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So you're neutral when it comes to HD releases - Which do you choose?

Old 12-06-07, 04:45 PM
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So you're neutral when it comes to HD releases - Which do you choose?

I own both the HD-DVD add-on for the 360 as well as a PS3. I'm fine with purchasing any of the exclusive HD releases, but when it comes to the HD-DVD AND Blu-Ray releases I'm having trouble deciding. Case and point, the upcoming Blade Runner film. I pre-ordered both of the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Deckard Briefcases on Amazon a long time ago, with the intention to cancel one of them when the release drew near. The problem is, it's only a few weeks away and I still don't know which to side with. The same thing for the upcoming Pan's Labyrinth HD-DVD/Blu Ray release.

I will say one thing, however, I'd rather watch the movies on a stand-alone player rather than use a game machine to do so. This kind of nudges me in the direction of HD-DVD, considering their stand-alone players are a lot cheaper than Sony's. Of course, if Sony is the better bet, I have no issue with sacrificing the console to do some movie-watching until I can afford a real player.

Any insight into what you guys prefer? Recommendations? I have no idea what to do. Exclusive releases are so much easier to decide on.
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Old 12-06-07, 04:50 PM
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1) Price
2) Exclusive features
3) Blu-Ray

I support both, but I own more HD-DVD than BD and I'm trying to stay relatively equal (aka hedging my bets).
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I'm format neutral as well, but do find that I tend to buy the HD-DVD version over the Blu-Ray version if a movie is available in both formats. Not sure why; just habit, I guess. As long as it's in high def, and the specs and extras are equal between both releases, it really doesn't make a difference, at least not to me.
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I lean HD-DVD. I prefer the less copy protection/DRM and region-free nature of HD-DVD. So I always support HD-DVD if given the choice between the two. It does help that I vastly prefer using the A2 over the PS3.
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Old 12-06-07, 06:09 PM
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True enough, thanks for the replies guys. I've decided to just put aside whichever format I think will "win" and just pick up the format of my personal preference, which is HD-DVD. I think I was just over-complicating things.
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I lean HD DVD for WB titles. But I probably would have picked up the BOGO Blu Rays this week on Amazon if I hadn't already owned everything i wanted on HD DVD.

And I have the HD DVD Blade Runner brief case ordered but since it was so cheap and a favorite film, I ordered the Blu Ray 5 disc set too.
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1. IMO superior players
2. More durable discs.
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Old 12-06-07, 06:29 PM
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Always get the BD for WB discs. Mostly to avoid the glitchy combos. Also like not having to worry about a floater arriving scratched since I get the vast majority of my discs online.
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Old 12-06-07, 06:58 PM
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I get HD-DVDs...for some reason, the red case seems to go well with most of the WB covers.
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If they are the same in all technical aspects, I get whichever is cheaper.
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Old 12-06-07, 07:47 PM
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Assuming equal quality/features:

1. Price
2. Blu-Ray

I don't have any real reason aside from "feel", but I prefer playing Blu-Ray discs on my PS3 over playing HD-DVDs on my HD-A3. BD often wins with price as well, since there seem to be no shortage of B1G1 sales recently with Blu-Ray.
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1. Quality
2. Features
3. Price
4. Dependent on keeping an equal balance of my overall collection between the 2 formats
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Old 12-06-07, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Hammer99
1. IMO superior players
2. More durable discs.
Likewise, although it's #1 that is the more compelling reason for me. My PS3 is a couple hundred times better a player than my slow, clunky, sporadically unreliable HD-A1.
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Color of the case

A Christmas Story on HD-DVD
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on Blu-ray
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You are never going to get an honest answer to a question like this until the format war is effectively over from either side. My only advice to the OP is that the PS3 is a much better blu-ray player than the Xbox 360 add-on is as a hd dvd player.
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Old 12-06-07, 10:21 PM
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I am format neutral with a PS3 and a HD-A2. However, my personal belief (at risk of being flamed) is that, if a single format does win, it will eventually be blu-ray. Thus, if it is a movie on both formats, I buy the blu-ray. This doesn't stop me from buying my favorite titles on HD-DVD too, though...But, Harry Potter, Blade Runner, 300...I buy these on blu-ray, even if some of the extras might be inferior (as I believe is the case with Blood Diamond).
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All things being equal, HD-DVD gets the nod from me in recognition of there being no region coding in the format. Yes, I know - pretty weak excuse but for those of us outside the US, the region coding on Blu-ray is a pain in the butt, especially when local releases are way more expensive.
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Color of the case
Agreed. SO true.

However, I decided to put the Blu-ray Clockwork Orange on my wish list since it was 1 disc even though the color scheme was better on HD DVD.

Basically, WB releases I base on the case color; I got Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Road Warrior on Blu-ray for this reason.
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Old 12-06-07, 10:51 PM
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HD DVD, always.
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Blu-ray, unless the HD DVDs are free (bundled with the player - I got 10). I haven't found a deal yet where I thought "wow I won't see that price for the Blu-ray any time soon". If a new release was more than $5 cheaper, I'd think about it. If some great feature was exclusive to the HD DVD, I'd think about it. I can't think of a Warner title right now where any of that is the case. Anyways I'm trying hard to stick to a mostly rent strategy.
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Old 12-06-07, 11:11 PM
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If all things are equal, I will choose HD DVD. I am format neutral, but HD DVD was my first choice because of many factors that made me find it a more consumer-friendly format than blu.

But I just bought two warner titles that are on both formats on blu, simply because of price. The BOGO blu sales lately are very strong.
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Old 12-07-07, 12:09 AM
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I'll be neutral in a few weeks when I get a PS3. So it'll come down to:

1. Price. HD-DVD combos are rather pricey
2. Special Features. HD sometimes has a bit of an advantage i.e. 300.
3. Cover Art. Gotta admit that the blue cases rarely go well with most movies' cover art. For whatever reason, blue isn't used much in movie posters while red, or colours that go well with red, is.
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Old 12-07-07, 04:16 AM
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I asked this same question a while back! Glad to see so many responses.

I have the two game machines as well and I've been getting the HD DVDs (all things being equal) more often, but I might changet that. I slightly prefer the PS3 as a player and I find I'm a little less worried about overheating that than the 360.
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Old 12-07-07, 05:33 AM
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I pretty much look for wherever the best deal is. Blu-ray have had lot of BOGO lately so I'm catching up. Over at amazon you got the HD Bourne Trilogy coming out next week for $49.95. It's all about the $savings$

I really don't care if it's HD or Blu-Ray. I'm loving them both equally
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