Green Hills Software Products Installation Guide (GHS License Package) Green Hills Software Products Installation Guide (GHS License Package) Document Rev 2.7 (Updated: Apr 19, 2013) # IG-1212E This document explains the steps to install product It is divided into the following each parts. INDEX: Explains the attections of any host.: Explains the notice to install Linux host products.: Explains the notice to install UNIX host products.: Explains the notice to install Windows host products. Release information on this product is stored in HTML format under info/ in the directory where the package is installed. Be sure to read it carefully with your web browser. A special file is also stored into info/ so that you can refer the product name and product version.
This file consists of the output from gversion for each file prepared in the package. ( gversion outputs the last modified date even for such a non-executable file as library or source code, as well as the output from 'ls -l'.) The last six-digit number in the file name indicates the release number of the product. (Example) ide-XXX-080000.lst; IDE for XXX Release 8.0.0 Moreover, a template file used for technical support by e-mail can be found under info/. You can use it to contact us for a technical communication. Common attention Attention when upgrading from previous version.
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(Rev 1.5) GHSlm (Green Hills License Manager) can be configured through web interface and uses port 80 by default. If web server is working on your server host, it may be a trouble because the www port (port 80) may be used and overlaps with GHSlm listen port.
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• Then driver install will be started. • If 'The best driver software for your device is already installed' windows appears, once remove current driver software (as below) and then update the driver. • Launch 'Device Manager', right-click 'Pandora Key' and select 'Uninstall'. • 'Confirm Device Uninstall' window appears, select the 'Delete the driver software for this device.' Checkbox, then click 'OK'.
• If driver uninstall is completed, open 'Device Manager' window again, click 'Scan for hardware changes.' Button, or remove the USB dongle and re-insert it to USB port. • Repeat from item 2 above. • In 'Update Driver Software' window, if message 'Windows has successfully updated your driver software.' And 'Pandora Key' are appeard, driver install is successful.
• Then open 'Device Manager' again, confirm 'USB Keys - Pandora Key' is successfully detected.
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A not very amused Reine Margot. Just kidding. I do think Maleficarum has proven a Significant Event in the world of GIMP in general and the forum in particular. It has spawned discussions, poll questions, debates and complaints.
It has kept things lively.(.) There might actually even be someone who has not heard of Maleficarum before this, and has yet to make up his (or her) mind about it. The forum has a moderately dynamic readership. That said, I do think we all pretty much know what the regular forum posters each think about Maleficarum.
From our end, it appears that a lot of people just made up their minds, or were waiting for the right moment, or just found out about Maleficarum. As a matter of fact we're seeing a lot of newbies buying Maleficarum, and what's very interesting is that after they do that, they start buying other titles.
Some get enthusiastic enough that within a week or two buy everything we have. Sinking up to 1000 dollars in a month. Those are the exception to the rule, of course, if we saw one of those every month, it would be kind of crazy in a good way. We don't see a slowdown on sales of Maleficarum yet. That's not normal for us. When we release a new title, it's hot for a couple of weeks to a month, then it slows down but it never stops. Maleficarum did not slowdown yet.
And it's been three months! JJ predicted that it would slow down after we reached certain high point. We passed that high point a while ago and it's still going strong. What that tells us is that not all who wanted to buy it bought it. They are buying as I type this and hopefully they will continue to do so for the months to come. I'm always surprised when someone new comes across Red Feline on the Cross and writes to us saying Oh, I just discover your site and got RFOC.
It's awesome! Red Feline on the Cross has been out there for 14 years! So, we hope that people will come across Maleficarum for the next 50 years.
Maybe our grand children will re-release Maleficarum in the high end super high 3D format of the future. I love the Significant Event in the world in general and the forum in particular comment. For us the release of Maleficarum has become a truly significant event and we're very, very happy for that. Renzo Novatore ' there is no sleazy, and it's not a fetish bondage film; but a drama of two women who are willing to die for each other.' That's disappointing news! Do not be confused. Maleficarum is not exactly a fetish bondage film, but it has a lot of bondage, torture and all that which is considered fetish.
But it's within a plot. No reason to be disappointed. What's a fetish bondage film anyway? Any film with bondage in it? A film with ONLY bondage? When does a film become a fetish bondage film?
And it's NOT CONSENSUAL. It's not like the Inquisitor came to Mariana and Francisca and said. 'Hi girls, I'd love to torture you' and they said 'Oh, yummy, go ahead big boy' YikYakker Maleficarum is a movie that - as a conservative guess - is about 80% pure GIMPage.
Maleficarum, as you all know by now, unless you went hiding under a rock to wait for the end of the world, is a full GIMP movie. A Canadian: I do think it's pretty cool to have a mainstream producer responding on the forum (I mean a 'real' mainstream producer, not Bill Zebub). A real mainstream producer? What is a real mainstream producer? How many credits does a 'real' mainstream producer has to have under his belt or in IMDB, to name one place, to be considered a 'real' mainstream producer?
Is that an off hand comment to belittle some producers I know? Like Amy Hesketh, who produced Maleficarum and has three mainstream films produced? Or Jac Avila who has been producing since the 80's for large film and television companies such as National Geographic, the National Film Board of Canada and Channel Four in England?
Jac was featured in magazines dedicated to mainstream cinema such as Cahiers Du Cinema, Variety and many others. He also participated of mainstream film festivals all over the world, both as guest with his movies and even as part of juries. And to top it, at least one of his films is in the permanent exhibit collection of some European museums, such as the Warsaw Modern Art museum. So, I ask, again. What's a 'real' mainstream producer? Or is a mainstream producer one that works in L.A./Hollywood only?
Just letting off some steam on the first days of the year because we're beginning the crazy time of producing another REAL mainstream movie. Maybe not 80% Gimp, but a lot, a whole lot of Gimp.
Renzo Novatore Maleficarum looks pretty good, but it's way too expensive currently for my tastes. I mean, I could technically afford it, but I generally don't spend that much on entertainment. Again the issue of the cost of our work.
What should we charge? In a free market economy, a producer of goods, entertainment or otherwise, sets the prices based on the cost of making the goods and what could be a nice profit, right?
I see in places like J&R in New York that a lot of Hollywood movies go from as little as 9.99 to 25 dollars. Now, those movies cost a pretty penny to make, with stars that charge as much as 20,000,000 dollars to look pretty in those movies. But they have a world wide market of millions and millions of people.
Recently, a comedian we like a lot,, released a one hour program of his live show at the Beacon in NY for 5 dollars. It's in mp4 form, no hassle.
In two weeks he made 2 million dollars. So, millions of people like his show and rushed to buy it. For us it's a different story. We have a following, but not of millions of people. If that were the case we would be so rich right now that probably we would hire people to appear in forums.
We have to price our movies according to what we believe we can charge to recover costs and make some little money in the process. And that is pretty much what happens.
We're getting ambitious in the way we produce now. We want to be Truly Independent Filmmakers. We don't want to go knocking on doors for funds, to cut down and censor our scripts to please potential funders and then to hear from people that 'That movie is too fucked up to see the light of day'. JJ had some really good scripts that fell through the cracks because he wouldn't compromise what he wanted to do.
Actually, it was after one such experience that he said Fuck'em. I remember that day. It was September 15th of 1997, he called me and Beto (the inquisitor) to a meeting and he said: 'I'm going back to NY and build something different, something that won't need any ass to tell me what to do'. And off he went, taking Camille and me with him to create Red Feline Pictures.
We had to work a few years for this to happen. But we did it. And a few years later we are all together again producing. It was at that point that JJ decided to build his own audience, one person at a time, to make the movies he wanted to make.
Now we're free to make the movies we want to make, the way we want to make them and we're not afraid of critics, or off hand comments, or to become infamous for our work. And we want an audience that want to see what we have to offer. We're not interested in people who do not want to see our films.
No one is obligated to see anything, or spend a penny on anything at all. We know that there are people out there who want to see our work. We see our small market growing, particularly since Maleficarum.
That was the best move we made. Hopefully that outreach will grow and eventually, we will reach millions of people with a taste for what we do and who actually want to pay to see our work. Then we'll price our movies accordingly. In the meantime we're extremely grateful that we found enough people who value our work and are willing to pay what we set as the price, so we can continue producing. And we're even more impressed that some individuals came to us, in two occasions and said.
Here, I'll give you some cash to help you make that movie. You know who you are, wink, wink. You all know who one of them is.
We're encouraged by the support of people, individuals, who say. Yes, I'm buying this movie because I love it. People who appreciate what we do and then take the trouble to let us know how they feel about it. It's just wonderful and truly satisfying. As far as rentals. They cost money.
We do it and we're happy for the little that we make with each rental. We have seen very, very few people that rent and then buy.
Renters are renters, buyers are buyers. But we're seeing some renters buying Maleficarum, they don't want to wait. It's a good thing that there are a lot more buyers. That brings the bread to the table of all those people that work with us. We also consider our people. They share in the income, on top of their salaries.
The more a film makes, the better life they have. They have families and obligations like everyone and this is what they do for a living. They are full time people who put their all in this. And some of them, like Amy, Mila, Vero, Camille, put their image, their bodies, everything in this, so they deserve the best of the best. That's what we believe. It's the principle that makes this work. I hope I don't sound like I'm whining, but sometimes I need to react and say what I think.
That's not an issue, right? There's a whole new world of filmmaking now. One that doesn't need third parties who control everything to reach the public. That was the discovery we made, along with a lot of people, when the Internet exploded into the world.
This kind of exchange between us, the independent, truly independent, real producers and you, our real audience. This was not easy, or even possible before, but now it's the way to go. We are our producers, we are our distributors, we do it all and we reach our audience by our means, one on one, which makes perfect sense. It's a brave and exciting new world for filmmakers, I hope it lasts. Margot Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 - 06:36:41 PM Name: A Canadian Homepage URL: Travis Lee wrote: The BEST aoh whipping scene belongs to. I may have to check that one out. The Ralphus Awards did raise an interesting point.
When it comes to Japanese porn producers, I'm not sure we pay as much attention to CineMagic as perhaps we should. MeetThePryz is more of an Attackers guy, I'm all over the map (but favor Attackers), and others like Elkcreek and Dr.
Yuya are into Giga and similar companies. But you don't hear much about the CineMagic films. One of the challenges with that company's films is it is difficult to tell from the DVD covers if the movies are nonconsensual ( And I consider movies where a woman is fantasizing about rape and torture to be consensual. It's her dream, dammit.). Still, the company does produce some stuff that is clearly intended to look nonconsensual. It would be interesting to know if others have any CineMagic recommendations. By the way, Travis, it's good to hear from you.
I hope you noticed Ralphus has added some video caps to the reviews of some of your most important movies, such as. ----- Reine Margot wrote: Is that an off hand comment to belittle some producers I know? I'm not the subtle type. If I want to take a shot at someone, I do it directly. The only belittling in my original post was aimed at one person:. Although maybe I need to reconsider, as it appears Jesus Christ: The Total Douchebag won unanimous approval at its advance screening.
Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 - 07:13:35 PM Name: John Galt Reine Margot: I personally think it is great news that Maleficarum has had such a tremendously positive impact on Red Feline. I hope it really puts you on the map, so to speak. I absolutely love your long and information-filled updates on the forum, as well as your boundless enthusiasm and passion.
It is also nice the way you reply to specific people and comments. It makes the forum more like a spirited dialog than a series of one-off comments.
It makes it more of a community. A community of engaged and involved individuals with vastly differing opinions and tastes who compare and contrast the various aspects of GIMPness on a continuing basis. A community of loosely like-minded enthusiasts just like everyone else. Only, you know, slightly different and in most cases carefully sub-rosa. When I read A Canadian's 'mainstream producer' line I thought of producers who stick to what is safe and vanilla for the most part.
I pictured producers who take few chances that would alienate a mainstream audience, or more importantly mainstream moneylenders. I don't know that that is what he meant, but that was my interpretation. Michael Goi works on 'tween TV series and seemed to me to protest too much that he was making a 'message movie' and even said, to my way of thinking, that he had no intention of making a movie that appealed to GIMPers even though he appreciated the attention.
It was a skillful phrase that managed to carefully avoid damning us with faint praise. I don't expect any more daring GIMPish movies from him because he is definitely 'mainstream' by my definition. I don't see 'mainstream' as having higher production values, or more professional casts and crew, or really anything that sets it apart as superior. It is just a safer production, designed to make as few waves as possible while making as much money as possible. That's why I only went to see two movies in all of 2011.
Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 - 08:53:12 PM Name: A Canadian Homepage URL: John Galt wrote: I don't know that that is what he meant, but that was my interpretation. If it helps, I'll explain what my comment about the 'mainstream producer' meant.
If you go through the list of to the forum, you will see that almost every person on the list is either a producer or star of adult films, or a graphic artist who creates erotic material. Even Jane von Detlefson is listed as a bondage actress/producer ( and that description was written by Ralphus, not me).
The only exception on the list is, um, Bill Zebub. To the best of my knowledge at the time ( and I didn't make any effort to check), Michael Goi is known for mainstream works, not porn or adult fare. That makes him somewhat unique as a notable guest to this forum, and that was all I was getting. At the risk of sounding shallow, there was no deeper context to my Dec. And you won't get a message from Satan if you read my words backwards. Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 - 10:06:54 PM Name: A Canadian Oh.
Maybe the people who made and starred in 'Cut' were supposed to be mainstream filmmakers. I'm not sure. Tuesday, January 3rd 2012 - 10:17:02 PM Name: Reine Margot Homepage URL. A relatively short post by Reine Margot. For the definition of relative you may refer to Einstein. I read A Canadian post backwards and I didn't find any hidden message from Satan.
That much is true. And I didn't take offence at the mainstream producers comment. I just needed to make a bit of clarification to make me feel a bit better in these so tense days before the start of a huge production. Once upon a time I was at a film festival that was making a difference between Celluloid cinema (35mm) and Digital Cinema. Of course I had to raise a stink. What kind of segregation of a movie was that? Even having separate screening locations, like Digital Cinema was sent to a movie ghetto or something.
I made the point then that an artist wasn't a better or lesser artist if she or he used oil or water color or acrylic or cow feces to make a painting. Or if she, or he used a stone, a wall, a tree, a woman's naked body as a canvas. Art is art, cinema is cinema. But I like John Galt's definition: producers who stick to what is safe and vanilla for the most part. I pictured producers who take few chances that would alienate a mainstream audience, or more importantly mainstream moneylenders. Another definition could be that a mainstream producer is that shy guy that sweats when checking a script and fears the consequences if he produces such piece.
Even if it's totally awesome. Another definition could be that a mainstream producer is the one that makes millions of dollars from millions of people who go to see his movies because he spent millions in advertising. That would eliminate Bill Zebub. But Adult movies. Can they be 'mainstream'?
The question of the ages. To me, movies are movies, plain and simple. If we start counting the times we see genitals to define them as porn, or adult, or dirty.
Then we're limiting ourselves. I've seen some work that is considered 'adult' and porn which actually is a work of art. Pichard comes to mind. And I've seen a lot of Hollywood rubbish.
Ah, and I was changing channels here down under and I came across a show that was being advertised. 'Princesitas' a sort of tiny misses contest with 5 year old beauties.
If that's not kiddie porn. There are plenty of movies that I particularly find totally gross and even offensive. But that's me.
Some news reports from Fox News, for instance, gross and offensive fiction. But that's me.;) So. Is Maleficarum porn? So far we passed the test of the not-porn regulations of many self appointed 'legitimate' places. Is it fetish? So far most fans of Red Feline love it to death. So we passed the test as well.
In my soul of souls I say yes, it is. It's a work of art and very beautiful too.
I don't need anyone to tell me it is or it is not a work of art. Are we mainstream? I don't really care, mainstream is a copout definition that is less clear as time goes. We live a time of atomization where people are no longer being led as one mass to one movie theatre to see one film or where there are only 3 TV networks to choose from. Now we have hundreds of channels to surf, most of them a pile of crap, but at least there's a choice of crap now, and millions of sites in the Internet with the highest variety of work ever in the human race and at all costs and even free.
We're bombarded daily with spam that carry the words women, hot, sassy, etc and etc. The Internet as a whole is one work of fantastic performance art, chaotic, beautiful. And in total freedom. Oooops, my short post has just gone over to medium length. Jac was invited by a professor of film and literature at a university in Connecticut to show Martyr.
He's the one person that appreciate the movie at its fullest. He's an scholar that knew about St Eulalia a whole lot and could see how the representation of Camille doing Eulalia was well researched and grounded even how she interpreted St Eulalia as she's described in old manuscripts.
Well spoken, beautiful and awfully independent. All the students that watched the movie were in his class, but the professor warned JJ that they were not like the NYU film students. They actually didn't know much about films. The students were a mixed bag, men, women, young, not so young, even older than that. Jac asked the students, after the screening, to write their comments on the movie and pass them to the professor. The professor sent him an email with all the comments. Of the 30+ students 20 wrote back.
19 thought it was porn, one wrote an actual intelligent critique praising the movie. One illuminated person in the entire class. We're no longer sensitive to definitions. People can justifiably say that we do porn, even with Maleficarum. People will be totally right if they say that we do art. I could say that we do artistic porn or pornographic art. I can soften that by saying that we do erotic art, which is an elegant way of saying we do dirty pictures.
The truth is that we do all of the above and in the same movie. One thing we're sure off. We do what we love for people that love what we do.
Margot Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 12:10:24 AM Name: Scribbler Homepage URL: Above are some definitions to mull over. I don't think anyone in the notable guests page are mainstream producers. They're all low budget to no budget, independent filmmakers. And there's nothing wrong with that!
Jason Whitman (aka John Blakemore) being one of my personal favorites. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 12:39:30 AM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: A Canadian wrote: There may very well be a few stragglers who haven't checked into the forum in months and are only now learning about Maleficarum. But we have no idea who those people are (if they exist) and I don't know why we would care about them. That's not my view at all.
Remember you were new to this forum at one time. John Galt and YikYakker have only been here 3 years. Fritz only a couple of years. I'm just naming the ones who are fairly visible. We do get new people here all the time. 5 years ago we averaged around 600 hits a day.
By last year we had doubled that to 1249. In the first 3 days of this year, we're averaging well over 1500 hits. This site is more popular every year and unless it's the same old people stopping by multiple times, those new people do exist and I do care about them. Most we'll never hear from but you never know which of those newbies might turn out to a regular contributor. At the very least, I hope they have a good time when they stop by and enjoy what we can offer. If they find out about good movies based on this site, I'll have accomplished my goal. That's why we have the archives and the reviews saved because stuff scrolls off every day.
I always get a kick out someone saying they are new here and they've been reading the archives and discovered this or that. You also wrote: I'm not the subtle type. If I want to take a shot at someone, I do it directly. The only belittling in my original post was aimed at one person: (Bill Zebub).
Although maybe I need to reconsider, as it appears Jesus Christ: The Total Douchebag won unanimous approval at its advance screening. Jesus Christ: The Total Douchebag? That's typical of Zebub, a guy who goes out of his way to give his stuff outrageous titles designed to create controversy, but who possesses only a thimbleful of talent and doesn't really 'get' his audience or even make an attempt to.
When he was a regular here he liked to portray himself as a visionary artist but everybody saw right through him, and his films have been consistently awful. The past few years, I've given him a derisive tribute by naming the worst film of the year after him. When a movie gets the Bill Zebub Award, that's the sign that it's a real stinker.
Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 01:03:08 AM Name: A Canadian Scribbler wrote: I don't think anyone in the notable guests page are mainstream producers. I stand corrected. I was using 'mainstream' to refer to people who aren't making 'adult' content but it clearly has a more specific meaning. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 01:10:38 AM Name: Greg E-mail address: Reine Margot said 'People can justifiably say that we do porn, even with Maleficarum. People will be totally right if they say that we do art. I could say that we do artistic porn or pornographic art.'
This is always a very difficult one to define because in truth it is totally subjective and to a most extraordinary and extreme extent too. To me, most straight thinking people would find pictures of people having been truly murdered, hanged or beheaded disturbing.
I have encountered such sights surfing dubious areas of the net and they have left me feeling not sick, not even disturbed exactly, but certainly disquieted. I mean an extraordinarily vile picture of two heads, both with penises in their mouths. Now it may have been a fake, but it was intended to be taken as real. Why would somebody want to see such a vile sight? I stand in support of no censorship, I feel I am big enough and ugly enough to say for myself whether I want to see something or not and that includes the above.
The thing that puzzles me is that there may be people that DO want to see such horrors. Now surely by any definition, that's horror and that's pornographic voyeurism of the most base kind. However, if it floats anybodies boat.then that's their problem. But beyond that, the definition of what is porn and not will be very subtle. There are those that would have it that the Story of 'O' was porn. In fact I would set it as more of an art film.
Yes it had a great deal of gimp interest, but it was shot in an extraordinarily evocative and beautiful way. Even the soundtrack was superb when viewing the onscreen events. From beginning to end an art film.to me!
Texas Chainsaw Massacre was to me porn. It dealt with the ugly side of plainly wanting to maim and kill purely for the sake of it. No raison d'etre, no point in the story beyond 'they're going to die' to my mind garbage. Yet there were many that applauded the film.
It left me cold, bored and just a little sick. So is a film that depicts graphic torture porn? Like for instance 'The Passion of the Christ'.
I found the torture scene in that really pretty appalling. The only caveat I could put on that is disturbingly, I don't think I would have had it been a women being scourged. So like beauty, porn and art are in the eye of the beholder. They are always changing and often very subtly.
Even a single individual can be puzzled by what they consider art on the one hand and porn on the other without a readily identifiable distinction between the two. It may be no more than this I like it so it's art, maybe even porn art, but has merit despite or because of that. This I don't like so it's pure porn and turns me off.
From what I have seen and indeed have read about Maleficarum, it goes way beyond the mere torture of two women. Of course it has graphic depictions of those events and glory be for that, but it also deals with the love of the two victims for each other and to some extent I imagine, the socio-political inertia that would let two innocents suffer as they did. So now we are back to the passion of the Christ again. As I said, it's very subjective and nothing more.
Nobody can be fully right or wrong on such a point. Greg Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 03:49:59 AM Name: Renzo Novatore 'Again the issue of the cost of our work. What should we charge? In a free market economy, a producer of goods, entertainment or otherwise, sets the prices based on the cost of making the goods and what could be a nice profit, right?' Hey you guys can charge whatever you want, I don't pretend to know what your operating costs are.
All I'm saying is that it's a little on the expensive side for my tastes. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 09:35:26 AM Name: A Canadian Ralphus wrote: Wow. That's not my view at all. Remember you were new to this forum at one time.
Perhaps my point wasn't clear. I'm not saying the site shouldn't be welcoming to newcomers. My point was I don't think it makes sense to drag out a discussion that we feel has run its course because we think some lurkers are only just discovering the topic (remember, my comments were in response to John Galt's point about discussions being rehashed over and over).
The problem is we don't know what the lurkers are interested in. Maybe it's Maleficarum. Maybe the new lurkers have just discovered ZFX and Lisa Kinkaid. Maybe they're interested in learning more about Yuma Asami. Or they want to read MeetThePryz's updates on Attackers movies. I do think people have had plenty of time to learn about Maleficarum.
If we want the site to be welcoming to newcomers, my recommendation would be to keep the discussions lively. And that's something that's determined by the people who post comments, not the lurkers. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 09:36:26 AM Name: Renzo Novatore 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre was to me porn. It dealt with the ugly side of plainly wanting to maim and kill purely for the sake of it. No raison d'etre, no point in the story beyond 'they're going to die' to my mind garbage. Yet there were many that applauded the film.
It left me cold, bored and just a little sick.' What Texas Chainsaw Massacre did you see, because The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has little on-screen violence, and what is shown is not meant to 'titillate' the viewer. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 09:38:20 AM Name: John Galt Following up on Greg's and Reine Margot's comments--and I might have said this before--but 'pornography' and 'porn' are pejorative terms for erotica. The term was invented in Victorian England.
Erotica has generally been viewed as art, although certainly there have been philistines who denigrated erotica as well. In fact, we have extended the pejorative meaning of the word 'porn' by now referring to 'torture porn,' meaning torture that is beyond the pale, in the opinion of the speaker. I wholeheartedly concur that the despicable Passion of the Christ was a film only crazy-ass religious freaks could possibly enjoy, or GIMPers who frequent the pages. (There's an entire theme exploring the mental health and psychological balance of 'religious' people who faithfully and enthusiastically worship an icon depicting the brutal agony of a man crucified on a cross day in and day out, but I won't go there. I like GIMP because it turns me on. I shudder to think what pleasure crucifix worshippers derive from the image.) Using the word 'porn' is a de facto admission of.
Complicity, for lack of a better word. Porn is erotica (or violence, or torture) that someone, somewhere doesn't like. I am a big fan of GIMP erotica. Like Greg, I would also have been less put off by a scene identical to the scourging in Passion of the Christ instead featuring a hot naked female. I'm not sure I would have been completely enamored with the scene, since I am not that into torture, but it would have been more palatable.
I would have derived some perverse GIMPish pleasure in seeing it. What did the moviegoers who watched Passion of the Christ derive from that scene? That might come closer to my definition of 'pornography.' * * * * * Renzo Novatore: Wow. It has been a while since I saw the original 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I have vivid memories of a girl being thrust onto a meathook hanging from the ceiling, and the disembowling of a guy in a wheelchair with a chainsaw, just to name two scenes of on-screen violence.
It was a masterpiece of horror film making, and I agree with you that it was not titillating, although I could argue that there was some phallic imagery in the meathook-impaling scene. But that might just be me. * * * * * A Canadian: Boy, you just refuse to stop talking about Maleficarum, don't you? I think we should just move on to other topics, you know, to keep the discussions lively. I think rehashing the rehashing of Maleficarum has gone on too long.
That's all I hear. AAAAaaaahhhhhh!;-) * * * * * The second series of the BBC's aired earlier this week and introduced Irene Adler (played by the beguiling Lara Pulver). As a professional dominatrix. Irene Adler was an actress in the original Arthur Conan Doyle short story, 'A Scandal in Bohemia,' which I suppose at that time was just as scandalous. Sadly, we just get to see her briefly wielding a whip as she walks into a room where she has a female member of the Royal Family tied spreadeagled to a bed, and then fully nude for her initial meeting with Sherlock Holmes. Not much on the GIMP scale, but then you shouldn't expect much for a show airing in a non post-watershed time slot. I understand the nude scenes have already resulted in angry calls to the BBC.
Come on, people. She was discretely covered up. You Brits are staring to sound like. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 11:11:04 AM Name: Greg E-mail address: Renzo Novatore wrote 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) has little on-screen violence.' After seeing the guy hanging on a meat hook and struggling to extricate himself from his dlilemma.
I lost interest. If there was little on-screen violence in the film. I must have seen it all or certainly enough for me!! Greg Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 01:07:03 PM Name: A Canadian Homepage URL: John Galt wrote: Boy, you just refuse to stop talking about Maleficarum, don't you?
I think we should just move on to other topics, you know, to keep the discussions lively. I think rehashing the rehashing of Maleficarum has gone on too long. That's all I hear. Yeah, I just can't seem to shut up about it. ----- The 'mainstream' thing: In the section, CUT is listed as a 'mainstream' movie. Assuming the film wasn't put out by a major studio, it looks like Ralphus may need to join me in Scribbler's remedial English class.
Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 03:55:45 PM Name: Bill K. Question for Jane and or Margot is there a Film festival in the USA like Telluride or Sundance Film Festival, which are held yearly, that adult type Maleficarum and other Red Feline films can be profile (shown) and if there is do you guys have any plans to go show Maleficarum and other Red Feline movies at any these film festivals? Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 06:40:31 PM Name: Sung Homepage URL: Sung's Chair-Tied Movie! Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 09:53:16 PM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: Sloth: It kinda got lost in a flood of posts, but I enjoyed the waterboarding clip.
My sediments echo the top rated comment on the video: 'Did you have to use such a hot girl for this? She looks so good bound, I'm now all for waterboarding.'
---------------- A Canadian wrote: The 'mainstream' thing: In the Movie Reviews section, CUT is listed as a 'mainstream' movie. Assuming the film wasn't put out by a major studio, it looks like Ralphus may need to join me in Scribbler's remedial English class. You're absolutely right; according to Scribbler's definition page it's more like an Independent film, or in this case, a 'No budget film'.
I wrote in my review that it's clearly a student film. Unfortunately, there's really no classification for independent films so I felt it worked best under Mainstream. BTW, as the years go by, this film keeps getting better and better in comparison to almost everything else I see. It's this hidden little gem that practically no one has seen, but it has a sense of meanness that you just don't find in movies anymore. ---------------- Sung's Chair-Tied Movie: There you go! She mmmppphhs! Good to finally see video; she's a very sexy captive.
But 30 seconds? You're still teasing us.
You need to make it longer next time. More struggling, more fun. The longer, the better.
---------------- Totally off-topic, but my computer monitor just went bad and I had to replace it with a widescreen one. It's just so darn large (20 inches) it's like going to a theatre and sitting in the front row, since I'm just a foot or two away from it.
The text is stretched out so it looks unnatural. Pictures look weird, e-mail looks weird, the site looks weird. I think I made a big mistake buying this.
Anybody else prefer the old-fashioned 4:3 aspect ratio of the standard monitors? Everything is all widescreen in the stores. I don't think widescreen is necessary for the Internet unless you're watching movies or gaming, of which I do almost none. I mainly read. Am I alone here in my disdain for this widescreen gimmick?
Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 10:15:14 PM Name: johnsmart Homepage URL: Sloth, I just want to thank you for the link you posted and which I have reshared. Not only does it feature an attractive damsel acting like she's being waterboarded, the video echoes a sentiment which I agree with. So, thank you again. Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 10:57:41 PM Name: MrAnthony E-mail address: Ralphus, if you replaced your 4:3 monitor with a 16:9 monitor, you also need to adjust your screen resolution as well, or you will experience the screen weirdness you describe. With a Windows-based computer, just right-click on the desktop and adjust your display or if it's installed, use the video card driver software.
Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 12:05:54 AM Name: Fritz Poll: Oh lord. Just what I need at the beginning of the year - a reminder of all the money I've blown and continue to blow on this, um.
Honestly, if you add it up over the past four decades, I'm sure it's enough to buy a house in Belgium. But despite some boner purchases and being downright ripped off on a few occasions, I can't say I regret it. Some people collect stamps; I collect GIMP merchandise. But unlike that of the stamp collectors, my investment does more than satisfy my acquisitive nature, if you get my meaning.
I have to chuckle a bit when I read how some folks consider a $40 or $50 DVD too expensive for this sort of thing. Am I the only one who was around in the mid 1980's buying VHS tapes for $70 to $100? Yes, that is twice the price of today's premium DVDs, adding in 25 years of inflation, for a far less specialized product of much lower quality. I remember spending over $400 in some long-gone sleaze box on 42 nd Street for five Gold Star videos (anyone else remember those? - I still have mine). I rarely got to Manhattan back then, and you'd never find this stuff in Canada in those days, so after nervously smuggling my treasure through customs, I thought I made out like a bandit.
Nowadays, $100 barely covers a dinner for two and I earn seven times what I did in 1985, so dropping four sawbucks on a solid GIMP video seems like a steal. Still, I try to be selective, not because I'm counting pennies, but because I hate to be disappointed, no matter how much I spend. I do take risks though, and in a way that's half the fun. Stumbling across an unexpected gem makes up for a dozen turkeys. So how much do I spend now?
I don't really keep track, but between site memberships, PPV downloads and DVD purchases, I probably shell out $150 a week. However, that does not include purchasing custom videos and artwork commissions. That comes to another $3000 to $4000 per year. So I guess the grand total is around $10K annually. In the words of the great Charlie Sheen: Wow, that much? I guess it really adds up! * * * * * Semantics: I can't imagine anyone coming up with a definitive definition (is that redundant?) of 'mainstream'.
I suppose it all depends on what stream you're in. If you're trickling down the gutter of a back alley, I guess Cripple Creek may seem mainstream. But the Hudson River is an also-ran when compared to the Mississippi. In other words, any film not produced primarily for a GIMP audience, whether independent, foreign or no-budget, will seem mainstream to the GIMP community when compared to output from ZFX, Powershotz and PKF. On the other hand, these films are considered to be niche features when compared to anything starring Tom Cruise. Porn or adult offerings are a bit easier to classify, I believe.
If the main objective of the film is to sexually arouse the viewer, I think it's safe to say it fits the bill. * * * * * Pic(s) of the Day: Some time ago, Scribbler wrote about a picture I posted: There's one image I could've gone my whole life without seeing. At last, I can share the sentiment. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 01:37:49 AM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: Homepage URL: John Galt: Porn is erotica (or violence, or torture) that someone, somewhere doesn't like. I'm not sure I agree.
I see erotica as being more deliberately artistic (use of shadows or colors in painting; use of filters or other effects in film) than porn. Chester 5000 (see URL), robot fucking a woman in a Vivid film is porn. We might argue about the edges of erotica and porn, but I don't think it's safe to say that 'porn is erotica I don't like'. (And no matter what the subject is, you can ALWAYS find someone, somewhere who doesn't like it.) Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 03:05:10 AM Name: Sloth johnsmart and Ralphus - glad you guys enjoyed that little clip - happens to be a message I also agree with for what that's worth. Ralphus - as you know I'm also a big fan of 'Cut' - still make it a once a month view and yes, it holds up very well.
Fritz - no, you are not the only one who used to shell out that kind of money on 70's and 80's VHS - I must have hundreds of them in storage and no clue what to do with them - will probably have to donate them to the All Things Gimp Museum. John Galt - 'Porn is erotica..' - score 3 pointer for the H.L.
Mencken reference - what was it 'A puritan has a haunting fear that somewhere, someone might be happy' or something along those lines. Stay well all Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 09:47:07 AM Name: John Galt jhlipton: You might be right.
Language is a living, evolving thing, and words used to describe concepts are difficult to pin down. Take 'mainstream,' for example. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's famous definition of pornography, 'I know it when I see it,' is probably the most honest definition to date. That is to say, it is a largely subjective concept, depending on the observer and not some objective standard.
There is a that dates from the Second Century, BCE, that is quite a nicely done piece of art. There are any number of bestiality themed illustrations from history, an unsurprising example being the Japanese. It is possible that sex with animals was the historical equivalent of fucking robots. Who knows if the artists set out to make something deliberately artistic?
I think yes, but I have no way of knowing. I also know that there is good art and there is bad art, and the cheesier examples of pornography might just as easily be called bad art. Bad literature. Art is intended to make you feel something, though, and it is almost condescending to say that the only feelings worthwhile are non-prurient feelings. If it makes you think of yourself as a small, lost soul tossed on the tempests of time and circumstance, but valiantly striving for meaning in an impermanent and uncaring world, then it is art?
If it excites you and gives you are hard-on, it is porn? Personally, I am dissatisfied, if not annoyed, with the word pornography. It is a subjective pejorative term used to bludgeon people with different sexual appetites or sensibilities. It is wielded with careless abandon by prudes, hypocrites and publicity seekers (which is not to say the three are mutually exclusive). In fact, I may need to stop jokingly using the words 'porn' and 'pornography,' as well as 'pervert' in my own posts, just to put my money where my mouth is.
I use them in jest, or as a general catch-all term. In fact, they are loaded terms that have deeply serious sociological meanings to politicians, religionists, feminists, and self-appointed moral crusaders. To such people, pornography equals depravity, while to me, pornography equals entertainment. If 'pornography' were legally defined as depraved ( wicked, or morally corrupt), would you be comfortable admitting to enjoying pornography so defined? Do you feel that you are wicked and morally corrupt?
I hope no one reading this feels the depth of self-loathing it would take to say yes to that. Fortunately, 'pornography' is not yet defined in that manner. But you know, language is a living, evolving thing, and words used to describe concepts have a way of changing. * * * * * Sloth: Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. I had completely forgotten about that, but no doubt it was percolating in my thoughts when I wrote my line. Thanks for the social validation. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 10:44:43 AM Name: A Canadian Fritz wrote: So I guess the grand total is around $10K annually.
No wonder you have no sympathy for the renter class. I don't spend as much as I once did, as much of the Japanese stuff that I like can be found for free online ( and as I said the other day, all of my sources for Japanese films -- bought or free -- are pirated.
So my conscience is clean). But even in the days when I purchased more stuff, including some mainstream films I discovered on this site, my spending was nowhere near your annual budget. I would guess the most I probably spent in one year was about $600 to $700. In 2011, I probably spent about $300 for the year.
And much of that was because I found some used copies of ZFX films selling for $20 each, so I added to my ZFX collection. Not to worry -- the ZFX films I bought were legit. Although they were sold as 'used,' I actually think they were overflow copies from somewhere, as they were all in pristine condition. Anyway, the ZFX library is more or less complete, and I expect to spend less money this year. I wouldn't be surprised if I spend less than $100 in 2012. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 11:35:51 AM Name: Nana A truly great warrior should always know where his enemy is, for 'his' enemy will always know where he is. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 04:02:22 PM Name: Hiccup Homepage URL: Hey gang Hiccup here to report on an interesting little gem I found.
It's called They All Must Die. Despite being made in 1998 the resolution isn't that great. If I didn't know better I woulda said it was made in the mid-80's. I can't really review the whole thing because I only viewed an hour and 14 minutes of it but I'm pretty sure that's the only part worth watching. The movie starts off showing this young, liberal-minded white woman named Wendy who is an accomplished author moving into a really bad black neighborhood.
She moves there to do research on oppressed black people for her next book. It shows the local hoodrats hanging around commenting on what the fuck a white chick is doing living alone in their neighborhood. The first 30 minutes shows Wendy going about her business-jogging, interviewing black guys, writing. It also shows the black guys hanging around doing nothing and playing into the stereotype of black guys and commenting over and over again on what the fuck a white bitch is doing in their neighborhood.
There's the obligatory scene where one of them asks her out and she politely turns him down. This of course makes her less popular in the neighborhood. The action starts when three of them get her to open the door and three of them force their way in.
Bad lighting and bad cinematography show themselves as the director films them carrying her up the stairs (but it was probably a hard scene to shoot with not much room). After getting her up to her room they throw her on the bed and there's a long drawn out scene as one of the guys removes her clothes and terrorizes Wendy. Wendy of course is freaking out crying and begging them to stop. Its a surprisingly good scene and shows a lot of tits and some bush. Then of course they rape her but the sex is strictly softcore R rated but a hard R rating. Still quite good though.
Afterwards she gets up naked off the bed and staggers out of the room to the bathroom and bumps into the wall. One of the black guys tells her 'Hey bitch, don't get the wall dirty.' She climbs into the bathtub for the obligatory post-rape scene where she curls up into a fetal position, wraps her arms around herself and rocks back and forth while crying. Then the black guys take all the food out of the refrigerator and pour in on her while she's in the tub freaking out. They also pour a box of cereal or bread crumbs of some kind of shit on her. Then they leave. The rest of the movie shows Wendy taking her revenge on her attackers one after the other and that part I pretty much fast-forwarded and skimmed.
If anyone has an interest in that part of the movie let them go watch it themselves. In summary I'm amazed this movie actually got made when it did. Its definitely the most politically incorrect movie made in the last 20 years which is why there was very little distribution of it. The forced stripping scene and rape were spot on with excellent acting, humiliation and nudity.
One thing I didn't like is the director tried to make Wendy appear as a real rape victim with blood, bruises, matted hair and whatnot which made her less attractive to look. This is probably a subjective thing but I prefer rape scenes in mainstream movies than porn movies because the women are better actresses and the nonconsensual aspect is more real.
That's definitely the case with this one. I downloaded this from a rapidshare type of service which on this board cannot be named but if you're interested in getting it just search for it and you'll find it. Hiccup gives this on an A+ Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 04:32:31 PM Name: A Canadian Hiccup: Welcome back, and thanks for the great review.
I never would have imagined a film with such atrocious cover art could get that kind of grade. I'll have to look around for that film. The film's social commentary is interesting. Kind of reminds me of the scene where the junkie visits the smack dealer in Ginger.
It's probably just me, but I'm also reminded of the filmmakers' commentary on the DVD for Kentucky Fried Movie during the scene called. In the commentary, the filmmakers said the part that was just wrong was the moment when the guys respond with, 'Say what?' You have to hear the commentary.
----- Nana wrote: A truly great warrior should always know where his enemy is, for 'his' enemy will always know where he is. These digs at the people involved in mainstream movies are just too subtle for me. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 06:00:48 PM Name: Brutus Homepage URL: Hiccup: Thanks for the review. That formula may be repeated, but it will likely never go away: Woman angers scummy locals; woman gets brutally raped and humiliated; woman seeks revenge; GIMPers hit fast-forward button. For anyone wanting to buy this DVD (and to give Ralphus something to add to the bottom of the review), it's available at Asian Cult Cinema at the above URL. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 07:40:35 PM Name: The Ancient One E-mail address: Years ago I saw a rack scene in a movie where a girl was strapped to a modern hydraulic device that would stretch her. The bad guy lifted a sheet off another such device to which her girlfriend was also secured.
Anybody have any idea what movie or show that was? Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 07:56:02 PM Name: A Canadian Brutus wrote: For anyone wanting to buy this DVD (and to give Ralphus something to add to the bottom of the review), it's available at Asian Cult Cinema at the above URL. It's also available at amazon. Amazon Canada is alerting me that people who bought the film also bought Antfarm Dickhole.
Well, you just know who made that one. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 07:57:51 PM Name: Renzo Novatore 'Antfarm Dickhole'.is that by the brilliant cinematic auteur known as Bill Zebub, by chance? You ever seen that movie 'S&Man' ('Sandman')? It's a kind of documentary about underground horror and weirdo fetish films, and our boy Zebub is interviewed quite a bit in it (along with Fred Vogel of 'August Underground' fame).
It seemed to me like he just made films with whatever spare change he had leftover from buying beer, lol Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 08:49:44 PM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: Homepage URL: Fritz wrote: Nowadays, $100 barely covers a dinner for two. My goodness, that would be $50 for a meal for one person. That's probably what I spend in a week for all my meals. So how much do I spend now? I don't really keep track, but between site memberships, PPV downloads and DVD purchases, I probably shell out $150 a week. There are some weeks I don't even make $150 a week at my job. When you work in sales and they aren't buying, some weeks you make nothing.
However, that does not include purchasing custom videos and artwork commissions. That comes to another $3000 to $4000 per year. So I guess the grand total is around $10K annually. 10 grand a year on bondage videos! I'd love to do that. Dude, you must be one of the 1%.
-------------------------- The definitions of pornography: Great posts, guys. The name 'pornography' has a stigma to it. It seems like the only time someone describes a work as 'pornography' is when they're trying to denigrate it. It's a buzzword. It's like how Republicans and other haters are the only ones that use the word 'Obamacare'; while everyone else uses the term 'health care reform'. Likewise, the book burners will call a movie 'pornography' while the rest of us use the term 'adult film'.
It's all just a matter of whether you want to give it a negative connotation in the words you use. Pornography is an ugly word. -------------------------- Nana wrote: A truly great warrior should always know where his enemy is, for 'his' enemy will always know where he is. Did I miss something?
Stop it, you're making my brain hurt! -------------------------- Hiccup: Dude! That was an EXCELLENT review! I'd never heard of that movie but you really sold it to me. That's exactly the kind of information I like to read. It sounds like a throwback to the way movies USED to be made, before political-correctness took over.
Indeed, according to, the film couldn't even find a distributor for 13 years until it got picked up late last year. In the plot they note that 'from this opening scene to the last she is either being harassed, tortured, or gang-raped'.
Yeah, I'm there. Horrible box cover artwork, though. Neither of the 2 video stores in my area carry it, and of course, Censoring Bastards Netflix doesn't either. I'll hunt it down. The direct URL for your review is in my Homepage URL above. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 09:12:53 PM Name: John Galt Ran across a clip at from a movie called Doramu rimitto (AKA Drum Limit) featuring an actress named Saya Tachibana.
The clip is almost 10 minutes long and features her nude and imprisoned in a barrel talking on a cell phone and making videos of her nipples for some guy calling her, most likely her captor. Then the clip jumps to a scene where she is bound wrists and ankles to a narrow bed as a sleazy guy leers at her, pleasures himself, makes her drink something that knocks her out, then starts to have his way with her as the scene ends. I did not find this in IMDB, so I have no idea what is going on, aside from the obvious. The clip is not bad. Check out the post. Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 09:23:48 PM Name: Heroone E-mail address: Hello my Fellow GIMPers, Gerry aka Heroone is gonna do what most smart girls have known since puberty; that boys and later men like to do only one thing other than offer sex to women, they like to talk, talk, and talk about themselves.
Blame them uniformed Catholic school girls I saw walking home that I saw while picking up my 89 year old Mother from her hair dresser this afternoon. They cause flashbacks and me to reflex on my past deeds. And Ralphus, the cork is still in that bottle of Remy since 2100 hrs PST Wednesday. Gerry is an ole dude, a retiree, born in 1946, baptized Roman Catholic, went to parochial schools for ten years including high school, taught by the nuns and Christian brothers FSC. I remember in grammar school, after a Friday afternoon mass, a presiding bishop asked us all, both boys and girls to sign a piece of paper pledging to stay pure, obey the Ten Commandments, and not to drink alcohol until we turn 21 or were married. I remember the nuns were angry when I refused to sign. I was not going to hell because I made a pledge I had no intentions of swearing an oath to, let alone keep.
For years before I and other classmates had been using the Legion of Decency list given to us by the nuns as a movie list of had to see films. If it was condemned, it must be good. We saw all these movies with a dime and our traffic-boy movie passes.
That's why this ole Catholic boy (I don't practice now) knew about the old GIMPy and WSIM classics like The Mongols 1961, Emmanuelle 1974, Emmanuelle II 1975, Story of O 1975, etc. All this talk leads Gerry to the current discussion about them buzz words: Porn, Mainstream, Blue Films, etc. That my fellow GIMPer have been hashing over to last few days.
Ralphus is right, the very word Porn or Pornography has very negative stigma to it. Greg - you quoted: Reine Margot said 'People can justifiably say that we do porn, even with Maleficarum. People will be totally right if they say that we do art.
I could say that we do artistic porn or pornographic art.' Gerry believes that it not porn but good art and good art moves people and generates emotions, both good and bad. I might have said this before--but 'pornography' and 'porn' are pejorative terms for erotica. The term was invented in Victorian England.
Erotica has generally been viewed as art, although certainly there have been philistines who denigrated erotica as well. In fact, we have extended the pejorative meaning of the word 'porn' by now referring to 'torture porn,' meaning torture that is beyond the pale, in the opinion of the speaker. I wholeheartedly concur that the despicable Passion of the Christ was a film only crazy-ass religious freaks could possibly enjoy, or GIMPers. In summation, Gerry apologizes to all his fellow GIMPers for overusing that term 'Mainstream', Fetish Bondage, etc. Its all Art, it's what you the viewer has been raised to determine on your own and as my dad said never apologize for how your parents raised you. Here are some YouTube clips: Andre de Toth 1961 I Mongoli, The Mongols, starring Anthoney Jack Palance as Ogatai, Anita Ekberg as Hulina and Antonella Lualdi as Amina who is whipped. The Mongols: and Just Jaeckin Histoire d'O The Story of O 1975 based Dominique Aury's novel, starring Corinne Clery as O who is taken by her Boyfriend, Rene.
To Roissy, a bizarre manor house like retreat and is trained in bondage and sexual perversion and submission: The Histoire d'O 1975 (a Musical Tribute): All of these movies I consider to be ground breaking WSIM films. You be the judge as to how you would classified them as Art or other. Thanks Ralphus for allowing me post on your forum. Bye for now, best to all, Heroone Thursday, January 5th 2012 - 11:15:30 PM Name: Fritz A Canadian wrote: Yikes!! No wonder you have no sympathy for the renter class.
When did I say that? I was renting until I was 50, becoming a land-owner only four years ago. I'm definitely not a materialistic sort, but I do hoard my GIMP stuff. Otherwise, except for an expensive sports car, I'd bet your life and mine are not all that different (unless you're begging for loonies at Dundas and Yonge). * * * * * Pics of the Day: Ralphus, dude. Where do you find this shit?
Next thing I know you'll have Snoopy buggering Lucy while she's strapped down on his doghouse. This is just so wrong. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 01:42:37 AM Name: Heroone E-mail address: My fellow GIMPers, FYI about The Mongols 1961, in that part of my confession of a miss-spent youth about when I first cut a freshman high school class to see this movie with high school classmates because it was on the condemned list of the Catholic legion of decency. There were many details of why this movie so impressed me that I omitted.
That whip torture scene of Amina played by Antonella Lualdi, that I saw at the old The Royal theatre on Polk street in San Francisco was a lot longer, very explicit, and showed a lot more of Amina's right breast as she dance to the whip blows. That YouTube clip in Spanish is of the best copy I have seen since being presented a copy in VHS (it came from Sinister Cinema in Medford Oregon and was dubbed in English) by Charlie Brent, the floor manager at the Mitchell Brothers theatre in 1983.
Chuck knew of my discussions with his boss concerning that Jack Palance movie and that my then drinking partner Artie Mitchell at the then Kirk and Johnson owned Edinburgh Castle. Artie had been able to find a faded 16mm color print of that movie, showing Amina saying 'Oh God, and after a few more whip blows with camera view of her sweaty face cried 'Stop', then moved to Ekberg's being handed the whip. I remember that scene being twenty or more seconds longer.
Artie and I later inspected that film and found that it had been spliced at that point. Also, that VHS copy played in very slow motion show the beads of sweat flying off Amina's face and hair with each whip blow. I few years later saw whole scene including the missing scenes of my memories in a so-so Black and White local KTVU Channel-Two TV broadcast on a after midnight horror show. Therefore, I know that a copy of the whole whip torture scene is in someone's collection. To me it is a ground breaking movie of its time, especially for its violence and that WSIM scene alone. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 05:45:09 AM Name: A Canadian Fritz wrote: What?
When did I say that? I was renting until I was 50, becoming a land-owner only four years ago. I was kidding. I meant the people who want to rent movies, rather than buy them.
Friday, January 6th 2012 - 08:18:56 AM Name: Sloth Nana - first we get an H.L. Mencken reference from John Galt and now you score a 3-pointer for a Sun Tsu 'Art of War' reference - this place is becoming far too sophisticated for me. Hiccup - quite a review and an A+ to boot - that's unheard of with this bunch of perverts - that was another one I saw at Asian Cult and just could not bring myself to do it - thanks for the heads up. The Ancient One - I do recall the scene you describe but I'll be damned if I can come up with a title - seem to think it was in a made-for-tv movie - yeah, I know that's a big help. Renzo Novatore - I saw Zebub in that effort - seemed like perhaps all of them used beer change money so that's one I won't come down on him for. Yesterday I'm having morning coffee at a little diner and this guy I know comes in and joins me - says over the weekend he saw 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' - says there is, in his words, 'a particularly brutal and realistic rape scene' - I don't know how to gauge that as I don't really know his Gimp factor - what he may see as brutal and realistic may be run of the mill and tame for a hard core Gimper - if anyone has seen that flick a comment would be welcome. Stay well all Friday, January 6th 2012 - 09:20:19 AM Name: Greg E-mail address: Heroone said 'All of these movies I consider to be ground breaking WSIM films.
You be the judge as to how you would classified them as Art or other.' Damn it, reviewed this Histoire de 'O' will in time be considered an epic. I forgot just how good it was.
The version shown were either a lot of outtakes and scene cuts from the old VHS version I saw or my memory is worse than I thought. I don't remember the old car scene in the one version of the beginning and don't remember a speedboat in the second. The music in the car was true to the film I saw, but not the rest of the soundtrack. This must have just been an overdub for hashing the scenes together, but it would have been nice to find some other score from the movie. I don't remember the modern house scene or Corinne Clery the fashion photographer either. As I say, I may have had a cruelly edited version, but I'm pretty sure all the delicious whipping scene were like the virgin, intact. That vision of Corinne Clery wet with sweat, naked and whip weary will live with me until I die.
Thanks for reminding us of what we had. I don't expect to see its like again. Had to smile to myself. I was reading 'The Mongols'. And thinking I don't remember seeing a salacious whipping scene in that one. I just remember John Wayne stumbling through an equally atrocious script!!!
Greg Friday, January 6th 2012 - 09:57:56 AM Name: A Canadian Sloth wrote: Yesterday I'm having morning coffee at a little diner and this guy I know comes in and joins me - says over the weekend he saw 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' - says there is, in his words, 'a particularly brutal and realistic rape scene' - I don't know how to gauge that as I don't really know his Gimp factor - what he may see as brutal and realistic may be run of the mill and tame for a hard core Gimper - if anyone has seen that flick a comment would be welcome. I haven't seen it, but other reports and reviews suggest your friend is probably right about the scene's intensity. The challenge for me is I don't know that I find the lead actress in the movie all that appealing. I'm not questioning the casting. She may very well look and act like the character. But I'm not sure the violation is going to work for me as a GIMP scene. However, I'm just guessing.
I would also be interested in hearing from anyone who has seen it. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 10:18:12 AM Name: YikYakker Wow, I've missed out on a lot of good stuff. Hard to catch up, so I'll just give a big SHOUT OUT to my fellow GIMPers for all the terrific posts.
---------- Heroone: Legion of Decency? Hoo boy, I remember that one from my own Catholic upbringing. Before I was allowed to go see a movie, I had to march up to the church and check out the ratings tacked to the bulletin board in the lobby. If you were pre-teen or younger, you could only view films in one of the five classifications. The worst rating was 'C' for Condemned which also forbid adults from seeing it. Like if you saw a 'C' movie, walked out of the theater and got hit by a car, you would go straight to hell without a rest stop.
Such was the rating given to The Carpetbaggers. I always thought it earned that rating because George Peppard ripped at (but not off) Carroll Baker's dress.but it was actually because it was determined that nothing and nobody in the film had any redeeming moral values. But 'decency' is another one of those concepts that are ill-defined. And while were on the subject: I don't understand German, but it's pretty obvious that clip concerns an egregious attempt to censor Jessica Alba's butt with some CGI. Seriously, like no one has viewed this scene from Into the Blue in its uncensored form a million times?
Uh.maybe I'm giving away too much information here. But the Jessica Alba thing reminds me of the pre-code Tarzan and His Mate, in which cute Maureen O'Sullivan wore a very skimpy jungle rag, except for when she went skinny-dipping with Tarzan. Nothing that 'indecent' ever appeared in a Tarzan movie again.
And how about 'community standards'? ---------- Not saying that the respondents to an online are representative of all women, but it is interesting how many said they would be up for some 'light bondage' (68%) and how many have actually tried it (57%). ---------- There's gotta be a movie somewhere in.
---------- Selected scenes from. Does not include the part I like most - the one where a brunette hooker gets. ---------- Being curious about all things Franco, I had to look up this movie called Cecilia aka Diary of a Desperate Housewife posted by Gerry aka Heroone. Here's what IMDb says about it: Cecilia is raped.
She goes home and has sex with her husband. She confesses to him that she had enjoyed the rape and it had aroused her to have sex with him after a long period of marital detachment. Hence, she embarks on different sexual encounters. Methinks they might be leaving out some details. ---------- Margot wrote: What was interesting is that all that hatred spewn [Amy's] way made her movie truly popular with the masses, it run for 5 months and became one of the three highest grossing films in the city that year, beating Shreck, that came fourth. Hey, if it beat out Shreck, I gotta see it.;) ---------- Hmmm.what do we have?
Friday, January 6th 2012 - 07:55:01 PM Name: The Ancient One E-mail address: I just downloaded the Cinemagic 082 video with the fabulous electro torture scene - any other suggestions that have scenes like this? I would also love to see a really good Chinese water torture scene with a pretty girl too. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 07:59:23 PM Name: Bill K. Here is a sex rape in movie site I just found that GIMPers rape fans may find interesting: I'm not a rape fan guy but this site may perhaps have some rape scene/action movies you may not have read about or seen before. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 08:37:11 PM Name: Heroone E-mail address: YikYakker - thank you for remember your Catholic teen years. Every Thursday afternoon, a nun would post that list on the cork board and it showed all the movies at the local theatres in San Francisco, for Friday and Saturday viewing. My fellow traffic boys and I had to look at that list before being given our theatre passes after the Friday school day dismissal time.
I always picked the movies on the Condemned list, I knew they must be good if the church did not want you to see them. I never feared going straight to Hell since I knew that I would not be alone. I had my friends in the school traffic boy corp. I guess we now call them enablers. I only felt guilty if seen by another church goer from our parish.
And speaking of the devil, about that movie with Carroll Baby Doll Baker and George Peppard: The Carpetbaggers. That brings back old memories and very bad memories, especially when you are leaving the scene of the crime, where as you happen upon the parish priest in front of the theatre; and my only quick response was 'Hi ya Father, I guess I'll be seeing you Saturday for confession'. Thank you for checking out Cecilia on IMDb, and giving a quick review, so I did not have to say anything. I was too embarrassed to post anything after viewing the DVD I found. This movie was Jess Franco's stab at doing an Emmanuelle type story that would attract a wider audience. The only GIMPy scenes are at the beginning and the end with implied abduction and forced sex multiple partners, which melted into a consensual sex act. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 09:32:35 PM Name: A Canadian Heroone wrote.that my then drinking partner Artie Mitchell at the then Kirk and Johnson owned Edinburgh Castle.
You were drinking buddies with Artie Mitchell? I'm impressed. Friday, January 6th 2012 - 10:13:20 PM Name: Heroone E-mail address: a Canadian - The answer is YES. I think I brag way too much. Send me an email and I'll bend your ear. What I have to say I don't really want to post here. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 03:30:33 AM Name: petelobo AncientOne I downloaded Cinemagic 082 (best whipping and best electro--what's not to like).
It came in 4 files ending with extensions.avi.001, etc. I put them in the same folder and tried HJSplit to re-unite them, but I just keep getting (I think) 001.
It plays, then when it gets to the end, it updates and appears to be processing the first 20%, but it never gets past that point. The joined video shows 302 Meg, but it won't run in AVS Video or Media Player Classic. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 04:38:43 AM Name: JD A Canadian - Thanks, I completely missed the archive link at the top of the page.
I'm so used to sites having a 'more' or 'previous' link at the bottom of the page that I forget to look anywhere else. --------- Amy - Thanks for the link, I will definitely be contacting the company! If it's not too late, I'd like to clarify my original question about how 'real' each of the tortures in Maleficarum was and how uncomfortable or even painful they were to film. Since posting that question, I've watched the eight interview videos, where you talked about the various scenes and mentioned things like being bruised and sore from bouncing around on the spit. Besides incidental discomfort like that, I was curious to know how much, if at all, the tortures themselves caused you any discomfort. For example, did the whipping hurt? Did your arms get sore from being suspended?
How uncomfortable was sitting on the horse and how much worse did the weights make it? How tightly were you actually stretched on the rack and where, if any, was the discomfort (joints, wrists/ankles)? Did the heat from the coals become uncomfortable during the spit roasting, or did the spit itself ever start to get hot? How much did standing on the spikes hurt? I know that seems like a lot of specific questions, but I'm not asking for an essay on each scene, just a few words on whatever discomfort you might have felt during each one.
I hope I don't seem out of line for asking this. I've previous stated that I prefer 'real' action in fetish films to scenes that are just acting, so I'm curious to know how 'real' the Maleficarum scenes were to you.
--------- Ralphus - You're not the only one who isn't a fan of widescreen. It's not so much the shape that bothers me, but the fact that so much stuff is designed for a 4:3 screen. When viewed on a widescreen display, your only choices are to have it pillar-boxed (with black bars on the sides), or stretch it to fill the screen, which distorts the aspect ratio. You wouldn't believe how many people prefer the latter option. Every time I see a widescreen TV displaying something that was filmed in 4:3, they have it set to stretch the image to fill the screen. The second I look at it, I can see that it doesn't look right.
Actually, I'm not really a fan of LCD screens in general. Sure, the size and power requirements are nice, but I don't like that they have a fixed resolution, which virtually never matches the image resolution. So every image gets scaled (up or down) to fit the screen, resulting in scaling artifacts.
Go up to any LCD TV and look at the ever-present channel logo in the corner and you'll notice a sort of gray fuzz around it. You can also see the same thing on LCD monitors depending on the desktop resolution.
This is because there's no way to take a 1280x720 image and make it fill a screen with a resolution of 1920x768 without introducing scaling errors. I'm always amazed when I hear people talk about how sharp and clear an LCD display it. This despite the fact that the image is full of scaling artifacts and has usually been stretched to odd proportions. My 19' CRT monitor may weight a ton and make my electric meter spin, but when I set my desktop to 1600x1200, that's exactly what I get.
Not some approximation of it. --------- YikYakker - That clip of Diora Baird is from a 2008 movie called South of Heaven. I haven't seen the film, I just checked a couple sites to see what films she's listed as having had nude scenes in. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 06:43:56 AM Name: John Galt Bill K: Hey, thanks for the link to the Sex in Cinema website! For the longest time back in the 70s, Playboy ran a Sex in Cinema illustrated article (every November, I think) that I really looked forward to.
Now I think they just do a sex in movies year-end review (for what it's worth these days). But I enjoyed reading the captions and perusing the pictures (and sometimes the article) to see what I had missed back in the day. The website is quite the Blast from the Past. * * * * * JD: Ah-hah, so THAT'S why the latest LCD monitors come with messages to use a specific resolution setting.
They are trying to avoid those artifacts. I personally like LCD monitors although I agree that it is annoying to see huge HD LCD TVs on the setting that stretches the picture out of proportion. That drives me crazy. Why have an expensive HD LCD TV if your picture is distorted? Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 10:21:11 AM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: Looks like we have a flamer who's decided to spoof names of regular posters and attack the site.
Ho hum, some losers have nothing better to do. He likes to go by names like Marley, Marcus Aurelius, Jeremiah Johnson, NUNU, Nana as well as spoofing the names of the regulars on this site. If you see odd postings attributed to anyone that sound out of character, just ignore them and don't respond. Never feed the trolls.
Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 10:27:53 AM Name: YikYakker Petelobo: You might try editing the filenames to remove the.avi portion. I use the same joining software and I recall having a similar problem to the one you described.
I think the suggestion made above was a solution to the problem. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 12:36:14 PM Name: A Canadian YikYakker wrote: You might try editing the filenames to remove the.avi portion. I use the same joining software and I recall having a similar problem to the one you described.
I think the suggestion made above was a solution to the problem. You guys are more technically savvy than me. I only download avi files where the full movie is in one file, not pieces. I don't think I could figure out how to piece separate files together. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 12:40:06 PM Name: YikYakker JD: Thanks for the quick detective work.
South of Heaven, eh? Wonder if anyone out there has seen it. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 12:40:12 PM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: re 'erotic' vs 'pornographic': I think that something can be pornographic (or 'obscene', a word with even more freight) without being erotic. What word would you use to describe a clinical vaginal exam? And certainly something can be erotic without being pornographic -- a screen-shot from Exquisite Agony, for example. But I'm a big fan of Humpty-Dumpty and I make my words work hard for their wages.
Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 05:15:20 PM Name: A Canadian Erotic vs. Pornographic: I prefer the term 'smut.'
But I don't claim to be particularly chic. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 06:17:15 PM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: YikYakker: That clip from South of Heaven looks very enticing. Yep, Diora gets Bared, all right. Never heard of her, but she's hot, I thought that was Amber Heard at first. That movie doesn't look like it's going to be readily available from a lot of rental places, but you can buy it. Brian's Page says Diora Baird has 3 bondage scenes in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Netflix at least carries that one.
-------------- Heroone: I'm a little late, but I really enjoyed reading about your true-life memories regarding discovering movies like this when you were growing up. I think we all have similar stories we could relate. Also liked seeing the Story of O link. I think they used about the only 15 minutes that Corinne Clery is NOT naked to make that video. BTW, how hot was Corinne Clery in that film?
In my mind, she was the most beautiful woman in the history of movies. They don't come any better. On a scale of 1 to 10, she was a 15. -------------- Bill K: Speaking of history of the movies, fantastic find with the Sex in Cinema site. That site is incredibly comprehensive, goes all the way from the silent era right up to 2011. I just wish the pictures were bigger. I'd like to make the various databases on this site like that.
Lots of great information there, even if it's not exclusively about rape scenes. -------------- JD wrote: You're not the only one who isn't a fan of widescreen. It's not so much the shape that bothers me, but the fact that so much stuff is designed for a 4:3 screen. When viewed on a widescreen display, your only choices are to have it pillar-boxed (with black bars on the sides), or stretch it to fill the screen, which distorts the aspect ratio. You wouldn't believe how many people prefer the latter option.
Every time I see a widescreen TV displaying something that was filmed in 4:3, they have it set to stretch the image to fill the screen. The second I look at it, I can see that it doesn't look right. Exactly right. Much of the Internet isn't real widescreen, it's designed to be read up and down, and these monitors stretch it out abnormally so that text is elongated and pictures are wider than the way they were originally composed. And you know what? After reading what you wrote, I went onto Craig's List and found an old-time 4:3 monitor for 10 bucks, plugged it in and got my $89.99 back from Best Buy. And I'm a lot happier now.
I love my new widescreen television, but widescreen computer monitors? They're a gimmick. In this case, I'm strictly Old School and proud of it. And I don't own a cell phone, either. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 06:59:07 PM Name: YikYakker petelobo: Just wanted to follow up on the advice I gave you earlier today. I ran into that exact same situation this afternoon, and followed my own advice. I forgot to mention that you need to put the.avi back on the joined file when you are done.
Even so, the file would not play with Windows Media Player or Divx Player. However, it did play with VLC, a player that has yet to fail me. ---------- Ralphus wrote: BTW, how hot was Corinne Clery in that film? In my mind, she was the most beautiful woman in the history of movies. Honestly, when I look at that picture of her (or any picture of her for that matter), no other woman comes to mind. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 07:22:33 PM Name: John Galt Well, I saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and as a movie, it did not disappoint. Although the anal rape scene is short, I thought it was not too short, extremely brutal, and surprisingly well-lit.
I think you also saw more of Rooney Mara than you did Noomi Rapace in the original. The American version also had the same amount of incidental nudity and was much better lighted as well.
I freely admit that this remake is easily as good as, if not slightly better than, the Swedish original. David Fincher, you surprised me, but it was a pleasant surprise. Rooney Mara's character, Lisbeth Salander, is definitely punk goth pierced and tattooed, so expect that. She cleans up well at the end, though, so you can see what she would be like if she adopted a more traditional look. If you're looking for a GIMP flick, this is not it. It has that one outstanding scene, but over the course of a two and a half hour running time, that would not be enough to satisfy a GIMP aficionado.
If you liked the original, however, you will like this one as well. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 09:05:53 PM Name: Heroone E-mail address: Sorry 'A Canadian' for breaking my word, Gerry aka Heroone just now read the Ralphus GIMP postings for tonight and he got to post something; anywho, Heroone is such a liar when it comes to drinking and making comments on this lovely website provided to us by Ralphus. Sorry Ralphus about the drinking and posting. Ralphus, thank you for posting that beautiful photo of O in the stairwell of the Enclosure at Roissy; its a memory appreciated by Heroone for them memories from his youth. And thanks YikYakker for your response on O. I see The Story of O as groundbreaking film and a classic. John Galt wrote: I saw The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and as a movie, it did not disappoint.
- Heroone got to see this movie. I have seen a lot of posting in our San Francisco theatre reviews saying this is going to be an Oscar worthy film. Thank you all and Good Night from San Francisco. Saturday, January 7th 2012 - 10:43:43 PM Name: The Ancient One E-mail address: That Cinemagic 082 reminds me of another Japanese clip that I can't find anywhere in which a girl is brought into a prison room, punched out cold, then stripped and placed onto a table where she gets electro tortured, much like the girl in this movie. I very much like to see a girl brought in, stripped and prepared before the actual event starts. Any ideas where I could download that one again?
Also, any others with the preparation you could suggest will be so appreciated. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 12:04:34 AM Name: A Canadian Regarding. It's time to start a petition to bring back Peter Griffin. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 12:06:45 AM Name: Bill K.
Ralphus and John Galt you're welcome but also thank the Google Random Gods for 'Sex in Cinema' site too, because wasn't looking (google-ing) for kind of site but Google took me there anyway. Two words I type in was 'sex' and 'pictures' in google search engine showed it first site on first page. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 12:12:23 AM Name: MrAnthony E-mail address: @Petelobo: 'I downloaded Cinemagic 082 (best whipping and best electro--what's not to like). It came in 4 files ending with extensions.avi.001, etc.
I put them in the same folder and tried HJSplit to re-unite them, but I just keep getting (I think) 001. It plays, then when it gets to the end, it updates and appears to be processing the first 20%, but it never gets past that point. The joined video shows 302 Meg, but it won't run in AVS Video or Media Player Classic.
Yes, look for and download a program called HJSplit. It will join the 001, 002, etc files together to complete the movie. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 01:08:24 AM Name: John Galt The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Judge for yourself. All the nude bits, including most of the rape scene, have found their way to. The quality is not very good, since it is a surreptitious handheld cam video, but you can get an idea what is involved. Check it out Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 02:44:11 AM Name: Greg Ralphus said: BTW, how hot was Corinne Clery in that film?
In my mind, she was the most beautiful woman in the history of movies. They don't come any better. On a scale of 1 to 10, she was a 15. True enough it has to be said Corinne Clery would have to rate up there with the best of them, but you know, very often it's film genre that can cast the light. I'm a sucker for babes in harem outfits. I mean any type of harem outfit. So as soon as that Eastern music starts to drift out of the TV and you see sylph like beauties flapping about, I get all interested.
That in mind, I adore in Land of the Pharaohs and, joy of joys, she is actually whipped, albeit it woefully briefly, but it is always a bonus in these type of films, and always a possibility, perhaps one of the reasons I watch them. Lest we forget of course, there is the stunning. Now there's a babe who could fill a pair of harem pants as deliciously as the rest of them and since she was almost invariably a slave girl in these movies.well that's just a bonus isn't it.
BTW one little gimper that seems to fly under the radar, but is well worth a watch is an odd little thing call. Here the heroine gets strung up by the arms not once but twice and there's a great sight of her pants flapping in the breeze. Sorry about the production still including the eponymous hero, but the ones I had with the babe alone were such poor res I didn't think it worth including them. In addition to this a slave girl gets her feet whipped, plus there are numerous references to slave girls and slave auctions plus there is a threat of torture to one of them. OK, it doesn't come off, but hey, this is Sunday afternoon fare. Not a bad little diversion for a bit. Greg Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 11:32:32 AM Name: A Canadian John Galt: Thanks for the information on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I'll probably wait until it is available on Blu-Ray. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 11:51:26 AM Name: MrAnthony E-mail address: More for Petelobo: If you cannot join the files, the it's because one of the follow on files is corrupted. You'll need to re-download the corrupted file.
If 001 is correct, but 002 isn't, it won't matter if 003 and 004 etc are good. At the end of it all, you should have a final file output, without the 00# ending, plus the original 00# files, usually in the same directory.
Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 01:48:28 PM Name: MrAnthony Homepage URL: @Greg, re Hajji Baba: You might like the link above then, which is to an original publicity print from Hajji Baba. And there's a link to a higher res version of that print too. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 02:04:21 PM Name: D.
Santorum Did someone mention Corinne Clery??? Maybe a year or two after I read the Story of O book (many, many years ago), I learned there was a movie. Not only that, it was going to be shown at the local arthouse cinema in my backwards, conservative town in Florida.
I went twice, even though I was disappointed at it not living up to my expectations. Still, I have yet to fully recover from this single image in the film. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 02:44:25 PM Name: YikYakker Homepage URL: D. Santorum: Great pic of Corinne Clery. That scene alone gave me enough incentive to go see the movie 4 times in the course of one month. ---------- Greg Mmmm.Caroline Munro (drool). Love that pic.
Some other famous harem-outfit-wearing GIMPs: Haji, in Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks Kelly Hu, The Scorpion King Kelly Hu again, variation on harem pants Jane Seymour, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger ---------- A Canadian: I'm with you on today's pic. Looks like Fear Factor. ---------- Homepage URL: A site about all things harem. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 03:56:44 PM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: Homepage URL: Aw, you guys don't like the bug pictures? Man, I was thinking of starting a 5-week series of tied-up women being attacked by spiders, ants, earthworms, cockroaches, grasshoppers, bees, centipedes and scorpions (and don't think I don't have hundreds of these pics on my hard drive because I do). So now what I gonna do???
Oh well, how about instead we continue this series from Kristi and the Time Machine, a film I haven't seen but it looks pretty wild, judging from the stills given to me from Fritz. It's made by Teraz Films, the people behind the Fantom Kiler and Mark of the Whip movies, so that's a very good sign. Tomorrow Fritz is supposed to have one of his encyclopedia-length reviews of the movie, so we'll see what he has to say. Meanwhile, I promise no more bugs tomorrow, but I can't say the same thing about naked women bound and gagged and having bizarre things done to them.
We'll have lots of those coming up. Yee-haw, I'll bet you can't wait. -------------- Greg: I really like that publicity still from The Adventures of Hajii Baba.
I've never seen it before. We have more caps (in color) from that movie as well as 2 video clips of her suspension scenes in the Torture Rack Scenes in Movies Database. Also added today is a brand new entry, Bloody Mallory, a 2002 French film starring Olivia Bonamy. They force her wear manacles with internal spikes on her wrists, then hang her up by her wrists to try to make her bleed to death. Description, caps and a video clip await all those who click on the Torture Rack Scenes Database. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 05:44:15 PM Name: DHT Homepage URL: Lotta harem talk around here.
You guys should get on Caroline Branson's case to release the 'Sold into Slavery 2' video that was my first custom from her. It is a dynamite video, I don't know why she's never released it. Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 07:13:48 PM Name: DHT Greg: I've had Goldie Blair, Natasha Flade, Tomiko, Rachel Steele, Emily Camille, Caroline Branson, Caroline Pierce, Christina Carter, Caroline Pierce, and Jewell Marceau make me videos that combine dancing, bondage, and harem outfits.
You should ask them about them, you might really like them. I think that only Tomiko, Goldie, Emily, and Christina have made them available to the public on their clips4sale sites.
Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 07:18:54 PM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: Homepage URL: Canadian: I prefer the term 'smut.' (I love it) Ah, the adventures of a slut. Oh, I'm a market they can't glut, I don't know what Compares with smut.
========================================= Yik Yakker: Kelly Hu again, variation on harem pants It doesn't take much imagination to see the panties as a trimmed bush, does it? At least that's how I see it!
Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 09:15:12 PM Name: DHT Fun little youtube: Sunday, January 8th 2012 - 09:22:42 PM Name: Insomniac Homepage URL: I thought I'd let you guys know about a new movie with an amazing GIMP scene called Outtake Reel. The basic plot is a horror director and cast are struggling to shoot a movie on a micro budget. Things are further compromised by the bitchy attitude of the lead actress (Ava Santana). She has a grudge against the director for firing one of her co-stars and starts fighting him over everything, including an implied nude scene he wants to shoot. It would only show her back, but she refuses much to his frustration. This sets things up nicely for the torture scene because you can't wait to see this diva get put in her place.
She eventually gets kidnapped by the guy who has been carrying around a handheld and shooting behind the scenes footage the entire time. He ties her up and invites the director over, pitching him this twisted plan to torture her on camera, get genuine reactions from her, and use it in the film.
The director is eventually forced to go along with it at gunpoint. She's tied down to a table and has black tape covering her mouth and her eyes, with earmuffs to block her hearing. The guy pokes at her in a taunting way, cuts off her shirt exposing her breasts, sticks her with a cattle prod, and even starts cutting off toes (not too graphically shown). It's basically a 10 minute scene. (In the DVD extras there's an extended version of the scene where he puts his hand up her skirt and then wipes the hand on his shirt implying penetration). SPOILER ALERT: You later find out that she was in on it, so the fact that it was technically consensual in the grand scheme of the movie might slightly ruin it for some. The scene taken by itself is still awesome though.
Monday, January 9th 2012 - 07:26:49 AM Name: A Canadian Insomniac: Thanks for the information about Outtake Reel and the stills from the GIMP scene. Unfortunately, what's revealed at the end would ruin it for me. Monday, January 9th 2012 - 06:25:55 PM Name: Sung Homepage URL: Sung in a Pinch Monday, January 9th 2012 - 07:01:23 PM Name: John Galt I seem to recall that sometime during the past three years, someone posted a quick and dirty Japanese vocabulary primer of the most common words the victims used in JAV features. The only one I could find using the archive search was that yamete means 'stop,' or 'stop it.' Could someone in the know please post (or re-post) a handful of the most common words used by the women? Like 'no,' maybe and anything else?
Surely they don't just say 'no' and 'stop it?' Monday, January 9th 2012 - 07:48:45 PM Name: A Canadian John Galt wrote: Could someone in the know please post (or re-post) a handful of the most common words used by the women? The of the Slave Island series that was written by MeetThePryz included a listing of words commonly found in those movies.
As well, Brutus posted some translations of often-used Japanese words back on. Hope this helps.
Monday, January 9th 2012 - 08:15:52 PM Name: John Galt A Canadian: Excellent. The Brutus post was the one I was looking for. I searched on 'Japanese' and 'vocabulary,' which wasn't effective. Monday, January 9th 2012 - 08:29:07 PM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: A Canadian wrote: Thanks for the information about Outtake Reel and the stills from the GIMP scene.
Unfortunately, what's revealed at the end would ruin it for me. So if you saw a great GIMP scene simply by itself and nothing before or after it, you would think it was a great scene, right? So why would a plot twist that happens 20 minutes or a half hour later ruin what you would have seen previously? In my mind, a great scene is a great scene, period.
It's like when I reviewed Pain Gate and you mentioned that the opening segment where the girl came to the master first which made the whole thing consensual, which therefore tainted the entire film? I don't agree, which is why I picked it as the best bondage film of the year.
No one is a bigger critic of consensual scenes than me. But what bugs me is when a consensual scene has consensual elements, like when the villain asks the girl how she's liking it and if she's ready to cum. And as far as finding out that the victim was acting afterward, it shouldn't have an effect if there's no hint of it during the actual segment. Because when you get down to it, they're ALL acting and EVERY scene we see is consensual. ------------------ Insomniac: Thanks very much for the information.
If you give me a letter grade, I can put that in the Reviews section. It wasn't a review of the whole movie, but it's a review of the most important parts and that's why we have the reviews section to begin with.
Monday, January 9th 2012 - 09:26:26 PM Name: carnyx E-mail address: hi ralphus- could you tell me how to get in touch with teraz films? Robert Monday, January 9th 2012 - 10:38:01 PM Name: A Canadian Ralphus wrote: So why would a plot twist that happens 20 minutes or a half hour later ruin what you would have seen previously?
Maybe I'm just not able to compartmentalize elements of movies like that, but the context matters to me. If it's established somewhere along the way -- before or after -- that what I saw was consensual, it ruins it for me. Saying it may have looked great when I didn't know it was actually consensual doesn't help me in the end.
I don't know that I have ever analyzed why it matters to me. But I find the illusion ( since, yes, they are actors) of nonconsensual activity has to be maintained. Monday, January 9th 2012 - 10:56:25 PM Name: Insomniac Ralphus wrote: Insomniac: Thanks very much for the information.
If you give me a letter grade, I can put that in the Reviews section. It wasn't a review of the whole movie, but it's a review of the most important parts and that's why we have the reviews section to begin with. I was originally reluctant to grade it since our tastes are all different. But in my opinion I'd say a solid B+. It's about as good as you are going to see in a modern mainstream film. The acting during the scene was great and the context was good (minus the plot development I pointed out). It would have been perfect had they taken her skirt off too.
Why wouldn't you? Tuesday, January 10th 2012 - 12:44:54 AM Name: Fritz As this is my one-hundred th post here, and since I have not written a review in over a year, I figured this was the time to do just that.
If you are one of the three masochists who read my previous critiques, you'll know what to expect. The rest of you may want to scroll down a bit to know what you're in for.
By the way, any semblance between what follows and recent pics of the day is purely coincidental. Meanwhile, back at the lab, Rohr-Sauger and Korsakov make half-hearted attempts to locate their guinea pig, using samples of her 'vagina juice DNA' as some kind of tracking substance. Whatever works, I suppose. They get only a few glimpses of Kristi (covered in bugs) on the miracle monitors before losing the signal as the machine expectedly malfunctions. Back in the jungle, we finally get into serious GIMP territory as Kristi is discovered by a pair of Latin-American soldiers. Apparently, she has been teleported to some third-world country (Cuba?), though neither place nor time are identified. Observing that she is nude, in high heels and speaking with a Czech accent, the two men naturally conclude that she is an American CIA agent who must be brought in for questioning.
They poke her with their assault rifles, tie her hands (in front -- sigh), then push her through the jungle to their secret lair. Here, Kristi is interrogated, which of course is a third-world euphemism for torture - especially if it involves nubile females. She is groped and anally penetrated with a pistol before having her wrists duct-taped to her ankles in a reverse hog-tie and plopped face up on the kitchen table. The tension builds as the soldiers push the and threaten to pull the trigger: unos, dos, tres, quatro. Just kidding.
Failing to scare the gormless gal into confessing, they proceed to burn her nipples and clit with a cigar. Further abuse includes ass whuppin' and, featuring those Teraz staples, a rug beater and a bottle of J&B scotch. Overall, Kristi's interrogation is a first-rate GIMP scene: three different bondage positions, a half dozen tortures, a naked, sweaty victim, and it goes on for almost fifteen minutes. Back at the lab, Rohr-Sauger has called in an engineer to fix the time machine. We know this new guy is an engineer because he wears a hard-hat, but you have to wonder why the genius who invented the device can't fix the damn thing himself. No matter -- these cut-aways to the bickering, inept scientists make Kristi's doom seem all the more certain, especially when they abandon the imperiled blonde in favor of a tea break to celebrate getting the machine fixed.
Eventually, the soldiers give up on poor Kristi and decide to finish her off. With her hands tied behind her back, she's bent forward over the table. One guerilla stands in front of her and pushes the muzzle of his assault rifle into her mouth.
The other stands behind her and inserts his weapon up her ass. Once again, it's uno, dos, tres. But just as it looks like, she's teleported away, leaving her tormentors shooting into each other instead of their captive. Kristi lives on to suffer some more.
The next segment is the weakest of the various KTM set-pieces. The aforementioned granny character, probably a relative of the Fantom Whipper's mother (see ), is her adult son, a porcine-faced monstrosity who, to Mom's frustration, can't seem to find a girlfriend. Mom strokes his mammoth cock enthusiastically until a gallon of semen erupts all over the living room furniture. Unless you're into incest, male bodily fluids, or deformed people, this scene will make you lose your lunch. Once again, the location and time of these dire proceedings is unclear, but it appears to be contemporary England.
After Pig-man leaves for work, Kristi, still tied and nude, materializes on the coffee table, answering Mom's prayers for a girl to mate with her grotesque offspring. Kristi barely has a chance to get her bearings before Mom knocks her out. When Sonny returns, his mother proudly has a gagged and bound time traveler contorted ass-up with a lit candle inserted in her pussy: a. Pig-man removes the candle, makes a wish, and re-inserts it lit-end first! You might fault Kristi Lust for her diction, but you can't say she's a GIMP wimp. Things get ugly when Mom encourages her boy to 'cut the cake'. As Pig-man prepares to impale his treat with a fearsome Bowie knife, Kristi kicks him away - Mom should have restrained those legs - causing him to fall back and spear his noggin on a coat hook.
As her son dies squealing, Mom ropes Kristi's neck and strangles the no-longer-welcome gift from God. If you are into asphyx, Kristi's struggling as the old lady chokes the life out of her is easily the best part of this scene. It lasts almost two minutes, and Kristi puts on quite a show. But the film isn't even half over yet, so to no one's surprise except maybe Pig-man's mom, our heroine is transported away just before she expires. Her next stop is once again somewhat ambiguous, though it's likely a US city in recent times. A balaclava-wearing mobster cornered by the police is about to hold his final stand-off when Kristi right next to him.
As the cops do a double take, the mobster wastes no time using the bound and gagged time traveler as a convenient human shield. Kristi squirms enticingly in the gangster's grasp as he opens fire with a machine gun. The coppers are hamstrung, no doubt worrying about the bad press they'd get if they mow down a nude woman with her hands tied behind her. Safe behind his sexy barricade, the mobster gets giddy and positions his gun barrel lengthwise along Kristi's labia, effectively using her vagina to steady his weapon. As the, our horny heroine reacts as expected when the hot, vibrating metal begins rocking her world.
I'm not one who likes to see a GIMPette enjoy her punishment, and it's arguable whether Kristi is enjoying anything here, but the sight of her climaxing over and over as bursts of machine gun fire erupt from between her legs is more than a little arousing. This segment is not without its flaws, but Kristi's reaction to her ordeal saves the day.
Unfortunately for our Cagney wannabe, the time machine giveth, and the time machine taketh away. As he looks on in disbelief, Kristi vanishes into thin air, teleporting onward to new adventures. With his pretty protector gone, the scene ends, as you might expect, rather badly for the bad guy.
Kristi's next destination - the fourth if you've lost track - features the aforementioned guest appearance of the Fantom Kiler, hero of his own line of Teraz videos. We thus can assume this segment is set in present day Poland, where FK haunts the countryside slicing up bare and busty beauties. Arriving in a storage shed, Kristi is alone long enough to finally free her arms and remove her gag. Fortunately for us, there is not a scrap of clothing in sight, so she hides behind an oil drum when she hears someone enter. That someone of course is the Fantom Kiler, towing his latest victim behind him by a T shaped pussy hook imbedded where pussy hooks are meant to be imbedded.
FK's unfortunate captive is the fetching judge who sentenced him to life in jail for 'the murder and mutilation of over 1000 virgins' (Don't believe it? Try finding one now).
The judge is played by Maria Vaslova, star of Nina's Nightmares and owner of the world's most durable breast implants. They are on fine display here, as is the rest of her, squirming naked on the end of the hook, gagged and with hands bound behind her. As Fantom Kiler is considerably less lenient than the judge, he sentences her to a 'humiliating and agonizing execution'. But first he carries out the punishment the judge imposed on him. With Maria awkwardly bent backward, arms tied overhead, FK whacks her repeatedly with a cane before using it, against her will, as a masturbation aid. Eventually tiring of the cane, FK moves on to flog the poor woman with a cat-o'-nine tails.
Judging from her previous Teraz appearances, Vaslova certainly can take a lot of pain, and she does not disappoint here. Her torture is suitably believable and although the blood effects are a bit weak, the repeated blows across her breasts and midsection are real.
As a result, this is one of the best scenes in the film, and will be a favorite for anyone who enjoyed Maria's performance in. Peeking out from behind the oil drum, Kristi looks on in horror as the judge endures her thrashing. At last, she decides to intervene, sneaking up behind the distracted Kiler, intending to bash his head in with a wrench. Sadly for the judge, it is just as Kristi is about to save the day that Rohr-Sauger (remember him?) locks onto her vagina juice DNA and out of the scene.
This leaves Maria alone with FK, who fires up a chain saw and closes in on her gaping sex. It would have been fun to hang out in that storage shed for another few minutes, but instead we leave the judge to her tragic fate and watch Kristi materialize in a jail cell under the coliseum in Ancient Rome - 300 BCE to be exact. Sharing the dank cage is another naked blonde - you can never have too many I guess - a gladiatrix (played by Ms. Lust in a wig) who is furiously masturbating in hopes of reaching one last orgasm before being forced to fight. Oblivious to Kristi's arrival, she barely has a chance to climax before Rohr-Sauger mistakenly beams her into the present day., the gladiatrix is understandably confused and apparently a little annoyed at having her two-finger tango interrupted. Just as Rohr-Sauger decides that this unexpected visitor could make a passable substitute for Kristi - and giving up on the original to prove the machine works - the blonde wrecks her shot at fame by dissing the touchy scientist.
Strangely unfazed by the girl's ability to swear in English, he instead is offended by his foul-mouthed guest and rashly beams her into oblivion. This seeming tangent of a scene is actually very necessary to the plot.
Now alone in the coliseum cell, Kristi is mistaken for the gladiatrix and soon finds herself outfitted with a sword, shield and to face off against a slab of beefcake three times her size. Curiously, she has also been garbed in a tiny leather bra and matching loincloth, her first nod to modesty since stripping off her lab coat in scene one. No worries though: two minutes into the fight, her opponent's sword has slashed away her brief attire, leaving Kristi wearing nothing but her helmet and a glistening sheen of sweat. The gladiator fight is easily the most ambitious scene in the film, and not surprisingly, the one which most highlights its production limitations.
The supposed throngs of spectators are represented by a half dozen, shown against a dark, smoky background. The ring looks to be the size of walk-in closet, and the props, including some rather grody severed heads, are as convincing as a ten buck Rolex. Still, the swordplay is remarkably energetic, and Kristi acquits herself well against the mighty 'Dracon'. This scene is not meant to be realistic but entertaining, and at that level it succeeds admirably. Besides, how many other films feature a nude heroine crossing swords with a hulking Neanderthal?
Unfortunately, the GIMPery is derailed when Dracon notices that his opponent is actually, and begins to lust after Dr. Lust right in the middle of the fight. Ignoring the jeers of the 'crowd', he stands transfixed by the woman's beauty and, ummm. Rises to the occasion. With Dracon's member at full attention, Kristi takes advantage of her adversary's distracted state and with a well-aimed stroke snatches victory from the loss of da meat.
But the games ain't over until the fat lady sings, or at least until the slim one dies. With the spectators screaming for her blood, Kristi faces a second challenger, this one more skilled and presumably gay. Unlike his predecessor, 'Magog' fails to fall for his opponent's considerable charms and soon divests her of her shield, sword and (thankfully) that helmet. With his prey cornered and the business end of a scythe (!) pressed against her womanhood, he swings the blade upward just as - you guessed it - Rohr-Sauger locks onto his guinea pig and transports her to.
.a seedy Manhattan alley in 1973. You'd think that at some point the good professor would just let his hapless assistant suffer her impending doom and put her out of her misery, but I suppose the concept of never-ending perils is the whole idea here. As if showing up in the US during Watergate were not punishment enough, Kristi is mistaken by the for a wayward ho trespassing on his turf. After all, she's in a back alley, she's in heels, and she's naked. If you were a pimp, wouldn't you reach the same conclusion? After checking Kristi's orifices for money (so that's where naked hookers stash their cash), the pimp assumes she is giving out freebies and generously treats the neighborhood to complimentary samples. Kristi is beaten, tied to a garbage can and fitted with a speculum to keep her mouth accessible.
'Fuck me for free' is scrawled on her midsection just in case anyone still misses the point. Surprisingly, several people turn their noses up at the delectable offer before one eager beaver whips out his mortadella sized cock and pushes it down Kristi's throat. He cums quickly, the poor girl with what looks more like a quart of milk than what it's supposed to be. Kristi takes the violation rather well, considering her hands are clearly untied (a major fail in this scene) but remain obediently behind her back throughout the assault. Maybe she's just become so used to having her wrists cuffed together that she doesn't think to defend herself. Even when she is approached by the resident psycho killer - there seems to be one at every stop - Kristi arches back helplessly and prepares to be stabbed by the guy's knife (which looks remarkably similar to the ornate blade used by Pig-man at her second destination).
Of course, just as the knife comes down, guess what happens? If you said she's finally killed, you haven't been paying attention. Actually, this time Kristi makes it back to the lab. For all of the five seconds it takes Rohr-Sauger to change his mind about retrieving her without the media around to witness his genius.
With the machine now working as designed (hard to believe), there's one more stop for our intrepid time traveler while the professor and Korsakov arrange a big party to publicize her return. Now magically bound as she was supposed to be in the previous scene (but missing the inspiring words on her belly), and with the speculum still in her mouth (ever wonder why anything time travelers are touching travels with them?), in the litter-strewn dwelling of. Yes, another psycho killer.
Aside from butchering naked women, which is a pretty common hobby in the world of Teraz, this character has a somewhat peculiar fetish. Rather than reveal it, I'll end the plot synopsis here and leave you to be as stunned by the conclusion of KTM as I was. Suffice it to say, things did not wind up as I expected - and I thought I was ready for anything. A word of warning though: make sure you've fully digested your dinner before watching the final scene.
Although the climax was not one I would have chosen, it is in keeping with the overall tone of the film, which is dark and surreal while remaining oddly humorous throughout. Kristi is like the speechless Barbie doll every teenage GIMPer practiced on after lights-out, so you can't really feel sorry for her. Rohr-Sauger is a pompous lecher who clearly enjoys seeing his assistant tortured and humiliated.
In fact, he'd be happy to leave her stranded or dead in the past if it weren't for the fact he needs her to prove his invention works. Clearly, KTM is meant to be an absurdist fantasy, made all the more apparent by having Kristi march through her adventures in stilettos but otherwise nude while encountering only masked maniacs out to mistreat her.
As mentioned, the plot is a direct steal from The Time Tunnel, but the film is really a sexed up version of The Perils of Pauline. Accepting it for what it is, I enjoyed KTM a great deal. Like all Teraz output, it has atmosphere to burn, and unlike most fetish productions, care is taken with the details in every scene. Kristi Lust is quite a find, and sizzles in every shot she's in. Thanks to some creative photography, we get to see her from virtually all angles, and trust me, there's no way to make this woman look bad (see pic at left - dressed in her favorite outfit).
She does have a scorpion tattoo on one shoulder, but it's not overly distracting. Her acting, on the other hand, is. Kristi's native tongue clearly is not English, as is the case with almost all the Teraz girls, and she appears to speak her lines phonetically. Fortunately, she has little to say, and is virtually mute throughout most of the film (a somewhat brutal but unused scene shown in the DVD extras might account for this). KTM is not for everybody.
For one thing, the campy yet misogynistic tone will make some folks uncomfortable, especially those who don't get the offbeat style favored by Teraz. The perils depicted will be too harsh for some, and not harsh enough for others. There's little blood, some unfulfilled teasing ('I'll have her breasts as trophies!' ) and some scenes could use an extra forty watt bulb or two.
Perhaps the most obvious criticism is that the film's reach sometimes exceeds its grasp. Yet rather than hide the budget challenges, the director revels in them, taking things to jaw-dropping extremes in hopes of distracting viewers from the more obvious warts.
Who cares if the giant centipede is fake when it's burrowing into a naked babe's privates as she lies writhing in the jungle? In the same way, the entire plot exists solely to put the heroine into improbably bizarre and intense perils. There are a few cut-away scenes to the lab as the professor struggles to keep the machine working, but 95% of the film is Kristi being defiled and debased by one evil bastard after another. She descends from that rarefied line of professional victims, and like South Park's Kenny or Mr. Bill on SNL, Kristi exists for the single purpose of being abused.
Sure, she travels through time, but she never gets to enjoy the scenery. Hell, she doesn't even get a chance to get dressed. No one is nice to her, and everyone (including the audience) wants to see her suffer.
And since KTM delivers Kristi's suffering in spades, I can let the occasional rubber spider pass. An A+ for effort and originality, but given the film's limitations, Kristi still rates a solid A. Tuesday, January 10th 2012 - 01:43:47 AM Name: Fritz Ralphus wrote: So if you saw a great GIMP scene simply by itself and nothing before or after it, you would think it was a great scene, right? So why would a plot twist that happens 20 minutes or a half hour later ruin what you would have seen previously?
Sorry dude, but I'm with my fellow A Canadian on this one. I so much wanted Maleficarum to end with the burning scene, but that tacked on ending forever changed my appreciation of the film. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the individual GIMP scenes for what they are, but knowing 'how things really turned out' does affect my reaction to the overall picture. If by the time we reach the last frame of a supposedly downbeat finale, there is any whiff of consensual participation, redemption, happy outcomes, etc., I can't help but be disappointed.
In fact, just knowing that there exists an alternate ending in which the heroine is rescued, was in on the game, wakes up from a dream (or *cough* survives), makes me feel cheated. If the film is upfront about its motives, I can't fault it for concluding on a positive note. But if it implies a dire outcome, then suddenly pulls a twist ending to declare otherwise, I'm not pleased. And no, just stopping the film before the final reveal does not help me forget what actually occurs. However, I am curious how others feel about this. Do I smell a poll brewing? The film that Jac was taking to festivals was KK, picture above.
A docu drama with some intense GIMP in it. It's a surreal journey into the nightmare of Haiti. Part of that movie was shot and edited in Cuba. It was during his stay in the Caribbean Island that JJ started writing a script set in Colonial Times, in Trinidad, Cuba.
A beautiful story. On my next installment I will discuss more of the history of Red Feline, beginning with the discovery and The Training of Camille and what it meant to us. I will borrow some quotes from the Diary of Camille to make my point. Jac has a very interesting comment in his about what it was like to direct Amy on the Spanish Horse and other tortures in. That comment carries Amy's interview as well and some pictures.
In about a week we'll start production of the new film. Dead But Dreaming.
Amy and her crew, because now she has a crew, the Heskinator is no longer alone in this, are busy with the props, costumes, make up FX, etc. JJ is busy with the casting, the script, the script, and the casting.
I'm busy with the production board, which I have to make based on the pages that JJ sends my way. I have a little time on my hands, that's why I can actually post now. But soon we'll all be so busy that we'll disappear for a long time. If I can, during the production, I'll post some comments with pictures. We'll have pictures. So, enjoy my posts for the time being.
* * * * * A Canadian wrote: In one of the early episodes, Lee Meriwether explained that the time travellers were trying to locate the 'little people' on the Land of the Giants, to rescue them from the giant hand with the fingers that never moved. Nice try, buddy, but Land of the Giants came out the year after Time Tunnel was cancelled. How could the scientists know anything about those lost little people? Oh, right, they're time travelers so they'd be able to. Nope, too mind-warping for me. But it's always nice to see Lee Merriwether mentioned. Did anyone else think she was hot in this show?
And looking back, do you now wonder why? I mean she looked like a, always dressed in that shapeless, all-concealing lab coat, and rarely facing any peril beyond the sparks which flew from her instrument panel when it invariably went on the fritz. She was the complete opposite of her persona.
* * * * * YikYakker wrote: Just wanted to mention that the third source for Teraz films mentioned previously by Fritz carries a VOD version. Thanks for pointing that out. Unfortunately, the does not have the subtitles which make the scenes with Spanish and Latin dialogue understandable. The subtitles also help with some of the heavily accented English. You won't get lost without them, but you'll miss a few chuckles and nuances. Also, the download version does not provide the DVD extras. On the other hand, it sells for $19, which is quite reasonable for a 107 minute GIMP video.
* * * * * Ralphus wrote: BTW, your 100th post? I guess you're up to 101 now.
But seriously, who counts their posts? The only reason I know how many posts I've made is because I number the files when I save them to disk. And yes, I know 100, or 101, or I guess now, 102, is actually embarrassingly low when it seems some folks around here have been posting daily for ten years. What is that. And regarding the claim that everything I put up here is a MHP. I beg to differ. Some posts (like this one) are not all that long.
It's the reviews and stories that tend to get out of hand. But thanks anyway. Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 12:19:17 PM Name: carnyx E-mail address: thank you for the information on teraz ralphus. Robert Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 12:31:31 PM Name: John Galt Fritz said: The only reason I know how many posts I've made is because I number the files when I save them to disk. Only a masochist would actually try to write posts using the post page. And it's pretty apparent that, between the two, most of the active posters to this forum clearly fall more into the sadist category. But really, doesn't everyone compose their posts in a text editor first, and then just copy and paste it into the upload box?
This will be file #533 for me, but since I have occasionally posted from another computer, and my reviews are not numbered but saved by title, I know I have contributed more than 533 posts to the forum. * * * * * Reine Margot: Thanks for another enlightening and entertaining filmic and historical disquisition on the world of Red Feline, Pachamama and associated endeavors. Best of luck in the upcoming festival appearances. * * * * * Renzo Novatore: Regarding sloppy bondage techniques, you are defintely preaching to the choir. It may be that bondage neophytes (like filmmakers) truly have no idea what they are doing, and are too lazy to conduct the requisite research.
Or maybe they think since they know how to tie a knot, then they are experts. Or perhaps they feel there is no art or science to it. I've seen a few productions where it is fairly apparent that the producers or directors don't think there is any art or science to movie making either. In any event, you would think that plain, old-fashioned common sense would make some things obvious--for example, if you tie the hands in front and gag the victim, it is easy for her to reach up and remove the gag. Or untie her own bonds.
*sigh* Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 05:23:45 PM Name: A Canadian John Galt wrote: Only a masochist would actually try to write posts using the post page. I guess that makes me a masochist.
Usually, I use the post page. The only exception is for my reviews, which are written and saved on a different site. Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 06:20:19 PM Name: Subhunt E-mail address: Homepage URL: Thank you for the John Blakemore HOM interview! For those of us who grew up in America in the 1970s, HOM mags were very rare but very highly prized! I bought my first copy of HOM Country Bound in 1975!
I was hooked by their style! I lucked up on a collection of HOM images several years ago, and I'm thankful. I'm thankful that John Blakemore came out of retirement, to take an encore bow! As long as I am alive, I'll be posting those priceless HOM images. First, I posted them at DarkFetishNet.com.
They are the Subhunt photo albums. Second, I posted several at Crux Forums. Lately, I added several at Dark Spot. The applause that went to me was loud and long! The applause was world wide!
I always thanked the member who loved the images and I tell them about John Blakemore. Please send him my fondest regards! As long as I am alive, I'll keep those images on my favorite websites. Take care, best wishes. Send my very best wishes to Mr.
Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 07:02:54 PM Name: John Galt A Canadian: You are very likely a better typist than I. Or more careful. Or something. I have to view my posts in a browser (or the HTML Practice Site) to make sure I have all my tags properly opened and closed, and also to check that I remembered to divide my paragraphs with the paragraph tag. I get it all typed out, then go back and clean it up. My first draft is usually pretty abysmal with at least one missed keystroke or missing bracket.
Plus, I kind of like to see how it will look. Typing directly into the post box and then clicking the SIGN THE BOOK button without seeing what it would look like first would drive me crazy.
It would be a masochistic thing for me. Different strokes, I guess. Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 07:45:14 PM Name: A Canadian John Galt wrote: I have to view my posts in a browser (or the HTML Practice Site) to make sure I have all my tags properly opened and closed, and also to check that I remembered to divide my paragraphs with the paragraph tag. Sometimes, I copy my text from the 'post' page and check it in an HTML test site first -- particularly if it includes links. Of course, I post my fair share of HTML-code (and other) mistakes. I count on our quick-thinking moderator to correct them. Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 07:54:15 PM Name: DHT Homepage URL: THIS would have been cool.
Rather see it from Amanda Connor or the Dodsons (or Saudelli), but I wouldn't turn it down from Miller and Sinkiewicz. Porn is all Miller is capable of at this point anyway, might as well put him to use.
Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 10:25:30 PM Name: DHT Wednesday, January 11th 2012 - 10:39:33 PM Name: Bill K. Thank you Reine Margot for answering my Telluride film festival question.
I was sure that there was world wide adult film festival but was not sure about here in USA if there was. I sorry about calling Maleficarum a Red Feline production when I should know by now it's a Pachamama production. I keep forgetting they're not the same company. Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 12:40:22 AM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: Homepage URL: John Galt: But really, doesn't everyone compose their posts in a text editor first, and then just copy and paste it into the upload box? Unless I have a long or complicated post, I use the box. Anything else is too complicated.
======================================== DHT: THIS would have been cool. Rather see it from Amanda Connor or the Dodsons (or Saudelli), but I wouldn't turn it down from Miller and Sinkiewicz. Porn is all Miller is capable of at this point anyway, might as well put him to use. As long as Sinkiewicz wasn't doing the art 'Stray Toaasters style (see URL) -- LOL. That was NICE art though.
======================================== **Posted from The Box!*** Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 04:04:10 AM Name: DHT @JHLipton. LOVE Stray Toasters:) I love Sinkiewicz, he's just not my pick for sexy art. I mean, if I could pick an artist for a Wonder Woman bondage extravaganza it would be Saudelli or Frank Cho or Amanda Connor, Adam Hughes, The Dodsons, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. But actually none of them if I could get Gilbert Hernandez! Check this out, it's the first in a series of 8 Youtubes (Including a behind the scenes vid). As far as I can tell, part 3 is missing. The bondage starts in part 2.
Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 07:42:17 AM Name: Falstaff I have been away from home for the past 3 months and so unable to download Maleficarum, I did so after I returned and it exceeded all my expectations - If this is an indication of what to expect in the future from Margot, Amy, JJ, et al, I look forward to all their productions. One question for Margot or Amy, despite all the new productions, when will Seven Days Episode 5 ever be released? I realize with all the new things going on this probably takes a back seat, but I have chapters 3 and 4 and would like to add the finale when it becomes available. Also, Margot, I really appreciate all the history behind Red Feline that you have shared and the way you all got together - it appears some things are just meant to happen.
I wish you all continued success. Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 10:33:56 AM Name: TGG Here's a tip for some of this community's less HTML knowledgable posters. You don't always have to use paragraph start and paragraph end tags create seperate paragraphs. You can also create seperate paragraphs with only one pair of paragraph tags if you place the break tag between the text of different paragraphs, just put the letters BR in open/close tags between groups of text. That how I split paragraphs. Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 05:55:36 PM Name: BigD Okay, so I read on another forum that the Watermen was special theatres only which is why I couldn't find anything out on the movie. It makes since it was released to select theaters about a year ago.
Anyway, no DVD to look forward to.Damn and it looked so promising. Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 06:29:04 PM Name: The Mangler E-mail address: I enjoyed the 'Kristi and the Time Machine' (KTM) review - looking forward to more of this type. Helps in my decision making. BTW are ZFX still in business - I can't seem to find their site?
Maybe its just me? Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 06:31:44 PM Name: Roman Nowicki Homepage URL: Just checking the buzz on our new Teraz Films release Kristi and the Time Machine starring the luscious Kristy Lust. This is my first visit to GIMP, any questions, I'll be happy to answer, if not, then its been nice talking to myself. BTW: If you do fancy seeing whats in offer at the brand new Teraz Films site (www.terazfilms.com) GIMPers can get 10% off by typing the word 'GIMP' into the 'redemption code' (do this when checking out) - And a solid purchase also gets FREE membership to the Teraz Films Club, full of untold delights!!!
And with that blatant bit of SPAM I'll make a hasty exit, for now. Roman - Teraz Films Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 06:52:58 PM Name: A Canadian Roman Nowicki: I don't have any questions, so I'll just say welcome and thanks for creating the 'GIMP' redemption code. I think I've just taken a step closer to checking out your movies. Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 10:49:47 PM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: Wow, it's Roman Nowicki, the director of one of my all-time favorite GIMP films, Fantom Kiler 2.
Guys, I think it's about time for another update to our Notable Guests page. It's great to have you here. When I first saw Fantom Kiler 2 being advertised online 10 years ago, I didn't know anything about it, or even who or what Teraz Films was. But I took a chance and bought the movie based on 2 tiny stills I saw online of what looked like a woman tied to the hood of a car with jumper cables attached to her nipples. I've still got them.
Here's what I saw: The pics were so small I couldn't even tell for sure, but if it was what I thought it was, I knew I had to see this movie. And of course, that turned out to the most AMAZING electric shock torture scene I had ever seen.
Not only that, the film was loaded with naked women in bondage. Here's an excerpt from my original review, dated May 26, 2001: And the great thing about the movie is that the bondage and nudity are not briefly glimpsed; they play it up from all different angles, and the scenes are all filmed like the director knows that the bondage is the most important part, which of course, it is:) I'll tell you one thing. There is NO WAY a movie like this would EVER get released in the United States. It appears to have been made for bondage fetishists, disguised as a horror film. Roman, if you never made another film, this would be your legacy. But of course, you kept on making them, and I've liked more of your works since then. I know Mark of the Whip has a lot of fans here.
I also liked Fantom Kiler 4 (although not nearly as much as 2). But there's still several I've not had the chance to see. I know it's hard to judge your own work, but what do you think is your best work, and which titles would you recommend to new fans who've never seen your stuff? Are your films made in England or Poland? I was under the impression they were Polish but someone recently said that wasn't true.
And a lot of your titles (well, the entire Fantom Kiler series, at least) seem to be awfully bloody. Do you consider your films to be horror movies, bondage fetish films, or more of a combination of both? Do you have a specific audience, or do you just make the kind of movies you want to see? Most artists seem to make movies that ring their own bells first, and then if people like them, that's a bonus. One other question.if your films are made in England, have you come across any kind of censorship from the government? I was under the impression that England has pretty stringent anti-bondage laws, to the point where even their citizens can be arrested for possessing or downloading bondage material off the net. And your stuff is pretty hardcore, literally.
Here in the states, Rick Masters of ZFX makes harsh bondage material, but the penetration is always simulated. Like I mentioned in my review, there was no way a film like yours could have been made here. Welcome to the forum; we're glad to see you here. Hopefully others will chime in with questions as well.
Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 11:07:26 PM Name: Chas Someone has written a new book about BDSM gameplay: Thursday, January 12th 2012 - 11:15:55 PM Name: John Galt Roman Nowicki: Welcome to the GIMP forum! I hope you check back in from time to time and participate. I am impressed with the GIMP discount offer. After reading Fritz's review of Kristi and the Time Machine, I was also very nearly convinced that maybe it was time to check out a Teraz production--that one, in fact. I was intrigued by the review of Fantom Kiler 2, but not completely persuaded.
I was (and am) a bit put off by the highly stylized filmmaking technique and the bizarre camera angles, but you certainly do push the limits of what I am used to seeing in an extremely provocative manner. I am also a big fan of glistening, sweat-covered, hot female victims, and yours seem to fit that criteria very well. So I think KTM might be my first foray into Teraz. Friday, January 13th 2012 - 12:16:00 AM Name: Iago Roman, I think I can assure you that you won't be talking to yourself here. It's a friendly crowd for a filmmaker such as yourself.
Cheers, Iago Friday, January 13th 2012 - 12:47:17 AM Name: Iago Hi All, Apologies for being so long getting back to people. Real life took a hectic turn for me in December, and I'm just getting things back on track now. First, Ralphus, because, really, Ralphus always comes first! Yes, Spandex. Spandex rocks. Especially the shiny kind. It accentuates every curve of a woman, and while you wouldn't think it, it also hides a world of sins.
It keeps things packed in, hides veins, tats and all sorts of other stuff. Plus it peels off really nicely when the time comes. Plus, it works a lot of ways. Catsuits, dresses, skirts, tights.all good, IMO. Ironically, my favorite color is black, but it the absolute worst color to use in movies, as it washes out in all but really bright lighting.
Brighter colors work better, like purple, pink or white. Vacum was a good example of this. Tight black spandex, but you couldn't see it doing its job on the curves because Rick didn't have nuclear-powered lamps. Brother, you know I love you, but I feel you are selling yourself short with your site. You did some really imaginative and cool 3D art, had an excellent catalog with pictures.your site was fabulous.
It also led to me buying a lot of your stuff because it was right at my fingertips and I could see everything I needed to know what I wanted. You have a lot to offer as a multidimensional artist, something that probably gets overlooked because of the genre you work with.
As someone who does not indulge his artistic side enough I can tell that you have way more expression and value to offer. You've already inspired this site and provided me with much of my best-loved bondage entertainment for about 20 years now. Have a little fun with it, sez I. And make more mad scientist stuff like Ballista 2 and 3, the Doc Bondage series and the Metal series. I'm jonesing here;-) My best wishes to all the GIMPers for a healthy, prosperous and happy New year!
Peace, Iago Friday, January 13th 2012 - 01:14:00 AM Name: Roman Nowicki Homepage URL: Thanks for your welcomes, comments and replies and apologies from me for my delay in replying back to some of your questions. I will be able to fully answer questions in more detail in a day or two's time as right now I am preparing for a new shoot later this month - in darkest Moravia. (Being on different time zones doesn't help too).
To quickly clear up one thing, 'Fantom Kiler' is the Polish spelling but sounds almost exactly the same as the English (but with more of a roll on the R). Now be honest, there aren't that many Polish film titles non Poles can pronounce are there? And if you can't pronounce a film, how are you going to ask for it (We are talking of the days before the internet really took off - which was not really that long ago in the history of things). Friday, January 13th 2012 - 09:03:33 AM Name: Fritz Roman Nowicki wrote: Just checking the buzz on our new Teraz Films release Kristi and the Time Machine starring the luscious Kristy Lust. This is my first visit to GIMP, any questions, I'll be happy to answer, if not, then its been nice talking to myself.
As with most forums, the GIMP attracts a relatively small sample of contributors from its much larger readership. Ralphus says over a thousand folks drop by daily.
So even if no one responded to you, hundreds of people will read your post, and hopefully some of them will buy a copy of Kristi. But as you can see, you are not talking to yourself, and a few of us will even have some questions for you. In any case, welcome and thanks for posting. And although I feel I've already pestered you enough in our past e-mail exchanges, I can't resist taking advantage of your kind offer by throwing you a few questions here.
First: based on what you've told me, you seem to have at least three bases of operations: England, Poland and the Czech Republic. I'm guessing your sales office is in London because that's where my orders are sent from. On your site you have an advert for your studio, which is in Brno. And you also frequent Warsaw regularly. Most low budget producers complain they don't have the funds to travel across town, let alone hop from country to country. Why do you do this, and how do you make it work? Second: most, if not all your talent is East European.
This probably ties into my first question, but why hire off-shore rather than employ local talent (which would presumably allow you to shoot in the UK)? Is it a matter of economics, are the East European women more attractive, or is it for some other reason? Third: why the masks for many of the male actors? The Fantom Kiler series did not use them (except for the star himself, of course), but they are a staple of more recent productions. Is it to preserve the actors' anonymity, to allow a single actor to play multiple roles, or is it a stylistic element?
Finally, do you get product placement dollars from J&B, and what's the story with the rug beaters? Friday, January 13th 2012 - 06:01:46 PM Name: Roman Nowicki Homepage URL: Hi There (Czesc!).
OK last questions first and first questions last - it's 2.30am where I am and I need my beauty sleep (plus I'm writing this after a couple of whisky and cokes - not always a good idea) Replying to Fritz first: 1) CZ is the country of operation now. The only Polish gal to appear in a Teraz Film was Kate Blond from Gdansk (MOW1 and MOW2) (But filmed in Brno) Expect to see her full hard whipping scene on the Teraz Site next month (VOD). The reason so few Polkas - Poland is still very Catholic (the Catholic Church was behind Solidarnosc in the 80/90s and so they still have a strong say - something Palikot and others are trying to change). So Polkas don't mind selling their bods but they don't want people knowing about it. Czech Divkas are more open as Catholicism isn't so strong after they burnt CZ hero Priest Jan Hus back in 1415). So there is a greater feel of liberation in CZ.
If you go to bars like the Husa in Brno almost every other girl is a porn star and at discos you can see lesbian couples openly kissing (ever thought you may have been born in the wrong country!) So CZ has the biggest choice of hot babes open for business - but don't get me wrong - the price is the same as the USA. FK1, 2, 3 were shot in the UK and the main three girls were English, Irish and Siberian. Oh and Russian/Israeli. From 2004 on all the girls are Czech (FS1, FS2, MOW1.etc) except for Kate Blond (Kasia). There are great looking women everywhere but there seems to be more choice in CZ and Poland. I don't know why - the girls don't exercise, eat crap food, smoke.
I guess they have good genes but because of their lifestyle doesn't always last long. Brnovians joke about the Roman nose and many models like Hana Liska have these. Models like Sandra Kay, Tiffany Lust and Melissa Mia have a definite Latin look about them. Very intense eyes that film well.
Masks: Many good reasons, but hard to film (girl has to be well lit- masks need to be half lit to be believable). Too many reasons to go into details here - but without masks Teraz Films would be impossible. J&B - any giallo fan will know that this is an ongoing Italian joke from the 70s (but well spotted). I got into a lot of trouble with PRIVATE FILMS for this and had to edit out every shot of J&B - they thought they would be sued) RUG BEATERS: What's wrong with rug beaters? Cheap, eco friendly and good exercise. Lets have more of them, I say! I have tons more to say on this subject and more but this isn't the place.
No that place is (here we go) where after one purchase you will get instant membership to the Teraz Club. And once again don't forget to use the GIMP (10% discount) Type GIMP in the redemption box at checkout. Friday, January 13th 2012 - 09:07:34 PM Name: DHT Why Youtube is the greatest thing ever.
Don't even try to argue, I don't care about your gripes. Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 01:05:48 AM Name: Matt Re: today's pics: If you remember hiddenpleasures.com, they often kept their captives in the tool shed! A pity they went bye-bye, as their material was amateur, but well done for amateurs, they had both outdoor and indoor scenes (even including a rack and some staged hangings on occasion), and group scenes-some had as many as five captives. I used to be a member, and they've been missed.
Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 03:33:03 AM Name: Flintstone to DHT: I respectfully disagree; this forum is and Youtied was the best things ever. I miss Youtied and hope I will not have to say that about this site. Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 10:50:45 AM Name: MAV Homepage URL: Just grabbed another cap of Roselyn Sanchez in the upcoming Act of Valor movie from a featurette they just released.
She's a fox and I like AOH, but I really hope they show her a little less beat up while she's strung up. Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 11:33:24 AM Name: A Canadian MAV wrote: I really hope they show her a little less beat up while she's strung up. The Rocky Balboa look does nothing for me. Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 11:42:57 AM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: Homepage URL: RALPHUS' REVIEW: 'HOSTEL: PART III' Well, we've had to wait 4 years to get a sequel to one of the most ambitious mainstream GIMP films in recent memory, the modern-day classic Hostel: Part 2.
Whatever your feelings on how successful Eli Roth's film was in satisfying your GIMP sensibilities, you have to admit it was a huge step in the right direction as far as making tied-up women the focal point in a horror film that was designed to play in theaters to a wide audience. Unfortunately, the wide audience never materialized; the film was a box office disappointment. After the first Hostel was a huge success by featuring men tied up and tortured and the sequel featuring women as victims.not so much.which direction would you go if you were in charge of producing Part 3? If you're thinking sausage-fest, congratulations, you can screw up a good thing just as well as these brainless filmmakers did! This is not to say that Hostel: Part III is total zero as far as giving us GIMP-worthy action, but for the most part, it's a big tease and a film full of missed opportunities. It's mainly a film about men who are captured, tied down and have horribly torturous things done to them.
But that doesn't stop the filmmakers from casting some incredibly beautiful women and then in nearly every situation wasting a chance to do something bad to them. For instance, check out sexy blonde Anka, played by Evelina Oboza. In the first 5 minutes, she's shown briefly nude, then taken away by the bad guys, who zap her a few times with an electric prod to keep her in line as she's led away to what will likely be an exciting and torture-filled experience. Except we never see what becomes of her. The filmmakers apparently didn't think that was important enough to show us.
And then there's Amy, wife of the main character, played by Kelly Thiebaud. Absolutely stunning woman. What happens to her?
Then to tease us further, there's this topless waitress (Cassie Keller) who is seen 3 or 4 times and exists only to supply us with bountiful eye candy. My goodness, this woman is jaw-droppingly hot. She's a minor character so I didn't expect any GIMPage from her, but if I were casting the movie, she would be the star and I would make damn sure she got the treatment. Okay, continuing on, we have Kendra, played by the beautiful Sarah Habel. She is the main female lead and gets involved with the men who are being tortured and killed as sport by the sadistic club members.
What happens to her? She gets locked in a cage. Oh, and at the end, she gets shot as she's trying to escape with the men. Ho hum again. Starting to sense a pattern here?
One more chance. Her friend is Nikki, played by Zulay Henao. And she represents the only GIMP-worthy scene of the entire film, albeit quite short, lasting just a total of 3 and a half minutes. However, I think it's a very good scene. We don't see any kind of capture, but when we do see her, she's already been strapped down to a gurney (fully clothed) and is tightly gagged with a ballgag.
Very nice to see that ballgags are becoming more and more popular in mainstream films. The bad guy picks out a cheerleader outfit for her to wear while she makes some wonderful squeals through her gag. When we see her next, she's wearing the cheerleader outfit and she's now bound in a mostly vertical position to a large metal table. Still wearing the ballgag, she looks quite nice.
The villain removes her gag and squirts a bottle of some sort of solution into her mouth and down her cleavage, talking to her in Russian about what he's doing. She clearly can't understand him, so he switches briefly to English, telling her 'Nice and sweet, like you'. Then he shows her a large glass aquarium filled with some huge, scary-looking cockroaches. He picks one up and taunts the screaming, struggling girl by bringing it close to her. Then he returns to the aquarium, scoops up a large container of the nasty creatures, and flips the table down to a horizontal position.
All it takes now is for him to dump the container over top of her, and they swarm over her, concentrating on her wide open mouth. In they go, and there's this ridiculous angle shown from inside her mouth as the cockroaches scurry down her throat and she chokes to death. It's a squeamish scene, to be sure, but the actual cockroach segment is very brief, so it's not as bad as you might think. What I liked was all the lovely suspense and squirming the pretty victim did before her ultimate denouement. But here's a question.
You've got a sexy cheerleader strapped down to a table, is dumping bugs on her the best thing you can come up with to do to her? And of course, when it comes to showing us the men being tortured, they linger over those scenes. Comparatively, the one female scene goes by in a flash. It's thrown in, apparently, just to pacify the fans of the second film. Because good heavens, everybody knows the real reason everybody else watches these movies is to see dudes in distress, right?
My grade: C- Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 12:01:18 PM Name: A Canadian Ralphus: Thanks for the review and the caps of Hostel: Part III. You've done some fine work in a very difficult situation. I could tell you I'm shocked and saddened by the approach the filmmakers have taken -- but, really, I'm not surprised at all. I can't even work up a decent level of disappointment. Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 03:51:35 PM Name: mothbrad Ralphus, thanks a lot for your review - you just saved me two bucks on hiring the stupid thing.
This seems to be a case where your review is an order of magnitude better than the movie it's actually talking about (with added imagination to do with those hotties.) Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 06:50:29 PM Name: John Galt Ralphus: Thanks for the review. I kind of long for the days when slasher movies always involved nubile young girls getting naked and having sex before being murdered in some inventive manner, while the camera lingered.
And the guys were the ones who were dispatched quickly. I don't think the modern flicks are worth the time for viewers more interested in violent prurient scenes with hot naked chicks than sausagefest bloodbaths.
But that's just me. I appreciate you saving me the time and effort I might have mistakenly spent pursuing or watching the movie. Reviews are just as important for letting me know which movies to avoid as they are for encouraging viewing. Saturday, January 14th 2012 - 07:00:36 PM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: Homepage URL: Flintstone: I miss Youtied Do you miss it $5 per month's worth? That's how much it costs to see ALL sorts of videos at DarkFetishNet.com. (Pictures and stories are free!) ============================================= Ralphus: After the first Hostel was a huge success by featuring men tied up and tortured and the sequel featuring women as victims.not so much.which direction would you go if you were in charge of producing Part 3? If you're thinking sausage-fest, congratulations, you can screw up a good thing just as well as these brainless filmmakers did!
Sorry, Ralphus, but that doesn't make sense. If torturing guys is a huge success, and torturing women is a flop, it's anything but 'brainless' to return to the sausage-fest, no matter how much we might hate it. I agree it sucks, but it makes sense to go where the profit is. Hopefully, they'll trade off again on the next one. Because good heavens, everybody knows the real reason everybody else watches these movies is to see dudes in distress, right? Based solely on profits, I would say 'Right!' Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 03:11:07 AM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: Homepage URL: The 'cockroach scene' from Hostel III is up at DFN at the URL.
Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 03:22:26 AM Name: Ralphus E-mail address: jhlipton wrote: Sorry, Ralphus, but that doesn't make sense. If torturing guys is a huge success, and torturing women is a flop, it's anything but 'brainless' to return to the sausage-fest, no matter how much we might hate it. I agree it sucks, but it makes sense to go where the profit is. Perhaps 'brainless' wasn't the best adjective to describe this decision.
How about 'sell-out'? Is there a word that means compromising one's artistic vision for the lure of more millions? Everyone bows down to the God of Money.
Movie-making is a business, not an art form. Everybody prefers to take the safe route instead of doing something bold and different.and we end up with the same old crap every time.
Give Eli Roth credit for making a very good movie that had refreshingly misogynistic elements, even though it didn't make him nearly as much money as the first one. It did still turn a $7 million profit, though. But I hear you. Let's play an imaginary game. You're now a filmmaker.
Producers have given you a budget and you, jhlipton, can make any horror movie you want, with all the elements you like. With you it would be lots of naked girls, bondage, killing and death scenes. This is your Dream Movie. Are you going to make it? Oh wait, there's a complication.
The producer says he likes the bondage, killing and death scenes, but research says you can make MORE MONEY if you substitute the naked girls for naked men. You know, just a small change.
Are you going to make it now? Gosh, says jhlipton. It's not exactly my vision now, is it? But hey, it's still MORE MONEY! Okay, I'll do it! So do I call you 'brainless'? An 'opportunistic bastard'?
Hmmmm.well, we're getting closer. Guys, what would YOU do? Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 10:01:03 AM Name: A Canadian The Hostel III question: At the risk of sounding crass, is there any reason to think this straight-to-video release was made for any purpose other than to cash in on the 'Hostel' title? One other note: Ralphus says the guy who directed the movie appears to have compromised his artistic vision by turning the movie into a 'sausage fest.' We're assuming, I guess, that the director is heterosexual. Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 10:43:22 AM Name: John Galt Ralphus and jhlipton: I think you both make excellent points, but I think there are intermediate positions between artistic integrity and sell-out. Here are two: First, not everyone who makes a movie has, or even pretends to have, artistic integrity.
Making movies is what they like to do, and their goal is to have fun in a job they like, to be successful, and to do whatever the money people or focus groups tell them will maximize profits. They are not necessarily bad filmmakers. They are probably intent on making technically good movies, with storylines that make sense, performers who are believable and engaging, direction that moves the plot forward, and, for some, special effects that have a definite wow factor. They are not Picasso, but who needs Picasso when you just want your house painted? Second, not everyone has the same vision. Although I see A Canadian beat me to mentioning it, Eli Roth's idea of a hot scene might well be naked young men being tortured. In which case he is actually selling out when he includes a naked young woman victim, in order to pander to the GIMP crowd.
Or maybe his idea of a hot scene has nothing to do with sex or nudity and everything to do with violent death and blood, and his choice of victims and the prurient aspects of their demise secondary considerations. Maybe he is a. In that case, his artistic integrity is safe, as far as I am concerned. Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 10:52:47 AM Name: jhlipton E-mail address: Ralphus: How about 'sell-out'? Is there a word that means compromising one's artistic vision for the lure of more millions? Again, you're assuming that Roth's 'vision' is the same as yours. It could easily be that he's a 'bi-sadist', or even PREFERS torturing men.
You must admit it's at least possible. To say that he's a 'sell-out' would imply that somewhere he had said that he liked GIMPing more than BIMPing. Sure, if I was offered several million dollars to direct the picture of my fantasy, it would look a LOT more like the bath scene from H2 -- but it would look even more like a JohnM Production writ large -- and you would be moaning about how I was a brainless sell-out for killing the girls instead of keeping them alive. One of James Cameron's best scenes was the death of Iris in 'Strange Days'.
But I don't call him brainless or a sell-out for having no similar scene in 'Avatar'. ========================================= John Galt: First, not everyone who makes a movie has, or even pretends to have, artistic integrity. Making movies is what they like to do, and their goal is to have fun in a job they like, to be successful, and to do whatever the money people or focus groups tell them will maximize profits. And there's some that do both. Clint Eastwood made at least one 'Man With No Name' and similar Western and at least one Dirty Harry movie to fund movies like 'Bird' that he knew would be money-losers.
By the time he made 'Unforgiven', he was able to meld the two -- integrity and profit, and from there he's concentrated almost exclusively on vision -- because he can. Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 02:26:29 PM Name: Dan The Man Ralphus - Are you crazy!!! - what the f**k are you doing reviewing mainstream garbage like 'Hostel 3', for anyway? Its mindless ephemeral junk made for frats to try to lay chicks in the back stalls. If you want something that crosses the boundaries then you have to search out productions such as Teraz Films, etc. There are a million places I can go to read such reviews - what next? Nightmare On Elm Street?
Talk about losing the plot! Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 03:40:47 PM Name: YikYakker Lots of good points being made here. I'd like to just pick up on what John Galt said about thanatophiles. There is a group of movie viewers.I have no idea who they are, or how many there are.who couldn't care less whether the victims are males or females. What they want to see is bloody, gory torture and death.the more inventive and numerous the kills are, the more they enjoy the movie.
Not being judgmental here.just saying. They write reviews for IMDb, Amazon, whatever.and in their minds, what constitutes a 'disappointing' movie is one that lacks torture and killing in the quantity and quality they desire. The 'Hostel' and 'Saw' franchises are examples of what they seek. Why do these movies tend to feature the torture and killing of men? Maybe because there are limits to what most 'mainstream' movie-makers will do to a woman onscreen, while there are no such limits for male victims. Just a thought. I really doubt that movies aimed at wider audiences will ever treat men and women equally when it comes to torture and death.
Oh, there are some moments, as in Hostel II, and Jacqueline Lovell's BATS scene in Head of the Family (which I viewed last night.again). I'm just convinced that such scenes are going to always be few and far between. That's why I'm grateful that we have folks like Red Feline, Pachamama, Andreas Bethmann, and of course, Roman Nowicki.
They torture women, and keep the gore factor at a reasonable level. ---------- Roman Nowicki: Glad you could drop by and answer our questions. Kristi and the Time Machine looks nifty. Like John Galt, I enjoy seeing 'glistening, sweat-covered, hot female victims'.
I've also enjoyed MOW1, MOW2 and FK2, so I'm sure I'll be checking out KTM very soon. BTW, I hope you know I was just kidding around with the 'Slavic robot' remark. Your girls are lovely and they are good sports.
Y'know, I'm actually half Polish on my mother's side. In fact, her maiden name ends with the same 5 letters as yours.
I originally intended to use the moniker YikYakkowicki in my posts, but I shortened it to something that served better as a nom de plume. (Just kidding.again). Anyway, thanks for the GIMP discount, I'll be using it soon. ---------- Ralphus: Thanks for the review (and caps) of Kristi and the Time Machine, as well as the heads-up about Hostel III. The relative 'failure' of Hostel II was a bad omen. And I still don't like the bugs. ---------- If there is anyone out there who has not viewed scenes from The Abductors, here's your chance: ---------- Doesn't everyone keep a couple of bound babes in their tool shed?
Tool shed.d'oh! Why didn't I think of that? Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 04:50:40 PM Name: Insomniac Homepage URL: For those of you with nothing planned tonight, The Spade County Massacre is being streamed on its official website in a free preview for a 12 hour window starting tonight.
From the site: 'The Spade County Massacre is officially unrated, however it is a horror movie with incredibly graphic scenes, violence, and nudity.' IMDB also has some that sound pretty promising. The movie stills look pretty good too.
The plot is basically that there's this disturbed psycho on the loose causing mayhem in a small town. I'll post about it again if it's any good.
Sunday, January 15th 2012 - 05:01:23 PM Name: Fritz Ralphus: Thanks for the Hostel: Part III review. That's two giant bug scenes in a week. Are you trying to scare away A Canadian and YikYakker for good? * * * * * jhlipton wrote: One of James Cameron's best scenes was the death of Iris in 'Strange Days'. But I don't call him brainless or a sell-out for having no similar scene in 'Avatar'.
Actually, Kathryn Bigelow directed Strange Days, though Cameron did write the script along with the unfortunately named Jay Cocks. In fact, we probably should credit (or blame) the writers for the content of GIMP films, not the directors.
I would imagine the writers are the ones who establish the sex of the victims. And to add my thoughts here, for a 'mainstream' release like Hostel: Part III, I doubt if those who pen the script give much thought to whether the audience finds male or female victims more enticing using the criteria we do. Given established horror film conventions, I'm sure they realize most hetero male viewers enjoy seeing attractive women on screen, preferably with minimal clothing, but their primary goal is to make a scary movie, not pander to a specific subgroup which wanks to the sight of a GIMPette getting her due. And yes, writers probably do worry about offending the distaff film-goers by pouring all the peril on the girls. More than likely, the moguls who finance the productions are the final arbiters, and it is they whom the writers must impress. And we all know how that works in Hollywood: Jaws comes out of nowhere and makes a fortune, and we all get to watch sharks chow down on hapless swimmers for the next five years.
I suspect Hostel: Part II made the women the focus of the story not to appeal to GIMP-loving males, but rather to mix up the story a bit, to differentiate the plot from the original. Having tried that, and maybe realizing it doesn't necessarily work, the producers play it safe and return to the original formula with Part III. I have yet to see a torture porn film which is a true GIMP movie, one which I could say unquestionably was written by someone who shares our interests. In almost all cases, the writer's artistic vision, if there is one, is driven by a love of horror films, not by a fetishistic interest in watching women suffer. I'm hard-pressed to think of any theatre release where it is apparent that the film was aimed squarely at the GIMP community, or was written by a member of it. The Ilsa films come to mind, but they played mainly in porn and grindhouse venues, as did ISOYG and other exploitation fare. Although Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS made money hand over fist, there just aren't enough of us for producers to risk a public backlash by releasing something that appeals mainly to GIMPers - so the most we'll ever get from the mainstream is the occasional GIMP scene to spice up an otherwise bland flick.
* * * * * Dan The Man wrote: Ralphus - Are you crazy!!! - what the f**k are you doing reviewing mainstream garbage like 'Hostel 3' I think most of us are pleased that Ralphus and others write about 'mainstream garbage'. In most cases the reviews are not about the movie as a whole, but about the GIMP content, and we all know that even lousy films can have some amazing peril scenes, if nothing else. As I wrote above, such scenes are the most we can expect in big-budget releases these days, so having reviewers point out in which movies they do and don't occur is, for me anyway, a much appreciated service which saves me both time and money.
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Isshin’s Appeal! • or or|: Ichigo Loses His Fighting Spirit!? Gin’s Expectation! • or or or or or or|: Urahara Appears! • or or or|: Theatre Opening Commemoration! Hell Chapter: Prologue • or or or|: Film!
Shinigami Film Festival! • or or or or or|: The Extending Blade?! • or or|: The Shocking TruthThe Mysterious Power Within Ichigo! • or or or or or|: It’s All A TrapEngineered Bonds!
• or or or or or or|: The Sealed Genryuusai • or or or or or or|: Blade of Hatred! Hitsugaya, Enraged!
• or or|: All Out War! Shinigami • or or|: Desperate Struggle with Aizen! Hirako, Shikai! • or or|: For the Sake of Justice?! The Man Who Deserted the Shinigami • or|: Byakuya vs. The Melee Commences • or or or|: The Final Trump Card!
Ichigo, Towards the Decisive Battle • or or|: Side Story! Ichigo and the Magic Lamp • or|: Protect Karakura Town! Ichigo, towards the Real World! • or or|: The Hundred-Year Grudge! Hiyori`s Revenge • or or or|: Chain of Sacrifice, Harribel`s Past • or or or or or or|: Starrk, the Lone Battle • or or|: Power of the Soul! Los Lobos, Attack!
• or or or or|: Crown of Lies, Barragan’s Grudge • or or or|: Hisagi and T?sen, the Moment of Parting • or or: Hirako and Aizenthe Reunion of Fate! • or or: The Nightmare Returns Revival of the Espada • or or or: Climax! •||: One Hit Kill, Soifon, Bankai! • or or or: The Approaching Breath of Death, the King Who Rules Over Death! • or or or: Hitsugaya, the Suicidal Frozen Heavens Hundred Flowers Funeral!
• or: Fury of the Shark! Harribel Releases • or or or: Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra, Conclusion! • or or: Ichigo Dies!
Orihime, the Cry of Sorrow! • or or|: Beginning of DespairIchigo, the Unreachable Blade • or or|: Ichigo and Ury?
Bonded Back to Back • or or|: Hatred and Jealousy, Orihime’s Dilemma • or|: Connected Hearts! The Left Fist Prepared for Death! • or|: Ichigo VS Ulquiorra • or or: Progess!?
The Last Sword Fiend Threat! • or or: Battle of the Females? Katen Ky?kotsu • or or: Imprisonment?! Senbonzakura & Zabimaru • or or: Haineko Cries! The Tragic Sword Beast • or: The Person with the Unknown Ability! Orihime is Targeted • or: Conclusion?!
Kazeshini •: Terror! The Monster That Lurks Underground •: Stray Snake, Tortured Monkey • or or: A New Enemy! The True Nature of the Beast Swords •: Byakuya`s Anger! The Kuchiki Family Collapses •||: Final ChapterZanpakut? Unknown Tales •|: Byakuya and Renji, the 6th Division Returns •|: Muramasa’s True Identity Revealed •|: Byakuya, the Truth Behind his Betrayal •|: Dark History! The Worst Shinigami is Born • or or or: That Man, For the Sake of the Kuchiki •|: Senbonzakura`s Bankai! Offense and Defense of the • or or: Dragon of Ice and Dragon of Flame!
The Strongest • or or or: new Deceived Shinigami! The World Collapse Crisis •: Special Mission! Rescue Captain-Commander Yamamoto! •: Pursue Byakuya! The Confused Gotei Divisions • or: The Long AwaitedKenpachi Appears!
• or: One-to-One Fight! Senbonzakura •: Shinigami and Zanpakut?, Total Sortie • or: For the Sake of Pride! Renji •: Byakuya’s Betrayal •: The Awakening Hyōrinmaru!
•: Friendship? Haineko & Tobiume •||: Soi Fon, Surrounding the Zanpakuto • or: Release! The New Getsuga Tensho • or: Clash! Kazeshini •: Renji Surprised?!
The Two Zabimarus • or: Zangetsu Becomes an Enemy • or: Ichigo vs Ulquiorra • or: Byakuya, Disappearing With The Cherry Blossoms •: The Materialization of Zanpakuto •: The Rug Shinigami is Born! Swimsuit Festival!! •: Wonderful Error •: Fierce Fighting Concludes?
Towards a New Battle! • or: Vice-Captains Annihilated! The Terrifying Demonic Beast •: 3 vs. Rangiku’s Crisis •: A Miraculous Body! Ggio Releases •: The Most Evil Tag!? Soi Fon & Ōmaeda •: The Full Showdown!
Shinigami vs. Espada •: Ikkaku Falls! The Shinigami’s Crisis •: Hisagi’s Shikai! The Name is •: Kira, The Battle Within Despair • or: Beautiful Warrior Charlotte •: Elite! The Four Shinigami •: Defend Karakura Town! Entire Appearance of the Shinigami •: Karakuraizer’s Last Day •: The Soul Burial Detective, Karakuraizer is Born •: Rescue Hirako! Urahara •: Betrayal!
Aizen’s Secret Maneuvers • or: Hiyori Dies? The Beginning Of Tragedy • or: Muguruma 9th Division, Moves Out •: Aizen and the Genius Boy •: 12th Division’s New Captain, Urahara Kisuke • or: The Past Chapter Begins! The Truth from 110 Years Ago • or: Thump!
The Football Tournament of Hollows • or: Ichigo’s Stomach-cutting Persuasion Strategy • or: 100 Years Ago •: Aizen Makes His Move! •: Nnoitra Released!Multyplying Arms •: The Hardest Body!?Cut Down Nnoitra • or: The Resurrected Szayel Aporro • or: The Two Scientists, Mayuri’s Trap • or: Byakuya’s Bankai, the Quiet Anger • or or: Strongest Shinigami • or or: Pesche’s Seriousness • or or or: Neliel’s Past •: The Irresistable, Puppet Show of Terror •: Nel’s Secret, a Big-Breasted Beauty Joins the Battle?! •: Szayel Aporro’s Theater The Frightening Banquet! •: Hueco Mundo Chapter, Restart! •: The Fallen Shinigami’s Pride • or or or: Duel! Ichigo • or: Ichigo Rages! The Assassin’s Secret •: Struggle!
• or: Ice and Flame! Fierce Fight of Amagai vs. Hitsugaya •: Kira and Kifune, Offense and Defense of 3rd Division • or: The Darkness Which Moves! Kibune’s True Colors • or: Amagai’s True Strength, Zanpakutou is Released •: The 2nd Division Sorties! Ichigo is Surrounded •: The Princess’ Decision, the Sorrowful Bride • or: Confrontation?! Gotei 13 •: The Nightmare Which is Shown, Ichigo’s Inside the Mirror • or: Mystery!
The Sword-Consuming Assassin and The Reversal of •: The Revenge Assassin, Ichigo Is Targeted •: Break the Mirrors’ Boundary! Ichigo’s Captivity •: The Appearance of the Great Evil! The Darkness in the House of •: Kibune Goes To War!
The Violent Wind That Rages •: Kenryu, the Profusion of Blooming Crimson Flowers •: Desperate Struggle Under the Moonlit Night, the Mysterious •: New Development, the Dangerous Transfer Student Appears! •: The New Captain Appears! His name is Amagai Shuusuke •: The Moment of Conclusion, the End of Grimmjow •: Desperate Effort VS Desperate Effort! The Hollowized Ichigo •: The Murderous Intent Boils! The Joyful Grimmjow •: Ishida’s Strategy, the 20-second Offense and Defense •: Shinigami and Quincy, the Battle with Madness • or: Szayel Aporro Laughs, the Net Trapping Renji is Complete •: The Cruel Arrancar, Ulquiorra’s Provocation •: Testament – Your Heart is Right Here. • or: Sado Yasutora dies!
Orihime’s Tears •: Right Arm of the Giant, Left Arm of the Devil •: Ishida’s Trump Card, Seele Schneider •: Ishida & Pesche, the United Attack of Friendship •: Rukia Retaliates! Release the Desperate Kidou •: Rukia and Kaien, the Sorrowful Reunion •: The Devilish Research! Syazel Aporro’s Plan •: Ichigo Strikes Back! This is my Bankai •: The Raging Storm! Encounter with the Dancing Arrancar •: Oath! Back Here Alive Again •: Through the Crumbling Forest, a Million Menos •: Ashido, the Shinigami Who Came from the Past •: The Forest of Menos!
The Search for the Missing Rukia •: The Name is Nel! The Appearance of the Strange Arrancar •: The Espada Gathers!
Aizen’s Royal Assembly •: Ishida-Chad, the Quickening of a New Power •: Grimmjow’s Revival •: Strict Order! The Forbidden Rescue of Inoue Orihime •: Goodbye, Kurosaki •: Ulquiorra’s Scheme, the Moment when the Sun Sets •: Ichigo vs Grimmjow, the 11-second Battle •: Hueco Mondo Moves Again! Hitsugaya vs Yammy •: The Malicious Battle, Aizen’s Trap •: Civil War in Hueco Mondo! Ulquiorra’s Death •: Kon is Deceived! Rangiku on the Lookout •: The Beautiful Patissier, Yumichika!
•: Ikkaku’s Hot-Blooded Kendo Tale •: Hitsugaya, Karin and Soccer Ball •: Rangiku’s Tears, the Sorrowful Parting of Brother and Sister •: The Incisible Enemy! Hitsugaya’s Merciless Decision •: The Swooping Descent of the Dark Emissary! The Propagation of Malice •: The Nightmare Arrancar!
Team Hitsugaya Moves Out •: Urahara’s Decision, Orihime’s Thoughts •: Uryuu vs Ryuuken! Clash of the Parent-Child Quincys •: Urgent Report! Aizen’s Terrifying Plan! The Black Bankai and the White Bankai •: Ichigo, Complete Hollowification?!
The Power of the Awakened • or: Clah! The Person Who Protects vs The Person Who is Hidden •: Hitsugaya Scatters! The Broken Hyourinmaru •: Team Zaraki’s Secret Story! The Lucky Men •: Ikkaku’s Bankai! The Power That Breaks Everything •: Rukia’s Battle Begins! The Freezing White Blade •: The Evil Eye, Aizen Again •: Mission!
The Shinigami Who Came •: Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia •: Prelude to the Apocalypse, the Arrancar Offensive! •: The Commence of War, the Vizards and the Arrancars •: Shock!
The Father’s True Character •: Reopening of the Substitute Business! The Terrifying Transfer Student • or or: Ichigo and Rukia, Thoughts in the Revolving Sky •: The Wailing Bount! The Last Clash •: The Swung-Down Edge! The Moment of Ruin •: Life and Revenge! Ishida, the Ultimate Choice •: Kariya! Countdown to the Detonation •: 10th Division •: Ishida, Exceeding the Limits to Attack! •: The Last Quincy!
The Exploding Power •: Mayuri’s Bankai! Sawatari* Clash of the Demon •: Soi Fong Dies? The Last of the Secret Mobile Corps •: Shinigmi vs Shinigami! The Uncontrollable Power •: Clash!
Zaraki Kenpachi vs Ichinose Maki •: Hitsugaya Moves Out! Cut Down the Enemy in the Forest • or: Ichigo-Byakuya-Kariya, Battle of the Three Extremes! •: Byakuya Takes the Field! Dance of the Wind-Splitting Cherry Blossoms • or: Hitsugaya’s Resolution!
The Moment of Conflict Approaches •: Assault of the Bounts! Chaos in the Gotei 13 Divisions •: Enter the World of the Shinigami, Again •: Shinigami and Quincy! The Reviving Power! •: Abarai Renji, Soul of Bankai!
Ishida vs Nemu •: Annihilation of the Vice-Captains!? Trap in the Underground Cave •: Byakuya Assembles! The Gotie 13 Divisions Make Their Move •: Rangiku Dances!
Cut Down the Invisible Enemy •: Breaking Up of the Substitute Team? The Betrayal of Rukia •: Grey Shadow, the Secret of the Doll •: Ichigo vs Dalk! The Appearance of the Faded Darkness •: Hitsugaya Moves! The Attacked City •: Assault from a Formidable Enemy!
A Tiny Line of Defense? •: Yoshino’s Decision of Death •: Shocking Revelations for the Gotei 13 divisions!! The Truth Buried in History •: Vanishing Grudge! The Shinigami that Kenpachi Cut Down • • •: Water Attack!
Escape from the Shutdown Hospital •: The Moment of Collision!! An Evil Hand Draws Near to the Quincy •: Return of Rukia! The Substitute Team Revival • •|: Death Game! The Missing Classmate •||: Break Through! The Trap Hidden in the Labyrinth •: Creeping Terror, the Second Victim •: New School Term, Renji Has Come to the Material World?! •: Rukia’s Resolution, Ichigo’s Feelings •: Congress Together!
The Strongest Shinigami Organization •: Aizen Stands Out! His Terrifying Ambition •|: Truth of Despair, the Dagger that has been Brandished •|: Conclusion of the Death Match! White pride and black desire •|: Unseal! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power •|: One thousand cherry blossoms, crushed!
Zangetsu thrusts •|: Supersonic Battle! Determine the Goddess of Chivalry •: The Strongest Shinigami! Ultimate Confrontation Between •: An Accomplished Oath!
Get back Rukia! •: Gin Ichimaru’s Temptation, Resolution of DestructionAir •|: Morning Of The Sentence •|: The Awakening Lion •|: Rukia’s Nightmare! •|: Hitsugaya Roars! •|: The Avengers •|: Authentic Records! The School of Shinigami •|: Overcome The Limits •|: Ishida, Power of Limits •|: The Despicable Shinigami •|: Yoruichi, God Of Flash, Dances! •|: Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia •||: The Shinigami Whom Ganju Met •|: The Man Of Immorality •| -ind| -ind: Desperation! The Brokened Zangetsu •| -ind| -ind| -ind| -ind| 037-ind|: Reason For The Fist •| -ind| -ind: Zaraki Kenpachi Approaches!
•|: Assasination Of Aizen! The Darkness Which Approaches •|: Tragedy of Dawn •|: Miracle!
The Mysterious New Hero •||: Stars and The Stray •||: The Resolution To Kill •|| 030: Renji’s Confrontation •||: Breakthrough! The Deathgods’ Encompassing Net •|| 028: Orihime Is Being Targeted •|| 027: Release The Death Blow! •|| 026: Formation! The Worst Tag •|| 025: Penetrate The Center With an Enormous Bombshell?
•|| 024: Assemble! The 13 Divisions •|| 023: The Sentence Of Rukia, Before The 14th Day •| 022: The Man Who Hates Shingamis •| 021: Enter! The World Of The Shinigami •| 020: Ichimaru The Silver Shadow •: Ichigo Becomes A Hollow! Power of the Shinigami •: Ichigo Dies!
•: Encounter: Abarai Renji! •: Kon’s Great Plan •|: Back To Back, A Fight To The Death! •: Flower and Hollow •: A Gentle Right Arm •: The Legendary Quincy •| 010: Assault On Trip At Sacred Ground! •| 009: Unbeatable Enemy •| 008: June 17th, A Memory Of Rain •||: Greetings From A Stuffed Toy •||: Fight To The Death! Ichigo •| 005: Beat The Invisible Enemy! •| 004: Cursed Parakeet •| 003: The Older Brother’s Wish, THe Younger Sister •| 002: A Shinigami’s Work •| 001: The Day I Became A Shinigami.
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This song is the theme song of popular TV drama A Boy Named Flora 花甲男孩轉大人, which Lu act as the protagonist. This song is sung in Chinese and Taiwanese in some parts. I love this song since the first time I heard it. Anyway, there is also another version of this song which is 快魚仔 (Fast Fish). Just like the song title, that another version was cheerful with fast tone, besides the original version which is slow and mellow-ish.
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The screen on this laptop is amazing: 1280x800 widescreen resolutions and it is very bright! I had no problem using it the other day in the car when the sun was very bright. I used to have a hard time seeing the screen on the HP in the bright sunlight. I've had this notebook for 2.5+ years. It was my first notebook and when buying one I wanted the best I could get and afford. It had a 1.8GHz Intel Mobile Pentium 4m when I bought it along with a 40GB IBM/Hitachi 5400RPM HDD, NVidia 440Go video card with 32 MB RAM, 15' SXGA+ screen (1400x1050 resolution), side CDRW drive and 256MB RAM (never buy extra RAM from Dell when making the purchase, more than likely you can buy it elsewhere and even from Dell cheaper than you can with the system or at least that has been my experience). I have since installed a 2.4GHz Mobile P4m CPU, ATI 64MB Radeon video card, 1GB RAM and changed the HDD out to a seagate 40GB 5400 RPM model.
I also added a DVD-ROM/CDRW drive to the media/modular bay which I can take out to install a second battery. I liked it a whole lot when I got it but I really needed a notebook to take with me almost everywhere I go for various reasons and the i8200 is big and heavy. Not bad if you move it around the house from one room to another but to throw it over your shoulder, along with the bag and all the junk you need or choose to carry with it in the bag, it gets REALLY heavy in a short period of time. The design of the i8200 CPU heatsink and fans leave a little to be desired. The heatsink has a heat pipe going from the plate locked down on the CPU to a fin area where the fans are.
It does have 2 fans but these fan only blow air across the CPU heat pipe fins and do nothing for the GPU which sits near the middle of the notebook. At times, when ripping music CDs or gaming, the GPU can get to 60-65 degrees C along with the CPU going over 70C.
Once you stop using the full power/speed of the CPU the fans cool the CPU down fairly quickly but the GPU still stays hot. There is a heatsink on top of the GPU with a heat pipe mounted to the bottom of the keyboard to try and take some of the heat away but it isn't that efficient. The battery life isn't bad when you have both batteries installed, about 4+ hours, but with only one battery the run time drops to around 2 or less hours. All in all it has served me well and I have never had any problems with it.
It is fast, the screen is crisp and bright and has not failed to run any game I have, including Doom3. I like the layout of the older Dell notebooks more than the new ones. If Dell had kept the older 3 spindle design with the option to have 2 batteries installed at the same time and have a CD drive installed with the newer Pentium M CPU I would of bought a newer one buy now. Look for my review of the Dell C610. I have had one of these for about 2 years.
I bought one of these because they are light and easy to carry. I first bought a Latitude C600 model but it was slow compared to my Inspiron 8200 so I looked for a faster model and got a Latitude C610 and then bought a second one to run other than MS OS's on and to use for older games on a second HDD with Win98SE installed on it. I have also owned 2 C640's with a mobile P4m CPU. Even though the C640 has a P4 CPU I like the C610 model better. The C610 is a great model. The P3m CPU in the C610 gives you the best of both worlds.
Long battery life, low heat output and a 133MHz bus and with a 7200 RPM HDD it loads programs just as fast as any of the MP4m notebooks I've owned. It is different than the P3 CPU's in the older C600 model and goes to 1.2GHZ. The C640, Mobile P4m model, puts out a lot of heat and uses batteries very fast. Where as the C610, with a high capacity battery, gets about 4+ hours of run time with one battery and over 8 hours of run time with 2 installed. It has a slot for a MiniPCI card and I have a Dell TM1350 B/G wireless card in that slot. The one C610 I carry everyday has a Mobile P3m CPU at 1.2GHz, ATI Radeon 16MB video card, XGA screen (1024x768 resolution, it also could be bought with a SXGA+ screen and I have owned one of them but find that resolution on a 14' screen a little hard to deal with), built in 100Mbs NIC and a Modem daughter card.
(the C600 needed either a combo NIC/Modem or just NIC card in the MiniPCI slot to use the Ethernet port on the side of it so that limited you to having a PCMCIA slot card for wireless) (The C640 also has a built in NIC and modem daughter card leaving the MiniPCI slot open for a wireless card), S Video port, PS/2 port for a keyboard or mouse, parallel and serial port, one USB port (which can be limiting in to days world but a with a small 4 port USB hub you can overcome that limitation) and I have a Hitachi 40 GB 7200 RPM drive installed. I have not even looked at newer notebooks because the C610's just do everything I need them to do. If you are looking for a good notebook look on the Dell auction site there are still a lot of C610 available and at a good price. My main concern when buying a laptop is price. This time around, I waited for 6 months for that time when I actually had the funds, and Dell dropped a great coupon for laptops.
The one I used was for $750 off any Inspiron over $1500, total shipped was $767. Config is Pentium M 1.6, 512 DDR2 in dual channel PC3200. Indeed it is running async @200 mhz fsb, with the Pentium M running @133 mhz fsb. 8x DVD+-RW drive, 40GB 5200 rpm 8MB cache hdd. Radeon X300 PCI-E video card for playing even the latest games.
On board Intel wireless a/b/g included. I wanted a laptop for the living room, in front of the couch on a caddy that did the following- Be able to do distributed computing projects, since I'm a big fan, and do leave the laptop on all the time. The Centrino Inspiron 6000 with a Pentium M 1.6 cpu does the job admirably, while staying cool.
Large screen. Not particularly fond of widescreens, but this 15.4 is acceptable, giving me a wider screen, but loosing some height over my last 15' tft laptop. Just the standard WXGA screen, with res. Fairly sharp display, somewhat limited viewing angle, I've found. That's about it for my needs.
I generally do all my surfing in the living room while slouched on the couch while the wife watches TV. Any serious work that needs to be done, typically is on the main rig. On to the review. First impression was great. Solid feel, lid assembly has no flex, which over the years pays off in lid cracking. Keyboard is slightly firmer than the 4-5 older laptops I've used in the past year, refurbbing them, using for a month or two and selling. I like the firm keyboard.
Don't use it, as I have a short cord Logitech optical mouse on the caddy with it. It does have an extensive array of adjustments, however, for those that do. System feel is sluggish compared to my main rig.
Pretty much a given, as no laptop runs the higher fsb's today's desktop systems use, because of heat concerns. You loose that overall system snap and big memory benchmarks of say, a Prescott cpu. Also, hdd response seems rather slow, contributing to the sluggish feel compared to a desktop. Still, it's liveable for basic needs. Painfully slow compared to my desktop rig for DVD ripping. It does do the job, though. Movies played on the 6000D without a hitch.
Intel wireless a/b/g integrated NIC. Works perfectly with good range when linked to a USR 125mb/s AP. Radeon X300 PCI-E graphics. Have yet to play any newer game on it, but is a lot of video card for a laptop. Battery life for the standard 6 cell battery gave me 3 hours run time. Good enough, as I rarely run it on battery.
Dell included software. Can't say much about it, as I put up with it for a week, then wiped it with a clean install of XP. Dell no longer ships cdroms with OS and apps on it, you can burn one copy of the cdroms from an image on the hdd. You can also call Dell for the cdrom's, mine came in two days. I hear they are charging $10 for them now, but there was no charge at the time. Since the clean OS install, it's been up for 5 weeks, though! Overall, happy with the laptop.
Awesome price for a really nice machine! I first purchased my Dell Inspiron 2500 in March, 2004 for use in some of my college courses that I was enrolled in at that time. I had been looking for a decent used laptop for a while when I saw it on eBay for about $550. I noticed that I was quite a bit faster than a relatives Dell Cpx J 650 laptop they had me pick out for them. I had never owned a laptop before this one which I have upgraded slightly by replacing the small amount of ram 128 Mb with 512Mb which sped things noticeably. This laptop has an Intel P3-M 800 MHz processor that works fast and can run on the battery for about 1-1/2 - 2 hours.
In addition to the ram, I added a 24x/8x CD-RW/DVD combo drive, to watch movies and to record to blank compact discs. Ive watched a few movies on it, and it is much better picture then a regular television.
The laptop has a mini-PCI slot that is currently occupied with a modem / Ethernet combo card. The wireless A/B/G PC-card I have gets used mostly at home to connect to the wireless network i've setup. [My network setup can be viewed here: /metashare/82cc7c.] The Inspiron 2500 has all of the usual ports like serial, 2 USB, parallel port on it, instead of having to use a USB port replicator.
I use a standard Microsoft Optical mouse which is easier for me to use instead of the built-in mouse touchpad. I have had no need to look for a faster laptop since this Inspiron 2500 currently meets my mobile computing needs. [2kmaro note: submitted by yazdzik - System ate his name!] Price - 1892.75 Dothan 2.13, ati x600, dvdrw, 60g at 7200 rpm, wuxga, 1024, dell wireless 1450(broadcom chip) Ordered from refurbished, new machine from cancelled contract. Observations: Arrived on date promised, everything ok. Windows preloaded, worked. Carrying case barely fits $2k laptop, so is of little value, orth what I paid, to wit nothing. One call to dell tech support was answered in less than two minutes, the information about a fairly complex partioning issue was answered in less than five minutes, with absolute accuracy.(I slid a partition and needed to fix the hal.dll error) The case is not Sager(Clevo) or IBM quality, and the keyboard appears to be far flimsier than the Sager I own, on the other hand, the cover near the screen seems to be very rigid and protective.
No dead pixels at all! For most video apps, ati x600 is more than adequate, for hard core gamers, this box does not enter into consideration. This is my first centrino box, and, in all honesty, while I am amazed at the ability to work uncabled for almost three and a half hours, there is an apparent penalty is speed of rendering, although until I can run tests, this is just a guess. On the other hand, during non graphic-intensive uses, the response is in every way immediate. Dreadfully cheap 'feel' is offset by genuinely cheap price. Note that for $169 complete care is added to the three year warranty, whereas the same protection is not offered by sager at all, and by the reseller pctorque but at $370. (the sager 3880 at same exact spec, including three year adp, would be $2309, without windows, which is the big advantage to buying from pctorque, $2184.
Naturally, one has to provide one's own credit. The price above for the dell includes 3 year adp as well.) My first experience after three weeks with a 'major'? All things being equal, and had Sager the facilities to provide the credit, I would go with the Sager 3880, since my 5680 was so superb. However, all things are not equal, and given Dell's marketing clout, ten percent or more savings in a business purchase is a massive amount of money, and for a home buyer, I suspect the same only moreso. As to running linux, the choice of parts being broadcom and conexant is unfortunate, although we all know the workarounds.
The question remains as to whether the flimsiness is real or apparent - I'll update this is six months. My laptop lives in the back of a cabrio, on planes, in recording studios, going from NYC 100% humidity and 98^ F to freezing NYC offices- in short, if I were a laptop owned by me, I would ask for protection from family services.
We shall see if the vaunted Dell latitude reliability is for real. In the meantime, I can say that what is supposed to work works well, the services have been all they were hyped to be ----the price, less than $2k for a laptop with the specifiation noted including three years adp on site service, unbeatable. Not a bad start. I recently ventured into the notebook world, knowing what I wanted, and knowing what I wanted to pay, made it a little more difficult than expect. I saw notebooks from Sager that looked promising, but no incentive to buy. I saw a $750 off coupon from dell and decided to look at their notebooks, for gaming and portability reasons.
I came along the Inspiron 9300, 17' WideScreen WXUGA w/ TrueLife ( glossy ). I fell in love with it and configured to purchase and used the incentive ($750 off coupon), and bought it. Here is my review and specs: Inspiron 9300 1.6Ghz Pentium-M 2MB L2 cache 1.25GB PC2 DDR 4300 256MB Nvidia 6800Go 60GB 7.2K HDD IntelPro 2200b/g WiFi CDRW/DVD-Rom 17' WUXGA w/ TrueLife Weight: Very light-weight for the size of the notebook, weighted at around 7 lbs, which is very good. 10/10 Size: It's big, but very easy to haul with you. As long as size isn't an issue with laptop, this sucker is big but light-weight to easily carry around. 9/10 Keyboard: Beautiful keyboard layout.
Sturdy, responsive, very well put together by Dell. Easy to type on, and very easy to get used to. 9/10 TouchPad: Pretty good touch-pad, though it could be more exciting, it's functional and works wonderfully. 8.5/10 Performance: 1.6Ghz P-M 2MB L2 cache ain't nothing to laugh about.
I run Adobe Photoshop CS and multi-task between Photoshop CS and Dreamweaver MX and it doesn't flinch! 9/10 Gaming: WOW! This is where the 9300 shines! I've got the 6800Go 256MB DDR 16x PCI-E, beautiful graphics card. I run Half-Life 2 at 1920x1200 and maintain a good 75FPS. I run Counter-Strike: Source at 1920x1200 with a good 80FPS. I run Need For Speed Underground 2 at 1600x1200 with 70FPS.
Very good gaming machine, video card is overclockable. My 3dMark 05 score is 4600+ on a laptop!
9.5/10 Screen: Definitely get the 17' w/ TrueLife WUXGA. I have an LG screen and the screen is beautiful! I love my screen, wouldn't trade it for the world. Though, if you plan on using the notebook outside constantly in sunny conditions, then glare will be a problem. Highly suggest you make your decision based on what conditions you plan to use the laptop in. 9.5/10 Price: With the discount $750 off coupon, I ended up paying $1303 w/ tax for the above system! AMAZING PRICE!!!!
Final Words If you're short on money, and want performance and a very well built laptop that rivals toshiba/ibm in build-quality but at the fraction of the cost, go with the Inspiron 9300 or XPS Gen2 -Joe. I've always wanted a laptop but felt there were none out there that could handle my photo editing needs. They simply just couldn't handle the more powerful programs. Well after searching long and hard and with a little help from Dell Coupons I decided to build up a Dell 9300: 1.) Pentium M 730 2.) 17' Wide Ultrasharp XGA display 3.) 512 megs of ram 4.) ATI Mobility 300 5.) 60gig HD 6.) DVD/CDRW combo and other goodies. At first I was worried it would be too cheaply made, I have prior experience with dell laptops from work, their C series are good but the newer D600's we got at work seem too cheaply made and flimsy. So needless to say I was a little worried.
Well, when the laptop came in the first thing that came to mind was 'HOLY *(&(&, this thing is huge'. I was very satisfied right off with its build, its way more sturdy than other laptops I've tried and looked. But where this laptop really shines is the DISPLAY and SPEED. It handles just as good as my Desktop which is what is really important to me. I can edit photos on this baby with ease using Photoshop CS2. I have so much resolution and desktop space coding with Dreamweaver or Visual Studio is perfect. Its also very very quiet you don't even know the fan is on.
PROS: 1.) Display 2.) Speed 3.) Build 4.) Looks CONS: 1.) Size All in all I can say I'm 95% satisfied with this laptop, size being the factor that takes away 5%. Finding a good bag for a 17' laptop is hard and expensive. Well this XPS 2 is the 2nd notebook I ever owned. I got this as my personal entertainment system, and I have yet to be really disappointed in the 2 months I have had it.
First off the screen is gorgeous, the Trulife coating makes my old Toshiba look so dim and dirty. I will never order a screen again with a non glossy coating. Regarding the 'sparkles', it is a fine coating of dots, you can only see them if you are staring at a solid white background for a few minutes or so. I noticed it when I first got my machine, but you soon get used to it. Graphically this thing is fast! I run CS:Source, Halo and Guild Wars on max settings and everything is smooth.
I also have HL2, it runs excellent at UXGA resolution. For normal web browsing, I run the display at 1440*900, and I use the Opera web browser and use the built in zoom function at 150%. Audio quality is also excellent, the front mount speakers are pretty loud, and the subwoofer works well, it shakes my flimsy desk. Only problem I have is that the multimedia buttons are poorly placed, it is too easy to brush your hands on the buttons, and the volume buttons have no 'play' in the settings, if they are on volume 0 and you press volume up, the volume level just jumps up to 4 or 5, there is nothing in between. A manual wheel would of been better. Case is pretty solid, haven't heard any creaks, screen hinges are stiff as well.
Keyboard is crap, sometimes it feels like your fingers get caught under the edges, they could of made the fit tighter. I already scraped 2 keys off, one I got back in but the other won't fit right so I will have to get a new kb from Dell when they are in stock. I got the 5400rpm 60gbHD. It is pretty fast, now I wished that I had gotten the 100GB for $100 more.
Dell installs a lot of crap, but fortunately they include a real XP disc so you can reinstall everything, except a few programs like Cyberlink PowerDVD. I also have the IntelPRO wireless 2200BG, the bluetooth was extra, but you can buy the modules on Ebay for 1/4th the price. They are simple to install, takes about 2 minutes. Or if you can find a good deal on a USB bluetooth adaptor go for it. I am sad to see that Dell does not include port covers, I will have to either put my computer in a case or blast it weekly with compressed air. DON'T get the XPS backpack, it is HUGE, almost like a camping backpack.
If you want a small, nice case get the Booq Powersleeve XXL, although I don't know if it has room for the AC adaptor. Speaking of the AC adaptor, Dell could of made this thing smaller, it is really big, but it is lighter than most I have seen. Intel Pro Wireless works like a dream, I am picking up my routers signal and also my neighbors, it has a cool autoconfig utillity that lets you make a profile for a certain network, so when you get the signal, it will remember the settings and automatically connect. Batterylife is good for a machine of this power, with screen at max brightness and wireless on, you can get about 1 and 1/2 hours, turn wireless off and screen at lowest settings you can squeeze out 2 hours. I am rarely away from an outlet so this didn't matter to me much.
This system WILL NOT work with an airplane power adaptor, not enough voltage, so leave this in the overhead. I bought a Thinkpad T43 for travelling, and use my XPS for my 'desktop'. All in all this is the best power laptop for games, if you like to record tv or anything like that without purchasing extras the Qosimo from Toshiba is also a good deal, but it doesn't have a geforce 6800 Ultra, just a 6600. Make sure you order one with a coupon from Notebookforums.com, I saved $1500. And even though those new Dell M170s are coming out, I think the PXS 2 is a better buy, the M170's are only about 15-20% faster in 3DMark05 (6000+ vs 5000+) and cost twice as much.
Also I suggest you buy your ram elsewhere, Dell will rape you with the prices of ram, and to achieve the speeds others are reaching in games, 2gb of RAM is a must. Dell 9300 notebook review I will keep it short, simple and about what i would have cared about if i was still thinking about buying. Ordered on Dec. 16th around 8pm. 9300 1.8ghz non-ultra bright 17' widescreen gig of ram 60gig 7200 rpm 6800go DVD+-rw a/b/g wireless 6 cell extra 9 cell 3 years of McAfee XP MCE with install CD dell back pack carry case 1 year warranty.
$1588 shipped with 2 day delivery (after $750 coupon, and free upgrades) Estimated ship date wasn't until sometime in the first week of Jan, don't remember exactly. Was happy to see they got it built fast, and updated shipping to overnight for free.
Got it on Dec 23 as a nice Christmas surprise. Considering i ordered it so late in the day on the 16Th, i thought that was fast.
Having never seen a 17' wide screen in person i was a little shocked when i took this beast out of the box and turned it on. I did notice some light leakage at first but for some reason it has diminished to the point where its almost totally gone and i even use a black background. It's a samsung screen. No dead pixels.
I am totally satisfied with the screen. The keyboard took a few days to get used to, but now im typing at full speed again.
Did a format within the first 10 minutes of turning it on and seeing 65 processes running. No problem at all finding and obtaining drivers needed, and burning them to CD before i started.
Since then i have also overclocked the 6800 to 390/790 and played hl2 for a few hours just to see if it was stable and then set it back to default because it was certainly good enough for me. Nice to know when its more outdated i can squeeze a little more out of her though. No 3d scores because it would take to long to DL. But it plays games good enough for me.and when it doesn't I might consider upgrading to a 7800 gtx card;) It is a really quiet machine (with the exception of the optical drive). The fan spins up to medium speed every so often when gaming, but its almost silent doing anything else. Letting the bios control the fans i get temps of about 50 for both CPU and GPU while surfing and listening to music. About 55 cpu and 60 gpu is the highest Ive seen it go after gaming for a few hours.
If i let fangui control the fans it would be cooler and also make more noise. I prefer it quiet. The Intel a/b/g wireless works great. I can steal my dads wireless from down the block with it if i stand in front of the window (great transmission range for internal IMO). I ordered a range extender to extend coverage to the rest of my house. Haven't bought any DVDs to try the DVD aspect of the burner.
I have watched DVD's and they looked good. I'm very pleased with it, and the price i paid.
I've tried re-configuring the same options over the last few weeks to see if its any cheaper and it always comes out to about 2g's with the best coupon codes i can find. I did not use the epp. I would buy it again in a heart beat.
If you watch the coupon codes i don't think you can find this powerful of a machine anywhere for even close to the price of a 9300. Ive been looking for a laptop for quite some time now but finally forced myself to make a decision. My intended use for the laptop will be basic office, internet and DVD viewing. I wanted something I could move about my home and since I am going back to college I needed something light enough to go with me. I set a budget of $800 max which I thought was fair.
That budget would include any extras that I might also have to purchase. The difference between a 4200 and 5400 rpm HDD is noticeable. If a laptop couldnt be configured with or didnt include a 5400 rpm option then the price of a drive from Newegg had to be included in the total cost. The same goes for the Compaq/HP AMD systems.
HP ships the AMD systems with PC2700 but the ATI chipset and CPU were built for PC3200. A memory purchase would be required and added to the cost of the laptop. I read reviews, played with laptops in stores and searched many forums for insight.
I decided on the Compaq V2000Z with the ML-32 Turion as being the best choice. I was all ready to order but, call it fate or accident, I ended up with something completely different. While I was browsing the Dell Outlet for a friend I came across an XPS M140. I hadnt considered the M140 since, at the time, it was $999 to start and out of budget. I quickly read reviews and did some quick searches but when I finished and added the M140 to my cart it was already gone.
Lesson number one, when in the Dell Outlet move fast. I ended up ordering an M140 with the Pentium M 740 (1.73/533/2MB L2), 1GB 533 DDR2, 60GB 5400 rpm HDD, Intel 2200 wireless, CDRW/DVD combo drive and Windows XP MCE for $689. $689 was much much less than the new configured price and was certainly with in budget so I was very pleased with the purchase. Warranty time was 1 Year same as new and since it was an XPS I received the specialized XPS support. The XPS M140 (and its twin the 630M from small business) is a Centrino laptop. Its using the Intel 915 chipset and includes standard specs as follows: DDR2 533MHz support, 2 DIMMS 4 USB 2.0 ports 5 in 1 memory card reader One firewire port Audio in (Mic), out VGA connection RJ-45 Ethernet RJ-11 Modem S-Video One ExpressCard slot 14.1 (wide) WXGA 1280x800 resolution (TrueLife option) Intel Media Accelerator 900 with up to 128MB shared Height: 1.5 Width: 13 Depth: 9.6 Weight: 5.5lbs (6 cell battery) First lets talk about the XPS name.
I have read a good many reviews about this Laptop using the XPS name and they were very disappointed after they received their M140 that it didnt game well. I would think the integrated GMA900 would have been a huge indication of its gaming possibilities and as such I dont think you should be too shocked to find it doesnt game well at all. Regardless of its GPU, its still an XPS and as such it receives the same dedicated XPS support staff. The included software was the basic stuff and to my disappointment it was all in the taskbar at first boot begging for your attention. Start/Run/msconfig and a reboot fixed that and I immediately started uninstalling stuff.
I know Dell isnt the only company who does the bloated pre-install stuff but I would rather have a clean install with a nice software CD for me to pick and choose from. As a computer company I would think you would want the customer to receive the system and be impressed by its speed. Instead you are faced with slow boot time and a busy mouse as you click through all the windows. I certainly would say this was on the Con list for me but like I said, Dell isnt the only company that does it.
After my order I was a bit apprehensive about XP Media Center Edition. I would be doing a good amount of wireless and XP Pro would have fit my needs better. I was under the impression that MCE was nothing more than XP Home with added media software. Thankfully I was wrong.
MCE is based on XP Pro so it contains all the extras that come with Pro vs Home. I cant comment too much on how I like MCE yet as I havent gone much farther than playing a DVD, but it isnt the resource hog that I feared and stays completely out of your way until you open it. Those (like myself) that would like to do a fresh install of Windows are going to be surprised to find that you dont get an Operating system CD like you used to. Dell instead includes a restore partition that takes up about 5GB of your drive.
The partition is activated by pressing CTRL + F11 at boot. A DOS based program runs and installs your OS as new, bloatware and all. I have tested it and it does work.
The restore partition has a huge Achilles heel though. If anything would happen to the Master Boot Record (MBR) your left with a system and no restore. You cant alter the partition sizes in any way either and lastly they dont give you a way to burn the Ghost image to DVD for safe keeping. Fortunately you can contact Dell and they will send you the OS and software CDs. I used the easiest method by going to dell.com/chat where you enter your service tag number, address and ask a question. I was immediately connected with someone from the XPS staff who put the info through and I should receive the CDs in 3-5 days.
It actually arrived in two via DHL and cost me nothing. Back to the M140, build quality is outstanding. The shell is plastic but it doesnt give when you press against it.
Pushing on the back of the display does not cause ripples in the LCD like most of the sub $800 systems Ive tested. The gaps between the different pieces that make up the shell are very tight. The LCD is kept away from the keyboard when it is closed. Im very impressed with how sturdy the M140 is, big A+. The design is very modern and pleasing to look. I really dont like black laptops.
They just seem so dull to me. The M140 has a black bottom with an all silver top. The middle keyboard area has a white border than graduates into silver. The black keyboard looks great against the light colors. On the front there are media keys. One of the coolest features of this laptop is the ability to play music or DVDs without loading the OS.
The system is called Media Direct 2.0. You can access the optical drive and any external drives including memory cards to instantly view pictures, music or video. I received the TrueLife glossy LCD on my system. Some have complained that the surface is too reflective but personally I dont think its any worse that the other glossy screens on the market. The default background is XPS wallpaper with black as its main color which causes more reflection to be seen than a lighter color. Switching over to MCEs default Electric Blue theme removes a great deal of the reflection.
Colors are very true and vivid on this LCD. White has a grainy texture to it but nothing you would notice unless youre really close to the screen. Text is crisp and easy to read and the viewing angle is very wide even at the lowest brightness setting for the LCD. The keyboard is full sized white text on black keys. Laptop function keys are in blue and stand out just enough to be seen but not become annoying when using the keyboard. The keys make a dull thud when typing, which I prefer over a click. Typing is very comfortable.
The track pad is wide but seeing as this is a widescreen it works very well. The software can adjust the track pad to do just about everything other laptops can do like tap to click and edge scrolling. The scrolling feature works very well with no effort.
The buttons are easy to push and dont make a loud click when they are pressed. Im very impressed the thermal qualities of this laptop. The bottom doesnt get hot, although it does get warm when using the HDD a lot (more on why later).
The fan rarely kicks on and when it does its very quiet. I have to commend Dell on the design of this laptop. Since the CPU is located off the keyboard and the HDD isnt directly under the palm rest neither get hot.
It always annoys me to set my hands on overly warm keyboards and palm rests. Since this is a Centrino notebook it is using Intel wireless. Signal strength is fantastic. Windows controls the wireless by default and since MCE is based on XP Pro you receive the same wireless/networking offerings as Pro. I received the 6 cell battery with mine but there is also a choice of a 9 cell.
With the screen at its dimmest setting you can still read in darker areas or on overcast days. When things get brighter you will want to turn up the screen a bit. Even with the screen set to half bright I can get 4 hours and 15-20 minutes of battery time. With the screen at its lowest, browsing with the wireless and working in office I can get very close to 5 hours.
The 9 cell is good for 6-7 hours of battery time. I discussed this before but it deserves a deeper look.
The M140 wears the XPS badge but does not come with dedicated graphics. It relies on Intels integrated graphics which can use up to 128MB of system memory. Having built several mATX systems in my life I have come to loathe integrated graphics but I have to say, the M140 is still very speedy.
The GPU is using system memory but it is very seamless. As for gaming performance, well there is none. GTA Vice City is my all time favorite game.
The GMA will run it, and run it very smooth albeit at very low resolution. It does look good however since its only a 14.1 screen. I have the lowest CPU Dell offers in the M140 but the 1.73 Pentium M 740 is hardly a slacker. SuperPi calculations are 43 seconds for 1 million places and 1:46 for 2 million. The hard drive pulls in a respectable 29/31MB/s read/write in Raptest.
This is a very peppy system. Finally lets talk about upgrading.
One of the best design features of this laptop is the extreme ease in which you can upgrade. The HDD, modem, wireless mini PCI, Bluetooth card and even the CPU and heat pipe can all be accessed but removing small panels on the bottom of the laptop. Memory slot B is accessed on the bottom also but slot A is under the keyboard. Despite being under the keyboard its still very easy to gain access to. There is one lock screw holding the optical drive in place and the drive is of standard size. Im actually thinking of upgrading my current combo drive with a slot load DVD burner later.
Well it has been a long road but Im very happy where it ended. I think the M140 is a wonderful laptop with great features, speed and build quality. I would highly recommend this laptop to anyone in the market. For more info on the M140 you can visit Dells page For more info on Windows media center, including setup, you can visit Microsofts MCE page A review of MCE can be found at Anandtechs site See Maranello 's review and pictures here: ».
I recently purchased a new Dell Inspiron E1705 through the Dell Employee Purchase Program (EPP), and I am very impressed with it. Before buying it I had researched a number of different portables, but as with a lot of people, the Dell discounts won me over. The combination of the hardware options and the savings was just too good to beat. The cost information below can actually be brought down even more than what was listed. I purchased an additional power adapter so I could leave one at work all the time, and I also purchased a backpack carrying case.
These items came to about $59 extra. HP Pavilion zv5xxx series The HP 'z' series of laptops comes in a variety of hardware layouts, including choices of either Intel or AMD CPU.
Some models can be had at around a $1100 starting price. I went with a custom build setup that included: AMD Mobile Athlon 64 3700+ CPU 1 GB RAM 80 GB 7200 RPM HD 12 cell battery vs the standard 8 cell 15.4' (1680 x 1050 resolution) display nVidia GeForce4 440 Go 64MB video NEC CD/DVD Reader/Burner Windows XP Pro with SP/2 Installed for connectivity it came with 1394 Net Adapter Broadcom 802.1 b/G WLAN Realtek 10/100 NIC Built-in Agere AC'97 56KBps Modem The price for this package was just under $2000 at $1997. I added in a leather case, docking station, 512MB digital drive (similar to a thumbdrive), and some other goodies for a delivered package price of $2784. That includes a 3-year bumper to bumper warranty that added $350 to the price tag. It comes ready to go with a healthy software package that includes InterVideo's WinDVD, FilmFactory, iTunes, muvee autoProducer 3.5-SE, Sonic RecordNow!, SoundMax and more. Many of these are only semi-installed: rather than taking up HD space with them already installed, they install on demand the first time you decide to try them out.
It also came with a trial version of Norton security, but I elected to use Kaspersky's security tools instead (a separate purchase, not through HP). Speakers in the laptop itself are Harmon-Kardon, while the expansion base provides Altec Lansing speakers. One expansion cable I purchased lets you connect out to larger speaker sets up to 5.1 easily. So, how does it work in real life? First, it's not a lightweight - pretty close to 8 pounds all by itself. I'm guessing that the bag with all the accessories I carry around with it comes in at close to 12 to 15 pounds. The monitor is very responsive and gives good DVD playback display.
I've noticed that it is not quite as bright as my ViewSonic VP-series monitors I have hooked up to my desktops, and the white desktop background isn't quite white. You don't notice this unless you have it set up next to another display, so I wouldn't call this a bad thing, just an observation. The volume of the speakers leaves something to be desired, though. I consider it pretty low even at maximum settings.
It does have a plug for headset speakers and that might be a better deal, especially when using it in public places. I haven't connected it up to external speakers, so I can't comment on that setup. Connections abound. There are 3 separate USB connectors and HP sells a powered USB extender to turn any one of those into four with their own power to connect power-needy USB devices to. If you can't get connected with this machine, you are in pretty bad shape. It comes with 56K dial-up connector, 10/100 NIC and it's WiFi ready.
With the AMD 3700+ 64-bit processor and 1 GB RAM (2 GB is max), performance is outstanding. It is one of the fastest machines I have, being noticeably faster than either of my AMD 3200+ desktops, and just about even with my Opteron 150 based system. It's just damned quick. Being a bit of a speed freak when it comes to CPUs, the reason I went with the AMD 3700+ was two-fold: #1 it is 64-bit ready, and #2 the fastest Intel offered on this line at the present time is a 3.2GH P4.
I believe the 3700+ definitely outperforms the ranking available Intel CPU for this line. Quality of workmanship appears to be good. I haven't noticed any flaws or misalignment or anything. It also has a full-length piano type hinge which should add to the life of that part of it. The extras: I need to say something about the expansion base I got.
There are two types, I went with the less expensive. It connects to the computer through a single connector and provides its own USB ports, and its own NIC/56Kb connections. This frees up the 3 USB connectors on the laptop itself for your use. It also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse hookup which is a nice convenience.
I've never owned any other laptop, and it's been some years since I used one regularly (a company furnished Dell). But after about a month of ownership and use, I'm very pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a full featured laptop with a larger screen for 'multi-media' use and possibly even gaming. Since it has the power to run serious applications like MS Office Pro and Adobe's Creative Suite, there's no reason to shy away from it as a true workhorse either.
Well i just came back from work and i decided to chill out and write the review on the dv4170ca which i recently got. My laptop specs Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition with SP2 * Intel(R) Pentium(R) M Processor 740 (1.73 GHz)2MB L2 cache * 15.4' WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x800) * Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900 * 1GB of memory * 100 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive * 8X DVD +/- RW/R & CD-RW Combo dual layer burner * Intel Pro Wireless 2200 802.11bg WLAN * 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery * Microsoft(R) Works/Money * Remote control Overview- Well this is my first laptop, and the reason that i got this laptop was because this September i am going to a University. After doing some research and checking out other laptops i decided to get the dv4170. My Reasons for getting this laptop-This laptop has everything which i need which includes 3:35 minutes of battery life, integrated wireless centrino card, a very nice high quality screen, sufficient amount of power, and it is also very quiet. My uses for the laptop- This laptop would be mainly used to browse the internet, research, typing, watching movies, and listening to music.
I would not use this laptop for games because of the integrated 128mb Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 900, and also because i wont have any time to play games because of my busy schedule. Overall impression of the build- Well the build of this laptop seems to be ergonomic, although, i would not drop this laptop on the floor. This laptop does not feel cheap and i believe that there are not a lot of weak points in the build.
The only thing i would not do is drop a dictionary on the 15.4 brightview screen:D. Keyboard,buttons,overall placement of ports- The keyboard is well build and the keys are spaced out effectively even for my big hands. The keys do not feel cheap and they are easy to press and they do not make much noise.
There are 4 USB ports, digital media slot reader, microphone slot, headphone slot,,phone slot, and other various ports which are placed on both the left and right side of the laptop. There is the power button at the front which glows blue and looks pretty cool at night.
There is also the DVD,Music,sound,and mute buttons at the front. In the middle of the laptop there is the wireless button which is very useful. There is also s- video out and other various ports.
Audio- the audio for this laptop is actually very good because and the build in speakers produce good quality sound. DVD and CD drives- Well i have tried out a movie on this laptop, and the quality looks crystal clear on this screen. The DVD drive vibrates a little bit for the first few seconds when you put a cd, but this was not a big concern or a problem for me. Wireless- Well i don't use wireless yet but i am planning to get it soon.
When i turned on wireless it seemed to picked all the neighbors on my street that use wireless Internet, and i believe that this shows that the integrated card can pick up signals from far away. Performance- Well i got the Intel Centrino, Intel Pentium M Processor 740 1.73ghz 2MB L2 cache 533MS FSB with 1GB of ram. This amount of power satisfies me because i will mainly use this laptop for work,watching movies,and also listening to music. Like i said i will not play games on this laptop but for anyone who wants to play games i believe that you can play half-life 2 on normal setting. Here are all the playable games for this card ». Positives -great quality brightview screen 15.4 inches -very good wireless -very quiet -good sound for a laptop -good battery life - (3:35 hours on 6 cell) laptop has a remove quickplay feature Negatives -Hp could have included Windows XP professional with this laptop -integrated graphics card (maybe a good thing because i am going to university) Conclusion- Overall, this is a great laptop that i would recommends to anyone, especially a student. This laptop has enough power and various features that would satisfy most new buyer.
If you guys want me to add pics or ask questions just PM me -Thanks. Fire100 asked me to review this notebook so I'm going to do just that. Introducing the Notebook Computer. This is a notebook fresh off of the shelves of Best Buy.
Its a bit heavy since there are a lot of gadgets that this notebook has. It gets about two and a half hours of battery life if you use it lightly but if you use it heavily you get about an hour and a half. I know, a bit on the low side as far as battery life but considering the processor, well. You get the idea.
It does it a bit warm when you use it, especially if you are pushing the GHz on it, like playing a DVD. Performance-wise this thing is a BEAST! Its got all the power you can dream of in a notebook without buying an overpriced Alienware. The video card is a very decent card considering its a notebook.
You really don't find a decent video card in a notebook computer, usually you get integrated Intel or ATI graphics. The processor is a Core 2 Duo, which is my first ever Intel processor. I've never bought an Intel chip before, I've always bought AMD. I feel like such a traitor buying an Intel chip based notebook. I feel as if I should buy some AMD stock to feel right again. This notebook has two GB of RAM in it so you have more than enough to work with without having to use the hard drive for swap space.
The hard drives in this thing are great, it has two 80 GB SATA drives in it so you have more than enough room to store your data on the go. Want to install a game with all of the stuff installed?
Don't worry, you got the room! It cost me about $1800 at Best Buy which includes sales tax and a three-year Accidental Damage Performance Service Plan Warranty. Positives • Its got a beast of a processor • Lots of RAM! • Great video card for a notebook • Lots of hard drive space • Full keyboard with number pad Negatives • It gets a bit warm when you are pushing the GHz • A bit heavy (7.8 lbs) • It uses an Intel wireless card, I like Broadcom better since it has better sensitivity • Kinda' on the expensive side These are the specs. Well now I am going to review my dads Sony VAIO FX215 (PCG-FX215) Sony laptop specs Mobile AMD DuronTM processor 800 MHz 15' XGA (1024x768) TFT screen 10Base-T/100Base-TX integrated Ethernet All-in-one design with floppy drive, hard drive, and DVD-ROM drive 256mb of ram 10 GB NTSC video out 200 MHz bus speed ATI RAGETM Mobility graphics chip with 8 MB video SDRAM and 3D graphics support i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) S400 interface supports high-speed digital video, audio, and data transfer capabilities among equipped Sony products Approximately 6.7 lbs. Light, about 2' thin Integrated V.90 modem Built-in speakers Overview- This laptop is around 4-5 years old and I believe that my dad made the right choice when he bought this laptop for himself.
At that time 800MHz was a good amount of power and it is still enough to do daily tasks like using MS word, surfing the internet, and checking your mail. Reasons for getting this laptop- He got this laptop because he is a businessman and because he moved around a lot from one location to another. Uses for the laptop- This laptop is still great today, and I personally love it. I believe that this laptop is still very functional especially for business people, or people who only use their laptops for programming or typing. This Sony laptop is around 6.7 lbs and I think that its not very heavy considering that its 4 years old. Overall impression of the build quality- I have to say that after all these years this laptop is in great shape, and the build quality is remarkable.
This laptop is made from good quality plastic which did not crack in any places. In a way the Sony seems to be built a little tougher than my HP dv4170. Keyboard, buttons, and overall placement of ports-The keyboard is well built, but comparing it to my dv4170 it is clear to see that Sonys keyboard is a little smaller. The actual keys do not make any loud noises and even after all these years they still function with no problems. This laptop is very different than my HP because all the main ports are at the back of the laptop.
One main difference is that this laptop has only 2 USB ports while my hp dv4170 has 4 usb ports. The laptop includes other ports like Serial, parallel, VGA, NTSC video out, USB, RJ-11 phone jack, i.LINK S400 interface. On the left side of the laptop are ports like the microphone, and headphones while on the right is the DVD drive. Audio- The audio in this laptop is pretty good, and the built in speakers produce decent quality sound. DVD and CD drive- Movies on this laptop still look very good, even though, this is an older laptop.
The DVD drive makes little noise and it performs a good job at reading cds. Wireless- unfortunately this laptop does not have a built in wireless card. Performance- The 800 MHz processor has enough power for surfing the internet, using MS word, and even simple photo editing. This laptop has enough power to satisfy a person who does not use his laptop for gaming, or applications that require a 3-D card greater than 8mb or a processor faster than 800Mhz. Positives -very good build quality, even after these years the laptop is in great shape -good quality 15 inch screen -the laptop does not make a lot of noise Negatives -most of the ports are at the back -battery life is 1-1.5 hours -no built in wireless Some Obvious Things -this laptop is not for gaming because of 8mb card -the battery cannot recharge like it used to (15-20 minutes of use now left in the battery) Conclusion- Overall, this is a great laptop that has lasted all these years with no problems. I recommend this laptop for a student or a person who does need a top of the line processor. -Thanks for reading:D.
Specs: Processor: Intel Pentium M (1.6GHz)730 RAM: 1 512 MB DDR PC2700 stick/1 slot empty. Hard drive: Fujitsu 80GB 4200rpm Optical: Super multi drive DVD±RW / DVD-RAM Input device: Keyboard, Touchpad, CD controls. Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 features: There are also several variations, numbered L25-S119x, developed for major consumer electronics and computer stores, as follows (unlisted features are the same as the base model, above; XGA screen is non-TruBrite): for all Toshiba models. Announcing the introduction of the L25 series. Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 review, December 28, 2005: The Toshiba Satellite L25-S119 is my first notebook PC.
I bought it for occasional traveling and to have a second PC at home. It's a lower-end notebook, as evidenced by its $750 price.
It's a pretty nice system, has a 1.5 GHz Celeron M processor, built-in b/g wireless, weighs about 6 pounds, and has a 15' TruBrite screen. My system came with a single 256 MB memory module.
There are two DDR2 SODIMM slots, so I bought a 512 MB module from Kingston to give me a total of 768 MB of RAM. The graphics system uses 64 MB of memory, so I have 704 MB available.
The Toshiba spec sheet says the memory can run in dual channel mode; that's incorrect, the system does not support dual channel mode, so don't bother trying to match memory modules. Toshiba recommends using specific Kingston modules, and they're available at a reasonable price direct from Kingston (check-out the special offers). The supplied battery is only a 4 cell battery, and lasts only about 1.5 hours. Apparently Toshiba provides additional power-management features on their more expensive notebooks, but on this model, there's no way to do things like automatically reduce the screen brightness when on battery power. (The brightness can be changed manually via hotkeys.) I ordered an 8 cell 4300 mAh battery from Toshiba for approximately $100 that should last at least 2.5 hours.
The battery has been back-ordered for a few weeks. I also got a Logitech wireless mini-mouse, since I'll mainly be using the system at home. The mouse receiver plugs into a USB port on the back of the notebook. The PC can read and write CDs but can only read DVDs. I would have liked to be able to write DVDs, but, again, this is a lower-end notebook. I was concerned about reflections from the TruBrite screen and was wondering if I should get a PC with a standard non-glare screen instead.
It turns out reflections are not a problem. I'd say go and get the TruBrite screen unless you plan to use it in an office with standard florescent ceiling lights. When you register your new computer with Toshiba, they e-mail a coupon good for a 15% discount on purchases of accessories and service plans. I was very annoyed that it took 3 weeks for them to e-mail the coupon. So be sure to wait for the coupon before ordering expensive accessories or service plans. Also, their web site allows you to enter your model number and get all the compatible accessories. Unfortunately, some of the listed accessories are not compatible.
Be sure to double-check compatibility before ordering, even if the Toshiba web site says the accessories are compatible, so you can save the time, effort, and expense of returning any incompatible accessories. Given the other people in my house, I opted for a three-year accidental damage and extended warranty plan for about $200, after the afore-mentioned 15% discount. These plans have to be purchased within 30 days of purchasing the notebook. The bottom line is that I'm very happy with this notebook, given the price and how I'm going to use it. I feel it provides more value than the low-end Dell notebooks. I was also able to get a free-after-rebate D-Link wireless b/g router and free-after-rebate Epson color printer with some 'bundling' deals. I use an IBM ThinkPad R51.
Let me give you the specifications and such first, then I shall give my view of it. Specifications •15' XGA •768mb PC-2700 RAM (256mb stock + 512mb Crucial.com) •Pentium M 1.5ghz •2200BG Intel Integrated Wireless (Supports WPA) •Intel Extreme Graphics 2 - 64mb •Centrino Laptop •Upgraded the 30gb hdd to a 40gb 5400 RPM Samsung. This sucker is dead quiet and uses less power than the stock hdd; there were no issues whatsoever with the stock, I just wanted more space •DVD-ROM/CD-RW (Removeable without tools) •Parallel •Integrated ethernet/phone •Mic/Headphones and built-in Speakers •Touchpad AND Navigation Stick •Two PCMCIA slots •2xUSB •S-Video •VGA •5.5 lbs Observations, Cost & Support The stock battery lasts about 4 hours.
You can buy a larger battery for the normal battery slot (it will stick out) and even a battery that would replace the DVD/CD drive in that bay (so batteries in two bays) for perhaps 8 hours of solid computer use. Lucky me, I even managed to grab a spare power supply from a fellow DSLR member for a mere $15 shipped. I use one in my room, and one at my workstation. Total cost all said and done was a cool $1150 shipped, including the Crucial 512mb stick and Samsung hdd.
The IBM warranty service is also top notch. I have had to call 3x now, once for a new keyboard, once for the recovery CDs (XP Pro), and lastly a small question on hard drives. They kept me on hold for only a minute at most and the techs are in Atlanta, GA. They even DHL overnight me the packages for free and I can call 24/7. (I called about the CDs at 3am EST) I thoroughly love the look and feel of this laptop. IBM's ThinkPads are black, professional, can take a beating, and are wonderfully smooth.
(I did NOT like the look and [cheap] feel of the Dell and HP laptops I had to work with.) The placement of the ThinkPad fan is on the side, unlike some Dells where the fan is on the bottom. The keyboard itself is very sturdy and can take a very serious beating. I did have to get the first keyboard replaced though due to a sluggish 'M' key, but after a painless call and fast installation, all was good again. I also got to see that the IBM keyboards have a metal backing that should stop most crumbs from entering the computer if they fall into the keys. This laptop is highly expandable given its price range. You can easily remove/replace the hard drive, ram, CD-RW/DVD-ROM, battery, and keyboard without much trouble at all.
Each upgradable component has its own dedicated slot that is usually accessible with only 1-2 screws. Mind you, the components are still locked in place and are very sturdy.
The ThinkPad also comes with a plethora of programs that you can remove without too much trouble. One program I left on was 'IBM Active Protection'. The laptop/program can detect when the laptop is being moved, and can be configured in a number of ways to stop hard drive activity when motion is detected to help prevent data loss should the unit be dropped or something.
Everything else I removed. (Note: This laptop has no Windows key, but you can configure a key to become the Windows key.) Personal Review I mainly use this laptop for school work. I can type my papers, look up words, research assignments, listen to music (both stream and MP3), and even chat without too much aggravation from the noise.
Yes, this laptop is dead silent. There is but one CPU fan that rarely turns on. When it does, it is still quiet and almost soothing. I like to concentrate on my work, not on how loud my laptop is, or if my laptop is overheating on the carpet. (I used to worry because the old Dell laptop I used to work with had a fan [yes, it had 2 large and loud fans] on the bottom of the computer.
The R51 has one fan on the side.) But when I'm not doing school work, I watch DVDs and downloaded TV shows with this sucker. Both the speakers and the headphone jack can produce a passable volume. I usually just wear my Shure E2C earbuds as that masks the sound of the DVD-ROM drive reading the DVD. I have casually viewed CSI seasons 1 and 2, Cowboy Bebop, and countless episodes of Family Guy on my ThinkPad in only a few months. I also sometimes work as 'the computer guy' for non-profits or small companies in my city. My ThinkPad has sometimes come with me to help fix computers on-site. Not only does it manage to impress the people in the office with its 'professional look', it whips through applications and runs quieter than most rival Pentium 4 desktops at the offices.
I've also learned to effectively utilize my touchpad so I don't have to lug a mouse with the laptop; I can click, scroll, and manipulate documents and webpages very quickly. This has come in very handy as I like to work in the dark at night. That's right, I've used my ThinkPad to format/mount/configure a new hard drive on my linux server via SSH, designed a few XHTML compliant webpages, and even made a few touchups to images in Photoshop with my ThinkPad in the dark without a mouse! (Hey, sometimes you get inspiration/insomnia at 3am.) The ThinkPad even has a small built-in light to illuminate the keyboard just enough in even the darkest room or plane, though you really don't have to use it as the keyboard is easy to type on so you don't have to look down. And of course, the laptop is silent so I didn't even wake anyone else in my home. The battery life is also generous enough for me to: chat, SSH, surf BBR, edit about 3 text documents and listen to music all at the same time for a solid 2 hours.
But besides school, work, and watching shows, I also like to play the occasional game. I have played Ages of Empires II: the Conquerors Expansion and Counter-Strike 1.6 on this laptop without a hitch for about 10 hours total; sometimes I don't feel like getting on my main gaming desktop downstairs. (I ordered a spare Logitech MX 510 gaming mouse just for my beloved ThinkPad.) It's amazing how well this non-gaming machine manages to play DX7-esque games on a more-than-playable level. And this is only an 'R-Series', the lowest of the IBM ThinkPad line. I can only imagine what a mid-level T-Series could do. The wireless portion of this laptop is also amazing and allows me to connect to the world. One of the main reasons for getting a laptop was to do all non-gaming work AWAY from my desktop PC area.
I love the freedom of being able to work/play/relax outside in the shade of a tree, in a rarely visited hallway, on my bed, or in a warm couch. This laptop also helped me pass the time while my flight got delayed at O'Hare for 8 hours. The 15' screen is wonderful.
Overall, I love my ThinkPad. Quiet, powerful, and it helps me get things done. Whatever it may be.
'Nuf said.;). I currently use the TP A30 with these specs: 14.1 XGA (1024x768) TFT LCD Pentium III-M 1.0 GHz (512KB cache) 256 MB (expandable to 1GB) 20 GB HDD (upgradeable to 60GB) DVD-ROM (UltraBay 2000) FDD (UltraBay Plus) ATI Radeon 16MB VRAM Built-in speakers Trackpoint buttons with Trackpoint stick Video out ThinkLight keyboard light 6-cell battery pack Pros: I've had this laptop for more than a month now. I like this particular laptop over the previous one because the keyboard is large, since I have large hands and long fingers. It has two bays, so I can have a DVD-ROM and a CD burner if I so choose. The DVD-ROM allows me to watch movies. I lucked out finding this one.
I bought this from www.geeks.com when they had a Greenlight Special sale. This unit is still under warranty, even though the original warranty has expired. Whoever had this laptop, prior to me, extended the warranty. I particularly like the Internet keys on the left side of the keyboard. The ThinkLight comes in very handy in dark places (like on an airplane) and not disturb anyone. It has separate up and down volume buttons. The 14 screen is adequate for watching movies.
The IrDA will automatically detect and install the printer drivers. This model laptop has two USB ports, instead of one, like some others. Cons: This particular ThinkPad is very heavy for lugging around.
This unit weighs around 8 lbs. So taking it around in a college campus is not recommended. When playing a movie, the battery wears down fast, so you may not be able to watch an entire movie.
It gets really hot underneath when leaving it on for so long. I highly recommend getting a laptop cooler to avoid having your lap feel the heat. The casing is black, so on a sunny day sitting outside in a wireless hotspot, the keyboard (or anything around it) will get pretty hot. If you can find a shaded area, that would cut down on the heat being drawn from the black case. The LCD screen is hard to see on a sunny day even at its highest setting. You have to be precise in using the IrDA to print documents.
Its preferable to connect to a wireless print server. You have to be careful in not dropping the laptop, or pieces of plastic may break off. The speakers can get covered by your legs, when sitting the laptop on your lap, instead of on a table. Overall: I recommend this laptop for those that have large hands.
It has two USB ports, and you can add on a second battery, a second HDD, a DVD-ROM, a CD-ROM, a CD-RW, a DVD/CD-RW, a SuperDisk (LS-120) or a Zip drive (250 MB) in the UltraBay 2000. If you are a heavy traveler I would advise getting a laptop that is lighter than this one. I have been using this Thinkpad for about 2 weeks now, and I can say that of all the machines I have used, this is the best. I wanted a T60P, but i couldn't justify the additional $800 right now, I just need something to travel with. The laptop itself was $1200 I got a 3 year accidental damage warranty for $129 And a worthless 'asset tag' which is basically a sticker with my name, for $6 Out the door including tax it was about $1400 The Specs: Intel Core Duo 1.83ghz 512mb RAM/80GB 5400 RPM HD 14' SXGA screen, 4:3 ratio Radeon x1300 64mb*** Intel PROwireless A/B/G/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR Type III PC Card slots/Express Card slot Biometric Security system DVD-R Ultrabay Design: My previous notebook was a Dell XPS, this is a lot more business like. Basic matte black, with the famous 3 color IBM logo on the lid.
No fancy color changing LED's screaming STEAL ME. Keyboard: The keyboard is basic black, with a greyish blue Enter key and the Thinkvantage button, and the famous red Trackpoint in the center. On the bottom of the screen is a row of green LEDs that display pretty much everything. Bluetooth, battery status, wireless, bt, lots of stuff.
VERY comfortable to type on, not too loud or soft. The mouse buttons make ZERO noise. Only gripe I have is that the Function and Control keys are switched, so you have to be careful. It also includes the great Thinklight, you press Fn and Page Up.
Not as cool as the MacBook Pro light up keyboard, but just as effective. Screen: I chose the regular screen over the widescreen Z series of Thinkpads because pretty much all the media I have on my HD is for regular screens.
The screen is actually pretty good for a 'business' notebook, it isn't as sharp as a Truelife or Crystal view, but it is pretty close. All angles are viewable, except from top down. Connectivity: You get pretty standard ports, 3 USB2, Gigabit Ethernet, 56k Modem, VGA out.
No DVI out port, but you can get one on the optional docking station or buy a PC Card adaptor. Noise and heat: Completely silent fan, you can only hear something if you put it up to your ear, it sounds like rushing air from your car A/C. The vents are located on the left top corner, most of the time just cool air rushes out, if you are playing any games, the air gets warmer, but the noise stays the same, almost nothing. I have had this on my lap with bittorrent running full blast, and it only got a tad warm. Battery life: I haven't used all the different schemes, running on battery, wireless off, I get 4 hours, with wireless on, 3:45. Weight: I am simply in awe. Going from a nearly 9 pound 'laptop' to a 5 pounder makes a huge difference.
Hmm, not the best, if you are in a crowded room, nobody will hear them. They are right on the bottom edge of the front lip. Well, you either love it or hate it. I love it, since I was used to the Toshibas Accupoint. You have an incredible 4 different ways of scrolling. You can use the trackpoint to grab a windows control arms, you can use the trackpoint and the keyboards middle mouse, you can drag your finger along the right edge of the trackpad, and, if you keep your finger sort of in the middle right of the trackpad, you can quickly scroll up and down. Graphics: I am a hardcore gamer, but I decided against getting a gaming laptop again because of their terrible batterylife.
But I avoided getting a Intel GMA sysatem, I wanted something midrange. I also am a 3d artist, i run 3D studio max and Maya, I havent installed them yet. Here is a link to my 3D Mark01 score, [url]&raqu.