Murder on the Orient Express Ultra HD Blu-ray Review & Comments

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    1. Simon Crust

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      Thanks for the review Simon, missed this at the cinema, so will definitely pick this up with such a good picture and soundtrack. Sadly it falls into the category of,

      Starring
      Kenneth Branagh,
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      Penelope Cruz,
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      Judi Dench,
      Michelle Pfeiffer,
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      Leslie Odom Jr.
      But
      Johnny Depp.
       
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      I watched this last night, thankfully Depp isn't in annoying cartoonish character scenery chewing mode here :smashin:
       
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      That's good. Can't stand him in his last few roles. Truly weird. And as for that aftershave ad that's been running a lot recently.
       
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      Watched this a couple of days ago, watching again today with friends, it's an excellent 4K, may have been a contender for "best yet"....until "Paddington 2", turned up yesterday !
       
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      Really nice release.
      The final scene with the sunset looks gorgeous. Some of the best colouring.
       
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      Not a great movie, looks really good though, 4k Di and balanced HDR - nice!
       
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      Can't comment on the disc, but I've watched the film, streamed from Amazon. Rather tedious plot which has been done better in previous films. The landscapes and exteriors are pretty much all CGI to the extent that it feels like you are watching an animation or computer game. Checking out the credits confirms this. Acting is a bit stiff and 'stagey'. OK if you are not familiar with the story. Kenneth Branagh's accent wanders a bit.
       
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      I got this from iTunes - does the UHD have English subtitles during the German dialogue? The subtitles are missing during the movie, but the same scene is subtitled when shown during the extras. Most annoying as I don't speak German, so had no idea what was going on during the scene.
       
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      I didn't think it did....but Judi Dench ! She started off French, went to German & then thought, "Sod it, i'll use my normal voice".
       
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      The movie is a bit too orange & teal for my liking, but it was that way in cinema as well...

      I would love to see more 70mm movies made now that our home systems are so good...

      Death on The Nile will be one to look forward to if Branagh decides to make it...
       
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      I enjoyed this in the cinema, and it generally looks nice aside from the quite poor CG in places. I thought Branagh was great and I hope to see the absurd moustache in other Poirot stories. Death of the Nile was obviously hinted at.

      I always cringe when I see Johnny Depp though. I used to think he was quite entertaining (in the 90s mostly) but he just comes across as a seriously unpleasant and dangerous person now. Which I guess given his history of wife beating is pretty much what he is. It's really a shame that he's still getting work, and surprising too given the current furore.
       
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      Allegedly. However Not Proven using a possible Scottish verdict.
      Depp was neither arrested or charged.
      But on the basis of that it appears you would prefer that people are denied work.

      Ex wife Vanessa Paradis has called Amber’s claims ‘outrageous’ ‘He is a sensitive, loving and loved person, and I believe with all my heart, that these recent allegations being made are outrageous.’ ‘In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years,’

      Funny how these sort of accusations seem to appear when people are looking for a better, higher divorce settlement. Is Gary Oldman another who you would also like to see not getting work too...
       
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      This is starting to sound like another thread that got moderated - just saying..
       
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      Yeah, I'd love to see new Agatha Christie movies. If they shoot Death On The Nile in 70mm I really do hope they eschew CGI and shoot it for real instead. Egypt looks very cinematic and atmospheric...

      Crooked House was fun from last year as well. It'll be good to see more, so it isn't just the Kenneth Branagh show ;)
       
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      I quite agree, although it will be hard to beat the cinematography of the great Jack Cardiff who worked on the previous film. I feel that the overuse of CGI with all the enhancements of HDR is beginning to make movies look like the early 20th Century Fox Technicolor productions where lighting was pushed to the max to make all the nooks and crannies and colours stand out. It takes away any sense of atmosphere and realism. A bit more restraint is needed in my opinion especially in movies like this one.
       
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      Totally different movie, but I randomly watched Rambo 3 (AKA John Rambo joins the Taliban) last night. Absurd movie but quite fun, and shot on epic real world locations in Thailand, Pakistan, and Israel (standing in for Afghanistan). Add in masses of real extras, full size tanks and helicopters, and tons of actual real pyro, and you have something that looks like it actually took place in the real world (Rambo's inability to die aside of course). When I look at modern movies I just see blue screen, CG backgrounds, and fakery galore. They just don't look like real life anymore. Interesting that old movies from the pre-CG era generally look much better than brand new productions simply because they couldn't cheat and had to actually travel to places.

      The best looking bits of Murder on the Orient Express by far were the sections in Israel. After that it was Polar Express with real actors.
       
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      My partner's neice, is the production assistant - locations, for "Murder On The Orient Express", i can assure you they shoot on location. ( Obviously. ) It's not all CGI. but i understand what you're saying about the use of it.
       
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      Depends. When I saw Rambo III I didn't see the helicopter as a Russian Hind, I saw it as a Puma with fake wings stuck on it.

      So I see it as a real fake helicopter, while a CGI helicopter could actually have looked like the real thing.

      Tanks, but No Tanks - TV Tropes

      • Film Valkyrie seriously averts this trope with a mouth-watering array of scrupulously realistic Afrika Korps kit in the first ten minutes or so. Until you realise this is all very clever and realistic CGI, you watch and wonder as to where they got all the Pz III's from. As CGI gets better, is this the way forward?
       
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      Absolutely agree!
       
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      Is Paddington 2 on 4K a demo disc for picture quality then chaps ?
       
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      I'd sooner go for something more serious for that, such as Blue Planet 2.
       
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      Does it have to be "serious" content for PQ / SQ accolades ?? ( I don't own Blue Planet 2, but know it has rave reviews. )

      I'd definitely say so. It will be interesting to see what the reviewer's on here make of it ? I can't imagine anything but a glowing review.
       
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      I found that in a few of the scenes - but it was the first movie watched since setting up the movie room.
      As for the movie itself, good start, great finish but the middle just seemed a little plodding. Overall liked it, just wish I'd rented rather than paid for it!
       
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      Fake landscapes almost as bad as fake accents. I highly recommend this movie as a sleep aid
       
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      Really enjoyed this at the cinema in the same way I used to enjoy watching Agatha Christie films on a sunday afternoon with my old folks years ago. Loved the cast in this, particularly the lasivious Johnny Depp character. Not an essential 4k disc by any means but one I wanted. Looking forward to Death on the Nile.
       
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