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posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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No Audio Output From Blu-ray Version
The rest of this review is for the clueless producers of this ...
The rest of this review is for the clueless producers of this Blu-Ray disk. Obviously they have learned nothing from the costly lost sales of the war with HD-DVD. People like me are not going to buy an expensive new Receiver just to play a particular movie on Blu-Ray. Especially with six audio formats to cover and perhaps more to come! I will rent this movie on DVD and wait for the audio wars to end. Since Blu-Ray has plenty of capacity, I do not see any reason why an English Dolby 5.1 soundtrack could not be included to ensure backwards compatibility. Particularly since Dolby 5.1 is already provided on this disk in other languages. From reading various blogs and reviews, I know I am not the only potential lost sale.
posted by 597922 on October 1, 2010Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
If you haven't read the books...stay away
In a way I feel this movie, like the latest installments of the Harry Potter sequels, was written not for the average moviegoer but instead for the person who has already read the books, loves them, and wants to see a Cliff Notes version on the big screen. While that's great for those fans, for those of us who haven't read the books the story ends up feeling disjointed and unengaging. I had not read the books, nor do I intend to after watching this ghastly movie. If it weren't for the 10 year old who was part of our group, we all would have left after 45 minutes of the drivel put up on screen. The characters were not at all compelling, the plot was not engaging and while the VFX were interesting, good VFX aren't enough to sell a movie in this age where great CGI is a given. In the nature of sequalized movies, the ending felt abrupt with the intent of leaving the viewer wanting more. I thought there could have been some potential if the director hadn't been so intent on relying on VFX to tell the story, particularly the drawn out all green screen/CGI action sequences. But in reality the movie was ruined long before the climactic bear fight and North Pole battle. Maybe it was because Mrs. Coulter (Kidman) played such a cold woman that it was hard to find her engaging, even as a villian. Maybe it was because Lord Asriel (Craig) spent roughly 8 minutes on screen. Maybe it's because I didn't read the books and walk in already loving something I hadn't seen. Regardless, I thought it was a poor movie and one I look forward to ignoring completely for the rest of my days.
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Posted October 17, 2008
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