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HD-DVD Titles Announced for 4th Qtr Release-

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Spero D, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Spero D

    Spero D Well-Known Member

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    Posted by amillians-

    Warner/New Line/HBO/etc. just announced 52 HD-DVD titles for release Q4 '05:

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2005/Jan/1106003.htm

    ABOVE THE LAW
    ALEXANDER
    ANGELS IN AMERICA (HBO)
    AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (NEW LINE)
    BATMAN BEGINS
    BLADE (NEW LINE)
    CATWOMAN
    CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
    CONSTANTINE
    CONTACT
    DARK CITY (NEW LINE)
    THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
    ERASER
    EXECUTIVE DECISION
    FINAL DESTINATION (NEW LINE)
    FRIDAY (NEW LINE)
    FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (HBO)
    THE FUGITIVE
    GOTHIKA
    HARD TO KILL
    HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
    HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
    HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
    HOUSE OF WAX (2005)
    THE LAST SAMURAI
    THE MASK (NEW LINE)
    THE MATRIX
    THE MATRIX RELOADED
    THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
    MAVERICK
    MILLION DOLLAR BABY
    THE MUSIC MAN
    MYSTIC RIVER
    NEXT OF KIN
    NORTH BY NORTHWEST
    OCEAN'S ELEVEN
    OCEAN'S TWELVE
    PASSENGER 57
    THE PERFECT STORM
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004)
    THE PLAYER (NEW LINE)
    THE POLAR EXPRESS
    RED PLANET
    RUSH HOUR (NEW LINE)
    SE7EN (NEW LINE)
    SOLDIER
    THE SOPRANOS (HBO)
    SPAWN (NEW LINE)
    SWORDFISH
    TROY
    UNDER SIEGE
    U.S. MARSHALS
    WILD WILD WEST

    Paramount just announced 21 HD-DVD titles for Q4 '05:

    http://www.mysan.de/international/article21498.html

    THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
    SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
    ELIZABETHTOWN
    COACH CARTER
    ITALIAN JOB
    SCHOOL OF ROCK
    SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
    FORREST GUMP
    BRAVEHEART
    GHOST
    GREASE
    MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
    BLACK RAIN
    SAVE THE LAST DANCE
    SLEEPY HOLLOW
    U2 RATTLE & HUM
    VANILLA SKY
    LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER
    STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT
    WE WERE SOLDIERS

    Universal just announced 16 HD-DVD titles, likely for Q1 '06:

    http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...2774126&EDATE=

    THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
    THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
    VAN HELSING
    APOLLO 13
    U-571
    12 MONKEYS
    DUNE
    THE THING
    END OF DAYS
    BACKDRAFT
    WATERWORLD
    THE BONE COLLECTOR
    SPY GAME
    PITCH BLACK
    CONAN THE BARBARIAN
    DANTE'S PEAK

    It begins [​IMG] Can't wait.

    Update 5 February-

     
  2. Dave H

    Dave H Well-Known Member

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    I promised myself I would wait 2 or 3 years for this. However, I just bought a new HDTV and just got HD Cable ---- and I know it's going to be SO tough to hold off looking at some of these titles. [​IMG]
     
  3. Spero D

    Spero D Well-Known Member

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    Dave I know what you mean. Now all I have to do is decide when to sell of my current DVDs titles that are mentioned in the list above [​IMG]

    Spero D.
     
  4. Jeff Jacobson

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    The tv series, or some upcoming movie adaptation?
     
  5. Dan Hitchman

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    However, if the Cinram replicator statements are correct these mostly may be on those oh so wonderful DVD-9/HD-DVD-15 hybrid discs.

    I don't know about you, but 15 GB is not enough for optimal HD video or audio. Especially not enticing since players will be around $1,000 to start. For that much I want the best. Period.

    I'll wait to see what Blu-Ray counters with. I'm sure it'll be interesting to see the "can you top this" game! [​IMG]
     
  6. Patrick McCart

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    North By Northwest?

    I wonder if this means Warner had Lowry Digital re-do their restoration. Their first restoration still looks wonderful, but looking at it today... it still has a touch too much fading.

    While I have no idea if the color timing is actually correct (given that the source apparently had fading), this is what looks correct to me:

    DVD:
    [​IMG]

    Corrected(?):
    [​IMG]

    It looks a lot like the problem with Lawrence of Arabia's original Limited Edition. Pink sand and pink skies.
     
  7. Elijah Sullivan

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    Ditto.
     
  8. Joshua Clinard

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    Wow. That's a nice list. Quite a few that I would be willing to re-buy if I had a player. But I probably won't pay more than 150 for it with my current income. Of course, by the time these things hit, my income should be significantly higher.
     
  9. Dan Hitchman

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    Titles should be the least of your worries. How about video and audio quality? True 1080p? Lossless or uncompressed audio?

    HD-DVD doesn't look all that hot spec. wise if they're using only 15 GB single layered discs right out of the gate. At the very, very least Blu-Ray starts at 25 GB on a single layer and they have the newest MPEG-4 AVC High Profile codec to use (supposedly at least visually meets D-5 tape quality at 16 Megabits/sec average bitrates for 1080p/24 content... you can't do that and lossless audio on a 15 GB HD-DVD). HD-DVD has not ratified usage of the HP version of MPEG-4, which also seemed to beat Microsoft's regular VC-1 codec in comparison tests given similar bitrates.

    Dan
     
  10. Spero D

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    I like your enthusiasm Dan for Blu-Ray but I disagree with this comment. Without content there is no format. I believe that the format that is 1st out onto the market with large content support will win. I agree with you about getting the best picture and lossless sound and also hope Blu-Ray will win. However that won't stop me from buying a HD-DVD player and titles come September-December and the same goes for Blu-Ray.
     
  11. Marc Colella

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    That's an impressive list of titles.

    Se7en and The Player are the only titles that I'm interested in myself, but there are alot of big titles that are aimed at the mainstream - which is a smart move.

    Looks like some of those titles will be released simultaneously with their DVD debut as well (ie. Batman Begins). Very smart to give the consumer the opportunity to purchase a debut title on HD-DVD without forcing them to purchase the DVD first.
     
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    I'm assuming these will all be "bare bones" releases to be followed by inevitable SE's at a later date?

    Any idea on the cost of each film? $30? $40

    John
     
  13. Paul Strilka

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    I would assume most of us here have some high end components.
    I was watching DVD's this holiday break on a HD 50inch Samsung Plasma. I'm using a Denon 3910 with SDI into an Iscan that pushes it out 1280x768. I can't imagine the image getting much better.
    Will the difference in quality be worth the extra $20 per disc? Don't sell your collection just yet. Wait and see.
     
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    Would someone need a set-top box or could I go the HTPC route for these discs?
     
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    I would easily plop down $1000
    to get into HD-DVD by year's end.

    The problem? Dual formats.

    It is just disgusting that the
    industry could not agree on just
    one format, and as a result, are
    going to prevent early adopters
    like myself from investing in a
    new format that requires having
    to buy two players.
     
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    Amen to what Ron says.
     
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    I bet "THE PERFECT STORM" will look awesome in HD on a big screen![​IMG]
     
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    Amen, Ron.

    I'd buy a $1k HD DVD player right now if I knew that there was only 1 format.
     
  19. Joseph J.D

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    I agree with what Ron says.....with two formats fighting it out, I'm going to wait and see who wins...besides, if they follow the same pattern that DVD did, these titles will likely be bare bones and the picture quality will be adequate for now followed by future special, superbit, ultimate, extreme editions to make us buy them over and over again as the format matures.

    It took me 2 years to adopt DVD....I expect it will take at least that long - perhaps even longer - to accept the new format....whoever wins.
     
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    Same here for me. I bought my first dvd player during the summer of 1997, but I'm going to sit out this format war until a winner or some kind of resolution has been declared.
     

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