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High Definition DVD Format War

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22nd August 2007 16:37  #31

Cervantes Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
Michael Bay has now retracted his 'early in the morning' comments and is back on board the HD-DVD decision, and WILL do a 'Transformers 2'.  Hell, he should have stuck by his first gut instinct about this decision...  I guess I'll have to invest in that 'combi' player now... Sad

23rd August 2007 17:15  #32

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,164
After having read various reports on this format war, I think that it seems like Microsoft see the outcome over the next 18 months as being decisive and reports are that they will be approaching the other studios (who are supporting both formats) with similar incentives as offered to Paramount/Dreamworks as a last ditch attempt to stifle sales and therefore kill off Blu-Ray.

If that's the case, and other studios do give in and take the money, it is feasible to assume that this would have a large impact on BD and Sony in general.

Can only hope the common sense prevails and the studios hold out for what will be IMO the superior format.

23rd August 2007 17:32  #33

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,171 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Dave Brock wrote: Paramount's decision has pissed off Michael Bay ("I WILL NOT DO TRANSFORMERS 2' NOW"!)

Surely a good thing?

23rd August 2007 17:56  #34

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,164
Yes. It would be but he's since seen the error of his ways, kissed arse and is backing HD DVD after seeing 300 on it and saying 'it rocks'. Surely, if it does indeed rock, then it rocks just as well on BD. Is that beside the point? I don't know.

Harry Knowles
and now....

...Michael Bay. The hallmark of excellence.

Saw Transformers yesterday and it isn't much cop to be honest. I wasn't looking for a miracle with the film but it's too long (aren't they all this summer) and the FX, particularly the stereo/spidery thing (don't know or care to know it's name) was pish. I couldn't see a defined edge to the thing in some shots. It didn't look locked into the scene and had the sense that you could see through it.

Plus, I know it's a cominc book adap but the physics of the the transformers themselves is all over the shop. How is Bumblebee that tall when stood up? How is there any room in Bumblebee for a driver let alone a pasenger.

I digress.

24th August 2007 9:57  #35

P O Hara Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: Ireland Posts: 93
My trusty Philips went tits up at the w-end, so I'm in the market for a nice shiny new player!

So I'm looking at this format war with great interest now. HD-DVD v Blu-Ray, in my opinion boils down to one thing and one thing only, the price the average Joe Schlep (myself included) is willing to pay for a new piece of kit.

With Blu-Ray prices roughly twice that of HD-DVD, I think Sony have made my mind up for me.

Average Joe Schlep might just follow suit...

Although, Combi players seem to be the obvious choice until there is an eventual winner in this ridiculous format war.

Methinks a sub €50 player will suffice for the time being.
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