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  1. Manus

    Zero Dark 30 (4k)

    I would love it too at that price point but BB won't ship international :O( I don't see the point of these limited release patterns , it plays right into the E-bay scalpers hands . ~M~
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    Custom Cover Blu-Ray Custom Cover art thread

    Just got the Sopranos Complete Bd set from Spain , discs are fine , menus are fine but the inserts and back cover are in Spanish ; anyone know where I could source the U.S. or other custom artwork ?? The works featured in this thread are stunning ! Reminds me of the International Special...
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    Its time to unlock region codes

    Its 17 years since I ordered my first of many Region Free players and , frankly , it feels a bit ridiculous to still be talking about it as a topic . What next , Region-Coded 'Burger-Kings ' ? Apple Corp.unable to earn billions outside of U.S. ? Look at the end-titles of any movie and see the...
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    Blu-ray Review The Qatsi Trilogy Blu-ray Review

    If it helps with motivation to maybe actually view this set of films is available more affordably here : M
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    Have you watched and listened to Blu-ray DVD concerts?

    I haven't heard it yet but the new Porcupine Tree BD ' Anesthetize' should be something special when it arrives in May judging by Steven Wilson's previous works Dvd and Dvd-A like the the King Crimson Dvd-As and PT's own 'The Incident' . Its not up for order just yet ( any day now ) but it...
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    Just what is up with Warner Bros and Blu-ray?

    They did indeed release ' Grumpy Old Men ' and graced some of the finest american character actors best comedy performances with less extras than the wrong aspect ratio original dvd I also wish they would use 24-bit audio when possible... ~M~
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    Seeing Red - will you stock up on the inevitable clearance sales on HD DVDs?

    I got a bargain 2nd XE-1 player as backup and , at the moment there are still some good titles due out in Europe . So Im in a holding pattern to wait and see if Profile 2.0 is indeed the final one ~M~
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    Should I get a HD-DVD player or wait ?

    I just got my 2nd Xe-1 here in Europe . Found 2 weebsites , one charging less than 50% less than the other and eligible for 5 free discs . I have rather a lot of Sd Dvds and the upscaling comes for free and its Region Free so go to Tibet for your holidays and bring home discs without worrying...
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    Anybody Getting Tired of Extended Cuts?

    V.interesting post , Josh . I've always been bugged by this subject . When dvd was launched one of the upcoming features to look forward to was 'seamless branching' but ( T2 Ultimate apart) it never really happened to such an extend that when 'Gladiator' was released on dvd in 2000 Ridley Scott...
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    **Official HTF HD Formats Ind./Retailer/Studio Support Thread-*SEE POST 3176, p. 106*

    Of course the ' alternate ending ' to the war could be here first thing in the morning . Release everything in BOTH formats and even the dumbest consumer would be able to make a choice of their own with no help from the U.S. Bank of Warner No confusion just buy whatever you want and no need for...
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    Interactivity - is that what we're going to waste the extra Blu Ray disc space on?

    The 51gb HD-Dvd/SD triple-decker will be with us shortly And hopefully they won't find a way to make web-features compulsory ! Space usage has been an issue before . On Sd , they told us to expect movie music soundtracks among the goodies coming our way along with multiple cuts of the film ...
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    + Another Probably the last time we all agreed was before the 'war' when it made sense that they should have kept talking till there was only 1 format good to go. All this 'SD isnt really good enough ' and ' Hd-Dvd must die and die quickly for the greater good ' patronising BS just doesn't...
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    HITLER in charge if HD DVD?? The funniest fan made movie ever on the format war!

    Any ideas for candidates behind the Blu revolution ? ~M~
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    " At this point Toshiba cares only for their own interests, regardless of what damage it may do to HDM adoption. If they can drag this out a little while longer and get a pay-off, even it high-def media suffer as a result, they don't care." Just speculation . Why on earth should they bury a...
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    DVD Review HTF HD-DVD Review: Zodiac

    I really enjoyed this last night . Like Fincher's other work , this will be getting a lot of replay .Its a real feast for your eyes and ears . ~M~
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    One thing Universal and Paramount could do is introduce 1 HD and 1 Dvd sets instead of combos and keep the price low . This makes the consumer a HD owner by default and satisfies their current SD needs while keeping the HD community happy . I just got the German edition of 'Crank' on HD which...
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    That ol' Blu crystal ball is as sharp as ever , David But couldn't you say something similar if both Warners and Fox had gone HD as has been widely reported they were about to?? ~M~
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    Universal at CES

    David if you care to re-read my earlier post you will see the following : "Unfortunately , on paper is where many of them have remained " and not " (It started when someone said that ) all of BD's advantages were on paper, and that lossless-audio wasn't something important that HDM should...
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    Universal at CES

    Some European HD-Dvd releases from France and Germany feature Dts-MA including the upcoming 'T2' Ultimate ( 7.1) in March ~M~
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    I'm sure you're right . It'll be hardball from here on in , up to and including Profile 2.0 which is very desirable to Warners . Do you suppose that Warner's might have a get out clause just in case things don't go according to plan ? ~M~
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    " I'm still having a hard time rationalizing Warners' decision. My personal feeling is that Warners "sold out" HDM to a format dominated by an expensive gaming machine for Christ sake and that given more time, HD-DVD could have made significant progress toward mass adoption with lower pricing...
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    Universal at CES

    " Every single Blu-ray disc released from Sony, Disney, MGM, and Fox provides lossless audio (BD's bandwidth has plenty of room). Some even provide more than one lossless track for multiple-language lossless qualtiy." I did say ' many' not 'all' . Lossless sound is indeed appreciated , but a...
  23. Manus

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

    " The best and simplest "peace offering" they could do to their customers is: reverse the decision to stop bringing out HD DVD from June 1st on. After all, they were making a lot of money on it, so it's not an expensive offering. " The notion that a dual-format world could survive has come...
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    Since WB went BluRay Exclusive, Any SD Fans Going Over?

    " Since the players are backward compatible, that is an option. " If only they would kill off Region Coding entirely so that all new players really would be compatible . I havent come across anyone yet who intends to dump their SD collection and start again . The Video Upscaling solutions in...
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    Universal at CES

    " On paper, the technical aspects of the formats give the advantage to Blu-Ray." Unfortunately , on paper is where many of them have remained Bd can do 50gb , HD 51gb etc etc . For the average movie the disc content possibilities are very similar for both formats . Remember when they told us...
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    Should WB and the BDA give HD DVD owners a "peace offering" to welcome them to Blu?

    " Blu-ray has a long uphill battle ahead of it against standard definition DVD " At last , some sense . The war hasnt been won , a lot of money changed hands to achieve a certain result and that could happen again With over a million Hd-dvd players in the wild ( and usually pretty good Sd...
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    With Blu the apparent victor, it's time to demand some changes....

    Until the final specs are nailed down so that EVERYONE can buy a player safe in the knowledge that it wont be obsolete 10 minutes later there will not IMO be an instant upsurge in take up of BD . If only they would do away with Region Coding so that they could advertise a truly universal...
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    Thank-you HD DVD and Toshiba

    I sincerely hope that the complacent collective bleatings of BDA/Sony/Fox/Lionsgate/Pioneer etc do not return now that the 'shepherding ' effect of Hd-dvd seems diminished . If they don't get Profile 2.0 done and dusted as quickly ( and reliable ) as possible , the new format war against SD-Dvd...
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    are Paramount and universal sticking with hd-dvd exclusively?

    " This will given HD DVD some financial background that BD no longer has. " Interesting point . It all depends how ' up for it ' they are . Presumably , the BDA won't feel it neccessary pay Universal/Paramount to come on board ( even if they had cash left over ) so there will only be the...
  30. Manus

    Pink Floyd reissues

    I have the 'Shine On' boxset and this is just a repackaging of that set . Very shoddy compared to , say , The Doors and Talking Heads type boxsets that would start us all buying em over again . ~M~