EAN-130025493548099   EAN-13 barcode 0025493548099
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Product NameUltimate Film Noir Collection
CategoryElectronics / Photography: A/V Media: Movie
Short DescriptionWeight:0.45 pounds
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Price New70.96 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Price Used35.21 US Dollars    (curriencies)
Run Time909 minutes
Aspect Ratio1.33:1
CastEdmond OBrien, Luther Adler, Neville Brand, Pamela Britton
Run Time909 minutes
Width5.75 inches    (convert)
Height0.53 inches    (convert)
Length7.75 inches    (convert)
Weight45 hundredths pounds    (convert)
FormatCollector's Edition, NTSC
Run Time909 minutes
Long DescriptionFilm noir - literally "black film" - is Hollywood's moody vision of a dark, shadowy, smoky underworld populated by beautiful-but-deadly dames and the regular Joes who fall for them. These films are literally black in that they often take place at night or in the shadows - or both. But they are black in other ways, too: Shady characters with no redeeming or "light" qualities; likable people who mean well but are pulled into the dark world of murder and mayhem; and plots that focus primarily on the darker aspects of man's nature. Although films noir continue to be produced today, the heyday of these low-budget, high-tension pictures was from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s. Here are ten classic films noir that set the tone for countless "black films" that followed in their echoing, unsettling footsteps. DISC ONE SCARLET STREET (1945) - Starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea. Directed by Fritz Lang. A mild-mannered, henpecked bank cashier and amateur painter (Robinson) falls for a pretty face (Bennett) who figures he's a rich and famous artist, leading to his being taken advantage of by her greedy and scheming boyfriend (Duryea). (93 mins.) DETOUR (1945) - Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake. Directed by Edgar G. Ullmer. A Manhattan night-club piano player (Neal) hitchhikes to Hollywood to meet up with his girl friend (Drake). Along the way, he's picked up by a driver who winds up dead. The hitchhiker assumes the dead driver's identity but winds up being blackmailed by a sexy - and scheming - female hitchhiker (Savage) who knows his secret. (67 mins.) DISC TWO THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1946) - Starring Kirk Douglas, Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott. Directed by Lewis Milestone. A gambler with a dark past (Heflin) returns to his hometown to find that his wealthy ex-fiancee (Stanwyck) is now married to an alcoholic district attorney (Douglas in his film debut). The D.A. is worried that he and his wife are going to be blackmailed (since she's also a murderess), so he tries to use the gambler's sultry new friend (Scott) to get rid of him. (115 mins.) WHISTLE STOP (1946) - Starring George Raft, Ava Gardner, Victor McLaglen, Tom Conway. Directed by Leonide Moguy. A sexy woman of ill repute (Gardner) returns to her hometown looking for money and rekindles her relationship with her old love, an alcoholic gambler (Raft). His bartender pal (McLaglen) lures him into a sinister plot to do away with a wealthy and corrupt nightclub owner (Conway) who is also interested in the dishy - but dangerous - dame. (84 mins.) DISC THREE HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948) - Starring Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Jack Webb. Directed by Alfred L. Werker. An intrepid detective (Brady) is hot on the trail of a cunning and elusive cop-killer (Basehart). A light-hearted ballistics expert (Webb in his first substantial role), lends his forensic expertise to help apprehend the killer. (79 mins.) TRAPPED (1949) - Starring Lloyd Bridges, Barbara Payton, John Hoyt. Directed by Richard Fleischer. A resourceful forger (Bridges) is allowed to escape from prison so that the feds can secretly follow him to a stash of counterfeiting plates. His plan is to print up some fresh money and then head to Mexico with his sexy gal-pal (Payton). (78 mins.) DISC FOUR IMPACT (1949) - Starring Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn. Directed by Arthur Lubin. A scheming femme fatale (Raines) and her boyfriend conspire to murder her industrialist husband (Donlevy), who survives the attempt but suffers from amnesia - until he gradually retrieves his memory and begins plotting his revenge. (110 mins.) D.O.A. (1950) - Starring Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler. Directed by Rudolph Mate. A hapless accountant discovers he has only a week to live after he is poisoned. He and his loyal secretary (Britton) try to beat the clock and find out just who poisoned him - and why - before it's too late. (83 mins.) DISC FIVE QUICKSAND (1950) - Starring Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney, Peter Lorre. Directed by Irving Pichel. A meek auto mechanic (Rooney) falls for a sexy - but scheming - waitress (Cagney), and is pulled into the dark world of crime by her ruthless boyfriend (Lorre). (79 mins.) THE HITCH-HIKER (1953) - Starring Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman. Directed by Ida Lupino. Two army buddies (O'Brien, Lovejoy) decide to drive down to Mexico. Along the way, they pick up a hitch-hiker (Talman) who turns out to be a psychotic killer who forces them to do his bidding. An all-male film noir, directed by - a woman! (71 mins.) BONUS BEST OF FILM NOIR - This fascinating, original documentary utilizes classic film noir clips and interviews to tell the story of the tough guys and femme fatales who populated this unique genre. Such classics as The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil, Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly, D.O.A., Out of the Past, Against All Odds, Laura, and Kiss of Death are examined. (50 mins.)
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Barcodes are a graphical representation of information that can be easily read by machines. People read text easy enough but machines find this to be too complex so we use barcodes to simplify the process.

Barcodes can store numbers, letters and all the special characters. What can be stored in the barcode depends on which type of barcode is being used. But the basics of how a barcode works is the same regardless of what type of code it is, what information is stored in the barcode or what type of scanner is being used.

barcode scanIt all starts with the scan. The scanner, regardless of which type you are using, will examine the barcode image. The lines (or blocks in the case of 2D barcodes) will either reflect or absorb light. When we look at the barcode, we tend to see the dark stripes and think of those as the important parts. Those are the parts that absorb the light and the white parts reflect the light. So the scanners tend to see the barcodes in reverse of how we think of them. But the dark and light portions of the code on their own don't automatically become the information stored in the code. In most cases, it is the relative placement and size of each dark and light stripe (or block) that make up the information. There are also special markers that help the scanner know which direction the barcode is facing when it is scanned. This allows the scanning process to work even if the barcode is upside down when it is scanned. The scanner simply processes the scanned data in reverse in this case.

barcode oscolloscopeTaking a look at an oscolloscope screen as a scanner passes over barcode, you can see that the stripes reflect back light and the scanner registers the changes as high and low levels. So what looks like a simple image is really a rather complex set of layered encryption to store the data. The encryption isn't done to hide the information in this case. Instead it is done to make it easy for the machine to read the information. Since the base language of machines is binary (1 and 0) it is easy for them to read this type of information even if it takes several steps to turn this back into something that people can understand.

binaryThe size of each high and low are combined to make binary data. A series of 1 (one) and 0 (zero) values which are strung together then decoded into the actual information. Up to this point, the process is the same for all barcodes regardless of how they are stored. Getting the lines or dots into binary is the easy part for the machine. The next step is to make this binary code into something useful to people. That step depends on  which type of barcode is being scanned. Each type of barcode has its own encoding methode. Just like human languages, what seems to be two similar words (or barcodes in this case) could actually be two very different values even though they have the same basic letters (or bars).

So you can see that the scanning devices need to know not only how to turn the bars or dots into binary, but after they have done that they need to know how to turn that binary string into the original information. But regardless of the encoding process the basic steps are the same. Process the light and dark areas, convert them to binary, decode the binary, pass the information on to the receiving device which is normally a computer program of some sort.

Once the decoded data reaches the computer program, there is no telling how the information is to be used. The grocery store will use the information to keep track of the products you purchased as you go through the register. A manufacturer will use the code to identify where they are storing their parts. And shipping companies use the codes to keep track of the packages they are delivering.

Now that you know a little about the mechanical portion of the process, take some time to learn about the different types of barcode scanners and the different ways the information can be encoded into barcodes.