Originally Posted by Massimo N
I think this might be some of what we are hearing. The movie is only as good as the source and how it was shot. Not every movie is going to be as sharp and vibrant as movies as "The Fast and the Furious" or computer animation "Toy Story".
I think we'll have a different opinion once Chronos is released to showcase off the technology ... Super Vibrant, High Detail, Sharply Focused
Good point. Also, I'm not sure everyone is seeing "fair" comparisons between DVD and HD-DVD yet. Two reasons:
1. Many here are comparing the 1-3 currently available selections to what they consider their "reference" for SD-DVD quality. Remember, the first DVD's released didn't look nearly as impressive as today's releases, HD-DVD may very well be the same. Perhaps dusting off an old DVD will give HD-DVD's young technology a fairer fight.
2. Do we even know for sure that the 3 HD-DVD's currently out there were remastered from the original source? Could it be that these are just mediocre upconverts? If so, the only PQ advantage they would hold is utilization of the larger HD color space. This would certainly explain the generally lukewarm impressions I'm reading so far.
EDIT> I saw the unit at BB and was pretty impressed by the build quality. Very heavy! The remote is really slick looking to my eyes, but at the expense of function.