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Word Warrior Warren Word Works “Black Market Movies”

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Word Warrior Warren

Word Works

Black Market Movies”

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Arghh ! “Pirated DVDs”

This is a selection of “Pirated DVDs” and “Black Market Movies” bought in Manila, Tanauan and Tacloban City, in the Republic of the Philippines. You hear about “Black Market Movies” in Asia,  They seem to be as common as “rice in the Pacific” because they can be bought in public. The true challenge isn’t finding a “Black Market Movie”; the challenge is to find a “Legitimate Movie.” Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

The cliché about, “Once a reporter, always a reporter” is true in my case. I have always been curious. As a child, I would annoy my classmates because whenever I had a question, I would raise my hand and expect an answer from the teacher.

 

I knew from childhood I would be a reporter because I was simply “too curious” to be anything else in life. I grew up on the old black and white movies where an actor like Cary Grant would portray the crusading reporter, who would get the “Truth” and the presses would roll.

 

Naturally, reading about Clark Kent and the Daily Planet in the Superman comic books only added to my conviction and passion to satisfy my curiosity.

 

The honor of serving in the military enhanced my role as a reporter. I didn’t have the “Big Red S” on my chest, but, I had my own “blue suit” to serve “Truth, Justice, and the American way.”

 

As a senior citizen, I am still curious.

 

When I get interested in an idea, I begin researching it for my blog, which is, essentially, my “Daily Planet.”

 

When Christy and I moved to the Philippines, we had to wait for our “household goods” to sail from the United States. We both love movies. While we waited, I looked around to see where I could buy some movies. I began to hear about, “Black Market Movies,” “Pirated DVDs,” and “Illegal Movies.”

 

I never imagined finding a “legitimate movie” would be an epic quest, but, it became one.

 

In the Republic of the Philippines, the “Black Market Movies” are everywhere and sold out in the open in public.

 

The real challenge is to find a “legitimate movie or TV episode” that you can rent or buy and not end up with a “Pirated DVD.”

 

Fortunately, our “legitimate” movies arrived. But, when a new release hits the theaters; “Where do you go to buy the legitimate movie ?”

 

I still have no answer to this question. I do have a passion to try and find an answer. I have begun my research. Time to “beat feet to the street” and try to find an answer.

 

Is there an answer to the proliferation of Black Market Movies in Asia or is it simply a cultural business difference with the West ?

 

Now, that Christmas seems to be front and center, I imagine my research will have to go on the back burner for a few days.

 

I would appreciate my regular readers keeping this issue in the back of their minds,then, come the new year, maybe, we can have an answer to the issue or at least know that there might be some issues in life that society, in general,simply shrugs off.

 

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Black Market Movies

Sucker Punch” The Buyer

You put down your hard earned dollars, pesos, baht or yen on the counter and think you are getting a discount or catching the movie “On Sale.” You get home and pop the DVD into the player and realize, “You’ve Been Had, Dad.” Instead of getting a professional movie, you get a video that usually looks like it was shot by a blind man and recorded by a deaf woman. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Sam

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The Filipino Superman

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The

Filipino

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Superman

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Herbert Chavez

The Filipino Superman

This story aired on ABS CBN in the Republic of the Philippines on the evening news. Fortunately, some Filipino TV news like American TV news is rebroadcast later in the evening. I grabbed the Nikon D 70 and hoped I would end up with some shots for my blog. All the Filipino Superman photos in this story were taken by photographing TV news footage as it aired. Nikon D 70 Photos by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

Look ! Up in the sky !

It’s a bird !

It’s a plane !

It’s Superman !

 

, , , And, he’s Filipino !

 

Great Cesar’s Ghost ! Stop the presses ! Olsen, get your camera and get in here ! Lane ! Somebody find Lois Lane ! I want her on this story ! Kent ! Has anyone seen Kent ?!”

 

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Filipina “Lois Lane” TV reporter talks to the Pinoy “Man of Steel.”

Mr. White, you sent Mr. Kent to the Philippines to cover a story about increasing American and Filipino joint venture business investments in the Pacific until 2020.

 

I did ? Right, I did ! And, you are ?”

 

Another reporter. Call me, Sam. Mr. Kent and I go way back.  SUPERMAN STATUE AND THE FILIPINO SUPERMAN_resized 

 

Chavez stands next to the Superman statue.

Relax, Mr. White. There is no need to stop the Daily Planet’s printing presses.  The Filipino Superman is a man named Herbert Chavez, who has 1,253 Superman related items in his collection and that entered him a place in the 2013 Guinness Book Of World Records.

 

He has a life size statue of Superman in his apartment as well as photos of George Reeves and Christopher Reeve and a wealth of “The Man Of Steel’s” memorabilia.

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The reporter relaxes in Chavez’s “Fortress of Solitude”, while he explains his Superman role playing and world class “Son Of Krypton” collection.

He collects “Darna” items as well. Darna is the Filipina equivalent of America’s Wonder Woman.

Great Ceasar’s Ghost ! Call The Super Museum in Metropolis, Illinois, Herbert Chavez is in The Guinness Book Of World Records for 2013 for his collectio of 1,253 superb “Superman” items.

 

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Guess, I should probably call the mayor of Metropolis and let the chamber of commerce know about this news story. Couldn’t hurt to call The White House and give the president a heads up; Where is Olsen ?”

 

Excuse me, Mr. White, I have my own copy deadline to meet.”

 

Sam

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Superman

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The Man Of Steel”

Links

 

The ABS-CBN Newscast footage that inspired my “Filipino Superman” article

 

Pinoy Superman makes it to Guinness records

11/23/2012 12:22 AM

http://beta.abs-cbnnews.com/video/entertainment/11/22/12/pinoy-superman-makes-it-guinness-records

 

Superman Wikipedia

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman

 

George Reeves

Superman” for American kids of the 1950s and 1960s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Reeve

Christopher Reeve

Superman” for American kids of the 1970s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Reeve

Dean Cain

Superman” for American kids of the 1990s

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Cain

Brandon Routh

Superman” in “Superman Returns”

in the 2006 film

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Routh

The Official Site of DC Comics

http://www.dccomics.com/

Superman Homepage

http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php

The Superman Curse

About.com

The Truth About the Superman Curse

By Brian McKernan

http://paranormal.about.com/od/humanenigmas/a/superman_curse.htm

The Superman Curse

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_curse

Metropolis, Illinois The Home Of Superman

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis,_Illinois

CNET

Man turns to surgery to become Superman

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20117583-1/man-turns-to-surgery-to-become-superman/

 

News Story on ABS – CBN website

Pinoy designer turns into surgical Superman

by Cecil Morella, Agence France-Presse

 

http://beta.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/10/14/11/pinoy-designer-turns-surgical-superman

 

News Story of Inquirer Lifestyle website

Plastic fantastic for Filipino Superman fan

Agence France-Presse

9:49 am | Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/17775/plastic-fantastic-for-filipino-superman-fan

Showbiz Nest.com

Herbert Chavez, Pinoy Superman Then and Now Photos

 

Friday, December 23, 2011 , Posted by JED at 12:48:00 PM

 

http://www.showbiznest.com/2011/12/herbert-chavez-pinoy-superman-then-and.html

 

You Tube Filipino Superman

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTyU4g35hDA

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