Happy 4th of July to all our American members. Today has provided me with some interesting software related items that I’d like to share with you. As some of you know I have a fairly substantial video disc collection. With the demise of LDs as a medium offering new releases, the number of titles on he LD side of my software ledger stopped (at least for now) at exactly 1776 titles (which is well over 2000 discs because of multiple disc LD sets.) And, as many of you know the movie, 1776, has just been released on DVD this week. It just so happens, with no previous planning on my part (which makes this seem a little weird to me), that this DVD happens to be the 1776th DVD title in my collection! So, not only has the number of DVDs in my archives caught up with my LDs (in about ½ the time) but there is this curious coincidence regarding the number of this movie in my DVD collection (which I generally number in order of purchase except for certain sets). The irony of all of this caught my eye and I just wanted to share it with you. (For those interested, the total count of all discs now stands at approximately 4200.) So, the numerical trivia aside, what did I do this Fourth of July? Naturally, I decided to watch the movie, 1776. While it had its moments (I had missed this one both on Broadway and in its LD release) I must say that I was generally disappointed. This is probably a bit of a case of over-hyping. I’d read of the restoration, the inclusion of over 20 minutes of “missing” footage, etc. and all the rest. Quite frankly, I thought it was drawn out, contrived, and I’m not in love with any of the songs (even though I’m a big fan of musicals.) In fact I can’t think of one song from 1776 that I will be humming. While I generally like to show musicals off to my grand-kids, and they love them, I really don’t think that this musical would hold their interest. In fact, while there are musical numbers, I don’t really think of this movie as a true musical. Sorry to disappoint any 1776 fans, but that’s just the way that I feel about this release. And, as we like to say here, "your mileage may vary." On the other hand, there is another recent release out there on DVD that I highly recommend for watching on this 4th of July (or at any other time, for that matter). I’ve seen it twice so far and will probably watch it again this weekend. The title? The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey and a great supporting cast. This film totally took me by surprise and, in my estimation, is far more appropriate (not to mention enjoyable) than 1776 in capturing the true spirit of the holiday. I highly recommend this mostly overlooked title for your consideration and I consider it one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. A bit sappy? Perhaps. But a nice story with tremendous performances, picture and sound throughout. So there you have it. Some numerical oddities, a couple of films, and some random thoughts from the old timer on a lazy summer day. Enjoy!