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 http://members.home.net/bobwood21/drivein.jpg

The LT150 (arrow "C") image size you're seeing is

20' wide.

It's being displayed on a beige (almost

yellowish) colored wall. The row of rectangular

lights at the top of the image are windows.

There is a shelf behind the windows displaying

neon signs which are illuminating the windows.

The projection booth (a 1963 Jaguar sedan) was

way higher than it should have been. I had to

angle the projector downward to get the image

onto the wall. Also had to add a lot of digital

keystone adjustment to square up the picture.

In fact it was angled downward so much that you

will see the outline of the car's

hood at the bottom of the projected picture

(see arrow "B").

And the bottom of the projection beam is

actually reflecting off the hood and creating

a reflection in the picture (see arrow "A").

When the movie is displayed the top of the

widescreen image was positioned right below

the row of windows. And the reflection off

the hood disappeared. The horizontal black line

you see in the picture (right at the bottom

of the letter "O" in Powers) is a separator

in the wall. Henry (the homeowner) was supposed

to cover this with tape to hide it but never found

time to do it.

I experienced two glitches during the showing

of the movie.

One was that while I disabled my laptops screen

saver I failed to turn off the suspend mode.

About every 15 minutes

the damn laptop would go into suspend and I

had to bring it back out. Also (and I don't

know why) about every 20 minutes the projector

decided it was running too hot and shut itself

off. I had to reboot the projector several

times during the showing. By about halfway

through the movie I had consumed so much Canadian

whiskey that I was in no condition to try to figure

out what was causing it. I was lucky enough to

be able to push the power button by then (you

Canadians should be ashamed for ever having invented

that stuff).

But after sobering up today I've been using

the projector for several hours so apparently

no damage was done.


p.s. this digital picture was provided by local

photographer Mike Spooneybarger. You Atlanta

Braves fans may soon recognize the name. His brother,

Tim, is about to be signed by the

Braves to replace John Rocker.


Bob Wood



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All I can say is 'oh my god. . . .'


Guess I would have liked to have watched 'Bullitt'.


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Kelly,


We chose Austin Powers because it is a

reference quality transfer (and the host

likes the movie).

Actually Bullitt is one of my all time

favorite films (but a not so good DVD transfer).

I'll never forget first watching it in a movie

theater. At the time my uncle owned a Dodge

Charger RT exactly like the one in the film.

He was a former WWII Navy fighter pilot who

really liked speed. He always wanted a Vette

but his wife would never let him have one.

He was able to get away with buying the

Charger (cause the wife had no idea how powerful

it was by looking at it). I remember driving

it and the thing I remember is that from a

standstill I could put slight pressure on the

accelerator and that would smoke the tires.

Between you and me the Charger would have

blown that Mustang off the road in real life.

A little trivia. Did you know the actor who

drove the charger in the film was a

professional Hollywood stunt driver who

actually did all the driving. And of

course McQueen did all the Mustang driving.


Bob


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Is this was you call "drive in Theater"...


Bob, is it your car?



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Not mine, Rob. All I own is a Ford pickup.


The whole idea started with the party host wanting

to park about a half dozen of his classic cars

around the projector car for guests to have a

drivein theater experience while sitting in the

old cars. He loves those old cars

like they were his own children and I was surprised

that he was going to let all these

people be getting in and out of them with drinks,

food and who knows what.

At some point he decided

that idea weren't gonna fly. So instead he

parked the cars around the projector car for

looks (locked up) and had folding chairs

for the guests to sit in. It still was sort of

nostalgic for me though. Reminded me of the days

when I was a kid and we used to jump the fence

and sneak into the drivein and sit in the

seats by the concession stand. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif


Bob


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You really needed your Panamorph to put it into a 2.35 aspect ratio.


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Ha,ha, I don't think the Pannie would have fit on

the dashboard, Ken. It's a good thing too because

it would have probably ended up being a bunch of

broken glass in the shape I was in. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif


p.s. notice that no CRT guys have had anything to

say about all this. I'd like to see em try and

get one of those things on a dashboard? They

would need a Greyhound bus http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif and we still

wouldn't have been able to see the picture. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


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pcdoctor,


Actually that car is gray in color. If you look

at the right front fender the pink starts to

subside and you start to see the actual color of

the car. Spooney must have used a light (I wasn't

paying attention to what that light was) to get

some light on the car for the picture.

Don't know why that made it look pink.


levikc,


Not sure what you mean. The DVD menu you see in the

picture is 4:3. But when the movie

starts it changes to widescreen.


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Yes it does. When the DVD starts playing the actual

movie the DVD itself switches to widescreen format

which would ordinarily show visible gray bars.


I say "ordinarily" because in this case those gray bars

were not seen. Interestingly, this is a very nice

side effect of making such a huge picture. The

gray bars (and the halo) are dim to start with. Because

of the decrease in light level at the screen (or I should

say the wall) those gray bars and halo became completely

invisible.


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You did a great job, Bob! I hope the host of the party appreciated all of your efforts. I guess he did if he let you drink up most of his booz! LOL


But you'd better review the "making of Bullet" documentary that came with the DVD. Steve didn't do much of the SERIOUS stunt driving (he kept losing it in the turns).


I do know exactly what you mean by the feel of the Charger's gut-wrenching power. I owned an all-out Baldwin-Motion L-88 camaro in those days and loved going up against the Hemi Chargers and Cudas. You could smell the high octaine and tortured rubber all the way down the quarter mile, which happened to be Conner Street in the good ol' Bronx. Those were the days!


Glad you had a blast!

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Well I'll be darned, Peter. If that's true you've stuck

a pin in one of my bubbles. I read an interview long

ago. Someone close to the movie (I'm thinking it was

the director or stunt coordinator). Whoever it was

emphasized how McQueen insisted on doing all driving

himself to maintain the realism. I assumed from that he did do all the driving.


I borrowed the DVD and never got a chance to see the

documentary. I'll try to get hold of another copy.

Is it true that the car chase sequences were filmed

with the cars going at actual speed (rather than using

camera tricks like they do today)?


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Yes, Bob, the information is correct. I personally met the main stunt driver (who drove the Charger and did all the prep work), here in NYC when they were filming the Seven Ups. Want to talk about wild, that Nova used for the chase sequence was built from the ground up. I have a complete article on the making of the Bullet car chase. I'll search for it, and if you drop me an e-mail, I'll gladly mail you a copy.


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Peter,


Me too! I'd like a copy.


You know, I could get my '73 bettle up to a whopping 65mph when going downhill from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. You just had to pray for light cross winds, because it didn't take much to veer off course.


Kelly
 
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