<I>Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotton, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Jason Robards. Directed by Richard Fleischer and Kinji Fukasaku. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 4.1. 144 minutes. 1970. Fox Home Entertainment 2001317. G. $24.98.</I>
Consumers have lost another forum to express their opinions about the year's best films: Blockbuster says it has decided to cancel next year's Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. The company says that the ceremony, originally scheduled for next April in Los Angeles, has fallen victim to the economic uncertainties generated by the September 11 terrorist attacks and an overall sluggish market.
Bundled speaker systems are great solutions for folks just getting into home theater or looking to put together a secondary system in a small room. Boston Acoustics has just this market in mind with its new System 9000II, a five-channel-plus-subwoofer package that retails for right around a thousand bucks.
Long recognized as a high-value brand, Marantz has recently introduced four new SR-series home theater receivers with higher output power and more options than preceding models. All are ruggedly built, with strong internal bracing and metal alloy faceplates.
We ran a <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showvote.cgi?219">poll</A> on the Website a couple of weeks back, asking <I>Guide</I> readers what tops their holiday wish-lists for home theater equipment. Predictably, HDTV was a top contender, with DVD players and other components making the cut.
Last week, <A HREF="http://www.magisnetworks.com">Magis Networks</A>, which develops <A HREF="http://www.80211-planet.com/">802.11a</A> wireless chipsets, announced it will offer what it is calling the world's first live demonstration of a wireless 5GHz network capable of transmitting HDTV. The company says that its chipsets enable wireless communications of TCP/IP data, high-quality video, and audio throughout the home and office. Magis adds the demonstration will be featured at the upcoming Western Cable Show, November 28–:30, in Anaheim, CA.