Originally Posted by Rob Zuber
It's garbage posts like this that have dragged these forums down into the toilet. Why didn't you mention that the movie got a 7 out of 10 from Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity? Why didn't you mention any of these recent
HD-DVD releases that received a 4 out of 10 from at least one review site?
Army of Darkness
Well, this got ugly fast. Let me try and pull this back out of the toilet.
BD is my God I shall have no others (chorus). Is it working?
David already answered the question "Why Talladega Nights?" But let me hit it home again. This is the disc that 500,000 families will be getting with their PS3. Shouldn't Sony have gotten it right? How was their execution compared to Microsoft bundling King Kong on HD-DVD with the Add-on?
Talladega Nights 2006 2 out of 5 from Highdef 3.5 out of 5 from Secrets
b2b already provided a clip from this one...but here's the full reviewhttp://bluray.highdefdigest.com/talladeganights.html
here's what Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelityhttp://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...0Ricky%20BobbyThis is the third BD-50 release from Columbia, and it reminded me a lot of Click!. The image looks good for the most part, but I couldn't help but feel like something was missing in both dimension and detail.
The image frequently looks a bit flat and veiled. Colors are great and contrast is solid, but the three dimensionality of better high definition transfers is just not there. Since I didn't see this one in the theaters, it is hard to say what is intentional or not, but overall I thought a film like this would look a bit better.
The audio was also a bit of a letdown. Sony's uncompressed audio tracks have been stellar for the most part, and since this film deals with NASCAR, I was expecting some impressive sound design and dynamic range, at least in the racing scenes. While there is plenty of surround usage, dynamic range isn't really that great, and the sound design stays a bit toned down. I guess I should have expected that from a comedy though.
Let's go through your list of HD-DVD stinkers
Army of Darkness 1992 2.5 out of 5http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/armyofdarkness.html
Waist Deep 2006 4 out of 5 for PQhttp://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/waistdeep.html
Spartacus 1960 2.5 out of 5 for PQhttp://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/spartacus.html
We could go on like this forever, pitting one reviewer against another, one movie against another. I'll let the folks on this thread judge the titles you chose as examples of bad HD-DVD. I'm sure they can also figure out for themselves if VC-1 is a better codec than Mpeg2 which was standardized in 1994.
The fact remains, Sony continues to act like a company that has nothing to prove. I posted on this thread before the PS3 reviews came out that I hoped that Sony would do better with the PS3. I hoped that the PS3 would deliver great BD PQ and I hoped that Talladega Nights would be a great showcase for BD. The PS3 hardware designers did a good job, but Sony dropped the ball again with the bundled movie. They continue to behave like a company that does not show interest in competing for my business. My hope, therefore, is that HD-DVD continues to cause Sony pain so that they change their behavior and work harder to deliver better products to the paying customer.
What I don't get is all the folks who continue to make excuses for Sony.