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The Mask of Zorro [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
The Mask of Zorro [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Matthew Letscher
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 6 Jun. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English, Italian, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 2.0: Commentary by Martin Campbell

Subtitles for all the videos:
English, Italian, Castilian Spanish

Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish and English for Hard of Hearing

Verdict:
Very good picture and sound for this master-piece which has not aged at all.
As usual, a very good picture means details we are not meant to see:
- At Diego's house, the sword fight in the wide staircases, we can see the 2 stuntmen standing for Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Wilson.
- Even there is not much action in the dance scene between Elena and Alejandro, another double stand for Mr. Banderas.
- The first fight between Zorro and Captain Love, Montero, Zorro runs in the map of California and cuts it down, over all of the men. You can clearly see that strings are pulling it over the men.
- At the end of the film, at the mine, Alejandro grabs a shovel and slides down the hill. If you look at the shovel, you will see the strap that holds his feet to it.
And much more of course.

A true pleasure to watch this film again in such fantastic conditions.

NB: Antonio Banderas does not dub himself for the Castilian Spanish soundtrack unfortunately, as according to Mr. Banderas dubbing is not as good as acting.
Therefore, that was Salvador Aldeguer who dubbed Antonio Banderas.
Curiously, Mr. Banderas dubbed himself for Shrek 2, 3 and Puss in Boots
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 27, 2015 7:35 AM GMT


Gladiator (2000) - Augmented Reality Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Gladiator (2000) - Augmented Reality Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Russell Crowe

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 1 May 2012
Blu Ray all zone (not confirmed)

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Length of the Theatrical Cut: 155 min
Length of the Extended Cut: 171 min

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries by the director Ridley Scott and some crew's members (1 commentary for each cut)

Subtitles for the feature film and the bonuses (Disc II):
French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Traditional Mandarin and English for the hard of hearings.

Extra subtitles only available on Disc II:
Japanese, Russian, Greek and Polish

Verdict:
This film on Blu Ray is nearly perfect, a good picture with an outstanding soundtrack. The soundtrack is perfect with a fantastic music. The picture has a natural but discrete noise.
Thanks to its excellent picture, we can see much more details about the battle, the fights, Rome and its magnificent buildings, monuments and of course the coliseum which looks very massive, imposing in this ancient and highly detailed city.
High Definition picture means details we are not supposed to see !!
- We can clearly during the first battle against the Prussians, 1 guy seen not fighting but smiling and walking in the wrong direction !! (9 min 44 sec), a funny take !!
- The stunt double of Russel Crowe falling from his horse during this same battle (10 min, 25 sec).
- The following day, Maximus goes to see his horse, a crew man wearing jeans standing in the background behind the horse can be seen hiding.
- For his first fight alone in the arena, at the end, when Maximus says "Are you not entertained", on the left side of the screen among the audience the cameraman and the camera are clearly visible.
- The last scenes of Proximo, as Oliver Reed passed away before the end of the shooting, a double was used for several shots and can be seen standing for Mr. Reed.

More mistakes can be seen but nevertheless, the script remains truly remarkable making this film a real pleasure to watch over and over again especially with this unforgettable score which matches every moment of the film.
You will not be disappointed, enjoy.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 27, 2015 7:33 AM GMT


Enemy Of The State [Blu-ray]
Enemy Of The State [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Will Smith
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 11 Dec. 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
PCM 48 kHz, 24 bits, 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 5.1: English, French, Castilian Spanish

Subtitles for all the videos:
French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, English and English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
As usual, an outstanding picture and sound quality, similar to the Blu-ray of Crimson TIde, and with only a few extras (some deleted scenes plus 2 documentaries).
But it is a very good movie and fully enjoyable on this Blu-ray.


The Guns of Navarone [Blu-ray] [1961] [Region Free]
The Guns of Navarone [Blu-ray] [1961] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Gregory Peck
Price: £6.99

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 10 Dec. 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
Dolby 5.1: German, Italian, Japanese, Castilian Spanish
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
English, German, Italian, Japanese, Castilian Spanish

Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish and English for Hard of Hearing

Verdict:
Very good picture and sound for this master-piece which was well restored.
A true pleasure to watch this film again in such fantastic conditions.
The colours were corrected and balanced and clearly it makes a difference as explained in the restoration documentary.
Thanks to the Blu-ray, we can not only watch the film with (or without) the intermission as originally released in 1961
With intermission -> 161 minutes
Without intermission -> 156 minutes
But we can also see some details we were not meant to see !
- Model of the island exploding at the end at the film is quite obvious especially when the cannons are falling into the sea.
- We can even see the join of paint on the "wallpaper" imitating the skyline during the explosion scene.
- Pictures added in post-production are not that unobtrusive, for instance the "citadel" of Navarone and the island where the citadel is supposed to be or when the team is supposedly being climbing, for all the shot, the sea was added in post-prod.
- The shadow of the 35 mm camera is visible on the top of the truck when they are escaping (interrogation scene, at 96 min & 50 sec without intermission selected)
Nevertheless, this motion picture is fantastic with a good story-line and some great sceneries of Greece.
You shall not be disappointed.


How To Marry A Millionaire [DVD]
How To Marry A Millionaire [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marilyn Monroe
Offered by TwoRedSevens
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 5 Dec. 2011
DVD Zone 2

Ratio of the feature film:
2.55:1 (original ratio) - 16/9 encoding

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby 4.0: English
- Dolby 2.0: French, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish

Subtitles for the feature film:
- Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese
- Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, German, English, German for the Hearing Impaired and English for the Hearing Impaired.

Verdict:
A fantastic comedy of the 50s very well restored in its original glory with its original cinemascope picture (2.55:1), plus an outstanding quadriphonic soundtrack from the original magnetic track. Everything is there to enjoy and have a good evening!

Bonus:
- the original Italian trailer
- the original German trailer
- the American trailer
- a short footage of the premiere of the film with various actors
- a video about the restoration and comparison of the different editions


Speedminton Racket S500 Racket Sports - Red/Orange
Speedminton Racket S500 Racket Sports - Red/Orange

5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme professionalism, 11 Oct. 2011
Different versions of the S 500 are available.
This model is the Version 4.

Specifications:
* Graphite Extreme
* Frame -> 145 grams
* Main String ->16 KP
* Cross String -> 14 KP
* Colours -> red and orange
* Overall dimensions -> 58.7 x 20.9 cm

Overall, not much changes compare to the version 3 except it's 10 grams lighter. Still, I do not find anything to complain about except perhaps it looks a little bit flashy with the red and orange colours. A very good racket to play with.
It comes with its holster (red and orange too).


Speedminton S 500 Pro Racket
Speedminton S 500 Pro Racket

5.0 out of 5 stars Professionalism, 11 Oct. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Different versions of the S 500 are available.
This model is the Version 3.

Specifications:
* Full Graphite
* Frame -> 155 grams
* Main String ->16 KP
* Cross String -> 14 KP
* Colours -> black and white
* Overall dimensions -> 58.7 x 20.9 cm

Overall, it is a fantastic racket to play with, light and strong. You will not be disappointing.
A fantastic racket for Speedminton.
It comes with its holster (black and white too).


Torch LA4055 5 LED Carrier Fit Rear Bike Light
Torch LA4055 5 LED Carrier Fit Rear Bike Light
Offered by BIKINGEAR
Price: £9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to install and use, 11 Oct. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A very good rear carrier light for bicycle supplied with all the tolls to be able to install it very quickly.

It even comes with an extra part to make it compatible with nearly every rear carrier whatever the distance and size of the holes for screws are.

NB:
* The battery are supplied.
* The spanner is not supplied.
The bicycle is not supplied!


The Hunt for Red October [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]
The Hunt for Red October [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Price: £7.00

26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 30 Sept. 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Blu Ray all zone (not confirmed)

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby True HD 5.1: English
- Dolby 5.1: French, Italian, German, Castilian Spanish
- Dolby 2.0 Surround: Commentary by the director John McTiernan

Subtitles for the feature film and the making of:
- French, German, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish and English for the hard of hearings.

Verdict:
This film on Blu Ray is really amazing, a good picture with an outstanding soundtrack. The soundtrack is perfect with a fantastic music. The picture has a natural noise quite visible during the dark shots but not too annoying.
Even if the pictures is not 100% perfect, it gives us much more details about the models submarine for instance the missiles hatches visible on the hull of the Typhoon, the grid pattern on the outer bow doors of the caterpillar. We can also count the missiles silos when Ryan is about to go after the cook and show us how long the submarine really is, it makes the scene looking truly impressive!
High Definition picture means details we are not supposed to see !!
- We can clearly see the whole deck and the conn tower of the Red October is a giant model (where Sean Connery and Sam Neill stand at the beginning of the film) as we can see the edges of the model barely submerged.
- Technical mistake about this model, there is no wake as there are no propellers either which in fact are visible on a real typhoon-class submarine (when afloat).
- The wires holding the 3 models submarines are visible on nearly every "underwater" shot. For instance, when the first torpedo is shot at the Red October, we can clearly see several wires holding the Red October when she is evading the attack.
- The CGI effects are quite obtrusive but it is 1989 CGI, in fact we can say they are good considering what we were capable of doing in the 80s.

Overall, it is a true pleasure to see this film on Blu Ray with its beautiful picture. Although we see the wires holding the sub, the underwater sequences still look superb thanks to the flawless motion and lighting of the 3 submarines.

Bonuses:
- Making of "Beneath the surface" -> Dolby 2.0, 29 min, SD, subtitled.
- Theatrical Trailer -> Dolby 5.1, 1.5 min, HD, no subtitle.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 22, 2012 1:32 AM BST


Laputa: Castle In The Sky - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Laputa: Castle In The Sky - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: £14.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 15 Jun. 2011
Blu-ray Zone B

Ratio of the feature film:
1.78:1

Languages of the feature film:
- PCM 5.1: English (dubbing of 1998 but amended)
- PCM 2.0: Japanese

Subtitle for all the videos:
- English (translation of the Japanese dialogues)
The Credits are in Japanese.

DVD Zone 2

Ratio of the feature film:
1.66:1 (or close of this ratio)

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby 2.0: Japanese, English (dubbing of 1998)

Subtitles of the feature film:
- English (translation of the Japanese dialogues)
- English for Hard of Hearing (closed caption of the English dialogues)
The Credits are in English.

Verdict:
The DVD edition is the same as the one released before with 2 very different dialogues and an imperfect picture with some scratches.
As you probably know, the English soundtrack has more and different dialogues and music than the Japanese soundtrack.

On the other hand this Blu-ray is much better, the picture has been cleaned to be noise-less and scratch-less, the colours are slightly less warm than on the DVD.
Also, the picture has been reframed which mean we lose a very little bit of picture on the right and bottom side of it when we compare it to the DVD.
Overall, this restoration makes the film look more modern.
The Japanese soundtrack which is very clear is according to me the best with its 80s style of music. The English one has been amended once again. To be closer of the japanese dialogues, the added dialogues in English have been removed leaving only the "same amount" of dialogues as heard in the Japanese dubbing.

NB: The dialogues left on the Blu-ray are the same as before with the same voice -> Mark Hamill, Anna Paquins, James Van Der Beek...

The music of the English soundtrack remains untouched compare to the DVD edition and keeps its symphonic style.
In conclusion, the picture on the Blu-ray is really beautiful and detailed without having detected the use of DNR or edge enhancement making it a true pleasure to watch this film a 101th time in such wonderful conditions !!
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 31, 2013 4:16 PM BST


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