Classic, Pete. Thanks for the context Johnson's corporate speak rationale for DiVX provides. I'm largely in agreement with the rest of your post as well.
And what Chapek says in an IMO obviously calculated trade editorial arguably matters less than what his boss says in a shareholders' meeting.
|the fact that Disney has stated that they will wait for 50gig BD to use for the feature-loaded HD release titles should address the notion as to whether or not Disney has concerns about quality: whether or not it's their number-one priority, it clearly is *a* priority.|
Disney's interest in 50G BD is not dispositive regarding quality. Frankly, we just don't know yet what Mouse House is going to do with that additional capacity. I would opine that it will have more to do with DRM and interactive games for kids on animated titles than the highest audio and video quality which, David, I know you appreciate even more than I can given your rig. And please don't come roaring back with facts and stats about the BD format. This opinion
is partly based upon my admittedly less charitable read of the studio's past behavior: I think it's safe to surmise that the studio that gave us "Disney DVD" yet many non-anamorphic often featureless movies ranging from He Got Game
, Crimson Tide
all the way up the box office chart to Armageddon
is more interested in features that many videophiles will complain about the presence of (i.e., games) than 1080p and lossless 7.1. I have tentative higher hopes for Sony in this regard, who've of course already announced a 50G Black Hawk
and an uncompressed Last Waltz
It's also not clear what Iger means when he says ". . . we will be aggressive in putting out titles on next-generation DVD, which will primarily
be high definition." (underline mine) I may be over-reading the text, but his use of the word "primarily" could be read to intimate that Di$ney will release BDs/HD DVDs that are not remastered in high def, but instead are ports of previous transfers that use the additional capacity for, again, games and other kid-/family-friendly fare.
|Who can blame them? I'm perfectly comfortable with Disney enjoying the protection that Blu-ray encryption offers them.|
The quote your above comments follow was about DiVX. I'm sure you didn't intend to, but seguing into your defense of DRM for the sake of greater aud/vid fidelity and more supplemental content gives short shrift to the fact that DiVX had issues more problematic for videophiles than we can speculate
DRM'd BD may have, namely--as Pete mentioned--pan and scan releases.
Again, I'm sure it wasn't your intent, but the metamessage of your comments as written is that we should excuse Di$ney's giving us pan & scan DiVX in the name of a format that 'phoned home' as part of a scheme to protect the studio's assets. Hopefully
, the situation will not be analogous with BD. I think Cees has been one of the most vocal about the perils of this prospect, for which I think we have every right to "blame" the studio.