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La Rue Mulholland?

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I’ve cancelled my pre-order for the upcoming French HD DVD release of Mulholland Dr. Why? Well, DVDFr and DVDRama are both stating that the release will come with French subtitles only, which strongly suggests that they will be forced when English audio is selected. With the one Studio Canal title I own, users are asked to select a ‘base’ language the first time they insert the disc, which determines which options are available to them. Selecting English restricts you to a choice of English audio with or without subtitles, locking out all the other language options, so it stands to reason that Studio Canal could, if they want, force French subtitles to “on” when playing Mulholland Dr. in English.

I don’t want to go without one of my favourite films in high definition, though, and it looks like I won’t have to: a post at the AV Science Forum suggests that Mulholland Dr., along with Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Deer Hunter and Ran, will be coming to HD DVD in the UK in March, courtesy of Optimum. Presumably this will coincide with the standard definition Special Edition being released on March 12th - although, given Optimum and Studio Canal’s HD track record so far, I don’t expect that we can count on any of the extras being ported over.

 
Posted: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 2:41 PM | Comments: 1
Categories: Cinema | DVD | HD DVD

 
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Uggg... more attempts by DVD firms to "control" what you watch. What are they afraid of, mass purchases of French DVDs by British and American viewers?

I presume that the skipable DVD introductions that a few players offer are going to be phased out with HD/BR as well?

Posted by: Tim R-T-C, January 24, 2007 11:49 AM

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