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Netflix: Lost in Space

Win, Lose or Draw?

For me a draw.

Plot
The story revolves around a planet in crises and a possible chance to colonise another world at Alpha Centauri. There is an event that leads to a number of colonists escaping to a planet where the story unfolds. In a change from the original although the focus is the Robinson family other families are with them, as well as the dastardly Dr Smith.

Story
Episodic with threads running through the series. For me this was a bit of a curates egg. Parking the odds of randomly turning up near what Star Trek would call a Class M planet, and the carbon based flora and fauna, and the lack of medical issues when the two interact you can quickly see that we are in Science Fantasy. If you can accept the patina of Science Fiction wrapping this fantasy story THEN you will be able to enjoy what I think is the series strength, the family interactions and inter-personal dramas. I think a very strong element in this could have been Dr Smith, but the stretches the script writers made in order to keep her in the picture made her distracting rather than a strength for me.

All round good acting and production values may help you keep engaged; I confess I was hooked enough to plow on to the end, but I came away with mixed and mildly negative feelings.

M

Richard Dane posted:

 

Paddington 2 - on DVD courtesy of Cinema Paradiso.

No beating about the bush on this, it's brilliant. The only fly in the ointment is that High Grant possibly upstages even the bear - but then I guess that's all part of the character he plays here, so possibly intended all along.

It's a film that you can enjoy, and indeed love, whether you're 9 or 99 years of ages - we watched it with my Mother and at moments I caught her rapt one moment and in hoots of laughter the next. I dare even the most cynical to try to not enjoy this delightful film...

A friend of mine and I went on my birthday last December, and a pair of 50 somethings laughed uproariously throughout.  I even had a suspicious amount of moisture in my eye at the happy ending. I expected Kathy to tease me about it until I saw her wiping her own eyes. Great film.

The Magic Flute - Bergman: BFI Edition - BluRay & DVD

The Good: LPCM soundtrack, 24/48.

The Not so Good: The film resolution.
This is a BluRay, BUT try and watch it in any aspect ratio rather than the native 4:3 and I got artifacts; running at around 20 Mbps.
In 4:3, reported as 16:9, the film has no marks or ticks.

The movie is, of course, excellent. Being LPCM I will rip it from the BR in due course, getting two for the price of one.

M

Star Wars - The Last Jedi 

I hadn't read any reviews before watching this. Lesson learned. 

To my eyes, a mess of a film, where I was struggling and questioning myself on whether I had snoozed and missed bits. I hadn't. Nothing original, no character development, with characters coming and going when the 'why are they here' question remains fresh - topped off by a nonsensical plot, lame merchandising placement and some scenes which defy credulity/rationale, even for SW. IMV, TLJ is the worst of the SW films for me by some margin - even Attack of the Clones had originality.

Happy Listener posted:

Star Wars - The Last Jedi 

I hadn't read any reviews before watching this. Lesson learned. 

To my eyes, a mess of a film, where I was struggling and questioning myself on whether I had snoozed and missed bits. I hadn't. Nothing original, no character development, with characters coming and going when the 'why are they here' question remains fresh - topped off by a nonsensical plot, lame merchandising placement and some scenes which defy credulity/rationale, even for SW. IMV, TLJ is the worst of the SW films for me by some margin - even Attack of the Clones had originality.

Hmm. I still haven't seen it. My son wasn't impressed when he saw it at the cinema. I've been thinking of buying a Bluray but and now tempted to rent a one-off viewing and stream at about one third of the cost because 'once might be enough'.

I'm with HH on this one, it's Pony & Trap.

I don't know why I bought the DVD as I was disappointed back in December having watched it on the big screen.

Lord knows what the upcoming Solo film will be like, but if it's 50% of Rogue One I will be happy.

Happy Listener posted:

Star Wars - The Last Jedi 

I hadn't read any reviews before watching this. Lesson learned. 

To my eyes, a mess of a film, where I was struggling and questioning myself on whether I had snoozed and missed bits. I hadn't. Nothing original, no character development, with characters coming and going when the 'why are they here' question remains fresh - topped off by a nonsensical plot, lame merchandising placement and some scenes which defy credulity/rationale, even for SW. IMV, TLJ is the worst of the SW films for me by some margin - even Attack of the Clones had originality.

Perhaps not the best of the Star Wars films, but we enjoyed it on the whole. It's certainly not "Crap", just not to everyone's taste.

Drikus posted:

I watched this again last night - on Blu-ray.  Although I have seen it a number of times in the past, it stands up to repeated viewing  and although you know what's coming, it keeps the tension of the manhunt very well. The Blu-ray isn't perfect by any means but is far superior to the earlier DVD release. 

Richard Dane posted:
Drikus posted:

I watched this again last night - on Blu-ray.  Although I have seen it a number of times in the past, it stands up to repeated viewing  and although you know what's coming, it keeps the tension of the manhunt very well. The Blu-ray isn't perfect by any means but is far superior to the earlier DVD release. 

Loved it, top movie!

Saw this one last night, not bad either;

How does it compare with Euan Lloyd's classic Who Dares Wins?  I haven't seen WDW for years but I notice it has been released by Arrow on Blu-ray, and their track record with their BR releases is rather good - their re-release of The Wild Geese and The Train are two of my favourites.

Don't know, haven't seen Who Dares Wins. 6 Days tells the story of the SAS rescue of hostages at the besieged Iranian Embassy in May 1980. Read that Who Dares Wins was inspired by that event but it seems a completely different movie to me. Is it any good?

Saw The Wild Geese a while ago, awesome movie. Top performances by Harris, Burton and Moore. Never seen The Train either. Is this released by the same Arrow as the others? Because it has a different sleeve than the other Arrow releases and it says "Arrow Academy" on the front.

Yup, WDW was loosely based on the events of the Iranian Embassy siege.  It has been a while since I saw it so difficult to make any judgements.  It may well have aged somewhat but I certainly enjoyed it around 30 years ago on VHS tape. Interesting to note that WDW starred Lewis Collins, one half of the TV CI5 pair, The Professionals.  The other half, Martin Shaw, appears in 6 Days. A coincidence?

Either way, I'm a big fan of Ewan Lloyd's productions - The Wild Geese, Paper Tiger, The Sea Wolves, Who Dares Wins etc..

The Train is superb.  A wonderful restoration of one of the very best war films ever made. Yes, it's also on Arrow - Arrow Academy, just a different sub-brand. 

Liked The Professionals, had a look at amazon uk but to pricey...

Can't order Paper Tiger blu-ray from amazon uk due to my location and only a spanish version of The Sea Wolves blu-ray is available there. Pity, they really look interesting. Ordered these three from Network. Got several dvd's from this studio but never seen a blu-ray from them, hope the picture quality will be good.

It looks like HMV currently have Arrow Video Blu-Rays on offer as well as some of the Eureka Masters of Cinema titles. 

My favourite Arrow titles, in no particular order, are;

Withnail & I, The Wild Geese, The Train, Stalingrad, Blow Out, Runaway Train, Dressed to Kill, The Long Goodbye, The Long Good Friday, Thief, The Burbs, Big Trouble in Little China, Ronin, The Thing, King of New York, Day of the Jackal and Invasion of The Bodysnatchers. 

From Eureka I have The Flight of The Phoenix, which is great (better than the more recent remake) and Guns of Batasi (Brilliant film). I've just ordered Paths Of Glory and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.  

Richard Dane posted:

It looks like HMV currently have Arrow Video Blu-Rays on offer as well as some of the Eureka Masters of Cinema titles. 

My favourite Arrow titles, in no particular order, are;

Withnail & I, The Wild Geese, The Train, Stalingrad, Blow Out, Runaway Train, Dressed to Kill, The Long Goodbye, The Long Good Friday, Thief, The Burbs, Big Trouble in Little China, Ronin, The Thing, King of New York, Day of the Jackal and Invasion of The Bodysnatchers. 

From Eureka I have The Flight of The Phoenix, which is great (better than the more recent remake) and Guns of Batasi (Brilliant film). I've just ordered Paths Of Glory and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.  

Some good films there, Richard. You're whetting my appetite to start ordering more movies. 

Have been waiting for a DVD for years, held back on this Swedish release, but nothing much else around:

 

Outstanding first couple of episodes, I hope it lives up to my childhood recollections.

The scriptwriting/acting is fantastic and themes are very mature, coupled with John Wayne western type humour.

Alley Cat posted:

Have been waiting for a DVD for years, held back on this Swedish release, but nothing much else around:

 

Outstanding first couple of episodes, I hope it lives up to my childhood recollections.

The scriptwriting/acting is fantastic and themes are very mature, coupled with John Wayne western type humour.

Gosh. That takes me back.  I seem to recall it was a TV show in black & white.  

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