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Into the Wild HD DVD Review

Into the Wild HD DVD Review

Into the Wild is among the last round of Paramount HD DVD releases. The Golden Globe winning movie tells the story of a young man who tried to escape civilization. It turns out to be one of the great road movies with a captivating musical soundtrack.

Into the Wild is among the last round of Paramount HD DVD releases. The Golden Globe winning movie tells the story of a young man who tried to escape civilization. It turns out to be one of the great

— March 10, 2008 16:38 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

HD DVD Review: Eastern Promises Starring Academy Award Nominee Viggo Mortensen

HD DVD Review: Eastern Promises Starring Academy Award Nominee Viggo Mortensen

Academy Award Nominee Viggo Mortensen teams up for second time with director David Cronenberg for Eastern Promises a hard hitting crime thriller. This HD DVD review contains no spoilers! I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes action movies, thrillers, mystery or even art-house cinema, this film fits somewhere between them all. The HD transfer is brilliant and the multi-channel surround sound is well done.

Academy Award Nominee Viggo Mortensen teams up for second time with director David Cronenberg for Eastern Promises a hard hitting crime thriller. This HD DVD review contains no spoilers! I highly

— January 22, 2008 13:13 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Transformers HD DVD 2-Disc Special Edition Review

Transformers HD DVD 2-Disc Special Edition Review

Once upon a time there were plastic Japanese toys that changed from cars into robots. Now we have huge blockbuster movies that change our childhood toys into reality! Ok, maybe not reality, but the latest Transformers movie does a pretty good job with the flashy animation and popcorn flick thrills. Drop in a kid, a hot girl, some good one-liners, and Michael Bay as the director and you'll get this summer's biggest movie on a plastic disc that's sure to please.

Once upon a time there were plastic Japanese toys that changed from cars into robots. Now we have huge blockbuster movies that change our childhood toys into reality! Ok, maybe not reality, but the

— October 25, 2007 15:19 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

We Were Soldiers HD DVD Review

We Were Soldiers HD DVD Review

I nabbed the We Were Soldiers HD DVD early on since it was a pairing of Randall Wallace and Mel Gibson. That's as good as calling it Braveheart II as far as I'm concerned. It turns out the HD DVD video quality wasn't all I had expected (OK, it was downright disappointing), but we'll get into more of that that below.

I nabbed the We Were Soldiers HD DVD early on since it was a pairing of Randall Wallace and Mel Gibson. That's as good as calling it Braveheart II as far as I'm concerned. It turns out the HD DVD

— August 29, 2007 10:09 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Batman Begins HD DVD Review

Batman Begins HD DVD Review

If ever a movie was created to tap into the depths of just how far a DLP or LCD projector can go with regard to black levels you would think it was Batman Begins. Full of scene after scene of dark, detailed imagery, this movie is a veritable smörgåsbord of test clips for just how low your projector will go. Combined with an audio track that will throw you back in your seat, Batman Begins is a wild ride for both sight and sound.

If ever a movie was created to tap into the depths of just how far a DLP or LCD projector can go with regard to black levels you would think it was Batman Begins. Full of scene after scene of dark,

— August 27, 2007 20:00 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Miami Vice HD DVD Review

Miami Vice HD DVD Review

Miami Vice surprised me by being a "straight shooter" in the midst of a series of campy remakes that poked fun at their counterparts. As far as the technological side of the DVD, this is by far the most advanced HD DVD I've yet encountered. If you want to know what the menu system of an HD DVD can do, Miami Vice shows off quite a few of the features. The picture is beautiful, even though much of it is dark and shot in the evening when grain tends to creep into the film.

Miami Vice surprised me by being a "straight shooter" in the midst of a series of campy remakes that poked fun at their counterparts. As far as the technological side of the DVD, this is by far the

— June 04, 2007 16:47 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

The Departed HD DVD Review

The Departed HD DVD Review

The Departed is a film that captured our attention for several reasons. First off, as an Academy Award winner it stood out for its apparent merit as a film. Secondly, the number of A-list actors in the film are mind-blowing and I knew the film would be enjoyable regardless of plot due to the sheer presence of the talent on the screen. The last reason we chose this disc was due to the fact that surely for such an eventful film as a Scorsese masterpiece the audio and video quality must have been meticulously attended to in the mastering process to HD DVD.

The Departed is a film that captured our attention for several reasons. First off, as an Academy Award winner it stood out for its apparent merit as a film. Secondly, the number of A-list actors in

— May 29, 2007 08:40 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Audioholics HD-DVD Review Methodology

Audioholics HD-DVD Review Methodology

There are plenty of places reviewing HD-DVDs* these days, so why should Audioholics even bother? Well, we cruised around the web and the usual sources and found a distinct lack of technical information on the various discs with respect to audio and video quality. Since the entire point of HD DVD and Blu-ray Discs is to provide audio and video that far exceeds that of standard definition DVDs, it's important to focus on those aspects when reviewing the new format discs.

There are plenty of places reviewing HD-DVDs* these days, so why should Audioholics even bother? Well, we cruised around the web and the usual sources and found a distinct lack of technical

— May 04, 2007 11:03 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Yes Symphonic Live (DTS) Concert DVD Review

Yes Symphonic Live (DTS) Concert DVD Review

Are you ready for the best Yes concert DVD to ever hit the market? Folks, I have them all; I own Yessongs, Live in Philadelphia (1979), Live From the House of Blues, Anderson - Bruford - Wakeman - Howe, and even Keys to Ascension and none of these even come close to the audio, video and production of Yes Symphonic Live.

Are you ready for the best Yes concert DVD to ever hit the market? Folks, I have them all; I own Yessongs, Live in Philadelphia (1979), Live From the House of Blues, Anderson - Bruford - Wakeman -

Steve DellaSala — December 07, 2006 21:51 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Eric Clapton Live - One More Car One More Rider

Eric Clapton Live - One More Car One More Rider

For the "One More Car One More Rider" Live on tour 2001, Eric Clapton backed himself up with some of the finest Jazz musicians in the industry. For starters is the amazing Steve Gadd on drums. You may remember him from Steely Dan, Al DiMeola (guitar), Chic Corea (keyboard) and the list goes on.

For the "One More Car One More Rider" Live on tour 2001, Eric Clapton backed himself up with some of the finest Jazz musicians in the industry. For starters is the amazing Steve Gadd on drums. You

Steve DellaSala — December 07, 2006 21:51 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Steely Dan's Two Against Nature (DTS) Review

Steely Dan's Two Against Nature (DTS) Review

Steely Dan is one of my all time, favorite bands. Their music offers tremendous diversity, style and talent that's found in few bands today. Furthermore, their music has endured the test of time and even their most recent work, "Two Against Nature," is destined to be a classic.

Steely Dan is one of my all time, favorite bands. Their music offers tremendous diversity, style and talent that's found in few bands today. Furthermore, their music has endured the test of time and

Steve DellaSala — December 07, 2006 21:51 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Gladiator DVD Review

Gladiator DVD Review

Great sound performance from such an incredibly great movie. The opening scene against the Germanic Barbarians is enough to give this movie a 5-thumber. IT IS AWESOME…nuff said.

Great sound performance from such an incredibly great movie. The opening scene against the Germanic Barbarians is enough to give this movie a 5-thumber. IT IS AWESOME…nuff said.

— December 07, 2006 21:51 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Gone in 60 Seconds DVD Review

Gone in 60 Seconds DVD Review

Solid sounds stemming from many high-performance vehicles really impressed me about this film. Since this was a movie of the action genre, it was "constant". It was certainly better than the original film, when it comes to audio.

Solid sounds stemming from many high-performance vehicles really impressed me about this film. Since this was a movie of the action genre, it was "constant". It was certainly better than the original

— December 07, 2006 21:51 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews

Lethal Weapon: The Complete Series DVD Review

Lethal Weapon: The Complete Series DVD Review

This is the thrill-packed story of two Vietnam-vets-turned-cops who have just one other thing in common: both hate to work with partners. But their partnership becomes the key to survival when a routine murder investigation leads to all-out, take-no-prisoners, martial-arts-and-machine-guns war with an international heroin ring.

This is the thrill-packed story of two Vietnam-vets-turned-cops who have just one other thing in common: both hate to work with partners. But their partnership becomes the key to survival when a

— December 07, 2006 21:51 in Blu-ray Movie Reviews