Periscope Depth

and I never let the mic magnetize me no more

First: c/o IMDb:

Jackie Chan and Jet Li team up together for the first time ever in The Forbidden Kingdom, filmed on location in China and featuring the martial arts choreography of Woo-Ping Yuen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). While hunting down bootleg kung-fu DVDs in a Chinatown pawnshop, Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano) makes a discovery that sends him back in time to ancient China, where he’s charged with finding the Monkey King, a fabled warrior imprisoned by the powerful Jade War Lord. With the help of kung fu master Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) and a band of misfit warriors including Silent Monk (Jet Li), Jason embarks on his journey, hoping to succeed in his quest and find a way to get back home. [emphasis mine]

Why couldn’t this have been the best movie of all time, instead of the worst? God damn it.

Also: I’m considering buying a video camera. I spotted a Panasonic PV-GS320 in Best Buy the other day for about $350 and I’m leaning toward that one. The price is right for a 3-CCD camera. The obvious downside is that it lacks a mic input.

I can also get a Canon ZR800 for about half that price, which does come with a mic input. However, it’s only got about 0.68 megapixels of image quality.

I’d like some advice from you pros before I drop the money. My criteria are:

REQUIRED: Firewire input, Mini-DV, does not contain the word “Sony”
PREFERRED: 3-CCD, mic input
BONUS: Good low-light, good battery life

And then: I’m going to buy both part of a tailgate parking spot and some BC football season tickets this year. Let’s go Eagles.

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