Thomas J. Norton

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 30, 2004 0 comments

When Sony announced the development of a new home video projector last spring, the buzz began. Would it be the fabled Grating Light Valve technology, which the company is known to be working on? Would it be LCD, DLP, or LCoS? Would it be something completely new?

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 09, 2004 0 comments

<I>Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper. Directed by Gary Ross. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 141 minutes. 2003. Universal Studios Home Video 23287. PG-13. $26.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 02, 2004 0 comments

I've had a soft spot for PSB speakers ever since I reviewed the first Stratus Gold for Stereophile back in 1991. Counting updates (the Gold i was introduced in 1997), the Gold has been PSB's flagship speaker for 12 years. That's quite a run in speakerland, where new models sprout like mushrooms.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Apr 24, 2004 0 comments

<I>Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif, Karl Urban, Sean Bean. Directed by Peter Jackson. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). 4 discs. Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround, DTS ES 6.1 Surround, Stereo Surround (English). 223 minutes. 2002. New Line Home Entertainment N6504. PG-13. $39.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Apr 18, 2004 0 comments

<I>Aspect ratio: 4:3. 4 discs. Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (English, French). Warner Home Video 27918. NR. $64.92.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Apr 11, 2004 0 comments

<I><B>Alien: Director's Cut</B></I>
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<I>Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto. Directed by Ridley Scott. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). 5.1 Dolby Digital, DTS (English), Mono (Spanish). 116 minutes. 1979.</I>
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Picture ***1/2
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Sound **1/2
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Film ****

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 07, 2004 0 comments

<I>Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken. Directed by Jonathan Mostow. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 109 minutes. 2003. Warner Home Video 27723. R. $29.95.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 07, 2004 0 comments

The Dreadnaught (reviewed in our Oct-ober 2000 issue) was the first power amplifier from Theta Digital, a company previously known for its D/A converters, CD and DVD transports, and surround processors. But it wasn't to be the last. The Dreadnaught II is now a member of a growing family of Theta amplifiers&mdash;the premier multichannel design in a line that also includes high-end monoblocks.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 29, 2004 0 comments

<B><I>Raiders of the Lost Ark</I></B>
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<I>Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliot. 115 minutes. 1981. PG.</I>
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<I>Picture</I> ***
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<I>Sound</I> ** 1/2
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<I>Film</I> *** 1/2

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 15, 2004 0 comments

<I>Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Surround (English). Two discs. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 01209. NR. $29.95.</I>
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<I>Picture</I> **
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<I>Sound</I> ***
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<I>Film</I>** 1/2

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