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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Thursday, June 21, 2001

Last night we watched Shrek. At home. Great film. Very funny. Tonight we're going to watch Josie And The Pussycats. How can we do that you may ask? They're not even out in the cinemas here yet. Did we get a pirate copies? No. I just bought them from Malaysia...

Before DVD was available Sony came up with a format for putting films on discs called VideoCD. It uses MPEG-1 (i.e. not the same quality as DVD which uses MPEG-2 but about the same quality as your VCR). Nearly all UK sold DVD players will work with VideoCD. In the Far East, in particular Malaysia, cinemas are not very popular. Films go straight to VideoCD and poeple watch them in their homes. You can buy these films (always in English but often with subtitles) for knock-down prices over the Internet. The self same site also sells cut prices DVDs (full versions, full features). Well, cut price for the UK anyway! Last week I ordered ten films and got two free (for every five films you order you get one free). They all turned up yesterday. Delivery is free!

VideoCDs (all @ $6.99)
The Mummy Returns
Josie And The Pussycats
Almost Famous
Spy Kids
Meet The Parents
All About My Mother

DVDs (all @ $12.99)
Billy Elliot
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Dungeons & Dragons
The Emperor's New Groove

Now tell me that DVDs aren't too expensive in the UK!

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