Mark Craven

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Mark Craven  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments
British audio brand Orbitsound has a narrow focus – the One (P70) soundbar here is joined by only two other 'bars, plus a wireless Bluetooth speaker, in its hardware stable. But when it comes to sonics, it aims to be anything but narrow. Instead, Orbitsound is on a mission to kill the sweet spot...   
Mark Craven  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Vrooom! This unusual home cinema setup is the result of a car-mad movie fan who wanted to split his double garage in half, thus creating space for a high-spec theatre and a slick residence for his motor. And he wanted to be able to see one side from the other... 

Mark Craven  |  Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard jump aboard the history-mystery train yet again for this third adaptation of a Dan Brown page-turner, although it's probably only recommended for franchise addicts.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 12, 2017  |  0 comments

When the residents of mining town Rose Creek are faced with either selling their land to – or dying at the hands of – murderous landowner Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), widower Emma (Haley Bennett) heads out to approach warrant officer Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington) for help. Swayed by her plight and a big bag of money, Chisholm rounds up six further courageous gunslingers and sets about righting some wrongs, Wild West-style.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 11, 2017  |  0 comments

The three members of US comedy troupe/comic songwriters The Lonely Island star, write and direct this generally sharp and witty satire of the modern music industry. Think This Is Spinal Tap for the YouTube generation.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 20, 2017  |  0 comments

This quartet of movies (based upon Suzanne Collins' trilogy of books) steamrollered through multiplexes between 2012 and 2015, earned studio Lionsgate a fortune and turned lead actress Jennifer Lawrence into a megastar.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas is one of the director's premium creations – a frenetic, slickly-edited immersion into the life of small-time mobster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), spanning his childhood in the 1950s up to his disappearance into the FBI's Witness Protection Programme in the 1980s. Along the way, he teams up with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci's gangsters, marries Karen (Lorraine Bracco) and learns how to smuggle pastrami into prison.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments

The UK's video entertainment market has finally shifted towards digital as new figures show streaming and renting overtook physical ownership in 2016.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Dolby has announced that three Hollywood studios – Universal Pictures, Lionsgate and Warner Bros – have pledged to release movies mastered in Dolby Vision on Ultra HD Blu-ray, news that is sure to excite and annoy AV hedz in equal measure. Dolby Vision is an optional HDR standard of the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification and employs dynamic metadata to manage the HDR performance of your display. The HDR 10 standard, which is mandatory for Ultra HD Blu-ray, uses less advanced static metadata. Content is mastered at 12-bit, and at greater nit levels. Dolby Vision is also the preferred mastering HDR format amongst Hollywood studios, due to accomplished authoring tools and the ease with which an HDR 10 version can then be outputted. All groovy then? Not quite. Firstly, Dolby Vision support is limited amongst 4K TVs, with only some LG sets on the market currently supporting it. Sony has announced forthcoming models at this year's CES, but both Samsung and Panasonic remain uncommitted.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 03, 2017  |  0 comments

A finalist in this year's CEDIA Awards in the home cinema £40,000-£100,000 category, this below-stairs theatre saw custom installer Finite Solutions given a somewhat unusual brief. The owners had recently moved into the house, and one reason for choosing it was that it came with its own cinema room. Yet, while happy with the performance, researching the world of personal AV playrooms led them to realise they could make it even better, and have it re-styled to their own tastes.

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