VIDEO and AUDIODespite what its original packaging claimed, The Color of Money's DVD wasn't even enhanced for 16:9 displays. It goes without saying that the Blu-ray's 1.85:1 presentation doesn't waste anywhere near as much of the format's higher resolution on black bars. And yet, viewers will be upset to find this disc boasting mediocre DVD-quality picture. The transfer noticeably suffers from poor colors and wildly insufficient contrast. The settings of dark, smoky pool halls are partly to blame, but it's tough to understand why different colors are indistinguishable and why the picture always lacks the sharpness expected of 1080p. It stands to reason that this easily bests the letterboxed DVD, but it falls shorter of present-day standards than the DVD did twelve years ago. A film directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese and nominated for an art direction Oscar ought to look much better than this.The 5.1 DTS-HD master audio isn't much, if any, better. The soundtrack is plagued by soft hiss throughout and dialogue is often flat and less than crisp. The mix rarely extends beyond the front speakers and rarely comes to life for anything other than Scorsese's musical selections. It stands to reason that this movie could be improved both visually and aurally with more effort and Scorsese involvement, two things Disney is doubtful to give it following this.BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGNWell, the feature presentation may be underwhelming, but this is designated a \"25th\" (really 26th) Anniversary Edition and that implies some pomp, right Not unless Disney has a different definition of \"pomp.\" The Color of Money is, once again, completely void of bonus features. Would it have killed anybody to find this trailer and include it here Touchstone titles that Disney has leased out to Mill Creek Entertainment for the Blu-ray, like the recently-debuted, partly Scorsese-directed 1989 anthology film New York Stories, have managed to provide their original theatrical trailers, so why can't the ones Disney sees worth putting out themselves do the same.That's ignoring the fact that Scorsese would probably be willing to reflect on this experience and shed light on it in either a commentary or interview. It's Martin Scorsese, one of film's greatest minds and biggest fans. Do you really think he would have nothing worthwhile to share about working with a young Tom Cruise and an old Paul Newman or making a sequel to a work from the end of Hollywood's Golden AgeThe disc opens with trailers for The Odd Life of Timothy Green and John Carter, followed by a truth anti-tobacco spot. The menu's Sneak Peeks listing repeats those and adds ads for The Avengers and ABC dramas on DVD.The main menu plays Robbie Robertson's opening title theme alongside the cover shot, which interestingly extends the film's history of surname-only marketing on the packaging. There is nary an insert inside the side-snapped standard Blu-ray case. CLOSING THOUGHTSThe Color of Money isn't just essential viewing for fans of Martin Scorsese, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, and The Hustler. It is a fine piece of work that holds up well even as time has somewhat forgotten it. The film's Blu-ray disheartens on the basis of a lacking feature presentation and complete absence of supplements. It's the kind of film that might warrant attention from The Criterion Collection, and a Blu-ray that might very well have been better (not to mention cheaper) as one of the numerous Touchstone titles farmed out to Mill Creek. If you like the movie enough to own it, this vanilla Blu-ray still must best the film's bargain bin-priced, similarly barebones, and non-anamorphic DVD. But it's unfortunate that I can't more strongly recommend this disc holding a film I really like.Buy The Color of Money from Amazon.com:Blu-ray / DVD / Double Feature DVD with Cocktail / VHS
The film continues the story of pool hustler and stakehorse Edward \"Fast Eddie\" Felson from the novel The Hustler. Felson is a former pool hustler turned successful liquor salesman in Chicago. He still stakes bets for players, including fellow hustler Julian, who is outmatched at nine-ball by the young and charismatic Vincent. Recognizing Vincent's skill, and his girlfriend Carmen's inexperience at luring players to lose money, Eddie tells the couple of their excellent potential for hustling.
Eddie and Carmen struggle to rein in Vincent's showboating, and his jealousy when they pose as lovers during a scam. After a string of successful games, Vincent plays the famed Grady Seasons, but is directed by Eddie to dump the game, to inflate the odds against Vincent in Atlantic City. Goaded by Grady, Vincent almost fails to throw the game, and Eddie is inspired to play again. After some success, Eddie is taken by a pool shark named Amos. Humiliated, Eddie leaves Vincent and Carmen with enough money to make it to Atlantic City, taking the Balabushka.
In his semifinal match, Eddie sees his reflection in the two-ball; disgruntled, he forfeits the game and returns Vincent's money. With plans to live with Janelle, and determined to win legitimately, Eddie faces Vincent in a private match, declaring \"I'm back!\"
auve is an elusive hue; its description can easily shift from the realm of a pale violet to the depths of a purplish red. Occasionally embraced by couturiers and interior decorators, the color is more often maligned. Arriving at the O. J. Simpson trial in a new suit, Johnnie Cochran told reporters to characterize it as blue. ''Just don't call it mauve,'' he said. ''Mauve,'' by Simon Garfield, could change that attitude.
The ''one man'' referred to in Garfield's subtitle is William Henry Perkin, born in London in 1838, the son of a well-to-do carpenter. While studying at the Royal College of Chemistry, he attempted to synthesize quinine from coal tar, a byproduct of coal gas production that is rich in carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Artificially synthesizing the antimalarial quinine would have been a boon to an empire-building nation. But, working in his home, Perkin managed to concoct only a dark oily sludge. He didn't just throw the black muck away but further processed it and found that part of the residue was useful as a dye.
Staining a silk cloth with his new discovery, Perkin saw that the light purple color didn't fade with washing or exposure to light. For centuries, a very limited palette of dyes was derived from shellfish, insects, vegetables and plant matter. By the turn of the 20th century, because of Perkin's novel idea, dye makers had 2,000 synthesized colors at their disposal. Today, the digital palette contains more than 16 million shades.
Once Perkin's work became known, following his example, chemists began to synthesize products from the hydrocarbons of coal tar (and later petroleum), expanding nature's inventory. Pharmaceuticals could now be designed by humans (aspirin was derived from a dyestuff intermediary), as well as antiseptics, plastics, fibers, hair color, photographic emulsions and explosives. Garfield doesn't ignore the health hazards and pollutants that also came with the new industry.
Even if you owe money, you have rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. You have a right not to be lied to or abused. The debt collector has to tell you how much you owe and the name of the creditor. You also have a right to dispute the debt. Find out more information about your rights at www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0149-debt-collection.
Subtitles are very useful for people who have hearing difficulties or when watching videos in other languages. Subtitle programs can help you adjust the size, color, and font of your subs to make them clearer. This guide will look at some of the best subtitle editors you can use today.
Our special pick from the table above is Movavi Video Editor. Super easy to use for beginners while also offering advanced editing tools and features, this is one of the best overall programs you can use for adding and editing subtitles on the fly. Plus, it comes with a full free version to try out.
This open-source subtitle-editing freeware is licensed under the GPL. It requires the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment to run. It features an optimizing algorithm to help fix timing inconsistencies and will allow you to automatically handle frame rate conversions that would otherwise throw off the timing of all of your subtitles.
Another open-source, GPL licensed subtitle manager is Subtitle Workshop. This one features a user-friendly interface that is available in multiple different languages. Its tools for timing and text manipulation are customizable so that you can create an interface that allows you to operate in the workflow that is most convenient for you.
The next program on our list, POP Subtitle Editor, is a subtitle creator for MP4, WMV, AVI, or QT video files. POP Subtitle Editor is only available for Microsoft Windows platforms. It allows you to easily edit the styling of your subtitles, including their font, color, size, and position. As with all powerful subtitle software, you can edit the subtitles while previewing the video to avoid the need to go back and forth checking your work. POP Subtitle Editor allows you to export video files with your subtitles with one click.
This Windows-only software is more than just a subtitle adder. Aura Video Editor is a full video editing application. The software allows you to import video files in over 30 different formats. You can export the files in MKV, FLV, and 8 other popular formats. Using Aura Video Editor, you can trim and arrange video clips, create a slideshow from photographs, and add music to the final product.
Like Aura Video Editor, VideoProc is more than a simple subtitle editor. This full video editing package is hardware accelerated so you can take advantage of your GPU for smooth editing of video files up to 4K resolution. Unlike other software on the list, VideoProc is not free software. You can get a free trial, though, so that you can see if VideoProc is worth the price before you have to spend any money. The software is available for Windows and Mac computers. 59ce067264