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  1. New start for 2024. lobang to share for cinema goers, GV movie pass.
  2. I am on netflix for just 2nd month and I just cannot find enough time to watch all the TV series there. What are the recommended show to watch and to skip, since time is precious. Currently watch The Returned Just finished these, Wasted my time on these three Waiting to watch
  3. Just saw this on YT. Surprised this got released with Erza Miller's controversy. And Michael Keaton back as batman. DC hopping on the time travel bandwagon.
  4. a tribute clip to mark the rise and fall of Hong Kong movies very well edited and nostalgic think i have watched all these movies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgi-T8KQ4X8
  5. I have seen the interest in Home Theatre chat increase, so I figured why not share about it, and also make a thread where everyone can share on this too. So I put together a few thoughts: (TLDR) The home theatre (HT) system has been a mainstay of every man's home since music began. We used to have just a stereo pair, then we moved all the way to multi-channel systems, with separates, cables galore, Blue Ray players and other gear as we tried to recreate the home theatre at home. Whilst the desire by the missus for less clutter has tried to move things away from big black boxes back to near tiny ones, Covid has intensified the rebirth of the home theatre system, even if it is only in the form of the soundbar. Being cooped up at home for months during the height of the epidemic has made us aware of how woefully small the TV we own is, and there was a huge surge in upgrades of the TV, along with cable cutting and subscription to various streaming platforms. However, after buying that fancy TV, with the latest apps and 4k resolution, you think you're in TV heaven, enjoying some high quality images. But when you begin streaming movies that indicate they are master in Atmos, somehow the sound is flat. Or worse, even for free to air TV broadcasts, the dialogue is not very audible and the TV speakers don't even go that loud. Well, with the advent of wafer thin TV sets, there is no more room to put proper speakers inside. Don't let those specs of "20W per channel with subwoofer" fool you. Some TVs even say they are Atmos equipped. Remember, to get a full home theatre surround experience, you need sound to come from the front, the sides and for Atmos, from the top, or at least have sound bounce off surfaces so they sound like they are not just radiating from the front. Many home owners who live in smaller settings and are not audiophiles, don't want the clutter of running speaker cables all over, and rue to have large speaker boxes flanking their TVs. Even an external subwoofer is something that seems out of place in their idea of a well decorated room. Cue the soundbar. If you believe the marketing, a soundbar will be able to give you that home theatre experience, sans the clutter and cables, and even sound good in music. Let's first get the caveats out of way... Soundbars can range in price from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand. Some utilise internal subwoofers whilst others require you to buy one. Others also sell separate surround speakers, which are called wireless speakers. A few are really wireless, as they run on built in batteries, whilst others still need a plug in power source. Now even the best top of the line ones won't give you the same immersion as a full fledge surround sound system for the same money. What you gain in aesthetics, you lose in immersion. Furthermore, it is very important to check the actual number of channels in your soundbar. The basic ones also carry "Atmos" logos on the box, but they may only contain two channels and make use of psycho-acoustics to simulate surround. So it's just trickery and not real surround. Even those with extra channels for the sides, and Atmos channels rely on reflections, which means ideally you need to be seated in a centre of a rectangle room, with reflective solid walls on all sides and also on top. How many of us use or sit in such a room? The soundbars are also necessarily slim with a thin profile to fit under the wall or table top TV sets, so they do not block the screen. This has an impact on the size and quality of the drivers used and consequently, the sound quality. Music playback, especially for those entry level ones are pretty nasty. The other thing is money. Take a certain amount of money that you are willing to pay. The returns on sound quality is proportionately reduced accordingly to the number of channels you are buying. Take a stereo set, with only two speakers, all the money goes towards the amplification, the drivers and cabling for only two speakers. Once you add more channels, the amount spent on developing each additional channel will then impact and reduce what they can spend on each channel, thereby reducing the sound quality. So my advice for those with a limited budget is to assess what's important: having a Atmos sticker and a more disappointing experience or get something without that and just improve dialogue and music. In my opinion, the bottom line for getting external speakers is to improve the viewing and listening experience. After all, the sound bar is meant for improving dialogue first and foremost, then aid in some enhancement of the movie listening experience, and sound reasonable in music. I'm realistic with what soundbars can recreate. To really create a surround experience, choose a soundbar that has real side surround speakers. As for Atmos, you will be need upfiring speakers, and if your side / rear surrounds are also equipped with them, the surround immersion will be even better. So if you are limited to a single bar solution, the surround effect will be largely determined by how flat and reflective your ceiling is. The higher end ones will also be equipped with a calibration tool of sorts and this helps to determine how far the soundbar and any other speakers are located from your sitting position. The other feature that I look out for is a subwoofer. Here you have some choices. The ideal one is that you have a dedicated external subwoofer, that will partner with the soundbar. Some brands offer the choice of buying the soundbar with or without the sub, and I highly recommend the former if a good movie experience is what you are after. Built in subwoofers are usually quite weaker. Others use some port trickery to accentuate the bass, but few soundbars reach below 60 Hz without a good sub. If the soundbar offers an external sub-out, that's an interesting option too. What are the various levels of soundbars? - well even a single speaker can act as a sound bar, if clearer or louder diction is all you require - two speakers allows stereo output, and some make sure of these to generate a pseudo-surround by adding time delays - three speakers is the beginning of a real soundbar. This allows clearer dialogue from a dedicated centre channel - 5 channels gives you side surround and either reflections from side walls or a real side surround speaker can really up the surround experience - most soundbars won't get you 7 ear level surround speakers, so 7 channels usually means 5 plus a pair of upfiring Atmos speaker - if there are nine channels, the soundbar either goes for more upfiring Atmos channels or occasionally 7 ear level channel To these channels one can add a sub to make the sound more robust and the tactile feel is very important for movies Even a two channel stereo system can double up as a soundbar, but the wider the gap between the speakers, the more obvious the gap if you do not sit in the centre. The centre speaker is vital for the best movie experience. Now placement of these speakers is vital. The surround channels need to be at least in line with the sitting position or slightly behind it. Check the manual for the specific model for what the manufacturer suggests Then if the soundbar allows levels adjustment, that will be great. Having a distance level adjustment is also important Some have their own calibration tools, and this really helps, and others just hope for the best. The higher end ones usually feature this. Finally some features that may allow you get a better listening experience: - DTS decoding. This feature is becoming more rare these days, and not all brands offer it - extra HDMI inputs. If you want your soundbar to be the centre of your home entertainment system, this is a good thing to have - eARC. This should be standard in all 2023 soundbars, but it isn't. However it isn't so important if you only have two channels / drivers and your entry level soundbar isn't capable of high resolution audio. - streaming options are always welcome, but accessing them is what differentiates the user experience and this boils down to the app as well as the remote - physical remote. As strange as it sounds, some high end models are no longer offered with this and that makes the assumption you only use the eARC input and your TV is the main controller. - input buttons. I like to be able to program certain streaming channels so I can access them with a press of a single button and that's not always available. In fact it is pretty rare. Kudos to Bose and Denon on this front. Now for the nitty gritty.. I like to have attention to detail and these details make or break a purchase. Make sure you measure the height of the bar and check that it sits properly under your TV especially if the TV is sitting on your table top. Check the width too in case it's too wide to fit between the legs of your TV. How is the wifi quality. Do some homework. Certain models experience frequent dropouts in the subwoofer and surround connection to the main soundbar. How easy is the setup and does daily use require many presses of the buttons on the soundbar app. Are there physical buttons for adjustments on the bar? There is no need to buy the same brand as your TV or Blu Ray player. Some offer a few more buttons the TV remote that control the playback, that's it. Sony is one of the few brands that has a centre speaker mode, that allows you to use the TV as a centre speaker for it's A9 model, but that's because it does not come with a centre speaker. If music matters, bring some of your favorite tracks to audition. Or even bring a USB drive of your favorite movie scene. But a caveat is that not all soundbars have a USB port and you may have to rely on the one on the TV. Will you require an entire home ecosystem of sound? Then choose a brand such as Sonos, Bose or Denon which have some system that allows you to listen to music from one source wherever you place a speaker. Do pay attention to the weight of the bar, and see if your console is strong enough, or if you wall mount it, how strong is the feature wall and does it stick out a lot? What is the version of Bluetooth and does it support APTX for better sound. I like Airplay too as it fits into my ecosystem. I prefer a physical remote and one that uses AA or AAA batteries. My philosophy is to get a good one so you do not get buyer's remorse and end up being unhappy or dissatisfied with the sound from the word go. Be realistic with how good the immersion is, especially if you do not sit in an ideal room.
  6. Just to complete the collection (after songs, TV shows and publications), started a thread for favourite old movies. To get the ball rolling, this is one of the first movies I remember having seen near the time of its release in 1977 (or at most a couple of years after it): Quite mature themes - and at the time, I didn't understand the subtext of the Moon landing hoax conspiracy theories, the black helo references, etc. In fact, I don't think I understood too much of anything - I must've been about 5 at most, but I remember there was a snake-eating scene that burned itself into my memory.
  7. Had been to too many movies and the following are my all time favourite movies of life time....... 1. The Ten Commandments 2. Ben Hur 3. The Sound of Music 4. Clash of the Titan (old version) 5. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I am looking for the DVD or BlueRay disc to keep them forever....... Only had the following in LD (Ten Commandments, Sound of Music), VCD (Ben Hur). Anyone know where to get them in DVD or BlueRay ? Thanks......
  8. So we have reached the time where most of us need to stay indoors.. Many of us have access to streaming facilities, so what are you watching or listening to? Do you have a Covid playlist? If you're in UK, these two are quite apt. The UK landscape of empty streets is quite eerie.. 28 days later? 28 weeks later is quite apt for UK.. For USA: I am Legend Omega man: And those related to virus spread: The CLOSEST to the truth Contagion: Outbreak: Amazing how they can generate a plasma vaccine sample in an hour...
  9. I just went watch Reunion Dinner n AGGA and was shocked there were less than 10 people each time i went. Moreover its on a weekend. Is it because of the expensive ticket prices, covid, not good local production that has lead to poor ticket sales at the cinemas?
  10. popcorn and coke time.
  11. national day special https://www.todayonline.com/8days/seeanddo/netflix-launch-106-classic-singaporean-films-series-including-55-mediacorp-shows
  12. Captain Marvel and Abenjers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LHxvxdRnYc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8
  13. 2017 is coming to the end, with 2 blockbusters, The Last Jedi and Jumanji, to end the year. What to expect for 2018? Below are some we can expect in 2018. January Friday, January 5 Insidious: Chapter 4 Friday, January 12 The Commuter Paddington 2 Proud Mary Friday, January 19 Den of Thieves Horse Soldiers Friday, January 26 Extinction Midnight Sun White Boy Rick February Friday, February 2 Untitled Cloverfield Movie (previously titled The God Particle) Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built Friday, February 9 Fifty Shades Freed Maze Runner: The Death Cure Peter Rabbit The 15:17 to Paris Friday, February 16 Black Panther Early Man Friday, February 23 Annihilation March Friday, March 2 Red Sparrow Alpha Game Night Death Wish Friday, March 9 Gringo A Wrinkle in Time The Intouchables (2018) Friday, March 16 Tomb Raider Untitled Greg Berlanti Film Untitled Entebbe Project Friday, March 23 Action Point Sherlock Gnomes Isle of Dogs Pacific Rim Uprising Final Portrait Unsane Friday, March 30 Ready Player One Mary Magdalene Lean on Pete April Friday, April 6 Magic Camp The Pact A Quiet Place Chappaquiddick Friday, April 13 New Mutants The Rider Friday, April 20 Rampage Tully Overboard (2018) Super Troopers 2 Friday, April 27 Truth or Dare May Friday, May 4 Avengers: Infinity War Friday, May 11 Life of the Party Friday, May 18 Slenderman Untitled LAIKA Project A Star Is Born (2018) Friday, May 25 Star Wars: Untitled Han Solo Film June Friday, June 1 Deadpool 2 Untitled WB Animation Film Friday, June 8 Ocean’s 8 Friday, June 15 The Incredibles 2 Friday, June 22 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Friday June 29 Tag I Feel Pretty Sicario 2: Soldado July Wednesday, July 4 The Purge 4 (Official Title TBD) Friday, July 6 Ant-Man and the Wasp The Spy Who Dumped Me Friday, July 13 Hotel Transylvania 3 The Nun Skyscraper Friday, July 20 Alita: Battle Angel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! Friday, July 27 Mission: Impossible 6 (Official Title TBD) August Friday, August 3 The Predator The Equalizer 2 (Official Title TBD) Wednesday, August 8 Barbie Friday, August 10 Amusement Park Meg Scarface (2018) Friday, August 17 Captive State The Happytime Murders Friday, August 24 Cadaver September Friday, September 14 The Darkest Minds Friday, September 21 Goosebumps 2 (Official Title TBD) Robin Hood (2018) Friday, September 28 The Kid Who Would Be King Night School Smallfoot October Friday, October 5 Venom Bad Times at the El Royale Friday, October 12 First Man Friday, October 19 The Girl in the Spider’s Web Jungle Book: Origins Halloween (2018) Friday, October 26 Overlord November Friday, November 2 Dark Phoenix Mulan (Disney) The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Mary, Queen of Scots Friday, November 9 Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Holmes & Watson Friday, November 16 Fantastic Beasts 2 (Official Title TBD) Widows Wednesday, November 21 Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Untitled Zemeckis/Carell Project December Friday, December 14 Untitled Animated Spider-Man Movie Mortal Engines Friday, December 21 Aquaman Bumblebee Tuesday, December 25 Bohemian Rhapsody Mary Poppins Returns So what more releases will you expect in 2018? Erm, can the mods help me change the title to 2018 instead? Thanks.
  14. 2018 was marked by sequels which helped keep the movie industry in the black. Without them, things will be more bleak? What will you watch? For me, I have lined up: - Avengers Infinity War II - Captain Marvel There will be more, but I like the big blockbusters when I visit the cinemas... How about you?
  15. Setting up this thread to help myself and others who may have caught a snippet or the whole movie somewhere, like a plane, trailer or something and would like to know what the movie title is, so they can find and watch that movie :) Some format to help others find the movie for you: - rough period in which the movie was viewed - likely year of release of the show, even if you only narrow it down to the decade, it helps - Western / Chinese / Jap / Korean etc - genre So here's my first question: It was an incidental finding on an recent flight.. What I know It's release in the recent past - 2016 onwards It's a Chinese / Korean / HKG / Jap collaboration Set in WWII, with a Jap treasure involved, and an HKG who plays a kick ass Jap general with a wonderful fight scene at the end The movie starts with an Indiana Jones / Han Solo type hero rogue who bluffs and cheats his way out of trouble, and a Korean actress who is a spy and kills her Jap army officer husband on a train to secure some map / info.. That's all I have... Thanks bros!
  16. 2016 is almost over, and we still have one or two more blockbusters, but next year, we have quite a few sequels, a few new shows in store.. Are there any shows that you are looking out for in the coming year?
  17. 2015 is probably one of the best year for movies! Look at what's on offer. What movies are you going to watch? Below are some that I'm not going to miss. Pacific Rim 2 Avatar 2 Pirates of the Caribbean V Avengers 2 Star Wars VII Fantastic 4 (New cast. Not a sequel) Mission Impossible V World of Warcraft Prometheus 2 Terminator 5 (FINALLY) Ted 2 Independence Day 2 Batman V Superman World War Z 2 Kung Fu Panda 3 Finding Dory Jurassic World The Piece of Eden James Bond - Dark of Day I Am Legend 2 Wanted 2 I.Robot 2 Smurfs 3 Green Lantern 2 X-Men Origins:Wolverine Tintin 2 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Ant-Man Minions
  18. Hi All, Anyone got feedback on Video/Movie playback on the AVH-8750BT? After almost a year of installation, here's the user experience. 1. If you plug in iPhone Car Play. You cannot view the movie in the HU, only to the external or back seat monitors. Safety reasons. 2. Can play almost all formats as long as H.264. *.avi, *.mp4 or *.mkv. Except HD files >1GB will be slow to load. 3. USB2 reader ONLY reads FAT32. Please remember to format it FAT32, not NTFS. FAT32 is more stable. 64GB usb will get 59GB. But more stable, less error. 4. Annoyance #1: Movie player does not remember and resume the last played movie position. Player keeps going back to the first movie on the USB. You will have to spend time going back to your last view movie manually and scroll to the last watched point. (important feature) 5. #2: Not subtitles capability (not essential but good to have) Anyone got updates for the firmware or software for this? Cheers.
  19. Just watched the Ch 8 Chinese movie 玻璃樽; it brought back some good memories.. From the mid 80s till the late 90s, I watched many Chinese movies. Some really classic.. Wat are the chinese movies during that period of time have gave you good memories?
  20. Guys, Is there an app to website to watch hollywood movies on iphone? I know for HKtVB we can use vchannel to stream. How about Hollywood movies? Thks.
  21. Just watched these movies over the weekend. Find them quite nice, so i post here. Happy birthday SG50
  22. Hshs

    CNY 2015 Movies

    Time to go cinemas. One year once only. My choice is Ah Boy To Man 3 follow by Dragon Blade(Jackie Chan) and King of Majong. Heard Vegas to Macau so so only. But act by Chow Yun Fat still support lah. Any other suggestion?
  23. I'll start the ball rolling... Based on a true story. The film dramatizes the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings, in which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoLFk4JK_RM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5m9CMT_1bU Interview with the actual "Lone Survivor". You won't regret spending 34 minutes of your time watching this..
  24. You hear this when: 1) One character morphs into a demon/monster, etc 2) The good guy/woman is being chased by the demon/monster, etc 3) The final battle between good and evil.
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