drum roll..."Thanks for order. I confirmed your payment. We will ship it today."
Looks like it's on! Now, I will have Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, but I do not have a gigantic catalog of titles. Currently I have Training Day, Eight Below, The Great Raid, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Black Hawk Down on Blu-Ray. I think my HD-DVD player is coming with Batman Begins and Caddyshack (not exactly a reference title, but a must have nonetheless). I'll see if I can have Netflix send a few more HD-DVD titles while I'm gone.
I also have a TiVo S3 with Time Warner Cable, and I have a Panasonic S77 upconverting DVD player (again, no huge library of titles). No HTPC, ain't gonna be no 1:1 pixel mapping stuff going on, so don't even ask.
I do have one rule, though. There will be NO "Fifth Element". I can't stand the movie and I'm so sick of the screenshots of it that I'd rather jab the remote in my eye than watch it.
I don't have light meters, calibration software, etc...all I have is DVE, and I'm not even good with that. But the Epsons are supposed to be pretty darn close out of the box. I won't measure anything except viewing distance.
This will be a real world shootout, no "golden eye" crap. No magic cables, etc... Can the regular guy see a difference between these two on regular guy equipment? That's the question. I don't care about anybody's theories and fancy math as to what should look like what.
So we'll see what I can do next weekend. I apologize for my ill-timed vacation, but who knew I'd actually be able to score a TW1000 on its release day?