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post #21 of 26 Old 11-06-12, 10:01 AM
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Alright...

Mike, thanks for reviewing this one. I probably would have passed on it without you giving me a little nudge. I have a real love/hate going with horror flicks; I usually really enjoy them until the last 1/4 of movie and then ridiculousness of it all catches up to me and the movie loses my interest. I would have to say only a handful of horror movies have allowed me to truly free my mind and allow myself to be sucked-in (so to speak) from start to finish. And, even those movies have been met with their share of criticism by movie reviewers. It really seems that the horror genre is unique in that regard. It's a very personal experience that easily swayed by mood and setting --- and each individual's frame of mind when sit down to watch.

Okay, all that out of way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. No doubt about it.

*****STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS MOVIE*********

I think the conclusion (meaning the final minutes) left me a tiny bit disappointed. I would have preferred something amusing, such as the bloody couple smoking a joint being elevated up onto a busy New York street... stopping fast moving pedestrian traffic and drawing puzzled looks. But, that being said, the ending definitely fit into the rest of the last 1/4 of the movie where hell, that had been contained, seeped into "the real world" (if you could call their control center that) and began wrecking shop!


******** CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS MOVIE**********


Overall the presentation of the movie was great. Excellent - EXCELLENT - sound. Great surround activity and directionality. Nicely placed music. And, contrary to the review (Mike --- and I don't mean this to be a criticism of your review ) I thought the emergence of the LFE in the second half of the movie was very appropriate and actually helped to build some suspense and momentum. If you're a bass-head, then you'll enjoy the second half of the movie. It gets REALLY hot and heavy in the end of the movie. I had to turn down the amp powering my bass shakers as it tripped the receiver!

The video, IMO, was nicely done. I agree with Mike's comments about how the shadowy darkness of the film helped to make it spooky. Same goes with the graininess. I'm not such a huge fan of films with kind of an amber or yellow saturation - which this definitely had - because it seems to make skin tones look a tad bit unnatural and makes a movie somewhat blurred (?) or cartoonish (?). That being said, there were enough close-ups of faces, etc, that lacked over-saturation that to keep me from fixating on it too much.

All-in-all, I would consider this film a must see and will definitely buy a copy to add to my collection.
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Alright...

Mike, thanks for reviewing this one. I probably would have passed on it without you giving me a little nudge. I have a real love/hate going with horror flicks; I usually really enjoy them until the last 1/4 of movie and then ridiculousness of it all catches up to me and the movie loses my interest. I would have to say only a handful of horror movies have allowed me to truly free my mind and allow myself to be sucked-in (so to speak) from start to finish. And, even those movies have been met with their share of criticism by movie reviewers. It really seems that the horror genre is unique in that regard. It's a very personal experience that easily swayed by mood and setting --- and each individual's frame of mind when sit down to watch.

Okay, all that out of way.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. No doubt about it.

*****STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS MOVIE*********

I think the conclusion (meaning the final minutes) left me a tiny bit disappointed. I would have preferred something amusing, such as the bloody couple smoking a joint being elevated up onto a busy New York street... stopping fast moving pedestrian traffic and drawing puzzled looks. But, that being said, the ending definitely fit into the rest of the last 1/4 of the movie where hell, that had been contained, seeped into "the real world" (if you could call their control center that) and began wrecking shop!


******** CONTINUE READING IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS MOVIE**********


Overall the presentation of the movie was great. Excellent - EXCELLENT - sound. Great surround activity and directionality. Nicely placed music. And, contrary to the review (Mike --- and I don't mean this to be a criticism of your review ) I thought the emergence of the LFE in the second half of the movie was very appropriate and actually helped to build some suspense and momentum. If you're a bass-head, then you'll enjoy the second half of the movie. It gets REALLY hot and heavy in the end of the movie. I had to turn down the amp powering my bass shakers as it tripped the receiver!

The video, IMO, was nicely done. I agree with Mike's comments about how the shadowy darkness of the film helped to make it spooky. Same goes with the graininess. I'm not such a huge fan of films with kind of an amber or yellow saturation - which this definitely had - because it seems to make skin tones look a tad bit unnatural and makes a movie somewhat blurred (?) or cartoonish (?). That being said, there were enough close-ups of faces, etc, that lacked over-saturation that to keep me from fixating on it too much.

All-in-all, I would consider this film a must see and will definitely buy a copy to add to my collection.
I have never paid particular attention to this before so I am not sure I have seen it - is this used in the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake? I thought I noticed a yellowish picture at some point but thought it had something to do with my screen (I was flashing it on a black wall at the time).
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You know, I'm not sure. I watched In Time on my phone on a plane trip (which makes it less apparent). I've noticed it on several movies recently... At least on my set-up... Hangover 2 and Step Brothers both had tilt toward the yellows. Could be that my projector calibration has it projecting a warmer picture? After watching CITW, I went back to see if mike eluded to the yellow push in his review, and he did...

I wish I were more educated on filming techniques.
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I have never paid particular attention to this before so I am not sure I have seen it - is this used in the movie In Time with Justin Timberlake? I thought I noticed a yellowish picture at some point but thought it had something to do with my screen (I was flashing it on a black wall at the time).
Yes, it's used in 'In Time'. A lot of films use color timing (or color filters on the cameras themselves) to create a 'mood'. Blue is often used to emphasise cold, yellow for heat or desolation. The greenish cyan has also been popular lately for whatever reason.


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Thanks Max - now I know I am not just going crazy!
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Holy cheese what an awesome movie. Imaginative, awesome looking and sounding. The second half shook my timbers...literally.

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