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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Subway Diet » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:34 am

I'm probably just going to get the Daniel Craig set. From what I've seen, other than the swank 2 disk edition of Casino Royale, there hasn't been any other feature rich versions of the films. The most exciting thing you'll get is a Steelbook or a different cardboard sleeve.

That said. I'm still tempted by that slimmed down version of the complete James Bond box. Not like it has any extra features other than a cheap looking picture book.
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Nethlyn » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:54 pm

If it has the same 90 minute documentary as the American complete set I wonder if it's the same as the "Everything or Nothing" James Bond documentary you get on ITV/4 occasionally. I think you're right, the Bonds are going nowhere and they re-issue for every film so I can live with seeing Skyfall on TV until the Craig set drops to a price I want to pay or I've got vouchers.

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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Subway Diet » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:48 pm

Well, sod it. I'm going for the most up to date complete set. The bare bones version that's got every film up to Skyfall, plus an open space to slot in Spectre. That should put a cap on everything up to the end of Daniel Craig's run. Nice and easy. Then it's just a matter of seeing where the series goes from there.
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Nethlyn » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:03 am

Funny, there is one Bond left from the old lot that I watched in the cinema, For Your Eyes Only and as a kid I found it boring, now's the time to re-evaluate it next time it's on TV, if I like it better than in the past for getting back to a more serious tone then that would be the final 2-disc Ultimate edition DVD that I'd buy to tidy the shelves up. (Octopussy, Golden Gun and Licence To Raw Deal could stay on VHS).

With or without that one the decks are clear to see how the Craig-only Blu Ray box sets are structured, if Casino's extra disc was put into standard editions I'd just snap that up and be up to date. Otherwise back to plan A for Casino and Skyfall, skip Quantum and leave Spectre to Christmas or any other decent sale.

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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Subway Diet » Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:40 pm

I've no problem with having two copies of Casino Royale. The deluxe version is swanky enough to keep around.

In pick up news, got a copy of Spectre. It's funny, the one critic left that I trust really enjoyed it and spoke very highly of the movie. I've been rather excited to finally see the film, especially after revisiting Skyfall and enjoying it quite a bit more. Was a bit of a shock to find that most everyone else seems to be rather antagonistic towards the film, or, at the very least, ambivalent. I mean, see our very own thread for the movie. :-k

Expectations have been tempered.

Also, double sod it. I'll probably get the slightly more expensive Bond box set. Not sure how a silly bugger book and an extra features disk bump the price up by 20 quid, but there you go.
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Nethlyn » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:44 pm

Let me know re that documentary and other extras in Bond 50 (especially if the Bond 50 book is the complete edition and not the sampler they gave away at cinemas), pretty sure they wouldn't waste money on two different versions of one doc just because one of them was on television.

Bleedin' James Bond! Now it's tempting to double-dip on Tomorrow Never Dies due to its all action premise and the Blu Ray friendly cinematography and digital editing. Being ultra-tough there's no way I'd have another Brosnan on a double dip except Tomorrow until Goldeneye gets a 25th anniversary proper reissue if all the films get a 4K relaunch around 2020.

As for Spectre...ambivalent is the right word, I found it reliable and above average but never got round to seeing it again. Your TV's larger than 32" so you'll get a lot out of the opening shot (in fact maybe Octopussy's the right older Bond to compare it to with a great opening and then tailing off and feeling too long when shoving in all the Bond tropes except the gadgets). Since it's the newest one and I watched it, I'd need to be back in the mood to see it again and that could take another year.

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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Nethlyn » Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:45 am

Subway Diet wrote:I've no problem with having two copies of Casino Royale. The deluxe version is swanky enough to keep around.


In fact I've no problem saying screw the extras now, they're the bonus to an improved picture but not the be-all and end-all if whatever they stuck on the DVDs fits on the Blu Ray, I am finished going on treasure hunts for films and will just wait forever until the version I want is a reasonable price, and £6 per Craig Bond in a complete box set is more than reasonable for a Xmas gift, it won't go down in price before then OR I'll have vouchers one way or another.

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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Nethlyn » Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:58 pm

Long term planned for Bond, but caved over Star Wars, finally picked up the original trilogy but left it to DVD which will be good enough for 70s and 80s films remastered in the 90s and it was a tenner so that's that done, in fact once I pick up Akira I'm done with VHS.

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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Prey » Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:32 am

Finally picked up Punisher: Warzone yesterday which is slowly but surely gaining a bit of a cult following much like DREDD before it did and no doubt just like DEADPOOL will gain even more of once it hits home release.

Watching the movie again recently everything just seemed to fall into place for me mainly due to a mix of Ray Stevenson's fantastic portrayal, the no holds barred r rating and the fact that director Lexi Alexander is at long last becoming a bit more known through her tv work on both Arrow and Supergirl. I rated her work the moment I first saw Green Street and would love her to direct another full blown comic inspired movie. Hard to believe the film is also now almost ten years old as it came out in 2008. Time flies when you are blowing up bad guys I guess.

No other Punisher film, and even rarely the comics themselves, explore the kind of impact Frank’s actions might actually have. The Punisher is not an action hero, he’s never a character you feel sympathy for or even really root for. As a protagonist, he’s somewhat contemptible, and only slightly better than those he fights. The other Punisher films tried to shy away from this aspect of the Castle character and turn him into a heroic figure with guns who never smiles, but Punisher: War Zone embraces the main character’s antiheroism by making it clear within the first 15 minutes of the film that what Frank Castle is doing is wrong. The Punisher never justifies what happens by saying wars have casualties, or you have to break some eggs to make an omlet, or any other dismissive justification for a single FBI agent dying amidst a sea of mobsters, drug dealers, and violent criminals. Micro tries to justify it in this way, and Castle dismisses it. He owns his fuckup without rationalizing it.


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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Subway Diet » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:29 pm

I'm annoyed that I've not taken the time to watch War Zone recently. :x
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Nethlyn » Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:35 am

Braveheart is the first Freeview HD film I've watched where you could leave a flat screen on the everyday mode and not bother using the cinema presets which actually drain all the colour out of the picture. Whatever film stock or lighting techniques there were for this mid-90s flick pre-DVD era with almost no CGI, it upscales extremely well in the forest scenes and adds grain for any "postcard" shots with skies and landscapes, making the picture "pop". Perfectionists would dislike that grain and noise from the film print but hey, that's film! So the Blu Ray must be top notch if it's one step up from this.

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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Subway Diet » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:43 pm

After enjoying the two Punisher movies, I figured I'd pick up a copy the other "indie" Marvel movie. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance! :lol:

I've heard... things. I have to see if for myself.

Just how bad can it be?
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Prey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 5:57 pm

At first I thought Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor's direction would be perfect for the movie but somehow it just doesn't work as it should most of the time. There's still some great scenes in it and Ghost Rider looks the part but if anything it just makes you appreciate the first a bit more, which is rather unexpected.

Oh and Christopher Lambert is pretty much wasted too.
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Prey » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:07 pm

Was doing some stuff in town today and noticed my local HMV were doing a 5 blu rays for £30 deal so seeing as though I'd not bought many recently I treated myself to the following...

American Psycho

Already own a US import of this but never been able to watch it due to it being region locked. This I finally can watch and unlike most blu ray boxes the box for this is not blue, it's actually a pretty cool black instead. I've droned on and on enough about this movie in the past so I will simpy say this instead - as far as movies go this is my idea of perfection.

Lawless

Adding to my ever growing Tom Hardy collection I've been a fan of this since I first randomly came across it some years back, the three brothers the movie revolves around played by Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke are all complete opposites which makes for a very interesting family dynamic. Guy Pearce is great in this too I should add and delivers one of his best roles since LA Confidential. When movies such as Public Enemies and Gangster Squad were utterly failing to bring back gangster inspired Hollywood movies Lawless brought it back in a big way and showed them all just how it should be done. True fact: Singer Nick Cave wrote the screenplay.

Dusk Till Dawn

That single scene when Seth Gecko returns to the motel room and upon taking out an extra burger suddenly realises the female hostage they took earlier is strangle absent and leads on to what I still think is one of Tarantino's best movie moments...

Is this my fault? Do you think this is what I am?

RICHARD
What?

SETH
This is not me! I am a professional
fucking thief. I steal money. You try
to stop me, god help you. But I don't
kill people I don't have to, and I
don't rape women. What you doin' ain't
how it's done. Do you understand?


SETH
(whispers in Richie's ear)
We get into Mexico, it's gonna be
sweet Rosemary, hundred-proof liquor,
and rice and beans. None of this
shit's gonna matter.



I fucking love it. Don't care what anyone says about Tarantino's acting either as I think he was perfectly cast and did an excellent job. The main opening scene in which the "pig" visits the restroom while Seth and Richard both hold hostages off camera has some of the best opening movie dialogue delivery in any film ever.

Whiplash

Easily my favourite movie of 2014 mainly for Miles Teller's portrayal of wannabe Jazz drummer Andrew who drives to be accepted by his new music teacher played also extremely well by J.K. Simmons makes for utterly compelling viewing. I originally only even heard of this movie when it was reviewed by Chris Stuckmann and I knew right away I had to see it and know if it was every bit as good as he said it was. It was even better. Writer/Director Damien Chazelle blew me away and made Whiplash one of the most memorable movies I've seen in a long, long time.

Cop Land

It's true that this was and remains a true standout role for Stallone when he was at the time in desperate need of reafirming himself as a serious actor and not only did he put in loads of weight for the part but he also took a significantly reduced pay check in the process. It was also however also a standout performance from Ray Liotta who plays his long term friend Gary Figgis and although some would class it as a bit part his character has a big impact on you all the same as he attempts to make Stallone's character Freddy more self aware of the small police community they both now reside in. Much like Whiplash Writer/Director James Mangold pretty much floored me when I first saw this movie and I still remember even now some twenty years on raving about the film to my friends who all dismissed it as just more Stallone schlock that wasn't worth watching.

Twenty fucking years. Holy crap. :|
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Re: The Blu Room

Postby Jez » Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:02 pm

Copland. Remember really liking that years ago. Will give it a go at some point again. Stallone was indeed good in it.

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