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post #31 of 240
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Originally Posted by DonnerHead View Post

I just noticed on the xploited site that 1, it was out of stock bummer, and 2 it said 1:85 aspect ratio for the HD-DVD. I thought the original was 2:35? Is the HD-DVD 2:35 and this is a typo?

Yes, Xploited Cinema has a typo on the specs, the HD-DVD is 2.35:1.
post #32 of 240
I bought two copies from HMV.co.uk, one to own and one to sell on the site we aren't really allowed to mention.

And they'll release the whole set of Harry Potters when Order of the Phoenix comes out. Well atleast that is what they should do.
post #33 of 240
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Originally Posted by Robert George View Post

Hmmm, what better way to help promote HD DVD, or even Blu-ray for that matter. Put the SD DVD on moratorium and make the movies available only on HD.

Actually, I thoiught about this possibility as WHY they delayed HP on HD DVD. Putting the SD HP on moratorium and then releasing it ONLY on HD will cause some hype and interest and may actually promote the format. However, I dismissed that as unlikely. I still feel the most likely reason has to do with getting the BD version ready.
post #34 of 240
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Originally Posted by ricwhite View Post

I still feel the most likely reason has to do with getting the BD version ready.

I would like to think that's not even a consideration. I'm hoping Harry Potter becomes one of the HD DVD-only Warner titles...
post #35 of 240
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Originally Posted by Robert George View Post

I doubt the discs are pressed, except maybe Harry Potter. Circumstantial evidence indicates Warner had pressed HP for the US but then decided to not release it right away (for whatever reason). To mitigate their loss on the discs, they decided on a European release and just sent the US discs over there. Kinda weird, but this IS HD DVD after all .

The Matrix is finished as far as authoring and compression, but that release was delayed to allow time for the two sequels to be finished as Warner decided to release these as a set. I am told to expect the set 1st Q '07 (maybe early 1st Q).

Warner is really disappointing me. They switched from HD DVD only to HD DVD partial and now to format neutral like Paramount. Seriously, how much is Sony paying studios to go neutral? Do they have no backbone? HD DVD is treating Warner way better than BD is in terms of software sales, it makes no bloody sense without Sony shelling out dough.
post #36 of 240
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Originally Posted by phisch View Post

I believe the next HP movie is being released in June of next year. Perhaps they are waiting to release GOF until then for marketing and promotional reasons.

My guess as well...

Cjplay.
post #37 of 240
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Originally Posted by GeorgeLV View Post

Yes, Xploited Cinema has a typo on the specs, the HD-DVD is 2.35:1.

The master said 2.40. I didn't bust out a ruler, though. Can you verify either way?

Cjplay.
post #38 of 240
There is one more line of evidence that Warner is putting the brakes on HD DVD in order to catch up Blu-ray. At www.thedigitalbits.com, Bill Hunt reported:

Meanwhile, Warner has informed me that the studio is committed to catching up with their Blu-ray Disc releases in 2007, so that all previously released HD-DVD titles will be available on Blu-ray as well, and future titles will be released on both formats simultaneously.

So, Warner could be "holding" Harry Potter until more BD titles are released OR they could be holding it until the BD version is done. Either way, it appears the reason we haven't seen it yet is because of Warner's commitment to BD.
post #39 of 240
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Originally Posted by Cjplay View Post

The master said 2.40. I didn't bust out a ruler, though. Can you verify either way?

Cjplay.

CJ,

2.40:1 is indeed the OAR for the film.

Any word on why Bill Hunt is attempting to spear HD DVD to the ground with some Warner rumors?

Also, AFAYK, will Warner continue to slow its release schedule until it achieves release parity or is this simply a lull between generational storms?

If you can't really answer those, I appreciate anything that you can give.
post #40 of 240
I can't find the quote now, but Warner executives said previously that they are "neutral" in the high-def wars and they do not favor one over the other. Since HD DVD got a head start on BD, I think they feel (or have been pressured) to slow the flow of HD DVDs and increase the output of BD. This latest statement seems to support this.

So, I conclude that the reason why HPGOF is being "held" is because of their effort at parity. They are waiting for the BD version to be completed. I do believe that HPGOF is pressed, boxed and sitting in warehouses right now.

I have talked to some Blu-ray supporters who are very happy about this. Some are even laughing at HD DVD supporters. It is not the consumer who is deciding which formats is better supported, it is actually the studios. The studios are artificially slowing HD DVD releases in order to allow BD to catch up.

It wouldn't surprise me if they also limit the number of prints per title in order to force parity between the formats. In other words, they are doing whatever they can so BOTH formats survive and there is no hint of any favoritism.

Because of these efforts, I would predict that the number of BD titles and sales will begin to equalize with HD DVD over the next year. This equalization is by design from the studios themselves.
post #41 of 240
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Originally Posted by ricwhite View Post

Because of these efforts, I would predict that the number of BD titles and sales will begin to equalize with HD DVD over the next year. This equalization is by design from the studios themselves.

I agree that they are attempting to be "fair" to each side. That is unfortunate as all studios don't feel that way (Disney, Fox, , LG, Sony, (Universal)).

I think its a dumb move, but I don't think it will equalize sales. Having simultaneous releases will not change the fact BD players are way to expensive to be more than a niche product. If the A2 is priced at 299.99, BD's house of cards will fall. The studios won't be so impartial then...
post #42 of 240
If there's any truth to this throttling then shame on you Warner. It would be much more appropriate to PULL Blu-ray support now...not increase it!! And certainly not slow HD DVD just to play "fair"...some war...playing "fair"... Warner should be doing its part to help HD DVD kick Blu-ray when it's down...
post #43 of 240
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Originally Posted by phisch View Post

I believe the next HP movie is being released in June of next year. Perhaps they are waiting to release GOF until then for marketing and promotional reasons.

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Originally Posted by Cjplay View Post

My guess as well...

Cjplay.

Well I ordered mine from amazon UK. This way I can get a film I want (which I've heard is following the great trend of having great PQ, TrueHD, and IME) while continuing to support HD-DVD. I don't care if it's a European sale or an American sale, as long as it continues to prove that HD-DVD units are moving. I'm looking forward to this one!
post #44 of 240
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Originally Posted by ILJG View Post

Well I ordered mine from amazon UK.

Just now? If you're a US or Canadian buyer, xploited cinema should be the best deal by far. $36.95 + priority mail shipping (my shipping came to $5, but I ordered the Running Scared HD-DVD as well) is much less than £25.99 + £3.08 airmail shipping (about $57). Plus, it arrives in 3 days vs. 6-8 days. I know it's not exactly the kind of site you'd usually buy a family friendly film from, but they are reputable and are providing a great service for import hd-dvds.

edit- forgot that Americans don't pay VAT, so it should be £21.44 + airmail. Still, it's going to be more expensive.
post #45 of 240
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Originally Posted by homerx View Post

Great, ill have to import it.
Hope to see the first 3 soon as well, ill import the first one for sure as the UKs got the right title. (Philoshphers stone, why the US gets a different version, scences are diffrent to, I've got the region 2 DVD too)

I'm with you there. I imported the books just for that reason. No 'Stupid American' edition for me.
post #46 of 240
The AmazonUK price went up . When I ordered it, I paid 16.59 (pounds), and now it is 25.99 . Ouch! Must be the demand.
post #47 of 240
Did an unusual comparison this evening. I was curious if there would be any improvement on a plain jane 480i tv. Played the standard def dvd of Goblet of Fire....then the HD-DVD. Both were set the same way; 480i.

Noticeable differences! It's like someone just cleaned my TV screen with Windex when watching the HD-DVD. Just a cleaner more tight image. Everything on screen looks solid where the sd dvd has that shimmering look in background scenes and much much noisier picture.

I know firsthand the visible difference on a HD monitor but was surprised the amount of improvement even watching on a very basic bedroom TV. Cool.

You guys who are wanting this should get it now. Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire in HD-DVD looks and sounds tremendous.
post #48 of 240
I recently got an HD DVR from my cable company that can down convert HD channels to 480i for display on my little bedroom tv. My tv might not be able to show the extra resolution, but everything else, the color, sharpness, clarity et al are much better with HD channels. I think it's motivated me to bring my A1 up from my main viewing room just to check out what it looks like on a 27" sd tv.
post #49 of 240
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Originally Posted by rr6966 View Post

The AmazonUK price went up . When I ordered it, I paid 16.59 (pounds), and now it is 25.99 . Ouch! Must be the demand.

They might sell out sooner. Even with this price.
post #50 of 240
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Originally Posted by Tim Glover View Post

You guys who are wanting this should get it now. Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire in HD-DVD looks and sounds tremendous.

Agreed, well worth the extra $$$ to get this from the U.K.
post #51 of 240
crap I don't wan' to pay that much for a movie 37.00 but it's HP might have to fall on my sword and bite the bullet. I just knew we would have this for X-mas

anyone got a url for the HPGOF from Xploited Cinema
post #52 of 240
http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/ha...e-p-10796.html

It's out of stock unfortunately. Though with the speed of the guys shipping, if he does in fact get more in on the 20th you should still be able to get it before the 25th.
post #53 of 240
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Originally Posted by Capek View Post

http://xploitedcinema.com/catalog/ha...e-p-10796.html

It's out of stock unfortunately. Though with the speed of the guys shipping, if he does in fact get more in on the 20th you should still be able to get it before the 25th.

thanks, can you still place an order (back order) or do you have to wait until it's in stock to order????
post #54 of 240
Ya, you can place the order now so that you'll have your place in line, and you won't be charged until your order ships.
post #55 of 240
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Originally Posted by Gekkou View Post

I'm with you there. I imported the books just for that reason. No 'Stupid American' edition for me.


Agreed. I've imported the UK edition of the books and I purchased the first film on DVD from Canada (still R1, but uses the proper title and dialog). It's a minor thing, but I prefer it as originally intended.
post #56 of 240
I got mine delivered from Amazon UK today.

WOW!!

I think it's criminal that this title isn't released in the US. I think I have a new reference disc. Like Batman Begins, it has amazing PQ, but not as "dark," obviously as the movie has a different style. You should see the detail when they're pulling the names out of the goblet. In fact, anything that happens inside at Hogwarts is spectacularly detailed. The only soft stuff was the outdoor scenes right before the Quidditch World Cup, near the beginning of the film, just for a few minutes. To my eyes, everything else was superb.

The TrueHD soundtrack is right up there with Batman Begins. When two random wizards fly by right after they used the portkey to take them to the World Cup, I couldn't believe how subtle, yet detailed it sounded from the left surround and left speakers. Listen to the mur-people song when Harry immerses the egg and the sounds of him flying and the fighting with the dragon in the first task.

The IME was good, with the twins and all others talking. Some extra features (like interviews) were HD, some SD, but all acceptable.

Like Batman Begins, I feel this movie really shows what HD can do, a movie longer than 2.5 hours, phenomenal PQ, phenomenal SQ with a TrueHD track, IME, and some HD extras. THIS is what high def should be!

I can't recommend this title enough. It might cost a little more to import, but it's well worth it for the PQ and AQ, as well as the fact that it's a great story, and is something you can use to show your friends what the format can do.
post #57 of 240
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Originally Posted by Evangelo2 View Post

Just ordered from xploited

me too.. I live only a few miles from them so should get it in one day once mailed.
post #58 of 240
I had gotten this for 22 pounds with shipping. So i can't complain. Watched it tuesday night and it looked amazing.


As for the hd-dvd releases perhaps they are readying 1-4 on hd-dvd for a june release .

They most likely figure lots of people will be looking to buy to catch up for the 5th movie release .

Then for that holiday we see part 5 on hd-dvd .
post #59 of 240
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Originally Posted by ricwhite View Post

I very much believe that both Harry Potter and the Matrix are all finished, duplicated and sitting in boxes in a warehouse gathering dust.


Cjplay said the Matrix trilogy is still being worked on and set for some time next year
post #60 of 240
Maybe they are trying to get hd dvd a good start in other countries?

We have a sort of fan base here in the us maybe they want to be


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