Chicago and LA are set to commence their NLCS rematch Saturday 8PM at Dodger Stadium, while NY and Houston are scheduled to play Game 1 of the ALCS tonight at 8PM, at Minute Maid Park.
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John Farrell getting fired, after the Sawx make the playoffs again? Maybe there's a story behind it...Given that not that much was expected of the Red Sox this year, Farrell's firing strikes me as a bit of an overreaction on the part of management.
Anyways, Astros/Yankees shouldn't be so bad, I guess...
I'm afraid the Yankees may confound the so-called experts and end up winning it all, anyways! As far as I'm concerned, the Yankees demonstrated being past mere rebuilding with last year's resigning of powerhouse closer Aroldis Chapman. They WANT #28 THIS year!Well, it's going into the 8th inning with the Indians behind the Yankees 3-2. This doesn't bode well for Cleveland, I'm afraid!
Again, I hope to be proven wrong, and that Cleveland will ultimately prevail in tomorrow's game on their home turf. The Indians had better not be behind in the 8th inning, though!
I believe you'd need a power converter because US electricity uses 120 volt / 60 hertz, whereas most of the rest of the world uses 230 V / 50 Hz.Hi John!
But even if you were successful in connecting a PAL VCR to an NTSC Television, it probably wouldn't display a viewable image because a PAL signal contains 625 lines at 25 frames per second, while an NTSC television displays 525 scan lines at 30 frames per second.
Hope this helps!
For duty and humanity,
JohnH aka QuinceHead
Not sure what I expected from the first round, but so far it's pretty anti-climatic. Dodgers make short work of the D-backs, Astros take out the Sawx. Maybe the only shock so far is the Yanks hanging around with Cleveland.Neither would I, but I'm afraid the Yankees may confound the so-called experts and end up winning it all, anyways! As far as I'm concerned, the Yankees demonstrated being past mere rebuilding with last year's resigning of powerhouse closer Aroldis Chapman. They WANT #28 THIS year!
If the Cubs close it out today, I wouldn't shed a tear...
Speaking of folding, that's just what the Red Sox appear to be doing against the Astros, down 2-0 in the series, and 3-0 in the 1st inning of Game 3! Quite frankly, I'm a bit shocked!OK, David Price shutting down the Astros for 4 innings in a postseason game (Huh? ) was actually MORE shocking, and the Red Sox live to play another game!
I suspect the Cubs (Who won Game 1 in shutout fashion!) will also make quick work of the Nats because well, they're the Nats, and folding in the post season is what they do!Well, it seems that the Nats proved me wrong, at least today, in their late innings comeback against the Cubs, whose bullpen obviously failed them huge!
Houston likely going to 2-0, but I wouldn't throw dirt on Boston, yet...Not in Cleveland, it wasn't! I suspect that Yankee fans want Girardi's head on a platter after he failed to challenge what should have been strike 3 to end the 6th with an 8 - 3 Yankee lead instead of well....
So far most of these games are over before the 7th. Makes me wonder about the ratings?
Lets see, Houston vs. Boston, Sale and Verlander--can't decide which way to go on that one. If Cleveland doesn't make short work of the Yanks, I would be surprised.Should the Cubs make it, expect their previous back to back championships to be a significant part of the narrative.
World Series or Bust for the Dodgers, but would the Cubs still be America's darlings if they made it back to the big dance?
The DVD portion broke because the tray doesn't open anymore. Weird, eh? If it weren't for that stupid tray, it would still be fully functional. I have a lot of DVD players.... a portable one, one on the PC, one on the laptop, and two standalone players for my two TVs and none of them broke. One standalone is about 8 years old and still works fine. All of the VCRs I've bought never lived past 4 years. I look at my parents' problem as just a stroke of bad luck since I've always had great experiences with DVD players.I had a similar thing happen with our Toshiba VCR/DVD player combo a few years ago, with it becoming unable to play discs. As our Toshiba DVD Recorder conked out at about the same time (After recording thousands of DVDs!), I wanted to get a Toshiba VCR/DVD Recorder combo and to junk the player combo. Unfortunately, the only store that carried them at an affordable price no longer had them listed as available stock and I had to settle for replacing the DVD Recorder and keeping the other unit for the still functioning VCR. Naturally, after too much time had passed to do an exchange, the DVD/Recorder combo reappeared in the store's available stock listing! AARRGGHH!!!!
As for VCRs recording capability... DVD recorders work just as well. It's just that it never caught on since it was too complicated for people to use. It's not as simple as popping in the VHS tape and hitting record. It requires formatting, recording, setting chapter points, and then finalizing. It's a little more complex and many people refused to learn it. TIVOs are a lot simpler, so that's a reason why they're the fad today.
We've seen the Red Sox throw away bigger leads with fewer games left.And this year, it appears to be more of the same with Clayton Kershaw coming off the DL yet again!
Everyone's fawning over the Dodgers, but come October we're getting treated to the standard Clayton Kersh!+ that shows up every October. The 2001 Mariners seemed invincible too, and they
won the World Serieswere the biggest playoff disappointment possibly of all-time.
Be prepared, lots to say here!In my opinion, the above is pretty much spot on. Yes, the post Spanky shorts, save DANCING ROMEO (1944) (Which was ironically, the last 'Our Gang' short to be released!), leaned rather heavily towards being downright dreadful from BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, JR. (1943), onward. Among these last MGM entries, Leonard Maltin has described LITTLE MISS PINKERTON (1943) as being just about a reel too long - In itself a rather scathing (But in my opinion, well deserved!) indictment for a one reeler!
Well, I think that the main issue was that MGM didn't see the true value in 'Our Gang.' They saw some value - it was a popular, established name that could make the studio money. Gradually, MGM also began using that name as a way to shove public service announcements, patriotic messages, and mini Busby Berkely-style musicals down the throats of audiences.
The Our Gang kids are no longer the fun-loving mischief makers from the '20s and '30s. Now, they're mini-Andy Hardy's and would-be Shirley Temples, always trying to be good little American citizens who chastise other kids for doing the wrong thing. In DON'T LIE, for instance, Spanky scolds Buckwheat for lying. What is he, Buckwheat's mother? Buckwheat himself became little more than a one-note racial stereotype, getting the occasional "feets, do yo' stuff" style lines here and there. And if the kids did goof up, why, there would always be an overly-serious adult on hand to lecture them (and the audience) on good behavior.
Audiences were presented with instructional films on traffic safety, lessons on telling the truth, and Wartime information, such as the importance of rationing. Every third or fourth short seemed to be an MGM musical - especially after the War hit. Froggy's uncle (Walter Wills) would be on hand to coax the Gang into putting on over-the-top stage productions for the troops. The principal gangsters were usually overshadowed by a group of unnatural song-and-dance kids trained by choreographer Bud Murray.
I felt that the first season or so of MGM shorts was fine, for the most part. When Roach sold the Gang to Metro, he sent director Gordon Douglas and writer Hal Law and Anthony Mack (Robert McGowan's nephew) with them. Douglas was sadly let go after only the third short, ALADDIN'S LANTERN. He was replaced by George Sidney, who did a fine job - certainly for someone in his early 20s. His younger age may have given him a better rapport with the kids.
Sidney was replaced the following year by Edward Cahn, who was responsible for bringing Robert Blake into the cast. Cahn would later be succeeded by Herbert Glazer, Sam Baerwitz (who had previously directed Curly in ROAST-BEEF AND MOVIES), and others. By that point, finding a suitable director for 'Our Gang' became less about someone who worked well with kids and more about "who on the lot isn't busy?" None of these people were particularly experience in director kids - or comedy.
Hal Law and Anthony Mack were surprisingly kept with the series until the very end. While one could easily blame the quality of the scripts on them, keep in mind that they didn't have the final say - MGM did. Or rather, shorts division heads Jack Chertok and Richard Goldstone had the final say. One can assume that Chertok and Goldstone took the MGM formula and sort of forced Law and Mack to abide by it. I recently spoke with Anthony Mack's daughter, and she told me that her dad, unsurprisingly, really didn't like working at MGM. Towards the end of the series' run, one gets a sense that Law and Mack are crying, "we don't care anymore!" A perfect example is the last scene in FAMILY TROUBLES. Being that this was still technically a comedy series, it made sense to try to end each short on a joke. Here's what we got this time -
Froggy: All's well that ends well, I say.
Byron Shores: Froggy, Shakespeare said that.
Froggy: He did? Shucks!
There's no joke here.
The 'Our Gang' kids themselves (both the ones from the Roach and the ones MGM added) didn't seem to be enjoying themselves, for the most part. Some possible examples are Darla Hood and Janet Burston whenever they got a chance to sing, and Tommy "Butch" Bond. Being a freelance actor who worked at just about every major studio in Hollywood, Tommy seemed pretty accustomed to the 'studio system' and giving directors exactly what they wanted. He comes off as one of the stronger forces during this period.
Performances come off as unnatural, dialogue is often shouted, and musical numbers seem like the last thing any of these kids one to do (again, with the possible exception of Darla and Janet). As I said, the new directors chosen for the series may not have been the best fit for getting good performances from kids that weren't really trained in the professional sense.
MGM also had a habit of keeping the 'Our Gang' kids on past their prime, and failing to give them new costumes! You'll see Alfalfa and Buckwheat near puberty, and literally bursting out of their clothes.
In my opinion, The best MGMs are - in chronological order:
THE LITTLE RANGER
THE BIG PREMIERE
COME BACK, MISS PIPPS
GOING TO PRESS
MIGHTY LAK A GOAT
The worst - again in chronological order -
TIME OUT FOR LESSONS
ALL ABOUT HASH
THE NEW PUPIL
GOOD BAD BOYS
YE OLDE MINSTRELS
DOIN' THEIR BIT
Most of the post-Spankys.
In Australia, several of those shorts including Bedlam in Paradise, Booty and the Beast, Pardon My Backfire (2d) were released on commercial VHS tapes. 100% legit and licensed? Can't verify. A company called MagnaPacific (IIRC, I do still have those discs somewhere) re-released a pile of those same transfers on dvd years later. Same scratches, splices, PAL speedup and whatnot.This post also raises an excellent point, regarding sources used for VHS, Laserdisc, and early DVD transfers.
In Australia, several of those shorts including Bedlam in Paradise, Booty and the Beast, Pardon My Backfire (2d) were released on commercial VHS tapes. 100% legit and licensed? Can't verify. A company called MagnaPacific (IIRC, I do still have those discs somewhere) re-released a pile of those same transfers on dvd years later. Same scratches, splices, PAL speedup and whatnot.Having googled MagnaPacific, they seem legit enough. Perhaps it was an overseas sub-licensing deal from Columbia?