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Paul P. Meyers
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From: Detroit, MI
Registered: Aug 2003


 - posted September 01, 2004 12:12 PM      Profile for Paul P. Meyers   Email Paul P. Meyers         Edit/Delete Post 
I just returned from a long airplane flight which included the obligatory in flight entertainment consisting of rather unwatchable video monitors attached to each seat back. There were multiple selections of films to watch including a channel for shorts which were travelogues, golf tips, etc. Depending on how you adjusted your sightline and neck, the screen image was rarely viewable, and often the image broke into those blocky pixels things or was a near photo negative image. Who here has any information on film screening in airplanes or experiences to share?

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Adam Martin
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From: Dallas, TX
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 - posted September 01, 2004 09:57 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
I am under the impression that the "original" airline screenings were on 16mm and were edited for content.

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Ken Roe
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From: London, England
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 - posted September 02, 2004 02:01 AM      Profile for Ken Roe   Author's Homepage   Email Ken Roe         Edit/Delete Post 
Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airline was the first to pioneer the LCD screen in the seat backs (followed later by British Airways). Now much improved over the years, on Virgin Atlantic's newer aircraft the screen size is much larger, the sound system is awesome and you get a choice of around 50 movies to watch (which you can pause, rewind, fast forward etc) like having your own personal dvd player. Their policy is also not to cut movies and show original versions. Also widescreen movies are shown in their original aspect ratio and are not 'pan & scan' versions. The choice offered includes the usual recent releases (some even concurrent with their UK cinema release), classic Hollywood movies and specialist art house and independent releases. You even get served an ice cream during the flight! [thumbs up]

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Bill Gabel
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 - posted September 02, 2004 08:20 AM      Profile for Bill Gabel           Edit/Delete Post 
You are right Adam. The company that handled the service was called "Inflight Motion Pictures Inc.". They used the 16mm format and yes the films were cut for content and running time. I think the rules were films had to be under 120 minutes for the running time rule. At one time some of the people that maintained the film and equipment were Union Projectionists. In Los Angeles, Local 150 had a few operators that worked for them.

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Brad Miller
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 - posted September 02, 2004 01:14 PM      Profile for Brad Miller   Author's Homepage   Email Brad Miller         Edit/Delete Post 
The last AA flight I was on used Hi-8 tapes, a 5 inch monitor every other row, 1 channel to choose from and godawful sound. They ran Secondhand Lions in fabulous FULL SCREEN (pan and scan) and it was edited down to a G. It did help pass the time though.

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Ken Roe
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From: London, England
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 - posted September 03, 2004 04:19 AM      Profile for Ken Roe   Author's Homepage   Email Ken Roe         Edit/Delete Post 
Looks like UK based airlines have got 'one up' on the US carriers on their long haul routes. The last time I flew transatlantic with United we only had a choice of two movies (running one after the other at a set time (plus a shorts channel).

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Bill Gabel
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 - posted September 07, 2004 06:33 PM      Profile for Bill Gabel           Edit/Delete Post 
I bring my own DVD portable to watch what I want to see on the flight. I bring two films for each way, when I fly to Los Angeles from New York.

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