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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Jesse Blacklow, Feb 27, 2006.
Here's Sony's press release:
And here's Lionsgate: Note that the Sony press release indicates, amongst others, a Best Buy launch. So long to one big-box retailer being exclusive to HD DVD.
still won't buy it until there is a decent $500 BD player... and that's going to be a very long wait.
Wow, you not only threadfarted here, but in 5 other threads. Congratulations, you win the internets!
What? I have to agree that 1080p is actually warrants $500 more on a player that may or may not even be released on time? From a company that's famous for releasing dud formats such as MD, Betamax, Bean MP3 player, UMD (yes, it's a failure, that's why they're cutting down on production). I WANT BD to win, but the way things are, it's doesn't seem like it's going to win. Oh, and you've won the rudeness awards.
i'll be impressed if this pans out. it means that things will be much, much closer in the fall, which is when i will be laying down money on a player.
Right now, it looks like the big Superman set is going to be the deal breaker for me. If that thing gets formally announced for Blu-Ray, I'll more than likely pick up a player in the fall. I see a few other titles on those lists that I'll be picking up too (especially looking forward to the two Terminator films).
Superman is enticing, but a Star Wars 6-film boxset would force me to give Blu-Ray my money, my car and maybe even a vital organ or two.
Well, yeah, Star Wars would do that for me too; I'm just thinking realistically. Even if Star Wars was coming to HD-DVD only, I'd cave in easily.
How much is the Samsung Player?
"Sony To Bow Blu-ray Titles May 23" Cool that both Terminator pics have been announced for BD. (T3 is skedded for HD DVD May 9 according to WHV's press release, but I deny that Cameron-less travesty exists.)
$39.99? That's too close to Laserdisc pricing for my blood, though there were a number of $34.99 DVD titles not too long ago.
Many many Criterion DVDs are $39.95. And they sell well. You just wait for the Deep Discount DVD sale period.
You know, I would plunk down the ~$1800 for the Pioneer Elite right now if I thought Blu-Ray was going to be the clear winner. But honestly, with all the specs for HDMI and such still seeming to be somewhat up in the air (please correct me if I am wrong), I hate to buy a first-gen player and find out it's not as good as the second-gen players at half the price point. Short of all 6 Star Wars films and/or the LOTR:EE's being released in the format in 2006, I can't see any reason why I shouldn't wait until 2007. Also, any bets on what ratio Lionsgate's BD Lord Of War will be? If they crop it to 1.78 like the DVD, they're idiots. If they don't, they're liars.
If the sound is still screwed up (on ANH) then SW can kiss my ass, Blu-Ray or no Blu-Ray! JR
Still on the fence. But a really good disc of "The Sound of Music" might get me to budge a little.
Who needs SOM when you'll be able to get Fantastic Four and League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen? Not to mention Resident Evil: Apocolypse. And i venture to predict, sooner rather than later, ... INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!! hell, thats worth the the $300-500 premium over an HD DVD player right there. seriously, would love to see Fox pony up some R&H titles early (no reason they can't either, since they're issuing SEs of these on standard def- new masters are obviously available), as well as things like Towering Inferno, Seven Year Itch, Sand Pebbles, etc and by the time they do start putting things like that out, B-d players should be in the $3-400 range- so i don't see much point in throwing $1K out now on one.
Went by a Sony store yesterday, and they had an HD loop running to show off their LCDs. Of course, the salesperson had no idea what it was, nor anything about PS3 and Blu-Ray. "Do you need a Blu-Ray TV to show Blu-Ray discs?" Didn't even know what the LCD could do. Everything was given and set up by Sony. It was an HD generator hard drive loop. The picture did look good. With that opening line-up, no thanks, and no thanks to the price(s). I have a 50" component plasma.
That combination of statements boggles my mind.