'Smallville' Heads to HD DVD

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  1. ppltd

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    According to TV Shows On DVD, it's going to be on five discs. That makes sense. [​IMG] I know the studios don't want the consumers thinking "Why the hell am I paying $50 or $60 for one disc?" so they make it look like you're getting more by having multiple discs but it seems unnecessary to me.

    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6522
     
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    TravisR, are you serious? You think it's just standard 480p video that they're gonna put on five HD-DVDs? It's going to be HiDef versions of the episodes, something that many will put a $20 premium on! They're not delivering HD-DVDs with standard resolution content on them, but with higher resolution video!
     
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    And it takes 5 discs for 16 or so hours of content?

    EDIT: Saying you can fit the entire season on one disc is (of course) an over exageration but five discs seems like overkill when HD-DVDs are touted as having so much space. All that being said, I imagine this will be a very nice set and a good start for HD TV DVDs.
     
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    Yes, they have much more space than SD DVD, but HD content also takes up more space. Remember HD has six times the resolution of SD.
     
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    ummm. i hope they don't release smallville on HD-DVD in SD. that's just wrong.

    http://imdb.com/title/tt0279600/technical
    ^according to that, smallville has been shot with HD cams since season2. so we should be seeing 1080p versions of smallville on HD-DVD =).
     
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    People were agonizing over whether the 30 GB HD-DVD would be enough for a two-hour movie, hence the touted superiority of Blu-ray.

    I just hope they aren't over-compressed to get four HD episodes (~160 minutes) on three single disks and five episodes (~200 minutes) on two disks, since there are 22 episodes in a season.
     
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    This is great news. Nov 28 is certainly a day for Superman & HD-DVD...

    Superman:The Movie HD-DVD
    Superman II HD-DVD
    Superman Returns HD-DVD
    Smallville: Season 5 HD-DVD

    Greatness....[​IMG]
     
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    There should be absolutly no problem fitting 4 episodes in HD on a 30 GB HD-DVD without worring about compression problems.
     
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    I agree Thomas, with digital source, they will get better compression results compare to film source....

    Marek
     
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    I've never heard this claim made before. How is an all-digital source better than a digital source that originated from film as far as compression is concerned? It's an honest question and I'd like to know more, so if you have a link please provide one.
     
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    Marko, if it was filmed with DIGITAL CAMERAS, you have cleaner image, no film grain etc etc.... so in the final you will get better compression ratio compare to film source....

    Marek

    PS. it's almost like when I am doing DVD from digital source (with digital camera involved) compare to analog betacam, you will have analog noise...... so I have to be more carefull and I need more bitrates to handle that noise, here you have film grain (of course depends on film stock or digital cleaning..)
     
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    It should also be noted that unlike most films, each episode will only have one audio track (DD 5.1), which helps save space for the video compression.
     
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    trueHD for TV? ah well. wishful thinking [​IMG]
     
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    Each BROADCASTED episode of Smallville is in the ballpark of 5gb at 1080i and Dolby 5.1, give or take. Assuming that the HD-DVDs will contain higher quality versions, I'd say it's reasonable to expect 4 to 5 episodes on each disc. Ergo, 5 discs sound exactly right to me if they're 30gb discs.

    Then again, VC-1 could probably get the file sizes down LOWER than the MPEG2 broadcasts, so all this math is probably meaningless. [​IMG]
     
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    so it will probably be about $45 on first week.

    how am i going to buy all these supermen
     
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    sorry for little off topic, anyone with link to hires TRAILER for season 5 ? I was not able to google that trailer [​IMG]

    thanx
    Marek
     

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