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Spoiler alert! If you want your own portable library that contains all those VHS tapes you bought for five for a dollar at Walmart back when it was the eighties and you had big hair, or dated someone who did, you can’t do better than Movie Vault iPad. This is the perfect app for when you’re really bored, you’ve seen every movie on Netflix, and you’ve stocked up on your pot or beer and really need very little to be entertained before drifting off to sleep.
Summer is around the corner, and summer is movie season. Americans know that there is nothing better than ignoring the great outdoors and the clean summer air, just so they can cram into air conditioned movie theaters and plop down twenty dollars to see movies whose names we will be hard pressed to recall ten years down the road. Until we find them in apps like Movie Vault and say, “Oh yeah, I remember that.”
Thanks to the iPad we will soon be able to bypass theaters and watch HD quality movies streamed to our devices and beamed to our HDTVs while sitting in our air conditioned easy chairs. Until then we have Movie Vault and it’s slightly more upscale Crackle, which I’ll be reviewing Thursday.
If Movie Vault looks suspisciously like Halloween Movie Vault, which I reviewed last October, that’s because they’re virtually the same programs. Fling Soft LLC took the shell from their horror movie app and built a much more feature rich version with a wider variety of films.
Will you recognize any of these titles? Maybe Don Quixote or Study in Scarlett, but that’s more likely to be because the novels are much more famous, and perhaps because Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies played for years on Saturday afternoon cable. They also ran the Blondie movies, but I couldn’t find any of those here.
You may not recognize a lot of these titles. In fact, depending on how young you are, there’s a good chance you won’t recognize any of them. And the titles you do recognize will probably turn out to be a much older version. Some of the movies may be ones the actors wish they never did, like this one with Tom Selleck.
I’m pretty sure these are all movies that have passed into the public domain, which explains the low cost of the app. But Fling Soft has definitely stocked the library with a wider variety of films and genres: westerns, war films, comedies, mysteries and even musicals like, for instance Don Quixote. Not “The Man of La Mancha,” mind you, but a much older black and white version where Don Quixote does all the singing (at least as far as I watched).
There’s a good chance you wont recognize any of the titles, and the chances improve the younger you are. You may also discover that the titles you do recognize aren’t the titles you think they are. If you are fooled, you won’t be the only one.
Even the librarians frequently provide data for a different movie than the one you find. They simply share the same name. It can’t help that there were several movies, and a TV show, released with the name “Secret Agent.” I wasn’t surprised they didn’t actually have the Patrick Macgoohan series, but I was pleased that it actually turned out to be the Hitchcock version with Peter Lorre.
If you were a big fan of Patrick Macgoohan in the sixties, you’ll be delighted to see “Secret Agent” on the list. Then you’ll discover it’s a different “Secret Agent.” But at least it’s a Hitchcock movie. Then you’ll discover he made better movies later.
You can also add favorite titles, or movies you think you might want to see later to your queue. And if you forgot to include a title in your queue you can also do a search for it to find it again.
The video quality is comparable to your old VCR, I mean the early ones with a single video head. Partly this is due to the high rates of compression used to squeeze all those movies in. On the other hand, you won’t suffer through all those drop out lines that get progressively worse every time you pop one in.
I also noticed that the app tends to go blank every once in a while after you click the “done” button. A simple restart will fix the problem.
You may not be thrilled with the playback quality, but if you’re old enough to remember watching these on late night TV with a rabbit antenna on top of your black and white, you may think the quality isn’t so bad after all.
Will you love Movie Vault? Only if you enjoy vintage, deservedly rare movies. Me, I kind of like them, and while some of these deserve not only to be rare but to be forgotten altogether, the app is cheap and you’re bound to find one or two that make the app worth the price of download.
Especially since you don’t have to return them or be penalized a late fee.
Jenny Manytoes rates Movie Vault
Jenny Manytoes would purr next to Movie Vault. These aren’t A list films, in fact, most were never even B list. But you’re bound to find a few you like, and some people like these movies the way some people like White Castle burgers.
The Jenny Manytoes Rating System
Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
- When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
- When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
- When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
- When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
- When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.