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post #61 of 118
Don't forget the new Department of Homeland Security BS that's been added to the discs....and you wonder why people rip their movies to hard drives rolleyes.gif

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post #62 of 118
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Originally Posted by Dave Vaughn View Post

Don't forget the new Department of Homeland Security BS that's been added to the discs....and you wonder why people rip their movies to hard drives rolleyes.gif

Very anoying, and ironic. They are only impacting people who "legally" purchased their products when they do this. Pirated versions will have it stripped off. rolleyes.gif.

Agree with Ralph's review. Excellent video and sound!
post #63 of 118
great movie, one of the best looking blu's out there
post #64 of 118
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

Hey man, I had to stop 2 hours in, due to eyes closing after a very long day.....but man...this might be the best video I've seen, and that includes the Transformers series and Forward Unto Dawn, which are (were?) two of my favorite demo films. You'll enjoy it on the Stewart ST130 G3..... biggrin.gif

BTW, in terms of A/V, Skyfall is light years ahead of Casino Royale, which--although a superb film--was lacking in the video realm when I revisited it & QoS to prepare for Skyfall's theatrical release last year.

I have to agree with everyone here very impressed with the PQ. The Aq wasnt too bad eitheir and the women were sensational too smile.gif A long film but kept me interested right to the very end.
post #65 of 118
Not that anyone asked biggrin.gif but I'm happy to report that I was finally able to settle in and watch Skyfall yesterday afternoon (Yea snow day!). First off, this movie was even more enjoyable than my theatrical experience because when I went to see it at the theater I was extremely tired and an early evening showtime ended up being a midnight showtime, which compounded things. Anyway, I thought highly of the movie then and even more so now and truly feel a disservice has been done by the academy by not giving Skyfall a nod. Additionally, as good as I felt this movie was, I was surprised by the $1B earnings but after viewing it again more clear headed the billion dollar mark is absolutely justified.

While there might be some CGI going on here and there, I personally don't regard this as a CGI enhance movie like, say Star Trek (2009). I mention this because with "CGI" enhanced movies, you expect things to look good for the most part (of course there are exceptions). With that being said, as a "live" movie, Skyfall's PQ is astounding! Someone really put some love into this one, that's for sure. I felt the SQ was excellent as well particularly with the helicopter scene.

This is easily a top reference/demo disc as far as my collection is concerned and I'm thrilled to have this addition to my collection.
post #66 of 118
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Originally Posted by Closet Geek View Post

Not that anyone asked biggrin.gif but I'm happy to report that I was finally able to settle in and watch Skyfall yesterday afternoon (Yea snow day!). First off, this movie was even more enjoyable than my theatrical experience because when I went to see it at the theater I was extremely tired and an early evening showtime ended up being a midnight showtime, which compounded things. Anyway, I thought highly of the movie then and even more so now and truly feel a disservice has been done by the academy by not giving Skyfall a nod. Additionally, as good as I felt this movie was, I was surprised by the $1B earnings but after viewing it again more clear headed the billion dollar mark is absolutely justified.

While there might be some CGI going on here and there, I personally don't regard this as a CGI enhance movie like, say Star Trek (2009). I mention this because with "CGI" enhanced movies, you expect things to look good for the most part (of course there are exceptions). With that being said, as a "live" movie, Skyfall's PQ is astounding! Someone really put some love into this one, that's for sure. I felt the SQ was excellent as well particularly with the helicopter scene.

This is easily a top reference/demo disc as far as my collection is concerned and I'm thrilled to have this addition to my collection.

Greetings,

Great stuff CG. Thanks much for sharing your thoughts/impressions. smile.gif


Regards,
post #67 of 118
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Originally Posted by Closet Geek View Post

Not that anyone asked biggrin.gif but I'm happy to report that I was finally able to settle in and watch Skyfall yesterday afternoon (Yea snow day!). First off, this movie was even more enjoyable than my theatrical experience because when I went to see it at the theater I was extremely tired and an early evening showtime ended up being a midnight showtime, which compounded things. Anyway, I thought highly of the movie then and even more so now and truly feel a disservice has been done by the academy by not giving Skyfall a nod. Additionally, as good as I felt this movie was, I was surprised by the $1B earnings but after viewing it again more clear headed the billion dollar mark is absolutely justified.

While there might be some CGI going on here and there, I personally don't regard this as a CGI enhance movie like, say Star Trek (2009). I mention this because with "CGI" enhanced movies, you expect things to look good for the most part (of course there are exceptions). With that being said, as a "live" movie, Skyfall's PQ is astounding! Someone really put some love into this one, that's for sure. I felt the SQ was excellent as well particularly with the helicopter scene.

This is easily a top reference/demo disc as far as my collection is concerned and I'm thrilled to have this addition to my collection.
Agreed, the train crashing through was some serious LFE as well. PQ was just amazing.
post #68 of 118
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Originally Posted by General Kenobi View Post

Agreed, the train crashing through was some serious LFE as well. PQ was just amazing.

This is really an aside, but as I was watching that train scene yesterday I had two strange thoughts, even by my standards. First, I thought, "How in the world are they gonna get that train out of there?" and secondly, I thought that the way it crashed it's possible that there might not have been any casualties.
post #69 of 118
Hmm, I thought this was more of the Die Hard thing with no humor, just a gaunt punk trying to fit in, feeling awkward around women. No one I'd like to emulate. I guess I don't like Craig much, just doesn't look and act the part. The orginal Bond was gutsy, glib, flippant, a trained naval officer capable of doing just about anything, a man's man, conflicted by women, but totally disarming, who liked the finer things in life...I don't see that in Craig. Oh well, times have changed.
post #70 of 118
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Hmm, I thought this was more of the Die Hard thing with no humor, just a gaunt punk trying to fit in, feeling awkward around women. No one I'd like to emulate. I guess I don't like Craig much, just doesn't look and act the part. The orginal Bond was gutsy, glib, flippant, a trained naval officer capable of doing just about anything, a man's man, conflicted by women, but totally disarming, who liked the finer things in life...I don't see that in Craig. Oh well, times have changed.
what's you talkin about Willus...biggrin.gif
post #71 of 118
Brand new Skyfall Blu-ray disc not working on Playstation 3 (superslim)
mad.gif

Disc works in other devices.
PS3 plays all other bluray (that I tried) and disc games perfectly.

Am I the only one here?

yeah yeah, I know this isn't a troubleshooting thread, just griping because I wanted to watch this bad boy on my 9.1 setup!
post #72 of 118
Looks like I'm going to have to add this one to my little library. The one thing I'm disappointed about is that with a movie as great as this the audio is only 5.1...
post #73 of 118
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Originally Posted by Cravit8 View Post

Brand new Skyfall Blu-ray disc not working on Playstation 3 (superslim)
mad.gif

Disc works in other devices.
PS3 plays all other bluray (that I tried) and disc games perfectly.

Am I the only one here?

yeah yeah, I know this isn't a troubleshooting thread, just griping because I wanted to watch this bad boy on my 9.1 setup!

Greetings,

Sorry to hear that. I tried it in my PS3 (original 40 gig fat) and it plays without a hiccup. Is this a known problem with the slim? confused.gif


Regards,
post #74 of 118
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

Sorry to hear that. I tried it in my PS3 (original 40 gig fat) and it plays without a hiccup. Is this a known problem with the slim? confused.gif


Regards,

If so, it's not the case with my PS3 slim. Not a glitch during the whole film.
post #75 of 118
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Originally Posted by Warwick8 View Post

Please help me out. Saw the movie skyfall walk out trying to figure out was this film a reboot of a reboot? It seems to suggest that the movie casino Royale and quantum of solace didn't happen or did they? Help me out here okay I must have missed something.

Skyfall was just a standalone after the events of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace,with the latter two films being focused on Bond's early career. The latest film effectively serves to usher in the 'classic' Bond by bringing back the staples we associate with the franchise Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the Aston Martin, Walter PPK gun, a male M who is obviously playing the late Bernard Lee's character with the original office, Q and Moneypenny
post #76 of 118
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Originally Posted by kriktsemaj99 View Post

I wouldn't give the audio 5 for dynamics, I thought most explosions were underwhelming. Also the track was recorded at least 5dB hot, which is not good for those using Audyssey Dynamic EQ.

Interesting. I was watching this the other day while my wife was sleeping, and I kept turning it down, eventually to -40... it seemed really loud to me. Good to know that I'm not the only one.
post #77 of 118
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,
Sorry to hear that. I tried it in my PS3 (original 40 gig fat) and it plays without a hiccup. Is this a known problem with the slim? confused.gif
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Originally Posted by Closet Geek View Post

If so, it's not the case with my PS3 slim. Not a glitch during the whole film.
Wow, an actual reply from the Ralph Potts cool.gif
It specifically is the super slim model (what everyone but Sony calls it); forgive me I couldn't find the official name.

Interestingly, the disc worked fine in a different Samsung 3D player that I had to temporarily move to the Main area but 2 hours into the movie it started hanging, not skipping per se, but did finish the movie.
This let me know it was indeed the disc, not some weird theory that the dual-layer reading portion of the PS3 optical drive wasn't working but single-layers were fine.
I say interestingly because the Samsung BD-C6900 played it with 99% success whereas my new PS3 wouldn't even recognize the disc.

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Originally Posted by djkest View Post

Interesting. I was watching this the other day while my wife was sleeping, and I kept turning it down, eventually to -40... it seemed really loud to me. Good to know that I'm not the only one.

I have the Yamaha RX-A2000 and enjoyed hearing the dialogue at -31 but had to turn down to -39 for the last 1/4th because the explosions would have woke the kids...but then we strained to hear the dialogue. frown.gif

Wife and I loved the movie. Great sound and visuals. 1080P and 9.1 has made home movie watching so enjoyable!biggrin.gif
post #78 of 118
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Originally Posted by Closet Geek View Post

and secondly, I thought that the way it crashed it's possible that there might not have been any casualties.

I actually wondered how the villain got a moving empty subway train because it looked empty to me. That was my first take and I haven't re-watched the scene, but I'm going to with my sub turned up more.
post #79 of 118
I love this blu ray!!!!
post #80 of 118
great!!
post #81 of 118
Great movie for multiple viewings!! I thought the video in this movie was outstanding in particular the shanghai scenes were just perfect. The audio was very clean punchy and those couple great bass moments in the movie biggrin.gif.
post #82 of 118
Had some friends over last night to watch this. The AQ along with the PQ is amazing. The .1 channel really gave my SVS PB Ultra 13 a workout. I played it loud but not quite at reference level. A lot of the effects, explosions and gunshots were very visceral with a lot of transient snap. My HT is in the basement on the concrete slab. The major explosions and the subway scene were shaking our theater recliners for long extended periods ! biggrin.gifeek.gif Not too many movies in recent memory have been able to do that. (pod emergence scene from WOTW) For those who claimed they were underwhelmed by the explosions, I wonder if they were watching the same movie ?

Bill
post #83 of 118
Got my copy Friday and watched it Saturday afternoon. I just loved it. I really like Daniel Craig's portrayal of the character. He seems to bring a more human quality to it that I like. This is definately one movie I could watch more than once so I'm glad I bought a copy. I was going to wait for it to show up in Red Box to preview it before a buy but Ralph's review left me with no doubts whatsoever. And was he ever right!
post #84 of 118
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Originally Posted by CMonMan View Post

Got the Bond 50 blu ray set AND Skyfall to go with it for Valentines Day!! I am watching them all in order and cannot wait to get to Skyfall (have not seen the movie at all yet). Just finished Goldfinger, and am impressed so far with the blu ray transfers.


Just watched all 22 movies from the Bond 50 blu ray set, all since Valentine's Day and JUST finished watching Skyfall to top it off. 50 some odd hours of Bond in less then a month! I am in my mid twenties and honestly have only seen a handful of the Bond films.. mostly the popular ones occasionally played on tv. So here is my take-

Other then a few films, and taking age into consideration, most of the films looked excellent. My personal favorite was Die Another Day. Not sure why Quantum of Solace had a different menu then the first 21 films and that sort of bugged me. I wish Skyfall would have also used the same menu and that the disc would have matched the Bond 50 set... They leave a space for the disc, but then give it different artwork? Grr. Anyway, this is about Skyfall-

I agree with almost all of the review. I thought it looked amazing. I don't think there are many films that compare to it visually. The story was also great. I liked how they tied a lot of past films into it and made numerous (mostly subtle) references to past films. After having just watched all the previous Bond films over the last month, my heart sank at the end of the opening train scene.. not many films do that for me. The film still had the fast cars, the gadgets, the boats, the gun fights, the explosions, and the women- but it also revealed more about the characters and I LOVED that. As far as the bass discussion- I agree with both sides. Yes, there were a lot of explosions and scenes where the bass made an impact, but compared to other recent Bond titles, I certainly had to turn my volume up (often to the point that the dialogue became too loud) to really get the most of it. In the two movies before this (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), I was able to leave my volume at a set level where the main dialogue was just right and the explosions gave a nice loud, full bass sound that really gave an impact.... but to achieve that same full impact on Skyfall, it seemed I had to turn the volume up to a point that the rest of the film seemed too loud. It wasn't terrible, but I shouldn't need to adjust volume during a film, and I CAN understand what a couple previous posters were saying. Film itself was excellent, story was exciting, and really makes me excited for what is to come.

Also, excited that they managed to add/replace many of the characters with younger actors.. leaving a lot of future potential while not taking too much away from the series. My only concern is that Bond is showing his age...

That's my 2 cents.
post #85 of 118
My Skyfall BD arrived from Amazon last week but I still haven't watched it because I had so much unwatched stuff collected on my TiVo. Finally, I plan to watch Skyfall tonight. I saw it in the theater and loved it. Ralph's review echoes what every other review I have read said, that the video is reference quality. I can hardly wait to see the BD and will report my impressions after I do.
post #86 of 118
Saw the film in Imax and couldn't wait to get the bluray! The Sound in the theater was amazing as well as the picture!

Shoot to the bluray and the picture is fabulous! Among the best live action, shot on video presentations you'll see! As for the audio, the theatrical presentation was better. I don't know what happened, but the sound of the bluray doesn't seem as open as the Imax mix? It's good but definitely not as detailed!

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post #87 of 118
Watched my Skyfall BD last night and was so impressed by the film, I raised my assessment of 8 Stars out of 10, which I gave after I saw it in the theater, to 9 Stars out of 10. I thought the struggle between an aging and injured Bond and a brilliant psychopath who had worked for M at MI6 for many years was deliciously creepy, as well as very exciting. My only regret was that we didn't get to see more of the lovely Bérénice Marlohe.

I think Ralph's assessments of both the video and audio quality were spot on. The film was beautiful from beginning to end and the aerial night shots of various big cities around the world were simply breathtaking. I was equally impressed with the audio, particularly the LFE. The first big explosion Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
of the MI6 building in London
nearly made me levitate. The long series of explosion filled scenes near the end of the film Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
during the big shootout at Bond's ancestral home in Scotland
had my whole room shaking.

Skyfall is a brilliant film, filled with excitement and populated with an A list cast. This BD could not have done a better job with it. Both the film and this BD are simply wonderful.

EDIT; Typos corrected.
Edited by gwsat - 3/10/13 at 12:20pm
post #88 of 118
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Watched my Skyfall BD last and was so impressed by the film, I raised my assessment of 8 Stars out of 10, which I gave after I saw it in the theater, to 9 Stars out of 10. I thought the struggle between an aging and injured Bond and a brilliant psychopath who had worked for M at MI6 for many years was deliciously creepy, as well as very exciting. My only regret was that we didn't get to see more of the lovely Bérénice Marlohe.

I think Ralph's assessments of both the video and audio quality were spot on. The film was beautiful from beginning to end and the aerial night shots of various big cities around the were simply breathtaking. I was equally impressed with the audio, particularly the LFE. The first big explosion Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
of the MI6 building in London
nearly made me levitate. The long series of explosion filled scenes near the end of the film Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
during the big shootout at Bond's ancestral home in Scotland
had my whole room shaking.

Skyfall is a brilliant film, filled with excitement and populated with an A list cast. This BD could not have done a better job with it. Both the film and this BD are simply wonderful.

Greetings,

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing your impressions gwsat...smile.gif


Regards,
post #89 of 118
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Originally Posted by CMonMan View Post

Just watched all 22 movies from the Bond 50 blu ray set, all since Valentine's Day and JUST finished watching Skyfall to top it off. 50 some odd hours of Bond in less then a month! I am in my mid twenties and honestly have only seen a handful of the Bond films.. mostly the popular ones occasionally played on tv. So here is my take-

Other then a few films, and taking age into consideration, most of the films looked excellent. My personal favorite was Die Another Day. Not sure why Quantum of Solace had a different menu then the first 21 films and that sort of bugged me. I wish Skyfall would have also used the same menu and that the disc would have matched the Bond 50 set... They leave a space for the disc, but then give it different artwork? Grr. Anyway, this is about Skyfall-

I agree with almost all of the review. I thought it looked amazing. I don't think there are many films that compare to it visually. The story was also great. I liked how they tied a lot of past films into it and made numerous (mostly subtle) references to past films. After having just watched all the previous Bond films over the last month, my heart sank at the end of the opening train scene.. not many films do that for me. The film still had the fast cars, the gadgets, the boats, the gun fights, the explosions, and the women- but it also revealed more about the characters and I LOVED that. As far as the bass discussion- I agree with both sides. Yes, there were a lot of explosions and scenes where the bass made an impact, but compared to other recent Bond titles, I certainly had to turn my volume up (often to the point that the dialogue became too loud) to really get the most of it. In the two movies before this (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), I was able to leave my volume at a set level where the main dialogue was just right and the explosions gave a nice loud, full bass sound that really gave an impact.... but to achieve that same full impact on Skyfall, it seemed I had to turn the volume up to a point that the rest of the film seemed too loud. It wasn't terrible, but I shouldn't need to adjust volume during a film, and I CAN understand what a couple previous posters were saying. Film itself was excellent, story was exciting, and really makes me excited for what is to come.

Also, excited that they managed to add/replace many of the characters with younger actors.. leaving a lot of future potential while not taking too much away from the series. My only concern is that Bond is showing his age...

That's my 2 cents.

Greetings,

Thanks for you thoughts CMonMan. I am not sure why you had issues with the dialogue levels. I didn't experience that.. confused.gif


Regards,
post #90 of 118
Watched Sam Mendes' director's commentary earlier and came up with a fun fact, the shot of a train Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
hurtling through a hole, which Silva blew in its roadbed, and falling into a tunnel where bond was chasing Silva
was 100 percent live. Mendes had a couple of railcars built for the purpose and used them for the scene, rather than relying on CGI. Yikes! No wonder Skyfall cost $200 million to make. Also figured out that Patrice, the ominous but good looking tough guy who Bond chased and Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
ultimately killed by dropping him off a building
is played by Ola Rapace, Noomi Rapace's estranged husband and the father of their child. Also learned from the commentary that Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory), Ben Whishaw (Q), and Rory Kinnear (Tanner) have all played Hamlet.
Edited by gwsat - 3/10/13 at 2:43pm
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