National Treasure ...

So this is cool.National Treasure (Widescreen Edition) Jon Turteltaublinks §amazon §alibris">http://www.alibris.com/search/detail.cfm%253FS%253DR%2526isbn%253DB00005JN5E">alibris §booksense §google §powells Finally, at long last, you can get your Movie on at the iTunes Music Store.And I wasn't particularly wowed by the news. It had to happen sooner or later, and there just hasn't been that much in the way of “movies I want to see” lately, so I sort of figured I'd give it a try... some day. And I'd still be ho-hum about it.For the most part, this is still true. All the movies currently available are Disney movies (including Disney sub-megaliths, such as Miramax), so there's not an enormous selection (though I'm guessing all the Disney flicks will be available eventually, once the download madness begins). I fully expected to find nothing I wanted to get right away. But already I'm sitting here looking, and there's a movie me and the kids have been wanting to watch again. National Treasure is a decent family movie starring Nick Cage, and it's got a dose of history along with some meta-history and some not-so-history, which includes a race to find a treasure hidden by the “founding fathers” of our country (United States of America, folks)... and it's sort of a US History version of The Da Vinci Code.The Da Vinci Code (Special Edition Giftset) Ron Howardlinks §amazon §alibris">http://www.alibris.com/search/detail.cfm%253FS%253DR%2526isbn%253DB000I2KJR4">alibris §booksense §google §powells So I'm downloading the movie right now. It's 9.99... and that's not an out-of-this-world bargain, but I had a spare ten spot, and I'd like to try the service out... kick the tires and all.A few trouble spots I've noticed so far. Though the store allows you to view the movie as it's downloading, it's not perfectly apparent that this is even possible. Furthermore, on my rather oldish machine that it's downloading on, the dual operation of download and playback is not a particularly pleasant experience. I'm guessing if I really want to download and play at the same time, I'll have to upgrade my mac. Not a deal breaker, but kind of annoying.(Did I just say “deal breaker”? I really must apologize. I try not to do that kind of thing. I'll avoid it in the future. If I say it again, feel free to ignore everything else I say.)Though the quality looks pretty good, and beats the heck out of almost everything I've ever seen available on bittorrent, it ain't DVD quality. I don't think I should expect it to be, of course, since the thing is only 1.5 gigabytes small. But I'd still like to see the option (some day) of a DVD quality (or better) download (you don't think there's better... I say there's better... ). Furthermore, it isn't a DVD. So, of course, no special features. This is going to have to change some day, because the special features are one of the things that makes getting these in your home so damn appealing, especially if you've already seen the movie once... or twice... or three times. Why watch Gone in 60 Seconds [] at my house if I've already seen it six times at the cineplex? For the director's commentary, of course. And the Spanish subtitles. And of course, the outtakes. Gimme my Nick Cage outtakes or I never buy from Miramax again, you dig?Gone in 60 Seconds (Director's Cut) Dominic Senalinks §amazon §alibris">http://www.alibris.com/search/detail.cfm%253FS%253DR%2526isbn%253DB0007RT9LW">alibris §booksense §google §powells One more thing about size here... even at 1.5 gigabytes, I'm wondering just exactly how many movies I'll be able to fit into my store. I have a 80 gigabyte hard drive, and it's already jammed with music and pictures and God knows what else. Yet iTunes and Disney and the folks who make the rules tell me I can't burn my movie to a CD. So I'm stuck with whatever I can fit onto my drive (or another drive I attach, I suppose, if I'm savvy enough to figure out how to make that work... I probably am, but I'm also lazy, so maybe I won't do that). I'm thinking the industry better let me make at least one fair-use copy of the movie I just “bought”... otherwise I didn't actually buy anything except the right to watch the movie. And that ain't buying. That's renting. And I have no intention of renting any movie--ever--for anything like $9.99 (or $12.99 or $14.99 or whatever they're charging for newish releases). I have a feeling burning the DRM copy onto a DVD then moving it out of iTunes only to move it back into iTunes again when I want to watch it again is just going to be a cumbersome clusterfudge.Did I mention that I'm lazy? Savvy and lazy. Bad combo. But common too, I'll wager.Still, here I am, downloading a movie, and it cost me ten bucks. It's an oldish movie. And we'll likely watch it soon. Or I'll push it around on my hard drive, take it for a spin, see how far I can push the DRM... just exactly how much I want to move media back and forth from my drive to a dvd and back again. In the mean time, maybe the policies will change (I have a feeling they'll be forced to, eventually, but I'm not holding my breath). And maybe we won't watch it. And my ten-spot will seem like a waste of time.But I do enjoy watching the progress bar there, downloading a movie. I didn't have to get out of my chair and go to the movie store. I didn't have to walk up and down the aisles while my kids begged for one more movie. I don't have to return the CD on time to avoid late charges. I don't have to put anything into an envelope and return it. I don't have to rely on the mailman for delivery. And I can do all this any time I want. Despite all my worries, I'm pretty sure iTunes is going to massacre the competition in the movie download arena. They've already taken three or four thousand times the money I've spent on buying movies anywhere else this year. Pretty good work so far. I'll let you know if I have more to say on the matter later.Tags: disney | downloads | itms | iTS | iTunes | miramax | moviedownloads | movies | NationalTreasure | NickCage | NicolasCage | store. [...]

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