Thomas J. Norton

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 22, 2003  |  0 comments

<I>Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX (English, French), DTS 5.1 Surround ES. Two discs. 121 minutes. 1982. Universal 22257. PG. $29.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 19, 2003  |  0 comments

<I>Voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary. Directed by Chris Wedge. Aspect ratios: 1.85:1 (anamorphic), 4:3. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (French, Spanish). Two discs. 81 minutes. 2002. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2004664. PG. $29.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 15, 2003  |  0 comments

<I>Voices of Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, David Ogden Stiers, Jason Scott Lee, Zoe Caldwell, Kevin McDonald, Kevin Michael Richardson. Directed by Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois. Aspect ratio: 1.66:1. Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (French, Spanish). 85 minutes. 2002. Walt Disney Home Video 00596. PG. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2003  |  0 comments
Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee. Directed by George Lucas. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby 5.1 Surround EX (English), Dolby 2.0 Surround (Spanish, French), THX. Two discs. 142 minutes. 2002. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2005544. PG. $29.98.
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  |  Dec 08, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Paul Winfield, Kirstie Allie, Ricardo Montalban. Directed by Nicolas Meyer. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Surround (English), Stereo (French). Two discs. 116 minutes. 1982. Paramount 09117. PG. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 05, 2002  |  0 comments

Fred Manteghian reviewed the Krell Home Theater Standard 2 in our January 2002 issue, and while he raved about its performance, a few features were missing that any well-turned-out, high-end surround-sound preamplifier-processor should have to compete on even terms in today's hot home-theater market. Those features, as promised, are now available in the Home Theater Standard 7.1. But owners of the earlier model haven't been left out in the cold; the HTS 2 can be upgraded to the HTS 7.1, and while Krell charges $1500 for the upgrade, the HTS 2 originally cost $6500, so your total out-of-pocket costs will be comparable to the price of a new HTS 7.1. And just as the HTS 2 can be upgraded to the HTS 7.1, the basic flexibility of the design allows for possible future upgrades to the hardware and software of the HTS 7.1 as well.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 24, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving. Directed by Peter Jackson. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital EX, Stereo Surround Sound (English). Two discs. 178 minutes. 2001. New Line Home Entertainment N5542. PG-13. $29.95.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 21, 2002  |  0 comments

While the cabinet of Hitachi's new 51SWX20B 51-inch TV isn't exceptionally large by widescreen rear-projection CRT standards, its weight of almost 250 lbs is still intimidating. But as the delivery men were about to schlep it into my den, we discovered the first of many welcome new features, one that's almost unheard of in RPTVs: convenient carrying handles. Well, not actual handles, but well-positioned handholds, two on each side, fore and aft. If they don't exactly make carrying the set a pleasure, they at least make it less of an ordeal than usual.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 10, 2002  |  0 comments

<I>Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons, Gerry Becker, Bill Nunn, Jack Betts, Stanley Anderson, Ron Perkins. Directed by Sam Raimi. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French), Dolby Surround (English). Two discs. 121 minutes. 2002. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment 09661. PG-13. $29.99.</I>