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Thursday, 22 February 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
BEAUTIFUL (Columbia/TriStar), released theatrically last year, is a not-very-funny comedy about a determined, perpetual beauty contestant (Minnie Driver). Joey Lauren Adams co-stars under Sally Field’s direction. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is Dolby Digital, with English subtitles. No further technical information available. THE BEST OF BIG BANDS & SWING: HOLLYWOOD RHYTHM, VOL. 2 (Kino) is a compilation of Paramount black-and-white short films featuring popular singers in the big band genre, including Tallulah Bankhead, Maurice Chevalier, Bing Crosby, Ruth Etting, Jeanette MacDonald, Jack Oakie, Ginger Rogers and Kate Smith. A young Cary Grant appears in one of the shorts. Aspect ratio is 1.33:1; sound format is Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.
Friday, 16 February 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
In an attempt to bring their 5.1 CD and DVD-audio titles to the masses, DTS Entertainment will be going on a nationwide tour to allow people to audition these titles. A specially equipped bus with a 5.1-channel surround sound audio system provided by Pioneer and JBL will stop at hundreds if not thousands of music retail stores, to demonstrate the DTS sonic experience that 5.1 Digital Surround provides to music enthusiasts.
Thursday, 15 February 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced yesterday that he will hold hearings to determine if the online MP3 swapping service Napster truly violates copyright law. A federal court ruled that Napster must stop its large base of users from trading copyrighted material this past Monday.
Thursday, 15 February 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Perpetual Technologies, known for their cutting-edge digital audio products, introduced a new product designed to improve your AC power: the Digital Power Cell, or DPC. The DPC regenerates the electrical signal that you get from your wall and uses amplification to create a nearly perfect signal to feed your gear. The DPC, much like the very popular PS Audio Power Plant products, also offers multiwave technology. However, unlike PS Audio, the Perpetual can be rack-mounted. It uses a digital amplifier technology that reduces operational heat. In contrast, analog amplifier designs require significant cooling and heat synchs. The DPC is to be priced at $799 and will ship starting May, 2001. Perpetual Technologies has a new digital-to-analog converter and interpolator in their product line-up called the P5. Priced at $3,500, the P5 is a far more advanced DAC than the original P1-P3 combo, ...
Tuesday, 13 February 2001 ,  Written by AVRev.com
THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY & BULLWINKLE (Universal Home Entertainment), released theatrically last year, is a mixture of live-action, traditional animation and 3-D animation, starring Robert De Niro, Jason Alexander, Rene Russo and Piper Perabo in a tale of the late Jay Ward’s classic animated Moose and Squirrel set loose in the modern world. Des McAnuff directs. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1; sound formats are English DTS and English Dolby Digital 5.1, with English subtitles. Extras include a making-of featurette, production notes and DVD-ROM features. ALICE’S RESTAURANT (MGM) is director Arthur Penn’s 1969 adaptation of Arlo Guthrie’s famous story/song. The film stars Guthrie, Pat Quinn and James Broderick. Aspect ratio is widescreen; sound format is digital (no further details available), with English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extras include an audio commentary from Guthrie. This is the previously unreleased R-rated version.
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