French movie maven Defoe wrote the following clarification of Euro HDTV standards:

"In France:
  • With an antenna you have numeric TV: SD (720x576) for all channels and HD (1920x1080 – it used to be 1440x1080) for four channels.
  • HD Cable TV is often 1280x720, but Orange broadcasts in 1440x1080. The correct ratio is 16/9: so to have a correct aspect ratio in clips from Orange or in old clips from broadcast HD, you either need to upscale the 1440x1080 to 1920x1080 or downscale it to 1440x810. My movies can be 1920, 1440, 1280 or 720, depending on the source. 
 Most of the channels are DRM protected, so I do not know how he (the new guy) grabs the movies."

Of course, my translation may be wrong. Defoe speaks no English and I speak no French, so we have to communicate in Estonian. This makes our communication imprecise, since neither of us can actually speak Estonian. Thank heaven for Google Language Tools.

(I'm kidding. Defoe's English is perfect.)

Best ... trailer ... ever

Although it is a drama about the porn industry, Cherry is not porn, but a legitimate film starring (among others) James Franco and Heather Graham. The female lead, Ashley Hinshaw, is naked in the redband version of the trailer.

TV Round-Up

The Girls Guide to Depravity is a new Cinemax show which is billed as a younger, hipper "Sex and the City," although now that I think of it, they could not make a older, unhipper version if they tried. Anyway, here's the nudity from episode 1:

Die Chefin is a new German series.

Des Soucis et Des Hommes is a new series on France 2. We've seen highlights of the first two episodes. Here are the next two.

  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Two Days in the Valley


1080p film clips

Charlize Theron


Agathe De La Boulaye in Petits arrangements avec ma mere (2012) in 720p

Charlize Theron in Young Adult (2011) in 720p (not nude, but worth a look)

Darlanne Fluegel and Debra Feuer in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) in 1080p


Natasha Alam see-through

Lena Dunham in Tiny Furniture (2010)

Babette Bardot in the unforgettable 1966 classic, Mondo Topless

Bo Derek in 10

Demi Moore in Striptease

Goldie Hawn in Overboard

Pam Anderson in Barb Wire