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post #181 of 3322 Old 05-31-2010, 09:46 PM
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interesting. i watched a bit of some buffy eps and surprisingly, S4-S7 are widescreen like the european versions (not cropped, frame opened up on sides) and they have the "previously on's..." which were supposedly omitted (shamefully) from the R1 dvd sets. the reason was supposedly that a different production company did them, (which was always weird since the euro sets had them, maybe more a rights issue?)
anyways, i own both the r1 and r2 sets but the r2 had the pal speedup issue, (very noticeable on the musical ep) but the r1 set had OMWF unfortunately in non-anamorphic letterbox ws. people bitched since that ep. was composed for ws but they never released a 16x9 version.
so now via netflix, a 16x9 ws version of the musical ep with the "previously on" and no speedup.

weird that after joss whedon went on record stating that buffy was composed for 4x3 that fox would deliver the ws versions to netflix.
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For years, most HD television shows were composed for 4:3, open matte, making sure that there was never anything important in the portion of the 16:9 frame that couldn't be seen in it's 4:3 center. No pan-and-scan reworking of a 16:9 composition. Hopefully by now they've stopped that and the directors are free to truly use the whole 16:9 television screen.

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FYI, Manchild Season 1 ends tomorrow if you want to stream it.
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interesting. I watched a bit of some buffy eps and surprisingly, s4-s7 are widescreen like the european versions (not cropped, frame opened up on sides) and they have the "previously on's..." which were supposedly omitted (shamefully) from the r1 dvd sets. The reason was supposedly that a different production company did them, (which was always weird since the euro sets had them, maybe more a rights issue?)
anyways, i own both the r1 and r2 sets but the r2 had the pal speedup issue, (very noticeable on the musical ep) but the r1 set had omwf unfortunately in non-anamorphic letterbox ws. People bitched since that ep. Was composed for ws but they never released a 16x9 version.
So now via netflix, a 16x9 ws version of the musical ep with the "previously on" and no speedup.

Weird that after joss whedon went on record stating that buffy was composed for 4x3 that fox would deliver the ws versions to netflix.

love it.
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Just watched North Face on streaming, stunning visuals, watch this on a big screen. The plot is a bit boilerplate, man vs mountain etc and the subplots are undeveloped but nice performances, worth it for the cinematography and tension.
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Just watched North Face on streaming, stunning visuals, watch this on a big screen. The plot is a bit boilerplate, man vs mountain etc and the subplots are undeveloped but nice performances, worth it for the cinematography and tension.

Was it in HD?
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Just watched North Face on streaming, stunning visuals, watch this on a big screen. The plot is a bit boilerplate, man vs mountain etc and the subplots are undeveloped but nice performances, worth it for the cinematography and tension.

I almost watched that last night, but since I got an early start (kid fell asleep early), I decided to watch Seven Samurai (which is 3.5 hours long) instead.
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Was it in HD?

It's not in the list of titles with available HD encodings.

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As It Is in Heaven (2005) oscar nominated for best foreign film -- Swedish drama tells the story of Daniel Dareus (Michael Nyqvist), a small-town boy who escaped his tiny village to become a world-famous conductor. A tragic mishap sends him back home in search of a fresh start, and he ends up leading the local choir. Directed by Kay Pollak (subtitled)

Sounds kind of slow in the blurb, but it was a really intriguing movie - even though the plot was a bit predictable, the protagonist was fascinating ... in a way it reminded me of a cross between Babette's Feast and Chocolat, but set in Sweden and with a male lead, complete with repressed clergyman and an interesting cast of characters...

And for something completely different, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs. Nicely done animation - good cast (some well known voices) - decent script (you have to listen closely, but there are some pretty funny lines). Better than I'd expected ... probably best for ten year olds, but definitely not just for children.
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North Face was unfortunatly not in HD. I have Deadgirl and The Girl On The Train queued up for this weekend, both reported to be in HD.
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North Face was unfortunatly not in HD. I have Deadgirl and The Girl On The Train queued up for this weekend, both reported to be in HD.

Girl on the Train sounds good. I'll add that to my queue.

I liked Deadgirl and posted it in this thread awhile ago (although I was hesitant about it). I really really liked the concept of it, but thought the execution was off.

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I definitely liked it up to the point where they discover the girl's ability (which is the point where he shoots her in front of the other guy).

From there on out, I would have preferred it go a different route rather than turning her into their little toy that they keep. I'm not sure what I would have done differently, but keeping her tied up (because she's dangerous) and then trying to figure out who/what she is probably would have made for a more interesting story, since it could include the mystery, fringe science experiments, cover-ups, etc.

I also did not like that there were 30 year olds playing high-school kids.

But like I said, I really liked the concept....just wish they'd have gone a different route with it for the second half of the movie rather than the sex-toy route.
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And for something completely different, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs. Nicely done animation - good cast (some well known voices) - decent script (you have to listen closely, but there are some pretty funny lines). Better than I'd expected ... probably best for ten year olds, but definitely not just for children.

Meh. I rented it on Blu-ray and was pretty disappointed. They do have Up, though, which I thought was excellent.

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Netflix recommended (with nearly 5 stars) a show called "Archer" to me (which I've never heard of but must air on FX). It's animated and reminds me quite a bit of The Venture Brothers and Sealab 2021 (although a bit more crass), with subtle humor and quick one liners that you have to pay attention to or you miss.

Anyways, watched 2 eps last night and laughed quite a bit throughout. I'm sure I can work some of the quotes into everyday conversation.

It also has the plus of eliciting a "What is this crap you're watching?" from my wife, who it is always fun to annoy.
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Finished the first season of Everest: Beyond the Limit. Great show for anyone interested in the insanity that is climbing Everest.
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Netflix recommended (with nearly 5 stars) a show called "Archer" to me (which I've never heard of but must air on FX). It's animated and reminds me quite a bit of The Venture Brothers and Sealab 2021 (although a bit more crass), with subtle humor and quick one liners that you have to pay attention to or you miss.

Anyways, watched 2 eps last night and laughed quite a bit throughout. I'm sure I can work some of the quotes into everyday conversation.

It also has the plus of eliciting a "What is this crap you're watching?" from my wife, who it is always fun to annoy.

LOVE ARCHER!

I didn't know it was streaming, that's awesome
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Archer is hilarious and gets better as the season goes on

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Flame and Citron
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Based on true story about Danish resistance fighters.
Very good, imo.
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Just watched North Face on streaming, stunning visuals, watch this on a big screen. The plot is a bit boilerplate, man vs mountain etc and the subplots are undeveloped but nice performances, worth it for the cinematography and tension.

Watched this last night and agree. Thought it was good, and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie.
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Watched this last night and agree. Thought it was good, and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie.

glad to hear this (North Face) is getting good word of mouth. I have it in my que and will be watching it tonight or tomorrow. By the way, by all means stream The Messenger. An absolutely wonderful film despite the subject matter. Harrelson certainly deserved his Oscar nomination but Ben Foster is equally, if not, better in his role. Went right out and bought the blu-ray after watching this. It's that good. (and I was surprised when it popped up in the watch now category).

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I've heard that about the Messenger (although I originally though people were referring to that Joan of Arc movie and couldn't figure out why it suddenly had so much hype).

North Face was good. I was not overly impressed by the PQ though, but it was passable for the most part. I am curious how much is actually true, and how much is embellished:
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Considering none of the climbers survive, I am guessing much of it is embellished unless one kept a journal that they found or something. I suppose it bears a bit of research.
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LOVE ARCHER!

I didn't know it was streaming, that's awesome

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Archer is hilarious and gets better as the season goes on

Just finished up the season and it's definitely one of my favorite shows now. Hilarious all around (although my wife didn't think it was as funny as I did).

Can't wait for season 2. I wonder how this slipped under my radar.
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I just watched this movie in HD on my Roku, and was blown away by the picture quality. The movie was undoubtedly shot with HD cameras.

I've seen several dozen HD streaming movies, and, for me, this title stands out as the best picture quality to date.

Anyone else agree?

BTW, although the film is short, it's also slow-paced. I enjoyed it, but others may not.
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Excellent movie I watched on my Roku. A great historical view of the Irish Civil War. This one top prize at Cannes. The only negative is that the picture quality is not very good even though it is listed as HD. The DVD had a slightly better picture quality.
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A new site that lists top rated IMDb movies that are on instant watch, fairly useful:

http://www.imdbflix.com/
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I can't remember if anyone has mentioned Dead Like Me: Life After Death .. caught it the other night.. PQ was top notch. It's a film based on the short lived series..

Season 1 and 2 (I guess that would be the complete series) are also on instant. I'd never even heard about the show, but it was recommended to me. Great show.

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Season 1 and 2 (I guess that would be the complete series) are also on instant. I'd never even heard about the show, but it was recommended to me. Great show.

It was a series on Showtime--I really enjoyed it.

Showtime and HBO piss me off. They've had some excellent series but there's a tendency to cancel the stuff that I like (though Dexter and Californication are doing okay). Dead Like Me, CarnivÃ*le, Rome and others all got dumped after a couple of seasons and far too soon.

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It was a series on Showtime--I really enjoyed it.

Showtime and HBO piss me off. They've had some excellent series but there's a tendency to cancel the stuff that I like (though Dexter and Californication are doing okay). Dead Like Me, CarnivÃ*le, Rome and others all got dumped after a couple of seasons and far too soon.

I'll second that, but HBO and Showtime are certainly not alone in that boat. I think "Dead Like Me" was just too quirky for many and Mandy Patinkin I thought really added a lot and then decided to move on.

"Carnivale" was just great, it should have stuck around.

"Rome" I believe was just so expensive to produce.

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Don't know if this has been posted, but Netflix now has the first two season of thirtysomething available. I added those suckers to my que immediately. What a great series. Also check out two documentaries off the beaten path: Every Little Step is about how auditions went for the just recent revival (I think it was the 25th or 35 anniversary) of A Chorus Line intercut with how the original Broadway show was concieved and cast. Very intesting and moving. And then Art & Copy, a very smart doc on advertising-good advertising-with conversations with some of the biggest names in the ad business and how many of the classic ad campaigns like Apple, Got Milk and others were created and how the whole creative process works AND more importantly, how good advertising is created. Very fascinating stuff.

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I highly recommend Elling. It's a Norwegian comedy about two guys that move from a mental hospital to a government funded apartment.
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has anyone seen anything about HBO's Pacific coming to netflix instant?

I got an email from a buddy that knows the cousin of the janitor lol

ok I have heard rumors but nothing so far.
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