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Ken Richardson  |  Mar 19, 2011  |  0 comments

In her latest film, director/co-star Jodie Foster has Mel Gibson speaking almost exclusively in a Cockney accent - the "voice" of a beaver puppet.

Is this the recipe for a train wreck?

SV Staff  |  Aug 13, 2008  |  0 comments
Canada's Shaw Cable just launched a new HD channel that will really show off the true art of HD. "The Frame" is a 24/7 channel that will showcase fine art and photographs from 16 galleries across Canada. The galleries will shift every...
SV Staff  |  Mar 10, 2010  |  0 comments
Actually, I'm talking about one lighthouse here, but in two images. First up, courtesy of the National Park Foundation: Readers of our print magazine will recognize that as the photo accompanying our December 2009 review of The National Parks...
Ken Richardson  |  Mar 29, 2011  |  0 comments


Behold this mighty box indeed. (Click on image for larger view.)

It's a Limited Edition Gift Set of 100,000 copies, and here's what you get:

SV Staff  |  Dec 07, 2007  |  0 comments
Here we don't go again: According to a report on, Epic/Legacy will release a 25th-anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller on February 12. (Actually, last year was the 25th birthday of this 1982 album, although it did make...
SV Staff  |  Apr 24, 2009  |  0 comments
In one of those nice instances of serendipity, classical music — specifically, Beethoven — is the foundation of a new play and a new film.On Broadway is Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations. The play was first seen in 2007 in Washington, D.C., and...
 |  Jul 06, 2003  |  0 comments

A classic is returning to the home theater market.

SV Staff  |  Jul 19, 2007  |  0 comments
Okay, I'm not trying to make fun of the deadly incident itself . . . But c'mon, folks, hasn't anyone noticed the eerie similarity between the steam-pipe blast in New York yesterday - alias "Midtown Volcano!" (NY Post) or, more...
SV Staff  |  Sep 18, 2007  |  0 comments
My older son, Paul, is kinda bummed that he wasn't able to go with me to Rush's American tour finale last night at Madison Square Garden. Seems he was especially eager to hear "YYZ." That would be "YYZ" as made famous by...
SV Staff  |  Mar 13, 2008  |  0 comments
To design a consumer electronics product and ramp up its production costs lots and lots of money. To shut down the conveyor belts after marketing is already in full swing costs even more. Still, it sure hurt: Japanese business paper The Nikkei...
SV Staff  |  Oct 08, 2008  |  0 comments
Netflix has always had very reasonable rates, but if you want to keep getting Blu-ray Discs as part of your rental agreement, you're gonna have to pay to play. Not by much. The Blu-ray premium is only $1.00 per month. Is there anything to...
SV Staff  |  Mar 27, 2009  |  0 comments
When iTunes introduced their one-price-fits-all model for selling music, many record labels were unhappy with the situation. The ability to buy a single song for a dollar made full records a hard sell for some artists. But it was a hit with...
SV Staff  |  Oct 14, 2019  |  2 comments
U.K.-based iFi Audio aims to boost the quality of Bluetooth streaming with a compact device that can be connected to any audio system via an analog or digital connection.
 |  Feb 03, 2002  |  0 comments

Too many home theater enthusiasts have an arsenal of remote controls. The arsenal—not the remotes themselves—can be the cause of everything from minor annoyances to full-scale domestic battles.

SV Staff  |  Mar 06, 2008  |  0 comments
They say the waiting is the hardest part. For HD DVD early adopters and other Blu-ray hold-outs, a Blu-ray player priced around $200 would be the only motivation needed to make the plunge into that high-def format. Unfortunately, its going to be a...