Thomas J. Norton

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 13, 2005 0 comments

<I>Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige. Directed by Hugh Hudson. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). 124 minutes. 1981. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital mono (French). Warner Brothers 31908. PG. $26.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 13, 2005 0 comments

<I>Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Peter Chelsom. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). 106 minutes. 2004. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and French). Miramax 39202. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 01, 2005 0 comments
Lawrence, Kansas, about an hour's drive west of Kansas City, is an unlikely spot to start a loudspeaker company. But it's the home of Kansas University, and in 1979, former KU students Gayle Martin Sanders and Ron Logan Sutherland (now you know the origin of the MartinLogan name) teamed up to design and build electrostatic speakers.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 30, 2005 0 comments

Once upon a time, it was widely accepted that LCD projectors had two major weaknesses. First, in commonly available consumer models, the pixel structure could result in the infamous "screen door effect." That is, because the wiring driving each pixel had to be routed between the pixels, the pixel spacing, or pitch, was wide enough to make the pixel grid visible at close viewing distances.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 24, 2005 0 comments

<I>Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie. Directed by Kerry Conran. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1(anamorphic). 106 minutes. 2004. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (French). Paramount Home Entertainment 34341. PG. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 16, 2005 0 comments

According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organization that runs the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 140,000 people attended this year’s annual confab in Las Vegas, NV. In past years, attendance has typically hovered around 100,000. But with the shrinkage of the normally even larger computer show, COMDEX, in 2003, followed by its cancellation this past November, the Intels, IBMs, Apples, Hewlett Packards, and other assorted bits-and-bytes vendors, and their customers, descended on CES with a vengeance.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 12, 2005 0 comments

As the first three-chip DLP projector to pass through my studio, the InFocus ScreenPlay 777 generated more than a little excitement. Apart from its futuristic, streamlined appearance, its size and weight&mdash;not to mention its price&mdash;immediately set it apart from the one-chip designs that have come to dominate the home-theater projection market.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 11, 2005 Published: Jan 12, 2005 0 comments

<I>Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Robert Fyfe, Jim Broadment. Directed by Frank Coraci. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 120 minutes. Buena Vista Home Video 37415 PG. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 11, 2005 Published: Jan 12, 2005 0 comments

<I>Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Donna Murphy. Directed by Sam Raimi. Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English, Spanish). 127 minutes. 2004. Columbia TriStar 05149. PG-13 $29.96.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 05, 2005 0 comments

CES doesn't officially open until Thursday, January 6, but for the horde of assembled press, it begins on January 5. While workers swarm over the Las Vegas Nevada convention center in what appears to be a hopeless attempt to have everything ready by Thursday's official opening, wall-to-wall press conferences are being held. Tolerated as a necessary chore by the scribes, the press conferences nevertheless serve a useful purpose for manufacturers, giving them a captive audience to do with as they will. This year the festivities were more efficiently organized than usual, the only shortcoming being the lack of sufficient pauses between events.

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