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The ariel scenes bring the film up

Ooh, I would not have expected this

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I really didn't want to rent (and have to return today or tomorrow) Red Tails, will rent next set of days off... catching up on AGT, hope to get to more Hell on Wheels later tonight.
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RTROSE, dfergie, Brad:
Odds are one of you will love Red Tails.
I have no idea which.


Watched Cronicle (2011)
2/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 7.2/10, rotten tomatoes 75%)
It would have been lower, except the last 15 minutes redeemed it a a bit.

This is the one where the three high school students slowly develop telekinetic powers.

Depressing content. Delivered in a BlairWitch/Cloverfield 'found footage' style which was interesting once.
I watched it at 1.5 speed with audio, which made it go by at a pace that was barely watchable.

It had a few powers moments in the first 1.25 hours. The last 15 minutes, were action packed, and the characters believable given the previous hour's appalling lack of ethics by most and the life of the main protagonist. These were less than average teenagers.

After all the credits have ended, even after the traditional copyright disclaimer, is the credit: "Waitress ... Vanessa Lee". Odd. One has to watch the credits of films these days because you never know when Nick Fury is gonna show up.

The advertisements at the beginning of the BluRay for Act Of Valor (DVD June 5) and Promethius (theatres this summer) both look great in HD.
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Played Sport's Night (complete series)
2.2/5
Staring Sabrina Lloyd circa 1998.
This was Aaron Sorkin stuff before West Wing.

Played Sliders (seasons 1, 2, 3)
2.2/5
Staring Sabrina Lloyd circa 1995.
There were several episodes that were surprisingly good. I certainly didn't watch them all when they were on television.
But after they killed off John Rhys-Davies (Professor Maximillian P. Arturo) I feel no compulsion to watch the remainder. I seem to recall Sabrina Lloyd (Wade Kathleen Welles) gets captured and killed by the Kromaggs, and Jerry O'Connell (Quinn Mallory) merges and loses himself into his brother-ish. Baa.
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Watched War of the Arrows (2011
2.4/5 (amazon 4.8/5, imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 82%)
subtitled.
Set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea, Nam Yi, the best archer in Korea, goes up against the Qing Dynasty to save his younger sister Ja In - who was dragged away. A little slow, frequently dull, and with subtitles you can't take your eyes off the screen, but it's reasonably well put together, consistent, and an acceptable extremely good archer vs evil story.
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Have been working my way through The League of Gentlemen. Watched them all several years ago, and felt like watching them again. Hard to put a numeric rating on this one - its somewhat hit or miss, some parts are funny, some are just plain strange, but the best parts are both strange and funny - dark humor. Some will love it, some will hate it. Obviously I enjoy it or wouldn't be watching them again.

Also have been watching Bottom - violent, immature slapstick. Right up my alley.

Neither are worth putting on a big screen (iffy video quality), these are my bedtime stories.
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Since Battleship (2012)
(A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. $209 million dollar budget)
wasn't playing within 7 metres of my house,

Played American Warships (2012)
1.9/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 3.1/10)
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. $300 thousand dollar budget. When a fleet of mysterious ships wage war against the Earth, only the crew of the USS Iowa, the last American battleship, can prevent global armageddon.
Staring Mario Van Peebles, Carl Weathers although the two women Johanna Watts and Nikki McCauley are probably the most interesting. Most of the movie is set on the USS Iowa battleship, about to be decomissioned to become a museum when the USS Enterprise carrier battle group is wiped out, along with a few cities. An EMP blasts the Iowa, but fortunately one of the gals, somewhat like the Battlestar Galactica 2004, is there to get the Iowa into 1944 trim without electronics -- which turns out to be handy when all the electronic systems go by by. Also, she brought along a few crates of 16 inch shells for the main guns, complete with explosive warheads, for display use only, and they have a bit of fun rolling them over the deck. The ship was bereft of crew, but fortunately had a spare SEAL team on board to board the invisible alien ships. Let me tell you, invisible alien ships saves a lot of movie making CGI budget. Well, like the 1960's Romulan Warbirds, they have to be visible to fire. A lot of stock footage was used, which really helps -- just don't notice the F-16s taking off, then become F/A-18s and F-15s for the dogfights, and then get shot down as F-16s. Or the Phalanx that sounds like a WWII anti-aircraft gun with a cyclic rate of about 100 rounds-per-minute, as opposed to a phalanx which should have a 4500 rounds per minute rate. Or the lookout who announces a target 383 degrees off the port bow -- which might have been reshot to get the line right if it weren't for the $300,000 budget the movie was aparently made for. The hovering aliens did not remind me of LOL cats.
Unexpectedly, it held interest as a B movie, and although I did stop it to make dinner, at no time did I check to see how much film time remained (which is often the sign of a boring film).
(An Asylum mockbuster production.)
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

Played Sliders (seasons 1, 2, 3)
2.2/5
Staring Sabrina Lloyd circa 1995.
There were several episodes that were surprisingly good. I certainly didn't watch them all when they were on television.
But after they killed off John Rhys-Davies (Professor Maximillian P. Arturo) I feel no compulsion to watch the remainder. I seem to recall Sabrina Lloyd (Wade Kathleen Welles) gets captured and killed by the Kromaggs, and Jerry O'Connell (Quinn Mallory) merges and loses himself into his brother-ish. Baa.

I loved Sliders, have S1 & 2, missed my chance for 3 and will get someday, I liked Kari Wuher when she came on but when they lost Quinn that pretty much killed it ... another one Scifi turned sour after a bit. but also another good series Fox started then killed. (they seem to be good at that) Work and Softball playoffs on TV taking up my movie time, maybe next weekend... (although 110" sports rock also)
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Watched The Grey (2012)
2.7/5 (amazon 3/5 (full spread), imdb 7/10, rotten tomatoes 79%, Decent Films: C+)
A man's movie. A survival film. A plane crash. Portrayal of grief. It's guys jumping off cliffs and being hunted by wolves. Action. Thrills. Adventure. Characters and then character. Man vs nature.
Sort of a cross between Alive (1993) and The Edge (1997).
$25,000,000 budget. Filmed on location just outside the little town of Smithers, B.C. (population 5000, sort of in the middle of northwestern B.C. -- not exactly a tourist spot)
Started off bad (as in 1.5/5 bad, mostly due to annoying camera work and little plot), with at least one character suffering from loss depression. But it got better, hovering into B-movie territory.
Lots of, now that I think about it, more than improbable things happen -- which had I noticed them at the time would have easily made me hate the film, but didn't (There's a nice list in the 1 star ratings at amazon).
Not remotely in Liam Neeson's top 30 films. Liam is turning 60 years old, but doesn't look a day over 55.
In the special features the actors said the director said they wouldn't have to act, just react, due to the horizontal snow. There's a popular rule in Canada -- if the snow is vertical you drive and go to school, if it's horizontal you stay home. I've heard horizontal rain in Kansas is similar. The actors were so cold they couldn't remember their lines. The writer, on set, commented: "I remember thinking when I wrote this that it should be cold. Good plot device. I could have made the peril: bears in a tropical forest -- next time a tropical forest." That said, a lot of the 'snow' is stuck to their skin and doesn't melt.


Quote:


"As long as my knees hold up, I will give action movies about another 18 months, and that will be it. Otherwise, it just gets silly.
-- Liam Neeson

Did he learn anything else from shooting The Grey? Never go near snow again, Neeson said.
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Since Red Dawn (2012)
wasn't playing within 7 metres of my house,

Watched Tomorrow When the War Began (2010)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.4/5, imdb 6.2/10)
When Australia is invaded and their families are taken, seven high school teenagers band together to fight.
Mostly a teenager film for a young adult audience. At least the first half hour is before the invasion, and there's a lot of light romance thereafter.
Based on a book, and the movie is based on the first of ten books, so there's a possibility of a sequel. "Tomorrow When The War Began is required reading for Australian middle school children which means most viewers are familiar with the story before they walked into theaters."
Budget AUD 25,000,000.


Had an advertisement for "The Grey" with Liam Neeson. Looked like something I might like to watch, although it looks like it's so yesterday.


Played The Girl From Tomorrow (seasons 1,2) (1991)
2.5/5 (amazon 4/5, imdb 8.1/10)
I'd seen this on television a couple decades ago.
Alana, a teen-aged girl from the year 3000, finds herself trapped in 1990 Australia with a criminal from the year 2500. Alone, and confused, she befriends a spirited girl named Jenny Kelly. It's a sci-fi kid show. Ultimately it all comes down to kids fighting the bad guy, and using Alana's AI bracelet and transducer (levitate objects and heal wounds). Very cheap special effects.
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watched a couple of old episodes of Archer last night
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Also watched "A Bronze Tale" - pretty good yarn
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

Since Red Dawn (2012)
wasn't playing within 7 metres of my house,

Watched Tomorrow When the War Began (2010)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.4/5, imdb 6.2/10)
When Australia is invaded and their families are taken, seven high school teenagers band together to fight.
Mostly a teenager film for a young adult audience. At least the first half hour is before the invasion, and there's a lot of light romance thereafter.
Based on a book, and the movie is based on the first of ten books, so there's a possibility of a sequel. "Tomorrow When The War Began is required reading for Australian middle school children which means most viewers are familiar with the story before they walked into theaters."
Budget AUD 25,000,000.

Had an advertisement for "The Grey" with Liam Neeson. Looked like something I might like to watch, although it looks like it's so yesterday.

Played The Girl From Tomorrow (seasons 1,2) (1991)
2.5/5 (amazon 4/5, imdb 8.1/10)
I'd seen this on television a couple decades ago.
Alana, a teen-aged girl from the year 3000, finds herself trapped in 1990 Australia with a criminal from the year 2500. Alone, and confused, she befriends a spirited girl named Jenny Kelly. It's a sci-fi kid show. Ultimately it all comes down to kids fighting the bad guy, and using Alana's AI bracelet and transducer (levitate objects and heal wounds). Very cheap special effects.

Hi there BB, I'm an Aussie and support our industry where I can. In the case of 'tomorrow when the war began' I can't put you guys through it. Kind of like neighbours, home and away and red dawn all thrown in a blender... The film was lame. Now, back to my Blu ray collection of Battlestar Galactica.
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We bought and watched Red Tails Saturday night. Not bad though maybe not as good as the trailers might lead you to believe but what else is new. Been working on the sound in the theatre and I was hoping for a little more workout than the picture provided. My father flew out of Italy in WWII and was protected going in and out of targets by the Red Tails so it had some meaning other than pure entertainment to me. Last night was all about catching up on Borgias episodes off our DVR after falling behind while we were on vacation. May have to crank up Private Ryan to work out the sound system today.
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Watched Red Tails last night. It was pretty good movie. The aerial scenes were well done with the right blend of film and CGI. It would be great to be in a formation of those Mustangs! The surround speakers sure got a workout! My sons (15 and 16) really enjoyed it. Overall, a good Lucasfilm flic. 4.0/5.
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Thought Red Tails was just ok, VERY predictable and wish there was a little more action. Otherwise it was watchable. The audio though was incredible, and as stated the surrounds get a nice workout as does the LFE. Had my feet on the ground and could feel the ground shaking quite a bit

Movie 2.5/5
Audio/Video 5/5
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Since the conversation is Red Tails - everyone liked the audio, but no one has mentioned - it was mixed in 12 channels (11.1) as "Auro 11.1". Link I don't know anything about it, really, I just remembered reading about it when it premiered.
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Since the conversation is Red Tails - everyone liked the audio, but no one has mentioned - it was mixed in 12 channels (11.1) as "Auro 11.1". Link I don't know anything about it, really, I just remembered reading about it when it premiered.

Nifty.
It's
a) a traditional 5.1 set up at ear level (not 7.1), and
b) with an additional 5 speakers (L/C/R SR/SL) near the ceiling right above them, and
c) a top dead centre facing down, on the ceiling.

here, pg 11 (obvious) and here (confusing)
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Watched This Means War (2012)
2.2/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 6.4/10, rotten tomatoes 25%)
Reese Witherspoon (born 1976) is a consumer product tester. And then there's the two top young CIA field operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are both dating her. All's fair in love and war, and they bring the resources of the CIA to bear on the relationship -- which I thought would be more fun than it was, but the real fun was whenever she brought her job into the relationship.
You might remember Chris Pine (born 1980) from Unstoppable (the train movie), or that little star trek thing a couple years ago.
There are parts where you will be embarassed to be watching this. I never cared who would win the girl, and frankly I didn't care if she got one of them either. The extra "The Batchelorette Party" had some terrible characters. The alternate endings, well ... I suppose it's nice that they shot a version where the other guy gets the girl, and one where she ends up single and the two guys end up together (the latter described as 'that would have taken a lot of guts to release to theatres').
McG's weakness is in developing character and story, and since this is a romance, oh wait...
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Originally Posted by BasementBob View Post

Nifty.
It's
a) a traditional 5.1 set up at ear level (not 7.1), and
b) with an additional 5 speakers (L/C/R SR/SL) near the ceiling right above them, and
c) a top dead centre facing down, on the ceiling.

here, pg 11 (obvious) and here (confusing)

Interesting articles - Thanks for sharing
Just need 5 more speakers and an Auro 11.1 decoder.

Wide screen review also ran a good article on how best to position speakers for height channels. That article also suggested overhead (VOG, voice-of-god) placement.
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Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol - BR - Late to the party on this one, but finally did get around to watching it (as well as the other MI's). I was cautious going in as it was hyped pretty heavily. I was not disappointed. Pretty good story line, cool gadgets, pretty girls. Excellent use of LFE and surround speakers. LFE was very good without being bloated for no apparent reason. The Kremlin and sand storm scenes were very good examples. Very enjoyable to watch and while predictable not annoyingly so. Having watched all of the MI's now, I'll have to say that the first one is my favorite regarding the story line, Ghost Protocol is my favorite for the "movie experience". MI II and MI III are just about tied as to which one of those I like better. MI Ghost Protocol was a blind buy and I'm glad I bought it. 4/5

In Time - Netflix DVD - Very interesting concept that just never really did "get there" for me. This movie has/had a lot of potential but was pretty much just flat throughout the film. I did like the "fight scene" towards the end of the film an interesting take on "arm wrestling". I did find it had a "creepy factor" when Justin's character kept calling this beautiful woman "mom". Again a Hollywood template of the haves and have nots, class warfare and capitalism is bad. Oh well I digress. I did like the time as a currency theory though and it did make me wonder what "time" my life and belongings are "worth". Good for a rent, but not to buy. 3/5

Regards,

RTROSE
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Watched The Green Lantern the other night...

the film was so-so compared to other comic book adaptations... but i thought the video and audio quality was pretty good.
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Watched The Man from Nowhere (2010)
3.2/5 (amazon 4.6/5, imdb 7.8/10, rotten tomatoes 88%)
I've been seeing advertisements for this on lots of the films I've been buying for a couple years, but since RTROSE didn't do a review it was sort of a blind buy for me. I'm glad I finally did.
This was sort of an Asian version of Léon The Professional (1994), and every bit as action-packed and entertaining. It was also every bit as dark and disturbing. A really good film. The acting was good and there was lots and lots of really good Hapkido. You can imagine the carnage. Not your average rescue the kid movie, watch it and enjoy.
The subtitles are large and clear. When the camera follows him down the long apartment hallway, through the now broken second storey window, and he rolls on the ground with the camera at hip level above the paved street -- good camera work. Rated R for two kinds of violence.

I wonder if the subtitles are an accurate translation.

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Then came the scene where they were finally reunited in the garage. When the little girl ran to him and hugged him, I burst into tears. Very powerful emotional moment. I can safely say that while this was not a very original film, it was indeed a great one.
-- DudeInX
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Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Did you watch the special features?
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Watched The Six Million Dollar Man - The Complete Collection
- Season 3, Episode 17 & 18, "The Secret of Bigfoot (1976)"
- Season 4, Episode 1 & Bionic Woman's "The Return of Bigfoot"
2.5/5 (amazon 5/5, imdb 7/10)
André The Giant as Bigfoot
Stefanie Powers as Shalon.
Although Seasons 1 & 2 have been available for years, seasons 3 on have been impossible to get legally due to copyright issues in North America. TimeLife solved the copyright issues, apparently over a year ago, but didn't tell me. Dimension owned the book "cyborg" and Universal the rights to the television show, but Universal failed to renew distribution rights so they fell back to Dimension, and well, we waited.
I've been a tad obsessed about seeing The Secret Of Bigfoot for more than a decade, and I certainly paid a bunch more than that treat was worth, nonetheless I'm not terribly upset about the money. I enjoyed The Secret Of Bigfoot, even with the cheap special effects. It was kind of funny to hear the commentary talk about the producer going nuts about the writer asking for a hundred foot long twenty foot wide rotating ice tunnel, only to find out that it was already built as a ride -- and seen by the writer.
(The Return Of Bigfoot wasn't nearly as good -- but I didn't know it existed until this morning, and although mentioned it's not in the raiting.)
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Did you watch the special features?

No, but it is on my "To Do" list. Anything that you recommend particularly?

Regards,

RTROSE
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Anything that you recommend particularly?

These are the special features on the 2 disk set
- Mission Accepted
- Heating Up In Dubai
- Vancouver Fisticuffs
- Impossible Missions
- The Sandstorm
- Props
- Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Brad Bird
- Alternate Opening

The 3 disk set has several more special features -- but I don't have that one.

One of the first two shows them removing windows and installing harnesses in the Burj Khalifa (Dubai tall building).
Vancouver Fisticuffs I think has the run from the Kremlin showing the CGI and ground pyrotechnics.
They're all watchable for the film buff.
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I watched the Blu-ray release of 'Contact', the sci-fi story about the SETI project and a transmission of a mysterious message from space.

I'm a huge sci-fi fan, a huge Carl Sagan fan, and I thought this movie was fantastic. The story is chilling in a "what would really happen" kind of way. It gives me chills every time. The score is beautiful.

The transfer seemed fine to me if a little lacking in over the top surround effects and LFE. The extra features are the same as what was on the original DVD. I tried listening to the director and DP's commentary but one of the two of them sounded like he was 50' from the microphone while the other was practically swallowing it. I expected better. That technical fault made the commentary unlistenable.
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I watched the Blu-ray release of 'Contact', the sci-fi story about the SETI project and a transmission of a mysterious message from space.

I'm a huge sci-fi fan, a huge Carl Sagan fan, and I thought this movie was fantastic. The story is chilling in a "what would really happen" kind of way. It gives me chills every time. The score is beautiful.

The transfer seemed fine to me if a little lacking in over the top surround effects and LFE. The extra features are the same as what was on the original DVD. I tried listening to the director and DP's commentary but one of the two of them sounded like he was 50' from the microphone while the other was practically swallowing it. I expected better. That technical fault made the commentary unlistenable.

Contact is an interesting spin on the "alien film" genre. I find that many of the BR transfers of older films lack the care and mastering they deserve and are put on BR for just the sake of getting them on BR. This would have been a good one to put just that little extra into it.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Contact is an interesting spin on the "alien film" genre. I find that many of the BR transfers of older films lack the care and mastering they deserve and are put on BR for just the sake of getting them on BR. This would have been a good one to put just that little extra into it.

Regards,

RTROSE

Well, in fairness, the DVD release was absolutely mind-boggling in an era where some studios were still shipping two-sided discs which interrupted the film, no extras, etc.

I can't imagine that Contact is a huge money-making catalog title for WB so I won't begrudge them. It would be incredible if Criterion picked it up though! Ahhhh, one can dream, right?
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