Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions

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  1. Rich P

    Rich P Stunt Coordinator

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    Looks like Nick Park has 10 new W&G shorts about to be released: Wallace & Gromit Homepage
    Episode details:
    The Autochef (1:46)
    Wallace's new, versatile 'Autochef' cooks up more than breakfast!
    The Bully Proof Vest (1:52)
    The ultimate burglar deterrent can soothe jangled nerves almost as easily as it causes them!
    A Christmas Cardomatic (1:56)
    A card-making machine causes a stirring of holiday spirit in Wallace & Gromit!
    Shopper 13 (3:36)
    Can the heroic Gromit save the day by piloting a remote controlled shopping trolley back home?
    The Snoozatron (2:18)
    Wallace's problems with insomnia are also Gromit's in the "Snoozatron".
    The Snowmanatron (2:00)
    A new snowman building machine leaves Gromit feeling rather flat.
    The Turbo Diner (1:57)
    Gromit's dislike of clearing the table clears the way for the perfect solution… almost.
    The Tellyscope (2:01)
    Wallace develops a new TV remote but Gromit finds the design flaw obvious.
    The 525 Crackervac (1:56)
    The "525 Crackervac" takes the strain out of cleaning and places it on Gromit!
    The Soccamatic (1:51)
    Frustrated by Gromit's goalkeeping prowess, Wallace is forced to reveal his "Soccamatic"!
    This last one is available for download
    For distribution looks like the US gets the download option via Atomfilms while the UK gets a DVD. Am hoping that like Rex the Runt, that an R1 DVD will eventually be released also.
     
  2. Todd Terwilliger

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    Rich,

    Thanks for the info. Is there a release date for the UK DVD?
     
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    I want the DVD! [​IMG]
    Oh well, looks like this new computer of mine will be put to good use! It's download time!
     
  5. Mark Walker

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    The downloadable version of ALL the films will cost
    $9.95. I already downloaded the trailer and the
    soccer one (which is free) , and I got that old feeling.
    (Man, I do LOVE Gromit!!!)
    Anyway, I am so glad I have a region free player,
    because I want these on DVD....
    I'd bypass the who $9.95 thing, but I love Aardman's
    stuff, in particular anything coming from Nick Park,
    so I'll gladly toss my money at his work(s).
    [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  6. Rich P

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    As I mentioned in my first post, I also would much prefer these on DVD rather than as a download. As I also have a Region free player, thought about getting the UK disc. Only two problems inhibit me. First, will probably be a PAL disc, and neither my TV nor my player are PAL compatible at this time.

    Second (and most importantly), the DVD appears to be only available through the website which will NOT sell to the US or Japan. Better start callling those friends in the UK for help.

    I still hope that there will be an eventual R1 release after atomfilms has made their initial peak of income from the downloading community.
     
  7. Todd Terwilliger

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    With a CD burner, you can download all the shorts and put them onto 1 or more VCDs. Still, I'd love to have the DVD. Hopefully some kind of workaround will present itself.
     
  8. Mark Walker

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    Yep. I burned the first one to SuperVCD (just got the
    plug-in today for that for my Nero DVD softare package),
    and, all-in-all, I have to say it is very watchable.
    Yep, it does that pixelation thing during the more
    active moments, but otherwise it looks about as good
    as VHS.

    Still, I hope they release these in Region 1 on DVD.
    Maybe they are out here to get people re-interested
    in Wallace and Gromit. With the movie in the works,
    this would be a nice way to wet our appetites, kind like
    the way those Roger Rabbit shorts were supposed to keep
    us interested until the never-to-be-released sequel
    was out.

    I hope that, if they don't at least offer them for sale
    on DVD in the US, that they find there way on to the
    "extras" section of the Wallace and Gromit movie.

    Otherwise, I need to start making bribe offers to those
    of you who post in here from the UK.

    Mark
     
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    OK, Help! Is there a kind soul in the UK who would purchase and ship CRACKING CONTRAPTIONS on DVD to me? I will gladly pay all costs and a reasonable fee for your trouble. Man, I HATE region coding. Of course, I have a region free player that plays in PAL. Thanks.

    Richard
     
  10. Mark Walker

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    Um, I'll second Richard's offer. [​IMG]
    But, to be honest, I would like it to be a
    HTF'r with solid history.
    Otherwise,
    I bet this baby shows up on eBay
    before too long also.
    [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  11. Todd Terwilliger

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    Will this DVD be available only direct from Aardman or will other etailers such as Blackstar, etc. get it in stock?
     
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  13. Mark Walker

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    James-

    Yep, but in the meantime, I have paid my $9.95, and found
    that it allows one to download the files, and the licesnse
    must be registered on your computer to play the files.

    They are very generous, that they allow three computers
    to house the shorts....So I have them at work and at
    home...The BIG bummer is that you have to have the
    liscense, so when I went to burn my SuperVCD of the
    new shorts, aside from the first freebie, the rest
    won't burn, citing, "unsupported format" inspite of the
    fact that they are the same format as the others, just
    not password protected.

    I don't want this conversatoin to get into the forbidden
    teritory, but it appears that I would like to continue
    to make my offer to a kind Brit to buy the set in the
    UK and ship it to me. I would pay 200% the listed
    price of the DVD, plus shipping.

    Any takers?

    Mark
     
  14. Mark Walker

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    Well-

    Just as an "update:"
    I contacted the support services of the Wallace and Gromit
    store over at Aardman, and asked when and if there will
    be a region 1 DVD "Crackling Contraptions."

    I'll report back here what they say.


    Mark
     
  15. John_Berger

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    ARGH! This is not cool! My player isn't region free and I despise the DRM (Digital lack-of-user-Rights Management) with Media Player. Still, it might be worthwhile to see if they can be converted to MPEG-2/DVD until such time as a region 1 DVD comes out.

    At least Aardman is going back to W&G. I heard from a friend of mine who knows Brian Sibley that Aardman was to start working on another W&G 1/2-hour short, like the others, after "Chicken Run". Hopefully, these are just "warm ups" to that.
     
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    John,

    Wouldn't they be too busy on the W&G feature film?
     
  17. John_Berger

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    My implication was that they might (and I'm stressing might) be "warm ups" to whet our appetites until a new 1/2 hour short is released. For all we know, now that these shorts have been released, they're starting work on a new one.
    One can only hope.
    I think I'm going to be making a $9.99 purchase when I get home with my video editing PC as one of the three systems that have the licensing. [​IMG]
    I tried to put a message on their guestbook begging for region 1/NTSC, but their SQL Server is down.
     
  18. James Reader

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    The small shorts available on this DVD have been made as a 'warm up' to the Wallace and Gromit feature film with is to be released by Dreamworks sometime in 2004 (I think).
    I'm a little worried by the timefame available for the production of a full length movie, and I hope it doesn't mean short-cuts will be taken with the animation or that computer effects will be used to replace animation in certain places.
    For more on this see this article on BBC News
     
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  20. James Reader

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    From the BBC News article

     

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