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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: Feb 20, 2003 0 comments
DVD: The Color Purple Special Edition—Warner Brothers
Audio: 4
Video: 4
Extras: 4
Although many critics criticized The Color Purple as a "safe" version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel at the time of its theatrical release, the film still garnered 11 Academy Award nominations in 1985. Inexplicably, it managed to lose in every single category. To make matters worse, Steven Spielberg wasn't even nominated for best director, despite the film's nomination for best picture. There were rumors at the time of a Hollywood conspiracy against the ultra-successful Spielberg, and, after watching the new two-disc special-edition DVD of The Color Purple, I almost believe them. Perhaps best known for the powerful big-screen debuts of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple boasts superb acting performances across the board.
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HT Staff Posted: Jan 16, 2004 0 comments
Mel Tormé, George Shearing—A Vintage Year
Mel Tormé, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass—Velvet & Brass
(SACDs, Concord)

Having seen Mel Tormé perform at Carnegie Hall in the last few years of his life, I can vouch for his vocal virtuosity, incredible energy, infectious charm, and ability to toss off a Buddy Rich drum solo. The first of these two hybrid SACD/CD releases captures him with pianist George Shearing live at the Paul Masson Mountain Winery in 1988. On the second, a studio set recorded in 1995, he pairs off with a big band, just a year before the stroke that would end his career.
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HT Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Seabiscuit—Universal
VIDEO: 4
AUDIO: 4
EXTRAS: 3
An unconventional horse trainer, a disillusioned car dealer, and a jockey that's a bit too tall place their hopes on a small racehorse in Seabiscuit. Based on the true story of these three men, the film takes place during the aftermath of the 1929 stock-market crash, a time when every American needed to believe that the impossible was within reach. And when the horse that no one was betting on reached the finish line, the nation was anxiously watching.
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HT Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Ararat—Buena Vista
Video: 2
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
An overlooked historical tragedy—Turkey's genocide of its Armenian population during World War I—is at the heart of this drama by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter). The atrocities that occurred take on new resonance for members of a contemporary Armenian-Canadian family involved in the filming of a movie about the holocaust, as each grasps for meaning in the events that lead to the deaths of their ancestors and, indirectly, their own fathers. The film-within-a-film structure, combined with a plot device in which one character explains the genocide to a jaded customs agent sniffing for smuggled heroin, creates a complex but oddly dispassionate canvas for this powerful story. Expect to think, even if you can't fully relate to the second-hand oppression these people feel.
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HT Staff Posted: Oct 27, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Down with Love—20th Century Fox
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
With a wink and a nod toward the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic romps of the 1960s, Down with Love centers on author Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger), whose feminist tome tells women all over New York to forego love in order to get ahead in their lives. But when Novak is wooed unsuspectingly by ladies' man and magazine writer Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor), her detailed plan is derailed.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2004 0 comments
DVD: The Great Gatsby—Paramount
Video: 4
Audio: 3
Extras: 1
A great book does not necessarily make a great movie, as anyone who ever seen Demi Moore's version of The Scarlet Letter will certainly attest to. There have been three big-screen adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby since 1926; if any of them had the most potential, it was the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. The script was written by Francis Ford Coppola (fresh off The Godfather), and the studio spared no expense on the budget required to reproduce the lavish Roaring 20s Long Island lifestyle. Unfortunately, this version of The Great Gatsby is pretentious, boring, and utterly lifeless—in other words, it's a lot like the elite socialites who make up most of the cast of characters.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 02, 2003 0 comments
A buck per watt is a bargain in anybody's book today. It's an especially good value when those watts feature audiophile specifications, and plenty of dynamic headroom.
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HT Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2013 1 comments
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INTRODUCING SONOS PLAYBAR

Unleash Your TV Sound. Unleash All The Music On Earth.

Santa Barbara, CA - Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - Sonos, Inc., the leading manufacturer of wireless audio systems, today introduced SONOS PLAYBAR™, the soundbar for music lovers.

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HT Staff Posted: Feb 26, 2002 0 comments
Sony Electronics has unveiled its new collection of Hi-Scan 1080i widescreen, HDTV-monitor rear projection televisions for 2002.

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