Paul Dossett

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Vital Statistics

Age Group Old enough to know better.
Video Likes The original theatrical ratio is a must, although if the director or DOP prefers another, that's fine too. I like video that looks like film, but I'll happily watch widescreen VHS if the movie's great.
Video Dislikes
Audio Likes Sound is good. Overall, I definitely prefer having sound to having no sound. Although, sometimes no sound is good too.
Audio Dislikes
Favourite DVDs I don't like DVDs, I like films. Brazil, Naked, Taxi Driver, Vertigo, Wages of Fear. That sort of thing. A lot of my favourites still aren't on DVD.
Least Favourite DVDs I couldn't tell you. I don't make a habit of watching bad films on disc. I have better things to do with my time.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Clunky dialogue, a paper-thin pastiche of a villain and a blatantly manipulative score, but entertaining enough the first time. I couldn't watch it again, but there's a hell of a lot worse.
The Matrix A fun no-brainer popcorn film. I've owned the DVD for months, but I haven't watched it.
Terminator 2 A watered-down, family-friendly Terminator and a bunch of CGI just doesn't cut it compared to the gritty original film.
Star Wars The obsessive cult that formed around this series is undermined by the quality of the actual films (Jedi is a shocker!). I have the special edition trilogy on laserdisc and haven't watched it either. I see a pattern forming.
Godzilla Haven't bothered watching it after borrowing ID4.
Independence Day Insulting and embarrassing. A waste of celluloid.

Equipment

DVD Player Pioneer 103S DVD-ROM with Hollywood Plus decoder card , using S-Video output
Display Mitsubishi DiVA (78cm) . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver .
Amplification Yamaha DSP-A1
Speakers Front L/R: Richter Excalibur SE, Centre: Richter Unicorn Mk 2, Surrounds: Richter Hydras

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