What DVD have you just watched?

I used to watch a lot of DVDs & Blu-Ray discs, especially in late 2016 when I was at home convalescing after a bad hip infection,  followed by a hip replacement.  One movie that I watched really stood out, and gives me the creeps even now - Robert Eggers' The Witch.  British accents so thick I had to turn on subtitles.  It's about a family in very early America that get kicked out of their village & who must then fare for themselves in a field bordering a deep, dark woods.  Things start to happen, none of them any good for the family.  Very eerie, very disturbing.  No Hollywood special effects (for the most part), just good acting and a great story line.  Spoiler alert - not a happy ending, but definitely one that suits the movie.  I remember watching it several times in a row, starting mid-evening and continuing late into the night.  Each subsequent view added to my sense of dread.  I don't scare easily, but this one got under my skin.  Needless to say the next movie I watched was a comedy.  Highly recommended.

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Watched this last night and was extremely disappointed.

For me it didn't represent scale of the tragedy and subsequent evacuation. 

I have a friend who was with the 51st Highland Div when he was captured at St Valery and imprisoned for the rest of the war.

Listening to him is scary about what they went through during the campaign.

Thank god I never have had to fight a war.

The CD of this concert is an excellent listen, but being able to watch the performances on the DVD is simply fantastic. The jamming is awesome, look out for a very young Springsteen, Brian Ferry on vocals and a set of backing singers to die for. Lots of other big names and great musicians too. Orby is (IMO) under-rated as a guitarist and he is at his best on here. You can sample it on YouTube as well ...

Steven Spielberg's The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks;

An enjoyable film, well made, well acted, but just missing something for me.  Almost as though SS wasn't sure whether to focus completely on the relationship between Graham and her Editor, Bradlee, or to focus more on the surrounding story, that of the leaking of the Pentagon papers and the subsequent court case brought by the US Government in an attempt to prevent their further publication. And in the end, you were left with not quite enough of either. However, don't let that put you off.  Well worth watching.

I watched it on a DVD courtesy of Cinema Paradiso.  It's an anamorphic release with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and a decent but slightly soft picture.  I probably should have got the blu-ray instead...

Richard Dane posted:

Steven Spielberg's The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks;

An enjoyable film, well made, well acted, but just missing something for me.  Almost as though SS wasn't sure whether to focus completely on the relationship between Graham and her Editor, Bradlee, or to focus more on the surrounding story, that of the leaking of the Pentagon papers and the subsequent court case brought by the US Government in an attempt to prevent their further publication. And in the end, you were left with not quite enough of either. However, don't let that put you off.  Well worth watching.

I watched it on a DVD courtesy of Cinema Paradiso.  It's an anamorphic release with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and a decent but slightly soft picture.  I probably should have got the blu-ray instead...

Watched that several weeks ago while visiting friends who had it on Netflix.  I intend to watch it again as I came away disappointed and am not sure why.  I thought Streep was excellent but I totally did not connect to Hank's character or perhaps his portrayal of same.  I need to do some research on Bradlee and watch some video of him to see if I can reconcile that.  Either Bradlee was not an individual I could connect with or Hanks did a great job and I just found some of Bradlees mannerisms, methods and thoughts less than truly noble.  I was in the Washington DC area serving in the Army around this time.  I was well aware of Watergate (watched the hearings on TV in the office daily) but have little to no recall of the Pentagon Papers issue.  Very complex times then.  I will try to follow-up after I do my research and re-watch.

Haim Ronen posted:

I found The Post to be a flat and uninspiring film despite the interesting topic in contrast to the excellent Spotlight which followed the The Boston Globe's team investigating cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests.

Haim, I agree that Spotlight seemed to be a better film.  Maybe the charms of the Post are more subtle. However, I do think it was stuck between two ideas of how to tell the story, neither of which was really allowed to fully flourish. Frustrating, as there's much that's really good, but personally I would have like more of the main characters and I do wonder whether it was cut down too much in editing.

Richard Dane posted:

Steven Spielberg's The Post, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks;

An enjoyable film, well made, well acted, but just missing something for me.  Almost as though SS wasn't sure whether to focus completely on the relationship between Graham and her Editor, Bradlee, or to focus more on the surrounding story, that of the leaking of the Pentagon papers and the subsequent court case brought by the US Government in an attempt to prevent their further publication. And in the end, you were left with not quite enough of either. However, don't let that put you off.  Well worth watching.

I watched it on a DVD courtesy of Cinema Paradiso.  It's an anamorphic release with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and a decent but slightly soft picture.  I probably should have got the blu-ray instead...

No blu-ray rentals at Cinema Paradiso?

The new Paradiso cinema is a DVD movie. Maybe because I love movies, or maybe because the theme of the soundtrack you live on the skin, but this is for me Tornatore's best work. Emotionally intense film that can not help but move the viewer, especially the final scene. With great pride, I inserted the DVD of this movie into my personal video library. Highly recommend!

Helena posted:

The new Paradiso cinema is a DVD movie. Maybe because I love movies, or maybe because the theme of the soundtrack you live on the skin, but this is for me Tornatore's best work. Emotionally intense film that can not help but move the viewer, especially the final scene. With great pride, I inserted the DVD of this movie into my personal video library. Highly recommend!

Maybe you misunderstood. The conversation is not about the movie Nuovo cinema Paradiso but of a dvd/blu-ray rental company called Cinema Paradiso that Richard is a member of.

Synecdoche is a weird arty farty movie, at least to me that is. Not my cup of tea. I can only advice to rent it before you buy it, wish I had.

Journey's End on the other hand is a top movie, well worth the wait. Setting and acting is all top notch. Shows you the madness of that particular war in glorious detail. Be sure to check it out, you won't be disappointed.

A top Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian fighter he thought he'd killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion.

Not on DVD but on Netflix. Discovered this series today and started watching. It's like Homeland on steroids, very good. 2 seasons out and both of them available on Netflix.

Drikus posted:

A top Israeli agent comes out of retirement to hunt for a Palestinian fighter he thought he'd killed, setting a chaotic chain of events into motion.

Not on DVD but on Netflix. Discovered this series today and started watching. It's like Homeland on steroids, very good. 2 seasons out and both of them available on Netflix.

I watched the first two episodes with some Israeli friends and ruined it for them by pointing out some unlikely situations that wouldn't happen in real life.

Courtesy of Cinema Paradiso, last night we watched All The Money In The World;

With all the backstory of Kevin Spacey's replacement by Christopher Plummer now somewhat dissipated, who would have bet on Plummer pulling off the part as well as he did? In the end he is  completely convincing as a miserly, embittered and resentful man utterly consumed by the wealth he has accrued.

There's a nice little parallel between Getty senior, his son and his grandson.  We initially see them all as poles apart in character, but later we realise they are actually more alike than we at first thought  - they are all three lost, the grandson is lost to the kidnappers, the son is lost to drugs, and Getty senior is completely lost to money. 

A good film. Watch it.  Recommended.

Oooo, if we are including series then:

This is some of the best Science Fiction I have ever watched. Season 1 encouraged me to buy all the books, and the adaptations they are doing are first rate.

In fact the series was just cancelled .....but then picked up by Amazon.

Excellent stuff.

M

MDS posted:
Drikus posted:

Thoroughly enjoyed this one! Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane are on top of their game here.

Yes, Kingsley makes his character convincingly menacing in that movie. He's a gifted and versatile actor. 

One of my favourite films. A love story that asks how far would you go to keep the one you love, the score is great too , especially the big band sound of Henry Mancini.

ZULU was the second film I saw at the cinema (the first was Paint Your Wagon) aged about 6 or 7 I guess and loved the battle sequences.

I then watched it around xmas time about 10 years later and enjoyed the film again.

I most recently caught it again around my 50th birthday and I now have a much better appreciation of some of the tensions being played out between the ranks and some of the officers.

Terrifically acted and directed by Stanley Baker.

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