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  1. Okay, I tried to access and received the same unavailability message. Is it possible that this is where the second page of the TCM movie database lives? If so it is a Movies Unlimited data base problem that we experience whenever the TCM site tries to transfer us there for the second page of movie information. This is actually a good thing, because it affects the Movies Unlimited bottom line. They are losing revenue with this site down so I feel confident that when Monady rolls along they will promptly fix the problem, especially since they are not available late Saturday - Sunday when this problem appears to have begun. Hopefully my premise holds out and the search feature of the data base will be up and running sometime tomorrow.
  2. When I enter a movie title in the search engine and click Go it brings up a list of title matches, as usual. However, when I click on the correct title to bring up more information the Internet Explorer says that it cannot display the webpage. I attempt to diagnose connection problems, but Windows tells me that there is nothing wrong with my connection, and that the website may be experiencing problems. This started last night and continues. I have no other internet problems that I?m aware of, just this one. So is anyone else experiencing this same issue, or is it my machine? If so, what can I do to reestablish the TCM movie data base search feature?
  3. After I posted my query, I started reading down the thread and it appears that there are several of us who are experiencing this same difficulty getting the movie data base search engine past the first page. If there is any comfort in this misery at least we are not alone. The likelihood that the problem is at our end diminishes with the number of us experiencing the same problem. Hopefully the techno gurus at TCM will identify and correct this problem within a timely manner.
  4. Stephan55

    Where are the Colorized Classics?

    Whew? I feel like I committed a mortal sin with that question. Thank you, CineSage jr, for the enlightening information. And thank you lzcutter, for the link. First please let me establish that I ?do not pine for the days of Ted Turner?s colorization efforts,? I am however interested in collecting some of those colorized films. I grew up on black and white, didn?t even see a color TV until I was in high school. In those days the colorization tint had to be adjusted by hand and the best we could do is try to match a green to say what we though was a green tree, or blue to what we thought might be a blue sky, or skin to a perceived flesh tone. We were all ?painters? of sorts and I?m sure we got it wrong more than right, but none-the-less it was a different experience that we more often enjoyed than not. I understand that beauty and color is in the eye of the beholder and the ?painted? colorized images on these films is a perception of the ?colorizer? and does not likely represent the actual color tones as they would have been. (Note: ?colorize,? ?colorizer? and ?colorization? are currently in use in both our dictionaries and within our vernacular and as such are considered ?real? words, by most individuals who use the terms) I may enjoy an original movie more than the various remakes that follow, but I none-the-less strive to collect those remakes of my favorite films, if only to view the contrast of the changing historical and political times that they represent. Likewise, as a collector, I enjoy the diversity of having an unadulterated ?original? copy of a favorite film and a ?colorized? copy if it has been produced. My particular interest in colorized films is in those such as King Kong. No one knows what dinosaurs really looked like, what color they were, whether they were gray, or green, or multicolored like a monarch butterfly or a peacock during mating season. We cannot tell from the fossil evidence just what the pigmentation of their skin was, or if it changed from moment to moment. All renditions of the color of these animals are imagined. But I still like to see what others have imagined those colors to be, whether in still or moving art. Granted the color I view may not be the same that Willis O?Brien created or that Cooper or Schoedsack saw. But then nothing in this fantasy was real anyway. The animated Kong model was something like 10 inches tall, and Fay Wray wore a blond wig, so the reality of the film doesn?t matter to me. It is simply a film that I can view again and again, and I wish that those missing original scenes that Peter Jackson tried to recreate were still somehow available. But they aren?t, so I?m grateful for Jackson?s effort, even if it isn?t the original. I am not degraded, by this, just appreciative. I understand the subtle subjectivity of black and white. I appreciate it and use it in my own photography. I also shoot in color, and like wise appreciate it, though even the best color film does not always capture the reality of say a sunset, I?ve used the peculiarities of various film brands to express my own subjectivity. The world is many shades, both of color and dark and light. We may be used interpreting black and white radiographs, but more and more medical and dental facilities are going digital these days with the capability of enhancing those images with artificial color for improved diagnostics. There is a place for black and white and a place for color in my world. At times I prefer one or the other, but I like both. When I see a colorized classic, I accept it for what it is. I don?t need the graphic intensity, but it is nice to see through someone else?s eyes, how they perceived the scenery and actors to be. I do believe that as crude as it may seem to you, that these people are artists in their own right, and given a difficult task to represent in a loving way the color of those characters they paint. I don?t seek a replacement for classic B&W films with colorized ones, but in those that I enjoy, I like to have both versions, if they are available. I?m sorry that you are blue, but you can color me pink with embarrassment that I ventured an objective query on such a subjective forum titled: Information, Please!
  5. Stephan55

    How Does TCM Do It?

    Hi, Although I?ve been a fan of TCM for several years now, I?m new to this forum. It amazes me that TCM is able to show its features commercial free. It?s what distinguishes it from all other commercial sites. There are only a handful of stations that I routinely watch, and of them only TCM and PBS are commercial free in their programming. I see that PBS receives its revenue from grants and contributions, but *how does TCM do it?* However they do, I am very grateful and appreciative, and I certainly do not want to look a gift horse to closely in the mouth, but if someone could briefly explain to me how day after day, this wonderful station is able to consistently deliver unique commercial free presentations I would be relieved of this curiosity. I am thankful to anyone who takes the time to reply to this query.
  6. Stephan55

    Viva Zapata

    Who knows what guides the mindset of the powers that be??? I too, am a big fan of this film, and consider it one of Brando's and Kazan's best collaborations. It should be as readily available as "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "On The Waterfront." Why it is not, is hard to fathom. As far as I know, it has never been domestically released in DVD format, but once was in VHS format. Some of the purchasers of the import DVD's have complained that they have been unacceptably "re-edited" by those suppliers, deleting portions of key scenes that help to give the film a greater meaning. Here is an Amazon link to what's out there. I may be forced to order the older VHS and and make my own DVD from it, if possible.
  7. Stephan55

    How Does TCM Do It?

    You are quite right, of course. That was why I amended the statement with: "Or, better yet, that we had a truly alternate transportable fuel and conveyance system in place so that we no longer have to rely upon petroleum to get around..." It probably wouldn't relieve the traffic congestion, but if we could get off of the petroleum wagon as a transportable fuel, and replace it with renewable, environmentally friendly integrated systems such as hydrogen electric fuel cells with the H2 derived from water and the mass harvesting of wind, solar, geothermal, and tidal driven sources, then we could return to the less expensive and domestically produced energy that made America the inspirational economic powerhouse it grew to become during the last century. The jobs to produce and sustain these systems would not be outsourced. The local and regional economies would be stimulated. The price of this electric energy would become cheaper as these systems became more fully implemented. We would no longer be part of the problem, but rather the solution to the problem we have created. We could freely export these energy technologies where ever they are applicable to help liberate the rest of the world from fossil fuels. Plentiful, ecco friendly energy would be a blessing to all national economys, allowing a focus on the other disharmonizing issues that plague mankind. Our enemies would no longer profit from our current petroleum addiction. The manmade portion of the greenhouse gas burden upon the environment will be decreased. The only persons that would be unhappy about it are those which too greatly profit from our addiction to the current system, and I don't mind disappointing those folks for the benefit of the rest of us. Unfortunetly, urbania would still be congested with the non-polluting traffic of quietly humming electric driven conveyances. But then, we could work on that problem with similarly powered public transport systems. All we have to do is change the current mindset and be willing to invest our national debt into things that will make the world a better place for our progeny, rather than enslaving them with a debt burden that yields them nothing but the burden. And who knows, maybe even the cost of cable programing would go down???
  8. Stephan55

    How Does TCM Do It?

    Thank you folks for the reply. I understand now. I guess I never thought of TCM in the same genre as other premium channels. I used to watch AMC but got annoyed at all of the commercial interruptions along with the edited format. So many cable channels still have commercials within their programing, including another favorite of mine: The history channel. The only channels that didn't seem to do that were those premium channels like HBO, Starz, etc. So I thought of TCM as a rather unique channel in that its programming is both uncut, and commercial free, and still included in an "expanded basic" package. I do understand that TCM rarely invests in new product, with the exception of it's specials, so I can see how their overhead would be less. But now I wonder why other channels that do not produce their own material (i.e. AMC) rely so heavily on commercials that disrupt viewing their programs? I guess the answer, for AMC anyway, might be that it has to pay more to lease more recent product for viewing, so it rationalizes the commercials to offset the additional cost and still keep it out of the "premium" channel category. But then some of those "premium" channels frequently show older product as filler, so go figure. I wish that it were possible to just pick and pay for the individual channels that one does enjoy, instead of being "forced" to buy a plethora of "junk" filler stations in an otherwise unwanted package just to get that choice handful. But then I wish that gasoline was back to a dollar a gallon again... Or, better yet, that we had a truly alternate transportable fuel and conveyance system in place so that we no longer have to rely upon petroleum to get around... Not exactly sure of how that analogy relates but it came to mind while I was in a wishing for "better" things mode. Anyway, thank you all for your kind replies, and warm welcome to the forum.

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