Anthony Kable

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Vital Statistics

Age Group Near 30
Video Likes Anamorphic transfers with no hint of edge enhancement or MPEG artefacts
Video Dislikes Pan & Scan and incorrect aspect ratios
Audio Likes Tight clean appropriate use of bass, non-intrusive soundtracks, enveloping sound stage
Audio Dislikes Sloppy bass, 5.1 remixes that use channels just because they can, removal of original audio mixes
Favourite DVDs Magnolia, Fight Club, Serial Experiments - Lain, The Big Sleep, Hard Boiled: Criterion Collection, Robocop: Criterion Collection, L.A. Confidential
Least Favourite DVDs
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs PAL Video Calibration Disc, Indiana Jones Series, 2001: SE, Bladerunner: SE

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic A forgettable story with reasonable special effects. I still do not understand this film's success.
The Matrix Excellent DVD presentation with innovative effects but people must realise the fight sequences were not revolutionary, please check out classic Hong Kong action films such as Once Upon A Time In China.
Terminator 2 Amazing special effects for its time supporting a solid story, a classic in Sci-Fi.
Star Wars Another classic with ground-breaking special effects. I enjoy Episodes IV and V. VI was a little too cute and happy. Episode I was terrible but did the job of getting the next generation hooked. Hopefully Episodes II and III will be much darker.
Godzilla A reasonable popcorn movie with good effects and sound but definitely not a classic.
Independence Day Terrible plot and script that cannot be saved by the special effects.

Equipment

DVD Player Toshiba 2109 , using S-Video output
Display Sony KP-E41SN11 . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification Front left/right: ME75b; Center: DA50ES; rear left/right: DA50ES; subwoofer: NAD 2600 (Bridged)
Speakers Front left/right: VAF DC-X; Center: VAF DC-6; rear left/right: VAF DC-7; subwoofer: Custom NHT-1259

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Seven: Special Edition (1995)
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2. Fight Club: Special Edition (1999)
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3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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4. Shrek (2001)
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5. 12 Monkeys: Collector's Edition (1995)
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6. Lawrence of Arabia: Collector's Edition (1962)
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7. Alien: Legacy (Box Set) (2000)
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8. L.A. Confidential: Special Edition (1997)
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9. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: Collector's Edition (2001)
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10. Serial Experiments Lain-Volume 1: Navi (1998)

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