Originally Posted by Robert George
Bare bones discs, rehashed transfers, $40 a pop. Yeah, that's better.
Not all, obviously, but too many for my comfort. Also, this is more a studio issue than a format issue. If Fox were to start releasing on HD DVD, I would expect that same crap I have begun seeing on Blu-ray on HD DVD as well, and at the same price. On the other hand, if production costs were less, perhaps Fox would be more inclined to charge less for their bare bones crap. I would consider $30 crap better than $40 crap.
If Fox were HD-DVD exclusive, what makes you think they'd pass the savings on to the consumer? They did the exact same thing back when DVD was released (bare bones discs, high prices).
The characteristics of the discs being released as an aspect of the studios releasing them, not an indicator of the formats the discs belong to (with the rare exception such as no lossless audio on the King Kong HD-DVD due to space constraints).
I read the original point of this thread as calling out the people who claim neutrality when they really aren't, and that's fine as far as that goes.
However, extending that requirement to studios and everyone who owns both types of players is ridiculous. I have Coke and Pepsi products in my house because I prefer Pepsi products while I often have visitors who prefer Coke. Would you require me to be impartial to both just because I have both?