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EIV not supporting HD DVD

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Back in September, I reported, based on the pre-order catalogue at Play.com, that British DVD distributor Entertainment In Video was planning to release a number of HD DVD titles, among them films owned by studios that are currently Bu-ray supporters, including Saw, Basic Instinct 2 and Gangs of New York. Thoroughly disappointed by the standard definition release of the latter, I pre-ordered the HD DVD, with the expectation that it would be my first European high definition purchase.

Unfortunately, I must now report that I have it on good authority that Entertainment In Video are, for the present time at least, a Blu-ray exclusive studio. This comes direct from EIV themselves, which means that, for the time being, these titles are not going to be available in HD DVD. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t be released at a later date, if and when EIV’s Blu-ray sales are disappointing or they see the sense in supporting both formats, but it’s incredibly disappointing news nonetheless. I’d recommend contacting EIV and letting them know what you think, but unfortunately they are extremely difficult to get a hold of. They don’t even have a web site, for crying out loud!

 
Posted: Friday, October 06, 2006 at 12:58 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | HD DVD

 
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1.

It seems you're purchasing HD-DVD based on the PQ? That's admirable but I wholeheartedly suggest you pick up Batman Begins, a decent film(imo) and with the most consistently spectacular PQ i've seen so far; Either that or pick up the dreadful Aeon Flux

Your 1st title MDB, was a great film but was a bit lacking in PQ in terms of definition. I recommend Training Day or The Searchers for a non digital looking film which are both reference in terms of picture quality.

but if you like brainless action, you should pick up the original Fast and the Furious; the PQ is just jaw-dropping

Posted by: aw, October 7, 2006 6:31 AM

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It’s really more a case of buying titles I already own that I know I want to own in high definition. Before I actually pop it into my player, I have no idea what sort of transfer I’m going to get, so I wouldn’t really say it’s about picture quality. Unless you mean that I’m buying HD DVD rather than Blu-ray because of picture quality? If so, there’s some truth in that, but there are other reasons as well, ranging from price, to a genuine fear of a Sony-monopolised home video format, to an expectation that the indie publishers, from whom I buy most of my films, will end up siding with the cheaper, easier to manufacture and less tightly-controlled HD DVD.

I might pick up Batman Begins in a pinch, but to be honest it’s not a title that holds a great deal of interest for me, as I’ve never really watched superhero movies. I’ve seen The Fast and the Furious before, and don’t have any particular desire to watch it again. I’d consider Training Day or The Searchers, although I suspect that, come December, there will be plenty of titles that I want to pick up anyway, so I don’t want to blow my whole budget just yet on arbitrary purchases.

Posted by: Whiggles, October 7, 2006 10:52 AM

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