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This could be the ultimate (for now) test for how well the Samsung DLPs really look.




LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When "Terminator" star Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered his famous movie line "I'll be back," he likely had no idea it would be in digital form.




Film studio Artisan Entertainment (news - web sites) Inc. and software giant Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled the first DVD to be released especially for digital high-definition computer and television monitors, "T2: Extreme DVD"



The two-disc DVD contains one standard DVD of hit 1991 Schwarzenegger movie, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," for playback in a normal DVD player.



The second disc, however, contains a high-definition version of the movie to be played on a computer DVD ROM drive and high-end monitors.



People who own home theater systems with the correct cabling and high-definition TV monitors, too, can view the special version of "T2."



"There are a lot of high-def capable systems out there, but not a lot of pre-recorded content to enjoy," said Randy Wells, executive brand director for Artisan Home Entertainment. "When you see a great movie on DVD in high-def ... you notice things you didn't notice before."



For years, electronics manufacturers have touted the super-sharp picture quality that high-definition monitors can bring film and TV viewers, but due to many technological and financial reasons, Hollywood has yet to deliver much content aimed for owners of "high-def" equipment.



Slowly, that is changing and the major TV networks will sometimes broadcast top-rated shows, such as professional football's Super Bowl, in high-definition.



However, the massive amounts of digital data needed to format a movie into a high-definition version had prohibited the making of high-def DVDs.



Microsoft's new Windows Media 9 software solved data compression issues, said Erin Cullen, product manager with Microsoft's Windows Digital Media division.



Cullen admitted the computer system requirement for playing the high-def DVD is high, but added that equipment prices are dropping quickly. She said in some cases a system that could play the high-def DVD can be bought for less than $1,000.



Artisan's Wells, too, said that the high-def DVD is targeted to a small market of users, but that there "truly is a viable market out there" that it is growing rapidly.



Both the high-def and standard DVDs contain additional features including 16 minutes of additional film, director James Cameron's commentary, and behind-the-scenes footage.



With a suggested retail price of $29.98, the two-disc set hits stores on June 3, about a month ahead of Schwarzenegger's new movie "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."
 
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