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External DVD drive/player that works with both laptop and TV?

I am looking for an external, portable DVD drive that plugs into a TV (via USB would be most convenient) and functions like a standard DVD player, while also connecting to a laptop to play CDs/install software. I can only envisage using the drive to watch DVDs on my TV, rip CDs and install software, so the ability to write to disk is not important. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on May 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Online DVD sellers that aren't Amazon?

Can anyone recommend a US-based online DVD store other than Amazon that ships internationally? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat on Mar 26, 2014 - 7 answers

I love Japanese movies - but how???

How can we, in Australia, get access to Japanese films (with English subtitles)? Is there a Japanese movie place in Sydney? We're happy to pay, stream, download, and maybe even buy... but I'm not finding much. Any hints? Help! and Thank you! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Sep 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Please recommend a good HIIT/Tabata DVD

I seem to do better with the structure of watching a DVD to do an interval workout than just trying to do it on my own. I'm looking for DVDs that focus on HIIT or Tabata intervals that I can follow along to. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Aug 2, 2013 - 5 answers

I want The Wonder Years on DVD

I know the TV series The Wonder Years will never be released on DVD due to the substantial music rights issues. Even the versions available for streaming on Amazon and Netflix are altered, ie. Joe Cocker's theme song, his cover of A Little Help from My Friends is replaced by something else. Is the original version of the show available in a decent format somewhere? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Home Media Nightmare?

I'd like to play blu-ray discs and stream Netflix. It shouldn't be this hard. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Basic DVD/Blu-ray player?

Looking for a basic DVD + Blu-Ray player with HDMI. Doesn't need any kind of network streaming (TV and other devices handle that already). Ideally under $100. Am okay with buying used off craigslist or something if the model is known to be pretty reliable. Suggestions?
posted by curious nu on Jan 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Best way to make old PlayStation 2 region free?

Best option to mod an old PlayStation 2? [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist on Dec 14, 2012 - 7 answers

DVD --> MP4

How do I pull clips out of a DVD and export them as mp4s? [more inside]
posted by duvatney on Nov 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Did I imagine this scene from My So-Called Life?

So, I absolutely loved My So-Called Life as a teenager. I recently bought the DVD and just watched the pilot episode again, but a scene I vividly remember is missing. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising on Oct 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions?

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Sep 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for software for windows to tag movies and tv shows media files for itunes.

I had been using a mac to keep my media files and had been using "Ripit" to rip my DVD's and "identify" to tag the resulting files and put into itunes to watch on Apple TV. Due to file space I have moved to a PC running Windows 7 to do this. And while I have found software to rip the DVD's I cannot find software to add the tags such as "synopsis", "cover art", and "episode details"? You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Me-Fi
posted by ndaguiar on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Search for DVD recorder with tuner

I'd like to buy a brand new stand alone DVD recorder that has an over the air tuner (US) for under $200. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jul 8, 2012 - 7 answers

This is the headline. God, I wish it weren't.

How can I rip a Region 2+4, 4:3 DVD into a format that'll play on my Apple TV? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on May 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Which dvd editions of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter are the best quality?

I am looking for the best DVD (not Blu-Ray) prints of Silence of the Lambs and Manhunter. I know Lambs had a Criterion issue and regular issue, a 2-disc issue and perhaps more. Manhunter had a 2-disc issue (orange cover), a single issue, and perhaps others. I currently have the Hannibal Lector trilogy, which is all three movies in slimline cases with no extras. I am not sure if they are the same prints that come in single issue cases or if my prints are the high quality. When I say "best", I am referring to best picture quality first and then extras. I am not sure if newer issues lime my slimline set necessarily have the best picture or not simply because they are newer. My slimline set is just the bare bones movies, btw. So best print and if any extras that would be great. I know Criterion has commentary on Silence.
posted by snap_dragon on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

A PC, a TV, a DVD ... and a CEO who needs to be heard

I have:
  1. a PC (a HP Compaq 6200 Pro Small Form Factor PC with VGA and dual-mode DisplayPort outputs)
  2. a TV (a Toshiba 55G310U - 55" class 1080p 120Hz LCD TV)
  3. a DVD of a company presentation that we need to play on this PC
  4. a room that seats 9
  5. … and a CEO who is coming very soon who needs the audio from the presentation to be clearly audible.
What do I need? [more inside]
posted by scruss on May 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a DVD equivalent to sending your photos to be picked up at a Walgreen's in another state?

Is there a service (I was hoping FedEx did this, but, alas) where you can upload a DVD image from one state and someone can come pick up a burned copy in another state? (Beats mailing it.)
posted by BleachBypass on May 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Did I just give Daniel Day Lewis a penny?

What happens to the two dollars I paid for a DVD? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Drive / Fast & Furious 5 Movie Night

Double-feature movie night running order quandary - Fast 5 and Drive [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Feb 16, 2012 - 9 answers

"Soft and graceful and ladies singing."

Operafilter: Soprano-heavy, French recs for a 5 y/o [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table on Jan 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Extra points on the back-end?

[DVD/Blu-Ray Commentary Filter]What compels the star(s)/director/producer/whomever to do commentary for a DVD/Blu-Ray release? Are they paid for that session of sitting and watching the movie while miked up? Or are they just hoping for more sales for their share of the back-end? Or is this just out of the goodness of their heart (particularly on "anniversary" releases)?
posted by kuanes on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

DVDs for kids in car

What's a good video series for my kids to watch on long car drives? [more inside]
posted by eye of newt on Jan 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Best free DVD burning program for PC video files?

Best free (or fair cost - some commercial programs are ridiculously over the $100 range) DVD burning program that takes PC video files (mp4, avi, mpg, flv, etc...) and burns them to DVD for watching on TV. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 on Nov 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Optimize video playbook black (2006) MacBook

Black 2.0GHz MacBook (2GB memory) from 2006 -- it's been repurposed as a Netflix playback machine. I have it connected to a VGA adaptor to a 19" widescreen monitor and it plays back Netflix in a browser and we also watch DVDs on it, and we also play AVIs with VLC. The problem: video is just slightly choppy. Just choppy enough to be annoying. Tried Chrome and also Safari to do the playback. How can I squeeze more video performance from this laptop to avoid the slight choppiness? I have a feeling if I can improve it just slightly that would be a big win.
posted by artlung on Nov 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Sony Blu-ray + universal remote = no joy

Can you help me get my Cox Cable universal remote (M7820) to play nice with my Sony Blu-ray player (BDP-S380 / BX38)? Both Sony and Cox tech support tell me there are no remote codes in existence to program into the Cox remote. That just sounds ludicrous to me...what's up? I know how to program the remote, just need the proper code.
posted by Exchequer on Oct 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting one's soap opera fix...

Are older episodes (i.e. 2000 - present) of daytime soap operas available either for rental or purchase? [more inside]
posted by Telpethoron on Aug 29, 2011 - 2 answers

The Essential BSG?

The Essential BSG: I have a Sunday afternoon and evening and I want to revisit the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. Which episodes MUST I watch? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Jul 30, 2011 - 24 answers

Help me burn a DVD

I downloaded this torrent. When I burned it to a dvd with Toast on a mac, the picture was fine, but I had no audio at all (which is sort of the whole point). [more inside]
posted by bigbluehouse on Jul 26, 2011 - 3 answers

What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US?

What is the legal process for a non-US citizen protecting their copyright in the US? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on May 26, 2011 - 2 answers

let me look at you forever

I need a (preferably free) program to pull high-quality screencaps from a DVD on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on May 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Slideshow Bob needs help !

I need to make about 3-4 different jpeg slideshows that can be burned to a DVD. Nothing fancy, but it would be nice to add text to the images ( I have Photoshop, so that's not critical), and be able to control the speed (very critical) to maybe 30 seconds per slide/jpeg. Total images would be less than 50. Autoplay a plus. I am using Windows 7, and love simple to use free stuff, but would pay 50-100 if it is worth it. What am I looking for?
posted by lobstah on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

power off ps2?

Should I be turning off my PS2 when changing discs? [more inside]
posted by epersonae on Mar 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Do they actually *make* Blu-ray carousels?

My beloved CD/DVD player (a five-disc carousel model) conked out last night after eight years of faithful service. I'd like to get one with much the same functionality to replace it, but apparently things have changed drastically in the home video market since 2003. Who knew? Help me figure out what kind of machine I need to buy. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Feb 28, 2011 - 9 answers

How do you viewing photos on your tv from a burned DVD?

How do you viewing photos on your tv from a burned DVD? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi on Feb 19, 2011 - 5 answers

How to clean a Macbook's DVD drive

How do you clean a slot-loading DVD drive on a Macbook? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Jan 15, 2011 - 4 answers

The spooky spooky woo woo show

If I wanted to watch Fringe, what episodes should I watch If I don;t want to watch a lot of boring monster-of-the-week stuff? This list seems like a good starting point, though I'll happily include episodes that are watchable or good rather essential to the overall series mythology. For bonus points, which disks of the DVD library should I get from the video store to see the good episodes?
posted by Artw on Oct 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Charger for a Zenith DVP615 DVD player

Does anyone know of a place in the Los Angeles area where I can buy an AC power adapter/charger for a Zenith DVP615 portable DVD player? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 1, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I extract movies from a homemade DVD?

My Dad burned me a DVD of home movies. Is there an easy, free way to extract clips in a common format? [more inside]
posted by sidereal on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Ripping TV show season box sets to iTunes seasons?

I recently bought The Twilight Zone Season 2 box set on DVD. I'm wondering how to turn the set of DVDs into a nice TV show series in iTunes complete with episode titles and other information about each episode. I've tried using Handbrake, but all of the DVD chapters are of the same length and it looks really confusing. I have an iPad and would like it to look like other TV show seasons do that are purchased from the iTunes store. Anything super automated and created for this purpose?
posted by antgly on Jul 16, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I record TV programmes using new fangled equipment?

I want to start recording TV programmes at home to use at school, but I haven't used any kind of TV recording equipment since VHS tapes. Ideally what I want to be able to do is record TV programmes from a Freesat box (including iplayer programmes) onto a USB external HDD. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu on Jul 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Wonky DVD player, basic TV recording needs, and a low budget.

Please help us decide: our home video arrangement is very old-tech and simple, with cable feeding a VCR/DVD combo, then into an older CRT TV. My wife programs the VCR to tape TV shows for single viewing, ala TiVo. The DVD player has been very temperamental for a couple of years, basically worthless by now. We have less than $100 to spend. [more inside]
posted by methinks on Jun 19, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard?

How do I create a single .VOB file for each TV episode from a ripped DVD in Snow Leopard, when it looks like the episodes span multiple .VOBs? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jun 18, 2010 - 5 answers

problem with subtitles on Adobe Encore

How can I force carriage returns and non breaking spaces in Adobe Encore subtitles? [more inside]
posted by _dario on Jun 17, 2010 - 2 answers

DVD to iPad?

DVD ripping newbie wants to know: how easy and legal is it to rip DVDs so they can be watched on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by hhc5 on May 31, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I make this thing? (video-editing mystery)

I need to edit a series of basic videos together within the next 24 hours. I have no idea what I'm doing! Please help me. [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight on May 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Is DVDrare.com selling bootlegs or "test releases"?

I was trying to find out when the legitimate release of The Larry Sanders Show on DVD was dropping, when I came across a site that already had the show for sale. I assumed this was just a bootleg (since Shout! Factory has the actual home video rights), but I came across something odd... [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on May 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for a video about drugs

Looking for a video showing various common drugs, their appearance, how they're taken and their effects. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on May 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Where/how can I watch the final hour-long episode of the BBC comedy show Pulling?

I own seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC3 sitcom Pulling on DVD. The final hour-long episode (which aired May 2009) has not been released on DVD, and it's not clear when or even if this will happen. I can't find it on YouTube or any torrent sites, and can't find any taped copies on eBay. Help me hivemind! How do I get to see the end of this great show?
posted by Kirn on Apr 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I wait for Blu-ray TV show releases?

Will TV shows come out on Blu-ray? Which ones should I wait for, which shouldn't I? [more inside]
posted by battlebison on Apr 4, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I change a DVD default aspect ratio?

I have a DVD of a performance with fancy menus that was encoded in an obviously incorrect aspect ratio. How can I re-encode it to produce a DVD that plays on any commercial player in the correct format, without making the characters look all fat and squashy? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco on Apr 4, 2010 - 13 answers

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