DVD: Funny Ladies—Koch Vision
The premise behind Funny Ladies is a good one: a four-DVD set featuring uncensored standup routines from some of the best female comediennes in the business. Most of the material dates from the early nineties, and the outfits and hairstyles are often funnier than the stand-ups themselves. Unfortunately, the real joke is on anyone who purchases this travesty of a collection.
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Punches continue to be thrown in the fight over which next-generation DVD format will be established as the industry standard. (And there will be an industry standard, right corporate bigwigs? Although full-fledged format wars are great for selling magazines - go ahead, subscribe to our humble publication now, just in case - tech-savvy consumers tend to sit on the sidelines when it comes to spending money on hardware that may never have software.) Here are some of the latest developments in the march toward a higher definition DVD.
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<I>Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner, Zooey Deschanel, Andy Richter, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, Faizon Love, Daniel Tay, Amy Sedaris, Kyle Gass. Directed by Jon Favreau. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo. 95 minutes. 2004. New Line N7168. PG. $29.95.</I>
<I>Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Thomas Jay Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jane Adams, David Cross. Directed by Michael Gondry. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo. 2004. 108 minutes. Universal Home Video 23959. R. $29.98.</I>
People often ask me, "How do you keep up with all the new technologies? The market changes so fast." One of the best ways to stay current is to attend trade shows where the latest gear is on display and you can actually talk with the folks who designed it.