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  1. @Jamie John Only a quick flick through Ran, it's a good but not essential upgrade. It's the best version but not a knockout. As for older (pre-70s) films, they can be absolutely transformational. Vertigo is amazing. Spartacus is better. Psycho is great. I need to pick up some more. Will report back later but just off out.
  2. Good work. I'm sure you'll crank that score up further now you know how the DD works! Stage 4 is a bugger, I always feel like I'm immediately on the back foot with it and by the time those spinning things appear, it's so intense and then just when you think you've got some breathing space you get TWO of those massive helicopters sliding in one after another.
  3. Being low on meter and getting cornered and just thinking fuck it, need to point blank this big bugger up the screen to get some blues and then you just get enough in time for the hyper to trigger before you die. Absolutely love that.
  4. @Jonster If it is a trick it was a total fluke on my part. To be honest, I was just hammering the bomb as much as I could and I must have been lucky with some of the timings for recharging my meter. That section did feel weird, though, seemed like the buggers kept spawning and spawning.
  5. @ImmaculateClump Haha, well played! I do but I hate myself more for being a greedy pig. I think you're spot on with that advice, as well. A lot of my deaths come from trying to force DD Mode with the bosses. I think if you know how to milk the boss patterns for score, it's obviously better in DD but the risks aren't worth it. I'll look forward to the vid if/when you upload it!
  6. https://www.blu-ray.com/ I use that most days.
  7. Ah, bollocks. Just got 295m on stage 5 but fucked it. Lost three lives on the very last bit before the boss trying to stay in greedy bastard mode. Went into St.5 on 230m. That was a good chance at 300m.
  8. Cheers. Many flukes but that's the beauty of Ketsui! I remember watching an icono run (I think) and every time he died he hit bomb immediately to keep the chain going, got up to like level 12 Deathtroy or something. I guess that's what you need to really score big.
  9. Just had a quick look and it starts slow but gets going second half of stage 3. From just before Stage 5 midboss is where the score increases pretty quickly. A number of greedy deaths but it feels like you're supposed to YOLO it for score. It looks like if you've got any orange cubes on screen, your score starts motoring, otherwise it barely changes at all. In Death Die mode it goes up faster. Just realised that autobomb cancels DD mode, as well, so you want to be active with the bombing. Defo gonna aim to break 300m. Awesome game.
  10. Cheers, mate. It works! I've been trying to figure that out for literally months. No clear but I improved my score by about 50%. Seems like something cool happened in St. 5, kept spawning zakos around the midboss phase and hit some serious slowdown. Think that probably made the biggest impact on my score but I dunno. Will upload the run shortly.
  11. Enjoying the Ketsui chat. Quick question, if I may. I don't understand how you trigger the double bullets mode. I've read various things and seen a couple of replays but I don't understand the conditions. I've got a higher score at the stage 1 midboss than some replays I've seen, I've triggered a level 3 Deathtroy before the midboss. I've never quite understood this but enjoying the chat and just had a couple of runs. As always, I end up clearing with around 200m no matter what I do. I never manage to trigger it. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great!
  12. Nice one, @krenzler. Never seen that before, great link.
  13. @Jamie John It does seem like a crap shoot. You're absolutely right about 4K releases for modern movies predominantly being action/sci-fi/superhero stuff. I'm personally not as interested in modern movies as I am in 'catalogue' stuff and so it's a roll of the dice. However, it does tend to mean that the genre releases very often feel like a labour of love, things like Suspiria, Demons, Tremors and Dawn of the Dead are fantastic. This is typically done by the boutique labels, with Arrow Video particularly keen to support the 4K format. They've just brought out True Romance and later this year, they're releasing The Thing, for example. Beyond the boutique stuff, you'll find that different studios and distributors have varying interests and approaches in releasing 4K transfers of their back catalogue, but you're generally limited to the bigger hits. Paramount are keen and generally do a great job, releasing the likes of Gladiator, Forrest Gump and Grease. Universal are excellent these days, with Jaws and The Deer Hunter the standouts for me. They're arguably the best studio for 4K catalogue stuff. Sony and WB get their big franchises out there, for the most part, so you're covered for the likes of Spider-Man and The Matrix, as well as some amazing releases like 2001. Disney are gradually getting involved while Fox barely seem interested at all. I don't think anyone is really sure how long the format will last but I suspect this will be the best quality I'll ever get to see and hear almost all of these films so I get as many as possible. Even if streaming does kill physical media, I'll always have them in this quality, even if it means a bidding war with @Steve McQueef for a 'retro' 4K player in twenty years time!
  14. @Jonster How's your shmup coming along? I think it's got lots of potential!
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