Michael Demtschyna

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Vital Statistics

Age Group Mid 30s
Video Likes I like my DVDs to be in their correct theatrical aspect ratio and 16x9 enhanced, crisp and clear.
Video Dislikes I loathe aliasing and will severely criticise any DVD that suffers from it.
Audio Likes I like subtly enveloping audio soundtracks, ones where there is nearly continuous but subtle use of the audio surrounds, creating a convincing soundfield.
Audio Dislikes I dislike "crash-boom-bang" surround soundtracks which collapse into mono as soon as the action sequence is complete. I find that this type of soundtrack tends to distract me from the on-screen action whereas subtly enveloping soundtracks draw me into the on-screen action.
Favourite DVDs See Top 10 below.
Least Favourite DVDs Godzilla, Dune (original master)
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Aladdin (Disney)

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic A great theatrical experience, disappointing transferred to DVD because of the lack of 16x9 enhancement.
The Matrix Sensational movie, sensational DVD.
Terminator 2 A landmark in science fiction and special effects.
Star Wars Enjoyed it but not to the point of fanaticism.
Godzilla Pretty much the worst movie of all time.
Independence Day Almost as nauseatingly bad as Godzilla.

Equipment

DVD Player Denon DVD-3300 , using RGB output
Display Loewe Art-95 (95cm) . Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder and Denon AVD-1000 dts decoder . Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Amplification EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifier for Left & Right Front; Marantz MA6100 125W per channel monoblock amplifiers for Left & Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer

Top 10 DVDs

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1. True Lies (1994)
Superb entertainment on a superb DVD.
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2. Back to the Future: Trilogy Boxset (1985)
One of the most-awaited trilogies of all time comes to DVD with mind-blowingly good transfers. It was well-and-truly worth the wait!
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3. Andrea Bocelli-Sacred Arias (1999)
Forget the other three tenors - Andrea Bocelli leaves them for dead, and this is simply a magnificent DVD experience.
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4. Shrek (2001)
Direct from the digital source material, Shrek is so good-looking on DVD that it's almost scary.
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5. The Matrix (1999)
Action-to-the-max gives your system a SERIOUS workout.
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6. Fly Away Home (1996)
A great story and stunning cinematography are gloriously captured on this DVD.
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7. Little Women (1994)
You owe it to yourself to check out this glorious movie. It's not just a chick-flick.
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8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The story will make your spirit soar, and so will the immaculate DVD.
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9. Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
It will bring back fond memories of your high school days, and is most definitely not just another teen coming-of-age flick.
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10. St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
It's a product of my generation - there's just something about this movie that I love.

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