I tend to shy away from awarding placement in my top ten for current releases – as I feel that genre of release is over-saturated and to me, the real treats of this format aren’t so much the movies that just came out, but the ability to see vintage beloved movies in an image quality that was impossible to attain at home or in most theaters given the sad state of so many 35mm prints. But that said, this release has been crack for me. One – the goofy fucking BATPOD that I originally thought just looked plum retarded… well, it’s wormed its way into my heart. That up the wall about face ruled SO HARD! SO HARD! That the bit of tech badassery put it somewhere below Blade Runner’s Spinners and TRON’s Light Cycles, but still pretty pimp ride. However, the jewel is the disc. Lots of exclusive to Blu-Ray extras – and the image and sound quality are simply brilliant. This would make just about anyone’s 10 of the year list.
I know people seem to think THE GOD OF COOKERY or KUNG FU HUSTLE or SHAOLIN SOCCER are Chow’s best work to date… but they surely have not seen the two film epic, A CHINESE ODYSSEY. This was not a domestic release this year, but it is our region and generated from Hong Kong – and it is exquisite. I’ve only seen a well loved 35mm print of this movie that Tarantino screened once, but to have this movie(s) in my home collection – to see Stephen Chow at his absolute best circa 1994 in this Epic Period Comedy Martial Arts Tragic Fantasy Romance in 1080p is religious. Seriously. It is astonishing. Each film has its own disc. And the quality is beautiful. This is essentially the story of the Monkey God – and it is Chow’s most complex and bizarre work – coming across as something like a Terry Gilliam Hong Kong affair. It’s fantastic and it is on Blu-Ray in 2008!
Stunning release. I’d never seen HOW THE WEST WAS WON in its full Cinerama mode before and watching it in this bizarre and trippy aspect ration is fantastic via HD Projection 9’ by 12’. You sit center and there are scenes that will literally make you feel the motion and the soaring of the film. The film was an epic undertaking and stars an brilliant cast and was directed by JOHN FORD, HENRY HATHAWAY and GEORGE MARSHALL (& Richard Thorpe doing linking work) – This release has the Cinerama version and the normal theatrical release version as well. So if you don’t like that bizarre aspect ratio (and why wouldn’t ya?) you can see it as most people did back when this classic was released. A Great release!
Welcome Criterion To The Wonderful World of Blu-Ray!!! And to start off with one of Welles’ most iconic and wonderful performances ever… WAY TO GO! First, the image quality and sound are the best we’ve ever seen for this title. Then you get two commentaries, an intro by Peter Bogdanovich, the 1951 radio versions of THE THIRD MAN along with THE LIVES OF HARRY LIME SERIES. And tons more extras. Thus far, this is Criterion’s best release in the format and with them jumping on board the format, we’re promised a very happy 2009!
You do not only get NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in Blu-Ray… which is reason enough to put this on this list, but you’re also getting in 1080p FRANKENWEENIE (with an intro and look at some sweet pre-work on the feature adaptation that Tim’s working on) and VINCENT! Then there’s Christopher Lee reading Burton’s original poem A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS that has this amazing animated thing going on to it. Very sweet. You also get commentary by Burton, Selick & Elfman!!! And TONS MORE EXTRAS. This was an incredible first rate job!
A Loaded Collection if there’s ever been one! You get the complete works of DIRTY HARRY – and a 40 page hardcover book, a wallet with Harry’s badge and ID card – I’m serious, a map showing where Scorpio did his work and where Harry came across him – Five repro cards of the posters. THEN there’s the films. Everyone of them have extras, with truly exquisite attention being paid to the original DIRTY HARRY. However, when all the extras from all the films come together you’ve really heard from just about everyone responsible for the series and that’s fantastic.
The image quality on GODFATHER 1 & 2 are breathtaking. I felt like the dust in the air captured on film would leak into my existence it was so sharp. That said, the work on GODFATHER 3 was lacking. But you know what… I’m not gonna watch that disc so much anyways. I mean, why? Nobody ever wants to watch it, besides me. And I only want to watch it because it’s Francis’ intended conclusion to it all, even if the execution wasn’t up to the impossible standards of the first two films. But seriously – the work on GODFATHER & GODFATHER 2 and the extras are so wonderful, you can not deny it.
When I gave this to Quint – his eyes bugged out. First off – it’s the entire PLANET OF THE APES saga! And that my friends means… pantless monkey joy! The picture book included with this is a real real beauty. Every single film in the set is done beautifully – with restoration of a lost cut on CONQUEST which makes the film ungodly awesome! One would hope that PARAMOUNT would pay attention here and allow Shatner to do a magnificent DIRECTOR’S CUT of STAR TREK 5 – if such a thing would be possible. But this is how the Classic STAR TREK Features should be handled when they most likely come out next year. Something epic and great!
Holy Sweet Animated Awesomeness! Flat out stunning work. This film was originally captured for 70mm and the detail work of the animation and the stunning quality of the image has never looked so good. Everything on this disc except that lame game is perfection. The extras are great, but for me, the true greatness comes down to the image of the film itself. Truly truly a release to have friends over for. If they doubt that animation would look just as good on an up-res’d DVD, Disney has included a free copy of the DVD (for the kids’ room perhaps) but you can put that disc in your player and then educate your friends on their cynicism and set their mind’s free. The Blu-Ray on this is astonishing. I quiver in anticipation for PINNOCHIO next!
I love this movie. I can never remember a time when I didn’t love DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and several years ago I bought a stunningly beautiful print of DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL in 16mm. Not a scratch or bit of dust on it. I loved that print. I paid a shit load for that print. And I’ve seen the film in 35mm. Many times. MANY TIMES. And in all that time – I have never once seen the film as crisply and as sharp as this release. It is amazing. And I can say this with absolute certainty because I’ve shown a scene that every good film geek has seen – to several SERIOUSLY HARDCORE SCIFI FILM AFICIONADOS and it’s that scene of Klaatu walking out of the Saucer that first time. You know. The one with him in the silver suit with the silver helmet? Yeah. That helmet wasn’t silver. It was bake-lite plastic and you can SEE THROUGH IT to Klaatu’s face, you can see Rennie in there. You can see his hair, his cheekbones and his performance. It is unreal image quality. And the best part – with that level of detail being able to be seen – the effects and the movie absolutely holds up. I know there’s a generation that gets fidgety because this movie isn’t “BADASS” – but there was a time when Science Fiction wasn’t about gadgets, but about characters, ideas and story. The remake is about big visual effects and no real ideas. Bland characters and truncated ideas. THIS FILM IS EVERYTHING MISSING TODAY. There’s no irony, no pretense and a touch of awesome, without having to masturbate all over the film. This disc is exquisite and the best transfer of a classic film that I’ve seen yet. Stunning!
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST
I don't have a blu-ray player yet! Shit!
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:24 a.m. CST
TDTESS blu-ray is fucking SICK. Amazing what black and white looks like in HD.
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST
Really? Nowhere? So many other sites and critics have hailed it as one of the best, if not the best, restoration on Blu. Thought you yourself said that some time back when the disc streeted
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST
That is linked from your home page. There are so many films that I do not have exposure to and I just can't buy them all at once. I can't keep up but I will catch up eventually if I can keep track of these titles. Please, some kind of link to all of your back lists of great movies to get on Blue Ray would be so appreciated. Thanks for putting out these lists. It means a lot. I have great loves thanks to your lists.
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
i viewed this and it had the 3 images thing which was weird, i was wondering is that still there or what?
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:37 a.m. CST
I know Paramount cheaped out on Shatner the last go-around, but maybe they will give him another shot this time to fix a movie that has a LOT of upside. Excellent BR pics overall.
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:40 a.m. CST
I had more money!
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:41 a.m. CST
I too, thought it looked ridiculous leading up to the release of the film. And then it ejected from the Tumbler and all was right with the world because it had a somewhat practical reason for existing.
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST
still can't find you on facebook, have you had second thoughts after the morons on that talkback?
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST
just search for "Harry Knowles" - it is that easy, I think
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST
With today's technology, let the guy do what he wanted to do. There's a very topical premise involved in the original story and the audience would be there for it... just give him the bucks Paramount! Think about it... The Wise re-do on The Motion Picture made that film better than it needed to be.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST
This cover makes it look like it's the remake! That's not good, my friends.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST
Number 11? Has to crack the top ten. Why Harry? Do you despise me?
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST
I know Battle has a few extra scenes but that has been out before. Conquest has the great new ending
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST
Yes!! Ok now this is a must have.
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST
Go get this shit now if your a fan of the series. Picture quality is the best it has ever been and the documentaries, book included and new ending to CONQUEST is worth every penny. I got it for Christmas and was totally caught by surprise. I had no idea there was a Planet of Apes collection on blu ray. It was like getting a super nintendo for Christmas all over again. Roddy Mcdowell is an Ape God. Part 1 and Part 4 are the best hands down!! Tim Burton suck a fat one for destroying a promising series for the younger generation.
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST
You must. You will.<p>HD-DVD went out with style and grace. Respect, yo.
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST
Jan. 3, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
I'd add the Bond movies to that list, the image quality is better than the (admittedly great) Planet Of The Apes set, the older ones Dr. No and From Russia look as good as the newer ones.
Jan. 3, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
It had pretty good repartee between the 3 guys, some Klingon action, a decent plot...okay the naked Uhura thing was kind of fucked up. That made even my pre-teen weener retract like a frightened turtle. But if everything looked better, add a little more action and if they completely retooled the last act, you'd have a decent movie.
Jan. 3, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST
Just because the movie can't compare to the first two is really no reason to get lazy when it comes to picture quality. Boo, I say! Boo!
Jan. 3, 2009, 8:08 a.m. CST
That would've been on my Top Ten by a long shot. I'd also include Speed Racer, but mostly because it sends talkbackers into uncontrollable fits of rage.
Jan. 3, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST
...THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. It's like a Tyler Perry movie, but worse. Terrible.
Jan. 3, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST
.....then ALL studios need to make the MOST of the technology ON DAY ONE of EACH AND EVERY RELEASE...and NOT hold back in hope that people will DOUBLE and TRIPLE DIP on such expensive disks. Nothing will end the Blu-ray format sooner than continued releases that DO NOT push the format. With research, one can discover the treasures of movies in High-Definition. "THE INCREDIBLE HULK" is an absolutely BEAUTIFUL transfer on Blu-ray. For some reason, to my eyes, it looks more digital while "THE DARK KNIGHT" appears more film-like. Both look (uh-hem) incredible...though I give the HD edge to THE INCREDIBLE HULK transfer. And I'm rediscovering PIXAR, as Disney and Pixar continually push the format, from what I've seen. There ARE treasures to be had, if you know where to look. And I always do my research before buying, before being stuck with a Blu-ray that's hardly any different than a dvd. (I'm glad I didn't get suckered into Blu-rays of PREDATOR or the DIE HARD collection.) So listen up, Hollywood. If you want to continue profits in the sales in the Blu-ray format, if you desire to keep a good thing going and give extended life to the format, I strongly suggest you follow the lead of studios that actually "do" push the format. Thank you, Disney and Pixar. Thank You, Warner Bros. And thank you, Universal. (Please note that I have not seen every Blu-ray from every studio.)
Jan. 3, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST
Well, it doesm
Jan. 3, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST
Try opening your eyes the next time you watch it. Might help.
Jan. 3, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST
I've seen that film dozens of times but on bluray I saw shit on those characters that I had never seen before.The lines on jacks suit. Its great to finally see all that attention to detail we missed in standard definition. Truly you can see all the hard work that was put into the characters and sets.
Jan. 3, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST
For your eyes.
Jan. 3, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST
Sony has to lower the licensing costs considerably. That's why we see so few HD discs from the smaller cult companies.
Jan. 3, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST
...are SPEED RACER, WALL E, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. No matter WHAT your opinion of these movies,...ANYBODY who takes a peak at these Blu-rays, if playing on a quality HDtv, will be SOLD on the Blu-ray format. To me, these transfers are mind blowing. (For the record, my favorite Blu-ray is THE DARK KNIGHT.)
Jan. 3, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST
If I ever get the Alien movies on blu-ray I will JIZZ.IN.MY.PANTS.
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST
Having finally bought a dedicated Blu-ray player (as opposed to my Sony laptop which I just plugged into my TV to do that job), I went out buying a good amount of Blu-rays to add to my collection. Here I thought that I'd be able to pick up another few after reading this list.<P> Boy, was I wrong... None of the Blu-rays on that list appeal to me (of the ones that I have yet to buy).
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:23 a.m. CST
and THE HOST, both of which I have not seen.
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
Seriously, there is NOTHING OUT THERE AS PRETTY IN 1080P AS BARAKA. The thing is shot on 72mm film and is the true benchmark of how great Blue Ray can be. So damn lovely, and Wall-E is just flat out perfect in this format. But I have to say, I bought an HD-DVD first based on Harry's approval of it and the fact that it was way cheaper and I still find that the load times are WAAAAAAAY Quicker than my Second Gen Blue Ray player.
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST
by Chesterfield Slacks
Technically the best Bluray transfer, period! The only 8K master from 70mm to Bluray. It leaps off the screen and stabs you in the eyes. Makes all others look VHS. It's that good!
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
That and Good/Bad/Ugly are my two favorite westerns of all time. Beautiful in their current DVD release, but I will still double dip for the chance to have them in Blue Ray. Christ I love those two films. Seriously Harry talk to me about the timeframe for that. Get your pal Quinten on it or something. I need to waste more money on those two films.
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST
Are these your 10 Best Packaged Blu-Rays, your 10 Favorite films on Blu-Ray? These FOR SURE are NOT the 10 Best Quality wise that were released this year. Godfather, TDK and NBC (and Dirty Harry in my opinion) were on most respected Audio and Videophile's lists. However, The Day the Earth Stood Still? I know you nut over this film, but that doesn't make it a Best of Blu-Ray. The quality factor is what makes a Best of Blu-Ray, otherwise you might as well still be watching outdated DVDs.
Jan. 3, 2009, 10:35 a.m. CST
Saw both films recently on Bluray and was floored. I still think the interior of Klaatu's ship is the finest sci-fi design of that time and still looks futuristic today. Baraka is the by far the cleanest sharpest transfer of a film in history. That's not an opinion - it's scientific fact. Look it up - there are meticulous articles explaining the process. It's a must-see.
Jan. 3, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST
Unless you were just trying to say that 3rd man was the 1st one from Criterion you should check out. Personally, I'm waiting for Blu-Ray of Alphaville or The Conformist.
Jan. 3, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST
I assume it's Mcdowell's speech about overthrowing mankind...?
Jan. 3, 2009, 11:27 a.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
Blu-ray, with its currently higher retail prices, should indeed be giving consumers a bigger bang. I'm a little angry that they're going ahead and releasing the Lord of the Rings theatrical cuts first, instead of just waiting until Peter Jackson gets all the special extras together for the director's cuts. Every standard def owner I know already owns both versions of the Lord of the Rings, and only watches the director's cuts. I suppose we'll get the theatrical cuts first, then the director's cuts and then a special edition that includes both cuts with bonus footage and behind the scenes stuff from "The Hobbit." And why didn't the studios take advantage of the chance to sell the public on Blu-ray by giving them "Grindhouse" in its entirity instead of trying to release "Death Proof" and "Terror Planet" seperately again? And why not finally give us "Kill Bill: The Whole Thing" instead of making us buy two $30 Blu-ray discs again? We went through this on dvd for 10 years; first non-anamorphic then better transfer anamorphic, then uncut anamorphic, etc. I understand the financial end of it. I know it's the job of the studio to make as much money as possible from every title they own, but at this juncture, Blu-ray isn't a completely different format. It's still a dvd, just a better dvd. So it feels like they're not only double dipping on the fans, but quadrouple dipping. You'll read how great each new version is as it comes out here on AICN, but keep in mind most of the AICN crew gets all his/her dvds for free. They don't have to shell out $30 for each new edition. They just give their old editions to friends and family. The fans have to pay their hard earned cash to support (or not support) the format. I'm hoping the sales will totally flop for these first dips. Don't buy Lord of the Rings when they come out just to watch them in 1080p. Wait for the director's cuts. Show the studios you have patience, and that in this economy they should give fans the bang for their buck that Blu-ray promises.
Jan. 3, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
I love that Disney included that. There is still no way I am going to buy a blu ray for my daughters room and the truck still has the regular player in it so including this really made me happy. Saved me from having to buy it on DVD and Blu-Ray and if she wants to watch it and I want to watch somthing else, I can just set it up in her room. You are correct Harry.
Jan. 3, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST
I recall you guys did that last year, championing THERE WILL BE BLOOD as the best film of 2007. There seemed a bit of a drive to promote that film to the Academy. Will you be doing the AICN Awards this year? This time you could champion 2008's coolest geek triumph -THE DARK KNIGHT.
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST
by Frank Black
My wife didn't get why I needed the series on Blu Ray when I just bought it with the "monkey head" set a couple of years ago. I said "Baby, the monkey head set had the tv series, the animated series and the awful Tim Burton remake, and the new set has a beautiful book and it is in hi def." When I wouldn't sell the standard def version she was irritated until we watched the original Planet of the Apes with friends last week on Blu Ray. Everyone was floored (3 people in the room had never seen any of the Planet of the Apes films.) This box set is fantastic.
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST
by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR
Do i sell off my Kurosawa movie collection in hopes of Blu-ray releases? WHAT DO I DO?????
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST
The Star Trek: The Motion Picture Blu-Ray that is coming out in a few months will be the theatrical version, not the sweet directors cut with the enhanced special effects. This is according to Bill Hunt over at Digital Bits. The effects were only rendered to 480p, not high def, so they need to be re-done. Personally I don't see why the couldn't have time to re-do the effects, since they guy who originally did them is offering Paramount his help. Seems to me like they're just cheaping out.
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST
When Speed Racer on blu-ray is fucking your eyeballs out!!! And I do agree on the porposition that studios should by and large stop dragging their asses and put content on these dics that'll really show what all this fancy BD live 2.0 java schmava are all about. Your double dipping days are over! Fill those 50GBs to the brim!
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST
the animation and music playing over Christopher Lee while he was reading that poem. What are we doing, listening to the poem or watching the movie? Disney puts some of the most annoying menus and special features on their discs.
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST
Sounds like they were cheaping out in the first place.
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:35 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
i've never seen the movie, just scenes here and there on specials and shit but you could always see his face through the little screen on the mask. maybe i'm not reading right or Harry didnt describe it properly but yeah, i dont get the revelation of seeing his face. unless he means the whole mask is actually see through.
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST
Dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttt! <P> You are form Austin Harry. Represent!!!!
Jan. 3, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST
I dont own a Blu-Ray player, but this film (and Lawrence of Arabia) would be the two to get me interested in purchasing one. I can't think of too many films I'd consider more beautiful to look at.
Jan. 3, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST
Trek 5 just needs some clipping here and there, the full extended original scenes of kirk spock and mccoy, and a complete overhaul of the visual effects via ILM's B or C team. maybe the D team. anything would be better than the effects team they got. What the fuck man? <p> I knew when the motion picture was released with new visuals they were only cheap and nasty for todays standards. The same thing happened with donnars cut of superman 2. it's like the editor composited the original plates himself. <p> It's geat that they did all that, but surely now the potential can be seen by repairing these old stinkers and mking them truely worth watching by todays generation of film goers. <p> Trk 5 is a great film wrapped in very ugly packaging. lets colour correct those greens and whites, hey! Fans are always calling for te return of Kirk. What better return than the man himself giving us HIS trek film. He had a plan!!
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST
I mean come on Harry its obvious you smoke the doob.
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:07 p.m. CST
by The E
I can't believe how many talkbackers are praising the Speed Racer blu-ray. It sucks, not the picture (which is awesome), but the sound. It sounds like the same compressed crap I used to listen to when watching DVD's. The fact they don't include a standard blu-ray lossless track is unacceptable. Once you start hearing the crisp lossless audio of other blu-ray releases it's hard to go back. It's weird how everyone judges blu-ray's solely on picture but ignores the audio, which to my ears is just as important.
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST
Stormwatcher, how the hell do load times matter on a Bluray cause the last time I checked my player wasn't loading the movie while i was watching it, it was playing it in real time. Plus, 72mm is not a film format, it's a shell size. <p> And JDanielP, movies aren't supposed to look digital. Maybe the reason the Dark Knight looked so filmlike is because it was a great transfer of a movie shot, get this - ON FILM. The Incredible Hulk transfer was nothing that stunning, because the source to begin with wasn't all that great. I.E. it was a horrible movie, just truly fucking dreadful and lifeless. <p> And yeah Harry how you could leave off the import disc of I'm a Cyborg But It's Ok and Chungking Express Criterion (are you bummed out cause they finally got rid of Tarantino's pointless annoying commentary)... Just tragic...
Jan. 3, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST
did not know that was out and that was a great obscure tip. thanks. do more of those in your lists.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3 p.m. CST
Ebert concurs. It towers over every other title on your list.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
It was always my favorite Disney movie, so I'm glad it was my first Blu-ray. (Santa Claus and whatnot)Oh man. The reason I loved it so much is when I saw that bitch turn into a dragon in theaters as a kid, it scared me. Watching that same scene again in Blu I was reminded of those feelings. And the extra, regular DVD that Disney threw in just shows that maybe they have changed a bit from the 90's and actually care about the fans again. Such a show of respect on their part. Class. Wall-E is next (Heh. My first 2 Blu's will be Disney cartoons!)
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:27 p.m. CST
are actually being worked on right now H
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
I wonder what that will look like in Blu-ray. I also loved "Blue Planet" and "Planet Earth." Those series were made for high def.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST
Whoever on here is saying Baraka is the best looking Blu-Ray is out of their mind. It PALES in comparison to the IMAX footage on the Dark Knight Blu-Ray, not even close. Baraka is a great film that I love dearly, but it has aged a bit and the blu-ray was a disappointment, it's not even close to being reference quality. <p> Same with Godfather 1&2, it just doesn't look that great. The main reason is cause Godfather is not a film that is shot for hi-def. It is dark and murky with a muddled color palette. Hi-def does not lend itself to such films unless they were shot in the last 5 years, and even then it is a crapshoot. <p> But yeah, Baraka and the whole 8k thing? A bunch of bullshit. Don't believe the hype.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:30 p.m. CST
was lost in a crowded summer, I bet I saw that trailer 10 times in the theatre before I saw the film. It seemed liked the studio didn't want to go all the way with it, and all the potential evaporated by the third act. Also the Bat cycle vehicle is on clearance at Target, I bought the regular blu ray and got the toy bat cycle for 10.48, its bigger and better than the little thing in the bluray.
Jan. 3, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST
good point re the sound on blu-rays.
Jan. 3, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
by Gus Van Rant
Where is House Bunny?
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST
by Angry White baby
While I love THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, let's face it: this is one of those moments where I wish "the powers that be" would use CGI to get rid of seams, wires, matte boxes, etc. Not add or change the FX, mind you, just do a "Kubrick ala 2001" and paint out the stuff you weren't supposed to see - like the massive numbers of wires holding Patricia Hayden when Gort picks her up...or the zipper on Gort...or the seams on the spaceship. Never noticed that stuff until the wonders of 1080p! PS: I still love the movie.
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST
by Angry White baby
That's Patricia NEAL. My bad.
Jan. 3, 2009, 4:31 p.m. CST
The Planet of the Apes set gets the easy no. 1 slot from me, and ALL because of the new version of Conquest. SPOILERS coming... What's different? Well, there are a number of smaller scenes of amped up violence, but the ones that truly were disturbing in their brutality were the ones with gorillas PILING UP the bodies of soldiers, some still alive, and then spending what felt like a good 2 minutes just pummeling them with rifle butts into an absolute mess. Could not believe that. <p>But the greatest thing about it is that it leaves that INCREDIBLE speech from Caesar at the end undiluted. This film is Roddy McDowell's best work, there is no doubt. He is just amazing in this, and that final, fire and brimstone speech is chilling. And this time the speech ends with "THAT DAY IS UPON YOU NOW," and instead of mercy on the human "villain" of the film, the gorillas look at him and then pummel away. There is no cheesy overdubbing that makes no sense, which absolutely ruined the original cut. <p>It's a shame the budgets were cut so dramatically on these ape sequels. They could have been so much MORE powerful. But what these guys did with such a little amount of money is astounding, and the stories (except maybe for "Battle") are true sci-fi gems. What an amazing set!!!
Jan. 3, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST
I'm surprised cos it looks amazing PLUS it's got a whole load of the best extras I've seen in ages
Jan. 3, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST
we need this with the original ending in color. A new audio commentary with Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin and Frank Oz. and bonus with TV show appearences by Audrey II and Ellen Greene.
Jan. 3, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST
IRON MAN was a better release than half of these.
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Jan. 3, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST
I figured you'd have unbreakable on there considering you already singled it out?
Jan. 3, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST
by Quake II
I feel this was the best summer movie season since '82. Iron Man, Dark Knight, Wall-E, Indiana Jones, Speed Racer, Hulk....All decent films with a couple being great. Still, I like Iron Man better than The Day The Earth Stood Still or Planet Of The Apes. Especially for a Blu-Ray disc. Oh well.
Jan. 3, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST
no skipping here
Jan. 3, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST
by IndyAbbey Jones
WTF harry, Dr. No and from russia with love fucked both my eyeballs..its sad that movies over 40 years old look better then some of the releases from this year<P>the lowry digital restoration alone should have at least put one (or both) of the volumes on your list<P>yes the early james bond blurays even looked better then the PotA restorations
Jan. 3, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST
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Jan. 3, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST
According to Digital Bits the audio was disappointing, mainly it seems because they used a 25GB disc instead of a 50GB... Hunt thinks they're holding off for a more special release which should include tons of behind the scenes stuff and extras along with good audio... Assholes...
Jan. 3, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST
by Carl XVI Gustaf
10: "Mastidon's Top 10 of 2008!!" Who? 9: "Harry's Top Ten Blue-Ray Releases of 2008!" Another list, really? Gotta pay for that laser somehow I guess. 8: "Nordling's Top 10 of the Year!" Speed Racer is number six? 7: "Capone's 30 BEST FILMS OF 2008" Wall-E before Let the right one in? 6: "Massawyrm's Top 10 list and favorite films of the year!" Cloverfield is a nice touch! 5: "Massawyrm's list of the 10 very worst films of the year!!!" Solid list! 4: "Capone's Worst film of the year" It becomes a list and I totally agree with his choices. 3: This list. 2: "Harry's Picks For The Top Ten Films of 2008!!!" I love Harry's passion for movies and I really like how he's pushing that Swedish vampire movie. 1: "Quint comments on top ten lists!" Quint didn't make a list, God bless!
Jan. 4, 2009, midnight CST
unless it is a bluray. It has spoiled me damnit! And That APE set...oh my. Me wanty. Tonight, I get to watch Heston in some Blu OmegaMan action. Oh Hell Yeah!
Jan. 4, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST
by frank cotton
shit like that is why i come here. coming soon: frank's list of the worst films he's seen since july (more than 10, sadly).
Jan. 4, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST
Maybe now you can see the italian bride's invisible areolas with 1080p.
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST
we need Mathilda May boobs in hd
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:42 a.m. CST
I'm still waiting.
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
Worst DVD cover of 2008...fucking awful. Who chose that one? Fuck!
Jan. 4, 2009, 9:26 a.m. CST
What the goddamn motherfuck does that even mean?!
Jan. 4, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST
Cuz Baraka looks stunning. Oh, no sorry, the nuts at DVDFile, Ebert, pretty much every single review site and technical site are full of shit right? Cuz your eyes are Cyborg eyes that can see better than us right? Whatever, your talking out of you ass.
Jan. 4, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST
#1! ....rowdy: baraka "pales" in comparison? u moron.
Jan. 4, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST
not "72" or "70"
Jan. 4, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST
that it was a REALLY shitty movie, because Perry's movies are shit as it is.
Jan. 4, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST
This has niche product written all over it. Yes, it's the new laserdisc. Although I agree that Mathilda May boobs in hd would be worthwhile.
Jan. 4, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST
Why didn't the guy just say 'like an Uwe Boll movie, but worse', or 'like a Friedberg/Seltzer movie, but worse'? <br><br> Of course, the guy would be dead fucking wrong, because NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is the balls.
Jan. 4, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST
...I don't know a single person in the real world that has one.
Jan. 4, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST
I am tired of explaining what it is, tired of correcting "bluray dvd", and have just realized I am about the only one in both my jobs that even care they exist. (Both of my jobs sell large quantities of them) The are some parallels to laserdisc but where it would end was the letterboxing issue. I paid premium prices to see what I saw in theatres on laser while the jump to dvd to bluray is smaller. I think blu ray and dvd will merge somehow, the Sleeping Beauty BR with dvd has me feeling positive, Pinnochio is on the way.
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST
All of you apple fanboys who think that digital distribution is just on the horizon are talking out of your ass. Streaming on-demand true-high-def (and not the compressed as fuck barely even dvd quality shit we have now) is going to take a lot of infrastructure to get going, and franckly, digital video is still to o confusing for most people. Ya, I know mp3s took off, but that's different. People have always wanted music on the go (hence boomboxes, walkmans), but most people want to enjoy a movie in the best possible quality they can afford. Disk media is going to be around for AT LEAST another 10 years, so if you want to watch movies the way they are meant to be seen (trust me, once you start watching blu-ray its impossible to go back, the picture is usually VASTLY superior), and you have the money for it, you should take the plunge, its well worth it.
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:49 p.m. CST
though, it takes two people to operate a muppet, one to operate the mouth and right arm, and another to be the left (that's the low totem position with the Henson folk). Geeks should know this.
Jan. 4, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
I hear this all the time from people who don't have it. I remember this when DVD's came out too. "It will never catch on, just like laser discs!" I f you look up the numbers blu-ray sales actually increase every month so why would they stop selling movies in blu-ray? Sure downloading movies is the next step but for me I like collecting movies. So I'll never go that route.
Jan. 4, 2009, 10:15 p.m. CST
You can get a player for $200. Sure, the discs are still pricier than DVD but they're coming down and you'll see lot of stuff at BB in the $15-$20 range. And to upgrade your Netflix to Blu-Ray costs... a whole $1 a month. Geez, hope that comes with a tin of caviar...
Jan. 4, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST
Are just disaffected HD-DVD owners (boo-hoo!) or X-Box fanboys. I don't know anyone who owns a yacht in real life but I don't think people that make them are going out of business.
Jan. 4, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST
-SPOILER- Instead of sparing the governor, Ceaser watches as the apes beat him to death. It's a lot darker and pretty much negates the fifth movie (no complaints).
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:57 a.m. CST
...I never said a thing in support of that. I'm all for the physical media. But less and less people will have the cash to spend on worthless bullshit like Bluray discs. The economy will be the death of the format. And momentum will continue to spread for 50 dollar upconvert players. Watch.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:04 a.m. CST
Yes whatever you think of Blu-Ray, this downloadable movies thing is bullshit. It's fine for rentals, but judging by massive DVD and signifigant Blu-Ray sales, people want movies on their shelves. They don't want something they can't touch. It's like buying air. And you can't really loan or borrow a downloaded movie now can you?
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:07 a.m. CST
I'd like to see you download something as cool as that set. With the artbook and all.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST
I'll bet anyone here a donut that the people in this TB insisting that Blu-Ray won't last are either too cheap or too broke to buy themselves a BD player in the first fucking place.<p><p>Tell Mommy to go suck a few more cocks this weekend so she'll finally be able to spring for a PS3, you whiny little bitches. You won't regret it.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2 a.m. CST
by most excellent ninja
the leap between DVD and Blu Ray isn't as big as the leap between VHS and DVD. The only difference is quality, and DVD isn't exactly bad quality either. Blu Ray is seen as luxury whereas DVD was an actual new format, a new way to enjoy things on a massive scale. DVD will be around for a few years more and then when the machines take over and skynet rises, digital distro will be the big thing - when someone works out how to do it right.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST
fuck, its already taken off.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST
on fewer discs, I'm all for that. Lots of flipping with that Batman The Animated Series set. Holographic Discs would be better for this purpose, and to eliminate compression artifacts.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:12 a.m. CST
What's wrong with X-box? No, really. I just bought one a week ago. Is there really something wrong with it? Tell me! TELL ME!!!
Jan. 5, 2009, 7:53 a.m. CST
by Desk of Steel
and it is excellent! I've invested so much already in DVD that it just isn't worth spending more for little difference. Plus, I'm not a fan of my movies looking like soap operas. I think some films need to look gritty.
Jan. 5, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST
Blu Ray is HD. In two years, all TV will be HD. NTSC and PAL european format will cease to exist. Then, CAN YOU TELL ME WHY DVD SHOULD CONTINUE TO OFFER MOVIES ON AN OBSOLETE FORMAT WHILE BLU-RAY WILL OFFER THEM IN THE CURRENT FORMAT ? which one will not take off ? DVD IS ABOUT TO CRASH, NO MATTER HOW MANY REASONS YOU WILL LIST TO JUSTIFY SPENDING USELESS MONEY ON USELESS DISCS IN YOUR COLLECTION. Fact.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST
I literally had to go out of town to nab a Dark Knight on Blueray because all of my local retailers had sold out. The thing about BR is that the players don't invalidate standard DVD's; they play them and upconvert them just fine so all this talk of replacing entire DVD collections is so much praddle. Not all movies require a BR transfer and frankly, I won't be buying everything in my collection again. Regardless, it all works on a BR player and it all looks fantastic. BR players have already dropped below 200 bucks and will only get cheaper in the next year. Also, those claiming BR offers only a marginal difference are full of shit. Even on a midlevel HDTV the difference is significant.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST
overlooked regarding the cinematography. Wise used shadow and angle to create, perhaps the first union of sci-fi and film noir.<p>And as popular as the Dirty Harry series was, I always felt that they were, outside of Don Siegel's work, directed very pedestrian. They were not much more than big screen "Streets Of San Fransisco" episodes with the addition of Clint Eastwood bad-assery.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST
to creep around 100 dollars by next Christmas. Upconverting players can only do so much with standard discs. Toshiba is trying, bless their HD-losing-the-war-hearts. But just as you can find name brand 32 inch LCD screens under 500 bucks now, look for at least Sylvania or Magnavox BluRay players to approach 100 bucks by the end of the year. As far as the price of discs, as long as Blockbuster and Netflix carry BluRay, I'll be a happy renter, and purchase a title here and there.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST
go to hell, Blu-Ray.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST
most excellent ninja: I agree with you 100%. BluRay has a nice picture, but is it really worth all the additional cost, especially when the set you own is going to determine the quality more than the player or disc its on? (Before people start whining, yes, I have an HDTV... no, I don't see what all the hype is about.)<p> theplant: I hope that was sarcasm. You do realize that HDTV does not make DVDs obsolete, right? You can still play DVDs on an HD set. Hell, you can still play VHS on an HD set. People aren't going to abandon their DVD collections in droves, especially considering that BluRay movies cost up to twice what you can purhcase the DVD for. I could see the need for buying an action movie or something like LOTR on BluRay every so often, but why would you pay twice as much just to see every hair on Seth Rogen's face?
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST
Hell, for that matter, I can rent DVD's for a week for free at my local library. No one is forcing BluRay on you.........just yet.<p>How's that vinyl LP and 8 Track collection coming together? I'm as stubborn to format change as the next guy. I have an extensive laserdisc colletion, and thought DVD was a waste and useless format 12 years ago, and thought nothing would replace VHS as a timeshifting medium...
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST
I'm starting to see more and more BR discs priced under 15 dollars and some closer to 10 bucks. That's still a far cry from the 5.00 Walmart bins but the price of BR is comparable with a current release Special Edition DVDs.
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST
My point exactly. It is just like the difference between spending money to see a movie on the big screen, or waiting to rent it 3-4 months later. Hell, people are complaining about the average 25-30 dollar sale price to own a BluRay, versus the what, 40+ dollars it would cost a family of four to see a movie at their local theater?
Jan. 5, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST
And most major cities have a used DVD-disc exchange store that carry BluRay titles (that are in pristine condition) around the 13 dollar range.
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST
And if you read reviews those Blur Rays $15 bucks and under are all shit transfers. Studios are trying to jump on the hype and pump out their entire library on shit transfer Blurays without even cleaning them up. This will piss off the consumer and slow sales as well once word spreads.
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST
by Desk of Steel
There is a difference, but the difference isn't a dealmaker to the average buyer/collector. Price aside, people have a fear of change unless the new option is a giant upgrade.
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:30 a.m. CST
1) When manufacturing the hardware becomes cheap enough, no more DVD players will be made, only blu-ray, since blu-ray players play DVDs and upscale them there's no risk.<br><br>2) 3D films like you see in IMAX are already being worked on to be brought into your homes and blu-ray is the tech they are using... 3) Blu-ray is a great storage medium. They're great for video games and in due time they'll be good enough for us to burn our stuff to as well...<br><br> 4) Give the populairty of blogs, boards, comment sections and all this web 2.0 crap, BD-Live features that let people talk to celebrities and other technical folk is great for the masses and movie fans, and you can bet your ass that half of AICN will be busy recording their commentaries to complain about everything wrong with Watchmen once that releases on blu-ray... Hell, Harry Knowles will probably be telling us how much chocolate coated pussy juice his favourite films have and you can hear all about it...<br><br>5) Finally, once a good amount of people adopt blu-ray, the industry will force you to adopt too by only releasing their films or special extras on blu-ray... but by then everything will be cheap enough so you really shouldn't complain...
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST
...they think they will have to buy all their movies over again. And we have to remember-- we live in a world where people are still genuinely confused over the digital tv switch. I've heard several people at work that have DirectTV saying it sucks everyone has to buy one of those conversion boxes. <P> Most people don't know this stuff and they don't need Bluray. It is a niche market that is unnecessary. Especially in this current economic climate.
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST
much like laserdisc was in the mid '80s. Buying a movie on a disc that you can't record over, that is more expensive, but with better picture and sound...???Whaaatt??? But because the format is DVD based the transition will be easier. Again, early adaptors always pay the price. How much were the early DVD players..$1000 +? Once the prices come down, I think more people will accept it.
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST
by half vader
Boy, you like to embarrass yourself in public, don't you Rowdy?!
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST
What companies (agencies) have taken over the analog frequencies?? Have you gotten your brain chip yet?
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST
by half vader
Is at the very top of the top for P & S quality on BD. And more importantly, it's a fantastic film. Get it/rent it now, you won't regret it! :) <p> And both Dark Knight and Baraka have some EE problems. Baraka not much, DK a fair bit worse (also has a fair bit of moiré on the Imax building shots). Thankfully the worst shots go by pretty quick. But like I say, the most important thing is that they're great fun films.
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:09 a.m. CST
by half vader
Were you the clever bastard that called E.W. cunts on the Potter spoilers? Cunningly spacing the letters so they'd sneak by as separate words? Good on ya mate if that was you!
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
Tell that to the people living in cost-adjusted housing yet still have their flatscreens! Seriously, like cigarettes and beer instead of food and diapers, people will pay thru the nose for entertainment (don't believe it? you must not ever see people living in shitty 2 bedroom houses driving Mercedes Kompressors eh?).<p>If my memory is correct, when Iron Man came out on blue, it sold more than all blu's sold up to that point combined! The Dark Knight blue also sold more than all blu's sold at that point. Blu's are EXACTLY like DVD's were when they fist came out and sorry folks, once you've seen some actual high-definition content, you'll realize that SD DVD isn't a "better" format than VHS, only more reliable, more convenient, and less prone to wear and tear with just a normal viewing (we got much better audio with the advent of DVD if you recall, the picture issue was more that it wasn't the total shit of VCR so by default, it was worlds better...but not remotely processed for the media itself (unlike HD). The notion of DVD quality becomes a joke when compared to HD, there simply is no comparison to be made. <p>The "Nightmare before Christmas" blu is stunning and those little things like being able to see thru Klaatu's helmet? It is things like being able to see things you've never seen before in movies you seen hundreds of times that are just one reason of many to go HD. The prices will come down and the format will be as common as DVD. The only possible replacement is streaming which, for reasons listed above as well as reasons no one ever speaks about, isn't coming any time soon.
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST
....yes-- I live in L.A. So I have seen plenty Armenians.
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST
If Hollywood isn't careful, if there's an increasing number of poor transfers, it will shorten the life of the Blu-ray format. I'm loving my BD35 Blu-ray player from Panasonic (which I highly recommend, outside of a PS3). But as to buying Blu-ray disks, I suggest that you FIRST seek out Blu-ray disk reviews. That's what I do. And as time goes on, I'll be even more selective. I've already splurged for the movies I really want in high-def, such as THE DARK KNIGHT, IRON MAN, and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. I'm looking ahead to more Pixar releases, my favorites being THE INCREDIBLES, TOY STORY 1 & 2, and FINDING NEMO (having already pciked up WALL-E and CARS). Give me ALL SIX of the STAR WARS movies in Blu-ray bliss. Give me the best transfer possible of James Cameron's ALIENS. Give me RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in HD. And how about a REAL transfer of PREDATOR and NOT that dvd knock-off they dropped onto Blu-ray? And David Fincher's SEVEN (or "SE7EN") would be cool. Here's to looking ahead.
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST
I would add to your wish list Gilliam's Brazil...How fucking glorious that would look.<p>BTW, I know you were the last of the HD holdouts. Do you do what I do, view older/standard discs upscaled on the HD, and just BD on the BluRay?
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST
for the doc "I Am Iron Man". It's as much of a tribute to Stan Winston Studios as it is to the film itself. Carry on the legend, Shane Mahan.
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST
Regular DVD's had the same issue a decade ago: many studios simply dumped shitty, grainy versions of older films onto DVD without remastering them. Hell, many of the early DVD's were simply the VHS and Laserdisc transfers. Like any new tech, there will be some uneven releases. Just go back and take a look at an older DVD and compare the quality to newer discs. Generally speaking, the medium has vastly improved. It will be the same with BR.
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST
Standard DVD's that have been completely remastered or shot purely digitally tend to look better on upconvert players. The Star Wars prequels for example look stunning on the upconvert players. That said, the real splendor of BR is on larger TV's, offering a picture clarity never before possible.
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
Yes and tho I don't think studios making shitty quality will be going away anytime soon, it is paramount to review the blu you're looking to buy prior to watching. Many studios just dump the SD conversion through the same "up conversion" process without any significant work to clean up the PQ and the result is obvious. T2 blu ray selling for $15 as the quality is maybe 1 or 2 butt hairs above the prior SD dvd release. Same for Predator. Both movies that would be sweetness remastered for HD! PLEASE!!!!<p>And try to avoid the irrestible urge to fuck the consumer base with endless double-dipping. Bad enough to do this with more content but to now start double-dipping with newer version of Blus that don't have more content but are just a better PQ would be ass on high unimaginable.
Jan. 5, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
...hopefully it will look as hilariously shitty as the Quadrilogy version. The other 3 films look phenomenal. But Aliens is unbelievable grainy and dull looking. As if no one gave a fuck what it looked like as long as 1 and 3 were awesome transfers. Good choice.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST
I actually got suckered into the TERMINATOR 2 Blu-ray without first reading the review (of the transfer). After all, it was cheap! But I should have held off for a Blu-ray release that James Cameron's movies deserve (and applied that money towards something else). As to up-converting, we use the Toshiba HD-DVD player for that. And if it wasn't for already owning Peter Jackson's KING KONG on HD-DVD (stunning, by the way), that's the announced Blu-ray that I'd...otherwise...be MOST looking forward to, on the horizon.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST
I don't think Blu-Ray will help that movie, except make the grain look clearer. ALIEN, however, I would love to see on Blu-Ray. Ridley Scott makes some beautiful looking films, and Kingdom of Heaven and Blade Runner are gorgeous on Blu-Ray.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
If you're really serious about staying away from Blu and want to go the upconversion route. Keep in mind that not all processors are the same. Spending $50 on an upconverting DVD player isn't remotely the same as spending $200. I discovered this when I started moving into a particular higher quality conversion chip (this is for non native HD players mind you) and outside of the affordable and kick ass Oppo 981, all of the units got progressively more expensive when you considered the quality of the processor doing the converting and, at some point, it was like spending $75 more to get blu-ray so I went ahead and did it. Haven't regretted it for one second.<p>My only review-less blu purchase was for "Mission Impossible" which does indeed suck in terms of PQ (it wasn't a replacement so at least I didn't blow my coin on double-dippin it...Paramount or whoever releases a newer version with better PQ and they can jog on cause they ain't getting more $ on the double-dip!).<p>Nightmare is just beautiful tho...so is Blade Runner. Blade Runner especially considering the film's age...totally kick ass beautiful blu and a must have (every possible version of the film is on the disc set!). Nightmare before Christmas looks like the glass of your set is a window into that world...simply beautiful.
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST
As much as I really love Pixar, I was originally resistant to the idea that the more simple, stylized computer animation would look THAT much better in HD, on Blu-ray. So I wasn't that interested in "re"purchasing the Pixar movies I already owned, on dvd. Oddly enough, I had not yet purchased RATATOUILLE. So,...what the heck, I thought. I'll "see" for myself...and pick it up on Blu-ray. My reaction? I think I actually said, "Holy $#it!" Disney is doing a great job at selling the Blu-ray format. Go, Pixar!
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST
...Aliens looks like fucking shit. The photography itself is shit. And why the fuck would I want to see a cleaned up version of those fake ass plastic looking sets and the Lost In Space foam rock planet?
Jan. 5, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST
Exactly. It's not something you'd want cleaned up. Whereas Ridley Scott's movies are so lavishly detailed that you want to see everything. Cameron just makes every film blue and orange. I think Cameron is a good storyteller, but I'll take Ridley's visual flare any day.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST
Picked it up on dvd before making the jump to HD. I would rrreeeeaaalllly LOVE to have BLADE RUNNER on Blu-ray. Thing is, I have to pick my battles with my better half. On the repurchase horizon, I...do...see BLADE RUNNER (if I can still find it), THE MATRIX (only the original), and DANCES WITH WOLVES.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST
....with what he did to the fucking alien design itself. Good God did they look like ass. Even Sigourney talked about it saying Ridley put a tall, slender, dancer in the suit-- and Cameron got short, stocky, stuntmen. After all its all about the explosions right?
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST
I like BOTH.
Jan. 5, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST
as it has the biggest and best library of games.Moreso than PS3 and Wii combined. Ya can't play L4D on a PS3. And yes I own both consoles.PS3 is great for Blu-rays, however their exclusive titles are few and far between as 360 has gained plenty of momentum.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST
You are correct. King Kong is the gold standard of HD DVD's. I doubt if Blu could surpass it.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST
They may have picked up speed on PS3, but compared to Wii they aren't selling shit. This past Novemeber Wii sold over 2.5 million console units. XBox sold 800k. So its funny people can still brag about the superior graphics and library of XBox. At the end of the day most people don't give a fuck about anything but the fun factor. All these online-gamer jerk-offs seem to think they control the market much like people on here seem to think their voice matters in regards to a film's performance. Yeah right. Dream on.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:11 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
Of course we'll be getting utter crap films like Munich and Amistad while fun crap like this will never come out on Blu-Ray. Heck, the DVD now is nothing more than the laserdisc transer and content.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:13 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
But there's no way I'd pay for a system with such a huge failure rate. And then the whole disc scratching thing.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST
Is it any surprise that the Wii stomps the 360 and PS3 in sales when the top selling games are Rock Band and Guitar Hero?? Personally give me a kick ass FPS or something like Mirrors Edge or Dead Space, but hey...Nintendo was selling interactive gamepads for their old SNES systems 20 years ago.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST
So I don't care how much more it sells than the PS3... my PS3 hasn't broken.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD are the same fucking thing. Technically Blu-Ray holds more data, but King Kong will come out on Blu-Ray one day and be the same exact transfer. I dunno what's with you people and this myth that HD-DVD is somehow magically better.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST
Realistic games are for losers.
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:56 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
As I understand it, Cameron used like 5 atheletes (swimmers if I remember correctly, not stocky stuntmen) and with clever use of editing, made it look like swarms of Aliens.<p>That said however, I simply cannot debate the merits of Aliens with you or anyone else (I'm far too biased). I won't say Cameron is brilliant a visual director as his vision is far more "Michael Bay" than "Ridley Scott" (Wiggley Scott's on the phone for you, the award winning director of Gladiator, for you...) BUT! Cameron is quite a brilliant story-teller and very good at getting that story on film intact. Aliens has a place very near and dear to my heart (and before you totally rag the effects, it was Stan Winston and he won an Oscar for the effects if i'm remembering correctly). Cameron needs Gale-Ann Hurd around tho...best stuff was done with her (Term1, Aliens, etc).<p>And JDaniel, convince the woman bro...sell the SD Blade Runner on eBay or something...the blu of Blade Runner is reason alone (I'm still in process of getting my speakers so I haven't even heard the audio but the PQ is just amazingly beautiful). By far worth the "double dip" (I've got the old Director's cut on SD dvd as well).
Jan. 5, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST
I actually play Xbox 360 more than anything else. I just like the games. But that doesn't mean I have to like the system. It's a piece of shit. And I'm sick of reading "1080p" on the back of a game, and it's actually 720 upscaled or some shit. Microsoft = lies. Nintendo wins because their games appeal to everyone, they emphasize fun over graphics, don't cost an arm and a leg, and their console works.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST
...I am the first to admit the final 20 minutes is brilliant and Stan Winston's work on the Queen will probably never be rivaled.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST
"And if it wasn't for already owning Peter Jackson's KING KONG on HD-DVD (stunning, by the way), that's the announced Blu-ray that I'd...otherwise...be MOST looking forward to, on the horizon. "<p>I know that the visual content would be the same, the extras may differ (seriously doubt it).
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:07 p.m. CST
I take back my nasty post. Although there ARE some people who believe that... and they still suck.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST
for a big time sci-fi sequel. Even in 1986 dollars, 18 and a half million didn't buy you a lot. Thats why Cameron had to use a lot of rear screen, hanging miniatures for set extensions, and miniature vehicle stunts. What it makes up for is pace, pace, pace...
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST
....the first film was 11 million. The sequel was 18. Ridley chose to put his money into atmosphere and some of the most incredible sets ever put on film. Cameron chose to put the money into machine guns and horrible miniatures.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST
of budget. Alien was a haunted house in space movie basically. Yes, Scott was/is a brilliant visual artist. Fox, I'm sure wanted a bigger, badder, more action-y sequel, and handed Cameron a couple million more, eight years later to try to achieve that.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST
I feel sorta bad. I gotta take a few days off.
Jan. 5, 2009, 4:29 p.m. CST
Is still the best set ever created. Can't say the same for the junkpiles in Cameron's movie. I DO appreciate that Cameron made a different movie instead of retreading the first, and he expanded on the mythos. And the film did have some amazing moments, like the alien rising out of the water behind Newt, and the whole final sequence. But it's still vastly inferior to Alien, which is a near perfect psychological horror movie. What you don't see is scarier than what you do.
Jan. 5, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
You damn right I can brag about the library of games that are out for the 360 when compared to the measly variety that's available for the Wii.Sure the Wii is outselling both 360 and PS3, but how many fucking times can one play super mario galaxy or Wii sports?Madworld looks great, but that's not enuff to warrant a console's purchase.Not taking anything from the big N as they were responsible for the videogame boom (post 1982 crash) but I'd rather play MGS4 the upcoming RE5,SF 4 and Killzone 2 than say Super smash brothers.<p>Dream on? who's dreaming? great graphics, online multiplayer and streaming videos to yout 52' LCD is now my reality courtesy of both 360 and PS3.
Jan. 5, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST
my bad. XD
Jan. 5, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST
by half vader
It's going to include both the theatrical and extended versions, and I think I remember more sound options too. So even if they take the HD-DVD master for the theatrical, it'll be compressed differently to add the extra stuff, extra storage space aside (I can't remember about actual extras, speaking of that). <p> And speaking of Universal, I hope to holy fuck they don't add the DNR to the same master the HD-DVD used the way they HAVE been doing lately with stuff like the BD Carpenter The Thing. On a picture as glorious as the HD-DVD of Kong, that'd be a God-damned crime. Fingers Crossed...
Jan. 5, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST
by jimmy rabbitte
...that may be the best phrase you've ever turned, Harry.
Jan. 5, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST
Seriously. I am. It sounds fun. I just like the cartoony shit.
Jan. 6, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST
.....and do it better than George Lucas. Imagine THAT baby on Blue-ray. I'd buy it RIGHT NOW!
Jan. 6, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST
by Motoko Kusanagi
I can enjoy a BD the same way that I enjoy a grainy VHS tape. So shut the fuck up about ALIENS being too whatever. Thank you.
Jan. 6, 2009, 3:29 a.m. CST
I was at my friend's house the other week and noticed that his PS3 was missing and in it's place was a Wii. He said he traded it in for a Wii since PS3 and 360 practically have the same titles.(And yes, he chose to keep his 360 only to ditch Sony's Game console/Blu-Ray player.)One would think that a console with built in Blu-Ray and WiFi would have the edge over both 360 and Wii, but this is not the case as Sony's PS3 sales were at a %14 drop over the Holidays.My other friend got a Wii as a XMas gift and he's happier than Andy Dick in a Crackhouse full of naked men.<p>As for the cartoony shit, it's all good just that I would like to see a lot more variety within their Games Library.If Capcom would release the Tatsunoko VS Capcom game stateside, I would snatch a Wii as quick as it took Indy to jump in a fridge.
Jan. 6, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST
Some movies should be dark and dirty and grimy and hard to see. I watch my old ass copy of Evil Dead on VHS more than I do my DVD copy. It just FEELS right.
Jan. 6, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
So you like watching video games instead of actually playing them?
Jan. 6, 2009, 9:54 a.m. CST
I own all three consoles and the Wii has next to nothing in terms of games. This most recent holiday season, when MS and Sony were literally hemorrhaging quality titles, the Wii had jack shit. Go play Fallout 3, Gears of War II, or Little Big Planet and then come back and play something as insipid as Wii music and tell me with a straight face that Nintendo is anything but a whore. The Wii is selling because it's a casual, fad-like product but the actual quality of the software is a painful joke. I don't care how many fucking consoles Nintendo moves, their system has maybe a dozen games worth playing; the rest is shovel ware and mediocre ports.
Jan. 6, 2009, 10 a.m. CST
MGS4 was notorious for it's 30 Minute cut scenes. I guess since this game was the series' swan song, Kojima wanted to wrap everything as much as possible.It's still no excuse for the excruciating load times (while watching Solid Snake smoke a cig to the last drag.)Great game nonetheless, as a matter of fact, it's worthy of being GOTY.
Jan. 6, 2009, 12:14 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
...and my flatulence is dusted enough to remember quite clearly and still feel that there's a certain electricity from listening to all the pops and cracks and hissing of an old school LP versus a CD. All of my friends who hate rap always seem to forget it was "scratchin" back in the day that kept both turntables and lp's alive.<p>Oh and as far as Nintendo is concerned...you guys sure do get a LOT of mileage from a character that looks an awful lot like what you'd get if Magnum PI fucked a smurf.<p>But then that's just my opinion.
Jan. 6, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST
Sony wouldn't allow Konami to install the entire game on the PS3 HD (or even give gamers the option) so each section of the game is lterally reloaded each time you play it and uninstalled when you move on to another part.
Jan. 6, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST
I am still hesitant about it. It seems logical to believe the format will be skipped over between DVD and digital downloads. Is there a compelling reason to not think so?
Jan. 6, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST
Music is different because it lends itself to being played on the go but even with the proliferation of MP3 players, people still buy CD's. It's going to be several years before digital distribution even cracks the insanely profitable DVD/BR market and even then, I expect people will still want to have physical copies. If digital downloads are the future, it's a distant future.
Jan. 6, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST
I have to have one, has anyone read a book online?, blech. I have a book room and a film room, I always will. Don' trust a computer.
Jan. 6, 2009, 9:06 p.m. CST
Someone mentioned the sets of Cameron looking like a foam planet and cheap while Scott's looks like a real damn place. Cameron was part of the Roger Corman school of of filmmaking, working on shoe-string budgets to make it look more expensive than things were so that's why, but then again Coppola was mentored by Corman too. Ridley Scott graduated in a design major and started as a set designer so that is his most expertise area, of course the sets are going to look the most kickassed 2nd to nothing.
Jan. 7, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
Heheheh. There are current technical and then general social reasons why digital downloads will never replace physical media. At the absolute most, digital downloads will simply be an option, not a replacement for physical media.<p>Standard to High Definition is the actual evolution here and these particular media (HD-DVD and Blu) simply have the multi-layering capacity to hold the sheer ass load of data needed to have that audio and picture quality.
Jan. 7, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST
...because it was writtent and directed by Jeffrey Lau. Maybe it's Chow's most complex and bizarre ACTING work -- but that's a weird claim to make.
Jan. 8, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST
by Moniker Jones
Who the hell would post something like that? Further proof that knowles is a self-obsessed douchebag. I can't believe the gall of this guy. or the gall bladder. high five!