Terry McCracken

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Age Group I can still claim to be thirtysomething.
Video Likes When you blow something up to 100 inches diagonal, the source had better be a very good anamorphic widescreen transfer.
Video Dislikes I bought the US release of The Abyss when it came out because I love this movie. Turns out that I just can't stand to watch it; low resolution, 3:2 pull down judder and so on.
Audio Likes I particularly like Action/Adventure/Sci Fi type films. To go with these should be a powerful LFE track. To me, the soundtrack speaks to the emotions - they should be appropriate for the scene and film. The medal presentation at the end of the first Star Wars movie is a simple and classic example of getting it exactly right.
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Favourite DVDs Twister, Fifth Element, Much Ado About Nothing, Demolition Man, Apollo 13, Dark City, Man In The Iron Mask, Star Trek IV, Galaxy Quest, Matrix, Dune: the Miniseries, Tank Girl.
Least Favourite DVDs Dune, The Abyss. Great or even just good films wrecked by their transfer.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Wife made me watch it - what was the point? We all knew what the ending was going to be. Some great music, though.
The Matrix Great film, great disc, loads of fun.
Terminator 2 Preferred the first film. The Sci Fi film genre has been somewhat hijacked by the shoot'em up, action-adventure boys.
Star Wars Fantastic film, legendary sound track. Will buy the DVD when it arrives.
Godzilla Just what do people want from a film about a giant lizard ? Bit of harmless fun, did not deserve the panning it got.
Independence Day Long hard day at work, sit down, brain into neutral, DVD on, volume to extreme... Ahhhh it does not get any better than this.

Equipment

DVD Player Skyworth 1050p progressive scan , using RGB output
Display Sony 1252q CRT Projector, Screen Technics matte white screen 16:9 (223cm) . Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with AVIA Guide To Home Theatre.
Amplification Onkyo TX-SR800
Speakers B&W DM305 (mains); CC3 (centre); S100 (surrounds); custom Adire Audio Tempest with Redgum plate amp (subwoofer)

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