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'Smallville' Heads to HD DVD


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   ppltd

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Posted October 20 2006 - 10:43 AM

FYI
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#2 of 17 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted October 20 2006 - 11:23 AM

According to TV Shows On DVD, it's going to be on five discs. That makes sense. Posted Image I know the studios don't want the consumers thinking "Why the hell am I paying $50 or $60 for one disc?" so they make it look like you're getting more by having multiple discs but it seems unnecessary to me.

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#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Kyle McKnight

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Posted October 20 2006 - 01:34 PM

TravisR, are you serious? You think it's just standard 480p video that they're gonna put on five HD-DVDs? It's going to be HiDef versions of the episodes, something that many will put a $20 premium on! They're not delivering HD-DVDs with standard resolution content on them, but with higher resolution video!
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#4 of 17 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted October 20 2006 - 01:49 PM

And it takes 5 discs for 16 or so hours of content? EDIT: Saying you can fit the entire season on one disc is (of course) an over exageration but five discs seems like overkill when HD-DVDs are touted as having so much space. All that being said, I imagine this will be a very nice set and a good start for HD TV DVDs.

#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted October 20 2006 - 02:41 PM

Yes, they have much more space than SD DVD, but HD content also takes up more space. Remember HD has six times the resolution of SD.
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#6 of 17 OFFLINE   JediFonger

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Posted October 20 2006 - 03:10 PM

ummm. i hope they don't release smallville on HD-DVD in SD. that's just wrong.

http://imdb.com/titl...79600/technical
^according to that, smallville has been shot with HD cams since season2. so we should be seeing 1080p versions of smallville on HD-DVD =).

#7 of 17 OFFLINE   LarryH

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Posted October 20 2006 - 04:40 PM

People were agonizing over whether the 30 GB HD-DVD would be enough for a two-hour movie, hence the touted superiority of Blu-ray. I just hope they aren't over-compressed to get four HD episodes (~160 minutes) on three single disks and five episodes (~200 minutes) on two disks, since there are 22 episodes in a season.

#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted October 20 2006 - 06:53 PM

This is great news. Nov 28 is certainly a day for Superman & HD-DVD...

Superman:The Movie HD-DVD
Superman II HD-DVD
Superman Returns HD-DVD
Smallville: Season 5 HD-DVD

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#9 of 17 OFFLINE   ppltd

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Posted October 21 2006 - 05:32 PM

There should be absolutly no problem fitting 4 episodes in HD on a 30 GB HD-DVD without worring about compression problems.
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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   MarekM

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Posted October 21 2006 - 10:57 PM

I agree Thomas, with digital source, they will get better compression results compare to film source.... Marek

#11 of 17 OFFLINE   Marko Berg

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Posted October 21 2006 - 11:30 PM

I've never heard this claim made before. How is an all-digital source better than a digital source that originated from film as far as compression is concerned? It's an honest question and I'd like to know more, so if you have a link please provide one.

#12 of 17 OFFLINE   MarekM

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Posted October 21 2006 - 11:53 PM

Marko, if it was filmed with DIGITAL CAMERAS, you have cleaner image, no film grain etc etc.... so in the final you will get better compression ratio compare to film source.... Marek PS. it's almost like when I am doing DVD from digital source (with digital camera involved) compare to analog betacam, you will have analog noise...... so I have to be more carefull and I need more bitrates to handle that noise, here you have film grain (of course depends on film stock or digital cleaning..)

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Posted October 22 2006 - 06:27 AM

It should also be noted that unlike most films, each episode will only have one audio track (DD 5.1), which helps save space for the video compression.

"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#14 of 17 OFFLINE   JediFonger

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Posted October 22 2006 - 07:16 AM

trueHD for TV? ah well. wishful thinking Posted Image

#15 of 17 OFFLINE   John Troutman

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Posted October 22 2006 - 01:38 PM

Each BROADCASTED episode of Smallville is in the ballpark of 5gb at 1080i and Dolby 5.1, give or take. Assuming that the HD-DVDs will contain higher quality versions, I'd say it's reasonable to expect 4 to 5 episodes on each disc. Ergo, 5 discs sound exactly right to me if they're 30gb discs.

Then again, VC-1 could probably get the file sizes down LOWER than the MPEG2 broadcasts, so all this math is probably meaningless. Posted Image

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Posted October 23 2006 - 02:35 AM

so it will probably be about $45 on first week. how am i going to buy all these supermen
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Posted October 30 2006 - 03:34 AM

sorry for little off topic, anyone with link to hires TRAILER for season 5 ? I was not able to google that trailer Posted Image

thanx
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