106 reviews may not seem much compared to those archived on other DVD review sites.... that is until you consider that all these reviews were done by one individual at an average of 12 titles per month. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/ronsreviews/ronsreviews.html I decided in order to do accurate reviews on this forum, I needed to invest some money. I bought a Toshiba 57HX81 widescreen[/b] HD TV. I also bought the Panasonic RP91 progressive scan DVD player. I then had Gregg Loewen ISF CALIBRATE my equipment so that I clearly was in a position to give accurate video and audio assessments. Within weeks, boxes of DVD product were arriving here daily. To this day, I receive up to 8 new DVD titles per week from Warner Brothers, MGM, New Line, DreamWorks, Universal, Columbia and Artisan. I am also proud to announce that Walt Disney Home Video will start sending me product this week. Nobody can just start a website and get this kind of product from the studios. The field is already oversaturated and the studios only provide screeners to sites that get the most traffic. In addition, the studios expect that everything they send you gets a review. In any given week, I will write up to 5 new reviews. I dedicate an average of 3-4 hours for each review that I write. This includes watching the movie, taking screen shots and writing the review. Some of the more elaborate Special Editions take longer. It took me 5+ hours to do Fox's From Hell release. Did I mention that I have another 40-hour per week job and run a forum? Every free moment I have is dedicated to doing reviews for this forum. I have gained 10 pounds in these past 9 months from either sitting in my Home Theater or at a computer in office that never gets cleaned. Though I still buy many DVDs each month, I never get to watch them. I have an obligation first to review most all the titles that the studios send me every week. It's a job that's not much unlike a constant homework assignment. I am certainly not complaining. This was my choice. The upside is that I keep the product I review. I also have the opportunity to share my viewing experiences with all the members of this forum. I accept the fact that my writing skills have much to be desired. I accept these skills have been the subject matter of many negative posts in this forum as well as other forums. Since the mid 90's, my name has been all over the newsgroups and discussion forums either because people either enjoyed what I had to contribute, or didn't like the attention I was receiving. It is those of you who have accepted my reviews for what they are and have posted many generous words of response that I wish to thank. I never decided to write reviews here in order to best anyone else. I think I have always been up front with my readers in saying that though I lack the ability to write in a professional manner, what I do write comes from the very heart of someone that is passionate about movies and their entertainment value. The biggest problem I face in writing reviews How many ways can one describe how good a DVD looks and sounds? This format has progressed to the point where just about every new release looks and sounds as good as the other. Some of the fun of writing these reviews has been lost simply because I have to sit and think of new ways to describe how fantastic a DVD looks and sounds. I don't litter my reviews with technical jargon, though I respect reviewers who do. People want to simply know if the picture and audio lives up to the latest standards. Most releases do. The biggest task of writing a review is finding new ways to eloquently say "this DVD looks as great as any other" The Highs and Lows The first archived review on record is http://www.hometheaterforum.com/ronsreviews/familyman.html Of course, many of you are aware that I picked Moulin Rouge as the best DVD of 2001. Though my decision raised much controversy, most of it was over personal opinions of the film. My pick was based on the overall presentation of the disc as well as the fact I thought Moulin Rouge was one of the most daring projects ever brought to the screen. Nobody can argue that Moulin Rouge from blueprint to film to DVD was the result of sweated relentless devotion from its Director, Baz Luhrmann. For better....for worse When you get to watch so much product from the studios, you notice trends and changes. Two of the biggest studios that fall into this category are Warner Brothers and MGM. Over a year ago, MGM was hated by most members of this forum. Their bare-boned DVD releases that sported lackluster transfers became the focal point of criticism on this forum. In the past 9 months, I have slowly watched that studio redeem itself with releases like The Usual Suspects, Bull Durham, Buckaroo Banzai and Bandits. The studio is putting great effort into not only putting out better transfers but in adding Special Features, animated menu structures and elaborate packaging. Warner Brothers, on the other hand, has lost sight of the format they conceptualized. Though the transfers coming out of this studio are one of the best in the business, their attitude towards this format is the worst. The mere fact that they began releasing full-frame only titles leaves no argument that they have deeply hurt this format. In addition, despite numerous complaints and petitions, the studio is mishandling not only their South Park television product, but other television releases as well. Thank You I wanted to write something to this membership that has supported my views and reviews. I consider the membership of this forum to be a sort of "police force" that keeps tabs on how the industry is doing. All of us in this forum are here together because we are passionate about DVD. We, more than anyone else, understand what this format was intended to be and how well or not it has progressed these past five years. Trust me when I say that the voices of this forum's membership are known to all the studios. Your opinions here rise louder and stronger than anywhere else. I know, because anytime there's controversy within these forum walls, the studios respond. We are not here to work against the studios. We are here to with them in order to assist them in getting professional feedback in order to make better product. But make no mistake about it -- though I consider to be friendly with a few people in Home Video, this forum has an obligation to speak out against any studio that we feel is hurting this format. In the same light, we never hesitate to praise those same studios when they do something right. Thank You for supporting my reviews and views on this forum. My goal is not to become someone who likes to listen to his own voice, but rather, bring out honest and frank assessments about where this format stands. Everything I write -- everything I say seems to get critiqued in this forum or spread all over the internet and industry. I might as well say what I mean and mean what I say. Thank you -- all of you -- for coming to this forum and making it a respected voice in this industry.