Garry Moeskops

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Vital Statistics

Age Group 55 to 60
Video Likes Intelligent drama, thriller and sci fi, classic musicals, documentary material, best of uk tv (eg, ab fab)
Video Dislikes Gratutious violence, too much foul language, violent crime "thrillers" and stupid teenage horror movies
Audio Likes Music from my formative period plus classical and current music that tends to reflect my earlier likes
Audio Dislikes I dont like sounding like an older generation person putting down current music, buth there is way too much choice available, a lot lacks quality and sounds like it has been produced by a computer. I don't like dance music at all, especially that designed to play on modified car stereos only....
Favourite DVDs Alien 1, Star Wars 4, Blade Runner, Terminators, Lord of the Rings 1, South Pacific (R1 only!), West Side Story, Bend It Like Beckham, Finding Forrester, Gods and Monsters, Looking For Alibrandi, Oh Brother...The Firm and other John Grisham, Elizabeth.....
Least Favourite DVDs Batman series, Time to Kill, newer Woody Allen movies, Rounders, The Mexican, Guest House Paradiso, Jurassic Park 3, Out of Towners, Wog Boy, Desperate Measures, Training Day, Conspiracy Theory, Traffic, American History X (Iknow; its supposed to be good, but I couln't bear the language and violence)...
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Lord of the Rings 2, Lion King, Properly sourced and mastered versions of South Pacific and other R and H musicals)

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Too long and drawn out, a little too sentimental but ultimately a fairly gripping account of the tragedy. The special effects are, amazingly, a little obvious.
The Matrix Confusing and a bit like every other sci fi film I've ever seen. The special effects are state of the art, and this is a saving feature. Difficult to take in story line, with dark and brooding performances.
Terminator 2 I love the Terminator series, and T2 doesn't disappoint. Great story line and performances, and special effects that are not dated even today.
Star Wars I like the first Star Wars (4)the most; it is also among my favourites as noted above. It was and still is a ground breaking movie that I saw at the cinema as a first release, and it was very impressionable. Needs to be cleaned up and saved for DVD ASAP.
Godzilla Too hammy for me. This is the sort of sci fi fantasy horror movie that I find too much to watch. No memorable performances, but fun for the kiddies.
Independence Day I was impressed by the film, but I suspect that it was mostly due to the special effects. The upbeat American lines and the overall story are very silly and detract from the quality of the movie. Still watchable on a good sized video projector screen though.

Equipment

DVD Player Panasonic DMP BD-10 Blu Ray , using HDMI output
Display Panasonic TH -50PV60A . This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver .
Amplification Denon AVC -A11SR
Speakers Jamo Concert 7 front, Jamo 870 centre, Duntech PCL 10 rear

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Alien: 20th Anniversary Edition (1979)
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2. Blade Runner: Directors Cut (1992)
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3. The Lord of the Rings (1978)
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4. South Pacific (1958)
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5. West Side Story (1961)
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6. Elizabeth (1998)
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7. Looking for Alibrandi (1999)
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8. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
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9. The Terminator: Special Edition/Gold Edition (1984)
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10. Finding Forrester (2000)

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