Sound and Vision

Reblogging this old rant from 2016.
Six years later, and nothing has changed!
If anything, it has got worse, as I now have to have my finger on the sound ‘mute’ button during any advertisement break, and more and more programmes and films are driving the plot with text messages that I cannot read.

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Last night, I settled down to watch a film on the TV. It was ‘Prisoners'(2013), starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhall, Melissa Leo, and the underrated Paul Dano. I had heard good things about this abduction thriller, and was pleased to see it arrive on TV so soon after release. As it was premiered on the usually excellent Film 4 channel, I concluded that there would be no cuts, and the full film would be shown. Allowing for the breaks for ads, the film got its full running time, so I prepared to immerse myself in the great cast, bleak story-line, and compelling visuals. So far, so good.

I have (moaned) written before about the shortcomings of modern televisions. The four year old, 40-inch Flatscreen LED TV that we own seems incapable of rendering true black. As a result, night scenes, or gloomy locations, are hard to watch, at the best…

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17 thoughts on “Sound and Vision

  1. Couldn’t agree more Pete. Dark scenes and text messages seem to be increasing, not to mention the mumbling and whispering. I seem to have my hand permanently on the remote during a film / TV drama.

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    1. I record and then fast-forward all ads on anything I want to watch. But my wife watches channels like ‘Really’ and ‘Quest’ on live TV. That’s when I have to tolerate this rubbish. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. That TV is old though if you’d had it a while when you wrote the initial post and it’snow 6 more years. Tech has moveed on a long way and you can get new better ones that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Mind you, we have a sooper dooper sound and vision set up and still use subtitles 😀 😀

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    1. If you have all that modern tech stuff and are still using subtitles, then I rest my case! 🙂
      Yes, it is a 10 year old Toshiba, but we ‘updated’ the options by buying an Internet-conected Freeview Play Recorder last year, so watch most of our telly through that setup now.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. i can hear your frustration and understand, pete. i often use subtitles while watching movies, as my hearing is not the best anyway, and if it’s a dark scene i miss so many things, it seems to help fill the gap.

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    1. I have the remote handy, and raise and lower the volume. But on a long film it becomes tiring. The main issue for me is the ‘natural darkness’. I have to try to guess what is happening in the story.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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