EDIT: Thursday Feb 15th '07 - After this thread was posted and many, many supporters of the Hi Def formats sent letters to Warner, Warner responded with a great letter back (which is covered in this thread also) letting us know that it is not their policy to hold back any releases on either format in order to wait for the other format.
The also said they would be getting our some "thrilling" titles in April and May.
Wel, we waited eagerly, and....
SURE ENOUGH! The Matrix trilogy HAS indeed been announced for release on May 22nd!!
GREAT WORK, Everyone!!
This one really "concerns" me greatly, if true.
Over in the bluray software topic there is a new thread which seems to acknowledge that the advanced BD-J IME authoring tools are not ready for the studios yet
movie releases on Bluray are possibly giving trouble and studios may be having difficulties testing and completing them, due to a lack of actual Bluray players that can play them, since none can yet handle BD-Video or BD-Live. https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=796592
But because of all the Bluray pressure on studios like Warner (when BR fans thought they were "favouring" HD DVD) and possibly New Line, it seems they are reluctant to release the HD DVD versions of big hits like the Matrix Trilogy and Harry Potter and LOTR trilogy in the US market until the Bluray version is ready.
Capping this concern was the recent explanation of apparent policy given by Warner in response to accusations of favouritism by the Bluray camp, discussed here https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...5&page=1&pp=30
Are they concerned of being accused by the BD camp again of picking favourites in the "war"?
So here WE are, HD DVD owners, with hardly any releases right now because they are apparently being withheld by studios to wait until the Bluray versions are ready too!?
As you know, a french website DVD Drama published the release calendar of Warner in France, and it showed many BIG MOVIES that were HD DVD -only- such as Matrix, Harry Potter, etc. This definitely supports the notion that the Bluray versions are not ready yet, IMO.
A post in this other thread also indicates that the BD-J advanced authoring/testing tools may not be available to studios until the SECOND HALF of this year!? Certainly, it'll be months before BDJ 1.1 or 2.0 players are on the market.
Tell me what you think of THAT, folks?
EDIT: We have a little more information now. It seems that testing of the BDJ advanced functionality on some of these future releases is proving quite difficult, as there are no currently shipping players that can handle this functionality.
As a result, it appears that testing is having to be done on players that are complete yet, or aren't even built. This is supposedly slowing studios like Warner from being able to release the Bluray titles (per Grubert's thread) and - because they seem to be afraid to release HD DVD before Bluray - it seems therefore, to be a big factor causing the HD DVD titles to be delayed.
EDIT: A post by Paidgeek states that there ARE no such things as "authoring tools" for BDJContact Warner Now!!
I suggest that you keep it nice:
1) We love the company and appreciate the support they have given HD DVD - but we have this problem we'd like to discuss...
2) We love buying their movies
3) We are shocked and dismayed to learn that they may be holding back "key" release titles because Bluray is not yet ready - this is not fair and could hurt the HD DVD format
4) Please release these titles on HD DVD now - the format is ready for them
5) When "advanced profile" Bluray players are ready, they can test and release their Bluray versions at that time
6) The HD DVD format needs their support today and the format can handle all their advanced content - please release the movies now!Here's where to contact them, hit all three:
IF YOU get an ERROR page on either of the forms, just hit the "Retry" button on your browser.Customer Service Form
Choose "DVD / Video" from the pulldown menu.Fan Mail Form
Enter "HD DVD" as the name of your favourite star.Email Address
- [email protected]Here is the letter that supporters are sending to Warner. You can use this to contact them as it is very positive and recognizes the solid contribution they have made to datehttps://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9634620
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------OK - I've also done a poll.
Do you think that Warner should release the big hits on both formats NOW, regardless of whether BD-Video interactive stuff is ready?
Or do you think they should hold back the releases on BOTH formats until all the BD-J advanced IME BD-Video stuff is ALL sorted out?
POLL IS HERE - https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=797764
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