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Australian exclusive Blu-Rays are starting to show up at reasonable prices on eBay, including In Bruges, Amelie and Baader Meinhof Complex.

Looks like some good shopping in store for the new year.

In other news, Criterion have announced Yojimbo and Sanjiro; and Eureka are releasing Fritz Lang's M.
leynos: (Wolfteam)
From the Digital Bits rumour mill via Blu-Ray.com there's some news regarding what will and won't be coming this year.

The good:

North By Northwest, Heat and Boogie Nights will be seeing the light of day in 2009.

The bad:

We'll have to wait until 2010 for the Alien films, Chinatown, The Sound of Music and Back to the Future.

There's a good stack of Disney/Pixar stuff due in 2010 too, including Beauty and the Beast, but they're a law unto themselves anyway.
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Brick

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/10164821/Brick/Product.html

I've been waiting for this one for ages. A bargain too, if I must say so.

Elephant

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/10164832/Elephant/Product.html

A meditative film about a shooting at a highschool in America.

Nine Songs

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/10164838/Nine-Songs/Product.html

A well observed film about human recollection as it applies to love. Although it was shot on DV, so I doubt it will gain much from being on Blu-Ray.

Junebug

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/9663473/Junebug/Product.html

This is also coming to US Blu-Ray but it's worth mentioning anyway. There are few films made in the last ten years where you'll find characters who feel so real.

Go

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/9600948/Go/Product.html

It's time to get all nostalgic about the late nineties, when everyone wanted to make the next Pulp Fiction.
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It looks like Channel 4 have finally gotten over having their fingers burned with HD DVD, and have announced a bunch of films for UK Blu-Ray release. Most of them re-releases of earlier HD DVD releases, but at least I now know I can confidently get rid of my Channel 4 DVDs. Shallow Grave is also back on the menu, whoever is releasing it.

The first Akira Kurasawa film to be released on Blu-Ray with English subtitles has been announced. It's Ran, and it's a Criterion release.

The last update I'd like to bring to your attention is the Canadian release of Se7en, due out in March. Woo yay.

DVD Sale

Nov. 6th, 2008 12:11 pm
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The following titles are £1 each. If collecting in person, that is all you need to pay.

Postage is on a per-disc basis at £1.50 for the first disc plus 50p for each additional disc to anywhere in the UK. International postage is £2.50 for the first disc + 75p for each additional disc worldwide.

Payment is by PayPal or cash in person. My PayPal address is the one in my user profile page.

Memento - 2 discs - Region 1
Unforgiven - 2 discs - Region 4
Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 1 - 1 disc - Region 0
Day of the Dead (Pan & Scan) - 1 disc - Region 0
Black Hawk Down - 2 discs - Region 2
From Dusk 'til Dawn - 1 disc - Region 2
Gunbuster ~Aim For The Top~ - 1 disc - Region 0
Highlander - 1 disc - Region 2
Corpse Bride - 1 disc - Region 2
Sixth Sense - 1 disc - Region 1
Apocalypse Now Redux - 1 disc - Region 2
Night of the Living Dead (New/Sealed) - 1 disc - Region 0
The Pianist (incl. Soundtrack CD) - 3 discs - Region 1
Night of the Living Dead (Elite Entertainment) - 1 disc - Region 0
The Nightmare Before Christmas - 1 disc - Region 2
Ghost in the Shell (Korean) - 2 discs - Region 3
The Usual Suspects - 1 disc - Region 1
The Untouchables - 1 disc - Region 2
Chicago - 1 disc - Region 2
Nixon (Director's Cut) - 2 discs - Region 1
Napoleon Dynamite - 1 disc - Region 2
Straw Dogs - 1 disc - Region 0
Run Lola Run - 1 disc - Region 2
Predator - 1 disc - Region 1
Dune - 1 disc - Region 2
Lost in Translation - 1 disc - Region 3
Alien3 - 1 disc - Region 2
House of the Flying Daggers (New/Sealed) - 1 disc - Region 2
Bringing Out the Dead - 1 disc - Region 2
2001: A Space Odyssey (Japanese) - 1 disc - Region 2
2001: A Space Odyssey - 1 disc - Region 2
Leaving Las Vegas - 1 disc - Region 1
Notting Hill - 1 disc - Region 1

The following discs are £2.50 each (above postage applies)

Hidden (Cache) (New/Sealed) - 1 disc - Region 2
Lust Caution (New/Sealed) - 1 disc - Region 1
The Man Who Wasn't There (New/Sealed) - 1 disc - Region 1
Narc (New Sealed) - 1 disc - Region 1
leynos: (Combichrist)
I was doing my daily sweep of DVD Pacific's upcoming Blu-Rays list, and noticed that Burn After Reading, Amadeus, Donnie Darko and History of Violence are now up for pre-order (w00t). But in addition to those, some other titles appear to have come out of nowhere:It looks like Blu-Ray is finally picking up in earnest.

I'll be having another DVD fire-sale soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Although Dr Strangelove appears to have disappeared without trace.
leynos: (Cooking Mama)
Fight Club is being released in Germany on 5th December:



This disc will be Region B only.

The Man Who Wasn't There has a French release date of 5th December.

The Truman Show is appearing on US retailers' computers with a release date of 30th December.

Election (the American teen drama, not the Hong Kong gangster flick) should be hitting US Blu-Ray on 20th January 2009.

Lastly, read a review of the Hong Kongese Blu-Ray of Wong Kar Wai's Days of Being Wild here.
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Kill Bill Vols 1 & 2:






Eastern Promises:



Way cooler, don't you think?

Blu-Rays

Jul. 31st, 2008 10:47 am
leynos: (Jack Off Jill)
Amelie is coming to Blu-Ray in Canada in two weeks.
Dr Strangelove is coming in the US in November.
Interview with the Vampire is coming in the UK in October.
House of the Flying Daggers is coming to French Blu-Ray in September
Leon is coming to Blu-Ray in Germany in October.
Gunbuster (Aim for the Top) is coming to Blu-Ray just about everywhere in November.

I guess things are looking up.
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Seems I should leave the DVD in its shrinkwrap and stick it on eBay.

HD DVD

Feb. 24th, 2008 01:38 am
leynos: (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)
Just in case anyone's been sleeping, now's the time to start snarfing up the cheap HD DVDs on eBay.

The format war is over. Sony won. Bastards. :(

Still, I can't complain, since I hedged my bets and bought a Blu-Ray player too. My hi def disc collection is roughly 50/50 HD DVD/BRD.
I switched to Ubuntu in the end. Not that it makes that much difference. WiFi still hates me, mplayer and composite hate each other, and the sound still isn't muting when you plug in headphones.

If I have time, I will give Haiku and AROS a go.

Tbh, Linux still is not impressing me. True, it's far more usable as a day-to-day operating system than it was five years ago, but there are far too many ways of doing any one thing, between which the attention of the developers is divided. No individual solution offers anywhere near the all encompassing usability of Mac OS X.

If someone asks me which computer to buy, I will still say "buy a Mac of some sort".

(I'm well aware of the fact that this is partly to do with the difference in the number of hardware configurations that Linux and Mac OS X are expected to support, but that's part of the beauty of it—Apple sell complete solutions.)

My next computer will probably be a Mac Pro.
leynos: (Combichrist)
Where to get the French HD DVDs from Studio Canal:

Movietyme

Full list of announced titles

Incidentally, I have started acquiring HD DVDs now. Seven so far. I have also decided that I will get a Japanese PS3 for Blu-Ray playback. There are just too many good films on BRD to miss out on.

A nice chap at AV Forums tells me that the cheapest AV receiver that accepts lossless PCM over HDMI is the Onkyo TXSR604E, which can be had for around £300. It does also has four optical digital inputs, so the PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360 can have one each.

LPCM over HDMI is needed because TOSLink (optical digital) doesn't have enough bandwidth to carry a raw multi-channel digital audio signal, so without it, the best you'll be feeding into your receiver is full-bitrate DTS (lossy compressed digital audio). Unless you have multi-channel analogue out on your HD DVD player, that is, which the player I want doesn't have, and the PS3 certainly doesn't have.

Regarding displays, I still have my eye on the Hitachi 42PD9700, but the market is moving so quickly that it could all have changed in a couple of month's time when I move. And for those who worry, you'd be looking at upwards of £4000 for a 1080p capable plasma right now, so that's out for the foreseeable future. (The Hitachi does ~half resolution 1080i).

Limbo

Mar. 3rd, 2007 09:34 pm
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I'm really starting to hate this house now. Really. It's starting to seriously depress me. To the extent that I have at times considered checking into a hotel rather than return home at night.

Similarly, despite the fact that I enjoy my job, the constant backwards and forwards-ing has been proving to be a little too much for me.

So with that in mind, a day of down time was exactly what I needed. I ate stupid amounts of chocolate, shoveled all my mum's junk mail into a bin liner, procured a bottle of shiraz, which I enjoyed with a lamb dansakh, and watched The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and The Devil Wears Prada.

Peter Greenaway really should be locked up.

The day comfortably wasted, I feel a lot better now. Tomorrow, I visit my mother.

Now, regarding the house purchasing business, it's plodding along. I have a little bit of focus in my search now. I think I can get a reasonably priced flat of decent size if I look in the right place. I'm sick of viewing shoeboxes in Meadobank that I know will sell for 100k+, so I have decided to abandon any dreams of living within walking distance of Calton Studios, but I figure that my new objective offers a fair bit of promise.

Should be fun.

HiDef

Feb. 9th, 2007 10:13 pm
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I have ordered my first three HD DVDs—Casablanca; Good Night and Good Luck; and Dune.

Foiled

Jan. 9th, 2007 10:46 pm
leynos: (Wolfteam)
Forbidden Planet scuppered my plan to buy lots of volumes of Fruits Basket at knockdown prices by not having any in stock. Grrr...

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I've decided not to buy any more DVDs where an HD-DVD version is available, or has been announced. It still seems to me that BRD has better studio support, but I'm banking on HD-DVD, since Sony seem to have a habit of screwing up media formats. CD was a fluke, if you ask me.

I'll start buying HD discs in February. It's my intention to buy a player along with the HD telly in April.
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1) Not every film is relevant to everyone
2) No film is suited to every mood
3) It is not required for a film to attempt to disprove either 1) or 2)
4) Some films are just shit
leynos: (Wolfteam)
I made a start to repainting the house today, at my sister's prompting. The undercoat is now done of half of the dining room. Well, I did say "a start." When my sister returns tomorrow, hopefully we'll get more done with the extra pair of hands to safely reshuffle furniture. A lot of filling and sanding needing done too.

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I picked up Lord of War for six quid in Blockbuster. Having seen it before, I watched it with audio commentary first. Something that struck me, listening to the commentary is how much CG had been employed by the film that went unnoticed by the audience. People can have limbs digitally amputated, Capetown can stand in seamlessly for New York, gunshot wounds added after the fact, and whole sequences produced on computer, without drawing attention to themselves.

The sequence in question was one that raised a smile, whilst at the same time serving the story. An almost diametric opposite to Fincher's CG wankery, which, whilst incredibly clever, served only to draw attention to itself. I'm incredibly pleased for films like Lord of War and Irreversible, that use CG and digital compositing as a means of extending and solidifying reality as opposed to supplanting it.

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Something else that's been on my mind lately is the lack of attention I've given to videogames in my life over the past year. I've missed out on so much that's good. I think it's time I re-evaluated the way I spend my time and money and returned my focus to that which is important. I want to buy a Neo Geo this year, but before that, there are a fair few significant PS2 releases that I must catch up on. Not least of which are the Cave shoot 'em ups Ibara and Mushihime Sama.
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A lot has happened in the past month. Too much to really write down on my lunchbreak (which is what I'm trying to do).

Living with someone takes a lot of getting used to. Especially if you're new to it all. It's worthwhile though.

Good things that happened:

I saw the Phantom of the Opera silent movie with live organ accompanyment at the Usher Hall on All Hallow's Eve with Scottie and Angus. That was lots of fun. It sounded like the organist was having fun too.

Firbush was great too. I've got some photies somewhere, which will be up in due course. I'll let Paul tell you about it. The half-day's sailing I managed to partake in was fantastic. A light breeze on a crystal clear loch.

I finally got to eat at the Queen Street Cafe during my lunch break. With Sam, no less. Yay.

We've been shopping at Ikea, Habitat and BHS for goodies for the flat. There's still a lot of junk that I brought over when I moved in, but we're making progress in sorting everything out.

Not so good things that have happened:

My Dad died two weeks ago. Basically, things have been a mess. My sister has been sorting most of it out, and taking care of my Mum. I hope I've been helpful, but I wish I could do more. The funeral was on Monday. A very sad day.

My Dad was really the person who held the family together. There was so much more I whish I'd asked him. So much more I sish I could have done to help him and my Mum when he was still alive. He taught me so much about life, but there was so much more he had to teach. He was a great cook, and a great father. He was respected at work, by his friends and loved by his family. Even his clients came to the funeral.

His death was totally unexpected. Just about the last thing I expected to happen.

I'll miss him.

Festen

Aug. 24th, 2006 09:19 pm
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Trying to combine a film festival, sleep, work, the desire to keep a journal, and a strong urge to party just isn't really practical. Something's got to give somewhere along the line.

Well, the films have been mostly excellent so far. One or two disappointments, but no disasters. The two big stand-outs for me so far have been Empire In Africa, and London To Brighton—both equally harrowing in their own ways.

The Empire in Africa is a documentary about the ten year war in Sierra Leone, which saw atrocities perpetrated by either side. Whilst conducting interviews in the country film maker was given ten hours of footage of these acts by the government's official cameraman. This film is the end result. I honestly felt the urge to scream at times. It's never exploitative, but there is sheer horror in how vicious people can be to each other, and how governments (our own, natch), can capitalize on people's suffering to meet their own needs.

London To Brighton tells the story of a prostitute and a homeless girl on the run from the London mob. As much as the actors, the setting plays a starring role in the film. The London portrayed is a filthy, hostile place. It is a film with its own uniquely English voice, but it confronts us with the worst of England, and pushes us through many horrors on a journey to a conclusion that seems painfully inevitable.

But, it was not all negativity. Two light hearted films that really stick in my memory were Change of Address and Colour Me Kubrick.

Change of Address follows a man and a woman who live in the same flat, and should be together, but never seem to quite realize it. Instead, the chase hopeless relationships and befall the pitfalls that are cliché, which of course makes their tale all the more bittersweet. It's a cheap romantic comedy, but when it tugs at the heartstrings so fervently, it's hard not to love it.

Colour Me Kubrick is whimsical to the core, with John Malkovich's flamboyantly (ridiculously so) dressed confidence trickster metaphorically dancing his way into our consciousness. The story of a man impersonating Stanley Kubrick in order to obtain entry into posh private clubs and lots of sex with young gentlemen is one that begs to be treated in this way, and the filmmakers have given it all that it deserves.

Work, Baby

Ooh. I'm now being paid to write C#. Or at least I would be if I could get my head around Windows.Forms and somehow persuade the flaky vertical market software that I'm supposed to be integrating to play nice. Oh Well. I think I will buy a book and regroup on Monday.

Cheers to [livejournal.com profile] brucec for the friendly pointers.

On the other hand, I did get to redesign the company web site, using PHP, CSS and lots of other shiny acronyms. It now looks kind of passible. I'm just waiting on my boss getting it approved by the Financial Services Authority.

I also get plenty of opportunity to practice my m4d MS Excel Macro skillz. Er... yeah.

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