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Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

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Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg join forces in this extraordinary tale of youth, mystery, and adventure. Super 8 tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie, only to learn that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants. Experience the film that critics rave is, “filled with unstoppable imagination and visual effects to spare. It will put a spell on you.

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  1. HiDefGuy

    December 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    46 of 57 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    1 of the Best films I’ve seen in 2011 – 5 Stars for both movie and blu-ray transfer, October 22, 2011
    HiDefGuy (Vermont, USA) –

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    This review is from: Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)

    First off, I just finished watching an advance blu-ray copy of this film and the movie and blu-ray transfer blew me away. IMO, this film is one of the very best of 2011 and if you are a fan of “old-fashioned” type drama/suspense films that have to do with extra-terrestrial life and what happens to a small rural community in the late 1970’s is truly a film that will stay with you long after the movie’s end. To give any more away would be a sin, so I won’t.

    The blu-ray video and audio is fantastic. The aspect ratio is what appears to be 2.35:1 or thereabouts (Amazon has it wrong at 1.85:1). The video throughout is pristine with vivid colors in the daylight scenes and ink blacks in the night scenes. Details are vivid as you would expect from a top-notch blu-ray transfer. The audio equals the quality of the video and I’ve had to monitor the volume because I live in an apartment and use a 9.1 speaker configuration. Vocals came mainly from the center speaker along with the two front speakers that sometimes spilled over to the speakers located in the right and left middle ends of the room. Music and sounds were extremely active in all the remaining speakers. This film’s sound truly rocked my movie room.

    I have over a thousand blu-rays and this film is in the top two of all films made and released in 2011. YES, it is that good!!!

    I just pre-ordered this from at the price of $24.99 and that’s more than I usually pay for a new movie on blu-ray. I usually wait until the price comes down (which almost always happens) a few months down the road. But this is one film I have to have on release day.

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  2. Stephen Ashley "Author of Walt Disney World w...

    December 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not so like goonies & ET as people are saying, July 4, 2011
    Stephen Ashley “Author of Walt Disney World w… (Florida, USA) –

    This review is from: Super 8 (DVD)

    I keep seeing this compared to Goonies & ET. It’s got it’s similarities but it differs radically, and these differences may mean that it’s not a good movie choice for kids. I’ll explain below, plus here’s the pros and cons of this movie:


    1. The acting is phenomenal. The kids are just amazing. Each of them was absolutely believable and brought depth to their characters. I could totally relate to several of the kids. The adults were good as well, but they really weren’t featured and developed enough to make a huge difference.

    2. The production value was amazing. What else would you expect from a Speilberg movie! The action sequences were riveting.

    3. The 1979 setting was very authentic and fun. Since I was around in that time period, it was great to see.

    4. The relationships between the kids were so well developed, and the main kids individual characters were beautifully written for and developed. This was what made the movie worthwhile.

    5. As in Goonies and ET, the kids are the heroes in this movie. They’re the ones who know the truth and act on it for good. They’re pure of heart, resourceful, determined and put themselves at risk to act like heroes.


    1. This had a horror movie feel. There was plenty of violence, and it was scary. This movie is not for young kids. Those who don’t like horror should avoid this movie. Granted most of it wasn’t explicitly gory, but there was some blood and plenty of people died violently. There are many moments designed to shock, startle and scare you. Though it’s rated PG-13, I’d say it feels closer to an R rating to me.

    2. If you’re looking for a feel good alien like in ET, it’s not here. The audience is not given much of a chance to emotionally connect with the alien. It’s ugly, scary, violent and mysterious. I don’t want to give anything away, but this is not a feel good, cuddle the alien, cute movie similar to ET. You may still enjoy this flick, but go in with the right expectations.

    3. There are tons of holes in the movie. There are many questions that are never answered, and a couple featured characters that are never fully explained. I don’t always mind holes in movie lines if the movie is entertaining, but in this movie it was hard to ignore.

    4. The story line just wasn’t that original. Take a bunch of different movies, put them in a jug and shake them together and you get this movie. I don’t always mind a repeated story line if it’s entertaining or moving, but this was just okay for me.

    So I’d say that if you like horror, this movie may be for you, though you may be disappointed with the lack of explicit gore. If you like scifi, this movie may be somewhat satisfying, but it probably won’t be in your top 20. If you like coming of age movies, you’ll love the story lines around the kids. If you love special effects, there are some good ones here. This movie is definitely not for young kids or for anyone who shouldn’t be viewing horror.

    I’d say this is a video to rent on DVD. Then if you love it, buy it.

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  3. Whitt Patrick Pond "Whitt"

    December 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    123 of 146 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Entertaining, engrossing and extra-terrestrial – Derivative but from the very best, July 4, 2011
    Whitt Patrick Pond “Whitt” (Cambridge, MA United States) –

    This review is from: Super 8 (DVD)

    Super 8 is admittedly not a perfect film, but I enjoyed it so much, and was so taken by the characters and the actors playing them, that I didn’t really mind the occasional inconsistency or lingering “awed expressions” scene.

    Set in a small town in Ohio in 1979, the basic plot centers around Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), a 13-year-old boy whose mother recently died in a factory accident, leaving him with only his father, Jackson (Kyle Chandler), a sheriff’s deputy who’s a more than decent man but who has never known how to really be a father. Jackson’s escape is burying himself in his work, while Joe’s is helping his best friend Charles (Riley Griffiths) make an amateur zombie movie with the help of their other friends Preston (Zach Mills), Martin (Gabriel Basso) and Cary (Ryan Lee). But Joe’s involvement becomes truly committed when Charles persuades Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning), a girl he secretly has a crush on, to join the project.

    Things taken a sudden turn when, in the midst of shooting a midnight scene at the local railroad depot, Joe sees a pickup truck suddenly drive onto the tracks, directly in the path of an oncoming freight train, resulting in a spectacular crash that sends freight cars derailing everywhere and the shocked kids running for cover. The plot quickly thickens when Joe gets a glimpse of something bursting out of one of the freight cars, and when they find the driver of the pickup, badly injured, is Dr. Woodward (Glynn Turman), their biology teacher, who warns them to get away and to never speak of what they’ve seen to anyone or they – and their parents – will be killed. And then there’s the knocked over Super 8 camera that has been continuing to roll throughout everything, capturing something that no one else saw while they were busy tried not to get crushed by flying debris. Something that will become important later as strange things begin to happen: dogs fleeing the town for no apparent reason, car engines and other pieces of machinery being stolen, people suddenly disappearing. And of course the massive influx of military personnel who are crawling all over everything while their commander, Col. Nelec (Noah Emmerich) blandly insists that there’s _nothing_ going on.

    The characters are well drawn, fleshed out with real personalities, quirks and flaws, and you very quickly come to care about them. And the actors, most of them either fairly unknown or newcomers, are marvelous, the kids in particular as they’re at the heart of the film, but also the adults, particularly Kyle Chandler and Ron Eldard as the two fathers linked – and separated – by tragedy, each not doing so well at dealing with it. Joel Courtney as Joe has one of those faces that projects everything he’s feeling, from the distance he’s experiencing with his dad to the secret yet painfully obvious crush he has on Alice. Riley Griffiths as his best friend Charles is a perfect counterpoint, pursuing his film with single-minded determination but holding other things in. Ryan Lee’s pint-sized braces-laden (and explosives-crazy) Cary is a riot, as is Gabriel Basso’s Martin as the zombie film’s leading man who has an unfortunate tendency to puke a lot, while Zach Mills’ Preston has the healthiest fear-instinct of the crowd. And last but not least, Elle Fanning’s Alice is a wonder, a sensitive girl with her own father issues whose unexpected natural talent at acting leaves the boys with their jaws hanging.

    Super 8 is highly derivative, but in a good way. It draws on the best parts of any number of movies from the past, most notably E.T. (1982) and The Goonies (1985) but also films like Joe Dante’s Explorers (1985) , The Bad News Bears (1976) and, more recently, Son of Rambow (2007), a little seen but marvelous independent British film about a couple of boys with family issues who bond over making an amateur movie.

    Note: in one scene, there’s a definite tip-of-the-hat prop taken right out of Spielberg’s E.T. Just keep your eyes peeled when the camera closes in on the water tower near the climax of the movie and see if anything looks strikingly familiar.

    There are admittedly weak points in the film, mainly where it seems uncertain of just which direction it wants to take or where inconsistencies tend to be glaring. Is the alien dangerous and deadly… or just misunderstood? Is the alien killing people… or just holding on to them for a while? The trouble is that in different parts of the film it’s definitely one, but in other parts of the film it’s the other. And the climactic lingering “awed expressions” scene does feel at odds with the the life-threatening dangers the characters were experiencing earlier (not to mention the burning shambles half the town has been reduced to). Another weak point is the villain, Col. Nelec (I suspect the name Nelec is an in-joke of some kind), who is never anything but a cliched military bad guy. But as I said,…

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