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Title: 3 years on from HD-DVD demise
Description: why so blue?


Andrew King - May 10, 2011 08:28 AM (GMT)
I noticed that it is now about three years since the demise of the HD-DVD format, and when a Home Video format gets around to releasing films that are on my 'must-have upgrades' list then I know it is a good thing. But HD-DVD never did release many of those kind of films (even though I must have about 100 of the things).
But it did have mpeg4 type encoding often with dual layer discs, compared to Blu-Ray's then pathetic single layer mpeg2 (i.e. needing more encoding space on less available disc space!), thus forcing the Blu meanies to up their game about a year into the format war (celebrate 'Click' as the first Blu dual-layer disc, I think - on second thoughts...).
So thank you HD-DVD for that, as I can now finally watch HD versions of many of my faves on Blu in HD quality (even if I had go half way around the world to buy the Japanese Blu-Ray of 'Suspiria' the other week in Ikebukero as the UK disc is "shite" :D as they say locally).

Miles Wood - May 10, 2011 03:57 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Andrew King @ May 10 2011, 02:28 AM)
I had go half way around the world to buy the Japanese Blu-Ray of 'Suspiria' the other week in Ikebukero as the UK disc is "shite" :D as they say locally

The Japanese disc didn't look much, if any, better to my eyes...and it lacks the commentary which I'd really like to hear. I haven't seen the UK Bluay but when I compared the screengrabs to what was on-screen coming from the Jp disc they looked pretty much the same.

Andrew King - May 10, 2011 05:37 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Miles Wood @ May 10 2011, 09:57 AM)
The Japanese disc didn't look much, if any, better to my eyes...and it lacks the commentary which I'd really like to hear. I haven't seen the UK Bluay but when I compared the screengrabs to what was on-screen coming from the Jp disc they looked pretty much the same.

Commentary and extras aside (where I usually consign them) the UK Blu-Ray of Suspiria upset me so much because of painful to watch 'contrast burns' on my Home TV which made it unacceptable by comparison with just about anything else except a SD to HD upconversion (Optimum Releasing - I'm talking about you, and not just Escape From New York!).

At home in Tokyo we spun the Japanese Blu-Ray taking in the first scenes through to the glass ceiling collapse on a new Panasonic Plasma and Blu-Ray player and it was looking astounding (any deintrerlacing being taken care of just fine), but I had to fly out before we had a chance to watch it through - but already I can see it doesn't have the problems of the disappointing UK disc, but will have to wait to do a full comparison until both discs are in the same place!

I would still welcome a USA release or otherwise to top the Japan disc. :)

Vincent Pereira - May 10, 2011 05:53 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Andrew King @ May 10 2011, 11:37 AM)

At home in Tokyo we spun the Japanese Blu-Ray taking in the first scenes through to the glass ceiling collapse on a new Panasonic Plasma and Blu-Ray player and it was looking astounding (any deintrerlacing being taken care of just fine), but I had to fly out before we had a chance to watch it through - but already I can see it doesn't have the problems of the disappointing UK disc, but will have to wait to do a full comparison until both discs are in the same place!


IMO, the first scene that looks REALLY bad on the U.K. Blu-ray is the scene in Ulga's apartment. That weird wall with the patterns on it is blown out terribly.

I'd like to pick up the Japanese Blu but I've read that it only offers the terrible Anchor Bay remix as the English soundtrack option.

Vincent

Miles Wood - May 12, 2011 01:24 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Andrew King @ May 10 2011, 11:37 AM)
I can see it doesn't have the problems of the disappointing UK disc

I guess it depends on what "problems" you are referring to. It's derived from the same HD master, though as Vincent adds it uses the AB remix for its audio while the UK release apparently sourced its audio from the laserdisc.

Julian Knott - May 12, 2011 06:35 AM (GMT)
Three years on, and there are still some titles available on HD-DVD which are inexplicably absent on Blu-ray (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, for example - doesn't Universal want to make money, or are they still too busy counting the $150m 'promotional' bonus that Toshiba paid them to go HD-DVD exclusively?)




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