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Batman Begins BLU-RAY - 7/8/08!

Old 03-14-08, 07:41 AM
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Batman Begins BLU-RAY - 7/8/08!

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http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/sh..._Blu-rays/1630

Disc extras mirror the HD DVD, including the PiP feature. Also, TrueHD audio, same as the HD DVD.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=1116

Warner Home Video has revealed that they will release blockbuster film 'Batman Begins' for Blu-ray on July 8th, day-and-date with the DVD re-release. No specs or extra features have been announced at this time, but we do know that the film will be offered either as a single disc release, or as part of a limited-edition box set.

Both the single disc and box set editions will include an exclusive comic book prologue to the upcoming sequel 'The Dark Knight', which is set to hit theaters July 18th. The box set will also include a Batman Begins motion art lenticular, script pages, exclusive photos, storyboards, five collectible Batman Begins postcards, and $7.50 in movie cash toward a Dark Knight ticket.

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Old 03-14-08, 08:20 AM
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The Limited Edition set is very attractive to a collector, so it will be mine!

I've been looking forward to this announcement, so thanks for the heads up.
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Might pick up the LE...might. I've already had this on HD for 2 years now and only watched it once so I'm on the fence.
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Can't wait for the box set!
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Old 03-14-08, 08:47 AM
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I returned my unopened HD DVD copy of Batman Begins when the Warner news dropped in January, in anticipation of the Blu-ray release (just so I could have all the Batman HDM releases on the same format). Looking forward to the box set as well!
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Looks like this is going to be released the same day as Gotham Knight?
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Phew! I was this close to picking up BB on HD-DVD yesterday, but just new a Blu-Ray must be coming. I'll gladly hold off a couple of months.
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Old 03-14-08, 10:25 AM
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Box set sounds sweet...sold!
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Old 03-14-08, 10:32 AM
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No video based extras on the LE it sounds like, so just the single disc for me.
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Old 03-14-08, 10:48 AM
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i'll be curious to get the full specs. there will have to be some pretty compelling, brand new extras on the disc or noticeable PQ/AQ improvement (doubtful) for me to consider supplementing the HD DVD i already own.

however, as a big batman fan and movie collector, that limited edition is a little bit tempting even if the disc is identical to the HD DVD.
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Old 03-14-08, 11:00 AM
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I will buy Begins only.
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Old 03-14-08, 11:08 AM
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Great news! I'll be picking up the BD for sure.
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LE will be mine on release day! Hopefully the price will be reasonable.
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I have a feeling they'll dip again when Dark Knight comes out on disc. After all this time it better have the PiP from the HD-DVD.
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Here's to an upgrade with a nice Blu encode! Don't half-ass this one, Warner!
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Yeah, I'll probably get it...
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Old 03-14-08, 03:11 PM
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Ill get the LE and trade in my hd-dvd or give to a friend. I hope the packaging is cool.
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Old 03-14-08, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Hammer99
Here's to an upgrade with a nice Blu encode! Don't half-ass this one, Warner!

Yeah, not like that sub-par HD DVD encode. Sheesh.
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Yeah, not like that sub-par HD DVD encode. Sheesh.
Batman Begins (HD DVD)is considered to be very soft. They've done tests on AVS with the HD DVD, transcoding it to 720p, then back up to 1080p, and there was no loss in quality. That tells you that its a subpar transfer. They've done the tests with other discs and the results were drastic.

Also, the movie aired in the Euro Sat HD Channels, and the PQ was better then the HD DVD.
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I still don't think the encode is directly responsible for any apparent softness. A lower bitrate would cause compression artifacts, not softness. I suspect it's DNR or something that was done before encoding, perhaps to make it easier to compress.
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I have a sickening feeling Warner is going to just release the HD DVD encode on Blu-ray. I will not be buying it if that is the case. I have not waited over a year to see this on Blu-ray just to get the current HD DVD encode ported over. If Warner thinks they can get away with this by adding some postcards they are wrong.
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I'd consider re-buying this on Blu. Probably the only title in my collection I would.
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I still don't think the encode is directly responsible for any apparent softness. A lower bitrate would cause compression artifacts, not softness. I suspect it's DNR or something that was done before encoding, perhaps to make it easier to compress.
Don't let logic and sensibility stop the BR fanboys from trying to take a stab at the corpse of HD DVD though!

I'll double dip and pick up the LE probably even though I've got it on SD and HD DVD already. xD
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Yeah, WB can have my money for the BD Limited Edition.
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Old 03-14-08, 09:51 PM
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No sale here. I'll buy the The Dark Knight though.
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