Lastly for those of us starving for more 3D content I noticed on Amazon new titles being released next month...
No no no... NO. Nooooooo. no... NONONONONO. NO. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! (Q: NO??? A: NO.) No.
You DO NOT want to do this. If you are starving for food, eating your own leg will not cure the hunger. If you are starving for 3D or any kind of interesting viewing experience.. "Ultimate G's: Zac's Flying Dream" will do nothing to feed that craving.
In fact, recent medical studies are on the verge of concluding that the movie may in fact be causing a massive death rate in the AV community. Those viewing on from a 2nd story building or taller have a 97% chance of throwing themselves out a window. The rest either attempt to eat the bluray so that no one else will ever have to see it (and choke to death once their tongue gets stuck in the inner hole). Or stab themselves with a needle 2,073,600 times (that's 1920x1080) to get their mind off the horror that is "Ultimate G's".
Old-time gamers: Remember when they used to slap "Extreme" on $19 value/shovel-ware games many years ago, and they were only extreme horse poopy? (I hate to say, I was actually forced to produced a few of those video games). That's how "Ultimate G" is used here.
I was one of the fortunate few to survive. I saw this was playing on dtv 103 (played fine to my Denon 4311/JVC RS40 combo so I assume not 720p sbs), recorded it and watched 7 minutes of it recently. Which is to say after watching a few mins, I fast-forwarded through the entire length (about 46 minutes?) only stopping to check "new scenes" such as some of the flying sequences. It was the fast-forwarding (and not paying $$ for the bluray) that saved my sanity; I could live with losing 7 minutes of my life and my RS40's bulb, but over 30 minutes or $$ I coulda paid towards getting Avatar 3D would have spelled the end of me.
BUT WAIT!!! Maybe you are medically blind, reading this message ala text-to-speech, and are thinking... "Well, it still may have great audio." Guess what? No. NO NO NO
. No nah-nah NO-NO? NO NO!
It is WORSE than "average audio". On the DTV broadcast, it actually sounded like the audio was downsampled to a 1k bit rate and a weird static-like echo added. I actually had to cycle to different audio modes to confirm nothing was wrong with my Denon 4311 receiver!
K, so getting more into the details... This basically appeared to be that some guy in some small Canadian town who either owned a pair of trainer planes used in a little dogfighting-for-fun business (or had a buddy who had this business) thought it would be great to buy a handycam, get some friends, and try to come up with a basic little story to wrap around showing a few mins of acrobatic flying. Then by doing some crappy 3D conversion (the "2d card look") they managed to get DTV to buy it for a 6 pack of Mickey's big mouth or maybe a case of budweiser.
There was maybe 1.22 mins in the movie where you get to see some nice acrobatic flying. From the distant vantage point of another plane -- not from within the plane doing the cool flying. So the view is far-removed 3rd person and totally 2d. You can find something on Discovery channel that will be 10x better. Your local new's 2 minute segment coverage of some local air show will be 9x better.
There is no saving grace to the movie, however there is a couple times (@ 4 seconds each) in the film they have a camera in the front of the cockpit looking back at the pilot where they have a nice 3d effect of the cockpit.
I had sworn to never think about this movie again. And I couldn't even get up the courage to come post here, warning you all about it. ((Sobbing) I feel so dirty and ashamed... I'm... So... (sob) Ashamed... Forgive... Please.. Forgive...). But when this title was just posted up in the RS40 thread, I knew I had to man-up and respond.
Just do me a favor.. Don't post that some wonderful Ghandi-like dude who saved a zillion children was the author of this movie, it was his life's work and he died making it (or after reading my review). Cuz then I'd just have to be a jerk and say "YOU SUCK, Ghandi-like dead-dude!!!!"
Hmmm, should I append this to the old thread in the Reviews forum? Or perhaps it lacks the professionalism needed... But you stab yourself in the eye 1920x1080 times and talk to me about professionalism. I'm just saying...