Audiovisual Review

GXV AV Review is a web site where you select a film to watch and then write a review about it.

The web site is new and in development. It will not succeed. Check back some other time or contact me via e-mail.

Sample 1: Man of Steel (2013)

Sample 2: Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

Sample 3: Robin Hood (2006), Season 1, Episode 2

This web site uses HTML 5. If you do not see the three videos above, perhaps update your web browser.

When you register at this web site, you will be asked to review the above sample videos. These are the criteria for each film review on this web site: Elements of Film, Categorized*. Your review of the sample video may contain any one criterion from each category, up to three categories. This is merely to give an indication of the nature of review content you will be providing. When your review has been submitted and approved, membership will be granted. Members see the list of available movies and television show episodes and pick the one they want to review next. Your review of each full movie and TV show episode that you choose will thoughtfully address all the criteria. The first full film review you submit is evaluated, and once approved, you may continue writing reviews at your own pace without waiting for their approval.

You may use any style of intelligible English writing to convey what you notice with each criterion, including poetry, lists, notes, and paragraphs. But your writing should be done well: if writing sentences, exercise complete sentences. If it is unclear what you are trying to convey, a revision will be requested. In order to minimize actions of foolish plagiarism, your reviews will be visible only to other members. Intellectual property rights do not change for content that is available on this web site. Your submitted reviews will only be retained for use by this server for this project. Reviews can be insufficient and updated. This web site is designed to permit only one membership account per individual. The purpose of this web site is incongruent with typical actions of other Internet web sites such as blacklisting members. For more information, proceed with registration.

Each film is taken from an HD source when available and reduced into a minimum quality and size that has been determined to be fit for this particular AV Review web site.** Each video should stream without substantial hindrance.

Thank you for considering participating in the Galaxy Verge AV Review web site. Do not participate if you are at risk -- or feel at risk -- of seizure or harm by viewing flashing lights; be certain of this warning, because there are some videos that contain absurdly large amounts of this and can harm you. Videos are typically rated for their content, but such details are not considered by this web site; you will find here videos rated G through R, and other videos outside these ratings. Whether you are a child or adult, your use of this web site is an indicator that you are attempting to act responsibly, and so you must learn the difference between right and wrong. If you are a fool, go away; discernment is required.
-- GXV
You might consider crass some of my writing. It is not the custom of style for the owner of this web site to state the obvious as redundant data. If you want information found elsewhere, such as detailed film credits or copyright information, go find it elsewhere. Thank you for not moronically and impertinently insisting upon redundant waste of disk space on my server; anyone who asserts their irresponsibility over me and demands that I follow their folly will be immediately ignored. You know how to use The Internet, yes? This is not an elementary school. Go learn.

* I invented those Elements of Film criteria quickly, off the top of my head, on October 23, 2018. I am not a film student or film professional. Your contributions to this project are appreciated. I welcome thoughtful additions to the review criteria besides what you would add as your additional comments. E-mail me.

** Much precision detail is lost even when comparing a 1080p video to its lesser-resolution 720p counterpart. You will find visual artifacts in the video files, and a lack of interesting details such as fine print and facial expressions of distant actors. Overall, such differences in product are outside the scope of the Elements of Film review criteria; comment upon what you observe, but do not bother to take the time to comment upon what is obscured by the file's conversion, because such small aspects are shown in such a way as to indicate that the author wants them to be considered small (not insignificant) aspects. And not every film is recorded in high definition; even standard definition films are often a higher resolution and bitrate video and audio quality than the videos for GXV's AV Review.

This is not a video archive web site.
Films are converted with these Handbrake configuration settings:
Video: MP4, web-optimized, H.264 (x264), Variable Framerate (same as source), 256 kbps average bitrate, 2-pass encoding, turbo first pass, veryslow preset, fast decode
Audio: AAC (CoreAudio), Stereo, 44.1 kHz, 64 kbps
No subtitles, No chapters
478 or 480 pixel width (whichever has the lowest Pixel Aspect Ratio) with aspect ratio maintained
Loose anamorphic setting of modulus 2
Example: "x264 Unparse: ref=16:bframes=8:b-adapt=2:direct=auto:weightb=0:no-deblock=1:cabac=0:analyse=all:weightp=0:me=umh:merange=24:subme=10:trellis=2:rc-lookahead=60"

Film source is either commercial with any DRM prohibition removed using third-party software or avoided by other means, or some sufficient-quality third-party source such as via a YIFY torrent.
The poster frame for each video is a screenshot sample hand-selected to represent the overall gist of the film, and is captured using VLC Media Player.