Geoffrey Morrison

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 25, 2006 0 comments
We love it, but it's time to go.

Don't get me wrong—I love CRT displays. They still offer the best picture quality across the board, and I can't imagine having anything else for my computer monitor. That said, the technology isn't long for this world. Fewer and fewer companies are coming out with new models as consumers spend their money on big screens and flat panels. So, when contributor John Higgins mentioned that his TV had died, I knew what had to be done. I needed to give it a fiery send-off. I needed to destroy it.

Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 22, 2006 3 comments
I had this whole clever thing planned where I was going to do an hour-buy-hour recap of each of the 33 hours in Florida, but I realized that would be excruciatingly boring. So here’s the highlights:
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 12, 2006 0 comments
Just a few last games on this, the final day of the show.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 11, 2006 0 comments
Saw a lot of cool games today, and several were total surprises.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 10, 2006 5 comments
E3 opened this morning, and it was the usual jumble of people and wonder of video gaming. Surprisingly, though, the show itself seems to have been toned down. It is still loud and garish, but there seemed to be more room to move in the aisles, and it was at least 30 dB quieter than before. You could actually talk to the person next to you in a normal voice, something not possible in previous years. Here's the PS3 in black. According to the latest specs, the $500 PS3 will not have the card readers, wi-fi, or, get this, HDMI. My guess is that it will output component at 1080i. Even the $600 version has gone from 2 HDMI jacks to just one. Perhaps most amusing is that they will play SACDs. It well go on sale November 17. From reports I’ve heard, lines have already formed for one of the 2,000,000 available on that date. Two-mil more will ship at the end of December (after Christmas).
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 09, 2006 2 comments
For $500 is can be yours. As was expected, Sony announced pricing on the PS3 yesterday. For $500 you get the console with a 20GB hard drive. For $600 you can get it with a 60GB hard drive. Interesting, isn’t it, that this is suspiciously close to the price of an HD DVD player that doesn’t have a hard drive or, you know, play games. They’re also claiming an early November release. The release also says that it won’t be the silver that they’ve been showing for (forever?) months, but in black. I’m sure I’ll see it at the show tomorrow, so I’ll snap a pic. Speaking of that, check back all week, as a bunch of us are going to E3, and I’ll be posting daily updates.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: May 04, 2006 5 comments
I’ve heard it from two sources now, and apparently the “never to be seen again” original versions of the Star Wars Trilogy, will be coming out on DVD. Looks they may be out as soon as September. How cool is that? Finally, the real versions of these classic movies. Too bad George ruined them forever with the crap he’s put out since. Bring on Yub Nub!
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Feb 02, 2007 Published: May 02, 2006 0 comments
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Fox bungled the short run of Firefly by showing the episodes out of sequence—and in the worst possible time slot it could find. What a surprise—they canceled it. On the strength of word of mouth, the DVD set of the series sold so well that a movie was green-lit. Would the movie be as good as the TV show? Would it work on the big screen? Would anyone see it? Well, yes, yes, and no.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Feb 02, 2007 Published: May 02, 2006 0 comments
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I was so unimpressed with the first two Harry Potter movies that I didn’t bother to see the third or this one in theaters. Boy, did I miss out. This and Prisoner of Azkaban are excellent. In this episode of the Harry Potter serials, Hogwarts is playing host to the Triwizard Tournament. Somehow, Harry’s name gets entered, even though he’s too young. From the little touches of the teenagers’ growing pains to the significant plot developments in the Potter canon, you shouldn’t miss this one. Oh, and there’s a bunch of action, too.
Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Feb 02, 2007 Published: May 02, 2006 0 comments
Video: 4
Audio: 4
Extras: 4
I have a pretty low opinion of remakes of classic TV shows. But I loved The Dukes of Hazzard when I was a kid, and the cast and crew on this one seemed like they could reproduce the stupid fun of the TV show. Well, I think they did a great job. That’s right—I think this movie is fun and funny. To anyone expecting more, I have to ask, “Did you ever see the TV show?” It stars Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott, who have made careers of having fun in bad movies, and Jessica Simpson, who allegedly has a career doing something. The plot revolves around the Duke boys needing to save Uncle Jesse’s farm (duh). An oddly cast Burt Reynolds is pretty good as Boss Hogg, and a simply odd Willie Nelson is surprisingly funny.

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