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Not to harp on one particular subject, but it appears that any real substantiated news of the week focuses more on the hardware that the software. Onkyo is starting to roll out their new receivers, the ones that support HDMI 1.3. And late last week, Pioneer said that their Elite Models for this year will carry it as well, so to finally get a taste of things to come will be a welcome one. The other news turned out to be nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor, as …niversal was reported on a German site as dropping to format neutal later this year, a rumor quickly shot down by the studio. This comes hot on the heels of the Chinese $300 HD-DVD players not being actual fact either. When it comes to all this nonsense, can’t we all just get along?
Disc announcements still are scarce, aside from a minor Sony delay on Wild Things and Blood and Chocolate, Universal announced In Good Company, Scent of a Woman, The Nutty Professor II and Streets of FireWild Hogs for an 8/14 release, and I’ll just leave it at that. Releases this week are (again) all on the light side, the calm before the proverbial storm. Format neutral buyers get to choose from Battle of the Bulge, The Road Warrior and The Fountain, while Blu buyers enjoy Stomp the Yard as a platform exclusive.
That’s it for me this week, and as always high definers, keep the brightness low and the resolution high!