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Old 07-09-2012, 12:35 PM
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Holy crap, it's a Zyber review! Awesome!

I've always been interested in Trumbull's weird experiments, but for some reason I've never actually seen this.

It's too bad that Warner used the 35mm elements. Is the 2.40:1 aspect ratio a result of using that instead of the 65mm (which would've presented the brainstorm scenes in native 2.20:1, right?)
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:13 PM
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Great to see a review from Josh.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:26 PM
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Natalie Wood's last movie she did. RIP

I never saw this but always wanted too. Will need to rent it and check it out.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:18 PM
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It's too bad that Warner used the 35mm elements. Is the 2.40:1 aspect ratio a result of using that instead of the 65mm (which would've presented the brainstorm scenes in native 2.20:1, right?)
Correct. The 35mm prints were formatted to 2.40:1, and the 70mm prints were formatted to 2.2:1. This disc is clearly mastered from 35mm elements.

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Old 07-09-2012, 06:44 PM
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I always enjoyed Brainstorm, for all its flaws. I found the most annoying bit was the 'break in' scene. It was far too comedic in tone in comparison to the rest of the film. It's a real shame about the lack of extras as it's definitely one of those films that would be great to learn more about.

I actually enjoyed parts of Horner's soundtrack on this. It was one of the few that weren't all self-reference, during his early days. ;-) Pieces like 'Lillian's Heart Attack' are really good, and 'Final Playback' is more of a mixture of Williams and Silvestri's score for The Abyss (even though I know that came later).

I can imagine the aspect ratio changes will be really annoying. Not many of us have constant image height set-ups. Still, will definitely pick up a copy when it's on budget. I never got round to picking it up on DVD, so I don't have to worry about feeling 'hey, this is hardly any better!'
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I love this movie... Too bad warner did a half-assed job on the Blu-Ray...
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Watched this for the first time today. I thought the first half of this film was pretty damn good, and all of a sudden the movie takes a complete nose dive into corn ball land in the second half. Everything from Lillian's heart attack on is completely dull, corny, and uninteresting. This movie had a great concept, but it seems like they didn't know where to go with it.
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It's been so long since I've seen this movie (once in the cinema back in the 80's, I believe), that I can't remember whether I semi-liked it, or had the same impression as Josh. (I fear it's the latter.) But I've got to hand it to Warner for at least coming close to the original presentation ratios. It might be fun to turn all the lights down and pretend that I don't see the windowbox bars.

Verdict still out on getting this from Amazon.
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