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89 HD-DVD releases announced

Discussion in 'TVs' started by Desk, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. Desk

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    Not been posted here yet, as far as I can see...

    From the HTF:

    Warner/New Line/HBO/etc. just announced 52 HD-DVD titles for release Q4 '05:

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2005/Jan/1106003.htm

    ABOVE THE LAW
    ALEXANDER
    ANGELS IN AMERICA (HBO)
    AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (NEW LINE)
    BATMAN BEGINS
    BLADE (NEW LINE)
    CATWOMAN
    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
    CONSTANTINE
    CONTACT
    DARK CITY (NEW LINE)
    THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
    ERASER
    EXECUTIVE DECISION
    FINAL DESTINATION (NEW LINE)
    FRIDAY (NEW LINE)
    FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (HBO)
    THE FUGITIVE
    GOTHIKA
    HARD TO KILL
    HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
    HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
    HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
    HOUSE OF WAX (2005)
    THE LAST SAMURAI
    THE MASK (NEW LINE)
    THE MATRIX
    THE MATRIX RELOADED
    THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
    MAVERICK
    MILLION DOLLAR BABY
    THE MUSIC MAN
    MYSTIC RIVER
    NEXT OF KIN
    NORTH BY NORTHWEST
    OCEAN'S ELEVEN
    OCEAN'S TWELVE
    PASSENGER 57
    THE PERFECT STORM
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004)
    THE PLAYER (NEW LINE)
    THE POLAR EXPRESS
    RED PLANET
    RUSH HOUR (NEW LINE)
    SE7EN (NEW LINE)
    SOLDIER
    THE SOPRANOS (HBO)
    SPAWN (NEW LINE)
    SWORDFISH
    TROY
    UNDER SIEGE
    U.S. MARSHALS
    WILD WILD WEST

    Paramount just announced 21 HD-DVD titles for Q4 '05:

    http://www.mysan.de/international/article21498.html

    THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
    SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
    ELIZABETHTOWN
    COACH CARTER
    ITALIAN JOB
    SCHOOL OF ROCK
    SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
    FORREST GUMP
    BRAVEHEART
    GHOST
    GREASE
    MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
    BLACK RAIN
    SAVE THE LAST DANCE
    SLEEPY HOLLOW
    U2 RATTLE & HUM
    VANILLA SKY
    LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER
    STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT
    WE WERE SOLDIERS

    Universal just announced 16 HD-DVD titles, likely for Q1 '06:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/s...02774126&EDATE=

    THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
    THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
    VAN HELSING
    APOLLO 13
    U-571
    12 MONKEYS
    DUNE
    THE THING
    END OF DAYS
    BACKDRAFT
    WATERWORLD
    THE BONE COLLECTOR
    SPY GAME
    PITCH BLACK
    CONAN THE BARBARIAN
    DANTE'S PEAK
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  2. Razor

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    Thank you just what I was looking for. :)
     
  3. Wayne Moule

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    Do you think these HD-dvd's will look better than the .ts films most of us have ?
     
  5. Dutch

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    Err, in a word yes!

    Steve
     
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    great stuff, nice to see some confirmations appearing :)
     
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    Well, I like the fact that Blu-ray has, 30% is it, more capacity?
     
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    I agree, you cant go out and start buying all these HD-DVDs without knowing whos gonna win the war.

    I also heard that hollywood are going to make it harder to import movies by regionising everything so it will only play in certain countries.

    Even if you do import theres no guarantee it will work.

    I also preffer Blu Ray to HD DVD at the moment.

    I would also stay away from 1st generation players as they are usualy crap and cost a fortune!
     
  10. Rob20

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    We won't see HD-DVD/Blu-Ray players until 2006 anyway. And then they'll be prohibitively expensive, as will the discs most likely. Plus it will take a while for there to be a decent library of titles available. The only way I'm likely to see hi-def films is if I buy a PS3 in 2006, or if XBox 2 comes with HD-DVD late 2005/2006. Otherwise I probably won't buy in til recorders are £500 or less. Possibly as late as 2010. It's going to be far harder to sell a new format so close to dvd, and especially as the new formats will neccesitate a new tv for most, probably with HDMI.
     
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    Toshiba and Thomson have both confirmed HD-DVD players before end of this year, of course itis US driven announcements but I believe we'll see them over here in small numbers. After looking round some retailers over the last couple of weeks it looks like CRT TVs are getting dumped and LCD's/Plasmas are coming down and everyone is talking about DLP TVs, so maybe we'll see more HD gear than we expect this year :)

    I'll have to have an HD-DVD player and software before Christmas, I've already promised myself :D
     
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    lol... I'm in Florida on holiday at the end of October.. please let these be available by then cos I'll pick one up while I'm there!

    Andy.
     
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    dont forget blu-ray has 26 mbps of just audio !!!
     
  14. Desk

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    Blu-Ray offers the greater technological advancement and increased performance at its basic purpose.

    There are many factors that will likely determine which format triumphs. However, all other things being equal between - in terms of studio support, cost to the consumer, availability of goods, etc. - Blu-Ray deserves to do best.

    Here's hoping that people can resist the quick fix of HD-DVD, and that Blu-Ray can shortly begin to demonstrate that it's a serious contender and worth the wait.
     
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    Just one other quick note. I asked both the people in the HD-DVD demo and in the Panasonic Blu-Ray demo what outputs would be used yesterday. They both said that HDMI would "be the standard output" and wouldn't confirm that there would be any analogue outputs.

    I was also surprised to see Fox as one of the sponsers of the HD-DVD display as they are usually assumed to be favouring Blu-Ray. I got the impression that the HD-DVD camp are pushing very hard to be out the door first with product (in the USA anyway) and the price being touted is $999 MSRP. Disc manufacturers such as Ritek were also showing blank HD-DVD's.
     
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    any idea of disc prices?
     
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    No, although I would guess about $25-$40 depending on studio, features etc. I didn't look that extensively at the two demos as I wasn't there for that reason - I only had a look out of personal interest.

    HD-DVD had gone to more effort on the demo front with the PC manufacturers tending to have most Blu-Ray demos. Panasonic seemed to be the main Blu-Ray flag waver with Toshiba for HD-DVD. Both looked very good, as you would expect. The Panasonic Blu-Ray demo was using MPEG2 encoded material whilst the HD-DVD stand had some VC-1 material. The HD-DVD demo mainly used a prototype Sanyo player which, bizzarly, was connected with analogue component 1080i. There were also Toshiba prototype players about. I couldn't find out how the Blu-Ray players were connected up. The only film which I spotted being demoed on both systems was I, Robot.

    The other main innovations seemed to be the emergence of genuine 1080p displays and most manufcaturers had wireless plasms, LCD's and the like based on 802.11 networking. Other than that the main talking point was the weather which was unusually crap including snow on Friday. Its still tipping down outside the window as I write. ;(
     
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    Oh, and one other thing. If you're considering an upconverting 720p/1080i DVD player with HDMI output I think you're going to see the price point of these coming down a LOT in the next 6 months judging by the number on display.
     
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    Why the 'Er'? The differences probably will not be that great. After all, most of the .ts files I have seen are actually so good that the original master becomes the limiting factor as to overall quality.

    I am not expecting a significant difference at all between current OAR .rs files and their HD-DVD counterparts. And those improvements are likey to come from better transfers than any tech difference.
     
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    I wonder if these new formats and their players will receive as much "upgrading" as the DVD format and DVD players have since they first came out.

    I mean DVDs and DVD players have changed a lot since the initial release.

    DVDs became dual layered instead of 2 sided. Quality has improved.
    Both video and most definately sound too. (DD and DTS)

    DVD players have gone from basic play back through composite to near Hi Def quality play back through Component and DVI/HDMI at 1080i (new players like the Denon 3910)

    I doubt this time we will see such huge changes in player technology. Unless a new standard can be forged in the years ahead! Something better than HD?
     
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    I shall be jumping on the DH-DVD band wagon strait away F! Blue Ray
     
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    HD has the advantage that manufacturing them requires a firmware patch. Blue ray discs require new equipment to manufacture.

    I doubt it will take until 2010 to catch on. We will see HD DVD players this year. Many households (here) have TVs that support high definition, and people will want to buy new DVDs (HD) instead of old, standard DVDs.
     
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    I agree that both in manufacturing and for clueless punters the change to HD-DVD is easyer.

    Cost wise and name wise. People will recognise HD-DVD faster as it is closer to DVD, and now most people associate DVDs with "better than VHS" quality.

    It really is down to who will spend more on advertising. Thats what always wins in the end.

    Look a MS. They had 4 billion to spend on the XBox and half of that went to advertising!
     

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