I’d like to start things out by taking a survey. How many of you remember having a CD player in your house fifteen years ago? Not very many of you, I see. Of course, we all have CD players now. It took a little over a decade and some major price drops, but eventually we all threw out our old vinyl and cassettes and opted for the excellent sound quality and convenience of CDs. Just as the CD took the place of cassettes, many people believe the DVD, or digital versatile disc, will soon take the place of VHS tapes. Many of you may not even know what a DVD is, so before I go any further, let me show you what …show more content…
1. This means that on just one disc, you can listen to a movie in a number of languages, usually English, French, and Spanish.
2. You can also listen to just the musical score, with the dialogue and sound effects turned off.
3. Some discs even feature a running commentary by the actors and director while a movie is playing.
(Transition: Now that you know a little abound the sound, let me tell you about some of the visual features of DVD)
II. Movies have never looked better than on DVD.
A. The picture on a DVD player is twice as sharp and clear than VCR players.
1. As Entertainment Weekly writer Micheal Glitz put it, “( Colorful movies like The Wizard of Oz are) so beautiful you’ll want to freeze some scenes and leave them on your TV the way others hang works of art on their walls.”
2. The picture is already perfect, so you’ll never have to fool with tracking again.
B. You can watch the movie from two different screen ratios.
1. You can watch a movie in widescreen format, which is when the screen has the little black bars at the top and the bottom. This is the way movies are viewed in theatres.
2. You can also watch the movie in “pan and scan” format. This is how things normally appear on a television screen. You won’t have the black bars, but you also won’t be seeing the entire picture.
C. You can watch some movies with