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#234540 - 12/12/08 05:54 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: medic8r]
nickbuol Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
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Loc: Marion, IA
 Originally Posted By: medic8r

5 demerits!


Oh great, now we've got a demerit bot!

Everyone be careful about making some comment about a movie that you didn't see, a band you didn't hear, a place you didn't visit, and so forth. ;\)
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#234564 - 12/12/08 08:11 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zimm]
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Registered: 10/28/08
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it would have been alot better if it were in 7.1 instead of 5.1.

Picture and sound were great. I found that the sound was alot better on Hellboy 2.
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#234565 - 12/12/08 08:28 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Family Man]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: New Orleans
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I found that the sound was alot better on Hellboy 2.

Really? I will have to revist Hellboy 2. I watched it before I had the surrounds hooked up in the new room.
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#234588 - 12/12/08 10:24 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: medic8r]
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 Originally Posted By: medic8r
Rectify this at once or else your man card is in danger.


I don't think PG-13 movies have any bearing on man card validity.

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#235197 - 12/16/08 02:14 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Ajax]
Murph Offline
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Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 6810
Loc: PEI, Canada
 Originally Posted By: Ajax
 Originally Posted By: Hansang
Wow, am I so unattentive that I missed all these transitions? I don't recall one!

Me neither. Did't notice one transition. I just got caught up in the movie.


I watched it for the third time this week at home. Regular theater, IMAX, then home. It wasn't until this third time that I caught on that the screen size was changing for the IMAX film portions. If your looking for it, you will see it but otherwise it transitions very smoothly.

WHAT A SHAME we don't have Heath Ledger's acting to look forward to anymore. His portrayal of the Joker as a truly chaotic natured individual was simply beyond words. I actually found the whole exploration of a character totally motivated by a need for chaos, rather than greed, one of the best parts of the film.

It also occurred to me that, as the Joker implies, he doesn't have any super powers to rely on, nor did he rely on being a millionaire to fund powerful weapons to compensate. How far of a stretch would it be for a person with a similar chaotic personality and equal cunning, to create and induce the same havoc in the real world as the Joker did. Sooner or later, it seems bound to happen.
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#235204 - 12/16/08 02:48 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Murph]
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Heath did a good job as the Joker, but otherwise, until Batman came out and there was all of the hype about his death, I really didn't know who he was. I think that I've only seen one other movie with him in it and he didn't stand out. While he does a great job as the Joker, and I really like the new style Batman movies (vs. the cheesy "song and dance" versions from the past), I don't think that he was the greatest villian of all time because of Heath's performance. Again, not a slam, I really like this movie and Heath's performance as this character, but I wonder how much less "popular" it would have been if Heath was still alive today.

Just providing some food for thought, nothing more. Oh, except to try to take this topic off-subject like we do so well.

As for the transitions, SOME of us are still waiting for Christmas to get their Blu-Ray player and movies. UGH...
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#235208 - 12/16/08 03:31 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: nickbuol]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1361
Loc: New Orleans
In my humble opinion, nickbuol, DK should be the first disk you pop in. That way, every other Blu-ray will be a complete let down for months, and more likely years, to come. Isn't that the nature of this hobby! I watched Tropic Thunder last night, and, well, it aint Batman. Looks fine, but those IMAX frames are like HD crack - I gotta get more of that.

What player do you expect Santa to leave? (way off topic now...)
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#235212 - 12/16/08 03:44 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: nickbuol]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
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Loc: New Orleans
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but I wonder how much less "popular" it would have been if Heath was still alive today.

I would agree that his death certainly pushed him to the head of the pack. Without that, most would have waited to see if he followed it up with another great performance. But watching it again, and fully discounting the death-bump, I think he ranks in the top 5 of all villains (not that I have a list). The thing that does it, as Murph points out, is the real world believability of the character. His role pulled the film closer to reality. When one actor, especially a villain in a Batman movie, of all things, can make the suspension of disbelief much easier to achieve, that is a special performance.
And the IMAX helps...
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#235217 - 12/16/08 04:04 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: Zimm]
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3903
Loc: Up yonder
We just watched the second Narnia last night and DK last Sunday. While I didn't like the movie as much as DK, I think it topped DK for visual and audio quality. I've not heard the SB's this active before.

I have a 2.35 set up and didn't notice the change from 1.78 to 2.35 at all. Now that I've read this thread, I'll probably notice it big time the next time I watch it.... Dangit...
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#235219 - 12/16/08 04:12 PM Re: Is Dark Knight the new demo standard? [Re: michael_d]
Zimm Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 1361
Loc: New Orleans
 Originally Posted By: mdrew
I think it topped DK for visual and audio quality.

Really? Beats DK in visual quality on a projector?? Holy Batcrap, I gota check this Narnia movie out.
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