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  1. WillardK

    After almost a year, still glad to be sitting out format war

    People were saying that years ago and HD discs have remained a niche market. There are factors mentioned here by myself and others that compete with HD discs including convenience and portability. Whether you're Joe Sixpack or Joe Dom Perignon, you might value those other factors more than...
  2. WillardK

    After almost a year, still glad to be sitting out format war

    Boycotts would likely override any gains in disc sales. The growing download industry would be happiest I'm guessing.
  3. WillardK

    Holy Smokes - November Criterion!

    Finally Berlin Alexanderplatz!!! Great cover, but it's ruined a bit by the Criterion logo.
  4. WillardK

    Backlash for Classic Cartoon releases?

    How about by laughing at the human condition rather than at derogatory stereotypes. Mel Brooks' genius in Blazing Saddles took the human condition of laughing at stereotypes and twisted it into an absurdity that was too funny to stop and wonder what the laughter was about! It's humor that shines...
  5. WillardK

    October Criterions

    Well, I'll be the first(?) to applaud the release of Mala Noche. I remember long ago that Plexifilm had this one on it's schedule then it disappeared.
  6. WillardK

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Cult Camp Classics Vol. 1: Sci-Fi Thrillers

    Nice reviews of these collections. A couple from this set were shown during "summer camp" at a local museum recently. I saw Queen. It was loads of fun watching it with an audience of assorted geeks and their unsuspecting guests. Subtext?... How about: Kill All Ugly Women! My favorite parts were...
  7. WillardK

    Popeye the Sailor: Volume 1 (1933-1938) 7/31

    Thanks for that link! I didn't realize you could google patents specifically. A number of sites do refer to the device as a Rotograph, but just looking at the word itself (which I didn't see mentioned in the patent) leaves me skeptical. An explanation someone posted under a youtube Popeye...
  8. WillardK

    Popeye the Sailor: Volume 1 (1933-1938) 7/31

    Well, I'm obviously uncertain about the terms (I should probably rewatch the documentary on the Dreamland disc). But at the risk of being overly pedantic, here's my understanding of the three processes used in varying combinations: Stereo-optic - multi-planed sets to create depth...
  9. WillardK

    Popeye the Sailor: Volume 1 (1933-1938) 7/31

    ok... so Rotographing was using Rotoscoping in a Stereo-optic Process? I found the term quoted on the back of the dvd case, haven't checked what the patent is in the shorts.
  10. WillardK

    Popeye the Sailor: Volume 1 (1933-1938) 7/31

    ...just checked, "Stereo-optical Process" is what the 3D technique was dubbed.
  11. WillardK

    Popeye the Sailor: Volume 1 (1933-1938) 7/31

    The Somewhere In Dreamland set of color Fleischer's includes use of that 3D technique in a number of shorts. They are even more "eye-popping" than the Popeye examples imo. I could be wrong, but I think Rotographing was a method of rotoscoping used to translate live action to animation. The 3D...
  12. WillardK

    Possible Release of Disney's "Song of the South"?

    I just wanted to see that again. Lovely.
  13. WillardK

    Collected shorts of Jan Svankmajer, June 10

    Yes! I've been waiting for this. I was hoping that Jabberwocky would be included (the sequence with the puzzle blocks and the cat jumping through is one of my favorites from any of his films).
  14. WillardK

    Looney Tunes Volume 4: 11/14/06

    Tell me you're really Stephen Colbert. That man is hiLArious! I can't take your arguments seriously so in respect of the forum (and Robert's noting this topic as a hijack) I will agree to disagree.
  15. WillardK

    Looney Tunes Volume 4: 11/14/06

    Labelling something as "of it's time" is useful for historical perspective, but does nothing to negate the fact that blacks were ridiculed for having dark skin, big lips and bulging white eyes. Nor does it disprove the fact that this ridicule is represented as well as reflected in animation. The...
  16. WillardK

    Defective "Scarlet Street" DVD?

    I've had two copies so far that were defective in a Sony player. The problems started happening towards the end but were not identical (picture breaks up, disc does a rewind skip). I smell a substantial recall.
  17. WillardK

    Fantoma is back!

    This is great news that many will be glad to hear I'm sure. Why Does Herr K. Run Amok? is now due at the end of this month. Also back on track are Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street and the Kenneth Anger set... as well as more Masumura and a continuation of the Educational Archives series.
  18. WillardK

    HTF Members: Please help marketing student with HD DVD questions

    It doesn't often get factored in on boards like this where the focus is naturally on what's appropriate for home theaters, but the future wave is not limited to data discs. Other methods of delivery along with portability will be greater competition for HD discs than they ever were for SD...
  19. WillardK


    Yep... Law of Desire was on the BlueLight label. I'm happy with it, and have been on the lookout for Matador. This from DonaldB's list: Week of 9/19 Almodóvar Box Set: Dark Habits/Matador/Law of Desire/Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown/Kika/The Flower of My Secret (Pedro Almodóvar)...
  20. WillardK

    UNSEEN CINEMA Box Set Available from Image 10/18/05

    I haven't noticed any comments on this set. I thought I'd bump this thread as my own thumbs up. It took quite a while, but I've finally viewed all seven discs. Without resorting to the superlatives used in their favorite review quote from the NYTimes, I'd have to say that the producers of...
  21. WillardK

    ***Gay-Friendly DVD's, Version 5***

    No need to apologize. I'll grant you it's not a documentary, and never pretends to be. As a poetically metaphorical fiction that avoids coming-of-age cliches I think it's a story told resonatingly well. I did not find it forced and predictable... and though it's brutally graphic, it's...
  22. WillardK

    ***Gay-Friendly DVD's, Version 5***

    On the contrary. Why should a gay film be required to have characters that represent some 50's notion of normalcy? Warts and all is the only approach to truth, and Mysterious Skin is one of the better, braver recent attempts I've seen. That's coming from someone who until this film didn't...
  23. WillardK

    It's Official: HD DVD and Blu-ray Can Limit High Resolution To HDMI Only

    The suggestion that we should all be comfortable with the idea of being spied upon for what we watch/read is frightening in light of recent attempts by the current administration to access library records. A line is being crossed from the tally/demographic purpose of the likes of Nielson...
  24. WillardK

    UNSEEN CINEMA Box Set Available from Image 10/18/05

    Those interested in experimental shorts who are anywhere near Washington DC should run to catch Visual Music at the Hirshorn before it closes September 11... and plan on spending an entire afternoon. Some of the shorts included are in the Image and Kino sets, however the exhibit's more specific...
  25. WillardK

    ***Gay-Friendly DVD's, Version 5***

    Well, according to the Village Voice, it's
  26. WillardK

    FS: 300+ amray cases for shipping cost

    I have finally gathered all of my discarded amray cases and am offering them up to anyone who can use them. about 330 singles (black standard) + 5 or 6 color singles + 18 double black (2 or 3 are triple) + a few slim clear I'd be happy to not just throw these away. All I'm asking is...
  27. WillardK

    Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-Garde Film

    Thanks for the link to your informative review, Mark. The comparison run-down from Brian and Patrick is helpful as well. I've got the Kino on order and won't hesitate to pick up the Image set when it's available. I've been waiting/hoping for this sort of release for some time.
  28. WillardK

    UNSEEN CINEMA Box Set Available from Image 10/18/05

    I am SO all over this. It's very exciting news!
  29. WillardK

    ***Gay-Friendly DVD's, Version 5***

    I wanted to see Brother To Brother when it was screened as part of One In Ten here in DC (the city where women earn so much more than men that it's turning them into LESBIANS!!!)*, but missed it. I'll have to at least rent this one. *-recently spouted from the pulpit of a popular local black...
  30. WillardK

    It's Official: HD DVD and Blu-ray Can Limit High Resolution To HDMI Only

    The problem is, it's not just a compromise you're suggesting. Some of the views are not askew or based on lack of knowledge, but in opposition. For instance, the pro-unified/anti-unified format groups must go their own ways unless one completely convinces the other (not likely). The forum will...