Originally Posted by Cyclone82
So are you saying part of the movie is missing?
Did all 3 of you have this problem?
I would prefer nothing cut out though. Uncut movies are my top priority.
Yes, one minor scene had to be deleted because the cable company ruined it. If you are already familiar with the movie, it is the scene approx half an hour in, right after a big bloodbath of multiple hits. Two men are discussing what had just happened at a cafe, one is a heavyset guy in an orange sweater and the other is older with eyeglasses. The scene runs just over a minute, and 56 seconds of it got ruined by my cable company, so I had to delete it. The folowing scene is a pool party where once agaiin everyone is making nefarious plans (from the looks of it, the "plot" of this movie consists of a bloody mass murder followed by characters rehashing the mass murder, repeat this three times, roll end credits).
Several American cable services now rely a bit too heavily on a technical strategy called switched digital video (SDV), which lets them squeeze ever more channels into the same bandwidth. The problem with this system is it randomly ruins unattended recordings. It works by requiring the viewer to actively press a button on their decoder box remote at least once every half hour after changing to a new channel. If the box does not sense "active interest" from you, it flashes a garish onscreen warning that it will shut down within 30 seconds. This warning text obliterates half the screen area, and if you don't respond to it (because you're asleep or away from home) the box will turn off, killing the video output to its own internal DVR and any connected external recorder (the logic behind them wrecking the utility of their own
PVR escapes me, but they do this).
Some of us have a secondary decoder box setting that lets us override the total shutdown, so that the box will reactivate itself 30 seconds after turning off. This lets us get 99% of a movie that might otherwise be lost, but there is no way to override the periodic momentary shutdown interval: we lose approx 1 minute from any movie or show that the cable box randomly decides we aren't fascinated enough to monitor every second of with our finger on the remote. This is extremely annoying, because it inevitably strikes when TCM or some other specialty channel is running a rare movie or event. Really, really infuriating: you wouldn't mind if the cable service was free, or very cheap, but we pay upwards of $100 per month for this nonsense.
I understand you're disappointed the movie isn't completely intact, but this is an issue we face here in USA thats beyond our control, so if you are sourcing things from friends here it is bound to come up. I already burned the disc so I'm gonna mail it to you anyway. Its missing one 55 second scene, yes, but I'm also the only one here who recorded it for you in 16:9 with nothing else on the DVD. At least it gives you an alternate copy of the film in 16:9 which might come in handy should you ever get a TV larger than 24."Edited by CitiBear - 12/23/13 at 8:41pm