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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 10, 2003 0 comments

The <A HREF="http://www.mpaa.org/">Motion Picture Association of America</A> (MPAA) has lauded a ruling by a Washington, DC federal appeals court. On Friday, February 16, the court upheld by a 2-1 vote a 1998 law that extended copyright protection for intellectual properties works by two decades. The extension was pushed through Congress by former president Bill Clinton, with strong backing from the Walt Disney Company, which feared that copyrights on icons like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck would soon move into the public domain. US copyright law now agrees with its European counterparts as a result of the revision.

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HT Staff Posted: Aug 10, 2003 0 comments
San Francisco, CA—June 19, 2003—The Home Entertainment 2003 Show, held June 5-8, 2003, at the Westin-St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, was an event that will stand out for residents, exhibitors, and visiting press as a well-attended showcase of some of the finest products and technologies the consumer electronics industry has to offer.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Solaris—20th Century Fox
Video: 4
Audio: 4
Extras: 3
"This isn't your father's science fiction," says James Cameron, who produced this dream-like adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel and who's suddenly showing up more frequently on commentary tracks. He's right. There are no aliens in makeup. There's not even a proffered explanation of the strange happenings on a space station orbiting the pulsing, gaseous world Solaris. It's left for viewers to decide whether the planet's ability to create, in corporeal form, loved ones from a person's past, including the suicidal wife of investigating psychiatrist Chris Kelvin (George Clooney), is a blessing or a curse.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2003 0 comments
Redline Studio
Not just any old cabinet will do when it comes to housing your home theater equipment. For a sleek, contemporary storage unit, Redline Studio is offering their first line of furniture that's devoted to consumer electronics components, the RS-32 Series. The group includes three freestanding shelf units and two bridges that join the units if you want to build a more-extensive shelving system. The RS-32 Series uses titanium-tinted steel frames with vertical, espresso-colored, inlaid-wood accent strips. Three TV stands range in size to accommodate just about any screen size. The RS-311 Wide TV Stand measures 45 by 21.25 by 24 inches and costs $399, while the RS-3212 Tall TV Stand (shown here) measures 30 by 29 by 22 inches and sells for the same price. Also available is a 23.5- by 60.5- by 22-inch Stereo Rack for $499.
Redline Studio
(800) 898-9005
www.redline-studio.com
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John Sciacca Posted: Aug 04, 2003 0 comments

The quest for the perfect remote control has earned a place in the pantheon of noble but futile human endeavors alongside those for the Holy Grail or a fabulous "undiscovered" wine under $10. For some people, remotes are a necessary evil, creating clutter and increasing complexity until it seems you have to solve a puzzle like Rubik's Cube just to watch a movie or play a CD.

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Posted: Aug 03, 2003 0 comments

One of the longest-running nightmares for home entertainment fans could one day come to an end, thanks to a new standard announced in late July by the Home Networking Committee of the <A HREF="http://www.ce.org">Consumer Electronics Association</A> (CEA).

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Barry Willis Posted: Aug 03, 2003 0 comments

As of August 1, a premier trade association of hardware and software companies has a new name and a renewed mission.

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Thomas J. Norton hopes you don't peek at the product's price before reading his reveiw of the expensive <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?139">Mark Levinson No. 40 preamplifier-processor</A>. But even if you do, TJN notes "there's real value in knowing what's possible at the very tip of the home theater pyramid."

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HT Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2003 0 comments
DVD: The Guru—Universal
Audio: 2
Video: 3
Extras: 2
Are there any excuses for a movie like this? The self-proclaimed romantic comedy The Guru doesn't elicit the faintest smile as it plods through a mediocre storyline that's studded with unentertaining musical sequences. We're forced to sit though the story of Ramu (Jimi Mistry), an Indian guy who dreams of a grand life in the United States buy instead gets stuck working in a restaurant once he arrives. In a desperate attempt at stardom, he takes a job on a porn flick and befriends his costar (Heather Graham), who gives him more than enough sage advice on love and sex. He then turns that advice into a career of his own—a fake sex guru for lonely rich women. Unfortunately, if there's anything entertaining here, I don't see it. They lost me when Ramu stripped to his underwear and did Tom Cruise's Risky Business number in Hindi.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2003 0 comments
PSB
You know that a product is going to be good when the designer is also the company's founder. Such is the case with PSB's new Platinum Series, designed and developed by founder Paul S. Barton. The line includes seven new models: the T8 and T6 towers, M2 minimonitor, C4 and C2 center channels, S2 bipolar surround, and SubSonic 10 subwoofer. The PSB Platinum T8, the flagship tower, uses three 8-inch woofers, two 4.5-inch midrange drivers, and two 1-inch tweeters. The front tweeter faces forward, while the other tweeter is rear-firing. The midrange drivers and front tweeter are arranged in a D'Appolito array. According to the company, this arrangement produces a large horizontal and vertical sweet spot with outstanding clarity. The enclosure measures 10.5 by 46.5 by 16 inches and is available in black ash or cherry, with a die-cast aluminum base, top, and side extrusions. The T8 is available at a suggested retail price of $6,500 per pair.
PSB Speakers
(888) 772-0000
www.psbspeakers.com

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