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Germany to the rescue

HD DVD/Blu-ray

Source: Area-HD

This time last year, I was planning on being Blu-ray exclusive. Less than a month later, I was HD DVD exclusive. As someone who is now format neutral, I don’t have to worry about whether a title is released on HD DVD, Blu-ray or both, because, unless a Blu-ray title comes out with region coding in a non-Region A territory only, I’m guaranteed to be able to play it. If you’re currently HD DVD only, though, you’ll be pleased to know that some films that are Blu-ray exclusives in the US - Underworld (extended cut), Silent Hill, Fantastic Four, Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Apocalypse - are coming to HD DVD in Germany courtesy of Concorde.

The Blu-ray release of Resident Evil: Apocalypse is basically good enough for it not to be worth double-dipping, but the Blu-ray Silent Hill could use some improvement in the compression department (it’s a stellar disc in every other respect, though), and Fantastic Four on Blu-ray is not only a weak film but one saddled with an equally weak transfer. This is good news from a diversity standpoint if nothing else, and I will more than likely be picking up Underworld (due out on August 31st) and Resident Evil (which currently has no release date) when they become available. Lyris is making rumblings about double-dipping on Silent Hill, although we’re both suspicious that we may end up trading compression artefacts for filtering and/or noise reduction. Watch this space.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 7:00 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | HD DVD | Technology



Good news re: the HD DVD releases, although I have to point out... playing BD titles isn't quite as easy as you make it out to be. A lot of "A" titles _won't_ play in other regions, and some are vague about the regional encoding altogether. Mostly it's a hassle.

So, read the latest BUFFY issue yet? :)

Posted by: Anon, June 14, 2007 8:17 PM


Yeah, I’m aware of the region coding issue, which is why I went with a Region A player in the first place - I figure there will be a lot more US and Japanese releases that I want than European ones.

I haven’t got the latest Buffy issue yet, but I’m expecting it soon, and will review it as soon as I’ve read it. :)

Posted by: Whiggles, June 14, 2007 8:19 PM

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