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The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen R1 Review

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  1. Phil Hinton

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    Steven Evans reviews the forthcoming R1 release of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (due 16th December)

    To read the review click here

    And the review disc was provided by www.discemporium.com who are also now shipping the title.
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    Thanks sorted now.
     
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    Just watched this, not bad, just one thing though, when M is talking to Sean Connery at the beginning of the film, and he is explaining why fantom is doing what he is doing, M says 'profit' but on my copy, it sounds like that word was siad by a chipmunk with his balls in a vice! Anyone else noticed it? its about 16 minutes in!
     
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    Easily the worst film I've seen in a long, long time.
     
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    The CGI is atrocious in it!
     
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    I was thinkin of buying this cos i like Sean Connery pics but ur all putting me off :suicide:
     
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    Rent it! Or get it and then ebay it!
     
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    s**t hot i seen it back in june on a cof cof preview dics picture was a bit dodgy in places but i loved it
     
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    One of the year's major disappointments. Alan Moore's original graphic novel was an inventive, richly textured, multi layered tale.

    It seems that practically everything quirky, imaginative and interesting in it was removed for the movie and replaced with fights and explosions. Yet another CGI-laden no-brainer for the popcorn munchers. Truly sad and frustrating when a comic book is infinitely more adult and sophisticated than its multi-million dollar movie adaptation.

    Getting heartily sick of this sort of crap. Beginning to think CGI is possibly the worst thing ever to happen to cinema.
     
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    :thumbsdow Looked like a film that was made by a committee rather than a fan of the comic series, ah well at least I have the second story in the series to read.
     
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    I actually quite enjoyed it...:blush:
     
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    Jonathan Ross did as well.

    I thought he first big battle was muddled you could hardly make out what was happening as it kept flashing from one character to the other. And the Nemo car and sub were stupid.
     
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    Seems as if those who have read the comic hated it and those who have not thought it was not bad.

    And yes I did work on it and yes it was hurried but I didn't think any of the stuff we did was particularly attrocious . I thought we did a pretty outstanding job on it considering : so did the director from what I hear.

    No I haven't seen it!
     
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    I have to say I don't really know what the complaints regarding the CGI are based on, the CGI stuff was really all the film had going for it. Now if it had a decent script and director we'd really be cooking with gas!!
     
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    But if Star Wars and Matrix have taught us anything, it's that with enough CGI, you don't need a good script or director. ;)
     
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    sorry I was talking about making good films:D
     
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    Jonathan Ross is a big comic’s reader and really loved the film. Quote “if I saw this as a child I would have though it the best film ever made.”
     
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    Well OI had low expectations of this film and was quite surprised by my enjoyment.

    Yes it was flawed but It amused me for its duration. I've seen far worse.

    At least it wasn't pompous like some blockbusters this year.
     
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    Didn't it bother anyone that it was completely and utterly hollow and devoid of any characterisation? I just couldn't care less what happened to any of the characters and quickly became bored.

    The only attempt to give a character any sense of depth was with Jekyll/Hyde and that was hamfisted in the extreme.
     
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    I saw Film 2003 when JR did his review. Saying he loved it is an overstatement. He thought it was better than he expected and he summed it up saying he thought it was "OK".

    I quite liked it. I knew it would never live up to Alan Moore's work, neither did From Hell, but I still found enough there to keep me entertained.
    I'm not sure about the panning the fx got:confused: I thought it looked fine. Certainly no better or worse than most of the fx you see in films these days. Perfectly acceptable to my eyes.

    I read that Sean Connery took editorial control of the final cut of the film, don't know how true that is though.
     
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    I though he right liked it with that quote he made but I could not remember what else he said.

    Even though I read the original story I watched it with an open mind as I do know they change stuff around but of the recent covers of comics I think it was the weakest.
     
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    EIV will be headhunting you for their sleeve design department soon:smashin: ;)


    At the end of the day it's a wasted opportunity when you think about the source material and what they could have done with it. My view is that the weakest link was Sean Connery. Whenever I see him I see Sean Connery, never the character he's playing.:suicide:
     
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    Was he also the weakest link in Highlander or The Untouchables? I thought he put in his usual solid performance. In fact I probably wouldn't have bothered going to see it had he not been in it.
     
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    of course not... he played a scottish Irishman perfectly and did a great job of playing a scottish spaniard aswell. And his performance as the scottish morrocan sheik in The Wind And The Lion was faultless too. It may sound like it but I'm not taking the p**s. I just had a problem with him in LXG.
    Maybe they should have brought back Richard Chamberlain:zonked:
     
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    Scottish Egyptian actually
     
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    Actual Quote by Jonathan Ross.

    "I must admit, indeed proclaim, that I am a massive, almost obsessive, fan of the great Alan Moore's fantastic comic book series that inspired this film (books which I implore you to seek out, knowing full well that many of you will recoil in horror at my geekish nerdiness).

    However they really are wonderful pieces of work. And their premise - that the outstanding human beings of the age should be gathered together to serve Her Majesty's Government - is so splendid that it carries the movie.

    This film is great fun, and far better than I'd feared it might be. True, the plot's so busy that you feel some of the characters would have benefited from a little more space to breathe, but the performances are certainly up to scratch.

    Sean Connery, of course, is Sean Connery, striding through the proceedings and getting more Scottish with every passing film - if that's possible. He bestows gravitas on the story as only he can.

    Some of the changes from the books made me bridle somewhat, notably adding Tom Sawyer - presumably as a sop to the American market. But others work very well, most obviously the inclusion of Dorian Gray, played with a flourish by Stuart Townsend.

    Visually, the film's very impressive, with superb set design which captures both a real sense of the period and the brilliance of the comic books.

    But ultimately you have to judge the film on its own terms. Had I seen it when I was 14, I'd probably have thought it the greatest film ever made, and even now the 14-year-old in me is impressed and pleased that it has been made."
     
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    I thought it was rubbish.
     
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    Just seen a little bit of this.

    Interesting how the model shoot documentary talks about the complexity and excellence of the practical models and then cuts to a couple of shots we did that are almost entirely CG! ( the car is the only model element)
     
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    i rather enjoyed the film. By no means is it 'great', but as an action/adventure film it was good.

    Only rediculous thing about it was that enormous boat!!

    The invisible man should've been in it more though. He was the best character.
     

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