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HT Staff Posted: Apr 03, 2003 0 comments
DVD-Audio: Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me (Silverline)
A friend of mine once said about the Ramones, "They're stupid, but they'll never lie to you." He was wrong about the stupidity but right about the sincerity. Who but Joey Ramone could do such a convincing cover of "What a Wonderful World"? In his hands, the song made famous by Louis Armstrong becomes a buzz-saw vision of a better world. With his death from leukemia not far off, the former lead singer of the Ramones wasn't in the mood for irony.
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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: 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: Dec 12, 2003 0 comments
DVD: The Battle of Shaker Heights—Buena Vista
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Extras: 1
In The Battle of Shaker Heights, the second Project Greenlight movie, Shia LaBeouf plays Kelly Ernswiler, a 17-year-old kid who re-enacts WWII battle scenes in his spare time. At a battle re-enactment, he meets Bart Bowland. The two become fast friends, but things get messy when Kelly falls for Tabby, Bart's older, engaged sister. After watching the making-of on Project Greenlight, you expect an intensity level that's lacking in the final, edited version. Where is this "wonderful" script that everyone keeps talking about? Oh, that's right: It ended up on the cutting-room floor.
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HT Staff Posted: Nov 12, 2003 0 comments
Bob Marley and the Wailers—African Herbsman (DVD-Audio, Silverline/Sanctuary)
Where was I? Umm. . .oh yeah, reviewing. DVD-Audio. Uhh. . .Bob Marley. Yeah. Well, roll one up and savor the raw immediacy of this early work from reggae's internationally revered founders. African Herbsman is built around the aborted Soul Revolution, the Wailers' second album and the last that they'd record before defecting to the greener pastures of Island. Also included are several indie hit singles and spacey instrumental dub versions.
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HT Staff Posted: May 01, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral—Paramount
Video: 2
Audio: 2
Extras: 1
This 1957 version of the famous gunfight that pitted Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday against the Clanton gang rides on the performances of its stars, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. The pair's grudging respect for each other, their relationships with women, and the events that lead to the conflagration at Tombstone (which occupies about six minutes of the 122-minute running time) is at the core of this film, which meanders like a lazy creek in a dusty town. The film doesn't age well, primarily because it seems so cliche-ridden today. Viewers should remind themselves that this movie actually invented many of the Old West cliches we take for granted now, such as the outlaw firing shots at the saloon piano player to inspire him to play.
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HT Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Animal House: The Double Secret Probation Edition—Universal
Video: 3
Audio: 3
Extras: 4
National Lampoon's Animal House may be a comedy classic that you can watch again and again, but does that also mean you have to buy it again and again? The new Double Secret Probation Edition is the third version of Animal House to hit DVD shelves, and even the gullible girls at Emily Dickinson College wouldn't fall for this scam, would they? There's no denying the greatness of the film itself, but most fans would likely already own the Collector's Edition released in 1998. Is this new version really worth buying Animal House for a second or even a third time? Surprisingly, it is.
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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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