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Joe Six-Pack came to my garage sale today

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jon_Are, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Well-Known Member

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    I had a garage sale today - 95 degrees in the shade - and a seemingly intelligent man begins asking questions about my Sony ProLogic receiver I am selling. I ask him if he would use it primarily for music or the audio portion of films via home theatre. Thus continues our discussion:
    Joe: I also got one of them DVD players and I'm sorry I did.
    Me (amazed): Why is that?
    Joe: Turns out, most of them movies are in that squished down, whattayacall it, letterboxed format.
    Me: You don't like that?
    Joe: No, man, they cut off the top and the bottom of the picture and give you this skinny image that's really hard to see.
    Me: Actually, they're providing you the image that the filmmakers wanted you to see...you're getting the full picture, the picture that was originally shown in theatres...
    Joe: No it's not...the movie people screwed us over when they started making movies like that...they knew TVs were a different format, but they didn't want to spend the money to make movies like that (to fit our TV screens). Now, we're getting screwed out of the whole picture because the DVD people think we want to see these long, skinny pictures. DVD sucks.
    He continued at length about how the older films, such as Casablanca and GWTW, were filmed in widescreen (!) because no one had televisions back then and the format didn't matter; when TV became popular is when the movies should have gone to 4:3 (or maybe he said that's when they Did go to 4:3 - his argument was so off-base that I quit listening at one point).
    It was around this time that I grew weary of trying to edjukate the feller and let the conversation drop. I just didn't have the energy.
    Wish some of y'all were there with me [​IMG]
    Jon
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    [Edited last by Jon_Are on August 10, 2001 at 07:07 AM]
     
  2. Coressel

    Coressel Well-Known Member

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    I think I would have eaten his spleen.
     
  3. David Lambert

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    I'm really, REEEALLY sorry you had to see that, sir!
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  4. Rob Lutter

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    sigh... that is about 80% of the country that you are talking to there... hehehe [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  5. Craig

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    I really hate running into these types. Stuffing the body parts into the trash bags is so messy (not to mention time consuming).
     
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    Yeah, but did he buy the reciever? If so, he really is a J6P to buy a prologic reciever for DVDs. [​IMG]
     
  7. Jon_Are

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    No, Reg, he didn't buy the receiver (cheap bastard [​IMG]), he was more interested in the speakers it was attached to. I should have offered to trade him a VCR for his DVD player (could have thrown in an 8-track player to sweeten the deal).
    Jon
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  8. Jim Reynolds

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    If I'm not mistaken,the 4:3 TV format copied the original movie format and then movies widened out from there,you might point that out and let him know that it's about time TV caught up.Jim
     
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    Maybe he was a Warner Bros. Executive [​IMG]
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  10. Tony Lai

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    Pass the fava beans and chianti please...
    T.
     
  11. todbnla

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    maybe he is a sound engineer for universal?
    (read JP dts fuc* up)
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  12. Mark Booth

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    I remember reading that the median IQ in the United States is 100. That means 1/2 are above 100 and 1/2 are below 100.
    Think about it. [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  13. Marc Colella

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    In the voice of the Soup Nazi...
    No reciever for you !!!!
    Come back in 5 years !
     
  14. Jim_C

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    I tried explaining pan and scan, OAR, etc. to my step-father once. Once.
    I'll never try to again. We need to get along at family events [​IMG]
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  15. Michael St. Clair

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    Thankfully those f*ckers didn't buy laserdiscs and we didn't have pan-and-scan special editions.
    Now if only we could get them to all sell their DVD players and not buy any more DVDs.
    [Edited last by Michael St. Clair on August 09, 2001 at 10:16 PM]
     
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    I wholeheartedly agree with Michael. DVD should have been the next niche format rather than the Joe Sixpack format. [​IMG]
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  17. Rob Lutter

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    damn Joe six pack watching DVDs on his 13" mono TV! damn him to hell... [​IMG]
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    And that man, at that garage sale, is now head of Warner Brothers Home Video Family Division.
    Now you know.... the REST of the story.
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  19. Clinton McClure

    Clinton McClure Casual Enthusiast

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    What a Wonker.
    I ran into a fella in Best Buy a couple months ago who was bitching to an employee in the DVD section about WS movies and how they're inferior to 4:3 and pan&scan because you're losing the top & bottom of the picture. She (the employee) was trying to explain the benefits of WS, especially 16X9, but he wouldn't have any of it. The guy asked me which I preferred so I defended the employee's statements and went further to help explain more of the finer points of 16X9. But to no avail. This continued for about 15 minutes or so.
    I finally got tired of listening to him bellyache about it so I asked him if he had a dollar bill, and if so, may I see it. After a few seconds of mental calculations (and a raised eyebrow from the employee), he opened his wallet and handed me a dollar bill.
    I held it up so he could see the whole dollar and said "Widescreen". Then I carefully folded it into thirds and ripped off the two outside sections. (At this point, there was a sharp intake of breath from J6P and a slight giggle of delight from the employee.) I handed it back to him and said, "4:3". Then I handed him the two pieces I tore off and said, "Move them around for pan & scan".
    The employee dropped the DVDs she was holding because she was laughing so hard at that slack-jawed little fuc*in' rat just looking at me with his mouth hanging wide open.
    I don't know if he ever got the point of the lesson, but it cost him a dollar nonetheless.
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    [Edited last by Clinton on August 09, 2001 at 11:14 PM]
     
  20. Rob Lutter

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