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Hidden Figures UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. (more…)

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Underworld: Blood Wars UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: In the next installment of the blockbuster franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the Ultimate sacrifice. (more…)

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Sony VPL-HW45ES Projector Review

The mid-range projector market is mostly dominated by three brands: Sony, JVC, and Epson. With JVC starting at $4,000 and Epson moving the 5040UB to $2,700, it leaves the Sony VPL-HW45ES as the only $2,000 projector from those companies. It offers wonderful black levels with a great contrast ratio, accurate colors, flexibility for installation, and plenty of light output for a superb on-screen image. For the price, you won’t find a better projector out there today. (more…)

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth—including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts.

When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves “Dumbledore’s Army”) meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters.

New adventure—more dangerous, more thrilling than ever—is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle! (more…)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes.

On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter.

The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort… alive. Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him, but as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. (more…)

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Live By Night Blu-ray Review

Summary: What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Jow’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again–in business and in love. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that is comes at a price. (more…)

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The Smurfs UltraHD Blu-ray

Summary: The evil wizard Gargamel and his cat Azrael have spent years trying to capture and exploit the peaceful Smurfs. When one of them ventures outside the village and runs back, he mistakenly reveals their location. Chased by Gargamel, a number of them including Papa, Smurfette, and Clumsy take a portal to New York City. Followed by Gargamel, they must find a way back to their village while avoiding the danger all around them. (more…)

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Planet Earth II UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: Planet Earth II is the follow-up to the groundbreaking BBC nature series from a decade ago. Captured from remote, isolated locations all around the planet, Planet Earth II showcases nature in ways never experienced before. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the six hour=long episodes reveal areas of the planet most people have never experienced. (more…)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them UltraHD Blu-ray

Summary: There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found. (more…)

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SVS PB16-Ultra Subwoofer Review

Big sub, big sound. Sure the PB16-Ultra is a beast, but given today’s technology, bringing low-end performance sans distortion requires of size and weight. SVS has a pair of subwoofers featuring their new 16” driver, the SB16-Ultra, previously reviewed by us and the PB16-Ultra. The SB is a sealed box design, while the PB is a ported box.

If you are looking to reproduce the lowest subsonic octaves, then the PB16-Ultra is your choice. (more…)

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