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Did I see who?

... say again

by Russ Priestley

I was asked, "Have you seen Harry Potter?" I could have retorted, "I didn't even know he was lost," but I didn't.

This past weekend I went to see a movie. I can't remember when the last time was that I did such a thing. It must have been before I got involved with this electronic wizard, a.k.a. as a personal computer.

The movie was "Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone." I was reminded of Cinerama of years ago. (No, that was not the last time I attended a movie theater). That was the beginning of a rounded screen and Surround Sound to make one feel within the film being shown.

Here is where I see a Generation Gap. The film is all-encompassing and huge, but the sound is over-whelming. And what we used to term a dissolve or fade-out between scenes is now a thunderous blast accompanied by a blinding flash of lightning. The kids love it... when they are not away from their seats buying over-priced candy, drinks or popcorn.

Personally, I would like to retain my hearing and eyesight. I've had no noticeable loss of either since the movie, but I have a few words of advice for the younger generation. With movies presented in this manner and with the earth-shaking bass of teen-agers driving mobile juke boxes, I worry.

If any of the younger generation comes across any excess cash (sounds impossible), I suggest that they invest in the stock of a hearing aid maker.

Oh, the movie! Is that what you asked? I enjoyed it and the young ones did commendable acting jobs. If you are old enough to remember that there was a WWII, you may wish to protect your ears. But then, if you are of that vintage, probably you can't react fast enough for those "fade-outs."

December 7, '01

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