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Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby MadMind » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:48 pm

More importantly, has anyone here watched porn on HDDVD/Blu-Ray on their ginormous HDTV's?
I can't wait for the day that 3D Hi-Def porn becomes a reality! :lol:
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:08 pm

I got a Blu-Ray player and, I must admit, can't see a big difference with Blu-Ray discs. But I feel better somehow knowing.
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby MadMind » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:16 am

Shipley wrote:I just wish the PS3 got a more sgnificant price drop. yes, there is a lot of value in such a powerful box, but games wise isn't better than the 360 or the wii, and the introductory price is double what the 360's is.

As you may already know, there's been alot of talk about a Blu-Ray add-on for the 360. I'd like to see one released with HDDVD playback capability (as many Blu-Ray/recorders now offer), and Microsoft put forth a trade-in offer for those who purchased/own the HDDVD add-on (that probably won't happen, but it'd be a nice gesture).
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby Beer Moon » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:40 am

Only 2 blu-ray players also play HD-DVDs. However - they are also coming in around the $400 mark right now, and both lack full support for the blu-ray specifications.

You CAN buy a blu-ray player for $150, but they don't support all the features - many lacking support for the hd audio tracks. In my opinion, half of the benefit of larger discs was being able to put uncompressed audio on them. I have Batman Begins and 300 with TrueHD soundtracks, and they are impressive.

Since I need my player to decode the audio - and insist that it supports the full blu-ray specification, I am stuck looking at $400 players. A couple are down to $350 now...

Oh yay.

Another huge issue with many of those cheap players is that they upscale poorly - which my HD-A2 does not. I certainly won't be willing to take a step back for my regular DVD collection if I'm going to lose the ability to play most of my HD-DVDs in the process (some are combo DVD discs).
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby Shipley » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:44 am

MadMind wrote:As you may already know, there's been alot of talk about a Blu-Ray add-on for the 360.


I'm just going to go ahead and say this will never happen. MS didn't have a lot invested in HD-DVD either. They don't get a cut of movie sales if they're on disc, but with their video marketplace and netflix streaming, they're taking a big cut of the pie. Its in their best interest to see physical media go away.
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby TAsunder » Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:14 pm

Beer Moon wrote:You CAN buy a blu-ray player for $150, but they don't support all the features - many lacking support for the hd audio tracks. In my opinion, half of the benefit of larger discs was being able to put uncompressed audio on them. I have Batman Begins and 300 with TrueHD soundtracks, and they are impressive.

Since I need my player to decode the audio - and insist that it supports the full blu-ray specification, I am stuck looking at $400 players. A couple are down to $350 now...


You might be able to get the panasonic DMPBD35K for ~$200 with several free movies, if the deal isn't dead yet. It decodes TrueHD and DTS-HD, and is 2.0 profile compliant.

See Here and try it if you are interested.
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby MadMind » Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:59 am

Kenneth Burns wrote:I got a Blu-Ray player and, I must admit, can't see a big difference with Blu-Ray discs. But I feel better somehow knowing.

My Uncle's HDTV set is 60+ inches, and I never can seem to ignore the lower resolution limitations of upscaled DVDs when displayed on a big screen.
I'd say anything beyond 42" (or close viewing) one should consider Blu-Ray a near necessity.
"DVDs look best on screens that are smaller than 36 inches, so they are not always up to the challenge of today's high-definition sets."
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Re: Let The Hi-Def Format War Begin! (Blu-ray Disc vs. HD-DVD)

Postby Shipley » Sat Dec 27, 2008 1:41 pm

The benefit of blu ray is really only in movies with lots of action. special effects, fast camera work, etc all can turn into a mess on regular dvd with blur and artifacting.

Only movies I plan to upgrade or buy new in high def are one by Pixar, James Cameron, or featuring a costumed hero.
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