Thomas J. Norton

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 14, 2001 0 comments

For years, the only game in town for those wanting a home-theater video projector was the cathode-ray tube, or CRT. Many buyers are put off by the bulky size, setup sensitivity, need for constant tweaking, and limited brightness of these devices, but there's no denying that, when combined with a screen of sensible size for the typical living room, a CRT provided overall home-theater performance second to none.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Sep 16, 2001 0 comments

<I>Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French, Spanish), THX. Two discs. 107 minutes. 2000. Touchstone Home Video 21656. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 19, 2001 0 comments

<I><B>Princess Mononoke</B></I> <I>Voices of Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). 134 minutes. 1999. Miramax/Buena Vista Home Entertainment 19300. PG-13. $32.99.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 05, 2001 0 comments

<I>Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe. Directed by William Wyler. Aspect ratio: 2.76:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French). 212 minutes. 1959. Warner Home Video 65506. G. $24.95</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 15, 2001 0 comments

<I>Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendon Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija, Ving Rhames. Directed by John Woo. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby 2.0 (French). 123 minutes. 2000. Paramount Home Video 33487. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 07, 2001 0 comments
Each summer we hop in the car, line up in droves at the local multiplex, slap down our cash, settle into our seats, and hope for one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This year promises to be more interesting than most, but isn't that always the case? In the real world, what we finally see on the screen often turns out to be less than we'd hoped for.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 06, 2001 0 comments

<I>Voices of Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French). 95 minutes. 2000. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2000924. PG. $26.98.</I>

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Apr 22, 2001 0 comments

M<I>el Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tcheky Karyo, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 165 minutes. 2000. Columbia TriStar Home Video 05731. R. $27.96</I>

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 29, 2001 0 comments

The slow march toward that new digital broadcast standard has brought us a small but rapidly swelling flow of new DTV widescreen televisions&mdash;far better sets than anything the average consumer has ever seen before. These TVs are still very much high-end products, but despite their cost, sales are increasing at a steady rate.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 29, 2001 0 comments

Sony's first Super Audio CD players were audio-only machines that did not play back DVD-Video discs. Fair enough&mdash;those machines were aimed at the top of the high-end audiophile market, and were priced accordingly. But with the DVP-S9000ES&mdash;the first DVD player to carry Sony's upscale "ES" badge&mdash;we have not only a first-class SACD player, but one priced within the reach of many home-theater enthusiasts.

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