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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (June, 2011)

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Blu-ray Review: Unknown

By The HT Guys • Jun 24 2011, 2:22pm

Liam Neeson stars in this taut thriller as a man who regains consciousness after an auto accident only to discover that another man is impersonating him, and that no one -- not even his wife (January Jones) -- recognizes his identity as the real Dr. Martin Harris. Finding himself with an unexpected ally (Diane Kruger), Harris struggles to solve the mystery and hang onto his own wits, while also being stalked by anonymous killers.

Unknown tries to be an original intriguing mystery action film with several plot twists, but inevitably...

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Blu-ray Review: The Mechanic

By The HT Guys • Jun 22 2011, 5:55pm

When his mentor is murdered, lone hit man Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) trains the man's son, Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), in the ways of the professional kill. Together Arthur and his eager apprentice hunt down those responsible for executing Steve's father. But the partnership gives rise to new dangers and deceptions. Simon West directs and Donald Sutherland co-stars in this action-packed remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller.

The Mechanic is the type of popcorn movie you’ll enjoy watching, but a week later you will forget you’ve seen it. This is mainly because...

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Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray player

By The HT Guys • Jun 21 2011, 2:14pm

There’s a lot of talk about streaming movies eventually taking over for conventional disc based media like DVD and Blu-ray. But we all know the quality just isn’t quite there yet to eliminate Blu-ray entirely. So what are you to do? Why not buy a Blu-ray player that also streams movies so you’re covered for both cases? If it also supports 3D, you’re triple covered. That’s what you get with the Samsung BD-D6500...

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Blu-ray Review: Rubber

By The HT Guys • Jun 17 2011, 2:31pm

Quentin Dupieux directs this inventive twist on low-rent revenge flicks, which follows a car tire named Robert that rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings and more. But when Robert spies a gorgeous woman motoring down the highway, he decides to follow her and take a chance on love. This gleefully over-the-top black comedy stars Stephen Spinella and Roxanne Mesquida.

Like any small independent film by a French director, this film is weird and a little artsy. For the most part it’s intentionally...

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OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player

By The HT Guys • Jun 16 2011, 2:58pm

OPPO has been around since 2004, about a year longer than the HT Guys. We’ve watched them go from a company that built high performance upconverting DVD players to one that builds high performance Blu Ray Players. Today we take a look at the latest in the OPPO lineage, the BDP-93. The player is all black with a brushed aluminum face. The fit and finish is first rate and looks great in our equipment stack. The BDP-93 has a MSRP of $499.99 and is available today.

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Blu-ray Review: Battle: Los Angeles

By The HT Guys • Jun 15 2011, 2:52pm

Led by their skillful staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart), a platoon of gutsy Marines, including Santos (Michelle Rodriguez), Simmons (Taylor Handley) and Lockett (Cory Hardrict), fight to protect all humankind from astonishingly powerful aliens who've suddenly invaded Los Angeles.

At its core Battle: Los Angeles is a war movie first, and a Sci-fi film second. With that said, it has every war movie cliché thrown trying hard to remind you it's a war movie and tug on familiar heart-strings. Let's see, there's...

Speakers & Sound Systems

HSU Research Speakers

By The HT Guys • Jun 14 2011, 2:41pm

Recently Braden started looking for some new speakers for his house. Recommendations came flooding in, but one that really intrigued us came from good friend Ray. He suggested we check out what HSU Research has to offer. We know they make great subs, but were unfamiliar with their speakers, so we decided to check them out...

Hannspree 42 inch 120Hz LCD HDTV

By The HT Guys • Jun 9 2011, 2:00pm

Back when we started this podcast (six years ago on Thursday) we never dreamt of being able to purchase a 42 inch LCD for around $460. And if you could would it be any good? Today that dream has come true with the Hannspree ST42DMSB 42 inch 120Hz LCD HDTV. As you would expect with a 42 inch TV at this price point there aren’t a ton of bells and whistles. What you get is a solid basic HDTV that can be used in your main or secondary room without breaking the bank.

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Blu-ray Review: Drive Angry

By The HT Guys • Jun 8 2011, 2:34pm

Career criminal Milton (Nicolas Cage) breaks out of prison to pursue the cult members who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. Milton is in turn chased by a serial killer (William Fichtner) who's determined to catch him before he can find redemption. Aiding Milton in his quest is Piper (Amber Heard), a comely waitress who supplies him with a muscle car that he uses to outrace the police that are hot on his trail.

Drive Angry could be...

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Blu-ray Review: The Rite

By The HT Guys • Jun 7 2011, 2:53pm

A movie based on a best selling novel starring Oscar Winner Anthony Hopkins should be a slam dunk right? Yeah, it should be good, but some how this movie is...

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Blu-ray Review: True Grit

By The HT Guys • Jun 1 2011, 2:59pm


In my mind, True Grit is a near perfect film. It possesses everything to make it American classic. I'm a fan of the original film staring John Wayne, and thought that it would hard to fill his shoes. I also knew that whoever played young Mattie Ross had to be a convincing actress. The performances of Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld, were not only better than the original actors, they were some of the best of 2010 and both received Oscar nominations. They are not the only stand out performances in this film either. In fact every speaking part has a memorable performance.

True Grit was originally a novel written by Charles Portis. This film...