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HT Staff Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments
DVD: Raising Helen—Buena Vista
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Extras: 2
In the breezy comedy Raising Helen, Kate Hudson's fast track to agenting in the modeling business gets sidetracked when her sister's three kids move in with her after a fatal accident kills their mom. With the exception of a couple of surprisingly touching moments and the mega-talents of Joan Cusack, no feathers are ruffled too much, leading to the predictable conclusion with lots of smiles and hugs.
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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments

Texas Instruments continues to push the envelope of projector technology, and high-end manufacturers continue to adopt TI devices into ever-better projectors. TI's latest Digital Light Processing (DLP) devices are known as "DarkChips" for their improved contrast, a result of narrower gaps between mirror elements, smaller mirror hinges, higher reflectivity, and in a seeming paradox, better light absorption thanks to a new coating. DarkChips are said to offer better color uniformity and much lower dithering effects than their predecessors.

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments

Better late than never. Years after mandating a changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting, the Federal Communications Commission (<A HREF="http://www.fcc.gov">FCC</A>) has launched a campaign to inform consumers about the benefits of the new format.

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Corrina Y. Jones Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments

<I>Anthony La Paglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Poppy Montgomery, Eric Close. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Four discs. 992 minutes. 2003. Warner Bros. Home Video 33703. NR. $59.98.</I>

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Corrina Y. Jones Posted: Oct 11, 2004 0 comments

<I>Anthony La Paglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Enrique Murciano, Poppy Montgomery, Eric Close. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Four discs. 992 minutes. 2003. Warner Bros. Home Video 33703. NR. $59.98.</I>

John Sciacca Posted: Oct 08, 2004 0 comments

After returning from our honeymoon, my parents took my wife and me to dinner at one of San Francisco's swanky restaurants. To commemorate the event, I brought a prized bottle of wine - a 1982 Sterling Private Reserve cabernet. Instead of being offended that I had my own bottle, the sommelier asked if he might have a taste. But the restaurant still added a $20 corkage fee to our bill.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Oct 08, 2004 0 comments
The latest videogame based specifically on the most recent Arnold Schwarzenegger (who apparently recorded only a portion of his in-game dialogue) action sequel, Terminator 3: Redemption, is the first I've ever seen (and heard) to offer such a distinct hierarchy of audio formats across each of the three major consoles. (I'm a Home Theater guy, sadly this is one of the first details I look for on the package.)
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 08, 2004 Published: Sep 08, 2006 0 comments
From the car next to you at the stoplight to the rattle of your neighbor's dishes on movie night, bass is everywhere.
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B Y Doug Newcomb Posted: Oct 05, 2004 0 comments
You've got your big-screen HDTV, super-sharp progressive-scan DVD player, and the rest of your A/V gear set up to squeeze the nth degree of performance from your system. But look around. Is something missing? Not from your equipment but the room itself.
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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 04, 2004 Published: Oct 05, 2004 0 comments

Each step in the evolution of the optical disc has been astounding. With its 750-megabyte storage capacity, the Compact Disc revolutionized the way music was recorded and played back. The DVD's 4.7 gigabyte capacity&mdash;twice that for a dual-layered disc&mdash;made possible the archiving of high-quality feature films on a durable, affordable medium. DVD is the first format that made building a film library a reality for ordinary movie fans. It's not a vast overstatement to say that DVD revived the film industry, creating unanticipated revenue streams.

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