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The Thing About My Folks. High Def? Standard Def?


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#1 razerfish

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 11:31 PM

Rented this flick tonight, half watching it now while I work on my computer.

Looks really bad. If it's high def., then it's not a very appealing representative of the high def. movies. Deep focus, lots of white walls, wide shots look very soft.

Was this shot in high def or standard definition? I can't imagine it was shot on film.

Oh, it's a movie starring Paul Reiser, Peter Falk, and Olympia Dukakis.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 22 February 2006 - 11:57 PM

It was shot 24P/480 on the SDX900, not Hi-Def.
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#3 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 12:17 AM

Paul Reiser was on one of the late night talk shows and showed a clip from the movie.

The video clip I saw reminded me of an actor trying to be a movie studio. I'm not surprised to hear it's a below mediocre movie. Something about what I saw just felt cheap. I'm not necessarily talking about the cinematography, it just felt like a bad Larry David rip-off of Curb your Enthusiasm.

And I like Reiser and Peter Falk.
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#4 razerfish

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 12:19 AM

It was shot 24P/480 on the SDX900, not Hi-Def.


You got Paul Reiser and Peter Falk, and you shoot it standard definition? I don't get it. Was it ever intended for anything other than straight-to-video status, or am I being a format snob?

I guess for standard def. this looks good. At least it's not interlaced.
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#5 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 10:38 AM

You got Paul Reiser and Peter Falk, and you shoot it standard definition? I don't get it.


It was shot on a small budget, what can I say?
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#6 Trevor Greenfield

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 02:21 PM

According to IMDB it did go theatrical and grossed nearly a million.

Which I certainly agree with the sentiment... with Paul Reiser, Peter Falk, Olympia Dukakis, and Elizabeth Perkins (who's no stranger to the screen), written by a known quantity in Reiser, why not at LEAST shoot it on a Varicam, unless it was to truly try some sort of Curb My Enthusiasm (I love the show BTW) ripoff.

It seems such a shame to waste the talent and an otherwise fairly popular script and movie on standard def video planned for DTV.

I mean, the user reviews on IMDB give it a 7/10, and the comments seem to back it thats a pretty fair judge of a movie's resonance... and with writing like this, even I MUST see this movie now:

[Two young girls walk by. Sam keeps staring after them, finally points at them]
Sam Kleinman (Falk): Explain that to me.
Ben Kleinman (Reiser): What?
Sam Kleinman: The holes in those jeans...
Ben Kleinman: Uh-uh.
Sam Kleinman: They're on purpose?
Ben Kleinman: That's right.
Sam Kleinman: It's not because she's poor, and can only afford ripped clothes?
Ben Kleinman: That's correct, sir.
Sam Kleinman: [takes this in] And she doesn't mind that we can see her ass peeking out like that?
Ben Kleinman: No, she does not. In fact, I think she would be insulted if you didn't look.
Sam Kleinman: The last thing I wanna do is insult her.
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#7 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 23 February 2006 - 03:20 PM

If this movie was really shot super low budget, (but what does that mean, less than a million dollars or less than a Paul Reiser Residual check, early on in Syndication, the checks have some oomph to them).

The computer monitors really make both standard video and digital video look better than it actually is, and that can fool people into thinking they've discovered low cost 35mm, especially actors.

Perhaps what Mr. Reiser could have done was screen the movie to higher ups and pitch remaking the movie either on HD or film after he finished the mini-dv version.
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