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If you liked Contact and Close Encounters of the Third Kind this should fit in nicely. It's one of those movies that could be an episode of the Twilight Zone.
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Arrival is $7.99 for UHD rental on VUDU and Google Play and maybe everyone else.
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If you liked Contact and Close Encounters of the Third Kind this should fit in nicely. It's one of those movies that could be an episode of the Twilight Zone.
Yup, I really liked those two.

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Watched Inner Demons on Netflix. It's a by the numbers possession flick wrapped in a drug intervention TV show, not bad at all. It's one of the IFC Midnight movies.

Also caught What We Become, it was a slow burn European zombie flick. Centered on a quarantined suburban street.

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Did somewhat of a double feature with Billy's Long Halftime Walk and The Gallows. My wife thought Billy's was horrible. I thought it was good and a different perspective of how GIs try to get back to being in the States after being in theater. I can relate to a lot of those guys in the film.

The Gallows was starting to get interesting when I fell asleep. Too much spaghetti/meatballs and vino.


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If you liked Contact and Close Encounters of the Third Kind this should fit in nicely. It's one of those movies that could be an episode of the Twilight Zone.
Wife and I saw Arrival last night and we really enjoyed it. It's not about action but about the message behind it. A touching message for sure. I highly recommend it to those that haven't seen it.

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Wife and I saw Arrival last night and we really enjoyed it. It's not about action but about the message behind it. A touching message for sure. I highly recommend it to those that haven't seen it.

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As good as the message was the technical method of presentation was fantastic. Two days later and the way it unfolded is sticking with me. #frissons

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Anyone been able to watch Rings? It's getting slaughtered by the critics but thought I would ask anyway.
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Anyone been able to watch Rings? It's getting slaughtered by the critics but thought I would ask anyway.
Critics are mostly useless when it comes to horror. I saw it and if you liked the other two this one is worth your time.
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Arrival is $7.99 for UHD rental on VUDU and Google Play and maybe everyone else.
It's also still in a few theaters,

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These Final Hours. A pre apocalypse drama on Netflix. I liked it quite a bit. It centers on an average Joe looking for some peace in the final hours of an asteroid impact. At times haunting and at others moving, if you like a more intimate doomsday scenario check it out.

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These Final Hours. A pre apocalypse drama on Netflix. I liked it quite a bit. It centers on an average Joe looking for some peace in the final hours of an asteroid impact. At times haunting and at others moving, if you like a more intimate doomsday scenario check it out.

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This is the Australian flick right? This one is pretty good!


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This is the Australian flick right? This one is pretty good!


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Yes. Surprisingly good. I hesitate to say The Road lite but if the shoe fits...

I liked the lead and the little girl. If felt believable all the way despite being on a budget.

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^The girl was Angourie Rice who was in The Nice Guys (2016) last year. The screen really lights up when she's on. She's both clever and plays her age well. I see she's listed for the remake of Eastwood's The Beguiled.

These Final Hours: people behaving badly at the end of the world. Dark, heart-wrenching.

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Finished The Gallows and it wasn't that bad. Decent scary 'teen' flick with a little twist at the end.


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It's also still in a few theaters,
I haven't been able to find the pause button in theaters.

I watched "Quija: Origin of Evil" last night. Not a bad flick and complete making it a period piece from 1967 replete with cigarette burns for reel changes. Four lenses.
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October fun: 31 days of Horror, Blood, Guts and Gore! (and zombies, too....)

Watched Resident Evil today. I haven't seen this movie in a long time and it is pretty fun. Although I always kinda thought this was a hard PG13, nope it is rated R. I also can't believe this movie will be 15 years old next month! I saw this movie right when I got out of the reserves!


Oh I ordered Arrival OST on vinyl today. I can't wait to give it a spin! Edit...Glad I looked at the songs because on one of the most important songs with the violins is NOT on the track listing! The song is called, On the Nature of Daylight – Max Richter. I cancelled the order and got the song on ITunes. Sad I guess the lawyers couldn't work a deal to get that one important piece of music in the album.

Hacksaw Ridge comes out tomorrow and I heard it is pretty damn bloody!


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Pulled the trigger on a new PC today. I thought about building one but decided against it. I went for the Alienware Aurora. It should kick the can down the road a few years. Current PC is 7 years old. Which I think is pretty good considering it has the original HDD.
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Pulled the trigger on a new PC today. I thought about building one but decided against it. I went for the Alienware Aurora. It should kick the can down the road a few years. Current PC is 7 years old. Which I think is pretty good considering it has the original HDD.


Dude nice and congrats! That is some good mileage out of that pc! Are you shelving the PS4 for pc gaming?


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Dude nice and congrats! That is some good mileage out of that pc! Are you shelving the PS4 for pc gaming?


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Heck no. PS4 will get the weird Japanese stuff I like. Stuff like Horizon Zero Dawn as well.

The PC is for day to day operations, Plex, photos, etc. This one should do 4k and VR if I ever upgrade the screen.

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Another thumbs up for Arrival. So few intelligent and thought-provoking sci-fi movies being made.

Has anyone seen A Cure for Wellness yet? Might give that a shot at the theater this week despite rotten tomatoes giving it about 50/50. Long running time seems to be turning off many reviewers. I feel like I have to support horror films that aren't sequels!
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Howdy again horror fans.

If you don't yet own a copy of the original King Kong on BD, and were planning to add it to your collection, now might not be a bad time. BB has it on sale pretty cheap in a regular keep case, and it comes with a code on the receipt for up to $8 movie cash towards Skull Island. It's on the Monster Mayhem display, along with several other horror titles to choose from (all with Skull Island cash, I believe), including Hammer's The Mummy.



I wish they had the original Godzilla as well, but sadly it was the 2014 remake.

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Pulled the trigger on a new PC today. I thought about building one but decided against it. I went for the Alienware Aurora. It should kick the can down the road a few years. Current PC is 7 years old. Which I think is pretty good considering it has the original HDD.
Congrats! I got an iBuyPower game PC a year ago in December. My Acer Windows 7 machine was 5 years old and not cutting it. I needed speed for development and 3D rendering. I added a 3 TB scratch drive to it on Saturday. Working with 4K eats up disc space.

My day-to-day is still a Linux machine as I don't trust email on Windows. That I built from scratch and it needs an upgrade but it's not as easy as when I built the machine.
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Are there any really good horror films on Netflix right now? Note i am NOT looking for ghosts, demons, possessions, and things like that.

I am looking for capture, torture, mutants, dysfunctional families, etc. Movies like House of 1000 Corpses, The Hills Have Eyes, Inside, Frontiers, Saw, Hostel, etc.

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Can't say, yankeeman.

Goin back to the King Kong BD though for a sec... I watched a good portion of the disc today on my little 1080p Sammy LED, and was a little disappointed in the presentation. The PQ is rather inconsistent, and often quite grainy. And the mono soundtrack is pretty thin and bright, and might possibly be a candidate for some EQ-ing/bass-boosting

I'm tempted to get the DVD edition for comparison, to see which really looks better: the often quite grainy BD, or the less grainy, but somewhat edge-enhanced DVD. But I'm afraid this film has just suffered quite bit from the ravages of time, which is too bad.

It's still very watchable, and most of Willis O'Brien's FX still look fantastic. But you do have to keep your expectations low.

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If you get the BD (or DVD?), be sure to check out the Lost Spider Pit scene in the Extras. (Yes! This was planned and nearly completed for the original film, and was not somethin Peter Jackson came up with... though he greatly expanded it in the 2005 remake.) Some of the FX are still a bit unfinished, but I wish there was a branching feature on the disc to insert this extra scene into the regular film.

If you want to try to "edit" it in yourself though, I think it should start at around the 57:12 minute mark of chapter 7. If you stop the Spider Pit scene after the last sailor gets munched by the tentacled thingy, you can resume the regular film at the beginning of chapter 9. This can all be done with the pop-up menus.

I had a little difficulty navigating the Extras at first, because the highlighted/selected items (in dark red text) didn't look that different on my TV than the unselected items (in dark brown text).

The film is presented in its original pillarboxed 1.37 (~4:3) ratio as well. Just FYI.

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Can't remember if this has been mentioned here, but there is also a remastered 2K/4K version of the original Independence Day available. I picked up the 2K disc during the holidays for a mere $5.

If you're not a big fan of the edge-enhancement on the original ID4 BD, this new remastered version may be worth checking out, because it is completely devoid of EE. That also means that some of the FX shots look softer than the original disc. The sense of depth is greatly expanded in most of the aerial and "cloud tank" FX shots though, because the finer details are no longer obscured by EE. (If you prefer a little more definition though, like the older BD, you could always dial up the Sharpness a bit on the display.)

If you're an ID4 fan, and have a 4K display, then you'll probably want to save your bucks for the 4K edition. BR.com considers it a "reference quality" presentation fwtw. The 2K isn't bad though, and quite a bit easier on the wallet. I don't want to exaggerate the differences, but it was a bit like watching a different movie than the original 2K disc.

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