DVD and teaching practice

Oksana Dykyj (oksana@vax2.concordia.ca)
Thu, 22 May 1997 11:55:16 +0000 (HELP)

Peter M. Nichols' _Home Video_ New York Times column from May 16th quotes
Douglas Pratt, the editor of The Laser Disk Newsletter as saying, "If I had
a choice of watching a movie on laser or DVD, I'd choose DVD," but he goes
on to claim, "For studying a movie, I'd still choose laser. There are a lot
of compromises in DVD that make breaking the movie down difficult. For speed
of manipulation, ease of scanning back and forth to reach a specific scene,
or to analyze cuts and movement and pacing, where you're breaking apart how
a film works, I'd prefer laser disk."

This is the first mention I hear about potential problems in skipping around
from section to section and using close analysis functions. Has anyone
experienced any of the problems Pratt mentions? This could be the deciding
factor in near future purchase decisions for Film Studies.

Oksana Dykyj Tel: 514-848-3443
Head, Visual Media Resources Fax: 514-848-3441
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