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  1. Brian Dobbs

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 10 - Hey Kids, Whatcha Watchin’? (2020)

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Hey Kids, Whatcha Watchin'? Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten talk about what they have watched in 2020 -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Listen in, as they try to guess where each other’s selections ended up...
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    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 9: Home Video Library, Memorabilia and Tchotchkes

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Home Video Library, Memorabilia and Tchotchkes Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten take a deep dive into how they store, organize, and display their home theater media collection. Sam embraces chaos, Brian is way more thoughtful. They also discuss the...
  3. Brian Dobbs

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 8: Stranded On A Desert Island

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Stranded On A Desert Island Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten are joined by reviewers and owners from HTF to discuss which movies they would bring with them while stranded on a desert island. This discussion took place during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, of...
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    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 7: Spoilers

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Spoilers Join Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten as they talk about spoilers and movie secrecy. Are today’s audiences too spoiled? What’s the worst you’ve ever had a movie spoiled on you? Are guesses spoilers? Are we exposed to too many trailers and what...
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    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 6: Aspect Ratios

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Aspect Ratios Join Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten as they talk about movie aspect ratios, from their history, why we need them, and optical physics that help define them. Topics such as soft and hard matting, constant image height projection, and...
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    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 5: Visiting Criterion Collection

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Visiting Criterion Collection 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 Ryan Hullings about how they work...
  7. Brian Dobbs

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 4: Shelf Regret - Why Did I Buy This?

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Shelf Regret - Why Did I Buy This? Brian and Sam take a humorous look at titles in their collection that they now have to wonder, “WHY did I buy this?” They now grapple with whether to keep them in the collection, toss them in the trash or foist them...
  8. Brian Dobbs

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 3: Home Video - Buy, Rent or Stream?

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. https://static.hometheaterforum.com/podcast/htfp_003_home_video.mp3 Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes / Apple Podcasts Subscribe via Spotify Show Notes E-mail us at [email protected] Why I Own So Many Movies Ultraviolet Cracked By...
  9. Brian Dobbs

    Podcast HTF Podcast Episode 2: Defining Home Theater

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post. https://static.hometheaterforum.com/podcast/htfp_002_defining_home_theater.mp3 Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes / Apple Podcasts Subscribe via Spotify Show Notes E-mail us at [email protected] VCDs Divx...
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    Podcast HTF Podcast episode 1: Favorite Movie Scenes To Demo For Others

    https://static.hometheaterforum.com/podcast/htfp_001_favorite_movie_scenes.mp3 Continue reading the Original Blog Post. Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes / Apple Podcasts Subscribe via Spotify E-mail us at [email protected] Show Notes Post - Brian, Sam and Ron Visit Dolby
  11. Brian Dobbs

    2.40:1 vs. 1.85:1 In The Age Of Digital Cinema

    Two things to consider here... Back in the age of film, some directors would use wide angle lenses to capture wide vistas to a squarish film negative, to then apply anamorphic stretching to project the wide image in the theater. 2.35/2.40 films were technically "larger" (wider) than other...
  12. Brian Dobbs

    SVS PC-2000 Cylinder Subwoofer Review

    My love for the home theater hobby is credited to my Dad. I grew up around music, speakers, and electronics of every type imaginable. He did his best to teach me everything he knew about putting together an entertainment system, especially how audio and video routed through a receiver. In the...
  13. Brian Dobbs

    Kill The Messenger

    Saw this last night. Greatly enjoyed this film based on a true story almost no one heard of, mostly because of the sideshow the Clinton / Lewinsky scandal was of the late 90s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_the_Messenger_%282014_film%29 Recommended.
  14. Brian Dobbs

    Building A Home Theater? Start Here.

    People come to the Home Theater Forum as a resource, and I think it’s time to consolidate as much information as possible concerning the construction phase of building a home theater. Many folks have questions regarding acoustics, sound control, wiring and calibration. The purpose of this...
  15. Brian Dobbs

    Projector's Colors...Change? What's Wrong Here?

    Got an old Acer PD525 DLP projector that my office was going to throw out. It works fine for 15 minutes, and then something happens to the intensity of the colors. I tried installing a new bulb, but it still had the same issues. It's a very subtle change, but it's really irritating.Is it a...
  16. Brian Dobbs

    Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie

    Premiering in July 2014 with a limited release across the U.S.A. Blu-ray, DVD and downloadable versions coming later this year... http://cinemassacre.com/2014/06/09/avgn-movie-the-big-update/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2123146/
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    Anamorphic stretching on Man Of Steel? What is this!? UGH!

    Man Of Steel is distorted. My question is why? Does it have something to do with the anamorphic lens used for filming? I've listed a few examples below where I've stretched the image vertically to what I think it should look like. Henry Cavill looks like this. Man Of Steel screengrab 1...
  18. Brian Dobbs

    The Future Of IMAX 15/70mm Theaters

    I had an email discussion with Dean Fick, Theater Technical Manager of the Washington, D.C. Smithsonian IMAX Theaters and Planetarium. Here's what I learned, at least as it relates to the 3 D.C. area 15/70mm film-based IMAX projection theaters.A laser-illuminated digital projection system will...
  19. Brian Dobbs

    Dream Theater self-titled in 5.1 DVD-Audio

    http://www.dreamtheater.net/order They previously released an album in 5.1 Dolby Digital, but I was surprised to see the DVD-Audio logo on the disc itself! No video or menus, just straight into the music. How it should have always been!
  20. Brian Dobbs

    King Kong Extended Edition on Blu?

    New version of King Kong 2005 out on Blu-ray. King Kong - Universal 100th Anniversary http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/King-Kong-Blu-ray/42144/ I can't figure out if it has any of the bonus features they didn't include on this film's previous release on Blu. Which ones? These ones... The...
  21. Brian Dobbs

    Trailers Ruin Movies

    I've had it with trailers. I've completely stopped watching any trailer for any movie that I know I'll see, like Thor, Transfomers, Green Lantern, you know the big movies that we all go see regardless of reviews. I'm not even kidding. I straight-up close my eyes, cover my ears and start...
  22. Brian Dobbs

    The Dobbs HT: Starting From Scratch

    New home. Unfinished basement. Aspirations of constructing the ideal home theater. You know, the usual stuff. I'm looking forward to getting feedback along the way. I'm still in the conceptual phase at this point, trying to decide what lumber dimensions to use (2x4 vs. 2x6), calculating...
  23. Brian Dobbs

    Metallica / Ice Cream / Taxes

    Perhaps my perspective will change as I get older, but right now, this is how it is. No revisions, no filtering. I speak for myself only. This is my reality. It's been 9 years since Metallica took on Napster. Seems like just yesterday. 9 years ago I was in college, making fun of Metallica...
  24. Brian Dobbs

    Your opinions please...on this music video

    Hello fellow HT forumers, My name is Brian Dobbs and I perform with Concrete Prophet. Recently I put together this music video that I wanted to share with you. I'm hoping that promotional material like this puts us on the map and that the music industry takes notice. Oh, and in case you're...
  25. Brian Dobbs

    Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos in 5.1!

    From Mike Portnoy's website DREAM THEATER'S upcoming release "Systematic Chaos" will be released on Tuesday June 5th (date may vary in different countries) and will be available in two formats: Regular Edition CD: and a Special Edition CD and DVD: The Special Edition DVD...
  26. Brian Dobbs

    The Solo Album.com: My CD, DVD-V, DVD-A

    From http://www.hometownannapolis.com/cgi...6/12_27-23/CAN --------------------------------------------------------- Drumming up interest in his passion Annapolis man cuts the 'The History of Recorded Music' By JACOB LINGER For The Capital Everyone has caught themselves in front of...
  27. Brian Dobbs

    Introducing "The History of Recorded Music"

    Hello everyone. I've been a HTF member for a few years now and wanted to share this all-encompassing project with you. It took approximately one-and-a-half years to finish this album, which comes with as many bonus features as you could possibly imagine. The following is pulled from my...
  28. Brian Dobbs

    Concrete Prophet opening for Dokken in Virginia

    Jaxx in Springfield, VA presents If you enjoy progressive metal, Concrete Prophet will entertain you. Free CD giveaway. 8 p.m.
  29. Brian Dobbs

    How about Mortal Kombat 3?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293429/ "Filming Begins in May" m/ totally excited. They should definitely make it violent and rated R, now that all of us are old enough to see what we should have seen years ago.
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