I've spewed countless compliments upon this movie, or more accurately
the DVD, in the print magazine over the past year, and like a good
consumer my fondness eventually gives rise to the question, "What else
can I BUY?" Not all of my favorite movies have Star Wars in the
title, and some (Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October) have
yielded precious little tie-in merchandise, and so when an unusual
product like the Old Century Master and Commander game is
released, I am compelled to take note.
DVD: Elf—New Line
Elf is 10 feet tall. Thoroughly entertaining, Will Ferrell's breakout film is now available on two DVDs that are fun, pure and simple. Ferrell plays Buddy, who accidentally ends up in Santa's North Pole Workshop and is raised by the elves, never being told he's really human. . .even though he's 3 feet taller than everyone else. Yearning to find his real father, Buddy heads to New York to do so.
Normally, speakers don't jazz me out of the box - I gotta hear them first. But Canton 's CD 300 speaker system, which combines technology from the company's high-end Karat series with the sleek design of its smaller CD 100 model, primed the adrenaline pump even before I connected the speakers to my receiver.
Two years ago I had the immense pleasure of reviewing Logitech first
5.1-channel speaker package with Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, their
flagship Z-680, in the January 2003 issue. While maintaining the $400
price point and those 500 tremendous watts—enough to truly transcend the
computer and invade into the home theater—Logitech has introduced a
successor, the Z-5500 Digital.
In the whole, NBC's high-definition coverage of the Athens Olympics made for pretty dismal TV. The same segments repeated ad nauseam only served to show how few sports bear up to repeated viewing. Who needs to see a failed baton pass, a gymnast falling on his or her butt, or a disappointing basketball game again and again . . . and again.
While you might want to start with a budget model if you're looking for your first DVD recorder, there are good reasons to explore the higher end of the price range. Up there, you'll find models that make it easier to do time-shift recording and that provide storage and editing options not found on starter units.
This is not your father's stereo - or your iPod. The Bose Lifestyle 38 combines elements of both and adds its own share of functionality and flexibility. The Lifestyle series has been a Bose mainstay for years, offering DVD playback with 5.1-channel surround sound in an attractive, easy-to-use package.
The 2004 winter holiday season could prove a jolly one for electronics manufacturers, according to the <I>Holiday Sales and Forecasts</I> report issued by the Consumer Electronics Association (<A HREF="http://www.ce.org">CEA</A>) in mid-October.