Movie Releases On Dvd Today

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What if any, good horror movies were released on dvd today?
    Does anyone know of any good horror movies that were released on dvd today? I enjoy B movies as well so they don't have to be big budget.

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like the only one that came out this week is called "The Nesting" from 1981. I haven't seen it, probably because I was 5 when it was released.

      The following link lists everything that came out on DVD this month:

  2. QUESTION:
    How long would movies run in cinemas in the past?
    I heard that when E.T was released it remained playing in cinemas for over a year, now though , movies generally play in cinemas for a few months then are released on dvd/bluray, what im asking is....for how long would movies remain in the cinemas before even vhs was invented?

    • ANSWER:
      Before the start of vcrs, movies played for a long time. For instance Star Wars released in 1977 played for 40 weeks, almost a year. They had to play movies for as long as possible because unlike today, movie studios could not rely on revenues from dvd, bluray, digital download etc. Their only real revenue was box office receipts. Also they did not release as much movies as they do today. For example, in 1980 only 161 movies were released compared to 534 released in 2010.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days widscreen dvd vs the deluxe edition 1?
    i am debated which version of the movie i should buy. The widescreen is cheaper, but i want to buy the movie with the most special features so i assume the deluxe edition has more special features. What special features does the widescreen edition have? If it is the same I'll buy the widescreen one.

    • ANSWER:
      Extras for the Delux Edition.
      Carryovers from the 2003 DVD release of the film: the creepy commentary track by director Donald Petrie, Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" music video, and five deleted scenes with optional commentary. New to this edition: "How to Make a Movie in 2 Years" featurette."Why the Sexes Battle," in which interviews by psychologists and evolutionary experts are meant to trick you into thinking the movie is worth taking seriously; and "Girls Night Out," in which the almost-cute authors of the How to Lost a Guy in 10 Days novel reminisce about the dating mistakes they made back in the day and continue to make today.

      WideScreen Extras:
      Director Donald Petrie's commentary track. "Mapping Out the Perfect Movie" is an impressive collection of cast and crew interviews. "Mapping Out the Perfect Location" featurette. Also included here are five deleted scenes, Keith Urban's music video for "Somebody Like You" and previews for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Core and the upcoming Indiana Jones DVD collection.

  4. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the new Eureka Seven movie in English for free?
    See, in April the movie was released into Japan, but does anyone know where I can find a English subbed version and watch it?

    • ANSWER:
      Eureka Seven Pocket Full of Rainbows came out in Japanese theaters in April, but security was pretty tight and no one has managed to find any camera recordings of the film. The DVD was just released today in Japan so it could be anywhere from today to a week before it makes it onto the internet in a RAW (Subtitle-less) form. As for a sub, the Japanese DVD was not released with english subtitles so a group on the internet has to translate it and make their own subtitles once they get a hold of the RAW. The entire process to make a subbed version could take up to a month.

  5. QUESTION:
    How much money does movie piracy cost the film industry?
    I already know about those torrents that allow you to download movies for free. I was just wondering how much that type of activity costs the movie industry every year. If possible, could you please attach an article? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      All of the above quotes are severe skews on the truth perpetrated by the film industry- in reality- piracy does cost money, but not that much.
      Those statistics use the # of DVD sales in previous years vs. the # of sales today- DVD/Bluray sales have been in a boom the past 5-10 years, because everyone was buying their favorite flicks, now almost everyone owns their favorite movies from the past, so DVD/blurays sales are now mostly new releases- obviously a huge drop in sales.
      That's where the majority of the money went- not piracy.
      Also, the majority of money in the film industry is still made in the theaters- once it hits video the local video stores, distributors, and numerous other middlemen take most of the profit- the film industry thrived for its 1st 70 years without home video- and the box office sales are at record highs this year.
      Don't worry about piracy- the industry will be just fine.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are some good scary movies that will still scare today?
    I mean don't post anything that used to be scary, unless it would still be considered scary today. The only movies that have really scared me is Excorsist the first time I saw it, and Paranormal Activity when I saw it in theatres, but when I saw it on DVD it didn't scare me at all. Please let me know some good ones and what they are about without ruining the movie. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ringu

      It's a Japanese movie that came out in 1998. The movie "the ring" is based on it, HOWEVER this movie differs in style from the American version. It focuses on suspense and creeping you out. The atmosphere of this film is quiet and unnerving. I tend to avoid the horror genre because i never get the least bit frightened. But after seeing this movie I definitely had the feeling I was being watched.

      The Others.

      This film takes place in the Jersy Isles in the 1940s. A women (Nichole Kidman) lives alone in a large estate house with her two children. Her husband has been MIA during the war so she is left with her kids and the newly hired help. Not soon after she hires the new help, she begins to suspect that there is someone else lurking in the house, besides those who should be there. Cool plot twist at the end.

      The silence of the Lambs

      The first movie released chronicling the Psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter AKA Hannibal the cannibal. He is asked by the FBI to help track a serial killer. A classic movie, and still as good as ever

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the best movies to watch on Halloween?
    Well I'm looking for really good horror movies, they are well made, but didn't do so well at the box office. So I guess not well-known movies that are really good, but I'm looking for horror movies. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Agreed about silent expressionist horror, those movies are fantastic.

      I also recommend the 1970s version of Nosferatu with Klaus Kinski. It's awesome.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079641/

      If you're more into campy stuff, check out Return of the LIving Dead. It's hysterical (not related to Night of the Living Dead, which is amazing BTW)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089907/

      Or Re-Animator, too much fun
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089885/

      If you haven't seen the original Halloween or Texas Chainsaw Massacres, check them out. I don't even know why people would try to remake perfection. The original Friday the 13th is a lot of fun too. If you like atmosphere, try some Italian horror such as Tenebre, Suspiria or anything by Dario Argento. They're amazing.

      HOw about something totally low budget but surprisingly well made? Check out "Basement Jack" new to DVD. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104834/

      There are a wealth of Christmas horror flicks that I doubt did very well at the box office, but they are hella fun. I watch them over and over this time of year.

      Christmas Evil (aka You Better Watch Out)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081793/

      Black Christmas
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071222/

      Silent Night, Deadly Night
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071222/

      To name a few. Horror flicks from the 70s and 80s were the best/most fun in my opinion. The stuff made today is too gory and unimaginative. Haha, got a little carried away there. Oh yeah and don't miss The Shining, one of the best horror movies ever made. OMG I almost forgot to recommend Evil Dead! If you haven't seen it, you must. It's become a cult classic but I don't think it did very well when it was originally released.

      Have fun!

  8. QUESTION:
    How much longer will the DVD format last?
    From the viewpoint of purchasing for a library, how much longer will dvd media continue in the face of formats like blue ray and internet downloadable media.

    • ANSWER:
      The will be around for at least another 10 years. This is not going to be a rapid transition. Within five years there will be no DVD players sold, only high definition, but regular DVDs will still be around.

      The Blu-Ray site says:
      **Will Blu-ray replace DVDs?
      Yes, that's the expectation. The Blu-ray format has received broad support from the major movie studios as a successor to today's DVD format. In fact, seven of the eight major movie studios (Disney, Fox, Warner, Paramount, Sony, Lionsgate and MGM) have released titles in the Blu-ray format. Many studios have also announced that they will begin releasing new feature films on Blu-ray Disc day-and-date with DVD, as well as a continuous slate of catalog titles every month. For more information about Blu-ray movies, check out our Blu-ray movies section which offers information about new and upcoming Blu-ray releases, as well as what movies are currently available in the Blu-ray format.

      However, the two formats (Blu-ray and DVD) will most likely co-exist for quite some time until HDTVs become more widespread.

      **Will Blu-ray be backwards compatible with DVD?
      Yes, several leading consumer electronics companies (including Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Pioneer, Sharp and LG) have already demonstrated products that can read/write CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs using a BD/DVD/CD compatible optical head, so you don't have to worry about your existing DVD collection becoming obsolete. In fact, most of the Blu-ray players coming out will support upscaling of DVDs to 1080p/1080i, so your existing DVD collection will look even better than before. While it's up to each manufacturer to decide if they want to make their products backwards compatible with DVD, the format is far too popular to not be supported. The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) expects every Blu-ray Disc device to be backward compatible with DVDs.

      DVDs offered enormous improvements over VHS, the least of which was improved picture quality. The only improvement Blu-Ray offers is picture quality (and audio, but its jump is not nearly as significant). You can still jump to any part of a movie, have instant access to commentaries and special features, and features like being able to watch video commentaries over the actual movie. Plus, as of now the full-functioning Blu-Ray players are prohibitively expensive for most people.

      At least with the move from DVD to the Blu-Ray format your DVD collection is still quite usable since any of the new players still play them, unlike say the move from VHS to DVD.

      Though, VHS decks stayed around for a while after just because of the ease of recording shows, but with PVRs now available (think Foxtel IQ, Tivo coming in 2008) they are being used less and less.

      So, from the POV of a library, DVD is still a safe bet. You can still play DVDs in the current and near-future players.

      Downloadable media still has a long way to go. While pay-pre-view is being used by Foxtel, it is not common.

      Until we start to see more flexibility with downloads (issues because of piracy) and larger and cheaper storage (at least a few terrabites) disks will still rule.

      Once things start changing, I imagine that ALIA will put out some announcements.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know where the twilight to dawn midnight release party for the DVD will be in massapequa?
    i live in p.a. nd im going to be in new york in massapequa long island on the release party date and im not sure exactly where they willl be having it there. If anybody knows please let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      hi im from massapequa and was looking and asking around to go to one too..heres what i found...

      On March 20th head to the Blockbuster Store in the Great South Bay Shopping Center 701 Montauk Highway, West Babylon for a midnight Twilight Release Party!

      Join BLI’s Astra After Dark broadcasting live! She’ll have tons of BLI gear to hand out plus a Twilight Trivia Contest, and Edward and Bella look-a-like contest, Twilight movie-okie!

      Plus the first 25 fans to pick up their pre-ordered DVD receive a free Edward mini-poster! So pre-order yours today and mark your calendars for midnight on March 21st as Twilight comes to Blockbuster.

      We kick it all off Friday night March 20th at 10pm with Astra broadcasting live from Blockbuster Video in the Great South Bay Shopping Center 701 Montauk Highway West Babylon, and the DVD gets released at midnight so all you Twilight fans, get ready!

      Plus after midnight, Blockbuster will have Twilight to rent or own, so head to Blockbuster for Twilight kick off the event Friday March 20th with Blockbuster, Astra After Dark and 106.1 BLI!

      hope i helped..and enjoy the release..cant wait..saturday cant come soon enuff lol.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why did the movie Rocky Horror Picture Show acquire such an intense cult following?
    That's pretty much it.
    How did this movie become such a huge deal? And how is it still a huge deal today?

    • ANSWER:
      Why does ANY movie earn "cult" status?

      Maybe this one is because it is such a lousy storyline. Maybe it's because this one is so easy to remember it's lines. Maybe it's because there are so many items that fit nicely into the various parts of the movie (like toilet paper and newspapers, etc.).

      I never wanted to see it when it was released on DVD, but I DID go to a late night showing of it to check it out once and can actually say I enjoyed myself. No...not because of the movie, but because of the people ATTENDING the movie. They were fun to watch.

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch Eureka Seven Movie RAW?
    It was supposed to be released in Japan on DVD today, does anyone know a for sure torrent or stream that's already been uploaded?

    • ANSWER:
      Try http://www.movies-on-net.com
      Hope it can help you.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can this dvd already be for sale on amazon and ebay?
    The When In Rome DVD is already being sold in amazon and ebay as used DVDs, but today is their release day. they are selling them for when stores sell them for .99.
    I don't get it, did they just go and buy it, watched it and now are selling it for half the price?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!!!

      Yes that is exactly what they do. Some people go and buy movies on the day they are released and spend the full amount for them and then once they watch it, they post it for sale to make some kind of profit off of it. I love amazon and am always buying movies off of them. I go there for the fact that I know I can get some pretty good new releases for half of what they are in the stores. I have never once had any problems with them or the quality of the dvd. :) But that is what they do!!! :) there is nothing wrong with it. :)

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you watch regular dvds on a HD Plasma tv using a regular dvd player?
    I am planning on a buying a HD Plama tv today but I was just curious...
    Thanks Eddie Cook, since I am buying a HD Plasma now, it will make a huge difference in my bank account, so hopefully i can save for a little while before i have to empty it a little bit again.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. You will want to connect the DVD player to the TV using component video cables, and set the DVD player to 'progressive scan' to get the best possible picture.

      As a bonus, the TV will upscale ("stretch") the picture, giving your existing DVDs an immediate, near-HD quality boost.

      You might want to consider a DVD player with a built-in upscaler, which can be had for about 0-200. Like the TV, these players will boost your DVDs to near-HD quality. They also allow you to connect to your TV using HDMI cable, which gives you a better picture.

      Either way, do not be fooled into buying a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray HD player. These formats are still very young, and are competing with each other. The players - and their new HD discs - are much more expensive than normal DVDs. Some movies will only be released in one format or the other, so buying a player now will also means making a choice which movies you will want to watch. Eventually the HD video market will settle down. Maybe in a year or so.

  14. QUESTION:
    What should I try adjusting to stop my dvd audio from getting out of sync during a movie?
    I have a basic home theatre setup with a low-end toshiba dvd player feeding into Onyko an receiver. From there the receive passes the video signal to my plama and sound to 5 speakers. For some reason as a dvd continues the audio gets out of sync (falls behind) the video. If I switch the chapters forward/back everything catches back up. The longer the movie, the more out of sync the two elements get. Cable signals do not have this issue.

    What should I check?
    Thanks for the great answer.

    The setup in question is my secondary; a low end EDTV from Sylvania (6842PEM).

    DVD player is a Toshiba SD-4000

    My receiver is an Onkyo TX-SR504

    Everything is connected using component cables (no HDMI on the tv or receiver). Sound from the dvd player goes to the receiver using a digital audio cable.

    The receiver is fairly high end but the dvd player and plasma are not so I would imagine the issue lies with one or the other. I suppose the best thing to do at this point is just to swap in another dvd player and see if that fixes things.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re experiencing what is commonly known as “Lip Sync” error most likely the result of an under-powered or poorly programmed image / video processor in your DVD player, AV receiver and/or display.

      “Video regularly undergoes digital signal processing over more than one frame of video causing the video signal to arrive later than the audio signal. Without the ability to digitally delay the audio signal to match the video signal in real-time consumers will continue to be exposed to the potentially annoying effects of lip-sync error, depending on equipment and source material. Lip-sync error becomes particularly irritating (depending on a person’s sensitivity) when the video is substantially delayed behind the audio by more than approximately 30 milliseconds.”

      “Virtually all HDTVs now include some kind of video processing chip that performs complex tasks such as de-interlacing video signals, converting from the format/resolution of the source signal to the native resolution of the display, enhancing color appearance, removing noise, and so on. These video processing activities require that multiple frames of video be buffered and analyzed before each video frame is output and displayed. As a result, there exists a delay from the time the video is received into the TV’s input to the time the video is actually on the screen. Keep in mind that one frame of video at 60Hz refresh rate (common for today’s HDTVs) corresponds to 16 msec. Since video processing typically requires anywhere from 2 to 5 frames of video to be buffered, this video processing results in 33 to 83 msec of latency. Humans are very sensitive to multimedia content where the audio is heard before the “lips” move (humans are less sensitive to perceiving audio that is slightly delayed behind the video). When the audio is more than 50 msec ahead of the video, the average viewer can detect this latency problem.”

      “Almost all HDTVs integrate audio delay electronics that automatically delay the audio signal going to the TV’s speakers to be in proper synchronization with the buffered video. However, when the audio is presented by a device other than the TV (such as by an A/V receiver), the TV no longer controls the audio signal and ensuing improper audio/video synchronization can be experienced.”

      First things first check and see if any firmware updates have been released for your DVD player, AVR, and display. Next, check the owner’s manuals for your display, DVD player and AVR to see if any of those components are equipped with some form of audio delay - either automatic or manual. If that fails to help you resolve your audio-video sync problem then your next step will be to track down the offending culprit(s). I suggest connecting your DVD player and AVR to a friends HDTV or ask a manager at one of your local A/V retailers if you can bring your DVD player and AVR to their showroom and try it with a couple of different displays, in each case always using the same connections that you’re at home.

      If you provide the specific model numbers of your A/V equipment, a more detailed description of exactly how your equipment is connected, i.e., specifically which type of connections you’re using - HDMI, component, composite, S/PDIF, etc., and the specific type of source material, i.e., HD or SD video content, that is affected by the “Lip Sync” error, I or another Y!A contributor would (or should) be able to provide greater assistance.
      ________________________

      Resources:

      http://www.hdtvmagazine.com/articles/articles-author.php?id=16

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070508163453AAP9hwk

      Charles A. Poynton, “High Definition Television and Desktop Computing”
      http://www.multimedia.edu.pl/invocom/MultimediaPL/txt/Poynton.pdf
      ________________________

      Follow-up Reply:

      Thanks for the additional information.

      On page 58 of your Onkyo TX-SR504 Instruction Manual it states that the TX-SR504 receiver is equipped with an “A/V Sync” setting. I would try adjusting the A/V Sync setting to see if it corrects the A/V sync error you're experiencing.

      Quoted from page 58:

      “When using progressive scanning on your DVD player, you may find that the picture and sound are out of sync. With this setting, you can correct this by delaying the audio signals. You can set it from 0 to 100 milliseconds (ms) in 20 millisecond steps.”

      “Note: This setting is not available when the Pure Audio listening mode is used, or the Direct listening mode is used with an analog input signal.”

      Onkyo TX-SR504 Instruction Manual
      http://63.148.251.135/redirect_service.cfm?type=own_manuals&file=TX-SR504_En_Web_.pdf
       

  15. QUESTION:
    how do i find naruto shippuden the lost tower English subbed online ?
    i know the movie is out but i cant understand Japanese unless i get some translation , i want to know if anyone knows a link or if some one can help me .....please i wana watch it !!!!!!!!!!!!

    might i add the dvd was released today 27/4 and the Japanese sub version is online ..... i wana know how to find the English sub version !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or maybe how long it will take to find one .

    • ANSWER:
      Great question!

      Since today is April 27th (I have been waiting a while for this day) that means that Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower did indeed get released with English subtitles!

      It just so happens that I finished watching the movie not more than 5 minutes ago, and I must say it was great! Especially the ending :)

      The site I watched it on is called, http://www.narutoget.com/
      a very reliable website, and great to watch newly released episodes too. The video quality is amazing, and I never find any problems. No virus' etc.

      The only problem you might find, is that the movie is split into 6 parts, and the first part does not have subtitles for the first 3-4 minutes. Since the 4th movie was released not more than about 10 hours ago, you can't expect them to be perfect hey? I am sure they will have it fixed within a day or so. So no worries.

      I hope I helped :)

  16. QUESTION:
    How come some movies on netflix aren't available til month after their dvd release?
    Like I noticed Date Night (which comes out today) would not be availble til september. I know they had some deal that has to do with if netflix doesn't have the movie, then people will just buy it at best buy or something. that'sd logic I don't understand. If people want to buy, won;t they just buy it anyway. How is this month-long wait helping netflix?

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix has a contract with the production companies that does not allow them to release the movie until 90 days after it is shown on premium channels, such as Starz, Showtime, Cinemax, etc. Therefore, you will not be able to see these right away. Now, you would think this has everything to do with DVD sales, but only partially. DVD sales are beginning to slow as people now are switching to internet streaming, and the production companies know this, judging by their sales.

      So you see the movie late. Don't worry about it. At least you saw it extremely cheaply. That's my motto.

      Here's a recent article outlining a new internet streaming deal reached through the production companies, starting in September. Maybe your movie will be available only because of this:

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38644039/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the difference in the widescreen ratios?
    I know there is and 2.35:1 and 1.85:1 aspect ratios for widescreen dvds. Whats the difference on these and what do they use in theater? Does the picture get distorted or cramped when being transfered to dvd?
    Also, what is the difference between anamorphic widescreen and regular widescreen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.In 1953 20TH Century Fox released the first feature film in CinemaScope "The Robe" .It was filmed with an Anamorphic lens which "squeezed "the image onto a 1.33:1 film frame.When projected in the Cinema through another anamorphic lens the image was "unsqueezed"and projected onto the screen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

      In the early 1950s producer Michael Todd with the help of The American Optical Company invented a new widescreen process namedTodd -AO. It was filmed on 70 mm 6 track stereophonic magnetic film.It projected faster than the normal ,at 30 frames per second.The optical lens photographed an image 128 degrees wide.and was projected onto a deeply curved screen.Oklahoma!,South Pacific and The Sound of Music were some of the movies shot in Todd-AO.

      MGM developed a process they named MGM Camera 65. It had an aspect ratio of 2.75:1 which was one of the widest ever made.The 1959 movie "Ben-Hur was shot with this system.

      Other companies started to appear .Panavision 70mm [2.2:1 to 2.35:1 ],Technirama [2.35:1] VistaVision [from 1.66:1 to 2.:1] Super Cinerama 70mm[2.20:1] Metroscope[2:1]

      Most of these companies folded due to increased costs. Panavision is the only main company that has lasted.
      Panavision photographs with anamorphic 35mm film and projects onto the screen with 70mm .Some movies today are shot in the 1.85:1 ratio which is close to 16:9 widescreen.

      All DVDs are capable of retaining the original aspect ratio that was used in the movie and there is no distortion issues to deal with.

  18. QUESTION:
    What movies should i add to my Netflix que?
    I need more movies to add to both my instant and dvd ques. I just finished The Blindside, Precious, Brothers, The Stoning of Saraya, and a few others. Recommend some new(ish) movies for me!

    • ANSWER:
      There's a new one that was released to instant Que today called "Taxidermia" that looks absolutely amazing. I've heard it compared to Amelie and Martyrs, 2 completely differant movies that are both amazing in their own way. I'm going to watch it myself tonight.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a movie that was like Black Hawk Down?
    Black Hawk down was an amazing movie, I loved it. I want to see a movie thats kind of like that movie, or similar to it.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, any Michael Bay movie is going to have its share of explosions in it. Also, it will have a few popular songs so that you'll feel familiar with the various sequences that aren't strictly considered action sequences.

      I guess I could recommend Tora! Tora! Tora! which will also score points with most people you know because it's Pearl Harbor told from the Japanese point of view.

      Pearl Harbor is another movie with LOTS of explosions and action. You might think about The Perfect Storm, the Die Hard quadrilogy or maybe the Alien quadrilogy.

      The Terminator series is also another with a lot of action. I recommend the second, fondly known as T2 more than any of the others. Some of the special effect in that film are up to par if not better than ones today, 18 years after it originally came out.

      The Siege is pretty good, too. Not the worlds best plot, but it pre-dates 9/11 and shows what could have happened then, but didn't. Still, the explosions will rattle your windows if you have the volume at normal level.

      Fox has really done a good job with their DVD's. I'm not trying to shill for them, but all the above mentioned movies with the exception of T2 and The Perfect Storm are Fox releases. I think Pearl Harbor is a Disney title and they have put it on moratorium, though. Since it's not a cartoon, it may never be re-released!

  20. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch movies online for free without downloading ?
    I want to watch new moon .
    I know it just came out today , but hopefully someone will have it .
    PLEASE give me some options ! <3

    • ANSWER:
      There are dozens of sites with New Moon now, skip anything with a survey as it is probably fake. If you check out http://www.GRAB0lD.com , they keep adding copies as they find them in better quality. Pretty soon some enterprising pirate should be able to smuggle a copy of the DVD from a projection booth and get it online. That usually takes about a week from the time a movie is released, so by November 27th at the latest would be my guess. Just select the copy with the best rating and you will have the best one available online.

      Whatever you do, do not use a torrent for New Moon. You can be sure they will be tracking and busting people on this one.

  21. QUESTION:
    How many series of Neon Genesis Evangelion are there? and what order are they?
    I watched all the episodes like 4 years ago but never watched the movies. I saw there were two at my library, what order are they? and what is the 1.01 series all about? and what are the mangas too. like what is angelic days and the other ones?

    • ANSWER:
      It's kinda of confusing. The movies are basically a re-make of the last two episodes because they ran out of money making the TV series, so they just threw together an ending. Then, when they got enough money, they made Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion.

      So, first you should watch
      Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth
      then
      Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

      Now they are re-making Evangelion again in 4 movies. They are called:
      Rebuild of Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
      Rebuild of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
      Rebuild of Evangelion: 3.0 Q Quickening
      Rebuild of Evangelion: 4.0

      These movies re-tell Evangelion with changes to the story. 1.0 was pretty much the same as the original series, then 2.0 has some changes and the real changes are supposed to start at 3.0 and 4.0 (they haven't been released yet though). I recommend you watch them because the animation is updated to today's standards and their supposed to improve the story to how the writer really wanted it to happen.

      When you look these up, you're going to find that there's 1.0, 1.01, 1.11, 2.0, and 2.22. This is what those mean:
      1.0 → original theatrical release
      1.01 → the failed re-mastered version with some lighting porblems
      1.11 → digitally re-mastered for blu-ray quality, some deleted scenes b/c of the DVD
      2.0 → original theatrical release
      2.22 → digitally re-mastered for blu-ray quality, some deleted scenes b/c of the DVD

      Right now, 1.01 is the only one released in English, but 1.11 is going to be released very soon [EDIT :: it will be released on March 9th, 2010]. 2.22 will come out in May in Japan, so expect 2.22 to be released in 2011.

      More info in these links
      1.0 http://myanimelist.net/anime/2759/Evangelion:_1.0_You_Are_(Not)_Alone
      2.0 http://myanimelist.net/anime/3784/Evangelion:_2.0_You_Can_(Not)_Advance
      3.0 http://myanimelist.net/anime/3785/Evangelion:_3.0_Q_Quickening
      4.0 http://myanimelist.net/anime/3786/Evangelion:_4.0
      Death and Rebirth http://myanimelist.net/anime/31/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion:_Death_&_Rebirth
      End of Evangelion http://myanimelist.net/anime/32/Neon_Genesis_Evangelion:_The_End_of_Evangelion

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some good things to do that are kid friendly in Southern California?
    I have a 9 year old and a 14 yr old with me and we'd like to go do something, we just dont know what... Today is too overcast to go to the beach and we'd like to steer clear from any zoo's (too sad for my son)
    If anyone has any ideas, I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There are literally hundreds of things to do here in LA. Here is my list of “must sees”. Visit as many as you have time for.:

      Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth. Half a billion visitors can’t be wrong. #1 Destination. Note: You can get in free on your birthday!
      Universal Studios: A theme park that grew out of a studio tour. #2 Destination.
      Even if you don’t visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Tour, Downtown Disney District and Universal City Walk are very fun places to visit for shopping and eating. And they’re free to visit.

      Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard is ready for its close-up, thanks to years of urban renewal and renovation. Most kids won’t really like the Walk of Fame or Chinese Theater. However, the El Capitan theater, which was restored to its former glory, is owned by Disney and shows recently released Disney movies as well as older Disney that has been released on DVD (like the Little Mermaid).

      Olvera Street/Union Station: Olvera Street is the birthplace of LA, and it emphasizes our Mexican heritage. In addition to the Avila Adobe (oldest building in LA), you can eat at some pretty good Mexican Restaurants, do a little shopping, and taste a churro. If you don’t want to go to Tijuana, this is as close as it gets without going there. Union Station has great architecture from a bygone age. Also, you are 2 blocks from Phillippe’s (see below).

      Santa Monica Beach and Pier: Great beach scene and a classic seaside amusement park, complete with antique carousel that has been in a lot of TV and movies. (The Sting and "Three's Company" come immediately to mind).Bubba Gump Shrimp Company right on the pier. Kids love the rides on the pier, and the games. Or just playing in the sand.

      Griffith Park - Home of the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Observatory, Travel Town, the Greek Theatre, Pony Rides and Griffith Park Railroad, Merry-Go-Round, and Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage. While the zoo is not as good as San Diego Zoo, it is still good, and enough to entertain most kids. The Pony Rides and railroad are for the younger kids. Travel Town is a rail museum where you’re not SUPPOSED to climb on the engines, but kids have been ignoring those signs for 40 years. The recently renovated Observatory is a lot of fun. Or you can just play in one of the picnic areas in the park. There are plenty of toys to play on.

      Los Angeles Science Center: A favorite museum for kids for over 40 years. Exposition Park, by the Coliseum.

      Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana: The big cube right next to I-5, exit Main St.

      Los Angeles Children’s Museum: Located in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, currently under construction. Original location near the Music Center is closed.

      La Brea Tar Pits/Paige Museum: What kid doesn’t like dinosaur exhibits?

      Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach: Lots of fun marine exhibits for kids to explore. And the mac and cheese at Bubba Gump’s across the street is good, too.

      Legoland, Carlsbad: This is more of a San Diego attraction, but kids 10 and under generally love it.

      Places to eat:
      In-N-Out Burger: Multiple locations, best burger in LA, ask anyone.
      Pink’s Hot Dogs: 709 N. La Brea, just north of Melrose. Might see a celebrity.
      Tommy’s Chili Burgers: Look for the shack, an LA tradition. Original location at Beverly & Rampart, a couple miles west of downtown.
      Canter’s Deli: 419 N. Fairfax, between Beverly & Melrose. Near CBS, might spot a celebrity.
      Phillippe’s: 1001 N. Alameda. Great roast beef sandwiches. Near Union Station, Olvera Street. Watch the mustard, it’s hot.
      Cap’n Kidd’s, across from Disneyland: NOT!

  23. QUESTION:
    I purchased a DVD that did not have a label on the disc. How can I find out if it is a legal copy?
    The DVD is a Warner Bros. release that cost .99. I can't believe they would distribute plain silver disc with no label. When I tried to return it to the store, the store manager said they sometimes come without a label. I wanted to check another copy in the store, but there were no more copies.. although there were plenty when I made the purchsase.

    • ANSWER:
      WB releases DVDs like that so that they don't have to have a separate Disk for Widescreen and Full Screen. One side is Full, The other is Wide...I just watched the movie Jumper today and it is like that...and every WB movie I own is like that.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why in the world would this question be removed?
    A few days ago I posted a question asking what a good website was that compares different DVD releases of the same movie. I check back today to see if there are any responses and the question was removed!?!?!? I didn't break any community guideline rules. Why was my question removed?

    • ANSWER:
      If you didn't break the guidelines, then trolls who have nothing else better to do probably reported it. There is nothing you can really do about it (if you want you can appeal), but just post the question again and hope for the best.

  25. QUESTION:
    Where do you find a little mermaid 3 dvd or movie?
    "The Little Mermaid 3" is a movie I want for my 10 year old sister who REALLY deserves it. She just adores the original version by Hans Christian Andreson and would love to have all "The Little Mermaid" stories by both Hans and Disney. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      It was just released TODAY, so go to Target, Wal-Mart, the grocery store, the drug store, the disney Store.

      You may also be able to still get LM and LM2: Return to the Sea at target and/or similar stores

  26. QUESTION:
    Have they chosen the cast for the Volturi other than Dakota Fanning?
    I already know Dakota Fanning is gonna be in the movie. Who else?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes she is going to be in the movie. These are the other people who are going to be in the movie (p.s. yo ucan always go to summitentertainment.com too). This is a update on Stephenie Meyers website:

      SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT RUNS WITH THE WOLF PACK IN THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

      Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman to Star as Members of Wolf Pack

      Los Angeles, CA — March 23, 2009 — Summit Entertainment announced today that Native American/First Nation actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have signed on to star as the members of the wolf pack in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. In the film, the wolf pack defends humans against vampires although they have a tribal history intricately entwined with Edward Cullen and his family. The wolf pack members will join Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and fellow wolf pack member Taylor Lautner in the film directed by Chris Weitz which will be released domestically November 20, 2009.

      In THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.

      Each member of the wolf pack is of Native decent. Spencer is Lakota (Sioux), Pelletier is Cree-Metis, Meraz is Purepecha (Tarasco), Gordon is Hualapai, and Houseman, who was discovered at an open casting call, is Cree. Casting of the wolf pack was overseen by award-winning casting director Rene Haynes who is well-known for her work on Native projects ranging from DANCES WITH WOLVES to BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE.

      The action-packed, modern day vampire love story and blockbuster success of the first film in the series entitled TWILIGHT was released in theatres on November 21, 2008 grossing .9 million domestically during its first weekend. To date the film has grossed nearly 0 million worldwide. TWILIGHT was released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD this past Saturday, March 21st and sold over 3 million DVD units in its first day of release making it one of the top five best first day DVD releases over the past two years.

      About Summit Entertainment LLC:
      Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

      I hope I helped! It doesnt say anything about the Volturi but i bet there will be a update soon about that. You can always check out the updates on stepheniemeyer.com or summitentertainment.com. :)

  27. QUESTION:
    Will the movie 127 Hours with James Franco be released to Canada and when?
    The movie came out today but i have not see an sign of a release here :( please answer if you know

    • ANSWER:
      So far I can't find any shows in a one year plan for 127 hours for the theaters where I live so I assume that if it does come out in Canada, it will be a long time.... the DVD will most likely come out first.

  28. QUESTION:
    When will the dvd of Twilight the movie be released?
    I am a twilight addict. I'd like to know if this movie will have its dvd released by march/april next year so I can ask my mom to buy it for me when she visits the U.S.

    • ANSWER:
      FYE is taking pre-orders for a February 14the release date. I just ordered mine today :)

  29. QUESTION:
    Where do people get scenes to make Twilight Trailers?
    I've seen plenty of fan made trailers and I'm just wondering where they got the scenes to make the trailer. I know some just reorder bits from the actual trailer however I see some trailers that use different scenes. Also, some people have even uploaded actual scenes from the movie, where do they get these scenes from?

    • ANSWER:
      There have been loads of full scenes released at various events and times. Just today a new scene from the cafeteria was released by Borders. You pretty much just have to keep your eyes and ears open. Here are some scenes that have been released:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_hSNELxpXM A sneak peek and scene from Bella's first visit to the Cullen House. On the Penelope DVD.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg4E7PfYJ8Q&feature=related A bit of the Ballet Studio Scene. From Comic Con.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djGYvaeicOE&feature=related A scene that isn't in the book, in a greenhouse.
      http://video.msn.com/video.aspx/?mkt=en-US&vid=48182449-1fca-4c77-a888-b74bafce2f75&wa=wsignin1.0 A scene from the Cafeteria, released today!

      There are more, but you just have to dig around the internet.

      I go to http://www.hisgoldeneyes.com/ every day, where they post the latest Twilight news.I never miss out on anything Twilight related!

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the quote in the "Remember Me" DVD Trailer?
    Hi!

    I saw the trailer for the release of the Remember Me DVD today, and it had a wonderful quote that I didn't catch and that I can't find anywhere on the internet. It starts off something like "Someone comes into your life..." I know that the official trailer for the movie has a quote from Ghandi, and that's not the one I'm talking about. Has anyone seen this, or have a link to the video or the quote? Thanks for your help!

    Alex

    • ANSWER:
      "Someone comes into your life and half of you says, you’re nowhere near ready, and the other half says make her yours forever."

  31. QUESTION:
    Does blu-ray make a difference to movies previously released on DVD only?
    I'm considering buying "The Host" and "Edward Scissorhands" on blu-ray, both of which were released before blu-ray came out.

    Since these were originally shot in Standard Definition, would watching them in High Definition make a difference? Or should I just buy these on DVD?

    • ANSWER:
      Most films are not recorded digitally in SD or HD. They are photographed on 35mm film, and it has been done that way since 1892. 35mm film is still capable of capturing a higher resolution image than the highest HD video currently available to consumers (1080p).

      There have been advancements in film production (such as digital intermediates) that can improve the odds of better picture quality for more recent films on Blu-ray. But if an original film negative can be located for an older title, then the Blu-ray can sometimes look as if it was shot today (Blade Runner and Thunderball come to mind).

      There is rarely a case where a film transferred to Blu-ray is not able to improve the sharpness or picture quality previously available from a release on DVD. Whether a studio is able to invest the time and money required to locate a decent print of a film (or even the original negative) can affect the quality of a Blu-ray transfer. Also some films are intentionally filmed with a soft look, so it doesn't matter how good the quality of the located film is, it will never look that sharp.

      If you are in doubt about choosing a Blu-ray over a DVD, look online for a review of the disc to see. This website indexes all online reviews: http://cinemasquid.com/blu-ray/movies/reviews . See the links below for the movies you mentioned:

      http://cinemasquid.com/blu-ray/movies/details/edward-scissorhands?movieid=274&locale=all

      http://cinemasquid.com/blu-ray/movies/details/the-host?movieid=251&locale=all

  32. QUESTION:
    Is Walmart or Best Buy doing a midnight release for The Dark Knight Rises Movie?
    Was just curious if they were going to be releasing the movie Monday at Midnight to the public. I'm a big batman fan and I really want this movie haha.. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      I know that Walmart is but Walmart is open 24 hours so it wouldnt really be a midnight release.. You could just do what I did and preorder the DVD from Amazon and get it 1 day early before everybody else. Mine shipped out today and will arrive on the 3rd.

  33. QUESTION:
    How are movies rdone in high def that were released before high def cameras existed?
    There are a lot of movies out on blu-ray and HD-DVD that were released long before there was such as thing as high definition How do the studious make them look as good as high def movies shot today?

    Do they use video scalers? If so can you buy a scaler to make everything look as good as that?.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don't understand what the guy above me is saying, it means that almost all movies are originally shot at very high resolution (like 35mm film). Off the top of my head I think it's something like 3000 x 2200 pixels, which is much higher than 1080p at 1920x1080.

      There are some very good scalers out there but they are very expinsive. Cheap (but good) ones like the DVDO iScan VP50 are still more expensive than most enthusiasts want to spend, let alone average consumers.
      http://www.avrev.com/equip/dvdo_iscan_vp50/
      http://www.projectorcentral.com/dvdo_iscan_vp50.htm

      You would also want a display that can do 1:1 pixel mapping.

      This is why alot of people go the HTPC (home theater PC) route. With the right software a decent PC can scale very well.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do they put all those monsters and aliens in movies?
    Like buidings crashing, monsters fighting the characters? Who does that and how do they do that? It interests me as a career. I dotn think its cgi because the monsters look way too real to be cgi.

    • ANSWER:
      most monsters and alien of today's movies are just CGI made, the CGI craze started with jurassic park back in the mid-90's however there was a time that those monsters and aliens were made by using stop motion miniature techniques or by just simply using a guy in a suit walking around the set destroying miniature buildings and fighting another guy in a suit.

      if you really want to learn more on how did they do it, you can start by for example watching the dvd extras.making of.documentaries about the movie, usually they are included in every monster/alien movies dvd release.

      also here's a few documentaries about the undisputed king of monsters "godzilla" that you might like..

      Making of the Godzilla Suit!

      Godzilla BBC Documentary

      Godzilla: It Came From Japan

  35. QUESTION:
    Is the 8 dvds out at a time from Netflix plus streaming for 52 bucks a month a good deal?
    That's alot of movie watching. The other option is I could buy DVDs at Super Pawn for 2 bucks each and new releases and kids movies for 4, occasionally they will have a dvd for 50 cents, they had Stealth for 50 cents today which is the better deal, or should I go with one of the cheaper Netflix plans?

    • ANSWER:
      Start with the 2 at a time plan anf see hiw it goes, netflix has a phenominal turn around time, you can find the shipping location closest tio you to check specifically

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone bought today and had problems watching The Day The Earth Stood Still 1951 release today?
    I bought The Day The Earth Stood Still {2008YR.} with bonus 1951 Release Today. The 2008 version worked great, but the 1951 release version does not play, and when look at the back of the dvd it shows REL. Does it suppose to show the Rel on the back of the disk too like the front of the disk? I am just wondering if anyone sat down and tried to watch their 1951 version and could not watch it today?

    • ANSWER:
      it is weird you ask because i had a similar problem with the same movie, I took it back to the store and they told me that some copies were not made properly because of a machine, if you take it back and show them the disc and they will give you a good copy

  37. QUESTION:
    When will The Secret World of Arrietty be released on DVD and Blu Ray in America?
    Me and my dad went to QFC today to see if they have the movie yet but they don't :( Bummer.
    I got all excited for nothing. I want to buy the movie. It looks so good. I ♥ all of Hayoa Miyazaki's films :)

    Please and Thank You ♥

    • ANSWER:
      It came out a week ago, on the 22nd.

      http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/releases.php?id=20594

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know when The Scarlet Pimpernel Season 2, Episodes 1-3 will be released in the US?
    I watched the 1999 version of The Scarlet Pimpernel on A&E episodes 1-3 starring Richard E. Grant. I just found out today that those three movies are the first season and that there is a second season with three more movies. I was only able to find them on the internet for sale in region 2. Does anyone know when they will be released in the US for region 1?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the DVDs are marketed by London Films who produced them as a co production with the BBC.

      Try emailing Andrew Luff and ask about Region 1

      luff@londonfilms.com

      To be honest I was very disappointed in the second series.

      I think there are tweaks you can do to your DVD player to make it play all DVDs - try googling for some suggestions.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why do people say Woody Woodpecker is a forgotten toon?
    Just because they don't show the old WW cartoons on TV anymore doesn't mean people forget about him. They released all the old cartoons on DVD.

    • ANSWER:
      He is not forgotten. In fact, several years ago a British internet company tried to license him as their search engine mascot. They were planning to call him Woody the Internet Pecker. They needed a quick lesson in American slang to put that idea to rest.

      http://www.neatorama.com/2007/02/26/english-misadventure-in-marketing/

      Or maybe that's an urban legend, since the same story comes up about Japanese companies. 😀

      But the fact is, nobody is making movies of Woody today, like they are of the Looney Tunes characters, Tom and Jerry, etc. He is not so much forgotten as in danger of being forgotten.

  40. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the human centipede for free online?
    i'm so sick of viruses and credit card information and surveys and offers. i just want to watch the movie.

    • ANSWER:
      I wanted to see this movie too, and I checked all of the above websites, and they all want you to take endless surveys. I went to Frostwire and just searched the movie and I got it. Its not the best quality, but i still got the movie!

      You can download Frostwire here
      http://www.frostwire.com/
      I have it on my computer and have had no problems. I get all my music from here too.

      You search for "human centipede" in videos and there should be a windows media file called something like " The Human Centipede 2010 DVDRip LKRG "

      It takes a really long time to download, but I got it. Also, when I tried to preview it during download, It wouldn't let me. I got to see it after everything was done, though.

      Also, It said that the run time of the file was over 6 hours, but I don't think that's true, at least it wasn't for me.

      If you don't trust my word, the DVD releases everywhere Oct. 5 I think, I called Blockbuster today looking for it.

      Good Luck! :)

  41. QUESTION:
    Is There A Website where I can see the ending of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas?
    I Just Finished The Book Today I would like to see the ending of the Movie. Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      The movie was released only in certain theaters. Because of that, it's very hard to find any parts of the movie online at all (believe me, I've tried). I saw it in theaters and it was so amazing, I wanted to see it again. I would highly recommend seeing the whole movie in theaters or just wait till it comes out on dvd.

  42. QUESTION:
    How much long will the film industry last?
    Film dont seem to be what they used to be. They dont really seem to be making classics anymore, not as much anyway. What will happen to the film industry, will they ever run out of story ideas? Is that why they are making so many remakes?

    • ANSWER:
      Truly original ideas are virtually non-existent anymore. In fact, every basic story was told hundreds of years ago. What makes a movie stand out isn't so much an original story as it is good writing, acting, and directing.

      Sure there have been a lot of sequels and remakes in the last few years, but if you go back over movie history, you will see it runs in cycles.

      One thing to keep in mind for the near future is Hollywood is still trying to get back on track after last year's writer's strike. Many of the junk movies we're seeing today (and for the next 6-12 months) are scripts that were snatched up and put into production by the studios prior to the strike.

      But you can't just blame Hollywood for the crap that's being released today. Why should they spend a lot of time developing good stories when audiences will turn out for crap like Meet Norbit, The Mummy 3, 10000 B.C., and so on. That's part of the reason they keep making the spoof movies (Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Superhero Movie, etc). They are cheap to make and earn a reasonable return through theatrical and DVD releases.

      If the public were to start supporting more of the high quality, well made movies, then I can assure you Hollywood would make more of them.

  43. QUESTION:
    What order should a beginner watch Star Wars?
    Alright, I've finally been convinced to give Star Wars a try. I'm completely new to it and anything like it. So tell me, because I'm pretty confused, what order do I watch them in?

    • ANSWER:
      "Have A Laugh" really should "Get A Clue" because he could not be more WRONG.

      This question gets asked a lot and while there may be some like "Have A Laugh" who will say to watch them 1 - 6, the simple truth is that if you want to enjoy the full experience of the Star Wars saga then you should watch them ep 4 – ep 6 then ep 1 – ep 3. Why ... well this is just my "theory" but it holds a couple oceans of water.

      Start with the fact that they were released that way and that is how the story was meant to be told. Watching them this way will also keep the "suspense" in them. Both of the trilogies "tell" on the secrets of the others but the prequels take much of the suspense out of the OT with some of the info learned in them. There is a scene in episode V: The Empire Strikes Back that was voted # 4 by SAG as one of the most shocking revelations in the entire history of film ... if you watch them 1 - 3 then 4 - 6 you will lose the "WTF" value it carried in 1980 because you will already know what it is and it won't seem like a big deal to you. The problem with that is that this event WAS a big deal to the saga itself. It basically took everything we thought we knew and tossed it into the recycle bin. To this day I remember what happened in the theater I was in to watch this movie for the first time and heard Darth Vader utter 5 words that turned the Star Wars saga upside down ... absolute silence ... you could have heard a pin drop 10 miles away ... we were stunned silent by this "revelation" ... this went on for about 10 seconds then from somewhere in the theater someone yelled, screamed actually, LIAR ... everybody joined in with he's lying Luke, don't believe him Luke, he's full of Sith ... don't believe him ... yeah, someone actually said he's full of Sith ... and it went on until Luke made his decision and then another cheer went up in the crowd. Yeah, that's the kind of "crazy" we were back then ... this trilogy grabbed the people of my generation and said ... you think that was cool ... watch this. It's kind of like it was back in the 50s when all the kids were listening to that "Devil Music" called Rock n Roll. It was one of those things that had to be felt not seen. I doubt we will ever seen any movie in any genre that will come close to topping this saga ...

      There is one other thing to decide also with respect to the OT (ep 4 – ep 6) … there are 3 versions of these movies … the ones that came out to theaters in 77 – 83 … the SE versions that came to theaters in 97 … and the DVD versions that came out in 2004. Is there much difference between the 3 versions … for the most part no. The main thing that was changed was picture quality and sound quality. Lucas did change some scenes and did add some small scenes. I would suggest you watch the DVD versions as they are the “final” word according to Lucas. If you’ve never seen the movies and watch the DVD versions you won’t know why many, many fans want to smack Lucas up side the head for the change he made to the end of ep 6 but I have no doubts you will be able to find someone who will tell you about it.

      May The Force Be With You ...

      EDIT: I love how people say the FX was better in the prequels so if you watch them first you'll be disappointed with the OT. They seem to forget that at the time they were made the OT were seen as the cutting edge of FX and the big thing ... Lucas and friends came up with all that stuff on the fly while making the movies. If you see a movie today that is heavy with FX you will see something in the credits that goes directly to Lucas for how it was done. As for the "acting" being horrible in the prequels ... well it ain't very good but a lot of that is because the scripts weren't all that good either. Lucas relied a lot on the "WOW" factor in the prequels because the FX is beyond stunning. Lucas forgot that what makes a Star Wars movie good isn't all the different ways that you can blow things up, it's the underlying story and in ep 1 & 2 that story wasn't very good. ep 3 got better but that movie was carried by the action anyways.

      The people who say to not even bother with the prequels, well to them I say ... how DARE you. You may not like them but you don't know if the person you are giving "advise" to will like them or not. You are being beyond irresponsible by saying that to someone ... although I doubt any of you give a damn about that little fact.

      Unless you find that you really like the movies then you could probably skip the animated micro-series that ran on the Cartoon Network in 2003 & 2004, the animated movie in theaters right now and the new animated series that will debut Oct 3rd this fall ... they are a lot of background on the major parts and characters of the movies.

  44. QUESTION:
    how does the picture quality produced by most 1080 HDMI upscaling DVD players compare to that of Blue Rays?
    why some say that the 1080 upscale dvd players are a "Scam"? how true and why?

    why anyone would want to get the "almost real thing " instead of buying the real thing? even if just buy dvds for now to play in it until prices of blue ray discs come down? will it not play as best as it can anyways?

    please explain what you can

    thanks for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      No, upscaling is simply like stretching what initially was a small picture to a larger picture when its not supposed to. Sure it does work on patching up the aliasing but it will not be the same quality as a blu ray player.

      One thing it will not have is the audio quality as well. I will say, on older movies, like back to the future, star wars and stuff, the blu-ray sorta makes it look weird and it almost seems better in standard quality. Its too sharp, thats what it is, the equipment used back then wasn't designed to allow the footage to be displayed on such complex systems like 1080p, it often has to be 'remastered' in terms of audio quality as the sound just seems a bit flat sometimes.

      However, I will say, modern films, like limitless, avatar, battle loss angeles etc. The best version you can get of these films is blu ray as the picture and audio quality will not be met by upscaling. Simple. Besides, I never thought id buy blu ray films three years ago, even though I had a ps3, but the prices of modern releases are quite low now. I prefer it also when they have 'double play' when they include a standard DVD version of the film with the blu ray. But I will say, the difference in quality is just about worth the 15.99 starting price of new releases because it is great. Limitless and source code are my most recent puchases in blu ray and they are great. Particularly limitless with the strong use of colour in the film

      EDIT:I provided a decent answer, with some facts & my own opinion...& I get a thumbs down?...although I didnt answer the question in your additional details, fine.

      I suppose you can use it for now, I mean, PS3s play DVDs at quite gold quality tbh (although, does make a racket at first) But I remember my older brother playing Bruce Almighty on his new PS3 with Upscaler on, & it looked great on his 32inc TV. Its just, if you watch a blu ray film, then watch an upscaled film, you notice the difference...but then again, its not a great difference.
      You can last on an upscaler for a while, yes.
      However, I will say Im actually starting to buy Blu Ray films instead of the standard DVD when something new comes out. But if Blu Ray keeps selling well, prices will keep dropping slowly. I mean 3 years ago when I worked at HMV, a new release (one I distinctly remember, 'We Were Soldiers' which had just been released on Blu Ray) cost 25 pounds :O, but now, new releases cost about 35% less which is a huge drop (doesnt sound like much, but on todays market, thats excellent). In about another 3 years, at the pace its selling (along with PS3 sales going back up to speed after that hacking saga...coz sony more or less created Blu Ray & Sonys sales slowed down) itll become even more affordable, but it will always cost more then Standard mate, as each disc is more expensive as it stores more memory.

      But yes, to economise, simply use upscaling, it aint exactly Blu Ray, yes, but it makes the image more cosy on screen. Once it becomes cheaper in the next 2 years, invest in a Blu Ray player. I mean, its still enjoyable as standard quality, & Blu Ray only gives it a slight edge that doesnt change much.
      But when you have spare dosh, go for Blu Ray, but I will say ppl who had blu ray 3 years ago (imo) were either posh, show offs or idiots. But now its not too bad. in another few years it should be lower in price. But for now you aint missing much, especially seen as they say 'It offers a unique experience'...which it doesnt, this thing where their trying to incorporate online features is useless, I've never tried it & it'll never take off I dont think.

      BUT PLEASE!!! do NOT invest in 3D, its useless & purely a 'SCAM!'. I personally find it annoying to watch in 3D, I mean, in Cinemas its good, but even then you eventually dont notice it. Like watching Football/soccer in 3D is completely stupid, it did nothing for me & Sky just offered it so they can use it as an excuse to raise Subscription costs...but no one uses it, so their thinking of scrapping it xD

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the fourth Bleach movie?
    Wiki said it comes out today or tomorrow. Where can I watch the movie? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Japan if you want watch it! (-_-;)
      The release date on Wiki is the release date of the movie IN Japan...

      The DVD / english-subbed version will be out 6-8 months after its release in Japan.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is your favourite movie released so far this year?
    I only went to see Kick Ass so I guess I'll go with that, it was a good enjoyable film but nothing amazing

    films I wanted to see but couldn't as I was busy

    The Expendables, Iron Man 2 and Predators

    • ANSWER:
      My favorite movies released in theaters this year are Resident Evil: Afterlife, Let Me In and Predators. I'm also going to go see My Soul to Take this Friday, it looks good and it's my type of horror. My Favorite movies released on DVD are A Nightmare on Elm Street and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days which just came out today.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the average time it takes for a movie to go from theaters to DVD? ?
    Say today a movie just opened up in theaters. How long would it take from that first day in theaters to get to DVD?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey!

      Well it really depends on the movie and how dominant it is in the box office. If the theatres think they can show the movie for a while, they'll go for it. But as soon as it goes down, they tell the productions to release DVD's. So usually it takes 2-4 months after the release in theatres. And it takes that much so they can prevent piracy and so they can gain as much profit as they can when the movies are in theatres.

      Hope this helps!

  48. QUESTION:
    How much money do movie companies get from rented films?
    Do production companies or directors/actors/etc get money from movie rental stores like Blockbuster or Netflix each time a movie is rented?

    How much, what percentage?

    • ANSWER:
      The studios/retailers have never disclosed exactly what the arrangement is- but the deals are structured roughly as follows:

      during the first 6 months of release- the studio and the rental store split the rental fees 50/50.
      after 6 months, the rental store keeps 100% of the rental fees.
      when a used copy is sold, the studio and the retailer split the revenue 50/50.

      This deal was restructured a few years back, as dvd sales became meaningful. at the peak rental revenues were over a b business, now they are less than b. Rentals are the least attractive source of revenues for the studios today- retail sales of dvds are now 10x the size. this is the reason that rentals no longer have a window of exclusivity after theatrical release that they used to.

  49. QUESTION:
    Beta is on it's way back into the DVD world. How does it differ, from DVDs of today?
    Why the changes, and why does it require more expense for us to keep up? We are told that the beta DVD's will make the ones I'm used to, somewhat obsolete. Movies/DVDs will be released in both formats!

    • ANSWER:
      Beta DVD? Are you talking about Blu-Ray and HD-DVD? The difference is that they hold more data then a standard DVD or dual layer DVD. Another, huge, difference is that they make it a lot harder to make legal backups of a disk you've already paid for.

      All I can say is that I see myself using the DVD format for a long while yet.

  50. QUESTION:
    What special features are included in The Outsiders Complete Novel DVD?
    Any commentary or behind the scenes?

    • ANSWER:
      According to Wikipedai, it includes:

      1. " 22 minutes of additional footage and new music"
      2. "Coppola re-inserted some deleted scenes to make the film more faithful to the book. In the beginning of the film, he added scenes where Ponyboy gets jumped, the gang talks about going to the movies, and Dally, Pony and Johnny bum around before going to the movies. In the end, Coppola added the scenes in court, Mr. Syme talking to Ponyboy, and Sodapop, Ponyboy and Darry in the park."
      3. "Also, much of the original score was replaced with music popular in the 1960s
      4. "The director also removed several scenes in order to improve pacing, but they could be found on the second disc as additional scenes."
      5. "In addition, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane, and C. Thomas Howell gathered at Coppola's estate to watch the re-release, and their commentary is included on the DVD. Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe provided separate commentary."

      Also Amazon lists:

      1. "Making-of documentary: Staying Gold: A Look Back at The Outsiders"
      2. "The Casting of The Outsiders, including never-before-seen screen tests and auditions"
      3. "Seven cast members read selections from the book"
      4. "S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa"
      5. "NBC News Today segment: The Outsiders Started by Student Petition"
      6. "1983 & 2005 theatrical trailers"

      Hope this helps!


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