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by Shingster
17 Nov 2017, 02:21
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4080
Views: 339767

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Very much agreed. I think there was an era in Japanese cinema in the early 70s when much of the cinema had a bit of an identity crisis. They were coming from the romantic and heroic 60s (if you allow a huge generalization) and heading towards the gritty and exploitative 70s. That transition took a ...
by Shingster
15 Nov 2017, 06:27
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4080
Views: 339767

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Yeah I think as Katsu started to get more control over the franchise he made it more exploitative and imo that tone just didn't suit Zatoichi. I dunno if he was trying to compete with his aniki's Lone Wolf and Cub films but some of the stuff in one of those last 70s Zato films is just crass (a gang ...
by Shingster
14 Nov 2017, 05:31
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4080
Views: 339767

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Which ones would you consider the best films in the series? How about the worst? Some of the best i would say: The Tale of Zatoichi, The Tale of Zatoichi Continues, Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold, Zatoichi and the Chess Expert, Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo. It's kinda hard to decide between many of the o...
by Shingster
06 Nov 2017, 06:34
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 4080
Views: 339767

Re: What asian film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (座頭市地獄旅) (Japan, 1965) [BD] - 4/5 Part 12. Zatoichi films are similar to ninkyo yakuza films in the sense that their quality doesn't come so down so much to originality as to how beautifully they recite the usual formula. In Zatoichi films the basic patter is that of a...
by Shingster
21 Jun 2017, 00:43
Forum: High Definition Discussion
Topic: The big Bullets debate : "The Death of Hardcopy"
Replies: 27
Views: 9861

Re: The big Bullets debate : "The Death of Hardcopy"

At the end of the day though it's the new mainstream releases that decides the fate of the format and so far I can't remember any major new releases that came out on DVD or streaming only (aside from Netflix/amazon productions of course, but even these seem to eventually make their way to the format...
by Shingster
20 Jun 2017, 03:56
Forum: High Definition Discussion
Topic: The big Bullets debate : "The Death of Hardcopy"
Replies: 27
Views: 9861

Re: The big Bullets debate : "The Death of Hardcopy"

It looks healthy to me, more and more classics come out every month and there doesn't seem to be any slowing down of that, obviously new releases all hit BD as well so I'm not really seeing how the format will be dead any time soon. Obviously as time goes on codecs are gonna get better and better an...
by Shingster
07 Apr 2017, 05:01
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: The R.I.P. Thread...
Replies: 53
Views: 16052

Re: The R.I.P. Thread...

Man, who would have thought both Phillip Ko and Fung Hak On would pass on before they hit their 70s! :(
by Shingster
19 Mar 2017, 23:34
Forum: Cinema & Rumours
Topic: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Replies: 17
Views: 4088

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Not quite, she doesn't "know" if she's human any more because the only part of her original body left is her brain, so she struggles with the idea of whether she's still "her", ie: Has she already died and what's left is just a cyber memory of her former self? Is her "ghost&...
by Shingster
16 Nov 2016, 18:25
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?
Replies: 6171
Views: 290279

Re: What Have You Just Ordered or Received?

PM me Grim! ;)
by Shingster
10 Nov 2016, 23:29
Forum: Bargains / Suppliers / Classifieds
Topic: The General DVD/HD Disc Bargains Thread!
Replies: 2734
Views: 181745

Re: The General DVD/HD Disc Bargains Thread!

That "interlacing" glitch was just a baseless accusation made by an idiot reviewer at DVDTalk who didn't stop to ponder whether the manipulation of framerates to speed up the action sequences might have been responsible for the blurring effect. I mean really, why on earth would there be an...
by Shingster
31 Oct 2016, 23:28
Forum: Bargains / Suppliers / Classifieds
Topic: The General DVD/HD Disc Bargains Thread!
Replies: 2734
Views: 181745

Re: The General DVD/HD Disc Bargains Thread!

They've fudged the release, it's the old disc repackaged. Expect it to be pulled and replacement schemes to be in place soon enough (just like what happened with Bad Boys).
by Shingster
23 Oct 2016, 01:33
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Criterion's Lone Wolf & Cub BD set
Replies: 21
Views: 4700

Re: Criterion's Lone Wolf & Cub BD set

Yeah it's certainly preferable to the Arrow Female Prisoner Scorpion set.
by Shingster
20 Oct 2016, 03:05
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Criterion's Lone Wolf & Cub BD set
Replies: 21
Views: 4700

Re: Criterion's Lone Wolf & Cub BD set

The Arrow BD looks closer to the theatrical presentation, although it sadly has weak blacks and I'd say the colors are a slightly pale as well. It has the wrong dynamic range so the blacks are thin and the colours and everything else about the image looks "milky". This is a very common is...
by Shingster
17 Oct 2016, 03:21
Forum: Asian Film/DVD Discussion
Topic: Criterion's Lone Wolf & Cub BD set
Replies: 21
Views: 4700

Re: Criterion's Lone Wolf & Cub BD set

Yeah, it only looks about a hundred times better than the ultra-blurry Animeigo release!
by Shingster
14 Oct 2016, 00:50
Forum: Cinema & Rumours
Topic: Justice League
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Re: Justice League

That photo's pretty good, but for some reason they also did this horrible photoshopped mock up "thing" to publicise the costume as well. Not sure what they were thinking with that, looked like something knocked up in 5mins by a ten -yr-old.
by Shingster
12 Oct 2016, 01:16
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Newbie here!
Replies: 3
Views: 1717

Re: Newbie here!

Welcome Albert, looks like you're running a pretty expansive blog site there!
by Shingster
08 Oct 2016, 22:20
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9448
Views: 499847

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Yeah I've seen clips of Seagal running before, wtf is up with that? I actually think part of the reason he put so much weight on is because he's too ashamed to go jogging! :D Funnily enough I did a lot of googling on Seagal stories online and on YouTube the other week, he's so far up his own arse th...
by Shingster
07 Oct 2016, 23:23
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9448
Views: 499847

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Semen Seagal: The Gargantuan Gobbler. I reckon he'd have a larger viewer base doing that than these shitty DTV flicks! Has that Above the Law sequel gone into production yet? They might have that out by January!
by Shingster
07 Oct 2016, 18:16
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9448
Views: 499847

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Gargantuan garbler sounds like his porn name!
by Shingster
07 Oct 2016, 03:12
Forum: Reviews & Comparisons
Topic: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5
Replies: 9448
Views: 499847

Re: What general film/series have you just seen.. marks out of 5

Portly whisperer, nice one. I also like chubby chunterer or the mammoth mumbler :D
by Shingster
22 Sep 2016, 03:50
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: VHS question
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Re: VHS question

Yeah I can't see it being a problem unless it's some super rare title going for silly money where absolute authenticity is gonna affect the resell price.
by Shingster
22 Sep 2016, 01:02
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: VHS question
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Re: VHS question

Usually plastic case but it varied from title to title. Have you tried doing an ebay or google serch on the specific titles?
by Shingster
20 Sep 2016, 00:29
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New user name
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Re: New user name

I am now picturing a leek-caricature of Moon Lee! :D
by Shingster
19 Sep 2016, 05:05
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New user name
Replies: 5
Views: 1066

Re: New user name

Any special meaning to the new name? Taken from a film?
by Shingster
18 Sep 2016, 23:18
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: New here
Replies: 9
Views: 1764

Re: New here

Always a good idea to list more films you've seen with requests like that, saves us wasting your time. I don't think we've ever really had a proper thread dedicated to Korean cinema of any genre really, I think all the regulars here haven't really bothered much with Korean cinema in the last ten yea...

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