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Happy birthday, HD DVD!

HD DVD/Blu-ray

HD DVD is nearly a year old! Doesn’t time fly? The format officially launched in North America on April 18th, 2006, with the rather bizarre line-up of Million Dollar Baby, The Phantom of the Opera, The Last Samurai and Serenity. The HD DVD crowd at the AV Science Forum have decided to celebrate the format’s one-year anniversary by buying a bunch of titles from, although for some strange reason they have elected to do so today, the 15th, rather than waiting till the 18th.


Well, no matter, and I’ve decided to toss my hat into the ring and place some orders. I’ve picked up The Game, The Skeleton Key and Being John Malkovich, none of which are actually ready to ship yet, but this did seem like as good a time as any to get the pre-orders placed. I haven’t seen The Game yet, but I’ve been led to believe that it’s something of an under-appreciated gem from David Fincher, whose work I generally find quite enjoyable, at least on a technical level.

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 1:37 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Cinema | HD DVD | Technology



Hello Michael,

I am surprised you haven't seen THE GAME before. Your right it has slowly built up an appreciation, especially amongst Fincher fans of whom I am one.

Whilst not offering anything particularly original it is competently directed (what Fincher movie isn't... okay perhaps the theatrical version of ALIEN3 has some detractors) and interestingly, I often find myself returning to re-watch this film as much, if not more than, Fincher's other work.

As always I'll be interested to hear your thoughts. THE GAME is a mainstream Hollywood thriller in many respects but I don't know, somehow its aesthetic mood and level of intrigue capture, albeit never to the same degree, that edge of nihilism and despair so akin to the milieu of SEVEN and the more political FIGHT CLUB.

The least said about the film's ending the better... but do share your thoughts on it's interpretation.

Come to think of it what the hell is Fincher up to nowadays? The last thing I can recall is that he had stormed off the set of Mission Impossible III is that MI3?! And set up his own production company or film technology lab or something?

SEVEN and FIGHT CLUB seem so long ago now come on Finch pull your finger out, lol!

Posted by: Count Fosco, April 16, 2007 11:11 AM


Fincher's "Zodiac" came out in the USA in March. See it in the UK next month.

Posted by: Field Marshall Tigerbomb, April 16, 2007 2:43 PM


THE GAME was ok.
SKELETON KEY is terrible.
BEING JOHN is overrated.

Posted by: ARCVILE, April 17, 2007 2:39 AM

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