The Cell

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  1. ctyner

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    Fishhead compared "The Cell" to "The Matrix", and I think that's rather accurate. I came out of the theater both times impressed, thinking I'd just seen something great, and ready to see it again...only for the second viewing to be an excruciatingly painful experience once the initial 'wow!' factor wore off. I made the mistake of picking up both "The Cell" and "The Matrix", and I'm positive that I'll never watch either again.

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  2. Jasondog

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    I am a very visual person, so I was drawn into the Cell. The film itself is a beautiful piece of art, but the script was rather weak.

    Only thing I disagree about here is Jennifer Lopez's acting. I would like to know what movies it is that she DIDN'T do that great in. Her best as previously mentioned is OUT OF SIGHT which is just a great movie all around. Personally, i dislike her singing, but think her acting is far superior to most other singers-turned-actors. JMO anyway.
     
  3. AceRimRat

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    I think I sort of misstated my point, if you're responding to what I said about her getting worse - if you're not, sorry... - what I meant was, she got some pretty bad reviews for "The Cell," so maybe she's declining as an actress. Everything I've seen her in (admittedly not a lot) she was quite good, particularly "Out of Sight."
     
  4. DVD Connoisseur

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    Jaco, thanks for the feedback. I have 2 outputs coming from my amp to the television. The first is a standard output for my video, LD and games console signals, the second is s-video, as I'm using s-video in from my DVD to the amp for a strong signal, etc. The amp seperates the s-video from normal signals and pumps them to the tv seperately. I may have to scrap the s-video leads for the time being if this is what is causing the problems with my temperamental television. A little experimentation is required, me thinks...

    Thanks again for all the feedback on The Cell, guys.
     
  5. Paff

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    That could very well be your problem there. (and by "amp", do you mean your A/V Receiver? I gave up Brit-speak like "torch" "spanner" and "bonnet" the day I sold my Triumph)

    Your amp may not be assembling the S-Video signal properly. And if your telly (like that?) doesn't have S-Video in, there's zero point in using any S-Video connections. Go Composite all the way, and your problem may be solved.
     
  6. DVD Connoisseur

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    Paff, don't start turning all Austin Powers on me! The AV amplifier (we call them receivers over here when there's a tuner inserted) was top of the range when I bought it and is not defective, same with the telly. The DVD is also the muts nuts. Normally, DVD picture quality is spot on with S-Video - what seems to be happening somehow with just a handful of "studio" titles is the macrovision (I can't think it can be anything else) is somehow appearing, but only slightly. It's all very strange. I've read posts elsewhere about this where people claim to be able to tell a macrovision release a mile away and I guess it could be down to a combination of factors. Time will tell. If anybody spots this lightening / darkening of image on this title or any others, please let me know so we can compare notes. Thanks again, everyone. At this rate I'll be starting the DVD Connoisseur Clinic - I might just book myself in at this rate....
     
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    I've just read elsewhere that an AGC in my television could be causing the problems. Apparently, AGCs (?) are in video recorders and this is what activates the macrovision effect. This is all double dutch to me (my knowledge of electronics ends with wiring up a plug) so if anyone can explain this to me, I would be most grateful.
     
  8. Jaco

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    DVDCon, Macrovision works due to the differences in the way VCRs and TVs operate. The AGC (automatic gain control) circuits within a TV are designed to respond slowly to change; those for a VCR are designed to respond quickly to change. Macrovision takes advantage of this by modifying the video signal so that a TV will still display it properly, yet a VCR will not record a viewable picture. Your TV's AGC may be out of spec, so its response may be too quick and as a result the undesired brightness (gain)changes can occur.
    Depending on its design, your amp may have also some kind of an AGC built in and I would first try connecting the S-Video or composite outputs "directly" to the TV before considering anything else.
     
  9. Jasondog

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    Well admittedly there wasnt a hell of a lot of real ACTING going on in The Cell cause the script was weak as hell [​IMG]
     
  10. Lindane

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    I feel the same way about this film that ctyner does. When I saw this movie in the theatre I thought it was pretty nifty, but when I rented it I thought It sucked. The only thing good about miss Lopez in this movie is that wonderfull ass shot of her looking in her fridge!!! The director knew this too, as you will notice it was a pretty long shot! Although, the film will be worth shoplifting from one of my many local grocery stores. "shoplifters of the world unite and take over" DVD prices are just too expensive. Yes even when compared to laserdiscs.
     
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    Revisited this one last night on blu-ray. Great movie! It's pre-Lord Of The Rings New Line Cinema, so you know it's good.

    It feels like Elm Street was a success for them and Seven was a success for them, so they wondered what would happen if you put the two together. Some of it's pretty wild. Given the state of the industry now, it's hard to image a big budget star-studded Hollywood movie getting away with some of this stuff now. Thoroughly enjoyed revisiting.
     
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    I recall really enjoying that one. Another gem from the golden years of New Line is "Dark City"
     
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