This Trivia From Tropic Thunder Movie - Is It True ?

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  1. WellHung83

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    I just got back from seeing Tropic Thunder a few hours ago - great movie and Tom Cruise is a revelation in it - but this little trivia about dvds is interesting and was wondering if it were true. One of the main characters, the one with the glasses, says that the reason everyone was switching from normal dvds to blueray was because PORN companies were doing it, and since they are a large market they the normal movie players thought they should also switch to the blueray because the porn makers were. It there any truth to this ? DO movie companies really watch porn trends to see where dvd sales and home entertainment will take them ?
     
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    I can't say I've heard that, but I've been out of the porn industry for a while.

    From the financial point of view, I don't think that would be the case though as switching formats is a very costly exercise and you'd have to make sure that your clients were prepared to pay for the better quality before investing the money. The commercial producers have a hell of a lot more money behind them than porn producers and the market is much larger, so I'd say it's more likely to be the other way round, with porn following mainstream, but that's only a guess so feel free to contradict me.
     
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    I may have gotten the two mixed up tbh lol, but I thought it was interesting info anyway and that how maybe the mainstream movie industry actually follows the porn industry more closely than we realise.
     
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    If you see it on a screen, it's most likely exaggerated :smile:
     
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    Especially in the case of porn!
     
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    Blueray sucks, the whole idea that consumers have to buy all new hardware and pay out the ass for a movie is just absurd. People have to put there foot down and stop pandering to these huge corporations who just want to keep you spending your hard earned money on useless technologies. A dual layered dvd disk has plenty of storage capacity to playback any hdtv (widescreen) media, even a 3.5 hour long movie. I would not doubt this is just a new way to apply anti piracy technology to the media and you the consumer is paying for it. It is my hope that this attempt to incorporate yet another media format on the public fails.
     
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    movie/music technology is one of the biggest scams ever.

    first you had to update all your albums to tape, then you had to update all your tapes to CDs, now you have to update all your CDs to digital mediums...and turn-tables became tape-decks, tape-decks became cd players, now if you dont have an iPod you're a caveman (note, i still dont have an iPod)...

    i found some old vintage porn mags, crap from the 70s, and they had all these ads in the back to buy films, and they were seriously $100 a pop...because film was hard to reproduce and whatnot, so it was expensive...once video came along it made porn much cheaper, so maybe it did have an influence, because more people went & bought VCRs...i think its more of a coincidence, or just a parallel growth as opposed to porn leading the way...once DVDs came out, VHS was extinct, and now we're all supposed to throw away our DVD collection and replace it with BlueRay...

    and dont forget, in 5 years iPods and BlueRay will be obsolete because some revolutionary new thing will dazzle us all!



    sorry i blew up there...
     
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    I had heard something similar about VHS vs Beta way back when the war was between those 2 formats. so maybe just an update of an urban legend??
     
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    Just saw it like 3 days ago. Robert Downey Junior was genius.

    "...I'm just like an 11 year old boy, playin wit his dick when he gets scared..."
     
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    people switched to vhs because beta had a closed copyrigh and VHS was opened to anyone to try and produce. It was in a battle between sony and panasonic that spawned that one. Porn embraced the home movie world because film was ridiculously expensive and not practical in home use. In the end Beta secretly won because it still survives in use around the world in news and tv stations because it was a better quality. VHS on the other hand was worse than a youtube vid. The biggest supporter and backer of blue ray has been george lucas and the film industry has pushed that one. Porn Producer are hesitant on the subject. Larger disks mean you need higher res material and more of it to fill the disk (which usually is a +) But that costs more money, and Blueray players are still very expensive so it is a very select market still. In the case of Paid single movie download that was launched by a leading porn movie production company just over 2 years ago I think The film and Tv world were watching it very closely due to the ability to reach almost anyone. If it really takes off (not to giant yet) then we may see movie debuts online as well as in theatre and that would be a case of movies fallowing porn but thats all still pending.

    Technological advancement may be costly but its still advancement, my 40 days of music on hard drive trumps a basement of old vinyl or A track. Its like repairing roads just cause you did it once doesnt mean you stick with it and never change, repair it, de do it, use newer better tech.
     
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    Sony's attempt to try to control beta was only one of several reasons why VHS won out. As I can recall, the VHS recorders debuted at lower prices than their betamax counterparts, who touted their product as the "high end" one. Also VHS could record at longer times than beta was capable of.

    Originally the picture quality was only slightly better (240 lines of resolution for VHS, I think, compared to betamax's 250 or so). Sony later came out with Superbeta and VHS one upped them with S-VHS (I still own one of those)... and I recall beta came up with something better than that. But by that time, yes, the porn industry and adult viddy stores made their choice and so did almost all of the mainstream video stores. Beta was out.
     
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    Actually it was Sony (Betamax) vs. JVC (VHS), not Panasonic. Betamax did not win in any way. The current Sony "Beta" format that you're referring to is Betacam, which did indeed become the broadcast standard, but it is not the same as Betamax. Betacam (and its various offshoots: Betacam SP, Betacam SX, Digital Betacam) were never consumer formats and were never marketed as such.

    The truth is that Blu-ray and HD-DVD were very similar in specs. Blu-ray had a higher capacity, but HD-DVD was cheaper to mass-produce. In the end, Sony won because they bribed the biggest home video studio (Warner) to switch exclusively to Blu-ray. It may have gone that way anyway, since there were more Blu-ray players (mostly Playstation 3 consoles) in the market, but the bribe to Warner was the big decider.

    As far as I know, the porn industry had not completely supported one format over another. There are a lot of people, however, who think that the porn industry was a factor in VHS beating Betamax.
     
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    Just me, but blue ray for data would be nice. If hi-def and blue ray hold 37-50 GB of data/capacity. I wouldn't mind a hard disk backup and restore of the operating system and it's program applications in the case of a hdd drive failure on a single dvd. Cloned systems without spanning.
     
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