Adam Gould

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Vital Statistics

Age Group mid-late 20s
Video Likes High contrast blacks and whites without low level noise or moire patterns.
Video Dislikes Severe Aliasing. Telecine Wobble - c'mon how hard is it to scan film straight!
Audio Likes Lots of surround background stuff - I didn't pay a fortune for decent surround stuff for nothing!
Audio Dislikes Inaudible speech buried among loud music and effects.
Favourite DVDs Outside the listed top 10: Escape from New York (so hard to leave that one out of the top 10!), The Manchurian Candidate (the original), Dawn of the Dead, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Goodfellas, Gallipoli...
Least Favourite DVDs How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the R4 edition of The Crow (in fact that's probably the only DVD I've felt COMPLETELY ripped off having bought).
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Taxi 1-3 (The French Ones!), Kamikaze Taxi, Special Editions of the Bill & Ted's flicks, New Dr Who Box Sets...

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic Good 90 minute movie bookended by 45 mins of crap each side. The disc? don't know, don't care.
The Matrix One of those rare movies that lives up to it's reputation. One of the first DVDs to really be fun as a DVD as well as movie.
Terminator 2 Crap plot, great action, nice disc(s).
Star Wars "4-6" = great. Don't get me started on the "Special Editions" (putting the "Special Ed" back into...)! Decent extras would have been nice on the discs though. I prefer to think of eps 1-3 as really expensive fan films. It softens the blow... George Lucas is evil.
Godzilla Hilarious. Not only can you laugh at the movie, but anyone who takes it remotely seriously! So bad it's hilarious.
Independence Day Ditto Godzilla. I hated it at first, but upon re-watching it on DVD I got the joke. Real purty disc too!

Equipment

DVD Player Sony Playstation 3 , using HDMI output
Display Optoma HD20 Projector . Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Pioneer VSX2016AVS . Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
Amplification Pioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers 150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

Top 10 DVDs

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1. Fight Club: Special Edition (1999)
I met this movie at a vary strange time in my life...
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2. RoboCop: Special Edition (1987)
Awesome movie given the treatment it deserves.
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3. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Most Triumphant
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4. Equilibrium (2002)
Best movie you never heard of!
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5. Infernal Affairs (Wu Jian Dao) (2002)
Hong Kong ain't dead!
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6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Infinitely rewatchable and lots of extras!
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7. The Thing: Collector's Edition (1982)
Paranoia, action and monsters together at last!
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8. Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition (1968)
It came and got me, Barbara.
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9. 28 Days Later... (2002)
Talk about re-inventing a genre
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10. Trainspotting: The Definitive Edition (1995)
drugs 'r' bad mmmkay, but also funny.

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