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Profile of Ben Smith

Ben Smith

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Vital Statistics

Age Group early 30s
Video Likes Clean transfers that are crystal clear.
Video Dislikes Aliasing, edge enhancement, grain, colour bleeding.
Audio Likes Boomin' DTS. Being immersed in the movie b/c the surround sound is so d*** good.
Audio Dislikes Soft dialogue.
Favourite DVDs Anything by Pixar, Star Wars Original Trilogy set, The Matrix, Lord of the Rings Extended Editions, Moulin Rouge, Master and Commander, XMen 1.5 and XMen 2, Indiana Jones Box set, Lost in Translation, Back to the Future trilogy
Least Favourite DVDs Batman; transfer is woeful. I picked it up for $5 and still felt ripped off. Am looking forward to the new edition
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Lost Season 2, Superman Returns, Superman 1 & 2 re-release, Kill Bill box set, Sin City Special Edition

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic I haven't seen this on DVD yet. I thought the movie was ok, but I have never understood all the attention it got.
The Matrix The disc that made me fall in love with DVD. The scene where they escape in the helicopter and then Neo saves Trinity as it crashes is the chapter I still show people to show off my projector and surround set up. Great film, shame about the sequels.
Terminator 2 I loved this movie when I first saw it. Then I went thru an anti- Arnie stage and disavowed it. I own the DVD and still enjoy it everytime I see it. Classic.
Star Wars Star Wars Original Trilogy set: I was amazed at how good they could make almost 30 yr old film look. The movie length documentary was great. The actual box was cheap, crappy cardboard though, I have bought TV box sets with better packaging. I thought that was outrageous. There was the feeling that some of the effects clean up was rushed though ( ie Luke's light sabre on the Millenium Falcon.)
Godzilla Hated the movie.... can't remember much about the DVD.
Independence Day Although I enjoyed this at the movies, I cannot recall seeing it since. I should rent the DVD sometime. I have a feeling it has dated pretty quickly though.


DVD Player Sony Playstation 3 , using HDMI output
Display Sony VPLHW10 projector onto 100 inch 16x9 screen . Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Sony STR-DG820S . Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
Amplification Pioneer
Speakers DB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Lost in Translation (2003)
Beautiful film. I could watch it over & over.
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2. Lord of the Rings-The Motion Picture Trilogy: Special Extended Editions (2001)
My fav Kiwi is Peter Jackson. EE beat theatrical anyday!
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3. Superman-The Movie: Special Edition (1978)
*fingers crossed* Plz Bryan Singer.... don't let me down!
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4. Star Wars-Episode IV/V/VI Box Set (1977)
Great DVDs shame about the crappy box they came in!!!
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5. X-Men 1.5/X-Men 2 (2000)
Speaking of Bryan Singer
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6. The Adventures of Indiana Jones (Box Set) (1981)
I was a kid in the 80s, no doubt Indy is gonna make the top 10.
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7. Moulin Rouge: Special Edition (2001)
I love this movie. Awesome DVD too.
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8. The Matrix (1999)
Good disc to show off HT setup.
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9. The Incredibles (2004)
Best superhero movie ever!
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10. Spider-Man 2: Collector's Edition (2004)
I have a lot of superhero movies in this list!

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