|Age Group||just younger than Star Wars Ep IV|
|Video Likes||16 x 9 anamorphic transfers, vibrant colours that don't bleed (see Bring it On) - Sharp transfers that make me forget I'm watching a movie. Detail,sharpness.|
|Video Dislikes||Mpeg artefacts in their various forms - Grrrr (if it means losing extra features to get a decent transfer - so be it). Soft transfers that make films unwatchable on a projector|
|Audio Likes||Extensive use of surrounds to put you in the middle of the movie (i.e. Boucho clapping in the opening scene of Desperado - my first 5.1 experience with my system)|
|Audio Dislikes||Center channel bias on older titles. I rekon that even the 5.1 Godfather mix is too center specific, and that the dynamic range on that track is low. Low fidelity on 5.1 = laziness by the DVD team.|
|Favourite DVDs||Desperado superbit, Das Boot superbit, Die Hard with a vengeance(R1) DTS, Starship Troopers, Moulin Rouge, Futurama Season 1. LOTR:EE|
|Least Favourite DVDs||Of mine: Godfather Set - (dissapointing 5.1 audio), but still love the movies. Casino|
|Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs||Star Wars Ep 4,5,6, Indiana Jones trilogy.|
|Titanic||Fab production values, pity about the acting and dialogue.|
|The Matrix||Film was ok, a bit derivative - Joey Pants! - DVD was less good than I had been led to believe, but still an essential part of most collections, and better than average.|
|Terminator 2||T2:UE is great, Film is great, but I'm starting to feel like I've seen it too many times. Best looking DVD package (except perhaps for the Total Recall R1 case)|
|Star Wars||Pity Lucas is getting so fat that he can't waddle down from the ranch and direct someone to just put out the first 3 DVD's. Surely the cost justification to employ people to do it full time is there. Even if it is just a bare bones release first, with the full blown - lets add extra footage(again!) - done later|
|Godzilla||Haven't wasted my time with this, not even vaugely interested.|
|Independence Day||Wish I could get my mac to dial up to an alien ship :-)|
|DVD Player||Custom HTPC (Abit NF7-S, XP 2500+, 512mb DDR 400, Pioneer DV-107, ATI Radeon, WIN XP,Theatretek DVD) , using RGB output|
|Display||Nec XG-750 CRT Projector, 100" 4:3, 2.2 gain . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).|
|Speakers||Equinox Aphelion mains, Equinox Eclipse center, Mordaunt Short MS95 surrounds, JBL sub|
1. Das Boot: The Director's Cut (Superbit) (1997)
Truly a reference transfer, both audio and visual are superb.
2. Moulin Rouge: Special Edition (2001)
Well presented DVD with an excellent soundtrack
3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Special Extended Edition (2001)
A DVD Benchmark, tho the R4 pitch correction forced me to R1
4. Lawrence of Arabia: Collector's Edition (1962)
How does a film this old look so good on DVD??
5. The Fifth Element (Superbit) (1997)
Great transfer, great demo material (shh, mine is R1!)
6. Starship Troopers: Special Edition (1997)
A fine example of Verhoven's work
7. Diana Krall-Live in Paris (Warner Vision) (2002)
Great audio and video, and some fine music...
8. Gladiator: Deluxe Collector's Edition (2000)
A must have...
9. Shrek: Special Edition (2001)
Great kids film with a full to the brim DVD.
10. Futurama-Season 1 (Box Set) (1999)
Great looking DVD's that really show off my projector.
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