Sears Goes Back to Selling Consumer Electronics Again

According to industry insider Twice Magazine, Sears stores are going to be stocking consumer electronics again. The retailer is reputedly re-embracing consumer products after the retailer posted low margins, and its pursuit of smart home tech led to its abandonment more than three years ago. At that time, the chain began […]

Pioneer Elite Entry Level $599 Receiver

Pioneer and Onkyo U.S.A. Corporation have announced details of a new Elite network AV receiver, the VSX-LX103, priced at a cool $599 (or $749.99 CAD). Featuring 5.2.2 channel surround audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the receiver maxes out at 7.2 channels with amplification rated at 170W/ch (6 ohms, 1kHz, […]

Harper Blu-ray Review

Ross MacDonald’s hard-boiled private eye Lew Archer made his big screen debut (albeit with his last name changed) in Harper, adapted from MacDonald’s 1949 novel “The Moving Target.” The film features a superlative cast headed by Paul Newman, an excellent script by William Goldman, and wonderful cinematography by Conrad Hall. […]

A few words about…™ Matinee — in Blu-ray

Not since the days of P.T. Barnum, has there been an entertainment based showman with the passion, exuberance, and ability to blow things out of proportion with publicity, since the great master of schlock horror, Lawrence Woolsey (1917-1979). Known for his theatrical stunts – nurses standing at the ready for […]

Pitch Perfect 3 4K UHD/Blu-ray review

The Barden Bellas return in Pitch Perfect 3, with Anne Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Elizabeth Banks, and John Michael Higgins reprising their roles in this franchise.  The film performed very well at the box office so we can expect to see more installments  of this franchise in […]

Downsizing UHD Review

Downsizing arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray in an uninspiring video presentation that does not take advantage of any of the features the format provides, appearing almost identical to the included Blu-ray version of the film.

New TCL 6-Series TVs with Dolby Vision Available May 1st

US-based TCL has announced what it claims to be ‘the most anticipated TV of 2018’, the new 4K UHD 6-Series, coming available by May 1st.  First made public at CES 2018 in January, the incredibly affordable Roku TV 6-Series ‘strengthens TCL’s  reputation for picture performance’, and will include increased Contrast […]

Running Wild Blu-ray Review

W.C. Fields headlines this 1927 silent classic, which is more narrative driven than some of his other classics. Though it doesn’t boast any famous routines, the comedy here is often funnier because it is inspired by the plot rather than being built around it.  

Downsizing Blu-ray Review

“An interesting failure” is how a fellow Home Theater Forum member Jake Lipson described Downsizing. And that’s a fair assessment. There are wonderful ideas at play and a unique perspective in exploring those ideas. But the film falters in its conceptual approach. There are many facets to Alexander Payne’s examination […]

The Maze 3D Blu-ray Review

The Maze, produced at Allied Artists with an obviously modest budget and brief production schedule, still proves to be a moody, involving little thriller, and the 3-D Film Archive has resurrected this shuddery tale with all of its most appealing qualities intact.