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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.

Team HCC  |  Dec 20, 2016  |  0 comments
Now TV Smart Box

We've been besotted with Now TV's low-cost, flexible approach to TV streaming since it first launched in 2013; new this year is a slightly bigger box that adds an extra layer of functionality while still keeping the price tag sensible (£40). So what is the new trick, exactly? A digital TV tuner. Not 4K playback, then, but it does make the Now TV hardware all-encompassing when it comes to telly content, integrating PPV Sky (movies, sport, entertainment and kids bundles) with terrestrial catchup and live TV (with pause/rewind function). Not to mention the plethora of other apps and media playback skills on offer.  www.nowtv.com

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.

Team HCC  |  Feb 28, 2019  |  0 comments
Ready Player One, Deadpool 2, Bohemian Rhapsody, Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse return for premium cinema quintuple bill
HCC News Team  |  Oct 24, 2019  |  0 comments
We've got two copies of this criminally good 4K Blu-ray up for grabs...
HCC News Team  |  Oct 11, 2019  |  0 comments
We've got two copies of the 20-episode six-disc Blu-ray boxset up for grabs...
Team HCC  |  Nov 05, 2015  |  0 comments

Independent AV retailer Crampton & Moore has announced it will be holding a TV shootout event on Nov 7 (this Saturday), featuring Panasonic's new CZ952 (pictured below) and LG's EF950V 4K OLED TVs, as well as a blast-from-the-past Panasonic ZT65, the brand's final, triumphant limited-edition plasma.

Team HCC  |  Apr 12, 2016  |  0 comments

The Criterion Collection has spilled the beans on what collectors can expect from its second wave of UK Blu-rays. Following on from its intial UK slate of six hi-def platters, the label is giving counterculture blockbuster Easy Rider (1969), classic film noir In a Lonely Place (1950) and Michelangelo Antonioni's masterpiece L'avventura (1960) the deluxe treatment in May.

Anton van Beek  |  Mar 29, 2012  |  0 comments

This month saw the arrival of a new player on the DVD scene in the UK, one that promises to be of serious interest to fans of '80s horror, sci-fi and erotica.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 10, 2012  |  0 comments

CyberLink has launched its 2012 Summer Movie Festival, a new online contest allowing particpants to vote for their favourite film characters and maybe win some prizes along the way.

Team HCC  |  May 17, 2013  |  0 comments

As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, DALI is introducing a limited edition range of its award-winning FAZON F5 loudspeakers, hand-decorated by 'some of the world's finest airbrush artists'.

Team HCC  |  Aug 18, 2015  |  0 comments

Danish loudspeaker whizz DALI has announced a new seven-strong speaker range that will cater for both home cinema and hi-fi enthusiasts.

Steve May  |  Jun 18, 2014  |  0 comments

Danish loudspeaker brand DALI has launched a full-range on-wall speaker that it says offers enthusiasts a no-comprise high-fidelity alternative to typical TV-centric speaker solutions. The relatively compact Rubicon LCR is part of a new line of monitor (Rubicon 2) and floorstanding (Rubicon 5, 6 and 8) enclosures, and significantly doesn’t require a subwoofer to fill in the low notes.

Team HCC  |  Nov 11, 2014  |  0 comments

DALI has announced its new Kubik One, billing it as the 'ultimate one-box solution for audio lovers everywhere'.

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 28, 2012  |  0 comments

Entertaintment Weekly claims to have been given an exclusive sneak-peek at what fans can expect from Warner Home Video's forthcoming The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-ray.

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