Perkins Cobb wrote:
Of course it's not because the movies are rare. TCM just didn't want to waste 29 minutes on junk because they had a 91- instead of 90-minute movie. Somebody over there has an (excessively) orderly mind.
The question is, why aren't you guys setting your recorders manually to avoid this kind of foul-up? Never put your trust in anyone on the other end of your cable.
I'd buy that logic in a New York second were it accurate, but The Shout
is an 85 minute film that was accorded a 90 minute block of time without any Robert Osborne intros
to pad the program's running time, so there is absolutely no excuse for the oversight. The problem is that Deep End
ran a few minutes over it's own programming block of time, creeping over into The Shout
's 90 minute block, and TCM still ran it's standard advertisements in between films. Had I recorded the program following the film, I still would have been forced to somehow stitch together the continuity and miss a few seconds of time due to the appearance of obtrusive dialog boxes that end each recorded cable program (with a DVD-R edit) or been delayed watching the continuation of the film's finale as another program culled from my DVR library.
Even if you take the requisite steps to offset TCM's transgressions by recording the following programs, it's still not proactive enough to circumvent the problem and have a seamless presentation of the program that you recorded.
Either way, it's an aggravating thing to deal with, and could have easily been avoided. Luckily, there's an anamorphic DVD available on Region 2 for cheap. Also, the print used for Deep End
was inferior in so many ways (shitty source and incorrect aspect ratio), hardly becoming of an event-worthy debut on its network, and particularly disappointing considering it has recently been restored.