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Absolute Ultimate AV: a visit to The Manor

Last month, I received a call inviting me to examine a couple of showcase home cinema rooms situated inside the reverentially titled ‘Manor House Estate’ in Buckinghamshire near London, exclusively for Home Theater Forum. The showrooms are known collectively as the ‘London Experience Center’ and form part of the UK …

LG announces new GX 3.1-channel sound bar

LG has announced its newest sound bar designed to go hand-in-hand with LG GX Gallery OLED TVs, while also being capable of delivering an “exceptional” home entertainment experience. The sound bar is available in the US from this month. The LG GX sound bar can be mounted either flush on …

H.266/VVC standard confirmed as successor to H.265/HEVC

German research organization Fraunhofer HHI has announced that, along with its industry partners including Apple, Microsoft and Sony, it is confirming the official adoption of the new global video coding standard H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC). The company says the new standard improves compression and reduces data requirements by approximately 50% …

The Paleface Blu-ray Review

Norman Z. McLeod’s The Paleface offers Bob Hope at the zenith of his powers as a film comedian in a western comedy that touches on every trope of the genre and throws fetching Jane Russell into the mix for good measure.

Not All Movie Rewards Programs Are Created Equal

If you’ve been collecting physical media and redeeming the included digital copy codes, then you are likely aware of the movie rewards programs offered by three of the studios – Disney (which now includes Fox), Sony, and Universal. How do they compare to one another?   Disney Movie Insiders Formerly …

Marantz introduces 8K-ready AV receivers

Hot on the heals of a similar announcement by sister brand Denon, Marantz has now confirmed the latest additions to its SR-Series line of AV receivers, the SR5015 ($1,099, available Sept. 15), SR6015 ($1,599, available Sept. 15), SR7015 ($2,299, available July 15), and SR8015 ($3,199, available August 15). All the …

Weekly RoundUp 7-14-2020

  Where to find the Best Deals on Movies & TV Shows on 4k/UHD, Blu-ray and DVD… The Features – Pride and Prejudice – 1940     – Never Give a Sucker an Even Break – 1941     – The Lady Eve – 1941     – Enter the …

VIZIO debuts 4K OLEDs and Elevate sound bar

VIZIO has announced it will sell its first-ever 4K OLED TVs in the fall, along with a new premium immersive audio sound bar, known as Elevate. The VIZIO OLED 4K HDR Smart TVs, which will be available in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, priced at $1,299 and $1,999 respectively, use …

The General Died at Dawn – Blu-ray Review

The first director to win multiple Oscars, Lewis Milestone began his career working as an editor and an assistant director before Howard Hughes promoted him to the director’s chair in the mid 1920’s. Milestone was rewarded with critical and commercial successes like The Racket (1928), All Quiet on the Western …