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    Win a copy of Jupiter Ascending on Blu-ray!

    Malcom Reynolds (from Serenity and Firefly)
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    Win a copy of American Sniper on Blu-ray

    In the Line of Fire
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    "The Alamo"s Status?

    It always makes me chuckle, when I see another comment from someone who thinks John Wayne was not a good actor. The man was such a great actor, and had such screen presence, that you would see flaws from his costars, who were not in the league as him.
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    Holiday Inn (1942) - 10/7

    "I find the criticisms of "Holiday Inn" due to its "deceitful, back-stabbing characters" to be perplexing. Aren't there "unpleasant" characters in most holiday tales? "It's a Wonderful Life", "Christmas Carol", "Grinch" - you name it. Those roles add drama and spice to the proceedings - without...
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    Jingle All The Way 2 (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    As someone who never understood the popularity of the first Jingle movie, I cannot imagine how bad this must be...
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    Win a Noah Blu-ray prize pack!

    Humphrey Bogart Helen Mirren
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    Holiday Inn (1942) - 10/7

    Well said. To me, White Christmas is a classic feel good Christmas movie, while Holiday Inn is full of deceitful, back-stabbing characters. It is far from a feel good film and does not, in my opinion, embody any of the classic Christmas feeling that so many of us want in our holiday films.
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    Logitech/HTF Contest Giveaway: Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote [ENTER HERE]

    This would replace my aging Harmony One, which would then be put to other use.
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    Amadeus - 30th Anniversary?

    I would like a Blu-ray of the theatrical version. I've got the DC on DVD and felt that most of the extra scenes merely made the movie longer (and made it feel longer). Ideal would be both versions, but I would settle for theatrical only. If it's DC only, I'll stick with the DVD.
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    Samsung BD6500 BluRay player analog sound issue.

    To the OP, did you try going to the AVSForum Owners thread on your player that I linked to? If there's a fix for this, you will likely be able to find it there. There are optical to analog converters (such as this) that would allow you to use a digital output. They only work if the source is...
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    Samsung BD6500 BluRay player analog sound issue.

    From the manual: This Digital Output setup does not effect the analog (L/R) audio or HDMI audio output to your TV. I don't think there are any settings that affect the analog output. It should always provide a stereo mix. I think the Normal Stereo is for running digital to devices that can't...
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    The Black Stallion (1979)(Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Aa I seem to recall, the DVD of this is non-anamorphic with a pretty poor transfer. This would have to be a massive upgrade. Do think I'll wait and read some reviews before buying, though.
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    Blu Ray Player as connection point?

    That ought to work.
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    Do some older DVD movies display bars on all four sides?

    DVDs are supposed to have flags that tell a player if they are 4:3, anamorphic widescreen or non-anamorphic widescreen. Some players (my 5-year old Panasonic Blu-ray player, for instance) will automatically zoom non-anamorphic DVDs so that there are no black bars on the sides. However, if a disc...
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    SONY BD Player- Digital Audio Out issue

    The converters don't cause any loss of audio quality. Personally, I think I would have run a coax cble instead of adding the converter, because I like to keep things as simple as possible. However, there's no reason it shouldn't work just fine as long as you have the right converter and your...