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Wednesday, 08 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has announced the October 9 launch of "The Superbit Collection." Superbit titles feature a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format. The result is picture quality that provides outstanding detail which complements the performance of the latest progressive DVD video players.
Thursday, 02 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
When Microsoft releases their new operating system Windows XP on October 25, 2001 every copy will come with the new David Byrne song "Like Humans Do" preloaded in order to showcase the new version of Windows Media Player. Originaly released on Byrne’s new album Look Into the Eyeball, the song will automatically play as a digital audio track, complete with album art and lyrics, the first time Windows Media Player is launched on a users computer after installing Windows XP.
Thursday, 02 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
AKIRA – SPECIAL EDITION (Pioneer Video) is a two-disc release of the 1989 anime classic about a troubled near-future world, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Aspect ratio is 1.78:1; sound formats are Japanese Dolby Digital 4.1 and English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include a new English translation of the dialogue, a making-of featurette, an interview with director Otomo from 1988, a documentary on restoring "Akira" for DVD, a featurette on the soundtrack and a glossary. MPAA rating is R.
Wednesday, 01 August 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
With an appropriately named first video from the Buggles called "Video Killed the Radio Star" and the visionary leadership of a then former radio program director and now AOL-Time Warner co-COO, Bob Pittman, MTV was more than a draw for teenagers to cable television, it defined how an entire generation is introduced to popular music. By adding visuals to popular music, MTV upped the ante for what it takes to become a MEGA-star in American and around the world. With records like the 49 times platinum selling Thriller from Michael Jackson and the rise of talent like Madonna, Duran Duran and countless others, MTV quickly surpassed FM radio as the way the youth, soon to be titled Gen X, would find new music. In later years MTV developed original non-music related content ranging from an early take on "reality TV" in 1992 ...
Wednesday, 01 August 2001 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Metallica frontman, James Hetfield was admitted to an undisclosed rehab treatment center on July 19, 2001, delaying the recording of the band’s eighth studio album. When the singer/songwriter/guitarist will rejoin the band is cloudy but he will definitely miss the forthcoming launch of the Metallica.com web site.
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