Mirella Roche-Parker

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Vital Statistics

Age Group 42
Video Likes Clean transfers. Meaningful extras. Correct ratios.
Video Dislikes Hate, hate *hate* pan & scan 4:3. Grainy or blurry transfers.
Audio Likes Good use of 5.1
Audio Dislikes Mono tracks and crackly audio.
Favourite DVDs My Mother's Castle. My Father's Glory. Jean de Florrette. Manon des Sources. Jesus of Montreal. Talk To Her. Antonia's Line
Least Favourite DVDs American smashy grabby movies.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Jesus of Montreal. Lord of the Rings Two Towers Lion King...hmmm - they're all here now... so, um... Whale Rider, American Splendour and Shirley Valentine I think.

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Pot boiler.
The Matrix The original - wonderful. A film that provided a layer of meaning for most viewers' tastes. But these latter ones....ooh lordy - I think it shows what can happen when you don't know when to quit.
Terminator 2 Oh God, he came back. Whatever you do, don't vote for him! Oops - too late.
Star Wars Which one? The originals - sentimental favourites. The newer ones - passengers on a galatic gravy train.
Godzilla Never saw it - don't want to.
Independence Day How America saves the world - ho hum.

Equipment

DVD Player Singer SGD-001 , using S-Video output
Display Teac 76cm Widescreen . Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification Teac 5.1 integrated system
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Jesus of Montreal (1989)
This film resonates with a deeply human, spiritual and thoughtful pulse. Earthy and philosophical - heart breaking and affirming. It stays with you long after the final frame has flickered to black.
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2. Hable Con Ella (Talk to Her) (2002)
Confronting, original and challenging - the images are visual poetry and the story forces you to challenge your own principles of morality and love.
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3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
They did it! And they got it right! It's become a family Christmas tradition to go see the latest episode.
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4. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
More action, adventure, drama and intrigue. And that *special* way Legolas mounts his horse! What *will* we do next year with no new installments to see at Christmas?
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5. Life Is Beautiful (Vita e bella, La) (1997)
Laugh, then cry, then sob. Love and hope makes life beautiful.
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6. Dead Man Walking (Remastered) (1995)
Unforgettable, absorbing and confronting film that insists the viewer recognise the humanity of all sides in the capital punishment issue.
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7. The Princess Bride (1987)
It's never too late to have a happy childhood!
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8. The Last Temptation of Christ (Universal) (1988)
Forget the fuss - this is an extraordinary film.
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9. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
My brain hurts - but it hurts so good!
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10. Raining Stones (1993)
Ken Loach knows how to tell a story that gets you giggling then kicks you in guts.

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