Saturday, December 31, 2005

Creature comforts rocks

Watched creature comforts again last night, while it wasn't on the big screen, it was funny as ever, and brought cheer into everyone's life.

"do you like lions with your steaks?"

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Island

We watched "The Island" over the weekend. It reminded me so much of Logan's Run, to the point that it was almost predictable. There were a few good action scenes, but for the most part I would have to give this a thumbs down.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Krieg der Welten

Tonight we watched "Krieg der Welten" with my friend Christian. He is the distributor for our products in Germany. We started the evening with a selection of beers; bud select, Old Dominion Winter Ale, Pete's Wicked Red Ale, and Amstel Light. After some goat cheese, apples, brie, and crackers, we sat down to some mutton stew and dill noodles that my roommate prepared. Our stomachs full, we headed down to the theater to relax in the soft leather recliners. This was his first experience with ButtKickers, and I think from his comments he liked them very much. We ended the night with discussion of motorcycles. In the end, a good time was had by all.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The DVD Movie List

Recently Updated after Santa's arrival

10 Minute Solution
28 Days Later
A Knight's Tale – Superbit
Aeon Flux, The Complete Animated Collection
Air Force One – Superbit
Akira
Aladdin – Special Edition
Amazon
Avia, Guide to Home Theater
Bad Boys – Superbit
Bad Boys II – Superbit
Batman Begins
Battlestar Galatica- Seasons 1 & 2
Big Fish
Black Hawk Down – Superbit
Bourne Identity, The
Bourne Supremacy, The
Brokeback Mountain
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The
Capote
Cast Away
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chicken Little
Chicken Run
Chronicles of Riddick, The
Cinderella Man
Cliffhanger – Superbit
Conan – The Complete Quest
Constant Gardner, The
Crash
Creature Comforts
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Das Boot – Superbit
Dawn of the Dead – The Unrated Director's Cut
Day After Tomorrow, The
Dead Man
Demo Disc #2
Desperado – Superbit
Deuce Bigalow
Donnie Darko – The Director's Cut
Dragon Inn
El Mariachi
Fargo
Fifth Element, The – Ultimate Edition
Fight Club
Finding Nemo
Firefly – The Complete Series
Following
Forrest Gump – Special Collector's Edition
Frank Herbert's Dune – Special Edition DVD; Director's Cut
Gattaca – Superbit
Gladiator
Gone with the Wind - Collector's Edition
Greatest Raid, The
Guns of Navarone, The -Superbit
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
Heavy Metal – Superbit
Hero
History of Violence
Hook – Superbit
Hotel Rwanda
House of Flying Daggers
HQZ Benchmark DVD – Version 1.4 NTSC
Incredibles, The
Independence Day
Indiana Jones – The Complete DVD Movie Collection
Iron Monkey
Jurassic Park – Collector's Edition
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Vol. 2
King Arthur
Kingdom of Heaven
Kitchen Stories
Kung Fu Hustle
Lawrence of Arabia – Superbit
Life Aquatic, The
Little Big Man
Living Sea, The
Lord of the Rings, The – The Fellowship of the Ring; Theatrical Release
Lord of the Rings, The – The Return of the King; Theatrical Release
Lord of the Rings, The – Two Towers; Extended Version
Lord of War
Lost in Space
Mad Max - Australian Edition
Mask of Zorro, The – Superbit
Master and Commander – The Far Side of the World
Matchstick Men
Matrix
Men in Black – Superbit
Men in Black II – Superbit
Million Dollar Baby
Missing, The – Superbit
Momento
Motorcycle Diaries, The
Moulin Rouge
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Nutty Professor II – TheK lumps; Collector's Edition
Once Upon a Time in Mexico – Superbit
Over the Hedge
Patriot, The – Superbit
Pi
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pitch Black
Polar Express
Producers, The
R.E.M. This Film is On
Rain Man
Requiem For a Dream
Repo Man
Reservoir Dogs- Ten Years Special Edition
Resident Evil – Superbit
Roughnecks- Starship Troopers Chronicles-The complete campaign
Royal Tenenbaums, The
Saving Private Ryan
Seabiscuit
Serenity
Se7en
Seventh Seal, The – The Criterion Collection
Shakespeare in Love
Shrek 2
Sin City
Sling Blade
Snatch – Superbit
Spiderman – Superbit
Spiderman 2 – Superbit
Stargate – Ultimate Edition; Extended Cut
Starship Troopers 2, Hero of the Federation
Stealth Exclusive Sneak Preview, The
Suspect Zero
Team America, World Police
Terminator 2, Judgment Day
Top Gun
Traffic
Transporter, The – Special Delivery Edition
Transporter 2
Troy
U-571 – Collector's Edition
Underworld – Superbit
Unleashed
Usual Suspects, The
Van Helsing
Vertical Limit – Superbit
Wallace and Gromit - Shorts
Wallace and Gromit- The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
War of the Worlds
XXX – Superbit

WotW with our friends in Middleburg/Arlington

WotW is now my favorite movie to show off the sound system (Chronicles of Riddick previously). I was happy to have eliminated some 'rattling' that plagued the first showing of this movie last week, and none was noticed this time around. I am not sure what was causing it, but happy that whatever we did fixed the issue, and the sound was tight and crisp. This movie definitely tests all components in the audio stream. Any misadjustments, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Since the first showing, I had upgraded the 635 firmware and recalibrated the EQ. We had also added more sound insulation to the platform.

While others may complain of the lack of sharpness in the picture, I like the effect it gives. It makes the picture more 'eerie'. Chinese Take-out from P.F. Changs was provided by our company and it was extremely tasty. (Wonton soup, lettuce wraps, fried dumplings and calamari for appetizers. Peking Duck, Mongolian Beef, Sweet &Sour chicken, Spicy chicken, and BBQ ribs for the main courses). The lemon cookies were a nice finishing touch. This was the first time that we didn't fire up the popcorn machine, so you know the food was plentiful.

This was the first time that our guest had watched a movie at the recently completed G-SPoT, and from the enthusiasm and request for the next showing, I would venture to guess that they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Tonight's movie

So we watched "War of the Worlds" tonight. A little soft in the picture, but spot on sound. Wonderfully suspensful movie, even the second time around. Recommend it fully. I never can figure out why the guy can still use the video camera in the first part of the movie after the lightening strikes though. What kind of camera does he have?

And the company was good. Made lemon refrigerator cookies to finish off the Chinese food we ate. The food was a little Americanized, but pretty good. That's all I have say about tonight, maybe BakPakVa has something more to add.

Equipment Pics



Gold Medal Retro-4 Popcorn Machine (Above)


Panasonic AE-700 Projector
AccurianHST 6000 HDTuner
ButtKicker Amp
Oppo H971 DVD player
Harmon Kardon AVR635

Seating Pics




The Equipment

For those seeking more spec's, here are the details of the Theater:

Screen: Da-Lite 106" High Contrast Cinema Vision Perma-mount screen
Projector: Panasonic AE700 Front Projector with 81EF color correction filter
Receiver: Onkyo TX-805 Receiver
Triplite Smart UPS 1000
Belkin PF 60 Line Conditioner
Remote: Harman Kardon Take Control TC-30
Speakers: 5.1 Surround
Front: Definitive Tech BP7001SC (Pair)
Center: Definitive Tech CLR-3000
Surround: Definitive Tech BPX bipolar (Pair)
Surround Back: Infinity SM-100 (Pair) No longer Used
Subwoofers: Definitive Tech SubPro 200TTL- Used with Surround
Tactile Transducer: ButtKicker LFE with 2100 Watt Amp (Front and Rear)

DVDO Edge Video Processor
Panasonic BD-35 Blu-ray Player
MS XBox-360 Game Console
RCA HDV-5000 Ver 2.4
DVD Player: Oppo Digital DV971H with Russian Firmware Hack
HDTV Tuner: Accurain HST 6000
Platform Seating:
Berkline 088 Burgundy Leather motorized recliners with buttersoft texture
Popcorn Machine: Gold Metal Retro-4 with Etched Glass and Stainless Steel EZ-Kleen kettle
Paragon Hot Topping Dispenser

Welcome to the SPoT (aka: Greg's Sentinel Point Occasional Theater)

Well, if you didn't already know about the SPoT, you do now! It's one of the best home theaters in all of Reston. That's right, 106 inches of Hi-Def beauty and 7.1 surround sound coming from the pitch black Onkyo TX-805 THX ultra2 certified receiver . Red leather motorized recliners to sink into so the tactile bass doesn't blow you away!