PLEASE NOTE: Michael D's is currently in READ ONLY MODE. Anything submitted will simply not be written to the database.
Lots of stuff is still broken, but at least reviews can now be looked up and read.
Profile of Sean Abberton

Sean Abberton

Site Reviewer

User Image

Vital Statistics

Age Group 36
Video Likes Enhanced, correct aspect ratios. Clean transfers of high quality film stock.
Video Dislikes Pan and Scan. Grain.
Audio Likes Constant and immersive surround mixes. High fidelity bass and LFE. Discrete music recordings that donít bleed. dts and THX-certified audio mixes.
Audio Dislikes Dubbed movies. Audio sync problems. Obvious ADR.
Favourite DVDs See Top 10.
Least Favourite DVDs Worst DVD efforts: R4 Three Colours trilogy (despicably low-quality effort for such a masterpiece of cinema) and Blade Runner and Backdraft (both fantastic films, both woeful transfers).
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs The Double Life of Veronique, The Decalogue, Queen's Greatest Video Hits 3 and subsequent Queen releases, and re-releases of Backdraft, Blade Runner and Titanic.

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Cameron proved his talents with this film. Despite some detracting features of this movie for me (its pacing and the mis-casting of the male lead), I loved the sheer scale and romance of this film. It cries out for a *decent* DVD release.
The Matrix Loved the first two in this series, but found Revolutions a big anti-climax.
Terminator 2 A ground-breaking sci-fi/action/effects movie, that is still great fun and still holds up well today.
Star Wars Easily one of the most influential film trilogies of all time and deservedly *the most* anticipated DVD release of all time, so it's just great to finally have these DVDs released with such attention to detail and now sitting in the DVD collection.
Godzilla I do wish they hadnít bothered!
Independence Day Umm, no comment on this one either!


DVD Player Denon DVD-2900 , using Component output
Display NEC 125cm Widescreen Plasma . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Rotel RSP-1068 Pre-amp/Processor . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Amplification Elektra Theatre 150 Watts x 6 channel Power Amplifier
Speakers Orpheus Aurora III mains, Orpheus Centaurus 1.0 centre, Velodyne CT150 sub and B&W DM303 rears

Top 10 DVDs

Three Colours trilogy (R2): This trilogy is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece, a truly impressive body of work that has not been (and will not be) rivalled since. R2 offers the best transfer.
Cover Art
2. Russian Ark (Russkij Kovcheg) (2002)
More than just a stunning technical achievement, this is another most impressive example of contemporary cinema as art.
Cover Art
3. Queen-The DVD Collection: Greatest Video Hits 1 (2002)
It's been well worth the wait for Queen on DVD, with the quality of these releases reflecting the significant input and supervision by the band members themselves. The dts 96/24 mix on this disc (a first for DVD-V release) is just amazing.

Highlander (R1 Immortal Edition): A long-time favourite action film (before it was ruined by mindless sequels and a franchise!). This R1 is the best/most comprehensive of numerous DVD efforts at the film.
Cover Art
5. Citizen Kane (Warner) (1941)
Often voted "The most important/influential film of all time" by the public and critics alike... it wins my vote too.

The Decalogue (R2): This series of ten short films exploring the application of the Ten Commandments to a modern context is profound, multifaceted and masterfully constructed. A must-see experience for both the mind and soul.
Cover Art
7. Queen-The DVD Collection: Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl (1982)
Rock concert DVD heaven! Queen on fire at their blistering best, presented on a fantastic DVD package that includes a great dts 96/24 audio mix.
Cover Art
8. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Special Extended Edition (2003)
The conceptualisation and realisation of this film trilogy surely has to stand as the pinnacle of contemporary film-making to date. Ditto, the quality and comprehensiveness of the 3 DVD packages is unsurpassed.
Cover Art
9. Contact (1997)
This is, for me, the ultimate science fiction story. The genius of Carl Sagan, brilliantly adapted for cinema by the genius of Robert Zemeckis. One of my all-time favourite films.
Cover Art
10. The Godfather-DVD Collection (1972)
The 3 films collectively make for unparallelled great cinema, all beautifully restored for this DVD box set.

Email Sean A