Mark Craven

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Mark Craven  |  Nov 20, 2011  |  0 comments

For serious AV-holics a 40in 3DTV just won’t do. The best way (some would say the only way) to watch Full HD 3D Blu-rays is on a projector screen. This is certainly the opinion of the owner of this dedicated movie room, which flaunts JVC’s flagship X9 PJ for full-size 3D thrills.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 30, 2011  |  0 comments
A chip off the old speaker block Mark Craven auditions the baby brother to an HCC-award winning system – and finds AV performance runs in the family

PSB, named after founders Paul and Sue Barton, isn’t a particularly well known brand in the UK. Yet this Canadian outfit, distributed in Blighty by home cinema specialists Armour Home, makes some pretty tasty surround sound speaker packages that are worth consideration.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 15, 2011  |  0 comments

There's certainly no shortage of racing games around these days, nor any shortage of sub-par games based on existing movie properties. Which is why I was initially rather wary of trying out this latest offering from Disney Interactive. Given the rather lacklustre nature of the film it was based on (easily Pixar's worst to date) and the stiff competition from other console racers vying for gamers' attention I figured the best I could hope for would be something to could recommend to undemanding children. How wrong I was...

Mark Craven  |  Jul 15, 2011  |  0 comments

I love my Sony PlayStation 3. So much so that a while ago, I decided that if my house was burning down, it would be the first thing I’d save (after the cat, of course). The rest of my AV gear, including flatscreen TV, receiver, speaker system, Xbox 360 and regular Blu-ray player could melt in a gloss-black pyre. As far I was concerned, my BD-deck-cum-games-console-cum-media jukebox was more precious. Yet now, with Virgin Media’s new TiVo-powered set-top box plumbed into my system, the PS3’s position as hardware numero uno is looking increasingly precarious.

Mark Craven  |  Nov 01, 2010  |  0 comments

The Big Four: Live From Sofia is an indispensable BD platter for thrash metal hedz, as it captures the only time these titans of the genre (Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica) have shared the same stage. Filmed at the Sonisphere music festival in Bulgaria, and running for five hours, it’s a non-stop barrage of razor-sharp riffs, pounding kick drums and snarled vocals that’s guaranteed to leave fans grinning from ear to ear.

Mark Craven  |  Jun 22, 2010  |  0 comments

Boxing? Pah! Real fight fans are into the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) which, as the name implies, is a sport where punching, kicking, grappling and wrestling all blend into one blood-and-sweat soaked scrap-fest, organised and televised in the US by UFC (the Ultimate Fighting Championship).

Mark Craven  |  May 20, 2009  |  0 comments

Sometimes we want a movie to fill the gap between repeat viewings of The Dark Knight and Quantum of Solace. Something that doesn’t require turning the surround system up to 11 and banishing the wife and kids to the garden shed. If you feel the same way, then Bride Wars might just fit the bill.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 24, 2008  |  0 comments

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana head the cast of this impressive period drama based on the best-selling 'historifiction' novel, with Bana's King Henry VIII (in his early, non-fat years) caught in a love triangle between Johansson's shy Mary Boleyn, and her calculating sister Anne (Portman).

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