David Kirkpatrick

July 12, 2010

YouTube supports 4K resolution video

Filed under: Arts, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:19 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net — to put that resolution in perspective, it doubles IMAX’s resolution.

Source: CNET News/Web Crawler — July 9, 2010

YouTube has announced that its player now supports 4k, a standard resolution for films that measures 4096×3072 pixels (requiring special equipment to view).

As YouTube Engineer Ramesh Sarukkai explained in the announcement on YouTube’s official blog, “4K is nearly four times the size of 1080p,” and it dwarfs even Imax, which projects films in the slightly smaller 2k format, with its 2048?1080-pixel resolution.

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May 1, 2010

DVD recommendation — The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie

If you enjoyed the Comedy Central series at all (and if you have no idea what it is, hit the previous link for the Wikipedia page) you owe it to yourself to check out this straight-to-DVD animated film. The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie! isn’t rated, but it might have a hard time even mustering NC-17 status. It offends in almost every way possible — animated pornography, strong racial humor, stronger religious humor and that’s just scratching the surface. It even includes two 3D scenes, one a girl-on-girl-on-girl in a Bedrock bar (don’t ask, just watch the movie.)

So, if you are easily offended (or a minor) avoid the Drawn Together movie, but if you are a fan of the now-cancelled series, or just like the bleeding edge of edgy humor this DVD is worth picking up.

The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!

April 6, 2010

Tuesday video fun — forbidden film

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:04 pm

Here’s a little context:

Neatorama explains:

In the 1920s and 1930s, censorship of movies was often governed by local boards, and achieved by snipping the scenes from the film reels.  It won’t surprise anyone that those clipped film segments were sometimes saved.  Here a number of them have been assembled into a montage, which was submitted to the 2007 72 Hour Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland.

What I find most interesting about this montage is — as in any censorship — how much what was deemed too racy for the general public reveals about the censor making those decisions.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

March 19, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Red Cliff”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:04 am

I’m going to go way out on a limb here and recommend John Woo’s “Red Cliff” before I’ve even finished watching the film. It’s a two-parter that clocks in somewhere in the ballpark of five hours, so I’ve only finished part one. That much is enough to highly suggest you check this out. The tale is epic in every sense of the word — the battle scene action is excellent, the storyline is great and the movie itself is gorgeous. If you don’t see an update to this post sometime tomorrow night it means part two was not a let down. I don’t expect it to be.

March 11, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Ninja Assassin”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:12 am

Caught a pre-street tonight and I’ll make this recommendation short and sweet. It’s bloody, it’s a lot of fun and it’s jam-packed with action. If you love the ninja genre, or if you just like action films with a little international intrigue, secret organizations and weapon-filled martial arts, “Ninja Assassin” is for you.

Ninja Assassin

Hit the first link for this movie on DVD and head here for “Ninja Assassin” on Blu-ray.

March 8, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Moon”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:52 pm

Moon” is the feature-length directorial debut from Duncan Jones (nee Zowie Bowie) and immediately belongs in the rarefied air of science fiction classics. The movie is essentially a one-man show, and even though the phrase is a cliche and over-used, tour-de-force perfectly fits Sam Rockwell‘s performance. The concept of the film is thought-provoking and quietly draws you into the tale, and you certainly don’t have to be a fan of sci-fi to enjoy Moon.

Even Jone’s short film, “Whistle,” included as a special feature on the DVD is worth a watch.

Hit this link to find “Moon” at Amazon.

February 27, 2010

DVD recommendation — “Gentlemen Broncos”

Filed under: Arts, Media — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:56 am

If you like Napoleon Dynamite (from the same creators) or Flight of Conchords (stars Jemaine Clement) be sure to check out Gentlemen Broncos. It’s coming out Tuesday on DVD and I caught a pre-street tonight. Funny, quirky, a little bit stupid and totally worth seeing.

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