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Unread postby saltysam » 28 Mar 2008, 19:01

Day Of The Dead (2008) 2/5

Pretty lame remake of the vastly superior original.apart from a couple of nods to the original (Captain Rhodes,an intelligent zombie) this is nothing like Romero's film. Has an air of cheapness about it along with some wooden acting.plus points? Mena Suvari looking hot in her soldier outfit and the film never stops moving from start to finish.worth a rental as a timewaster maybe.

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Unread postby Yi-Long » 29 Mar 2008, 00:43

Tsotsi 5/5

Was wondering if I would score this slightly lower, because of the ending, but just the whole movie was excellent on all fronts, and especially the acting was amazingly good.
Great great movie, and just a fantastic lead actor.
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Unread postby bradavon » 29 Mar 2008, 05:34

Cool. I've heard it was good. I've had the UK DVD for a while.

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Unread postby grim_tales » 29 Mar 2008, 10:24

I thought it was very good as well.

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Unread postby saltysam » 29 Mar 2008, 19:09

Rec 4/5

Here's a nice surprise, a pretty effective little spanish horror movie! filmed in the style of Blair Witch/Cloverfield ,a female reporter and her cameraman arrive at the local fire station to film the goings on there when they are called out to an emergency at an apartment block....won't say any more but this is well worth seeing and it made me jump 3-4 times which is unusual.doesn't outstay it's welcome either at 75 minutes.i think it hits uk cinemas soon.

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Unread postby romerojpg » 29 Mar 2008, 19:18

saltysam wrote: Rec 4/5


Sure it will beat shitty Diary of the Dead thats for sure :D

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Unread postby HungFist » 29 Mar 2008, 20:10

I'll be seeing that on big screen next weekend.. with quite a few other intesting titles... if I can survive 7 movies in one night without falling asleep or dying...

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Mar 2008, 11:37

Law of Desire (Spain, 1987) – 2/5
Pretty worthless Almodovar classic that only gets interesting during the last third. The almost complete lack of (genuine) female characters is a fun idea, but everything feels just too plastic. May work for some, but I had hard time finding anything to connect with.

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Unread postby bradavon » 30 Mar 2008, 13:53

That's one of the few Almodovar films I don't have on DVD. I understand Almodovar got considerably better with All About My Mother onwards.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut: 10 out of 10!

Quite simply a masterpiece! Now even better than I ever thought possible.

I was incredibly lucky enough to catch this at my local Arthouse cinema last night.

The first thing that struck me was quite how unbelievably phenomenal the 4K Remaster job was. For the first 10-20 minutes I was in awe had what they had achieved. It looked like it had been filmed yesterday and considerably better than many modern films.

It goes without saying Blade Runner is an outstanding achievement on every level. The cinematography is out of this world, the look of a future noir with mixture of Western but heavily Asian influences is incredible and the ending just WOW!

The remastered 5.1 sound (Dolby Digital 5.1 in this case, it's an arthouse cinema!) was remarkable too and really helped to bring life to the imagery.

I've lost count of the amount of times over the years I've seen Blade Runner but every time I see it it's like it's the first time. The CGI effects shots for once seamlessly integrate into the film and for once really enhance the film. The enhanced Unicorn shot is particularly impressive, as are all the matt building shots.

Quite simply a masterpiece! Now even better than I ever thought possible.

p.s - What is it that Harrison Ford doesn't like about it?
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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Mar 2008, 14:00

Ford doesn't like it?

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Unread postby Lourdes » 30 Mar 2008, 14:29

HungFist wrote:Ford doesn't like it?


Friction with Scott, hated the narration and doesn't like the idea of Deckard being a replicant.

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Unread postby bradavon » 30 Mar 2008, 14:36

Thanks.

I knew he didn't like the narration, but that's now gone. Deckard being a replicant isn't ever spelt out so you could watch it and not take that from it. I prefer to think he is, as it makes it stronger.

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Unread postby Shingster » 30 Mar 2008, 16:56

Ford hated the shoot and hated the voiceover, I don't think he has a problem with the film itself anymore.

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Unread postby Yi-Long » 30 Mar 2008, 17:50

According to Rutger Hauer, Ford just wasnt really in a good place in his life back then, drugs and stuff.

Havent seen the movie yet, so no idea if I'd like it.
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Unread postby saltysam » 30 Mar 2008, 18:08

HungFist wrote:Ford doesn't like it?
He shares my taste in movies 8)

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Unread postby bradavon » 30 Mar 2008, 19:11

The 2 Disc SE DVD is dirt cheap at CD WOW (£8.49 delivered after discounts for either the R1 or UK R2). I've recommended to Grim he pick it up, who shock horror hasn't seen the masterpiece that is Blade Runner either.

Unless you're a fan it's probably not worth getting the 5 Disc UE. The 2 Disc SE contains the only cut now worth worrying about (The Final Director's Cut) and the meat of the extras. I am personally looking forward to checking out the Workprint though, which is only found on the 5 Disc version.
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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Mar 2008, 19:58

Why would someone want to see the cgi enhanced Final Cut?

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Unread postby bradavon » 30 Mar 2008, 20:10

Have you seen it? If not I suggest you reserve judgement until you do. You once told me to do that remember ;)

Seriously the additions are seamless and for once actually benefit the film, this is definitely no Lucas style CGI hack job!

Besides it's far from just CGI alterations with all manner of little changes throughout (there were quite a few gaffs that needed fixing). Add to that the Final Cut has been Remastered way above the Remastered job of the 2006 re-release of the 1992 Director's Cut and like I said it now looks outstanding.

The substantial story changes happened with the 1992 Director's Cut though, for the most part. I've yet to find anyone who prefers any of the Theatrical Cuts (which only hinder the film) or 1992 Director's Cut.

You can check out all the numerous fixes/alterations here:

http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4177

And a comparison between how much better 2007 Final Cut looks compared against the 1997 DVD of the 1992 Director's Cut and 2006 DVD also of the 1992 Director's Cut:

http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/forums/ ... php?t=4199

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Unread postby saltysam » 30 Mar 2008, 20:43

Finishing The Game 2/5

Satire about the supposed auditions the find an actor to replace Bruce Lee and finish Game Of Death. this starts out ok but grows tiresome after 50 minutes or so.filmed in a psuedo-documentary style from the director of Tokyo Drift this low budget affair is watchable at least.

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Unread postby HungFist » 30 Mar 2008, 23:45

bradavon wrote:Seriously the additions are seamless and for once actually benefit the film, this is definitely no Lucas style CGI hack job!


Yes, but perhaps I'd like to watch Blade Runner, and not some 25th anniversary remix? Just like I'd rather watch Seven Samurai in its original form instead of a colorized new version, even if that one added more depth and digitally removed Toshiro Mifune's stunt double.

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Unread postby gasteropod » 31 Mar 2008, 00:26

HungFist wrote:Yes, but perhaps I'd like to watch Blade Runner, and not some 25th anniversary remix? Just like I'd rather watch Seven Samurai in its original form instead of a colorized new version, even if that one added more depth and digitally removed Toshiro Mifune's stunt double.


Well technically the final cut is more 'Blade Runner' than the theatrical cut, but if you wish to view the theatrical cut, then do so.

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Unread postby Shingster » 31 Mar 2008, 00:59

Have you even seen Blade Runner Hung? To question why fans would want any version other than the original theatrical edit seems ridiculously obtuse to me.
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Unread postby Markgway » 31 Mar 2008, 01:03

Blade Runner is massively overrated IMHO.

Ford got it right first time.
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Unread postby RickyTheDragonSteamboat » 31 Mar 2008, 02:54

Urban Justice AKA Renegade Justice - 3.5/5
Not bad. Much better than I expected.

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Unread postby EvaUnit02 » 31 Mar 2008, 08:46

saltysam wrote: Finishing The Game 2/5

Satire about the supposed auditions the find an actor to replace Bruce Lee and finish Game Of Death. this starts out ok but grows tiresome after 50 minutes or so.filmed in a psuedo-documentary style from the director of Tokyo Drift this low budget affair is watchable at least.
Jesus, Justin Lin just won't stop, will he? You're an Asian American, we get the idea already.

Salty, is it better than that train wreck, Better Luck Tomorrow? Ta.


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