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It may be WAY too early to know, but I figured someone may have some information on this.

I enjoy Bollywood movies every so often, and wanted to know if any of the production companies in India have announced when or IF they are going with the next DVD format.

Does anyone know or have info?

UPDATE: It now seems that they are coming out with Blu-ray versions of Bollywood movies now!
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It may be WAY too early to know, but I figured someone may have some information on this.

I enjoy Bollywood movies every so often, and wanted to know if any of the production companies in India have announced when or IF they are going with the next DVD format.

Does anyone know or have info?

There was an announcement for EROS titles on yet another system. Sony has 2 titles which will be BR of course (Lagaan, Mission Kashmir).
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There was a news item I saw sometime back which said Sony is buying up a lot of old classics ...
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There was an announcement for EROS titles on yet another system. Sony has 2 titles which will be BR of course (Lagaan, Mission Kashmir).

Hmmm, okay! I checked on Eros Entertainment's website, and under press releases I have not seen any anouncements. I went ahead and emailed them to see if they have any answers on which format they will be supporting, if not both.

I guess this may be a good idea for all the major Bollywood dvd makers, to email them also!
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There was a news item I saw sometime back which said Sony is buying up a lot of old classics ...

I was interested in the newer Bollywood movies, which of course are still currently being made!
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I was interested in the newer Bollywood movies, which of course are still currently being made!

Yes, newer ones are much more colorful and scenic than oldies..

Some newer bollywood movies are awsome to show off your HT system!
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cool to here that. im gonna pick up one and surprise my gf. is there an eta on release?
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cool to here that. im gonna pick up one and surprise my gf. is there an eta on release?

An ETA on the release of what? Bollywood movies are already out on normal DVD, but I am trying to get information if they have decided which next generation DVD format they will support.
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I was interested in the newer Bollywood movies, which of course are still currently being made!

Sure. But I'm really looking forward to HD releases of classics since all the classic releases todate on DVD are awful.

Ofcourse the problem with Bollywood is that it is so fragmented, I don't know how it will work - whether the producer / studios (who number in dozens instead of a handful) will decide or they will just leave to their current distributor like B4U, Eros, UTV, Yash Raj or T-Series - well even those are a large number.
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The most expensive Bollywood films now have digital intermediates So the HD is coming from this source and should be very good quality. As long as this HD is used and well compressed HD discs will look very good.
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An ETA on the release of what? Bollywood movies are already out on normal DVD, but I am trying to get information if they have decided which next generation DVD format they will support.

i know bollywood's already out. she's indian and has been watching them for i dont know how long. i was askin if there was an eta on blu ray bollywood films
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i know bollywood's already out. she's indian and has been watching them for i dont know how long. i was askin if there was an eta on blu ray bollywood films

LOL, that has been MY question for this post. I am trying to find out if any Bollywood films have been anounced for Blu-Ray or HD-DVD.......and if so, when are they going to be available!
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I'd love some HD bollywood titles.

But with DVDs so typically poor in quality (ie, much lower quality than the DVD format can deliver)... I'm not hopeful for much better in HD.

1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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There was an announcement for EROS titles on yet another system. Sony has 2 titles which will be BR of course (Lagaan, Mission Kashmir).


Bollywood's going HD????

I thought I'd never see the day, considering how crappy Bollywood DVD's are to begin with.

I can't wait for Lagaan in HD, I hope that one's done right.
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Sony/Columbia released the SD DVD of lagaan so I wonder if they'll be handling it on Blu-ray?

1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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I'd love some HD bollywood titles.

But with DVDs so typically poor in quality (ie, much lower quality than the DVD format can deliver)... I'm not hopeful for much better in HD.

Well, I have some of the newer bollywood sd-dvd's that I have purchased and rented, and I would say they compare very well in quality to standard hollywood sd-dvd's that are produced here in North America. I have also seen some bollywood movies here locally in a theater, and again, they compare very well with hollywood movies produced here in North America.

The quality of the movies is there, I am just wondering when they will start releasing movies in either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray, or both.
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The quality of the movies is there, I am just wondering when they will start releasing movies in either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray, or both.

The problem comes in catalog DVDs. They are very bad - some of them seemed to be just VCD videos turned into DVDs. Most of them made basically for the PAL market and then converted to NTSC resulting in real bad motion artifacts (or so someone wrote here sometime back).

The actual film on A grade movies should be no worse than Hollywood movies. Its purely a digitizing and mastering problem.
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Yes, but those same "mastering" problems will show up in HD media as well. We've always known it wasn't the source print that was the problem...it was cheapo-mastering houses cranking out bollywood DVD titles who just don't care about PQ. Would they change their protocol with HD discs?

1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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Yes, but those same "mastering" problems will show up in HD media as well. We've always known it wasn't the source print that was the problem...it was cheapo-mastering houses cranking out bollywood DVD titles who just don't care about PQ. Would they change their protocol with HD discs?

Hardly. As I said expect good quality from films that had a DI and HD tape made from it and for the rest pray to Krishna, Lakshmi and Hanuman.
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Would they change their protocol with HD discs?

I don't know .... I can just hope that fewer people will be doing HD mastering / authoring which probably won't include absolutely cheapo bad post houses. Ofcouse if they master to 24p for both PAL and NTSC areas - that would be great too.
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good point. HD mastering might "pre filter" out lots of cheapo-mastering houses who don't really care about pq.

BTW, did you see in the PAL/24fps thread that the major BD studios have announced plans to master all titles for PAL regions in 1080p24 with no speedup?

1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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BTW, did you see in the PAL/24fps thread that the major BD studios have announced plans to master all titles for PAL regions in 1080p24 with no speedup?

Yep, thats what gives me hope for better BWood movies on HD.

I'm esp. looking forward to music discs with lossless audio
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Me too!

1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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Any updates on this from anyone?

Still looking to find out if Bollywood will be going with HD-DVD or Blu-Ray?
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Any updates on this from anyone?

Still looking to find out if Bollywood will be going with HD-DVD or Blu-Ray?

I know about 2 top films being prepared for release. Can't reveal the titles. The format decision has not yet been made. It depends on 50GB discs availability at mastering time later this year.
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Still looking to find out if Bollywood will be going with HD-DVD or Blu-Ray?

"Bollywood" isn't a studio so "Bollywood" won't go for either BD or HD DVD necessarily... there are a host of studios that can independently decide what they may do.

1080p and lossless audio. EVERY BD should have them both.
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I know about 2 top films being prepared for release. Can't reveal the titles. The format decision has not yet been made. It depends on 50GB discs availability at mastering time later this year.

Interesting. If any movies need longer play times - that would be the bollywood movies

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Any updates on this from anyone?

DVDs first appeared in the US in 1997. First Bollywood DVDs were released in 1998, IIRC. So, if history repeats itself, I'd expect some movies to start appearing next year

BTW, there are no Indian music titles in SACD/DVD-A at all (except for waterlily SACDs) ...
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Bump for this thread, any news?

Do most of the movies seem to be coming out on Blueray? That could sway my decision (current in the HD-DVD camp).
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Interesting. If any movies need longer play times - that would be the bollywood movies



DVDs first appeared in the US in 1997. First Bollywood DVDs were released in 1998, IIRC. So, if history repeats itself, I'd expect some movies to start appearing next year

BTW, there are no Indian music titles in SACD/DVD-A at all (except for waterlily SACDs) ...


India's first DVD-A release is Dhoom-2 (in 11/06).
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