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...premature, I only "got it" at lunch time, it'll have to wait until next week, when I have the place to myself.
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Got it too, might not be the best transfer in some scenes but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.......oh and I really didn't miss the 3D element which was nice
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Watched this a few days ago after reading lots of good things about it .
Gotta say i was a bit dissapointed, similar to the raid as already mentioned , just not as good imo.
Not a fan of the cartoon blood and the pic quality was pretty appaling in places ( on a large screen 2d )
Not seen the 3d transfer though and have heard that is pretty special .
Oh well , amazing spiderman tonight , not expecting much so hoping it may surprise me !!
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Oh ok a case of premature judgement
Judgement when you've seen it then.
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Watched it last night.
First off picture quality: On the whole, very good, although there were a couple of corridor scenes that, for no reason I could work out, were absolutely dreadful, they looked exactly like a cheap camera phone trying to take a video in light that's too low for the sensor to deal with, very odd, they weren't slo-mo scenes either, just normal shots, don't know what would cause that, last time I saw anything like that was the "special" edition of the Stargate movie, where a bunch of deleted scenes had been added back in with no apparent preparation, they looked like they'd been taken off of VHS, this was very similar. Luckily it only happens a couple of times and the scenes are very short but it is a bit jarring. I watched in 2D (no 3D gear), I can imagine the slo-mo shots are quite impressive in 3D but they don't really work in 2D. Other than that, no real issues, some of the CGI blood is a bit obvious (particularly in the slo-mo scenes) but for the budget you can't expect a huge amount.
The film: With two provisos I EDITED loved it! It's exactly what a Dredd film should be, tight, tough, no compromise, you can tell the writers and directors know and love the source, you can't ask for anything more than that. Urban is very good, yes there's a touch of Harry Callahan in there but that just gave me a warm fuzzy glow, he's got the voice pitched perfectly (although there were a couple of points where he seemed to drop out of it, in the motorbike chase near the start, that may have been for clarity reasons though), I was worried they'd Batman him to the point of incomprehension but luckily he's gruff but clear. Olivia Thirlby is excellent as Anderson, helped in part by the perfect Anderson haircut, I could pick out exactly which artist from the comics they chose for her look, I've not seen her in anything else before but I liked her, good choice.
I liked the costumes, not so over-the-top as in the comics but believable, but one of my "issues" was the staging, yes I know the budget probably precluded a massive amount of CGI but the city didn't feel right, it gritty, probably more believable than the comics but it looks too now for my liking, rather than the futuristic setting from the comics, that's the one thing Stallone's version got right. Sure it's over the top but that was half the fun (and how do you keep the radiation out without a dome?). It's not helped by the vehicles used, a T25 VW? Really? As much as I love a T25, particularly one sliding round corners, this is a hundred or more years in the future, what are the chances one of those (or any of the other ancient looking vans and so forth) would still be running? Maybe it's a Cuban thing, no current car makers to speak of, so old models are kept running but again, that was a slight disappointment.
Apart from that, very good. Oh, the other proviso? Bent judges? They'd never have got through the psych-tests...
I think those noisy shots were just natural light shots at high ISO, so very poor signal to noise ratio. The expensive cameras look just like the cheap cameras in poor light.
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I watched both Dredd and The Raid at the weekend, I enjoyed them both but preferred Dredd the most out of the two movies.
There were a few disappointments such a cars and bikes not looking futuristic enough. Slapping a big fairing on a motor bike to make it look futuristic \o/ just doesn't work and the slomo scenes got a bit much (I was watching in 2D). I thought the castings were spot on though.
The Raid on the other hand was OK and the martial arts were impressive but, it just got a bit samey after a while. Fight scenes can only go on for so long before you lose interest. It was OK for an hour and a half's mindless violence but not a keeper IMO.
What I didn't get though was that as soon as they turned a corner the picture quality was fine, even though the light levels weren't noticably different (although for all I know the two scenes either side of the cut may have been film weeks apart!).
I didn't mind the Lawmaster as it goes, particularly in the fashion it was used, you never saw the Stallone bikes moving particularly quickly (from what I can remember, I only watched it once), at least the new one was shown to be doing its job properly. The cars and vans were the biggest issue for me.
I haven't seen The Raid, I was slightly worried that Dredd was going to be constant shootouts or that it was going to be completely unbelievable for them to fight all the way to the top, especially when they said the block was 200 stories but in fact they avoided that quite nicely by breaking up the shootouts with other situations and by taking the lifts!
I watched Dredd last night; a far better film than I expected (or dared hope for). And the subwoofer got a great workout, too
My big disappointment on the sci-fi-film-watching front was Looper, which I watched on Sunday. It was OK, but just tried too hard IMO. And I haven't been so distracted by a fake nose since Nicole Kidman's hooky hooter in The Hours...
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Hummm, I was going back to Sainsbury's to see if they had this in stock tomorrow, don't know what to do now...
I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. I can't comment really on Dredd himself as I never read the comic books, so I'll leave that to other people.
What a revelation to watch something rated 18! It's quite graphic in places, and it just makes you wonder how much better Nolan's Batman trilogy would've been if they'd have been rated 18 too...
And yes, the sub gets a good workout, but it also seems that this soundtrack would sort the men out from the boys in respect to subtleties and detail. I think big monster subs, while impressive, would struggle to convey all the detail in the sub track.
I think I'll be wanting to watch this again sometime soon, so I'll be buying this very shortly, and while it isn't the most impressive soundtrack, I'll most likely be using it for demo purposes too due to the reason mentioned above.
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I've been told it is rather good, and I've been recommended to buy it.
The Hours is pants..... Dredd is quite good in 3D, not great though. (to my eyes)
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