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Age Group 873 years old and cold in the swamps of Dagobah.
Video Likes Good detail in shadows. Original aspect ratio. Cut scenes and commentaries.
Video Dislikes Motion trails (low datarate) and sharpening/edge enhancement which creates aliasing. Releases not in Original Aspect Ratio. Pan and scan. NTSC.
Audio Likes High bit rates. Appropriate use of surrounds.
Audio Dislikes Cheesy music and music rooted in the time it was made not appropriate for period of movie or removed from a period. Low bit rates. Innappropriate use of surrounds.
Favourite DVDs Gladiator, Ben Hur, Alien, Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, Moulin Rouge, Nightmare before Christmas, North by Northwest, The Sopranos, Toy Story, JFK, Shakespeare in Love, L.A. Confidential, The Doors.
Least Favourite DVDs Deep Blue Sea, Charlies Angels 1 & 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 13 Ghosts, 15 Minutes, In the Mood for Love, The Core, Adaptation, Russian Ark
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Blade Runner Special Edition

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic I like it.
The Matrix Great design and narrative evolution.
Terminator 2 Great action film on first viewing, but a bit cliched on subsequent viewings. It is not dating well.
Star Wars Love it. Shame about the Special edition edits.
Godzilla Not as bad as everyone made out when it was first released. Still not great though. Story should have finished when they killed the monster.
Independence Day Quickly satisfies on a junk food level. But watching it for more than half an hour hurts the psyche. The flag waving, American patriotism and stupid climax, ultimately make it a waste of 2 hours.


DVD Player Denon DVD-2910 , using HDMI output
Display Mitsubishi HC6000 . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
Amplification Denon AVR-3808
Speakers Spendor SP100 (front mains), Spendor SP1 (Centre) Spendor BC1 (Surrounds), Velodyne CHT-10 Subwoofer

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Collector's Extended Edition (2001)
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2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
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3. Alien: The Director's Cut: Special Edition (1979)
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4. JFK: Director's Cut (1991)
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5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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6. Moulin Rouge: Special Edition (2001)
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7. Ben-Hur (1959)
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8. Gladiator: Deluxe Collector's Edition (2000)
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9. Lawrence of Arabia (Superbit) (1962)
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10. Far from Heaven (2002)

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