Deepwater Horizon Demo Scenes

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Deepwater Horizon is part of a trilogy of films (including Lone Survivor and Patriots Day) that pair director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg recreating actual events for the big screen. Deepwater Horizon focuses on the events leading up to the uncontrollable blowout of the BP deep-sea oil exploration platform in 2010, which created the […]

Two Dolby Atmos Demo Scenes

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Using R-rated content for demo material is a very slippery slope since it can easily be off-putting to many viewers and obviously isn’t suitable for families. And the most demo-worthy scenes from R-rated films usually contain gratuitous violence, profanity-laced dialogue, and nudity that can quickly turn your demo from engaging to a sale-killing turnoff. But […]

Four Incredible Demo Scenes

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Dunkirk, “Sinking Ship” (length: 4 min. 4 sec.) Shot on IMAX cameras, this transfer has terrific detail, and the film also has the benefit of an Academy Award-winning sound editing and mixing track. This scene gets right into the action, with German planes strafing a sinking ship with men in the water. We have the […]

Two Great HDR Demo Scenes

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Darkest Hour, “We are at war!” (length: 2 minutes 31 seconds) Darkest Hour details the events leading up to the famed World War II battle of Dunkirk (captured in Christopher Nolan’s film of the same name), focusing on Winston Churchill—portrayed terrifically here in an Oscar-winning performance by Gary Oldman—becoming Britain’s new wartime Prime Minister. What […]

How to Tame a Media Room Pt. 3

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When you lack the space or budget for a dedicated home theater, many turn to a media room as the next best solution. A media room can be the perfect gathering place for the family to enjoy a variety of content, including films, TV, streaming, gaming, and music. But they can have several distracting drawbacks […]

How to Tame a Media Room Pt. 2

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For those without the space or budget for building a dedicated home theater, a media room can be the best solution. But media rooms typically have several distracting drawbacks that most dedicated rooms don’t. In Part One of this series, I tackled the biggest distraction media-room owners face: Light. Here we’re going to tackle the […]

How to Tame a Media Room Pt. 1

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In “Making the Best of a Media Room” and “Media Room or Home Theater? It Depends,” I discussed why media rooms can be a good solution for people who don’t have the space or money for a dedicated home theater. With this post, I’m going to begin a new series that talks about some of […]