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  • manuel_garcia 15 Jan 2007 13:40:53 4,079 posts
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    As there are a fair few of us with the HD-DVD drives for the 360 now, and a few more on the way that I know of, I thought i'd start up a central thread to discuss the little red boxes of goodness that we all end up buying.

    I'll run through the ones that I have at the mo:

    King Kong - As it was free I cant complain really. Video quality is excellent in parts, but not as much of a flagship for hd-dvd as you'd expect. Extra features are piss-poor, the whole U-Control thing is just badly implemented generally. I want a menu with special features, not just picture-in-picture stuff that you cant hear over the movie soundtrack.

    Riddick - Best example of a HD exprience that i've seen at the moment. Picture quality is amazing, and its the only one thus far that's managed to stop my friends bitching about not being able to see any difference over DVD. Top marks. Dubious quality film though, at least for some :)

    Batman Begins - Excellent transfer, generally good quality throughout and the special features are seperated from the main movie, which is a good trend.

    Mission Impossible 1-3 - As you would expect really, it shows what they can do with films from various eras when converting for the new formats. MI1 looks decent, MI2 is a step up from that, and MI3 looks superb. Decent special features on each of the discs, and not much in the way of U-Control stuff, which is a good thing.

    Clerks 2 - Probably the most uneccesary HD movie I've bought, but its one of my favourite films from last year and was only 14 for the two-disc edition. Craploads of special features on a seperate hd-dvd, top marks for that. Picture quality is excellent but not really needed for something like this :)

    Overall i'm loving it thus far, despite not being 'wowed' by King Kong at the start. What have you guys bought? Any recommendations?

    Edited by manuel_garcia at 13:41:25 15-01-2007
  • morriss 15 Jan 2007 13:42:15 70,911 posts
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    I've bought The Unforgiven and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'll give my write-up when my player arrives.
  • manuel_garcia 15 Jan 2007 13:44:52 4,079 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    I've bought The Unforgiven and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'll give my write-up when my player arrives.

    Unforgiven is next on my list to buy, cant beat a bit of HD clint :)
  • morriss 15 Jan 2007 13:45:36 70,911 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    morriss wrote:
    I've bought The Unforgiven and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'll give my write-up when my player arrives.

    Unforgiven is next on my list to buy, cant beat a bit of HD clint :)

    That's what I thought. Can't wait to see those expansive landscapes and sunsets in HD. :)
  • morriss 15 Jan 2007 13:47:12 70,911 posts
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    Question: I've ordered 'The Any Bully' from movietyme and my order status is, "Awaiting Check/Fax". However I paid by credit card. I've emailed them as to what this status means and I've read their FAQ but hey haven't got back to me. Anyone who has experience with them know what this means?

    Edited by morriss at 13:48:06 15-01-2007
  • manuel_garcia 15 Jan 2007 13:57:26 4,079 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Question: I've ordered 'The Any Bully' from movietyme and my order status is, "Awaiting Check/Fax". However I paid by credit card. I've emailed them as to what this status means and I've read their FAQ but hey haven't got back to me. Anyone who has experience with them know what this means?

    Edited by morriss at 13:48:06 15-01-2007

    Not had that before to be honest mate, they've been really good with me thus far.

    If its any consolation they generally respond to emails pretty quickly. I had one back same day the other week which I was pretty impressed with.
  • morriss 15 Jan 2007 13:59:50 70,911 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    morriss wrote:
    Question: I've ordered 'The Any Bully' from movietyme and my order status is, "Awaiting Check/Fax". However I paid by credit card. I've emailed them as to what this status means and I've read their FAQ but hey haven't got back to me. Anyone who has experience with them know what this means?

    Not had that before to be honest mate, they've been really good with me thus far.

    If its any consolation they generally respond to emails pretty quickly. I had one back same day the other week which I was pretty impressed with.

    Well I ordered on the 11th Jan, have sent 2 emails and so far nothing. If nothing comes tomorrow I'll just cancel.
  • UncleLou Moderator 15 Jan 2007 14:00:01 35,421 posts
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    Unforgiven notwithstanding, will they also release good films on HD-DVD? ;)

    /trolls out of thread
  • morriss 15 Jan 2007 14:01:11 70,911 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    Unforgiven notwithstanding, will they also release good films on HD-DVD? ;)

    /trolls out of thread

    The Departed and Babel are coming next month. The Deer Hunter has just come out. The Searchers is a classic. Se7en is on its way. Shawshank is out too.
  • morriss 15 Jan 2007 14:13:14 70,911 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    morriss wrote:
    Question: I've ordered 'The Any Bully' from movietyme and my order status is, "Awaiting Check/Fax". However I paid by credit card. I've emailed them as to what this status means and I've read their FAQ but hey haven't got back to me. Anyone who has experience with them know what this means?

    Edited by morriss at 13:48:06 15-01-2007

    Not had that before to be honest mate, they've been really good with me thus far.

    If its any consolation they generally respond to emails pretty quickly. I had one back same day the other week which I was pretty impressed with.
    I just sent them another angry mail. If I don't get a reply today I'm going to cancel.
  • brooza 15 Jan 2007 14:16:16 171 posts
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    Bizarrely, one of the things that puts me off HD-DVDs is the box sizes... they're not all the same size!
  • manuel_garcia 15 Jan 2007 14:17:36 4,079 posts
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    brooza wrote:
    Bizarrely, one of the things that puts me off HD-DVDs is the box sizes... they're not all the same size!

    All the HD-DVD ones I have thus far have been the same size. Smaller than a DVD case. One thing I dont like is the rounded spines that most of them have, which is just a stupid idea all round as it makes the title of the film harder to read. The plastic is somewhat flimsy as well.

    I like the form factor though.
  • morriss 17 Jan 2007 00:49:17 70,911 posts
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    Watched The Unforgiven tonight. No 'menu' on HD-DVD's? That's weird.

    Anyway, superb film and razor sharp. However compared to Batm Begins it looked 'old', still beautifully sharp but in some scenes you could just tell. Anyway, the film is a masterpiece so I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Although I didn't watch all of Batman Begins however, I amazed amazed by how much I could see. The 'darker' moments of the film were so much clearer, i.e. I could see all of Batman cowl, the outine, detail etc. even when it was night all around him.

    Can't wait until I get back from England in Feb to watch it all as this HD-DVD player I've got now is getting sold tomorrow.

    I would heartily recommend it!
  • Hunam 17 Jan 2007 00:52:17 20,674 posts
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    Anyone seen the Serenity HD transfer? Probs first film id want on HD.
  • Heartcore_Ninja 17 Jan 2007 00:52:51 1,727 posts
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    I'm really wanting one of the HD-DVD drives. Problem is nowhere has one in stock. :( I would think it's more stock issues rather than demand. In the US I hear they are well stocked, whereas we get hardly any.
  • silentbob 17 Jan 2007 00:54:49 28,947 posts
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    Downloading Superman Returns as I write this, I'll let you know what I think when it's done ... in about a week! ;)

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  • morriss 17 Jan 2007 00:55:27 70,911 posts
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    Bookmark this link and check it daily.
  • morriss 17 Jan 2007 00:55:59 70,911 posts
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    silentbob wrote:
    Downloading Superman Returns as I write this, I'll let you know what I think when it's done ... in about a week! ;)

    I 'buy' all my HD-DVD's

    /raises nose in the air
  • silentbob 17 Jan 2007 00:58:05 28,947 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Watched The Unforgiven tonight. No 'menu' on HD-DVD's? That's weird.

    Anyway, superb film and razor sharp. However compared to Batm Begins it looked 'old', still beautifully sharp but in some scenes you could just tell. Anyway, the film is a masterpiece so I enjoyed it thoroughly.

    Although I didn't watch all of Batman Begins however, I amazed amazed by how much I could see. The 'darker' moments of the film were so much clearer, i.e. I could see all of Batman cowl, the outine, detail etc. even when it was night all around him.

    Can't wait until I get back from England in Feb to watch it all as this HD-DVD player I've got now is getting sold tomorrow.

    I would heartily recommend it!
    I am so chuffed to hear other regs finally getting what I've been banging on about for all this time. \o/

    By the way, being able to see film grain is actually one of the things I love about watching older movies in HiDef. :)

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  • Heartcore_Ninja 17 Jan 2007 00:58:48 1,727 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Bookmark this link and check it daily.

    Ahh nice link! :)
    Unfortunately for some reason it says it is in stock at Dixons, but a quick trip to the website says it is out of stock :/
  • silentbob 17 Jan 2007 00:59:22 28,947 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    silentbob wrote:
    Downloading Superman Returns as I write this, I'll let you know what I think when it's done ... in about a week! ;)

    I 'buy' all my HD-DVD's

    /raises nose in the air
    If you saw my DVD shelves you wouldn't doubt that I would too. I just don't have the funds right now, and this is just too tempting.

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  • morriss 17 Jan 2007 00:59:29 70,911 posts
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    Heartcore_Ninja wrote:
    morriss wrote:
    Bookmark this link and check it daily.

    Ahh nice link! :)
    Unfortunately for some reason it says it is in stock at Dixons, but a quick trip to the website says it is out of stock :/

    "View the details on MICROSOFT HD DVD PLAYER XBOX 360. Buy button still there, but actually out of stock. from Dixons.
    (at 17-Jan 00:59 GMT)
    MICROSOFT HD DVD PLAYER XBOX 360. Buy button still there, but actually out of stock."
  • Heartcore_Ninja 17 Jan 2007 01:02:48 1,727 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Heartcore_Ninja wrote:
    morriss wrote:
    Bookmark this link and check it daily.

    Ahh nice link! :)
    Unfortunately for some reason it says it is in stock at Dixons, but a quick trip to the website says it is out of stock :/

    "View the details on MICROSOFT HD DVD PLAYER XBOX 360. Buy button still there, but actually out of stock. from Dixons.
    (at 17-Jan 00:59 GMT)
    MICROSOFT HD DVD PLAYER XBOX 360. Buy button still there, but actually out of stock."

    Ahh I see, the mouse over. Well PC world seem quite useful. It allows you to search your postcode to see if any stores have it in stock nearby. Unfortunately- none of the 9 stores do. :(
  • ilmaestro 17 Jan 2007 01:02:54 32,406 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    UncleLou wrote:
    Unforgiven notwithstanding, will they also release good films on HD-DVD? ;)

    /trolls out of thread

    The Departed and Babel are coming next month.
    Without wanting to dampen the party slightly, I can't find a listing for The Departed on either HD format, just regular DVD. I'll definitely be picking up Babel, albeit on the rival format to this thread.

    4235

  • silentbob 17 Jan 2007 01:06:13 28,947 posts
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    ilmaestro wrote:
    ... albeit on the rival format to this thread.
    BURN THE HERETIC!!

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  • ilmaestro 17 Jan 2007 01:08:17 32,406 posts
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    Hey, I'd buy an HD-DVD drive too (probably) if they'd let me!

    4235

  • morriss 17 Jan 2007 01:12:13 70,911 posts
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    Movietyme have it listed as Feb 20th (I think)
  • ilmaestro 17 Jan 2007 01:17:00 32,406 posts
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    That's the date of the DVD, but none of the DVD specialist sites I use or Amazon US have it listed on HD at all.

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