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Everything posted by logical1

  1. Room for two in that "time machine"... I don't know though, my ulcer might not handle that chili these days. I have enough problems with a big mac! LOL jerry c
  2. Oh, and who could forget "That Touch of Mink" jerry c
  3. Hi Shaina... you have my vote also with Pillow Talk jerry c
  4. Someday maybe I will tell you (and all) about how the police (mistakenly) arrested me at Sunset and Western (helicopters, squads, shotguns.) Also the time I got into an accident with Roman Polanski in front of Micheal's restaurant. Not a whole lot of good memories of my stay, other than riding my Harley up to the ??? observitory, loved that place and the "view." Ps. I got dragged out that by my first wife, she wanted to be an actess. Funny the only one to get offered a part was ME in one of the Clint Eastwood movies with the "monkey." jerry c
  5. "lzcutter... man all THAT talk"... sorry jerry c
  6. lzcutter... man all talk, makes we want a "Tommy Burger." Haven't had one since the 70's when I lived there for a year. The earth moving scared the heck out of me. I remember a Deloris Drive-In also, I think over by the Tar-pits. If I remember right I worked at Western and Wilshire (se corner) and there was a Tommy's on the south west corner.... I miss them big green tomatoes! jerry c
  7. My favorites for "over and over" are... It happened One Night Since You Went Away Boom Town Boys Town Pittsburgh Thirty Seconds over Tokyo Hollywood Canteen Miracle of Morgran's Creek Meet John Doe Only Angels Have Wings Wife Vs. Secretary Devil and Miss Jones (Jean Arthur, Robert Cummings, Charles Cobrun) Three Cheers for the Irish Destination Tokyo Wing and a Prayer People will Talk Anthing by Cary Grant, Debra Kerr, Randolph Scott, Spencer Tracy, the "Hepp", John Wayne (war movies), John Garfield.... and the list goes on... these are just timeless! jerry c
  8. I saw that movie "the great raid" taken from the book "Some Survived" by lawton. I'm looking at the book on my shelf. I much enjoyed the book over the movie, but your right for modern day that was a good production. Being a busted up Vietnam vet (disabled now) , I like the entertainment value of a movie more than how "realistic" Speilberg can make a bullet tearing through flesh sound. Just doesn't do anything for me. I like the love scenes and the way they blend so many characters into the old movies and when a guy dies in combat, it's ok with me if he just slumps over. Another good book is "Flags of our Fathers" James Bradley, about Iwo Jima and "the Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors"... all great reading. I appreciate your comments... jerry c
  9. Hi Fred, I just read your reply about 30 Seconds over Tokyo you wrote back in Feb. You talked about Robert Mitchum (sp? don't like right) anyway, yes he did have a small part in that film, I believe it was his first film that he got credit in. That movie had such a wonderful cast. I wonder why more of them never went on to "star" in more movies. Phyllis Thaxter, I thought played a terrific part, along with the guy who played "Shorty" Madge, Glover, Robert Walker (I love most of his work, ashamed he died young) and I read somewhere about Spencer Tracy, how he took such a small part in that movie to allow others more credit. Just a great movie all around. I watch it every couple weeks. I wrote a post in "information please" about the comment Phyllis Thaxter makes behind the glass when Van Johnson is taking off for the mission. If you read her lips, it looks like she is say's "sh%&, I'll be with you" I found that odd for her to say, also the line about "since Pearl Harbor, there's been so much VELVET"... I didn't understand that comment. Speaking of things like this, what's your take on the movie "So Proudly We Hail"... did (John) George Reeves survive? When he left Claudette Colbert to go to Manatua bay for supplies. The beginning and the ending where the clergyman is reading her a letter from "John." All the times I've seen that, it suddenly dawned on me that it sounds like he made it. --- just more of my babble --- jerry c
  10. Hi Kathy, I'm glad that you have been "hooked" by these oldies. You just can't beat them for entertainment value. I'm not much on what comes out of Hollywood today and yet I can sit and watch hours full of oldies (b&w's) and never get tired of seeing them. Some I just run over and over on sleepless nights. Glad to have you here! Most of my favorites are late 30's thru mid 40's. A lot of war (Pacific theater) and comedies. jerry c
  11. Randolph Scott!!!! I heard this awhile back from Osborne himself and he eluded to Scott having something going with Rock Hudson I believe. I still can't believe it though. I love almost anything by Scott and Hudson also! I won't go political here, but the one thing that bothers me is when it's "rammed down my thoat" (no pun intended.) Ann Heshe (sp?), what can I say... I just drool...it don't matter if she is. Now Barbara Stanwich... give me a break, you know I think I heard that William Bendix and Groucho Marx had a thing going at one time also.
  12. Oh yeah the "mouse thing"... been there done that! jerry c
  13. Hi again Fred... love your description of your system. I know what your going through with remotes and channels etc. The one thing I can suggest is to make sure your digital feed to your recorders is as close as possilbe before all the other peripherals. Remember all them connections lead to signal lose. When you take from VHS to DVD, what program do you use? I have tried a few and none works like Studio. I have thought about getting their newest version which is 10, but I have not had any problems with what I have. Their newest version has lots more transitions, face effects, etc. I have more than enough of them on hand. Also you did not mention your "rendering" times, have you had any issues with this? OK, I'm gonna make this reply as short as I can. Ps. I used to work for NASA (Voyager II project) also put in 20 years with IBM (AS/400 CE) regards, jerry c
  14. I'm impressed Fred. Good for you that you have multiple systems to work with. Acutally I have 3 computer systems here in front of me. I have one along dedicated to making my DVD's, although I have done quite abit with music files for me and my kids on this unit also. No problems with disc space on it either. Now on your DVD to DVD that you use for dubbing, do you have problems with "copy right protection" on rental movies? I know we should not discuss this openly here, but it's a fact, people do do it. I don't do it for a business, nor do I turn a "buck" from it. Just for my own collection and my theory is, If I've bought it, I own them rights to back up my collection. But there are ways around that problem if you need help. We can discuss privately away from here. jerry c
  15. Hi Fred. I assume your recording to DVD thru a computer or DVD recorder since I don't know of any VHS ever made that gave you that "fine" of adjustment for recording. IF you are recording to a DVD Recorder 1. does your machine have an internal harddrive? 2. If it does not have an internal harddrive are you able to go back and "edit" any movie after the fact? as I do on my computer. I much prefer my method, I have looked at the Panasonic models with hard drives even downloading the manuals online to see if this is possible, but it's not from what I have read. I use a program called Studio vs. 8 along with my Studio USB Moviebox and have nothing but good results since figuring it all out. I too had that 80-90 barrier in the beginning and nobody had an answer til I talked with one of my IBM buddies who was also going this this a couple years ago. He had already converted his drive to NTFS and no problems with time. Also along with doing it on the computer you have many options to "improve" what you wind up with. Alot of the older movies have image quality problems, now TCM does do a great job on sending out a very high quality picture, but when your dealing with rentals or older VHS that you pick up, the images can be a problem, so to do some enhancements is actually "fun time" for me to see just how good I can make it. Sound is another issue, there are no "filters" that I have found that can deal with sound qualitys. Rending time for me is still an issue, seems to me if it's a b&w and under 90 minutes in length, I go run thru rending in about an hour, NOW if' it's over 90 minutes and in color... well now your talking great rending times. Anyway from 7 to 11 hours. Be prepared for this. I usually do my rendings at night time when I go to bed. Set it and forget it!... seems I've heard that before somewhere...LOL I hope this info helps you. jerry c
  16. Hi MaryS. I'm glad someone else is going thru this DVD experience besides me. I'm going to break your message down and answer each item by itself with somewhat of a short answer the best I can. If it isn't clear enough you can email me directly at a later time. 1. I always have a set of 5 tapes ready to go on my VHS recorder, just in case I have to panic and start a series of recordings. 2. I'm pretty sure I understand your "artifacts" problem. I think we have all seen what your talking about with the "snow" or "garble" at the (usually) bottom of the screen. This is actually where the sound recordings (linear tracks) run along the tape, now the image or video part runs diagonal on the tape and when your particular machine (due to adjustments) overlaps the two tracks (video with audio) you get this "artifact" Only way to get rid of this is to do fine adjustments on your particular machine. Now I have not had this problem in some time, and I am on my second (old stock of VHS machines around the house) recorder here in my office and the last two have not had this problem. If they did I would open them up for adjustments. 3. Your next situation talks about "S-Video, 80-minutes and 4 gb." Im going to exclude the S-Video, this has nothing to do with your problems. It's just the best feed we have at the time. The 80 minutes relates directly to the 4gb though. First off to exceed on your computer the 4 gb barrier you need to change your harddrive settings from FAT-32 to NTFS. This will break that barrier and you can then record as long and as much disc space as your have available. Meaning, if you have 23gb available and you go to set your "record time" you will see that you can now go beyond 80-90 minutes ( the time will be unlimited except by the size available of disc space.) I usually set mine for about 10 minutes more than the actually movie. Like I said before, I start my recordings first on my VHS when the advertisements start then have my computer ready to go when I see the first Logo screen or on TCM "feature presentation" screen". I can always go back after the recording and edit this part off if it gets clipped. I think this also covers your "letter box" vs. "full screen" issue... where I believe your comparing the smaller screen size with less than 4 gb size. 4. Ending times for me are not an issue, since I always give more than enough time in the beginning. I hope this clears up some of your issues, specially the 4 gb part. If you are not sure how to set your disc for NTFS I can discuss this more with you. IT DOES NOT DELETE YOUR INFORMATION! So you can do this at any time. Now it only works under Windows 2000 or Windows XP (all versions.) and it only takes a few minutes, and there is so much to gain by doing this. jerry c
  17. I could probably copy that short segment from my DVD recording and send you a clip of it. Like I said, she is behind the window but you can read her lips with ease. I just found it odd that she would say "that" particular word, just didn't fit her part. The "hell" word was defininately edited out. You hear the whole sentence except that word. I love watching that particular movie and others like that, that had some many "short lines" indicating that time period. Also another of my favorites is "Morgan's Creek." How they waltzed around sex and pregnancy at that time was remarkable. The store bought DVD I purchased has extra's on it about the cast, it's just wonderful work. Anyway I love to babble. Oh, going back to the Thirty Seconds movie, when they are just coming up on the Japanese coast and they are flying over some Japanese boats, Glover (bombardier) says "saving bombs", yet they are on a bombing mission??? I wonder where that came from. So many good cast members in that film, gotta love "Shortie (Madge)"
  18. So Proudly We Hail Thirty Seconds over Tokyo Best Years of Our Lives and so many more like these... No particular order, NONE of the newer films can hold a candle to these wonderful films
  19. I guess i'm not the only "nut" out there that worries about these kind of issues. Here we go with my setup. I have my digital feed coming into a Studio Movie USB digital converter box, from there it goes to my VCR and our of my VCR to a TV/DVD for viewing. The "output" of my USB 2.0 Movie box goes to a 2.0 input on my computer. So now when I have a movie that I want to record from TV/TCM I am ahead of time set up with both the VCR and my computer and I am waiting during the "Osborne" period. I usually don't worry too much about his comments unless it's at the end of a movie and i feel it's important to that film. Remembering that the film itself is going to have the TCM logo on the bottom right anyway. So, enhancements like that can add personal value to me. Anyway I always have my VCR as a "backup" to my digital version that I am recording on the computer for "burning" at a later time. Now on the computer end that is viewed on the monitor there is a "drag" time of about 1-2 seconds before it records to the computer so I am prompted by the VCR to get it going at least a ? a minute ahead of time and I have that actual time to key the computer on for digital recording. Understand that the DVD rendering process allows me to "edit" the movie or the "lead in" "tail out" process, meaning I can do a fade in or other features after the movie is recorded to the harddrive then and before I burn it to DVD, If I see I need to improve the movie. Example sometime the music starts out sounding "harsh" from the get go, I can "feather" the sound in so it fades into the beginning, Or if the movie is too dark or too light I can adjust that also. Understand I only go thru this kind of process on movies that are virtually non-existent anywhere else. Most of my DVD's come from the OE VHS films that I have come across and I then just dub them in nicely to DVD and sometimes then "move" the VHS tape along on like Ebay. A good example is "The Human Comedy" with Mickey Rooney. Well I have been watching and missing out on all Ebay auctions (few and far apart) and most are tapes that people have taped from their own tv's (poor quality) and they try to get big bucks for them on Ebay (again an example is "The Girl from Jones Beach" I paid a small fortune $80 for this tape and it's garbage.) But once I have the original VHS tape, then dubbing is easy and like I said in MOST cases I keep the VHS in my "dry storage" area in boxes. Also when I burn a DVD I immediately burn a "backup" of that disc since homemade DVD's can tend to have problems more so than store bought DVD movies (the etching process is completely different) (also if you burn DVD discs DO NOT SLIDE THEM INTO A CD type holder until it has sat for about 24 hours, I use the paper sleeves to protect all my burnt discs.) I have lots more info on this type of process if you need help, i've learned the hard/costly way and made lot's of "coasters." Also this method gives me 100% insurance with a VHS backup that I can recreate later if something fails. So far so good. BTW, with DVD from VHS the quality can actually improve (hard to believe) but it's comes from the rendering process where the movie is made into digital from analog. Here is another quick pointer, my local cable company which is Qwest is my digital provider. Awhile back I wanted to record the movie "Kings Row" from my local Video store and I had the VHS tape ahead of time, well that tape was "not the best" but wasn't terrible either. So when the movie came on TCM it was late at night. Well it seems that Qwest "jumps" servers between 1 am and 2 am in the morning. This leaves about a 3 or 4 second gap in whatever you are recording. I know this and keep it in mind. Well as it turns out the Cable version was excellent except for that 3-4 second gap, so I edited out them frames from the Cable version on my computer then recorded just a half a minute from the VHS that I rented (which was a bit lighter), I took that short clip and darkened it just a shade then inserted just the frames I wanted into my Cable version. Voilla! You would never know the difference. Patience is the key to making good movies! Hope all this "babble" helps you. ask me about: DVD-R vs DVD+R the 4 gig barrier on your pc for 2 hour movies DVD players vs. TV/DVD players. "Rendering times and process" that the "know-it-alls" don't know. Trial and errors of different programs for editing. Jerry C.
  20. In this movie about a third of the way into it, the flight crews are leaving from the Florida (Egland sp? Airfield). As Van Johnson's plane flies off, below is Phyllis Thaxter in her motel room and she is standing at the window watching her husband leave. She say's something as he is leaving. Now here is the question. I think the first word is SH&% and then she say's "I'll be with you." I even had my wife watch this over and over (I have it on DVD) and she agrees with me. Later in the movie as Johnson's plane is leaving the aircraft carrier, his room mate while on board runs up to the plane and Johnson opens his window. The guy say's "give them HE%%"... Now they blanked out the "HE%%" word in all of my copies and it's even a poor editing job, so I think it was done way back when. If this is the case with Thaxter in back of the window, did she really swear? She makes other comments in this movie that are... maybe "outdated" but fit the film so good, like when she is on the beach with her two friends and she says "since Pearl Harber, there's been so much VELVET" hmmm... just wondering what that really meant. I thought about contacting Ms. Thaxter since I believe she is still alive. Would love to know what she really said in back of that glass. What a great movie, I just love watching it over and over.
  21. Finally after a year, I remembered to get back to this question. This movie was on just the other day. "To the shores of Tripoli" Randolph Scott, John Payne, Maureen O'hara. Great film!
  22. You know you could be right, I have been through my whole collection of WWII films and have not found it yet. I can picture that whole "clip" of the movie and that might be right. Now I have to go visit Ebay and see if I can pic a DVD up just to check!
  23. Happen to be watching it again tonight just for the sake of the ending. In the beginning the doctor says to the other nurses that he has a letter from "John" from ??? Monatua(Sp?), anyway this is where John was going for medicine/supplies. This letter is in his hand and had just gotten delivered to him, seems to me "John" must of survived! at least that battle. I also just figured out them nurses where only there for about 6 months on Bataan. The story starts on May 8 1942 when the nurses are exiting an airplane (which was their evac plane), but then story goes back in time, when they are "going" to there duty station in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor gets attached (Dec 7, 1941) So their total tour was about 6 months, much less time than the men saw. I still love seeing it over and over. Finally have it on DVD so I can zing thru it!
  24. Sorry folks, just found that answer to my own question. For all who are interested there are just a few available on Ebay. They are smaller than I pictured only about 6"tall by 4" wide with a star in the middle, more stars = more members in the service. Red was the perimeter color, blue on the star with a white background. Also there is one with a blue star covered by silver leaving the blue edge, maybe a decorated son. I also found out that there are gold stars for members who died. thanks for listening to me ramble. jerry
  25. I happen to love my b&w collection of films, but there are times where my mind will start thinking about the color of a persons dress/suit, or if their tie matches or just the color of a room. The major question I have and I've asked people in the 70's and older is... During WWII, when the families would hang a small flag in their front windows indicating that they have a family member in the service either fighting or deceased. These flags (like the one in "since you went away") are a dark color background with a white star or some other symbol. Is the dark background RED or BLUE? or maybe it's half RED and half BLUE? These flags were a terrific symbol of patriatrism and I would like to have one made up. I asked my aunt who is 81 and she remembers them very vividly but can't remember the background for sure. She knows about 40 others in her apartment building who are at a loose also and none have one in their collections. Just a question that has had me thinking for awhile.
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