Posts Tagged ‘dvd

21
Nov
07

revenge of the third world.

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And the US just came up with TakeTV.

Last Saturday, my cousin was able to obtain an interesting piece of hardware — the A.C.E. DVD player!  Like Iggy’s Orange DVD player, it plays “questionable” DVDs and DivX files (on-disc or USB).

BUT WAIT, there’s more! — It also displays images, plays mp3s and (supposedly) supports mp4!

IT DOESN’T STOP THERE!  —  If you have foreign films with .srt subtitles files, it also supports it as well!

HOLD YOUR HORSES!  — If you have cbr/cbz files and a big enough display, it throws out the pages from the archives and displays ’em like normal images!

If the TakeTV (which is a USB drive + DivX decoder, in a nut shell) costs $100-$150, you will be shocked that my cousin got it for not 1,500, not 1,400, BUT ONE THOUSAND AND ONE HUNDRED PESOS only!  (Thank you Quiapo!)

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And here’s the rant part: as amazing as those features are, my one complaint for the A.C.E. is that it just looks tacky.

Like most Asia-made gadgets, it combines most of the features you’d want into one device, but it would still look like crap.  I’ve seen megapixel-cameras-slash-USB-drives-slash-mini-mp3-divx-players with 2-inch lcd screens made with tacky, overly-shiny faux-chrome plastic — take note, its also branded “SONY.”

I mean, some company must’ve labored hours on creating “innovative” (hax!) mash-up devices like DivX/DVD players, cellphone-tv combos, mp3 players and digital cameras doubling as portable video-players, so why not establish their own brand?  (or hire design people?)  The existence of the mash-up devices (and fake shoes/bags) show that these companies CAN make something pretty useful.  We already live in a continent where piracy is king;  why not compete with the big boys and not dwell on being so third world-ly?

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25
Sep
07

superman:doomsday.

Twenty-six minutes, twenty-nine seconds. (26:29) By that exact time during the movie, we see Doomsday’s fiery red eyes flicker and go dark. And that’s it. Superman dies. The world turns into a crazy place, well, until he returns. To describe the death and return in a sentence: parang makinang tumirik pagkatapos umahon, sabay jinumpstart.

1993 — I was 8 years old when The Death of Superman shocked the world. (It was a slow news day, plus, I was still enjoying the Adam West Batman show then.) For a film entitled “Superman:Doomsday,” the character pertained to by half the title disappears for most of the movie. Adaptation to the condensed format (less than 2 hours) required a ton of revision and editing, therefore creating a mere representation of what took place in the comics. (Is it any better for it? Without the silliness of the Reign of Supermen, yes, although Supergirl’s appearance is totally removed.)

The tweaked Timmiverse designs take a while to get used to, involving the cheekbones that appear to be engraved on Superman’s face, which makes him look older. The voices are really something too — if you’re making an animated film, better make sure you’ve got top-notch casting. Lois Lane suffers from this, as Anne Heche’s performance sometimes works, but fail most of the time. (What irked me the most is that I keep picturing Doctor Drakken whenever Toyman spoke.)

As for the story, watching the over-an-hour film version of the death and return of Superman really leaves tons to be desired. I remember being a kid and KNOWING that none of the other Supermen was the real Superman, so having one clone that has the moral absolutism of The Eradicator made tons more sense. And just because the producers are allowed to put more stuff in there means they could put inactive Superman fetuses (or is it fetii?) sprawled on the floor. Did it add anything to the story? No, but the scene where Superman pukes blood made sense, given that this isn’t your pamangkin’s JLU.

All in all, this is a 3/5. It’s an o-k representation of the infamous story arc, but there are tons more direct-to-DVD vids out there that would justify your purchase. (Mystery of the Batwoman! / Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker!) I would recommend hunting the season 2 episodes of Justice League where Superman apparently died. (Superheroes at the funeral? That made a lot more sense.)




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