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Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I think the first DVD my family watched was the Michael Keaton Jack Frost.

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Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Remember that weird temporary DVD format? I remember there was this alternate DVD rental service that tried to take off where the DVD self deteriorated after being watched once or opened (I can't remember.) What weird times. I don't remember what they were called and I don't even know how I'd parse it in a Google search to find an ancient article about them.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Iron Crowned posted:

Were late fees really that big of a deal though?

It's crazy how fast Blockbuster is fading from memory. But yes. They were pretty ridiculous. And they wouldn't hesitate to send collections after people. I'm pretty sure late fees were their main source of profit.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I worked at GameCrazy, which was connected to Hollywood Video. Since Blockbuster started doing contracts to get exclusive rental rights to certain films, Hollywood Video would send the manager to Best Buy to buy copies of those movies for rent. I'm not sure if they used a company card or were being compensated later though.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



EL BROMANCE posted:

The same tapes that explicitly say in the intro text that they’re not to be loaned, rented, or watched on oil rigs? I’m surprised he got away with that.

DVDs, but yeah. It was a couple years before they went bankrupt, so there was a bit of a who cares attitude. Netflix streaming would become a big thing a little while later.

Oddly enough, yesterday was the tenth year anniversary of me getting fired from that GameCrazy. :yotj:

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



That Clarice Starling show never did come out, did it?

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



PSP was good. I used it as an MP3 player, video player, porn image viewer, and game machine. It was a smart phone before smart phones. Unfortunately for Sony, iPhone would come a couple years later and eat Sony's launch. It was very ambitious. The thing that made me want one was when my friend showed me his on the school bus and he has all those Flesnerfilms GI Joe videos loaded on it.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Princess Bride is an instant* purchase.

Hopefully the rumored Excalibur is gonna be in November.

*Wait a few days and buy 50% off

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Egbert Souse posted:

Lionsgate is releasing The Evil Dead on UHD in October.

*Celtic Predator rushes to Best Buy to buy a UHD player.*

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



https://twitter.com/Scream_Cast/status/1030279500863553541?s=09

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



CPL593H posted:

Does that thing with pressing the top menu button to get past the region encoding always work or is that some quirk on only some and/region 2 players?


The console itself or just the blu-ray player?

I think Iron Crowned is referring to rumors that eventually they'll release a streaming only Xbox. Which, I don't see happening for over a decade. Game streaming isn't going to be there for a very long time.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Monday_ posted:

He's talking about the rumors that Microsoft is going to start offering Xboxes, with Live and Game Pass included, on 24 month contracts, cell phone style.

Ah. I remember when they did something similar by selling people extremely cheap Xbox 360s (the useless 4gb models) and then locking them into a 2 year monthly payment for Xbox Live.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



feedmyleg posted:

Spider-Man: Homecoming: 3TEU 01WN 81X4 SDD4

Thanks!

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I'm gonna see if a local toy store will buy the Funkos off me. Might as well sell my DVD box sets. They served me well.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I need more Godzilla toys for my cube.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



When I worked at GameStop, I went out of my way to trash any slipcovers from traded games.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Imagine 4k restorations on the edge of a cliff.

UHD works the same way.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



A decade ago, a friend of mine was convinced that they would eventually artificially raise the price of DVDs so that people would start buying blurays. Still makes me chuckle.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Vagabundo posted:

Citizen Kane is a film that basically everyone that studies film ends up owning a copy of.

For an assessment a few years ago, a class of 16 year-olds I taught had to analyse a scene from a film, so I used Citizen Kane and the breakfast table montage. It was fascinating to watch, because I started with about 25 or 26 kids all bitching and moaning about watching a "movie that's old and gay and not even in colour" to a room full of kids absorbed by the film, and then seeing them all go "oh come ON!" at the end.

You know, I must have seen it at least ten times and I've never owned it. I really should get around to it.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Egbert Souse posted:

Didn’t gave time to watch it before leaving for a work trip, but I skimmed a bit and it looks and sounds perfect.

I kicked myself for not remembering to bring the soundtrack with me.

The soundtrack is on Spotify too.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I just got a 4k tv! I'm thinking about getting slim Xbox One as a 4k Blu-ray player pretty soon.

Are "4k HDMI cables" just snake oil? Would the one that comes in the box be fine?

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Microsoft throws shade at their own products now. They're calling their disc-less Xbox One S the "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition." :sad:

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



There's a reboot currently in the works.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



It could have been a lot better, but I think it's one of the stronger video game movie adaptations.

That said, watch that old PBS documentary on Centralia Pennsylvania. It's much more haunting.
https://youtu.be/ow4UERykRbg

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I appreciate Techmoan's quest to watch Back to the Future in every format ever made.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Xenomrph posted:

If you aren’t looking forward to watching ‘Begotten’ in 16K then what the gently caress are you even doing?

Someone asked what are good Easter movies a few days before Easter and I want to change my answer.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I always heard that image quality was supposed to be slightly better in HD-DVD, but I never heard how. You can't really add slightly more pixels to 1080p.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



LORD OF BOOTY posted:

Bitrate and compression efficiency. :eng101:

I always forget about bitrate. The silent killer.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I remember that it did that during a very specific part in Jurassic Park 3 during the final Spinosaur confrontation. We couldn't figure out why the DVD was skipping at the time. It was a brand new disc after all, this is bullshit.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Egbert Souse posted:

Would anyone here be interested in videos like this? I’ve been toying with doing that sort of style except for home media. Like whenever the UHD of Lawrence of Arabia comes out, do a piece on the various video editions over the years. Or just individual looks at overlooked releases.

That would be cool. It would be like Digital Foundry but for cinema.

Digital Foundry does technical analysis of video games and does side by side comparisons between different ports/remakes.


https://youtu.be/8KR3WEUMru8

https://youtu.be/faMkcZ6z1Ww

Detective No. 27 fucked around with this message at 16:17 on May 1, 2019

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



So my friend and I are gonna go halves on a one year license on a program to dump dvds/blurays. He used the trial to test out a bluray. It took 4 hours. Not surprising, given how slow bluray drives are. I then wondered, if someone were to dump 1 disc at a time, immediately after the other, never stopping for the entire year, how many blurays could be dumped. There are 8760 hours in a year, so at a rate of 1 per every four hours, a total of 2190 bluray movies can be dumped.

Fess up, who can do that? I've seen some of your collections.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



FancyMike posted:

MakeMKV is free

I'll pass this along to him and test it out myself. Thanks!

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



roffels posted:

Is this a laptop drive or something? My rips take around 40 minutes max.

Yeah. I didn't realize it would make that much of a difference. Neither of us have tower PCs, and he got the external bluray drive for free.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



One of the few benefits to living in dry rear end Phoenix is the lack of disc rot. My friend left discs he burned in middle school in his truck for so many years and they worked no problem til he eventually changed it out for a new deck with an auxiliary port.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



VoodooXT posted:

It's probably because that drive is USB2, which is too slow to be doing this sort of thing. You'll see better times if you get a USB3 drive.

Lmao. So I got more details. He's getting faster speeds now that he's dropped it down to USB 2.0.

He got the drive for free from work. It's branded with his company's logo. I'm laughing my rear end off.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



"I SLEEP NOW" is still how I say goodnight to people when chatting online.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I claimed it, thank you!

...I don't have anything to pay it forward with, unfortunately.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I couldn't resist and bought Blue Velvet. I'll save Police Story for the sale.

Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



I'm looking forward to the eventual tweet where some homophone announces he's quitting Budweiser and moving on to a different brand, which is also owned by Budweiser.

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Detective No. 27
Jun 7, 2006



Peter MacNichol has one of the finest cinematic freakouts of all time in Bean.

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