Same movie, different formats

Mike Matei / March 1st, 2010

This concludes my trip through the past looking at obsolete video formats. This time, I look at some of the movies I own several different versions of.


  • CaCtUs2003

    March 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    These videos were gold, James! Hope to see more like it

  • Privaron

    April 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I really appreciate the way you do your videos. You are not an average “you-tube-blogger” or smth like this. You really dedicate yourself to your hobbies and entrust your soul and heart in it ))
    It’s really great, I guess! Cause there’s nothing more great than to have something you can truly be devoted to ))
    From Russia with love 😀 Cheers for you )

  • April 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I wonder if you’ve ever seen the Spider Pit Scene? If not, I have access to it.

  • Lorelai

    April 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Respect 🙂 What you did with the King Kong film is like ‘wow’.

  • Stevus

    April 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I was just reminded of this while I was watching the Star Wars trilogy on dvd that was released with the special edition and theatrical edition. There’s so many little sounds and lines that are different in different formats. Like when Luke and Leia are swinging across the gap on the death star. When she shoots at the stormtroopers the sound is different between different versions. Han solo, instead of saying, “It’s alright I can see a lot better.” he says, “Trust me.” I wonder, why there’s so many different little changes in Star Wars? That’d make a cool video.

  • Edward

    May 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Good lord, James. You sure have collected ALOT of strange things. You are not just a gaming nerd. YOU SIR ARE AN OMNINERD! O_O

  • nerdfanokc82

    May 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I really appreciate these films you make. I am ashamed I have never actually seen any of the films you mentioned. They are classic and because of you, I am now going to watch them. Keep up the great work. You rock.

  • Sojiro Seta

    May 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Dude, you are amazing! O__O
    I thought I was a cinephile, but there’s no fucking way I can compete with you!!! I own a “different” version of KING KONG that you don’t show in your video, though. It’s the one of the 2 DVDs with the awesome documentary and Peter Jackson’s restoration of the lost spiders scene, but this one comes in a very cool can that includes brilliant postcards, a copy of the presentation booklet that was given when the filmed was premiered in the Chinese Theater and some other cool stuff.

    I highly recommend that can!

    Congratulations on your reviews, they are awesome!!

  • MovieBuff

    May 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Saw a ring on your ring-finger on your left hand. Guess you either have a lucky lady or you just have cool man jewelry.

  • June 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    never heard of CED before. Excellent review. Educational-but-not-boring. This should set a standard for school videos. They used to bore my ass off.
    Now in Germany, LaserDisc never succeeded. But therefore we had VCR (which came out in about 1971 at this time there were no other formats and they decided to call it Video Cassette Recorder just because it WAS one and it was the FIRST one normal people could at least look at – only the rich could afford it) and System Video 2000.
    VCR was develloped by Grundig/Philips (you know Philips – in Europe they were TV/VCR/Radio Brand #2 right after Grundig) in the mid 60s.
    Funny about VCR was that the reels in the cassette were one above the other.
    Video 2000 was, again, done by Philips/Grundig. It came in 1980 and went in 1986. It had superiour picture quality equal to Super VHS (SuperVHS says it has 3 MHz of bandwidth, my Grundig Video 2000 Manual says the same – live TV is 5 MHz). There’s some cool facts you gotta know about Video 2000:
    Thought the picture search of LaserDisc is awesome? Try out Video 2000. 7x speed ahead, 5x speed backwards with no visible degradation of image quality whatsoever. It looks like playback except for speed.
    Slow motion also is great. It doesn’t chunk, it’s fluent! Later models even have slomo backwards. Aaaaawesome! (watch an explosion in slomo backwards is…gotta have seen it yourself)
    Now to the cassettes They are the same size as VHS (+- a few millimeters) but you can turn them around and record the other side, like audio tapes. Gives you 8 hours (16 in Longplay) and ofcourse, if you watch them over and over, you don’t have to rewind 🙂
    About image quality: I dubbed a DVD onto Video 2000. Watched the recoorded image and pressed pause (no image disturbances in still image, too). I COULD SEE THE PIXELS AND DITHERING GRAYSHADES! DVDs suck anyway.

    He’s gonna take you back to the past
    to show you freaky tech that kicks (or sucks) ass!

  • June 29, 2010 at 2:40 am

    this, as one commentee stated before myself, ive noticed as he noticed, that this video reminds me of Star Wars and its changes during its releases. I have the original VHS of the first version of Star Wars, as well and the digitally mastered versions, which changed a few sences, as well and the bullshit versions now on dvd ofGeorge Lucas rape on his own franchise by adding computer graphics to something made 30 years earlier. what a travisty. like that scene at the very end of Thank You For Smokin where that senator was going back changing old art pics and movies to make it more “tasteful” or more apealing as Lucas thought it would. what a money whore he turned out to be at the expence of his own creations. anyway, i love your shit. recently found out bout you, i am also a avgn. the kind of dude who used to be called ‘the angry stoner’, anyway, you are the man.

  • Fantasy Forest

    July 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Great review. You really have a passion for movies and it shines through in your other regular movie reviews.

  • ZimMan2

    July 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    That Kong story was freaking badass. You’re probably the only person on Earth who can make total film geekery look cool.

  • Ecthilien

    July 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I love these videos James. I can just watch them over and over =) Also got me into laserdisc and Im just about to buy my first player. Thanks alot and greetings from Sweden.

  • August 9, 2010 at 3:34 am

    The cut on Mad, mad, mad, mad World on Netflix is 154 minutes. Why the fuck is it shorter than the DVD versions you have? They are both DVD versions, that doesn’t make sense. What am I missng out on if I watch the Netflix version?

  • WatchmenFTW

    August 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

    You know James, I was suprised that Dracula or any of the Universal Horror movies weren’t on your Top 30 Favourite Movies list.
    Anyway, nice video.

  • PeoplePlayGames

    September 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You forgot 8mm film, Anyways in my Grandmas basement I found a bunch of old 16 mm films that my great grandfather made and a few old movies like felix the cat, anyways i am really interested to see what my grandfather made as a kid so once i get a player ill know a little more history.

  • October 1, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    King Kong It’s a Awesome !!! Movie.. !! You’re so luckky to have those films.. !! I like your video a lot !!!

  • RMZXKallen

    October 13, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Ah yes, the point made with how later DVD versions don’t always get better.

    In 2001 there was a nice copy of Terminator 1 with loads of special Features. T2 had pretty much the same thing going, with more Features.

    2009 versions (with neato lenticular covers) have almost none (Like 1 for T1 and 2 for T2…), which harkens back to the original ’97 DVD releases that were bare-bones and not very good.

    Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World is an MGM movie, so is the Terminator… they must have some history of doing that.

  • TommyO'Neil

    September 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

    I think it’s awesome how you’re into these old media formats. I’m the exact same way, but with audio formats. I have 3 8-track players which I’ve fixed and adjusted, and I have a record player with a shit ton of records that I bought. I literally have the entire Beatles catalogue on vinyl now, including the Love album (which they only pressed 5000 copies on vinyl). I actually found a really awesome 8-track tape that was quadraphonic, but somehow before I owned it, the tape got turned inside-out. So I had to take the tape apart, literally unreel all of it, and finally re-spool the tape back onto the reel. There must’ve been about a thousand feet of tape on the table, it was insane. And 8-track tapes are notorious for malfunctions, so every time I obtain a new tape, I always check the splice to make sure it’s still strong. If it isn’t, I use aluminum foil and double-sided scotch tape to make a brand new splice, and it works perfectly.Yeahh…….. xDD

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I am Count Tinyhead. I have come to suck blood from someone with a tiny neck.

  • ShowBizzell

    October 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I’m late in watching this, but what the hell…I had the same VHS of Kong as a kid…funny how you think your parents are full of shit, until you get older….well I had asked for the colorized version, and got the black and white one, Now I am glad I had it the way is was supposed to be.


  • DonSkiver

    November 17, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Man, I am so envious of your 16mm film collection, especially your awesome handmade King Kong restoration. I love the clickety clack of 16mm film, its so… magical. It just puts me into the right state of mind to watch a movie.

  • March 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I hate it when they mess around with sound effects and stuff.  They did that in the original Terminator movie.  Originally his handgun sounded like a cannon.  It was awesome.  They changed it and in all the newer releases it sounds wimpy and lame.

  • BladeRunner

    August 17, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    awesome video nerd, saw this one back when it was first up.

  • October 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    The movie I own the most versions of is Batman (1989). I have a VHS copy, a normal DVD copy, and one version on a compilation DVD that has all four of the Burton/Scumacher Batman films on it.

  • January 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    James, where do you get your replacement styluses for your CED player

  • tbb033

    May 9, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Wow, puts my 6 versions of Terminator 2 over 3 formats to shame.

  • batratspidercrab

    August 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Where can I get a print of King Kong on 16mm?

  • Ty Palmer

    May 29, 2016 at 6:06 pm


  • Alex Nuelle

    September 16, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Look, I think James is in the Nerd outfit! What if James secretly films everything in the Nerd outfit?

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