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post #31 of 87
There is the single disc steelbook edition which comes with the movie and the special features in one disc distributed by Mediamax. Can anyone tell me if the video/audio quality is the same as the U.S version? I'm curious because the movie itself took up almost the entire disc and yet i have the version which squeezes the entire movie and special features in a single disc. The AU single disc steelbook only contains the alternate ending while mine is complete with everything from the 2nd disc(?!) Seriously confused!

Her's some quick pics of my single disc steelbox:
FRONT
BACK
INSIDE

*the only thing missing in my version is the digital copy.
post #32 of 87
I bought this last night expecting a halfway decent movie with good visuals and at least it had good visuals. I was so disinterested in this movie I started playing tri peaks solitaire on my phone because I was so bored. I can usually sit through some pretty bad movies for good A&V's (I actually like Step up 2!) but I will be returning this movie to the store for at least a little bit of my money. I will never watch this movie again and am sad that I wasted my time and money on it.

With that said the Video quality was excellent and the Audio was exactly as everyone had said, LFE were a little subdued but appropriate.
post #33 of 87
Having thought "The Day After Tomorrow" was unexpectedly very enjoyable, I was looking forward to this. But alas, it was awful. Almost unwatchable ... in the same way "Independence Day" was. Just a silly script ... and much of the CGI had that cartoon look to it. I didn't want to watch a cartoon.

Just my opinion ... but this guy has only made two good films ... Stargate and TDAT.

I rented it ... so no regrets. But I'm glad I didn't even fire up the projector for it. Watched it on my computer.
post #34 of 87
I cannot give this a 92 for PQ, not with my equipment. While BD PQ is pretty much equal across players on calibrated displays, some of the latter are far better than others. I'll upgrade in the future but no one I viewed it with last night on my display were really impressed. There were some moments of eye candy per se but they and I have seen much better from some other BDs overall. The dark indoor and outdoor scenes? We all have witnessed better quality.
post #35 of 87
I found this to be quite an enjoyable and spectacular disaster film providing you can check your mind's realism and believability at the door.
The story line while not groundbreaking or remarkably compelling wasn't a major disappointment for me.
The special effects I found to be quite well done with some of the best disaster scenes to date.
I do however agree with the majority of previous reply's that it could have been better film if they could have toned down some of the dramatics.
It was quite over the top to have almost every scene hing on narrowly escaping certain doom at the last split second.
Thanks Ralph for the review.
post #36 of 87
thank you Ralph for a great review, I just pre-orderd this movie today and your review has put my expectations high!
post #37 of 87
I heard bad reviews when it hit the theater but then decent reviews lately. I was looking forward to watching this last night and was mildly disappointed. I don't mind far fetched movies but the escape scenes were so far over the top it got old. I also noticed something weird. It seemed like 90% of the movie was shot on film but some of the final scenes look like they were shot on video.
post #38 of 87
Going in with low expectations watching this film.
post #39 of 87
I'm a card carrying Ralph Potts fan, but this is one of the (very) few times when I had a much different experience with a film. I was so excited to watch this one...with my new job, I often get movies in from Netflix on Tuesdays and then have to wait until Friday night to watch them. Needless to say, this was going to be a great way to forget the work week and just relax with some good, mindless fun. Well, it was SO mindless that I actually began to really hate it.

You guys have all heard the expression "jumped the shark", referring to when something has gotten so desperate and ridiculous that it's beyond repair? Well I want to coin a new phrase...I want to talk about film's "half-blown-off RV JUMPED over the ever expanding crack in the earth" lol. I'm sorry, but that was maybe the most ridiculous and embarrassing things I've ever seen lol.
post #40 of 87
That scene was right up there with John Cusak's character crawling out of the man eating crevasse with the arc map still intact! (lol)
Like I said ALL realism and believability have to be checked at the door to watch this film.
post #41 of 87
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Originally Posted by JJHXBR View Post

That scene was right up there with John Cusak's character crawling out of the man eating crevasse with the arc map still intact! (lol)
Like I said ALL realism and believability have to be checked at the door to watch this film.

Exactly I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I found it better than TDAT.
post #42 of 87
The sad thing is the first 45 minutes do such a good job at setting the story up and building the tension, then as I said in my Ultimate Demo of the dis, the Governator says the worst is behind us (he couldn't have been more wrong!).
post #43 of 87
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Originally Posted by Summa View Post

I'm a card carrying Ralph Potts fan, but this is one of the (very) few times when I had a much different experience with a film. I was so excited to watch this one...with my new job, I often get movies in from Netflix on Tuesdays and then have to wait until Friday night to watch them. Needless to say, this was going to be a great way to forget the work week and just relax with some good, mindless fun. Well, it was SO mindless that I actually began to really hate it.

You guys have all heard the expression "jumped the shark", referring to when something has gotten so desperate and ridiculous that it's beyond repair? Well I want to coin a new phrase...I want to talk about film's "half-blown-off RV JUMPED over the ever expanding crack in the earth" lol. I'm sorry, but that was maybe the most ridiculous and embarrassing things I've ever seen lol.

Greetings,

Sorry about that Summa..hang on to your card though.


Regards,
post #44 of 87
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Originally Posted by Summa View Post

I'm a card carrying Ralph Potts fan, but this is one of the (very) few times when I had a much different experience with a film. I was so excited to watch this one...with my new job, I often get movies in from Netflix on Tuesdays and then have to wait until Friday night to watch them. Needless to say, this was going to be a great way to forget the work week and just relax with some good, mindless fun. Well, it was SO mindless that I actually began to really hate it.

LOL! I Truly thought you were going to say "It was so mindless that it reminded me of how tired I was and fell asleep".
post #45 of 87
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

Sorry about that Summa..hang on to your card though.


Regards,

You got it, Ralph I always look forward to your reviews!
post #46 of 87
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Originally Posted by Fanaticalism View Post

LOL! I Truly thought you were going to say "It was so mindless that it reminded me of how tired I was and fell asleep".

lol, the Woody Harrelson character was enough to keep me awake in the beginning
post #47 of 87
Summed up: This movie was a piece of ****. Ridiculous.

It's always nice to have a good story with the world coming to an end. War of the Worlds, Deep Impact and Armageddon were far superior in this regard. The movie lacked emotion. Just a lot of destruction that in the end, all looked the same.

The video seemed unnecessarily dark in a few areas. The audio was certainly dynamic with very good surround effects but as Ralph eluded to, the lowest subsonic bass was missing.

So between the story, audio and video, this film failed on all three parameters.
post #48 of 87
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lol, the Woody Harrelson character was enough to keep me awake in the beginning

Yeah that was about the only good part of a bad movie. I rented 3 this weekend and they all stunk. The Box, the Collector and this. Argh...
post #49 of 87
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Going in with low expectations watching this film.

And you'll still be amazed at how bad it is.

"Quick! Outrun the cracks in the earth that are following directly behind you...and dodge all the falling buildings/mountains/bridges/lava spitballs that are somehow collapsing/landing all around you!"



I didn't think this movie could possibly be more insulting to anyone who's conscious...until I saw the alternate ending. They actually did find a way to make it even more laughably horrible.

And this toxic waste made $770 million worldwide?
post #50 of 87
It's a planetary snuff film , who wouldn't want to watch it at least once?
post #51 of 87
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Originally Posted by thebland View Post

Summed up: This movie was a piece of ****. Ridiculous.

It's always nice to have a good story with the world coming to an end. War of the Worlds, Deep Impact and Armageddon were far superior in this regard. The movie lacked emotion. Just a lot of destruction that in the end, all looked the same.

The video seemed unnecessarily dark in a few areas. The audio was certainly dynamic with very good surround effects but as Ralph eluded to, the lowest subsonic bass was missing.

So between the story, audio and video, this film failed on all three parameters.


Agreed on all counts. Biggest LFE disappointment for me since Revenge of the Sith on DVD (considering the on screen action). The surrounds and imaging were top notch though!

As far as the film, I usually like this kind of shut your brain off movie, but this one did pretty much nothing for me. It was a bit too ridiculous. Throw in the audio disappointment (how do you fail to capture the low end to the degree this film does considering the material???) and the only slightly above average PQ and this is a dud all around............glad I rented!
post #52 of 87
I've had a Sony BDP-S300 for about a year and a half. Never bothered to do a firmware update until I got 2012 last weekend. Disk would just get stuck loading... loading... loading.... After 5 minutes I ejected disk and tried a different BluRay (Up). It loaded fine. So I figured it was a bad disk. Went back to Best Buy and described problem. They gave me a new disk which I tried on a player in store to make sure it worked and it did. Got home and had the same loading problem. Search on net found other owners with similar problem and solution was a firmware upgrade. Followed directions on Sony website and within 20 minutes was watching the end of civilization.

I saw the movie in the theater and while as unbelievable and over the top the situations were, it did not lack in a high entertainment value. I studied Geology in college and though some events had sound scientific origin, the effects on civilization were rather fictional. I had to keep reminding myself that "The screenplay writer is NOT a scientist". Given that, it was a spectacular disaster flick. Effects were well done and CGI was leveraged to the max. As plausible or suspenseful as The Day After? No, but A LOT more people die. Only thing bugged me was that the hero (and his family) barely escaped death like 3 or 4 times too many. Then again, if they didn't we wouldn't have had any characters to follow through the whole story.
post #53 of 87
i thought it was a totally awesome "escape from reality" film that did not have a liberal anti-war message in it.

Basically its a prequel to "Waterworld" in a sardonic fashion, this film I should have spent the money to see on the big screen, reminds me of the days when you go to the moviehouse to see the saturday matinee for a quarter and you get the cheesy end of the world giant alien, dam breaks, crack in the earth stuff. Its refreshing to have a disaster film like this that has so much visual eye candy, I watched it twice in one evening.

Whats funny is that it could very well happen...it did before at least twice the scientists say. I think everyone is deriding it because they cannot accept the truth that it can happen in our lifespan, tomorrow even...
post #54 of 87
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I think everyone is deriding it because they cannot accept the truth that it can happen in our lifespan, tomorrow even...

Or... The Day After Tomorrow? Oh, wait...
post #55 of 87
Cheesy, bad acting, bad CGI, and over all a total let down and only a rental for me.

Glad I didnt spend the money in the theaters.
post #56 of 87
I gotta say I thought the CGI was good awefull!! The sound was most excellent. So with that combination (I'm a sound freek) I was able to sit through it. Great movie to rent; my son and I enjoyed it. BUT NOT FOR PURCHASE. Save your money and buy Cars, Kung Fu Panda, or Monsters Vs. Aliens (These never seem to drop in price)

RALPH. . .thank you so much for your efforts in the reviews. My brother and I base a lot of our purchases of blu rays based on that. Keep up the hard work. I look forward to your review of Sherlock Holmes.


FYI... I love watching movies for the 1st time in my HT. No more kids kicking the back of my chair.


Alan
post #57 of 87
Im giving this a second viewing tonight I thoroughly enjoyed it.
post #58 of 87
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Originally Posted by ox1216 View Post

RALPH. . .thank you so much for your efforts in the reviews. My brother and I base a lot of our purchases of blu rays based on that. Keep up the hard work. I look forward to your review of Sherlock Holmes.


FYI... I love watching movies for the 1st time in my HT. No more kids kicking the back of my chair.


Alan


Greetings,

Glad to hear that Alan, thanks. Enjoy your HT!


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Im giving this a second viewing tonight I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Frank!


Cheers,
post #59 of 87
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Im giving this a second viewing tonight I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Wow...you must have set your expectations reaaaaaalllllllly low.

Just havin' fun with you. While I thought it was one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time (and that's saying something after the past few years), who am I to begrudge someone their own guilty pleasures?

Besides, who am I to say anything?...I found myself liking....wait for it......wait for it.....

The Devil Wears Prada! (Do I need to turn in my movie-critic-card, and my man-card, now?)
post #60 of 87
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Originally Posted by ILJG View Post

Wow...you must have set your expectations reaaaaaalllllllly low.

Just havin' fun with you. While I thought it was one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time (and that's saying something after the past few years), who am I to begrudge someone their own guilty pleasures?

Besides, who am I to say anything?...I found myself liking....wait for it......wait for it.....

The Devil Wears Prada! (Do I need to turn in my movie-critic-card, and my man-card, now?)

Personally I believe they all should of died at the end.
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