Friday, January 28, 2005

MGM is a movie butcher

According to an article I've just read on Slashdot, at least 315 of MGM's so-called "widescreen" DVD releases have actually been the Pan & Scan versions with the top and bottom of the picture cut off. This basically means, when you buy the widescreen version , thinking you're getting the original print of the movie, you're actually getting less picture than the people who bought the P&S version. This is absolutely appallingto me.

There is currently a class-action lawsuit against MGM for this heinous act of flagrant disservice to movie-lovers everywhere. You can see the list of affected DVDs here or go to mgmdvdsettlement.com. You can return your hacked up discs for either a new one, or US$7.10 each.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Car accident redux

Last week, I got my car back from the collision shop, looking as good as new. They even cleaned it inside and out, it was awesome. Since the hairy man had no insurance (nor a drivers licence), I had to pay a deductible, even though I was not at fault; a reduced deductible, but a deductible nonetheless. I found out that my insurance company will go after the driver, and if they can get any money out of him, I'll get my money back. I guess that's as good as I can hope for.

I happened to be at the scene of the accident earlier today (it is near Futureshop after all) and I received an unexpected bit of joy.

It seems as though the Hairy Man has abandoned his car in the very spot where I last saw it. Exactly one month later, it is still there. I could not fucking believe it. Anyway, I was able to get some much better pictures of the damage I did to his car. Enjoy.

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