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  1. JosephMoore

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: "Tuck Everlasting" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screenshots)

    I haven't seen the Disney version yet, but I really liked the 1981 version. The soundtrack is quite unique, and I always prefer good "unknown" actors versus big name stars (it's easier to suspend disbelief.) I couldn't hazzard a guess as to which one you'd prefer ... my guess is it depends on...
  2. JosephMoore

    Movie scores and 5.1 audio

    I've always felt that movie scores should be spread more or less equally across all of the available channels. In my mind, the music is not directional ... it's not coming from anywhere on screen, it's a dissembodied background of sound. It seems that the norm, though, is to mix the score across...
  3. JosephMoore

    HTF REVIEW: "Undercover Brother" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) (with screenshots)

    Well, I rented this one based on the recommendations here, and I'm sorry to say that I was disappointed. To be fair, I'm not that crazy about any of the "Austin Powers" series either, and "Undercover Brother" is just a watered down, blaxploitated "Austin." Chris Katan's "Mr. Feather" wasn't...
  4. JosephMoore

    HTF REVIEW: "101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure (with screenshots)

    Well, I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the completed movie. (I had seen some of the pre-production and some rough animation early on, but that was a long time ago.) I have to say that this is hands-down the best work to come out of DTVA. The animation isn't quite feature quality...
  5. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    There may very well one day be displays with arbitrary aspect ratios, but that's moot. Industry thrives on standards. - At the time (199x) that the DVD Forum was creating the original DVD spec there were two standard display ratios for home video displays: 4:3 and 16:9. - At the time (now)...
  6. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    [SIZE=2]Dan, I spend a lot of time on the AVS forum, and not a one of us on there are anywhere near being a J6P. To get an ideas of how marginal FP is ... with even the relative success of DLP, TI is greatly dissappointed in the numbers and is losing their shirt on it. Anamorphic lens are...
  7. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    1) Everybody, let's try to keep this discussion polite. 2) David, I have to respectfully dissagree with you on FP. I'd never give mine up, but even the easiest to use digital pj is a tempormental toy that requires considerations that the average consumer will never, ever put up with...
  8. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    David, Just wanted to say that even though I seem to be marginalizing your ideas, I do appreciate your efforts. Experience may have brazened me a bit, but you are right in the sense that setting the "expectation bar" as high as possible increases the likelyhood that the eventual compromise will...
  9. JosephMoore

    HTF REVIEW: "101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure (with screenshots)

    James, "Lady and The Tramp" is a proven property. It has a built-in audience. "Treasure Planet" is a new "property." A set of characters and concepts to build a franchise (collection of products) around. The U.S. theatrical release works as market research to determine the demand for that...
  10. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    Oh my, no. If manufacturers don't go their own ways and create a format war then it will be some time before all of the details of a standard can be hammered out. Only then can final equipment be manufactured, software mastered and duplicated and consumer devices sold. Also, the only parties...
  11. JosephMoore

    Memorable film scores on DVD?

    I do now remember the "JFK" score as being good, and yes, "Batman" is certainly memorable (though all of Elfman's stuff begins to blend together.) I can't remember a single theme from LOTR, though. It's a very serviceable score, but it seems to sit in the background. Also, the...
  12. JosephMoore

    Memorable film scores on DVD?

    For some reason it dawned on me last night that of all the movies that I had watched recently not one of them featured a score that I could even remember, let alone single out as being exceptional. (Now in some ways I guess that's a good thing because a good score can just set the tone and...
  13. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    [SIZE=2]David, I think we're the only one's that care about this discussion at this point! ;-)
  14. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    1080p 24fps is eminently reasonable and feasible ... but it ain't gonna happen for reasons that have nothing to do with that. It has to do with the real and/or perceived issues of cost, politics and protections. (I'd fall out of my chair in suprise if I'm wrong about this, but I'd be real...
  15. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    Dave, Hey I'm all with you when I'm dreaming about what the perfect audio-videophile format would be! I'm with you all the way. But in the real world, a lot of compromises are going to be made. Just because technology exists, just because something can be done, does not make it a viable...
  16. JosephMoore

    DVD Forum will select HD-DVD laser and spec in March...act NOW!

    I'd love 1080p 60Mhz with all of the bells and whistles, but let's be pragmatic. That's a signal and data-rate that would choke even most consumer HDTV equipment. The industry just isn't going to look beyond HDTV. 720p or 1080i is the logical choice - build to the HDTV standard that's just...
  17. JosephMoore

    HTF REVIEW: "101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure (with screenshots)

    Concerning Disney sequels: - The theatrical release of a Disney movie is basically expensive marketing for the beginning of a franchise. Traditionally, there has been very little incentive to *not* take sequels straight to video as this is an almost guaranteed money maker. (Read below for a...
  18. JosephMoore

    HTF REVIEW: "Minority Report" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

    Jeff, Did you see a theatrical print? It's my understanding that the transfer is dead on. (I didn't see it in the theaters.) I would have thought the same thing about A.I. had I not seen it in the theater.
  19. JosephMoore

    Monster Component and Hi-Def Pack

    Jason, Now that's a reason that makes sense. Isn't the Monster solution (with the addition of digital audio) a lot more expensive, though? I got the Microsloth adapter for $20. Isn't the Monster solution at least double that? The Microsoft break-out box is a bit of a pain in my set-up, but...
  20. JosephMoore

    HTF REVIEW: "Minority Report" (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

    I watched this flick a couple of times on a 92" screen and didn't notice any extrordinary EE. Perhaps you should make sure that all of the devices in your chain aren't doing sharpness processing (your DVD and/or your dispaly.)
  21. JosephMoore

    Monster Component and Hi-Def Pack

    Um, DonJ, what are you talking about? While you're at it, for all our edification explain how a component cable (in which all the signals are seperate) could cause or eliminate "color bleed" and what property of a cable would enhance "detail" and "contrast." Maybe I'm wrong, maybe Monster...
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