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Comment from: Valerie [Visitor]  

Is there a simple way to check the disc specs on a Macbook?
I've tried DragonBurn, Burn, VLC and can't find a way to see the specs to check.

Jul. 21, 2021 @ 20:44

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

Comment from: Tina Wildcat [Visitor]  

Much simpler way that takes 1 minute to check . Been using it for 20 years . Friend who works for Sony told me . Look on the shiny side of the disc near the hole . There will be random holographic numbers and letters going around on the authentic sets .If you see the name of the series and season spelled out then it is a bootleg . Look at every set you ever bought at Walmart and you will never see that .Also when buying on Amazon scroll down and look for SOLD BY AMAZON and you will not get a bootleg .

Jul. 9, 2021 @ 11:09

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Comment from: alan frederick sacre [Visitor]

thanks for info SPOT ON disconnected wi fi module and the unknown message has ceased

Jun. 27, 2021 @ 04:20

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May. 24, 2021 @ 01:24

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

Comment from: Friend [Visitor]

Thank you so much for this blog and the recommendation of NERO INFO TOOL. I just used it on 2 DVD sets that I purchased from Ebay and was on the fence about being a counterfeit, but NERO showed that both sets were fake. I will now check all my other recently purchased DVD sets to double check.

May. 21, 2021 @ 00:43

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Comment from: Lynnette Oostmeyer [Visitor]

Just popped up in an episode of Supernatural. Season 6 episode 11. I first saw the footage in the movie The Dirt, it's a fun little game trying to find it in other places now. I have walked past that fountain countless times over the last three years.

May. 1, 2021 @ 18:02

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Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Stuart

Please don't post comments that have nothing to do with the review you're posting the comment to. If you want me to review the Drive-In Delirium: The Final Conflict Blu-ray so badly, buy me a copy and I'll happily review it. Otherwise, I'll buy it when the price goes down and the availability goes up. Remember, it's not something that is normally released here in the United States. I can't just go over to Target and Walmart and pick it up, now can I?

- Paul

May. 1, 2021 @ 11:15

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Comment from: Stuart McPherran [Visitor]

Are you gonna get Drive-In Delirium: The Final Conflict? It's out right now.

May. 1, 2021 @ 03:45

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Comment from: Keng [Visitor]

I opened up my tv and took the white ribbon off from the wifi module. And it solved the problem! No more pop-up messages. If you do attempt this just becarfull.

Apr. 26, 2021 @ 02:18

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

Comment from: Darrin [Visitor]  

There are some discs that are not counterfeit from overseas such as China that have a license to make so many copies of said dvd such as say 10,000 copies, but one can find them at a cheaper price point because they actually end up manufacturing more that they are licensed to, such as 20,000 copies and then they can sell them cheaper.

So, there are four possibilities, legitimate, bootleg, counterfeit, or over manufactured units.

Apr. 11, 2021 @ 10:45

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Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Thanks for letting me know, Stuart.

I'll be sure to pick up "Drive-In Delirium: The Final Conflict" (Vol. 6) as soon as I can and hopefully have it reviewed on the site within the next few months.

I just did a quick announcement for it on the Spook Central Facebook page because the trailer that Umbrella Entertainment posted for it shows that it includes Ghostbusters!!!

I have a feeling that this is going to be the best of the releases. At least they're going out on top.

-- Paul

Mar. 21, 2021 @ 01:23

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Comment from: Stuart McPherran [Visitor]

Drive-In Delirium is coming out with another volume! Sadly it will be their last one. It's coming out April 7th.

Mar. 20, 2021 @ 21:54

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Comment from: Cici Whiteman [Visitor]

THANK YOU FOR THIS REVIEW! I just bought the same blind bag and got the jaws drain stopper too! And we all thought it was an ice mold too!

Feb. 27, 2021 @ 15:43

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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

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Comment from: Stuart McPherran [Visitor]  

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

Feb. 6, 2021 @ 15:41

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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

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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

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Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member]

Tim, that is correct. - Paul

Dec. 31, 2020 @ 11:40

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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