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A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:53 pm
by ShaneP
Speaking of behind the scenes coverage:

http://vfxvoice.com/creating-visual-mag ... n-aladdin/

Written by someone named Kevin Martin. Never heard of him.

Re: Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Mon Jun 10, 2019 1:06 pm
by Kmart
Just another internet wannabe. Probably cribs all his best stuff from James Van Hise and that 'MILLION LITTLE PIECES' guy Oprah took a shovel to.


(If ANYbody recognizes the Van Hise reference, then you know way too much about STAR TREK. I should know ... )

Re: Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:01 pm
by ShaneP
Oddly enough, I recognized the Million Little Pieces-Oprah reference more than the Van Hise.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:31 pm
by Kmart
I used to complain about Van Hise because his 'books' about TREK were mostly cut&paste jobs taken from other people's work (I remember being astonished that LoBrutto's Kubrick book seemed to be much of the same, and that was for a real publisher instead of a self-publish job.) And it wasn't just stealing quotes -- he even stole a joke from me, and it stands out like a sore thumb, because how many jokes can you remember getting slipped through and into a Cinefex article?

It is the reference to Chang's eyepiece in ST 6, how the bolt wasn't secured, and I had a reference to this suggesting the klingon had a screw loose. I was intensely proud to find that reference didn't get cut, so when I saw Van Hise had crudely swiped even that in his book on TREK movie FX (which I believe was nearly all taken from CFQ and Cinefex articles), I was pretty livid. Cinefex wound up sending some kind of cease-and-desist to him, but I don't think it ever stopped him from doing more of the same. He actually did some good interview work in the 80s with ENTERPRISE INCIDENTS, but later on ... well, the only time I've seen his name in the last 15 years is on eBay where he was always selling off genre mags.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:08 pm
by ShaneP
I used to complain about Van Hise because his 'books' about TREK were mostly cut&paste jobs taken from other people's work (I remember being astonished that LoBrutto's Kubrick book seemed to be much of the same, and that was for a real publisher instead of a self-publish job.) And it wasn't just stealing quotes -- he even stole a joke from me, and it stands out like a sore thumb, because how many jokes can you remember getting slipped through and into a Cinefex article?

It is the reference to Chang's eyepiece in ST 6, how the bolt wasn't secured, and I had a reference to this suggesting the klingon had a screw loose. I was intensely proud to find that reference didn't get cut, so when I saw Van Hise had crudely swiped even that in his book on TREK movie FX (which I believe was nearly all taken from CFQ and Cinefex articles), I was pretty livid. Cinefex wound up sending some kind of cease-and-desist to him, but I don't think it ever stopped him from doing more of the same. He actually did some good interview work in the 80s with ENTERPRISE INCIDENTS, but later on ... well, the only time I've seen his name in the last 15 years is on eBay where he was always selling off genre mags.
Hmmm....I will have to read that article again and find it. I looked Van Hise up and there are a bunch of making of magazines, which would make sense if all he is doing is cribbing stuff from others.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:27 pm
by Kmart
There was a book about the history of STAR WARS from Carol Press that was not Van HIse and that was a godawful cut&paste too. Apparently the company did a book about SEINFELD that got them massively sued, so I don't know how they were able to risk doing one on STAR WARS (and apparently get away with it, because apparently they did a second edition after the prequels started.) The guy doing the Carol book couldn't even spell CINEFEX correctly, but he was great with copying stuff from the articles.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:17 pm
by ShaneP
Sein Language is great but is just Jerry and not really about the show. I haven't read anything about the show really beyond whatever behind the scenes stuff is on the series DVDs.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:52 pm
by Kmart
I just read a book called SEINFELDIA that has a lot of info I didn't know, and I've actually watched a lot of the DVD extras. They interview a lot of writers from the show.

But more importantly, I just got JUDGE DREDD on blu-ray for a buck! There are tons of cheesy movies I like in spite of them being bad from the 80s and also the 70s, but I think DREDD might be the only one in the 90s that I can think of. I love the ABC robot and think the city visuals are outstanding, can't wait to see how they look in HD. (if you could just take Stallone and Schneider out of the movie, I'd probably love this.)

Kinda off topic, but does anybody here have a 4K setup yet? I keep hearing about all this DolbyVision stuff and it sounds like maybe you have to reconfigure your tv depending on which Ultra HD blu-ray you buy? (I don't have a 4K TV yet, but do have a disk player, so figure it is only a matter of time before I have to rebuy 2001 and APOCALYPSE NOW and BLADE RUNNER all over again.)

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:52 pm
by ShaneP
How did you get a blu-ray for a $1? Do you have a local Deseret Industries store in your area? I have one and bought a Karate Kid I and II two pack for $2. They're the cheapest place in town I can find but they're used. They have occasional steals on books though. Like New in some cases for $1-$2 depending on the book.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:38 pm
by Kmart
There's a pawnshop near my job that sells all blurays for a flat two bucks apiece (even season sets, got s1 of HANDMAID'S TALE for two bucks!) Dredd didn't have a case, so they halved that for me.

They've had VERY pricey stuff in there a couple times (if I'd known what the RUNNING MAN/RED HEAT double br was going for online, I'd have grabbed it up), so I guess they don't check if the items is OoP or collectible. Plus Goodwill, if the stuff lasts for a month, it goes to half-off, so the blu-rays are 1.99 instead of 3.99. And there is a value village nearby that has 40% off for Seniors one day a week, so I got a DVD of JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG for a buck sixty or so. Except for a couple of TWILGHT TIMES and WRATH OF KHAN, I don't think I've bought anything new full price in seven or eight years. Maybe a Criterion or three for my wife, probably during 50% off month, that's it.

People are just dumping physical media like you wouldn't believe (I have a feeling most will come to regret this in a few years), goodwill gets in still-sealed blu-ray sets.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:28 pm
by Jedi
Kinda off topic, but does anybody here have a 4K setup yet? I keep hearing about all this DolbyVision stuff and it sounds like maybe you have to reconfigure your tv depending on which Ultra HD blu-ray you buy? (I don't have a 4K TV yet, but do have a disk player, so figure it is only a matter of time before I have to rebuy 2001 and APOCALYPSE NOW and BLADE RUNNER all over again.)
I've got a 4k setup (Vizio M65-E0 from 2017) & a Xbox One X. The Xbox doesn't support Dolby Vision (just the baseline HDR10 standard), but if you have a TV that supports Dolby but a player that doesn't, the TV displays the content in HDR10. But if you did have the Dolby Vison compatible player, the TV detects it and displays the content properly.

Re: A lot of Aladdin stuff

PostPosted:Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:03 am
by ShaneP
I can't keep up with all of this technology and gadgets.

Just give me a rotary dial phone and a gramophone.