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Steve May  |  Apr 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Sharp will introduce a 70in 8K TV monitor by the end of April. The early launch is the opening salvo in what is expected to be a gradual introduction of 7,680 x 4,320 pixel TVs at the premium end of the TV market.

Steve May  |  Apr 16, 2018  |  0 comments

Netflix seems to have a thing for sci-fi. From Star Trek Discovery to Altered Carbon, the streaming service is proving a haven for big-budget, episodic SF. Now we can add a reboot of Irwin Allen’s 1960s classic Lost in Space to its roster. All ten episodes of Season One are now available to subscribers. The good news is this reimagining of the Space Family Robinson from Legendary is a lot of fun.

Steve May  |  Apr 03, 2018  |  0 comments

Bay-baiting has become something of a sport when it comes to the clanking titan that is the Transformers franchise, but for all its faults the series is nothing if not visually audacious. Transformers hasn't just pushed the VFX envelope, it's nuked it clean into orbit. And here, in remastered 4K form, the often astonishing work of ILM and assorted visual effects shops is given a spectacular platform to impress.

Steve May  |  Mar 15, 2018  |  0 comments

From the gleaming cityscapes of Metropolis to the beaches of Themyscira, via an overnight stay in crime-ridden Gotham, the new DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes is a whistle stop tour of the DC universe.

Steve May  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

With the HEOS AVR, Denon has taken everything you think you know about AV receiver design, and filtered it through a multiroom prism. Pointless legacy inputs and 1990s design chic are traded for multiroom streaming and app control. You don't even have to trail speaker wire around your living room. Few would argue that the AVR is long overdue a rethink, but is this the right direction for tomorrow’s home cinema?

Steve May  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  0 comments

Released through the theatrical arm of cult video label Arrow, Blade of the Immortal is a bloody treat for action fans. Based on the manga of the same name, this is a samurai action movie with a frenetic modern aesthetic, framed with gorgeous cinematography. The opening prelude, shot in highly dynamic monochrome, recalls classic Japanese Samurai cinema, before splashing into vivid hues.

Steve May  |  Sep 04, 2017  |  0 comments

Marvel's new Inhumans comic book adventure show blurs the lines between cinema and TV in a way that's never been done before. For the first time, a live-action TV series has been filmed with IMAX cameras and is premiering on the biggest screens in the cinema world.

Steve May  |  Aug 13, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s been a long time coming, but finally the DLP camp is rolling out UHD projectors for the home. Until now, if you wanted 2160p resolution on the biggest of screens, your choice was either to buy one of Sony’s native SXRD offerings or opt for a pixel-shifting pretender from JVC or Epson. The arrival of DLP 4K seeks to blow that cosy duopoly out of the water.

Steve May  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Picking up shortly after the conclusion of the first film, with a mood-setting Buster Keaton Easter egg, this high-octane sequel wastes no time putting the beat down. What unspools is an ambitious expansion of the series, in which we visit another Continental Hotel, this time in Rome, where our eponymous hero is obliged to take on another gig he really doesn't want. The themes are mythical and characters operatic, but the gun-fu is clearly inspired by the John Woo/Hong Kong action playbook (via a nod to Enter the Dragon). Insane bouts of action, juxtaposed with moments of comical civility, give the movie a sublime pace that actually makes perfect sense.

Steve May  |  Aug 01, 2017  |  0 comments
1. Only you can work your system

The additional power amp. The Darbee Darblet. The trio of media players, all necessary to cover esoteric file formats. Over the years you’ve assembled a home cinema of such fearsome complexity that successful operation is beyond the talents of mere mortals (or other family members, basically). Of course, it doesn’t help that you insist on still using seven individual remotes, and haven’t bothered to relabel the HDMI inputs on your AVR – but that’s only an issue when you’re not around to cue up a Blu-ray. Which hardly ever happens, as you’re in your cinema room every day…

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