Last night was the first Thanksgiving that I heard, “Brian, please don't set the persimmons on fire.” Come to think of it, that was the first time EVER than I have heard that, Thanksgiving or not. I did not even know what a persimmon WAS until last night–I thought it was a flower.
Presently, I am attempting to purchase Ringu from eBay on a DVD that will work on my player. For those that do not know, this is the original move that The Ring was based on (which, in turn, is based on a book that I might pick up). Part of me feels a little dirty for bidding on this movie. You see, Ringu has not been released on a region-free DVD–there is a release for Europe and one for Japan. It has not been released for the U.S. NTSC television format (as opposed to the rest of the world's PAL television format). The DVD I am bidding on is both region free and NTSC. On the one hand, this is a purchase that is obviously a pirated copy. This is the kind of thing the record labels and movie studios are screaming about when they really are trying to take away your MP3s and Napster. These are hard-core pirates. On the other hand, this is not a DVD I could otherwise obtain. Sure, I could buy a fancy-schmancy DVD player and hack it to play any region's discs, but this is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act–so that is likewise not legal. Alternately, I could import a DVD player from Japan, but I believe this is similarly illegal (you are not supposed to be able to transport them across region boundaries). I could just move to another country, but that is REALLY out of the question. Frankly, the law has given me no way to view this little foreign film, so I must poop on the law.