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HD-DVD Combo discontinued by Warner Home Video

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#1 of 54 OFFLINE   Robert_Zohn


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Posted September 27 2007 - 05:06 AM

Beginning in January 2008, the HD-DVD Combo will be discontinued by Warner Home Video for the Theatrical New Release Business Unit. Warner will be offering the HD version only. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be the last title we are offering the HD-DVD Combo for. The Invasion will be the first HD only title on the TNR release slate. -Robert

#2 of 54 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted September 27 2007 - 05:08 AM

Thank goodness.

#3 of 54 OFFLINE   MattFini


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Posted September 27 2007 - 05:09 AM

While I never had any issues with the combo, nor did I mind paying an extra $5 bucks for a "failsafe" (If HD never takes off, I still have the DVD)...but I'm not sad to see the combo go, either. It'll probably mean better busienss for HD DVD anyway.
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#4 of 54 OFFLINE   Paul Arnette

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Posted September 27 2007 - 05:24 AM

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Now to get Universal to follow suit.
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Posted September 27 2007 - 05:42 AM

Thank you!



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#6 of 54 OFFLINE   Jon Moss

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Posted September 27 2007 - 06:14 AM

Finally!! At last the studios seem to be realising the whole "combo disc" was a huge mistake. This is great news, and along with Warner's re-issue of many of the combo titles as HD-DVD only discs, means a win win situation for the consumer. It's all about consumer choice. With the combo format the consumer HAD to buy the DVD version even if they only wanted the HD version. Indeed they may never intend to watch the DVD version, but they still had to pay an extra $5 for it.

#7 of 54 OFFLINE   John H Ross

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Posted September 27 2007 - 06:25 AM

Isn't this at odds with their idea for TotalHD? Or are they slowing one multi-format disc down in order to start up another?

#8 of 54 OFFLINE   Nick Graham

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Posted September 27 2007 - 06:43 AM

Now if only Universal would follow suit.....surely they are getting sick of the complaints, disc returns, and bad PR in general.

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Posted September 27 2007 - 06:43 AM

Excellent. I mean EXCELLENT! I do not believe Total HD will EVER see the light of day.
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Posted September 27 2007 - 06:44 AM

I thought that Total HD is on hold if not dead.

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#11 of 54 OFFLINE   Gary Murrell

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Posted September 27 2007 - 06:46 AM

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#12 of 54 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted September 27 2007 - 07:01 AM

So... Are they dropping $5 from the price? That's my only objection to combos. Sure, I don't think they'll price HD-DVD-only discs $5 more than the equivalent BD, but studios do things that make little sense all the time.
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#13 of 54 OFFLINE   Nick Graham

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Posted September 27 2007 - 07:01 AM

Indeed. Now it makes sense why they are pricing the Order of the Phoenix combo at the same price as the Blu version.

#14 of 54 OFFLINE   Dave Mack

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Posted September 27 2007 - 07:10 AM

We watched our first combo the other nite. "Knocked Up" Watched first 1/2 upstairs on the hd-a2 in HD with no probs. Finsihed it up downstairs last nite with the sddvd side and had freezes and pixillation. On the SD dvd side. Just looking at the thing it's amazing these work at all. Honestly like somebody just glued 2 discs together. Cutting edge tech... NOT I am wary of Trek: TOS being a combo now. 10 discs..? How long will it take to go through ALL eps, both sides to make sure you don't have a defective disc? eesh

#15 of 54 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted September 27 2007 - 07:44 AM

About time they got rid of it. I hope they lower prices to follow suit. I wonder if they dropped the combo because they weren't selling as well(as the Blu version at $5 cheaper) or if the complaints about faulty discs finally wore on them.

#16 of 54 OFFLINE   Jose Martinez

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Posted September 27 2007 - 08:25 AM

Does this mean they'll re-press the titles I want as just HD-DVD version only?
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#17 of 54 OFFLINE   Cees Alons

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Posted September 27 2007 - 09:46 AM

It seems that way: on Amazon many previous Warner combos start to show up as new HD DVD-only re-releases at a price point of $23. Cees

#18 of 54 OFFLINE   Jon Moss

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Posted September 27 2007 - 10:13 AM

Warner are re-issuing several titles that were previously combos, as HD-DVD only discs, starting from next week (October 2nd) apparently.

See this story from High Def Digest for more info;


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Posted September 27 2007 - 10:16 AM

They are releasing their combos in HD-DVD only form in October. Those are lower priced. I'm picking up a couple because of it for sure.
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#20 of 54 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted September 27 2007 - 12:20 PM

Yes, hopefully Universal will follow suit, as well. There are some titles I refuse to buy because they are combos.

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