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Old 11-22-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Not worth the five star rating given by Empire but still highly entertaining, this film starring Brendan Gleeson is released by Studio Canal on 16th Jan 2012. Amazon is only listing the DVD at £18 so far but HMV and Play have the blu listed at £16. Checking the features listed in the news pages of this site the US Sony release appears to be better featured with a commentary and Q&A not mentioned on the UK release.

Recommended for anyone who liked In Bruges. Sadly, Gleeson's brilliant I Went Down is still unreleased on DVD let alone Blu
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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Really wasn't a fan of The Guard at all. I found that it tried far too hard and came across like a cheap early 90s direct to Video Tarantino rip off. The scene in the car with the baddies discussing their favorite philosophers was one of the most painful things I ever saw, completely ridiculous and seemed to be there for the sake of appearing quirky. It also looked so cheap, had the production values of a day time soap opera, I imagine that the budget went on the cast and everything else was an afterthought.

When they were shooting the film I did meet Don Cheadle on a number of occasions, he was staying in a hotel just down the road from me. He was rather pleasant and was happy to have a chat.
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Old 11-22-2011, 01:46 PM   #3
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I thought the trailer looked pretty good for this plus heard some good reviews as well.

Might have to be a blind buy
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Old 01-01-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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Another rubbish transfer from Optimum. Encoded at 1080i, it has also implemented the ICT flag which restricts the resolution via component to 720x576 - so no better than DVD when viewing on an HD projector with component input.
Not a problem if you're HDMI equipped, but a pain if you aren't.
No mention of ICT on the packaging, which is a bit underhand.

Funny thing is that they managed to encode their company logo/ident in glorious HD, just not the menus or the film itself.
I note the US version is a proper 1080p master.

Same problem afflicted 'Men Who Stare at Goats' and 'The King's Speech'. Optimum had responded to consumers on the latter thread to state they would look at soucing 1080p masters in future. Well I guess they had a look and just couln't be bothered!

Optimum used to do a good job with DVD presentation for the UK, but they just don't seem to get Blu-ray.
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Old 01-01-2012, 02:40 PM   #5
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The Southern Irish release was also encoded at 1080i, perhaps they shared transfers.
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Old 01-01-2012, 03:35 PM   #6
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The Southern Irish release was also encoded at 1080i, perhaps they shared transfers.
glad I didn't pick up this bluray before xmas now. any word on region coding on the Sony release
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #7
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Appears to locked, as per most titles under the Sony Picture Classics banner.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:51 AM   #8
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Well, the BBFC has classified a commentary track, so I'm guessing the commentary from the US disc will be on the UK.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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I'd be very surprised, if all the extras weren't present, as they were certainly on the Irish release.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:48 PM   #10
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The Southern Irish release was also encoded at 1080i, perhaps they shared transfers.
are sure about this. did you test the disk ? just ask as I saw it in HMV today and the cover states 1080p

update never-mind cover has wrong info no surprise
checked the website and they clearly state 1080i. got my hopes up there for a second

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Old 01-13-2012, 12:09 AM   #11
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digital fix review, and yup, in 1080i
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #12
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Sony release it is, then.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:23 PM   #13
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Although it's 1080i, the thing that annoys me the most ... they put 4!!! Trailers and a commercial!!! before you can enter the Menu.

Seriously, what the hell!?
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:24 AM   #14
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I watched this tonight - really good film. Brendan Gleeson is on top form. Liked the ambiguous ending. What made me laugh is that when you select "play movie" you get the StudioCanal logo intro...at 1080p/24fps - and yet the movie itself is only 1080i!! WTF
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #15
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No complaints about the quality of the US disc except it hasn't half got a lot of trailers at the start. Still, one of them was actually useful as Take Shelter was already on my list for consideration and the trailer for it does look interesting.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:59 PM   #16
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No complaints about the quality of the US disc except it hasn't half got a lot of trailers at the start. Still, one of them was actually useful as Take Shelter was already on my list for consideration and the trailer for it does look interesting.
can you confirm the region coding of the us disk
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:34 PM   #17
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Just been added to Play's 2 for £10 offer even though it's £15.49 on it's own! 1080i or not i reckon it's worth a fiver!

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/3-/648135/2-/Promo.html
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