Tony Rogers

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Age Group young enough to be foolish, but old enough to know better...
Video Likes I want all my discs in the original theatrical aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced (if appropriate), and utterly without edge enhancement. If they must leave off extras to give me a better picture, then I don't mind. I'm collecting the movies, not the extras.
Video Dislikes Colorizing black-and-white movies; pan-and-scan; single layer discs that should have been two layers; flippers.
Audio Likes Although music is part of the movie experience, I see it as an adjunct. The music must not overpower the dialogue. (Strange comment from someone who enjoys musicals...). I like to see the original soundtrack included (the missing Jaws mono soundtrack is a good example).
Audio Dislikes 5.1 remixes that aren't. Menu music that is much louder than the movie.
Favourite DVDs The Princess Bride (remastered), True Lies (R4), 10 Things I Hate About You, Better Than Chocolate, Unforgiven, Galaxy Quest, Arsenic And Old Lace, Ghost In The Shell, The Mummy, First Wives Club, Looking For Alibrandi, High Noon, Leon The Professional, LA Story, Heathers, Alien, Aliens, The American President, The Court Jester, Love Hina, amongst others...
Least Favourite DVDs Dune (original R4), The Story of O, Half A Loaf Of Kung Fu, Holy Smoke, Mad Max (original R1), Species 2, X Men - The Phoenix Saga
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Star Wars (the real ones!); the rest of Revolutionary Girl Utena; Personal Best; the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; my 2000th DVD...

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Haven't seen the movie, and refuse to buy the DVD because it is not 16x9 enhanced - blockbuster movies should automatically rate 16x9 enhancement.
The Matrix Enjoyed the movie, and think the DVD is a good presentation of it.
Terminator 2 Liked the movie. Good choice for the first "Ultimate Edition". Sounds magnificent in dts ES discrete 6.1.
Star Wars Saw this at the cinema in 1977. There's a slot in my DVD rack waiting for this (and its two sequels). I'm not buying the VHS tapes, Mr Lucas...
Godzilla Didn't see this in the cinema. It gets slagged more than it deserves. Not a bad effort on DVD.
Independence Day Plot holes large enough to put the mothership through. Liked the one over Australia crashing into King's Cross, though.

Equipment

DVD Player Pioneer DV-S733A , using Component output
Display Sony VPH-G70 CRT Projector, QuadScan Elite scaler (Tripler), ScreenTechnics 110 . Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification Denon AVC-A1SE
Speakers Front Left, Centre, Right: Krix Euphonix; Rears: Krix KDX-M; Subwoofer: Krix Seismix 5

Top 10 DVDs

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1. True Lies (1994)
Best disc I've seen yet
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2. Mouse Hunt (1997)
Great disc, so-so plot
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3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Excellent shakespeare remake
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4. The Rock: Special Edition (1996)
Superb transfer
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5. Ronin (1998)
de Niro and Reno together
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6. The Replacement Killers (1998)
Best Hollywood Chow Yun Fat / John Woo
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7. Bring It On (2000)
really test the reds in your display
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8. Dirty Harry (Remastered) (1971)
The original, and the best
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9. 2001: A Space Odyssey: Collector's Box Set (1968)
one word: classic
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10. Buffy the Vampire Slayer-Season 6 Box Set Part 1 (2002)
The musical episode...

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