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The Fifth Element UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: New York cab driver Korben Dallas didn’t mean to be a hero, but he just picked up the kind of fare that only comes along every five thousand years:  A perfect beauty, a perfect being, a perfect weapon. Together, they must save the world. Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, and Gary Oldman star in acclaimed director Luc Besson’s outrageous sci-fi adventure, an extravagantly styled tale of good against evil set in an unbelievable twenty-third century world. Now presented in full 4K resolution, experience this dynamic action favorite like never before. (more…)

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Wren V3USP Speaker Review

The Wren V3USP is a spectacular wireless speaker option, with stunning looks, terrific build quality, and sound that easily surpassed other wireless speakers I’ve used. The footprint of the Wren V3USP is countertop friendly and fits in many household locations. Streaming options are plentiful, and while we don’t think DTS Play-Fi is as refined or reliable as other platforms, it works well enough. The inclusion of both Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect give easy-to-use alternatives to Play-Fi. We think the Wren V3USP is a refined sounding unit, with the looks to match – we are confident that many users will be quite happy with this speaker. (more…)

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Lego Batman UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of the ensemble–Lego Batman–stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. (more…)

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Ex Machina 4K UHD Blu-ray

Summary: After winning a competition to spend a week at the mountain estate of his company’s brilliant CEO (Oscar Isaac), programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) arrives to discover he has been chosen to take part in a study of artificial intelligence. Sworn to secrecy and cut off from the outside world, Caleb meets his subject, a beguiling and seductive android (Alicia Vikander) — and is plunged into an A.I. experiment beyond his wildest dreams in this epic thriller charged with heart-stopping suspense. (more…)

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TCL P-Series UHD TV Review

I’ve been recommending TCL Roku TVs for friends for a while now because they’ve always offered fine picture quality with the ease of integrated Roku streaming. I even have two of them around my house for secondary displays because they just work well. With the new P-Series displays, TCL has gone from offering “good enough” picture quality to offering an image that is just outstanding for the price. At $600, the 55” TCL P-Series is easily the best value in a TV today, and should be at the top of your viewing list. (more…)

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Dredd 4K UHD Blu-ray

Summary: The future America is an irradiated wasteland — a vast, ultraviolet world where criminals control the mean city streets. Ultimate law enforcers like Dredd (Karl Urban) and his new partner, Anderson (Olivia Thirby), are Judges — the only force battling for justice. Dispatched by the central authority, the Judges’ target is Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) a ruthless boss bent on expanding her criminal empire through sales of Slo-Mo, a dangerous reality-altering drug. With Dress calling the shots, the two Judges declare full-scale war on crime in this unrelenting and brutal, three-dimensional thrill ride. (more…)

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Unforgiven UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman play retired, down-on-their-luck outlaws who pick up their guns one last time to collect a bounty offered by the vengeful prostitutes of the remote Wyoming town of Big Whiskey.

Richard Harris is an ill-fated interloper, a colorful killer-for-hire called English Bob. And “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar winner Gene Hackman is the sly and brutal local sheriff whose brand of law enforcement ranges from unconventional to ruthless. (more…)

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Sony 65″ A1E OLED TV Review

The A1E is Sony’s entry into the world of OLED displays. Using a WRGB panel from LG, Sony has paired it with their own video processing and an innovative new design that uses the screen as a speaker. This design seeks to distinguish their OLED displays from the options that LG offers, important as the Sony models have to cost more since they are buying the panels from LG. With two of us here having purchased the Sony OLED as a reference display, we obviously feel it represents one of the best displays on the market today, but it is the best option for most people today? (more…)

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