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Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Mar 05, 2015  |  0 comments

From hand-drawn psychedelia and Rotoscoped documentaries to cutting-edge CG 'toons and 3D conversions, Team HCC trawls through cinema history to reveal the genre-shaping flicks that are yours to cherish in HD...

Steve May  |  Nov 24, 2014  |  0 comments

By the end of the year, nearly all the key AV receiver manufacturers will have models compatible with the new Dolby Atmos 3D audio format. Atmos differs from conventional surround in that it features a height component and 'object-tracking' skills.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 31, 2014  |  0 comments

Hammer Films is a studio reborn. The British film icon, which enjoyed worldwide success in the 1950s, '60s and '70s with a swathe of fright flicks and launched the careers of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing among others, had seemed to be dead and buried by the mid-80s, with production ceasing completely. Yet since 2007, under the guidance of CEO Simon Oakes, Hammer is back in the limelight, chilling new audiences first with an innovative web-based horror series and then a blockbusting – and controversial – adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black. Its latest movie, The Quiet Ones, is out now on Blu-ray/DVD.

Martin Pipe  |  Sep 19, 2014  |  0 comments

First there was the scratchy and hissy shellac 78, rendered obsolete by the improved sound of the 'microgroove' vinyl LP in the mid-1950s. Twenty years later, we had eight-track and cassette alternatives for pre-recorded music on the move – early in-car gear, followed by Sony's Walkman revolution. Recorded music was then taken into the digital realm by CD, but beyond that not a lot has happened to the technical basics of music for most mainstream users. Sure, downloaded music is now a popular option courtesy of iTunes and its ilk, but the vast majority listen at no better than CD quality. Indeed, if you haven't opted for a lossless download format like Apple Lossless or FLAC, and stuck with compression technologies like MP3 and AAC, then it's probably worse.

Team HCC  |  Sep 13, 2014  |  0 comments

A great demo sequence can help separate a good speaker system – or hi-def display – from a mediocre one. With that in mind, Home Cinema Choice's expert reviewers Danny Phillips, John Archer, Steve May, Richard Stevenson and Adam Rayner reveal the Blu-ray discs they use to put new AV equipment to the test…

Anton van Beek  |  Jul 14, 2014  |  0 comments

To celebrate the DVD release of his new documentary, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part Two - Draconian Days, we caught up with filmmaker Jake West to chat about film censorship and moral panic in the UK during the James Ferman era of the British Board of Film Classification...

Anton van Beek  |  Jun 29, 2014  |  0 comments
BFI restoration maestro Ben Thompson reveals how the 1945 Ealing Studios classic Dead of Night was brought back to life on Blu-ray...

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Jun 27, 2014  |  0 comments

HCC's ultimate countdown of the 101 best discs around continues below with our Top 20 Blu-rays. Click Part 1 for numbers 101-81, Part 2 for numbers 80-61, Part 3 for numbers 60-41, and Part 4 for numbers 40-21.

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Jun 26, 2014  |  0 comments

HCC's ultimate countdown of the 101 best Blu-ray discs around continues below. Click Part 1 for numbers 101-81, Part 2 for numbers 80-61, and Part 3 for numbers 60-41.

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Jun 25, 2014  |  0 comments

HCC's ultimate countdown of the 101 best Blu-ray discs around continues below. Click Part 1 for numbers 101-81 and Part 2 for numbers 80-61.

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  0 comments

HCC's ultimate countdown of the 101 best Blu-ray discs around continues below. Click here for numbers 101-81.

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Jun 23, 2014  |  0 comments

With movie streaming services becoming bigger and better and even TV manufacturers getting into the content-delivery game, Blu-ray is facing its biggest battle since the days of HD DVD. But if you are thinking of leaving the physical format behind, make sure your get these discs first...

Steve May  |  Apr 27, 2014  |  0 comments

In space no one can hear you scream. This kinda makes it difficult to construct an immersive, thrilling yet believable space-locked movie soundtrack – but that's exactly what multi-award-winning sound designer and editor Glenn Freemantle has managed with Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.

Steve May  |  Mar 22, 2014  |  0 comments

It’s not just video that is getting a resolution update. Audio has also jumped the bandwagon and is now promising an altogether sharper sonic experience. The High-Resolution Audio banner is being unfurled by a growing number of big-name brands, eager to push performance beyond the limitations of the now venerable compact disc.

Anton van Beek  |  Dec 23, 2013  |  0 comments

Having begun his animation career at Pixar working on Toy Story and THX promos, Hal Hickel transfered to Industrial Light & Magic in order to work on the Star Wars prequels having been a fan of the franchise since childhood (he even submitted his own script for a Star Wars sequel at the age of 12 and received a polite rejection letter from producer Gary Kurtz). Since then he has worked on a variety of blockbusters including Star Wars: Episodes I and II, first three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Iron Man and Super 8. His most recent role was as animation supervisor on Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim.

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