The News Archive

December 31th, 2000.

Announcing the release of Zoom Player, players anything that Media Player does, but with features that are perfect for TV-Output, read more about it on the download page.
On a more somber note. I really need a mirror to host some of the downloadable sites from this site (DVD Genie, AVIFrate, DVD Expert, etc...). If you can offer a mirror which is FTP accessible, please Mail Me.
Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2000.

Well, it's confirmed, InterVideo does indeed have a DTS version of WinDVD in the works. In fact, a pirated version is already making the trip around various infamous sites (don't ask me for links). I have heard confirmation that it does indeed work.

To further complicate things, it appears there may be an even advanced version that can decode DTS Audio CDs.

More than likely, a DTS decoding version will not reach retail anytime soon. The DTS license fees alone will make it extremely expensive, so it's very likely InterVideo will limit it to the OEM market for now.
In other news, I am writing a media player replacement interface specifically designed to aid in improving ease of use and quality when used with display card that support TV-Output.

Full details to come.

December 29th, 2000.

It looks like Amazon is doing a holiday clearance sales (now that it's actually over), here's the actual title list:

Movie Name:Shipping:Price:Discount:
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)24 hours$12.9935% off
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)24 hours$12.4938% off
A Christmas Carol (1984)24 hours$19.4935% off
A Christmas Carol (1999)24 hours$12.9935% off
A Christmas Story (1983)24 hours$12.9935% off
A Streetcar Named Desire: The Original Director's Version (1951)24 hours$11.9940% off
Anchors Aweigh (1945)2-3 days$16.9932% off
Barney's - Night Before Christmas (1999)24 hours$14.9940% off
Blue Thunder (1983)24 hours$16.9939% off
Casper's Haunted Christmas (2000)24 hours$17.4935% off
Dead Alive (1993)2-3 days$16.9932% off
Doc Hollywood (1991)24 hours$7.9947% off
Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Horton Hears a Who (Digitally Enhanced Edition) (1966)24 hours$12.4937% off
Frantic (1988)24 hours$8.9940% off
Frosty the Snowman (1969)24 hours$13.4932% off
Gate to the Mind's Eye24 hours$4.9950% off
Jurassic Park - Full-Screen Collector's Edition (1993)24 hours$15.9941% off
Lethal Weapon 3 - DTS (1992)24 hours$11.9940% off
LightBath Alpha/Omega (1999)24 hours$16.9932% off
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)24 hours$18.9937% off
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)24 hours$19.9933% off
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)24 hours$19.4935% off
Pinocchio (1940)24 hours$15.9947% off
South Park - Christmas in South Park24 hours$12.9935% off
The 10th Kingdom (2000)24 hours$18.9937% off
The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Widescreen Collector's Edition (1997)24 hours$15.9941% off
The Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Edition (1993)24 hours$17.9940% off
The Nightmare Before Christmas/James and the Giant Peach (Special Editions Two Pak) (1993)2-3 days$32.9945% off
The Perfect Storm (Deluxe Collector Set Signature Series) (2000)24 hours$120.0040% off
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1979)24 hours$12.9935% off
Toy Story & Toy Story 2 (2 Pack) (1995)24 hours$26.9933% off
Ultimate DVD Platinum (1999)24 hours$9.9967% off
White Christmas (1954)2-3 days$19.9933% off

December 28th, 2000.

For about a month, there have been rumors that InterVideo has released a version of WinDVD that has native DTS support (the ability to decode and play DTS audio). There have even been some warez group release of v2.3 that supposedly has this support.

To that end, I have mailed InterVideo asking if WinDVD indeed has this support, and here's the answer:
"WinDVD does not do native DTS-decoding, however this can be done via SPDIF output.".

So in conclusion, there are two possibilities, the first is that someone internal to WinDVD or their partners leaked a beta version. Or the second possibility is, that this whole thing is just confusion on the part of some warez kids (won't be the first time).

December 26th, 2000.

Updated AutoZoom to version 1.10, which now contains windows position capturing so you can manually set the windows location.

December 25th, 2000.

One of the most chilling and hard movies I've seen in my childhood will finally be released to DVD on the 15th of January. This U.K. Region #2 release seems to predate the U.S. release which is as of now, unannounced.

The movie is called Flowers In The Attic, and is quite the horrid tale of what people do to each other, even in a family. Definitely not for the timid of heart.

BlackStar has this movie on pre-order for £13.49, and as usual, shipping is free world wide.
As some of you know, previous Asus based DVD drives were region-free long even after the Year 2000 mandated date by the DVD consortium that all drives should be region-locked in hardware.

And recently Asus decided to comply and the new 612 series drives are indeed region locked. However, Asus seems to have left the backdoor wide open. According to a news update at the Firmware site, all you need to do is pull a jumper off the back of the drive to make it region-free (RPC1) once again!

Someone actually bothered writing a review for the drive which you can find here. But to tell you the truth, all DVD drives are pretty much the same. People have this silly motion that one drive is better than another, where basically they are all pretty much the same, who cares if the DVD Drive is x12 or x16, when DVD movies are played at x1 ... there are only two important things you need to know about DVDs, the first that the drive should be RPC1 (region-free), or at least can be made RPC1 through a patch. The second is that the drive should last a while (CD-ROM/DVD-ROM tend to die/quirk out within 1-2 years), and guessing the lifespan of a hardware device with moving parts is a gamble at best.

And while I'm on the subject, the Firmware site is reporting that someone has finally released an RPC1 patch for the Creative x12 drives.

December 24th, 2000.

Here's a few headsup with regards to movies coming out on DVD in the following months that you should keep an eye for:

The Untouchables (January 16th, $20.99)
Dogma:Special Edition (January 23rd, $20.96)
Bring It On (February 13th, $18.89)
Clerks - The Animated Series (February 20th, $20.99)
In the Line of Fire (February 27th, $20.96)
Almost Famous (March 13th, $18.79)
Ben-Hur (March 13th, $17.49)
Wonder Boys (No date yet, $20.99)

And I think I would be remiss if I didn't warn you to STAY THE #@$% AWAY from Battlefield Earth. There's a reason it costs only $14 or so, it's because it sucks, there's not reason beating around the bush, it just sucks. My personal candidate for worst movie of the year.

December 23rd, 2000.

I seem the be ranting a bit more than usual lately, but this is because it looks like a lot of major corporations are making STUPID STUPID mistakes with consumer annoying marketing decisions.

You're asking yourself "what did they do now ... ?". Well, the answer is Friends. No, not the guy you grew up with or the girl next door, I'm talking about the ever-so-popular and one of the best written sitcoms from NBC.

It seems that the smart folks over at Warner decided to pollute our DVD selection with a couple of "Best of" episodes of Friends. Such episodes may be popular on TV reruns, but they have no place on our favorite spinning disc. All they do is provide several shows which are taken completely out of their time line and context.

And Warner's bo bo is twofold. First, they release episodes out of context, and this leads to another sin which is not to release the entire season in one boxed set!

And again... we have hypocrisy, guess what? Yes, this isn't the first time that this series has been released on DVD, in fact, the entire first six seasons are available in boxed sets in region 2!

So in conclusion, if you can play Region 2 titles, don't bother with the U.S. releases and just get the U.K. boxed sets which you can have shipped for free using BlackStar or similar eTailer.

Costing £59.99 each, here are the U.K. boxed sets:
Friends Season #1 (Boxed Set)
Friends Season #2 (Boxed Set)
Friends Season #3 (Boxed Set)
Friends Season #4 (Boxed Set)
Friends Season #5 (Boxed Set)
Friends Season #6 (Boxed Set)

And just for reference, the U.S. release:
Best of Friends Giftset.

December 21st, 2000.

Ever wondered why some of the most popular movies of all times have yet to be released on DVD?

Without even thinking hard I can list the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Back to the Future Trilogy, Star Wars Trilogy, The Godfather trilogy, Goonies, Big Trouble in Little China, The Lion King, Aladdin, and so forth ... (my personal wish list btw).

I've seen a mention of an iFilm article over at the Digital bits about just this very thing, if you're a fan of the format, you should read it, especially now that they have released yet another version of Star Wars on VHS!
Still a bit way off with a March 13th release day, after what seems like a long wait, the epic classic Ben-Hur.

This is set to be killer disc with lots of goodies.

December 20th, 2000.

As if X-Mas wasn't existing enough, it seems some U.S. folks will be without their Playstation 2 system because of ... wait for it ... Saddam Hussein.

It seems that saddam has been trying to sneak these systems in as they hold quite a powerful punch where it comes to processing powers, and other than driving some killer games, they can also be using for missile guidance systems among other military equipment that requires a lot of computational power.

Read more about it in AICN news bit.

December 19th, 2000.

It looks as if it's turn for the French to get screwed by the powers that be (aka "their government).

In a sinister move to enforce regions within their country, on November 24th the French Government passed a low preventing any movie which has not yet been shown at cinemas to be imported. Not only that, even if the movie has been shown, there is still a 6 month waiting period!

I'm not really sure how they will be able to enforce small-scale personal importation of movies from international vendors such as, but it sure puts a dampen on things. You won't get to pay customs anymore, your movies may very well get confiscated!

The law goes into effect on January 1st 2001, less than two weeks from now. For more insight check out's article.
In DVD Release news, it seems that Highlander-Endgame is being released on February 20th, accompanied by a Highlander DVD Box Set.

Not much is known about these. Especially the important things like "Does the original highlander movie has a new encoding", as the original 10th Anniversary Director's Cut has one of the worst DVD encoding ever seen on the format with some serious aliasing in the video, and volume spikes in the audio.

It does seem very cheap though, only $41.99 for 4 movies ain't bad. Just remember, don't buy this thing until you find out if the original movie has a new encoding!

December 17th, 2000.

Wow, it came as some surprise to me, but it seems that 3dfx have decided to give it up and are being bought over by NVIDIA!

Just a year ago 3dfx was one of the leading graphic chip manufacturers when they took several bad steps in a row that basically dug their early grave. The bigger question is "Will this buyout/merger be good for us the consumers". The answer will probably be "No".

Currently the only competitor to NVIDIA is ATI, and ATI simply aren't up to par to compete with NVIDIA on the high-end gaming market, and NVIDIA is more than capable to invade ATI's stronghold in the mobile market. With S3 down, Matrox only providing for corporate sales and ATI products not really making a big bang, NVIDIA is set to rule with it's imminent release of the NV20.

Frankly, I don't see anyone who can better NVIDIA, but then again, that exact same thing was said of 3dfx only 2-3 years ago.
The review section is now back on-line, sorry for the screwup.

December 16th, 2000.

I guess it's that time of year again, it's been getting so cold that even the Inmatrix logo had turned white.

Merry Christmas everyone.
Fixed quite a few broken links from the move, if you notice any broken link, mail me.

December 14th, 2000.

  Screwing the Americans, a Special news update:

Not really a news journalist, but my American readers who've I notified in the past about the recent (now in it's second season) SCI-FI show "Farscape" releases on DVD should be interested about the U.S. Region-1 initial release of this series.

Well, How can I say this mildly, You've been screwed. While the original U.K. release had four episodes, BIOs on all the chars, a documentary about the series, etc... the U.S. release will be trimmed down. It may have most of the extras, but get this ... only two episodes!

I like to do a bit of math every once in a while, so lets do a quick calculation of Cost-Per-Episode:
When the original U.K. release was available for pre-order, it was priced at £17.98. At today's rates that comes to $26.19. There were 4 episodes on the first sets, so on a cost per episode, each episode will be $6.55.

The U.S. release is available for pre-order right now (release date is Feb 3rd 2001) for $17.49. Only 2 episodes, so a quick divide gives us $8.75 per episode. That's about 34% more! Not to mention it's more fun getting more episodes in a timely manner.

What saddens me is that some companies are looking out at what the consumer wants, just look at FOX and HBO with their kick-ass releases (X-Files, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, etc...). While other companies just shaft you with 2-Episode releases with a high markup (ahm, Paramount's Star Trek comes to mind). I think the consumers have made it quite clear that they want an entire season released in one set, or at least more than 2-3 episodes per set.

Since shipping is free, I strongly suggest sticking with the U.K. releases if you have the hardware to play Region-2 and PAL output.

In other Farscape news, the second season is coming out on DVD in the U.K. on March 5th, not much details on what episodes they'll package (four or five episode set). I'll post a link once BlackStar has it for sale, as I'm sure you all appreciate the free-shipping.


December 13th, 2000.

Ok, I actually found a decent freeware board, it's pretty much working, but I do want to modify some of the images a bit, you can visit the new forum here.
Server should be up and running for the most part, It was half down yesterday and the eMail wasn't fully operational either, so if you had any mail rejected by the server, try sending again and it should work now.

In other server news, Now that I have a dedicated server running, I would like to setup a nice forum, I would prefer a freeware forum software, so if anyone can recommend a good forum software that runs Perl/PHP, drop me an eMail.

December 12th, 2000.

The site has been moved to a dedicated RAQ3 server, which will hopefully mean that it will become a lot more stable and allow me to add some features I couldn't before.

Administering this server is something new to me, so for the following week, you can expect some broken links until I manage to track everything down.

December 11th, 2000.

One of the PBS's most distinguished TV series, Carl Sagan's Cosmos contains one of the most complete documentary on our existence. The 13 part 1 hour documentaries cover every aspect from creation theories to the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence.

The 13 episodes are:

  1. The Shores Of the Cosmos
  2. One Voice In the Cosmic Fugue
  3. The Harmony Of the Worlds
  4. Heaven and Hell
  5. Blues For A Red Planet
  6. Travellers' Tales
  7. The Backbone of Night
  8. Travels In Space and Time
  9. The Lives Of the Stars
  10. The Edge Of Forever
  11. The Persistence Of Memory
  12. Encyclopedia Galactica
  13. Who Speaks For Earth?
Probably one of the best documentaries that looks at life on earth and beyond.

December 10th, 2000.

Server is still having some issues ... try to bear with me.

December 9th, 2000.

The server is currently on a temporary server evaluating bandwidth for a few days, there might be a few broken links in the interm ...

December 7th, 2000.

The server is in transit, hopefully it would be a smooth transfer, but expect some outages and I may miss some eMails.

December 6th, 2000.

Our crack-reviewer Kelly Garvey has a request, If anyone has "ARMY OF DARNESS LIMITED EDITION" Region 1 for sale, please mail him.
People, if you are having problems playing "T2: Ultimate Edition", make sure you're using the latest version of your player (WinDVD 2.3, PowerDVD 3.0, etc...) older versions can crash or exhibit unusual behavior when trying to play the new sequences.

December 5th, 2000.

Restructured the DVD Tips & Tricks with a more centralized view.
I got confirmation today that WinDVD can play Region-8 discs if you use the DVD Genie "Reset Region" function. I still don't have a Region-8 disc myself so I can't set anything in DVD Genie to set this region manually in other players.

December 4th, 2000.

Sorry for the slight delay, but our top-notch reviewer Kelly Garvey has escaped his cage to take a few days off with his family ;)

Once recaptured he's put the final touches to the in-depth PowerDVD 3.0.1021 retail release review.

It's quite good if I do say so myself, so go right ahead and read it.

December 2nd, 2000.

As some of you may have known from my previous posts, I have been quietly working on a new project called Amazon Expert. This was to have been an Amazon bargain hunting tool. Since that time I have altered it a bit, Added support for more retailers (, and Barnes and Noble), improved, tweaked, etc...

The program has been more or less complete for over a month. Frankly, I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. In the end I just decided to let it free and watch the reaction.

So, if you're interested in this new program, you can read about it here. And you can download it here.

November 30th, 2000.

Several new Christmas titles have been popping as of late (Hmm... I wonder why?), one of the all times favorite (and currently in a real-life theaters remake) is Dr. Seuss "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", but just recently someone made the smart decision of bandling it with another classic, "Horton Hears a Who", and sell them as a double feature for a nice price of $14.98. If this tickles your toes, click here.

And one musn't forget other Christmas greats such as It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Year Without a Santa Claus, The Nightmare Before Christmas,

And of course, what's life without a little lampooning, so there's always National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

And lastly, if you're into spoofing, I just noticed that George Lucas in Love is out on DVD.

November 29th, 2000.

It seems that Cyberlink have been working hard of late and have come up with a Linux version of their popular PowerDVD player. Little detail is known at this time, other than the fact that they have joined forces with Intel and Axtronics to build a set-top box based on linux for DVD playback.

For more information read the press release.

November 28th, 2000.

I have updated the AVI Frame Rate Convertor a bit, made it a bit more friendly (if you can call it that), a bit more accurate, and some other things. You can find the updated version here.

November 24rd, 2000.

Christmas specials are starting to hit the online retailers and Blackstar isn't different. It's now running a sale of "Buy 3 DVDs" for £30 or each for £12.99. And the title list is actually quite nice, and here it is:

2010 : The Year We Make Contact, Amadeus, Assassins, Blazing Saddles, Bullitt, City of Angels, Contact, Deliverance, Devil's Advocate, Dirty Harry, Dog Day Afternoon, Enter the Dragon, Excalibur, The Exorcist, Goodfellas, Gremlins, Interview with the Vampire, The Iron Giant, The Last Boy Scout, The Maltese Falcon, Mars Attacks, Mickey Blue Eyes, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, National Lampoon's Vacation, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Practical Magic, The Searchers, Sphere, True Romance, U.S. Marshals, The Wild Bunch, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches of Eastwick, You've got Mail,

36 movies in all, some are quite good. And of course, as with all Blackstar orders, shipping is free worldwide.

November 23rd, 2000.

On December 26th a virtual onslaught (well, 8 sets) of double feature titles are being released at a reduced price, and for once, these aren't arcane low-quality movies in black & white from the 50's, these are good quality movies which might just tingle your eye for the Christmas shopping season (although, with a Dec. 26th release date they might just miss the date a bit).

Here is the complete list of titles, all are on a December 26th pre-order at for $23.61 :

American Pie/Half Baked
Meet Joe Black/Far & Away
The Bone Collector/Mercury Rising
Erin Brockovich/Primary Colors
Happy Gilmore/Patch Adams
End of Days/Virus
The Hurricane/The Chamber
The Mummy/Tremors

November 21st, 2000.

Announcing the release of DVD Genie v3.81.

Not a lot of things moving in the PC-DVD scene, more features were added to players, but nothing special that required tweaking. In any case, Here is version 3.81 of DVD Genie which includes a few small tweaks and support for WinDVD 2.3. No real need to download additional language file as hardly anything in the GUI changed, and what was changed doesn't require translation.

For the complete history list go here.
To download DVD Genie v3.81, click here.
To download additional language files, click here.

November 16th, 2000.

Small info bit,
Some of you have been greatly concerned about the new region checking code in such movies as "The Patriot" and "The Perfect Storm".

After a bit of research, it seems that this new system basically makes the disc appear as if it's a multi-zone disc, and if the player supports multi-zone, the disc will not play. This makes external (not PC based) players that change the region automatically fail to play. It also changes from player to player depending on the mechanism used to change the region, so while some player fail, some may work correctly. If your external player has an option to manually force a region, then this new protection won't be effective at all.

Some players can be made to work with these discs by first inserting a Region-1 disc prior to playing the protected disc.

However, for the big PC-DVD base, this entire issue is moot, PC based players are completely unaffected by this new protection scheme, so you can relax. Without modifying the DVD format itself, I doubt that PC based players can be made region locked (as long as the hardware is region free).

November 15th, 2000.

As some of you may know, the site has been having some having some hosting problems over the last few weeks. It seems as if the current host simply can't handle the stress this site requires. While my current host has been very nice, I'm not sure I can continue having the site hosted there under these circumstances.

To that end, I am asking you if you can help keep this site alive, free and more responsive. While the site consists mainly of text (all downloaded files over 100kb are hosted on mirrors), it is still transfering data in the order of 800mb-1200mb per day (about 30-40gb a month).

What I need is a host with the following features:

  1. Can handle bandwidths of up to 50gb per month and allow for future growth.
  2. 30-50mb webspace (site doesn't take too much room, it's mostly text information).
  3. FTP access for site updates and support 5 or more mail boxes with aliasing for each.
  4. Supports custom Perl 5.0 CGI controls (for message boards and the like).
  5. Support DNS services for the domain name.
  6. Support multiple sub-names (for example,
  7. Some sort of statistics page would be nice.
  8. And of course, stability and good up times.
If you have any tips or suggestions about a good host, please Mail me.

November 12th, 2000.

Looks like the Americans are gonna get screwed on the Region-1 Farscape DVD release. Unlike the Region-2 version which have been steadily streaming for the past few month (the last episode set in the first season being released just last month) the American release will only have two episodes per disc, retailing at approximately $25 MSRP. The U.K. release had 4-5 episode per set and included some nice extras to boot.

For more information read this IGN Scifi article.

November 11th, 2000.

As some of you may know, PowerDVD v3.0 (3.0.1021) has been released to Retail and OEM channels. As far as I can tell, all the stability issues with the beta we previewed a while back have been resolved, Expect a full review soon.
It seems as if Ridley Scott's Gladiator is setting a new record. Not since The Matrix has a movie been selling so many copies even prior to it's release. The last issued report has 2.6 million copies being ordered for initial day-one sales. Probably because of it's great value, great movie, killer transfer, lots of extra goodies and good price. You can't beat that killing combination.

The latest Kevin Smith movie in the View Askew universe (Clerks, Mall Rats, Chasing Amy), Dogma has finally had it's Special Edition announced.

And Kevin knows what the people want, this two disc set is stuffed!

There are commentary tracks by Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, Scott Mosier and Vincent Pereira, Over 100 minutes of deleted footage, a "Judge Not. In Defense of Dogma" documentary, Outtakes, and A LOT more!

Encoded in Anamorphic Widescreen, this special edition is being released on January 23rd (2001) and can currently be pre-ordered from Amazon for $20.96.

November 8th, 2000.

Looks like I was a bit premature earlier, it looks like the U.S. election will be going on for at least 24 hours more while they recount the Florida vote, oh my.

November 6th, 2000.

They've finally done it, Cyberlink has released PowerDVD v3.00, here is the press release:

November 6, 2000----Taipei, Taiwan----Continuing in the acclaimed tradition of its award winning video and audio software applications, CyberLink proudly announced today the release of PowerDVD 3.0. Personal viewing of media-rich DVD contents is greatly enhanced by its impeccable video and audio performance and new easy to use features. Through the use of an enhanced, state-of-the-art MPEG 1& 2 video decoding engine, users get a true to life, sharper video image. Plus, the new Dolby Digital ProLogic decoder delivers the benefits of Dolby Surround technology for those with multi- channel sound cards. Together with its robust hardware integration and compatibility, as well as low CPU consumption, PowerDVD 3.0 delivers video playback performance that rivals any hardware DVD player.

Inspired by the unparalleled popularity of its previous versions, PowerDVD 3.0 is engineered with many quality enhancements not available with other DVD software solutions. With DVD titles offering a multitude of media-rich content and interactive options, viewers have access to a personalized cinematic experience. By offering unique features such as Scene Bookmarking, Screen Snapshot and Dynamic Skin Technology, which allows the user to choose from a variety of graphical interfaces, PowerDVD has solidified its position as one of the most versatile programs in its genre. "The most advanced digital video and audio technology is put in the hands of the user thus allowing for more enjoyable and interactive viewing of DVD titles," says Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corporation.

New Features on Version 3.0!
Here is a synopsis of many exciting enhancements to PowerDVD's long list of features:

  • Enhanced MPEG-1 & 2 Video Decoder: CyberLink's proprietary video decoder has been enhanced. Prepare to be dazzled with picture quality that is stronger, more vivid and sharper.
  • Dolby Digital Certified Audio Decoder: CyberLink's Dolby Certified Decoder produces revolutionary audio playback for 2/4/6 channels and offers a number of audio output selections for maximum DVD enjoyment. PowerDVD has also added a Dolby Prologic Decoder for Dolby Surround titles on multi-channel sound cards.
  • Dolby Headphone Technology: This latest innovation from Dolby Laboratories allows users to get five speaker surround playback with any pair of standard stereo headphones. Manipulates direct and reflected audio effects for a more natural sound in all three modes, as well as preventing listener fatigue during lengthy viewing.
  • Digital Zoom: Video can be zoomed at 4x or 9x the normal screen ratio while playback continues smoothly. Once the user is zoomed in they can manual scan across the screen with the simple use of a mouse.
  • Screen Snapshot: With just one click, users can capture the image on the screen to save to a file or desktop. Great for creating wallpaper or building a collection of images.
  • AB Repeat Mode: The unique AB Repeat mode replays a section of the DVD title that the user selects by choosing a primary point (A) and a secondary point (B), whereby PowerDVD will continuously replay from point A to B.
  • Dual Subtitle Effect: This feature provides two subtitles in different languages for DVD titles that support multiple languages. Plus, with the AB Repeat, language learners can go over the dialogue in both the languages displayed.
  • Tool Bar Navigation: Can drop down from the top of the screen and give the user a conveniently located navigation toolbar.
  • Bookmark Thumbnails: Easily jump to previously bookmarked scenes with a variety of selection modes, including a user-friendly viewer mode.
  • Closed Caption Decoder: Enhances DVD viewing, in any region, for those who are hearing impaired.
  • i-Power Web Enabler: With one click the embedded web browser connects users to the PowerDVD Desktop Portal Page. The new format of i-power provides links to up-to-date news, databases and other DVD related sites. DVD and the Web, a revolution in interactive entertainment.

November 5th, 2000.

Carrying the "Tradition" (yeah right) of such great movies as American Pie, Road Trip takes a zany group of character on a road trip to the college of one of the group's girlfriend in order to stop an impending disaster. Can't really say much more without ruining the plot. This movie is a silly (in a good way) romp at American youth, lots of fart jokes and other physical humor. Great fun if you're into these sort of movies (which sadly enough, I am).

Some of the extras include seven deleted scenes, a behind the scenes featurette hosted by Tom Green and the Eels music video.

November 2nd, 2000.

Amazon is throwing some discounts your way, check out the following titles:
Movie Name:Shipping:Price:Discount:
Blue's Clues - Blue's Big Musical Movie (2000)24 hours$16.7433% off
Chasing Amy - Criterion Collection (1997)24 hours$22.1033% off
High Fidelity (2000)24 hours$22.1033% off
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (2000)24 hours$19.9933% off
The Matrix (1999)24 hours$16.7433% off
The Princess Bride (1987)24 hours$13.3933% off
The Usual Suspects (1995)24 hours$16.7433% off
Galaxy Quest (1999)24 hours$17.5435% off
Saving Private Ryan (1999)24 hours$22.7435% off
Being John Malkovich (1999)2-3 days$14.9740% off
Men in Black Limited Edition (1997)24 hours$23.9740% off
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