Last January my 2 1/2-year old (released in mid-'07, purchased in mid-'08) Toshiba Qosmio F45 AV-423 HD-DVD notebook
took a turn for the worse when it started shutting off after 20-30 minutes of use from overheating. After a few weeks limping along I decided to take it to a local Toshiba authorized dealer to see if it could be fixed. Long story short: after several weeks without a computer (seriously flirted with buying a new notebook), approx. $500 worth of repairs/parts
(including a new 500GB drive, a new motherboard that got replaced with the original because the laptop kept crashing with the new one, new fan belts and finally a new CPU) and the loss of everything saved on the Hard Drive to a crash my Qosmio is back, working as it used to. I didn't know it would cost $500 to fix when I started; after the first $200 I doubled-down hoping for the best, and then it was too late to give up. For the $500 I spent plus a couple of extra hundred bucks I could have bought a Tosh Satellite laptop with BD playback and an iCore5 Intel chip.
On the other hand I still have a "portable" HD-DVD player to take with me on long trips and which will play a handful of discs ("Atonement," "The Host," etc.) that won't play on my HD-A20 or Xbox 360 drive. The crazy things I still do for this high-def format.
Which brings me to GALAXINA: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
(one of those discs that won't play on my other HD-DVD devices). I watched it over two days (once with commentary) hooked-up to my 47" LCD with HDMI, primarily to make sure the HD-DVD playback still worked on the Qosmio, and WOW
... this is a really, really stupid movie. It knows it's stupid, I know it's stupid, the people that made it/appear in it know its stupid... but there's something kind-of endearing about the fact these cash-strapped filmmakers had to sweat and create on the cheap their silly space SFX/sets (i.e space bird ship) circa 1980. That effort (which I appreciate more than current filmmakers relying on cheap CGI to save their flicks), the presence of familiar faces (Avery Schreiber, Dorothy Stratten looking smokin' hot as the titular robot, etc.) and the director/lead actor being semi-candid about just how stupid the movie is (plus some cool behind-the-scenes gossip about Stratten before her untimely death) made it a tolerable viewing. Picture is atrocious and vomit-inducing though, easily among the worst "HD" (notice the quotes) transfers to ever appear on HD-DVD since the master clearly wasn't cleaned or remastered for HDTV. Blacks are milky, undetailed and full of analog noise (bad original cinematography = bad PQ). Even Dorothy Stratten's numerous close-ups (the only reason this film even exists at all on home video) look soft and undetailed. Ughh!
I only mentioned the above-story about fixing the computer because, until I notch many more HD-DVD viewings on the Qosmio, theoretically I spent $500 just for the privilege of watching "Galaxina" on HD-DVD.
The only other HD-DVD I tested on the thing was "Forbidden Planet" to see if it had the same skipping moments as it did on the A20 and 360 drive (it did, which means the disc is bad).