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What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:57 pm

Act of Valor (2012) on Blu-ray

Overall not bad, actually better than I thought it would be. I especially liked the part where the soldiers fire on the truck with the boat mounted miniguns!
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Post by admin » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:03 pm

Just got finished watching Casablanca #73A (1942) [CC1287L]. Nice Criterion disk. Quality was actually better than expected. I had never seen this classic film and it was about time.

Love the Laserdiscs!
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Post by admin » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:40 pm

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on Blu-ray. Pretty bad movie. Definitely a rental and not a buy. Some of it was ok but then there were some really crazy moments like the bee flying sequences which just kind of ruined the thing.
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Post by admin » Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:39 pm

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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:36 pm

Just got done watching City Slickers (1991) [ID2713SU]. Good movie, and very decent soundtrack.
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Post by admin » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:59 am

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) on Blu-ray. It was actually a lot of fun and the sound and visual quality was top notch. Definitely recommend a viewing if you have not seen it yet.
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Post by admin » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:15 pm

Clash of the Titans (2010). Fun little mindless romp. I haven't seen the sequel yet, I hope it's better....
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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:13 pm

I watched City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) [71196] on laserdisc. Unfortunately, the disk seems bad as there started to be "wavy" lines in the screen and some small vertical jumping in the picture at the end of side 1 and side 2. The beginning of each side was ok. Also, there were some "popping" noises at the end of side 1 when the dialog was present. This may be a case of laser rot or just a bad disk. On visual examination there didn't appear to be any unusual marks on the disc.
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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:51 pm

Watched Necessary Roughness (1991) [LV32597-WS]. Was basically a less funny "Major League."

As for the problems with City Slickers 2, it seems to have been due to a slight warp in the disc.
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Post by admin » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:04 pm

John Carter. A bit underwhelming to say the least. Oh well. The special effects were pretty good at least.
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Post by admin » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:35 am

21 Jump Street (2012) on blu-ray. "Ok" comedy. I think Jonah Hill is proportionately funny to his weight,... I was happy to hear recently that he has gained his weight back.
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Post by admin » Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:00 pm

War Horse (2011). If you like horses buy it, otherwise it's a rental.
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Post by admin » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:14 pm

Just finished watching Spy Hard (1996) [8289 AS] with Leslie Nielsen. Unfortunately, the movie was no where in the league of the Naked Gun series or Airplane. I have to say that the picture quality and 5.1 AC3 soundtrack was very good (this was a surprise).
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Post by admin » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:03 pm

Just finished watching Darkman (1990) [42440]. One of Liam Nesson's early roles.
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Post by admin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:56 am

Watched Mission: Impossible (1996) [LV 31899-2WS] last night. This was actually a pretty entertaining 2 hours and probably the best of the series, IMHO. What was really impressive however was the excellent 5.1 AC3 soundtrack on this disk. A total surprise that blew me away. One of the most dynamic LD's available. Definitely one you want to turn up the volume!

I also saw "The Wrath of the Titans" on blu-ray the other day. I have to say that the story and acting is pretty weak, but good special effects and excellent sound. Good dynamics, clarity, and use of surround channels. One thing I have noticed since having a decent home theater room is I am actually enjoying "bad movies" with good sound. I guess that's a good thing....?
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Post by admin » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:52 pm

Just got finished watching Death Becomes Her (1992) [41424]. This was brand new and sealed in shirnk wrap. I have to admit that it pains me to open up sealed disks but my first love is "watching" laserdiscs, not just collecting them on a shelf.
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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by ZNine » Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:59 pm

Going through an older comedy phase lately. Watched the original Naked Gun and then Raising Arizona. Two classics.

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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:36 pm

Recent movies have included:

The Dictator- ok but Borat was much better.
Wraith of the Titans- Good demo disk, story was non-existent. Nonetheless, a fun ride viewed on a 150" screen with surround sound and the volume cranked up!
Get the Gringo- I guess this was supposed to be Mel Gibson's comeback picture. I didn't think it was very good.
Safe House- "Ok" suspense/action film.
In Time- Lots of pretty young people, not much story...

All of these were blu-ray.
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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:47 pm

So it looks like the mail man lost my blu-ray movie that I sent back on Monday so this week it was all Laserdisc watching...

Contact: Special Edition (1997) [15041]=Very nice disc with a great 5.1 AC3 soundtrack.
Back to the Future Part II (1989) [40965]=Very good film, not as good as the first part, but nonetheless a good story. And of course who can forget the alley seen with all the Laserdiscs in the background.
Get Shorty (1995) [ML105493]=Ok film, some big names.
Last Starfighter, The (1984) [40078]=Classic 80's scifi with some "state of the art" CGI (for the 80's that is). Wonderful soundtrack by Craig Safan.

I reported the Netflix blu-ray missing so they should be sending a new disk out, but it was a nice Laserdisc only run instead of the usual alternating.
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Re: What have you been watching?

Post by admin » Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:25 am

Some movies recently shown in the home theater:

Conan the Barbarian (1981) [41018]=classic 80's movie that made Arnold the superstar. Good story, plenty of gratuitous violence. Definitely one to watch if you've never seen it. Plus, as a bonus you get to learn "what is best in life!"

The Hunger Games (Blu-ray)=Didn't like this at all. I couldn't tell if this was for kids or adults. I haven't seen the twilight movies (and don't plan to), but I presuming this is similar. Terrible acting, story was a mess. I can't believe this movie had an 80 million dollar budget, the sets looked cheap, almost like a "made for TV" movie. Stay away.

Immortals (Blu-ray)=This one I really liked. Once again, lot's of violence. If you like slow motion ass kicking, this is for you. A lot like 300. It's a dark movie so you need to watch it at night or in a home theater room as you will miss all the detail in the picture if you don't view it under the correct lighting environment.

Her Alibi (1989) [11835]=classic 80's movie with Tom Selleck. Your either going to love or hate the cheesiness of this movie. Thumbs up from me. :)

Avengers (Blu-ray)=Great movie. They did a great job of getting a bunch of action stars together and everybody get's to play a good part. There is a good reason this movie has made over 1.5 billion dollars already. Definitely pick this up, crank up the volume!

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Blu-ray)=This movie had some real acting talent. It unfortunately went kind of slow.

Thor (Blu-ray)=This is one of our favorites recently so we did another watching after seeing the Avengers. I really liked this including the music in the soundtrack. Highly recommended.

My Cousin Vinny (1992) [1876-80]=classic movie. Joe Pesci is really funny in this one.

Battleship (Blu-ray)=ah terrible. Transformers without the transformers. Terrible acting, story is dumb. Special effects are pretty good. The only part of the movie I enjoyed is when they played AC/DC really loud during the ship attack scene. Stay away.

The Tall Man (Blu-ray)="ok movie." The end is a plot twister. Rental, but not a buy.
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