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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
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The Champagne Cabana / Happy Saint Patricks Day!
« Last post by Granny Mae on March 16, 2018, 10:05:32 PM »
Today we celebrate St Patrick's Day in Oz! Brisbane will hold a street march at about 10.30am through streets near the Casino. bibibibibi Looks like I will have to go to "the den" pretty early before they close off streets and also the Casino car park will fill up VERY early. llllllllll
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on March 16, 2018, 10:39:25 AM »
Also, and I'm probably missing some nuance, but I don't think the actors in Chinese dramas act. They perform stylised impressions of caricatures, not people. I suppose there is the various opera traditions to contend with in tv drama, but Chinese movies are not without a more authentic person, so why can't the tv shows be?

I was thinking on my claim that Chinese dramas entirely overuse the device of two people doing nothing other than talking plot points at each other, and comparing that to my experience of this Goblin tv show, because in Goblin there's a lot of talking too. There are a tremendous number of scenes featuring nothing more than two people talking in fact. And I find it takes about 90 minutes to watch a 60 minute episode because I'm so often watching scenes twice, once for the subtitles, and a second time for the faces. And I don't watch c-dramas that way. Basically because there's so little to see in the actors faces. That's kind of alarming, and I hope it's sort of not true, but it does really look like Chinese actors spend a lot of time being non-expressive compared to Korean actors. Different traditions, maybe.

Would love to be directed to a Chinese drama that proves me wrong.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on March 16, 2018, 12:01:29 AM »
I mean the original video encoding sources.

For US drama there's usually a relatively crappy hdtv rip as soon as some episode airs but these days there'll also be a Netflix or Amazon rip sometime in the next twelve hours. Amazon 1080p video appears usually with a bitrate of 10Mbps or so. I don't know if that's a product of good encoding practice or just what Amazon puts out as raw video, but it's definitely hi def. Season blurays usually appear fairly promptly too, and they'll be 10-15Mbps.

For recent Korean drama though, I'm really only finding HDTV rips of cable broadcast. The best available for Goblin at the moment appears to be a 60fps 1080p hdtv rip, which really is very attractive to look at, but it's still only about 5Mbps bitrate (and has cable tv logos and watermarks). Given the movie-like production levels of that show, one keeps wishing for better and better free stuff.

Chinese drama encodes appear to be worse in every way too. It seems like every show is available only as highly compressed 1080p web rip with like 2-3Mbps only, which means you start seeing artefacting and a general loss of detail.

High bitrate isn't everything, of course. But given a good source video, the higher the bitrate of the encode, the more detail you see on the screen. My eyesight is crappy enough already. I want sharply detailed video, goddammit.
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: RIP Stephen Hawking
« Last post by Granny Mae on March 15, 2018, 09:52:44 PM »
To Stephen! agagagagag We were lucky to have had him for as long as we did. bfbfbfbfbf bjbjbjbjbj
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Nolefan on March 15, 2018, 02:29:17 PM »

i'm able to find them just fine... on the right pirate bay
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / RIP Stephen Hawking
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on March 15, 2018, 01:28:43 AM »
In 1963, he was told he had 2 years to live.  He decided to hang around until 2018 just to prove them wrong.

Despite suffering from ALS, he became one of the greatest theoretical physicist ever.

Let's all raise a glass in memory Stephen Hawking. agagagagag
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on March 14, 2018, 12:55:00 AM »
Is this an actual thing, no one in asia uploading dvd or bluray copies of tv shows? Weird complaint, I suppose, but there it is. I keep looking for 1080p versions of these shows that aren't hdtv rips and not finding them. I can cope with logos and scrolling crap and popups near the end of the episodes if I have to, but good lord, people pay for this?

And for Chinese shows, why is it all 720p? When there is 1080p versions, they're all massively compressed, which kinda defeats the purpose of hi dpi in the first place, wth? What are people watching these videos on, their phones?

Possibly shouldn't complain, but how can one not be a quality queen from time to time?

The Champagne Cabana / Re: Movie/film thread: resurrected
« Last post by Granny Mae on March 11, 2018, 11:11:27 PM »
"Sweet Country" is a movie which might interest some Aussies! It is set in the 1920's in the outback of Australia's Northern Territory. It is unusual in that it revolves around a middle aged Aboriginal man. Having been a Nurse in the Northern Territory in the early sixties and having also lived on a large country property, I think I saw things which a lot of folks would miss. Most city folk have never seen a" full blood" Aboriginal person and certainly not in his own environment. The story was inspired by real events.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on March 11, 2018, 12:43:24 PM »
The Negotiator - 谈判官 - (2018)

Yeah, it's shit. By the end of episode 2 it still contains no drama nor any characterisations of note. It's just memes and hair. They do kinda nail the idea of recent college graduates being cartoon characters, but that's it. The rest is serial repetition of the same message points. They literally say the drama points rather than have any action to enact them.

Still looking for a c-drama that isn't some cheap and nasty plastic replica.
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