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Finally, I re-watched it in its entirety, without falling asleep ::


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For Real 3D people:


For UnReal 3D people:


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...For Non-3D people @ all (2D version only people):



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Very late last night I revisited this remake of the masterpiece 'The Wages of Fear' (1953) ::



* Directed by William Friedkin, starring Roy Scheider, and with the music of Tangerine Dream.
...A top favorite of mine. And picture & sound quality are excellent for this older 1977 flick.

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Last night I watched this cult classic on Blu-ray:



The disc had the original B&W and colorized versions. Since Ray Harryhausen had originally envisioned the movie in color but shot in B&W due to budget constraints, and since he oversaw the colorization, I didn't mind watching the colorized version on the Blu-ray disc.

I think this may have been the first time I had seen it in the original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and I know this is the first time I had seen it on a 50-in HDTV.

If you love the Sci-Fi B movies from the 1950s, you will love this one!

Alas, I mailed back the disc to Netflix this morning.
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I watch lots of blu-rays and believe it or not recently i saw

3 days to kill 2D
the lego movie 2D
and 300 rise of an empire 2D
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I believe you.
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Last night (revisited) ::


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I watched this last night, the 3D version :::



Meh.
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I re-watched 'Noah' last night. ...I thought that I might have missed something. ...No, I did not.


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Always loved this film...the atmosphere.
- Music from Tangerine Dream.
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I revisited this last night, in 3D :::


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Watched this last week:

  1. Forbidden Planet

    (1956) Netflix availability: Blu-ray & DVD

    ~ Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi

    My rating:
    4.9 stars
    Average of 310,700 ratings:
    3.7 stars

    Netflix summary: A pulp-fiction sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet stars Leslie Nielsen as a heroic starship captain who finds the paradise planet Altair-IV, which is inhabited by Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, the sole survivors of an earlier expedition. Morbius uncovered the secrets of the long-lost civilization that made Altair-IV a paradise -- the same secrets that unknowingly destroyed the society!

    I had just purchased a Blu-ray disc copy of the movie from eBay and of course I had to check out the main feature. Apparently having a "soft focus" when top billing women were in close-ups was the norm, and I noticed that, but otherwise the image was crisp. Apparently the original aspect ratio (2.55:1) got trimmed a bit when the Blu-ray disc was mastered (2.40:1) but close enough that I had no sense that anything was missing.

    Overall, I found the film quite enjoyable and it seems to have held up quite well over the decades. This is probably one of the best science fiction movies that too few people had heard about.

    Gore alert: there are some deaths on screen, but gore seemed to have been kept to a minimum.



  2. Independence Day

    (1996) Netflix availability: Blu-ray & DVD

    ~ Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi

    My rating:
    4.8 stars
    Average of 13,897,357 ratings:
    3.9 stars

    Netflix summary: When aliens in enormous spacecraft suddenly arrive in Earth's atmosphere and start blowing things up, it falls to a cocky pilot (Will Smith) and a goofy scientist (Jeff Goldblum) to save the planet from total destruction. With plenty of action, special effects sequences and pithy one-liners, Independence Day is one of the 1990s' best popcorn flicks. Bill Pullman co-stars as the gung-ho president who urges his citizens to fight back.

    I had purchased a new Blu-ray disc copy from eBay and during the week I tested it to be sure it would play, and of course I had to play the main feature all the way through. Six weeks ago I had watched the DVD of this movie and realized that it was a pan-and-scan copy, but the movie is nicer watching it in the original aspect ratio, where almost a half of the film had been chopped off the sides.

    Gore alert: some scenes aren't pretty, especially what looked like an alien autopsy (but it turned out to be removing the external survival suit of the alien).



  3. Doctor Who: Season 7

    (2005-2012) Netflix availability: Streaming seasons 1-7; DVD: seasons 1-6 + bit of 7

    ~ TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Alien Sci-Fi, British TV Shows

    I had streamed all of Season 7 (all 16 episodes) before catching the premiere episode of Season 8.

    My rating for Season 7:
    4.1 stars
    Average of 3,491,149 ratings for show:
    4.3 stars

    Netflix summary of show: An updated incarnation of everybody's favorite time-traveling Doctor sets about fighting nefarious aliens and other foes in this epic sci-fi series.

    Netflix summary of Season 7: The Doctor's spacey adventures in the TARDIS hit a crescendo as he rejoins companions Amy and Rory, who consider starting a "normal" life together.

    Other than quality dropping to 480 Sunday night for about 45 minutes, I streamed the whole season in HD (720 or 1080), and even when quality did drop to 480 the image was still pretty sharp.

    It was a fun six days (4 days of actual watching, other things were watched on the other 2 of 6 days) and, if you like science fiction, I would recommend giving the relaunched series (2005-present) a try. (The pre-2005 episodes were at a lower budget level and produced by a different division of the BBC, and didn't have the production values or tight stories that this relaunched series has.)



  4. Brain Donors

    (1992) Netflix availability: DVD has very long wait.

    ~ Comedy, Slapstick, Showbiz Comedies

    My rating:
    3.9 stars
    Average of 18,236 ratings:
    3.3 stars

    Netflix summary: Upon the advice of her lawyer (John Turturro), a rich widow, Lillian (Nancy Marchand), funds the establishment of a ballet company. Unfortunately, she chooses to rely on her inept groundskeeper, Jacques (Bob Nelson), and a cab driver who aspires to being a Renaissance man, Rocco (Mel Smith), to execute her plans. Their first production is the classic ballet "Swan Lake," but will it lay an egg or will they be able to pull off a soaring success?

    I had just purchased the DVD and of course I had to test it. I find this title pretty funny (but then I tend to enjoy the Naked Gun and Chevy Chase humor). The DVD is "enhanced for 16:9 TVs" and is fairly close to the original aspect ratio. The ballet scene at the end is hilarious!


    I didn't purchase the disc because it was the funniest comedy, but because it was a rather rare one to find and I found an eBay merchant that had a shrink-wrap copy at a pretty good price.



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Very nice of you to share here Mark.
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Very nice of you to share here Mark.
Thanks. But did you notice that one of the titles I shared was not HD? "Brain Donors" was on anamorphic DVD.
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No sweat; I did the same with 'The Keep'
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I revisited this one last night (2D) ::



I was in the right mood; peaceful (always am) and extremely relaxed (comfortably numb).
- A film by Terrence Malick (the cinematic poet).
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I revisited this cinema masterpiece, last night ::


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Last night I revisited one of my favorite Oliver Stone's flick ::



* I am still waiting for the Blu-ray version, and preferably with a Dolby Atmos audio soundtrack.
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* Oliver Stone's vision of America is unique, expressive, not shy, to the point, and with all aspects of its culture. It's not a pink story, but that's what makes Oliver so frank in all his films. ...I just luv the guy.
He's one of my favorite filmmakers.

- Not for kids, or the sensitive type.
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I shall watch this tonight; hi-def 3D picture & hi-res DTS-HD MA 7.1 surround sound audio :::



♦ And Disney, you can **** ** *** !
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I watched that flick from just above last night.

I prefer the 3D version over the 2D one.
- Picture & Sound: Awesome.
- Film itself: Not my style, not my bag, not what turns me on in life.
- Overall: Done.
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Revisited ::


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Not sure this counts, but the last BD I watched was Super 8.

The story held my interest. But visually it was a little disappointing, mainly due to the heavy blue and orange tinting (which I abhor) and CG.

I'm not sure it counts because it was downconverted for viewing on my SD CRT, since I still haven't picked out a new HDTV to replace my old Sony yet.

Might squeeze in another BD or possibly two tomorrow.

I wish The Keep was available on Blu-ray btw.
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Everything counts; I mentioned it on my first or second post of this thread.

Me too; 'The Keep' on Blu would be cool.

♦ I want an active thread, not a dead one with a one-on-one solo affair (extremely boring), so the more movie mediums; cable and satellite TV, Netflix, pirate movies like 'Captain Hook', downloads, The Cloud, VHS tapes, LaserDiscs, DVDs, Blu-rays, HD DVDs, etc., all good.

It just happens that Blu is my latest and best. ...But that's me; most of all my friends watch regular cable TV (me I don't even have cable), some DVDs, rent from wherever they can, or simply download some with lower res and inferior audio.
But for them it's all good enough. Me, I might watch two or four DVDs per year (from my 5,000+ DVD collection).
I also have rabbit antennae, to watch the local news (weather & bingo nights timing), but last time I checked was twenty years ago.

I'm all good with what people are used to.
...My best friends they watch good movies that are broadcast on their 40" 720p TVs or 50" 1080p ones.
And here @ AVS some members have 150" screens with 4K front projectors that beats my local theaters.
They have Kaleidoscope movie servers and Blus.

My thread is for everyone, all cinema lovers. ...Movie buffs. ...Watchers. ...Viewers. ...Cinematographers. ...And all that jazz.
...Yeah, for people who love movies, like me. ...You're one of us? ...Then you're all good.

* We are even free to talk about what we saw.

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