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trinifox's Avatar trinifox
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This is a very excellent start. "This is it!" prompted my question, I was really impressed with that and I was also pointed to Police: Certifiable through another, unrelated thread. I will have a go at some of your suggestions. Thank you again!
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You're welcome!

I forgot to mention The Last Waltz, which shows the farewell concert by The Band, with lots of guest stars - and intercuts segments of an interview with the band in between every few tunes. (Hear them reminisce about shoplifting food to survive on tour when they were starting out.) The sound quality is quite good for an old film.

There are a few others I've been tempted by recently, like the recent Stevie Wonder concert and the recent Eric Clapton-Stevie Winwood concert, but I haven't picked those up yet.

If they issue the Smithsonian tribute to Paul Simon that aired on PBS in HD, that would also be worth looking at.

The Stevie Wonder tribute concert at the White House last spring was great as well, and also aired in HD. If that comes out on Blu-ray, snap it up.
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Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire Live at the Greek Theater is almost 3 hours, because it's a disk that opens with both bands playing together for a few songs, then each plays several songs on its own, and they get back together to play their biggest hits together. It's quite joyous.

Great choice! Actually have that one. Not sure if you'll like these too but you may also want to try Andrea Bocelli: Vivere: Live in Tuscany, Hit Man: David Frost and Friends, Chris Botti in Boston, Hall & Oates: Live at the Troubadour and The Police: Certifiable - Live in Buenos Aires. Great musical performances.
Franin's Avatar Franin
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Hey Ralph would you be looking at reviewing planet 51 soon?
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Hey Ralph would you be looking at reviewing planet 51 soon?

Greetings,

Frank, Lee will be covering it. Look for it in the next few days.



Regards,
Franin's Avatar Franin
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Greetings,

Frank, Lee will be covering it. Look for it in the next few days.



Regards,

Thanks Ralph
khoney's Avatar khoney
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Dark City definitely needs a review - so much better than standard DVD.
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05-06-2010 | Posts: 1,090
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Good day Ralph, my first post in the BD review section. Just like to say that I enjoy your reviews, very informative. I am picky when it comes to making a BD purchase for my library. Your reviews really come in handy when deciding whether to rent or purchase. However, one set that I will purchase is Band of Brothers. I know it's a long series, but I am just wondering if you are going to review this set. Thanks, JoeB
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Hey Ralph. I was wondering if a review would be available for "Kung Fu Hustle". This movie is a guilty pleasure of mine, and i always loved the great lfe content. I am wondering if i should pick it up on BD. Thanks.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Hey Ralph. I was wondering if a review would be available for "Kung Fu Hustle". This movie is a guilty pleasure of mine, and i always loved the great lfe content. I am wondering if i should pick it up on BD. Thanks.

Greetings,

Chris, at this point I have no plans to review KFH as it has been available on BD for quite some time. I do own it and if you're a fan I think it is worth owning in high definition.


Cheers,
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Ralph any plans on Baraka? Its amazing and definitely reference quality.
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Ralph, please take a look at Fritz Lang's great 1931 film M that's just been released on Blu Ray by Criterion Collection (the german language version, not the english one added as an extra). It was Germany's first "talkie". There's many very positive comments at Amazon.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Ralph any plans on Baraka? Its amazing and definitely reference quality.

Greetings,

Baraka has been on my radar but since it was never originally sent to me for review I haven't gotten around to seeing it. That coupled along with the fact that it has been extensively reviewed I have no plans to formally cover it. If it comes my way I might do a brief spotlight review on its A/V quality.

Regards,
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Ralph, please take a look at Fritz Lang's great 1931 film M that's just been released on Blu Ray by Criterion Collection (the german language version, not the english one added as an extra). It was Germany's first "talkie". There's many very positive comments at Amazon.

Greetings,

I will keep my eye out for it. Thanks!

Regards,
thebesthereis
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Hey Ralph,

Any word on Kick-Ass or Iron Man 2 as of yet? I enjoyed both in the theater; wondering if you will find Kick-Ass as equally disturbing as I did.

Thanks in advance.
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Hey Ralph,

Any word on Kick-Ass or Iron Man 2 as of yet? I enjoyed both in the theater; wondering if you will find Kick-Ass as equally disturbing as I did.

Thanks in advance.

Greetings,

Kick ass comes out on Blu-ray tomorrow (08/03/10). Iron man 2 will be available in September. I requested Kick ass from Lionsgate but it didn't arrive. I have already heard from Paramount on Iron man 2 and will cover it.

Regards,
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Ralph, any chance you could review these blurays?


Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Master and Commander
King Kong

Love the movies, just wondering on the quality of the bluray before purchasing

Thanks
D_B_0673's Avatar D_B_0673
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Ralph any plans on Baraka? Its amazing and definitely reference quality.

I could not get Baraka to play on my BDP-51. Tried 2 copies from Blockbuster
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Ralph, any chance you could review these blurays?


Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Master and Commander
King Kong

Love the movies, just wondering on the quality of the bluray before purchasing

Thanks

Greetings,

I have no plans for formally reviewing them at this time. I can vouch for King Kong, it looks and sounds superb. Some feel that The LOTR Fellowship of the ring is softer than it should be but that the Two Towers and Return of the King offer an improvement. I have read complaints about the LFE output on Master and Commander although I haven't had any such problem.

Regards,
D_B_0673's Avatar D_B_0673
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Greetings,

I have no plans for formally reviewing them at this time. I can vouch for King Kong, it looks and sounds superb. Some feel that The LOTR Fellowship of the ring is softer than it should be but that the Two Towers and Return of the King offer an improvement. I have read complaints about the LFE output on Master and Commander although I haven't had any such problem.

Regards,


Thanks, I think I'll buy King Kong, maybe Master and Commander (good price at Amazon) and wait for Lord of the Rings Extended and hope they do a better job
thebesthereis
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Hey Ralph,

Do you think you will ever get around to reviewing Hard Candy? I know I asked about the movie 'Heat' before also but I was just wondering if you ever had a chance to pick it up.

Thank you in advance.
thebesthereis
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Ralph/Lee,

Have you received (or requested) Inception for review yet? I was wondering what the ETA (if any) on this particular movie would be.

Thanks in advance.

Sofa King
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Ralph/Lee,

Have you received (or requested) Inception for review yet? I was wondering what the ETA (if any) on this particular movie would be.

Thanks in advance.

Sofa King

Greetings,

I have requested it and expect to receive it for review.


Regards,
ser182's Avatar ser182
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Ralph i was wondering why any other Harry potter movies are not reviewed? I was looking at walmart and they have a nice deal where for $15 you get the bluray, dvd, and digital download. Is there a difference in bluray quality? I was going to buy the set on amazon but was thinking of getting this one cause of the extra disk. Thanks
ser182's Avatar ser182
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Why havent the LOTR been reviewed on blue ray.
Scott1094's Avatar Scott1094
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Ralph:
First, thanks for all the time and thought you put into your reviews, it shows! I was wondering, have you given any thought to making a small list (say 10-20 Blu-rays) of titles that would help someone new to Blu get started? I have many DVD's and (sorry) even a few HDDVD's but a nice list of kids, drama, action, si-fi etc. to get started on my Blu-ray collection would be great.
Thanks
Scott
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Ralph:
First, thanks for all the time and thought you put into your reviews, it shows! I was wondering, have you given any thought to making a small list (say 10-20 Blu-rays) of titles that would help someone new to Blu get started? I have many DVD's and (sorry) even a few HDDVD's but a nice list of kids, drama, action, si-fi etc. to get started on my Blu-ray collection would be great.
Thanks
Scott

Greetings,

Hi Scott, I have a list of recommended discs that gets updated periodically. Here is the link: AVSForum Reviewer's recommended Blu-ray Discs

Regards,
Scott1094's Avatar Scott1094
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Ralph,

Not sure how I managed to miss such a great piece of information but, miss it I did. That's exactly what I was looking for. Having read your reviews I should have known you had a list somewhere. Continued success and a warm and wonderful Christmas.
Scott
Ralph Potts's Avatar Ralph Potts
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Ralph,

Not sure how I managed to miss such a great piece of information but, miss it I did. That's exactly what I was looking for. Having read your reviews I should have known you had a list somewhere. Continued success and a warm and wonderful Christmas.
Scott

Greetings,

My pleasure Scott and same to you and your family.


Regards,
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No interest in reviewing "Contact' on BD? Though I've only seen the DVD version, seems like a natural.
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