Thomas J. Norton

Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 05, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe. Directed by William Wyler. Aspect ratio: 2.76:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French). 212 minutes. 1959. Warner Home Video 65506. G. $24.95</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 15, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendon Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija, Ving Rhames. Directed by John Woo. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby 2.0 (French). 123 minutes. 2000. Paramount Home Video 33487. PG-13. $29.99.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 07, 2001  |  0 comments
Each summer we hop in the car, line up in droves at the local multiplex, slap down our cash, settle into our seats, and hope for one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This year promises to be more interesting than most, but isn't that always the case? In the real world, what we finally see on the screen often turns out to be less than we'd hoped for.
Thomas J. Norton  |  May 06, 2001  |  0 comments

<I>Voices of Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, Drew Barrymore. Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS (English), Dolby Surround 2.0 (English, French). 95 minutes. 2000. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2000924. PG. $26.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 22, 2001  |  0 comments

M<I>el Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Tcheky Karyo, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Aspect ratio: 2.35 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1. 165 minutes. 2000. Columbia TriStar Home Video 05731. R. $27.96</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Mar 29, 2001  |  0 comments

The slow march toward that new digital broadcast standard has brought us a small but rapidly swelling flow of new DTV widescreen televisions&mdash;far better sets than anything the average consumer has ever seen before. These TVs are still very much high-end products, but despite their cost, sales are increasing at a steady rate.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 29, 2001  |  0 comments

Sony's first Super Audio CD players were audio-only machines that did not play back DVD-Video discs. Fair enough&mdash;those machines were aimed at the top of the high-end audiophile market, and were priced accordingly. But with the DVP-S9000ES&mdash;the first DVD player to carry Sony's upscale "ES" badge&mdash;we have not only a first-class SACD player, but one priced within the reach of many home-theater enthusiasts.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 29, 2001  |  0 comments

It's that time of year again. 2000 is history. As we enter a new millennium (I know, I know, you thought you did that last year), we take the time to look back and decide on the products that most impressed us in Y2K. True to the title of the award, all of the <I>Guide</I>'s editors were surveyed for their opinions, particularly in categories where the race was close.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 14, 2001  |  0 comments

J<I>ohn Ritter, Pam Dawber, Jeffrey Jones, Eugene Levy. Directed by Peter Hyams. Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic). Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Surround (French). 89 minutes. 1992. Warner Home Video 16886. PG. $24.98.</I>

Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 29, 2000  |  0 comments

Audio considerations seem to be the top priority of most home-theater enthusiasts. But once you reach a certain plateau of sound quality you begin to take a good look at your video display, and most of us end up wanting a separate projector and screen for that real movie experience. At <I>SGHT</I>, we've reviewed some of the most exotic video-display products on the planet. But when the daydreaming stops, we realize that these projectors are the video equivalents of Ferraris. As much fun as they are to write and (we hope) read about, only a few lucky readers will ever park them in their homes.