In some sense that is changing because now we have to Download the DVDs from Germany which means, at least to me, burning them to a DVD to watch them because storing them on a hard drive is going to use up space very fast. In fact, I don't know of anyone who stores CB DVDs on their hard drive. I'm sure there are some.
At any rate, I was online for a bit tonight looking for "The Baltimore Bullet," one of my favorite "pool playing" movies. I have it in VHS, but can't remember when I last watched anything on my TV. I see it is available as a Region 2 (Japan, Europe, etc.) I looked to see what one had to do to watch a Region (Zone) 2 movie. Good grief. Special cables, a laptop which eventually will get stuck on that particular zone, etc. The movie was good enough for VHS, as was the "Fourth Protocol," but not good enough to get a Region 1 label. Then there is the "Jigsaw Man" with Michael Caine and Lawrence Olivier. Not available in Region 1 either.
But, as far as I can tell, the ChessBase DVDs play on all Windows machines, but not Macs! Lots of people have Macs these days, ask their competitors: Dell, Asus, Acer, Lenovo... and even wily but confused HP. But CB refuses to do programming for the Mac. In fact, CB does a lot of strange things. However, in order to save postage CB will be sending all DVDs via the internet now. That doesn't sound like a very quick method of sending unless somehow they have just compressed the daylights out of it!
The Good Thing!?But here's the good thing about DVDs. Like anything else, you can watch them over and over. Unlike other things and Regions, to get better and better you probably will enjoy watching them again and again, esp. if you are selective in what you want to see, and you can easily do that. That's a biggie.
Recently, in Chess Gazette 159 I recommended the 3 series set by Viktor Bologan of his famous Sicilian DVDs, and I still do. If YOU didn't get one of my DVD catalogs, send a request and I will fire one off to you. In the meantime I will be working on getting the numbers up at the HAT tournament this weekend at the Gentlemens Chess Club. And a USED booklist, and a Catalog.
So keep sending those cards, letters, and orders in to keep me in the mood.