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Old 08-18-2022, 12:13 AM   #37721
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According to the HT app on the ZIDOO I have over 1400 titles. Truth be told, I know that a significant portion of them are DVDs that I've long since carried off to the charity shop.
I remember that I did an enormous purge of DVDs once bluray got a sufficient hold of the market. When my son took over archival duties as a condition of getting his first PC gaming super computer, he must have found a bunch of DVD ISOs on older drives kicking around the house.

I would never watch anything less than 1080p in my HT now so I know that I still own all the physical discs for those titles. He even found that I had purchased duplicate titles when he went through the collection due to my deteriorating memory..
With the ZIDOO, I can scan my posterwall for any title I desire. If it is in DVD quality or not available, I can simply order it online and within a day or two it shows up on my posterwall as a newly added title because my son has picked it up off the front porch and ripped it before I get home. Unless otherwise instructed, I ask him to simply rip the movie only as I don't care for menus and supplementary material any more...
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Old 08-18-2022, 06:38 AM   #37722
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It's probably gonna take two days, but I should have enough storage now to move all my movies, TV shows, concerts and music videos off the NAS, undo RAID 5, set it up as no RAID and move it all back. Sick of being worried about data corrupting from being striped across multiple drives, and at least I'll have vastly more storage with another hard drive available. Edit: Actually, I think I'll come about 2 TB short, but I don't mind backing up again such a small amount.

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Old 08-18-2022, 10:33 AM   #37723
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IMO, folks should really like into the pros and cons of media servers and players before investing money.

Of course.

In my case I like to learn and investigate things and it takes me a while to decide what works best. And, I will try various ideas again from time to time. I don't mind some experimentation. It's just another fun part of the home theater hobby.

Edit - I was loving the Zidoo until I tried to use it for music and then found bugs. I may spend more time with it. I think it's on a beta and I think I already tried to down grade it to non beta. Can't really complain about bugs in the beta.

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Old 08-18-2022, 03:50 PM   #37724
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Edit - I was loving the Zidoo until I tried to use it for music and then found bugs. I may spend more time with it. I think it's on a beta and I think I already tried to down grade it to non beta. Can't really complain about bugs in the beta.
Recently updated mine to the latest beta but have not used since the up date. For my own music library I continue to use the Oppo and its app for access. The Oppo app on Android below. Do use BubbleUPnP some with the Oppo as the renderer.


Just read one of my favorite directors passed away, it was Wolfgang Petersen. Have several of his movies.

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Old 08-18-2022, 03:59 PM   #37725
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Just read one of my favorite directors passed away, it was Wolfgang Petersen. Have several of his movies.
Wolfgang Petersen was a gift to cinema and to all its fans.

I am so glad to have added this German import edition to my collection:



The set contains:

Disc 1 Das Boot-Director's Cut (Blu-Ray)

Disc 2 The Boot-Kinoflinte (Blu-ray)

Disc 3-4 The Boot-TV series (Blu-ray)

Disc 5 Bonus material (Blu-ray)

Disc 6 Soundtrack ( Audio-CD)

Disc 7-8 audio book (MP3-CD)


Bonus material:
Original Soundtrack, audiobook to the novel, read by Dietmar Bär, 32-page booklet, audio commentary (Petersen, Prochnow, Freyermuth), bonus-blu-ray with: Making -of (enemy trip with the U96), battle in the Atlantic, Behind the Scenes "Directors Cut", Wolfgang Petersen - Back to the boat, the golden cut of the DC, Maria: Wolfgang, the boat and I, the captain leads through the boat, Wolfgang Petersen - my life, my work, German and English. Trailers

https://www.amazon.de/Das-Boot-Blu-r...A3JWKAKR8XB7XF

The TV cut is about 5 hours long! "Kinoflinte" is the theatrical cut.

Das Boot is a masterpiece.

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Old 08-18-2022, 05:40 PM   #37726
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Wolfgang Petersen was a gift to cinema and to all its fans.

Das Boot is a masterpiece.
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I go way back with this Movie, I have the Director's Cut in HDX!
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Old 08-18-2022, 06:09 PM   #37727
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I go way back with this Movie, I have the Director's Cut in HDX!
That's all well and good, but you can't stream that 5 hour TV version. Physical media wins again!
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Old 08-18-2022, 07:01 PM   #37728
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HBO Max to Remove 36 Titles, Including 20 Originals, From Streaming

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/hbo...ed-1235344286/

get it while you can.

If anyone is working through one of those shows you better get on it !

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Old 08-18-2022, 08:01 PM   #37729
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HBO Max to Remove 36 Titles, Including 20 Originals, From Streaming

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/hbo...ed-1235344286/

get it while you can
Another nice thing about physical media is that I do not have to care about what comes and goes from any streaming service. Once on the shelf, always on the shelf.
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:46 PM   #37730
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The good news is that HBO MAX is now offering 40% off tiers:

https://www.hbomax.com/subscribe/plan-picker

41.6% off if you pay for the year, which I will do with my plan. It does suck that they removed stuff, but they still bring value to my viewing needs.

I pay $14.99 but if I pay for the year in advance I only pay 104.99. That's $75 off the no Ad plan, too.


*$8.74 per month ad-free plan

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Old 08-18-2022, 09:48 PM   #37731
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The good news is that HBO MAX is now offering 40% off tiers:

https://www.hbomax.com/subscribe/plan-picker

41.6% off if you pay for the year, which I will do with my plan. It does suck that they removed stuff, but they still bring value to my viewing needs.
The only reason that I have HBO Maxipads is that it is included with my AT&T wireless service.
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:50 PM   #37732
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The Changeling coming to 4K disc via Severin. Delightful news!
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Old 08-18-2022, 09:53 PM   #37733
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The Changeling coming to 4K disc via Severin. Delightful news!
...if they don't screw it up like they did with their blu-ray release.

I have also read that their track record with 4K discs is spotty at best.

Hopefully, they've got their act together this time.
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...if they don't screw it up like they did with their blu-ray release.

I have also read that their track record with 4K discs is spotty at best.

Hopefully, they've got their act together this time.
I don’t buy many from them, I might have to see if the excellent U.K. label Second Sight put it out.
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I don’t buy many from them, I might have to see if the excellent U.K. label Second Sight put it out.
Severin is being heavily criticized in the Changeling 4K thread with many hoping the same thing that you are: that someone else, anyone else, releases this movie on 4K.

Thankfully, I own this blu-ray from Second Sight:

I will take a very cautious "wait and see" approach with Severin's 4K release.
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That made me lol
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Old 08-18-2022, 10:31 PM   #37737
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Severin is being heavily criticized in the Changeling 4K thread with many hoping the same thing that you are: that someone else, anyone else, releases this movie on 4K.

Thankfully, I own this blu-ray from Second Sight:

I will take a very cautious "wait and see" approach with Severin's 4K release.
Cheers, like I said, limited experience with Severin so glad you brought it up.
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Old 08-18-2022, 11:22 PM   #37738
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That's all well and good, but you can't stream that 5 hour TV version. Physical media wins again!
I don't know if you call that a Win, having to run to your Player to flip the Disc several times. The Director's Cut at 3 1/2 hours of the Original Das Boot tells a good story with no Disc Flipping...Score a Win for Streaming!
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I don't know if you call that a Win, having to run to your Player to flip the Disc several times. The Director's Cut at 3 1/2 hours of the Original Das Boot tells a good story with no Disc Flipping...Score a Win for Streaming!
Wrong again, but you get an "A" for consistently being so.

The TV version is on two discs and practically everyone pauses for a break when watching something that is 5 hours long. On the way back from the kitchen/bathroom, simply swap the discs a SINGLE time. Or, use more than one blu-ray player and merely press a button to change inputs. Or rip the two discs to a home media server. EZ several which a ways.

Being able to see the this extraordinary cut of Das Boot far outweighs any noise coming from you about "convenience." The fact remains that you can not see this version on streaming. You lose out entirely here. Physical media makes seeing this rare expanded TV cut possible and I'll gladly take that every time over any imaginary convenience you ascribe to streaming.

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Old 08-19-2022, 12:09 AM   #37740
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I sincerely believe that disc flipping was a major contributing factor to the dissolution of my first marriage...
One of the last things we did together was to watch Kevin Costner's THE POSTMAN. Weighing in at what seems to be approximately 9 hours long, this crapfest must have been spread over 25 Laser discs - each requiring that the viewer be a participant in their own torture every 45 minutes when they were forced to get up and flip or change the disc....

It remains the most horrific movie related experience of my life and gets my vote for worst movie ever made....

Flash forward 25 years - On a happier note, Baz Luhrman's ELVIS has recently supplanted STAND BY ME as my favourite film of all time. Bring on the UHD!!!
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