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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (October, 2012)

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Blu-ray Review: The Avengers

By The HT Guys • Oct 9 2012, 2:28pm

An all-star lineup of superheroes -- including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America -- team up to save the world from certain doom. Working under the authority of S.H.I.E.L.D., can our heroes keep the planet at peace?

This summer offered up a few amusing action flicks, however The Avengers was by far the most entertaining films of the year (and yes I know the year isn’t over). I will try to write the review without having much of a slant, but...

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Blu-ray Review: The Cabin in the Woods

By The HT Guys • Oct 8 2012, 2:14pm

In this twisted thriller from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, five friends arrive at a secluded cabin with clear instructions for their anticipated mountain getaway. But when the rigid rules are broken, punishment is swift -- and everyone will pay. Kristen Connolly, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth and Brian J. White star with Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford in this surprising spin on a classic horror setup.

Cabin in the Woods is one of the most creative and original horror films I’ve ever scene. If you like horrors films, and understand their structure this film is an instant classic for you. It pays homage to several beloved horror films, while it flips the whole genre upside down. The writing is impressively original with witty dialog and very few plot holes. The cast...

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Blu-ray Review: Indiana Jones - The Complete Adventures

By The HT Guys • Oct 5 2012, 2:06pm

As a whole Indiana Jones is one the best adventure series of all time. The way they’re directed and the style of action make them timeless. They’re movies I share with my kids, and I don’t have to force them to watch. These movies are part of the American texture. If I see a kid pretending to use a whip, they aren’t a lion tamer, they’re Indiana Jones. Looking at the movies with a critical eye...

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Blu-ray Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

By The HT Guys • Oct 4 2012, 2:56pm

An updated take on the Snow White tale finds the fair-skinned maiden battling the Evil Queen with skills learned from the huntsman sent to kill her. Meanwhile, a love-struck prince bides his time from afar.

his version of Snow White is one of the darker and grittiest versions I’ve seen, but still remains to be a fairy tale. The overall plot of this movie is simple but somehow they...

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Blu-ray Review: Battleship

By The HT Guys • Oct 3 2012, 2:16pm

The classic Battleship board game moves to the big screen in this at-sea adventure about defending planet Earth from a mysterious enemy fleet. At the center of the action is a pair of naval officer brothers and their commanding superior.

Battleship is a fun over the top blockbuster movie, that’s been poorly judged because it was based on the silly premise of a board game. Don’t get me wrong...

HDTV Tuners (Satellite)

Review: Dish Network Hopper

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 2 2012, 2:43pm

After reading the rosy articles from other reviewers about the Hopper system this may come as a splash of cold water to Dish fans, or as a “yes, we know, it has been always that way” to some satellite service history followers, why?

I reviewed primarily the image quality side of the system, as I would do with other HD video provider service or media, and I concluded that it should be better, and it could be if Dish wants.

None of the other publications said a word about the subject of Dish’s image quality, they rather concentrated in admiring the Hopper’s impressive feature set and functionality, which, do not take me wrong, I fully concur with the reviews in that area, the features are great, but to me the image quality should be the main requirement of any video service contract/package, not just a sophisticated set-top-box or a mile-long channel lineup.

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Blu-ray Review: The Hunger Games

By The HT Guys • Oct 2 2012, 2:07pm

Every year the twelve districts send a teenage boy and girl to compete in "The Hunger Games" which is a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home she must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

It’s nice to see an extremely popular movie for teens that has substance. The Hunger Games is an entertaining and heart wrenching film filled will great performances and a few action sequences. This movie isn’t just for teens, it’s filled with...

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Blu-ray Review: Jaws

By The HT Guys • Oct 1 2012, 2:45pm

When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police, a young marine biologist and a grizzled shark hunter embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again.

There are very few movies that change how the entertainment industry operates, Jaws defined what we now call the summer blockbuster. Jaws is a movie based on the primal fear of man versus animal. This story has been told several times in movies such as Moby Dick, The Grey, and Anaconda, but none have ever been as cinematic as Jaws. Watching this movie on Blu-ray takes...