Anyway, one of the above people wrote:
> Sony did wrong was refusing to license Betamax for porn films, which
> the VCR industry in its infancy.
Um, my family was the first on the block, getting a Sony Betamax in
September, 1977, and porn films were readily available as quickly in Beta
as in VHS (faster actually, because at the start of sales/rental of
pre-recorded video, there were far more Beta titles available than VHS).
Trust me. I was a horny little 12 year old at just about the time they
became available. I know.
Where I've always felt Sony messed up was on the time issue: when
you could fit 6 hours on a VHS cassette you could only get 3 on a Beta
(though the 3-hour quality on Beta was even better...and still is...than
the 2-hour speed on VHS). I remember nothing else seeming to matter to
lots of people other than the time factor, and that it was pushed in ads
heavily, until Beta became solely for snooty Art Snobs like me who care
fanatically about picture and sound quality (recognize these teeth? I'm
And yes, I still record stuff on Betamax. When it's working. Among
the pre-recorded stuff I own on Beta are "Eat or Be Eaten", "Hot Shorts",
and "The Case of the Missing Yolk" which I got for $1 apiece when the Beta
Only store in NYC went bust a few years back.
Technically ever forward into the past,
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"...and intelligence agents preparing an 'antipathy matrix' of who in the
world is angry at whom."
---New York Times, July 12, 1996
"Cinema is far too rich and powerful a medium to be merely left to the
I found a quad copy of EYKIW by accident in a used record store a couple
of years ago (it was in the stereo jacket). The mix, even in stereo, is
very different from the 'normal' version. It has a lot of extreme L-R
panning, and the common quad trick of 'spinning' voices around you in
the more spacy segments. My favorite difference is near the end you can
clearly hear the Big Dick say "you won't have me to kick around anymore"
as he goes down the hole on the President's Float.
They were pressed as SQ (or something similar),an encoded format similar to
the surround channels used on laser discs and the movies. They were never
available in the discrete quad format, which is why they are playable without
damage with an ordinary cartridge.
It may be that some surround-channel processors can play them properly,
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