For those interested, news broke on 1/04/08 that Warner- previously format neutral- would switch to Blu-Ray exclusive in mid-2008.
Earlier this year, Paramount migrated to the HD DVD only camp, which resulted in a slight hit to Blu-Ray. But Warner choosing to go Blu Ray-only is akin to dropping an atom bomb. The resulting blast will leave HD DVD with only two exclusive major studios (Paramount, Universal) and Blu Ray will possess about 70% of the Hollywood HDM pie.
Personally, I want the HD "war" to go on for as long as it takes to get me as much free stuff and as many price cuts as I can. The decision by Warner won't much affect my selection when purchasing (I already buy all Warner on Blu-Ray anyway), but I'll sure think twice about buying any HD DVD's going forward.
As for movies, the holiday season has been kind. My recent acquisitions:
Blade Runner 5-Disc Collector's Edition
(PQ a little soft, but wow! What a value!!)
POTC: At World's End
(Superior PQ, but the worst of the three films)
Resident Evil: Extinction
(Good PQ, not nearly as much action as the other two. Lots of digital softening for Milla's close ups.)
Shoot 'Em Up
(Over-the-top like "Crank", but with Monica Belucci too!)
(A little soft in the PQ area, but hilarious)
(degradation of the master copy hurts the PQ, but still stunning)
(PQ a little soft, and not as much action as I anticipated. Maybe "Scuffle" would have been a better title.)
(Update your firmware. Then it's a great PQ and action flick. Did I mention UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE?)
(Fantastic PQ, funny, and unexpected action the first time you see it)
(Underrated fantasy flick. Sort of "Princess Bride-ish". PQ is really good)