HTF HD DVD REVIEW: Good Night, and Good Luck (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Great review! I immensely enjoyed this film on SDVD.

    I was rather curious to see how well a modern B&W film
    would look on HD-DVD. According to your reviews, and as
    I expected, it seems the enhanced black levels added a nice
    rich texture to the presentation.

    I wish I hadn't already bought this on the inferior format. Out of
    sheer curioisity I *might* just perhaps have to consider a repurchase.
     
  2. Steve Tannehill

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    Good luck getting it... it was apparently short-shipped. Amazon projects mine will arrive sometime in September.

    Great review, Herb, thanks!

    - Steve
     
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    Ron,

    Circuit City had the HD DVD yesterday for $19.95, if that sways your decision on purchasing it.
     
  4. Steve Tannehill

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    Best Buy claims to have it for shipping, with limited store availability.

    Thing is, I want this for $18 and free 2-day shipping, which is my deal at Amazon. If I go with another vendor, I spend upwards of $10 more, depending on tax, shipping, etc.

    - Steve
     
  5. Robert Crawford

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    Steve,
    Are you sure about that price? I hope you didn't order the Blu-ray disc by mistake because it's 19.95 at Amazon while the HD-DVD Combo is about 7-8 dollars more?

    I bought this yesterday at CC for 19.95




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  6. Ed St. Clair

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    Great review!
    Everyone is falling all over themselves on the PQ.
    Your 10 out of 10, tops them all! ;-)
    Looks (ha, ha) like the BD is also in the "stunning" category.
    Looks like an all around golden day with this release, for HD discs!

    Now it's a format choice, over a quality choice.
    Let the war began!
    Ugh!
    I can't believe I just said that! ;-)
     
  7. Steve Tannehill

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    I was thinking of Searchers. Zowee, that's a good price at CC--50 percent off the online price.

    - Steve
     
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    I'll be honest Ed, my hand was quivering when I hit the submit button, however, the PQ was amazing. I still have a difficult time awarding numerical points to these HD titles since we're still so early into this (not knowing what many of the other new releases are going to look like).
     
  9. TedD

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    IMHO, once a title looks like the original 35mm release, trying to rate an HD DVD on a 1-10 scale becomes futile.

    We are now actually rating the original cinematography and photographic process more than the HD DVD quality. For example, The Searchers fantastic image quality is more directly the result of the VistaVision large format (35/8) negative and it's resolution capability, than anything directly related to the HD DVD. Similarly, it's Blazing Saddles' use of the full anamorphic Panavision negative frame area that contributes to the detail delivered to the screen on HD DVD.

    I will go so far as to say that, for home use at least, HD DVD can truely be said to be transparent to the original source.

    At least it sure looks that way to me, even on my large 61" x 165" (yes, thats 2.70:1) constant height screen, which is eagerly awaiting the HD DVD release of an Ultra Panavision / Camera65 film on HD DVD to accurately recreate the full experience.

    Ted
     
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    This HD-DVD release truly is phenomenal. I watched it last night and was constantly picking my jaw up off of the couch. A superb reproduction of a superb film.

    I also lucked out on GN&GL - picked it and The Searchers up at my local Circuit City for $19.95 each. [​IMG]
     

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