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Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides - Netflix DVD - I know I'm late to the party on this one, but I have been watching a lot of my DVD's/BR again with my new system to enjoy them once again so forgive me for the "lateness" of this review.

Well this is the fourth installment of the Pirates franchise. IMHO it is the worst one so far. I really wanted to like it, I really did. However it actually took me two days (or two watching sessions) as I fell asleep the first time. It really is just a rehash of all of the other Pirates. I really enjoy the Capt. Jack Sparrow character but this movie just did not have that "spark" in this fourth film like he did in the first three. This installment just did not live up to the level of the other three films. The first one is still my favorite with each successive film loosing a little to the previous one. Just did not live up to expectations in my book. Glad I did not blind buy this one and that my compulsiveness did not lead me to purchase this film to complete the series. 2.5/5

Regards,

RTROSE

Hi RT,
Thought I was the only one who thought that the fourth installment was poor. The first three were of high quality, the first being far and away the best but I didn't even watch the end of Stranger Tides. Really boring and Depp and Cruz just float through two hours of my life I will never get back. Even in 3D it's a 1.5/5.
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Just got my new 63" plasma on the wall in my newly completed room. Speakers not connected yet, and no other equipment installed either, but couldn't resist giving it a try, so quickly coupled up the new bluray player and popped in the BD version of Finding Nemo I just purchased off EBay. Watched about 20 minutes of it with our 2 1/2 year old - then he went to bed and the wife and I finished watching it

Love that movie - especially Ellen Degeneres' character, Dorie (and most of all when she tries to speak whale - cracks me up every time!!!). Definite 5/5 for us
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Hi RT,
Thought I was the only one who thought that the fourth installment was poor. The first three were of high quality, the first being far and away the best but I didn't even watch the end of Stranger Tides. Really boring and Depp and Cruz just float through two hours of my life I will never get back. Even in 3D it's a 1.5/5.

RT/Dingaling,
I have to agree; watched this at the cinema, and I fell asleep!
Compared to the first three, a real let down (IMO not unusual for sequels once they get to #3 and beyond)
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Just got my new 63" plasma on the wall in my newly completed room. Speakers not connected yet, and no other equipment installed either, but couldn't resist giving it a try, so quickly coupled up the new bluray player and popped in the BD version of Finding Nemo I just purchased off EBay. Watched about 20 minutes of it with our 2 1/2 year old - then he went to bed and the wife and I finished watching it

Love that movie - especially Ellen Degeneres' character, Dorie (and most of all when she tries to speak whale - cracks me up every time!!!). Definite 5/5 for us

Finding Nemo on Blu
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Have to agree...Pirates is a dead franchise at this point. Although I would say that for me Stranger tides was better than Pirates 3. That speaks to how much I hated At World's End more than me liking Stranger Tides. Time for Disney to find another ride to make into a feature length movie. Peter Pan would make a great movie I think
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Watched In Time with JT. Ok, let me be kind and say that the premise was interesting. Acting was wooden and plot holes you could fall into. at it's best, 2/5. Pretty lame really. Ymmv

I liked it. I am easily amused.
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Finding Nemo on Blu


Sorry, my mistake - it is DVD - guess I got confused because the picture quality was fantastic. Much better than I ever recall it being.
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Rewatched The Dark Knight since I haven't watched it on the system yet. I know the movie had a lot of bass from reading but was still surprised. A great movie regardless that I can watch over and over. It did help prove that swapping the LR speakers and subs positions' helped a lot with bass distribution in the room. used to be dead zone in the center but now can really feel those subs working
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I liked it. I am easily amused.

Hi Brad, I'm normally easily amused as well. For some reason this one just didn't work for me. I guess that it took a lot of influence from the 70s show Logans Run but it just fell short. Then again, i loved Hugo so I must be strange. Oh, and the entire latest series of Battlestar Galactica.... Now that's quality Sci Fi
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Sorry, my mistake - it is DVD - guess I got confused because the picture quality was fantastic. Much better than I ever recall it being.

No worries, you had me there for a sec thinking I fell asleep and woke up moths later. Just think how you felt about the DVD then, that the Blu at the end of this year should be at the top of most critic's list of reference blu's. At least I hope it will be. Can't wait for quite a few scenes in particular in regards to the BASS that movie had.
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^^^^I have found that a lot of the Pixar offerings were reference DVD's when they came out and they have continued that with superb BR offerings as well. The Incredibles is a great BR transfer as is Cars. The others are no slouches either.

Finding Nemo should be another fantasic BR from Pixar.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Finding Nemo should be another fantasic FouR

Cool. "Fantastic Four 3: Rise of Nemo"
staring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Gould, Ellen DeGeneres
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Watched John Adams (2009)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 8.7/10, rotten tomatoes 90%)
I'd seen most of this on television years ago.
This time I watched it with "facts are stubborn things" feature turned on which pops up bits of history throughout the movie, which helped make a already good film more interesting.
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Contagion - Netflix DVD - I really had high hopes for this movie lots of A list actors/actresses good plot, interesting concept, and a topic that can get most reaching for the Lysol and hand sanitizer. It was a good movie, just not a great one. It really had potential, but just fell a little flat. Other than some scientific points I think the movie took liberties with, I think it was a pretty realistic look into what might happen should a real "world killer" pandemic break out. There is fodder for just about anybody in this film. Government coverups, conspiracy theories, bloggers, big government, big corporations, anti capitalism so no matter where your thought processes lie you can find something in this movie that you can identify with. I do like how the movie plot moved, it was not fast paced, but was appropriate and some of the sequences were really well done. I can't vouch for the surround sound and LFE as I watched this on my family room setup. Worth a rental but not a buy. 3/5

Regards,

RTROSE
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The Hunger Games - 4/5

I've been waiting for this movie since I read the books a couple years ago. I really enjoyed the first book (but not so much the second two in case you're interested). However, with any movie that's based on a book, I'm concerned about how well it will play out. But I was particularly concerned with this one because so much of the book was based on the thoughts of the main character. Well, turns out there was no need for concern. Gary Ross did a fabulous job with this novel. I was really sucked in, and about middle way through the movie, I realized I was anxious about what was happening. Yep, even though I already knew what was going to happen I had a knot in my stomach (I did skip lunch which may have had something to do with that )

I don't want to give away much of the movie in the event you haven't read the books, but if you've considered watching the movie, you probably know all about it already. The Hunger Games are a gladiator style fight to the death, except children are the gladiators. This is the first movie I've seen that truly made me squirm during the violent scenes. Don't get me wrong, this was handled very tastefully in the movie. The scenes were brief, and didn't show any real gore, but you know what was happening, and that was enough to get the point across. If you've got kids, it's tough couple minutes to watch.

Now for the catches that keep me from giving this a 5. I think it will be tough for someone that hasn't read the books to get the full impact. Again, so much of the book happened inside the main character's mind that just can't be translated to the screen. The next one is a big one for me. The director went with a shaky camera style that bordered on making me motion sick at times. During the violent scenes it made sense because they didn't need to show the gruesome bits. But during the rest of the move, it was just annoying.

All-in-all, I enjoyed this movie a great deal, and would highly recommend it. I would also recommend you read the first book before going to the theater (and the cliff's notes for the second and third book).

EDIT: After thinking about this a bit more, I realized that I should point out that as a parent you should probably go watch this movie before letting your kids see it. Everyone is different, and you need to be able to make an educated decision about what your kids see. I've read a few things online where parents have blindly taken their 13 year old to see this only to have them traumatized and crying throughout the movie. That seems a little extreme to me, but better safe than sorry.
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War Horse- Well done. Not destined to be a classic, but only just off that mark. What stood out to me most was the very well done audio. Intense as anything when it was called for!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Encounter at Farpoint , Hardly notice the framing, pretty good restoration for the first episode of the series... had a lot of room to grow and it did.
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Watched John Adams (2009)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 8.7/10, rotten tomatoes 90%)
I'd seen most of this on television years ago.
This time I watched it with "facts are stubborn things" feature turned on which pops up bits of history throughout the movie, which helped make a already good film more interesting.

I've watched the whole series at least 3 times. Pretty good stuff. The book is a little hero worshippy though - but I think that's just David McCollough's style.
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Watched 13 Assassins last night. Talk about 'chr blood n guts - as only the Samurai warrior can.
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Watched 2012 Saturday night.

Why does every cell phone signal that dies have the "no dial tone" sound?
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The Muppets 2011 - Netflix DVD - Well I have mixed feelings/emotions after watching the newest installment of the Muppets. I truly loved the Muppets as a kid and still have very fond memories of watching all of their antics on the "little screen". I fact I still love the "classic" Muppets. This newest installment tries to capture the magic of yesteryear and find a new bunch of youngsters and the young at heart. While I really like the movie and it was a gallant attempt to capture the "Muppet Magic" it fell just short of that for me. There were some chuckle out loud moments and high points the typical muppet zaniness just was not there. I did think they did a really good job with the musical numbers and the cast was well done and thought out. The only one who really seemed misplaced in the whole thing was Jack Black. I thought he was a poor choice as the "Celebrity Host", I had hoped they would bring back a star that had actually hosted the original Muppets. Not that I don't like Jack Black, just thought he was an odd choice. I really wanted the new Muppets to hit a "home run" but I think in my book it was just a double. 3.25/5 maybe a 3.75/5 for making me think about my childhood memories of the original Muppets.

Regards,

RTROSE
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^^^ I thought the Muppet Movie was pretty good. At least a 4. The Jack Black thing worked for me.
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What age do you guys think the muppet movie hits best? Got a 6.5 & 3.5 year old and always like family movie night suggestions. Worried the 3 year old might get bored. Though he likes physical comedy (he was dying during a 3 stooges trailer a while back), not sure how much this incarnation of the muppets plays into that.
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My 7 year old boys loved it. We love it at 42 and 47. Mine would not have liked it at 3.
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Man, I've had enough Jack Black for about forever. YMMV.
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Not sure if you have seen 'the castle' yet but that's another quintessential Aussie film. Its a story about the compulsory acquisition of a mans home to make way for an airport extension.

Watched The Castle (1997)
and it's your fault!

2.7/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 7.5/10, rotten tomatoes 90%)
I was smiling all the way through it.
It was a low budget film, B-movie at most, but it pulled it off nicely regardless.

Some minor bad language, but nothing to worry about I think. The 1993 film "Much Ado About Nothing" with Kenneth Branagh had some nudity but it's polite and playful nudity and nothing to worry about with the grandparents. Similarly The Castle's bad language is strangely polite and not much to worry about with the grandparents. (Strangely it's rated R for language)

The Castle was filmed in 11 days on a budget of A$19,000.
It grossed A$10,326,428 at the box office in Australia and was Eric Bana's first film (really minor character, but spottable).
The name Kerrigan was chosen for the family so that tow trucks for the film could be borrowed from an existing Melbourne tow truck company with that name.

About half way through the film I did a little internet surfing about the film, and came across this "Also interspersed in the film are many references to famous Australian Constitutional Law Cases, such as Mabo and the Tasmanian Dams Case." So I looked up the "Tasmanian Dams Case" and read a bit while the film progressed. A little later on in the film the narrator asks "I don't know if you've ever heard of the Tasmanian Dams Case ..." and I was sitting there nodding vigorously ! The Nine Network, previously mentioned in this thread for running "Sea Patrol", made an appearance.

In North America, compulsory acquisition is known as 'eminent domain' or 'expropriation'. There's an interesting case going on in Canada right now about that.

I saw the US version. In the US version, there were several minor changes to dialogue. "Rissole" was changed to "meatloaf", "two-stroke" was changed to "diesel", references to the Australian TV show Hey Hey It's Saturday were changed to Funniest Home Videos, and the brand names of the various cars in the driveway were changed from Australian (Camira) to American ones (Corolla).

A good bit of fun.

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I do not want to know the person who does not like this movie. It is so heartwarming; more so than a puppy
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There you go Bob.... Good to broaden the horizons of you foreign movie appreciators! Amazing how we still change our films to make them more understandable for the rest of the world. Refreshing to hear that you took the time to check out some of the local references yourself. It's a bugbear of mine how we lose a part of our identity by Americanising our films. Not sure if you have seen beneath hill 60 but it's a great Aussie movie about Our engineers in WW1. I had previously recommended Gallipoli and Muriel's Wedding but reception was Luke warm at best. There are lots of our films out there apart from Australia (trash) and Crocodile Dundee. Here Endeth the sermon. Time for a cold beer and to throw a shrimp on the Barbie!
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Immortals- very disappointed. Enough said.
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beneath hill 60

Saw that one.
"The Dish" I watch once a year.
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Watched The Iron Lady (2011)
1.2/5 (amazon 3/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 53%)
What a waste. Fantastic actress. Huge budget. Incredible real life story of a powerful woman.
So 90% of the film is about as an elderly frail figure dealing with dementia, talking to the ghost of her deceased husband.
Thatcher was one of the most significant political figures of the 20th century and a film about her life is very much needed. This is not it.
I wanted to see a biopic that told the story of Margaret Roberts, the daughter of a humble shopkeeper who rose to be the most powerful female leader in the world. I wanted to see how she developed her political philosophy. I wanted to see how she dealt with crisis. Her great accomplishments, and the struggle and politics to achieve them. I wanted history. Nope. Short incomplete flashbacks and lots of a a senile old woman.
Even if they'd taken a negative view of the during and aftereffects, but set the film from 1979 to 1990 that would have been something. But to set it 2009 to 2010, when she's anything but the Iron Lady, ...
It's not a film about Thatcher.
I don't know what it's for.
What a waste.

The 1.2 score is
a) 15 minutes of flashbacks divided by 1.75 hours gives 0.14/5
b) plus 1 for meryl streep
c) giving a total of 1.2 (1.1 is a bit harsh)
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