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11/30/2016

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I really avoid movies with battles like the plague, but this one sounds interesting.

AMDG

I'm not a big war movie fan myself but this one does look fascinating.

Thin Red Line is my big exception.

AMDG

I want to train to become a translator in Brussels!

I actually make a point of watching war movies, but this is one I've not heard of. It sounds good and I'm going to add it to my list.

Not so easy to find.

AMDG

Hadn't even thought of that. Region 2 import only on amazon.com. :-/

It's on iTunes, it seems.

The music does seem to be very good (as does the movie itself). Interesting to me that he (Deleures) also did the music for Jules and Jim. I don't remember the music but that was probably the first "art" film I ever saw. I'd like to see it again.

I have an all-region DVD player, but I'd probably have to buy the film to watch it. Might be worth it if I could find an inexpensive copy.

We'll all come to your house. ;-)

AMDG

Now THAT would be fun!

I can't imagine life without a multiregion DVD player!

I never knew there was such a thing.

AMDG

Actually Rob, after having 32 people for Thanksgiving, the phrase, "We'll all come to your house," strikes fear in my heart.

AMDG

It's something I'll have to look into.

The multiregion DVD player, I mean.

Mine's a Sony -- it was about $40.00 on Amazon. Nothing fancy, and not a lot of special features, but it does the job.

The only weird thing is that the onscreen commands are in Spanish, but I don't use them, and it can be easily reprogrammed to English if that's a problem.

Half my DVDs have always been at least American (when I was in GB) or English (now I'm in the US) so even without a slight taste for French films my DVD collection would be unusable without a multi region player. I'm not a massive foreign language film watcher, but having lived between the US and the UK for so many years, I've got so many DVDs from both sides of the pond that a single region DVD player would render my stock useless.

I don't think it's ever crossed my mind that I needed one. Not very cosmopolitan apparently.

My thoughts also, Mac. I ordered two online once that I didn't realize were whatever region the UK is, so I took them to a computer whiz friend of mine who was able to make a copy, then convert to proper region on another disc which plays in my US player.

Seems like I ran into something like that once...can't remember the circumstances but I worked around it somehow.

Speaking of this stuff, does anybody have Blu-ray? I've paid about as much attention to it as to multi-region DVD players. But I recently took the plunge into flat-screen TV and HD and...WOW...I didn't think it would make that much difference but it sure does. Now DVDs look a little fuzzy in comparison to HD. Recently produced TV shows like The Crown in HD are just remarkable--so extremely clean and detailed. Is Blu-ray the fixed medium counterpart of HD?

I just got an email from Filmstruck saying that they are expanding to--among other things--Roku in 2017.

AMDG

They were promising that in the beginning. Otherwise I would not have signed up. They're saying early 2017. If it doesn't show up by the end of February I'll probably cancel. I can only watch on phone or computer. I have no interest in the former and limited interest in the latter.

Not a fan of Blu-Ray myself. To me it makes everything too detailed and colorful -- makes it all look sort of cartoonish. Plus the hyper-clarity messes with perspective: it's weird to have stuff that's way in the background just as clear as foreground material. It just isn't realistic, and I find it distracting.

I bought the multi-region DVD player in order to watch UK DVD's. I have a friend who splits time between living here and in England, and he's always bringing stuff back with him that's unavailable over here.

I looked it up, and Blu-ray is basically just a disk that has enough capacity for high-def video. So I guess we're talking about the same thing. I love that clarity, though it has occurred to me that it's a little rough on the actors, as you can see every little detail of their skin in even moderate close-up. The perspective thing you mention would have to be a function of the camera's optics, which I don't think has to do with HD per se. The relative level of focus is probably the same, but just crisper throughout.

It was especially striking to me, I guess, since I went straight from an old tube tv to HD.

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