Aaron Devereaux

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Age Group I was around to see Neil Armstrong walk on the moon, but only just.
Video Likes Transfers that are true to their original aspect ratio and 16x9 enhanced. Clean, sharp images with good shadow detail.
Video Dislikes Pan & Scan/full frame transfers, MPEG artefacts and grain (unless the director chose to use grain for artistic purposes).
Audio Likes Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES sound tracks that faithfully reproduce the intended theatre experience. The rear sound stage should encompass the listener and not be overbearing.
Audio Dislikes Excessive subwoofer use. Sound tracks that claim to be 5.1 when they are little more than 2.0.
Favourite DVDs Lord of the Rings (all three extended volumes), Alien and Black Hawk Down.
Least Favourite DVDs Over hyped, over budget, under achieving Hollywood action movies; Independence Day, Armageddon, Starship Troopers, The Day After Tomorrow, etc.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs War of the Worlds.

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic I have only seen this film at the cinema. If you removed at least 30 minutes of Kate and Leonardo you would end up with a decent action movie.
The Matrix Highly entertaining and original, the Matrix introduced the world to the now common place “bullet time” effect. Sadly the sequels failed to live up to expectations.
Terminator 2 At a time when most sequels were expected to flop, Terminator 2 materialised on the big screen to deliver a powerful punch. Memorable action sequences and great special effects accompany the evolving story line.
Star Wars I have seen Episodes IV, V and VI countless times and to me they stand out as movie masterpieces, though they have aged gracefully (a little like myself). Episodes I and II were so bad that I feel no great compulsion to see Episode III.
Godzilla I have only seen this film once and that was soon after it was released at the cinema. Although it is far from being the best movie ever made I can’t understand why so many people view it so harshly. Perhaps my recollection of this film has dimmed with age.
Independence Day My pet hate is over hyped, over budget, under achieving Hollywood action movies. Independence Day falls into this category along with Armageddon, Starship Troopers and The Day After Tomorrow.

Equipment

DVD Player Pioneer DV-533K , using Component output
Display InFocus Screenplay 7200 with ScreenTechnics 100" (16x9) screen . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to Amplifier . Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification Denon AVC -A11SR
Speakers Jamo D6PEX wall mounted Speakers and Powered Sub (7.1)

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Special Extended Edition (2003)
A true masterpiece based on the highest selling book of all time (after the Bible).
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2. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Special Extended Edition (2001)
A true masterpiece based on the highest selling book of all time (after the Bible).
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3. Alien: The Director's Cut: Special Edition (1979)
Science Fiction/Horror at its best.
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4. Black Hawk Down: Collector's Edition (2001)
Immersive, adrenaline pumping action.
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5. Gladiator: Deluxe Collector's Edition (2000)
Gladiatorial combat combined with revenge.
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6. Star Wars-Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Why do they call this Episode V? There are only three.
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7. Lawrence of Arabia: Collector's Edition (1962)
A classic adventure renowned for its cinematic views.
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8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
WWII drama with an unprecedented level of realism.
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9. Jurassic Park: Collector's Edition (1993)
Who doesn’t like a good dinosaur movie?
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10. The Matrix (1999)
Original science fiction plot combined with guns and leather.

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