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Doroshow 1968 movie
« Reply #80 on: December 03, 2017, 03:53:07 PM »
Jack Doroshow, who organized drag shows around the United States and presided over them since the last 1950s has past away at 78.

Read more here, http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?topic=1367.0

I tried to fix & clean up his 1968 movie as best i can, but there was little to work with because my copy was so poor quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI8Kymn_xYk
192mb, worse than VHS quality, 65 minutes.

It was probably shot in at least 16mm film which would have made it about DVD quality. I may assume that the original film was lost, & only VHS versions survived to be converted to digital.


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4 more movies added Dec 5
« Reply #81 on: December 05, 2017, 09:24:08 PM »
I've added 4 more movies for your pleasure. 3 are crossdressing-related again, & the forth is another Artsy movie, that will be found under another topic of our private viewing, movie section.

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This award-winning movie was run here for about a week almost a year ago. It's back for those who missed it.
The story begins in the 1920s in China, and continues through to the aftermath of the Communist Cultural Revolution. Early in the film focuses on the training and adolescent relationships of two young men who are destined to perform in the famed Peking Opera. The story begins when one of them is deposited at the school by his mother when he is quite a young boy. He becomes friends with a lad called Shitou, and their friendship goes through a variety of ups and downs as they grow up together.
390mb, SVCD to DVD quality (in parts), 166 minutes.

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A little known film-maker from the early 1950's gained posthumous notoriety for his dreadful B-grade science fiction films in the mid-'80s. This film is a fictionalized portrait of his mediocre life and career. It was filmed in black and white to recreate the atmosphere of his films. The film primarily focuses his transvestism, his relationships with his oddball casts and crew, and his friendship with aging horror-movie great Bela Lugosi whom he tries to help, as he tries to make his films on shoestring budgets.
295mb, DVD quality, 118 minutes.

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This is a true story about a Texas cowboy whose free-wheeling life is overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days AIDS, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. When he is shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, he decides to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, he joins forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts - who he once would have shunned - and established a hugely successful "buyers' club." Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience.
310mb, DVD quality, 110 minutes.

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The last movie in this series only had a limited showing of about a week in some cities, if it showed at all in your town. So I bring it here for those who can't see it or missed it. They claim every frame of this film was hand painted on canvas with oil paint in the style of Vincent van Gogh. Well, they lied... or at least exaggerated a lot. I see a lot of the same backgrounds used in many scenes, not hand painted for every frame. Some of the animations, especially the characters were clearly layered on the scenes -- layered by blue & green screen techniques, with the assistance of computer animation... not had animated on every frame.

So although there are a lot of hand-painted scenes & characters, every frame or object wasn't individually hand panted or hand animated. Many of the scenes are not even oil on canvas either, but are water color, charcoal, & pastel (colored or shaded chalk) drawings on paper. It's obvious when watching the film, so when I looked it up, I read about witnesses who saw green & blue screen modern layering techniques, water coloring, & computer-assisted animation being done with the film.

Still, it's worth a colorful watch, knowing a lot of it was hand painted, & then later manipulated by modern layering & animation techniques. You may even learn something about Vincent van Gogh. It was filmed at only 15 frames per second, which may be a little jumpy or cause eye strain watching on a big screen long. So it might actually look better watching it at home on a smaller screen.
195mb, DVD quality, 84 minutes.

Our private viewing sections for Movies & TV are available to Betty's Pub members only, & not available or visible to the public.
http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?board=7.0


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9 Holiday movies
« Reply #82 on: December 07, 2017, 11:36:44 AM »
I have holiday movies for you. I'll start off the first set of 9 movies with stuff we're all familiar with. Later, I'll think about posting some of the more unusual or unheard of holiday movies.

They're at our private movies section for Betty's Pubs members.
http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?board=7.0

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7 more holiday features
« Reply #83 on: December 17, 2017, 12:01:35 AM »
We have 7 more Christmas features. This time, some are movies, & some are specials or TV shows. But I'll keep them all together under same Holiday thread in our movie section of our private viewing area to save confusion.

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7 more holiday videos added Dec. 24
« Reply #84 on: December 24, 2017, 01:07:59 AM »
I bring you 5 more movies & 2 more holiday TV specials to end our holiday series with.

They're in our movie section of our private viewing area.
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5 final holiday videos added Dec 25
« Reply #85 on: December 25, 2017, 11:00:10 PM »
I thought the previous set would be our last set of holiday video for the year. But at the last minute I decided to put up just a few more holiday favorites & a new TV show.

They're in the Movie section of our private viewing area, for Betty's Pub members only.
http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?board=7.0

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Re: Movie Night at Betty's.
« Reply #86 on: December 30, 2017, 09:20:33 PM »
So...is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not in your mind?   I just can't get into it if the weather is warm.

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Re: Movie Night at Betty's.
« Reply #87 on: December 31, 2017, 05:10:49 AM »
I don't think any movie with extreme bloodshed, violence, or a murderous crime drama can be considered a true Christmas movie, & is definitely not a happy holiday movie. I'd have a hard time watching that kind of crap any time of the year. I don't like movies & TV shows made just to shock & awe with excessive blood, violence, murder, crime, & foul language just for entertainment.

For the past week, most of the northern USA & Canada have been experiencing highs no more than in the teens F (-11C to -7C), & lows in the single digits to below zero (-20C to -9C). Evening, nighttime & morning wind chills have been 0F to -15F (-18C to -26C). Most of rest of the northern hemisphere much above the equator, which contains the bulk of human populations have been experiencing lows in the 40s F (4-9C) or lower.

It's hard to pinpoint exact visitor locations unless I'm right here at the time of their visit while trying to trace down an attacker. But it appears to be currently 11F (-12C) at your house with a wind chill of -4F (-20C) with 13-17mph winds. But you shouldn't expect any more snow until Thursday. Monday night & morning you will get down to 2F (-17C) with wind chills at -18F (-18C).

Is that cold enough for ya?

Meanwhile, in Alice Springs Australia, our warmest visitor is experiencing 97F (36C), with just a little under 4 hours before their new year & Monday. It will get up to 102F (39C) on their Monday afternoon there in about 13 hours. Our eastern Australian visitors will begin the new year in just over 2 hours. For our many visitors in New Zealand it will turn to 2018 in just a few minutes.

Our coldest visitor is from Winnipeg, Canada currently at -21F (-30C). In just a couple hours it will get down to -28F (-33C), with a wind chill of -48F (-44C)!

The coldest spot in Antarctica is currently -13F (-25C) & the warmest at 37F (3C... it's a big continent). It's a toasty 21F (-6C) in Anchorage Alaska.

Here in Buffalo it's currently a breezy 2F (-17C) with wind chills around -11F (-24C). At the turn of the new year at midnight, it will be a windy -2F (-19C) here with a wind chill of -15F (-26C)! Forecasts show no end of the Artic temperatures in sight. The last time we had so many days in a row this cold, it wiped out a significant amount of the area's wildlife.

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Re: Movie Night at Betty's.
« Reply #88 on: January 01, 2018, 06:08:58 PM »
I made another compilation video of New year's celebrations from around the world. These are only DVD quality, so they probably won't look good sitting just a couple feet from a 26" to 60" screen. I find they look fine sitting back 5 or 6 feet from a 32" screen or on small laptop, tablet, & phone screens... a 14.5" laptop screen just 15" from my eyes, looks bigger than the 32" TV sitting 6 feet away.

In recent tests they found people couldn't tell the difference between good quality 720p & 1080p material when viewed on a 48" TV 6' away. They also discovered that people couldn't tell the difference between good 480-525p DVD material & HD 720p material sitting 10' away from a 48" TV.

The quality of the material being played, the hardware or software playing it, the scalers (they have to be scaled to fit your screen), & the TV/monitor panel you're viewing it on are much more important than the highest resolution possible. The stuff with the biggest numbers & price tags at the highest resolution does not always mean the best picture.

You can get the best, newest HD camera out there, but if you put on  the wrong lens, crappy lens, dirty lens, or defective lens,  or don't know how to use the camera, you might get a better picture with an old 1980s decent quality VHS camcorder.

Anywho, most of my online streaming video is highly compressed or only SVCD to DVD resolution. They'll look fine sitting back a few feet from most big screens, or watching on smaller monitors & portable devices. More than half our users & readers are on portable devices with screens only 3.5" to 14.5".

It's probably not very good for your eyes to be sitting just a couple feet from a 26" or more screen anyway.

Enjoy the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSas6mYn7zQ

Previous New Years video (mostly from New Zealand, Australia, & E. Asia):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8OueMuPLCw

Related Photo gallery: http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?topic=1377.0

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More movies & shows added Feb. 10
« Reply #89 on: February 10, 2018, 04:51:11 AM »
We're currently running 76 movies, 231 TV shows, & over 200 music feeds/mixes 11-90 minutes long at Betty's. That's almost 300 hours of movies & TV. And that doesn't even include everything on our 2 youtube channels, clips or shorts hosted by us in posts, & links to others free movies, shows, & videos. Who needs cable or satellite if you got Betties?

I've added a new gay & CD movie that Andy recommended here:
http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?topic=1379.0

It's in the Movie section in our private viewing area for our members only.
http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?board=7.0

I've added the rest of the most recent episodes of the new Star Trek series. There's 1 more episode of the first season left to air. Season 2 isn't expected until 2019!

I've added the rest of the first Season of the Orville. Season 2 begins some time in the last half of 2018.

I've added the rest of the most recent episodes of Young Sheldon. I'm guessing this first season will continue with new episodes until April or May.

I've added the remaining seasons of the Big Bang, including this year's episodes so you don't have to wait for your favorite episode to re-run to see them or if you missed the new episodes. The last 2 years of the series are unavailable in some regions, states, & countries, or don't re-run there. We expect this year's episodes to continue until April or May.

They're in our TV section at our TV section for our members.
http://pearlcorona.org/betties/index.php?board=9.0
Memberships & everything at Betty's is totally free.

But please, we really need you to donate more than ever as my health has gotten significantly worse.

It's taking up all my finances, time, & energy to deal with it all. I had to borrow tons of money just for life saving stuff & an oxygen machine just to stay alive.

Please help. Please donate to keep Betty's around another month, season, or year. We need you now more than ever to pull through to a better day.


 

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