When I bought my FetchTV box at the Gadget Show, it came bundled with 50 pounds credit against films downloaded via Fetch’s service (I actually bought it as a cheap twin channel Freeview hard disk recorder with integral BBC iPlayer, but I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth).
Not suprisingly, most of the films made available each month are relatively old, which is how I came to watch “The Alamo” (2004, with Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton). The film was actually much better than I expected, in fact, it was bloomin’ good. But I had one minor problem with it.
When the Mexican characters spoke, it was naturally in Spanish, with English subtitles. These were a trendy yellow, one might even say gold, instead of white or black. Normally, this would make them very visible.
However, these subtitles, of course, were mostly on screen when the Mexican characters were – who were all dressed in uniforms in red and – you’ve guessed it – yellow, tending towards gold. As a result many of the subtitles were completely unreadable without pausing and shuttling the picture back and forth to get a good view.
In spite of this, I really enjoyed the film, particularly Billy Bob Thornton’s portrayal of Davy (“I prefer David”) Crockett.