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Posted: 21 May 06, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I went to Future Shop yesterday specifically to check out the new HD DVD technology that they are now showing demos for, and I must say I was VERY impressed with the A:B comparisons between SD and HD.

But I wasn't 100% impressed however, as being the very nitpicky person I am in terms of quality, I could still see slight problems with the darker blue colours, which look uglier on DVD (eg. morning/evening shots with the sky and sun. Actually, one scene in "The Lion King" comes to mind, I believe the one with Mufasa and Simba having the father-to-son talk)

Never-the-less, I think it's a very impressive format from what I've seen so far.
Only drawback is that, since it's new, all the players and media are expensive ($29.99-$39.99 CAD for a disc?? Ouch!)

I like the look of the surface layer(s) on HD DVD though, better than DVD's. As opposed to DVD's silver (sl) and gold (dl) coloured surfaces, HD DVD has a bluish tint to it, which I think is really nice. (But I think it's because the players utilize a ultraviolet-blue laser, as does Blu-Ray as well)


I'm still waiting for Blu-Ray to come out, as it is currently my preferred choice for a new-gen DVD format, but I might consider buying into HD DVD, depending once I'm able to compare BR to that format when it comes out next month in North America.



Out of those of the rest of us on this board that have been able to see and/or review (or own??) HD DVD, what are your opinions on this new format?

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Posted: 21 May 06, 20:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am impressed, only problem is like 10 or less DVD's out there for me to buy right now.


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Posted: 22 May 06, 05:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I think I'd prefer Blu-Ray discs to HD.


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Posted: 22 May 06, 05:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I am interested to see what happens, the technology it not really ready yet, as far as I can see, and lets not forget after a certain point around 700 lines I believe the human eye cannot distinguish any difference so not a lot of point in going much past that.

However I think well worth investing in, in about two to three years time when the wrinkles have been ironed out, for example SKY is offering HD packages right now, but the satellite technology is not up to supporting the product to anything like it's full capacity yet.

I saw a demo a few weeks ago of the various systems coming out, and yes they are better but frankly the difference is often minimal in reality so don't expect to get blown away, a copy of Star Wars on DVD shown on a good Digital TV wide screen is bloody close to what you will see on HD DVD. IMO


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Posted: 22 May 06, 07:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sure, I think in about two years a clear winner will begin to emerge, I would recommed holding off purchasing until then, it was interesting that although the Betamax was a superiour technology it was eventually eclipsed by VHS!




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Posted: 22 May 06, 07:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Togg wrote:

Sure, I think in about two years a clear winner will begin to emerge, I would recommed holding off purchasing until then, it was interesting that although the Betamax was a superiour technology it was eventually eclipsed by VHS!



Well, the keyword there was porn. So just go with the format that offers most porn :P

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Posted: 22 May 06, 19:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

willem-jan wrote:

Togg wrote:

Sure, I think in about two years a clear winner will begin to emerge, I would recommed holding off purchasing until then, it was interesting that although the Betamax was a superiour technology it was eventually eclipsed by VHS!



Well, the keyword there was porn. So just go with the format that offers most porn :P


Digital Playground is supporting Blu-Ray. They're a prominent pornographic studio.

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Posted: 23 May 06, 02:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

So blue ray it is then ;)
Although I'm not familiar with the work of digital playground, I prever the movies of Private.

But anyway, I have serious doubts about the whole format (both). Within a couple of years it should be possible to produce hard disks that contain >> 1TB.
The need for the DVD disks will disappear, because hard disks have more then enough capacity. But maybe I'm wrong. I hope for all investors who developped the new techniques that this moment will be just after making enough profit to cover the costs though.

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Posted: 23 May 06, 06:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<b><font color = "crimson">Thomas Quinn wrote:

Blu-Ray is already aging even before it has been released. Holographic storage is beginning to take shape, which would allow several terrabytes (terrabyte = 1024 gigabytes) on a DVD-disc.

Apparently George Lucas is feeling sure enough about this, as he is working on new transfers of all six Star Wars films in some kind of 3D format (don't ask me about any specifics, this is all I know).


Yeaa, I can't wait to but all those films again, I have the original VHS,'s the special editions then the DVD's and now the original versions on DVD. and what's this you tell me... 3D... hang on, just on the phone to my bank manager about another direct debit to Mr Lucas!!!!


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Posted: 24 May 06, 17:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<b><font color = "crimson">Thomas Quinn wrote:

Blu-Ray is already aging even before it has been released. Holographic storage is beginning to take shape, which would allow several terrabytes (terrabyte = 1024 gigabytes) on a DVD-disc.

Apparently George Lucas is feeling sure enough about this, as he is working on new transfers of all six Star Wars films in some kind of 3D format (don't ask me about any specifics, this is all I know).


1 Terrabyte (TB) = 1000 Gigabytes (GB)
1 Tebibyte (TiB) = 1024 Gigabytes (GB)

Learn your binaries mon!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binary

Nerd joke:
I'm only 10 people away from a threesome. :P


Blu-Ray players is going to be expensive as hell. I'll stick with DVD as long as I can. Or I'll switch over to HD/Blu-Ray when the players/burners get cheaper.


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Posted: 25 May 06, 00:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LinkHimself wrote:

Nerd joke:
I'm only 10 people away from a threesome. :P


Nerd I (sort of) am, I don't get that joke.

Blu-Ray players is going to be expensive as hell. I'll stick with DVD as long as I can. Or I'll switch over to HD/Blu-Ray when the players/burners get cheaper.


Yeah, but the movies are currently cheaper to order online, at http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com , than HD DVD.

$30 US for an HD DVD movie?? Fuck that.
I'm looking forward to the BR release of "50 First Dates" :D


ED: I updated my signature to include links to the website where I found these for great prices.
Very reliable website, from what I read and hear.

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Posted: 25 May 06, 08:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

10 = 2 on binary. 1 + 2 = 3 Get it?

1=1, 2=10, 3=100, 4=101, 5=200, I think.

30 dollars for a DVD movie isn't that expensive is it? In Norway, a new DVD movie costs something like that. 15 for older movies.


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Posted: 25 May 06, 22:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LinkHimself wrote:

30 dollars for a DVD movie isn't that expensive is it? In Norway, a new DVD movie costs something like that. 15 for older movies.


Converted to Canadian $, it is.