I just read quite a rather remarkable article by Adam Jahnke that really hit home. http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articl...nke082703.html Please read the above before moving on..... Adam talks about what it feels like to write DVD REVIEWS despite all the criticism that surrounds people who write for DVD websites. I was rather pleased he used our forum as a reference point, because I have seen the type of posts that he is referring to. I wrote DVD reviews for this forum for a little over two years, despite the criticism I received from those that stood on a pedestal (as if they earned that right) and proclaimed that I had no right to review DVD product and that this forum had no place as a review site. I stopped doing reviews simply because I became burned out. As Adam's article also points out, it just became plain difficult to find new and exciting adjectives to describe the quality of these DVDs. As Adam also points out, a major studio release is going to look far better than its VHS or (in most cases) LASERDISC counterpart. Unless you have a company like Artisan releasing a title, you can expect the transfer to look quite decent. Adam also dwells into the argument as to whether we DVD reviewers should be talking about the merits of the film itself. I always believed that it was equally important to sell the movie as it was the transfer -- especially for those that may never have previously heard of the film. You may not agree with their opinion of the film itself, and it mostly at those times when critics fall under attack. As reviewers, we are doing publicity for the studio that is sending us the product. In the same token, we are also keeping the studios in check by expressing our opinions of how well a particular studio's product comes across. It is forums like ours and THE DIGITAL BITS that talk frankly and honestly about how well the studios are handling their DVD product. I don't think there is any print publication that gives a more frank and honest look at the industry from the consumer's point-of-view than the Internet forums and websites all of you regularly frequent. As Adam points out, none of us will ever get the respect that PRINT and TV reviewers receive. But you know what? In my unbias opinion, I don't think you'll find more honesty in a DVD review than the ones you read from the "unrespected" reviewers of sites like these who give you heartfelt and detailed opinions of what they see and hear, and do it without trying to impress anyone with their enlarged vocabulary. Quite frankly, I have read reviews from some of the self-proclaimed "professional reviewers," and I find reviews written by the common guy to show far more enthusiasm. This is why Parker and I finally decided to pick seven "amateurs" (or near amateurs) to review for this site. I think it's more important that you get the viewpoint from someone that writes reviews from the heart rather than from the Thesaurus. I am very happy that Mr. Jahnke took the time to write an article that really hits home when it comes to looking at the "unrespected" DVD reviewers of the Internet.