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Mark Craven  |  Feb 27, 2018  |  0 comments

Sky has confirmed that its Sky Q platform is getting an update in 2018, ushering in HDR content, a ramping up of available 4K material, Spotify integration, a new user interface, and more. Described as ‘a major wave of product innovation’, changes to Sky Q will begin to rollout next month.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 18, 2018  |  0 comments

Steven Spielberg followed up 1975's Jaws two years later with this superior sci-fi drama that centres around a fine performance from Jaws alumnus Richard Dreyfuss and some memorable VFX.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 16, 2018  |  0 comments

Say 'Spielbergian' and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is the film that probably pops into most people's heads. On the surface, it's a simple tale of boy meets alien, boy and alien become friends, boy loses alien, but like all good flicks there's more here than mere story, from the wonderful puppet design and John Williams's spine-tingling score to the script's understanding of its childhood characters and Spielberg's deft direction. It treads a fine line between involving drama and syrupy sentimentality, though.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 06, 2018  |  0 comments

It's been 21 years since Trainspotting cemented the reputation of director Danny Boyle and made leading man Ewan McGregor a star. Now we get a sequel, and the lengthy gap between instalments certainly works in its favour – the passage of time giving this eventual reunion of Trainspotting's four major players (Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie) plenty of narrative scope and tension.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Released last year to tie-in with the arrival in cinemas of its long-awaited sequel, Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick adaptation starring Harrison Ford gets a 4K HDR outing. Now 35 years old, Blade Runner has lost none of its charm, even if its attempts at mixing film noir tropes with dystopian sci-fi don't always come off smoothly. Icy cool, extravagantly designed and with a spine-tingling Vangelis soundtrack, it's a film no collection should be without.

Mark Craven  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Focal’s latest speaker pack is such an obvious idea I’m surprised I haven’t come across something like it sooner. Take a 5.1 sub/sat system, build in some Dolby-certified upfiring drivers into the L/R speakers, and – as Focal’s French design team no doubt said – voila!

Mark Craven  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments

It's safe to say 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day caused a stir when it landed in cinemas, flaunting a massive budget and groundbreaking CGI. The resulting audience stampede saw it challenge box office records, cement James Cameron's status as Hollywood royalty and have it crowned by some as that rarest of things – a sequel superior to its forebear.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 23, 2017  |  0 comments
The LG 55SJ850V ticks nearly all the boxes yet costs a mere (in the scheme of things) £1,000. Spend that, and you get a 55in edge-lit 4K LED model, with HDR support including HLG and Dolby Vision, smart tricks including Freeview Play, third-party audio from Harman/Kardon and a neat solution for your living room.
Mark Craven  |  Oct 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Marantz is joining stable-mate Denon and Canadian corp Anthem in releasing an 11-channel AVR. The SR8012, Marantz's new AVR flagship, will hit retailers in December.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Wharfedale has announced its new DX-2 5.1 home cinema speaker package, costing a tempting £450. 

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