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post #121 of 164
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

You will find it 3rd on my list under Franks top 10 best animation movies.

Lol. I'm sure Franks top 10 animated movies list is a sight to behold. However, when comparing to Pixar movies, it's not in the top 5.
post #122 of 164
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Lol. I'm sure Franks top 10 animated movies list is a sight to behold. However, when comparing to Pixar movies, it's not in the top 5.

For me it is and I love pixar films.
post #123 of 164
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For me it is and I love pixar films.

Me too. definitely top 5 for me as well
post #124 of 164
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You will find it 3rd on my list under Franks top 10 best animation movies.

That is high, and deserved, praise. Way to make a statement.

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That's a bold statement, my friend. As much as I enjoy HTTYD (and believe me it's in heavy rotation here) I just can't say it's better than most Pixar films. IMO, Pixar is in a league all their own.

Most of the reviews I saw still indicated that typical Pixar was "better" than HTTYD in character arc, exposition and such. For me, HTTYD was just so much fun and still packed alot of depth and substance to it. I liked that there were consequences to actions and if the boy liked the girl it showed why she started to like him back. Most flicks, stuff just happens and you have to assume alot. Not really sold to you WHY it went that way on screen. Consequences, you rarely get the ending they went with. The spectacular AV did not hurt either. I put it top five with Incredibles, Ratatouille, UP and Walle.
post #125 of 164
My Top5 will be (not in order though):
Toy Story
Monster Inc
How to train your dragon
The Incredibles
Kung Fu Panda

TS3 is not bad, and I think it is better than TS2.
Waiting for The incredibles Blu-ray
post #126 of 164
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Originally Posted by koreanfilmfan View Post

The banding isn't a big issue, it just occurs in the beginning for a bit.

I finally watched it a few days ago and did see some banding. It was in the night sky in one of the very first shots and may have only lasted for that one shot. It had me worried for a moment but everything after that looked terrific. Anyway it reminded me that someone had mentioned banding in some thread around here so I figured I'd throw in another data point. My processing chain in this case was a PS3, a Harman Kardon receiver (which does process the HDMI video stream in order to overlay its menus on it), and an AE2000U projector.
post #127 of 164
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Originally Posted by GoCaboNow View Post

That is high, and deserved, praise. Way to make a statement.

Thanks GoCaboNow
post #128 of 164
There is definitely pretty bad banding in the night sky in the beginning. 5:59

Around the 7:30 mark there is clear banding around Chiefs helmet and the sky. Pretty bad actually.

Some at the end with Chiefs horn against the mist.

Color bubble (crack in the door on bottom when Hiccup leaves his room) 1:2652

Still, although dark in parts it's pretty impressive visually. Not on par with Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., but pretty good.
post #129 of 164
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Originally Posted by jrobitaille23 View Post

There is definitely pretty bad banding in the night sky in the beginning. 5:59

Around the 7:30 mark there is clear banding around Chiefs helmet and the sky. Pretty bad actually.

Some at the end with Chiefs horn against the mist.

Color bubble (crack in the door on bottom when Hiccup leaves his room) 1:2652

Still, although dark in parts it's pretty impressive visually. Not on par with Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., but pretty good.

So is this actually an artifact or was it intended to be that way? It seems we can't really compare it to the original movie any more.
post #130 of 164
Just watched that bone knapping movie not bad!
post #131 of 164
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Banding is still there on my monitor, another website review has also mentioned it. I have not experienced any banding with Pixar titles. I might be in the minority when it comes to my opinion on the sharpness but let's wait until more people get the disc. I don't put it down to my setup because as i've said, the pixar titles and kung fu panda are sharp as a tack.
No banding on my display did not see any.
post #132 of 164
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Just watched that bone knapping movie not bad!
Yeah, both my kids and I thought it was funny. The wife on the other hand... not so much.
post #133 of 164
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Yeah, both my kids and I thought it was funny. The wife on the other hand... not so much.
Women don't understand
post #134 of 164
My five year old has played this at least once a day since the 16th of October. Doesn't really sit for the whole thing any more though. Watches for a bit then goes and runs around or something. Comes back and watches some more...for almost three weeks...we all like the Boneknapper because it is something different.
post #135 of 164
About to watch it for the first time.....very much looking forward to it
post #136 of 164
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About to watch it for the first time.....very much looking forward to it

Greetings,




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post #137 of 164
Really liked the movie (Toy Story 3 still tops it for me though). I'd probably put it a tiny notch below Kung Fu Panda for best Dreamworks movie.
I need rewatch, but I could have sworn I noticed some banding in the sky in the into...
post #138 of 164
Just watched it this past week. Thought it was an excellent movie in terms of the story, PQ, & AQ.

I felt like there was a lot more LFE in this movie than in Toy Story 3.
post #139 of 164
Like many others, I did not see this in the theaters. The trailers and ads did nothing to excite me about the movie. In fact, they turned me off, leaving me with the impression tha that the movie looked pretty stupid. However, I have been running out of movies in my Netflix queue, so reluctantly I added HTTYD. It arrived last week, I watched it last week, and I have not returned it yet (it's that good).

I have watched it in full probably 3-4 times already (I have been using it to test out different configurations of my equipment). I saw a lot of banding... but that was when my CMS was not set correctly due to a change in the configuration sequence of my equipment. Once I reset the CMS, I did not recall seeing any banding. I did have a heck of a time using bitsream lossless on my LG BH200 (lots of audio drops in the final battle scene), but I have confirmed that it is a player issue. Lossless via PCM worked fine.

Aside from the great visuals and very good sound (I think the LFE could have been more!), the thing I really like about this movie is that it does not seem to get old. I have seen Kung Fu Panda, and while I enjoyed it, once was enough. I have no desire to see KFP again (or Wall-E, UP, or many other animated films). However, I would be happy to watch HTTYD again tonight. The movie does not drag like many of the others and has a timelessness to it. Also, if you have ever raised a dog from a puppy, you will likely see some of that in the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless (not that any dog I know would ever give up any bit of food for his owner!).

I have TS3 on my counter and am waiting to view, so I cannot compare, but for now, HTTYD is at the top of my animation list.

Note, I did not notice any softness to the image (although I did not do head to head comparisons). Viewed on a 108" screen with RS-2 / FPJ1 projector and DVDO iScan Duo CMS.
post #140 of 164
this is the first time i am reading a blu-ray disc review in avs forum and have to admit, i am quite impressed with the writing. Great job reviewing it.

This movie to me is the 2nd BEST animation movie i have ever seen (no. 1 being wall-e)
post #141 of 164
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Originally Posted by isrararrafi View Post

this is the first time i am reading a blu-ray disc review in avs forum and have to admit, i am quite impressed with the writing. Great job reviewing it.

This movie to me is the 2nd BEST animation movie i have ever seen (no. 1 being wall-e)

Greetings,

Thank you very much and Welcome to the Blu-ray Disc review forum.


Regards,
post #142 of 164
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Originally Posted by isrararrafi View Post

this is the first time i am reading a blu-ray disc review in avs forum and have to admit, i am quite impressed with the writing. Great job reviewing it.

This movie to me is the 2nd BEST animation movie i have ever seen (no. 1 being wall-e)

What's wall-e?
post #143 of 164
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What's wall-e?
joke?
post #144 of 164
I don't post much as you can see but felt compelled to share my thoughts!.

My niece got this Blu Ray as a gift and she was nice a enough to let us borrow it. We viewed it today and thoroughly enjoyed to the point that's its on the buy list. The story line has as enough for the young to enjoy but still keep the adults entertained. I thought the video was done very well (Is it possible to do better lol!!).The sound was well balanced,its ranks up there with some of the best movies for LFE content. By the way I did not realize this was a Dolby Tru sound format until it popped up on the Pioneer as this is my 3rd movie in this format since Star Trek and that ranked pretty high with me.
post #145 of 164
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Originally Posted by wkingincharge View Post

I don't post much as you can see but felt compelled to share my thoughts!.

My niece got this Blu Ray as a gift and she was nice a enough to let us borrow it. We viewed it today and thoroughly enjoyed to the point that's its on the buy list. The story line has as enough for the young to enjoy but still keep the adults entertained. I thought the video was done very well (Is it possible to do better lol!!).The sound was well balanced,its ranks up there with some of the best movies for LFE content. By the way I did not realize this was a Dolby Tru sound format until it popped up on the Pioneer as this is my 3rd movie in this format since Star Trek and that ranked pretty high with me.

Greetings,

Thanks very much for sharing your impressions and I am glad that you enjoyed How to train your dragon.

Regards,
post #146 of 164
Not much said about SQ, but I have to say the LFE at the end of the final battle scene was pretty crazy. The only other film that made my Sub work so hard that I could think of was in LoTR:RoK with the Oliphaunts rampaging across the battlefield.

Love the movie. I think I have to agree the trailer didnt do the film any justice whatsoever. The films subsequent sucess has been primarily word of mouth in my opinion. Easily better that TS3 and ranks in the top 3 animated films of my collection.
post #147 of 164
Finally watched this movie last weekend for the first time in my theater and I was blown away. Hadn't really read anything about it and mainly bought it for the kids.

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FWIW I thought that this was the best animated Title of 2010.

I'm a big Pixar fan, and not only is this my favorite animated title of 2010, it's probably my favorite animated title ever. It's also probably the best movie I've seen in a couple of years.

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Better than Toy Story 3?

Definitely.

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Not much said about SQ, but I have to say the LFE at the end of the final battle scene was pretty crazy. The only other film that made my Sub work so hard that I could think of was in LoTR:RoK with the Oliphaunts rampaging across the battlefield.

Love the movie. I think I have to agree the trailer didnt do the film any justice whatsoever. The films subsequent sucess has been primarily word of mouth in my opinion. Easily better that TS3 and ranks in the top 3 animated films of my collection.

Couldn't agree more. That scene is now my #1 reference scene when showing folks my theater (ROTK Oliphaunt scene is now #2).

I'm a bit disappointed this film didn't achieve 100/100, but we all have our opinions. I was amazed at some of the PQ, with the characters hair movements and such and certainly agree it was 100. I can't, however, imagine the audio being any better.

After going in without any real expectations, this is the biggest surprise film for me in a very, very, long time.
post #148 of 164
How to Train Your Dragon is the weakest CGI film I own. I will explain why -

* Weak main character (I would go as far as to say annoying)
* Basic and mostly uninspired plot
* A number of boring/slow scenes
* Few likable characters; the female Viking was about the only one I warmed up too
* Humor is only so-so

Battle scene at end == amazing (I was really impressed) but one scene does not make up for a whole movie.

I am not even sure it would make my top 10. Kung Fu Panda, Up, all 3 TS's, Robots, two of the Shrek's, Nemo, Monsters Inc, Monsters v Aliens...all were better, IMO.
post #149 of 164
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How to Train Your Dragon is the weakest CGI film I own. I will explain why -

* Weak main character (I would go as far as to say annoying)
* Basic and mostly uninspired plot
* A number of boring/slow scenes
* Few likable characters; the female Viking was about the only one I warmed up too
* Humor is only so-so

Battle scene at end == amazing (I was really impressed) but one scene does not make up for a whole movie.

I am not even sure it would make my top 10. Kung Fu Panda, Up, all 3 TS's, Robots, two of the Shrek's, Nemo, Monsters Inc, Monsters v Aliens...all were better, IMO.
Couldn't disagree more on HTTYD. It's a hoot in 2D and a visual feast in 3D, and I liked all the characters.

I give "Up" a big thumbs down along with all the Shreks, so there you go. We at least agree on the others.
post #150 of 164
I also could not disagree more. Put in perspective, I have no children, so any animated movies I own are for my own viewing, and thus my opinions of animated movies are that of an adult (my wife might argue with classifying me as an adult). I will soon own exactly 1 animated title, which is HTTYD (not counting the Robotech series on DVD I own). I have seen many animated titles through Netflix rentals, but none that I felt compelled to purchase. The TS series is pretty good, but nothing I would watch over and over gain. Kung Fu Panda was decent, but somewhat slow and not something I feel compelled to watch twice. Up... well Up was mildly entertaining, albeit very slow, and I find no compelling reason to watch more than once. Wall-E... "meh". Nemo is certainly something I would not need to see twice... or if I could turn back time... even once. If you want a good undersea animation, Sharktale is much better. Don't get me wrong, a good amount of the animated movies are decent to good once, but their respective longevity for an adult audience is extremely limited (like most movies). Once in rare while a movie (or in this case animated title) comes along that one can enjoy over and over again. I try to restrict my purchases to that category of film. HTTYD fit this bill for me.
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