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In response to: The Angry Video Game Nerd - AVGN: The BFG of Blu-rays Review

Comment from: Crazy Bandit [Visitor]  

James Rolfe-"Top 10 Reasons Blu-Ray Sucks!!"

Also James Rolfe: "Buy my $80 Blu-Ray!!"

Apr. 5, 2020 @ 20:36

In response to: LG Smart TV Unknown Device Is Disconnected Fix

Comment from: Al Young [Visitor]

Paul...

Thanks very much for your post. Our LG 55UJ6300 suffered from continuous connect/disconnect on screen messages, which I believe s causing continuous buffering of streaming content. After disconnecting the wifi card (we're using an ethernet connection) not only did the connect/disconnect messages disappear, our stream buffering problems seem to have been solved as well.

On a side note, I've found many posts about this problem, on LG's own support forum as well, and can't believe LG hasn't responded to this issue. Not even a mention on thier site acknowledging the problem or letting consumers know if they've fixed the issue with subsequent TV models. I do believe this may be my last LG TV purchase.

Thank around for sharing your cure!

Feb. 9, 2020 @ 13:28

In response to: Doctor Sleep 4K UHD + Blu-ray Combo Pack Review

Comment from: Lee Davis [Visitor]  

When or will they make a blu ray / digital copy of The Shining and Doctor Sleep combo pack. I would be first in line.

Feb. 9, 2020 @ 13:18

In response to: How to Identify Counterfeit Bootleg DVD Box Sets Being Sold on eBay and Amazon

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Sounds like a bootleg, which is different from a counterfeit. A bootleg looks fake, a counterfeit tries to look like the real thing. I've seen my fair share of bootlegs with Chinese characters on them in flea markets. Sometimes I'll buy them if they're dirt cheap (read: practically free) just out of curiosity.

I picked up bootlegs of The Godfather 2 & 3. Both had their own unique cover art using more modern photos of Al Pacino (not the original DVD art). Both were actual factory-pressed discs, and not DVD-Rs. Things got really interesting when I played them. They were ALTERED copies of the original DVDs from Paramount. Same menus, but they replaced some languages with other languages. I think they dropped Spanish and French and added Chinese. I don't remember, for sure, because I don't have the discs anymore. (I got the legit Blu-ray Trilogy set as a gift back in 2018.)

The other bootleg I bought was a HUGE Star Trek: Voyages - The Complete Series box set. When I say "huge", I'm talking about a box about two inches thick with the height and width of a large atlas book. I knew right away that it was a bootleg because no professional studio would release a set in a box like this. The box also had Chinese characters, and if that wasn't enough of a giveaway, the photo on the front was of the Next Generation crew! The discs were put in little sleeves tied together with a ribbon and placed in a square opening in the middle of this box, which opened like a book.

Playing the discs is where things got really interesting. Yes, I know I just used that line when talking about the other bootlegs, but these were even MORE interesting. Each disc contained copies of FOUR legit DVDs! The bootleggers decided to cram the contents of FOUR discs onto each one. The discs would bootup to a 4-page menu screen, which allows you to select which "disc" to view. Once you go to the "disc", you're treated to the same menus as the legit DVDs, complete with bonus features. Surprisingly, the discs played well as long as I didn't try to "overwhelm" the disc by quickly selecting a bunch of different things. I also don't have this set anymore, as I gave it to a relative who likes Star Trek.

-- Paul

Feb. 3, 2020 @ 11:14

In response to: How to Identify Counterfeit Bootleg DVD Box Sets Being Sold on eBay and Amazon

Comment from: David Currey [Visitor]

Thanks for the useful information.

I recently purchased a 24-disc DVD set of The Office (TV comedy show) released about 14 years ago. Everything about the external packaging (box) seemed fine, however, inside the big box, things were strange:

+ The Season 1 DVDs nowhere stated they were Season 1.
+ The Season 1 DVDs had Japanese or Chinese characters (letters) on them in addition to English.
+ The other DVDs seemed lettered properly, except the set was supposed to be Seasons 1 through 5, but Season 2 was missing, and would not have fit into the box.
+ The box had a thin piece of very, very rigid cardboard with label paper taped around it seemingly by hand, and had come unglued from the lid that opens like a book.
+ The sleeves that the DVDs fit into are the flimsiest I've ever seen in a DVD set, and are multi-page clear unlabeled plastic, and it's difficult to remove and return each DVD.

The DVDs play fine and the video quality is excellent, but the way the DVDs function does not match the labeling on the DVDs:

+ Each episode has a "(Deleted Scenes)" literal, but you cannot select it.
+ Usually, other DVDs I have purchased have the same number of episodes each disc, with only the last disc having fewer in number, but in this DVD set, the number of episodes varies from 2 to 5 on each disc, seemingly at random.
+ One disc had an episode listed that was on a previous disc, but you can't select the episode on the second disc.
+ Some discs have the literal "More" as a selection, but usually it can't be selected.
+ I was able to copy one of the discs (the only one I attempted) onto my PC hard drive.

While I am reluctant to say so, I believe this to be a bootleg set of DVDs. What's your opinion?

Feb. 2, 2020 @ 20:34

In response to: Shot On Site - East Pavilion Hospital Stock Footage

Comment from: Sumer [Visitor]

I used to live near here and went to this hospital frequently. It was also in an episode of the golden girls!

Feb. 2, 2020 @ 00:52

In response to: The Blu-Ray Retro VHS-Style Packaging Trend

Comment from: doran [Visitor]

where is my stranger things 3 VHS styles package?

Dec. 1, 2019 @ 20:29

In response to: LG Smart TV Unknown Device Is Disconnected Fix

Comment from: Shawn [Visitor]

Paul, excellent write up! I have a 49" LG TV and just recently I began to get the "Unknown Device" notification. I moved the TV from our 'game room' which has reverted back to a bedroom due to one child returning to the nest, I had two game consoles attached. I thought the message was because I disconnected one of the consoles - that was until I tried to watch Netflix. That sent me into the settings menus and the internet for answers, both were about as useful as screens on a submarine, but I did glean some useful info such as my unit does have a card for the wifi. I used to work with electronics in the US Navy so I have little fear digging into these things (caution - yes, fear - somewhat). I found your article at the same time I decided to remove the back of my own TV and check out the wifi card. I later compared your photos to my card and they are almost identical with the exception mine was made in Indonesia. I checked the card for any obvious damage, cleaned connectors, and lightly disturbed the flat wiring - tossed it all back together and am currently once again enjoying Netflix. For how long - who knows, but it is working.

Nov. 24, 2019 @ 19:16

In response to: LG Smart TV Unknown Device Is Disconnected Fix

Comment from: Donald R. [Visitor]

I have that cryptic message about Unknown Device, and unable to stream anything. Sounds like a new wifi module might be the answer. This is my 4th LG tv, and never had any problems until this.

My question is: How can I find a list of LG tv models, and what part number the wifi module has. I have the 49UJ6200 model, but unable to find a number for that wifi module. I cannot find any info on the LG website.

I am able to replace the module myself, saving a service call, but don't know what PN to buy. Does such list exist listing all the models of smart tv's?

Thanks for your response

Nov. 9, 2019 @ 13:25

In response to: LG Smart TV Unknown Device Is Disconnected Fix

Comment from: d3rp [Visitor]

I got some random issues with unresponsive lg remote, wired network and unknown device disconnected messages
Wireless was not working for month but I never cared

I disconnected the wireless card and everything working flawlessly

Thank you sir

Oct. 20, 2019 @ 13:36

In response to: Shot On Site - East Pavilion Hospital Stock Footage

Comment from: Marc [Visitor]

It’s in an episode of the Sopranos as well. Our daughter was born there last year and I jumped out of my seat when I saw it on the show.

Oct. 13, 2019 @ 02:57

In response to: LG Smart TV Unknown Device Is Disconnected Fix

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Hi Randi

If the TV doesn't already support wifi, you won't be able to use the wifi components in it.

-- Paul

Sep. 28, 2019 @ 15:05

In response to: LG Smart TV Unknown Device Is Disconnected Fix

Comment from: Randi [Visitor]

Is it possible to put the wifi circuit in another tv that's not a smart tv

Sep. 28, 2019 @ 06:30

In response to: Krull Blu-Ray Review (Retro VHS Look Series)

Comment from: Dave13 [Visitor]  

Wow! I remember Krull when I was a child but since then I've never rewatch it!
Seeing these vhs and its packagings make me always feel nostalgic!

Greetings

David

Jun. 14, 2019 @ 04:10

In response to: Shot On Site - East Pavilion Hospital Stock Footage

Comment from: Adrien [Visitor]

The same shot from KC Undercover appears in the new Netflix docudrama "The Dirt" when Vince Neill learns that his daughter has stomach cancer. My daughter was born at St Vincent's and my father passed away there. I recognized it right away.

Apr. 3, 2019 @ 21:55

In response to: Neca Superhero Blind Bag Unboxing Review

Comment from: Rosie [Visitor]

As of today these blind bags are no longer $6.99 the price is now $9.99.

Mar. 31, 2019 @ 21:41

In response to: 1,001 Classic Commercials DVD Review

Comment from: Jason [Visitor]

This was very helpful to me. Thanks!

Feb. 27, 2019 @ 21:35

In response to: Shot On Site - Married To The Mob Train Stations

Comment from: Giovonathon Fein [Visitor]

I lived in the brick apartment building next to the train station and i never knew.

Dec. 11, 2018 @ 08:05

In response to: Sabrina The Teenage Witch: The Christmas Episodes DVD Review

Comment from: cassie [Visitor]

I believe that 1st season episode A Girl and Her Cat is edited on the DVD seasons. When they do the montage of knocking on doors, it is generic music instead of Jingle Bell Rock. Can you confirm that this is still the case for the holiday set?

Dec. 7, 2018 @ 13:56

In response to: Consumer Notice - Dynamic Disc Sells Former Rentals As New

Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

Just had the same experience with a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy of Dr. Strange that I found at a Rite Aid in NJ. It was $12.99 and I thought it was a great deal for all 3 versions of the movie (especially the Digital copy). Same feeling when I got home and no Digital code inside the case. Also noticed the label around the center hole indicating it was probably a rental. My sticker on the wrapping says 'Dynamic Distributors". Blu-ray looks pristine and the regular DVD has some scuffs. On a subsequent trip to Rite Aid, I asked who I believed was either the manager or assistant manager, if the DVDs they sold were used, and she seemed taken aback, and said, "Oh no. They are new." I told her about my DVD not having the digital code inside, and that I would look at it further to see if it was listed in another place in the case, but I knew I was not going to find anything. She wasn't going to be able to help me any further either, so I just did some digging on the internet and found your very informative article detailing the same experience I had. I agree that it is false advertising to display on the case "Digital Copy" and not get that with your purchase, with no indication that the DVD is pre-viewed or used. I wonder if Rite Aid even knows what they are selling and if the DVDs are used.

Nov. 20, 2018 @ 20:39