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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Since I'm relatively new to BluRay and discovering all of its magic, I thought it would be fun to start a thread where FSM BluRay freaks can comment about what they've watched lately and gush in the glory of high definition. Posting covers/images are welcome. And yeah we can talk about disappointments, too, but gushing is more pleasant (though when I put in Close Encounters of The Third Kind to check it out, I was horrified). For example...



Yesterday I watched the 50th Anniversary edition of Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Holy cow. It really looked incredible. The picture quality was razor sharp. I couldn't get over it. This is what happens almost every time I watch a BluRay. I'm just stunned. And ya know, it sure is nice to see a classic movie with REAL COLORS. Blues and greens and reds and yellows that stand out as opposed to the desaturated boring look that so many modern films have.

This BluRay presentation gets a 10 outta 10 from me!

I'll be back to comment from time to time after I watch a new BluRay. I encourage others to do the same!

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   sprocket   (Member)

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 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Still busy on the nightmare boxset, seen the first four so far and will probably watch parts 5,6 tonight.

A must have for any horror fan!



Also picked up this baby for 5 euro, loved it in the theater and enjoyed it even more this week; great cast (I totally forgot Buscemi was in it), great action, great writing. A movie with a lot of testosterone and it looks and sounds marvelous on blu. And yes, things explode every 5 seconds big grin

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   KubrickFan   (Member)

Since I'm relatively new to BluRay and discovering all of its magic, I thought it would be fun to start a thread where FSM BluRay freaks can comment about what they've watched lately and gush in the glory of high definition. Posting covers/images are welcome. And yeah we can talk about disappointments, too, but gushing is more pleasant (though when I put in Close Encounters of The Third Kind to check it out, I was horrified). For example...



Yesterday I watched the 50th Anniversary edition of Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Holy cow. It really looked incredible. The picture quality was razor sharp. I couldn't get over it. This is what happens almost every time I watch a BluRay. I'm just stunned. And ya know, it sure is nice to see a classic movie with REAL COLORS. Blues and greens and reds and yellows that stand out as opposed to the desaturated boring look that so many modern films have.

This BluRay presentation gets a 10 outta 10 from me!

I'll be back to comment from time to time after I watch a new BluRay. I encourage others to do the same!


You were horrified when you saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind? That title is one of the best Blu-rays out there.

Blu-ray has definitely made me appreciate classic titles even more. If a movie is restored properly, and put on the BD properly, then it almost feels like I'm watching film being projected. Unfortunately, there are still examples of studios that mess up either of the two steps, or both (I'm looking at you, Universal).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I have a question. I bought a BluRay about a year ago. Loved watching DVDs on it. However, whenever we had to hit the "stop" button to answer the phone or for other disruptions, hitting the "play" button started the whole DVD all over again. This doesn't happen with regular (non BluRay) DVDs. We sort of bagged renting BluRay DVDs. Maybe I should try again with the "pause" button, but I still can't figure out why BR DVDs start all over at the beginning. Anyone else have this problem?

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)


You were horrified when you saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind? That title is one of the best Blu-rays out there.


I put in the BD to check out a few scenes, and I was staggered by what looked to me like poor picture quality. I'm not talking about just aged grain; I don't have a problem with grain. But the image on Close Encounters looked as though it had some murky filter over it. I can't articulate very well what I mean, but I still need to watch the full film. Maybe I'll feel differently after that.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Unfortunately, there are still examples of studios that mess up either of the two steps, or both (I'm looking at you, Universal).

What has Universal screwed up? I'd like to know about any titles that are subpar.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

For Universal, Apollo 13 is atrocious. Lots of scenes seems too bright and result in jagged-looking edges, which seems to effect the grain, making it really distracting. I've seen the movie look more crisp and clear on regular television than it does on Blu-Ray. It was so bad that it has now made me extremely cautious of buying catalog releases on Blu-Ray. Definitely one I wish I had asked around about first before buying.

On the other hand, Universal's recent Halloween II looks just fine.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

It's odd that the best looking films are the older ones (done right, of course). North By Northwest, Ben-Hur, How The West Was Won (that great Smilebox version), Grand Prix & many others. Looking forward to Mutiny On The Bounty '62 next month & Cleopatra, at the end of January next year.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 1:21 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I got a portable Blu-Ray player a couple months ago because that gives me the flexibility to take Blu-Ray titles on the move and also to hook them up to my regular TV. But so far I've kept the number of titles limited since I've noticed that some were not exactly made to look all that better on Blu-Ray from their standard release (Towering Inferno). OTOH, "Ten Commandments", "Ben-Hur", "How The West Was Won" (in the "Smilebox" format) and "The Bible" have all looked spectacular.

 
 Posted:   Oct 24, 2011 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I got a portable Blu-Ray player a couple months ago because that gives me the flexibility to take Blu-Ray titles on the move and also to hook them up to my regular TV. But so far I've kept the number of titles limited since I've noticed that some were not exactly made to look all that better on Blu-Ray from their standard release (Towering Inferno). OTOH, "Ten Commandments", "Ben-Hur", "How The West Was Won" (in the "Smilebox" format) and "The Bible" have all looked spectacular.

Ben-Hur is a must-buy for me in the near future!

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2011 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Visited yesterday on BluRay:



Misery - As great as ever, just a timeless classic. Picture quality was fantastic. One thing odd though was the sound mix. During some dialogue scenes in the guest bedroom, Kathy Bates' voice has an echo, like the dialogue track is being said twice. It happens at least a dozen times in the movie here and there. I didn't mess with sound settings on the stereo to see if that corrected it. Strikes me a mastering problem with the disc itself, but I'm not certain. If anybody else heard this slightly annoying defect, do let me know...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2011 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

To MR Sones- Blue Ray really makes one realize how beautiful the older films in color were.But as you say the new films are not as nice, well that's life, you just can't have it all.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2011 - 11:44 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Since I'm relatively new to BluRay and discovering all of its magic, I thought it would be fun to start a thread where FSM BluRay freaks can comment about what they've watched lately and gush in the glory of high definition.

Nice idea!

I've said it before, but watching Zulu on blu-ray was breath-taking. It was so vivid it alomost looked 3D. The sound was commensurately good, but it was the picture that really stood out for me. The glowing red of the uniforms, the dizzyingly blue sky, the creamy middles - wonderful!

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2011 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Recent screenings:



Close Encounters of the Third Kind

This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Most of it looks great on Blu, except many of the interior shots, which look pretty bad. I understand that the hyper-grain activity is supposed to be there, but honestly it goes beyond just film grain. Some of the shots, such as when Roy is fighting with his wife in the bedroom, are hard to look at. Sometimes there is almost a hazy glow around the edges of the image that is really distracting. Most reviews I've read seem to indicate that the film looks better than ever and that the crappy-looking shots are supposed to look exactly as they do. Meh. Anyway, still a treasure to watch overall.




Gremlins

Another one of my all time favs. Though I think this Blu could have looked better (it's not much beyond the 2002 DVD transfer), it looks spiffy enough and I was glad to revisit the movie before listening to FSM's glorious new soundtrack!

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2011 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)



Gremlins

Another one of my all time favs. Though I think this Blu could have looked better (it's not much beyond the 2002 DVD transfer), it looks spiffy enough and I was glad to revisit the movie before listening to FSM's glorious new soundtrack!


I'm still waiting for Gremlins 2 on Blu-Ray. frown

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2011 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I have a question. I bought a BluRay about a year ago. Loved watching DVDs on it. However, whenever we had to hit the "stop" button to answer the phone or for other disruptions, hitting the "play" button started the whole DVD all over again. This doesn't happen with regular (non BluRay) DVDs. We sort of bagged renting BluRay DVDs. Maybe I should try again with the "pause" button, but I still can't figure out why BR DVDs start all over at the beginning. Anyone else have this problem?

There really is no such thing as a Blu-ray DVD smile

Your problem was one of my biggest nitpicks when I made the leap - it either has to do with having Java content on the disc, which somehow precludes the memory function of DVDs from working - however, discs without such content can have the "start from where I stopped" function and some do, although not as many as should. It was one of the things I insisted on on the Nudie Musical blu-ray.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2011 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

My mother finally got a BD player to go with her big TV. So now I'm finally going to end up sampling a few BDs and seeing what the fuss is about.

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2011 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

My mother finally got a BD player to go with her big TV. So now I'm finally going to end up sampling a few BDs and seeing what the fuss is about.

Do report back on your experiences with the format...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2011 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

I'm a huge fan of the format. Add in a halfway decent projector (and sound system) and you'll wonder why you need ever go to the theater again.

 
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