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Room 237 Movie Review

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

A unique documentary that corrals five commentators and showcases their varying observations and interpretations of Kubrick’s "The Shining".

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Roku 3 Review

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The company’s latest compact box offers faster streaming and an enhanced remote with motion control and a very interesting audio feature.

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Roku 3 review: our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Roku 3 review: our favorite media streamer, and the simplest to use, too

Roku’s media streamers have carved out a notable niche for themselves, with what started out as a Netflix box, but quickly grew to include hundreds of other entertainment options. Whatever they’ve lacked in style, they’ve always made up for with an easy-to-navigate menu and remote, not to mention low prices. In fact, they’ve become our default recommendation in the media streamer category, and now the company is back with its third iteration.

Its approach hasn’t changed: the Roku 3 is still a simple box that brings internet content including video, some simple apps and even games to your TV. But this one is touted as the most powerful Roku ever, and the team behind it has even dared to tweak that boring, but simple menu system. There have always been some rough edges that needed polishing, along with holes in its offerings — join us to see if it’s good enough to be the best.

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Movie Review

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The laziest attempt to create an action movie out of merchandise since, well, the first "G.I. Joe" movie.

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The Sapphires Movie Review

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Based on a true story, four young women strive to make it in music by performing for the U.S. troops in Vietnam. The music is excellent. The rest isn’t.

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Wrong Movie Review

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

A man goes to work in his office, where it is pouring rain inside, but no one seems to notice. Then it gets weird.

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This Is 40 Blu-ray Review

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Judd Apatow’s look at the big 4-0 is a little long, but also funny and very familiar.

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Lincoln Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

It’s lengthy and light on some details, but Daniel Day-Lewis and an all-star cast make Steven Spielberg’s biopic a must-see.

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New World Movie Review

Monday, March 25th, 2013

South Korean gangster film is long, at times violently brutal, and pretty predictable, at least until the end. It’s pretty much your average shoot-em-up.

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Olympus Has Fallen Movie Review

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

This formulaic flick is too lazy to become anything more than a "Die Hard in D.C." knock-off.

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Zero Dark Thirty Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial drama delivers an up-close peek at the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

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Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth for the first installment in his long-awaited adaptation of Tolkien’s classic tale.

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Mulan/Mulan II: 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Another Disney princess gets a birthday Blu-ray, but is she getting the royal treatment?

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Admission Movie Review

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

A sort-of, but not exactly, rom-com with people you like, actors you adore, and a few jokes thrown in for good measure.

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Oz the Great and Powerful Movie Review

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Making a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” takes courage and brains. This one’s got a little of both, but most of all it has heart.

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KEF LS50 Loudspeaker Review

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

For a 50+ year old company, KEF sure can innovate. Their latest bookshelf loudspeaker will have the competition crying in their pudding.

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SVS SB13-Ultra Compact Home Theater Subwoofer Review

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The mad scientists at SVS have outdone themselves with an audiophile-grade compact sub that’s guaranteed to piss off the neighbors.

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Stoker Movie Review

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

This kaleidoscopic mystery reveals itself at a pace that may tax impatient viewers but will entertain those who appreciate a good puzzle.

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SONOS PlayBar Review

Monday, March 4th, 2013

SONOS enters the living room with the PlayBar soundbar, and it’s quite an entrance.

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Jack the Giant Slayer Movie Review

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Jack and the Beanstalk takes on a more nefarious twist in this fairy tale battle between good and evil. It remains true to the genre and even improves upon it for more modern movie-goers.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Vampire heads pop off like champagne corks in the epic battle to end the Twilight Saga.

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The Intouchables Blu-ray Review

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Watch a symbiotic, and touching, relationship form between a quadriplegic and his unlikely caretaker.


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Boston Acoustics TVee Model 26 Soundbar Review

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

The company’s latest soundbar and wireless subwoofer package is perfect for pumping up the sound of everyday TV (and more).

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The Gatekeepers Movie Review

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Frank and powerful documentary about Israeli policies towards the Palestinians.

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The Gatekeepers Movie Review

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Frank and powerful documentary about Israeli policies towards the Palestinians.

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Argo Blu-ray Review

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

If this film doesn’t solidify your opinion of Ben Affleck as a talented filmmaker, you can Argo-eff-yourself.

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Blu-ray Review

Monday, February 18th, 2013

SyFy gives this pulled prequel a Blu-ray, but is it all too frakkin’ little, too frakkin’ late?

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5 Broken Cameras Movie Review

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, this documentary is extremely powerful, is sure to cause lots of heated discussions and is deserving of its Oscar nomination.

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Nurse Jackie: Season Four Blu-ray Review

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

In this fourth season, our favorite RN has something on her back that’s a lot worse than drug addiction.

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The Berlin File Movie Review

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

International spy intrigue and non-stop action propel this thriller to the front of the line for those who enjoy this type of film.

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A Good Day to Die Hard Movie Review

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

This insultingly slap-dash sequel has as little relation to the original "Die Hard" as it does to logic and narrative coherence.

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2012 Oscar Nominees for Short Film (Documentary) Movie Review

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

This year’s nominees for Short Film (Documentary) aren’t a laugh-riot, but they’re awfully good viewing.

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Skyfall Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

007 gets the royal treatment in the most popular Bond film yet. Does the Blu-ray transfer disappoint? The Queen jumped out of a helicopter to get the first one so you may want to get in line.

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Identity Thief Movie Review

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

How much comedic talent does it take to make identity theft funny? This movie never finds out.

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Flight Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

A stomach-turning crash scene and an intense Denzel Washington will have you reaching for the airsick bag — in a good way.

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Peter Pan: Diamond Edition Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

No pixie dust is needed; with a little bit of Disney magic, this high-def classic looks like it never grew up.

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Bullet To The Head Movie Review

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Loud, predictable and a little silly, this Stallone movie is ultimately nothing more than a Stallone movie. You get what you pay for.

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Looper Blu-ray Review

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Smart storytelling and hard-hitting action sequences made this action flick the sleeper hit of 2012.

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Movie Review

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

This ill-conceived mash-up attempts to answer the unasked question of what happens to the two fairy tale characters after the story ends.

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Seven Psychopaths Blu-ray Review

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Walken deliver one of the funniest, scariest and best looking Blu-ray releases we’ve ever seen. Now that’s psychotic.

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Downton Abbey: Season 3 Blu-ray Review

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

WW1 may be over, but life at Downton Abbey is never boring for the Crawleys as the money runs out, the staff doesn’t react well to newcomers, and poor Sybil should have gone to the hospital.

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Lightning Bug Review

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Award-winning effects artist Robert Hall’s semi-autobiographical foray into filmmaking is an unconventional coming-of-age drama with universal themes at heart.

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End of Watch Blu-ray Review

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña elevate this LA-based cop drama, from the writer of "Training Day."

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Guns, Girls and Gambling Blu-ray Review

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Sadly, a sequin-clad Gary Oldman isn’t even worth sitting through this Tarantino wannabe.

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For a Good Time, Call… Blu-ray Review

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Two former frenemies bond over a phone sex business in this girly comedy with a raunchy twist.

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Mama Movie Review

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Though it suffers from the standard cliches of the genre, this horror flick from executive producer Guillermo del Toro is still plenty spooky.

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Gangster Squad Movie Review

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Less a historical retelling than a shoot-em-up video game, with blood splattering across the room. That’s not a bad thing.

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Anger Management: Season One Blu-ray Review

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Charlie Sheen probably isn’t "winning" any fans with his latest excuse for a sitcom.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Blu-ray Review

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Zoo-Wee-Mama! Zachary Gordon returns to the franchise all grown up, but still as wimpy as ever.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT220 Blu-ray 3D Player Review

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Who needs a big budget? This insanely affordable 3D-capable player packs a nice little punch.

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Apart Blu-ray Review

Friday, January 4th, 2013

This indie flick can be confusing, but manages to squeeze a supernatural twist into the typical teen love story.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

The franchise returns for more mayhem with more famous voices to distract you from its sub-par plot.

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Trouble with the Curve Blu-ray Review

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Despite Clint Eastwood and an all-star lineup, this predictable drama is more cornball than baseball.

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DirecTV Genie whole-home DVR review

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

DirecTV Genie wholehome DVR review

We’re very happy that 2012 ended up being the year of whole-home DVRs. We reviewed Dish Network’s Hopper earlier this year and now we’ve spent some quality time with DirecTV’s Genie — can’t say we expected the cute names. Capable of serving up to eight rooms in your house (but only four at once), the Genie system works with a variety of setups, including being built into some newer Samsung TVs. Only available as part of DirecTV service, the Genie can be had for free by some new DirecTV customers who are willing to sign a term agreement and select the right package, and available to existing customers as an upgrade for 0 depending on the circumstances. If DirecTV didn’t already have you at five tuners, 1TB and up to eight rooms, then click through for a full rundown on the latest the original direct satellite broadcast TV provider has to offer.

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Django Unchained Movie Review

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Is it brilliant or just "Inglourious Basterds" without the Jewish bear? Perhaps a little of both.

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Arbitrage Blu-ray Review

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Richard Gere leads a stellar cast in this weighty, Wall Street-themed thriller.

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Promised Land Movie Review

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

It’s money grubbers vs. tree huggers in Gus Van Sant’s quietly compelling new film.

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Tosh.0: Deep V’s Blu-ray Review

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Comedian Daniel Tosh knows how to put the fun in funky, as evidenced by this latest Comedy Central collection.

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Parental Guidance Movie Review

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

It’s Christmas time and that can only mean one thing: another cloying, manipulative family film for the holidays.

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Jack Reacher Movie Review

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

For an adaptation with 17 novels to choose from, this Tom Cruise vehicle holds few surprises.

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Ted Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

It’s a romantic comedy with a guy, a girl and a bear — and it’s both offensive and hilarious.

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Pitch Perfect Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Part "Glee", part "Bring It On" and part "Mean Girls", this musical comedy hits all of the right notes.

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This is 40 Movie Review

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Like marriage, Judd Apatow’s latest about a couple reaching the big Four-Oh is an endurance test.

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Amour Movie Review

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Michael Haneke’s latest falls a tad short of "The White Ribbon", but that only means it is far better than most everything else you have seen this year.

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Zero Dark Thirty Movie Review

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Kathryn Bigelow’s painstaking account of the events that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden favors dramatization over character and suspense.

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Eastbound & Down: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Kenny Powers is back on the mound and more offensive than ever in the HBO sitcom’s third season.

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Phorus PS1 Speaker Review

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Android users have been complaining for years that all of the dock and streaming audio action was taking place at Club Apple. With the Phrous PS1, there is a new club worth checking out.

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The Bourne Legacy Blu-ray Review

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The action franchise is re-Bourne with a new star, a new director and a lot of familiar flashbacks.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Review

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Get ready for a more heated debate than any election season. Is Peter Jackson’s ambitious, overblown adaptation worth it, or is it a flagrant attempt to create a cash cow out of a children’s book? The answer is yes.

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Butter Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, and Rob Corddry star in this off-kilter comedy about America’s favorite pasttime: competitive butter carving.

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Hyde Park on Hudson Movie Review

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Top-notch performances from Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Samuel West far outshine this oddly stuffy, creaky look at FDR’s inner circle.

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Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection Blu-ray Review

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Despite the double-dips and an obvious omission, this box set is one that you shouldn’t really refuse.

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Killing Them Softly Movie Review

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A great cast has been assembled for what just has to be a crackerjack mob extravaganza. Yet, it isn’t. Instead it’s a truly uninspired gang flick with a trail of wasted acting talent.

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The Dark Knight Rises Blu-ray Review

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Batten down the hatches. Christopher Nolan brings the pain – and the Bane – for the final installment in his epic Dark Knight trilogy.

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Vamps Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Amy Heckerling’s campy low-budget comedy is a waste of a good "Clueless " reunion.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Movie Review

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

The final film in the "Twilight" saga is a mixed blessing at best.

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Nintendo Wii U review

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Nintendo Wii U review

Nintendo‘s new console is an anomaly in the game console ecosystem, but not for Nintendo. The company that — in just the last decade — popularized stylus-powered gaming, microphone-powered gaming and motion-based gaming, is once again pushing game control inputs forward. And just like its previous consoles, lessons learned from past hardware build the foundation of its latest effort: the Wii U and its bizarre-looking, but conventionally named, “GamePad.”

The Wii U console itself, for instance, looks almost exactly like the original Wii. It’s longer (10.6 inches vs. 8.5 inches for the Wii), a bit rounder on the edges, and there’s an HDMI port out back, but overall it’s quite similar to its squatter predecessor. It’s enough that you’d get the two confused if they were sitting in the same entertainment center. Naturally, the beefed-up internals and Wii backwards compatibility mean you’ll likely be replacing the ol’ virtual tennis machine should you choose to pick one up.

Of course, the GamePad is the real star of the show here, bolstered by Nintendo’s ambitious “TVii” experiment. Everyone’s favorite Italian plumber looks super in HD, no doubt, but how software employs the multifaceted touchscreen tablet / traditional game controller hybrid is what really matters. So, how does the Wii U fare? Find out below.

Note: Nintendo delayed TVii into December, and the majority of promised functionality was not made available to reviewers ahead of the console’s November 18th release date (including crucial components like online infrastructure, the Miiverse social network, Nintendo Network, Nintendo TVii, and Wii backwards compatibility). As such, we’re updating our review as we use those features, post-launch.

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Anna Karenina Movie Review

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

It takes courage to adapt the Tolstoy epic for the screen. Director Joe Wright and writer Tom Stoppard put in a strong effort.

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Savages Blu-ray Review

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The classic love triangle gets a bit of a drug-fueled twist, thanks to pusher/director Oliver Stone.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversay Special Edition Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Opa! This anniversary edition of the 2002 sleeper hit will have you breaking a few plates, but not really out of joy.

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The Muppet Christmas Carol: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Monday, November 12th, 2012

This Muppetational take on the Charles Dickens’ tale is cute, but also kind of dark — much like the classic story.

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Panasonic TC-P55ST50 Plasma HDTV Review

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Who needs a picture window when you have Panasonic’s TC-P55ST50 3D Plasma HDTV?

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Lincoln Movie Review

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

On the heels of the election comes Steven Spielberg’s big-budget biopic, an appropriate monument to our 16th president.

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Take This Waltz Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and the rest of this impressive cast delivers Sarah Polley’s view of how a happy marriage can go sour.

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Simple.TV review: a set-top box that streams broadcast TV to mobile devices

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

SimpleTV review

Anyone who follows the home entertainment space closely probably agrees that TV is broken: archaic user interfaces, pricey bundles, six remotes that each do one thing, all limited to the confines of your home. Of course, realizing it’s broken and knowing how to fix it are two different things. One attempt at a fix is Simple.TV. This 9 box (plus a year for service) bridges the gap between the various devices you already own and the world of broadcast television. It allows you to access the plethora of content available via unencrypted digital cable, or for free via an antenna, on just about any device you own — tablet, smartphone, PC or even a TV. Sounds pretty great, huh? But does it deliver? And can it replace your cable box and the high-priced service that goes with it? Just click on through, and you’ll find out.

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Flight Movie Review

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

A highly pedigreed Lifetime movie about a heroic pilot who’s also a raging alcoholic.

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Sunset Boulevard Blu-ray Review

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Billy Wilder’s dark and satirical swipe at Hollywood gets the royal treatment from Paramount in this Blu-ray release, but is it ready for its big close-up? More than ever.

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Moonrise Kingdom Blu-ray Review

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Director Wes Anderson puts a quirky twist on this tale of two ’60s-era tweens in love and on the run.

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The Black Tulip Movie Review

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

From Afghanistan comes this valiant attempt to demonstrate what life is like there now. A valiant effort that falls a bit short of its target.

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The Other Son Movie Review

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

An Israeli child is switched a birth and ends up with a Palestinian family – and vice versa. What sounds maudlin is actually quite powerful.

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The Barrens Movie Review

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Stripped-down psychological thriller about a family camping trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens that becomes a descent into madness.

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Cloud Atlas Movie Review

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

This adaptation of the notoriously unfilmable novel succeeds more at being a curiosity than a cohesive film.

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The Sessions Movie Review

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

True story of a 38-year-old man struck by a bad case of polio whose immediate goal is to lose his virginity. Sad story, somehow presented in a way that will make you smile.

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Alex Cross Movie Review

Friday, October 19th, 2012

This woefully by-the-numbers reboot of the James Patterson detective series has Tyler Perry stepping into some well-worn gumshoes.

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Ella Enchanted Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The early Anne Hathaway rom-com has gotten a bit of a makeover via the magic of Blu-ray.

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Paradigm Shift E2m In-Ear Headphones Review

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

It seems like everyone is making headphones in 2012, but not all of them are so special. With its new Shift series, Paradigm is literally putting its high-end loudspeakers in your ears. Time to burn your existing earbuds.

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Seven Psychopaths Movie Review

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Martin McDonagh’s second feature is a whole lotta good kinda crazy.

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Bond 50: 22-Film James Bond 007 Blu-ray Collection Review

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

All 22 Bond films in one handsome boxed set. All the cars. All the gadgets. All the Bond girls. What more do you need? (No, seriously.)

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That’s My Boy Blu-ray Review

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Adam Sandler films seem to get dumber with each outing — which would be fine, if they were entertaining.

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Taken 2 Movie Review

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

If the first "Taken" was lazy, this sequel is the logical (or illogical) next step.

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The Paperboy Movie Review

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Though it occasionally gets lost on too many routes, "The Paperboy" delivers.

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Pitch Perfect Movie Review

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Where “Pitch Perfect” could be esoteric and play out like a really long episode of “Glee”, it’s edgier, more irreverent and, yes, much better scored.

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The Master Movie Review

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix give amazing performances, yet Paul Thomas Anderson’s attempt falls far short of a masterpiece.

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Looper Movie Review

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Part noir, part "Terminator" with some nifty twists on the time-travel trope – just don’t try too hard to figure it out.

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Modern Family: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

ABC’s hit comedy continues to set the bar high for sitcoms — and has the Emmys to prove it.

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2 Broke Girls Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Move Over Two & a Half Men, these chicks mean business as season one arrives on Blu-ray.

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Supernatural: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray Review

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Another season of demons and creepy crawlies results in another impressive Blu-ray set.

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Vizio Co-Star review: how good a deal is this $99 Google TV box?

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Vizio Co-Star

And then there were two. We’re talking about standalone Google TV boxes, folks, with the Vizio Co-Star recently joining Sony’s NSZ-GS7. Both feature the same version of Google’s software and come with a remote offering a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad. But with Vizio’s model selling for just , it’s half the price of Sony’s entry, so you might be wondering how extensive the differences are. Now that we’ve had a chance to test both, we’re ready to weigh in. Read on to find out if that 50 percent price difference makes the Co-Star worth it.

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The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The CW’s supernatural drama is back with even more sex, violence and alcohol. Ready to sink your teeth in?

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Arbitrage Movie Review

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Well-acted, well-written, and well-directed, this financial thriller deserves more notice than it will probably get.

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The Possession Movie Review

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

There are some chills to be had in this "Exorcist" retread, but not enough to truly possess you.

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Sixteen Candles Blu-ray Review

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

No one forgot Universal’s birthday; instead, the studio is celebrating by giving John Hughes’ classic a high-def release.

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School of Rock Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Jack Black and his kiddie cohorts rock this Best Buy Blu-ray exclusive.

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Airport Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

This trailblazing drama lands on Blu-ray — and thankfully, isn’t a total disaster.

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Battleship Blu-ray Review

Monday, August 27th, 2012

That sinking feeling should be temporary; this is an AV feast for the eyes and ears.

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Meet the Fokkens Movie Review

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

This is a documentary about 69-year-old identical twin prostitutes, but it’s never anything more than that.

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The Apparition Movie Review

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The only thing scary about this DOA horror attempt is that it ever got made.

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Hit and Run Movie Review

Friday, August 24th, 2012

In reality a hit and run is a serious crime. In that way, Dax Shepard’s wildly uneven amalgam of action, comedy and romance is dead on.

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The Dictator Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest is funny, but certainly not for the squeamish.

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The Expendables 2 Movie Review

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Like “The Avengers”, the appeal of “The Expendables 2″ is part nostalgia and part wish-fulfillment. But it is plot, character, and dialogue that are the real expendables.

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The Hunger Games Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 17th, 2012

If you decide to gamble on this blockbuster’s Blu-ray, we’d say the odds of a good time would be ever in your favor.

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High Fidelity Blu-ray Review

Monday, August 13th, 2012

John Cusack and an all-star cast deliver this very sweet, very rockin’ rendition of the Nick Hornby novel.

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The Bourne Legacy Movie Review

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Matt who? Jeremy Renner finally gets his due in this well-crafted and entirely satisfying entry in the sturdy spy franchise.

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JAWS Blu-ray Review

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

With a Blu-ray of this caliber, we’re going to need a bigger TV.

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Klown Movie Review

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Danish comedy features stupidity, uncomfortable sexual situations, nerds, and horny idiots. The result is a mixed bag that you might love, hate, or be bored by.

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Footnote Blu-ray Review

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Pack up your research books, everybody get Footnote on Blu-ray.

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Product Review: The Philips ShoqBox SB7300 Stands Out In Crowded Wireless Speaker Market

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

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Ruby Sparks Movie Review

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

In this creative new film, a novelist starts writing about the fictional girl of his dreams, only to find her wandering around his home.

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Killer Joe Movie Review

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

The characters, the situations – and director William Friedkin – are all desperate.

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The Watch Movie Review

Friday, July 27th, 2012

This half-baked alien invasion comedy is just barely Watch-able.

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DISH Network Hopper Whole-House DVR Review

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Another black box? Not even close. See how DISH’s new product is pumping some much-needed excitement into the DVR category.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season One Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Thankfully, DVD wasn’t the final frontier for this popular part of the "Star Trek" franchise.

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Singin’ in the Rain Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Warner’s latest boxed set makes quite a splash in high-definition.

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Optoma HD33 3D DLP Projector Review

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Looking for a big screen 3D-capable projector at home that doesn’t break the bank. Check out Optoma’s HD33.

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The Imposter Movie Review

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A 13-year-old boy from Texas disappears, only to appear three years later in a phone booth in Spain. His story is strange. The truth is weirder.

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The Dark Knight Rises Movie Review

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The epic, unwieldy conclusion to the "Dark Knight" trilogy is everything that made its predecessors great but it can’t rise as high as the bar had been set.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Review

Monday, July 9th, 2012

A special film that juggles laughter, sentiment and sadness without dropping any of the balls. Take note, indies.

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Ted Movie Review

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

This comedy of a boy and his talking bear – which plays like a long episode of "Family Guy" – is basically like watching Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg hanging out. Happily they’re both pretty funny.

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Nexus Q review: Google’s mysterious little social streamer

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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When setting up a gadget for review, delicately unboxing and smelling the carcinogenic whiff of freshly molded plastics, we typically feel some amount of excitement and anticipation to see how it stacks up against the competition. It’s either that or a resigned sense of duty as we run yet another iterative evolution of this or that laptop through the same benchmarks to see just how this year’s model stacks up to the older model now being sold on discount. With the Nexus Q, though, we felt something different altogether: genuine curiosity.

Why? Well, it’s a high-end device with a 9 MSRP, a price that’s multiple times higher higher than media streamers like the Apple TV, anything from Roku and, indeed, Google’s own Google TV. And yet, the Q has considerably less functionality than any of them. Largely because of this, many who witnessed its unveiling at Google I/O were quick to write it off. Despite having our own doubts we pledged to give it a fair swing, a week of solid use at home and with friends. How did it do? Does this high-concept device with high-end componentry make up for some decidedly low-end capabilities? There’s only one way to find out.

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Savages Movie Review

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Despite a quick pace and a few flashes of brutal violence, Oliver Stone’s narcotics thriller feels sanitized, like a drug that’s been cut one too many times. 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

It’s a tribute to the enduring strength of the wall-crawling superhero that this redundant origin story is as good as it is. Well, that and Andrew Garfield’s excellent performance as the title.

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Magic Mike Movie Review

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Channing Tatum sheds a few layers as the titular character in this (mostly) entertaining dramedy from Steven Soderbergh.

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Sonos Sub review

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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21 Jump Street Blu-ray Review

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

The classic TV show goes back to school with a cinematic reboot and arrives with a passing grade on Blu-ray.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Movie Review

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Quite possibly the best darn "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" movie you could hope for. Assuming, of course, you’re hoping for that.

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Sonos Sub review

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Sonos Sub review

Every audio product Sonos has delivered so far has worked on the assumption that you would never need anything else after you bought it, whether it’s linking to a sound system you already owned or an all-in-one system that Sonos built itself, like the Play:3 or Play:5 (born as the S5). The newly released Sub, by its nature, is entirely dependent on having one of the two Play speakers, and shows the company is becoming more of a traditional audio brand with a full ecosystem. A primary Sonos component can now be just the first step in a growing collection that improves as you expand it — much as you’d buy a basic stereo, then better speakers, then more at a high-end audio shop. The Sub’s 9 price certainly catapults any Sonos system into high-end territory, however, and sets some decidedly lofty expectations for how it will perform. We’ll find out after the break if the sheer power and a few clever tricks are enough for the Sub to be an essential ingredient of a wireless home audio setup.

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Sharp Elite PRO-70X5FD 70-inch LED/LCD TV Review

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

David Birch-Jones checks out one of the most expensive TVs on the market. Does it earn its lofty price tag?

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Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones review

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Pocket-lint: Bowers and Wilkins has a strong reputation when it comes to audio. The company’s speaker systems are enviable (and expensive) and have impressed audiophiles for an age. Enter the…



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Smokey and the Bandit Blu-ray Review

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Burt Reynolds and Sally Field ride in style, with this high-def treatment of the Southern fried classic.

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Prometheus Movie Review

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Though not a purebred prequel, "Prometheus" shares enough DNA with "Alien" to show an obvious family resemblance.

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Shallow Grave Blu-ray Review

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Criterion’s new Blu plumbs deeply into Oscar winner Danny Boyle’s first feature film.

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Harold and Maude Blu-ray Review

Friday, June 8th, 2012

One of the most offbeat love stories of all time, now in fairly straightforward but satisfying Blu-ray from Criterion.

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Sherlock Season Two Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Detecting duo Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman show Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law who’s boss in the BBC’s brilliant updating of the mystery icon.

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Mitsubishi WD-92840 92-inch 3D Home Cinema TV Review

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

There are big HDTVs and then there is the WD-92840 3D HDTV from Mitsubishi. 92 inches of rear-projection 3D DLP glory. When you are this big, they call you “Mister.”

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Chernobyl Diaries Movie Review

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

"Paranormal Activity" creator Oren Peli abandons the found-footage format for a more traditional – and sadly cliche-ridden – horror movie.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Blu-ray Review

Monday, May 28th, 2012

It’s hard to watch Kevin, let alone talk about him. However, this film is worth a little discomfort.

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Battleship Movie Review

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Against all odds, "Battleship" delivers a victory.

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Satchurated: Live in Montreal Blu-ray 3D Review

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

The great Joe Satriani rocks the home theater in 3D and Dolby’s new 96K Upsampling.

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The Dictator Movie Review

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen is back but the meanness that separated him from the pack is missing. Yes, this one is funny, but the edge has been dulled.

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Road Trip Blu-ray Review

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

If you want to take a trip down memory lane, you’d better head out to Best Buy (or online to BestBuy.com) for this exclusive.

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The Grey Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Liam Neeson sinks his teeth into another action flick — and vice versa.

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Dark Shadows Movie Review

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

For a nice escapist piece of eccentric goodness, get lost in "Dark Shadows".

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Being John Malkovich Blu-ray Review

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Get to know John Malkovich all over again with this terrific new Criterion Blu-ray.

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TiVo Premiere XL4 review

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

TiVo Premiere XL4

With the recent spring TiVo Premiere update we figured it was as good of a time as any to spend some quality time with the newly-renamed TiVo Premiere XL4. The highest model in the TiVo line, the XL4 costs 9 plus a month, or 9 for lifetime service. For the money, it records four HD shows at once with a single CableCARD and offers 2TB of storage. More tuners and space aren’t the only things that have changed since we gave the original TiVo Premiere a once-over just two years ago. No, there have been a few notable releases as well as the release of the TiVo Slide Remote and a number of TiVo companion apps for phones and tablets. How all that comes together is exactly what you’ll find out should you choose to click on through to the other side.

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Haywire Blu-ray Review

Monday, May 7th, 2012

MMA star Gina Carano puts the beatdown on Obi-Wan, Magneto, and El Mariachi in this star-studded Blu-ray.

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Rubberneck Movie Review

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Alex Karpovsky writes, directs and stars in a slow burning psychological study of a man who is in love with a woman who does not share his feelings.

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Citizen Gangster Movie Review

Friday, April 27th, 2012

A Canadian family man can’t stop robbing banks in this captivating film.

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The Raven Movie Review

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Part "Seven", part "From Hell", part "Sherlock Holmes", but despite its contrivances there are enough clever nods in the script to keep it interesting.

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Bernie Movie Review

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The small town of Carthage, Texas gets its close-up.

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Resolution Movie Review

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

This pseudo-thriller squanders an interesting setup with a completely unbelievable lead character.

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Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus Network Media Storage Device Review

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Tired of storing your media on different machines around your house? Say hello to Netgear’s ReadyNAS.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

It took a consumer electronics conglomerate like Samsung to put so much audio/video power and versatility into such a compact device. And we’re so glad they did.

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Sony PlayStation Vita (3G/Wi-Fi) Review

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

While not without its frustrations, the PS Vita emerges as a viable new gaming-and-more platform.

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Death of a Superhero Movie Review

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The first truly fantastic film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is must viewing for all. See it.

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Buck Privates Blu-ray Review

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Watch stars Abbott and Lou make comedy history with 1941′s Buck Privates, beautifully restored in glorious black-and-white.

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Madonna: Truth or Dare Blu-ray Review

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Madonna’s behind-the-scenes ’90s antics make for a good documentary, but sort of a bad Blu-ray.

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Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope Movie Review

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Stan Lee, video games, outrageous costumes, collectables and of course comic books. Morgan Spurlock’s well-crafted documentary takes you there in all of its larger than life glory

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Lockout Movie Review

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This sci-fi throwback evokes outer space only by feeling cold, empty, and endless.

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Contraband Blu-ray Review

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Mark Wahlberg and an all-star funky bunch plow through the action cliché handbook in this slow-moving remake.

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We Bought a Zoo Blu-ray Review

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

If Matt buys it, will they come? They would if they could see this gorgeous new Blu-ray.

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Chinatown Blu-ray Review

Friday, April 6th, 2012

1970s Los Angeles doubling for 1930s Los Angeles never looked lovelier than in this new Blu of the classic mystery from Paramount.

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American Reunion Movie Review

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

If you’ve been wondering what the "American Pie" gang has been up to for the past nine years, this is the movie for you. If not, why are you still reading?

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Wrath of the Titans Movie Review

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Perseus is back. The question is: who cares?

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War Horse Blu-ray Review

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spielberg + John Williams + universal, crowd-pleasing appeal makes this Horse a safe bet.

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Mirror Mirror Movie Review

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

As Snow White movies go, director Tarsem Singh’s makeover is not the fairest of them all.

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Casablanca 70th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Truly one of the greatest things to ever come out of Hollywood, now in a lovely, generous new edition from Warner.

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The Sitter Blu-ray Review

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Jonah Hill stars as a mofo who makes love to the night, but he (and we) probably shouldn’t bring the kids along to witness that.

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The Deep Blue Sea Movie Review

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

The Deep Blue Sea is my early pick to headline the worst ten list of 2012. It’s a virtual dead heat to determine if the directing, acting, or musical score is the worst part of this monstrosity.

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21 Jump Street Movie Review

Monday, March 19th, 2012

If you go in expecting little, you will get slightly more than you expected.

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Panasonic TC-L55WT50 55-inch LED TV – First Review Goes Live

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Gary Merson, the HD Guru, visits Panasonic’s headquarters for an in-depth look at the company’s latest – and largest – LED HDTV.

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Battle Royale: Complete Collection Blu-ray Review

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The controversial cult classic is making its debut the same week The Hunger Games hits theaters. Coincidence? We think not.

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Immortals Blu-ray 3D Review

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Clash of the Titans meets 300 and neither one likes what they see in this violent, effects-laden 3D conversion.

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John Carter Movie Review

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Beautifully-realized visuals nearly make up for the well-worn story in this Disney adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character.

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Act of Valor Movie Review

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Billed as an action film, "Act of Valor" succeeds more at being a mix of advertisement and documentary.

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Onkyo TX-NR809 Receiver Review

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Powerful, versatile and seriously customizable, Onkyo’s mid-level network-ready does-all AV Receiver serves up some fine-quality V and A.

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Hugo Blu-ray 3D Review

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Just as Hugo pays fond tribute to the movies, this Blu-ray set beautifully captures the wonder of Hugo.

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In Darkness Movie Review

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

If you can handle another Holocaust, unintentional-hero flick, this one is almost worth its 145 minute running time.

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W.E. Movie Review

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

This movie isn’t as tragic as critics are making it out to be. It’s stylishly done, well-acted, the costumes were brilliant and the music was practically a character within itself. If only the plot weren’t such a mess.

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Bullhead Movie Review

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Steroid-raging man has good reason to rage in this Belgian Best Foreign Film nominee.

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London Boulevard Blu-ray Review

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Crime time across the pond doesn’t quite deliver in this new Blu-ray

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Nurse Jackie Season Three Blu-ray Review

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Jackie battles addiction, coworkers and loved ones in a predictably excellent third season.

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The Dish and the Spoon Movie Review

Monday, February 13th, 2012

The cow fails to jump over the moon in this slight indie that focuses on a two young folks who have been recently dumped by their respective partners.

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Safe House Movie Review

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds bring their "A" game to this relentless, knock-down-drag-out action flick.

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Movie Review

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Some movies cry out for sequels. Others make you cry when you find out they’re getting a sequel.

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All Quiet on the Western Front Blu-ray Review

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The 1930 Oscar-winning classic has been handsomely restored for its HD debut.

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ViewSonic ViewBook 730 Tablet Review

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This lightweight alternative tablet is good for the digital bookworm, but lacks both bells and whistles.

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Rebecca Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Hitchcock’s only Best Picture winner lands on Blu-ray. But is the disc award-worthy?

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Notorious Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The notorious A.J.H. drops his landmark spy drama, now available in high-def.

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The Apartment Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

About 52 years after Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon re-teamed for this Oscar-winning dramedy, it’s as fresh as ever on Blu-ray.

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Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Come sail away with the band, as they perform classic sounds from the ’70s and two entire albums.

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The Innkeepers Movie Review

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

While it won’t appeal to all viewers, this old fashioned haunted house story can be rewarding for genre aficionados.

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Queen: Days of Our Lives Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Another one bites the dust — in a good way. This is another winning doc from Eagle Rock.

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What’s Your Number? Blu-ray Review

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Anna Faris can’t get a break in love or in movies, as evidenced by her latest lame comedy.

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The Grey Movie Review

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Part horror story, part survival tale and part group therapy session, it’s as much about the beast within as the one lurking in the shadows.

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Man on a Ledge Movie Review

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

This thriller’s twisty, predictable plot can’t sustain its one-trick premise.

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Sid & Nancy Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Sid and drugs and rock and roll (almost) shines on Blu-ray.

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Margaret Movie Review

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Anna Paquin stars as a self-centered teen in Manhattan who mistakenly thinks she has figured out life after she contributes to the death of an innocent woman.

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The Devil Inside Movie Review

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Tired exorcism yarn that exploits the increasingly shopworn faux documentary horror trope.

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Boardwalk Empire The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

If you thought life in New Jersey was interesting with Tony S. and his crew, you have to meet Prohibition opportunist Nucky Thompson in HBO’s brilliant drama.

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SOL REPUBLIC Amps Review

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Beats inventor Kevin Lee goes it alone with the new SOL REPUBLIC line of headphones. We check out their first in-ear model.

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Engadget Distro’s 2011 Year In Review is here!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

As yet another year of spectacular technological gains and enormous losses comes to a close, we present to you our best attempt at a comprehensive look back: Engadget Distro’s Year In Review. In “Technology_In_2011.zip” we’ll provide a compressed month-by-month timeline of just a few of the year’s standout stories and announcements. We’ll also bring you the year in corporate mudslinging with a collection of the most outrageous “CE-Oh No He Didn’t” moments and present “The Top 10 Crappiest Crapgadgets of 2011,” as selected by our readers. Looking ahead, we have our predictions of what’s to come at CES 2012, TechnoBuffalo’s Jon Rettinger gives us some insight into his distaste for OS wars in “Q&A” and Don Melanson offers up his list of the year’s must-reads. So, in the interest of retrospection, hit that download link and let’s reflect.

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Stars and Stripes Forever Blu-ray Review

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The story of composer John Philip Sousa marches onto Blu-ray.

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The Artist Movie Review

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Silent films are back! Maybe not, but Michael Hazanavicius has done a sweet job of pulling this one off, even if silents will be silenced again quickly.

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Kindle Fire Review

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Amazon lowers the price of entry for media-friendly Android tablets with the Kindle Fire. But is it a portable media powerhouse or a glorified eReader?

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The Iron Lady Movie Review

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

A biopic of the highest order featuring a performance of equal measure. A thoughtful, complex portrait of Britain’s divisive PM.

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Avatar iTunes Extras Special Edition Review

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Apple has tendered their own unique take on the biggest movie ever, in SD/HD downloads with truly interactive bonuses.

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet Review

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

The lightweight, one-handed NOOK Tablet has the goods under the hood, and a vibrant screen you have to see to believe.

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Carnage Movie Review

Friday, December 16th, 2011

This awkward adaptation of the stage play comes off as an acting exercise but little else.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Movie Review

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Thanks to the addition of a delightfully sinister Moriarty, the memory of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective is only slightly less tarnished than in the previous installment of Guy Ritchie’s bombastic franchise.

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Pioneer VSX-1121-K Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay Review

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Pioneer takes their flagship A/V receiver and throws in everything but the kitchen sink. Among the goodies? Integrated Apple AirPlay.

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Po and the Furious Five are back in this action-packed and sentimental sequel that will tug at your heart strings. Can Po eat 40 dumplings and remain the Dragon Warrior? Tune in to see.

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The Sitter Movie Review

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

A cliched retread of every babysitting movie ever, with the addition of cuss words. It doesn’t help.

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Pioneer X-SMC3 speaker dock review

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

T3: The Pioneer X-SMC3 speaker dock for Apple iPods streams from Wi-Fi-enabled kit, while AirPlay means wireless listening from numerous Apple devices. The Pioneer X-SMC3 is a jack of all trades, and…



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The Love We Make Blu-ray Review

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Filmmaker Albert Maysles takes us down the long and winding road of Paul McCartney’s post-9/11 concert planning.

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Smallville The Complete Tenth Season Blu-ray Review

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

A super destiny is finally fulfilled in this ultimate season, assembled in a mild-mannered HD set.

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The Hangover Part II Blu-ray Review

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Wolfpack is back, but without the same bite as its 2009 predecessor.

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New Year’s Eve Movie Review

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Even the star-studded cast offers little to recommend this glossy, flimsy holiday movie.

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I Melt with You Movie Review

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Wildly overwrought portrait of four college buddies reunited for a weekend of drug-fueled debauchery and soul searching. Like a drunken evening, there are some good moments but it’s not worth it in the end.

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Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Our Pleistocene-era pals journey to the small screen for their first-ever holiday tale.

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The Descendants Movie Review

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Alexander Payne falls far short of his best, descending into this contrived tale of a family dealing with the mother in a coma.

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Another Earth Blu-ray Review

Monday, December 5th, 2011

A duplicate Earth in the sky was not what anyone was expecting, and neither was this smart indie drama.

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Blu-ray Review

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

First-time director/writer Eli Craig hacks up the horror genre into little pieces and creates a cult-worthy comedy.

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Cowboys & Aliens Blu-ray Review

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Cowboys and aliens are a lot like oil and water: They just don’t come together all that well.

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Blu-ray Review

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw star in the original hostage drama set in the New York City subway.

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Rushmore Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

This surprisingly understated comedy shines thanks to Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzmann and now a nifty HD audio/video presentation.

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Philips Fidelio AS851 review

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Pocket-Lint: If you were to head to the shops to buy an iPhone dock you would be spoilt for choice. There aren’t just dozens, there are hundreds, nay thousands to chose from. They range from pocket…



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Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World Blu-ray 3D Review

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Horrendous acting and bad special effects make will make you thankful that this journey is a short one.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Movie Review

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Artless and awkward, yet strangely satisfying — both for those who buy into the world of "Twilight", and those who just want to snigger.

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Bellflower Blu-ray Review

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The purity of Blu-ray ably preserves the visceral impact of Evan Glodell’s unsettling first film.

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30 Minutes or Less Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Pizza delivery boy goes on the clock with 10 hours to rob a bank.

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The Change-Up Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

After this "comedy," stars Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman may want to consider changing up agents.

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Blue Velvet Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

MGM commemorates Blue Velvet’s 25th birthday with the revelation of almost an hour of legendary lost scenes.

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Scrooged Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Blu-ray takes a little of the bah-humbug out of Bill Murray’s quirky perennial favorite.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene Movie Review

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A younger sister of the Olsen twins shines as a troubled young lady who has experienced some time down on the farm. However, the farm is more a Charlie Manson ranch than heartland.

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas Movie Review

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

The third Harold & Kumar movie may have more in common with "A Christmas Story" than "Bad Santa", as the real goal is not so much finding a White Castle as finding an old friend.

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In Time Movie Review

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Another retro sci-fi future from director Andrew Niccol, this one a riff on "Logan’s Run" in which time literally is money.

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Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Hold onto something: The blockbuster dino trio is brought back to life in the present day, in ground-shaking new 7.1-channel DTS.

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Toy Story Blu-ray 3D Review

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Converted for 2009 theatrical exhibition, Pixar’s seminal Toy Story also looks great in the 3D home theater.

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Take Shelter Movie Review

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A man is either going insane, can see the future, or both. Michael Shannon is the man and Jeff Nichols directs. The result proves again why Shannon is one of the best, and director Nichols is every bit as magnificent.

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Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray Review

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Based on A. A. Milne’s original stories, this 2011 movie is as sweet as honey, with a Blu-ray that’s just as satisfying.

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The Skin I Live In Movie Review

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

"Skin" takes an obsession, warps it with perversion and spins a captivating story around it. It will truly make your skin crawl.

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Attack the Block Blu-ray Review

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Boys in the hood turn vigilante when they experience an alien invasion.

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Marantz NR1602 review: this slimline AVR re-imagines home cinema for the network age

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Techradar: The NR1602 certainly doesn’t look like your typical 7-channel AVR. Whether through luck or design, Marantz has created something rather special with the NR1602. Driven by a desire to…



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The Thing Movie Review

Friday, October 14th, 2011

As overrun with special effects as its predecessor, this sequel (disguised as a prequel) is also every bit as creepy.

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The Tree of Life Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Brad Pitt and Sean Penn headline Terrence Malick’s latest, a Cannes Film Festival darling. Do they give awards for video quality now?

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Real Steel Movie Review

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Much better than a movie about Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots deserves to be, but some hard hits to the sappy bone leave this Hugh Jackman flick a little punch drunk.

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Chuck The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Warner gets it right this season with their best package yet for one of the small screen’s underappreciated heroes.

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Jig Blu-ray Review

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Fans of Irish culture will be doing a happy dance when they see the Blu-ray for this 2011 documentary.

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Pulp Fiction Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

An above-average if not legendary HD disc debut, but certainly more appealing than French fries with mayonnaise.

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? Blu-ray Review

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

A killer soundtrack, a stellar image and Dapper Dan man George Clooney make this Coen Brothers comedy a must-see.

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Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The House of Mouse does it again, giving one of its oldest, sweetest stories (and best theme park attractions) a magical birthday Blu-ray.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 6 Blu-ray Review

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

We don’t know how, but the gang from Philadelphia somehow manages to survive another season.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Currently a Wal-Mart exclusive (complete with custom toy enclosed!), this comedy adventure is an animated companion to The Saga that the whole family will enjoy.

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray Review

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Blu-ray’s most-wanted is finally here, but is it a menace to the fans or does it provide a new hope?

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Pioneer VSX-2021 review: full AirPlay support and apps that are ahead of the rest

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Techradar: Pioneer’s VSX-2021 is a receiver for the Apple generation. It’s all but intrinsically linked to the company’s wares with iPhone/iPad control Apps, dedicated music sharing…



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Nintendo 3DS Review

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The makers of Wii and Game Boy have done it again with the 3DS. Its sweet, innovative technology is now a relative bargain, too: Aren’t you glad you waited?

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KEF Q300 Bookshelf Speaker Review

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

KEF’s Q-series range offers more budget-oriented buyers a taste of the Uni-Q. No clever wordplay there, that’s KEF’s name for their trick concentric driver design.

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The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

Monday, September 5th, 2011

The CW cranks out another season of the sexy supernatural drama — and it doesn’t exactly suck.

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Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Stunningly restored for its birthday, the story of Charles Foster Kane is more enthralling than ever.

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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Movie Review

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Not unlike watching a porn movie, you’ll want to fast-forward through much of the one-dimensional characters’ dialogue. What makes it unlike porn is that you’ll want to skip the sex scenes as well.

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Skateland Blu-ray Review

Monday, August 29th, 2011

What happens when the (sweet 5.1 remixed) music stops and real life begins?

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HANNA Blu-ray Review

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

The stirring and wildly entertaining HANNA is perhaps the best film this reviewer has seen in the theater all year. So how does the Blu-ray measure up?

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LG 55LW5600 Cinema 3D LED HDTV Review

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Passive 3D gathers steam with LG’s 55LW5600 Cinema 3D LED HDTV, but will the price and loss of detail deflate the enthusiasm of potential buyers?

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Win Win Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 26th, 2011

All the bittersweet tragic-comedy of high school wrestling and life in New Jersey are near-perfectly captured in this HD debut.

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Bambi II Blu-ray Review

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Ever wonder about the missing chapter in Bambi’s life? This Blu-ray/DVD combo pack has all the answers.

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Conan the Barbarian Movie Review

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

A misfire in every way, this franchise reboot is a noisy, incomprehensible mess of a film that almost makes worse use of the character than it does of the 3D technology.

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Outcasts Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

This latest high-def BBC TV offering comes on strong on drama if weak on audio.

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The Killing Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Criterion kills again with another extraordinary transfer and new/rare extras.

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The Big Lebowski Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Universal abides and gives this Coen Brothers classic a drool-worthy digibook release.

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The Twilight Zone Season 5 Blu-ray Review

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The fifth (and final) season of The Fifth Dimension arrives in suitably upgraded HD quality for this classy new set from Image.

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Priest Unrated Blu-ray Review

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Not your typical vampire story, Priest borrows from Van Helsing and other pop culture to tell its story.

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Jane Eyre Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Mia Wasikowska’s Jane is anything but plain, in the latest version of Charlotte Brontë’s classic.

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SUPER Blu-ray Review

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Dwight Schrute and Juno take on the evil Kevin Bacon in this (very) dark comedy about a would-be hero in search of his super.

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Your Highness Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

A Danny McBride and James Franco comedy should be a stoner’s dream. Instead, this ode to bad ’80s fantasy is a total buzz kill.

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The Help Movie Review

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

So how does virtually unknown director Tate Taylor handle adapting such an adored – and controversial – book? He delivers a humorous and heart-rending film.

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Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Blu-ray 3D Review

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Red rides again in 3D and 5.1 for another nutty take on some of our fairy tale favorites.

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Soul Surfer Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 5th, 2011

A strong cast and true pathos help rescue this wounded Surfer.

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Paul Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost travel to the U.S. for an out-of-this-world, all-star adventure.

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Mars Needs Moms Blu-ray 3D Review

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Moms aren’t the only thing needed here. Let’s start with a better script.

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VIZIO XWH200 Universal Wireless HD AV Kit Review

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

It doesn’t ditch the wires entirely, but VIZIO’s slick little system can move your wire mess up to 30 feet from the TV.

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Panasonic Viera TC-L42E30 LED HDTV Review

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Panasonic serves up a plainly-styled LED TV with fewer features than some of its older siblings. But how important is 3D and iPhone control when the price tag is this appealing?

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Rango Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

This animated tale of a lizard sheriff is the stuff of home theater legend. But is the script firing blanks?

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Winter in Wartime Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

With the end of the war in sight, one Dutch boy has to endure the final winter of despair.

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Winnie the Pooh (2011) Movie Review

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

The classic illustrated tales of A. A. Milne are brought to life in a refreshingly simple, nostalgic and heartfelt new film.

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Veebeam HD Review

Monday, July 11th, 2011

While not glitch-free, this bold, capable wireless solution effectively brings the limitless world of the computer to the home theater, in high-def.

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Horrible Bosses Movie Review

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day lead a star-studded cast with dizzying chemistry. No matter how evil your boss is, there’s no way he can hold a candle to these guys.

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Zookeeper Movie Review

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Lock it up and throw away the key.

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The Warrior’s Way Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

With eye-popping action and a punchy 5.1 soundtrack, this disc might stimulate the senses without ever engaging higher brain functions.

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VIZIO VXT3D650SV 65-inch 3D LED HDTV Review

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

VIZIO tries its hand at a big screen passive 3D TV with decidedly mixed results.

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Larry Crowne Movie Review

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Sadly, the presence of Tom Hanks isn’t the guarantee of quality that it used to be.

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Sucker Punch Blu-ray Review

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Visually striking, this one fails to connect even with the extended version on Blu-ray Disc.

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The Lord of the Rings The Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Edition Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

New masters, old extras and bit of modern flash, but is this the one set to rule them all?

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Bad Teacher Movie Review

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Cameron Diaz is a morally bankrupt middle school teacher in this comedy about teaching, cheating and boobs. Even with Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel supporting, it never quite comes together.

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Beastly Blu-ray Review

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The beauty and the beast story heads straight into Brooklyn and now to Blu-ray

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VIZIO VHT510 Wireless Home Theater System Review

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

VIZIO steps up to the bar with this powered soundbar with wireless subwoofer and rear speakers for simple yet discrete 5.1 channel surround.

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The Company Men Blu-ray Review

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

TV writer John Wells enlists a super-sized all-star cast to deliver a dose of downsizing in corporate America.

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The Stunt Man Blu-ray Review

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Severin gives this still-overlooked film the A-list Hollywood treatment.

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Blu-ray Review

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Just in time for Ryan Reynolds on the big screen, the talented DC Universe animation crew shows us what it means to be a Lantern.

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Just Go With It Blu-ray Review

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Despite likable leads Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, the only ones that can go with this mess of a comedy are those with a high threshold for pain.

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The Double Hour Movie Review

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

French mystery fulfills its goal of pleasantly confusing the hell out of the audience, before yielding mild disappointment at the end.

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LG LW5600 3D LCD HDTV review

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Much like the format war that once divided us between HD DVD and Blu-ray, a battle between two different types of 3D-capable HDTVs rages on while customers wait to be convinced that any of the new tech is worth the trouble. One of the first to enter the battlefield for the passive glasses side from LG is the LW5600, a slim edge-LED lit LCD model that is most notable for its extras. Besides featuring a Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) screen that plays back 3D viewable with the same RealD glasses you use at the movie theater, it’s a connected TV packing apps, Plex media streaming software and a “magic motion” gesture control remote. After perusing the spec list we couldn’t wait to see if more features actually made for a better HDTV experience and if passive 3D is a competitive option for home viewing, so check after the break to see how we felt about it after a few hours on the couch.

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Legends of Flight Blu-ray 3D Review

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Another well-produced IMAX 3D documentary soars in the home theater.

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Pale Flower Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The artful 1964 Japanese gangster film receives ample tribute from Criterion.

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Another Year Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Another Year is ripe with seasonal affective disorder for this married couple’s single friends and family.

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The Tree of Life Movie Review

Monday, May 30th, 2011

You’d be hard-pressed to find a film as odd, flawed and jaw-droppingly lovely as this one.

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Drive Angry 3D Blu-ray 3D Review

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Buckle up and say your prayers: This 3D actioner floors it in every way.

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The Twilight Zone Season 4 Blu-ray Review

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The transition to hour-long drama (and back again) was a bumpy one, but this predictably well-restored set still offers plenty of charm.

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Once Upon A Time In The West Blu-ray Review

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Sergio Leone made some great spaghetti westerns with Clint Eastwood, but this tale of the old west in its dying days is a genuine classic. Bring your Blu-ray player and keep your ammo dry.

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The Firm Blu-ray Review

Friday, May 27th, 2011

A Blu-ray fan worthy of this review shouldn’t need to click this link to know what’s inside.

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The Hangover Part II Movie Review

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

"The Hangover" goes to Thailand. No really. That’s the only substantive difference.

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The Usual Suspects Blu-ray Book Review

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Who is Keyser Söze, and more importantly, is he worth MGM’s double-dip on this classic caper?

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Hotel Rwanda Blu-ray Review

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Don Cheadle delivers an Oscar-worthy performance in this heart wrenching tale of genocide in Africa. Does MGM’s Blu-ray live up to the hype or is it as limp as the world’s reaction?

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The Hustler Blu-ray Review

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Paul Newman’s outstanding drama–in a snazzy 50th anniversary digi-book–is all about winning and losing, and not just in the pool hall.

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Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray 3D Review

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Gnomes gone wild, musical and 3D! Disney dips into the Elton John catalog to expose the secret lives (and loves) of lawn ornaments.

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Solaris Blu-ray Review

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky goes deep inside your head in this sci-fi classic that has a deep connection to Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey." Criterion’s Blu-ray is a gem but is the film too cerebral for its own good?

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Priest Movie Review

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

This humorless graphic novel adaptation may not necessarily appeal to general audiences, but genre fans will enjoy themselves.

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Blues Brothers, Animal House Hit Blu-ray 7/26/11 Review

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Start clearing room on your shelf for two discs that are sure to put the Blu in Be-lu-shi.

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The Roommate Blu-ray Review

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Did someone just remake "Single White Female" and put it out on Blu-ray?

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Aperion Verus Forte Center, Tower, Satellite 5.1 Speaker System Review

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Whether 5.1, 7.1, 9.1 or more, the direct-to-consumer loudspeaker company has designed the perfect line for budget-conscious audiophiles to mix and match.

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The Hit List Blu-ray Review

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

A by the numbers thriller arrives on Blu-ray but still misses the mark

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Goldberg Variations Acoustica Blu-ray 3D Review

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

AIX Records has set the bar very high with this 3D music album. Even in 720p, this Blu-ray 3D will rock the house. Is this the future of music?

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Gulliver’s Travels Blu-ray Review

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

After these Travels, audiences may want to say bon voyage to Jack Black’s career.

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Something Wild Blu-ray Review

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Something Wild has been reborn as something special, thanks to Criterion.

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Water for Elephants Movie Review

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Pretty to look at, but a tepid and toothless adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel.

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Tribeca 2011: Gnarr Movie Review

Monday, April 25th, 2011

An Icelandic comedian mounts a prank campaign to be the mayor of Reykjavik, only to see it unfold in a way he could not have imagined in his wildest dreams.

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Benny & Joon Blu-ray Review

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Flash back to Johnny Depp’s early heartthrob days with this quirky romance about two crazy-in-love kids that are just plain crazy, now on Blu-ray.

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De-Lovely Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Kevin Kline’s portrayal of the classic composer is delightful, delicious and deliriously long.

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Mystic Pizza Blu-ray Review

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Summer, sisters, sizzling romance and Julia Roberts; what more do you need on Blu-ray? How about a better video transfer and some extras?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Samsung introduces a not-so-bi screen that can do a Galaxy of things.

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Blu-ray Review

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Reese Witherspoon is back and blonder than ever, in this goofy, over-the-top sequel.

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Picture This Blu-ray Review

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Ashley Tisdale steps off the High School Musical stage and into the lead of this tech-twisted teen rom-com.

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Tron: Legacy Blu-ray 3D review and Second Screen hands-on

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Befitting its storyline, the home release of Tron: Legacy this week checks all the tech related boxes: 7.1 surround sound support, iPad / PC Second Screen app, 3D. Even the making of the movie featured new technology, from the 3D cameras to the self-illuminating outfits worn by the actors. Of course, there’s more to a good home movie experience than just specs, so we gave Tron: Legacy (and the original Tron, included as a part of this five-disc special edition) a viewing or two to see if all of that effort in the presentation — not to mention in the movie itself — added up to a must-have disc.

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Blow Out Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Criterion blows us away with the new video restoration and extras, but the two-channel audio….

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Fiddler on the Roof Blu-ray Review

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Tevye the poor milkman returns forty years later in this beautiful Blu-ray release of the classic Norman Jewison film. Time to get your Topol on? Ya ha deedle deedle, bubba bubba deedle deedle dum.

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Insidious Movie Review

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Sadly, the potential of this horror-thriller never quite emerges from the shadows.

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Tron: Legacy/Tron 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray 3D Review

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

TRONs old and new collide in this generous five-disc, multi-format set.

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Logitech Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones Review

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In the crowded headphone market, Logitech stands out with their latest noise-isolating offering in the Ultimate Ears line.

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Stand By Me Blu-ray Review

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Blu-ray turns back the clock on this 25-year-old masterpiece about childhood’s end.

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Tangled Blu-ray 3D Review

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Disney hereby tenders one of the most gorgeous Blu-rays ever–2D or 3D–along with every other way to watch this familiar tale, now with added bounce and shine.


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Ultimate G’s: Zac’s Flying Dream Blu-ray 3D Review

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

While not an aviation disaster, Zac’s Dream does encounter some turbulence in its Blu-ray 3D debut.

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Limitless Movie Review

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Frenetic thriller about a drug that unleashes your brain’s full potential doesn’t quite achieve its own, but star Bradley Cooper and director Neil Burger make the most of it.

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The Switch Blu-ray Review

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston make a cute pair, a cute kid, and an entertaining entry into the rom-com genre.

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How Do You Know Blu-ray Review

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Two people waiting for that little adjustment to get things right end up in a love triangle.

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The Times of Harvey Milk Blu-ray Review

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The Oscar-winning documentary makes its case to the Blu-ray crowd.

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Red Riding Hood Movie Review

Friday, March 11th, 2011

This truly Grimm adaptation of the fairy tale is at best stylish and at worst ridiculous. Either way, it’s a waste of time.

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The Tourist Blu-ray Review

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

While the scenery is worth a visit, everything else will make you glad you stayed home instead of going to the theater to see this film. And yet it still may be worth watching on Blu-ray Disc.

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Take Me Home Tonight Movie Review

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Topher Grace carries this formulaic coming-of-age comedy that’s far more precious with its ’80s premise than the story itself.

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Rango Movie Review

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Admirably ambitious animated ode to Spaghetti Westerns featuring a Johnny Depp-voiced lizard as the unlikely hero.

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Morning Glory Blu-ray Review

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Morning Glory is just a bit more glorious in HD and 5.1.

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Last Tango in Paris Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Warm up the player, go get the butta’ and let’s dance: It’s time for the Last Tango. Again.

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The Reef Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Not even the combined star power of, Andy Dick, Rob Schneider and Freddie Prinze Jr. could save this endangered species.

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Drive Angry 3D Movie Review

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Nicholas Cage drives like a bat out of Hell (literally) in this unapologetically cheesy B-movie.

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Hall Pass Movie Review

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

It’s hard to tell what’s fallen farther: the Farrelly Brothers’ career or the institution of marriage.

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Daughters of Darkness Blu-ray Review

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

The Underground goes Blu with another of their European horror treasures.

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Au revoir les enfants Blu-ray Review

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Say bonjour to Au revoir on Blu-ray.

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Weeds Season Six Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Botwins become The Newmans and try to outrun their past in this latest round of adventures, neatly rolled up on Blu-ray.


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Unstoppable Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

As the title suggests, the clichés come at us fast and furious in this otherwise passable Blu-ray thriller.

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Fish Tank Blu-ray Review

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Whatever Criterion Collection has been putting in their coffee is most certainly working because this dark British film is a keeper. Just not one for the kids.

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Burlesque Blu-ray Review

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Small town girl moves to Los Angeles, gets a job dancing and then singing at a burlesque club.

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The Cable Guy Blu-ray Review

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Ben Stiller’s take on cable guys arrives in a 15th anniversary edition on Blu-ray

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KEF T-Series T205 review

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Techradar: KEF’s new T-Series range of home cinema speakers are definitely a sign of the times. They’ve been designed with a clear purpose in mind – to be an aesthetic match to newer,…



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An Affair to Remember Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Memorable HD video trumps forgettable high-res audio for a charming new Blu-ray.

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Yamaha RX-V367 review: a rock-bottom price and decent sound excuse this AVR’s lack of HD decoding

Monday, February 14th, 2011

 
Techradar: With a price that dips below £200 from some online retailers, the Yamaha RX-V367 is the cheapest AVR in our roundup and solid evidence that you don’t have to pay through the nose…



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Gnomeo & Juliet Movie Review

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

With a cast of animated garden gnomes in a cheery 3D world of tacky backyard kitsch, the bard himself becomes accessible to a younger audience than ever before in this remarkably perky version of the famed tragedy.

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48 Hrs. Blu-ray Review

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

A cop killer is on the loose, a con talks his way out of jail, but the real crime here is the lack of extras.

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Pioneer VSX-520 review: A sexy, feature-packed AVR from Pioneer with sizzling sound

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

TechRadar: Pioneer’s 2010 receivers are the best looking on the market, and that applies even to the bottom-end of the range, represented in our roundup by the VSX-520. The build quality is up…



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The Twilight Zone Season 3 Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

"To Serve Man… it’s a Blu-ray!" (Plus 36 more episodes.)

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Paranormal Activity 2 Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Of all the horror discs I’ve reviewed, this is definitely the most recent.


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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

A slice of every day life in the eyes of one family shines a light on several forms of social crisis in this Woody Allen film.

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Denon CEOL review: Denon’s first AirPlay enabled hi-fi system is music to our ears

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

T3: Denon’s CEOL network music system effectively consigns the concept of traditional hi-fi to history. In both form and function, this mini is transformative. The CEOL (pronounced kee-ohl) comprises…



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I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Blu-ray Review

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The grindhouse original chops, cripples and mutilates its way onto Blu-ray.

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Bang and Olufsen BeoSound 8 review

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

T3: Overpriced? Yes, but the BeoSound 8 looks and sounds simply gorgeous.
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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Blu-ray Review

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The truth about New York’s shamed governor is revealed in the stark blu light of high definition.


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The Housemaid Movie Review

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A restaurant worker gets hired into the service of a very wealthy family and quickly becomes part of the web that this mini-society has constructed. Great looking, but not much else.

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Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Late for a very important date? No way! Disney has remastered this classic just in time for a very special un-birthday.

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TiVo Premiere App for iPad review

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
Searching on the TiVo Premier App for iPad
We’re not sure what it is about the home theater, but one screen just isn’t enough. So we’ve tried for years to find another screen suitable to join our HDTV to enhance our viewing pleasure, but everything comes up short. The latest in the long line of touch screen remotes, tablet PCs, PDAs and smart phones is the iPad. Of course this device isn’t exactly designed to be a home theater device, so a little software is necessary to make it suitable. The latest attempt at said software is from TiVo which is designed to be a companion app for the TiVo Premier. It doesn’t let you stream video from your TiVo to your iPad, but it does have a few tricks we think you might find more useful, so go ahead and click on through to find out what those are.

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Season of the Witch Movie Review

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

From its confusing and undisciplined beginning to its mess of an ending, this Nicholas Cage flick results in some entertaining sequences coupled with a fair amount of confusion and several disappointed expectations.

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The Green Hornet Movie Review

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Pointless goof of a film, can’t decide if it wants to be a superhero movie or a parody of one.

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Avatar Blu-ray 3D Review

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

James Cameron’s 3D marvel has finally come to home video for those who take the 3D TV plunge via Panasonic. A landmark product.

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DISH Network ViP922 SlingLoaded HD DVR Review

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

DISH Network’s latest entry in the DVR market comes with some groundbreaking features and excellent overall performance.

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Toshiba 55WX800U 3D LED 240Hz LCD HDTV Review

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Toshiba’s high-end LED TV delivers full HD 3D capabilities and traffic-stopping good looks. But is it more than just a pretty face?

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Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote Control Review

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Logitech makes a good remote even better by adding RF capabilities so it works through walls.

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Panasonic TC-P50VT25 Plasma 3D TV Review

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Panasonic knocks one out of the park with this first generation full high definition 3D-ready plasma HDTV.

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Battlestar Galactica: Razor Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

The first Galactica telefilm is now available in a loaded single-disc edition.


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LG 50PX950 3D Network Plasma HDTV Review

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

LG’s latest plasma display is the first to sport THX video certification for both 2D and 3D. And while it may not be perfect, it’s easily the finest display we’ve yet seen from LG.

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Despicable Me Blu-ray 3D Review

Friday, December 24th, 2010

They should have called it "Dimensional Three"!


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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Blu-ray Review

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Oliver Stone’s latest on Blu-ray is a must-watch for Gekko-philes.

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole Blu-ray 3D Review

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Folks feeling blasé about 3D are sure to give a hoot after watching this gorgeous new disc.


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Toshiba BDX3000 3D Network Blu-ray Disc Player Review

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Toshiba’s latest flagship disc spinner does a whole lot for very little (money).

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TRON: Legacy Movie Review

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The new "TRON" sequel looks like a stunningly beautiful car commercial or a vodka ad – but that’s not enough to sustain the film, which quickly dulls after you leave the games arena.

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The A-Team Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Hannibal, Face, B.A. and Murdoch are together again, bringing incredible action and A-list audio/video and extras.


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True Grit Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

No grit but a little noise and grain mark the arrival of The Duke’s Oscar-winning western in HD.


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Vampires Suck Blu-ray Review

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

When you see the word "suck" in the title, really, what do you expect?


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The Search for Santa Paws Blu-ray Review

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Santa’s BFF is cute, cuddly, and also, not a little bit silly.

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The Other Guys Blu-ray Review

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

This year saw a lot of films with over-the-top action heroes arrive on Blu-ray, but this one is about The Other Guys.

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The Next Three Days Movie Review

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Writer-director Paul Haggis crafts an unconventional thriller from the French original, starring Russell Crowe as an English teacher bent on freeing his wrongfully-imprisoned wife.

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Polk Audio SurroundBar 6000 Instant Home Theater Review

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Not everybody has room for a surround sound system, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want surround sound. If funds and space are a little tight, Polk Audio may just have you covered.

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Modern Times Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The Little Tramp arrives in high style on his newfangled Criterion Blu-ray.


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Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Jake Sully is back for the second time this year, but is Fox’s new triple-scoop edition worth a double-dip?


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Eat Pray Love Blu-ray Review

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Bored writer divorces, travels the world to find herself, but maybe should have stayed home and watched this boring Blu-ray instead.

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For Colored Girls Movie Review

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Drama becomes melodrama in Tyler Perry’s adaptation of the celebrated play, leaving the viewer with something too overwrought to take at all seriously.

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Disney World of Wonder (WOW) Review

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Disney takes a stab at demystifying the complex (and often dull) subject of video and audio calibration. You wouldn’t want Buzz and Woody to have inaccurate skin tones, would you?

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NHT Absolute 5.1 System Featuring Absolute Zero Speaker Review

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

There may be other options out there for less money, but none of them are going to offer the level of sound quality, ease of set-up, and fit-n-finish as this dynamite 5.1 set-up from NHT.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Two Blu-ray Review

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

New on Blu is another fine set celebrating the talent that goes into the rapidly expanding Star Wars universe.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray 3D Player Review

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Panasonic’s DMP-BDT100 is currently their entry-level Blu-ray 3D player. It offers a strong pedigree of performance and a lot of features for not a lot of money, with one potential show-stopper.

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Paranormal Activity 2 Movie Review

Monday, October 25th, 2010

New house, new family, same problems, in this rare sequel that is not only a worthy follow-up to the original but also improves upon it by adding extra depth to the story.

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Stargate Universe – SGU: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Fox finally releases the sci-fi show’s freshman season in one 5-disc set.

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Troll 2 Blu-ray Review

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

The so-bad-it’s-good cult classic celebrates its 20th birthday with a Blu-ray release.

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Predators Blu-ray Review

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Patient franchise fans finally get the Predator sequel they’ve been waiting for. And on high definition Blu-ray, it’s far from one ugly mother…

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Alien Anthlogy Blu-ray Review

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

If your nerves can handle it, this set belongs in your movie library.

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Antennas Direct Clearstream Micron Indoor HDTV Antenna Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

We pit a long distance HDTV antenna against an inexpensive pair of rabbit ears for pulling in local HDTV channels and the results are surprising.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Fox’s new Blu-ray is the next best thing to a midnight showing, and a hell of a lot easier to clean up after.

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Romeo + Juliet Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Where was this nifty Blu-ray while I was stuck studying Shakespeare in high school?

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Back to the Future Trilogy Blu-ray Review

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The original Back to the Future has never been equaled by anyone (although Robert Zemeckis made those two sequels…) and this next-generation boxed set will be pretty hard to match as well.

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Jonah Hex Blu-ray Review

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

A deformed Josh Brolin and Megan Fox’s impossibly-small waist blast onto Blu-ray where they do battle with a villainous John Malkovich in this DC Comics anti-hero western.

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My Soul to Take Movie Review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Wes Craven’s so-called "return to movie-making" is a disappointing, muddled mess.

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Life as We Know It Movie Review

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Katherine Heigl’s latest is the chick flick antidote to the season’s string of horror movies. It’s neither particularly good nor particularly offensive, not to mention particularly memorable.

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Secretariat Movie Review

Friday, October 8th, 2010

The story of the great racehorse has been reduced to a slickly-produced, shiny, pretty thing that is nice to look at but, for the most part, incredibly vapid.

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The Exorcist Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Open up, it’s The Exorcist. And since these guys travel in pairs, he’s brought along the 2000 director-preferred extended cut, too.

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The Year Without a Santa Claus Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

If it’s to be a year sans Santa, don’t blame Warner, who have finally made the beloved TV special available in HD.

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Get Him to the Greek Blu-ray Review

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

This semi-sequel to 2008′s "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" puts Russell Brand’s character in the drunken driver’s seat.

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The Social Network Movie Review

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Told with the same overblown drama and self-importance of your friend’s incessant status updates, "The Social Network" is nevertheless absorbing and sharply told, as if your over-sharing Facebook friend was, say, David Mamet.

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Popular Home Theater and Movie Review Site Expands its Roster, Launches Redesigned Web Site

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

In the face of a soft economy, Big Picture Big Sound is staffing up, growing traffic and launching a whole new look.

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King Kong Blu-ray Review

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Have the unforgiving eye and ear of Blu-ray finally slain the mighty Kong?

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Iron Man 2 Blu-ray Review

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

If only the script for this sequel had been as supercharged as the armor-clad hero’s inevitable Blu-ray.

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The Third Man Blu-ray Review

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Found: The truth about Harry Lime. Still missing: A top-notch Blu-ray worthy of this classic film.

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Catfish Movie Review

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Documentary about a young art prodigy and her family turns out to be about nothing of the kind. What it does turn out to be is both fun and bizarre.

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Monster Digital Life PowerNet 200 Ethernet Anywhere Starter Kit Review

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Monster’s powerline networking kit offers an easy, dependable alternative to Wi-Fi when connecting your internet-ready A/V gear.

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Boogie Woogie Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

This well-cast independent film shines a light on the sometimes-racy art world, but the Blu-ray is not quite a masterpiece.

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Smallville The Complete Ninth Season Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Apparently vexed by audio kryptonite, the penultimate year of The Man Who Would Be Super is nonetheless jam-packed with leather/spandex/armor-clad mayhem.

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray Review

Monday, September 13th, 2010

A not-so "holiday classic" arrives as a Criterion Collection release on Blu-ray Disc.

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Panasonic TC-P50G25 50-inch Class VIERA G25 Series 1080p Plasma HDTV Review

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Panasonic’s G25 series of 1080p plasma HDTVs may not have 3D capabilities, but they still produce some drop dead gorgeous images.

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Survival of the Dead Blu-ray Review

Monday, September 6th, 2010

George Romero’s latest tale of the lumbering dead arrives on Blu-ray, but even this Ultimate edition might leave you hungry for more.

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Sons of Anarchy Season Two Blu-ray Review

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

The not-so charming bikers from Charming are back in a second season of motorcycle mayhem.

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Machete Movie Review

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Robert Rodriguez finally delivers on the promise of 2007′s "Grindhouse" with this gleefully campy Mex-ploitation flick about a knife-wielding anti-hero doling out bloody slices of justice.

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Pioneer SC-LX83 review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Techradar: Back in 2008, Pioneer launched the SC-LX81 and we liked it. We liked it so much, in fact, it won awards and everything. It used ICEpower Class D amplification developed by B&O and it…



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Centurion Movie Review

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

In spite of the impressive attention to detail in creating England in AD 117, the lack of compelling characters makes "Centurion" ultimately forgettable.

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The Last Exorcism Movie Review

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

If you ignore the marketing, this is actually a clever and creepy (if ultimately pointless) little thriller possessed by the soul of a horror movie.

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LOST The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

More discs, more answers, and more of everything, frankly: This overwhelming boxed set is worthy of the hours and hours of exploration it demands.

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The Girl Who Played WIth Fire Movie Review

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Lisbeth is back and better than ever in the second installment of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy about a pint-sized lady that packs a huge wallop.

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Mother Blu-ray Review

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Didn’t you learn to always listen to your Mother? It’s hard not to here, when she’s got such a badass Blu-ray release.

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The Square Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This Aussie film noir will have you squirming, as a couple embroiled in an affair digs a deeper and deeper hole.

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Cemetery Junction Blu-ray Review

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

For three young Brits life seems to be at a dead end, but there is hope of getting a connection out.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Blu-ray Review

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

"It’s not a DVD, it’s a Blu-ray!" Although the sound in particular might seem a little wimpy, this three-disc set does enable us (and our kids) to watch the family comedy pretty much anytime, anywhere.

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Step Up 3D Movie Review

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The 3D, as well as the rehashed plot, do little to enhance the frequently phenomenal dancing in this third "Step Up" film.

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The Kids Are All Right Movie Review

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

How refreshing to see lesbian marriage treated as a normal, unremarkable event rather than something worthy of voting bans. Imagine that.

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Kick-Ass Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Is it possible to make a bad movie called Kick-Ass? This title certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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Charlie St. Cloud Movie Review

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Wooden and sulky, Zac Efron’s title character is little more than a pretty face in this boring, maudlin story about hopeless cases and letting go.

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LG 47LE5400 1080p LED HDTV with NetCast plus Wireless Media Receiver Review

Friday, July 30th, 2010

LG brings its best-in-class NetCast internet app suite and wireless readiness to the party with their LED-backlit 47LE5400.

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Pioneer VSX-920 review

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Techradar: Pioneer is probably the coolest brand in home cinema. Its sleek, cosmetically finessed designs and cutting-edge performance make the rest of the herd look positively industrial. So how do…



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Pioneer VSX-920 review

Friday, July 30th, 2010

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Clash of the Titans (2010) Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Bigger, noisier and certainly slicker than the 1981 Desmond Davis/Ray Harryhausen original, this Clash rehash is nonetheless quite a bit of fun, and makes for some titanic demo material on Blu-ray Disc.

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A Prophet Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

While an interesting prison drama, this slightly too long film feels like hard time on Blu-ray.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Blu-ray Review

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

How to hide your dragon and crouch your tiger – now on a standalone Blu-ray disc.

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The Runaways Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Joan Jett broke ground for all girl bands in the 1970s and this little biopic on her life, now on Blu-ray Disc, will find its own place in rock history.

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Pioneer VSX-1020-K Home Theater Receiver Review

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Pioneer’s sexy, 3D-capable A/V wonder sports six HDMI 1.4a inputs, an available iPhone control app, optional Bluetooth connectivity and integrated internet radio.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Movie Review

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Noisy, predictable, full of overdone special effects – there’s not much to recommend this big budget fantasy that Nicolas Cage both starred in and co-executive produced.

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Winnebago Man Movie Review

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Viral video of hysterically funny Winnebago salesman is turned into a full-length documentary. As usual, it would have been better to leave well enough alone.

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Batman: Under the Red Hood Blu-ray Review

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Batman meets his match in one of the better, grittier direct-to-Blu DC Universe adventures, ably captured in high definition and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

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Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 review

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

TechRadar: The Sony Bravia KDL-46NX703 makes a big impact right out of the box, with its slender profile thanks to edge LED lighting and Sony’s single-layer ‘Monolithic’ fascia. Our…



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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Blu-ray Review

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Unless you’re already a fan of the heroic half-immortal from his books, this audio/video stunner’s cornucopia of clichés will likely leave you muttering, "Oh, gods…"

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The Bounty Hunter Blu-ray Review

Monday, July 5th, 2010

This Blu-ray makes me want to put out my own bounty… on the film-makers’ heads.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad U350

Thursday, June 24th, 2010


The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 laptop offers computing and entertainment technology at its best.

With the retail price starting from as little as R6 699 (~0), the IdeaPad U350 is a must for technology lovers for its amazing range of utilities. The smallest IdeaPad U350 laptop is a mere 1.58kg and is less than 25mm in size, making it easy to carry around.

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Mac mini (mid 2010) review

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

The Mac mini has long been the oddball child of the Mac family: it’s the only consumer-level machine from Apple that isn’t a fully-integrated experience, and it’s the only Mac to have had a sub-,000 sticker price in some time. But people love this little weirdo, and they love to do weirdly awesome things with it — we’ve seen Mac minis stuffed into everything from old G4 Cube shells to volleyball-playing robots to pianos to… DeLoreans. Yes, DeLoreans. And, of course, people have longed been connecting Mac minis to HDTVs and using ‘em as a media players — it’s small, quiet, relatively powerful, and it’s a real computer, so it can play virtually any video file you throw at it. And now it’s gotten even more attractive as a home theater PC, since Apple’s given the newest Mac mini a striking unibody makeover, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics, and — a first for any Mac — an HDMI port, making it a dead-simple addition to your HDTV. On the flip side, the base price of the only stock consumer configuration has gone up to 9, and to be blunt, much cheaper PCs have had HDMI ports forever. So is the mini worth the premium? Is it the ultimate small PC for the living room — and beyond? Read on to find out.

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