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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 08, 2010 0 comments
Price: $299 At A Glance: New user interface • Multiple streaming services from Netflix, Amazon, and Blockbuster • Enhanced Internet-driven search capabilities

Has TiVo Reinvented TV Again?

What started as Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay’s idea in 1997 became a reality in 1999 when TiVo burst on the scene and changed the way people watch TV. While time-shifting programs had been around for years via VCR, you couldn’t pause live TV, watch one program while recording another, or view a comprehensive program guide at the push of a button. The cable and satellite companies took their sweet time entering the DVR market, and TiVo’s only other competitor—ReplayTV—was absorbed by DIRECTV. TiVo became so popular, its brand name became a verb.

David Vaughn Posted: Dec 24, 2007 0 comments
There are all types of fanatics in the world; religious fanatics, sports fanatics, Windows fanatics, Apple fanatics, the list goes on and on. But one type of fanatic that I never really understood is the TiVo fanatic. You've probably have met someone who's asked, "Do you have TiVo yet?" or stated that the "TiVo has completely changed my life!"
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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments
Jake (Randy Wayne) and Roger (Robert Bailey Jr.) were best friends up until the ninth grade and the two drifted apart. Jake became the star of the basketball team and landed the hottest girl in school and Roger didn't fit in with his new group of friends. Three years later Jake's world crashes down around him when Roger enters the school with a handgun and takes his own life. Wracked with guilt, Jake begins to question his life choices and wonders if there was anything he could have done to save his childhood friend.

Calling a film "religious" will ultimately alienate a large portion of the population, but as long as the script isn't too preachy, I can usually enjoy them. That's certainly the case here where the message being spoken—care about thy neighbor—is commendable, especially to the targeted teen audience. The script certainly has a Christian slant to it, which isn't too distracting, but the story is very melodramatic and runs about 20 longer than it should.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 29, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/tombstone.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After a successful career as a lawman in Dodge City, Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his two brothers retire to Tombstone, AZ looking for peace and quiet as entrepreneurs. When a band of outlaws called the Cowboys descend upon the town, the Earp's and their good friend Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) take-up arms in order to protect the town from the ruthless villains.

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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 15, 2008 Published: Dec 16, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/tommyboy.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The good news is that Tommy (Chris Farley) has finally graduated from college after seven long years&#151;and no, he didn't go to medical school. Fully educated and ready to make his mark on the world, Tommy goes into the family business of selling car parts. When his father suddenly dies, he needs to save the company from financial ruin by hitting the road with company sycophant Richard (David Spade) to sell a new line of brake pads.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 22, 2016 1 comments
As a youth, Frank Walker is full of hope and aspiration, which is almost snuffed out when his entry into the 1964 World’s Fair science competition is shot down by one of the judges before he even gets a chance to enter it. But fate has a different plan for Frank, and with the help of Athena, a mysterious young girl, he’s taken to a magical place where his hopes and dreams can come true. Fifty years later, we meet Casey Newton, a science-minded teen who dreams of going to the stars and will stop at nothing to sabotage NASA’s efforts to dismantle the last remaining launch pad—that is, until the police catch her. Upon posting bail, she finds a mysterious pin among her belongings. When she touches it, she gets a glimpse of the magical world of Tomorrowland, a futuristic city that’s light-years ahead of Earth technologically.
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David Vaughn Posted: May 10, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/toothfairy.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>When a professional hockey player (Dwayne Johnson) tries to spoil the belief of the Tooth Fairy of a young six year old, he gets a summons from the "Department of Dissemination of Disbelief" and is sentenced to two weeks hard time as the Tooth Fairy.

David Vaughn Posted: Nov 08, 2010 0 comments
Price: $200 At A Glance: 802.11n Wi-Fi • VUDU HDX, Blockbuster On Demand, and Netflix streaming • Superb video processing

A Streaming Value

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since HD DVD lost the format war. Toshiba bet the farm on HD DVD, and ever since Warner Brothers and several large retailers decided to stop supporting the format, many pundits wondered how long it would take the company to release a Blu-ray player.

David Vaughn Posted: Feb 25, 2007 0 comments

The first car I owned was a VW Bug that cost a whopping $500 in 1986. It wasn't the prettiest car on the block, but it got me from Point A to Point B. When Toshiba's first generation HD-A1 HD DVD player arrived on the scene it reminded me an awful lot of that trusty old bug: slow, ugly and clunky, but once the movie started to play, the picture was so outstanding that I could forget it's little quirks. Oh yeah, and it cost a cool $500 as well!

David Vaughn Posted: Oct 03, 2008 0 comments

<I>Editor's note: You might be surprised to see a review of a DVD player at </I>UAV<I>, since we haven't published such reviews in quite a while. For more on this, see <A href="">my blog about it</A>.</I>