Thomas J. Norton

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Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 05, 2010  |  0 comments
Comin’ at Ya!

Remember the TV commercial that showed a Sony TV perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon? The set displayed an image of the canyon, and a family gathered around and eagerly watched… the TV.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2014  |  0 comments
Sony's booth at CEDIA EXPO never approaches its presence at CES, but inside the pillars surrounding its exhibit and announcing its presence it demonstrated a stacked pair of its VPL-VW1100ES 4K projectors using material stored on its media server. I didn't think these projectors were performing at their best (and having reviewed both the VPL-VW1000 (the predecessor to the VPL-VW1100ES and essentially identical in performance if not in features) and the VPL-VW600ES I can vouch that they are competitive with the best home theater projectors you can buy). But on music a Sony ES audio system did extremely well, even if the room was far from optimum for sound.

One piece missing, however, was the new VPL-VW300ES projector Sony introduced recently at IFA (IFA is the European CES--more or less). The VPL-VW300ES is a stripped down and less expensive VPL-VW600ES, eliminating such features as the dynamic iris and lens memory. My Sony contact indicated that the company does not intend to market this projector here.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 08, 2015  |  4 comments
On September 19, 2015, SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) published a Study Group Report titled “High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging Ecosystem.” The emphasis is on the production side, but the bottom line appears to be this: The industry is still engaged in a protracted study of HDR, with no current standards for the production and display of content in that format.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 12, 2003  |  0 comments

<I>Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lucas, Peter Lorre. Directed by Richard Fleischer. Aspect ratio: 2.55:1 (anamorphic). Two discs. Dolby Digital 5.1, THX. 127 minutes. 1954. Walt Disney Home Video 27853. G. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 01, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Ron Howard. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French). Two discs. 136 minutes. 2001. Universal 21450. PG-13. $29.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Feb 08, 2004  |  Published: Feb 09, 2004  |  0 comments

<I>A Mighty Wind</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 14, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Surround (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French). Two DVDs. 145 minutes. 2001. DreamWorks Home Entertainment 89567. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 25, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Kay, Kenneth McMillan. Directed by Milos Forman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0. Two discs. 180 minutes. 1984. Warner Home Video 37464. R. $26.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 25, 2004  |  0 comments

<I>Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis. Directed by Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman. Aspect ratio: 1.77:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround 2.0 (English). 101 minutes. 2003. HBO Video 92031. R. $27.95.</I>

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