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David Vaughn Posted: Nov 20, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/angdem.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Harvard symbolist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is back on a thrilling journey through Rome trying to find four Cardinals kidnapped by the Illuminati, an ancient secret brotherhood that will stop at nothing to destroy its eternal enemy, the Catholic Church.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 25, 2011 0 comments
Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1949, John Belushi was the offspring of Albanian immigrants. Both he and his younger brother Jim would find success in Hollywood, but on March 5, 1982, John was found dead in his hotel room in West Hollywood from a drug overdose.

Although his career was short-lived, he had a great foundation to become a comedic force in Hollywood. At the age of 22, Belushi hooked up with the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago and eventually found his way to New York as a cast member in the off-Broadway production of National Lampoon’s Lemmings. The show was originally slated to run six weeks, but it entertained packed houses for almost ten months. From there, the comedian worked as a writer for two years for The National Lampoon Radio Hour. His big break came in 1975 when he joined the original cast of Saturday Night Live, where he showcased the humor he’d honed while he was with Second City.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 11, 2010 Published: Apr 12, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/apollo13bd.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After landing on the moon in 1969 and fulfilling John F. Kennedy's pledge, Americans began to lose interest in the space program. In fact, many TV stations stopped covering the missions but that changed on April 13, 1970 when Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) radioed back to control with the historic phrase: "Houston, we have a problem." What should have been a seemingly routine mission to the moon became a race against time to save three American astronauts.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 21, 2009 Published: Jan 22, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/appaloosa.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Longtime friends and for-hire peacekeepers Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) find themselves in the crime-ridden town of Appaloosa and attempt to take back the streets from a band of local outlaws. When a young widow (Renee Zellweger) moves to town, Cole struggles between his duty and his newfound love for the beautiful new resident.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jun 10, 2013 0 comments
From the outside looking in, Robert Miller is living the American dream. He’s a Wall Street billionaire who lives a life of luxury, has a loving wife and family, and is financially set for life. Unfortunately for Miller, he’s living a lie, and the house of cards he’s built is about to come crashing down.
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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 17, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/arctic.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>This documentary chronicles the real-life adventures of two arctic creatures struggling to survive in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Queen Latifah narrates the tale of Nanu the polar bear cub and Seela the walrus pup with their mothers close by to offer protection and guidance.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 27, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/armag.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A meteor the size of Texas is hurtling its way towards Earth when the director of NASA (Billy Bob Thornton) realizes the planet is doomed. With only 18 days until we join the fate of the dinosaurs, he hatches an absurd plan to land a team of oil drillers onto the massive asteroid in order to drop a nuke into the core and blast it to smithereens.

David Vaughn Posted: Sep 03, 2014 10 comments

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There are quite a few people in the audio world who have become household names, at least among audiophiles. I’m talking about legends like Paul Klipsch, Amar Bose, Saul Marantz, Henry Kloss, Bob Carver. But these aren’t the only influential contributors to the business and history of hi-fi. Among the lesser-known audio icons is Morris Kessler, the founder of ATI.

David Vaughn Posted: Mar 27, 2015 1 comments
Here at Sound & Vision we’ve given quite a bit of coverage to Dolby Atmos so far, and rightly so. Editor Rob Sabin has called it “the most discernible advance in home theater sound since the introduction of lossless digital audio formats on Blu-ray. And it’s one that leaves Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo: X (height and width-channel surround formats) in the dust.”
David Vaughn Posted: Apr 02, 2015 9 comments
In Part 1 of my Atmos upgrade diary, I wrote about my unconventional home theater space with its vaulted ceiling and open floor plan, and how I eventually decided to lower the ceiling and install built-in speakers to achieve my Atmos dreams. Here, in Part 2, I’ll describe how I went about rebuilding my system for Atmos and talk about my first listening tests.