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Dang it, missed that sale! I remember getting the email now.
I was also able to get Ryuichi Sakamoto's wonderful BD~V CODA for $9.99 as well, Tim. I'm sure they'll repeat the sale. I just read today on the blu.ray.com site that Warner Archives will cease manufacturing their wonderful Criterion like WARNER ARCHIVE series after the latest April 2021 batch is released. But a poster on that site did mention that on March 12th, Warner Archive will be having a 4 for $44 sale on their wonderful discs. If you visit their website you can sign up for their email and they will automatically give you 15% off!

 

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I was also able to get Ryuichi Sakamoto's wonderful BD~V CODA for $9.99 as well, Tim. I'm sure they'll repeat the sale. I just read today on the blu.ray.com site that Warner Archives will cease manufacturing their wonderful Criterion like WARNER ARCHIVE series after the latest April 2021 batch is released. But a poster on that site did mention that on March 12th, Warner Archive will be having a 4 for $44 sale on their wonderful discs. If you visit their website you can sign up for their email and they will automatically give you 15% off!

Thanks for the heads-up on the sale! Got 9 BD's in my cart now ready to go.
 

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From French Director Bruno DuMont and originally broadcast in France over four episodes the complete Li'L QuinQuin [Kino Lorber/5.1/206 minutes

In French with optional English Subtitles. It has been heralded as the French TWIN PEAKS!


 
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Kids On The Slope
As you may have noticed from the cover, this is another winning collaboration between Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno. This short (only 12 episodes) series centers on jazz! Sadly–for this lover of multichannel mixes–the audio is DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo (and as a snobby purist, i'm listening to the Japanese track); however, the track does upmix nicely and it sounds GREAT in faux surround! The music is the real star of this series, and it works really well to drive the storyline. This one hits all the right notes for me–Highly Recommended!
 

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Mad LOVE to @Sonik Wiz for hipping me to this anime
View attachment 64125Kids On The Slope
As you may have noticed from the cover, this is another winning collaboration between Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno. This short (only 12 episodes) series centers on jazz! Sadly–for this lover of multichannel mixes–the audio is DTS-HD MA 2.0 Stereo (and as a snobby purist, i'm listening to the Japanese track); however, the track does upmix nicely and it sounds GREAT in faux surround! The music is the real star of this series, and it works really well to drive the storyline. This one hits all the right notes for me–Highly Recommended!
Thanks for the shout out Comrade !
Elsewhere buried in the forum I did a post about anime that featured music. Not musical anime like West Side Story but stories about music as the main theme. Alas it seems you are the only one on QQ that seems to have an interest in any sort of anime, excepting for folks that have been exposed to Ghibli, and of course love it. Anime has sveral different categories that can be anywhere from little kid stuff to very adult thought provoking material. With the weekend coming I'd suggest to anyone reading this, to whom anime is a stranger, spend a bit of time sampling & you might find a new wonder world of fun.

Kids on the Slope is indeed a great one. Not done in the usual big eyes small mouth drawings it is quite unique. I guess I should have seen the end conclusion coming, but I didn't, & it made my heart swell. Japanese language with subs are always my choice as well.


On Netflix there is currently two other anime series along these lines I would highly recommend. One is Your Lie in April & Carole and Tuesday:


 

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The Lighthouse (2019) BD:
1. The first time I watched this was on DVD and didn't notice anything special about the surround mix but the DTS-MA 5.1 on the BD really makes a massive difference. Some decent surround moments (rain/wind/waves/seagulls/the odd noise). Nothing super special but sufficient and better than most movies, and the sound design itself/score are really good.
2. Huge LFE from waves and the machinery turning the light. Whoa.
3. Great acting, interesting extras on the film stock/1.19:1 aspect ratio(!), plenty of deep blacks to satisfy the fussiest black level fusspot... and an ocean of insanity. It's an enjoyable watch and I gotta say, that seagull had it coming.
4. I got the Region A: https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Blu-ray-Willem-Dafoe/dp/B07ZLJKM2P/ref=sr_1_1?crid=SEPPCZRRU5VY&dchild=1&keywords=the+lighthouse+blu+ray&qid=1614880726&sprefix=the+lighthouse,aps,379&sr=8-1 but there's a Region Free now one available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lighthouse-Blu-ray-Region-Free/dp/B083R1B6S7/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2VQ90FE5VHSR5&dchild=1&keywords=the+lighthouse+blu+ray&qid=1614880718&sprefix=the+lighthouse,aps,491&sr=8-2
 

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The Lighthouse (2019) BD:
1. The first time I watched this was on DVD and didn't notice anything special about the surround mix but the DTS-MA 5.1 on the BD really makes a massive difference. Some decent surround moments (rain/wind/waves/seagulls/the odd noise). Nothing super special but sufficient and better than most movies, and the sound design itself/score are really good.
2. Huge LFE from waves and the machinery turning the light. Whoa.
3. Great acting, interesting extras on the film stock/1.19:1 aspect ratio(!), plenty of deep blacks to satisfy the fussiest black level fusspot... and an ocean of insanity. It's an enjoyable watch and I gotta say, that seagull had it coming.
4. I got the Region A: https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Blu-ray-Willem-Dafoe/dp/B07ZLJKM2P/ref=sr_1_1?crid=SEPPCZRRU5VY&dchild=1&keywords=the+lighthouse+blu+ray&qid=1614880726&sprefix=the+lighthouse,aps,379&sr=8-1 but there's a Region Free now one available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lighthouse-Blu-ray-Region-Free/dp/B083R1B6S7/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2VQ90FE5VHSR5&dchild=1&keywords=the+lighthouse+blu+ray&qid=1614880718&sprefix=the+lighthouse,aps,491&sr=8-2
I really appreciate–nay LOVE–your reviews and the way you organize/format them. VERY helpful for me! Stay Surrounded, Comrade!
 

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There were several 3-channel (L/C/R) (also known as 3 track stereo or 3 track mono) movies released back in the 1960s. One article suggested Fantasia was the first recorded that way (3 optical tracks on film). I think they were on separate tapes that synced to the movie projector (experimental). I've got at least two 3D movies that have them restored (It Came From Outer Space and Those Redheads From Seattle). I think they are both in DTS 3-channel (L/C/R light up in the Marantz speaker list) and they have very good bass as well. Of course, because they contain stereo fronts they will still decode into surround if you use an upmixer like Neural X for any out-of-phase information (Those Redheads From Seattle sounded great in Neural X; a lot of ambience/music ended up in the surrounds, but it was more noticeable from row 2 than the front, which mostly came from the L/C/R speakers).

DTS can also do true mono soundtracks (e.g. My 1941 Maltese Falcon Blu-Ray has DTS Mono as well as a 2-channel PCM Mono on it). It only uses the center channel in true DTS mode. It's actually a good way to check your center channel alignment relative to the stereo speakers switching between the center only mono track and stereo tracks sitting between them as they should overlap fairly precisely if aligned correctly.
 

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I really appreciate–nay LOVE–your reviews and the way you organize/format them. VERY helpful for me! Stay Surrounded, Comrade!
Mucho appreciated, comrade! I try to keep 'em brief and focused on the surround element but gotta mention other stuff cos hey, it's a movie! Glad to hear they help. Hope they lead others to purchases they may not have otherwise made.
 

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Mucho appreciated, comrade! I try to keep 'em brief and focused on the surround element but gotta mention other stuff cos hey, it's a movie! Glad to hear they help. Hope they lead others to purchases they may not have otherwise made.
Well, i can tell you that The Lighthouse is on its way thanks to your review! Your comments (especially #3) and fact that the amazon link you provided took me to a $9.99 price tag sealed the deal! You are appreciated!
 

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Well, i can tell you that The Lighthouse is on its way thanks to your review! Your comments (especially #3) and fact that the amazon link you provided took me to a $9.99 price tag sealed the deal! You are appreciated!
Nice! I found the director's previous flick, The VVitch, to be a bit average and so didn't have super high expectations for The Lighthouse. The first time I saw The Lighthouse, I thought it was OK but as with many flicks that turn out to be a favourite, it got its hook in me and so I picked up the BD. Enjoyed it a lot more the second time and I'm already looking forward to watching it again. Hope you like it!
 
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