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post #6651 of 6743

I just Googled my TV to find the perfect calibration.  The only problem was that there were two completely different calibration settings out there, so I kind of had to just tweak to my preference.  On a related note, sometimes when I'm drunk I like to put on some old, crappy horror movie, throw on the motion smooth on high and activate the fake 3D.  Why?  I don't know.  Like I said, I'm usually drunk.

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you madman!
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you madman!

Coincidentally, Madman is one of the movies that I recently watched like that.

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Actually it depends. Sometimes setting it to off makes it normal and how the picture is supposed to be seen and sometimes you actually are making the picture too soft. It depends on the brand.
I got a 5 year old 46'' Sony. I got the sharpness turned up all the way. And some things are still a tad soft. At least to my eyes..
post #6655 of 6743

Using someone else's calibration can be inaccurate, but it's an interesting starting point. There can be subtle variations in each TV manufactured, and the ambient light levels in people's TV rooms will all be different.

 

By Sharpness 'off' I meant neutral, yes. You'd have to google what the neutral setting is on your particular LG model.

 

It's best not to eyeball sharpness. For a while I thought 5 was neutral on my Vizio, but it turns out it was 0 all along. It just takes a day or so for your eyes to adjust because you are so used to seeing the artificial artifacts that any amount of sharpness adds.

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Because I want to be the one to bring this to Judas' attention if he isn't already aware of it:

...this summer..
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The sharpness feature is just a carryover from the CRT era, it's actually a pointless feature now these days with HDTVs. It's basically the dreaded edge enhancement.
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Because I want to be the one to bring this to Judas' attention if he isn't already aware of it:

...this summer..

Heard about this, beautiful 4k remaster coming. Obviously will beat the shit out of the current blu-ray. 

 

A couple interesting blu-ray titles coming in July.

Species 4k remaster

Slither

Re-animator 4k remaster 

Warlock Collection 1-3......yes the Julian Sands masterpiece.

post #6659 of 6743
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The sharpness feature is just a carryover from the CRT era, it's actually a pointless feature now these days with HDTVs. It's basically the dreaded edge enhancement.
So sharpness turned all the way down would be better than all the way up?
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All the way up actually ruins the detail. It gives you the illusion of sharp detail, but it's really distorting the image. It took me awhile to learn about this when toying with settings. Now I've got a trained eye for these things.
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So sharpness turned all the way down would be better than all the way up?

It puts halos around grain sometimes too. You don't want it all the way up. Depending on the brand you want it all the way down or at halfway.

post #6662 of 6743
So, it's more like unnatural pixelization clouding the real detail? Or....something like that?
post #6663 of 6743
Well shut my mouth.

It's a Sony. Gonna take it all the way down. See what changes. I haven't messed with any of it in 5 years..
post #6664 of 6743
Yeah, with Sony it should be set to zero. Give your eyes time to become accustomed to the "softer" look, in time it will start to feel more natural that when you look back on the old settings you'll realize how artificial the sharpening was.
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awful fake sharpness!
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So I watched Spectre and then Jurassic World last night after adjusting my TV per Stocks' suggestion and....I like it. I get what he's saying. The picture actually didn't lose any REAL sharpness. But it looks smooth as silk now and downright velvety. Spectre looked the softest and the weirdest but I think that's more due to how it was filmed. It never didn't look "correct." Jurassic World on the other hand looked absolutely jaw dropping. It was much less soft than Spectre.

Thanks for the tips on this!
post #6667 of 6743

September Criterions announced:

 

- Certain Women

- David Lynch: The Art Life

- Othello

- Festival

- The Piano Teacher

 

Hitchcock's Rebecca was also announced, but no premiere date yet.

 

I hate to say it, but getting the Filmstruck app is going to greatly curtail my Criterion purchases. It's pretty damn great.

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Barnes & Noble just started their regular 50% off Criterion sale.  It starts today and goes through August 7th.

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Barnes & Noble just started their regular 50% off Criterion sale.  It starts today and goes through August 7th.

These sales are never as good as they should be because Barnes and Noble's prices are so high. My advice is just to go to Bullmoose.

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These sales are never as good as they should be because Barnes and Noble's prices are so high. My advice is just to go to Bullmoose.

 

B&N is always higher than most as they go off of the SRP for everything, but 50% off of SRP is still a few bucks cheaper than pretty much anywhere else.

 

Personally, I like these sales.  I don't buy these things unless this sale is active (and I can get my additional 10%), making it more of an event for me.

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I used to jump on these sales, but after getting Filmstruck, I'm not as eager to buy them anymore.

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There are still a decent amount of titles that aren't on Filmstruck (for example, this month's Lost in America), but yeah, I would agree that service diminishes the necessity of buying the physical copies. 

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There are still a decent amount of titles that aren't on Filmstruck (for example, this month's Lost in America), but yeah, I would agree that service diminishes the necessity of buying the physical copies. 

I recently ordered Lost in America and Hopscotch . . . if they would just get the rights back to Ran, I'd be set.

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October Criterions announced:

 

- Barry Lyndon (YESSSSSSSSSSSSS)

- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (I would also be saying YESSSSSS about this if I hadn't already got the Twin Peaks box set)

- Personal Shopper

- The Lure

- Vampyr

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From what I understand, The Fire Walk With Me disc is almost identical to the one included with the box set, so its release is a little strange. I can't imagine there are too many people who would want to own Fire Walk With Me without owning the show.

Barry Lyndon is awesome, though. Apparently, it is the first home video release it has received with the correct aspect ratio. And the first one to have any special features. It would be cool if Criterion could get Lolita (and maybe Eyes Wide Shut) since WB seems as disinterested in major releases of those as they did for Barry Lyndon.

Also, Welles's Othello got pushed back again from September to October.
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From what I understand, The Fire Walk With Me disc is almost identical to the one included with the box set, so its release is a little strange. I can't imagine there are too many people who would want to own Fire Walk With Me without owning the show.

Barry Lyndon is awesome, though. Apparently, it is the first home video release it has received with the correct aspect ratio. And the first one to have any special features. It would be cool if Criterion could get Lolita (and maybe Eyes Wide Shut) since WB seems as disinterested in major releases of those as they did for Barry Lyndon.

Also, Welles's Othello got pushed back again from September to October.

I was just looking at the Fire Walk With Me disc, and the extras are the exact same. Very weird.

 

I'm pretty thrilled to get Barry Lyndon. I've probably watched it more than 2001 at this point.

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I guaranteed BARRY LYNDON by buying the existing Blu-ray two weeks ago.  Please direct all thanks to me.

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If you are region free and you want the 4k remaster of The Thing:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073LZD7QF/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1500343428&sr=1-2&keywords=the+thing

 

It's limited so you might wanna get on it if you care.

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Won't it eventually come to the US like the Hellraiser Scarlet Box did?
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Won't it eventually come to the US like the Hellraiser Scarlet Box did?

Nope, Shout owns the rights here. They just put out their disc a few months ago. I thought it looked pretty nice but now I SCOFF AT IT because Arrow did a 4k remaster from the original negative. It should look great.

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Why the hell has Best Buy started cutting exclusive deals for 3D blu-rays if they're not even going to stock their stores with them? Skull Island 3D blu sold out in every Best Buy within 250 miles of Los Angeles on day one? Seriously? 99% chance they're never going to re-stock them, either. Much like the Rogue One disc, which I was thankfully able to get at Target, but Target's not carrying the Skull Island 3D disc.

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It's really pissing me off, too. I didn't manage to get ROGUE ONE, and I haven't had any luck with KONG.
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If you're trying to get any Best Buy or Target exclusive discs you gotta order them the morning before they open as a store-pickup through their website. I've been doing that for Best Buy steelbooks because a lot of those get swooped up within a couple hours after they open.

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Yeah Scalpers snap those up. 

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It wasn't even the exclusive. Just the vanilla 3D blu. Which apparently only BB and Amazon got. Best Buy restocked the website for it today, so I just ordered there, and bit the bullet on pre-ordering the GotG2 steelbook, since that's the only way to get the 3D for that.

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Warner Archive announced they're releasing The Hidden, The Green Slime and Innocent Blood on Blu-Ray. I LOVE The Hidden.

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THE HIDDEN is so long overdue. Hope this means Warner is gonna finally pump out more New Line titles.

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Warner Archive announced they're releasing The Hidden, The Green Slime and Innocent Blood on Blu-Ray. I LOVE The Hidden.

The Hidden!

post #6689 of 6743

Region A Jessica Jones Season 1 finally has a date: August 22nd. Same day as Daredevil Season 2.

 

Pretty sweet box art for both of them:

 

 

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Misery is getting a 4k remastered blu-ray on November 28th from Shout Factory.

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Without physical media, we wouldn't get hilariously bad box art like this:

 

 

Jiminy jillickers. That ain't good.

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That's a doozy, my all-time champ still remains:

 

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Bill Murray is the Toxic Avenger.
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That reminds me, I need to buy a new handle for my alarm clock.

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I imagine they ask two questions when they interview candidates for creating box art.

"Do you take pride in your work?"

"Do you know Photoshop?"

If you answer both "no," then you're hired on the spot.
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The Barnes and Noble Criterion sale has been extended for one more week (ends the 14th now).

 

Gotta wonder how this sale has gone.  The nearest one for me was totally loaded in terms of inventory but I don't think they've cleared many titles.  With the decline of physical media and with the fact that there's now a streaming channel, I have to wonder if they'll panic over how deep their inventory is.

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post
 

The Barnes and Noble Criterion sale has been extended for one more week (ends the 14th now).

 

Gotta wonder how this sale has gone.  The nearest one for me was totally loaded in terms of inventory but I don't think they've cleared many titles.  With the decline of physical media and with the fact that there's now a streaming channel, I have to wonder if they'll panic over how deep their inventory is.

This is the first time I haven't bought any in several sales, precisely because I subscribed to Filmstruck, which is pretty damn great.

 

However, I'm definitely gonna buy Barry Lyndon in October, sale or no sale.

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Anybody here have (or seen) that region free Australian blu of The Dead Zone? And if so, how is it?

I'm probably about to pull the trigger on it regardless but I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who has seen it first hand. I'm on a bit of a King kick in the lead up to IT. It's the one really great Stephen King movie that I don't have but feel like I should. And it's also my favorite Cronenberg easily..
post #6699 of 6743
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This is the first time I haven't bought any in several sales, precisely because I subscribed to Filmstruck, which is pretty damn great.

 

However, I'm definitely gonna buy Barry Lyndon in October, sale or no sale.

 

If memory serves, they usually do a 50% off sale around Black Friday or so.

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I'm sure you all get the same email as I do, but whoa, these November Criterions:

 

The Philadelphia Story

Desert Heart

Jabberwocky

Le Samouraï (BluRay)

 

Wow, Jabberwocky. That is unexpected.

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