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Michael Metzger Posted: Oct 13, 2002 0 comments

<I>Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn, Tony Shaloub, Siobhan Fallon, Mike Nussbaum, Jon Gries. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 98 minutes. 1997. Columbia TriStar 43396 08771. PG-13. $19.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 13, 2002 0 comments

In a move that bodes well for the rollout of digital television, if not specifically for manufacturers' bottom lines, discount chain Wal-Mart has announced that it is jumping into the DTV market.

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Posted: Oct 13, 2002 0 comments

Steven Stone takes the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?52">Marantz SA-12S1 multichannel SACD/DVD-Video/CD player</A> out for a spin or two and asks, "Is the SA-12S1 worth its lofty price tag of $3800? Welcome to the wonderful world of early adoption."

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Posted: Oct 13, 2002 0 comments

Within a year or so, EchoStar and DirecTV may not be the only satellite broadcasters over North America. <A HREF="http://www.cablevision.com">Cablevision Systems</A> may join them.

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HT Staff Posted: Oct 11, 2002 0 comments
A deal signed in late September by Dolby Laboratories and the China Audio Industry Association (CAIA) will result in standard worldwide licensing rates for DVD products manufactured by Chinese consumer electronics companies.
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Posted: Oct 06, 2002 0 comments

For loudspeaker buffs, we've added Wes Phillips' review of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?46">M&K S-150 THX surround loudspeaker system</A> and Tom Norton's reviews of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?44">Revel Home Theater</A>, <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?45">Vandersteen Audio Music-and-Cinema loudspeaker system</A>, and <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?50">Pioneer Elite Reference loudspeaker system</A>.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 06, 2002 0 comments

<I>Voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly. Directed by Peter Doctor, David Silverman. Aspect ratios: 1.85:1, 4:3. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX, DD Surround 5.1 sound-effects-only track, THX-certified. 94 minutes. 2001. Buena Vista Home Entertainment 93968. G. $29.99.</I>

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Barry Willis Posted: Oct 06, 2002 0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.sim2USA.com">SIM2 USA</A>, a division of SIM2 Multimedia S.p.A., has become the first manufacturer to launch a projector and monitors using Texas Instruments' new HD2 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) chipset. The company's new projector is the HT300 Plus, the latest addition to the renowned line of Grand Cinema DLP projectors. Also new are two models in its Grand Cinema RTX line.

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October 7, 2002 - <A HREF="http://www.runco.com"> Runco International</A> has recently acquired the assets of Vidikron and Projectavision. Both brands had hit the skids due to serious marketing and management difficulties, and both will be revived as independent brand names under the Runco umbrella, according to a September 27 announcement.

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Posted: Oct 06, 2002 0 comments

TV addicts take note: A thousand bucks will buy you plenty of recording time these days&mdash;and plenty of versatility.

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 29, 2002 0 comments

Do self-appointed censors have the right to delete objectionable portions of feature films and offer altered versions for sale? <A HREF="http://www.cleanflicks.com">CleanFlicks of Colorado, LLC</A> and a dozen similar companies believe that they do.

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Barry Willis Posted: Sep 29, 2002 0 comments

EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen has hyped his company's proposed acquisition of DirecTV as "competition against cable" rather than a "monopoly in the sky." Merger or not, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services have steadily eroded cable's subscribership, a situation that is beginning to yield benefits for consumers in some parts of the US.

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Fred Manteghian Posted: Sep 29, 2002 0 comments

<I>Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Joe Flaherty, Deborah Fuchs, Frank McRae. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 2.0 (English, French, Portuguese). 113 minutes. 1980. Columbia TriStar 05851. R. $19.95.</I>

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Posted: Sep 29, 2002 0 comments

Hollywood studios are going to have to defend their jealously protected distribution systems in an antitrust suit filed in US District Court in Los Angeles.

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Posted: Sep 29, 2002 0 comments

In his review of the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?41">Sony Grand Wega KF-60DX100 rear-projection TV</A>, Tom Norton points out that "while the plasma and DLP technologies have been generating much of the latest buzz, the less glamorous LCD remains a serious contender." TJN reveals just how serious in his report.

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