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Brandon A. DuHamel Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
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The post-apocalyptic dystopian film is a staple of science-fiction filmmaking, but most of the films inhabit a similar space. Director Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah is one of the rare ones that change the formula. Z for Zachariah, based upon Robert C. O’Brien’s novel, still relies on some unknown radioactive, presumably nuclear event as the catalyst that brings down society, but the story is not focused on this. Instead, it is a character study about three people in one idyllic valley in the Southeastern United States spared by the disaster.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
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Author Walter Farley’s sweet, timeless tale of a young boy and his special bond with a spirited horse was brought to cinematic life with irresistible visual and sonic beauty, more appreciable than ever on Criterion’s fantastic new Blu-ray. Our boy, Alec (Kelly Reno, what a find), is washed ashore on a remote island after a shipwreck, and the only other survivor is a magnificent Arabian stallion. Their time alone together is a prolonged marvel of wordless storytelling, while the post-rescue second half is quite a different animal, as a grizzled old trainer (a wonderfully cast Mickey Rooney) agrees to prepare the horse to race. It’s a thrilling adventure for kids, but without the sap that might otherwise send the adults fleeing.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
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The still-thrilling Terminator franchise has certainly experienced its share of highs and lows over the last 30-odd years. And so creator James Cameron’s ringing endorsement for the latest installment, Terminator Genisys—in which he had no direct involvement—carried a lot of weight with fans. While giving major respect to the classic canon, this fifth movie is superbly smart, inventive, and even quite funny at times.
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
Last year I got all excited about the Syfy channel turning one of my favorite book series into a TV show. I got even more excited when it became clear how much money they were throwing at it. The trailer, too, looked amazing.

So now we’ve had all 10 episodes of the first season of The Expanse. The fact that it got a second season before the first one even aired notwithstanding… how is it?

(Don’t worry, no spoilers)

SV Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
LH Labs—short for Light Harmonic—which designed premium sound options for the Tesla S, will start taking preorders for two versions of its Inspire 5 soundbar system on Monday, February 15.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
Vinyl, an HBO original TV series that delves into the underbelly of New York City’s music business in the 1970, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2016 0 comments
Best Buy Is Flaunting UHDTVs at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, following a similar effort last year at New York’s JFK. That may not fit in your carry-on...

A PlayStation Hack allows hundreds of games for the portable PlayStation Vita to work on the PlayStation TV console. That includes such gaming staples as Mortal Kombat and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified...

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SV Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2016 0 comments
Ever wonder what the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is doing these days to accurately gauge music sales at a time when CDs are all but dead and downloading has given way to the convenience of streaming from the likes of Pandora and Spotify?
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 11, 2016 1 comments
Way back in 1958 when stereo was a novelty, the comedy duo Bob Elliot and Ray Goulding released Bob And Ray Throw A Stereo Spectacular, a whimsical LP showcasing the marvels of two-channel sound.
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Al Griffin Posted: Feb 10, 2016 0 comments
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Q Is there any way to connect my old Technics SH-GE90 Equalizer/Digital Sound Processor to my new Onkyo TX- NR838 receiver? The Technics is capable of signal manipulation, but what I really miss is the graphic display of audio waveforms on its front panel. If this is not possible, are there any similar devices that connect via HDMI?—Mark Goldberg, Rochester, NY

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