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The Martian VS The Walk ? 96'' screen


Im planing on having a movie night with a total of 4 married couples , what movie would you choose?
Why not show both...just saying.

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Why not show both...just saying.


I think 4 hours of movies for them might be too long... plus we still have to eat,talk and play a couple games.
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I think 4 hours of movies for them might be too long... plus we still have to eat,talk and play a couple games.
I feel you. Remind them to turn off their cell phones and enjoy the show!

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I picked this up last week and was very excited to see it. I don't go to the theater anymore because I built my own theater, so no explanation needed. It is a long wait for titles I want to see, but worth the wait, but not in this case. I actually thought this movie was a bit of a let down as was Sicario. It was not horrible, but very slow and boring at times. I mean the sound and special effects were good, but the movie was just ok. I actually thought mission to Mars was better and that movie was not reviewed very well. I am going to pick up Moon this week, I don't know how I missed that movie, but I want to see it now.
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I thought the movie was good but the 3-D underwhelming. Underwhelming in the fact that it didn't really add that much in my opinion. I did think the opening ladscape was pretty cool but that was about it.
That being said, and listening to others rave about 3-D, I wonder if it is my screen size vs. seating distance. I see others have a larger screen and sit closer. I have a 110" that I sit about 15' back from. The projector is a RS-45 with a recent new bulb install so my picture is bright enough.
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This must the most expensive feel good movie ever made - the whole world comes together to save one man at any costs necessary. The ride is taut and wild to make the audience not to think about the details. The disc features gorgeous visual and audio and makes this movie the perfect escapism you can hope for.
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Just finished The Martian and the whole family enjoyed it which is odd for us since we hated Gravity and thought Interstellar was just okay. Maybe it was the Disco music, but for us it was well worth the purchase.

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Maybe due more to the humor that was in The Martian. Neither Gravity nor Interstellar had that much of a humor aspect.

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Just finished The Martian and the whole family enjoyed it which is odd for us since we hated Gravity and thought Interstellar was just okay. Maybe it was the Disco music, but for us it was well worth the purchase.
Wow, talk about hard to please! How off the world can anyone "hate" Gravity, let alone a whole family?

That movie PUTS you in friggin space for 90 minutes! It was an extraordinary accomplishment.
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Wow, talk about hard to please! How off the world can anyone "hate" Gravity, let alone a whole family?

That movie PUTS you in friggin space for 90 minutes! It was an extraordinary accomplishment.
Didn't say it was bad, but we just didn't like Gravity. It happens. Being in space was okay but everything else not so much. While I have the blu-ray, I just can't imagine ever watching the movie again while I will probably do The Martian several more times in the coming years.

I guess one size doesn't fit all. Often we will split on a movie with the kids (19 and 21) liking movies more than we do but this time we agreed that it didn't work for us.

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Boy do I feel in the minority... I thought Matt Damon was mis-cast and the movie a dull ride with an anti-climatic climax! For a guy eating a 4 potatoes a day and Vicodin, he always looked pretty buff!
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Boy do I feel in the minority... I thought Matt Damon was mis-cast and the movie a dull ride with an anti-climatic climax! For a guy eating a 4 potatoes a day and Vicodin, he always looked pretty buff!
I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have a feeling it'll leave me a little cold since I've already read the book. I'm getting the impression that a lot of what gave the book its spark is left out of the movie for time's sake.

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Wow, talk about hard to please! How off the world can anyone "hate" Gravity, let alone a whole family?

That movie PUTS you in friggin space for 90 minutes! It was an extraordinary accomplishment.
I personally love 99% of Gravity, but I absolutely hate the part where Clooney detaches himself from Bullock and is pulled away by some invisible force when all his momentum had already stopped. Yes, I know that there's some artistic license taken with film-making, but that one blatant inaccuracy just drives me nuts, maybe because they film attempts to accurately portray the law of conservation of motion, but then for this one single instant, the rule no longer applies. I always skip this part of the movie when I'm watching it. I wish there was a different edit where they used a different plot device to handle Clooney's death.
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[QUOTE=R Harkness;40784634]Wow, talk about hard to please! How off the world can anyone "hate" Gravity, let alone a whole family?

That movie PUTS you in friggin space for 90 minutes! [QUOTE]

Yes it does...if you're watching in 3D. The 3D is a big part of whatever effectiveness GRAVITY has. In 2D, I actually found it a bit dull. With some bad dialogue too. ("I want to hear about the hairy man!") So I can understand why some would find it disappointing if only seen in 2D.
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I thought the movie was good but the 3-D underwhelming. Underwhelming in the fact that it didn't really add that much in my opinion. I did think the opening ladscape was pretty cool but that was about it.
That being said, and listening to others rave about 3-D, I wonder if it is my screen size vs. seating distance. I see others have a larger screen and sit closer. I have a 110" that I sit about 15' back from. The projector is a RS-45 with a recent new bulb install so my picture is bright enough.
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I haven't watched the 3D version yet, but enjoyed the film, kept me interested enough to not realize it was as long as it was.
As far as 3D in general, you may be right, at least that's something that would be easy to check if you don't mind, our can, move your seat for one film, I know how much my screen size and seating distance (171" at 15') helps in immersing me in a 3D film.

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I personally love 99% of Gravity, but I absolutely hate the part where Clooney detaches himself from Bullock and is pulled away by some invisible force when all his momentum had already stopped.
It made sense to me. Why do you think astronauts always have a device attaching them to their space craft; so they won't float away in space. Remember, the universe is always moving and expanding.
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I thought the movie was good but the 3-D underwhelming. Underwhelming in the fact that it didn't really add that much in my opinion. I did think the opening ladscape was pretty cool but that was about it.
That being said, and listening to others rave about 3-D, I wonder if it is my screen size vs. seating distance. I see others have a larger screen and sit closer. I have a 110" that I sit about 15' back from. The projector is a RS-45 with a recent new bulb install so my picture is bright enough.
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I have a 55" Sony XBR and thought the 3D was stunning. However, recently, while watching "Everest", I moved up closer to the television and thought the 3D was even more stunning. Time for a rearrangement of furniture.
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I watched The Martian - 3D a week ago or so; overrated in my book. It was ok (2.5 stars...out of 4).

Technically it was well done...3D wise.
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I watched The Martian - 3D a week ago or so; overrated in my book. It was ok (2.5 stars...out of 4).

Technically it was well done...3D wise.
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It made sense to me. Why do you think astronauts always have a device attaching them to their space craft; so they won't float away in space. Remember, the universe is always moving and expanding.
Unattached objects slowly "float" away from each other, because their momentum is never exactly identical, but they aren't pulled away from each other by an imaginary force; once the tether connecting Bullock and Clooney is fully stretched, and he comes to a stop, the momentum carrying him away from Bullock motion has been absorbed.

Anyway, as I mentioned, I just skip that part and imagine Clooney dies in some other manner... suit puncture, impaled by debris, abducted by aliens, etc...
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I'm glad the sound track was highly rated as the sound at the theater was dull and lacked any sort of depth.. and little bass. I'll likely watch it again as my kids did not see it...

Nice review!
I saw the movie at a brand new Atmos Xscape theater in 2-D. Felt the same way, just wasn't as dynamic as I had expected.

Actually enjoyed the audio more in my theater.

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Ordered the 3D version from Amazon. Just finished watching the DC on AppleTV. Very impressed.

Had no intention of buying this one until I read Ralph's review, so thank you for that, Ralph.

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Anyone know where to preorder the UHD version in Canada?

I can't seem to find it on amazon.ca or bestbuy.ca...hey just have the DVD or Blu-Ray.
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There is no accounting for taste. I thought the movie pacing was great and the Matt Damon character was a brilliant cast (there was a body double near the end that was appropriately skinny). How can you not love how he decided to science the ***** out of his situation. Sure, it's a little corny but for me it worked and I thoroughly enjoyed the great audio/video ride.
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There is no accounting for taste. I thought the movie pacing was great and the Matt Damon character was a brilliant cast (there was a body double near the end that was appropriately skinny). How can you not love how he decided to science the ***** out of his situation. Sure, it's a little corny but for me it worked and I thoroughly enjoyed the great audio/video ride.
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Unattached objects slowly "float" away from each other, because their momentum is never exactly identical, but they aren't pulled away from each other by an imaginary force; once the tether connecting Bullock and Clooney is fully stretched, and he comes to a stop, the momentum carrying him away from Bullock motion has been absorbed.
This reads like a person well versed in the science of motion, astrophysics or both so I will defer to you.
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So the UHD version will get a Video rating of 101?!
I can see where the audio rating could increase due to the Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

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So the UHD version will get a Video rating of 101?!
I can see where the audio rating could increase due to the Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
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There is no such rating, obviously. I can't very well rate this release based on upon how the presentation might look in a different format. That bridge will be crossed when the time comes.


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I personally love 99% of Gravity, but I absolutely hate the part where Clooney detaches himself from Bullock and is pulled away by some invisible force when all his momentum had already stopped. Yes, I know that there's some artistic license taken with film-making, but that one blatant inaccuracy just drives me nuts, maybe because they film attempts to accurately portray the law of conservation of motion, but then for this one single instant, the rule no longer applies. I always skip this part of the movie when I'm watching it. I wish there was a different edit where they used a different plot device to handle Clooney's death.

I guess that part bothering you depends on how you interpret the movie because many consider Gravity to be Bullock's dream or hallucination of her trying to move on with her life after her child's death (which I tend to agree). The end of the movie symbolizes her finding the strength to save herself and continue her life despite the tragedy that occurred.

Some parts that defy space logic (like Clooney's death and the Chinese space station being literally around the corner from where they got stranded) doesn't really matter because Clooney's death is a symbolic death. Clooney symbolizes her child as he is attached to her like an ambilical cord and his death after detaching that cord is symbolic of her losing her child and now she has to come to grips with going forward with her life. Clooney saying "you're gonna be OK" right before he drifts away is a way of saying that, despite his letting go of the cord (ie"her child's death), you can move on with your life and save yourself and don't give up. I thought Clooney later coming back to that capsule that was clearly shown as a hallucination confirmed that everything is occurring within Bullock's mind and overcoming her grief.

I always thought this movie was never about space but really about a woman coming to grips with her child's death that uses space as the setting in her mind.

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