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Angry the Clown

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  1. I can't keep up with that series but I got a good giggle at how that trailer just gets sillier, and sillier, and sillier.
  2. I've been meaning to raise this issue for a while but it's remarkable how bad Studio Canal screw up when they do not defer their compression duties to Fidelity in Motion. I hadn't bought Total Recall due to the bad reviews about the compression, and here's an example: https://screenshotcomparison.com/comparison/12569 What you're looking at there is the HDR10 layer compared to the Dolby Vision layer (actually it's using some trickery to convert the DV to HDR-10 for the purposes of capture). True of most badly compressed Studio Canal discs, a lot of problems are reduced i
  3. Good stuff. I'm not going to applaud the patches when it really should have launched in a better state to begin with, but it's nevertheless good to see them addressing the problems so quickly.
  4. If any of you are interested in the Chinese Oppo clones, the most current models carry the following model numbers: M9201 - Oppo 203 Clone M9203 - As above but with a VFD front panel display M9205 - Oppo 205 Clone The earliest clone went by the model M9702. It had inferior internal hardware boards and some shutdown bugs which all appear to have been rectified with the new units. The M9201 generally gets priced at around $470. The Spanish forum AV Pasion (and makers of the video above) have regular group buys for anyone anywhere in the world to ge
  5. And wouldn't you know it, Saturday Night Fever is now 4k/Dolby Vision on the UK store and updated with iTunes extras. It references the Director's Cut so whether it also includes the theatrical I don't know (I've no issue with the director's cut). It's £7.99 so I'll wait on it a little while and still hope for a disc to surface eventually.
  6. In The Line of Fire coming from Sony on June 15th in the US:
  7. Not going to watch it all so as not to spoil the disc release next month, but my iTunes copy of Speed is now 4k/Dolby Vision. What I sampled looks very pleasing. Apparently in some territories Saturday Night Fever has switched to 4k/DV. It's one I'd really like Paramount to bring to disc but second to a physical release I'd buy it on iTunes if it upgrades in the UK. I don't know what version has been made available in 4k elsewhere, or whether both theatrical and director's cuts are 4k. So far all the UK store seems to have is the HD theatrical cut.
  8. There's jailbreak software for my Oppo 203 floating around that's...interesting. It effectively opens up unfettered access to being able to play MKV, BDMV, ISO backups from a server, and of course there's no concerns with Dolby Vision...etc since the player is effectively going to be playing back those files just as it would were there a disc in the drive. The hack of course also runs on the Chinese Oppo clones that can be acquired which are, for the most part, Oppo players without the drives (possibly with slightly inferior a/v output on a account of some internal differences to the original
  9. I've seen the Sofabaton mentioned on various forums since the Logitech news broken and I began researching alternatives. http://www.sofabaton.com It's only IR based as far as I can tell, by which I mean no hub, which doesn't bother me as my components are not hidden in a cabinet, and it does allow for macro inputs which is of more interest to me. They don't seem to be easily available in the UK tough one can be imported via Amazon Global for around £70. That would probably do me for now, and if I can get the the point of having a receiver and proper ho
  10. Thanks for the heads up. That might be a big red flag. I don't have Windows access (though in theory could if I kept hold of my current MacBook Pro whenever I get a Mac desktop and just run bootcamp off that, but ughhh. Hassle to keep it around just for such a minor reason). Writing must have been on the wall for some time if they couldn't even bother to do a 64bit version. Seems to kill any chance of native M based version dead at this point too since 32bit apps don't run under Rosetta. God damn it, Logitech.
  11. The Roomie Remote seems to be very sophisticated for those who aren't against mobile/tablet control: http://roomieremote.com It's effectively a poor man's Crestron if you wanted to surrender an iPad mini or something to act exclusively as your controller (and easier to program since one of the main ways Crestron can continue revenue with their customers is by making their software locked out to dealers and requiring training to configure anything, so any time a new component gets added or an existing one needs changing you've got to pay an accredited installer to do it.
  12. I've seen some remaining stock of the Harmony Companion for about £130, which seems to effectively be an Elite without the touch screen or back lighting (and only able to substitute control for 8 devices vs 15 of the Elite). That's been quite tempting. I think I liked the concept of the touchscreen on the Elite as it's a more attractive way to see and access your custom Activities and macros. One thing were macros would be useful for me is with my Oppo 203, which is multi-region automatically for DVD, but for Blu-ray to switch regions I need to do a magic handshake of sorts to make
  13. Amazon still have stock of the Elite. I've added one to a price watch on the off chance they should see a reduction to clear stock at any point. With Amazon seemingly being one of the only retailers who have them anymore the lack of competition is probably less of an incentive for them to drop the price, but you never know. CamelCamelCamel says that historically it was once as low as £116(!) in December of 2019, which is even lower than I remember it getting in the past.
  14. Quite possibly. I think Rise of the Resistance makes it work, but Mystic Manor is still probably the best of all as you seem to be pretty close to everything in that ride as you travel around (and it's probably true to say that of Pooh in Tokyo as well). It would be a dream if Journey into Imagination were re-imagined to make use of so many of the ride system and effects tricks Mystic Manor deploys. The dead space in Beauty and the Beast really seems to be in the areas that require it, like the dining hall and ballroom, which you'd expect to be depicted as spacious sets anyway, bu
  15. Yes, I can't really disagree. Mickey wins out by the unique way in which they use the projection technology, and it has a clear story and a catchy song. There's still something that feels a little empty about the physical spaces when I watch the videos, but maybe you don't sense that when riding in person. Regardless it clearly seems to hold its own alongside Rise of the Resistance as the most interesting and entertaining new dark ride they've done in any of the US parks in a long time, and I think that in itself is another reason why many may walk away from Ratatouille a little disappointed b
  16. I think it stands out in Paris because 1) Disneyland Paris itself hasn't really had any new rides in decades, and 2) the neighbouring park Ratatouille is in is generally considered to be one of the worst Disney Parks on the planet. The Paris Studios needed something like Ratatouille desperately. It'll be fine in Florida, butI think WDW should be aspiring to more than "fine" given the ever spiralling costs of being able to go there, and it's funny how the tables have turned in this instance where Universal have done a really cute dark ride that's 90% physical sets and animatronics,
  17. Hmm. I may look into that perhaps. In that kind of set up does the hub work as the IR receiver with remotes for things like learning commands to set up via one button in the app?
  18. I hadn't, but I'm not really a fan of things like Alexa, Siri....etc. I think my biggest concern that's holding me back from making a sudden Elite purchase is, as you share yourself, the question of just how long Logitech will genuinely keep their servers online and continue adding product/software support. They made similar claims of long term after market support for the Squeezebox if memory serves, only to ditch it sooner than people anticipated, although in fairness dropping support from Harmony products would surely be far more disruptive and go noticed by many more users.
  19. Universal Hollywood is open. They finally took the time to finish the Jurassic River Adventure refurb. The more interesting I think is finally being able to see a Secret Life of Pets ride POV. It looks so cute! Surprised how much effort went into the ride queue there. Shame there's no space for that in Florida unless they ditch Fallon and re-design the building facade(?), although even there I don't think the building is big enough and there's that ugly coaster in the way behind it too. If the Pets ride were in Florida pl
  20. I definitely think that's their perspective, yes. I do still think it's a shame not to keep the Elite on the market, or shop the Harmony brand to to a potential new buyer though. It just seems weird to me that they've just leaving that mid-range enthusiast space empty. The closest equivalent seems to be the remotes from URC (MX-980/MX-990), then at a higher price point you have products from Crontrol4, then right at the top you've got Crestron who have cornered the market for home control in the ultra high end space for decades. Gah... So tempted to just to grab one on Amazon whil
  21. None that I know of, which is what makes it so strange. They've killed off a product line for which they had no competition at the price point (again, they could have just kept the Elite on the market, even raised its price a little, and I still don't think there would be any competitor in the same ballpark).
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