ARTICLE- VOD vs STREAMING

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MATCH UP –  VOD vs STREAMING vs TORRENT

and the winner is ?

Top Best Cinema is glad to talk about the easier ways to watch a movie online at the best advantages/downsides ratio. This is the match up between Legal VOD vs Pirate Streaming vs Torrent.

 First, I have to recommend to use a legal offer such as VOD, for the good reason that movies need to generate cash at least to allow other productions, and also because hundred thousand jobs depend on it.

Recently, the shutting down of Iso Hunt and other websites before (BtJunkie, etc.) seems to mark a stop for the p2p business, but the boom of illegal streaming websites is undeniable.

Here follows a review of VOD, STREAMING and TORRENT advantages and downsides:

I. VIDEO ON DEMAND (VOD):  Capture d’écran 2013-12-14 à 16.26.47

ADVANTAGES: legal

Using legal offer should make you feel right, cause as a cinema fan you can’t really accept to destroy what you like. Well at least sometimes. You can find various legal VOD offers depending on your IP address’ country, either with your Box or Channels Networks. Most of the time, you will find all audio languages and subtitles.

DOWNSIDES: costly 

The prices range from 3 to 6€/movie depending on movie release dates and definition quality (SD/HD). This is quite expensive, indeed. Better go for some all inclusive offer than to purchase movie one by one. The fact that for most of ISP offers you can only watch the movie during a certain period of time (48hours) and only for a limited number of times is definitely not pleading for it.

ADVICES: netflix

Top Best Cinema recommends to use www.Netflix.com, which offer is cheaper than most of other offers from Channels Networks and ISP Box. Do not worry, you can use Netflix from everywhere, if you are not US resident, just open the US iTunes version and you will be able to access to Netflix offer. Taking into account the exchange rate (for € and £), the all inclusive offer is really cheap.

 

II. STREAMING   Capture d’écran 2013-12-14 à 15.44.19

ADVANTAGES: free + large choice

The trend in streaming is free to watch movie (no registration but advertising), with a large choice of recent and old movies and even sometimes Series. There is no limitation of number of time and period. There are cases where some movies are available on streaming even before there are released in your country.

DOWNSIDES: illegal + intrusive ads + bad quality

The worst inconvenient is the variability of the definition and audio quality as well as the number of intrusive advertising.

ADVICES: MrFilmZe

Top Best Cinema recommends the following streaming websites :

http://www.mrfilmze.com : movies

www.vkstreaming.org : movies

www.k-streaming.com: movies and series 

Well, there are hundreds of unlegal streaming websites which allow you to watch all the movies you want for free, but with some pop unders opening when you launch a movie. You can easily find original version and other languages.

  

III. TORRENT  utorrent-utorrent-51.jpgCapture d’écran 2013-12-14 à 15.44.43

ADVANTAGES: own the file

The main advantages is definitely the fact that it is free and you have the files, so you can watch it at anytime and as many times as you wish to.

DOWNSIDES: illegal

First, if you share some protected copyright you have to know that this is illegal, maybe except if you have bough the product and only share it with a few friends it might be considered as normal use (who knows?). Be also aware that many files can be corrupted (virus, trojan).

ADVICES: Utorrent + TorrentHound + VLC 

Top Best Cinema recommends to download Utorrent then to find your files on www.torrenthound.com. There are others like PirateBay or torrentZ but there are many files missing most of the times.

 You have to download VLC to be sure to be able to play all video files. When you open the files in the Utorrent window, do not download it when the icon is orange/vlc type (find another files), only go for blue icon/logo files in the torrent window.

Well, if you think your PC/mac is corrupted or very slow, you still can buy daisydisk.app (very cheap like 8€) which allows you to really clean your hard disk. 

 

NOTE:

All the advices given here are free of any commercial purpose or agreement, this is only a shared experience.

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BEST SONGS

– “If loving you is a Crime” by Lee Moses

from the movie “A Teacher” (bad movie, 2/10)

Lee Moses (13 March 1941 – 1997) was an American R&B and soul singer and guitarist, whose recordings in the late 1960s, and his 1971 LP Time and Place, are highly regarded by fans of the deep soul genre. He had some intonations closed to Otis Redding’s voice added to a real funk rhythm and tremendous energy. This song deserved a better movie.

Another notable great song is “Bad Girl” used for the movie “BLOOD TIES” (2013), actually my favorite Lee Moses’ tittle:

Please also enjoy his amazing “Hey Joe” version:

That was one of the best soul voice ever in my opinion.

BEST SCENE EVER # 46

AMERICAN HISTORY X directed by Tony Kaye starring Edward Norton

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Genre: Thriller -Drama

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-nazi Derek (Edward Norton), about the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks. Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different

Rating: 7.5/10

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– “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

from TRAINSPOTTING directed by Danny Boyle

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Genre : Drama

Trainspotting the 1996 Danny Boyle’s drama takes you in the life of those who have ventured into the darker corners of addiction know that one of its few consolations, once the fun has worn off, is the camaraderie with fellow practitioners. Substance abuse sets the user apart from the daily lives of ordinary people. No matter how well the addict may seem to be functioning, there is always the secret agenda, the knowledge that the drug of choice is more important than the mundane business at hand, such as friends, family, jobs, play and sex.

Rating : 7/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 43

– “TRAINING DAY” directed by Antoine Fuqua

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Genre:  Thriller – Crime – Drama

“Training Day” is a 2001 American crime drama film directed by “Antoine Fuqua”, starring “Denzel Washington & Ethan Hawke”. The story follows two LAPD narcotics detectives over a 24-hour period in the gang neighborhoods of North West and South Central Los Angeles.

The film was a box office success and earned mostly positive critical appraisal. Washington’s performance, a departure from his usual roles, was particularly praised and earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor at the 74th Academy Awards. His co-star Ethan Hawke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a rookie cop.

Rating: 8/10

BEST SONGS

“Where is my mind” by Pixies from Fight Club

Fincher was concerned that bands experienced in writing film scores would be unable to tie the movie’s themes together, so he sought a band which had never recorded for film. He pursued Radiohead ,but chose the breakbet producing duo Dust Brothers to score the film. The duo created a post-modern score that included drum loops, electronic scratches, and computerized samples. Dust Brothers performer Michael Simpson explained the setup: “Fincher wanted to break new ground with everything about the movie, and a nontraditional score helped achieve that.” The end credits feature the song « Where is my mind » by the Pixies.

Find the full Fight Club’s soundtrack : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0137523/soundtrack

BEST SCENE EVER # 42

“8th and final rule: if this is you first night at fight club, you have to fight!”

– FIGHT CLUB directed by David Fincher

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Genre : Thriller- Crime- Drama

Fight Club is a David Fincher’s movie released in 1999 based on the novel of the same name written by Chuck Palahniuk. Norton plays the unnamed protagonist, an « everyman » who is discontented with his white-collar job. He forms a “fight club” with soap maker Tyler Durden, played by Pitt, and they are joined by men who also want to fight recreationally. The film’s narrator attends support groups of all kinds as a way to “experience” something within his unfeeling, commercial existence.

Fincher intended Fight Club’s violence to serve as a metaphor for the conflict between a generation of young people and the value system of advertising.

Rating : 9/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 41

– AMERICAN GANGSTER directed by Ridley Scott starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

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Genre : Thriller- Crime- Drama

Director Ridley Scott spins this yarn concerning a Harlem drug kingpin (Denzel Washington) who smuggles heroin into the country by hiding it in the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. 

Nobody used to notice Frank Lucas, the quiet driver for one of the inner city’s leading black crime bosses. But when his boss suddenly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his own empire and create his own version of the American Dream.

Rating : 7.5/10

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– “Atomic” by Blondie from the movie Trainspotting directed by Danny Boyle

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Genre : Drama

Trainspotting the 1996 Danny Boyle’s drama takes you in the life of those who have ventured into the darker corners of addiction know that one of its few consolations, once the fun has worn off, is the camaraderie with fellow practitioners. Substance abuse sets the user apart from the daily lives of ordinary people. No matter how well the addict may seem to be functioning, there is always the secret agenda, the knowledge that the drug of choice is more important than the mundane business at hand, such as friends, family, jobs, play and sex.

Terrifying !

Rating : 7/10

BEST SCENE EVER # 40

– THE EXORCIST directed by William Friedkin

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Genre : Horror

The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by Willima Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe,deals with the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her child through an exorcism conducted by two priests.

Rating : 7.5/10