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  1. 1) Pikmin 2) Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 3) Super Monkey Ball 4) Animal Crossing 5) Super Smash Bros Melee Note: My choices will be amended when I FINALLY get round to buying Viewtiful Joe, F-Zero GX and Metroid Prime. I promise you I will get these this year, in fact Romier has Metroid to send me so I'm technically one down with two to go already on that front. Daniel
  2. My second HP CD writer died a death on Sunday night. I was burning a CD, of only 300mb or so, everything stalled at 98% and the only way I could reboot the PC was by unplugging the PC from the mains. The writer now makes a God awful din upon powering up and the PC refuses to acknowledge a writing device is even installed. Funny thing was, my previous CD writer, also HP, bowed out in the exact same way. So, I've been looking to DVD Writers from anyone other than HP. Sony, NEC perhaps. Any recommendations? Daniel
  3. I'm thinking of taking the plunge into the Mac world sometime this year myself. My uses with desktop devices are very much focused on web browsing, e-mail, and my writing work. I've also call for a number of creative design packages which are all Mac friendly...etc... Whether I went for a Powerbook or PowerMac remains to be seen however. Bottom line is, I just want one to be hip. Daniel
  4. Ok, here's links to all performances I know of: Montreal (23rd of Feb 2004): http://www.montrealenlumiere.ca/english/ac...ken.NoTitre=715 Ohio (26th of March 2004) http://www.columbussymphony.com/newseason0.../lordfriday.htm London (23rd of May 2004) http://www.lpo.co.uk/ Atlanta (4th & 5th of June 2004) http://www.atlantasymphony.org/calendar/ti...tinfo/rings.htm Seattle (16th & 17th of July 2004) http://www.seattlesymphony.org/season/sing...manceDateID=545 Daniel
  5. A close race there. I think I'd stick with the R1. If the documentary on the R2 is extensive, I will perhaps get it when it?s on sale sometime. For the film itself though, I'm just too pedantic to accept any film configured for 25fps. :? I appreciate the link though, Gary does some good comparisons on a lot of discs. It's a handy resource for those of us who carry more of a taste for classic and foreign films I must admit. Daniel
  6. That's interesting. Did the BFI restore it for the R2? There's a print that has been touring here in the UK, and it may be from the same source. I am hoping to see it theatrically at some point. My hatred for PAL 25fps deprives me of whatever superiority any domestic DVD release may bring however, since I just wont buy em. A shame as I have to wait until Belleville Rendez-vous appears on R1.... :? As for 27th releases: Alice in Wonderland The Critic Time Bandits I'll get Superbit Strangelove IF it is sourced from a new print. Daniel
  7. They're amazing. They look like paintings.... Daniel
  8. I'm fortunate in that I've never felt my attraction to gaming has been a block socially or on any other such level. A lot of it is perhaps down to my gaming habits in general, in that I don't plough myself through a game in a short space of time, instead I can leave a game for a day or two, or three, even a week or so before returning to it. Not because I am bored with a game you understand, but simply because I go and get on with some other things, and mostly because I like to make my gaming purchases last. Within my family gaming has been fine. It's strongest between my older brother and I, but my older sister loves a good game (her husband informs me she is now obsessed with Top Spin), my dad still thinks the NES was the best console I owned (he had a love for Dr Mario, Gyromite and Duck Hunt), and mum just tends to enjoy watching them being played if it's something light and cheerful. I've grown up and studied with most who hare into gaming on the same level, or a little less in most cases come to think of it. Most I know seemed to have had a Sega and/or Nintendo product during the 80s and 90s, and for most I know today the platform of choice is the PS2. It seems hard to bump into anyone in their 20s in the UK right now who doesn't own Sony's console. I love gaming, I'm fascinated by it. It's somewhat of a comfort and relaxation thing for me more than anything else. I don't really go on about developments in gaming outside the circle of the web, although my sister's husband is a good one to talk PC and console tech with now and again. If I want to spout on about the latest thing, he'll listen with interest. Really though, I've never fallen into the situation where a family member or anyone I have been with has screamed "he's always on that sodding computer" because I just don't game for any extreme length of time.... Why the hell I post on this forum then I've no idea. Daniel
  9. I highly recommend viewings of the Spanish Dracula for those who have the original Universal disc, but have yet to view anything but the English language version. I, as many do, find it to be superior in a number of areas. In all fairness, both versions tend to do certain things somewhat better than the other, or perhaps different is the more appropriate term. Well worth watching. This set looks good. Most of the extras from the original releases seem to be on there too. Have a look: Dracula: The Legacy Collection includes Dracula (1931), Dracula (Original Spanish Version), Dracula's Daughter, Son of Dracula and House of Dracula with the following bonus features: "The Road to Dracula" original documentary Feature film commentary from film historian David J.Skal Brilliant new score by famed composer Philip Glass, performed by the Kronos Quartet and more Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection includes Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein and House of Frankenstein with the following bonus features: An original documentary on the making of the Frankenstein films Additional commentary from film historian Rudy Behlmer "The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster" an original documentary by David J.Skal and more The Wolf Man: The Legacy Collection includes The Wolf Man, Werewolf of London, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and She-Wolf of London with the following bonus features: "The Wolf Man" making of documentary Feature film commentary from film historian Tom Weaver and more I think all three releases (each 2 disc sets) have promotional fluff for that horrible looking Van Helsing movie which these discs have been forged to coincide with as well. The release date for the three individual releases and the gift set is the 24th of April by the way. As someone who owns the original Monsters set (though not the double features), the Gift set of Dracula, Wolf Man and Frankenstein + the busts appeals, but I think only if they films have gone through a significant remastering and the discs themselves do not suffer from poor compression and mastering. Universal are not my favourite studio for handling DVDs, and they have shown little care for their classic catalogue titles in terms of keeping them in good shape (the original monsters releases were not all that great, the 1932 Scarface isn?t very pretty, plus some questionable Hitchcock titles along with Death Takes a Holiday on disc 2 of their Meet Joe Black Ultimate Edition.... they tend to cheap out when it comes to this sort of thing, unlike Warner). Daniel
  10. Warner is also finishing off work on Volume 1 of a Tom & Jerry collection, remastered and uncut (and hopefully OAR anamorphic where applicable). We may get another Looney Tunes set in the winter as well. Warner remain my favourite studio for DVD. Their transfers are excellent, so to is their mastering of the discs themselves. They're treating their animation and classic live action catalogues with so much love. Whilst granted it is not old school, I am hoping they soon turn to Batman The Animated Series as season sets. Daniel
  11. And a pointless sound format at that. :x I've really not cared much for the way DVD now being as big as it is has allowed for a lot of cost cutting, rushed releases and more and more full frame release. Universal has been most guilty over the past 18 months of some seriously flawed releases be it the Back to the Future framing errors, appaling marketing on E.T, mastering errors on Monty Python's Meaning of Life, and so on.... and now we see them release a number of non-OAR titles. It's disturbing, even Disney is looking to make future widescreen releases of their live action films limited releases in favour of full frame taking up most of the shelf space. Daniel
  12. Well spotted. Didn't even see Ikiru on the list at first..... More bloody Criterion (I love them really. )..... Daniel
  13. Anyone know if the first two American Tail DVDs are truly full frame only as initialy announced by Universal? :? Daniel
  14. http://savedisney.com/ now looks a WHOLE lot more professional. They've built a terrific site. I'm exploring it in detail right now. Daniel
  15. How well did the IMAX releases od Fantasia 2000, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King do? I know they didn't do as well as Disney hoped given the planned Aladdin IMAX never happend over Christmas, despite the fact the source print has been made (as has one for Tarzan apaprently). Daniel
  16. It's just become a situation, typical of Hollywood, where those in charge are frankly too stubborn to admit when they are wrong, and where they have made a mistake. Far be it for the chiefs to admit their animated products of the last number of years have been sub-par... Instead, the blame rests firmly on this magical "new consumer demand" for CG animation, that both Disney and Dreamworks heads believe to be true. Then they have the audacity to also put blame upon the writers and animation teams themselves, despite the fact R&D budgets were cut, and more emphasis was made to be put on the animators to work on these straight to video spin off sequels. Daniel
  17. Exactly, I find it hard to even deem the Weight Watchers points system a "diet" to be honest. The great thing is, as I was saying, you soon reach a point where you stop counting because your body soon knows how much is too much, and your stomach changes so you just dont crave things as much,. You're still eating everything you liked, but in natural moderation. It's even better if you introduce more things that are so good for you like more fruit, veg and water.....etc. I just call it normal eating. You're not really made to look at anything fattening, like a nice desert for example, as a "treat" or being "naughty"... I hate branding some foods like that because when you start doing that you become notoriously fussy and you'd end up as someone counting calories until the day you die. Daniel
  18. Indeed. I think another exceptional thing behind Pixar films is they actually make good use of being computer animated. The teams at Pixar genuinely try to make the best use they can of the technology the use to animate with, yet at the same time still let it take backseat to the story and the characters. Ice Age offered nothing in the way of argument as to why it had to be CGI. It was simply a "jumping on the bandwaggon" decision of which there will be many, many more. No Pixar film as they stand today would translate into cell simply because the films are structured so well for the environments one can conjure up on the computer. This will not be true of all, indeed most, computer animated features just as the cel animated features weren't fully exploiting the best cell-animation has to offer. The brilliant minds working outside of the US know no bounds in where they can take traditional animation. I wanted to add, if Disney is still planning to go ahead with the vile idea of its CG "re-imagined" versions of some of their classics (Pinocchio was one of them) it will be interesting to see how they perform to the ?world only wants CG? mentality. Daniel
  19. Then please don't tell us we're in a minority, because it's not true. The world is simply not that narrow minded. It'll only take one big successful cel animated feature to come out of the Western world for studios to kickstart projects again. It's the ridiculous way the studio system works. Not enough for consumer to vote with their voice for them to make a decision, only their wallets. I wish I could agree, but I think public demand for quality in film is lower than it has ever been in the history of cinema. I think many know they deserve better, which is perhaps why they embrace the odd truly excellent major film when it does come along, but many cinema goers are as much to blame for the spate of garbage coming out of Hollywood as those making it are because they put up with so much they shouldn't have to. Expect more? Sure. Accept less? Constantly. People want good stories, they don't really care how they're presented to them be it on 16mm, 35mm, DV, 65mm or HD Cam. They'll see it if the content appeals. The trend of medicore cel-animated freatures will only translate into a trend of mediocre CGI ones. The main appeal will forever be story and character. You can only dazzle an audience with visual trickery for so long. Daniel
  20. 'Tis more than rumour that ex-Disney animators have gone off to establish their own animation studio ala Don Bluth. Legacy Animation Studios is their name, based in Florida. I agree with you on this, and I take it a step further in feeling that contemporary references in a lot of these animated features are bringing them down, be it a certain degree of contemporary humour, voice artist or, in most cases, music. The structure of Pixar films has allowed for such attributes when the story calls for it... the kind of stories Disney themselves have been trying to tell over the last decade, have not called for many of the songs and childish humour they fill them with. I also LOATHE the wacky smart arse buddy character we've had in many Disney films. Rosie O'Donnel just drives me up the wall in Tarzan, then there's the Martin Short robot in Treasure Planet (that movie just makes me angry full stop), a number of the supporting character cast in Atlantis, and I suppose the two Moose are good example with Brother Bear. I adore Aladdin, but I think it was with the Genie that this trend started to begin, that certainly begun the big name voice talent issue... I've said this before, but Disney is a company who has the audacity to hype up the wonderful films of Hayao Miyazaki, yet fail to learn anything from him or the animation that is coming out of the Far East, and also Europe. I do not believe the Western world is ignorant enough to dismiss animation as something only for children and family alone. If there is anything to be learnt about quality animation used to tell incredibly stories to an incredibly diverse audience, it is to be learnt from Europe and Japan. I am upset Dreamworks lacks the balls to do anything innovative either. Prince of Egypt showed a lot of promise, though again we had smart arse characters for no reason in the form of Steve Martin & Martin Short. They've done little to stray from the Disney formula, despite projects with good potential to do so (Spirit had a lot of potential but was left to be rather average), and of course the Disney formula they've been inspired by is the formula of the last ten years whereas I think Disney?s finest storytelling and animation achievements lie with the Little Mermaid and the majority of the films they predated it. Katzenberg is of course ending Dreamworks SKGs cell animation department as well. I have been too Dreamworks Animation in LA, and it's a marvelous place with such lovely people working there. SKGs stake in PDI seems all they want to do, and I think they also have a non PDI cg film in the works as well. Deeply disappointing, and yet hardly suprising since the idea that all people want now is CG animation is yet another example of Hollywood taking its audience for granted and offering them more second rate products. If this were true then the likes of Lion King, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and other high profile successful cell animated Disney Releases would not have sold by the bucket load on DVD, and they sold well because they were genuinely good animated features. This month, Alice in Wonderland. Later this year, Aladdin. It's all about the quality. Daniel
  21. I must admit I've not taken to any form of crash dieting whereby I have to undertake a new eating regime....etc. I've come to think that in truth, you shouldn't have to radically alter your eating habits unless you suffer from something like diabetes in which, of course, changes need to be made. In college I was a very big lad, pushing 260lbs I dare say. That was a few years ago, and it's taken a long time (including one year where I personally screwed up and lost nothing, and gained a bit), but I am finally nearing my target weight having just exercised more, and eaten normally. I've actually not weighed what I way today since I was about thirteen years old, and I am nearing old age (22 ). I kind of used the Weight Watchers points thing as a blue print, as it doesn?t restrict you of any kind of food, it just lets you get used to eating foods in moderation, which used to be my problem, I just couldn't eat in moderation. If something was there, I'd usually have it. I'm about 180lbs right now, and wish to shed another ten, and then I am done. Eating healthily, or perhaps it's best to say eating normally, and never denying myself a certain thing now and again, plus exercising about forty minutes a day every other day, and lots of water, has done me the world of good. I know a few people in the US who did Atkins; it's been good for some, bad for others. I know a friend of my brother's over here tried it and he was loosing body fat rather inconsistently on his body. It wasn't for me, and I did think long and hard about doing it (on two occasions come to think of it). Whilst what I did has taken quite a long time, there's less chance of my putting it back on so suddenly as my body is accustomed to a typical normal intake of food for a meal. It's just accustomed to normal eating habits I don't have to deal with falling off the wagon so to speak, since their is no wagon. Only fault would be if I binge on food, which will be tough since my body would easily reject the types of portions I used to eat which made me the size I was. I?ve not cut anything out, save for sodas. I would consume Diet Coke like there were no tomorrow, but I didn?t care for what soft drinks would do to one?s teeth and so on. Never cared for beer, wine I am happy to drink, and I love water. I can't get enough of it and will usually get through a big bottle a day, more out of habit now than necessity, which I suppose sums up my way of eating in a nutshell. I made dramatic cutbacks on fatty snack intakes too like chocolate. I still have some chocolate and the occasional bag of crisps, even the odd biscuit, but my natural diet has changed so as that I don't crave such things as soon as I seem them. Things like Ketchup?.etc I rarely have anymore. Bread is still a weakness, always will be. If there is a warm stick of French bread around, I am done for. I?ve refused to cut out bread entirely mind you, as I deem it silly to do so. I eat wholemeal more than white these days, and may have an actual bread product only a couple of times a week, if that. I eat more pasta and baked potatoes than I do bread these days. My fruit and vegetable intake is a drastic improvement over what it was only a few years ago. I just eat more healthily, cutting nothing out, just working with realistic portions. The great thing now is, I am not even counting what I eat as I know what's enough and what isn't (you certainly don't want to consume less than you should). I don't even sit and get fussy if offered a fatty desert or whatever, because such things do you no harm unless you eat them every day. It's just normal eating. I won't dismiss Atkins or anyone on it. As I say, it's not for me, but it has worked for some who are able to stick to a certain eating regime for the rest of their lives. Personally, like I said, I see no reason to do that, but whatever works for a person and get them into a healthy state they are happy with, is fine. There's so much out there, you just need to ?choose wisely? as the Knight said to the Archeologist. Daniel
  22. Curb Your Enthusiasm. Did Columbia ever correct themselves on the initial Matilda: Special Edition announcement which claimed it would be full frame only, or is it indeed 1.33:1? I'll be bitterly dissapointed if it is. Daniel
  23. I must admit I am rather curious about Manhunt. I?d never heard of it until Romier started talking to me about it over AOL sometime ago, shortly after he?d purchased it. There?s a certain degree of violence I usually feel I can take in both games and movies alike, yet for the first time descriptions I was reading of Manhunt seemed to make it clear that here was a game to challenge what I personally find acceptable for levels of violence in videogames. For me, Manhunt seems to be too much. Is it too much for a videogame full stop? Of that I am unsure. I?m not of mind to condemn this game which I have not played, and damn it for being sick and a step too far. If I did that, I?d surely have a good future as a British newspaper journalist. A game with such a degree of graphical realism doesn?t particularly feel like my cup of tea. Of course, I did ask Romier if it was a good game, and by all accounts many say it is, which leaves me with a curious interest in playing it sometime which I suppose says of me, if the game play content takes priority, then I can put up with such gratuity. It may not mean I overly like it, but I would put up with it if a game was genuinely a good videogame (as I do with GTA). I think the way Sony helped nurture videogames into a leisure accessory for twenty and thirty-something?s with the PlayStation, the gaming world has allowed for these more adult themed titles. Over the past decade there?s been much more acceptance that the older age market is there and is of much higher regard with developers. The market for the more ?mature? game has always existed, but the last ten years have shaped the way developers market games to consumers of varying ages drastically like we?d never really seen before. We come to the question then of what is disturbing. In any media, I have never actually believed a graphic visual act alone is disturbing so to speak. I think most on this planet are smart enough to distinguish the difference between fiction and reality, even children, in fact I think they are especially quick to catch onto that fact. If you think of a very scary moment in a film, or a game, ask yourself what scared you. Was it the graphic content, or was it the atmosphere that leads up to or surrounded the scene in question? Of the few things in film and videogames that do leave me rather uneasy, it is the atmospheric content because it is this that is usually the door between utter fiction and that disturbing sense of realism. So then, it is perhaps not so much an act itself, more the way it is depicted on screen that makes us question how far is too far. GTA offers a sense of freedom, but hardly a sense of reality or atmosphere. If the atmosphere is right, and acts of violence, general abuse, bad language, drug abuse and so on, are relevant to what you may be watching/playing, then I find it to be acceptable to a certain degree. It?s like Saving Private Ryan. It?s hideous, but why do we accept it, because its reality and it is dealt with accordingly on screen. So what are worse, graphic depictions of violence in a film like that, or the latest Schwarzenegger opus? Shock value, and violence for the sake of violence?etc, I think is a step too far in any media. The truth is we crossed that line in movies and games years and years ago, and the GTA games are guilty of such practice, yet they remain good games to play which again, for me can take priority over any controversy surrounding such a title. Media in general has shaped the way we view many things. If you look at news broadcasts today and see how many of bulletins are reported and packaged, some even underscored by dramatic music, one has to wonder if a child watching CNN is left to understand the difference between fiction and reality, when reality itself these days it edited and broadcast to the world much in the way fiction is. It?s rather an odd circle if you consider reality is broadcast like fiction, and fiction takes inspiration from reality. Look at various war games like Medal of Honour or Call of Duty. Do games like those exploit the plight of thousands in the Second World War by reducing them to a bunch of polygons on a monitor? Is one left to learn anything from these types of games, or are we just to sit there enjoying the slaughter of Germans and Japanese? I think Children do need to be kept away from these types of media aimed at the older generations. I may not agree there is a defining age that immediately makes something acceptable to a viewer/gamer because the level of maturity in one child of ten can differ radically to the level of maturity in another child of the same age. A good parent will have a good enough relationship to know the mentality and level of maturity of their child and will see fit when to allow them to progress in seeing and learning about different things, and hopefully the parent will be alongside them when they make such a progression with something like a film or a computer game. I?m continually concerned about the level of distance many can find between some parents and their children. Distance due to many reasons, most common seeming to be the workload of a parent. A parent may be so under stress that they place their child in front of a television set and take no notice of what is being shown, or what game is being played. Media as a babysitting device disturbs me greatly. Daniel
  24. You could well be right. Of course, many would welcome a graphical overhaul of the first game on XBox, along with some sort of special edition version of Silent Hill 3 some day. Keeping the main storyline exclusive to PS2 is a very acceptable possibility. Daniel
  25. That's a good one. I just caught a selection of the colour photos on the news a moment ago. Claims of even more impressive and detailed shots to come over the duration of the mission. Daniel
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