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Tony Lai
  1. Describe your age.
    Thirty does not seem so far away...

  2. Where were you five years ago?
    Studying and working at university. Skipping lectures to work instead.

  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    Besides the material stuff like a more slick setup and a larger collection and a smoother ride; what about more time to enjoy the things that you have?

    The better the setup one has, the less time one seems to get to enjoy it.

  4. What's a good night's entertainment for you and your friends?
    The days of waking up in gutters is gone. What about a new DVD, a good feed, drinks and a darkened room?

  5. What got you into DVD and how long ago?
    Old laserdisc user. First DVD seen was some early discs from early adopters. First disc owned was Dune r1 in early 1998.

  6. What do you love about DVD?
    The standardisation. You can generally be assured of a minimum standard of presentation. Like the Columbia Gold Standard. Like the vast majority of popular titles from the large studios.

  7. Given the advances in DVD over the past few years, does the format still surprise you and why?
    It surprises me how many duplicates I have and how many 'special editions' the sausage machine can kick out.

    DVD is evolutionary so we'll see what DVD-Audio brings to the table. I suspect that DVD.net.au will transform into some other type of media in a fairly short while.

  8. What title in your collection do you use to introduce friends and family to DVD and why?
    Usually Gladiator. Incredible picture and dts sound plus an easily 'accessible' storyline. Also Dreamworks and Universal r1 discs are popular.

  9. Outside of DVD, what keeps you entertained?
    Technology fan like others here. Overclocked computers. Esoteric forms of music like dts CD's. Multiplayer gaming.

  10. Have you ever met someone famous before and/or wish to meet someone famous?
    I have an autographed Bryce Courtenay book. Haven't read it though.

  11. What is your current method of transport and what would you like to upgrade to?
    A big fat overweight Australian car of mixed parentage. I wonder about the sense of a 1,500kg car to transport a 75kg person? I am constantly reminded of its weight when cornering or at the bowser.

    I'd like something lighter, rear wheel drive and with a six speed manual like an s15/200sx. Or maybe a Commodore GenIII 350 manual if the petrol prices continue on this trend.

    Alas insurance and police would keep me from anything too exotic.

  12. What is your favorite recipe/meal/take-away?
    Penchant for various incantations of chilli beef and rice. Washed down with beer. Imported or VB.

  13. What is the only joke you seem to remember when people around you are telling jokes?
    I would rather not get into that.

  14. Can you juggle? Can you juggle knives? Can you still juggle?
    Oranges and other citrus fruit. Badly.

  15. What are the most memorable nicknames you've had in your lifetime?
    I still would rather not get into that. I went to a Catholic Boys' School.

  16. What was the first video game you fell in love with, on what machine? What is your favourite now?
    Elite on Commodore 64.

    Rogue Spear/Urban Operations. Sports Car GT. Grand Prix Legends. Operation Flashpoint. Mechwarrior 3/4. Fallout Series.

  17. What are your favourites? (Music, movies, books, anything!)
    Favourite movie 'set' would be the rare Star Wars Special Edition on laserdisc in Dolby Digital 5.1 - just as amazing as it was when it was released for XMas '97. Dolby Digital was exotic back then.

    I collect Paul Verhoeven movies. I don't know why. I also love film soundtracks. Favourite would be the 'Thin Red Line' by Hans Zimmer of 'Gladiator' fame.

  18. What DON'T you like about DVD?
    Price. Is $35-40 for a title that much value? I see a lower pricepoint good for the market like Fox's new budget line.

    Even worse is when overseas versions are lower priced yet with more added features.

    Last one was Titan AE - guess which one I have?

Tony's recent reviews:

The Barefoot Contessa
"A well presented disc of an obscure Bogart film..."

Etta James & the Roots Band - Burnin' Down the House
"Another typically high quality DTS music production from Warner Music and Eagle Vision..."

Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas - Cabo Wabo Birthday Bash Tour
"I don't want to get drunk after the show, I want to get drunk during the show!"

Joe Satriani - Live In San Francisco
"A great two disc collection marred by a glaring audio fault..."

James Morrison: Scream Machine - Live at the Basement
"A fine production of some rather experimental music..."

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
"Quite an excellent transfer of a legendary film let down by a lack of extras..."

Alien Nation
"An unexpectedly fine quality DVD of a popular science fiction movie..."

IMAX - Destiny in Space
"A completely beautiful IMAX DVD that is hampered by the run time and lack of extras..."

"One of the strangest sci-fi films ever made... with excessive female nudity..."

The Last Seduction
"A rarity - modern day 'film noir' as black as anything from the thirties... "

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