Chris Chiarella

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Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 12, 2013  |  0 comments
Within the first few minutes of E.T., old-timers like me who remember seeing it on the big screen 30 years ago can’t help but recall why this movie was a bona fide cultural event, the likes of which we seldom see anymore. Oft copied, never equaled, it is an exquisitely crafted piece of cinema by a virtuoso at the top of his game. E.T. tells the tale of a lost, lonely visitor and his equally lonely host, an ordinary boy named Elliott. It celebrates the universal childhood fantasy of a secret best friend…and that other one about the flying bicycles. Rough around the edges though it may seem by today’s standards, this 1982 original version remains one of the most profoundly moving films most people will ever see.
Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 04, 2013  |  0 comments
Movie maven Chris Chiarella recommends five killer apps for iPad-toting movie lovers.
Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 01, 2013  |  0 comments
A trio of kinky, offbeat treats await the Blu-curious in this delicious high-def disc roundup.
Chris Chiarella  |  Feb 27, 2013  |  2 comments
Escaped from the Central Park Zoo, four animal friends were “rescued” and sent back to the wild, a humanitarian effort that turned into a whirlwind global adventure. The quartet has been on the savanna since the end of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, but lion Alex (Ben Stiller) still misses the zoo and so with his zebra, hippo, and giraffe chums, he’s off to collect the penguin master- minds from the birds’ Monte Carlo excursion and figure out a way home.
Chris Chiarella  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
A septet of flamboyant lunatics, twisted tale of young love, and The Caped Crusader's final curtain all fall on Blu-ray disc.
Chris Chiarella  |  Feb 14, 2013  |  1 comments
Spin a few of sound re-recording mixer Greg P. Russell’s movies on a proper 5.1 or 7.1 system, and you’ll soon realize that this guy loves home theater. Having worked on more than 200 movies, including every Michael Bay opus since The Rock (although he freely admits “Armageddon was over the top”), Russell has crafted some of the most thrilling soundtracks of our generation.
Chris Chiarella  |  Feb 13, 2013  |  0 comments
How do you make a blockbuster film based on the all-too-familiar tale of the doomed luxury liner Titanic? Try giving it a context of modern-day exploration and discovery, weave in a resonant theme of class struggle and the folly of ambitious men, and put at its heart a romance that epitomizes the sweet stupidity of young love. And don’t forget to execute it all with an unprecedented technical genius.
Chris Chiarella  |  Jan 31, 2013  |  1 comments
Price: $300 At a Glance: Renders 5.1 signals as "7.1" • Multiple digital inputs, no analog • An easy form factor to live with

The valley between most televisions' woeful onboard audio and the glory of a full-on 5.1-, 6.1-, or 7.1-channel audio system is a broad one indeed, and wending its way through the middle like some bittersweet creek is the much-maligned soundbar. Once dismissed by the techno-elite as home theater for the lazy, the soundbar has since evolved into a viable compromise bet ween…well, something great and nothing at all.

Chris Chiarella  |  Jan 26, 2013  |  0 comments
Get those glasses ready: A pair of very different documentaries and an animated family comedy make the most of Blu-ray 3D.
Chris Chiarella  |  Jan 19, 2013  |  0 comments
An unlikely autobiography, an under-the-radar Cronenberg flick and an unsettling drama ripped from today's paranoia-fueled headlines make for offbeat Blu-ray viewing.