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By Richard Lawler posted Jun 28th 2010 11:57AM

The Back to the Future trilogy is coming to Blu-ray for its 25th Anniversary, with a boxed set hitting stores October 26. There’s apparently two hours of new extra content, with plenty of BD-Live and U-control features baked in. Back to the Future.net reports these should be great looking and sounding, with an all new transfer that preserves the original film grain and lets viewers hear the “full dynamic range” of the audio. Of course, we would have preferred a hoverboard and Mr. Fusion pack-in, but we may have to wait for the 50th anniversary to get those — details are in the press release after the break.

By Joseph L. Flatley posted Jun 25th 2010 10:57AM

Looks like the Blu-ray Disc Association has published the final specs for the monster BDXL disc, opening the way for manufacturers to start introducing the technology in their optical drives. Not too much here that we don’t already know: aimed at institutions and folks who need to archive lots and lots of… stuff, BDXL discs are available in either triple layer 100GB (re-writable or write-once) or 128GB quad layer write-once flavors. Of course, with all these layers (or layuhs in Brooklyn) the laser in the Blu-ray drive you already own won’t be able to do the trick, so start saving your change for a hardware upgrade once these things become commercially available. PR after the break.
By Thomas Ricker posted Jun 16th 2010 1:52AM

Google’s reveal of Google TV wasn’t exactly flawless. After technical issues wreaked havoc with the live launch demonstration, many of us found it nearly impossible to focus just as soon as we heard mention of IR blaster control. Fear not, Google has returned with a two and half minute video that breaks it down like we were kindergartners. So grab your blanky and Mr. Tickle, the embedded video is available after the break. [Video Here]

By Richard Lawler posted May 20th 2010 1:21PM

Sony will be first out of the gate with a Google TV powered device, with its “Sony Internet TV” devices — in the form of either an HDTV or a set-top box with Blu-ray player — arriving on shelves this fall. The rest of the partners were just as the rumors indicated, with Logitech adding a QWERTY Harmony remote, “companion box” to bridge the gap to existing home theater equipment and eventually video chat capabilities, Intel providing the CE4100 Atom processor at the heart of the devices and an Android 2.1 OS with Chrome browser brings it all together. DISH Network and Google have admitted to their ongoing trials but there’s no word on any release date,(Update: We didn’t catch it onstage, but DISH just announced it will enable “advanced integration” via HDMI on all of its HD DVR receivers this fall, details after the break) while Best Buy is already on board to sell all of this and inevitably offer to hook up those IR blasters for a fee, while Adobe is just happy to see another device that runs Flash 10.1. The rest of the details are in press release and video form after the break, but you can sign up for updates at Google.com/tv (developers check in here) or check out our ongoing liveblog right from Google I/O.

By Richard Lawler posted May 7th 2010 9:44AM

Warner Bros. is making things a little less needful for new Blu-ray buyers with extensive DVD libraries in need of upgrading, slashing the lowest prices on its DVD2Blu upgrade program to $4.95 (+ the original DVD copy) and adding more movies to the list of eligibles for a total of 87. Of course there’s still a catch, as the minimum order needed to score free shipping ($4.95 per order) has risen $10 to $35. Of course, if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to catch 2001: A Space Odyssey and Gran Torino and Ocean’s Eleven in all their 1080p glory then check the price list after the break and do the math — this offer might be for you.

By Richard Lawler posted May 6th 2010 at 3:15PM

Sure, getting a nice HDTV and slapping together a custom audio system can make a living room into a decent entertainment setup — but what’s the best way to go all-in on a dedicated theater room? That’s the question posed by Ken:

“I just moved into a new house, and finally have a room with space to set up just as a home theater, and a closet to the side for my AV equipment. I already have a projector, screen and speakers from my past setup, but where can I get the best bang for my buck in other areas? Things I’ve thought about are high end audiophile speakers, movie theater-style seating, installing a D-BOX motion setup or even a popcorn machine. What do you recommend?”

We’ve perused the Engadget HD Flickr group (what, your pics aren’t there already?) enough to know you guys have done all of that and then some, so let us know what custom projects you’ve found worked best to make your home theater stand out.

[Picture belongs to shieldss44]

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By Donald Melanson posted May 4th 2010 at 7:58AM

It’s that time of the year again, when the folks from Electronic House recognize the most impressive and downright jaw-dropping homes and home theaters they’ve seen since the last awards were handed out. While the categories cover everything from more modest home theaters to the best kitchens and outdoor spaces, the standout has to be the award for best home theater over $250,000, which this year went to the theater pictured above put together by First Impressions Home Theaters. While the exact price doesn’t appear to have been disclosed, the home theater was apparently four and half months in the making, and centers around a 174-inch screen (which can be adjusted for scope ratio) and a TITAN 1080p-250 Pro Series projector that itself weighs in at 200 pounds. That, of course, is just the beginning — the room also includes a Crestron automation system that automatically adjusts the lighting and changes the sky on the ceiling when folks enter, sound-proofing that lets you “hear your heartbeat,” a completely concealed Genelec surround sound system, a custom dog bed, and Italian leather CineLounger seats complete with LED-lit glowing cup holders, to name just a few standout features. Hit up the source link below for the complete details, and the rest of the award winners.

sourceElectronic House