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I saw copies of "In Bruges" at my local Best Buy yesterday (Friday).

Has anyone purchased a copy?

Is it an upgrade over the DVD?
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I got this 2 weeks ago from an Australian site but is 1080i but no doubt the American version should be 1080p.
I have to say it looks fantastic.
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I think BB has an exclusive early release on 6/13. The rest of the country gets a 7/13 release. Universal has the rights for the USA only.
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Has anyone purchased a copy?

Is it an upgrade over the DVD?

Yes and yes. Safe buy.
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I saw copies of "In Bruges" at my local Best Buy yesterday (Friday).

Has anyone purchased a copy?

Ran down and bought a copy (thanx for the tip).
Watching right now....excellent AV quality.
Terrifically acted and written.
Strongly recommended.

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Looks like this is going to be my Father's Day movie.

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Looks like this is going to be my Father's Day movie.

Can't go wrong there.

Part black comedy, part gangster tale, part morality play, and ALL good.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have never been better.
Ralph Fiennes is, as usual, a chameleon of the first order in the role of a nasty crime boss.

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Any extras on this US version then? as we still have not got it yet in the UK, if the American version is cheap I may well pick that up.
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Any extras on this US version then? as we still have not got it yet in the UK, if the American version is cheap I may well pick that up.

When the press release for the US blu only listed three items -

Gag Reel
A Boat Trip Around Bruges
Deleted Scenes

folks wondered if it was a mistake, as the US DVD (and Swedish Blu-ray, which I have) also had the following...

When In Bruges
Strange Bruges
F**king Bruges
Extended Scenes

According to people who've bought it, these extras are indeed missing from the US blu. Why they would take them off is beyond me.

As the US & UK DVD are both from Universal, its likely that when In Bruges hits UK blu it will probably mirror the US blu. Go figure.
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Haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but here is the back cover scan from my Blu-ray (from my DVD Profiler submission). Those features are not listed.
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According to people who've bought it, these extras are indeed missing from the US blu. Why they would take them off is beyond me.

Thanks for that confirmation.

Strange to loose extras, they really do like messing with out heads.

I guess I do not need extras, as I am after that lovely image quality, but it still is a pain knowing extras are out there and not included for whatever reason.
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Thanks for that confirmation.

Strange to loose extras, they really do like messing with out heads.

I guess I do not need extras, as I am after that lovely image quality, but it still is a pain knowing extras are out there and not included for whatever reason.

You're welcome!

Maybe you should keep an eye out for the Nordic version - all the extras and it looks great. Its region-free, and as you're in the UK, you can play the PAL extras.
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Any extras on this US version then? as we still have not got it yet in the UK, if the American version is cheap I may well pick that up.

Why not go for the German version: http://www.amazon.de/Br%C3%BCgge-seh...7307931&sr=8-1?

Lovely AV quality, an (imo) good set of bonus features, better cover art than the US (which can be reversed to avoid the rating logo) and a reasonable price. It has dts Master Audio sound and English subtitles for those who want them. Got it myself and have to say that I'm pretty satisfied with the purchase.
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I knew about the other versions, it was more a price thing as they are not the cheapest (I set myself a price I do not like to cross you see). I knew a UK version would go down in price very quickly in sales, but no sign of that yet and even the American version will end up fairly cheap in the end.

I guess I will have to decide what to do soon and which version to go for, as I have waited so long to own it now
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The BD of In Bruges was released in the US yesterday. It was at the top of my NF queue but NF showed that In Bruges was in "short wait" status and sent a different disc yesterday. A few minutes ago I got an email from NF telling me that In Bruges is now available from another shipping center, so they are sending it as a bonus today. That's good service.

I love In Bruges and am looking forward to seeing it on BD.
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Picked this up yesterday, watched the first half last night.

Looks great, soft grain throughout (more noticeable in night shots). Very natural looking presentation. Scenes of Bruges look great with the exception of a couple shots early on where the camera is moving (walking, or in the boat) and the detail never quite gets a chance to resolve. Did notice a little bit of debris for an instant that could likely have been easily fixed.

Will likely watch the rest tonight.

Overall, to this point I'd say this is a keeper.

Best viewed accompanied by two manky hookers and a racist dwarf.
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Rented this to see if it's worth a double-dip on the DVD. It's a close call, I'll prolly wait and buy used or on sale. There's no question the PQ and AQ are improved, just not hugely. The DVD is pretty sharp.

Edit to add: The DVD has quite a bit more bonus material on it than the BD.
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The In Bruges BD was a bit of a mixed bag. The downside, as noted by someone earlier in the thread, is that the bonus materials are disappointingly light. The upside, though was way higher. The PQ and AQ were absolutely wonderful. The photography was cool, almost cold, but it worked. The movie is set, at Christmas time, in picturesque Bruges, a gorgeously preserved medieval town in Belgium. The wind blew most of the time, the sky was almost always overcast and fog was common. Further, it always seemed to be cold. Thus, the muted colors worked beautifully. Nevertheless, some of the long shots of the town, particularly of some of the lighted buildings at night were demonstration quality. Throughout most of the film, there is not much for the DTS-HD MA audiotrack to do but near the end, there is a chase scene, accompanied by music that was also demonstration quality. Note, though, that the sound was recorded at a curiously low level so I had to crank in another 5 or 6dB of gain to get an audio level for dialog that averaged about 75dB.

In Bruges is a classic, one of the finest character studies I have ever seen. Its ensemble cast was out of this world, particularly the two leads, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Ralph Fiennes was also wonderful. The screenplay was far more tightly written than I had given it credit for being, based on earlier viewings.

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Farrell's character, Ray, is a contract killer who, along with his partner in murder, Gleeson's character, Ken, is sent to Bruges by their boss, Fiennes' character, Harry. Ray is tortured by the death of a child he accidentally killed while carrying out a contract hit. His boss, though, decided that Ray has to die as a result of his mistake and direct's Ken to kill him. Ken won't do it, though, and pays with his life for his refusal.

The screenplay's kicker comes at the end of the film when the boss accidentally kills who he thinks is a child but is really a dwarf in a child's costume, who is playing a child in a movie that is being filmed in the streets of Bruges. The boss is torn with remorse and puts his gun in his own mouth as Ray, near death at the boss' hand, tries to tell the boss that it wasn't a child who the boss killed but a dwarf. But the boss misunderstands, thinking that Ray was lying and trying to tell him that the body in the child's costume wasn't really dead, although he clearly was dead. The boss then kills himself, as he had said he would do if he ever killed a child as Ray had done.


The deep irony of all this escaped me in earlier viewings. This time I got it, though, and thought it was incredibly powerful.

Don't be put off by my summary. There is much in the fun that is funny and warm
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The deep irony of all this escaped me in earlier viewings. This time I got it, though, and thought it was incredibly powerful.

Don't be put off by my summary. There is much in the fun that is funny and warm

Yes, that was quite ironic. I'd watch it a second time, but the constant barrage of the F-word is too much for me to put up with for it to merit a second watching. It was like being in church where the whole service was spoken in tongues. A little bit goes a long way. An overuse of anything just becomes monotonous and tedious and tiresome (am I being tautologous?).

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the constant barrage of the F-word is too much for me to put up with

Yeah, nobody ever really talks like that do they.
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Yeah, nobody ever really talks like that do they.

Not in most circles I circulate in, and I don't cut a narrow swath. Even Archie Coyle never spoke that way. (Archie was the meat dept. manager in the grocery store I worked in during high school, and he used and invented more permutations of the F-word than there are forms and syntax structures in the English language.)

I will admit that I do have a co-worker who is the master of disaster when it comes to talking an F-streak on a regular basis. I agree there are people who talk like that. I just disagree with the need or desire to get a listing in the Guiness Book of World Records for the greatest number of times the F-word is used in a movie, or don't see the point of the unintentional achievement of such a record.
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The In Bruges BD was a bit of a mixed bag.
In Bruges is a classic, one of the finest character studies I have ever seen.

A mixed bag AND a classic?
Just kidding.

Another movie we agree on...


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Yes, that was quite ironic. I'd watch it a second time, but the constant barrage of the F-word is too much for me to put up with for it to merit a second watching. It was like being in church where the whole service was spoken in tongues. A little bit goes a long way. An overuse of anything just becomes monotonous and tedious and tiresome (am I being tautologous?).

YMMV

I am afraid you are missing the point....
It isn't ABOUT the F-word.
Let me say again: the F-word isn't about the F-word.
You are trying to pull a word out of its context for the purposes of literary dissection.
Language doesn't work that way....

One word, ultimately, is just one word in the communication of human thought.

BTW, since when are you in favor of REGULATING (language)?

These characters are Gangsters, not Pastors.
This is how they talk.
I have met American Gangsters that talk this way, and a big deal it isn't.

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These characters are Gangsters, not Pastors.
This is how they talk.
I have met American Gangsters that talk this way, and a big deal it isn't.

I know. But I guess I want my movies to be not just realistic but entertaining and engaging. Just because gangsters may use the F-word for every single part of speech known to man, as well as for every word in their vocabulary, doesn't mean the scriptwriter has to make their dialogue that way. Movies can be realistic without mimicking every single aspect of that so-called realism. Sure, gangsters talk that way, but gangsters aren't usually as intelligent and good-looking and charismatic as Ralph Fiennes and Collin Farrell, are they? So it's okay to cast them as the gangsters, but for "realism" they aren't allowed to have more imaginative or inventive dialogue?

I understand your point. Maybe I'll watch it again and see if it's less noticeable (though even the filmmakers are aware of it, as one of the special features points out). It's definitely a good movie with great acting. And Bruges (the city) is gorgeous and is rightfully pointed out to be one of the main characters in the film.
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I can understand why those who are put off by excessively blue language might be put off by In Bruges. The lines they give to the three gangsters were profane, indeed. I wasn't bothered by the language, though, because it illustrated the characters of the principals ideally. By the end, I thought I knew those guys, for good or ill.
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I know. But I guess I want my movies to be not just realistic but entertaining and engaging. Just because gangsters may use the F-word for every single part of speech known to man, as well as for every word in their vocabulary, doesn't mean the scriptwriter has to make their dialogue that way. .

Maybe you should stick to PG-13 films then. There's a point to the way the dialog is written, which you seem to have missed.
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Maybe you should stick to PG-13 films then. There's a point to the way the dialog is written, which you seem to have missed.

Apparently so.
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Apparently so.

I highly recommend that you go out and watch Deadwood immediately.
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I highly recommend that you go out and watch Deadwood immediately.

With the subtitles on.
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With the subtitles on.

I don't get HBO.

For what it's worth, I was a voice coach for DEADWOOD.

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I don't get HBO.

For what it's worth, I was a voice coach for DEADWOOD.

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