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#34715
I've never been a Top Gun fan but did hear they were trying some innovative stuff to improve the cockpit footage and that caught my interest. If they could just make this in IMAX and have Tom Cruise without dialogue flying F-18s through canyons for 60 minutes it might be great. That footage looks incredible and completely convincing(judging from the trailer).
#34729
I've never been a Top Gun fan but did hear they were trying some innovative stuff to improve the cockpit footage and that caught my interest. If they could just make this in IMAX and have Tom Cruise without dialogue flying F-18s through canyons for 60 minutes it might be great. That footage looks incredible and completely convincing(judging from the trailer).
That has to be real footage with the cameras hidden or speeded up no way its all VFX if it is then the detail is staggering next level work :thumbup:

I suspect either cockpit VFX replacement or some kind of fancy camera rig with a special zoom lense.
#34735
I've never been a Top Gun fan but did hear they were trying some innovative stuff to improve the cockpit footage and that caught my interest. If they could just make this in IMAX and have Tom Cruise without dialogue flying F-18s through canyons for 60 minutes it might be great. That footage looks incredible and completely convincing(judging from the trailer).
That has to be real footage with the cameras hidden or speeded up no way its all VFX if it is then the detail is staggering next level work :thumbup:

I suspect either cockpit VFX replacement or some kind of fancy camera rig with a special zoom lense.
Cruise made a surprise showing at San Diego to premier the trailer and said they had developed camera that could be mounted and capture as much of the flying for real.So your hunch was accurate about the camera rigs.
I'm wondering though if maybe the vfx is, like you suggested, cockpit enhancement to make it look like Cruise is the main pilot when maybe he was merely the co-pilot? I do know he was a co-pilot in the original for some of the footage and maybe they took it a step further with the sequel and used the vfx advancements since and will rework the cockpits to move Cruise into the pilot position and paint out the real one.
#34766
Roughly five years ago Prime Focus bought DNEG. Yesterday it appeared PF ankled DNEG and, per final approval of shareholders, will sell off DNEG.

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/busin ... 65731.html

But check this part out:

"...approved the sale of its business division, VFX business, as a going concern, on a slump sale basis, to DNEG Creative Services Limited, a subsidiary of the company," the media services provider said in its BSE filing."

So PF sold DNEG back to DNEG? :?:
#34767
Roughly five years ago Prime Focus bought DNEG. Yesterday it appeared PF ankled DNEG and, per final approval of shareholders, will sell off DNEG.

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/busin ... 65731.html

But check this part out:

"...approved the sale of its business division, VFX business, as a going concern, on a slump sale basis, to DNEG Creative Services Limited, a subsidiary of the company," the media services provider said in its BSE filing."

So PF sold DNEG back to DNEG? :?:
Guessing that it's kinda like what happened with the ILM model shop after the move to the Presido - "sold" to people that worked for the company so that they can spin it off from the mothership.

Or, I'm just pulling info out of my behind...
#34798
The Irishman is being distributed by Netflix and will have a very limited theatrical release. There is a lot of positive works of mouth about this film but people will have to wait until the first of November to see it unless they are in one of the limited and larger markets.

I think Netflix has been great allowing subscribers to access a library of titles. I've been a member for well over a decade now and love the ease of it. No more trips to the video store in time to avoid late fees or in order to get my hands on a new release before they are all rented out.

But, it is at a point now that there are a number of competing streaming services, Hulu, Netflix, soon to be Disney +. Now you have to be a member of multiple services to watch a wide array of titles.

It is also cutting into the theatrical experience as many services like Netflix are just releasing their original titles to a limited number of markets so they qualify for awards. But, who is really getting to see these movies aside from a small number of people? This has coincided by tv networks like HBO, Showtime, etc increasing their budgets for shows and casting film casts and crews. The result are tv shows with theatrical-like production values and scope. But we're still watching it all on a tv.

So while The Irishman appears to be getting Scorsese some of his best reviews in years, the show itself may elude most viewers due to the limitations of the streaming service industry right now. That's too bad.
#34803
Hearing there will be a ST4 is no surprise (though I'm going to have to find some new writing outlets -- I've already written about the first 3 seasons for three different outlets.)

But that TP news is really a stunner. I read Lynch was going to be doing some new project with Laura Dern, but I don't think that is for Showtime. We got done rewatching season 3 a couple months back -- I think that's the sixth time through! -- and had just about convinced ourselves that FWWM along with the original series plus the Showtime really did add up to a pretty complete experience. Also, the number of people on the show who have died since they finished shooting s3 seems to be significant too, so the cast attrition is going to make itself felt. Overall, my excitement level about more TP is higher than if we were getting a Craig-free Bond film, so I'm over the moon!
#34824
The resolution increase only really works if you have a larger (55"+) TV, or sit REALLY, REALLY close. But I can notice it over HD.

The really big deal is HDR/Wide Color Gamut. My current best example of it is Planet Earth II (or Blue Planet II). The contrast range, and depth and accuracy of color is eye-opening - really makes things look like a glimpse onto the world, not just a TV screen. My wife and I were completely sold on that when we got a 50" 4k set, but had to return it due to a display error and were able to upgrade to a 65" for the same price we had spent, and it's worth it. Better screen than some of our local movie theaters (like, we won't even go to those places anymore!).

If you do your research and shop wisely, you are in for a treat!
#34828
What Jedi said HDR & WCG gives you a fantastic looking image on 4K UHD discs which have been mastered properly. 2001 & The Shining alone look incredible like they were shot recently as WB spent big money to ensure they were transferred correctly to 4K UHD with Leon Vitali hired for both projects & Spielberg involved in The Shining to ensure it looked incredible and it does!

There are also many other decent 4K UHD movies & a few more coming soon (Back To The Future trilogy has been announced for 2020 along with many other 35th anniversary events :D ). Shane just ensure you get a reasonable mid budget level 4K HDR HDTV & UHD Disc Player as 4K streams are nowhere near as good quality wise as 4K discs due to bandwidth & lack of HDR on non Apple HDTV's.

Most recent movies now get a 4K UHD release on disc but there are many older classics which have got a disc release as well but nowhere near the same number of titles as DVD or BD as many older films simply do not benefit much from 4K so studios being cheapskates do not bother spending the money required as the older the film the more money needs to be spent to ensure its restored correctly.

Star Trek Kelvin Trilogy all look & sound fantastic.
Alien, Stand By Me, Die Hard, The Fog (1980), Grease, Rambo 1, Goodfellas, Casino, Ghostbusters 1+2, A Few Good Men, Cliffhanger, Blade Runner Mission Impossible 1-5, Jurassic Park, ET, CE3K all look incredible on 4K disc like they were shot yesterday & give you a better theatrical experience in your own home than was possible back on the original release :thumbup:

I spend way more money on buying these classics on 4K disc than anything new entertainment wise :wink:
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