DVD archive

  • Cloverfield - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Cloverfield - DVD review

    By 6 June 2008

    Breaking down Cloverfield into its nuts and bolts - Blair Witch does Godzilla - it should have been little more than a fun, but derivative affair. The mockumentary is a style borne of the indie fringes - see also Man Bites Dog – so the deft subtlety...

  • Wal-Mart "aggressively" promoting Blu-ray
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    Wal-Mart "aggressively" promoting Blu-ray

    By 5 June 2008

    Toshiba may be plotting a "Blu-ray killer", and the techie world is waiting to see what it's going to come up with, but retailers stateside are putting all of their energies into supporting the Blu-ray format. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is...

  • "Rescue Your Videotapes" launches
    Home Cinema

    "Rescue Your Videotapes" launches

    By 4 June 2008

    MAGIX has announced the launch of "Rescue Your Videotapes". With this "video rescue package" you can back up your VHS and all other tape formats onto your PC or directly to DVD - and add animated menus if you so wish. With the cry to "save your precious...

  • Philips PET830 portable DVD player    review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Philips PET830 portable DVD player review

    By 4 June 2008

    Portable DVD players come in all shapes and sizes but this Philips player has to be one of the more funky designs. Instead of a laptop-style design, this is more like a tablet that you hold in your hands. The high-gloss finish means it's quickly covered...

  • Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling DVD player announced
    Home Cinema

    Sony DVP-NS708H upscaling DVD player announced

    By 27 May 2008

    Sony has announced the DVP-NS708H DVD player that upscales standard definition DVDs to 1080p. With the claim of providing "sublime, detail-packed pictures", the DVD player gives you 1920 x 1080 Full HD images with progressive scanning, the highest resolution...

  • Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player    review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Sony DVP-FX850 portable DVD player review

    By 22 May 2008

    Made from plastic, the look is sophisticated and the overall feeling is one of quality. It opens like a notebook, so can be rested on a table. Alternatively, you can twist the panel around and fold it down, which makes it easier to mount on the back of...

  • Sanyo unveils 2008 range of LCD televisions
    Home Cinema

    Sanyo unveils 2008 range of LCD televisions

    By 15 May 2008

    Sanyo has unveiled its new 2008 range of LCD televisions with four models featuring full 1080p HD resolution and a 19-inch model available with a built-in DVD player. The new LCD televisions are available in the company's widest ever selection of screen...

  • HMV sales soar with games boast
    Gaming

    HMV sales soar with games boast

    By 9 May 2008

    HMV is promising strong end of year profits following on from a boom in games sales. Chief exec Simon Fox told journos at a conference: "HMV has clearly benefited from a strong games market. However we continue to outpace this fast-growing market". "It's...

  • MWg launches Zinc and Atom smartphones in UK
    Phones

    MWg launches Zinc and Atom smartphones in UK

    By 9 May 2008

    Mobile and Wireless Group (MWg) a Singapore-based company created in 2007 by the former management of O2 Asia, has announced its entrance into the European market and unveiled their latest Windows Mobile handsets, the Atom V and Zinc II. The Atom V, which...

  • The AlphaGrip - Is this the handheld computer of the future?
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    The AlphaGrip - Is this the handheld computer of the future?

    By 2 May 2008

    So it might never make it to the shops but check out this handheld computer design if not just for its wacky weirdness. Introducing the AlphaGrip, which is one of the entries to this year's Microsoft's Next-Gen PC Design Competition. It's had the chaps...

  • Samsung TruDirect DVD recorder review
    Online 3 out of 5

    Samsung TruDirect DVD recorder review

    By 2 May 2008

    The Samsung TruDirect is an external optical drive that you add to your existing PC setup, the aim being to change your PC into a DVD studio. The drive sits in a modern white casing wearing a grey belt and is unsurprisingly almost identical in size to...

  • LG DP271 Portable DVD player  review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    LG DP271 Portable DVD player review

    By 2 May 2008

    If you want to watch DVD movies on the move, there are an ever-increasing number of ways but the most cost-effective remains a portable DVD player. The LG DP271 has been designed to be an entry-level model and with a price of just £100 (inc. VAT), it...

  • Blu-ray sales dramatically down
    Home Cinema

    Blu-ray sales dramatically down

    By 1 May 2008

    NPD Group retail sales tracking data released this week show sales of Blu-ray standalone players have decreased drastically since the beginning of the year. Standalone Blu-ray player unit sales in the States dropped a whopping 40% from January to February...

  • iTunes movies to compete day-and-date with DVDs
    Home Cinema

    iTunes movies to compete day-and-date with DVDs

    By 1 May 2008

    The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Apple is imminently to announce that it has struck a deal with a "wide array" of movie studios to sell brand new movie releases via iTunes. This would mean Apple would compete "day-and-date" with home video releases...

  • Sony Bravia DAV-F200 home theatre system launches
    Home Cinema

    Sony Bravia DAV-F200 home theatre system launches

    By 30 April 2008

    Sony has launched the DAV-F200 Bravia home theatre system that claims to bring cinema sound without cluttering up your living room with speakers. The control centre can stand on a desk or shelf, or be mounted on the wall, and then you just have to find...

  • Acer H5350 projector promises cinema experience
    Gaming

    Acer H5350 projector promises cinema experience

    By 29 April 2008

    Acer launched the H5350 home cinema projector with the promise that it will "transform any living room into a home theatre" for under £600. Complete with PS3/Xbox 360 and Blu-ray friendly HDMI port, content is displayed at 720p resolution (1280 x 720)....

  • Sony launches range of HDD DVD recorders
    Home Cinema

    Sony launches range of HDD DVD recorders

    By 23 April 2008

    Sony has announced a new range of hard disk drive DVD recorders that the company says offers a wide choice of storage capacities to suit everyone's viewing needs. The flagship models feature a 500GB drive which is enough for up to 1420 hours of TV, depending...

  • DVD-D self destructs after 48 hours
    Home Cinema

    DVD-D self destructs after 48 hours

    By 18 April 2008

    The DVD-D disc format from a German company is a standard DVD that can be used only for 48 hours after the cardboard sleeve has been opened as, when this time period expires, it self deletes. The DVD-D claims to provide the full DVD experience with digital...

  • Roxio MyDVD 10 Premier launches
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    Roxio MyDVD 10 Premier launches

    By 3 April 2008

    Roxio has launched MyDVD 10 Premier, a video editing and DVD creation suite designed for consumers who want to edit home movies, create slideshows and provide video compilations to view on widescreen TVs, share online and enjoy on a variety of portable...

  • Buffalo launches HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive
    Online

    Buffalo launches HD DVD/Blu-ray combo drive

    By 26 March 2008

    Buffalo Technology has announced the availability of its first external optical disk drive and the BRHC-6316U2 is a Blu-ray - and HD DVD - combo drive that can both read/write Blu-ray and read HD DVD. The device boasts single and double layer Blu-ray...

  • Sony reveals first BD-Live titles
    Gaming

    Sony reveals first BD-Live titles

    By 26 March 2008

    Six days ago, we reported that the Sony PS3 is soon to be Blu-ray disc "Profile 2.0", or BD-Live, compatible, and today we have news of the first Sony DVDs to meet the standard. The musical spoof Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and the Schwarzenegger sci-fi...

  • Philips launches HTS8140 Ambisound Soundbar
    Home Cinema

    Philips launches HTS8140 Ambisound Soundbar

    By 19 March 2008

    Philips has launched the HTS8140 Ambisound Soundbar, all-in-one home cinema sound solution. Angled as perfect to match Philips' Ambilight flat TVs, the design is aligned with the company's "Design Collection" key features. The slim Soundbar has a flatter...

  • IT spending growing despite slowdown woes
    Cameras

    IT spending growing despite slowdown woes

    By 11 March 2008

    Despite uncertainty about the economy, technology sales are set to continue to grow. The National Computing Centre has today published the results of a survey that suggest that technology is unlikely to become a casualty of spending cut-backs. Instead...

  • Lionsgate to offer iTunes "Digital Copy"
    Home Cinema

    Lionsgate to offer iTunes "Digital Copy"

    By 10 March 2008

    Lionsgate has announced that it is working with Apple to provide "Digital Copy" for iTunes, that means certain DVDs will come with a computer- and iPod-friendly digital version of the movie bundled in. Just like movies purchased from the iTunes Store,...

  • Sony DVP-FX720 portable DVD player launches
    Home Cinema

    Sony DVP-FX720 portable DVD player launches

    By 10 March 2008

    Sony has announced the DVP-FX720 portable DVD player with up to 5-hours of battery life and a 7-inch LCD display that offers true 16:9 widescreen. The player is now available in a choice of finishes including white, "blazing" red, indigo blue and "glamour"...