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Equilibrium Blu Ray £8.99 @ HMV + Quidco

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A future where the world is at peace but emotions are gone; war is a distant memory, and so is music, art and poetry. Here, emotion is illegal and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Clerick John Preston (Christian Bale) is the government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules, but forced to kill one of his own agents, he begins to question everything. Now the man who has been trained to enforce the strict laws, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it.
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#1
Besides the film being a bit rubbish, the aspect ratio is cropped to 16:9 (in spite of the cover). The DVD is in the correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
#2
I thought the film was very good.
#3
alcatraz1968
I thought the film was very good.


Yeah i liked it aswell :thumbsup:
#4
I thought it was a great film. Too many people tried to compare it to the Matrix for some strange reason and so said it wasn't as good. How they made the comparison i don't know.

Anyway, good film, good price for a BluRay :)

BFM
#5
7.6/10 on IMdb which means it's definitely considered to be a good film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464803/
#6
It's a great film, but I'll wait until they bother to release it on Blu Ray correctly, why they thought cropping it would be a good idea I'll never know. I thought we'd got over cropping films when DVD came out (apart from them being silly and offering 4:3 option for most films in America).
#7
Flux101
It's a great film, but I'll wait until they bother to release it on Blu Ray correctly, why they thought cropping it would be a good idea I'll never know. I thought we'd got over cropping films when DVD came out (apart from them being silly and offering 4:3 option for most films in America).


Not forgetting them daft dvd flippers,,,
#8
longbowassassin
Not forgetting them daft dvd flippers,,,


I still got a few of them. It's like handling a rod of plutonium, you dunno how to hold the damn things without touching the surface!? :p

Good film and great price if you ask me :thumbsup:
#9
Brilliant film!
#10
very good movie, I am a fan of his but thought this was a very good watch.
#11
Heard nothing about this movie, saw it randomly, was blown away. It's an AWESOME movie.
#12
GREAT movie and i love the fact that they've cropped this to 1.78:1 to fill my beautiful 42" HDTV, i HATE them pointless black widescreen bars.
#13
al-animal
GREAT movie and i love the fact that they've cropped this to 1.78:1 to fill my beautiful 42" HDTV, i HATE them pointless black widescreen bars.

They aren't pointless - they're designed to keep the original aspect ratio. As much as I don't like the movie, it has good cinematography and I would imagine it would ruined if the sides were hacked off.

For example: http://widescreen.org/examples/sound_of_music/index.shtml
#14
al-animal
GREAT movie and i love the fact that they've cropped this to 1.78:1 to fill my beautiful 42" HDTV, i HATE them pointless black widescreen bars.


blackbars are NOT pointeless! they're there for a reason, to keep the Original Aspect Ratio intented by the filmakers for the movie to be seen. True movie fans will always want OAR releases.

Even though your screen is filled, you're actually seeing less of the movie because some parts of the picture are copped away. If you really want to fill your screen, there should be options in most HDTVs to do the cropping by the TV, by setting the AR yourself e.g. Wide, 14:9, Superlive, Cinema, Subtitles etc.

cropping is one of the worst sins in dvd/bd releases, and the fact that this release is cropped I'll give it a miss, might import an OAR release from the US, like this movie a lot.
#15
Cropping films is like watching them through binoculars, you're missing most of it.
#16
well why can't the make the OAR to actually fill home tvs?? then there would be no need to crop the picture.
#17
Great movie, especially for me looking at the scenes running around the Olympic Stadium in Berlin ... I've done that! :)
#18
al-animal
well why can't the make the OAR to actually fill home tvs?? then there would be no need to crop the picture.


these movies are filmed/made for watching in cinema/movie theatre etc, it's only in modern times that ppl have started to have the equipment at home to enjoy "home cinema", to try to replicate the experience of actually going to cinema.

as I've said in my previous post, your modern HDTV should have the options for you to set the "cropping" yourself, to make it fill your screen.

but the majority of (true) movie fans would want the source i.e. the disc, to be OAR, then ppl like you can set the cropping your self at home, and ppl like me can enjoy OAR intended by the filmmakers.
#19
well they should wake up and realize that HDTV's OAR are 1.78:1 and NOT 2.:35 or 2.40;1 so they should cater to the TRUE movie lovers who actually by the dvd's and blu-rays who have a 1.78:1 tv and not a gigantic cinema projector....they should film movies in 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 but unfortunately only a few movies are filmed in this aspect ratio (pans labrynth, shawshank redemption etc)
#20
grex9101
7.6/10 on IMdb which means it's definitely considered to be a good film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464803/


it's good but it's not right.....

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238380/

Rated 7.8 :thumbsup: top film
#21
al-animal
well they should wake up and realize that HDTV's OAR are 1.78:1 and NOT 2.:35 or 2.40;1 so they should cater to the TRUE movie lovers who actually by the dvd's and blu-rays who have a 1.78:1 tv and not a gigantic cinema projector....they should film movies in 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 but unfortunately only a few movies are filmed in this aspect ratio (pans labrynth, shawshank redemption etc)

I like 2.35:1...

(I like 1.78:1 as well, but like 2.35:1 just as much, if not more)
#22
i cant believe he said it was rubbish, i mean come on gun kung fu!! it rocked
#23
al-animal
well they should wake up and realize that HDTV's OAR are 1.78:1 and NOT 2.:35 or 2.40;1 so they should cater to the TRUE movie lovers who actually by the dvd's and blu-rays who have a 1.78:1 tv and not a gigantic cinema projector....they should film movies in 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 but unfortunately only a few movies are filmed in this aspect ratio (pans labrynth, shawshank redemption etc)


1.78 is a good widescreen AR for TV shows/series etc, but for movies, full widescreen 2.35/2.40 just looks & feels more "grand", more panoramic view/feel, and actually have more picture info.

if you hate blackbars so much then save up and get the Philips Ultra Widescreen 21:9 AR HDTV.

http://www.cinema.philips.com/
#24
al-animal
well they should wake up and realize that HDTV's OAR are 1.78:1 and NOT 2.:35 or 2.40;1 so they should cater to the TRUE movie lovers who actually by the dvd's and blu-rays who have a 1.78:1 tv and not a gigantic cinema projector....they should film movies in 1.78:1 or 1.85:1 but unfortunately only a few movies are filmed in this aspect ratio (pans labrynth, shawshank redemption etc)

Actually, lots of movies are 1.85:1. Its only recently, when TV shows started becoming widescreen, have movies gone 2.35:1 more often.

The whole point of 2.35:1 is that you get a more immersive experience in a cinema. The image fills the whole of your field of vision and allows for a greater amount of items in a shot. Just because you want the film makers to fill your television screen is a rather selfish view. Can you imagine films like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly cropped - "Why is Leone focusing on some sweaty noses?"

No1_Dave
if you hate blackbars so much then save up and get the Philips Ultra Widescreen 21:9 AR HDTV.

http://www.cinema.philips.com/

I think he'd have a problem because then he'd have black bars on 1.85:1 and 4:3...
#25
yeah, no pleasing some ppl, what can we do...
#26
As well as the aspect ratio debacle - I'm in the OAR black bar camp BTW ;-) - the sound is a disappointing non-lossless audio track! :roll:

Really, you would be just as well off with the DVD version as opposed to this shoddy UK bluray release.

The purists in all things high def could opt for the japanese release which has an MPEG4 encode and a Dolby True HD soundtrack [in english as well as japanese - though no english subtitles] but it won't be cheap at around £35! It's region free too BTW.

It's known as Rebellion there http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-ad-49-en-15-Equilibrium+-70-3b8c.html It was released on 3rd June.

There may be a US release slated for September, but no details are available as yet from what I can find.
#27
To answer (partly) something mentioned earlier in the thread (before the HD Aspect debate).. this film was compared to the Matrix because there is emphasis on a man in long black coats using pseudo martial arts sequences with firearms (the gun katas) and the fluid nature of the fighting styles. It's obvious (if not to easy) to draw comparisions with Neo's kung fu training, the bullet time action sequences in the Matrix.

However, for me, that's where the similarities end. I'm a Matrix fan and i really came round to this film! It's a well thought out, well written and very well filmed movie and i would certainly recommend it... for some reason it did seem to sneak under the radar a little.

Shame about the Bluray short comings, i think i'll be keeping hold of my DVD version for a while longer yet!!
#28
So far I've held off buying this film because it has been released with standard Dolby Digital. This has a different cover though, anyone know if they've upgraded it to a lossless soundtrack?
#29
Riotharmus
To answer (partly) something mentioned earlier in the thread (before the HD Aspect debate).. this film was compared to the Matrix because there is emphasis on a man in long black coats using pseudo martial arts sequences with firearms (the gun katas) and the fluid nature of the fighting styles. It's obvious (if not to easy) to draw comparisions with Neo's kung fu training, the bullet time action sequences in the Matrix.

However, for me, that's where the similarities end. I'm a Matrix fan and i really came round to this film! It's a well thought out, well written and very well filmed movie and i would certainly recommend it... for some reason it did seem to sneak under the radar a little.

Shame about the Bluray short comings, i think i'll be keeping hold of my DVD version for a while longer yet!!

Exactly my feeling on the film. The Matrix is my favourite film, so I didn't really like Equilibrium the first time as it was supposed to be the same.... but something persuaded me to rewatch it again and I really liked it, now one of my favourites.

I'll also be keeping my DVD until a region 1 release that will hopefully be done correctly...
#30
Im going to write to Kurt Wimmer and make sure he is absolutely aware of the aspect ratio of our TV`s and insist his next film is shot in this aspect!!!! :thumbsup:



On a more serious note - Its a good film, I have the DVD but will not be buying the Blu Ray even if the aspect is taylored to my TV :p:-D
#31
I don't understand how a 2.35:1 movie makes you "focus" more and have an "immersive" experience as opposed to a 1.78:1 movie? surely a 1.78:1 movie in its FULL SCREEN GLORY is wayyyy more satisfying and mind blowing. Plus it doesnt cut 5 inches off a 42" HDTV.

That's the major gripe i have with these widescreen movies, my friend has a 32" hdtv and these movies make it look like he's watching a 26"
#32
al-animal
I don't understand how a 2.35:1 movie makes you "focus" more and have an "immersive" experience as opposed to a 1.78:1 movie? surely a 1.78:1 movie in its FULL SCREEN GLORY is wayyyy more satisfying and mind blowing. Plus it doesnt cut 5 inches off a 42" HDTV.

Movies are made for the cinema first a foremost, not television.
#33
They should be made for home cinema, "first a foremost". We buy the dvds and watch them multiple times so directors should cater for us more than one time casual movie goers.

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