Blade Runner failed for me also, so I replaced it for cheap with a HDDVD off Amazon and then backed the movie up to a 25GB BD-R. Therefore if the replacement copy fails I still have the BD-R in a proper case with a cover !!
Watched Apollo 13. Had been sat on the shelf, still sealed for years. Finally opened it and watched it. Not the most eye popping HD transfer ever, but very servicable and an enjoyable movie to boot !! Disc played fine as well, although as a Universal disc shame there was no bookmark facility !
Well having replaced a number of defective WB HDVDs last year with cheap replacements through Amazon marketplace, the first of my replacements has now died !! It was Superman Returns, so the second copy of this disc that has died !! Luckily I made a BD-R backup of the movie when I first got it !! Time to start going through all the WB discs again......this is getting tedious now !!!
Disappointing film for me. Despite some great monster vs. robot action (e.g the great Hong Kong fight sequence) it was dragged down by the awful acting and dialogue. I usually love big dumb action movies but this one didn't do it for me on first viewing. There was no tension and no real drama to make me care...it was so cliche-ridden and usually this isn't a problem for me but this didn't work ! Production-wise and vfx etc. were fantastic...although I would have preferred...
I have 3 different types of players; an xbox 360 with add-on, a Toshiba HDA1 and a media centre PC using the Xbox360 add-on with Arcsoft TMT5 as the player.
Faulty Warner Bros discs will not play on any of the 3 players that I have...fact ! In many cases the disc will stop at the same point on each of the players, where the disc is bad ie at the layer change or a certain point in a film. My latest disc to go faulty is Wyatt Earp. On both the Xbox anbd the PC it stops...
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Those cheap bargains don't always work out, when you have to buy the disc again !! I went HD DVD first, loved it and still do, but my Toshiba A1 is in the loft gathering dust, and I use the Xbox add-on connected to a PC. I have all the films that I really wanted on HDDVD and am just crossing my fingers that the discs hold out !!
Finally received and opened the German disc. Popped it into the player for a quick scan through, not watched it all yet.
I think it looks nice and it certainly sounds nice. PQ-wise its not up there as being razor sharp but a pleasing image however the colours are a little more subdued and match the TV HD version that I recorded a while back. I think the DVD version had more vibrant colours. The TV version was also 16:9 rather than 2:35:1 on the BD. In fact the BD looks...