Shane Buettner

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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $2,499
  • 50" three-chip SXRD
  • 1920x1080
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, one VGA computer input
Features We Like Full three-chip design with native 1080p resolution, dynamic iris for deep blacks, WEGA Engine video processing with DRC
Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $2,999
  • 62" single-chip DLP (wobulator)
  • 1920x1080
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, G-LINK (for TV Guide On Screen), Ethernet THINC port connection
Features We Like: Xtreme BLAC for deeper blacks, CableCARD and Over-The-Air HD tuners
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $2,000
  • 170-Watts x 7 into 8 ohms
  • Processing Modes: DD, DD-EX, ProLogicIIx, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, DTS, DTS-ES/Discrete/Matrix/Neo: 6, DTS 24/96
Features We Like: HDMI, component and i.LINK switching, transcoding of analog video to HDMI, Direct Drive Digital Amps, three coaxial and five toslink digital audio inputs, multichannel analog inputs, preamp outputs, amplifier channels can be relocated to power separate zones, multi-source/multi-zone
Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $3,499
  • 58" single-chip DLP (wobulator)
  • 1920x1080
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, VGA computer input
Features We Like: DynamicBlack feature sounds like a dynamic iris system for improved blacks, CableCARD and Over-The-Air HD tuners
Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $499
  • L/R/LS/RS: magnetically shielded monitor with one 3-1/16" cone
  • Center: magnetically shielded monitor with one 3-1/16" cone
  • Subwoofer/receiver: 100-Watt powered sub with one 6-5/16" woofer
Features We Like: Six channels of digital amplification rated at 100-Watts per, built-in Dolby and DTS decoding, MCACC auto calibration and room EQ, Sound Retriever for improving audio quality of compressed sound formats, Xbox 360 compatible remote
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 0 comments
  • $2,300
  • 37" LCD
  • 1366x768
  • Key Connections: Two HDMI inputs, two component video inputs
Features We Like: Excellent connectivity with dual HDMI and component inputs, Over the-Air HD tuner, ambient light sensor adjusts image brightness to match room light, backlit remote
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 0 comments
  • $4,299
  • 46" LCD
  • 1920x1080
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, RGB/PC on 15-pin DSUB
Features We Like: Full 1080p, accepts native1080p signals, selectable color gamuts, Sony's latest and greatest (DRC version) 2.5 video processing, ambient light sensor adjusts panel light output to match room light, OTA HD tuner, built-in speakers, optional colored bezels, and more!
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Shane Buettner Posted: Jul 25, 2006 Published: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

"It was whiskey done it, much as anything else." So says William Munny (Clint Eastwood), a man of notoriously vicious and mean disposition, when asked how he killed so many men so easily in his younger years. <I>Unforgiven</I> deconstructs the myth of the western gunman, a character Eastwood himself played to such great effect earlier in his career.
This is a bleak film to be sure, one in which the kindest characters are inflicted with the cruelest fates. In westerns we typically see some rough form of justice meted out by the gunman/hero, and we cheer when the bad guys "get what's coming to them." According to Eastwood's Munny, "we all have it comin."

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Shane Buettner Posted: Jul 25, 2006 Published: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

Before there was <I>Rocky</I> there was, in real life, James J. Braddock. Braddock was a respectable fighter and contender in the late 20's who fell on extremely hard times during the depression. He was reduced to poverty like so many millions of Americans and barely put food on this family's table between boxing and working the docks. In the mid-30's he went on the right winning streak at the right time, culminating in his capturing the heavyweight title in 1935. Offering some idea of what an underdog Braddock was in his title bout with Max Baer, he entered the ring that night with the very pedestrian record of 44 wins and 23 losses. The "Cinderella Man's" story inspired millions, not to mention the impact it's had on sports movies over the decades.

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Shane Buettner Posted: Jul 25, 2006 Published: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

<I>The Last Samurai</I> is a movie that succeeds more than I expected it to in spite of Tom Cruise giving one of the worst performances of all time by an actor of his stature (and I’m not referring to his diminutive height here). I didn't see <I>Samurai</I> in the theater because I was repelled by its marriage of subject matter and star. And no, I'm not a Tom Cruise hater at all. I just had a hard time imagining him in a Samurai picture of any kind. And even my lowered expectations didn't prepare me for how laughably unconvincing Cruise is here as the adrift Civil War hero Nathan Algren. Cruise's performance is all the more frustrating because the man can be nothing short of brilliant when he wants to be (see <I>Born on the Fourth of July</I>, <I>Magnolia</I> and even <I>Interview with the Vampire</I> for proof positive).

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