January 2002 Archives (8 posts)

DVDs are outselling videocasettes for the first time

A story from The Hollywood Reporter in Yahoo News says that DVDs have outsold videocassettes for the first time. A lot of these sales came from studio library titles and not from new sales—good news for anyone looking for their favourite movies to be released on DVD one day.

Sales of DVDs helped push overall revenue for the home video industry up from $13.9 billion in 2000 to $16.8 billion in 2001, topping last year’s theatrical receipts of about $8.1 billion, according to the group.
I had no idea that video sales were such a cash cow for the studios. No wonder we have 3 different DVDs for American Pie and 4 separate versions for Army Of Darkness!

Posted in Technology at 8:51 PM

CRT vs. LCD displays

I had a friend tell me that flat-screen computer monitors (CRT) were better and had a sharper display than the new crop of LCD displays. I disagreed with him. After reading an article at Wired News, I’d have to say that I still disagree with him.

Perhaps what’s most surprising about the trend is that it’s taken so long to arrive. CRT monitors are bulky, heavy and rely on vacuum tube technology invented in the 19th century. In contrast, LCD’s are light, sleek, energy-efficient and have a sharp picture.
With Apple bundling a 15-inch LCD display in their low-end machines (iMac), I think you’ll see the Dell, HP and others following suit in the next year.

Posted in Technology at 8:48 PM

Following (1998)

Friday night I saw Following (1998). It was written and directed by Christopher Nolan who also wrote and directed Memento.

Shot in black and white, just over an hour long, this film is excellent—one that really challenges the viewer to constantly think and figure out what is going before it’s explained in the end. If you liked Memento then you’ll enjoy Following. The DVD also has some cool features where you can switch between the screenplay and the movie (as it is playing), or view the movie in chronological order.

Posted in DVD Reviews at 8:45 PM

Gene Simmons and Drew

Oh brother. My brother Drew went to see Gene Simmons of KISS at his recent book signing, here in Toronto. Simmons’ autobiography is titled, KISS and Make-up.

Gene Simmons and Drew Kerr

Gene is the guy who looks thrilled to be having his picture taken on the left. Drew is the guy on the right who looks like he just met the ‘God of Thunder’.

Posted in Music at 8:40 PM

Big Night (1996)

Lissa picked up one of my favourite films, Big Night (1996). It was one of the first films on DVD making it very difficult to find. She found it at Very Video here in Toronto (slightly cheaper than Amazon.com).

Stanley Tucci co-wrote, co-directed with Cambell Scott, and starred in this comedy about two Italian brothers whose fabulous restaurant is on the brink of bankruptcy. It also stars Minnie Driver, Ian Holm, Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shaloub, Cambell Scott and Allison Janney.

Critically acclaimed, Big Night is an excellent film that will leave you with a strong desire to make an exotic Italian dish, once the credits roll.

Posted in DVD Reviews at 1:54 AM

Ted Demme dies of heart attack

Ted Demme, director of Blow and Beautiful Girls died of an apparent heart attack while playing basketball. He was just 38. I just watched Beautiful Girls last Friday and recently watched Blow. Twice.

The special features on the Blow DVD, an infifilm disc, were excellent. Like Cameron Crowe, I’ve always found Demme’s films to have a great soundtrack which makes them memorable for me.

Posted in News at 1:51 AM

SONY DVP-360 DVD player

BTW, if any of you have a SONY DVP-360 DVD player, get an extended warranty now or face the consequences. This model is a warranty timebomb. There have been numerous complaints over at audioreview.com, mine included.
 
On Christmas eve, 18 months after I purchased it, the player died. The first signs of trouble were the occasional C 13:00 errors that would require the player be turned on and off. Then the player started giving me NO DISC errors. Sony has ignored the complaints of everyone who purchased this lemon. This has many people in the US crying, “class action suit.” I can only hope. Luckily for me I used my trusty Royal Bank Gold VISA card which doubles the 1 year warranty to 2 years. I’ve filed a claim to Royal Bank who said they will reimburse me for any repairs.
 
Sony hasn’t heard the last of me though.
 
I’m off to Ottawa for a couple of days. More updates will follow on the weekend and then I think I’ll start promoting the site.

Posted in Home Theatre at 1:47 AM

Version 1.0

Welcome to version 1.0 of bombippy.com. This site has been in the works for quite some time. Why? Because it will give me chance to rant and rave over the latest DVD releases, share recipes, pay tributes, and keep in touch with friends. Over the next couple of weeks you will be able to link to new content in the sidebar. Enjoy.   I was at Yuk Yuk’s on Saturday night and saw this comedian by the name of Russell Peters perfom. He was the second act and blew the other two out of the water—very funny guy. If you get a chance then go and see him.

Posted in Bombippy at 1:35 AM