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I just received a stack of Samsung Blu-Ray players along with the following movies:

The Fifth Element
XXX
Hitch
House of Flying Daggers
The Terminator

I just hooked up the player to a Pioneer 4361 plasma. If anyone in the Socal IE area wants to see it in action or obtain one PM me, I might be able to pull a string or two. :D

Review coming as soon as I can take a break from work and play with it a little bit.
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Niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! :) I'am mostly interested to hear how movie perform (any macroblock, mpeg compression.. anything.)

89+ Blu-ray Disc ;)
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May I ask one question?

How?
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Damn it, don't you know we need a review NOW! Who cares about work!

J/K :)

Please post your thoughts ASAP, we are all anticipating the first person to post information about a gold Blu-Ray player and the finalized movies.

Thanks in advance!

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if this is true and you are not pulling our legs, congrats and please post pics along with your review. try to observe boot up time as well as disc load to play time.

thanx, happy blu-ray'g!
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May I ask one question?

How?
I work for a major retail outlet, and our truck just came in.
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Lets see a pic of it Bud....
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A pic is worth a thousand words!
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Lets see a pic of it Bud....

You don't believe him? The guy offered anyone in his area can PM him and go over and check it out. You will see lots of pics shortly because these players have arrived. HD-DVD RIP
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I believe him... I think we are all just very excited to start seeing pics and reviews..... My damn player is still stuck on the CC website as Est Ship the 13th... Status Hasnt changed in 2 days...
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I see someone already bought one from a BB. They have pictures of the box.

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Initial impressions:

In comparison to the Toshiba HD-A1, the player is about an inch slimmer in height. When I took it out of the box I noticed it is noticably lighter, and doesn't have the high quality feel that the Toshiba does. The remote is the same as many other Samsung units, and again the edge goes to the Toshiba in remote feel.

I hooked it up to a Pioneer 4261 plasma, and threw in the sd-dvd version of Batman Begins. This DVD looked awesome upconverted, as good as I have seen a sd-dvd look on any HDTV. Right on par with the Toshiba, if not a little bit better. I have them stacked on top of eachother, so I will do some more direct comparisons when I have time.

I opened up The Fifth Element BD and put it in, and the player spit it back out saying "Unable to Read Disc." I tried about 3 times to put the disc back in, and each time with the same result. I will open up another disc later to find out if it's just a defective disc. Next I tried Terminator. The load time from disc insertion to playback is ~ 25-30 seconds. A bit faster than the Toshiba player. The main difference is the Samsung actually takes a break between the announcement of copyright laws and the start of the movie. There is an hourglass that appears in the center of the screen to let you know the movie is loading.

example:
disc insertion > progress meter on screen for about 10 seconds > hour glass in center of screen for another 10 seconds > disc menu appears.

press play movie > copyright screens appear > hour glass appears on screen for about 10 seconds > movie begins playing. Overall it is much faster than the Toshiba, but there is still a noticable difference between it and a regular DVD player.

Back to PQ, Terminator looks AMAZING. I can honestly say from what I have seen, this is as close to a film reproduction on home media as I have ever seen. No macroblocking, compression artifacts, nothing. I put House of Flying Daggers in next, and while it looks very good, Terminator was straight up amazing.

An my internet access is limited here at work, the best pictures I can provide are from my Motorola Q cell phone. PM me a cell number and I'll happily send you some picture messages that you can upload here until I get home.
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You don't believe him? The guy offered anyone in his area can PM him and go over and check it out. You will see lots of pics shortly because these players have arrived. HD-DVD RIP

Perfect timing, someone just posted pics of the Samsung Blu-Ray player and he purchased it in ARKANSAS no less. There will be no false beta release (limited players for testing by consumer) that Toshiba and HD-DVD gave the consumers. We plan to give you the hardware and software this new format deserves. Enjoy!
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I'll never understand these threads, the "I got it, I'll post more later" variety. :rolleyes:

If you have time to log-on and post a message and/or pictures, then you certainly have time to give initial first impressions, if even only a few sentences on the video quality and how the player is working in terms of speed, remote, etc.
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Esox50,
Looks like he WAS posting as you were writing. ;)
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Back to PQ, Terminator looks AMAZING. I can honestly say from what I have seen, this is as close to a film reproduction on home media as I have ever seen. No macroblocking, compression artifacts, nothing. I put House of Flying Daggers in next, and while it looks very good, Terminator was straight up amazing.
Im surprised at this as Terminator is a 20 year old plus movie. Id expect House of Flying Daggers to look better. What is your setup? Have you gotten The Fifth Element to work? I wonder if its a disc issue?
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Back to PQ, Terminator looks AMAZING. I can honestly say from what I have seen, this is as close to a film reproduction on home media as I have ever seen. No macroblocking, compression artifacts, nothing. I put House of Flying Daggers in next, and while it looks very good, Terminator was straight up amazing.
Sounds like MPEG2 isn't too shabby. Also curious as the DVD of Terminator isn't reference quality. Sounds like the film elements looked much better than the SD DVD mastering would have implied.

Have you seen HD DVD in action? Does it compare favorably to VC1 titles in PQ (apples and oranges given different title selections, but just a rough idea).

TELL US MORE!!!!

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Esox50,
Looks like he WAS posting as you were writing. ;)
Thanks, I deleted the post as it is no longer relevent.
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Perfect timing, someone just posted pics of the Samsung Blu-Ray player and he purchased it in ARKANSAS no less. There will be no false beta release (limited players for testing by consumer) that Toshiba and HD-DVD gave the consumers. We plan to give you the hardware and software this new format deserves. Enjoy!
Did you miss the part where Fifth Element failed to load three times?
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Termiantor broadcasted HD version Looked amazing too so i kinda expected that..

89+ Blu-ray Disc ;)
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The fact that anyone has a player and movie almost a week before the launch should be enough for breaking news around here! Now we know to check back for updates
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Damn here comes a very long thread.

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Termiantor broadcasted HD version Looked amazing too so i kinda expected that..
Amazing for Terminator as a 20 year old movie? or amazing by HD standards? Generally older movies just do not look as good...
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Amazing for Terminator as a 20 year old movie? or amazing by HD standards? Generally older movies just do not look as good...
Both... while not as sharp as 2000+ release (so far on HD DVD i mean like Training Day, U571 and Riddick) the picture looked prestine with superb color, almost no print damaged and the detail was really there.. (Talking about the TV HD version here not BR version not to make wrong assumption that i have a br player)

Althought the section with Arnold as a Mechanic Puppet was more laughfable than it was already, it really stood out...

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Did you miss the part where Fifth Element failed to load three times?
We could be beta-testing software...

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1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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Problems are going to occur with BD and HD DVD. It happens. I just hope they both get better and cheaper!
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Viva la Blu Ray! Viva la Blu Ray!
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Perfect timing, someone just posted pics of the Samsung Blu-Ray player and he purchased it in ARKANSAS no less. There will be no false beta release (limited players for testing by consumer) that Toshiba and HD-DVD gave the consumers. We plan to give you the hardware and software this new format deserves. Enjoy!

"False beta release?" My HD-DVD had one problem because of a bad disc. And one hesitation on another. all 10 titles, that I watched multiple times were perfect. Sure some people had problems, and got lemons, it's bound to happen. The firmware fixed most issues for others.

So far, both people who picked up the Samsungs have reported problems, like the disc not playing and the other saying it didn't start up the first time. Don't think for a second these players are going to be perfect, as we're already seeing.

I just hope both formats continue to iron out the quirks so we can do deeper and more fair comparisons...and oh yeah, so we can have the best picture and sound possible for our HD displays and receivers. :D

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David,

phansson reported he had a lockup with his, add that to the 3 failed disc loads and I don’t see anything that screams 100% bug free operation.

Listen I’m glad Blu-ray’s here, it means the end is that much closer but if you have any preconceptions that Blu-ray wont suffer some of the same or similar problems HD-DVD had, then well… I really don’t know how to reply to the beta comment.
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Back to PQ, Terminator looks AMAZING. I can honestly say from what I have seen, this is as close to a film reproduction on home media as I have ever seen. No macroblocking, compression artifacts, nothing. I put House of Flying Daggers in next, and while it looks very good, Terminator was straight up amazing.

Wow! This is terrific!!! :)

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