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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Help from America please   Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:05 pm

This is a request for help please from someone across the Atlantic.

I need a copy of a film called 'My Antonia'. This is a 1995 film starring Jason Robards based on a famous novel by Willa Cather.

This story is an English text study for Baccalaureate college students that I teach.

Firstly has anyone by a remote chance got a copy of this film? - It was realeased only in the USA on VHS.

Failing that, I can order it from a few suppliers via Amazon.com but for some reason none of those I asked would ship internationally.
Would therefore someone in the US be willing to recieve a parcel for me and then resend it on to me in France with me paying all forward shipping costs to you beforehand?
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fm12



Location : 87210 Haute Vienne, France

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:58 pm

[quote="Carl Hibbs"]



but for some reason none of those I asked would ship internationally.










I have the same problem,when trying to get Dodge ram spares.Its as if the yanks don`t trust the English.I`ve even offered on occasion to send cash by registered post,but they still will not ship international.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 06, 2010 4:03 am

Carl
if you can't find a copy to borrow, i'd be happy to transship it to you.

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"It is one of the happiest characteristics
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regarded as unanswerable."
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:40 am

Thanks Bill.

I have one more source to try first. My wife suggested last night an American bookshop/mediatech in Paris near where she works.

If that is not fruitful then I will take up your offer.

Strange about this international shipping policy. I've never come across it before and have previously ordered with success numerous good value items from the U.S.A.
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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:35 am

Carl , don't forget if it's American it will be a different format, you'll need a dual standard vcr to play it on.

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:03 pm

I had never heard of this movie before. I read a synopsis of the plot and it sounds like a good story and Jason Robards is a pretty good actor. My local public library has a copy of the video. Maybe I'll check it out, so to speak. Somebody else has it checked out now.

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"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:03 pm

pjti wrote:
Carl , don't forget if it's American it will be a different format, you'll need a dual standard vcr to play it on.

That's a good point which I didn't think of. When I enquired about it they just said it was 'VHS'. But of course in the days before DVD It was VHS-Pal/Secam or NTSC.

So I may not be able to play this film anyway on a French video player. scratch

I now need to make some equiries to see if the school has an NTSC player which is unlikely I imagine.


The story is quite enjoyable to read but many of the French sudents are completely lost with the vocabulary and grammar.
The setting is the plains of Nebraska in the late 1880s with immigrant settlers struggling to make a new life on the prairies.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:30 pm

Carl,
I don't think multi-system VCRs are uncommon in Europe although they're unheard of over here. Of course, all VCRs are getting scarce. A lot of stores don't even sell tapes any more. I wonder if it would work if I copied the tape into my computer and burned it to a DVD. I know I can burn region-free discs. How soon do you need it?

I can't believe the price the sellers on Amazon want for the tape.

BTW, my wife's great-grandparents homesteaded land in Nebraska in the 1800s (although they weren't immigrants). The farm is still owned by her family.

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"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:01 am

Bill if you could do that it would be amazing and I would be very grateful.

Any costs would of course be re-imbursed.

I don't need this film in a great hurry. It's half term (vacances d'hiver) at the moment in northern France and their Bac. exam is not until early May.

So there is a bit of time.

I had planned to show the film in earnest at the end of March/early April and maybe again just before their exam.

............................

To be honest I read few American novels but this is a good easy read and interesting even just for the history and geography.

It makes you realise what a vast country the U.S.A. is

Nebraska alone is 77,000 sqm compared to England a tiny 50,000 sqm.
What is staggering is the poulation density 1 million per sq mile in England and 23 per sq mile in Nebraska.....
In 1860 the total population was less than 30,000.

It has too a big railroad history.There are many references to trains in the story.

I found out that there exists the largest railroad yard in the world.
Bailey yard
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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:44 am

Carl Hibbs wrote:
pjti wrote:
Carl , don't forget if it's American it will be a different format, you'll need a dual standard vcr to play it on.

That's a good point which I didn't think of. When I enquired about it they just said it was 'VHS'. But of course in the days before DVD It was VHS-Pal/Secam or NTSC.

So I may not be able to play this film anyway on a French video player. scratch

I now need to make some equiries to see if the school has an NTSC player which is unlikely I imagine.



Early in their development, the different video recording systems were known as NTSC - "never twice the same color"; PAL - "Pay and learn" and of course the French SECAM was "Supreme effort (ou Systeme evolue) contre les Americains".
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:03 pm

In '96 we spent 9 days living 18th century style in Nebraska (north of Kimball) . Why the settlers chose to live there i just dont know (well i do but thats for another place). Afterwards a visit to Sydney was interesting at the railroad museum. BTW if you get a copy i can transfer it to DVD for you

Mikey
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:30 pm

mikeyh wrote:
In '96 we spent 9 days living 18th century style in Nebraska (north of Kimball) . Why the settlers chose to live there i just dont know (well i do but thats for another place). Afterwards a visit to Sydney was interesting at the railroad museum. BTW if you get a copy i can transfer it to DVD for you

Mikey

Well, Mikey, it seems you have come out of hibernation and with a vengeance! Hope you are well.

"North of Kimball" certainly nails down the location for all of us. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Most settlers chose to live there because the land was free. Under the Homestead Act of 1862, the US government gave away plots of land (called homesteads) all over the US to folks who were willing to settle the land and improve it. The program existed until 1986; the last homestead was claimed in Alaska in 1979.

Omaha was the starting point for the transcontinental railroad which was completed in 1869 and is, I believe HQ for the Union Pacific.

Carl- I'll see what I can do. First step is to get the library copy of the tape. I'll put it on reserve.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:13 pm

OK, Carl, I have reserved the tape; good news is nobody's in line for it ahead of me, so I should get it within a week or two. I'll let you know.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:13 pm

Thanks Bill that will be great and the kids will appreciate it too.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:04 pm

Phase one is complete. I have the tape in my hand.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:39 pm

Excellent....Thanks so far.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:37 pm

Phase two complete- My Antonia has been converted to digital and now resides on my hard drive - all 20+ GB of it! Next step - authoring and burning to DVD.

BTW, I noticed a couple of train scenes while I was converting it - D&RGW narrow gauge equipment, I think.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:09 pm

20 Gb...that's a huge file size that won't fit all on one DVD Bill.

I don't mind it being on several DVDs if required. I'll re-imburse whatever or would you like me to send/order some now?


The train is mentioned a lot in the written story and obviously had quite an influence in the writer's life.

I feel like watching some old Casey Jones movies now!
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:29 pm

20 GB is the raw digital video. It gets compressed when you author it for a DVD. The movie is about 90 minutes long, so it should fit comfortably on a single disc.

No need to send money or anything right now. So far, all it's cost is a little time and some gasoline to go to the library. Blank DVDs are pretty cheap. Nothing I can't happily donate to a good cause. While I am not a professional educator, education is an interest of mine. I do a lot of volunteer work in my local schools.

BTW, I got some magazine suggestions from my daughter, and if I can find some used copies, I could send some along with the DVD.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:44 pm

Voila:
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It's PAL format, and region free, so it should work on a French DVD player. Since the original source was VHS, the quality is less than you'd expect from a DVD, but it's acceptable.

I'll contact you directly to set up mailing it to you.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:57 pm

Thanks Bill,
E mail seen and replied to.
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PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:11 pm

I hope Bill made more than one copy before he mailed it ...............
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Spule 4



Location : Tennessee, USA

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:29 am

....what I get for not checking here in a while.

One tip for those in the US that want to play another region DVD is to look online, many of the CHEAP DVD players, especially those with international sales (Philips for example) can with some simple work with the remote can be set to whatever region you want.

http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks

Doing so with my good expensive unit would have required soldering a new chip in it, no thanks.

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:59 am

Garret:
Great tip. i'll have to look into it. One can also make A computer's DVD drive region free by loading new firmware to it.

Region coding isn't the only issue, though. There's also the video standard (NTSC/PAL) to consider. There are ways to hack this as well on a DVD, although most computers can play either format.

In this case, the video was only available on VHS tape, so it took a bit more work. Anyway, I did complete the conversion and Carl has the DVD which he has played on his player.

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Help from America please   Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:08 am

Yes, Bill and with great thanks.
It plays just fine on any DVD player and PC.

I can fully recommend Bill Wray's editing facilities. cheers

We shall watch this next week at the Lycée and it will be such a big help to the students.
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