A Few Words About A few words about...™ Field of Dreams -- in HD

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  1. Robert Harris

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    "Unbelievable! It's more than perfect."

    Universal's new HD DVD of Phil Robinson's Field of Dreams is everything that one could ask of a piece of home entertainment software.

    This extremely literate film with a unique soul, captured on a tiny shiny disc is one of our cinematic treasures.

    Short, sweet and to the point.

    Cinema, captured perfectly for home video, with the look, feel and textures of film.

    Field of Dreams is Extremely Highly Recommended.

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    Just got mine the other day Robert and look forward to giving this one a spin. One of my favorites....[​IMG]
     
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    I love this movie, but will have to stick with the SD DVD until either Universal starts releasing Blu-Ray discs, or until I buy an HD-DVD player. Toss up which happens first [​IMG]
     
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    RAH,
    I've read one review that was kind of disappointed with "Field of Dreams" so I held off buying this again on HD because I figure the latest SD version was good enough if I use my VP50 to upconvert the signal to 1080p. Anyhow, my question to you is whether this HD disc really stands out like some other discs such as Casino?




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  5. Robert Harris

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    The most recent SD release of FoD is very nice.

    The HD version takes it to another plateau.

    One of the things about HD is that it looks best in fully lit scenes. There are a handful of ext. scenes in FoD that will not pop off the screen in HD, as they did not do so on film.

    The disc is beautifully representative of the original.
     
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    Universal is just putting out so much good product so fast, this wasn't near the top of my review queue but based on this I am going to have to give it a whirl for sure.
     
  7. Robert Harris

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    Sam,

    Universal was at the fore of the DVD revolution, with there own compression center on the lot.

    They are also a conservative company, take their time and test waters thoroughly. When they do pull the trigger, which is what is now occurring with their HD releases, it's time to step out of the way and let them through.

    Like any major entity, there will be occasional mis-steps, but you can bet that on the whole, their HD releases will be of the finest quality possible.

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    I have been a big Uni basher based on some of the major blunders they have had with big titles, but I will say they are handling HD beautifully so far. Getting movies like The Thing from them this early is a nice touch.

    While I am supporting both formats, I just hope they will start releasing on the Blu-Ray side if Blu ever manages to take the upper hand. Too many great Uni movies to miss.
     
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    I'm a two camper as well, mostly cause of my appreciation for Universal. Honestly Universal is the best thing to happen to that side of the format war IMO... My only complaint is that they seem to be dumping old extras in with the new transfers, but as time goes on I'm sure we'll see a lot more HD extras as well. Also I REALLY wish there was a way to get the ucontrol content to be menu accessible as I hate hate hate having to watch an entire movie a second time to get at extras content. Other than that few complaints here!

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