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Superbit???

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by daver555, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. daver555

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    I'm fairly new to home cinema and have seen certain titles on a Superbit release. What are the benefits of Superbit?

    Would my system support Superbit? It's as follows:

    TV - Panasonic TX32PD50C
    JVC TH-V70R Home Cinema System
     
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    In all important (technical) respects, Superbit titles are regular DVDs.

    They only differ in that, the level of digital compression used is lower (but still within the DVD specification). This results, theoretically, in better picture quality (freedom from compression artefacts). It is achieved by using most or all of the available space on the disc for the film and soundtrack. Subtitles and alternate soundtracks are limited, and extras are usually nil - to make the extra data space available.
     
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    Also there was a choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS. Quite often it's worth getting a Superbit over a different edition of film just for the DTS soundtrack, but that's just my opinion. It's also worth noting that if you have multi-region compatibility some region 1 Superbits have a disc 2 with extras on... If you're bothered by extras.
     
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    Superbit is not any kind of technical standard. It is basically a marketing concept by Columbia/Sony to tempt people to buy DVDs twice.

    This was exposed in the very early days of the product. DVD Review did a test and found that DVDs from other companies (such as "Moulin Rouge" and several other extras-laden titles) that contained DTS and DD soundtracks as well as audio commentaries and extras, exhibited a higher bit rate and comparable or better picture quality than over 20 Superbit titles tested.

    Indeed an examination of most Superbit titles reveal that they use nowhere near the disk space available to maximise quality.

    Basically, Columbia deliberately hold back on the best picture quality and DTS soundtrack on the initial release and then release the Superbit title with the pic quality and sound options that other companies give you as standard with their normal releases.

    And so long as people continue to buy them, Columbia will continue with their scam. If everyone would just say "no" for 6 months or so to all Superbit titles Columbia might think twice and give us the best picture quality possible and DTS soundtracks on their standard releases, just as every other company does.

    And to answer your original point, your system will support Superbit titles as they are just ordinary DVDs like any other - but you aren't going to notice any difference in picture quality on a 32" screen.
     
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    They are never going to completely maximise all of the space available on DVD because otherwise some newer shorter films have the potential to look tons better than others. For example a shorter film running around an hour-and-a-half could potentially have an extremely high Bit rate for audio and video making a longer film of two-and-half hours - three hours look far less impressive.
     
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    I just got 'The Fast and the Furious' Superbit, and it is brilliant on HDMI.
    Alot better than the previous release.

    I wasn't overly impressed with Leon though, but Black Hawk Down is an improvement.

    Always read reviews on forums before buying em !!
     

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