I'm not going to 'vote with my wallet' for an inferior sound track. Also I don't value the "potential" of some extra empty space surrounding the same VC-1 recording as on a HD DVD high enough to make up for the lossy sound on the BD.
With the same codec, a BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc would have much more storage capacity, potentially allowing less if any, codec compression than with even a HD-30/DVD-9 disc, IF, HIGH-DEF DIGEST is in error.
Some of Warner's pricing is all over the map in regard to some of their titles that had theatrical releases over the last nine months or so. Just look at the MSRP for three of those titles in which two of them are combo discs, but they're priced differently.
Poseidon a combo release with a 34.99 MSRP
V For Vendetta HD DVD release only with a 28.99 MSRP
Superman Returns another combo release with a 39.99 MSRP
I am sure some of their pricing strategy is tied to them trying to recoup as much of their production costs as possible from each title and we know that Superman Returns cost a lot more to make than those other two titles.
The BD lists at 34.95, Amazon had it at 24.95 last time I checked. The HD DVD is 27.95. I have to say that for a title like this which is a must own for me, I would have payed even 39.95 for it with TrueHD if I absolutely had to. I won't pay that for a film that I'm only mildly interested in, but films like SUPERMAN and STAR WARS will always have me opening my wallet wider if I have to.
I'm a veteran of the Laserdisc days, and I remember buying Criterion lasers for around 100 bucks. So the prices of BD's and HD DVD's don't bother me. If I started collecting when the DVD exploded(and you could get great titles with extras for around 15 bucks), I might feel differently.
As a little sidetrack: did you guys notice that the pricing of the HD DVD (around $20) seems to have pushed the price of SDVD down a litlle bit more? I see more and more titles priced at $14 (and lower!) than there used to be, and > $18 is almost starting to become the exception.