Oct 16 2006

News - Star Wars in HD – But Wait There's More!

All six Star Wars films on HD is almost worth my while to subscribe to Cinemax HD. I am gonna guess the othe r98% of subscribers are in it for the cable porn. If you can't get Cinemax, all six films will be coming to HBO HD sometime next year.

From the article:

All six ‘Star War’s films will air back-to-back starting at midnight November 10th, with additional airings through the month. Even more important [At least to film purists] a spokesmen for the channel has confirmed they’ll all be broadcast in their original aspect ratio! According to a 'TV Week' follow-up new window article; posted today, Comcast also plans on offering the films on HD video-on-demand.

Oct 16 2006

News - Sony Blu-ray later rather than sooner

Don't expect a Sony Blu-ray play in the UK until at least March 2007. Sony figures there is not much point in laucnhing the stand alone player until it launches the PS3. Reading in between the lines, Sorry Europe.. you are screwed...

From the article:

We won’t be talking about any product introduction until March 2007 at the earliest.” Sony says there’s little point in promoting Blu-ray until PlayStation 3 is launched in Europe. “Sure we’ll be using Japanese Blu-ray players at our high definition industry events but we’re not going to be talking up the format. When we launch it will be a product similar to the BDP-S1, but not exactly the same.”
Oct 16 2006

News - Don’t Buy That Sub!

Digital Trends, formerly DesignTechnica, boldly goes where no HT enthusiast has gone before... Recommending against a sub!! Its not so much that Mark F. is recommending against a sub woofer for your HT, it's that he recommends to go without instead of buying a "one fart wonder". He sheds some light on the myth that a good subwoofer is an expensive one. You might get that feeling if you go to Best Buy or some other retail chains.

From the article:

A smart sub costs more but it’s worth it. One of the more affordable specimens is Infinity’s SW-12 ($899). Controls on the sub adjust the frequency, volume, and width of the notch. For best results get an optional kit that comes with a test-tone CD and a meter optimized for measuring bass. Measuring is crucial—rooms differ, and you need to quantify the problem before implementing the solution. I’ve reviewed Infinity’s equalized subs a couple of times and they always make my room sound better. Yes, sometimes even a critic has standing-wave problems in his own listening room.


Oct 16 2006

News - Coming To A Theater Near You

Have a tub of popcorn and a barrel of soda for me when you go to these upcoming flicks in the theater.

Week Of October 15th, 2006


Marie Antoinette - Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.

Flicka - Sixteen-year-old Katy McLaughlin dreams of fulfilling her family legacy by working on her father's ranch in modern-day Wyoming. Katy finds a wild mustang, which she names Flicka, and Katy sets out to break through to Flicka and make her a riding horse. But Flicka and Katy are more alike than she could have imagined. Like Katy, Flicka has a disdain for authority and is not about to give up her freedom without a fight.

Prestige - In 1878 two young stage magicians clash in a darkened saloon during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and exposure, secrets and revelations, as they feud to outwit and destroy one another. Their rivalry takes them both to the peak of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

Flags Of Our Fathers - February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that

Oct 16 2006

News - Can I Play a Blu-ray Disc on an HD-DVD

Are you a little confused about compatibility issues with the next generation DVD formats? Well About.com is here to shed some light on this annoying side affect of the format wars.

From the article:

Since the Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD formats are incompatible, due to differences in actual physical disc structure, you cannot play a Blu-ray Disc in an HD-DVD format player, nor can you play an HD-DVD in a Blu-ray Disc format player.However, there have been indications by some manufacturers concerning the intention to make Blu-ray Disc/HD-DVD combo players, which would certainly make it less confusing for the consumer. Unfortunately, no such player has been demonstrated or offered at this point.

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