Category Archives: HD DVD

AnyDVD – get it while you can

Today is the last day on which SlySoft will be offering a lifetime subscription for AnyDVD HD. This is software for Windows computers that removes region codes and decrypts DVDs, Blu-rays and HD DVDs. I’ve been using it for years, … Continue reading

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HD DVD Giveaway

I have quite a few HD DVD discs which I have since replaced with Blu-ray discs. Would any of you like them? No charge, except possibly for the postage, if it seems a bit pricey. Here’s what I have available: … Continue reading

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HD DVD

Does anyone out there still own a HD DVD player? I do. What are your plans for it? Do you have a bunch of discs that you treasure? Or are you replacing them with Blu-ray?

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Toshiba’s Blu-ray Player

I’ve just been going through the most recent Sound and Image magazine, available right now. It has a great stack of my reviews of Blu-ray players. That includes the Toshiba BDX2000KY (which isn’t listed on Toshiba’s Australian website for some … Continue reading

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The Same Encode, But Different

While coverting old posts to the new blog, I happened to re-read one I did on Superman Returns, back in July 2008, called ‘Wasting Digital Real-estate‘. In this I theorised that ‘it looks like an identical encode was used on … Continue reading

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Toshiba releases its first Blu-ray player in Australia

Yes, the inventor of HD DVD has finally decided to join in with Blu-ray. Its BDX2000 is available today. Price: $329. Feature list: BD-Live DivX HD and AVCHD Playback Toshiba REGZA-LINK┬« (HDMI-CEC) Support for enhanced audio formats of Dolby┬« TrueHD … Continue reading

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Serenity re-encode improves quality

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that the Universal Pictures (Australasia) Pty Ltd Blu-ray release of First Blood had an identical video encode to the previous HD DVD release. I have now checked both Total Recall and Serenity, which … Continue reading

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Blu-ray and HD DVD the same … more or less

It used to amuse me when people would pronouce Blu-ray to be the ‘better’ format than HD DVD, or vice versa, on picture quality grounds. Potentially BD could be better simply because it had more space available. Kind of. Possibly. … Continue reading

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‘Heroes’: To BD-Live or Not To BD-Live

Reader James has been very kind to me. First he found and sent down some VHS tapes for me to use in a comparison (still coming). Now he has sent down Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘Heroes‘ on Blu-ray. Now … Continue reading

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At last: Universal Pictures (Australasia) Pty Ltd goes Blu-ray

I’ve been nagging Universal’s PR company on and off over the last couple of months about when the company will be going Blu-ray. Yesterday I received a press release headed: ‘Heroes: Season 2 DVD Release – October 1’. Great for … Continue reading

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