Home Entertainment - Burger&#039;s Bloviations http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/56/0 Dennis Burger's blog on all the random stuff in his brain en Sounds by Design http://www.hemagazine.com/Sounds_by_Design <p>I see a lot of new speaker designs in the course of a month as I peruse through press releases looking for new products to feature in the front section of <em>Home Entertainment</em>. </p> <p>But it's been a long time since a loudspeaker really caught my eye and demanded my attention the way Sounds by Design's Blackmore and Elise do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Sounds_by_Design">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Sounds_by_Design#comments Audio News Hot Products News Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Thu, 05 Aug 2010 09:50:22 -0700 DennisB 21841 at http://www.hemagazine.com Five Great (Read: Cheap) Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Home Entertainment Fan http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Last_Minute_Christmas_Gifts <!--paging_filter--> <div align="center">'Twas two days before Christmas<br /> and all through the land<br /> significant others were scrambling<br /> to find that perfect last-minute gift for the <em>Home Entertainment</em> fan...</div> <p align="justify">&nbsp;</p> <p align="justify">Okay, so writing verse obviously isn't part of my job description. But finding and writing about (and coveting) cool stuff is, so if anyone in your house still needs another 'prise or two under the tree, feel free to crib from my own Christmas wishlist:</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Last_Minute_Christmas_Gifts">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Last_Minute_Christmas_Gifts#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:01:20 -0800 DennisB 21477 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles: Rock Band Review (With Video) http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review I know what's about to happen. I'm about to sit here and type a thousand words or so, waxing left and right about <em>The Beatles: Rock Band</em>, how it fits into the current glut of music/rhythm games, whether it does justice to the band and their legacy, blah blah blah...<br /> <br /> When really, what it all boils down to is this: if you like The Beatles, go buy this game. Now. If you like the Beatles and don't own a PS3 or Xbox 360 (or Wii, I guess), go buy one of those. Now. And then buy this game. Right after that.<br /> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Beatles_Rock_Band_Review#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Game Reviews Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Mon, 07 Sep 2009 15:24:12 -0700 DennisB 21223 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Beatles Stereo Remasters Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters <p>Within half an hour of Tweeting the fact that I finally got my paws on the new stereo Beatles remasters this week, my email inbox was clogged with the same question repeated practically <em>ad infinitum</em>: “So... don’t leave me hanging. How do they sound?” The ellipses were often stretched to the point of abuse, and the question marks ranged from solitary to the obscene, but I read that exactly question so many times I almost started to have Tweet remorse</p> <p>Honestly, though, who doesn’t want to know how these discs sound? So I’ll cut to the chase and tell you all what I told them:</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Beatles_stereo_remasters#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Music Reviews Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:37:23 -0700 DennisB 21214 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 A Tale of Two Transformers http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Tale_of_Two_Transformers <p>It seems that the goal of the entertainment industry these days is to make me feel old. This fact first hit home for me a few years ago when Guns N' Roses' seminal <em>Appetite for Destruction </em>turned 20. It occurred to me, reflecting upon that fact, that as I terrorized the streets of my neighborhood during the summer of '87 in my beat-up old Camaro of Many Colors, pushing my newly acquired Learner's Permit to its limits, screaming &quot;Paradise City&quot; at the top of my lungs, <em>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, </em>itself turning 20 that year, seemed like old fogies' music. Or, at least, I pretended to think of it as old fogies' music. But if &quot;A Day in the Life&quot; was oldies music then, what does that make &quot;Mr. Brownstone&quot; now? </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Tale_of_Two_Transformers">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Tale_of_Two_Transformers#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:38:45 -0700 DennisB 21050 at http://www.hemagazine.com Come On, Touch Me, Babe http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Pogo_iPhone_Stylus <p><strong>Our Resident Sasquatch Learns to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone </strong></p> <p>The good news is that I don’t secretly loathe you anymore.</p> <p>Yes, you—you unapologetic iPhone users, walking around, flaunting your apps and your slick touchscreen interface. Yeah, I’ll admit it: I secretly loathed you, and not because I’m some anti-iPhone elitist or Luddite curmudgeon, but because I was jealous, plain and simple.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Pogo_iPhone_Stylus">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Pogo_iPhone_Stylus#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 08 May 2009 11:33:58 -0700 DennisB 20980 at http://www.hemagazine.com Mother of All Funk Chords http://www.hemagazine.com/node/20870 <strong>YouTube Maestro Takes Mashup to New Heights</strong><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://thru-you.com/" target="blank">This</a> is, without question, the single greatest YouTube video I've ever seen.<br /> <br /> Click through to see. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/20870">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/20870#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:25:17 -0700 geoffm 20870 at http://www.hemagazine.com Who Isn’t Watching the Watchmen Movie? http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Watchmen_Movie <p><strong>I'm not, dammit!</strong></p> <p>I’m starting to feel like a nerd pariah.</p> <p> Seriously, I may well be the only geek in the ‘verse who isn’t even slightly interested in seeing <em>Watchmen </em>this weekend. Even my wife gets a gleam in her eye when we see the trailer, and she’s never read the comic!</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Watchmen_Movie">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Watchmen_Movie#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:48:12 -0800 DennisB 20857 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Incredible Shrinking PS3? http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Incredible_Shrinking_PS3 <p>A few months ago, the unthinkable happened: my PlayStation 3 went on the fritz. </p> <p>My first reaction, of course, was denial. <em>PS3s don’t break, do they? Who ever heard of such a thing? And mine gets plenty of open airflow. Maybe it’s just a glitch—some bug in the new firmware.</em></p> <p>A few days and a whole lot of spontaneous shutdowns later, it became obvious that I had on my hands the rarest of all birds—a Norwegian Blue PlayStation 3—so I hesitantly sent it in for repairs, all the while pleading with the techs at Sony to fix my precious machine.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Incredible_Shrinking_PS3">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Burger_Bloviations/Incredible_Shrinking_PS3#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:54:11 -0800 DennisB 20832 at http://www.hemagazine.com Fear & Loathing (and Peace & Relaxation) in Gameland http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Gameland <p>I can think of exactly three things more peaceful and soothing than thatgamecompany’s new interactive toy/stress reliever, <em>Flower </em>(the spiritual, if not thematic, successor to <em>flOw</em>). </p> <p>The first is napping with my little boy in newly laundered sheets on a stormy Saturday. The second is that last fleeing moment of awareness right before succumbing to anesthesia—that faux-Zen state that would last oh-so-much longer in a fairer world...</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Gameland">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Fear_and_Loathing_in_Gameland#comments Movies/Music/Games Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:05:18 -0800 DennisB 20810 at http://www.hemagazine.com Home Entertainment: The Deleted Scene http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Home_Entertainment_Deleted_Scene <p>A few years back, we at <em>Home Entertainment </em>toyed around with the idea of running a comic strip, either in the magazine or in our sister publication, <em>Digital TV &amp; Sound</em>. And given that it was my childhood dream to be a cartoonist (a race-car-driving astronaut cartoonist, if you want to get technical about it), I volunteered to give it a whirl.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Home_Entertainment_Deleted_Scene">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Home_Entertainment_Deleted_Scene#comments Blogs Other Features Burger&#039;s Bloviations Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:56:52 -0800 DennisB 20804 at http://www.hemagazine.com