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Talking ‘Sniper: Legacy’ With Dennis Haysbert & Chad Michael Collins

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Sniper: Legacy bring’s back Tom Berenger’s legendary Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Beckett character and reunites him with his sniper son Brandon in a new movie that ties their stories together and suggests that we may see more sequels in the future. The movie is out now on DVD and Digital.

Dennis Haysbert plays a mysterious character known only as The Colonel and Chad Michael Collins plays Gunnery Sgt. Brandon Beckett. Both of them talked with Military​.com about their roles in the new film. +Continue Reading

A Visit to Exotics Racing With ‘Transformers’

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is out today on Blu-ray combo pack DVD, 3D Blu-ray combo pack and Digital. Paramount pictures hosted a press day in Las Vegas at Exotics Racing. Peter Cullen (legendary voice of Optimus Prime) and Sli Lewis (stunt driver and military veteran) were there for interviews and guests got a chance to drive some of the cars featured in the film.

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Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 Speakers: HiFi at a MidFi Price

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No waffling: I really love the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 bookshelf speakers. They’re not cheap ($449/pair) but they both look and sound like speakers costing more than twice the price.

These are interesting times in the home audio world. There are a lot of good or very good options for $500 or less, options that are of far better quality than we could buy for those prices in the ‘90s or early 2000s. Still, very few of those improved options really approach the advantages of true audiophile gear. These Wharfedales may not quite match the quality of $2500 pairs, but they manage to suggest that experience for a fraction of the price.

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Tanks of ‘Fury’ #8: Tiger II

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The final tank in our series is the Tiger II, which was anticipated to be something like Germany’s Second Death Star after the fearsome Tiger I. That didn’t really work out for the Nazis, because the Tiger II’s underpowered engine and excessive fuel use limited its effectiveness. The 150K lb. monster was 33 ft. 9 in. long and 10 ft. 2 in. tall. It featured an 88m gun and 2 7.92mm machine guns. The Germans deployed the tank on all fronts: Europe, the USSR and North Africa. +Continue Reading

Military Tested: Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1

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Some days it feels like every publicist in America has a case or device that’s tested to “military standards.” A lot of those products are great, offering levels of protection that are far more than adequate for most anyone who’s taking a device on a hunting or camping trip.

Devices that can actually stand up to legit military field specifications are a much rarer breed. The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1  7″ tablet is the real deal, currently in actual field use by every branch of the U.S. Military.

Panasonic sent one over for us to play with and also let us talk with James Poole, Panasonic’s Director of DOD and Intelligence sales about how the device is getting used in the real world. +Continue Reading

Michelle Monaghan Brings the War Home in ‘Fort Bliss’

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Fort Bliss, the new movie about an Army medic’s attempts to sort out her family life after returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, works because of actress Michelle Monaghan’s performance as Maggie Swann.

The movie explores a lot of issues faced by men and women in the military. While it’s a honor to serve their country, a lot of people pursue their military careers because they’re good at their jobs. How does that factor into their relationships with family and children? Should women (or men) choose to reenlist and leave their kids while serving far away from home? What happens to the kids when couples divorce? How does that split affect decisions about service? Writer/director Claudia Myers weaves in a substantial subplot about sexual harassment during deployment and manages to make the whole movie hang together. +Continue Reading

Cambridge Audio: Bluetone vs. Minx Speakers

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Cambridge Audio has just relaunched its wireless speaker line with the Bluetone 100, a 100 Watt Bluetooth stereo speaker that aims to be the primary listening device for anyone looking for a high quality sound from a device with a small footprint. Priced at $299, the Bluetone is an update and simplification of the Minx 100, which is still on the market at $399. +Continue Reading

‘Prisoners of War’ Season 2 Arrives on DVD

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The second season of Prisoners of War, the Israeli TV drama series that inspired Homeland, as just been released on DVD by Shout! Factory, just a few months after the home video release of season one. +Continue Reading

Director Claudia Myers Talks ‘Fort Bliss’

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Most military-themed movies we cover around here either celebrate the actual awesomeness of special forces and their missions or are really just low-budget action ‘80s-style movies with some United States military logos slapped on for credibility. Fort Bliss aims to tell a story far more connected to the everyday reality faced by most of the men and women who serve.

Michelle Monaghan plays Maggie Swann, an Army medic who’s also a single mother. She returns from duty in Afghanistan to discover that her ex-husband is getting remarried and that her five-year-old son doesn’t remember his mother. The movie portrays her efforts to reconnect with her son and balance her family obligations with the love of her job.

Maggie makes career decisions no different than the ones made by thousands of men who serve but the sacrifices that go into those decisions are intensified by the fact she’s a mother instead of a father. The film doesn’t delve into the breakdown of her marriage, treating a dissolved relationship in a matter-of-fact way that’s probably closer to the life experiences of a lot of divorced people. There are flashbacks to sexual harassment in Afghanistan and a surprise redeployment that exacerbates her family issues. +Continue Reading

Headphones for the Marshall Amp Lover

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The Marshall Major headphones weren’t actually created by legendary guitar amp designer Jim Marshall, but any musician or sound engineer or even a rock fan with a love of that amplifier’s sound is going to have a soft spot for these. Swedish manfacturer Zounds (who also make UrbanEars headphones) have created a design that evokes the actual amp and deliver really good sound for the price. +Continue Reading