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  1. Mark Silver

    Need help selecting TV- Been away from marketplace for almost a decade

    I increased my budget a little bit and I am leaning towards the Samsung LED 8000 model. Anyone have any experience or thoughts?
  2. Mark Silver

    Need help selecting TV- Been away from marketplace for almost a decade

    jim The brighness is going be more of an issue that the viewing angle, so I am leaning towards the LCD or LCD/LED. 55" is the wheelhouse I was looking in. Any suggestions on specific models?
  3. Mark Silver

    Need help selecting TV- Been away from marketplace for almost a decade

    I used to keep up with AV advances on a daily basis, but 8 years and 2 kids later, I am in the market for a new TV and I am totally lost on what to buy. The last TV I bought was a 55 inch Pioneer Elite PRO-520. It still serves me well, but I am moving to a new house and it is very cumbersome...
  4. Mark Silver

    Alien vs Predator 1 & 2 on Blu - quick thoughts

    I went out and bought the SD version to see if the transfer was better. It was slightly better, but still too dark. You literally can't see things. Who lit this movie, Ray Charles ???
  5. Mark Silver

    Alien vs Predator 1 & 2 on Blu - quick thoughts

    I need to echo the sentiment about the Black levels.....I COULDN'T SEE ANYTHING. I am a 33 year old with decent vision and the movie was so )*&(^(*^(*ING dark I couldn't tell the difference between the Predator and Predalien in some scenes. The film is literally unwatchable. I actually stopped...
  6. Mark Silver

    Broken Panny BD-30 - Where to get it fixed ? - Please help

    Hopefully someone can help me. I bought a BD-30 around the holidays. Last week, I went to play a BD disk and the machine made a weird noise and then said "Can't read." It plays standard DVD fine, but cannot read any BD discs. I am assuming there is a mechanical issue/hard drive problem based on...
  7. Mark Silver

    Issues with new Panasonic DMP-BD30

    Charles, Make sure that the player is actually set to output in 1080 i (or P when applicable). I just bought the player this week. I popped in a Blu-Ray and was disappointed with the picture. Then I stopped the disc and went into the setup menu, for some reason the output was set for 480i. I...
  8. Mark Silver

    Need Advice re: Blu-Ray, component hookup and Pioneer Elite TV

    I thank you all. I had been leaning towards purchasing a PS3, but think I will wait another two weeks and buy the new Samsung combo player. I had been gun shy about a new player because of the "no HDMI" issue, but will now purchase without fear.
  9. Mark Silver

    Need Advice re: Blu-Ray, component hookup and Pioneer Elite TV

    Yes. Sorry typo there. Should read "component". Fixed now. Thanks for taking the time to respond..
  10. Mark Silver

    Need Advice re: Blu-Ray, component hookup and Pioneer Elite TV

    I am thinking about taking the plunge and purchasing a Blu-Ray unit. Here is my dilemma, the TV that I watch 90% of the time is a 6 year old Pioneer Elite Pro 520. It does not have an HDMI connection. In the basement I have a Samsung TV that I watch only 10% of the time. It is very...
  11. Mark Silver

    That Thing You Do! Director's Cut question

    I gotta say I am surprised there are no additional performances added. I would have bet money that there was going to be extra state fair footage. Especially the one where the stage is the big playtone record.
  12. Mark Silver

    Grindhouse to be split-up for DVD ?

    I just read this quote in Variety: "Harvey Weinstein defended the decision to keep the two together Sunday, telling Daily Variety it was artistically the right move and that the movie will be a moneymaker thanks to its foreign sales as separate films and an upcoming DVD rollout, which also...
  13. Mark Silver

    Law&Order

    Dave, While you are entitled to your opinion, it is not supported by fact. While the mothership has lost its audience share, SVU continues to win its timeslot and is one of NBC's prime commodities. It was just re-upped for another 3 years giving big raises to Hargitay and Meloni. For me it...
  14. Mark Silver

    Law&Order

    I agree with the OP that consistency has not been Universal's strength when it comes to the handling of the L&O franchise. The problem in my opinion is that they treat all 3 series as one (i.e.- if we release an SVU season, we need to wait 3 months before we release a mothership season.) The...
  15. Mark Silver

    LG BH100 HD DVD / Blu-ray hybrid player (merged thread)

    Could this LG player tip the scales in favor of Blu-Ray? Here is my reasoning. I am chomping at the bit to buy a new high definition DVD, but have decided to wait until the format war has been decided. This dual LG player looks great for me (assuming I want to plunk down $1,200). I buy the...
  16. Mark Silver

    LG BH100 HD DVD / Blu-ray hybrid player (merged thread)

    Could this LG player tip the scales in favor of Blu-Ray? Here is my reasoning. I am chomping at the bit to buy a new high definition DVD, but have decided to wait until the format war has been decided. This dual LG player looks great for me (assuming I want to plunk down $1,200). I buy the...
  17. Mark Silver

    Big Blunder in the article above re: Scene it ?

    Did anyone read the article on the home page re: Scene it? Below is the relevant portion. Does anyone see a problem ? Hint: I don't think Anchorman was about Ron Jeremy. "Screenlife, the company that kicked off the DVD game phenomenon with DVD board game Scene It? is launching a sequel to...
  18. Mark Silver

    DVD Review HTF Review: Family Ties Season 1

    With all due respect to the reviewer, I'm not sure that you exactly understand this show's place in television history. To say "it isn't particularly good in itself" is mindboggling to me. I am a bit older than you and I can tell you that "Family Ties" was a primary component of 1980's...
  19. Mark Silver

    A few questions about PRISON BREAK

    Figured it out..... The producers chose not to lock up Patricia Wettig to a contract. She is now going to another show and has no current plans to reappear on Prison Break. The other recast is that of the guy who is Lincoln is supposed to have killed (I forget his name). They are using...
  20. Mark Silver

    A few questions about PRISON BREAK

    For some reason, I don't seem to be able to put "spoiler" tags up, so I will just direct you to the Season 2 thread in the TV section for a further explanation of my post.
  21. Mark Silver

    Prison Break Season 2

    Since I posted the information in the other thread, I will now elaborate. Jonny P is right, the producers chose not to lock up Patricia Wettig to a contract. She is now going to another show and has no current plans to reappear on Prison Break. The other recast is that of the guy who is...
  22. Mark Silver

    A few questions about PRISON BREAK

    Ron, I won't give away any spoilers, but it will be interesting to get your reaction to the end of the last episode. IMO, the writers/director have written/shot themselves into a corner that they won't be able to get out with any sort of plausibility. Also, again without spoiling...
  23. Mark Silver

    2006- The first year of DVD not to surpass its predecessors ?

    Let me start by saying, I consider myself a moderate to above average DVD collector. I have over 1,000 DVDs with a very good mix of new releases and catalog title movies and a HEAVY emphasis on TV on DVD. A Tuesday trip to Best Buy to pick up the week new releases has been part of my routine...
  24. Mark Silver

    HTF REVIEW: 16 Blocks

    I was exactly right in my guess of the alternate ending. Glad they didn't go with it.
  25. Mark Silver

    HTF REVIEW: 16 Blocks

    I saw this movie in the theaters. It was mildly entertaining, but not worth a purchase. However, I saw the box yesterday and saw that the DVD has an alternate ending. I really don't feel like renting this movie. Can someone put the alternate ending in a spoiler tag. I think I can guess what it...
  26. Mark Silver

    Law & Order and Conviction

    I had the exact same question. They really need to release the intermediate Seasons of SVU (3 and 4) and Season 2 of CI this year. In addition they need to pick up the pace of the original. Dave and Gord, I know we are regurgitating an old subject, but can you guys call your contacts and get...
  27. Mark Silver

    Saw 2

    It is done as a courtesy to those who haven't seen the movie and may be viewing this thread in order to gather information to help them decide if they want to see it.
  28. Mark Silver

    Saw 2

    Jesse, In response to your answers, while I find them all plausible, as a filmgoer I don't find them satisfying.In essence, they are your guesses on what was happening. I shouldn't have to guess. The filmmaker is supposed to give you enough information that you can fill in the blanks without...
  29. Mark Silver

    Saw 2

    Michael....and/or moderator....can someone please add spoiler tags to Michael's post for those who haven't seen the movie.
  30. Mark Silver

    Saw 2

    Brett, In response to your question: To me, the following questions were left unanswered: 1) What was the "over the rainbow" clue about ? Like many others, I think it had to do with Roy G. Biv, but it was never explained; 2) When Wahlberg was walking into the room with the door in the...