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« Reply #450 on: July 26, 2016, 15:03 »

State of Play - BR disc review

So, some of us liked Pelican Brief. And some of us have new kick ass Atmos or DTS-X 11 channel surround systems. Now how about a movie that meets the same thrill and has that pulsating story, and on top of that, has a soundtrack that ensconces you in surround sound, and adds tension, drama and impact to it?

State of Play is actually adapted from a British production, and the Brits know how to make a terrific plot. Add a whole host of marquee actors, increased the production values and you have a gripping thriller.

You have the likes of a few Academy award winners here, including Helen Mirren, Russel Crowe, backed up by some very solid acting from Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Batman Affleck, along with a few more supporting acts that work well together in a political drama that started with a murder under a bridge, an affair, a suicide and the only odd thing that stuck out was that the reporter played by a lion maned Crowe, smelt a rat.

Now you may think that this is no movie for bass heads and yes, I do concede that it won't be a continuous pummelling of your senses, but the bass is used to provide solid tension, and when the sniper fires, there's a solid thump too.

The money is in the surround effects, with all the speakers being involved. Despite being 'only' a DTS-MA 5.1 production, those with the more advanced surround systems can add Neural X to the mix and you definitely feel the helicopter flybys, the rain effects and more coming from on top. Each street scene is filled with sound, and you feel right in the middle of things.

When it does get rough, the bass does come in and there are very precise placement effects and the sound is crisp. When spent rounds drop onto the floor, there's a nice ring, and you will get lots of details.

This is also a good disc to test the noise floor in your system, as you don't really need to turn it up very loudly, especially if you have a really quiet room for your setup.

Plot: 4/5
Action: 3/5

Recommended for a viewing at least, and for those into political thrillers it's a keeper. The disc itself is a beauty of a demo on how to elicit solid ambience.

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« Reply #451 on: July 26, 2016, 15:28 »
Finding Dory - movie review


I brought some kids to see this, and I didn't have a high expectation, believing that it will just be another money making sequel, out to milk the original for a few more dollars, kind of like Independence Day II.. but boy was I wrong!


To put it simply, I found this story to be more interesting, with greater depth, more food for thought, and yet, it was just as entertaining, if not more than the original. Now that I have let the cat out of the bag, allow me to explain why.


This will be consider one of Pixar's best, in my opinion, with the right magical mix of fun, adventure, humor and depth that marks all the hall of fame Pixar productions. Sure, it's another journey that involves fish finding someone and something, but the story writers manage to add the right mix of originality, coupled with elements of the original road trip so those who have seen it have something they can remember, yet there are many more elements of new characters and storylines that will draw in new fans. Both kids and adults will have something for them. My kids were at the edge of their seats, urging the fish on when they faced the odds, laughing at the jokes with their parents, and the parents will have many scenes that will give them much to ponder on especially if they have or know someone with a child of special needs.


A special mention must be given to the traditional 5 minute pre-show snippet, called "Piper" which agains shows how one can let a kid learn to do what he needs to do, but letting him achieve the task in his own way. I believe the snipped alone deserves and Oscar, and speaking of that, I believe with great confidence that we are looking at Oscar material, right now in this show.


As for the surround effects, your surround speakers will get a good workout, dialogue is crisp and clear. There isn't as much bass, so this won't be that kind of demo track, but it's still a solid showing and with such a sweet story, I think this one will be a keeper, just like it's predecessor, Finding Nemo.


4/5
Finding Dory BD released?

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« Reply #452 on: July 26, 2016, 15:30 »
Finding Dory BD released?
Nope..
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« Reply #453 on: July 26, 2016, 17:23 »
Nope..
Ok. I thought this is in the DISC section hence.

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« Reply #454 on: July 30, 2016, 21:45 »
Port Call - Movie AND disc review


This is an effort by Philip Yung, and stars a rather different looking Aaron Kwok, who even got thinner, dyed his hair to complete the look. Very different from the slick cops seen in the recent cop shows. No Mainland money in this one.
He investigates a murder of a young prostitute, played by a newcomer Jessie Li.


Whilst I commend the acting efforts of everyone, in particular Micheal Ning, who plays the murderer that confesses to the crime, I can't understand the plot or follow the story. It isn't the gore, or even the sex scenes, I don't find them particularly distasteful or anything like that, it's just that I don't get the plot :(


It's a talkie, so there's minimal surround use. The dialogue is clear, the picture quality is excellent, but it's no demo disc..


Can't wrap my head around this ... even though it was well received at the Golden Horse Awards 2015.


Watch it for yourself and decide.
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« Reply #455 on: February 17, 2017, 23:26 »
Skiptrace movie review:




Jackie Chan is famous for his slapstick comedy roles that is peppered with nonstop action. Think Project A, Police Story, and you will recall a series of movies with breathtaking stunts, amazing choreography of action mixed with humor reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin. Now I won't put Skiptrace in the same league, but it harks back to his heyday and it's nice to see him back for one more rodeo.


For the uninitiated, this movie goes at a breakneck pace, and I wish I could watch it in Mandarin and English, just to see the difference. Think of the plot as secondary to the whole buddy scene, and it's a throw back to the Rush Hour franchise, and the plot is a mash of Midnight Run with Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Johnny Knoxville makes a good counterfoil to JC, and they traverse China together, in a funny travel-doco way, that invites you to laugh with or at them, marvel at the various sites and relive some of the old Jackie's action magic.


Don't let the Rotten Tomatoes rating deter you, IMO, this is worth a rental at least or a keeper.


The BR disc itself has superb video quality, and the surround effects are solid, with great use of the surrounds. Not a lot of bass, but an involving experience, nonetheless. 
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« Reply #456 on: February 23, 2017, 13:43 »

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - movie review


The first instalment was not bad, like a good beef stew, it was a quiet boiler, working it's way slowing through and only reaching it's full taste near the end.
It was tiring watching the second instalment..
It felt like Forrest Gump Part II
Quite simply, it was a running movie: "From that day onwards, if I was going anywhere, I was running!"


Tom Cruise didn't perform to his usual best, and look like he was dialling it in. I also made the mistake of reading the book first, so all the nuances, the thoughts in his mind were lost.


Here was a movie that didn't know if it was a straightforward actioner, a whodunit thriller or a bit of comedy.


Jack needs to solve a paternity suit, free a prisoner, and absolve himself of crime once again. Cobie Sumlders doesn't smoulder too much here, she also look old and tired here, and there isn't a real chemistry between them. No couple on the run feel. In fact Robert De Niro and buddy feel more 'couply' in Midnight Run and Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte also had more love between them than these two.


Plenty of action and explosions, so those looking for a bit of demo material for their HT systems won't feel too aggrieved, but my opinion is similar to the title: Never Go Back.
Rent or buy only when on sale.


2.5/5
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« Reply #457 on: March 13, 2017, 12:54 »
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - movie review


The first instalment was not bad, like a good beef stew, it was a quiet boiler, working it's way slowing through and only reaching it's full taste near the end.
It was tiring watching the second instalment..
It felt like Forrest Gump Part II
Quite simply, it was a running movie: "From that day onwards, if I was going anywhere, I was running!"


Tom Cruise didn't perform to his usual best, and look like he was dialling it in. I also made the mistake of reading the book first, so all the nuances, the thoughts in his mind were lost.


Here was a movie that didn't know if it was a straightforward actioner, a whodunit thriller or a bit of comedy.


Jack needs to solve a paternity suit, free a prisoner, and absolve himself of crime once again. Cobie Sumlders doesn't smoulder too much here, she also look old and tired here, and there isn't a real chemistry between them. No couple on the run feel. In fact Robert De Niro and buddy feel more 'couply' in Midnight Run and Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte also had more love between them than these two.


Plenty of action and explosions, so those looking for a bit of demo material for their HT systems won't feel too aggrieved, but my opinion is similar to the title: Never Go Back.
Rent or buy only when on sale.


2.5/5

Just watched this on 4k, lousy movie, sound quality not there, movie so so......2/5 is about right!

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« Reply #458 on: April 22, 2017, 21:00 »
Had a chance to catch up on some shows during a trip:


Quick notes:


Wong Ka Yan
A quaint romantic movie worth a watch.
Sort of August Rush in Cantonese


Allied
I can see why Angelina was mad. Miss French actress of the moment Marion C has a nice time snogging Brad Pitt in a show which looks suspiciously like WWII version of Mr and Mrs Smith. It moves along nicely thanks to real chemistry  between the two leads but it's not too memorable.


Assasins Creed
Well... I was following Arrow on TV and the costumes are similar but it's like Prince of Persia with a Hitman slant.
Also forgettable I am afraid.



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« Reply #459 on: April 26, 2017, 19:20 »
Just watched this on 4k, lousy movie, sound quality not there, movie so so......2/5 is about right!

So jack reacher can skip watching totally?

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« Reply #460 on: April 26, 2017, 20:16 »
If you ask me, I would say that this is watchable!  Quite entertaining with enough pace and actions to keep you interested and SQ is pretty good too! :)

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« Reply #461 on: April 26, 2017, 20:41 »
So jack reacher can skip watching totally?
Wait for Black Friday and get it for a low price. I am sure the sound will be good. Not sure if it's a keeper.
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« Reply #462 on: April 26, 2017, 22:17 »
So jack reacher can skip watching totally?

U can watch it bro, maybe you will enjoy it, but i definitely didnt. Its all preference. Maybe my expectations were higher, especially when its a Tom Cruise movie. Passengers was very good for me, can try that with the Mrs. Watch the Atmos version, really nice. I believe she will enjoy it too :)

Definitely dont waste $ on normal BR, just aim for the HDR Atmos titles come Black Friday.... If the atmos sound dont impress u, chances r HDR will. Its that good the two combination.

I did a comparison of the normal bluray on Oblivion with the DTS HD track. If you dont own this bluray, get the HDR 4k atmos version. Sound is really impressive not to mention in HDR. Its absolute masterclass. The DTS HD MA version has digital clippings in the original mastering, but the atmos tracks are clean down to the single digit. U will know what i mean when u have the chance to compare the 2 side by side.

Another good atmos track in Resident Evil Final Chapter and Blood Wars Lycan movie. Story so so but Syok la the bass :)


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« Reply #463 on: April 27, 2017, 21:25 »
Yea will definitely get the atmos disc for oblivion. Even though I have the normal bluray liao

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« Reply #464 on: May 13, 2017, 01:09 »
Summer Wars Review






How can one place Summer Wars?




Think of a movie that allows elements of a hacking nerd vs a huge virus, with a sprinkling of romance and plenty of a motley family naturally imbibed with lots of quirks. I guess that you have elements of  The Royal Tenenbaums mixed with some Ghost in the Shell to make one of the finest anime ever made, I kid not.


Kenji is a super maths nerdy wizard who gets roped into impersonating his crush’ boyfriend and gets dragged to meet her great grandmother for her 90th birthday. Along the way, he meets all the quirky members of her extended family, each with their own hang-ups, and foibles, some small and others larger than you expect.


In his spare time, he manages part of a virtual world known as Oz, and he inadvertently helps to facilitate the spread of a AI program which threatens to take down the entire internet, and send a wayward asteroid probe on top of the family home.


When I first bought the disc, I figured I had acquired some disc on summer battles ala the bloody classroom brawls found in Battle Royale, but I guess I should have done more homework first. Yet, I emerged from watching it with a great warm feeling, that my time was well spent.


This was a movie about family first, the ties, and the energy of the matriarch, who held the family together, and always had the right concept to handling difficult situations. This was the most important theme, and the hacking wars, good versus evil, plus the tinge of romance were the supporting story lines.


Sure, there were elements borrowed from a variety of movies, and director Mamoru Hosoda unabashed borrowed heavily from many movies about hacking, viruses and the pervasiveness of the internet. Yet the story becomes totally his, and he infuses each of the characters with strong traits. In particular, the main characters work well, not because they are perfect, or that they are total losers, but each has redeeming qualities, and we can see ourselves in them.


It might be an anime, and one that was Japanese, but the elements of flaws and strengths make the theme universal. The pacing is also spot on despite it’s length, and you are brought from the first act, where the internet and Oz is introduced, into the second where the two young protagonists meet, then onto the family setting, leading into how the Oz melts down and finally the big battle.


Surround fans will also get a good workout, but this movie has little of the blockbuster bass, and instead uses the surrounds to paint that image of a rural Ueda setting. You will hear crickets and lots of ambient noises which help to bring you into the movie.


Most fans will be familiar with the Ghost in the Shell series, and of course the work of the director of Spirited Away, but with this effort, Mamoru Hosoda, who also made The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, will now join the heralded ranks of the top anime makers of all time.


Highly recommended.

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