February 19th, 2008, 10:36 AM #231
Hey if you want HD DVD now that they lost, Circuit City is blowing out the rest of their A2s for $86
Buy the Toshiba HD DVD Player and other HD DVD players at circuitcity.com
February 19th, 2008, 11:14 AM #232
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February 19th, 2008, 11:47 AM #235
Word around the campfire is Ken Graffeo will be handed a pinkslip soon. (Which is why someone other than KG himself made the Uni announcement, since he's been the mouthpiece for the company's HD home video strategy.)
Originally Posted by Mr. Irreverent
February 20th, 2008, 12:35 AM #236
I still think Paramount might have been the smartest sons-of-bitches out there. They took a nice pay off, waited until Toshiba breaches its contract while only losing a fraction of the amount in sales on Blu-ray, and then they get to re-join the winners at the finish line.
The sooner Graffeo gets shown the door the better for all home video, IMO. Now comes the important stuff - whether Paramount and Universal actually go forward with effort to improve and maximize their potential with Blu-ray, or simply port over transfers with compressed audio until actual specific BD encodes can be put together.
Anyone have a guess as to what Universal and Paramount titles will hit the market first?
Obviously for Paramount, Transformers, Blades of Glory and maybe Face/Off or Top Gun would be front and center, as those titles had to be in the can when they made their move last year. (Blades of Glory are probably all ready to ship.) The Jack Ryan Collection is another that might have been ready to go.
Universal? That is going to be a tricky one. I still don't see any big-name titles announced until at least Q4, perhaps maybe a Speilberg or Speilberg-related title. I'm guessing we'll see simple ports of some of their stand-bys - Apollo 13, Backdraft, U-571, Waterworld, King Kong, Hulk, etc. It would be nice to see quick versions of some of their more recent stuff (Bourne Collection, American Gangster, The Kingdom, etc.), but I'm not sure if that won't be better served until a holiday season release - especially Bourne.
February 20th, 2008, 09:07 AM #237
On Paramount's release sked, I have to agree on all of those titles, especially Blades of Glory. Hell, that thing was already in Big Box Stores' warehouses when the HD DVD exclusivity announcement came down. I really hope Transformers isn't limited to DD+ audio. The DD+ got a really great review, and it does sound exceptional, I'm hoping Paramount makes the best of the extra 20GBs of space and provides some next gen audio tracks.
Originally Posted by dgrycan
I wouldn't be surprised if Dreamworks announces the Shrek movies and Saving Private Ryan, as well.
I really hope Uni doesn't try to pass off their HD DVD encodes onto BR releases. If Universal wants to make a big leap in the fray, they gotta' come hard with some exceptional titles and equaled encodes. By the Summer, we should have some scheduled titles announced, I would think. I would suspect they would put the Jurassic Park trilogy out (which I'm sure is already encoded for both formats, as they knew SS was particular to Blu-ray).
But overall, I'm still going to look to HDD's reviews when the Paramount and Uni titles start rolling in, just as I do with WB, Fox, and Sony titles. I'm just not the type of consumer that buys a title just to have it regardless of the subpar PQ or AQ.
The new release software prices are going to start dropping below $20 bucks on a regular basis, just like DVDs did 10 years ago. Catalog titles are already doing that. Con Air (PQ 4/5, AQ 4.5/5), Crimson Tide (PQ 4/5, AQ 4.5/5), and The Rock (PQ 4.5/5, AQ 4.5/5) all are $14.99 at Best Buy right now, and retailed for $19.99. Not bad and it'll only get better and less expensive as more players are purchased.
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February 21st, 2008, 01:48 AM #238
Paramount finally shows up to the funeral - quietly standing in the background with their thumbs up.
Paramount seals Blu-ray sweep
February 21st, 2008, 02:01 AM #239
AH, I can't wait for Star Wars (original please) trilogy and LOTR trilogy on BR.
February 21st, 2008, 02:03 AM #240
Why be so discreet about it? I mean, I know it's The Hollywood Reporter, but sending a press release only to THR in the middle of the night is rather strange.
Originally Posted by dgrycan
Anyway, good. But I'm still not getting the lack of titles announcements from either Uni or Paramount.