The regular stories about Hi-Def DVD has got me to wondering. Is it possible that the lack of quality product from so many studios has something to do with the imminent release of DVDs in Hi-Def? Are they investing more in the new tech and viewing standard DVD as not worth the investment? Is it likely that the studios that seem not to care much about the quality of their DVD releases will make a better effort with the new format? Or will they simply look at it as just another media? If they aren't just waiting for HD to take over and just don't care that much about their DVD releases, will they be caught with their pants down if consumers won't accept poor video quality in a supposedly superior video format? Will studios like Fox and Warners have a head start because of the restoration work that they have already done to their films? Do you think it will be necessary for the studios to come up with a different editorial model for HD-DVD production? It seems to me that it may be a hard sell to many to replace their current collection with the same exact release even if it is a better picture. After all the early adopters of course will be people like the HTF members--many of which have several hundred to several thousand DVDs. And let's not forget that for many DVD is a reference quality format already. It may be difficult for the studios to convince a collector that buying a fifty year old b&w movie is really worth it. Certainly there will be films that one will love to have in HD, but will that be enough? Let's face it, movies on a shiny plastic disc is no longer a novelty. And I think we're kidding ourselves if we deny that the cool factor was a big reason why DVD has done so well. I think that if they don't offer a good price point for HD right from the start, it may never be anything but another LD. I'm guessing that DVD and HD-DVD will not co-exist for long. This will only happen at the peril of HD, I think.