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It’s an HD DVD capture extravaganza!

King Kong

King Kong

King Kong

King Kong

King Kong

King Kong

As I mentioned in a previous post, I took out a subscription to LoveFilm to facilitate the reviewing of Blu-ray discs I wouldn’t want to actually buy. Unfortunately, the number of available region-free Blu-ray discs in the UK is pretty small, and LoveFilm requires a minimum of ten titles to be in your “wanted” list before your account will become active. As a result, I threw in a bunch of HD DVDs I hadn’t yet seen, and, despite marking them as low priority and the Blu-ray titles as high priority, it was the HD DVDs that arrived today, including Doom and Van Helsing (both very good, but not outstanding transfers), and King Kong. Kong truly is a beauty to behold, and Microsoft were extremely wise to bundle this title with their Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on drive (unlike Sony, who were daft enough to include the apparently poor-looking Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby with the Playstation 3). Were it not for some very light edge enhancement, this would undoubtedly be the best-looking title I’ve ever seen. As it is, it’s an extremely high 9/10 (and I mean something like 9.9/10), but I really do want my 10/10 ratings for high definition material to mean absolute perfection.

By the way, this is, I think, pretty much conclusive proof that, during my screen capturing process, some detail is being lost. Compare my Shot 6 with almost exactly the same frame as captured by AV Science Forum member Gooki. I hope to get to the bottom of this eventually, but I’m selling my HD DVD add-on to a friend on Monday, so I’m afraid that, for the time being at least, this is likely to be my final HD DVD capture gallery.

Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2007 at 11:56 PM | Comments: 6
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD | Technology



a bit OT but Gary Tooze of DVDbeaver has done his first HD-DVD review!

I've always been a huge fan and supporter of DVDbeaver for helping me make a decisive decision on purchases and introducing me to a bunch of excellent films.

Posted by: aw, February 2, 2007 5:16 AM


Not off topic at all: it was actually me that supplied the HD captures. I agree - DVD Beaver is a fantastic site and one that’s an absolute godsend to people looking for the best possible image quality. It’s just a shame the studios have made it so hard to do accurate comparisons of HD releases.

Posted by: Whiggles, February 2, 2007 9:40 AM


Yes, there is some definite softening of the image in your captures. Is it related to your video card or the software itself?

Posted by: Richard, February 2, 2007 10:05 AM


I’m using exactly the same software (PowerDVD 6.5) as the other fellow, so I can only assume that it’s either my video card, its driver, or something else that’s going wrong at my end.

Posted by: Whiggles, February 2, 2007 10:56 AM


Any chance of telling us how you get the HD-DVD screen captures? ^_^

Posted by: Daniel, February 4, 2007 11:29 PM


Let’s just say it requires an Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on, a copy of PowerDVD 6.5, a visit to Doom9, a screen capture program and a means of disable your video card’s overlay. I’m not going to get any more specific than that…

Posted by: Whiggles, February 4, 2007 11:31 PM

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