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#149393 - 11/12/06 11:00 AM Re: HD-DVD up and running [Re: Jacksmyname]
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Registered: 07/23/04
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This next week should be pretty busy for me setting up new toys. The X1, VP-50 and my new screen should all show up at about the same time. I think I’ll do some comparisons just for fun.

Oppo 971 with the screen I have now. (according to Secrets, this player is on par with the Denon 5910)
Oppo 970hd with the screen I have now.
The decisive winner between the two Oppo’s with the new screen and then leave it on the wall.
X1 with a SD DVD. (It is supposed to be pretty good with up-converting)
970 feeding the VP50 a HDMI 480i signal and letting the VP do its thing.
X1 with HD DVD by itself.
X1 > VP50

I just need to figure out how to take a good screen shot in the dark with my little camera. If any of you are photographers and want to give me some tips on that, that would be great.
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#149394 - 12/03/06 03:45 PM Eagles HD/DVD [Re: michael_d]
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I just watched the Eagles HD DVD and WOW!! This has got to be the crispest, clearest, best sounding disks I've ever seen / listen to. Unreal.... The picture is so good that I can actually see the tiny scuffs in the clear coat of Joe Walsh's guitar. And sound.......amazing. If you like the Eagles and have one of these players, you've got to get this disk!

One to NOT buy.....Dune. I forgot how bad this movie was. Now I remember in all its glory. Sound sucked, special effects sucked, the movie sucked. Although I've got to admit that the Barron has never looked more disgusting than he does in HD.

We have a date with Superman later today.
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#149395 - 12/03/06 07:37 PM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: michael_d]
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Good review on the Eagles HD DVD I'll have to look for that one. I'm intersted to hear what you think about Superman, I've got the SD version that I have not had a chance to watch yet and was thinking of buying the HD version.
As I mentioned in another thread the Corpse Bride is stunning with its visuals, and since the extras are in 480 it makes for a great comparison when someone wants to see the difference between SD and HD.
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#149396 - 12/04/06 11:53 AM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: HomeDad]
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That Corpse Bride kinda freaked me out in SD. I'm not sure I want to see it in HD. We watched Superman Returns last night in HD. I had not seen this movie before and I thought it was an excellent movie. I really liked all the characters. The "new Lex" was really good. And I though this new Superman has got to be the best one yet (sorry Christopher). As far as the video quality, it is better than the SD version, which is on the back side of the disk. But overall, I was a little disappointed. It just didn't "WOW" me like some of the other HD disks have. The colors were great, but the resolution just seamed to be lacking to me. I think they could have done a little better with the LFE's too. The 600 should have been kicking me in the chest and it wasn't.

I've got Mutiny on the Bounty to watch next. It's a three hour movie, so I have to get in the right frame of mind to sit down that long. Maybe tonight... I've also got Excalibur to watch yet. That's one of my all time favorite 'oldies'. I'm hoping the transfer to HD was done well.

Have you seen U571 yet? I thought that one was pretty darn good.
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#149397 - 12/04/06 12:13 PM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: michael_d]
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Certainly haven't seen U571 in HD, or even in surround sound, but the movie itself is fantastic. Of course, I love submarine movies. Even K19: The Movie Where People Forget to Speak in Their Fake Russian Accents Sometimes.
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#149398 - 12/04/06 12:15 PM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: Ken.C]
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Registered: 03/09/03
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Loc: PA
Watch the U571 depth charge scene with a good sub. I was feeling the vibrations coming up through the couch. It felt like the charges were going off right under me!

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#149399 - 12/04/06 12:26 PM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: Zarak]
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We watched that scene at Tharkun's house after setting up his dual EP-600s. My junk was jiggling.
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#149400 - 12/04/06 12:39 PM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: pmbuko]
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I never, ever want to hear about your junk again. Jiggling or otherwise.
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#149401 - 12/04/06 01:02 PM Re: Eagles HD/DVD [Re: michael_d]
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I watched Superman in SD last night, I enjoyed the movie but was really dissapointed in the film quality, supposedly it was filmed with the newest digital film cameras, didn't look that way to me.
I've seen U571 in SD and enjoyed it, there are so many movies coming out in HD it's getting hard to sort through them. This is a good site to get some news and reviews on some of the better HD titles. dvdtown
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#149402 - 12/05/06 11:23 AM HD/DVD [Re: HomeDad]
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Registered: 07/23/04
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Well if you already have Superman in SD, I wouldn’t pick up the HD version unless you have twenty five bucks just burning a hole in your pocket. Even running the X1 through my video processor didn’t make it look at that much better than SD.

We watched the HD Excalibur last night. They did a pretty good job with the transfer and video looked very good compared to SD. I was disappointed in the sound though. I think someone forgot the .1 in the 5.1 DTS. There wasn’t any LFE at all. But if anyone is a fan of this movie, it’s worth picking up.
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