The Departed: Feb. 13

Dale MA

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Loved the two-disc artwork, single disc artwork is kinda crappy.

The extras do seem a little light? I suppose it depends on the length of those featurettes.
 

Haggai

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Different tastes in cover art, I guess...LOL. The extras do seem on the light side, but I'll get the 2-disc one anyway.
 

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I'm glad I've watched the Infernal Affairs Trilogy. Now I'll rent this remake and see how well it stands up to the films it's based on. Except that Infernal Affairs III just about almost confused the hell out of me while I was watching it. I did watch the Director's Cut of IF III though. Weird that I own the 2-Disc Edition of IF III and just the single discers of Infernal Affairs I & II.
Yes, Infernal Affairs isn't off-topic from this film and I hope they mention where they got the story from as this is a remake of the Infernal Affairs Trilogy. Give credit where it's due I say. For the people who don't import DVD's, don't think that this isn't a remake and an original idea. I've yet to see the film though and am highly interested as to how they're going to handle all the flashbacks and everything. (For someone who's seen Infernal Affairs III besides me, the Director's Cut which was recommended from various sites, could explain to me in a PM an accurate synopsis of events? I got a bit lost in all the confusion that Andy Lau's character undertook.)
By the way, I'm not bashing anything. I've only seen the trailer and figured I'd watch the originals first before watching the remake. I'm gonna try to convince my housemate to Netflix it. Can't wait to see it!
 

Richard Kim

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Looks like they're going with a sepia tone look for the DVD covers. I wonder why Warners didn't use the original theatrical posters.
 

Haggai

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Ray, I haven't seen the two sequels to Infernal Affairs, though I did see the original one. But The Departed is only based on the first movie, not the whole trilogy.
 

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D'OH! I thought it was based on the entire trilogy and not just the first film. Thanks for clearing that up!
(From Wikipedia: It is a remake of the popular Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs.) So not the entire trilogy but just the first movie. That would've helped earlier
So I guess they should make The Departed II & III now?


But the thing is my orderer accidentally bought for me IF III before buying at the same time IF I & II. If I had Infernal Affairs first, I would've watched it then went out to have seen The Departed. I feel a bit bummed out for not having seen it in theatres though.
 

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Actually there are elements of the entire Infernal Affairs trilogy -- such as the family backgrounds of the two main characters -- built into the Departed; it is not based solely on the first movie.

While the two Infernal Affairs sequels didn't do much for me, I love the original movie and liked it a lot better than The Departed. Except for Alec Baldwin and Mark Wahlberg. Those two deserve a movie of their own.
 

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Ray, since you haven't seen The Departed, you'll be glad to know it features an on-screen credit that it's based on the film Internal Affairs.
 

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Probably not - they do make some changes to the end of the story, so any Departed sequels would have to go in different direction. And, while I really liked the prequel IA2, I don't see that it's necessary to make a Departed prequel.
 

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This was my favorite movie of the year. The second best Boston crime flick of all time {after THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE.} I really enjoyed INFERNAL AFFAIRS, but SCORSESE is the man. even marky mark was stealing scenes.
 

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Does anyone know why the majority of DVD releases are not than of the original theatrical poster? I work at a theatre and EVERY day I look at the super sweet Departed poster and marvel at it.

You'd figure recognizability would come into factor.

Thumbs up for the best film of the year, and thumbs in the middle for the DVDs.

ry
 

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Well, it'll be interesting to see what they come up with because the ending in the IA was of Buddhism teaching & belief. Guess it would never affect westerners the way it affected Buddhists.

I'll check out the 2 disc sets.
 

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When they make the DVD cover, usually the people in charge feel they need to put the main stars in clear view so the customers will be more likely to buy it. That is why you usually see a collage of big giant heads on DVD covers.

However, I do not agree with this logic at all, especially for high profile films. I mean, everyone knows who was in War of the Worlds, for example. We don't need Cruise's big head on there. Theatrical posters, on the other hand, usually try to capture the concept of the movie. Most of the time, this generates better compositions and the posters are more creative because of it.
 

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One of the things that might play into something like War of the Worlds is the amount of knock-off titles being put out by smaller studios and distributors. There was, for instance, some movie called War of the Worlds that was straight to video that came out around the same time as Spielberg's film. Putting Tom Cruise on the cover, for better or worse, makes it completely obvious in a side-by-side comparison which version is which.

I always think to myself "Who would be so dumb as to fall for this sort of thing..?", and then last night I saw my brother's DVD collection with a copy of the horror film called "Black Dahlia" and went "Aha! My brother is that kind of idiot!"
 

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Can't wait for this one --- plus The Prestige and Casino Royale are rumoured to be coming around then as well !
 

Nathan V

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I wonder why the lack of commentary. Does this mean there will be a future release?

Regards,
Nathan
 

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