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The China Odyssey: Empire of the Sun behind-the-scenes documentary
Warner at War documentary about Warner Bros' WWII propaganda department

The disc also comes packaged in a collectible 36-page digibook with "rare images, cast bios, facts about the film, essays, and more."


No making of stuff?? what a joke


June 19th
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No making of stuff?? what a joke

June 19th

Isn't that what China Odyssey is?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258494/?mode=desktop
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Isn't that what China Odyssey is?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258494/?mode=desktop

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This is one of the pivotal films that got me interested in cinematography in the first place. Gorgeous work by Allen Daviau. Even the "China Odyssey" doc is beautiful; shot by an up-and-coming DP named John Toll!

For me, this is one of the "top titles not yet on Blu"; can't wait!
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Is this the movie with Christian Bale as a kid??? I get this and another movie confused, and it 'aint Batman

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Is this the movie with Christian Bale as a kid??? I get this and another movie confused, and it 'aint Batman

Yes, this is the Christian Bale flick. It came out the same year as the similarly-titled THE LAST EMPEROR, and also the similarly-themed "kid during WWII movie" HOPE AND GLORY.
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SS most underrated film. A true gem. Day one purchase.
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ss most underrated film. A true gem. Day one purchase.

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http://www.digitalbits.com/#mytwocents


Cover art posted over at digitalbits. Blech. Wish they'd stuck to the classy poster art. For me, looks like yet another BD which will be placed on my shelf in the old dvd packaging.
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Cover art posted over at digitalbits. Blech. Wish they'd stuck to the classy poster art (which is shown in the first post of this thread). For me, looks like yet another BD which will be placed on my shelf in the old dvd packaging.

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I see mentions of, of course, a young Christian Bale, an underrated Spielberg opus, and may I add yet another great performance from the always impeccable John Malkovich. This film is "unmissable". Day 1 (I kinda like the digibook layout btw)
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No digibook for me. I'll wait for an import or a non-digibook.

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If you read Ballard's book, you'll see that the movie is a fictionalized autobiography, but that most of the really weird stuff is true: the stadium full of loot including the Rolls Royce, care packages dropping from the sky, seeing the distant A-bomb.

And if you ever read his really strange science fiction short stories of the 1960s, it is astonishing to realize that he was describing odd things and moments that actually happened to him.

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I see mentions of, of course, a young Christian Bale, an underrated Spielberg opus, and may I add yet another great performance from the always impeccable John Malkovich. This film is "unmissable". Day 1 (I kinda like the digibook layout btw)

You are correct!! Who could forget JM!!!
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Ashamed to say, I have never seen this movie (don't shoot me!).

But I'll be making a blind buy on this one.

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Great news indeed. I've been waiting for this release a long time.
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No digibook for me. I'll wait for an import or a non-digibook.

Options will be there

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Will it be 1.66:1 or 1.78:1?

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Will it be 1.66:1 or 1.78:1?

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Why would it be either? pretty sure both the 35mm and the blow up were 1.85:1?
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Will it be 1.66:1 or 1.78:1?

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The VHS was 1.33:1
The laserdisc was 1.66:1
The DVD was 1.78:1

We're getting closer... hope this is 1.85:1, but not holding my breath considering THE COLOR PURPLE blu-ray (from Spielberg + Warner) is 1.78:1.
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The VHS was 1.33:1
The laserdisc was 1.66:1
The DVD was 1.78:1

We're getting closer... hope this is 1.85:1, but not holding my breath considering THE COLOR PURPLE blu-ray (from Spielberg + Warner) is 1.78:1.

Pick an aspect resolution, any aspect resolution!
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Great, great movie and I think the key to it was Bale acting like a real kid unlike most movies that have prominent child characters acting like they are adults stuck in a child's body.

And only 1 of 4 Spielberg movies (the others being Duel, Jaws and Munich) that didn't contain a smarmy kid or some awkward, forced sentimentality at the end which always seems to be a glaring flaw with his films. And yes, Schindler's List had that awkward forced sentimentality at the end.
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Great, great movie and I think the key to it was Bale acting like a real kid unlike most movies that have prominent child characters acting like they are adults stuck in a child's body.

And only 1 of 4 Spielberg movies (the others being Duel, Jaws and Munich) that didn't contain a smarmy kid or some awkward, forced sentimentality at the end which always seems to be a glaring flaw with his films. And yes, Schindler's List had that awkward forced sentimentality at the end.

Shame he never stopped acting like a kid, I think he was good but it was the supporting cast that made the movie.

Also as he starts at the camp, he is the dentition of smarm and arrogance.
That is the point and the journey he makes as he grows up.
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Horsepower !!!!
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Oh Yeah! Love that scene!
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I love this movie, and bought the laser disc when it first came out. I've created many followers of this movie with that laser disc. It's amazing how many people never saw this movie until video.
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The VHS was 1.33:1
The laserdisc was 1.66:1
The DVD was 1.78:1

We're getting closer... hope this is 1.85:1, but not holding my breath considering THE COLOR PURPLE blu-ray (from Spielberg + Warner) is 1.78:1.

It's Warner Bros. policy to open the mattes on all 1.85:1 movies up to 1.78:1. Paramount has the same policy.

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Shame, I thought the berg would have sorted this
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I'm all over this one. It's one of my favorite movies.

If they were going to add a larger shot of Bale/Jim on the cover, I wish they would have at least used a still from when he's up near the plane with all the welding sparks around. That's a beautiful scene.

At least it would be better than him randomly saluting someone.
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Shame he never stopped acting like a kid, I think he was good but it was the supporting cast that made the movie.

Also as he starts at the camp, he is the dentition of smarm and arrogance.
That is the point and the journey he makes as he grows up.

I'm talking about how Spielberg tends to put in child actors who act with the sophistication of a 30 year old and are there to make the adults look stupid ie: the Dakota Fannings, that asian kid in Temple of Doom, the Jurrassic Park movies. Bale's smarminess was a result of his privileged upbringing and wasn't that fake smart alecky crap that Spielberg loves to put in there as comic relief.
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