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MOVIES & DVD


INTRODUCTION

Everybody loves the movies - even in these days of obselescent digital effects, tepid plot-lines and blaring pop-soundtracks (not to mention the perennial Hollywood-hype). But involvement in films runs through my family:

- My great grandfather used to drive around Sri Lanka with movies and a projector, as a sort of "travelling cinema";
- My Uncle Aubrey acted as a consultant to David Lean during the making of "Bridge On The River Kwai" and "Jungle Book", before going to Los Angeles and hanging around the movie studios;
- My father studied films while living in London, and wrote many some ideas for screenplays, before ending up making many ordinary style home movies in Super 8; and
- I wrote and made a short film on video with student actors, as a high school project. Recently I've started collecting/downloading movie scripts, with the idea of writing a few myself.

Fellini For news (and one-word reviews) on the movies that I've recently seen, head over to the Personal News page. I'm not a person who can see a film a countless number of times, but here are some that I've seen more than once:

- Fellini's "Satyricon";
- Stanley Kubrick's "2001 A Space Odyssey";
- Godfret Reggio's "Koyaanisqatsi";
- Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner";
- "Shakespeare In Love"; and
- "American Beauty".

Over the last few years I've seen (in reverse order): The Matrix-Reloaded (over-rated), XMen2 (complicated), Red Dragon (OK), Austin Powers 3 (novel), Spider Man (sappy), Minority Report (engaging), Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (OK), The Time Machine (misguided), Gosford Park (oblique), Amelie (exaggerated), The Others (predictable), Atlantis (OK), Artificial Intelligence (OK), Blow (trite), The Tailor of Panama (uninvolving), Planet Of The Apes (predictable), Final Fantasy (impressive), Shrek (OK), Tomb Raider (eye-candy), The Mummy Returns (childish), Moulin Rouge (hallucinatory), The Gift (dull), Finding Forrester (inane), Quills (good), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Westernised), Hannibal (tame), Almost Famous (uplifting), Chocolat (articifial), Duets (pointless), Chicken Run (corny), Charlie's Angels (harmless), American Psycho (lame), Frequency (dull), X-Men (OK), Mission Impossible 2 (OK), Pitch Black (OK), Gladiator (good), Mission To Mars (OK), The Beach (OK), The Talented Mr Ripley (fair), Being John Malkovich (great), American Beauty (great), Sleepy Hollow (OK), Bicentennial Man (saccharine), End of Days (crap), The Bone Collector (so-so) , Toy Story 2 (good), The Sixth Sense (iffy), The World Is Not Enough (good) , Eyes Wide Shut (long), Austin Powers 2 (good), and a few others.

I've also become a huge fan of the IMAX 3D process (well, the New York film anyway), and honestly believe that this is a vital part of the future of movie entertainment. Then again, I hope that the same will one day be said for DVD and digital home-editing. My new computer has DVD and CD-R drives, so I'm looking forward to doing some work in this area myself.

For personal information about celebrities, go to the appropriate section of my News & Information page. For pictures and movie clips of nude celebrities, go to the Sex & Sexuality page.

CINEMAS - AUSTRALIAN

FILM COMPANIES

MOVIE LINKS

THE DVD FORMAT

DVD is, of course, simply one of a number of digital movie formats available for computers - see the Computer Graphics page for details of other formats. I currently own the following titles on DVD - in order of purchse-date (and, when neccesary, with an explanation of why I have them). With the exception of the "Total Movie"disc, these are all Region 4 or Region 0 - and I can play them either on my computer or my new (as at March 2003) DVD-player and TV.

MOVIES: "The Fifth Element", "Jungle Book", "Annie Hall", "Baraka", "Death Race 2000" (a pathetic 'free' magazine cover-disc), "Mission To Mars" (an ex-rental special), " Almost Famous", "Time Bandits" (cheap), "Blow" (ex-rental), "Minority Report", "Altered States" (cheap), "Forbidden Planet", "Spider Man" (ex-rental), "Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones" (ex-rental), "Time Machine" (ex-rental), "The Bride Of Frankenstein" (sale-price), "Forbidden Planet" (cheap), "Shakespeare In Love" (cheap).

MUSIC: Deep Purple's "Total Abandon", the "Jimi Hendrix" biography, "House of Yes" (Yes live at the House of Blues), "Steve Howe (Classic Rock Legends)" "Yes - Symphonic Live", "Yes Live at the Q.P.R. 1975 Volume 1", Jethro Tull's "Living With The Past", Jimi Hendrix's "Band Of Gypsies", Black Sabbath's "The Last Supper", "Jimi Hendrix: Blue Wild Angel", Roxy Music "Live At The Apollo", "The Beatles - Anthology" (5 discs), The Beatles - "Magical Mystery Tour" (very cheap).

ANIMATED I: The Beatles "Yellow Submarine", "Cartoon Classics Mega Pack Volume 1" (cheap), "Perfect Blue", "Ghost In The Shell", "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within", "Cartoon Megastars: Cartoon Festival" Vol.s 1 & 2 (dirt cheap), "The Powerpuff Girls Movie" (widescreen - ex-rental) + see cover-discs below.

ANIMATED II: MAGAZINE COVER-DISCS I: PC-PowerPlay 72 DVD (with "Kenshin - Wandering Samurai" episode + anime previews), PC-PowerPlay 74 DVD ("Boogiepop Phantom" episode + previews), PC-PowerPlay 77 DVD ("Vampire Princess Miyu" episode + previews), PC-PowerPlay 78 DVD ("Love Hina" episode + previews), PC-PowerPlay 80 DVD ("Hellsing" episode + previews).

MAGAZINE COVER-DISCS II: "ILC DVD Experience", "Roadshow Entertainment Free DVD Preview Disc", "Experience The DVD Difference" (Fox Movies sampler), "Total Movie Dec/Jan 2001", "The Making of Moulin Rouge", an "Empire" magazine 'action sequences' cover-disc, "PC Format"April 2002 (with the pilot episode of "UFO"), DVD Highlights Best of 2002/3 (region 2 - Issue 44 of "DVD" magazine), "Entertainment Out Of The Square" (Roadshow Entertainment - from "Region 4"magazine), "Ultimate Horror - Boogeymen" (from "Hotdog" magazine), "Columbia Tristar" disc - Jan. 2003, "Region 4 - Oasis DVD" Sampler, "Bring It On Home" Sampler.

OTHERS: "Shintaro: The Samurai" Volume 1 (the 60's TV series), "Another Man's Wife" ("adult", and a dreadful waste of money).

While it's a wonderful medium - and its possibilities are just being realised - there are two problems that continue to plague it. The first is region coding - a system whereby most discs made in one part of the world can't be played on computers and players somewhere else, without modifications or special programs. The second is the "hacking" of movies - either by converting them to, for example, DivX format and re-broadcasting them on the internet, or transferring them to CD for easier copying and distribution.

For people interested in these things, I've included links to assist in overcoming these problems. I've tried dabbling in these things myself, but don't really have the time or interest to pursue them seriously.

DVD - AUSTRALIAN SITES

DVD - INTERNATIONAL SITES

DVD - HACKS

MULTIMEDIA

NEWSGROUPS


DVD EXPRESS - find DVDs and other software

 
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