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post #31 of 47 Old 02-09-2020, 09:36 AM
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Sorry for the late reply. Yes, as Jive Turkey stated above, Red Box is solely the theatrical release.

As for the regular blu-ray, I'd say it look s a bit soft, but I sually feel like that with 1:85 aspect ratio presentations. Felt like the same with Jurassic World, even though most everyone said the picture quality was amazing.
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Anyone else finding this movie pretty slow? Does it pick up in the 2nd half?
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Anyone else finding this movie pretty slow? Does it pick up in the 2nd half?
Yes, it does, and the third act is well worth the wait.
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Yes, it does, and the third act is well worth the wait.
Agreed, just more build up than today's typical horror movie. Thanks.
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Anyone else finding this movie pretty slow? Does it pick up in the 2nd half?

no, not at all. I found the movie thoroughly engrossing from the start. It gave all the characters room to breath, so everything just meant more in the end
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no, not at all. I found the movie thoroughly engrossing from the start. It gave all the characters room to breath, so everything just meant more in the end
Fair enough. Perhaps I just didn't care for the movie. I did, however, feel it picked up in the 2nd half. I finally got around to seeing IT 2 and felt the same way. I love horror, and this is the golden age for horror; just wish there were more quality films produced. Feel the same way about Sci-Fi.

Also, I thought the Blu-Ray Standard transfer was mediocre. Soft and no pop.
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This was way better then I expected it to be. They could have cut it down a bit more but I enjoyed it. Captured some of the vibe of Kubrick which I thought was a cool tip of the hat.

I watched the DV stream on iTunes. Looked good overall. Some nice HDR pop in a few of the campfire scenes.
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movie under radar for me - really looking forward to it now with all the stellar audio observations have been reading
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I rented it last night from vudu 4k hdr with atmos. Fantastic picture and sound. There was really good use of atmos as well. My daughter and i really enjoyed the movie. I have been watching horror movies with her since she was 7 and shes 33 now. I really feel old.
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Watched the theatrical version last night and really enjoyed the film. Have the directors cut coming and am curious to see how the additional 30 minutes plays in.
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Watched this last night. I thought it tied into the shinning well.


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"Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the active variety that makes effective use of the platform. This film is tailor made for immersive sound as the blend of audio objects placed in the height channels contains atmospherics and discrete effects. At times it creates a tangible level of 3D immersion that is attention grabbing.

The mix effectively places effects/sounds within the soundstage which place you within the scene, in turn, adding an enriching element that heightens the intended feeling like something is passing overhead, traveling through the room, or emanating from a specific location. I loved the scene where Rose the Hat makes her way to Abra’s room. Listen right at the 1:18:00 time mark as the various sounds/effects turn the room into a multi-dimensional listening space.

There are both large set pieces and smaller/brief sequences/moments that show off this well-crafted immersive sound design. Everything comes together during the final act’s encounter as sounds rotate and revolve around the soundstage from both above and at ear level. I enjoyed the balance of atmosphere, discrete object placement and room shuddering bass. I think that it complimented the source material, and made for an entertaining and invigorating listening experience. Hands down this among the BEST Dolby Atmos mixes I have heard. Hats off to the sound mixers at Warner for another winner."

Fully agree Ralph - Incredible mix - I like to rate audio in tiers as outright best is very subjective at times - would rank this very high in my top tier - outstanding
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Watched this last night. I thought it tied into the shinning well.
What flashed through my mind was the Kathy Bates/James Caan movie, but of course that one was called MISERY, also based on a Stephen King novel, and properly speaking, she wasn't really aiming for the shins to my recollect....
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Good Movie, watched The Shining for the first time last weekend and then rented this last night. DVD picture quality sucks, or else my jvc is diming really really bad but the ending had terrible blacks until the lights came on. That part creeped me out more than the entire Shining movie. Loved the throw backs. Since I had never seen The Shining and then getting to see this one a few days later they REALLY did a GOOD job with the last part of the movie and a lot of other hidden throw backs that I caught. Shouldve found the bluray disc to rent, the DVD mightve killed it. I also think they severely over used the thump-thump of a heartbeat in it.
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When I saw they were going to make a movie out of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, I decided it was about time I gave the source material a read. I read The Shining over the course of two days and while I enjoyed the novel, I highly prefer the movie. King’s writing style lends itself to some great character insights, but his descriptive style sometimes can run on for many pages too long. As many have noted in the past, the novel and film arrive at a similar result, but have some major changes between the two in the final act.

I next started on Doctor Sleep. At 500 pages, the task didn’t seem too daunting to knock this one out in a couple of days, but it took me nearly a month to read the whole thing. I read the first 300 pages in no time, but then I petered out and would come back to it in spurts, finally finishing it in an airport in Minneapolis on my way back from a work trip. There was a lot to like about Doctor Sleep. It had a cool new foe, that was utterly fascinating and explored more of the supernatural element at that were introduced in The Shining. Unfortunately, King’s descriptive style was on high gear throughout, which made the read cumbersome at times. There were details upon details that would take up near chapters. At points I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to put it down. I left the experience satisfied, but didn’t feel the sequel captured the terror of The Shining. I’ve decided that Stephen King, while an undeniably great writer, has a style that I’m just not fond of.

I was still quite excited to watch Doctor Sleep and finally got around to it last night. My wife had never seen The Shining - I know, that’s just crazy - so of course we had to pos that in first. My wife was sure glad we did, as she would have been completely lost throughout Doctor Sleep. I found the movie to be much more satisfying than the book. It touched upon all the high points of the book, while removing some of the needless elements and redundant characters. I also enjoyed the final act of the movie much more than the book. The final act of the movie really brought the two movies together and brought s nice level of terror that was reminiscent of the original. I’m excited to watch the Director’s Cut on this one, although I wish it had been provided via seamless branching in 4k, but I guess the Blu-ray will have t do.

From and A/V standpoint, there isn’t much else to say that Ralph hasn’t covered. I enjoyed the picture, but the real showstopper was the Atmos track. Holy bass! I enjoyed the application of object placement throughout, with many sounds appearing all over the room. This one was an absolute treat and the bass hit hard! Thanks for providing another great review, Ralph!

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I am surprised that no one has mentioned the need to watch 'The Shining' first before watching Dr. Sleep. If someone had not read or watched the Shining, they would miss a great many references made in Dr. Sleep to its predecessor The Shining. I watched with my friend who probably hasn't read a book in the last 50 years and had no recollection of The Shining. I am positive that so many of the references to it were completely missed by him and I really didn't want to stop the film every few minutes just to explain the origins of many of the scenes. He even missed Redrum...which many people also did when The Shining first came to the theaters.

On another note, while Ralph made mention of the difference between the UHD and the Blu Ray with only the Blu Ray having the extended cut, I wish my senile old mind had paid closer attention. If I had, I would have just bought the blu ray and watched only the extended version.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Sleep as did my friend. I will wait awhile before I go back and watch the extended version.
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I am surprised that no one has mentioned the need to watch 'The Shining' first before watching Dr. Sleep. If someone had not read or watched the Shining, they would miss a great many references made in Dr. Sleep to its predecessor The Shining. I watched with my friend who probably hasn't read a book in the last 50 years and had no recollection of The Shining. I am positive that so many of the references to it were completely missed by him and I really didn't want to stop the film every few minutes just to explain the origins of many of the scenes. He even missed Redrum...which many people also did when The Shining first came to the theaters.

On another note, while Ralph made mention of the difference between the UHD and the Blu Ray with only the Blu Ray having the extended cut, I wish my senile old mind had paid closer attention. If I had, I would have just bought the blu ray and watched only the extended version.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Sleep as did my friend. I will wait awhile before I go back and watch the extended version.
It was mentioned in my post above. My wife hadn’t seen the original, so it was a must watch before we dove into Doctor Sleep.
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