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Scott Roberts
Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jun 28, 2011 at 9:48:04 pm

ONE BLU-RAY TO RULE THEM ALL!

Looks like I won't be accomplishing much this weekend...



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Fernando Mol
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jun 29, 2011 at 12:02:54 am

I remembered in South Park they mentioned a LOTR ultra extended edition with 10 hours of extra footage. I'll go see that version too. =P


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Tim Wilson
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jun 29, 2011 at 1:56:29 am

So Scott, does this mean no Transformers for you yet? :-)

Seriously, I can't wait to hear your report. I've seen the movies in HD on cable, and while they were a step up from DVD for sure, it made me itch to see them on Blu-ray....


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Mark Suszko
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jun 29, 2011 at 1:48:33 pm

Smeagol gotsses the Prescious!


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Scott Roberts
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jun 29, 2011 at 2:39:09 pm

[Tim Wilson] " So Scott, does this mean no Transformers for you yet? :-)"

I will definitely not be seeing Transformers this weekend... But I do have tickets for tonight! Crossing my fingers hoping for the best.

And I have an extended weekend this weekend, so in between the BBQs and parties, if I can spend/waste an entire day doing a 12 hour LOTR Extended back-to-back-to-back marathon, I will. I've done it a couple times before, but not in a few years. Otherwise, I'll just fit them in as I can. Might as well celebrate Independence Day weekend by celebrating the freedom from Sauron's dark grasp on Middle Earth. Man, I feel like a nerd after that last sentence...


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Tim Wilson
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jun 30, 2011 at 3:06:06 pm

I haven't bought my BD LOTR, but I probably will soon enough. The only bummer - I had hoped that BD would allow the movies to fit on a single disk. I'm glad that they're using the greater capacity to increase the compression bandwidth though. It should make for a bigger leap in picture quality than usual.

I also wish they'd sell the extended disks on their own. The featurettes are the same res, including SD in places. And as much as I think they're in some ways even better than the movies - I've certainly rewatched them more times - I don't feel a need to buy them again, almost in direct proportion to how much I DO feel a need to buy the movies on BD.

We'll see how it shakes out after your report. :-)


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Joseph Owens
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:12:16 am

After watching that piece on Kurt Vonnegut explaining story arcs, maybe I'm just a little jaded in terms of devoting that much time to seeing something over and over. I loved that line from the first MiB about having to buy the White Album again.

Once upon a time, I had in my possession an SR master of The Fellowship of the Ring -- running some compression tests for another local company who were trying to break into the streaming business. Actually started feeling a bit distracted by the format, and certainly "little" things started really jumping out at me, and especially outside the theatre experience even viewing it on my Christie...

Ehhh... From another movie... "I've had better"...

jPo

You mean "Old Ben"? Ben Kenobi?


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Scott Roberts
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jul 6, 2011 at 2:35:34 pm

[Joseph Owens] "maybe I'm just a little jaded in terms of devoting that much time to seeing something over and over."

I agree re-watching films, or re-reading books, or even re-listening to music (though I guess you could do that in the background) is a luxury of people who have time on their hands. But I think it's a great luxury. I pick up so many more things on repeat viewings, and truly appreciate a lot of films because I've seen them so many times. Especially if I'm able to watch them 6 or 7 times, and not get tired of them, and still enjoy myself. That just proves it's something that means a lot to me. I guess maybe not that it's the same thing really, but I mean you mention the White Album line from MiB, and I wonder how many times have you listened to The White Album? It's about appreciation of the art. Now whether a specific film is worthy of deeming as art or not, or whether a specific film is worth the time it takes to watch it again is completely a matter of opinion/taste. But I guess I'm saying mass repetitive consumption of films has its merits.

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I did watch all three of the LOTR blu-rays over the weekend, and they looked pretty good. I suppose it's kind of a let down if you expect the quality to make you drool or something, but it looked as good as it did in theaters, and that's all that counts. It's an improvement over the DVDs for sure. Zero grain. Smaller details more noticeable. Good stuff. Actually, the improved quality maybe makes it easier to spot when things have been keyed or not, if that's a problem. Or maybe I just started looking for it. Again, all that really matters is that it looks much better than the DVDs. And they're awesome movies.

In other blu-ray related topics, I also watched True Grit (the new one) on blu-ray over the weekend (haven't seen it since theaters), and I thought that the picture quality on it looked really good as well. Of course, I'm sure it helped that the cinematography was so awesome to begin with!


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Mike Cohen
Re: Look What I Got in the Mail
on Jul 6, 2011 at 2:52:42 pm

Movies I could watch several times per year:

Empire Strikes Back
Superman (Richard Donner original)
Apocalypse Now
2001
Close Encounters
Saving Private Ryan
Goodfellas
Terminator 2
Groundhog Day
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jaws

I get something new upon repeated viewings even out of a movie like Empire that I have seen so many times I sometimes feel like I could not possibly watch it again.

Sometimes if I am flipping through channels and there is nothing on but one of these films, I'll watch it from whatever point I tune in until it either ends or I fall asleep (and what better way to fall asleep than in the company of an old friend (that sounds weird)).

Also, if I happen to put on the DVD, I may not watch the whole thing straight through. Sure movies are designed to take you on a ride, but sometimes you just feel like the beginning, middle or end. My favorite bit of Empire is actually the last 10 minutes from when Luke jumps to the end credits - it makes you feel happy because the gang is mostly reunited and they escaped from the bad guys, but sad because you know how big of a hill they still have to climb.

Yes, that is the hero's journey, and yes, all these films follow the same formula. Go figure.

Mike Cohen

PS - I have been holding out buying a Blu-Ray player until the Star Wars release which is coming soon. I suspect my collection will grow quickly once that happens.


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