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V for Vendetta

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My HD DVD of V for Vendetta finally arrived today from Amazon.com. Incidentally, I’m glad I decided to order my copy from them - my regular supplier, DVD Pacific, seem to have only just got copies in stock, and, in any event, Amazon’s shipping times and, for HD DVDs, prices, seem to be pretty much the same as DVD Pacific’s anyway.

Anyway, the disc. This is a very good but not outstanding presentation. I’d put it in the same category as the likes of Constantine and Million Dollar Baby: essentially, a smooth, rich presentation with a pleasing amount of detail and no visible compression artefacts, but not an out of this world eye-popper like Serenity (to date, still the most incredible home video presentation I’ve ever seen of a film) or Unleashed. Some edge enhancement is visible, and the image doesn’t have the crispness of some of the more stellar titles, but it is all in all a very nice-looking transfer.

As for extras, we get an exclusive In-Movie Experience, which I’ve briefly sampled and found to be somewhat better than those found on the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Also, all of the extras from the 2-disc special edition DVD have been ported over. And yes, that includes the Natalie Portman SNL short so tragically absent from the UK DVD releases.

Expect a full review at DVD Times by the end of the week.

Oh, and it seems that, despite HD DVD players not yet being available in the UK, Play.com are already shipping copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a title which is not yet available in the US. The word on the street is that this is actually a US disc, right down to the FBI warning and MPAA ratings screen at the start of the disc. If nothing else, this bodes well for future UK HD DVD releases, at least from Warner.

 
Posted: Monday, November 20, 2006 at 8:58 PM | Comments: 7
Categories: Cinema | DVD | HD DVD | Reviews | TV | Technology | Web

 
Comments

1.

Have you ever tried Deep Discount DVD?

I only ask, as they currently have a 20% off sale going until the 23rd November ,and that includes all HD-DVD titles.

I've only had 1 bad experience with them regarding a lost shipment. But i believe that was due to their putting 'AU' instead of 'AUS' on the package. (As i'm from Australia.) That issue has since been addressed though. All my recent orders have arrived within 7 - 10 days.

Posted by: Phantom, November 20, 2006 11:43 PM

2.

I’ve used DDD a couple of times, actually - generally when they have a sale on. Their HD DVD prices are certainly pretty impressive, so I’ll definitely consider them for any future purchases.

Posted by: Whiggles, November 20, 2006 11:55 PM

3.

I order from Deep Discount a couple of times a month, and I've never had a problem. They're usually slightly more expensive than DVD Pacific, but their shipping prices are based on order value rather than number of discs, so sometimes they work out cheaper.

Posted by: Philly Q, November 21, 2006 12:43 AM

4.

The only thing that bugs me about Pacific is their shipping limit of 12 discs, (to Australia anyway.) I like to get as many titles as i can in any one order, to help cut shipping costs.
DDD is good for multiple dvd boxsets in that regard.

Posted by: Phantom, November 21, 2006 4:28 AM

5.

I doubt I would order as many as 12 discs from Pacific anyway, given the hefty customs charge I would incur from being over the £18 UK limit.

Posted by: Whiggles, November 21, 2006 9:47 AM

6.

I decided to pass on this one b/c I already own the SD and have only watched it once. There are problems with the film's pacing and it tends to drag in the detective sequences. I was also expecting something as 'revolutionary' as the Matrix(pt1) and was a bit underwhelmed with the story in general. Overall, very good film though but I feel it doesn't have much replay value.

I recieved Corpse Bride yesterday and it was the single most enjoyable HD-DVD experience yet. The film critique portion of your review notwithstanding, I could not reconcile how it got only a 9/10 - I thought the PQ was pristine, though intentionally hazy in certain scenes. I certainly do agree w/ your 10/10 assessment for the 'majestic Serenity' but feel that CB belongs in the same tier. I'll have to check out the 'flawless Unleashed'

Posted by: aw, November 21, 2006 8:16 PM

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V for Vendetta has it’s flaws, I grant you. I think it’s an interesting film, but more for the issues it raises than what it actually does with them. And, in terms of execution, it has a rather bland look and features a miscast Natalie Portman. I still find it enjoyable for what it is, though, and in any event would put it several notches above The Matrix Reloaded.

As for Corpse Bride, my 9/10 rating is the result of some light colour banding and smudging in a few of the backgrounds. Nothing major, but, as it shies away from “perfection”, I thought it only fair to rate it as such. In every other regard, though, I completely agree that it is an amazing-looking disc.

Posted by: Whiggles, November 21, 2006 8:20 PM

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