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Default First Cloverfield review.

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Glad to see some very high scores on this one. Hopefully TWWB will be great, too.
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Just keep in mind that this is not suppose to looks great. That defeats the director's intent.
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I don't agree with that. The movie was shot with HD cameras, so it will look very good.

Just like Grindhouse. They digitally damaged the print, but on Starz HD the detail is amazing and the picture looks superb.
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the PQ is definitly a plus but the audio is gonna shatter my universe!
So far the beat audio IMO is Casino Royale, then Rambo.
the adjectives used that review are making me think this is gonna jump tithe top of my audio list!
thud. thud. Thud. ROAR!!! My legs get chills from the air being blown outta my subwoolfers. This is gonna be CRAZY AWESOME!!
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Just keep in mind that this is not suppose to looks great. That defeats the director's intent.
That makes no sense, this wasn't a movie purposefully degraded to give it a realistic feel, it was shot on an HD handicam and they wear that badge proudly.
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I don't agree with that. The movie was shot with HD cameras, so it will look very good.

Just like Grindhouse. They digitally damaged the print, but on Starz HD the detail is amazing and the picture looks superb.
I think only Rodriguez's half (Planet Terror) was shot on HD cameras. QT used 35mm as far as I know.
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I don't agree with that. The movie was shot with HD cameras, so it will look very good.

Just like Grindhouse. They digitally damaged the print, but on Starz HD the detail is amazing and the picture looks superb.
Yes, I know. I have Grindhouse recorded in HD. Watching a film with intentional grain only enhances the grain to make it standout even more. The characters in the film were not using HD camcorders, hence the picture degradation. We'll just have to see.
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Dang! I can't wait for this!
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This is from DVD Town:

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"I read that the movie was actually filmed in HD so the BR version should be fine." --Fumbled_Revolution

Actually, "Cloverfield" was filmed using various digital cameras, most of them commercial-grade consumer camcorders at a maximum resolution of 1080. This is technically "high definition" but nowhere near as good as the best conventional print cameras offer. Anyway, the filming was meant to better give the finished product the look and feel of a typical home movie. What that means, theoretically, is that it is not supposed to look super clear, sharp, or finely detailed.

I mean, the whole gimmick of the movie, as I've said before, is for it to look as though it were shot on the spot during the monster attack on a comparatively cheap camcorder. So when you think about it, what's the point, really, of a high-definition picture?

Now, I'm not saying the BD won't look better than the SD version. It will, no doubt. But won't that, in effect, take away from the movie's so-called "realism"? What's more, isn't 5.1 sound taking away from the film's realism as well, given that typical camcorders don't record in 5.1?

I suppose this is all beside the point, though, for viewers who want their cake and eat it, too. They want the roller-coaster feel of the home-movie experience, but they also want a crystal-clear picture and rocking surround sound. The two wants seem at odds to me.

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Just keep in mind that this is not suppose to looks great. That defeats the director's intent.
Bullshit. The film wasn't shot with standard definition video cameras like 28 Days Later. It was filmed with state-of-the-art HD cameras with filters applied over the video for the intended effect. Grindhouse is the same way.
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