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Really blows they are not releasing the HD DVD format until 3 weeks after the BR.
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WOOHOO! this was one i was waiting for. Can't wait till April. I won't go purple till may or june, unless there is a killer deal on a ps3 in the time being.

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Bah, **** Warner. Whats the point of delaying the HD version.
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I'm looking forward to this title as well. I just hope Warner doesn't cripple the HD DVD in either audio or video compared to the Blu-ray version.

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I'll be buying the HD DVD.

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Bah, **** Warner. Whats the point of delaying the HD version.

Just to drive that knife a little bit deeper into the collective back of HD DVD, its supporters, and consumers.

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I'll be buying the HD DVD.

Same here. It's the last Warner title I will be buying until they come to their senses or they release all 8 HP movies in HD.

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Bah, **** Warner. Whats the point of delaying the HD version.


Likely in their contract to go Blu.

Or maybe they want to "do the right thing" for us consumers by stering us to the BD format?

You know, the same way they steered us toward the HD DVD format with exclusives like "The Matrix", "Batman Begins", etc. And exclusive extras like the "300" bluescreen, or HD DVD exclusive lossless audio tracks.

I'm sure they only have the best intentions for the consumer at heart, and their decision to delay HD DVD releases has nothing to do with being bought.
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Sweet!!!

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They can keep it.

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I'm looking forward to this title as well. I just hope Warner doesn't cripple the HD DVD in either audio or video compared to the Blu-ray version.

My thoughts exactly. I will get the HD DVD version unless they pull some crap like that.
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If the HDM movies get a TrueHD track I'll hold off and get the HD DVD as i can't take advantage of Lossless audio on my PS3.

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Bah, **** Warner. Whats the point of delaying the HD version.

Here is the answer, as stated today by a BD insider:

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Warner's reason for going exclusive Blu-ray is to try to accelerate adoption of high-def media. The strategy of delaying HD DVD releases relative to DVD and Blu-ray provides additional incentive for consumers to jump on-board (and presumably for current HD DVD owners to transition to Blu-ray sooner rather than later).


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I'm looking forward to this title as well. I just hope Warner doesn't cripple the HD DVD in either audio or video compared to the Blu-ray version.

Well Warner will probably do the same encode for both to save money. (Which wouldn't be good for the BD release per se)
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Here is the answer, as stated today by a BD insider in his forum:

Unfortunately, Warner stated the economy as the reason for exclusivity to Blu-ray. So who (and what) are you to believe?

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Unfortunately, Warner stated the economy as the reason for exclusivity to Blu-ray. So who (and what) are you to believe?

It doesn't matter what I believe. The user which I answered to asked about the reason why Warner delays titles of one particular format. Now Talkstraight posted the answer in the insiders thread.

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Unfortunately, Warner stated the economy as the reason for exclusivity to Blu-ray. So who (and what) are you to believe?



http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsr...700383,00.html

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In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros. Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year...

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"The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most importantly, consumers."

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Everyone knows big $$$ was the real reason...

http://gizmodo.com/344680/the-real-r...r-went-blu+ray
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PIttsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Don Lindich reports a dirty bit about Warner's defection to Blu-ray that we had uncovered in our own reporting of the format war at CES, and which we had confirmed through a different source (except for the payouts), though were holding close to our chest while we worked some other angles. Warner actually wanted to go HD DVD. They gave Toshiba the chance to bring another studio into the HD DVD camp before they turned Blu. Fox was lined up, and told the HD DVD camp it was going to switch to HD DVD, which would've also turned Warner exclusively HD DVD. At the last possible minute, it nixed the deal.

Lindich says it's because Fox received a reported $120 million payout from Sony to stay Blu-rayWarner then switched and received between $400 and $500 million for its defection. BW says it's closer to $400 million. In our phone call with Warner Kevin Tsujihara said it wasn't a bidding war that brought them overthat's true, in the words of Ben Kenobi, from a certain point of view.


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Everyone knows big $$$ was the real reason...

http://gizmodo.com/344680/the-real-r...r-went-blu+ray

You must be new here. Here in the HD DVD forum what companies say in press releases is gospel (refer to posts refering to the Paramount switch if you doubt it.)
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Unfortunately, Warner stated the economy as the reason for exclusivity to Blu-ray. So who (and what) are you to believe?

It could be that if we (the U.S) are sliding into a recession then the studios will likely be dealing with a pullback of consumers buying fewer movies regardless of format and since HD media has a price premium over standard def DVD it may be hardest hit.
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Here's an article regarding the film I read today that was appropriate in my case, you all might get a kick out of it (spoiler alert!):

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html
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Here in the HD DVD forum what companies say in press releases is gospel

Yeah right... A press release is issued to cover-up all that the Warner execs had previous said. I'm glad your gospel comes so easily to you. I've got prime beach front property in Az I'll be willing to sell you, and I'll issue a press release so you know it's legit.

Straight from Warner themselves:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22545995
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"But the thing that we saw in the fourth quarter ... was gas prices beginning to affect sales. And since we're considered an impulse purchase, it's beginning to impact us," he said.

Tsujihara said the company needed to quickly erase consumer and retailer confusion over dueling DVD formats before economic conditions deteriorated.

You can read here for a whole lot more:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=974095

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Bah, **** Warner. Whats the point of delaying the HD version.

Man at least you guys are getting the movie. Look at we had to go through when Paramount switched. We lost out on Transformers.
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I don't know and don't care how this thread degenerated into this quibbling.
What I am curious about is what the Special features are going to be. Normally these studio write the content months in advance, it will be interesting to see what was done. IF Warn-a did their standard job of HD extras or if they left it planjane, that is the question.
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I'm looking forward to this title as well. I just hope Warner doesn't cripple the HD DVD in either audio or video compared to the Blu-ray version.

may be they will cut the last 10 minutes to really stick it to us HD DVD owners in their last fwe weeks.

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I can't wait for this movie! I hope it was cool web enabled features
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Unfortunately, Warner stated the economy as the reason for exclusivity to Blu-ray. So who (and what) are you to believe?

Hahahahahah that's the funniest thing I have heard yet in this format war next to HD DVD is dead 10 times a year.

So let me get this straight. According to Warner:

1) BD is superior yet they pick the format that can't do all the features of Batman, Matrix etc etc

2) The economy is the reason for siding with BD yet they pick the format that costs more to make not to mention WAAAY overpriced obsolete stand alone players.


..and my favorite:

3) HD DVD is dead yet they delay the release of HD DVD titles 3 weeks after BD to "encourage" people to buy BD? Obviously whoever is responsible for this decision KNOWS that HD DVD is in fact not dead and is still a threat.

To quote Al Pacino from the HD DVD "Scent of a Woman" "What a crock of $#@!"
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Well, I, for one, am glad to hear that "I Am Legend" is coming to HD DVD.

I said in my open letter to Warner that I hoped they released it before their final farewell, and since they are obliging, I am buying.
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Well, I, for one, am glad to hear that "I Am Legend" is coming to HD DVD.

I said in my open letter to Warner that I hoped they released it before their final farewell, and since they are obliging, I am buying.

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Man at least you guys are getting the movie. Look at we had to go through when Paramount switched. We lost out on Transformers.

I'd have to agree with this, although I'm guessing that Warner is continuing to release on HD DVD to meet contractual obligations whereas Paramount had no such obligations.

Either way, I don't mind waiting a few extra weeks for this one.
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