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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 31, 2013 1 comments
Price: $300 At a Glance: Renders 5.1 signals as "7.1" • Multiple digital inputs, no analog • An easy form factor to live with

The valley between most televisions' woeful onboard audio and the glory of a full-on 5.1-, 6.1-, or 7.1-channel audio system is a broad one indeed, and wending its way through the middle like some bittersweet creek is the much-maligned soundbar. Once dismissed by the techno-elite as home theater for the lazy, the soundbar has since evolved into a viable compromise bet ween…well, something great and nothing at all.

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 26, 2013 0 comments
Get those glasses ready: A pair of very different documentaries and an animated family comedy make the most of Blu-ray 3D.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jan 19, 2013 0 comments
An unlikely autobiography, an under-the-radar Cronenberg flick and an unsettling drama ripped from today's paranoia-fueled headlines make for offbeat Blu-ray viewing.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Dec 29, 2012 0 comments
A 65mm/8K marvel dazzles the senses, then we check out a new take on the well-worn romantic comedy genre, and an enduring faux rockumentary. (No, not Spinal Tap.)
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Dec 18, 2012 0 comments
What better gift than a Blu-ray box set? We cherry pick the best of the best so you don't have to hunt to find that perfect gift for a family member, special friend or... yourself.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Dec 14, 2012 0 comments
Christopher Nolan completists rejoice, while a '70s exploitation flick and a(nother) found-footage scarer find their way to HD disc.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Dec 07, 2012 2 comments
What do you get for the home theater buff who has everything…even if that home theater buff is you? We’ve uncovered an assortment of add-ons, doodads, and whatnot that will raise the bar on your audio/video rig and beyond.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Nov 23, 2012 0 comments
In yet another unfortunate consequence of the decline of brick-and-mortar video stores, we can't walk in and say "Gimme the Butta'."
Chris Chiarella Posted: Nov 19, 2012 0 comments
The Pirate Captain (voiced by a wonderfully swaggering Hugh Grant) leads his merry men across the high seas, searching for gold, adventure…and ham? He’s never quite what we expect a career swashbuckler to be, and when the Captain sets his sights on the Pirate of the Year Award, we soon see that this criminal rogue is actually just a flawed softie with a chance at redemption. The underlying plot is surprisingly similar to the recent Despicable Me, but what sets The Pirates! Band of Misfits apart is a series of wacky twists involving a dateless, conniving scientist named Charles Darwin and a downright loopy Queen Victoria. The movie also overflows with subtle sight gags, little placards and such in the shadows just behind a character. My kids laughed hysterically along with me, and they didn’t even catch half the jokes, so this disc definitely merits a purchase for the sake of repeat viewings.
Chris Chiarella Posted: Nov 16, 2012 2 comments
Apple has redesigned and added features to the ever-evolving iPod touch 5G and iPod nano 7G. Lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, the touch now packs a movie-perfect 16:9 screen, while the nano gets its largest screen ever. Read on to find out which one is right for you.