In the summer of '03, a friend of mine was into Josh Groban bigtime. I was at a pawn shop one afternoon and noticed this CD:
Along with the CD, it had a bonus DVD included. It was only a few bucks, so I bought it for my wife. My friend liked the CD, but the enclosed DVD made me think about finally getting a player. I've always enjoyed learning more about my favorite movies and that is something that is just not possible with VHS where all you get is the movie (and in shitty full frame, too).
So I went to Best Buy later that day and shopped for a playa. I found one that didn't cost too much. I also had to buy an RF adapter since the TV we were using at that time was made in the late 80's and not cable ready. I figured I could take everything back if I wasn't satisfied. I brought it home, made all the necessary connections, then sat back and watched Groban sing a few. Not bad, but I wanted to watch an actual movie on this newfangled thing. I didn't want to buy a brand-new DVD for 16 or 18 bucks, so went to a different pawn shop to look for a good "gently used" one. I found
for a mere $8. I knew it would keep me busy for a while. I listened to the commentary, watched the deleted scenes, the documentaries, the trailers. I watched it all. And I have to say I liked DVD. It was wicked. About a week later, I looked for another movie to purchase. This time, I bought "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones". Same deal. I watched everything. Enjoyed. The next one I purchased told the story of mighty Maximus ("Gladiator").
I can't stand full-screen DVD's, however. I wouldn't pay 2 bucks for 'em. They're worthless (they chop off the sides of the picture so that they can fit on the telly). When I see something presented full-screen, I don't even feel like I'm watching a movie. It just looks like a TV show. Widescreen is more pleasing to the eye and is the way that movies were meant to be seen. HBO is really fucked up. They show their TV shows in widescreen, but show the latest blockbuster movies, like "Wedding Crashers", in full. They are freakin' morons!!!