Originally Posted by philnerd
That raises an interesting question. Had there been no format war, would the single HD optical disc format have also launched with almost every film being tied to exclusive hardware bundles?
I strongly doubt it. June 2006 was the launch of HDM. That was over 8 years after HDTV was launched.
Keep in mind that they were doing HD transfers of movies for DVD long before HDM came out.
You can't compare 3D BD to HDM simply because the library of existing 3D films is tiny compared to movies shot on film, all of which can be used for HDM/BD. There are less than 300 films in 3D and that is over a 55 year period.
I should have specified, I'm speaking form the perspective of the US market. As it stands right now, I can still only buy one 3D Blu-Ray at retail. But hardware bundled films include Coraline, Ice Age, Monsters/Aliens and now several IMax films (thanks LG and Warner for that one).
But we know additional 3D BDs are coming with I am sure, further announcements from Sony.
Still think its weird that Germany gets Grand Canyon so much earlier than the US and there's not even a hint of a domestic release for Clash of the Titans 3D. I mean, the US has more 3D BD players than Germany.. right??
Germany is odd. I remember a few HD DVD releases that were different or never released in the USA (??).
It is evident that WB, DA and Fox really aren't interested in retail releases while Sony is and Disney is . . . sorta. Plus those companies that are licensing IMAX films (some of them).
I remind you that we are dealing with the greediest business entities on the planet - Hollywood Studios. I can't believe anyone is truly surprised at their actions.