While purchasing The Lives Of Others
(BD) and Black Snake Moan
(HD DVD - AWEOSME movie, absolutely LOVE the story and sountrack!) at Best Buy on Thursday, the sales chick - who had been busy exchanging phone numbers with the customer in front of me - told my girlfriend and me that, "I think they voted Blu-Ray was better." So there you go - definitive proof from a flirtatious BB clerk that BD is, in fact, better - "they" voted it to be!
I was quite close to asking her to tell me what about BD made it better, but instead all that came out of my mouth was, "It's all just a bunch of marketing ********."
In all seriousness, although I own an equal number of both formats - about 25 each - I have yet to do a comparison of one title encoded in both formats. From a technical standpoint, BD does have greater storage capacity than HD DVD, but of course as others have pointed out it is questionable whether that makes a difference in the PQ and AQ of the movies. Normally when I can purchase the same title in either format, I'll normally go with HD DVD just because I know that I won't have to worry about not being able to access certain features due to which "version" of player I have. However, if I have to choose between paying more for an HD DVD combo disc or less for its BD brother, I'll always go BD. HD DVD seems to more often include DD TrueHD and DTS HD lossless tracks, but the uncompressed PCM tracks on BD can sound exceptional too.
In the end you'll be blown away with either one on a nice big screen. I chuckle when I see fanboys going back and forth about their respective camps - while they're busy arguing about inconsequential minutia I'm busy enjoying awesome movies in HD!