Trevor Darge

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Age Group 49 no more, no less
Video Likes Clarity of image. Any effort made by the Studio to digitally restore the source print without making everything look bland. Fully realised colour.
Video Dislikes Thoughtless layer changes. Excessive artefacts on anything. Unneccesary advertising and warnings. Blu-ray load times!
Audio Likes Clean well seperated sound. DTS HD Master Audio and True HD
Audio Dislikes Poorly mixed sound which combines near inaudible passages followed by sonic thunder.
Favourite DVDs Death on the Staircase (Documentary) Riveting doesn't come close. A dissection of a murder trial with genuine surprises at each turn. Anything with Zhang Jiyi but if I had to make a choice probably House of Flying Daggers. New British Comedy: Spaced,League of Gentlemen, Big Train, The Office, Pulling. Lost in Translation : Murray and Johansson in a perfect combination.Tree of Life...
Least Favourite DVDs The original release of The Last Emperor - a real disappointment in terms of the quality of the transfer. The Fireman's Ball - a great film with as mucky transfer.
Most Eagerly Awaited DVDs Blu-rays : Interstellar and the Complete Miyazaki Collection on Madman

Opinions About Specific Movies and their DVDs

Titanic
The Matrix
Terminator 2
Star Wars
Godzilla
Independence Day

Equipment

DVD Player Cambridge Audio 752BD All Region Blu-ray , using HDMI output
Display JVC DLX 700 with 4K e-shift on 140" Screen . Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio Decoder Built in to amplifier/receiver . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Amplification Pioneer SC -LX 78K 9.2 Channel
Speakers Aaron ATS-5 7.1

Top 10 DVDs

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1. The Staircase (Soupçons) (2004)
As unflinching and direct as documentaries can be
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2. Lost in Translation (2003)
Sublime script, direction and performances
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3. Blade Runner: Directors Cut (1992)
Dark moody, ahead of its time.
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4. Casablanca: 60th Anniversary Special Edition (1942)
Beautifully restored - best script ever!
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5. Waiting for Guffman (NTSC) (1996)
I love every film from the Spinal Tap team.
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6. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Special Extended Edition (2003)
Any of the series could find a place in my top 10
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7. Six Feet Under-The Complete First Season (2001)
Each season is a joy to watch.
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8. House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) (2004)
The colours, the drama, the costumes, the swordfights!
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9. The Truman Show: Special Collector's Edition (1998)
Jim Carreys best. Fascinating drama/comedy.
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10. Adaptation. (2002)
Charlie Kaufman is a genius!

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