Bringing Hollywood home



Going to the cinema is always such a treat. The glitz and the glamour of Hollywood on the big screen, booming surround sound and a comfortable seat…

You could do without those kids talking right from the first trailer to the final credits though. Oh and her in the row in front unwrapping boiled sweets every five minutes, I didn’t even know you could crunch your way through them. And walking round for 15 minutes trying to remember where you parked the car is no fun either.

OK, so the cinema experience could be improved if it was in your own home, where the only interruption to your movie experience would be when you pause the film to get another drink.

Where would you begin to build the ultimate home cinema? It all has to start with the pictures. A top of the range projector will be able to offer top quality pictures in both daylight and perfect darkness. So if you really insist on watching Twilight and you have to see Robert Pattinson parading around in sharp, detailed pictures, then this is the way to go.

You’ll need a projector screen to beam pictures onto of course. An 84-inch screen is big to the point of gluttony, but if you want to rival your local cinema for size then you can justify it. Just make sure you draw the curtains to avoid people from the other side of the street getting a more than adequate view of your movie – freeloaders!

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Why not bring the big screen experience into your own home?

True movie lovers know that a top-notch soundtrack can make a good film great. Maybe it’s Kool and the Gang in Pulp Fiction or Howard Shore’s Wagnerian score in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, either way, a home cinema system will leave your ear drums delighted. OK, so some of us just like to hear the screeching of tyres in car chase scenes really loud, but that doesn’t make us philistines…

Sound and vision sorted then. Time to splash out on a Blu-ray recorder to play Avatar and all the other latest Blu-ray films. Getting a Blu-ray recorder with a 500GB hard disk means you’ll be able to keep bits of your favourite tele to watch when you want, all in high definition. Although with the projector you’ve got, the small screen isn’t quite so small anymore…

If you’ve been downloading movies to your computer then you’ll need a multimedia hard drive to hook up to your projector so you can play them on the big screen. Alternatively, you could always just use your Xbox to stream them on-demand and make instant decisions on what you want to watch.

All this movie magic sounds a bit expensive, doesn’t it? Well I guess it wouldn’t be if you had £10,000 to be spent on the Dixons website. Find the Golden Ticket and you’ll be able to create your own movie paradise. Until then, the rest of us film fans will keep saving.

Have we missed anything out of our movie lover’s ultimate home cinema experience? How would you spend £10,000 if you found the Golden Ticket? Comment below…