I got extremely sleepy (not the movie's fault) and I think I lost track of some things. I don't even know what was said/transpired before the last shot of the film. I hate struggling to stay awake at the movies or watching TV, but I'm just not getting enough sleep.
Yeah, they came out in the 1990s in Japan, but they weren't popular because of the high price.
I'll post some pictures in the next couple of days, but I want to wait for daylight, & I think I'll have to open up the player - something isn't quite right in the mechanism, or it wouldn't be making those noises.
Just read the best/worst of 2011 results poll. Yeah, I don;t think I have anything in common with the HTF anymore. Might be time to move on.
Watched 13 Assassins this weekend, fantastic Samurai picture from Takashi Miike. I highly recommend it to fans. Wings is a s good and impressive as everyone says.
Well Russ they did vote my favourite movie Ben-Hur as Best Blu-ray release of the year, so I don't have problems with that.
But Raintree County over all the other far more worthy films? What were they thinking.
Here's one for dog person Mike, Scorsese is miffed that the dog in his film Hugo hasn't been nominated in some dog award show -
The dog in The Artist is going to win anyways.
I'm fine with Ben-Hur winning the best of, but Star Wars is the worst catalog release and boxset of the year? Are they fucking crazy? The movies have never looked or sounded better, it's packed with extras, most of it new (as opposed to the lord of the rings where nearly all of it was recycled) as well as previously unreleased features fans had asked for and also including a shit ton of deleted scenes. But because of what it doesn't have, the original cuts that EVERYONE ON THE FUCKING PLANET KNEW WERE NOT GOING TO BE A PART OF THIS RELEASE aren't on it, the irrational fanboys vote it the worst? No wonder Lucas is fucking off from film making... ungrateful bastards. I hope that when the 3D Star Wars come out on Blu he doesn;t ahve the original cuts on them either. If you think about it, it would be a much better release for the original cuts. STar Wars through the years with the original cut, the SE, the Ultimate and the 3D versions all in a mega set. Fuck the fans, they no longer deserve it.
And yeah, Raintree County over a a hi-def The Abyss which I don;t think ever got a anamorphic DVD release? And I'm the one being called a snoot...
Admittedly, I've never seen Raintree County and I'm sure it deserves a release as much as any other film, but really. The forums head is so far up it's ass this past year it's ridiculous.
I loved the Star Wars blu-ray box set, are they nuts?!! I still haven't watched all the extras!
Yeah a remastered copy of The Abyss would make my year, Cameron is rereleasing Titanic so it might happen this year.
I've got 13 Assassins but haven't watched it yet, the final fights are supposed to be awesome. Have to watch it this week.
Bought Disney's Lady and the Tramp on blu-ray from HMV earlier, £20. Haven't checked it out yet.
I'll be curious with what you think of 13 Assassins. I love Samurai pictures so I'm biased. It's Miike, so it's a bit f'd up in the beginning, the middle is all set up, and when it all comes to a head it's kind of spooky. Beautifully filmed. I grabbed the blu on a trade in deal for $10 and watched it the same day ha ha.
OK, here is the player with its crazy flip-top remote. The text "HDVS" stands for "High-Definition Video System", the designator that Sony used for all its high-definition video equipment, consumer & professional, for years. If you see, there are two LD logos, the normal square one & a round one for MUSE-system consumer HD LDs. Also, at the bottom of the disc tray door, you may be able to make out, barely, the words "Hi-Vision LD/LD Player", hi-vision being the common Japanese contraction for "high-definition television". (You'll have to click on the image for full size.)
Thanks for sharing Chris, that is a sweet machine! How many HD discs did they make?
I still have my Pioneer 704 LD machine. It was top of the line 20 years ago. It still plays, but it sure grinds a lot when i open the tray!
I wish i could find a Blu-ray machine as well built as your (or mine) LD player!
I have the 704, & the Mitsubishi clone with the blue front display (which I like better) as my main players. This one I got mostly for the MUSE High Definition discs. Unfortunately there were never many made - the LDDb counts 113, although it's not a complete list, & few of them interest me much. I am trying to reverse-engineer the video encoding system, which is a real dilly.
I saw The Artist yesterday (with an audience of non-football fans, I assume). I thoroughly enjoyed it! Charming film with 2 wonderful lead performances. I'm rooting for DuJardin for the Best Actor win.
Steve hasn't been around in about a week.
Must be outside shoveling...
Has it been a week? eeek! Mike there's snow snow everywhere, I hate snow! I like looking at it in photos and film but not walking or driving in it.
We've had a blast of arctic weather recently, if it had happened at xmas it would be more fitting but february?
Just watched A Dangerous Method, didn't like it, not much happens unless you enjoy listening to chats between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, played by Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen. Keria Knightley gets her bottom smacked a couple of times, but the girl is so flatchested there's nothing there.
Steve is off in hubble land. He posted a nice one for Blade Runner.
Not too much for me to report in on. Here's a mini round up.
The Woman In Black - Nice old school gothic horror in the Hammer tradition. I really enjoyed it and thought the Harry Potter kid did a nice job not being Harry Potter. 3.5/5
The Fighter - Rewatched the oscar nom from last year since the blu was on sale for $10 and liked it more. It's still a cliched story despite being a true one, but everyone is pretty good (other then Conan O'Brien's sister that looks exactly like him but in drag which is really disturbing and distracting. 3/5
The Haunted Boy - A "documentary" on the true story of the Exorcist. Except it was actually a shitty excuse to dress like cowboys and hunt ghosts. I hate this type of thing and I hated this. 1/5
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - The books have to be better then the movies since this one was as terrible as the others. The production is shockingly piss poor and none of the actors can carry the film. 2/5
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - I liked this one though it's been known to bore people to sleep. It's talky and British, but very good. 3.5/5
also watched the British series "Black Mirror". Highly recommended if you can track it down. Fantastic Sci-Fi exploring social media. A word of warning though, the first episode is very bleak.4.5/5
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