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Video shops are dead – but streaming video ain’t perfect

Let's see if I can go a whole week without writing a blog post about level crossings. Video shops are dead. For a while there was one (or more) in every suburb. Where I live now in Bentleigh there were at least two. Even Glenhuntly, where I lived in the late-90s, had two. They were close enough that mostly, I could walk to them. M's house in Footscray was the exception -- the video shops aro

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Ten years ago: Arise Lord Vader

Here's another in my series of ten year old photos. Arise Lord Vader -- episode 3 got a lot of promotion. Or, as I joked at the time: Connex was aligned with the Dark Side. The Dungeon: platform 13 at Flinders Street. The screens have been replaced with a flat model, and an escalator was installed to the concourse, but I'm not sure it's changed that much otherwise. M and I must have b

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Crowdfunded documentaries

I'm aware that my blog has evolved... these days most of the posts are about transport, reflecting my current interests. I wonder if this is a bit dull for those who have been on the old Toxic Custard mailing list, which is the descendant of the humour-based email list I started while at uni. Yet transport posts get by far the largest number of comments. Hmmmm. Here's a post to mix it up a bit.

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1978 film “Mouth to Mouth” includes scenes of Melbourne anti-freeway protests

The recent anti-motorway protests in Melbourne are nothing new. In fact the very same area was subject to protests in the 1970s, when it was proposed to link the Eastern Freeway to the Tullamarine Freeway by way of an aboveground link, by converting Alexandra Parade to a freeway, ploughing through neighbourhoods in Collingwood, Carlton and Fitzroy. Film and television can sometimes provide litt

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Doctor Who breaks new ground for television

It would seem Doctor Who is breaking new ground in some interesting ways. They've engineered a "world tour" which involves the show's stars jetting around the world for live appearances in 6 cities around the globe over about a week. It's just about finished now... I'd imagine they'd be suffering horribly from jetlag by the time they get back to the UK. It was a set of public screenings for fan

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Before home video

In the days before home video, we had to resort to other means to re-live movies and TV shows. Novelisations of productions were common. I knew people who had hundreds of Doctor Who novelisations -- virtually every story had a book published. I had perhaps a dozen. Other books made it into publication -- scripts, programme guides, and spin-off material. Of course these are still common, but

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Physical wreck: There will be snot

I'm a physical wreck this weekend, from head to foot. Some new shoes are fine for me, but the ones I wore on Thursday resulted in three blisters: one on each heel, and another on one of my toes. I'm sure the shoes will settle down after a couple of wears, but in the mean time, I've got bandaids on every time I leave the house. And I've got a head cold. It's not at the top of the scale when i

Film

The Hobbit part 1

Finally got around to watching The Hobbit part 1. I thought being the first of three films, and at 2 hours 45 minutes, it would drag a bit, but it really didn't. Nicely done. Cumberbatch really nailed Smaug, didn't he. I can just see him going into a studio to record his voice for part 1. "Okay Benedict!" "Rrrrroooooooaoaaaaaaaarrrrr!" "Excellent, thanks very much -- see you next movie."

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Given the price differential, it’s hard to see that GST on imports would make any difference

Among the presents I got for my birthday was a JB Hifi gift card. This always presents a challenge: what bargains can I pick up? Browsing around the store one day, I found the two Harry Potter movies we don't already have -- the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2 -- on Blu-ray, for $14.98, and on a two-for-the-price-of-one deal. Sold. But what to spend the remaining $14.02 on? Here are the pri

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DVD vs Blu-Ray picture quality

I never quite believed I'd see much of the difference between DVD and Blu-Ray on an 80cm (32 inch) TV. But with brand-name Blu-Ray players now below $100, and releases such as the complete set of Star Wars movies out on Blu-Ray, this past Christmas seemed like the right time to jump in and try it. One of the presents I got was the Blu-Ray of Tron: Legacy, which also included the original Tron m