Quick Takes 7/3/07

  • filmstrip1.jpgThe HD-DVD release of 300 will allow users to re-edit the film and share their customized versions online, reports MarketingVox. They’ll also have access to trailers and other exclusive features. HD-DVD is seeking to revitalize itself as a next-gen format after a number of moves by other, including Blockbuster, that favor the rival Blu-ray format.
  • Speaking of next-gen DVDs, European anti-trust officials are looking more deeply into anticompetitive practices the two sides may have been engaging in. Each side is accusing the other of forcing this, that or the other thing to get certain movies on their own format.
  • Brian Jacks at the MTV Movies Blog takes a walking tour through one of the redesigned 7-Elevens and finds that customers there are absolutely loving it, picking up all of the custom-designed items in the story.
  • The New York Times looks at how Live Free or Die Hard channels a uniquely current fear – that of being disconnected from the devices and gadgets that we use everyday.
  • The Web site for Surf’s Up gets a good, thorough analysis by the iMediaConnection panel.
  • PaidContet reports that online rental company Movie Gallery is making a number of moves that could ultimately lead to it putting itself up for sale.
  • CNET looks at whether or not file-sharing has the potential to be a good thing for studios as a way to build buzz or whether it’s necessarily a bad thing that steals revenue.
  • Two retrospectives on the Pixar catalog today. One comes from BusinessWeek, which looks at the various video game tie-ins. The other comes from MoviePosterAddict, where Gus looks at the history of the studio as viewed through its movie’s posters.

No jail time for Scooter

Soft on Crime – New York Times

Pres. Bush’s commuting of the jail sentence for Lewis “Scooter” Libby shows just where his – and VP Cheney’s – priorities lie. The man was convicted of obstructing justice and sentenced appropriately, something prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald pointed out in his statement. Fitzgerald made it clear that justice is dependent on everyone being seen as equal in the eyes of the law, something that Libby’s apologists felt was ridiculous because, they kept saying, the man had done so much for this country. And by “this country” they really meant “Cheney.”

I, along with a handful of others, don’t see how Bush’s action isn’t in itself an obstruction of justice. After all, much of the investigation had pointed toward involvement by someone in the White House in the underlying crime, that of leaking the name of an undercover CIA agent. So Bush has ensured Scooter won’t rat out the people who directed him to leak that name, the likelihood of which would go up everytime Libby got ass-raped in the prison shower.

As if to add insult to injury the Supreme Court just ruled that those convicted by a federal court now have a higher threshold to clear in appealing their sentencing. So you have to shut up and accept your sentence unless your crime has been sanctioned by the White House, in which case you’ll be fine and do little to no actual prison time.

Nice standards being exemplified by the “law and order” Republican party.