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    Is it just me or are modern movies filmed in the dark?

    It seems that all modern hollywood TV series and movies are being filmed in the dark. They are unwatchable on a TV. To the point where I stop after a few minutes if it is obviuos that they are that type of production.

    Apart from saving money on sets no one can see I wonder if there is a central underlying cause?
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    Thank God for that I thought I was going blind.

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    In the olden days movies were all shot in daytime for outdoor scenes and manually darkened by the cameraman. One only has to watch an old cowboy movies to see the long shadows caused by the sunshine.

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    And then there's all that awful 'hippity hop' music.

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    The most important question that needs to be answered here:

    How are you guys watching these movies?

    Pirated?

    High def movie on a shit TV?

    Cause I don't have this problem with HD movies and a compatible TV. Alot of people are still in the stone age trying to watch high definition TV & shows on a potato.

    Great example is Netflix on an HD TV. Just a simple HD TV, not an ultra HD tv. Excellent, but would be even better on UHD.

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    ^Valid, but I still tend to agree about the very dark movies - some TV series also - mostly shot inside, and almost too dark to watch.

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    It's been going on for years. Directors trying for gritty realism. I blame that Blair witch project shite.

    It is less noticeable now, possibly as Slick says, due to better technology, or perhaps because those gritty and realistic directors didn't win any gongs for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    ^Valid, but I still tend to agree about the very dark movies - some TV series also - mostly shot inside, and almost too dark to watch.
    Question that comes to mind:

    To you also have trouble with the volume?

    Talking voices too low but the effects deafening?

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    ^On occasion the music simply overpowers the dialogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    ^On occasion the music simply overpowers the dialogue.
    Whats your system?

    Torrents to a TV somehow?

    Most of this stuff is 5.1 surround being deployed with 2.1 audio.

    And they are torrents. Sub-standard audio.

    Do you have Netflix and a way to watch it on your TV for a baseline over there in PH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^On occasion the music simply overpowers the dialogue.
    True, and worse with documentaries, why have music over the narrators voice? so annoying and pointless. Some series have been brilliant with the use of music though, Fargo comes to mind recently. Not really noticed anything that dark, it's usually the mumbling and whispering by actors that get a lot of stick in UK productions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    ^On occasion the music simply overpowers the dialogue.


    Torrents to a TV somehow?
    Yep. It's not on many shows or movies, but in the last few years I've noticed the overpowering (usually bad) music more often. It's not my system, I'm pretty sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    Yep. It's not on many shows or movies, but in the last few years I've noticed the overpowering (usually bad) music more often. It's not my system, I'm pretty sure.
    Likely is. But maybe not

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    ^Cool. I'll take a look. Nothing of real concern to me. If a show is particularly dark or with overpowering music, I simply delete it and move on.

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    Sometimes I can't decide if a movie was filmed too dark or perhaps I've pirated a bad copy. The last movie I watched like this was The Eyes of My Mother, a black and white horror movie. I suppose it was meant to be dark, but not sure.

    Did anyone one else see it and think they were going blind?

    Pretty good horror movie, just the same.

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    I thought maybe they don't look so dark in the theatre so it was a way to encourage people to go to the cinema instead of watching at home but that theory doesn't work for TV series!

    Plasma vs LED etc. that doesn't hold water either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal
    Plasma vs LED etc. that doesn't hold water either.
    lol plasma.

    Try HD & UHD.

    Shit matters dude. Millions of dollars spent on movies for you guys to watch from pirated streams & sources.

    Not hatin, but ffs you can hardly complain when a 750MB pirated file doesn't quite capture the cinematic experience.

    Can ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    Not hatin, but ffs you can hardly complain when a 750MB pirated file doesn't quite capture the cinematic experience.
    it does if the movie is just sh1t

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    I agree with the OP. Pet peeve of mine too. Really dislike all the night time sequences.

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