Home Entertainment - Blu-ray Disc Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/30/0 en Out of This World Demo Scenes http://www.hemagazine.com/Out_of_This_World_Demo_Scenes <p><strong>Escape from reality with these truly transcendental Show-Offs discs<br /></strong>    <br />With the unbridled verisimilitude of 1080p and uncompressed multichannel surround sound, the home theater experience at times verges on being unflinchingly lifelike. Sure, there’s a lot of appeal in that, but sometimes you might just want to be transported to another reality altogether. </p> <p>With that in mind I give you four favorite Show-Offs that don’t just peel back your eyelids or rattle your naughty bits, they take you to another place entirely.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Out_of_This_World_Demo_Scenes">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Out_of_This_World_Demo_Scenes#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Show-Offs Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:14:01 -0700 geoffm 21825 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pimp Your Projector http://www.hemagazine.com/Pimp_Your_Projector <p><strong>Let your projector strut its stuff with one of these visually stunning Show-Offs selections</strong></p> <p>Spec sheets and reviews can tell you a lot about a projector, but let’s face it: Without good content, even the most highly lauded, feature-packed projector in the world is little more than a bulky, expensive light source. </p> <p>If you’re looking to impress your guests with your new projector, don’t bore them with stats, figures and features. Just stick one of these luscious-looking Blu-ray discs in and let the images do the talking. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pimp_Your_Projector">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pimp_Your_Projector#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Tue, 09 Mar 2010 00:01:22 -0800 geoffm 21609 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Software 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Software_2010 <p><span style="font-size: medium"><strong>The 10 Best Movies and Games of the Year</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Software_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Software_2010#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:55:42 -0800 geoffm 21487 at http://www.hemagazine.com Digital Hi-Fi http://www.hemagazine.com/Digital_Hi-Fi <p><strong>Digital hi-fi never really went away, but it’s back and better than ever after taking a bit of a beating.<br /></strong></p> <p>If your golden ears have shied away from the digital domain before, though, it’s time for another listen. Not only are old formats like SACD finally reaching their full potential thanks to pure digital interconnectivity, the new high-resolution audio formats found on Blu-ray are making access to eerily  high-fidelity music playback easier than ever. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Digital_Hi-Fi">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Digital_Hi-Fi#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Music Reviews Show-Offs Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:28:10 -0800 geoffm 21420 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Best Monster Movie Marathon http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Monster_Movie_Marathon <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>These spectacularly spooky Show-Offs will ensure your sub isn't the only thing going bump in the night.</strong></p> <p>Ah, Halloween: the weirdest of all holidays. The night when all the world turns into a Key West street parade and yard decorations run the gamut from tacky carved vegetables to toilet paper. Who could blame you if you decided to stay inside with the door shut tight and wait for the craziness to pass? </p> <p>Holing up for the night doesn’t preclude you from celebrating All Hallows’ Eve entirely, though. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Monster_Movie_Marathon">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Monster_Movie_Marathon#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:23:50 -0700 geoffm 21377 at http://www.hemagazine.com Great Prog Rock Concerts on Blu-ray and DVD http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Prog_Rock_Concerts_Blu-ray_DVD <p><strong>Progressive Scan<br />Take your home theater to new heights with these phenomenal prog rock concerts on Blu-ray and DVD<br /></strong><br />It’s snooty. It’s often dissonant. And if you try to tap your foot to it, you run the risk of dislocating your shoulder blades. </p> <p>But there’s just something about progressive rock that makes for the perfect home theater demo, whether you’re into this often obtuse genus of music or not (and for the record, I very much am). </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Prog_Rock_Concerts_Blu-ray_DVD">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Prog_Rock_Concerts_Blu-ray_DVD#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Mon, 07 Sep 2009 00:23:00 -0700 geoffm 21219 at http://www.hemagazine.com One o' These Days, Alice... http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/To_the_Moon <p>Forty years ago yesterday, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin sat on the tip of a big metal stick at the end of a massive explosion and pointed themselves toward the moon. Forty years ago this coming Monday, they arrived at their destination, kicked a little dirt, and said a few words we all know by heart, I'm sure. And to commemorate all of that exploding and dirt kicking and aphorism uttering, The Criterion Collection has released a new gussied up restored version of Al Reinert's seminal 1989 film <em>For All Mankind</em>. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/To_the_Moon">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/To_the_Moon#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Blu-ray Disc Reviews Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:13:41 -0700 DennisB 21107 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Return of Six Degrees of Show-Offs http://www.hemagazine.com/Six_Degrees_of_Show-Offs <p><strong>Connecting even more dots between today’s hottest movies and games</strong></p> <p>Longtime readers of <em>Home Entertainment </em>may remember a handful of old columns in which I riffed on the popular six degrees of separation meme: the notion that every person in the world can be connected to every other by no more than six connections—in other words, you know someone who knows someone who’s related to someone who... you get the picture.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Six_Degrees_of_Show-Offs">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Six_Degrees_of_Show-Offs#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Show-Offs Mon, 06 Jul 2009 00:29:32 -0700 geoffm 21083 at http://www.hemagazine.com Subwoofer Demo Material - Bring the Boom http://www.hemagazine.com/Subwoofer_Demo_Material <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Put your system (and your foundation) to the test with these spectacular subwoofer Show-Offs<br /></strong><br />Sure we all enjoy a carefully crafted surround sound mix that oozes ambience and paints a pretty phonic picture in the air, but what we all really love is head-slamming, rump-shaking, rafter-rattling bass. </p> <p>With that in mind, this installment of Show-Off is all about giving you the lowdown on the lowest of the low—Blu-ray subwoofer demos certain to pin you to your seat, part your hair (assuming you have any) and rattle anything that isn’t nailed, bolted or Gorilla-glued to the walls or floor. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Subwoofer_Demo_Material">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Subwoofer_Demo_Material#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Mon, 11 May 2009 00:20:00 -0700 geoffm 20983 at http://www.hemagazine.com Kids' Stuff - Blu-ray selections for the kids http://www.hemagazine.com/Blu-rays_for_Kids <p><strong>Show Off your system without having to shuffle the kids out of the room with this fantastic collection of family-friendly flicks<br /></strong><br />Most of the time, the land of Show-Offs can be a rather unfriendly place for the little ones, what with all the sex and language and adult situations (whatever those may be) that so often go hand-in-hand with the car crashes, action scenes, and great big earth-shattering kabooms that look and sound so good in a well-tuned home theater.</p> <p> But that doesn’t mean the rug rats, or the faint of heart, have to be left out of the fun altogether. </p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Blu-rays_for_Kids">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Blu-rays_for_Kids#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Tue, 10 Mar 2009 01:26:58 -0700 geoffm 20864 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Software 2009 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009 <!--paging_filter--> <p>Our <strong>10 Best Software</strong> Award winners. </p> <p>Nothing less than our picks for the best demo material of the past year. </p> <p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/10_Best_Software_2009#comments Movies/Music/Games Best Movies Blu-ray Disc Reviews Game Reviews Music Reviews News Other Features Show-Offs Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:05:36 -0800 geoffm 20626 at http://www.hemagazine.com Seasonal Selections http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Seasonal_Selections <p><strong>Who needs the movies? Some of the hottest sights and sounds on Blu-ray have their origins in the airwaves.</strong></p> <p>I hate to admit it, but I’m becoming a bit of a TV junky again, after swearing off all but a few essential shows a few years back.</p> <p> I had been managing fairly well, actually. Honestly, I had. </p> <p>Then Blu-ray came along.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Seasonal_Selections">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Seasonal_Selections#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Tue, 23 Dec 2008 00:04:09 -0800 geoffm 20606 at http://www.hemagazine.com Science-Fiction Quintuple Feature http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sci-Fi_Show-Offs <p><strong>Push your home theater to infinity and beyond with these out-of-this-world sci-fi flicks on Blu-ray<br /></strong><br />In the annals of motion picture history, perhaps no genre has stoked the imagination and stimulated the senses quite so well as science fiction. There's something about gleaming metal entities and blinding bursts of projectile plasma that gets the juices flowing—and sets subwoofers in motion—in a way that mere earthly action never will. </p> <p>So suit up, strap in, and get your home theater ready for five Blu-ray discs sure to bring the geek out in even your most reticent reality-based guests.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sci-Fi_Show-Offs">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sci-Fi_Show-Offs#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:50:10 -0800 geoffm 20531 at http://www.hemagazine.com Movies to Shop By http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Movies_to_Shop_By <p><strong>If you’re shopping for a new display, don’t leave home without these indispensable Blu-ray discs.  </strong></p> <p>Over the past six years worth of “Show-Offs” columns, I’ve devoted who knows how many thousands of words to one singular goal: giving you the tools you need to blow your hair back, tickle your retinas, and prove to your guests that you have the best home theater on the block. </p> <p>That assumes, of course, that you actually do have the best home theater on the block.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Movies_to_Shop_By">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Movies_to_Shop_By#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:31:45 -0700 geoffm 20467 at http://www.hemagazine.com BLU NOTE http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Blu_Note <p><strong>Avoid the crowds and get your money’s worth with these spectacular concerts on Blu-ray.  </strong></p> <p>I’ve just about done with concerts.Not that I don’t love live music—nothing compares to being in the same room with talented musicians doing their thing—but it's just not worth the hassle anymore. </p> <p>Where is the joy in paying $250 for a nosebleed seat, only to have to strain to hear the music over all of the Chatty Cathys, while some old drunk dude in a two-sizes-too-small Motorhead T-shirt spills Bud in your lap? With the advent of Blu-ray, I honestly cannot find a reasonable answer to that question. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Blu_Note">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Blu_Note#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Music Reviews Show-Offs Thu, 11 Sep 2008 11:38:18 -0700 geoffm 20401 at http://www.hemagazine.com War is Swell http://www.hemagazine.com/node/War_is_Swell <!--paging_filter--> <p>Although it’s difficult to argue with Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman’s contention that war is hell, a quartet of recent Fox Blu-ray releases prove that war can be heaven for fans of such films. Fox’s fab four BD war films include a couple of iconic epics, <i>The Longest Day</i> and <i>Patton</i>, along with <i>A Bridge Too Far</i> and <i>Battle of Britain</i>. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/War_is_Swell">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/War_is_Swell#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Wed, 09 Jul 2008 11:42:29 -0700 geoffm 20214 at http://www.hemagazine.com LIGHTS, CAMERA… BOOGIE! http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LIGHTS_CAMERA_BOOGIE <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Make your system sing with these great musical movie moments.</strong></p> <p>I’ve covered my fair share of music and movies here in Show-Offs over the years. Interestingly enough, as I look back over previous columns, I notice a distinctly never-the-twain-shall-meet approach to the cinematic and lyrical media. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LIGHTS_CAMERA_BOOGIE">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LIGHTS_CAMERA_BOOGIE#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Show-Offs Wed, 11 Jun 2008 03:30:19 -0700 geoffm 20101 at http://www.hemagazine.com Back to Basics http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Back_to_Basics <!--paging_filter--> <p>Anyone who says time travel is impossible obviously isn't a magazine collector. I recently thumbed through the premiere issue of <em>Home Entertainment</em> (from way back in the winter of 2002), and scattered throughout its pages I found quite a few surprises: bulky floorstanding rear-projection TVs, massive three-gun CRT projectors all over the place, and—what's this?—a Show-Offs column with nary a theme in sight.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Back_to_Basics">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Back_to_Basics#comments Movies/Music/Games Blu-ray Disc Reviews Music Reviews Show-Offs Sun, 01 Jul 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6069 at http://www.hemagazine.com