Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Motörhead's "Stage Fright" - World's First Web-Enabled Music HD DVD

After scoring a first for the use of HDi interactivity on European release of CG-animated live-action Elephants Dream HD DVD, Imagion AG has authored another HD DVD title that takes the network capability of HD DVD format to another level of application.

Imagion AG and SPV have jointly announced Motörhead's "Stage Fright" on HD DVD. It will be the first music HD DVD worldwide using the HD DVD standard online functionality and featuring dynamic online content.

In addition to first class high definition picture and sound, this HD DVD strongly demonstrates the numerous interactive features like picture-in-picture video commentaries or the possibility to create individualized picture galleries and set lists. By integrating the Motörhead fan community, the HD DVD is continuously updated/refreshed with dynamic online content and exclusive specials for HD DVD users.

For instance, Motörhead’s fans can enjoy the latest news, tour dates, pictures and fan artworks, which are located on the Imagion HD DVD Server and will be integrated in the HD DVD menus via network interface. “Motörhead for Life” is an area where Motörhead fans are invited to present their newest Motörhead tattoos and thus expand the HD DVD tattoo gallery continuously with user-generated content.

Apart from these highlights, the HD DVD offers even more attractive, innovative features: An exclusive picture in picture video commentary with the three musicians contributing lots of interesting comments. With the “Create Setlist” function you can compile your own setlist and adapt the concert to your own style. The snapshot feature allows you to “take pictures” during the concert and thus enhance the disc with your personal picture gallery. In addition, the HD DVD contains the all special features found on the “Stage Fright” Double DVD.

To sum up, this HD DVD release leaves nothing out of the most complete and immersive experience possible, for any Motörhead fan. Screenshots of the various features found on the HD DVD are available for viewing on this page.

This HD DVD is now available in Germany and will be released in North America, this October 23, at $29.97 SRP.

Detailed Main Feature Presentation specs:
  • 1080p High Definition 16x9 1.78:1
  • DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1
  • No subtitles.

Detailed Bonus Material Presentation specs:

  • NTSC 480i 4x3 1.85:1
  • DTS HD Master Audio 2.0 & Dolby Digital Stereo
  • English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish subtitle options.
HD DVD Special Features:
  • Advanced content HD DVD (HDi)
  • Online functionality (download of new content via Internet)
  • "On the fly" menus during playback
  • Picture-in-picture video commentary with the band
  • Snapshot feature
  • "Create setlist" feature
  • Extensive bonus material including those from the 2-disc DVD



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