All right, I promised my thoughts on The Mandalorian on Disney+. I have to say, I like it. It’s nice to watch a slice of Star Wars that doesn’t involve Jedi, Sith, and Skywalkers for a change. It’s a little in the mold of Rogue One, though that was more closely tied to the Saga films. But Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni have crafted a half-hour series that feels like a slice of lived-in classic Star Wars, and is taking its time developing its story. The texture is right, the supporting cast is terrific (thus far including Carl Weathers, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte), and I love the Bill Conti-infused score by Ludwig Göransson.
Pedro Pascal is good in the lead role, but to be fair we haven’t seen him outside the Mandalorian armor yet, nor have we learned very much about the character. But each episode seems to peel back the onion a little more, and again I like the fact that the show is taking its time. I would have thought that 30-40 minute episodes would seem too short, but I find I’m satisfied after each one. And reports from friends and Lucasfilm insiders who have seen more suggest that the show gets better with every new installment (there will be 8 in all in this first season). What I can tell you is that I’m certainly enjoying it. The show also looks great in 4K with HDR, and sounds great too in Dolby Atmos. [Read on here...]
- The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
- Invention for Destruction
- Journey to the Beginning of Time
- Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman
- Paris is Burning
- Antoni Gaudí
- February slate
- The Criterion Collection
- Bill Hunt
- The Digital Bits
- My Two Cents
- Star Wars Trilogy
- The Mandalorian 4K
- The Wizard: Collector's Edition BD
- Shout! Factory
- Scream Factory
- VCI classic film serials on BD
- MVD Classics
- The Simpsons in widescreen on Disney+
- Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Bluray Edition
- Network packaging replacement
- Space: 1999 HD on Amazon Prime
Well, Disney+ is here at last and it offers some surprises!
The service went live last at about 9PM Pacific (Midnight Eastern) and it’s running very smooth right out of the gate.
But the surprise is how much 4K/HDR content is available on the service.
It starts with nearly all of the Star Wars films. You read that right: All of them are here in 4K with HDR except Solo and The Last Jedi (because Netflix has the rights to those for a few more months).
But you also get most (but not all) of the Marvel films, almost all of the Pixar animated films, a TON of Disney live action films and even some surprises of classic animation. [Read on here...]