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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…

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.

Anton van Beek  |  Jan 26, 2012  |  0 comments

With its reputation confirmed by its CGI character-creation work on the Lord of the Rings movies and Avatar, New Zealand facility Weta Digital seemed the ideal choice to create the myriad simians for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But how did Joe Letteri, senior visual effects supervisor and a director of the company, tackle the challenge of creating convincing characters?

Team HCC  |  Dec 14, 2021  |  0 comments
On the hunt for a Blu-ray boxset to binge on Boxing Day, or some AV add-ons for your cinema room? We draw up a wish list of accessories, software, movie merch and more
Team HCC  |  Jan 16, 2020  |  First Published: Jan 15, 2020  |  0 comments
Which 2019 disc release rocked the best audio mix? What should you spin when you want a choice 4K HDR image demo? In our annual movie awards, Team HCC celebrates the Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray releases of the year, from new blockbusters and TV series to restored classics and bumper boxsets...
Mark Craven  |  Jan 01, 2013  |  0 comments

So, you’ve watched Prometheus and now have a hankering for more bigscreen outer-space action. Well, Team HCC is here to help with our Ultimate Sci-Fi Movie Marathon. So strap in and get ready for a 24-hour trip to the outer reaches of home cinema excellence...

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.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 02, 2013  |  0 comments

So you watched all of Walter White's antics, have enrolled with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and can recite Doctor Who line for line – but there are plenty of other great TV shows you may be missing out on. We round up a dozen must-own TV boxsets...

Team HCC  |  Aug 25, 2017  |  0 comments

New Home cinema formats don't come around all that often. Ultra HD Blu-ray is the first physical media platform to give system owners pause for thought since 3D Blu-ray, itself now six years old. Anticipation before its launch was therefore high – would 4K discs (with HDR, too) make good on the promise of a genuine step-up in quality? Would studios hit the ground running with an extensive, desirable catalogue of titles? Would player and display hardware arrive well-featured, well-designed and well-priced? We've now had a year to ponder all these questions and more...

Adrian Justins  |  Jun 14, 2013  |  0 comments

Few Aces up its sleeve

Acetrax offers new movies to both rent and buy, but in use it's somewhat frustrating

Martin Dew  |  Jul 15, 2016  |  0 comments

When you relax into a cinema chair for that long-awaited blockbuster, icy drink in cup holder and bag of popcorn balanced on lap, it’s a fair bet that the last thing on your mind will be a shape of the big white screen in front of you. Chances are that your movie will be shown in one of two commonly used aspect ratios – 1.85:1 or 2.39:1, typically referred to in the filmmaking world as flat and CinemaScope respectively. But you might witness something a little more unusual – 2.0.1 or a retro-tinged 1.37:1. And turn the clock back sixty years and it would have been a different situation entirely.