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Not Up to Expectation.
on December 18, 2003
I would have to agree with the review done by the reader from Maitland, FL United States. My main intention to get this book is to learn more on the "Technical Information" such as in-depth explanation on Progressive Scan, Vertical/Horizontal Resolution, PAL vs. NTSC, etc. Unfortunately, it lacks such useful details.
Instead of discussing & explaining more on the DVD technology, features & benefits, a huge DVD movie lists are reviewed instead. Furthermore, the comprehensive review of the 9-Disc Alien Quadrilogy is included which it's way too long & unnecessary.
The only interesting areas are in Part 1 (Understanding DVD), Part 2 (Building a Home Theater) & Part 5 (The Future of DVD). The section on Aspect Ratio, Widescreen vs Full Frame, various sound formats, etc which are informative for newbies. Also, the part that explains the latest technology, such as DVD recorders and the new SACD and DVD-Audio high-resolution music formats is very revealing.
In conclusion, this book is concise & suitable for all DVD newbies (no, it's not boring at all!) but for the rest of us, our thirst for additional technical aspects isn't satisfied. Well, it's certainly worth adding this book into your current DVD book collection (just like your DVD movies) or simply to show off that you own the latest DVD book available in the market!