Originally Posted by Actionable Mango
Ugh, I'm not happy. I bought Valerian 3D from an Ebay user in Sri Lanka and it's clearly a bootleg. Cover art is a badly printed inkjet copy. Shrinkwrap says "DVD9" on it. The media is BD-R with a printed label. Disc is not encrypted of course.
Can anyone verify something for me? This version I bought is in English, but there are no subtitles for when alien languages are being spoken. Is this normal and expected for the movie, or do "normal" discs have subtitles in those scenes?
Hi, I just wanted to chime in that last week I received my copy of Valerian 3D from Sri Lanka seller "rukshaweerasooriy-0" and it played without problem on my Oppo 203 (latest firmware updated prior to viewing film). I have a JVC RS600 projecting on a 130" diagonal/light controlled room.
I read reviews about the 3D version of this film and I have to agree that it's a reference copy worth owning. Luc Besson REALLY pays attention to detail. He has "The touch". V3D is the kind of movie that takes a viewer into another universe quite convincingly. From edge to edge of each frame -- details, details, details. He left nothing to chance. It's no wonder this film cost as much as it did to make (outside of advertising and related promotional expenses).
This may be (at least is has been for me) one of those films that grows on you; an acquired taste so-to-speak, because I too thought at first the casting felt a bit awkward but after a second, and then third viewing, I have come to appreciate the lead actors and how they were directed. Their characters acted they way they did because (according the narrative) they have a history that preceded what is unveiled during this film's story-line. So, their chemistry works for me. The fact that Dane HeHaan is not a lady killer with traditional leading man good looks yet plays that kind of a character seems now like a stroke of genius on Besson's part.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . . where I was in charge of the Disney subsidiaries, I had Besson cast/produce/write/direct all of the Star Wars films post IV-VI. He was the only one capable of resurrecting all that was left of that religion.