Saturday, January 14, 2006

Here and There...

Was watching one of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies, The Enforcer, and he had a great line (among many). As his superior was suspending him, and demanding his badge, Clint handed it over, saying, “Here’s a seven point suppository, captain.” I think that got the point across…

Don’t really know anything about the singer Shakira, or even listen to her music much, but caught a bit of a live performance of her's on TV New Years Eve. She was singing, and, um, ‘dancing’ to the beat. I couldn’t help but think she had the Elaine dance from Seinfeld down pat. Then lately, I’ve seen her video for the song Don’t Bother, and that definitely confirmed it. Looks like she’s doing the robot dance on crack. The song is catchy enough though; however, the video is just wrong. No matter what ‘relationship’ issues you may be having, there is never any good reason to crush your guy’s car! Especially if it is a classic Mustang Shelby Cobra! I Googled it and was relieved to find out this valuable info, which confirmed I HAD seen that car before: “The car used in the video was a Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra fastback coupe. Interestingly the car was actually one of the 'Eleanors' from the 2000 film Gone in 60 seconds (one of two 'Eleanors' that survived the film), and costs US$300,000. The car doesn't get really crushed, a 1967 Mustang, more suitable for crushing, was used in the car-crush scene, dressed up in fibreglass to look like the boyfriend's car.” That’s better, but still no reason to crush a ’67 Mustang! To quote Clint Eastwood from the movie Pink Cadillac, “Didn’t anyone ever tell you, you shouldn’t mess with a man’s vehicles?”

Regional Coding on DVD’s is completely stupid, but at least it finally caught up to somebody in Hollywood. The story here at The Movie Blog about Speilbergs’s movie Munich being accidentally made onto region 1 discs and sent to the BAFTA judges in Britain, where they have region 2 players. The judges couldn’t view the movie, and now it’s probably out of the running for the award. This is classic, and it looks good on them. Regional Coding should be abolished, but unfortunately its only going to get realigned for the new HD and BD discs coming this year…

The Digital Bits has a nice posting from the CES show, and lots of pics and info of the new HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Discs and players that will be hitting the market this year. I looked through the pictures, and the thing that hit me is the players look really big and very 1985 in design. Or maybe that’s just me. Blu-Ray seems to be the better bet of the two, but HD is hitting the market first with a cheaper player. And by cheaper, I mean $500. BD players will hit the market at a cool $1000. Yikes. I’m quite happy with the quality of my DVD collection, so I can’t see being interested in this for quite some time, but it’s an interesting story to follow. Anyone remember BETA vs VHS? Well, here we go again…

Comments on "Here and There..."

 

Blogger The Original LRU said ... (January 14, 2006 10:27 AM) : 

Somehow, at double the price, I think Blu-ray has lost before it started.

 

Blogger Eaglewing said ... (January 14, 2006 3:02 PM) : 

Maybe, but from what I've read, coming out early and the lower price are the only things HD has going for it at this point. Blu-ray is the better product technically speaking and I think has more studio support. Plus, in this war, the people who are most likely to be early buyers are probably the techo-geeks that have been following this stuff on the internet for quite a while. There's a lot more free flowing information available on which is better than when VHS beat BETA. Of course, the bottome line is still always the bottom line.

Personally, I hope both fall flat. This is nothing more than a war of greed and basically just another cash grab as they try to make customers buy more and upgrade their collections just to wring more money out of the home video market. On top of that, I read somewhere (can't remember where) that a product recently came out in Japan that is superior to both HD and BD, but there is no way they'll let it on the market until they get their money back on this current 'upgrade'.

It be nice to think people are smart enough to send a message to these greedy buggers, and not buy the next big thing that's force fed them, but it's probably not going to happen...

 

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