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post #61 of 113
Looking forward to this. Saw it twice in theaters. Amazing film.
post #62 of 113
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

The guys that brought you the crappy 2nd and 3rd parts of the Matrix Trilogy and the equally crappy V: For Vendetta... roll out another dud.

Didn't Hollywood learn anything?

Have you seen Cloud Atlas?
post #63 of 113
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

Time named it the worst film of the year, over Battleship and Jack and Jill! and yet some reviewers called it life changing, divisive does not come into it!
Who the heck reads Time anyway? All I ever hear people talk about are their covers. Was beginning to think there wasn't any content inside.
post #64 of 113
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Originally Posted by DJ Mike TJG View Post

Who the heck reads Time anyway? All I ever hear people talk about are their covers. Was beginning to think there wasn't any content inside.
Well, since I am halfway thru this week's issue....tongue.gif

Just as Newsweek went down for the count, so will Time very shortly.wink.gif
post #65 of 113
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Originally Posted by lokilarry View Post

It's now available for pre-order on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Cloud-Atlas-Blu-ray-Tom-Hanks/dp/B00A8MGLAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362401062&sr=8-1&keywords=cloud+atlas+blu+ray


Showing May 14 availability.
Thanx....blind buy here.cool.gif
post #66 of 113
Ill wait for a few reviews on this forum before I commit to this film.
post #67 of 113
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Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman View Post

The guys that brought you the crappy 2nd and 3rd parts of the Matrix Trilogy and the equally crappy V: For Vendetta... roll out another dud.

Didn't Hollywood learn anything?

seriously???

v for vendetta was crap???????
post #68 of 113
They did not direct V for Vendetta, which was a good movie IMO.
post #69 of 113
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

seriously???

v for vendetta was crap???????

I thought V FOR VENDETTA was one of the best comic book movies to date. Like the film or not, it assumed we had the power of thought.
post #70 of 113
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

seriously???

v for vendetta was crap???????
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Originally Posted by Sean_O View Post

They did not direct V for Vendetta, which was a good movie IMO.
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Originally Posted by cinema13 View Post

I thought V FOR VENDETTA was one of the best comic book movies to date. Like the film or not, it assumed we had the power of thought.
+100000000
post #71 of 113
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

seriously???

v for vendetta was crap???????

V for Vendetta was fantastic.
post #72 of 113
I enjoyed Cloud Atlas, but felt there were a lot of gaps that weren't filled in: I was left with a number of unresolved questions. The time seemed to go by fairly quickly and I wouldn't have minded an even longer movie (spread over 2 parts) if it better completed the story.
post #73 of 113

I remember seeing the ads for Cloud Atlas last fall and thinking how I was really looking forward to seeing it when it came out on BR.

 

On the other hand, until I just read this thread I had never even heard of Atlas Shrugged?   rolleyes.gif

 

 

ron

post #74 of 113
Watched the Blu-ray release of this movie this past week. Twice. That's a good thing and maybe a bad thing depending on one's perspective. For me, the movie was compelling, yet confounding enough that I needed to watch it again the very next evening.

The A/V quality is generally awesome. Although I was a bit surprised the soundtrack didn't involve more rear channel activity, the sharpness and overall visual beauty of the image is breathtaking at times. The fact that the film is so colorful and beautifully photographed only adds to the visual appeal of this release.

The movie itself is demanding viewing and that's partly due to the multiple storylines and more to the point, the film's failure to keep one's attention focused on any one of them through much of the film, mostly due to the often rapid and almost random editing between each story. I rarely got involved in any one story on the first viewing because the movie never lingers on any one plotline for more than a scene or two, then it cuts away to another story or three to the point it becomes difficult to recall what and where your are at any particular story after a while. Cliffhangers from one story get lost for long stretches at a time while other plotlines unfold to the point when you return to said cliffhanger, it's lost much of it's dramatic impact. Another serious negative distraction is having key actors playing at least half a dozen characters, sometimes crossing gender with often embarrassingly bad makeup jobs. It quickly seems gimmicky rather than relevant to the overall story. One other thing - the lingo used in the far future island storyline is supremely annoying.

It's an ambitious movie but you need multiple viewings to fully absorb everything and for many viewers, once may be enough.
post #75 of 113
^Thanx for the review.smile.gif
post #76 of 113
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Originally Posted by shiftyeyes View Post

I guess I'm still looking for that great epic metaphysical love story that transcends life and death, and time and space.

You mean the Bible (including the New Testament)? (not the movie, the book). tongue.gif
post #77 of 113
Blind buy for me. Read some reviews, both good and bad, but took a chance.

Loved it. Wasn't bored one bit. Being able to have subtitles, as well as being able to stop and rewatch something, was very convenient.

Sure, the multiple-characters-played-by-the-same-actor(s) was at times distracting and took me out of the story a bit at times, but overall this was a thoroughly enjoyable film that I'm sure will be even better the second time, since I'll know some of the later connections. The editing was brilliant as it jumped from story to story.

I don't regret this purchase at all, and am glad I didn't wait till mid-June for the Redbox release.
Edited by eweiss - 5/15/13 at 6:14am
post #78 of 113
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Originally Posted by eweiss View Post

You mean the Bible (including the New Testament)? (not the movie, the book). tongue.gif
No he means The Fountain biggrin.gif
post #79 of 113
Hmm, I haven't seen any mention of anyone here actually having read the book. There were a few mentions that it exists, but that's it.

My personal opinion is that it's a great post-modern novel, which I've read several times over the past 6 or 7 years. The movie was decent, but didn't particularly capture the essence of Mitchell's work. There's something beautiful about the way the various stories unfold in the book, very much like a puzzle box. That whole concept was thrown out the window for the movie, which almost arbitrarily jumped between the different stories/settings. Yes, it was a competent attempt at an adaptation, and I do give the Wachowskis a lot of credit for that attempt. But ultimately, I do think it fell quite short in what it was trying to do. Maybe I'll rent it now that it's available on disc, but I'll continue going back to the book when I want to revisit these stories.
post #80 of 113
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Hmm, I haven't seen any mention of anyone here actually having read the book. There were a few mentions that it exists, but that's it.

My personal opinion is that it's a great post-modern novel, which I've read several times over the past 6 or 7 years. The movie was decent, but didn't particularly capture the essence of Mitchell's work. There's something beautiful about the way the various stories unfold in the book, very much like a puzzle box. That whole concept was thrown out the window for the movie, which almost arbitrarily jumped between the different stories/settings. Yes, it was a competent attempt at an adaptation, and I do give the Wachowskis a lot of credit for that attempt. But ultimately, I do think it fell quite short in what it was trying to do. Maybe I'll rent it now that it's available on disc, but I'll continue going back to the book when I want to revisit these stories.

Most of the Cloud Atlas reviews of the book vs. the movie say something similar. But, then, I feel that way about Fight Club (book vs. movie) and Moby Dick (book vs. movie), as well as many, many others. One of the biggest departures of a movie from the book, IMO, was the 1931 Frankenstein; in this case I think I like the movie better. smile.gif
Edited by eweiss - 5/16/13 at 12:28pm
post #81 of 113
not available on redbox yet.

does netflix stock this?
post #82 of 113
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

not available on redbox yet.

does netflix stock this?

This is a Warners title. They hold back rentals for a month, so Netfliux will have it when redbox does...around the middle of June. And for your wait, all you'll
probably be rewarded with is a stripped-down, no extras copy.
post #83 of 113
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Originally Posted by cinema13 View Post

This is a Warners title. They hold back rentals for a month, so Netfliux will have it when redbox does...around the middle of June. And for your wait, all you'll
probably be rewarded with is a stripped-down, no extras copy.

Maybe true - but it will be $1.50 instead of whatever ridiculous price is on it in retail . . .
post #84 of 113
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Originally Posted by Rich86 View Post

Maybe true - but it will be $1.50 instead of whatever ridiculous price is on it in retail . . .

$22.99 this week at BB. Not bad.
post #85 of 113
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Originally Posted by eweiss View Post

$22.99 this week at BB. Not bad.
I'm waiting for $19.99.wink.gif
post #86 of 113
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

I'm waiting for $19.99.wink.gif

If you visit the store periodically I suspect you'll see it at BB for $9.99 before Christmas this year. Look how Sucker Punch dropped in price.
post #87 of 113
I watched it yesterday... Terrific PQ with a very effective, and immersive audio mix. I already loved the film and will likely watch it again numerous times, there are so many layers thast each viewing reveals something new. And oink, even at $49.99 I would have bought it wink.gif ...Some movies are just must-buys no matter what, imo this is one of them, but of course ymmv as usual...... smile.gif
post #88 of 113
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Originally Posted by Pugnax555 View Post

Hmm, I haven't seen any mention of anyone here actually having read the book. There were a few mentions that it exists, but that's it.

My personal opinion is that it's a great post-modern novel, which I've read several times over the past 6 or 7 years. The movie was decent, but didn't particularly capture the essence of Mitchell's work. There's something beautiful about the way the various stories unfold in the book, very much like a puzzle box. That whole concept was thrown out the window for the movie, which almost arbitrarily jumped between the different stories/settings. Yes, it was a competent attempt at an adaptation, and I do give the Wachowskis a lot of credit for that attempt. But ultimately, I do think it fell quite short in what it was trying to do. Maybe I'll rent it now that it's available on disc, but I'll continue going back to the book when I want to revisit these stories.

I agree with you about the elegance and effectiveness of the novel's construction, but disagree that the film's is less effective, and definitely disagree that it's "almost arbitrary."

It's different, for sure, as is the film's entire spin on the meaning of the source material. But far from being arbitrary, this film's editing is its very essence -- it's how it connects the larger meanings to the individual scenes, and it's how it makes one story out of six.

It's certainly less literary and much more cinematic than the book, of course, but like the book it uses the tropes and conventions not only of its art form, but of the individual genres that it emulates. In the book these are literary pastiches; in the movie they are of course visual.

My favorite kind of film adaptation is one that becomes a worthy companion to the book it's based on. One where the book can be re-read and the movie re-watched and they complement, resonate, expand, and even comment on each other. This is a brilliant movie based on a brilliant book, and that they both exist enriches both. Everybody wins.
post #89 of 113
Weird how they released this.

More or less bombed at the box office, and then like an 8-10 month delay on DVD/br release.

Heck avengers was released on a shorter time frame and that topped the box last year.

Silver linings had a delayed release but that was part of weinsteins marketing.


Maybe they're hoping people will forget how poorly it did on the original release.

No complaints about the movie, haven't seen it, but waiting a long time to get a chance to actually see the film
post #90 of 113
Not 8-10 months, more like 6.5 months. From late October to early May.

It was originally scheduled for release on video in early February. That got pushed back to May--I believe it was because of delays in the international theatrical release. You don't want it available on video before it has played in theaters in some countries.
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