Just remember when choosing, Universal is HD-DVD's only exclusive studio. Disney/Pixar/BuenaVista, Sony,20th Century Fox, MGM studio and some more.
Blockbuster Video has in all their stores Blu-Ray which they have fully backed.
Target doesn't sell HD DVD stand-alone players anymore in-store or online as they havr pledged their support for Blu-Ray.
The advantage of Blu-ray is in the peaks during action scenes. Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest (Considered to have the best video quality of any Blu-ray title and HD DVD title available) has an average bitrate including audio of 29.7mbps, although a lot of the bitrate is taken up by a very high quality LPCM(sound) track. The average bitrate of just the video is 19mbps and the total movie size on the disc is 33GB. The advantage Disney has in the encode is with the peaks, which regularly peak near Blu-ray's maximum bitrate allowing more clarity during action scenes. Disney with Pirates DMC used up the majority of the 50GB available and left a second disc for the extras. The end result is a movie whose size and bitrate surpass what is possible on HD DVD every time. HD DVD fans will say, but you cannot see the difference. Well I can see the difference comparing screenshots of the Blu-ray and HD DVD versions of Flags of our Fathers and We Were Soldiers (http://www.mbmg.de/hd-discs/wewereso...detail_2x.html
) The encoders at Disney can obviously notice the difference when they encoded Pirates, giving it more bits during action scenes. I want my movie to be in the highest quality possible and Blu-ray offers that. HD DVD is a compromise.http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...006023,00.html
Gordon Ho is executive vice president (worldwide marketing & product management) for Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Disney).
"We believe so and have put our support with Blu-ray at this time and that's because largely it has the better specifications. It can deliver a better picture because of the bit rate, beyond the fact that the disc has more capacity. So there's two different discs - Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Blu-ray, the dual layer, holds 50 gigabytes of data. The dual layer HD-DVD holds 30. So when you want the best picture, would you rather have 50 gigabytes of information or 30?
"So we found this meant Blu-ray had the room for the best picture and sound. The other thing it has is what we call a peak bit rate. What this is is how much data can you send over a pipe in a given second. Blu-ray can send 40Gb of information per second. HD-DVD can only do 29. So when you have an action scene and you have all this information on the screen - you've got fire, you've got people running about - you need to use so much bit rate. You have all this stuff happening and you suddenly need all this information to be sent through. Blu-ray has less limitations, so that's another benefit. It has space and it has space in the pipes.
....So we think over time Blu-ray will emerge as the single format. And we think that's best for consumers. Consumers have said that, too.