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Everything posted by MovieCollectorOH

  1. But is that a functional subway ventilation grate they are all standing on, and if not - how could the designers have missed that opportunity? 😁
  2. For movies, I often look to see who the director was. Then who the producers were and who did the music. If it is a good movie and not written in a perfunctory manner, then I also might want to know who the writers were. For full-length concert videos, I look at the credits to see what companies or individuals were involved on the technical crew, to see if I knew of them, or used to know them and/or worked with them.
  3. What's to stop a customer like me though from coming in wearing a pair of lineman's gloves (or even just some thick oven mitts), disconnecting that red jumper when he isn't looking, and connecting it to the backside of that row of beer taps. 😁
  4. So, some sheep walk into a bar one day... 😁 https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/14/cornish_pub_electric_fence/
  5. I didn't see this. Despite the clever rebranding schemes for various and sundry new presentation platforms, there is no real way to "cut the cord" and still get TCM. If you pay for TCM, then like it or not you must help support the dead weight of everything else under the Turner umbrella you never watch. I think that if TCM-only ala carte were to be introduced, it could indeed become a popular option, but don't hold your breath.
  6. The first one listed in your app perhaps? This is the first one I see. Based on the descriptions, it seems to feature new takes on "radio show" plays. Though I could be completely off. There must be at least 20-30 different things there called "The Pack". I don't know about anyone else, but for me it is completely free to subscribe to or remove podcasts. So no risk.
  7. Here's some music to go with that. This was a manufactured tribute band to the vaudeville/early sound era. On many of their songs the singer would sing into objects like megaphones and trumpet mutes, all of course which muted or otherwise changed the characteristics of the lead singer's voice, lending to the aesthetic characteristics often associated with the early sound recordings or early "talkies". Or a close second, this "pandemic era". You ever have difficulty understanding workers in the checkout aisle? This is about what masks can sound like. 😁
  8. That's good to know. The stationary audio head in a VCR might count though. That is a separate component. Best to have a professional's advice, someone who does/did this for a gainful income. The TV station broadcast engineer type comes to mind. Sounds interesting!
  9. Demagnetize and clean those VCR heads before you play any of those one-of-a-kind tapes!
  10. Well I'm a guy, but you probably knew that already. With Debbie Reynolds, "girl next door" comes to mind for me. Since she is young in the movies I have seen, I appreciate her in a brotherly or fatherly sort of way. In the movies she is someone I'd instinctively look out for or protect, despite the obvious generation gap in real life.
  11. I saw this happen pretty much in real time. Basically someone posted a link to his site, then like clockwork some buzzkill troll reported him and then proceeded to boast about it. His site was soon offline after that.
  12. As per my expectations, as it wasn't replaced with anything - just a null time slot, Vibes reappeared yesterday. We'll see what tomorrow brings, and then the week after that...
  13. Trust me on this, we're just two ships passing in the night.
  14. What's the difference between an onion and an accordion? Fewer people cry when you cut up an accordion.
  15. What does it mean when the drummer is drooling out of both sides of his mouth? The drum platform is level and you are good to go. ------ Two drunks are walking along. One drunk says to the other, "What a beautiful night, look at the moon." The other drunk stops and looks at his drunk friend. "You're wrong, that's not the moon, that's the sun." They began to argue when they come upon a drummer. They asked, "Sir, could you please help settle our argument? Tell us what that thing is up in the sky that's shining. Is it the moon or the sun?" The drummer looked at the sky and said, "Sorry, I don't live around here."
  16. Bet they really liked him for his chops. 😁
  17. From what I learned in my past from some of the older A-levels, in addition to that, a giant part of this is whether or not they can get along with the rest of the band while on tour. Is this drummer/banjo player/whatever a jerk and a prima donna and difficult to get along with on the tour bus, or is he/she good company? Much of the time when it comes to veteran musicians who don't have fragile egos, you will often have someone in the group who is a so-so player but as fun as hell to have around. Musical ability can indeed be a second hand consideration.
  18. Well that just puts the icing on this cake of recent events. RIP to Mr. Morricone. Very listenable.
  19. Less is often more though. I like Stagecoach too, so I found it at least interesting to see these numbers.
  20. It's been a while since I posted this, Lloyd Price performing Personality live in the 1980s with the Huey Lewis & The News band. I'm guessing it is from about 1985, around the time they did the music for Back To The Future. A I hadn't made that connection in the past, with the intro chopped off on previous uploads. Also most likely a few guys from Tower Of Power in the back, as they toured with them that year. Just a great session all around. How many times does he sing the word "over". Well, one drinking game calls for another. Or not... 😁 Dedicated to the hosts.
  21. In addition to what slayonf addresses: Due to the reduced audio resolution of the film soundtrack on older movies, there is a tighter audio dynamic range (less difference between louds and softs). This works out to our benefit with the older films as we can listen and hear everything without it getting too loud. Accordingly the audio engineers back at that time needed to be diligent and carefully balance everything so it all fit comfortably within that envelope. Think of the Abbey Road Studio engineers during the Beatles era and before. For newer movie soundtracks, the digital audio technology has allowed for bigger differences in dynamic range - just like a CD player. That and it has been common practice since about the early 1990s for movie audio producers to exploit these capabilities with loud explosions and special effects noises. That often leaves the spoken dialog much softer, when played back at a reasonable level, unless one brings the volume up to first-run theater levels, which would be intolerable for many in their homes. One solution here might be to have a TV or audio receiver with features that "compress" or "normalize" the audio levels as the movie plays back. This may be a non-standard audio feature which is built-in on some newer TV or audio equipment, or maybe as an add-on inline or external audio device. In some other cases it may also work out to one's benefit to have insufficient or cheap built in TV speakers which are just incapable of reproducing the loud peaks... 😁 P.S. I have good hearing, and I hate that about newer movie soundtracks too.
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