|Video Likes||Correct aspect ratios, minimal edge enhancement, minimal aliasing, minimal film artefacts (ie. the best transfer possible for the film).|
|Video Dislikes||The opposite of the above. I loathe Pan&Scan transfers, and non 16x9 enhanced DVDs. A presentation in the original aspect ratio enhanced for widescreen viewing should be standard.|
|Audio Likes||Clear dialogue not overshadowed by other audio effects, intelligent use of discrete surround and LFE channels.|
|Audio Dislikes||No DTS track provided when one is available in other regions.|
|Favourite DVDs||See the Top 10 below (not in any particular order).|
|Least Favourite DVDs||The DVD release of Oklahoma! is an absolute disgrace and is a slap in the face to the original cast and crew, and to all Region 4 consumers.|
|Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs||Waiting for HD-DVD or Blu-Ray to be released just to see the quality improvements over standard DVD.|
|Titanic||An OK movie, not really deserving of the repeat business that it received at the box office. Bad DVD.|
|The Matrix||Great movie on a great DVD.|
|Terminator 2||Great movie on a great DVD. A classic of the sci-fi action genre.|
|Star Wars||Love the originals, but the new trilogy is purely a money grabbing exercise. Nevertheless, will get all on DVD when they are released.|
|Godzilla||Bad over-hyped movie. I hate Devlin/Emmerich movies.|
|Independence Day||Bad over-hyped movie. I hate Devlin/Emmerich movies.|
|DVD Player||Onkyo DV-SP500 , using Component output|
|Display||RK-32HDP81 HDTV . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Onkyo TX-SR600 with DD/DD-EX/DTS/DTS-ES matrix and discrete . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||Kef KHT 2005 5.1 Home Theatre System|
1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Ed (Blu-ray) (1977)
Example of how classic catalogue titles should be released and celebrated in HD.
2. Matrix, The (Blu-ray) (1999)
Reference quality when first released on DVD, and just as good in HD
3. Star Trek: Special Edition (Blu-ray) (2009)
Great reboot that doesn't take itself too seriously. HD A/V is awesome
4. Transformers: Special Edition (Blu-ray) (2007)
Big, loud, and dumb, but just pure fun in HD.
5. Alien: Anthology (Blu-ray) (1979)
Reference quality set for many years to come.
6. Avatar (Blu-ray) (2009)
Collector's Edition is the best HD I've seen.
7. Toy Story: Special Edition (Blu-ray) (1995)
HD will blow you away, even after the DVD did the same a few years back!
8. Gladiator: Extended Definitive Edition (Blu-ray) (2000)
New remaster makes a huge difference!
9. Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray) (1991)
Hopefully all Disney classic releases are of this quality - now just waiting for the others during that period
10. Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) (1999)
HD upgrade from DVD is well worth it - picture looks amazing.
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