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Runco Staff Review - Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

By Andrew Morgen
In East Germany under the Communist regime, half of the populace was spying on the other half. This was carried out by a network of informers and bureaucrats called the Ministerium fur Staatssicherheit, which in typical German fashion, was commonly shortened to "Stasi."

The Stasi were experts at interrogation, intimidation, and covert surveillance. The Lives of Others is the fictional story of Gerd Wiesler, one of the Stasi's best operatives, as he investigates Georg Dreyman, a prominent playwright and author. In the course of this investigation, both men are changed in profound ways.

Too often in films and books, people who live under oppressive regimes are classified in one of two ways: someone is either a downtrodden member of the population who rises against the oppressor, or a member of the bureaucracy who does the oppressing - but who doesn't really believe, and is usually just in it for personal gain. This ignores the fact that in many cases, people were true believers. In this film, Wiesler is a true believer.

He spends his days in an attic above Dreyman's apartment, listening to another man's life and reporting on his activities. Dreyman's life is full of love, friends and art. Wiesler spends his nights in a stark socialist apartment, a place with no personal touches, where even the couch looks hard and unwelcoming.

One day, Wiesler hears Dreyman play a piano piece in memory of his dead friend, "Sonata for a Good Man" (which was composed especially for this film), and something changes inside him. He comes to the realization that these people, whom he has been taught to regard as enemies or "others," have lives of worth and meaning and deserve to be protected from oppression.

Shot in muted grays and pale greens, the film highlights the beauty of the spirit in spite of bleak surroundings and would look spectacular on a Runco LightStyle LS-5 1080p DLP projector. There is no shouting in this film. All communication is in normal conversational tones, whether one is discussing Berthold Brecht or the best way to break a prisoner.

This film ultimately shows that all humans, no matter their circumstances, have free will and the opportunity to affect the lives of others.

Runco WindowWall named Robb Report's Best of the Best

Monday, June 07, 2010

June 7, 2010 - Robb Report

Oregon-based video-product manufacturer Runco opened new doors in home entertainment with the March debut of its groundbreaking WindowWall display. This versatile video unit comprises 46-inch LCD panels that can be arranged in virtually any quantity or configuration, with image-to-image gaps that are just over a quarter-inch thick. Each panel can display a distinct video image, a portion of an image to generate a single larger picture throughout the entire array, or any desired combination in between.

“The WindowWall opens up a whole new world,” says Eric Eidelman, president of Audio/Video Interiors, an authorized Runco dealer and installation firm in Los Angeles. “We get our entertainment from so many different places now that people are really rethinking what they use their rooms for. When it’s not being used for total entertainment purposes, the WindowWall can really be a window into whatever experience you want.”

Eidelman and his company, along with Runco’s roughly 1,200 other North American dealers, are understandably excited about the possibilities the WindowWall presents. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the system’s ability to stream different video signals to each panel and, thus, display numerous televised sporting events simultaneously. Multitaskers conducting business from home will find the WindowWall useful as a computer monitor that can be viewed concurrently with stock tickers and news reports. Socialite hosts and art enthusiasts will enjoy the WindowWall’s ability to display a slide show of images, a single static work of art, or an idyllic landscape—or all three at the same time.

“It gives designers the opportunity to do creative things,” says Eidelman, who recently discussed with an interior designer the prospect of disguising a WindowWall array by installing it flush with the wall and placing a digital sample of the wall’s finish on the screens. “Then at the press of a button,” says Eidelman, “the WindowWall would completely transform the feel and the look of the room.”

The WindowWall system, which starts at about $20,000 for a two-panel setup and rises to about $300,000 for a 20-panel array, should also integrate seamlessly with most homes’ existing audio/video gear. This simplicity of installation and use will ensure that the WindowWall remains unobtrusive—and that homeowners can focus on the visual entertainment it provides.

New Runco Climate Portfolio Outdoor LCD Displays Bring the Home Theater Outdoors

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Rain or shine, Runco’s new Climate Portfolio displays enhance any luxury outdoor lifestyle.CP-52HD

Runco’s Climate Portfolio CP-42HD and CP-52HD are full-high-definition widescreen flat panel displays that utilize Runco’s advanced LCD technology in an enclosure designed to withstand the elements. The 42- and 52-inch displays have native 1080p resolution and integrate reflection-rejection glass for easy viewing outdoors. Offering exceptional video quality, features, flexibility and connectivity to achieve the ultimate custom outdoor viewing experience, both flat panel displays feature an amazing 176-degree viewing angle, making it easy for a large number of viewers with widely dispersed seating positions to enjoy the display in an outdoor living space. Read more...

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