Re: DVD and teaching practice

Susan Weber (
Thu, 22 May 1997 16:10:01 -0700 (PDT)

Since I have not used a DVD or seen a demo, I was unaware of the
inability to jump to a particular scene. However, in Video magazaine,
I read a review of the Sony machine which is State of the Art and it,
too made mention that this ability was not easy in DVD technology.


Susan Weber, Media Librarian e-mail:
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On Thu, 22 May 1997, Oksana Dykyj wrote:

> 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.
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