More proof that dvds have gone mainstream...

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  1. SteveGon

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    My local library now has dvds available for borrowing. My brother informed me of this last night so I went there this morning to browse the selection. It looks like they've got about a hundred titles - half of these were checked out by the time I got there. Not surprisingly, it's a typical J6P selection with a few classics sprinkled throughout. I checked out Harvey and Silverado, BTW. Maybe I should make them a list of must-have titles... [​IMG]
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  2. Wes Ray

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    Don't forget to add a few horror titles to that list. I would recommend:
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Halloween
    Black Christmas
    Night of the Living Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Psycho (the original)
    Jaws
    A Nightmare on Elm Street
    In the Mouth of Madness
    (and once it's released)
    Suspiria
    These are good classic titles that I think a library should keep in any respectible horror section. More people need to be introduced to these truly classic horror films. What better way than a local library?
    And of course, make sure they pick up The Third Man. It's not a horror film, but a darn good movie. [​IMG] Other suspense titles to add to your list would be The Usual Suspects and The Game.
    These are just my thoughts.
    [Edited last by Wes Ray on August 29, 2001 at 01:19 PM]
     
  3. Jeff_A

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    A local library can be a great resource for DVD (as well as CD's, books, etc...). I have been utilizing ours for the past year or so. For me, it is a great way to preview DVD's free of charge before deciding whether or not to purchase them.
    With regard to going mainstream. A year ago our library had about 150 DVD's. Today it has over 1400! [​IMG]
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  4. Jon Robertson

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    I'm thrilled DVD's going mainstream (even though I can't remember anyone saying otherwise)! Yeah, sure, the studios occasionally do stupid things (can you say Wonka?) but we put 'em right pretty damn quickly.
    Look at the upcoming 2-disc set of Scorsese's Cape Fear with DTS and DD and anamorphic picture for $26.98 (or is it $24.98?)
    Three years ago, it'd have almost certainly been one disc, non-anamorphic with 2.0 surround for $34.98, inkeeping with other Universal Collectors Editions.
    And now you can get them at your local library...that's the stuff!
     
  5. SteveGon

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  6. Ricky f

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    I am really glad to hear this proof. We need DVD to go mainstream so some of those titles we all want on DVD might get a release in the future.
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    I am waiting for the "I-miss-the-good-old-days-when-ONLY-TRUE-FILM-LOVERS-where-concerned-with-this-format-we-felt-so-special" crowd to burst into this thread [​IMG]
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    [Edited last by Holadem on August 29, 2001 at 02:07 PM]
     
  8. Edwin Pereyra

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    There's a complaint thread here about Netflix's lack of Criterion selections. I found that some those "Long Wait" Criterions are available readily from my local library. They have been lending out DVDs for over a year now.
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  9. Richard Kim

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    My local library has had DVDs availible for loan for quite some time. And they actually have several Criterion titles, like Nights of Cabiria, Grand Illusion, and Unbearable Ligtness of Being. Unfortunately, like rental places, people don't know how to handle discs and are all scratched up to the point of being unplayable.
     
  10. BrettB

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    Here's some more "mainstream dvd" evidence.
    Just the other day I saw a commercial for one of those beds that folds and moves and contorts into all sorts of positions. Anyway, as a come-on for buying or requesting their informational tape, you could choose a free gift, one of which was a dvd player.
    Now I need to go call my local library.
     
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    At the risk of getting off-topic, I wonder if libraries would be a good place to start a grass-roots OAR education campaign. The analogy is simple and accurate: P&S => chopping top & bottom 1/3 of text of book pages. An attractive poster could be made by those with such skills, showing the example of, say, Star Wars P&S widescreen, and perhaps an equivalent book with 33% of the words missing.
    And since libraries (hopefully) care about the preservation of literary materials, they would be easy to convince to promote OAR in the video section.
    just a thought, anyway.
     
  12. Jeff

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    Even more proof...They are giving them away in boxes of cereal, here in Canada.
     

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