I just purchased a video that I’ve wanted to see for years:
“The Castle of Cagliostro” directed by the sublime Miyazaki. It seemed potentially perfect: Letterboxed and subtitled, IMHO the perfect way to see foreign films.
The idiot company who released the video tape put Macrovision copy protection “for my benefit” on the %&$ing tape. This means:
#1 to watch the thing (and every time I want to watch it again), I have to dig behind all my stereo equipment and rewire my VCR to go directly to my TV, I can’t have my DVD in between, or all I can see is green flashes.
#2) After doing said rewiring, apparently my RCA cables were too long, as I still got the protection bleeding through.
#3) After going out and buying new cables, there was still a tiny bit of Macrovision bleed through (I tried on 2 different VCRs and two TVs). Normally, I wouldn’t mind a bit of distortion, it can be ignored…except when it’s about 2/3ds of the way down the screen…on a subtitled film, rendering the subtitles unreadable. I can’t return the video, it was a special order (I’ve got no hard feelings for the dealer, I was warned in advance that it was unreturnable).
This isn’t the first time I’ve had this happen with Macrovision “protected” films, although this is the worst case I’ve experienced.
I’ve seen ads in the back of magazines, and on the web for devices that apparently “break” or “remove” Macrovision. Has anyone tried them? What were your results?
Is there any other way to disable this stupid copy-protection? I’m not trying to pirate the damn thing, just watch it.