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Sara Brady  |  Jul 14, 2009  |  0 comments

In theaters: July 17 Studio: Warner Bros. Director: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 14, 2009  |  0 comments
THX, Dolby, and Audyssey deliver reference-level punch at lower volumes.

You know the drill. You’re just getting into the latest action blockbuster on your new home theater rig when a still, small voice wafts gently into your SPL-addled ear. “Isn’t that a bit loud?” Or perhaps the voice comes screeching in from another room. “I can’t hear myself think in here.” Or there’s a knock at the front door from the men in blue, demanding that you surrender your assault rifle in exchange for a fun stay in the slam with Tony the Hammer.

Will Greenwald  |  Jul 13, 2009  |  0 comments

Clearview Cinema's Ziegfeld Theater in midtown Manhattan is one of New York's last remaining movie palaces. While the city has a ton of many-screened, IMAX-equipped, state-of-the-art multiplexes, few have as much character as the single-screen Ziegfeld.

Will Greenwald  |  Jun 25, 2009  |  0 comments


Welcome to the world of technological convergence. While they were once restricted to the desktop, PCs have all the power and functionality necessary to make them a vital part of the home theater experience. They can play DVDs and Blu-rays, run video games, load streaming audio and video from the Internet, and store a tremendous amount of media.

Michael Gaughn  |  Jun 21, 2009  |  0 comments

All I knew going into this was that I'd be dealing with a guy who was nuts about restoring stuff. What I ended up with was a glimpse of probably the most unusual home theater that has ever graced these pages.

Brent Butterworth  |  Jun 03, 2009  |  0 comments

That fact that projection screens have emerged as a subject of hot debate might make the general public question the sanity of A/V aficionados. After all, these are flat white sheets we're talking about, right? Are we as nuts as oenophiles who enthuse about aromas of freshly reaped alfalfa in their pinots?

Sara Brady  |  Jun 03, 2009  |  0 comments

In theaters: June 5 Studio: Universal Director: Brad Silberling Starring: Will Ferrell, Anna Friel, Danny McBride, and Jorma Taccone

Mike Mettler  |  Jun 01, 2009  |  0 comments
As someone once said, "I see that we meet again." Here we are, 40 years after Woodstock, the festival you were recruited to record onsite.
Sara Brady  |  May 27, 2009  |  0 comments

In theaters: May 29 Studio: Disney/Pixar Directors: Pete Docter and Bob Peterson Featuring: the voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai

Will Greenwald  |  May 26, 2009  |  0 comments

Classic games don't always age very well. While they mighty still play great, their low resolution and blocky sprites make the experience on an HDTV into a chore. Even if you grew up on games like Street Fighter II and Pac-Man, if you played them today on your nice, big HDTV you're more likely to get sharp, stabby, headachey feelings than warm, fuzzy, nostalgic feelings.

Sara Brady  |  May 20, 2009  |  0 comments

In theaters: May 22 Studio: 20th Century Fox Director: Shawn Levy Starring: Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Dick Van Dyke, Bill Hader The sequel to 2006's smash Night at the Museum picks up with all of the inhabitants of New York's Natural History Museum packed up for a move to Washi

Kevin James  |  May 20, 2009  |  0 comments

Like a baseball prospect whose performance hasn't lived up to expectations, Blu-ray Disc's BD-Live feature-which offers access to refreshable online content not contained on the disc-has been a slow starter.

Sara Brady  |  May 19, 2009  |  0 comments

In theaters: May 21 Studio: Warner Director: McG Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard

Sara Brady  |  May 13, 2009  |  0 comments

In theaters: May 15 Studio: Sony Director: Ron Howard Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Ayelet Zurer