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Anthony Bethell
(abethell@dvd.net.au)
  1. Describe your age.
    At the end of the road.....30!

  2. Where were you five years ago?
    In Liquor retail as a store manager. You seen that movie Clerks? It was like that but without the snappy dialogue! Damn you Kevin Smith!

  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    Doing what I am doing now, e-Sourcing. Paid hopefully 5 times the amount I am now earning! Come on I have the HD-DVD formats to think of now!

  4. What's a good night's entertainment for you and your friends?
    Sitting around the BBQ knocking over a few cold ones. Dining at an eatery and knocking over a good bottle of Vino. I see a pattern forming here...And then throwing on a vid to keep the masses entertained.

  5. What got you into DVD and how long ago?
    The fact that DVD was open for everyone, compared to the boys club that Laser Disc was. I got my first player a year after DVD was launched here. If Laser disc had been handled the same way I would have embraced it the same way I did with DVD.

  6. What do you love about DVD?
    The whole convenience of it. The quality of the transfers. Being somewhat of a “Film Pig” the extras that come with the discs are the main selling point 90% of the time for me. As I love to watch and listen to them all. I’ll even watch the rubbish ones!

  7. Given the advances in DVD over the past few years, does the format still surprise you and why?
    Transfers have gotten so much better, and the extra features included on some discs are brilliant. For example the script to screen DVD-ROM extras are things that I said years before DVD wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this? Seamless Branching when it’s done well is a godsend for different versions of the same film. Sadly not used enough!

  8. What title in your collection do you use to introduce friends and family to DVD and why?
    As much as I hate doing it the obligatory DTS Saving Private Ryan beach landing. I prefer they sit down and watch a film entire rather than a scene demo as such. The Region 1 Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow has been given a bit of a workout lately for it's great use of Dolby Digital EX in 7.1! Not to mention the impressive visuals also.

  9. Outside of DVD, what keeps you entertained?
    I was told there would be no Math on this exam!

  10. Have you ever met someone famous before and/or wish to meet someone famous?
    I met and shook Nelson Mandela’s hand at a function when he was in Australia. And I couldn’t formulate a coherent sentence when I met him. He was so humble. I was and still am amazed at what he endured.

  11. What is your current method of transport and what would you like to upgrade to?
    A very masculine black Mitsubishi Mirage! I would like a new Lancer Evo VIII please.



  12. What is your favorite recipe/meal/take-away?
    Pizza! A good wood fired pizza is my god. And it comes in a throw away serving dish. Brilliant!

  13. What is the only joke you seem to remember when people around you are telling jokes?
    A man walks into a hamburger shop and orders a regular meal. Later, the waitress brings his meal to him. He takes a bite out of it, and notices there's a small hair in the hamburger. He begins yelling frantically at the waitress, "Waitress, there's a hair in my hamburger! I demand to see what is going on!"

    So, the waitress takes him back where the cook is and to his demise, he sees the cook take the meat patty and flatten it under his arm pit. He says, "That's disgusting!"

    Then the waitress says, "You think that's disgusting you should see him make donuts."

  14. Can you juggle? Can you juggle knives? Can you still juggle?
    Metaphorically speaking yes

  15. What are the most memorable nicknames you've had in your lifetime?
    Antonio Banderas! I look nothing like him but do a mean impersonation of him after half a bottle of Mezcal! It started off as Antonio, a play on my first name. And it got worse from there.

  16. What was the first video game you fell in love with, on what machine? What is your favourite now?
    First love, Operation Wolf on the Amstrad CPC-464. Now it’s Halo 2 on the Xbox & Killzone on PS2

  17. What are your favourites? (Music, movies, books, anything!)
    Music: Nine Inch Nails, U2, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors. Movies: David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, David Cronenberg, Oliver Stone, Brian De Palma, Quentin Tarntino, Kevin Smith, Steven Soderbergh, The Coen Brothers, Terry Gilliam. Books: Bret Easton Ellis, Chuck Palahniuk, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard.

  18. What DON'T you like about DVD?
    Double dipping without prior knowledge of that impending ultra edition. Layer changes, all players should come standard with a buffer to avoid the pause. Lack of DTS and Extras, especially when they have been jettisoned on a local release for no good reason

Anthony's recent reviews:

Armour Of God - Special Collector's Edition
"Armour of God is definitely not one of Chan’s better films. While the action is good, the weak plot and hammy acting make this a hard task to sit through. "

Norah Jones And The Handsome Band - Live 2004
"Ms Jones may not be everyone's cup of tea, but fans of her work will have little hesitation in adding this disc to their collection."

After The Sunset
"If this is an indication of what Perce Brosnan is going to do with his career post-James Bond, I’d be calling MGM and begging for my old job back!"

Police Story - Special Collector's Edition
"Police Story is a decent action flick that features incredible martial arts action as well as Chan's signature death defying stunts."

Taken
"Taken is an enjoyable series, with the DVD medium being the best way to enjoy it. "

The Big Boss - Special Collector's Edition
"...a required purchase if you're a fan of Lee's work. And the best place to start if you're new to the legend."

The Aviator - 2-Disc Edition
"Presented with a superb transfer and quality extras. The Aviator is pure gold."

Saw
"Overall Saw is a great film and an essential purchase if you're fan of the genre."

Chris Rock - Bigger And Blacker
"Rock is a pure showman leaving the crowd on the floor with barely enough time to catch their breath."

xXx: The Directors Cut
"You're in the Xander Zone! "


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