Personally, I read various reviews when the film is released. I'm interested in tech reviews when the blu ray is released, to see if the disc is demo material or not. If not, I don't buy it, no matter how good the film may be.
I'm guessing not always?
Few releases are demo material.
I wouldn't buy a film on Blu-ray if the transfer is a disaster, but I own many films on the format that couldn't be described as demo worthy. I own them because they're great films and the move to HD was worth it, even though the transfer may be below par, or the original elements in poor shape.
First and foremost, I buy films because I'm fond of them and likely to watch them more than once. There are exceptions to that rule. I buy some films for research purposes, for instance. At a personal level, however, it has to be a film I really like. I'm inflexible in this regard and more forgiving if the transfer isn't flawless.
Hmm, different aproaches! I would incline to buying a more demonstration worthy disc than not, but as strapped for cash says, I would have to actually like the film. For instance, Sucker Punch was said to have a great audio track, but the plot wasn't very good, so I won't be buying it, even though I saw the Blu-Ray on sale in Tesco for about £7. I'm now trying to limit new Blu-Ray and DVD purchases to films that I am likely to want to see more than once. I have bought discs in the past for demo material, but I ended up not liking the films very much, for instance Terminator 3, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, District 9. On the other hand, I have several films that I like very much on DVD because the Blu-Rays don't yet exist, or are too expensive - the 1976 original of Assault on Precinct 13, Schindler's List, Where Eagles Dare.
By the way, to go back to a film mentioned earlier in this thread, this review http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/samsung-pn51f8500/4505-6482_7-357... of the Samsung PN51F8500 uses, on its second page, one of my favourite films (I know bigboss and robjcooper don't like it!) Drive!
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I'm very much with strapped rather than BB on this one. Very few of my films would be described as demo material, this would seem to rule out almost all older films even where they have good remasters. It would rule out all films that have only stereo or even mono tracks. Off the top of my head, I wouldn't want to be without bambi, the Dambusters, the hustler, the godfather trilogy, paranoiac, walkabout. The list would go on and on. I imagine it would also rule out silent films like nosferatu or metropolis. Conversely, a large proportion of the contemporary blu rays which are of reference quality are dire films. I wouldn't want to own transformers, avatar or iron man 2, again off the top of my head.
OOI strapped, what are some examples of films you have bought for research purposes?
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My copy of django turned up today i have not seen the film yet but have just found out it's 165 mins long which is a bit too long for me, one reason why i didn't buy avatar although i saw it several times at the cinema and enjoyed it, i'm not sure yet where i'm going to find a spare three hours from.
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I'm really talking about films I find objectionable, or don't particularly enjoy, but have had some bearing on subjects I've researched.
Examples include films starring Frank Sinatra; The Birth of a Nation; Broken Blossoms; 3D films that are narratively and thematically uninspiring (and in some cases intolerably awful); various films about Jesus and the Passion narrative.
There are films I love that I've bought for research purposes, too....
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Hmm, diverse! I'm struggling to link those films together into a single thesis! DW Griffith has long been on my radar but I've never actually got round to watching any - it's felt like it would be more of a chore to educate myself than a pleasure to watch cinema. I hadn't heard of broken blossoms before, it sounds pretty good, is it not?
Are there no Passion films you like? Knowing a little of your musical tastes I would have thought The Last Temptation of Christ would appeal if only for the magnificent CJ Bolland sample
Of course, the film has to be good as well. If the film is good but not demo worthy, I usually buy a DVD or record it when it comes on Sky Movies. I won't buy a blu ray disc, like District 9 for example.
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There is no single thesis; rather several different writing projects.
Since I know a bit about you, I wouldn't recommend D.W. Griffith, unless you have an interest in the history of racism. (Though Griffith did seek to atone with Intolerance.)
I'm afraid I never caught Jericho Mania.
won't buy a blu ray disc, like District 9 for example.
So I can't persuade you to buy my unloved copy of Distict 9? One careful owner, played only one and a half times, in a smoke and pet-free home, shall we say a fiver???
Thanks, already have it recorded on Sky+ HD.
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shall we say a fiver???
It's cheaper on Amazon!
What's the problem with District 9? I mean, it didn't change my life, but it's a masterpiece compared with many recent sci-fi blockbusters.
Agreed. Humans weren't the victims for a change. A very refreshing perspective of aliens being refugees and living in poverty.
I'd surmised there may be a few different projects there! Griffith was of interest because of (1) the history of racism and (2) the history of cinema. But given that 1 is rather depressing and 2 seems a bit of a slog when I understand the films mostly to be fairly turgid I haven't got round to it. I have a few of his films buried deep in my lovefilm list. If they actually have them I'll probably get round to it eventually.
Agreed re district 9. My gf, her sister and I all really enjoyed it at the cinema, which for a SF film is very good going. Then watched it on TV several years later and it held up well. Better that than the likes of Prometheus and avatar.
Damn right, and will forever gladly remain so!
I hadn't checked the Amazon prices before my cheeky offer to bigboss! I dunno, District 9 just made me feel uncomfortable nearly all the way through. You're welcome to my copy at a sub-Amazon price! Wonder what I'll think about Django Unchained, which I've not seen ....?? By the way, I've added a bit for you and bigboss about using Blade Runner to test for brightness pops on the Samsung F8500 thread. Now that's a film which I do like!
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