Visiting Criterion Collection

For show notes, please visit our corresponding discussion thread.  Full Criterion visit documented in the podcast episode, available via the audio player below. Sam Posten and Home Theater Forum Co-Owner Ron Epstein visit Criterion Collection in New York.  Sam interviews Technical Director Lee Kline, Producer Abbey Lustgarten and Audio Supervisor […]

Hellboy (2004) UHD Review

To celebrate the film’s 15th Anniversary, Sony has released Guillermo del Toro’s vision of Hellboy, in a packed to the gills collector’s edition featuring both the original theatrical cut and director’s cut remastered in 4K, plus new and old special features, many of which have never been released on Blu-ray.

Samsung’s The Wall joins The CEDIA Designer program

Last year, we covered the announcement of Samsung’s The Wall, which is the first-available consumer modular MicroLED 146-inch display system. The product has now been added to the home theater design software platform, known as The CEDIA Designer (TCD), which will allow high-end integrators to deliver to consumers technically accurate […]

SVS announces five-city ‘Night of Sonic Thrills’ events

SVS is bringing “immersive, heart-pounding sound” to five U.S. cities, starting tomorrow in San Antonio, TX, as part of a new event series billed as ‘Speakers and Subwoofers Unleashed: A Night of Sonic Thrills with SVS’. Each event will be hosted by an SVS dealer and feature home theater and […]

Rocketman UHD Review

The sensational rise, emotional and drug-fueled setbacks, and triumphant success of Elton John are explored in Rocketman, a brilliantly realized musical filled to the brim with stellar performances, toe-tapping hits, and an earnest, honest peek behind the curtains of the legendary singer’s life. This isn’t a musical biopic, which, according […]

Esportz Entertainment to open OC broadcast center

With the esports industry growing at a rapid pace, Esportz Entertainment Corp. is slated to construct a state-of-the-art broadcast studio to expand its base of operations. The broadcast center will be built in Orange County, considered to be the epicenter of gaming, with completion of the facility projected for end […]

Magnificent Obsession – Criterion Blu-ray Review

In the 1950’s, two studios seemed to have a lock in producing melodramatic movies of high quality: 20th Century Fox (Peyton Place being the most notable example) and Universal-International. The latter studio benefited from the presence of Douglas Sirk, a director who began his career in Germany before moving to […]

Mothra Blu Ray Review

Mill Creek Entertainment has released Ishiro Honda’s 1961 Kaiju classic and fan-favorite Mothra on Blu Ray.  This release includes both the 90-minute dubbed American theatrical cut and uncut 101-minute subtitled Japanese version.  Mothra has more of a fairy tale quality than its predecessors and in fact, bears greater resemblance to […]

Sound United and Onkyo terminate transfer deal

You may recall that we reported in May that Sound United, with its portfolio of brands including Denon, Polk Audio and Marantz, was poised to take on all Onkyo and Pioneer consumer business, but it looks that deal is no longer happening. We received news this week from Onkyo explaining […]

Howard Stern helms first LA radio show in nearly 20 years

Howard Stern commemorated the official opening of SiriusXM Hollywood Studios this week with his first broadcast in almost 20 years from Los Angeles, and by interviewing several Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey, Jr., Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Levine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The live broadcasts represented a special week of […]

McIntosh introduces three new home theater products

McIntosh has announced three new home theater products: the MX170 (pictured above) and MX123 AV Processors and the MC255 5-Channel Home Theater Amplifier. The 15.1-channel MX170 processor (MSRP $15,500) includes 4K UHD architecture, High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, and immersive audio processing. It has 8 HDMI inputs and 4 HDMI […]