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Old 26-09-2008, 15:55   #61
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The display could have had all the processing switched on.
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Old 26-09-2008, 15:59   #62
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It was a single display attached to a standalone player. The shop was a 'high end' hifi shop not one of your retail multiples.
Is that your only experience of HD then? How was it connected, what was it playing and what was the player/tv? Something seriously wrong if that wasn't impressive.
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It was a single display attached to a standalone player. The shop was a 'high end' hifi shop not one of your retail multiples.
Oh right, I was just pointing out the amusing laziness/incompetence of many electrical shops.
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Is that your only experience of HD then? How was it connected, what was it playing and what was the player/tv? Something seriously wrong if that wasn't impressive.
HDMI, The Dark Knight HD DVD, Toshiba/Sony Bravia. Look just because it didn't blow me away doesn't mean it wasn't set up properly. I can understand the likes of Currys et all not setting stuff up properly but this was a independant retailer who takes a lot of care and pride in setting things up properly. It's his livelihood afterall.

I don't think the additional improvement in PQ is enough to want to buy into BD, DVD does the job for me for the time being and a lot of people I know think the same.
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But you originally implied it was only marginally better than a DVD on a 32 or 47".. I was just disputing that, 'tis all. 32 perhaps but 47"? That's a big screen and should look a hell of a lot better.
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The Dark Knight HD DVD
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I smell something...

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The first one starring Christian Bale, whatever it was called, I watched the scene where he's in prison and is visited by Ras-Al- Ghul.


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OK I see where I've gone wrong, it was Batman Begins I found it was such a snorfest when i went to see it so you can't blame me if the title hasn't registered.

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Old 26-09-2008, 19:55   #69
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The first one starring Christian Bale, whatever it was called, I watched the scene where he's in prison and is visited by Ras-Al- Ghul.


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OK I see where I've gone wrong, it was Batman Begins I found it was such a snorfest when i went to see it so you can't blame me if the title hasn't registered.
Hehe, I knew what you meant.
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But you originally implied it was only marginally better than a DVD on a 32 or 47".. I was just disputing that, 'tis all. 32 perhaps but 47"? That's a big screen and should look a hell of a lot better.
Perhaps I should rephrase what I said. It was a good picture, a bloody good picture but I wasn't blown away with it and I still think DVD is good enough.

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This sort of thing won't help matters:

Paramount Home Entertainment has recalled early shipments of the US Blu-ray edition of Iron Man, following reports that the disc locks up certain players. The disc is due to go on sale on September 30, but some web retailers have already received stock and shipped them to customers. We've had a copy at HCC for a couple of days now, and can confirm that the disc locked up while loading on a Samsung BD-P1000 and Pioneer LX-70A. However, it worked fine on a PlayStation3 and Yamaha BD-S2900.

The company claims that the authoring problem causing this only affects certain discs, but has put a full recall into effect, with US distributors being given directions to send back all product. It also promises that replacement discs will be shipped to retailers in time to meet the release date. Hopefully, this speedy turnaround means that the UK won't suffer a similar problem when Iron Man hits Blu-ray over here on October 27.

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/node/8637
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Okay. But to be fair, DVD was still going through teething trouble a good couple of years into its life. I remember sending a DVD player back (which I'd had for less than a day!) because it wouldn't play The Matrix. Damn that White Rabbit.
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I think we are going to see DVD's for a while yet. I would say that the majority of the public will only buy blu-ray when they go into a shop to buy a DVD and it's their only choice or they start seeing more blu-rays appearing and competing with DVD's.

I have AppleTV and SKYHD and whilst their HD material is good HD from an HD-DVD or Blu-ray is better, but when I am only watching on a 32" TV it's not a dramatic difference.

I do think HD content will become the norm, but I think it will be a mix of download material and discs and will need to be pushed and advertised hard. A few of my friends who have PS3's and HD tv's hardly ever buy Blu-Ray discs because of the price, they like there 3 for Ł20 offers and don't see value for money on blu-ray when their TV's arent big enough to show the difference.

Me on the other hand....want it all lol!
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HD discs came out far too soon. Most people still see DVD as something new and are not going to switch to a new format. Warner Bros recently expressed disppointment that Play Station owners only bought 3 discs a year. What did they expect? There's no point fighting old battles but anyone could have seen that it was mistake to rely on game players to quick-start the market. Another problem is that HD is not a huge leap in quality and, given the extra expence, it may never become a mass market product.
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Ive started to find, that as a Platstation 3 owner its reliability is faultless. It plays every disk (region free or region b) you throw at it, load up times are the shortest ive experienced. Plus, frequent firmware updates will keep it on top of the pile.
Ive only got 1 game to play on it, and i bought that 2nd hand. But I do have over 100 blu rays now.

As for quality, so far ive only come across a handful of disks that I'd regard as poor quality. And even then they are better than the sd dvd version. The rest are excellent

One day, we will see blu ray exclusive releases. This will happen when they want it to.
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What would help is some tempting titles - I had a wander around Blockbuster this morning and the shelves are full of stuff like Cloverfield, AVP, 10,000BC and Cloverfield and the like - all good rentals, I suppose, but I wouldnt buy any of those on DVD, never mind the BD prices.
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Paramount missed an opportunity to boost Bluray by not releasing all 4 Indy Jones films.

I suppose they want to wait until higher sales are guaranteed.

Chicken and egg

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Paramount missed an opportunity to boost Bluray by not releasing all 4 Indy Jones films.

I suppose they want to wait until higher sales are guaranteed.

Chicken and egg
5% of the market? It's not worth George Lucas getting out of bed for.
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Its said that 2009 will be the big push, but I must admit that there are quite a few coming before then. This time last year, iirc there were about 35-45 titles up for pre order between Sept and Dec. at play.com. This year, roughly 200+ different titles coming, and Im pretty sure there will be more coming during that time.
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Paramount missed an opportunity to boost Bluray by not releasing all 4 Indy Jones films.
Exactly. I very much doubt I'll be buying KotCS on blu ray for fear that a quadset could be right round the corner.

Also, do Paramount region code their titles? Would like to finally see ToD in all its uncut glory.
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