DVD archive

  • Vantage Point - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Vantage Point - DVD review

    By 1 August 2008

    It's curious to see how Hollywood acts as a barometer to the American psyche. In the aftermath of 9/11, it was clear that would be too raw a topic to cover, until 2006’s World Trade Center eased it onto screens by way of tribute to the fallen. Now it...

  • Philips 2008 Ambisound range priced for UK
    Home Cinema

    Philips 2008 Ambisound range priced for UK

    By 30 July 2008

    Philips has announced pricing and availability for the its range of Ambisound products that offer a 5.1 cinema surround sound experience in compact packages. Some models have received previous separate launch coverage, but the range in all includes three...

  • Funny Games - DVD review
    Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Funny Games - DVD review

    By 25 July 2008

    Cinema has been an accepted part of or lives for so long that it’s easy to not question the affect that it can have on us. And when it comes to violence in films, that may actually be a momentous oversight – our over-consumption may have led to a...

  • Alpine in-car entertainment systems launched
    Gaming

    Alpine in-car entertainment systems launched

    By 18 July 2008

    So the weather has failed to cheer up yet again so you decide to pack up the car, and head for the sun, but how do you keep your kids from killing each other for the 10 hour drive? Well if you've got a bit of cash, Alpine has launched a new series of...

  • The Orphanage - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3.5 out of 5

    The Orphanage - DVD review

    By 18 July 2008

    Since we first had the bejesus freaked out of us by The Ring (Ringu, if you want to be picky), there has been a slow and steady string of lo-fi chillers that have taken turns in weirding us out, wresting the power away from fairground Hollywood horrors...

  • Sanyo launches 22-inch LCD TV with built-in DVD player
    Home Cinema

    Sanyo launches 22-inch LCD TV with built-in DVD player

    By 16 July 2008

    Sanyo has launched the new CE22LD94DV-B LCD TV which has a 22-inch screen and built-in DVD player. Aimed at the second TV market, its smaller dimensions mean it's designed for kitchens or bedrooms with the integrated DVD player offering the option of...

  • Onkyo offers "affordable" home cinema kit
    Home Cinema

    Onkyo offers "affordable" home cinema kit

    By 15 July 2008

    Onkyo has launched some "affordable" home cinema bits in the UK. First up is the DV-SP406 DVD player that Onkyo describes as a "low-profile, entry-level" offering. Costing £100, in black or silver, it comes complete with 1.1 HDMI, it upscales to 1080p,...

  • The Cottage - DVD review
    Home Cinema 2 out of 5

    The Cottage - DVD review

    By 11 July 2008

    It’s funny, but the tricky thing about British film is its violent polarity. Our flicks are either canny literate pieces from the likes of Shane Meadows, Danny Boyle and Pegg & Wright cracking or St Trinians weak. The question is which end of the spectrum...

  • One-third of us making illegal copies of DVDs
    Home Cinema

    One-third of us making illegal copies of DVDs

    By 10 July 2008

    There are warnings galore and the government, and film industry, are trying to crackdown on it, but it seems that more and more of us are making illegal copies of DVDs. According to a new survey by analyst firm Futuresource Consulting, 38% of UK users...

  • Lightscribe DVDs launch in colour
    Home Cinema

    Lightscribe DVDs launch in colour

    By 9 July 2008

    LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling has announced that LightScribe enabled DVDs are now available worldwide in five new colour backgrounds: red, orange, yellow, blue and green. Precise, silkscreen-quality black text and graphics labels can be burned onto...

  • LG launches portable DVD players
    Home Cinema

    LG launches portable DVD players

    By 4 July 2008

    LG Electronics has introduced three new additions to its portable DVD range - the LG DP391B, DP371B and DP381B. The 8-inch LG DP391B doubles up as a digital photo frame and has a three-in-one card reader to provide compatibility with SD, MMC and MS cards...

  • LG intros Freeview Playback HDD DVD recorders
    Home Cinema

    LG intros Freeview Playback HDD DVD recorders

    By 4 July 2008

    LG Electronics has introduced its first series of digital Freeview Playback DVD recorders with built-in hard disk drives. The LG RHT399H, LG RHT398H and the LG RHT397H allow you to receive up to 40 digital channels and offer time shift functionality,...

  • The Water Horse - Blu-ray review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    The Water Horse - Blu-ray review

    By 4 July 2008

    When a young boy, Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel), finds a mysterious egg on the shore of Loch Ness, it triggers the unravelling of a classic children’s adventure story, all set in Scotland during the Second World War, with the aim of building on the legend...

  • Hokkaido DVD concept revealed
    Home Cinema

    Hokkaido DVD concept revealed

    By 3 July 2008

    Designer Phil Bartoszewicz says of this amazing looking DVD-player concept: "I wanted to get away for the traditional technical look of home entertainment equipment and execute a design that would blend into a modern home decor".

  • Is "Download DL" DVD Toshiba's upscaling Blu-ray spoiler?
    Home Cinema

    Is "Download DL" DVD Toshiba's upscaling Blu-ray spoiler?

    By 2 July 2008

    Following the reports that Toshiba, losers in the HD disc format war, is prepping Blu-ray "killing" DVD technology, a new logo has been approved by the Tosh-led DVD Forum. The new "DVD Download DL" logo has been given the okay by the Forum during its...

  • Be Kind Rewind - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Be Kind Rewind - DVD review

    By 27 June 2008

    The fact that a talent as kooky as Michel Gondry can make mainstream, big-budget Hollywood movies is a cracking illustration of the healthy and liberated state of modern culture. Be Kind Rewind, his third major film, follows the astounding Eternal Sunshine...

  • iLuv DVD and iPod combo player launches
    Audio

    iLuv DVD and iPod combo player launches

    By 25 June 2008

    iLuv has launched the i1255, a "desktop" DVD and iPod player combined. With the option to connect to an external audio device, there's the ability to play music from your audio CDs, MP3 CDs and your iPod too. The integrated iPod dock on the top of the...

  • Rambo - DVD review
    Home Cinema 3 out of 5

    Rambo - DVD review

    By 20 June 2008

    With Rocky now resuscitated, Sly Stallone continues his franchise refreshment with a new instalment in the Rambo saga, ahead of 2009’s Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot 2. Maybe. Much was made of the fact that Odeon refused to carry this, with the implication...

  • The Movie Booth kiosks trialled in UK
    Home Cinema

    The Movie Booth kiosks trialled in UK

    By 20 June 2008

    In the coming weeks UK and Irish shoppers will be able to have a go on "robotically operated DVD rental kiosks", with one such machine being launched as a trial in a Tesco Ireland store initially that could see the concept rolled out in 2008. The kiosks,...

  • Eco-friendly recyclable DVDs launch
    Online

    Eco-friendly recyclable DVDs launch

    By 18 June 2008

    US company ProAction Media has announced the debut of a brand new type of disc that is being pitched as an eco-friendly DVD alternative. The new lightweight and flexible "Flex-Lite" disc is made using 50% less plastic than regular DVDs, which reduces...

  • Blu-ray outstripping DVD's early performance
    Home Cinema

    Blu-ray outstripping DVD's early performance

    By 16 June 2008

    Recent research from Futuresource is said to show that Blu-ray Disc hardware is outstripping early DVD market performance and will continue to do so into the next decade. The company says that it looked at how Blu-ray uptake compares with the uptake of...

  • Jumper - DVD review
    Home Cinema 2 out of 5

    Jumper - DVD review

    By 13 June 2008

    There’s every reason to have high hopes going into this. Director Doug Liman’s form is sound – from Swingers to The Bourne Identity, he has produced mature, suave flicks that sit well in the mainstream. After tackling action, a bit more shouldn’t...

  • Spyder 3TV colour calibration kit review
    Home Cinema 2.5 out of 5

    Spyder 3TV colour calibration kit review

    By 12 June 2008

    With so many settings on a modern television, you’d be forgiven for wanting a little help to set it up. Spyder 3TV think they have the solution in their colour calibration kit. But is this worth the time and money? We get tinkering to find out. The...

  • HTC backtracks over warranty support
    Phones

    HTC backtracks over warranty support

    By 10 June 2008

    HTC has backtracked on its comments yesterday to Pocket-lint about supporting customers who’ve bought a non-UK version of the new HTC diamond. "HTC will always support the consumer and their device but what’s important is that consumers know that...

  • HTC Diamond on sale in UK
    Phones

    HTC Diamond on sale in UK

    By 9 June 2008

    The HTC Diamond might not be officially available in the UK, but that hasn’t stopped Expansys having 53 in stock with the promise of getting it you one in 2 days. However before you rush for your credit card, due to an exclusive distribution deal HTC...