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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bringing Out the Old to Usher in the New

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    VandyPrice
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    What is worth more? Where does ambition measure when compared to reflection? Or...how does one know when to quit? When that ambition outweighs or cannot be met by the pure skill or natural talent possessed? La La Land is a movie about Hollywood and the Hollywood system and how it all flows in and out of making and breaking stars, but La La Land is also a movie about dreams and the ugly side of those dreams no one likes to talk about when they tell you to chase them-compromise. Compromise is what must be obtained if one is hoping to have their cake and eat it too. There is compromise in life no matter what professional or personal route one may choose to take, but when dreams are big enough to take you around the world and on extended stays in places away from home that require long or odd hours such as, say, when someone is a musician or film actor-compromises are unavoidable and typically made by the half of the relationship not actively participating in such a career. With La La Land director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) follows up his Academy Award-nominated feature debut with an out and out musical in the vein of those golden age Hollywood musicals from the forties and early fifties that personified stardom, celebrity, and a certain type of lifestyle most could only hope to obtain. This goes well with the plight of the story as we follow two young aspiring artists-the girl an actress and the guy a jazz pianist-as they navigate modern Los Angeles in hopes of achieving their dreams even if the odds seem stacked against them and despite their closest friends and family not exactly holding out hope for success to find them. The standard structure of boy meets girl combined with that of a few song and dance numbers that pay homage to those aforementioned golden days of Hollywood aren't enough for Chazelle though. The writer/director isn't simply looking to recreate images and feelings afforded him during his youth as he watched Gene Kelly dance across the screen, but more he is interested in exploring the consequences of having such aspirations; the dark side of fame that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with addiction or other harmful habit forming activities, but more with the decisions such individuals have to make without knowing the answer as to what they'll regret more twenty years down the road. Can I be the person I want with the person I want? Is it worth more to make a life as I so desire or with the one I desire? La La Land doesn't prescribe to know the answers to these heavy questions, but its musings on the subject are infectious and reaffirming in that they capture the struggle one in a handful experiencing the film will have come face to face with at some point in their past.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Musical

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    La La Land was at the top of my most anticipated films of 2016 (never mind not seeing it until January 2017) since I first heard of it months ago. I am so happy that it was fully able to live up to my high, high expectations. It's kind of funny, because up until about four years ago, I wasn't much of a fan of (any) musicals. Then I delved into classic Hollywood musicals, and while most full movie musicals weren't what I'd classify as 5-star movies, there were enough amazing individual scenes in many of them that made me appreciate musicals so much more. And then finding out the director of Whiplash was making a musical in the tradition of old Hollywood musicals, but with modern sensibilities and techniques, let alone staring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, made me chant "please be great" over and over. Luckily, it is. It starts off great with "Another Day in the Sun." "Someone in the Crowd" is a great quick followup. "City of Stars," both versions are great as well. The rest of the music is all very good to good. While La La Land isn't wall-to-wall music, the music that's included is all good and works well with the movie. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone aren't the best singers out there, but they are two of the best actors, and that more than makes up for any singing/dancing deficiencies (which with all the work they put into it, is very minor for the most part). I've seen it said (and agree) that Gosling and Stone are no Fred and Ginger, while trying to evoke Fred and Ginger, but that it's hardly their fault because Fred and Ginger (or their equivalents) don't exist any more. Not that there aren't many professional level singers and dancers that could amaze audience with their skills in movies, but as those movies don't exist anymore those roles don't either, which is kind of sad. La La Land is a beautiful looking movie, Luckily Damien Chazelle (with his cinematographer) seems to have had a lot of great ideas of how to shoot it. Another film released in 2016 that was a love letter to classical musicals (specifically the whole old studio system) was Hail Caesar, and it approaches its homage to musicals by trying to actually recreate a couple of old Hollywood style musical numbers (memorably played by Channing Tatum and then Scarlett Johansson). La La Land instead plays lots of homage to them visually and through the style of some of the songs. Damien Chazelle successfully blends the old with the new, and has created a classic of his own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    That SPECIAL PLACE where your DREAMS collide with

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    “LaLaLand” is that SPECIAL PLACE where your DREAMS collide with LIFE! I dreaded the Idea of another “Tacky” modern-day musical. After all, my standards are quite high for a musical; my favorites being “Singing in the Rain”, “West Side Story”, “The Sound of Music”, well, you get the picture. After hearing all the commotion about “LaLa Land” I convinced myself to go see it but spared myself from the embarrassment of taking my wife or a friend with me. So here I go to the movies alone, was going to skip the Pop Corn but after all, I thought at the very least I’ll entertain myself during the movie eating an x-large, overpriced, artery-clogging Pop Corn. I went in with kind of low expectations, knowing ahead of time that as much as I liked Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, they were not Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. As far as the acting goes, Emma Stone is in a class by herself. Wow! “LaLaLand” Knocked my socks off! If not the best, one of the best music scores of this decade, and definitely the best use of lighting and color I have seen in my lifetime. “LaLaLand” will be one of those movies I’ll watch over and over!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie and classy Steelbook

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    La La Land comes to you in the form of a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook and is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in the good old CinemaScope ratio of 2.55:1. Chazelle continues his retro tendencies by shooting on film, and with director of photography Linus Sandgren delivers a really gorgeous looking film which looks fantastic in high definition. This is a film full of the kind of bright colors and patently artificial lighting that were part and parcel of both the Freed unit and the Demy films, and this transfer preserves a really appealingly varied palette beautifully. The film tends to ping pong between naturally lit and/or graded material (as in the opening freeway number) and more "artistic" choices, as in some of the nighttime material or the big planetarium sequence. Detail levels are routinely high, especially in brighter lighting, as should be expected. While the nighttime and club scenes don't have quite the same detail levels, there's surprisingly good shadow detail and definition throughout these sequences as well. The transfer looks appealingly organic and encounters no compression issues. Wish it had the 4K Disc like Best Buy Canada but still a winner.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Here's To The Fools Who Dream

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    La La Land is one of the best films of 2016. Its seamless combination of music and storytelling is reminiscent of classic musicals from the 50s and 60s. The performances are top-notch and the two leads have an unmistakable chemistry together (helped by their previous on-screen romance in Crazy, Stupid, Love.) Their characters are flawed, but that's what entices the viewer to join them on this emotional journey. The score and musical numbers are absolutely memorable, even after one viewing. City of Stars and Another Day of Sun are my personal favorites, but there are many others that are, not only fantastic songs in their own right, but combined with some potentially iconic scenes in the movie, paint a picture that's difficult to forget. The cinematography is beautiful, the choreography is stunning, and the camerawork is breathtaking. And that's what La La Land is; breathtaking. No, it's not perfect, as the film does peak towards the middle and the second half re-uses music and ideas from the first half, and personally I found there to be a couple of questionable casting choices, but those are minor nitpicks in what is otherwise a miracle production. I am very thankful that, in a world where superhero films and action blockbusters rake in the most dough, there are still producers out there willing to fund risky projects that can either fall and be forgotten, or rise and become instant classics. La La Land is fire. See it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Been There, Done That

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    LA LA LAND is a disappointment to us oldsters who have seen the old Hollywood musicals of about 1935 to 1965 whether "live," in revival or in the home theater. Two popular actors who are non-singers and non-dancers were cast as the leads in this musical, with weak results not usually seen from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Much of the film seems like a watered-down version of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952), about a rookie who wants to make it in the movies, with dashes of WEST SIDE STORY's (1961) choreography and an ending straight out of the bittersweet UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg; 1964). There was very little truly new in this movie, and what there was, was unconvincing. I know that people who saw this film with enthusiasm and pleasure (after all, it DID almost win an Oscar) may be tired of hearing us oldsters carp about the good old days; the proof is to stream or buy such movies as I've listed above, also AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, GIGI, and even THE ARTIST, to name only a few. Perhaps the first two THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT anthologies are the best way to start. Technique: Very good Blu-Ray sound and minimal lateral distortion, good motion and color transition from indoor to outdoor shooting helped immeasurably by modern C.G.I. and green-screen techniques. On the whole LA LA LAND is cutting edge, but the story, acting and songs do not go straight to the heart.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hollywood Should Give Us More Musicals

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    Huge fan of this film. This film was not on my "must watch" list of last year but ended up being a pleasant surprise. I kept hearing how amazing this movie was and it seemed like there wasn't a single negative review so when it finally came out in my home town theater I rushed to see it. I enjoyed the songs and the whole theatrical production of the film. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone share such amazing chemistry that their emotional connection feels real and their characters' passions for jazz and acting radiate from their performances. After the movie I found myself singing the opening song on my way home with a huge smile. However, my girlfriend hated the film. She said there was too much singing and she did not like the performances. Her final critique was "Hollywood should stop trying to make musicals happen again." I thought it was important to note that this movie is not for everyone but there are those of us (a whole lot of people actually) who really enjoyed it. Don't listen to her, take my advise and see this film, it is definitely worth a watch. As for the steelbook, I believe this is actually NOT a steelbook priority. It does not provide any other incentives other than having the steelbook. I purchased the steelbook only because I am a collector of the steelbook sets but the cover design does not push this too a must have. Save a few bucks and get the regular box set, unless of course you are like me and want all the steelbooks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVED IT

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    La La Land is one of the best films of 2016. Its seamless combination of music and storytelling is reminiscent of classic musicals from the 50s and 60s. The performances are top-notch and the two leads have an unmistakable chemistry together (helped by their previous on-screen romance in Crazy, Stupid, Love.) Their characters are flawed, but that's what entices the viewer to join them on this emotional journey. The score and musical numbers are absolutely memorable, even after one viewing. City of Stars and Another Day of Sun are my personal favorites, but there are many others that are, not only fantastic songs in their own right, but combined with some potentially iconic scenes in the movie, paint a picture that's difficult to forget. The cinematography is beautiful, the choreography is stunning, and the camerawork is breathtaking. And that's what La La Land is; breathtaking. No, it's not perfect, as the film does peak towards the middle and the second half re-uses music and ideas from the first half, and personally I found there to be a couple of questionable casting choices, but those are minor nitpicks in what is otherwise a miracle production. I am very thankful that, in a world where superhero films and action blockbusters rake in the most dough, there are still producers out there willing to fund risky projects that can either fall and be forgotten, or rise and become instant classics. La La Land is fire. See it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice SteelBook but still need to find good copy

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    Since this isn't a movie review site, I won't review the movie itself. This is a nice SteelBook. Unlike some, I don't mind that it has a different cover picture than the regular copy. The price was acceptable at the release week sale price. My only complaint, and the reason I docked it one star, was that the copy that was set aside for me for store pickup had a scratch on the cover. This continues to be a problem with SteelBooks; finding one that isn't scratched and/or dented. Luckily, there were still copies available in-store when I picked mine up (probably due to this not being as popular as other releases and/or people got swayed by competitors' exclusives of this movie) so I was able to exchange for a better copy. The person at the service counter was a little hesitant with my exchange request but the whole point in choosing this particular version versus another one (or another retailer's) is because of the case so you better believe getting a nice one is important!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Fun Movie

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    This is one of the most original movies I have ever seen. It is such a change from so many of the cookie-cutter movies that are so common. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling give the performances of their careers. Its hard to believe that Emma was not the first choice for the role. The soundtrack is one of the best ever. The songs range from toe tapping, make you want to dance songs to rip your heart out and stomp on it, because they make you feel so much emotion. A welcome addition are the John Legend numbers. Many people did not like the ending. It is different. But, for me it could not have ended differently. It worked perfectly for this film. I could not recommend this film any higher. Everything about it was a delight. Every time I watch it, yes that is multiple times, I find myself humming the music and smiling for hours. Do yourself a favor and buy this film. It is a pure joy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent throwback to classic Hollywood

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    I went to see this film with no real expectations, I had heard the buzz surrounding this film but I did not really look into it prior to seeing it, but wow, what a great film. The music is very well done and catchy (I immediately purchased the soundtrack) and the main characters are well acted by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who by the way have amazing chemistry. It is a movie reminiscent of classic Hollywood musicals, an overt homage or love letter to them in fact, and the movie as a whole is extremely enjoyable. The only real drawback I can think of is that in the last third or so of the film, there's a point where you realize it's been a while since they played a song, and it seemingly slows down a bit, but then it immediately picks back up for an amazing ending. Definitely one of my favorite movies of 2016. The Steelbook itself is very nice, it has the same art that was on the Vinyl soundtrack, and it looks great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Steelbook! Best version of the Blu-Ray!

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    This steelbook Blu-Ray is a must for any La La Land fan, as it uses the jazz album cover artwork for a sleek design. It has all the special features of the regular blu-ray release. Rarely does a film become my favorite and my choice for the Best Film of the Year but La La Land just achieved that, striking a deep, personal chord (The last time that happened was "Inside Llewyn Davis" which coincidentally was a musical of sorts too). It brings up memories of the beautiful LA I remember interning at Warner Bros driving around with a golf cart. And being a musical theatre song-and-dance man/actor/jazz lover/filmmaker/Prius driver/dreamer this film just resonated with me moreso than I was prepared for. I love that it highlights the loves we grow and lose as creatives trying to 'make it;' the cynical romances artists have and how dreams get altered by love. I fell in love again, and rarely does a film achieve that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A "Musical" where the actors can't sing!

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    I love musicals! This one left a lot to be desired. I had been told this was kinda a "Jazzy" rendition in the style of "Singing In the Rain". Not even close. The music was just ok and the singing was really bad. I kept hoping it would get better but it never did. For the story line I would say it was just "ok" there wasn't anything that really grabbed my attention and the people I watched it with fell asleep. I was very disappointed because of all the awards it was nominated for made me expect the movie to be much better than it was. There are enough actors/actresses in Hollywood who have also done Broadway that this could have been a very good movie. (Or it had the potential to be a much better movie). The best part of the movie was at the VERY end when they paid homage to previous movie musicals. I enjoyed that a lot, but that just shows how bad I thought the movie was.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Exclusive!

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    This was actually a "blind purchase" I never got to see the film on the big screen during its theatrical run but having heard the positive feedback and being a musical and hollywood fan, I just had to get it and it does not disappoint. I got this steelbook exclusive because like the film itself its absolutely gorgeous to look at. The front and back cover of this steelbook case are simple yet beautiful. The behind the scenes special features are great giving you an in-depth look at the struggle and challenge of making this film. The film is expertly crafted. An excellent story, incredible production and artistry and spectacular visuals ans music and of course, the cast is great. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone take this movie and run with it a must-see for anyone who loves watching movies, dreaming big dreams and dancing along to the music.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really wonderful musical that stays with you

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    I knew about this film and expected to just like it, not love it. I do like musicals but NOT the ones like Moulon Rouge or crazy out there films. This is a seemingly light story that almost all can relate to about loves found and lost and some of the time in between. The movie never really gets to rough on the audience but if you like the first number, very much like something you might see in West Side Story but on a highway and no knives :-) you will probably like the rest of the film very much. These days we need all the entertainment we can get and this delivers. The two leads are almost like everyday people dancing and singing simple songs that comes together nicely in a simple yet powerful ending. You may like this if you don't really like musicals but will love it if you already like them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Should Have Won Oscar

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    La LA Land is about dreamers. It tells a simple love story but the more important message it to hold on to your dreams. L.A. is probably the sun center for dreamers and this was a poignant ode to them. While most movies expose the heartbreak of broken dreams, and while there’s some of that here, it’s mostly about possibilities. You’ll hear more about the song and dance numbers which are dazzling but this movie is all about heart. While Gosling is very good, this film belongs to Emma Stone who tells the entire story through her eyes. I’m sure there will be thousands of would be actresses trying to line up self-financed one woman shows after seeing this but none of them are Ms. Stone. I’m not big on song and dance movies but there was an imbedded magic to this flick that drew me in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Modern Take on movies from the Musical Movie Era

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    "La La Land" is a phenomenal film that pays homage and harks back to the time when musical films ruled the cinemas. The production for this film is awe inspiring, especially during a time where the "art" of film making and story telling has somewhat been lost. Musical numbers often take a one-take approach allowing the audience to marvel at the choreography and music. The UHD Blu-ray release is noticeably improved over the standard 1080p blu-ray, with an increase in detail and natural, vibrant colors. The image looks good, although this is not shot digitally, rather on 35mm film stock, so things are not always razor sharp or always in focus as we've grown to accustom to in the digital filming era. However, the UHD does its job and is still an improvement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung 55" 4K - Great TV

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    Jake
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    The picture quality and sound are great! It would have been nice if a user manual came with it - it's a lot of pressing buttons to find things. Also, apparently when we bought the TV, it didn't have the current Samsung updates. We were not aware of this until our son-in-law was searching to fix a problem we had - every time the DVR turned on to record, the TV would turn on and stay on. The upgrade fixed that problem. The only other problems we still have are: when the TV up-converts old TV shows, there's a slight intermittent jump; and it seems we need to keep it on the "dynamic" color setting as the picture dulls and darkens a little bit when it's not set on dynamic; and the colors on the "movie" color setting are dull. But we are happy with the TV.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't miss this movie!

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    Color, sound, story. First rate. The ending was one of the most beautiful and emotional pieces of cinema ever presented. I'm almost a Los Angeles native so I viewed this movie from that experience, but aside from a few minor continuity and factual mistakes (e.g., movie opens with a weather report that the forecast is for "another day of sun" with a high of 84 and going to a low of 75 - not likely in this arid environment - more like a low of 60, or less, if the high is only 84 - important because the weather here is the star and it is not like the east coast); otherwise, the details were accurate and made Los Angeles the "third star" of the story. You will have no regrets for any money you spend to see this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Renews Your Faith in Filmmaking

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    They don't make them like they used to - and then this show burst on the screen. The most original/ inventive movie in years - all minus the CGI effects. The most compelling, infectious, addicting score and songs, all gloriously performed by a 90-piece orchestra. The footsteps and car sounds all done by an old-time Foley-effects crew. The saturated color of real 35mm film stock puts you back on the MGM lot watching "An American in Paris". The best excuse to buy or upgrade your Blu-ray player and surround sound system. The color really needs the Blu-ray presentation and the BR has many more extras than the DVD. Altogether, deserves all the awards and the "modern classic" accolade - a show you will watch many times.

    I would recommend this to a friend