11 Oct 2003 jdybnis   » (Apprentice)

Damn those Red Dots

I just saw Kill Bill. It was excellent. But damn, those Red Dots pissed me off! For those who aren't aware yet, many new movies coming out contain brief flashes of Red Dots, randomly placed, every few minutes. The theory is, these Red Dots will foul up video encoders like DivX, thus making the movies harder to pirate. What pisses me off is that 1) this is completely boneheaded from a technical perspective. Anyone with half a clue can see that this won't do squat to stop pirates. The encoders will work around the problem in the next versions. And the movie studios can't create new problems, because there is a limit to how messed up the picture can get before people stop going to see them. 2) the Dots are already totally distracting; they are visible even when you're not looking for them.

The Red Dots must have been put on the movie after production, like when the prints were being made for the theaters. I cannot believe that Tarantino or anyone with creative control of Kill Bill has watched a reel with the Red Dots in place. If they had, they would never have let it go out to the public. The Red Dots are even flashing during the scenes that are in black and white.

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