Thomas J. Norton

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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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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 08, 2004 Published: Feb 09, 2004 0 comments

<I>A Mighty Wind</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 08, 2004 0 comments

Until the introduction of the Mirage M-1 a decade or so ago, all audiophiles knew what dipolar radiation meant. It was an inherent characteristic of flat, planar, enclosure-free speakers in which the rear radiation was 180&#176; out of phase with the front, producing a null at the sides. This null made the spacing from the sidewalls less critical. Beyond this, open-baffle dipole designs attracted a strong following for their unique spatial characteristics and a sound free of cabinet colorations.

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

<I>Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming. Directed by Bryan Singer. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). DTS 5.1 ES, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (French, Spanish). Two discs. 132 minutes. 2003. Fox Home Entertainment 2009206. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 04, 2004 0 comments

<I>Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Pryce. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Two discs. 143 minutes. 2003. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), DTS 5.1. Buena Vista Home Video 002543. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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