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post #811 of 7913 Old 05-21-2004, 07:11 AM
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I hate to get off topic, but I have been wondering where to get a decent calibration DVD.

Do you know if home theater places might rent the DVD and a sound meter so I don't have to spend that much money buying them?

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Watched Gothika last night and Swordfish, Gothika was really well done for this type of physco movie, the opeing seen in Swordfish rocked the house.
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The list goes on, lately I have been into watching 80s classics.
1. The Sure Thing with John Cusack. (Embassy films)
2. Labyrinth with David Bowie (Lucas films)
3. Stand by me (Columbia pictures)

and just so I started to feel like a man again...
4. Full Metal Jacket (Warner Bros)
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My wife wanted to watch Under the Tuscan Sun, the kids wanted Fifth Element...guess who won?

Positano and Diane Lane in a White Dress...Wow!
Need I say more?

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Just finished watching "The Last Samurai" . I am enjoying Tom Cruise more now as he becomes more of a veteran and seasoned actor with age.

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With all the new movies, what did I watch yet again: The Fifth Element.
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Watched "Big Fish" last night. Starts somewhat slowly but picks up 20 - 30 minutes in. Very enjoyable movie with some food for thought.

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God forbid, I watched TORQUE. Please no bashing. It did give the audio system something to work with, but the movie was just plain horrible. My girlfriend actually picked this one.
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Watched "Love Actually", which can only be described as the "Magnolia" of romantic comedies. Tons of intertwining characters, long, and a little self-pretentious.

But I fell for it anyway, and I'm not exactly sure why. I guess maybe it's because there aren't enough movies like it or "Moulin Rouge" with grand gestures of unabashed romance. I definitely recommend it. It's sappy, but it's not just for saps.
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Yesterday we watched Star Wars - The Phantom Menace

The Pod Race still rocks...and yes Jar Jar sucks
I especially liked the fight scene with the Sith.

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Saturday I watched "Miracle" w/Kurt Russell. It was interesting to relive this and really connect the event with the political climate of the time. in 1980 I was only 9 and remember this, but never really understood the big deal until now.

Sunday I watched the season finale of Alias. I was expecting this big cliffhanger like the last two seasons and feel a little bit let down. The episode itself was great, but the ending was somewhat anticlimactic.

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Yesterday took the afternoon off from work and got to play in the HT...yippeee!

Got home, no kids, no grandkids, and...no wife

Coca Cola - check
Popcorn - check
Milk Duds - check, check

First up - Runaway Jury
Loved the transfer and with the latest audio tweaking (performed last week) the movie was immensely enjoyable.

School of Rock
I'm normally not a fan of Jack Black but found the interplay between he and kids hysterical. The battle of bands was the best scene in the movie.

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Friday night - full family movie night! We watched "Independence Day" in preparation for going out to see "The Day After Tomorrow".

Saturday Night - the oldest daughter and the wife selected, so we watched "Panic Room". The youngest daughter watched the original "Cheaper By the Dozen" in another room.

Panic Room was the superbit edition, and other than the opening credits, I wasn't that impressed with the picture quality. It's a dark movie anyway, but I'm not sure it benefited much from the superbit treatment.

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Saturday Night - "Dog Soldiers". Excellent and very intense werewolf film. PQ was very grainy and often looked like there was a grey film on top of it (disc has P&S, Widescreen, and some extras on one disc). But sound was excellent.

Sunday night - "The Last Samurai". Fantastic, and the first Tom Cruise film I can remember not being constantly aware that it was him on the screen. He really disappears in the role. I'm going to have to see it again, but it's now tied with "Master & Commander" as my second favorite film of last year (ROTK was first).
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Last night the kids watched "Stuck on You" with Matt Damon & Greg Kinnear.

They really liked it...I thought it was just okay. There were some funny scenes, I especially liked the flashback when they were on the school boxing team.

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Memorial Day was the big Return Of The King showing.Enjoyed it.

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Just finished watching Master and Commander. I thought it was an excellent movie - great acting and a nice story. Some of my friends told me that it was a slow movie, but I didn't feel that at all. I was a little disappointed that the story ended where it did (if you saw the movie, you'll know what I mean), but I guess that's how war is.

Oh, and the sound was terrific too. The sound effects really gave my sub and surrounds a workout. Especially the cannons.

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Tonight it was just me and the girls - we watched Chicken Run.

It's been a while since we saw it - proabaly in first run - still think it's very funny. And now I need to go watch The Great Escape!

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Lord of the Rings Weekend!

Intense movies to say the least. Started Friday night and finished Sunday afternoon...the only way to fly.

Mom kept having to leave the room, the kids thought the Two Towers was the best of the three. I just lay back and was overwhelmed by the stunning cinematography and sound.

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Lord of the Rings marathon!

I've been wanting to do this for some time, but now that ROTK is available on DVD, we watched all 3 movies (theatrical versions) back to back to back. It took almost 10 hours, but it was great to see the whole thing as one big movie. We will probably do the same with the extended versions when ROTK is available. That should be closer to 12 hours.

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AWesome thought about doing this again..I did it last year for first 2 movies.

We did watch the Lakers game last night in Hi-Def glory!! Go Pistons!!!!

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Last night was "The Cooler". I didn't know much about it going in, and really enjoyed it.
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Bend it like Beckham. Wow. What a pleasant surprise. I had heard it was good, but still expected a more juvenile film. But it was very well-written/acted/directed. Great story about cultural differences, sports, and pursuing dreams.
I also saw Harry Potter 3. Loved it.

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We have been watching quite a bit of TV on DVD lately. My wife wanted to start watching The West Wing and we have gone through 4 episodes. Quite good.

I started watching Smallville and have enjoyed the first 5 episodes a lot.

Another good TV to DVD miniseries is Taken. It was produced by Spielberg and it aired on Sci-Fi as 12 two hour movies. Great story so far about UFOs and the lives of several different people.

I tried watching "Bad Taste" and stopped after about 15 minutes. I just wasn't in the mood for it I guess. I'll try again this weekend.

I need to watch Return of the King, but haven't found the time. Maybe this weekend.

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Last night I had a theater full for the world premiere of "Westerville South High School Jazz Orchestra Live At Lincoln Center". Not something you'd find at blockbuster!

I spent the last three weeks putting this hour movie from over 10 hours of video shot about my daughter's jazz band (she's the bass player) making a trip to Lincoln Center in NYC to participate in Wynton Marsalis's "Essentially Ellington" competition - one of 15 top jazz bands in the country.

The DVD I made was styled on Ken Burn's "Jazz" and is filled with interviews of the band , the director, and live footage of the event. It also has a "Special Features" section with a slide show, music credits, and their submission CD tracks. The movie, nearly an hour, also has full scene selection.

Hell of a lot of work, but it was a big hit.

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Randy,

Isn't DVD authroring fun? I spent about the first week of my Christmas break intent on putting all of our Cam footage on DVD. What did you use for the authoring? I used Encore.

It took most of the week just to figure out how to get the analog cam footage onto the computer. I didn't like the quality that the capture card driver produced and had to resort to virtualdub.

I ended up just doing our wedding video. It had the wedding and the reception. The extra feature was a picture slideshow of us throughout our dating history accompanied by our song. Did I commit a copyright violation? She loved it despite being irritated that I was on the computer so much.

summer vacation starts next week and I think I'll finish the rest.

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Don - I'm a mac user, so I used iMovie and iDVD - great tools, but still a huge task!

I have 15 years of VHS videos I dread translating to digital, but it must be done.

As to copyright violations, you are within your fair use to use a song you own on a personal video. You're not distributing or selling.

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Wow Randy, I'm impressed.
By your daughter's jazz band getting into that competition. What a great honor.

As for you: since you're on a mac, you may want to invest in Final Cut Pro and After Effects, if you want to do a lot of editing. Granted they cost a couple of bucks. Here's some stuff we just did at work a few weeks ago with FCP and a box of No. 2 pencils - www.melvinmovies.com

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Very nice, jimnc!

Yes, the pro tools, including Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro are amazing, but I don't think I can convince the wife to spend the $1,500 for the software, then another 3K or so for upgraded hardware (need a new liquid cooled dual G5). I asked, but she said no.

Actually, it's pretty amazing what you can do with the $50 tools - free with a new iMac.

And yes, I'm very proud of her.

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I just bought a new emac about a month ago and then a digital camcorder. Made my first DVD with some of the footage I shot at the boys Little League games using iMovie and iDVD. I am planning on making a DVD for the girls on the high school cross country team I coach at the end of our fall season, with meet footage, athlete interviews, and camp and summer training footage all set to their favorite music. I am having lots of fun now that I am back using a Mac!
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