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I didn't see a thread in this particular forum when I searched so I'll start one and the mods could move it if I'm in error.

Anywho, whatever you would like to say. I'm really looking forward to blind buying this BD (I don't do that often) and watching it ASAP.

I think there are some alternatives to choose from purchasing this title and there might even be some exclusives.

Like I said, whatever you'd like to say! Let's get to it!
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Here's the thread on the movie itself: https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ht=hurt+locker

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I have the studio release from Region B and the picture and sound quality are terrific...very much represents what I saw in the theater. As expected, some terrific bass. As a film, this was one of my favorites of 2009.
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Any reviews on PQ yet? I haven't seen any reviews.

I am surprised this film didn't get a wider release, it was really very good from both an entertainment perspective, and a thoughtful perspective. I believe it was shot with a mixture of video cameras, some at rather lowish resolution if I recall, so I'll be curious to see how it looks on BD. It looked pretty good in the theater.
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I've also had the Region B Blu-ray since last year since last year... the film itself & Blu-ray video/audio quality are all first-rate! The U.S. release should be as good I'd guess. Glad this film is finally getting the recognition it deserves w/it topping most critics' year-end lists & awards. It went largely forgotten last year; maybe poor marketing.

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Many entertainment journalists have documented how Summit botched the marketing of this film last summer. Guess the studio was too busy securing those Twilight dollars to bother with coming up for a proper marketing campaign for this gem. Thankfully the critical support was strong and pervasive enough that the film was never forgotten or taken out of the serious film connoisseur's discourse over the course of the year; it's widely expected to win a deserved best director oscar and is considered one of the top 2 or 3 contenders to bring home the big prize. Hopefully that will get more people to see it. It's really a great action/suspense film with some insightful character study, but for some reason Summit treated it like a typical polemical arthouse anti-war indie - which it's not. At all. - and only released it in the handful of upscale urban theaters where that stuff plays.

The explosions in the film are some of the best ever captured, so I expect the sound to be phenomenal. IIRC, a significant amount of footage was also captured on 16mm so I expect the grain haters to be out in full force on this one.
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This was Super16 right?

Looking forward to seeing it after hearing all the buzz, but I need to decide which release to get, UK Lionsgate or US Summit. Anyone have any thoughts on that?
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Mostly Super16, with some HD video peppered in.
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I have the UK disc, and it is near perfect
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Awesome movie.
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Many entertainment journalists have documented how Summit botched the marketing of this film last summer. Guess the studio was too busy securing those Twilight dollars to bother with coming up for a proper marketing campaign for this gem. Thankfully the critical support was strong and pervasive enough that the film was never forgotten or taken out of the serious film connoisseur's discourse over the course of the year; it's widely expected to win a deserved best director oscar and is considered one of the top 2 or 3 contenders to bring home the big prize. Hopefully that will get more people to see it. It's really a great action/suspense film with some insightful character study, but for some reason Summit treated it like a typical polemical arthouse anti-war indie - which it's not. At all. - and only released it in the handful of upscale urban theaters where that stuff plays.

Yeah, it was very strange. I mean, I'm in Seattle where we are thoroughly inundated (thankfully) with indie films, and I had been aware of this film for some time and was looking forward to seeing it, and by the time I even noticed it was playing in the theater it was literally the last day of a 1-week run. I ran right down there to a mostly empty theater, and I was very impressed with this movie, I have no idea why they didn't push this harder because it is a movie that has very broad appeal. It's effective as a suspense/thriller picture and moves along quite well, and yet what really stuck out for me was the character study and the thoughtfulness of the film particularly the ending, I hadn't really seen that before.

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The explosions in the film are some of the best ever captured, so I expect the sound to be phenomenal. IIRC, a significant amount of footage was also captured on 16mm so I expect the grain haters to be out in full force on this one.

It wasn't super grainy if I recall, partially because it was a very harsh kind of brightish whitish unsaturated look, bright mostly. But then again I am partial to grain anyway, so it doesn't stick out as bothersome to me. I felt like there was quite a bit though shot digitally, and I think there was a lot of that footage that was pretty clean, though I think there was quite a bit shot at rather low-res, but I'm trying to remember vaguely from articles written some time ago.

But I'm very excited to see this on BD.

This movie was so impressive that it made me go right out and rent point break to see what else this woman has done.
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To those who have the UK BR, is it Region Free?

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This movie was so impressive that it made me go right out and rent point break to see what else this woman has done.

Wrong pic--you should have gone with STRANGE DAYS, one of the most underrated films of all time.
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To those who have the UK BR, is it Region Free?

It's region B.

The disc releases on Tuesday in the US.
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Wrong pic--you should have gone with STRANGE DAYS, one of the most underrated films of all time.

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Any reviews on PQ yet? I haven't seen any reviews.

I am surprised this film didn't get a wider release, it was really very good from both an entertainment perspective, and a thoughtful perspective. I believe it was shot with a mixture of video cameras, some at rather lowish resolution if I recall, so I'll be curious to see how it looks on BD. It looked pretty good in the theater.

Gary reviewed it on DVD Beaver.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...er_blu-ray.htm
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Wrong pic--you should have gone with STRANGE DAYS, one of the most underrated films of all time.

Near Dark would have been my choice.
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Gary reviewed it on DVD Beaver.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...er_blu-ray.htm

I still prefer Generation Kill as a whole but I think I have come around to respecting this film for what it is...

Even though I think some of it was lackluster its worth the price of admission for the three or four tense sections defusing bombs. When I saw it in the theater I left feeling antsy and tense having to sit through it...it reminded me of having a mild panic attack.

A Best Buy Steelbook exclusive doesn't hurt much either.
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A Best Buy Steelbook exclusive doesn't hurt much either.

FYI: It's been reported on Blu-ray.com that the steelbook is DVD-sized. As long as this doesn't bother you (it does me), you're good to go.
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FYI: It's been reported on Blu-ray.com that the steelbook is DVD-sized. As long as this doesn't bother you (it does me), you're good to go.

That does bother me.
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Gary reviewed it on DVD Beaver.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...er_blu-ray.htm

Sweet, thanks for the link, it looks very impressive. The screencaps show some very minor blocking in the noise it looks like, which isn't that surprising, but I'm excited it looks really good though. Definitely going to have to check this out again.
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Near Dark would have been my choice.

Over STRANGE DAYS? Everyone's entitled to their opinion and all but no, no, no, no, no.
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Over STRANGE DAYS? Everyone's entitled to their opinion and all but no, no, no, no, no.

Is this the same Strange Days with Ralph Fiennes & Tom Sizemore from the mid-90's?
Loved that movie. Very dark both in story and picture.
Come to think of it, that would be an excellent candidate for BD.

 

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This was an excellent action/tension/drama/adventure/military movie. I'm really really looking forward to the blu. This was overlooked by so many people this summer. I'm surprised this saw a summer release.

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Is this the same Strange Days with Ralph Fiennes & Tom Sizemore from the mid-90's?
Loved that movie. Very dark both in story and picture.

One and the same, yes.
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^^^^^
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Placed my order for The Hurt Locker.
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ever blind buy but what the hell.

 

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FYI: It's been reported on Blu-ray.com that the steelbook is DVD-sized. As long as this doesn't bother you (it does me), you're good to go.

The regular Blu-ray release looks DVD sized as well. This bothers me.
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The regular Blu-ray release looks DVD sized as well. This bothers me.

Every BD is the same size as DVD.
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Just placed my order at Amazon. Looking forward to it tomorrow night!
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Every BD is the same size as DVD.

That's either the funniest thing or stupidest thing I'll read today. For my faith in Mankind, I'm going to go with funniest until I'm proven otherwise...
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