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The Steve Jobs Movie Is Good, but Not Biographical

Episode 1227

Leo says that he saw the Steve Jobs movie and he thought for a work of fiction, it wasn't that bad of a film. But if you go to see it expecting to see a biography of the life of Steve Jobs, you'll be sorely disappointed. It's even less accurate thank Sorkin's other biopic, The Social Network. It's a complete work of fiction and should have been called anything but Steve Jobs. The really sad part is that no mention was made of Steve's family life. But having said that, for a work of fiction, it's a pretty compelling work of art.

All Six Star Wars Movies Released in Digital

Episode 1177

All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.

Is the Surface Pro 3 a good first tablet?

Windows Surface Pro 3

Episode 1153

Donald from Chicago, IL

Donald wants to know if the Windows Surface Pro 3 would make a good first tablet. Leo says that it's a great tablet that runs full Windows. But it's more of a computer than a tablet. That would give him the option to attach a keyboard and turn it into a full blown laptop. It's over $1,000, so it's not cheap for a tablet. If all Don needs is a device to play movies and such, then it's overkill.

How long will DVD or Blu-ray discs last?

DVD

Episode 1109

George from Santa Monica, CA

George wants to know how long Blu-ray and DVD discs will last. Leo says that the promise of DVDs and CDs is that they would last forever. But that has ended up not being true since they scratch and become unreadable as the reflective surface corrodes. Burned DVDs, however, are different and fade over a shorter time because the dyes that are used to burn the data will fade.

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1083

Scott joins us to talk about Godzilla. Leo says he saw the movie last night and even though it was in 3D, there really wasn't a lot of 3D in it. It was very subtly used to more enhance the movie, rather than rely on the 3D gimmicks. Scott says that's been his argument all along. Make 3D more subtle, because extreme 3D takes you out of the movie, and so it was smart of the director to rely on "less is more."

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1043

This week, Scott answers a question from Robert in Upland, CA. He wants to know why the dialogue is far more quiet than sound effects and music on his home theater system. Leo suspects a center channel problem.

Scott says that the dynamic range of a movie is very wide, meaning that quiet parts are quiet and effects are louder. In the movie theater there isn't much he can do of course, but at home Robert can use "midnight mode," or dynamic compression mode, which compresses that range. He can also increase the center channel volume.

Why is dialogue in movies so hard to hear?

Episode 1043

Robert from Upland, CA

Robert has a question for Scott Wilkinson. He wants to know why the dialogue is far more quiet than sound effects and music on his home theater system. Leo suspects a center channel problem. Scott says that the dynamic range of a movie is very wide, meaning that quiet parts are quiet and effects are louder. In the movie theater there isn't much he can do of course, but at home Robert can use "midnight mode," or dynamic compression mode, which compresses that range. He can also increase the center channel volume.

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1041

Scott joins Leo today and Leo wants to know the best way to see the Hobbit. Scott says Dolby Atmos is wonderful, if you can. Peter shot the film at high frame rate (HFR) 48 fps and a lot of people object to it. Scott also says that next month we'll see the newest models of HDTVs and right now is a great time to get a new 2013 model TV. Check out his buyer's guides at AVSForum. This year may just be the last year to get a plasma TV. Leo says that's sad because they really do have a superior picture quality.

Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1039

Scott can finally talk about "The Hobbit: The Desoluation of Smaug." It's crazy because there are over 200 different versions with different languages, high frame rate, 3D, IMAX, Dolby Atmos, and more. There's always the option to watch it in 2D, too. Scott saw it in HFR 3D. Even then, you still have the choice between Real D, IMAX3D, and Dolby3D. Scott says that high frame rate is the way to see it. HFR looks really sharp, less like film, and more like video. A lot of people object to it, saying it looking too real takes you out of the movie.