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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 20, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Hollywood Homicide—Columbia TriStar
Video: 4
Audio: 4
Extras: 2
Hollywood Homicide is the kind of film that probably looked much better in concept than it did on the scripted page—and far better than it does on screen. Two Hollywood detectives—one a real estate broker on the side, the other an aspiring actor—try to wedge in a murder investigation between their second lives. All of the buddy picture elements are here, notably the grizzled veteran (Harrison Ford) teamed with a green, slightly bumbling rookie (Josh Hartnett), but the screenplay by director Ron Shelton bumbles its own way through the story, creating zero believable chemistry between the two. Ford has never looked older or more dour as the long-timer who's more anxious to unload a turkey of a property than solve the case.
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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: Nov 21, 2003 0 comments
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Special Extended DVD Edition—New Line
Video: 5
Audio: 5
Extras: 5
Pity the unfortunate middle child: I used up most of my superlatives on the extended Fellowship of the Ring last year, and The Return of the King is still to come, so I must tread lightly on The Two Towers. Seamlessly rendering the blockbuster theatrical epic even bigger, this expansion is downright sprawling yet still dramatically taut.
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HT Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2003 0 comments
Norah Jones—Come Away with Me (SACD, Blue Note)
For some reason, I never got around to buying Norah Jones' zillion-selling CD, or maybe I misjudged her talent. Silly me, I thought she was just a hipper Sade. Now that I've lived with the Come Away with Me SACD, though, I'm a believer. I found it impossible to resist Ms. Jones' understated piano and seductive pipes. Her suite of well-crafted originals and cover tunes keeps this disc in heavy rotation in my SACD player.
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HT Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2003 0 comments
DVD: Femme Fatale—Warner Brothers
Audio: 3
Video: 3
Extras: 2
The good news is that the lovely Rebecca Romjin-Stamos has now removed all doubt that she can act well enough to anchor a major motion picture. The sad part of the story is that Femme Fatale is a strange blend of Run Lola Run and the worst of filmmaker Brian De Palma's own canon that made me repeatedly ask both, "What the hell is going on?" and "Why does any studio finance ridiculous De Palma movies like this?" Brunette doppelgangers, double-crosses, alternate realities: You figure it out, if you have two hours to kill.
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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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