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Tomorrow, I will be sending my review disc of The Bourne Ultimatum back for a replacement. The reason? It’s the first high definition disc I’ve received, on either format, that suffers from severe playback issues. By “severe”, I mean “half the time, the disc won’t even start”. HD DVD/DVD combo discs like this do, apparently, have a higher fail rate than single-sided discs, so I’m pretty surprised that it’s taken till now for me to end up with one. Before packaging up the disc, however, I did manage to take some screen captures - mostly from the first half of the film, as I got a whole bunch of read errors during the second. Enjoy.

The Bourne Ultimatum
(Universal, USA, VC-1)

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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2008 at 4:41 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Cinema | DVD | HD DVD | Technology

 
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1.

Still using the A-1? I received an firmware upgrade disc in the mail yesterday from Toshiba.

Posted by: aw, January 5, 2008 11:26 AM

2.

Actually, I’m on the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on, which I’ve had since last July. This is the first disc that’s ever given me problems.

We were thinking about getting another stand-alone player (one with 24p output, preferably), but given the recent Warner decision I suspect that plan will fall by the wayside.

Posted by: Whiggles, January 5, 2008 4:26 PM

3.

Whiggles did your copy display any weird audio issues kind of like hollow or distorted audio. My copy had these audio issues and when I paused and hit rewind to go back over the same section the audio sounded fine. This is not normal is it? Also all the problems errors I found where during the second/later part of the film.

Posted by: Meddle, January 10, 2008 4:31 AM

4.

I couldn’t watch my copy all the way through, so I wasn’t able to check for any audio problems. However, the UK release that my brother bought, which is a single-sided HD DVD rather than a combo, sounded absolutely fine throughout.

Posted by: Whiggles, January 10, 2008 11:14 AM

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