One day watching The Adventures of Mark Twain by Will Vinton I started to piece the puzzles of my childhood entertainment, and where it came from. In the world where corporations are merging, going through bankruptcy, being bought out, having assets sold (intellectual rights ) or all of the above or combination. In this case – even though the corporate end is worth knowing – I wanted to know the artist, and people that the legacy has lived beyond the life. After great thought and deliberation I have decided on four (five) individuals (No secrets, look at the title).
There were certain criterion when deciding on the top four (five), and that is placed at the bottom, so you the reader do not get completely bored while waiting for the list.
Walt Disney, Jim Henson, Will Vinton, and Aurthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass have dominated my childhood cinematic and television existence more than anyone else. These are the producers, directors, thinkers, and tinkers of different worlds with each style is different, the mediums which they tell their stories varies from each other.
Walt Disney with all his flaws (only human) created some of the most beloved programing that will remain at the top of the mountain. The legacy that he created did not stop on December 15, 1966 when he passed away.
He and his group of imagineers helped prepare me for the future genre of horror. Movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty have some of the most terrifying scenes that one could watch (at any age). There are brilliant stories as well as the three listed, but also (my favorites) Robin Hood, and The Sword in the Stone which I would argue are the best two adaptions (adult or children) for their particular parent story (Robin Hood & King Aurthur) in the history of film. Other adaptations that I watched continuous as a child were from book to film were Winnie the Pooh, Marry Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The list can continue form the 90’s to the most recent revival.
Jim Henson is another one that his legacy inspired others way passed his passing away. The Muppets were the most awesome creature like beings of television and film for a child, and even today going to the theater with of child at age five or was it four the movie seemed more for me than for him. When Kermit is walking through his mansion he sings “Pictures in My Head,” and watching the still framed pictures of the other Muppets become living 3d hallucinations make me (almost) tear up.
Jim Henson has did not just rely on Kermit the Frog, but also he used Muppets in other ways such as Yoda in two of the three Star Wars movie (the only three worth mentioning). There were films such as the Dark Crystal, and the Labyrinth. Then there were televisions shows such as Fraggle Rock, and The Storyteller.
Will Vinton is the most obscure and the most alive out the four chosen. He pretty much lurks in the shadows, and unless you par take in a Google search or watch the extras in the The Adventures of Mark Twain most likely you will not know who he is. He is responsible for some of the best motion picture with the use of clay that one could possibly create. He even coined the term “claymation.”
He is the one responsible of the California Raisins, Christmas features that spotlighted dinosaurs, the claymation of Return to OZ, the M&M characters on the commercial (you know the sentient beings that will be eaten), a short version of Rip Van Winkle, and of course The Adventures of Mark Twain. There are other projects as well he worked on.
Vinton was not always the most child friendly production and creation team, but his claymation saturated at least two decades of fun TV shorts, TV movies, and commercials.
Aurthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass has produced or/and directed a good portion of the holiday classic cartoon, and stop motion animation that were born in the 70’s to the 80’s. They have not only gave life to those classic TV movies/shorts, but also gave life to tradition and current mythology. Aurthur Rankin Jr. recently passed away in the beginning of 2014, and according to IMDB he was a “consultant producer” of the latest Thundercats.
Did you notice in the movie, Miracle on 34th Street the 1947 version, that Kris Kingle walks down the street all jovial then notices the store worker is placing the reindeer in the wrong order there were no mention of Rudolph “the most famous” reindeer? Even though there has been references in the past, and even cartoon shorts before Rankin and Bass’s version that was aired in 1967 on NBC solidified Rudolph’s statue in the pantheon of as the “Savior of Christmas”.
They have re-told stories not only of the reindeer, but also colorful and extreme imaginative stories of Santa, Jack Frost, Biblical stories, the Easter Bunny, and Frosty. They were responsible to the best filmed version of the Hobbit (Peter Jackson has nothing), and of course created The Flight of the Dragons (Don McLean helped the soundtrack by performing “The Flight of the Dragons”), and of course The Last Unicorn.
Buying DVDs at cheap prices or second hand for the littlest of potential is part of my experience. I also like searching for new movies using the power of the Internet. One technique that is commonly used in the library science world is berrypicking. The concept is to browse. Browse the stacks for books that did not come up, or browse the reference/notes sections of the source.
Please, take notice there will not be CEO names, every acquisition, and there will not be references to movies/TV shows, people, etc… The dates mean nothing to me as well, but how do you have a timeline without the times. I have a hunch or a hypothesis that like things come in batches, so I go after the lists. IMDB can help out with the goal in mind, but I also like to check out the direct source when possible. Brands like “North Shore Studios” and “International Movie Group (IMG) do not even have a link on IMDB let alone a company website. This method of tracing a movie/TV show origins based on companies are not going after the big name movies that has happened in the last ten years. This method is an adventure for obscure, or older movies/TV shows that are just distant childhood memories.
I am starting with Lions Gate for a reason. I like their brand and their product. Once I started to research the history of Lions Gate I learned the complication of business, which I do not understand, and the different corporations that they have bought out since 1997. Also, I have already new they bought some of my favorite independent companies such as Artisan and Trimark.
Lions Gate also does not outsource to other companies when distribution is considered, which makes them a great case study.
This introduction also acts as a conclusion.
Trimark (Garrett, D. 2000), (Prange, S. 2001).
Sterling Home Entertainment LLC (2000-2005).
Artisan Entertainment (Wall Street Journal 2003, Oct 28).
Mandate Pictures, 2007, (The Gazette (Montreal) 2007 Sept, 11).
Roadside Attractions – 43 % Ownership, 2007 (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2010).
Grindstone Entertainment Group, 2014 (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2014).
Overall there are around 299 subsidiaries of Lions Gate Entertainment and not all listings are shown above (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2010) (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2014), (Mergent Online 2014).
(1998, Jan 12). Independent film powerhouse cinepix films announces name change to lions gate films inc. PRNewswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/448012216?accountid=10559
(1998, Jun 03). Lions gate entertainment announces agreement to acquire international movie group. PRNewswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/448065498?accountid=10559
(1998, Sept 08). Lions gate media acquires assets of termite art productions. PR Newswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/449935309?accountid=10559
(2002, Feb 15). Lions gate posts 61% quarterly growth in revenue. PR Newswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/447719250?accountid=10559
(2003, Oct 28). Lion’s gate to acquire artisan entertainment. Wall Street Journal Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/398834806?accountid=10559
(2007 Sept, 11). Lionsgate devours Mandate Pictures. The Gazette (Montreal), Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic
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Children, the young ones, like to be helpful. I like to hand you the disk (throw it at you as hard as possible), or removing and forcing the disc into the player over and over. One time my youngest placed a “shoots and ladders” person piece (cardboard) into the PS3, and when turned on the disc that currently resided there had circle of scraping. Scratches, and love can make any DVD not useable.
The DVD or a CD are sturdy, especially the ones that you do not record, and most scratches will not screw up the laser that will read the DVD. The older the DVD player and poorly built players will have a harder time, so it’s not always the DVD, but the player as well.
There is an error-correcting coding system that is built-in to CD/DVD players that help when discs are scratched. This little device helps with minor scratches. When the disk is scratch data is not being hurt, but the access from the laser to the data. Fingerprints can be far worse in this respect because the dirt or smudge blocks the laser from reading the data, and the error-correcting coding system will not be-able to help (Byers 2003).
Cleaning a disk can cause more problems than one wants (hence the disclaimer). When cleaning more scratches can appear, or the wrong type of liquid can cause irreversible damage, such as dissolving the polycarbonate protecting layer. Cleaning is necessary when the scratches, smudges, fingerprints, etc…. are visible or causing a problem such as the dreaded skip.
When cleaning the DVD or CD it is critical to clean from inside to the outside. Information is not stored on the vertical, but held in a circle pattern that wraps around. Majority of the time there will not be extra damage even if the person cleans in a circular motion, but why take the risk. If a scratch happens in a circular motion more data will be damage than if done to inside to the outside.
There is no scientific study done on the cleaning of DVDs/CDs besides Byers majority of the information are blog based. Majority of the methods seem to get mixed results depending on the harshness in quality. There have been a chewing gum method, and saw that on YouTube, but another blogger has tried it and has not succeeded.
Also, keep in mind such as the more abrasive methods (Brasso, bought device, video store help, toothpaste) are used to sand a layer of the DVD/CD. This is important when a Blu-ray disc is come into question. There is a possibility of damaging the disc further stripping the first layer, which means the blue laser might not be able to read the disc.
The not so much abrasive methods still offer a chance at extra scratching as well, but not as much. The key idea with these items are too clear out any dirt or grime with in the larger scratches this will allow the error-correcting coding system do its work.
Which type of cloth type of device to use? A commonly found answer was a no lint, and microfiber cloth. This seems to be smart. The idea of the microfiber rag or cloth allows the max on cleaning the disc, and at the same time offers the least chance of scratches. Microfiber is used commonly when applying wax, and cleaning of a car. Microfiber picks up the dirt, and the grime where as a fiber like cotton only pushes it aside.
I have tried the car wax route, and had mixed results. That was with the spray bottle. The next step is to get the non-liquid wax. The results will be saved for a future time.
The opened binder is designated for the Star Trek Universe. The full series of Enterprise, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” are the only two that I do not own. The other binders are divided by children’s movies, space & alien movies (that are not Star Trek), and other hodgepodge.
Temperature and humidity, well something like ” Discs kept in a cooler, less-humid environment and not subjected to extreme environmental changes should last longer (Byers 2003). ” What does this mean? The image below is a short response, a more in-depth chart can be found by clicking the Byers link.
Apparently there were studies done on DVDs, such as the temperature and humidity, but also ….
One other key factor about environment and temperature that Byers hinted on but said that there needs to be enough evidence that most likely DVDs being stored in room temperature that you are playing the DVD in will effect the quality in the direction of the good. He mentioned freezing DVDs and CDs, but warned against.
By the Numbers! (The reason is simple. The collections are mixed together, and so this is easier in the end of the day.)
The reason is simple. The collections are mixed together.
For Example: Many years ago I wanted to own “Revenge of the Nerds,” but a problem was a foot. The consumer had to buy one of those double movie DVDS. On “side A” the movie that you want to purchase, and on “side B” the movie you do not want to purchase. I had to own ” Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.” This is not a problem usually since I have a chaos in my genre taste. Instead of being one movie, I count this as two even-though the physical copy only comes with one DVD.
For Example: One of the first TV Series that I have successfully own in full is “Star Trek: Deep Space 9.” DS9 has seven season, so each season purchased counts as one.
Keep in mind you can have a DVD wallet that stores 256 CDs/DVDs. You might own 256 DVDs. This will not mean that you will be able to hold every single DVD in that wallet. There are 48 DVDs in the entire DVD collection of DS9. The television series are not the lone corrupter of the numbers.
Movies can just be as guilty.
For Example: “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Peter Jackson, the director, came out with the “extended” and not so extend version by selling them in one collection. This would equal four DVDs along with the two other squeals having four DVDs each. By the end three movies became 12 physical DVDs.
Keep in mind that either DVDs of movies or TV shows might have an extra disc or two. Not just because of the “extended,” “unrated rated,” and/or “director’s cuts” but also because of the special features.
For Example: Robotech
There are many different choices when purchasing the Robotech Series. When I decided to place Robotech on the list of “I wanted TV/Movies” I had to visit the official Robotech website to figure out which set was the best. In 2011 Robotech: The Complete Original Series was sold. There are 18 discs, and four of them are special features.
Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Copy (But Physical)
Some DVD sets will contain a Blu-Ray, regular DVD, and Digital Copy that you can download/upload into your computer. Also, the extended versions, and special feature discs could be part of this.
I transferred from the cases to the binders a year and half ago. This was emotional. The space was getting tight, and since I am not a big fan of digital I had to give way.
I still have the cases in storage (blue plastic bins from target). I am not completely emotionally detached from the cases.
As I stated “Big Blue Plastic Bins” from Target for the cases. At one point I had each DVD displayed alphabetically, and that took a lot of space. Now, there are a couple “big blue plastic bins” extra, but are out of the way in the garage.
I decided to purchase the Memorex Travel Case Active CD & DVD Wallet 256-ct this can only purchased at Target. In the past I tried buying other brands, and they have fallen apart.