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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Rewatched Finding Nemo - My boys bought me the BR for fathers day. I always thought that FN was a reference DVD, and my opinion is that it is a reference BR as well. Excellent visuals, and audio. More LFE than I remember, submarine scene, and when the boat speeds off come to mind as of course the "tank tap" scene as well. Still holding its own, and an excellent movie to boot.

Watch the Finding Nemo BR last night. It's one of the perfect movies to show off both your TV and your Speakers. The 'tank tap' scene surprised me with the BOOM of the tapping the fish hear, then the contrast of the 'tink' from outside the tank. Poor fishys!
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Watched Yangtse Incident (1957)
3.4/5 (amazon 4.5/5, imdb 6.5/10)

On 19 April 1949, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Amethyst sails up the Yangtze River on her way to Nanking, the Chinese capital, to deliver supplies to the British Embassy. Suddenly, without warning, People's Liberation Army (PLA) shore batteries open fire and after a heavy engagement, Amethyst lies grounded in the mud and badly damaged. Fifty-four of her crew are dead, dying or seriously wounded while others deteriorate from the tropical heat and the lack of essential medicines. The local Communist official Colonel Peng (played by Akim Tamiroff) is adamant: either accept responsibility for the entire incident, or the Amethyst will remain his prisoner.

After an attempt by HMS Consort to tow Amethyst off the mud bank fails, Lieutenant Commander John Kerans (played by Richard Todd) decides to risk steaming down the Yangtze at night without a pilot or suitable charts. After some subtle alterations to the ship's outline to try to disguise her, Amethyst slips her cable and headed downriver in the dark following a local merchant ship, which Amethyst uses to show the way through the shoals and distract the PLA.

Having finally broken through the boom at the mouth of the river, she sends a signal to HMS Concord: "Have rejoined the fleet south of Woosung ... No major damage... No casualties....God save the King."

Based on a true story. Shot on HMS Amethyst.

Also staring William Hartnell, who would go on to play Dr Who.
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Ted - Ummm.......pointless and worthless. The funniest part of the movie was when they did the Saturday Night Fever dance scene parody which made me think immediately of the Airplane! Saturday Night Fever dance scene parody which made me laugh out loud. That was the only time in doing so. 1/5 and that is being generous for the dance scene.

Ted was on television.
I'm so so glad I didn't pay money for this. I have no intention of buying it.
Fast forwarded through a lot of it. I'd DVRed it, and to restore my sanity I watched other things during it and then returned to it until it was over when I thankfully deleted it.
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Watched Convoy (1940)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.6/5, imdb 6.6)
Shot during WWII with real ships, this is a bit of a propaganda piece.
The acting is not great, but passable. The character development is not great. The plot described below as being about a love triangle, as far as I'm concerned isn't the plot.
But the tactics of the Germans caught me by surprise, three times -- which made the movie.

"The film follows the crew of the Royal Navy Cruiser, HMS Apollo as she departs for her tour doing escort duties in the North Sea.Many of the scenes were filmed under wartime conditions and as to drama of this film. A must see film for those who like a film to be a true depicition of life in the Royal Navy during the war. The film also embodies the true British spirit that was so evident at the time our country was almost on its knees. It leaves you feeling it's great to be British. The director Pen Tennyson made only a few films before being killed during the Second World War."

During World War II Captain Armitage is returning home after a long tour of duty with his crew aboard the Flagship. When they reach port a dashing young officer arrives asking to urgently speak to the Captain. But the two men are not strangers, for the new recruit is the man who broke up Captain Armitage's marriage and ran away with his wife. He delivers the Captain new orders, he and his crew must set an urgent course to intercept and escort a fleet of merchantmen back to England. When one ship fails to join the Convoy Captain Armitage is distraught when he realises the ship, which is being directly threatened by the Nazis, carries his ex-wife among its passengers.

Propaganda being: British are good buddies who sacrifice themselves for the good of their fellows when needed and England Rules The Waves Thank You Very Much, and Germans are sneaky devils who really like Hitler with no seriously redeeming qualities and are a seriously dangerous adversary. Given it was filmed during WWII, this is quite expected. The Bismarck would be sunk next year in May 1941.
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PT 109


3/5 stars

Great true story about a young JFK however the movie did drag out scenes that it didnt need to which pushed the movie to 2hrs &20 mins. If you have the time to kill it is worth a watch. Other reports validate JFK's heroism in the face of this crisis and you can read about it instead here. http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2003/summer/pt109.html
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I caught about half of PT109 on TCM or AMC a month or so ago, need to catch and dvr it. when it comes back... Fired up my old Toshiba A1 HD-DVD player and watched U2: Rattle & Hum Ratings: 7.1/10 and Serenity Ratings: 7.9/10 in the little theater room. (73" 720p FPTV) ...
post #7717 of 7853
Monsters U 4/5
Most recent Pixar movies for me have been good but not great. Monster's U I think is almost as good as the first one. I think they did a good job of it and filled in the back story of these characters nicely. The kids loved it too.

Identity Thief 3/5
Cute movie if predictable. This was my wife's choice last night and I didn't mind it. I do really like Melissa McCarthy and I'm a big Mike and Molly fan (no pun intended) so I may be biased.

Tron: Legacy 3.5/5
I got this as part of my birthday, it's a visual and audio feast with a mediocre story. Great demo material although I need to do more tuning on my sub (close ports) or leave my sub door open as the acoustic fabric was vibrating.
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4.75 / 5 stars

One of my all time favorite sports comedies.
Edited by alittletank - 7/15/13 at 12:15pm
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Originally Posted by alittletank View Post


4.75 / 5 stars

One of my all time favorite sports comedies.

That moniker was on the billboard? Translation please.
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I don't understand what you are asking for. I am saying that Major League is one of my favorite sports movies that are ment to be funny.
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Your post does not say Major League. It says MV5BMTcyMDE5nzIxMv5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDUwNzeoMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317 with a .jpg at the end. Possibly you are linking to a picture file on your computer that we can't see.
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oh ok...and now?
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Yep, it's showing now.
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Originally Posted by alittletank View Post

oh ok...and now?

All 2,000px × 2,536px (scaled to 1,264px × 1,603px) is there....
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Well crap, i just cant win
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Originally Posted by alittletank View Post

Well crap, i just cant win

There should be a thumbnail you can use instead smile.gif
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If it's any consolation, I don't have a problem with the embedded image. I never resize images before I upload them. To each his own, though.
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Lets see, been uber busy at work with little time for the theater but have managed to squeeze in some movie watching on the "little screen".

Life of Pi - Netflix DVD - Hmmm..........Was trying to keep an open mind and not have any preconceptions or expectations. Well that was a good thing. Was completely surprised by what this movie was. I think why it resonates with people is that is that underlying storyline that your not sure which storyline is the true storyline. A very interesting story with great visuals, some were "trippy" as my youngest son called it. I don't know about all of you, but I thought in parts that Richard Parker was very poorly done, to the point of being distracting (especially some of the water sequences) but while that was a visual eye sore the actual story line made up for it. A very unique movie that strays away from the normal blow stuff up, popcorn flick profanity laced fare. I would tell everyone to check it out. For those of us that like to discuss movies could provide many thought provoking conversations. Worth a look see. 3.5/5

21 Jump Street - Uverse HDDVR - Ummm......I'll put this in the same class as Ted, but it was not as bad as Ted, but only slightly better. A couple of laugh out loud moments but nothing awe inspiring. 2.5/5


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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

The Impossible - 5/5 - Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor take the lead in this movie about a family that survives the 2005 Tsunami that hit Thailand. This is a movie that will grab your gut and heart, twist them, and then hold them hostage for 90 minutes while you watch this family persevere through this incredible event.

Watched The Impossible (2012)
3.3/5 (amazon 4.4/5 heavily weighted towards 5 with most of the 1's about streaming problems, imdb 7.6/10, rotten tomatoes 81%)

Because of this review I've had this BluRay in my 'to watch queue' for a while. I figured I'd have to be in the mood for it.
Had some company over last night, who went through a few suggestion movies, and they grabbed this one.
They rated it 4/5. Thought it was quite realistic. Kept their attention all the time. Shocking. After watching it, I read robinix's review above, and it was agreed that was very accurate.
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Pacific Rim - 4/5

I thought this movie was a lot of fun, but be warned, those hoping for a deep character driven plot need not apply. This movie reminds me a lot Transformers 1. It even has a couple goofy, almost cringe worthy characters. However, for the shear spectacle of the thing, you'll have a hard time finding its equal this summer. If you like this genre, or maybe it's just this recipe, you owe yourself a trip to theater to see this one on the really big screen! The theater I was in was small, the seats were cramped, the screen wasn't nearly big enough, and the audio was mediocre, but I forgot about all of that withn minutes!

Anyone that has seen a preview knows the plot. Giant monsters from the sea invade earth, and humanity's only chance for salvation are equally plus sized robots. Each robot is controlled by a pair of pilots that are linked mentally. I dont think anyone will be surprised at how the plot develops around this, but refer to the previous paragraph smile.gif For a first viewing, the CGI looked amazing, although most scenes with robots and monsters were at night, so a multitude of sins could be hiding in there and I just didn't notice. With the previous warnings in mind, I will make this concession. It's clear Del toro was trying to make the audience care about the characters, and he may have succeeded more thoroughly under different circumstances. However, I think it was overshadowed by the spectacle of what was going on, and just missed the mark there. To sum it up, I thought it was a fun ride from beginning to end. I would go see it again tomorrow if I had the time!
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Watched Broken City (2013)
2.7/5 (amazon 3.1/5, imdb 6.1/10, Rotten Tomatoes: 29%)

"ex-cop Billy Taggart (Mark Wahlberg) seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure, the mayor (Russell Crowe). Billy's relentless pursuit of justice as hired-by-the-mayor private eye with camera, matched only by his streetwise toughness, makes him an unstoppable force and the mayor's worst nightmare."

The disk menu's, English/French and then the main menu, were awful. It's impossible to tell what is being selected and what is not. I ended up guessing wrong, ejecting, and guessing "the other one" to get where I wanted.

As one of the producers, Mark Wahlberg offered the role of Billy Taggart to Michael Fassbender, but when he declined, Wahlberg ended up playing the part himself.

The movie itself is pretty much as advertised in the television trailer, no surprises, no mistakes, no memorable lines, reasonably filmed, reasonably acted, an ok thing.

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)
Gross: $19,692,608
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Watched Phantom (2013)
2.9/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 5.8/10, rotten tomatoes 41%)

Ed Harris (The Abyss), David Duchovny (The X-Files) and William Fichtner star in PHANTOM, a Cold War-era suspense thriller about a Soviet submarine captain, haunted by his past, who is forced to lead a covert mission that could spark a global nuclear war. Written and directed by Todd Robinson (White Squall).


About 80 percent of the movie was shot aboard the former Soviet B-39 submarine owned by the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
The Maritime Museum bought and moved the B-39 from a Canadian consortium which purchased the decommissioned boat from the Russians in 1995.
Filmmakers say it is probably the first submarine movie shot on an actual sub. They used a compact digital camera weighing about 4 lbs, which allowed them to film in the tight corners of a real-life submarine.

The movie itself is a little better than advertised in the television trailer, but still no surprises, no mistakes, reasonably filmed, reasonably well acted, an ok thing.
All of the Russians are played by Americans who, with the exception of William Fichtner, never remotely attempt an accent.
The metaphysical post-ending is far from great, but I didn't object to it.
A tautly plotted motion picture where big men are facing bigger odds. The actors did what they could with a dry script. It was fine, not great, not silly; fine.

"There are only 2 reasons for a boat to go rogue. One is to defect and the other is to start a war and I don't think we're defecting."

Was in theatres March 1 2013.

Rumor has it that in 1968, China had only one Golf style submarine operational. It did NOT have launch capabilities. They wouldn't develop that until 1970. The second problem is that nuclear bombs have signature. We could figure out the difference between a crude Chinese graphite reactor bomb and a slightly more sophisticated Russian bomb. So the premise of the film while interesting, doesn't seem plausible. Another possible film goof was when they encountered the USS Skipjack. The Skipjack was stationed out of Norfolk and operated in that area in 1968. The submarine in the Pacific was the USS Swordfish, i.e. a Skipjack class sub, but not the Skipjack itself. As near as I could tell they got the submarine terminology and capability correct.
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:Watched Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines, Ratings: 6.4/10 HD Dvd (have it in Blu also) one of my faves, 8.5/10 my rating... lots of action and good effects for it's day.
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Just discovered this thread and have subscribed. You can't beat the input on old and new movies here. As I am building my room and acquiring equipment, I have been picking up some BR discs that will be a blast to watch and listen to on my new system. Although there are probably not that many Metallica fans around here, I thought I would share this. I sat down and watched this for the first time this weekend and was blown away (just on my computer with my Bose QC's on). Needless to say, the disc has been ordered and one day I will enjoy this thing "full tilt" in my media room. eek.gif

If you are a fan of Metallica and haven't seen this yet, I personally can guarantee your satisfaction! ENJOY!

Metallica: Francais Pour Une Nuit
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For some reason, Gravity is just not striking a chord with me.
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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 1"
1 star out of 5

I enjoyed the first six movies. Some more than others but they were all good popcorn flicks. Then along came the first of the two part ending. Words fail me on how utterly boring this film was. The entire movie centered on the protagonists running away. Absolutely zero action till the very end and even that was anti-climatic. I would have turned it off except my daughter loves the series. This led us into...

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
2 stars out of five

Back to the action we've come to expect from the franchise but it came with a cost. Sure, there were the usual twist, turns, and explanations. But all the main characters showing up in one movie meant there was little time for any character development. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson just seemed to show up to be shown in the film and nothing more. The final showdown between Harry Potter and Voldomort was, in my opinion, anti-climatic. And here's my nagging problem with the whole film series. I wasn't able to accept Harry as the great wizard everybody thought he was. Sure there were a few epic battles (most notably his one-on-one with the giant snake) but he never hit me more than anything but a C+ wizard. Probably just me.
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Originally Posted by smudge981 View Post

...but he never hit me more than anything but a C+ wizard. Probably just me.
It's not just you, but his average qualities are deliberate; they're what make him like the audience, and they reinforce the theme that his triumph comes through love and cooperation, not physical superiority.
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

For some reason, Gravity is just not striking a chord with me.

I saw the trailer at the Cinerama in Seattle and got goosebumps. Scale will really matter with this movie I think.
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Originally Posted by robnix View Post

I saw the trailer at the Cinerama in Seattle and got goosebumps. Scale will really matter with this movie I think.

Perhaps. I saw the trailer at the local cineplex as well. My initial reaction was, "how will they fill a feature length film based on this." I'm not saying it won't be a great movie, I'm just not feeling it yet. It may grow on me as it gets closer.
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