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post #31 of 247
I was able to see this movie at Cinetopia on a 80' screen in Dobly Atmos an it was probably the most disappointing movie I have seen in years. I consider myself a huge Guillermo Del Toro fan since pan's labyrinth and this movie failed for me. I was looking for his usual amazing artistic hand that usually shows up and the move was nothing most the extremely over CGi'd blurring. I'm the type of person that generally loves every action move I see so its saying something that I walked out this move unhappy and my wife was even more so to the point of being ticked off I took her to it.

Consider that as a child, some of my favorite cartoons were for example Robotech, Voltron, Star Blazers and transformers.
post #32 of 247
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Great review Ralph! I got the opportunity to watch this movie in IMAX 3D in Seattle with my teenage son and we both really enjoyed this movie. The theater itself is 60ftx80ft and we were postioned almost perfectly in the middle of the image. The scene where the massive wall is being built and they show the landscape from a workers point of view high up on the I-beams and scaffolding had incredible sense of depth and got my heart racing a little bit (I tend get nervous with extreme heights). It definitely mad me feel as if I were there right along side them. The audio was 'only' 5.1 in the theater but was still very engaging. I can't wait to hear this at home in 7.2 biggrin.gif Now if only I can figure out how to build a 60x80 ft screen. rolleyes.gif

This one was my son's first trip to the Cinerama. We couldn't have made a better choice biggrin.gif
post #33 of 247
i felt this movie was a miss. neat concept, that i could have bought into, but i felt like the 'hand to hand' combat was pointless. maybe they cut some stuff out that explained it, but i couldn't understand why they didn't use the powerful weapons from the start. seemed like every fight was a couple minutes of wrestling, destroying tons of property, followed by 5-10seconds of using a 'gun' or sword. why not start with the sword?

i guess this is the problem with any futuristic movie, when we see incredibly advanced technology, you assume all technology would advance. ie, why do the pilots even need to be inside the robots? no more wifi in the future?
post #34 of 247
I also got to see this on a Dolby Atmos set, WOW I already thought about the blind buy, and with a gret review such as this Mr Potts, HOOAH! Thank you for all that you do for those of us who sit on the other side of the fence, while we watch and wait. Cannot wait to put this in with the new Marantz 7008 and 9.2 set up, should be fun.smile.gif
post #35 of 247
I liked this one a lot better than the Transformer movies. The one thing that left me shaking my head was the explanation about the dinosaurs. Really? Duh!
post #36 of 247
Looking forward to it Ralph, thanks for review smile.gif
post #37 of 247
I friken loved this movie. I immediately went back to my childhood with Voltron and Tranzor Z (look them up Youngsters. Voltron you will probably know but maybe not Tranzor Z) I have had it preordered for a while.

Gipsy Danger For the Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #38 of 247
Great review, Ralph--haven't really followed this one but I'm going to go with a blind buy--should be an awesome soundtrack for my system. smile.gif
post #39 of 247
Thanks Ralph. Blind buy day 1.
post #40 of 247
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Originally Posted by Prime316 View Post

I friken loved this movie. I immediately went back to my childhood with Voltron and Tranzor Z (look them up Youngsters. Voltron you will probably know but maybe not Tranzor Z) I have had it preordered for a while.

Gipsy Danger For the Win!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Voltron! That was one of the best toys I ever got as a kid. I had to look it up...... tongue.gif So cool how the 5 lions formed that one big robot and as I remember, this was very high quality for a toy.

http://www.actionfigurepics.com/2011/03/wayback-wednesday-matchbox-voltron
post #41 of 247
I think maybe some are expecting too much from these type of action movies. I mean doesn't the plot take a back seat to the action? Especially if this movie is modeled after earlier Japanese monster movies. I didn't expect too much out of them and I never missed one on Saturday mornings when I was a kid.

Edit;
Is this movie more like the Japanese monster movies or the TV series Voltron and Transformers?
Edited by comfynumb - 10/12/13 at 10:37am
post #42 of 247
This movie has great visuals and sound but like Ralph said you have to check your brain at the door.
The plot is stupid and you know everything that is going to happen before it does, even my wife knew and she usually never does.smile.gif
post #43 of 247
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Originally Posted by rboehl View Post

This movie has great visuals and sound but like Ralph said you have to check your brain at the door.
The plot is stupid and you know everything that is going to happen before it does, even my wife knew and she usually never does.smile.gif

Yep - it's big, dumb, stupid fun. It's just very well done. tongue.gif
post #44 of 247
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Originally Posted by comfynumb View Post

I think maybe some are expecting too much from these type of action movies. I mean doesn't the plot take a back seat to the action? Especially if this movie is modeled after earlier Japanese monster movies. I didn't expect too much out of them and I never missed one on Saturday mornings when I was a kid.

Edit;
Is this movie more like the Japanese monster movies or the TV series Voltron and Transformers?

Think Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot.
post #45 of 247
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Think Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot.



Damn I haven't heard Johnny Sokko in years and actually forgot all about that series. I hope I'm not the only one here that remembers it. These were the original lip sync issues biggrin.gif
Edited by comfynumb - 10/12/13 at 2:52pm
post #46 of 247
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Looking forward to it Ralph, thanks for review smile.gif

Same here!smile.gif
post #47 of 247
I really liked this move.

But I liked After Earth too, so my opinion is not worth much here.
post #48 of 247
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I really liked this move.

But I liked After Earth too, so my opinion is not worth much here.

Greetings,

Opinions on films can be quite subjective, "one man's meat is another man's..." and so forth. Your opinion counts my friend...wink.gif


Regards,
post #49 of 247
This is a definite brain door check film but it loved it.
post #50 of 247
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Originally Posted by DeadEd View Post

I really liked this move.

But I liked After Earth too, so my opinion is not worth much here.

What Ralph said. Not to mention I could never dismiss the opinion of one of my fellow Dead Head brothers! wink.gif
post #51 of 247
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What Ralph said. Not to mention I could never dismiss the opinion of one of my fellow Dead Head brothers! wink.gif



I have friends that left PA to follow the dead in 1982 and as far as I know never came back. I've seen them 7 times myself smile.gif most memorable was 2 nights in a row at the Philadelphia Spectrum in around 1983 or so.
Edited by comfynumb - 10/13/13 at 8:11am
post #52 of 247
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I have friends that left PA to follow the dead in 1982 and as far as I know never came back. I've seen them 7 times myself smile.gif most memorable was 2 nights in a row at the Philadelphia Spectrum in around 1983 or so.

Very cool! I think the early 80s when you saw your Spectrum shows are some of the most underrated years in the history of the band. Jerry was absolutely on fire in the early 80s and had the "crazy fingers" so to speak. wink.gif I caught them 35 times before Jerry died and had some of the best times of my life and honestly I think my passion for A/V and HT stems from a lot of the experiences I had in those days.

As far as your friends never coming back, I am pretty sure anyone who dove head first into this world has never fully come back. I'm still not fully back and never will be which I am OK with. smile.gif
post #53 of 247
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Very cool! I think the early 80s when you saw your Spectrum shows are some of the most underrated years in the history of the band. Jerry was absolutely on fire in the early 80s and had the "crazy fingers" so to speak. wink.gif I caught them 35 times before Jerry died and had some of the best times of my life and honestly I think my passion for A/V and HT stems from a lot of the experiences I had in those days.

As far as your friends never coming back, I am pretty sure anyone who dove head first into this world has never fully come back. I'm still not fully back and never will be which I am OK with. smile.gif



That's a lot of shows man! They were very very good when I saw them, and I was at the show when Bob stepped up to the mic and forgot the words to Truckin, twice I believe!
To add to what you said, I've seen several bands that changed me, so to speak. David Gilmour was one, the Allman brother and Metallica. Although I'm not a metal head I do like some harder stuff and their show was just incredible. For the grunge side of me STP was awesome.

Sorry about the off topic posts guys, oops.
Edited by comfynumb - 10/13/13 at 9:34am
post #54 of 247
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Originally Posted by DeadEd View Post

I really liked this move.

But I liked After Earth too, so my opinion is not worth much here.

Not at all. Your taste seems consistent and perhaps that's useful.

I'm looking for some quality movie recommendations.

Could you provide a short list of movies you disliked?

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post #55 of 247
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i felt this movie was a miss. neat concept, that i could have bought into, but i felt like the 'hand to hand' combat was pointless. maybe they cut some stuff out that explained it, but i couldn't understand why they didn't use the powerful weapons from the start. seemed like every fight was a couple minutes of wrestling, destroying tons of property, followed by 5-10seconds of using a 'gun' or sword. why not start with the sword?

i guess this is the problem with any futuristic movie, when we see incredibly advanced technology, you assume all technology would advance. ie, why do the pilots even need to be inside the robots? no more wifi in the future?
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Originally Posted by fierce_gt View Post

i felt this movie was a miss. neat concept, that i could have bought into, but i felt like the 'hand to hand' combat was pointless. maybe they cut some stuff out that explained it, but i couldn't understand why they didn't use the powerful weapons from the start. seemed like every fight was a couple minutes of wrestling, destroying tons of property, followed by 5-10seconds of using a 'gun' or sword. why not start with the sword?

i guess this is the problem with any futuristic movie, when we see incredibly advanced technology, you assume all technology would advance. ie, why do the pilots even need to be inside the robots? no more wifi in the future?
Oh come on, didn't you ever watch Voltron? (at least I think it was Voltron). Even though I haven't seen PR yet, your spoilers indicate it's a sort of homage to Voltron and an amalgam of Japanese Kaiju movies and Giant Robot cartoons.

I loved those as a kid, but even as a kid, I found myself thinking, "Why do they always insist on taking such a pummeling before using the danged sword? If they had any brains at all, the moment they meet an opponent, FORM BLAZING SWORD! already. Hmmm... I guess that would make for very short, boring cartoons though".

Then, when I was a little older, I had an epiphany, reading the sage words of wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes. When Calvin asked his Dad why he had to do all the crummy chores, his dad replied, "Suffering builds character". LOL!

I can't wait for PR on 3D BD. I'm well aware that I'll probably have to check my brain as I put down the remote after hitting play, but as with Tron:Legacy and the Transformers movies, I'm not expecting award winning acting and storylines, I'm just expecting a turn-off-brain, audio visual thrill ride. That's the great thing about Ralph, he can review movies for what they are, be they popcorn entertainment, or something more, vs. the reviewers who review everything, (including a film about giant robots fighting giant monsters) in comparison to Driving Miss Daisy and Ghandi.


Max
post #56 of 247
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I can't wait for PR on 3D BD. I'm well aware that I'll probably have to check my brain as I put down the remote after hitting play, but as with Tron:Legacy and the Transformers movies, I'm not expecting award winning acting and storylines, I'm just expecting a turn-off-brain, audio visual thrill ride. That's the great thing about Ralph, he can review movies for what they are, be they popcorn entertainment, or something more, vs. the reviewers who review everything, (including a film about giant robots fighting giant monsters) in comparison to Driving Miss Daisy and Ghandi.
Max


Greetings,

Thank you Max. I do try and really appreciate your support as well as that of the AVS Forum community. smile.gif


Regards,
post #57 of 247
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Originally Posted by tleavit View Post

I was able to see this movie at Cinetopia on a 80' screen in Dobly Atmos an it was probably the most disappointing movie I have seen in years. I consider myself a huge Guillermo Del Toro fan since pan's labyrinth and this movie failed for me. I was looking for his usual amazing artistic hand that usually shows up and the move was nothing most the extremely over CGi'd blurring. I'm the type of person that generally loves every action move I see so its saying something that I walked out this move unhappy and my wife was even more so to the point of being ticked off I took her to it.

Consider that as a child, some of my favorite cartoons were for example Robotech, Voltron, Star Blazers and transformers.

Agreed and I miss all of these cartoons!
post #58 of 247
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Originally Posted by djbluemax1 View Post


Oh come on, didn't you ever watch Voltron? (at least I think it was Voltron). Even though I haven't seen PR yet, your spoilers indicate it's a sort of homage to Voltron and an amalgam of Japanese Kaiju movies and Giant Robot cartoons.

I loved those as a kid, but even as a kid, I found myself thinking, "Why do they always insist on taking such a pummeling before using the danged sword? If they had any brains at all, the moment they meet an opponent, FORM BLAZING SWORD! already. Hmmm... I guess that would make for very short, boring cartoons though".

Then, when I was a little older, I had an epiphany, reading the sage words of wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes. When Calvin asked his Dad why he had to do all the crummy chores, his dad replied, "Suffering builds character". LOL!

I can't wait for PR on 3D BD. I'm well aware that I'll probably have to check my brain as I put down the remote after hitting play, but as with Tron:Legacy and the Transformers movies, I'm not expecting award winning acting and storylines, I'm just expecting a turn-off-brain, audio visual thrill ride. That's the great thing about Ralph, he can review movies for what they are, be they popcorn entertainment, or something more, vs. the reviewers who review everything, (including a film about giant robots fighting giant monsters) in comparison to Driving Miss Daisy and Ghandi.


Max



+1
post #59 of 247
Saw it in theaters last summer, found myself grinning ear to ear ... everyone says check you brains at the door, I say I am amazed by how far CGI has come and its freaking magical that you cant distinguish reality from fantasy in some of these types of movies. So instead of checking your brain at the door give props to those who make this magic! Just totally hats off to the ARITSTS who create this stuff it's like being a kid again for me. Ok so the plot isnt SOOOO deep and meaningful but come on folks for $8 and 2 hrs of serious kick ass entertainment what do you want? You know the type of movie your gonna get, if you want a deep meaningful movie go watch something else. Its a summer action blockbuster and it scored a 10 in that category for me. smile.gif
post #60 of 247
Pretty much every one of my friends couldn't stand this movie, always talking about how unrealistic and full of plot holes it is. If you go to see a movie like this and you're expecting it to make sense then you're missing the point imo. Yes it isn't going to be nominated for any awards due to its ridiculous premise, dozens of plot holes, and mostly terrible acting, but that's not why you see this movie. You see it to watch Optimus Prime beat up Godzilla!
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