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Master and Commander

Discussion in 'Movies' started by PaulyT, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. PaulyT

    PaulyT Behind the Curtain Staff Member Administrator Moderator Superstar

    As usual, I'm way behind - about 7 years or so in this case. :eek:

    Just finished watching Master and Commander. Yeah, pretty good sound (on BD). And an interesting movie. Not the greatest movie ever, but a good glimpse into the past, I suppose, assuming it's at all realistic. All I could think was "damn they had it rough back then"... And what was the Lord Nelson stuff all about? I kept thinking the captain would say something like "he's a decent leader but in private he's a pedophile and sodomite" or something along those lines, guess I'm too jaded by modern "real" movies.

    Still kind of on the fence as far as Russell Crowe. Not bad. Wife says - "better than Tom Cruise, but that's not saying much." He was ok here, but didn't seem like much of a challenging role. I thought some of the minor characters were more interesting.
  2. Rope

    Rope Well-Known Member Famous

    The DVD DTS sound track is better than the BD, for real.

  3. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    You know tha M&C is one of a series of books right? Rope is right. I wasnt as impressed with the bluray as i was when i heard the original DVD. I think my expectations were too high. FWIW, I think Russell Crowe is a great actor. He's got a ton of range and has played some very convincing roles (other than Gladiator).
  4. PaulyT

    PaulyT Behind the Curtain Staff Member Administrator Moderator Superstar

    Yeah, I've heard you guys comment on the DVD vs BD soundtracks... Well if I cared that much I'd pursue it. ;) I thought the BD had some pretty decent thumps in the low sub range early in the movie (the initial attack of the French ship). After that, I was paying more attention to the movie than the sound, though I did appreciate the quality of the surround effects even in the non-action scenes.
  5. jomari

    jomari War Never Changes

    those 'thumps' you hear on the blu-ray version, is basically just that. thumps.

    but the dvd, for around 8 bucks, is way much better than the blu-ray.

    i. guarantee. it.

    i also just found out recently that this is a book, and from a series of books written by er...

    im not a book person.

    side question tho, is this loosely based on ONE book, or a culmination f them?

    this movie definitely will grow on you, and by far, my favorite to boot. one reference disc to rule them all. :)
  6. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Master and Commander is the first of twenty books in a series by Patrick O'Brian. The movie took material from several of the books in the first half of the series.
  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    I would have loved to see that series of books turn into at least another movie or two. I thought M&C was beautifully executed, from all aspects...I prefer the BD, just from personal preference, I'll sacrifice some audio for the best possible PQ, but that's just me. I think the BD remains pretty damn impressive at demo listening levels anyway, and I certainly don't feel like I am missing out on anything vs the DVD.
  8. Zing

    Zing Retired Admin Famous

    Next time you're here, we'll compare the two versions. I kept my DVD copy.
  9. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    In 2005 the director (Peter Weir) was asked if he would do a sequel. He said "No, it's, I think, most unlikely. Somebody said to me the other day that they'd seen something on the Net. The way the Net is now, it's like a kind of rumor mill. But I think they would have contacted me. I think that while it did well ... ish at the box office, it didn't generate that kind of monstrous, rapid income that provokes a sequel."

    http://community.seattletimes.nwsource. ... eterweir30

    Earlier this month it was reported that Russell Crowe tweeted something about fans contacting Fox to let them know their desire for a sequel.
  10. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    I think I still have the DVD version also. So do I wait for you to visit me, or me to visit you? :happy-smileygiantred:
  11. jomari

    jomari War Never Changes

    thanks for the heads up towen, i guess i was sparingly looking particularly for the Master and commander book itself, disappointed by not finding it. we found this amazing bookstore called Half Price books or something like that, that sold 'used' books. by my collection, they looked pretty prestine for a used book. i will continue looking for the book Master and commander tho.

    anyways, i ended up buying cookbooks instead at an average of 8 bucks a piece. :D

    i kept my dvd version, and it has more playability compared to my bd version. i doubt they'd reissue this due to the clamor of the forums, but im happy nonetheless. it takes too much of a skill to try to sync both get the full experience.
  12. Zing

    Zing Retired Admin Famous

    I seem to remember the last time this topic was discussed, you mentioned that you were sorry that you got rid of your DVD copy. My bad. I must be confusing you with another superhero.
  13. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    You may be right I didn't see it among my remaining DVDs before I left the house this morning...I may have donated it to someone else cause. But I can't remember...oops.
  14. -B-

    -B- Well-Known Member

    I have the DVD copy, comparo on. I really like the movie in all aspects. Regarding sound the first cannon shot scene is reference material for me, not only for the boom, bit for the surround effects. When I had my theater running 7.1 the scenes below deck sounded like you were below deck with footsteps above you.

    Russel Crowe is a great actor. Tom Cruise always plays Tom Cruise being somebody else. Crowe actually takes a part and creates a convincing character. A Beautiful Mind, showed his chops there. Also I liked him in American Gangster and L.A. Confidential.
  15. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    I'll give you Crowes acting chops no doubt, but I find it amazing how an actor who always plays such noble characters, can be such a tool in real life...that doesn't take away anything from the movies he is in for me but it's a bit disappointing nonetheless.
  16. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Is he a tool? I don't pay attention to stuff like that unless it blows up like the Christian Bale thing on the set of Terminator 19. I've only seen Crowe him in a handful of interviews and he seemed okay, but then again he IS an actor.
  17. walls

    walls Well-Known Member

    Crow is a tool, and that ruins almost every movie he does for me.

    I have M&C on DVD and it does indeed have great sound but really the movie itself is just "eh" for me.
  18. MatthewB

    MatthewB Grandmaster Pimp Daddy Famous

    I loved M&C but also liked him in "State of Play" were he did a good job as a reporter. I never let an actors personal life effect my seeing them in a movie, because the way I look at it, every second of every day they are under constant scrutiny and that would cause me to go nuts from time to time in real life.
  19. walls

    walls Well-Known Member

    Something about him just makes me INSANE. After seeing him years ago on the Oscar awards acting like he was a friggin God and then all the other stuff he pulls on top of it....I dislike him enough that it can ruin a movie.

    I am not alone, my wife cant stand Jason Alexander bacause of her dislike of George Costanza!

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