Sunday, August 19, 2012

This Week in Pop Culture

The Hunger Games movie DVD was released this weekend, and I eagerly checked the shelves at Target to pick up my copy.  Only it wasn't that simple.

You can get the movie on DVD for $16.99.

Or on Blu-Ray for $19.99.

Oh wait, here's the copy with the special features for $22.99.  I loooove specials! And they've been flaunting the quality of the specials in the press all month.  Shoot, it's DVD with specials, not Blu-Ray.  Now what do I do?

 Ah, finally, on another shelf, the Blu-Ray edition of the movie with special features.

Yeah, I did actually spend an extra eight dollars for this deluxe version, but I think the last DVD I bought was one of the Pirates of the Caribbean flicks, about three years ago.  It's a rare want, or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

On an unrelated pop culture note, I did actually locate the payphone that Maroon 5 has been singing about. If you're not familiar with the song, it goes like this:

I'm at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone, baby it's all wrong
Where are the plans we made for two?

And it made me wonder exactly who in the radio-listening, high-in-demand-demographic of teens is going to know what a payphone is.  I couldn't think of the last one I came across - in fact, I heard that some business in New York City was launching a trial of phonebooths converted into wireless hotspots. 

Then I ran into this, in little Alesund, by the North Sea.

There you have it, there is at least one working payphone in the world.


Bob said...

They are destroying Superman's changing booth.

Mayberry said...

When we were in Montreal last month I noticed quite a few payphones - at least one of the booth variety, and then several others with just those half-pod enclosures. I took a picture of the booth to show my 10-year-old, who loves the Maroon5 song (they play it on Disney Radio all the time) but hasn't ever seen a real payphone!