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Steve Koukoulas
(steve@dvd.net.au)
  1. Describe your age.
    You can be young once but you can be immature forever.

  2. Where were you five years ago?
    I was just completing my University degree in Computer Systems Engineering at La Trobe University Bundoora, starting to go to the gym 4 times a week and getting my first real job at Connect where I would end up meeting my current wife.

  3. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    I don't really know to be honest. I have an ambition to get into the entertainment industry in some form or another. If that means making DVDs of peoples home videos, then I'd say I would have made it. I'm hoping DVDnet would still be around then and that the current team is with me as they are a great bunch of people to work with.

  4. What's a good night's entertainment for you and your friends?
    Option 1. A pizza, a DVD, a game of Balderdash and them sleeping over.
    Option 2. Dinner at Zias Pizza on Riversdale Rd in Hawthorn, a movie at the Rivoli and then onto the Casino for a coffee or ten.

  5. What got you into DVD and how long ago?
    Coming from a laserdisc background, these shiny little discs promised so much but took away that grandiose feeling that laserdisc had; what with it's huge frisbee like medium and jacket covers that were of high quality, the collector in me was triggered. The thought of not having to swap sides or discs, the menu structure, the increased resolution and the flexibility of the format sold me instantly. I got into DVD as soon as DVD players started to get sold in Melbourne which would have been some 4 years ago.

  6. What do you love about DVD?
    I love how studios see the potential of the format and are going back and transferring the classic movies in a newer, higher definition format to give us the best possible presentation of our favorite movies. For years, the VHS market was just getting the titles churned out but DVD brings any shortcomings of a transfer to the surface and more effort is going into the telecine to produce the best home cinema experience that everyone can enjoy.

  7. Given the advances in DVD over the past few years, does the format still surprise you and why?
    Let me get back to you on that one. :)

  8. What title in your collection do you use to introduce friends and family to DVD and why?
    Any title. Just put a DVD into your DVD player, give them the remote and let them fiddle with the menu system, the audio options, the subtitles, the chapter skipping etc and they are hooked.

  9. Outside of DVD, what keeps you entertained?
    I'm a huge soccer fan whether it be the local league, the English Premier league or the once in 4 years World Cup spectacle. The round ball code is the best game there is worldwide and if anybody tries to convince me or you otherwise, then they haven't really experienced the game as it should be experienced.

    Now if only they release some great games onto DVD starting with the 2001 FA Cup. Go you reds, get in there!!!

  10. Have you ever met someone famous before and/or wish to meet someone famous?
    I had the good fortune to meet Steve Sansweet a few years back at the Melbourne Force Convention. Not only is he the worlds premier collector of Star Wars memorabilia but he is an allround great guy and we keep in touch via email to this very day.

  11. What is your current method of transport and what would you like to upgrade to?
    I'm often seen getting around in a 1988 Ford Falcon EA. If not that, I'm in my wifes Hyundai Excel rallying around the local streets. Boy do I love a manual gearbox. If money were no object, I'd like to have something sporty for once in my life, maybe an Audi TT to own but a ferrari 355 to drive atleast once.

  12. What is your favorite recipe/meal/take-away?
    Recipe: I really don't have one but I do make a mean breakfast of Beacon, eggs, tomatos, mushrooms, toast and hash browns.

  13. What is the only joke you seem to remember when people around you are telling jokes?
    There are 2 cows in a paddock. One says to the other "Are you worried about that Mad Cow disease". The other replies, "Nope, I'm a goat".

  14. Can you juggle? Can you juggle knives? Can you still juggle?
    Yes, No and No.

  15. What are the most memorable nicknames you've had in your lifetime?
    In primary school and high school I went by the nickname of Koulas, and still do to this very day from those friends of mine. At Uni it was Cool Cat or Classic Coffee or CC and here at work it is just Stezza. But for some reason, my cousins on my mothers side call me Chor, I have no freakin idea why.

  16. What was the first video game you fell in love with, on what machine? What is your favourite now?
    I remember Radar Rat Race on my Commodore Vic 20. I used to play it night and day and to this very day still use the "Eeek" sound when I make a booboo. Lately it would have to be Gran Turismo 2 on my Playstation and will most definitely be Gran Turismo 3 on a Play Station 2 that will be purchased at the same time.

  17. What are your favourites? (Music, movies, books, anything!)
    Music would have to be Jamiroquai, George Michael and lots of movie soundtracks, particularly those with John Williams at the helm.

    Books would have to be non-existent since my English teacher at high school scared me into thinking I'd turn into a snotty old hag like she was, depressed in her job and taking out her issues on her students. I guess that explains my liking for Stephen King novels although I have yet to finish Insomnia because I keep falling asleep.

    Movies, well, I could name a few but then I'd probably mention Superman as my favorite, with titles such as Fifth Element, Snatch, Chopper, Fight Club and The Empire Strikes Back as having the best rewatch value.

  18. What DON'T you like about DVD?
    It's not the DVDs I don't like, it's my credit card telling me that I don't have any funds left to buy more of them. Ok, ok, I don't like layer changes (but that's the fault of the players).

Steve's recent reviews:

Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume 1
"... created for the Cartoon Network, made their way onto starwars.com in small quicktime versions and are now available on DVD."

The Fifth Element - Collectors Edition
"a truly special edition"

Duel - Special Edition
"Duel is easily the best bang-for-your-buck suspense car-chase, truck hounded thriller ever ... a must have for Spielberg and suspense fans."

Dodgeball - Uncut
"Sometimes the simplest of ideas for a movie pay off the best."

Ultimate Matrix Collection (10 Disc Box Set)
"If no-one can be told what the Matrix is, this Ultimate collection edition is the closest you're going to get to finding out."

Astro Boy Deluxe Collection Tin
"If ever you needed a starting point for a truly collectable box set, this would have to be it."

I, Robot: Special Edition
"...a movie that sure does surprise in terms of story and visual effects ... easily one of the best DVDs of 2004 in all areas."

The Last Ride
"I'd recommend watching some recent episodes of Stingers and catch a glimpse of Peter Churchs black Monaro instead."

Shrek 2
"Millions of parents world-wide will put the DVD in the player on repeat and let the shiny disc do the baby-sitting for them."

Knight Rider - Season 1
"there's so much cheese, it deserves free home delivery."


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