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  1. Felix Martinez

    ICT (Image Constraint Token) On New Titles?

    I just read this sobering article from Sound & Vision and got a chill down my spine... I wonder if any of the new, high profile Blu-ray software releases (i.e. Star Wars) will begin implementing the ICT "feature" which would limit component-video analog outputs to resolution no greater than...
  2. Felix Martinez

    Richard Rush's The Stunt Man on Blu-ray

    Wow...this completely slipped under my radar and did not see a post here on HTF about it, but in the second to last paragraph of this news item about the upcoming Santa Sangre Blu-ray appears to be confirmation that the fantabulous film, Richard Rush's The Stunt Man, is coming to Blu sometime in...
  3. Felix Martinez

    Color Films Photographed To Appear B&W

    Trying to find a list of films that were shot in color, but photographed in such a way that they evoke a B&W mood thru a limited color palette, i.e. the set-design, costuming are devoid of bright colors, the lighting is moodier, etc. Looking for this use in a non-period, more modern setting.
  4. Felix Martinez

    Disney Blu-ray Survey

    Just rec'd an email from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment with a link to a survey. Kinda strange. Mostly focused on the need for car Blu-ray players. Of interest.
  5. Felix Martinez

    Netflix Next-Gen Disc Labels Causing Playback Issues?

    I noticed that Netflix is now adding labels around the inner ring of Blu-ray discs (haven't seen them on HD-DVD discs yet) stating "property of Netflix" or something like that. Not all the discs I've rec'd have the labels, but it seems to be a growing practice. It then dawned on me that I've...
  6. Felix Martinez

    Nymphomercial On YouTube

    I just completed a short film on high-def video that's just been posted on YouTube. It turned out quite sexy and hilarious. It's called "Nymphomercial," adapted from a fantastic new book coming out November 1 by author Jay Nussbaum, called "A Monk Jumped Over A Wall." "Ever wondered what...
  7. Felix Martinez

    David Crosby - IICORMN (CD+DVD-Audio)

    Just rec'd my copy of IICORMN and can confirm DVD-A (hi-res surround @96/24, hi-res stereo @ 192/24), plus DD surround and stereo and DTS surround. If you look at the CD and DVD disc artwork, it may throw you - they both have the good 'ol Atlantic green-white-and-orange label with "STEREO" on...
  8. Felix Martinez

    The Doors - Perception CD+DVD-Audio Box

    Did a search and can't believe there isn't a dedicated thread on this one... Just rec'd the final product after spinning an advance copy for about a month. Gets my vote for release of the year. A phenomenal, if not perfect, set. I would have opened the surround mix a bit more for the first...
  9. Felix Martinez

    BT - "This Binary Universe" CD / DVD

    A few weeks ago, this hit the wire: DTS Entertainment Releases Groundbreaking Work By BT I rec'd "This Binary Universe" today. I listened to about 3/4 of it and liked it quite a bit. Here are some observations: 1) The music is mind-boggling. It is ambient electronica, with some...
  10. Felix Martinez

    The State of "New Format" Disc Packaging

    Hi Folks - I know many of us here have noticed the slowly dissipating SACD/DVD-A aisles in B&M stores, and there's been lots of speculation as to what that means - the end of hi-res, the DualDisc takeover, etc., etc. I just rec'd info from one of the labels that might shed some light on...
  11. Felix Martinez

    Entire REM Catalog On "Double Disc" March 1, 2005

    Yes folks, I have them in hand (the DVD-A discs). The entire REM catalog (on *Warner*). Release date is 3/1/05 in "Double Disc" packages: each release in a CD+DVD-A package. Again, I was sent only the DVD-As in blank jewel boxes, but I like that Warner plans to release them as separate...
  12. Felix Martinez

    Blue Man Group - The Complex DVD-A

    Hi Folks, FYI...
  13. Felix Martinez

    Telarc & PentaTone Part Ways

    This just in, FYI...
  14. Felix Martinez

    More Zappa on DVD-A - 9/14/04!

    Hi Folks - Great news for Z fans... My contact at DTS Entertainment has told me that another Zappa DVD-A disc is scheduled to be released on 9/14/04. The only other info I have is that it's going to be original quad versions of previously unreleased material. FRANKly, I can't wait...
  15. Felix Martinez

    Channel Classics Does It Again - Le Grand Tango

    Goodness! Yet another unbelievable release from Channel! Check it out... http://www.channelclassics.com/pages/newreleases/6.html Audio quality is superb. Guitars are completely transparent, string quartet and double bass are immaculately reproduced. Phenomenal! Cheers,
  16. Felix Martinez

    Tubular Bells 2003 and T.Rex's Electric Warrior

    I was a happy camper last week when I peeked in my mailbox and saw the Tubular Bells 2003 and T.Rex DVD-As from Warner Strategic Marketing. I have to do full reviews of these titles, but my initial impression is that they're fantastic - heads up and post your comments here! I was particularly...
  17. Felix Martinez

    Blank DVD-Rs

    DVD ETC. reader Larry Bevil from Kingsport, TN points out in a letter to the editor in the March 2004 issue that many DVD-R (for General) media vary in quality. I agree 100% - be careful what you buy! My own personal experiences after authoring and burning hundreds of DVD-Rs is that Apple...
  18. Felix Martinez

    Steve Vai & Frank Zappa In Hi-Res Multi-Channel

    Hey Folks - My interview with guitarists Steve Vai and Dweezil Zappa in the March issue of DVD ETC should be hitting the stands any day now. Some interesting things revealed for hi-res multi-channel audio fans: Vai has already transferred all his recordings to 96/24 (multi-track masters)...
  19. Felix Martinez

    Jane Monheit DVD-As

    Just letting everyone know - I rec'd the new Jane Monheit DVD-As from Silverline, and they are fantastic. Gary Lux did the 5.1 mixes, and they are very, very good. The legendary Joel Dorn produced the original recordings. Jane's vox stylings recall a bit of Ella, Doris, a pinch of Linda, and...
  20. Felix Martinez

    Steve Vai - Live At The Astoria

    Folks - Just received this 2-disc set and its fantastic! A 2 1/2 hour concert! Some quick observations; please forgive the rough prose... Video quality is surprisingly good if a little low-key at times. Black level is deep, and there is little to no video noise, even when viewed on larger...
  21. Felix Martinez

    What's Your Favorite Holiday Hi-Res Release?

    I've just been floored by Channel Classics' SACD of Bach's Christmas Oratorio and AIX Records' DVD-A of "Surrounded By Christmas." Keep an eye out for these two releases, they're fantastic! Any other holiday faves? Cheers,
  22. Felix Martinez

    The State Of Multi-Channel Audio Column

    Hi Folks - The April 2003 issue marks the debut of my regular DVD, ETC. column, "The State of Multi-Channel Audio." I plan to keep my column informal, fun, and irreverent, while at the same time taking peeks and prods into this beautiful world of hi-res multi-channel audio. While I will try...
  23. Felix Martinez

    My Sanyo PLV-60 Home Theater

    Just updated my site with some new pics, including a screenshot. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to make your own theater! http://members.aol.com/beautymarkstudio/Home.html Cheers, Felix
  24. Felix Martinez

    Interview w/John Carpenter Producer Sandy King

    I just posted my recent interview w/director John Carpenter's producer, Sandy King, with some interesting info on new dvd commentary tracks recorded for They Live and Prince of Darkness. Also includes a link to my previous interview with assistant editor/music editor Gordon Stainforth...