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« on: February 13, 2007, 08:32:53 PM »

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    * 10.5 & Category 6: Day of Destruction
    * 13 Tzameti
    * All in the Family: Complete Sixth Season
    * Beauty and the Beast - The Complete First Season
    * Bicycle Thieves
    * Bit Parts
    * The Boy from Lebanon
    * The Butcher Boy
    * Cheyenne Autumn
    * Conan O'Brien 10th Anniv Special & Triumph
    * Criterion Coll: Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist
    * Criterion Collection: Green For Danger
    * Deadly Weapons/Double Agent 73
    * Departed
    * Devil's Den
    * Emergency: Season Three
    * Fratricide
    * Fuck
    * Ginger and Fred
    * Girl in the Bikini
    * The Golden Girls - The Complete Seventh and Final Season
    * Half Nelson
    * Hercules & The Captive Women & Giant of Metropolis
    * Hills:Complete First Season
    * Hostage
    * Hustle - Complete Season Two
    * Infamous
    * Infernal Affairs 2
    * Infernal Affairs 3
    * Infernal Affairs Box Set
    * Ladder 49
    * Last of the Mohicans (TV mini-series)
    * The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
    * Man About Town
    * Marie Antoinette
    * Masters of Horror: Pelts
    * Men Behaving Badly: Complete Series
    * Mr. Moto Collection, Vol. 2
    * Mutual Appreciation
    * Performance
    * Police Story 2
    * The Quiet
    * Reign of Fire (Blu-Ray)
    * School for Scoundrels
    * Slaughter in the Snow
    * Smiles & Spectacles - The Harold Lloyd Treasury
    * Sonic X:So Long Sonic Season 6 Set
    * Steve Martin: Wild & Crazy Comedy Collection
    * Tom Hanks: Comedy Favorites Collection
    * Us Vs John Lennon
    * Whispers from a Shallow Grave
    * Wild Camp
    * Zoey 101:Season 1

The Departed. Hell yeah.
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2007, 08:34:31 PM »

Buying The Departed.
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2007, 08:36:59 PM »

The Departed.
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2007, 09:23:27 PM »

Picking up the Departed.  I was going to wait, but Best Buy has a sweet looking steelbook.  I'm a sucker for steelbooks. 

Renting Half Nelson.
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2007, 10:01:37 PM »

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    * The Golden Girls - The Complete Seventh and Final Season

And that's pretty much all I have to say about that.  icon_wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2007, 10:25:35 PM »

I've been counting the days until the release of The Departed, my most anticipated DVD release so far this year.  We're going to swing buy our favorite fish store so that my wife can pick up two new friends for her saltwater tank (we stopped by at lunch to have the two fish we wanted to pick up put on hold, a beautiful Potter's Angel and one of my favorites, a Pearlscale Butterfly), and then we're on our way to Best Buy to pick up The Departed steelbook.  Once they're acclimated to the tank we can fire up the movie. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2007, 12:07:41 AM »

What's The Departed about? Other than two hours. icon_confused
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2007, 12:08:54 AM »

Oh yes, and Emergency! for me. Should be in tomorrow. icon_wink
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2007, 12:11:54 AM »

Picked up the Departed at lunch. Now if I could just get my 4 year old grandson to go to bed early one night so we could actually watch it.  icon_lol
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2007, 12:29:40 AM »

How rewatchable is The Departed? I haven't seen it yet and it will probably be ages before Netflix has it in to send, so I was thinking about picking up the HD version since it's on a decent sale at Best Buy.
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2007, 01:06:23 AM »

Nothing for me.
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2007, 01:22:15 AM »

Quote from: Simon on February 14, 2007, 12:29:40 AM

How rewatchable is The Departed? I haven't seen it yet and it will probably be ages before Netflix has it in to send, so I was thinking about picking up the HD version since it's on a decent sale at Best Buy.

I'd say extremely but I'm anxious to see it again to test that theory. And dbt it's a cops vs. crooks thriller set in Boston directed by Martin Scorsese. Watch it and love it.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2007, 03:12:33 AM »

I've already seen The Departed and don't need to see it again so soon (although I loved it), so I'm just adding Half Nelson and The US vs John Lennon to the queue. 
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2007, 03:36:54 AM »

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Nothing for me.

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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2007, 06:42:26 AM »

Rent departed on....BLU RAY???
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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2007, 06:51:28 AM »

Quote from: Starshifter on February 14, 2007, 01:06:23 AM

Nothing for me.

Must have had some kind of "emergency" to deal with.   
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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2007, 11:58:43 AM »

I picked up The Departed despite not having seen it.

I was not disappointed.

First movie I've seen in ages that actually got me attached to certain characters. It's good when a movie pisses me off not because it's awful, but because I really wanted something different to happen to a given character.

Probably my new favorite movie from last year. It also solidifies my general impression of Vera Farmiga being one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood. She's taken roles in questionable movies but she always puts in a very good performance.
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2007, 01:29:42 PM »

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It also solidifies my general impression of Vera Farmiga being one of the most underrated actresses in Hollywood. She's taken roles in questionable movies but she always puts in a very good performance.

She was also good on an underrated show that aired on USA a few years back (Touching Evil, I believe).  Man, those eyes..
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2007, 02:07:44 PM »

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Man, those eyes..

Yeah. She's not the typical hollywood definition of hot, but she's beautiful anyway. I'd marry the woman if she looked me in the eye.

Claire Forlani has a set of those eyes too, but she's not nearly as good an actress smile
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« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2007, 05:05:42 AM »

Quote from: Calvin on February 14, 2007, 06:42:26 AM

Rent departed on....BLU RAY???

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« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2007, 05:18:33 AM »

Quote from: Hetz on February 15, 2007, 05:05:42 AM

Quote from: Calvin on February 14, 2007, 06:42:26 AM

Rent departed on....BLU RAY???

Congrats on getting a PS3!  icon_biggrin

Thread on it coming soon-just so busy with new job smile Good to have you back on GT too bud.
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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2007, 08:09:51 PM »

Got to see The Departed last night (yay! big person's movie!) First time we've really had a chance to watch a real movie on the new Samsung

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The first part (maybe 30 minutes) seemed really grainy and I was thinking my new TV wasn't so hot for DVD's. Then it cleared up. Intentional? Bad DVD? Anyone else seen the DVD yet?

Good movie. Not great (first 45 minutes were a little uneven). Watched the whole thing without thinking it was too long, though. Lots and lots of 'departed' in it.  icon_lol

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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2007, 08:18:19 PM »

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 15, 2007, 08:09:51 PM

The first part (maybe 30 minutes) seemed really grainy and I was thinking my new TV wasn't so hot for DVD's. Then it cleared up. Intentional? Bad DVD? Anyone else seen the DVD yet?

I haven't watch Departed on DVD yet but I have the 61" version of that set (which is 1080p instead of 720p on the 56") and, properly calibrated, it's phenomenal for DVDs.  Though I did have to go into the service menu and adjust the gamma to get everything to my liking.

I'll be grabbing the DVD this weekend and I'll take a look.  I don't recall any excessive grain in the film when I saw it in the theater though. 
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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2007, 08:38:50 PM »

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Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 15, 2007, 08:09:51 PM

The first part (maybe 30 minutes) seemed really grainy and I was thinking my new TV wasn't so hot for DVD's. Then it cleared up. Intentional? Bad DVD? Anyone else seen the DVD yet?

I haven't watch Departed on DVD yet but I have the 61" version of that set (which is 1080p instead of 720p on the 56") and, properly calibrated, it's phenomenal for DVDs.  Though I did have to go into the service menu and adjust the gamma to get everything to my liking.

I'll be grabbing the DVD this weekend and I'll take a look.  I don't recall any excessive grain in the film when I saw it in the theater though. 
Thanks. Service menu, uh? I may have to check into that. I haven't been able to find the 'sweet spot' on the set yet. Sometimes it's incredible looking (HD sports, in particular) other times...not as good as my old rear projection HDTV. I wish I had sprung the extra for the 1080p ($600 extra). Had the wife on board, too. Blew it.  icon_lol
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« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2007, 08:47:24 PM »

The service menu adjustments are easy if you only go to some specific places in the menu, however,

a) It violates your warranty
b) I've heard of people doing severe harm to their set in there

so while I am comfortable doing it, I wouldn't recommend it without knowing the risks.  Changing the gamma was remarkably easy. 

Between adjusting the gamma and using Digital Video Essentials and GetGray Calibration DVDs I've got it pretty much perfect.

A good starting point for last year's Samsung DLPs is:

Mode:       Movie
Brightness: 42
Contrast:   45
Color/Tint- Defaults
Color:        Warm2
Sharpness: 0
DNIe:        Off
DNR:         Off

Mine are slightly changed from that but those are probably pretty close.

Also, if you have HD cable and HDNet, they air test patterns every Sunday morning at 6:50 am I believe which is helpful for calibrating your HD input. 
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« Reply #25 on: February 15, 2007, 08:59:47 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 15, 2007, 08:47:24 PM

The service menu adjustments are easy if you only go to some specific places in the menu, however,

a) It violates your warranty
b) I've heard of people doing severe harm to their set in there

so while I am comfortable doing it, I wouldn't recommend it without knowing the risks.  Changing the gamma was remarkably easy. 

Between adjusting the gamma and using Digital Video Essentials and GetGray Calibration DVDs I've got it pretty much perfect.

A good starting point for last year's Samsung DLPs is:

Mode:       Movie
Brightness: 42
Contrast:   45
Color/Tint- Defaults
Color:        Warm2
Sharpness: 0
DNIe:        Off
DNR:         Off

Mine are slightly changed from that but those are probably pretty close.

Also, if you have HD cable and HDNet, they air test patterns every Sunday morning at 6:50 am I believe which is helpful for calibrating your HD input. 


Thanks a lot, Kevin. I'll give those settings a shot and use the service stuff as a very last resort.

I have HDNet and am usually up by the time on Sundays so I'll give it a look...if I can get my grandson off his "Kim Possible" kick for a few minutes. slywink
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« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2007, 09:01:05 PM »

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 15, 2007, 08:59:47 PM

I have HDNet and am usually up by the time on Sundays so I'll give it a look...if I can get my grandson off his "Kim Possible" kick for a few minutes. slywink

Man, that's impressive.  I just Tivo'd it so I could do it at my leisure after I got up smile

EDIT- If you want to go in the Service Menu, let me know.  I'll let you know how to do it and what you need to adjust.  Just don't bill me for the set icon_wink

Also, the 61" sets can be overly bright depending on your room lighting, don't know about the 56" set.  That can be adjusted via the service menu as well but it's more complicated than just changing the Gamma. 
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« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2007, 09:36:47 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on February 15, 2007, 09:01:05 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on February 15, 2007, 08:59:47 PM

I have HDNet and am usually up by the time on Sundays so I'll give it a look...if I can get my grandson off his "Kim Possible" kick for a few minutes. slywink

Man, that's impressive.  I just Tivo'd it so I could do it at my leisure after I got up smile

EDIT- If you want to go in the Service Menu, let me know.  I'll let you know how to do it and what you need to adjust.  Just don't bill me for the set icon_wink

Also, the 61" sets can be overly bright depending on your room lighting, don't know about the 56" set.  That can be adjusted via the service menu as well but it's more complicated than just changing the Gamma. 
The older I get the earlier I seem to get up. slywink

I've resisted the temptation to ask how to get to the service menu. My wife would kill me if something happened on down the road and I voided the warranty in a quest for the perfect picture.  icon_lol

No kidding on the brightness...an all white screen will have me grabbing for my sunglasses.  icon_lol
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