"We live in a world where digital information is exploding
. Some 90% of the world’s data was generated in the past two years. The obvious question is: how can we store it all? In Nature Communications today
, we, along with Richard Evans from CSIRO, show how we developed a new technique to enable the data capacity of a single DVD to increase from 4.7 gigabytes up to one petabyte (1,000 terabytes). This is equivalent of 10.6 years of compressed high-definition video or 50,000 full high-definition movies."
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jun 20, 2013 -
"There are reasons why this film is obscure. It is, in the most charitable possible evaluation, a mess: Bowie has described it as "my 32 Elvis films rolled into one." And yet life on that ever-dwindling island of not-on-region-one DVD films is a harsh fate for any film and particularly for this one, which is at least as interesting as its cast suggests and a good deal more. You don't need to dig out the VHS player to watch Mick Jagger run an agency of gigolos in The Man From Elysian Fields—you shouldn't have to do so to watch Bowie play one. " David Bowie's Lost 70s-era Weimar Berlin Movie: Just a Gigalo.
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 2, 2013 -
"For us, it's devastating ... I'm sure there are labels which aren't insured. I'm sure there will be labels that will go bust."
A fire set as part of the ongoing London riots
has destroyed the Sony-owned PIAS distribution warehouse
, decimating the physical stock of most of the UK's independent music and film labels
. Over 150 companies
have been affected, including Domino
, Rough Trade
, Ninja Tune
, Soul Jazz
, Fat Cat
, Chemikal Underground
, and the DVD labels Arrow Films
(whose entire stock has been destroyed) and Masters of Cinema
. The warehouse also housed stock for American labels Sub Pop
, Drag City
, Thrill Jockey
and Secretly Canadian
. Everything stored in the 20,000 square meter warehouse has been destroyed
posted by alexoscar
on Aug 9, 2011 -
"Most actors will go their entire careers without doing a movie like Stand By Me, or working with a director like Rob Reiner. I got to do both when I was 12. For a long, long time, I felt like I needed to top or equal that, and it wasn’t until I was in my early 30s that I accepted that it’s unlikely to happen -- movies like Stand By Me come along once in a generation."
The cast of Stand By Me(link has autoplaying sound,)
recently recorded some interviews to promote the re-release of the movie on Blu-Ray. Wil Wheaton has blogged about reuniting with the cast
and missing River Phoenix. (Via)
posted by zarq
on Mar 28, 2011 -
And how did DVDs get commentary tracks? Let Bob tell you:
You have to understand how much of this stuff is accidental. I knew the guy who was the curator of films at the LA County Museum of Art, and I brought him to New York to oversee color correction. He’s telling us all these amazing stories, particularly about King Kong
, because it’s his favorite film. Someone said, “Gee, we’ve got this extra sound track on the LaserDisc, why don’t you tell these stories?” He was horrified at the idea, but we promised we’d get him super stoned if he did, and he gave this amazing discussion about the making of King Kong
, which we released as the second sound track.... [via snarkmarket] [more inside]
posted by cgc373
on Jul 30, 2010 -
Las Vegas is the final part of the Another Version of the Truth collection, and is exclusively community-created.
Filmed entirely by fans and co-ordinated by Alex Gamble, this release saw the community fly in from around the world, donate technology, skill, and even airfare (fans raised money to send chaonatic, a valued taper, to the concert) to document the final performance of Nine Inch Nails' stunning 2008 tour. Over 200GB of footage was collected, which was meticulously edited together by a team comprising of people from all over the world. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Mar 5, 2010 -
12 months, a core team of dozens (with a network of thousands) spanning 3 continents, 4 languages, 5 specialist teams, countless sleepless nights... It's finally here. Filmed in Sacramento, Portland, and Victoria by the Nine Inch Nails team, edited and produced by their fans, The Gift is a stunning work in 1080p High Definition video with 5.1 Surround Sound, multi-language subtitles, and artistically-driven ethics. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Dec 25, 2009 -
[FlickrPoolFilter] Crappy Bootleg DVD Covers:
Here, you will find Tom Cruise's hit movie, Pepe Likes Tacos
. In this universe, Star Wars features Arnold Schwarzenegger
, Dustin Hoffman stars in Lost in Translation
; witches, pirates, and hobbits inhabit the same world. Titles are improved upon
. Reviews are refreshingly frank (if they make any sense at all).
Your DVD may also contain subtitles in French, Chinese, Spamsoc
, or Martian
. (Don't say there was no warning.)
Remember, kids: Piracy Creates Jobs!
posted by not_on_display
on Nov 5, 2009 -
Winner of an Emmy for best dramatic series in 1988, thirtysomething (ABC, 1987-1991) represented a new kind of hour-long drama, a series which focused on the domestic and professional lives of a group of young urban professionals-- a socio-economic category of increasing interest to the television industry. The series attracted a cult audience of viewers who strongly identified with one or more of its eight central characters, a circle of friends living in Philadelphia. And its stylistic and story-line innovations led critics to respect it for being "as close to the level of an art form as weekly television ever gets," as the New York Times put it.
- Museum of Broacast Communications [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jun 9, 2009 -
The Chroma Upsampling Error.
This incredibly detailed explanation of a common bug in DVD players will likely either bore you to tears or be gripping and utterly fascinating.
posted by 31d1
on May 13, 2008 -
When it comes to home theaters, I thought I'd seen it all. But nothing's come close to this. First, I'm going to try to describe the sheer magnitude of Jeremy Kipnis' theater. His Stewart Snowmatte laboratory-grade screen is the biggest I've ever seen in a home, and in the back of the theater, there's a Sony ultra-high-resolution (4,096-by-2,160) SRX-S110 digital projector. I'm looking everywhere, jotting down questions, and Kipnis sounds almost giddy talking about his theater's capabilities. He refers to his baby, the Kipnis Studio Standard (KSS), as "The Greatest Show on Earth." And from the looks of it, he may be right.
I should hope so, it cost six million dollars.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Love American Style
Season One Volume One is coming to DVD on November 20th
. The series ran on ABC-TV from 1969-1974, was nominated for an emmy for best comedy series (won for music) and often featured pilots that had been turned down by the networks. Some would later be picked up after airing on Love American Style; two such shows were Happy Days
and Wait til Your Father Gets Home
. The original theme song was performed by the Cowsills, here is their live version
years later. As a kid, I actually hoped my dating life might be fun and humorous like the show, no such luck.
posted by CameraObscura
on Oct 26, 2007 -
Twin Peaks season 2 DVD is almost here ... finally!
That leaves precious few days to get prepared: bone up on cast and crew details
, argue about theories
, click your way through the townsfolk
, obsess over every itty bitty blessed detail
, buy a "best friends" necklace
, keep the faith about the deleted scenes
, see whether it makes any more sense in German than English
, put a poster on your wall that will give you nightmares
, explore the Lodges
, watch very bad things happen to Jenna Elfman
, walk with Coop through the Black Lodge
), blow the rest of the day reading stuff
. For the truly ambitious, book a room in scenic Snoqualmie and watch the entire series there
posted by jbickers
on Mar 23, 2007 -
If anyone can put together a kick-ass concert DVD, it's Trent Reznor. For your consideration: Nine Inch Nail's upcoming "Beside You In Time," which will be released in HD-DVD, Blu-Ray and some format from the late-90's they are referring to as simply DVD (this is apparently the first music DVD ever to be released on all three formats). View the trailer and some clips here
in 1080P (if you're computer and eyes can handle it). Or, if you're lucky enough to live in one of the chosen cities, attend a screening
posted by JPowers
on Jan 26, 2007 -
if that DVD commentary might put you to sleep? Well, wonder no more. Learn about the first
, the worst
, and find out what other people think are the best
. Vote for your favorites, and add your own reviews. "The definitive commentary track database"
is at your service. Link courtesy of Whedonesque.
posted by ZachsMind
on Aug 31, 2006 -
The Room: The Movie.
Triple-threat (actor/writer/director) Tommy Wiseau
made his cinematic debut in 2003 with the The Room
and various scenes
), "a blend between a
softcore porn flick and a Tennessee Williams stageplay."
Wiseau ("who's not just one of the most unusual looking
an unidentifiable Eastern European accent-leading men ever to
grace the screen, but a narcissist nonpareil whose movie makes Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny"
the apotheosis of cinematic self-restraint...may be something of a first: A movie that
prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back-before even
30 minutes have passed." - Variety
), allegedly raised $6 million outside Hollywood to cover production and marketing costs
of the self-described "black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies" (see various rough dress rehersals
Audience members, including comedian
, have been "marveling at the bizarre editing, bad bluescreen, uncomfortably explicit
sex scenes and, of course, the enigma of Wiseau himself"
as the film
played monthly for years
in Los Angeles. Available on
DVD, diehard "roomies" swear by the
shout out their own commentary
, hurl spoons at the screen
and singalong to the soundtrack
. Some call it "The Rocky Horror of the New Millenium"
and stage "Room"
. If you look at the marketing campaign
or survived a screening
you might see The Room as "a seminar on how
NOT to make a movie."
posted by boost ventilator
on Jun 1, 2006 -
Einstein TOR DVD
is a mostly animated feature film from the early 1920s, long thought to be lost, featuring animation from the incredible Max Fleischer
(who is responsible for the seriously cool Superman animated cartoons). For $15, looks like a must-have for animation buffs and science geeks.
posted by dbiedny
on Apr 21, 2006 -
It's still about the means of production, you see — but in the overdeveloped world, at least, it's not about the production of goods and services anymore. Today's virtual revolutionary is happy to leave all that to capitalists. The virtual revolutionary wants to control the production of meaning — representations of herself and her world as she wants them to seem. Or be. Or whatever.
That's all she asks.
Or, rather, takes.
Thomas de Zengotita welcomes the big world of the small screen
. Peter Bogdanovich, instead, still mourns that last picture show
posted by matteo
on Mar 26, 2006 -