Old School Demo

Posted in: News and Opinions by Archive Authors on June 29th, 2006


  1. Anonymous
    06/29/2006 @ 10:41 am

    I’m 100% with you on this one. I’ve been quite serious with building a respectable film library, and I’ve gotten my DVD collection up to 300 movies. Am I now expected to replace every one of them just so I can have a bit more crispness to the picture and sound? This is about the films themselves, and DVD’s are a great way of watching your favorite movies. I was fooled once, having to replace all my VHS movies. Not again. I’m sticking with DVD.

  2. Anonymous
    06/29/2006 @ 1:57 pm

    Absolutely – they haven’t even maxed out the potential of the original DVD format. It’s bad enough they try to shake us down with the countless double-dipping of tiltes. Now they want us to replace everything in our library, plus our TV and player. No way!

  3. Sean Jester
    06/29/2006 @ 3:12 pm

    I didn’t even get into replacing all the movies in a film buff’s collection! I think that is the biggest problem that Blu-Ray and HD-DVD’s presents. I know with all my heart that Blu-Ray or HD-DVD’s look and sound better than normal DVD’s. But I reviewed Tristan

  4. Anonymous
    06/29/2006 @ 7:57 pm

    I have no intention either of replacing my old DVD’s- but you cannot ignore the vast difference in quality between the best HiDef movies and their DVD counterparts…on a large screen (50″ and above) Hi Def is truly addictive- reading some of these comments reminded me of the anger felt by many Laserdisc fans when DVD came out- they were frustrated after investing so much money in the Lasersdiscs

  5. Sean Jester
    06/30/2006 @ 8:32 am

    There’s no doubting that HD-DVD is head and shoulders better than regular DVD’s. But is the difference the size it was between laserdiscs and DVD? VHS and DVD? I don’t know. The bottom line is that DVD’s still look and sound great and it will be a long time before the general public purges their current system and collection to upgrade to this new technology. It was a premature decision by Sony and Panasonic (or whoever it was) to release this technology now.

  6. teedub
    06/30/2006 @ 10:34 am

    I will NOT be upgrading again for some time. I’m more than happy with what I have, and can still be flat-out blown away by a quality DVD. No thanks, they should have waited a few more years.

  7. txfilmguy1
    06/30/2006 @ 11:53 am

    About your comments on the new formats: there is some misinformation in your article, but I’m not baming you for that. There has been a lot of confusion about the new formats. The truth is yes, they can use HDMI or DVI with an adaptor and they look great that way. The are also capable of Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master soundtracks, but the players and discs have yet to fully expore that option. Think of all of this as future proofing. Only a select few HD DVDs use Dolby TrueHD sound, and the players themselves will only play those soundtracks as 2.0, so your best bet is the Dolby Digital Plus tracks, which sound phenomenal. And furthermore, any receiver with 5.1 analog inputs can receive it! The same goes for Blu-ray’s uncompressed PCM tracks, which actually boast better sound than has been used in any movie theater on any particular movie. It renders Dolby and DTS pointless, even the lossless codecs. These tracks, like Dolby Digital Plus, will pass through the 5.1 analog inputs on your receiver. And as for the picture: because of the 24p framerate of most of the masters, using the HDMI connection on many flat panel displays can make the image look jumpy. The component connections actually do a better job of eliminating this. Any display you have that can show HD will have component in. I know, you’re saying, “what about the Image Restraint Token!” All studios… every last one… have agreed not to use the Image Restraint Token unil they reconvene to discuss it in 2010. So for four years at least, your current displays will handle both HD DVD and Blu-Ray just fine. I have DVI capability, but I’m using component and I have no complaints. And by the way, I don’t expect to hear anything that bests multichannel PCM anytime soon.

  8. Anonymous
    06/30/2006 @ 1:02 pm

    Time marches on people! If you are going to have a home theater or any other technology related hobby, you just need to accept the fact that upgrading is inevitable. You may choose to wait, but as for me, I choose to live in the “now”.

  9. Anonymous
    07/06/2006 @ 11:11 am

    Have fun spending thousands of dollars and re-buying your DVD collection.

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