Friday, November 28, 2008

The Experiment

On Tuesday I received my new DVD.

It is a Region 1 NTSC copy of Seven Days In May, which is about the best film I know of.

Try as I might, I couldn't get it to play on any of my computers; I tried the windows hacks with no success.

Linux actually issued a disclaimer because what I was trying to do was illegal (copy and convert a write-protected movie).

So I caved and went to Amazon again, where I picked up a snazzy multi-region DVD player for £30.

Obviously made in the Great Chinese Slave Hell of the East, but it arrived today, three days later, and it works.

I sat and watched the almost unobtainable 'Seven Days In May', for two hours straight.

Superb.

For those of you not in the know, it stars Burt, Ava and Kirk in a story about a military coup d'etat in the USA against an unpopular pacific president.

Awesome.

Gripping from the first minute to the last.

3 comments:

Wiggysan said...

How very strange Victor,

I have the basic Windows Media Player 9 on XP and it plays all regions with just one codec pack.

Then I have VLC player, which play EVERY format of video ever, including "flv" downloaded youtube clips.

Do a search for VLC Player. Its bang on.

Victor said...

I use VLC, but it couldn't cope with the write-protected region 1 DVD. Anyway, I'm told you only get to change from one region to another five times per drive before they lock.
Good authority.
But I agree about VLC.
Anyway, the movie was terrific.

Mr.Furious said...

Besides, I wanted to hack it to pass around my mates.
But apparently it's illegal.
Oddly enough, what the DVD companies are doing is also illegal, under 'anti-trust'.
Not that I agree with that.
But they really should issue the movie over here.