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Old 11-21-2007, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default I got the Helvetica movie DVD

The Helvetica documentary is my first-ever movie DVD. We don’t have a real DVD player for the television, so I (tried to) watch it on my computer.

From what I saw it is a very engaging documentary, enlivened by comments from Matthew Carter, Jonathan Hoefler, Massimo Vignelli, and many others. I hope to view it start to finish very soon.

But I do have to grouse about some annoying features. Most irritating: Really ugly outlined letters providing subtitles, evidently whether I want them or not. The way I was viewing, they were on top of the images, blocking the bottom sixth (or so) of the screen. Ugh. They simply duplicate the audio. If they are meant as closed captioning, surely they should be optional? (And surely they could have made them less ugly.)

Most of the normal (I guess) DVD functions are not available. Not sure why. I couldn’t scan ahead or backwards, for example. Why not? Maybe it is just my ineptitude, and I will explore further.

The Helvetica DVD is available through Amazon for $20 (and probably from other outlets).

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