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Everything posted by classicsuz

  1. Yes--I have struggled to watch On Demand films from TCM with the lagging closed caption. Very frustrating. I'm a Comcast/Xfinity customer, and the delayed closed captioning shows up for both cable and streaming of TCM films. No other channel has this issue. I sent an email in January to TCM, and I received a generic acknowledgement and reply. TCM suggested getting the latest equipment (check) and changing the CC setting from CC1 to zero (check again). The problem continued. Comcast says this is a TCM problem. On this one and perhaps singular occasion, I tend to agree with Comcast a
  2. Noir Alley just broadcast its premier of "Try and Get Me" on Saturday, January 25. It's Tuesday and it's still not available as a TCM On Demand offering via the TCM app on Firestick. Last weeks' film of January 18, Captive City, is still available but nothing else for the Noir Alley selections. "Try and Get Me" is available through my Xfinity app and among my cable company's On Demand offerings. It's a no show, however, 3 days in through TCM's app. Did I miss something? What gives?
  3. A friend noticed the issue of films disappearing from On Demand availability earlier than their listed expiration date. I'm also noticing a related issue. Film availability via On Demand was consistently a full week. Recently, multiple films are available for several weeks. All well and good. But it seems to be cutting both ways. I'm finding that some films are listed as available for less than the typical one week time frame. A current example is Planet of the Apes. It was broadcast Friday evening, 1-3-20. Depending on whether I check On Demand listings for TCM via cable or
  4. Thanks, art3. As an Xfinity customer, I'd noticed this as well. When a film is broadcast on TCM, it fills the screen on my flat screen tv or it's shown with black bars on the upper and lower edges only. Once the film is available through Xfinity's On Demand, the film is surrounded by black bars on all sides. Picture size at the 4:3 ratio is postage stamp size, while the 16:9 ratio is a slightly larger postage stamp size. Even zooming has black bars on the right and left side. This is a recent change in Xfinity On Demand. Thanks for sending the message to TCM.
  5. Thanks for this discussion, SteveQL and Stephan55. I noticed that multiple TCM films through Comcast's On Demand are offered in HD only, in addition to My Fair Lady available only in SD. A similar problem occurred a few years ago with TCM's list of On Demand films available through Comcast--no new films were being added to the list as others expired. The list dwindled to a single film at one point. Although the problem was discussed in posts here and on the Xfinity help forum, TCM replied once and then went radio silent. Xfinity at least replied to the help forum posts but calls to Xf
  6. Thank you, Rejana Raj, for your post. The first photo, where they are flying above the orchestra, is stunning. The Nicholas Brothers dazzled with their performances, and the Pie, Pie Blackbird number displays some of their signature moves seen later in their careers. They are extraordinary!
  7. I'm going with the Nicholas Brothers, who astound me with their athletic dance skills every time I see them. In a single number, they dazzle by performing the same graceful yet incredibly athletic moves side by side, only to up the dazzle quotient when their dance routine includes brief interludes of each dancing individually and, in so doing, displaying exquisite style and elegance. Bobby Van is a high flying artist who at times seems to defy gravity in Kiss Me Kate; Donald O'Connor not only keeps up with Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain's Moses Supposes number but surpasses Kelly (IM
  8. After seeing 1931's The Public Enemy with Cagney as the ultimate tough guy, it's always a treat to see his talent as a dancer. I've always enjoyed Cagney's dancing, especially when he's doing it on top of a bar as in Footlight Parade. That particular number is reminiscent of watching someone ride a bike on a tight rope--without a net.
  9. Hi Mijiyoon38--I too happened to catch The Great Ziegfeld on TCM today and wondered if a thread had been started on this film. Thanks for starting one and for highlighting a lot of points of interest in this film. I believe Dennis Morgan is the actor singing A Pretty Girl in the spectacular Busby Berkeley scene. I remember him best from his films of the 1940's, especially Christmas in Connecticut. Morgan was so young when he did this film that I had to look twice before I realized he was singing the number. IMDB lists The Great Ziegfeld as his second film in a long career--and quite a
  10. Thanks, cmovieviewer. I appreciate the information you make available well in advance of the next month. I'm still adjusting to the lack of a paper Now Playing Guide mailed to me a few weeks ahead of the coming month. With your links and information, I can take my time in looking over At A Glance and the list of premieres for films I'd like to view and/or record before they've already been broadcast. Thanks again.
  11. When my brother-in-law found out how many films I had on DVD, he said, "Oh--she has a library!" With 700 films, it doesn't make you a freak; it makes you a librarian.
  12. Success at last--I found my November Now Playing Guide in my email this morning. It's my first emailed NPG after signing up for it about six times beginning this past summer. I did print off November's schedule a few days ago using the links in earlier posts on this thread, so thank you to cmovieviewer, Mr6666, et al. for providing them. As The Cid and others have noted, it would be nice to get the email before the first of the month, but I'm just glad that I finally got the NPG. A heads up, as I almost deleted the email when I skimmed the subject line "Remember to Tune in to TCM
  13. Thank you to chaz45342 for bringing up the issue and to cmovieviewer--with an assist from MovieCollectorOH--for offering a pdf guide for themes, premieres, etc. for September's films on TCM. I miss that information in printed format, a format which is much easier for me to routinely access and use. Chaz45342, your experience is the same as my own. After years of purchasing the Now Playing Guide, I signed up for the newsletter several times, checked my spam folders and emails, all to no avail. I haven't read older posts, so I don't know if cmovieviewer's guide was mentioned earlier.
  14. Thanks, joneseury, for this post. It reminded me of the many paperback books I bought of compiled short stories offered as Hitchcock's selections, complete with his image and name on the cover. I bought them in the late 70's, one at a time, until I realized I had a trove of them. I gave the books away over the years but I've always remembered the great entertainment those books brought me. Thanks for prompting my walk down memory lane.
  15. Your reference to Robert Redford reminds me of a recent viewing of Three Days of the Condor. Redford is hiding out in the apartment of Faye Dunaway, who is a photographer. An assassin aims to take out Redford, making his way into the apartment where Redford is trying to hide out. During the fight scene, Redford uses a handy camera with a flash bulb a la Rear Window. I suppose the entire premise of Three Days reflects multiple Hitchcock motifs and themes. Thanks for reminding me with your post.
  16. It's been awhile since I've seen it but I'll offer 1997's Conspiracy Theory. Mel Gibson plays the hapless cab driver overwhelmed by government conspiracy theories that are only that--until one theory is discovered to be not so theoretical. The helicopter chase scene has elements of North by Northwest and the corn field--only with more people around and the spraying of bullets instead of chemicals. Gibson's character is in love with the female lead, Julia Roberts, who has no interest in him or his theory. How their relationship changes, their attempts to expose the conspiracy while b
  17. Hello TCMModerator1: I appreciate your clarification. Since you did offer to help when possible, I am asking for your assistance in contacting the relevant department at TCM about this continuing problem as of September 6. Comcast recently stated that the problem is not only system wide but in part the responsibility of TCM and its "delivery partner." Comcast has also said that they cannot resolve the problem without the assistance of TCM and its delivery partner. With that in mind, I would appreciate it if you could forward our continued concerns to the appropriate department at
  18. Hi Stephen: I guess a moderator concluded that our topic was not a "General Discussion" discussion. At least I've found our topic again. In reading the Comcast forum posts, others confirm what you noticed--the stuttering, etc. is occurring only with the SD TCM VOD offerings, not with TCM HD offerings, other channels or the TCM live broadcast. Not sure how they managed that, but it's quite an accomplishment! Hope they fix it soon.
  19. Hi Linda: I just checked the Comcast forums and so far it looks like Comcast will be contacting TCM's provider, which submits TCM's Video On Demand films to Comcast. I am thinking that we won't hear much given the holiday weekend, but there are continuing posts about this problem on Comcast's forum. I remember the repeated issues earlier this year involving TCM's On Demand list of films gradually reducing to zero before additional films were added. The TCM Moderators didn't have much to say on this forum when that happened--the problem lasted for weeks--while the Comcast forum had mul
  20. Hi Linda: I've been checking the Comcast message board about this problem over the last week. At least one Comcast rep has said he's looking into the problem with TCM and those responsible for submitting the films to Comcast. Not sure if other cable companies are also experiencing the same problem. It's a shame, since--as you note--the number of TCM On Demand selections through Comcast significantly increased of late. With the stuttering and skipping, however, all of TCM's offerings are unwatchable. I've posted on the Comcast forum about this and hope they resolve this problem soon.
  21. Good one. And this reminds me of Burt Lancaster's earlier turn in 1956's The Rainmaker, where his character came across a bit "shill-ish" in relation to his self-described talent. That film certainly gave him an opportunity to perfect the Level One Sales Technique of holding one's head upward and in earnest--eyes closed, arm positioning and bible optional--which later, as you so clearly display, came in handy for Elmer Gantry.
  22. Sure seems that way. The updates are occurring far less often, with the list of films being allowed to decrease down to one or two before more films are added. Today, with Fallen Sparrow now unavailable, we have Hoop Dreams but no other films as of early this morning. Comcast calls this a technical issue, but it's odd how the technical issue seems to be consistently resolved once a week and only when the list consists of one film that will become unavailable for viewing within a day. Then the list repopulates, slowly but surely, with many of the newly listed films available for less tha
  23. Hi elfinee: According to posts on this board, Cox and Time Warner customers are also having the same problem with TCM On Demand listings. If the heart of this issue is contractual in nature, it seems to impact TCM's contract with multiple cable companies. A different take comes from Comcast's multiple responses to customer complaints on its Help Forum. Comcast consistently characterizes this as a technical issue only and one which primarily involves some newly discovered glitches on TCM's end. Through their forum, Comcast has assured us that Comcast, TCM and their vendor are working
  24. As of early this afternoon, Comcast is saying that although new content for their TCM VOD failed to load last night as they had expected, they discovered another problem this morning causing TCM's inability to submit new On Demand films. Comcast states that this problem is on TCM's end, and that TCM is focused on resolving this due to the sheer number of customers effected--as noted below, Cox joins Comcast and Time Warner as cable companies with this same problem. No time/day given as to when Comcast anticipates this being fixed.
  25. Hi Saskia: This has been a problem for over a week now with Comcast and TCM. According to Comcast's help forum, they say that TCM is not submitting films for their On Demand offerings. They are also characterizing this as a technical problem and temporary in nature. TCM, the cable company and the associated vendor are apparently working on a resolution. Unfortunately, the absence of TCM from VOD has occurred twice now since early April. It occurred once, was resolved, but then recurred this past Sunday. We are waiting, again, for this issue to be resolved. Although I'm far mo
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