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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by Michi Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:57 pm

New movie write-up!

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

For once, a new write-up that's not from the 80s :lol:

This'll be the last new one I put here before the 'new-to-me' horror marathon begins in October 8)
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:23 pm

Michi wrote:This'll be the last new one I put here before the 'new-to-me' horror marathon begins in October 8)


YYYYEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!

It’s almost that time again!
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by RCBH928 Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:25 am

should I watch ghost in the shell '95 release or the 2.0 one? there is also 25th anniversary edition
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by isiolia Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:09 pm

Might depend on a few things, as it's one of those anime films that hasn't quite had a perfect HD release yet (outside Japan). It's almost like asking what version of Star Wars to track down.

Other than visual quality, the "best" US release is probably still the SE DVD.

2.0 replaces some of the scenes with CGI and regrades a lot of the color. It's not terrible, and does "match" the aesthetic for Innocence, but the original is classic. That said, if you're buying the Blu-ray of that version, it does include a (low quality) copy of the original as well as a special feature. Sort of like how one of the Star Wars DVD releases had laserdisc-sourced copies of the non-Special Editions.

Unlike Star Wars, however, the original version still did get a HD transfer/etc. That 25th Anniversary edition is the (first) release of that in the US. It looks great. Unfortunately, it has poor English subtitles, and the English audio track has some issues as well (odd levels, missing sound effects, etc). It's what's out there to stream, and also what's on that Mondo Steelbook version.

The Japanese BD release apparently has proper subtitles/etc.

Now, all that being said, personally, I'd just say to go watch whatever version is convenient for you. It's a readily available movie for both streaming or purchase, and usually pretty cheap. I'd go with the original rather than 2.0, but it's more an aesthetic change than anything. It's an 82 minute movie. If you end up digging it, rewatching other versions isn't much of a stretch.

On the other hand, there's a lot out there based on the IP, and all of it has its own flavor. The Oshii films are their thing, the manga is different, Arise (prequel OVA) sort of sets up the movies, but is tonally different, and the couple seasons of Stand Alone Complex are a complete alternate take. So, even if you don't love the movie, you may still want to check out more of the property.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:32 pm

In sum...just watch the Scarlett Johannson live action movie to avoid confusion. :lol:
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by isiolia Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:18 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:In sum...just watch the Scarlett Johannson live action movie to avoid confusion. :lol:


:evil:


It's a fine enough sci-fi movie, but it's a terrible adaptation of the material.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:21 pm

I thought I might get that reaction. :lol: I have a copy on BD, but I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. Like the Amazon action series starring Jum from The Office, I suspect its pretty good content with a horribly mis-cast lead.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by MrPopo Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:47 pm

Johansson does a great job as the lead. The biggest problem with the movie is that it is telling its own story but has too many callbacks to specific other adaptations. So it ends up satisfying neither an established fan or a new viewer.
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:56 pm

MrPopo wrote:Johansson does a great job as the lead. The biggest problem with the movie is that it is telling its own story but has too many callbacks to specific other adaptations. So it ends up satisfying neither an established fan or a new viewer.


Interesting. Basically, the complete opposite of my expectations! :lol:
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Re: What was the last movie you've seen?

by RCBH928 Wed Oct 02, 2019 7:21 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:In sum...just watch the Scarlett Johannson live action movie to avoid confusion. :lol:


I wanted to avoid this because I didn't want to watch the anime then was the movie when its the same story, I don't like watching the same story twice. I was confused if its same IP with different story, or live action movie of the original anime. Aladdin animation '93 and Aladdin film 2019 is exactly the kind of thing I am avoiding.

Guess I will go with the original. It could be me, but I noticed all the Japanese anime English voice tracks are made by the same voice actors. They even have the same tone when speaking. At least the ones from the 90s I have seen were like that.
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