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post #6501 of 6547

Every now and again Amazon will have a bunch of Scream/Shout stuff go on a sweet discount but haven't noticed it lately.

post #6502 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson View Post
 

 

I may break down and get the prequel set.  If I can willingly spend money on a Star Trek set that includes Insurrection and Nemesis, I can drop some coin on the PT.

 

Not a cent goes towards the OT until the theatricals are available though.

 

I wonder what the Prequels would look like upscaled to 4k... me thinks TPM would be the sharper tool in the shed in terms of quality there.

post #6503 of 6547
I dunno. Revenge of the Sith is a pretty spectacular looking movie. Of all the current blus, it's the most jaw dropping...IMO. I realize that might be because it's the newest of the prequels but I also think it happens to have the most interesting cinematography..
post #6504 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

I dunno. Revenge of the Sith is a pretty spectacular looking movie. Of all the current blus, it's the most jaw dropping...IMO. I realize that might be because it's the newest of the prequels but I also think it happens to have the most interesting cinematography..

 

Yes, but it's still 1080p whereas The Phantom Menace was shot on 35mm. Not talking about cinematography so much as quality. 

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Rumor has it TPM and some of AOTC had a quite a bit of DNR added. I'm kinda looking forward to watching the PT as it has been some time. Going to probably watch them after Empire.
post #6506 of 6547
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Originally Posted by SAIRUS View Post

Rumor has it TPM and some of AOTC had a quite a bit of DNR added. I'm kinda looking forward to watching the PT as it has been some time. Going to probably watch them after Empire.

 

TPM does have it. Looks like crap. Saw a 16x9 version On Demand and looked like plastic shit.

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I got the 6-Blu set that came out a couple of years ago, and the TPM Blu is distractingly smeary. The original films look 10x sharper. 

post #6508 of 6547
Yeah, it's kinda fitting that TPM has the worst transfer out of them all. I'm not even THAT picky about transfers and that one still stuck out like a sore thumb..
post #6509 of 6547
Yeah, the way TPM looked on blu makes me think Lucas intentionally made it look that way not only to match the other two prequels but also look inferior next to them just to prove a point how his switch to digital was correct. You can see that in the DVD set too. Instead of using a digital transfer, Lucas used an unusually grainy 35mm transfer with edge enchancenent as his source for the DVD to make the other two films look cleaner.

If Disney bothers to make a 4K transfer from the 35mm negative like they reportedly did for the original film, I can imagine what a vast improvement TPM will look. Even better, it would be the theatrical cut. I know the changes to TPM are generally ignored because nobody cared what Lucas changed compared to the OT, but stuff like the pod race flowed much better (and the additional footage looked awful, like it was still unfinished). I'm also one of the few that does not think the CG Yoda is an improvement over the puppet. It may look closer to the OT look of Yoda, but it has a less expressive performance than the puppet. Just compare how the two look during Yoda's "fear" speech and which comes off more animated.
post #6510 of 6547
I forgot that Lucas did a special edition of TPM. He can't be stopped!
post #6511 of 6547
The CGI Yoda in TPM is the one change that I like. For a few reasons.

1. I hated that puppet.
2. It establishes a certain continuity with the other prequels.
3. It wasn't crowbarring in special FX that didn't exist at the time. Adding CGI to a film from 1999 feels more like something along the lines of what the LOTR EEs did. It's a very different thing from putting CGI into a movie from the 70s..
post #6512 of 6547
I can only imagine Frank Oz's back breaking displeasure of knowing all of his work replaced by a fucking animator at a desk though.
post #6513 of 6547
Was TPM puppet Yoda really that much worse than EMPIRE and JEDI? I honestly can't remember.
post #6514 of 6547
I can't imagine that he would be surprised that it happened.

I'm more weirded out by those pod race additions. That was some random ass bullshit that didn't make any kind of a difference one way or another except to interrupt the natural flow of the scene..
post #6515 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Bluelouboyle View Post

Was TPM puppet Yoda really that much worse than EMPIRE and JEDI? I honestly can't remember.
Yes it was. In my opinion anyway. It really looked disturbingly un-Yoda like. More like an old gremlin..
post #6516 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Bluelouboyle View Post

Was TPM puppet Yoda really that much worse than EMPIRE and JEDI? I honestly can't remember.

It was just badly designed and less emotive.
post #6517 of 6547
However odd looking the puppet, it's still a better performance than the CGI. Even weirder that the CGI doesn't blend well with the surrounding environment because you would think the animators used the puppet footage as a reference for how Yoda should look in the room lighting wise.

post #6518 of 6547
We're just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one, Stocks lol..
post #6519 of 6547
Probably. I'm fine with replacing the puppet (however damning towards Oz), I think they could have done a better job with the CGI puppet in TPM. It looks very good in ROTS at least.
post #6520 of 6547
The puppet is horrid.

I don't think the CGI replacement is great (CGI Yoda's performance is too one-note in all the prequel films), but it isn't an eyesore.
post #6521 of 6547

That puppet was the stuff of nightmares right from the first trailer released.

post #6522 of 6547
Each prequel finds a different way to ruin Yoda.
post #6523 of 6547
Just imagine if Lucas replaced Yoda in the OT just to make it consistent with the prequels like TPM. I kinda wish that happened, just to see how much the internet broke.
post #6524 of 6547
Now that I would take serious issue with. The OT NEEDS the puppet. The prequels do fine with CGI. I'm not getting into which films are good or bad...that's not even what's on the table here..
post #6525 of 6547
everything with all movies should be replaced with puppets, really...
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Thread Starter 
and just for irony, all the Muppet movies can be replaced with Transformers level CG.
post #6527 of 6547
Fuck ALL that
post #6528 of 6547
Thread Starter 
Wait till you see Sam the Eagle's scrotums, I've heard they melted several of ILM's mainframe computers.
post #6529 of 6547
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Originally Posted by mcnooj82 View Post

everything with all movies should be replaced with puppets, really...

 

That's weird because I'm pretty sure Lucas shot everyone else in the prequels as if they were puppets. 

post #6530 of 6547
I'm always amused that the only directing Lucas did for JEDI was making sure the Ewoks behaved as he envisioned, leaving the "boring stuff" with the actors to the assigned director.
post #6531 of 6547
Thread Starter 
ESB looks great. TPM looks good, but yeah it could look reference if it wanted.
post #6532 of 6547

Coming Soon:

 

 

post #6533 of 6547

Good, I have the german disc but now I won't have to change regions.

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Phantasm bitches!!!!!     There is a US set from WellGo and a UK set coming from Arrow. All 5 films!

post #6535 of 6547
The package design for that PHANTASM set rules.

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That's the UK set, the one I will probably get. It's region B though, everyone should know that.

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Coming Soon: How did this announcement slip by me??!!

 

 

36 more minutes?

post #6538 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post
 

Coming Soon: How did this announcement slip by me??!!

 

 

36 more minutes?

No US release yet.

post #6539 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Fat Elvis View Post
 

Coming Soon: How did this announcement slip by me??!!

 

36 more minutes?

Where do you see the 36 minutes thing? I think that may just be deleted scenes.

post #6540 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post
 

Where do you see the 36 minutes thing? I think that may just be deleted scenes.

Also this isn't getting released here yet. It seems to be coming out in every other country.

post #6541 of 6547
Thread Starter 
So the new Predator blu ray sucks picture wise. They went to DNR town in it and Madam Tussauds probably got an EP credit.
post #6542 of 6547

April Criterions announced:

 

- Rumble Fish

- Tampopo

- Umbrellas of Cherbourg

- The Young Girls of Rochefort

- Woman of the Year

- Buena Vista Social Club

 

Will probably get Cherbourg, and I've been eager to see Tampopo for a while.

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Originally Posted by SAIRUS View Post

So the new Predator blu ray sucks picture wise. They went to DNR town in it and Madam Tussauds probably got an EP credit.

 

Is that the "Ultimate Hunter Edition?" Heard that was horrendous. Hoping FOX corrects their mistake and puts a new disc out this year for the 30 anniversary.

post #6544 of 6547
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Originally Posted by SAIRUS View Post

So the new Predator blu ray sucks picture wise. They went to DNR town in it and Madam Tussauds probably got an EP credit.

Well it's not exactly new but yes it's bathed in oil. I keep hoping for a 4k remaster at some point but I doubt it. Fox STILL won't release their Die Hard 4k remaster even though they have screened it in theaters and they just released yet another box set.

post #6545 of 6547
They haven't even given TRUE LIES a decent DVD release.
post #6546 of 6547
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Moltisanti View Post

Is that the "Ultimate Hunter Edition?" Heard that was horrendous. Hoping FOX corrects their mistake and puts a new disc out this year for the 30 anniversary.

Yeah, I borrowed a friend's copy because mine is packed somewhere in a box that got shipped to the wrong address while moving. The good news is the box has been found and is on the way.
post #6547 of 6547
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post
 

 I've been eager to see Tampopo for a while.

 

Tampopo is definitely worth a watch.  I saw it in a film class in college, and never again, though I never forgot it.

 

Watched it again a few months ago with my wife before we went to Tokyo for vacation.  For a movie that is primarily about making ramen noodles, it is pretty wild.  The opening scene is straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.  It has a conventional plot overall, but takes some interesting tangents.  Definitely made me appreciate the level of effort put into making ramen which, before I went to Tokyo, I could care less about.  Also watched The Ramen Girl, with Brittany Murphy, shortly after, before we went and um....that was fucking terrible.  Seriously painful to watch.

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