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post #31 of 107
great review as always. thanks!
i watched this movie at cinema and was disapointed with low video quality and too loud audio.
im goint to watch it again on BD and now i know i will be great
post #32 of 107
This was a good/decent movie. For me it was somewhat of a downgrade after seeing Casino Royale.

Copy should be here in a few days. Thanks Ralph.

Cheers
post #33 of 107
Went out at lunch to futureshop and picked me a copy, they also gave me a free poster of the movie, wootage.
Will see it tonight.
post #34 of 107
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Ralph
Can you tell us about sub tiltles info for cih set up
Thanks.

Greetings,

Review updated. Sorry for not including that info eariler...


Cheers,
post #35 of 107
One of the biggest bond fans ever here (I've seen EVERY 007 movie ever made at least 10 times , except for Her Majesties Secret Service which was a joke).........and I liked it a lot. I didn't want it to end, and was wanting more with only 10mins left. Always a sign that I liked the movie.

DTS-MA was well done...great front, surround and LFE presence throughout! My PB-13 had a nice workout with big scenes and even with the music end.
post #36 of 107
While I think the movie itself is merely a mediocre extension to Casino Royale, the technical aspects can really bring one's system to life. This is now my go-to disc for an audio showcase. As Ralph said, the mix is very aggressive, yet balanced and completely engaging.
post #37 of 107
I just finished viewing it. Picked up a blu ray today at my local Blockbuster. I didn't see the film at the theater, probably the first time ever for me missing a Bond when it first came out. The cinema situation is poor where I live and not really worth the effort.

As a Bond lover, I have mixed feelings. It's as far from the classic Bond movie as you can get. I really missed the lack of involvement of the usual spy support system. No real toys and no real mission. As has been the case of some of the more recent Bond movies, another underwhelming tiltle song. They need to avoid the latest contemporary pop star and get some real singers to belt out a title song. The "Bond" girl was a mixed bag, as well. Olga Kurylenko was OK, but certainly not memorable. And what about Bond not "closing the deal"(keeping the British end up)with Olga?

Now for some positive things. Even a much different Bond is better than NONE. For all the "grief" the car chase got from some theater viewers, I liked the blu ray version. It was a little "herky jerky" but it's almost unavoidable with the high speed action. The plane battle was impressive. Yes it's not 7.1 but the DTS-HD really was superb. The video was spot on, even considering the scenery sometimes didn't make it easy. Daniel Craig is easily the most physical Bond of all time, highlighted by the fight scenes.

I will be adding this to my blu ray collection, a keeper.
post #38 of 107
While I was hoping for more character development in this movie as to who he becomes, he still follows pretty close character to the books, and this movie was still badass. Its not a brainless action flic, but it does lack a little depth. I think my huge Bond fan inside me though puts aside this feeling and enjoys the feeling for what it is.
post #39 of 107
My two cents:

Quantum of Solace is much better than most films. Period.
Great action. Great scenery. Decent acting.

Not the greatest Bond film, but I will buy it because I enjoyed it. Can't say that for most recently released films.
post #40 of 107
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Originally Posted by Supertrapped View Post

...I think my huge Bond fan inside me though puts aside this feeling and enjoys the feeling for what it is.

I feel the same way!

Thanks Ralph "Felix" Potts.
post #41 of 107
Although this rarely happens, I got this from Netflix today, which is release day. I never saw this in theaters. Also, I loved Casino Royale. CR was/is my favorite Bond film. That being said, this film was sort of a let down; but I think it was only a let down because it comes in the wake of CR. As far as Bond films go, it was still great.

I think the 96 score is about right. I watched this on my 100" projection screen and loved every minute of it (from a technical standpoint).
post #42 of 107
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

I agree with dropzone's thoughts on question #2.
Regards,

My thoughts on #2 are more in line with kdssrugby's for the following reasons.

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M knows quite well that double-0's are expendable, but I don't think this had much to do with her decision to run. Quite the opposite in fact. If anything, she would know that her presence would be a liability to Bond as he would almost certainly put her safety above his own. By taking herself out of the equation, she freed Bond to do whatever was necessary to neuralize Mitchell. As M's personal bodyguard, it's reasonable to assume that Mitchell was among the best at what he did, so Bond would need every advantage.
post #43 of 107
I enjoyed watching this film, I actually quite liked the way it continued from the first.
post #44 of 107
Worst Bond movie EVER !!! Seems like a monkey edited the movie.Totally ruined some good action scenes by poor editing. Shoot the movie on foreign locales, throw in a car chase,foot chase, boat chase, plane chase and PRESTO- you have a Bond movie to sucker the public.SAD!! Even a B Grade movie has a better climax.
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To top it off, they decide to rip, er borrow a scene from Goldfinger, where they show Fields,dead, laying prone on the bed covered with "oil" instead of "Gold".
post #45 of 107
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My thoughts on #2 are more in line with kdssrugby's for the following reasons.

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M knows quite well that double-0's are expendable, but I don't think this had much to do with her decision to run. Quite the opposite in fact. If anything, she would know that her presence would be a liability to Bond as he would almost certainly put her safety above his own. By taking herself out of the equation, she freed Bond to do whatever was necessary to neuralize Mitchell. As M's personal bodyguard, it's reasonable to assume that Mitchell was among the best at what he did, so Bond would need every advantage.

That explanation makes sense to me as well. I suppose we will never know for sure.
post #46 of 107
I think it was ok. Not like Casino Royal though.
post #47 of 107
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Originally Posted by speedking View Post

I just finished viewing it. Picked up a blu ray today at my local Blockbuster. I didn't see the film at the theater, probably the first time ever for me missing a Bond when it first came out. The cinema situation is poor where I live and not really worth the effort.

As a Bond lover, I have mixed feelings. It's as far from the classic Bond movie as you can get. I really missed the lack of involvement of the usual spy support system. No real toys and no real mission. As has been the case of some of the more recent Bond movies, another underwhelming tiltle song. They need to avoid the latest contemporary pop star and get some real singers to belt out a title song. The "Bond" girl was a mixed bag, as well. Olga Kurylenko was OK, but certainly not memorable. And what about Bond not "closing the deal"(keeping the British end up)with Olga?

Now for some positive things. Even a much different Bond is better than NONE. For all the "grief" the car chase got from some theater viewers, I liked the blu ray version. It was a little "herky jerky" but it's almost unavoidable with the high speed action. The plane battle was impressive. Yes it's not 7.1 but the DTS-HD really was superb. The video was spot on, even considering the scenery sometimes didn't make it easy. Daniel Craig is easily the most physical Bond of all time, highlighted by the fight scenes.

I will be adding this to my blu ray collection, a keeper.

+1

I was going to post a more in-depth review but speedking covered my feelings on the movie pretty well. However, I will add that the constant and violent movement of the camera during the action scenes nearly gave me a headache. Also, the "Minority Report-esque" 3D, interactive information screens they used at MI:6 HQ was really chessy and overdone. Moreover, I think that what I didn't like most about the film was that Bond lacked an important characteristic of any Bond movie: intrigue. The story, the scenery/location, Bond and the Bond girl lacked it. Hell, if no one told you the name of the movie and you didn't know that Daniel Graig had previously played Bond, one would have simply thought that they were watching the emergence of some new action hero.

Anyway, I bought the movie on Blu ray, I gave it 2.5 stars (out of 4), and I have no regrets about owning it.
post #48 of 107
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Originally Posted by speedking View Post

No real toys and no real mission. .

I have to say I never really liked any Bond movies although I have probably
watched them all. Casino Royal was the exception because of the lack of, you guessed it, "stupid unrealistic toys". Like someone already wrote Daniel Graig is the best Bond ever IMO.
post #49 of 107
I have now watched the movie 3 times and still think the movie itself is pretty bad and that's saying something because I am an action junkie. Sure the movie was none stop action but it was disjointed. The Punisher had more plot than this. However the audio and video are excellent quality.
post #50 of 107
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Originally Posted by regular guy View Post

My two cents:

Quantum of Solace is much better than most films. Period.
Great action. Great scenery. Decent acting.

Not the greatest Bond film, but I will buy it because I enjoyed it. Can't say that for most recently released films.

I completely agree. This film is better than most. Since it's a Bond film, it gets put on a pedestal, with incredibly high expectations. This is especialy true after how good Casino Royale was.

I'm only about 2/3 through the movie at this point, but will note the following.

Love the foot chase scenes and hand to hand fighting. Some awesome stuff here with some very cool camera angles and usage.

I agee with others that I don't like the overdone cheesy communication screen like those in "Minority Report"

The movie is a little confusing trying to figure out who is good/bad... like Mathis for example, or some of the US guys. I know that's part of the whole point, but still makes it frustrating to follow.

The "bond girls" in this movie didn't stand out as anything special, but that may be due to what Bond just went through in the last movie.

The picture overall is stunning with a lot of pop and detail, but I did notice a little black crush in just a couple of scenes, mainly in 007's black jackets and tux. Normally I can make out more detail with items in a scene like this, especially with how I have my projector calibrated. Overall, this is one of the best PQ Blu-Rays I have seen to date (Including Kung Fu Panda and Bolt), especially for being live action.

Dan
post #51 of 107
Any and all momentum gained from Casino Royale has been wastefully spent on the hip-cam MTV inspired edit job that is forever to be known as Quantum of.. whatever it was.

QoS in a word.. Forgettable.

(Authors note. Daniel Craig still rocked)
post #52 of 107
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Originally Posted by rn225 View Post

Another movie not in 7.1

Does this really bug people that much. Is 5 speakers not enough to enjoy a movie?
post #53 of 107
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Originally Posted by BrownTown View Post

Does this really bug people that much. Is 5 speakers not enough to enjoy a movie?

I think the main problem is when your speakers are set up for 7.1 and you're getting only 5 speakers playing out of it, thus to get true 5.1 you'll have to re-set up your speakers to the correct positions.
post #54 of 107
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Originally Posted by muffinmcfluffin View Post

I think the main problem is when your speakers are set up for 7.1 and you're getting only 5 speakers playing out of it, thus to get true 5.1 you'll have to re-set up your speakers to the correct positions.

Myself one the owners of 7.1 would like to have every movie audio at 7.1 although I stopped making a big deal out of that one. You still get all your speakers firing but your back speakers give you the same sound while at 7.1 they give you an independent output (I think).
post #55 of 107
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You still get all your speakers firing but your back speakers give you the same sound while at 7.1 they give you an independent output (I think).

Precisely. . . I bought my 7.1 about 2.5 years ago and have probably only truly used the additional 2 speakers once or twice.

As for QoS. . .I loved it. It is really just a continuation from CR for me. As one continuous movie it is the perfect Bond film for me.
post #56 of 107
I wasnt crazy about this film compared to Casino Royale, but its not bad. Just didnt love it.
post #57 of 107
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Ralph,you always did a good job,for this Bond,I l love the audio part very much.[IMG]http://www.***************/img/io/iy.gif[/IMG]

Ralph is a good reviewer, good reviews for both the audio and video.-Thanks
post #58 of 107
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Originally Posted by bgillyjcu View Post

One of the biggest bond fans ever here (I've seen EVERY 007 movie ever made at least 10 times , except for Her Majesties Secret Service which was a joke).........and I liked it a lot.

Okay I am really confused now, I thought that OHMSS was a very good film and that George Lazenby made a good Bond, I have also heard that QS wasn't a very good film.

Oh hell, I have more money than time so I will make a buy based on Ralph's review.
post #59 of 107
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Originally Posted by Icehouse View Post

Okay I am really confused now, I thought that OHMSS was a very good film and that George Lazenby made a good Bond, I have also heard that QS wasn't a very good film.

+ 1/2...

i really liked QoS... not as much as CR, but still liked it a lot...

ohmss was one of the better bond flicks, imo... certainly better than the recent ones that preceded the series reset...

i don't miss the unrealistic toys one bit... and i disagree that there wasn't a plotline or intrigue in QoS...

oh well... different strokes.... i know i'm looking forward to the next installment...
post #60 of 107
Video quality was fantastic. Audio sounded really good too, I thought it was missing some of the real low stuff. Surrounds where active, but not definded if that makes sense.
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