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post #31 of 41
Greetings Ralph smile.gif

This goes on my short list of those rare Hollywood moments! At the urging of my daughter to get this as soon as it hit Netflix, I moved it to the number 1 spot and am glad I did. My wife and I at the beginning, like most, had reservations on how it would pan out, but I must say they did a great job of creating a mystery and suspense surrounding the man (even though we knew who it was all along) this was pulled off in true movie making fashion of something larger than life. Now sustaining the momentum around the mystery until the moments necessary were done in perfect timing and only captivated us the more. With superb performances by the leading and supporting actors, with pristine video and a sound track that should indeed win awards itself, all came together for movie magic. I can't say enough good things about The Great Gatsby..

Don't get to say it enough, but "Hurray for Hollywood".

Thanks Ralph. wink.gif
post #32 of 41
Saw this 3D at a decent enough theater and loved it! I actually had to look hard for a theater showing it 3D since I had seen the 3D trailer which awakened my interest but most cinemas were only showing it 2D. My wife, our 18-yr-old son, and I all thought very highly of this film and its 3D. I agree this one uses the added dimension very artistically and gives it as much splendor as in Hugo or Life of Pi, and would not watch it 2D if given the choice. Luckily, I now have that choice on Blu-ray 3D and have seen it twice at home (3D) and truly enjoy it! Looking forward to it again... cool.gif

For those wondering why the great jazz of the 20's was chosen to be modernized, and I'm paraphrasing Leo DiCaprio et al, the idea was that jazz at that time was very much seen as the way hip-hop is seen today: simply as some decadence-inducing form of sound that shouldn't even be considered as music, yet perfect for all-out partying. I for one, found this a wise decision and makes the film all the GREATer! Also, the music grows on you over repeated viewings. Come to think of it, jazz for the sake of it may not have pulled it off so well! eek.gif

Speaking of DiCaprio, he is also one of my favorites. Yes, his Aviator deserved the Oscar, and it would've been his if it hadn't been for such a good performance by Jamie Foxx in Ray! Still, DiCaprio nails these difficult multi-layered characters with such ease, and the rest of the cast is equally likeable. smile.gif

A GREAT Great Gatsby, IMHO. wink.gif
post #33 of 41
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Greetings,

Thanks audiofan1 and Taranteacher for sharing your thoughts on this one.. smile.gif


Regards,
post #34 of 41
This was just what I needed after watching the horrible After Earth. I thought Gatsby was awesome all around as it was an excellent movie with fantastic A/V. The 2d PQ was great eye candy. Curious to see the 3d version now which I hope to track down at some point.
post #35 of 41
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This was just what I needed after watching the horrible After Earth. I thought Gatsby was awesome all around as it was an excellent movie with fantastic A/V. The 2d PQ was great eye candy. Curious to see the 3d version now which I hope to track down at some point.

Uh oh ! I just received After Earth and have seen the Great Gatsby eek.gifbiggrin.gif

It was a great movie wink.gif
post #36 of 41
Gg was a fun film...i loved the music, dancing was great and it was fun during the driving parts...slowed down towards the end but had a good finish
post #37 of 41
I saw The Great Gatsby on the day it was released, last spring, and liked it a lot. I had read and admired F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, upon which the film was based some time ago but read it again after I saw Baz Luhrmann's film. Several months ago, my daughter rented the BD and told me she had been disappointed. I hadn't thought about the film since but when it showed up on HBO this month, I recorded it. This afternoon I started to watch the film again and was so impressed I stopped watching, went to my neighborhood Redbox and rented the BD. Wow! I never made a better decision. The combination of Fitzgerald's tale of weak but hopelessly romantic people, combined with Luhrmann's antic but beautiful visual storytelling simply blew me away. This disc is not to be missed! 10 Stars out of 10. I should add that I am not much of a 3D fan so I should explain that that, both in the theater and on BD I saw the film in 2D.
post #38 of 41
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I saw The Great Gatsby on the day it was released, last spring, and liked it a lot. I had read and admired F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, upon which the film was based some time ago but read it again after I saw Baz Luhrmann's film. Several months ago, my daughter rented the BD and told me she had been disappointed. I hadn't thought about the film since but when it showed up on HBO this month, I recorded it. This afternoon I started to watch the film again and was so impressed I stopped watching, went to my neighborhood Redbox and rented the BD. Wow! I never made a better decision. The combination of Fitzgerald's tale of weak but hopelessly romantic people, combined with Luhrmann's antic but beautiful visual storytelling simply blew me away. This disc is not to be missed! 10 Stars out of 10. I should add that I am not much of a 3D fan so I should explain that that, both in the theater and on BD I saw the film in 2D.

And...the BD offers the movie in all its widescreen, uncropped glory..HBO chops off a lot of that. Even if you're not a fan, I do hope you get to see it in 3D someday as it does enhance the visuals. (HBO also has it in 3D, but cropped...damn them!)
post #39 of 41
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And...the BD offers the movie in all its widescreen, uncropped glory..HBO chops off a lot of that. Even if you're not a fan, I do hope you get to see it in 3D someday as it does enhance the visuals. (HBO also has it in 3D, but cropped...damn them!)

I have watched quite a few films in 3D in the theater but with the exception of Avatar and Thor 2, I was disappointed. I have also watched 3D BDs on my daughter and son in law's excellent 3D Panasonic plasma but found the experience uninvolving every time. The time may come when 3D technology seems far enough developed to convince me to give it another try but as matters stand I am out.

One of the reason's I stopped watching HBO's presentation of The Great Gatsby and went out and rented the BD was HBO's deplorable practice of cropping 2.35:1 films to 16:9. That's not nearly as bad as the old television practice of butchering widescreen films by cropping them to 4:3 but it's still pretty bad.

Nobody puts beautiful images on film in more arresting ways than Baz Luhrmann and in Gatsby he outdid himself. Although I have long thought his wonderful Moulin Rouge was his masterpiece, I have the BD, I now prefer Gatsby. I know that not everybody will share my wildly enthusiastic regard for this film because I am a devoted F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, think his The Great Gatsby is his masterpiece, and that Luhrmann's film was the most faithful adaptation of Fitzgerald's work I have seen on film.
post #40 of 41
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I have watched quite a few films in 3D in the theater but with the exception of Avatar and Thor 2, I was disappointed. I have also watched 3D BDs on my daughter and son in law's excellent 3D Panasonic plasma but found the experience uninvolving every time. The time may come when 3D technology seems far enough developed to convince me to give it another try but as matters stand I am out.

One of the reason's I stopped watching HBO's presentation of The Great Gatsby and went out and rented the BD was HBO's deplorable practice of cropping 2.35:1 films to 16:9. That's not nearly as bad as the old television practice of butchering widescreen films by cropping them to 4:3 but it's still pretty bad.

Nobody puts beautiful images on film in more arresting ways than Baz Luhrmann and in Gatsby he outdid himself. Although I have long thought his wonderful Moulin Rouge was his masterpiece, I have the BD, I now prefer Gatsby. I know that not everybody will share my wildly enthusiastic regard for this film because I am a devoted F. Scott Fitzgerald fan, think his The Great Gatsby is his masterpiece, and that Luhrmann's film was the most faithful adaptation of Fitzgerald's work I have seen on film.

Totally agree that GATSBY is his best film to date. Of course, I disagree about 3D being uninvolving, but that depends on the film. After seeing them in 3D, I don't think I could really enjoy 2D versions of HUGO, DREDD, GRAVITY, and others. I think GATSBY is fine in 2D but the 3D BD enhanced it a lot for me. Of course, there are MANY crappy 3D conversions that can let down viewers (I, ROBOT, JUMPER, THOR, MAN OF STEEL, GAMER, IRON MAN 3, etc). I'm actually surprised that you enjoyed THOR 2 in the format, since, the consensus seems to be that the 3D was pretty poor in that movie. (I have not seen it myself yet.)
Edited by cinema13 - 3/19/14 at 2:25pm
post #41 of 41
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Totally agree that GATSBY is his best film to date. Of course, I disagree about 3D being uninvolving, but that depends on the film. After seeing them in 3D, I don't think I could really enjoy 2D versions of HUGO, DREDD, GRAVITY, and others. I think GATSBY is fine in 2D but the 3D BD enhanced it a lot for me. Of course, there are MANY crappy 3D conversions that can let down viewers (I, ROBOT, JUMPER, GAMER, IRON MAN 3, etc). I'm actually surprised that you enjoyed THOR 2 in the format, since, the consensus seems to be that the 3D was pretty poor in that movie. (I have not seen it myself yet.)

I bought the 3D version from my local video store several months ago, but just got around to watching it. The visuals were just outstanding in 3D! Viewing on my 8' screen in a completely black room made me feel as if I were there. I actually liked the use of a modern soundtrack as well.
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