Dave's DVD Library

Well folks since this page is at present an orphan, you either are a valued friend or you have far too much free time on your hands. I will assume the former. Below you will find a listing of the DVDs that I own, or that I have at my disposal (e.g. my parents, or sister own). I am going to start by having the list be alphabetical, but I may ultimately change my mind, as it might in future make more sense to do it categorically. Please feel free to let me know your preference.

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Current Total: 195 [titles] 227 (discs)

# | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Also Available

# [4] (9)

A [20] (22)

B [18]

C [9]

D [8] (10)

E [4]

F [8]

G [8]

H [7] (16)

I [2]

J [3]

K [5]

L [5]

M [11] (13)

N [5]

O [5] (6)

P [9]

Q [2]

R [7]

S [28] (38)

T [10] (11)

U [5] (6)

V [1]

W [8]

X [1]

Y [1]

Z [1]

Also available [40] (43)


Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital, is one of the highest quality sounds available for Home Theater. A brief history lesson: First there was mono sound and we could all hear. Then came Stereo and the world was a better place, we now had discrete right and left channels. Many years later, we had surround sound. Which in the Home Theater market was represented by Dolby ProLogic which had 4 channels (right, left, center and rear). Then came Dolby Digital (also known as AC-3). Dolby Digital is 5.1 surround. So that is actually 5 discrete channels and one LFE (Low Frequency, for the subwoofer). The 5 channels are Front right, Front Left, Center, Rear Right and Rear Left. This gives a more realistic feel to the movies as things can now move around you. A sound can come from back left (whereas previously it could only come from behind). Gun fire can be all around you. Life is good.

Dolby Digital should not be confused with DTS which is a competing encoding system. However Dolby Digital is more popular in the Home Theater market, and every DVD that is released must have either a Stereo track or a Dolby Digital track (although it may have both).

Dolby Digital again should not be confused with THX, as THX is a certification program and not a sound encoding scheme. That's how you can see a Dolby Digital film in a THX theater.

Dolby ProLogic
Dolby ProLogic, came around in the early 80s, and has been a staple in the Home Theater market ever since. It brought home, what theaters had for years, right, left, center and surround channels. Now a DVD that has the Dolby Digital symbol, may still not be 5.1 channel surround, it may be only four channel in which case it is really Dolby ProLogic (or Stereo Surround). But Dolby has instituted a policy that the Dolby Digital symbol should be used if the DVD has a digital sound track regardless of the number of channels.

Fullscreen
See Standard.

Standard
This will type also known as Full Screen or Pan and Scan will fill your normal T.V. screen. This is the kind of movie that starts with the message: "This movie has been formatted to fit YOUR screen".

Stereo Surround
See Dolby ProLogic

Widescreen
Widescreen is a commonly used term in DVD communities but it is not really clear what it means. There are many types of 'widescreen' which I will explain presently. You will see reference to widescreen most often as one of the following ratios: 2.35:1, 1.85:1 or 1.77:1. You may also see some that are enhanced for 16:9 televisions, which are really expensive widescreen T.V.s (because they still measure them diagonally a 40" widescreen is pretty small vertically). Anyway the ratio refers to the width versus the height of the picture. This is what causes the black bars to appear above and below the picture (so that the full width can fit on your screen). This is sometimes refered to as Letterbox.

Widescreen allows you to see the movie as though it were in the theater, which can make things interesting for movies that we've all seen but maybe never in the theater (ex. Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, early James Bond). Some movies need to be drastically altered to go into the 'standard' format also known as pan and scan. In Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, there is a scene with Sean Connery at one end of the frame, and Harrison Ford at the other. It is a conversational scene. In the widescreen version, you see both Sean and Harrison at either end of the frame. In the standard version you see close ups of one and then the other (as each is speaking). This is because the empty space between the characters is too great for them to fit in the narrower view.

Older films (e.g. pre-60s) will likely not be available in Widescreen. This is not because the DVD producers are lazy (at least not in this case) it's because during this time period movies were filmed in the same 4:3 format that our T.V.s use today. When the movie industry found that they were losing too much of their audience to television they switched to the wider formats to differentiate themselves from television.

Image displaying various common aspect ratios
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