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SV Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2007 0 comments
Can't find some prominent music releases on MVI, Blu-ray, HD DVD, and CD that we previewed recently? The dates, they keep a-changin': Donald Fagen: Nightfly Trilogy (Reprise/ Rhino). Originally conceived as a three-MVI set for release on...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 09, 2007 0 comments
Here's one more reason to buy a flat-panel TV. Whether you opt for plasma or LCD, either type is more reliable than a rear-projection set.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 08, 2007 0 comments
It's getting tougher and tougher these days to cheerlead the cause of music in surround sound. No, we at S&V aren't giving up. But, coming so soon after hearing that we're getting the best of Led Zeppelin on stereo CD (again) as opposed to any...
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Nov 08, 2007 12 comments
In the November issue, we mistakenly measured the Paradigm UltraCube 12 as part of the Paradigm system instead of the Seismic-10 that was mentioned in the review. The correct measurements are below.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 08, 2007 0 comments
It had to happen sooner or later. The secondary layer of digital rights management that protects Blu-ray discs, known as BD+, has been hacked.
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No, that's not the next big Hollywood blockbuster (but if you think it is, contact my agent). This storyline is playing out at retailers near you right now. Two of the most anticipated day-and-date with DVD next-gen titles hit retail recently, and they're flying off the shelves. And the consequences in this format war could be tremendous.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments
Yes, a belated "Happy Birthday!" to the landmark musical by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. At this very moment, I happen to be sitting directly across the street from the Winter Garden Theatre, where West Side Story opened on...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 07, 2007 2 comments
What would happen if David Letterman came onstage to do his opening monologue but nothing came out of his mouth? What if the stars of the silver screen had to improvise all their dialogue--would someone like Tom Cruise even have a career? Now you may have an inkling of what TV and screenwriters contribute to popular entertainment. And that's why the strike of the Writers Guild of America matters. They're looking for a bigger cut of burgeoning DVD revenues and growing Internet revenues. Peopling the picket lines in New York this week were Seth Myers, the Weekend Update coanchor and head writer of Saturday Night Live, and his predecessor Tina Fey, now of 30 Rock. The most recent SNL telecast included a hilarious skit with Fred Armisen posing as an overpaid studio executive. Jay Leno has contributed a sound bite supporting his writers and Letterman describes the producers as "cowards, cutthroats, and weasels." But Jon Stewart of The Daily Show is really putting his money where his mouth is. He is personally paying the salaries of his writers for the duration of the strike. These folks know on which side their bread is buttered.
Steve Faber Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments
Everyone's home features lighting control to some extent. Maybe you've taken a step up and can control the level of a light or two with dimmers, but that's about as far as many people get.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 06, 2007 0 comments
Bell'O International has honored the formidable Motown songwriting team of Holland Dozier Holland with the first annual "Take a Bow, Take a Seat" award.


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