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Profile of Daniel Pockett

Daniel Pockett

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Vital Statistics

Age Group 25
Video Likes Beautiful anamorphic transfer in the original aspect ratio.
Video Dislikes Pan and Scam, ugly transfers.
Audio Likes Dts dts dts and more dts, aggressive surrounds and sub action.
Audio Dislikes Anything less than 5.1 surround, and lack of surround action on a 5.1 mix.
Favourite DVDs Blade 2, Monsters Inc., Fellowship Of The Ring, Pulp Fiction SE, Jackie Brown SE, Reservoir Dogs SE, Brazil: The Criterion Collection, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Godfather Collection, The Terminator, Terminator 2 Ultimate Edition, Fight Club, SE7EN, Star Wars Episode 1, Toy Story Toybox, Die Hard Trilogy (Region 1), Superman, Best Bits Of The Late Show: Champagne Edition, Bad Taste (Region 1), Evil Dead Trilogy (Region 1), Re-Animator Millenium Edition, Memento (Region 1).
Least Favourite DVDs I don't have any, because anything on DVD beats watching VHS.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs The 2 remaining trilogies - Star Wars & Indiana Jones, Schindlers List, ET, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (SE), Goodfellas (SE).

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Great effects, and great action let down by the Hollywood factor. The DVD is crap, and a new 16x9 version in dts would make me buy it.
The Matrix Awesome film from a potential addition to the Holy Trilogies (Star Wars, Indiana, Godfather, Back To The Future). One of my favourite all-time films, on an average DVD. A re-issue is inevitable (dts please) when the trilogy is completed anyway.
Terminator 2 Pretty much as good as action gets. Another one of my favourite all-time films. The DVD is great technically, but the lack of extra features is a letdown. The Region 1 Ultimate Edition is incredible...
Star Wars I don't rate Star Wars as a film, because it's Star Wars. You either love it to death (like most of the world), or you hate it. Can't wait for the original trilogy to be released on DVD.
Godzilla 90's Hollywood crap doesn't smell worse than this.
Independence Day Smells just about as bad as Godzilla.


DVD Player Pioneer DV-525 , using Component output
Display Teac 82cm 16x9 . Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification Sony STR DE-545
Speakers 5 Sony speakers; Sherwood 12" 100w Powered Subwoofer

Top 10 DVDs

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1. The Godfather-DVD Collection (1972)
Fantastic collection of 2 of the greatest films ever made, and their sequel that isn't that far behind.
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2. Star Wars-Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
C'mon......It's Star Wars!
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3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Collector's Edition (1977)
Classic Spielberg film getting the treatment it thoroughly deserves
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4. Fight Club: Special Edition (1999)
On of the greatest films of the 1990's, on arguably the best DVD ever produced
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5. Superman-The Movie: Special Edition (1978)
A film I grew up on, on a DVD that is as good as it gets.
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6. Seven: Special Edition (1995)
David Fincher's incredible attempt at Film Noir, on an awesome DVD.
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7. 12 Monkeys: Collector's Edition (1995)
A Terry Gilliam film ('nuff said), with one of the best audio commentaries I've ever heard, and one of the best behind the scenes documentaries I've ever seen.
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8. Jaws: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1975)
Spielberg's monster masterpiece. Fantastic DVD for a classic film.
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9. The Late Show-The Best Bits of: Champagne Edition (1992)
Had to put this one in, an old favourite TV of mine, with an incredible amount of extra features.
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10. The Terminator: Special Edition/Gold Edition (1984)
Not quite as good as T2, presented beautifully on DVD.

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