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#149373 - 10/24/06 03:26 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: biggsly5000]
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
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Loc: Up yonder
I was all fired up to go HD-DVD seeing how HD TV isn't an option where I live (it takes two, four foot dishes to get a whopping 10 HD channels). In light of that little problem and the fact that I've got close to 500 SD DVD's, I just ordered a DVDO VP-50. I'm hopefull that the VP will give me an 'almost' HD experience with all my SD stuff.

http://www.dvdo.com/pro/pro_isvp50.php
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#149374 - 10/24/06 04:50 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: michael_d]
Sutter Cane Offline
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Registered: 04/10/04
Posts: 626
Loc: Wichita, KS
HD-DVD owner here! I can't stand to watch SD-DVD's anymore. Once you go High Def, it's hard to look at anything else. That said, the Tosh does an excellent job with SD-DVD's as well.

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#149375 - 10/25/06 12:26 AM Re: HD-DVD [Re: Sutter Cane]
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Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 11168
Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I agree about the upscaling on the Toshiba HD DVD players. I had a Samsung upscaling DVD player, and it doesn't hold a candle to the HD DVD player's upscaling.

I'm up to 16 HD DVDs, but I think I really like only half of those. I bought a lot of DVDs I didn't really love when they first started coming out, too. Like I just got The Perfect Storm, since it's one of the few that has a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. I had never seen it before, but the reviews on Amazon.com made it seem like it didn't suck COMPLETELY. Well, the drama was inflated, and the score made it even hokier. It was a really feeble grab at my heartstrings. That being said, the picture was nice enough, and the sound, too. I hope more studios hurry up with the releases, though, so I don't get sidetracked by stuff I'm unsure about.

I see that Casablanca is coming out on HD DVD soon. I'll get it even though I already have the DVD, and I don't really know how much the higher resolution will help an old black and white film. I'm a good consumer.

C.V.

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#149376 - 10/25/06 12:47 AM Re: HD-DVD [Re: CV]
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I agree about the upscaling on the Toshiba HD DVD players. I had a Samsung upscaling DVD player, and it doesn't hold a candle to the HD DVD player's upscaling.

I'm up to 16 HD DVDs, but I think I really like only half of those. I bought a lot of DVDs I didn't really love when they first started coming out, too. Like I just got The Perfect Storm, since it's one of the few that has a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. I had never seen it before, but the reviews on Amazon.com made it seem like it didn't suck COMPLETELY. Well, the drama was inflated, and the score made it even hokier. It was a really feeble grab at my heartstrings. That being said, the picture was nice enough, and the sound, too. I hope more studios hurry up with the releases, though, so I don't get sidetracked by stuff I'm unsure about.

I see that Casablanca is coming out on HD DVD soon. I'll get it even though I already have the DVD, and I don't really know how much the higher resolution will help an old black and white film. I'm a good consumer.

C.V.



I know exactly where you're coming from on that. My HD-DVD collection isn't what one would call very big. Mainly because I won't just buy and HD-DVD because it's on HD-DVD. If I don't truly like the film, or if it's something I don't think I'll watch all that often, then I just pass on it, well, at least for now. lol

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#149377 - 10/26/06 01:13 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: Sutter Cane]
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Registered: 12/29/05
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Loc: Central,California
Batman Begins has gotten some pretty great reviews for HD-DVD, that will be one of the first I pick up once I get my player.
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#149378 - 10/26/06 07:57 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 01/29/06
Posts: 150
Loc: maryland
best movie out so far for hddvd, just my 2 cents. Just waiting for V for Ven. and MI3 next week.
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#149379 - 11/01/06 06:57 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: jimmienorton]
jimmienorton Offline
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Well both came out and all I can say is wow,the video is top notch and the audio on V is out of this world(TrueHD).
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#149380 - 11/10/06 03:46 PM Re: HD-DVD [Re: jimmienorton]
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Registered: 12/29/05
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After missrouting my Xbox 360 HD DVD add on, UPS should be delivering it today. It comes with King Kong in HD DVD, I just purchased MI 3, and am waiting for Batman Begins in the mail. I'm looking forward to see if there is a big differnce and will post my thoughts later.
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#149381 - 11/11/06 12:22 AM HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
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Loc: Central,California
For those that are interested, here are my first impressions of HD DVD. To begin with I'll say I was very skeptical about how much improvement I would actually get out of HD DVD or Blu-ray.
For regular DVD's I'm using a Denon 3910 that I have set to upscale to 720p through HDMI into my 720p Toshiba plasma. I've always thought the picture was outstanding.
Since I received King Kong with the 360 hd dvd player and that happened to be one of the titles I owned, my comparison was on.
To make a long story short, and as much as it pains me to say it, the HD DVD was a decisive winner. The colors and clarity are remarkable, when watching the regular dvd I almost felt like I was looking through smudged glasses.
I realize there are good and bad HD DVD's out there, and since King Kong is new, I'm not sure how it ranks compared to other HD DVD's, but if the rest are anywhere near this good, I'm sold on HD movies regardless of the two formats.
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#149382 - 11/11/06 12:53 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10376
Interesting observations, Michael, and not too surprising. As has been pointed out many times, although scaling the 480 material on a regular DVD up allows a full picture to be shown on a 720 or 1080 display, the "real" resolution isn't increased and is still 480. So, an HD disc should look at least a little sharper if other factors in the production are held constant(some other factors might be improved in a newer disc, independent of the higher resolution). By the way, you should be prepared for the PMs you might be getting, requesting the regular DVDs that you'll surely not be needing anymore.
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