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Home theater equipment means tv, stereo, video recorders, etc. You tend to notice this on a subliminal basis. After all, who notices cars in the movies anymore? However, here are some interesting examples of HT equipment in films.


Infernal Affairs. Tony Leung sells Andy Lau a $10,000 tube amp. Lau also owns a plasma tv and a dvd/cd player. This is one of the few movies where the actors discuss high end equipment, including audio cables.


Boogie Nights. Don Cheadle sells audio equipment, mid-fi.


Bad Influence. James Spader owns a lot of gear, including video cameras. But Rob Lowe makes the best use of it. Spader also uses video gear in Sex, Lies and Video Tape.


Koyaanisqatsi. TV is the most important invention in the 20th century, right? More pervasive than the computer.
 

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Tony Soprano wanted his escrow money back from an expensive beach front house he backed out on. He took his high end speakers from his home theater, had them placed aboard a boat in front of the house blasting 24/7 until the owner relented.
 

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In True Romance, the movie producer character has dailies from "Coming Home in a Body Bag 2" playing on a CRT front projector in his home. I believe, though I may be misremembering, that a shootout takes place in front of it towards the end.


There's also a shootout in front of a CRT projection TV in New Jack City.
 

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On Bernie Mac's sitcom he's always sitting in front of his 50" plasma and HT equipment.


BTW, I still notice cars in movies esp. Porsche 911s. I like to guess the year the car is or if they substitute something else for it if they crash it in a film.
 

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In Indecent Proposal , Robert Redford has one of the monster high-end turntables as a demo for Demi.
 

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The Conversation: Gene Hackman's apartment had some pretty nice looking tube gear if I recall. Then there was his workshop which was packed with recording and analogue audio processing gear. (He was a surveillence specialist)
Atom Egoyan flicks: Egoyan likes to distance the viewer from events through the use of filming video screens, home movies, etc. a lot. Most of his movies exhibit this, from Exotica to Calendar.
Robocop: The corporate climber had quite the home video setup for entertaining his *ahem* "guests". Then there was the video assisted real-estate tour too.
Sunset Blvd.:It's not video, but I think the home film projector counts. :D
Spaceballs: "I thought I told you never to call me on this wall!"
 

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A new classic...

Old School -- Vince Vaughn is a stereo salesman.


And an old one...

Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- Judge Reinhold does the same thing.
 

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Originally posted by Ollie W. Holmes


Boogie Nights. Don Cheadle sells audio equipment, mid-fi.

Ollie- How dare you refer to Buck as a mid-fi dealer. Have you ever listened to a TK-421. All that I can say is that it is hifi-The highest quality fidelity...two very important words in a stereo. The bass will curl up inside your belly.
 

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American Psycho - Patrick Bateman has a nice system.


As Good As It Gets - Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) has a nice stereo consisting of some McIntosh gear.


hmmmmmmmmmm, what else..............
 

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Back to the Future Part 1 - Doc has an 8 foot woofer in his house that blows when Marty hooks his guitar up, turns the amp all the way up, and plays a cord.


Minority Report - Though not exactly HT gear, that computer setup in Tom Cruise's apartment was wild. Complete with Holographic computer control and imaging and full voice activation.




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In 'Philadelphia', Tom Hanks has a 16:9 direct-view TV in his home.


The movie was produced by Columbia/Tri-Star, which is owned by Sony. Gee, I wonder which brand his TV might have been...
 

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Ditto on the Robocop one. That's really the only set up I remember seeing in a movie.
 

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I liked the wall video in Total Recall, looked like a window, video, whatever you wanted. That is where it's headed. You could have a live video of the Seaquarium going, then a library wall with a fireplace burning and crackling; wow, the potential.
 

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"Fahrenheit 451 has a "wall video" TV that's about 60-70" and 16x9. And this was made in 1966!"


And it represented subversive cultural comments by Bradbury- Big Screen TV as a symbol of wretched excess; and the total lack of any meaningful content, because all literary sources had been eliminated.

See also the shabbier two-way wall TVs in "1984".

Time to read a book...
 

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And of course, 1984 with those huge direct-view screens- that watch you as well!!! :D Admittedly they were 4:3 and the audio end was pretty lacking, but the one in O'Brien's apartment was like 200" or something by the look of it...
 

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Ruthless People. Judge Reinhold in an absolutely hilarious scene as a mid-fi salesman with morals! Perish the thought.
 
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