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    Oh, so many things.

    I was reliving my teen years this weekend by watching the movie "Skyjacked" (it had been sitting around in the living room since Aug 2012, OUCH!....but that is something else). Ever see the DVD box? On the cover, they say that Flight 124 has a bomb aboard and they show you pictures of the cast, saying that it could be any one of these people..........................and then on the back of the box, they tell you who it is, wiping out 40 minutes of tension of the movie in a blink! Or, if you didn't read the back of the box but went straight into the movie, there on the menu page is the same thing, they give away the answer, wiping out the mystery before the movie starts.

    Or, how about "She-Wolf of London"? If you know anything about the series, half way through, it went through a format change for the worse. They changed it from a horror series in London to a talk show host barely horror soap opera in LA. In that change, the intro went from this to that (the title also changed). So when they put out the DVD, guess what intro they used for the entire series? The second one.

    Where do they find these idiots for production? Are they trying to sabotage the DVD from the very start?

    As it is, tonight I came across Manufactured on Demand DVD's, researching them to see if they are legal, and came across this blog. YEP! I'm that kind of person, want it in my hand instead of streaming, but not all the reasons my be the same.

    To me, basically, it is only available, streaming wise, so long as someone is willing to pay for the license. The license goes, as it happened a year or two ago with Netflix, so does access to the movie. Further, I think the way the world changes over the years when it comes to streaming convinces me to have a hard copy in my hand.

    La Femme Nikita, I dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space, Mission: Impossible, "Casino Royale", the list goes on and and on. At one time or another, one could watch the entire episode free on the Net, see it on HULU. But then they disappeared, people started charging.....which, in a way, I don't disagree with. People should be paid for their work, but having experienced the fluidity of the NET, I've learned not to depend on that it will always be out there.

    Of course, having it in hand doesn't mean it is complete. I saw "Flash Gordon" at the theatres in the 80's and then a few years ago, was happy to get a copy of it.......I was not too happy to find out that the Klytus nap scene or Dale doing gymnastics with Ming's guard was not in my copy. But if they do things like that with an inhand copy, what's to stop them to doing such things with a streamed item?

    Especially if it is a movie that I've only seen once or twice like "The Bobo" where I have only a faint memory of bits and pieces of the movie.

    Sure, it takes up room but what if it does? Like the article says, we like having our possessions around us. Sure there is the risk of it all going up in smoke but nothing in the world is perfect.

    As far as MOD DVD's, think I shall hold off a little on that one for two main reasons. First of all, there is that point in the article that they may not play on anything but DVD players, not units with a record feature....and I do buy recorders as a matter of habit. Secondly, I buy a lot from surplus stocks and one should realize that surplus stocks will not be around forever.

    So....who else out there likes to go for a spin?

  • #2
    The industry is only pandering to those who no longer have the attention span for drama/suspense. For some reason people want to know all the details of a movie before even seeing it. They are missing out IMO.

    As for movies I really like the blue ray/dvds I can have at home but then I have room to put such things. When you stream you are at the mercy of the net/servers/ and some business executive. In the end you have nothing to show for it. Once you buy the hard copy it is yours and no one can track your watching habits.
    Removing a single turd from the cesspool doesn't make any difference.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bonehead View Post
      The industry is only pandering to those who no longer have the attention span for drama/suspense. For some reason people want to know all the details of a movie before even seeing it. They are missing out IMO.

      As for movies I really like the blue ray/dvds I can have at home but then I have room to put such things. When you stream you are at the mercy of the net/servers/ and some business executive. In the end you have nothing to show for it. Once you buy the hard copy it is yours and no one can track your watching habits.
      They probably have been conditioned with years of watching syndicated shows and have learned that the snipped way is the way to be.

      A year or two back, I ordered the complete Kolchak: The Night Stalker series and I was shocked to how much tension had been taken out of the syndicated showings over the years. When I use to watch them on Sci Fi channel on Friday night, I just put it down not quite as I remembered a score before but really what it was they were showing a very pale version to what had been on ABC in the 70's.

      Or one of my fav ST:TOS episodes is "The Paradise Syndrome". In the uncut version there is
      Spoiler!


      It's like watching those 5 minute episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Sure, you get the story, but where's the fun from the girl in the bottle?

      I do have a blu ray, a few blu ray disks but for the most part, it is just the ability to use another format, which might be the only thing they are selling or that is cheaper in the moment, more than for the quality of it. I rather like that I have the ability to watch between three formats; makes it far easier for me to build a library on the cheap.

      The blu ray machine is rather an interesting story. My ex sister in law, when she was married to my brother (and they had flat screens all over the place with playing units and gaming boxes) gave it to me one birthday, to bring me into the modern world.

      Well, come the first hurdle. Tamara with her new blu ray..........and she is still watching TV on a box unit, doesn't have a flat screen. Okay, so that would have to be the next present. Well, I got the flat screen in end of the year sales on my own, so later, my Sis asks me how do I like it, have I used it, have I even taken it out of the box? And I admit yes I have, played one or two blu rays on it.

      NO-OOOOO! That's not how you are suppose to use it!................which, of course, left me very confused. As it was, she got me a blu ray with a built in receiver for streaming......which is something I just don't do for previous reasons mentioned. Actually, they rather convinced me of the uselessness of it, unintentionally. She had her son show me what movies I could see on streaming and there was Bruce, Almighty which I had never seen, so I picked that one. Well, it was on the menu, but not available for streaming, you had to go to the box to pick it up.......there endeth the lesson.

      And yes, call me paranoid, but I'd rather keep the world mystified to what I watch.......I get nervous enough watching Caligula and wondering if my blinds are sufficiently shut.

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      • #4
        Hope you don't pay the hard copies with your Credit Card then :whome:
        No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

        To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doktor View Post
          Hope you don't pay the hard copies with your Credit Card then :whome:
          Well, that is why we said watching and not viewing.

          They pretty well know what we view because of the credit cards and such......but they don't necessarily know how often we watch it.

          Further, a thing or two. You know, I had to order The Game of Death three times? It's not because I love Wesley Snipes, I don't; I rather detest him. It's because even though the company had the flick with Jonathan Price listed, they grabbed the Snipes one off their shelved and sent me that instead (when I complained, they refunded my card). It has happened that way a few times, such as not getting the Sinatra Manchurian Candidate or not getting The Prisoner with Jack Hawkins.

          My mind is so diverse it may be very difficult to follow. I was checking out of 1/2 Price once with my educator card and the cashier was trying to figure out what I taught given the wide range of subjects I had in books. Or my diaries are picture oriented to my entries....which are written in an abstract which means something to me but would lose most people....especially since the decoding key is not written down but in my head. Ie, this was one page from the other day..."express regret that my schedule makes Christmas visiting impossible. Secondly, Facebook does make it possible to know what most are into.

          Texted (ex Sis in law) to see about them but I don't know if my numbers are correct.

          Resetting alarm to 0600 (now 0418); it is not often I get to enjoy this time in the morning as such in Snoopy baseball. And, if I miss laundry time, oh well, do it another time.

          Slept to noon & did manage to do 3 loads of laundry, machine wise anyhow. There is always that put away factor. Salmon boulibase, too. (1700).

          Well, got text back from Sis in law to say gift giving was not appropriate...and then a FB message to say maybe it is but let them make the first move. Fair enough, all things considered (2100)."

          So with a page of entry like that, could someone other than me figure how these pictures relate?






          Further, what I see in a movie may not be what many see in a flick. Take the failed 1973 pilot The Stranger with Glenn Corbett. In the current era, that movie is massively racked over the coals. But the first time I saw it was on TV. I knew nothing of what to come next, I experienced the fears he had because of the era I saw the flick in, and I can appreciate all the, what others may call horrible story writing, because I can see that kind world from that point of view. To me, it's a great movie........but not that great to spend $120 as a seller on Amazon wanted.

          Of course, on the other hand, the great flicks/shows they speak of today I tend to blow off. I mean, to me, Stargate is a BORE!

          No, trying to figure out what goes on in my mind is probably not worth the headache.
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          • #6
            "They probably have been conditioned with years of watching syndicated shows and have learned that the snipped way is the way to be."

            This goes far beyond movies. Look at the local news cast if you can. Sound bytes here and there but no depth. They do parts of the weather about 3-4 times. Other generations learned to work and wait for what they wanted. Not today. Now it is give me what I want right effin now. All impulsive and no thought to anything but the here and now.
            Removing a single turd from the cesspool doesn't make any difference.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bonehead View Post
              "They probably have been conditioned with years of watching syndicated shows and have learned that the snipped way is the way to be."

              This goes far beyond movies. Look at the local news cast if you can. Sound bytes here and there but no depth. They do parts of the weather about 3-4 times. Other generations learned to work and wait for what they wanted. Not today. Now it is give me what I want right effin now. All impulsive and no thought to anything but the here and now.
              Reminds me of a news station I created for acting.

              "W P R X! The Grand Prix of News! Give us a minute and we'll take you around the world! In Washington, D.C., the President signed a trade agreement. Kingston, Jamaica: many waited. Mexico City, people were arrested, lined up, and shot! Lima, Peru: the finance minister plummeted. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: bikini season opened. In Paris, France, Carla Bruni opened a fashion show while in London, the Queen was displeased. Moscow: Putin made a point! Monrovia, Liberia: a new ship was launched. Off the coast of Cape Town, two ULCC's collided. In Tokyo, Japan, Japanese Finance Minister Yoki Yakomono announced that the yen would be devalued 5000 percent. Perth, Australia, kangaroos attacked an elementary school. And off the coast of Antarctica, a cruise ship sank.

              W P R X, The Grand Prix of News! Give us a minute and we'll take you for a ride around the world!"

              Didn't get to use it for the intended purpose, "anchoring" the news (we had a news studio to practice in), but did get to use it later on for Improv.

              SIGH, meant to be humor.....but it seems it is so often now the truth.

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              • #8
                There is a reason all of the news people are safely tucked away in the TV. We would strangle the living crap out of them if we could reach them.
                Removing a single turd from the cesspool doesn't make any difference.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bonehead View Post
                  There is a reason all of the news people are safely tucked away in the TV. We would strangle the living crap out of them if we could reach them.
                  Strangle?

                  ROBIN?

                  My off the normal clock sister?

                  As things go, I rarely watch her these days (might this morning, if I remember, to tune at the start of Morning Express; it starts an hour before the Spanish news) though she is much more appealing than other morning news casters, at least those in English. I prefer watching the Spanish ones for two main reasons. First, their news is much more informative and I can read enough Spanish so if I need to, I can look up on the Net to see what they are reporting on. Secondly, I can enjoy in their antics, such as on Levantate (Wake Up, the morning show) but since I really can't understand them, my BP doesn't go up due to any hypocriacy they might do.

                  .............and as things go, I've played Robin and Rashel Diaz

                  in Improv.
                  (that's Alberto Mateo with her, Spanish spokesman "Mala Suerte" (The Bad Luck), for AllState................I've played him, too!)

                  ........................not sure if I have the stomach to play any of the other news personalities.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Tamara View Post
                    No, trying to figure out what goes on in my mind is probably not worth the headache.
                    "Don't try to understand women. Women understand women and they hate each other".

                    I can live in blessed ignorance ;)
                    No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

                    To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Doktor View Post
                      "Don't try to understand women. Women understand women and they hate each other".

                      I can live in blessed ignorance ;)
                      That's true, too!

                      And i could have said that, I was thinking about being direct like that.........................

                      ......................but it was much more fun to do it the way that I did do it.

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                      • #12
                        Well being a male myself, if I had to connect those pics with a female mind... it would have sexual connotation. Or lack of it. But there are 90% chances I'd be wrong, so I prefer not to try to understand women. Lesson learned in high-school and Uni with 90% girls around.
                        No such thing as a good tax - Churchill

                        To make mistakes is human. To blame someone else for your mistake, is strategic.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Doktor View Post
                          Well being a male myself, if I had to connect those pics with a female mind... it would have sexual connotation. Or lack of it. But there are 90% chances I'd be wrong, so I prefer not to try to understand women. Lesson learned in high-school and Uni with 90% girls around.
                          Okay, an explanation.

                          The Charlie Brown is in reference to the Snoopy comment.....I was wearing a base ball styled sleep shirt with Snoopy on it at the time I was writing things. The soup is in relation to my salmon boulibasse I made. The girl with the gun and radio is Elektra from "The World is Not Enough" and that show is somewhere in the vicinity of the line, "Zukovsky must have really hated you." which is in reference to my ex sister in law saying that gift giving was not appropriate. She divorced my brother for sleeping around on her so if she isn't feeling too loving to my family, it is understandable.

                          And the cats? Well, I needed something to relate to my comment about FB telling me what people are into, so I put that phrase, "what are you into", into the picture search engine and that was one of the things it came up with.

                          BUT.......you aren't that far off about things in that what my mind "sees" maybe seen by the male mind as pure sex. Ie, I happen to like watching the porn, but I suspect what I like to see in the movie, many a man does not, be it the seduction, or the undressing, or the feeling of submission, or the "crossing of the line". With men, I suspect it is, get to the action............................................ ...............

                          ..........................................which now that I think about it, probably explains more why movies and shows are probably so mercilessly slashed and edited. They are probably edited by men for a male audience.

                          But yes, I can understand the confusion. This image, for instance,

                          or this image

                          or Nina Hartley doing Annabelle Lee (I don't think there are any acceptable images of that for posting), all represent the same thought, if in my diary, to me....and it all comes from a set of lines.

                          Heroine (Kathleen Beller) to the Evil Lord (movie Time Trackers): "You're going to kill me?"
                          Pam to the villain (Jeffrey Jones) in "Stay Tuned": "You're going to hit me with a train?"
                          Annabelle to Nina: "You're going to ............" (I think we know where that one will go)

                          It's a statement of helplessness, fear, surrender, a whole bunch of different things.......from a mind that uses a lot of movie watching for expression.

                          But not knowing that, a reader, probably unauthorized, might take the pic of the late Lee Bergere and relate it incorrectly to this image

                          as something about my taste in men......or even "worse" if one recognizes what movie that is from.........................................

                          ..........................which is fine with me. Should "such documents" fall into unenlightened hands, misdirection is very much desired.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Tamara View Post
                            Strangle?

                            ROBIN?
                            [ATTACH=CONFIG]34753[/ATTACH]
                            My off the normal clock sister?

                            As things go, I rarely watch her these days (might this morning, if I remember, to tune at the start of Morning Express; it starts an hour before the Spanish news) though she is much more appealing than other morning news casters, at least those in English. I prefer watching the Spanish ones for two main reasons. First, their news is much more informative and I can read enough Spanish so if I need to, I can look up on the Net to see what they are reporting on. Secondly, I can enjoy in their antics, such as on Levantate (Wake Up, the morning show) but since I really can't understand them, my BP doesn't go up due to any hypocriacy they might do.

                            .............and as things go, I've played Robin and Rashel Diaz
                            [ATTACH=CONFIG]34754[/ATTACH]
                            in Improv.
                            (that's Alberto Mateo with her, Spanish spokesman "Mala Suerte" (The Bad Luck), for AllState................I've played him, too!)

                            ........................not sure if I have the stomach to play any of the other news personalities.



                            Never saw Robin on the 5:00 PM news. Still something has to be wrong with her…no one is that perky that early in the morning…just not natural.
                            Removing a single turd from the cesspool doesn't make any difference.

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                            • #15
                              I now feel like my childhood has been raped. Is nothing sacred?

                              Casting the
                              Removing a single turd from the cesspool doesn't make any difference.

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