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SilverWook

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#1133057
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Terrible DVD/Blu-ray Cover Art
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suspiciouscoffee said:

LuckyGungan2001 said:

For the first six or so years of my life my family for whatever reason didn’t buy a DVD player and all we had was a VCR, and I’ve still got all my copies of the Star Wars films on VHS up on my shelf. Still looking for that Revenge of the Sith VHS though…

Now I want to watch Revenge of the Sith on a worn-out copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a pan and scan tape.

Someone around here is doing a project along those lines with Backstroke Of The West.

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#1133019
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Terrible DVD/Blu-ray Cover Art
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DVD players didn’t get cheap until well into the early 2000’s. Would like to know what the last major studio VHS release was in the U.S.

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#1132992
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Last movie seen
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Someone created a massive Blade Runner map for Unreal Tournament 2004 some years back and it’s like running around in the movie. The level of detail is still impressive today. It seriously overtaxed my old PC at the time. I still find little hidden things I’ve never noticed before. And flying around in a police Spinner is fun.
https://youtu.be/PhjWk0RkScs

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#1132982
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

Warbler said:

SilverWook said:

Why is one curse word considered worse than another? Not entirely sure. I’ve seldom heard the C word used in R rated movies even. Only one I can think of off the top of my head is Silence Of The Lambs.

I think I’ve heard it in more than just Silence Of The Lambs.

I didn’t realize it was considered THAT bad a word. I mean I knew it was a bad word. But it is worse than I realized.

It’s used hilariously in the 1999 film Election.

In one of those kooky coincidences, I heard it uttered in a 70’s comedy film last night. Took me by surprise as I’d seen the film before.

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#1132977
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General Star Wars Random Thoughts Thread
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Interesting observation! And had Ani even had a bath since the Pod Race?

The Jedi are probably really horrible with child care. If Palpatine had tipped off the authorities he could have taken over much more easily!

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#1132869
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Can anyone explain this video?
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Yeah, it’s been ages since I’ve seen that episode. And those decks were so heavy it took two people to lift them. The one’s we had in college had built in handles on the sides, IIRC.

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#1132866
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Why is one curse word considered worse than another? Not entirely sure. I’ve seldom heard the C word used in R rated movies even. Only one I can think of off the top of my head is Silence Of The Lambs.

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#1132849
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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moviefreakedmind said:

I’ve never understood why people claim that insult is worse than others.

It’s specifically derogatory of women and we should all strive to have a little class around here.
Anyway, I consider the matter closed.

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#1132848
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Tyrphanax said:

Alright, let’s just nip this in the bud.

It wasn’t cool. I made an impassioned post in the heat of the moment after a day of catching up with our moron-in-chief’s childish bullshit and I used stronger language than was strictly appropriate. It’s not a word I bandy around in the worst of times, but it felt right in the moment; coming back with a more composed mind, it wasn’t.

Feel free to use the immortalized post to ruin my future political career. Thanks.

Apology accepted, Captain Needa. 😉

There are more creative names for the Great Pumpkin in Chief.

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#1132795
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Tyrphanax said:

yhwx said:

This is a real statement by the President of the United States.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/932303108146892801

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

I got one better for you:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/932388590344196096

Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is “toast.”

“Donald” Trump is a “cunt.”

That’s an offensive term no matter the context. I expect better from you guys.

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#1132794
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Can anyone explain this video?
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Shatner did it. 😉

I think the device on the right is an external clock timer!

Some of the U-matic decks I used in college looked similar. The studio had been built and equipped when the campus was built in 1975, but due to lack of funding the whole thing was in mothballs until 1986.
One of my instructors liked those old dinosaurs better than the front loading models, as you could "pop the hood* to do routine cleaning and maintenance.

Super VHS was marketed to professionals. We had an editing system for it back in college, one of the first models Panasonic put out. I actually learned how to edit videotape on those behemoths. Most of my own video projects I shot on S-VHS. And a then brand new local tv station in the early '90’s here was almost exclusively S-VHS, save for a couple Betacam decks.

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#1132776
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Can anyone explain this video?
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It was one where a wealthy (or at least well off) character had a deck in his home to tape football games without the express written permission of the NFL. Columbo should have arrested him for that alone. 😉

Based on my high school and college experiences U-matic was better than VHS but below the quality of Super VHS (400 lines) which I used extensively well into the 1990’s. Extended Definition Betamax at 500 lines might have made a splash had Sony marketed it more aggressively.

Not sure exactly what the BBC used in house at the time. That Dr. Who site frequently refers to the original episode masters from the 70’s being Quad. (Long since dubbed off to digital formats.) Shooting video on location away from the studios was rare and usually done on film. U-matic made some early inroads in news gathering as it was portable and didn’t have to be rushed to the lab for developing. The gear was still damn heavy well into the 80’s though. I once walked around for a while with a deck slung over one shoulder, the camera on the other and a battery belt around my waist. After taking all of that off I felt like I was on the moon for a little while. 😉

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#1132665
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Are The Prequels That Bad?
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TV’s Frink said:

SilverWook said:

They were always flip-flops when I was a kid.

Yes, that’s why I was confused.

That or shower shoes.

Gross.

That’s what my parents called them anyway. I’m sure my father had been in a lot of places around the world where showering barefoot was a bad idea.

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#1132652
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Can anyone explain this video?
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Unlike what happened with Doctor Who’s early years, Blue Peter apparently took great lengths to preserve their broadcast history. One reason several clips from lost Who episodes survived is they were used on Blue Peter.

U-Matic began life as a home video format that was too expensive for most people in the early '70’s. An early Sony U-matic home deck appears as a rich man’s toy in a Columbo episode as a plot device. It was still cheaper than most broadcast gear, and Sony refocused it’s efforts. It was firmly the format for colleges, small tv stations and other institutions by the 1980’s. Betacam was way too expensive for the college I went to. We received programming as an affiliate of National College Television on U-Matic tapes until direct satellite delivery took over in the 90’s.

I take great exception to your characterization of Betamax having used it many times over the years. U-matic was never more to me than a major pain in the ass back in college. The decks broke down so often you could set your watch by them.

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#1132620
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Can anyone explain this video?
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I don’t think the BBC was using U-matic for broadcast purposes. PAL always had better image quality than NTSC to begin with. Archival interview clips I’ve seen as extras on Dr. Who DVD’s also look really good.
The Dr. Who Restoration Team site has some info on how they remaster old video like this, but it gets technical.
http://www.restoration-team.co.uk/

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#1132537
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Preserving the...*cringe*...Star Wars Holiday Special
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MattMahdi said:

Happy Life Day to us all.

A friend of mine told me on Facebook that he is still cursing me for giving him a copy.

I don’t know which one I gave him, but he declined my kind offer of the EditDroid edition.

If the SWHS is the worst thing he’s ever seen, he’s doesn’t appreciate how lucky he is. 😉

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