For the record, while I appreciate the support, mine are meant to be little more than an additional way for people to enjoy the vids I throw together - that's why they're free. (or essentially at cost for the big one)
It's an exhibition, not a competition. :)Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:08 AM
Geez, janfrederick, haven't you been paying attention? You aren't supposed to say anything about it, unless you are on topic! ;)
Furthermore, I don't think the quality of their videos is all that spectacular either. You can get more for your money at someplace like coasterimage.com. Yeah I love gonch's videos. They are the bestest. And just because he plays by the rules. :)
Raven-phile: I can tell from some personal experiences that he still believes he is above the rules. I am not talking just with the way he takes his footage either.
JanFrederick was being a harmless and unbiased smart ass, he wasn't flaming just to flame. There's a difference, which is the whole freakin' point. This thread was about videos, not the conduct of the people behind them, which is why I have a problem your original post. Nobody asked for an opinion of them, yet you flamed away anyway. That's lame.
Why is it wrong for someone to have a personal reason to avoid the TPR videos? If this is a discussion about roller coaster and amusement park videos, there's no reason why anyone should be told to admit why they support or refuse to support particular media. So the comment didn't answer the original question... so what? The comment certainly wasn't off-topic, or any more off-topic than what all of us are guilty of from time to time. Saying that someone should just keep their mouth shut is simply looking for an excuse to start a debate. That, to me, is flaming,
As far as the TPR videos go, I like the footage but don't care for the music or the frequent shots of Alyssa's face on every ride. I'm all for bringing a personal aspect to one's work but sometimes the Alvey stuff borders on ridiculous self-promotion. However, the guy is very good at what he does, and it often looks more professional than the stuff the s-called pros come up with.Last edited by Rob Ascough, Thursday, November 20, 2008 11:30 AM
"All publicity is good publicity". And I thought the elections were too divisive! ;)
rOLLocOASt, I don't agree with what a_hoffman50 stated in his first post, but how can you criticize him for something that you do every time you post? Your signature makes your opinion of HW very clear no matter what the topic is. What is wrong with a_hoffman50 stating his opinion on a group that does do coaster videos on a thread asking for advice about coaster videos?
As for TPR, the "Raw" DVDs are very good and really professional. I was there during the filming of the Ravine Flyer II. The TPR group was very cool. They had worked with the park and we were actually there on a day that the park was closed. Our (the people being filmed on the coaster) safety was of most importance to both TPR and the parks management. It was a great day and we were treated really well by TPR and Waldameer.
On HW, they have a great park also and the parks management could not have been nicer both when I visited this summer and when I was there in September for the Fall Affair.
So now you can both flame me instead of each other. :)
I think the TPR review people learned from their past mistakes, and that's all you could ever ask. I agree that their raw footage videos are a lot better if you're not part of their inner circle.
Anyone seen this DVD? Sounds OK to me!
[DVD 25] PENNSYLVANIA CABLE NETWORK: PHILADELPHIA TOBOGGAN ROLLER COASTERS. [DVD-R / 1998 / 50 MINS] Tom Rebbie is our host as he guides us through each stage of roller coaster car/train manufacture from the PTC (Lansdale PA). Witness each part being machined: wheels and assemblies, articulated chassis, safety dogs, anti-rollback ratchets and brake fins. See car assembly right up until they’re placed in the showroom ready for shipping to destinations all over the world. A fascinating and educational programme that will appeal to dedicated coaster enthusiasts. Our host also touches on the history of the PTC Company, and explains how the business has grown, diversified and prospered from their days as a manufacturer of carousels, to today as a maker of roller coaster rolling stock and other amusement park items.
Why do I get the distinct feeling that Mr. Andrews is employed by a marketing dept.?
Me? Employed by a marketing dept? Hahaha. No such luck. I'm just interested in coaster and park films.
I'm currently after a copy of "Death of Ocean View Park" on VHS or DVD... but it appears it was never officially released. 8-(
Apologies for responding late. Florida is nice this time of year!
Rob - It's not the opinion that I care about. Not in the least. It's simply the intent behind the post that bothers me. The thread was about videos, not opinions of the Alvey's. If the kid had posted something negative about their product I never would've had a problem, but he made a personal and unprovoked attack on them and that's BS.
And just because everyone now just thinks I'm a fanboy or a friend or whatever, you're wrong. I don't know the Alvey's any more than the rest of you. I am not an a frequent visitor of their site, and I also don't purchase their product. I just think that after 5 years the BS needs to stop. Maybe years ago things were done differently, but as is the case with most of us, things have changed since then. It's been very well documented that they're legit, and have been for a while now, so stop with the BS.
Edit: Zakkster - I'm not attacking the owners of the park, or anyone specifically, which if you were playing along was the whole deal. Hell, I don't even say the parks name! But for what it's worth, what I am doing is attacking a policy they had earlier this year, and how poorly it was implimented. Yes, my opinion of the product they sell has changed. Yes, it has and will effect my decision on whether or not I visit again and if I recommend it to anyone. No, I don't have poor opinions of anyone employed at the park, and still hold my many previous visits in high regard. Hell, I'll probably even visit again once they put in another major coaster... Or a swim up bar. Happy now?Last edited by rOLLocOASt, Monday, November 24, 2008 2:49 AM
My intention was to state why I will not buy their videos. Thanks for trying to read my mind...
I would prefer we not give publicity to people who have a history of spamming this site (and denying it, naturally). And I know I'm not the only Webmaster who has had that experience.
Let's move on...