Zero Days (2016) Cast: George W. Bush & others Director: Alex Gibney Studio: Magnolia Home Ent. 1115 (1/17/17) Video: for 16:9 screens, color Audio: English, DD 5.1 Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish Extras: Interview with director, Theatrical trailer Length: 114 min. Rating: **** This documentary/thriller is about Stuxnet – a self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. […]
Season Nine of a popular video series which explores many mysteries within us. Ancient Aliens Season 9 (15 episodes) (2016) Cast: Erich von Daniken, George Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress, Eric Redfern Studio: Lionsgate 4-DVD collection – 15 Episodes on 4 discs Video: 1.78:1 For 16:9 screens, color Audio: English PCM 2.0 stereo Subtitles: English […]
China’s Newest Export is Classical Music – The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is touring New York City, LA and San Francisco. Musicians from the China National Opera House in Beijing performed in Puccini’s Turandot in the Budapest Spring Festival. At London’s Coliseum, the Shanghai Opera performed Thunderstorm, a newly-adapted Western-style Chinese work, and the Shanghai […]
Apple to Set Up Research & Development Center in China – Their chief executive said the center will be in the city of Shenzhen, China – a major global hub for electronics manufacturing. It is also the home of Foxconn, who make the Apple iPhone. Both it and a separate center in Beijing will allow […]
A memorable performance by Hanks as a salesman for a new holographic gadget for the King of Saudi Arabia. A Hologram for the King, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Skerrit, Sarita Choudhury, Ben Whishaw Director: Tom Tykwer Studio: Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate (8/9/16) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English & Arabic – DTS-HD […]
On Panasonic Giving Up On Plasma TVs – The TV set made Panasonic a household name from Singapore to San Francisco. Their TV engineers pointed out that though plasma flat-panel technology gave a better picture, consumers preferred the lighter, durable rival: liquid LCD TVs. When the new president Kazuhiro Tsuga took over in 2012, he […]
Classical Music Blaring from SF Store Curbs Crowd – Studies have shown that classical music can help calm nerves, enhance memory and make pets more calm, but a Burger King in downtown San Francisco is using works of Vivaldi and Bach to help clear a troubled street corner of the mobs that used to hang […]
Shen Lu: Watercolor = PEIXUN: Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake; RAVEL: Miroirs; RACHMANINOV: Etudes Tableaux; DUN: Eight Memories in Watercolor – Shen Lu, p. – Steinway & Sons
Chinese virtuoso Shen Lu offers a series of watercolors cut from Hunan and Western sensibilities.
Lenovo Plans $49 Streaming Media Device; DirecTV Launches Two New Satellites; Dolby Audio Extended to Windows 10 & Edge Browser; Some Startling Statistics About China and Technology; Klaus Heymann of Naxos Wins Yale University Medal
Consumers Not Satisfied with Audio System Quality; Panasonic Comeback – Best Profit in Seven Years; Common Chemicals in Home Electronics and Furniture May Contribute to Obesity; “Stringquest” Takes Classical Music on a New Turn
Best Buy Pulling Out of China; New Bluetooth v4.2 Spec; Lincoln Autos Offer Revel OEM Audio Systems; Uncoupled Power Working Group Adds Energous
SERENA WANG – Dances of the Dolls [TrackList follows] – Serena Wang, piano – Channel Classics of China
A pleasant collection of music that is not a benchmark in sound or performance.
Very Modern Reinterpretations of the Classics; Gibson Brands Acquiring Philips’ Audio & HT Business; J&R Closes E-Commerce Site; TV App Developers Team Up; Rockford Gets Car Audio Level-Matching Patent
A celebration of music from varied lands and composers in the Kronos Quartet tradition.
On Universal Pure Audio Blu-rays Being Only Stereo; Sonos Upgrades App for Their Multiroom Audio System; Seiki Offers Free UHD Up-Conversion HDMI Cable; Consumer Electronics Market in China Tumbles
French AwoX Comes to U.S. with Wireless Products; Sony Wireless Speaker Trio; Spike in UHD TV Shipments in Q4 2013; Reactions to Neil Young’s Pono Player
Athens Guitar Duo – “Magellan’s Playlist” – On Tour in China Vol. 1 [TrackList follows] – Claudio DVD-A (2 discs)
An ultra-fidelity recording of a fine guitar duo, damaged by a serious programming fault.
CES Study Shows More Spending on Tech items for Holiday Season; Industry Readies for Next Era of TV; Hisense TV Line Now in U.S.; Altec Lansing Bought by Infinity Group
An amazing CD—physically, historically and musically.
New Transparent TV Energy Labels Now Mandatory; Grace Wi-Fi Radio Now Includes Recording Option; Google Android@Home & Tungsten To Bring Your Music Closer; Headphone Maker Moves Manufacturing Back to the U.S.
A lovely and inspiring drama based on the true story of ballet dancer Li Cunxin.
A fascinating and demanding collection of works by an impressive new composer!