Jon M. Gibson  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
EA Games (all consoles)
Game •••½ Graphics/Sound ••••
For James Bond, things are always a bit shaken - but that's the way he like
Josef Krebs  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments

It's amazing how many ways a story can be told. Byron Haskin's 1953 version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Warner; Movie ••••, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) has a completely different focus and tone than Steven Spielberg's gloomy take on the H. G. Wells fantasy.

Jon M. Gibson  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
Ubisoft (Xbox)
Game •••• Graphics/Sound ••••½
It's the prototypical 1980s action farce: Retired soldier. Tropical paradise.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments

An edgy update, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Warner; Movie •••½, Picture/Sound ••••, Extras ••••) takes several liberties with Roald Dahl's classic book, but it also manages to convey the story's dark humor.

Jon M. Gibson  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
Aspyr (Xbox)
Game •••• Graphics/Sound •••½
There are two sides to every slaughter.
Brett Milano  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
John Sciacca  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments

Forget about DLP vs. LCoS or Blu-ray vs. HD DVD. The biggest battle heating up in the home-entertainment world right now is over who's going to rule the next generation of gaming. And Microsoft just launched the first strike - 100 megatons worth of silicon known as Xbox 360.

Kate Bush Aerial Columbia
Music ••• Sound ••••
EA Big (all consoles)
Game •••• Graphics/Sound •••½
Like a stoner's homeroom daydream, the first 30 seconds of this fourth SS
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Stepping up to the Red Octane Ignition dance pad hooked up to the Dance Dance Revolution game on an Xbox at the entrance to Best Buy's San Francisco store, I'm drawn into a pleasure palace of electronic entertainment. In the center aisle, rows of CDs fan back to the left, facing identical rows of DVDs on the right.

Ken Richardson  |  Jan 14, 2006  |  0 comments
Shine Columbia
Music •••• Sound •••• DualDisc Extras •••½
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