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HTF HD DVD REVIEW: Batman Begins (VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).



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#1 of 37 TonyD

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Posted October 09 2006 - 11:52 AM

if this hd dvd doesnt get people to buy into hd dvd ....
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#2 of 37 Tim Glover

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Posted October 09 2006 - 02:36 PM

Great review Herb, as usual. Posted Image 10/10 for video....that's what I'm talking about. Posted Image

#3 of 37 Ron-P

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Posted October 09 2006 - 03:50 PM

I sooooooo cannot wait for this. Herb, what PJ do you have? Do you have a list of the gear you use?
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#4 of 37 Richard Travale

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Posted October 09 2006 - 04:49 PM

Arghhh! This is in the mail from Amazon and my HT is packed up in boxes as I'm moving.
I don't know if I can bear seeing it on my kitchen counter every morning until I'm unpacked.

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#5 of 37 Herb Kane

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Posted October 09 2006 - 05:43 PM

Thanks guys. You’re all in for a treat. I also spent the evening with The Polar Express and I’m presently working on The Adventures of Robin Hood. This format is really on track with some outstanding releases.


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#6 of 37 Tim Glover

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Posted October 09 2006 - 09:07 PM

Very nice HT setup Herb! Wow. You would certainly see bothersome flaws in that rig for sure. Posted Image Not that you would want to. Posted Image

Way cool. Posted Image

#7 of 37 Ron-P

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Posted October 10 2006 - 01:45 AM

Thanks Herb!
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#8 of 37 JonZ

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Posted October 10 2006 - 03:57 AM

I went to both Circuit City and Best Buy - neither had it.

I went to Target that is selling HD for the first time today and they did.

No one had Corpse Bride

Pathetic.

#9 of 37 Larry Sutliff

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Posted October 10 2006 - 05:47 AM

My local Best Buy doesn't have BATMAN or either of the Wonka films. I'm happy that Amazon has shipped my order! Posted Image

#10 of 37 Shaun

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Posted October 10 2006 - 05:53 AM

I too found it very difficult to find this today along with many other new releases which were scheduled to be released today. I was particularly looking for Batman Begins, Polar Express and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

I live in Omaha, NE and had to do quite a bit of leg work during my lunch hour to track these down. First, I tried Best Buy, since it's close to where I work. They didn't have it, nor did they have Polar Express or Charlie and The Chocolate Factory/Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, or Corpse Bride. They did have Army of Darkness, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Waist Deep though...oh wow, how exciting.

When I asked them why they didn't have all of the titles, they looked them up in the computer and it said they wouldn't be arriving until Thursday, 10/12. The salesman, of course, made a stupid remark, like "HD-DVD is so new, they must be starting a new release trend for Thursdays instead of Tuesdays!" Ha-ha very funny.

So after Best Buy, I tried the local Super-Target and they said they wouldn't be getting any HD-DVDs for another 3 days. Finally, I tried a regular Target and was able to find both Batman Begins and Polar Express. Though they didn't have any of the other new releases. Now I have to wait until Thursday to get Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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#11 of 37 James D S

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Posted October 10 2006 - 07:03 AM

Great review Herb!

I also couldn't find Batman Begins or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the local Best Buy (Austin). They did have Army of Darkness and Waist Deep, however.

#12 of 37 Larry Sutliff

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Posted October 10 2006 - 07:14 AM

My BATMAN BEGINS HD DVD just arrived, a day earlier than the estimated arrival date. Amazon has really gotten on the ball!

Can't wait to watch this tonight.

#13 of 37 Tim Glover

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Posted October 10 2006 - 08:30 AM

Pretty cool Larry! Posted Image

Please hold all of Larry's calls for the next 2 hours. Posted Image

#14 of 37 Andrew Bunk

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Posted October 10 2006 - 09:13 AM

This is the title that will likely ge me to buy an HD-XA2. I'm hoping the XA2 will be a player with longevity.
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#15 of 37 Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 10 2006 - 04:15 PM

Thanks for the review! This disc is astonishing.

Even more astonishing was that Amazon got two of this week's releases to me yesterday, two today, with one scheduled for tomorrow. Yipee!

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#16 of 37 Ron-P

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Posted October 10 2006 - 04:30 PM

I just finished Batman up, it is flat out awesome.
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#17 of 37 JonZ

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Posted October 10 2006 - 05:02 PM

Yea it is. Its amazing.

Ron I know youre a Burton fan, wait until you see Corpse Bride. Really. I swear my jaw dropped on the Underworld scene,especially with the dancing skeletons. Ive never seen colors "pop" out of my screen like that before.

Im loving it. No regrets about investing. No way.

#18 of 37 RobertDW

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Posted October 10 2006 - 05:13 PM

I just finished watching Batman and all I can say is I never thought a home theater experience could be this good. My audio system really got a workout with TrueHD and I cranked it up to get the maximum effect incredible. Posted Image

#19 of 37 LarryH

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Posted October 10 2006 - 05:13 PM

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View or change order
Items not yet shipped:
Delivery estimate: October 18, 2006 - October 20, 2006

* 1 of: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory [HD DVD]
Sold by: Amazon.com
* 1 of: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [HD DVD]
Sold by: Amazon.com
* 1 of: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory [HD-DVD]
Sold by: Amazon.com
* 1 of: Batman Begins [HD DVD]
Sold by: Amazon.com

#20 of 37 Lou Sytsma

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Posted October 11 2006 - 10:24 PM

Quote:
if this hd dvd doesnt get people to buy into hd dvd ....

It got me to. My first HD disc too!
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'Course now I have spoiled myself as far as going back to the earlier released HDs.
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