Originally Posted by DaViD Boulet
perhaps the better way to address this question is to clarify if a 16, 20, or 24-bit Dolby True HD track (48 kHz) *could* have been authored on the King Kong HD DVD. If there's room... then great, we've just got a studio not making audiophile decisions and we need to let them know we want lossless audio (as we should get with every HD DVD or BD title... PERIOD).
If there's *not* room to accomodate the lossless track, then regardless of Universal's pattern of providing or not providing lossless, or their intentions with this particular title, that's an important consideration given the limitations of the format.
Any information you can share? Is there space on the King Kong HD DVD to accomodate a lossless audio track in Dolby TrueHD? And at what resolution?
It's so frustrating that so many of the studios producing oustanding HD DVDs seem so reluctant to provide lossless audio.
Also, please echo our sentiment to any studio contact you have to leave Dialog Normalization set to off (-31 db) for all lossless encodings. It's counterproductive to encode a bit-for-bit copy of the master and then force data-recaluclation from the output of your Dolby Decoder so you can never achieve bit-for-bit accuracy. Also, 16-bit encodes from 20 and 24 bit masters are not "lossless", they merely avoid psychoacoustic data compression artifacting. Lossless is a comprehensive term that should mean "bit for bit". Anything less than a bit-for-bit copy of that original PCM master is NOT Lossless.
Using the HD-DVD of Kong given away with the HD-DVD drive in the UK...
Total disc size in bytes is 29,939,531,776. Very close to 30,000,000,000 which in the storage world is usually the number taken to be the capacity of 30GB, which is not the binary number for 30GB...
PowerDVD reports the main soundtrack as being 1536kbps, which at 188mins run time gives 2,169,990KB or thereabouts as the number of KB for the English soundtrack in constant bitrate DD+. The main HD-DVD folder contains two large files, one 14,131,165,185 bytes, the other 14,580,510,720 bytes, giving a total of 28,711,675,905 bytes.
Ther are five non-English soundtracks that are a whopping(!) 384kbps DD+ each, short changed or what, that would amount for another 2,707,200KB. I gues you're just unlucky if you don't speak English and are into sound quality.
This disc contains no extras, and the subtitle MAP files are very small a few MB in total.
If you said a TrueHD track was 3.0Mbps average then if you chop any other languages you might fit it on. Of course if you wanted French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese people to experience even 1.5Mbps DD+ then you would appear to have a problem.
Perhaps the HD-DVD insiders can tell us how longer films with better soundtracks AND IME will pan out here.