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Image Entertainment announces 3 for HD DVD... Criterion next?


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Pete T C

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Posted August 16 2006 - 12:01 PM

Looks like HD DVD has just won over its first "on the fence" studio!

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Image Entertainment, aside from their concerts and IMAX films, also as of 2005 has become the exclusive distributor of The Criterion Collection. Could Criterion's HD DVD releases be inevitable? We'll see.
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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted August 16 2006 - 02:36 PM

I thought (but could be wrong) that Criterion has said that they aren't doing any HD stuff until the format war settles out.

#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted August 16 2006 - 02:48 PM

How did these titles sell on SD DVD? How did these titles look in SD DVD? (were they film or video?) Glad to have Image on board for HD disc. Although, to me, the quality of there SD DVD's were all over the place. Any Image SD DVD titles that should be a knockout on HD disc?
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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   PeterTHX

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Posted August 16 2006 - 05:31 PM

AFAIK I thought I read Image was supporting both formats.

#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Mark Zimmer

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Posted August 17 2006 - 02:51 AM

I think Image is holding back on BD for the moment due to the costs of tooling up; once it gets more widespread and mastering costs drop I expect they'll jump in. Odd that they'd pick concert films, which usually have pretty poor source materials (see U2: Rattle and Hum) due to the lighting conditions and need to use handheld cameras and smaller/faster stock. Maybe they're counting on the advanced audio formats. But I've not seen any of these so they might be better quality sources. EDIT: I am informed these were all shot in HD Video, so in theory they should look terrific. And Image only distributes Criterion; they don't have a say in what they release or what formats they use.

#6 of 10 OFFLINE   Jesse Blacklow

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Posted August 17 2006 - 04:03 AM

Well, I'm pretty sure we won't see films that have distro rights with Sony, Fox, or BV, like some of the Kurosawas.
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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Ed St. Clair

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Posted August 17 2006 - 07:53 AM

I checked out reviews of the SD Heart. Shot in HD. So, this maybe a great title.
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#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Dan Hitchman

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Posted August 18 2006 - 06:53 AM

Dolby TrueHD, 24 bit sound?? If they use lossy, low res. tracks it completely defeats the purpose. Dan

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   PeterTHX

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Posted August 18 2006 - 09:11 AM

TrueHD is lossless.

#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Dan Hitchman

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Posted August 18 2006 - 05:54 PM

Yes, I know it's lossless. However, my concern is that they'll just use a lossy encoded track. If Image does use Dolby TrueHD I hope they'll have sense enough to use the master soundtrack. New masters are usually 24/48 in the industry. If it's music based it could be 24/96 or even 24/192. That would be uber cool and one of the first distributors to use FULL master quality lossless sound, again if they play it smart. Almost 99% of the tracks out right now on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are from 16 bit downconverts. Dan




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