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 |  Mar 07, 2013  |  0 comments

With the UK premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones: Season Three due to broadcast on Sky Atlantic on April 1, the satcaster has announced that it will make the first two seasons available through its On Demand platform from the same day.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 04, 2013  |  0 comments

The Phantom, the latest book in Jo Nesbro's phenomenally popular Harry Hole crime series, was released in paperback in the UK at the start of January - and features a surprise reference to Pioneer's much-loved Kuro TV technology.

Anton van Beek  |  Feb 01, 2013  |  0 comments

Sony is expected to unveil its long-awaited successor the PlayStation3 later this month following the release of the above video, teasing fans that they will be able to 'See the future of PlayStation' on February 20th.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 28, 2013  |  0 comments
Looper 

(Entertainment One, Region B Blu-ray)

Starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this time-travel hitman sci-fi was one of the most enjoyable flicks of 2012, and Entertainment One's Blu-ray packs an immersive DTS-HD MA mix and some fascinating extras.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 21, 2013  |  0 comments

Sony has released details of its forthcoming range of N-Series home cinema systems and soundbars.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 14, 2013  |  0 comments

KEF has today announced a desktop speaker designed for use with a PC, Mac or laptop. The new X300A is an active speaker that connects to its source via a ‘distortion free’ 96kHz/24 bit USB digital input. This, reckons KEF, ensures that 'high-definition sound is achieved throughout the system'. A 3.5mm input is also on hand for smartphones and MP3 players.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 11, 2013  |  0 comments

Hammer's ongoing restoration program for its classic horror films continues to bear fruit with the news that Terrance Fisher's 1958 hit Dracula (aka Horror of Dracula) will be following in the footsteps of The Curse of Frankenstein and getting a feature-packed Double Play Blu-ray release in the UK through Lionsgate on March 18.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 10, 2013  |  0 comments

Studio Lionsgate and electronics giant Samsung are joining forces to expand the availability of 3D movies for home platforms.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 09, 2013  |  0 comments
1. Curved OLED TVs

Both Samsung (pictured) and LG launched curved OLED TVs at CES, with both claiming they'd delivered a world's first. The sets' concave designs (as opposed to the convex CRTs of yesteryear) are genuine eye-openers, but it remains to be seen what benefit they will have on picture quality - curved displays are typically deemed necessary at much larger sizes, and the LG and Samsung screens debuted at 55in. Don't expect them to appear at Currys anytime soon, either. This has all the hallmarks of CES showboating (such as last year, when the two brands went head-to-head with OLED screens which we're still waiting to see in shops - although LG has finally announced its (non-curved) 55in OLED will arrive in the UK before Spring).

Mark Craven  |  Jan 03, 2013  |  0 comments
Yamaha has added Napster compatibility to more of its AV receivers following the first wave late last year.   Buyers of the current Aventage models and the RX-V673 (pictured) and RX-V773 were first given direct access to the subscriptions-based music streaming service in November 2012. A firmware update is now available to add to Napster to the following networked AVRs: RX-V867, RX-V1067, RX-V2067, RX-V3067, RX-A1000, RX-A2000, RX-A3000, HT-R8063, HTR-9063, RX-V671, RX-V771, RX-V871, RX-A710, RX-A810, RX-V1071, RX-V2071, RX-V3071, RX-A1010, RXA2010 and RX-A3010.   'The same functionality of the Napster service is available via download from http://uk.yamaha. com,' says Yamaha. 'Simply search for your receiver model and download the latest firmware; please follow the instructions on the receiver page for installation.'   Yamaha receiver owners are also given a 30-day trial when registering for Napster. For more information visit www.napster.co.uk/yamaha  

 

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 20, 2012  |  0 comments

To celebrate the upcoming cinema release of the 'found footage' horror anthology V/H/S, UK distributor Momentum Pictures is hosting a one-off advance screening of the film in London's Blackhall Studios, Shoreditch, on Wednesday, January 16.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 18, 2012  |  0 comments

Independent UK film and home entertainment label Network Distributing is affirming its commitment to classic British cinema by acquiring the rights to 450 British titles from StudioCanal, one of Europe’s leading film distribution and production companies.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 14, 2012  |  0 comments

Wharfedale has announced new additions to its long-running Diamond range of speakers, dubbed the Diamond 100 Series.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 05, 2012  |  0 comments
Empire Cinemas has today announced The Empire Leicester Square will be the first cinema in the UK compatible with Dolby's new Atmos surround sound format, and the tech will make its debut next week with the fantasy flick Life Of Pi. Ang Lee's Oscar-tipped movie is getting a seven-day run at the Empire before its nationwide UK release on December 20.   Dolby claims its new Atmos format is 'the most significant development in audio since the arrival of surround sound', thanks to its use of overhead speakers and a twin-layer object-based sound design. 'Developed with input from professionals throughout the movie industry, Dolby Atmos delivers audiences a more natural and realistic soundfield, transporting them into the story with a lifelike sensory experience,' claims the aural innovator. The format debuted with Disney Pixar's flick Brave earlier this year, but until now there were no commerical cinemas Atmosified in Blighty.   Adds Jon Nutton, Marketing Director for Empire Cinemas: 'Dolby Atmos is set to change the cinema experience – we’re honoured that the Empire Leicester Square will be the first cinema in the UK to bring this to audiences.'   Team HCC already counts the Empire as one of the UK's best-sounding cinemas. We're looking forward to seeing what Dolby Atmos can bring to the party. As well as Life of Pi, other films confirmed for release with Atmos audio include the sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.   Click here for more information about Dolby Atmos.
Richard Stevenson  |  Nov 24, 2012  |  0 comments

Update: Click here for a full review of Lionsgate's The Expendables 2 Blu-ray

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