Archive for the 'blu-ray' Category


The Professionals on Blu-ray

I’ve not seen a old movie on Blu-ray before, so I’m glad the first one I did see was this one. Read about it here.


I, Robot on Blu-ray

At last some decent movies on Blu-ray. My review of I,Robot can be found here.

Yo! Robot person!


Buzzzzzzz….Blu-ray review of The Fly

Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid…it’s my review of the Blu-ray release of The Fly….here


Commano on Blu-ray Review

I’ve seen Commando on Blu-ray and it’s not a pretty picture…here

Arnold goes Commando


Mr. & Mrs. Smith Blu-ray Review

Brad, Angelina, guns and stuff blowing up! What more can you ask for? Read my review here.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith Blu-ray


Understanding Paramount – HD-DVD on the rise

If you listened to both sides in recent months regarding to who’s winning the high definition video war it was like listening to an outrageous claims competition between Comical Ali and Baron Münchhausen. Sony’s made something of take-over bid for corporate BS in the last couple of years, but I would trust the claims of the HD-DVD gang either. They’re both arguing the toss over total numbers of sales that a typical DVD blockbuster movie might accrue alone.
But what’s really stoked up the fires of decent is the announcement that having been playing both sides Paramount has now decided to chop it’s interest in Blue-ray and put it’s energies into HD-DVD only! Considering how much ‘we’re winning!’ glee we’ve seen from Sony recently this appears to fly in the face of commercial logic. That assumes Sony weren’t full of it, and that HD-DVD wasn’t actually making real inroads.
Myself, I’m a friend of the third way. Given the pathetic numbers both formats has achieved any lead by either side could easily be overtaken, once (and if) a format becomes accepted. I’d suggest Paramount is thinking that it doesn’t really care which one wins, but it’s only prepared to spend time and effort releasing on one, what with the numbers being currently so poor.
So which one? It didn’t matter which one, they just picked it out of a hat, or kicked a movie executive off an high building with HD-DVD on his front and Blu-Ray on his back, whichever way up he landed.
I think it might have come down to how much Sony asks in licensing per disc, but it’s purely academic, they wanted to support only one and they picked HD-DVD for whatever reason.
Doing this now doesn’t stop them coming back and supporting Blu-ray if Sony manages to make it fly, but it reduces the overhead for supporting HD this financial year. The trouble is with decisions like this is they might be read by other Blu-ray supporters that Paramount knows something they don’t, making them nervous. And with Christmas coming and both Transformers and Bourne Ultimatum exclusively on HD-DVD they might get tempted to jump ship to be part of that. Whatever happens this change of tack by Paramount might well have big implications for the future success of HD-DVD, unless something equally unexpected happens to brighten Blu-ray’s day.

UPDATE: The New York Times has spilled the beans on a rumoured $150m kicker that Paramount and DreamWorks Animation will get for making their commitment to HD-DVD, but then says it’s quoting an executive who wishes not to be named! This all sounds rather murky to me, and I’m curious what incentives have been offered to Blu-ray supporters to stay with that technology, and where this money actually came from. This agreement supposedly on last 18 months, so HD-DVD might only be buying short-term friends. But it will be interesting to see if this is $150m well spent, wherever it came from.


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