Originally Posted by PaulGo
Since Blu-ray has a greater disc capacity and allows higher encode rates for a two and a half hour movie such as "The Transformers" would not the picture and sound quality be better?
Haven't we been around this water hole a few thousand times? Or is the a softball for me to post the following?
A few snippets I found in a two second search on "Transfomers HD DVD review."http://www.dvdreview.com/reviews/pages/2703.shtml
"The HD-DVD version of the film that Paramount Home Entertainment is serving up here is also very impressive. The film looks breathtaking, to say the least.
Razor sharp with details that make a mockery of any standard definition television, this transfer is among the best high definition presentations I have ever seen. It flawlessly reproduces the gritty and grainy look that Michael Bay used for the military sequences,
while going for a much gentler and smoother look during moments of less action. Both styles are [b]flawlessly reproduced[b] and reveal definition that is simply beautiful to behold. Edges are sharp, shadows are deep with the solid black levels of the transfer, and the colors are every bit as vibrant as real life. Simply speaking, this is about as good as high definition transfers get
every bit as good as you would expect from a blockbuster movie such as this."
I don't think he could have used the word "flawless" more often
"Transformers is presented in a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode (2.35:1 theatrical ratio) and it is nothing short of breathtaking. Michael Bay's movies always use a color palette that is bright and occasionally oversaturated, and this disc represents that gloriously. As one would expect from a three-month old film, the print is in perfect shape. Details are as sharp as a tack, black levels are solid and the transfer is completely free of video noise, edge enhancement and compression artifacts. If I have one complaint, it would only be that a few nighttime scenes here and there are a tad on the murky side, but that is such a minor quibble in contrast to just how great this disc looks. "
As I said, I don't consider this encode perfect. But let's not pick Michael's movie as an example of HD DVD not fit for best picture quality. It is capable of that and then some given the fact that we had even more headroom with VC-1. And for sure let's not rehash tired format war arguments for the nth time. I think the forum is past that....