LOTR Bootleg DVD: I did not have time last night to watch my bootleg LOTR DVD, but I did briefly pop it into my DVD player (a standard Region 1 three-year old Sony). My first observation was that this DVD was very watchable on a standard television. I also noticed that the surround sound worked, so that tells me this is not a camcorder transfer. Additionally, the extras/features were all there and there was even subtitling that worked (the English subtitles worked but the Chinese and two other unidentifed subtitling did not). A couple of readers wrote in saying that most of the bootlegs on the street are copies of the DVD the Academy Awards people sent to the voters/reviewers. Another theory is that this bootleg is a copy of an in-production DVD at one of the manufacturers. This would make sense since not all the subtitles worked and the fonts on the DVD menu are of very poor quality. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind my readers that selling bootleg DVDs is illegal, so I will be unable to resell the bootleg I acquired from the streets of New York. I will, however, likely give it away to a family member as a gift and purchase the final DVD when it comes out later this year.
This isn’t exactly wearable computing, but it’s going in that direction. Pioneer has come out with a set of stereo headphones (page is in Japanese, but look at the pictures) that when not in your ears connect together to form a stylish necklace. It’s an interesting concept but I don’t see it being very popular.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at February 7, 2002 07:50 PM