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Monthly Archives: November 2015

The End Of Betamax

Betamax CassetteThe BBC reported last week that Sony will cease to make Betamax tape in March 2016, so if anyone still uses the infamous superior but lost video format, now is the time to buy up some stock.

To be honest, I didn’t know it was still being made and apparently, the latest Beta video deck was released in 2002, a good 15yrs after it lost out to the VHS format.

Sony launched the format in 1975, a year before JVC’s rival the VHS cassette – which eventually became the market leader after a long battle between the two brands and their fans.
Although many felt Betamax was the superior format, some cite the longer recording length of VHS tapes and the cheaper manufacturing costs for VHS machines among factors as to why VHS eventually won out.
But there were also other issues at play.
“The reason VHS won out in the UK was that most people chose to rent their video machines in the early days and most of the rental chains were owned by Thorn EMI which made VHS machines under various names,” commented Tony Miles, who used to work in a Sony store.


Betacam, a broadcast quality version of Betamax was used a great deal in the 80s, especially for wedding videographers and journalism. In fact BBC was one of the main users of it.


Source : BBC News

Filming In Upton-upon-Severn

Upton-upon-Severn will soon be on the international stage as it is the location for an eerie psychological thriller.

Lauren McQueen starring in The Wasting

A film crew are currently filming in various locations of the town after the beauty and haunting nature of the riverside location captured the director’s imagination and proved to be ideal location for the movie to be set.

The film is titled “The Wasting” and tells the story of a teenage girl suffering with anorexia who claims to be attacked by a ghost every night- but nobody believes her because of her because of her condition.

Source : Worcester News

Screening Of War Films

Malvern residents are being invited to enjoy a trip back in time when war films are screened at a town venue.

War Film Screenings in Malvern

Malvern’s Coach House Theatre in Grange Road is holding the week when classic British War films, made during the Second World War, will be shown.

Chris Green, one of the organisers of the event, said the plan was to create a nostalgic experience in seeing the films how they would have been shown to people during the war.

“We plan to make it a whole experience, with intro music from the period, an ARP warden in attendance, God Save the King at the end of each film,” Chris said.

The week takes place from Monday, November 16, to Saturday, November 21, with films being shown in afternoon and evening screenings.

The First of the Few, a biopic of aircraft designer RJ Mitchell, will be screened on Monday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday.

Went the Day Well?, the story of a German infiltration of an ordinary sleepy village during the Second World War, is being shown on Monday at 7.30pm and 2.30pm on Thursday.

Screenings of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, telling the story of Major General Clive Wynne-Candy who has outdated ideas on how to win the war, take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday and 7.30pm on Thursday.

In Which We Serve, the story of British naval ship HMS Torrin, is being shown at 7.30pm on Tuesday, then on Saturday at 2.30pm.

The Day will Dawn, which tells the story of journalist Colin Metcalfe, is first being shown at 2.30pm on the Wednesday, then again at 7.30pm on the Saturday.

Director Humphrey Jennings films Listen to Britain and Fires Were Started will be screened at 7.30pm on Wednesday, and 2.30pm on the Friday.

Tickets, which cost £6 per film or two for £10, are being screened at Malvern Theatres Box Office on 01684 892277.

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Source : Worcester News