I like the redesign. I think it's a step in the right direction as far as streamlining clutter and redundant links on the home page. I like Sean's suggestions for streamlining it even further. Basically, just let it feel more easy to navigate, like with one central column of all news stories. There are four different listings on the home page between Latest News, Latest Home Video, Latest Reviews, and Latest Columns. It may all make sense technically, but I think it could be more intuitive to search through. I don't think that those four columns need to keep stories separate, though there is some overlap, like reviews showing up in Latest News. I'm guessing there's some kind of design term for what that signifies and how it can be improved.
On top of that, you have the newly included Latest column on the right, which I appreciate, though, still, it's redundant in a way that isn't useful for someone like me, who just wants to see what the new stories are. On top of that, you have the row of sort of top stories across the top of pictures that link to stories and reviews. I think it gives a slightly misleading feel that there are more stories than are listed in the four main article headings, and is just redundant. I realize that part of design is weighting stuff of more importance with larger text and images or putting them high on a page, but I think that idea could be executed in a way that serves the intent better.
I don't know. For me, it seems to come down to a site I love that makes its home page needlessly cluttered. I think what you're going for could be achieved effectively by something along the lines of reducing the different categories for different news. Maybe you have research that shows differently, but does anyone search for news stories based on whether it's home video, a latest column, a latest review, or under the catch all of news? It seems like news and reviews could just be posted on the home page, and then you could link to easily accessible pages that divide things up further based on the categories that you currently have the home page. So you get the benefit of keeping them for those who are interested in searching for articles along the lines of the categories posted, but who don't need them subdivided on the front page, where they just want new stories.
I hope that comes across as helpful.