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Last night I saw the Truman Show for the first time in my life. What can I say: it is perfect. I haven't seen a film in a long time that touched me in this way. There is not a single bad thing I could say about
this film: terrific performances by Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich was fantastic, so was Truman's wife and Natascha McElhone, it has humour, it is very emotional, it has a great score...
I watched it on Netflix trough my PS4. I was very pleased with the sound quality. I thought the entire film sounded and
looked excellent. I have seen a lot of decent films in the last couple of years but this without a doubt is one of the best films I have seen in the last couple of years. I am sick and tired of pretentious films
such as Interstellar that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. No, the Truman Film is a film with a soul, it makes you think on so many different levels. I especially enjoyed Ed Harris' dialogue towards
the end and I loved the ending. They could have shown how Truman got back together with Sylvia, etc., but that wasn't really necessary. Wow, I am speechless.

Btw, the ratio of the laserdisc 1,66:1 is the original ratio ! Only the original US DVD has this ratio, too.

=> from imdb: Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to make it feel more like a television show.
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 Post subject: Re: What have you been watching?
PostPosted: 13 Jan 2019, 00:10 
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I loved The Truman Show when it was first shown & revisit it every now & again.

Got to agree, rather special all round.

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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2019, 00:50 
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yep good movie
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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2019, 13:11 
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Yes, I just ordered the first US DVD from a seller in Germany for a few €. I prefer watching a film in its original aspect ratio even if there is a Blu Ray and later US editions
that might look better but are cropped to fit modern day TVs. I really hate that. Look what they did to the first seasons of the X Files on Blu Ray. I'd rather watch the laserdisc
edition anytime !

The same goes with artificial audio upmixes. I want to watch a film with the original soundtrack. What's up with the all these fake audio upmixes ? Is it really necessary to
add a Dolby Atmos upmix to a film like Blade Runner ? That's not how this film is supposed to sound. What's wrong with the excellent 5.1 mix from the Blu Ray ?
I'd rather watch an older film with its original mono soundmix ( such as Full Metal Jacket ) than some fake 5.1 upmix with sound effects that sounded completely different when
the film was released.
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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2019, 17:01 
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I agree that The Truman Show is really good. It’s also a really good LD. When I got mine from G&J they gave me a “Save Truman” button left over from the original promo push. I treasure it.

The Truman Show fits my extremely stringent definition of Science Fiction and also managed to be a good movie despite having Jim Carry in it who...is one of many fevered egos in Hollywood I can’t stand anymore. All these things are also true of Eternal Sunhine of the Spotless Mind. It’s great, has Jim Carry in it, and it fits my extremely narrow opinion of what true sci-fi is. If you liked one be sure to see the other.

Last night I listened to the 2017 stereo mix of Stg Pepper which...makes me glad my receiver has a mono button. I’m almost completely new to the Beatles and this was the in-laws way of finally exposing them to me. It was at times hard to concentrate on the record because so many of the sounds are so hard panned left or right. As I understand it this was made to replace the original stereo mix which was quickly thrown together but I don’t know anything about it beyond that. Somebody must hate this mix because I don’t like it and I’ve never even heard this record straight through before.
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Jim isn't a bad actor but I get your point. The Truman show is really good, and I haven't seen it in about 10+ years, I should remedy that. As a bonus, the BD appears to be quite cheap.
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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2019, 19:44 
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Jim isn't a bad actor but I get your point. The Truman show is really good, and I haven't seen it in about 10+ years, I should remedy that. As a bonus, the BD appears to be quite cheap.


Yes but it has the wrong aspect ratio !

Only the laserdisc and the first US release have the correct aspect ratio.

If I like a particular film very much I usually try to get several versions of it and buy its soundtrack on vinyl, tape or CD, too.

After getting the US DVD I am sure I will get the US laserdisc, too, as well as the soundtrack. They are all dirt cheap.

I agree, Jim Carrey is not my favourite actor, either, but he was perfect for this film. I would like to see 23, too, one day.
Man on the Moon was excellent, too. He was perfect for this, too. But his other films such as The Mask or Ace Venture are not entertaining at all in my view.
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First US BD has the correct aspect radio? Or first DVD? Aspect ratio is very important to me, I won't compromise on it.
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gypsy wrote:
First US BD has the correct aspect radio? Or first DVD? Aspect ratio is very important to me, I won't compromise on it.


First US DVD and US Laserdisc both have the correct aspect ratio.
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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2019, 23:36 
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1.66:1 is the correct ratio? Imdb although not always reliable says 1.85:1.
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When you click more info on aspect ration on imdb it says:

Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1 (theatrical ratio)
1.66 : 1 (intended ratio)

Also under trivia it says:
Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to make it feel more like a television show. Only the original DVD is in this aspect ratio. The theatrical cut was cropped to 1.85:1 and the Blu-ray release to 1.78:1.
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But from what I see above the director wanted 1.66, I don't own it and did see it at the theater, so I guess I'll have to pickup a copy of something early at 1.66 :lol:


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1.66:1 is the correct ratio? Imdb although not always reliable says 1.85:1.


Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to make it feel more like a television show. Only the original DVD is in this aspect ratio. The theatrical cut was cropped to 1.85:1 and the Blu-ray release to 1.78:1.

That's exactly the reason why I watch Full Metal Jacket only in the intended ratio and not the cropped version found on later DVD and Blu-Ray releases. That's why I would even prefer the Laserdisc version over the DVD because the DVD is 5.1 and the Laserdisc of Full Metal Jackson is monaural. I need to correct myself: The first US DVD of said film was monaural, too, but all other later releases all had a 5.1 upmix included on them.
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Full Metal Jacket was one of my favorite films growing up. I opened a history book on the Vietnam War in the school library to the chapter on Hue. There was a still from the movie of the characters crouched behind a concrete wall, hahaha.
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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2019, 05:46 
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1.66:1 is the correct ratio? Imdb although not always reliable says 1.85:1.


Director Peter Weir filmed in the 1.66:1 ratio to make it feel more like a television show. Only the original DVD is in this aspect ratio. The theatrical cut was cropped to 1.85:1 and the Blu-ray release to 1.78:1.

That's exactly the reason why I watch Full Metal Jacket only in the intended ratio and not the cropped version found on later DVD and Blu-Ray releases. That's why I would even prefer the Laserdisc version over the DVD because the DVD is 5.1 and the Laserdisc of Full Metal Jackson is monaural. I need to correct myself: The first US DVD of said film was monaural, too, but all other later releases all had a 5.1 upmix included on them.



I am confused. What’s the correct aspect ratio and soundtrack for full metal? Which home media has it right?
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I am confused. What’s the correct aspect ratio and soundtrack for full metal? Which home media has it right?

It's meant to be in widescreen.

Kubrick started shooting his movies in open matte with the advent of home video so they wouldn't be subjected to pan & scan.
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I am confused. What’s the correct aspect ratio and soundtrack for full metal? Which home media has it right?

It's meant to be in widescreen.

Kubrick started shooting his movies in open matte with the advent of home video so they wouldn't be subjected to pan & scan.


You mean meant to be in a matted widescreen.

He shot in 1.37 primarily due to the fact that he was a photographer and wanted the full image he was seeing, or that's what I remember reading once.
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The OAR for The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut and Full Metal Jacket was 1.33:1.

The original sound mix of Full Metal Jacket was monaural. Woody Allen was also shooting the majority of his films in mono because like Kubrick he did not care about surround sound.
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Just picked up the newly released Nemesis Bluray yesterday. It comes with 3 versions of the film. The theatrical cut is on Blu-ray and in 1080p. Audio is lpcm 2.0. This disc holds both 1.78:1 version and 2.35:1 version of the theatrical cut. They appear to be different masters. 2.35:1 version is granier and less processed.

The other two cuts are on the provided dvd. They are in 480i. These versions are directors cut and japanese cut. Directors cut is in 1.78:1 and the japanese cut is in 1.33:1 with japanese subs burned in the image. The japanese cut is a big suspect they used the japanese ld as the master :)


Dang. That’s complete. Do you mean Star Trek Nemisis or the direct to video series? Honestly for either that’s very complete
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Just picked up the newly released Nemesis Bluray yesterday. It comes with 3 versions of the film. The theatrical cut is on Blu-ray and in 1080p. Audio is lpcm 2.0. This disc holds both 1.78:1 version and 2.35:1 version of the theatrical cut. They appear to be different masters. 2.35:1 version is granier and less processed.

The other two cuts are on the provided dvd. They are in 480i. These versions are directors cut and japanese cut. Directors cut is in 1.78:1 and the japanese cut is in 1.33:1 with japanese subs burned in the image. The japanese cut is a big suspect they used the japanese ld as the master :)


Dang. That’s complete. Do you mean Star Trek Nemisis or the direct to video series? Honestly for either that’s very complete



No it’s a movie called “Nemesis” by Albert Pyun (Cyborg). Yes, the Blu-ray is very impressive with the amount of content and packaging. It’s got this retro vhs type slipcase. I will post pictures tonight.

Note: Contrary to many, I actually liked ST: Nemesis.
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