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Warner saves Europe

HD DVD

Source: AV Science Forum

DVDRama has just unveiled a rather impressive-looking line-up of titles to be released on HD DVD throughout this year in France. As a nice bonus to HD DVD-only people, this includes titles distributed by Blu-ray studios in the US but owned by Warner in Europe, including The Prestige and The Island. Even more interestingly, though, a roster of titles featuring the In-Movie Experience are listed here as HD DVD exclusives (in other words, not coming to Blu-ray). The reason for this is clear: the Blu-ray camp has yet to get their interactive BD-Java technology working properly, and many of the first generation players will probably never be able to fully support it. As a result, Warner has been holding back many IME HD DVDs in the US to keep the playing field level, as it were. Such generous but moronic ideals are clearly not operating in Europe, though, with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire already available to buy in the UK. Whatever you think of the films in question, the titles with the “HD DVD only” tag attached should warm the cockles of any HD DVD supporter’s heart:

April 25

  • The Island

May

  • The Prestige

June

  • The Prestige
  • Natural Born Killers
  • The Matrix (IME) (HD DVD only)

July

  • Mad Max 2
  • The Matrix Reloaded (IME) (HD DVD only)

August

  • The Goonies
  • The Matrix Revolutions (IME) (HD DVD only)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima

September

  • L.A. Confidential
  • Blade Runner
  • Poltergeist
  • 300 (IME) (HD DVD only)
  • Blood Diamond (HD DVD only)
  • Zodiac

October

  • Dirty Harry
  • The Enforcer
  • Sudden Impact
  • Magnum force
  • The Dead Pool
  • Music and Lyrics
  • The Reaping

November

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (IME) (HD DVD only)
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (IME) (HD DVD only)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (IME) (HD DVD only)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (IME) (HD DVD only)

December

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Ocean’s eleven (1960)
  • Ocean’s eleven (2001)
  • Ocean’s twelve
  • The Shining
  • The Wizard of Oz

Note: the full list actually also includes several titles already available in the US, which explains why the first few months, as presented here, appear to be so sparse.

Sign me up for The Matrix (thank god I don’t have to buy it in a box set with the shoddy sequels), Blade Runner, A Clockwork Orange, Eyes Wide Shut, and possibly a couple of others depending on my finances and what titles are being released by other studios at around the same time.

 
Posted: Monday, January 29, 2007 at 4:05 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD | Technology

 
Comments

1.

Oooh, "300" is possibly THE key in winning the War and it may also become one of the best looking discs (the HD-Trailer at "Apple" does indeed look amazing). It's definitely going to be a Demo-Disc for a lot of people and also convinced my parents to go HD

Posted by: Kamyar-MZ, January 30, 2007 12:55 PM

2.

You shouldn't jump to conclusions so fast, Kamyar. The director of 300, Zach Snyder, has gone on record saying the kinds of interactive content he wants to see on the BLU-RAY disc, not HD-DVD.

300 will be on Blu-Ray, don't worry. Right now, the "HD-DVD only" FUD that Toshiba, Universal, and Microsoft are putting out there refears to the IME content, which will come to Blu-Ray with a different name later in the year. They're just trying to artificially bump up their "exclusive" movies by preying on the gullibility of the masses.

Tell your parents that they'll be much happier with Blu-Ray in the long haul.

Posted by: SackUSMC27, April 3, 2007 2:02 PM

3.

When Blu-ray’s interactive capabilities are finalised, they will be over a year behind the release of the format. Add to that the fact that, barring the PS3, none of the currently available Blu-ray players will be fully compliant (they don’t support picture-in-picture, for a start).

Posted by: Whiggles, April 3, 2007 4:34 PM

4.

The BD-J 2.0 spec (Blu-ray version of IDE) has been slated for October compliancy. Most exclusive HD-DVD discs from Dual foramt companies that have not come to Blu-ray will be released after that point. This will include The Matrix as well as others. There is also a rumor that Universal may go dual format around that point as BD-J 2.0 will offer the interactivity they desire. The key thing to realize is that if Universal does adopt Blu-ray, they war is all but over because if all studios suppurt one format, there is little neeed for the second one. Also realize that Australia only sells Blu-ray in their major retailers, and that in Japan, Europe and the US Blu-ray is currently outselling HD-DVD by a factor of almost 3:1.

It's not that HD-DVD isn't a decent video product, but that it's a more limited format. It's prefectly fine for video, but people want it for other uses as well. For data purposes blu-ray has an obvious advantage, and despite HD-DVD having almost a 6 month head start there still are very few data storage options for it. Where as Blu-ray burners and desktop duplication systems can be found all over the palce. This currently gives Blu-ray a distinct advantage for smaller business. HD-DVD lost a lot of ground at the beginning of this year, and if current trends keep going the way they are HD-DVD won't survive. Not because it isn't as capable a video format, but because it's not proving it self to be as well rounded a general format.

Posted by: Arthur, April 3, 2007 5:30 PM

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