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HT Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2004 0 comments
DVD: Mona Lisa Smile—Columbia TriStar
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Exras: 4
In Mona Lisa Smile, Julia Roberts stars as Katherine Watson, an art-history professor who comes to teach at Wellesley College, an all-women's school in Massachusetts. It's 1953, and, naturally, Katherine teaches the women more than just Picasso. It's a predictable movie; if you've seen Dead Poet's Society, you have a pretty good handle on how this film will play out.
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Nordost
When only the best will do, use Nordost's new line of A/V power cords, specifically their flagship product, the Valhalla. This power cord is designed for use with just about all of your components: preamps, power amps, CD players, SACD and DVD players, video projectors, and other display devices. According to the company, its line of power cables offers improved signal speed, better power transfer, and increased thermal efficiency. The Valhalla boasts a propagation speed of 90 percent. Like the company's other models, the Valhalla power cords use 99.9 percent oxygen-free copper conductors for better power transfer and performance. The Valhalla also uses 70 microns of extruded silver over the conductors. Two meters will cost you $2,500, and additional 1-meter increments are $500.
Nordost Corporation
(508) 881-1116
www.nordost.com
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Walt Disney Company's home entertainment division will expand its test marketing of self-destructing DVDs in Florida next month, according to an announcement from Los Angeles. In April, Buena Vista Home Entertainment plans to rollout the company's "EZ-D" disposable DVDs through retailers in Florida and other major markets in the Southwest.

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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 14, 2004 0 comments

<I>Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Nana Visitor. Aspect ratio: 4:3. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (English). 54 hours 31 minutes. 1992&ndash;1995. Paramount Home Video 056454, 05893, 05894. NR. $139.99 per season. </I>

Joel Brinkley Posted: Mar 14, 2004 0 comments

In fall 1998 through early 1999&mdash;the early days of digital television&mdash;every maker of high-definition sets was making large, expensive rear-projection models. That is, every maker but one: Sony. Their first direct-view, widescreen, high-definition set, the great-grandfather of the model reviewed here, was the KW-34HD1 FD Trinitron, which I reviewed in the May 1999 <I>SGHT</I>. It cost $8999, and was among the best direct-view televisions I have ever had the pleasure of watching.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Mar 12, 2004 Published: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments
We glimpse the shape of things to come.

Last fall, the editors of Home Theater beat a path to our industry's CEDIA Expo to see and be seen, as we do every year. This time around, we were surprised by the opportunity to witness the bona fide evolution of entertainment gear. We learned the names of three manufacturers (and so will you) whose creations—each multizone-friendly and high-end in its own fashion—bring next-generation features to the home theater and beyond. At press time, these products were still too new for a full hands-on review, so we'll share what we do know thus far.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2004 0 comments
Echostar Communications and Viacom Inc. have settled their rate hike dispute. The two adversaries reached an agreement late Wednesday, March 10. Within twenty minutes of signing the deal, Viacom programming returned to the Echostar lineup.
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Barry Willis Posted: Mar 11, 2004 0 comments

UPDATE - Echostar Communications and Viacom Inc. settled their rate hike dispute late Wednesday, March 10.

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HT Staff Posted: Mar 09, 2004 0 comments
DVD: Schindler's List—Universal
Video: 4
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
The excitement I felt when I heard that Schindler's List was finally coming to DVD was quickly replaced by a sense of dread when I realized that, in order to review the disc, I'd have to watch the film. Don't misunderstand. I have nothing but the highest regard for this cinematic masterpiece, but it's not exactly a casual, fun evening in front of the tele. Schindler's List is meant to devastate you, to break your heart by putting a human face on so many of the faceless victims of the Holocaust. Devastate you it will, but you're better off for having witnessed it.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 09, 2004 0 comments
Harman/Kardon
If you've been waiting for the perfect unit to come along before replacing that obsolete DVD player you're currently using, look no further. Harman/Kardon's DVD 31 is a progressive-scan player that can chew up almost any alphabetic combination you can think up: DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, WMA, CD, MP3, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, CD-DA, CD-R/-RW, CD-ROM multisession, 24/96 audio discs, and videoCD. Pixel-by-pixel processing upconverts images to progressive-scan component video output. The player also features digital-video circuitry to reconstruct the 3:2-pulldown process, so you get the full 60-frame playback with progressive-scan image quality for your DVD-Video. A long list of connections rounds out the package: component video, S-video, composite video, coaxial and optical digital audio, and multichannel and stereo analog audio. One last surprise for you: All of this retails for just $349.
Harman/Kardon
(800) 422-8027
www.harmankardon.com

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