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HT Staff  |  May 08, 2003  |  0 comments
DVD: The Mission—Warner Brothers (Web Exclusive)
Video: 2
Audio: 3
Extras: 2
Despite its ambitious intentions, Roland Joffe's treatise on sin and redemption in the South American rain forest falls well short of epic proportions, the main problem being a script (penned by David Lean collaborator Robert Bolt) that fails to rouse any strong emotions. The film is beautifully photographed, though. While its picture clarity is on the soft side, Argentina's lush greenery and awe-inspiring waterfalls are pleasing to the eye in this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer. The audio is sufficiently powerful, whether the newly mastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack delivers the rush of cascading water, the whiz of arrows, or Ennio Morricone's simultaneously mournful and hopeful score.
 |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments

Show attendees at Home Entertainment 2003, the hi-fi and home theater event of the year, will be treated to nearly a dozen educational seminars to help guide and inform them about what and how to buy the new and sometimes confusing home audio/video and home theater products available today.

Barry Willis  |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments

The key to growth for digital television is a broad array of readily available content, according to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Michael Powell.

 |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments

Steven Stone sets up the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?113">Vienna Acoustics Strauss surround speaker system</A> and puts them to the test. Stone emerges with a smile on his face, declaring, "I'll miss them when they're gone."

 |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments

For the third year in a row, <I>Quebec Audio-Video Magazine</I> has offered its readers a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the Home Entertainment Show&mdash;or a trip to the beautiful Charlevoix region of the province of Quebec, Canada, for a musical experience at Le Domaine Forget concert hall.

HT Staff  |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments
Show attendees at Home Entertainment 2003, the Hi-Fi and Home Theater event of the year, will be treated to nearly a dozen educational seminars that will help guide and inform them about what and how to buy the new and sometimes confusing home audio/video and home theater products available today.
 |  May 04, 2003  |  0 comments

EchoStar Communications Corporation will soon up the ante on its competitors. This summer, the company's <A HREF="http://www.dishnetwork.com">DISH Network</A> service will add two new high definition TV networks, HDNet and HDNet Movies, to its expanding roster of high-def programming.

HT Staff  |  May 01, 2003  |  0 comments
DVD: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral—Paramount
Video: 2
Audio: 2
Extras: 1
This 1957 version of the famous gunfight that pitted Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday against the Clanton gang rides on the performances of its stars, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. The pair's grudging respect for each other, their relationships with women, and the events that lead to the conflagration at Tombstone (which occupies about six minutes of the 122-minute running time) is at the core of this film, which meanders like a lazy creek in a dusty town. The film doesn't age well, primarily because it seems so cliche-ridden today. Viewers should remind themselves that this movie actually invented many of the Old West cliches we take for granted now, such as the outlaw firing shots at the saloon piano player to inspire him to play.
HT Staff  |  May 01, 2003  |  0 comments
V INC.
You gotta love value, and V Inc.'s offering of a 46-inch plasma display for only $3,999 represents a value indeed. The Visio P4 display has a native resolution of 852:480, and it's compatible with 480p, 720p, and 1080i HD formats. It comes with an integrated 181-channel NTSC/PAL tuner, an attractive stand, and a fanless cooling system, which should provide you with nice, quiet viewing. The Visio P4 offers a good compliment of video inputs, including RGB, component, S-video, and composite, as well as a DVI connection. You'll also enjoy this 16:9 plasma's motion-adaptive deinterlacing, 3:2-pulldown recognition, and four adjustable aspect ratios. There's not much that the Visio P4 doesn't have on board, except, of course, a hefty price tag.
V Inc.
(714) 962-4848
www.vinc.us
HT Staff  |  Apr 28, 2003  |  0 comments
High-definition programming will expand substantially this year, with the addition of up to three new full-time HD channels from pay-per-view-provider iN Demand. The announcement from the New York-based company was made April 28 by CEO Steve Brenner.
Barry Willis  |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a proven instinct for what sells.

 |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

Thomas J. Norton listens to the <A HREF="http://www.guidetohometheater.com/showarchives.cgi?111">NHT Evolution T6 Tower surround speaker system</A>, which mates the M6 4-driver unit with the B6 subwoofer. TJN also reviews the company's A1 monoblock amplifer and X1 active crossover to determine how well NHT's unique approach to home theater surround works.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

FCC feet to the fire: The Bush administration will hold the Federal Communications Commission to an early June deadline for rewriting regulations for media ownership. The changes will likely lift most remaining restrictions on control of radio and television stations in single markets, as well as throughout the nation.

Barry Willis  |  Apr 27, 2003  |  0 comments

<A HREF="http://www.dts.com">Digital Theater Systems Inc</A> hopes to get a financial boost through an initial public offering of stock to take place later this year.

HT Staff  |  Apr 26, 2003  |  0 comments
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