Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Lighter Side...

The first HD DVD title with network functionality, Freedom Vol. 1, is expected on June 26. We've been told that the firmware on the HD DVD players have to be updated to the latest version in order to fully experience the HD DVD without any hiccups. So if you really want to get this title and get it to play properly, it would be best to update the firmware to the latest version. Details of Freedom Vol. 1 available here.

Since New Line has not yet officially made its commitment to release their movies in high-def on the high-density discs and they are format neutral, I was wondering what sort of titles (besides Lord of the Rings) would others want to get on the HD DVD? Anyone interested to comment?


At 4:05 AM, Blogger HighDefDiscNews said...

what is the title? you failed to mention what HD DVD this was that is going to have this network function.

also for those of us that don't run a CAT-5 to our home theater, what's going to be the point of this? Now I can see it being functional on the XBOX 360 with a wireless adapter and HD DVD drive but who wants to put up with that annoying thing just for some new functionality that uses the internet? If they are planning on doing bonus material like this they should have included Wi-Fi in both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players (aside from the PS3 which does include it)...

Just food for thought.

- Justin Sluss of HighDefDiscNews

P.S. I really like the site, my other writer told me about it. Been a frequent visitor ever since! :) keep up the good work.

At 4:35 AM, Blogger HighDefDiscNews said...

From New Line I'd like to see the following titles (in no real order):

- Blow
- Dumb & Dumber
- Domino
- I Am Sam
- Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
- Punch-Drunk Love
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Remake)

Just my own personal favorites from New Line. Like to hear some others as well.

- Justin Sluss of HighDefDiscNews

At 4:47 AM, Blogger Wild Bear said...

The similar hassle is faced when updating the firmware via the ethernet ports.

Maybe just maybe an external Wireless adapter could be connected to the HD DVD players via the USB ports? But they may need to make some modifications on the software side, I believe.

Or future generations of HD DVD players may include a Wi-Fi adapter?

About the network functionality, I believe it is mostly helpful in enhancing the home entertainment experience. For instance, downloading of subtitles, maybe trivia/commentary tracks, or stream a live broadcast of the premiere or download the HD exclusive teaser trailer/clips of the next Harry Potter.

Similarly, if I want to enjoy the InterActual DVD-ROM extras on POTC or Harry Potter DVDs, I would have to do so on a PC and the PC is definitely not part of my home theater too.

As long as the extras/bonus materials are compelling, the hassle is worth it (at least in my opinion).

At 5:59 AM, Blogger HighDefDiscNews said...

wildbear I was thinking that same thing. now we just need someone to develop this and mass produce it to work with standalone players. it would definitely make sense to do this until 3rd generation HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players come out which would surely have Wi-Fi built in by that time. wouldn't you think? :)

P.S. I totally agree with what you said about the abilities to download new content such as trailers, etc. which microsoft has talked about for quiet a bit now but i've yet to really see being used a lot yet. the only studio that really has stateside has been Universal.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Atom said...

Stuff New Line has on DVD I would like in HD...

American History X, Blow, Boogie Nights, Crash (Cronenberg's), Dumb and Dumber, All of John Waters' movies (even if most of the early ones would still look like garbage), Nightmare on Elm Street series, Freddy vs Jason, A Histroy of Violence, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X, Magnolia, Menace II Society, Pan's Labyrinth, Run Ronnie Run, Se7en, Snakes on a Plane.

I'm sure there are a few more that they have the rights to that aren't yet on DVD too. Keep up the good work on the blog.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Wild Bear said...

Currently, those I could think of are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 & 2, The Mask (Platinum Series DVD was pretty good), Nightmare on Elm Street, Pan's Labyrinth, Butterfly Effect, Blade.


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