Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Finding a happy medium for 3D Samsung’s step-down D7000 series doesn’t cut on spec at all, as John Archer finds out when he powers up the 40in model

Like its UE55D8000 sibling reviewed previously, the UE40D7000 is a mighty stylish TV, with a bezel that’s so slender (barely a centimetre) that it’s barely there at all. Moreover, the slimness is emphasised by the fact that most of the frame is transparent.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Sony's revamp is truly IPTV-tastic If net connectivity is this year’s hot TV ticket, Sony's affordable EX-range is smokin', says Steve May

Sony was an early exponent of net-connected TV. While its rivals were fumbling through the adolescent stages of internet connectivity, the Japanese major already had a mature IPTV portal on the go in the shape of its BRAVIA Internet Video (BIV) service.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Austerity cinema How low can you go and still get a great cinematic experience? Steve May finds out, as he counts his change from a grand...

BenQ’s W1100 projector delivers large scale, vibrant images without obvious compromise, and its a full HD flag-waver for AV in our straitened times.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 23, 2011  |  0 comments

Automotive action blockbuster Fast & Furious 5 explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on September 5, following a spectacular cinema run that saw it become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise in just 15 days!

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 18, 2011  |  0 comments

Having found success directing a horror remake (Dawn of the Dead), a couple of high-profile comic book adaptations (300 and Watchmen) and a CG ‘toon based on a popular kids book (Legend of the Guardians), Zack Snyder has finally let his own imagination have free reign on the big screen and the results are… rather confusing.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 16, 2011  |  0 comments

Joel and Ethan Coen’s ‘handsome film about men in hats’ (as cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld once described it) has never been one of the most widely acclaimed of the filmmaking siblings’ movies. And yet, following a quick office poll, this beautifully shot and often wickedly funny mix of gangster and film noir tropes ranks up with the Coens’ very best work among the HCC team.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 15, 2011  |  0 comments

Duncan Jones made quite a splash with his feature debut Moon, so it’s hardly a surprise that his next directorial outing arrived on a tide of expectations that would prove almost impossible to meet. While its reach outweighs its success, Source Code is still a very successful sci-fi thriller with a cracking Groundhog Day-like plot about a repetitive time travelling effort to discover the identity of a mysterious bomber before he strikes again. And while the pseudo-science driving the story sometimes becomes a little overbearing, excellent performances from the film’s two time-crossed leads, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan, give it all an emotional resonance that keeps pulling you back in.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 01, 2011  |  0 comments

There are not many filmmakers who can say that they beat Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez at their own game. But debut director Jason Eisener is one of them.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 01, 2011  |  0 comments

Limitless stars Bradley Cooper as failed writer Eddie Mora, whose life is completely turned around when he gets his hands on an experimental drug that boosts his brainpower. Within days he’s not only finished his novel, but also made millions on the stock market and come to the attention of high-powered businessman Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). Trouble is, the pills are leaving him with gaps in his memory, one of which might connect him to a murder, and if that’s not enough, there’s also a Russian gangster who wants to get his hands on the wonder drug.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 01, 2011  |  0 comments
Sweet tweet treat This 3D Blu-ray all-in-one system from Samsung works wonders with high frequencies, says Steve May – but it should drop the ‘7.1’ tag

Samsung’s top-of-the-line home cinema system is frothy, feature-rich and just a bit mad.