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Old 06-05-2014, 08:13 PM
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Default 'The Lego Movie' and 'The Lego Movie: Everything is Awesome Edition' - HDD Reviews

Michael S. Palmer has reviewed the 2D and 3D Blu-ray releases of 'The Lego Movie'. Depending on your preferred format, both are must own releases. Here's why...

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/10729/lego_movie.html
http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/1178...meedition.html
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:45 PM
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Yes, 1 thread for both reviews.

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"Kragel" should be "Kragle".

This typo is actually important to the spoiler punchline.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:46 PM
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Lol, was on the fence about getting this movie.
Michael, I'm coming to your house if I get it and it sucks
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I'm still amazed at how great this movie turned out.
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I don't get it. I don't understand the decision for the aesthetic choice of
making this film look faux stop motion.

There is great stop motion animation work being done like Paranorman,
Fantastic Mr. Fox.

So, why use CG animation to simulate stop motion?

CG animation is so spectacular now; we can get a hyper-realism or photo-
realistic animation. And the animation is so smooth and buttery. CG
animation allows us to incredible camera angles and panning effects in
super smooth motion despite the frenetic on-screen action.

Yet, this film's CG gives us jittery, jerky, jumpy motion.

And, it lacks the charm and artistry of real stop motion animation.

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I'm not saying the film sucks.
I'm not saying the Video rating is wrong.
I'm saying CG faux stop motion style sucks.

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Instead of watching the film in 24 frames per second, the Lego Movie is
like someone thought it would be a good idea to watch it 2.4 frames per
second and delete 90% of the remaining frames. That's a good idea?
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:51 AM
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Lol, was on the fence about getting this movie.
Michael, I'm coming to your house if I get it and it sucks
lol....I had no desire to see this one. But everyone that I have talked to, that has seen this flick, have said it was a good flick. And with this nice write up by Michael..yeah..I'm in on this one.
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Meh... I thought it was just ok all round.

Apparently I have Aspberger's, since I struggle to see the hilarity in the movie, although I would consider it slighty witty. The 3D image was nice, but often overly busy... and while I am not as adverse to the dual-anitation styles (smooth vs stop) as timcharger above, I also find the inclusion of both styles to be a little grating.

Story wise, I feel its functional, but never really wows or moves... and I have no trouble with getting that generically boring song out of my head because its not worth the memory space.

Like others, I don't HATE the movie, but wasn't really impressed by anything other than some technical prowess.

5/10.
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CriticalMass, I'm with you about the film itself not being as spectacular
as the high praise it gets.

Just to be clear, I don't mind stop motion animation. I mind faux, CG
stop motion animation.

If the Lego Movie used ACTUAL Lego puppets (constructs) to capture
the individual frames, then that would be the real thing.

And I wouldn't mind the reduced frames per second, if there was the
charm of real toy Legos.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:35 AM
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I'll keep an eye on this film but probably no buy at almost $40. Might have to get a European import or something..
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Any kids movie that uses Cloud Cuckoo Land from Aristophanes' The Birds with the correct context

From Wikipedia:

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Cloud Cuckoo Land refers to an unrealistically idealistic state where everything is perfect. ("You're living in cloud cuckoo land, mate.") It hints that the person referred to is nave, unaware of reality or deranged in holding such an optimistic belief.
and names the wise mentor character iVitruvius after Marcus Vitruvius Pollio

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Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (born c. 8070 BC, died after c. 15 BC), commonly known as Vitruvius, was a Roman author, architect, and civil engineer during the 1st century BC perhaps best known for his multi-volume work entitled De Architectura.
in a contextually correct manner deserves all the accolades that it's received. It's a close to brilliant satire that among other things attacks conformity, surveillance states, hero worship, and modern pop culture. Even the movies namesake LEGO and it's over reliance on branded kits isn't safe from being poked at. There's a lot more to this movie than just the animation and story line. It's truly a gem and possibly the smartest kids movie to come out of Hollywood since Rango.
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