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My fullscreen DVD experience for the week.

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#61 of 71 OFFLINE   GeorgePaul


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Posted September 26 2004 - 07:47 PM

Yep, Rian, I did the same thing with the theatrical cut of Fellowship of the Ring. I took it back to Hastings, and they were nice about it and let me get a widescreen copy, no extra charge.

Glenn, I have to wonder about what kind of world this is going to be where someday, all humans may have perished, but cockroaches and fullscreen DVDs continue to survive, rotting in landfills and Wal-Marts for millennia. *shudder*

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#62 of 71 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted September 27 2004 - 01:02 AM

Posted Image Lesson well learned. You were pretty good about just walking out. Me, well I would have commented no need to get nasty, I mean, I'm not interested in your momma in a sexual way, and she should stop asking.
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#63 of 71 OFFLINE   Inspector Hammer!

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Posted September 27 2004 - 02:18 AM


it was a good try anyway. Just take comfort in knowing that he's the one getting f***ed. Posted Image

It's guy's like him that have caused me to put that last line of wisdom in my signature below.

Foolscreen and pan and scammed releases never cease to piss me off, and I will take my hatred of them to the grave!
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#64 of 71 OFFLINE   Joshua Clinard

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Posted September 27 2004 - 03:20 AM

My recent fullscreen experience is very similar to yours. I just got post comment from a site visitor at Widescreen Advocate. I'm wondering if I should approve the comment, and then reply to it. The thing is, I don't know what to say to it. Anyone got any ideas?

You guys are so ridiculous... OAR against fullscreen... haha... FULLSCREEN FOREVER! Now, back to you, f**kers!

Hmm. I wonder if that was Bernard Farber! HAHA

#65 of 71 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted September 27 2004 - 03:36 AM

I did have a guy behind me in line buying Star Wars in foolscreen on Tuesday. I thought about saying something to him as he looked like a nice enough guy to understand, but I figured he must know what choice he's making so I decided to leave him be. Next time, I'll let them know the mistake their making.

The "mistake" angle is probably better than starting off from a negative: "You know you're losing a lot of the picture with Full Screen, right?"

Perhaps something like, "Did you mean to pick-up the full screen version? I sometimes pick up full screen DVD's by accident myself since they're not always clearly marked. Once, I didn't realize until I got home. So I just wanted to save you a trip if you really meant to get widescreen which most people seem to prefer."

Then this will probably either lead to, "Yes, I want full screen," which means "my mind is made up, weirdo, back off!" Or possibly provide the opening for some sort of WS vs. FS discussion: "What's the difference?" "I don't have a widescreen TV so I can't play WS discs, right?" "I don't like losing so much of the picture to the black bars."
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#66 of 71 OFFLINE   Tarkin The Ewok

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Posted September 27 2004 - 03:37 AM

This discussion brings to mind a Wal-Mart experience of my own. Back when AI came to DVD, I received it as a Christmas gift. It was only when I popped the movie in the player that I realized it was the fullscreen version. I hadn't checked the packaging because it was inconceivable to me that the movie would be released that way or that anyone would purchase the fullscreen version. I took it to Wal-Mart to exchange for the widescreen version, since they have pretty generous exchange policies compared to other retailers. Imagine my surprise when the clerk told me that most people make the exchange in the other direction. I was thinking, "What kind of idiots do we have in the world?"

#67 of 71 OFFLINE   Nick T Robot

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Posted September 27 2004 - 03:53 AM

I'm not so gullible as to believe for a minute that the "F*** You" retort actually occurred; it has urban legend written all over it

knowing how nice people are to each other in our society, I'm very sure this has happened (not just about fullscreen DVDs)

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Posted September 27 2004 - 04:10 AM

Imagine my surprise when the clerk told me that most people make the exchange in the other direction. I was thinking, "What kind of idiots do we have in the world?"

A couple years ago after Christmas I did the same thing there, had a couple movies that were Fullscreen that I wanted to exchange for WS..and the clerk was surprised. Course, by the sound of this thread things have changed a lot since then. I know I've been to Blockbuster a few times and someone would ask an employee what the difference was and they gave the right info. Posted Image

#69 of 71 OFFLINE   Chris_Colgan



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Posted September 27 2004 - 05:10 AM

I was at Canadian DVD/CD Store and a young teenage customer was going to buy a full screen dvd and the clerk ask why he was buy the full screen?

He said "What is the difference?"

Clerk said "Full Screen cut the picture out on the sides"

She hand him the Widescreen version of the DVD.

I wanted to give her a handshake, but I was saying to myself "WOW, the world is now change for the better"

I just recently, moved and had to find a new local DVD store, I found 2 local Convenience Stores that rents DVDs. They have great prices and is a 3 min walk from my apartment. The first time I visit both of them I saw the largest amount of Full Screen DVD I have ever seen.

They only carry a widescreen version if it is the only version.

I was so surprised that almost ever movie that has been released in the last year has a Full Screen version.

I asked them if they order them that way and the owner stated they have deal with a company that send them and does not give them choice. They asked me "What version do you like", I said "Widescreen, it is the only version"

Well as you can guess I only rent the widescreen dvd which they have less then 20 in a 200-300 library of titles.

I hate to say it but I visit Blockbuster to get the Widescreen version. It is very hard to find a Full Screen version of a New Releases in Blockbuster which is in contrast with their attitude about 4 years ago when they carried an equal amount of each version.

#70 of 71 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted September 27 2004 - 05:12 AM

How about this for a pick-up line (Oh crap, I don't believe I just said that!)

"Hey, did you notice that sometimes they have the fullscreen lettering in gold, and sometimes it is in silver?

They'll have to look, and you won't be making any judgments.


#71 of 71 OFFLINE   EugeneR


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Posted September 27 2004 - 12:32 PM

I got the absolutely last WS copy of Star Wars at my local Best Buy on the day of release (because a kind soul waiting in line with his own WS version so me wondering lost and pointed to the last remaining copy hiding on a shelf). The FS rack was stuffed full. After I got my copy, I saw a bunch of people show up who wanted the WS copy and were asking the store employees whether there were any left. They were hanging out by the WS display case wishing that more WS copies would suddenly materialize. None of them picked up the FS copy; only saw one person take one the entire time I was in the store.Posted Image

I really like the fact that they put the WS and FS sets in differently colored boxes to make it obvious (wish I knew that before I picked through half the FS rack looking for a WS copy :b )

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