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Harry's DVD PICKS AND PEEKS Does The 2nd Week of June 2007 - Erotica - HELLBOY - HD DVD - Paul Newman & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here… Sorry I’ve missed a couple of weeks. There’s been some great DVDs that have hit, but if I tried to make up for lost time, I’d probably never be able to catch up, so I decided to preview this coming Tuesday’s DVDs and begin from scratch. I’ve been enjoying my new HD DVD player – and am up over 30 HD DVDs now, and with my column, I’ll be reviewing some of the classic titles and existing titles as I watch them. As always – the titles and the box art link to their AMAZON page, where you can either purchase or find more information about the extras and further reviews of the material. So use this as your guide for either purchases or rentals. I hope you enjoy it. Tuesday – June 12th, 2007

DEADWOOD – Complete Third Season
HBO’s continually brilliant filthy western, DEADWOOD has just continued to be one of the great shows televised. The only sadness about a complete third season is that it is made up of only 12 episodes – but then, that’s most likely how they keep the show at such an amazing level of quality. As on the two previous sets – they’ve got commentaries, featurettes and documentaries. If you haven’t discovered this series – you should definitely check it out on DVD. It’s great!

GHOST RIDER (2-disc Extended Cut )
To be acquired only by the MARVEL completist – to show friends on those MARVEL SHIT NIGHTS where you pull out both versions of the PUNISHER and FANTASTIC FOUR and ELEKTRA and X3. And if you have that old CAPTAIN AMERICA – that one too. There is an inherent coolness to just seeing GHOST RIDER in motion. But that is not enough. Sony had a better script by David Goyer. And Mark Steven Johnson just didn’t have a clue how to realize this film. At every level of production (save for the GHOST RIDER effect only) this film sucks. Wanna see how that happened – here you have all the extras and docs to see exactly why this film sucks terribly. And the extended cut – didn’t do a lot for me… sadly. No miracles here.

Remember Harryhausen’s JASON & THE ARGONAUTS? Remember that 3 headed Leopard headed Goddess that Medea danced in front of? Well, that Goddess goes mano-a-femalo with Hellboy – and there’s lots of great Mignola-esque fun throughout. And for the second time this week, I get to tell you people about Elizabeth Bathory – the woman that bathed in the blood of some 600 virgins back in the 1600s. Well, she’s a character here too. These are extremely good animated films furthering the moving tales of HELLBOY and sating us till we get Guillermo’s latest chapter.

The most amazing thing about this film… is that I liked it, despite the fact that for like 3 months – every film I saw in a theater had the exact same trailer for this movie in front of it. While this wasn’t up to the standard that THE GOOD SHEPARD set earlier this year (when I saw it) – this was an excellent Spy tale – and Ryan Phillippe continues to surprise with every film he takes. Chris Cooper is just always fantastic – and I’m just so happy that someone didn’t cast Anthony Hopkins in his role. As I very much enjoyed Chris in this type of character. Now – why the HD DVD combo format? Well – it’s the one I got – which means when I’m projecting it at 9ft wide, it absolutely looks like a movie – and no longer feels like a video something. My only complaint about the Combo Format – is that for some reason they charge like an extra $10 for the format – which to someone with a HD DVD player… well that regular DVD resolution version on the flipside is as worthless as the old school FULL SCREEN b-sides. That said – it’s worth it if you’re picking it up for your non-HD DVD players – cuz when you make the inevitable conversion… your disc will instantly be 1080 for real. And baby – there’s nothing prettier.

THE HUSTLER ( 2-disc Collector’s Edition )
My personal favorite Paul Newman movie. If you have never seen THE HUSTLER – and you’re a Paul Newman fan – it will be your discovery of 2007. THE HUSTLER is the story of Fast Eddie Felson, a pool hustler with an ego and the skills to just dazzle in pool halls. He takes on Minnesota Fats (played brilliantly by Jackie Gleason) and it’s epic. Over the film – he develops “character” through his relationship with his girlfriend – and a big time Gambler played by George C Scott. This movie doesn’t play like a movie, the frames flip like pages of a novel. I guarantee you haven’t seen a film this good in a LONG TIME. What’s so special about this edition? Well… Paul Newman contributes to the commentary. And a second disc loaded to the edge with extras. A brilliant towering work.

This is one of the most horrific documentaries I’ve ever seen. I don’t really believe anyone will BUY this movie – but I recommend seeing the film. It’s brutal, morose and haunting. The concept of capturing suicides and then interviewing the families and friends of the deceased about those people – when they don’t know about the footage you have… is morally grey at the least… but this documentary will make you FEEL something. Anger, sadness, frustration, fury… and how many films can actually make you feel something… See it, you’ll understand.

THE VERDICT ( 2-Disc Collector’s Edition )
Another brilliant Paul Newman film. Written by Mamet and directed by Lumet… One of Newman’s top ten films – watching him going at it opposite the amazing James Mason is a delight. This isn’t a soft court room piece – it’s a brutal one. Again – this dvd is loaded. Newman has a commentary run. The docs are endless in taking a look at the work in this film, to craft this film. And again… it’s just brilliant.

Monty Python films – are so visually complicated and intricate – that you’ll be blown away, even as you’re laughing your ass off watching this HD disc. I can’t wait to pick it up. In the Python history – it’s one of my very favorites – along with Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Some consider this the best… and that’s a personal decision. For me, my fave is LIFE OF BRIAN. What’s yours? And we all deserve the best quality to see these with, Gilliam’s eye requires it.

THE TWO OF US ( Criterion Collection )
Tales of children surviving and living through the Nazi world of WORLD WAR II – are harrowing. Here we have a story of a young Jewish child from Paris that was sent by his parents to live in the country till the hopeful, one day liberation of France. A wonderful film about the lies a child had to live to survive the horrific realities around them. This was the first film by Claude Berri – and there was a reason he had a career. Again Criterion does their best on a title that needs their focus and attention.

I fucking love this movie. Written by the screenwriting team behind WARGAMES – this wonderful wonderful film absolutely delights me. It plays out like a Doc Savage novel… only this isn’t about the Man of Bronze and his amazing team… it’s about Robert Redford and his amazing team… Featuring Redford, Sidney Poitier, David Strathairn, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix and Mary McDonnell. And the bad guy? Ben Kingsley in one of my favorite roles of his. The scene where Straithairn asks Redford to recall the sounds he heard while riding in the trunk on the way to meet Cosmo. Well, it’s a brilliant scene. Again, for me… I have to have this in HD. Phil Alden Robinson captured this story cinematically and aurally. A wonderful film.

This – along with MAGNOLIA – are the two performances of Tom Cruise – that I point to, to show how brilliant he can be as an actor. Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Ron Kovic’s life as a gung ho soldier that goes to Vietnam, only to discover the hell that was that conflict. Then to find a new sense of purpose as an anti-war protestor. Tom’s performance and his casting is perfect. Tom’s all American veneer as our Top Gun on film… being used and turned into the American Military nightmare was a brilliant turn. Like the HD DVD for FULL METAL JACKET – the Vietnam sequences are just stunning. And in particular – the negative image looking shot through the American flag in HD is just breathtaking. A great film to have in a great format.

Seventies Erotica is wonderful for several reasons… but most of all… Films like LAURE have a truth to their Erotica that modern day porn and the world of porn clips online are missing. These films are romantic. They are Adult, without being about the mechanics. They’re about the passion and fun of sex. The joy of discovery of sex. This film was written, directed and even stars in a role… the real EMMANUELLE. No, not the actress that played EMMANUELLE, but actually Emmanuelle Arsan, herself. The film explores voyeuristic pleasures, exhibitionistic pleasures and has a soundtrack that isn’t funky disco, but something that’s actually hot to hear… Annie Belle is who you see on the cover of the DVD. She’s stunning and not a natural blonde, btw. The film is something erotic, for those that know what that means.

Harry’s Further Exploration of existing HD DVD titles

I am absolutely in love with my Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD player - I can’t believe it has taken me this long to discover this format with my projector. And currently, I’m already at 32 HD DVDs and growing constantly. Let me tell you about three of my favorite titles I’ve discovered thus far.

This is one of my favorite films… actually all three of these titles are. But THE ROAD WARRIOR has a special place in my heart as one of the greatest action films ever created. That said… for years, I’ve hated my DVD of the title. ROAD WARRIOR was one of the first titles Warners put on DVD – and I picked it right up. When I had a small TV, it looked great, but when I put it on my projector – the articles leapt up and annoyed the fuck out of me. When Yoko and I first moved in together we had the conversation about films she had yet to see. When she spoke the magic words, ROAD WARRIOR – I raced to solve this for her. And that’s when I discovered how awful that DVD blew up. My projector has an upconverter built in, but even still… it sucked. So, when I bought this HD DVD – imagine my shock when I put it in and saw I had a George Miller commentary… but first… I had to just watch the film. It blew my mind. Here’s a demonstration. I’ve seen this film dozens upon dozens of times in the 26 years that have passed since it came out. Now – as I was watching the HD DVD – Max is walking towards the Gyro-Copter. And on that back airfoil, I saw something that in all the times I’d seen the film in theaters and on Video and on DVD… I had just never seen before. Well… There’s a full frontal nude photographic woman on that rear foil… not only that, but she’s incredibly hot. HOW… ON EARTH…. Had I never noticed that naked lady on the Gyro-Copter? Thank God for the Miracles of HD DVD. I suppose you’ll also notice this on the BLU RAY, but I haven’t seen it on that format.

When Eli Roth hit Austin for the HOSTEL 2 event we were throwing at the Drafthouse… He wanted to come over to the house to chat and catch up on stories. While he was here, he got curious about my home theater set up, and the HD DVD player, because he hadn’t made the leap to either format yet. I put on a bit of ROAD WARRIOR, which melted his brain, but when I put on John Carpenter’s THE THING… we all (Father Geek and Johnny Wadd were also there) just got caught up in the movie. We’d never seen it look so stunning. Rob Bottin’s creations were just beyond belief. The amazing thing is… it all holds up. Every moment. The crystal clarity just added a level of detail that we were not prepared for. Then… In one sequence… The Doctor… began to distract me. There was something with his nose. I said, “Eli, am I crazy or does the doctor…” “Have a Nose Ring?” Eli finished for me. Then he said, “It can’t be, that has to just be a shiny spot.” And then the angle change happened and I swear to god… it’s a fucking Nose Ring. Why would it be there? I haven’t a clue. But no matter – it looked like a nose ring. I will explore further. Oh – and the DVD is filled up with extras, just like the regular DVD.

This was a film that Yoko had never seen, and at my first HD Movie Night at the house, where we invited friends over… we played it and HOLY FUCK! How awesome. There’s a tragedy in the world of film. There are no stunning prints of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON to screen… at least that I’ve ever been able to see. Once when John Landis was in town… Universal had even taken their 35mm print off the market cuz it was beat to fuck – and the best print we could find was a French subtitled 16mm letterboxed print. That was scratched and beat to hell. For 26 years, I’ve only ever seen this small on televisions. For the first time, I was able to watch this transformation scene and marvel at the brilliant work that Rick Baker did for this film. The film freaked some at the gathering out, as I had managed to put together a room where AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON was a film, they’d never seen. So nice to be able to screen it in visual perfection. Haven’t gone through the extras yet, but they look like they’re the same as on the DVD.

That’s it for this week. I’m back on the job. See you next week…

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  • June 8, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST

    yeah i'll get some of those ...

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    i saw the hell boy trailer with the highlander anime which was great ....

  • June 8, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Why does nobody

    by kwisatzhaderach

    make films as good as The Thing and The Road Warrior anymore?

  • June 8, 2007, 6:40 a.m. CST

    You'll get Blu-Ray eventually...

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    If you want to see your beloved Pirates movies, Any Pixar film, Spider-Man, every Sony film... Any real movie fan will either get both, or get the True-HD player that plays both formats.

  • June 8, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    And in 5 years from now...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...I will still buy the newest DVDs, while HD and Blue Ray will be dead. (Well, for movies. It will be used for videogames and stuff.)

  • June 8, 2007, 6:48 a.m. CST

    No mention of The Hill?

    by Sledge Hammer

    It's only one of the best films that either Sean Connery or Sydney Lumet ever did, finally out on shiny disc this past week. But I guess that crappy Hellboy animated movie and the exerable Ghost Rider had to take precedence.

  • June 8, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    He does have a nose ring

    by Boba Fat

    You can spot it on the DVD but why it's there or why he has one is just another reason to love The Thing

  • June 8, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Nose Ring?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    What you talking about, Boba Fat?

  • June 8, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST

    I saw my first HD DVD at the weekend

    by Talkbacker with no name

    and just wow! Ok I'm sold. Harry has a point.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Yo Harry How Much are They paying you...

    by Internet Thug

    to pimp HD/DVD?????

  • June 8, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    The HD's are ANNOYING

    by WolfmanNards

    Great, harry gets an HD dvd, now every other title, we have to roll our eye and scroll past. Why do you keep mentioning the EXACT make and model? Did they pay you off? WHy not just say "HD dvd player?" When I talk about my dvd player, I call it just that. MY DVD PLAYER. I don't know what fucking model it is. I don't give a shit. I think it's a sony. That's all I know. Once again- Fuck off, Harry.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Apocalypse POW!

    by AdrianVeidt

    That made me giggle. That and the whole premise behind the Road Warrior to begin with. Seriously, the leap from Mad Max to The Road Warrior was a bit, shall we say, disjointed? Unless the RW didn't follow MM, in which case, please correct me so I don't feel like I've been living/supporting a lie.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    The Complete Six Feet Under is 59% Off at Amazon!

    by tonagan

    Running for $114.99. Get it now before it goes away (because they usually go away fast).

  • June 8, 2007, 7:24 a.m. CST

    LOTS OF HD-DVD.. are these for Harry's MySpace Friends

    by greigy just wanted to say

    This site is getting a bit sickening with it's corporate whoring of HD-DVD. Give Sony a fair chance to corrupt you bunch of sell outs....

  • June 8, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    And no, I'm not a plant.

    by tonagan

    Otherwise, I'd be telling you how great Ghost Rider was.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool Propaganda

    by Long Tooth

    It's fine that you have chosen HD as opposed to Blu-Ray at home, Harry...But I guess we'll have to go elsewhere for complete and accurate coverage of what films come out on ALL formats. Hope those checks for promoting HD are big enough to justify compromising your integrity.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Yup, The Thing & The Road Warrior ruled...

    by just pillow talk

    And I enjoyed Sneakers as well...

  • June 8, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    re nose ring & gyro hottie

    by DocPazuzu

    Just more proof that NTSC has always sucked balls. I've seen that nose ring and gyro pinup on my old PAL VHS tapes for 20 years. Thank God NTSC is being phased out.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

    No sorry, false alarm I was just having a stroke, the lack of blood to the head for a second made me think it was the format of the future.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    What a bunch of whiny bitches

    by jae683

    You don't like the HD-DVD format? Well, then don't buy it. Nobody's got a gun to your head.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST


    by Speaker for the Dead

    Fuck, I can see the nose ring on my non-anamorphic PAL dvd, so stop telling people that HD-DVD/BluRay is the second coming of Christ. Well, if you didn't use RGB I understand how amazed you must be now, but most fuckers buying HD-TV:s don't even use HDMI cables thinking they utilies it to the max. Fucking fuckers. Ignorance is not bliss, ignorance is fucking annoying.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Do you actually sleep with

    by Fenrisulfr

    Do you actually sleep with your HD-DVD Player Harry?

  • June 8, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Blooo-Ray + Pirates =

    by mondoz2

    Sad pirate. No dice for you.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    American Werefolf In London

    by kikuchiyoboy

    was one of my favorite films as a child. That transformation scene can NEVER be beat. When he stars screaming and then looks at his hand I was mesmerized. I think that scene blue me more away then all of Star Wars when I was a kid. It felt more imediate and real. The sound of his bones cracking was the clincher. No CGI can compare to that film. <br> <br> It's so sad that there's no horror films like that today that feel small and intimate. They'd probably treat that sort of film nowadays like a thriller. <br> <br> Ahhh. and who can forget Nurse Alex. Holy Hell hot muffin. <br> <br> "Are you the Judian peoples front?" Hee heee. Great movie.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    HD is a wonderous thing by the way.

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Blu-ray or HD-DVD... I am gloriously ecstatic that it exists at all.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Harry has chosen a Toshiba HD-DVD player... here's why:

    by Pound Sand

    My goodness, such naked product placement should have a MPAA rating of NC-17.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    MySpace Friends could kick you MySpace friends asses!

    by greigy just wanted to say


  • June 8, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Harry: The Digital Bits has written

    by Sith Witch

    an extensive article about your support of HD-DVD:

  • June 8, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by Masked Avenger

    Everytime a contributor on the site mentions his name, take a shot!

  • June 8, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I just knew this would end up being

    by ATARI

    a BlooRay vs. HD-ish-DVD debate.<br> <br> I'm still enjoying my upconverted DVDs and will continue to do so for at least another year until the dust settles.<br>

  • June 8, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Erotic, for those who know what that means!!!

    by Kristian66

    yeah, because I always think of Harry and erotic in the same sentence.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Tosh A2 sux!

    by Ubiquitous_Jalalibad

    I will admit that I went and bought one of the Toshiba HD-DVD players when they went on sale, before I read all the hoopla here on the site. I am only a moderate video-phile so I can't speak to the difference in quality between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. If Blu-Ray wins the war, I'll buy one of those, doesn't really matter to me. But as a standalone player, this unit really blows compared to what I've been used to. My chief complaint is that it has a hard time remembering where you stopped a movie. It takes forever to load a disc and I've found no easy way to have it show how much time is left in a movie. I'd steer clear of this unit if I were you...

  • June 8, 2007, 8:49 a.m. CST


    by riouxda

    Ahhh... An american werewold in London. What a movie. The transformation was great but, the scene that I remember the most from my childhood is when there are walking in the beginning of the movie and you can hear the wolf howling... That is just SO stressing!! I walked in woods like that at night and, you sometime feel like if you are in another world, like if anything can happen... That movie is still the best werewolf movie...

  • June 8, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    glad i have blu-ray and HD-DVD

    by dead youngling

    now i don't have to worry who wins, or be forced into some argument on which is better. so have fun while i enjoy my nerd toys...and being beaten by my wife for spending so much $

  • June 8, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    That howl is one of the best sounds ever created.

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Another creapy scene is when you see it for the first time creep up on the guy in the subway. The echo in the subway creeped me out. Man I need to watch that again, NOW.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    The Bridge

    by PwnedByStallone


  • June 8, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Side Note: Why is Yolanda in the loader from Aliens?

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Man, that collectible looks nothing like Ripley.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Aint It Roth HD-DVD News

    by NachoNegro

    If every one of Harry's 7000 MySpace friends clicked all of these links, he'd be a billionaire = FACT.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Sneakers plays like a Doc Savage novel?

    by Borgnine JR

    I guess you could say that, in the most shallow sense possible. But in any substantive way, not really.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Harry, what model projector do you have?


    Just curious, as I'm thinking about getting one.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    HD DVD vs Blu Ray

    by The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

    These articles are the most embarrassing ones I have seen on this site yet. So Harry the big movie lover cannot afford 2 different HD players... (maybe he can afford a PS3) And he has chosen format so he can only see (not even) half of the movies available. But never mind they look and sound perfect. Yea HDDVD sales are down lately let's put our biggest plant (no pun intended) to work... Stick to reviewing DVDs only please

  • June 8, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    re: Sith Witch

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Great link to the Bits article. Nobody should go buy a machine without reading this article first. With no offense intended I'll copy and paste your link here.<p> It definitely looks as though Blu-Ray will be the winner of the format war. It, also, sounds like it would be wise to give things another year or so, to develop.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with my 7000+ MySpace friends

    by wash

    I'm curious how many HD-DVD titles Harry bought vs. how many were given to him. 30 sure is a lot (in what, 2 weeks?). Are you sure you can't afford a Blu-Ray player?

  • June 8, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Anyone want to bet Harry's next DVD column,

    by BGDAWES

    will be nothing but soft core porn and HD-DVD titles? Harry, give this advertising space, excuse me, column, back to Mori. We've had enough fun reading about how much you like your Toshiba HD-DVD player already and we know you want us to buy your friends DVD's; don't worry, we will if they're good (ie Pan's Labrynth).

  • June 8, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't that be the look and sound of perfection?

    by PacmanFever

    I think so

  • June 8, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    For those who haven't yet bought an HD or BluRay player

    by Neil Peart

    I would recommend an upconverting DVD player. My LG was a steal at $99.00. I love the quality and it will suffice to tide me over until the format wars are sorted out and the prices drop.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Who cares about the new-to-HD/Blue Ray titles

    by IAmLegolas

    Just report the new movies to DVD or new versions of the movies (special editions/extended editions).

  • June 8, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The Nazi Werewolves sequence

    by Quake II

    from An American Werewolf In London was so random, yet incredibly wicked. I loved the dream within a dream fake out "I've just had a nightmare!" "Not to worry, I've just the thing..." I wish someone would produce latex masks of those nasty fuckers.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    "Gilliam’s eye requires it."

    by IAmLegolas

    Um, he didn't direct LIFE OF BRIAN.... Terry Jones did.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    $499 bluray players on the way sony BDP S300

    by skiff

    cool I can't wait should have mine next week. You know harry bluray pulls the data off the disc at almost twice the speed of hd dvd. bluray is a step ahead in technology hd dvd is just squeezing the guts out of old red laser technology. There is no room to grow with hd dvd

  • June 8, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The beauty of Netflix and HD-DVDs & BBCs Planet Earth

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    This is a great way to save some money. I love buying DVDs and now HD-DVDs but I also like screening my products before. Netflix is fucking awesome. They have a large selection of HD-DVDs and I have filled my que to the brim with almost every title. <BR> <BR> So far Planet Earth in HD-DVD takes the cake as the best thing I've seen so far in the format. This is something that I am going to purchase gladly. It's mind blowing on so many levels that words cannot even express to you how giddy I am while watching it. It's so awesome in fact that it's worth owning an HD-DVD player just so you can watch it. Really it's that amazing.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    $499 still way to much

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Fuck Blu-Ray. I am perfectly happy with my HD-DVD player. When and if they drop the price to $299 I may pick one up but until then I am perfectly content with my current format.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Harry has chosen erotica..., and here's why:

    by Diagnostic

    He can at least reach a tangible climax, unlike the movie Ghost Rider.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I used to love this report...

    by TheWacoKid

    Now I can't stand it. Harry needs to give up his fight for HD-DVD, and realize that it is worthless. Go to, whom I trust much more, and read their article about Harry's pick of HD-DVD. Basically, he doesn't know what he is doing. I hate that this report will now be full of HD-DVD reviews, a product that won't exist in a few years. I'll pass from now on.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    The problem with Ghost Rider

    by jimmy_009

    was the concept. A guy that rides a motorcycle, has a flaming skull head, and whips around some sort of chain of justice. It's for mulleted, metal head, middle schoolers. Dumb. The Hustler - Awesome, I'm picking this one up. The Bridge - Not in the habit of watching snuff films. Sorry. Sneakers - One of the best movies of 90's! So cool.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST


    by Jlazz

    Both technologies use the blue-violet laser. Look up your facts before you just throw them out there. As for myself, I'll stick with something that can play all my discs for quite some time.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Shame on You, Harry...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...all of you should read the Digital Bits article. Not that Harry normally checks to get his facts straight, but his comparison of HD-DVD and Blue Ray is embarrasingly inaccurate. You certainly DO come across like a corporate whore/company shill, Harry. Your lack of objectivity is the reason you'll never be taken seriously as a movie critic (though your movie knowledge is, obviously, above reproach).

  • June 8, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    That link to the Digital Bits article reminds me

    by kikuchiyoboy

    of the scene in Dumb and Dumber when Loyd points at that article on the bar wall. It was a framed news printing of the Moon landing in which Loyd replies "WE'VE LANDED ON THE MOON!" <br> <br> PEOPLE pointing out the link to that article reminds me of that. But it is a well written article.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    It's not the laser but the layering process

    by kikuchiyoboy

    that's the diff.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I am just curious all these HD-DVD Harry Haters

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    How many of you fucktards actually own a Blu-Ray? How many of you actually have had one hooked up to YOUR HDTV? And if you own a Blu-Ray how many of you have watched a movie in the HD-DVD format on a good HDTV set to compare to your Blu-Ray and I don't mean in the show room. Seems to me most people who own the HD-DVD players are pretty happy with them. Likewise with the Blu-Ray so why does it roil your feathers so much? <BR> <BR> I admit that personally I've not seen anything on Blu-Ray. My only experience has been with the HD-DVD itself. My dislike for Blu-Ray is 1. because it's Sony and I hate them as company and 2. because it's WAY over priced. <BR> <BR> Yeah ok maybe Harry got some facts wrong because he was arguably excited about his purchase but the hatefest that some of you whine about with him being a shill is fucking retarded. If you think that and it bothers you so much why do you continue to come to this site? Why did you bother making a post? Just to be heard? To whine? To bitch? Fucking go away. Go hang on the digitalbits site and stay there. <BR> <BR> I do not agree with everything Harry has to say on this site but I think it's lame to the call the guy a sell out because he likes something you don't or supports something that you do not support. I fucking cannot stand Eli Roth films. They are terrible. I am not going to hate on Harry though for liking them. That's his opinion and it's not right or wrong. Just like his selection of HD-DVD, it's not right or wrong either. He chose because the price and he like myself seem to be happy with the quality. Why does that bother some of you so goddamn much? Again go to another website if you think Harry's a sell out and stop your bitching.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Meaning of Life, along with Holy Grail and Life of Bria

    by naked_mandy

    are my three favorite Python movies too! Coincidentally, they're also my three 'least' favorite. OH, and Meaning of Life is directed by Terry Jones, not Gilliam. Show Jones some love.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST


    by thefreeagents

    what a great movie. I probably watch it 2 or 3 times a year. I've never seen the Verdict so I might have to check that one out.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Man, I used to LOVE American Werewolf . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . still do actually but man, watching it now I see what a shitty acting job the lead did. Total amateur hour. I don't know his name but he played an alcoholic on Seinfeld once. Griffin Dunne, on the other hand, was great in it.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST

    I agree AllPowerfulWizard

    by jae683

    You'd think these people would have something better to do than be punk fanyboys. Frankly, I think Digitalbits is as much a sell-out as Aintitcool ever was.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Why can't I go on an "uncensored erotic odyssey"?

    by Dapper Swindler

    Life isn't fair.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by jfp2007

    Don't be a cockfag. I know two people who owned HDDVD players and got rid of them when it was apparent that BR was going to win. They have PS3s and the quality of the BR only releases is so much more appealing than the HDDVD only or dual releases that it isn't funny. We're getting on Harry's case because his original article was full of either lies or misinformation that I find very hard to believe he didn't know was incorrect before posting that article. He further made comments in the Talkback that were full of direct and purposefully made lies (particularly the HDDVD vs BR titles that are was an outright deception or Harry is really just that naive). The fact that Harry has still not commented on this huge controversy (and it is huge if you care about this shit) and continues to basically mock everyone in this new article is unbelievable and to a certain extent unforgivable. We need a black box HEADGEEK box in here or a separate article that responds to all of us fucking haters and more importantly the authoritive source called The Digital Bits which took him to task and basically made him look like a fool or an ass or gullible or all three. There's not jack or shit wrong with HDDVD, but it's not going to win this war, and the quality when comparing it to a BR only release (one that is encoded and authored to take advantage of those extra 20 gigs) is the Eighth Wonder. It's fucking King Kong.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST


    by jfp2007

    DigitalBits is not a sellout. They were hardcore HDDVD until BR came out and fixed the codecs. They back BR (but still like HDDVD) because it is superior, and they know it will win in the end. I'm sorry, HEADGEEK, but you didn't back the winner this time and porn is a non-factor in this day and age.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The backwards compatability just feels right

    by la_sith

    You just noticed that nose-ring, Harry?

  • June 8, 2007, 11:54 a.m. CST

    "Hi! My-name-is-Werner Brandes!"

    by Osmosis Jones


  • June 8, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    hd blu ray

    by stvnhthr

    The two formats should be indistinguishable. The discs are just a method to get data to the player and then on the screen. So when Harry says something looks great in HD I think you can read into it that he means it would look exactly the same on Blu Ray. Just as good. He just happens to have an HD-DVD player not a Blu-Ray, so he doesn't specifically mention it.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    jfp2007, why bother?

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    If you are that upset that it gets your panties in a knot that Harry made some incorrect statements because his was overly excitable about his purchase why bother to come to this site? Why are you still here? Harry's not going to go away. AICN is still going to be around yet you chose to waste your time and energy to come on here and sound like some whiny bitch who somehow thinks that by complaining you will bring down AICN or get Harry to apologize for a mistake. <BR> <BR> Have you ever made a mistake jfp2007? <BR> <BR> And how do you know for sure Blu-Ray will be the winnner? You don't and I don't. I do know that I am very happy with my purchase of my HD-DVD player and if your friends returned theirs that still does not mean that they are right or I am wrong. There is no way to tell this early on which format is going to bow out or even if both will stay around. Remember Laser Disc? That format stayed around for YEARS while VHS and Beta were having their war. The point is I don't think either format is going anywhere for some time and while it's being hashed out I am going to continue to enjoy my movies in wonderful HD-DVD quality. There seems to be pros and cons to both formats but I made my choice on price and the fact that I own a LCD-HDTV set and I purchased it for the sole reason of watching movies since I do not watch any TV. So for me the obvious choice at this time was HD-DVD. <BR> <BR> You sound like some bully on the playground who is not getting the results he wants so he keeps trying only to really make his own argument worthless in the end because it's an empty cry that is going to go unheard by those whom you want to hear it. Let it go. Harry chose HD-DVD and obviously is satisfied with that decision. Nothing you can say is going to get the results you want. Go hang out on Digitalbits and stop getting your vagina in a twist over it.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    HD formats look allot alike but.....

    by robrod55

    The sound is probably the biggest difference.. once you hear a soundtrack in uncompressed LPCM (which HD-DVD doesnt offer), the Dolby and DTS HS soundtracks are great.. but LPCM is still better. The video on both is about equal ... and yes, I have both formats a Toshiba and the Sony BDP-S1 ... just my 2 cents.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I just think it's funny that Harry doesn't have both

    by ELGordo

    One would think that with the cash the dude has now, and all the sponsor deals he gets he would have both or at least a PS3. The problem is that his writing is sooo blatantly obvious in the way he's getting something out of it, free DVDs for instance. Also as a movie news site, they should cater to both formast instead of the one the boss likes to brag about. I would think that after so many years writing he would at least know how to mask his intentions. I'm in the Blu Ray camp, not because I sought it out but because I got a PS3 and so far I have only three titles as I use it to review computer games but being able to play HD is a plus. I'm not going on a spending spree yet because I'm waiting to see which format buckles and then I will follow the leader, be it BD or HDDVD.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    An American Werewolf in London...

    by Orionsangels

    They don't make horror films like this anymore. I wish I could have been in that room when you screened it for people who hadn't seen it before, Harry. I would have loved to see their reactions. Especially when those creepy Nazi Demons kill David's Family. The way those demons scream freaks me out. But just the whole film. The actors, the setting, the feeling you get when you watch it. Oh and that werewolf howl. Has there ever been a better werewolf howl in a movie? I remember first watching this film on cable in the 80's. I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks. It creeped me out, but in a good way.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Too bad....

    by ManosTHOF

    ... you missed last week's releases. A plug for the Sergio Leone Anthology!

  • June 8, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    HDDVD is fine

    by homer40

    I'm not a waiter, I'm an early adopter. Maybe BluRay will win the war, but who really cares. I can't afford a Bluray player, but the $200.00 add on to my 360 was well within my budget. So for the next few years I'll be watching HD movies for very little, especially with the HDDVD titles at Netflix. So maybe in five or ten years my HDDVDs will be obsolete? It was worth $235.00 (player + movie) to watch Full Metal Jacket in its original aspect ratio just once. Saw "The Getaway" the other day, just looked fucking awesome, and "Bullitt" Anytime you adopt a new format you take a chance. The point is that you get to enjoy the format for as long as it lasts. When all of you were watching shitty VHS full screen transfers, I was watching pristine Criterion LaserDiscs. Now they just take up space in my basement. Life is for living. Don't base your decision on what will be the dominant format in ten years. The chances are that the fucking terrorists will have set off an EMP bomb long before then, and we won't be watching shit. Or you could get cancer, or hit by a bus. So you can wait, or you can enjoy. It doesn't matter which format you choose, because downloadable HD movies is the future. You want a PS3, or Bluray player, go ahead. Just spend the money to watch some fucking movies. If you can't afford either Bluray or HDDVD, get a fucking job. Give up Starbucks for a month and you can buy a PS3. Make your own coffee. Bring lunch to work. I'm going home to watch "The Searchers" on HDDVD, the best fucking transfer out there.

  • June 8, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Twin Peaks Season 2

    by unclefugly

    How come we never got a review of that?

  • June 8, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by Neil McCauleys Crew

    so this is where the HD-DVD thing was going. Promote it with an exclusive pick story on the front page then cash in weekly from the AMAZON site sales. Gotta keep AICN up and running somehow.

  • June 8, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD: The Look & Sound of

    by Lando Griffin

    Second Place

  • June 8, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    How Much Does Harry Charge an Hour???

    by PlasmaOrb

    Since he is whoring himself out to Toshiba to be his little whore promoting HD DVD. I notice that he doesnt show pics of blu ray stuff at all. In previous posts, i have said i have both formats. I prefer blu ray. I watched Norbit on HD DVD the other night and it didnt look that good for being 1080P. I can only imagine the stuff that they are pushing out (as in older films like monty python) will look like shit, doesnt matter how funny it is, it will still look medicore at best. Blu Ray will win as long as they can get the costs down enough to beat HD DVD for sure. The codec that they use for HD DVD is also crap, look at what its encoded with it.. there is no standard to it.. i think thats why Toshiba has to put out firmware updates for this cause alot of their discs dont work in their machine.. another reason to go with blu ray.

  • June 8, 2007, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't You Have Both Formats

    by topaz4206

    When you're running a website like this with millions of visitors?

  • June 8, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by iron pills

    You're right about the Digital Bits. I've been reading that site since about 1999 and they're most definitely not sellouts. They actually did their part and yelled to the heavens about the release of ONE high def format. But of course in the end, greed won out over a sensible one format solution. They've always praised the virtues of high definition movies: the quality of the picture, the sound, etc. They (like a lot of people) were pissed that the format was basically split in two. But with the majority of the big studios supporting Blu-ray, and even more manufacturers behind it, it's only a matter of time till Blu-ray "wins". They're (the Bits) just finally taking a stand and decided to pick Blu-ray as the format of the future. Most of the really big titles people care the most about (Star Wars, Spiderman,Pixar movies) will eventually come out on Blu-ray. Me... by default I've already chosen Blu-ray by way of the Playstation 3. This doesn't mean I've gone out and bought a ton of movies. I'm still a bit cautious. But signs are pointing to Blu-ray being the dominant format. This is not me totally dissing HD-DVD, as that format is just as good. But studio support will go a long way in deciding who wins this...

  • June 8, 2007, 1:37 p.m. CST

    What does it mean?

    by kafka07

    Erotic...I want to know. Elaborate. While gyrating. Naked.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Anyone that get's one before the standard is decided

    by jimmy_009

    Is a fool. DVDs are plenty good until they actually figure out which is going to be the standard. I'm not going to be stuck with an obsolete player that no one makes movies for.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Wait if you want

    by homer40

    But current DVD technology is so far behind either HDDVD or BluRay it isn't funny. This isn't a slight improvement, it is a vast improvement. There is really no comparison between regular DVD and the hidef formats. And I ain't swimming in money, which is why I picked HDDVD. Allready had a 360, 200 for the add on = no brainer.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    As always, an insightful guide into DVD releases, but

    by SadCadillac

    when is AICN going to issue this column on a regular basis again? Its release has been most erratic lately. Perhaps with “I’m back on the job. See you next week,” we may glean some assurance this column will come out with more regularity. Surely, Harry, your enthusiasm for the HD-DVD format will further serve that purpose.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    American Werewolf Print/DVD/Documentary

    by cuthbert84

    Around 4 years ago I saw a screening of "American Werewolf..." at the L.A. Film School on Sunset (by Amoeba) that was barely attended by anyone since it occurred during the end of the World Series. Rick Baker was there however, and did a wonderful job with the Q & A. I assume the print we saw was 35 mm and was in surprisingly good shape, since from what I understand Universal in particular is known for not taking good care of their prints. So there's at least one good print out there. I'm curious about the HD-DVD audio. I'm an audio nut (I work in audio post) and have seen "American Werewolf..." countless times. I was extremely disappointed in the updated DVD that came out a few years ago because of the new 5.1 mix. Not only were many of the FX recut (most noticeably, during the mayhem sequence in Piccadilly Circus) but the audio for the entire movie was pitched down! I'd say a full semitone on the musical scale. Anyone know if the HD-DVD is like this or if it's been corrected? And for other die-hard fans of the movie, a documentary is currently being produced containing interviews with just about all the major cast and crew from the movie, including Rick Baker and John Landis. You can check out its myspace page at:   BTW, this is my first ever post here. -Jon ...all characters in this post are fictitious. Any similarity to persons living, dead, or undead, is entirely coincidental.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST


    by Ye Not Guilty

    That's what Harry should change his screen handle to - Headpimp.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Anyone see that episode of Arrested Development...

    by Mattyboy122

    Where they played with idea of product placement by having Tobias and Carl mention the fact that they were eating at Burger King every few seconds and were talking about how great the restaurant was? Yeah... I wish Harry's pimping of HD-DVD was clever enough to be such satire, but alas, it's just the usual compromise of personal integrity. Nothing new.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Oh, and yes

    by Mattyboy122

    It should be "the look and sound of perfection." I work at a video store and I noticed that and was astonished that the slogan of an entire format would include incorrect grammar. Magical.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    "Mano a mano" does not mean man-to-man, FFS!

    by Frisco

    It means hand-to-hand. I'm sorry, this was a fine article and I appreciate the time you put into it, Harry. But that "mano a mano" thing always makes hornets fly around in my head.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    HARRY ))=( & ELI

    by gride9000

    ))=( ))( ))=( ))( ))=( ))( ))=( then eli came all over yer butt.

  • June 8, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Remember when Harry said Blu-Ray wouldn't play DVDs?

    by Angry Mean Panda

    And that was the reason he chose HD-DVD? Good times, good times.

  • June 8, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I wonder how many of you

    by Internet Thug

    I wonder how many of you would have owned beta machines?

  • June 8, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Blue-Ray/HD = WTF!

    by glodene

    It's moments like this, I miss VHS.

  • June 8, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Internet Thug

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I had a betamax! it was dead in no time not unlike the future of blue ray eh.

  • June 8, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray vs HD DVD


    I can't really make the comparison as I don't have a Blu-Ray player... and I'm not likely to get one, at least until they get significantly cheaper. That said, I never said BLU-RAY couldn't play existing DVDs - only that HD DVD could and that I liked that. <BR><BR>Ultimately the main reasons I chose HD DVD over BLU-RAY is that I could afford to buy the HD DVD player - and use the additional 3-400 dollars to buy titles. <BR><BR>Both formats are not far from developing a 10 layer disc. Which is going to provide far too much space for the studios, in terms of extra content. Only someone like Peter Jackson will actually fill that. <BR><BR>Even right now, both formats aren't taking full advantage of the space they have, yet. I don't believe we'll be seeing 2k to 4k transfers of films anytime soon, as the cost for that would be prohibitive and would be far too much for most homes. <BR><BR>That said - remember... the technically superior formats have not always won these wars - and if the bi-format players get cheap enough - there will be no need for a winner. <BR><BR>Sorry for a few of my facts being wrong, like the title availability - the search I did on AMAZON was "not the way to go" to determine numbers of titles. Enjoy your format, I'll enjoy mine.

  • June 8, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by Mattyboy122

    You said "What made me go HD DVD? The kicker is... that it can play the 9000 or so DVDs I already have, as well as the HD DVDs. That Backwards compatibility feels right." Now, true, you didn't say that Blu-Ray isn't backward compatible, but you heavily, heavily implied that it wasn't. I mean, I guess you could try to squeak by on that technicality, but it didn't take much to fill in the gap that was being erroneously implied.

  • June 8, 2007, 4:08 p.m. CST

    harry's 7,000 myspace friends accept his apology

    by notharrysmyspacefriend

    I, on the other hand, do not. I'm waiting for the apology for this false statement: "What I'm not going to do, is publish reviews based on a leaked early edit without the final score or sound effects that showed up online, that's something I don't support."

  • June 8, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by Lando Griffin

    Harry's even getting pwned on other sites now. The talkback virus has spread.

  • June 8, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Sneakers/War Games

    by photoboy

    I didn't know it was the same writers, that's pretty cool. It makes sense considering the quality of both films.

  • June 8, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Grando Calrissian just feels right.

    by la_sith

    Harry, I can forgive your for your techno-tard piece...sort of. You should just stop talking about it. But will you please, please stop talking about erotica and porn. I beg of you. Please.

  • June 8, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Headgeek, I doubt you can't afford a Blu-ray player

    by Cymbol

    and weigh in on other movies that you won't see in Hi-Def because you have chosen one format only - to let your readers know how they look and sound. Maybe 600/500 is out of your price range, I'll never know, I'm not your banker. But after everything is considered, I just don't buy that you didn't get paid to say what you said before. Hey! Maybe you can pick up a Blu-ray player with the money you are making of your endorsement! If this is incorrect, please so say. At the end of the day wait disheartens me most is that everything I read from you is potentially paid for. So let's hear it once and for all. . . were you simply paid to say it?

  • June 8, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    And Harry, one thing you never explained

    by Cymbol

    - The statement that all your "film-maker" friends say HD-DVD is the way to go. You never explained their reasoning. Please explain if you have a moment. Thanks,

  • June 8, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Headgeek! He Speaks!!!

    by kikuchiyoboy

    I'm a Blu-Ray supporter simply because of the PS3 It plays movies at 1080p dammit! Sadly my TV is only 1080i and 720p. But I plan on getting a projector sooner or later hopefully in 1080p where the PS3 will shine. We'll see. I dig what I see. It's as simple as that. <br> <br> As for Mr. Harry Knowles, it just goes to show how many people that are passionate about the film universe that really flock to this site. His one little review divided all these TB'rs over a digital format. It's amazing. <br> <br> I'm just saddened we won't get Blu-Ray reviews here. I mean there's the "true" HD sites, but I love the geeky reviews on this site. Oh well. <br> <br> All I know is that any HD is better than sticking your penis in a peanut butter can.

  • June 8, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    By the Hellboy on Blu-Ray looks MAGNIFICENT!!!

    by kikuchiyoboy

    And it's only $20 on Amazon. <br> <br> Just felt like spreading the love.

  • June 8, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I meant by the... way

    by kikuchiyoboy


  • June 8, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Yeah I'll keep waiting.

    by jimmy_009

    I don't have an HD TV, why waste my money on an HD player?

  • June 8, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck3

    HAPPY PARIS-IS-BACK-IN-JAIL DAY!!! It just gives you that glow, you know, like Christmas morning. Ahhh, life is sweet!

  • June 8, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    The HD-DVD camp is paying Harry

    by Frankenblogger

    Just my gut feeling. His "reasoning" behind buying an HD-DVD player came off as an advertisement. And if that's not the case, he's just cheap or stupid. Buying either player isn't a sure thing right now, but the clear leader is Blu-Ray.

  • June 8, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST



    Um... dude - I'm getting married... YOU ANY IDEA HOW EXPENSIVE THAT PROCESS IS? It's stunning I had the extra coin to get an HD DVD player.

  • June 8, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    And let me chim in on the expense accusation.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Does it make much sense to pay almost $600 for a Blu-Ray player when everyone knows the price will drop? Fuck no. I don't care how much money you make or have it's called common sense, figure it out. I make great money but I am not an idiot which is why I have money. It's called finding a deal. $299, plus 5 free HD-DVDs to kick start my collection and get mileage out of my 37 inch LCD-HDTV that I paid $1000.00 for last year at Sam's Club is a deal to me. Not chucking out over $600.00 for a format that is overpriced because Sony is greedy and wants to fool you into thinking you are getting more bang for that hard earned dollar. <BR> <BR> And fuck the PS3. That system will be low riding in the bargain bin by this coming Xmas and all you fools who spent a boat load on it will feel ripped off. Real gamers know that Nintendo and PC games are the way go. Only fools by a Sony based gaming system. They crank out so many shitty titles, PS2 anyone? That's another verbal war onto itself and obviously a matter of taste but I dare you to find a true geek gamer like myself who will disagree with me.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Well Harry..

    by Redfive!

    Your article on why you chose HD DVD DID indicate afew things and HD DVD playing regular dvds was one of them.If you would have just come out and said you choose HD DVD because it was cheaper and not becuase it plays regular dvds and has more titles then you wouldnt have been called out BIGTIME by Digital Bits.Remember you have a popular website that lots of people read.

  • June 8, 2007, 8:49 p.m. CST

    This HD-DVD only pimp preview is complete bullshit

    by Shub-Wankalot

    I call it as I see it. There are quality high definition titles that are coming to Blu-Ray instead of HD-DVD. Not my choice, but it's the way the market crumbles. Price will all tumble eventually. This site becoming a poster child of HD-DVD is a fucking shame. Yeah, I gotta eat, but damn.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:02 p.m. CST

    LOL, All the money for the wedding is going to FOOD

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Seriously, Harry you saying that you can't afford a Blu-Ray player is like Bill Gates saying he can't afford a Kit Kat bar.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Sorry, can't believe you for one second Harry...

    by MeshGearFoxx

    In this post you claim that your main reason for selecting HD DVD over Blue-ray was due to cost. Yet in the original article you made no such claim at all! All your reasons in that article were the inaccuracies you were spouting to try to prove that HD DVD was a better product (backwards incompatibility, etc). You didn't mention price once! If price was the main reason, why you didn't you say it then and then also say that you weren't sure which is better but you liked the price. Sorry Harry, need to call you on this BS.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST

    HD is Region Free

    by film11

    While I have neither format right now, I'm leaning towards HD-DVD. Why? The players are Region-Free. So if a title is available on BR only here in the US, it may be purchased as an import, if desired. BR doesn't allow that option, so it is actually the BR owners who are missing out on titles. (And don't bring up PIRATES. Both 1 and 2 have been seen on HD via cable and I never need to see those movies again...ever.) Hmmm, great upconversion, TrueHD audio, ability to play movies from anywhere...all for $250 or less. What a rip-off! Better that I purchase a Region-Blocked player that costs (even with a BR price reduction) hundreds more.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    The Roadwarrior looks beautiful in HD

    by LeviDTinker

    the thing and road warrior are my two favorite HDDVDs. <br> especially the road warrior. <br>it stands up very well to todays crop of films.<br> same goes with the thing.<br> they just dont make movies like those any more and its a real shame<br> and great response on your part about why you picked hddvd and the honest mistakes made in the facts. everyone should just go ahead and enjoy the format they like the most, quit the bickering they are both awesome ways to enjoy films.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Now that it looks like Color TV is here to stay,

    by Bronx Cheer

    I'm thinking of picking up one of them. Once it looks like VHS has Beta beat, I might get me a VCR as well.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    they're delicious.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    they're delicious.

  • June 8, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    When the Levees Broke

    by kafka07

    the hbo doc by spike lee is on dvd now, should be on the list

  • June 8, 2007, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Anyone here use a DVR DVD recorder ?

    by Mace Tofu


  • June 8, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    My Grandfather is getting rid of his horse...

    by El Bicho

    now that it looks like the automobile is here to stay.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Hellboy is Blu-Ray Exclusive.

    by polyh3dron

    I just finished watching it on Blu-Ray and it looked great.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Harry: Warner Blu-Ray movies are cheaper

    by polyh3dron

    Warner puts out their day-and-date movies on HD-DVD as combo discs, but the Blu-Ray versions are single sided and subsequently are cheaper.

  • June 8, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Both Pirates movies play fine for me

    by polyh3dron

    That fag on teh Youtubes didn't have the latest firmware. Both POTC titles play fine for me.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:03 p.m. CST

    I've got The Road Warrior too.. on Blu-Ray

    by polyh3dron

    Bow Timmy, bitch.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    You mean you won't get a BD player until..

    by polyh3dron

    Sony gives you one like Toshiba obviously did.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    New BD Player from Sony

    by polyh3dron

    $499 MSRP. The BDP-S300, it just came out this week and it's comparable in quality to Toshiba's HD-XA2 which is $799 MSRP.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Harry, I do know how expensive that is

    by Cymbol

    I'm married and I did it when I was 22. Been married 12 years on the 25th. However, I bet you have a few more dollars in the bank then I did at that time (not a difficult accomplishment). It doesn't matter, you didn't explain anything else that I mentioned. (Were you paid to support HD-DVD, and why exactly did you film-maker friends say HD-DVD is the way to go). A response on one or both isn't expected but would be appreciated. Anyway, congrats on the wedding - best of wishes.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Monty Python

    by JonQuixote

    My favorite is HOLY GRAIL. I have no need to show off. Well, that's not true. But in this respect, yeah the audacity and the substance of LIFE OF BRIAN and MEANING OF LIFE...I love it. And they're the cool choices. But HOLY GRAIL is the funniest. Absurdist religious satire does make for the better study hall conversation. But c'mon, those fuckin' coconuts, man. That's the best. Deep down, you all probably think so too.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I bet Eli Roth would be surprised to find out...

    by polyh3dron

    that all his films will only be available on Blu-Ray. Cabin Fever, Hostel 1 & 2 = Lionsgate.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Allpowerfulwiz. . . and everyone else for that matter.

    by Cymbol

    I like my PS3. Calm down. I don't fault Harry for choosing HD-DVD, I'm simply saying I don't buy his reasoning for suddenly being exclusive to HD-DVD (which is suddenly pasted all over the website). And people with money issues don't go buying Hi-Def equipement and tons of movies. Seems like a contridiction. A lot of people are wondering why Blu-ray or HD-DVD people care about this stuff so much and why Blu-ray owners were so mad about Harry's previous article. It comes down to money. As Harry (who has financial issues) pointed out, it is expensive. I bought my 65" Mits DLP for $2500, then a PS3 for $600, then a wireless router for $160, then a couple of HDMI monster cables for $90 each, then a couple of games for $60 each, then a few movies at $30 each. My point is, people are investing a lot of money and because the studios can't agree, most of us are making the most informed decision we can and hoping it doesn't become useless. My money is hard-earned. I'm in the military. I hope I made a good choice and I hope my money wasn't wasted. That's why it is important to both sides. And that's why it is important that folks like Harry (who have so much influence - as witnessed by the forums wild fire that spread through-out the internet). He needs to bring an informed opinion. That's just my two cents. Everyone take it easy.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Seventies erotica is wonderful for several reasons...


    Especially if you want to see what a woman looks like getting a piggy-back ride from Buckwheat.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST

    The future is downloading!!!!!

    by Orionsangels

    In the future. Everyone will have massive HDDs combined with their HDTVs with 5 terabytes or more of storage. You'll pay to Download movies, shows. Anything you like. When company comes over and you all wanna watch a movie. You put on the TV and shuffle through the menu and choose a movie. That's where we're headed folks. That's the future. That's the reality. DVD HDDVD Blu-marlin, whatever it is. Is already ancient. Stop collecting them. I did.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry

    by Rebeck3

    This one's a little light on titles and I hope it doesn't become an HD extravaganza of titles we all already own, but your selection of DVDs is always my favorite feature on here. You've turned me on to many obscure and great movies (as well as bad movies that are worth watching) and let me know when movies I love are coming out. Don't listen to the constant shit you get from the peanut gallery, it is a service that's genuinely appreciated by most of us. (As long as you and I don't talk Eli Roth, we're in good shape) It's your unabashed geektacular love of ALL movie genres new and old, your contagious enthusiasm which really makes the difference. No offense to Moriarty, but it just wasn't the same when he did it. So keep it up, and please don't abandon DVD either. It seems like people are getting lost in technology and forgetting that it's the CONTENT THAT MATTERS. HD-DVD is not going to make "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" any funnier than it is on DVD, and I don't need the "perfect" picture and sound to enjoy a good story. Maybe more importantly I'm not building a new library of 1000 movies all over again. Fuck that noise. DVD is just fine by me and I think it's going to be enough for the mainstream public for a looooong time. I hope these greedy fucking comapanies lose all their money. They should be releasing their fucking vaults filled with MIA titles. Personally I want SHOOT THE MOON, LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR, SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION, CANNERY ROW, MEN DON'T LEAVE, LUCKY LADY, THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING, THE BRINKS JOB, WELCOME TO L.A., MAN ON A SWING, on and on. Release them! Can I get an Amen?

  • June 8, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Orionsangels, You're Absolutely Right

    by Rebeck3

    It's so clear to see that that is where all this is headed. So why bother with this hardware that is already destined to be obsolete?? These fuckin' companies just want to find new ways to buy the same titles over and over and over again. And we're obliging them! Come the day I'm going to miss being able to look at my shelves and see my eclectic mix of movies, run my finger over them, but what can you do? I'll miss book stores too.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST

    What Am I Saying?

    by Rebeck3

    I won't miss it...because I'll still have my dinosaur DVDs.

  • June 8, 2007, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Goddammit! X3 DID NOT SUCK!!

    by ejcarter9

    Quit saying that!

  • June 9, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by spiderwalk007

    The Hill is so very great...

  • June 9, 2007, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Ghost Rider wasn't that bad

    by Toby___Wong

    I don't understand why the movie gets so much hate.

  • June 9, 2007, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by ELGordo

    You are so full of idiotic shit that it's not even funny. You have no fucking idea what you are talking about do you? Remember PS2 anyone? Dude! PS2 is the number one home entertainment computer in the world! What the fuck kind of an example is that? You have proved to the small community on this site that you have no fucking clue what you are talking about. No go play with you imaginary girlfriend who likes your greasy ponytail i.e. your hand. Shitlicker.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:29 a.m. CST

    ElGordo, please suck a hot fart out of my ass

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    1st off all you are wrong on so mamy levels fucktard. PS2 for one is not an "entertainment computer", it's a video game system lol. 2nd the top selling gaming system is Nintendo with the Gameboy Advance and DS leading the way. In addition you douchebag the PS2 cranked out garbage. Almost none of the games have any replay value and you see more PS2 games for sale at places like Gamestop/EB then you do for any other system. Why? Because most of the games that came out on that system were garbage. Sony allowed anyone to make games for that system and flooded the market with crap. You sir are the one who is full of idiotic shit. Just because the system may have sold more units does not make it better it just means they did a better job at marketing to the sheep like yourself. <BR> <BR? People who value good games know for a fact that Nintendo and PC games have and continue to be the best out there. Just look at the Wii, it's kicking the PS3's ass! <BR> <BR> And as far as that weak stab at trying to imply about an imaginary girlfriend and me having a greasy pony tail, wow man I am laughing so hard right now because you are so far off base lol. You really have no idea ahahahaha. So you go back to your mantasy about what you think I look like and have and continue to jerk off with your PS2 in your mom's bsmt. I am going to go hit my bed in MY house with my "imaginary" girlfriend who is sleeping in my bed. ahahahah you made me laugh. What a douche.

  • June 9, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Not sure what happened to the rest of my post but

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    The Wii is kicking the PS3's ass right now. <BR> <BR> And as far the rest of your rant Elgaydo, man are you so far off base. "imaginary girlfriend"? "greasy ponytail"? AHAHAHAHHAA riiiiight. Ok well I am going to bed now in MY house next to my "imaginary" girlfriend lol! You must have a thing for guys with ponytails. Suggestion, stop jerking off to gay porn in your mom's bsmt to guys with greasy ponytails and don't make me part of your mantasy. "imaginary girlfriend" LOL!!

  • June 9, 2007, 2:52 a.m. CST


    by Derek Wildstarr

    Are 2 of my favorite movies of all time. Both came out in 1981 as did RAIDERS, EFNY, OUTLAND, KHAN, BLADE RUNNER, FRIDAY 13TH 2, ETC.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST


    by mr. brownstone

    Can you let us know what projector you have. Just curious. I'm thinking about buying a plasma in the fall when Pioneer releases their new line of 1080p panels.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:08 a.m. CST

    You'll NEVER see 2k transfers Harry - and the 4k thing

    by half vader

    'Cause there are only a few pixels difference between 2048 x 858 (2k scope) and 1998 x 1080 (2k flat at 1.85 to 1), versus true HD 1920 x 1080 (at 1.78 to 1). Woulda thought you'd have known that. <p> My little opinion is that home will stay with 1080p for a long time but cinemas will eventually change to 4k with things like the RED camera making it affordable for even low-budget independants to own their own and shoot in 70mm quality. The theatre owners whinge and cry again but in the end we'll be seeing images infinitely better at the multiplex than the badly projected/focused films we see today.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by mr. brownstone

    just let us know when giant multi terrabyte hard drives are cheap enough (and quiet enough) for us to store a collection of 1000+ DVD's uncompressed as well as a ton of extras and lots of feature length 1080p content with enough room to back it all up too.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:15 a.m. CST

    half vader

    by mr. brownstone

    I agree. 1080p is very close to 2k and more than enough resolution for home use.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by mr. brownstone

    it would be cool to have 4K 3D projectors and content in the home. the mind boggles.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST


    by mr. brownstone

    imagine if they started selling new homes with server rooms. open plan kitchen, jacuzzi tub, 3 bedrooms, 2 car agarage and climate controlled server room with rack mounted, scalable raid array.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Harry did you see Good Night and Good Luck?

    by Aust1n

    I dont know if it's out on HD DVD yet but if you haven't seen it you should check it out and then ask yourself if you think someone like Edward R. Murrow would be proud of how you posted an article with tons of misinformation pimping one format, then cowardly deleted the facts you got wrong when a site of more journalistic integrity called you on it. Never updating your post with the correct information, never issuing a retraction. And now you're refusing to cover blu-ray in your DVD releases columnvin an even more blatant attempt to force HD-DVD upon us. Do you think ERM would refuse to acknowledge something as damning as the superior blu-ray sales and studio support in one of his editorials? Or are you content to hold yourself to standards that pale in comparison of someone like ERMs? Which is it? Or did you not see the movie?

  • June 9, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Nose ring always visible you blind c*nts

    by quantize

    for pete's sake, what the hell are you morons doing when you WATCH a film? actually LOOKING at the screen or not?

  • June 9, 2007, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Well, I chose HD-DVD as a stop gap measure...

    by Gabba-UK

    until the inevitable cheaper duel players come into play. I've seen both running side by side and it maybe the different codec's being used by each disc but for me at least HD-DVD did look better, but only just. Price for me was the main factor. The 360 add on allowed me to dabble in HD at little cost and I'm loving it. I just got Excaliber (as Harry did, but I was going to get it before he said it) and I love how good that film looks now. It might interest you guys over the pond that over here the whole format war is nowhere near as clear cut as both Harry and The Digital Bits (very good article) make it to be. The number of Blu-ray titles over here is greater than HD-DVD but the sales of the actual players is a different matter. The cheapest HD-DVD player is a Toshiba and it sells for £250($500), sales rating 1428. The cheapest Blu-ray is the PS3 for £425($850) you can get it cheaper if you shop around but not much. The cheapest stand alone Blu-ray player that I've seen is £450 ($900) sales rating 5222. The cheaper Toshiba is now appearing in supermarkets. The PS3 did sell in buckets at its launch but since then (and I speak as a games retailer) PS3 sales have just died. I know of retailers(Even Sony's own shops) who have sent back upwards of 60% of their stock back to Sony because it wasn't selling. The local Currys (UK's largest electrical retailer) has one of the Toshiba's running loud and proud at the front of the store as you come in while the excellent Samsung Blu-ray is hidden at the back. When you ask them why the answer is simple, they sell 4 to 5 times more of them than they do Blu-ray players. The point is that this now a global market and things in the UK and Europe cost a lot more to buy and price is a major factor. Unless Blu-ray players come down in price over here to the same level by Christmas then the reality is that in Europe at least, HD-DVD could win, meaning of course that film studios wanting to sell premium priced Hi-def film might have to release HD-DVD versions for the European market even when they back Blu-ray elsewhere. However, my opinion is this, DVD will be still be the largest format wherever you are in the world. Upscaled DVD on my 360 looks pretty good (just doesn't have the 'WOW' factor that true HD has) Neither Blu-ray or HD-DVD are ever going to be anything other than a niche product and as the Digital Bits piece explains downloading is going to be the future. Broadband has just exploded over here in the last 18 months with over 60% of households with it. I now have a 20meg connection when just 4 years ago 256k was considered super fast. Blu-ray and HD-DVD will be the last of the optical formats and neither one of them is going to take over DVD. Enjoy both while you can because in five years when your average PC or Mac will have 2/3 Terabyte HD's and the average broadband speed is hovering at the 100meg speed, the pissing contest about which HD format will win is going to look bloody stupid.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:50 a.m. CST

    "I'll miss book stores too."

    by Angry Mean Panda

    Books are arguably the one form of media the internet hasn't has a huge effect on, at least relative to the effective it's had on music, television, etc. Seems people that read still by and large prefer to read an actual book as opposed to the same text on a screen.

  • June 9, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I agree

    by lmoose

    I too think that SNEAKERS is a wonderful film. However my favourite Monty Python film is THE HOLY GRAIL. Comedy gold.

  • June 9, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    HD-DVD. Please. Just walk away, and I will spare your

    by lost.rules

    lives. Please. Just walk away.

  • June 9, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    HD-DVD and Blu-ray. That's not DVD. That's imitation.

    by lost.rules

    We got to it before it could absorb it, digest it, whatever. And, if we hadn't to it in time, those formats would have completely assimialated those DVDs.

  • June 9, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Downloading movies is not the future...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    How do you give a downloaded movie away for Christmas, or for someone's birthday? How do you download easter eggs and in-movie experiences? How about general stuff like liner notes or cover art, disc art? Where's the fun in owning a Batman movie without some cool official poster art of Batman or the Bat symbol to go along with it? I think when it comes to movies, downloading has its appeal, but people like their hard copies. Music lends itself to downloading as its cheaper to just download songs one likes instead of buying whole albums and it easier facilitates loading onto the IPods. Visual media like books and films will always have hard copy appeal, in my estimation, unless you're renting. Material possession is too hardwired into our brains. Even though downloading is probably better for the environment, I think DVD's (whether standard or HD) will be around a long time.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    That Mad Max 2 commentary was recorded 2 years ago.

    by half vader

    Been sitting around for a while. If anyone's interested. Funny that George thinks everyone's upset because they have the mistaken impression that you see the dog being killed (sorta like the ear thing in Res Dogs). When really it upsets people because it's such a low blow/cheap shot. Rest of the flick is brilliant, but we all loved that super-Aussie dog (especially us Aussies)! <p> Lost.rules - huh? Was that English?

  • June 9, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    DOGGY DEAD!!!!!!!

    by lost.rules

    Yeah. Every other movie the stupid dog lives. I'm looking at you ID4!

  • June 9, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Angry Mean Panda

    by Rebeck3

    I agree that nothing compares to holding a book in your hand, and I hope that will never change. What I was referring to was more the fact that it is ridiculously easier and cheaper to buy books online these days than go to a brick and mortar store. The savings is enormous and the selection endless, why go to a store? For the rude stupid sales people who have no clue? The lines at the cash regsiter? I've always loved book stores, but they are going to follow in the footsteps of Tower Records and stores that sell CDs. The slow death of magazines and newspapers isn't going to help either.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Well Chishu, it IS the future, but not just yet.

    by half vader

    You can't make the poster/cover art defence for movies and then discount music - people have made much more of a stink about music cover art than VHS or DVD movie art, and the album art on iTunes isn't that much smaller than a dvd anyway. Liner notes or lyrics or cover art? Of course you can download them! Also, I can't remember about Batman, but you'll find if you stop the movie without ejecting the disc, your screen will fill with a 'cover image' on quite a few dvds. I only have a regular sized TV (29"), but that's larger than an album cover, and soon we'll have bigger tellies anyway. <p> I sort of agree about the ownership thing, but remember the irony there is that it only really happened in a mass consumer way with DVD (which wasn't true on a large scale with VHS). I absolutely agree people want something solid for their money and I think a big part of why music went virtual is that the something solid for your money was replaced by the caché or solid proof of your purchases in the form of the iPod - replacing the original physical items with another. <p> Since people succumbed though to "owning it on DVD" (to paraphrase) over the last decade, they do like to see their collection on their shelves and we won't shake that for a few years yet. Maybe 5? <p> In the end though we will be downloading, but the thing the download fans (the future is NOW!) never seem to mention is compression. Sure I love downloading 1080p trailers but have you seen the compression and artifacts & banding in those things? Sure over the next couple of years that'll decrease but look at stuff like the HD Pirates bitrate and a sane person would surely agree 30 to 50 gigs of info will take a while to download for a little while yet. Between that and people wanting something real to show for their cash, both regular DVD and HD are fairly safe for around 5 years I reckon. Even with e-ink finally reaching market (and soon to be wrapped around every piece of public transport advertising space you can think of), books will take another decade or more to disappear - there are a lotta old fogeys out there after all. Just my opinion.

  • June 9, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Oh sorry P.S.

    by half vader

    I meant to mention that I say all that as someone who has done album and movie poster art, and also works on the digital side. Boy am I conflicted!

  • June 9, 2007, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Digital Bits OWNED you Harry hehehe

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    hehe... wait, am I a 14year old in 2005? No? Ok, I take that back. Nonetheless, "the technically superior formats have not always won these wars"... hmmm.. actually, they have. Every single time.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    Nope. Beta was a higher quality/technologically superior format than VHS. D.A.T. was better than CD. We get lower rez or interlaced HD broadcasts so that the networks can use the same bandwidth as a full HD signal to instead split into more channels at lower spec and therefore more ad revenue. <p> So, no.

  • June 9, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Downloading and the human pysche of owning things.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Downloading will be the future and is already here with the Apple TV unit that you can by for a decent price of $299. It offers HDMI and optical outputs for digital sound. Still there are valid points to both sides in the Downloading vs DVD (HD-DVD or Blu-Ray). The fact remains and one poster brought up no one wanting to give a download for Xmas. Well this per say has some truth to it. Humans because of our greedy nature enjoy things we can touch and see. While giving a download credit could arguably be no different then giving a hard copy of a movie someone wants it still does not change the fact that people enjoy giving and getting things that they can see in front of them. I do think that over a period of time though due to cost of material that eventually downloading content will be the only means of owning it be it music, video games ,movies or watching TV. The cable company has been weening people with the On-Demand feature for some time now and it's popularity is only going to increase as more people pick up HDTV's and want content streamed to them without having to wait for it to air. This is a cash cow with very little expense on the part of the corporations who churn it out. So yeah sometime in our lifetime we may see the end of an era when it comes to DVDs and for sure CDs but it is a long way off as it's prepping the next generation of kids who are being born now to accept it more so then the generation of adults currently fueling our economy.

  • June 9, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Give the man a break

    by Evil Hobbit

    It's not like Harry forces any of you into a standard is he now? It's just another article about what Harry likes to buy for his home theatre system and he shares those thoughts with us. It is called HARRY'S dvd picks and peeks for a reason. What we do with it is entirely up to us.

  • June 9, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    No Blu-ray cover for Ghost Rider?

    by AlwaysThere

    What a douchebag you are!

  • June 9, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Apple TV, Allpowerful

    by half vader

    Not gonna buy that thing until it's full 1080p, at the moment it only supports 720 for some reason. Apparently that Star Trek stuff on XBLive is only 720 as well. 1080 has TWICE the picture info. <p> The other thing I was gonna say before is that buying a download for someone for Chrissy is a bit like giving 'em a gift voucher. Sure they can buy exactly what they like but the first thing they think is "You don't know what I like". In 'the future' it'll be like "you couldn't be bothered/left it too late to go out and get me something". Heh.

  • June 9, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Buy Ghost Ride cause it sucks?

    by Kragmose

    Go HD-DVD cause it sucks? I guess now it makes sense

  • June 9, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    You people hopping all over Harry about HD-DVD

    by Immortal_Fish

    Where was your outrage over Herc unabashedly schilling Blu Ray in Coaxial for a half year or more?

  • June 9, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Oh blu ray and Hd-dvd

    by Tron-Allen 1

    This is so ridiculous. I have been reading this site for years now, and I finally made a log-in just to get in this talkback. There's no point in arguing with the site gods about these two products. If you just look at the movies he's got "robin hood" from like 1935, you'll see impossible to win this argument. I'm sure they love their one and only good hd movie "the Matrix", but even that ones going to be released on Blu-ray. I'm a blu ray owner, and can tell you there is NO difference in picture quality. The ps3 does upconvert your dvds, and they look beautiful. Sony is coming out with cheaper blu-ray players, more studios are lending their weight towards blu-ray, and their product is technically superior. I just think it's ridiculous that you would review hd-dvds version of "road warrior" when blu-ray has the same movie in their catologue. All I can say is you made the wrong choice here Harry. BTW the 20gb PS3 was far cheaper than any Hd-dvd player, and capable of so much more.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Welcome to fuckin' Deadwood.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It can be combative.

  • June 9, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Chishu_Ryu

    Betamax (also a Sony invention) was technically superior to VHS, yet we all know who lost that format war. Beta eventually found its place in professional video recording. Maybe that's where Blu-Ray also belongs. I think this whole Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD war is Sony's attempt at petty revenge at having its babies Betamax and UMD being aborted by the home video market...

  • June 9, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Tron-Allen 1

    If you really believe having to stop a movie in the middle of it just to flip the tape over like a cassette ; or if you believe that having to buy more equipment to extend the length of your tape was superior to vhs...then maybe I'm just spoiled.

  • June 9, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    An erotic film, eh?

    by Thom85

    "The film is something erotic, for those that know what that means." <br> <br> So...can I expect her to bath in the blood of a woman she's just murdered? <br> <br> Sorry dude, but that one was ripe for the picking.

  • June 9, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    The Bridge

    by porterdsgn

    I want to see The Bridge. I was intrigued by the trailer. Seems weird though knowing you're watching people committ suicide for real.

  • June 9, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Well I'm buying that Meaning of Life HD-DVD

    by Catullus85

    If it's a movie I like, but never picked up on DVD, then picking it up in HD is a sure thing (Now movies that I love, but do already own, they need to have some compelling new content). Thanks for the heads up Harry!

  • June 9, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    My bad, think I misinterpretated Harry's sentence... got the feeling he was implying this could be a war without an actual winner. After all, BR seems to be not just the best technically, but in every other aspect as well (if we assume Harry's arguments were full of shit right from the git-go). You know what, fuck it, I'm going with whatever Eli Roth chooses anyway.

  • June 9, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD is great Harry don't listen to the haters

    by Jay D

    I'm format neutral but I prefer HD-DVD over Blu-ray, I own over 40 HD-DVDs compared to 7 Blu-Ray discs. Harry check out Batman Begins and The Departed.

  • June 10, 2007, 1:29 a.m. CST

    AllPowerfulWizardOfOz You Stupid, Dick Sucking,

    by Thom85

    Mouth Breathing RETARD! NAME 10 great games for either the gamcube OR wii that didn't come out on another system. The fucking gauntlet has been thrown down sir. Nintendo better than PS2? You are a fucking joke!! Maybe EB has more of their games for sale because people actually bought ps2 games, rather than leaving them on the shelf to collect dust, like fucking Mario strikers, or Baten Kaitos, or One Piece, or StarFox Assault, OH MY GOD JESUS CHRIST you've made me so angry that blood has started to flow out of my PORES! PLEASE STFU until someone comes along and gives you a fucking clue!

  • June 10, 2007, 1:29 a.m. CST


    by dtpena

    HARRY IS A HD-DVD PLANT! Don't tell anyone!!

  • June 10, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Blu-Ray has Ghost Rider & Hellboy...nice paid omission

    by lynxpro

    Perhaps Toshiba - ahem, Microsoft - is dropping $5 to Harry each time he utters the "words" HD DVD and Toshiba, much as McDonalds did with rappers to namecheck the Golden Arches.

  • June 10, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Fuck all of you... laserdisc is the way to go!

    by Boondock Devil

    And puppetry is next in line after that.

  • June 10, 2007, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Miracle Gro is great for plants...

    by lynxpro

    Just thought I'd offer that tidbit since this website seems to be filled with plants these days, including the writing staff. Miracle Gro is also synthesized piss, by the way.

  • June 10, 2007, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Digital Bits is shit!

    by Lord_Soth

    That site is a Sony sellout. Just like Harry for Toshiba. Who cares? Don't stick with either format, go with a nice Pioneer combo and forget this debate forever.

  • June 10, 2007, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Here's two quick thing...

    by LordEnigma

    1) BOTH THE 360 and the PS3 represent the VERY WORST IN HI-DEF PLAYBACK. If you think that you are watching something of quality. Guess what? You're not. Google Robert Heron and PS3 or 360 HI-DEF PLAY BACK, and be prepared to feel like a jackass. 2) BLU-RAY IS GOING TO WIN. PS3 will keep putting out better firmware for the PS3 BLU-RAY player. By the time this freakin machine has to be something in a year or two. It will clearly have the killer aps to kill 360. The whole reason we have this fucking HI-DEF war in the first place...MICROSOFT'S CREED. Sony only wants what's there's from the go get. MICROSOFT want to control the world. Too bad that they will always lose. Nevertheless, Blu-Ray will win, because it will have Star Wars. Watch. You dont need porn. When you have a HI-DEF DVD VERSION OF THE STAR WARS SAGA (Oh you hate the prequels? FUCK YOU FANBOY! YOU WILL BUY THE ENTIRE BOX, AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!) that has every bell and whistle people have wanted for over a decade now. You clearly have the BLU-RAY version of THE KILLER AP. I had a Beta machine Harry. I knew people that had Laser disc machines back in the 80s. Sometimes, you choose, poorly.

  • June 10, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST


    by jae683

    Please know what you're talking about before you post. PS3 might have some killer apps ... in about two years when programmers figured out how to circumvent the retarded memory architecture. I don't want Microsoft to control the 'world' anymore than you do, but then again I don't want Sony to either. And Sony is just as much to blame for this format war as Toshiba.

  • June 10, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    HOT FUZZ out on normal reg 2 DVD 11th JUNE

    by Jugs

    ..yeah baby!

  • June 10, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Thom85, put a tampoon in to control your blood flow

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Seems I got your pussy in a pinch there douchebag. Let me school you now on many titles in no particular order that are considered classics by gamers for the Gamecube. You asked for 10. <BR> <BR> 1. Resident Evil 4: considered the best game for the system and the PS2 version lacks in both graphics and control. The game is so good they are releasing a Wii version <BR> <BR> 2. The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker <BR> <BR> 3. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem <BR> <BR> 4. Super Mario Sunshine <BR> <BR> 5. Super Smash Brothers <BR> <BR> 6. The Legend of Zelda Collectors Disc <BR> <BR> 7. Metroid Prime <BR> <BR> 8. Metroid Prime 2: Echoes <BR> <BR> 9. Paper Mario 2: The Thousand-Year Door <BR> <BR> 10. Resident Evil 0 <BR> <BR> There are soooo many more titles I could list. The advantage Gamecube (and Nintendo in general) had over the PS2 was for one it has flagship games that you cannot play on any other system with a devoted fan base. All the PS2 had were a few good games and that's. God Of War and God Of War2 are the only two that come to mind that were exclusive for the PS2 that got rave reviews from critics. Wow 2 games. The rest and most were released cross platform including the GTA series which you can buy for PC and Xbox. Pretty much as I stated before the PS2 is a piece of shit gaming system so it makes sense that a piece of shit like yourself would be so upset over my post since you obviously are one of the sheep I am talking about. <BR> <BR> And for the record here is a list from IGN as to what is considered to be the Top 10 games of all time and guess what? Not one PS1 or PS2 game listed. It's ALL Nintendo and PC games. Eat shit you bleeding anal wart. <BR> <BR>

  • June 10, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Harry, you mean 'artifacts' not 'articles'

    by SquirrelPhister

    On The Road Warrior DVD: "When I had a small TV, it looked great, but when I put it on my projector – the articles leapt up and annoyed the fuck out of me." I don't think there were any articles in The Road Warrior that leap out at you so I think you must be talking about 'compression artifacts' which are all over that movie

  • June 10, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    So Glad To Hear That

    by Rebeck3

    Where do you guys get these number? What site?

  • June 10, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by TheUltraHumanite

    Mattboy.... AD is amazing, and you are totally correct

  • June 10, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    and also....

    by TheUltraHumanite

    these aren't even dvd reviews!!!!! I know you got the equipment to warrant an educated critique. Don't just read off the sweet stuff for this weeks sale ads.

  • June 10, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    What is with the Eli Roth hatred?

    by jae683

    This is a serious question. I've seen his movies, and while none of them are great, neither are they Uwe Boll bad either. I don't follow the guy, so I want to know what he did to garner such loathing. Did he slap some old jewish guy or something? Please, enlighten me. Otherwise, it all sounds irrational to me.

  • June 10, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    "I am absolutely in love with my Toshiba HD-A2 HD-DVD"


    When does someone specifially mention the brand and model number of a piece of home electronics? When they are being paid to say it. Well I'm not being paid but I am absolutely in like with my Sony Playstation 3 Home Entertainment Console. It's cool it plays my PS2 games, and I have that Motorstorm game. It also plays Blu-Ray Disks, but I only rent those.

  • June 10, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    HELLBOY has chosen's why...

    by Cotton McKnight

    Hellboy gotta eat!

  • June 10, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    jae683, We hate Eli Roth movies not Eli Roth.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    I don't know Eli Roth as a person but I know his movies that I've seen, Cabin Fever & Hostel and both of them suck shit. He is an over hyped director on this website and does not deserve the amount of attention he has received as a director because he's just a shitty director. His movies are terrible trash. So that is why there is such a dislike for Eli Roth as a film maker.

  • June 10, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Oh Harry....

    by bluebottle

    "I suppose you’ll also notice this on the BLU RAY, but I haven’t seen it on that format." Captain Subtext says, "I'm just mentioning that it might look good on BLU RAY to throw the readers off the sent of my WHORING OUT TO HD". hahaha.

  • June 10, 2007, 7 p.m. CST

    I don't h8 Eli Roth movies...

    by lynxpro

    *Cabin Fever* was cool, and not just because hottie Cerina Vincent was in it. The ending was sweet. I'd say Hollywood would be a better place if there were 5 Eli Roths for every 1 Akiva Goldsman, Brett Ratner, MSJ, Michael Bay or Edgar Bronfmans that are currently employed in Hollywood at their inflated salaries. Where is Cecil B. Demented when we need him to clean up Hollywood?

  • June 10, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST

    "I am absolutely in love with my right hand"

    by Bone-In Foray

    As much as I'm happy for you Harry - high definition DVD player, 9' screen, etc. - I can't help but wonder why us common folk are suddenly being subjected to HD DVD "picks and peeks". Simply because YOU'VE chosen a format... certainly that doesn't mean everyone ELSE has chosen a format, right? Why not have a separate column for HD-DVD if you can't contain yourself? I know I'm not alone in my not-choosing-a-format-until-there-is-a-clear-victor state of mind, so why not play to the masses and give us a more thorough look at the second week of DVD releases in June. Somehow I think there were probably more than 8 (standard) DVDs released this week (I'm not counting the seventies smut).

  • June 10, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    robrod55....learn about TrueHD!

    by iontyre

    Dolby TrueHD is another way of storing lossless audio, and produces EXACTLY the same audio result as uncompressed pcm, but does it without wasting as much space.

  • June 10, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Why HD DVD...

    by iontyre

    Because the disc format is similar enough to DVD that the discs can be mass produced on the same assembly line as DVD, and because the players can be easily upgraded DVD player electronics. HD DVD will become just another "feature" of the already popular upconverting DVD players that are selling like crazy. Blu-ray cannot do this...

  • June 10, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    A LITTLE knowledge is a dangerous thing iontyre: HD-DVD

    by half vader

    Yeah HD is fantastic, but PLEASE know what you're talking about before 'informing' folks who've been following this for years and stop it with the tired old "HD-DVD can use the same existing replication lines" argument which is completely redundant now that economy of scale is kicking in. It's so obvious this was blatant propaganda because it's only ever a short-lived advantage and NO-ONE EVER got upset every time a new computer architecture/chip or television or for that matter games console came out and the same thing happened. Nintendo do it almost every time with their media! There are new purpose-built production lines/factories all the time but no-one ever made a fuss about it because I guess they couldn't sell it as the competition being the devil. <p> Notice I at no point said HD-DVD itself or HD in general wasn't great, just that their "Blu-Ray are the devil because they're forcing new techniques on us" is lame and transparent propaganda, especially when they then turn around and make you pay extra to include old dvd with the combo stuff. Guess what, the HD stuff can downscale to old TVs too, so you could buy HD-DVDs OR Blu-ray and play 'em on your XBox add-on, Tosh player, Blu-ray deck or PS3 and they'll look every bit as good as regular DVD. Then when you eventually get your HD telly they'll look much MUCH better. It's sort of stupid that combo discs DO make you buy your dvd again when you haven't even purchased it the FIRST time! <p> Yes I know their rationale is that you can play the same thing on your 15 old DVD players scattered around the house, but shit man if you've got a pristine high-def version sitting there why the holy fuck would you WANT to??!!

  • June 10, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Oh in the interest of fairness though

    by half vader

    Sony are also cunts and have fumbled pretty much everything along the way themselves, as Allseeing will tell you. Both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are great, and when it comes to the 2nd half of the story which is data storage for the computer world, BR edges ahead, track for track. IMHO.

  • June 10, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Also in the interests of fairness 'Allpowerful'

    by half vader

    In your universe Gran Turismo never happened? Or do you write that one off completely as a 'piece of shit' too? Some people like the PS2 exclusive Metal Gear games and the PS2 Final Fantasy games too. You can argue they started off on Nintendo or that Nintendo were aboned for Sony and you'd be right both times, but your rage about the PS2 is a bit over the top and completely subjective to say the least. Me, I like both, but if you seriously think Kutaragi was a bigger arsehole than Yamauchi in holding the industry to ransom you really need to think again. Folks here have short memories. But obviously you're nowhere near objective. Take a breath mate.

  • June 11, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    half vader - no hate for you.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    You responded properly. I only go off on those who go off on me in a manner of disrespect. <BR> <BR> Yes I know that the Grand Turismo series is a beloved one for PS1/PS2 owners but again it goes back to PS2 having more crappy games then gems vs Nintendo and their library on the Gamecube. Gamecube faired way better in games that have strong reply value and will hold for years to come. Nintendo while they are in the business to make money has always been an example of respect and offering quality to the market place with their fan base firmly in tact. This is why the PS3 is such a failure. Sony put out a system with a pretentious price that more or less thumbed it's nose at it's base and has since lost it's footing in the video game wars. Nintendo on the other hand has done well with the Wii opting for game play over graphics and that's why it's been a huge hit selling out whenever stores get them in. In addition it's a fair price at $250.00 for everything it's capable of doing. Yes the PS2 sold more units but that had a lot to do with the GTA III craze that hit years back and it being the only system that you could get that game on at that time. However if you look at over all sales of the games that came out for the PS2 it's lagging behind vs how many games were sold for the Gamecube as in various titles not counting the GTA series which is cross platform. Gamecube over all has more quality then it does games for the system. That's my point. Those games are playable on the current Wii in addition to being able to download games from past Nintendo and Sega systems via the built in VC.

  • June 11, 2007, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    because i JOKINGLY said fuck hostel was the first time i got banned THEN you banned me for speaking foul of eli roth. and mr_sinister7381: LOL

  • June 11, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    back to what i said of ghost rider

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    i heard it was a huge piece of shit but also boring. which is something i didnt expect it to be.

  • June 11, 2007, 1:32 a.m. CST

    i get banned all the time

    by TheUltraHumanite

    its bullshit... aside from racial slurs and threatening remarks, anything should go

  • June 11, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by TheUltraHumanite

    i want my goddamn chat privlage back, you touchy cocksuckers

  • June 11, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST

    TheUltraHumanite, fuckin annoying isnt it?

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    ive been banned twice this weekend, and somehow i know it will happen again.

  • June 11, 2007, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Fair enough Allpowerfulwiz but

    by half vader

    Considering that the PS2 had thousands more titles of COURSE they had more lousy games! Law of averages mate! Just looking at the lighter side there. <p> Just keep in mind like I said that Yamauchi blackmailed the industry continually into paying ridiculous prices to develop for proprietary cartridge-based formats which crippled many 3rd parties (ironically making development as expensive and comparitively risky as it is now) and then even after everyone else had gone cd-based begrudgingly giving in but still going with the mini-cd. You forget that part of the financial failure of the Gamecube (yes it did fail despite being the best console of the 3 at the time) was in LARGE part due to all the bad blood that they'd built up with 3rd parties previously. As fantastic as their 1st party stuff was, Ninty couldn't live on bread alone. They'd say it was just piracy concerns which lead them to stick with proprietary tech which is a disingenuous lie at best. <p> I think it's great you love Nintendo's stuff but supremely ironic you chastise Sony for essentially doing a similar thing years after. I say this as someone who's owned all the Nintendo consoles including the Wii but I can't stand sheeplike support or the sins of the past. I own a PS3 too (and saved hundreds by waiting for a local release to drive local import prices down severely on ebay as I buy all r1DVDs and games are region free anyway). So I'm as unbiased as I can be. Having said that HD-DVD quality for movies is fantastic too. But Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are ALL a pack of filthy lying bastards, don't be fooled. Developers will always yell and moan like they did with the PS2 which they wailed about when Sony "forced" them to use an architecture that favoured assembly coding 'down to the metal' rather than a nice lazy interface (strange how even devs have forgotten that one) because they knew it'd pay off in the longer term by being able to squeeze every bit of juice out of it to the point where it's still outselling the following generation in some territories and some titles. Not bad. People are moaning all over again about PS3 but we'll see where things are at in the what? 1&1/2 years that the X360 has been out? They all have great points, 360, PS3 and Wii. You don't have to shit on one to shine the other.

  • June 11, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    its called mad max not road warrior!!!!!

    by erkojock

    its called mad max not road warrior!!!!!

  • June 11, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST

    The only good thing...

    by loafroaster

    ...about "Underworld" was the fact that they 'paid homage' to An American Werewolf by ripping off the werewolf sound. Fucking hell, I still can't watch past Jack and David leaving The Slaughtered Lamb on my own. And I can't watch the dream sequence in the forest where David is in the hospital bed even with company. The only film that's ever scared me. Oh yeah, and the Brian May Road Warrior soundtrack ROCKS!

  • June 11, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by loafroaster

    ...Road Warrior = Mad Max 2

  • June 11, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    i just read the digital bits thing

    by slappy jones

    seriously...who gives a fuck?? harry said he might be wrong but he has picked hd dvd....who the fuck cares? jesus christ he can't do fucking anything these days with you jealous pricks ranting. you should be kissing harrys ass really because if this site didn't exist what contact would you have with other people?wouldn't you all be very he picked hd dvd over blu ray..WHO GIVES A FUCK.

  • June 11, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Toshiba Strikes Back!

    by browsingjohn

    They will be including a rewritable HD DVD drive in ALL their laptops, the first units shipping around June this year. Considering Toshiba sold 9 million units in 2006, things could get very interesting with 9,000,000 plus NEW HD DVD installed base (albeit in laptops!) by the end of 2008. Any thoughts, comments?

  • June 11, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Mason Reese has chosen Underwood deviled ham...

    by BannedOnTheRun

    here's why: they paid him to.

  • June 11, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Let's all cuddle and watch American Werewolf

    by BannedOnTheRun

    God was that scary back in the day. Still one of the select few "scary" movies that is literally scary. Watch and learn.

  • June 11, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Slappy Jones,

    by jae683

    That's what I've been saying. Doesn't seem to matter. =\

  • June 11, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I'll Probably Get Accused of Blowing Smoke

    by Colier Rannd

    But I have to say I really do look forward to this column every week. The one complaint is the headline. I thought that it was going to have the movie "Erotica". The one with Bruce Greenwood and Mia Kirshner. Otherwise I can not wait to get my copy of The Hustler.

  • June 11, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    i would like bluray to dominate

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    seeing as i spent 600 fuckin dollars on a ps3 which has no good games (resistence gets fuckin old) at the moment.

  • June 11, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    Hellboy movie - ONLY avialable on Blu-ray!

    by CreatureCantina

    It's such a pity ol' Harry will never be able to watch Hellboy in glorious 1080p because he went with HD-DVD. Scratch that... he'll be able to watch it when he's forced to switch to Blu-ray in early '08 after the major retailers declare an end to the format war and stop carrying HD-DVD.

  • June 11, 2007, 9:09 p.m. CST

    The look and sound of gratuitous advertising

    by Jack Burton

    Am I the only one that absolutely hates both Blu Ray and HD-DVD packaging? Why do they have to have their slogan on the damn case? Why can't it just be on the celophane? I like the clean look of DVD where the movie art dominates. Half the box on both HD-formats appears to be advertisement for the format. It may be nitpicky but it bugs me.

  • June 11, 2007, 9:11 p.m. CST

    The real reason Harry chose HD-DVD...

    by CreatureCantina

    From his previous article: "At the same time - ads began appearing on AICN for Toshiba's HD-A2 HD-DVD Player." Unless the ads hear "appear" out of thin air, Toshiba is paying to have their player advertised here. How much are they paying him? Is it possible part of the agreement to run the ads included the stipulation that Harry "purchase" one of these advertised players and sing its praises? I suppose only Harry can answer that. Not that it really matters... the guys who really know what they're talking about over at TheDigitalBits came out for Blu-ray and summarily spanked Harry... which I found hilarious.

  • June 11, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST


    by jae683

    You're touting Blu_ray with Hellboy? lololol

  • June 11, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Jack Burton

    by polyh3dron

    I agree with your comment, and it seems that Warner and Paramount are the only smart studios when it comes to this. At least Sony's packaging just has that little "Beyond High Definition" thing at the bottom. I believe that the reason the studios like Uni, Disney and Lionsgate do the fancy designs on the covers is "to convey to the consumer that this is different". That's probably what they said in the boardrooms anyway.

  • June 11, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins only on HD-DVD

    by Jay D

    And Hellboy 2 only on HD-DVD. All of this support Blu-ray fanboys tout, how many must have exclusives do they have?

  • June 11, 2007, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins only on HD-DVD for the time being...

    by CreatureCantina

    Warner is on the record that they will release Batman Begins on Blu-ray as soon as the BD-Java standards are more developed. They want PIP. It'll be out on Blu-ray before Christmas. Same thing with the Matrix Trilogy. The only titles that won't be on Blu-ray are those released by Universal... that is until Universal goes format neutral in January '08 (which is when the deal where Toshiba/Microsoft paid them to stay stay HD-DVD only expires).

  • June 11, 2007, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Universal is not going nuetral

    by jae683

    How many times does this have to be said.

  • June 11, 2007, 11:57 p.m. CST

    if batman begins is only on hd-dvd

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    then i will just dvr the hd version on comcast. take that hd-dvd! asses.

  • June 12, 2007, 12:01 a.m. CST

    die another day is on

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    how come james fuckin bond cant shoot a guy standing directly right in front of him but halle berry can almost hit a guy in the head from 300 yards away?

  • June 12, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST

    HD Cable sucks compared to Hi-Def discs

    by Jay D

    You can have that compressed shit. I'll buy movies that I enjoy like Troy, 12 Monkeys etc. Blu-ray fans can enjoy their Ghost Rider, Night At The Museum, Sonys penguin movies, and all that good stuff.

  • June 12, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    really Jay D

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    hd cable still looks pretty fuckin good to me. maybe my mind will be changed once i see a bluray or hd-dvd movie.

  • June 12, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    dammit i want bluray to win because i have a ps3 already and I DONT WANT TO SPEND ANY MORE MONEY ON A HD-DVD PLAYER!

  • June 12, 2007, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Universal WILL be going format neutral

    by CreatureCantina

    They just can't say it yet. If they do anything but deny that they plan to go format neutral before their arrangement expires, they'll have to give back all that pretty money that Microsoft paid them to perpetuate this format war. Toshiba and Microsoft might try to get them to re-up for another year, but when the shareholders of Universal see that Blu-ray continues to outsell HD-DVD by more than 2 to 1, they're not going to stand for it. Watch just how quickly Universal goes format neutral once Best Buy and Circuit City announce they'll no longer carry HD-DVD. Analysts predict that'll happen early '08... just after the retailers can suck the last few bucks out of HD-DVD owners' wallets over the Christmas season.

  • June 12, 2007, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Hell yes Jack Burton

    by half vader

    "The look and sound of perfect" (which DOES NOT work in the same way as "think different") or "Beyong High Definition" WTF? Fuck fucking marketing people, on both sides. Those fuckers. <p> On the same note, I saw a "quote" on the cover of a regular dvd yesterday which said something like "Incredible!" or "Best film of the year!", with, get this, NO byline for the source of the quote. Fucking shameless self-promoting marketing wankers. Yes I have to deal with them constantly. Aaarrrrrrrgh!

  • June 12, 2007, 4:13 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    Duh, missed that one. Being so cranky and all.

  • June 12, 2007, 4:37 a.m. CST

    I'm now avoiding both hi-def formats:

    by half vader

    Because Deliverance is being released on both HD-DVD and Blu-ray. NO-ONE needs to see Ned Beattie get buggered in crystal clear high def. For that matter, please no HD Borat with the 'wrestling' scene either. <p> Shudder.

  • June 12, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Creature, you're full of crap.

    by jae683

    Enough said.

  • June 12, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    If it helps you to sleep at night, Jae...

    by CreatureCantina

    You go ahead and go on thinking that. You'll have to face the reality soon enough. Universal wants to make money, and HD-DVD is a failure. They're not going to stick with a dead format forever. Have you even looked at the latest sales data? In May Blu-ray outsold HD-DVD 60/40. We're half-way through June, and so far it's been 70/30. For the year, Blu-ray is up 62/38. Aside from two AVS-orchestrated blips, Blu-ray has dominated the EProduceWars charts every hour of every day since February. Retailers want this format war to end so they can really start pushing HD, and Blu-ray is dominating to the point where they can legitimately end it. For anybody to side with HD-DVD at this point, they'd either need to be completely ignorant of every current trend, a paid shill like Harry, or an utter moron.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Creature Cantina: or realise there's a world outside US

    by half vader

    of A. I think Allseeing said it was selling better in Europe. Did you research the rest of the world or just your own backyard? Not disagreeing outright, but it does sound like you're more busy shooting your mouth off and showing your superiority than doing your homework. Can you imagine how deep Microsoft's pockets are and how much they'd be willing to subsidize HD-DVD to win the war whether the product is inferior or not (look at the price of Harry's wondermachine!)? Enough to drag this out a bit longer I think. <p> Although after MS's comments yesterday about how they don't think even their HD-DVD will even last 5 years, it'd be pretty funny if Universal turned around and bit them back by going neutral after all! Microsoft would probably shrug their shoulders though and just release a cheap Blu-ray add-on drive @ $100 for the 360, screwing Toshiba in the process as well. That Bill. He's so funny!

  • June 12, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I meant to say;

    by half vader

    Even after Toshiba admitted today to a revised forecast of about HALF for this year. Strange that they dropped their fabulous uberplayer down to three hundred. Hmmm. MSofts pockets are gonna hurt, better European sales or not. <p> To whoever posted about the Installed base of HD-DVD drives on Toshiba laptops (so many posts and threads on this stuff I can't find it anymore): I bet they're pretty fucking annoyed those things are all PLAYERS and it took what? a YEAR or two to finally come out with a burner (with a 30 gig limit)? FanTAStic!

  • June 12, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Wait there are 2 versions of X-Men 3


    Where's the 2nd version?

  • June 12, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    World figures + Microsoft's stake

    by CreatureCantina

    HD-DVD was doing better in Europe UNTIL the PS3 launched. Since then Blu-ray has outsold HD-DVD by 3 to 1: . Now Blu-ray dominates in every territory. As for Microsoft's deep pockets... they actually don't have a stake in this race. Toshiba owns the rights to HD-DVD, and they stand to make the money if it wins. I read some analysis recently that all Microsoft wanted to do was create a format war to delay the adoption of a unified HD format for a couple years. That would give Internet companies more time to wire homes for high speed access, with which they'll be able to download HD programs directly to their shiny xbox360s. Microsoft wants to dominate the living room, and the way they want to do that is through control of the downloaded content. As long as two competing disc formats are slowing adoption to HD, Microsoft has a shot at controlling everything. But again... if Universal is selling their HD-DVDs at half the rate of competitors Blu-ray discs, they're not going to lose that kind of money just to stick with their horse. No matter how deep Microsoft's pockets, they're not going to subsidize hundreds of millions in losses just to keep HD-DVD afloat.

  • June 12, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Creature, HD-DVD is not a failure

    by jae683

    Otherwise we wouldn't be having this conversation. You go ahead and think this thing is won already. Keep on spinning your bs, if you're not a paid shill yourself. Whatever makes you happy.

  • June 12, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    The Boz's Stone Cold was released today

    by glodene

    One of the most under-appreciated balls to the wall action flicks of all time! Yo Harry how could you miss mentioning The Boz's film debut?

  • June 12, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    BluRay wins, Microsoft wants HD-DVD to Die

    by YAYBLUE

    You gotta read this article released today via Home Media Magazine. It seems Microsoft doesnt want HD-DVD to be a part of their future--guess bluray will win after all:

  • June 12, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Like I was sayin'...

    by CreatureCantina

    Microsoft doesn't want Blu-ray OR HD-DVD to win. And they financially backed the inferior option with its lacking studio support in order to deny Blu-ray a quick victory. The longer they can drag this out, the better their position as arbiter of downloaded content.

  • June 12, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    You putzes

    by jae683

    That article doesn't say Blu Ray will win. It says both formats will ultimately fail to downloadable content. You should really work on your shtick though. It's getting kind of old. Maybe ask Headquarters for more money.

  • June 12, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Duck You Sucker

    by tom_joad

    I can't believe you are not getting Duck You Sucker.

  • June 12, 2007, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Microsoft HD-DVD comment

    by Chishu_Ryu

    Yeah, that's not a very smart thing for the HD-DVD people to say that they're anti-disc in the middle of a disc format war. If I were Bill Gates, I'd fire whoever made that stupid comment. Kind of makes me want to go buy a Blu-Ray player now. But I still like my HD-DVD...

  • June 12, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Eli Roth... Didn't Michael have him killed in Part II?

    by yourvillainbobby

    Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer... RUN AWAY ELI! THEY'RE GONNA EAT YOU!

  • June 12, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Open your eyes, Jae...

    by CreatureCantina

    The article doesn't say Blu-ray will win. The article says Microsoft, the company supplying all the money to Toshiba, wants HD-DVD to LOSE. If HD-DVD would ever threaten to become the dominant form of HD content delivery to homes, what do you think Microsoft would do? Pull funding and sink it! HD-DVD has no chance whatsoever. If it wasn't already so far behind Blu-ray in this war it might have been an issue.

  • June 12, 2007, 9:46 p.m. CST

    In May Blu-ray outsold HD-DVD 60/40

    by Jay D

    Theres almost 3 million Blu-Ray players (Mostly due to the PS3 because HD-DVD is crushing Blu-ray in stand alone sales) and about 400K HD-DVD players in US homes, and yet Blu-ray sales for May were only 60/40 in favor of Blu-ray, wow quite the accomplishment.

  • June 12, 2007, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Guys you can keep shilling your bullshit all you want.

    by jae683

    Keep telling yourselves the 'war' is over. It doesn't matter. Maybe if you put on your little ruby shoes, click your heels together while turning in a circle, and chant 'we win' 'we win' 'we win' it might actually happen. But I highly doubt it. As for me, I'm going to go watch The Meaning of Life (from Universal), on my HD-DVD player.

  • June 12, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Poor Jae... wasted all that money...

    by CreatureCantina

    I'm sorry, Jae... I didn't realize you'd invested your hard-earned cash in HD-DVD. It's no wonder you're defending the indefensible... if you don't it's as if you've flushed a couple paychecks down the toilet. You know what would make you feel better? Go out there and find some independent analysts or industry experts who predict HD-DVD is thriving and will survive long-term. Oh wait...

  • June 13, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by Jay D

    How nobody can explain the low sales of Blu-ray disc sales compared to how many players are in peoples homes. Ohhh Blood & Chocolate was just released on Blu-Ray, I'm sold. Sure Blu-Ray disc sales are beating HD-DVDs, but when you compare the millions of Blu-Ray players vs. the few 110K HD-DVD players, seems like HD-DVD is in a much better position to me.

  • June 13, 2007, 12:52 a.m. CST

    CreatureCantina has no brain or information

    by lotusblade

    Universal is EXCLUSIVE to HD-DVD and revenue sharing in some of the PATENTS. I don't think they're going anyway. Just like Sony isn't going anywhere. The only studio that has ever said they were paid by anyone or implied it was DISNEY and it was a statement by Robert Iger (CEO) and he also said "In the future I see us neutral," and that will happen. As soon as 51GB discs are available and a REGION CODEs are put in place. Both to happen this year. BTW Target is getting 1M $149 HD-DVD players this winter. Wal-Mart will have 2M. Best Buy will have some too. Anyone who thinks a $500 player will beat a $149 player is STUPID. Once the Asian players hit the market, the war will become much more level grounded.... Lions Gate & Disney will become neutral. FOX will holdout until 10M players are on the market (sometime in late 2008). However a FOX title will be out this year... STAR WARS the definitive edition... only on HD-DVD... Lucas always has said he planned on releasing to HD-DVD.

  • June 13, 2007, 12:59 a.m. CST

    The Microsoft Quote

    by lotusblade

    Was from the CONVERGENCE PROJECT MANAGER. It's his job to believe that movie distribution will converge with the PC market. That's his JOB. It wasn't stated by anyone associated with the HD-DVD side of things at MS. You guys will bark up any tree. Sure Universal which is a major part of the HD-DVD group (and gets part of the patent money) is going to go neutral... in 2008! Screwing themeselves! That makes a lot of sense. Almost as much as anyone who thinks PS3 sales can compete vs HD-DVD drives that cost less than $200.

  • June 13, 2007, 3:11 a.m. CST

    GameCube V. PS2

    by oceanic86

    I'm a huge fan of Nintendo, and I'll defend the GameCube and its library to the end, but the PS2 was one hell of a system, too. I recently rediscovered mine now that games are dirt cheap used. The Ratchet & Clank series, Ico, Shadow Of The Colossus, Final Fantasy X & XII, God Of War 1 & 2... there are just tons and tons of great PS2 games out there. But I'd have to say that, overall, my favorite game of the entire last generation would be Metroid Prime. <p>Wait, what was this thread about again? Oh, um... fuck HD-DVD and Blu-ray, I can't afford that shit.

  • June 13, 2007, 3:51 a.m. CST

    gamecube was complete garbage

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    aside from metroid and a few others gamecube was terrible. love metroid though.

  • June 13, 2007, 4:43 a.m. CST

    I can explain the low sales of Blu-ray movies

    by half vader

    By the fact that until recently the 'selection' was 90% Jennifer Aniston movies. Bleh. Has anyone noticed she's got the lower face of Dustin Hoffman and is looking more and more like Tootsie as she gets older? Bleh.

  • June 13, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Both formats have horrible casings

    by Kragmose

    But HD-DVD's casing is the uglier of the two. It's hideous, and why do they ruin the covers with big fucking "The look and sound of perfect." WHATEVER

  • June 13, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    lol Creature

    by jae683

    Now that's funny. I'm perfectly happy with my purchases, thanks for asking though. A bit of advice, you should spend less time worrying about how other people their money and more time about your mental state. You can get help for that, you know. You might try lithium. I hear that's great for your condition. Or you could try finding another employer, less stress you know? I'm positive that it'll make you feel better. =)

  • June 13, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray

    by BillyPilgrim

    Is soooo 1980.

  • June 13, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Another win for Blu-ray

    by YAYBLUE

    Toshiba cuts sales forecast of HD-DVD by 44% despite recent HD-DVD price slashes and disappointing sales..a report put out by Reuters. No wonder these machines are a bargain. See the full article here under 6/12 daily column..can you read jae683, or are you just white trash??

  • June 13, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    the PIP argument is bogus...

    by lynxpro

    Lemme get this straight... Warner is delaying several Blu-Ray releases until Sony and the Blu-Ray Disc Association finalize BD-J. Bullocks. Since when have any of these studios shied from double/triple/quad+dip on their earlier DVD releases? Never. Warner could easily release non BD-J Blu-Ray titles and then re-release them with the PIP features in a "special edition" version. So that leads me to believe that Warner is either 1.) Deliberately delaying the major Blu-Ray title releases to help shore up HD DVD which they co-own a lot of intellectual property with Toshiba from the original DVD format; and/or 2.) They are waiting for BD+ copy protection layers to improve so the potentially larger Blu-Ray sales aren't compromised as easily as the hackable (ie. "pirated") HD DVD titles have been. While the conspiracy buff in me wants to go with #1 as the main answer, I think a lot of it is with #2 but Warner is less "honest" than Fox/MGM are in terms of copy protection and their piracy fears. I'd also go on record and say that I'd rather them shove PIP in order that they simply encode all of their Blu-Ray titles in H.264 MPEG-4 AVC with uncompressed sound instead of simply using the VC-1 masters that they made for their HD DVD releases. I also think the interactive linked webpages are lame because it is doubtful that the studios will keep them up permanently anyways, so stop wasting space on the discs over bogus features.

  • June 13, 2007, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by lynxpro

    Microsoft does have a stake in ensuring HD DVD wins, or at least spoils Blu-Ray's chances. The first is in terms of making their VC-1 codec (Windows Media 9) standard. It is already used on ALL HD DVD releases to date, and lazy studios like Warner (who probably have some reduced licensing fee with Microsoft) will simply master their HD releases in VC-1 and use it for both their HD DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Microsoft doesn't want H.264 MPEG-4 AVC becoming the dominant next-gen codec because they make more licensing money off VC-1 and they don't like open standards instead of their proprietary ones that keep the computer world pegged to the suckage that is Windows. #2 reason... Microsoft doesn't want Sony and the Blu-Ray Disc Association being successful in keeping Microsoft's HDi platform software off the next-gen DVD players. BD-J is Java, and Microsoft is anti-Java ever since Sun successfully sued them over trying to install proprietary Windows hooks into the "universal" platform. Third, since Sony has so much invested in Blu-Ray in making it one of the flagship technologies of the PS3, it is in the best interest of Microsoft to fund Toshiba on the cheap to ruin Sony. Toshiba is a proxy for Microsoft and if Microsoft/Toshiba is successful, then Sony's SCE division will go belly-up, thereby removing the main obstacle standing in the way of the Xbox division dominating the gaming industry and actually becoming profitable for once. So yeah, Microsoft has a major vested interest in this product war.

  • June 13, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Microsoft is like Iran...

    by lynxpro

    Microsoft doesn't want a clear Blu-Ray victory, so they fund Toshiba on the cheap to hurt Sony. Kinda like how Iran is supplying both the Taliban and the Sunni Iraqi insurgency in Iraq, not because they like Sunnis but they like it when their enemies kill Americans/Coalition forces. Destabilization at War-Mart prices. But if HD DVD wins, Microsoft still gets revenue from it.

  • June 13, 2007, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by jae683

    That's from Digitalbits, right? Enough said. Considering your last post was full of crap too, maybe you're the one who should check into remedial reading, irregardless of what race you are.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    Ha ha. Sorry, just having a very cheap laugh at your expense. You probably say 'fantastical' too. Feel free to call me a spelling Nazi, I don't mind. Although you won't, being the one going on about remedial reading. Funny. <p> Also, have you actually READ that site? And for how many years? They've only just hopped off the fence. Disagree with their choice? No problem. But "Enough said"? Those aren't even Digitalbits' numbers, they're Nielsen figures! Whatever, man.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Getting back to it, My fave Newman is Cool Hand Luke

    by half vader

    That's about due for a remaster I reckon. Fanastic film.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    Aargh. Noticed it just as I hit post.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    lol Vader

    by jae683

    See it can happen to anyone? =)

  • June 14, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    True, except that irregardless isn't a typo.

    by half vader

    I get your point though. ;)

  • June 14, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Jerri Blank

    If you live in NY, the Mick Travis Trilogy (if..., O Lucky Man!, and Brittania Hospital)are showing this weekend at the Anthology Film Archive. But I'll let y'all get back to arguing over hardware.

  • June 15, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    I saw The Bridge

    by CherryValance

    and I don't understand. It was pretty boring to me. The guy just talked to the families of the people who jumped. I actually think he missed the boat, because it could have been a lot more profound. He didn't really seem to be saying anything with it.

  • July 11, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    so Eli Roth came by your place...

    by m_prevette

    ..and you didnt beat the shit out of that no-talnet hack?

  • July 11, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    so Eli Roth came by your place...

    by m_prevette

    ..and you didn't beat the shit out of that no-talent hack?

  • July 25, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    watchin ghost rider

    by El Borak

    my favorite comic of all time... was like watching my grampa getting kicked in the balls.