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  • Pioneer offers three new DVD home cinema systems
    Home Cinema

    Pioneer offers three new DVD home cinema systems

    By 29 July 2009

    Pioneer has introduced three DVD home cinema systems, the 5.1-channel DCS-590 and DCS-585 and the 2.1-channel DCS-FS30 with slim speakers for those short on space, or who don't want their home ent equipment taking over their living room. All models can...

  • Watchmen - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Watchmen - DVD review

    By 24 July 2009

    It’s weird. To me as a comic geek, the release of the Watchmen film felt more of cultural landmark than just two and a half hours of entertainment. Supposedly unfilmable, it had knocked around various film studios for over 20 years, its legendary status...

  • Sony launches 400-disc Blu-ray MegaChangers
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    Sony launches 400-disc Blu-ray MegaChangers

    By 24 July 2009

    In the States, Sony has announced new models into its range of MegaChangers for consumers looking to organise their disc collections in a central fashion. The new models are the BDP-CX960 and the “Elevated Standard” BDP-CX7000ES 400-disc Blu-ray disc...

  • Hush - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Hush - DVD review

    By 17 July 2009

    A low-budget horror, saddled with a 15 certificate, a little-known cast and an unknown first-time director - doesn’t sound too promising, does it? Mercifully, the sum total is greater than its parts, as Hush proves to be a smart, taut, tense and neatly...

  • Moonwalk One: documenting the moon landing
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    Moonwalk One: documenting the moon landing

    By 14 July 2009

    "Not many people know this, but the reason the Apollo 11 film footage is so ghostly is because of technical issues in getting the live footage back from the moon". Theo Kamecke was asked to create a documentary that captured the Apollo 11 moon mission...

  • Religulous - DVD review
    Home Cinema 2.5 out of 5

    Religulous - DVD review

    By 10 July 2009

    With one of the key men behind Borat and Curb Your Enthusiasm calling the shots, it should come as no surprise that Religulous is edgy and thought-provoking satire. Stand-up comic Bill Maher has a bee in his bonnet about organised religion – and Religulous...

  • Sony announces VRD-MC6 DVDirect DVD recorder
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    Sony announces VRD-MC6 DVDirect DVD recorder

    By 8 July 2009

    Sony has announced its next-generation multi-function DVDirect DVD recorder, which can transfer high-def as well as standard-def home videos and digital photos to DVD discs without using a computer. The new VRD-MC6 has a 2.7-inch colour LCD screen for...

  • Gran Torino - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Gran Torino - DVD review

    By 3 July 2009

    Is there any kind of entry procedure for Mount Rushmore, or is it a closed shop and you have to be a long-dead president or summat? I’m just wondering, 'cos it’s clear there’s an argument that Clint Eastwood should be up there, something that Gran...

  • Blu-ray "defies recession"
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    Blu-ray "defies recession"

    By 1 July 2009

    Blu-ray disc sales are rising despite the depression, says the British Video Association, the trade body that represents the interests of publishers and rights owners of video home entertainment. It's been revealed that more than 3.1 million Blu-ray discs...

  • PLDS announces eTDU108 external DVD drive
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    PLDS announces eTDU108 external DVD drive

    By 30 June 2009

    PLDS has announced the release of its new external DVD-ROM drive, the eTDU108. It's a reader, not a writer, but might suit netbook owners who occasionally need to get something from a DVD. "External DVD-ROM drives slowly disappeared from the market when...

  • Anvil! The Story Of Anvil - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Anvil! The Story Of Anvil - DVD review

    By 26 June 2009

    While the rockumentary isn’t exactly a genre that’s in need of expanding, few of us will ever moan when its ranks swell. Following in the path of such behemoths as This Is Spinal Tap and Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, Anvil! The Story of Anvil confirms...

  • PVR TV that records to SD card announced
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    PVR TV that records to SD card announced

    By 23 June 2009

    The first television with the ability to record onto SD cards has been announced by British LCD TV company, Cello Electronics. The PVR Freeview TV shuns a more usual hard drive in favour of the portable storage format, meaning that recordings can more...

  • The Good The Bad The Weird - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    The Good The Bad The Weird - DVD review

    By 19 June 2009

    Surely we should feel a little bit sorry for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il? The whole world is on his case over the small matter a few weapons of mass destruction, but all he really wants is to be loved for a glorious career in films. Well into his...

  • Netflix DVD rental service heading to the UK?
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    Netflix DVD rental service heading to the UK?

    By 15 June 2009

    Netflix, the US DVD-by-post rental service could be coming to the UK, after LoveFilm announced that it is putting itself up for sale. According to PaidContent, the company has confirmed to the industry website that "Lovefilm has received approaches and...

  • Valkyrie - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Valkyrie - DVD review

    By 5 June 2009

    With Germany picking the scab of their own dark past cinematically in the form of Downfall, it seems to have given the green light for WWII to be explored with subtlety rather than jingoism by the Americans. Based on a true account of one of the many...

  • LG announces LG RHT497H Freeview+ DVD Recorder
    Home Cinema

    LG announces LG RHT497H Freeview+ DVD Recorder

    By 4 June 2009

    LG has announced its second series of digital Freeview+ DVD recorders with built-in disk drive, starting with the RHT497H. The new product can receive 40 freeview channels, pause and review live TV and contains a 160GB hard drive, which will save up to...

  • Pioneer launches DVR-XD08 portable CD/DVD writer
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    Pioneer launches DVR-XD08 portable CD/DVD writer

    By 1 June 2009

    Pioneer has unveiled a new slim, portable DVD and CD writer that offers a sleek, high-gloss black casing and the ability to write at speeds of up to 8x on DVD-R/+R, 6x on Dual/Double Layer DVDs and 24x to CD. The DVR-XD08 connects to the PC through USB...

  • The Wrestler - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    The Wrestler - DVD review

    By 29 May 2009

    There can’t have been too many oohs and aahs when Darren Aranofsky announced he was making a film about wrestling. After all, it hasn’t exactly been a fertile source material for film-makers. From the limp Nacho Libre to the mondo B-movies of Mexican...

  • Martyrs - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    Martyrs - DVD review

    By 22 May 2009

    Plenty has been written about "torture porn", with the idea being that films like Saw and Hostel have stepped over the line of what is acceptable in horror and fetishised violence, desensitising us to the gravity of the acts. In truth, there’s little...

  • New recording method could fit 1.6TB on a DVD
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    New recording method could fit 1.6TB on a DVD

    By 21 May 2009

    Golden "nano-rods" could be the answer to extending the lifespan of the DVD format, if researchers from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia are to be believed. They claim that they could fit 1.6 terabytes of data onto a disk - the equivalent...

  • Toshiba sues Imation, others over infringement
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    Toshiba sues Imation, others over infringement

    By 15 May 2009

    Toshiba has announced it is suing Imation, and others, over alleged infringements of some of Toshiba's DVD patents via products sold in the States under the Imation and Memorex brands. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Western...

  • Frost/Nixon - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Frost/Nixon - DVD review

    By 15 May 2009

    When a stage play is adapted for the cinema, there’s always a risk that it loses its potency, such are the differences between the mediums. While the stage is more intimate and emotional, those traits can be sucked dry by the more expansive, dynamic...

  • Panasonic DMR-EX769 DVD recorder review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-EX769 DVD recorder review

    By 12 May 2009

    The DMR-EX769 brings together a range of features that modern lifestyles often demand. It not only gives you all the advantages of Freeview+, but also rolls a DVD recorder into the same box. But is this jack of all trades and master of none? The EX769...

  • Daily Tech Deal: X-Men trilogy box set under £10
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    Daily Tech Deal: X-Men trilogy box set under £10

    By 11 May 2009

    Today's tech deal beings you a box set at a bargain price. Play.com is currently offering the trilogy of X-Men movies for under a tenner. A 6-disc set, there's plenty of extras for fans of the comic. The three films are X-Men The Movie from 2000, X-Men...

  • Role Models - DVD review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Role Models - DVD review

    By 8 May 2009

    It was surely an evolutionary moment, on a par with us progressing from Cro-Magnon man or whatever to modern man, when the post-American Pie brigade bought a ticket to the modern world and started making movies like Knocked Up, films that could see beyond...