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HTF REVIEW: Million Dollar Baby & The Phantom Of The Opera HD DVD(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Herb Kane

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Posted May 10 2006 - 07:49 AM

My Top 25 Noirs:

25. 711 Ocean Drive (1950), 24. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), 23. Desperate (1947), 22. Pushover (1954), 21. The Blue Dahlia (1946), 20. The File on Thelma Jordon (1949), 19. He Ran All the Way (1951), 18. The Asphalt Jungle (1950), 17. The Killing (1956), 16. I Walk Alone (1948),...

#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Larry Sutliff

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Posted May 10 2006 - 08:54 AM

Excellent reviews, Herb and Michael!

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted May 10 2006 - 09:03 AM

Gentlemen, A well-thought out review. And now if we can get more of the folks who are waiting on the sidelines for the HD vs. BD situation to end to take a leap of faith and join the high def revolution, we 'll be seeing even more product from the studios. RAH

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#4 of 13 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott


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Posted May 10 2006 - 09:16 AM

well done! It would be cool to see more tag-team reviews in the future, though I know this isn't likely.

my favorite part of the review;

I'm sure you will echo these sentiments Herb- I can't wait Posted Image

#5 of 13 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted May 10 2006 - 09:51 AM

Nice review as always, gentlemen. Looking forward to upcoming reviews. You fellows are going to have to come up with a new lexicon of adjectives to describe HD-DVD video if the few titles I've viewed are indicative of the format as a whole. - Walter.
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#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted May 10 2006 - 10:14 AM

Walter, I must say that Merrium-Webster has been my best friend for a long, long time... Posted Image


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#7 of 13 OFFLINE   Jordan_E



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Posted May 11 2006 - 04:02 AM

Very nice. Thank you. Even though I already own these two, it's nice to see this.
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#8 of 13 OFFLINE   JediFonger



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Posted May 11 2006 - 05:14 AM

good review =). i like it that these films are reviewed through front projectors =).

#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Paul Hillenbrand

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Posted May 11 2006 - 07:52 AM

Thank you for the HD DVD movie reviews.Posted Image

Glad to see them and please keep them coming!

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#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Barty



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Posted May 11 2006 - 09:58 AM

Nice reviews, thanks!

Any idea what the video resolution is? And what codec/format? What bitrate?
And what audio bitrate? What sample rate? How many bits? Lossless or lossy?

Here's hoping for a most commonly used format of 1080p h264 video, with 96khz/24bits lossless audio in 5.1 or more channels Posted Image

#11 of 13 OFFLINE   peter m. wilson

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Posted May 17 2006 - 12:55 AM

Hi, Thanks for the reviews, I look forward to your thoughts on film transferrs that come from deeper in the vault. I've been using an outboard scaler on a fully ISF'd (Michael TLV) CRT RPTV for about 4 yrs now and have often A/B'd a scaled dvd with the HD cable broadcast of the same film and have generally felt the the HD broadcast was slightly better. The other day I had a chance to see a promo HD-DVD played on a 40" LCD display at a local high-end shop and was very impressed particularly of the clip of King Kong where the hair on his body seemed almost 3D. When I got home I played my regular copy of the disc and immediately decided that I would not be re-investing in the HD-DVD of this film for the sake of the video as the original is excellent in it's own right. Theres no doubt that at some point I will be investing in a player (probably a combi) and as I've read enthusiastic and excited comments about theses new formats here and in other forums I seem to be one of the few who is dying to hear the upgraded audio more than the video. I understand that "so far" the studios have decided to allow the 1080i layer to be available through the component inputs for HD-DVD and that BLU-RAY supporte studios will initially follow suit. Sanity may rear it's ugly head at last. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how all of this plays out, but from the sidelines for the time being. Peter M.
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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted May 17 2006 - 04:30 PM

Hooray for Hollywood! Congratulation gentlemen on the first HD on disc reviews for HTF. Bravo!
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#13 of 13 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted May 20 2006 - 02:32 PM

Fantastic review.

Great job guys. Posted Image Posted Image

Just what all of us are looking for!

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