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Christmas Movies for Action Junkies

It is that time of year that you will want to snuggle up and watch a movie. Being an action junkie but sensitive to the holiday spirit, here are my favorite Christmas movies.

Die Hard Everybody thinks that this is just an iconic action hero movie, which it is, but it is a Christmas movie.

Die Hard with a Vengeance A couple of years go by, and John McClane celebrates Christmas in Washington DC.

The Long Kiss Goodnight A warm tale of an amnesiac recovering her memories and juggling home life with saving the world.

If you would rather laugh and not worry about the end of civilization as we know it I suggest
Badder Santa (Unrated Widescreen Edition) Billy Bob Thorton will warm your heart.

If on the other hand, depression is your goal:
Black Christmas (Full Screen Edition) Black X-mas A slasher movie that will douse any holiday spirit around.

After you have had christmas, here is one for the New Year.
End of Days Arnold saves the world from ultimate evil.
Happy Holidays!

Bye Bye Blu Ray

On a link at TG Daily is a story World gives Blu-ray the thumbs down about a poll by Harris Interactive showing that Blu Ray is not getting it done. The story points out that only 7 percent of folks polled owned a Blu Ray Player (They had to count Sony Play Stations to get the number that high) It also mentions that the disks are expensive.(Part of that is the dollar per disk that is paid to Sony to produce a Blu Ray disk) Sony got screwed on Betamax during the VCR format wars and think that they will get us now. Plus the AACS is required on all Blu-ray discs and costs $1,585 per title plus $0.05/disc. Fuck em!

You can buy an up sampling DVD player for around 50-70 bucks and watch standard DVD’s at 1080p (the native Blu Ray resolution) on your Flatscreen TV if supported. You can buy a flatscreen that will do this for the money you will save buying DVD’s instead of Blu Ray.
I mentioned that Blu Ray would be the new laserdisk, and I am happy to be right. HD DVD has already crashed and burned.

I own a lot of DVD’s. Over 700 at last count. I even build my own cases to store them as commercial products are shit. I am an action, adventure and sci-fi movie and television drama junkie. The greatest thing to happen to television was putting shows on DVD. Really, watching a season of your favorite shows without commercial interruption is astonishing. Being able to follow the characters and the story arcs as they develop over the season is really a treat. Being able to watch shows that are no longer on air, at your pace on your schedule is almost as good as insane gut wrenching sex.

I have been through format wars in computers. 5 1/4 floppys, single side, single density, double side, double density, zip disks, LS250, and so on.I don’t want to play anymore. I still have around 200 movies on VCR that I am slowly replacing with DVD’s as they become available.

Buggy Whips, Edsels, Betamax, Blu Ray, Oh My!!

The Desperation of Blu-ray DVD Act 2

In the latest flogging of BluRay comes a single report that BluRay Consumer Awareness and Sales On the Rise.

Consumer Awareness? Try Swine Flu.

According to the release:

“with 6 percent of respondents saying they would be “extremely or very likely” to buy in the next six months, compared with 5 percent who responded similarly in the August report”

Out of an online survey of 6,994 consumers, which would equal 499 folks over 430 from August. Not real inspiring for an expensive proprietary format whose major use is in game consoles. This report comes from the NPD Group who says this at the bottom of this release:

About The NPD Group, Inc.
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,700 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions.

You can figure out who paid for this.
As far as sales are concerned, Twilight sold 5.2 million copies it’s first weekend of availability of which BluRay was 5%

You can run out and buy a BluRay player for 250 bucks or you can spend 70-100 on an upsampling DVD player and use the movies you already own.

The Desperation of Blu-ray DVD

Blu-ray DVD’s are one of those technological brain farts that the movie industry thinks is going to save them.  Good movies will save them. Blu-ray will follow the Laserdisc and HD DVD into the dustbin of history. With upsampling DVD Players your standard DVD’s are quite sharp.

The latest desperate move to try to get some traction for the format is Warner offers Blu-ray alternative to desperate HD-DVD owners
The offer is limited to 128 titles, costs 4.95 per title, and does not include shipping and handling. This is for the early adopters who got sucked into the HD DVD format war, that was lost, and Warner bet heavy on.

I am tired of buying movies again and again every time the electronics and entertainment industry has a great idea, having made the switch from VCR to DVD, I just want to watch the dam things and not have to upgrade every few years.

Movies for Christmas

It is that time of year that you will want to snuggle up and watch a movie. Being an action junkie but sensitive to the holiday spirit, here are my favorite Christmas movies.

Die Hard Everybody thinks that this is just an iconic action hero movie, which it is, but it is a Christmas movie.

Die Hard with a Vengeance A couple of years go by, and John McClane celebrates Christmas in Washington DC.

The Long Kiss Goodnight A warm tale of an amnesiac recovering her memories and juggling home life with saving the world.

If you would rather laugh and not worry about the end of civilization as we know it I suggest
Badder Santa (Unrated Widescreen Edition) Billy Bob Thorton will warm your heart.

If on the other hand, depression is your goal:
Black Christmas (Full Screen Edition) Black X-mas A slasher movie that will douse any holiday spirit around.

After you have had christmas, here is one for the New Year.
End of Days Arnold saves the world from ultimate evil.
Happy Holidays!

Blu-Ray gets another stake in the heart

So ya wanna author a disc in BluRay?
Think Again. The Content Mafia has a deal you can’t refuse.
AACS is required on all Blu-ray discs and costs $1,585 per title plus $0.05/disc
Jason Scott has more here.
Fuck Sony!! AACS and Blu-Ray discs will end up in the used a bit stores next to laser discs soon.

Photo Update and DVD Cases

Having Upgraded to WP2.5.1 I have regained control of the Media Library(stupid fuckin name), which gives me the ability to post photos. A deal breaker in my world.
I may have mentioned that in my world the top things (in order) that bring me pleasure are sex, movies and remodeling.
Since remodeling has become my day job, I am not getting any, and my movie jones is moving along, I decided that I needed to build some cases for my collection, which is getting relatively large. Last DVD count was somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 discs. Yes I buy my movies.

Tuesday is New Release Day across the US, and recently I have switched to Best Buy as the low price leader. Cheaper than Target or Wal-Mart. And it hurts me to give Best Buy any sort of attaboy. However back to the cases…

What is available commercially, made out of particle board and shelf paper is not worth the time to buy and use. Just like the so called ‘computer desks’ designed by idiots whose closest encounter with computers consists of those cardboard boxes that are printed to look like computers.

Being handy with tools and having built version 2 of the New Temporary Workshop, I designed and built the Serious DVD Case.

DVD Case

This case is a bit shy of 24” wide, 82 1/2” high and 6” deep. Using 1 sheet of 18mm-3/4” 7 or 9 ply plywood and one sheet of 5/16” sanded ply, yields enough parts for two cases, with very little waste.

This unit has 9 shelves, which holds 324 clamshell DVD Cases.

The openings between the shelves are a 1/4” taller than the case, and shelves a 1/2” narrower than the case, for fingertip action and dust control.
DVD Case Details

I am in the process of building a home theatre as well.

notes n stuff

catching up on things. Frank has published his list of rides I thought I had some bad rides….

HD TV is better. My 42”Visio is outstanding. Hell even the commercials look good, Still stupid in almost all cases,as Jeneane points out, (my personal monster dumb is the new Jeep commercial with the guy driving and singing, and getting invaded by woodland critters to provide a chorus).

My son got married last saturday.
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It was a great ceremony, and I got to see a lot of folks I don’t see regularly. My friend Ed and his wife Denise took pictures for the kids. He has a Fuji S3.

I have been up to remodeling for others, and lining up folks for work on the casa lemurzone. This time next week I will have a new block fence, 2 rolling gates and 70′ of new driveway. Shortly thereafter I will replace my electric panel, and finish off my new media room. It was going to be an office, but I have a 42” tv, and 500 DVD’s which look pretty good on the big screen.
Hope to post some notes on the movies I have gotten over the last few weeks. Speaking of which, in addition to the annoying FBI copyright nonsense, studios are now including a 5 second blurb stating “This DVD is for Sale Only” The entertainment industry oughta look up the meaning of the word entertainment.

Disaster Movies Ice Cold

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My taste in reading and visual entertainment runs to scifi and fantasy, so I am not chained to total reality based entertainment. If you can get me to buy into the plotline, like Firefly with spaceships and 6 guns, I will usually follow along.

I’m like the guy who says the worst day fishing is better than the best day working, in terms of watching movies. It is not often that I will take a beating when buying movies, but occasionally a real turd shows up.
Absolute Zero The name says it all. Acting, Plot, Photography, Absolute Zero. This is a disaster movie dealing with Mother Nature turning off the heat. Evil corporation screws with the planet, the planet screws back.

The only reason that you would buy this movie, is to educate yourself on what a bad movie is.

You have been warned. Absolute Zero around 7 bucks.

Big Trouble in Little China

bigtrouble.jpg When you have been surfing the web too long, and your brain is about to explode from the Web 2.0 Cheerleaders, screaming that if you don’t join the latest Social Network and get an electronic porkchop around your neck, nobody will play with you, you are sick and tired of the whining of the PR Flacks who are still trying to find a place at a table that has moved into the next county without the benefit of a forwarding address, it is time for a movie.

You need to get away. Not just any movie. You need a movie with Chinese Mystics, Kim Catrall, starring with clothes, and a Hero with a Freightliner.

Kurt Russell stars in this John Carpenter directed action comedy which has no hidden subtext, powerful message, or tries to be anything other than 99 minutes of entertainment.

You can get it here: Big Trouble in Little China