Post by David Brown
Here's a post of my latest review, of a TV movie based on a sci fi story, aired at just the wrong time to look like a ripoff of Groundhog Day. I also talk about the story and an earlier short film with Kurtwood Smith. Wanted to say more about the short; among other things, Smith was apparently typecast in sensitive/ intellectual roles before Robocop.
David N. Brown
Must be good, Amazon wants $90 for the DVD~
That's for "Used - Like New" and claims "still in original factory
shrink wrap" which, if true, should be in pretty darn good condition.
The problem is -- how do you tell if the shrink wrap is original? I
suppose if it has enough paste-on lables and the ends are sealed under
the shrink wrap that would do it, but I have purchases a lot of DVDs
(all of which play just fine, thank you for asking) with shrink wrap
that /could/ have been applied by the seller for all I know.
It's available as "Used - Very Good" for as little as $37.16.
This would probably be my choice, as my experience has been (mostly,
to be sure, with CDs, but with some DVDs as well) that "Very Good"
generally means it will play without problems -- except for two
1) It is shipped from the UK. This usually works, but is a /lot/
slower than shipping from within the USA. I also had one that, when it
showed, had apparently been sent originally to Vancouver, BC -- which
made it quite late.
2) It warns about checking the Region Code. This really matters for
DVDs for most people, as they (we, certainly with every DVD player I
ever owned and probably, for DVDs, with the BD player as well) can
only play R1 DVDs that are recorded in NTSC (not PAL). But what they
really mean is that we must /hope/ that they send R1 DVDs to the USA
and R2 DVDs to the UK and never make a mistake.
Still, I might still go for this one if I wanted it badly enough. I
have had format problems before, but not in buying DVDs from the UK
when they were said to be R1 on Amazon.
And there are two "Collectible - Like New" for $63.99 or $64.95. The
first may have been watched; the second asserts "factory original
disc" -- IOW, not a DVD-R made from the free version you link to
below. This makes them an attractive option if you want to be certain
you are getting a licensed product that might have had some work put
into it and not a rip-off, if rip-offs exist.
I hate to sound paranoid but, first of all, I am in the sense of being
very wary, and, second, I have had experiences. Not many, but
Even though the full movie is available on UTube here
I fell in love with Helen Slater in Ruthless People
which was a great comedy imo.
And IMHO as well.
It is a joy each time it comes up in rotation.
"I begin to envy Petronius."
"I have envied him long since."