HD DVD Format - One Year On...
- Phantom of the Opera being the first title on any high-definition format with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless audio.
- The Bourne Supremacy is the first title on any high-definition format to feature Picture-in-Picture video commentary, "Bourne Instant Access" Presented by Toshiba.
- Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio output capabilitites were added to the HD-XA1, HD-A1, HD-D1, and the RCA HD DVD players via Version 2.0 firmware update. Initially, Dolby TrueHD audio could only be enjoyed via the 2.0-channel output, without the external compatible receiver.
- Mission: Impossible 3 being the first 2-disc HD DVD set released.
- Advanced interactive features such as Picture-in-Picture video commentary/PiP access to bonus footages (Termed In-Movie Experience! from Warner Home Video & U-Control from Universal Studios Home Entertainment) only available on HD DVD titles released:
- Titles from Warner (These titles are currently HD DVD-exclusive): Constantine, Dukes of Hazzard (Unrated), Troy, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, V For Vendetta, Smallville - The Complete Fifth Season.
- Titles from Universal Studios (Studio is HD DVD-exclusive): The Bourne Supremacy, The Fast and the Furious, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, The Break-Up, Accepted, King Kong - 2005 Theatrical Cut, Miami Vice, Children of Men and The Good Shepherd.
- Sept 14 last year, 2nd-generation HD DVD players were announced, HD-A2 and the HD-XA2. With the HD-XA2 being the first HD DVD player to have 1080p video output for both HD and SD content (via HDMI).
- Last Sept, Toshiba had also announced HD-E1/HD-XE1 to be available in Europe late 2006.
- Microsoft Announced Xbox 360 HD DVD Player Add-on to be available in November 2006 and every player sold is bundled with a King Kong (2005) HD DVD.
Happy First Birthday to HD DVD format! I do hope the next few years will be one that's filled with exciting high-definition content on HD DVD.
Oh, please note that the blog will not be updated over the next few weeks, both J.Z. and I will be back only in the first week of May.
So please contribute whatever news (please provide the source too) related to HD DVD, during this period, to us via e-mail (hd_dvd_format AT yahoo DOT com) so that we can "catch up" with the latest updates in HD DVD world.
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