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Team HCC  |  Apr 17, 2013  |  0 comments

25: John 'Scottie' Ferguson (Vertigo)

Tenacity and perseverance are key strengths in any cop – traits that James Stewart's detective 'Scottie' Ferguson displays both before and after retirement in Hitchcock's thriller. As Vertigo opens, even latent acrophobia can't stop Ferguson pursuing a criminal in a rooftop chase (although, sadly, it does prevent him stopping a fellow officer falling to his death). Later, an old friend's suicide leads to the kind of obsessive behaviour that's necessary to solve even the most complicated cases – but also causes Ferguson to have a nervous breakdown. Still, imagine what he would be capable of if he was working on a case he was less personally involved with. And which didn't involve heights…

Steve May  |  Apr 05, 2013  |  0 comments

Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is the latest high profile classic to be digitally restored by Hollywood giant Universal. Hot on the heels of the studio’s acclaimed 2012 centenary Blu-ray restorations, this 20th anniversary release makes its HD bow courtesy of the cutting-edge mastering techniques, although offered a few unique challenges all its own.

Team HCC  |  Mar 08, 2013  |  0 comments

Welcome to the second part in our roundup of awesome-sounding Blu-ray discs. If you're looking for multichannel platters that will test your system's mettle, look no further...

Team HCC  |  Mar 07, 2013  |  0 comments

On a mission to find the platters that both test your system's mettle and provide a treat for your ears, Team HCC rounds up its favourite multichannel mixes – be they sci-fi extravaganzas, raucous 'toons or old-school classics.

Sean Hannam  |  Feb 23, 2013  |  0 comments

Bond is back, bigger and better than ever. Cinema’s longest-running film franchise is celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012 and to coincide, MGM and 20th Century Fox released Bond 50, a Blu-ray boxset featuring all 22 films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace – nine of which (GoldenEye, Octopussy, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, Diamonds are Forever, A View to a Kill and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) are available on Blu-ray for the first time ever.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 01, 2013  |  0 comments

So, you’ve watched Prometheus and now have a hankering for more bigscreen outer-space action. Well, Team HCC is here to help with our Ultimate Sci-Fi Movie Marathon. So strap in and get ready for a 24-hour trip to the outer reaches of home cinema excellence...

Team HCC  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments

Team HCC proudly presents its guide to 50 of the most memorable images served up by the Blu-ray and DVD platters released in the UK during 2012.

Team HCC  |  Aug 12, 2012  |  0 comments

The 3D Blu-ray market is exploding. Where once stereoscopic HD titles were as rare as a decent movie starring Michael Madsen, you can now fill your 3D disc-shelf with everything from music concerts and documentaries to kids’ toons, sci-fi extravaganzas and blood-soaked slasher flicks.

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 03, 2012  |  0 comments

With Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation on his resume, McG certainly knows hand to handle action movies – and his latest flick, This Means War, has just hit Blu-ray in the UK promising more of the same. Starring Tom Hardy and Chris Pine as rival CIA operatives fighting over the same woman, it’s perfect popcorn fodder. Just how we like it...

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  May 05, 2012  |  0 comments
13 Assassins

Remake of: Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Remaking classic movies isn’t solely the preserve of Hollywood – as this Japanese gem shows.

Steve May  |  Apr 29, 2012  |  0 comments

During the golden age of cinema, the so-called ‘studio system’ ensured Hollywood could monopolise the biggest stars of the era to guarantee box office returns. Today, audiences are more fickle. Even A-listers can be a gamble. If you want to put bums on seats, shift Blu-rays by the bucket load and rack up those streaming receipts, then you need heroes. Really big ones, preferably with iron suits, hammers and shields. And if you’ve got a Hulk, that helps too.

Anton van Beek  |  Apr 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Sony Pictures' digital mastering guru Grover Crisp reveals all about restoring classic films for Blu-ray...
Richard Holliss  |  Mar 09, 2012  |  0 comments

To demonstrate that there’s still life after death, a technique that Christopher Lee perfected in many a Hammer Dracula film, the studio whose byword was ‘horror’ is now enjoying a resurgence of interest in its movies thanks to Blu-ray. Now the battle between vampire and priest, alien and scientist, monster and creator can be enjoyed in high-definition. Even the infamous Eastmancolor looks better than it did at our local ABC cinemas during the 1960s.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 26, 2012  |  0 comments

With its reputation confirmed by its CGI character-creation work on the Lord of the Rings movies and Avatar, New Zealand facility Weta Digital seemed the ideal choice to create the myriad simians for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But how did Joe Letteri, senior visual effects supervisor and a director of the company, tackle the challenge of creating convincing characters?

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 03, 2012  |  0 comments

The screech of a TIE Fighter as it flies across the surface of the Death Star. The electrical hum of a lightsaber. Darth Vader’s mechanical breathing. These are the sounds of Star Wars, sounds that have reverberated around home cinemas across the world for decades. With the Star Wars Saga finally making the leap to the ultimate home entertainment format, Anton van Beek caught up with the man charged with remixing these legendary soundtracks for Blu-ray, Skywalker Sound supervising sound editor Matthew Wood…

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