Yamaha updates HTIB packages

In recent years, the HTIB (home-theater-in-a-box) category for living room AV audio showed significant decline, particularly in light of consumer preference for aesthetically pleasing sound bars. Yamaha has, however, just unveiled updates to its HTIB packages with the introduction of the YHT-4950U ($499.95 MSRP) and YHT-5950U ($599.95 MSRP) home theater […]

JVC upgrades firmware for DLA-RS4500K

JVC has announced a firmware update (V2.0)  for the top-of-the-line DLA-RS4500K 4K laser projector, adding various functions and features, including auto tone mapping, color profiles for the Panasonic DP-UB9000 Blu-ray player, and a number of screen adjustment modes. The upgrade will be available on June 27, 2019, and explanations of […]

David Lynch says forthcoming Lost Highway Blu-ray falls short

Hollywood rag IndieWire reported over the weekend that David Lynch had dropped something of a bombshell on his Twitter account concerning the release this coming week of his film Lost Highway on Blu-ray. Lynch wrote the following: “Dear Twitter Friends. A Blu-ray of LOST HIGHWAY will be released very soon. […]

Why One Streaming Device May Not Be Enough

There was a time, not too long ago, where the streaming apps included with your Blu-ray player were all you needed. Nearly every player had, at the minimum, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Hulu. For the most part, the streaming quality was very good regardless of the model of […]

Why UHD Blu-rays aren’t actually 4K

Why UHD Blu-rays aren’t actually 4K | Upscaled For high-resolution video and TV, 4K has pretty much become the default, but not for long. At IFA in 2018 we even saw companies talking about 8K, and Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, has promised to film and broadcast the 2020 olympics in […]

Apple releases $5k pro display with 6K resolution

Apple has introduced the Apple Pro Display XDR (MSRP $4,999), what the company claims to be the world’s “best” pro display. The new panel has a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 colour space, 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a claimed 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and wide viewing angle. […]

Criterion Press Release: The Circus (Blu-ray)

​ In the last film he made during the silent era, Charlie Chaplin revels in the art of the circus, paying tribute to the acrobats and pantomimists who inspired his virtuoso pratfalls. After being mistaken for a pickpocket, Chaplin’s Little Tramp flees into the ring of a traveling circus and […]

July 4th deal on VIZIO M7-Series TVs

VIZIO claims that its M7-Series Quantum TVs are the “least expensive Quantum Dot TVs on the market” and support greater color capabilities than competing “entry-level” Quantum Dot displays that cost twice as much. Costco is offering two models for the July 4th holidays (although the offer is live now) on […]

Morituri Blu-ray Review (Twilight Time)

Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner star in Morituri, a film that’s perhaps better remembered for its failure at the box office than its merits as a film. Viewed apart from that history, the film itself is better than its reputation would suggest, but still more of a programmer than a […]