Amazon's preorder price is $69.95. You can also get it from the Warner Bros. store for $55.95+tax if you use the 30% discount code ANWBTS and buy one other title (it's only good if you purchase two or more items), otherwise it's $77.95. You get free shipping at both sites.
Considering how expensive the other HBO Blu-ray sets are, this is a good price for an outstanding miniseries.
They'd have to be profoundly stupid to try to remove the grain on this, however I do wonder what the "remastered" refers to since it was finished on DI; not a whole lot to do there really. Hopefully it's just marketing.
I'm also curious about the DTS-HD MA, does this mean Warner isn't doing the actual encoding/authoring?
This title should should be a revelation, so far as the way DNR is applied. This title plus the last several Spielberg movies, which have very pronounced grain, by design.
I can already hear the droning pin-heads from every corner of internet-land, doing their best Quasimodo: "The grain...the grain...".
If they choose to dampen the grain on this one...well, it will make the 'Patton' outcry sound like a polite, repressed whimper; and the result will be more obvious by an order of magnitude. Along with a muted color palette, grain is the primary image component. Should be interesting.
Kris is right, the look of this show is created completely in the computer. I suspect "remaster" means simply that they went back to the original digital master files to create the encodes for the blu-ray.
Well, I couldn't help myself and preordered it w/ the 30% off coupon at the WHV site (along w/ LA Confidential and Adv of Robin Hood) -- at least it's an HBO title, not New Line. Gonna have to keep my fingers crossed I guess.
This title is as good as in my HD collection the day it comes out! I am glad I held of on buying this title so I will only have to buy it one time. The first time I saw this title was on my 31" Toshiba CRT TV on DVD. So I am now counting the days to see it with a awsum 1080p transfer on my 50" HDTV.
Oh ya after I get my Denon AVR-2809ci and it has been set up, Band Of Brothers in DTS-HD MA will be one of the first group of Blu-ray titles I will watch to test out the new receiver!
This is the only thing that brings me some comfort that this BD will be okay and not touched by the DNR demons out there. Could you imagine if a movie like 300 (shot digitally with CGI grain added) where the grain was scrubbed out?
I predict that this set will look great. When it was played on HBO, we didn't own an HDTV in the house so I have never seen the show in HD. Can't wait. Oh and DTS-HD Master Audio too?!?! Woohoo!