Band of Brothers HD DVD series released in Japan in July

BrynTeg

Distinguished Member
Yeah excellent series, not sure if it will be good in hd, it was grainvision like private ryan.
 

Donnacha

Distinguished Member
Great News - I thought it looked stunning in SD, can only imagine what HD will look like!!! ......and sound like!!!!

Another one for the pre-order basket!!
 

Canary_Jules

Well-known Member
This is a must buy for me. I thought the SD version was a very good transfer and am looking forward to the HD version. I guess we have to wait on what encode will be used. This should eventually be released by HBO in the States, so the question is whether to wait for that or go with what will be available in July. On the other hand, may be by July we'll have a release date for the US version too.
 

AES256

Active Member
It will be interesting to see if the same (Toshiba) transfer will be used for the US (and eventual UK) release. As someone on AVS noted, Toshiba's releases to date have been as MPEG-4 and AVC. Will this one be a VC-1 transfer? Are there different masters that HBO or others could use for releases in other countries?
The HD DVD Format blog lists the soundtrack as DD+ 5.1 but is that preliminary information complete? Would other releases include a TrueHD track if the Japanese Toshiba one doesn't? As has been noted before that people listening to discs through e.g. their TV speakers (not through dedicated audio equipment) don't really get the benefits of the higher quality audio formats v. the standard flavours of DD(+) and DTS, will this really matter except as a marketing tool?

Many questions left after reading this preliminary information/announcement.
But at least we know that Band of Brothers is on its way :thumbsup:
 

Paragon

Active Member
Yeah excellent series, not sure if it will be good in hd, it was grainvision like private ryan.

Miami Vice looks fantastic and was shot at very high ISO in the night scenes as there was little/no external lighting.

I absolutely adore BoB, must-purchase this is...
 

Geoff_D

Distinguished Member
If they can do a good job on the compression then BoB should look stunning, and if there's no sign of a Western release soon then I'm definitely getting this.
 

AML

Well-known Member
Nice, but a bit pricey. 4000 yen for 2 eps! (thats like $40) so the total cost for all 10 eps will be like $200!! :rolleyes:

Im sure the US version will be cheaper so ill probably wait for that.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
That is pretty much a given, when is the better question.
 

Dr Force

Distinguished Member
The picture was good anyway I will purchase this just for the improved audio which was outstanding in DD 5.1 here is hoping for TRUE HD:clap:
 

KevD

Distinguished Member
Difficult one I think. The blogspot there says it will be released in five seperate discs, each with 2 episodes.

With the Jap retail price at 4000 (£17) Yen, we are looking at over £100 for the series when you think the import price will be a minimum of £20. :(

Will have to wait and see what happens when they are actually listed for sale.
 

richard plumb

Distinguished Member
Updated specs are now available for the Toshiba release of BoB, with DTS-HD 5.1 English and Japanese dubbed tracks being quoted instead of the originally mooted DD+ tracks.
Cover artwork can now also be previewed:
http://hddvdformat.blogspot.com/2007/04/band-of-brothers-arriving-on-hd-dvd-in.html


doh. The most difficult format to actually get out of peoples' players. Still, I guess the 1.5Mb DTS will sound excellent.

Agree about the pricing, but thats Japan for you.
 

Moosh

Well-known Member
My copies arrived this morning. It's a definite upgrade over the SD-DVD and well worth the money IMO. Much more detail and sharpness visible over the SD-DVD, clearer sound and more solid colours and black levels.

Would you mind saying where you bought it from and how much it was please? Also, I take it that it's not forced subtitles or anything silly like that?

Cheers
Moosh
 
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Deleted member 92943

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This is one HD-DVD that i'm going to have to pass on simply becuase i haven't watched my SD-DVD box set yet :(
 

Canary_Jules

Well-known Member
Would you mind saying where you bought it from and how much it was please? Also, I take it that it's not forced subtitles or anything silly like that?

Cheers
Moosh

I got it from Amazon Japan. They did a pre-order discount price. In the end I paid £60 for the discs plus delivery. We'll see what kind of VAT/duty bill I get on top of that but if I do get a bill it could come all in to about £100. Unfortunately you can't get them now at the discount price as Amazon have put the price up. There are no forced subs.
 

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