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What Are You Looking At? (DVD/Blu-ray Edition)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Pirate, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    The Lego Batman Movie :star::star::star::halfstar::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    3D: 3.75/5
    AQ: 4/5


    A fun movie that enjoyed making fun of itself and the many forms Batman has taken over his many years. Some great laughs but also has a few moments where the story kind of lags/lacks the high energy set from the beginning of the film. The 3D was pretty good but at times wish the could of pushed the boundaries with the action a bit, same with the first Lego Movie. Would of been great if the old fashion 60's Bam! Whap! and various other sound bubbles came flying at you out of the screen. The audio was overall good, but wish it had a bit more bass and a proper Atmos track Warned Bros. Still loved them mouthing off all the guns shots with the pew!pew!pew! So a recommend from me
     
  2. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    PASSENGERS :star::star::star::halfstar::nostar:
    PQ:5/5
    3D:4/5
    AQ:4.5/5


    Well I think I kept my expectations sort of low with the overall reviews it received and found myself enjoying the film in the end. I found it close to be in the same vein as I Am Legend with the thought of isolation, no contact from any human beings even when they surround you. Which played well in that movie because you saw Shrek playing in the background and played on the that tale, until he meets someone. Anyways I won't spoil anything but sort of wish the ending stuck to a different route. The audio was overall good with the Neural X helping provide a close too Atmos like sound that the UHD disc once again gets, but not us 3D viewers. Plus the 3D I didn't think was that bad either. Great use of depth with interior shots and especially when venturing into outer depths of space. Didn't really notice and popouts but I was fine with that, and would recommend the movie overall as a Rental or a very cheap purchase down the road.
     
  3. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    INFERNO 4K:star::star::nostar::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 4.75/5
    AQ(Atmos): 4.75/5

    Well this was easily the weakest of the Dan Brown films. This thing moves at a snails pace and didn't have the exciting puzzle problem solving excitement like the first two films did. It contains them, but they don't really hit that bit of energy until the last 30-40 minutes of the movie. Plus I kind of saw where it was going early on with the baddies intent/planning of said events leading to the epic finale. Overall though the 4K UHD presentation is just shy of reference quality in both audio and video. The city flybys look absolutely stunning, plus the fiery visions of Dantes Hell look amazingly bright and disgustingly clear. The reds come just shy of making your eyes bleed with their intensity in brightness/colour saturation. Plus the UHD disc provides a Dolby Atmos track which is lacking on the Blu-ray Disc. The sound is great with some wonderful overhead flybys of drones, helicopters and birds. I just found the music lacking the intensity that the last 2 movies provided. So I say skip it
     
  4. Iguana Man

    Iguana Man Well-Known Member Moderator

    I enjoyed this a lot.
     
  5. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    SOUND CITY :star::star::star::star::halfstar:
    PQ: 4.5/5
    AQ: 4.5/5

    Man anything Dave Grohl wants to do music wise, let the man do his thing. Loved the history of this place and him getting the artists and former workers to talk about the ups, downs and misgivings through the years. This man loves music and I love his passion that you see here and in his awesome Sonic Highways series he did. The picture quality was overall pretty good but you do have the archive footage that doesn't hold up to today's standards but great to have. The audio was also overall good but needed to crank it a bit for the speaking parts and slightly down when the fantastic music kicked in. I just wish they had footage for all the tracks that were made for its soundtrack. We get some for the film and some as extras, but not all of them. As they are a blast to watch in how the idea is formed and how it evolves from simply rifting back and forth and to adding something to the track when you think they were done. It is a must see:beerchug:
     
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  6. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    KONG: SKULL ISLAND 2D/3D:star::star::star::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 4.5/5
    3D: 4.5/5
    AQ (2D Atmos): 5/5
    AQ (3D DTS:HDMA): 4/5

    Yeah I watched it twice and overall I did enjoy it better the 2nd time around much better than my first viewing. I watched in 2D first with my friend (gets headaches from 3D viewings) on Wednesday and then I watched it in 3D tonight with my cousins husband. I found the added depth and draw distance really helped establish just how big of a threat the world and the creatures there really are. Good scene to show that off was with a spider in a bamboo forest. Still I overall felt a slight bit disappointed with the film because I didn't connected with our heroes too much. It is a B movie and at times it knows it cause you got Sam Jackson slowly going crazy and sputtering out one liners. Some from past monster movies he has done (Jurassic Park and Deep Blue Sea) Plus at times the CGI I found nice and realistic and then showed a slightly more obvious cartoony look with Kong. I wish they made hi. More realistic through and through, but maybe that will change when he meets Godzilla in a few years (plus we do learn he is still growing) Anyways the picture quality was overall good with a slight soft look to establish that 70's time era, but thought it looked sharper with the 3D. Which was a nice presentation but wish we had a little more fun with some in your face objects. Now the audio side is good too simply amazing, but we get screwed on that amazing Atmos track on the 3D disc. The Atmos track which is on the 2D disc is simply stunning right from the opening credits and them ceiling speakers never seemed to take a moment off throughout the entire film. It is simply a demo disc waiting to be shown off to family and friends. Now the 3D disc is still a good sounding movie but even with Neaural:X added to the 5.1 DTS track it couldn't replicate the discrete, and pinpoint accuracy that the Atmos track provided. Plus the LFE didn't seem to have the same oomph to the many monster battles. Overall a fun monster movie rental which is better seen in 3D. Also stay/skip to the end of the credits for a nice bonus scene
     
  7. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    POMPEII 3D :star::nostar::nostar::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 4.5/5
    3D: 4.25/5
    AQ: 5/5


    This, this was a pretty bad movie. Dialog was bad, acting sort of hammy and the story was just trying its best at being a Titanic love story out of truly nothing. The 3D was overall good but then flat at times. Some cool floating out of the screen particle effects and at times good draw distance with destruction raining down on the city, but I guess I expected maybe a bit more. At least the audio was pretty strong with very active surrounds, and strong bass action with the volcano slowly coming out of its slumber. Still, stay the hell away from this film. Thank god I only paid $6 for it
     
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  8. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    FREE FIRE :star::star::star::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 4/5
    AQ: 4/5

    I guess I was expecting more overall for this film. Once again the trailer sold me for a balls to wall action movie, but it isn't. We get a great cast and we get a few moments of great back and forth banter moments, but comes off a bit hollow overall. (Even for its 90 minute runtime) the video was overall good with a stylized softish look. The sound was good too with some good front to back, side to side gunshots ringing out. The Neural X I played on top of the DTS HDMA track added some great in the room feel with the bullets seeming to zip by overhead. I just wonder what a real Atmos or DTS X would of done for the film (although it was a low budget film overall and maybe reason for plain DTS HDMA track) overall a fun rental but nothing more
     
  9. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    BOSS BABY :star::star::star::halfstar::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    3D: 5/5
    AQ: 4/5


    Well I liked and had a few more belly laughs than I was expecting for kids film. Liked the blend of the 3D with some 2D like elements throughout the film. The 3D is very impressive with some tremendous depth from simple camera angles looking from an above ceiling view onto a room. Too some very fun 3D pop scenes like the darts from a dart gun being fired to baby drool dropping into your eyes. The audio served the movie well, but seemed to lack something to elevate the action. Would of had some fun Atmos scenes if that was included with the bluray (only on the UHD disc) So fun for adults and especially for kids.
     
  10. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD 2.5/5
    PQ: 4.5/5
    3D: 4.5/5
    AQ: 4/5


    I wanted to like this movie but my gawd it is a mess of a film. It was more style than substance, but I did like some of their take on the mythology. Especially love the taking of the sword from the stone. Anyways the 3D presentation was an overall impressive outing, with the occasional medium to strong pop out scenes included. With many instances of small debris or ambers floating out towards the audience. The audio was good but expected more, and I wonder how much the 2D Atmos track would of improved of action itself. So a good 3D disc but barely worth a rental really
     
  11. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    THE GREAT WALL :star::star::star::nostar::nostar: (3D U.K. Import)
    PQ:5/5
    3D:4.25/5
    AQ(Atmos):4.5/5


    Always heard mixed things about the movie and of Matt Damon's accent, but happy to say I liked the movie but agree on the accent. This was a typical summer blockbuster action movie, just getting released at the wrong time. Sure the plot may be a bit thin, CGI a little weak and acting so-so at times, but that's a typical popcorn action movie. The overall picture quality is stunning with the 3D delivering some fun moments here and there, with nice draw distance too. The Atmos track was good but I have heard better with other films. So overall I say it's was worth importing (if you're a fan of 3D) Or a simple rental if you like action movies
     
  12. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALXY VOL. 2 :star::star::star::star::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    3D: 5/5
    AQ: 4.75/5


    Still didn't like it more than the first movie. I found too many little moments of humour a little forced and not natural like the first. Still has the loveable charm and great character moments for everyone on screen. Picture quality is stunning and has the 3D to go along with it. Never saw it in IMAX but they must of felt spoiled with the transitions from scope to full out IMAX screen fill, with occasional cool black bar breaking. The sound was also good to amazing, but I might of spoiled myself by watching some of the final battle with my 4K disc with Atmos. The asking for tape was great in that you heard Quill flying above jumping from speaker to speaker asking away. Still had some great sub action and panning from front to back and side to side. Too bad Disney is limiting the 3D here to the steelbook only.


    RATCHET AND CLANK :star::star::star::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 4.75/5
    AQ: 4.5/5


    I became a huge fan of the game series when I bought my PS3 system and always thought it would make a great movie for kids and adults. Well it sort of was, but it is missing the heart that makes these characters so loveable and enjoyable. You aren't in control of the heroes anymore. You aren't helping drive the great narrative action of battling on multiple planets, while using some weird ass weapons. I just couldn't separate myself and maybe knocked down my enjoyment level for the film. So it plays off as a kiddies version (with adult moments)Star Wars A New Hope. It looks great on disc but the lip sync I wish were a bit tighter on some characters, while spot on on others. (Plus I wish we got the 3D release here as well) The audio is pretty strong as well with some great panning moments and occasional deep bass moments. So gaming fans might be disappointed but might be worth streaming when free.
     
  13. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    WONDER WOMAN 3.5/5
    PQ: 4.5/5
    3D: 4/5
    AQ: 4/5


    Watched my copy tonight and still enjoyed the film but it is a bit slow for an action/comic book movie. Origin stories tend to do that but the action was great and so was the sound when it finally happens. Sure we don't get the Atmos track but the movie didn't even really have much of atmospheric sound during the character driven moments. Seemed a bit front heavy to me, but again things become very active and engaging during the big battle scenes and the sub has some nice booming moments. Still I was a bit let down by the track and just wish they made it a bit livelier during the the quieter moments. It ain't a bad 3D disc though with some occasional pop out moments from debris and bullets flying at you. It also brought a nice depth to the landscape and battlefields. I was a bit worried because I had some bad moments of crosstalk in a few scenes with my theatrical viewings and witness nothing whatsoever with the disc *phew* Overall this is probably DC's best film in the new universe they are creating and hopefully this is a trend upwards for them.
     
  14. Iguana Man

    Iguana Man Well-Known Member Moderator

    I hear WW has a noise complaint worthy track. :)
     
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  15. Taxi

    Taxi Administrator Administrator

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    Not really. It's loud in a couple of places, but overall it was pretty "meh".
     
  16. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING 3D :star::star::star::star::nostar:
    PQ: 4.5/5
    3D: 4.25/5
    AQ: 5/5*

    This is my first viewing since opening night in theatres and have pretty much the same impression as the first viewing. Strong performances from our main leads and with agreat supporting side characters to boot that seem like they belong in the high school environment. The middle drags a little but the third act is, well, amazing to spectacular. I found the video overall good but the 3D I still wish they could push a little more than just the depth which at times works really well for the film. As upset as I am not to see the 4K *Atmos track included with the 3D presentation, the DTS-HDMA track still delivers (with Neural:X applied as well) Clear and strong vocals from the centre and some wonderful sound separation throuout with s9me very impressive bass action too. Hope to finally get my JVC setup with the proper gamma curves and BT2020 profile loaded for a UHD comparison real soon (being a pain in the ass to update) Oh well, at least we have Spidey in the Marvel universe


     
  17. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    AVATAR 3D :star::star::star::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    3D: 4.5/5
    AQ: 4.5/5


    Well it only took me 8 years and buying the movie 3 times on blu-ray but I have finally seen the movie. I remember when I worked as a projectionist at my theater when this opened and we only had the one 3D theater and stayed in that theater for well over 2 months and constantly sold out. So I never saw it then, bought the blu-ray but kept putting it off, bought extended cut but shortly afterwards got my first 3D projector. Well 3 years after that, another new 3d projector purchased and here we are. So what did I think? It was ok but have seen the story done so many times before. Yes the 3D was good but noticed a few problems here and there with some of the background images looking odd/shimmering out of focus into some crosstalk. Some of the new 3D films have just gotten that much better with the 3D quality (Fantastic Beasts being a prime example) The audio was good but was maybe In need of a little more umph to some scenes. (Also an Atmos track now would of made this track amazing) So maybe the magic has worn off of the 3D anticipated watch for me or it simply because it was the same ol’ story with a shiny new coat of paint on it. Also, I still think District 9 was the better looking movie of the 2 that year
     
  18. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    DESPICABLE ME 3 (UK 3D Import) :star::star::halfstar::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    AQ:4.25/5
    3D: 4/5


    I loved the first movie, and the 2nd movie has grown on me too. Maybe this will eventually grow on me and maybe I wasn’t in the right mind set for watching it either (battling a bug) It still has its charm, they dialed back on the minions compare to the 2nd and gave the girls a little more attention. I liked the cheesiness of our bad guy and his unique 80’s flare but I thought the Dru storyline was a bit meh. The picture quality was great but like some have said it is in a way the weaker 3D presentations of the 4, but maybe because it lacks the fun 3D pop that we got from the previous iterations. I also had a weird moments in chapter 13 or 14 my screen lost the 3D sync and went mostly all black but bright colour highlights of characters. Probably my PS4, Marantz 7010 of JVC proj causing that, because I switched inputs quickly on the receiver dial and everything reverted back to normal. The DTS:X track was good but maybe I expected more overhead elements. Still some solid bass action with surround elements present, but again I was expecting more I guess.

    Also kudos to them finding another little girl that sounded very close to our original Agnus. They didn’t even try with young Flint for the Cloudy Chance of Meatballs sequel but they did here damnit.
     
  19. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    CARS 3 (UK 3D Import) :star::star::star::nostar::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    3D: 4.25/5
    AQ: 4.5/5


    Well I kept hearing about this having a surprising turn near the end of the film, but I saw it coming miles away. I will say it ain’t a normal Cars film for the kids. It really held a more mature tone, with the occasional laugh to break up those moments. It also isn’t my favourite Pixar series and bought the 3d steelbook to complete my series of Cars steelbooks themselves. As for the disc it is one STUNNING looking disc, especially when they venture into the forests/mountains. The 3D I think was one of Pixar’s better offerings with great sense of depth/separation of objects. No pop-outs but the presentation I think held strong and was accompanied by a pretty supportive 7.1 DTS-HDMA track but wonder what the Atmos track on the 4K would of sound like with this. So yeah for the kids and for adults wanting a Creed like story, minus the boxing, will like it too
     
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  20. SilentBob

    SilentBob EH??? Administrator

    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR’S REVENGE (UK 3D Import) :star::star::star::halfstar::nostar:
    PQ: 5/5
    AQ: 5/5
    3D: 4.75/5


    Not a bad return for Capt. Jack Sparrow and crew. The story was a huge improvement from their last outting and liked the return to the more mythical ghosts of the sea. The CGI design for Salazar and crew were unbelievable and loved the constant look of the character as if he were drowning on deck. Still they needed to tighten up a few elements in the escapes that our characters needed to get out of. Other than that it was a closer return to the first movie with fun moments of sea action and action scenes like they were from a stage show at Disney. The picture quality was stunning and reference worthy through and through. I would also say the same for the 7.1 DTS-HDMA track (although the 4K Atmos track would of been nice to of heard as well) with consistent thunderous sub action of the rocking/creaking seas, to the blasts of cannonball battles. Thankfully my import was worth it too for the 3D elements with great separation/depth, along with the occasional pop out here and there too. Even though it is touted as the final movie in the series, the credit stinger leaves plenty of room for a sequel. Which I would be game for and would like to see our 2 directors return to direct if possible.
     

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