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DVD: Dirty Pretty Things—Buena Vista
A London hotel houses the dirty secrets of a black-market, organ-trading operation in Dirty Pretty Things, starring Audrey Tautou and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Academy Award–nominated screenplay follows an immigrant hotel worker who stumbles upon a human heart clogging the toilet of a recently occupied room, thus beginning a fast-paced thriller that is completely satisfying in its surprising resolution.
Sony Electronics is making a bold move into the custom home theater and multizone installation market with the introduction of New Home Entertainment Solutions, a product line that "will provide complete pre-integrated home entertainment solutions in three-, five-, and seven-room packages. Each solution will include Sony's industry-leading home entertainment products and full system integration," according to a March 16 announcement from Los Angeles.
The cable industry was late to the HDTV party, but hopes to make up for its tardiness with a massive public relations campaign now that high-def is finally becoming a regular part of most cable providers' packages.
Mark Cuban's HDNet never misses an opportunity. Major sports events are huge drivers of high-definition television, but none of the big networks sought out NASCAR for HD productions. Enter Dallas-based HDNet, to the benefit of racing fans throughout North America.
Ontario's Paradigm loudspeakers have a well-deserved reputation for great performance at affordable prices. On March 16, the company announced a new addition to its product line, the Seismic Series subwoofers.
Fortunately, the saying "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" doesn't apply to CES. The technology introduced there quickly spreads to the rest of the world. This year, audio companies were especially anxious to have the show's magic rub off on their wares.
Has DirecTV's campaign against signal theft crossed the line of legality? So claims a class-action lawsuit launched this month against the El Segundo, CA–based direct broadcast satellite service and parent company, Hughes Electronics.
Archiving high-def video and high-rez audio should become less problematic for technophiles in the near future thanks to a breakthrough development by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST).
Still not ready for Plasma or LCD? Joel Brinkley plugs in the <A HREF="/directviewandptvtelevisions/104sony">Sony Wega KV-3XBR910 direct-view HDTV</A> to determine if one of most expensive 34" CRT HDTVs is worth the investment.