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  1. Scott Jentsch

    Press Release WHV Press Release: In The Heights (4k UHD) (Blu-ray)

    It's in 640 theaters today, and drops to 450 on Thursday, going down to 122 on Friday (likely more will come in later today and beyond). https://www.bigscreen.com/NowShowing.php?movie=314139&view=sched&show=nearby
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    Press Release BVHE Press Release: Speed (1994) (4k UHD)

    Am I reading the audio specs correctly, that the physical discs will have 5.1 DTS-HDMA while the 4K digital streaming version will be Atmos? If so, that's a bit of a disturbing item. Are the studios really going to start crippling the soundtracks on physical media? I would prefer that the...
  3. Scott Jentsch

    Top 10 Best AV Receivers and Processors for 2020

    Wow, not much love for Yamaha in that list, while Sound United has an entry in every price segment. Perhaps it's just a personal preference, but after having three Yamaha receivers followed by three Denon receivers, I was very happy to get back to a Yamaha again. I find the menus much more...
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    Win a copy of The Ten Commandments Special Edition Blu-ray Digibook

    The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen... oh, wait, wrong movie!
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    Pre-Order Frozen (2013) (4k UHD) Available for Preorder

    Frozen was released theatrically on November 27th, 2013. It is listed on Dolby's site as having an Atmos soundtrack. The movie was first released on Blu-ray on March 8th, 2014. The first Blu-ray to have an Atmos soundtrack was Transformers: Age of Extinction on September 30th, 2014. While it...
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    Avengers: Endgame home UHD disc release discussion

    I think "attack" is a little hyperbolic. The release is facing some criticism, with good reason. Studios have had the ability to use seamless branching on Blu-ray for years, but few use it. Studios had the ability to use BD-Live, but couldn't figure out how to do something that was truly...
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    Avengers: Endgame home UHD disc release discussion

    I just looked, and my most recent E-Mail with questions about a home video release was Mary Poppins Returns 4K. That release is HDR10 only, no dynamic formats. So is Captain Marvel. And Dumbo. And every other home video release I checked going back about a year. Is there some history...
  8. Scott Jentsch

    New OSCARS Category: "Popular Film"

    If nothing else, the Academy has created a buzz and made the Oscars relevant again. At least for a little while. The only thing worse than bad things being said about you, is nothing being said, so they've succeeded in getting a lot of free publicity. That said, there are so many questions, and...
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    ButtKickers coming to my Home Theater

    I installed Buttkickers (LFE Minis) in my home theater chairs in 2012, and they have their place, but I don't always use them. The first thing I found was that it was like when everyone was installing surround speakers for the first time. The first inclination is to have them turned up real...
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    Turning The Spotlight On: Deepwater Horizon and Dolby Atmos (with a little rant included)

    Ron, I empathize with your concerns, and I agree that, in a perfect world, we should see more Atmos soundtracks on Blu-ray instead of just on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. As a result of a thread over on AVS Forum early in 2016 that questioned whether Atmos was going to be Ultra HD-specific, I started...
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    UHD UHD Early Adopters/Buyers and Format Experiences

    I purchased the Samsung unit from Best Buy back in February, and I'm actually quite pleased with its performance and reliability so far. For a first-gen unit, it's pretty good. Probably on par with Blu-ray players that were several generations in. Sure, the remote sucked, but who uses the...
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    UHD UHD Early Adopters/Buyers and Format Experiences

    I see a lot of similar comments to what happened when Blu-ray was first introduced. Some people wanted all their favorite movies re-released, thirsty for that elusive extra ounce of quality. In some cases, their wishes were answered by glorious releases, sometimes from unexpected directions...
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    UHD UHD Early Adopters/Buyers and Format Experiences

    Sony chose the high-end integrator route with this model, which was introduced at CEDIA, a show that is intended to draw custom installers. Was there an announcement I missed that said that Sony was never going to release a UHD Blu-ray player intended for consumer use? I think you might be a...
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    UHD UHD Early Adopters/Buyers and Format Experiences

    According to Dolby's web site, the following theaters are equipped with Atmos: Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas http://www.bigscreen.com/Marquee.php?theater=4847 Island 16: Cinema de Lux http://www.bigscreen.com/Marquee.php?theater=8274 The Island 16 is currently advertising a movie playing in...
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    For Sale: Yamaha RX-A3040 Receiver

    The Yamaha RX-A3040 supports Dolby Atmos, as of a firmware update that occurred in November 2014: http://www.bigscreen.com/j/Yamaha-Elevates-Premium-AVENTAGE-AV-Receivers-with-Next-Gen/3382 The current firmware level is 1.66, which was released in December 2014.
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    Win a Denon X5200W 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos AVR with a copy of Insurgent on Blu-ray!

    My ideal Atmos-capable system would be one that would be quite flexible in its configuration, so that it could handle a wide variety of speakers and layouts. A receiver in the $1,500+ price range would ideally be capable of processing 7.1.6 channels (I'm happy to supply amplification for the...
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    Win your choice of Dolby Atmos encoded Blu-ray

    You're probably looking for one of the titles on that page, but if I could pick any Atmos release, it would probably Nature 3D from Amazon Japan: http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/B00MOD2KP4 If the list is limited to those on that page, I'd go with Insurgent.
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    BD American President, When?

    I agree. The American President has to be the worst DVD transfer that I own. It's an enjoyable movie that would resonate well with audiences again.
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    New to Blu? Buy a PS3: the most featured BD hardware available...

    Kris Deering's review of the PS3 with the 2.1 firmware update is now online: Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity - Sony Playstation PS3 FW 2.1 It's not a positive review, but I would imagine those looking for DVD perfection are going to get a box more dedicated to the task, like the...
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    DTS? Core? HD-MA? huh??

    Some time ago, I wrote up these documents to try and put the technology into more approachable language: Dolby Digital Sound on HD DVD and Blu-ray ExplainedDTS Digital Sound on HD DVD and Blu-ray ExplainedDVD Sound Formats Explained These documents don't cover PCM, but they may help you sort...
  21. Scott Jentsch

    Anybody else still waiting on five free HD-DVD's?

    Mail-in offer sent 10/31/2007. Discs finally came in the mail on 2/16/2008. I'll be interested to see what Toshiba does if they do call it quits, as the mail-in offer was clearly part of the package being sold, and not fulfilling those offers would result in a breach of the purchase...
  22. Scott Jentsch

    HD Rentals: The Art of the Impossible

    I guess I've been very fortunate with Netflix. Since I started renting HD DVD's back in November 2006, I've had few problems getting discs. I don't get real bent out of shape about getting new releases since there are so many movies to watch, but when I've wanted to get a new release, I haven't...
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    New to Blu? Buy a PS3: the most featured BD hardware available...

    After doing a bunch of research this weekend, including sitting through a Sony-led Blu-ray seminar at a local A/V specialty dealer, I am in the market for a Playstation 3. If not for some misinformation from some PS3 owners on Saturday, I would have picked one up while I was out on Saturday...
  24. Scott Jentsch

    Toshiba Deploys New HD DVD Marketing Initiatives Based on Strong Fourth Quarter Unit

    I don't know about the rest of the country, but in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin market, stores advertised the Sony BDP-S300 and the Toshiba HD-A30, both at $299. Few listed the HD-A3, except during Black Friday when some stores had it for $169. At least around here, both formats were being...
  25. Scott Jentsch

    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    I think these comments sum up the situation pretty well, and did so with less text than I did. If the Blu-ray group wants to attract HD DVD enthusiasts, they would do well to provide those enthusiasts with a machine that meets or exceeds the capabilities of their HD DVD player at a similar...
  26. Scott Jentsch

    New to Blu? Buy a PS3: the most featured BD hardware available...

    I have avoided getting a Blu-ray player up to this point because they have been short on features and high on prices. Now, with Warner's announcement, any hope that my HD DVD players will enjoy playing movies currently only available on Blu-ray has all but disappeared. The PS3's December...
  27. Scott Jentsch

    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    I agree, this format war has never been about what's best for consumers, and Warner's decision and Toshiba's refusal to roll over and play dead for the good of HDM are further proof of that. All of these decisions are made in pursuit of the money, especially short-term money. If Toshiba...
  28. Scott Jentsch

    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    Instead of looking at such a "peace offering" as a handout, look at it as a promotion. People who have purchased HD DVD players are the exact market that the BDA hopes to attract. Except for those that bought into both formats, those buyers spent disposable income on a machine that cannot...
  29. Scott Jentsch

    What title/release would "force" you to buy a HD-player or turn to "format neutral"?

    On the media side, LOTR (w/ seamless branching for Theatrical and Ext. Editions)Dances with WolvesAlien & AliensMore Pixar/Disney movies (Toy Story 1/2, Finding Nemo)Star Wars 1-6 (w/ seamless branching for all 36 editions now available) The recent release of Cars and Ratatouille really make me...
  30. Scott Jentsch

    Sony CEO sees ‘stalemate’ in disc fight

    The complete text of the interview as posted above doesn't really change the tone of the initial coverage that started this conversation. Stringer sounds stunned/mystified by the successes that HD DVD has had over the past several months, and the benefits that he mentions of the Blu-ray...
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