Paul Svensen

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Age Group I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon when I was in grade 3, you do the maths.
Video Likes Crisp surreal imagery. 16:9 anamorphic transfers.
Video Dislikes 4:3 P&S, aliasing, film artifacts, edge enhancement.
Audio Likes Good utilisation of surround channels, nice use of LFE where needed.
Audio Dislikes Audio synch problems, poor clarity in speech tracks.
Favourite DVDs I am a self confessed war genre lover, I was raised in a military family and served a number of years in the RAN and RAAF. I am also partial to good historical movies and Sci-Fi flicks.
Least Favourite DVDs Musicals, oh may the Saints preserve me if I have to sit through Seven Brides for Seven Brothers ever again.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Well a lot of my awaited DVDs have now come to pass, however I would dearly like "Against The Wind" to be given the DVD remastering treatment but alas I fear that will never come to pass. **** News Update - Against The Wind is scheduled to be released on DVD for the first time ever in June 2006, it will be an Australian PAL only release the link for the details is: http://web.telia.com/~u22407796/video.htm

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Never owned the DVD and I will never own it until it is given the release it deserved.
The Matrix Whilst I own the original Matrix and enjoyed it I never felt compelled to get any of the sequels.
Terminator 2 Okay I am an Arnie fan, let me just raise my little arnie flag right now. I love the Terminator movies and I even liked the last one which I thought was done reasonably well.
Star Wars Well I grew up on 4, 5, and 6. They are my favourite ones, however that does not mean that I disliked the latest 3 episodes.
Godzilla Just remember to hang your brain at the door for this one but it still entertained me. Kind of Jurassic Park meets Donut King.
Independence Day If you do not mind the Uncle Sam factor then it was a pretty entertaining flick. Just wish I could get a hold of that magic talk to anything laptop.

Equipment

DVD Player Panasonic DVD-S97, Momitsu V880DX, Maya 603, Pioneer DV-535, Toshiba D-R1-S-TG , using DVI output
Display Panasonic PT-AE700 WXGA LCD Projector, 102" 16:9 Grandview motorised screen, Panasonic TH-42PV500A HD Plasma Display, Toshiba 83 cm 4:3 CRT . Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Denon AVR-2802 . Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
Amplification Denon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete plus Sansui two channel amplifier driving Back Surrounds
Speakers Fronts, Centre, and Back Surrounds - Accusound Ref 8 speakers with 150W RMS accusound sub woofer, Surrounds - Sony

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Saving Private Ryan (DTS) (1998)
This movie was just a superlative effort.
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2. We Were Soldiers (2002)
One of the better Vietnam movies imho.
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3. Band of Brothers (2001)
Another beatifully portrayed series on the meaning of comradeship.
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4. Gettysburg (1993)
Truely remarkable film dedicated to the futility of war.
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5. Black Hawk Down (2001)
I have both the R4 and R2 Superbit editions
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6. The Lighthorsemen (Magna Home Ent) (1987)
Another Aussie classic showing the life of the Aussie digger.
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7. Battle of Britain: Special Edition/Gold Edition (1969)
To quote Sir Winston Churchill "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
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8. Anzacs (1985)
A must see for any Aussie kid who wants to know the story of why we march and why we remember.
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9. The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Box Set) (1981)
What can I say I just love these movies.
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10. Pearl Harbor: Director's Cut (2001)
The special effects in this were awesome.

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