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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Vintage gaming nerds, check this out:
« on: December 31, 2003, 04:54 PM »
Just ordered my Zelda Collection disc/Nintendo Power subscription yesterday, actually.  $19.95 total.

There are three "official" ways to get that Zelda disc:

(If you don't have a GameCube yet):

1. Buy it in the GameCube bundle for $99.95

(If you already have a GameCube):

2. Get it "free" with the one-year Nintendo Power subscription for $19.95 (although I consider it more like I'm getting the magazine for free, and paying $19.95 for the game)  :)

3.  Buy two of a select number of (first party) Nintendo GameCube or Game Boy Advance games, and register them on Nintendo's website.  Offhand, I don't remember exactly what the games are, but I know that Mario Kart: Double Dash, and the latest Mario Party games for the 'Cube qualify, and the new Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the GBA is one as well.  There's a couple more--I think one is the new 1080 snowboarding game for the 'Cube, and I have no idea what the other one is.  Anyway, there's five games to choose from, and you have to buy any two of those five to qualify for the deal.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Christmas Story
« on: December 24, 2003, 06:41 PM »
Just as no Christmas could be complete without a viewing of A Christmas Story, no Christmas Story thread could be complete without this:



And, of course, the warm glow of electric sex:



A Google search for "leg lamp" eventually led me to this site:

A Christmas Story: 20th Anniversary: 1983-2003

Looks like a one-stop shop for all of your Christmas Story needs. . .

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Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 23, 2003, 01:39 PM »
Hey, cool new Santa Yoda banner on the main page!

Brad, I'm assuming you're the one responisble for that.  

Looks good.  Nice job.

I like the idea of seasonal-type banners, myself.

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Watto's Junk Yard / A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« on: December 22, 2003, 11:55 PM »


Many Christmas's ago, Frank Costanza went to buy a doll for his son. He went to reach for it because it was the last one, but so did another man and as Frank rained blows upon him, he thought there could be another way. The doll was destroyed, but out of that, a new holiday was born. It was called Festivus. No, not feminist, festivus. A festivus for the rest-iv-us..........

DECEMBER 23rd

The Holiday Itself...

During the last few weeks in December when Festivus takes place, families and friends get together at the dinner table and have something called "the Airing of Grievances". Durning this time, we share with family and friends all the ways they had disappointed over the past year.



After the Airing of Grievances, we get together right in the same night to do something called "Feats of Strength". This is where the head of the household tests his/her strength with another friend or family member. The great honour is given out to a different person each year. This year, Cosmo Kramer was given the honor but turned it down to George Costanza as he had an appointment.







Now for the pole. No it is not a tree. A pole, no decorations. Frank Costanza believes that tinsel is very distracting so there are no decorations. The pole is tall, silver, hollow, long, skinny, and heavy.

[The text here, I lifted from a similar post I made last year at R-------m (which I lifted from somewhere else before that).  The images, I stole from some other site just now.]

Anyway, Happy Festivus, Everybody!!!

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Vintage gaming nerds, check this out:
« on: December 22, 2003, 11:03 PM »
Gang, here's a link to a ton of Sega time-killers--some Flash, some Shockwave, some Java:

http://www.sega.com/vault/minigames/home_minigames.jhtml

Have fun.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Vintage gaming nerds, check this out:
« on: December 22, 2003, 11:02 PM »
Evil, post-padding, place-holding, last-post-on-page-avoiding post.   :-\

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: NFL 2003
« on: December 22, 2003, 10:34 PM »
. . .see if he will persevere.

Uh, "persevere"?  I'll say.

Anyone else watching this game tonight?

Favre - 15/18 completions/attempts, 311 yards, 4 TDs, and that's just in the first half.

Wow.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Christmas Songs that Suck
« on: December 22, 2003, 05:39 PM »
[darthbigboy]Endless Christmas carols irk Czech clerks[/darthbigboy]

LOL!  Oh dear.

Where's the dumb-ass, "found this on Bloody Disgusting" part?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03/Winter '04
« on: December 22, 2003, 05:13 PM »
he plays a self absorbed underwear model. . .

(snip)

His I.Q. in this movie is a subjective thing. Or maybe not, since he is playing a male model. . .

What a stretch that must have been for him!   :o

(For those not "in the know", Kutcher was a model before he became a "star", and Demi Moore's boytoy.  And yes, I'm ashamed and embarrassed that I'm "in the know" on that one. . .)   :-\

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03/Winter '04
« on: December 22, 2003, 01:23 PM »
Well, based on the movie previews from  last night's LOTR-ROTK previews you can probably add the following to the late 2004 list:

Harry Potter ___________

Shrek 2

It will be done.

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There were a few other previews, none too notable, though Ashton Kutcher seems to have a role landed where he has an IQ above 3.  

Yeah, funny that you mention that--I saw that trailer, too, when I went and saw ROTK (what else?) with a buddy this weekend.  

We decided that:

Ashton with facial hair = Evil/dramatic Ashton
Clean-shaven Ashton = Funny/happy-go-lucky Ashton

I look forward to his Best Actor Oscar win in a couple of months for his brilliant work in Just Married.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03/Winter '04
« on: December 22, 2003, 12:06 AM »
So, according to this post on the Home Theater Forum, Costco stores are selling the Alien Quadrilogy for $42 right now, plus a bunch of other Fox TV sets for less than $30.

Needless to say, if you're at all curious about the Quadrilogy and are anywhere near a Costco, get to steppin'.  $42 is nuts for that thing--basically, you'd be getting Alien3, Resurrection, and the bonus disc for free.  

To sum up, passing on this set will put you on the same intellectual level with other notable luminaries as GNT and Carnor Jax.  Merry Christmas.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2003, 12:39 AM »
Hot damn!  

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 20, 2003, 12:27 AM »

I don't know who this is, and I don't really care.  Doesn't matter--it's still hyp-no-tiz-ing. . .

Well, my dancing girl isn't dancing anymore, it appears, so here's another "moving hotties" thing that some of you may get some enjoyment from:


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03/Winter '04
« on: December 19, 2003, 01:42 PM »
Well, a couple observations here...  I think the prior two LOTR films had their EE DVD release dates in November to get the buzz going again for the next film which was released each December.  But since there won't be another film next year, maybe they'll bump up the release schedule a little this time around.

Couple things:  November is the month to release DVDs.  Most of the biggest titles of any given year will come out in November, right in time for the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Also, some people were already pissed that the other Extended editions were released so soon after the theatrical cuts came out (about three months).  Well, if they bump up the theatrical DVD from August to, say, June, well, that's going to expand that gap a little bit, which to some people would look a little more consumer-friendly.  Now, if they went and bumped the Extended up to September or October, then you'd have the same amount of time between the releases, which would just tick the same people off again.

Another thing to consider is that a set like that takes time to produce.  They're working on it even as we speak, and I would guess they'll be doing so for the next couple of months.  Especially if the film wins the Best Picture Oscar--I wouldn't be surprised to see something about that on the DVD (that's if the Academy plays nice for a change and lets them have the Oscar footage, which they probably won't, actually.)

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There's also the possibility that ROTK could see a brief limited run again right around Oscar time too...   8)

Hell, dude, the Oscars were moved up a month, so they'll be airing in late February next year (the 29th, to be exact).  Return of the King will still be in theatres at that time--no need to rerelease it!

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Adam also pointed out an interesting little blurb on the potential LOTR boxset on tap, so that's definitely got me rather intrigued as well.  So go dig up some juicy news on that one, would ya'?!  I'll be right here waiting...   :-*

I know nothing.  The only "boxed set" that I would expect to see are just the Extended Editions (and/or the theatrical versions) of all three films in one big, nice, (sturdy) box.  If they add a bunch of stuff to any future box set, then people would really be pissed.  The EEs are comprehensive enough as it is.

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Willy Wonka 30th Anniversary DVD you say...?  Is that just the regular one I see everywhere, with the cheapo cardboard cover?  I'd assume it is, since I don't think I've ever seen anything other than that one.  I guess I just don't think too much of it based on it's appearance.  Not the fancy "Collector's Edition" I'm accustomed to looking for...  But if you're suggesting not to judge this book by it's cover, I guess I'll have another looksee.

The current DVD is fine.  Yeah, the Snapper (which is what the "cheapo cardboard cover" is called) sucks, but the movie itself looks and sounds great, and there are some interesting features, including a commentary with all of the grown-up kids (sans Wilder) and a decent documentary featuring the grown-up kids and Wilder.  There's some other stuff there too, but the commentary track and the featurette are the highlights.  Get it.

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Burton's version with Johnny Depp certainly sounds cool too!  I wonder what Tim will dream up with for the Oompa Loompas, which always scared the living sh!t out of me in the original (still do).  They're right up there with the Land of the Lost sleestack and Jaws for freakiest nightmarish creatures from my childhood...   :'(

There's a separate thread for your thoughts on Burton's Willy Wonka--I suggest you take your opinions there instead of cluttering up my thread any further.  We'll get around to discussing the DVD here in about another three years. . .   :-X

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Wizard of Oz deserves better treatment than the version that's on the market right now.  I think I'll wait a little longer to see if anything gets mentioned for it, before I drop a potentially wasted $15 on a soon to be obselete DVD.

I've never heard anything even remotely bad about the current Wizard DVD--the only complaint I think I've ever seen about it was that the extra stuff is a little difficult to navigate through.  Other than that, it's supposed to be fantastic.  $15 is a great deal for a package like they've got for that classic film, and by no means is the current DVD going to be obsolete anytime soon.  

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I continue to wait patiently for the Top Gun Special Edition set though...   :-\  Still no firmer date on that one yet, eh?  Or Titanic?

Those are going to be Paramount Special Editions--they were mentioned at The Digital Bits several months ago, and right now, not much else is known about them.  They'll be good, though, I'm sure, and much needed--the current discs were passable at best in 1998, when they came out, and are now  absolute crap by today's standards.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Major DVD Release List for Fall '03/Winter '04
« on: December 19, 2003, 01:25 AM »
As long-rumored, Schindler's List has been finally announced for a March 9th, 2004 release:

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It's official folks! As we reported last week, Universal studios will release Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List on 3/9 (SRP $26.98). The single-disc set will be packaged in both Digipak and keep case packaging (the disc will be DVD-18 - dual sided, dual layered). Separate anamorphic widescreen and full frame versions will be available, both with audio in English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, as well as English DTS 5.1 audio (along with English captions and French and Spanish subtitles). To our knowledge, there will be no extras on this DVD. There will also be a gift set version available (SRP $79.98) that will include the anamorphic widescreen version of the DVD along with a coffee table book, the CD soundtrack, a senitype cell and a certificate of authenticity. Reportedly, this title is being co-marketed with the DVD release of the Steven Spielberg-produced TV miniseries Broken Silence, although we have no details yet on that. Here's a look at the cover art and the gift set:





Initial thought:  Glad to see this masterpiece finally, but it sucks that Universal has decided to put it on a DVD-18 (dual-sided, dual-layered) disc, and not on a two-separate discs, one for the movie, one for the extras, like a lot of other DVDs.  

Still though, this is an important release, and it's about time.

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