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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 04, 2015 0 comments
What turns a movie into a guilty pleasure? I suppose it’s a film that you enjoy, though you know you shouldn’t because everyone else seems to hate it. There’s a lot of such films in my collection, some of them bought by me, others remnants of the “too odd to review” bins in the publications I’ve written for, from the Stereophile Guide to Home Theater to the present.

Here are ten of them, and they’re by no means the only ones on my shelf. All of them are still available on Blu-ray, some of them so cheap they might be worth taking a flyer on. Some are also available in 3D, though I don’t address that here. As for some of the others, well, don’t bring out the tar and feathers if you hate them. Remember, they’re my guilty pleasures, not necessarily yours.

Battleship This is an awful film in many ways, and the most Michael Bayish film neither produced nor directed by Michael Bay….

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 04, 2015 0 comments
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Screenwriter James Lapine and director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of the brilliant Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical (book by Lapine) is a highly entertaining, moving, and inspiring film that, in this Blu-ray’s presentation, makes for great home theater.

The story cleverly weaves together four fairy tales through a plot device centering on a baker and his wife who are unable to have children because of a witch’s curse. In order for the witch to lift the curse, the baker must bring her the cow from Jack (of the beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood’s cape, Rapunzel’s hair, and Cinderella’s slipper.

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Aug 04, 2015 0 comments
50, 25, 7, and 1. Those were the numbers my son told me about when I helped him and his wife move from one apartment to another over the weekend. We wouldn’t have had the conversation at all were it not for Comcast. Because moving isn’t already painful enough, Comcast was able to add to the misery by wasting an hour of our time with a needless trip to one of their “service” centers—and, of course, add a $35 service charge for the trouble. (Considering that Comcast had to pay at least two service representatives to act like utter dimwits, $35 is really a bargain.) Since my son and daughter-in-law only need high-speed Internet and couldn’t care less about cable TV, I wondered aloud if they’d considered switching to another ISP.

Competition being what it isn’t, my son told me the sordid broadband story...

SV Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2015 0 comments
Elite Screens has introduced a two-in-one electric projection screen that can be alternated between 16:9 and 2.35:1 aspect ratios, the former being common for TV shows, the later for blockbuster movies.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2015 0 comments
Consumer spending on digital content accounted for more than half of all home entertainment spending in the April-June period, according to preliminary numbers released by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG).
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2015 1 comments
Sharp is pulling the plug on its U.S. television business, according to a report in MediaPost.com.

Leslie Shapiro Posted: Aug 03, 2015 2 comments
Apple has just released the 6th generation version of the iPod touch, with up to 128GB of built-in memory and the same A8 processor as the iPhone 6. It’s a gorgeous device with a 4-inch Retina display, all sleek and shiny and desperately trying to fit in. The question is: in 2015, with nearly 65% of Americans owning a smartphone, who needs it?

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2015 0 comments
The results of last week’s poll are in. We asked if you own a portable Bluetooth speaker and, if so, how often you use it. As you can see from the results below, the scales tip in favor of owning and using a Bluetooth speaker...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2015 0 comments
Into rock and roll memorabilia? Can’t get enough of Elvis? Well, now’s your chance to own a piece of The King. Online bidding for 174 lots of authenticated Elvis artifacts starts Thursday, August 13th at 7pm CDT at The Auction at Graceland.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jul 31, 2015 0 comments
I watched Adam Sandler’s latest fiction product, Pixels, and I have an opinion about it.

So do a lot of other people. I link to a few of them too.

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