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Gibson studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney. As students, Gibson and actress Judy Davis played the leads in Romeo and Juliet, and Gibson played the role of Queen Titania in an experimental production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. After graduation in 1977, Gibson immediately began work on the filming of Mad Max, but continued to work as a stage actor, and joined the State Theatre Company of South Australia in Adelaide. Gibson's theatrical credits include the character Estragon (opposite Geoffrey Rush) in Waiting for Godot, and the role of Biff Loman in a 1982 production of Death of a Salesman in Sydney. Gibson's most recent theatrical performance, opposite Sissy Spacek, was the 1993 production of Love Letters by A. R. Gurney, in Telluride, Colorado.
Eventually, the continued media attacks began to anger Gibson. After Hutton Gibson's Holocaust denial was used to attack his son's film in print by The New York Times writer Frank Rich, an enraged Mel Gibson retorted, "I want to kill him. I want his intestines on a stick.... I want to kill his dog."
Gibson's controversial statements resulted in his being blacklisted in Hollywood for almost a decade. Both Robert Downey Jr. and journalist Allison Hope Weiner advocated for forgiveness for Gibson in 2014. In 2016, Gibson's film Hacksaw Ridge, which received six Academy Award nominations, resulted in what was perceived as a "thaw" in his reputation and both actors and agencies immediately became eager to work with Gibson again.
In the beginning we are introduced to the simple life of the forest tribe and most notably our protagonist, Jaguar Paw (Youngblood). Although he does not make the immediate impression as being our hero, we come to realise his significance as he learns from and adheres to the life lessons handed down from his father. From the start we are enraptured with the peacefulness of the tribe and the simplistic nature of their being, which is brought to life by the interaction of the diverse characters in the camp.
At CEDIA Expo this past fall, LG was prancing like a proud peacock as the first Blu-ray player manufacturer to announce support for the new Netflix on-demand instant streaming service. In addition to playing back standard DVDs and Blu-ray Disc movies in High Def resolution, LG's BD300 Blu-ray Player would be the first to support Netflix for instant viewing access to a selection of movies and TV shows.
But Samsung wasn't far behind with their announcement at the end of October that their BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Players would also support Netflix instant streaming via a firmware upgrade. This month, the news got even better as both LG and Samsung offered additional updates to their players to support high definition content on Netflix. These players join the PC, Xbox 360, Roku standalone Netflix box and certain Tivo DVRs as client devices that can play back Netflix movies (and TV shows) on demand to Netflix customers.
LG's BD300 was the first Blu-ray Player to support Netflix instant streaming.As we recently received the LG and Samsung Blu-ray players for review, we thought it would be a good opportunity to check out the Netflix service. As high-end audio/video devices (with the requisite high quality audio and video circuitry, HDMI and component video outputs), Blu-ray players make an excellent hosting platform for the Netflix service. But can streaming media bust out of its low quality YouTube-like reputation and provide high quality content that blows up well in today's large screen home theater environments? Actually it turns out that it can, but the service is not without a few caveats.
When you bring home one of these new players, chances are you will need to upgrade the software and/or firmware on your player in order to enable the Netflix service or enhance it for HD viewing. With the Samsung player, I received an upgrade CD in the box with instructions to run this upgrade first, before doing anything else on the box. Then, after performing this upgrade and setting up the player for network access (hard-wired, of course, as there is no wireless capability in either player), I was notified of another firmware upgrade that would be required (this was to enable the high definition playback feature for Netflix). This process was automatic and only took a few minutes. The LG player came pre-installed with the Netflix software but also required the online firmware upgrade to support HD.
When you first attempt to connect to Netflix from either player, it will generate a unique code that will identify your box to the Netflix servers. You then need to copy this code into your Netflix account online (via a Web-connected PC or Mac) in order to activate the device for on-demand use. If you don't yet have a Netflix account you can sign up for a free 2-week Netflix trial and begin your online viewing nearly immediately. If you sign up for any package above and including the $8.99/month unlimited option, which entitles you to rent one movie at a time by mail on physical media (on DVD or, for an additional $1/month, on Blu-ray Disc), then you'll also qualify for unlimited online viewing.
The instant queue concept is similar to your usual Netflix queue for DVDs or Blu-ray Discs, but instead of having to wait to get a new title by mail, your instant queue is available immediately, is effectively unlimited and you can jump back and forth between any titles in your online queue for playback. When I signed up for my free trial, I had movies in my online queue and ready to watch in a matter of minutes, and the first physical disc I rented (the indie film "Once"), showed up in the mail two days after I signed up.
On the LG and Samsung players, the interface to the Netflix system was virtually identical. The films in my instant queue were presented as thumbnail graphics (DVD Box Art) that enlarge as you select them. Clicking on a DVD box for a particular title then brings up a short synopsis, with actor listings and such as well as running time and a star rating as scored by the Netflix viewing audience. From this screen you can select start, or resume - the Netflix software remembers where you left off in a film which is more than can be said for a BD-Java Blu-ray Disc, so that's a nice touch. You can also remove a title from your instant queue from here or from your PC or Mac.
Although you are streaming the movies in near real-time (nothing permanently stored on your device), you can still pause, rewind and fast forward through content. If you move far enough forward or back, you will get the buffering status bar again (and a slight delay before playback resumes) but this was never objectionable to me. Just the fact that I could watch a movie nearly immediately, in high definition, and without breaking any state or Federal laws was pretty impressive and bodes well for the future of the Netflix instant streaming service.
When Netflix first started in 1997, the name was appropriate as you could rent flicks over the internet, but you still had to wait a bit for the titles to show up in the mail. Now, with instant internet video streaming, the name is even more accurate. By embedding Netflix capabilities in a variety of consumer devices that are likely to be installed in the living room or home theater, Netflix is offering consumers a choice between the instant gratification of movies-on-demand and the higher quality of rented physical media (Blu-ray Discs and DVD). And it's giving us this choice at no incremental cost (for existing customers) and for a low flat monthly fee (for new Netflix customers). I like choices. If a Blu-ray player is on your wish list, then the Netflix-enabled LG BD300 and Samsung BD-P2500 or BD-P2550 should be on your short list. 2b1af7f3a8