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To provide all owners of DVD players - including those with large projection systems - with reliable information you can trust when seeking high resolution DVD recommendations. While most DVD's look great on typically-sized monitors and TV's, the real litmus test in terms of DVD video quality is revealed on much larger displays.
A well-mastered DVD has the amazing ability to transcend the screen size and doesn't seem to lose anything in the way of resolution or detail. Conversely, even poorly mastered DVD's may sometimes appear acceptable on smaller displays in terms of overall clarity, but look terribly out of focus on large screens. This could be an important consideration when building your DVD library. Coventional wisdom indicates that 16:9 enhanced (anamorphic) DVD's render the best image quality, however some non-enhanced discs have fared surprisingly well. We sort out the good, the bad and the ugly so your next DVD purchase or rental won't be a surprise anymore.
It is our hope that by differentiating the quality difference between DVDs in a fair, consistent and impartial way, we might somehow make a small contribution toward the continuing evolution and growth of the format, encouraging studios and other content providers to strive for the highest quality that current technology allows when authoring discs, rather than pandering to the lowest common denominator for the sake of expediency and short term profits.
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Our goal is to bring you accurate, timely and consistent ratings of the technical qualities of the films we view, rent and purchase for large screen viewing. You'll find our 5-globe rating system easy to follow and I hope you find the information contained herein helpful when making your DVD purchase decisions. Remember, our ratings of image and sound quality are independent from the subjective reviews of extras, artistic merit or content of the storyline. For in-depth artistic reviews, please click the review link on the title. The overall impression of a movie and all those cool extras can sometimes overcome even a less than stellar transfer. Ultimately, you will decide what to purchase, but at least you'll know going in what you can expect in terms of picture quality and sound. That's our promise to you. If a DVD gets a high rating on our charts, it will look great on any sized monitor or television of reasonable quality. Guaranteed.
Enhanced Resources & Features for Serious Enthusiasts
This week's exclusive Front Row Insider Report newsletter includes the scoop on the following titles...
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Studio Experience Cinema 13-HD 16:9 LCD video projector, Quadscan Elite HD video scaler
Sony DVP-S7000 DVD interlaced and Toshiba 6200 progressive DVD players using component connections via MIT V-linq cables.
Stewart Filmscreen GrayHawk (optimized for LCD, DLP and D-ILA projectors) 16:9 aspect, 119" diagonal tab-tensioned ElectriMask ElectriScreen.
Yamaha RX-V992 Dolby 5.1 digital receiver.
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