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Posted: May 21, 2006 Published: May 22, 2006 0 comments

You wouldn't necessarily know it by looking at Amazon or bestbuy.com, but Warner Home Video is in fact releasing two more movies on HD DVD this Tuesday, May 23rd. Mel Brooks' comedy classic <I>Blazing Saddles</I> and the better-than-average Harrison Ford action flick <I>The Fugitive</I> are rolling into stores on Tuesday. Both HD DVDs are listed as having the same bonus features as the standard definition versions of each film, which in the case of <I>Blazing Saddles</I> is a 30th anniversary SE that's fairly loaded.

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Posted: May 18, 2006 0 comments

The amount of news relevant to home theater enthusiasts that came from last week's E3 gaming trade show is striking evidence that whether we want it or not, some form of convergence is happening. As <I>UAV</I> <A HREF="http://ultimateavmag.com/news/051406ps3">reported earlier</A> , Sony announced pricing and availability for its eagerly anticipated PlayStation3 gaming console, and Microsoft followed suit in its own way by announcing that its HD DVD add-on for the Xbox 360 will be available in time for Christmas this year. Although no pricing or dates are yet established, the rumors are flying.

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Posted: May 14, 2006 0 comments

Sony shook up this week's annual gaming industry trade show, Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), by announcing the final pricing and release date for its eagerly anticipated PlayStation3 gaming console. November 17th, 2006 is the day, and the prices are significantly higher than anticipated at $499 for a 20GB version and, gulp, $599 for a 60GB version.

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Posted: May 11, 2006 0 comments

<B>The Force Will Be With You- For Three Months</B>
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The Lucasfilm Empire has announced that on September 12th of this year it will release the "original unaltered" <I>Star Wars</I> Trilogy- <I>Star Wars</I>, <I>The Empire Strikes </I>, and <I>Return of the Jedi</I>- on DVD. Each film will be available as a two-disc set with the 2004 digitally remastered DVD versions that have already appeared. Taking a page from Disney, these original trilogy releases will only be available until December 31st.

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Posted: May 06, 2006 0 comments

The studios have released dates for dozens of films coming to you in either Blu-ray or HD-DVD.

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Posted: May 05, 2006 0 comments

<B>Blu-ray Launch Pushed Into June</B>
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The writing has been on the wall with this one for a while. Sony and the other studios participating in the Blu-ray launch have moved off the originally scheduled May 23rd release date, pushing out to late June. This news comes weeks after Samsung announced that its BD player would not be ready for release until June 25th. Shockingly, Samsung's player is currently scheduled to be the first Blu-ray player to market, beating Sony, Panasonic and Pioneer.

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Posted: Apr 28, 2006 0 comments

The battle of the TV telcos has barely just begun and we're starting to see the telecommunications giants jockey for position. As a prelude to an offering that will eventually compete with Verizon's FiOS TV service, AT&T and will this summer rollout a "triple play" offering of voice, video and data called Homezone. The service will combine Yahoo High Speed Internet, DISH Network TV via satellite for live TV, and broadband on-demand offerings from <A HREF="http://ultimateavmag.com/news/040906akimboHD">Akimbo</A> and <A HREF="http://ultimateavmag.com/news/040606industrynews">Movielink</A>.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2006 0 comments

This morning I picked out the weekly Best Buy flyer from my Sunday paper and saw a DirecTV HD TiVo on special for $399 after mail-in rebate. My initial thought was, "cool! Looks like the new MPEG4 compatible HD DVR is finally out!" This thought died of loneliness seconds later as I realized the HD DVR in the ad is the trusty HR10-250 that sits in my own equipment rack. A terrific machine, but not compatible with the new MPEG4 compressed HD channels that DirecTV has very quietly rolled out in the last several months.

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Posted: Apr 20, 2006 0 comments

HD DVD launched in retail stores with something between a whimper and minor bang earlier this week. Although there were only two HD DVD titles from Warner available in most stores, <I>The Last Samurai</I> and <I>Phantom of the Opera</I>, Toshiba's initial, admittedly smallish run of players was sold out after just two days of availability.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2006 0 comments

<B>The Optoma HD7100</B>
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Optoma's latest flagship projector has me playing Old Man River again. I remember a time (not long ago) when a single-chip DLP front projector with a high-def pixel count and premium-ish feature set cost a lot more than the $3499 that's pegged for Optoma's new top-of-the-line HD7100. And don't get me started on CRTs!

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