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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Last post by Neumatic on June 09, 2019, 11:22:40 am »
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

I saw it pop up on Netflix, and I got a wild hair up my butt to finally extend it and put the deleted scenes back in.  It only wound up taking half an hour, which was way less than I thought, but I had to lose one scene (the "we're called flight attendants now!" one was too low res and the audio too blown).  I put the Rob Lowe scene after the destruction of the base rather than break the flow, and moved the "wife of the henchman" scene to after the credits.  I was able to find a widescreen version of the Chrisdtian Slater cameo, which is nice.  Ther others are in 4:3 but they work all right.  I'll do a few more tweaks but aside from that, I think it came out pretty good.

I don't know when or if I'll do the other ones though.  I mostly did this one because those extra scenes are as baked into my brain as the actual movie is.

Still funny.
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Video Games / E3 2019
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 09, 2019, 10:23:44 am »
Microsoft Xbox & Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conferences + More! - IGN Live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP0WPPY9lmg

Press Conference starts 12pm Pacific time. Can't wait to see what's in store with Xbox.
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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 08, 2019, 03:55:32 pm »
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DVD's & Blu-rays / The Meg (2018)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 08, 2019, 03:54:57 pm »
The Meg (2018)
3 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udm5jUA-2bs

The Meg is a check-your-brain-at-the-door flick. It's not meant to be taken seriously and this one definitely shouldn't be. I have issues with it for sure, but overall, it's a fun flick to zone out to if this is something your looking to do. If you've seen one Shark Movie, you've seen them all. Going into The Meg, I was of the mindset that this was going to be some stupid "Godzilla from the deep that attacks beaches" plot and in a way it is....but not in the way I envisioned it. I think the writer was smart enough to actually make this story somewhat plausible in a movie-kinda-way. By that I mean, the writer at least gives us a "logical" way in explaining how a Megalodon could exist in this day and age by having it explained that the Mariana Trench has been housing Megs all this time and that the only thing keeping them at bay is by having it concealed by a thermocline of hydrogen sulfide. Estentially a "Temperature Force field" if you will. Like I said, mindless fun. You know what you're getting, so don't expect much from this. Worth a Rent. Bonus points for how they actually kill the Meg. Very satisfying....and ironic.
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Video Games / Re: Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 08, 2019, 11:46:11 am »
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order - Official Demo Gameplay Premiere | E3 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_VuFT2IXgI

E3 technically doesn't start till Tuesday. So, I was surprised to see this drop today. The game mechanics/combat looks good, but I really hope they clean up the character skins a lot more, because THAT is not ready for prime-time by any stretch.
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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 07, 2019, 07:58:36 am »
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DVD's & Blu-rays / Creed II (2018)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 07, 2019, 07:57:56 am »
Creed II (2018)
4 Stars out of 5

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApQbQ0iJQO0

Creed II more or less picks up pretty close to where we left off (well, by 6 titles defenses), but it's close enough. The BIG draw for this movie is the fact that Adonis is taking on Viktor Drago, which of course means the return of Ivan Drago, last seen in Rocky IV. Now my big concern going into this was that this would be a carbon copy of that movie and for the most part, it is. There are a bunch of call backs happening throughout the movie that it's unmistakable how much alike they are. Where Creed II excels at are the smaller, quieter moments which center around family and to be honest, I never really knew what this movie was going to be on its own, even with the obvious sign post in my face. Simply put, this is a bout Fathers and Sons (and Daughters). The sins of the father being passed down to their child and how a lifetime is affected by it. You have Adonis coming to terms with his own Father Apollo, Viktor and his Father Ivan and Rocky and his own Son.

Yes, this is still a boxing movie and it delivers in a big way in that regard. The choreography is damn impressive and the Big Fight at the end was thrilling to watch. As I said, a lot of call backs to Rocky IV, and that means that the fight happens back in Russia which puts Adonis more at a disadvantage, which makes his comeback all the more rewarding. But it's how the fight ends that truly took me by surprise...even with all the evidence laid before me. I still didn't see it coming. The relationship between Viktor and Ivan was fascinating to watch. Ivan is consumed with restoring his name and glory to the point of not really seeing his own Son other than just a "means to an end". But it's at the end that he finally realizes what he has become and what he has done to his Son. Ivan does the one thing that even Rocky couldn't do: Throw in the towel....to save the one that he loves. I thought it was a brilliant move story-wise because this is the thing that has haunted Rocky for years since the events of Rocky IV.

I absolutely recommend Creed II. This is definitely another movie for me to add to my DVD Collection. If that isn't enough, there are a couple of cameos that deliver for me as well. I truly was stunned to see Brigitte Nielsen return as Ludmilla Drago. Early in the movie when Ivan is telling Rocky his story about how their fight cost him everything: His name, respect...and his Wife, the line comes off more like a throwaway line to explain why she isn't in the movie. And then.....BAM! There she is. She doesn't have more than a few words of dialogue, but she owns the couple of scenes she is in because her character is exactly the same all these years later. The other cameo that I was hopeful in seeing play out given how Rocky is trying to reconcile with his own Son Robert. I honestly wasn't expecting to see Milo Ventimiglia return since he didn't appear in Creed I. So, yeah, definitely check out this movie. Worth it.

Side note, my Grandpa's favorite film in the Rocky series was Rocky IV. I just wished he could have seen this one. He would have loved it for sure. While watching Creed II, I could hear him in my head cheering along and getting into this one.
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Hardware / Re: The DIY Thread
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 06, 2019, 03:01:24 pm »
Building the Eddie Van Halen Frankenstrat Guitar for Under $500


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzVybyhBLBo&t=629s

A different guy doing his own Frankestrat Replica. This makes me nostalgic for when I did my own Black/White Replica in High School.
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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 05, 2019, 07:51:25 pm »
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DVD's & Blu-rays / Aquaman (2018)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 05, 2019, 07:50:36 pm »
Aquaman (2018)
3 1/2 Stars out of 5

Trailer


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmqJJqFX_CU

I really didn't know what to expect from Aquaman given the sh*tty track record from the DCU (Man of Steel, BvS, Justice League and Suicide Squad) with the lone winner being Wonder Woman. Aquaman has never been a character I cared for. For me it's a huge step down from the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Although I did like the take on the character in Justice League, in spite of a POS film. But can the character carry a 2 hour flick? Yes and no. Now I don't have anything against Jason Momoa at all. He's the only person on screen that matters and actually delivers. My peeve (minor) is the amount of Special FX. Yes, I know, you can't really make an Aquaman flick without it. But it's sensory overload and after awhile, my brain just couldn't take any more of it. It's a mash up of Avatar underwater with a pinch of The Abyss. And then it turns into this sort of Indiana Jones crusade for the King's Trident, which I kinda liked because it was above water. And the ending, sh*t man, they TOTALLY swiped the scene from The Karate Kid Part II. I was totally prepared for Arthur to "honk" Orm's nose. No lie! The movie is fun for the most part if you can get past the mind-numbing amount of CGI. It's certainly better than most of the other DCU flicks....except Wonder Woman which sits on top. But yeah, Aquaman is worth a Rent.
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