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JayArgonaut

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#1258054
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does display type matter ?
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I’m amazed at Zenith’s history as an innovator in the electronics industry. It’s overlooked in comparison to others and this makes it particularly sad to see that they’re no longer an independent company.

https://www.zenith.com/heritage/

This was my desktop display workhorse from 2004 till 2016.

https://www.cnet.com/products/dell-e772p-crt-monitor-17-series/specs/

Dell E772p

Dell E772p

Completely outdated and superseded by my other display units but it still beats them all, hands down, in its representation of colour. 😃

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#1258036
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a <strong>News</strong> thread for all things Technology &amp; Internet related...
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How much is enough? There is always scope to sell us more, even if it reaches the stage that we’re unable to recognise any improvements. 😉

For example: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/4k-vs-hd-can-audiences-tell-the-differnce/

Interesting…

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/microsoft-apple-end-trading-market-cap.html

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#1257746
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does display type matter ?
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Thanks! 😃 It was with great reluctance that I accepted its eventual passing. Watching the 80s/90s CBS widescreen OT Laserdiscs on it, was an absolute delight! My immediate thought was to consider looking for a replacement but at the same time, I had to accept that eventually, I’d want to have access to HD stuff.

Unlike my Trinitron: the Viera doesn’t have S-Video: and I can’t remember the reasoning that Panasonic gave me for its omission (yet RCA composite is provided) but I wasn’t impressed.

You might appreciate this:

Are CRTs Still Manufactured or Used?
https://www.thomaselectronics.com/faq/

Yes, I definitely saw what you did there. 😉

(On a side note, Zenith TV’s were not that commonplace in the UK but I did encounter them.)

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#1257720
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does display type matter ?
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In the mid 2000s, I connected my laptop to one of my CRT monitors and I was astounded at just how rich the colours, tones and contrast were in comparison to that of the LCD. When I discussed this with an engineer friend, he knowingly smiled and nodded and confirmed the superiority of CRT’s vs much of the LCD’s that were on the market and mused that in years to come, many consumers will regret disposing of their current CRT TV’s.

Till 2013, this model was my main TV:

FSCRT

A hefty beast, running at 100hz with 3x SCART sockets, additional rear AV input/outputs and front AV input/outputs on a discreet push open/close panel. The only reason why I no longer have it today, is because it died on me and so, I replaced it with a 50" Panasonic Viera plasma. I still have VGA CRT monitors and a spare (4:3) Samsung CRT TV - but it’s not a patch on the Sony. In a side by side comparison between the Viera and a CRT monitor, the latter still won out in terms of colours.

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#1255993
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Last web series/tv show seen
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oojason said:

Enjoy it, mate?

I loved it, possibly more so after season 2 sort of lost it’s way for me for a while (after a very strong first season). Am very much looking forward a 4th season…
 

Yep, definitely enjoyed it, I probably should’ve elaborated. 😃

The deaths of several major characters took me by surprise (although one of them is, apparently, consistent with events in the novel) and to me, this was definitely a good sign of a drama that isn’t going to let the audience become too comfortable. I’m also really enthralled with the “East-West” cold war between the Japanese and their Nazi “allies.”

Also very much looking forward to Season Four. 😃

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#1253557
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RELEASED: Raiders of the Lost Ark 35mm LPP Theatrical Experience - v1.0
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Amusing and also interesting for Litemkr to analyse the technical aspects. 😃

It appears to be exactly the same master that ABC used for their airing, even including the pan and scanning during the fight scene with the two masked agents in Cairo’s streets. Of course the picture quality surpasses the other clips online because it came directly from the channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPAnjUZRhl4

https://pix11.com/2015/07/01/see-it-the-long-lost-wpix-indiana-jones-promo/

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#1249418
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The Phantom Menace - Yet Another HD Theatrical Cut
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Bobson Dugnutt said:

I believe I have the subtitles mostly accurate, as starwars.com made a “font announcment” when TPM was in pre-production

ITC Franklin Gothic Demi Bold, 69 point with -30 tracking

I haven’t got the actual scenes done yet due to me not having the exact timing and placement which I believe is in the “Z” bootleg (that I am yet to aquire), but just making a quick test makes it look about right. I also added the drop shadow, which is apparently either down and to the right, or just straight down. I’ve just made it down and to the right.

oh no anakin

LOL… I’d actually love to see versions of the SW films with similar subversions for R2’s subtitles. 😄

Or has such a project already been done?

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#1247589
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Electric Dreams (1984) PROJECT CANCELLED/POSTPONED
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Mango said:

JayArgonaut said:

Does the UK Blu-ray contain the acapella at the beginning that’s been omitted from the MGM releases?

No it doesn’t, but it’s easily fixed with the soundtrack CD audio. Can literally overdub over the MGM logo on the bluray (on the VHS, the acapella is there, and so are the lion roars.).

Thanks for the confirmation. It’s irritating that MGM would do something so petty (not the first time though) because you can still see references to the Virgin organisation during the credits sequence… I shall follow your project with great interest. 😃

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#1235018
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Logo Preservation
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It seems that MGM are a persistent offender in this field. They’ve also excised the entire opening acapella from their distribution of Electric Dreams, because of the accompanying animated sequence featuring the Virgin logo.

yotsuya said:

I’d much rather see a new studio add their logo in front of the older logos and leave them be.

Paramount did exactly that with the Cannon library. That’s the best approach, in my view.

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#1234939
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Logo Preservation
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The MGM sourced version of Look Back in Anger, starts and ends noticeably abruptly because the credits and soundtrack have been slightly snipped, in order to remove the opening and closing Warner Bros logo. Whilst I understand that sometimes it is necessary to change or remove logos because an asset has changed hands in the corporate world, they’d rather mutilate the film than let the audience see that it was originally distributed by a different studio? Absolutely insane!

Another aspect of this Orwellian revisionism, is that the history of mass media, especially with regards to consolidation and vertical integration, has in turn, been erased from the audience’s awareness. For example, during the 80s, I remember watching programming by Columbia Pictures Television that featured the following as their end title logo:

CPT

At the time, as a child, it was interesting to see that Coca Cola owned a major media organisation but todays audience can’t make that casual observation because Sony have gone through much of the CPT back catalogue and retroactively altered the logos to this now very familiar sight:

SPT

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#1225828
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Analog Releases of Films That Contain Deleted, Extended, &amp; Alternate Footage That've Never Been Released on DVD/BluRay
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Tantive3+1 said:

Is the 1992 UK VHS of The Charge of the Light Brigade the longest version available?
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062790/alternateversions?ref_=tt_ql_trv_5

Yes, it would appear so. The 1997 MGM W/S LD, the DVDs and the UK TV broadcasts aired on different channels have been sourced from the shorter U.S. cut.

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#1225720
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Analog Releases of Films That Contain Deleted, Extended, &amp; Alternate Footage That've Never Been Released on DVD/BluRay
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Tantive3+1 said:

JayArgonaut said:

Tantive3+1 said:

Blue Thunder (1983) - these releases contain one additional scene not included on the DVD/Blu-ray versions.

More than one scene: 😃

https://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=4680869

https://www.lddb.com/search.php?search=blue+thunder&format=ld&sort=date,asc

If you mean that one shot that’s shown earlier then your right.

JayArgonaut said:

Do all the LDs contain the extended version? I thought it was just the pan and scan releases?

Where did you hear that it was only the Pan & Scan releases?

JayArgonaut said:

Another entry for your list is Explorers. The 80s home video releases were re-edited by Dante apparently and they include scenes that are not present in the DVD-Blu-ray theatrical version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAmROBeqnI0

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Film/Explorers

Thanks, did all the VHS releases from the 80’s and 90’0s contain this scene?

To clarify, that scene is from the theatrical cut, which has only ever been released on VHS (CIC) in PAL European countries and that was during the 80s/90s. The theatrical cut airs on UK TV fairly regularly.

Explorers UK VHS

Explorers UK VHS II

The current worldwide DVD release by Paramount uses the Dante re-edited “Special Home Version” that was released in the US on LD, VHS and Beta during the 80s.

See below for a thorough discussion of the differences. 😃

https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Has-anyone-ever-done-a-theatrical-cut-of-The-Explorers-River-Phoenix-Ethan-Hawke/id/48867

http://www.haku.co.uk/dvd/Explorers.html

Regarding Blue Thunder, I looked into purchasing the US NTSC W/S LD a while back but the one I saw for sale on eBay appeared to have the theatrical running time. This is why I suspected that only the early pan and scan versions contain the additional scenes.

Another entry for your list is, The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968).

All current DVDs use the U.S. cut, which is shorter by 7 minutes. There was a 1992 UK VHS release that featured the original full length version. Whenever it airs on TV, I’ve recorded it, in the hope that the full length version might turn up but nothing so far.

http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparisons/film.php?fid=12867#overall