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  1. Rob Tomlin

    Scorsese and DiCaprio to Take on Roosevelt

    Looks like Scorsese and DiCaprio will team up again (for their fourth film together) when they are done with The Departed. These guys obviously like each other and work well together. http://washingtontimes.com/upi/20050...1111-7880r.htm Personally, I am very much looking forward to...
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    Dreamworks Stock Down on Lackluster DVD Sales of Shrek2 and Shark Tale

    There also appears to be some issues with possible insider trading? Dreamworks Shares Suffer Meltdown Has the DVD boom really peaked?
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    Shark Tale - Reference Quality!

    I watched this tonight with my young ones. Definitely reference quality. Excellent detail, incredible color without bleeding, and no color banding to be seen. Very clean picture without artifacts. Very nice! The soundtrack could have been a bit more exciting, but it wasn't bad either. I...
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    DVD Cover Art Site Down?

    Does anyone know what is going on with DVDCoverArt.com? It appears that the site has been down for the last couple of days. I hope this is just a temporary problem and they have not shut down!
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    Directors Name That Movie - A Contest (#4)

    That's right. Another Name That Movie Contest! Believe it or not, this will be the first Contest/Tournament that I have run, so be nice! :) By running this Contest, it is not my intention to make the guesses particularly difficult (nor particularly easy), but to show images that are at least...
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    I Love The Criterion Collection!

    I really do! My last four Criterion purchases have been nothing less than superb. This includes not only great transfer quality, but extremely good, informative, and interesting extra features as well. My last four Criterion purchases that meet this standard: 8 1/2 Solaris Down by Law...
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai at the Academy Theatre!

    I saw David Lean's classic prisoner of war epic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, at The Academy Theater in Beverly Hills Monday night. This was part of the Academy Theater's 75 years of Best Picture Oscar Winners, where they are screening all 75 Best Picture Winners every Monday night. For more...
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    Aguirre: The Wrath of God vs. Fitzcarraldo

    Which one of these great Werner Herzog/Klaus Kinski collaborations do you prefer, and why? I watched Aguirre: The Wrath of God and loved it. But, I love Fitzcarraldo as well, and don't know which I prefer over the other. Both are pretty darn good!
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    Classic Film Noir

    Although not a "genre" itself, I really do like "Film Noir" films. So, what exactly constitutes "Film Noir"? This isn't really an easy question, but here is one of the better definitions that I have seen: "The primary moods of classic film noir are melancholy, alienation, bleakness...
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    How To Get "Screen Shots"?

    If I have a DVD-ROM drive on my computer, is there a way to capture a screen shot from a movie using only the computer? If so, how? Thanks!
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    Anthem AVM 20 Owners: What AMP Are You Using?

    I am considering the purchase of the Anthem AVM 20 for a dedicated home theater room that I will be building. I am curious as to which amp owners of this pre/pro are using? While I have heard nothing but positive reviews regarding the Anthem pre/pro, I have heard some less than positive...
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    Rate The Movies of Akira Kurosawa

    List your favorite Kurosawa movies in order of preference. Feel free to give reasons for your order, and number of "stars" you feel each film deserves. For me: 1. Ran. Just incredible film making! To me, this is Kurosawa's culmination of all the great things in his prior movies. 2. Seven...
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    How Many Movies Do You Own on DVD That Are Three Hours Long?

    I don't know why I was thinking about this last night, but I was wondering how many movies I owned that were three hours long, or more. I own 11 movies that fit (or come very close) this category: The Godfather (5 minutes short of three hours) The Godfather Part II Pearl Harbor...
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    Great Director/Actor Combo's!

    Many Directors like to work with the same actors repeatedly. Some have been more successful than others. Who are some of your favorite Director/Actor combos? A few of mine: 1. Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro 2. David Lean and Alec Guinness 3. The Coen Brothers and Francis McDormand
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    Is This Happening To Anyone Else???

    Over the last week I have noticed that my "post count" seems to be wrong. For example, I will finish posting several messages and my post count is 2730. The next day, I post again, and my post count is 2680. This has happened at least twice in the last week, and I have never noticed it...
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    MIRAMAX- New "Sling Blade" SE w/ Anamorphic Transfer Please!

    This is one of my favorite movies. I do not own it on DVD yet, as the current DVD is not anamorphic. Please issue an anamorphic DVD of this great movie. Of course, the more special features, including director/writer commentary by Billy Bob Thornton would be great too, but the anamorphic...
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    Nancy O' Dell vs. Leeza Gibbons

    Which one of these TV Entertainment Show hostess' do you prefer? It's a close pick for me, but I would probably go with Leeza Gibbons!
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    Columbia House DVD Club Now Has FOX Titles!

    I just recently re-joined Columbia House DVD Club. I received a flyer in my initial shipment indicating that Columbia House was Welcoming the Addition of 20th Century Fox to their DVD lineup! This was the only major studio whose product you could not get through Columbia House. This has now...
  22. Rob Tomlin

    David Lee Roth vs. Sammy Hagar

    This debate never ends with me and several of my friends! This is actually a hard call for me. I definitely think that Sammy is much more talented than Diamond Dave from a musical perspective. But there was something magical about Van Halen when Diamond Dave was the lead singer. VH was...
  23. Rob Tomlin

    CBS HD Programming: Less Than Impressed

    I recently had my DISH 6000 Receiver hooked up. I receive the CBS HD channel, as well as HBO-HD. I have watched shows such as Touched By An Angel, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Ellen Show. I must say that I was a bit disappointed in the picture quality. (The Ellen Show was a little better...
  24. Rob Tomlin

    Does Anyone Have Experience with the DishNetwork Model 6000 Hi-Def Receiver???

    I am considering the purchase of this receiver to mate with my Mitsubishi 46-805 16:9 set. Anyone have any experience with this unit? If so, are you pleased? What are its strengths, and drawbacks? Thanks, Rob
  25. Rob Tomlin

    Who Are Your Favorite Directors?

    Generally speaking, the best way to know if I am going to enjoy a movie before seeing it is to know who the Director is. For example, if a movie was directed by Marty Scorsese, there is about a 99% chance that I am really going to enjoy the movie! My favorites are: 1. Martin Scorsese 2...
  26. Rob Tomlin

    Best Live Performance by a Rock Band?

    Who gave the best live performance of any concert that you have been to? I have seen MANY concerts over the years, and some of the best live performances I experienced were: 1. Pink Floyd (need I say more?) 2. Paul McCartney (World Tour '89, the man has TALENT!) 3. Boston (1987 Tour...
  27. Rob Tomlin

    Mozart vs. Beethoven

    I was doing some "critical" listening on my stereo last night. I was listening to the "Concert Classics" station on Dish Network (which is great btw) and heard some great music from two of the best composers of all time....Mozart and Beethoven. This made me start to compare these composers...
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    How Do I Determine My "Reference Sound Level" For A Particular DVD?

    Often when someone is giving a critique about a certain DVD's sound mix, they often mention whether they were listening to the DVD "at Reference level". What is Reference level? How is it determined on a particular setup and with a particular DVD? Does Dialnorm play a part? When using my...
  29. Rob Tomlin

    Anamorphic Widescreen Transfers- Have We Won the Fight?

    When I first got my 16:9 Mitsubishi (which automatically locks in to stretch mode when it receives a progressive signal) I always had to pay special attention to the DVD's that I purchased to make sure that they had Anamorphic transfers. Plenty of widescreen DVD's were NOT anamorphic. We let...
  30. Rob Tomlin

    The Godfather vs. Goodfellas

    I watched The Godfather on DVD this weekend. I forgot how great this film was! I am a huge fan of Martin Scorsese, and I love Goodfellas. But The Godfather was better than I had remembered. Great acting, beautiful cinematography, excellent writing, etc. Now I am struggling with which one I...