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Harry's DVD PICKS AND PEEKS Does The 3rd Week of June 2007 - 300 HD DVD preview - IF... - Picket Fences & More!!!

Here's next Tuesday, the 19th of June's DVD column - featuring a few special surprises of content and my further explorations in the HD DVD world. I had a special guest arrive at my geek lovenest this week and you'll be hearing more about that in the upcoming weeks. As always - the titles and the art links to the corresponding AMAZON page, where you can find out more on the title, order it or just use this list as you explore via services like NetFlix. It's really up to you. That said, the Criterion titles are the most tantalizing this week. Here ya go...

Of the Walden produced fantasy films thus far, this has been my favorite. Gabor Csupo, the director, did a wonderful job of keeping the fantasy, exactly that… fantasy. The playfulness of a child’s mind when running in the forest, when a leap can make you feel in your mind as though you are soaring. It also addresses the heartache of childhood and the unacceptance of one’s dreams. This was a wonderful children’s film. The two lead children are great… and anytime you have Zooey Deschanel on screen, it’s a good thing. Disney does a good job with the extras – commentary and documentary look at the making of it all.

I loved the first season of this show dearly. I loved Tom Skerrit and Kathy Baker. And the character of Douglas Wambaugh… what a character. There were so many great characters and great stories in this season and I’m kinda surprised it has taken this long to come out. It’ll be nice to see if it was as good as I remembered.

IF… (Criterion Collection)
YES! I can finally retire my PAL VHS copy that I got from a fan years ago. IF… has come to DVD and not just that, but to Criterion. It is my feeling, that this film should be shown and discussed in every high school in the United States. The feelings and the emotions and the fear and the anger… this film is just brilliant. Criterion has knocked themselves out by bringing us an amazing edition of this film. You have a commentary by film historian David Robinson with Malcolm McDowell commenting on one of his finest roles ever. The extras are to be discovered. This is THE release of the week!

With RATATOUILLE coming out soon, it’s a great time to honor the first and second mouse that set out to conquer the human world, NARF! That’s right… Pinky and the Brain. Remy just wants to conquer a human kitchen, these two rodents are out to conquer the world – and who is to say they shouldn’t be running the world – actually, who is to say they’re not running Bush right now and that they have already succeeded in running the world of humans to the edge of annihilation! Well here we go with 22 episodes of their animated adventures that haven’t seen hide nor hair of our DVD collections. Enjoy!

Lucille Ball was more than just the comic genius that was Lucy. And this collection underlines that. For one – you get films of hers that pre-date that landmark show – and films that feature her alongside the likes of Gene Kelly, Maureen O’Hara, Red Skelton and more. Of these – my fave is DU BARRY WAS A LADY, if only because I’m Gene Kelly’s bitch. I just absolutely love everything he has ever done. Gene handles the dancing and is assisted wonderfully by Lucille in the comedy. This is a wonderful set!

SWEET MOVIE (Criterion Collection)
There are times where I’m humbled by Criterion. This title and the next – I simply have never heard of, nor have I seen. But the great thing about Criterion is that I have found, over the years – it is a great label to just place yourself in their hands, because they’ll guide you through the obscure and the scary and the bizarre – and at the end of the DVD, you’ll look at their little Criterion symbol and whisper, “Thank You!” – or you may well scream it. I have never seen a Dusan Makavejev film – and now I have two to look at. Here’s the product description… sounds amazing: “Pushing his themes of sexual liberation to their boiling point, Yugoslavian art-house provocateur Dusan Makavejev followed his international sensation WR: Mysteries of the Organism with this full-throated shriek in the face of bourgeois complacency and movie watching. Sweet Movie tackles the limits of personal and political freedom with kaleidoscopic feverishness, shuttling viewers from a gynecological beauty pageant to a grotesque food orgy with scatological, taboo-shattering glee. With its lewd abandon and sketch-comedy perversity, Sweet Movie became both a cult staple and an exemplar of the envelope pushing of 1970s cinema.”

WR: MYSTERIES OF THE ORGANISM (Criterion Collection)
Here’s the other Dusan Makavejev film I was talking of above. This one is X-rated – and I’ve no clue what that means in this film’s case – but it was banned, and that’s reason enough to buy it. Here’s it’s description: “ What does the energy harnessed through orgasm have to do with the state of Communist Yugoslavia circa 1971? Only counterculture filmmaker extraordinaire Duan Makavejev has the answers (or the questions). His surreal documentary-fiction collision WR: Mysteries of the Organism begins as an investigation of the life and work of controversial psychologist and philosopher Wilhelm Reich and then explodes into a free-form narrative of a beautiful young Slavic girl’s sexual liberation. Banned upon its release in the director’s homeland, the art-house smash WR is both whimsical and bold in its blending of politics and sexuality.”

One of the great early Pacino 70’s performances. If you ever wondered why Pacino was cast as Michael in THE GODFATHER, look no further than this amazing performance in THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK. In fact, this is where it all began for Al. I wish somebody out there would write material like this for Al again. And I’d love to see Pacino get as emotionally raw and honest as he does in this just breath-takingly brilliant turn. LONG in the wait for this film. If you want a great double feature – watch this and the above, IF… together you see the early birth of two of the greatest talents in the seventies.

Like the New York Times says – it’s widely considered to be the greatest kung-fu flick of all time. This helps answer why Gordon Liu had two parts in KILL BILL. I saw this film at age 6 going on 7 at the State theater here in Austin and man… Lit my imagination up. I worshipped Gordon Liu, even if I did know Bruce Lee could whup his ass. The Weinstein Company is going out of their way to do a damn good job bringing these classic Shaw Brother films out nicely. If you’ve never seen it, it is time.

THE SECRET OF NIMH ( 2-Disc Family Fun Edition )
Seems somebody was listening to Cartuna in his tribute to THE SECRET OF NIMH and finally woke up and realized that this film desperately needed a decent release on DVD. I love this film. Have a great cel set-up from it signed by Bluth and have long loved the movie. I hate the bare-bones edition that was released, but I had it, because it was absolutely necessary to edumacate my nephew with. It’s still my favorite rat movie, though Brad Bird’s RATATOUILLE is awfully fucking great, it just didn’t hit me at age 10 like this one did. That is a whole lotta love to climb.

Directed by the Shaw Movie God… CHANG CHEH! This is one of the most influential martial arts films ever made – and I dearly love it. It helped to create that mythical martial arts landscape for me and so many others. When Tsui Hark did his version with THE BLADE – my mind went numb from pleasure, but it’s nice to see this title and these other classic Shaw Brother titles getting a proper US release.

You know… as I look at these Shaw Classics hitting, I just dream of seeing them in the 1080 glory of high def. Please put these out soon! I have only ever known this title as FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH. I love that title. KING BOXER is an ok title, but FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH is a title that threatens your nut-sack it’s so cool. The three kung fu titles listed here, are literally 3 of the greatest classic era martial arts films ever made. Perfect party films.

If you don’t understand the innate coolness of Alain Delon and Charles Bronson teaming up for a late 60’s French thriller… then you’re just a lost soul. This movie is AWESOME! Late 60’s French thrillers are some of the most satisfying films of all time – having these two great all-cap MEN starring together in their prime is a blessing we all absolutely deserve. I wouldn’t spoil a single thing about this great fucking film, but I will tell you this. If you consider yourself a fucking man, if you have ever wanted a real man… this is the fucking movie… man!

This is just one of those films that absolutely made a lot of fucking sense when you were 15. You look at it today and things begin to unfurl, I mean… what would happen if a teenager built a nuclear device? And if the government knew it? And knew where he was? And had a sniper with him actually in his sites for a killshot? The story is complete and udder bullmilk. That said, I wish we lived in this particular world. Sure – it’s a rip-off of the basic paranoid thriller teen escapism that was brilliantly done with WARGAMES – but John Lithgow as the horny scientist guy… he kicks ass. And well, I love the geeks at the science fair. This is the double-dip on the title, mainly because the first version out-sold their expectations and they’ve decided to slap some extras on here. Well, that’s cool. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you should. It’s a fun film, if impractical.

Harry’s Further Exploration of existing HD DVD titles…
This week I had a chance to meet with a fellow by the name of Kevin Collins – he’s kinda like the Moses of HD DVD and yes he does work for the most evil corporation that I’ve ever known… Microsoft. You know me. My household has 4 Apple computers, two iPods and well… After my wedding and after the trip Yoko and I are taking, I’ll be getting a newer Apple Laptop. And yes, I know Apple supports Blu-Ray… but then, nobody is perfect. Heh. Anyway – this Kevin Collins guy has a card that is in Japanese and English – and his title is “Director – HD DVD EVANGELISM” Anyway – apparently he’d been alerted to my recent columns by the various powers that be and decided to come to Austin to show me, “the true potential of the HD DVD medium.” And certainly, he came to reinforce my recent conversion to the Hi Def medium. He brought with him every single title… foreign and domestic – that has ever been put on to HD DVD. Not only that, but pretty much every title that’s being released for the next 3 months. Killing Kevin Collins did enter my mind. It would have been so easy – and Quint was here to help me make a deep grave in the backyard… or to haul his body off to the marshes… wherever those are. Sadly, I didn’t kill Kevin – nor did I steal his amazing books of HD. What I did do was spend about 7 hours with him – going through disc after disc. I think we easily sampled over a hundred different titles. My fave?

The upcoming HD DVD for 300 – which will have this amazing extra feature that has Zach talking you through the making of the entire film, but with a screen that’s showing you all the actual footage shot by the camera that actually captured it. So you can see – exactly what he and the artists behind the film did. For example – how many guys were actually pushed off that cliff… how many horses actually charged at them. Where the physical sets end and the virtual sets begin. Now this is a title that will hit BLU-RAY and HD DVD, but this feature won’t be on the BLU RAY version because – the BLU-RAY machines were not designed with this feature in mind, whereas Warner and oddly, Disney did work with the HD DVD folks to create a player that could take advantage of some pretty crazy features that can happen as the film is playing, to take you beyond just a commentary. Now Kevin also has every single BLU-RAY disc ever made too. And didn’t spend a lot of time talking trash about it. In fact, to a large degree we agreed that the “format war” is most likely going to take a back seat to the Dual Format players – which when and if they get cheap enough, should render a decision as being mute. The only jabs he made at BLU RAY had to do with Sony’s discs which apparently seem addicted to MPEG2 as the encoding format – rather than the other codecs that are apparently superior – but I have to admit… without a BLU RAY player and a side by side demo, I feel I can’t really comment on the reality of that situation. BTW – after my new Apple – I’ll probably pick up a BLU RAY player, so I can actually enter the BR vs HD debate. I will say this though. Approximately 45 minutes after the Demo at my place was done, Quint ordered his Toshiba HD-A2 – so Kevin did a helluva job selling the format. That said – let’s take a look at the 3 existing titles that I’ve written up this week in HD DVD…

This was one of the first titles where I really began to explore some of the extra capabilities that are on HD DVD. Universal seems to kinda be leading the way as far as this goes. There’s this thing called U-Control which gives you the ability to access special features that can play as you are actually watching the film – so you can see them in context to the movie, which I have to say… at first sounded annoying, but then in playing with this I discovered a real joy. You see… as you watch the film these various symbols pop up – stuff like INFO, COMMERCIALS, PICTURE IN PICTURE. Now INFO is like… well… you know all that stuff in the background during CHILDREN OF MEN – like the newspapers, protest signs, etc? Well you can highlight and enlarge all that stuff… and can actually go so far as to read the stuff. With the COMMERCIALS – you click on it – and the commercials you see and the film things on the various screens, billboards, etc. You can see the whole ad play out. These are hysterical. Then there’s the PICTURE IN PICTURE features and what I love about these is that they have to do with the scenes as they’re being shot. So you want to see how they shot that cool car sequence, the making of will play out as you watch the scene. So you can watch the end effect as you see how it is done, rather then going back to rewatch the scene after you saw the special feature. To me… this is super cool. Of course, this disc also has the regular features as well, but this is just a whole ton of extra content that you usually see on CRITERION editions. Really sweet. Then there’s just the movie which is absolutely one of the best films of 2006. Blew me away! And still blows me away. The beauty of the film and the attention to detail is just awesome. It’s a gorgeous disc and really shows off the features that are unique to this format.

Ok – here’s an HD DVD title that I wish was overseen by Criterion. The Criterion version of SPARTACUS is a real fan’s edition of this film. You see… there’s no denying that the picture and sound on the HD DVD version is vastly superior. Jaw-droppeningly gorgeous – but where’s the special features? Criterion’s edition is loaded, here… not much of anything. This is aggravating. I think that what we really need to see from the studios in terms of their catalogue titles are tons more special features… in particular the sort of special features that take place during the film, like with CHILDREN OF MEN. Give us behind the scenes, whenever you can. Interviews and recollections that you can access as the film goes on. Have Michael Douglas sit down with his father and talk about Spartacus… giving us Kurt’s photos from the making of the film to pop up as they talk about the film. C’mon… spoil us! That said, it is the most beautiful transfer I’ve seen thus far on the title.

GOODFELLAS has never been my favorite Scorsese film, but with the Sopranos coming to an end this past Sunday, I had to pick this up and last Friday I had a HD-DVD party and we screened GOODFELLAS to celebrate the passing of Tony. To me, this really is like the pilot for the SOPRANOS, but for me… better than what I saw from the series, albeit, I’ve only watched about a dozen episodes. One of the things I love about HD is the ability to see the original film grain that the films had. The result is something that no longer looks video. Throughout the screening, friends were pointing out details in the clothing and the sharpness of focus throughout. And one friend just couldn’t stop commenting on how it looked like film. Me…. I couldn’t help but notice the tackiness of the décor throughout. Picking up on the period details and damn that meal they cooked looked soooo yummy. This disc has a lot of extras, but I don’t think anything that wasn’t on that nice DVD they put out, but we do have a better transfer of image and sound. Personally, I can’t wait for CASINO, my FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS HD has me licking my lips in anticipation of Scorsese’s big Vegas pic!

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  • June 14, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by retardedmonkey


  • June 14, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Im Dangerous When I Get In The Lead

    by georges garvaren

    movies + fun = extra fun!

  • June 14, 2007, 1:18 a.m. CST

    by default, retarded monkey should always get 1st post

    by charon

    webmasters, make it so!

  • June 14, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by moose4787

    i hope

  • June 14, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST


    by moose4787

    i blew it, and made my self look like a fool in the process

  • June 14, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Ok. Read The Article And

    by georges garvaren

    Fuck you Harry, you lucky slut. I am jealous, jealous, jealous. Arrrrrr! But Im happy that at least someone gets to live this geeky life. So. . . good one ya, you magnificent bastard.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by Hint of Smegma

    Well, that's the wedding cake paid for, eh Harry? You know, if you're not a schill for what will be the loser in the HD war, then why not list the Blu-Ray releases as well, hmmmm...??

  • June 14, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Goodfellas is my favroite movie of all time

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Really. It's a #1. I can watch that movie over and over and it will never get old for me. A fucking classic and the perfect movie all the way around. A must own on HD-DVD.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST



    Wedding cake was paid for 2 months ago. And I'm not listing the BLU RAYs till I get a player, which... if you read the article, can't be till after I get my new laptop - which is going to be really pricey.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:34 a.m. CST

    We Should All Clam-up And Go Back To VHS

    by georges garvaren

    Times were better then. I watch vhs on my lcd all the time. Looks like shit (!) but it's pretty sad to give a guff. Movies are wonderful, crystal clear or not.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by Hint of Smegma doesn't wash mate. You can, I'm sure, get lists from your industry insiders/contacts on special features and as to the films themselves I'm reckoning you've already seen most of them. Why not try being fair to both sides, if you've got no vested interest?

  • June 14, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    actual quote from ign f4 2 review

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    Honestly, that criticism could be levelled at the script, too - clearly only a passing thought was given to making the dialogue and tech-speak believable. It's also the second film we've seen this week that stooped to using the old "My bad!" one-liner chestnut. Ick. And what was the other? Well, it begins with a 'T' and ends in 'ransformers'. We'll delve into that one another time.- WOW so i guess a robot is gonna accidently knock over a building and kill 500 people and say my bad.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    I think there is room for both formats....

    by RevSick

    I mean, let's face it with the consoles, we geeks usually wind up with all three, so if one has an Blu Ray player and you can add an HD-DVD player to the other perhaps we should just say let both formats live and if companies want to go exclusive then let them go exclusive if they want to do both, better for the consumer to have the choice. I think it's the only logical choice at this point with an ever groing install base I think it would make sense, then the only thing anyone is waiting on is a dual player. What do you think Harry? Is there room enough for both and Blu-Ray and HD camps should shake hands, or does there have to be a clear winner?

  • June 14, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Here we go again...

    by Zardoz

    Gentlemen, start your bitching!

  • June 14, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST

    and even though i have a ps3

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    im not going to pick a format until one wins(i bought my ps3 for the games not bluray player).im not gonna spend my money on a bunch of new movies only to hear "too bad, bluray lost". fuck that shit someone hurry up and win already, i want some fuckin hd movies.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Time And Effort

    by georges garvaren

    are the main factors keeping him from Blu Ray reviews, I guess. Also,he watches a lot of shit in a day, and I think he may be lazy. Im not sure, and I don't want to offend, but yeah. . .maybe a little laziness added into the mix. I bet, eventually, he'll review Blu Ray. Or he'll just sit around watching cartoons. Either or. What's the biggie, really?

  • June 14, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    The winner for me will be...

    by Hint of Smegma

    ...the HD format that is backwards compatibly multi region. I know the new HD discs are region free, but will the HD-DVD or Blu Ray players play my mixed library of region 1 through 4 regular dvd's? This is the one thing I've not heard on either side so if anyone knows, nows the time and this is the place to share....

  • June 14, 2007, 1:47 a.m. CST

    i will however buy 300 for bluray

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    i just cant pass that up.but thats it til a format wins.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Nimh the book...

    by Rightcouch

    was far better than Nimh the movie. Read that, Harry. It may only be a kid's book, but it was brilliant in its own little way. The movie sold out the story for an ending that reminded me too much of Star Wars. A real shame, because that book deserved so much better.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Holy Crap....Five Fingers of Death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Monkeybrains

    I have not seen that since.... whenever, at a drive-in double feature with Charles Bronson's "The Family". Good times. Made a real impression <p> Now if someone could just put out Superargo on disc, life would be complete.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Those "extra features" are now available on Blu-Ray

    by Dannychico

    It's the special BD-i or java or whatever. I forget the name. Yes, Blu-Ray was missing these features initially. Anyway, their capacity is greater and they have better sound - Blu Ray is definitely superior.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Who cares what format wins and what player you have

    by bongo123

    you monkeys, say Blu-ray wins out and over the next load of years HDDVD gets phased you suddenly think all your HDDVD discs will suddenly stop working or summit?? ffs, jump on board with what ever format has the most movies you like and enjoy them in HD and then when prices for combo players come down, break open the wallet and buy one when there about $300 and hey presto you can now expand your existing movie collection. I honestly cant see why people are sitting on the fence about this and scared the one they will pick will lose, you'll still have the freaking movies to watch big deal there not all colour matched...

  • June 14, 2007, 2:08 a.m. CST

    The winner for me...

    by Gristle

    I'll go with whichever machine plays SACDs. I've got a box set of Dylan discs and I'll have to keep my DVD/SACD player forever if the new machines don't play them. Sony backed SACD, right?

  • June 14, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

    Said it was a piss poor transfer and the you were better off with the Criterion.... mmmmmm... let's see who do we believe..?

  • June 14, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Bongo -you little slut

    by Hint of Smegma

    You're anyones, we've heard that about you. The point is, sweetie, that yes we could run out and buy a player now, spend a lot of money on discs for it over the next couple of years until the winner becomes obvious.....but what happens when, if we're on the losing side, they stop making that format of player, hmmm????? Because players that play both are a nice idea, and a few will be around, but sooner or later the only supported format will be the winner. (Blu Ray, if you haven't been paying attention.) And then the lucky companies get to sell all those very favourite dvd's to the unlucky punters who bought the losing format, only to have useless discs a few years down the line. It's not financially a good idea to continue making players for a dead format, or players that play the winner and the loser - the money is made on the discs.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Bongo - addendum

    by Hint of Smegma

    Unless of course you want to stockpile 10 or so HD-DVD players now to tide you over.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

  • June 14, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    p. And yes, I know Apple supports Blu-Ray

    by jfp2007

    When HDDVD goes the way of the Laserdisc, you'll look back at this foolish statement and blush. Fool.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST


    by jfp2007

    The point is, Numbnuts, why support a format that is not going to exist after a certain period of time. Why waste the scratch on the software when you're going to have to replace it with a BR alternative when your HDDVD drive stops working and it will be cheaper to buy a new BR drive than get it repaired, Numbnuts.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST

    and I think he may be lazy.

    by jfp2007

    You think? Look at the blob.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Harry and HDDVD

    by jfp2007

    The simple fact of the matter is that he's getting paid by corporate interests to promote the format. A true film lover would not do what he is doing. He's a greedy, lazy, corrupt red-headed step-child (literally), and this is why BR gets zero mention from his chubby little KFC stained fingers.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:33 a.m. CST

    MPEG2 encoding

    by Eh Nam1313

    This is very true the MPEG2 encoding is crap. And the fact that the PS3 Forces BR on you is also crap

  • June 14, 2007, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Who cares if BR Can Hold More

    by Eh Nam1313

    A blue ray Double layer will hold 50G And a HD Player Double layer will hold 40G. Who cares the Blue Ray uses MPEG2 encoding (old tech) But in the long Run I can care less the shits to pricey.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah, 'Eh Nam', evil PS3 bastards...

    by Hint of Smegma

    ....using the superior format and all. Total scumbags. Forcing it upon you they are! Fuckers.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:05 a.m. CST


    by greigy just wanted to say

    Is that modern films will look stunning, old super 70mm will blow your socks off..BUT… the vast majority of the stuff we love cherish and watch isn’t going to improve, in fact more likely than not it will show up the limitations of the source material big style. With the best will in the world Carl Denholm will never look any better than he does in the KK SE DVD…. The source just isn’t that good. Star Trek The Bald Generation can’t match the film stock of the original series so it always going to look softer, muddier, HD-DVD or Blu-ray aint gonna help that and as for old television material recorded on video… forget it. For either of these two formats to succeed they’re going to have to break-out in the mainstream and that’s unlikely because for the average non-film fan they only JUST upgraded to DVD and as far as they’re concerned it’s good enough. The jump from DVD to HD just isn’t dramatic enough as the jump from VHS to DVD. Unless the PS3 brings it to a wider audience it chances of cracking the mainstream are slim, it’ll still be a viable format, loved and nurtured as laserdisc was not the industry upheaval that DVD was. Also the industry is taking real pains to make sure that the formats are NOT democratised as DVD has been. Region coding, we got around that little piece of nonsense and we can all burn our own discs…. Looks like they’re not going to let that happen again any time soon.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Will somebody, anybody...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    release THE KEEP on DVD, HD-DVD or Blu-Ray? Or all three....? Grr.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by Fortunesfool

    We're all overlooking the main point in the BluRay-Hd war and that is The Star Wars movies. When Lucas decides to release those. Through Fox. Who only support Blu-Ray. Game over.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:57 a.m. CST

    HD-DVD are beginning to cause confusion for DVD buyers.

    by The Outlander

    Some customers are buying HD-DVDs thinking they will work on normal DVD players and then being unable to get a refund. Check out the feedback for the Planet Earth HD-DVD on This is another reason to invest in Blu-Ray.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Spartacus Quality - Toshiba HD/DVD SALES

    by uwe bolls talent

    Toshiba has recently almost cut their projections for sales of HD/DVD players by almost half.( 1.8 Million to 1 Million.Thats a hell of a shift in sales figures.As pointed out above the Spartacus HD/DVD is barely better than the Criterion version.I have recently been testing out both formats trying to decide which to plump for.The best demonstration i have had yet seen was the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on Blu Ray on a Panasonic Viera 42 Inch Plasma screen.They blew any HD/DVD or other Blu Ray discs i have seen totally away.The sound was fantastic to,had never heard sound or seen picture quality like it on a home theatre.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Apple rules..


    and so does Blue-Ray...XBOX-LIVE is pretty cool, but other than that...fuck Microsoft.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:11 a.m. CST


    by Chrighton

    The BD "missing features" are to be included in the BD-Java spec 1.1 to be ratified in a few months or so. It's why some studios are replanning ther BD releases, to include the new features (Advance Mode BD Mastering, for crap like PiP) Also, Sony isn't addicted to Mpeg-2 (They've been pushing AVC, including an updated version of the codec. AVC is superior to VC-1). Studios have long since stopped using MPEG-2. Most if not all BD discs today use AVC or VC-1. Older MPEG2 titles will be reissued using AVC (for example, 5th Element will be getting a BD50/AVC/LPCM16/48 + Dolby TrueHD24/48 treatment).

  • June 14, 2007, 4:15 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    people dont want to waste money on a format that might not be around for very long. understood?

  • June 14, 2007, 4:27 a.m. CST

    superman returns comes on cinemax hd saturday can wait

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    and i cant wait to see all of kate bosworths nice body in hd: -seriously kate, eat a fuckin sandwich.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Wayne Rogers has chosen Selectavision... here's why

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Because DVD players have secret government-installed chips that read your thoughts.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:37 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    OK, I finally saw it as a Netflix rental. It really should have blown me away... but it didn't. Great art design, Clive rocks, Michael Caine rocks, killer tracking shot... I just couldn't buy the singular focus on immigration/"fugees" (other than an attempt to make it hip with "current events"). The human race is dying out, there's no hope, so... let's all flee to London! It was really, really good... I just wanted it to be better.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:42 a.m. CST

    At Last!

    by PacmanFever

    A real fuckin' movie! I speak of course of Honour Among Goddamn Thieves with Charles Motherfuckin Bronson. I've never seen it, but I know it's fuckin' great because Bronson's in it. Anyone who hasn't enjoyed at least one Charles Bronson film is never allowed to use the word "Badass" or any of it's derivatives. Them's the breaks, pally.

  • June 14, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Autistic License

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell


  • June 14, 2007, 5:11 a.m. CST

    stop with the HD-DVD

    by darwinwins

    really, just stop pushing the HD-DVD bit and focus on the films themselves. all the debates are over formats and ignores any of the movies you're trying to get people to see -- it would be healthy to ignore format period and focus on what you should be pushing. get people to watch the films, not buy into a format.

  • June 14, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    USA FTW!

  • June 14, 2007, 5:36 a.m. CST

    The only Film..

    by Redfive!

    Worth watching in HD out of all those would be Bridge to Terabithia and TOO bad its only on Bluray.

  • June 14, 2007, 6:35 a.m. CST


    by rhodeuk

    HD-DVD is just a much better format at the moment in terms of content. Yes Blu Ray has more space to use, but they aren't using it at the moment. Not even close. But anyway I have friends who have Blu Ray by proxy of their PS3 but none of them have a HD set. I've got a HD projector like Harry and everytime someone sees a HD-DVD playing they are blown away. I'd like to see a Blu Ray on it but I'm not really bothered about buying a PS3 or spending £500 on a BR player because when the BRJ specs do hit version 1.1 (Oct 31st unless they move it AGAIN) the player will most likely be obsolete. I've got a friend who works in the DVD/HD-DVD/Blu Ray industry and BR is a mess behind the scenes. The business model they are using to make them is reminiscent of UMD's I was told... Remember them...

  • June 14, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    I want The Keep on DVD too...

    by tonagan

    but only if there's a commentary by F. Paul Wilson. God, would that be hysterical.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:27 a.m. CST

    And I still have a crappy old tube TV...

    by tonagan

    does it really matter what kind of DVD player I have?

  • June 14, 2007, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Better watch out rhodeuk

    by jae683

    All these Blu-Ray nutjobs will start spewing out how you're on the losing format, or how your player will magically stop playing if there ever is an end to the format war.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    "if..." and the Mick Travis Trilogy

    by Jerri Blank

    I can't wait till Tuesday!! I too can retire my worn out VHS copy of "if...". Now if Warner Brothers would hurry up and release "O Lucky Man" this year as they have promised, then the Mick Travis Trilogy will finally be complete on DVD (Brittania Hospital is available from Anchor Bay). Lindsay Anderson was a genius. I can't wait to see Malcolm McDowell's new documentary, "Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson". The clips from that are mesmerizing.

  • June 14, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    So now Harry himself IS the (HD) plant...

    by Long Tooth

    Speaking from the point of view of not having decided on a format yet, it's interesting to look at a site like this and realize their opinion on things like this are bought and sold. If / When you do see a Blu-Ray article posted here, you can be sure it's coming from someone who's information has been decided by the highest bidder. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Fifth Element re-release??

    by CreatureCantina

    Quote: (for example, 5th Element will be getting a BD50/AVC/LPCM16/48 + Dolby TrueHD24/48 treatment). :END QUOTE THANK GOD! I was so stoked to get 5th Element on Blu-ray, one of my all-time favorite films, until I heard of the poor quality from MPEG-2. I was thinking it'd be 5 years before they'd come out with a "special edition" that would be worth purchasing. So how long until this new version comes out? It can't be soon enough. It's a pity Harry wasn't aware that Blu-ray releases haven't used MPEG-2 since just after the first wave of titles.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Microsoft and HD-DVD

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Looks like they may not love the format as much as they're letting on.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    The KEEP on DVD

    by Internet Thug

    LMAO I have a crappy copy and I would like to see it in HD_DVD...but good Christ they need to completely redo the has to be the worst most annoying thing in cinematic history

  • June 14, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Jesus christ, Hairy

    by Simpsonian

    there is no excuse for you to not have both formats. Can't this site come up with $599 for a ps3? Are you that fucking cheap? You could probably write is off as a business expense.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Yay to NIMH special edition!

    by Osmosis Jones

    Boo to the hideous "family fun" label and crappy cover art.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Keep DVD would be nice

    by Samuel Fulmer

    as well as a new Thief DVD that would contain a much better transfer and the original theatrical cut. The Thief Director's cut is the only version of Thief on DVD. It's one of the worst DVD transfers of all time, and it only contains ridiculous Director's Cut of the film (Michael Mann sped up his Peckinpah-esque slow motion shoot-out at the end to make it look like the Keystone Cops). Now that I think of it, the only version of Last of the Mohicans available on DVD is the inferior director's cut also. I wonder if Michael Mann spends time with George Lucas?

  • June 14, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Harry Lies!!!

    by Internet Thug

    No one could afford to pay for that much wedding cake.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by rhcp2sweet

    this debate over which format comes out victorious is completely pointless. I've seen both of the formats and I honestly can't tell the difference between them. The winner of this format war really will depend on who can market there product better to average person, not which doesn't have MPEG coding. I just wish Harry would stop whoring himself out to Toshiba since he only mentions there HD-DVD player about 7 times an article. After the constant plugs for HD-DVD and Hostel 2, how can you deny being a sell out at this point?

  • June 14, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    CreatureCantina, Re: 5th Element

    by Chrighton

    I think the 5th Element remaster comes out in July, or somewhere around there. If you bought the MPEG2 encoded version Sony will let you trade it in for the new one as well (no doubt for some fee: call 800-860-2878, or email for the details). The new BD version will have "BD RMSTRD" on the box, so you can tell the difference)

  • June 14, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    decisions cannot be "mute"

    by Mike Hunt 4 Pres

    "which when and if they get cheap enough, should render a decision as being mute." Seriously, you make a living writing.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Internet Thug, the KEEP soundtrack is AWESOME

    by Abin Sur

    ...If you like Tangerine Dream, which I do - I've got the bootleg CD soundtrack, which I think sets an atmosphere better than any soundtrack I've heard, with a few exceptions.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Internet Thug, so you don't like Tangerine Dream?

    by tonagan

    I think they did The Keep soundtrack. Nothing says "this was made in the 80's" like a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Legend was blessed by their instrumental noodling as well.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Great Film, Soundtrack Sucks..... LADYHAWKE

    by greigy just wanted to say

    WTF was Donner thinking...? He usually has good judgement there.... Supes, Omen....

  • June 14, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    36th Chamber

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Oh yes, I'll buy it.

  • June 14, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Too Bad The KEEP

    by Internet Thug

    Was set during WWII. LOL. I have nothing against Tangerine Dream but fuck that Electric Twanging sound that keeps popping up during scenes grates on my last fucking nerve.

  • June 14, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Toshiba - Leading Innovation

    by BGDAWES

    ...that'll be 10 dollars Harry.

  • June 14, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Moot! Moot!

    by tthomas48

    Decisions are rendered moot, not mute! Decisions never had the ability to speak in the first place.

  • June 14, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Sweet Movie!!

    by Kristian66

    That sounds fucking insane. "gynecological beauty pageant to a grotesque food orgy with scatological, taboo-shattering glee" sounds like a Will Smith film.

  • June 14, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Why the HATE? Stop it jerks!

    by slayerfaith

    Seriously, why do you care if he likes hd dvd? It doesnt effect you. In addition if you actually READ what Harry says, he plans on getting a blu ray player as well after a laptop purchase. You then want to complain that he should review blu ray movies as well as hd dvds, even though he DOESNT HAVE A PLAYER YET. Then you complain he should be able to afford one. What gives you jerks the right to tell someone what they can and can't afford, and how and on what they should spend their money, and how quickly they should? You guys are basically sub-human, you realize that right?

  • June 14, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Why the HATE.....

    by greigy just wanted to say

    Becasue he's misleading people big betamax style and we suspect being paid to do it.... and if not it looks might suspicious from over here.... articles/soapbox/ ml

  • June 14, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Oh boy, Harry fell for the Mpeg 2 line?

    by half vader

    Jesus, I thought everybody understood by now that the idiots at Sony have finally seen the light and all the new stuff is in either h264 or vc1. Yep, they're a bit behind the times with their interactivity (hence mastering on mpeg2 because that's how they were already setup and wanted to get the shit out the door, so to speak even though their spec allows for the same compression formats) but how far behind HD-DVD were they in releasing the format in the first place? They're still playing catchup in more ways than one. Both sides are patching with firmware updates along the way. <p> Harry, how can you keep crying poor when you keep making lists of all the discs you're buying, the fact that you have FOUR Macs and a coupla iPods, and are going to be getting A new laptop that will run you what - 2.5 to 3.5 GRAND? If you just dove into HD-DVD first on a whim because of a great price and followed it up by going on a spending spree, fine. If you're going to get a BD burner with your expensive new bit of kit, fine. Just don't post lamearse excuses. Gah. <p> Finally, what does Kevin Collins think of his 'buddy' Richard Doherty's comments and the fact that they crowed about their lead and then revised their player forecasts down to about half the next day? Yes yes O.K., I'm trolling there! Both camps shit me. <p> You know another reason this war sucks? Because we won't see any spectacular Criterion Hi-def goodness until it ends! Whoever is going to win, Hurry up with it, dammit!

  • June 14, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    That doesn't answer my question:

    by slayerfaith

    Why hate him? How is this affecting YOU?! First off, you have NO BASIS to think he's being paid. And yes, I've read the digital bits article. They're all pro blu ray, and good for them n whatever. HARRY ISNT PRO ANYTHING! HE'S PRO MOVIES! It just happens hd dvd has a more friendly entry price point, so he was able to get it earlier. THE VERY FACT HE IS PLANNING ON A BLU RAY PURCHASE VOIDS YOUR ARGUMENT. I think I get so worked up cuz I am in the same position. I got hd dvd cuz it was more affordable, and while I cant afford a PS3 yet (which will be my blu ray player), I fully plan to buget for one later this year. Does that mean I should be fucking crucified too? You are monsters, all of you.

  • June 14, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    Because even if he's not being paid, it STILL doesn't add up: see my above post. I'm not saying it sucks that he has this stuff, just that he's being disingenuous - if he can come back from a wedding and throw down a few grand on a new kit in addition to the other stuff. It does make sense if you calm down a bit.

  • June 14, 2007, 11:17 a.m. CST

    It's retarded

    by slayerfaith

    That's all. Peoeple are acting like Harry just called their mothers filthy whores or something, them proceded to r@pe them. I mean come on you freaks, it's only a piece of plastic. It's not the crusades, you don't need to fucking sacrifice yourselves for it like it's a relgion!

  • June 14, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Slayerfaith, you are new to AICN, aren't you?

    by IAmLegolas

    stay a while, you'll catch on and understand.

  • June 14, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Harry did you pick up Bridge to Terabithia on HD-DVD?

    by Lando Griffin

    oh yeah, right

  • June 14, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't buy HD or Blu Ray even if I had the coin...

    by BGDAWES

    It would be sweet to join the HD/Blu Ray party for real but seriously why bother right now when the market hasn't decided who is going to win? For the record, I have such a hard time believing Harold isn't getting some type of kickback from Toshiba or at least got a free player as long as he pimped the name/make/model. Christ, he takes pains to spell out the particular MODEL he owns; who does that? That's like saying, "Uh oh, I'm getting a call; better answer my 65-A28 LG Cordless telephone" instead of "Uh oh, I'm getting a call; better answer my phone". I understand why he'd point it out once, the first time, but not multiple times since.

  • June 14, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Picket Fences

    by Lando Griffin

    good show. Bonus: Lauren Holly used to provide a lot of ahem "material".

  • June 14, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    No I'm not new

    by slayerfaith

    I just think fanboys are stupid. Videogame fanboys and format fanboys. They're basically lower then pond scum in my eyes, and pretty much a waste of space. I don't believe Harry is completely impartial, I mean after all he's excited he can now watch HD movies, so it's natural he'd gush about it at nauseum. However, the viceral fanboy backlash is what really disgusts me.

  • June 14, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Buy a Blu Ray player you cheap $%*@

    by PlasmaOrb

    stop being such a sell out whore, get a real blu ray player or a PS3 and see why blu ray kills HD-DVD in picture quality. Just admit you are getting kick backs from toshiba on this. Toshiba is acting pretty desperate by using this site and yourself as their whore soliciting dvd players. Cause there are quite a few blu ray discs coming out that you dont talk about that are good movies. HD-DVD uses crappy codecs, they have some off the wall ones that dont make the player work at all, which makes the player useless.

  • June 14, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Laptops and DVDs

    by PlasmaOrb

    No matter what laptop you use or computer you use with a blu ray or HD-DVD player, it wont look as good if you bought a stand alone player with a good hi def tv. The electronics inside a computer cant compare to a stand alone player. Everything is done by software to produce a DVD or hi def signal to your lcd screen. So it wont even be a fair comparison when you match the two formats up. headgeek talks about not wanting to put the blu ray up yet, the hd dvds for the ones mentioned up above havent even come out yet, so how can you really say it they are good movies or transfers without seeing the discs yet. Its like me saying, Iron Man is a great movie, but its still filming and not even out yet.

  • June 14, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by Jerri Blank live in New York, the Mick Travis trilogy is screening there, including "if..." Harry's's a great movie. But please, go back to arguing about hardware.

  • June 14, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    fanboys = puddle of cat vomit

    by slayerfaith

    I hope you talkbackers read this, cuz many of you are being big douches.

  • June 14, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Harry ... a word of caution from Sir Mix-A-Lot

    by BillyPilgrim

    You can't slip in the HD-DVD pimpin' game! You can't slip. Oh, you better pull them pants up, champ. Huh huh. You can't slip. Gots to be a HD gangsta, huh? Well, you can't slip!

  • June 14, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Greigy Just Wanted To Say...

    by SamAceRothstein

    If Harry is getting paid to endorse HD DVD, then Bill Hunt from The Digital Bits is definitely getting paid to endorse Blu-ray Disc. That guy (Bill) is shameless in his misleading bias I stopped going there a while ago. My opinion, they're both industry shills. And BTW, I have both HD DVD and Blu-ray players and I love it. They are both great formats. When I watch SD DVD now I think, "God, that looks like shit!"

  • June 14, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Faith, young lady,

    by Hint of Smegma

    ....we're big douches for talking about something which annoys us....? Not like what you're doing at all, eh? The difference is, we're complaining about something that goes hand in hand with a word called integrity, something Harry is dsplaying very little of at the moment. The point is, Harry knows the films being released on both sides of the format or could find out very easily, both HD and BR. Not having a BR player doesn't mean he cant list their release, nor their special features as they are listed all over the place. He doesn't have to be able to say how many nose hairs he counted in John Hurt's nostrils for smegs sake - but by listing them he's proving he's a little bit more impartial and NOT schilling for HD, which unfortunately he obviously is. HD will lose the format war, and in another 5 to 10 years Blu Ray will become redundant too as everyone will be downloading for the most part. But right now, I'd like to see what's coming out on both sides of the format so I can come here and not feel I'm watching a commercial as opposed to reading a review.

  • June 14, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by George Peppard

    It comes with it's own TV, unlike that cunt Colecovision.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I think the marketplace has room for both...

    by RevSick

    ...and I think that's where it's going, with Dual Players coming out soon and as soon as they hit figure a year out they will drop in price and then voila viable dual format. Let's face it recordable media is always going to be around for people, it's just going to become a supplement to downloading, I think downloading will become a big thing but more on a VOD platform.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Did Harry say he's never heard of Sweet Movie?

    by DarthTarter

    I've already pre-ordered mine and I'm excited because I've never seen it either, but good Hell I can't believe you never heard of it! I knew of it many years ago and I'm FAR from anykind of film expert!

  • June 14, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Jack Burton on HD-DVD

    by BillyPilgrim

    When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya ordered a Toshiba HD-A2 , you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have I ordered a Toshiba HD-A2 , Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

  • June 14, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by polyh3dron

    The initial batch of Blu-Ray Discs released in early-mid 2006 used MPEG 2 on 25 gig discs and looked like crap. These included The Fifth Element, Hitch, XXX and some others. The BD studios corrected this quickly and are using either AVC or VC-1 these days on 50GB discs that always look as good or better than the best HD DVDs (POTC is the latest example)

  • June 14, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by oceanic86

    Easily my favorite movie of 2006. Alfonso Cuaron is a motherfucking genius. How the hell did he get that insanely long take towards the end?! So amazing. The battle scenes are so fucking realistic, they blow shit like Saving Private Ryan out of the water. Makes me wish I had an HDDVD player... and an HDTV... and a lot of money.

  • June 14, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by enozdaed

    Am I the only one who doesn't care in the least what kind of extras are on DVD's HD-DVDs and Blu-ray discs? People get soooo disappointed when the extras on a disc are insubstantial. I used to watch some of the stuff sometimes, but more often than not it is as boring as hell. The movie is what matters and it better have a great transfer. Most people I know don't watch them. Do you think the studios are killing themselves to get all this extra stuff on the discs when the majority of people don't care that they are there?

  • June 14, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Hang on, I just worked out Slayerfaith is Jimmy 009

    by half vader

    Now it makes sense. Also why he's not actually reading what's being said! <p> And PlasmaOrb, you're not helping.

  • June 14, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    Spartacus looks like ass on HD-DVD!

    by Doughboy

    Easily the most disappointing title I've bought on the format. And my collection is approaching 90, so it had to be out quite a few other movies. There's virtually no noticable upgrade in video quality from the Criterion DVD. And no extras either. Lost In Translation on HD-DVD was another major disappointment from Universal, but at least you could detect an improvement in picture quality on that one. Not the case with Spartacus. And for the previous talkbacker who was mocking Harry for not being able to buy Bridge To Terabethia on HD-DVD, it is available in Europe. It'll cost more to import it, but HD-DVD players are region-free so it is technically available. That being said, I've preordered the Blu-ray version. :-)

  • June 14, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Three things:

    by MC Vamp

    1. Secret of Nihm: Family Fun Edition? HAAHAHAHA. That's a great, dark little film. Nnnot much "family fun" in there, since most people define "family fun" as, oh, a day at Sea World or something. 2. Harry, maybe it's because you were raised in a week-to-week income environment or something, but though I know you aren't super-rich, I find it difficult to believe that you can't afford a Blu-Ray. I'll let it slide if you're the one popping for the wedding (get a Blu-Ray drive for the lappy, Harry!!!) 3. I have Blu0Ray and so far the ONLY HD-DVD exclusive release that just PISSES ME OFF like Rooney just missing Ferris is the HEROES set. Dammit, dammit, dammit.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by MC Vamp

    I totally agree with you. I don't have the time or motivation to watch 3 different video commentaries, a music-only track, a text commentary, and a side-by-side workprint and also watch 10 hours of web-content behind the scenes footage. That stuffs all gravy. It's nice to have if you're in the industry or like to pretend you are and you're doing it for educational purposes. But frankly, if you've seen the extras for SW, LotR, and Matrix, there's no special effects documentary in the world that can offer up anything fascinating or surprising, and 80% of commentary tracks are boring and pointless. Give me a fantastic transfer, lossless 5.1 audio, one commentary, some trailers, and some deleted scenes and I'm good to go. Granted I'm not the average geek...

  • June 14, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by PwnedByStallone

    Pull my Finger. And Nimh bitches!

  • June 14, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Pointless If... factoid

    by The Cosh

    I have a friend who went to that school. Bloody good film too.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell...

    by Nachokoolaid

    YOU SAID, "im not going to pick a format until one wins(i bought my ps3 for the games not bluray player)." <p> WHAT GAMES? POOR BASTARD.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    moot not mute

    by Macktheknife01

    the decision would be moot

  • June 14, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    If Hostel 2 comes out on HD-DVD...

    by dtpena

    This site will be unreadable for a month. The biggest whoring of the past 5 years

  • June 14, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by mrbong

    i am thrilled to see that this is finally out on DVD. why on earth has it been left for so long? for nostalgia, i will keep my well worn VHS.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Hostel and Hostel 2 are BOTH Blu-Ray Exclusive

    by polyh3dron

    They are from Blu-Ray exclusive studio Lionsgate. Sony holds the rights to Hostel 1 & 2 in Europe also, so there will NEVER be an HD DVD release of them. I bet Harry will have a BD player by that point.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    It is stunning...


    How hard it is for some of you to understand not being able to afford both formats right now. I've got 2 mortgages and 1 rental I pay for every month. 2 households of electricity, gas, cable, phone and internet. A wedding bordering on $50k. - That said, I managed to squeeze out $299 for a HD DVD player, but I can't even commit to HD cable at the moment, but fully intend to in the coming months. AND - I don't get paid by anyone to write this column - save for the money that I'll see in 3 months from the Amazon Associates program. And I haven't even been sent a review disc on a single HD DVD title from any of the supporting studios yet, though I'm supposed to be on those lists. <BR><BR>I know it's far sexier and intriguing to believe in conspiracies, than to believe me. But I'm totally shooting straight with you guys.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST


    by mrbong

    it is always disappointing to read the abuse thrown at this HeadGeek chap. i appreciate that i open up myself to abuse by making some sort of effort to speak up for him, but here goes. as far as i can tell Harry, like the majority of visitors to this site, is a film nut. i've seen all the rumours, comments and accusations about the chap, but i have never seen anything to substantiate them. i certainly don't agree with all Harry has to say on film or format, but i do read and respect what he has to say. except, of course, anything positive about Jack Black. i think you do an ace job Harry, thanks for the site.

  • June 14, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Ok then, it's the wedding $$$...

    by MC Vamp

    Perfectly understandable. Hey, you can put a BluRay on the registry! Forget blenders and crock-pots, put down a Blu-Ray player!!! I'm sure you've got some rich friends coming to the wedding. Hell, some of them probably got free PS3s in their awards show giftbaskets...

  • June 14, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    HAHA - That's a good point! Harry, convince Yoko...

    by BGDAWES

    that you both should register at Best Buy!

  • June 14, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I Know What You Mean Harry...

    by MattJoseph

    I'm on those certain lists to get review titles from a number of places too, and so far the only HD DVD or Blu-ray title I've been able to get my hands on is The Ultimate Matrix Collection. In this regard I'm not exactly sure what some of these studios are wating for--you'd think they'd be sending at least some titles out left and right to get the word out more.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I don't think HG or Digital-Bill are "shills"....


    that's just bullshit. Someone earlier on the board mentioned Coleco, while I didn't have that I did have Turbografx. God, I loved that thing. I'd pick up a Wii just for those games but, I too have no money for a Wii even if I managed to find one. Right now, as a consumer, I'm trying to help maintain a clear separation of powers. Apple for my computer/music-device, MS for my game-console, and Sony can handle my HD needs. I prefer the same this type of set-up with American government as well i.e. Democratic-President + Republican-Congress or Republican-President + Democratic-Congress. Some say gridlock, I say balance of power. And it seems to have worked OK for the last 25 years. Except for a couple spells of D+D in the early 90's and R+R recently. Both of which were near or total disasters. Damn, I've been rambling a lot on this site lately. Cheers. P.S. Have a great wedding HG Knowles!

  • June 14, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Mike Hunt 4 Pres

    I'm pretty sure that Harry writes these columns just to bait you fan-boy weiners into writing your frothing hate nuggets in the talkback. I love it. P.S. that animation in the corner is horrifying.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Region backward compatibility

    by homer40

    I have a Twin Peaks first season from England (only one with the pilot) that will not play on my HD add on for the 360 (says wrong region). However, it will play my Russ Meyer collection from England that is not region encoded, but is in PAL. I'm not sure if this is the HD format, or just the fact that I'm playing back on a 50 inch rear projection LCD television

  • June 14, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    HD Cable

    by homer40

    Harry mentioned not having HD cable. For those of us who have it, it takes a lot out of the HD format war. The Star Wars movies are broadcast in HD all the time, as was the Sopranos and Rome. Old shit too, like Caddyshack and "Where The Buffalo Roam". Oh, and the first two "Pirate" movies before they came out on Bluray. Not to mention "Cars" and "The Incredibles" which take up about a quarter of my HD Tivo.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Easy fix here Harry

    by Hint of Smegma

    List Blu Ray releases as well. You don't have to watch them and describe their pixelated glory to do that. Which I've mentioned several times. And 50 grand for a wedding is nuts, man. Fuck, I wouldn't pay 50 grand for 10 hot Russian wives, let alone one wife.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    When's AnchorBay going to go High Def?

    by wash

    Because whoever releases the Evil Dead and Jodorowsky movies in HD is important to me, for realio.

  • June 14, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Sound like a nifty 300 feature

    by Kragmose

    I'm deffy gonna get it on Blu-Ray now

  • June 14, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Would it be dirty

    by Lando Griffin

    for Harry to buy a Blu-Ray player with his HD-DVD money?

  • June 14, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan has chosen HD-DVD... Here's Why...

    by polyh3dron

    Backward compatibility just FEELS RIGHT, BROTHER!

  • June 14, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Mike Tyson Has Chosen HD-DVD.... Here's Why:

    by polyh3dron

    Becauth Bwu-Way is WUDICWITH!

  • June 14, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST



    well, it would mean I couldn't pick up nearly as many titles right now. And right now, I'm enjoying the one format. As it is - I'm going to need to pick up a new projector and audio system within the next year too.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Word up homer40...

    by MC Vamp

    The Holy Trilogy in HD has a permanent place in my DVR.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill

    by Kragmose

    Oh sorry, I mean Kill HD-DVD

  • June 14, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Hellboy out on Blu-ray

    by Dave in TX

    Did I miss that Hellboy had/is being released on Blu-ray last week? Here's a link:

  • June 14, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    HD-DVD Reviews for the Next 10 Years

    by Internet Thug

    Just add..."Looks fucking awesome" to the end of the regular dvd review and be done with it.

  • June 14, 2007, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Uh, Grand Rojo..


    you maybe shouldn't have responded to that post. Unless you're trying to be ironic or something.

  • June 14, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, maybe now I´ll get you to comment...

    by Man_of_Stool

    ...on banning me just because I disagreed with you.

  • June 14, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Zooey Deschanel aint that great

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    charles bronson is. zooey and the office guy weren;t the best choices for hitchikers guide i thought. and i dunno what could possibly be so fantastic on that 2nd disc of secret of nimh that would make this "desperately needed decent release on DVD" relesae of the movie so much better than the last 2 releses. and as much as children of men was a pretty good movie i thought it should have been an hour long twilight zone episode or something and clive owen is a shitty actor and his character in the film was boring.

  • June 14, 2007, 6:06 p.m. CST

    How is Clive Owen a shitty actor?

    by grungies

    Clive Owen is pretty much just Clive Owen. He's never great, never bad, Clive is what he is. Just be glad he isn't Keanu Reeves.

  • June 14, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I gots and idear

    by BillyPilgrim

    Why don't all yous Blu-Ray freaks chip in and buy Harry a player as a wedding gift? Bet ya won't. As Calamity Jane would say, "cheap cocksuckers".

  • June 14, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    well if you just play clive owen

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    u aint actin'. zooey aint that hot or young. i liked clive in sin city but in closer? come on.

  • June 14, 2007, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Nobody pimps a product like this without pay.

    by krushjudgement

    Because it's not art. It's technology. Yes, it's different.

  • June 14, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Don't mind the douchebags Harry.

    by Megaladon

    Don't mind the douchebags Harry. Just like the rest of us, you had to pick one DVD tech over the other, so you were bound to piss off someone. I'm looking forward to you buying a new projector system. I'm saving up for one myself and it will be cool reading your reports as you wade through the crap to get the best one (for the best price). Good luck with the wedding!

  • June 14, 2007, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Nachokoolaid you bitch

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    yea theres no games out right now. and i happen to be loving my 360 more than ever. fuckin shit WASTE OF 600 DOLLARS. some good games are getting released at the end of the year though. maybe

  • June 14, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    also about the ps3s bluray player

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    its said to be better than the actual bluray players out right now. so i have a good bluray player that plays some shitty games.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Good point BillyPilgrim.

    by jae683

    They should chip in if they're that concerned about it. =)

  • June 14, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The PS3 would be an overpriced doorstop

    by jae683

    if it wasn't for the player. Who would have thunk that before the next gen wars started?

  • June 14, 2007, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by jae683

    Personally, I think Zoey is hot as hell. She's beautiful, but it's an approachable beauty. I think that's her real appeal. But, as they say, different stroke for different folks. =)

  • June 14, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    whos zoey

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    whos zoey

  • June 14, 2007, 7:29 p.m. CST

    actually my ps3 doubles as a car engine

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    its true

  • June 14, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    nice math

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    good job!

  • June 14, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Why not list the Blu-ray releases?

    by Bronx Cheer

    There are plenty of DVDs you've featured in these columns that you had not seen, so the excuse that because you can't play you can't review it does not wash.</p> <p>And you already are in the debate...and MOOT MOOT MOOT.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Zoey Deschanel, Supercowbell

    by jae683

    Maybe it's Zooey, not sure about the spelling.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Most kung fu movies are pretty weak.

    by Bronx Cheer

    All the complaints I read about why FF2 and other flicks suck, yet when it comes to low budget kung fu movies...ah, blech.

  • June 14, 2007, 7:42 p.m. CST

    shitty gamepro talks about ps3

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell shitty gamepro

  • June 14, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Digital Bits...

    by Real Deal

    Just sited an article that quotes a Microsoft dept. head as saying that MS ( the major HD DVD supporter ) would rather HD not be delivered on a disc in 5 to 10 years. They think Microsoft wants everyone to go with their download service. Now what does that say about their intentions?

  • June 14, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    I read that Supercowbell,

    by jae683

    Interesting. Although taking Sony's word that it's more powerful is like taking MS's word that their operating system is the most advanced. Personally, think the 360 and the PS3 are comparable. Raw processing goes to the PS3, but the 360 has a better graphics card. It even out in the end, I think, except for the programming difficulties. I think MS was smart to stick with a Directx based system.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST

    the game that looked great for ps3 was

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    was genji days of the blade. too bad that game was fucking horrible. also look at this what a diffrence huh? the answer would be no.

  • June 14, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Real Deal...


    peep my arguments back on "Headgeek has chosen HD-DVD..Here's why.." Microsoft have revealed themselves to be agents of the dark-side!

  • June 14, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Not this tired old argument again.

    by jae683

    Sigh. =\

  • June 14, 2007, 9:07 p.m. CST

    supercowbell, exactly.

    by jae683

    If there is a difference, is it a $200.00 difference?

  • June 14, 2007, 9:10 p.m. CST




  • June 14, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    just buy a friggin PS3, Harry...

    by lynxpro

    Its going to be 6 months or more before Apple puts a Blu-Ray drive in anything beyond a Mac Pro...certainly not a MacBook Pro or a MacBook. But unlike Toshiba, cough Microsoft cough, Apple won't be giving it to you fo frizzle. Just buy a PS3 and be happy with 1080p output if you have an appropriate tv or monitor to attach it to.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Blu-Ray doesn't use MPEG-2 anymore, fools...

    by lynxpro

    It uses VC-1 [Windows Media 9] and the standard H.264 MPEG-4 AVC. AVC, you know, the non-proprietary codec Microsoft won't let HD DVD use even though most of the hardware on the market will decode (but not that). So stop dragging out the criticism over MPEG-2. The argument is tired and outdated.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:30 p.m. CST

    jae683 not even fuckin close

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    look theres more cracks in the ground! is not a good reason to spend 600 dollars. i got mine for the games not graphics, i already knew it looked just like 360. still waiting for the games though.

  • June 14, 2007, 9:53 p.m. CST

    If Sony is married to MPEG2...

    by Aust1n

    Why is the new 5th Element disc encoded in AVC?

  • June 14, 2007, 10:06 p.m. CST

    film selections

    by JFilm101

    Some terrific films there ... 'If' is such a GREAT movie! Will pick up 'Honor Among Thieves' immediately!

  • June 14, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    spurs win

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell


  • June 14, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    The Spurs are LAME and

    by Gandalf the redwhiteandblue

    lay off Harry about this!!

  • June 14, 2007, 11:40 p.m. CST

    I paid 200 for my HDDVD XBOX player so I win:

    by Stormwatcher

    Cuz even if you LordMaster Sony wins, that doesn't mean my HDDVDS stop working. And when BestBuy starts selling off all the HDDVDS for supercheap to make shelf space for Blue Rays (in like 2009) I will pick them up for cheap and have them in just as great a format as BlueRay. So I get to enjoy 1080p now while you all sit it out waiting for Sony to give you a break and those 2 years will be sweet, but I will buy a Blue Ray just like you but for waaayyy cheap in 2009 and still have the enjoyment of HDDVDS. So I guess my point is hoorah for me.

  • June 15, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    sony is my lord?

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    because i bought a system that i wanted lol so that makes them my lord. i guess microsoft is my lord to since i have a 360. and if you REALLY wanna take it back i guess sega is my lord to.

  • June 15, 2007, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I'm going to watch ROAD WARRIOR in HD DVD

    by Mace Tofu

    Keep bitchn' , I'll be back in 4 hours ( Watchin the HIGHLANDER anime too). Thanks for the tip Harry.

  • June 15, 2007, 1:45 a.m. CST

    I luv my PS3

    by Kragmose

    But the witch-hunt like flamewar towards us ps3 owners has forced me to live in a basement in Romania. Daddy says times will get better.

  • June 15, 2007, 2:18 a.m. CST

    You know there right Harry,

    by RickSlamu2

    If you want to truly compair and contrast the HD-DVD with BlueRay, to see wether or not your backing judgement was in error (IMHBUO it was) The cheepest and probally the best way right now is to get a PS3. Becides Film GEEK you might then learn about another Until now uknown part of your soul the GAME GEEK!!! AND I DARE ANYONE TO SAY METAL GEAR SOLID 4 WON'T KICK MAJOR ASS!!!!! And finally PICKET FENCES ONE OF THE 5 GREATEST SHOWS EVER MADE! Again IMHBUO! god im glad there finally bringing ti out!!!

  • June 15, 2007, 4:03 a.m. CST

    HD DVD is the Phantom Fucking Menace

    by polyh3dron

    and Bill Gates is Chancellor Palpatine. Tis true.

  • June 15, 2007, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Was always curious about If....

    by bufflehead18

    But I don't know if I can trust Harry's opinion. After all, he did like Rise of the Silver Surfer...

  • June 15, 2007, 6:28 a.m. CST

    i love my ps3 too

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    but i hate the shitty games lol at least we can download system emulators on to it. ill keep it for that seriously, im gonna get a snes and genesis one on mine soon as i figure out how the fuck to do it.

  • June 15, 2007, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Those Combo HD disks?

    by Dazzler69

    Is it just one movie on them that will work for reg DVD players? I am wondering if my progressive scan DVD player will get the best picture from them? I will wait for a combo player for Blu-Ray and HD DVD which is sure to come out.

  • June 15, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST


    by MrNelson

    I've bought Kingdom of Heaven on BR. It looks awesome except the panning shots. Also on HD DVD? One other question, I read some talkbacker talking about not using HDMI but component instead? Anyone? Sorry. Have to know. = ) Thanks. N.

  • June 15, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    $50k for a single wedding?

    by Lord_Soth

    That's just crazy, man.

  • June 15, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    So this afternoon, two suits come up to me...

    by Admonisher

    ...and ask me to endorse some new sports utility vehicle. I threw those two creeps out on their ass! Then they followed me home, *begging* me to take a test drive ... and let me tell ya, talk about roomy! The Canyonero combines the smooth handling of a European sports car with the rugged driveability of a sturdy 4x4. ........ (Sorry, Harry ... that may not be fair, but it popped into my head, and I couldn't resist. :-P )

  • June 15, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    buying HD DVD now is like buying CED in 1984

    by lynxpro

    I know how that feels because my dad did just that because his argument was that VHS quality was bad and LaserDisc had defects. I leave it to you to draw the proper inference. And I will donate money if someone sets up a Blu-Ray player fund for Harry if he in turns stops spouting off all the half-truths that the HD DVD [Microsoft/Toshiba] Promotions Group wants us to believe about Blu-Ray. Although I think someone from SCEA could probably be contacted to give Harry a PS3 so at least he can be "fair and balanced."

  • June 15, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    get it right lynxpro:

    by polyh3dron

    It's Microsoft's HD DVD EVANGELISM group. Yes that's the actual name of it, and MS foots the bill for it even though HD DVD it's Toshiba's format.

  • June 15, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Picket Fences

    by JamieCOTC95

    I only saw this in reruns, but I liked the show. Glad to know it's coming out.

  • June 15, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST

    polyh3dron, I got it right...

    by lynxpro

    I was referring to the HD DVD promotion group, not Microsoft's chief tool of HD DVD evangelism that was sent to kowtow to Harry and give him gifts for his online loyalty.

  • June 16, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry! What do you know about "Big Nothing?"

    by Bungion Boy

    Simon Pegg and David Schwimmer. It got released in England but is direct to dvd here. I love me some Pegg. Even like me some Shwimmer. But I've heard nothing about the film, aside from seeing a fairly funny international trailer months ago. Anything you can tell us? Or anyone out there know?

  • June 16, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Nielsen Videoscan 6/10: HD-DVD still tanking

    by Chrighton

    As of week ending 6/10/07 66/34 (BD/HD), Year to Date 67/33 (BD/HD), Since inception 59/41 (BD/HD). Last week stats: Week: 61/39 (BD/HD) Year: 67/33 (BD/HD) SI: (59/41) BD/HD (source: Blu-ray has sold 2/3 of all HD titles since inception. Blu-ray sales have actually INCREASED in the middle of the Toshiba sales blowout!(LOL). And just now, Toshiba cut its sales target for HD DVD players by 44 percent, from its previous estimate of 1.8 million unit sales to just 1 million (source Face it, they're practically giving them away, and they're STILL getting their asses handed to them by Blu-ray. Anyone check out comments for stuff like the Planet Earth HD-DVD? A lot of people bought it thinking it would play on their DVD players. Talk about "consumer familiarity" with the "DVD" brand backfiring big time. (LOLx2) I wonder what happens now that Blu-ray players are starting to fall in price (BDP-S300, now lists for $499, which will be had for less than that in the wild)...

  • June 16, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter has chosen Blu-Ray, here's why

    by dtpena

    actually, this is a fact.

  • June 16, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Ah the Blu Ray Cabal is here in force, lol

    by jae683

    Actually, I have Goblet of Fire on HD-Dvd right now. =)

  • June 17, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by Cotton McKnight

    My friend saw you at Fry's the other day and he said you were in a wheelchair. Everything alright?

  • June 17, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    superman returns looks fuckin nice in hd

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    very fuckin nice

  • June 17, 2007, 4:40 a.m. CST

    tank on hd

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    tank on

  • June 17, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    hd-dvd that is

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    not bluray

  • June 17, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Blockbuster has chosen Blu-ray....not HD-DVD

    by atomik kinder

    Blockbuster to favor Blu-ray HD discs over DVD format By Gary Gentile / AP Business Writer Article Launched: 06/17/2007 02:40:24 PM MDT LOS ANGELES - Blockbuster Inc. will rent high-definition DVDs only in the Blu-ray format in 1,450 stores when it expands its high-def offerings next month, dealing a major blow to the rival HD DVD format. The move, being announced Monday, could be the first step in resolving a format war that has kept confused consumers from rushing to buy new DVD players until they can determine which format will dominate the market. Blockbuster has been renting both Blu-ray and HD DVD titles in 250 stores since late last year and found that consumers were choosing Blu-ray titles more than 70 percent of the time. "The consumers are sending us a message. I can't ignore what I'm seeing," Matthew Smith, senior vice president of merchandising at Blockbuster, told The Associated Press. Blockbuster will continue to rent HD DVD titles in the original 250 locations and online, the Dallas-based company said. The decision was helped in large part by the lopsided availability of titles in Blu-ray, Smith said. All major studios except one Advertisement are releasing films in Blu-ray, with several, including The Walt Disney Co., releasing exclusively in Blu-ray. Only Universal Studios, which is owned by General Electric Co., exclusively supports HD DVD. Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., and Paramount Pictures, which is owned by Viacom Inc., release films in both formats. "When you walk into a store and see all this product available in Blu-ray and there is less available on HD DVD, I think the consumer gets that," Smith said. The rollout of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3 game console, which comes standard with a Blu-ray drive, also helped give the format momentum, Smith said. Blockbuster's decision, while significant on it's own, could boost Blu-ray even more if other retailers follow suit. "It will help shift the balance toward Blu-ray, clearly," said Richard Doherty, president of The Envisioneering Group, a research company. The North American HD DVD Promotional Group said Blockbuster's decision was shortsighted and skewed by the success of films released by Blu-ray studios in the first three months of the year. The group said HD DVD has since gained momentum, selling more players and popular titles such as "The 40-Year Old Virgin" and "The Matrix" trilogy. "I think trying to make a format decision using such a short time period is really not measuring what the consumer is saying," said Ken Graffeo, co-president of the group. The two formats have been battling it out since they both hit the market last year. Studios hope the high-definition discs, with their sharper picture and more room for interactive special features and games, will replace standard definition DVDs. The formats are incompatible and neither will play on standard DVD players, although standard DVDs can be viewed with either a Blu-ray or HD DVD player. The Blu-ray camp has been helped by the release of such huge hits as "Casino Royale," ''Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Spider-Man" coming out exclusively in its format. As the battle has unfolded, the price of the high-definition players needed to show the movies has plummeted. Toshiba Corp., the major supporter of HD DVD, is selling its player for $299 with a rebate, down from $499 when it first went on sale. Sony, which is pushing Blu-ray, recently slashed the price of its player by more than half to $499. The player retailed for $1,000 when it first was introduced.

  • June 17, 2007, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Got both. An HD DVD player and Blu-Ray Player

    by picardsucks

    Boght Harry's Toshiba for $299.00 plus I'm getting 4 or 5 free HD Dvd's from Toshiba. Love it. Matrix is a visual treat!!! And I just picked up a Samsung Blu-Ray from ebay for $350.00 and wathced Casino Royale also quite fucking Awesome. Can't really go wrong either way. They will both be obsolite in a few years anyway when HD movies all get sold/rented by downloading ala Xbox live/ Ipod into hard drives connected to your TV

  • June 17, 2007, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Aw, atomik kinder beat me to it!

    by CreatureCantina

    Blockbuster chooses Blu-ray. The biggest rental chain in all of America say goodnight to HD-DVD. Anybody who doesn't claim this is a decisive nail in its coffin is blind or biased. Now that the first big retailer has pulled the trigger, watch the rest fall like dominoes.

  • June 17, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Let's just hope they don't get the rot

    by jae683 lol

  • June 17, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Another interesting article.

    by jae683

  • June 17, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Blockbuster decision - exclusively Blu-ray

    by LoneGun

    Sounds like this could be the nail in the coffin for HD-DVD. I can see how Blockbuster would choose Blu-ray, not just because it's the more popular of the two formats but also because it is the more expensive one. Blockbuster would rather have people renting films than buying them. They make more money on rentals.

  • June 17, 2007, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by jae683

    I'm not so sure about that. Most people that I know that have gone HD buy their movies anyway. I know I do. I don't think I've rented from BlockBuster in about 6 or 7 years. But we'll see.

  • June 17, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST


    by LoneGun

    I too have not rented from Blockbuster in seven years. Actually, I agree with you. I think the HD market will be more of a buyer's one than a renter's one. I just wonder if Blockbuster thinks they can squeeze more rentals with Blu-ray than with HD-DVD.

  • June 18, 2007, 12:48 a.m. CST

    HD DVD am FAIL. Blockbuster is now Blu-Ray exclusive.

    by polyh3dron

    yes sir.

  • June 18, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST

    It's not what Blockbuster "thinks"...

    by CreatureCantina

    Blockbuster KNOWS they can get more Blu-ray rentals because they DID get more Blu-ray rentals! The split was 70/30. HD-DVD was just taking up space! I love the HD-DVD camp excuses... "Well, Blu-ray had more good titles available..." You know how you fix that? You release some killer titles, you morons! If you want to win the war you play to win! Maybe they already saw the writing on the wall and didn't want to incur the production costs for a dead format. Oh yeah, and they're "gaining momentum" with the Matrix trilogy. Was that the same Matrix trilogy that sold a paltry 13,000 units? I swear... how can you HD-DVD supporters stomach this sort of garbage being spoon fed to you? I mean, there's hyping your product, and then there's spitting in the face of your faithful customers. Refusing to face reality and just spouting out-and-out lies is downright insulting.

  • June 18, 2007, 12:50 a.m. CST

    re: LoneGun

    by polyh3dron

    BD players may be a little more expensive, but the discs themselves are the same prices for the most part. Universal and Warner like to bring out their day-and-date releases as combo discs on the HD DVD side of things, which make the HD DVDs actually more expensive a lot of the time.

  • June 18, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST

    polyh3dron - re: prices

    by LoneGun

    And I'm sure the prices of BD players will drop in time. Right now, I have neither of the new formats but based on what I've read, I'm leaning toward Blu-ray.

  • June 18, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST

    To be fair Creature...

    by half vader

    HD-DVD are doing a pretty great job getting both big new Universal stuff and their formidable library of classics out precisely because they know that if they don't the disparity between exclusive studio support will become obvious to Joe customer. At the moment they're doing a pretty good act of "Look over here! Look over here! No - NOT THERE! Here! Woo-oo!", if you know what I mean.

  • June 18, 2007, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Laser Rot - the good old days of Laser disc

    by half vader

    The more things change, eh? Having said that, none of my LDs ever had it, and I'm guessing it won't be much of a problem this time around, as it seemed to be more based on particular man. plants than anything else. If that's actually what this is, of course. <p> Microsoft flunkies to jump on this though in 5,4,3,2...

  • June 18, 2007, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Blockbuster chose Blue-Ray

    by Knugen

    Wonder if a PS3 would be able to do the things that was done on the HDDVD 300 disc...

  • June 18, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Blockbuster should know

    by enozdaed

    They have been renting both HD-DVD and Blu-ray online and in about 200 stores. It doesn't seem to be that they are just jumping into a decision here. Another thing people fail to realize that the majority of the money that Blockbuster makes is from NEW releases of NEW movies and not catalog titles. Blu-ray seems to have more recent movies abvailable than HD-DVD. I don't think many people are going to want to rent The Matrix on HD-DVD no matter how awesome it is. They have already seen it and probably don't really care. The Blu-ray of Primeval would, more than likely be more of a popular rental than The Matrix. You know it's true.

  • June 18, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    block wiki wiki buster

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

  • June 18, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    oh im late

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    well fuck you guys

  • June 18, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I'm now 100% conviced. Blu-Ray will win

    by YAYBLUE

    Blockbuster just announced it choice Blu-ray exclusively for rentals in all their stores. This war is finally winding down. Bye HD-DVD. Read it here:

  • June 18, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    50K for a wedding?!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    For shame sir, for shame.

  • June 18, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    So When Will Netflix

    by Internet Thug

    Announce its HD-DVD exclusive deal?

  • June 18, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Jesus Christ Soylentmean did you come down in the last

    by half vader

    shower? Fuck me surely there aren't still people around still spouting the same old FALSE "have to re-buy my collection" bullshit are there? Christ man yes - there's NOTHING WRONG with your DVDs! They WON'T stop working EVEN on the NEW format. You can just buy new ones that are HD and keep playing your regular DVDs. Get it? The new players ARE backward compatible. BOTH types. How morons can think that extra choice is a bad thing and that their format is threatened by this is beyond me. Gah.

  • June 18, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Harry: I don't but the conspiracy crap but...

    by Exterminans

    I do believe you're wrong on HD-DVD being superior. I don't either player but I will eventually (waiting for them to hit the $100-130 range). I have however seen both in action and Blu Ray is just as good HD-DVD and it will have shit loads of more titles over the next year. Right now Blu Ray titles are outselling HD-DVD titles. If Sony (or a third party company) could manage to get a player under $250 before Xmas it would be checkmate. And unless some of the Studio's change their minds look at the vast amount of films you will never see on HD-DVD for the foreseeable future. Take 20th Century Fox for instance. It supports Blu-Ray. So unless something drastic happens you won't be seeing any of the Star Wars films on HD-DVD. Look at all the films Sony owns including those under MGM. The only thing hurting Blu Ray right now is the price. If they can get the price of the players down the war will end rather quickly.

  • June 18, 2007, 7:39 p.m. CST

    ITWire's blog tore into the HD DVD promo group...

    by lynxpro

    Check it out. Humorous write-up on the failings of HD DVD... The dishes are done...

  • June 18, 2007, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by half vader

    As I actually try to practice objectivity. <p> Actually y'know if you just chopped off that silly first bit of your post, I woulda agreed with you. It's just the moronic re-buying thing that makes me crazy because 9 times out of ten it's based on ignorance combined with ego. So I went off. Fair?

  • June 18, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    You're right though Soylent

    by half vader

    I don't really understand about the principle thing as I don't think it's unreasonable to bring out high def discs because 10 years for DVD is a outrageously long time for a technology these days and I don't think it's unfair to bring in new tech. Certainly ridiculous to 'take a stand' about it. You want LESS options? <p> Yes I'm well aware that it's only been mass market for about 7 of those, but don't you see the parallel (to the start of DVD) with early adopters taking up new tech while Joe Blow thinks there's no need? For that matter, the only actual new feature DVD had over laserdiscs was that the menus were animated. So why did we need DVD then? Sure the size but the point is that it was ostensibly an LD anyway and people wouldn't have TVs that could take advantage of the digital visuals for the best part of a decade. See what I'm sayin'? The E.A.s bring the price down so when the mass market's ready they get a better, cheaper product and the regular Joes can just ignore it in the meantime. See? Works out fine. <p> The other part is that why would you sit around for years AFTER something like HDTV comes out (and you'd be blind if you didn't see it has exploded in the last year) to give people something to play on it? Doesn't make much sense. Like the idiots who trash the new consoles because "we don't need it yet" who would be whingeing when they DO think they need it because nothing would have been developed!! Same with HD discs.

  • June 19, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Yeah, lynxpro

    by jae683

    but that article didn't really substantiate any facts either. Frankly the whole thing is getting ridiculous.

  • June 19, 2007, 3:05 a.m. CST

    what the-numbers syas about hostel 2

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    "The only film in the sophomore class not to reach the top five was Hostel II, which fell 63% to $3.0 million over the weekend and $14.2 million in total. Even with a sub $10 million production budget, this film will struggle to make a profit any time soon." ouch

  • June 19, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Bridge to Terrebithia is on HD-DVD Lando

    by Boscorooty

    Bridge to Terrebithia, The Prestige, Brotherhood of the Wolf, etc....all available from Region 2. Ya see, Hd-dvd is region free...Blu-Ray is not. Sad.

  • June 19, 2007, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by enozdaed

    But..... How many average people who will own an HD-DVD player will know this? They walk into Best Buy or pull up Amazon... What the hell it's only on Blu-ray. That is not going to make a difference. They will maybe sell a couple hundred copies to people in the US. How many average people you know buy import DVDs? And I'm not talking the streetcorner pirated movies either.

  • June 19, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I didn't realize there were

    by Boscorooty

    I didn't realize there were any average people were in this forum... I'm not claiming that HD-DVD will win. At the same time, I don't think that BD has come anywhere near winning this battle yet. Movie psychos are what I'm talking about here. You're right, Joe six pack doesn't care about region free, but it's a big deal to movie geeks like us. Anyway, none of this really matters. There was only ONE hd title released this week..only a single shot fired in what must be the lamest "war" I've ever seen.

  • June 19, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    HD DVD will have region codes next year, IF...

    by lynxpro survives...

  • June 19, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Oh Good Lord Capt. Obvious!

    by Icky Thump

    Jesus Harry - you entered the format debate when you whored out AICN to Toshiba's HD DVD player? And you are not an Apple fan if support such crap as HD DVD - you once again - have been duped.

  • June 19, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    HD DVD

    by Icky Thump

    Do I hear Taps playing?

  • June 19, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by Icky Thump

    Oh speaking of releases... what's up with all those metal box editions of flicks? I saw Fight Club, which looks to be the deleted deluxe edition from a few years back, just now in a metal "tin" like box. WTF?

  • June 19, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    When does IRON GIANT hit HD DVD?

    by howaboutanicecupofgofuckyourself

    All this talk about Ratatouille makes me want to see that film in glorious HD even more. And fuck Blockbusters and Bluray. Cunts, both of them.

  • June 19, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Starz/Anchor Bay

    by enozdaed

    Yes, they just went exclusively Blu-ray.

  • June 19, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I get most of my Blu-Ray movies for $20-$25.

    by polyh3dron

    I don't know where you're seeing those prices.. Oh and most day-and-date HD DVD releases are in the combo format which DO cost $30+. So much for HD DVD being cheaper, huh..

  • June 19, 2007, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by jae683

    On the region coding. Give a link.

  • June 19, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    That's one bad hat, Harry

    by kobain

    Blockbuster's decision to support Blu-ray in all of its 1,450 stores is having a bigger impact than it seems. A tipster at an unnamed retailer tells us they've had more HD DVD player orders canceled over the last few days than they've seen over the entire life cycle. The kicker? All of them were canceled because of the Blockbuster announcement. Not only that, new sales of HD DVD players are nonexistent, with Blu-ray being the only things moving now. OUCH. from

  • June 19, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah Soylent

    by half vader

    You're right - those snapper cases sure did/do suck. God I'm sick of having to rearrange the lot of them every time I get one out (as they're in their own shameful little section by themselves. HOW many years of us whingeing did it take 'til they finally listened? Bastards! :) <p> As far as the double-dip thing goes (that was a lot clearer to me this time), I just go to websites and read things like Widescreen Review and try to keep my ear to the ground as sometimes a site does get wind of a staggered release. Better than nothing. And I outsmarted Sony by never buying one of the 37 different releases of men in black. I can wait 'til high def for that one, especially as most studios have been mastering in high def for a couple of years now, so we all know they're coming...

  • June 19, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by jae683

    I think you're full of shit. Yet another Fanyboy trying to spread rhetoric.

  • June 20, 2007, 2:13 a.m. CST

    re: jae683

    by polyh3dron

    that came from, a well respected tech site.

  • June 20, 2007, 3:52 a.m. CST

    now whens harrys next hd-dvd article coming out?

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    wanna hear what he has to say about the rise of the blu-ray.

  • June 20, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Van Buren, well...

    by half vader

    It's got less space sure but even though I've been sticking up for blu-ray to be fair you're being incredibly simplistic about it. Why were PAL release laserdiscs with the superior (to NTSC) colour signal and extra 100 lines of rez inferior 9 times out of 10? Mastering and quality control. Also things like which compression codec to use makes a difference. <p> Harry got conned by the HD-DVD guy (gee, why do you THINK he paid him a friendly and strangely well-timed visit? Hmmmm...) because Sony have long since stopped using mpeg 2 and as I said were using it to catch up as their mastering tools were based on it, even though vc1 and the superior avc h264 were available to them since the start. Also long since passed is the initial trouble they were having with 50gig limits so for a while there yes it was possible that HD-DVD had LESS compression. Not ever again, but you see the point. It's also only recently that Blu-ray has gone all out with max bitrates/less compression with the Pirates movies taking up a ton of the 50 gig limit. But still there's mastering and telecine which means there will be good and bad transfers on both sides, as with good old DVD. <p> It did take a couple of years for DVD to get the hang of intelligent compression, toning down edge enhancement and so on, and God knows there is still the odd artifact-fest (or 'articles' as Harry likes to call 'em). So yes HD-DVD actually CAN look better similarities and disparities notwithstanding. <p> As for special features, yes people obviously give a crap or the market would never had gone to the extra expense for the last decade. Why spend MORE money to make the things (although what most people don't know is that many of the early and not-so early extras, commentaries & docos were quietly swiped from Laser) when you 'don't have to'? It doesn't make sense considering the greed of all involved. <p> Also, yes it seems that 99% of the people who post on this site are EXACTLY the sort of audience that loves special features. Duh. So here at least yes you're pretty much the only one. And BTW where exactly is the Ludovico Technique on the disc that MAKES you watch the extras against your will? IGNORE them if they upset you that much! " I don't want the details revealed" - so DON'T WATCH them, dummkopf! You act like someone's forcing you to - like the people that think they're being made to buy all their DVDs again. Fair enough if you wish everything was 'superbit' but the moronic point about "Doesn't that kind of ruin" everything is as un-thought out and naive as saying musicians don't appreciate music anymore because they learn all the technical aspects of how to play their instruments, taking away the 'mystery'. WTF is wrong with enjoying a film on BOTH levels??! <P> Dummkopf. <p> P.S. Soylent - great idea about the dedicated talkback.

  • June 20, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Disney Animated Movies

    by enozdaed

    Ohhh, look at Disney is going to release Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray in 2008 day and date with a new Sleeping Beauty DVD.

  • June 20, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    The Wedding....

    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    you better invite every last single talkbacker on this site. well except the people who keep posting in the last talkback and bragging about it. those guys are fags. but you can invite us.

  • June 20, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Moot, not mute.

    by ErnieAnderson


  • June 22, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST


    by supercowbell 4 cant stop the cowbell

    pretty fucking please please

  • June 22, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Re: How can HD-DVD ever possibly look better

    by kane74

    Because most Blu-Ray releases are encoded with an inferior codec. Plus, if you buy a Blu-Ray machine, you will pay more than for an HD-DVD. And don't forget, Blu-Ray still is an unfinished product. Obvioulsy Harry did the right choice with HD-DVD.

  • June 22, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Re: How can HD-DVD ever possibly look better

    by Chrighton

    FALSE. Most if not all Blu-ray releases are now encoded in VC-1 or AVC. Warner, for example, uses the same codecs on their BD/HD releases. Studios dropped MPEG2 as soon as AVC was available to them. Toshiba slashed sales targets by 44% (from 1.8 million to 1 million) and BD sales account for 2/3 of the HD movie market. Oh and Starz (Anchor Bay) just went Blu-ray exclusive, adding to Disney/BuenaVista/FOX/MGM/Lionsgate/Sony Pictures. Yeah, real nice choice.

  • June 22, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Kane and Chrighton

    by half vader

    Try reading some of the other posts. Kane - as others have already pointed out, both you and Harry are idiots for falling for the 'inferior' (you all still love it on regular DVD) codec mpeg2 thing. <p> Like Chrighton says they're pretty much always using AVC and VC1 now, but he was wrong in saying "as soon as AVC was available to them". No, the main reason as I stated before was that it had more to do with Sony's mastering software being based on and optimised for mpeg2 (which makes sense considering regular DVD) and trying to pull a fast one in getting up to speed quickly with the amount of titles they got out the door to catch up with HD-DVD. <p> Now this has much less to do with good picture quality as much as efficiency. Yes mpeg2 is inferior in that to get the SAME picture quality you need a much higher bitrate and use a lot more disc space than say, AVC. Which makes sense seeing as AVC is ALSO KNOWN as the Apple-developed h264, which is ALSO known as mpeg4 part 10. Funny that. <p> Neither of you seem to be aware that the video specs for BOTH formats are the SAME (which sort of makes the 'available to them' thing a bit incorrect). So even though Blu-ray CAN absolutely look better than HD-DVD due to more disc-space/less compression, WHY can HD-DVD still look better (even if you'd think the same codec would mean the same info for both formats)? - Quality control and telecine/transfer. As it's always been. <p> Comprendé?

  • June 22, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Where the hell does this guy get all this money........

    by jamazio buy so many damn dvds? and alot of crap ones at that. And alot of HDs and a player and god knows what else. Is there ANYTHING this dude doesnt like? Can he REALLY make that much cash to buy all this shit as well as his daily budget of food shopping? Does he really make that much cash from running a web site and being a so called journalist? All i can say is damn- the guy beat me to it. More power to ya harry- aside from your body frame you live a pretty enviable life. Mind you if i was that rich maybe I'd be just as gross.

  • Aug. 12, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Blu-Ray will be a PS3-only format a la UMD

    by Johnny LaPlegm

    I didn't know it was possible to shit this much Blu...again. Two questions: 1. How many people have a standalone Blu-Ray player that's NOT a PS3? 2. Which format is going to be $199 over the Holidays? Sony's loss leader doesn't guarantee a Blu win by a long shot. Hardware is 5:1 Blu (including PS3) yet software is just 2:1 Blu. Extrapolate what happens when HD DVD sells a million $199 players over the holidays. One more thing I'll reiterate- Blu-ray was concieved as a storage format to accomodate MPEG2 encoded 1080p high def and PCM lossless audio, necessitating 50G of capacity. Enter VC-1, AVC, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS HD MA and, oh my, suddenly a movie like 300 with reference level HD video and lossless sound and a shitload of extras fits on a 30gig disc just fine. If you don't own a PS3, there's nothing compelling about paying double the price for Blu-Ray. BR has one advantage- studio support, and it's a house of cards that can collapse at any moment. Flame on gamerz!