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Old 07-17-2008, 12:05 AM
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Default The Sand Pebbles' - High-Def Digest Review

Kenneth has been pleasantly surprised by 'The Sand Pebbles.' He says don't judge the film by it's cover (which is AWFUL isn't it?). This Blu-ray is full of surprises. Stunning video! Impressive DTS HD MA audio! Massive supplemental package! This one does everything right. Highly recommended.

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Old 07-17-2008, 12:10 AM
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I don't think the cover is awful. It is a reproduction of the movie poster art. Beats the current standard enormous closeup of a guy practically kissing his gun and a speeding car to the side racing off of the cover.
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Great read! I think the cover art is awful as well.
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havent seen..doubt I ever will
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179 min of good-looking MPEG-2 w/lossless and all the extras on same disc? Is that correct? If it is that's impressive...
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179 min of good-looking MPEG-2 w/lossless and all the extras on same disc? Is that correct? If it is that's impressive...
Yep, the flick looks great and everything's neatly tucked onto one disc. Quite impressive.
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:03 AM
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Yep, the flick looks great and everything's neatly tucked onto one disc. Quite impressive.
Great review Ken! I'm definitely ordering it now!
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Was this title delayed?

I thought Fox stopped using MPEG-2.

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The cover art awful? What the hell are you guys smoking at HDD? It's a reproduction of the hand-painted poster art. Compare with today's boring "cast shot" covers, a la SCREAM. I wish more posters these days had the hand-painted quality instead of looking cheaply Photoshopped together.
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The cover art awful? What the hell are you guys smoking at HDD? It's a reproduction of the hand-painted poster art. Compare with today's boring "cast shot" covers, a la SCREAM. I wish more posters these days had the hand-painted quality instead of looking cheaply Photoshopped together.
Compared to the striking BD covers for 'Patton,' 'The Longest Day' and 'Battle of Britain,' the look of 'The Sand Pebbles' isn't going to inspire newcomers (especially younger filmfans) to rent it... or even pick it up.

Anyone who's seen 'The Sand Pebbles' prior to this release wouldn't care and probably would enjoy the old poster artwork. But anyone scanning the shelves of Best Buy or Blockbuster would skip it and inadvertently miss a film that's darker and more complex than its cover suggests.

Anyway, I certainly agree with your assessment of some modern posters and coverart. Ugh. Thanks as always for posting!
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