The Facts About Tintin The Belgium Boy Detective

Tintin has been popular in Europe since his inception but to those across the pond little is known about this Belgium boy detective; so who is Tintin? Tintin is a young Belgian reporter who through heroic action solves mysteries that are presented at the start of each comic book. Tintin was first introduced to the world in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. Tintin was the creation of George Remi under he pen name Herge and was first introduced in a Belgium paper in 19289-1930.

Tintin and the Land of the Soviets was a political satire that poked fun at the Soviets claims to having a thriving economy and found an audience due to many people’s unease with the Soviet Empire. Remi himself had distrust for the Soviet Empire.

The Tintin comic series have an almost formulaic feel about it. The readers will see Tintin have to both solve a mystery but also but together an article fo his paper in most of his adventures.

A perfect example of how Herge put his Tintin albums together is Tintin and the Black Island. In The Black Island Tinitn sees a plane make an emergency landing and goes to try and help. Tintin tries to help the pilot but the pilot attempts to shoot him instead. Tintin then recovers in hospitable where he finds out that a similar plane crashed in a field in Sussex from the detectives Thompson and Thompson.

The logical step for Tintin is to now solve the mystery for himself. The adventure thus starts leading Tintin to be accused of assault and theft of a fellow passenger on a train journey and later kidnapped and forced to jump off a cliff (saved by his dog snowy before he is made too). The trail sends Tintin to an Island off Scotland where stories of a mythical beast that kills is said to live. Tintin discovers the Island to be the hideout of forgers and cleverly captures them and holds them till the police arrive.

The reader will always see Tintin solve the mysteries put before him though some adventures are set over two books such as Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. Herge will allow the reader to see Tintin unravel mysteries but strangely hardly ever handing in an article. At the end of most of the albums you will see Tintin recieving a hero’s reception with his side kick Snowy and Captain Haddock.

Tintin is a heroic young man but lacks the color of many of the other characters that appear in the comic books. Herge created a chararcter in Tintin with neutral attitudes which makes him easier to understand.

Tintin is going to become even more popular culminating with the first of three Tintin movies being released most likely early 2010. The Tintin movie will be directed by Steven Spielberg andto find out more please visit the website Le Tintin Movie.

Kung Fu Movies

Almost all whom I know that does martial arts started with watching the kung fu movies. The most obvious and most classic ones are the martial arts movies done by the late Bruce Lee. He definitely set a brand new standard in martial arts films. He somehow just know how to make faster, more dramatic, and more involved than ever before. His movies not only had excellent and unprecedented fight scenes, but they also had interesting plots and sinister villains as well.

When watching old martial arts movies, it is easy to forget how pioneering They were at the time. Many got distracted by the bad translations and cheesy dialog, not noticing me incredible fight scenes. Now, the modern Chinese kung fu film making takes a big step forward. The films of people like Chow Yun Fat, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan  have set a whole news level of excellence for martial arts fight scenes. The combined special effects, brilliant choreography, and humorous antics roll into one seamless whole masterpiece.

Of course, There are plenty of other martial arts movies besides the kung fu films such as movies about tai chi moves. The US has been making fighting films for years. Well, there are the Karate Kid movies. These films are remembered by those who grew up in the 80s. They were interesting because they featured a style of fighting that wasn’t generally portrayed in movies at the time. Karate is no longer interesting. In the Karate Kid movies, however, they really made it work.

Some of the most interesting martial arts movies are actually not fictional films at all, but demonstrations. I first saw a tai chi chuan moves demonstration video about a year ago, and since then I have been watching every single one I can get my hands on. Most of these are based around long, elaborate, intricate dance-like routines rather than simple fighting. All the moves are focus with intent, but elegant and graceful at the same time. The fighters shadowbox with imaginary enemies, leaping, vaulting, kicking, and punching all over the stage with grace and ease. Their moves always have alot of aerobatics and martial arts weapons displays with grunts, shouts, and shoulder rolls. All in all, it is almost every bit as dramatic as watching Jackie Chan hammer the bad guys in one of his martial arts movies. And the best is that it gives you a taste of the art that you don’t really get in the big kung fu movies, No matter how cool they are. It just feel more real and immediate.

A Fan’s Perspective on the Remastered Star Trek

At a time when Star Trek had been rerun so often that prints were dull, scratched and hazy, Paramount/CBS decided it was time to re-engineer the original series (TOS) by restoring the original master prints, increasing the picture quality and re-recording the background music. Then they made the decision to take a step futher and replace the aging special effects shots with digital CGI effects.

All this was driven by the arrival of High Definition DVDs in the consumer marketplace. A year ago (late 2007), there was all-out war between the two competing High-Def formats: HDDVD and Blu-Ray. Neither side seemed to appeal more than the other to the consumer. All that changed in February 2008 when Warner Bros. finally committed exclusively to supporting the Blu-ray format.

The weapon that HDDVD had up its sleeve, though, was the release of the remastered first series of the original Star Trek. Toshiba, who were investing heavily in HDDVD, put a sizeable amount of money into the remastering project and the release of the remastered Star Trek series was heavily promoted.

All the original series of Star Trek were recorded on film which is inherently a high-contrast, high-definition medium. It was also shot using filmatic techniques. Later series of Star Trek such as Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Next Generation were all recorded using video, an inherently low-to-medium definition, non-high-contrast medium. In addition, Star Trek: The Next Generation especially, was shot using a flat lighting that was fashionable at the time. What this means is that it’s not very likely that any of these series will ever make an appearance in high definition on Blu-Ray. I wouldn’t be surprised if Star Trek: The Original Series does make an appearance on Blu-Ray at some point in the future.

Impressions of Star Trek Remastered

To begin with, it looks gorgeous in high definition. The original 4:3 aspect ratio has been retained and the prints are exceptionally crisp and clean. Images have more punch due to the somewhat boosted contrast. If there is a downside, it is the common criticism levelled at high definition: you can see too much detail. For instance on the HDDVD you can see the zippers on the cast’s shirts.

The HDDVD release featured a Standard Definition version on one side (so it plays in a normal DVD player) and a High-Definition version on the other side. Both sides have a good set of extras with little material being repeated.

Now the rest of this review will look at the standard definition DVD releases of the remastered series.

A few months back, the first series of the Remastered Star Trek was made available in a standard DVD edition. in the meantime, series two has been released and TOS: Season Three will be available in November. For those who already have a copy of the previously released version of the series on DVD (without remastered special effects and music), is there a good reason to buy yet another edition of Trek?

Since i grew up watching the series, getting the HDDVD version was a must. I was more interested in image quality and the show looking as clean and pristine as it did straight out of the camera in the 1960s. I have to admit to being somewhat dubious about the new CGI replacing old ship and other special effects shots and whether they’d be intrusive. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The effects do make the show even better, giving it a more immersive quality and drawing you further into each episode.

All the effects shots were created inhouse by CBS (who now own the rights to the TV series). While, for the most part, they’ve done an outstanding job, some ship FX look plasticy rather than like hammered metal. The company that did the FX for Enterprise were originally considered to create the Star Trek FX but they turned out to be too expensive and so CBS did the FX inhouse instead.

What makes the Star Trek Remastered so enjoyable is that no liberties have been taken in altering or re-imagining the episodes (for better or worse). There’s no “look at what we can do” attitude here. Instead what they’ve done is clean the show up and presented it exactly as it was originally meant to be, musical note for note, shot for shot. The musical score has been re-recorded completely, but aside from the fact that it’s now crystal clear (and in 5.1 Dolby Digital) you’d never know it. FX shots of the Enterprise have been redone with CGI, but it’s hard to tell any difference (except on rare occassions), and it now looks brilliant instead of worn out, washed out and incredibly grainy. The new FX fit seamlessly amongst the original live-action footage. Remember those black matte lines, especially around ships orbiting planets? They’re gone. And Fuzzy images? They’re a thing of the past. The colors are brighter, the shadows are deeper and Star Trek has never looked as stunning.

Like I said previously, I was dubious about a version of Star Trek that replaced spacecraft models with computer generated images or tampered with the originally recorded background music. But what they’ve done here is so faithful, that there’s nothing that you can do but applaud their efforts. It’s obvious that the work has been carried out by people who love the series. It’s just a shame it’s not being put to better use. Paramount has decided not to air this new version in high-def, even though they now have the ability and technology to do it. Combine that with how difficult they’re making it to see it on cable and satellite, and I just don’t see any reason for bothering with it on television.

Better to beam this pristine version of one of TV’s most venerable and classic shows onto DVD at warp speed. And if you bought into HDDVD and don’t have the Remastered HDDVD, pick that one up instead. You won’t be disappointed.

Current Comcast Cable Deals Add Zest To Television

If you want digital television or you have been wishing for more channels, you need to check out the current Comcast Cable TV Deals.If you want HDTV or you want to increase your flexibility by adding a DVR to your home entertainment system, you need Comcast Cable.  In fact, if you want anything better for your television, you need Comcast. 

No other company is going to provide you with such a wide range of services at such affordable prices and no other company is going to be so concerned with making sure you are completely cared for. 

Comcast Cable really cares about its customers and it surely shows.  For instance, the company now offers only digital television, which allows everyone to get the clear pictures and wonderful sound of the advanced medium. 

The company also provides plenty of other exciting options such as interactive program guides, On Demand television and tons of great channels.  Because of all of these options, you will find that as a Comcast customer, you will be very pleased with the level and quality of the service you receive. 

One of the newest and most convenient features of this company’s television service are its interactive features.  While television has traditionally been a fairly passive activity, thanks to these new interactive features, you can have more control than ever before. 

 For one thing, you can easily look up all of the shows that are playing so that you always watch the best choice for you.  You also can use the huge menu of On Demand television and movie choices to watch your favorite picks without having to wait around for them to start.

And, best of all, you can get a DVR in order to make your TV viewing completely under your control.  The DVR records and stores information even in high definition, which makes it the perfect viewing companion for all of your needs. 

Another newer option for your television viewing is HDTV.  HDTV, or high definition television, is the modern day equivalent of television changing over to color.  Not only does HD better your picture and sound quality to an amazing extent, but it provides added features such as wide screen viewing. 

Sports fans are absolutely crazy about the new format because it shows more of the playing field and it really brings the action to life.And movie lovers are equally crazy about it because it allows more involvement in the movie and makes the action feel like it is occurring all around the room.Customers absolutely love Comcast HD because of the wide variety of choices and the possibility of the HD Digital Video Recorder.

Even basic programing is better than ever with Comcast television.  You get a wider selection and the high quality of digital with every programming package.  Even the smaller packages have tons and tons of options and the larger programming packages encompass more than 270 channels.  No matter what your personal viewing interests happen to be, you are sure to be more than pleased with Comcast television programming.

It is always worth upgrading to better television and Comcast makes it easier than ever by offering one stop shopping for all the best choices.  Whether you are shopping for yourself or for a large family and whether you want the most sports possible or are really into crafts, you are sure to find more than enough to meet your needs among the programming choices. 

Plus, when you add in the great technology options, you will enjoy your television in a way that never before seemed possible.  Start now, click Comcast Cable Deals.

 

 

Home Theater – The perfect Christmas Idea

With technology moving along at an ever accelerating rate, it is very easy to get lost in the chaos when looking for the ideal Christmas gifts. There are some truly amazing advances that have been made in the area of home theater in the past few years, and this Christmas is the ideal time to get your old TVs and VCRs thrown out and updated to something brand spanking new. How else are you going to enjoy the Christmas TV otherwise? Joking aside, there has never been a better time to jump in and find out what is available in home theater for Christmas. Prices are falling while technology is becoming ever more advanced, and so you reap the rewards big time.

Home theater appliances have become the focus of the home once again. Following on from the DVD revolution of the late 1990s, we now have the fantastic Blu-ray players and Hi-Def TVs to enjoy our favourite films and shows on. Not only that, but there’s Freeview, allowing many more people to get in on the digital TV movement before the big switch. If you love your movies and TV shows, then you owe it to yourself to get the kit with which to enjoy them to their fullest extent.

Then there's sound to think about, and the choice is huge, but the quality needn't dictate your price, as there is a wide range of very affordable sound systems to complete your home theater experience. Home theater products are the ideal Christmas gift too, as they can be enjoyed by everyone in the whole family- as long as you can agree on what to watch first! As prices are becoming ever more competitive, now is the time to find yourself the best deal and the best quality. Home theater is to be enjoyed!

 

Best Hdtv Antenna

The Best HDTV

Setting Up High Definition Television

High definition TVs are at the forefront of the TV technologies. From analog to digital, digital to standard definition TV, and now standard definition TV to high definition TV, it has surpassed even the quality of the DVD movie. If not for the difference in size, high definition TVs have brought the movie theaters inside the homes of consumers.

High definition TVs will receive the actual digital signal from a cable service, either from Dish network or DirecTV. These cable services offer HDTV shows that includes but are not limited to NBA TV, Showtime, CBS, HBO TV, Pay Per View, etc. Several HDTV programs are free upon subscription and others like HBO will have a separate subscription fee.

The Best HDTV Antenna For HDTV

Having a high quality HDTV antenna is important in order to receive the sensitive digital signals from your cable service.

The best HDTV antenna is an ’off air’ antenna that is able to receive off air broadcasts of high definition TV shows. This high performing HDTV antenna is to be connected to the high definition tuner card for the best in viewing .

A high definition tuner card is sometimes capable to receive high definition TV show signals.

This is why it is important to understand if your high definition tuner card is able to receive off air broadcasts of high definition TV shows. If a high definition tuner card is already capable of receiving high definition TV show signals, consumers no longer will need the best HDTV antenna available.

That is why many consumers report that the high definition tuner card works good enough and the best HDTV antenna is not essential. Other consumers still say that the best HDTV antenna is needed to be able to come up with the superior picture and sound.

It is up to the consumer to ultimately decide on what works best, either, using a good quality HDTV antenna or the high definition tuner card and they should consider that sometimes the high definition TV show signals may be weak in certain areas and a HDTV antenna is needed to be able to view effectively the high definition TV programs at their best quality.

High Definition Tuner For HDTV

Next, the consumer will have to consider the high definition tuner that he will use for his high definition TV sets. Most high definition tuners have an advanced program guide that integrates all the off air broadcasts of high definition TV shows into one seamless program for convenience to the user.

The advanced program guide of high definition tuner cards, is used by consumers to look at scheduled programs several days in advance.

High definition TVs use a high definition tuner in order to provide the best quality and the most effective type of high definition programming available today.

Considerations In Set-Up Of HDTV Sets

There are a few other considerations a consumer must take aside from looking for the best HDTV antenna and high definition tuner cards available in the market.

The consumer must be aware of the input or output jacks needed to complete all high definition TV connections. The consumer might decide to connect a few other pieces of equipment or accessories to his high definition TV set and therefore must be able to check what input or output jacks does he need even before buying a HDTV.

A consumer can connect a DVD, VHS, cable box and even video game consoles to his high definition TV set, which will entail careful planning for the connection.

Usually, consumers are required to have S-video connection jacks aside from the composite or even component video analog jacks. By using these connection jacks, the consumer can readily buy a high definition TV set that greatly reduce any possible connection problems that could occur. It is always a good idea to use the best and easiest connection devices because the simpler the HDTV connections, the better and more convenient it will be for you in the end.

Large Screen Televisions: Plasma or LCD?

So you’ve decided that it’s time for you to choose a new TV.

Unless you’ve been really unlucky or are a gadget freak, it’s likely that things have moved on since you last looked at televisions. The big choice now is between LCD and plasma high definition televisions.

So what’s the difference and which type of display should you choose?

When large flat screen televisions first came in, your only affordable choice was plasma. Now you have the option of LCD as well, except at the really giant screen sizes where LCD technology isn’t a viable option.

LCD television screens are made up of hundreds and hundreds of small dots or pixels. These are turned on and off as needed but if a pixel fails, it will show up as a black dot. You’re most likely to notice this on a computer screen but it also shows up on television screens. the difference is that you’re less likely to notice it on a television screen unless a cluster of nearby pixels fails, then you’ll begin to focus on that spot as you watch. You can guard against this to an extent by making sure that your manufacturer’s warranty covers pixel failure but some guarantees put a minimum number of failed pixels before the warranty applies.

Plasma screens create their colors by sending an electrical charge which is then passed through a pixel grid a bit like the old fashioned television screens.

It is generally thought that plasma screens produce blacker blacks than LCD screens, which tend to display black as a dark charcoal gray.

At very large screen sizes then plasma wins hands down because of the technicalities of producing flawless LCD screens.

One of the current best 50 inch HDTV screens is the Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ800U. It has a high 30,000 to 1 contrast ratio which makes for stunning television viewing and game play and it’s quite affordable. You can discover more out more about the Panasonic TH-50PZ800U here.

Does my Plasma look big in this room?

Whether your chosen style of décor in your home is Victorian, Tuscan traditional, romantic, rustic, modern or contemporary, there’s one common challenge that faces almost everyone these days. How do you integrate a plasma or LCD flat screen television into your home’s interior design? One thing is for certain, those large, heavy, square television sets are a thing of the past. Even those that haven't yet made the inevitable leap to Plasma and LCD sets have to agree that flat screen TVs are here to stay. That means how we would arrange a room around a TV set is also antiquated. As are the television stands and the home entertainment centres that would formerly play a prominent part in a rooms decor.

With the change from conventional television sets to flat LCD and plasma screens comes a new way of thinking in terms of how to display them. There are many options on the market fortunately so your TV can fit nicely into any home's decor, anywhere you choose. Television stands for the 'new age' TVs come in a variety of sizes, styles and colours. While glass stands often integrate well into many types of décor, such as modern, contemporary, and even traditional, a TV stand for a plasma or LCD flat screen can come in just about any material. While some interior designers consider only a custom-made TV stand would compliment their home, most people don't have to look too far to find a stand which more than fits their requirements. A clever consumer will quickly locate everything from ultra modern black and clear glass stands, to minimally obtrusive TV stands and wooden stands. The more one shops around, the sooner convinced they’ll be that the task of integrating their new LCD or plasma into any theme can be accomplished.

The popularity of plasma and LCD TVs stems from their amazing quality of picture and space saving design. Still, as it can cause logistical problems for viewing in oddly shaped rooms it can be a challenge to fit them into certain places. It is logical to believe that because of their weight and large size, viewing flat screen TVs in certain rooms will cause a problem, but by utilising wall mounts to display the set, this conundrum quickly goes away. Wall mounts for LCD and plasma TVs are becoming more and more prevalent, as they offer a clean, unobtrusive look, countless options for viewing angles, and are relatively neutral in terms of design. So with wall mounts your home décor is minimally affected. Plasma and LCD TV wall mounts often are adjustable, come available in motorised versions that operate quietly and smoothly, and hold your expensive television just as securely as any TV stand or trolley. If you want to be really different you can even try a ceiling mount for your flat screen TV.

Whichever you choose, be it a glass TV stand, wooden stand, trolley, or any number of wall mounts on the market, your plasma and LCD will be enjoyed best if it compliments the look of your home. Sometimes new technology can be a little frightening, especially if it's scary looking, so don't settle until you are completely happy with your new TV and entertainment display.

Wireless Home Theater: High Quality At Affordable Prices

Owning a good wireless home theater system is of course a great idea. Getting it to do the job well is another ballgame because you will require knowing about how to place the speakers properly and also the best manner by which to adjust the sub-woofer so that you can get true enjoyment from your new acquisition. In any case, a wireless home theater system is simple to install as well as more stylish and that is why every music and movie lover is opting for these systems.

Wireless Home Theater: Rules The Roost

Similar to how Dolby Surround Sound changed buyer preferences in the seventies, wireless home theater systems are now ruling the roost. Not only is a wireless home theater more reasonably priced today, but it also requires minimal effort in order to get it up and running. The best part is that a wireless home theater system embodies the latest advances in technology and is available on the market today at a most affordable price.

In addition, a wireless home theater system takes up less space though the quality continues to remain high. You also are spared the effort of having to link speakers with one another. However, a wireless home theater system works in a distinctly different manner as compared with a normal home theater system.

A wireless home theater must include transmitters as well as receivers, each of which has its own components that help in sending signals to different parts of your home entertainment room. You can choose a simple system or one that is highly advanced. A case in point in regard to the more advanced wireless home theater systems is the Kenwood S620DV, which for six hundred dollars, is a good investment, especially when compared with the more traditional wired home theater systems.

The high performance that a wireless home theater system provides has led to greater demand for such systems and companies such as Denon and Yamaha are tapping into this demand by offering the paying customer some very choice models that embody the best in wireless sound components. Hi-tech components and features are included in almost all modern wireless home theater systems, and at affordable prices, they compel you to think about buying one for your home as well.

Now that wireless home theater surround sound systems are capturing a major segment of the audio industry it pays to understand how such systems work and what benefits you can derive by putting your money down to own such systems. Companies such as Mitsubishi have developed their own proprietary Integrated Sound Projector technology that helps in building exceptional quality surround sound. It is certainly worth taking another look at their products!

Locating The Best Home Theater Speaker For The Best Price

With the state of the economy today, many people are looking for ways to save money on many different types of items, including for speakers for their home theater. If you are looking for a home theater speaker to replace the speakers that are currently attached to your home theater, you may want to consider a home theater speaker that costs less but works just as well. There are a number of different ways to find an inexpensive home theater speaker for your home theater without spending too much or losing your mind.

Home Theater Speaker At The Internet

One of the best places to find a home theater speaker is on the internet, where thousands of different retailers have their stores. Many of these websites will also include a home theater speaker review for their different products so that the homeowner will be able to see what other consumers thought of the speaker that they are considering purchasing. Purchasing a home theater speaker from an online retailer can save you a great deal of money and the quality will be the same as the speakers that you would have found in a physical store. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to obtain a home theater speaker and also provides the widest selection of speakers because the homeowner can shop many different retailers at the same time to find the perfect speaker for their needs at the best price.

Retail Locations For A Home Theater Speaker

Many merchandisers that specialize in home theater supplies and larger retail stores that carry an extensive selection of items may also have a home electronics section in their stores that will have a home theater speaker available for purchase. Supplies for home electronics are typically located in the back of the store or may also be located in a portion of the store dedicated to televisions and other larger home electronics items. The selection of home theater speaker and home theater speaker stands found in these stores will be limited as many of these stores do not have a wide variety of home theater products.

The quality of the home theater speaker purchased from the larger retail stores may not be as high as you would like, especially if you are using the speaker with a large, expensive television set. In many cases, these speakers are from overseas manufacturers and are intended for people who want a basic speaker for the small to medium television set in their home. These speakers are priced inexpensively so that the person will be able to easily change the home theater speaker when they upgrade to a larger or higher quality home theater system.