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The Machinist


I’ve just ordered my first ever non-US HD DVD: the Japanese release of Brad Anderson’s The Machinist. It was a somewhat pricy £23.36 from YesAsia, but I’m keen to see a Japanese HD DVD, and, of the Japanese titles not currently also available in the US, it’s the one that most appealed to me (although The Machinist is a Paramount title in the Americas, so they could release it at a later date).

Something that should be pointed out is that, unlike the American studios, who have been using VC1 almost exclusively as their codec of choice (although Paramount, for some reason, released U2: Rattle and Hum as an MPEG4 title), all of the Japanese titles so far have used MPEG4. This, I believe, is because most of the titles have been put out by Toshiba, who own patents in MPEG4 (a bit like Sony does with MPEG2). Anyway, I’d like to see what it looks like as a compression format (I’ve heard decidedly mixed reports), so I’m looking forward to seeing a slightly different HD DVD release.

Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006 at 2:14 PM | Comments: 1
Categories: Cinema | HD DVD | Technology



Interesting! I've also been curious about the HD discs that are being released in Asia. Look forward to reading your comments.

Posted by: Philly Q, September 25, 2006 10:30 PM

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