I was able to pick up a few of the children's discs from Media Movies and More. Man, they're(excuse my french) fucked up. I wish I could get them all, but there's 73 of them listed on the inside of one of the cardboard cases. Of course, since they're each ONLY 30 FREAKIN' MINUTES long, they could easily cut that number down to at least a third...grumble grumble. More on those later, here's the movies I picked up a few days ago.
Stranger On My Land - Tommy Lee Jones made for TV movie from 1988. The picture on this is terrible, it only uses about 1/3 of the space on the disc and it shows. Heavily compressed. Almost unwatchable.
Out Of The Blue - A Dennis Hopper(acting and directing) film. I'm surprised to see it on a dollar disc. This is actually pretty nice transfer, but if you're a fan of the film, you should pop for the Anchor Bay version which has commentary. A great punk-era flick.
Desperate For Love - Christian Slater made for TV flick from 1989. Kind of fuzzy looking, but doesn't really deserve to look better.
Five Corners - Stars Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, & John Turturro. Another awful heavily compressed transfer. This is widely available from other companies, and I can't imagine they all look this bad. It's as if you're watching a really bad-looking VCD. Faces becomes a blurry mess of pixels. A chill wind is blowing in the offices of Media Movies & More.
Beside those two awful looking discs, of the 12 MMM discs i have, they're all fairly good looking for budget DVD. It really matters on the source, it seems. Some of the cartoons are horribly washed out, but i have no reason to believe they ever looked any better except in their communist homeland countries. The dubbing is terrible on the non-Geppetto/Fairy Godmother discs. If given the chance on repeat titles, the MMM discs would not be my first choice. I'll put up some more info on the kids' discs another time.
For a preview, let me leave you with five words: Dwarf In A Cat Costume.