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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 14 Jan 2017, 10:34

Moltisanti wrote:I'm sorry, is it certain that the Japanese cut isn't in HD? Or we just don't know yet?

Now it's pretty much sure it's in SD.
And even the Japanese didn't bother to make an HD master for it (or Sony just didn't allow it to only stand by the international cut) for their 2008 Blu-ray release on which the Japan version is in SD...
Weirdly the second Blu-ray disc apparently serves to feature the film with an additional 3D Atmos 7.1 sound mix...
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Moltisanti on 14 Jan 2017, 19:53

Thanks! This seems like a nice package overall. Never got the US blu so I might opt for this one.
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 14 Jan 2017, 20:07

Hopefully they include the extras that are on the Scandinavian DVD release which include interviews, B-roll footage and music video (that are not elsewhere except on the Japanese Blu-ray), plus the making of featurette. Of course I'll post more details as they come...
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 16 Jan 2017, 14:44

Johnny Mnemonic - Uploading Memory to the Brain
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Organic and technological memory
by Critical Commons Manager

Organic memory merges with technological memory in an uploading procedure that threatens to overload Keanu's brain. The visualization of data transfers through 3D motion graphics imagery is among the most common tropes of the cinematic imaginary. Data transfers and computer processor functions in the real world are notoriously uncinematic. How did this iconography evolve? Is the form of their depiction primarily tied to the capabilities of the current generation of computer generated imagery?




Johnny Mnemonic and Virtual Reality
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Simulations of City and Race
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Many of the ideas that surface in Julian Bleecker’s article, “Getting the Reality You Deserve,” are portrayed in Robert Longo’s film, “Johnny Mnemonic.” Bleecker’s observations about the interplay between videogames and the city take shape in the film as Johnny Mnemonic, a videogame player of sorts, seeks out truth (and relief for his overloaded head) in a rather dystopian urban setting.

In this particular clip, Johnny uses a simulator to sift through fax charges at the Hotel Beijing. Even though Johnny’s simulator is quite different than Bleecker’s description of SimCity2000, both have a similar utility in that players are seeking truth in virtual realities.

Bleecker’s description of the tension surrounding questions of race and ethnicity in SimCity is also portrayed throughout the film. The underdogs, whose leader is black, ends up helping Johnny save himself, as well as the world from corporate greed. At the same time, the film portrays Asians as assassins. Similar to SimCity, there are never any overt racial slurs. However, the film does “yield to implications of the racial and ethnic predicament of urban space,” as Bleecker notes in SimCity.

Bleecker says “that few twentieth century artifacts are able to cloak turmoil around race as well as technology.” Indeed, technology has a way of camouflaging racial stereotypes, particularly in this film. But if we do not engage racial tensions overtly in videogames or film, is it possible to, in Bleecker’s words, “fruitfully determine the ideological stakes”? Ultimately, I suppose it depends on the reality the player or film watcher is seeking.




Johnny Mnemonic ATT pay phone
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Virtual false Reality
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This clip from the movie Johnny Mnemonic is just one example of interactive that was featured in the movie. It uses visual social interaction. This uses human computer interaction between Johnny and the receiver on the other end. Later on in the film, it is discovered that the man who Johnny was talking to was not a man at all, but a puppet. Takahashi has his hands in a way that mimics an actual man.

So therefore, we can say that Johnny Mnemonic was talking to a false being though virtual reality. This begs the question is virtual reality real or fake in this particular world. Johnny was manipulated or ‘tricked’ into thinking that he was talking/seeing someone that could help him.

What makes this clip so interesting is the fact that in today’s time, there are virtually no payphones in existence. Cellular phones have replaced payphones and are able to do similar face-to-face calling. Additionally, face to face chat is also used in a variety of computers and computer applications such as skype, google chat and aol.

This is a classic example of photo or computer deception as found in the excerpt, ”Remediation” By Bolter and Grusin. When I look at this clip, I think of the photo that showed “real” fairies flying around little children. While the photograph and children are real, the fairies are not. The fairies were just an image on top of the real photograph.




Johnny Mnemonic personal crisis
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Commodity Fetishism, Virology and the Biopolitic
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If we consider Galloway's contention that, "While the disciplinary societies of high modernity were chracterized by more physical semiotic constructs such as the signature and the document, today's socities of control are characterized by immaterial ones such as the password and the computer," we can find kernels of relevance within the almost unforgivable silliness of Johnny Mnemonic. For example, it helps us identify the heroic quality associated with Johnny's blankness, and his subsequent fluency with the navigation of networks, which translates to capital (both social and monetary).

Johnny's breakdown indicates an anxiety catalyzed by the urbanization of public space. As he is now directly confronted by the other (The Low-Techs, the impoverished and sick urban populace), he laments the loss of his perceived individuality, which is directly tied to commodity fetishism (e.g. the club sandwich, the cold Mexican beer, etc.). Without the privileges that had previously been afforded to him, Johnny must reconcile his blankness with the needs of the biopolitic.

In "Allegories of Control," Alexander Galloway writes,"It is part of a larger shift in social life, characterized by a movement away from central bureaucracies and vertical hierarchies toward a broad network of autonomous social actors." Governmental authority or police do not have much of a presence within Johnny Mnemonic, and control is dispersed through a series of networks. Most obviously, there's the internet and telephones, but more interestingly, there's a virus. As Galloway and his colleague Eugene Thacker note in a separate publication (The Exploit: A Theory of Networks), epidemics are closely tied to globalization "because they are highly dependent on one or more networks." The authors give the example of SARS, a virus that affected the (1) the physical network of people who became ill, (2) the subsequent monitoring, tracking, and regulation of channels for travel (virus carriers on intercontinental flights) and (3) channels for news (covering SARS outbreaks, prevention, etc).

NAS, an affliction affecting half of the film-world's population, is drastically more pervasive than SARS, extending its spooky future tentacles to media coverage (guerilla and otherwise), local economies (Spider's practice, Jane can't get work because of her illness), and global economies (Pharmacom's withholding of data to maximize profit).
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 17 Jan 2017, 23:23

So the upcoming German Blu-ray will feature the Japanese cut in SD and there will be English subtitles for the Japanese speaking scenes.
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Moltisanti on 18 Jan 2017, 09:40

Nice. Hope it shows up on Amazon Germany soon.
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 18 Jan 2017, 11:43

They also list an audio commentary. 8)
Robert Longo doesn't seem to keen too talk much about the traumatic experience so if not him I don't know who that could be...
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 20 Jan 2017, 17:48

Excellent they actually managed to get Longo to do record an audio commentary ! 8)
(I have been trying to interview him for a while...)
http://www.dvd-forum.at/news-details/61 ... blu-ray-an
Pre-order will appear shortly.

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Features:
- World-wide exclusive audio commentary by director Robert Longo,
- Audio commentary by film scientist Dr. Rolf Giesen,
- Interviews with the main actors (the vintage EPK soundbites I guess)
- Behind the Scenes,
- 2 Trailer (US),
- TV-Spot (US)
- Music-Videoclip
- The first 1,200 mediabooks also contain a 35mm FrameCard
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 21 Jan 2017, 23:36

Pre-order link from Turbine's shop, more shall follow...
(this one requires ID, probably not very import-friendly outside of Germany & Austria)
https://www.rakete-shop.de/johnny-mnemonic-limited-edition-mediabook-2-blu-rays-35mmframecard-in-den-ersten-1-000-stueck.html

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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 24 Jan 2017, 00:30

Jox wrote:Features:
- World-wide exclusive audio commentary by director Robert Longo,
- Audio commentary by film scientist Dr. Rolf Giesen,
- Interviews with the main actors (the vintage EPK soundbites I guess)
- Behind the Scenes,
- 2 Trailer (US),
- TV-Spot (US)
- Music-Videoclip
- The first 1,200 mediabooks also contain a 35mm FrameCard

Updated:
http://www.bluray-disc.de/blu-ray-filme/johnny-mnemonic-vernetzt-limited-framecard-edition-limited-mediabook-edition-blu-ray-disc
Blu-ray features

Booklet
FrameCard. Laminated card with an original 35mm frame of a genuine film's theatrical print (Only for the first 1,200 copies)

Disc 1 Blu-ray
Uncut US theatrical version (HD, approx. 96 min.) Atmos 7.1 sound
Japanese-Cut (SD)
Audio commentary by director Robert Longo
Audio commentary by film historian Rolf Giesen

Disc 2 Bonus Blu-ray
Uncut US theatrical version (HD, approx. 96 min.) - Auro 3D 7.1 sound
Open matte German cut (SD)
Soundtrack with sound effects and the film music of Brad Fiedel
Featurette
B-roll (rough behind the scenes)
Short interviews from the shoot
Music video
Trailer

Very cool to hear about the isolated music and effects track since there was no proper release of Brad Fiedel's score (only 1 track on the album) 8)
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 25 Jan 2017, 18:21

From Turbine Medien:
Because we do have two transfers (German and English; so disc 1 has the film with German inserts, disc 2 with English) and because four 3D mixes would not fit on a single BD without sacrificing picture quality.

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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 17 Feb 2017, 11:27

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