Not buying DVDs because you don't have a Display Device?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Mitch Stevens, Jun 15, 2003.

  1. Mitch Stevens

    Mitch Stevens Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    581
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Hi Everyone,

    Ever since the day that "Lord Of The Rings - Fellowship Of The Rings Extended Edition" came out as well as the "T2 - Extreme Edition" DVD, I've been wanting to buy them. But, I actually held myself back from buying them JUST because I didn't have a Widescreen HDTV to view them on. Have any of you ever done that? Not buy a favourite film of yours, just because you know you won't enjoy it on your tiny, tiny, TINY TV screen?

    Well, I must say that yesterday, I fixed the "problem"....That's right, I went out and bought the Mits 65" Widescreen HDTV *YAY FOR ME!!!* but now, I can't afford the DVDs I wanted to watch on it [​IMG]

    The TV is not here in my house yet, they are going to deliver it on Tuesday....I absolutely can't wait!!!!

    After I placed the order at Best Buy for the TV, I came home and read the reviews on it, and found out that SVM can not be disabled unless you go into the service menu. [​IMG] If anyone knows the code to get into the service menu, i'd greatly appreciate it. I very well know the damage that one can do to a TV in Service Menu mode...and I don't want to change anything besides the SVM.
     
  2. Malcolm R

    Malcolm R Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2002
    Messages:
    13,230
    Likes Received:
    885
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Malcolm
    Hi Mitch,

    "No" to your first question. I find I can enjoy movies just fine for now on my 27" Panasonic 4:3. I find that the massive digital sound can make up for smallness of visuals. That said, hopefully I'll be able to get a WS TV in the not too distant future. [​IMG]

    Your question about service menu codes might have a better shot at being answered if you post in the Hardware section (search first!). [​IMG]
     
  3. CaptDS9E

    CaptDS9E Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 1999
    Messages:
    2,169
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Lol actually ive been thinking of getting a projector and was gonna hold off on T2 extreme and a few others until i got one. But i said what the hell and watched them this morning
     
  4. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,563
    Likes Received:
    195
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Georgia (the state)
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart
    Don't let the size of your screen stop you.

    I bought Lawrence of Arabia and 2001: A Space Odyssey on DVD when I still had a 20" monitor. [​IMG]

    I'm glad I saw a lot of widescreen epics on my puny screen first. When I got my old man's 36", movies were even more of a shock to me.
     
  5. greg_t

    greg_t Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2001
    Messages:
    1,650
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    110
    No, I started out buying widescreen dvd's and watched them on a 19" TV. I didn't have much of a choice because this was back when 95% of dvd's were widescreen, back before dvd became such a mainstream format and the studios gave in to the "black bar haters" crowd. Even with a 19" TV, once I saw the difference widescreen made, I wouldn't touch a full screen dvd anyway.
     
  6. Paul_Stachniak

    Paul_Stachniak Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2003
    Messages:
    1,303
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I agree with Pat. I couldn't care less about screensize or quality. In the end it is the film that I want, which is why I buy DVDs no matter how crappy they may be.

    However, don't get me wrong, I love my Wide TV, and these superbit dvds, and DTS. But even without them, I'd still watch movies.
     
  7. Mike Graham

    Mike Graham Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2001
    Messages:
    766
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Have to disagree - I can enjoy a 2.35:1 film on my 20" RCA without any trouble at all.
     
  8. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2000
    Messages:
    9,063
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I enjoyed widescreen presentations for a long time on my old 27" Wega...but I promised myself that I would buy a widescreen TV before AOTC and FOTR EE came out last year.

    ...and buy one, I did! Obviously it's the quality of the film that makes watching it pleasing...but having a great presentation definitely helps.
     
  9. Seth Paxton

    Seth Paxton Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 1998
    Messages:
    7,585
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    A great display enhances the film and a great film enhances the display, so I fall in the camp that says no way would I skip buying a film because of my equipment.
     
  10. Adam_ME

    Adam_ME Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 31, 2002
    Messages:
    930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I first started collecting DVDs when I was watching them on a 15" computer monitor and I never had a problem with it. Ok, the chair I was sitting in felt uncomfortable, but other than that I was fine.

    Of course, now that I have a Mits 55" HDTV, it is pretty tough to go back and watch them on a regular TV. Not just because of the loss in video quality, but also because I hate missing out on the surround sound.
     
  11. Yee-Ming

    Yee-Ming Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2002
    Messages:
    4,375
    Likes Received:
    16
    Trophy Points:
    610
    Location:
    "on a little street in Singapore"
    Real Name:
    Yee Ming Lim
    My first "DVD player" was a DVD-ROM drive, at least the monitor was 17" and not 15. When I got a dedicated player, my TV was only 21". Today I have a 29" TV, perhaps in a year or two, price-drops willing, I'll get a 42" plasma.

    But to answer the question, no, it never stopped me. The material's the thing, doesn't matter how small the screen is.
     
  12. Tommy Ceez

    Tommy Ceez Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    Messages:
    436
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Im assuming you have the A65. Correct?
     
  13. Dave Gilbert

    Dave Gilbert Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2000
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    A couple of years ago my wife refused to let me get a DVD player, until we got a bigger TV (we had a 20" set at the time).

    While it's no widescreen, the 32" Wega I bought does a great job. It will definitely hold me over until HDTV becomes more widespread.
     
  14. Mitch Stevens

    Mitch Stevens Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    581
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  15. Rob Gardiner

    Rob Gardiner Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2002
    Messages:
    2,950
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I've held off buying HOW THE WEST WAS WON until I have a home theater like John Harvey's in Dayton, Ohio.

    He is the gentleman who set up a Cinerama installation in his living room!
     
  16. JohnDMoore

    JohnDMoore Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2002
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I've found myself enjoying The Lord of the Rings in all its widescreen glory (among other 2.35 films) on my 13" Sylvania television as I ever have anywhere else.
     
  17. Terry St

    Terry St Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2002
    Messages:
    393
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  18. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2003
    Messages:
    12,013
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
     

Share This Page