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  • Sowell: Christmas Gifts

    11/30/2015 2:39:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 1, 2015 | Thomas Sowell
    People who want to buy Christmas gifts, without having to confront the crowds at the local shopping mall (or shopping maul) can take a load off their feet by buying books or movies on the Internet, while sitting in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to old standbys like gorgeous coffee table books of Ansel Adams' scenic photographs or the collected works of Shakespeare -- or of "Calvin and Hobbes" comics -- there are also many thought-provoking books on current events or on history. People who already seem to have everything may not have DVDs of the latest...
  • Two Low Budget Movies that are a must see on DVD

    08/05/2015 1:06:37 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 31 replies
    8/5/2015 | Me
    Two great movies dealing with Nazi Germany that had limited play, if any, in movie theaters. "The Book Thief" "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days"
  • Windows 8 dropping the ability to play DVDs

    05/06/2012 3:10:12 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 68 replies
    Yahoo Y-Tech ^ | Fri, May 4, 2012 | Tecca
    The upcoming Windows 8 operating system (which you can download and preview now) is dropping the ability to play DVD content. According to Windows engineering team member Steven Sinofsky (emphasis his), "Windows Media Player will continue to be available in all editions, but without DVD playback support. For optical discs playback on new Windows 8 devices, we are going to rely on the many quality solutions on the market, which provide great experiences for both DVD and Blu-ray." In other words: If you want to watch that Bridesmaids DVD on your next plane trip, you're going to have to pay...
  • DVD questioning LDS faith being distributed in Gilbert, AZ [#9 story of '11 @]

    12/27/2011 6:08:06 AM PST · by Colofornian · 5 replies
    Mormon ^ | Jan. 14, 2011 | Priest
    For your consideration: DVD questioning LDS...being distributed in Gilbert -
  • Gordon Brown presented £10,000 worth of gifts to Barack Obama (in exchange for DVDs)

    01/19/2011 5:13:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/19/11
    Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama $16,500 (£10,000) worth of gifts during a US visit, in return for a selection of DVDs. The value of Mr Brown's gifts, a pen and holder made from the wood of an anti-slavery ship, along with two biographies of Winston Churchill, was disclosed by the US State Department on Tuesday. Mr Obama, by comparison, gave him a boxset of 25 classic US films such as Citizen Kane and ET.
  • Looking for advice from Netbook owners.

    06/07/2010 10:08:12 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 38 replies · 68+ views
    Monday, June 7th, 2010 | DGHoodini
    I've recentluy been mulling getting a new portable PC, and have been considering getting a Netbook, rather than a notebook. While a netbook is much smaller and lighter for traveling pirposes, I still want to be able to hook it up to a larger monitor, keyboard and mouse at home, and be able to watch movies with a USB connected DVD drive. Looking at the specs of some Netbooks, it appears this can be done as easily as with a full sized notebook. But I find myself wondering, if these Netbooks can handle..basically replacing a Notebook as the central componant...
  • Man arrested at B.C. border with 'terrorist resources'

    11/13/2009 10:27:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 39 replies · 2,180+ views - THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Updated: Wed Nov. 11 2009 05:51:51 | n/a
    The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — SNIPPET: "Khaled Nawaya, a flight instructor, was arrested by Canada Border Services agents when they found $800,000 in gold coins and other currency in his car and pockets on Oct. 6, as he crossed into Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver." SNIPPET: "He'd been living in the U.S. since he was 17 and had gained approval for permanent residency in Canada. Besides the gold, Canadian agents found a ring bearing the insignia of Hezbollah, which has been listed as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government since 2002. They also seized 9/11 conspiracy theory-themed DVDs and a...
  • Shrimp's eye points way to better DVDs

    10/25/2009 3:27:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 37 replies · 1,252+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 25, 2009 | Ben Hirschler
    LONDON (Reuters) – The amazing eyes of a giant shrimp living on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could hold the key to developing a new type of super high-quality DVD player, British scientists said on Sunday. Mantis shrimps, dubbed "thumb splitters" by divers because of their vicious claws, have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. They can see in 12 primary colors, four times as many as humans, and can also detect different kinds of light polarization -- the direction of oscillation in light waves.
  • Wal-Mart Scales Back DVD Displays (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/05/2009 5:00:09 AM PDT · by abb · 89 replies · 3,582+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 5, 2009 | Nat Worden
    A recent shift in merchandising strategy by the world's largest retailer spells more trouble for DVD sales and the entertainment industry that depends on them for profits. As part of a larger effort to clean up its aisles and appeal to higher-end shoppers, Wal-Mart is doing away with display cases to promote the latest hot movie titles. The move comes as major film studios are reeling from declines in revenue from DVD sales as cash-strapped consumers turn to low-cost rental services and digital downloads for home movies. "We think the new strategy implies Wal-Mart no longer sees DVDs and Blu-ray...
  • DVDs to harness hyperspace - Gold nanorods could boost capacity of next-generation disks.

    05/23/2009 1:35:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,225+ views
    Nature News ^ | 20 May 2009 | Zeeya Merali
    DVDs are set to explore new dimensions.Punchstock Spreading into extra dimensions could help next-generation DVDs to store even more data than they currently do. The new technique could squeeze around 140 times the capacity of the best Blu-rays into a standard-sized disk. Traditional DVDs and Blu-ray disks store data in two dimensions, and there's been a recent push to increase their capacity by creating multi-layered disks that store data across three dimensions. But, asks James Chon at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, why stop there?Chon and his colleagues are stepping into hyperspace, by encoding information in two...
  • Sony: Blu-Ray format can't be improved

    09/16/2008 3:09:27 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 75 replies · 354+ views ^ | September 1, 2008 | James Holland
    Blu-Ray’s conquered the HD format war, but its design and technical limitations mean the current format is as good as it’ll get. Sony says it’ll be the last optical format, after which, we’ll move way from shiny discs altogether. See, it’s all down to the limitations of lasers and the discs themselves. Speaking at IFA, Taka Miyama, Sony’s product strategy manager for home video marketing in Europe told us: “Blu-Ray is the final format for the optical disc. We don’t have a shorter laser. In the future, if we have a physical media format, it will change physically. It won’t...
  • DVD Copying Gets Real

    09/12/2008 4:15:08 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 16 replies · 332+ views ^ | September 10, 2008 | N/A
    RealNetworks is putting its considerable prestige behind a DVD-copying Windows application, moving into territory hitherto occupied by illegal freeware. The $30 program called RealDVD will copy not only the main disc content but also the extras and art. In an interview with The New York Times, Real chief Robert Glaser calls it "a compelling and very responsible product" for making disc backups and transferring content to a laptop for viewing on the road. Expect Hollywood to erupt over this like a volcano. The studios have long litigated against companies making DVD ripping software, which circumvents the DVD Copy Control Association's...
  • Hilarious example of Engrish [vanity]

    07/31/2008 8:26:50 AM PDT · by compound w · 48 replies · 117+ views
    back of Chinese spiderman dvd
    Ok, so as some of you know, the bootleg dvds in China have "regular" packaging, often just like the real things. I pick up the Spiderman bootleg dvd and here's the English description on the back: "Even as Scully's genetically altered DNA brings her closer to the brink of death, government agent Michael Kritschgau helps Mulder in the search for a cure, partly to atone for his own involvement with perpetuating the alien hoax. Scully's DNA comes into play once again when she discovers she is the mother of a little girl named Emily, an incident that could only be...
  • Operation Message DVDs bring soldiers, families together

    11/16/2007 4:24:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 86+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — For Alyzia and Keyana White, the upcoming holidays will be sad. Their father, Army Staff Sgt. William White, is in Iraq. The two girls have only heard their dad’s voice once since he left in August. But on Thursday, the two cut a disc to be sent to their air traffic controller dad, and he will not only be able to hear them but see them, too. The Southern Arizona Chapter of American Red Cross project, supported by Raytheon and radio station 104.1 The Truth, recorded family messages as part of Operation Message. Amanda Thomas, spokeswoman for...
  • New Popeye DVD set: 1933-1938--Outstanding! (vanity)

    07/31/2007 7:18:09 PM PDT · by wolfinator · 78 replies · 1,555+ views
    We just bought the newly remastered Popeye DVD set. If you're a fan, you must see this. It has all the old black and white cartoons from 1933-1938. The clarity is so sharp and the sound is outstanding. Many of the toons have optional commentaries, which really add to the experience. Strange thing, I guess, is that it's put out by Warner Bros. I didn't know they owned the rights! But bravo to whoever made this happen.
  • Police: Man Left DVDs of Ex-Girlfriend Performing Sex Acts on Car Windshields

    03/03/2007 5:57:42 PM PST · by Tall_Texan · 30 replies · 1,596+ views
    vis Fox ^ | 03-03-07 | Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Virginia — Police say a man sought revenge against his ex-girlfriend by leaving homemade DVDs of her performing sex acts on car windshields throughout the area. The DVDs include the woman's name, address and phone number. Police said the woman never realized the acts had been recorded and has received several visits and phone calls from strangers seeking sex. David Feltmeyer, 33, is charged with one felony count and one misdemeanor count of using a computer to "carry out the production of obscene exhibition." He also faces two misdemeanor counts of "knowingly producing an obscene exhibition." [ snip ]...
  • Al-Qa'eda Steps Up Propaganda War With Bloodthirsty DVDs

    03/10/2006 5:40:55 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 374+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-11-2006 | Islambard Wilkinson - Imtiaz Ali
    Al-Qa'eda steps up propaganda war with bloodthirsty DVDs By Isambard Wilkinson and Imtiaz Ali in Miran Shah (Filed: 11/03/2006) Al-Qa'eda is flooding the unruly border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan with propaganda DVDs, in a media campaign designed to win recruits and sympathy. The films, sold for 40p each in local markets and distributed throughout Pakistan and across the Afghan frontier, depict Taliban forces attacking American, Pakistani and Afghan soldiers. Punishment killings and damage inflicted by American and Pakistani forces on both Islamic fighters and local civilians are also portrayed. The cover of 'Holy War and Nothing Else' To the...
  • Send your DVDs to hospitalized troops

    02/22/2006 10:06:44 AM PST · by newbeenew · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Surface Navy Association | Feb. 22, 2006 | GW chapter, SNA
    The Greater Washington Chapter of the Surface Navy Association is requesting contributions of recently released movies on DVD to be delivered to the Navy National Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland, for the entertainment of Sailors and Marines who are recovering there from injuries received during their military service. Please send movies by March 9, 2006, to: Surface Navy Association Greater Washington Chapter c/o Edward H. Lundquist, ABC Anteon Corporation CSSO 1100 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20003 POC Chris Criscuolo 202 756-7344)
  • Next-generation DVD format war frustrates retailers

    01/08/2006 3:18:20 PM PST · by wagglebee · 49 replies · 1,491+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/8/06 | Franklin Paul
    LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Consumers, confused over the brewing battle between next-generation DVD technologies, are not alone: top U.S. electronics retailers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas called the war "nightmarishly unfriendly" and "stupid."Stores like Best Buy (BBY.N: Quote, Profile, Research), Circuit City (CC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and closely held CompUSA may sell millions of devices, either HD DVD or its rival, Blu-ray, and some day one version could be obsolete, drawing the ire of their customers. What's more, many will chose not to buy any device, instead waiting for one format to win.Blu-ray is backed by Sony...
  • Accused Leader of Counterfeit Motion Picture Network Pleads Guilty

    01/04/2006 5:57:31 AM PST · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 249+ views
    ICE ^ | January 3, 2006
    Accused Leader of Counterfeit Motion Picture Network Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Traffic in Counterfeit Goods Guilty Plea Stems From First Joint IPR Investigation by ICE and Chinese Authorities GULFPORT, MS.- Michael A. Holt, Special Agent-in-Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New Orleans, and Dunn Lampton,United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, today announced that a man arrested on charges resulting from the first joint Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) investigation by U.S. and Chinese authorities has been convicted in federal court in Mississippi. Earlier today, Randolph Hobson Guthrie III, a U.S. citizen, entered a plea...
  • Online film clubs roll to the left and right

    12/08/2005 6:19:36 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 366+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 8, 2005 | Jesse Noyes
    Meanwhile, conservatives can log onto Washington, D.C.-based Eagle Publishing’s for a healthy offering of right-wing movies. The DVD club recently spun off from the Conservative Book Club.
  • Soderbergh challenges 'out of whack' studios

    09/23/2005 8:52:28 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 30 replies · 794+ views
    BREITBERT.COM ( Reuters) ^ | Sep 23 2005 | Anne Thompson
    Soderbergh challenges 'out of whack' studiosSep 23 6:52 AM US/Eastern By Anne Thompson LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The movie business is "out of whack," director Steven Soderbergh says. "The studio model has to be rethought." Never one to talk idly about such things, the national vp for the Directors Guild of America has banded with dot-com entrepreneur-turned-movie mogul Todd Wagner to try out some radical new ideas. This month, they are showing their first collaboration -- the digital movie "Bubble" -- to receptive film festival audiences and critics at the Venice, Toronto and New York events. Shot for $1.6...
  • Fatal accident prompts pols to push ban on DVDs in front seats

    09/16/2005 12:47:57 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 45 replies · 1,212+ views
    Boston Herald/Metrowest Daily News ^ | 09/16/05 | Emelie Rutherford
    Adam Goldsmith's grieving parents say their son was killed by a DVD player. The 30-year-old Sudbury man died in June after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car that had a portable DVD player in the front seat. Legislators are now joining in a push to add the devices to the growing list of what doesn't belong in the front seat. ``We have witnessed first-hand the devastation that's caused by this, when people aren't paying attention,'' said Barbara Goldsmith, the victim's mother. State Sen. Jarrett Barrios (D-Cambridge) is sponsoring a bill to outlaw DVDs in front seats,...
  • America Supports You: Troops to Get Free Wrestling Broadcast

    07/20/2005 5:59:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 473+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 20, 2005 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2005 – World Wrestling Entertainment will offer its July 24 Pay-Per-View special, "SmackDown! The Great American Bash," free for broadcast on American Forces Network as a way of thanking servicemembers and their families for their service to America. "While our men and women of the Armed Forces are serving throughout the world, we know they are away from their homes and their families, so we are pleased to provide them with a little piece of home as a token of our thanks for all they are doing during this challenging time," said Kevin Dunn, WWE executive vice...
  • China: U.S Companies Confident Patience Will Pay Off

    07/20/2005 1:00:28 AM PDT · by Californiajones · 2 replies · 373+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 19, 2005 | Jonathan Landreth (contributors: Georg Szalai and Steve Brennan)
    BEIJING -- Legendary explorer Marco Polo's journey to China lasted 24 years. This is the kind of commitment that foreign media executives leading the way into China today say they will have to show their hosts if they are to succeed at making a business out of entertaining 1.3 billion Chinese. They continue their push into China with new partnerships and ventures taking shape on a regular basis, but the majors realize that it might be 20 or even 30 years before they can reap the full benefits of these exploratory ventures. Executives who are leading the way into China...
  • The fall of Hollywood?

    07/18/2005 8:31:59 AM PDT · by jb6 · 179 replies · 3,326+ views
    Marginal Revolution ^ | July 15, 2005 | Tyler Cowen
    The fall of Hollywood? OK, Sith is now the tenth highest grossing film of all time, and probably headed toward number seven. But Wall Street is bearish on film stocks; on Monday Dreamworks shares fell more than 13%. The big fear is that DVD sales are falling, as Shrek 2 bombed in this market. Hollywood box office has been down for nineteen weeks out of twenty, and believe me Harry Potter won't do Johnny Depp and Tim Burton any favors. Daniel Gross opined that Hollywood is the next Detroit. Others see a big mystery in falling receipts. Yet others blame...
  • Stores Nix Disposable Flicks (disposable DVDs)

    01/30/2004 7:45:59 PM PST · by gd124 · 9 replies · 141+ views
    Wired News ^ | 02:00 AM Jan. 29, 2004 PT | Katie Dean
    <p>A Texas grocery chain has decided to stop selling disposable DVDs, a product that outraged environmentalists and apparently didn't sell too well, either.</p> <p>About 20 H-E-B grocery stores in the Austin area sold the EZ-Ds, vacuum-sealed movies that, once opened, play for 48 hours before a chemical reaction on the surface of the discs renders them unplayable.</p>
  • DVD producers want to end providing English subtitles

    11/13/2003 3:33:25 AM PST · by Fearless Flyers · 33 replies · 166+ views
    Petitionsonline ^ | 11/12/03 | Amanda Masterman All DVD producers, We the undersigned are asking you the producers of DVDs to continue to include English subtitles on your DVDs. The D(d)eaf community rely upon subtitles to follow the dialogue in a film. If you have ever tried watching a film with the sound off, you will realise that it is impossible to fully understand what is going on when you can not hear what the characters are saying. DVD is the first medium to give D(d)eaf people equal access to the film industry and many D(d)eaf people have invested in DVD players in order to take...
  • Cranky Callers to Target Disney

    08/13/2003 12:22:58 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 26 replies · 331+ views
    wired news ^ | 8.13.03 | Katie Dean
    <p>Angry at Disney's plans to sell disposable DVD movies, environmentalists plan to dump their grievances on CEO Michael Eisner in a massive phone protest Wednesday.</p> <p>Hundreds of students from around the country will call Eisner to discourage the sale of these throwaway DVDs, and urge the company to abandon the product, according to the protest's organizers.</p>
  • Illegal DVDs of New Movies Sold on EBay

    07/20/2002 10:11:08 AM PDT · by GeneD · 18 replies · 710+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/20/02 | David Colker
    In a sign of digital piracy reaching the masses, illegal DVD copies of recently released movies are showing up in legitimate marketplaces such as online auction house EBay Inc. Bootlegged versions of "Men in Black II," "Reign of Fire" and "Lilo & Stitch" have been sold on the auction site in recent days. Unlike digital movie copies downloaded from the Internet, the DVDs require no special equipment or expertise to obtain or watch. All that is needed is a free EBay account and a DVD player. "EBay creates a much larger arena for pirates to sell their goods than historically...