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  1. DaViD Boulet

    Bits now confirms - Warner drops lossless audio for Speed Racer BD

    from the bits: Insane. Warner... what is your problem? Honestly... even Sony managed to put inefficient PCM on their BD25 releases. Can't you even manage TrueHD? With all those other discs in the set... plenty of room for bonus material elsewhere, if the BD25 was the limiting factor. I...
  2. DaViD Boulet

    Bollywood on Blu-ray (Heyy Baby)

    A very cool video segment about the first Blu-ray release of a Bollywood film: Sajid Khan on 'Heyy Babyy' HD : AVS TV Network | Watch more clips at www.avstv.com! Enjoy! dave :D
  3. DaViD Boulet

    BD player that scales all output to 1080p60?

    Is there such a player? The PS3 I have only outputs film 1080p material in 1080p60 and upconverted DVD. SD BD material (like bonus features on some BDs) and 1080i is output in native form. I just inherited a JVC HD2K projector which only accepts 1080p60 so I need to find a BD player that...
  4. DaViD Boulet

    Paramount and Universal about to go blu...

    A BD insider has already confirmed that Paramount has a high-bit-rate AVC encode of Transformers already authored and about to be replicated on 50GB BD with lossless PCM audio. Nice. And it seems we have more industry confirmation that Universal is about to go blu: Home Media Magazine -...
  5. DaViD Boulet

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

    Lots of HD DVD collectors at HTF have expressed, understandably, their frustration with Warner's recent decision given the potential obselescence of their HD collection and hardware given the money they've invested. And this is true even for many who also see the advantage of the industry...
  6. DaViD Boulet

    LOTR on Blu-Ray: would you buy the theatrical or wait for Extended Edition?

    Now that New Line has shifted into exclusive Blu territory, it means that they won't be tempted to master Lord of the Rings for 30GB and 33% less bandwidth... they can go full throttle and optimize for BD with 50GB, transparent high-bit-rate video, 24-bit lossless sound, PIP, with room to spare...
  7. DaViD Boulet

    Thank-you HD DVD and Toshiba

    :emoji_thumbsup: While I've been a strong supporter for Blu-ray since the inception of the "war", I haven't been blind to the positives of the format war; It's no secret that the BD format as it stands today has Toshiba and HD DVD, in large part, to thank for helping it become a format worth...
  8. DaViD Boulet

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

    and the only BD player that will be updatable (for free) to "2.0" compliance, with BD-Live (web features). The PS3 is already firmware updated for profile 1.1 (PIP) and decodes Dolby TrueHD internally. It will be updated to decode DTS-HD MA internally as well in the next few months is not...
  9. DaViD Boulet

    Now that WB is Blu-ray exclusive... when will we see LOSSLESS audio on EVERY BD???

    The boys at Sony, Fox, Disney, and MGM don't seem to have any difficulty providing lossless audio on virtually EVERY blu-ray disc they release. When will we finally get the same from Warner? maybe we'll have to wait until they've stopped releasing companion HD DVDs with their DVD/BD...
  10. DaViD Boulet

    How many DVD consumer by HD DVD by mistake?

    Planet Earth HD-DVD - eBay (item 330200514604 end time Jan-04-08 18:56:13 PST) HD DVD seems to have both benefited by the "DVD" association in its name, but also confused quite a few consumers. Most retailers won't accept returns on opened discs, which makes matters frustrating for...
  11. DaViD Boulet

    Onkyo drops HD DVD player?

    http://www.avmagazine.it/news/sorgen...asma_2654.html translation: http://www.google.com/translate?u=ht...&hl=en&ie=UTF8
  12. DaViD Boulet

    PQ differences: Codec or Mastering related? (was "AVC better than VC-1???")

    This is not an HD DVD versus BD debate. Both formats can and do use VC-1 and AVC video compression CODECs. Both are "advanced video" codecs and their use is studio-dependent since they both can acheive high quality and similar bit-rates. However, Dan Ramer had noticed a trend that many AVC...
  13. DaViD Boulet

    Warner shelves Total HD dual-format disc...

    http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh...isc_Plans/1147 Not intended to be a "war" zone thread. Just an important update (and one that does not change the landscape of Warner's dual-format support).
  14. DaViD Boulet

    Warner does Dolby TrueHD on Blu-ray!!! (FINALLY)

    from the bits today (Friday 18th) www.thedigitalbits.com Let's hope that we get TrueHD on some of these other releases as well. Would LOVE lossless for Amadeus, 2001, and Matrix (on BD).
  15. DaViD Boulet

    PIP on Blu-ray, will PS3 be upgradable to do it???

    So, BD-J is official, but currently no existing players support the PIP feature. Wondering if the PS3 (or any other player) will be firmware upgradable to do it? from the bits today: www.thedigitalbits.com (quote of Bill Hunt quoting Andy Parsons) And while we're talking Blu-ray, the...
  16. DaViD Boulet

    Secret of N.I.H.M in 16x9 OAR WS???

    http://www.amazon.com/Secret-NIMH-Fa...04723&sr=1-309 It says "1.85" and "widescreen" in the details. can it really be?!? :)
  17. DaViD Boulet

    Call to Warner Brothers: Give us Dolby TrueHD on Blu-ray

    This is starting to get rediculous. Happy Feet is yet another BD from Warner Brothers without the lossless Dolby TrueHD available on the HD DVD. The madness has to stop. WB: We *all* want lossless audio... both HD DVD and BD consumers alike. There's no technical reason you can't supply it. So...
  18. DaViD Boulet

    Sony to start using Dolby True HD on Blu-ray...

    Nothing 100% conclusive... but Paidgeek, a Sony insider who posts at AVS, indicates that Sony may start to use Dolby True HD for lossless encoding on future Blu-ray titles: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&#post10040688 Also note that there's a chance of moving to great-than-16-bit...
  19. DaViD Boulet

    Sneak Peak: Chicago on Blu-ray, PHENOMENAL... the reference disc of the year

    I'm still recovering from the shock. 24-bit LPCM 5.1 lossless. That's right. 24 bit. AVC-compressed 1080p video that sometimes peaked at over 40 mbps!!! That's like running MPEG2 at 80 mbps. The level of image and sound quality of this disc is unreal. It VASTLY outperforms the 35mm...
  20. DaViD Boulet

    SONY TURNS NEW LEAF: Open Season (AVC)--the BEST looking HD title...

    on either format. JAW DROPPING. RAZOR SHARP. DETAIL that will blow your mind. It's the crispest, clearest, most 3-dimensional HD material I've ever seen. On *either* format. This is Sony's first BD title using AVC (MPEG4) and my head is spinning. WOW. Maybe a sign that Sony can learn...
  21. DaViD Boulet

    Major SONY BD release announcement... including first AVC disc!

    (My comments) Open Season will be Sony's first AVC-compressed Blu-ray disc. This is a sign of progress. Annoucment below: SPHE ANNOUNCES Q1 BLU-RAY SLATE -- CASINO ROYALE TO MAKE ITS DEBUT ON HIGH DEF -- FULL-LENGTH ANIMATED FEATURE OPEN SEASON FIRST MPEG-4 AVC ENCODED TITLE FROM...
  22. DaViD Boulet

    Thief and the Cobbler: WARNING-Pan And Scan!?!?

    Just got the pre-release copy and it's really upsetting... there's a big "Standard Version... modified to fit your screen" caption on the back cover. I don't see on Amazon that Disney has released this in dual fashion. It seems to me that it's stuck in P/S ONLY for R1 viewers. Really sad...
  23. DaViD Boulet

    PS3 reviews... looking forward to some hands-on comments...

    as soon as any of you get a hold of it, please, share your impressions with the rest of us! Obviously, your evaluations of the movie-playback functionality/performance is key. -dave :)
  24. DaViD Boulet

    Fox and the Hound... quick comment...

    Hey all, Not an official HTF review, but wanted to give everyone a quick head's up as to how HORRIBLE this DVD transfer is. Probably the worst image of any Disney DVD (animated) I've seen. The 1.33:1 issue is actually the least offensive thing about the picture. The worst part is that...
  25. DaViD Boulet

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: The Little Mermaid - Disappointingly NOT Recommended

    The Little Mermaid Studio: Disney Year:1989 Rating:G Aspect Ratio: 16x9 encoded 1.78:1 Audio: 5.1 DD English D.E.H.T. Mix (original sound mix not provided), 5.1 DD Spanish, French. SpecialFeatures: Deleted Scenes, Commentary, Making-Of, much more… ReleaseDate: October 3, 2006 Apology: I...
  26. DaViD Boulet

    Sammy plays 50 gig BDs just fine after all?

    on the digital bits today: www.thedigitalbits.com Good news.
  27. DaViD Boulet

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: The Wild - Definitely NOT Recommended!!!

    The Wild Studio: Disney Year:2006 Rating:G Aspect Ratio: 16x9 encoded 1.78:1 Audio: 5.1 DD English (also French & Spanish) SpecialFeatures: Deleted Scenes, Music Video, 2 behind-the-scenes shorts ReleaseDate: September 12, 2006 Feature... Honestly. If you want a...
  28. DaViD Boulet

    HTF REVIEW: LOST - Seaon Two - Unquestionably Recommended

    LOST the complete second season Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Year:2006 Rating:TV-14 Aspect Ratio: 16x9 encoded 1.78:1 OAR (HD) Audio: 5.1 DD English SpecialFeatures: A whole heck of a lot… an entire disc full ReleaseDate: September 5, 2006 Feature... Allow me the luxury of...
  29. DaViD Boulet

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: Kinky Boots - Recommended

    Kinky Boots Studio: MIRAMAX Year:2006 Rating:PG-13 Aspect Ratio: 16x9 encoded 2.35:1 Audio: 5.1 DD English & French (opt. Spanish Subs) SpecialFeatures: Feature Commentary, Deleted Scenes, The Real “Kinky Boots” Factory FeaturetteReleaseDate: September 5, 2006 Feature... Think...
  30. DaViD Boulet

    First BD titles to use VC1...

    http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/news...or_Blu-ray/209 This comports with what industry sources were telling me a few months ago. I look forward to seeing what VC1 on BD can do... basically, aside from any "player" issues, the PQ from BD and HD DVD should be identical for most standard program...
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