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Mr Holland's Opus

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Squirrel God, Dec 17, 2002.

  1. Squirrel God

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    You really should pay more attention to my site Squirrel , I reported this a couple of weeks back :mad: :D

    I'll try and find some more details for you.......
     
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    Cheers Tee :)

    Have added you to my bookmarks :rolleyes: :p
     
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    Oh that's a shame cos it is a brilliant film. Ending could bring a tear to the eye of the stoniest hearted person :)
     
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    Well Squirrel, did you shed a tear ?
     
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    I have to say I was very moved by this movie :blush:

    I saw it on TV a couple of years ago (or however long it was). Outstanding performances from the entire cast. :)
     
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    Squirrel - the information I have is that Mister Holland's Opus will feature a Dolby Digital track, a widescreen (16.9) image and the original theatrical trailer with interactive menu screens and chapter selections. I would take it that the picture will be anamorphically enhanced.

    I hope this helps mate
     
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    Tee,

    Thanks mate.

    I wouldn't assume that it will be anamorphically enhanced though. The R1 wasn't :(
     
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    Hi

    I loved this film, and at the time happened to be working in a cinema. I remember watching the preview screening, the regional premiere, and a third time with my mum! I really did enjoy it heaps!

    I fear however, that the film being a Buena Vista (i.e. Disney) release, that we will get a not-the-greatest transfer, and bugger-all in the way of extras!

    Such a shame, because the film is superb, and the moment that Mrs Holland discovers that their son is deaf (during the school parade sequence) is a real emotional tug-of-war. Ditto, with the scene that covers the Vietnam war, and John Lennon's assassination! Extremely haunting imagery, set to a superb soundtrack.

    In fact, I have both the Michael Kamen music score, and the Music Soundtrack on CD somewhere. Should really try and dig them out again!

    Pooch
     
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    HI Squirrel,

    I noted that, but it's still a Disney/Buena Vista release film, and hence they probably won't let MGM release a decent set of extras. So, all we get is just a poxy trailer!

    Pooch
     
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    True, but to be honest, I can take or leave the extras. If they're there, they're nice. If not, I'm not fussed. What I really care about is anamorphic transfers. If I could get hold of a non-anamorphic PAL release of MHO for £7 or so, then I could live with it not being anamorphic either. But it makes me angry, that in this day and age, they release non-anamorphic DVDs :mad: :(
     
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    Thanks squirrel
    I did not know this was to be released a truly great film.
    I have watched the film six times, it is now on my order list

    Best Regards


    Live long and prosper
     
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    HI,

    Well, "Mr Holland's Opus" is now out in my local HMV, and I got them to demo it for me (purely to see what the picture was like), and all I can say is this:

    IT'S ANOTHER REGION 2 BOTCH JOB!!! :mad:

    1) The film is anamorphic 16:9 widescreen.

    2) The sound is only DD 2.0 Surround, but sounds more like mono to me.

    3) The only extra you get is a crummy trailer, taken from what looks lika an old VHS tape.

    4) The single menu is static, and really naff-looking.

    5) The picture is in 2.35:1, but there are many scenes when people's heads appear chopped off at the top of the picture. Channel 4 have showed this movie once, in a 1.85:1 ratio, but this isn't the right ratio either. I think the DVD's been taken from a Full-Screen Master than from a proper widescreen print.

    As such, despite the retail price being £12-99, I'd still avoid this disc! Another reason to wait for a decent R1 or R4 edition!

    Shame on you, MGM/UA and Buena Vista for treating this film so badly! At least you get subtitles though, bearing in mind the film's plot!

    Pooch
     
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    Are you sure? If so, I am going to order it from Play right now. This is excellent news!!! :) :) :)
     
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    Squirrel,

    Yep - guaranteed 100% 16:9 anamorphic print, but I still would wait for a superior R1 or R4 release!

    Pooch
     
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    Thanks Pooch, that is great news. I may wait for the price to drop a little to 7.99 first as I have a feeling that as soon as it arrives, Play will be advertising it cheaper (has happened to me before). I'm not bothered about the problems you mentioned or the lack of extras, just want the movie :)
     
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    My R1 is on it's way :)
     
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    I agree with the other views here, a totally absorbing and enthralling film. Yet another example of the underrated genius that is Richard Dreyfuss. Almost impossible to believe Stephen Herek managed to make a film like this between doing Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (surely trading standards should be looking into that particular title) and Holy Man.

    Talking of great films with Richard Dreyfuss in them, any of you guys seen 'What About Bob?' ? Total classic comedy.
     
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    Damn you Juboy! I gotta go order that now. Hilarious stuff! :D
     
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    Does this come reccommened then? I see Bill Murray is in it too :D
     
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    It's very funny Sarge :D
     
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    Don't say that :eek: I can't keep up :D
     
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    It's been on TV a few times. Wait for it to come on again :)
     
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    Glad to be of service :)

    Never has mental illness been so (sensitively treated but) hysterical.

    If you want another recommendation for daft but hilarious comedy, 'Strange Brew' is a total gem. Still my favourite comedy film of all time.
     
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    I might check out Strange Brew as it's very cheap right now. But you gotta be careful with comedy movies as tastes differ wildly, more so than with other movies :(
     
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    Very true. And with Strange Brew, you'll either love the ramshackle approach and overt 'phrases' they use constantly or... you'll think it's banal 80's junk. Some of the Star Wars in jokes are worth the price of admission alone in my book.
     

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