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post #91 of 204
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Originally Posted by Brian81 View Post

What's the point in stripping things down for the HD DVD (which is released later, anyways). Talk about taking things out on the customer. They're willing to throw them on the normal DVD, however.

Firstly, am I correct in stating that Warner still haven't officially released the disc specs for this title? If so, isn't it possible the notes referred to in the linked article contained errors and omissions? Probably not, I know.

Secondly, if the HD DVD disc does in fact turn out to contain fewer features than the Blu-ray disc, could it be related to capacity? E.g. the full set of features fits on a BD50 but not on an HD30, and Warner are unwilling to release a 2-disc HD DVD version.
post #92 of 204
It's almost pure speculation at this point. Are they going to turn off their Internet servers for HD DVD until BD Live comes around?
post #93 of 204
Warner should stop releasing HD DVD's TODAY, there is absolutely no point in them continuing to do so if they are going to crap on HD DVD owners. They should at least have the decency to bow out with grace but alas, that quality does not exist among corporations.
post #94 of 204
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Originally Posted by efjay View Post

Warner should stop releasing HD DVD's TODAY, there is absolutely no point in them continuing to do so if they are going to crap on HD DVD owners. They should at least have the decency to bow out with grace but alas, that quality does not exist among corporations.

I think that they would breach several contracts if they did.

End of Line
post #95 of 204
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Originally Posted by druryd View Post

Could it be Warner is afraid to release both formats at the same time? It would be quite embarrassing for the HD DVD to actually outsell the Blu ray version.
Especially after their statement that blu ray was the clear choice of consumers

Delaying the HD DVD release 3 weeks, probably ensures a majority of dual format owners will buy the Blu ray version.

So........ don't do it it then!! Giving in to corporate greed is not the way to send your feedback to them.

Let's see how many purple people out there have any cajones...
post #96 of 204
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Originally Posted by KAW 24 View Post

Firstly, am I correct in stating that Warner still haven't officially released the disc specs for this title? If so, isn't it possible the notes referred to in the linked article contained errors and omissions? Probably not, I know.

Secondly, if the HD DVD disc does in fact turn out to contain fewer features than the Blu-ray disc, could it be related to capacity? E.g. the full set of features fits on a BD50 but not on an HD30, and Warner are unwilling to release a 2-disc HD DVD version.


Extras from Warner are usually 480i/p, I think? They probably don't take up much space.
post #97 of 204
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Originally Posted by Desert Heat View Post

So........ don't do it it then!! Giving in to corporate greed is not the way to send your feedback to them.

Let's see how many purple people out there have any cajones...

It's not about cojones. It's about getting the best version of the movie. If it's the blu-ray version, so be it. That's why I have a blu-ray player.

If the hd-dvd version was superior, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. That's why it's called neutral
post #98 of 204
maybe they're testing out the "Fox" business model?
They want to see how many people will buy a barebones release at an inflated price (compared to the SD DVD, which is loaded with features).
Maybe they'll start bundling the SD DVD with the Blu-ray (at an inflated price) to appeal to people who want to watch a title in their home theatre and in their car. Just like Sony did with a few of their UMD releases (I know Ghostbusters came in a bundle option).
post #99 of 204
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Originally Posted by beerisgood View Post

Really blows they are not releasing the HD DVD format until 3 weeks after the BR.

No problem - I can wait for the HD-DVD release - and Warner can do without the HD-DVD community money for those 3 weeks . . .
post #100 of 204
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Originally Posted by efjay View Post

Warner should stop releasing HD DVD's TODAY, there is absolutely no point in them continuing to do so if they are going to crap on HD DVD owners. They should at least have the decency to bow out with grace but alas, that quality does not exist among corporations.

Actually, Warner should reconsider their decision instead of walking away from their HD-DVD customers. I really like HD-DVD and especially the combo title releases. I find them very convenient and work really well. Extra features are all well and good - but I usually force myself to watch them once, and then never look at them again - so it doesn't effect my buying decisions at all 99% of the time. Whatever titles I buy in HD-DVD format certainly will not be purchased again in Blu-Ray, assuming I ever consider getting involved in Blu-Ray which is not on the horizon at all at this time unless someone gives me a player.
post #101 of 204
Interesting. All those details about the HD-DVD being stripped down have been yanked from that web site "At Warner Brothers' request."

So does that mean the reports were erroneous, or simply that Warner doesn't want the bad publicity?
post #102 of 204
Buy some extra Universal or Paramount titles instead.
post #103 of 204
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Originally Posted by SugarBowl View Post

Buy some extra Universal or Paramount titles instead.

Absolutely - that is my intent.
post #104 of 204
Stuff it Warner!
I'll put it in my Netflix cue. If I like it, I'll buy it on the used market.
As far as waiting...I'll wait to buy a "blue" player. And wait, and wait....
Tony
post #105 of 204
I don't know if this has been brought up before, but I just had a thought. You know how some people complain that with Warner's dual-format releases, the Blu-ray's PQ certainly must have been compromised because they were lazy and used the same "lower bit-rate" encode as the HD DVD? Well, I'm a little concerned that this might be their first dual-format release where the reverse is similarly true in that the HD DVD might be lacking standard features normally found on new Warner releases like PiP IME (or dare I mention community viewing?) due to Blu-ray's limited support for those features now that Warner's priority has shifted focus to the BD release first and foremost. Anyone else suspect this could be the case here?
post #106 of 204
I was planning on getting the HD DVD version, but IF Warners have watered it down then it's the Blu one for me.
post #107 of 204
I saw this in theater... It was . Ok. I am keeping it as a rental tops.
post #108 of 204
What did the eyecrave site say? WB asked them to remove it. Is WB taking the directors cut out of the HD-DVD version?
post #109 of 204
As I remember it, the article essentially said that both HD DVD and Blu-ray discs would contain the same versions of the film, i.e. theatrical and alternate ending, but the Blu-ray disc would also contain some additional features.
post #110 of 204
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Originally Posted by Shmack View Post

Well, I, for one, am glad to hear that "I Am Legend" is coming to HD DVD.

I said in my open letter to Warner that I hoped they released it before their final farewell, and since they are obliging, I am buying.


Unless Warner purposely sabotages the HD-DVD version(who knows.It just might be a hidden part of the Warner/BluRay Consortium agreement that we won't find out about until too late....lol j/k..i hope)i seriously expect the "I Am Legend" HD-DVD to be the better version of the two HD versions,hands down.Unfortunately it's going to be a combo, which might limit extras and/or what's done with the sound quality.I have a funny feeling they are going to sacrifice any potential IME so they can fit everything else........that is,unless
the disc ends up being the first 51GB combo disc in existence.
post #111 of 204
So does this mean I can expect a gimped "Twister" without PiP commentary because of Blu Ray's inability to deliver that feature?
post #112 of 204
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Originally Posted by Sean_O View Post

So does this mean I can expect a gimped "Twister" without PiP commentary because of Blu Ray's inability to deliver that feature?

If so, they can keep it. I'll pick up the DVD for $7 for that much.
post #113 of 204
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Originally Posted by 85mics View Post

I don't know if this has been brought up before, but I just had a thought. You know how some people complain that with Warner's dual-format releases, the Blu-ray's PQ certainly must have been compromised because they were lazy and used the same "lower bit-rate" encode as the HD DVD? Well, I'm a little concerned that this might be their first dual-format release where the reverse is similarly true in that the HD DVD might be lacking standard features normally found on new Warner releases like PiP IME (or dare I mention community viewing?) due to Blu-ray's limited support for those features now that Warner's priority has shifted focus to the BD release first and foremost. Anyone else suspect this could be the case here?

Given the evidence that the most recent Warner catch-up release arrived with IME intact and the majority of New Line releases on Blu-ray include PiP features, your premise is suspect.
post #114 of 204
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Originally Posted by GeorgeLV View Post

Given the evidence that the most recent Warner catch-up release arrived with IME intact and the majority of New Line releases on Blu-ray include PiP features, your premise is suspect.

Newline seemed to be willing to the double encode idea. Warner has shied away of it and from what we heard they didn't like doing it on T3. I think you wait three months and they will just start making BD 1.1 discs.
post #115 of 204
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Originally Posted by GeorgeLV View Post

Given the evidence that the most recent Warner catch-up release arrived with IME intact and the majority of New Line releases on Blu-ray include PiP features, your premise is suspect.

I should have been more specific. Real PiP (meaning HD DVD 1.0 or Blu-ray 1.1), not a "let's use all this extra space to include an additional copy of the movie with a burned-in PiP"-PiP. Real PiP requires some additional development, which was already being done when Warner's HD DVD version came first (priority-wise, not release-wise) and simply omitted for the Blu-ray version. But if now the Blu-ray version came first without PiP or with fake PiP, what incentive would they have to go back and do the additional work to provide a true PiP feature for HD DVD? Don't get me wrong - I'm still buying the HD DVD, but I'd hate for it to be dumbed down by the Blu-ray version.
post #116 of 204
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Originally Posted by bflip1080 View Post

What did the eyecrave site say? WB asked them to remove it. Is WB taking the directors cut out of the HD-DVD version?

Here is a link to an article that talks about what was in the original story.
http://formatwarcentral.com/index.ph...-dvd-releases/
I just ran across this tonight.
Although I have both HD and Blu-ray players I usually purchase HD titles when they are available in both formats. Up until now, especially with Warner titles (oddly enough) the HD format tends to have True HD or Dolby 5.1+ where the blu-ray may only have just plain Dolby 5.1.
I also don't appreciate the fact that Warner is purposely releasing the HD format after Blu-ray.
post #117 of 204
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Originally Posted by Tes7769 View Post

Unless Warner purposely sabotages the HD-DVD version(who knows.It just might be a hidden part of the Warner/BluRay Consortium agreement that we won't find out about until too late....lol j/k..i hope)i seriously expect the "I Am Legend" HD-DVD to be the better version of the two HD versions,hands down.Unfortunately it's going to be a combo, which might limit extras and/or what's done with the sound quality.I have a funny feeling they are going to sacrifice any potential IME so they can fit everything else........that is,unless
the disc ends up being the first 51GB combo disc in existence.

The HD DVD side of a combo is 30GB, just like a non-combo.
post #118 of 204
Warner asked me to take down the info I had posted as it contained sensitive information and an error, but they would not say more. They will asked me not to post my interview with the Warner PR person that I recorded that night.
post #119 of 204
Info on I AM LEGEND is now back up. I've also posted the video interview with Warner Bros. about Q1.

It should be noted that the HD DVD and Blu-ray version will contain the same bonus material.
post #120 of 204
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Originally Posted by EyeCrave View Post

Info on I AM LEGEND is now back up. I've also posted the video interview with Warner Bros. about Q1.

It should be noted that the HD DVD and Blu-ray version will contain the same bonus material.

Cool interview, Shane...even if this Warner guy is full of crap. You should have gotten him a little more drunk so he'd tell us the real reasons they went Blu.

"We still love our HD hi-def friends." Come on!
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