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In response to: Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Straight to the Castle Book Review

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Hi Stuart

Mr. King's review over at Amazon doesn't make the "The AGFA Horror Trailer Show" Blu-ray sound all that interesting. I'll pass.

-- Paul

Feb. 6, 2021 @ 16:24

In response to: Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Straight to the Castle Book Review

Comment from: Stuart McPherran [Visitor]  

When are you gonna get the Blu-ray The AFGA Horror Trailer Show?

Feb. 6, 2021 @ 15:41

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

Comment from: Joel [Visitor]

Thank you so much for this nice post. It's a big help.

I've been buying physical media again and ran into two sets that are counterfeit: Three Stooges Ultimate Collection and Garfield and Friends Vol. 1-5 from 20th Century Fox, both on eBay. I got suspicious after makemkv gave me errors: DvdFab / Mac the Ripper.

If anyone is looking to buy these sets, Garfield is out of print and Stooges Ultimate is hard to find lately from retailers, be careful. I verified both with Nero Tool: found them to be single layer discs with no copyright protection.

I have a likely legit copy coming of Garfield volume 1 to compare the outside. I think the real copies are in black slim cases while the fake ones are clear, but maybe I'm wrong. Stooges I just bought so I am going to contact the buyer. Garfield was too long ago.

The whole thing is very frustrating. There are sellers that know these are fake and specialize in new DVDs online. But what about normal people that buy these and have no idea then sell them down the road? That is scary.

Feb. 4, 2021 @ 20:52

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

Comment from: Derrick [Visitor]  

I recently purchased a copy of the Law and Order Season 8 DVD (2011 release) and everything looked good until I put it my laptop. The picture quality is poorer than usual quality and all of the DVDs register as having the same exact amount of data on them at 4.19 GB which makes me suspicious of them. Any thoughts?

Jan. 9, 2021 @ 23:51

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

Comment from: Steven Erat [Visitor]

Thank you for the article with explanation and photos. This turned out to be very useful. My issue was solved by a technician that came out to repair. Here’s what happened...

In spring 2019 (~21 months ago) I started having the same problem of Unknown Device is Disconnected appearing frequently whenever my LG TV was on. About the same time it started I realized that the TV was no longer connected to wifi, and I was unable to reconfigure WiFi. The WiFi screen actually said “Wi-Fi is turned off. Turn it on to see the list of available networks that you can connect to...”, except there is no setting to turn it on anywhere in the settings. The TV has continued like this for the last 21 months until I received a letter from LG asking me to renew my premium care warranty which I forgot that I bought.

I decided to call for premium care to try out their support. Long story short, it was a horrendous experience that cost me 4 hours on hold including having actually gotten through to someone after an hour on hold that transferred me where I waited about 3 more hours. When I finally got through to someone again it was a like a WWI dog fight where they did every trick to try to shake me off, looking for reasons for why they could just terminate the call, but I did my homework including reading this post first, and I persisted. Finally, after 40 minutes speaking to the rep she agreed to send a technician out. Note, after that ordeal I would strongly advise against LG premium care and just take the DIY route.

2 days later the tech came out, took the back off the TV, and went straight for the WiFi module. I asked if he was replacing the wifi module, and he looked really surprised that I knew what part he was handling. Later he explained that this was a common problem caused by interference as a result of the module ribbon being too close to another ribbon. Without replacing the module he just taped the 2 ribbons apart so they no longer overlapped. Once the back was on again, the Wi-Fi Connection screen showed the list of available network SSIDs and I was able to successfully connect.

No charge from LG, but I tipped him on the way out. I cannot state strongly enough how difficult the LG “Premium Care” was to deal with, but the tech was in an out in 20 minutes.

Jan. 9, 2021 @ 18:04

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

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Tim, that is correct. - Paul

Dec. 31, 2020 @ 11:40

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

Comment from: Tim [Visitor]  

Paul - thanks for this GREAT write up! I have recently started to get the annoying “Unknown Device” message and am intrigued by your option A. I use Apple TV (4) for Hulu, Fubo, Netflix, Amazon, etc. it sounds like what you are saying is, that if I do NOT use the ‘smart’ functions of my 3-year-old 55” LG, then I can simply disconnect the wifi module as my Apple TV box is doing all the heavy lifting? Does that sound about right?

I’d love to get your opinion.

Thx

Tim

Dec. 31, 2020 @ 10:57

In response to: The Walking Dead: Season 9 Blu-Ray Review

Comment from: Jeff Dorian [Visitor]

The EAS (Emergency Alert System) tones seemed to have been edited out of the Omega episode. So not completely as aired on amc

Dec. 26, 2020 @ 03:45

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

Comment from: Tom Finlay [Visitor]

I bought Fargo Season One - DVD set. On ebay. The first disc (out of four) looks like it should be a double layer (DL) disc; my set top DVD player only seems to recognize one of the layers. Same with the other three discs in the set.

Using Nero Info Tool,

General -
DVD Video and 7.53 GB capacity.

Extended information-
Layers: 2 Copy protection: CS/CPPM

Content -
same as your screen shot, above, from Nero InfoTool (except for the title and date), except Region(s): 1,4 AND under

Play Time: 0 minutes (00:00:01) Whereas your screen shot from InfoTool for Tales From The Crypt has 319 minutes.
???
Many thanks in advance for any information on this.

Dec. 9, 2020 @ 14:39

In response to: How To Format / Unlock / Delete A Clickfree External Portable USB Hard Drive CDFS Partition

Comment from: John Sims [Visitor]  

I bought a ClickFree 16GB drive off the web, it's brand new, model FL160 (yes, I know it's tiny, and, yes, I know it's fairly old technology, but the storage capacity and the size of the drive and the portability suit my requirements perfectly. Is there an easy way to "disable" the backup capability so it can be used as just a 16GB USB drive alone, without having the thing go straight into its backup operation automatically and having to tell it to ignore doing so?

Dec. 9, 2020 @ 02:53

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

Comment from: Dan Cunnington [Visitor]  

I purchased a copy of Charlie Chan in Honolulu from eBay. On the front cover art work, his name is spelled Sydney and not Sidney. Disk and literature are the same. Is this legit?

Dec. 8, 2020 @ 09:55

In response to: Sabrina Down Under DVD Review

Comment from: DeeDee [Visitor]

What is the name of the song that was playing during the party after the merman was singing 42:00 please and thanks

Oct. 29, 2020 @ 21:44

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

Comment from: Deborah [Visitor]  

Does anyone have a reliable source for Northern Exposure (don't care about the original music) or WKRP in Cincinnati? I've read comments on Ebay and Amazon where people say their discs were scratched, which makes me think they were either not new (and probably repackaged) or counterfeit. Thanks.

Oct. 21, 2020 @ 15:25

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

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

The DVD I made for myself has not been uploaded anywhere, but as stated in the article...

All of the original episodes for the list below can be watched and downloaded on the Spook Central Internet Archive account (includes DVD-ready MKV files).

You can use the files given there to make your own DVD. A fairly simple DVD authoring program that gives good results is AVStoDVD.

-- Paul

Oct. 17, 2020 @ 20:18

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

Comment from: The Visit [Visitor]

You mentioned a homemade DVD?
Is there an upload of sorts of that?

Oct. 17, 2020 @ 19:13

In response to: LG UBK80 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player Review

Comment from: Trevor O Bartram [Visitor]

Excellent review of 4K players. I'm shying away from these players for all the reasons you mentioned. This is a sad state for the AV industry. I'm sticking with Sony Blu-ray players as their remotes still offer: subtitle, audio and info buttons!

Oct. 8, 2020 @ 18:16

In response to: How To Format / Unlock / Delete A Clickfree External Portable USB Hard Drive CDFS Partition

Comment from: Greg Gogates [Visitor]

I have the same problem with a 320GB version. The JMS software didn't recognize the CD drive. It stated non WD Hard drive.
So I decided to scrap the case and controller (where the partition resides) and pull out the HD. A new controller case on Amazon is $8.

Problem solved. My drive was given to me, but your investment will now total $10 for an external 2TB hard drive.

Not bad...

Sep. 29, 2020 @ 17:48

In response to: The Walking Dead: Season 9 Blu-Ray Review

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Thanks for letting me know, Heath. Its been corrected.

Sep. 20, 2020 @ 15:55

In response to: The Walking Dead: Season 9 Blu-Ray Review

Comment from: Heath Baker [Visitor]

Just a small correction. Episode 11 is skipped in your title list with the episode times. All the titles are there, they are simply numbered wrong.

Sep. 20, 2020 @ 14:24

In response to: Trailer Trauma 4: Television Trauma Blu-Ray Review

Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Thanks for letting me know, Stuart. It's been corrected. There are a few films from the era with that title, so it's an easy mistake to make without sitting here and comparing each trailer/TV spot with the cast lists on IMDB. - Paul

Sep. 19, 2020 @ 19:29