George Soropos

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Vital Statistics

Age Group Still watching Hi-5, but only for the chicks.
Video Likes Clean, crisp picture, of course, plenty of interesting extras, and ungratuitously extended versions of films.
Video Dislikes Lazy or unskilled tranfers and unremastered releases.
Audio Likes Full, effective use of all channels and a variety of options.
Audio Dislikes Lazy surround programming and basic 5.1 Dolby only options.
Favourite DVDs LOTR: FOTR Extended Edition, LOTR: TT, Apocalypse Now Redux, Lawrence of Arabia
Least Favourite DVDs I almost instantly forget anything I don't enjoy so this is a hard one, um, the new made for TV version of Dune which is even morse than the first DVD release for one!
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs The real director's cut of Blade Runner, The original Star Wars Trilogy, The entire collection of John Pertwee and Tom Baker Dr Who episodes, Blake's Seven series, RAN, 'Wild' Bill Welman's war classic Battleground...I could go on and on...

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Have avoided watching this movie in case it did permanent damage to my sensibilities.
The Matrix Great live action cartoon/western Hong Kong chop socky flick. Made me realise how good girls can look in skin tight PVC singlets.
Terminator 2 Sequel to a seminal Sci-Fi classic that is as good as the original. The latest 'Ultimate' release is a must have.
Star Wars George, George, George! Why did you have to write AND direct the new films? You suck as a scriptwriter mate and the new films are awful, tragic farces when compared to the originals. Stodgy dialogue, wooden acting and silly plot twists have turned the new sequels into a massive disapointment. However I am eagerly awaiting the DVD release of the originals.
Godzilla Average monster movie with one saving grace in the form of Jean Reno.
Independence Day Ew, yucky. Super jingoistic American rubbish that sees the president taking to the skies to save America from invading alien hordes bent on destruction. Notable for the beautifully subtle product placement of Apple Computer's Powerbook. Great propaganda film for the 'New World Order'

Equipment

DVD Player Denon DVD-1600 , using S-Video output
Display LOEWE Planus 4670 70cm 16:9 . This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Marantz SR7200 . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification Luxman LV600 valve hybrid stereo amp for front stereo pair and Marantz SR 7200 for centre and surround channels
Speakers Altec Lansing Model 15's front stereo, matched Krix Centrix front and rear, Krix matched rear surrounds, Sony rear subwoofer (Altec's provide sub for front)

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Collector's Extended Edition (2001)
No Tom Bombadill but extra footage helps flesh out characters, more LOTR is a good thing.
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2. Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)
Even better than the original, War film, horror film, social commentary and psychological thriller all at once.
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3. Black Hawk Down: Collector's Edition (2001)
Non stop, relentless action and fantastic setpieces make this a classic of the war genre.

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day Ultimate Edition The Ultimate version of one of the ultimate sci-fi movies, shows how ahead of their time the terminator films really were.
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5. Alien: Legacy (Box Set) (2000)
Another classic must have for Sci-Fi fans, and lovers of aliens that dribble.

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Solaris, Tarkovsky's original is a superior work to the recent remake and has more impact without the distractions of having a star cast.
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7. Saving Private Ryan (DTS) (1998)
Awesome audio and the amazing production values of the film make this a must for DVD owners.
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8. Harold and Maude (1971)
One of the all time classic comedies. Humour usually fades with age but not here, one of the most 'ahead of its' time' films ever made.
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9. The British War DVD Collection
A great collection of 50's British films set in WWII including Ice Cold in Alex and the Cruel Sea.
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10. Lawrence of Arabia: Collector's Edition (1962)
What can you say about the forerunner to all of today's action/adventure films and a genuine work of art? Fabulous!

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