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DVD image comparison: Underworld (SD vs. HD)


For my second standard definition to high definition image comparison, I’ve pitted the R1 USA 2-disc Unrated Extended Cut release of Underworld from Columbia Tristar against the recent German HD DVD release (also of the extended cut) from Concorde Home Entertainment. In terms of image quality, both are towards the upper echelons of their respective formats, so it’s interesting to see how they compare. Underworld may not have the razor sharpness of King Kong or Silent Hill, but the HD DVD constitutes a very faithful and natural-looking reproduction of the source materials.

Note that a US Blu-ray release by Sony Pictures, featuring an AVC encode, a PCM 5.1 audio track and most (but not all) of the extras from the 2-disc DVD release, is also available. I haven’t seen it so I have no idea how it compares to Concorde’s version.

Have a look!

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 12:40 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Cinema | DVD | HD DVD | Technology



The HD one looks so much better... but its another crappy film!

Posted by: ARCVILE, September 26, 2007 1:45 AM


Thanks Michael. One question: the bitrate of HD DVD is missing, isn't there a way to calculate it?

Posted by: MCP, September 26, 2007 8:02 PM


Not at the moment, no. I’m sure a program similar to the Bit Rate Viewer I use will eventually become available for HD material, but at the moment I’m pretty much in the dark. PowerDVD features an on the fly calculator, but doesn’t give an average.

Posted by: Whiggles, September 26, 2007 8:05 PM

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